In March, on our way home from visiting our grandson at his Coast Guard “A” School in Yorktown, Virginia, we decided to “visit” my great-grandfather in Warrenton, Virginia. It was pouring rain, but we stopped anyway since I did not have a good picture of his headstone. Once we saw the area it appeared we would not get a good picture that day as well. Not only was it surrounded by wet, soggy, muddy ground but a bush now covered over half of the stone. I had not come prepared with my Cemetery Kit so there were no clippers to take care of the gardening chores.
Fast forward to Easter Weekend and another trip to Yorktown, this time for Grandson’s graduation from his “A” School. We prepared for the return trip with clippers and and a garbage bag so I could perform my gardening duties.The ground was still soggy since it had rained the night before, but I clipped anyway. I had come prepared with clippers and my “Cemetery Shoes” this time.
In order to get a different perspective of the site, I walked down hill and took this picture from there. His headstone is under that bush . . . now. On the other side of the large memorial that says “NIESS” it says “KELLY,” my great-grandfather’s second wife’s maiden name. Buried to the left of Edwin is his wife, Florence Marie Kelly Niess,and next to Florence is Edwin Alonza’s son, Edwin Mark Niessand next to “Uncle Eddy” is his wife, Lucy Marguerite Kelly Niess
Yes ~ Father and Son were married to sisters! So Eddy’s sister-in-law was also his step-mother and Lucy’s sister was also her mother-in-law! And let’s not forget both father and son were attorneys in Washington DC with the same first name of Edwin! So if anyone would distinguish which attorney they were looking for by saying it was Edwin who was married to the Kelly girl, they could flip a coin!Lucy and Marie’s parents are also buried in this plot and this is the reverse side of the “Niess” Stone with their information on it. The Kellys are scattered here and there in this cemetery, but for some reason these two girls are buried with their parents. (this picture was taken that rainy day in March ~ can you tell??)
Rest in Peace, Niess/Kelly family! I’ll keep checking on you and make sure the shrubs are trimmed and you are all remembered!