Monthly Archives: April 2023

Tombstone Tuesday – April 18, 2023- Elmer Paul Kinnaman

Elmer Paul Kinnaman was born on February 22, 1879 in Flora, Clay County, Illinois. He was the son of Henry and Mary Ann (Luse) Kinnaman. In the 1880 Federal Census, Elmer is with his parents and they are living in Monroe, Anderson County, Kansas. Listed with him are his parents, Henry and Mary Ann, his 12 year old sister Mamie and his five year old brother, Charles. Henry lists his occupation as farmer. By the 1900 Federal Census, the Kinnaman family are back in Clay County, Illinois. Henry is 79 years old and Mary Ann is 59. Elmer remains with his parents. He is 21 years old.

Elmer’s father, Henry Kinnaman , owned 160 acres in the southeast corner of Section 23 in Clay County, Illinois according to the 1881 Land map for Clay County. It was located northwest of Village of Flora. Henry had three wives. The first wife was Phebea Grim, she died 1862. They had two children; Martha Jane (1843) and Alonzo Clay (1855) who are half siblings to Elmer and his siblings. Henry married his second wife, Martha Rawlings in 1862. She died in 1865. They had no children. Henry then married Mary Ann Luse, who is the mother of Elmer and his siblings.

Elmer Paul married Avis Manda Nash in 1904. By the 1910 Federal Census, Elmer and Avis have two daughters, Mary Ester (1905) and Naomi Sophia (1908). They lived in Harter Township, Illinois. Elmer is a farmer. On September 12,1918, Elmer registered for the draft for WWI. He states that he is a self employed farmer. Elmer and Avis live on Route 1, in Flora, Illinois. By the time of the 1920 Federal Census, Elmer and Avis have three children; Mary and Naomi and a son, Paul Donald (1911). In 1925, Elmer Paul and Avis had a son name Lee Ellmore born on October 1, 1925 who died of an undisclosed illness on June 18, 1926. By the time of the 1930 Federal Census, the older girls have left home and 19 year old Paul remains with his parents. In the 1940 Federal Census, Elmer, Avis and their son, Paul are living in the same location.

In 1942, Elmer Paul registered for WWII along with his son, Paul. He is sixty three years old and stated that he is a self employed farmer. He and his wife Avis, live at RFD2, Harter Township, Clay County, Illinois.

Sixty-six years ago on April 18,1957, Elmer Paul died at the age of 78. He is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in the Kinnaman Plot in Flora, Illinois.

Rest in peace, Elmer!

Love, Jan

Elmer was the first cousin to Hannah and Emily Kinnaman. They are Kinnaman sisters who married Smith brothers; Branson and WiIliam Smith. William and Branson are my 3rd Great Grand Uncles, Brothers to my 2X Great Grandfather, James W Smith

Tombstone Tuesday – April 11, 2023 – Margaret Pocock Young

Margaret Pocock was born on September 5, 1858. Her death Certificate states she was born in England but she was most likely born in Ohio or Indiana since all the other siblings were either born in Ohio or Indiana. She was the daughter of Elijah Pocock and Nancy Middaugh.

Elijah and Nancy (Middaugh) Pocock had eight children; Milton (1843), Mary Catherine (1845), John (1848), Emeline (1852), Elias (1856), Margaret (1858), Nancy (1861). In the 1850 Federal Census, Elisha Pocock and his wife Nancy reside in Wayne Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Elijah is working in the Construction Industry as a carpenter. He and Nancy have three children; Milton, Mary C and John H. They also have Andrew Middaugh living with them. Andrew is likely a brother to Nancy.

In the 1870 Census, Elijah, (is misspelled in most of the Census records..) is living in Lafayette Township, Allen County, Indiana. He has five children living with him; Emeline, Elias, Margaret A., Nancy M and Charles (Grandson, 1868). Nancy died in February 28, 1866. Elijah is a carpenter who builds houses. In the 1880 Federal Census, Elijah states that he is a widower, living with him are three children; Margaret, Elias, Nancy J., and Charles Pocock who is a grandson.

On September 8th,1880, Margaret married Samuel Young in Allen County, Indiana. On August 6, 1881, Margaret and Samuel had their first son, Albert and their second son, Clarence Floyd was born in 1883. In the 1900 Federal Census, Margaret and Samuel are listed and their sixteen year old son Clarence. They lived in Fort Wayne at 105 High Street. By the time of the 1910 Federal Census, Samuel and Margaret are listed with their son Clarence and his wife, Ore B Young. They live on Helle Street in Ward 8 of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The census records states that Margaret has given birth to two children and both are living.

In the 1920 Federal Census, Samuel and Margaret are listed and Margaret’s sister Emeline is living with them. They live on Fletcher Avenue in Ward 8 of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Ninety-eight years ago on April 11, 1925, Margaret died of cancer of the bowel according to her death Certificate. She was buried at Hoverstock Cemetery in Zaneville, Indiana. There is no photo of her tombstone on Findagrave. My next visit to Hoverstock, I’ll look for her.

Rest in peace, Margaret!

Love Jan

Margaret was the sister of Joseph Smith’s wife. Joseph was my three times Great Uncle on the Paternal Smith lineage of our family.

Tombstone Tuesday – April 4, 2023 – Mary Jane Anderson Dalton

Mary Jane Anderson was born on November 24, 1867 in Wabash, Illinois. She was the daughter of Samuel and Polly (Leet) Anderson. Samuel and Polly had six children; Jonathan Henry (1859), Julie C (1865), Ella (1866), Mary Jane (1867), Louis M. (1872), Laura E.(1875). In the 1880 Federal Census, Samuel and Polly are found in Leech Township, Wayne County, Illinois. They have five children living with them; John (Henry), Julia, Mary Jane, Louis (Lewis) M, and Laura E. Samuel lists his occupation as farmer.

Mary Jane Anderson married John W. Dalton on October 3, 1889 in Wayne County, Illinois . Eleven years later in the 1900 Federal Census, John and Mary Jane Dalton are found in Wayne County, Illinois. They have five children; Lizzie (Elizabeth, 1890), Henry (1892), Charley (1896), Clarence (1898), and Andrew (1899). The Census states that Mary Jane has had 6 children and one has died. John lists his occupation as a farmer.

The 1910 Federal Census, shows John and Mary Jane living in Romine, Marion County, Illinois. The census states that she has had nine children. Listed in the census are; Henry J, Christopher (Clarence Christopher – age 12) Charley (age 14), Andrew (age 10), Florence V. (1903), Hester (1907), Hazel (1909). Mary Jane’s brother, Lewis is living with them too. Charley is helping his father on the farm. Lewis is a laborer but working in “Timber” according to the census.

In the 1920 Federal Census, John and Mary Jane remain in Marion County, Illinois. They have Christopher, Andrew, Florence, Hester and Hazel living with them. In addition they a grandson, Lee Haizlip who is 7 years old, born in 1913 listed. Lee was the son of Lizzie. She died in 1919. The brother-in-law, Lewis remains with them. There is also a nine year old daughter whose name is Pearl Burkitt. I can not at this time determine who Pearl is. John is still farming and Andrew is working with him. Lewis is still working in Timber.

A side note…..Lizzie (Elizabeth Dalton) married Charles Haizlip. They had three sons. Carl, one of their son, died in 1918. Her husband, Charles Haizlip, died in November of 1918. He was a coal miner and it appears that he died in a mining related accident. Lizzie died six months later which is why Lee , Earl Lee, was living with his grandparents in the 1920 Federal Census. (This story might be a good research project for a future blog.)

In the 1930 Federal Census, John and Mary Jane have one daughter, Hazel Mount, living with them. John is no longer working. Hazel is divorced and works in a Shoe Factory.

Eighty four years ago on April 4, 1939, Mary Jane Dalton died in Marion County, Illinois. She was buried in Palestine Cemetery in Luka, Marion County, Illinios.

Rest in peace, Mary Jane!

Love Jan

Mary Jane is my first cousin 5 times removed on my Father’s Maternal line of his family. I have two DNA matches on thru the Mary Jane Anderson Dalton line. These connections are thru daughters, Hester and Florence.