Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Anna and Heinrich NISSEN




ANNA E.
BELOVED WIFE OF
A. H. NISSEN
DIED
May 11, 1900
AGE 44 YEARS
1 MO. 15 DAYS
____________________
OUR
HEINRICH F.
DIED Oct 11, 1879
AGED 2 YEARS
1MO. 3 DS.





This stone is in Riverside Cemetery, Denver, CO and the picture was taken by a (wonderful!) volunteer at Find-A-Grave. I especially appreciated this as my photo request was for August Nissen. The person who took this photo verified that August was buried here when they did not find him on the marker at the spot I had indicated. [While he is buried there, the stone was apparently never "updated" to include his information.] So, this person went ahead and took a pictures of the stone even though August's name was not on it and then set up records on Find-A-Grave for Anna and Heinrich.

This was fantastic information for me as I was unaware of Heinrich and did not have a specific death date for Anna. I knew that her youngest daughter (my great-grandmother) was born in 1890 and that by the time of the 1900 census, August was listed as a widower. It was a nice bit of genealogical luck for me that Anna died in 1900 which is the first year that Colorado officially has death records (although some counties have records earlier.)

Just this one picture added a child to my family, gave me a death date for Anna AND allowed me to obtain a death certificate for Anna which in turn gave me her maiden name - PARKSON - and her parents names as John and Anna as well as her parents birthplaces - both Germany...all information unknown to me until someone I've never meet took the time to take a picture for me - and one that I hadn't specifically requested at that.

Wow - it never ceases to amaze me how much I owe to the kindness of strangers!




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