, 2022-09-27 13:25:00,
On a recent summer morning at the Franktown Cemetery, Carole Taylor spoke to a small crowd gathered to honor Ozro Brackett, who was buried there in 1889.
The ceremony was part of a larger effort Taylor, who is chair of the Smoky Hill Trails Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, or DAR, has been working to identify unmarked graves at the Franktown cemetery.
As part of what she calls a “heritage project,” Taylor, an Elizabeth resident, has expanded her research to include Civil War-era soldiers who were buried in the area without markers.
Officially marking Brackett’s grave marks another successful research project that Taylor said she has become consumed with.
“I say I’m obsessed, other people say I’m possessed. I just fell in love with it,” she said.
The historical detective work of identifying and marking graves captivates Taylor. She pores over census records, family histories, and archived newspapers, as well as genealogy websites like WikiTree, until she can find enough evidence to prove where someone is buried. Then she can get them a headstone.
To date, Taylor has identified 46 people in unmarked graves in Franktown Cemetery.
In identifying Brackett’s grave, Taylor said she learned he also had several family members in the cemetery. However, Taylor said a person wouldn’t know it because so many of them are unmarked.
“We know people are buried here because of the indentation. (Brackett) got a daughter-in-law in the next set of…
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