On Saturday afternoon, the hubby kidnapped us and decided that we were going to drive around aimlessly for awhile before getting something to eat. Our driving led us north of Nashville and in nearby Joelton. Well, guess what we saw along the way? A church cemetery! Being the good genealogist that I am, I of course felt compelled to stop and take pictures.
The church is St. Lawrence Catholic Church and as I looked at the tombstones, I saw several with Italian names. Many of the headstones were beautifully done and dated back to the early-mid 1800s. We were at the cemetery for about 20 minutes, during which time I took about 100 photos! I’m still in the process of transcribing them all to submit to the Davidson County, TNGenWeb site, as well as Find-A-Grave.
However, I wanted to post today about one tombstone in particular – that of Domenico Aita. There were several Aita family tombstones in the cemetery and he looks to be the progenitor? Further research will need to be done, but I liked his headstone for it had the name of the city in which he was born – Buja, Italy. Buja is in the Udine Province region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
I wonder if his family descendants know where he is buried and/or are familiar with their homeland? I wonder if he has remaining family over in Italy?