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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, September 8, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday, 8 September 2009


Nathan W. WILCOX (b: 1828, Oswego, Oswego, New York; d: 9 September 1891, Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, 118 years ago tomorrow; buried 10 September 1891, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee) md: Irene FREEMAN, 13 February 1848, Depauville, Jefferson, New York.

Nathan was my great-great-grandfather; he served in Colonel Bissell's Engineering Regiment of the West out of Missouri as an architect and builder, was promoted twice, being discharged as a Captain. He served in a number of different companies as needed and, after discharge in January 1864, continued to work as an engineer under contract to the government. He was instrumental in the reconstruction of Tennessee, going where he was needed.

As a Union officer buried in a Confederate Cemetery, his tombstone is long gone. I hope to get it replaced in the not-too-distant future. Here is about where he was buried, according to the records at Mt. Olivet:

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