Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Robert E. Harris and Janie S. Smith 1966

This is the tombstone of Robert E. Harris, born in Scott County, VA in 1889 and Janie S. Smith, also born in 1889 in the same county. They were this author's maternal great-grandparents. Robert was the son of William Patton Harris (born 1862 in Scott County, VA) and Anna Kilgore (born 1866 in Scott County, VA). Janie Smith was the daughter of John B. Smith (born app. 1863 in Scott County, VA) and Martha E. Kilgore (born bet. 1856-1858 in Scott County, VA).

In the late 1920's the family moved from Scott County to Fluvanna County, VA. Robert and Janie were laid to rest in 1966 at Monticello Memory Gardens in Charlottesville, VA. I took this picture a few months back, but not before contending with a cemetery plot salesman.

The dates of birth and death for this couple are remarkable to me. They were born within months of each other and died within months of each other. It makes me wonder about the connections people share, though they may not show on the outside.

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