Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - December 22, 2015 - Mary Agnes Denny (Denney)

 Mary Agnes Denny (Denney)

Mary Agnes Denney (Denny) was born in Brooke County ,Virginia on March 21, 1852. She was the daughter of Walter and Mary A (Young) Denney. In the 1860 Census she is a 7 year old child living in Allen County, Indiana. As a 17 year year old in 1870 she is living at home. Her Mother Mary has died and Walter is a widower with several grown children living with him. In the 1880 Census she is a single woman still living with her widowed father in Allen County, Indiana. She died at the age of 34 on December 22, 1886. She is buried in the Hoverstock Cemetery in Zanesville, Indiana in the Denney Family Plot with her Mother and Father.

Rest in Peace,


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - December 15, 2015 - Mary Overly Wagaman

Mary Overly Wagaman

Mary Overly was the daughter of Martin and Mary Polly (Welch) Overly.  She was born in Chilicothe, Ohio in 1802.  She married Jacob Wagaman in Darke Couny, Ohio on October 27, 1825.They had ten children; Susannah(1829), Nancy Ann(1830), John William(1833), Sarah(1834), Catharine(1836), Elizabeth(1838), Phebe(1840), Solomon(1841), Dorothy Ann(1844), Jacob(1846). In the 1830 Federal Census, Jacob,  Mary and Susannah are found in Greenville, Ohio. By the 1840 Census, the Wagaman's are found with 1 son and three daughters in Richland Township in Darke County, Ohio. They remained there in the  1850 Census, and now have 10 children which are listed above.  At the time of the 1860 Census, that have moved to Buck Creek in Hancock County, Indiana and have the three youngest children still at home. They are living near John Wagaman and his wife. Mary and Jacob are back in Ohio in Noble, Auglaize, Ohio by the time of the 1870 Federal Census living near their son, Jacob JrJacob Jr. has only two children listed and no wife.

Mary Polly Overly Wagaman died on December 15, 1872 in Auglaize County, Ohio.  I have not found her grave site as of yet  but I am still looking.  The photo was obviously a small tin type which I have cleaned up as best I can. I found it on Ancestry.com in a Wagaman Family Tree.  It is stated that it is of Jacob and Mary Wagaman. Thanks for publishing the photo. 

Rest in Peace,

Jan Smith

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - December 8, 2015 - Elizabeth McGoogan Clark

Elizabeth McGoogan Clark

Elizabeth McGoogan was the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth McGoogan born in Westmoreland, Pennesylvaina on August 31, 1812. She was the fourth of eleven children in the Robert McGoogan family. They were; Jane (1804), Rachel (1808), Sarah (1811), Elizabeth (1812), Clementine (1815), John (1815), Robert (1820), William (1823), Angeline (1827), Joshua (1828), and Mary Ann (1832).

Elizabeth married Daniel Clark on April 13, 1833 in Harrison County, Ohio. In the 1840 Census, the Clark family resided in Harrison County, Ohio. They had ten children; Charles (1834), Sarah (1834), William (1836), Robert (1839), Ruth (1841), Benjamin (1843), Elizabeth (1843), Oscar (1846), Sophia (1847), Watson (1850). By the 1850 Census, the Family had moved to Lafayette Township, Allen County, Indiana. Daniel Clark has received 80 acres of land from the US Land Bureau.

Elizabeth Clark died on December 8, 1881 and is buried in Hoverstock Cemetery in Zanesville, Indiana. 

Rest in Peace,


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - December 1, 2015 - Minnie Ruth Denney Lew

Minnie Ruth Denney Lew

She was Born on March 13, 1881, the daughter of Walter Rolandus Denney Jr and Nancy Isabella Bly. Married to Oscar Elmer Lew on December 25, 1903 in Roanoke, Indiana.  They had two children; Garnet Elma Lew born in 1906 and William Harold Lew born in 1911. 

Minnie Ruth Lew
They had two children; Garnet Elma Lew born in 1906 and William Harold Lew born in 1911. In the 1910 Federal Census, Oscar, Minnie and the children are living in the 18th Ward of Chicago, Illinois.
They are in Leyden, Illinois in the 1930 Federal Census. By the 1940 Census, they have returned to Wells County, Indiana and are living in Uniondale, Indiana. 

Garnet Elma Lew
William Harold Lew

She died on Dec 1, 1972 in Fort Wayne Indiana. Buried in St Johns Cemetery, Zanesville, Indiana. 


 Rest in Peace, 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - November 24, 2015 - Harvey Medley

Harvey Medley 

Harvey Medley was born on August 24, 1889 in Bates County Missouri. Harvey was the son of Richard and Elnora (Davis) Medley. Richard and Elnora Medley had He was a farmer who never married.  He died of Tuberculosis on November 24, 1916. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Bates County, Missouri.

Rest in Peace, Jan

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - November 10, 2015 - Cora Smith Hedger

Cora Smith Hedger 

Cora Smith was born on June 1, 1877. She was the daughter of Branson and Emily Kinnamon born in Madison County, Indiana. They had seven children; Charles (1865), Dora (1867), Ida (1869), George (1871), Thomas (1874), Flora (1877) and Cora(1877.) S In the 1900 Federal Census, Cora is living with Thomas and Ida on the family farm. She married Charles Hedger on April 17, 1906 in Pendleton, Indiana. The had one son named Harold. Cora died at St John Hospital in Anderson, Indiana on November 10, 1961.

Rest in Peace,


Note: I have the tombstone photo but for whatever reason...I do not know what cemetery they are buried in. It is in the Anderson/ Pendleton Indiana area.

Tombstone Tuesday - November 17, 2015 - Lester O Soncarty

Lester Oral Soncarty

Lester was born in September 17, 1905 in Clymer, Indiana. He was the son Anthony Soncarty and Joanne Teas. In the 1930 Federal Census, Lester is found working with his Uncle in a Lumber Mill in Idaho.  He returned to Indiana where he married Helen Hainer on November 30, 1933 in Logansport, Indiana. They lived in rural Cass County. By the 1940 Census, he is working for a State Hospital do farm labor. Lester and Helen had three children; Dixie Lee (1934), William Gene (1937) and Joe Allen (1945) . Lester died on November 17, 1985 in Logansport, Indiana and is buried in the Ever Rest Memorial Park. 

Rest in Peace,


Tombstone Tuesday - November 3, 2015 - Esta Valentine Smith

Esta  Valentine Smith


Esta Valentine was the daughter of James Valentine and Sarah Ann Schuyler born in Madison County, Indiana. She was the second of ten children born to James and Sarah; Otis (1871), Esta (1873), Christena (1876), Urene(1877), Iona(1878), Kathryn (1881), Dane (1885), Earl (1887), Ferris (1891). She married George Albert on June 18, 1894 in Madison County, Indiana. They had one son, Willis Ray Smith.  Esta Smith died on November 3, 1935 and is buried next to her husband in Grove Lawn Cemetery in Pendleton, Indiana.

Tombstone Tuesday - October 27, 2015 - Maxine Claire Hainer

Maxine Claire Hainer was born in Iowa on April 2, 1908, the daughter of Charles Edward Hainer and Hattie Louise Griffin. Charles and Hattie Hainer had seven children; Zora (1888), Verna (1890), Madge (1894), Helen (1899), Ford (1902), Sybil (1904), Maxine (1908).    In the 1930 Census Maxine is living with her parents in Maquoketa, Iowa and working as a bookkeeper for a Creamery. Maxine enlisted into Air Force on August 9, 1943 at Fort Riley Kansas. She served until her discharge on September 21, 1948. She then returned to Iowa and settled in Branson. She died on October 27, 1964 and is buried in section 33, site 607, of the Springfield Nation Cemetery in Green County, Missouri. I will continue to try to obtain a of her tombstone. This photo of the Charles and Hattie Hainer family was taken in 1934. Maxine is the second from the left seated in the front row.

Rest in Peace,


Tombstone Tuesday - October 20, 2015 - Margaret McDonald Smith

Margaret McDonald Smith

Margaret McDonald was born on November 2, 1877 in Port Lampton, Ontario. She was the daughter of Henry M. McDonald and Mary Perry Densmore. They had eight children; William (1866), Clarissa(1867), Sarah(1868-1871), Ida(1869), Ella(1871), Fraser(1876), Margaret(1877), Sam (1881). She arrived in the United States between 1887 and 1888 and became a Naturalized Citizen. She married Arthur Albert Smith in Caro, Michigan on December 12. 1895. They lived in Reese, Michigan and operated a farm for many years. Arthur and Margaret Smith had 14 children; Myrtle (1896), Berta (1898), Edith (1900), Albert (1901),Charles (1903), Berton(1905), Earl (1908), Harold (1910), John (1911), Roy (1914), Raymond (1916), Francis (1920), Clifford (1921), Robert (1924).  As od the 1920 Federal Census, Albert and Margaret  were still living on the farm Reese Michigan. By the 1930 census,  they had moved to Oakland County and were now living in Royal Oak Michigan. Margaret lists her occupation as a sales clerk for a Perfumery. The following photo is of the Arthur and Margaret Smith family in 1944. Margaret is the second woman from the left kneeling in the front row.
Margaret died on October 20, 1951 and was buried at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery. She is buried with her husband in section 12853, Block K, Spaces 4 and 5. As of now I do not have a photo of the tombstone but I am hope that I can get someone to take one for me.

Rest in peace,


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - October 13, 2015 - Stephen Edward Peer


Stephen Edward Peer

Stephen Edward Peer was the son of Levi and Jane (Greenless)Peer born in Guelph, Wellington, Ontario in 1853. He married Mary Elizabeth Vollick, daughter of Isaac and Libby (Lydia Jamieson) Vollick on July 12, 1879.
Stephen and Mary Elizabeth Peer had nine children; Olive(1880),  George Wellington(1882), Myrtle(1884), Herbert Lockwood(1886),  John Chester(188), Lydia Jane(1890), Pearl Adelett(1893), Leonard Lancelot(1894), and Phillip Edgar(1896).

Stephen was a member of the local Militia 44th Regiment, Welland in 1883.  Stephen Edward died on October 13, 1896 of Typhoid Fever. 

I had hoped to be able to find Stephen's grave but I have not so far but I found the searching for  family information interesting this week.  I discovered that all five of the sons served for the Canadian Overseas Forces in WW1.  Leonard Lancelot joined first on September 19, 1914. He was single at the time he joined. Herbert Lockwood and George Wellington joined on the same day, on Oct 26, 1914.  They were both married at the time they joined. John Chester joined on January 12, 1915  Phillip Edgar joined on May 26, 1915.  Phillip Edgar died on August 8, 1918 in France during the conflict. He is Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion when he died near Moreuil, France.  He was buried in the Handgard French Military Cemetery.

George Wellington Peer

Leonard Lancelot Peer

Phillip Edgar Peer

Handgard MilitaryCemetery

Handgard Cemetery, France

Handgard Cemetery, France

All photos of the Peer sons were shared by family members Wyle's family on Ancestry.com. I'll look to see if I can find photos of the rest of the boy and any more information about their WW1 service.

Happy Hunting,


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - October 6, 2015 - Chester Arthur Crites

Chester Arthur Crites

Chester Arthur was the second son of Jesse Harris Crites and Anna Ida Schultz born September 6, 1897 in Carbondale, Kansas. He married Anna Mae Barry in 1926 and they lived in Topeka, Kansas. They had two sons; Berry Dee (b. 1928) and Jack Arthur (b.1931). The Federal Census lists Chester's occupation as a painter for the railroad in both of the 1930 and 1940.  Chester died on October 6, 1953 and was buried in the Topeka Cemetery in Topeka, Kansas.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Anderson Reunion

Last Saturday we had our Anderson Reunion.  It was well attended.  We spent all afternoon fondly remembering other Anderson events that we had shared together realizing that there were many that we could recall.  I created a video so this generation of Anderson would know where and whom we came from. I am unable to post it here due to its size but if you are interested in seeing it select the Utube link below.


Everyone brought a dish to share so we had plenty of food. I had hoped for a warm fall day so we could be outside in the yard but as Michigan weather would have it... It was rainy and brisk.  The Garage is big enough to hold us so that it where we moved it to.

Diane, Caleb, Jacob, Kyle, Bob, Matt

Christa, Zach, Jan, Matt, Diane, Sharon, Glenn


Kim, Benita, Joni, Pam, Sharon, George, Glenn, Caleb

Sharon, Jan, Zach, Bob, Matt Nolan

Jacob, Christa, Sue
Glenn, Joni, Benita, Pam
By late afternoon we were able to move out to they yard  for some soccer and eventually a bonfire as the sunset.  It was a great day to be an Anderson.

Thanks to all who came and we will see you all again soon!

Love ,  Jan

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - September 22, 2015 - James H. Gerkin

James H. Gerkin

James H Gerkin was born on December 13, 1913 to Rollie Hershel Gerkin and Martha Ellen Moore in Orleans, Orange County, Indiana. He married Audrey Green on December 24, 1929 in Joilet, Illinois. They had three sons; Michael, Stephen and Gregory. He became a truck driver after trying several other occupations. He was employed for 30 years as a driver for Allied Van lines and traveling thru 48 of the 50 states. After his employment with Allied ended, he and his wife Audrey ran a restaurant and lounge called “The Topper” in Watseka, Illinois until they retired. It was after their retirement that Jim and Audrey got to visit the last two states. They went to Hawaii for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. One winter they decided to go visit family members who happened to live in warmer climates than Illinois. They went to Florida, Texas, Arizona and on to California. By the time they reached California, Jim decided that they might as well drive to Alaska so even though it was February, they did. Jim hopped ti reach his 100th Birthday. He died a little over three years short of it, on September 22, 2010.

James Gerkin - 1963

James in 1985 in Hawaii
James in Alaska in 1986

Jim was a gentle man with a quick wit, a big smile and was my father-in-law. Rest in Peace!

Happy hunting,

Tombstone Tuesday - September 15, 2015 - Elsa Guttormsdatter

Elsa  Guttormsdatter was born in 1637 in Ostre Kjolo, Notteroy, Vestfold, Norway.  She married Soeren Olsen. They had  seven children;  Anne(1664), Marte (1665), Live (1667), Guttorm (1671), Soren (1674), Paul (1677), Ole (1679) . She died on September 15, 1724 at the age of 87 years old. She is buried in  Ostre Kjolo, Notteroy, Norway.

Normally I want to have a tombstone picture to go along with a death record for a Tombstone Tuesday but I do not have one today.  I will see if I can find her death record and if I do I will add it here when I find it but  I could not resist to write about Elsa today for several reasons. This weekend we had a Anderson Reunion. Else is our 6X Great Grandmother. Today, when I realize that she died on a Tombstone Tuesday date that I was trying to write a blog for, I began researching.  I started with a simple search,  "Cemeteries, Notteroy, Vestfold, Norway" and a great website appeared.  It was a Norwegian site I had not seen before. It could be new or just new to me. It appears to be a Vestfold county site. It maybe a historical society site but I have yet to figure that out but there is a lot of new data or previously undiscovered data. It is , of course,  written in Norwegian so I have to translate using google.  Everything does not always translate well but I am able to see many cousins thru the translation.  The link is  http://www.vestfold-slekt.net/notteroy/bygdebok/kjoeloe.html.

This link will surely provide me with a lot of data thru the winter months this year. My most intense research time is winter since gardening takes up so much of my summer and canning the stuff from the garden occupies my fall.

So happy hunting,


Tombstone Tuesday - September 8, 2015 - Charles Emmet Crites

Charles Emmet Crites

Charles Emmet Crites

Infant son born to George and Margaret (Mygrance) Crites on January 3, 1846 in Dover , Ohio. He died on September 8, 1847 and was buried in the Fourth Street Cemetery in Dover, Tuscarawas Ohio.

Fourth Street Cemetery, Dover, Ohio

Happy Hunting,



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - August 18, 2015 - Charles Henry Hainer

Charles Henry Hainer was born on  June 2, 1834.  He was the son of John Hainer and Nancy Bowman born in Burford township, Brant, Ontario. Charles was one of eleven children born to John and Nancy Hainer.  Charles Henry became a farmer and married Jane McCormick on December 13, 1853. They had seven children, six sons and one daughter ; Charles D., Edwin A., Levi W., John A., William H., Mary E. and Whitfield. 

Soon after he married Jane, he found his true calling and became a Baptist Minister, becoming one of the leading ministers of the Baptist faith in Canada. His wife, Jane died in 1870, aged thirty-eight years. He married (second wife) Miss Grace Terry on June 20 1871 and they had two children, Frederick and Herbert. All the sons of Rev Charles Henry Hainer became ministers. 

 This church was originally built in 1860 on the property across the street from the land farmed by Charles H. Hainer.  Before the church was built, Charles held services in the school. 

Charles died on  August 17, 1915 in Stouffville, Ontario at the age of 81.  He is buried in New Market Cemetery. 

I hope I can obtain a photo of his tombstone at some point and  will continue to research this family of ministers to see I can put together a blog on them. 

Happy Hunting,


Tombstone Tuesday - August 11, 2015 - Ford Albert Hainer

Ford Albert Hainer was the son of Charles Edward Hainer and Harriet (Hattie) Louisa Gifffin. He was born in Iowa on March 23, 1902.

Helen Hannah, Maxine Claire, Ford Albert, Sybil Elizabeth

This photo is of the four youngest children of Charles and Hattie Hainer likely taken around 1910.

Ford Albert married Isabelle Penn on November 4, 1926 in Davenport Iowa.  Isabella age on the marriage license was 21 years old but it is more likely that she was 19 years old. Isabella is the daughter of Charles Penn and Elsie Garrett. She was born in 1907 according to the 1910 census when we find Elsie Penn living with her sister Minnie. Both woman are young widows.

Ford Albert is found in the Iowa,  January, 1925 Census still living with his parents. Isabelle is also listed in the 1925 Iowa Census. She is living with her mother who has married  David Miller.  I see no record for Ford or Isabella in the 1930 Federal Census records. I find a Beloit Wisconsin Directory record for both Ford and Isabella in 1933. They are living at 441 Harrison Ave. Ford is listed as an employee of Cunningham, but no occupation is listed. In the US 1940 Census, they are back in Maquoketa, Iowa at 415 N. Pleasant Street. It appears that he and Isabelle had no children. Ford Albert died at the age of 44 in Iowa on August 11, 1946

I would like to say "Thanks" to the descendants of the Charles Edward Hainer family who shared these family photos.  It makes these people who I am honoring come to life.  

Ford Hainer is related to me through the Canadian Albert Hainer line.

Albert => Isaac => Albert => Charles Edward => Ford Albert

Happy Hunting,

Jan Smith

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - August 4, 2015 - Anthony O'Malley

Anthony O'Malley was born October 12, 1829 in Ballycastle, Mayo County, Ireland.  He was the sone of William O'Malley and Mary Finnerty.  He came to America in 1850 at the age of 21. He married Isabella Cameron on April 12, 1866. They had nine children;  William (1867), Mary (1868), Charles (1870), John (1872), James(1874), Peter (1876), Anthony (1877), Ellen(1879), and Margaret(1880). They lived in Maple Valley, Sanilac County,  Michigan. Anthony was a farmer near Brown City Michigan. Anthony O'Malley died on August 4, 1908 at the age of 77 years, 10 months and 22 days.

He is buried in the Brown City Cemetery in Brown City, Michigan.

Happy Hunting,