Tombstone Tuesday – April 3, 2018 – Sarah Dix Francis

Sarah Dix Francis

Sarah Dix was the daughter of Leonard and Sarah Dix who was born in 1658 in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Leonard and Sarah had seven children; Sarah (1658), Elizabeth ( 1660), John (1661), Samuel Dix (1662), Mercy ( 1665), William ( 1667), Hannah (1673)

Sarah married John Francis on January 16, 1680. Three hundred and thirty-six years ago, Sarah died on April 3, 1682. It was two short years after she was married. There were no children born to this marriage.  I can not help but wonder how and why she died at the age of twenty-four.  It was so long ago there is no way to know.

Francis stone

She is buried in Wethersfield Village Cemetery in Wethersfield, Connecticut, in the Francis Family plot in the ancient burial ground. (Section B-23-p)

Whethersfield Village Cemetery

Sarah is my 6th Great Grand Aunt. Rest in peace, Sarah.

Love Jan



Tombstone Tuesday – March 20, 2018 – Hannah Stone Carpenter

Strong Family Crest

Hannah Strong was the daughter of Jedediah and Freedom (Woodward) Strong. She was born on February 3, 1671, in Dorchester, Massachuttes. Jedediah and Freedom Strong had thirteen children; Elizabeth (1664), Abigail (1666), Jedediah (1667), Ford (1668), an unnamed Child (1669-1669), Hannah (1671), Thankful (1672), John (1673), Lydia (1675), Mary (1677), Experience (1678), Preserved (1680), John (1681).

Hannah married Benjamin Carpenter on March 14, 1691, in Bristol, Massachusetts. They lived in Northampton, Massechuttes until about 1708 when they left moving to Coventry, Connecticut. Hannah and Benjamin had twelve children; Prudence (1692) Freedom (1692), Amos (1693), Benjamin (1695), Jedediah (1697), Hannah (1699), Eliphalet (1701-1702), Eliphalet (1703), Noah, Elizabeth (1707), Ebenezer (1709), Rebecca (1711)

Two hundred and fifty-six years ago today, on March 20, 1762, Hannah Strong Carpenter died in Coventry, Connecticut at the age of 91 years old. It is unknown the exact location that Hannah is buried.  She is likely buried in the  Nathan Hale Cemetery where her husband was recorded to have been buried there.  This Cemetery was established in 1718.  North Coventry Cemetery otherwise known as Strong Cemetery is where many Strong descendants are buried was established in 1773 eleven years after she died.  The Silver Street Cemetery was established in 1774 and is the final resting place of most of the Carpenter Family members which including several of her sons and their families.




Nathan Hale Cemetery.

Hannah Strong Carpenter is my first cousin 9X removed.  Rest in peace, Hannah.

Love Jan


Tombstone Tuesday – March 13, 2018 – Albion Edwin Hainer

Albion E Hainer was the son of Edwin Alonzo Hainer and Harriet C. Brazier. He was born on November 16, 1899, in Newark, New Jersey. Edwin and Harriet had two children; Winona Pearl (1891) and Albion (1899).

Edwin Hainer Family

Edwin, Albion, Harriet, Winona Pearl – 1901 or 1902

In the 1900 Federal Census, Edwin and his family lived in the 8th Ward of Newark at 942 Summer Avenue. Edwin is a minister. The census record indicates that the two children, Winona and Albion, live with them but they also have a woman by the name of Jennie Sullivan who is listed as a servant. She is 23 years old.

By the 1910 Census, Albion is 10 years old. His father died in 1905. He lives with his mother, Hattie, and sister Winona on Pitman Street in Providence, Rhode Island. In the 1910 Census, Hattie and Winona list their occupation as Artists who paint oil paintings at home.

In the Rhode Island 1915 State census, they remained on Pitman Street. Hattie states that she is self-employed and Winona is working for a gas company. Albion enlisted in the Army in the spring of 1919. He reported to boot camp at Camp Devens in Massachusetts on March 16, 1919. He was a member of Battery A 103rd Field Infantry. His transport record implies that he was sent to France. He listed his mother Harriet Hainer as his emergency contact. She resides at 101 Pitman Street in Providence Rhode, Island. While on Active duty, he obtained the rank of Corporal.

Albion Edwin Hainer

WWI – 1919 – Battery A 103rd Army Infantry

I do not find a 1920 Federal Census record for Albion E Hainer.  He may have still been overseas at the time of the Census. According to a family tree on, Albion Edwin and Ada C Cawthorne were married on September 3, 1920, in Detroit Michigan. The next record I find is a death certificate for Norman Hainer in Dearborn Michigan. His parents are A. Edwin Hainer and Ada C Cawthorne. He was born on September 30, 1921, and died eight hours later on October 1, 1921. This birth is listed as premature on the Death Certificate.


Albion Edwin and AdaCawthorne Marriage

Albion Edwin and  Ada Hainer – 1920


By the 1930 Federal Census, Albion and his family are living in Inglewood California. His occupation is listed as an engineer for an Oil Refinery. Albion E and Ada have two children, Virgina (1925) and Donald (1927).

In the 1940 Federal Census, Albion and his family are listed in Inglewood California. They have three children; Virgina, Donald, and Carol (1931). They live at 3850 West Century in Inglewood, California. Albion lists his occupation as Dealer- Contact Man and his employer is an Oil Company.

Though the information from Fold3 is not exactly clear, it seems to indicate that he also served in WWII as a Lt. Colonel in the Army but the dates of his service aren’t available in the records. He was living in Indio, California during this time period. His draft record states that he is not employed but he is retired. I do not find a Service record for WWI From 1949 through 1965, Albion E Hainer is listed in the Army Registry living in California at various addresses.

Forty-nine years ago today, Albion Edwin Hainer died in Hawaii. He was cremated and I find no actual burial location. Albion Edwin is my third cousin 2X removed.

Rest in peace and thanks so much for your service!

Love, Jan

Family photos publically shared on by Peggy Slemp

Tombstone Tuesday – March 6, 2017 – Olive Marie Hoover Hainer

Olive Hoover Hainer

Olive Marie was born on January 6, 1883,  she was the daughter of Samuel B Hoover and Elizabeth Hester. She was born in Pickering, Ontario. Samuel and Elizabeth had two daughters; Olive Marie (1883) and Alina P. In the 1891 Canadian Census, Samuel and Elizabeth (Libbie) are found living in Pickering, Ontario. In the 1901 Canadian Census, Samuel and Libbie live in Village of Stouffville.  The daughters, Olive and Alina are eighteen and sixteen years old.

Olive Marie married Fredrick Lee Hainer on July 25, 1905, in York, Ontario. Fred and Olive left Ontario to live in East Providence, Rhode Island where he was a minister of a church.  In the 1910 Federal census, they are in East Providence, Rhode Island where they live and now have a one-year-old daughter whose name is Gwendolyn and she was born in 1909. Fred’s occupation was listed as a clergyman. In this census, they are both listed as Legal Aliens who arrived in 1905. In the 1920 Census, Fred and Olive are found in Groton, New York. Fred is a Baptist Minister. They have become naturalized Citizens in 1917 according to this census record. A Naturalization record was located for Fred but I was not able to find one for Olive in spite of the Census record indicating that one should exist.

In a Rhode Island State Census in 1925, the Hainer’s are living in Providence, Rhode Island. Their daughter is now sixteen years old. Fred is still a minister and Olive is not employed. In the 1930 Census, they live in Providence, Rhode Island. Their daughter remains with them. In the 1940 Federal Census, the Hainer’s now live in Kearny, Hudson County, New Jersey where he is a minister. Eventually, Fred and Olive retired to Naples, Florida.

Forty-three years ago today, on March 6, 1975, Olive Marie Hainer died in Naples, Florida. She is buried in Naples Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mausoleum B.


Rest in Peace, Olive Marie!

Love, Jan

Olive is the wife of my 2nd cousin 3X removed, Frederick Lee Hainer.

Tombstone Tuesday – February 27, 2018 – Anna M. J. Trollinger


Anna Trollinger was born on September 30, 1865, in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Isaac and Margaret (Hamilton) Trollinger. In the 1900 Federal Census, I found an entry which seemed to indicate that Isaac and Margaret had five children but only one was still living in 1900. This family was difficult to find in the earlier Census records.

Anna Trollinger married William Walter Kitzer in 1885. In the next available Census, 1900 Federal Census, Anna and William have seven children living with them; Anna (1886), Estella (1888), Rebecca (1889), William (1892), Harry (1894), Margaret (1895), Jacob (1897)

In the 1910 Census, Anna and William have eight children; William (1892), Harry E (1894), Margaret (1895), Jacob H (1897), John Doleman (1901), Gilmore Roy(1903), Blanche E (1905), Charles A.(1910). The oldest girls. Anna, Estella, and Rebecca have likely married and no longer live at home.

In the 1920 Census, Anna and William have the six youngest children living with them and Margaret L. Wall. Margaret is married according to the Census. In the 1930 Federal Census, they are living in Lower Burrell, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania. They have three adult children living with them and a grandson. Roy is twenty-seven, Charles is twenty and Margaret is a thirty-five-year-old widow and her son, Ralph Wall,  who is nine years old. Margaret died fairly young and her death record indicates that she had Epilepsy, a medical condition which at the time would have been difficult to manage as a young widow with a child.  They have a lodger, William Kane living with them too.

Anna MJ Kitzer

Anna died seventy-eight years ago today on February 27, 1940, in Pennsylvania. She is buried with two daughters and her husband in the Plum Creek Cemetery in Allegany County, Pennsylvania.


Anna Trollinger Kitzer is the Mother-in-law of my first Great Grand Aunt, Dorothy Emeline Losee.

Rest in peace, Anna!

Love, Jan



Tombstone Tuesday – February 20, 2018 – Daniel Overly


Daniel Overly was born in 1836 in Noble County, Indiana to Thomas and Emeline (Asher) Overly. Thomas and Emeline had eleven children; Daniel (1836), Martin (1837), Isaac (1838), Matilda (1839), Mary Ann (1842), Samuel (1844), Thomas(1846), Dedimus(1849), David (1854), William (1858), George (1860).

In the 1850 Federal Census, Emeline and six of the children are found in Lafayette township, Allen County, Indiana, including a thirteen-year-old Daniel. In the 1860 Federal Census, Daniel is still living with his parents in Allen County, Indiana. He lists his occupation as a laborer.

Daniel enlisted as a Private in the 5th Calvary, Indiana Company D on November 29, 1864. He was severely wounded in the Stoneman Cavalry during the Atlantic Campaign. He was honorably discharged at the end of the conflict.

Daniel and Sarah Jane Sargent married in LaPorte County Indiana on September 8, 1866.

In the 1870 Federal Census, Daniel and his family are found in the 5th Ward of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He and Sarah, who are mistakenly recorded as Everley instead of Overly, have one daughter, Mary who is three years old. His occupation is translated as a farmer in the database but when looking at the census record it almost looks more like “teamer”.  In the 1880 Federal Census, Daniel and Sarah Jane now have two children; Mary (1867) and Harry (1872). Daniel’s occupation is listed as a laborer.

In the 1900 Federal census, Daniel and Sarah have been married 34 years. They have had three children of which two are still living. Harry is twenty-six and lives at home.  His occupation is listed as a day laborer. Daniel is sixty-four years old and his occupation is well digging and he is self-employed. They have Thomas Overly living with them. Thomas is Daniel’s brother but he is listed as a border. In the 1910 Federal Census, Daniel is listed in the Marion Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Grant County, Indiana.

Daniel was admitted to the hospital in Marion, Indiana on September 22, 1908. The records state that he is disabled and blind in his left eye. He has had a fractured right hand and ankle. I believe this to be old wounds that he sustained in the war. He is also listed as senile. He was living in Fort Wayne with his wife prior to coming to this hospital. He is receiving ¼ of his pension and his wife who lives in Fort Wayne is receiving the remainder. His occupation was listed as Well Digger. This information comes from his admittance papers at the hospital.



One of the buildings at the Marion Hospital for Disable Veterans – By Rosenthal, James W., creator –, Public Domain,


One hundred and six years ago today, Daniel died at the Marion Home for Disabled Soldiers of heart failure. He was buried in the Marion National Cemetery on February 23, 1912.


The following is an Obituary which was published on page six of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on February 28, 1912.

Another pioneer resident and veteran of the civil war, one Daniel Overly, aged 76 years, a lifelong resident of Allen County, and a veteran of the civil war, died at the soldiers’ home at Marion, Ind., February 20, and was buried in the National Cemetery in Marion February 23. His widow and son Harry, and daughter, Mrs. James Wells, attended the funeral.

Daniel Overly enlisted in Company D. Fifth Indiana cavalry, in 1863, during the critical period of the war. He was severely wounded in the Stoneman cavalry raid in the Atlantic campaign and was honorably discharged at the end of the war. He was married in 1865 to Sarah J. Sargent, who survives him. Mr. Overly was one of the pioneer well diggers of Fort Wayne and Allen County and was a brave soldier. Peace unto his ashes.

Rest in peace, Daniel. He is my first cousin 4X removed.

Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – February 13, 2018– Mae Eveleen Boyer Losee


Mae was the daughter of Austin and Mary Francis (White) Boyer. She was born on October 29, 1883, in Clio, Genesee County, Michigan.


MaeEBoyer - Baby

Mae Eveleen Boyer – October 29-1883

Austin and Mary Boyer had four children; Mae E. (1883), Henry (1887), Glenn Harold (1896), Austin Rex (1905).




Mae Eveleen and Henry Boyer – 1890


The Austin Boyer family lived in Thetford, Michigan in the 1900 Federal Census. Mae was sixteen and attending school.



Mae Boyer  -1902


Mae married George S. Losee on October 29, 1902, at the age of eighteen. George and Mae had five children; Lester (1903), Lillian (1905), Wallace Austin (1907), Mary Florence (1911), Ernest B. (1913).



A Boyer family gathering at the home of Austin and Mary Florence.  Photo thought to be in early 1908. Austin is standing next to Mae who is holding the baby,  Wallace( born in 1907)  Austin died in June of 1908. 


n the 1910 Federal Census, George, and Mae have three children, Lester, Lillian, and Wallace. They also have Merton Losee, George’s28-year-old brother living with them. They live in Thetford, Michigan.

One hundred and four years ago today on February 13, 1914, Mae Eveleen died at the age of 31. She had gone out to the clothesline to hang up some laundry.  After a period of time had elapsed, Mae’s daughter, nine-year-old Lillian, realized that her Mother had not come back indoors so she went looking for her. She found her dead in the yard slumped over the laundry basket of wet clothes.

Mae Eveleen Boyer Losee is my Great Grandmother on the maternal side of my father’s family. Makes me sad to think that she died so young and that my Grandmother grew up without her Mother. Mary Florence Boyer who was a widow by 1914, ran a boarding house in Flint. She raised Lillian, her sister (Mary) Florence and Ernest Losee after her daughter’s death. George Losee eventually remarried and the boys, Lester, Wallace and eventually Ernest lived with their dad and his new wife Alice on the farm. Lillian and Florence lived with their Grandmother, Mary Florence until they married years later.

Mae Eveleen Boyer Losee is buried in Thetford Cemetery, Vienna  Township, Genesee County, Michigan.


Rest in Peace, Mae!

Love, Jan