Dear Mr Agnes,
A good friend of mine came upon an Agnes family mystery. He had discovered a grave for Nancy Agnes, born 9/1 1925...and died 9/24/39....in Turnersville, Pa.
this is why he wants to find out:
The why is that it seems to me that the dignity of a human being deserves more than being plopped into an abandoned graveyard with no story of a life lived no matter how short. A person who is probably forgotten by all those who once loved her. She might have family members who want to know where she lies but because of the nature of her burial no one will ever find her unless someone makes the effort to connect an abandoned child with her family.
This is a very rural area even now with towns under a thousand people. 70 years ago it would have been even more close knit. I've talked with several lifelong local residents that would have been her age and none knew of her nor has anyone heard of the Agnes family. If she were a pauper or a stranger there are plenty of active graveyards in the area to accomodate, there was no need to use an abandoned overgrown graveyard. Someone 70 years ago went to a lot of effort to hide this girl's death and burial. She does not deserve this, she needs to have the connection made between her life and her death.
I enjoy going into old graveyards. I spent several years doing gravestone rubbings all over my native New England. One of the reasons I stop and read the stones is that I can connect real everyday people with history. When you can see the lives of a family that lived from the pilgrim days of the mid 1600s to our American Revolution displayed on timeless markers you put flesh on the people who lived the events of the history books. Maybe it's just me but I find it offensive to deliberately hide the life of a person who walked this earth from all who might care.