"Roots. That's a good word for it. Everybody's got a family tree and just to know how the roots grew, well that gives you a sense of who you are." spoken by Martha Corinne Walton, The Waltons, Episode 10, 1976
David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Tombstone Tuesday - John George Mackeravy
While visiting my husband's grandmother's gravesite at Zion cemetery in Dayton, we discovered the final resting place of John G. Mackeravy. Since it sat between that of my husband's grandmother and great grandmother, we thought he might have had some significance to them, but we weren't sure. I decided to see what I could find about Mr. Mackeravy.
According to John's Ohio death certificate #26017, his cause of death was listed as chronic myocarditis. His spouse is listed as Lillie Mackeravy. Even though her name is listed as Lillian Aring on her headstone, (the last name of her first husband) we believe that John's Lillie is my husband's great grandmother. In an earlier blog post, I told the tragic story of Lillian and John Aring, the adoptive parents of my husband's grandmother, Ruth. It seems that John Mackeravy was Lillian's second husband, by whom she was once again widowed.
John's occupation was listed as "checker" on the B & O Railroad. He had been listed as a truck driver on his World War I Draft Registration and on the 1920 United States Census for Montgomery County, Ohio, he was listed as being divorced and living in a rooming house in Harrison Township. So, John and Lillie would have been married at some point after 1920. It is interesting to note that when Lillie passed away in 1950, her family saw fit to use her previous married name rather than "Mackeravy", however, she is buried in the same row as both of her husbands.