Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Charles Siems, Ziems, Seames

This Tuesday's Tombstone brought to you by member Al Seames:

The pictures below represent my hunt for the grave of my great-grand father Charles SIEMS, ZIEMS, SEAMES.  He was buried in the North Street Cemetery in Buffalo, NY in 1882 and later in 1901 was moved to the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY ( a suburb of Buffalo).  He died at age  25, cause unknown, and left a widow with three small children.  It took several visits and letters to locate the cemetery where the North Street Cemetery remains were reburied.  Finding the grave in the sea of green turf that was about 3 to 4 inches thick was another problem ( see picture before turf was pulled away).

Because Charles died at such a young age there are few things known about his parents except his mother was a widow when he was married.  Best I can determine his father, Karl or Charles, died when he was somewhere between 10 and 17 years old.   His marriage record and his son's census records indicate he was born in Buffalo, NY but I have not been able to find a baptism record or any record in City Directories of his family living in Buffalo until his mother shows as a widow in 1875.

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