(WEHT)- Over a century after they were made, decades after they were believed to be lost, and months after they reappeared at an Evansville antique mall- the headstones for Harry Allen and Anna Borders were officially rededicated at their rightful, and final, resting places Saturday.
No one at the rededication ceremony for Allen nor Borders personally knew them but some were related to them. After the stones were found and initial plans to rededicate them were underway, Pike County Historical Society member Marcia Yates learned that one of the stones belonged to her fourth-great-grandmother, Anna Borders.
Yates said she’d come to the Pike County cemetery looking for her ancestor’s tombstone, but feels “wonderful” to be on hand for the ceremony. Yates also learned that Borders, who was born five years before the Declaration of Independence was signed, had an ancestor of her own who fought in the Revolutionary War, meaning Yates can now join the Daughters of the American Revolution.
An hour south in Warrick County, Harry Allen’s great-nephew Jed Inman was on hand to rededicate the infant’s gravestone- more than 150 years after Allen died at just 11 months old. Inman says he’s learned a lot about his own family history through the process and was honored to be on hand to mark a moment in his family’s history.
Inman says it may seem insignificant to some to rededicate a headstone to an infant who died so long ago, but he’s glad that so many people decided it was important enough to find a “good solution.”