Monthly Archives: September 2017

Tombstone Tuesday – September 26, 2017- Pearl E Crites Taylor

Pearl E Crites Taylor

Pearl E Crites was the daughter of William and Mary Ann (Forney) Crites who was born on July 14, 1875 in New Philadelphia, Ohio. William and Mary Ann had ten children; Daniel(1864), Joseph (1865), Jesse (1867), Emanual (1869), Viola (1872), Willas (1873), Pearl (1875), Ellsworth (1877), Alpha(1879), Ruby(1882-1894).

In the 1880 Federal Census, William and Mary Ann are living in Dover, Ohio with eight of their ten children. Willas died when he was an infant of 10 months in 1874.  In the 1900 Federal Census, the William Crites family has one son, Alpha and one daughter, Pearl,  who remain at home.

Pearl E Crites married Charles Taylor on May 28,1903 in Dover, Ohio.  By the 1910 Federal Census, Charles and Pearl Taylor have moved to Rock Creek, Huntington County, Indiana. They have a nephew living with them whose name was Ralph Folk. He is the son of Viola Crites Folk who passed away in 1904 shortly after Ralph’s birth.  In the 1930 Federal Census , Charles and Pearl are living in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana.

Pearl E Taylor died in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana at the age of 74 of cancer on September 26, 1949.

PearlECritesTaylor- deathcert

Pearl and Charles did not appear to have children of their own but they raised a nephew, Ralph Folk for a time after her sister Viola’s death and a foster daughter who is listed in her Obit.  Her name is Lucille Noblit of Lafayette, Indiana.

She is buried in Spring Vale Cemetery in Lafayette, Indiana.


Rest in Peace, Pearl!

Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – September 19, 2017- Robert F Hood


Robert F Hood was the son of John and Hannah (Tickner) Hood born in England on March 22, 1831. John and Hannah had eight children when they arrived in New York Harbor on November 7, 1848 sailing on the ship Devonshire. The children are; George (1825), Hannah (1827), Robert F (1831), John (1832), Joseph (1835), Ellen (1837), Mariah (1839), Alfred (1841).

In the 1850 Federal Census, Robert is working as an apprentice Wagon Maker for Eli Brown in Allen County, Indiana.  Eli Brown has several other young men working with him, another apprentice Wagon Maker and a Blacksmith. Eli Brown is originally from England.

By the 1860 Census, Robert is now living in the Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana. He has moved west. He is a Master Wagon Maker. He is now boarding with the Levi Myers Family.  Levi Myers is a Master Blacksmith.

On March 22, 1861, Robert married Sarah Elizabeth Smith in Allen County, Indiana. The 1870 Federal Census, shows that Robert and Sarah live in Columbia City. He is a Master Wagon Maker and they have two son; Robert F Hood (1862), John Wm (1869). Sarah Elizabeth Hood died on January 13, 1875 at the age of 39 years old. On January 12, 1876, Robert married Mary Jane Hilderbrand. Mary Jane died some time after the 1880 Federal Census when she is listed with Robert and his sons and before Robert’s third marriage to Mollie Catey on April 8, 1884 in Kosciusko, Indiana.

The following is is a Bio found on Findagrave for Robert Hood.

An excerpt from the biography of his son, Robert F. Hood:

In 1858 Robert Hood came to Columbia City and opened a wagon shop and either as proprietor or journeyman, was engaged in this business for forty-five consecutive years. He is remembered, however, not solely as a mechanic, but because of his superiority as a singer, being gifted with an unusually rich bass voice, whose natural timbre had received careful cultivation. For thirty years he was leader of the Lutheran church choir, which his efforts had brought to a condition of efficiency, the tones of his own voice affording a peculiar pleasure to lovers of sacred music. 

Born in London, he came to the United States at the age of eighteen and was married at Fort Wayne to Sarah Smith, who died in her thirty-ninth year. After a third marriage he went to Chicago in 1903, to live with his son, J. W. Hood, superintendent of the Reagan Printing Company and who acquired reputation as a skilled workman.”

History of Whitley County, Indiana
Samuel P. Kaler, R. H. Maring; pub. 1907 


While preparing for this blog today I came across this photo which was publicly shared on, by Bobbie Valentine. It is of Uncle Bob Hood and Alfred who is holding the guitar. The man on the left looks so much like Robert that he has to be a sibling. I have sent a message to Bobbie and I am hoping that she can clear this up for me.


Robert F Hood died one hundred and three years ago today on September 19, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois at the home of his son, J. W. Hood. Robert Hood was buried next to Sarah Elizabeth in Greenhill Cemetery in Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana.

Greenhill Cemetery

Rest in Peace,  Robert!


Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – September 12, 2017- Johann (John) George Kintner

Johann George Kintner

John was a son of George Kintner (c.1744-1809) and Mary Susannah Lamb (c.1745-1828) born on May 9,1770 in Pennsylvaina. George and Susannah Kintner had fourteen children; George (1761), Elizabeth(1763), Andrew(1767), John(1770), Maria Catherine(1772), Mary Susannah (1772) Christina(1774), Jacob(1778), Barbara(1782), Christian(1784), Sarah(1786), Mary Elizabeth(1788), Abraham, Mary Magdalena.

John married Margaret McLoghlin (1776-1852) in 1796 in Pennsylvania. They had ten identified children; George(1794), John(1799), Henry(1801), Andrew(1804), Adam(1808), Sarah(1810), Catherine(1812), Hannah(1814), Susan(1818), Margaret (1819). John and Margaret lived in Pennsylvania until after the 1820 Federal Census.  They left and relocated to Harrison County, Indiana.

John died one hundred and ninety four years ago today,  on September 12, 1823 in Valley City, Harrison County, Indiana. He is buried in the Windell Cemetery #2.


Windell Cemetery-2

Rest in Peace, John!

Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – September 5, 2017 – Isabelle Crossett Best


Isabelle Crossett was the daughter of John and Sarah (Foster) Crossett. She was born in Bayham Township, Elgin County, Ontario in 1837. John and Sarah Crossett had five children; Jane (1829), Joseph (1830), Benjamin (1831), Phebe (1832), Isabelle (1837), Hannah (1839). In the 1851 Canadian Census they are found living in near Corinth, Bayham Township, Elgin County, Ontario.

Isabelle married John Best on May 31, 1857. They settled in Corinth, Ontario in Bayham township where in the 1861 Canadian Census they are found with two sons; Fredrick A. (1858) and George Franklin (1860). Fredrick Best died on March 4, 1864 and is buried in the Best Cemetery with the rest of the family members. By the time of 1871 Canadian Census, they have added three daughters; Sarah Elizabeth (1863), Francis W. (1865), Martha (1868) who was born on November 11, but died on July 12, 1869. Her presence was never recorded in a Census. She is buried in the family plot of the Best Cemetery.

By the 1881 Canadian Census, John and Isabelle have five children listed living with them; George Franklin, Sarah Elizabeth, Francis W. , Florence (1876) and Phoebe Alice Maud (1879). By the 1891 Canadian Census, the two youngest daughter still remain at home; Florence and Phoebe (Alice).

Isabelle Best died on September 5, 1898 at the age of 61 of dehydration possibly from a influenza or diarrhea. On the death certificate, the cause of death was listed as diarrhea. She is buried in the Best Cemetery in Corinth in the family plot along side two of her children. Isabelle, Martha and Fredrick are all listed on the same stone. This stone is unfortunately laying down on it’s side according to the Canadian Cemetery Project.


Original stone for Isabelle, Fredrick and Martha Best at the Best Cemetery.


Rest in peace, Isabelle!

Love, Jan