Thursday, April 29, 2010

Pvt. Dee Lash

Born L. D. Lash on December 11, 1895 in Richfield, Genesee County, MI to John H. Lash and Cordelia Lane.
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

Lighthouse Tribe of Barkhamsted, CT

They were a quiet little community in the hills of Connecticut. Here is there story...

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.

The story goes that Molly had many male callers, she fell in love with a gentleman caller, and her father denied them to get married and locked her up on their grounds, the gentleman then moved out west. James seeing Molly so sad gave her a rose from the garden and a friendship blossomed. They eventually fell in love and decided to run away so they could be together. Molly's angered father chased them from Wethersfield, CT into an Indian village near Barkhamsted, were he passed right by Molly and didn't even recognize her. Molly and James then settled in the mountain range around Barkhamsted where they flourished.

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.

My link is Mary & William Wilson (click on their names above, and it will take you to their website)

Suggested Reading
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).
The Legend of Barkhamsted Light House, by Lewis Sprauge Mills, (Lewis Sprauge Mill, publisher. Barkhamsted, CT).

Other Links to the Lighthouse

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lyman C. Lash

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?