05 April 2010
I did NOT know until I saw this tombstone that Lavinia Murdoch Bruce nee Thistle is buried with a J. Byers Smith and a Rosamond Windsor Bruce. I don't yet know who they are, and I thought I was pretty up on this family. I am indebted to the photographer who posted this on the web, he reminds me that there is so much more to learn.
Lavinia Murdoch Thistle b. 2 April 1817 in Cumberland, Allegany, Maryland, d. 17 August 1896 in San Diego, California, m. 1 Nov 1842 by the Rev. Mr. A. Samuel Buel, Episcopal Minister to Henry Magruder Bruce (b. 10 July 1808 in Allegany County, d. 15 Sept 1865 Cumberland). Lavinia was the 5th child of 12 -- a daughter of Thomas J. Thistle (a Scots-Irish immigrant) and Julianna Cresap of Cumberland.
Posted by Lavinia Grace Gilbert Schwarz