Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fanny Hibbard

The white marble marker for Fanny Hibbard (b. 1815, d. 1853) has fallen face up on the ground, making it easy to overlook unless you are right there. Few gravestones are nearby, which adds to the impression that this stone is either forgotten—or soon will be.

wife of
Nov. 26, 1853
Aged 38 ys. 7 m.
& 26 ds.

A reading of the worn epitaph, if possible, must wait for a warmer day, when I can take my time clipping grass and taking close-up photos.

The 1850 Federal Census entry for the Hibbard household shows Lucius (a carpenter), Fanny, and five children.

Census image from

History of Walworth County, Wisconsin by Albert Clayton Beckwith (Bowen, 1912) includes a biographical sketch of one of the Hibbard offspring, Elijah (5 years old in 1850). From it we learn a bit more about Lucius and Fanny:

Lucius Hibbard, father of the subject, was born in Bath, New Hampshire, May 29, 1802. He went to New York about 1831 and there married Fannie Harvey about 1832. She was born near Utica, New York, April 4, 1815, and her death occurred November 26, 1853 at Marengo, Ohio, to which place she and her husband had moved about 1840. Mr. Hibbard subsequently married Mary Ann Burnett, who died in 1874. He had preceeded her to the grave at Marengo on July 24, 1865.

I found no gravestone for Lucius Hibbard during my two visits to Butter Cemetery.

Butter Cemetery, Morrow County, Ohio

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