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Lake Mathews (Perris), CA, United States
Born in Illinois, I grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. I am married, for the 2nd time now, to Butch & got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me grandmother 25 times over & great-grandmother to over 20!. After many years working in industry, I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication, & was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 & returned to school & got my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore & genealogy - & add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/author/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play many folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I write the "Aunty Jeff" column for the Informer, newsletter of the Jefferson County NY Gen. Soc. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega & Sara Cochran as Genealogy Journeys® where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that: genaandjean.blogspot.com. More on our podcasts: genjourneys.podbean.com. More about my own projects: Circlemending.org.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday

In keeping with the Tombstone Tuesday theme of the Geneabloggers, I checked up to find someone who died about this time of year: great-great-great-grandfather Peter Wilcox, b: 20 Mar 1800, presumably Montpelier, Washington, Vermont; d: 12 June 1852, Decatur, Van Buren, Michigan. Buried in Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers, St. Joseph, Michigan. His wife, buried next to him, was Mary Youker Wilcox, b: 20 April 1801, Canajoharie, Montgomery, New York; d: 29 September 1883, Decatur, Van Buren, Michigan. They were married 2 September 1827 in Herkimer County, New York.

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