Tombstone Tuesday – June 19, 2018 – Charles Henry Overly


Charles Henry Overly was born on August 22, 1888 in Marshall, Indiana. He was the son of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Jane (Ward) Overly. Jeremiah and Elizabeth had four children; William F. (1879), Bertha (1882), Charles Henry (1888), Edna Lee (1891).

Charles Henry married Grace H. Fouts on January 27, 1909 in Richland Towship, Miami County, Indiana. In the 1910 Federal Census, Charles and Grace are found in Jefferson township, Miami County, Indiana. Charles was a self employed farmer. Charles and Grace had their first daughter in 1914. They names her Elma Lavaughn (Lee). They remain in roughly the same area in the 1920 Federal Census, Charles, Grace and Lavaughn live in the town of Chili in Richland Township, Miami County, Indiana. Charles’s occupation remains farming

Elizabeth Mae was born in 1923. In the 1930 Federal Census, Charles, Grace and their daughters are living in Waltz, Wabash County, Indiana. Charles list his occupation as Farmer once again in the Federal Census 1930. Graces’ sister, Cora Fouts appears to be living with them. Grace died May 14, 1934 of what was listed on her death Certificate as a Cerebral Hemorrhage. She had been sick for three weeks with influenza .

On November 16, 1939, Charles married Evelyn M Cattin. They are living in Erie, Indiana in the 1940 Federal Census.  Charles and Evelyn had one son, David C Overly born on July 12, 1941. A 1942 registration for the draft for WWII, indicated that Charles and his wife Evelyn were living in Wabash County, Indiana in the township of Lagro.

Forty nine years ago today, Charles Henry died at the age of eighty years old in Logansport, Cass County, Indiana. The following is an obit published in the Kokomo Tribune,

Obituary from Kokomo Tribune – Kokomo, Indiana – Friday, June 20, 1969

Charles H. Overly

Peru — Charles H. Overly, 80, Wabash Route 2, formerly of Miami County died 6:30 a.m. Thursday in a Logansport hospital after a three-year illness.

Born in Marshall County, Aug. 22, 1888, he was the son of Jeremiah G. and Eliza Jane (Ward) Overly. He was married to Grace Fouts, who died in 1934.He was married Nov. 17, 1939 to Evelyn Cattin, who survives.

Other survivors are one son Charles David Overly, Peru; two daughters, Mrs. Cecil Clupper, Wabash, and Mrs. Marion Clark, Peru; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Overly moved from Miami County to Wabash County 30 years ago. He was a retired farmer and former employee of the Wabash County Farm.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of the Eddingfield Mortuary, Wabash, with the Rev. J. C. White officiating. Burial will be in the Chili Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home at any time.
Burial: Chili Community Cemetery – Chili, Miami Co., Indiana

He was buried in family plot in Chili Cemetery.

Chili 4

Rest in peace, Charles Henry!

Love,  Jan

Charles Henry is my second cousin three times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – May 12, 2018- Jules C Densmore


Jules C Densmore was born on November 3, 1928 in Sheridan, Clare County, Michigan. He was the son of John C and Carman Lucille (Williams) Denmore. John C and Carman Densmore had five children; Jules C (1928), Jerome (1930), Joyce (1933), Janice (1935), Ivora (1936).

Jules served in the Army as a Corporal from October 30, 1952 until August 17, 1954 during the in Korean Conflict. Jules married Louise McKim in Michigan. Jules and Louise lived in Bay City in 1958 but by 1959 they had moved to Louisville, Kentucky. He was a machinist for International Harvester . Jules and Louise divorced in 1977. Records indicate that Jules may have married two other times. He married March 10, 1978 to Rose A Roy and the marriage record indicates that she had never married before. Interesting enough there is a divorce record for Mary R Lawson which is dated July 23, 1979 but I was unable to find a marriage record.

There are no records to indicate that he and Louise or any of his other wives had children. They may have but the records would be too recent. On his tombstone it says  “Our Father Friend.”

Twenty years ago, Jules died on June 12 1998 in Louisville, Jefferson County Kentucky. He is buried in a Cave Hill National Cemetery in Louisville Kentucky. He is in Section A, site 156-A.

Cave Hill National Cemetery

Rest in Peace, Jules!

Love Jan

Jules is a second cousin two times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – June 5, 2018 – Jay Morgan Densmore


Jay Morgan was the son of Charles and Mary Morgan (Hayner) Densmore. He was born on Marine City on October 9,1903. Charles and Mary had eleven children; Addie (1890), Normer (1893-1893),Charles Ray (1894), Elizabeth L. (1897), Dorothy(1901), Jay Morgan (1903), John Reynolds (1905), Harry Hayner (1908), Mary Kathryn (1910), Allan Glen (1912), Alvin (1912/1912).

In the 1910 Federal Census, Charles, Mary and their family are living in Cottrellville in rural St Clair county, Michigan. Jay Morgan is six years old.


Charles Densmore Family  about 1915

Standing back row: Jay Morgan, Elizabeth, Charles Ray, Addie, Dorothy

Seated Front row: Mary Katheryn, Mary Morgan Hayner Densmore, Harry Hayner, Charles Densmore holding Allan Glen, John Reynolds.

By the time of the 1920 Federal Census, the Densmore family has moved to nearby Marine City, Michigan.  Morgan, as he is referred to, is no longer in school but is working as a laborer in a foundry. He is sixteen years old.

Jay Morgan married Edna M. Horton on December 24, 1923. Jay Morgan was a glass worker in Detroit at the time he and Edna got married. In the 1930 Federal Census, Jay Morgan and Edna are living in Marine City. Jay is a truck driver for the Grocery Industry. Jay and Edna have a daughter who was born in 1924, her name is Marion Elizabeth Densmore. In 1937, Jay and Edna had a son and he was named Jay Morgan Densmore Jr. Jay Morgan Jr died of pneumonia in 1939 at the age of two.

In the 1940 Federal Census, the family lives in Marine City at 436 Delina Street. Jay is a foreman in a factory. I am unable to find any other information on Jay Morgan until the time of his death.

Thirty seven years ago today, Jay Morgan Densmore died in Marine City, Michigan. He is buried in the Rosehill Cemetery.

Rosehill Cemetery


Tombstone Tuesday – May 22, 2018 – George Edward Hainer

George EdwardHainer

George Edward Hainer was the son of George Alva and Alice (Ryckman) Hainer. He was born in St. Catharines, Ontario on December 19, 1886. George and Alice Hainer had seven children: Donald Andrew( ), Gertrude Maud (1876), Benjamin Oscar (1878), Ethel Blanche (1880), Stella Bell (1882), George Edward (1886), Hannah Cordelia (1895).

In the 1901 Canadian Census, George and his family are living in St Catharines, Ontario. He is 13 years old and attends school. In the 1911 Canadian Census, George is 23 years old and living at home with his parents. He is working as an electrician.


George Edward Hainer married Agnes Marie Douglas on the 31st day of January, 1913. They had three children; Edward Douglas (1914), Alice Maria (1917), Dorothy (1919). In 1919, George Edward and his family left Canada and settled in Flint, Michigan, where George found employment in the Auto Industry as a machinist. They live at 913 Rankin Street in Flint and the same address was listed in the Flint City directory for the same year.  Agnes Marie Hainer died in Flint on January 30, 1920 of Pneumonia, a complication of influenza.

George Edward married Mabel Piper on June 9, 1921 in Niagara, New York. George and Mabel had three daughters; Winnifred, Gertrude, Georgina.

In a 1924 Flint City Directory, George and Mabel are living at 3714 Wesley in Flint and he is still employed with the Auto Industry. I do not find George and Mabel in American or Canadian Census records for 1930 and 1940.

Seventy years ago today, George Edward Hainer died. He was returned to St Catharines where he is buried in Maple Lawn Cemetery, St Catharines, Ontario

Maple Lawn Church

Rest in peace, George Edward!

Love, Jan

George Edward Hainer is my third cousin two times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – May 15, 2018 – Mary J Davis Stranahan

Hiram Mary Stranahan

Mary J Davis was born on August 27, 1846, the daughter of Allen Davis and Mary Ann Hibles. She was born in Michigan according to her death certificate but I do not find her parents in Census records until after she is married to Hiram Stranahan.

She married Hiram Stranahan in 1862 and they lived in Holly Michigan. She was a housewife and Hiram was a farmer according to each of their death certificates. In the 1870 Federal Census, Hiram’s occupation is listed as a “Keeper of a Billards Room” and they have a four year old son named Allen. In the 1880 Census Record, they remain in Holly Michigan. She lists “keeping house” as her occupation and Hiram’s is left blank. In the 1900 Federal Census, they are still in Holly, Michigan where she is keeping house and Hiram is a farmer. Allen has married and is no longer living at their home.


One hundred and twelve years ago today, Mary J. Stranahan died of Pneumonia in Holly Michigan. She was buried at the Lakeside Cemetery in the Stranahan Plot on May 18, 1906.


Rest in Peace, Mary J!

Mary is the wife of a Great Grand Uncle of the husband of my Great Grand Aunt Addie Morgan Stranahan.

Love , Jan




Tombstone Tuesday – May 8, 2018 – Cynthia Belle Carpenter Crites

Thomas Crites Belle Carpenter

Cynthia Belle Carpenter was the daughter of John Mason and Mary Adeline (Lewis) Carpenter. She was born in Landcaster, Kansas on January 29,1870. She is the third of six children born to John and Mary ; Arthur Clement (1853), Frank Clinton (1868), Cynthia Belle (1870), Carrie Bradbury (1872), John Burdette (1878), Albert Cotting (1880)

In the 1880 Federal Census, John, who was a physician, and his wife Mary are found in New Landcaster, Miami County Kansas. They have five of their six children living with them and William Lewis, Mary’s eighteen-year-old brother. In 1882, both of Cynthia’s parents died. She went to live with George Lewis, her Uncle. He was given guardianship of her in 1883 and in Kansas census of 1885, Belle is living with George and Mary Lewis. She remained with them until she married Thomas Crites on May 27, 1891 in Douglas, Kansas.


By the 1900 Federal Census, the Thomas Crites family was living in Russell, Kansas and they have three children. The children are; Aure B. (1893), Athena B. (1896), Castle (1898). By the 1910 Federal Census, they have added another son born in 1902 whose name is Albert. Thomas Crites lists is occupation as a President of a College. They live in Holton, Kansas. In the 1920 Federal Census, Thomas was now a Clergyman for a United Bretheran Church in Toledo City, Iowa. The oldest two children are no longer living at home but Castle, Albert and a six year old Russell are living with their parents.

Eighty eight years ago today, May 8, 1930, Cynthia Belle Carpenter Crites died in Kansas. She is buried with her husband Rev Thomas Crites who had died in 1923. They are buried in Summit Cemetery in Marion County, Kansas.


Rest in peace, Belle!

Love, Jan

Belle is the wife of my third cousin three times removed.


Tombstone Tuesday – May 1, 2018 –


Deborah Hainer/Hayner was the daughter of Henry and Nancy (Schram) Hainer. She was born in 1828 in Grantham, Ontario. Henry and Nancy Hainer had ten children; Hannah (1819), Deborah (1828), Valentine (1828/1829), Benjamin(1830), John Henry (1831), James (1834), Thomas Earl (1836), Robert Wesley (1839), Mary (1841) , Melissa (1845). They lived in Grantham, Louth, Lincoln County,  Ontario.

Deborah Hainer married Charles Seburn on January 28, 1845. Charles and Deborah had six children; Charles Wesley (1846-1850), Henrietta (1847), Laura (1848), Louise (1849), Jane, Cecelia Maria (1852).

In the 1851 Canadian Census, Charles and Deborah are found in Lincoln County, Louth Township. Charles is a farmer. They have three children listed; Henrietta, Laura and an infant who has not been named, it is likely Louise. Matthew Seburn and his wife Hannah Hainer (older sister to Deborah) and their family live next door to Charles and Deborah. Next to the Matthew Seburn family is John Patterson and Nancy (Schram) Hainer Patterson. Henry Hainer died in 1846. Nancy, now his widow, remarried John Patterson. The Hainer children who are underage and still living at home are listed with John and Nancy.

By the 1871 and 1881 Canadian Censuses, the Seburns’ are now listed in Pelham, Monck, Ontario. Charles died in 1884 and Deborah died a six years later.

One hundred and twenty eight years ago, today, May 1, 1890, Deborah Hainer Seburn died. She is buried in Hillside Cemetery in Pelham, Ontario.


Rest in Peace, Deborah!

Love, Jan

Deborah Hainer Seburn is my second Great Grand Aunt, the sister to my 2 times Great Grandfather, Robert Wesley Hainer.