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Here1, after all his struggles and transitions, lies Grandpa Oliver.

The excellent Gertrude Barber was able to read here that he died 18 September 1854, aged 72 years, 3 months. The stone must have been in better condition when she saw it, and probably upright. We had to clear some grass away to see it this well.

Below, a couple of context shots to assist any friends or relatives who may wish to pay their respects.

We were moved and gratified to learn later that the Holmes family had taken flowers to Oliver’s grave on his 225th birthday 12 June 2007. With all the disappointments in this world, it is a blessing to be reminded just how thoughtful people can be. Thanks, Kristie and Wade!
1In the Elton Cemetery, Town of Freedom, Cattaraugus County; first known as Coles Settlement Cemetery on the main street of Elton Village (“Cattaraugus Co., N.Y., Cemeteries,” compiled by Gertrude A. Barber. FHL US/CAN 974.794 v3bc).
toward the back
of the cemetery,
with Oliver’s stone
in the foreground.

across the
east-west path
that bisects
the cemetery.
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