Monday, November 29, 2010
My father-in-law tells a story about this cemetery. He told us that his father said, "Bury me near "dot waalll". I don't think that this quote is about his father but about his grandfather.
His grandfather and his father came here from Nova Scotia in the 1890s. I would expect his grandfather to have the heavily accented and not so educated voice. But, since it is this headstone next to the wall and it reads "Father", then we have some evidence that it is Joseph who wished to be buried near the wall. Look how close it is to the stone wall.
My father-in-law insisted that their roots are Dutch. They are not. They must have seen the word "German" written in the German language at some point to infer that. A fellow researcher, who is now deceased, went to Germany and found a Leopold Frauzel born about 1755 and then hit the brick wall.
My father-in-law also insists that his grandmother, Joseph's wife was an Indian princess. (Did you giggle?) This needs more investigation. He based his knowledge on the fact that she always wore her hair in a braid. (Hmmmm...)
Family lore is interesting but can keep you awake at night.