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Mildred B. Checkley

Mildred B. Checkley

Katie (View posts)
Posted: 31 Jan 2006 7:26PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Checkley
Does anyone have a Mildred B. Checkley in their lineage?
She was born 1905 and died 1962. Her headstone was found in Indiana and sources have had the headstone for two years. They're trying to find her gravesite to return the stone.
Thanks ahead of time.

Re: Mildred B. Checkley

Tina (View posts)
Posted: 2 Feb 2006 2:08AM GMT
Classification: Query
A friend forwarded the article from the South Bend Indiana newspaper to me yesterday. After some initial web surfing and a few phone calls this morning, Mildred will be returned to the Rice Cemetery in Elkhart, Ind. where the rest of her family is buried.

Re: Mildred B. Checkley

Katie (View posts)
Posted: 2 Feb 2006 11:22AM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm so glad someone found where she belonged. Thanks and may God Bless.

Re: Mildred B. Checkley

pamtrom (View posts)
Posted: 4 Feb 2006 7:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
That doesn't make sense. Mildred and Horace Checkley lived in Mattoon, Coles County, Illinois all their lives. Horace died in 1968 and was buried there, and Mildred preceded him in death by 4 years. It doesn't make sense that they would have buried her in another state from the one they lived in. I might accept that they disinterred the remains of both of them and moved them to Indiana for some reason and the tombstone got lost in the shuffle... but I can't find a cemetery listing for Rice anywhere to confirm. What's your source for the assumption that's where she belongs, other than that there are other Checkleys in Indiana? Just because that's where the tombstone was found doesn't mean it wasn't carried there in the back of somebody's truck...Mattoon and Mishawaka are 250 miles apart. Anyway I think I've found Mildred's grandson so I'm going to check with him to verify.

Re: Mildred B. Checkley

Kate (View posts)
Posted: 4 Feb 2006 11:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Checkley
Pam,

I just posted the message regarding the lost headstone. There was an article in the local paper. The authorities had it for two years and couldn't find her grave. It was Tina that stated she was buried @ Rice Cemetery not me. I hope this issue gets resolved soon.

Re: Mildred B. Checkley

Kate Kretchmer (View posts)
Posted: 4 Feb 2006 7:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Checkley
Here is the newspaper article from the South Bend Tribune dated 02/02/2006:
Local residents, genealogists take up challenge. By Pablo Ros (Tribune Staff Writer)
Mishawaka - To many, the search for the rightful owner of a missing tombstone was a challenge they willingly undertook.
Assistant Chief Jerry Schroder of the Mishawaka Police Department said he received 22 phone calls Tuesday after local media reported the department was looking for the rightful owner of a missing tombstone. The stone had been held as unclaimed property in the department's evidence room for more than two years.
The tombstone of Mildred B. Checkley, who died in 1962, was originally in Rice Cemetery in Elkhart City, Schroder said. He doesn't yet know why, when or how the marker was taken to the Mishawaka police station.
Schroder said his next step is to contact the deceased's great-grand niece, who called the department Tuesday. He hopes to return the marker to her within the next few days.
Rice Cemetery is one of the largest in Elkhart County, with more than 28,000 people buried in 48 acres of land.
Vicki Edson, Rice Cemetery coordinator, said the tombstone likely was removed from the grave site in 1987, when Mildred B. Checkley's sister, Elizabeth H. Checkley, died and was buried at the same spot. A two-piece monument stone, bearing both names has marked the site ever since.
Normally, said Edson, a monument company commissioned with a new stone is responsible for replacing and disposing of the old one. Something might have gone wrong in the process, she said, but doesn't know what or who might be responsible.
Assistant Chief Schroder also said Wednesday he felt "glad" and "happy" that the rightful owner had been found and was grateful to the public for its "great response".
Among those who contacted Mishawaka police were people who had known the deceased in places as far away as Cole County, Ill, Schroder said.
Some who called the Mishawaka Police Department also contacted the Tribune.
Terry Coleman, an environmental consultant, said he called police after using his lunch break Tuesday to Google the deceased name, Glenn Terry, a retired South Bend police officer, did similarly, making a stop at the public library to do a quick search. Michael Lacopo, a veterinarian who is also a professional genealogist, logged into various online databases. Even Chris Frederick, a resident of Indianapolis, and Barbara Brickley, of Florida, joined the search.
Patricia K. Johnson, an Elkhart resident and co-author of two volumes on Rice Cemetry, said she knew where to look. Her two volumes, available through the Elkhart County Genealogical Society, contain the names of all people buried in Rice Cemetery.
Johnson is a retired research scientist for Bayer (Miles Laboratories) and has been a genealogist for 35 years.
Members of the South Bend Area Genealogical Society also made the best of the missing tombstone challenge.
Bev Petersen, a member of the society, said she had others discussed the missing tombstone during their weekly meeting Wednesday morning.
"that's all we talked about, "she said.
Petersen also owns Fun Stuff for Genealogist Inc., a store where she sells trinkets to fans of the science.
Investigating a family's past is more than just fun, Petersen said.
"it's becomes something soothing," she explained, "alsmost a spirtual thing, because you realize that you're part of a bigger picture."
Staff writer Pablo Ros:
pros@sbtinfo.com
(574-235-6555

Pam, now here is where I agree with you. If Mildred and her sister share a headstone and both bear the same last name as Checkley. What are the odds here that both women married Checkley?
If you hear anything more or if our local paper prints other articles, let's keep in touch.
Thanks and May God Bless.

Re: Mildred B. Checkley

itsallrelative2me (View posts)
Posted: 5 Feb 2006 1:17AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Mar 2006 6:30AM GMT
The other Mildred Checkley is Mildred L. Checkley died in 1970 is buried at the Dodge Grove Cemetery and was age 77.

Re: Mildred B. Checkley

c.z. (View posts)
Posted: 5 Feb 2006 5:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
Not sure how the post I sent last night came out with the Pam addy as the return, but I'm not her... she's not me... oy. Anyway... the possibility that there could be more than one Mildred never occurred to me, only because the name is so unusual to start with.

Checking Ancestry.com, there was only one Mildred Checkley listed in the entire country in the 1920 and 1930 censuses.

Still waiting to hear from the potential grandson, although with a name like that they're probably all related in some way. If Mildred and Elizabeth WERE sisters, they were either unmarried or married two brothers, which has happened enough on my family tree to seem plausible.

Re: Mildred B. Checkley

c.z. (View posts)
Posted: 5 Feb 2006 5:43AM GMT
Classification: Query
Here's something else. This is a 1930 census summary from ancestry.com, incomplete because I don't subscribe. But it does show more than one Mildred, and an Elizabeth, but they're all in Coles County (Illinois).

Horace Checkley Mildred Checkley city, Coles, info abt 1893
Mildred Checkley name surname city, Coles, info abt 1893
David M Checkley name surname, city, Coles, info abt 1918
Elizabeth Checkley name surname, city, Coles, info abt 1923

Mildred Checkley city, Coles, info abt 1906

If Elizabeth and Mildred ARE sisters, they are either 17 or 30 years apart. I'm voting for the scenario that Horace had a brother and that these are Horace and Mildred's nieces. Has anyone seen a census printout for this family in 1930?

Re: Mildred B. Checkley

c.z. (View posts)
Posted: 5 Feb 2006 5:46AM GMT
Classification: Query
That would be consistent with the Mildred who was married to Horace, as they both had birthdates in 1893.
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