I attended the 2010 Association of Independent Information Professionals conference in Cleveland, Ohio, this past weekend (read my recap here). The conference hotel was located directly across from two important Cleveland landmarks: Progressive Field (where we watched the Indians lose to the Twins) and Erie St. Cemetery.
One of the stones in the cemetery is for Joc-O-Sot or Walking Bear.
Next to his stone is that of Chief Thunderwater. Both earned names for themselves by participating in theater acts and Wild West shows.
Another stone that caught my attention was this one:
The dates are a bit hard to read due to the staining on the stone, but when you blow up the photo, here’s what you see:
Born July 11, 1835–Died Mar. 13, 1904 [age ~69]
Born July 3, 1859–Died Mar. 13, 1903 [age ~44]
Born Nov. 28, 1860–Died Mar. 28, 1864 [age 3 1/2]
Born July 26, 1866–Died Aug. 16, 1867 [age 13 mos]
Born Jan. 2, 1873–Died Aug. 16, 1873 [age 6 mos]
Born Mar. 3, 1877–Died Feb. 3, 1880 [age ~3]
Born May 15, 1879–Died Nov. 1, 188[3 or 9?] [age ~4 or ~10]
Born Aug. 15, 1885–Died Dec. 3, 1888 [age 3]
Born Mar. 3, 1887–Died Jan. 5, 1888 [age 10 mos]
Can you imagine? I had to know, were these the only Scharlott children or did more survive into adulthood and are perhaps buried somewhere else? I think I found the family in the 1880 census in Cleveland on Ancestry.com (under the name Scherlotk; click on the photo for a larger view):
(Ohio, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, District 15, page 7, lines 40-49, 1880 U.S. Census, Ancestry.com)
You can see Amalia and Carry listed in the census — presumably they are the Amelia and Carrie listed on the stone. Their birthdates match.
It’s somewhat comforting to know that after all that loss, some of the Scharlott children survived. And now we know their parents’ full names as well. As to why the mother, Anna, isn’t included on the stone, one can guess that she survived her husband, remarried and is buried with the subsequent husband. That’s another question for another day.