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.