Monthly Archives: May 2022

Tombstone Tuesday – May 10, 2022 – Charles Edward May

Charles Edward May was born on April 17, 1851, the son of Joakim May and Marinda Lennox . He was born in Louth Township, Ontario near Niagara. In the 1851 Canadian Census, Charles is found with his parents, Joakim and Marinda and two Uncles William and Augustus May. By the 1861 Canadian Census, they remain in Louth Township. The uncles are still are living with them and they are farm laborers who are helping their brother with the farming. In this census, Joakim and Miranda have four sons, Edward (Charles, 1851), Peter (1855), Alexander (1858) and Joseph (1860).

Joakim and Marinda had six children in the 1871 Canadian Census; Charles (1851), Peter (1855), Alexander (1858), Eli J (Joseph, 1861), James C (1863), Jesse F (1867). Joakim is a farmer and they remain in the Niagara area in Louth Township, Ontario. Charles lists his occupation as Farm Laborer in this census as well. At nineteen years of age, he is likely assisting his father on the farm and not yet married. He married Dorothy Ann Hainer before the 1876 birth of their first son, Harold Arnold. I do not find a marriage license or a record indicating the date.

By the 1881 Canadian Census, Charles and Dorothy have two sons; Harold (1876) and Lewis(1880). In the 1891 Canadian Census, Charles and Dorothy are found living next door to Joakim and Marinda with brother Eli and his family living on the other side of his parents. Charles and Dorothy have four sons; Harry, Lewis, Archie(1886) and Charles B (1889). By the 1901 Canadian Census, Marinda is a widow and living with Charles and Dorothy. They have five children now, Harry, Lewis, Archie, Charles and Margaret ( Maggie – 1892). In the 1911 Canadian Census, Charles remains a farmer while Lewis lists his occupation as a book maker, the son, Charles, is a Laborer and Maggie is still attending school. They have a boarder living with them, Allen Blakeley.

Charles Edward May’s Death Certificate

Eighty-eight years ago on May 10, 1934, Charles Edward May died in St. Catharines, Ontario. He died of chronic Nephritis (Kidney Disease) and a contributing factor was senility. He was buried at Maple Lawn Cemetery in St. Catharines, Ontario. I find no tombstone photo as of this time.

Maple Lawn Cemetery

Rest in peace, Charles Edward!

Love, Jan

Charles Edward was the husband of my first cousin four times removed, Dorothy Ann Hainer. We maybe distantly related several generations back in the Hainer line. Dorothy and Edward maybe third or fourth cousins. Dorothy descends from the Albert Hainer line and Charles may be related thru the Derrick Hainer line but it is too late tonight to verify that. Will look at it in the future.

Tombstone Tuesday – May 3, 2022 – Frederic Overly

Frederic/Frederick was born in Bethel, Pennsylvania on February 25, 1766. There is some confusion as to the exact date that he was born. Some say February 3, 1765 or 1766 and March 3, 1766 but his Rev War record says February 25, 1766 so that is what I am settling with. He was the son of Martin and Eva Marie (Nagel) Overly. Martin and Eva arrived in America from Wurtenburg, Germany where they settled in Bethel, Pennsylvania. After several years they moved on to Kentucky where they settled in Bourbon County. Martin and Eva Overly had seven children; Jacob (1760), Boston (1762), Gasper/Casper (1764), Frederic (1766), Martin (1767), Henry (1769), John Christopher (1771).

At the age of twelve, Frederick served as a scout in the Revolutionary War.

According to the standard History of Ross County, Ohio; “ Martin Overley and his son’s , Boston, Frederick and Martin came from Bourbon County Kentucky in 1797. They built a bark shant in section 5 in which they kept a bachelors’ hall until fall. They cleared off a piece of land and planted corn on it. They subsisted principally on corn bread and sugar water, with an addition sometimes, by way of variety, of scalded nettles. For a meal and salt they had to return to Kentucky.

In the fall, after securing their crop, They returned for their families and moved out on pack-horses. There was no road, only an Indian trail thru dense forest. The wife of Frederick carried on her horse a spinning wheel and her babe (John), eight week old. They all lived in the bark Shanty until cabins could be built. “

Frederick married Mary Ann Hines in Bourbon County, Kentucky on February 24, 1795. They migrated to Ross County, Ohio in 1797. They had seven children; John (1795), George (1798), Polly (1801), Rebecca (1806), Susannah (1812), Mary Ann (1813), Margaret (1815).

Frederick and his growing family are found in all of the early censuses starting with the 1800 Federal Census through 1840 Federal Census and are always found in Ross County, Ohio.

One hundred and seventy-four years ago on May 3, 1848, Frederick died in Ross County, Ohio. He is buried in Springfield, Ross County, Ohio in Overly Chapel Cemetery.

Overly Chapel and Cemetery

Rest in peace, Frederick!

Love Jan

Frederick Overly is my 4th Great Uncle. my 4th Great Grandparents, Martin and Eva Overly are buried in this cemetery also.

It is totally ironic that my Grandchildren and their Mother moved to Bainbridge, Ohio which is in Paint township, Ross County, Ohio. I now have great grandchildren there too. Clearly this church is still in operation so next time I go for a visit, I will have to go for a visit.