Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Annie Brown Adams and children


Annie Brown Adam's grave site was thought to be lost for a number of years. Historians and my father tried to locate the grave site and were unable to do so, not because it had moved or they had the wrong address, but because the graveyard was completely overgrown with weeds and brambles making identification of the individual graves impossible.

My father's cousin, Dede, was instrumental in getting the cemetery cleaned up and de-thorned. In 2008, my father and I traveled to Rohnerville Pioneer Cemetery to take pictures of the famly graves there. If you look through the hole in the redwood burl sign at left, you can see  the grave of Annie Brown Adams, John Brown's daughter who worked as housekeeper and watcher at the Kennedy Farmhouse in the summer of 1859.


Annie's grave is a long rectangular block of rough stone with a small marble headstone that reads "Annie Brown Adams 1843-1926." No mention of her historical significance nor are there any references to her infamous father, John Brown. Next to Annie are the graves of two of her 10 children, Lolita and Grace, as well as the grave of her grand twin Kenneth Cook. Annie's grave is in need of repair: it is not level, the right side is jutting up from the ground and Lolita's headstone is broken on the ground. My Great Aunt Alice, Annie's granddaughter, remembers visiting Annie's grave once after one of the great floods and finding the entire topstone displaced and the coffin sticking out of the ground. 

Below are closeup photographs of each of the headstones.
Close up of Annie's head stone


 Annie Brown Adams
1843-1926




Close up of Lolita's head stone lies broken on the grass


Lolita
Dau. of
S.S & Annie Brown
Adams
Died Oct. 2, 1874
Aged 1mo. 4 ds
Of such is the Kingdom of heaven



Close up of Gace's head stone


Our Gracie
Dau of
S.S. & Annie Brown
Adams
Died March 12, 1878
Aged 1 yr. 10 mo. & 12 ds
He doeth all things well



Close up of Kenneth's head stone


Kenneth Cook
1911


Kenneth was the 6th child of Annie's daughter Bertha (my great grandmother). Kenneth and Clinton were twins. Kenneth lived for 1 month and 2 days..

Asos buried in this cemetery is Cora, Salmon and Abbie's 17 year old daughter who died after being thrown from a horse. Not long after her death, Salmon and his family left the Rohnerville area of California and moved to Oregon, leaving Cora behind.

Closeup of Cora's Head stone



Cora A.
Daughter of
S. & A.C. Brown
Died
May 19, 1877
Aged
17 yrs 4 mos 3 days


All Photographs were taken by Alice Keesey Mecoy and remain the property of Alice Keesey Mecoy. If you would like to use a photograph on your site, please ask for permission first and give proper credit. Thank you!


4 comments:

Amy Coffin said...

Wow, that's a unique cemetery sign.

Alice Keesey Mecoy said...

Yes it is unique. It is a slab of Redwood Burl, polished with the words carved in and shellaced. I love the fact that they retained the original shape of the burl, and did not make it into a circle or a square.

In northern California you find lots of items made from redwood.

Thanks for reading

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this important history. My husband's grandfather's first wife is buried there. We are in the process of trying to locate her burial location. We don't even know if she has a headstone.

ChrisNoren said...

My wife is also descended from Annie Brown Adams. Her grandfather was Annie's son Landon Augustus Adams. She grew up in Humboldt County in the town of Fortuna, of which Roenerville is now part. Lots of Brown kin in that area.