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These Homes Along Lake Huron Hold the Mystery to Two Infant Tombstones Buried Face Down 130 Years Ago

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Today they’re stately homes overlooking the shores of Lake Huron in Alpena. But a recently discovered find is sending homeowners, police and the curious researching the city’s past to find why two infant tombstones were buried face down in the ground.

The Alpena News reports,

It’s a mystery Officer Lee Grant gladly took on after both markers were turned over to the Alpena Police Department as found property. Though not a typical case for a police department, with his keen interest in Alpena history and genealogy, Grant proved the right person to try and solve the mystery.

“It’s been a fun little investigation for me,” he said. “I really enjoy this type of stuff.”

Right from the start, Grant had some information to go on since both gravestones were preserved in good condition and easily readable. One marker indicated the deceased was the infant son of C.D. and Margaret McKenzie.

“Budded on earth to bloom in heaven” the sweet sentiment on the marker read. According to additional engraved words, the unnamed baby died on Sept. 7, 1882, at 9 weeks of age.

The second infant, also unnamed and listing the McKenzies as parents, died July 12, 1881, when 6 months, 7 days old. Her gravestone read, “This little one but tasted the cup of pain and woe, and then away she hasted, where joys unceasing flow.”

The police went to to do some genealogical investigating work and through the sexton of the city’s historic burying grounds Evergreen Cemetery, found that the McKenzie family is buried there.

The speculation is the infants were buried in the family’s backyard and were never transferred to the plot at Evergreen Cemetery. The community plans to set the recently discovered tombstones in the same location as the rest of the family.

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