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Tombstone Tuesday – December 5, 2017 – Glenn E Goshorn


Glenn Estel Goshorn was born on June 30, 1912 in Antwerp, Ohio the son of Clyde and Ada (Crawford) Goshorn. Glenn married Beryl F Wilson on March 4, 1933, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They had two children; Beryl Stella (1933) and James W(1935). By the 1940 Federal Census, Glenn and Beryl are divorced and she is living with the two children with her mother, Abbie Wilson.

In the 1939 Fort Wayne Directory, I find Glenn E. Goshorn and Melba (Jackson) Goshorn listed. Glenn’s occupation is listed as Insurance Agent in 1939 and Melba is a housewife. There is a birth record for June 25, 1937, for Glenn and Melba’s first daughter Sandra Lee Goshorn. They had four daughters; Sandra(1937), Barbara, Catherine, Cynthia.

In the 1942 Fort Wayne directory, Glenn lists his occupation as a lathe operator for General Electric. From the remaining directories that I find, it appears that he was a factory worker for the remainder of his career.

Melba died on June 10, 1981. Glenn married Evelyn Zella Northrup on January 31, 1987.

Glenn E Goshorn died twenty years ago today at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on December 5, 1997. It states on the death certificate that he was widowed. Evelyn must have died. Glenn Goshorn-DeathCertGlenn is buried in Covington Memorial Gardens in Fort Wayne, Indiana with Melba. Covington

Rest in Peace, Glenn


Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – November 28, 2017 – Emanuel C Crites

Emanuel Crites -2

Emanuel Crites was the son of William and Mary Ann (Forney) Crites born in Dover, Ohio on November 12, 1868. William and Mary Ann Cites had ten children; Daniel (1864), Joseph(1856), Jesse(1867), Emanual (1870), Viola (1872), Willas (1873- 1874), Pearl (1875),Ellsworth (1877), Alpha (1879), Ruby (1882).

In the 1880 Federal Census, Emanuel is listed as an eleven-year-old son living with William and Mary. He attends school and assists on the farm. Emanuel married Mary Ann Klein on March 24, 1895, in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. In the 1900 Federal Census, Emanual and Mary have two daughters; Leleah is four and Lurtha is two years old. Emanuel lists his occupations as a teamster in the 1990 Census. By the time of the 1910 Federal Census, Emanuel has gone back to farming. In the 1920 Federal Census, Emanuel is a working in a Sheet Mill as a laborer. They now have three daughters; Lelah (1896), Lurtha May (1897), Ethel Marie (1910). They also have two people living with them as boarders. John Kannan is a roller in the Sheet Mill. Catherine Ripple is 44 and has no employment. By the 1930 Federal Census, Emanuel is working in a Limber Company as a Laborer. He is 61 years old. Ethel Marie is nineteen years old and is working in a Dry Cleaners as a presser. At the age of 69, Emanuel in the 1940 Federal Census, has two of his daughters and their husbands living with them. They are Elmer and Lutha McClafferty and Marion and Ethel Weymouth. Emanuel is no longer working. Both  Lutha and Ethel are working in the Dry Cleaning plant. Elmer is a fireman at a Chemical Plant and Marion is an Electrician who owns his own business.

Emanuel C. Crites died on November 28, 1949, sixty-eight years ago today. His final resting place is Dover Burial Park in Dover, Ohio.


Emanuel is my first cousin 4X removed. Rest in Peace, Emanuel!

Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – November 21, 2017 – Oella Denney Smith


Oella Denney was the daughter of Walter Denney and Mary Nancy Young born in Brooke, Virginia on May 12, 1845. Walter and Mary (Young) Denney had seven children; Jane Elizabeth (1843), Oella (1845), Rolandis (1848), Francis(1850), Mary Agnes(1852), Clara Virginia(1855), Walter(1859). All of the Children except Walter were born in Brooke, Virginia, he was born in Allen County, Indiana.

Oella Denney married James W Smith on Mar 18, 1869. They had six children; William Frampton (1869), Alvin Oliver (1873), Della (1874), Dora Belle (1876), Etta Clare (1882), Francis Willard (1887).

In the 1870 Federal Census, a newly married James and Oella are living near James’s mother, Susan(Susannah Overly) Smith, in Lafayette Township, Allen County, Indiana. She is a widow with several young children. James and Oella have James’ brother Charles living with them and their own five-month-old son William. In the 1880 Census, Oella and James live in Union Township, Wells County, Indiana and by now they have four children; William, Alvin, Della, and Dora. Oella and James are living in Zanesville during the 1900 Federal Census. They have three children remaining at home. James W lists farming as his occupations and so does a twenty-eight-year-old William Frampton and a twelve-year-old,  Francis. Etta Clare who is eighteen-years-old lives with them also. In the 1910 Federal Census, Oella and James are in Union Township, Wells County, Indiana alone but near their son’s Alvin and William and their families.

James W Smith Family

This photo is of the James W. and Oella Denney Smith family taken likely between 1908 and 1909 based on the people in this photo and the children not yet born.

Row one children seated: James Frank Wert, Lulu Etta Wert, Alvin Sparks, Everett Smith, Virgil Sparks, Talmage Sparks, Nora Sparks, a sister of Arena May Straley Smith.

Row Two Adults and Children Seated: Ruth Jackson, Dora Belle Smith Jackson, Cora Crites Smith holding Frederick James Smith, James W Smith, Oella Smith, Dessie Heckman Smith holding Virgil Smith.

Row three Standing: William H. Jackson, Alvin Smith, William Sparks, Della Smith Sparks, Oscar Jackson standing in from of Della, Homer Wert, William Frampton Smith, Francis Smith and Arena May Straley Smith.

I have wondered if this was the baptism of Federick James Smith but I can not be certain. His family is the owner of the original photo.

Ninety-two years ago, Oella died at the age of 80 years old. Oella is my 2 times Great Grandmother. She is buried in the Uniontown Cemetery next to her husband James W. Smith according to her Death Certificate. There is no tombstone to be found.


Rest in peace, Oella!


Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – November 14, 2017- Rosemary Isabel Forbes Kerry


Rosemary Isabel Forbes was born on October 27, 1913, to James Grant Forbes and Margaret Tyndal Winthrop in Paris, France. James and Margaret Forbes had eleven children; James Grant Jr. (1906), John W. (1908), Griselda (1910), Angela (1912), Rosemary Isabel (1913), Eileen (1916), Monica (1916), Alastair (1918) , Ian (1920), Iris (1922), Fiona(1924). The first three children were born in America and the remaining children were born in France at the Forbes Estate just outside of Paris.

Rosemary lived in Boston and as a young adult, she sailed frequently across the Atlantic to visit her parents in Paris France, sailing in and out of Liverpool, England or Lisbon,  Portugal. She was a nurse for the Red Cross during in WWII and later a Social Activist.

Rosemary married Richard John Kerry in Montgomery, Alabama on February 8, 1941, but a newspaper clipping from England indicated that she quietly married Richard Kerry at the Winthrop Estate in Luray, South Carolina. She met Richard when he took a sculpture class at the resort of Saint-Briac, where the Forbes had built their family estate. They settled in Boston,  Massachusetts, where they had four children; Margaret (Peggy, 1941), John (1943), Diana (1947), Cameron (1950).

Rosemary died on November 14, 2002, in Manchester, Massachusetts. Rosemary was cremated at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge Massachusetts but the location where her remains are interned has been kept private by the family.

Rest in Peace Rosemary!

Love, Jan

Note: I have found that I am a cousin to Senator John Kerry and his family.  We are related through the Dudley lines of his family and mine. This discovery was made by using an iPhone app called “We’re Related”. The app has allowed me to break through many brick walls in the last twelve months


Tombstone Tuesday – November 7, 2017 – Nackey Jane Stewart McLaughlin

Nackey Jane Stewart McLaughlin

Nackey Jane Stewart was the daughter of Leslie Comb Stewart and Sarah Jane Barr. She was born in Edgar, Illinois. Leslie and Sarah Stewart had three children; Elizabeth(1880), George (1883), Nackey Jane (1885).

Leslie C Stewart died in 1895. In the 1900 Federal Census, Sarah Jane Stewart and her family were living in Philo, Illinois. In 1905, Sarah Jane married John B Stewart, Leslie’s brother.

Nackey Jane and Robert McLaughlin married in 1905 in Illinois also. In the 1910 Federal Census, Nackey and her two-year-old son, Roy are in Thermopolis, Wyoming living with her Mother and Stepfather, John Stewart while Robert remained in Illinois working as a hired hand for Fred and Sarah Wileman.  (I briefly looked to see if the Wileman’s were somehow a family connection but none was found.)

Thermopolis was first known for it’s Hot Springs. In 1897, Hot Springs State Park was established after 100 square miles of land was purchased by the government from the Shashone Indian Tribe.  In 1910 and 1911, the completion of two rail lines, first the Northern Burlington line and second the southern Wind River Canyon line, allowed better access to this remote mountainous area of Wyoming. When the railways were completed, the coal mining and oil industries began in the area. I had hope that I would be able to determine how and why Nackey’s mother and her husband and eventually Nackey herself ending up in this remote part of Wyoming but I did not.

In Robert’s 1918 draft record for World War I, he states that he and his wife, Nackey live in Thermopolis, Wyoming.  He is employed by Aldridge and Buchanan.  In 1920 Census, Robert and Nackey McLaughlin are listed in Thermopolis and they now have three children; Roy(1908), Marie(1911), Nettie(1915). Robert’s occupation is listed as Teamster and Nackey is working as a launderer.

By the 1930 Federal Census, Robert and his family have returned to Illinois. They are living in Champaign, Illinois on North Fifth Street. Robert lists his occupation as a laborer who does odd jobs and Nackey lists hers as a servant. I find Robert and Nackey in two area directories for Champaign, Illinois for the years 1931 and 1935.  I did not find the Robert McLaughlin family in the 1940 Census.  The next reference that I find for the family is in Robert’s World War II draft record from 1942 and they are living in Champaign, Illinois.

Nackey died on November 7, 1972, and is buried in Locust Grove Cemetery next to her husband who she outlived by 26 years. Rest in Peace.


Love, Jan

PS. I think that the name “Nackey” is an unusual one.  I can’t help but wonder what brought her parents to name her that.  I was hoping that I would find a photo of her. I am sure that there is a story here! I normally look at all the available records for a person and write my Tombstone Tuesday blogs like an Obituary but something today made me look more closely at why this family picked this remote Wyoming area to settle in before going back to Illinois.   Was it the Hot Springs? Was it available land?  Was it available employment? I did not find the answer but I believe that there is a story here too. I will continue to investigate.  My Great Uncle, Wallace Losee married Nettie McLaughlin, daughter of Nackey and Robert,



Tombstone Tuesday – October 24, 2017 – Ferris Valentine


Ferris Valentine was born on June 22, 1891 to James D. and Sarah A. (Schuyler) in Madison County Indiana as the family Bible states though many family trees and other resources state it was Jun 22, 1890. James and Sarah had ten children; Otis A (1871), Esta (1873), Christena (1876), Iona (1878-1880), Kathryn (1881), Dane ((1885), Earl ( 1886), Infant Son (1889-1889), Ferris (1890 or 1891), Gretta (1894).

James Valentine Family

James and Sarah Valentine and their children

Front row seated L to R: Otis Valentine, James Valentine, Sarah Ann Schuyler, Esta Valentine Smith

Back row standing L to R: Kathryn Valentine Wise, Dane Valentine Adams, Ferris Valentine, Earl Valentine, Christena Valentine Wiseman, Gretta Wise

(Thanks to Bobbie Valentine who shared this wonderful family picture on

In the 1900 Federal Census, Ferris is 9 years old and living with his parents in Green Township, Madison County, Indiana with five siblings, Otis, Kate, Dane, Earl and Gretta. In the 1910 Federal Census, Ferris and Gretta are the two remaining children living with James and Sarah. Ferris married Rosella Gertrude Flowers on September 23, 1911 in Madison County, Indiana. In a 1916 Directory for Anderson Indiana, Ferris and his wife Rosa are listed in Green Township. On Ferris’s 1917 Draft registration for WWI, he list his address as; R. R. #40, Pendleton, Indiana and his birthday is June 22, 1890. He is married and the sole provider for his wife. Her name is not listed. He is of medium height and build with blue eyes and brown hair, not bald or disabled. His draft registration was June 5, 1917.

By the 1920 Federal Census, Ferris and Rosella have one son; (Melvin) Carroll who is age two. Ferris lists farming as his occupation. He lives next door to his father and mother; James and Sarah Valentine. In the 1930 Federal Census, Ferris is listed with his wife, Rosa and a 12 year old Son (Melvin) Carroll. They still live in Green Township, Madison County, Indiana. In 1935 Directory for Pendleton, Indiana, Ferris and Rosa are listed in Lapel, R 1, Green Township. In all of the directories thru 1943, they are listed at the same address. On Ferri’ss World War II registration, his occupation is listed as Self-employed Farmer who resides with his wife, Rosa Valentine, in Lapel at R.R. # 1, Green Township, Madison County, Indiana.

Ferris’s Obit taken from Anderson Daily Bulletin, 25 Oct 1958 on pg. 3 :


PENDLETON – Ferris Valentine, 68, RR 1, Lapel, died Friday morning at his farm home southeast of Lapel. Valentine was born in Madison County on June 22, 1890, and was the son of James and Sarah Schuyler Valentine. He had spent his entire life in this vicinity.

Surviving are: the widow, Rose G. Flowers Valentine; a son, Carroll, RR 1, Lapel; three grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Dana Adams, RR 1, Pendleton, and Mrs. Christine Wiseman, Lapel.

The body was taken to the Cornell Bright Funeral Home here where friends are being received.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with burial in the Grove Lawn Cemetery at Pendleton.

Ferris Valentine is buried in Grove Lawn Cemetery in Pendleton, Indiana.

(Obit found on

Grove Lawn Cemetery

Rest in Peace, Ferris!

Love Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – October 17, 2017 – Arthur Albert Smith



Arthur Albert Smith as a young man.

Arthur Albert Smith was the son of Solomon and Bertha(Close) Smith He was born in Saginaw Michigan on August 2, 1873. Solomon and Bertha Smith had eight children; Jimmie (1871-1879), Arthur Albert (1873), Mauree (1876-1879), Lucy (1876-1879), Frank (1882), Herbert (1889), Berton (1891), Fern Dale (1894).

Arthur married Margaret McDonald in Caro, Michigan on December 12. 1895. They lived in Reese, Michigan.  Arthur and Margaret Smith had 14 children; Myrtle (1896), Berta (1898), Edith (1900), Albert (1901),Charles (1903), Berton (1905), Earl (1908), Harold (1910), John (1911), Roy (1914), Raymond (1916), Francis (1920), Clifford (1921), Robert (1924).

MargaretSmith Family Photo1944

This was taken seven years after Arthur Albert’s death – 1944

At the time of the 1900 Federal Census, Arthur and Maggie live in Denmark, Tuscola County, Michigan with three daughters, Myrtle, Bertha and Edyth. In the 1910 Federal Census they lived in Reese with eight of their fourteen children. In September of 1918, Arthur registered for the WW1 draft.  At that time his address is listed as F.R. D. 4, Reese, Michigan.  His declares his occupation to be a Farmer. Albert and Margaret lived on the Reese Michigan farm at the time of the 1920 Federal Census. They have had all fourteen of their children by this time. In the 1930 Federal Census, the family has moved to Royal Oak Michigan. Arthur’s occupation was listed as Labor.

Arthur Albert Smith died on October 17, 1937 at St Joseph’s Hospital after suffering a heart attack. He is buried with his wife at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery in Troy Michigan in Section 12853, Spaces 4 and 5, Block K.


Rest in peace Arthur Albert!

Love, Jan