20 January 2009

History isn't always correct

William Henry Manion is a prime example of incorrect history. When I began the search for history on those buried at the Paupers Cemetery, I found a great deal of information, I thought, on William. I quickly discovered that the William I found had died in Idaho at nearly the same time, but was not the right man.

I still can't say why William Henry Manion of Spokane, WA ended up on the list of those buried at the Paupers Cemetery. Here is what I do know though. I finally stumbled across his burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. The birth and death dates in their records match mine. He was born 27 July 1892 in Canada and died 18 Mar 1937 in Kootenai Co, ID, even though he was a resident of Spokane, WA at the time. He was then buried on the 22nd at Holy Cross Cemetery. It's not like he was buried at the Paupers Cemetery and then later moved to his home town. Possibly he was visting family or working at the time of his death.

He married Eva and they lived at 1817 E 1st in Spokane, WA. They had one daughter, Patsy, who was about eight years old when he died.

I spoke to a gal at Holy Cross Cemetery and there is no record of his body being moved from one location to the other, so no one knows for sure why there was a mix up that lead other former researchers to believe the he was buried at the old Paupers Cemetery.

It just goes to show you that you should leave no stone unturned, pardon the pun.

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