The Eberle Martin tree-stump tombstone in Mitchell, Indiana, is an unique example of this type of marker because of its bas-relief profile of the deceased at the top.
Many of the tree-stump tombstones are carved to appear as if the bark has been peeled back from the tree, done to create a space for the information to be carved into the stone. On this tombstone, the backside of the peeled bark has an incised carving of a squirrel. The furry little rodent is sitting atop of a log holding a nut in his tiny little paws in a prayful pose. The squirrel is not a commonly seen symbol in the cemetery. The squirrel here is in a religious meditation and represents spiritual striving.
I’m sorry, but this stone is in Mitchell Community Cemetery in MITCHELL Indiana. So far as I am aware, there is no Mitchellville in Indiana.
Mary Jane, I have made the corrections to the post. However, I was wondering if you have the full text of the original post. I lost half of it when I made the corrections. I am hoping that you can forward the text to me. Thanks.
Mr. Martin’s stone reads “Born Sept. 1897” and “Came to Mitchell 1891”
Edit that last comment – it should read “Born Sept. 1867”
Thank you for your comments. I will edit and make the corrections. I appreciate you sharing your comments with me.