Monthly Archives: November 2017

Tombstone Tuesday – November 28, 2017 – Emanuel C Crites

Emanuel Crites -2

Emanuel Crites was the son of William and Mary Ann (Forney) Crites born in Dover, Ohio on November 12, 1868. William and Mary Ann Cites had ten children; Daniel (1864), Joseph(1856), Jesse(1867), Emanual (1870), Viola (1872), Willas (1873- 1874), Pearl (1875),Ellsworth (1877), Alpha (1879), Ruby (1882).

In the 1880 Federal Census, Emanuel is listed as an eleven-year-old son living with William and Mary. He attends school and assists on the farm. Emanuel married Mary Ann Klein on March 24, 1895, in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. In the 1900 Federal Census, Emanual and Mary have two daughters; Leleah is four and Lurtha is two years old. Emanuel lists his occupations as a teamster in the 1990 Census. By the time of the 1910 Federal Census, Emanuel has gone back to farming. In the 1920 Federal Census, Emanuel is a working in a Sheet Mill as a laborer. They now have three daughters; Lelah (1896), Lurtha May (1897), Ethel Marie (1910). They also have two people living with them as boarders. John Kannan is a roller in the Sheet Mill. Catherine Ripple is 44 and has no employment. By the 1930 Federal Census, Emanuel is working in a Limber Company as a Laborer. He is 61 years old. Ethel Marie is nineteen years old and is working in a Dry Cleaners as a presser. At the age of 69, Emanuel in the 1940 Federal Census, has two of his daughters and their husbands living with them. They are Elmer and Lutha McClafferty and Marion and Ethel Weymouth. Emanuel is no longer working. Both  Lutha and Ethel are working in the Dry Cleaning plant. Elmer is a fireman at a Chemical Plant and Marion is an Electrician who owns his own business.

Emanuel C. Crites died on November 28, 1949, sixty-eight years ago today. His final resting place is Dover Burial Park in Dover, Ohio.


Emanuel is my first cousin 4X removed. Rest in Peace, Emanuel!

Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – November 21, 2017 – Oella Denney Smith


Oella Denney was the daughter of Walter Denney and Mary Nancy Young born in Brooke, Virginia on May 12, 1845. Walter and Mary (Young) Denney had seven children; Jane Elizabeth (1843), Oella (1845), Rolandis (1848), Francis(1850), Mary Agnes(1852), Clara Virginia(1855), Walter(1859). All of the Children except Walter were born in Brooke, Virginia, he was born in Allen County, Indiana.

Oella Denney married James W Smith on Mar 18, 1869. They had six children; William Frampton (1869), Alvin Oliver (1873), Della (1874), Dora Belle (1876), Etta Clare (1882), Francis Willard (1887).

In the 1870 Federal Census, a newly married James and Oella are living near James’s mother, Susan(Susannah Overly) Smith, in Lafayette Township, Allen County, Indiana. She is a widow with several young children. James and Oella have James’ brother Charles living with them and their own five-month-old son William. In the 1880 Census, Oella and James live in Union Township, Wells County, Indiana and by now they have four children; William, Alvin, Della, and Dora. Oella and James are living in Zanesville during the 1900 Federal Census. They have three children remaining at home. James W lists farming as his occupations and so does a twenty-eight-year-old William Frampton and a twelve-year-old,  Francis. Etta Clare who is eighteen-years-old lives with them also. In the 1910 Federal Census, Oella and James are in Union Township, Wells County, Indiana alone but near their son’s Alvin and William and their families.

James W Smith Family

This photo is of the James W. and Oella Denney Smith family taken likely between 1908 and 1909 based on the people in this photo and the children not yet born.

Row one children seated: James Frank Wert, Lulu Etta Wert, Alvin Sparks, Everett Smith, Virgil Sparks, Talmage Sparks, Nora Sparks, a sister of Arena May Straley Smith.

Row Two Adults and Children Seated: Ruth Jackson, Dora Belle Smith Jackson, Cora Crites Smith holding Frederick James Smith, James W Smith, Oella Smith, Dessie Heckman Smith holding Virgil Smith.

Row three Standing: William H. Jackson, Alvin Smith, William Sparks, Della Smith Sparks, Oscar Jackson standing in from of Della, Homer Wert, William Frampton Smith, Francis Smith and Arena May Straley Smith.

I have wondered if this was the baptism of Federick James Smith but I can not be certain. His family is the owner of the original photo.

Ninety-two years ago, Oella died at the age of 80 years old. Oella is my 2 times Great Grandmother. She is buried in the Uniontown Cemetery next to her husband James W. Smith according to her Death Certificate. There is no tombstone to be found.


Rest in peace, Oella!


Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – November 14, 2017- Rosemary Isabel Forbes Kerry


Rosemary Isabel Forbes was born on October 27, 1913, to James Grant Forbes and Margaret Tyndal Winthrop in Paris, France. James and Margaret Forbes had eleven children; James Grant Jr. (1906), John W. (1908), Griselda (1910), Angela (1912), Rosemary Isabel (1913), Eileen (1916), Monica (1916), Alastair (1918) , Ian (1920), Iris (1922), Fiona(1924). The first three children were born in America and the remaining children were born in France at the Forbes Estate just outside of Paris.

Rosemary lived in Boston and as a young adult, she sailed frequently across the Atlantic to visit her parents in Paris France, sailing in and out of Liverpool, England or Lisbon,  Portugal. She was a nurse for the Red Cross during in WWII and later a Social Activist.

Rosemary married Richard John Kerry in Montgomery, Alabama on February 8, 1941, but a newspaper clipping from England indicated that she quietly married Richard Kerry at the Winthrop Estate in Luray, South Carolina. She met Richard when he took a sculpture class at the resort of Saint-Briac, where the Forbes had built their family estate. They settled in Boston,  Massachusetts, where they had four children; Margaret (Peggy, 1941), John (1943), Diana (1947), Cameron (1950).

Rosemary died on November 14, 2002, in Manchester, Massachusetts. Rosemary was cremated at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge Massachusetts but the location where her remains are interned has been kept private by the family.

Rest in Peace Rosemary!

Love, Jan

Note: I have found that I am a cousin to Senator John Kerry and his family.  We are related through the Dudley lines of his family and mine. This discovery was made by using an iPhone app called “We’re Related”. The app has allowed me to break through many brick walls in the last twelve months


Tombstone Tuesday – November 7, 2017 – Nackey Jane Stewart McLaughlin

Nackey Jane Stewart McLaughlin

Nackey Jane Stewart was the daughter of Leslie Comb Stewart and Sarah Jane Barr. She was born in Edgar, Illinois. Leslie and Sarah Stewart had three children; Elizabeth(1880), George (1883), Nackey Jane (1885).

Leslie C Stewart died in 1895. In the 1900 Federal Census, Sarah Jane Stewart and her family were living in Philo, Illinois. In 1905, Sarah Jane married John B Stewart, Leslie’s brother.

Nackey Jane and Robert McLaughlin married in 1905 in Illinois also. In the 1910 Federal Census, Nackey and her two-year-old son, Roy are in Thermopolis, Wyoming living with her Mother and Stepfather, John Stewart while Robert remained in Illinois working as a hired hand for Fred and Sarah Wileman.  (I briefly looked to see if the Wileman’s were somehow a family connection but none was found.)

Thermopolis was first known for it’s Hot Springs. In 1897, Hot Springs State Park was established after 100 square miles of land was purchased by the government from the Shashone Indian Tribe.  In 1910 and 1911, the completion of two rail lines, first the Northern Burlington line and second the southern Wind River Canyon line, allowed better access to this remote mountainous area of Wyoming. When the railways were completed, the coal mining and oil industries began in the area. I had hope that I would be able to determine how and why Nackey’s mother and her husband and eventually Nackey herself ending up in this remote part of Wyoming but I did not.

In Robert’s 1918 draft record for World War I, he states that he and his wife, Nackey live in Thermopolis, Wyoming.  He is employed by Aldridge and Buchanan.  In 1920 Census, Robert and Nackey McLaughlin are listed in Thermopolis and they now have three children; Roy(1908), Marie(1911), Nettie(1915). Robert’s occupation is listed as Teamster and Nackey is working as a launderer.

By the 1930 Federal Census, Robert and his family have returned to Illinois. They are living in Champaign, Illinois on North Fifth Street. Robert lists his occupation as a laborer who does odd jobs and Nackey lists hers as a servant. I find Robert and Nackey in two area directories for Champaign, Illinois for the years 1931 and 1935.  I did not find the Robert McLaughlin family in the 1940 Census.  The next reference that I find for the family is in Robert’s World War II draft record from 1942 and they are living in Champaign, Illinois.

Nackey died on November 7, 1972, and is buried in Locust Grove Cemetery next to her husband who she outlived by 26 years. Rest in Peace.


Love, Jan

PS. I think that the name “Nackey” is an unusual one.  I can’t help but wonder what brought her parents to name her that.  I was hoping that I would find a photo of her. I am sure that there is a story here! I normally look at all the available records for a person and write my Tombstone Tuesday blogs like an Obituary but something today made me look more closely at why this family picked this remote Wyoming area to settle in before going back to Illinois.   Was it the Hot Springs? Was it available land?  Was it available employment? I did not find the answer but I believe that there is a story here too. I will continue to investigate.  My Great Uncle, Wallace Losee married Nettie McLaughlin, daughter of Nackey and Robert,