October 4, 2011

Eberhards at Otterbein - Tombstone Tuesday

My great-grandparents are buried side-by-side in Otterbein Cemetery in Westerville, Ohio.

Their tombstone reads:
                         FATHER                             MOTHER
                       LLEWELLYN J.                      MARY M.
                     JAN. 29, 1868                  MAY 28, 1875
                    SEPT. 11, 1946                 APRIL 15, 1958

The unexpected discovery of Llewellyn’s original baptismal fraktur (see my earlier post, You Never Know Unless You Ask) showed that he was actually named John Llewellyn. The use of John as a forename was a common practice in German families. He always went by Llewellyn, though. He was born in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania to parents Catherine and David Eberhard. He died at age 78 in Galena, Delaware County, Ohio.

Mary Madina Comfort was born in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania to parents Polly and Louis Comfort. She and Llewellyn had a Christmas Eve wedding. They were married December 24, 1891, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She was 82 years old when she died in Sunbury, Ohio.

As both of them died before I was born, I never knew either one, but my grandmother gave me a few pictures. Here’s my favorite:

They were hard-working people, raising 16 children on a dairy farm, but their faces look kind. Wish I had had the chance to know them.

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