Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday--Emma Leona VanGilder Williams

Emma Leona VanGilder Williams is my paternal great grandaunt. She was the daughter of John Oliphant VanGilder and Mary Louise Hill VanGilder. The dates on the grave plate are accurate. Emma was born in Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia and died in Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia.

On August 29, 1903 Emma married Harvey S. Williams, son of Foster Williams and Nancy Jacobs Williams, in Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia.

The Williams were the parents of two daughters, Edith E. Williams and Ruth J. Williams and raised them in Morgantown, West Virginia. Early in the marriage they made their home on Front Street however by 1930 they were living on VanGilder Avenue in a house that had been built on land that originally belonged to Emma's parents.

As a young woman, Emma was a school teacher at the Union School in Easton, West Virginia, north of Morgantown.

Both Emma and Harvey are buried in Beverly Hills Memorial Park, outside Morgantown, West Virginia. Emma is buried near her sister, Mary Frances VanGilder and her married sister and brother in law, Betty VanGilder Pell and Charles Pell.

© 2010, copyright Linda Hughes Hiser

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