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Re: Help with "word" Kuny on headstone, Denton Co, TX
Posted by: Sue Fealko (ID *****7810) Date: July 26, 2013 at 17:41:35
In Reply to: Help with "word" Kuny on headstone, Denton Co, TX by Joan E. Rambo of 7408

Hello, Joan,
I think I've written to you before about something else. If you would like some feedback on your gravestone question--

I looked at both stones in FindaGrave. In my opinion, the flat stone on the ground, which looks to be older and smaller, is the more correct one. Her name must have been Talitha Cumi D. Graves. "Talitha Cumi" was a name given to quite a few baby girls. If you type those two words in First Names in and make it exact, you get thousands of records for hits. In 1850, there were at least 550 girls alone with that for a first name. It goes up from there; in 1880, there were 1367 girls named Talitha Cumi. I'm sure that's what the C. on the gravestone stands for, and then she must have had a middle name beginning with D.

The other stone appears to be a later tribute to Talitha, only it has mistakes. You get the impression that someone only heard her name but never saw it to know that it was Talitha Cumi, not Kuny. Maybe someone remembered it wrong or told the stonecutter who spelled it wrong--whatever, it should be Cumi. Since that's not right, it could be that the initials that follow (I can't really make out the A., just the P.) are not correct either. You are sure that her maiden name began with G? Someone could think that her maiden name began with P. just because it's the second initial.

It was interesting to see the two gravestones for the same lady, but that happened in my family too, two stones for the same person.

Sue Ellen Fealko

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