Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Sterling M. Barner

The headstone for Sterling M. Barner has disappeared or disintegrated, leaving only this foot stone as a reminder that he is buried in Smithland Cemetery in Smithland, Kentucky. When photographed on 12 September 2009, it was leaning against the headstone of Dr. Milton H. Carson.

Buried in the Barner plot are his daughters, Martha “Miss Pattie” Barner Taylor and Mary E. Barner; his brother, Benjamin Barner and sister, May/Mary Barner Wells, wife of Henry Wells. Sterling’s widow, Sarah, moved to Logan County, Kentucky after Sterling died and her burial place is unknown.

According to the order for a tombstone from Cassavant, Raynor & Co. of Evansville, Sterling M. Barner died 21 June 1862 at the age of 69 years, 1 month and 11 days. The tombstone was to have the Masonic emblem and “to be got up in the best style & highly finished as to polish.” The tombstone for Benjamin Barner, who died in 1865, was ordered at the same time by Sarah J. Barner, widow of Sterling.

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