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Avid Family Historian who write about her discoveries. Someday I just might write a book so today I blog to keep writing about all the things I find and uncover! Stay tuned for more fun!

Tombstone Tuesday – February 2, 2021 – Dudley C. Hainer

Dudley C. Hainer was born on August 3, 1878 in Stanfordville, New York. He was the son of Edwin and Margaret (West) Hainer. Margaret died in 1887. Edwin married his second wife, Harriet Brazier in 1889. Edwin and Harriet had two children so Dudley had two half siblings; Winona Pearl (1891) and Albion E. (1899). In the 1880 Federal Census, Dudley is listed with his parents, Edwin and Maggie and his Uncle John Hainer. Dudley is one year old.

In the 1900 Federal Census, Dudley is a boarder in the Brazier Household in Brooklyn, New York. His occupation is clerk. He is twenty one years old. They live at 258 Hooper Street. By the time of the 1910 Federal Census, Dudley list his occupation as an Clerk and Bookkeeper in the Iron Works Industry. He is thirty one years old and lives in a boarding house in Brooklyn’s 19th Ward. The boarding house is listed on Mercey Street. There are 23 men of all ages who rent rooms in this boarding house.

Dudley Hainer registered for the WW1 draft on September 12, 1918. He states that he lives on 395 Monroe Street in Brooklyn. He is married because he lists Lily Hainer as his person of contact. I never found a marriage records for Lily Meyer and Dudley Hainer. Dudley is forty years old.

Less than two years later in the 1920 Federal Census, Dudley and Lily are found living with her parents, William and Mary Meyer. He is a bookkeeper for a produce market. By 1923, Dudley and Lillie have moved to New Jersey. They live at 85 Boulevard in Summit, New Jersey according to the local directory. In the 1930 Federal Census, they remain in Summit living with the Meyers, William and Mary. No one in the family appears to be working at this time which was in the middle of the Great Depression. .

In the 1940 Census, Dudley is listed as head of house hold. He appears as a clerk/bookkeeper for a produce, eggs and dairy company. He and Lilly are 50 years old and Lilly’s 85 year old widowed father is living with them. Lily’s Mother, Mary, has died.

While registering for the draft for WW2, Dudley reveals that he and his wife Lily remain in Summit, New Jersey and that he works in New York. He is sixty-four years old

On April 22, 1952, Dudley and Lily departed New York bound for England via the SS Queen Elizabeth. They state that they will be staying seven weeks. Dudley states that he has retired. On June 08, 1953, Dudley and Lily Hainer returned home sailing on the SS Queen Mary returning from Cherbourg, France.

Sixty three years ago, on February 2, 1958, Dudley Craig Hainer died in Summit ,New Jersey. I do not know at this time where he is buried I find a death listing but no death record or a burial location so I can not find a tombstone so far. I’ll keep an eye out for it and post when I find one.

Rest in peace, Dudley!

Love Jan

Dudley Hainer is my third cousin 2 times removed

Tombstone Tuesday – January 26, 2021 – Henry William Fisher

Henry William Fisher was the son of Daniel Fisher and his first wife Sophia Myers. He was born in Wells County, Indiana on March 17, 1853. Daniel and Sophia Fisher had three children before Sophia died in 1857. Their children were: Elizabeth (1851), Henry William (1853), Margaret (1855). Daniel was a farmer in Wells County, Indiana.

After the death of his first wife, Daniel remarried, Sarah Jane Shull in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. By the 1860 Federal Census, Daniel and Sarah have three children listed with them; Elizabeth, Henry Wm and Emmet (1859). Elizabeth and Henry Wm are Daniel’s from his first wife and Emmet is Daniel and Sarah’s son. There is no mention of Margaret. They live in Union Township, Wells County, Indiana. Daniel is a farmer.

By the time of the 1870 Federal Census, Daniel and Sarah are listed in Markle, Indiana. They have nine children; Elizabeth, Henry Wm, Margaret, Emmett, Matilda (1861), Clara (1863), George (1865), Ellsworth (Ellsmore) (1866), Rachel (1869). Notice that Margaret is listed. Henry and Emmett are listed as no longer in school and helping his father on the farm.

On January 23, 1879, Henry Wm Fisher married Flora J Crites in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Henry and Flora are second cousins. Each of them are descendants of Jacob Crites and his wife Elizabeth Kintner. Henry is the grandson of Elizabeth Crites Fisher and Flora is the granddaughter of Andrew Crites, Elizabeth’s brother. They returned to Wells County Indiana after they married in Ohio and settled in Union Township, Wells County, Indiana. This is where they lived and raised their seven children; Maude (1879), Mable (1883), Royal (1886), Von Earl (1888), David H. (1890), Frank D. (1890), Chauncy A. (1898)

In the 1880 Federal Census, Henry Wm and Flora live in Wells County and they have one daughter whose name is Maude. By the time of the 1900 Federal Census, they have five children; Mable, Royal, Earl V, David H and Chauncy. (Frank D is not shown in the census.)They live in Lafayette Township Allen County, Indiana.

In the 1910 Federal Census, Henry and Flora have three children and a grandchild living with them; Maud (Fisher) Dennis, Von Earl, Chauncy and Elda Dennis(1901). Maud is a widow. And the census states that Flora has had six children and that two have died so she had four living children. Earl is helping his father on the farm. They remain in Lafayette Township, Allen County, Indiana. I noticed that David and Elizabeth Dennis are next door neighbors in the 1910 census. Wonder if they are Maud’s Inlaw’s? Good question for another blog.

At the time of the 1920 Federal Census, Henry Wm and Flora live on Center Road in Lafayette Township, Allen County, Indiana, Henry is 66 years old and Flora is 61 years old. They have one adult son and two grandchildren living with them; Frank D Fisher (whose wife has died) and his children, Mable Pauline (1911) and Glenn Leroy(1913).

In the 1930 Federal Census Henry Wm is 77 years old. The Census indicates that he is Harvey Fisher and that he is a widow but his wife Flora is listed with him, she is 71 years old. They live in Fort Wayne Indiana on Broad Street.

Eighty seven years ago on January 26, Henry William Fisher died in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is buried in Hoverstock Cemetery in Zanesville, Indiana. I do not have a tombstone picture for Henry William. I have may Ancestors buried in this cemetery so the next time I go there I will get a picture and add it to this blog and to Findagrave.

Hoverstock Cemetery – Zanesville, Indiana

Rest in peace, Henry William!

Love, Jan

Henry William is the older half brother of Daniel B Fisher from last weeks post. He is my first cousin 4 time remove as is his wife Flora J Crites.

Tombstone Tuesday – January 19, 2021 – Daniel B Fisher

Photo from Findagrave

Daniel B Fisher was born on March 26, 1871 in Union City, Indiana. He was the son of Daniel Fisher and Sarah Jane Shull. Daniel and Sarah Fisher had ten children; Ellsworth (1858), Emmet Edward (1860), Matilda (1861), Clara (1863), George Albert (1865), Elmer (1866), Rachel (1869), Daniel Bert (1871), Della (1875), Mary E. (1876). Daniel was a farmer.

By the time of the 1880 Federal Census, Daniel B Fisher was and eight year old. He is living with his parents and six of his siblings; Emmet, Matilida, Clara, George, Elmer, Rachel, Daniel B. The elder Daniel is a farmer and the children are attending school eith the exception of four year old Daniel B.

The next records I find on Daniel is his marriage record in Wells County Indiana to Asenath Savilla Plasterer on Sept 19, 1897 in Zanesville, Indiana. Daniel and Savilla had seven children; Leland Herbert (1898), Nellie Bell (1899), Edna Merle (1903), Rollyn P (1905), Truman Shull (1908), Raphael E. (1911), Edward Dale (1914).

Special thanks to Shirley Beeching for sharing this photo on Ancestry in 2014.

By the time of the 1900 Census, Daniel and Savilla have two children living with them in Zaneville, Indiana. The children are Leland and Nellie. In the 1910 census, They have five children; Leland, Nettie, Edna, Rolland and Truman. Daniel is remains a farmer in Union Township, Wells County, Indiana.

Savilla Fisher died on March 22, 1918 in Huntington Indiana leaving Daniel with seven children.

Daniel and the children are found in the 1920 Federal Census. They live in Union Township, Huntington County, Indiana. Leland and Nellie are twenty one and twenty years old. Leland is helping his father on the farm. Nellie and Edna are no longer in school. They are likely running the household since their Mother has died. The remaining children are attending school except Edward who is still too young.

By the time of the 1930 Federal Census, Daniel is living with two of his sons in Huntington, Indiana. In the 1940 Federal Census, Daniel lives along in Huntington, Indiana. He is sixty nine years old.

Sixty eight years ago Daniel B. Fisher died on January 19, 1953. He is buried in Union Cemetery in Huntington, Indiana with his wife, Asenath Savilla Fisher.

Rest in peace, Daniel Bert!

Love, Jan

Daniel Bert is my first cousin four times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – January 12, 2021 – Leah May Jester

Leah Mary Jester Bierig

Leah Mary Jester was born on July 16, 1890 in Kansas. Her parents were John Jacob Jester and Elizabeth Rade, John and Elizabeth had two daughter by the 1900 Census; Leah (1891) and Bertha (1899). John and Elizabeth state that they were born in Russia in the 1900 Federal Census. They lived in Deer Creek, Woods County, Oklahoma. The last name listed on the census is Rade but Leah’s marriage license states the last name is Jester.

Leah married Jacob Bierig on December 18,1907 at the age of seventeen in Garfield, Oklahoma. By the time of the 1910 Federal Census, Leah and Jacob are living in a boarding house in Enid, Garfield, Oklahoma with their one year old daughter, Pearl. Jacob states that he is a Farm Laborer and that he is a Naturalized citizen.

Special Thanks to Jay Jones on Ancestry for sharing this photo.

By the 1920 Federal Census, Jacob and Leah now have three children; Pearl,(1910) Walter (1912) and Ethyl (1917). They lived in Deep Creek, Oklahoma. Jacob is a farmer. Ethyl died on June 27, 1921. She is buried in the family cemetery. Pearl married Loran Reynolds on June 10,1927 in Garfield, Oklahoma. In the 1930 Federal Census, Jacob and Leah have four sons living with them; Walter (1891), Glenn(1924), Robert (1926) and Earl Dean(1928).

By the 1940 Federal Census, Jacob and Leah live in Seay, Blaine County, Oklahoma. They have four sons living with them. They are listed as Glenn Leroy, Bobbie Lee, Earl Dean, Ray Loren (1936). Jacob is a farmer.

Leah died thirty four years ago on January 12, 1987. She is buried in Bierig Cemetery in Major County, Oklahoma with her husband and daughter.

Rest in peace, Leah.

Love, Jan

Leah is the Mother in Law of a distant Crites cousin and not really related to me. Thanks to Jay Jones on Ancestry who shared Leah’s Photo and to the dedicated people who add tombstone and cemetery photos to

Tombstone Tuesday- January 5, 2021 – Charles S Densmore

Charles S. Densmore was born on December 23, 1864 to John and Sarah (Reynolds) Densmore in Mount Clemens, Michigan. He was the fifth child born of ten children; Elizabeth M. (1857), William A. (1859), George E. (1861), Alice V. (1863), Charles S. (1864), Effee M. (1867), Norman A. (1869), Delbert D. (1871), Worthy L. (1873), Harvey R. (1882).

He married Mary Morgan Hayner in Port Lambton, Canada on March 27, 1889. Charles and Mary had eleven children; Addie Mae (1890), Nomer (1893), Charles Ray (1894), Elizabeth L. (1897), Dorothy S. (1901), Jay Morgan (1903), John Reynolds (1905), Harry Hayner (1908), Mary Kathryn (1910), Allan Glen (1912), Alvin Chester (1912). Nomer and Alvin both died as infants.

1915 Family Photo – Standing from left to right: Jay Morgan, Elizabeth, Charles Ray, Addie, Dorothy
Front row and seated left to right: Mary Katherine, Mary Morgan Hainer, Harry Morgan, Charles S Densmore holding Allan , John Reynolds

In the 1900 Federal Census Charles occupation is listed as day laborer and he and his family live in East China Township, St Clair County, Michigan. In the 1910 Federal Census, Charles and his family are in Cottrelville, St Clair County. Their adult daughter Addie and her husband Andrew Anderson are living with them and Anna Ehard . She is 16 years old. Charles was doing farm labor in 1910. In the 1920 Federal Census, Charles and family are listed in Marine City, Ward 3. They now own their home. Charles is working as a carpenter in the shipyard and builds houses. Six of the Children remain at home and Dorothy Hayner (Mary’s Mother) is living with them.

By the 1930 Census, Charles lists his occupation as a Sexton of the Marine City Cemetery. They have two adult children living with them, Charles Ray Densmore and Mary K and Arthur Kammer with son Richard. Allan Densmore is still living at home at the age of 17. In the 1940 Federal Census, Charles is 75 years old and still working as the sexton of the Marine City Cemetery. In the census, it is revealed that that Charles had a 3rd grade elementary school education. He was quite an accomplished man for only having a 3rd grade education.

Seventy eight years ago, on January 5, 1943, Charles S Densmore died at his home on Delina Street in Marine City. His Obituary read ; Charles suffered a heart attack and died at his home on Delina Street early Monday evening, January, 5th, 1943. As a young man he sailed and operated a farm. Later he became a sexton of the Woodlawn Cemetery in Marine City.. He was an active member of the volunteer fireman for 51 years.

The obit states that he was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery but he is actually buried in Rose Hill Cemetery with his wife and several of his children.

Rest in peace, Charles,

Love, Jan

Charles is my Great Grandfather on my Mother’s maternal side of the family. This “Tombstone Tuesday” was published on a different blog site.

Tombstone Tuesday – December 22, 2020 – David Minor Boyer


David Minor was the son of Valentine and Nancy Jane (Leet) Boyer born on March 31, 1849 in Rose Center, Michigan. Valentine and Nancy had six children; Amy(1843), Dennison (1845), Austin (1848), David Minor (1849), Sarah Ann (1852), Elizabeth (1857). Valentine was a farmer in Rose Township, Oakland County, Michigan. In the 1850 Federal Census, Valentine and Nancy had four children living with them; Amy, Dennison, Austin and David.

In the 1860 Federal Census, David is listed as a nine year old but he is really closer to eleven years old. Valentine and Nancy have six children with the addition of two daughters; Amy (Nora), Dennis, Austin, Davis, Sarah Anna (1853), Elizabeth (1856).

David M. Boyer was married twice. His first marriage was the Rhetta Blowers. She was born in Wisconsin. The marriage likely occurred around 1875 but I am unable to find a marriage record. They had two children; Edith (1778) and Henry P (1876).

In the 1880 Federal Census, I find Austin Boyer, his first wife, Aritt and their son Lennie, David and Rhetta and their two children living in Rose Township with Valentine and Nancy. Rhetta died in 1883. He married Eunice White on April 4, 1886 in Oakland County, Michigan. The Boyer brothers, Austin and David married White sisters, Mary Florence and Eunice. For both Boyer brothers, this is a second marriage.

The next available Federal Census is the 1900, By that time, Eunice and David have had six children; George (1884), Nellie (1887), Daniel (1889), Clarence (1890), Flossie (1895) and Celia (1898). Nancy Boyer is living with David and Eunice. She is an eighty six year old widow who is blind. George is likely the last child born to Rhetta and David since he was born before Eunice and David were married. His older siblings have married and are living on their own. On November 14, 1905, David and Eunice had a son, named David Valentine. David Valentine died on March 7th, 1906 at the age of 5 months.

By the 1910 Federal Census, David and Eunice have their three youngest children still living at home; Clarence, Flossie, Celia. By the 1920 Federal Census, David and Eunice are living alone in Pontiac, Michigan.

Ninety three years ago on December 22, 1927, David Minor Boyer died in Highland, Michigan. He is buried in the Boyer family plot in Beebe Cemetery in Rose Township, Oakland County, Michigan.

Rest in Peace, David.

Tombstone Tuesday – December 15, 1966 – Walt Elias Disney

Walt Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the son of Elias and Flora (Call) Disney. Elias Charles and Flora Disney had five children; Herbert Arthur (1888), Raymond Arnold (1890), Roy Oliver (1893), Walter Elias (1901), Ruth Flora (1903). Walt Disney taught himself to draw at a young age. In the 1910 Federal Census, Elias and Flora Disney and their children are found in Marceline, Missouri. They have three children living with them ; Roy, Walter and Ruth. Walter is eight years old in 1910. When he was sixteen years old in 1917, Walt lied about his age and joined the American Red Cross Ambulance Corps and served in WW1. When he was mustered out at the end of World War I, he set up shop as a commercial artist in Kansas City, Missouri. There he was introduced to the profession of animation, which he found he excelled at.

In the 1920 Federal Census, Walter is living with his brothers, Herbert and Roy and Herbert’s family in Kansas City, Missouri. Walter lists his occupation as a commercial Artist/Cartoonist. In 1923, Walt moved to Los Angeles to live near his successful brother, Roy Disney. On July 13, 1925, Walter married Lillian Marie Bounds in Nez Perce, Idaho. Walt and Lillian had two daughters; Diane Marie (1933) and Sharon Mae (1936).

In the 1930 Federal Census, Walter and Lillian Disney are living in Los Angeles. Walter is a Producer in the Motion Picture Industry.

In the 1940 Federal Census, Walt and Lillian are listed in Los Angeles. They have two daughters; Diane and Sharon. They also have several employees listed in the census; Olive A Smith who is a nurse, Almyr B. Buddhie who is a butler and Verda Buddhie who is a cook. Walter’s occupation is listed as Motion Picture Producer.

Walt’s Bio from Findagrave:

Walt Disney began drawing commercially, making a modest living by drawing for the “Alice” series of cartoons, about a live action girl who travels to the world of animated cartoon animals. In 1927, his first really successful commercial cartoon, featuring ‘Oswald the Rabbit’, became a success, but he lost the rights to the character when sued by his distributor. From then on, he insisted on owning the distribution rights to his creations. In 1928, Walt Disney created ‘Mickey Mouse’. His third ‘Mickey Mouse’ film, “Steamboat Willie,” was the first animated cartoon motion picture to use synchronized sound and became an overnight success. He was the voice of the character for the first ten years of the cartoon. In 1934, Disney pioneered the first full length cartoon movie, “Snow White”, and again, critics were overcome by the sheer popular response of the public to the movie. In 1950, he produced his first live-action film, “Treasure Island,” and in 1955, he opened his first theme park, “Disneyland”. Prior to his death in 1966 in Los Angeles, California, of lung cancer, he began work on his latest theme park in Orlando, Florida: “Walt Disney’s World”. His brother, Roy, the business genius behind the scenes, continued to run the company, and decades after Walt Disney’s death. Shortly after his death, the Disney Company executive board was shown a short film that Disney made just before his death, where he addressed each board member by name, telling him what he expected of him, and ending the film by saying “I’ll be seeing you.” Walt Disney was one of the few Americans to be honored with a United States postage stamp issued less than two years after his death (the United States Postal Service prefers to issue stamps at least ten years after a person has died; an exception is made for United States presidents), when a 6 cent stamp was issued in September 1968 in his honor.

Fifty-Four years ago today, Walter Elias Disney died on December 15, 1966 in Burbank, California. He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

Rest in peace, Walter. You live on everyday making children and adults happy when they visit your theme parks around the world.

Love, Jan

Walt E. Disney is a ninth cousin once removed. I would not normally use a cousin who is so distantly related but since it was Walt…. I decided he should be honored here too!

Tombstone Tuesday – December 8, 2020 – Elizabeth McGoogan Clark

Elizabeth McGoogan was the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth McGoogan born on August 30, 1812 in Unity, Pennsylvania. Robert and Elizabeth had eleven children; Jane (1804), Rachel (1808), Sarah (1811), Elizabeth (1812), Clementine (1815), John (1815), Robert 1820), Mary Ann (1822), William (1823), Angeline(1827), Joshua (1828). The McGoogan family lived in Unity which is located in Westmoreland County, in western Pennsylvania. By the 1820 Federal Census, Robert and his family are now in Cadiz, Harrison County, Ohio. They have ten children.

Elizabeth McGoogan married Daniel Clark in Harrison County, Ohio on April 13, 1833. In the 1840 Federal Census, Daniel and Elizabeth remain in Harrison County, Ohio. They have 5 children; two sons under 5 years of age, one son who is over 5 but under nine and a daughter under five. By the time of the 1850, Federal Census, Daniel and Elizabeth had moved their family to Lafayette Township, Allen County, Indiana. Daniel and Elizabeth are listed with seven children; Charles (1834), Sarah J., (1835), William (1836) , Robert (1838), Benjamin (1843), Sarah/Sophia (1846) and Mary(1850). Daniel is a Carpenter.

By the time of the 1860 Federal Census, the Daniel Clark family lists four children; William, Robert, Benjamin, Sarah J. and Sophia (She was transcribe as Sarah in the 1850 Census.). Daniel list his occupation as a farmer. Daniel died in 1866. In the 1870 Federal Census, Elizabeth Clark and her son Benjamin are living in Zanesville. Elizabeth is a widow. There is also a nine year old Mary Hardin living with them. Her relationship to Elizabeth and Benjamin is not defined. Benjamin is farming. In the 1880 Federal Census, Elizabeth Clark is listed in Zanesville Indiana as a widow.

One hundred and thirty nine years ago on December 8, 1881, Elizabeth McGoogan Clark died in Zanesville, Indiana. She was buried in Hoverstock Cemetery.

Rest in peace, Elizabeth!

Love, Jan

Elizabeth is my first cousin four times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – December 1, 2020 – Jennie L Carson White Davis Barnes

Jennie L. Carson was born in Ottisville, Michigan on April 10, 1878. She was the daughter of William Henry and Eleanor (Bouttell) Carson. William Henry and Eleanor had four children; Harriet (1876), Jennie (1878), Charles (1880 -1900), Ruby(1882-1900). In the 1880 Federal Census, (William) Henry and Eleanor live in Thetford Township, Genesee County, Michigan. They have three children; Harriet, Jennie, Charles. William Henry Carson lists his occupation as farmer.

Jennie married Britton White on August 7, 1899. In the 1900 Federal Census, a twenty two year old Jennie is living with her husband Britton in the third ward of Flint on Beach street. They have an infant son, William White. Britton and Jennie were divorced on June 10, 1901 in Genesee County, Michigan. The picture below is a darling photo of Jennie and her son William H. White.

Photo from Wendy Kerbs on Ancestry

On March 13, 1902, Jennie Carson White married Floyd T. Davis. By the time of the 1910 Federal Census, they are found living in ward one in Monroe, Michigan on Eighth Street. Floyd is a Machinist for Weis Manufacturing Company. They have two sons; William and Gilbert. William is listed as Davis not White which would make me think that he was adopted by Floyd.

In the 1920 Federal Census, Jennie and Floyd are found in Ferndale, Oakland County, Michigan. They live on Beuhla Street. Jennie is a clerk in a Dry Goods Shop. Floyd is selling Real Estate , William is a farm hand, and Gilbert is attending school.

Jennie filed for divorce from Floyd and it was granted on August 28, 1926. By the 1930 Census, William has married Florence Losee. Jennie is living with William and Florence on Newport Street in Detroit, Michigan. Jennie married James Henry Barnes after her divorce from Floyd Davis and became Jennie L Barnes.

Photo by Patrick Caram from Ancestry

This photo is from the 1952 wedding of Jennie’s Granddaughter, Harriet Davis to William Caram so it is safe to say that they married prior to that. Jennie is on the left, and James Barnes is on the right with the happy newlyweds in the center. I hope that this last marriage was the marriage that Jennie dreamed of after two divorces. At this time I am unable to find this marriage certificate.

Photo by Wendy Kerbs from Ancestry

The date of this photo is unknown and I received it because a cousin, Wendy Kerbs, shared it on Ancestry. This is how I remember Aunt Florence and Uncle Bill Davis looking in the 1960’s when they visited us. This appears to be a Mackinaw Island trip which William and Florence took with Jennie.

Fifty years ago today on December 1, 1970, Jennie died most likely in Detroit. I have been unable to find death certificate, or any burial information. (I will continue to work on it. When I get the information I will update it here. I kept working on this today thinking that I would find it.)

Rest in peace, Jennie wherever you are.

Love , Jan

Jennie Carson White Davis Barnes is the Mother-in Law of my Great Aunt Mary Florence Losee Davis