All of us have them. Brick walls. Genealogical mysteries that we are unable to solve……yet.
In my case I’ve written blog posts about my brick walls and you can read those posts here Mystery Monday - Who's Your Daddy - My Brick Walls
The number ONE most frustrating genealogical brick wall for me, is not knowing my paternal 2nd great grandfather’s parents or siblings. Who were they? Where did they live?
People don’t just drop out of the sky via the stork, so the answers are out there someplace. But WHERE????? So, John C. Gould, who is your family?
New information to shed light on this mystery has not been easy to come by. In fact, based on my notes in Legacy, which I date, the last little tid bit was about John Gould being mentioned on a deed for Rose Hill Cemetery in Armada, Michigan.
Here is my note
2/27/16 - Located a website for Armada Township today http://www.armadatwp.org/CommunityInformation/Cemeteries.aspx
The site had cemetery information. Rose Hill, Hadley and Willow Grove Cemeteries were listed. I contacted the sexton for Rose Hill, Marv Wolak 586-784-5537 and left a message. He called me back and said that he found no actual burials in either Hadley or Rose Hill for John C. Gould or Sarah Gould. However, he did find a John Gould mentioned on a deed along with Warren Tibbits (1798-1861) at Rose Hill Cemetery. Warren Tibbits is buried there. No record of a burial for John is indicated.
Fast forward to December 2021. Met a nice woman in a Facebook group. Her name happens to be Melinda Gould. We began communicating trying to figure out if we are related. Of course, that meant I had to mention that I had no idea of my Gould line beyond my 2nd great grandfather, John C. Gould. She said she would love to help me figure out who his parents were AND that she knows a lot of great researchers in Michigan.
On New Year’s Eve she posted a request “calling all genealogy researchers, especially those with Michigan roots!”
Within a few hours one of the researchers, Deb, had posted a newspaper article about the burial of John Gould at Rose Hill Cemetery!
WHAT?! Oh my gosh! I had searched newspapers many times and never found this. Did I miss it? Was the newspaper for the particular year and date recently updated? I don’t know and don’t care.
The article reads – ARMADA – The remains of John Gould, of Detroit, were brought to Armada for burial, Wednesday. He left many relatives in this community. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Rev. R. J. Chase officiated.
First question I asked – Which newspaper and what was the date of the article?
It was The Times Herald, Port Huron, Michigan and the date the article was published was 23 May 1919. WOW! I have a death certificate that I’ve always believed to be John’s. Date of death 19 May 1919. Port Huron is just north of Armada and Detroit. AND, the article states that his remains were transported on Wednesday to Rose Hill Cemetery in Armada. That Wednesday date would have made it 21 May 1919, two days after his death.
Conclusion – This is DEFINITELY my John Gould.
He, according to Rose Hill cemetery records, co owned a plot there. Many family members are buried there. I’ve been to Rose Hill three times on visits back to Michigan. I’ve looked at every headstone in this small cemetery. There is no Gould headstone. However, we know that may mean there wasn’t one, or that it has disappeared, or sunk into the earth. I have many ancestors with no headstones. Next time I visit, I will try to find out which plot was on the deed and use a device that allows me to poke into the ground to locate sunken headstones.
In the meantime, I am seriously happy to have found a new piece of information in my ongoing search.
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