The gravestone is broken, resting against what may be its original base, pieces from other markers alongside. An interesting picture, I thought.
Nov. 28. 1878.
18ys. 8ms. & 1d.
What is missing? What about the father?
With that simple question, I jumped down another genealogical rabbit hole.
If Francis was 18 years old in 1878, he may have been born when the 1860 census was taken. A quick search for Cordelia Thomas on Ancestry.com finds a good match.
|Household of Cordelia Thomas, 1860 U.S. census, Liberty Township, Delaware County, Ohio, Taken on June 5.|
The census record, showing Cordelia as head of household (no Mr. Thomas here), matches the gravestone in (1) location, (2) mother’s name, and (3) age and gender of the baby with no name.
After several more searches on some of my favorite genealogy-related sites, Francis Thomas’s father was still a puzzle. (I did find Cordelia’s death record on FamilySearch.org; she died in 1905, apparently never having remarried.)
I was about to set this puzzle aside when I tried a sloppy, vanilla Google search for Cordelia Thomas Delaware County Ohio—and found Mr. Thomas hiding in an 1880 book, History of Delaware County and Ohio.
|From History of Delaware County and Ohio,|
O.L. Baskin & Co., 1880
Mystery solved. Mr. Thomas is Mr. John Thomas.
Uh-oh. Something is wrong here.
If John Thomas died in June of 1858—two years before the 1860 census—he could not have been the father of Cordelia’s baby-without-a-name.
Guess I will set this puzzle aside for now after all. Something is wrong somewhere. It could be a minor error, or it could be that I have tried to force a puzzle piece into the wrong puzzle altogether.
It’s an interesting photo nonetheless.