Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday - The Gustafsons of Manchester, CT

Lillian Hildur Johnson is someone in my tree that I would like to know more about. I wish I'd had the same curiosity when she was still alive.

Aunt Lil, who is actually my cousin, was the daughter of my great-grandmother's sister, Anna Olivia Johnson. Lillian is buried with her husband's family, the Gustafsons, in the same cemetery as her parents and my great-grandparents, East Cemetery in Manchester, CT.

When I was preparing for my trip to Manchester I was very surprised to learn via Find-A-Grave that she had lived to the age of 107.  She died only a year before my father. I don't even remember hearing anything about her having a 100th birthday celebration.

An online obituary for Aunt Lillian says that she was one of the first women to vote in the state of Connecticut. I definitely want to learn more about her and will have to research this branch of my family more thoroughly.