to the memory of
departed this life
October 3, 1880.
48 yrs. & 9 mos.
Native of Cornwall
Dying is but going
Death thou art, but another birth,
Freeing the spirit of the clogs of Earth.
Erected by his son, Michael.
Cemetery: Protestant Pioneer – Silver Reef, Utah
I found the following quote in the book: Ghost Towns of the West, by Lambert Florin, Copyright 1970, 1971 by Superior Publishing Company and Promontory Press pg 392
Silver Reef experienced the usual murders expected in an unrestricted mining camp (some described in Boot Hill). One is commemorated by a beautifully carved tombstone in the camp’s cemetery, placed on the grave of Michael Garbis by his son, Michael Jr. The father was slain by a discharged employee who was tried in St. George and found guilty, the execution thwarted by a mob that snatched him from the jail and hanged him at the edge of town. The hanging rope was tied to a bush so that the body was left swinging on the tree. Passing the spot the next morning, the town wag was reported to have said, “I have observed that tree growing there for the last 25 years. This is the first time I have ever seen it bearing fruit.”
I found the family in the 1880 census index at Family Search, listed as Carlis, but all the other records seem to have the name as Carbis, including the 1841 census of Cornwall, England at find my past. But the author of the book above and I see Garbis on the Tombstone.
In 1880 Michael was 48 and a Miner, with his wife Mary Ann Odgers 44, and Michael Jr. 20 a Blacksmith, born in California, as were the other two kids, Minnie 15 and Bertie 12.