Monthly Archives: June 2019

Tombstone Tuesday – June 25, 2019 – Sarah McAllister Walker


Sarah McAllister was the daughter of Fulton and Anna (LeFlair) McAllister. She was born in Lisbon, New York on June 8, 1919. Fulton and Anna had eleven children; John (1908), Ida (1910), Richard (1912), Eurette (1914), William (1916), Edward (1917), Sarah (1919), Fulton (1921), Lawrence (1921), Anna (1923), Robert (1925). In the 1920 Federal Census, Sarah is seven months old and listed with her parents and seven of her siblings in Lisbon, New York. Her father, Fulton, is a farmer. In the 1930 Federal Census, the McAllister family including Sarah, remain in Lisbon, New York.  Sarah is now ten years old. In the 1940 Federal Census, Sarah is a 21 year old living in Rensselaer Falls, New York. She is working in a Rockland State Mental Hospital as an attendant. She has been working there for 26 weeks.

She married Arlington Walker. He died in 1981. I have found no information about children at this time but it is likely due to the fact that this information is relatively recent in nature  and as a result remains private. I did look for an obit but did not locate one.


This photo is on the tombstone of Fulton and Anna McAllister. The photo was taken prior to the 1970 death of Anna LeFlair McAllister.  I found it on the Website. Thanks to Anne Cady for creating the memorials of this family and posting these photos.  Sarah, the subject of our post today is standing directly behind and between her parents.

Sarah died just eleven years ago at the age of eighty-nine years old. She is buried with the McAllister family members in Flackville Cemetery in Lisbon, New York.

Rest in Peace, Sarah!

Love, Jan

Sarah McAllister is my third cousin one times removed.


Tombstone Tuesday – June 18, 2019 – Mary Catherine Pocock


Mary Catherine was the daughter of Elisha and Nancy (Middaugh) Pocock. She was born in 1845 in Ohio. Elisha and Nancy had eight children; Milton, Mary Catherine (1845), John H (1850), Emeline (1852) , Elias (1856) , Margaret (1858) , Nancy (1861) , Charles (1868).

In the 1850 Census, Elisha and Nancy are found in Wayne Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. They have three children; Milton, Mary and John and Andrew Middaugh living with them. Andrew is 42 years old and since Nancy’s maiden name is Middaugh he is likely a brother or cousin. Elisha is a Carpenter and Andrew is a farmer.

On December 31, 1867, Mary Catherine married Joseph Smith in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana. In 1869, Mary and Joseph had twin sons names Ashley and Ashland. In the 1870 Federal Census, Joseph, Catherine and their two sons are living with Susanna Smith, Joseph’s mother. By the 1880 Federal Census, Catherine and Joseph have two more children, Ira D and Emma F.

One hundred and twenty nine years ago today, Mary Catherine Pocock Smith died at the age of forty- five. She is buried in the Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Indiana with her son, Ira, who died in 1882.


Rest in peace, Mary Catherine!

Love, Jan

Mary Catherine was the wife of my Great Grand Uncle Joseph Smith

Tombstone Tuesday – June 11, 2019 – Mary Platt Dutterer

Mary L Platt was the daughter of George F. and Sarah L (Crites) Platt, she was born on December 12, 1904 in Markle, Wells County, Indiana. George and Sarah had five children; Merton (1893), Cletus (1897), Weston (1898), Donald (1899), Mary (1904).

In the 1910 Federal Census, Mary is found with her parents and brothers in Union Township, Wells County, Indiana. George Platt, Mary’s father, is a farmer. In the 1920 Federal Census, Mary is fourteen years old and attending school.

Mary married Rex J Dutterer on May 18, 1929 in Markle, Indiana. By the 1930 Federal Census, Rex and Mary have moved to Toledo, Ohio, They are running a boarding house with five boarders, none of whom seem to be related to Rex and Mary. Rex is an engineer.

By the time of the 1940 Census, Rex and Mary now have two daughters; Corrine Alice (1932) and Margaret Joan (1933). They remained living in Toledo until some time after the 1940 Federal Census, Rex and Mary moved to Hastings, Michigan. In 1950 Rex and Mary are listed in a local address registry for Hastings, Michigan. Rex is employed by the Hastings Manufacturing Company as an engineer.

There is a public record for Mary Dutterer in 1989 in Mesa, Arizona I assume that this maybe related to her husbands death in 1986. She is also found in Mesa in a phone and address directory for the year 1995- 1996. Her social security record seems to indicate that she was living in Lisle, Illinois when she died on June 11, 1997. I do not find a burial record for her or her husband who preceded her.

Rest in peace, Mary!

Love, Jan

Mary is my first cousin three times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – June 4, 2019 – Margaret Kitzer Wall


Margaret was born on September 29,1894 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of William Walter and Anna (Trollinger) Kitzer. William and Anna had twelve children; Anna (1886), Estella (1887), Rebecca (1889), William Walter (1891), Harry Eugene (1893), Margaret Louise (1894), Jacob (1896), Martha (1898-1899), John Doleman (1900), Roy Gilmore (1903), Blanche Edith (1905), Charles Alfred (1910).

In the 1900 Federal Census, William Walter and his wife Anna are found in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania with seven of their children. William Walter lists his occupation as Farm Laborer. Margaret is five years old. In the 1910 Federal Census, the Kitzer family is found in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. William is a farmer and they have eight children. The oldest three children are grown and no longer live at home. Margaret is now 15 years old.

Margaret Louise married John Wall on December 29,1919 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. In the 1920 Federal Census, Margaret is still living at home with her parents but she does indicate that she is married. John and Margaret had one son, Ralph Ernst , who was born on September 3, 1920. John Wall died in 1925, leaving Margaret a widow. In the 1930 Federal Census, Margaret and Ralph are living with her parents, William Walter and Anna Kitzer.

MargaretKitzerWallEighty-two years ago today, Margaret died. It appears that she had Epilepsy but her cause of death was listed as Acute Encephalitis. She died in Rochester, Pennsylvania. She was buried in Plum Creek Cemetery in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. She was forty two when she died.


Rest in peace, Margaret.

Love, Jan

Margaret is the sister to my Great Aunt’s Husband.


Tombstone Tuesday – May 28, 2019 – Russell Robert Bradley

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Russell Robert is the son of Russell Hayner and Mabel Elinore (Johnson) Bradley. He was born in December 26, 1918 in Livingston Montana. According to his Birth Certificate, Russell Hayner is a Lieutenant in the Army serving on a base in Montana. This would be during the WWI time period. Russell and Mabel had six children ; Russell (1919), Lyle (1920), Wellington (1922), Gloria (1924), Betty (1927), Richard (1931).

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Russell Robert – (approximating – 1921-1922) provided by Paula Bradley

In the 1930 Federal Census, the Bradley family, including an eleven year old, Russell Robert, are found in Romulus, Michigan. Nine years later, Russell Robert enlisted in the Army on June 29, 1939 according to information found on post by Paula Bradley. His enlistment record appears to indicate that he may have been married, that his young wife had died and that he had no dependents. He listed his occupation as Police Officer. He lived in Wayne County, Michigan.

Russell Hayner and son Russell Robert Bradley


In the 1940 Federal Census, Russell Robert in listed in Green County, Ohio at Patterson Field in Fairfield Village. Russell served as a Staff Sergeant & Togglier (Bombardier) on B-26 #40-1467 in 33rd Bomber Squadron, 22nd Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.  Four of the B-26 planes including B-26 #40-1467  from the the 33rd Bomber Squandron, took off  from the 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a bombing mission over Lae Airfield, Morobe Province Papua New Guinea. Over the target they were attacked and shot down by Japanese Zeros and crashed into the Huon Gulf.

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Russell was declared Missing in Action and eventually declared deceased  in this formal  letter from the War Department.

“This is a transcription of the article written in a Detroit area newspaper in 1942 at the time that Russell Robert Bradley was missing in action.  I have transcribed it due to the poor quality of the pictures of the article.




Russell R. Bradley, the first lad to enlist from Romulus, Mich., is “missing”. He was a bombardier and one purple twilight his plane took off and out across seas that were soon to be moonlit and beautiful. The plane did not come back.

He may be somewhere on this earth. He may be sitting beside the wreckage of a plane where palm trees thrust up from coral sands and the world is so lovely to look upon that the human heart grows weary with longing that things might be so filled with peace and beauty. Who knows?

The War Department does not know. It merely listed his name today among a group of United States soldiers “missing in action in the Far Eastern Theater, including Australia and the South Pacific.”

Out in Romulus live his father and his two brothers and three sisters and mother. It is a pretty good example of an American family.  Dad – Russell H. Bradley – knew 18 months on the firing line in France, a lieutenant with the 337th Machine Gun Battalion.  Grandpa Bradley fought all through the Civil War. 


Lyle Bradley, brother of the missing man, is an officer in training in Miami.  Wellington, a younger brother, is having fits because an Army doctor and a Marine doctor said he had a punctured ear drum and couldn’t join.

“Don’t worry”, he says.  I’ll get in some way.  There are a lot of outfits I haven’t tried yet.”

Mother – well, mother is working.

“She’s a soldier, too.” explained Dad.  She’s raised six swell kids, had 13 operations and she’s getting old beautifully – I mean her hair is silver gray and – and – she’s taken Russell’s not coming back with her chin up.

“A fortune teller said the boy was coming back and she sort of likes to cling to that – although we know it’s just nonsense.  Gloria, our oldest girl, is married.  Her husband is in the Army and she’s working.

“I’m trying to get in.  I’m 49, but I had a good overseas record.  Mother says she can get along all right if I go.  We own this house and I’ve got three acres down south of here.  She’s got a good job over at Eloise – and I’d be a captain at least.  I’m in good shape physically.  Yes, sir.  I’m trying mighty hard and I have hopes.


“Guess this yard looks sort of ragged, huh?  I had the finest lawn you ever saw but the kids liked to play ball and they had dogs, so I said – “Well, it’s either a good lawn and the kids in the streets – or it’s a scuff lawn and the kids at home.

“They stayed home.  Russell went to school here in Romulus.  He was on the track team in high school.  He loved the army.  Gosh.  I was overseas when he was born.

“He was a good soldier.  He was a bombardier.  He enlisted four years ago and had a year’s special training and then he re-enlisted.  I was mighty proud of Russell.”

Over his head the breeze set swaying a service flag with its two blue stars in a field of white.  Some springer pups whined for affection and he lifted them up into his lap.

“Like dogs, mister?  I’ve got 25 – cockers and springers.  We all kind of like dogs.”

“You’ve got 25? And six kids?”

Yep. I sort of raise dogs as a hobby. Good pedigreed pups. This old house isn’t so much – but we have been comfortable – and we’ve eaten well – and my kids are grand boys and girls.

“I’ve got no regrets – not even if my oldest boy – well, he did what any of us will do – if we have to – he’s proved he’s a good American.” (Thanks to Paula Bradley for sharing this Family information on

Russell was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. Russell’s name is honored on the Memorial at Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.
On this Memorial Day we salute you, Russel Robert Bradley, as a brave America soldier who gave his life so that we maybe free.

RussellRobertBradley-Burial Card

Love, Jan

Russell Robert Bradley is my third cousin one times removed.

A special Thanks to Paula Bradley for sharing these family photo and historical family document which allowed us to remember Russell Bradley today