Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday--LeBon

I am hoping to make more short trips to the Forest Park Cemetery (formerly known as Waldheim Cemetery) in Forest Park, Illinois. I have never found so many of these tree shaped tombstones in one place.

I visited a week ago and the ground was snow covered. A little research on this tombstone--A Lebon--proved to be Alexander LeBon. I was able to locate his death certificate on Family Search and then jumped over to ancestry to find out some additional information.

There is a family tree out on ancestry and the owner has posted photographs of the smaller tombstones located in front of the tree marker. Had I been able to see them (remember they were covered in snow), my research would not have been necessary ;-)

Credit to Mary Walker who has taken the photos of the two individual markers.

Born: February 5, 1858, Couillet, Belgium
Died: March 27, 1925, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

Alexander was the son of Bask Elima Lebon and Mary Karece, both born in Couillet, Belgium. Alexander was employed with the Chicago Public School system as a janitor. He was buried at Waldheim Cemetery, now Forest Park Cemetery on March 30, 1925.

Born: March 1858, Belgium
Died: 1927, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

Clarisse, known as Clara, does not have a very long paper trail to follow. Although her place of death is listed as Chicago out on ancestry, I was not able to locate a death certificate for her. I did try various spellings of Lebon, which did not prove to be helpful. Her maiden name, Robert, was also taken from the family tree information posted on the net. Clara was listed as a dressmaker on the 1900 and 1910
Illinois census.

Alexander and Clarisse were married in Belgium in 1883 and immigrated to the United States on the ship Noordland arriving on November 14, 1884 from Antwerp, Belgium. They made their home on Robey Avenue, in Harvey, Thornton Township, Cook County, Illinois.

-Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947, Family Search on line, Digital Folder Number: 4152610, Image Number: 1665, Film Number: 1877718, Volume/Page/Certificate Number: rn 9022.

-Ancestry.com family tree of Mary Walker.

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