Monthly Archives: June 2017

Tombstone Tuesday – June 27, 2017 – Margaret Hainer Schram


Margaret Hainer was born in 1800 to Richard (aka Derek) Hainer and Hannah (aka Annejie) Vollick in Louth township in the Niagara area of Ontario. Richard and Hannah had nine daughters ; Dorothy(1784), Mary (1785), Catherine (1785), Cornelia (1790), Elizabeth (1794), Eve, Margaret (1800), Sarah (1801), Chloe (1792).

She married John Frederick Schram. He was known as Fredrick or Mountian Schram. They lived above the Niagara escarpment in Pelham Township where Frederick was a farmer. Frederick had a cousin who was also named Frederick who lived in Louth Township, He was known as “Monney”(or Little Man). That Fredrerick Schram was married to Margaret’s sister Cornelia.

According to Ontario Marriage records, Frederick and Margaret Schram had three children; John Frederick(1849), Hannah E. (1851), Sarah Margaret (1852). They remained in Pelham township.  In the 1851 Agricultural Census, I find Frederick listed in Pelham Township but I do not find the family listed in the 1851 Ontario General Census. In the 1861 Ontario Census, John and Margaret, have a seventeen year old, Mary M Dell living with them. In the 1871 Ontario Census, John Frederick is listed as a widower.


Margaret Hainer Schram died on June 27, 1864, she was 65 years old. Church records indicate that she died of a heart attack but misstated her age as 54. She is buried in Rockway Cemetery in the Schram Plot with her husband and his family.

Rockway Cemetery

Rest in Peace, Margaret.

Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – June 20, 2017 – Dorothy Ann Morgan Hayner


Dorothy Ann Morgan was the daughter of David Morgan and Charlotte Fox born on November 22, 1841 in Louth, Lincoln, Ontario. David and Charlotte had three children; Susan(1838), Dorothy Ann(1841), Charlotte(1845).


She married Robert Wesley Hayner in Canada on Dec 30, 1862. Their first daughter, Addie Jane Hayner, was born on December 19, 1963 in Canada. Mary Morgan Hayner was their second daughter and she was born in Port Hope, Michigan on October 21, 1871. She survived her husband by 34 years. Robert Wesley died in 1896 in a farming accident.

After the death of her husband Dorothy went to live with daughter Addie Jane Morgan Stranahan and her husband John. She was recorded with them in both the 1900 and 1910 Federal Census. They lived in Detroit on 28 Palliters Ave. In the 1920 Census, she was living with Mary Morgan Densmore and her husband Charles in Marine City, Michigan. Dorothy Ann Hayner married William Skilling on March 10 1920. She moved to Yale and lived the remainder of her life there. She died on June 20, 1930 and was buried in Rosehill Cemetery next to her first husband, Robert Wesley Hayner.


She died on June 20, 1930 and was buried in Rosehill Cemetery next to her first husband, Robert Wesley Hayner.

RoseHill Cemetery-1

Rest in peace, Dorothy!

Love, Jan



Tombstone Tuesday – June 13, 2017 – Marian Adele Hayner Guether

Marian Adele Hayner Guenther-2

Marian was the daughter of Paul and Helen (Wilton) Hayner. She was born on August 16, 1917 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the 1920 Census, Marian is living with her mother and father in the West Allis Ward 3 of Milwaukee. Helen Hayner died on October 8, 1920 when Marian was just three years old. Paul remarried Ethel Rose Cook. By the 1930 Census, Marian is living with her father and stepmother, Ethel. Her father, Paul, was a police officer.

Marian Adele Hayner Guenther

Marian’s school picture from her senior year at West Allis High School in 1935. She married Paul Guenther who was from LaPorte Indiana. He attended college at the University of Wisconsin. I do not find a marriage record for them but they were likely married on Wisconsin. Paul and Marian had two daughters; Helen and Donna. They moved to Lakewood, Ohio, near Cleveland, where Paul was a mathematics professor at Case Western University.

Marian died on June 6, 1991. She is buried in Lakewood Park Cemetery next to her husband who died seventeen years earlier on April 29, 1974.

Lakewood Park Cemetery

Rest in Peace, Marian!

Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – June 6, 2017 – George Elmer Densmore

George Elmer was born on December 12, 1861 in Michigan to John C. Jr. and his wife, Sarah Louise Reynolds Densmore. John and Sarah Densmore had ten children; Elizabeth M. (1857), William A. (1859), George E. (1861), Alice V. (1863), Charles S. (1864), Effee Matilda (1867), Nomer A. (1869), Delbert D. (1871), Worthy L. (1873), Harvey R. ( 1882). William and Elizabeth were born in Canada and the remaining children were born in Michigan. In the 1870 Federal Census, George is 9 years old. The Densmore family is living in Marine City, Michigan. In the 1880 Federal Census, George is 18 years old. He is still living at home. He has completed school and is employed as a sailor.

George married Jennie (Janet) McNabb on May 14, 1890, according to a Machinaw County Marriage record. Delbert D Densmore and Kate McNabb witnessed the marriage which took place in St Ignace, Michigan.  George and Janet had five children. According to the 1900 Federal Census, three who are living and one who has died, a son who died at 4 months old.  In the 1910 Federal Census, there were four children listed ; Katherine Louise (1891), Donald M. (1892), Janet (1896), Georgia (1905).  The family lives in St Ignace, Michigan where George is employed as a Marine Engineer. In the 1920 Federal Census, three of the children remain at home. Donald is 27 years old and his occupation is listed as truck farmer. Janet is 23 years old and she works in a dry goods store as a sales clerk. Georgia is attending school. In the 1930 Federal Census, Janet (age 33) and Donald (age 37) still live at home. Donald is a carpenter and Janet is a bookkeeper. George at the age of 68 appears to still be working as a Marine Engineer. By the 1940 Federal Census, George is living his his daughter, Georgia, and her family at the age of 79 years. He is listed as a widower but I have found Jennie’s death information which indicates that she did not die until 1943. I do not find Jennie in the 1940 Federal Census.

George Elmer died on the 6 of June, 1942 in Saint Ignace, Michigan. His Grandparents are listed as his parents on his death certificate. His parents are listed correctly on his Social Security file and his marriage certificate. This is an obit that I found shared on

Lakes Engineer Dies

Monday, June 8, 1942

Ironwood, Michigan – Daily Globe Newspaper

St. Ignace, Mich. — Funeral services were held Monday for George Densmore, 80, old-time Marine engineer who was the last survivor of the crew which brought the original railway ferry ice-crusher “St. Ignace” from Detroit to the Straits of Mackinac in 1888.  He died at his home here Saturday.”

LakeSide- MachinawCounty-2

He is buried in Lakeside Cemetery in St Ignace, Michigan. Rest in peace, George!

Love, Jan

Note: I will stop and find this cemetery someday and post George’s Grave stone picture when I get it.