More than a grave marker: A toppled tombstone in Sugar Creek Cemetery establishes the death date and marital status of a long-gone Hancock County resident. Experts say cemeteries are an excellent way to research family history. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — William Barnard was 31 years, five months old when he was killed by a falling timber.
The year was 1877, so William’s misfortune would likely have been lost to history had it not been for the inscription on his tombstone.
It’s there, just below his name, etched into the broken, lopsided grave marker, which still sits among many others from the Barnard family in Center Township’s Sugar Creek Cemetery.