Monthly Archives: November 2019

Tombstone Tuesday – November 26, 2019 – Ellsworth Crites


Ellsworth Crites was born on February 7, 1877 in Crooked Run, Tuscarawas County, Ohio.   He was the son of William and Mary Ann ( Foney) Crites. William and Mary Ann had eight children listed in the 1880 Federal Census; Daniel (1864), Joseph H. (1866), Jesse (1868), Emanuel (1869), Viola (1872), Pearly (1876), Ellsworth (1877), Alpha (1879). William was a farmer in Tuscarawas County according to the Census.

Ellsworth married Dora Hoopingarner on January 21, 1900 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.   In the 1900 Federal Census, Ellsworth and Dora live next door to his father and mother, William and Mary Crites.   In the 1910 Federal Census, Ellsworth and Dora live in New Philadelphia, Ohio. They have two daughters, Oleda (1903) and Inez(1908). Dora’s mother, Sarah, is also living with them. She is a widow.


On September 12, 1918, Ellsworth registered for the draft for WWI. They lived at 332 Park Street in New Philadelphia. He works for Belvenet Enamel Company in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Ellsworth lists his birth date as February 11, 1877. His social Security records list his birth as February 7, 1877.

By the 1920 Federal Census, Ellsworth and Dora now have three daughters; Oleda, Inez and Orpha who was born in 1911. They live in New Philadelphia, Ohio and Ellsworth is working for the enameling company and he is now a foreman. They live at 332 Park Avenue.

In the 1930 Federal Census, Ellsworth and Dora are still living at the Park Avenue address. Ellsworth now works for a steam railway.  Orpha is nineteen and is still living at home. The two older daughters have married and moved on. In the 1940 Federal Census, Ellsworth is working at a farm as a farm hand. He is sixty two years old. They remain at the Park Avenue address.


Ellsworth and Dora Crites – Photo shared on Ancestry by Ben Strickland

Forty six years ago today, Ellsworth died at Union Hospital in Dover (formerly New Philadelphia) , Ohio. He is buried next to his wife in Unionhill Cemetery in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.


Rest in Peace, Ellsworth!

Love, Jan

Ellsworth is my first cousin four times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – November 19, 2019 – Goldie Putt Capin


Goldie was born December 28, 1905 in Allen County, Indiana.   She was the daughter of Benjamin W. Putt and Bessie Denney. In the 1910 Federal Census, Benjamin and Bessie live in Fort Wayne. They have six children ; Bernice (1898), Chauncy (1899), Jesse (1900), Ernest (1904), Goldie (1905), Wilbert (1908).  Benjamin digs cisterns for a living.  In the 1920 Federal Census, Benjamin and Bessie remain in Fort Wayne and Benjamin works as a polisher for Electric Works. Their oldest daughter, Bernice, has married and moved on and the remaining children who are still at home are: Chauncy, Jesse, Ernest, Goldie (14 years old), Wilbert and Rosco (1911).

Goldie married Clarence B. Capin on March 8, 1923 in Jackson, Michigan. Clarence listed his occupation as an electrician and Goldie listed her occupation as an operator on their Michigan Marriage license. They returned to the Fort Wayne area later in 1923.


On August 11, 1923, Clarence Thomas Capin was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana.   By the 1930 Federal Census, Goldie and Clarence are living in Fort Wayne with their son Clarence T and Goldie’s brother, Rosco who is a young man of 20 years old.  In the 1940 Federal Census, the family lives in a rural area near Fort Wayne.   Clarence is an electrician. Clarence Thomas is a sixteen year old.

Clarence and Goldie lived in several locations in and near Fort Wayne, Indiana according to the Fort Wayne Directories of 1929-1954.


Thirty two years ago today, Goldie died of congestive heart failure after falling in her home and fracturing her hip. She was buried in Greenlawn Memorial Park next to her husband.


Rest in Peace, Goldie!

Love, Jan

Goldie is my second cousin two times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – November 12, 2019 -Mabel Eleanore Johnson Bradley


Mabel Eleanore was born on March 25, 1900 in Arthur, Illinois.  She was the daughter of Joseph L. Johnson and Alice B. Denton.  In the 1900 Federal Census, Joseph and Alice Johnson live in Jonathan Creek Township in Moultrie County, Illinois with their two daughters, Clara (1896) and Mable (1900) where Joseph was a farm laborer.  By the time of the 1910 Federal Census, Joseph and his second wife, Mollie live in Pana, Illinois.  They have Joseph’s four children living with them, Clara, Mable, Eldon (1903) and Allie (1905, Alice).  In 1905, Alice, Joseph’s first wife, conceived twins.  Tragically during childbirth Alice died and so did a son named Alma.  Alice, the other twin, survived.  Joseph is a laborer on the railroad.  Joseph and Mollie had two children in the next decade; Mary (1911) and Ferol (1915).


Marriage Certificate issued in Montana for Maybelle Johnson and Russel Hayner Bradley – 1917

Maybelle (Mabel) married Russel Bradley in Helena, Montana on July 14, 1917.  Russel was a Lieutenant stationed in Livingston, Montana.  Mable and Russel had two sons while living in Montana; Russel Robert (1918) and Lyle King (1920).


Eleanore and Russel (Jack) in Montana 1918 (Property of Paula Bradley)

In 1921, Russel and Mabel returned to Michigan where they settled in Romulus, where they would eventually have four additional children; Wellington Yale (1922), Gloria Faye (1924), Betty Eleanore (1927), Richard Dale (1931).

In the 1930 Federal Census, Russel and Mable live in Romulus. Mable is listed as housewife and has no outside employment. And they have five children living with them; Russel, Lyle, Wellington, Gloria and Betty.

By the time of the 1940 Federal Census, Mable and Russel have five children living at home; Lyle, Wellington, Gloria, Betty and Richard (1931). The oldest son, Russel (Jack) has moved out and is working in Detroit. He has not yet joined the Army Air Force (as it was known then). Russel and Eleanore are working for the County Infirmary. Eleanore is a cook supervisor. In about 1945, Russel and Eleanore (who prefered to go by her middle name, Eleanore) bought a hardware store. It was called the Bradley Hardware Store which was located on Huron River Drive in Romulus, Michigan.

Four of the Bradley children served in the military.  The oldest, Russel Robert was reported missing in Action in May of 1942 in the Pacific.  He served in the Army Air Force (as it was known then).  It is believed that his plane crashed into the Pacific.  Eleanore and Russel made several inquiries to the War Department about the status of their son but his remains were never found. He was eventually declare deceased. (Reference the Russel Robert post for May 28, 2019 for more information on Russel Robert (Jack) Bradley.)


Eleanore and Lyle King Bradley (property of Paula Bradley)

Lyle King made the military his career.


Eleanore and Wellingon Bradley (Property of Paula Bradley)

Mabel Eleanore Johnson Bradley died sixty four years ago today November 12, 1955.  She died of Leukemia according to the Obituary posted on by Paula Bradley. She is buried in the Silver Lake Cemetery in Wolverine, Michigan in the Bradley plot.


Rest in peace, Mabel Eleanore.

Love, Jan

Mabel was the wife of my second cousin two times removed, Russel Hayner Bradley.

A “Special Thanks” to Paula Bradley for sharing the family photos and other family documents on so more distant relatives like me can find them.


Tombstone Tuesday – November 5, 2019 – Robert Burnham

Robert Burnham was born in Norfolk, England in 1585. He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Baker) Burnham.

Robert Burnham married Mary Andrews in 1608. They had eight children; Edward, Robert, Thomas, Benjamin, Amelia, John, Ruth and Mary. On, there is a bit of discrepancy about birth order of these children. So they are listed here but the order of their birth could be different. Unfortunately not much is known about Robert. He remained in Norwich, Norfolk, England his entire life.

Three hundred and eighty five years ago today, at the age of 53, Robert died in Norwich, Norfolk, England and it is presumed that he is buried there as well. Robert Burnham is my eight times Great Grandfather

Rest in Peace, Robert!

After the death of their father, three of Robert’s sons, Robert, Thomas and John emigrated to America in 1635. They sailed aboard a ship called the Angel Gabriel which was owned by their Uncle, Captain Robert Andrews. Early documents indicate that the three Burnham boys were left in charge of their Uncle ship in Pemaquid, Maine when a terrible storm occurred on August 15, 1635 and the ship was lost. The Burnham boys and their Uncle, Captain Andrew, settled in Massachusetts.

The Burnham boys, Thomas, Robert and John, and their Uncle became very prominent pioneer settlers of Ipswich, Massachusetts but these stories are for different blogs.

Love Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – October 29, 2019 – Davis Edwin Smith

Smith Amanda A and Davis E

Davis Edwin Smith was born on April 4, 1866 in Adams County, Indiana. He is the son of James Wesley Smith and Hester Ann Odle according to Davis’s death record. His mother, Hester Ann, married James Wesley Smith on July 20 1866 in Adams County, Indiana.  It appears that Hester divorced James W Smith or the marriage was annulled. There is a marriage record for Hester Ann Smith to Jacob Richard which shows that they married on June 18, 1868, less than two years later. She took her son, Davis Edwin with her as the 1870 Federal Census indicates.  Hester Ann and Edwin D Smith are found in Bluffton, Indiana with Jacob Richards, Jacob’s father, John Richards,  his brother James, and Sarah A, who is a baby.

In the 1880 Federal Census, Davis Edwin is living with Frederick Richards and Hannah Richards. They are in Adams County, Indiana. Davis is listed as Frederick’s nephew. There are two nieces listed also, they are Amanda and Martha Richards. There is no sign of Hester Ann , Sarah Ann or Jacob Richards.  There is a marriage record for James Richard and Hannah Gilbert and they married in 1874. Hannah lists her marriage status as Widow in the 1880 census.  Richard is a widower at the same time as Hannah in the 1880 Federal Census. It is my belief that Amanda and Martha are Hannah’s daughters. There are no death records for Hester, Jacob or James that I have found as of this time. I will continue to research and add them here if I find them. This period of time in Davis ‘s life is full of turmoil.  There is too big a story to cover here so I’ll continue to research and it will be published on my other blog and when completed I will put a link here.

Davis Edwin Smith AmandaHostettler

Davis Edwin married Amanda Hostettler in 1889. The photo is their Wedding Photo. It was shared publicly on Davis and Amanda had thirteen children; Pearl (1890), Homer (1891), Myrtle (1893), Ruth (1895), Mark (1897-1898)Mary (1900), Viola (1902), Clifford (1904), Gay (1907), Hortense (1909), Hester (1910), Hazel (1913), Don (1916).

Hostetler, Hey, Smith, Wise families 1895 crop

This photo is from 1895 of Amanda’s family with her parents and all of her siblings and their families taken in Markle, Indiana. ( The family names listed below were noted with the photo on This photo is not in my possession and I can not validate the accuracy of the data. I am sharing what was written publicly on Ancestry. )

Seated Row L to R : Isaac Hey holding Jerome, Willmina Hay, Daniel Hostettler, Floyd Hey, Catherine (Crites) Hostettler, Myrtle Smith, Pearl Smith, Davis Edwin holding Vira (likely Ruth), Homer Smith

Standing Back Row L to R : Emma (Hostettler) Hey, ?, Phillip Wise, Mary (Hostettler) Wise, Viola Miller (or Wise?), Lottie Miller (or Wise), Amanda (Hostettler) Smith.

In the 1900 Federal Census, Davis and Amanda have five children living with them; Pearl, Homer, Myrtle, Ruth and Mary. They live in Wells County, Indiana. Davis is a day laborer on the railroad. He would become a section boss for the railroad before he left the work which require the family to move too frequently.  In the 1910 Federal Census, Davis and Amanda have nine children living with them; Pearl, Homer, Myrtle, Ruth, Maggie, Viola, Clifford, Gay, and Hortense. They live in Fort Wayne and Davis is a laborer in a Coal Yard.

In the 1920 Federal Census, Davis and Amanda have seven children who remain at home. They are Mary, Clifford, Gay, Hortense, Hester, Hazel and Donald. Davis is working at General Electric. The 1930 Federal Census, shows Davis, Amanda, Hazel and Donald live in Whitley County, Indiana. Davis works as a mechanic for General Electric Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He retired from General Electric after the census data was recorded in 1930 due to ill health.

In the 1940 Federal Census, Davis is living with his daughter, Hazel and her husband Charles Scarlet. Also living with them are Donald Smith, Hazel’s brother and a niece, Betty Dan. Davis is a seventy four year old widower. They are living in Churubusco, Whitley County, Indiana.


Sixty nine year ago, Davis Edwin Smith died on October 29,1950 in Churubusco, Indiana. He was buried in Eel River Cemetery in Allen County, Indiana.


Rest in peace, Davis!

Love, Jan

Davis Edwin Smith is the husband of my first cousin four times removed, Amanda Hostettler.