Monthly Archives: August 2019

Tombstone Tuesday – August 6, 2019 – Elizabeth Saurin Hainer

Elizabeth Saurin was born in England in about 1846. I have little information about Elizabeth. I could not find immigration records. SO far it is unknown how and when she came to Canada from England.

Elizabeth and John Hainer married on September 23, 1881 after the death of John’s first wife, Hannah Larroway.

In the 1881 Canadian Census, John and Elizabeth live in Louth, Ontario. They have John’s two sons and his oldest daughter from his first wife, Almeda (1846) living with them; William(1877) and James(1879). Almeda is Hannah’s daughter but if the sons were born the dates that they list in the Census, they were born after Hannah’s 1873 death so I do not know who their mother is.  I have listed in my tree a daughter;  Louisa(1881) who is likely Elizabeth’s daughter .

Elizabeth died one hundred and thirty five years ago on August 6, 1884 at the age of thirty- eight. It is believed that she died in childbirth. It is unknown where she is buried. She died in Ontario Canada in the Niagara area.

Rest in peace, Elizabeth!

Love , Jan

Elizabeth was the second wife of of my first cousin four times removed, John H Hainer.

I almost skipped writing this post because there is so little information and a lot of conflicting information.  If I every get information to clear this up.  I will update this posr.


Tombstone Tuesday – August 13, 2019 – Merlin Dwight Studebaker

Merlin Dwight (Doc) Studebaker was the son of Lula Etta (Wert) and Clay Studebaker. He was born in Uniondale , Indiana on August 28, 1923. Etta and Clyde had three sons; Merlin Dwight (1923), Lamoine Kenneth (1924-1926), and Richard Eugene(1930).

In the 1930 Federal census, Clay and Etta are living in Uniondale, Union Township, Wells County, Indiana. Clay is a construction worker who works on roadways and drainage systems. Merlin is listed with his parents and Syrus (Homer) Wert, Etta’s father is also living with them, he is seventy six years old. Lamoine died in 1926 before the federal census. In the 1940 Federal Census, The family remains in Uniondale and they now have two sons living with them and Etta’s Father, Homer who is now eighty-six.

Merlin registered for the draft in June of 1942. He enlisted into the Army in January of 1943. He serviced in the Army during WWII and rose to the rank of Sargent according to his burial records.

Merlin’s Obituary was shared on his Findagrave page.

Source: Bluffton News-Banner 
August 14, 2004 

“A native of Wells County, Merlin D. “Doc” Studebaker, 80, of Logansport, died Friday, Aug. 13 at Memorial Hospital in Logansport. 

Born Aug. 28, 1923 in Uniondale to Clay A. and L. Etta Wert Studebaker, his marriage on Sept. 23, 1945 in Logansport was to the former Patricia A. Noonan, who survives. 

He was a former co-owner of Studebaker Construction Co., and Cass County Stone, Inc. He was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne; Mizpah Temple of Fort Wayne; Logansport Shrine Club, VFW Post 3790 and American Legion Post 60. 

A veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II he was a 1941 graduate of Union Center High School in Wells County. 

In addition to the wife, other survivors include a daughter, Connie Hallam of Logansport; a brother, Richard E. “Tink” Studebaker of Logansport; two grandchildren and six great grandchildren. 

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. James Lutheran Church in Logansport with calling to be Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Gundrum Funeral Home in Logansport. Calling also on Monday at the church one hour prior to services. There will be a Masonic Service Sunday at 5:30 p.m. followed by a Shriners Walk By. 

Preferred memorials to the church or the Shriners Hospitals for Children.”


Merlin died fifteen years ago on August 13, 2004. He is buried in the Hopewell Cemetery in Camden, Indiana according to his military records but I do not find a cemetery of that name in Camden. So I can not be certain where he is buried and while Findagrave has a memorial for him, they do not list him in a cemetery.

Rest in peace, Merlin!

Love Jan

Merlin is my second cousin one time removed.



Tombstone Tuesday – July 30, 2019 – Adam Wouter Vrooman

Adam W. Vrooman was born in Schenectady, New York, on February 3, 1716. He is the son of Wouter and Maria (Haleenbeck) Vrooman. The Vrooman family were early settlers of the area of New York which today is known as Albany, New York. Adam W. is identified through christening records from the Dutch Reformed Church records. I have identified ten children born to Wouter and Maria Vrooman through Dutch Reformed Church records, they are ; Adam (1708-1708), Engltie(1709), Isaac, Dorothea, Adam (1716), Jacob (1717), Christyntje (1723), Rachel (1724), Barent (1725), Elizabeth (1727). I have seen as many as seventeen children listed in family trees in Ancestry. I have only listed the ones that I had source records for.

Adam married Susanna Swits on January 29, 1742 in Schenectady, New York. This marriage is listed in the church records. They had at least seven children : Wouter Adam (1744), Jacob (1747), Isaac (1750), Maria (1751), Helena (1753) , Isaac Adam (1755), Jannetje (1757). The US Dutch Reform Church records verify the christening of each of these children. Most of the children were sponsored at their baptism by one of the Aunts or Uncles listed as siblings of Adam W in the first paragraph.

Two hundred and sixty years ago, on July 30, 1759, Adam died. There is a detailed Will available thru a state of New York ; Wills and Administrations, Vol 0021-0024, 1758-1764 records. His last Will is dated January 4, 1759. He states that he is in ill health but of sound mind. As detailed as the will is, I can not doubt that statement. All of these children are named and his wife were identified in the will. He is likely buried in Vrooman Cemetery in Schenectady, New York or Vale Cemetery where his parents were buried but I do not have proof that this time. There were many Adam Vroomans in this family. Each of the son’s of Wouter Vrooman has an son named Adam. It was a common Vrooman name for many generations.

The Vrooman’s of New York were very prosperous and Adam was no different. At the time of his death , he left all of his adult son’s property and his married daughter were left money.

I do not have the definite connection with this family in my tree. I did at one time but after finding so many conflicting records, I removed the connection until I can figure out the correct connection. There were Vrooman loyalist who left New York and went across the border into Canada, where much of my family members lived at the time of the Revolutionary war a few years after Adam’s death. When this family connection is re-established, I will update this blog. This is good winter research work.

Rest in peace, Adam!

Love Jan