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Tombstone Tuesday – January 25, 2022 – Mary Francis Hainer Blair

Mary Francis Hainer was the daughter of John Hainer and Hannah Larraway born on October 6, 1848 in Ontario. John and Hannah had seven children; Almeda Caroline (1845), Mary Francis (1846), Alice Elizabeth (1850), Dorothy Ann (1851), George A. (1853), Jasper (1855), John H (1859).

In the 1851 Ontario Census, John and Hannah are found in Louth, Lincoln County, Ontario. They have four daughters; Almeda (1845) Mary Francis (1846) Alice Elizabeth (1849) and Dorothy (1851). Mary is five years old. John lists his occupation as laborer. In the 1861 Ontario Census, Mary is found with her parents. She is fifteen. Also living with them are Almeda, Dorothy, George, Jasper, and John. They remain in Louth, Ontario. In the 1871 Ontario Census, John and Hannah are in Louth, Ontario with their remaining children ; Almeda, Dorothy, George, Jasper and John.

Mary has married John Blair probably 1865-1867. I do not find a marriage record as of yet. They live in London, Ontario and are recorded on the 1871 Ontario Census there. John Blair lists his occupation as Operator. They have a four year old daughter named Margaret (1867).

By the time of the 1881 Census, John and Mary Blair have returned to Louth, Ontario. John is a telegraph operator. They have three daughters: Margaret, Elsie (1873) and Mary Ethel (1879). Mary Francis was born and raised as a Methodist but I found it interesting that she lists herself as a Reformed Presbyterian in this Census.

In the 1891 Ontario Census, John and Mary live in the village of Grimsby. They have two daughters living with them Margaret and Elsie. John list is occupation as agent for GTR. Wonder if that means Grand Trunk Railway? Still a telegraph operator, hard to say.

1901 John and Mary are in Grimsby with four children; Maggie, Henry J, James A., Frank R.

In the 1911 Ontario Census, John and Mary Francis remain in Grimsby. They are 64 years old. John and Mary Blair had eight children, two died at birth, Margaret (1867), Elsie (1873), Mary Ethel (1879) Henry Jessop (1882), James Alexander (1886), Frank (1887).

In the 1921 Canadian Census, Mary is a widow. She is living with her married daughter, Margaret Piper. They are living in Hamilton, Ontario.

Ninety eight years ago today, Mary Francis Blair died on January 25, 1923 in Burlington, Ontario. Her cause of death is hemiplegia which appears to be a stroke. She was buried in Queen’s Lawn Cemetery located in Grimsby, Ontario next to her husband, John Blair .

Rest in peace, Mary Francis!

Love, Jan

Mary Francis Hainer Blair is my second cousin 3X remove.

Tombstone Tuesday – January 18, 2021 – Silas Huntington Payne

Silas Huntington Payne was born on April 9, 1819 in Palmyra, Wayne County, New York. He was the son of Silas Huntington and Esther (Horton) Payne. Silas and Ester had four children; Julie Ann (1816), Elenore (1817), Silas (1819), Harriet Nancy (1821). Silas’s father died in 1820 before Harriet was born. Ester married John White. Esther and John White had two sons; Levi (1830) and William C (1831).

Silas Huntington Payne married Orpha Louise Butler. I do not find a marriage record but their first daughter was born in 1849 so I am estimating that it was in 1848 or 1849 and I’ll concentrate my search on those years. In the 1850 Federal Census, Silas Payne and Orpha are living in Thetford Township, Genesee County, Michigan. They have one daughter named Louise(1849). According to Findagrave, a daughter named Mary, was born on July 26, 1851 but died two months later on October 2, 1851.

By the time of the 1860 Federal Census, Silas and Orpha have living four children; Lydia, Huntington (1853), Harriet(1856), Nathan (1858). Notice that Louise has now become Lydia from the 1850 Census to the 1860. On her tombstone it states that her name was Roisa Lydia. In 1860, Silas and Orpha had a daughter named Julia Ann Payne. She died in 1868 so she was never recorded in any of the census. In 1862, their daughter Ida Jane was born. She died at birth.

In the 1870 Federal Census, they have four children who are living at home. They are William H (Huntington), Harriet (1856), Nathan (1858) and Ester (1867). In 1874, Cleora May Payne was born but she died on January 17,1879 so she was never found in a census either. In the 1880 Federal Census, Silas and Orpha have three children who remain at home, twenty-one year old, Nathan, twelve year old, Esther and ten year old Dora who must have been born after the 1870 census was recorded.

One hundred and twenty three years ago on January 18,1899, Silas Huntington died in Mt Morris, Michigan at the age of seventy-nine. According to his death certificate, he died of Bronchitis stemming from a cold which lasted for about three weeks. It appears that “Old Age” was added to to the explanation of cause of death. He was buried in Thetford Cemetery with six of his children who had died before him.

Rest in Peace,

Jan

Silas Huntington Payne is my 4th Great Uncle.

Tombstone Tuesday – January 11, 2022 – Catherine Crites Hostetler

Catherine Crites was born on June 6, 1827, the daughter of John and Mary (Walters) Crites in rural Tuscarawas County, Ohio. John and Mary lived near Dover, Ohio. They had eleven children; Rebecca (1822), Jesse (1824), Jacob (1824), Catherine (1827), Elizabeth (1828), Cyrus (1833), John (1834), Lydia (1836),William (1839), Eli (1841), Sarah (1843). John was a farmer and son of a Revolutionary War Vet, Jacob Crites.

Catherine married Daniel Hostetler in Tuscarawas County, Ohio on October 8, 1848. Catherine and Daniel left Ohio and settled in Markle, Indiana after purchasing a November 7th 1848 Land patent for 80 acreas located at Congressional Township 28 North, Range 11, section 20W/2 SE/4, Union Township, Wells County, Indiana. He clearing the land and creating a homestead. In the 1850 Federal Census, a twenty-five year old Daniel and a twenty-two year old Catherine Hostetler are living in Union Township, Wells County Indiana.

Daniel and Catherine’s 80 acres was adjacent to Jesse Crites and his family on one side and with Daniel Fisher and his family on the other side. Daniel Fisher was a Crites’ cousin of Jesse and Catherine. Daniel Fisher’s mother was Elizabeth Crites Fisher. In Wells County Historical Book the author recounted that these three families were early settlers in the County. They left Ohio together after purchasing their Land Grants. They helped each establishing their homesteads. It is said that they purchased one farm wagon, a plow and an Ox which they shared. Each of them had a horse and a wagon for the purpose of transportation. Various farming implements were purchased collectively and shared by the families. They assisted each other in clearing their land and creating suitable land for farming.

In the 1870 Federal Census, Daniel and Catherine, are still on their 80 acres in Union township, Wells County, Indiana. They are still living next door to Jesse and Elizabeth. They have seven children living with them who were; John W, Mary C, Sarah E., Margaret J, Emily (1859), Daniel (1864)and Amos (1868). Daniel lists his occupation as Farmer. John, their oldest son, is currently working with his father.

By the time of the 1880 Federal Census, They now had four children who remain with them. They are; Daniel, Amos, Emily, Amanda (1872).

The following picture was shared on Findagrave.com and Ancestry.com of the Daniel Hostetler family. It was believed to have been take about 1881. Thanks to Darrell for sharing this family photo with us.

L to R: William Hostetler, Margaret Kain, Daniel Hostetler, Catherine Hostetler, Emma Hey, and Amanda Smith. Standing back row, L to R: Amos G. Hostetler, Mary Wise, Daniel Hostetler, and Sarah Freel. Based on Amanda’s birthday of Oct 1871 and guessing that she is about age 10 in this photo, My guess is that this was taken about 1881. As of 2010 the original of this photograph is in the possession of Darrell and Diane Valentine, Decatur, Indiana. Darrell is the grandson of Amos G. Hostetler.

In the 1910 Census, Catherine is a widow who appears to be living on her own.

One hundred and eleven years ago on January 11, 1911, Catherine Hostetler died in Markle, Indiana. She was buried in Markle Cemetery.

Markle Cemetery

Rest in peace, Catherine!

Love, Jan

Catherine Crites Hostetler is my 4th Great Aunt. I currently have 6 DNA connections on Ancestry.com from Catherine’s ancestors.

Tombstone Tuesday – January 4, 2022 – Leah Mae Anderson Smith

Leah Mae Anderson was born on February 3, 1928 in Marine City, Michigan. She was the daughter of Andrew and Addie (Densmore) Anderson. She was the sixth child born to Andrew and Addie. They had eight children; Olga Marie (1911), Ray Densmore (1916), Robert Wesley (1920), Andrew Frederick (1922), Charles Henry (1925), Leah Mae (1928), Herbert Wm (1930), John Hayner (1932).

Anderson family 1938 – Front row: Addie, John, Andrew, Leah, Olga, Herbert. Back row: Andrew , Robert , Ray , Charles

Andrew was a sailor on freighters in the Great Lakes for many years but eventually he decided to work for the new electrified railroad which took people from Port Huron to Detroit. He worked in the Electric Substation which powered the rail cars. The Substation would eventually become Detroit Edison.

Leah attended school in Marine City and Church at the Marine City Methodist Church. It is at church where she would meet her sole mate, Harold Smith as a teenager. Everett Smith, Harold’s Dad , was a Methodist Minister who became the pastor of the Marine City Church in 1947. They attended High School together. Leah graduating one year before Harold. Leah attended one year of college at Baker learning Secretarial skills.

Leah married Harold Alton Smith on May 27, 1950 in Marine City, Michigan. They settled in Lapeer, Michigan where Harold was working for J C Penny’s and later Egleston’s. While living in Lapeer, they had three of their six children; Pamela (1951), Sue (1953) and Janet(1955). Shortly after Janet was born, They moved to Romeo, Michigan where Harold was now managing Egleston’s second Department store. While living in Romeo, Harold and Leah had three more children; Sharon (1960), Mark (1962), Matt (1964).

Leah was a wonderful “stay at home” Mom. (How do I know? She was my Mother. I am Janet.) She taught all of her daughter’s to sew with the encouragement of Harold who provided the fabric! She taught us to cook and bake. In the summer, she would buy a bushels of peaches, plums and pears and we would preserve them. She taught me to make Jam. All of these skills I still use today.

Harold Smith Family Christmas of 1964

In 1968, the Smith family moved to Imlay City, where Harold had planned to purchase a Department Store. He had been working in a large family run department store called “Mitzelfelds” in Rochester, Michigan and decided to venture out on his own. This purchase fell thru but in 1971 he bought the first of two Ben Franklin Stores. By this time, all the kids were in school and and Leah began to help Harold out in the store, as did all of his kids!

Harold purchased his second Ben Franklin in Harbor Beach in 1975. He ran both store with the help of his daughter and son-in-law who lived in Harbor beach. Eventually selling the closing the Imlay City store and moving to Harbor Beach permanently. Leah was always ready for Harold’s next adventure, what ever that might be! Harold built an apartment for them in the back of the store and they loved their new adventure.

Ed and Louise Heitke and Leah and Harold Smith – 1989

Harold decided that it was time to sell the Dime store building to the local Druggist who was bursting at the seams in his building around the corner early in 1996. He decided to buy a Century old building across the street and move all his favorite things about the dime store there and leaving behind for the drug store the other “dime store” type items. He and Leah would semi-retire and Pam would run the store and he would dabble in the things he liked, like the framing shop. That was to be their new adventure. As he negotiated these sales, he suddenly died in August 1996. Pam and Leah continued with his plan. They purchased the Corner Store in Harbor Beach and moved the some of the dime store lines, framing, sewing, embroidery, crafting and souvenir lines to the Corner Store and selling the Dime Store to the local druggist . Leah worked with her daughter most days for most of her remaining years.

She blossomed into quite an independent woman after Harold died. I think working in the Corner Store made her feel close to her beloved Harold. She became active in a local Bible Study and remained active with her church. She had a group of friends that she played cards and games with. She did some traveling in the winter and visited friends in warmer climates sometime for several weeks at a time. She joined her children every summer on our week long camping trips to Sand Lake. She bought and maintained her own home. Holidays and Birthday were spent with family.

Leah was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2007. She battled it for two years. I miss her everyday! The most important thing to her was her husband and her family!

She was a grace filled person. She never raised her voice except to sing. I never heard she and my father ever argue or even disagree on anything. She was quiet, gentle and grateful for all the blessings that she had in her life. She was a beautiful faith filled woman. She loved to laugh. Most nights she would stay up late and watch Johnny Carson. You could hear her laughing in the family room at all his funny antics. She love his show.

My Mother, Leah, lost her battle with cancer and died on January 4, 2009, in Harbor Beach, Michigan. She was buried in Rock Falls Cemetery in Harbor Beach next to her sole mate and husband, Harold Smith.

Rest in peace, Mom! I miss you every day!

Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – December 21, 2021 – Robert Caskey Bartley

Robert Caskey Bartley was born on August 24,1835 in Bartley, Mount Olive Township, Morris County, New Jersey. He is the son of Jonathan and Dorothy (Caskey) Bartley.

In the 1850 Federal Census, Robert is found in Roxbury, New Jersey with his mother Dorothy. On December 18, 1858, Robert married Alice Swackhamer in New Jersey. Robert and Alice had two children; Anna (1859-1860) and Winfield, (1862-1863) who both tragically died as infants. Anna died of Croup but I did not find information on how Winfield died. Alice tragically died in on November 5, 1862. It is hard to imagine that Robert lost his wife and his two children in the span of three years.

The next census I find Robert in is the 1870 Federal Census in New Jersey. He is listed with his mother, Dorothy, in Roxbury, New Jersey. In the 1880 Federal Census, Robert is found with his second wife Hannah and their daughter Abbi Fox who was born in 1875. Robert list his occupation as farmer.

In the 1900 Federal Census, Robert and Hannah are in Mount Olive Township, Morris County, New Jersey. Abbie and her husband, William Hopler and their daughter, Bernice, (1898) are living with Hannah and Robert. Robert lists his occupation as Farmer while Abbie is a Bookkeeper, William is a manufacturer.

In the 1905 New Jersey State Census, Robert is listed in Mount Olive Township, Morris County, New Jersey and his occupation is listed as Manufacturer. In the 1910 Federal Census, a seventy three year old Robert remains in Mount Olive Township, Morris County, New Jersey with his wife Hannah. His daughter, who appears to be a widow, still lives with them and she has three children; Bernice (1898), DeWalt (1901), Ellit (1903). He list his occupation as farmer and merchant. In the 1915 New Jersey Census, Robert is found in Bartley, New Jersey. His occupation is listed as Farmer.

This photo was shared on Findagrave.com.

One hundred and five years ago on December 21, 1916, Robert died. He is buried with his family in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester, Morris County, New Jersey.

Rest in peace, Robert!

Love, Jan

Robert Caskey Bartley was married to a distant relative, Alice Swackhamer.

Tombstone Tuesday – December 14, 2021 – Daniel J Boyer

Daniel J. Boyer is the son of David and Eunice Electra (White) Boyer. He was born on September 22, 1888 in Rose Township, Oakland County, Michigan. David and Eunice had six children; Nellie (1887), Daniel (1888), Clarence (1890), Flossie (1894), Celia (1900), David (1905).

In the 1900 Federal Census, Daniel is eleven and living with his parents and his siblings in Rose Township, Oakland County, Michigan. Daniel is attending school. David, his father, is a farmer.

Daniel married Lucille Savory on February 19, 1910 in Flint, Michigan. In the 1910 Federal Census, Daniel is listed as 21 years old. It has been transcribed incorrectly on Ancestry where they have is age as 41 years old. A lesson to always look at the actual document. He and Lucile are married, he is working as a Farm Laborer, probably for his father. The Census was taken on the 5th of May 1910. In 1910 the first of their daughters is born, Beatrice but unfortunately she died a few days after her birth according to her death certificate.

Daniel registered for the WWI draft on June 5, 1917 in Genesee County, Michigan. He states that he is working for Buick Motors Company in Flint as a machinist- tool grinder. He states that he is twenty eight years old. They live at 619 Taylor in Flint, Michigan.

By the 1920 Federal Census, Daniel and Lucile have two daughters; Merle Viola (1912), Gladys (1914). Daniel is a foreman for the railroad. They live in Highland, Oakland County, Michigan where they own their home. In the 1930 Federal Census, Daniel is 41 years old. He and Lucile live next door to Eunice, Daniel’s mother, who is a widow. The two daughter, Merle and Gladys, are still living at home. They also have a lodger living with them buy the name of Raymond Gault. Daniel remains employed by the railroad.

In the 1940 Federal Census, Daniel and Lucile are in Highland, Oakland County, Michigan. They live on Bishop Street. Daniel no longer works for the railroad. He lists his occupation as Section Trimmer. I have no idea what that is.

Seventy one years ago on December14, 1950, Daniel died in Rose Township Oakland County, Michigan. He is buried in Beebe Cemetery in Rose Township, Oakland County, Michigan.

Rest in peace, Daniel!

Love Jan

Daniel J Boyer is my first cousin 3X removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – December 7, 2021 – Thomas Best

Thomas Best was born on January 11, 1833 in Ontario, Canada, He was the son of Conrad and Catherine (Louks) Best. Conrad and Catherine had eight children; Sarah Ann (1824), Miriam (1826), John Landon (1827), Hiram (1830), Thomas (1834), Catherine (1836), William Edward (1839), Caroline (1842). Conrad was a farmer in Oxford County, Ontario. In the 1851 Provincial Census, Thomas is 19 and assisting his father on his farm.

Thomas married Rhue Anne Pringle, who was also born in Canada, on September 18, 1861. They were married by Rev G.R. Saunderson at the Strong Hotel in London, Ontario.

By the 1870 Federal Census, Thomas and Rhue Anne Best are in Kingston, Michigan with Rhue Anne’s parents, Lockwood and Mary Pringle. They have two sons; Alexander (1862) and Andrew (1864). Thomas and his Father-in-law are farmers. In the 1880 Federal Census, Thomas and Rhue Anne reside in Koylton, Tuscola County, Michigan. They have two children living with them; Andrew Clinton and Nora (Salmona Elnora) (1871).

If you look close at the Death certificate and Thomas tombstone, there is a discrepancy. The Death Certificate states that Thomas was born on January 11, 1833 in Ontario but the Tombstone states January 10, 1834. One day short of one year later. His death date on the Death Certificate states December 7, 1899 but his Tombstone says December 7, 1900. I am going with the death certificate. One hundred and twenty-two years ago on December 7, 1899, Thomas Best died in Kingston, Michigan. He is buried in the Kingston Cemetery, in Kingston, Michigan.

Rest in peace, Thomas!

Love, Jan

Thomas Best is my four times Great Uncle.

Tombstone Tuesday – November 23, 2021 – Rowland Gideon Leete

Leete Family Crest

Rowland (Roland)Leete was born on August 6, 1708 in Guilford, Connecticut. He is the son of William and Hannah (Stone) Leete. William Leete and Hannah Stone had seven children; Ann (1700), Elizabeth (1705), Margery (1705), Roland (1708), William (1711), Jordan (1720), Solomon (1722). Rowland’s name is found spelled as Rowland and Roland in many records. I will be using the latter for the remainder of this blog. Roland is a great grandson of William Leete (1612-1683) who was the first governor of Colonial Connecticut and an early settler from England.

Roland married Mercy Dudley on December 29, 1738 in Guilford, Connecticut. Roland and Mercy had twelve children; Timothy (1739), Ruth (1740), Sarah (1744), John (1746), Asahel (1747), Hannah (1749), Sarah (1751), Abner (1753).

Roland Leete’s Will

This is the first page of Roland’s Last Will and Testament written on the 10th day of November in 1767. He was a sick man and he knew the end of his life was near. In it he identifies all of his children and his wife. The probate file is 22 pages long. Much can be gleamed from probate documents. Roland was a fairly well off man. He bequest one third of his estate to his wife, Mercy. The remaining two thirds of his estate was divided among his children. Timothy and Asahel are to split the land in the town of Granville, Massachusetts equally. The marsh land at Mulberry that Roland owns is to be divided between his remaining sons and daughters. John receives the largest parcel since he is executor of his father’s estate. Abner and Miles will receive parcels that are slightly smaller but still big enough to farm. The daughters, Ruth, Anah (Anna), Hannah, Sarah and Rachel will receive one quarter acres of land.

Two hundred and fifty four years ago today, Roland Leete died in Guilford, Connecticut. He is buried in the Leete Island Cemetery though his grave location and tombstone were lost long ago burial records indicate that he is buried here. Leete Island Cemetery is at 15 Moose Hill Road in Guilford Connecticut.

Rest in peace, Roland!

Love, Jan

Roland Leete is my 6th Great Grandfather.

Tombstone Tuesday – November 16, 2021 – Coonrad (Conrad) Best (Jr)

Photo of Coonrad and Catherine’s Best Tombstone taken in 1941.

Coonrad (Conrad) was the son of Coonrad and Catherine Best born in 1799 in Germany. Catherine’s maiden name (Conrad’s mother) is unknown at this time. Coonrad and Catherine had three sons and a daughter. They were Casper( 1797), Coonrad (1799), Fredrick (1799), George (1803) and Elizabeth (1805).

Conrad Jr. married Catherine Louks. Catherine was born in Vermont. She was the daughter of Henry C. Louks and his wife Sara Sally Sluyter. Conrad and Catherine had 8 children. They were; Sarah Ann (1824), Miriam (1826), John Landon (1827), Hiram (1830), Thomas (1834), Catherine (1836), William Edward (1839) and Caroline (1842) .

In the 1851 Provincial Census, Conrad and Catherine are located in Dereham, Oxford County, Ontario. The children who remain at home are Hiram, Thomas, Catherine, (Wm)Edward, and Caroline. He list his occupation as farmer.

In the 1861 Agricultural Census for Dereham Township, Oxford County, Ontario, Conrad is listed. He has 50 acres of land. Forty one acres are tilled and growing crops and the remaining 9 acres are pastures for raising animals. In the 1861 Provincial Census, three “C Best” entries are listed in Dereham, Ontario. It is Conrad, Catherine and Caroline Best.

One hundred and sixty years ago today, Conrad died on November 16, 1861 in Dereham Township, Oxford County, Ontario. He is buried in the Best Cemetery located in Corinth, Elgin County, Ontario.

Probate document for Conrad Best’s Will

For me to find a last Will and Testament for my blog is fairly unusual. In this case, Conrad did write a will on November 15, 1861. In the will he is very explicit how he wants his estate handled. He had excluded his son Thomas for some reason. His estate was to be held in trust with his wife who would remain living on the 50 acres until her death at which time it is given to his youngest son, William Edward. All of the household goods and farm equipment were to go to William Crane and Hiram Best to be sold and the proceeds to be split evenly with all his children except Thomas Best.

Rest in peace, Conrad!

Love, Jan

Conrad Best is my four times Great Grandfather.

Tombstone Tuesday – November 9, 2021 – Sir John Graham Lord of Montrose

John Graham was born in 1547, the son of Lord Robert Graham and Margaretha La Fleming. He was born in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Lord Robert Graham was 26 years old and Lady Margaret Fleming was 18 years old at the time of his birth. Lord Robert was killed in the battle of Pinkie Cleug on September 19, 1547 soon after John’s birth.

At the age of sixteen, John’s Grandfather had put him in the possession of the family castle and the barony of Mugdock. As master of the castle, he was presented with a seat in Parliament at Stirling. Throughout his life he was very involved with the Scottish government. John, the third Earl of Montrose, was renounced by Queen Mary of Scotland in 1567. He fought against Queen Mary at the Battle of Langside on May 13, 1568 where she was captured at Cranberry Hill and was force to abdicate. She was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle. Her half brother James Stewart, Earl of Moray was appointed Regent on behalf of the infant James VI, heir to the throne. John became Earl of Montrose when his Grandfather died in 1571.

In Scotland at this time, there was a period of instability within the government with no fewer than four different regents ruling the country in the space of seven years due to death and or assassination. Sir John was commissioned as a judge with Lord Glamis and Sir John Wishart from 1572 -1573 in an effort to regain stability to the country. There were intermittent civil war between the King’s forces and the Marians (supporters of Queen Mary). Finally, in 1573, through the good offices of Henry Killigrew, the English ambassador, a conference was held in Perth between the regent Morton with the King’s party and the leading supporters of Mary. As a result of the discussion all agreed to recognize Morton as regent, ended their allegiance to Mary, disbanded their forces and handed over all prisoners and property that they had taken. In return, those that had been in rebellion were allowed to reassert possession of their lands. In 1591 he was appointed and served as Extraordinary Lord of the Chancellor and President of the Council in 1591. In 1599, he served as the King’s Commissioner at the Union Conference and Viceroy of Scotland on 1604.

In addition, John Graham, the third Earl of Montrose was a Scottish Peer and Chancellor of the University of St Andrews for 1599 to 1604. He was the Lord High Commissioner to the Parliament of Scotland, from 1605 to 1606. He was the Great Grandson of King James IV of Scotland and his Grandmother was Janet Fleming.

John Graham married Jean Drummon, daughter of Lord David Drummond and Lilias Ruthven on August 24, 1563 in Montrose, Angus, Scotland. This was a contract marriage and Jean was his second cousin with her dowry being paid to John’s Grandfather, William Graham. They had four children; Robert Graham of Scotston (1566), Countess Lilias Graham (1570), First Baronet William Graham of Braco (1572), Sir John Graham the 4th Earl of Montrose (1573).

Four hundred thirteen years ago today, on November 9, 1608, Sir John Graham died in Forfar, Angus, Scotland. He is buried at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Rest in peace, Sir John!

Love, Jan

Sir John Graham is my 11 X Great Grandfather.