I have been told that this double marker for George D. and Lucy L. Stedman was rescued from a storefront building in downtown Wellington, Ohio. It is not known where it was before that.
This stone is currently at Addie’s Antiques at 135 East Herrick Avenue, in Wellington. Phone # 440-647-0990. The contact person for this stone is Mr. Doug Dunham who works most Sundays at Addie’s Antiques. He is selling this stone for $250.00. The children and their family are buried at the Spencer Cemetery in Spencer, Medina County, Ohio.
When I first saw this beautiful old gravemarker a week ago I did not see any pricetag on it. I was hopeful that perhaps it was waiting for pick up by a Stedman family descendant. But, that is not the case apparently. I learned today that the stone is indeed for sale. It would require a great deal of skillful work to remove the cement, brick etc. from the stone without destroying it. I am hoping it goes to a good home regardless.
The children are buried at the Spencer Cemetery in Medina County where there is a large four-sided monument erected for the family. The children’s names are inscribed on one of the sides. Memorials for them are posted on Find A Grave.
I am not aware if there are any laws that prevent people from selling old gravestones in Ohio, espeically in cases such as this where there is another marker in place at the gravesites.
I spoke to Doug Dunham this afternoon who works at Addie’s Antiques on Sundays, and he said that the people he got the stone from said they were going to throw it out if they could not dispose of it any other way.
I truly hope this precious original white marble double table grave marker for George D. and Lucy L. Stedman goes to a good home; preferably to a descendant or to a historical society that would accept it and properly take care of it.
While at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, I decided its time to visit the gravesite of some of my Szczepankiewicz family members from my maternal grandmother’s family. Specifically, Stanley Szczepankiewicz and his wife Sophie’s gravesites.
While walking toward the gravestone, I immediately saw a lady finishing up decorating it with Easter flowers. I decided to walk up and ask her if she is Joan Stevens, the daughter of Stanley and Sophie, whom I had written to over the years but not received recent replies from, unfortunately. She said she was indeed Joan Stevens, so we struck up a conversation and I told her about my maternal great-grandmother’s gravesite in another section that she said she had never visited before. I mentioned that if she had time to follow us there, I would show it to her. My maternal great-grandmother is Antonina Szczepankiewicz. So we stopped at my ancestor’s gravesite where my husband took our photo standing by it. Afterward, we drove up to another section of the cemetery to visit the gravesites of Joan’s grandparents Antoni and Victoria (Krokos) Szczepankiewicz. Antoni and Antonina were siblings.
Meeting Joan so unexpectedly certainly was the highlight of my day. She is such a remarkable person that at age 85 and after overcoming major health issues, still drives out to decorate her parents’ gravesites. I pray she is able to continue with her visits for many years to come.