01 August 2012

Journey to the Past: Wesley Chapel


Only two more cemeteries to go! Things were shaping up thanks to St. Joseph and Sunset Cemeteries.

Photo by Brent Nimmo
I was soon in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. It was a nice looking cemetery with a large number of people working in crews to manage the grounds. That was pretty impressive. It was about 2 pm and my mind wasn't working properly I suppose. I confused who I was looking for on my spreadsheet with those buried in Walnut Grove. So I'm standing near Section A wondering where Jane Fickle GORDON and Ollie Smith GILBERT would be buried.

Two men in a large ATV type cart were sitting around chatting, so I asked if they happened to know where I could get a section map. They asked who I was looking for because they knew section A very well. When I said Jane and Ollie they were stumped. They didn't know anyone by that name in section A. They wanted to see my spreadsheet and then asked if I was asking about the right cemetery. They were so kind as they were politely poking fun at me. 

I was actually looking for more Mack family relatives. They were buried in Section 2. The men were not familiar with Section 2 and the Mack family names as they didn't work that section often. They told me to hang tight and drove off to the office to find out where I needed to go. As they were headed back, they motioned for me to follow. I followed these two men straight to the section I needed. Then, one man hopped off the ATV cart and found the stone for me before I had even exited my car. Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty.

Then the two men drove off and left me to Heinrich Ludwig MACK (1842 – 1910) and his family. Heinrich is my 3rd great-grand uncle. His sister is Caroline Mack GEISZLER BILLMAN. He traveled to America with his father's family and the Puesecker family from Gillersheim, Germany. He married Caroline W PUESECKER (1845 – 1917) and united those two families together. 

Henry Mack buried in Wesley Chapel Cemetery

 I snapped 20 photos and drove on. I might have been able to do more but it was getting close to the closing time for the final cemetery, so I left.

This is another installment in a lengthy multi-series post about the fantastic research trip I took to Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. If you're just joining the this series, you'll be able to see every post under the label Research Trip.

2 comments:

  1. You were right on top of me! My family plot is in Sunset, too. My neck of the woods!

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    1. I was wondering if I'd be in your area. I didn't have a lot of time for socializing with genealogists this trip. But, when another Ohio trip is planned, I'll be sure to include you and other Ohioans. I would love to join you for the monthly gathering.

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