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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 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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