Hagel des Vaterlandes
|St. Stephens Cemetery, Dearborn County, IN|
I took my mom and her sister on a whirlwind genealogical tour across the U.S. 6 corridor in three northern Indiana counties a few weeks ago. In preparation for the trip, I plugged a few names of ancestors into findagrave.com. Yes, it is for-real. I knew that my great x3 grandfather had been born in Bavaria and came with his parents to the United States in the 1830s, first settling in Dearborn County, Indiana. Jacob Ewald followed the love of his life to northern Indiana, while his parents and several siblings remained in Dearborn County. I did not know where his parents were buried, so I plugged in their names and found that the cemetery was just off the beaten path to Madison, which is where my wife and I were planning to spend our anniversary.
|My wife capturing a moment of me paying respect to distant family|
All of the stones in this little cemetery were inscribed in German.
All of them.
|Believed to be a tintype picture of Phillip Ewald, my great x4 grandfather, immigrant from Bavaria|