Monthly Archives: April 2020

Tombstone Tuesday – April 28, 2020 – John Henry Crites

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John Henry Crites is the son of Jesse and Elizabeth (Meyers) Crites. He was born on March 24, 1852 in Union Township, Wells County, Indiana. Jesse and Elizabeth Crites had six children; Daniel (1850-1862), John Henry (1852), Mary Margaret (1856), Syrus Lincoln (1860- 1864), Jesse Franklin (1866), Sarah Louise (1870). Jesse was a farmer and they lived on 80 acres of land that he purchased from the Federal government on January 1, 1850.

In the 1850 Federal Census, Jesse, Elizabeth and Daniel are found in Wells County, Indiana. Jesse is a farmer. By the time of the 1860 federal Census, Jesse and Elizabeth have four children; Daniel, John Henry, Mary M and Syrus who is a few weeks old. By the time of the 1870 Census, Jesse and Elizabeth have three children; John H. , Mary M. , and Jesse F. John H. works as a farm labor for his father.

In 1874, John Henry Crites married Amanda McGoogan in Zanesville, Indiana. In the 1880 Federal Census, John Henry and Emma live in Union Township, Wells County, Indiana with their 4 year old daughter, Cora. John lists his occupation as farm laborer. It is likely that he is working for his father on the farm.


John and Emma Crites

In the 1900 Federal Census, John H and Emma lived in Rock Creek, Wells County, Indiana. They are recorded with Dessie who is thirteen. Their oldest daughter, Cora, has married Alvin Smith. John lists his occupation as a carpenter. In the 1910 Federal Census, John H. and Emma live in the small town of Uniondale, Indiana. In the 1920 Federal Census, John and Emma live on Meridian Street in Uniondale, Indiana.

Woodlawn Cemetery

Rest in peace, Grandpa John!

Love, Jan

John Henry Crites is my two times Great Grandfather. I spent about six years looking for the cemetery where John and Emma Crites were buried. I looked in all the cemeteries near their home in Indiana. To date, I still do not find death records for either of them. After looking at the Smith Plot in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Clio where their daughter Cora and her first husband Alvin are buried, I questioned whether the blank space next to Cora and Alvin could be where they were buried. I did know that John and Emma lived with Cora and her second husband, John Daly as Emma’s life neared the end. Emma needed the extra help that her daughter could provide. In 2004, I visited the office for the Clio Cemetery and sure enough that is where they were buried in Woodlawn Cemetery with no tombstone. I contacted the cemetery and ordered a tombstone for them using the information that the cemetery provided from their records.

Tombstone Tuesday – April 21, 2020 – Ebenezer Mudge


Ebeneser Mudge was the son of Micah and Mary (Alexander) Mudge born on February 26, 1863 in Northampton, Massachusetts. Micah and Mary had eight children; Mary (1671), Elizabeth (1673), Moses (1677), Abigail (1680), Susanna (1681), Ebenezer (1683), Thanksful (1685), Martha (1693).

Ebenezer married Abigail Skinner on July 13, 1708 in Lebanon, Connecticut. According to the General History of the Town of Sharon written by Charles F. Sedgwick.

Ebenezer Mudge was one of the original proprietors of the town in the town of Sharon, Connecticut, and was from Colchester. He drew the twenty-fifth home-lot, lying on both sides of town street, and embracing the place once owned by Charles L. Prindle, and Baldwin Reed on the west, and by Deacon A. C. Woodward, Estate of Reuben Hunt, Mr. Terrett and Mr. Skinner, on the east. In 1743 he settled on the western border of Skinner’s pond, as it was then called. Here he lived until his death April 21, 1758, at the age of seventy-five. He had six sons, viz. Samuel, Mica (to Albany Cty, NY in 1758), Abraham, Ebenezer, Jarvis and Joseph. “

A farmer, millwright, and surveyor, Ebenezer was progenitor of the Mudge family in CT, which spread into NY, MI, & IL. According to the Sharon Historical Society website, “Of the original fifty proprietors who purchased shares in the new town of Sharon, 28 eventually settled on their lands, men like Stephen Calkin, Ebenezer Mudge, Jonathan Peck, and Nathaniel Skinner.”]

Ebenezer and Abigail had eleven children; Ebenezer (1709), Mary (1711), Abigail (1712), Elizabeth (1714), Samuel (1716), Micah (1718), Martha (1720), Joseph (1722), Jarvis (1723), Deborah (1726), Abraham (1728), Sarah (1732). There is much debate as to how many children Ebenezer and Abigail had so this is my best calculation.

He was a farmer and opened a Saw Mill/ Grist Mill and Iron Works with his sons in Sharon, Connecticut. In 1740, Ebenezer sold his orginal “Lot 25” property in Sharon to Cornelius and Mary (Mudge) Hamlin. Today, the Sharon Historical Society owns and operated on this property. He settled on the western border of Mudge Pond with his wife and family in 1743, in an area of Sharon that would later be known as Mudgetown.

Two hundred and sixty two years ago today, Ebenezer Mudge died in Sharon, Connecticut. He is Buried in the Hillside Cemetery in Sharon, Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Hillside Cemetery


Rest in peace, Ebenezer!

Love, Jan

Ebenezer Mudge is my 6 times Great Grandfather.

Tombstone Tuesday – April 14, 2020 – Robert Franklin Hood


Robert F Hood was born on January 12, 1862, the son of Robert F. Hood and Sarah Elizabeth Smith. Robert and Sarah Elizabeth had three sons; Robert Franklin (1862), James A. (1863-1863), John William (1869).  Their son, James, who was named after Elizabeth’s father, James Smith,  died at the age of 2 months.  Sarah Elizabeth died on January 5, 1873. Robert F Hood (Sr) was a wagon maker according to the 1870 Federal Census. He and his family live in Columbia City, Indiana. The have two sons listed in the census; Robert F and John Wm.

In the 1880 Federal Census, the family remains in Columbia City, Indiana. The elder Robert F has remarried Mary J Hilderbrand after the death of his first wife, Sarah Elizabeth. Robert F Jr is eighteen years old and remains in school according to the census record.

Robert F (Jr) married Minnie A. Hartsock on January 13, 1887. In the 1900 Federal Census, Robert F is a farmer. He and his family remain in Columbia City. They have two children; Thomas (1892), and Ellen(1899). By the time of the 1910 Federal Census, Robert and Minnie have three children; Thomas, Ellen and Robert J. (1903)

In 1920 Robert and Minnie live at 310 North Washington Street in Columbia City, Indiana. Robert states that he is a merchant who works in a furniture store. By the 1930 Federal Census, Robert F has retired. They remain at the same address on North Washington Street.

Will HoodRobert Frank Hood

John William Hood and Robert Franklin Hood –  around 1930


Eighty- five years ago, Robert Franklin Hood died in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on April 14, 1935. He was buried at the Greenhill Cemetery in Columbia City, Indiana.

Rest in peace, Robert Franklin!

Love, Jan

Robert Franklin Hood is my first cousin 3 times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – April 7, 2020 – Polly Ann Leet Anderson



Polly Ann was born Oakland County, Michigan on November 22, 1834. She is the daughter of Jonathan and Deborah (Hendryx) Leet. There is some debate between researchers about the location of her birth. Jonathan and Deborah had ten children and the first eight were born in New York and the last two were born in Michigan. The children were; David (1808), Victor (1809), Nancy (1814), Daniel (1815), Amy (1819), Lucy (1820), Maynarsia (1820), Lydia (1823), William (1831), Polly Ann (1834).

Jonathan and Deborah are found in Oakland County, Michigan in 1833 in an early State Census. By the 1840 Census, Jonathan and his family are in Lawrence County, Illinois. He is a farmer. Two of the adult Leet children stayed in Michigan  and remained there the rest of their lives. They are Nancy Leet who married Valentine Boyer and Victor Leet who married Mary Stephens.  At time of the 1840 Federal Census , David, Nancy and Victor are found in Michigan Federal Census and the remaining family members are found in the Illinois Federal Census. Eventually David and his family moved on to Illinois joining his parents and other family members who lived there.  In the 1850 Federal Census for Lawrence County, Illinois, Jonathan and Deborah state that Polly was born in Michigan.

Polly married Samuel Anderson in Illinois on December 11, 1856. In the 1860 Federal Census , Polly states that she was born in Michigan. She and Samuel have one child, a son named Jonathan Henry. They also have a three year old, Elizabeth McDowell, living with them. It is unknown at this time who this child is. I’ll continue to investigate and update this page when I figure it out.

PollyAnn Samual Anderson

Polly Ann (Leet) and Samuel Anderson

I do not find a 1870 Federal Census record for Samuel and Polly Ann. But I do find them in the 1880 Federal Census. Polly Ann and Samuel have five children ; (Jonathan) Henry (1860), Julia (1865), Mary (1867), Louis (1873), Laura (1875). Samuel lists his occupation as a farmer. With the lack of an 1890 Federal Census, I find them once again in the 1900 Federal Census. In the 1900 census, only Henry remains at home with Samuel and Polly. They live in Leech, Wayne County, Illinois. Polly states that she has had nine children five of whom are living.

One hundred and eleven years ago today, Polly Ann Anderson died in Ellery, Wayne County, Illinois. She is buried in the Bethel Cemetery.



Rest in peace, Polly Ann,

Love Jan

Polly Ann is my 4 times Great Aunt.