One stone that dates to 1690 was for a 1-year-old child. Lew Keen, of the Newport Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission, says the 12-inch-by-24-inch stone was found in August by Stephanie Pallas, of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
The others were from 1835 for a Newport woman and her children. Those were found in a Newport yard in the 1980s and stowed in a basement until the homeowner alerted the commission in the spring.
Keen says people would take stones from graveyards for patios, well covers and other uses.
Who does such a thing as stealing head stones? And across state lines? Whatever happened to cemeteries being hallowed ground, and shouldn't be disturbed, except for burying another body, or to visit a dead relative's or friend's grave site? Some people leave much to be desired. I seriously don't understand the mindset that goes into stealing someone's grave marker, much less to use as a well cover, when buying a big stone from a home improvement store will do the trick.