The process to find the gravestone’s rightful home was a long one, said Stanaway.
“We looked into trying to find any relatives to see what we could figure out what the story was from a relative standpoint or someone who could give us permission to put the monument back where it belongs, but we weren’t able to find any survivors,” Stanaway said.
Peter J. Weller died in 1849 in Lansing, Michigan, and was buried in Oak Park Cemetery, Stanaway said.
Nel 1875, his grave was moved Mount Hope Cemetery, but the monument never made it.
The gravestone had been missing for 146 years before it was returned.
The auctioneer donated the monument to FOLHC and they got to work restoring his plot. They discovered Weller had two daughters and a daughter-in-law in the same cemetery. His daughter-in-law’s stone had been restored in 2014, so they decided to restore his daughters’ anche.
FOLHC hired a preservationist and he returned the monuments to their former glory.
Weller now resides next to his daughters
172 anni dopo la sua morte. Il FOLHC is planning to have a memorial service to recognize Weller’s return on Sunday in the cemetery