Friday, February 15, 2008

Where Did the Coffins Come From? (Part 2)

Brenda Joyce Jerome, CG, author of several genealogical publications and blogger at, wrote and shared some information about coffins at Dycusburg, and how they may have made it there.

She said coffins were regularly carried by furniture stores and shortly after 1900, there were funeral directors. In the 12 June 1902 issue of The Crittenden Press, Boston and Walker, Funeral Directors and Embalmers advertised that they carried "a full line of coffins, caskets,
burial robes and slippers." Mr. Boston was a graduate of the National School of Embalming. They also had a hearse. Before coffins were carried by funeral homes, most coffins were handmade by a friend, neighbor or someone talented in woodwork.

Also, she noted that Henry and Henry came from Muhlenberg County and started their business in Marion before 1900, so no longer did tombstones have to be ordered from somewhere else.

"People in Dycusburg often did business in Lyon County and may have ordered their coffins from there," Jerome wrote.

She also added, "Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem, Livingston County, has a very old child's coffin on display in the room where you pick out a coffin in their funeral home. I've had to visit that room twice in the past few years and have seen it."

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