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I am presuming the death of Clarissa Tiffany Owens (wife of John Waters Owens) to be May 1878 due to child birth- as their daughter Fannie Owens being born and surviving that same month and year.

In the 1880 NY census, however, Fannie is living with Clarissa's younger sister Francis and her husband Roswell Smith next door to Clarissa's parents Bernard and Theodosia Tiffany who have living with them- Clarissa and John's only son, Austin William Owens age 5 who is my husband, Jack Owens' grandfather.

I have located the burial location for John Waters Owens in Milwaukee Wisconsin thanks to the 4th document below from the 1914 death record indicating John is a widower and was living in close proximity to the couple's oldest child, Iona Lee Owens Rogers of Chicago Illinois. The distance between the two residents for father and daughter was 90 miles, and at the bottom of the record it states John's personal effects were shipped to his daughter, Iona.

I am at a loss as to where to look for Clarissa's burial which indeed may be unmarked . . . so I am trying to narrow locations by the 1875 census for the town of Tompkins, Delaware Co. in which she is listed - election districts 2, 3. Does anyone have any idea if this is at all possible? --With heartfelt thanks! Lita North-Owens, 2 November 2017

from: U.S. Civil War Soldier Records & Profiles 1861-1865
John W Owens
Residence: Tompkins, NY
Age at Enlistment: 27
Enlistment Date: 18 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment: Private
Enlistment Place: Tompkins, NY
State Served: New York
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company A, NY 144th Infantry Regiment
on 27 Sep 1862.Mustered out on 25 Jun 1865 at Hilton Head, SC.
Birth Date: abt 1835
Death Date: 17 Apr 1914
Sources: New York: Report of the Adjutant-General GAR Dept of Illinois: Death Rolls
New York State Census 1875
John W Owens
Age: 38
Birth Year: abt 1837
Residence Date: 1 Jun 1875
Residence Place: Tompkins, Delaware, NY
Election District: E.D. 02, 03
Household number: 550
Relation to Head: Head
Spouse's Name: Clara Owens
Line Number: 16
Sheet Number: 55
Household Members:
Name Age
John W Owens 38
Clara Owens 28
Iona Owens 4
William A Owens 0
US Federal Census 1880
Name: Fannie Owens
Age: 2
Birth Date: Abt 1878
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1880: Tompkins, Delaware, NY
House Number: 1
Dwelling Number: 45
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Niece
Father's Birthplace: NY
Mother's Birthplace: NY
Household Members:
Name Age
Roswell Smith 46
Frances Smith 27
Fannie Owens 2
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