12 September 2012

Claus and Anna Bittesohn, Wednesday's Child(ren)

I recently received an email requesting information about cemeteries to visit in Charleston, South Carolina. I have only been there once, but that was enough to make me fall in love with the city. It also did not take long to discover that Charleston is a treasure trove of graveyards and cemeteries.

I thought I'd go back over some of the photos I took from that trip more than four years ago. It didn't take long for me to find more blogging fodder. Incidentally, I also wonder why I didn't post some of this stuff then. Maybe I'm growing -- a better researcher, a better creative thinker? I hope so!

Looking at this image again reminded me of something everyone might not know...

Hier Ruhen In Gott [Here Rest In God]
Claus Diedrich
Geb 12 Octob 1873
Gest 18 May 1886

Anna M. C. A.
Geb 2 Nov 1885
Gest 19 May 1886
Kinder von [Children of] H. F. Bittesohn
und Meta Geb [née] Meyers

Bethany Cemetery
Charleston, South Carolina

Photo © 2008 - 2012 S. Lincecum

Putting "geb" and "gest" in the Google translator tool might not give you the results you expect. However, putting in "born" and "died" and translating them to German helps. Geb is short for Geboren (born), and Gest is short for Gestorben (died).

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