Saturday, September 22, 2012
Who Was Susan Stephens Goucher-Riblet?
This simple stone honoring the memory of Susan Stephens Goucher-Riblet is found at the Perkins Cemetery in Erie County, just off Route 250. I wondered to myself, " Who was this person with so many names?" By searching Family Search for death records, I found a death certificate for Susan Riblet, who died in Cuyahoga County on January 2, 1931. She was age 95 years, 8 months, and 27 days. Her parents were William H. Stephens, a native of Pennsylvania, and Mary Havelick, who was born in Staten Island, New York.
A free database from the Cleveland Public Library, the Cleveland Necrology File, had this brief death notice for Susan:
Name: Riblet, Susan J.
Date: Jan 4 1931
Source: Source unknown; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #068.
Notes: Riblet: Susan J., widow of the late Henry K., beloved mother of Mrs. Horace Fisher, Mrs. B. S. Grosscup and Mrs. Ida A. Green, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Horace Fisher, 2596 Colchester Road. Friday evening, Jan. 2, 1930. Funeral services and burial at Perkins, O., Monday, Jan. 5, at 1 p. m.
Looking for Susan on the 1880 U.S. Census, I found her listed as Susan J. Riblet, age 42, living in Vermilion, Erie County, Ohio with her husband Henry Riblet, with children Jessie and Joey Riblet. May Goucher, age 13, is also living in the Riblet household.
When I entered the name Susan Stephens, combined with a spouse's surname of Goucher, I found an application for a marriage license for Susan Stephens and William Goucher in Erie County, Ohio on December 22, 1856.
By taking the information from a tombstone, and searching a variety of online resources, I learned a lot about Susan Stephens Goucher-Riblet, who now rests in peace at Perkins Cemetery in Erie County, Ohio.
Note: Susan's sister, Mary Marilla Stephens Greene, once overheard a plot to free prisoners from the Johnson's Island Prison during the Civil War. Read about it here.