Tombstone Tuesday–Clark Henry & Raymond Floyd McGough

Clark Henry & Raymond Floyd McGough, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of brothers Clark Henry and Raymond Floyd McGough, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Clark Henry
Son of
J. & A. McGough
Died Mar. 15, 1901
Aged 4 Y.  1 M.  26 D.

Raymond Floyd
Son of
J. & A. McGough
Died Mar. 16, 1901
Aged 2 Y.  6 M.  25 D.


Clark Henry and Raymond Floyd McGough were the two oldest sons of John and Amelia (Baker) McGough, their only two children at that time. John and Amelia were married in Mercer County, Ohio, on 29 March 1896, married by AJ Dellinger, JP. [1]

Clark Henry was born 19 January 1897 in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran, Chattanooga, by Rev. August Affeld on 18 April 1897 with Henry and Mary Becker [Baker] serving as his sponsors. Clark’s baptismal record shows his mother’s maiden name as Emilie Becker. Later records show her name as Amelia Baker, the name she usually went by. Clark’s county birth record shows his mother’s maiden name as Baker and gives his same birth information. [2]

Raymond Floyd McGough was born 21 August 1898 in Blackcreek Township. He was baptized on 23 September 1898 with John Becher and Friedericka Becher serving as his sponsors. His mother’s name was written as Emilie Becker on his baptismal record. His birth is also recorded in Mercer County. [3]

In 1900 the John McGough family lived in Blackcreek Township. In the household: John, 24; Amelia B, 23; Clark H, 2; and Raymond F, 1. No occupation was give for John and this enumeration indicates that all were born in Ohio. John and Amelia had been married 4 years and Amelia had given birth to 2 children, both of whom were living. [4]

Clark Henry McGough died of scarlet fever at the family home in Blackcreek Township on 15 March 1901. He was 4 years, 1 month, and 26 days old. The next day his little brother Raymond Floyd died of scarlet fever at their home, at the age of 2 years, 6 months, and 25 days. Both deaths were reported in Mercer County by R.B. Morrison [5] and both boys were buried on the 17th. Their mother’s name was still written as Becker in their church death and burial records.

How tragic for this family to lose their two sons in just two days. That would have been devastating.

John and Amelia went on to have three other children:

Anna Ruth McGough (1902-1980), married Lee Orvil Hoblet
Paul Dorce McGough (1914-1977), married Dora Belle Cookson; married Alice Mae (Baumgartner) Smith
Pauline Doris McGough (1914-1998), married Dale DeArmond

Clark Henry and Raymond Floyd’s mother Amelia (Baker) McGough died in 1950 and their father John McGough died in 1971. Both are buried in row 10 in Zion Chatt’s cemetery.


[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” (accessed 1 Apr 2017), John Mcgough and Amelia Baker, 29 Mar 1896; Mercer County Marriages, Vol. 7, p.167; FHL microfilm 914957.

[2] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,“ (accessed 1 Apr 2017), Clark Henry Mcgough, 19 Jan 1897; Blackcreek Township Births, no Vol, unpaginated; FHL microfilm 2367096.

[3] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,“ (accessed 1 Apr 2017), Clark Henry Mcgough, 21 Aug 1898; Blackcreek Township Births, no Vol, unpaginated; FHL microfilm 2367097.

[4] 1900 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 74, p.12A, dwelling & family 247, John McGough; (accessed 2 Apr 2017); FHL microfilm 1241303, NARA microfilm T623, roll 1303.

[5] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,“ (accessed 2 April 2017), Clark H. Mcgough, 15 Mar 1901; Ohio County Deaths, Mercer County, Vol.1-2, unpaginated; FHL microfilm 914954.

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