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Willow Dale Cemetery

This past Friday Bob and I found my Aunt Alice and her husband Richard’s final resting place. Alice was my paternal grandmother’s first born child.

Alice was born in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on 7 January 1907.  I do not know Alice’s father’s name, only that my paternal grandfather was not her father. I expected to find Alice listed on the 1910 census.  The 1910 census lists Alice’s mother, described as single, living in the same household as her parents.  Alice is not listed in the 1910 census.  Alice first appears in the 1920 census, where her address is listed as North Buffalo Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.  Alice’s mother married my grandfather in December 1911.  In the 1920 census my grandparents have five children, including Alice.  Alice is listed on the census, as having the same last name as her siblings.

According to ancestry information provided by one of my cousins, Alice married Harold Biggs, and a daughter named Clara was born about 1928.  Harold died in February 1929.   The death certificate lists the cause of death as acute fibrillation of the heart.  Harold was only 27 years old, when he died.  I found Clara listed in the 1930 census.  She was living in the same household as her paternal grandparents.  Clara’s age was listed as 2 years old in the census.  I have not found a listing for Alice in the 1930 census.

On 18 April 1931 Alice married Richard H. Evans.  Alice was 24 years old at the time; Richard was 55 years old.  The wedding ceremony took place in Allegany, Cattaraugus County, New York.  Both Alice and Richard were living in Bradford, Pennsylvania at the time of their marriage.  It appears that their residence continued to be Bradford until their deaths.  Richard passed away in April 1961.  He was 85 years old.  Alice passed away 30 years later, in April 1991.  She was 84 years old.  I never met Aunt Alice.

Richard and Alice are buried at Willow Dale Cemetery in Bradford, Pennsylvania behind a pond that Bob and I have visited or passed by several times over the past 19 years that we have been married.  I never knew, until recently, that my aunt was buried at Willow Dale Cemetery.

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Willow Dale Pond is located in front of Willow Dale Cemetery.

 

Aunt Alice and her husband, Richard, are buried in the Veteran’s portion of Willow Dale Cemetery.

_LG25768This is the Veteran’s portion of Willow Dale Cemetery.
Aunt Alice and her husband Richard’s burial plot appears in the foreground of this photograph.

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Veterans Memorial

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Aunt Alice and Richard are buried beside each other.

 

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I wonder why Aunt Alice’s grave marker does not display at a minimum her birth and death dates.

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Richard was a Sergeant in the Spanish American War.

I began building my family tree in late December last year.  Genealogy is a very enjoyable hobby!

4 Responses to “Willow Dale Cemetery”

  1. seniorhiker

    Fascinating! Thanks for sharing this information with us. You are certainly learning a great deal from your genealogy pursuits.

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  2. Lorraina

    Genealogy is very interesting, esp. when you can get info. I guess it can also cause you to have to put two and two together. Myself, it was just too difficult to get all the info I needed and I gave up on it years ago. I wanted to get my Metis recognition and acknowledgement but couldn’t provide proof of my facts. My dads heritage was native/aboriginal/Eskimo. His father was British and he took several wives, some who lived in igloos in the wilds of northern Labrador. He ended up having 9 children, the oldest of which was my dad born in 1902. As these kids grew up their father told them they had to marry blue eyed blonds or they wouldn’t get anywhere in this world. My dad married my Swedish mom and they had 5 kids with me being the 4th. Strangely enough my younger sister applied for and received her Metis card. She was the blondest one of our bunch! But even with using all her info and documents mine was denied. Canada is way behind in recording births, deaths and events. I already know that Ancestry doesn’t have any info on my family except what I entered there. I’d love to know more about my family but it’s not going to happen; they didn’t keep records back in those days.

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  3. Betsy

    Love hearing about your interest in Genealogy and your finds… IF I ever had time (and gave up FB or Blogging) –I’d love to get back to my Family Tree –and do more genealogy… I could spend a lifetime doing that. SO interesting…

    I love visiting old cemeteries and can certainly find much information about our ancestors there. I have decided that even though I want to be cremated and have my ashes strewn over a waterfall, I will put a marker next to my parents in the cemetery at Big Stone Gap, VA … It’s important to leave something for future generations to visit.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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