Monday, September 20, 2010

One hundred seventeen years later...

John Mann at the grave of Nancy Power Mann, circa 1893
This is the most interesting, powerful and moving image I have found in my genealogy research to date.  This is John William Mann, my great, great, great grandfather, standing at the grave of his wife of 52 years, my great, great, great grandmother Nancy Power Mann.
I found this image on  It had been uploaded (it turns out) by my fourth cousin once removed, who lives in Washington state, and she graciously allowed me to use it here. The best part about it is the grave is in Woodside Cemetery - just 20 minutes from my house in Minnesota! 
My mom and I had gone graveyard hopping just a few months before at this very cemetery, but I apparently hadn't looked over the transcription list very closely (learned a lesson there - be prepared before you go!)  We had found my great, great grandparents' stone, pictured right, (John and Nancy's daughter Ann Mann Aldritt and her husband), but missed this one entirely, even though it was only about 30 feet away. (You can even see it in the background of the picture I took of their daughter's stone in May!)
So of course we had to go back!
And one hundred and seventeen years later, here's what the plot looks like today, compared to that image:
One hundred seventeen years later

In 2010, the plot looks a little forlorn. The stones surrounding Nancy's grave and the small headstone on her plot are gone, as is the urn that stood at the top of the family headstone.
But even though my daughter giggled about trying to look as serious as John Mann, I still felt a certain connectedness to my 3x ggrandfather as she posed there in the same spot where he had stood.  Lauren wondered if John had ever imagined that 117 years and six generations later, she would be standing right there.  I told her I don't know if he could've imagined her!Then she wondered if in another hundred-or-so years her great, great, great, great granddaughter might be standing right there.  That's a pretty neat thought (especially for an 11-year-old), and I hope it comes true some day!


  1. Wonderful post and photos! Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. That IS a great picture. What a treasure!

  3. What a wonderful story! I'm in the Twin Cities and may have to drive over there. Looks like a beautiful cemetery!


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