William and Martha were Far Guys maternal Great Grandparents. His Grandfather Curt’s parents. They are buried at Linnell Cemetery just a mile down the road from us.
William Born in Canada in 1848 – died in Minnesota in 1904. I know how he died. He was taking two boys hunting, his son Curt and a friend Walter. The boys were 16 and 13. Whist climbing over a fence, the 13 year olds gun discharged and wounded William. William said “It was an accident…no one is to blame.” He died a day or two later. He would have been about fifty-five years old.
Martha Born in Canada in 1852 – died in Minnesota in 1936. Her grandson Willard told me this. “Grandma lived with us. She spoiled me rotten. She was the family stabilizer, she kept things working. She was my protector, when I misbehaved I hid behind Grandma. Grandma was afraid of thunderstorms, she would take us into the stone milk house because she knew it wouldn’t blow down…she had her ways.”
Recently Edie a neighbor gave us the newspaper clipping about Martha’s death.**
We have one photo of Martha.
Martha is on the left, the other woman is an unknown. We have no idea where the photo was taken….someplace in Minnesota.
William and Martha owned a farm in Ontario Canada, Eramosa Township in Wellington County before they came to Becker County Minnesota.
I have no photos of William. I have asked cousin David to share what research he has completed. I am still waiting for him to get home from an extended vacation…retired people!
*** What do you believe, the newspaper obituary or the headstone? There are two dates that don’t match up. Newspaper: Martha’s birth in 1851 Headstone 1852. William’s death Newspaper 1905 Headstone 1904.
Just goes to show you that newspaper obituaries should only be used as a guide.
Death: August 27, 1904
County of Death: Becker County, Minnesota, United States
Mother's Maiden Name: COPELAND, Date of Birth: 1849, Place of Birth: CANADA
In this case the headstone and death certificate match.
Someday when someone, possibly one of the grands is doing family research they may find this blog post helpful.