he historic Mount Tabor Church and Cemetery, Champaign County, Ohio
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We have returned this week to the Ohio homeland. The landscape here always pulls me into the past, my own and the deeper pasts of long histories.

The historic Mount Tabor Church and Cemetery, Champaign County, Ohio
The historic Mount Tabor Church and Cemetery, Champaign County, Ohio (Photo by T.S. Bremer, 2018)

On a picturesque ridge rest the remains of untold lives. A small church stands over these old graves of America’s history. The cemetery bears the names of veterans from at least five American wars, from the Revolution through World War II. Many more of the tombs keep the secrets of unremembered lives. Who were these people? So many of them now have become anonymous as time, and weather, and neglect have defaced and crumbled their once-proud stone markers.

They all had their stories, with the final lines written in stone in this old churchyard. I have walked among their ghostly tales in this “land of lost content,” and I have added their names to the story that I am living along “The happy highways where I went / and cannot come again.” ♨

 

The misplaced headstone of Oswald Rose
The misplaced headstone of Oswald Rose rests against a tree (Photo by T.S. Bremer, 2018)

 

Syrena Moffitt, died November 14, 1847 at age 26
A young wife’s final resting place: Syrena Moffitt, died November 14, 1847 at age 26 (Photo by T.S. Bremer, 2018)

 

Elizabeth, age 26, died in May, 1818
Elizabeth, also age 26, died in May, 1818 (Photo by T.S. Bremer, 2018)

 

Mary Williamson, age 54, died in the winter of 1854
Mary Williamson, age 54, died in the winter of 1854 (Photo by T.S. Bremer, 2018)

 

David Westley Gill and Sarah B. Gill monument
Brother and sister, David Westley Gill, age 4, and Sarah B. Gill, age 2, died just over 3 weeks apart in 1840 (Photo by T.S. Bremer, 2018)

 

Poem by A.E. Housman on Andrews tombstone
Poem by A.E. Housman on Andrews tombstone (Photo by T.S. Bremer, 2018)

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