19th-Century Dutch Gravestones Reunite Couple

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19th-Century Dutch Gravestones Reunite Couple

19th-Century Dutch gravestones reunite couple are featured on Tombstone Tuesday. These insanely cool 19th-century Dutch gravestones were the solution of a 19th-century couple of different religions. One was buried in a Protestant cemetery and the other interred in a Catholic cemetery, and yet still managed to be together.

19th-Century Dutch Gravestones Reunite Couple

Het Oude Kerkhof, Roermond, the Netherlands

According to a local blogger:

[These are the] graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, who were not allowed to be buried together. On the Protestant part of this cemetery J.W.C van Gorcum, colonel of the Dutch Cavalry and militia commissioner in Limburg is buried. His wife, Lady J.C.P.H van Aefferden is buried in the Catholic part. They were married in 1842; the lady was 22 and the colonel 33. He was a Protestant and didn’t belong to the nobility.

This caused quite a commotion in Roermond. After being married for 38 years the colonel died in 1880 and was buried on the Protestant part of the cemetery against the wall. His wife died in 1888 and had decided not to be buried in the family tomb but on the other side of the wall, the closest she could get to her husband. Two clasped hands connect the graves across the wall.

Location: Het Oude Kerkhof, Roermond, the Netherlands
Latitude:50.936944
Longitude:5.341667

My tombstones are never this exciting. How about yours?

By |30 May 2013|Cemetery Records|Comments Off on 19th-Century Dutch Gravestones Reunite Couple

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