(WASHINGTON POST) Cordelia Lynn had outlived her husband and many of her children when she died of tuberculosis at age 67 in her home in Washington in 1889.

A widow for many years, she was buried with her family in the tiny graveyard by their old homestead near Independent Hill, south of Manassas, Va.

There, in simple graves marked only by unmarked field stones, rested her husband, John, who died in 1862; her children, Robert and Annie, who died in 1870 and 1872; and her teenagers, Seymour and Mary, who died within a month of each other in the winter of 1877.

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