Tombstone Tuesday – January 16, 2017 – Cora May Crites Smith Daly

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Cora May was the daughter of John Henry and Amanda (McGoogan) Crites. She was born on October 22, 1876. In the 1880 Federal Census, John Henry, Amanda(Emma) and Cora are living in Uniondale, Indiana. Cora was four years old. John and Emma Crites had two daughters; Cora May (1876) and Dessie (1886).


Cora Crites about 1880


John, Dessie, Emma and Cora (standing behind) –  taken about the time of Cora’s wedding in 1892.

She married Alvin Smith on December 24, 1892, in Zanesville, Indiana. Cora and Alvin had two daughters who both died in infancy; Edith was born on Sept 8, 1895, and died on September 21, 1895, and Ida May was born on February 20, 1898, and died on March 16, 1898. (I recently learned of these two babies when a cousin sent me family pages from Cora’s Bible. In the 1900 Federal Census, Alvin and Cora were living in Wells County, Indiana.

Everett Alton was born August 16, 1904, and James Fredrick Smith was born on July 23, 1907. In the 1910 Federal Census, Cora and Alvin are living in rural Wells County, next door to his brother, William Smith and his family and five houses from Alvin parent’s, James W and Oella Smith, with their two young sons.


 Fredrick James Smith and Evertt Alton Smith – 1910

In the 1920 Federal Census, Alvin and Cora are living in Burton Michigan, Alvin’s brother, Francis and his son James W are living with them. Alvin and Francis have obtained employment with the newly established “Auto Industry” in Flint. They are sheet metal workers. Cora is a housewife and their sons, Everett and Fred, are growing young men. On January 19, 1925, Alvin suddenly died on the assembly line at work.  It was thought that he had a heart attack.

A forty-nine-year-old widow, Cora Smith married John Daly of Clio Michigan on May 11, 1929. They moved to his home in Clio on Johnson Street and that is where they are found in the 1930 Federal Census.


Seventy-eight years ago, my Great Grandmother, Cora May Crites Smith Daly died on January 16, 1940. She was sixty-three years old. Rest in peace Cora!

Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – January 9, 2017 – William Meeks

William Meeks

William Meeks was the son of George W. and Mary E (Davis) Meek. He was born on December 22, 1875. In the 1880 Federal Census, William is living with his parents and a half-brother, George and a half-sister, Anna and a stepbrother, Jesse Hilt. In the 1900 Federal Census, William is still living at home with his widowed father. He lists his occupation as a salesman. William married Dessie Blanche Crites on March 29, 1901.



Meeks Family about 1910


In the 1910 Federal Census, William is a merchant in a retail store. They live in Uniondale, Wells County, Indiana and have two children; Velma (1904), Paul (1907). The 1920 Federal Census, William, and Dessie are still living in Wells County, Union Township and now have teenage daughter and son.


The 1930 Federal Census, shows William, Dessie and Paul Meeks living on Lincoln Ave in Fort Wayne. William is a meat cutter at a local Grocery. By the 1940 Federal Census, William and Dessie live in the 6th Ward of Fort Wayne, Indiana. They have their daughter, Velma Lucille and two grandchildren living with them; Janice (1926), Jean (1927).

Seventy-four years ago today on January 9,1944, William Meeks died.

William MeeksDeath Cert

He was buried in Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Indiana on January 12, 1944. William was my 1X Great Grand Uncle. Rest in Peace, William!

Love Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – January 2, 2018 – Charles Ray Bowersock


Charles Ray was the son of Andrew and Malinda (Canon) Bowersock born on May 12, 1885 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Andrew and Melinda Bowersock had five children; Rilla (1876), Bertha (1880), Charles Ray (1885), Rosco (1892), Vesta (1898). In the 1900 Federal Census, Charles is a fifteen-year-old boy living with his family and doing farm labor.

Charles Ray Bowersock married Ada Voltz on August 29, 1906, in Allen County, Indiana. By the 1910 Federal Census, Charles and Ada are living in Lafayette Center, Indiana and his occupation is listed as Farmer. Charles Ray registered for the WWI Draft on September 12, 1918. He and Ada live in Lafayette Center, Indiana. He describes himself as medium height, stout build with brown eyes and black hair. He also states that he is missing a finger on his right hand.

By the 1920 Federal Census, Charles Ray and Ada are now listed as living in Fort Wayne Ward 6 and Charles is a Grain dealer. They have a son, Gale Andrew who was born in 1912. They have a boarder living with them, Russell Nonemaker. In the 1930 federal Census, Charles and Ada are living on Lafayette Center Road, Lafayette Center, Allen County, Indiana with their son.

In the 1940 Federal Census, Charles and Ada have their son’s family living with them; Gale, Donnabella, Arnold, Eldon, Louella, Wilma. Charles lists his occupation as Farming. In his 1942 WWII draft registration, Charles states that they live in Lafayette Center, Indiana but his mailing address is in Yoder, Indiana. He is employed by the Indiana Feed Store located in Fort Wayne.

Charles Ray Bowersock died fifty-six years ago today after being involved in an auto accident on New Years Day.

Charles Ray Bowersock

Charles is buried in Prairie Grove Cemetery in Fort Wayne Indiana.


Charles Ray was the brother-in-law of my first cousin 1X removed. Vesta Bowersock, Charles’s sister married my cousin, Oscar Jackson.

Rest in peace, Charles Ray.

Love, Jan


Tombstone Tuesday – December 26, 2017 – John Best

John Best

John Best was the son of Frederick and Elizabeth (Trowbridge) Best. He was born on December 21, 1831, in Bayham, Ontario. Frederick and Elizabeth Best had ten children; John (1831), Dorothy Ann (1833), William Henry(1837), Catherine Matilda (1838), Martha (1840), Casper (1842), Frederick Augusta (1844), Mary Elizabeth (1845), Sarah Jane (1847), Murphy Hardy (1851). In the 1851 Census, John is living in Bayham, Elgin County, Ontario with his parents. He is a twenty-one-year-old laborer.

John married Isabelle Crosset sometime before 1859 when their first son was born. I am unable to find the marriage record.

In the 1861 Census, John and Isabella have one son, George (1859) and they are living next to Isabella’s parents and John’s mother, Elizabeth who appears to be a widow.  John lists his occupation as farmer. In the 1871 Census, they have three children; George F, Sarah(1863), and Frances(1866). In the 1881 Ontario Census, John and Isabella have five children living in their household; George F., Sarah Elizabeth, Francis, Florence (1877), Phebe (1879).  In the 1901 Ontario Census, John is a widower and living with his daughter, Sarah and her husband, James Huffman in Elgin, Ontario.

One hundred and twelve years ago, John died on December 26, 1905, at the age of seventy-four of heart failure in Oxford, Ontario. He is buried in Best Cemetery in Elgin County, Ontario.


John Best is my first cousin 5X removed.

Rest in peace, John,

Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – December 19, 2017 – Aaron Patterson


Some believe that Aaron Patterson was born in Ireland and others state that he was born in Cumberland County, New Jersey on January 14, 1762. There is no documented proof for either of these theories. Aaron was married five times. His first wife was Mary Boone of New Jersey. They married in 1787 and had nine children before Mary died in 1806.  Their children were; John, William, Uriah, Aaron, Obadiah, Jesse, Rachel, Hannah, Mary. Aaron purchased 450 acres of land in Cumberland County, New Jersey. In the 1800 Census, Aaron is living in Cumberland County and pays his taxes in 1803. Aaron sells his land in 1805 or 1806 and relocates to Elk Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Mary dies either just before or just after the move to Pennsylvania.

By 1808, Aaron has moved to Ohio. He is listed as one of the earliest settlers in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. On October 20, 1811,  he married the widow of John Robart, Amelia (Millie) English Robart. Amelia has seven children from her first marriage who are all underage bringing the total children living in this household to sixteen. John and Amelia’s children were; Rachel(1799), Hannah(1801), Phebe(1804), James English(1804), John(1806), Jesse William(1807), Amelia(1807). Amelia English Robart Patterson died in April of 1823. I have not determined that Aaron and Amelia had any children of their own.

After Amelia died,  Aaron marries his third wife, Catherine in 1827. In 1833, Aaron marries his fourth wife Elizabeth Ruby. Aaron marries his fifth wife Margaret Sleater on September 6, 1837.

Aaron Patterson died on December 19, 1842 and was buried in Dundee Wayne Cemetery in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.DundeeCemetery1

Aaron Patterson is the second husband of my 5X Great Grandmother, Amelia (Millie) English Robart Patterson.

Rest in Peace, Aaron!

Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – December 12, 2017 – David Overley


David Overly was the son of Thomas and Emeline Overly born on September 6, 1854. Thomas and Emeline had eleven children: Daniel (1836), Martin(1837), Isaac(1838), Matilda(1839), Mary Ann(1842), Samuel(1844), Thomas(1846), Didimus, David(1854), William(1858), George(1860). David and all of his older siblings were born in Ohio according to an early 1860 and 1870 census. Yet the death certificate states that he was born in Indiana. The two younger brothers were born in Nine Mile, Indiana.

David married Elizabeth Rowe on November 30, 1873 in Elkhart, Indiana.  David and Elizabeth had ten children between 1873 and 1896 when she died. They were; Fannie(1877), Harriet (1878), William (1879) , Martin(1881), Emma (1883), Clara (1886) Roy(1890), Ada(1893), Grace(1894), Zella (1896).

David and Elizabeth are found in Sand Lake, in Kent County, Michigan in the 1880 Federal Census with the first three children. He is 26 years old and lists his occupation as laborer and that he was employed for 10 months. The census record states that he was born in Indiana. In the 1894 and 1901 Kent County marriage records for Harriet and William Overly,  two of the older children, the records indicate that their mothers’ names was Elizabeth Rowe. Elizabeth Rowe Overly died on October 21, 1896, three days after the birth of her tenth child, Zella.

David married Elizabeth (Ball) Hency in Spencer, Kent County, Michigan on November 7, 1897 and she had two daughters from her previous marriage; Elsie and Ada Hency. In the 1900 Federal Census, David and his second wife, Elizabeth, have six daughters living with them, Emma, Clara, and Ada are Elizabeth Rowe’s daughters and Clara and Elsie Hency are Elizabeth Ball Hancy’s daughters and Fern is the one-year-old daughter of David and his second wife.  David lists his occupation as a farmer. The 1910 Federal Census states that this marriage is the second marriage for both David and Elizabeth. The children listed are Elsie Hency, Ada Hency, Fern Overly, Zelma Overly. In the 1920 Federal Census, David and Elizabeth are found in Berrien Springs, Berrien County, Michigan.


David A Overley died on December 12, 1927 according to his death Certificate. His death was listed as a Cerebral Hemorrhage. He is buried in East Nelson Cemetery near Sand Lake, Michigan on December 14, 1927.


This is the original Overley Tombstone where his first wife, Elizabeth, and three children are buried. The East Nelson Cemetery is also known as Cedar Springs is located in Kent County, Michigan.

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David Overly/ Overley is my first cousin 4X removed. This was a challenging research project in light of the fact that David married two women named Elizabeth and on the marriage licenses for his children three surnames, two maiden names and one married name were used making it look like he had married three Elizabeths’.  And somewhere along the way, the Overly spelling was changed from Overly to Overley.

Rest in peace. David.

Love Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – December 5, 2017 – Glenn E Goshorn


Glenn Estel Goshorn was born on June 30, 1912 in Antwerp, Ohio the son of Clyde and Ada (Crawford) Goshorn. Glenn married Beryl F Wilson on March 4, 1933, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They had two children; Beryl Stella (1933) and James W(1935). By the 1940 Federal Census, Glenn and Beryl are divorced and she is living with the two children with her mother, Abbie Wilson.

In the 1939 Fort Wayne Directory, I find Glenn E. Goshorn and Melba (Jackson) Goshorn listed. Glenn’s occupation is listed as Insurance Agent in 1939 and Melba is a housewife. There is a birth record for June 25, 1937, for Glenn and Melba’s first daughter Sandra Lee Goshorn. They had four daughters; Sandra(1937), Barbara, Catherine, Cynthia.

In the 1942 Fort Wayne directory, Glenn lists his occupation as a lathe operator for General Electric. From the remaining directories that I find, it appears that he was a factory worker for the remainder of his career.

Melba died on June 10, 1981. Glenn married Evelyn Zella Northrup on January 31, 1987.

Glenn E Goshorn died twenty years ago today at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on December 5, 1997. It states on the death certificate that he was widowed. Evelyn must have died. Glenn Goshorn-DeathCertGlenn is buried in Covington Memorial Gardens in Fort Wayne, Indiana with Melba. Covington

Rest in Peace, Glenn


Love, Jan