by Michael John Neill
Did your retirement age ancestor disappear after their spouse died? After Augusta Newman died in Indiana in 1861, his widow sold the farm and move to Iowa to live near one of her children. She’s buried there and her husband is buried in Indiana. Her children scattered to three states and it was necessary to locate her son in Iowa to find her tombstone.
In another example, William Rhodes’ wife died in Missouri in the 1880s. All his children stayed in Missouri, except one. We thought he was buried in an unmarked grave in Missouri only to find out that he ventured to Oklahoma to be near his one son who moved to that state.
If you have a missing ancestor, make certain you have located the final resting places of all their children. You may find Mom or Dad, or even Grandma or Grandpa buried right beside one of them.