One discovery I made on my visit about 15 years ago to the Allen County (Ind.) Public Library was the book “Follow the periwinkle: cemetery records of Henry County, Virginia” from the Henry County Historical Society. Robert Luke Wells, my great-grandfather, died in 1919 of typhoid fever. From “Follow the periwinkle” I discovered he was buried in Pleasant Grove Christian Church Cemetery. From there I was able to find his tombstone (although his dates of birth and death are slightly wrong).
Tombstones aren’t too unusual as a source, but sometimes they aren’t highly accurate. And often they only give names and birth and death years. But sometimes they have additional information that can be useful and point your research in the right direction. I’ll post some examples from my own family below.
This is a photo of a photo of Arthur Belknap (1869-1955) at the grave of his wife Martha Gisel Belknap (1869-1925) in Wauseon Union Cemetery in Wauseon, Ohio. She died in a car accident that was mentioned in this previous post: A Tragedy and a Mystery.
Martha Gisel was born 21 June 1869 in Ohio. In the 1880 Federal Census, she was living with her family in Franklin, Fulton County, Ohio. Her parents were John Gisel (1843-1923) and Margaret Rhost (1848-1939), both were born in Switzerland. Martha had a daughter Minnie on 31 Mar 1887 and married Arthur Belknap in Fulton County, Ohio on 5 March 1890. They had four sons and a daughter (Floyd, Earl, Belva, Orville, and Kennard). As mentioned in a previous post, Martha died in a car accident in Michigan on 15 September 1925.