ANCIENT COBB FARM CEMETERY RE-VISITED
Estill County, South Irvine, Kentucky
Day 4, Thursday, 29 June 2000
"LIGHTING THE WAY"
(Strange Event 6)
In Memory of Carlisle
Infant of Richard (Sr.) and Minerva Cobb
Born Nov 10th 1846
Died Feb 17th 1849
Minerva "Mary" Cobb is my 3rd Great Grandmother
(Richard Cobb and Mary Park are buried at Buffalo Springs Cemetery in Lincoln County).
Myself, William Douglas Park (1959- ) – Bent over Tombstone
Mother (smiling), Frances Theresa Park-Bell (1932- )
Mildred Wolfinbarger Cobb (partially hidden)
"As I moved left to right, I would set my notebook on a darkened stone and the sun would follow momentarily afterward, with an extremely bright "spotlight" effect on the transcription. My mother made mention of this phenomenon as did my Aunt Martha and cousin, Mildred Cobb. I believed that since I was moving in one direction in the same row, that this was simply an effect caused by the sun’s movement across the sky. Even so, the sheer intensity of the light and precision with which it illuminated each stone’s transcription, while the surrounding area remained in the shadows--was both eerie and quite remarkable. It wasn’t until I moved to the opposite corner of the cemetery and set my notebook down on "Carlisle" Cobb’s vault stone, that the powerful spotlight effect followed me yet again—much to everyone’s amazement. Carlisle was the infant of Richard Cobb, Sr. and Minerva "Mary" Cobb, my maternal 3rd Great Grandparents and the first Park-Cobb link in my line. My Aunt took a photograph at that moment, one that she said later "gave me goosebumps" and caused her to draw a quick breath when she saw it for the first time. I must say when I viewed the picture, it humbled me…the stone, and not the sun, appeared to radiate a surreal light that shined up in into my face as I bent over the stone to transcribe it—the effect was like that of a heavenly glow….an almost perfect spotlight, but ever so intense! The light was so bright that my right hand and the entire ledger notebook was lost in it and my face aglow. It was obvious from that point on, that wherever I ventured in the cemetery, no matter how erratic my movement, the sun seemed sure to follow, lighting my way, shining on each tombstone and allowing me to capture the meaningful information from long ago. The rest of the party paused to watch in disbelief as each stone brightened one after the other—the cue--my presence with pen and pad. There was no rational explanation for what happened that day. In the darkened woods, I never faltered in getting each and every transcription—odds of such a feat, given the poor lighting conditions and shadows must have been astronomical. My 3rd Great Grandma, Minerva "Mary" Park (mother to Carlisle) and I share the same birth month and day—May 4th—she was born in 1822 and I, 137 years later in 1959. I believe she made her presence known this day."
- Doug Park