Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Jacob Eckroate

Here are two views of the gravestone of my mother-in-law's great grandfather, Jacob Eckroate. I believe these pictures were taken about 10 years apart. The first was taken by my husband's sister when she made a trip to Nebraska to look for family graves with her mother who is in the photo. The second shot is my husband and his mom with the same gravestone in 1998, not long after I started my own family research.

Jacob was born in Ohio, enlisted in the Army during the Civil War in Illinois, and spent most of the rest of his life in Nebraska.

Another of his descendants recently shared the following obit with me:

The Fremont Weekly Herald - Fremont, Nebraska 18 Dec 1890


Jacob Eckroate for many years, a resident of Pleasant Valley township, died at St. Mary's Hospital, Columbus, Tuesday night. Deceased was well-known as one of the old settlers of the County, but for some years has been living in different localities in the hope of benefiting his health. He has been at the hospital for some time, under treatment for a complication of diseases, which finally resulted in his death at the age of 63.

He is buried at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, in Pleasant Valley township, Dodge County, Nebraska, beside his wife, Barbara and a son Daniel. Posted by Picasa

His memorial on Find a Grave is here.

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