John Laing, 1838-1923

This marker caught my eye in the Wildwood Cemetery in Sheboygan, WI:
Wildwood Cemetery-Sheboygan-Laing-John-Charter member Sheboygan No 13
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I wondered what the Sheboygan No. 13 was, so I went looking for a bit of information.  Thanks to Google Books’ digitization efforts, I found History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present, Volume 1 by Carl Zillier.  This book says that Sheboygan Lodge 13 was organized December 13, 1846 and is one of the oldest fraternal bodies in Wisconsin.  John Laing was one of the men who was a charter member under the re-organization and reinstatement of this Lodge in 1877.

I also found a Sheboygan Press Telegram notice: Last rites for John Laing, who died Friday, were held 1 ttois afternoon from the late home, N. Seventh street and New York avenue. OHN LAING church, officiated at the services In the home, while Sheboygan Lodge No, 13, I. 0, 0, P., of which he wag a oharter member, had charge of the services at the cemetery. The Rev. Mr. Mayhew, pastor qf the First Baptist church at Sheboygan Fa!l, acted as chaplain. Many floral offerings were the last tokens of respect to the long and worthy Hfe of Mr, Laing, Centring these was a beautiful piece consisting of the Odd Fellow’s three links in red, white and blue selections

I was interested to see the mention of the Odd Fellow’s three links, which are also on Mr. Laing’s marker (and which I had not immediately recognized as Odd Fellow’s).

Louise M. Morley, Red Wing, MN

Our visit to the Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing, MN allowed us to see some kinds of markers that we hadn’t seen before: ceramic.   Red Wing, MN has deposits of clay beds (which led to industries and the founding of Red Wing pottery in 1877).  When we were visiting the Red Wing Pottery Museum, we learned a lot about the history of the company, but also saw examples of pieces that were made by the workers.

This marker caught my eye as an art piece, even though the top had some damage. Louise Morley, 12/1/1897 – 1/5/1903

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All four sides have decoration and information:

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And her information on Find a Grave is pretty extensive (a big Thank You to Kym for posting this!):

As so many young children born in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, little Louise died of disease. She never got to experience a full life but she is never forgotten. She brought joy to the family that knew her and touches the hearts of those who did not know her.  Her grave marker was made of clay in the pottery factory, most likely by her father William. Her grave marker originaly had a large cross on the top of it with a picture of Jesus where the cross intersects. A truly amazing head stone and personal tribute to little Louise.

Inscription on the back of her stone:
Darling farwell
but not forever.
There will be a
glorious dawn
and we
shall meet
to part no more
On the

The notation about her father, William, making the marker makes a lot of sense, as many workers made pieces for themselves.  This marker is beautiful, and has obviously stood the test of time well.  Very touching.

Looking at the 1900 U.S. census, it shows William, aged 37, and his wife, Mary, as well as their children, Elsie (9), Martha (6) and Louise (3).

This photo, on, shows mother Mary with the three girls.


Africa and Celinda Hill

Their names caught my eye in the Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing, MN:

Oakwood Cemetery-Red Wing-MN-Hill-Africa Oakwood Cemetery-Red Wing-MN-Hill-Celinda

And even though the stones were damaged, I wondered if I could find anything out about these two.   Find a Grave listed this information:  Africa: b. unknown d. Oct. 26, 1863; Celinda: b. unknown d. Nov. 26, 1873

So, I turned to and found that Africa was listed in the Cemetery Inscription Index as “Age 66 with Celinda and Waldow W.”  The 1857 census information shows Africa Hill, a farmer, aged 53, living in Goodhue County.  The census image was a bit tricky to make out, but it looks like Celinda (spelled as Selinda) is listed as his wife, age 55.  The record also shows 3 children: Dillos (?spelling), Lydia and Waldo.

The 1860 census is clearer, with the information showing Africa aged 54, his wife, Celinda, aged 54 and their children: Delas, Waldow, Julia and Lydia.

I did see that there are other Hills listed in this census record above Africa’s information, which makes me wonder if there was a brother with another farm in this area.

By the time of the 1870 census, Celinda is shown alone.

Alzina Niles Wing

Although this stone is broken, her name caught my my eye:
Alzina Wing-Walnut Hill-Baraboo
Alzina Niles Wing, wife of John Wing, is buried in the Walnut Hill cemetery in Baraboo, WI.  Looking for her on Ancestry, I found her death record, which indicated that she died on June 20, 1869 from “Schirus Stomach.”   What’s that?  Apparently, some kind of stomach cancer, from what I can tell.

The 1860 census shows her as married to John Wing, age 53, and with two children, Hannah and Aaneth.

By the 1870 census, John Wing is shown alone, with his occupational status as “at home,” (in 1860, he was listed as a farmer).


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