August 2021 archive

Tombstone Tuesday-Grapevine Symbol

A grapevine, as a tombstone symbol, signifies prosperity, fertility, and abundance. The grapevine is a traditional Christian symbol, as Jesus said he is the vine and his followers are the branches.

Duckcreek/Willshire Church Member List 1909

Today, the final Duckcreek Church membership list that I have, a list of the members received in February 1909.

Tombstone Tuesday-Robert Ivan Handwerk

This is the tombstone of Robert Ivan Handwerk, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Duckcreek Baptisms, 1874-1882

Continuing on with the Duckcreek Church records that I have, that also include information for a couple other Methodist churches in the area.

Tombstone Tuesday-Oak Leaf Symbol

Oak leaves inscribed on a tombstone symbolize strength, endurance, eternity, honor, faith, virtue, liberty, stability, and hospitality. It is a symbol of the power of the Christian faith and some believe that the cross of Christ was made from an oak tree.