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Riverside County, California, 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 24 times over and a great-grandmother of 16 with three more due in 2016. 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 am a Board Certified genealogist and more information on all this, as well as direct contact info, 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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