Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fun with Find a Grave: Sherlock Holmes

I really love this blog idea so far-- I'm really having fun with it. If you, the reader, thinks of a character name that YOU would love to see me research, please comment it and I'll fit it in!! :) 

Today's Character Name: Sherlock Holmes

~Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character created by author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I can't imagine anyone not knowing who Sherlock Holmes is...but in case you don't, you can read about the character Here.

Sherlock Holmes was first a series of 4 novels starting in 1887 and then was developed into 56 short stories by Doyle. 

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle or just Conan Doyle:
B: 22 May 1859
D: 07 Jul 1930-- Buried in All Saints Churchyard
                         in Minstead, New Forest District, Hampshire, England

Since then, there have been many adaptations of the character in a variety of movies and television. 
In 1943, Roy William Neill directed Sherlock Holmes in Washington. Basil Rathbone played Sherlock.

Basil Rathbone:
B: 13 Jun 1892 
D: 21 Jul 1967-- Buried in Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum
                         in Hartsdale, Westchester, New York

 (Same as Judy Garland!)

In 1954, Red Skelton portrayed Holmes in a TV episode titled Sherlock Holmes Satire. 

Red Skelton:
B: 18 Jul 1913
D: 17 Sep 1997--Buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park 
                         in Glendale, Los Angeles, California

 (same as L. Frank Baum!)

So how many Sherlock Holmes are there on Find a Grave? 10!
This number surprised me because I was expecting 0. Since I didn't really have anything to go on, I just randomly chose one of these Sherlock's to research:

Sherlock Holmes
B: 13 Oct 1937
D: 27 Feb 2012-- Buried in Farrs Chapel Cemetery 
                          Jamestown, Newton, Texas

Sherlock was born on 13 Oct 1937 in Jasper, Jasper, Texas to John Thomas Holmes (1891-1973) & Lois Dickerson (1901-1980). He was in the Air Force and led a career as a maintenance supervisor with Bayer Chemical. 

In the 1940 US census, Sherlock was 2, he was living with his parents (father was a teacher) and 2 sisters- Johnie Maxine & Lillian Narris. Their home was rented- $10/Mo.

Sherlock married Rita Jean Ozment (1938-2013), daughter of Perry Elvin Ozment & Leola Christine Hall, and they had 4 children. 

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