|Union cannon at Gettysburg Military Park. Marsha Ward photo.|
Due to time constraints, we weren't able to see as much as I had wanted, but we got to enough places, and I now have a real sense of the locations and conditions to suit my purposes.
We found a cemetery that long-time residents of the town didn't know a location for. There we found the grave marker of the first ancestor on the Ward line to come to America. What a thrill that was! We still wonder what his middle initial "M" stands for, but we know we'll find out some day.
|Peter M. Ward grave marker, Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Pomeroy, OH. Death year is wrong, according to newspaper account of his death the following year. Marsha Ward photo.|
After an exhausting walk all over a large cemetery in the Pittsburgh area trying to find Su's grandparents, she made a few phone calls to several of the aunts. Then, with new information in hand, she told the driver-cousin to stop the van so she could search a new portion of the cemetery, opened the door, and stepped out onto the very grave markers we had been seeking for two or three hours.
|A triumphant Su Ward, after finding and cleaning her grandfather's grave marker at the William Penn Cemetery in the Pittsburgh, PA area. Marsha Ward photo.|