This is perhaps one of the more unique tombstones I have found for our family as I’ve done my genealogy research. The stone is the grave marker for Isaac and Mary Anne Farver, my great great grandparents through my father. Located in White City Cemetery near Spencerville, the stone would appear to be a bit of a tribute to Isaac’s past-time during his retirement years.
After moving to Spencerville, Indiana, Isaac operated a shoe shop there until he retired in 1869. From what I have been able to find, it seems that after closing the shoe shop, Isaac became a rather accomplished wood carver. His tombstone memorializes that accomplishment. In the shape of a tree trunk, the family name is shown in carved branches, and the placard for the inscription appears “carved” in the tree.
I haven’t been able to find any of Isaac’s carvings, but my hope is that through family, and some of the older families in the area, I may one day be able to track down an “original” Farver carving!