Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Isaac Farver

This is perhaps one of the more unique tombstones I have found for our family as I've done my genealogy research.  The stone is the grave marker for Isaac and Mary Anne Farver, my great great grandparents through my father.  Located in White City Cemetery near Spencerville, the stone would appear to be a bit of a tribute to Isaac's past-time during his retirement years.

After moving to Spencerville, Indiana, Isaac operated a shoe shop there until he retired in 1869.  From what I have been able to find, it seems that after closing the shoe shop, Isaac became a rather accomplished wood carver.  His tombstone memorializes that accomplishment.  In the shape of a tree trunk, the family name is shown in carved branches, and the placard for the inscription appears "carved" in the tree.

I haven't been able to find any of Isaac's carvings, but my hope is that through family, and some of the older families in the area, I may one day be able to track down an "original" Farver carving!


  1. Isaac is also my 2nd great grandfather. My dad is John and his dad is Forest E., son of John H. My dad gave me years ago 3 wood carvings that were made by Isaac. If you would like I could send you a picture of them. I also have a muzzle-loading rifle that belonged to Isaac. The rifle is missing some of the flint lock parts because they were sold during the great depression. I've enjoyed reading your research on our family. I've also been doing some research on my grandfather Forest, that has been very interesting.

  2. Quinn, I would absolutely LOVE to see pictures of the carvings and of the muzzle-loader! You can contact me directly via email. My email is cwashler at cox dot net. (I spelled it out to keep the spam bots from picking it up - hopefully!) I look forward to hearing from you!


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