Final Resting Place of Mary and Jerome Ford, Forestville…

At the Bristol Public Library there is a History room and I was able to find the cemetery where Mary and Jerome Ford were buried.  They are in the Forestville Cemetery.  They are featured on Find A Grave but I will share the pictures that I took that day when I visited this cemetery in 2011 on my trip to Connecticut.  I share my visit on my Massachusetts Meandering Blog, see right side panel of this blog for a link.

Here is what I wrote:

My very special goal was the Forestville Cemetery which was called the East Cemetery years ago.  I was warned it was a big cemetery and was a little worried as to how I would find them.

I was looking for Mary J. Barclay Ford and Jerome B. Ford and there three daughters.  I knew about Mary J. from the estate file of my great-uncle Alexander Barclay.  Mary and Alexander were siblings of my great-grandfather George A. Barclay.  I have been tracking her and it was exciting to know that I had an obituary for her and her husband.  

The Forestville Cemetery is on Circle Street in Forestville.  I found it by going along W. Washington St. to Center and then to Circle.  It is a very well-kept cemetery and easy to get around on the paved roads which are numbered 1-4.  The information I had obtained from the History room in the Bristol Library gave me other names on tombstones to use to try to identify my family.  They have a cemetery book with listings done by rows although the rows are not identified you can tell by the page number approximately where the graves might be.  You could call the Forestville Cemetery Association.  Most cemetery jobs are part-time so you do have to be patient.  I didn’t do that but decided I could figure it out myself.

It took a while but I did find them, actually I found Frank Yale’s tombstone first and Melisa M. Ford but she didn’t have a death date? A Tilton was buried with them?

Frank E. Yale Dec 7, 1862 to Sept. 18, 1916
Melisa M. Ford Jan 19, 1871 to ?
Alvah L. Tilton Aug. 17, 1884 to Aug. 27, 1924

Jerome Ford and Mary J. Barclay Ford were buried over by the fence and right off road #3.  It was good to see the graves.  Next to them was their daughter Rozelia who died at 18 years old?  In Mary’s obituary grandchildren are mentioned.  

Jerome B. Ford, Died July 5, 1817 Age 72 yrs.
Mary J. Barclay wife of Jerome B. Ford
Died Mar. 28, 1917 Age 75 yrs. 3 Mos.
Rozelia Daughter of Jerome B. & Mary J Ford
Died Feb 28, 1866 Age 18 yrs 8 mos.

We now know that Melisa died in El Cajon, San Diego Co., California where her son Alfred had gone to live.  I have not found her gravesite at this time. She migrated after 1930 and was there by 1940.

Frank E. Yale was Melisa’s first husband and father of her son Alfred.  The person named Alvah Tilton was Melisa’s 2nd husband who died in 1924. I cannot image how hard that must have been for her to lose two husbands within a decade.

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Mary J. Barclay Ford and Jerome’s deaths…

On my tour of Massachusetts and Connecticut in 2011, I drove from Enfield, Connecticut north through to Longmeadow and east through Massachusetts visiting Brookfield. At Lancaster, I headed west to Warwick, then north to New Hampshire.  Once done with New Hampshire, I headed west to  Berkshire County.  After I finished up in Pittsfield, I headed south to Connecticut.  I drove through Litchfield and Thomaston. It was not to hard to head east to Bristol.  You can read about my travels on the blog: Massachusetts Meanderings.  Just put Bristol into the search box and it will bring up my visit to the area.

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At the Bristol Public Library I found an obituary notice for Mary J. Barclay Ford.  I also found the cemetery information and the location of the burials.

I was hoping that one of the children of John and Margaret Barclay would tell me the maiden name of Margaret.  Well Mary J. Barclay Ford did have the name of her mother on her death certificate but it is very hard to read.

Medical Certificate of Death:
Mary Jane Barclay Ford
________Heart Disease
Chronic Nephritis & Dropsy
Sign by Art Dewry, M.D., Bristol, Conn.
March 29, 1917, Undertaker’s Certificate
Mary Jane Barclay Ford
Died Bristol, Jerome Ave.
Families in house One
Residence at death Bristol, Conn.
Occupation: At Home, Married
Husband: Jerome B. Ford
Date of death 1917, March 28,
Birth 1841 Dec. 28, Age 75 yrs 3 mos
Sex Female, white
Born Enfield, Conn.
Father’s name John Barclay
Mother’s name Margaret [Dav____ (Unreadable)]
Mother and father’s birthplace Scotland
Place of burial Forestville Cemetery
Name of Informant Jerome B. Ford, Edgewood
Body Embalmed yes by Emeril _______
Signature of Undertaker ____________________
Record 30th day of March 1917 Emma W. Fish, Asst. Registrar

Source:  Medical Certificate of Death and Undertakers Certificate for Mary Jane Barclay Ford, March 29, 1917, Bristol, CT. #75, Bristol Courthouse, Connecticut. 

Here is a picture of the death certificate for Mary with the area that indicates her parents’ names:

Partial of Mary's Death Certificate - Her mother's name

Partial of Mary’s Death Certificate – Her mother’s name

If you can read the last name for Margaret, I would be very grateful.  I am so close to Margaret’s last name.  Just click on the picture and it will open in a bigger window.  Click your back button to return.

Here is Mary J. Barclay Ford’s Obituary Notice:

Obituary for Mary J. Ford, 1917 Bristol, CT.

Obituary for Mary J. Ford, 1917 Bristol, CT.

Mrs. Mary J. Ford, who died at her home in Edgewood night before last as announced in the Press yesterday, was of Scotch ancestry. Her parents John and Margaret Barclay came from Edinburgh, Scotland, and settled in Enfield, Conn. where Mrs. Ford was born December 28, 1841. She was married to Jerome B. Ford then living in Unionville, June 17, 1866. They continued to live in Unionville for a time and then moved to Southington, from which place they came to Bristol in 1866, making their home in the northern part of the town known as Edgewood, where they have since lived. Mrs. Ford was a woman of quiet, friendly disposition, devoted to her home and family and greatly respected in the community in which she lived. She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Millissa, widow of the late Frank Yale of Forestville, and Anna, widow of the late Henry Yale of Patchogue, NY. The oldest daughter Roselia, died quite a number of years ago. There are also a number of grandchildren. The funeral will be held at the late home of the deceased in Edgewood, Saturday afternoon at 3:30 O’clock, the Rev. Henry Still of Forestville will officiate. The burial will take place in Forestville.

Source:  Obituary of Mrs. Mary J. Ford, the Bristol Press, Friday March 30, 1917, pg. 7, col. 3. Bristol Public Library, Genealogy and History Room.

Jerome followed Mary on 5 July 1917 just months after her death:

Medical Certificate of Death: Jerome Ford, Carcinoma of Bladder, General Carcinomatosis. Signed by Raymond F. Kircher, M.D. July 5, 1917 St. Francis Hospital. Jerome Ford, Place of Death Hartford, St. Francis Hospital, Residence Edgewood Street, Bristol., CT, Occupation Machinist, Widower, death 1917, July 5th

Birth: 1845 October 28
Age 71 yrs 8 mos, 7 days, Sex Male, White
Birthplace Unionville, CT
Father: Onri Ford
Mother: Caroline Kent
Place of burial Bristol, CT, Cemetery Forestville,
Name of informant: Hospital
Embalmed – yes, by Eugene Carbonneau license 626
Undertake: Hartford Burial Case Co., Hartford
Recorded 9th day of July 1917 C.P. Botsford, Registrar
Recorded at Bristol, Conn. Aug. 20, 1917 by Thomas B. Steele, Registrar.

Source:  Medical Certificate of Death for Jerome Ford, July 5, 1917, Bristol, Connecticut, Bristol Courthouse. 

Jerome’s funeral notice was brief:

Funeral of J.B. Ford
The funeral of Jerome B. Ford was held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the home of his daughter Mrs. Frank B. Yale of Stafford Ave, Forestville. The Rev. Henry D. Coe of the Baptist Church officiated. Internment was in the Forestville Cemetery.

 Source:  Obituary – Funeral of J.B. Ford, Bristol 4/19/1917 to 10/2/1917, Bristol Press, CT. Bristol Public Library genealogy and history room.

In the next post I will share my visit to the Forestville Cemetery in Bristol where they are buried along with other family members.