Looking back through our cemetery photos, this one from a trip to the Woodlawn Cemetery in McHenry County, Illinois caught my eye.
Jennie E. Salisbury. Her name barely fits the width of the stone and the dates, just years, seem to tell her story in the barest sort of way. We took this photo in the fall, but even in the summer it seems as though the concrete base would keep the grass from softening the marker’s edges. And yet, there’s something strong, solid, and appealing about this marker.
Jennie was the daughter of Julius Munson and his wife, Antoinette Maria Smith, a sister of Dean’s ancestor, James Ayer Smith. My notes suggest that she was married to an Edward P. Salisbury and that he died about 8 Feb 1868. Jennie Salisbury was enumerated with her parents in 1870 and with her sister in 1880 but in 1900, she was a patient at the state hospital in Elgin Kane, Illinois.
As I worked on this post, I found myself wanting to know more about Jennie. I logged into my Genlighten account (of course!) and requested her death certificate from Molly Kennedy, a friend and fellow lookup provider from Springfield, Illinois. It turns out that Jennie died from lobar pneumonia and pyelonephritis at the state hospital. The death certificate doesn’t say much of anything else about her except that her occupation at one time might have been “canvasser.”
The curious thing is that Jennie, who would have been about 12 or 13 at the time, doesn’t seem to have been enumerated with her family in the 1850 census unless . . .. Is it possible that the Jane E. Munson I see in both the 1850 and the 1860 census records is actually Jennie? I love a good mystery!
If you’re connected to the Munson family from Oneida County, New York, I’d love to exchange notes.