Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tombstone Tuesday - the DeFrances

I have a list of Carringer/Smith/Vaux family members for whom I am trying to find the burial locations. I have visited Glen Abbey in Bonita, La Vista in National City, Mount Hope and Cypress View in San Diego, and Fort Rosecrans on Point Loma.

I found several of the persons on my list at Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego (see this post on the South San Diego County Graveyard Rabbit blog about the cemetery).

In Section E, Lot 33 of the Masonic Division of Mount Hope Cemetery are the graves, and gravestones, for:

* Eva Etta DeFrance (1891-1940)
* Howard M. DeFrance (1881-1937)
* Joseph W. DeFrance (1865-1937)

This area of the cemetery looks like this, looking south from the nearby road:

The in-ground gravestones for Eva, Howard and Joseph DeFrance are in the middle of the photograph.

In Section E, Lot 8 of the Masonic Division of Mount Hope Cemetery is the grave, and gravestone, for:
* Leava A. DeFrance (1866-1959)
Here stone is slightly raised off the ground, and can be seen in the foreground of the picture above, and is shown below:

Who are these relatives? I posted a list of descendants of Samuel and Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux here. Leava A. Smith (1866-1958) was the first wife of David Devier Smith (number 3 in the noted report), and they had one daughter Eva Etta Smith. David D. Smith is the brother of my great-grandmother, Della (Smith) Carringer, and therefore my great-granduncle. Eva Etta (Smith) DeFrance is my first cousin twice removed.
Eva Etta Smith (1890-1940) married Howard M. DeFrance (1881-1937) in 1914, and they had no children.
Leava (Smith) Smith (1866-1958) married Joseph Walton DeFrance (1865-1937) in about 1908, as his second wife. They had no children.
Now I'm wondering where Joseph Walton DeFrance's first wife is buried! I don't even know her first name yet. The 1900 census says "M.L." - I wonder what the letters stand for? I didn't find a death record in the California Death Index for 1905 to 1929. She probably died between 1900 and 1908, unless they divorced in that time period.
I'm still looking for the graves of David Devier Smith (1863-1920) and his second wife, Amy (Ashdown) Smith (1877-1939), their daughter Maybelle (Smith) Milner (1902-1964) and her family, plus the graves of Mary Ann (Smith) (Chenery) (Cramer) Morrill (1866-1922) and her last husband John Frank Morrill (1852-1928).

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