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Lake Mathews (Perris), CA, United States
I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 25 times over and a great-grandmother of 19. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega with Genealogy Journeys where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that can be found at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com and more about my own business projects is on my Circlemending website.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday, 22 September 2009

James B. WILCOX, son of Nathan W. WILCOX & Irene FREEMAN, b: abt 1857, New London, Henry, Iowa; d: bef 22 September 1866, Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee; buried 22 September 1866, City Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee (143 years ago today). Cause of death: congestive chills (probably precursor to cholera, which was epidemic in Nashville at that time with 55 people dying within a three-day period).

Tombstones of that time period are impossible to read (sandstone?). His burial location is noted as "Maple Ave." - the corner located below:

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