Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Question 4 Today

What is the oldest... or rather earliest recorded date on a headstone in my family for which I can obtain a picture of the headstone?

Leroy Township, Boone County, Illinois
Burr Oak Cemetery  is located on Englehart Rd, 1/4 mile east off Burr Oak Rd [3 mi S of the Wisconsin state line.] Note: Burr Oak Rd runs north off Hunter Rd in Leroy Township.  The cemetery lies on the north side of the road.

I visited this Cemetery for the first time when my Aunt Ruth Travis Bias was laid to rest November 2006 I beleive??????
It was cold, and I didn't know at the time that there were other relatives here... otherwise I would have trekked  awhile!
Kittie (Kate) Smith McGehee is the oldest known sister to my Grandmother Martha Belle Smith Siuel

She was living in the town of Halley (Desha County) AR at the time of her marriage to Harrison Mcgehee on Feb 19, 1891.  She was 23 years old (est birthyr 1868) - but may be truly be just 21 yrs of age.  Harrison's age was reported as 24 years (est 1867)    Marriage license date: 18 Feb 1891  Film number: 2027477
Digital GS number: 4307847   Image number: 00910   Page: 132   Source: Arkansas County Marriage Records, 1837-1957


On the June 25th 1900 US Census (location Bowie Township (Chicot County) Arkansas)  my Aunt Kittie's birthday was still listed at about 1867....she was the mother of 6 living children (one died) and the couple had been married for ten years.  

Harrison     Head Black Married  Born Dec 1866 - Age 34
Kittie         Wife B F Oct 1867 -33
Beulah      daug B M Nov 1890 -10
Sarah        daug B F Mar 1893 -7
Bessie       daug B M Jun 1894 -6
Vergie      daug B F Dec 1896 -4
Altha        son B M July 1897 -3
Blanche   daug B F Feb 1900  0

. . . . .  Belle sister      B F Jan 1885 -15
. . . . .  Scott daug     B F Sept 1881 -19
. . . . .  Cindy mother B F Jun 1847 -  53 Census data say she  LUCINDA, CINDY or SINDIA was the mother of 14 children - 7 living.  Lucinda and her parents were born in Lousiana... she could not read, nor write.  Yes-speaks English

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