Apsey Graveyard

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John and Jennie Apsey
These gravestones are located in

CEM1247_1426795253OakGrove Cemetery
28th St SE and Kalamazoo Ave
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan USA

Photos taken August 23, 2015

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Back of stone


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John Elisha Apsey 1832-1911
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Susan Corman Apsey 1840-1918
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Orion Apsey 1865-1899
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Rachel Apsey 1874-1890
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Mary Apsey 1880-1881
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Thomas Apsey 1870-1881
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Edwin Apsey 1891-1910
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John Elisha Apsey 1863-1926
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Jennie Bush Apsey 1867-1930
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William E. Apsey 1888-1958
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James Apsey 1901-1962


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After I had finished taking the photos of the Apsey stones, I wandered around the cemetery because, well… its what I like to do. Cemeteries are full of history and art.

The following picture of Isabelle Slater’s stone practically called to me to take a photo. Almost like it was saying “Look at ME!”. My daughter even commented that there was ‘something’ about the stone. Much later while putting the Apsey lineage together, I discovered that Isabelle Apsey was married to a Slater.  Was Isabelle’s spirit motivating me to include her with the other Apseys I had been photographing or is my DNA connection that strong to recognize one of my ancestors?

You decide.

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Do not stand at my grave …and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
by Mary Elizabeth Frye – 1932