|Joseph Baker's Grave|
Greenwood Cemetery, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Back to my story though, I finally found my 3rd great grandfather Joseph Baker's grave though it wasn't quite in the area I had remembered and it was turned in a different orientation. Never-the-less, it was there sans GAR marker that had been there the previous time, and still in fairly good condition. As I normally do, I had a short conversation with Joseph with me doing most of the conversing and told him that if he had the power, to steer me in the right direction so I can find his ancestors and honor them too. I'm still waiting for that signal.
My main goal of visiting the cemetery was to spend more time at the office at the base of the hill to see if I can finagle more information from them about Joseph. As you can see from the picture below, he is buried off by himself though some remnants of past grave stones poke up here and there near him and I wanted to learn who was buried in his immediate vicinity. I also wanted to see if there was anyway to narrow down his death date other than an entire year. Unfortunately, the office had moved a few miles away from the cemetery and so I sped over there before it closed down for the day.
The people there were really helpful and I was able to look through their index book of graves and found a few more locations of relatives that I had yet to visit. Unfortunately, it wasn't put together in a way to allow me to find out who was buried next to Joseph without painstakingly going through several thousands of records and cross referencing them to a map. They also had no other records of dates other than what was on the index cards and the index books. All other records were long gone or never existed. So I thanked them anyway and let them have the last fifteen minutes before closing to themselves and I headed back to the cemetery to visit the graves.
I found the grave of my 3rd great grandmother and wife to Joseph Baker, Frances Bolton Baker Heppenstall where she is buried next to her second husband Thomas Heppenstall and their daughter Lena Heppenstall. Records said she had no marker but she did. It read simply Mother. I also tracked down the graves of my 2nd great grandparents on their respective sides of the cemetery and my great grandparents up on top of the hill. The only grave that I was unable to locate was Joseph Baker's youngest son Charles Baker who wasn't where the information said he was or that I had misinterpreted the map. That I will have to figure out on a future trip.
I made one last stop at the bottom of the hill on my way out of the cemetery to spend a few more moments with Joseph Baker, his grave now in the shade of a nearby tree. With the exception of one completely unreadable stone, the next closest grave is that of his daughter-in-law whom he probably never met since the son who would marry her was only 11 at the time of Joseph's death. It is a peaceful spot and I guess if one must take secrets with you to the grave, as good a spot as any.
|The View of Joseph Baker's Grave from the Grave of|
His Daughter-In-Law Whom He Never Met