Tombstone Tuesday: Sylvester (Syl) and Emma Gambllin – Alma, New Mexico

gamblinsThese two gravestones caught my eye.  I suspected they were husband and wife, being the only Gamblins in this cemetery.  Both Syl (Sylvester) and Emma also lived into their 90s so I’m thinking they must have led full and interesting lives.

Emma was born on May 12, 1869 in Ohio (according to various U.S. Census records) and passed away on August 3, 1966.  According to Syl’s gravestone he was born in 1856 and died in 1947.  In the 1860 Census, Sylvester Gamblin was three years old and living in Gap, Montgomery County, Arkansas.  His parents were James and Emenella Gamblin.


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