Tombstone Tuesday: John and Nettie Richmond


© Copyright 2009 Terri O’Connell
© Copyright 2009 Terri O’Connell

My son and I recently took a trip East to look at colleges. On our way home we stopped in Beckley, WV to visit a few cemeteries and to show him where his Grandma was born. We only had a short period to visit, but we made the most of it. I believe we saw about 4 cemeteries that day. My son got to stand at the grave of his 6th, 4th and 3rd great-grandparents. It is all in a days work. I am grateful to Bob, who is  a distant relative on my Warden side, for taking the time to show us  the many cemeteries.

John and Nettie Warden are my great-great-grandparents. They are one of the main reasons I made sure we stopped in Beckley on our way home from this road trip. I have recently found out that John Richmond was a 3rd degree Mason and Nettie was in the Order of the Eastern Star. I wanted to see of their tombstone had any symbols on it. Unfortunately, there were none.

Though there were no symbols on the stone, the trip was well worth while. I met a few relatives and enjoyed my brief stay. I have learned that the Warden side of the family has a yearly family reunion, down the road from John and Nettie’s house. I hope to be able to attend one soon.




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  1. Deez,

    Thank you so much. The kids do not really have a choice. I ramble on and on about family, if they happen to be in the car, they are a captive audience. But, most of them like walking through the cemeteries with me.

    My family as well, does not give much information. When I call my Grandma and ask her questions, she usually replies with “That was so long ago, I do not remember.” But, when I call back with information I have found, she laughs and says “Oh yeah, I remember that,” then she will tell me more stories. But, you have to start somewhere, right?

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