Tombstone Tuesday – October 16, 2018 – Sophia M Eckert Bly


Sophia M Eckhert was born in Mosbach, Baden, Germany in December 1, 1794. She is the daughter of Johann (John) and Elizabeth Dorothea Eckert. I can not determine when she arrived in America or whether she came as an adult or a child at this time.

She married John Jacob Bly in Fairfield County, Ohio on March 14, 1810. They had eight children; Rudolph (1812), Barbara (1813), Jacob (1815), William (1820), Sarah (1822), David (1824), George Washington (1829), Edwin Gabriel (1834)

In the 1830 Federal Census, Jacob and Sophia have five sons who range in age from under 5 years to between fifteen to nineteen and they have two daughters, one who is between five and nine and one who is between ten and fifteen.

In the 1850 Federal Census, Jacob, Sophia, Barbara and Edwin are living in Marion Township, Ohio. Jacob is not employed according to the census but a sixteen year old Edwin says he is a laborer. William and his wife Elizabeth live next door  to Jacob and Sophia and so do David and his wife. William eventually moves to the Fort Wayne Area of Indiana.  These Bly families are the first three families counted Marion Township District 48.

In the 1860 Federal Census, Sophia is living with her eighty three year old husband, Jacob and one son, Edwin in Marion Township, Hancock, Ohio. Edwin and Jacob list their occupation as farmer in the 1860 Census.

In the 1870 Federal Census, Sophia is living with Edwin and his wife, Mary and their son, Ephraim. There is also a six year old Mary E King listed.

One hundred and forty two years ago today, Sophia died. She is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Findlay, Ohio.  According to Findagrave, she is buried in Section X, Block B. Lot 122, space nine.

Maple Grove

Maple Grove Cemetery

Rest in Peace, Sophia.

Love, Jan

Sophia is the Paternal Grandmother of the of the wife of my Grand Uncle.


Tombstone Tuesday – October 9, 2018 – Else Larsdatter

Else was born in 1584 in Tonsberg, Norway. She was the daughter of Laurits Christoffersen Maretrand Falck and Else Fronick. Laurits and Else had at least two children; Else (1584), Isach (1601)

Else married Jakob Olsen Kjaeras around 1600. Jakob and Else had nine children; Anne (1600), Marte (1605), Barbro (1608), Viveke (1610), Lars (1612), Mari (1614), Anne (1616), Sara (1618), Ragnhild (1620) (Randi). They lived on a farm area known as Kjaeras.

Three hundred and forty nine years ago today, Else died in Andebu, Norway. She is likely buried in the cemetery next to the Hoyjord Stave Church. The church was built in the 11th century. It is the last remaining Stave Church in Vestfold County, Norway.


Else may be my nine times Great Grandmother. This information was received by a tool I use, called “We’re Related”. It is a phone app that I use in conjunction with Several months ago, I received a match which connected me with Henrik Ibsen who is a famous Norwegian playwright, director and poet. It is thru this match that I received the information about Else and her father Laurits Falck. Henrik Ibsen descends from Else’s brother, Isach. I am still working to verify this information. The language barrier makes this a difficult process but so far it seems very likely.

Rest in Peace, Else!

Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – October 2, 2018 – Laura Alice Miller James

Laura Alice Miller James

Laura Alice Miller was the daughter of Gabriel and Anna (van Evans) Miller. She was born on March 6, 1862 in Knoxville, Iowa. Gabriel and Anna had three daughters; Mary Isabel (1853), Catherine (1856), Laura Alice (1862). In the 1860 Census, Gabriel, Anna and the two oldest of their three daughters, Mary Isabel and Catherine, are found in Webster, Iowa.  Gabriel is a carpenter.  In the 1870 Census, the Miller family is found in Knoxville, Iowa. Gabriel and Anna now have the two younger daughters living with them, Catherine who is a seamstress and twenty-four years of age and Alice (Laura) who is attending school and is eight years old. Mary Isabel has likely married and is no longer living at home. By the time of the 1880 Federal Census, Laura Alice is now an eighteen year old young woman who is still living at home.

Laura Alice Miller

Laura Alice Miller James – about 1881 **

Laura Alice married Clarence James on August 10 , 1881. The Clarence James family is found in Clay, Iowa in the 1900 Federal Census. They have a 6 year old daughter whose name is Helen. In the 1910 Census, the James family is still in Clay, Iowa and their daughter is now sixteen. They also have William T. James living with them. He is the 52 year old brother of Clarence. In 1916, Clarence James died. By the 1920 Federal Census, Laura James is living by herself in Knoxville, Iowa. She is a widow at the age of fifty eight. She is again recorded alone in the 1925 Iowa State Census. She lives in Knoxville on Main street in the 1930 Federal Census. Helen James Anderson , the daughter of Clarence and Laura, died in 1930 six years before her mother.

Eighty two years ago today, Laura Alice died in Knoxville, Iowa.  She was buried at Graceland Cemetery.


Rest in peace, Laura Alice!

Love, Jan

**  Thanks so much to the member PaMayhew who shared this photo of Laura Alice Miller James.

Tombstone Tuesday – September 25, 2018 – Samuel Billings Dix


Samuel Billings Dix is the son of Samuel B. Dix and Mersilvia (Lawton) Dix. He was born on Febuary 16, 1819 in Saratoga, New York. Samuel and Mersilvia had two sons; James Lawton (1817) and Samuel Billings (1819). The earliest census record, that I find with Samuel and his wife, Mersilvia in Saratoga, New York is the 1820 Federal Census. And they have two sons and a daughter. By the 1830 Census, they are in Luzerne, Warren County, New York and they have two sons listed. The daughter listed in the earlier Census must have died between Census. In the 1840 Federal Census, they now live in Queensburg and have 2 sons over 20 years of age. In the 1850 Federal Census, both sons, James and Samuel are living in Glens Falls, New York with their parents and are not married. Samuel’s occupation was a wheelwright. In the 1855 New York Census, Samuel is living with his father and brother in Queensbury, New York. His mother, Mersilvia, died in 1853. Samuel’s occupation is a wagon maker in the 1855 New York State Census. Samuel’s father, Samuel B. Dix died in 1857. By the time of the 1860 Federal Census, I find a Samuel “D” Dix living with Ann Williams and her husband, Saul, in Queensbury, New York. It is likely him and a census taker wrote D for B for Samuel’s middle initial. In the 1870 Census, Samuel is living with his brother, James Lawton and his family in Queensbury. Samuel and his brother, James, list their occupation as farmers in this census.

Sometime before 1886, James and Samuel started an iron works foundry called JL & SB DIX. They specialized in plows, blades and iron pieces used primarly in the farming and the logging industries. James Lawton Dix died in 1888. In the 1888 Glens Falls Directory, James, Samuel, Charles and Walter all seem to be working together at JL &SB DIX. Charles is a draftsman and Walter is the bookkeeper. In the 1890 Glens Falls city directory for the business entry for the J L DIX Foundry Company all the owners of the company are now listed as Samuel B, Walter L, Charles B and Henry W Coffin. In the 1891 Directory, Charles B and Henry Coffin are now the owner the foundry.

In the 1892 New York State Census, Samuel is living with Charles Dix, his nephew, (son of James and Laura Dix). Also living with them is Henry Coffin and Anna Dix Coffin and their son, John and a sixty eight year old Sarah Dix. Upon further investigation Sarah is likely Laura the widow of James L Dix and the census taker wrote the wrong name. Samuel is listed next as a farmer. All these Dix family member list 143 Ridge in GlensFalls. Samuel never married or had any children. In his Will, Samuel left names, Charles Dix as the executor of his estate.


Samuel Billings Dix died one hundred and twenty years ago today on September 25, 1898. He is buried in the Glen Fall Cemetery in Warren County, New York in the Dix Family plot.


Rest in Peace, Samuel,

Love Jan

Samuel is my fifth cousin three time removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – September 18, 2018 – Ingeborg Helene Jakobsdatter Andersen


Ingeborg Helene Jakobsdatter – 1882 Wedding Photo

Ingeborg Helene was born September 13, 1856 in Notteroy, Norway. She was the daughter of Jakob Carlsen Lansrud and Helvig Kristensdatter. Jakob and Helvig had six children; Kristen (1845), Marie (1848), Even (1851), Ingeborg (1856), Karl (1858), Jens (1860).


Last entry on page – Hans Henrik Anderson married Ingeborg Helene Jakobsdattar

Ingeborg married Hans Henrik Andersen on February 7, 1882 in Notteroy, Norway. They had three sons; Andrew (1883), Hagbart (1888), Haakon (1891). Ingeborg and Hans lived in Grimestad on the Island of Tjome in Norway. Hans was a sailor.

One hundred and twenty four years ago today on September 18, 1894, Ingeborg died at the age of 38 years old. Her death record is in Norwegian but and no cause of death can be determined from this record. I was told that it was Typhoid Fever.  Hans was at sea when she died working aboard the vessel named “Lawrence”. The vessel left in April of 1894 and did not return until June of 1895. It is very likely that he did not know of his wife’s death until he returned home. The young boys lived with their Grandmother, Olava Jorgensen, whom they were very close to.


Ingeborg’s death record


Ingeborg taken in 1890 – 4 years before she died

She was buried in the Tjome Kirke Cemetery.



There are no longer tombstones for any of our Andersen family in this cemetery but they are here.  Ingeborg is my Great Grandmother.

Rest in peace, Ingeborg. I wish I had known you.

Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – September 11, 2018 – Silas William Dinsmore

Margaret and Silas Dinsmore

Silas W. Densmore was born on May 21, 1871 in Ontario, Canada to William Thomas and Elizabeth (Laforge) Densmore. Wm Thomas and Elizabeth had eleven children; Peter David Daniel (1867), William T (1869-1869), Silas W. (1871), Flora J.(1873), Ellen May (1875), James Henry(1877), William Wallace (1879), Thomas Wm (1882) Lydia (1884), John Edward(1887), Harrison (1890). Thomas and Elizabeth moved from Canada to Michigan in 1872. They settled in Gilford Township, Tuscola County.  It is at this time when I started to notice the name change  from Densmore to Dinsmore to Dinsmoore.

Margaret and Silas Dinsmore 1899

Maggie & Silas 1899 – Likely a Wedding photo

This photo was shared on Ancestry by an family member. It is likely a wedding photo from 1899. Silas married Margaret Tahash on July 20, 1899 in Munger, Michigan. Silas and Margaret had eight children; Mary Eva (1900) William (1902), Herman (1905), Clarence (1907), Alfred (1912), Son (1913-1913), Margaret (1913-1913) Ethel May (1916), Chester (1923).

In the 1900 Federal Census, Silas, Margaret and Eva are listed in Gilford living with Andrew and Mary Ann Tahash, Margaret’s parents. Silas’s is working on the farm. In the 1910 Federal Census, they remain with Maggie’s parents where Silas is running the farm. By time of the 1920 Federal Census, they are still found in Gilford Township. They have five children living with them; William, Herman, Clarence, Alfred, Ethel May and Mary Ann Tahash, who became a widow in 1915 when her husband died. Mary Eva is twenty years old and appears to have already married.

In the 1930 Census, Silas and Maggie have Clarence, Alfred, Ethel, Chester and Mary Ann Tahash living with them. Silas remains in farming. In the 1940 Federal Census, a nearly seventy year old, Silas and Maggie have their widowed son, Albert and two of his children, Flora and James, living with them. They are still on the farm and Silas is still running it with the help of his seventeen year old son, Chester.

Seventy one years ago today, Silas died in Gilford Township, Michigan. He was buried in Gilford Township Cemetery with many family members.

Gilford Cemetery

Rest in peace, Silas,

Love, Jan

Silas is my first cousin three times removed.




Tombstone Tuesday – September 4, 1944 – George Richard Kitzer


George Richard was the son of Walter and Emeline (Losee) Kitzer born in Clarion County, Pennsylvania on July 2, 1926. Walter and Emeline had 6 children; William (1913), John G. (1915) Robert (1917), Charles (1919), Dorothy E. (1921) and George R. (1926).

In the 1930 Federal Census Census, a four year old George is found with his parent and 5 siblings. They live on Logan Ferry Road in Allegheny County, Plum township, Pennsylvania. George’s father, Walter, works for the Coal mines. In the 1940 Census, George is 13 and attending school. He is in the seventh grade.


Draft registration page 1


Draft Registration Page 2

George registered for the draft on the day after his eighteen birthday, July 3, 1944. At that time he was working for the Allegheny Pittsburgh Coal Company. He was 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighed 140 pounds.

Seventy four years ago today, George Richard Kitzer died. He was dead on arrival at the Allegheny General Hospital according to his death Certificate.


Death Certificate

He died of undetermined natural cases.  He is buried in Plum Creek Cemetery where the rest of the Kitzer family members are buried.


Rest in peace, George!

Love, Jan

George is my first cousin two times removed.