Dowsing For Unmarked Graves

Having enjoyed some success with dowsing over the years, I’ve kept an eye on folks who use it to find lost or unmarked graves.  Regardless of what science says about dowsing, practitioners know that they get results that cost no more than some good wire, gas money and patience.

I recently found a video on YouTube that shows the dowsing discoveries in a lost cemetery that is now in a pasture in Iowa.

Dowsing for unmarked graves on Mormon Hill in Iowa

Several of the tombstones they uncovered under the pasture grass were of the Whitaker family.  Images of the stones they uncovered are seen in the video complete with names, death dates and in some cases age at death.

One of them is of John M. Whitaker.

Who was he?

Apparently, he was a fairly well-to-do farmer, relatively speaking, who lived with his family in the area.  The 1860 census for Bangor Township, Marshfield County, Iowa lists John along with his family.  John would be dead less than a year after the census worker knocked on his door.

The names on the tombstones were undoubtedly other members of his family along with sixty or seventy more ‘lost’ graves.

Enjoy the video and the discoveries the dowser found at the request of the Frist Iowa Chapter of Dowsers, the land owners and the Gold Prospectors group.

It makes us wonder how many old cemeteries are similarly ‘lost’ around the world.

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