Tombstone Tuesday: Gravestone Contract for John Robertson of Washington, IA

Have you ever found a gravestone contract in your ancestor’s probate records?

This contract was in the probate packet for my 4th great-grandfather, John Robertson.

What I find so interesting is the fact that they added an inscription for his son Hugh, who died during the Civil War and was buried somewhere near Jackson, Mississippi. (Still looking for where!)

I also find it interesting that this contract was made on April 30, 1879 – John died on February 26th, which means that it took a couple of months to get a headstone up.

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