Some months back, I found the birth certificate for my second great grandmother, Emily Jane Melton Davis Olive, on footnote.com. I knew the day would come when I would make the trek to find her gravestone at Itasca Cemetery in Itasca, Texas.
My first stop for grave markers now is findagrave.com. From there, I found information that I already had plus a plot number – D3. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a cemetery map, so the D3 didn’t hold a lot of promise for me.
I came prepared with my camera and a folder with a) a list of photo requests from findagrave.com for gravesites in Itasca Cemetery, and b) a list of all Davises and Olives in the cemetery in case I found any relatives.
When I arrived, I noticed that the crossroads within the cemetery were marked with numbers. I was hoping that the 3 of D3 referred to the crossroad. After wandering for a while, I found a group of Davises from my list. I took the pictures, then noticed that they were listed at B3. Eventually I got my orientation and later found the grave I was looking for. Score! The search took about an hour.
An interesting discovery was that the cemetery land is actually two cemeteries side by side: Itasca Cemetery and Luke Tipton Cemetery.