Jacob Geil, 1746-1794, born in Germany, died in Broadway, Virginia, tombstone 1913, photo in 2013, a photo by MennoniteArchivesofVirginia on Flickr.
Jacob Geil only lived in the Shenandoah Valley for 11 years, buying a farm in the Broadway area in 1783, just after the Revolutionary War ended. His descendants in the Valley, though, are numerous. The farm where he is buried is being developed with houses and local historians will need to figure out what to do with Geil’s tombstone. When the Historian visited the site on June 18, 2013, the weeds were tall all around, rabbits scampered away, a groundhog stood to investigate about ten feet away, and the corn was four feet tall. Clearly something needs to be done with this marker. But what?