Monthly Archives: April 2021

Tombstone Tuesday – April 6, 2021 – Daniel Lee Crites

My beautiful picture

Daniel Lee Crites is the son of William and Mary Ann (Forney) Crites who was born on March 7, 1864 in Dover, Ohio. Daniel and Mary Ann Crites had ten children; Daniel Lee (1864), Willas (), Joseph Henry (1865), Jesse E. (1867), Emanuel (1870), Viola (1872), Pearl E. (1875), Ellsworth (1877), Alpha (1879), Ruby (1881). In the 1870 Federal Census, William and Mary have four children listed ; Daniel, Joseph, Jesse, Emanuel. William is a farmer in Dover, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. In the 1880 Federal Census, a sixteen year old Daniel Lee is helping his father on the farm. William and Mary Ann have eight children; Daniel, Joseph, Jesse, Emanuel, Viola, Pearly, Ellsworth, Alpha.

Daniel Lee Crites and Harriet L Fox married on January 17, 1889 in Dover, Ohio. By the time of the 1900 Federal Census, Daniel and Harriet have three daughters; Hazel(1892), Magie (1894), Virgie (1896). Daniel’s lists his occupation as Teamster. They live on Seventh Street in Dover, Ohio. In the 1910 Federal Census, they once again have their three daughters listed. Daniel lists his occupation as house carpenter. They live at 510 Front Street and they own their home. In the 1920 Federal Census, Daniel and Harriet remain at the Front Street address. Their daughters have all married and moved away. Daniel lists his occupation as labor in the Steel Mill.

By the time of the 1930 Federal Census, Daniel is sixty-six years old. He still works at the steel mill. He is the night watchman. He and Harriet still live at the Front Street home that they own. In the 1940 Federal Census, Daniel is seventy six years old. He is no longer is employed. He states that he received a fourth grade education. He accomplished so much on a fourth grade education. He and Harriet still live in their home on Front Street.

Seventy three years ago at the age of eighty four years old, Daniel Lee Crites died in Dover, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, on April 6, 1948. Daniel is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Dover, Ohio.

Rest in peace, Daniel!

Love Jan

Daniel Lee Crites is my first cousin four times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – March 30, 2021- Robert Wesley Hayner

Robert Wesley was born on December 26, 1839 in Louth, Grantham, Ontario. He was the son of Henry Hainer and Nancy (Schram) Hainer. He lived his childhood in Louth, Ontario. In the 1851 Canadian Census, Robert can be found with his mother, Nancy, and her new husband John Patterson. He has two siblings listed also, Mary and Melissa. At this point, there surname is spelled Hainer. His father Henry had died in 1846 when Robert Wesley was seven years old.

He married Dorothy Ann Morgan, daughter of David Morgan and Charlotte Fox Morgan, in Grimsby, Ontario on December 30, 1862. I do not find Robert Wesley in the 1861 Canadian Census. Dorothy Ann Morgan is 19 years old and living alone in a boarding house the 1861 census.

Robert Wesley Hayner Photo supplied by Donna Hoffman

Dorothy and Robert Hayner had two daughters. Addie Jane was born in Ontario in 1863 according to her death certificate. Mary Morgan was born in Port Hope, Michigan in 1871, two short weeks after the enormous fire which raced across lower Michigan ending at Lake Huron near Port Hope. (for more information on this fire, see the article on the Needles in the Haystack Blog post -

Wesley, “Doreatha“ and Ada Jane Hayner can be found in Rubicon Township, Huron County, Port Hope, Michigan in the 1870 Federal Census. It is at this time period that I find Robert Wesley Hainer is now known as Robert Wesley Hayner. In Canada, the surname was Hainer with an “i” but once he came to America it was Hayner with a “y”. Sometimes he is known as Wesley and other times as Robert.

I do not find Robert and Dorothy in the 1881 Federal Census. Dorothy is found in Detroit after Robert’s death for about twenty years in Detroit City Directories. It is known that they left Huron County when the lumber trade dried up after the forest fires that ravaged the “thumb” area of Michigan of 1871 and again in 1881. It is thought that they settled in the Marine City or Smith’s Creek area after the 1871 fire. It is where Mary Morgan Hayner, Robert and Dorothy’s youngest daughter, met and married Charles Densmore in 1889.

One hundred and twenty five years ago, Robert Wesley died March 30th 1896 in a farming accident. The story that has been passed down in our family is that he was at his daughter’s residence, in the barn, in a horse stall working with a horse when was kicked in the head by the horse. He was found dead in the stall.

Rest in peace, Robert Wesley

Love, Jan

Robert Wesley was my two times great Grandfather.

Tombstone Tuesday – March 23, 2021 – Elisha Amos Howell

Elisha Amos Howell was born in October of 1849 in Bayham, Elgin County, Ontario. He was the son of Nathan and Miriam (Best) Howell. In the 1851 Canadian Census, Nathan and Miriam have six children listed in the census; W. H (1835), Nathan (1836), Elizabeth (1841), Elisha(1847), Lorenza (1849), Margaret (1850). In the 1861 Canadian Census, they have seven children listed; Elisha, Lorenza, John (1852), Lewis E. (1854), Alvin (1855), Margaret, Alice (1859). Nathan states that he is a farmer.

In the 1871 Canadian Census, Elisha remains living at his parents. He is twenty three years old. He lists his occupation as farmer. Nathan and Miriam have seven children and Catherine Best, who is Miriam’s mother, living with them; Elisha, Lorenza, Margaret, John, Lewis, Alvin, Alice.

On September 23,1873, Elisha Howell and Mary Ellsworth were married by Reverend R. B. Smith.

In the 1881 Canadian Census, Elisha and Mary are in Bayham. His occupation is listed a “Liberman” but I am thinking it should have been Lumberman. They have three children; Claribel (1875), Maggie (1876), Frank (1880.

In the next Canadian Census in 1891, Eisha Amos and Mary live in Dunwich, West Elgin, Ontario. He is listed as Amos in this Census. They have five children; Clara (1875), Maggie (1877), Loren (1881), Clarence Wilfred (1883), Merriet Roy (1887). Frank must have died since I see no evidence of him.

The next available Canadian Census is 1911. Elisha and Mary remain in Dunwich and have three children who live with them; Maggie, Fred (Clarence Wilfred) and Merriet. They are all adults. Maggie does not work but the two sons, Fred and Merriet list their occupation as Farmers. Wonder if they are currently helping their father?

By the time of the 1921 Canadian Census, I do not find Mary listed with ELisha. Elisha is living with Clarence’s (Fred) Family. He is seventy two years old.

Ninety nine years ago, on March 23, 1922, Elisha Amos died of a stroke according to his death certificate. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Dutton, Elgin County, Ontario. There is no photo of his grave stone at this time. I’ll add it at a later date if I get one. Won’t happen anytime soon with the border closed to Canada due to Covid.

Rest in peace, Elisha!

Love, Jan

Elisha Amos Howell is my first cousin, four times removed.