At Rest: John M Lemon (52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks)

April 21, 2014 in 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge, Lemon

I’m so excited, I can hardly type. I sent to Macomb County for a copy of John M Lemon’s death certificate, hoping for the location of his burial and to find out who the informant for his certificate was. I was disappointed on both counts. Today I called the Macomb County Clerk’s office, hoping they’d have more information, but they didn’t. The information was entered in a log of deaths, not an actual death certificate and the only information available was what was given on the death certificate that was sent to me. I received it, of course, on Saturday so I couldn’t call them then, had to wait until today.

Then I called the Oak Hill Cemetery in Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, where John’s second wife, Lavina Hicks, and his daughter-in-law, Ella Bowman, are buried. Lavina and Ella have headstones and Find A Grave memorials with pictures of the headstones. John doesn’t have a headstone. Having recently had great luck with calling a cemetery in Oklahoma and getting information on an Oglesby relative buried there, I thought, “Why not?” and called Oak Hill. Yes, John M Lemon is buried next to Lavina, and his date of death is the same as that on the death certificate I got in the mail on Saturday.

I’ve been researching John M for so long, I feel sort of sad that I have finally learned almost all there is to know about him in documents from cradle to grave. He was the brother of my great-grandfather, Isaac B Lemon. The family story goes that their parents died in Canada and the siblings moved down (or over, as the case may be.) into Michigan and started families of their own. The story was that John, sister Mary Ann, and Isaac came to Michigan and worked in the woods, with John cutting the timber, Isaac hauling it, and Mary Ann keeping house for her brothers. It actually appears that the children, John, Mary Ann, Sarah Beulah (or Jane, as she was called), Isaac, and Jennie “Betsy” came to Michigan and went to Macomb County where their father’s brother, Abner, lived. It does not appear that brother William came to Michigan, as I have never been able to find him in any census record with enough evidence to convince me that he was related to the above siblings.

The last thing that remains to do to tie up all the loose ends on John is to send for a copy of his obituary, which was published in the Richmond Review in Macomb County on April 1st, 1927. The Mount Clemens Public Library, which has AWESOME genealogy resources, has a Macomb County Obituary Index online, which is searchable. I’ve found both John and his son, Frank William, listed as having obituaries and I just have to send away for them, which I will now do as soon as possible. This is me, doing the geni-dance in my chair. I will probably dance all day long. 🙂