|A gathering of Nashes:
This view, taken in February 2002, shows the sad state of affairs at
Charles Nash family plot at the Ridgefield Cemetery -- time and
vandalism have taken their toll on the gravestones.
- The stone of Elizabeth R. Grummun (1822-1901), who is often called
E.R.G. in the diary. She is a daughter of Charles and Roxy Nash, and
sister of diarist Jared Nash. The stone has been knocked off its
pedestal and is lying face up on the ground.
- The stone of Charles Grummun, who died Aug. 5, 1847. He was
Elizabeth's husband, and left her a widow with two small children,
one of whom was "Libby," mentioned often in the diary.
This stone is barely readable, worn by time and the elements.
- The small stone of Henry S. Grummun, the one-year-old son of
Elizabeth and Charles, who died July 31, 1847, only a few days
before his father died. The strain on Elizabeth -- losing a husband
and son in a week -- must have been incredible, but she was a strong
woman and went on to
become a self-sufficient and successful working woman. The stone is
mostly unreadable. (That's a chihuahua behind the gravestone.)
- The broken stone of Charles Nash, who died May 22, 1878 at the age
of 84. The two pieces are lying against the much-heftier stone of his wife.
Charles was the father of diarist Jared Nash. It's not clear whether
vandals or a defect in the stone caused the break.
- The ornate stone of Roxy Nash, wife of Charles and mother of
Jared. She died Aug. 20, 1876, two years before her husband, and has
a much thicker, fancier -- and probably much more expensive -- stone than
Charles. If Charles bought the stone, it may show the love that he
had for his wife. However, it may have been purchased by her
daughter, Elizabeth Grummun. Roxy was 84 at her death.
- The most unusual stone, labeled "Baby Esther." What
makes it odd is that Esther Nash was hardly a baby -- she was 21
years, 9 months, 16 days old when she died July 19, 1850. She was a
daughter of Charles and Roxy, and also has a stone more ornate than
that of her father.