In 2009 a group of local volunteers began a restoration project to repair the old stones. By November 2011 eighty-two graves, many of which had fallen over or were completely unreadable had been cleaned and repaired. About the same time of the restoration, fellow researcher Steve Shaffer very kindly photographed and sent me several images of the headstones. I was able to positively identify all but one: Rosaline.
Barely visible in row 6, this worn headstone is believed to be that of Rosaline or Rosalyn Trombley. The very brief information extracted from the Old Petersburg Cemetery Index compiled by Marjorie Kite in 1968 indicates she was born in 1851, died at the age of twenty on 21 Aug 1871, and was the wife of (_______) Trombley.
I searched further and found a Michigan death record for a Rosaline Trombley as the married daughter of Peter and Amelia Anteauh of LaSalle. She is listed as having died at Summerfield on 26 Aug 1876 of consumption at the age of 18 years, 1 month and 1 day. A calculation of her date of birth from age at death would indicate she had been born on 25 July 1858. However, birth and baptismal records listed in The Genealogy of French Families of the Detroit River Region, by Rev. Dennissen, state she had been born on the 28th of March, 1858 and baptized on the 18th of April, 1858.
Although the dates are not a perfect match, I think it is worth considering for a moment that the date of the inscription was so worn on the old stone that the number sixes may have easily appeared to Ms. Kite as the numeral 1 and perhaps the worn 8 as a 6 when she walked the cemetery and indexed the headstones. For example, 21 Aug 1871 appearing as 26 Aug 1876 or 1856 vs 1858. I offer this scenario because a "Roseline Trombly" was recorded in the online GENDIS records from the Michigan Dept. of Community Health, and also a hand-written record by the Monroe County Clerk at FamilySearch.org. Both also list her as the married daughter of Peter and Amelia Anteauh of LaSalle who died at Summerfield on 26 Aug 1876 of Consumption at the age of 18 years, 1 month and 1 day.
|Headstone of Ed & Adda, children of|
Moses & Edesse/Edith/Addie (Drouillard) Trombley
This, coupled with the fact that the surnames and given names of these early French families were so often interchanged with various spellings, adds to my speculation. Rosaline's father was listed by Dennissen as Laurence, son of Augustin Antaya/Antailla and Isabella Bourdeau who resided on Otter Creek near Monroe and was married to Amelia/Emily in 1849. His death certificate then lists him as Lorance Anteau or Auteau, farmer, born 1828 in Michigan, aged 72, first married at age 19 and father of 11 children, six who were living at the time of his death. Still yet, his headstone at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Monroe, Michigan is inscribed as "Lawrence Antiau," but listed at Find A Grave as Laurence Antiau born 1829.
As so often is the case with family research, some "facts" are often contradicted by the very documents we typically use to confirm a date, place or event. Rosaline's dates are conflicting to say the least. As a detailed researcher I personally would have enjoyed comparing the inscriptions with the available records so that these early settlers would be well documented, and had hoped the restoration committee might have joined up with the historical society to do so.
Perhaps someone who is like-minded or related to the Antaya/Anteau/Antiua or Trombley/Trombly families or is a resident of Petersburg, will one day walk the cemetery and be able to confirm my findings. Until then, I must be satisfied that I've done my best to honor the very short life of Rosaline.
Special thanks to Steve Shaffer for his photographs and Dawn Pirolli, lifelong resident of Petersburg for her correspondence and restoration work at the Old Petersburg Cemetery.
For additional burials relative to the Antaya and Trombley families, see "Old Petersburg Cemetery" at my website, The Peters - Early Settlers of Monroe County, Michigan.
Additional Notes: Nancy Elder Peterson, Volunteer Host of the ELDER DNA project, has noted a similar problem which she reported the the Monroe Museum regarding Edith Druyor Trombley's stone in the same cemetery. "Moses Trombley's stone is too damaged to read") Cemetery book mixed up their dates. Edith Trombley was born 2 Oct. 1827, (Edesse Drouillard from Denissen's book) married 26 Jan 1847 Moses Trombley, St. Antoine, she died March 23, 1885 at age 59." The following link to Nancy's Trombley page also includes a photo of the headstone and house.
- Dennissen, Rev. Fr Christian. The Genealogy of French Families of the Detroit River Region. H F Powell, editor. 2. N.p 19: Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, 1937,1987; also page 376
- Headstone of Lawrence Antiau, buried at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe, Michigan with 2nd wife Caroline (Poupard) at Find A Grave
- Headstone of Rosalie at Old Petersburg Cemetery photographed by Steve Shaffer, presented at PDP's website, Early Settlers of Monroe Co., Michigan
- Headstone of Ed Trombley at Old Petersburg Cemetery photographed by Steve Shaffer, presented at PDP's website, Early Settlers of Monroe Co., Michigan.
- Find A Grave Index," index, FamilySearch: Rosaline M. Vesey Trombly, 1926; Burial, Lambertville, Monroe, Michigan, United States of America, Whiteford Union Cemetery; citing record ID 29333119
- Kite, Marjorie J., compiler, Old Petersburg Cemetery, Petersburg, Michigan, Monroe County, Doctor Manasseh Cutler Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1968
- Michigan, Births, 1867-1902," index and images, FamilySearch: Victory Anteau, daughter of Peter and Emily; 004206204 > image 268 of 760; citing Department of Vital Records, Lansing.
- Michigan, Deaths, 1867-1897," index and images, FamilySearch: Edwin A. Trombley, 10 Dec 1879; citing p 238 rn 225, Summerfield, Monroe, Michigan, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2363667.; handwritten image
- Michigan, Deaths, 1867-1897, index and images, FamilySearch: Rosaline Trombly, 26 Aug 1876, image 842 of 1418; citing Department of Vital Records, Lansing.
- Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952, index, FamilySearch: Rosaline Trombly, 17 Mar 1926; citing Summerfield, Monroe, Michigan, United States, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing; FHL microfilm 001973024.
- Ryan, Carl, Volunteers Restoring Old Cemetery; news article published in the Toledo Blade, 5 Oct 2011
- Seeking Michigan, death record of Larance Anteau, 11 Mar 1900, Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan
- Trombley - A family history compiled by Nancy Elder Petersen
- U.S. Census 1850, Monroe, Monroe Co., MI, extracted by P. Davidson-Peters; Early Settlers of Monroe Co., Michigan website
- U.S. Census 1860, Monroe, Monroe Co., MI, extracted by P. Davidson-Peters; Early Settlers of Monroe Co., Michigan website
- U.S. Census 1870, Monroe, Monroe Co., MI, extracted by P. Davidson-Peters; Early Settlers of Monroe Co., Michigan website
- U.S. Census, 1910, index and images, FamilySearch: Rosaline M Trombley in household of Eli Trombley, Summerfield, Monroe, Michigan, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 108, sheet 1B, family 20, NARA microfilm publication T624, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 1374677
- Wopshall, Al, Wiki, WikiTree of Laurence Peter Antaya (1829-1900)