Elisabeth died on March 13, 1847, aged 31 years. This marker was erected by her husband, William Fordham. I wasn’t able to find really anything on her or her husband (who does not seem to be in this cemetery) although the Find-a-Grave entry for Elisabeth has a link to a child, Sarah Elisabeth Fordham, 1843-1847. I know there was a influenza epidemic in 1847, so I wonder if this is what happened to both Elisabeth and her daughter, or if there was some other cause.
Beneath Thy Feet hosts Cemetery Sunday, so I thought, since it’s almost Armistace Day, that I’d post a military grave.
This man fought in the Spanish-American War (commonly abbreviated like this, Sp.Am … which my husband and I tend to pronounce now as “Spam War” when we see it). I found that he volunteered in 1898. Looking further, I found a draft registration for him for World War I. It lists that he was born in 1872, which would have made him 26 when he fought in the Spanish-American War. This marker is in the Arlington Cemetery in Elmhurst, Illinois.
A wagoner’s duties were to handle transport of wagons and vehicles by animal (like horses).
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Since it is 11/11, I wanted to post a military grave photo today. Welcome to Taphophile Tragics — and please do post your own links. It’s always nice to see where other people are taking photographs. So, thank you for visiting!
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My photo today comes from Elmwood Cemetery in River Grove, Illinois. This marker caught my eye because it mentions World War II and The Black Panthers.
Looking for Mr. Calamus, I found him on the 1940 census, where he listed as being employed as a machinist, married to Calleen, and with sons James and Lewis. His enlistment record shows that he enlisted on March 24, 1944 and was released on November 21, 1945.
I looked up the Black Panthers, and because Mr. Calamus was in the U.S. Army, I am thinking he was in the 66th Infantry Division, which had a campaign in northern France. I found information on this division on this page, as well as a Wikipedia entry. There was also a tank battalion called the Black Panthers, but since that was made up primarily of African-American soldiers, and on the census, Mr. Calamus’ race is listed as White, I thought he was perhaps in the 66th Infrantry Division. However, I wasn’t able to find much information about Mr. Calamus on Ancestry.com, so I’m not sure.
Henry (10/2/1854 – 5/6/1932) and Friedericka (10/27/1861 – 12/7/1932) Lossman. I found them in the 1880 census, which shows Henry married to “Ricka” and both of them from Prussia. Henry’s occupation is listed as a painter, and their child of one month, Augusta, is also listed on the record. Interestingly, by the time we reach the 1900 census, where both of them are listed, their birthplaces are listed as Germany. This does make sense, considering the history of Prussia — I just thought it was interesting to see this change between the two censuses. In the 1900 census, the Lossmans have more children. In addition to Augusta, there are Frederick, Anna and Ruth.
Moving along to the 1910 census, Anna and Ruth are still living with their parents, although Anna is now listed as Anna Miller. By 1920, it’s just Henry, Friedericka and Ruth. Henry’s occupation is still listed as a painter, and Ruth’s shows as being a milliner. By 1930, the census just shows Henry and Friedericka.
I like to think about this couple, being young, and having children, and moving through the years of their life. When I see markers for people whose lives span timelines like this, I often think about all of the things they would have seen change in their lifetimes. Mostly, I consider technological changes, and how quickly things seem to progress.
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AbbyLiza M Pace, died August 2, 1855, Aged 4 months and 2 days. Only child of Captain John and Abby B Pace.
She is buried in Grove Cemetery in Belfast, Maine. I took this photo in 2008, before cemetery photography was really something I became serious about — and thus, I wasn’t careful to look for, and photography, any markers for Captain Pace or his wife.
I did find mention of them, though, in a book, Vital Records of Belfast Maine to the Year 1892. It lists AbbyLiza’s death, and also lists that Abby B Pace died on June 17, 1865 at the age of 45 from consumption.