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Aug 26

Maple Hill Cemetery, Cadillac, Wexford, Michigan – Block T Lot 461

This entry is part 26 of 60 in the series Cemeteries

Maple Hill is a larger city cemetery, located on the south side of Cadillac, Michigan. I have collected a number of photographs from this cemetery and will post my photographs by lot number.

The ownership information for this lot was blank in the cemetery printout at the Cadillac Library, as was the purchase date.

Lucy (Kaiser) Johnston, was born 28 February 1876 in Canada and died in Cadillac, Wexford, Michigan on 2 October 1914. She was another of the siblings in the family of Elizabeth Long and husband William Kaiser. James and Jane Johnston married siblings of Lucy, Elizabeth and William Kaiser respectively.
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An old family history says her husband, George Johnston, was a cousin of James and Jane Johnston. Gorge’s death certificate says he was born in St. Louis, Michigan on 25 January 1871 and died in Moran Township, Mackinac County, Michigan on 7 June 1946. The death certificate has every genealogists least favorite words in the blank reserved for names and birthplaces of parents, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown. When George remarried after Lucy’s death, that marriage record film shows partial information, father Alexander Johnston, mother “__aria Thompon”. Hmmm, this may be the connection that I have long searched for between the Thompsons, Johnstons and Kaisers, but I have not researched the problem yet.
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There is no marker on the lot for Lucy and Gorge’s daughter, Doris. “Cousin Doris”, my Dad always said. I remember her as a slight woman, perhaps eccentric, somewhat outspoken. Her physical appearance reminded me of two of my father’s siblings, who would have been her cousins, actually first cousins, once removed. Doris E. (Johnston) Leslie was born 19 October 1902 in Cadillac, Wexford County, Michigan and died 24 July 1971 in the same place.

Shortly after Doris died, my father (the undertaker) arranged for a graveside service. I remember Dad calling me on the phone and insisting that I attend. I must have left our little daughter with M-in-L, because I did respect my father’s wishes and attend. It was a small crowd, and as I recall, it included a male friend of Doris’ who was displeased about the fact that a minister was present. My undertaker father always followed his conscience in matters concerning last farewells, and he may have been the closest living relative childless Doris had. So, there was a minister, and a prayer, and a displeased gentleman. Years later I did remember the lot and the other markers on it when I revisited the site.

The final marker on the lot is one for Raoul E. Nadon. Raoul was one of Doris’ husbands, either the first one, or the second one. In the old history I mentioned, three husbands were listed. I have not researched the details.
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  1. Apple

    I like the raised lettering and script used on Lucy and George’s stones. I don’t recall seeing similar ones.
    .-= Apple´s last blog ..Sarah Ann Camfield, March 15, 1902 =-.

  2. Granny Pam

    the lettering is interesting, isn’t it? There are a couple of more stones on nearby lots which have the same lettering. I’ll come to them later. Thanks for the comment, Apple.

  3. Heidi

    How do I get in touch with some one to find grave information? I am searching for my g.g.g grandparents grave but don’t know where in Wexford co.

  4. Granny Pam

    You can try the Wexford Genealogy Organization: http://www.wexfordgenealogy.org

  5. J F Emerson

    I came across this page because your cousin Doris was married from about 1946 to a man called Robert Franklin Leslie, a native of Cdillac, an at the end of his life a city councilman there.
    His first wife was a first cousin of mine: Edith M Curtis. She tragically died giving birth to their only child, on 24 Dec 1924.
    I would be interested if you could fid his death date. It would be between 1956 and 1958.
    Perhaps the local paper has an obituary?

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