Monthly Archives: March 2022

Tombstone Tuesday – March 29, 2022 – Lucinda Keely Clark

Lucinda Keely Clark

Lucinda Keely was born on January 23, 1836 in Huntington County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Sebastian and Catherine (Shultz) Keely. She had a twin sister, Sattia. Sabastian and Catherine had seven daughters and two sons; Margaret (1830), Harriet (1831), Sarah (1833), James (1838), Sattia (1836), Lucinda (1836), Catherine (1841), Henry (1844), Marie (1847).

Keely Sisters – Sattia, Sarah, Marie, Margaret, Lucinda
( This photo was shared by Sue Allen on Ancestry/Findagrave. )

In the 1850 Federal Census, Sabastian and Catherine are found in Wooster, Ohio with with eight children; Margaret, Harriet, Sarah, James, Sattia, Lucinda, Catherine, Henry and Maria. Sabastian lists his occupation as Merchant. Also living with them are two clerks ; A. B. McCurdy and B. F. Purdy.

Lucinda married Charles Clark in Wells County, Indiana on October 30, 1855. Charles and Lucinda had three children; May (1859), Nellie (1864) , Edgar (1866)

In the 1860 Federal Census, Charles and Lucinda are in Bluffton, Indiana. They have one daughter, May who was born in 1858. Charles is a carpenter. In the 1870 Federal Census, Charles and Lucinda have two children; Nellie and Edgar. Their daughter, May, must have died but I do not find a record of it. Charles continues to do Carpenter work.

By the 1880 Federal Census, Charles and Lucinda and their children are in Alameda, Oakland County, California. Charles is still a carpenter. By the 1900 Federal Census, Lucinda is a widow . She is living with her daughter and her husband, Jefferson Meyer. Nellie and Jefferson Meyer have two sons; Karl (1884) and Jefferson (1889).

Lucinda Clark’s Death Certificate

One hundred and seventeen years ago today, Lucinda Keely Clark died in Richmond, Indiana of acute Bronchitis. She was living at the home of her daughter’s. She was buried in Earlham Cemetery located in Richmond, Indiana.

Earlham Cemetery, Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana

Rest in peace, Lucinda!

Love, Jan

Lucinda is the wife of my first cousin four times removed Charles Clark.

Tombstone Tuesday – March 22, 2022 – Frank Lorenzo Pettit

Frank Lorenzo Pettit was born March 31, 1878 in Richfield Center, Genesee County, Michigan. He was the son of James Sanford and Elva P (Davis) Pettit. James and Elva had seven children; Delphine (1872-1892), Carrie (1874-1892), Cora (1876), Frank (1878), Edna (1881), Edythe (1883), Oscar (1887). In the 1880 Federal Census, Sandford and Elva are found in Richfield, Michigan with four children; Delphine, Carrie, Cora and two year old Frank. Sanford list his occupation as Farmer but he is disabled and list the cause as Heart Disease. Sandford is 34 years old. In the 1990 Federal Census, Frank remains at home and he is 22 years old. James Sandford and Elva list three children living with them; Franks, Oscar and Edith. The census states that Elva has had seven children five of whom are living. James appears to be working full time and has recovered from the heart issues that were reported in the previous Federal Census.

Frank married Alice Oatman on September 4, 1909 in Otter Lake, Lapeer County, Michigan. In the 1910 Federal Census, Frank and Alice are working for Nelson Nichols in Pontiac, Michigan. Franks occupation is listed as nurse and Alice’s is listed as housekeeper. There are several boarders also listed in the census record. On September 12, 1918, Frank register for the WWI draft. He stated that he was forty years old and he worked for himself as a Day Laborer and Farmer. He stated that he was tall and slender with dark blue eyes and red hair. Alice is his next of kin contact. He states that they lives in Otter Lake, Genesee County, Michigan.

By the 1920 Federal Census, Frank and Alice have one son who is seven years old, Carlton (Golton) . On March 28, 1929 Golton Pettit died from an apparent Suicide attempt on March 26 in Marathon. Michigan. In the 1930 Federal Census, Frank and Alice remain in Marathon, Michigan. Frank is a farmer. In the 1940 Federal Census, Frank and Alice are still found in Marathon, Michigan and they have a daughter, Mary A. Pettit. In his 1942 WWI Draft record, Frank is sixty four years old. They live in Otter Lake, Michigan.

Seventy two years ago today, Frank died in Caro, Tuscola County, Michigan. He was a widower. He is buried Watertown Township Cemetery in Tuscola County, Michigan.


Rest in peace, Frank!

Love Jan

Frank is distantly related to me thru the marriage of my two times Great Grand Aunt Ester Losee to Myron Pettit.

Tombstone Tuesday – March 15, 2022 – William Silverthorn

William Silverthorn was born in Sussex County New Jersey in 1748 the son of Thomas and Johanna (Newman) Silverthorn. Thomas and Johannah had ten children; Thomas (1746), Oliver (1747), William (1748), Henry (1750), Nancy (1752), Rebecca (1754), Winnifred (1756), Mary (1758), George (1760), John (1762).

William married Jane Bartlow in Sussex, New Jersey in 1767. William and Jane had six children; John (1770), Elizabeth (1771), Thomas (1775), James (1778), Abraham (1780), Isaac (1788).

In 1770 William and Jane lived in Hunterdon, New Jersey. William Silverthorn served in the Pennsylvania Militia in the Revolutionary War from 1780-1783. He remained Militia Rolls for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania for April 17, 1786 under Captain Andrew Buskirk’s Company, Second Battalion, Montgomery County Militia.

In US Quaker Meeting Records, William, Jane and their children are recorded as attending the Monthly Quaker meetings in April and June of 1790. One record reveals that Wm and his family left Hunterdon, New Jersey and the other records shows the family in Westland Pennsylvania in July of 1790.

In the 1800 Federal Census, William and his family are found in Springfield Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania. He and Jane have three children who still live at home ; Abraham, Isaac and Elizabeth. In the 1810 Federal Census, William and Jane are found in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Two hundred and nine years ago on March 15, 1813, William Silverthorn dies at the age of 65. He is buried in East Springfield Cemetery in East Springfield, Pennsylvania.

Rest in Peace William!

Love, Jan

William is my six times Great Uncle on my paternal side of the family.

Tombstone Tuesday – March 8, 2022 – Francis Jay Reynolds

Francis Jay Reynolds was born on October 11, 1881. He was the son of Charles and Jemina “Belle” (Johns) Reynolds. Charles and Belle had six children; Ida (1868), Franklin (1870), Ella (1876), Fred (1879), Francis (1881) and Minnie (1886). Due to the loss of the 1890 Federal Census, the first census that Francis Jay is found in is the 1900 Federal Census. He is already 18 years old. He is a farm laborer, also listed in the census is his sister Minnie. The census states that his mother, Jennie, has had 8 children , five of whom are living in 1900. The older children in this family have married and moved on.

Jay (Francis) Reynolds married Kate Campbell on November 30, 1904 in Allegan, Michigan. In the 1910 Federal Census, Jay and Kate are living in Martin, Michigan. They have two children; Clyde (1906) and Dorothy (1909). Jay states that his occupation is a Shoe Shiner at the local railroad station. They rent a home and have been married for five years. Kate, Jay’s wife, died in 1914 of TB.

Jay registers for the draft for WW1 on Sept 12,1918. He is currently living at 314 E Franklin St, Ostego, Michigan, He is thirty-six years old and works for Mac Sim Bar Paper Company as a Beaterman. He lists his closest relative as his father Charles E Reynolds who live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Out of curiosity I looked up what a Beaterman did at a paper mill. They were in charge of the machinery used to make wood shavings into pulp. They ensured that the pulp was the correct consistency for making paper. Mac Sim Bar Paper Company open in Ostego, Michigan in 1906 and continued operation for 98 years. It was later operated under the name of Rock-Tenn Company until it closed in 2004.

In the 1920 Federal Census, Jay is a boarder in Ostego living in the home of George R Davis. His daughter Dorothy, is living with her Grandmother Annie Campbell and Annie’s Son John in the 1920 Federal Census. This is likely another case where an adolescent daughter was not allowed to live with her father. Clyde A Reynolds is living with an Aunt and Uncle, Jennie and Frank Warrant.

By the 1930 Federal Census, Dorothy is twenty-one years old and living with her father again. By the time of the 1940 Federal Census, Francis Jay and his son Clyde are living together on 117 East Oeleane Street in Otsego, Michigan. Jay Reynolds register for the WWII draft in 1942. He was employed by the City of Ostego in the state of Michigan.

Sixty-eight years ago today, March 8, 1954, Francis Jay Reynolds died in Ostego, Michigan. He is buried with his wife and several children in East Martin Cemetery, Martin, Michigan.

East Martin Cemetery, Allegan County, Michigan

Rest in peace, Jay!

Love , Jan

Francis Jay was my first cousin 3 times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – March 1, 2022 – Rachel Parker Silverthorne

Ashton Parish, Wiltshire County, England

Rachel Parker was christened on June 6, 1594 at Castle Eaton, Wiltshire County, England.

Marriage record of Anthonie Silverthorne and Rachel Parker – November 28, 1620

She married Anthony Silverthorne on November 28, 1620 in West Ashton, Wiltshire, England. They had six children; William (1621-1621), Anthony (1623), Ann (1825), Mary (1827), Anstance (1630-1630), William (1630). Anthony, Ann, Mary and William (the twin) survived into adulthood.

William and Anstance Silverthorne (twins) birth record. – March 1, 1630

In the Ashton parish record, you find the christening records for the twins, William and Anstance on March 1, 1630 and Rachel’s burial record about 10 lines down in the Burial section is also recorded on March 1,1630. Obviously, Rachel died giving birth to these two twins, Anstance and William. Anstance died shortly after birth. Rachel was buried in ” St. Mary the Virgin Churchyard” in Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire, England and so are her children William (the first born in 1621) and Anstance (1630).

Rachel Silverthorne burial records – March 1, 1630

Rest in peace, Rachel

Love, Jan

Rachel was my 10 times Great Grandmother.