Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday - September 13, 2016 - William Bly

William Bly - September 13, 1891

William Bly was born on November 9, 1820 in Greenfield Township, Fairfield County, Ohio, the son of Jacob and Sophia M. (Eckhart) Bly.  Jacob and Sophia Bly had five children; William(1820), Sarah(1822), David(1824), George(1829), Edwin.

William married Mary Elizabeth Blauser on August 30, 1846 in Ohio. William and Mary Elizabeth had nine children; Caroline Martha(1847-1870), Abraham(1850), Sally Ann(1852), Nancy Isobelle(1854), Phoebe Elizabeth(1857-1863), Lafayette Valentine(1859-1863) Noah William(1861-1865), Sophia Elizabeth(1865-1870), Mary Rebecca(1869).

In the 1850 Federal Census, William and Elizabeth Bly are living in Marion, Hancock County, Ohio with Caroline and a new born son, Abraham. By the time of the 1860 Federal Census, they have moved to Lafayette Township, Allen County, Indiana area which is known as Nine Mile Indiana. They now have 5 children; Caroline, Abram, Sally, Nancy, Phoebe, and Lafayette. My research indicates that in the decade between the 1860 and 1870 census, the family lost four children. Phoebe Elizabeth and  Lafayette Valentine died in 1863. Noah William died in 1865.  Caroline Martha and Sophia Elizabeth died in 1870. In the 1870 Federal Census, the Bly children listed are; Abram, Sally, Nancy and Mary Rebecca ( a new child) are listed but they are still in Allen County, Indiana.

I found a divorce record dated August 6, 1879, in which Elizabeth is requesting a divorce and it was granted. By the 1880 Census she is still listed in the Nine Mile area with Abraham, Nancy and Mary Rebecca are listed with their Mother Mary Elizabeth.

William Bly and Daughter Mary Rebecca Smith
After the divorce and prior to his death, William lived with his daughter Rebecca and her husband Levi Smith.  William died on September 13, 1891. he is buried in Hoverstock Cemetery in Zanesville, Indiana. 

Hoverstock Cemetery, Zanesville, Indiana
 Rest in Peace,


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday - September 6, 2016 - Alpha B Crites

Alpha Berton Crites 

Alpha Berton Crites was born the son of William Crites and Mary Ann Forney on September 6, 1878 in Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. William and Mary Ann Crites had eight children ; Daniel Lee (1864), Joseph Henery (1865), Jessee E (1867), Emanuel (1868), Willas (1870), Viola (1873), Pearl (1875), Ellsworth (1877), Alpha (1879), Ruby (1881).

Alpha Berton Crites married Clara May Welty on March 1, 1903 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. They had two sons; Lloyd (1904) and Kenneth(1907).

Alpha was still living in Tuscarawas County with his parents in the 1900 Federal Census. At the time of WW1, Alpha registers for the draft, he is married to Clara and is living in Canton Ohio work in a Stark Rolling Mill Co as a Mill worker. His draft card is signed September 12, 1918. At the time of the 1920 Federal Census, Alpha, Clara and two sons live at 2624 Krown Place NW, Canton, Ohio. By the time the 1930 Census, Alpha is still working in the steel mill. Lloyd is lives at home and is employed as a carpenter at the Steel Mill.

Alpha registers for the draft for WWII. He is employed at the Republic Steel Mill and is 63 years old.

Alpha died on September 6, 1960 in Carroll, Ohio at a long term nursing car facility. He is a widow by then his wife died three years before. He is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery,Canton Ohio. They are in the Belmont section with the stones facing north.

Rest in Peace,