Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"The Perfect Place to Spend Eternity"

I was long ago told that I had Norwegian ancestors, however, no one had any proof of their existence. In my quest to add only sourced ancestors to my new tree I had to search long and hard to find my great-great-great-grandparents, Hans and Antonette Hanson.

Luckily for me, I was eventually able to locate Hans and Antonette in text-based cemetery index that had been typed up by a local genealogist in Richland County, Wisconsin. I am blessed to have most of my family living near Richland Co., WI and within a week my Mom had located the remote cemetery and taken pictures!

The cemetery is down a blink-and-you-will-miss-it grass lane off County Highway X in Richland County. The white sign simply states: 1857 Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery: "The Mother Church" of Five Points Lutheran. (It looks as if there is a foundation of a small building, maybe the mother church itself.)

In the photo on the left, you can see the main family stone that is etched with "Hanson". To the left is the father, Hans J. Hanson (1852-1919), and to the right the mother, Antonette Hoff/Hoss (1849-1932). In the background are the graves of their son Magnus Hanson (Nov 1883-Dec 1883)and daughter Hilda Hanson Wolfe (1884-1959).

My ancestors chose their final resting place to be in the back of the cemetery along the tree line, overlooking a small meadow. My maternal Grandmother, upon visiting this serene place said "This is the perfect place to spend eternity".

Always, Sara Beth

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