Thank you, cousins in Indiana, for sharing this image with us.
This is John Charles Marcus Gates, wife Elizabeth (La Salle) and daughter Gertrude Gates Vogel at the grave of Christoph Goetz. Apparently Christoph did come back from the war alive. Caption on back says: "Our father's grave, Christoph Gotz, born Nov 17, 1809, died Oct 30, 1857."
This photo below is from Connie Gates Markle's collection. She thought the man in the portrait frame might have been Christoph Goetz.
If only they had kept a diary, we might not have to wonder and guess what their reasons for their actions were. Yet, do any of us moderns consider keeping a diary to record the reasons surrounding our current life events?
Why not start today?
Jan Davis Markle