When we got to the cemetery we went up to the front desk to get a map. As we looked at the list of famous people buried in Greenlawn, I was pleased to discover that there were 2 sets of Presidential Grandparents buried there. Rev. Thomas Woodrow, grandfather of President Thomas Woodrow Wilson, and Samuel P. Bush, grandfather of President George H. W. Bush. Along with the Governors, we also found the Presidential Grandparents. After this I started to make a deliberate effort when planning a trip to see if the Presidents parents, grandparents or other family members are buried nearby. And if there is time I try to visit them.
I guess that the best place to start is with the earliest Presidential family members and work my way to the most current.
|This is the gravesite of John Adams' parents. In Hancock Cemetery in Quincy, MA.|
|Gravesite of Jane Randolph Jefferson. Mother of Thomas Jefferson. She is buried just a few feet away from her son in the Jefferson family cemetery at Monticello. Charlottesville, VA|
|Naturally, many members of James Madison's family are buried in the Madison family cemetery at his Montpelier home.
|James Madison's parents, James and Elenor are buried in unmarked graves next to the large monument to the President. right around where my cousin is standing over there.|
|Col. John Quincy was the Grandfather of Abigail Adams, making him the Great Grandfather and namesake of John Quincy Adams. The town Quincy, MA is also named after him.|
Memorial to Jackson's mother Elizabeth who is buried in this cemetery. But the exact spot is lost to time. The military markers on either side bare the names of Robert and Hugh Jackson. Her sons, Andrews brothers, who died during the Revolution. Robert and Hugh aren't actually buried here. These are memorials placed here in their honor. Elizabeth also died during the Revolution, leaving Andrew an orphan as a teenager.
|Several members of Andrew Jacksons family are buried near him at The Hermitage, Nashville,
TN. Last time we were there many of the gravestones were covered with these boxes. This is the one for Andrew Jackson Jr.
|Martin Van Buren's parents Abraham and Mary are buried next to his gravesite in Kinderhook, NY
|Only one of four of President Van Buren sons are buried next to him in Kinderhook, NY. Here is the individual marker for Martin Van Buren Jr.
|The Tylers Greenway home where the Presidents father is buried.
|Several of President John Tylers family members are buried near him in Richmond, VA 's Hollywood Cemetery. This is the gravesite of his daughter Pearl.|
|Presidents James K. Polk's parents Samuel and Jane Knox Polk. Columbia, TN. Not far from the Polk Ancestral Home historical site|
|Just down the road from the Pierce Homestead in Hillsbourogh, NH is the Pierce family gravesite where President Pierce's parents and a brother is buried.
|Gravesite of Benjamin and Elizabeth Pierce, Franklin's parents. Benjamin was a Revolutionary War veteran and Governor of New Hampshire.
|Franklin's brother Henry and his wife Susan in Hillsborough, NH
Grave of Lincoln's mother Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Pioneer Cemetery at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Lincoln City, Indiana.
|Gravesite of Mary Todd Lincoln's family, Abraham Lincoln's in laws. The flat looking stone to the right of the big 'Todd' marker is the personal gravestone of Robert S. Todd. Abraham Lincoln's father in law.|
|Gravesite of Robert Todd Lincoln. President Abraham Lincoln's oldest son. He is also Lincoln's only son to live to adulthood. Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA|
|Andrew Jackson Jr. is Johnsons only son to out live him. But only by about 4 years. Andrew Johnson National Cemetery Greeneville, TN.|
|Gravesite of President Ulysses S. Grant's parents Jesse and Hannah Grant. Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinatti, Ohio.|
|Gravesite of President Rutherford B. Hayes' parents Rutherford and Sophia Hayes. Hayes' Dad died before he was born. They are buried in Delaware, Ohio not far from Hayes' birthplace marker, which now sites at a BP gas station.|
|A more recent marker at the Hayes parents gravesite|
Since President Hayes' father died before he was born, his Uncle Sardis Birchard assumed the role of father figure. It was Uncle Sardis who built the red brick house at Spiegel Grove in hopes the Hayes and his family would come live with him there. Which they would eventually do.
|Gravesite of President James A. Garfield's parents. They are buried just a few miles from the Garfield birthplace marker. Near Cleveland, OH.|
|In the cemetery next to the McKinley Memorial in Canton, OH, is the final resting place of the rest of the McKinley family, his parents and siblings.|
|Saxton family gravesite. Family of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley. William McKinley's in laws. Canton, Ohio|
|This is the final resting place of Theodore Roosevelt's parents and first wife Alice. There are also many other Roosevelts in this area. His first wife and mother died on the same day. Greenlawn Cemetery Brooklyn, NY|
|My kids and I with the hard to read Roosevelt gravestones.|
|A ways behind Theodore Roosevelts gravesite at Youngs Memorial Cemetery in Oyster Bay is the gravesite of his daughter Ethel and son in law Richard Derby.|
|Not far from TR's daughter Ethel is this marker. It is the gravesite of TR's daughter in law Eleanor. Her husband Theodore Roosevelt Jr. died in France after the Normandy invasion and was buried there. So it is a cenotaph to TR Jr and gravestone to his wife.|
|Me at the gravesite of U. S. Speaker of the House Nicholas Longworth. Longworth as a young man was married to Alice Roosevelt. Which makes him the son in law of President Theodore Roosevelt. Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinatti, OH|
|Alphonso Taft was the father of President William Howard Taft. Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinatti, OH. Alphonzo Taft also served as Secretary of War and Atorney General under Ulysses S. Grant.|
Rev. Joseph Wilson, President Wilson's father
Jessie Woodrow Wilson, President Wilson's mother
|Gravesite of Rev. Thomas Woodrow. Grandfather and namesake of President Thomas Woodrow Wilson. Greenlawn Cemetery Columbus, OH
|The photo above this one is the gravesite of Rev. Thomas Woodrow. Well this is the gravesite of his son by the same name, Thomas Woodrow, and Uncle to President Wilson. Grandview Cemetery, Chillicothe, Ohio.|
|In the Marion Cemetery across the street from the large Harding Memorial in Marion, OH, is the Harding family gravesite. President Warren G. Hardings parents, siblings, and many neices and nephews are buried here.|
|George Tryon Harding was the father of President Harding. Notice that we outlived his son by 5 years. Joseph Kennedy are George Harding are the only 2 Presidential fathers to out live their President sons.|
|A long row of Coolidges, with the President down at the end. Plymouth, VT
|Gravesite of Herbert Hoovers parents in West Branch, Iowa. They both died in their 30's, leaving President Hoover an orphan by age 10.|
|St. James Church Cemetery Hyde Park, NY is the final resting place of several members of FDR's family. Mostly his parents and children.|
|James Roosevelt was the father of FDR. He was much older then Franklin's mother Sarah and died when FDR was 18.
|This unique marker mentions FDR's father James on one side and his mother Sarah on the other.
|Kennedy family gravesite Brookline, Mass. This is where several members of the Kennedy family are buried including President Kennedy's parents Joe and Rose.|
|President Kennedy's sister Rosemary. Brookline, Mass.|
|Not far from the gravesite of President Kennedy are the gravesites of his brothers, Robert and Edward. This is the grave of Attorney General and Senator Robert Kennedy|
|Gravesite of Senator Edward "Teddy" Kennedy. With the Lee Custis Mansion in the background.|
|Me at the Carter family gravesite in Plaines, GA. Jimmy Carters parents and brother Billy are buried here
|Jimmy Carters father
|Jimmy Carters mother
|Jimmy Carters brother Billy
|Gravesite of Samuel P. Bush in Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio. Samuel Bush was the Grandfather of President George H. W. Bush, and the Great Grandfather of President George W. Bush.|
|My kids and I revisit the gravesite of Samuel Bush in 2017|
|Gravesite of Prescott and Dorthy Walker Bush. Parents of President George Bush and Grandparents of President George W. Bush. Greenwich, CT|
|My son Grant and I at the Bush gravesite. Bush 41's daughter Robin was also buried here until she was moved to her parents future gravesite at the Bush Library in College Station, TX.|
|A few more Bush's are buried here including Bush 41's brother Prescott Bush Jr.|
|Gravesite of President Bill Clinton's parents and Grandparents in Hope, AR.|
|Bill Clinton's biological father
|Bill Clinton's mother
|Bill Clinton's grandpa
|Bill Clinton's grandma
|Gravesite of Joseph and Phebe Kearney. 4X Great Grandparents of current President Barak Obama. I found this is a small cemetery in southern Ohio. It was a good 100 yards off of the road with no stone or paved path.|
|Gravesite of President Trump's parents, grand parents and brother. All Faiths Cemetery Queens, NY|
|My kids and I at the Trump gravesite. With very little information to go on, finding this gravesite after nearly 2 hours of looking felt like a pretty big win.|
I guess it was my interest in my own Geneology, fused with my interest in Presidents that started this little side bar to my Presidents sites hobby. I did find an interesting intersection with my own Geneology and our first President George Washington. During the American Revolution my 5X Great Grandfather John Waggonner would come to America under the command of the French General Lafeyette. He would eventually become one of 12 men assigned as personal bodyguards to General George Washington. It has been documented that Waggonner saved Washingtons life at least once.
After the War Washington had 12 sword canes made and gave them as gifts to his 12 personal bodyguards. Waggoner moved to the Firelands region of Northern Ohio near what is now Fremont, Ohio. The sword cane was eventually donated by Waggoners family to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. Also donated to the Hayes Center was the tomahawk of Tecumseh. According to family legend, John Waggoner Jr.(who would be my 5X great Uncle) got Tecumsehs tomahawk shortly after Tecumsehs death at the Battle Thames, while serving under the command of William Henry Harrison.
Some of my family members actually got the chance to go to the Hayes Center and see and handle the swordcane and the tomahawk. It was very cool
|Klo and I at the grave of our ancestor John Waggoner|