When the weekend arrives, most people spend it relaxing, lounging and recovering from a week of hard work, especially for those who work six days out of the week. But for one 46-year-old business owner, that one day off is spent cleaning the tombstones of veterans.
For the last two and a half years, Andrew Lumish has spent every Sunday cleaning the gravestones of veterans in three different cemeteries in Tampa, Florida where he lives. The owner of a cleaning franchise, Lumish goes by the handle The Good Cemeterian on social media, where he posts photos of the more than 300 headstones he’s cleaned, along with details of the veterans buried there, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Virginia native Joel Britts Myers was born on June 8th 1824 to John Adam Myers, and Elizabeth Britts… He had a single Brother and 3 Sisters…His Father provided for the family as a Miller… In 1830, The Myers Family left Virginia for a home on a farm in Montgomery County, Indiana… Joel’s Father operated his own mill… *Joel’s Paternal Grandfather, John Myers, was a Hessian from Hesse-Cassel hired by Louis Philippe and sent by King George III to aid in “putting down the Rebellion in America” during the American Revolution…. (“Hessians” is the term given to the 18th century German auxiliaries contracted for military service by the British government, which found it easier to borrow money to pay for their service than to recruit its own soldiers) *Following his arrival, John Myers deserted the British and joined Washington’s Army… He served as a wagon maker of one of the regiments at the Battle of Yorktown, Virginia… Succeeding the surrender of Lord Cornwallis, John continued to reside in the new world, became a farmer, married, and started a family… In 1844, Joel and 2 of his Brothers-in-law left Indiana for Ottumwa, Iowa (The city was platted the prior year after the Government purchased the territory from Native Americans) … They settled in Wapello County and erected the County’s first sawmill before other members of the family arrived…They named their business Myers, Armstrong & Coffin and cut most lumber that was used in building operations in Ottumwa during that time… On October 20th 1852, Joel Myers married Patience Davis… The couple had 3 Sons and 2 Daughters… The family moved to Illinois before 1865 and moved to Kansas prior to 1870… In 1885 Joel, Patience, and 2 of their children lived in Hillsborough County, Florida where Joel worked as a carpenter.... Joel Britts Myers passed away on August 2nd 1899 at the age of 75... Joel Britts Myers...Beloved Husband and Father... Before & After #veteran #military #revolution #americanrevolution #restoration #cemetery #tombstone #gravestone #graveyard_life #Indiana #virgínia #tampa #tampabay #florida #family #father #historic #history #picture #photography #monument