I have a bit of mystery that I'd like others' input on. My ggggrandfather Isaiah Slavens is buried at Union Chapel or Brick Chapel... he has a stone at Union Chapel, but I'm not so sure that *he's* there.
Isaiah's stone is a white marble government-issue stone supplied for veterans' graves; his stone is in honor of his Revolutionary War service. I have his pension file, and among the miscellaneous papers in it is a listing of when and why the pension file has been pulled. One pull, in 1930, was for "tombstone data." Judging from the relative lack of wear on the stone at Union Chapel, it's a good bet it was placed in the early 1930's by whomever requested the pension information.
However, some family records and lists of Revolutionary War burials that were compiled before the 1930's state that Isaiah is buried at Brick Chapel. This seems quite possible-- according to the history at the Brick Chapel web site, the original cemetery was part of a tract of 1.5 acres donated by Hiram B. Slavens in 1844. Hiram was a son of Isaiah's, and Isaiah had died in June of 1843, so might Hiram have been donating the plot of land where his father had recently been buried?
In looking through the listing for the Union Chapel Cemetery, it appears that it came into use in the early 1860's. While Isaiah may have been reinterred there, it's pretty plain he wasn't buried there originally.
To add a further wrinkle to this mystery, Isaiah's stone is beside that of Elmina Clodfelter Slavens, the wife of James Calvin Slavens, one of Isaiah's many grandsons. I've not been able to find James C.'s burial place. As a Civil War veteran, he also would have been eligible for a white marble government-issue headstone... so did someone make a mistake and get Isaiah's stone where James's should have been?
The Brick Chapel Cemetery Board supposedly has the burial records for the cemetery, but since Isaiah's burial may predate the cemetery there might not be information. Does anyone know if the Union Chapel cemetery burial records exist, and how to get a lookup done in either cemetery's set of records?
Besides untangling the mystery, I'd like to see that James gets a stone if he's at Union Chapel without a marker.