The grave marker of two Elizabeth Jennings, one the wife of one of Cliff’s earliest mine Superintendents, Captain Edward Jennings. The other his and Elizabeth’s daughter (also named Elizabeth). The wife Elizabeth died in September of 1852, while the daughter dies just one month later. Capt. Jennings moved on to take charge of the newly started Rockland mine in Ontonagon County at the end of the year, most likely to get away from the location of this tragedy.
Over the weekend there was a rumor that the Protestant (aka- Hillside) cemetery had been vandalized and that some of the monuments had been removed. I went out to check this out and it is all a false alarm. The fact is a tree has fallen right where you usually enter into the cemetery and this has obscured the monuments. If you walk beyond the tree you’ll find everything is right where it’s supposed to be.
Three wooden grave markers. These are extremely rare in the Upper Peninsula and are just one more reason why the Cliff is so special (and needs some sort of preservation plan).