Gravestone symbols tell a good story

Chelsea Luebrecht
Staff Writer

There are many things a gravestone can tell you, Karen Miller Bennett told the Auglaize County Historical Society during a presentation of gravestone symbolism Friday night.

“Ohio did not start keeping birth records until 1867,” Bennett noted. “And those were at the probate level so those were hit and miss. Gravestones might be the only indication of a person's life and when they were born.”

There are three different periods when it comes to cemeteries and tombstones.

“One is a fear of death,” Bennett noted. “Then there is people seeing the beauty in death and the resurrection. Then people celebrating a person's life.”

Gravestones have been made in a number of different...

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