Tombstone Tuesday – November 20,2018 – Edmund William Barkham


Edmund was born on October 1, 1882 in Commerce, Michigan. He was the son of Marshall and Lillian Cozadd. Marshall and Lillian had five children; Edmund (1882), Alice (1885), Ambrey (1887), Robert (1890), Beryl (1901)

Edmund married Ethel Slater in Traverse City, Michigan on June 17,1913. They lived in Petoskey, Michigan. Edmund and Ethel appear in Genesee County about 1917. Edmund registered for the WWI draft on Sept 12, 1918. He stated that he was self employed and living in Mount Morris, Michigan.

In the 1920 Federal Census, Edmund and Ethel are living in Mount Morris and Edmund is a florist. According to the Mount Morris Directory, Ethel and Edmund are living with Edmund’s parents, Marshall and Lillian, at 802 Stone Street.  They are listed as boarders of Marshall and Lillian. In the 1921 Mount Morris directory,  Edmund and his brother, Robert have formed a partnership called Barkham Bros and it is florist.

By the 1930 Federal Census, Edmund and Ethel now own a home at 550 Elm Street in Mount Morris. He list his occupation as proprietor and the industry is greenhouse. Edmund and Ethel have no children. The 1940 Federal Census shows the Barkham’s have remained in Mount Morris, Michigan. Edmund’s occupation is still a florist. In the 1942 WWII Draft, Edmund lists his name as Edward W Barkham but he signed it Edmund. He registered and stated that he was fifty nine years old and that his birthday was October 1, 1892, which would make him 48 years old.

Seventy Five Years ago today, Edmund Barkham died in Mount Morris, Michigan. He was buried at the Calvary Cemetery in Mount Morris, Michigan.


Rest in peace, Edmund!

Love, Jan

Edmund is the brother-in-law of my Great Grand Aunt Gladys (Losee) Barkham.

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