. . . or a better title would be “Why You Shouldn’t Believe Everything on Headstones.”
This headstone was found in Oakhill Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Kentucky. Charles Jackson Bowman was the father of William Henry Bowman and died from tuberulosis in 1911. According to the 1910 census and his veterans file he was married to Clevia and had two sons, Hubert born in 1907 and William born in 1909. So far, so good.
Here is his son, William’s headstone. It is in the Hemet Cemetery, Hemet, California. It agrees with his death certificate and every other document, I can find, since his marriage. He was older before he married. . . and besides that, isn’t it kinda impossible to be born three years after his father’s death?
How do I know that this is THE father and son? They are my children’s ancestors and I knew William personally; he was my father-in-law at one point in my life.
Linda’s headstone(s) of the week, week #16