|The tombstone for Martin and Anna Blanchfield nee Boyle and 2 of their children.|
I had traipsed through Ss. Philip and James Roman Catholic Cemetery each time I traveled home, hoping that this time would be the time that I would find them. I had found another "Blanchfield" marker, and it was a relative as well, but not my 2nd great grandparents. I still felt empty and incredibly frustrated. This past summer I found a kneeler. A surname marker with nothing more than "Blanchfield" written on it. I had to have walked past it for years without seeing it. It's incredibly easy to miss (especially with little kids nagging you to get them out of a cemetery!). The marker didn't make me feel much better at first though, because I still had no idea which Blanchfield it belonged to.
I took the surname marker and decided to post it on FindAGrave.com. I don't know why. I didn't really have any information to go with it. I just posted a close-up and a picture that had details illustrating how to find it in the cemetery. I didn't expect to get closer to solving the mystery of which Blanchfield lay buried beneath, but I did!
I received an email from a cousin I had never met and she saw the post on FindAGrave. She told me that it was my 2nd great grandfather AND grandmother buried there (Martin and Anna Blanchfield nee Boyle)...as well as two of their children. How did she know for sure without a name on the marker? Her grandmother, a Blanchfield, is in her 90s and still going strong! Just when things get frustrating there are angels that fly in and fill in the blanks! Thanks, Becky!