Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Sarah Louise Reynolds was born on May 20 , 1836 in Ontario Canada. She was the first daughter born to George and Margaret Rebecka (Luke) Reynolds. By 1850, Sarah is found in Van Buren County, Michigan with her family. When she was 20 years old, she married John C Densmore in Darlington, Ontario on June 16, 1856. George Reynolds, Sarah's father, was a bit of a wanderer.. He was found to travel often between Michigan, Canada and other location in the United States. He reportedly had brothers and their families scattered throughout the both countries. John C Densmore was from Darlington Ontario. He and Sarah Louise live there until after the 1861 Census.
They had their two oldest children in Canada before they moved to Marine City, Michigan. John would serve in the Civil War in the Michigan 11th Infantry, Company K. By the 1870 census, John and Sarah had seven children; Elizabeth(1857), William(1859), George Elmer(1861), Alice(1863), Charles(1864), Effie Matilda (1867)and Norman(1869) and they live near Marine City, Michigan. By the 1880 census, they have two additional sons, Delbert(1871) and Worthy(1875). By the 1900 Census, Harvey born in 1882 is the only remaining child left at home with John and Sarah. In the 1910 census, Sarah who is a widow, lives with Harvey and his wife Edith Densmore.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Helen Ruth Stranahan was born on July 11, 1901 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of John D. and Addie Jane(Hayner) Stranahan. She married her cousin, Charles Ray Densmore. Charles was the son of Charles and Mary Morgan (Hayner) Densmore. They raised an adopted daughter Donna Densmore.
|Helen Ruth Stranahan|
This photo is of Helen Ruth as a young woman. In the 1910 Census, Helen is an 8 year old living with her parents and two sisters in Detroit, Michigan. In 1920 Census, Helen is found living with her brother in Detroit along with her parents. She is an accountant working in the automotive industry. In 1930 Census, Helen is living with her brother,Charles, his daughter, Gwenne, and her mother Addie in Los Angeles, California. Addie is a widow. Helen Ruth is working as a clerk for the LA City Hall. She is listed as 28 years old and not married. Helen Ruth married Charles Ray Densmore between 1930 and 1940 census. By 1954, Charles Ray and Helen Ruth are listed in a directory in Roseville, Michigan. Charles Ray died of a heart attach at the home of his sister on January 12, 1977 and she died on April 6, 1994. They are buried in the East China Cemetery with other Densmore and Hayner Family members.