Monthly Archives: May 2018

Tombstone Tuesday – May 22, 2018 – George Edward Hainer

George EdwardHainer

George Edward Hainer was the son of George Alva and Alice (Ryckman) Hainer. He was born in St. Catharines, Ontario on December 19, 1886. George and Alice Hainer had seven children: Donald Andrew( ), Gertrude Maud (1876), Benjamin Oscar (1878), Ethel Blanche (1880), Stella Bell (1882), George Edward (1886), Hannah Cordelia (1895).

In the 1901 Canadian Census, George and his family are living in St Catharines, Ontario. He is 13 years old and attends school. In the 1911 Canadian Census, George is 23 years old and living at home with his parents. He is working as an electrician.


George Edward Hainer married Agnes Marie Douglas on the 31st day of January, 1913. They had three children; Edward Douglas (1914), Alice Maria (1917), Dorothy (1919). In 1919, George Edward and his family left Canada and settled in Flint, Michigan, where George found employment in the Auto Industry as a machinist. They live at 913 Rankin Street in Flint and the same address was listed in the Flint City directory for the same year.  Agnes Marie Hainer died in Flint on January 30, 1920 of Pneumonia, a complication of influenza.

George Edward married Mabel Piper on June 9, 1921 in Niagara, New York. George and Mabel had three daughters; Winnifred, Gertrude, Georgina.

In a 1924 Flint City Directory, George and Mabel are living at 3714 Wesley in Flint and he is still employed with the Auto Industry. I do not find George and Mabel in American or Canadian Census records for 1930 and 1940.

Seventy years ago today, George Edward Hainer died. He was returned to St Catharines where he is buried in Maple Lawn Cemetery, St Catharines, Ontario

Maple Lawn Church

Rest in peace, George Edward!

Love, Jan

George Edward Hainer is my third cousin two times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – May 15, 2018 – Mary J Davis Stranahan

Hiram Mary Stranahan

Mary J Davis was born on August 27, 1846, the daughter of Allen Davis and Mary Ann Hibles. She was born in Michigan according to her death certificate but I do not find her parents in Census records until after she is married to Hiram Stranahan.

She married Hiram Stranahan in 1862 and they lived in Holly Michigan. She was a housewife and Hiram was a farmer according to each of their death certificates. In the 1870 Federal Census, Hiram’s occupation is listed as a “Keeper of a Billards Room” and they have a four year old son named Allen. In the 1880 Census Record, they remain in Holly Michigan. She lists “keeping house” as her occupation and Hiram’s is left blank. In the 1900 Federal Census, they are still in Holly, Michigan where she is keeping house and Hiram is a farmer. Allen has married and is no longer living at their home.


One hundred and twelve years ago today, Mary J. Stranahan died of Pneumonia in Holly Michigan. She was buried at the Lakeside Cemetery in the Stranahan Plot on May 18, 1906.


Rest in Peace, Mary J!

Mary is the wife of a Great Grand Uncle of the husband of my Great Grand Aunt Addie Morgan Stranahan.

Love , Jan




Tombstone Tuesday – May 8, 2018 – Cynthia Belle Carpenter Crites

Thomas Crites Belle Carpenter

Cynthia Belle Carpenter was the daughter of John Mason and Mary Adeline (Lewis) Carpenter. She was born in Landcaster, Kansas on January 29,1870. She is the third of six children born to John and Mary ; Arthur Clement (1853), Frank Clinton (1868), Cynthia Belle (1870), Carrie Bradbury (1872), John Burdette (1878), Albert Cotting (1880)

In the 1880 Federal Census, John, who was a physician, and his wife Mary are found in New Landcaster, Miami County Kansas. They have five of their six children living with them and William Lewis, Mary’s eighteen-year-old brother. In 1882, both of Cynthia’s parents died. She went to live with George Lewis, her Uncle. He was given guardianship of her in 1883 and in Kansas census of 1885, Belle is living with George and Mary Lewis. She remained with them until she married Thomas Crites on May 27, 1891 in Douglas, Kansas.


By the 1900 Federal Census, the Thomas Crites family was living in Russell, Kansas and they have three children. The children are; Aure B. (1893), Athena B. (1896), Castle (1898). By the 1910 Federal Census, they have added another son born in 1902 whose name is Albert. Thomas Crites lists is occupation as a President of a College. They live in Holton, Kansas. In the 1920 Federal Census, Thomas was now a Clergyman for a United Bretheran Church in Toledo City, Iowa. The oldest two children are no longer living at home but Castle, Albert and a six year old Russell are living with their parents.

Eighty eight years ago today, May 8, 1930, Cynthia Belle Carpenter Crites died in Kansas. She is buried with her husband Rev Thomas Crites who had died in 1923. They are buried in Summit Cemetery in Marion County, Kansas.


Rest in peace, Belle!

Love, Jan

Belle is the wife of my third cousin three times removed.


Tombstone Tuesday – May 1, 2018 –


Deborah Hainer/Hayner was the daughter of Henry and Nancy (Schram) Hainer. She was born in 1828 in Grantham, Ontario. Henry and Nancy Hainer had ten children; Hannah (1819), Deborah (1828), Valentine (1828/1829), Benjamin(1830), John Henry (1831), James (1834), Thomas Earl (1836), Robert Wesley (1839), Mary (1841) , Melissa (1845). They lived in Grantham, Louth, Lincoln County,  Ontario.

Deborah Hainer married Charles Seburn on January 28, 1845. Charles and Deborah had six children; Charles Wesley (1846-1850), Henrietta (1847), Laura (1848), Louise (1849), Jane, Cecelia Maria (1852).

In the 1851 Canadian Census, Charles and Deborah are found in Lincoln County, Louth Township. Charles is a farmer. They have three children listed; Henrietta, Laura and an infant who has not been named, it is likely Louise. Matthew Seburn and his wife Hannah Hainer (older sister to Deborah) and their family live next door to Charles and Deborah. Next to the Matthew Seburn family is John Patterson and Nancy (Schram) Hainer Patterson. Henry Hainer died in 1846. Nancy, now his widow, remarried John Patterson. The Hainer children who are underage and still living at home are listed with John and Nancy.

By the 1871 and 1881 Canadian Censuses, the Seburns’ are now listed in Pelham, Monck, Ontario. Charles died in 1884 and Deborah died a six years later.

One hundred and twenty eight years ago, today, May 1, 1890, Deborah Hainer Seburn died. She is buried in Hillside Cemetery in Pelham, Ontario.


Rest in Peace, Deborah!

Love, Jan

Deborah Hainer Seburn is my second Great Grand Aunt, the sister to my 2 times Great Grandfather, Robert Wesley Hainer.