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Tombstone Tuesday – April 27, 2021 – James Clarence Clark

James Clarence Clark was born in Lafayette Township, Allen County. Indiana on October 29,1867. He was the son of Robert and Catherine Amanda (Diffendorfer) Clark. Robert and Catherine Amanda Clark lived in Lafayette township, Allen County, Indiana in the 1870 Federal Census. They have two children ; James C (1867) and Minnie V (1869). Robert is a Harness Maker.

By the time of the 1880 Federal Census, Robert and Amanda (Catherine) have six children; James C, Minnie V., Theodore (1871), William (1873), Charles (1876), Markley U. (1878). They live in Zaneville, Wells County, Indiana. Robert is still making harnesses for a living. Robert and Amanda have two addition children after the 1880 Federal Census, Chase (1882) and Alma (1884)

James Clarence married Eva Maud Young on June 24, 1894 in Zanesville. Clarence J. Clark is listed in Zanesville in the 1900 Federal Census with his wife Maud and two children; Jewel (1896) and Leo (1899). Clarence lists his occupation as house painter. James and Maud had another son in 1900 just after the Federal Census, Raymond Clifford.

One hundred and fifteen years ago on April 27, 1906, James Clarence Clark died in Zanesville, Indiana at the age of thirty eight years old. He is buried in the Hoverstock, Cemetery with many other Clark Family members including his wife Maud Young Clark Hartup who remarried later in life.

Rest in peace, James Clarence!

Love Jan

James Clarence was my second cousin three time removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – April 20, 2021 – Pearl Boatman Crites

Pearl Boatman was born on July 26, 1891 in Osborn, Oklahoma. She is the daughter of Frank Elias and Alice (Tipton) Boatman. Frank and Alice had three children; Ila Pearl (1891), John Clyde (1894), Carl (1905).

In the 1900 Federal Census, Pearl is found with her parents and a brother, John C Boatman. By the time of the 1910 Federal Census, Frank and Alice have three children; Pearl, Clyde J and Carl. Frank is a clerk and they live in Hennessey, Oklahoma.

On September 4, 1912, Pearl married Ira Earnest Crites in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. By the 1920 Federal Census, Pearl and Ira Crites have two children; Ira(1917) and Fern (1918). Also living with them is Cyrus and Opal Crites(1904), who were siblings of Ira and Carl Boatman (1904) who was the brother of Pearl. No age is listed for Cyrus but he is a widower. Ira’s mother died in 1918 and Pearl’s mother died on May 1, 1919. Wonder if this was during the influenza pandemic? Quite obviously the children of these two mothers went to live with other family members. Ira is a Thresherman in the Grain Industry.

In the 1930 Federal Census, Pearl and “Earnest” Ira are living in Jet, Oklahoma. They have five children; Ira O., Fern O , Jack E. (1921), Evelyn P. (1927), Roy C (1929). Ira is working in the Cement Industry as a Cement Mixer Operator.

By the 1940 Federal Census, Pearl and Ira have moved their family across the country to Mercer, California. Several of the siblings of both Ira and Pearl had moved to Californian prior to their move. Earnest is a cement finisher. All five of the children remain with them even though Ira and Fern are now adults, twenty three and twenty two years of age, Jack is nineteen, Evelyn and Roy are still in school and are thirteen and eleven,

Forty nine years ago on April 20, 1972, Pearl Crites died in Stanislaus County, California. She was eighty years old. She is buried in Evergreen Memorial Park in Mercer, California in Section 15 Plot 57 with her husband who had died earlier.

Rest in peace, Pearl!

Love, Jan

Pearl Boatman Crites was the wife of my second cousin three times removed, Ira Earnest Crites.

Tombstone Tuesday – April 6, 2021 – Daniel Lee Crites

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Daniel Lee Crites is the son of William and Mary Ann (Forney) Crites who was born on March 7, 1864 in Dover, Ohio. Daniel and Mary Ann Crites had ten children; Daniel Lee (1864), Willas (), Joseph Henry (1865), Jesse E. (1867), Emanuel (1870), Viola (1872), Pearl E. (1875), Ellsworth (1877), Alpha (1879), Ruby (1881). In the 1870 Federal Census, William and Mary have four children listed ; Daniel, Joseph, Jesse, Emanuel. William is a farmer in Dover, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. In the 1880 Federal Census, a sixteen year old Daniel Lee is helping his father on the farm. William and Mary Ann have eight children; Daniel, Joseph, Jesse, Emanuel, Viola, Pearly, Ellsworth, Alpha.

Daniel Lee Crites and Harriet L Fox married on January 17, 1889 in Dover, Ohio. By the time of the 1900 Federal Census, Daniel and Harriet have three daughters; Hazel(1892), Magie (1894), Virgie (1896). Daniel’s lists his occupation as Teamster. They live on Seventh Street in Dover, Ohio. In the 1910 Federal Census, they once again have their three daughters listed. Daniel lists his occupation as house carpenter. They live at 510 Front Street and they own their home. In the 1920 Federal Census, Daniel and Harriet remain at the Front Street address. Their daughters have all married and moved away. Daniel lists his occupation as labor in the Steel Mill.

By the time of the 1930 Federal Census, Daniel is sixty-six years old. He still works at the steel mill. He is the night watchman. He and Harriet still live at the Front Street home that they own. In the 1940 Federal Census, Daniel is seventy six years old. He is no longer is employed. He states that he received a fourth grade education. He accomplished so much on a fourth grade education. He and Harriet still live in their home on Front Street.

Seventy three years ago at the age of eighty four years old, Daniel Lee Crites died in Dover, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, on April 6, 1948. Daniel is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Dover, Ohio.

Rest in peace, Daniel!

Love Jan

Daniel Lee Crites is my first cousin four times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – March 30, 2021- Robert Wesley Hayner

Robert Wesley was born on December 26, 1839 in Louth, Grantham, Ontario. He was the son of Henry Hainer and Nancy (Schram) Hainer. He lived his childhood in Louth, Ontario. In the 1851 Canadian Census, Robert can be found with his mother, Nancy, and her new husband John Patterson. He has two siblings listed also, Mary and Melissa. At this point, there surname is spelled Hainer. His father Henry had died in 1846 when Robert Wesley was seven years old.

He married Dorothy Ann Morgan, daughter of David Morgan and Charlotte Fox Morgan, in Grimsby, Ontario on December 30, 1862. I do not find Robert Wesley in the 1861 Canadian Census. Dorothy Ann Morgan is 19 years old and living alone in a boarding house the 1861 census.

Robert Wesley Hayner Photo supplied by Donna Hoffman

Dorothy and Robert Hayner had two daughters. Addie Jane was born in Ontario in 1863 according to her death certificate. Mary Morgan was born in Port Hope, Michigan in 1871, two short weeks after the enormous fire which raced across lower Michigan ending at Lake Huron near Port Hope. (for more information on this fire, see the article on the Needles in the Haystack Blog post -

Wesley, “Doreatha“ and Ada Jane Hayner can be found in Rubicon Township, Huron County, Port Hope, Michigan in the 1870 Federal Census. It is at this time period that I find Robert Wesley Hainer is now known as Robert Wesley Hayner. In Canada, the surname was Hainer with an “i” but once he came to America it was Hayner with a “y”. Sometimes he is known as Wesley and other times as Robert.

I do not find Robert and Dorothy in the 1881 Federal Census. Dorothy is found in Detroit after Robert’s death for about twenty years in Detroit City Directories. It is known that they left Huron County when the lumber trade dried up after the forest fires that ravaged the “thumb” area of Michigan of 1871 and again in 1881. It is thought that they settled in the Marine City or Smith’s Creek area after the 1871 fire. It is where Mary Morgan Hayner, Robert and Dorothy’s youngest daughter, met and married Charles Densmore in 1889.

One hundred and twenty five years ago, Robert Wesley died March 30th 1896 in a farming accident. The story that has been passed down in our family is that he was at his daughter’s residence, in the barn, in a horse stall working with a horse when was kicked in the head by the horse. He was found dead in the stall.

Rest in peace, Robert Wesley

Love, Jan

Robert Wesley was my two times great Grandfather.

Tombstone Tuesday – March 23, 2021 – Elisha Amos Howell

Elisha Amos Howell was born in October of 1849 in Bayham, Elgin County, Ontario. He was the son of Nathan and Miriam (Best) Howell. In the 1851 Canadian Census, Nathan and Miriam have six children listed in the census; W. H (1835), Nathan (1836), Elizabeth (1841), Elisha(1847), Lorenza (1849), Margaret (1850). In the 1861 Canadian Census, they have seven children listed; Elisha, Lorenza, John (1852), Lewis E. (1854), Alvin (1855), Margaret, Alice (1859). Nathan states that he is a farmer.

In the 1871 Canadian Census, Elisha remains living at his parents. He is twenty three years old. He lists his occupation as farmer. Nathan and Miriam have seven children and Catherine Best, who is Miriam’s mother, living with them; Elisha, Lorenza, Margaret, John, Lewis, Alvin, Alice.

On September 23,1873, Elisha Howell and Mary Ellsworth were married by Reverend R. B. Smith.

In the 1881 Canadian Census, Elisha and Mary are in Bayham. His occupation is listed a “Liberman” but I am thinking it should have been Lumberman. They have three children; Claribel (1875), Maggie (1876), Frank (1880.

In the next Canadian Census in 1891, Eisha Amos and Mary live in Dunwich, West Elgin, Ontario. He is listed as Amos in this Census. They have five children; Clara (1875), Maggie (1877), Loren (1881), Clarence Wilfred (1883), Merriet Roy (1887). Frank must have died since I see no evidence of him.

The next available Canadian Census is 1911. Elisha and Mary remain in Dunwich and have three children who live with them; Maggie, Fred (Clarence Wilfred) and Merriet. They are all adults. Maggie does not work but the two sons, Fred and Merriet list their occupation as Farmers. Wonder if they are currently helping their father?

By the time of the 1921 Canadian Census, I do not find Mary listed with ELisha. Elisha is living with Clarence’s (Fred) Family. He is seventy two years old.

Ninety nine years ago, on March 23, 1922, Elisha Amos died of a stroke according to his death certificate. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Dutton, Elgin County, Ontario. There is no photo of his grave stone at this time. I’ll add it at a later date if I get one. Won’t happen anytime soon with the border closed to Canada due to Covid.

Rest in peace, Elisha!

Love, Jan

Elisha Amos Howell is my first cousin, four times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – March 16 – Thomas Earl Hayner

Thomas E Hainer was born on May 28, 1836 in Ontario, Canada. He was the son of Henry and Nancy (Schram) Hainer. Henry and Nancy had ten children; Hannah (1819), Deborah (1828), Valentine (1828), Benjamin (1830), John Henry (1831), James (1834), Thomas Earl (1836), Robert Wesley (1839), Mary (1841), Melissa (1845). They lived in Louth, Grantham, Ontario.

Thomas married Susan Bradt in 1855 in Louth, Ontario. Thomas and Susan Hayner/Hainer had eight children; Henry (1857), Alonzo M. (1858), Emma (1860), Willie R. (1864) Europe (1866), Robert W. (1869), Maud M. (1871), Susan Viola (1873) The first four children were born on Canada. Europe was born in Port Huron Michigan. Thomas Hayner is found on the payrolls for the St Catharines 20th Regiment of the volunteer Militia in 1866 before leaving for Michigan.

At some point between 1860 and 1870 several of the Hainer families surnames changed from Hainer to Hayner. I thought it was when they left Canada but it appears that the names changed just before they left to settled in the Michigan. It may have just been a clerical error. There is just no way to know.

In the 1870 Federal Census, I find Thomas and Susan Hayner in Romeo. Michigan. (it is ironic because this is the small town I grew up in until Jr High.) They have five children, Alonzo (1858), Emma (1861), Willie (1864) Europe (1866) and Robert Wesley (1869). Charlotte Morgan is also living with them. She is Susan’s widowed Mother. Henry has apparently died.

In the 1880 Federal Census, Thomas and Susan remain in Romeo, Michigan. They have six children living with them; Emma M, Willie R, Europe H, Robert W, Maud M , Susan V and Charlotte Morgan. Thomas list his occupation as Fishmonger. (I had to look up Fishmonger to see what it was. ) Thomas sells fish, does not catch them, but sells them. He may work with fisherman from Lake Huron and acts as a broker selling fish to grocery stores and food suppliers. It is interesting because the town of Romeo is 35 miles from Lake Huron. There may have been a fish market in Detroit but that was 52 miles away from Romeo. (Remember there were no cars in 1880.) About this time frame they were working on Interurban street car routes which connected Detroit and it’s suburbs. This may be how Thomas was able to get to various locations for work.

In an 1896-1897 Detroit Directory, several of the Hayner children, Emma , Susie V and R. Wesley, and their father, Thomas, are listed in Detroit. No street address is listed but they live in Building 282 and in apartment 3D. Emma is an actress, Susie V is a clerk and Robert Wesley is a carpenter. Thomas is a huckster. (I had to look that one up too! A huckster is a very pushy, aggressive salesman!)

By the 1900 Federal Census, Thomas and Susan are now living in Detroit. They have one daughter who remains living with them, Susan Viola. They have two people who are boarders or roommates, Albert and Charlotte Orr. Thomas still lists his occupation as huckster.

In the 1900 Detroit Directory, Thomas is listed but not Susan. Three of the children are listed as well, Alonzo is a packer who lives at 173 Poplar and his son, Guy Hayner . Susie is a cashier and she lives at the same address as her father, Thomas.

Seventy-nine years ago on March 16, 1915, Thomas E Hayner died. He died of oedema of the lungs and chronic Nephritis at the Arnold Home located in Detroit. The “Arnold Home” was a care home for indigent senior citizens who needed extra care and medical attention. It was founded by Reverend Charles Arnold when he served as minister at the St Peter’s Episcopal church. He founded the first Arnold Home in 1899. After that he bought up additional houses as they became available and more were needed by elderly patients. There were many senior homes dotted around Detroit that operated under the umbrella of Arnold home. Thomas Earl Hayner may have been under the care of Arnold Home from 1912 until his death in 1915.

Thomas Earl Hayner was buried in Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery. At this time I do not have a photo of his grave but when I get one I will post it here.

Rest in peace, Thomas.

Love , Jan

Thomas Earl Hayner is my three times Great Uncle.

Tombstone Tuesday – March 9, 2021 – Agnes Cartmel Addison Best

Agnes Addison was born on June 15, 1838 in Heversham, Westmoreland, England. She is the daughter of Thomas Addison and Ann Philipson. Thomas and Ann had eight children; James (1823), Thomas Edward (1824), Eleanor (1825), Robert (1827), William (1829), Peter (1831), Agnes (1838), John (1841).

In the 1841 English Census, Agnes is found with her parents and and three of her siblings; Ellen, William, Peter and three year old Agnes. They live in Westmoreland, England in the Kendal Parish. Thomas’s occupation is listed as Agricultural Laborer. By the time of the 1851 English Census, the family lives in the Levens parish of Westmoreland, England. Thomas and Ann have two children who remain living at home, William who is 21 and Agnes who is 12 years old.

Thomas Addison was arrest and charge with “ feloniously embezzling of a Post Letter whilst in the service of the Post Master General”. (I am not sure that I know exactly what he did.) He was found guilty and sentenced to nine months in prison, according to the to the England and Wales Criminal Register for the Westmoreland, England in 1851.

Ann Philipson Addison died on June 29, 1854. Following Ann’s death, Thomas and Agnes embarked on the SS Dreadnaught leaving Liverpool and arriving in New York on May 18, 1855. I can not help but wonder if Thomas’s “criminal record”, the death of his wife and the fact that several of his children had gone to Canada, prompted this decision. From New York, they made their way to Oxford, Ontario.

I do not find a marriage record for Agnes and Hiram Best but in the 1859 probate administrative document for Agnes’s father, Thomas Addison’s probate proceedings, it states that Agnes is married to Hiram in Ontario.

Hiram and Agnes had four children; Sarah Ann (1858), Addison (1869), Rachel (1870), Mary Agnes (1873). In the 1861 Canadian Census, Hiram and Agnes are found living in Oxford, Ontario with their daughter Sarah Ann and Thomas Best, Hiram’s twenty five year old brother. Hiram is a farmer and his brother is a farm laborer. In the 1871 Canadian Census, Hiram and Agnes Best are found in Dereham, Oxford South, Ontario. Hiram is a farmer. They have three of their four children living with them ; Sarah Ann, Addison and Rachel.

One hundred and forty three years ago on March 9, 1873, Agnes died one month after having her daughter Mary Agnes. She died of Hydropericardium which is a build up of liquid/water in the heart. According to the death Certificate she had been sick for a month. She is buried with the Best Family members in the Best Cemetery in Bayham Township, Elgin County, Ontario.

Rest in peace, Agnes!

Love, Jan

Agnes was the first wife of my fourth Great Uncle, Hiram Best.

Tombstone Tuesday – March 2, 2021 – George Alanson Leet

George was born on September 27, 1875 in Farmington Township, Michigan. He was the son of Israel and Betsy (Madden) Leet. Israel and Betsy had four children; Blanche (1873), George (1875), Tracy (1877-1877), Mina (1883). Israel was a farmer. In the 1880 Federal Census, Israel and Betsy Leet are residing in Farmington, Oakland County, Michigan. They have two children; Blanch(1873) and George (1875). Amelia Leet, Israel’s mother, also is living with the family. It appears from the family stone in North Farmington Cemetery that Israel and Betsy had another child born in 1877 who was named Tracy. The child died as an infant but I can not be certain if it was at birth. The child’s death date was October 6, 1877 and no birth date is given.

By the time of the 1900 Federal Census, George is found still living at home with his parents at the age of twenty four. George’s sister Mina died in 1900 but is listed in the June 22, 1900 Census Record as a sixteen year old daughter of Israel and Betsy Leet. Blanch, who died in 1893, is not listed as living at her parents home in this census record. I find no record of her in 1900.

George Leet and Inez Higby married on March 4, 1903 in Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan. Inez Higby is the daughter of Charles Higby and Francis Leslie.

In the 1910 Federal Census, George and Inez are 34 and 25 years old, respectively. They live in Farmington, Michigan. George is a farmer. They have a son and two daughters, Clyde (1904), Verna (1905), Winifred (1908). Also living with them is George’s parents, Israel and Betsy who are 83 and 63 years old.

On September 12, 1918, George registered for the WW1 draft. He states that he is a farmer working for himself in Farmington, Michigan. He describes himself as tall, medium built with black hair and black eyes.

In the 1920 Federal Census, George and Inez have a son and two daughters living with them, Clyde, Verna and Winifred and George’s parents, Israel and Betsy. They remain in Farmington, Michigan.

In the 1930 Federal Census, George and Inez are living on Thirteen Mile road in Farmington. He states that he is a Truck Farmer. They have their three children living with them, Clyde, Verna and Winifred who are all adults. Clyde is a foreman for a Road Construction Crew, Verna is a teacher for the public school system and Winifred is a stenographer working in an automobile factory. They also have a boarder living with them by the name of Joseph Cooney.

George was eventually found in the 1940 Census as George Leed. He and his wife live alone. He states that he is still a farmer. He worked 52 weeks in 1939 and worked 60 hours per week during that year according to the Census record.

Seventy two years ago, on March 2, 1949, George Alanson Leet died in Farmington, Michigan. He is buried in North Farmington Cemetery in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Rest in peace, George!

Love, Jan

George Leet is my second cousin three times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – February 23, 2021 – Ethel Boyer MacAluso

Ethel Elizabeth Boyer was born on December 3, 1917 in Buffalo New York. She was the daughter of George M and Mabel (Pomeroy) Boyer. George and Mabel had four children; Mabel (1915), Melvin (1917), Ethel (1917), Donald (1920). George was an Engine Machanic for an Areoplane company in Buffalo, New York.

George and Mabel Boyer are found in the 1925 New York State census. She is seven years old. Ester and Melvin are listed also and they are ten and nine respectively.

By the time of the 1930 Federal Census, George and Mabel have three children, M Ester who is seventeen, Melvin who is fourteen and Ethel who is twelve. Donald must have died. George is a Mill Wright for an engine company.

“ In the 1940 Federal Census, Ethel is still living at home. She is single and 22 years of age. She lists her occupation as Sales Lady. On December 9, 1948 Ethel married George MacAluso in Buffalo, New York.

In a 1951 Buffalo, New York Directory, there is an entry for Mrs Ethel MacAluso . It states that she is clerk for Allen Carpet Cleaning at 566 Fargo Avenue.

George and Ethel had two sons; Steven and Donald.

Ethel E MacAluso is listed in Public records in 1992 living at 5929 Robinson Road, Lakeport, New Yor

In 2002 Ethel is listed at 2300 Maple Road in Buffalo, New York.

Ethel’s Obit from The Syracuse Post-Standard on Sunday, February 25, 2007 as found on Findagrave.

Ethel E. Macaluso, 89, of Liverpool, went to be with the Lord this past Friday, February 23. Born in Buffalo, she was the mother of Rev. Steven MacAluso and Donald MacAluso. She was active in the activities and ministries of Liverpool Community Church, where her son is pastor. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Elizabeth, Abigail, Rachel, Anita, Mathew and Patrick; three nephews, Jerry, Wayne and Eugene Boyer; and two nieces, Neva Boyer Kratz and Myra Boyer. A memorial service will be held in her honor at 1 p.m. March 17, 2007, at Liverpool Community Church, 800 4th St., Liverpool. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Liverpool Community Church Reception Fund.”

Fourteen years ago, Ethel died in Liverpool, New York at the age of eighty-nine. It is unknown as of this time where she is buried but someone has put an entry in Findagrave for her. When I can find where she is buried, I will update this page.

Rest in peace, Ethel,

Love Jan

Ethel is my second cousin two times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – February 16, 2021 – James “Richard” Medley

James Richard Medley was born on December 22, 1865 in Illinois. He was the son of John W and Julie Ann (Bradley) Medley. John and Julia Ann Medley had nine children; Henry (1859), Richard Bryant (1861-died before 1865), James Richard (1865), William Joseph (1868), Edward (1870), David (1873), Nona (1876), Fredrick Kinman (1879), Lulu Ellen (1881).

In the 1870 Federal Census, John and Julie Ann live in Lone Oak, Missouri. They have three children living with them; Henry, James Richard, William J. They also have a R. Ann Medley who is thirty eight and Lucy Griffin who is nine living with them too. In the 1880 Federal Census, John and Julie live in New Home, Missouri. They have seven children; Henry, Richard, Joseph, Edward, David, Nona M and Fredrick. They also have a niece living with them. She is Julia Pritchett. She is eighteen years old.

Richard Medley and Nora David Marriage Record

On May 11, 1885, Richard Medley married Elnora (Nora) Davis in Bates County, Missouri. In the next available Federal census in 1900, Richard and Nora are found in New Home, Missouri. Richard and Nora have six children; Mary Effie (1886), Iva (1887), Harley (1890), Ila D. (1893), Lomer (1896), Florence (1898). Richard is a farmer. By the 1910 Federal Census, Richard and Nora are living in Lone Oak, Missouri. He is still employed in farming. They have five children who remain at home. They are Harley, Ila D. Lomer. Flossey, and Clona (1901).

By the 1920 Federal Census, Richard is fifty-four years old and Nora is fifty- three. Clona remains at home. She is translated in this Census as Elona. Richard lists his occupation as farming and they still live in Lone Oak, Bates County, Missouri. In the 1930 Federal Census, Richard and Elnora have two children and two grandchildren living with them; Lomer, Clona, and Doris and Juanita Weddle.

In the 1940 Federal Census, Richard and Nora are now in their seventies and have Lomer who is forty four and Clona who is thirty nine living with them.

Seventy years ago on February 16, 1951. Richard James Medley died. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Butler, Bates County, Missouri.

It is incredible sad that he and his wife Nora buried 5 of their seven children and four of their grandchildren before they died many years later. ( A blog for another time.)

Rest in peace Richard!

Love, Jan

Richard’s wife Elnora (Nora) is my first cousin 3 time removed.