Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Abigal (Stuart) Van Every (1825-1866)

The below tombstone is of my second great grandmother, Abigail (Stuart) Van Every, second wife of Samuel Van Every. She was born on April 29, 1825 in Ontario, Canada, and died March 4, 1866 in Middleville, Michigan. Cause unknown, but due to an infant who died after 3 days one month earlier, my guess is complications from childbirth. She is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Middleville.

My great grandfather, Melvin Van Every, was three years old when she died, though his father, Samuel, married his third and final wife three months later on May 22, 1866.

I know little more about her than the facts above. However, Abigail (or possibly Abigal, according to the tombstone) is the ancestor from which springs many of the branches that lead to my most famous cousins.

(Photograph by Richard Howell. Used with Permission)

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