Thursday, July 29, 2004
Monday, July 26, 2004
While I was over in Aberdeen, I visited the Evans Memorial Library and stumbled across a resource that gave me a much needed clue on a Thornton collateral line. Earlier this summer I had found a book of transcriptions of Clay County cemeteries in the Amory library and had found my great grandfather's half-brother's burial location in McPherson Cemetery. Upon a visit to this cemetery, I discovered that there was an empty grave next to his. I assumed that his wife Ida was buried in the unmarked grave although I could find no indication there was a footmarker such as the one Jim had. I knew that one of his sons was buried in Memorial Gardens in West Point but when I visited that site there did not appear to be any family markers there except that one family plot with 3 graves. I knew that the Greenwood Cemetery was not included in the cemetery book, but I didn't realize that it had been previously surveyed and published. In that book, I looked in the index thinking that perhaps some of Jim's children or grandchildren might be buried there. I discovered that his son Cliff and Cliff's second wife were buried there, daughter (or more likely step-daughter) Alice was there also in a grave next to Jim's wife Ida! I'm not really sure why Ida was not buried next to Jim but now I need to make a trip to West Point to get obituaries (now that I have dates) and to photograph these additional markers. You just never know what you'll find! I would have probably never noticed this book if the tables of books that had accumulated had been shelved. I guess this is one of those serendipitous finds!