An ancestor died in 1877 and is buried in the Bethany Church Cemetery in Tioga, Illinois. There is a funeral entry for her in the records of the church which gives the same date of death as her tombstone but does not mention where she died.

There is no civil record of her death as not all deaths were recorded in Illinois in 1877–this was still in the early days of recording civil records of deaths and births in Illinois). There is no obituary for her and no family Bible recording her vital events exists.

My entry for her in my database should not indicate she died in Tioga. She likely died near Tioga, given that she is buried there. Tioga is close to both a township line and a county line, so I cannot say with certainty what township or county she was buried in.

I have a date of death and a place of burial. Sometimes we have to be satisfied with that.



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  1. I have several family members, in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, whose bodies were sent by train “to be returned home” or “to be buried with family” after their deaths in other states. Arizona to New York, Iowa to Kansas, Texas to Kansas, etc.

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