Monthly Archives: February 2021

Tombstone Tuesday – January 12, 2021 – Leah May Jester

Leah Mary Jester Bierig

Leah Mary Jester was born on July 16, 1890 in Kansas. Her parents were John Jacob Jester and Elizabeth Rade, John and Elizabeth had two daughter by the 1900 Census; Leah (1891) and Bertha (1899). John and Elizabeth state that they were born in Russia in the 1900 Federal Census. They lived in Deer Creek, Woods County, Oklahoma. The last name listed on the census is Rade but Leah’s marriage license states the last name is Jester.

Leah married Jacob Bierig on December 18,1907 at the age of seventeen in Garfield, Oklahoma. By the time of the 1910 Federal Census, Leah and Jacob are living in a boarding house in Enid, Garfield, Oklahoma with their one year old daughter, Pearl. Jacob states that he is a Farm Laborer and that he is a Naturalized citizen.

Special Thanks to Jay Jones on Ancestry for sharing this photo.

By the 1920 Federal Census, Jacob and Leah now have three children; Pearl,(1910) Walter (1912) and Ethyl (1917). They lived in Deep Creek, Oklahoma. Jacob is a farmer. Ethyl died on June 27, 1921. She is buried in the family cemetery. Pearl married Loran Reynolds on June 10,1927 in Garfield, Oklahoma. In the 1930 Federal Census, Jacob and Leah have four sons living with them; Walter (1891), Glenn(1924), Robert (1926) and Earl Dean(1928).

By the 1940 Federal Census, Jacob and Leah live in Seay, Blaine County, Oklahoma. They have four sons living with them. They are listed as Glenn Leroy, Bobbie Lee, Earl Dean, Ray Loren (1936). Jacob is a farmer.

Leah died thirty four years ago on January 12, 1987. She is buried in Bierig Cemetery in Major County, Oklahoma with her husband and daughter.

Rest in peace, Leah.

Love, Jan

Leah is the Mother in Law of a distant Crites cousin and not really related to me. Thanks to Jay Jones on Ancestry who shared Leah’s Photo and to the dedicated people who add tombstone and cemetery photos to

Tombstone Tuesday- January 5, 2021 – Charles S Densmore

Charles S. Densmore was born on December 23, 1864 to John and Sarah (Reynolds) Densmore in Mount Clemens, Michigan. He was the fifth child born of ten children; Elizabeth M. (1857), William A. (1859), George E. (1861), Alice V. (1863), Charles S. (1864), Effee M. (1867), Norman A. (1869), Delbert D. (1871), Worthy L. (1873), Harvey R. (1882).

He married Mary Morgan Hayner in Port Lambton, Canada on March 27, 1889. Charles and Mary had eleven children; Addie Mae (1890), Nomer (1893), Charles Ray (1894), Elizabeth L. (1897), Dorothy S. (1901), Jay Morgan (1903), John Reynolds (1905), Harry Hayner (1908), Mary Kathryn (1910), Allan Glen (1912), Alvin Chester (1912). Nomer and Alvin both died as infants.

1915 Family Photo – Standing from left to right: Jay Morgan, Elizabeth, Charles Ray, Addie, Dorothy
Front row and seated left to right: Mary Katherine, Mary Morgan Hainer, Harry Morgan, Charles S Densmore holding Allan , John Reynolds

In the 1900 Federal Census Charles occupation is listed as day laborer and he and his family live in East China Township, St Clair County, Michigan. In the 1910 Federal Census, Charles and his family are in Cottrelville, St Clair County. Their adult daughter Addie and her husband Andrew Anderson are living with them and Anna Ehard . She is 16 years old. Charles was doing farm labor in 1910. In the 1920 Federal Census, Charles and family are listed in Marine City, Ward 3. They now own their home. Charles is working as a carpenter in the shipyard and builds houses. Six of the Children remain at home and Dorothy Hayner (Mary’s Mother) is living with them.

By the 1930 Census, Charles lists his occupation as a Sexton of the Marine City Cemetery. They have two adult children living with them, Charles Ray Densmore and Mary K and Arthur Kammer with son Richard. Allan Densmore is still living at home at the age of 17. In the 1940 Federal Census, Charles is 75 years old and still working as the sexton of the Marine City Cemetery. In the census, it is revealed that that Charles had a 3rd grade elementary school education. He was quite an accomplished man for only having a 3rd grade education.

Seventy eight years ago, on January 5, 1943, Charles S Densmore died at his home on Delina Street in Marine City. His Obituary read ; Charles suffered a heart attack and died at his home on Delina Street early Monday evening, January, 5th, 1943. As a young man he sailed and operated a farm. Later he became a sexton of the Woodlawn Cemetery in Marine City.. He was an active member of the volunteer fireman for 51 years.

The obit states that he was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery but he is actually buried in Rose Hill Cemetery with his wife and several of his children.

Rest in peace, Charles,

Love, Jan

Charles is my Great Grandfather on my Mother’s maternal side of the family. This “Tombstone Tuesday” was published on a different blog site.

Tombstone Tuesday – December 22, 2020 – David Minor Boyer


David Minor was the son of Valentine and Nancy Jane (Leet) Boyer born on March 31, 1849 in Rose Center, Michigan. Valentine and Nancy had six children; Amy(1843), Dennison (1845), Austin (1848), David Minor (1849), Sarah Ann (1852), Elizabeth (1857). Valentine was a farmer in Rose Township, Oakland County, Michigan. In the 1850 Federal Census, Valentine and Nancy had four children living with them; Amy, Dennison, Austin and David.

In the 1860 Federal Census, David is listed as a nine year old but he is really closer to eleven years old. Valentine and Nancy have six children with the addition of two daughters; Amy (Nora), Dennis, Austin, Davis, Sarah Anna (1853), Elizabeth (1856).

David M. Boyer was married twice. His first marriage was the Rhetta Blowers. She was born in Wisconsin. The marriage likely occurred around 1875 but I am unable to find a marriage record. They had two children; Edith (1778) and Henry P (1876).

In the 1880 Federal Census, I find Austin Boyer, his first wife, Aritt and their son Lennie, David and Rhetta and their two children living in Rose Township with Valentine and Nancy. Rhetta died in 1883. He married Eunice White on April 4, 1886 in Oakland County, Michigan. The Boyer brothers, Austin and David married White sisters, Mary Florence and Eunice. For both Boyer brothers, this is a second marriage.

The next available Federal Census is the 1900, By that time, Eunice and David have had six children; George (1884), Nellie (1887), Daniel (1889), Clarence (1890), Flossie (1895) and Celia (1898). Nancy Boyer is living with David and Eunice. She is an eighty six year old widow who is blind. George is likely the last child born to Rhetta and David since he was born before Eunice and David were married. His older siblings have married and are living on their own. On November 14, 1905, David and Eunice had a son, named David Valentine. David Valentine died on March 7th, 1906 at the age of 5 months.

By the 1910 Federal Census, David and Eunice have their three youngest children still living at home; Clarence, Flossie, Celia. By the 1920 Federal Census, David and Eunice are living alone in Pontiac, Michigan.

Ninety three years ago on December 22, 1927, David Minor Boyer died in Highland, Michigan. He is buried in the Boyer family plot in Beebe Cemetery in Rose Township, Oakland County, Michigan.

Rest in Peace, David.