Tombstone Tuesday – June 27, 2017 – Margaret Hainer Schram


Margaret Hainer was born in 1800 to Richard (aka Derek) Hainer and Hannah (aka Annejie) Vollick in Louth township in the Niagara area of Ontario. Richard and Hannah had nine daughters ; Dorothy(1784), Mary (1785), Catherine (1785), Cornelia (1790), Elizabeth (1794), Eve, Margaret (1800), Sarah (1801), Chloe (1792).

She married John Frederick Schram. He was known as Fredrick or Mountian Schram. They lived above the Niagara escarpment in Pelham Township where Frederick was a farmer. Frederick had a cousin who was also named Frederick who lived in Louth Township, He was known as “Monney”(or Little Man). That Fredrerick Schram was married to Margaret’s sister Cornelia.

According to Ontario Marriage records, Frederick and Margaret Schram had three children; John Frederick(1849), Hannah E. (1851), Sarah Margaret (1852). They remained in Pelham township.  In the 1851 Agricultural Census, I find Frederick listed in Pelham Township but I do not find the family listed in the 1851 Ontario General Census. In the 1861 Ontario Census, John and Margaret, have a seventeen year old, Mary M Dell living with them. In the 1871 Ontario Census, John Frederick is listed as a widower.


Margaret Hainer Schram died on June 27, 1864, she was 65 years old. Church records indicate that she died of a heart attack but misstated her age as 54. She is buried in Rockway Cemetery in the Schram Plot with her husband and his family.

Rockway Cemetery

Rest in Peace, Margaret.

Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – June 20, 2017 – Dorothy Ann Morgan Hayner


Dorothy Ann Morgan was the daughter of David Morgan and Charlotte Fox born on November 22, 1841 in Louth, Lincoln, Ontario. David and Charlotte had three children; Susan(1838), Dorothy Ann(1841), Charlotte(1845).


She married Robert Wesley Hayner in Canada on Dec 30, 1862. Their first daughter, Addie Jane Hayner, was born on December 19, 1963 in Canada. Mary Morgan Hayner was their second daughter and she was born in Port Hope, Michigan on October 21, 1871. She survived her husband by 34 years. Robert Wesley died in 1896 in a farming accident.

After the death of her husband Dorothy went to live with daughter Addie Jane Morgan Stranahan and her husband John. She was recorded with them in both the 1900 and 1910 Federal Census. They lived in Detroit on 28 Palliters Ave. In the 1920 Census, she was living with Mary Morgan Densmore and her husband Charles in Marine City, Michigan. Dorothy Ann Hayner married William Skilling on March 10 1920. She moved to Yale and lived the remainder of her life there. She died on June 20, 1930 and was buried in Rosehill Cemetery next to her first husband, Robert Wesley Hayner.


She died on June 20, 1930 and was buried in Rosehill Cemetery next to her first husband, Robert Wesley Hayner.

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Rest in peace, Dorothy!

Love, Jan



Tombstone Tuesday – June 13, 2017 – Marian Adele Hayner Guether

Marian Adele Hayner Guenther-2

Marian was the daughter of Paul and Helen (Wilton) Hayner. She was born on August 16, 1917 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the 1920 Census, Marian is living with her mother and father in the West Allis Ward 3 of Milwaukee. Helen Hayner died on October 8, 1920 when Marian was just three years old. Paul remarried Ethel Rose Cook. By the 1930 Census, Marian is living with her father and stepmother, Ethel. Her father, Paul, was a police officer.

Marian Adele Hayner Guenther

Marian’s school picture from her senior year at West Allis High School in 1935. She married Paul Guenther who was from LaPorte Indiana. He attended college at the University of Wisconsin. I do not find a marriage record for them but they were likely married on Wisconsin. Paul and Marian had two daughters; Helen and Donna. They moved to Lakewood, Ohio, near Cleveland, where Paul was a mathematics professor at Case Western University.

Marian died on June 6, 1991. She is buried in Lakewood Park Cemetery next to her husband who died seventeen years earlier on April 29, 1974.

Lakewood Park Cemetery

Rest in Peace, Marian!

Love, Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – June 6, 2017 – George Elmer Densmore

George Elmer was born on December 12, 1861 in Michigan to John C. Jr. and his wife, Sarah Louise Reynolds Densmore. John and Sarah Densmore had ten children; Elizabeth M. (1857), William A. (1859), George E. (1861), Alice V. (1863), Charles S. (1864), Effee Matilda (1867), Nomer A. (1869), Delbert D. (1871), Worthy L. (1873), Harvey R. ( 1882). William and Elizabeth were born in Canada and the remaining children were born in Michigan. In the 1870 Federal Census, George is 9 years old. The Densmore family is living in Marine City, Michigan. In the 1880 Federal Census, George is 18 years old. He is still living at home. He has completed school and is employed as a sailor.

George married Jennie (Janet) McNabb on May 14, 1890, according to a Machinaw County Marriage record. Delbert D Densmore and Kate McNabb witnessed the marriage which took place in St Ignace, Michigan.  George and Janet had five children. According to the 1900 Federal Census, three who are living and one who has died, a son who died at 4 months old.  In the 1910 Federal Census, there were four children listed ; Katherine Louise (1891), Donald M. (1892), Janet (1896), Georgia (1905).  The family lives in St Ignace, Michigan where George is employed as a Marine Engineer. In the 1920 Federal Census, three of the children remain at home. Donald is 27 years old and his occupation is listed as truck farmer. Janet is 23 years old and she works in a dry goods store as a sales clerk. Georgia is attending school. In the 1930 Federal Census, Janet (age 33) and Donald (age 37) still live at home. Donald is a carpenter and Janet is a bookkeeper. George at the age of 68 appears to still be working as a Marine Engineer. By the 1940 Federal Census, George is living his his daughter, Georgia, and her family at the age of 79 years. He is listed as a widower but I have found Jennie’s death information which indicates that she did not die until 1943. I do not find Jennie in the 1940 Federal Census.

George Elmer died on the 6 of June, 1942 in Saint Ignace, Michigan. His Grandparents are listed as his parents on his death certificate. His parents are listed correctly on his Social Security file and his marriage certificate. This is an obit that I found shared on

Lakes Engineer Dies

Monday, June 8, 1942

Ironwood, Michigan – Daily Globe Newspaper

St. Ignace, Mich. — Funeral services were held Monday for George Densmore, 80, old-time Marine engineer who was the last survivor of the crew which brought the original railway ferry ice-crusher “St. Ignace” from Detroit to the Straits of Mackinac in 1888.  He died at his home here Saturday.”

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He is buried in Lakeside Cemetery in St Ignace, Michigan. Rest in peace, George!

Love, Jan

Note: I will stop and find this cemetery someday and post George’s Grave stone picture when I get it.

Tombstone Tuesday – May 30, 2017 – Robert E. Barkham


Robert Enslie Barkham was born on December 25, 1890 in Commerce, Michigan. He was the son of Marshall Barkham and Lillian Cozadd. Marshall and Lillian had five children; Edmund, Alice, Amber, Robert, and Beryl.

In the 1910 Federal Census, Robert is living at the home of his parents with his brother and youngest sister. On December 9, 1912, Robert married Kathleen Kirkwood in Flint. They were divorced on January 9, 1916. The divorce was granted in Grand Traverse and both parties were instructed to not remarry for one year. (I do not think I have ever seen that before.) In 1917, Robert registers for the WWI draft and he states that he is a single man living with his parents and that he is their sole support. At that time he was working for Buick Motor Company as a machinist in Plant #6 in Flint, Michigan. Robert married Gladys Losee on on May 31, 1919 in Flint Michigan.

In the 1920 Federal census, Robert and Gladys are living in Flint with Robert’s parents, Marshall and Lillian. Robert is a Salesman at a Grain House. (Grain House is what is written on the census but I am wondering if the Census taker misunderstood, it maybe Greenhouse instead.) His father, Marshall and his wife Gladys are also employed at the same place. His father is a laborer and Gladys is a helper.

Robert and Gladys are found in Mount Morris, Michigan in the 1930 Federal Census. They have Frank Losee, Gladys’s brother, living with them. They live on Elm Street. Roberts’s brother, Edmund and his wife, Ethel are living next door to Robert and Gladys. These two brothers list their occupations as proprietors who run a greenhouse.

In the 1940 Federal Census, Robert and Gladys are living on East Witherbee Street in Mount Morris, Michigan. Frank Losee is living with them. Robert has gone back to work in the auto Industry in Flint.

Two doors away, Edwin Losee and his wife are listed as neighbors who also live on Witherbee Street. Edwin is also a brother to Gladys and Frank.

Robert died on May 30, 1968 in Mount Morris Michigan. He is buried in Mount Morris Cemetery.


Rest in Peace, Robert!

Love Jan

Tombstone Tuesday – May 23, 2017 – The Colvin Family

I am departing from my usual routine today…Why, you ask? Because I can not find anyone in my Family Tree who died on this day. It is very likely that I have several but I have not identified those death dates yet.

So instead, I want to talk about a friend of mine who uncovered a heartbreaking story about the Colvin Family who lived near Columbus, Indiana.  My friend’s name is Mark Davis. We met several years ago in Crown Point, Indiana at one of his cemetery restoration projects. He runs seminars on the proper methods of cleaning and restoring tombstones. He has a company called Stone Saver Cemetery Restoration. Mark gets hired usually by local townships or counties to go into an old neglected or damaged cemeteries and fix them.  He does amazing work.  He cleans tombstones and monuments. He fixes tombstones that are broken. He places tombstones back in there base and secures them. He adds the proper base to stones that need to be leveled and straightened.  Mark is an amazing guy!  He is a man of many talents and he loves a beautiful cemetery and so do I! Visit him at Check  out the beautiful work he has completed and current projects that he is or will be working on. Or find out when he will be working in a cemetery near you!

While working on a job in early May, Mark found a family plot that was truly heartbreaking and he shared a little bit about it on Facebook. I asked him if it would be OK to share on Tombstone Tuesday sometime and he said “Sure”. So I think I’ll share it today. So today I did some research and quite frankly, I was able to find out quite a bit about this family.  So instead of highlighting one person today, we will talk about the whole family.

ColvinFamily Plot

Colvin Family Plot

Knowing Mark, I am sure that it was this interesting family monument which first caught his attention.  And then, the story of this family touched his heart.

The Republic Newspaper – Columbus, Indiana – October 3, 1962

The Time for Tears was Past” The headline read as the newspaper story reported on the tragic lost of all six children in one family on September 29, 1962.

“The time for tears seemed past Tuesday as nearly 100 mourners gather with the Walter Colvin family under an overcast sky at the Bethel cemetery at the burial rites for the couples six children”

“The youngsters were suffocated in a fire Saturday at their home near West Harrison on the Indiana- Ohio State line where they had lived about six months since moving from East Twenty-third Street. “ the article read. “The Colvin couple held hands as the Rev. Ivan Miller of the United Lutheran church spoke the final rites, but neither wept. Their faces showed the anguish now past tears”

“ A procession of 50 cars followed the five hearses from the Barkes and Inlow funeral home and continues the trip to the cemetery where six pallbearers carried the light colored caskets with embroidered flowers from the hearses one by one.”

Six Colvin Children

Barry Joe – 1947 1962  and  Karon Lee – 1948-1962

Berry Joe-3 Karon Lee-3

Terri Lynn – 1949 – 1962 and Robert Lee – 1951 -1962

Terri Lynn-3 Robert Lee-3

Cheryl Ann – 1954-1962  and Walter Alan – 1956- 1962

Cheryl Ann-3 Walter Alan-3

Colvin Family Plot


The Colvin children tombstones

Barry Joe-2  Karon Lee-4

Terri Lynn-2  Robert Lee-2

Cheryl Ann-2  Walter Alan-2

It is hard to imagine the heartache that this couple felt with the loss of all of their children on the same day. According to Julia Terry, a Facebook friend of Mark’s, Barry, the oldest child found the fire and woke his mother, Mina Jo, who was sleeping downstairs. She ran to the neighbors to get help.  Barry remained in the house to tried to get the rest of the children out. By the time Mina Jo returned to the burning house it was too late and all the children were caught in the fire. Walter Albert Colvin, the father, was a truck driver who was on the road at the time of the fire.

Mina Jo

Mina Jo Rice Colvin was born in Danville, Illinos on July 4, 1926. She was the daughter of John and Carrie Roth Rice. She married Walter Albert Colvin on November 7, 1953 according to Findagrave. I was unable to find a marriage license for  Mina and Walter on ancestry. It would seem to me that they may have married sooner than 1953. She died on June 25, 1998 at her home.

Walter married Linda Lois Grimes on October 8, 1998.  She died six months later on March 3, 1999.  She was buried in South Park Cemetery in Greensburg, Indiana.

Walter Albert

Walter was born on August 5, 1927. He was the son of Clifford and June Hansen Colvin. He was born in Paris, Illinois. Walter was a veteran of the Air Force in WWII. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veteran of Foreign Wars. He was a truck driver for Stone Container. He died on February, 17,  2009 in Columbus, Indiana.

Walter Albert Colvin-1

The Colvin Family is buried at the Bethel Baptist Cemetery in Walesboro, Bartholmew County, Indiana.

Bethel Baptist Cemetery

Rest in peace to all of the members of the Colvin family.

Love, Jan Smith

Note: Mark Davis intends to return to this cemetery and he will clean the dirt and grime of 50 plus years from these stones. Thanks Mark for finding this story for me and the newspaper article about this tragedy so I could record it here. Thanks too for all your hard work in cemeteries in Indiana. You are an inspiration!

Note: All the photos are courtesy of  Thanks to the volunteers who added them to the database.





Tombstone Tuesday – May 16, 2017 – Elnora Rehnen

Elenor J Rehnen


Elnora(Elinor and Nora) Rehnen was born in October of 1880. An exact birthday or birth record was not found.  She was the daughter of Henry Rehnen and Susannah Smith. Henry and Susannah had five children; Katherine (1871), Edward Bernard (1875), Francis (1878-1881), Elnora (1880), Rebecca (1884). The lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

In the 1900 Federal Census,  Elnora was 19 years old. She was living at home with her parents and her siblings.  Her occupation was listed as a seamstress.  In the 1910 Federal Census, she resides with her parents and all of her siblings, two of whom are married with children of their own. They live on Force Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana during the 1900 and 1910 Census. Elnora is now working as a salesperson in a factory.  It was listed as a Waist Factory.

The term “Waist” is short for Shirtwaist which was a garment worn by working woman in the early 1900.   This industry boomed at the time because woman were entering the work force across America.   Since they were working, they no longer had time to make their own clothing.  The garment industry flourished with the demand for “off the rack” Womens’ clothing.  Factories sprang up and woman who were accomplished seamstress were drawn to them for employment.

The Shirtwaist consisted of a long sleeved blouse which was gathered at the waist so it could be tucked into a skirt. The shirt was usually just several inches longer than a woman natural waist.  Often the skirt was dark so it did not show dirt. They would have one or two skirts which they wore everyday.  They would have three shirts that they would alternate between so they always had one clean, one they were washing and one they were wearing.  It was often embellish with an interchangeable belt type garment which they sometime referred to as a waist. They were inexpensive garments that they could afford to have several of. This enable them to wear what looked like a different garment everyday.


Classic garment worn by working woman in 1910 and made in Shirtwaist Factories.

Elnora worked in this type of a garment factory in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

By the 1920 Federal census, her father, Henry Rehnen has died.  Elnora is living with her Mother and two adult siblings, Katherine and Edward and Edward’s son, Parnell. Elnora has been promoted to Forewoman in the Waist Factory.  That is quite and accomplishment for a forty year old woman in her day. I found it interesting that in the Census, it actually said “Forewoman” instead of “Foreman”.

In the 1930 Census, Elnora, Edward and Katherine remain at home of their Mother, Susannah. They live on S Hoagland Avenue. Elnora never married and lived in her Mother’s home her entire life.  I did not find a 1940 Census records for any of the Rehnen families in the Fort Wayne area. Their surname is often written wrong or translated wrong. On the July of 1944 death record for Katherine Rehnen, her address is listed as the 3231 S Hoagland Avenue which was her Mother’s home and the same address that was in the 1930 Census.

Elnora died on May 16, 1944 at the age of sixty four years old.  She is buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Henry Rehnen2

Rest in Peace,

Love, Jan

I spent the better part of the afternoon trying to sort out whether Elnora or Elinor is how her name is really spelled.  I am able to find death certificates for her siblings but not for her which tells me that there is likely a spelling issue. I did see her listed as Nora in Fort Wayne Municipal directories but a search on Nora Rehnen did not  produce a death certificate either.  If I ever sort this out, I will update this post.