Monthly Archives: April 2022

Tombstone Tuesday – April 26, 2022 – Barbara Z (Hilliard /Willard) Kinnaman

Barbara (Hilliard) Willard was born on November 19, 1785 in Stokes, Pitt County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Johann George and Susannah Catherine (Appel) Willard.

Barbara married Walter Kinnaman. in Stokes, North Carolina on March 14, 1808. Walter and Barbara had ten children; Hiram L. (1809), Samuel (1813), Susannah (1813), Richard (1815), Margaret (1818), Solomon (1818), Henry (1820), Andrew (1822), Hannah (1824), Barbara (1826). Walter and Barbara left North Carolina in 1816 and settled in Montgomery County, Ohio. They moved on to Madison County, Indiana by the 1830 Federal Census and remained there until shortly after the 1850 Federal Census. This information was extracted from a Kinnamon Family book in the chapter about the John Thomas Kinnamon Family. John Thomas is Walter’s father.

In the 1850 Federal Census., Barbara is found in Madison County, Indiana with her husband, Walter. They have six other Kinnaman family members listed with them. Walter is 71 years old and Barbara is 66. There is a 32 year old Edmund and a 23 year old Barbara listed. Barbara is likely their youngest daughter. Could Edmund really be Solomon or Solomon Edmund? The age would be correct and I do not know if Solomon had a middle name. The younger children listed are Richard’ s children according to the Kinnaman Family in America book. Is Richard’s middle name Edmund? I find no records for an Edmund or Edmond Kinnaman. The children recorded are John (1835), Henry (Wm- 1840), Lucinda (1844) and Susan (1847).

One hundred and sixty-six years ago today Barbara Kinnaman died in Flora, Clay County, Illinois. She is buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

Rest in peace Barbara!

Love Jan

Barbara was a challenge this week to my research skills. She is listed as a Hilliard, Williard and Willard in various records. The Kinnamon name is also an issue at times it is Kinnamon, Kinnaman and Kinnimin. I had my work cut out for me. Barbara is the paternal grandmother to the wives of two of my Smith Great Uncles. Yes…this is quite a stretch but it was what I had to work with this week.

Tombstone Tuesday – April 19, 2022 – Addie Mae Densmore Anderson

Addie Mae Densmore was born on October 12, 1890 in Cottrellville, Michigan. She was the first daughter born to Charles and Mary Morgan (Hayner) Densmore. Charles and Mary had eleven children; Addie Mae (1890), Nomer (1893-1893), Charles Ray (1894), Elizabeth (1897), Dorothy (1901), Jay Morgan (1903), John Reynolds (1905), Harry Hayner (1908), Mary Kathryn (1910), Alan Glen (1912) and Alvin Chester (1912-1912).

In the 1900 Federal Census, Addie is nine years old. She live in East China with her parents, Charles and Mary Densmore and her brother Charles Ray(1895) and sister Elizabeth (1897). They had two boarders living with them who were not related.

My mother told me that the year that Andrew (a Norwegian immigrant sailor) and Addie met, Addie was a eighteen year old “milk maiden” who worked for a local dairy farmer. She drove a wagon drawn by horses around town and delivered milk to businesses and homes. Andrew was not “home” very much but when he was, he boarded at the home of his employer, Captain Gus Englehart. Gus frequently employed and sponsored Norwegian sailors as crew members for his ships. One day when Andrew was not at sea, he caught the attention of Miss Addie as she delivered milk. Soon after that Andrew spent every minute that he was on shore with Addie and the Densmore family. Addie married Andrew Anderson in Windsor, Ontario on December 9,1909. Addie and Andrew spent their first winter of their marriage on a ship in the Chicago Harbor where they “Wintered Over”. Andrew and his crew took care of the ship and Addie was the cook.

Charles Densmore Family – 1915
Back row L to R: Jay Morgan, Elizabeth, Ray Charles, Addie, Dorothy
Front Row L to R: Mary Kathryn, Mary Morgan, Harry Hayner, Charles holding Allen G, John Reynold

In the 1910 Federal Census, the newly married couple, Addie and Andrew, are found with Charles and Mary Densmore. Charles lists his occupation as a farm laborer. Andrew lists his as a wheelman on a Lake Steamer. They live in Cottrellville, Michigan. Living with them are Charles and Mary ‘s children ; Ray C, Elizabeth, Dorothy, Morgan (Jay), John, Harry, Mary Katheryn.

1920 Photo of Addie holding Robert, Olga and Ray with their new car which Addie learned how to drive as soon as she could.

By the 1920 Federal Census, Andrew and Addie Anderson are now living in Marine City, Michigan. They have two children; Olga (1912) and Ray (1917). Andrew has stopped sailing and he now an Operator in the local power station used to power the electric rail line that runs from Port Huron to Detroit.

By the 1930 Federal Census, Andrew and Addie had seven children six of whom were living at home; Ray, Robert (1920), Andrew (1922), Charles (1925), Leah (1928), Herbert (1930). Andrew has remained employed by the Electric Interurban Rail Line.

In the 1940 Federal Census, Andrew and Addie still live at 272 N Elizabeth Street in Marine City. Ray(23) is working as a Machine operator, Robert W (20) is sailor who is currently not assigned to a ship, Andrew F (18) is looking for employment. The remain children are all attending school ; Charles H, Leah M, Herbert W, and John H (1932).

Andrew Anderson Family – 1937

Back Row L to R : Andrew F, Robert Wesley, Ray D. Charles H.
Front Row L to R: Addie, John H. Andrew, Leah, Olga, Herbert.

Sixty seven years ago today, Addie died of Breast Cancer. She was buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in East China, Michigan.

Rest in Peace, Addie!

Love you, Jan

Addie was my Grandmother, my Mother’s Mother. I never knew her because she died when my mother, Leah (Anderson) Smith was about 5 months pregnant with me. I have a lot in common with my Grandma Addie. She was an avid sewer and so am I. She and Andrew were avid gardeners. In the 1920s and 1930’s, you needed to be gardeners to feed a family of eight children. I, too, love gardening and canning. I do not need to, as much as I want to. I love knowing that I grew it. I love the taste of my home grown produce all season long but especially in the winter when I open that jar! My parents never gardened. I learned to garden from a wonderful old gardener who was my neighbor for five years when I was in my twenties. Lyal was nearly ninety when he set out to teach me how to garden. That was a special time for me. My children were small and we were just getting by and the garden produce was a big help.

Grandma Addie speaks to me and through me everyday. It is a very special bond that we have. Love you, Grandma Addie!

Tombstone Tuesday – April 5, 2022 – Carlton Eugene Barkham

Carlton Barkham was born in Holly, Michigan on November 10, 1875. He was the son of James and Mary (Thomas) Barkham. James and Mary had four children; Myrtie (1867), Harry (1869), James (1872), Carlton (1875). In the 1880 Federal Census, James and Mary are found in Holly Michigan where they are recorded with four children; Myrtie (1858), Harry (1859), James (1867), Carlton Eugene (1875). James is a Miller by trade.

Carlton (Carl) married Louise Crawford in 1899 according to the 1900 Federal Census, though I do not find the marriage record. They live in Grayson, Texas. Like his father, James, Carl is also a Miller. He and Louise have one son who is 11 months old, Carl C born in 1899. They are renting a home on South Throgmorton Street .

In the 1910 Federal Census, Carl and Louise remain in Texas. They now own their home on East Cherry Street. They have two children; Carl C and Agnes (1905). They also have Louise’s parents living with them Dwight Crawford (1846) and Julia Crawford (1853). Carl is a Miller in a Flour Mill.

By the 1920 Federal Census, Carl and Louise have five children; Carl, Agnes, Hazel (1914), Dorothy (1917), Doris (1917). They remain at the East Cherry Street home in Grayson, Texas . He still works at the flour mill as a Miller. In the 1930 Federal Census, Carl and Louise are still found at East Cherry Street and they have four of their six children who remain at home; Hazel, Dorothy, Doris and James (1923). They also have Louise’ s mother living with them, who is a seventy seven year old widow. She is listed as D.H. Crawford but in a previous census her name was Julia.

Ninety years ago today, Carlton Eugene Barkham died of Pneumonia in Sherman Texas. He was buried in the West Hill Cemetery in Sherman, Texas.

Rest in peace, Carlton!

Love, Jan

Carlton is the first cousin of the man who married my 2X Grand Aunt, Gladys Losee. ( is a bit out there but the date was right and I could find data!)