Hillsboro, Illinois – The Mystery Of The Traveling Gravestone

Posted by admin on Sep 21, 2012

For the second time in 99 years, the tombstone of a nine year old boy who died in 1858 has been found in a ditch. The stone reads: “John T. Misenheimer, Son of H.C. & E. Misenheimer, Died July 24, 1858, Aged 9 ys, 7 ms, 12 ds”.

The mystery of the stone began when Hillsboro resident and local historical buff Jim May was walking in a ditch on the northeast side of Hillsboro this summer. May said that a tree had fallen, exposing the stone near the site of the old Lutheran Cemetery that was located along Broad Street, between Seward and Vawter.

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