Lost Grave of Horace Seymour

Strolling through the northeastern section (Section 9) of the Fulton Street Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I came upon the following stone buried in the sod.  Given the stone’s condition it had been this way for quite some time… neglected.  Once the sod was removed and the stone washed, the inscription appeared, not having been read since at least the July 1929 Daughters of the American Revolution headstone reading.

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Horace Seymour Headstone
Horace’ headstone has nearly disappeared from view.
Horace Seymour Headstone
Stone has been unburied – heavily soiled.
Horace Seymour Headstone
Willow tree symbolizing mourning and sadness.
Horace Seymour Headstone
Close-up shot of headstone – very poor condition.
Horace Seymour Headstone
Washing stone reveals lettering.
Horace Seymour Headstone
Cleaned stone – post reading.

INSCRIPTION

HORACE B. SEYMOUR
DIED
Sept. 2, 1864
Aged 47 Yrs
3? Days

1865 Grand Rapids City Directory, p143
roster of Grand Rapids citizens who served in Union.
1865 Grand Rapids City Directory, p143 roster of Grand Rapids citizens who served in Union.
Record First Michigan Light Artillery
Civil War 1861-1865
p.106
Record First Michigan Light Artillery Civil War 1861-1865 p.106

The following clip appeared in Albert Baxter’s “History of the City of Grand Rapids” published in 1891.  It reads:

“January 12, 1848, an association, in which Horace Seymour was a prominent and active worker, was organized in the township of Walker under the comprehensive title of “The Walker Agricultural Society of Kent County.” October 27, 1848, this society held a fair at the west end of the Bridge street bridge, at which premiums aggregating $31.75 were awarded. This display was an attractive one for those days. Addresses were delivered by the Rev. Joseph Penney and Dr. A. C. Westlake. At the next annual meeting the name was changed to “Grand River Valley Agricultural Society.” Its membership included residents on both sides of the river.”

The Walker land plat for both 1855 and 1863 shows a farm for H. Seymour in the northeastern quadrant of section 21 that is sold off on the 1873 plat.

Horace Seymour Civil War Record
Horace Seymour served with the 1st Michigan Light Artillery Battery E.
Lost Grave of Horace Seymour

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