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:
She would not survive to celebrate their first anniversary. Waity Chandler Plum died on this day in 1902:
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:
Ah ha! So Waity Chandler Plum was really Waity Patchen Chandler Plum.
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:
* “Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N78T-S2L : 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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Love that name! It always surprises me to see the marriages in their 30s. so sad about the death of a young mother.
I thought it was a really cool name too; one I had never seen before Waity appeared in my tree. Gosh, those childbirth-related deaths just break your heart, don’t they?
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Yes, it’s awful.