Tombstone Tuesday | Asa Benjamin

My 4th great grandfather, Asa Benjamin is buried in the Hall Rd. (Sam Brown) Cemetery in Pierpont, Ashtabula Co., Ohio.

Asa was born in Preston, New London Co., CT in October of 1754. His second great grandfather, John Benjamin, came to America in 1632 as part of the Puritan Great Migration from England.

Asa enlisted in the Revolutionary War at Worthington, MA on May 4, 1775.  He served eight months as a private in Captain Evenezer Webber’s Co., 8th Regiment, Continental Infantry, commanded by Col. John Fellows and was discharged on December 23, 1775.  He re-enlisted and was discharged six times from first enlistment to the end of the war in 1783.  During that time, he transferred to Valley Forge, PA on March 19, 1778 to the Commander-in-Chief’s (General George Washington’s) Guard.

After serving for a few months, Asa returned home.  When the need occurred, he re-enlisted, earning the rank of lieutenant by the end of the war. He died in Pierpont on December 28, 1825.

Benjamin Family Plot (click to enlarge)

Asa Benjamin Gravestone (click to enlarge)

Tombstone Tuesday | Nelson Alonzo Harris

Nelson is my 2nd great grandfather. We were both born on July 16th.

Nelson Alonzo Harris
Born: July 16, 1822 in Greenfield, Saratoga Co., NY
Died: June 4, 1886 in Waldo, Alachua Co., FL
Buried in: Laurel Grove Cemetery, Waldo, Alachua Co., FL

Tombstone Tuesday | Elizabeth Hau

Elizabeth Hau was a younger sister of my grandfather, Raymond Hau. She died as an infant in 1909. Elizabeth is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Co., WI.

Elizabeth Hau
Daughter of John and Elizabeth (Fuhrman) Hau
Born:  June 23, 1909
Died:  July 15, 1909

Tombstone Tuesday | Russell Ormsbee

Russell Ormsbee

Russell M. Ormsbee was born in Greenfield, Saratoga Co., NY on October 23, 1908.

He was the family “publicity man”. Early in life, he developed the habit of making records and preserving them, and inspiring his descendants to do the same. I take that inspiration to heart and owe him a lot of gratitude! It’s also neat that the name “Russell” is a prominent name in my recent family, being used in the last four generations, beginning with my grandfather.

He died on June 20, 1892 and is buried in the Ormsbee Family Cemetery, near Porter Corners, in Saratoga Co.

*This photo was taken by a Find A Grave volunteer

Tombstone Tuesday | Orville and Katherine Harris

Katherine (Seybold) Harris

Orville Duloss Harris

Katherine (Seybold) Harris
Born:  September 1, 1858 in Waukesha, Wakesha Co., WI
Died:  April 9, 1938 in Clintonville, Waupaca Co., WI

Orville Duloss Harris
Born:  September 16, 1848 in Town of Morgan, Porter Co., IN
Died:  May 9, 1935 in Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI

Katherine and Orville Harris are buried in Appleton Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI

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Tombstone Tuesday | Henry and Vera Heim

Henry Lawrence Heim
Born June 20, 1890 in Sylvan Twp., Washtenaw Co., MI
Died: August 15, 1959

Vera N. Gage
Born: February 13, 1893 in Sylvan Twp., Washtenaw Co., MI
Died: March 24, 1977 in Chelsea, Washtenaw Co., MI

Henry and Vera Heim were married on June 21, 1916 in Jackson, Jackson Co., MI. They are buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea, Washtenaw Co., MI

Tombstone Tuesday | Peter and Maria Michels

The Holy Cross Cemetery, in Mt. Calvary, Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin, contains many family graves on my mom’s side. We had information that my third great grandparents, Peter and Maria Elizabeth (Koenigs) Michels were buried there.

In the summer of 2007, we visited the cemetery in hopes of finding their graves. We walked the entire cemetery and couldn’t find them. We decided to try to find the location of the cemetery records to both confirm they were buried there and to locate them. After several phone calls, we came into contact with a nun at Holy Cross Church. We met her at the church office and were told that “the graves are located in the lower right corner (northwest) of the cemetery, near the bottom of the hill. The stones are laying flat on the ground and face east/west.  They are approximately 4 rows up from the bottom and 10 graves over from the right side (west)”.

We found where the directions led us, but didn’t see any stones. We had luckily brought a small trowel with us and began pushing it into the ground where we thought the stones should be. After several tries, we struck one of the stones. Both were buried under about an inch and a half of dirt and grass.

Both Peter and Maria were born in Germany. Peter’s first with died in 1835, and he and Maria married in about 1840. They came to America probably in the 1950’s.

Tombstone Tuesday | Leonhard and Katherine Seybold

Leonhard and Katherine (Protz) Seybold stone

Leonhard and Katherine (Protz) Seybold stone

My 2nd great grandparents, Leonhard and Katherine Seybold, came to America from Germany in 1857. They settled on their homestead in Brillion Twp., Calumet County, Wisconsin in 1864. They are buried in Forest Home Cemetery, which is a few miles from where they farmed.

1893 Plat Map of Brillion Twp. showing Seybold Homestead and Forest Home Cemetery

1893 Plat Map of Brillion Twp. showing the Seybold Homestead and Forest Home Cemetery (Click to Enlarge)

Joseph and Sadie Voiland – Sacred Heart Cemetery, Manawa, Waupaca Co., WI

My great grandparents, Joseph and Sadie (Romond) Voiland arrived in New York City from France on May 27, 1857, only a couple of months after they were married. They traveled to Buffalo, and remained there until passage through the Great Lakes could be obtained.  They finally arrived in Little Wolf Township, Waupaca Co., WI in December of 1857.

An 1889 plat map shows the 80 acre Joseph Voiland farm a mile or two east of Bear Lake in Royalton Township, Waupaca Co.  They sold the farm in 1903 and moved to the village of Royalton.


After Sadie’s death in 1908, Joseph moved to Clintonville, Waupaca Co. and lived with his daughter’s family. Joseph and Sadie are buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Manawa, Waupaca Co.

Our family name of “Voiland” was change to “Weller”. More about that can be read here.

Pvt. Lee George Bobb | May 19, 1925 – March 13, 1945

Lee George Bobb was killed in action in Germany on March 13, 1945. He was a native of Shawano, WI. Lee is my 1st cousin, once removed. Before  his induction into the armed forces in February, 1944, he worked for the Four Wheel Drive Auto Co. in Clintonville, WI.

He left for Fort Sheridan, IL on June 27, 1944, then was sent to Camp Blanding, FL, and later to Fort Meade, MD. Lee went overseas with the infantry in December, 1944. He was killed shortly after his unit crossed the Rhine river in the invasion of Germany.



Lee was originally buried in the US Military Cemetery #1, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium, until the war in Europe ended. He was then re-buried in the Bobb family plot in St. Rose Cemetery, Clintonville.

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