Sunday’s Obituary: Genevieve Bowers


One of the saddest Obituaries, I have come across while researching my ancestors is the one for Genevieve Bowers.  She was only 21 years old when she died of appendicitis.  I had an obituary that my grandmother had saved from a newspaper.  Genevieve was an Aunt of my grandmothers.  The obituary that my grandmother had saved said Genevieve had her trunks packed as she planned on visiting friends or relatives in Colorado.  Unfortunately the paper was so old that it disintegrated and I no longer have it.  I made a trip to Ottawa, Illinois where she lived and died to get a copy of the obituary.  I went to the Lasalle County IL Genealogy Guild Library and found two obituaries for her, but neither mention having her trunks packed for a trip to Colorado.    I also tried the public library and they had the same ones as the Genealogy Guild.

I’d like to know if she was going to visit friends or relatives because I have hit a brick wall when it comes to her mother Alexena Frazier, born in Nassagaweya, Ontario, Canada.  It seems I cannot find Alexena’s parents or a record of her birth.  I thought if it were relatives she was visiting in Colorado, perhaps it was her mother’s family.  I have no idea if Alexena had brothers or sisters.

I found it sad that she only lived to age 21 and had not had a chance to experience all that life has to offer.  She did not yet fall in love, get married, or have children.  Obituary on left is from the Ottawa Journal dated July 3, 1898.  The Obituary on the right is from the Republican Times dated July 4, 1898.

About Gail Grunst Genealogy

Gail has been researching her own family since 1979. Her research has taken her back to 1800 Belgium and 1800 England. Gail has worked in a library for the last 20 years and has answered genealogy questions for patrons and helped patrons with their research. In addition to her degree in Library Media Technology, Gail has a two degree in Basic American Genealogy Research from the National Genealogy Society. She has done volunteer work for various Genealogy Societies. Gail teaches several Classes in Genealogy for the Round Lake Area Library, and would be happy to conduct a class for your organization. If interested in a class or if you would like a one-on-one consultation, please contact Gail. Please enjoy Gail's family History Blog

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