Tombstone Tuesday-Vacant Chair with Shoes Grave Marker
A pair of child’s shoes on a small vacant chair indicates the site of a child’s grave. One of the shoes is usually on its side.
Greenbriar Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio, 1907 Vacant Chari, Infant Son Medaugh. (2018 photo by Karen)
A vacant chair marker is usually found in an older cemetery and may be located near the graves of other family members.
Greenbriar Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio, 1922 Vacant Chair, Rex Eugene Medaugh. (2018 photo by Karen)
These two vacant chair markers are located side-by-side in Greenbriar Cemetery, Van Wert County. They identify two sons of J.G. and D.F. Medaugh. One is for an unnamed infant who died in 1907 at the age of 3 days, and the other for Rex Eugene, who died in 1922 at the age of 11 months and 26 days.
Infant son and Rex Eugene Medaugh, row 2, Greenbriar Cemetery, Van Wert County.
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