Tombstone Tuesday – May 24, 2021 – Jonathan Silverthorn

Jonathan Silverthorn tombstone, Woodhouse United Old Methodist Cemetery, Woodhouse Twp., Norfolk County, Ontario

Jonathan Silverthorn was born on January 14, 1791 in Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina. He was the son of George and Anna (Morgan) Silverthorn. They had six children; Agnes (1785), Morgan (1789), Jonathan (1791), William (1793), Nicholas (1795), George (1798). George and Anna and two of their children are listed in Rowan, North Carolina in the 1790 Federal Census. The Silverthorn family arrived in Canada prior to the the 1810 marriage of their son, Jonathan and the War of 1812. Anna died in Ontario in 1811 and George died eleven years later in 1822. It is obvious that they felt a loyalty to the British Monarch.

Jonathan married Phoebe Green in Townsend Township, Norfolk County, Ontario in 1810. They had nine children; Edith (1812), Elisha (1816), Rebecca (1818), Isaiah (1824), Ephraim (1824), Hiram (1826), Elizabeth (1828), Jeremiah (1830), John Wesley (1833).

Jonathan and Phoebe (Phebe Green) Silverthorn are listed in the Loyalist registry in Ontario.

One hundred and seventy three years ago, Jonathan died on May 24, 1849 in Norfolk County, Ontario. He is buried in the cemetery at Woodhouse United Church also known as Old Methodist Church.

Woodhouse United Church formerly Old Methodist Church

Rest in peace, Jonathan!

Love, Jan

Jonathan is my four times Great Grand Uncle. George Silverthorn and Anna Morgan are my 5 times Great Grandparents. I have four DNA connection thru Jonathan Silverthorn through Ancestry.

Tombstone Tuesday – May 17, 2022 – James Lawton Dix

James Lawton Dix was born on September 19, 1816, the son of Samuel and Mersilvia (Lawton) Dix in Glen Falls, New York. Samuel and Mersilvia had two sons and a daughter; James Lawton (1816), Samuel Billings (1819), and Harriet (1821-1826).

In the 1850 Federal Census, James is 33 years old and a single man. He still lives at home with his parents, Samuel and Mersilvia. He states that he owns real estate valved at $2500.00. I assume that this is likely a general store that he is running since he lists his occupation as merchant.

After the death of both of his parents, James married Laura Stevens in 1857. James and Laura had four children; Walter Lewis (1858) , Anna Mersilvia (1859), John Alden (1860), Charles Billings (1863).

I do not find James and his family in the 1860 federal Census. In the 1870 Federal Census, James occupation is listed as farmer. His brother Samuel is living with him and is also a farmer. Also listed in the census, is his wife Laura, and children, Walter, Annie, John and Charles. They also have some young woman from Scotland, Maggie Bennett living with them. She is listed as a Domestic Servant.

In the New York 1875 State census, James now owns a foundry and his wife, Laura states that she is running a boarding house. They have a domestic servant, Mary Sweeney, and a boarder, Margaret Bennett, living with them. Margaret is a dressmaker by trade now and was their domestic servant five years before.

In the 1880 federal Census, James and his family are listed in Queensbury, New York at 585 Marra Street.  James and Samuel started an iron works foundry called JL & SB DIX. They specialized in plows, blades and iron pieces used primarily in the farming and the logging industries. Samuel Dix remains living with his brother’s family. Charles is a draftsman and Walter is the bookkeeper for the foundry. Walter, Anna, John and Charles all remain at home. They have two servants listed as well, Martha Newton and Walter Lockhart.

In the Glens Falls City Directory for 1891, a listing for the JL Dix Foundry states that Charles B Dix and Henry W Coffin are now the owners. Henry W. Coffin was the husband of Anna Dix. Laura Dix is listed as the widow of James Lawton Dix.

One hundred and thirty-four years ago on May 17, 1888, James Lawton Dix died. He is buried in Glens Falls Cemetery in Glens Falls, New York.

Rest in peace, James Lawton Dix

Love Jan

James Lawton Dix is fifth cousin three times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – May 10, 2022 – Charles Edward May

Charles Edward May was born on April 17, 1851, the son of Joakim May and Marinda Lennox . He was born in Louth Township, Ontario near Niagara. In the 1851 Canadian Census, Charles is found with his parents, Joakim and Marinda and two Uncles William and Augustus May. By the 1861 Canadian Census, they remain in Louth Township. The uncles are still are living with them and they are farm laborers who are helping their brother with the farming. In this census, Joakim and Miranda have four sons, Edward (Charles, 1851), Peter (1855), Alexander (1858) and Joseph (1860).

Joakim and Marinda had six children in the 1871 Canadian Census; Charles (1851), Peter (1855), Alexander (1858), Eli J (Joseph, 1861), James C (1863), Jesse F (1867). Joakim is a farmer and they remain in the Niagara area in Louth Township, Ontario. Charles lists his occupation as Farm Laborer in this census as well. At nineteen years of age, he is likely assisting his father on the farm and not yet married. He married Dorothy Ann Hainer before the 1876 birth of their first son, Harold Arnold. I do not find a marriage license or a record indicating the date.

By the 1881 Canadian Census, Charles and Dorothy have two sons; Harold (1876) and Lewis(1880). In the 1891 Canadian Census, Charles and Dorothy are found living next door to Joakim and Marinda with brother Eli and his family living on the other side of his parents. Charles and Dorothy have four sons; Harry, Lewis, Archie(1886) and Charles B (1889). By the 1901 Canadian Census, Marinda is a widow and living with Charles and Dorothy. They have five children now, Harry, Lewis, Archie, Charles and Margaret ( Maggie – 1892). In the 1911 Canadian Census, Charles remains a farmer while Lewis lists his occupation as a book maker, the son, Charles, is a Laborer and Maggie is still attending school. They have a boarder living with them, Allen Blakeley.

Charles Edward May’s Death Certificate

Eighty-eight years ago on May 10, 1934, Charles Edward May died in St. Catharines, Ontario. He died of chronic Nephritis (Kidney Disease) and a contributing factor was senility. He was buried at Maple Lawn Cemetery in St. Catharines, Ontario. I find no tombstone photo as of this time.

Maple Lawn Cemetery

Rest in peace, Charles Edward!

Love, Jan

Charles Edward was the husband of my first cousin four times removed, Dorothy Ann Hainer. We maybe distantly related several generations back in the Hainer line. Dorothy and Edward maybe third or fourth cousins. Dorothy descends from the Albert Hainer line and Charles may be related thru the Derrick Hainer line but it is too late tonight to verify that. Will look at it in the future.

Tombstone Tuesday – May 3, 2022 – Frederic Overly

Frederic/Frederick was born in Bethel, Pennsylvania on February 25, 1766. There is some confusion as to the exact date that he was born. Some say February 3, 1765 or 1766 and March 3, 1766 but his Rev War record says February 25, 1766 so that is what I am settling with. He was the son of Martin and Eva Marie (Nagel) Overly. Martin and Eva arrived in America from Wurtenburg, Germany where they settled in Bethel, Pennsylvania. After several years they moved on to Kentucky where they settled in Bourbon County. Martin and Eva Overly had seven children; Jacob (1760), Boston (1762), Gasper/Casper (1764), Frederic (1766), Martin (1767), Henry (1769), John Christopher (1771).

At the age of twelve, Frederick served as a scout in the Revolutionary War.

According to the standard History of Ross County, Ohio; “ Martin Overley and his son’s , Boston, Frederick and Martin came from Bourbon County Kentucky in 1797. They built a bark shant in section 5 in which they kept a bachelors’ hall until fall. They cleared off a piece of land and planted corn on it. They subsisted principally on corn bread and sugar water, with an addition sometimes, by way of variety, of scalded nettles. For a meal and salt they had to return to Kentucky.

In the fall, after securing their crop, They returned for their families and moved out on pack-horses. There was no road, only an Indian trail thru dense forest. The wife of Frederick carried on her horse a spinning wheel and her babe (John), eight week old. They all lived in the bark Shanty until cabins could be built. “

Frederick married Mary Ann Hines in Bourbon County, Kentucky on February 24, 1795. They migrated to Ross County, Ohio in 1797. They had seven children; John (1795), George (1798), Polly (1801), Rebecca (1806), Susannah (1812), Mary Ann (1813), Margaret (1815).

Frederick and his growing family are found in all of the early censuses starting with the 1800 Federal Census through 1840 Federal Census and are always found in Ross County, Ohio.

One hundred and seventy-four years ago on May 3, 1848, Frederick died in Ross County, Ohio. He is buried in Springfield, Ross County, Ohio in Overly Chapel Cemetery.

Overly Chapel and Cemetery

Rest in peace, Frederick!

Love Jan

Frederick Overly is my 4th Great Uncle. my 4th Great Grandparents, Martin and Eva Overly are buried in this cemetery also.

It is totally ironic that my Grandchildren and their Mother moved to Bainbridge, Ohio which is in Paint township, Ross County, Ohio. I now have great grandchildren there too. Clearly this church is still in operation so next time I go for a visit, I will have to go for a visit.

Tombstone Tuesday – April 26, 2022 – Barbara Z (Hilliard /Willard) Kinnaman

Barbara (Hilliard) Willard was born on November 19, 1785 in Stokes, Pitt County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Johann George and Susannah Catherine (Appel) Willard.

Barbara married Walter Kinnaman. in Stokes, North Carolina on March 14, 1808. Walter and Barbara had ten children; Hiram L. (1809), Samuel (1813), Susannah (1813), Richard (1815), Margaret (1818), Solomon (1818), Henry (1820), Andrew (1822), Hannah (1824), Barbara (1826). Walter and Barbara left North Carolina in 1816 and settled in Montgomery County, Ohio. They moved on to Madison County, Indiana by the 1830 Federal Census and remained there until shortly after the 1850 Federal Census. This information was extracted from a Kinnamon Family book in the chapter about the John Thomas Kinnamon Family. John Thomas is Walter’s father.

In the 1850 Federal Census., Barbara is found in Madison County, Indiana with her husband, Walter. They have six other Kinnaman family members listed with them. Walter is 71 years old and Barbara is 66. There is a 32 year old Edmund and a 23 year old Barbara listed. Barbara is likely their youngest daughter. Could Edmund really be Solomon or Solomon Edmund? The age would be correct and I do not know if Solomon had a middle name. The younger children listed are Richard’ s children according to the Kinnaman Family in America book. Is Richard’s middle name Edmund? I find no records for an Edmund or Edmond Kinnaman. The children recorded are John (1835), Henry (Wm- 1840), Lucinda (1844) and Susan (1847).

One hundred and sixty-six years ago today Barbara Kinnaman died in Flora, Clay County, Illinois. She is buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

Rest in peace Barbara!

Love Jan

Barbara was a challenge this week to my research skills. She is listed as a Hilliard, Williard and Willard in various records. The Kinnamon name is also an issue at times it is Kinnamon, Kinnaman and Kinnimin. I had my work cut out for me. Barbara is the paternal grandmother to the wives of two of my Smith Great Uncles. Yes…this is quite a stretch but it was what I had to work with this week.

Tombstone Tuesday – April 19, 2022 – Addie Mae Densmore Anderson

Addie Mae Densmore was born on October 12, 1890 in Cottrellville, Michigan. She was the first daughter born to Charles and Mary Morgan (Hayner) Densmore. Charles and Mary had eleven children; Addie Mae (1890), Nomer (1893-1893), Charles Ray (1894), Elizabeth (1897), Dorothy (1901), Jay Morgan (1903), John Reynolds (1905), Harry Hayner (1908), Mary Kathryn (1910), Alan Glen (1912) and Alvin Chester (1912-1912).

In the 1900 Federal Census, Addie is nine years old. She live in East China with her parents, Charles and Mary Densmore and her brother Charles Ray(1895) and sister Elizabeth (1897). They had two boarders living with them who were not related.

My mother told me that the year that Andrew (a Norwegian immigrant sailor) and Addie met, Addie was a eighteen year old “milk maiden” who worked for a local dairy farmer. She drove a wagon drawn by horses around town and delivered milk to businesses and homes. Andrew was not “home” very much but when he was, he boarded at the home of his employer, Captain Gus Englehart. Gus frequently employed and sponsored Norwegian sailors as crew members for his ships. One day when Andrew was not at sea, he caught the attention of Miss Addie as she delivered milk. Soon after that Andrew spent every minute that he was on shore with Addie and the Densmore family. Addie married Andrew Anderson in Windsor, Ontario on December 9,1909. Addie and Andrew spent their first winter of their marriage on a ship in the Chicago Harbor where they “Wintered Over”. Andrew and his crew took care of the ship and Addie was the cook.

Charles Densmore Family – 1915
Back row L to R: Jay Morgan, Elizabeth, Ray Charles, Addie, Dorothy
Front Row L to R: Mary Kathryn, Mary Morgan, Harry Hayner, Charles holding Allen G, John Reynold

In the 1910 Federal Census, the newly married couple, Addie and Andrew, are found with Charles and Mary Densmore. Charles lists his occupation as a farm laborer. Andrew lists his as a wheelman on a Lake Steamer. They live in Cottrellville, Michigan. Living with them are Charles and Mary ‘s children ; Ray C, Elizabeth, Dorothy, Morgan (Jay), John, Harry, Mary Katheryn.

1920 Photo of Addie holding Robert, Olga and Ray with their new car which Addie learned how to drive as soon as she could.

By the 1920 Federal Census, Andrew and Addie Anderson are now living in Marine City, Michigan. They have two children; Olga (1912) and Ray (1917). Andrew has stopped sailing and he now an Operator in the local power station used to power the electric rail line that runs from Port Huron to Detroit.

By the 1930 Federal Census, Andrew and Addie had seven children six of whom were living at home; Ray, Robert (1920), Andrew (1922), Charles (1925), Leah (1928), Herbert (1930). Andrew has remained employed by the Electric Interurban Rail Line.

In the 1940 Federal Census, Andrew and Addie still live at 272 N Elizabeth Street in Marine City. Ray(23) is working as a Machine operator, Robert W (20) is sailor who is currently not assigned to a ship, Andrew F (18) is looking for employment. The remain children are all attending school ; Charles H, Leah M, Herbert W, and John H (1932).

Andrew Anderson Family – 1937

Back Row L to R : Andrew F, Robert Wesley, Ray D. Charles H.
Front Row L to R: Addie, John H. Andrew, Leah, Olga, Herbert.

Sixty seven years ago today, Addie died of Breast Cancer. She was buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in East China, Michigan.

Rest in Peace, Addie!

Love you, Jan

Addie was my Grandmother, my Mother’s Mother. I never knew her because she died when my mother, Leah (Anderson) Smith was about 5 months pregnant with me. I have a lot in common with my Grandma Addie. She was an avid sewer and so am I. She and Andrew were avid gardeners. In the 1920s and 1930’s, you needed to be gardeners to feed a family of eight children. I, too, love gardening and canning. I do not need to, as much as I want to. I love knowing that I grew it. I love the taste of my home grown produce all season long but especially in the winter when I open that jar! My parents never gardened. I learned to garden from a wonderful old gardener who was my neighbor for five years when I was in my twenties. Lyal was nearly ninety when he set out to teach me how to garden. That was a special time for me. My children were small and we were just getting by and the garden produce was a big help.

Grandma Addie speaks to me and through me everyday. It is a very special bond that we have. Love you, Grandma Addie!

Tombstone Tuesday – April 5, 2022 – Carlton Eugene Barkham

Carlton Barkham was born in Holly, Michigan on November 10, 1875. He was the son of James and Mary (Thomas) Barkham. James and Mary had four children; Myrtie (1867), Harry (1869), James (1872), Carlton (1875). In the 1880 Federal Census, James and Mary are found in Holly Michigan where they are recorded with four children; Myrtie (1858), Harry (1859), James (1867), Carlton Eugene (1875). James is a Miller by trade.

Carlton (Carl) married Louise Crawford in 1899 according to the 1900 Federal Census, though I do not find the marriage record. They live in Grayson, Texas. Like his father, James, Carl is also a Miller. He and Louise have one son who is 11 months old, Carl C born in 1899. They are renting a home on South Throgmorton Street .

In the 1910 Federal Census, Carl and Louise remain in Texas. They now own their home on East Cherry Street. They have two children; Carl C and Agnes (1905). They also have Louise’s parents living with them Dwight Crawford (1846) and Julia Crawford (1853). Carl is a Miller in a Flour Mill.

By the 1920 Federal Census, Carl and Louise have five children; Carl, Agnes, Hazel (1914), Dorothy (1917), Doris (1917). They remain at the East Cherry Street home in Grayson, Texas . He still works at the flour mill as a Miller. In the 1930 Federal Census, Carl and Louise are still found at East Cherry Street and they have four of their six children who remain at home; Hazel, Dorothy, Doris and James (1923). They also have Louise’ s mother living with them, who is a seventy seven year old widow. She is listed as D.H. Crawford but in a previous census her name was Julia.

Ninety years ago today, Carlton Eugene Barkham died of Pneumonia in Sherman Texas. He was buried in the West Hill Cemetery in Sherman, Texas.

Rest in peace, Carlton!

Love, Jan

Carlton is the first cousin of the man who married my 2X Grand Aunt, Gladys Losee. ( is a bit out there but the date was right and I could find data!)

Tombstone Tuesday – March 29, 2022 – Lucinda Keely Clark

Lucinda Keely Clark

Lucinda Keely was born on January 23, 1836 in Huntington County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Sebastian and Catherine (Shultz) Keely. She had a twin sister, Sattia. Sabastian and Catherine had seven daughters and two sons; Margaret (1830), Harriet (1831), Sarah (1833), James (1838), Sattia (1836), Lucinda (1836), Catherine (1841), Henry (1844), Marie (1847).

Keely Sisters – Sattia, Sarah, Marie, Margaret, Lucinda
( This photo was shared by Sue Allen on Ancestry/Findagrave. )

In the 1850 Federal Census, Sabastian and Catherine are found in Wooster, Ohio with with eight children; Margaret, Harriet, Sarah, James, Sattia, Lucinda, Catherine, Henry and Maria. Sabastian lists his occupation as Merchant. Also living with them are two clerks ; A. B. McCurdy and B. F. Purdy.

Lucinda married Charles Clark in Wells County, Indiana on October 30, 1855. Charles and Lucinda had three children; May (1859), Nellie (1864) , Edgar (1866)

In the 1860 Federal Census, Charles and Lucinda are in Bluffton, Indiana. They have one daughter, May who was born in 1858. Charles is a carpenter. In the 1870 Federal Census, Charles and Lucinda have two children; Nellie and Edgar. Their daughter, May, must have died but I do not find a record of it. Charles continues to do Carpenter work.

By the 1880 Federal Census, Charles and Lucinda and their children are in Alameda, Oakland County, California. Charles is still a carpenter. By the 1900 Federal Census, Lucinda is a widow . She is living with her daughter and her husband, Jefferson Meyer. Nellie and Jefferson Meyer have two sons; Karl (1884) and Jefferson (1889).

Lucinda Clark’s Death Certificate

One hundred and seventeen years ago today, Lucinda Keely Clark died in Richmond, Indiana of acute Bronchitis. She was living at the home of her daughter’s. She was buried in Earlham Cemetery located in Richmond, Indiana.

Earlham Cemetery, Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana

Rest in peace, Lucinda!

Love, Jan

Lucinda is the wife of my first cousin four times removed Charles Clark.

Tombstone Tuesday – March 22, 2022 – Frank Lorenzo Pettit

Frank Lorenzo Pettit was born March 31, 1878 in Richfield Center, Genesee County, Michigan. He was the son of James Sanford and Elva P (Davis) Pettit. James and Elva had seven children; Delphine (1872-1892), Carrie (1874-1892), Cora (1876), Frank (1878), Edna (1881), Edythe (1883), Oscar (1887). In the 1880 Federal Census, Sandford and Elva are found in Richfield, Michigan with four children; Delphine, Carrie, Cora and two year old Frank. Sanford list his occupation as Farmer but he is disabled and list the cause as Heart Disease. Sandford is 34 years old. In the 1990 Federal Census, Frank remains at home and he is 22 years old. James Sandford and Elva list three children living with them; Franks, Oscar and Edith. The census states that Elva has had seven children five of whom are living. James appears to be working full time and has recovered from the heart issues that were reported in the previous Federal Census.

Frank married Alice Oatman on September 4, 1909 in Otter Lake, Lapeer County, Michigan. In the 1910 Federal Census, Frank and Alice are working for Nelson Nichols in Pontiac, Michigan. Franks occupation is listed as nurse and Alice’s is listed as housekeeper. There are several boarders also listed in the census record. On September 12, 1918, Frank register for the WWI draft. He stated that he was forty years old and he worked for himself as a Day Laborer and Farmer. He stated that he was tall and slender with dark blue eyes and red hair. Alice is his next of kin contact. He states that they lives in Otter Lake, Genesee County, Michigan.

By the 1920 Federal Census, Frank and Alice have one son who is seven years old, Carlton (Golton) . On March 28, 1929 Golton Pettit died from an apparent Suicide attempt on March 26 in Marathon. Michigan. In the 1930 Federal Census, Frank and Alice remain in Marathon, Michigan. Frank is a farmer. In the 1940 Federal Census, Frank and Alice are still found in Marathon, Michigan and they have a daughter, Mary A. Pettit. In his 1942 WWI Draft record, Frank is sixty four years old. They live in Otter Lake, Michigan.

Seventy two years ago today, Frank died in Caro, Tuscola County, Michigan. He was a widower. He is buried Watertown Township Cemetery in Tuscola County, Michigan.


Rest in peace, Frank!

Love Jan

Frank is distantly related to me thru the marriage of my two times Great Grand Aunt Ester Losee to Myron Pettit.

Tombstone Tuesday – March 15, 2022 – William Silverthorn

William Silverthorn was born in Sussex County New Jersey in 1748 the son of Thomas and Johanna (Newman) Silverthorn. Thomas and Johannah had ten children; Thomas (1746), Oliver (1747), William (1748), Henry (1750), Nancy (1752), Rebecca (1754), Winnifred (1756), Mary (1758), George (1760), John (1762).

William married Jane Bartlow in Sussex, New Jersey in 1767. William and Jane had six children; John (1770), Elizabeth (1771), Thomas (1775), James (1778), Abraham (1780), Isaac (1788).

In 1770 William and Jane lived in Hunterdon, New Jersey. William Silverthorn served in the Pennsylvania Militia in the Revolutionary War from 1780-1783. He remained Militia Rolls for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania for April 17, 1786 under Captain Andrew Buskirk’s Company, Second Battalion, Montgomery County Militia.

In US Quaker Meeting Records, William, Jane and their children are recorded as attending the Monthly Quaker meetings in April and June of 1790. One record reveals that Wm and his family left Hunterdon, New Jersey and the other records shows the family in Westland Pennsylvania in July of 1790.

In the 1800 Federal Census, William and his family are found in Springfield Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania. He and Jane have three children who still live at home ; Abraham, Isaac and Elizabeth. In the 1810 Federal Census, William and Jane are found in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Two hundred and nine years ago on March 15, 1813, William Silverthorn dies at the age of 65. He is buried in East Springfield Cemetery in East Springfield, Pennsylvania.

Rest in Peace William!

Love, Jan

William is my six times Great Uncle on my paternal side of the family.