Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Second wife?

A handsomely draped monument stands at the grave of Eliza Matthews Landacre (d. 1882). Look at the sides of this gravestone: Flowers!

  

ELIZA MATTHEWS
wife of
JOSEPH P.
LANDACRE
died
NOV. 7, 1882,
aged

52 YEARS.

Eliza Matthews and Joseph P. Landacre were married in 1873 in nearby Franklin County. Seven years later, they are listed in the 1880 Federal Census (again, Franklin County) with two young sons. Do the math: The boys were born before the marriage. Hmm.

One possibility, which also fits Eliza’s age when she was married (43 or 44), is that Eliza was Joseph’s second wife and the sons were born to his first.


Deer Creek Cemetery, Madison County, Ohio

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful stone! She was obviously a much loved lady!

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