Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Norman and Mary WILSON

Tombstone Tuesday

Norman D. and Mary E. (OFFILL) WILSON

Continuing with my wife's family: Two weeks ago, we looked at Glenn and Ruth BOLGER, her parents, then, last week, her grandmother Hazel F. (WILSON) BOLGER.

This week, it is her great-grandparents, Norman D. (1844-1914)and Mary E. (1854-1934)(OFFILL) WILSON. They are the family who from the east to western Iowa in a covered wagon in the 1870s to make their home near Coon Rapids, Iowa. Actually, their families had been living in Jasper County, east of Des Moines, for 20-30 years, and Norman had traveled to their new home, by train, several times before they "traveled by covered wagon" to their new home on the western prairie! [Of course they used a "covered wagon," they needed to transport the wagon and horses as well as themselves and their household goods to their new home.] Norman was a Civil War veteran, he wrote diaries of his experience, and was very active in GAR activities, including playing in a band, in his later years in Coon Rapids.

They are buried in the Coon Rapids Cemetery, Coon Rapids, Carroll Co, Iowa, in the same plot as two of their daughters (we saw last week).

Families are Forever!  ;-)

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