Tombstone Tuesday–Joy I. Eley

Joy I. Eley, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Joy I. Eley, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Joy I. Eley, located in row 6 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Joy I. Dau. of
A.M. & M.R. Eley

Joy Eley was born 22 October 1924 in Ohio to Alger M. & Matilda (Becher) Eley.

Joy died 26 October 1924, just four days after her birth. She was buried on the 26th.

Joy’s death certificate indicates that her father, who was also the informant, was living in Monroe, Indiana, at the time of her death. But it also indicates that Joy was born in Ohio and died in Liberty Township, Mercer County. In fact her death certificate started out as an Indiana document but Indiana was crossed out and Ohio was written in its place. Unusual, but probably happened because they lived close to the state line and their doctor, D.D. Jones, was from Berne, Indiana. Yager Funeral Home, Berne, was in charge of the arrangements. [1]

Joy I. Eley death certificate

Joy I. Eley death certificate, 1924

I cannot make out her cause of death. Does anyone have any ideas? [note: Thanks to Paul, a reader, who suggests that her cause of death may have been ATELECTASIS, the collapse of all or part of a lung.]


[1] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, ( : accessed 1 Oct 2016), Joy I Eley, 26 Oct 1924; from Liberty Twp, Mercer, no.56198; from FHL microfilm 1992606.

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    • Miriam on October 4, 2016 at 8:44 am
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    My third great grandfather, Abel Johnson, died in Van Wert County (Ohio) but I found his death recorded in Adams County (Indiana). As you said, the doctor lived in Adams County so it was probably handier for him to record it in Decatur rather than go to Van Wert.

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