Saturday, July 3, 2010

Viola Draper Hitchcock and Infant

This lovely tombstone at Oakland Cemetery is in memory of Viola Draper Hitchcock, and her infant, who died in July of 1903, the wife and daughter of Amos Lyndon Hitchcock. According to death records at Family Search Labs, Viola Draper Hitchcock died on July 3, 1903. She had given birth to a baby girl on July 2, 1903, and the infant girl passed away after living only a few hours.

The July 5, 1903 issue of the Sandusky Register reported that the Hitchcock family was particulary sad because of its loss of two family members. Mrs. Hitchcock was only 33 years of age at the time of her death. Amos Lyndon Hitchock, the young man who lost both his wife and child, was connected with the U.S. fish hatchery at Put in Bay.

In June of 1905, Amos Lyndon Hitchock married his deceased wife's sister, Flora Draper. They moved to Cuyahoga County. (Their marriage may have been brief, as we do not see them in the U.S. Census living together after 1910.) According to the Georgia Death Index,accessed at Ancestry Library Edition, Amos Lyndon Hitchcock died in Wayne County, Georgia on October 20, 1976 at the age of 99. Passenger lists, also found at Ancestry Library Edition, indicate that Amos L. Hitchcock was employed as a carpenter on seagoing vessels for at least 30 years. Though he traveled many miles, and died in Georgia, this grave marker serves as a reminder of a young family who lived so briefly in northern Ohio long ago.

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