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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Efner Tombstones at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

Mt. Pleasant Cemetery (aka Abers Cemetery)
Mitchell, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin
(click to enlarge any photo in this post)

I visited Mt. Pleasant Cemetery several years ago to locate the gravesite of my third great-grandfather, Ezekiel Efner. The cemetery is located at the northwest corner of High View Road and Parnell Road, Mitchell, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. From Cascade Village, you take Hwy. 28 south to County Trunk F; go west on F about a mile to High View, then north on High View about half a mile. [T14N, R20E, SE quarter of SE quarter Sec 24]

My notes are as vague as my memory on this fine point, but in the photo above, I believe you can just make out the two white stones of Ezekiel and Eliza Efner between the two shadowed stones framed by the cemetery sign. A closer view appears below:

Tombstones of Ezekiel Efner and his second wife, Eliza A. Davis

Ezekiel Efner died March 12, 1868. There's a Masonic insignia on his gravestone. If I understand correctly, both his stone and Eliza's were broken at some point, and were subsequently set into the ground such that the lower parts of the stones are not now visible. Ezekiel's stone once showed that his age at the time of his death was 67 years old.

Tombstone of Ezekiel Efner

Ezekiel's second wife, Eliza A. Davis, is buried next to him. The clasped-hands symbol on her stone is said to mean "farewell to this earth." From a cemetery transcription, I understand that the stone gave her age at the time of her death as 55 years, 3 months, and 11 days.

Tombstone of Eliza A. (Davis) Efner

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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