Sunday, September 20, 2009

Visiting Sylvia's Grave

For those of you who have yet to read about how I made my connection to Sylvia's Diary click here. You may also find the background information here helpful.

Sylvia Lewis Tyler 
(6 Jun 1785 - 18 Dec 1851)

My husband and I moved from Las Vegas to Washington DC over the summer. We drove most of the trip ourselves, but we were blessed to have my parents and younger sister join us for the section of the drive from Wisconsin to DC. Our schedule was tight and at the last minute it looked like we would have time to try to find Sylvia Lewis Tyler's grave in Ohio.

I wasn't able to find the correct paperwork on the exact location of her resting place. In a last minute effort I called the nice lady from the newsletter. She not only dropped her plans for the day, but she met us at the cemetery and locate Sylvia's partially covered grave (it had fallen down and had been run over by a lawnmower). The nice lady from the newsletter was even so kind as to point out other family graves and gave me copies of all the vital records we had talked about on the phone! (I swear, genealogists are the nicest people on the planet!)

It was a moving experience and I am so glad that I was able to experience it with my mother.

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