Monthly Archives: October 2017

Tombstone Tuesday – October 24, 2017 – Ferris Valentine


Ferris Valentine was born on June 22, 1891 to James D. and Sarah A. (Schuyler) in Madison County Indiana as the family Bible states though many family trees and other resources state it was Jun 22, 1890. James and Sarah had ten children; Otis A (1871), Esta (1873), Christena (1876), Iona (1878-1880), Kathryn (1881), Dane ((1885), Earl ( 1886), Infant Son (1889-1889), Ferris (1890 or 1891), Gretta (1894).

James Valentine Family

James and Sarah Valentine and their children

Front row seated L to R: Otis Valentine, James Valentine, Sarah Ann Schuyler, Esta Valentine Smith

Back row standing L to R: Kathryn Valentine Wise, Dane Valentine Adams, Ferris Valentine, Earl Valentine, Christena Valentine Wiseman, Gretta Wise

(Thanks to Bobbie Valentine who shared this wonderful family picture on

In the 1900 Federal Census, Ferris is 9 years old and living with his parents in Green Township, Madison County, Indiana with five siblings, Otis, Kate, Dane, Earl and Gretta. In the 1910 Federal Census, Ferris and Gretta are the two remaining children living with James and Sarah. Ferris married Rosella Gertrude Flowers on September 23, 1911 in Madison County, Indiana. In a 1916 Directory for Anderson Indiana, Ferris and his wife Rosa are listed in Green Township. On Ferris’s 1917 Draft registration for WWI, he list his address as; R. R. #40, Pendleton, Indiana and his birthday is June 22, 1890. He is married and the sole provider for his wife. Her name is not listed. He is of medium height and build with blue eyes and brown hair, not bald or disabled. His draft registration was June 5, 1917.

By the 1920 Federal Census, Ferris and Rosella have one son; (Melvin) Carroll who is age two. Ferris lists farming as his occupation. He lives next door to his father and mother; James and Sarah Valentine. In the 1930 Federal Census, Ferris is listed with his wife, Rosa and a 12 year old Son (Melvin) Carroll. They still live in Green Township, Madison County, Indiana. In 1935 Directory for Pendleton, Indiana, Ferris and Rosa are listed in Lapel, R 1, Green Township. In all of the directories thru 1943, they are listed at the same address. On Ferri’ss World War II registration, his occupation is listed as Self-employed Farmer who resides with his wife, Rosa Valentine, in Lapel at R.R. # 1, Green Township, Madison County, Indiana.

Ferris’s Obit taken from Anderson Daily Bulletin, 25 Oct 1958 on pg. 3 :


PENDLETON – Ferris Valentine, 68, RR 1, Lapel, died Friday morning at his farm home southeast of Lapel. Valentine was born in Madison County on June 22, 1890, and was the son of James and Sarah Schuyler Valentine. He had spent his entire life in this vicinity.

Surviving are: the widow, Rose G. Flowers Valentine; a son, Carroll, RR 1, Lapel; three grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Dana Adams, RR 1, Pendleton, and Mrs. Christine Wiseman, Lapel.

The body was taken to the Cornell Bright Funeral Home here where friends are being received.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with burial in the Grove Lawn Cemetery at Pendleton.

Ferris Valentine is buried in Grove Lawn Cemetery in Pendleton, Indiana.

(Obit found on

Grove Lawn Cemetery

Rest in Peace, Ferris!

Love Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – October 17, 2017 – Arthur Albert Smith



Arthur Albert Smith as a young man.

Arthur Albert Smith was the son of Solomon and Bertha(Close) Smith He was born in Saginaw Michigan on August 2, 1873. Solomon and Bertha Smith had eight children; Jimmie (1871-1879), Arthur Albert (1873), Mauree (1876-1879), Lucy (1876-1879), Frank (1882), Herbert (1889), Berton (1891), Fern Dale (1894).

Arthur married Margaret McDonald in Caro, Michigan on December 12. 1895. They lived in Reese, Michigan.  Arthur and Margaret Smith had 14 children; Myrtle (1896), Berta (1898), Edith (1900), Albert (1901),Charles (1903), Berton (1905), Earl (1908), Harold (1910), John (1911), Roy (1914), Raymond (1916), Francis (1920), Clifford (1921), Robert (1924).

MargaretSmith Family Photo1944

This was taken seven years after Arthur Albert’s death – 1944

At the time of the 1900 Federal Census, Arthur and Maggie live in Denmark, Tuscola County, Michigan with three daughters, Myrtle, Bertha and Edyth. In the 1910 Federal Census they lived in Reese with eight of their fourteen children. In September of 1918, Arthur registered for the WW1 draft.  At that time his address is listed as F.R. D. 4, Reese, Michigan.  His declares his occupation to be a Farmer. Albert and Margaret lived on the Reese Michigan farm at the time of the 1920 Federal Census. They have had all fourteen of their children by this time. In the 1930 Federal Census, the family has moved to Royal Oak Michigan. Arthur’s occupation was listed as Labor.

Arthur Albert Smith died on October 17, 1937 at St Joseph’s Hospital after suffering a heart attack. He is buried with his wife at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery in Troy Michigan in Section 12853, Spaces 4 and 5, Block K.


Rest in peace Arthur Albert!

Love, Jan



Tombstone Tuesday – October 10, 2017 – James O’Malley


James O’Malley was the son of Anthony and Isabel (Cameron) O’Malley. He was born on July 26, 1874 in Melvin, Michigan.  Anthony and Isabel had eight children; William(1867), Mary (1868), Charles (1869), John Robert (1871), James (1874), Peter (1875), Anthony (1877), Margaret Ellen(1879). In the 1880 Federal Census, Anthony, Isabel and the children were living in Speaker, Sanilac County, Michigan.

In the 1900 Federal Census, James is a single man who is 25 years of age. He is living at the home of his parents and is a farm laborer. The residence is in Maple Valley Township, Sanilac County, Michigan.  Seven years later James married Margaret Callahan in Brown City, Michigan on June 11, 1907. Their residence at the time of their marriage was Maple Valley Township near Brown City, Michigan.  In the 1910 Federal Census, James and Margaret have moved to Flint and now live on Maple Street. James is employed as an auto worker. They have a one and a half year old daughter , Mary O’Malley. Margaret Callahan is living with them.  She is 68 years old and is listed as Mother-in-law in the census record. In the 1920 Federal Census, James, Margaret and the family still live in Flint but now are on Mabel Avenue. They have four children; Mary(1909), Marguerite(1911), Helen(1914) and John(1916) living with them and Margaret’s mother, Margaret Callahan who is now 78 years old. James is self employed as a contractor who does dredging.

James O’Malley, died in Hurley Hospital on October 10, 1928 at the age of 54 years old. He is buried in the Old Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Flint on October 12, 1928.


Rest in peace,  James!

Love, Jan



Tombstone Tuesday – October 3, 2017 – Sarah Hainer Tinline



Sarah Hainer was born on November 22, 1801, the daughter of Richard and Hannah (Vollick) Hainer.

Richard (also known as Derrick) and Hannah Hainer had 9 children; Catharine(1783), Dorothy(1784), Cornelia(1790), Chloe(1792), Elizabeth(1792), Mary(1795), Eve (1798), Margaret(1800), Sarah(1801).

Sarah married John Tinline in 1823. John and Sarah had eight children; James Augusta (1823), Hannah Catharine( 1825), Cornelia (1827), William Hamilton (1829), Margaret Ann (1832), Sarah Jane (1834), Matilda (1837), Mary Louise (1841).

One hundred and fifty one years ago today,  Sarah died on October 3, 1866 at the age of 64 years, 10 months and 9 days. Church records indicated that her death was the result of a fall. She is buried in the Schram-Tinline Cemetery in Louth Township, Lincoln County, Ontario.




Thanks to William Cooke for the photos and information about the Schram- Tinline Cemetery.


Rest in Peace, Sarah,

Jan Smith