In 2000 and 2001, I visited Brainerd on my trips to Minnesota. I was stunned to learn that there was no tombstone for my great-grandmother Amarilla. She was buried in the plot with George Angus Barclay, their son George Alexander Barclay, and the first baby of daughter Grace and husband R.S. McDonald.
The large tombstone, in the photo below, that I am standing by is for George Barclay. To the front left is the smaller Civil War foot stone. The tombstone to the right is for little baby George Alexander. It has the lamb on the top. There was no stone for Amarilla. I checked with the Evergreen Cemetery Office, who are very helpful, to confirm that she was buried there. They have a diary of the dead at their website: http://www.brainerd.net/~evergreencem/dotd.html
I set about getting a tombstone for my great-grandmother and by the next visit in 2001 it was in place. Nothing fancy just a stone that gave her information. Her tombstone is in the forefront of the picture below. Much better, only problem is it reads as her birth year 1859, it should be 1858. Darn! I don’t understand how that happened but apparently it is not unusual for mistakes to be made on tombstones. Sigh! I do have my records and the paperwork asking me to check the information. The form says 1859, but I did not make note of any changes so I could not go back and complain to the company who did the stone. So my advice, if you create a stone for an ancestor keep careful notes. It is not easy to do it from afar.
In the following picture you can see the new tombstone in the foreground.
We visited again in 2007 before heading up to Pine River. At least great grandma has recognition now.
Find A Grave has memorials to the Barclay’s with information, links, tombstones and more. The people who had created the memorials where kind to transfer the management to me and in some cases added new information. The memorials continue to evolve as I add links and information.