I was picking up some trash in my yard yesterday, courtesy of a couple of raccoons that live on my property. Anyway, some papers had blown around and I moved some brush and leaves around to get at them, and lo and behold: a small tombstone!
It is partially broken on the right side, but it has a name and date range: 1849-1911. Sure looks like a gravestone to me. My first impulse was to pick it up to examine it more closely, as it's a flatish marker kind of stone, but I thought better of it and decided not to disturb it. I have no way of knowing if there is in fact a grave underneath the stone, but I can't imagine it just being left there by accident or as rubbish of some kind. I wouldn't want to disrespect this unknown tenant on my property!
I live in a wooded area, but maybe 10 miles from a small city. I've owned my house for only 3 years, and the seller certainly didn't mention this. Do I have recourse? This deceased man seems to be forgotten. Despite my intense curiosity as to the identity/life of this person, I am reticent to bring it up to the local historical society for info as I don't know if I am responsible in some way. I know that sounds kind of silly, but what if I want to sell my home down the road? I would think I'd have to disclose this fact or rectify it in some fashion.
Anyway, what do you think? It also has quite the eerie/creepy factor going for it to a degree. But mostly, it smacks of a piece of history that has lain undiscovered for the last 95 years.