Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cemetery Hunting in Southern Delaware

Headstone for Mary Caroline Lynch Rickards - the Find a photo request that I fulfilled yesterday at the Lynch Family Cemetery in Williamsville, Delaware

Finally, some rain.  Late yesterday afternoon the clouds rolled in.  Last night from our backyard here at Casa Tipton-Kelly I could see lightening flashes in the West towards Maryland.  Fortunately, those thunderstorms didn't roll in over us but we did get some hard rain last night for our parched earth here on the eastern shore of Delaware.

The Lynch Family Cemetery near Williamsville, Delaware

The pollen count this spring has been atrocious, making breathing difficult and coating our vehicles with a fine, yellow dusting of pollen.  That "stuff" was also going into our lungs.  No wonder we were all choking around here the past few weeks.  Sneezing, watery eyes, gagging.

Bill waiting for me in our car while I take pictures of headstones in the cemetery

Yesterday Bill and I made our second run in as many days down to Selbyville, Delaware near the Maryland border.  I had a Find a request to take a picture of a headstone for an old family grave.  The Selbyville area is new to us and I wasn't familiar with the area.  Friday we went looking for the Lynch Family Cemetery but all we could find was the Red Men Cemetery and the Roxanna Cemetery.  Lots of Lynches in those cemeteries but not Mary Rickards, who we were looking for.

Hudson Family Cemetery in the middle of a soybean field

I was determined to find her grave and that cemetery so we went again yesterday.  After finding a few two more cemeteries, one in the middle of a soybean field (The Hudson Family Cemetery) and a sad little neglected cemetery next to a gas station (The Bunting Family Cemetery) we finally found it.  Viola!

Bill looking at the sad little neglected Bunting Family Cemetery 

I cannot tell you how thoroughly enjoyable it is for me to go on these cemetery expeditions.  This is the one activity where I don't have some expert telling me what to do with my life and spare time.  I'm on my own.  I have no one criticizing me or telling me I'm wasting my time.  I am so tired of all these know-it-alls telling me how I should lead my life.  I visit a cemetery where all is peaceful and no one is looking for fault with me and I am doing something meaningful. I am helping the relative or a genealogical researcher by fulfilling their request. It makes me feel good by helping people like this.  Living my life this way is so much better than so called "friends" constantly carping and criticizing me and telling me how "disappointed" they are in me because I'm not dancing to their tune.

Me relaxing after taking pictures of all the headstones in the Lynch Family Cemetery

Next month Bill and I are headed south for our annual trip.  I plan to visit as many of these small family cemeteries as I can in those "hollers" of western North Carolina that border on Tennessee.  My father was born in those hills (The Bailey settlement, North Carolina near Tipton Hill) in 1920.  He and his family left those hillbilly populated hollers in the late 1920's for southeastern Pennsylvania for a better way of life.  There are many, many Tipton graves that need to have photos taken of them and recorded on Find a  I am so looking forward to this trip.

Me taking pictures of headstones in the Lynch Family Cemetery

All this twisting and turning is great exercise!


  1. Ron,

    I actually have a burial plot in Spring City, which may be the only picture you will ever get. I don't think I'll use it. It costs $9,000 to $13,000 for a typical funeral and burial these days. An absurd waste of money. I am going to just donate the body to science. They'll send back some ashes when they are done slicing and dicing (unless they stick me down in that field in tennessee to study how the human body rots). I think I'll have the kids scattered them somewhere in the state parks. Won't need a marker or any silly think like that. If someone wants to commune with me they can amble down the park trails and sense me fertilizing the trees and bushes.


  2. I don't know what it is about cemeteries, but I find them so lovely and peaceful, and I love looking at the old headstones.
    It's especially weird because I will never be in one, as I opt for cremation and scattering.
    But I do love an old graveyard.

    1. Bob,

      Even before Find a (FAG for short, irony here), became all the rage of the "Internets", I always enjoyed roaming through graveyards. I thought I was THE ONLY ONE who found peace and serenity in cemeteries. I was glad to discover I wasn't the only one. What irony though to find out that the man who started FAG is also a Tipton (my surname). His name is Jim Tipton and he is a fifth cousin. He started the Internet web site because he was interested in where celebrities were buried. The site has taken off and has thousands of FAG volunteers of which I am a proud fag FAG volunteer (so to speak.)


  3. Lar,

    Funerals are for the living. It is a custom of our society. If some prefer to opt out of this custom, they is their prerogative. However, I do see the value in this civilized custom. Just as you see the value and practice the custom of praying and supplicating yourself to an invisible man in the sky, I see the value in the custom of honoring the dead. My beliefs are different than yours. I believe that once we cease to exist in this human form we are done forever. That is my belief just as you have your belief. By the way, a typical funeral cost actually costs $4,000 to $6,000. A small sum for honoring a loved one's life.

  4. I look forward to your post/pictures as you travel South .....

    1. Roger,

      Just to show you how fast a year goes by, I never did get around to posting about our trip last year. :)


  5. I just learned my Gand Aunt Elizabeth Lynch is buried on the Lynch Family Cemetery. Is this cemetery maintained? I would like a phone number so I can get the plot location. Plz email me at


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