Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Goss Cemetery, Lenawee Co., Michigan

My goal at the Goss Cemetery was to visit my 3rd Great Uncle the Rev. Levi Goss' tombstone.  In my blog:  Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp., in Ohio, I have written a series of posts about the life of Levi as I know it. The series starts with the date of July 16, 2012 to October 2012. You can access the other blog by  looking to the right of this blog in the side panel and you will find a link to the Solomon Goss blog under My Blog List.  By the way Solomon Goss was Levi's father and his mother was Olive Scott Goss. His sister Lydia Goss Spracklin is my 3rd great grandmother.

Levi and Sophia Goss Tombstone

The picture below gives a close up of the inscriptions on this obelisk, first Sophia, his wife.  I wish I knew more about Sophia like when and were she was born (New York) and when she and Levi got married? Most of my information comes from Flora Montanye Osborn their descendant.  I have not had time to really dig into this line of Goss.

Sophia, wife of Levi Goss
Died Feb. 24, 1856 Age 55 years (b. abt. 1801)

Here is Levi's information:

Levi Goss, died Mar. 31, 1872 Age 78 years (b. about 1794)

Sophia's mother Nancy Rummerfield's stone if featured below.  She is another female with little information on her past:

Nancy wife of S. Rummerfield
Died Feb. 25, 1838 in the 63 year of her age

Levi & Sophia's Monument with other family tombstones spreading to the right.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Goss Cemetery, near Morenci, Lenawee Co., Michigan

Back in August of 2007 I had a chance to attend the Federation of Genealogical Society conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Well, I could not pass that up because Fort Wayne is home to the Allen County Public Library which has a very big genealogical collection.  The library is now about 6 years old and is beautiful to visit.  The Federation of Genealogical Societies will be having their 2013 conference there in August and I highly recommend going to both.  Here is a preliminary flyer:

Be prepared to have an interesting experience flying into and out of Fort Wayne.  In Chicago, I walked and walked to get to the plane boarding area.  On the way out of Fort Wayne I ended up being routed to Texas and then to Seattle because they had canceled my flight.  The Fort Wayne Airport check in attendant was extremely helpful, so you are in good hands.

Allen County Library interior

The other factor was that Ohio and Michigan were not that far away.  I decided to take a drive up to Lenawee and Monroe County, Michigan.  I wanted to pay a visit to my 3rd great uncle Levi Goss and then visit his great granddaughter Flora Montanye Osborn.  Flora did a lot of research on the Goss family back in the early 1900's up to her death in 1951.  She is my 3rd cousin twice removed.

So I visited the Goss Cemetery near Morenci in Lenawee County first. I then traveled north and visited the Rice Cemetery in Milan Twp., Monroe Co., Michigan were Flora rests with her closer relatives.

I like to have a published copy of the cemetery before I visit.  Here is my source.

Source:  Burial Records of Lenawee County, Michigan, Vol. 2, Medina Twp., #3 Goss/Perry/Woodworth Addition, Morenci, Michigan, 2011, FHL#977.431 V3b V.2.

Find A Grave has a listing for this cemetery and not necessarily tombstone photos.

I was going east toward the town of Morenci and blew right by this cemetery.  However as I drove west I was able to find it easily on the north side of the road.  Sometimes it pays to travel a road both ways to find what you are looking for, HA!

Overview Goss Cemetery, Lenawee Co., MI

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pleasant Hill Cemetery Summary

The bugs were very unkind that day and the sky was threatening so I aimed for the tombstones that I was most interested in.  I did feel there was a lot more to explore in this cemetery because it is filled with Maske, Walters, Smith and a more.

This brings the Pleasant Hill Cemetery photographs to a close and it is time to move on again to other cemeteries and topics. 

This also ends my trip to North Carolina which in retrospect was very interesting and quite unique.  Unfortunately I do not have any ancestors in my world who came from this state so it was all client work, unless my McDonald's side lived here for awhile before heading to Canada? Yes, interesting? 

Here is a Family Tree by a T. Davis and he does have some Walters and their family information as featured in the tombstones that I have shared.  You can even download a GEDCOM.

My trip was not all work but a great deal of play.  We visited Biltmore Mansion in Asheville for a couple of days and I am ready to move in.  Another stop and wonderful place was the Carolina Rapter Center .  We followed that with the Latte Plantation

Biltmore from the Lake

Learning about Raptors

Latte Plantation
Did I mention the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in Charlotte, NC?  I wanted to take it home with me or just live there.  Go visit, it is a library that you will find very interesting and very wonderful.  They have a genealogical and history area upstairs in the North Carolina Room and it was heaven.