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