Tombstone Tuesday – September 5, 2017 – Isabelle Crossett Best


Isabelle Crossett was the daughter of John and Sarah (Foster) Crossett. She was born in Bayham Township, Elgin County, Ontario in 1837. John and Sarah Crossett had five children; Jane (1829), Joseph (1830), Benjamin (1831), Phebe (1832), Isabelle (1837), Hannah (1839). In the 1851 Canadian Census they are found living in near Corinth, Bayham Township, Elgin County, Ontario.

Isabelle married John Best on May 31, 1857. They settled in Corinth, Ontario in Bayham township where in the 1861 Canadian Census they are found with two sons; Fredrick A. (1858) and George Franklin (1860). Fredrick Best died on March 4, 1864 and is buried in the Best Cemetery with the rest of the family members. By the time of 1871 Canadian Census, they have added three daughters; Sarah Elizabeth (1863), Francis W. (1865), Martha (1868) who was born on November 11, but died on July 12, 1869. Her presence was never recorded in a Census. She is buried in the family plot of the Best Cemetery.

By the 1881 Canadian Census, John and Isabelle have five children listed living with them; George Franklin, Sarah Elizabeth, Francis W. , Florence (1876) and Phoebe Alice Maud (1879). By the 1891 Canadian Census, the two youngest daughter still remain at home; Florence and Phoebe (Alice).

Isabelle Best died on September 5, 1898 at the age of 61 of dehydration possibly from a influenza or diarrhea. On the death certificate, the cause of death was listed as diarrhea. She is buried in the Best Cemetery in Corinth in the family plot along side two of her children. Isabelle, Martha and Fredrick are all listed on the same stone. This stone is unfortunately laying down on it’s side according to the Canadian Cemetery Project.


Original stone for Isabelle, Fredrick and Martha Best at the Best Cemetery.


Rest in peace, Isabelle!

Love, Jan

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