Ever since I learned that many of my Bliven-Houghtaling ancestors lived, died and were buried in the Milford-Green Oak-Lyon Township-Kensington area, I have been compiling a list of cemeteries I have wanted to visit / re-visit in search of these ancestors.
During the past winter, I made a list of ancestors I learned that (according to Ancestry.com) "the father of the wife of my 3rd Great Grand Uncle" is buried in a cemetery not too far from my house. His daughter ("the wife") is also buried in that cemetery, along with her 1 year old daughter, but in an unmarked grave.
Last summer, I stopped at the cemetery and saw in person how few headstones remain there. The following is a description written by a friend of mine for the USGENWEB Tombstone Project.
Cemetery is located on the south side of Grand River Ave, just west of Kent Lake Road, a few feet from I-96 expressway. If the county signs are correct the cemetery is in Oakland County, but cared for by the Historical Soc. of Green Oak Twp Livingston County. The cemetery is good size but only about 30 graves I can locate. I was told that this was first Named Kent Cemetery after the Village located just east of the cemetery, when the rail road failed to pass in that area the village folded and everyone moved on. There is one house that was moved to Brighton, and a bunch of others were lost to the expressway and Kensington Metro park. Jesse Winters
I visited again this morning (24 May 2015) in hopes of finding where Parley Warren Clark Gates is buried. You see, I have a theory that his daughter and granddaughter are buried nearby. It would make sense that the family members would be near each other.
You can see from the above photographs that there are not many headstones, PWC Gates (as he was known) was buried close to the center of the cemetery. No longer standing, his headstone lies in pieces, half buried in the soil. It looks as if there are unmarked graves on either side of his headstone. This is where I believe Betsey E Gates Taylor and Betsey Elizabeth Taylor are buried.
After paying silent respect to my long-gone ancestors, I got back in my car and headed north. Destination? What ever lay ahead (pun intended!)