Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: J. F. M. and Margaret S. A. Lee

Lee Monument, 2010
Bedford Cemetery
Bedford, Trimble County, KY
This monument, located in Bedford, Kentucky, marks the graves of Jefferson Francis Marion Lee and his first wife, Margaret Shaw Anderson Lee.  One side of the stone reads as follows:

J. F. M. Lee
Nov. 14, 1835
Nov. 5, 1912

Farewell our children dear
Faint not neath the chastening rod.
It is the decree of God
That death must come to all.

J. F. M. Lee Inscription, 2010

The opposite side of the monument reads:

Margaret Lee
Feb. 12, 1840
Oct. 6, 1891

There is also an inscription beneath Margaret's death date, but I failed to get a good photo of it, and I failed to write it down while I was there.  Note to self:  Go back and get this information soon!

Margaret Lee Inscription, 2010

Also , at the bottom of the monument is the name LEE.  The marker is in good condition except for the loss of some sort of finial on top which seems to have broken off some time ago.

Inscription on base of J. F. M. and Margaret Lee monument, 2010

The graves are located in what is now called Bedford Cemetery in the town of Bedford in Trimble County, Kentucky.  Previously, the cemetery was called Odd Fellows Cemetery or Bedford IOOF Cemetery.  For more information and photos of the cemetery, check out this link:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2135282.

The final photo I'll share is one that I took as I was leaving Bedford Cemetery.  I found the image quite telling and rather sad.  In the foreground of the photo you'll clearly see the Lee marker, but if you look more closely, you'll notice in the distance a smokestack sending up a big cloud of smoke.  This smokestack is part of the power plant that now sits on the site of Frank and Margaret Lee's farm where they lived in that wonderful old house he called Freedom Home.

J. F. M. and Margaret Lee Monument (left)
with power plant smokestack in the distance, 2010

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