Tombstone Tuesday – July 9, 2019 – Robert Allen Hart

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Robert Allen Hart was born on December 31, 1898. He was the son of Robert Richard and Etta May (Haines) Hart. He was born in Mount Carmel, Illinois.  In the 1900 Federal Census, Robert Allen (1898) and his sister Katherine(1896)are listed with their parents in Mount Carmel, Illinois. The elder, Robert R. Hart,  is working for the Railroad in Mt Carmel, Illinois. In the 1910 Federal Census, Robert lives with his parents and seven siblings; Robert (1898), Rolla (1901), Elner (1902), Maude (1904), Zura (1905), Bessie (1907), James (1908), Etta (1910).

Robert Allen Hart enlisted with the 16th Illinois Infantry on May 13, 1917. He served during World War I and was honorably discharged on May 12, 1919.

Robert Allen married Grace Goodson on November 19, 1919 in Princeton, Indiana. In the 1920 Federal Census, Robert is 21 years old and he is listed with his 20 year old wife, Grace. He lists his occupation as laborer in a button factory. They live on West Fifth Street in Mt Carmel, Illinois. Findagrave seems to indicate that Grace and Robert had a daughter born in 1920. Her name was Madeline Kristine Hart. She died in 1927. It seems that Grace and Robert split sometime after their child’s death.  I am unable to find a divorce record for Grace and Robert, I do find that Grace Goodman Hart marries a Wallace McCarthy in 1928 in Illinois.

Robert Allen married Estella May Weaver on May 10, 1930 in Muscatine, Iowa.



On December 17, 1935, Robert Allen became a Prison Guard at the Iowa State Penitentiary at Fort Madison in Iowa.

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In the 1940 Federal Census, taken on April 25, 1940, Robert and Estella are living at Fort Madison, Lee County Iowa.

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Seventy nine years ago today, Robert Allen died at the Sacred Heart hospital the day after he received a gunshot wound in the neck while attempting to thwart a prison escape. The following is a newspaper article detailing the event.

Mason City Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa) July 25, 1940

2 Men Confess Guard’s Murder in Penitentiary

Haenze and Sullivan Sign Statements in the Killing of Robert Hart”

Des Moines, (AP) R. W. Nebergall, chief of the Iowa bureau of criminal investigation, announced Thursday that Lowell Haenze, 27, and Ivan Sullivan, 28, have confessed to the murder of Fort Madison penitentiary Guard Robert Hart, killed when the pair made an aborted attempt to free another convict several weeks after their own escape.

Haenze, Sullivan and another convict, Estes, broke thru the electric fence at the rear of the prison on June 22.

Hart was fatally shot on July 8 when two or three men came to the prison fence, threw over a shotgun and a pair bolt cutters and attempted to free another convict, William Cunningham. Cunningham committed suicide by firing a shotgun charge into his head when he was thwarted in an attempt to break through the fence. Hart was patrolling the high prison fence and fired on Cunningham and the other men before he was felled by a bullet in the neck. Nebergall said that both Sullivan and Haenze had signed statements admitting they were a party that attempted to free Cunningham and that they fired at the guard.

Nebergall said the statement was obtained by prison officials at Fort Madison working with State Agents Delbert Murray and Robert Gregson, the Lee County Sheriff and County Attorney. He declared that officers were not yet satisfied with what part that Estes may have played in the second escape attempt. He is currently still at large.  A woman who figured both in the escape of Haenze, Sullivan and Estes and in the second attempt has been arrested in Missouri, but Nebergall said that he had no details on her arrest. “


Robert Allen Hart was buried at the Oakland Cemetery on July 11, 1940 with full military honors.

Rest in peace, Robert!

Love, Jan

Robert Allen Hart is my third cousin two times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – July 2, 2019 – Madge Louise Hainer Buchner


Madge was born on March 21, 1894 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She was the daughter of Charles Edward and Harriet Louiza (Griffin) Hainer. Charles and Harriet had seven children; Zora Meryl (1888), Verva Irene (1890), Madge Louise (1894), Helen Hannah (1899), Ford Albert (1902), Sybil Elizabeth (1904), Maxine Claire (1908). In the 1900 Federal Census, Madge is 6 years old and attending school. Charles, Harriet and four of their children are living in Fairfield, Iowa. Charles is a farmer. Allen Fowler is also living with the family and is listed as a servant. In the 1920 Federal Census, the Hainers are listed in Waterford, Iowa. Madge is sixteen. Charles and Harriet have six children living with them. They also list Henry Lockey who also lives with them. He is listed as a servant.

Madge married Harold G Buchner on August 26, 1914 in Clinton, Iowa. In the 1915, Iowa Census, Harold lists his occupation as furniture salesman. And both Madge and Harold list that they are married and live in Maquoketa, Iowa. Harold lists his total earnings for 1914 as 720.00. Madge is a housewife. Each of them filed an individual census card with the State of Iowa.


She and Harold are found in the 1920 Federal Census in Maquoketa, South Fork Township, Iowa on Niagara Street. They have two children; George (1915) and Betty(1916). They also list Rosanna Schafer who lives with them and is working as a servant. She is twenty years old. Harold is selling insurance. In a 1922 death record, Harold and Madge lost a daughter who was born prematurely on January 4, 1922 and lived just a few hours.


Death Certificate of a daughter born on January 4, 1922 to Harold and Madge Buchner


Madge, George and Betty about 1924

In the 1925 Iowa Census, Harold and Madge are listed in Maquoketa, Iowa. The have three children; George, Betty and Ann (1920) who must have been born after the 1920 Census was taken. They have Bertha Schay living with them and is listed as a servant. Ann died in 1926 at the age of six.

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In the 1930 Census, they live in Maquoketa, Iowa on Niagara Street. Harold and Madge have two children listed George and Betty who are now teenagers. Harold is an undertaker. In the 1940 Census, Madge is divorced. Madge remains in the Niagara Street residence. She and her son George are living there with two boarders; John Johnson and Joiner Fredricks.

Madge Louise Buchner died sixty nine years ago on July 2, 1950. She was fifty six years old. She is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa, Iowa.


Rest in peace, Madge!

Love, Jan

Madge is my third cousin two times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – June 25, 2019 – Sarah McAllister Walker


Sarah McAllister was the daughter of Fulton and Anna (LeFlair) McAllister. She was born in Lisbon, New York on June 8, 1919. Fulton and Anna had eleven children; John (1908), Ida (1910), Richard (1912), Eurette (1914), William (1916), Edward (1917), Sarah (1919), Fulton (1921), Lawrence (1921), Anna (1923), Robert (1925). In the 1920 Federal Census, Sarah is seven months old and listed with her parents and seven of her siblings in Lisbon, New York. Her father, Fulton, is a farmer. In the 1930 Federal Census, the McAllister family including Sarah, remain in Lisbon, New York.  Sarah is now ten years old. In the 1940 Federal Census, Sarah is a 21 year old living in Rensselaer Falls, New York. She is working in a Rockland State Mental Hospital as an attendant. She has been working there for 26 weeks.

She married Arlington Walker. He died in 1981. I have found no information about children at this time but it is likely due to the fact that this information is relatively recent in nature  and as a result remains private. I did look for an obit but did not locate one.


This photo is on the tombstone of Fulton and Anna McAllister. The photo was taken prior to the 1970 death of Anna LeFlair McAllister.  I found it on the Website. Thanks to Anne Cady for creating the memorials of this family and posting these photos.  Sarah, the subject of our post today is standing directly behind and between her parents.

Sarah died just eleven years ago at the age of eighty-nine years old. She is buried with the McAllister family members in Flackville Cemetery in Lisbon, New York.

Rest in Peace, Sarah!

Love, Jan

Sarah McAllister is my third cousin one times removed.


Tombstone Tuesday – June 18, 2019 – Mary Catherine Pocock


Mary Catherine was the daughter of Elisha and Nancy (Middaugh) Pocock. She was born in 1845 in Ohio. Elisha and Nancy had eight children; Milton, Mary Catherine (1845), John H (1850), Emeline (1852) , Elias (1856) , Margaret (1858) , Nancy (1861) , Charles (1868).

In the 1850 Census, Elisha and Nancy are found in Wayne Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. They have three children; Milton, Mary and John and Andrew Middaugh living with them. Andrew is 42 years old and since Nancy’s maiden name is Middaugh he is likely a brother or cousin. Elisha is a Carpenter and Andrew is a farmer.

On December 31, 1867, Mary Catherine married Joseph Smith in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana. In 1869, Mary and Joseph had twin sons names Ashley and Ashland. In the 1870 Federal Census, Joseph, Catherine and their two sons are living with Susanna Smith, Joseph’s mother. By the 1880 Federal Census, Catherine and Joseph have two more children, Ira D and Emma F.

One hundred and twenty nine years ago today, Mary Catherine Pocock Smith died at the age of forty- five. She is buried in the Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Indiana with her son, Ira, who died in 1882.


Rest in peace, Mary Catherine!

Love, Jan

Mary Catherine was the wife of my Great Grand Uncle Joseph Smith

Tombstone Tuesday – June 11, 2019 – Mary Platt Dutterer

Mary L Platt was the daughter of George F. and Sarah L (Crites) Platt, she was born on December 12, 1904 in Markle, Wells County, Indiana. George and Sarah had five children; Merton (1893), Cletus (1897), Weston (1898), Donald (1899), Mary (1904).

In the 1910 Federal Census, Mary is found with her parents and brothers in Union Township, Wells County, Indiana. George Platt, Mary’s father, is a farmer. In the 1920 Federal Census, Mary is fourteen years old and attending school.

Mary married Rex J Dutterer on May 18, 1929 in Markle, Indiana. By the 1930 Federal Census, Rex and Mary have moved to Toledo, Ohio, They are running a boarding house with five boarders, none of whom seem to be related to Rex and Mary. Rex is an engineer.

By the time of the 1940 Census, Rex and Mary now have two daughters; Corrine Alice (1932) and Margaret Joan (1933). They remained living in Toledo until some time after the 1940 Federal Census, Rex and Mary moved to Hastings, Michigan. In 1950 Rex and Mary are listed in a local address registry for Hastings, Michigan. Rex is employed by the Hastings Manufacturing Company as an engineer.

There is a public record for Mary Dutterer in 1989 in Mesa, Arizona I assume that this maybe related to her husbands death in 1986. She is also found in Mesa in a phone and address directory for the year 1995- 1996. Her social security record seems to indicate that she was living in Lisle, Illinois when she died on June 11, 1997. I do not find a burial record for her or her husband who preceded her.

Rest in peace, Mary!

Love, Jan

Mary is my first cousin three times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – June 4, 2019 – Margaret Kitzer Wall


Margaret was born on September 29,1894 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of William Walter and Anna (Trollinger) Kitzer. William and Anna had twelve children; Anna (1886), Estella (1887), Rebecca (1889), William Walter (1891), Harry Eugene (1893), Margaret Louise (1894), Jacob (1896), Martha (1898-1899), John Doleman (1900), Roy Gilmore (1903), Blanche Edith (1905), Charles Alfred (1910).

In the 1900 Federal Census, William Walter and his wife Anna are found in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania with seven of their children. William Walter lists his occupation as Farm Laborer. Margaret is five years old. In the 1910 Federal Census, the Kitzer family is found in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. William is a farmer and they have eight children. The oldest three children are grown and no longer live at home. Margaret is now 15 years old.

Margaret Louise married John Wall on December 29,1919 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. In the 1920 Federal Census, Margaret is still living at home with her parents but she does indicate that she is married. John and Margaret had one son, Ralph Ernst , who was born on September 3, 1920. John Wall died in 1925, leaving Margaret a widow. In the 1930 Federal Census, Margaret and Ralph are living with her parents, William Walter and Anna Kitzer.

MargaretKitzerWallEighty-two years ago today, Margaret died. It appears that she had Epilepsy but her cause of death was listed as Acute Encephalitis. She died in Rochester, Pennsylvania. She was buried in Plum Creek Cemetery in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. She was forty two when she died.


Rest in peace, Margaret.

Love, Jan

Margaret is the sister to my Great Aunt’s Husband.


Tombstone Tuesday – May 28, 2019 – Russell Robert Bradley

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Russell Robert is the son of Russell Hayner and Mabel Elinore (Johnson) Bradley. He was born in December 26, 1918 in Livingston Montana. According to his Birth Certificate, Russell Hayner is a Lieutenant in the Army serving on a base in Montana. This would be during the WWI time period. Russell and Mabel had six children ; Russell (1919), Lyle (1920), Wellington (1922), Gloria (1924), Betty (1927), Richard (1931).

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Russell Robert – (approximating – 1921-1922) provided by Paula Bradley

In the 1930 Federal Census, the Bradley family, including an eleven year old, Russell Robert, are found in Romulus, Michigan. Nine years later, Russell Robert enlisted in the Army on June 29, 1939 according to information found on post by Paula Bradley. His enlistment record appears to indicate that he may have been married, that his young wife had died and that he had no dependents. He listed his occupation as Police Officer. He lived in Wayne County, Michigan.

Russell Hayner and son Russell Robert Bradley


In the 1940 Federal Census, Russell Robert in listed in Green County, Ohio at Patterson Field in Fairfield Village. Russell served as a Staff Sergeant & Togglier (Bombardier) on B-26 #40-1467 in 33rd Bomber Squadron, 22nd Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.  Four of the B-26 planes including B-26 #40-1467  from the the 33rd Bomber Squandron, took off  from the 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a bombing mission over Lae Airfield, Morobe Province Papua New Guinea. Over the target they were attacked and shot down by Japanese Zeros and crashed into the Huon Gulf.

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Russell was declared Missing in Action and eventually declared deceased  in this formal  letter from the War Department.

“This is a transcription of the article written in a Detroit area newspaper in 1942 at the time that Russell Robert Bradley was missing in action.  I have transcribed it due to the poor quality of the pictures of the article.




Russell R. Bradley, the first lad to enlist from Romulus, Mich., is “missing”. He was a bombardier and one purple twilight his plane took off and out across seas that were soon to be moonlit and beautiful. The plane did not come back.

He may be somewhere on this earth. He may be sitting beside the wreckage of a plane where palm trees thrust up from coral sands and the world is so lovely to look upon that the human heart grows weary with longing that things might be so filled with peace and beauty. Who knows?

The War Department does not know. It merely listed his name today among a group of United States soldiers “missing in action in the Far Eastern Theater, including Australia and the South Pacific.”

Out in Romulus live his father and his two brothers and three sisters and mother. It is a pretty good example of an American family.  Dad – Russell H. Bradley – knew 18 months on the firing line in France, a lieutenant with the 337th Machine Gun Battalion.  Grandpa Bradley fought all through the Civil War. 


Lyle Bradley, brother of the missing man, is an officer in training in Miami.  Wellington, a younger brother, is having fits because an Army doctor and a Marine doctor said he had a punctured ear drum and couldn’t join.

“Don’t worry”, he says.  I’ll get in some way.  There are a lot of outfits I haven’t tried yet.”

Mother – well, mother is working.

“She’s a soldier, too.” explained Dad.  She’s raised six swell kids, had 13 operations and she’s getting old beautifully – I mean her hair is silver gray and – and – she’s taken Russell’s not coming back with her chin up.

“A fortune teller said the boy was coming back and she sort of likes to cling to that – although we know it’s just nonsense.  Gloria, our oldest girl, is married.  Her husband is in the Army and she’s working.

“I’m trying to get in.  I’m 49, but I had a good overseas record.  Mother says she can get along all right if I go.  We own this house and I’ve got three acres down south of here.  She’s got a good job over at Eloise – and I’d be a captain at least.  I’m in good shape physically.  Yes, sir.  I’m trying mighty hard and I have hopes.


“Guess this yard looks sort of ragged, huh?  I had the finest lawn you ever saw but the kids liked to play ball and they had dogs, so I said – “Well, it’s either a good lawn and the kids in the streets – or it’s a scuff lawn and the kids at home.

“They stayed home.  Russell went to school here in Romulus.  He was on the track team in high school.  He loved the army.  Gosh.  I was overseas when he was born.

“He was a good soldier.  He was a bombardier.  He enlisted four years ago and had a year’s special training and then he re-enlisted.  I was mighty proud of Russell.”

Over his head the breeze set swaying a service flag with its two blue stars in a field of white.  Some springer pups whined for affection and he lifted them up into his lap.

“Like dogs, mister?  I’ve got 25 – cockers and springers.  We all kind of like dogs.”

“You’ve got 25? And six kids?”

Yep. I sort of raise dogs as a hobby. Good pedigreed pups. This old house isn’t so much – but we have been comfortable – and we’ve eaten well – and my kids are grand boys and girls.

“I’ve got no regrets – not even if my oldest boy – well, he did what any of us will do – if we have to – he’s proved he’s a good American.” (Thanks to Paula Bradley for sharing this Family information on

Russell was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. Russell’s name is honored on the Memorial at Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.
On this Memorial Day we salute you, Russel Robert Bradley, as a brave America soldier who gave his life so that we maybe free.

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Love, Jan

Russell Robert Bradley is my third cousin one times removed.

A special Thanks to Paula Bradley for sharing these family photo and historical family document which allowed us to remember Russell Bradley today