Monthly Archives: May 2021

Tombstone Tuesday – April 27, 2021 – James Clarence Clark

James Clarence Clark was born in Lafayette Township, Allen County. Indiana on October 29,1867. He was the son of Robert and Catherine Amanda (Diffendorfer) Clark. Robert and Catherine Amanda Clark lived in Lafayette township, Allen County, Indiana in the 1870 Federal Census. They have two children ; James C (1867) and Minnie V (1869). Robert is a Harness Maker.

By the time of the 1880 Federal Census, Robert and Amanda (Catherine) have six children; James C, Minnie V., Theodore (1871), William (1873), Charles (1876), Markley U. (1878). They live in Zaneville, Wells County, Indiana. Robert is still making harnesses for a living. Robert and Amanda have two addition children after the 1880 Federal Census, Chase (1882) and Alma (1884)

James Clarence married Eva Maud Young on June 24, 1894 in Zanesville. Clarence J. Clark is listed in Zanesville in the 1900 Federal Census with his wife Maud and two children; Jewel (1896) and Leo (1899). Clarence lists his occupation as house painter. James and Maud had another son in 1900 just after the Federal Census, Raymond Clifford.

One hundred and fifteen years ago on April 27, 1906, James Clarence Clark died in Zanesville, Indiana at the age of thirty eight years old. He is buried in the Hoverstock, Cemetery with many other Clark Family members including his wife Maud Young Clark Hartup who remarried later in life.

Rest in peace, James Clarence!

Love Jan

James Clarence was my second cousin three time removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – April 20, 2021 – Pearl Boatman Crites

Pearl Boatman was born on July 26, 1891 in Osborn, Oklahoma. She is the daughter of Frank Elias and Alice (Tipton) Boatman. Frank and Alice had three children; Ila Pearl (1891), John Clyde (1894), Carl (1905).

In the 1900 Federal Census, Pearl is found with her parents and a brother, John C Boatman. By the time of the 1910 Federal Census, Frank and Alice have three children; Pearl, Clyde J and Carl. Frank is a clerk and they live in Hennessey, Oklahoma.

On September 4, 1912, Pearl married Ira Earnest Crites in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. By the 1920 Federal Census, Pearl and Ira Crites have two children; Ira(1917) and Fern (1918). Also living with them is Cyrus and Opal Crites(1904), who were siblings of Ira and Carl Boatman (1904) who was the brother of Pearl. No age is listed for Cyrus but he is a widower. Ira’s mother died in 1918 and Pearl’s mother died on May 1, 1919. Wonder if this was during the influenza pandemic? Quite obviously the children of these two mothers went to live with other family members. Ira is a Thresherman in the Grain Industry.

In the 1930 Federal Census, Pearl and “Earnest” Ira are living in Jet, Oklahoma. They have five children; Ira O., Fern O , Jack E. (1921), Evelyn P. (1927), Roy C (1929). Ira is working in the Cement Industry as a Cement Mixer Operator.

By the 1940 Federal Census, Pearl and Ira have moved their family across the country to Mercer, California. Several of the siblings of both Ira and Pearl had moved to Californian prior to their move. Earnest is a cement finisher. All five of the children remain with them even though Ira and Fern are now adults, twenty three and twenty two years of age, Jack is nineteen, Evelyn and Roy are still in school and are thirteen and eleven,

Forty nine years ago on April 20, 1972, Pearl Crites died in Stanislaus County, California. She was eighty years old. She is buried in Evergreen Memorial Park in Mercer, California in Section 15 Plot 57 with her husband who had died earlier.

Rest in peace, Pearl!

Love, Jan

Pearl Boatman Crites was the wife of my second cousin three times removed, Ira Earnest Crites.