Only a Headstone to Mark Her Death

Laura Lee Fletcher passed away from this earth, but the exact date has yet to be documented other than the headstone which states her death occurred on 24 July 1924. She is buried in O’Brien Cemetery in Suwannee County, Florida, with her husband, James Ball Fletcher. The mystery of her death date stems from the fact that a search of the records of all the counties in Florida for the entire year of 1924 did not reveal a death certificate on record. If you ever wondered what happens when you order a death certificate that cannot be found, look at the image below.

Death "certificate" for Laura Lee Fletcher

Death “certificate” for Laura Lee Fletcher

I really know nothing about this great grandmother except that her oldest granddaughter (my aunt) looked very much like her. An obituary request to the Suwannee (Florida) Valley Genealogy Society yielded no results. I can see that a road trip is going to be necessary to scour newspapers of the time and place to hopefully find out more about this lady. You can see her photo and memorial (#16943146) at Findagrave.

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3 Responses to Only a Headstone to Mark Her Death

  1. chmjr2 says:

    I would try the year before or after. Also you may want to check local newspapers. See my post Hiding in Plain Sight for an example close to your situation.

    • Thank you for your suggestions. I read your Hiding in Plain Sight post and found it very interesting. I certainly will take your advice about checking the years 1923 and 1925, and continuing to check on the newspapers online. Thank you for taking the time to comment and for reading my post.

  2. chmjr2 says:

    I meant to say try the newspapers on line and perhaps you may find something. Good luck.

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