Life Interrupted

She’s buried at Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago.

Until recently, I didn’t know much more than that about Waity Chandler Plum. According to the marriage certificate below, she was 32 years old when she married Carl E. Plum in July of 1901:

2015 02-18 MC Plum and Chandler

She would not survive to celebrate their first anniversary. Waity Chandler Plum died on this day in 1902:

2015 02-18  Plum, Waity nee Chandler death

The anniversary of her death caused me to revisit her folder. Where I noticed Mrs. on her marriage certificate above.

That piqued my curiosity. A quick visit to FamilySearch* revealed this:

2015 02-18  Plum, Waity first marriage

Ah ha! So Waity Chandler Plum was really Waity Patchen Chandler Plum.

2015 02-18  Plum, Waity nee Chandler 1880 census

And according to her obituary, Waity Patchen Chandler Plum was more than just a wife:

From the February 19, 1902 edition of the Chicago Daily News; “PLUM – WAITY PLUM, beloved wife of Carl E. Plum, mother of Bessie Plum , Feb. 18, aged 37 years and 1 month. Funeral from her sister’s residence, 13 E. 29th pl., Thursday at 2 p.m., to Oakwoods.”

So now the question is, what became of Waity’s daughter?

For cousins trying to place Waity Plum and me in our family tree:

My 2nd great-grandmother was Elizabeth (nee Schmitt) Mueller. Her sister, Anne-Marie Schmitt married Carl Plum. One of Anne and Carl’s children was Carl E. Plum, who married Mrs. Waity (nee Patchen) Chandler:

2015 02-18  Plum, Waity pedigree chart wm

* “Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 February 2015), Lawrence O. Chandler and Waity Patckin Or Patchin, 29 Jun 1882; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, 63205, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,030,125.;”

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