Tim’s 4th-great-grandfather, Aaron Newton Case, son of Aaron and Margaret (Meacham) Case, was born 24 January 1788 in Simsbury (Hartford) Connecticut, and died 14 February 1870 in Cambridge Junction (Lenawee) Michigan. He married, 26 November 1812 in Windsor (Hartford) Connecticut, Laura Amanda Roberts, who was born 17 November 1792 in Bloomfield (Hartford) Connecticut, and died there 15 November 1829, daughter of Lemuel and Roxey (Gillett) Roberts.
Aaron owned a farm in Simsbury [Bloomfield] until 1832, when he was about 44, and after Laura’s death, he moved to Windsor, Ohio where he purchased a new farm. The 1850 census has him living in Windsor with two of his grandsons, William N., age 3, and Martin E., age 0, and a 16-year-old named Robert Adkins. In 1860 he was living there with his son, Galusha, daughter-in-law, and their six sons. He lived there until 1867, when he was about 79, and then moved to Cambridge Township, Michigan. Apparently Aaron remained a widower for 40 years until his death. He lies buried in Cambridge Junction Cemetery. Laura lies buried in Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church Cemetery in Bloomfield, Connecticut.
Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church Cemetery
Cambridge Junction Cemetery
Cambridge Township, Michigan
Aaron & Laura were the parents of five children:
1. Luarana Amanda Case, born 9 February 1814 in Bloomfield, died 23 April 1883 in Glenville (Cuyahoga) Ohio. She married 16 July 1836, in Ashtabula (Ashtabula) Ohio, Pharis Wells Cook, who was born 8 March 1813 in East Granby (Hartford) Connecticut, and died 2 July 1882 in Glenville, son of Jesse and Chloë (Phelps) Cook. Laurana & Pharis were the parents of three children.
2. Galusha Aaron Case, born 24 November 1815 in Simsbury, died 29 June 1886 in Detroit (Wayne) Michigan. He married Susan Adeline Bedell, who was born c. 1822 in Schuyler (Herkimer) New York, and died 1 January 1897 in Detroit, daughter of William and Margaretha (Lepper) Bedell. Galusha & Susan were the parents of six sons.
3. Capt. Hermon Roberts Case (Tim’s 3rd-great-grandfather), born 10 April 1818 in Simsbury, died 17 February 1890 in (Lenawee) Michigan. He married (as his first wife) 28 December 1841, Mary Doty, who was born about 1820 in Euclid (Cuyahoga) Ohio, and died 16 March 1845 in East Cleveland (Cuyahoga) Ohio, daughter of Asa Doty. Hermon & Mary were the parents of a daughter. Hermon married (as his second wife), 5 March 1848, Paulina Elizabeth Minor (Tim’s 3rd-great-grandmother), who was born 2 April 1822 in Mendon (Monroe) New York, and died 9 March 1898 in Cambridge (Lenawee) Michigan, daughter of William and Naomi (Reniff) Minor. Hermon & Paulina were the parents of four children.
4. Hiram Newton Case, born 13 October 1822 in Connecticut, died 17 July 1901 in Orwell (Ashtabula) Ohio. He married 12 February 1846 in Ashtabula, Mary Amidon, who was born 12 March 1822 in Ashford (Windham) Connecticut, and died 23 February 1901 in Orwell, daughter of Henry and Clarissa (Roberts) Amidon. Hiram & Mary were the parents of four children.
5. Lemuel Hurley Case, born 4 July 1824 in Connecticut, died 1896. He married 19 November 1850 in (Ashtabula) Ohio, Mary Nye, who was born about 1823 in New York, and died 23 January 1909 in (Cook) Illinois, daughter of Abel and Mary (Stoyell) Nye. Lemuel & Mary were the parents of three children.
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Always interesting to visit graveyards and check out headstones. You have given us a very interesting history lesson in this post.
It is interesting, especially noticing the differences in style and size and information included. Wish I could find out more about their lives, though. I’m never satisfied!
I wonder if you have been to any of these graves, Barbara?
There was a time when I was driving from New Orleans, LA back to my home on the Island in 2015. As I drove on the Interstate highway near Lake Charles, I had an uncanny experience that my birth father was near. So strong that I pulled over to stop at a restaurant for food and conversation with locals there.
I have a very old hand written letter from his sister (my Aunt) regarding my birth father’s death which indicated where he was buried next to his mother and father (my birth grandparents). This location was just north about a 40 minute drive in rural area.
Later I did minimal research on find a grave. And there were photos of grave stones with info on the similar to your pics. And it indicated that there was one lot left. It was unclear as to whether this was a “virtual grave site”. I don’t truly know if if was imaginary to help others grieve loss. I don’t know.
I spoke over the phone to a dear friend about this, my understanding and my curiosity. My friend’s words were, “There’s only one way to know for certain.” “It might be time for a road trip!” I agreed at that time. But life was in process of being turned upside down at that time. I have yet to do so. And so much time and change has occurred that this focus may no longer be relevant to my being.
I understand your ancestors are very important to you. So I enjoy your discovery of the pieces of your puzzle. And I wonder if you’ve seen the actual grave sites in person?
Not the graves in this post, TD. I’ve never even been to Michigan! I might be able to get to the one in Connecticut one of these days if I have a good day, health-wise. It’s an hour and a quarter drive from home and perhaps a little too far away to manage. But in the past I’ve visited many cemeteries in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and often visit the ones in local towns where several of my ancestors lie buried.
That was an interesting experience you had about where your birth father might be buried. I have had similar occurrences that have led me to some pretty compelling discoveries. Sometimes when you look at a cemeteries records you find that there are other folks buried in a family plot who have no gravestones marking the spot. There are a couple of places I would like to add a stone but just don’t have the financial means to do this. And perhaps the ones who buried them couldn’t afford a headstone at the time either. So many stories. I do keep going back and revising my posts when I find new information. And there are plenty of ancestors who are lost to history as far as to where their graves might be located. And a fair number were lost at sea. These days so many people are being cremated and having their ashes scattered that I can picture a day when cemeteries will be a thing of the past.
I understand about life getting in the way of family history road trips. I would love to be in a position to take a few more!
That’s lucky that there is the site “Find a Grave” to give you insight for graves that might be too far away or cumbersome to reach. I had to Google Cambridge Township,
… [sorry I pressed “Send” by mistake] … it was in Michigan and I had not heard of it before.
Cambridge Township must be a very rural community, the population is only 5,299. It is amazing that the information age has brought so many resources right to our fingertips on computers in the comfort of our own homes.
No wonder I have not heard of it – interesting. Blog-writing with a nature theme like we have would be difficult without those handy resources at our fingertips.
Technology has its blessings!