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19th Century Headstone Found on Sound Beach Bluffs

Civic Association looking for help in reading and identifying names on the headstone.

A unique find was recently brought to the attention of the Sound Beach Civic Association and Rocky Point Historical Society, as a man working on the bluff in Sound Beach stumbled accross a headstone which dates back to the late 1880's.

Sound Beach Civic President Bea Ruberto and others are hoping community members can help in reading and identifying the names on the headstone.

"The names are not very clear, but the consensus is that the first names are Johann and Friederich and the last name is Grune or Gruner," Ruberto said. "Several people are researching this but have not been able to find anything definitive."  

According to Ruberto, Barbara Russell, the Town historian, believes that this is the stone for two children after pouring over the photographs.

Do you recognize the names on the photos? How could such an old headstone have turned up on the bluffs in Sound Beach? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Walter Mruz March 24, 2013 at 01:00 PM
I actually found this headstone also about 6 weeks ago on the beach in Sound Beach and have it in my posession. Would like to turn it over to someone in the Sound Beach Historical society and hopefully have it placed back where it belongs or close to it for the rememberance of these people. It is weathered, as it is made out of limestone. I did not want to leave it on the beach to be buried again and lost for a longer time, as the beach has built up another 4 feet or so since. Please contact me at lbstrcatchr@optonline.net

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