Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Thomas & Margaret Auflick

Thomas Auflick
1830 - 1910

His Wife
1830 - 1914

Thomas and Margaret are my 3x great grandparents. This stone is in the Lafayette, Cemetery in Lafayette, Colorado. I took the picture on Dec 29, 2007 and let me tell you it was COLD. The stone was NOT conveniently near the roadway either - but after going out of the way specifically to find this stone (on a trip to Estes Park) I was not about to let a little cold and snow deter me. To give you a better idea, here is a zoomed-out picture of the area that I took while standing on the nearest roadway.

From The Lafayette Leader, Friday, January 7, 1910:

Death of an Old Citizen
"Thomas Auflick was born August 31, 1830, in Durham county, England. He was married to Miss Margaret Hannington in June, 1850, who still survives him. To this union eight children were born, three of whom are still living. He came to this country with his family fifty-two years ago, settling in West Virginia. He came to Colorado in 1887, and lived in Erie for a few months, moving to Lafayette in the spring of 1888, where he has since resided. He departed this life on January 6, 1910. Grandpa Auflick as he was familiarly called, was loved by all who knew him, and will be mourned by a host of friends. He leaves a wife, two daughters, Mrs. W. G. Saunders of Frederick, Mrs. Wm. Eickelberg of Denver and one son John H. Auflick of Norton, Colo. Thirteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The funeral service will be held in the Congregational church Sunday, Jan. 9th at 2 p.m., conducted by the pastor, Rev. R. C. Byers. The body will be interred in the Lafayette cemetery by Undertaker R. R. Powell."

I have always felt that somewhere there exists pictures of this couple. It is their daughter, "Mrs. Wm. Eickelberg" or Nellie Auflick, who is my great-great-grandmother. I have many pictures of her. I can't believe that she didn't have a portrait of her parents, but I have never seen one. Having a picture of Thomas and Margaret it very high on my genealogy wish list.


  1. Good luck to you in getting that photo. I must say that obituary is a treasure trove of information isn't it. Not only facts and figures but personality clues too.

  2. Thanks Lori - it's just a dream...sort of like winning the lottery, but you never know. I'm not even sure why I added that last part - I've just always pictured these two as having formal portraits.

  3. Diana, some sad news to report...when I walked the Lafayette Cemetery this summer I noticed that your relatives' tombstone had toppled over. It is now lying on its back (summer 2009). I submitted a picture of it to coloradogravestones.org


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