Obituaries Are Usually Wrong

I’ve published several obituaries here at stately Graham Ancestry, almost always with copious footnotes. If there’s one thing I’ve learned practicing genealogy, it’s that obituaries usually get something wrong. Whether it is the spelling of a name or the date of an event, always double-check the information given in an obituary. For example, the marriage…

50 Savage Years

Originally published in The Sikeston Standard-Democrat on Saturday, 24 November 2007. Savage - 50th MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Edward "Ed" Savage will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Dec. 7. Savage and the former Gloria Stewart Akers were married Dec. 7, 1957, in Honaker, Va. A graduate of Morehouse, Mo., High School, Savage…

Tidying Up The Gray Home

A revision was published to the article on John Jasper Graham, adding in new information taken from the obituaries of John and his wife Danner. Expanded the paragraphs regarding John and Danner’s deaths Added a photograph of their grave marker Corrected the spelling of “Delois” Expanded the section on name variations Made some grammatical corrections…

Obituary: Silas Danner Copeland

Here is the death notice for Danner Graham, published in The Sikeston Standard-Democrat on Tuesday, 11 June 1996. Danner Graham SIKESTON – Danner Graham, 98, died at 6:50 a.m. June 11, 1996, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Sikeston. The following day a full obituary was published in…

Obituary: John Jasper Graham

Originally published in The Daily Standard of Sikeston, Missouri on Monday, 13 August 1979. John Graham MORLEY – John Jasper Graham, 83, a retired farmer, died at 9:40 p.m. Saturday[1] at Southeast Missouri Hospital at Cape Girardeau, where he had been a patient since Aug. 2. He was born Jan. 19, 1896 in Watts, Ark.,…