I recently discovered that Abraham founded a fire department in Monsey, New York. (You can read the post here.) In spite of his local fame because of his contributions, I have yet to find an obituary for Abraham. I decided to widen my search and found a notice of the deaths of Abraham and Fannie- in Georgia of all places. They have no connection to Georgia, so I never thought to look there for information.
|The Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, Georgia, 1 May 1901, page 4.|
Retrieved from genealogybank.com.
Fannie died at 3 a.m. on 28 April 1901. If Abraham died before her, but on the same day, he had only a three hour time span. This quirk enabled me, one hundred years later, to map out her family lines. Had Abraham died just a few hours later, I may still not have such a clear mapping of Fannie's lines.
|Certificate and Record of Death for Fannie M. Brewer,|
died 28 April 1901 in Ramapo, Rockland County, New York.
Even on Fannie's death certificate, she is listed as widowed. I never suspected she was a widow for only a few hours.