Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday--Elizabeth Ann VanGilder Frum

Meet my 4x grandmother, Elizabeth Ann VanGilder Frum. She was born in 1792 in Maryland to Jacob VanGilder and Anna Margaret Gibler. The VanGilder’s, early pioneers of Monongalia County, (West) Virginia, traveled over the mountains from Frederick, Maryland in the late 1790’s.

On June 11, 1815, Elizabeth married Sampson Smith Frum in Monongalia County. Sampson was to become one of the largest land owners in the county. She and Sampson raised a family of six known children, all living to adulthood and raising families of their own.

Elizabeth is buried in the Old Frum Cemetery located on a piece of Sampson’s land along Aarons Creek, outside Morgantown, West Virginia. She was the first person to be interred in the cemetery. She died on August 1, 1845 at the age of 53. The little cemetery holds the remains of four of Elizabeth and Sampson’s adult children, some of their spouses and grandchildren.

I have had an opportunity to visit twice; however, it is now impossible to get to it as a barbed wire fence has been built around the cow pasture where the cemetery is located. I have two blogs on The Old Frum Cemetery if you would like more information on this small family cemetery
The Old Frum Cemetery and The Old Frum Cemetery Revisited.

Wife of
August 1 1845
in the 53 Year of her age

My flesh shall slumber
under ground
Till his loud joyfull
trump shall sound
Then burst the lamb with
sweet surprise
And in my saviours im-
age rise


(carver's name) Morgantown, Va
-Monongalia County, West Virginia Marriage Records, Volume 1 Page 725.
-Old Frum Cemetery, Monongalia County, West Virginia.
-Wilkins, Robert Poole, Frum Family Genealogy.

1 comment:

  1. How lucky you are to have these photo's, especially since you cannot get to the cemetery any longer. There is a family cemetery in my family also, in Bland, Missouri that is now part of the Canon National Forest - from what I understand you almost have to have a guide to get to it - which I'd love to do some day. Great article!