All I know about the final resting place of Solomon M. Gaines is that he was buried in the “Madison Cemetery” on or about 31 July 1909. That really doesn’t really tell me much. Had there been only one cemetery in Madison in 1909, it would be a relatively easy to narrow it down. There is but one cemetery in Madison Village, namely Fairview Cemetery, but there are several cemeteries located in the township and most of them were in use around 1909.
I suppose it is possible that when the paper referred to “the Madison Cemetery,” they meant Fairview but if I’ve learned anything in genealogy (and in life), it’s that you can never assume. Until I see a record or another solid piece of evidence, the closest I can narrow his burial location is Madison, Lake, Ohio. It’s quite probable that Elvira is buried next to him but that’s only speculation. I’ve found that many ancestors and relatives are buried separated from their spouses, many of them in different states.
That has me wondering about the final resting places of other ancestors. I’m sure many of them are buried in now defunct cemeteries where the headstones are now missing or buried. Unfortunately, they died before records were kept at the township or county level. I often wonder how many ancestors were buried in the Webster Cemetery on Clay Road in Thompson. Of the few stones and records that survive, none of them belong to any of my ancestors.
There are other cemetery mysteries that intrigue me. M. A. Webster is buried in the George Webster lot at Maple Grove in Thompson. Who were the parents of this child? I have some ideas but they’re all inconclusive. One possible, though improbable set of parents is George and Vietta. She would have been rather far along in years to be bearing children in 1905 and the 1900 and 1910 census records don’t support it either.
Another possibility is Willis and Mabel. The probability for them being the parents of M. A. Webster is fairly good but I haven’t found any credible evidence yet. For one thing, I don’t know when Willis and Mabel were married. I’ve estimated that they were married around 1905 based on Nellie’s February 1906 birth date but it could have been earlier. I do know that in 1900, Willis was married to Lillie May Folsom Loveland. The 1910 census shows that Mabel had born two children (Nellie and Verna) and both, of course, were living. But they might not have mentioned a stillborn child to the enumerator.
A third, and most likely, possibility is Miles and Viola. By 1910, they had two living children, Alma (1906) and Adolean (1908). I have not been able to locate them in the 1910 census so I don’t have the children born/living information it would provide. They were married in 1903 so a child born in 1905 is very possible. I have not seen any mention of a Webster child born or died in 1905 in online records for Lake or Geauga Counties.
There’s always a mystery to be solved.