Near Frankfort in Benzie County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Gravestone at Point Betsie
Yes, we have a gravestone at Point Betsie but alas no grave. Edward Wheaton, Keeper 1934 to 1946, made this gravestone to honor his mother, Martha Madsen Wheaton, 1857 to 1941. She died in Cheboygan.
Keeper Edward Wheaton could not lift the gravestone into his car to take it to Cheboygan. So he left it on the grounds as a memorial to his mother who had come as an immigrant from Norway. She had married a lumberjack, Andrew Richie Wheaton and lived in the Upper Peninsula. After her husband's death she raised their six children by doing house cleaning in Cheboygan.
Erected by The Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Communications • Waterways & Vessels • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1934.
Location. 44° 41.467′ N, 86° 15.277′ W. Marker is near Frankfort, Michigan, in Benzie County. Marker and gravestone are just south of the Gift Shop, on the grounds of Point Betsie Lighthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oil House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fog Signal Building (within shouting distance of this marker); First Congregational Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away); Marquette's Death (approx. 4.2 miles away); Crystal Lake (approx. 8.9 miles away); Mills Community House (approx. 9.1 miles away); Bruce Catton (approx. 9.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frankfort.
Also see . . . Point Betsie Lighthouse. Lighthouse website homepage (Submitted on October 1, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 381 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 1, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.