Thursday, August 25, 2022

Tombstone Tuesday--George Ethelbert VanGilder and Jessie Poole VanGilder

George Ethelbert VanGilder

Jessica "Jessie" Poole VanGilder

      I can't believe I have never posted a Tombstone Tuesday for my paternal great grandparents.  In fact I have done very little blogging about my paternal great grandfather.  That needs to be corrected.

     George Ethelbert VanGilder, the son of John Oliphant VanGilder and Mary Louise Hill VanGilder, was born on January 27, 1861 in Monongalia County, (West) Virginia.  

     Oddly, there is no record of his death certificate in the online records.  His death, at home, is recorded the obituary.  George died at his home on May 24, 1904 at the age of forty-three years, three months and twenty-nine days after a long illness of kidney disease.  Even while sick at home, he won election in his party as the assessor of his district.  The funeral was held in the family home, 54 University Driveway and burial was held in Mt. Union Cemetery, Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia.  His burial plot is surrounded by his VanGilder family.

     Jessica "Jessie" Poole VanGilder, the daughter of Sampson Frum Pool and Sarah Louise Harner Pool, was born on October 17, 1870 in Monongalia County, West Virginia.


The Akron Beacon Journal
November 14, 1949
page 14
BTW--the one great grandchild would be ME


     Jessie died at age seventy nine, on November 13, 1949, at the home of her daughter, Jessica Virginia VanGilder Rootes, in Akron, Ohio, where she had lived for seventeen years.  She was buried beside her husband in Mt. Union Cemetery.  Her parents and siblings are also buried at Mt. Union Cemetery, Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia.

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