While visiting the cemetery last Friday, I discovered this very striking and unusual monument and I thought it would be an interesting one to investigate and share.
It is the gravesite of Edmund S. Ensey. 1868-1915. The circular inscription for the "Woodmen of the World" appears at the top of the stone.
According to the 1880 US Census, Edmund was living in Dayton, Montgomery, County, Ohio with his parents, Abram and Harriet Ensey and his brother, Elmer. His father was a wagon maker.
He appears in the 1900 census where he is now the Chief Tipto of the 3rd Cavalry at Fort Meyer, Virginia. According to the record, he listed his address as Main Street, Dayton, Ohio. At that time, he had been married for 8 years.
Upon locating Edmund's death certificate, I discovered that he had been born to Abraham Ensley and Harriet Hines on 23 January, 1868. He had passed away from a cerbral hemorrhage at the age of 47 on 28 August, 1915. His death occured while he was at Fort Moultrie Army Post, South Carolina. His listed occupation was "Musician" and "Soldier". He had enlisted in the Army several times, but had also worked as a brass moulder in Dayton.
I haven't looked any farther into his life, but according to the stone, he had children. I'm sure some of his descendants are still in this area. I wonder if I know any of them?
He was laid to rest in David's Cemetery, Van Buren Township, (now Kettering) Montgomery County, Ohio, where I "met" him on May 29, 2010.