It took a series of coincidences for the gravestone of William C. Marrow — which probably had been lying in an industrial warehouse for decades — to find its way home. Once the gravestone was discovered last week, a genealogical mystery was solved within days, almost as quickly as an episode of "History Detectives."

To genealogists, who often spend decades painstakingly researching centuries-old documents, the warp speed which everything fell together was amazing. "A lot of things had to happen just the right way," said Jim Sample, a member of the Tidewater Genealogical Society.

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