Thursday, April 29, 2010
He worked for the city of Flint as a Laborer, according to his June 5, 1917, World War 1 Draft Registration Card.
He died July 20, 1918 at the 103rd Field Hospital in La Ferte, France. Died of wounds received during the battle of Chateau-Thierry. He was buried in the American section, La Ferte-sous-Jouarre, Grave #239.
According to correspondence in his military file he "was cheerful and quite optimistic when evacuated. Later died at hospital, and accorded military burial. Greatly admired by his fellow soldiers, his untimely death is sincerely regretted."
In July of 1921 his body was brought home, at first his final resting place was going to be Arlington Cemetery, but his father changed his mind and had him laid to rest in Gracelawn Cemetery, Flint, Genesee County, MI. There is no grave marker on his grave that I was able to find.
I have searched the Flint Journal paper for July 1918 and 1921, there is no mention of him dying or being brought home. There is no obituary, not even in the list of injuried soldiers is there anything mentioned of him.
Here are some World War 1 links that are helpful
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
It all starts with JAMES CHAUGHUM and MOLLY BARBER. James was born to Samuel & Priscilla Chaughum circa 1710 on Block Island, Rhode Island. James went to worked as a gardener for Molly's father. Molly was born in Ireland about 1714. Her father's name could be Peter Barber, but it is unknown. It is unknown when they came to Wethersfield, CT.
They had 8 children in all; Sally, Samuel, Solomon, Meribah (Mary), Hannah Sands, Mercy, Mary (Polly), and Elizabeth. Samuel married a Miss. Green, Solomon married a Miss. Hayes, Meribah (Mary) married Samuel Lawerence, Hannah Sands married Ruben Barber in 1784, Mercy married Isaac Jacklyn, Mary (Polly) married William Wilson before 1797.
A Village of Outcasts: Historical Archaeology and Documentary Research at the Lighthouse Site, by Kenneth L. Feder (Mayfield Publishing Company, Mountain View, California---1994).(Book cover scanned by Sherry L. Carsten)
Barkhamsted, CT and its centennial 1879, by William Wallace Lee, (Meriden, CT: Republican Steam Print, 1881).
Other Links to the Lighthouse
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Born: 19 May 1826 - New York
Marriage: 9 Dec 1848 - Grand Blanc, Genesee, Michigan to Mary J. Reinhart
Census: 1850 - Atlas, Genesee, Michigan
Census: 1860 - Oregon, Lapeer, Michigan
Census: 1870 - Richfield, Genesee, Michigan
Census: 1880 - Richfield, Genesee, Michigan
Census: 1900 - Richfield, Genesee, Michigan
Death: 15 Jul 1902 - Richfield, Genesee, Michigan
Burial: 17 Jul 1902 - Richfield Union Cemetery, Richfield, Genesee, Michigan
Anyone have any other information?