Monthly Archives: February 2020

Tombstone Tuesday – February 25, 2020, Frances Alberta Lynch Green


Frances was born on October 7, 1925 in Mt Carmel, Illinois. She was the daughter of Franklin and Lillie Maud (Hart) Lynch. Franklin and Lillie had four daughters;  Frances(1925), Dorothy (1928), Florence (1933-1943), Ester (1934-2013).

In the 1930 Federal Census, a four year old Frances is found with her parents and a younger sister, Dorothy.  Franklin, her father is a Button Cutter in a Button Factory in Mt Carmel, Illinois. They have a lodger living with them whose name is Wesley Brown. He is a 67 year old widower. In the 1940 Census, Frank Lynch and his family are still in Mt Carmel, Illinois. Frances is fourteen years old and is attending school. Frank and Lillie have four daughter living with them; Frances(1925), Dorothy (1927), Florence (1934), and Ester(1935).

Frances Alberta Lynch Green

1944 Mt Carmel High School Yearbook – Alberta Lynch

(Wish I could have cleaned this photo up better.)

Frances married William V. Green in Henderson Kentucky. They had seven children; Karen Sue, Billie Jane, Sherry Lynn, Paula Kay, Brenda Diane, Gerald Ray, Paul Keith.


Twenty six years ago today, Frances Alberta died of cancer in Evansville, Indiana. She is buried in Highland Memorial Cemetery in Mt Carmel, Illinois.


Rest in Peace, Frances Alberta!

Love, Jan

Frances Alberta is my fourth cousin one times removed from the Leete line of the family.

Tombstone Tuesday – February 18, 2020 – Milo Denney


Milo Denney is the son of Rolandis (Rolandus) and Elizabeth (Bell/Beall)Denney born in July 27, 1892 in Lafayette Township, Allen County, Indiana. Rolandis and Elizabeth had nine children; Elva (1872), Francis (1874), Nellie (1876), Arlena (1878), Bessie (1880), Jesse (1883), Lucy (1887), Celia (1889), Milo (1892).

In the 1900 Federal Census for Lafayette Township, Allen County, Indiana, Milo is found with his parents, Rolandis and Elizabeth and three of his siblings; Jesse, Lucy, and Celia. Rolandis is a farmer and Milo is seven years old. He is attending school.  In the 1910 Federal Census, Milo and his sister Celia remain at home with their parents, sixty-one year old Rolandis and fifty-eight year old Elizabeth. Milo is seventeen and helps his father on the farm.

Milo married Lida Mutton on December 19, 1913 in Allen County, Indiana. In the WWI draft, record from 1918, Milo indicates that he lives in Sheldon(now known as Yoder), Indiana and lives on RR #2. He is married and has one child. He is a self employed farmer. Forest Denney was born in 1915. By the time of the 1920 Federal Census, Milo and Lida have two children; Forest and Nellie(1920). He is a farmer, I suspect that he is farming the land that his father had farmed.

In the 1930 Federal Census, Milo and his family are found in Michigan. They have moved to Lenawee County in southeast Michigan between the birth of Ethel who was born in Indiana in 1921 and Agnes who was born in Michigan in 1923). Milo and Lida have seven children by 1930; Forest(1915), Nellie (1920), Ethel (1921), Agnes (1923), Elizabeth (1926), James (1928), Milo A, (1930).

In the 1940 Federal Census, Milo and Lida remain in Franklin Township, Lenawee County, Michigan. They have seven children living with them; Ethel, Agnes, Elizabeth, James, Elva (1934), Rolandis (1934), Frank (1936). Milo is a rail car inspector for the Wabash Railroad.

In the WWII draft registry,  Milo and Lida live in Tipton, Michigan. Milo is 49 years old. He works for the Wabash Railroad which operates out of Decatur, Illinois.

Sixty seven years ago today, Milo died in Tipton, Michigan. He is buried in the Franklin Township Cemetery in Lenawee County, Michigan.


Rest in peace, Milo!

Love, Jan

Milo is my first cousin three times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – February 11, 2020 – Edward Best

Edward Best was born on February 9, 1846 in Bayham, Middlesex County (later known as Elgin County), Ontario Canada. He was the son of Casper and Mary (Crane) Best who had eight children in the 1851 Canadian Census; Mary Ann (1833), Jane (1835), Dorothy (1837), Henry(1840), Emmeline (1843), Caroline (1846), Edward (1846) and Azubah (1850). Edward and his sister, Azubah are listed in 1861 Federal Census but I do not see his parents or any other family members. In the 1910 Federal Census, Edward reports that he arrived in Michigan in 1864 which would have been that same year that his mother died in Ontario. He would have been eighteen years old. By the time of the 1870 Federal Census, Edward is found in Burnside, Michigan with his sister, Dorothy and her husband, John Riley.

On April 11, 1871, Edward married Agnes Hillis in Imlay City, Michigan.  On October 18, 1872, Agnes died in Lapeer, Michigan. She died in childbirth according to the Lapeer County Death Record for the year 1872. In the 1880 Federal Census, Edward is listed in Burnside Michigan in 1880.

On October 7, 1890, Edward Best and Margaret Krack Schock married in Goodland Township, Michigan.

In the Canadian Census of 1901, Edward, who is listed as an American, is found with his new wife, Margaret, and daughters Margaret (1877) and Martha (1892) in Bayham, Elgin County, Ontario with his brother Henry Best. Henry is a widower. Henry is a farmer and his brother Edward is helping him run the farm.

In the 1910 Federal Census, Edward, Margaret and their daughter Martha are living with Edward and Agnes’ daughter Lena and her husband William Dittman and their son Jay in Dryden Michigan.


One hundred and seven years ago today, Edward died in Gibson Bay, Michigan of a heart attack according to his death certificate at the scene of a fire.  (What was he doing in Gibson Bay?  What burned?  ) He is buried in Imlay City, Michigan. I believe that it is likely that he is buried the the Goodland Cemetery with Margaret and his daughter.s There may not be a Tombstone for him. Next time I am in the area and the weather is good, I’ll look for him.


Rest in peace, Edward.

Love, Jan

Edward is my first cousin 5 times removed on my father’s maternal side of the family.


Tombstone Tuesday – February 4, 2020 – Charles Alfred Kitzer

Charles AKitzer

Charles Alfred was born on January 20, 1910, the youngest son of William Walter and his wife, Anna (Trollinger) Kitzer. William Walter and Anne Kitzer had twelve children; Anna (1886), Estella (1887), Rebecca, (1890) William Walter (1891), Harry (1893), Margaret (1895), Jacob (1896), Martha (1899-1900) John (1901), Gilmore (1903), Blanche (1905), Charles (1910).

In the 1920 Federal Census, Wm Walter and Anna are living on Seventh Street in Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Wm Walter is a farmer. They have seven of their children still living with them; Harry, Jacob, John, Gilmore, Blanche, Charles and Margaret Wall their married daughter. Charles is nine years old and attending school.

In the 1930 Federal Census, William and Anna remain in Lower Burrell and they have three children, a grandson and a lodger living with them. They are, Margaret, their widowed daughter and her son, Ralph, Gilmore, Charles and a lodger by the name of William Kane. Charles is working with Aluminum plant.

Charles married Frances Louise Hunt between the 1930 federal Census and her death in 1937. She died on October 12,1937 at the age of 24 from Septicemia after an operation on October 5, 1937. I never found a marriage certificate but France’s death certificate states clearly that she and Charles were married.


In the 1940 Federal Census, Charles is found in New Kensington, Pennsylvania at 1018 Barner Street. He is ‘single’ and rents a room from the Davis Dewis family. He lists his occupation as a “chipper” for an Aluminum Company.

After the 1840 Census, Charles married Maria Louise Altmeyer.  Charles and Maria are listed in the Kensington Directories in 1950, 1952, 1955 and 1959. He is now doing mill work.


Fifty four years ago today, Charles died on February 4, 1966 at the age of 56 from cancer of the Lymph nodes. He is buried at Plum Creek Cemetery.


Rest in peace, Charles!

Love, Jan

Charles is the brother-in-law of my 2 X Great Grand Aunt.