I received an e-mail on Friday that the gravestone for my 3rd Great Grandfather Silas Calvin Ramsey had been set in the Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.
Along with several cousins I had been contacted earlier in the Pandemic about whether we would approve the placing of a stone for him. The local SAR chapter has a program where they request stones to mark the graves of veterans who never had a stone. This was the case for Silas, and of course we readily agreed.
Here is a satellite view of the cemetery.
My sister and her husband visited the cemetery today, and took some pictures that I will share later. I look forward to my next trip to Iowa so that I can visit the grave site.
You cannot see the exact spot of the stone as it is in the shadow of a large tree. You will see the tree in the next picture. In this satellite view you can also see the shadow of a flag pole and cannon that are also in the next picture.
The group that set the stone posted a picture to findagrave.com that included a marker and flag, but I am sure that they borrowed one from another grave for the picture. Most likely they will add the marker and a flag for Memorial Day. Perhaps there will be a special ceremony for the stones that are new this year.
You can also see the cannon and the flag pole in the background.
I will write a future post about his service, but you can see from the picture of the stone that he was a blacksmith and served with the 3rd Iowa Calvary.
You can also read more about Silas Calvin Ramsey’s life in my post Tracing Silas Calvin Ramsey.
For my family members that are seeing this and wondering which branch of the family Silas belongs to, he is the Great Grandfather of my Grandma Braman.