John and Lydia are both buried in Knox County, Ohio. They rest peacefully in the Green Valley Cemetery situated a little northeast of Mount Vernon. It is a very lovely setting and well cared for. It is not too far from their land.
I have had the good fortune to visit the cemetery twice once in 2007 and again in 2011.
There is a transcript online at this link: scroll down to ROW 14 and you will find Goss and Spracklen/lin names.
- Goss, Noah d. 7-18-1833 a. 51y
- Spracklen, Lydia d. 1-19-1851 a. 57y-7m-11d (wife of John Spracklen)
- Spracklen, John d. 2-6-1862 a. 67y-27d
- Spracklen, Ida d. 6-7-18?? a. 10 y. (dau. of J.A. & L. Spracklen.
We see that Lydia died January 19, 1851. If you take her age and calculate the date with the Ancestry calculator it gives the birth date for Lydia as 8 June 1793.
The date I have for Lydia’s birth is 19 Jan 1796 in Dayton, Ohio. There seems to be a difference of 3 years in her age?
The Ancestor Outline I have featured on this blog by Armindo Spracklin (wife of Charles E. Spracklin) gives her birth date as 8 June 1796. This, of course, is not a primary sources, so I am leaning toward her tombstone as the best source.
So far I have not been able to find any birth record for Lydia. According to an article about Solomon Goss Spracklin, a son, Lydia was the first child born in Dayton, Ohio. The other history books of Dayton and Montgomery County do not agree, they list a boy. http://iagenweb.org/harrison/bio/geneal13.htm#spracklen
See posted dated August 5, 2011, Ancestor Outline by Armindo Spracklin
The Knox County Genealogical Society published a cemetery transcription book:
Cemetery Records of Knox County, Ohio Vol. 1, Green Valley Cemetery pg. 730, by Richard DeLauder, Editor, 1991:
This publications lists the following information:
Green Valley Methodist:
page 727: Goss, Noah, d. 18 July 1833 age 51 yr.
page 730 Spracklen, James B. d. 2 June 1862 age 10 y.
page 730 Spracklen, John d. 6 Feb 1862 age 67 yr 27d
page 730 Spracklen, Lydia w/o John Spracklen d. 19 Jan. 1851 age 54 y 7 m. 11d
As you can see if you compare the two publications there is a bit of a difference in the information. Who is James?
Find A Grave has a listing for Green Valley Cemetery in Knox Co. and a map to show you where it is located. There are pictures of the tombstones.
Let’s take a look at my photographs of the tombstones and see what they reveal. I have written about my travels in 2011 and Mt. Vernon in this blog. See the posted dated September 11, 2011: Mt. Vernon County Seat – Knox Co., Ohio.
I did not blog about the trip in 2007. I did mention it when I was starting to write the posts for the 2011 trip. See the post dated July 13, 2011: Remembering Ohio 2007.
The drive from Mt. Vernon to the cemetery is lovely and very easy along a two lane road. It is not too hard to find the cemetery it is right across from the white church.
The first time I visited this cemetery in 2007, I was with a cousin and it was pouring rain. We returned the next day so we could enjoy the time there. The second time I was there in 2011, the weather was wonderful and I was able to dally and walk the cemetery reading more of the tombstones. Here is a little different perspective and you can see the blue sky:
Let’s start with Lydia’s stone which is not easy to read:
Let’s get closer to see if we can figure out the dates and information on Lydia’s stone. I believe it is January and not June for the month of her death.
Next, John Spracklen’s stone a little easier to figure out:
Ida has the little stone that I believe, was mistaken as James in the publication above?
Last is the tombstone of Noah Goss which is flaking:
Let’s get up a little closer to Noah:
Just so you know that I was really there, here I am in 2011, I would have had my arms around them all but they are too far apart for that:
Is there an obituary notice for John in the local newspapers. Well, I have not been able to find one. I have searched all of the Mt. Vernon newspapers with no results. Here is what I searched at the Mt. Vernon Public Library in their microfilm reels of the newspapers of the area. I have found a lot of missing issues in the newspapers in Ohio. They do have abstracted publications of the vital records information from the newspapers and of course, I studied them for clues as well.
- Tried the Democratic Banner Nov. 1847 to 1851 and 12/1851 for Lydia.
- Wanted to find Noah Goss but the newspapers for Mt. Vernon at the Mt. Vernon Public Library did not cover 18 Jul 1833.
- Tried the Ohio Times Jan 1850 to Aug 1852 for Lydia.
- There were no dates for the Mt. Vernon Paper for 1863 when John died.
Dedication: I dedicate this post to all my Goss and Spracklin/len cousins, those I have met and those I hope will contact me someday. Please comment and feel free to copy the photos but I would appreciate getting some credit for the money, time and effort it took to visit John and Lydia’s graveside…Bonnie