Brooklyn man finds 200-year-old headstone in garage

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A Borough Park resident found a gravestone in his garage that dates back to the 18th century.

Richard Schilling says he was sorting through old junk, looking for items to sell on eBay, when he found the over 200-year-old headstone engraved for a baby boy who survived less than two months.

"I got a very creepy feeling at that point because again the last thing you do expect to find is a gravestone for a child who passed away over 200 years ago in your garage in Brooklyn," Schilling says.

At first Schilling thought it may have been some sort of Halloween decoration but when he felt the rough texture and realized how heavy it was, he figured it was real.

Schilling did some research online and found out that Lucas Pond's parents are buried in Old Ashford Cemetery in Connecticut so he contacted the cemetery.

"There's a family that's missing his headstone," Schilling says. "That's incomplete and I just feel that it should be where it belongs."

Schilling says he's arranged to return the headstone to Ashford in a couple of weeks.

Go HERE to watch an extended interview with Schilling.

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