Lela Webb Cole
daughter of Robert and Mary Ellen White Webb
wife of J. William Cole
10 Apr 1876 – 6 Jun 1950
Pond Creek Cemetery
802 Highway 188
Alamo, Crockett, Tennessee
Crockett County Sentinel
Thursday, June 8, 1950
Death… Services for Mrs. Lela Cole of Bells, who died of a heart attack Tuesday, were held on Wednesday at the Pond Creek Methodist Church. She was 74. She leaves a daughter, Mrs. William Mansfield of Bells; a son Buck McCall of Portageville, Mo.; two brothers, Willie Webb of Milan, and Joe Webb of Dyersburg.
Lela Webb Cole was born on 10 Apr 1876 to Robert and Mary Ellen White Webb. In 1897, she married J. William Cole. Lela Cole is know in my daddy’s family as “Big Mama”. Big Mama raised my great-grandmother Hazel Lee Call Mansfield as her own child after she was abandoned.
Marian Jane Mielke Verhonick was born 21 December 1922 to George A. J. Mielke and Elsie Jane Yetman and died on 26 Dec 2006 in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. She is buried at Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit. Marian was married to William “Bill” Verhonick.
I have very found memories of my Auntie Marian. A few of them are: her dog Snoopy; visiting Wyandote with her; and the cookies she made every Christmas.
My Grandfather, Oscar Lindsay, Aunt Marion, and Uncle Bill
Last week, we visited the grave of my Great-Grandmother Edith Margret Basham Lindsay, so this week I thought we would stop by her son’s and my Poppo’s (Grandfather) Oscar Rowan Lindsay grave. Poppo was born in Stratford, Ontario, Canada on 21 Nov 1917 to Oscar and Edith Basham Lindsay. In 1923 the family immigrated to Detroit, Michigan.
In 1948, he married my Grandmother Lucille Mielke (see there wedding post here). He and Lucille had 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. He worked for the J. L. Hudson company and was a city councilmen for the city of Ferndale, Michigan. He was also very active in the Masonic Lodge and with the Shriner’s. He is buried at Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.
Oscar in the 1930s
City Council Picture
With Lucille in Ottawa, Canada 1984
Oscar and Lucille at a Mason’s event
Oscar and his mom, Edith 1981
Last picture, I promise! My Poppo and me taken Christmas 1981.
Sunday, I posted about my Grandmother Edith M. Lindsay (see Sunday’s Obituary: Edith M Lindsay). So today, I would share a little more about her and a few more pictures.
Edith Margret was the youngest of 7 children born to Charles and Mary Anne Brewer Basham in Chigwell, Essex, England. She married Oscar Lindsay in 1911 in West Ham, London. By May of 1913, they were leaving England for Canada. While in Canada, they had two children, a daughter (18 Nov 1916) and a son, Oscar Rowan (21 Nov 1917). Their daughter (I don’t know her name) died two days after birth and is buried Avondale Cemetery, Section A, Stratford, Ontario, Canada. They lived in Stratford, Ontario, Canada until 1923 when they immigrated to Detroit, Michigan. In 2 Nov 1926, her husband Oscar passed away. In 1948, when my grandparents, Oscar and Lucille, married, she came to live with them. She lived with them until the mid 1980s when they could no longer care for her at home. She lived to be 97 years old.
She is buried at Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.
Grandma Edith and my mom, Donna (August 1950)
Her first grandchild! She look’s so happy and proud!
Edith and husband, Oscar Lindsay (circa 1919)
My great-grandmother, Elsie Jane Yetman Mielke, was born on 2 January 1887 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada and died on 15 Oct 1973 in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. She was the daughter of William and Jane Penney Yetman. She is buried at Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan.
My grandfather Bernard McKnight was born on 12 Aug 1924 and died on 13 Sep 1977. Other than a few random facts I know little about my Grandpa Bernie. He served in World War II enlisting 28 Apr 1943 and on 24 Jan 1946 he was released from military duty. In 1947, he was living on Cherry Lane in Pontiac, Michigan with Henry and Beatrice McKnight. In 1949 he and Bernice Mansfield McKnight had the first of their 3 sons, Ronald. In April of 1950 came Raymond Alton (my daddy) and in 1953, Rickey James came along. Sometime after my Uncle Rick was born, Bernice left Bernard and their boys and moved out-of-state.
When we visited Michigan in 2010, we visited Bernie’s grave at Perry Mt. Park Cemetery in Pontiac, Michigan. This is the information we received from the cemetery office.
And a map of the cemetery:
I’m hoping when the 1940 census comes out I can find out more information about Bernie and the rest of the McKnight family. If you would like to know more about transcribing the 1940 census please go to this link 1940 Census Volunteer.
Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
This tombstone Tuesday is going to feature my Great-Aunt Mildred “Millie” Mielke. Millie was born the second of seven children born to George and Elsie Jane Yetman Mielke. She was born 8 Dec 1917 in Detroit, Michigan and died on 1 Mar 1941 at the age of 23. She is buried at Woodmere Cemetery, Oakview Section, Detroit, Michigan.
According to cemetery records, she died of Mitral Stenosis. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine “mitral stenosis is a heart valve disorder that involves the mitral valve. This valve separates the upper and lower chambers on the left side of the heart. Stenosis refers to a condition in which the valve does not open fully, restricting blood flow.”