Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - May 19, 2015 - John Landon Best

John Landon Best

John Landon Best was born on February 19, 1827...or was it July 25, 1828... John's tombstone shows one date and his death certificate shows another. He was the son on Conrad Best and Catherine Louks from Bayham Township, Elgin, Ontario, Canada. He married Dorothy Emeline Silverthorn on October 12, 1851 in Elgin, Ontario. They had six children; Walter(1858), Nellie (1860), Alvin (1862), Alice( 1864), Wm Harris (1868), Harvey Wm (1868) all of whom were born in Canada. John, Emeline and the children are listed in the Canadian Census for the years 1861 and 1871. I have been unable to determine when John and Emeline came to Michigan but eventually they ended up in Columbiaville, Michigan area. Nellie, my GGGrandmother married Newton Losee in 1877. The confusion continues with John's death. John's Death Certificate show that he died on May 8, 1898 yet his tombstone indicates that he died on May 28, 1897.

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