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Tombstone Tuesday – May 22, 2018 – George Edward Hainer

George EdwardHainer

George Edward Hainer was the son of George Alva and Alice (Ryckman) Hainer. He was born in St. Catharines, Ontario on December 19, 1886. George and Alice Hainer had seven children: Donald Andrew( ), Gertrude Maud (1876), Benjamin Oscar (1878), Ethel Blanche (1880), Stella Bell (1882), George Edward (1886), Hannah Cordelia (1895).

In the 1901 Canadian Census, George and his family are living in St Catharines, Ontario. He is 13 years old and attends school. In the 1911 Canadian Census, George is 23 years old and living at home with his parents. He is working as an electrician.


George Edward Hainer married Agnes Marie Douglas on the 31st day of January, 1913. They had three children; Edward Douglas (1914), Alice Maria (1917), Dorothy (1919). In 1919, George Edward and his family left Canada and settled in Flint, Michigan, where George found employment in the Auto Industry as a machinist. They live at 913 Rankin Street in Flint and the same address was listed in the Flint City directory for the same year.  Agnes Marie Hainer died in Flint on January 30, 1920 of Pneumonia, a complication of influenza.

George Edward married Mabel Piper on June 9, 1921 in Niagara, New York. George and Mabel had three daughters; Winnifred, Gertrude, Georgina.

In a 1924 Flint City Directory, George and Mabel are living at 3714 Wesley in Flint and he is still employed with the Auto Industry. I do not find George and Mabel in American or Canadian Census records for 1930 and 1940.

Seventy years ago today, George Edward Hainer died. He was returned to St Catharines where he is buried in Maple Lawn Cemetery, St Catharines, Ontario

Maple Lawn Church

Rest in peace, George Edward!

Love, Jan

George Edward Hainer is my third cousin two times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – May 15, 2018 – Mary J Davis Stranahan

Hiram Mary Stranahan

Mary J Davis was born on August 27, 1846, the daughter of Allen Davis and Mary Ann Hibles. She was born in Michigan according to her death certificate but I do not find her parents in Census records until after she is married to Hiram Stranahan.

She married Hiram Stranahan in 1862 and they lived in Holly Michigan. She was a housewife and Hiram was a farmer according to each of their death certificates. In the 1870 Federal Census, Hiram’s occupation is listed as a “Keeper of a Billards Room” and they have a four year old son named Allen. In the 1880 Census Record, they remain in Holly Michigan. She lists “keeping house” as her occupation and Hiram’s is left blank. In the 1900 Federal Census, they are still in Holly, Michigan where she is keeping house and Hiram is a farmer. Allen has married and is no longer living at their home.


One hundred and twelve years ago today, Mary J. Stranahan died of Pneumonia in Holly Michigan. She was buried at the Lakeside Cemetery in the Stranahan Plot on May 18, 1906.


Rest in Peace, Mary J!

Mary is the wife of a Great Grand Uncle of the husband of my Great Grand Aunt Addie Morgan Stranahan.

Love , Jan




Tombstone Tuesday – May 8, 2018 – Cynthia Belle Carpenter Crites

Thomas Crites Belle Carpenter

Cynthia Belle Carpenter was the daughter of John Mason and Mary Adeline (Lewis) Carpenter. She was born in Landcaster, Kansas on January 29,1870. She is the third of six children born to John and Mary ; Arthur Clement (1853), Frank Clinton (1868), Cynthia Belle (1870), Carrie Bradbury (1872), John Burdette (1878), Albert Cotting (1880)

In the 1880 Federal Census, John, who was a physician, and his wife Mary are found in New Landcaster, Miami County Kansas. They have five of their six children living with them and William Lewis, Mary’s eighteen-year-old brother. In 1882, both of Cynthia’s parents died. She went to live with George Lewis, her Uncle. He was given guardianship of her in 1883 and in Kansas census of 1885, Belle is living with George and Mary Lewis. She remained with them until she married Thomas Crites on May 27, 1891 in Douglas, Kansas.


By the 1900 Federal Census, the Thomas Crites family was living in Russell, Kansas and they have three children. The children are; Aure B. (1893), Athena B. (1896), Castle (1898). By the 1910 Federal Census, they have added another son born in 1902 whose name is Albert. Thomas Crites lists is occupation as a President of a College. They live in Holton, Kansas. In the 1920 Federal Census, Thomas was now a Clergyman for a United Bretheran Church in Toledo City, Iowa. The oldest two children are no longer living at home but Castle, Albert and a six year old Russell are living with their parents.

Eighty eight years ago today, May 8, 1930, Cynthia Belle Carpenter Crites died in Kansas. She is buried with her husband Rev Thomas Crites who had died in 1923. They are buried in Summit Cemetery in Marion County, Kansas.


Rest in peace, Belle!

Love, Jan

Belle is the wife of my third cousin three times removed.


Tombstone Tuesday – May 1, 2018 –


Deborah Hainer/Hayner was the daughter of Henry and Nancy (Schram) Hainer. She was born in 1828 in Grantham, Ontario. Henry and Nancy Hainer had ten children; Hannah (1819), Deborah (1828), Valentine (1828/1829), Benjamin(1830), John Henry (1831), James (1834), Thomas Earl (1836), Robert Wesley (1839), Mary (1841) , Melissa (1845). They lived in Grantham, Louth, Lincoln County,  Ontario.

Deborah Hainer married Charles Seburn on January 28, 1845. Charles and Deborah had six children; Charles Wesley (1846-1850), Henrietta (1847), Laura (1848), Louise (1849), Jane, Cecelia Maria (1852).

In the 1851 Canadian Census, Charles and Deborah are found in Lincoln County, Louth Township. Charles is a farmer. They have three children listed; Henrietta, Laura and an infant who has not been named, it is likely Louise. Matthew Seburn and his wife Hannah Hainer (older sister to Deborah) and their family live next door to Charles and Deborah. Next to the Matthew Seburn family is John Patterson and Nancy (Schram) Hainer Patterson. Henry Hainer died in 1846. Nancy, now his widow, remarried John Patterson. The Hainer children who are underage and still living at home are listed with John and Nancy.

By the 1871 and 1881 Canadian Censuses, the Seburns’ are now listed in Pelham, Monck, Ontario. Charles died in 1884 and Deborah died a six years later.

One hundred and twenty eight years ago, today, May 1, 1890, Deborah Hainer Seburn died. She is buried in Hillside Cemetery in Pelham, Ontario.


Rest in Peace, Deborah!

Love, Jan

Deborah Hainer Seburn is my second Great Grand Aunt, the sister to my 2 times Great Grandfather, Robert Wesley Hainer.

Tombstone Tuesday – April 24, 2018 – Mary C. Davis Hite Meeks

Mary C Davis Meeks

Mary C Davis was born in Ohio in 1835 or 1836. I have not identified her parents at this time. There were several Davis families living in Fairfield County, Ohio  and several of these families had a daughter names Mary. They are probably related but I can not confirm.

She married Jacob Hite in Fairfield, Ohio on October 3, 1861. They had one son whose name was Jesse. He was born on June 1, 1868. It is through Jesse Hite’s death certificate that I could determine his father’s name. I do not find a death record for his father, Jacob, but I assume that he died which would account for Mary’s second marriage. (Nor did I find a divorce record.)

On October 2, 1873, Mary C Hite married George Meeks in Huntingon County, Indiana. George and Mary had one son, William Meeks who was born on December 22, 1875. In the 1880 Federal Census, George and Mary are found in Uniondale, Indiana. They have four children living with them; Annie Meeks (1859), George Meeks (1862), William Meeks (1875), Jesse D. Hite (1868).  Annie and George Meeks are George’s children with his first wife Margaret Watson who died in 1864.

One hundred and twenty years ago, Mary C Davis died on April 24, 1898 in Uniondale, Indiana. She is buried in Prospect Cemetery in the Meeks family plot.


Rest in Peace, Mary!

Love, Jan

Mary C Davis Hite Meeks is the Mother-in-Law of my Great Grand Aunt Dessie Crites Meeks.

Tombstone Tuesday – April 17, 2018 – Charles Wesley Hayner



Charles W. Hayner – 1870-1910


Charles Wesley Hayner was the son of John Hayner and Sara Elizabeth Bessay (Seaburn) Hayner. He was born on November 24, 1870, in Saint Clair,  Michigan. The birth record show he was born in 1871 but his tombstone and death Certificate says 1870. John and Sara had nine children; William Henry (1862), John R. (1866), Nellie May (1868), Charles Wesley (1870), Frank (1874), Paul Kelley (1877), Leslie ( 1879), Fredrick Milford (1884), Alexander Bessay (1886)

In the 1880 Federal Census, Charles Wesley is listed with his parents on Mulberry Street and seven of his siblings. He is ten years old and attending school. By the 1900 Federal Census, he still lives at home. He is twenty-nine years old and lists his occupation as a day laborer. Seven of the boys still live at home, several are sailors and the rest are day laborers.  In the 1910 Federal Census, Charles is listed at his parents home. His occupation is now listed as a sailor. He is thirty-nine years old and not married.

One hundred and eight years ago today, Charles died in Sault St Marie, Michigan aboard the Steamer Polynesia on April 17, 1910. The census record for the 1910 census was recorded on April 22, 1910, five days after he died.  I can’t help but wonder if his parents did not know yet. The Death Certificate lists the cause of death as Cholera Morbus which was exasperated by a vascular issue with the heart. Cholera Marbus is a gastro bacteria illness.



Charles Wesley Hayner Death Certificate


The Hayner Family plot is located in the Hillside Cemetery in Saint Clair, Michigan.



John and Sara Hayner Family Plot 


Hillside Cemetery


Hillside Cemetery – EST 1810


Rest in Peace, Charles Wesley!

Love, Jan

Charles Wesley in my first cousin three times removed.


Tombstone Tuesday – April 10, 2018 – Harold Frances Cole


Harold Frances Cole was born in Van Wert, Ohio, the son of Franks C and Grace T (Stillwell) Cole on June 27, 1904. In the 1910 Federal Census, Frank and Grace Cole have two children; Hazel (1903) and Harold(1904). They live at 723 Cable Street in Van Wert. In the 1920 Federal Census, Frank is a fifteen years old and living with his parents in at the same location in Ohio. He is working for a grocery store as a Salesman and it appears that he is no longer attending school. In the 1940 Census, it states that Frank went to school thru the eighth grade.

Harold married Minta Izora Meeks on January 19, 1923, in Fort Wayne Indiana. Harold and Minta had four children; Betty Jeanne (1923-1925), Wendel Harold (1926), Duane Roger (1930), David Stuart(1936).

In the 1930 Federal Census, Harold and Minta lived on South Wayne Ave. He is working as a molder for in a General Electric factory. They have one son living with them, Wendell and Minta’s mother, Arthela M. Meeks. In the 1940 Federal Census, They are now living in Union Township, Wells County. They have their three sons, Wendell, Dwane, and David living with them and Minta’s mother, Arthela. Through the years they lived in several locations in the Fort Wayne area according to Fort Wayne directories. He worked his whole career for General Electric.

Thirty-seven years ago, Harold Frances Cole died on April 10, 1981, of a heart attack. He is buried in Prospect Cemetery in Uniondale, Indiana.


Prospect Cemetery is located behind the Methodist church in Uniondale, Indiana.


Harold is the husband of the neice of my Great Grand Aunt.

Rest in Peace, Harold,

Love, Jan