Tombstone Tuesday – December 14, 2021 – Daniel J Boyer

Daniel J. Boyer is the son of David and Eunice Electra (White) Boyer. He was born on September 22, 1888 in Rose Township, Oakland County, Michigan. David and Eunice had six children; Nellie (1887), Daniel (1888), Clarence (1890), Flossie (1894), Celia (1900), David (1905).

In the 1900 Federal Census, Daniel is eleven and living with his parents and his siblings in Rose Township, Oakland County, Michigan. Daniel is attending school. David, his father, is a farmer.

Daniel married Lucille Savory on February 19, 1910 in Flint, Michigan. In the 1910 Federal Census, Daniel is listed as 21 years old. It has been transcribed incorrectly on Ancestry where they have is age as 41 years old. A lesson to always look at the actual document. He and Lucile are married, he is working as a Farm Laborer, probably for his father. The Census was taken on the 5th of May 1910. In 1910 the first of their daughters is born, Beatrice but unfortunately she died a few days after her birth according to her death certificate.

Daniel registered for the WWI draft on June 5, 1917 in Genesee County, Michigan. He states that he is working for Buick Motors Company in Flint as a machinist- tool grinder. He states that he is twenty eight years old. They live at 619 Taylor in Flint, Michigan.

By the 1920 Federal Census, Daniel and Lucile have two daughters; Merle Viola (1912), Gladys (1914). Daniel is a foreman for the railroad. They live in Highland, Oakland County, Michigan where they own their home. In the 1930 Federal Census, Daniel is 41 years old. He and Lucile live next door to Eunice, Daniel’s mother, who is a widow. The two daughter, Merle and Gladys, are still living at home. They also have a lodger living with them buy the name of Raymond Gault. Daniel remains employed by the railroad.

In the 1940 Federal Census, Daniel and Lucile are in Highland, Oakland County, Michigan. They live on Bishop Street. Daniel no longer works for the railroad. He lists his occupation as Section Trimmer. I have no idea what that is.

Seventy one years ago on December14, 1950, Daniel died in Rose Township Oakland County, Michigan. He is buried in Beebe Cemetery in Rose Township, Oakland County, Michigan.

Rest in peace, Daniel!

Love Jan

Daniel J Boyer is my first cousin 3X removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – December 7, 2021 – Thomas Best

Thomas Best was born on January 11, 1833 in Ontario, Canada, He was the son of Conrad and Catherine (Louks) Best. Conrad and Catherine had eight children; Sarah Ann (1824), Miriam (1826), John Landon (1827), Hiram (1830), Thomas (1834), Catherine (1836), William Edward (1839), Caroline (1842). Conrad was a farmer in Oxford County, Ontario. In the 1851 Provincial Census, Thomas is 19 and assisting his father on his farm.

Thomas married Rhue Anne Pringle, who was also born in Canada, on September 18, 1861. They were married by Rev G.R. Saunderson at the Strong Hotel in London, Ontario.

By the 1870 Federal Census, Thomas and Rhue Anne Best are in Kingston, Michigan with Rhue Anne’s parents, Lockwood and Mary Pringle. They have two sons; Alexander (1862) and Andrew (1864). Thomas and his Father-in-law are farmers. In the 1880 Federal Census, Thomas and Rhue Anne reside in Koylton, Tuscola County, Michigan. They have two children living with them; Andrew Clinton and Nora (Salmona Elnora) (1871).

If you look close at the Death certificate and Thomas tombstone, there is a discrepancy. The Death Certificate states that Thomas was born on January 11, 1833 in Ontario but the Tombstone states January 10, 1834. One day short of one year later. His death date on the Death Certificate states December 7, 1899 but his Tombstone says December 7, 1900. I am going with the death certificate. One hundred and twenty-two years ago on December 7, 1899, Thomas Best died in Kingston, Michigan. He is buried in the Kingston Cemetery, in Kingston, Michigan.

Rest in peace, Thomas!

Love, Jan

Thomas Best is my four times Great Uncle.

Tombstone Tuesday – November 23, 2021 – Rowland Gideon Leete

Leete Family Crest

Rowland (Roland)Leete was born on August 6, 1708 in Guilford, Connecticut. He is the son of William and Hannah (Stone) Leete. William Leete and Hannah Stone had seven children; Ann (1700), Elizabeth (1705), Margery (1705), Roland (1708), William (1711), Jordan (1720), Solomon (1722). Rowland’s name is found spelled as Rowland and Roland in many records. I will be using the latter for the remainder of this blog. Roland is a great grandson of William Leete (1612-1683) who was the first governor of Colonial Connecticut and an early settler from England.

Roland married Mercy Dudley on December 29, 1738 in Guilford, Connecticut. Roland and Mercy had twelve children; Timothy (1739), Ruth (1740), Sarah (1744), John (1746), Asahel (1747), Hannah (1749), Sarah (1751), Abner (1753).

Roland Leete’s Will

This is the first page of Roland’s Last Will and Testament written on the 10th day of November in 1767. He was a sick man and he knew the end of his life was near. In it he identifies all of his children and his wife. The probate file is 22 pages long. Much can be gleamed from probate documents. Roland was a fairly well off man. He bequest one third of his estate to his wife, Mercy. The remaining two thirds of his estate was divided among his children. Timothy and Asahel are to split the land in the town of Granville, Massachusetts equally. The marsh land at Mulberry that Roland owns is to be divided between his remaining sons and daughters. John receives the largest parcel since he is executor of his father’s estate. Abner and Miles will receive parcels that are slightly smaller but still big enough to farm. The daughters, Ruth, Anah (Anna), Hannah, Sarah and Rachel will receive one quarter acres of land.

Two hundred and fifty four years ago today, Roland Leete died in Guilford, Connecticut. He is buried in the Leete Island Cemetery though his grave location and tombstone were lost long ago burial records indicate that he is buried here. Leete Island Cemetery is at 15 Moose Hill Road in Guilford Connecticut.

Rest in peace, Roland!

Love, Jan

Roland Leete is my 6th Great Grandfather.

Tombstone Tuesday – November 16, 2021 – Coonrad (Conrad) Best (Jr)

Photo of Coonrad and Catherine’s Best Tombstone taken in 1941.

Coonrad (Conrad) was the son of Coonrad and Catherine Best born in 1799 in Germany. Catherine’s maiden name (Conrad’s mother) is unknown at this time. Coonrad and Catherine had three sons and a daughter. They were Casper( 1797), Coonrad (1799), Fredrick (1799), George (1803) and Elizabeth (1805).

Conrad Jr. married Catherine Louks. Catherine was born in Vermont. She was the daughter of Henry C. Louks and his wife Sara Sally Sluyter. Conrad and Catherine had 8 children. They were; Sarah Ann (1824), Miriam (1826), John Landon (1827), Hiram (1830), Thomas (1834), Catherine (1836), William Edward (1839) and Caroline (1842) .

In the 1851 Provincial Census, Conrad and Catherine are located in Dereham, Oxford County, Ontario. The children who remain at home are Hiram, Thomas, Catherine, (Wm)Edward, and Caroline. He list his occupation as farmer.

In the 1861 Agricultural Census for Dereham Township, Oxford County, Ontario, Conrad is listed. He has 50 acres of land. Forty one acres are tilled and growing crops and the remaining 9 acres are pastures for raising animals. In the 1861 Provincial Census, three “C Best” entries are listed in Dereham, Ontario. It is Conrad, Catherine and Caroline Best.

One hundred and sixty years ago today, Conrad died on November 16, 1861 in Dereham Township, Oxford County, Ontario. He is buried in the Best Cemetery located in Corinth, Elgin County, Ontario.

Probate document for Conrad Best’s Will

For me to find a last Will and Testament for my blog is fairly unusual. In this case, Conrad did write a will on November 15, 1861. In the will he is very explicit how he wants his estate handled. He had excluded his son Thomas for some reason. His estate was to be held in trust with his wife who would remain living on the 50 acres until her death at which time it is given to his youngest son, William Edward. All of the household goods and farm equipment were to go to William Crane and Hiram Best to be sold and the proceeds to be split evenly with all his children except Thomas Best.

Rest in peace, Conrad!

Love, Jan

Conrad Best is my four times Great Grandfather.

Tombstone Tuesday – November 9, 2021 – Sir John Graham Lord of Montrose

John Graham was born in 1547, the son of Lord Robert Graham and Margaretha La Fleming. He was born in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Lord Robert Graham was 26 years old and Lady Margaret Fleming was 18 years old at the time of his birth. Lord Robert was killed in the battle of Pinkie Cleug on September 19, 1547 soon after John’s birth.

At the age of sixteen, John’s Grandfather had put him in the possession of the family castle and the barony of Mugdock. As master of the castle, he was presented with a seat in Parliament at Stirling. Throughout his life he was very involved with the Scottish government. John, the third Earl of Montrose, was renounced by Queen Mary of Scotland in 1567. He fought against Queen Mary at the Battle of Langside on May 13, 1568 where she was captured at Cranberry Hill and was force to abdicate. She was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle. Her half brother James Stewart, Earl of Moray was appointed Regent on behalf of the infant James VI, heir to the throne. John became Earl of Montrose when his Grandfather died in 1571.

In Scotland at this time, there was a period of instability within the government with no fewer than four different regents ruling the country in the space of seven years due to death and or assassination. Sir John was commissioned as a judge with Lord Glamis and Sir John Wishart from 1572 -1573 in an effort to regain stability to the country. There were intermittent civil war between the King’s forces and the Marians (supporters of Queen Mary). Finally, in 1573, through the good offices of Henry Killigrew, the English ambassador, a conference was held in Perth between the regent Morton with the King’s party and the leading supporters of Mary. As a result of the discussion all agreed to recognize Morton as regent, ended their allegiance to Mary, disbanded their forces and handed over all prisoners and property that they had taken. In return, those that had been in rebellion were allowed to reassert possession of their lands. In 1591 he was appointed and served as Extraordinary Lord of the Chancellor and President of the Council in 1591. In 1599, he served as the King’s Commissioner at the Union Conference and Viceroy of Scotland on 1604.

In addition, John Graham, the third Earl of Montrose was a Scottish Peer and Chancellor of the University of St Andrews for 1599 to 1604. He was the Lord High Commissioner to the Parliament of Scotland, from 1605 to 1606. He was the Great Grandson of King James IV of Scotland and his Grandmother was Janet Fleming.

John Graham married Jean Drummon, daughter of Lord David Drummond and Lilias Ruthven on August 24, 1563 in Montrose, Angus, Scotland. This was a contract marriage and Jean was his second cousin with her dowry being paid to John’s Grandfather, William Graham. They had four children; Robert Graham of Scotston (1566), Countess Lilias Graham (1570), First Baronet William Graham of Braco (1572), Sir John Graham the 4th Earl of Montrose (1573).

Four hundred thirteen years ago today, on November 9, 1608, Sir John Graham died in Forfar, Angus, Scotland. He is buried at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Rest in peace, Sir John!

Love, Jan

Sir John Graham is my 11 X Great Grandfather.

Tombstone Tuesday – November 2, 2021 – Lydia Day Fuller

Lydia Day was born on April 11, 1698 in Hartford, Connecticut. She was that daughter of John and Grace (Spencer) Day. John and Grace had ten children; Lydia (1698), Mary (1699), John (1701), Joseph (1702), Benjamin (1704), Editha (1705), Daniel (1709), David (1710), Abraham (1712), Isaac (1713).

I tried to determine when the Day family arrived in the colonies but as of this writing it is unknown. The earliest Spencer in America was Gerard Spencer we emigrated to the colonies in 1638. Gerard was Grace’s Grandfather and Lydia’s Great Grandfather. Joseph Fuller is the Great Grandson of Edward Fuller who arrived in the colonies on the Mayflower.

Lydia Day married Joseph Fuller on December 22, 1722. Joseph and Lydia had eleven children most of whom were born in Colchester, Connecticut. The eleven children were; Joseph (1723), Rachel (1724), Zachariah (1725), Grace (1726), Jeremiah (1728), Lydia (1729), Mindwell (1730), Ruth (1733) Abraham (1737), Jacob (1739), Isaac (1741). Joseph and Lydia resided in Colchester, Connecticut until 1738 or 1739 at which time they moved to Kent, Connecticut.

According to the history of the First Congregational Church of Kent, in January of 1740, eleven men gathered together and signed a covenant joining them to each other and binding them to the will of God. It was this gathering which formed the First Congregational Church of Kent, Connecticut. Joseph Fuller was one of the eleven men. Church records indicate that Joseph was appointed as a Deacon of the church on February 22, 1741. Lydia was granted membership on May 10,1741. The Fuller and Day families were instrumental in the early establishment in the state of Connecticut and the City of Kent and the First Congregational Church which is still active 280 years later.

According to the history of the First Congregational Church of Kent, in January of 1740, eleven men gathered together and signed a covenant joining them to each other and binding them to the will of God. It was this gathering which formed the First Congregational Church of Kent, Connecticut. Joseph Fuller was one of the eleven men. Church records indicate that Joseph was appointed as a Deacon of the church on February 22, 1741. Lydia was granted membership on May 10,1741. The Fuller and Day families were instrumental in the early establishment in the state of Connecticut and the city of Kent and the First Congregational Church which is still active 280 years later.

Two hundred and fifty eight years ago, Lydia Day Fuller died on November 2, 1763. She was sixty five years old when she died. She is buried with her husband and other family members in Good Hill Cemetery in Kent, Connecticut.

Rest in peace, Lydia!

Love, Jan

Lydia is my second cousin 7 times removed.

Tombstone Tuesday – October 26, 2021 – Rosco Theodore Bowersock

Rosco T. Bowersock was born in Fort Wayne Indiana on May 9, 1892. He was the son of Andrew and Malinda A. (Canon) Bowersock. Andrew and Malinda had five children; Rilla (1876), Bertha (1880), Charles (1885), Rosco (1892) , Vesta (1898).

In the 1900 Federal Census, Rosco is found with his parents in Lafayette Township, Allen County, Indiana. Listed in the Census are his parents, Andrew and Malinda and his siblings, Bertha, Charles and Vesta. Rosco married Maggie Feighner in Centreville Michigan on April 5, 1910. In the 1910 Federal Census, seventeen year old Rosco and his sixteen year old bride, Maggie, are living in Jackson, Indiana on Main Street next door to Andrew and Malinda. In 1911, there is an Indiana birth certificate for a Marie Bowersock. This child is Zelda in all the future documents until a Indiana Marriage where she is listed as Zelda Maria Hazelette.

In the 1917, Rosco registered for the WWI draft. He and Maggie live in Fort Wayne at 2517 Broadway Street. He states that he is a Meat cutter for J.F. Effinger and that he is married with one child. In the 1920 Federal Census, Rosco, Maggie and Zelda (1911) are listed in Fort Wayne. By the 1930 Federal Census, Rosco and Maggie have moved to 342 West Packard Ave in Fort Wayne. Rosco is the manager of a grocery Store. Zelda is now eighteen years old.

In the 1940 Federal Census, Rosco is an assistant manager of a grocery store. Zelda Marie Hazelette and her son, Theodore, are living with Rosco and Maggie. Zelda is divorce.

Rosco registered for the draft for WWII in 1942. They remained living on West Packard Ave and he list his employer as Kroger Grocery and Baking Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Rosco died in Fort Wayne, Indiana on October 26, 1979 of Heart Disease and Malnutrition according to his death Certificate. He is buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Roanoke, Indiana. He was still living at 342 W. Packard Avenue at the time of his death.

Rest in Peace, Rosco!

Jan

Rosco is the brother of Vesta Bowersock who married my cousin Oscar Jackson.

Tombstone Tuesday – June 22, 2021 – Francis Marion Kinnaman

Francis Marion was the son of Hiram and Cassander (Crosley) Kinnaman born on April 12, 1845 in Madison County, Indiana. Hiram and Cassander had thirteen children ; Daniel (1830), Conrad (1835), Walter (1837) , Henry Madison (1838), Hannah Jane (1840), Emily (1841), Lane (1843-1844) Francis Marion, (1845), Sarah Ann (1847), Margaret (1849), Hiram (1852), William Andrew (1855), Richard (1858). In the 1850 Federal Census in Madison County Indiana, Hiram and Cassander have nine children; Daniel, Conrad, Walter, Henry M., Hannah J., Emily, Francis, Sarah and Margaret. Hiram was a farmer. In the 1860 Federal Census, Francis remains with his parents and six of his sibings; Henry, Hannah, Emily, Francis, Sarah, Hiram (1853), William (1855), Richard (1858).

Francis Marion married Malissa Catherine Kinsey September 13, 1868 in Madison County, Indiana. Francis and Malissa are found in Carroll County, Missouri in the 1870 Federal Census. Francis is farmer. They have one son, David Leabeth, who was born in September 1869. Malissa’s brother, John, is also living with them and helping Francis on the farm as a farm laborer. They live next door to Henry Madison Kinnaman and his family. By the time of the 1880 Federal Census , Francis and Malissa have three sons; David,. (1869) LeRoy (1873) and Mark (1878). Living next door to them are Francis’s brother David with his family and Malissa’s brother, John and his family.

By the time of the 1900 Federal Census, Francis and Malissa have three sons living with them; Harry (1886), Grover (1889), Nellie (1897). In the 1910 Federal Census, Francis and Malissa are living in Bosworth, Missouri. They have one daughter who remains at home, Nellie and she is thirteen years old.

Francis died on June 22, 1911 in Bosworth, Missouri according to his death certificate. He is buried at Big Creek Cemetery.

Rest in peace, Francis!

Love, Jan

Francis Marion Kinnaman is the brother of my three time Great Aunts, Hannah Kinnaman Smith and Emily Kinnaman Smith.

Tombstone Tuesday – June 15, 2021 – Hans Henrik Andersen

Hans Henrik Andersen was born on September 26, 1856 in Tjome, Vestfold, Norway. He was the son of Andres Hansen and Olava Hansdattra. They lived in Grimstad, a small farm town on the island of Tjome which is located in the Oslo Fjord. Andres was a sailor. Andres and Olava had two children; Hans Henrik (1856) and Kristine (1860). In the 1865 Norwegian Census, Andres, Olava, Hans and Kristine are found in Grimstad. Andres Hansen died four short years later in 1869. I believe that he died at sea having been washed overboard during a storm. By the time of the 1875 Norwegian Census, many things have changed in Olava’s family with the loss of her husband and her daughter, Kristine. She has also remarried a man whose name is Kristin Jorgensen. Kristin, Olava and Hans are listed together in Grimstad in the 1875 census from Notteroy, Norway.

Ingeborg and Hans on their Wedding day in 1882

Han Henrik Andersen married Ingeborg Helene Jakobsen on February 7, 1882 in Notteroy, Vestfold, Norway. Hans and Ingaborg had three sons; Andres, (1883), Hans Jakob (1888), Haakon Ingwardo(1891). At this time in Tjome men were either sailors or farmers, they went to sea or stayed on land. Hans was a sailor. His early sailing days started in March of 1880 with a trip to America. I was able to obtain information thru the Tjome Historical Society about Hans Henrik sailing career. Listed below is a chart of his sailing trips. I can not be certain that this is a complete list but as you can see he sailed the world and it included at least seven trips across the Atlantic to America.

Date Embarked – Ship Name – Departing Port – Destination – Disembarked – Where

03.31.1880 – Rebekka – Svelvig – Amerika – 09.23.1880 – Drammen

10.13.1880 – Vashington – Tønsberg – Hamburg – 11.23.1880 – Tønsberg

04.16.1881 – Solo – Tønsberg – Amerika – 12.14.1881 – Tønsberg

03.30.1882 – Salo – Tønsberg – Amerika – 11.24.1882 – Shipwrecked

02.06.1883 – Thorsbjerg – Tønsberg – England – 01.14.1884 – Tønsberg

03.31.1884 – Harbels Anker – Tønsberg – Horjefjord – 08.21.1884 – Tønsberg

03.25.1885 – Nina – Tønsberg – Amerika – 04.??.1887 – Liverpool

06.28.1887 – Gorilla – Fredrikshald – England – 12.06.1887 – Tønsberg

04.13.1888 – Norway – Sandefjord – Amerika

03.04.1889 – Norway – Sandefjord – Amerika

06.08.1889 – Lillesand – C.J.Værn – Orlogs – 07.09.1889 – C.J.Værn (Navy harbour in Horten)

07.22.1889 – Winnipeg – Tønsberg – London

01.28.1891 – Entreforce – Tønsberg – Cardiff

06.23.1893 – Berthe Rød – Tønsberg – abroad – 02.12.1894 – Tønsberg

05.04.1894 – Lawrence – Tønsberg – abroad – 02.06.1895 – Greonck

03.21.1895 – Lawrence – Tønsberg – England – 08.20.1895 – Tjømø

03.28.1896 – Lawrence – Tønsberg America – 02.18.1897 – Tjømø

04.06.1898 – Familien – Chri(sti)ania abroad – 11.03.1898 – Chi(sti)ania (Oslo)

04.13.1899 – Høvding – Moss – abroad – 12.02.1899 – Moss

On September 18, 1894, twelve short years after they were married, Ingeborg Helene died suddenly leaving three sons to be cared for by their Grandmother, Olava Jorgansen while their father was at sea. Hans had set sail in May of 1894 and did not learn of his wife’s death until he returned the following February of 1895. On March 13 1898, Hans Henrik married Mathilde Kristine Zainer.

When Hans decided to no longer sail he returned to Tjome and bought a sailboat and started a tourist style Tour Company in the early days of the tourist industry on Tjome. He provided tours of the Oslo Fjord to tourist and summer residence of his seaside home town. He also conducted fishing excursions. Hans was “at home” on the water.

This is a photo of Hans and Mathilde Anderson. We can not be certain of the date of the photo but it is likely the mid to late 1930’s. Long after his working days were done Hans could be found almost daily in a small fishing boat, in the cove by his Mother’s small home.

Mathilde died on June 19, 1940, shortly after the Germans had invaded and occupied Norway. Hans befriended some of the German soldiers which initially angered many of the local people. Hans had hidden a radio from the Germans and since they had established a bit of trust with him, the German soldiers did not search his home. He kept his radio out of sight and he listened to it every night for news from the war front. In time, many of the local men would learn that Hans had a radio and come to his house to listen to the radio with him. I have been told that sometimes they would bring him alcohol so they could bribe him to listen other stations on his radio. Eventually, the Nazi’s discovered that Hans and the local men were listing to the radio each night and the Nazi’s confiscated the radio.

In letters to his son, Andrew ( born Andres, my Grandfather), Hans states that life on Tjome was not so bad during the war but one must remember that the Nazi’s opened and read all mail which was sent to other countries. Hans told his son that he must be very careful what he writes in his letters . This is the envelope from Hans’ letter to his son informing him that his wife, Mathilde, has died in 1940. As you can see the Germans opened it before sending it on to Andrew in America.

Hans survived the war but died on June 15, 1946. He was buried in the Tjome Kirke Cemetery with his wives.

Rest in Peace, Hans

Love, Jan

Hans Henrik Andersen was my Great Grandfather. I wish I had known him. The wonderful people of the Tjome Historical Society have helped me bring my Great Grandfather to life for his descendents. I appreciate all the help I received from Inger Zainer ( Great Niece of Hans thru his marriage to Mathilde.) and the Tjome Historical Society.

Tombstone Tuesday – June 8, 2021 – Forrest Denney

Forrest Denney -1928

Forrest Denney was the son of Milo and Lydia May (Mutton) Denney. He was born on December 6, 1914 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Milo and Lida (Lydia) had ten children; Forrest (1915), Nellie (1920), Ethel (1921), Agnes (1924), Elizabeth (1926), James (1927), Milo Elvia (1930), Elva (1934), Rolandis (1934), Frank (1936).

In the 1920 Federal Census, Milo and his family live on Sheldon Road in Lafayette Township, Allen County Indiana. They have two children; Forrest and Nellie. By the time of the 1930 Federal Census, Milo and Lydia are found in Franklin Township, Lenawee, Michigan with seven children; Forrest, Nellie, Ethel, Agnes, Elizabeth, James and Milo. Milo (Sr) is a farmer.

On October 1, 1935, Forrest married Dorothy Ellen Rau in White Pigeon, Indiana. On March 12, 1938, a prison record was recorded for Forrest Denney in Huntsville, Texas. According to this record, he was born in 1914 in Indiana. He was charged with felony theft and sentenced to two years. He plead guilty on October 13, 1938. The record also indicated that he was release on October 13, 1939 after serving one year.

In the mean time, Dorothy Denney filed for divorce from Forrest in January of 1938 and the divorce was granted in March of 1938. And I also find a Forrest Denney in a record for an inmate in Jackson Prison in Michigan for the 1940 Census. This is all a bit puzzling. I find a Social Security record for Donald L Denney which states that his parents are Forrest and Dorothy Ellen Rau.

On October 8, 1941, Forrest registered for the WWII Draft . He registered in Adrian, Michigan. He stated that he was twenty six years old and that he was working on a Dam Project in Tipton, Michigan. He listed his father, Milo Denney, as his contact. The document does not state if he is single or married. There are at least two men named Forrest Denney during this time period.

On September 30, 1946, Forrest married Lucy May Tobias. I do find a 1956 Adrain, Michigan Directory which shows Donald L Denney and Lucy M Denney . This directory record implies that Forrest is dead and that Lucy is his widow. Is this an error? With multiple men whose name is Forrest Denney in this time period who were both born in Indiana and are likely descendants of this Denney line, this research has been confusing to say the least. I find no death record for Forrest in Michigan to substantiate that Lucy May was a widow. Usually an unusual name like Forrest make research an easy task, no so this time!

In this Obit, it states that he died on June 8, 1999. He was living in Florida. His wife’s name is Vivian. He had five sons; Donald, Victor, Chad, Brandon, and Todd. He had two daughters; Liz and Karen. He was cremated and I find no burial location information.

This was a difficult blog due to the fact that there were several men named Forest/ Forrest Denney in this time period. It is my hope that the information published here is correct and not a jumble of information confusing these different men. It was also difficult because my research revealed so many difficult life situations. I decided to go ahead with it because this was the story that the research presented. Not everyone has a smooth life. Todays blog presents a perfect example of this. I hope that if someone reads this blog and finds that I did confuse these men in my research that they will reach out to me so I can set the record straight.

Rest in peace, Forrest!

Love , Jan

Forrest Denney was my second cousin twice removed.