TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – Local history groups have placed new headstones in a Traverse City cemetery to honor eight people from the Civil War era.
But who was Nancy Taylor?
The groups have identified three women married to Union veterans and buried in a special area of Oakwood Cemetery. But Taylor’s track record is unclear. She died in 1918.
“It’s a mystery for sure,” said Lorraine Aurand, chaplain of the Sisters of Francis Finch Auxiliary No. 9. “We know when she died, we know she was buried in plot 241, but we don’t know why. “
The Traverse Area Historical Society and other groups held a ceremony on Saturday, which was attended by men in Civil War-style uniforms firing a musket salute, the Record-Eagle reported.
“Maybe she was the sister of a vet or a caretaker,” David Smith said of Taylor. “From a genealogical point of view, it is often more difficult to find information on women. Sometimes their maiden names are not even registered.
Anyone with information can send an email to Aurand at [email protected]
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