I have a little problem that’s bugging me, and I thought, what should I do? Well, I have a genealogy blog… Might as well post that here!
My problem is this. The particular family line I’m researching is from Baltimore City, Maryland, and Baltimore started recording deaths in 1875. My ancestors who lived in Baltimore married in 1863, and are known to have had at least three children before 1875. They also had a daughter, Sarah Ellen Towson, in 1877. Unfortunately for little Sarah and her no doubt loving parents, she died in 1881, while her mother was pregnant with my second-great-grandfather. She was buried in Baltimore Cemetery March 29th 1881.
Here’s where my problem arises. She was buried in a plot owned by a family named Busby- a name I’ve never heard of. But my ancestors were a young couple, who perhaps had not purchased their own family plot, and might have been buying or sharing with another family. There are eight people in the plot: four Busbys, Sarah Ellen, and four other Towsons. One of them, Henry Towson (buried Sept 5 1880), is likely the infant Harry Towson who was recorded with the famliy in the 1880 Census. But the other two, James Towson (a child, buried Jul 20 1868) and an unnamed infant Towson (buried Dec 2 1868) are entirely unknown to me! Neither death nor birth records existed prior to 1875, so that can’t help with the unknowns- and I can’t find any Henry Towsons who died in 1880, either. I’ve already looked for obituaries, but there are none recorded in the Baltimore Sun for James, the infant, or Henry. And, I have NO idea where the Towsons attended church, but I believe they were Methodist.
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For anyone interested, here are the Busbys buried in the same plot:
William H Busby, buried Mar 17 1868
Annie Busby, buried Jun 21 1903
Mary J Busby, buried May 25 1869
James Busby, buried Sept 17 1918