17 August 2010

Tombstone Tuesday--Shippy Cemetery

This week's focus cemetery is Shippy Cemetery. Located only a mile from the southern boundary of the county, it is another cemetery that I haven't yet visited. But these pictures make me want to schedule a trip soon.
Shippy Cemetery has the rural feeling of so many of our cemeteries. It appears to be well cared for despite the tall grass you see in the foreground. That is only the weeds from the roadside ditch. You can see the flowers and well cut lawn on the rolling hill. And did you notice the stones behind the sign? One side of the base high above the surface, and the other a bit buried, as the stones, and presumably the bodies, lie across the slope, and not up or down it.
Here you can see the sloping drive as well as the wide deep ditches in front of the cemetery. With Michigan's past as a state covered in either pine trees, prairies or marshes, it is not uncommon to find these deep ditches along Michigan roads.
This picture is one I find so fascinating. The bordered plot with several different types of stones. The massive carved stone of the McInnis family is inserted into the border of this plot. Left of that, the smaller stone with a front that looks like a unfurled scroll. Other than the large family name on the large stone, the rest of the names are to blurry to read on the picture. I see a break in the border in front of the scrolled stone. I wonder if that was once on the border, or if that is a marker for the McInnis's infant son, whose name I see next to theirs in our transcript.
The stone on the border, that of the Carpenter family, is rather unusual as well. A sturdy though short obelisk style, it clearly is missing something. There should be more on the top of the stone. Perhaps an urn, or some other embellishment.
As you can see from this section in the Wright family plot, the cemetery is visited and decorated currently. I like the trees, but I can see in the distant future that the stone may not be so easily seen.
This beautiful obelisk stands tall and although any writing is faded, the evidence remains of carvings on the edges.
I find this an interesting stone, listing both the Tollman and Clough names. I am full of questions about why they are on the same stone. Cost? Neighbors? Or, more likely, related somehow?
As this wider view shows, Shippy Cemetery is a peaceful, pastoral place. Surrounded by fields, this rural cemetery is a place I must visit soon.

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