On September 11, 2009 I visited the public library in Lawrence, Kansas. Though I was unable to find an obituary for Samuel Fisher – the brother of my 2nd great grandmother, Louisa (Fisher) Phend (they were children of Michael and Christenia Fisher) or for Samuel's wife Lucretia (Davis) Fisher I did locate obituaries for several of their children, which will be the subject of future posts. I also obtained directions to Colyer Cemetery where Samuel and Lucretia are buried. During a visit to the health department to get their death certificates I found out that the records are not available at the local level, they have to be obtained from the State of Kansas.
I had to backtrack south and west of Lawrence for a short distance to get to Colyer Cemetery. It is in a rather remote area which involved traveling a bit on gravel roads and by the time I got to the cemetery, the rear of the van and my bicycle (hanging off the back end of the van) were caked with dust. From the top of the hill where the cemetery sits, you can see for quite a distance. There was a farm to the northwest and another to the northeast but nothing could be seen to the south. Remote, indeed. Very pretty. And very quiet.
The road to Colyer Cemetery, Marion Township, Douglas County, Kansas. Looking to the north.
The Fisher plot, looking to the northwest. The two barrell-shaped stones are for Lucretia and Samuel.
LUCRETIA A. FISHER / BORN AUG. 23, 1845 / DIED OCT. 31, 1909
SAMUEL FISHER / 1840 – 1913 / CO. A. 9 KAS. VOL. CAV.
A Tale of Two Pensioners chronicles the mix-up of the pension records for this Samuel Fisher and another man of the same name.
In the second photo above, there is a marker to the south of Lucretia, which I am guessing is her mother. According to her marriage record (Douglas County Marriage Book 2 Page 33 Located at the County Clerks Office in Lawrence, Kansas), Lucretia's maiden name was Davis.