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Another FindaGrave volunteer has come through and taken a photo of the grave of my 3rd great-grandfather, William Wallace Campbell (Gee, you think he might have been Scottish? Just a bit?). The stone is a little hard to read in places, but I’m fascinated by the imagery depicted:
The carving depicts a broken tree with what appears to be a wall leaning against it.
I’ve never seen this type of imagery before. The broken tree, to me, seems to signify a life ended too short (he was only 34 when he died). I don’t know for sure if that’s a wall leaning in from the right. What do you all think? Ever seen anything like this? I want to do some more digging and see if I can find out how he died.
Here is the image from the second stone that is at the base of the larger headstone. It is much clearer:
Note the masonic symbol, which is repeated in the larger headstone.
Obviously, this smaller stone was added later by one of his children. I wonder if it was because the larger stone was already starting to wear?
The larger stone is hard to read, but after cropping and enlarging it, I think I can make out what it says:
W. W. CAMPBELL
born in Va. June ? 1828
died in San Antonio
January ? 1862
The FindaGrave memorial has the exact dates listed. I assume it’s easier to read the stone in person than in the photo provided.
One interesting finding: William’s wife, Susan Elizabeth (Smith) Campbell died two years later, also at a very young age. After viewing her FindaGrave memorial again, it’s even more apparent why new stones were made for these graves.
I recall coming across the information that they had died young before because it made finding their children in ensuing censuses challenging. I would love to know what happened to this couple…