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Lula Gosman Blackwelder
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Birth: Jul. 13, 1894
Death: Aug. 7, 1980

Since no one alive is certain of the location of the burial of either of Lula's parents I'll give a small bio on each of them.

Lula's parents were Frederick Adolph Gossman (1868-1940) and Emma Bryant (1866-1897).

Emma had a very large marker at her burial site in York, SC, but apparently it was damaged badly in a lightning storm when a tree fell on it. The family couldn't afford to repair it so it was eventually hauled off and now no one is certain of her burial location. Emma was the daughter of Sidney Albertus Bryant (FAG #22302771) and Amelia Ruth Hipp (FAG #51300664), both of whom are buried in Laurelwood Cemetery in Rock Hill, SC.

Fred Gossman was a German immigrant who appears to have arrived in America at or after age 15. It is believed that he was naturalized in Cabarrus Co, NC in about 1888. He probably married Emma Bryant in the very late 1880s in the Steele Creek area of Mecklenburg Co, NC which was just over the border from York Co, SC (not too far from Carowinds). Fred enlisted in the army for the Spanish American War in a division that was set aside for those believed to be highly resistant to tropical diseases (mostly made up of people from the South), but I don't believe he ever left the US for his service. Emma died in 1897 either in childbirth with their daughter Emma or within days of the birth. After returning from his "service" Fred took 3 of their children with him to Norfolk where he took up with a woman there. Lula was left in Rock Hill with her grandparents (Emma's parents). Very soon after 1900 Fred found employment with a company out of New York setting up a palm oil plant in Brazil. For some reason he told his children he was going to work on the Panama Canal and they all went to their graves thinking their father died while working on the canal. His Spanish-American War pension papers, however, tell a much, much different story. Fred, for reasons unknown, decided he liked life in Brazil better so he stayed there until he died in Contendas, Bahia, Brazil on 8 Oct 1940--- nearly 40 years after his children believed he had died. A stack of pension papers over 1" thick describe how the consulate in Brazil believes that Fred had via indifference renounced his American citizenship. Fred tried again and again to get a small stipend for a pension as he claimed he was living in complete destitution, that he had no family remaining in America (a lie obviously), had almost completely lost the sight in both eyes via work accidents and had to rely on the charity of others for subsistence. His indifference to his American citizenship and abandonment of America, however, damned him and he received nothing. He died in Brazil after apparently fathering a child there named (I think) Anna Gossman after he was over 70 years of age.

Other children of Fred and Emma Gossman:
Otto Erving Gossman (1888 - 1970) (FAG #66302027)
Marie O. Gossman (1896 - 1950) (FAG #60497322)
Emma Ruth Gossman (1897 - 1990) (FAG #62089226)

Family links: 
  Fred Lee Blackwelder (1888 - 1944)
  Brenton E Blackwelder (1912 - 1999)*
  Otto G. Blackwelder (1914 - 1974)*
  Elsie Geneva Blackwelder (1916 - 1922)*
  Aaron A. Blackwelder (1919 - 1989)*
  Fred Lee Blackwelder (1922 - 2010)*
  James Marshall Blackwelder (1925 - 2002)*
  Bryant Ray Blackwelder (1928 - 1989)*
  Jimmie L. Blackwelder (1932 - 1971)*
*Calculated relationship
Gone but not forgotten
Laurelwood Cemetery
Rock Hill
York County
South Carolina, USA
Plot: Section 16, lot 50, B
Maintained by: Greg Matthews
Originally Created by: Rick and Kathy Wright
Record added: Apr 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51091526
Lula <i>Gosman</i> Blackwelder
Added by: Rick and Kathy Wright
Lula <i>Gosman</i> Blackwelder
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- Rick and Kathy Wright
 Added: May. 19, 2011

- Virginia Blackwelder Lockridge
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