Nancy Jane Fairchild (McKibbin) is buried with her husband Robert Irvine McKibbin in the Dale Cemetery.I have a photos of their tombstone, which is by the back fence and which is one of the oldest in the cemetery.My great-grandfather fought in the Civil War in Atlanta and then marched to Savannah with General Sherman; once the war was over, he married and moved with his new bride to Beaverton and bought the farm that is now owned by the widow of Bob Hughes, who died recently.Bob was my father's first cousin.I think the Dale Cemetery is in Tobacco Township, and I wrote to their town clerk, but she said she did not have a death certificate for Nancy.I read the records I have here which said that Nancy died in Beaverton, which is where my father was born.Nancy lost her husband when my grandfather was only 12, so she lived with my grandfather for the rest of her life, and he lived in Beaverton with his wife Beatrice Hughes McKibbin. It is rather strange, but my great-grandfather sold his farm to newcomers from Winnipeg, Canada when he started getting too sick from former war wounds to carry on farming, and his son Roy ended up marrying their daughter. Thus, that farm at Dale has been in my family on both the McKibbin and Hughes sides since the end of the Civil War.
I am really surprised that the state of Michigan does not have a death certificate for Nancy Jane, but I was able to get one for her father, Sherman Fairchild, and I was just recently made a member of the DAR because Sherman's death certificate indicated that his mother Ruth Jennings was the daughter of Abraham Jennings, who fought with the CT line.I have known that my dad was descended from Abraham Jennings on his grandmother Fairchild's side, but I had to prove it to the DAR, and they are pretty tough and want all of the documents as proof.I am glad that they accepted my bible records and lineage books and Sherman's death certificate.
Thanks so much for writing.I certainly appreciate it.I was in Michigan a few weeks ago on business, since my mother died and I have been away for months at a time handling her estate.One of the things I still have to settle is a lot she owned in Michigan, so I was up in the thumb area.If I had only had more time, I would have loved to have gone to Beaverton and that area to see my many relatives.Most of the people who are buried in the Dale Cemetery are my relatives, including two sets of great-grandparents, my paternal grandparents, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.I want to film the cemetery some day for my family.A friend and distant cousin, Shirley Trolz, took photos of the tombstones for me about four years ago.Bob Hughes used to make sure that the tombstones were well taken care of, and it is a shame that he has passed on.I now have five little grandchildren four and under, and we will soon have another one in January.I am putting together a family history for them, and while it has really been a lot of work, it has also been a lot of fun.