I know much has been written about the gravestones shaped like trees. I have in some previous blogs. I have picture and talked about them in Maple Grove, Clark and others. I can't pretend to offer a thorough lecture, but as always, just my personal comments and reflections. With maybe a real fact thrown in here and there.
A great book we have in our collection is "Tree Stump Tombstones A Field Guide to Rustic Funerary Art in Indiana" by Susanne S. Ridlen. It is a wonderful source of information on these type of stones. Lots of pictures and explanations of the different symbols that can be found on these unique grave markers.
This is one of the groupings of tree stump stones in Fremont's Maple Grove Cemetery. One that we of course do not have pictures of has the stumps and even benches fashioned as though from branches. This tall family stone has several flat rectangular stones inside the bordered plot, but notice too that there is a small log monument also within the plot. And again, although no close up here, the main stump is very ornate with flowers, ferns and even a stone potted lily at the base.
Some ancestors are not as disappointing as others. (Did you hear that great granny?)