Sunday, July 13, 2008

An Amazing Discovery

My husband has been researching his family history for nearly 17 years and this weekend he found an amazing piece of history.


Roy's great-great-great grandfather moved to Oklahoma in 1884 from Missouri. He passed away in 1886 from injuries he sustained during the Civil War. He was buried in the countryside near the families home. Many years went by and the gravesite was lost. Eventually the site was zoned for an airbase to be built there. By this time noone was sure where the grave was at and the tombstone was lost as well. After many years of searching for information Roy decided to give up his search for family information.


In early 2008, he decided to post some information on a geneology blog to see if anyone has any information to share. On July 8, Roy received an email that changed his entire life! A lady from Denton, TX said that she was searching the family as well because she had the tombstone. The tombstone was recovered from a dorm at Texas Woman's University in 1982. She had kept the tombstone under a tree in her backyard hoping to one day return it to the family.


We met Donna and her husband in Davis, OK and my husband got to see William Potes' headstone for the first time. Although this is one mystery solved, there are so many more questions to ask. How did the headstone end up in Denton, TX nearly 100 miles form where William is buried? Why was it in a dorm of an all girls college? Where is William buried?


We are so thankful for the wonderful people who had enough kindness to take care of a wonderful family treasure. We are planning on having a base made for the headstone and putting it next to his wife in the family cemetary.

5 comments:

Brandy said...

that is probably the neatest story I've ever heard. It gave me goose bumps and made me tear up a bit! Awesome Awesome Awesome!

Mandee said...

I got goose bumps too! How incredible. Now, I want to know his family history! If he finds out more you'll have to blog it. Its very interesting.

Julie said...

This is absolutely amazing!!!! I was intrigued he was a Civil War Veteran. Do you know where/what area he served in? You so have to do more research and find out more of the story!! It would be neat to base a book on the events.

Christy Lee said...

How cool is that? I really love researching family history. I just stopped by your blog through Jessica's and thought I would say hi.

Meredith said...

That is an amazing story! How crazy that she had it all that time, and just happened to see his email...