Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - November 27, 2012

Frank Losee

Frank Losee was born on November 30, 1888. He was the 5th child born to Newton and Nellie (Best) Losee. It is my belief that Frank never married. He signed up for the Draft for WW1 but I do not find evidence that he served in the war. I find him living with his mother in both the 1910 and 1920 Federal Census. His occupation in 1910 is a labor in the auto industry and in 1920 he is listed as a trucker for the same industry. Frank is living with his sister Gladys and brother in law, Robert Barkham in the 1930 and 1940 Federal Census. His occupation is still listed as a laborer in the Auto industry.Frank Losee died on November 29, 1946 at the age of 58.

L to R: Mert, Edmon, Frank, Emeline, Gladys, George
This photo was taken of the Losee siblings on the day of Grover Funeral in 1926. 

Happy Hunting,


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - November 13, 2012

This post is a Veteran's Day post and a early Tombstone Tuesday post all rolled into one.  All but two  of these veterans are from my family and those two are friends of our family.  They have all honored us by serving in our military and today we say "Thanks" to them. I do not have photos of all the graves. This will serve as a reminder for me to get the rest of them.

Revolutionary War

Jacob Crites
Civil War

James W. Smith - Indiana 142nd Infantry

Joseph J. Smith - Indiana 142nd Infantry

Thomas D. Overly - CO. D., 5th IND.INF., UNION ARMY,
He is buried in Prairie Grove Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Daniel Overly - CO. D., 5th IND.INF., UNION ARMY, CIVIL WAR
Buried in Marion National Cemetery

Samuel Overly - CO. D., 5th IND.INF., UNION ARMY

David H Overly - Indiana 142nd Infantry & Indiana 143nd Infantry
Isaac F. Overly - CO. D., 5th Indiana INF., UNION ARMY, CIVIL WAR - May 15, 1861

George O Losee - Civil War Michigan 23rd Regiment Company C

Austin Boyer – Company L Michigan 10th Cavalry Regiment – 10/14/1863

Dennison Boyer – Company L Michigan 10th Cavalry Regiment – 9/18/1863
John C Densmore - Company K ,Michigan 11th Infantry

World War I

Clarence W. Boyer  - Buried in Beebee Cemetery Oakland County Michigan

Wesley Densmore 

Dillard Green

Grover Losee

World War II

Ray D Anderson - Corporal US Army Air Forces
Robert Wesley Anderson – Mechant Marines
Andrew Anderson – Merchant Marines
Charles Anderson – US Navy 

Charles J Pistrui – S1 US Navy 

Glen K Schwan – Captain US Army Air Force


Richard Matthews – BT2 US Navy

Veteran during times of peace

Charle Kaake Jr. - 1st Lieutenant US Air Force

Howard Tietz – US Army Enlisted February 9, 1953


Stephen Gerkin 

I know that I have missed some but they will have to be acknowledged  at a later date.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday – November 5, 2012

This weekend we went down to Shawn and Amber’s house in Danville, Illinois.  We had a really nice weekend. Sunday on our way home we spent all afternoon going through 4 cemeteries in Iroquois County, Illinois.  Today, I will show some graves of newly found Smith family members and their inlaws or outlaws…depending on how you want to look at it. The post for this week will  be of  Francis M. Smith and two of his wives.

Francis Marion Smith

 Francis M. was the son of Joseph and Mary Ann (Best) Smith. He was born in Pine, Warren County, Indiana.  His mother, Mary Ann’s tombstone was highlighted last week.  She died shortly after Francis was born. I have not found Joseph’s tombstone for sure yet. 

Francis Marion Smith – 1853-1935

Mary Ann (Hobson) Smith

He married Mary Ann Hobson in Iroquois , Illinois in 1873.  Mary Ann (Hobson) Smith was buried in the Sugar Creek Cemetery in the Smith Family plot.  Mary Ann's parents, Zimri and Mary Ann Hobson are also buried in the Sugar Creek Cemetery near by the Smith Plot

Mary Ann (Hobson) Smith - 1855-1889

Francis did remarry and it seems that he may have married several times but I am not certain of that at the time of this post so I will continue to investigate.  I am certain that his last wife was Minnie Amelia Payton and they married in 1895 in Onarga, Illinois and they eventually moved to Spokane, Washington.  Francis died in Colfax, Whitman County, WA on January 15, 1925.  His remains were brought back to Sugar Creek Cemetery for burial. 

Minnie Amelia (Payton) Smith was born in 1870 and on  May 6,1952 died in Los Angeles, California and her remains were also brought back to be buried in Sugar Creek Cemetery. 

Minnie Amelia (Payton) Smith

 There are three Smith Children buried in this plot.  I will investigate who they are and who their parents are and will highlight them in a later post. 

Happy Hunting,


I want to say "Thanks  so much"  to Sandra Smith for sharing these wonderful Family photos of Francis, Mary Ann and Minnie.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - October 30,2012

Mary Ann Smith was 37 years old when she died. She is buried in Smith Cemetery in Benton County, Indiana. I think this may have been Mary Ann Best Smith.  The wife of Joseph who we have connected to through DNA.  I will have to try to check out this stone again but it is believed that she was born in 1818 so that would make her 37 years old in 1855.  When I took this photo, I had no idea who this person was.  It was several years ago so I will need to try to clean the stone and get the year which is on the stone.  If this is Mary Ann, her husband Joseph, remarried Celia Dixon in 1856. All this information would certainly fit into the data that we have discovered.

Indiana 1850 Census -  for Pine in Warren County for Joseph Smith Family
 Happy Hunting!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Puzzles of Darcus Smith

I love it when I run across an unusual name.  The James, Williams, and Johns hide all their clues among thousands of other James, Williams and Johns in the databases.  But when you have a name like Darcas which is also sometime spelled Dorcus you tend to stick out more!  So this week I was researching Darcus Smith. 

I was looking at her because Joseph and Mary Ann (Best) Smith had a daughter named Darcus. (the Joseph who we now know is connected to our James Smith through DNA) Then I found a marriage license for a Dorcus Smith and Jacob Best in Warren County but it was long before Joseph’s Darcus was born.  So I could not help but wonder who this woman was. Ironically the last name “Best” stuck out like a neon sign since Mary Ann, Joseph’s 1st wife was a Best. The daughter, Darcus, was Mary Ann’s and Joseph’s 2nd daughter.  Could this be the Grandmother?  Could this be Joseph’s Mother?

I had posted a message on ancestry.com about the marriage of Jacob Best and Dorcus Smith.  And sure enough a response came back the next day.  She was the 2nd wife of James Smith, was the response.   The James Smith’s who was the first person buried in Smith Cemetery ! “Really” , I thought.  How could I have forgotten that!  I was the person who entered the data for the Smiths in Smith Cemetery in Benton County a few years back but I do not remember entering a Dorcus Smith.

I spent several years looking at the Benton County Smith data but was unable to connect my James to it. I have several old blogs about them. I had totally ruled out any connection between my James and the Smith’s of Benton County!  I have several other Smith researchers that I keep in contact with. We have all freely shared what we know.  I have saved the correspondences in my email, so it was time to review what they had shared with me. There she was, plain as day, among the notes of other researchers.  Darcus or Dorcus Williams was the 2nd wife of James Smith, the elder James Smith who came from Darke County, Ohio to Warren County, Indiana.  Parts of Warren County would later become Benton County, Indiana!  James and his second wife, Darcus, had four children; Joseph, Benjamin, Justice and Elizabeth…I’ll be darned…There is the Uncle Justice too!  He is the guardian referred to in Francis Marion’s guardianship papers. I was able to find Darcus Best and Jacob in the 1850 Federal Census and “Justin” Smith is 16 and living with them. Next door to them are the families of Thomas Smith and James Smith Jr.

Well, I’ll be darned!  Of course she isn’t buried in the Smith Cemetery as Darcus Smith because she is Darcus Best!  She and Jacob are both buried there.  The “Needles in the Haystack” were right there for me to find if I just get them sorted out right. 

There is still quite a lot for me to find out.  I still do not know for sure how or where my James Smith fits into this family but with the DNA results, there is no doubt that he does!

So as it always is when doing this kind of research, the answer  for one questions always leads to another new question.  Was Mary Ann Best somehow related to Jacob and his family?  Was my James a brother to Joseph or a cousin? The search continues …

Happy Hunting,