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Photo Request – William Henry WAITS (1845-1927)

September 4, 2009
William Henry Waits

William Henry Waits

Have you seen this man?  This is my great great grandfather William Henry WAITS and I am looking for additional photos of him for a family project that I’m working on.  If you’ve been reading along and thinking that maybe you think that I’d like to see some of the photos that you have of this family, you’re right!  Now’s your chance!  Scan them and send them in! 

I’ve set up a special email account for photo submissions:

  • If possible, try to scan the photos with a resolution of at least 300 ppi.  The bigger, the better.  My email can handle it.
  • If you inherited photos of William or anyone else related to his family and want to give them to another family member, I would gladly take them.  I am archiving all of my photos and would be thrilled to add yours to my collection so I can protect them as well as share them with other family members.

Here’s the nitty gritty to help you find him in your photos!


b. 29 Sep 1845 – Miami, Clermont, Ohio, USA

m. 24 Jul 1877 – Elve Sonoria LONG PITT – Seward, Seward, Nebraska, USA

d. 30 Jan 1927 – Ruby, Seward, Nebraska, USA



James G Waits, William's father


  • James G WAITS (1816-1880) – son of Charles Waits (1790-1868) and Mary GOBLE (1799-1839)


  • Susannah ARTHUR (1816-1901) – dau of William ARTHUR (1788-1865) AND Mary Polly REED


  • Rachel Waits (1840-1868)
  • Mary Lucinda Waits HULEN (1841-1902)
  • Sarah E Waits (1845-1869)
  • Rhoda C Waits (1848-?)
  • Charles Richmond “Dick” Waits (1850-1917)
  • James Turner Waits (1852-1929)
  • Moses Woodruff Waits (1855-1921)
  • Thomas Boyd Waits (1858-1927)
  • Ada May Waits PALMER(1861-1951)



  • Elve Sonoria LONG PITT – dau of Samuel LONG (1811-1887) and Permelia Ann ROGERS (1824-1916)



  • Samuel Melvin PITT (1869-)
  • Frederick Hiram WAIT (1876-1955)
  • Lavina Lenora Waits LUNNEY (1878-1966)
  • Simeon Andboy Waits (1881-1941)
  • Rhoda L Waits DAVIS (1884-1973)
  • Thomas Grover Waits (1886-1962)
  • Elizabeth Myrtle Waits DAAKE (1889-1974)


  • Civil War Veteran – Fought for Union
  • Co H, 54th Ohio Volunteers
  • Co F, 195th Ohio Volunteers
  • Battles: Harper’s Ferry, Winchester, and Old Town


  • Sterling, Brown County, Ohio, USA
  • Harrison County, Nebraska, USA
  • Ruby, Seward County, Nebraska, USA
  • Seward, Seward County, Nebraska, USA


  • Stonemason
  • Farmer
  • Laborer

Wordless Wednesday – Photos of very old FLEMING photo albums

September 2, 2009
Special Delivery!

Special Delivery!

Album 1 - 4" x 5"

Album 1 - 4" x 5"

Sample of contents of Album 1

Sample of contents of Album 1

Album 2 - 5" x 6"

Album 2 - 5" x 6"

Sample of Album 2

Sample of contents of Album 2

Tombstone Tuesday – William Christopher WAITS – Civil War casualty

September 1, 2009


Yesterday, I was drawn to my WAITS ancestors in Ohio and thought I would look through all of the records in that listed WAITS in Brown County, Ohio.  It sorts them according to the name of the cemetery and I was almost immediately rewarded with a hit in the Batavia Cemetery.  Here is a picture of the headstone of my g-g-g-uncle William C Waits and his wife Elizabeth L Leopold, courtesy of Kevin Guy; Civil War enthusiast and Find A Grave volunteer. 

You may remember William C WAITS from this post [Photo Find! James G WAITS].  I told you about how they both fought in the Civil War.  My g-g-g-grandfather James survived, his brother William did not.  Previous information led me to believe that William died in an Army Hospital in Winchester VA, so the inscription “burried on battlefield” came as a surprise to me!  So I decided to do a little digging and see if I could uncover the truth about his death.

According to this letter, William C was last heard from 4 Jul 1862 when he wrote his wife from the hospital at Winchester VA.  I wonder what the letter to his wife said… what are the chances that it’s still around?

This is an excerpt from a letter written "December the 15th, 1862" from William and James' father Charles Waits to their brother Reason Waits.

This is an excerpt from a letter written "December the 15th, 1862" from William and James' father Charles Waits to their brother Reason Waits. I don't know where the original is. This was given to me by my cousin, and is on page 5 of 24. Almost all letters are written to Reason Waits. I would love to see originals and/or the responses to these letters so we can paint a clearer picture of the discussions.

According to this book, he was reported absent after being sick in Cumberland MD.

The main source for this roster is the: Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866. Vol. V., 54th-69th Regiments - Infantry. Akron, Ohio: The Werner Ptg. and Mfg. Co., 1887.

The main source for this roster is the: Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866. Vol. V., 54th-69th Regiments - Infantry. Akron, Ohio: The Werner Ptg. and Mfg. Co., 1887.

Yet another search on uncovered this listing:

Name: William Waits
Enlistment Date: 27 Dec 1861
Side Served: Union
State Served: Ohio
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 27 December 1861 at the age of 33.
Enlisted in Company B, 60th Infantry Regiment Ohio on 27 Dec 1861.
Died of disease Company B, 60th Infantry Regiment Ohio on 8 Jul 1862 at Cumberland, MD.
Sources: 17,501Source Information:

Historical Data Systems, comp.. American Civil War Soldiers [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Original data: Data compiled by Historical Data Systems of Kingston, MA form the following list of works.

So I guess I don’t really know why his headstone says that he was buried on the battlefield since he apparently died of disease in Cumberland MD.  From what I’ve read about the conditions the soldiers of the 60th Ohio Infantry had to endure… forced marches… low supplies… that could have something to do with it.  I also read that some succumbed to childhood diseases that they hadn’t been exposed to when they were younger.  Either I read about someone having the mumps or I dreamed about it last night… foggy now.  Hm. 

Where did they bury people who died in an Army hospital back then?  I searched on the internet for a couple of hours before deciding that I better just post this. 

The Clarysville Inn near Cumberland was used as a military hospital during the time that William was hospitalized.  They had a nearby graveyard, but those graves were moved to The Antietam Cemetery.  But The Antietam Cemetery has their records online and he isn’t listed there.  Hm.  Maybe a helpful reader or long lost relative will help me figure that one out.

What I do know is that he left behind a family who loved him; a wife and at least three young children, along with his elderly father and 11 brothers and sisters.

Thank you for your service, William Christopher Waits.  Rest in Peace, wherever you are.

More nicknames in the Wait family tree

August 30, 2009 just sent me an email about a possible match to my great grandfather, Frederick Hiram Wait!  It was the 1910 Census, which I’ve been searching on/off for since I started on him a few months ago.  I thought I’d just let it sit for a while and come back to it when I was ready.  Well, they must have decided I was ready today, because they found him!

Name Age
Frederich H Waits (s/b Frederick H) 33
Nella H Waits (s/b Uella) 25
John W R Waits (nickname Ray) 9
Frederick L Waits (nickname Roy) 7
Verne L Waits (nickname Vernie)


No wonder I couldn’t find him!  Every single name on the list was different than what I was searching for.  You’d think I would have gone in and checked again for this census after finding Elvie listed as “Anetta E” and Harriet listed as “Loretta S” on the 1920, but I didn’t.  Oh well, this saved me some time reading through all of the census forms.  😉

I’ve been hitting dead ends looking for Ray and Roy, so maybe this will steer me in the right direction!  Although it’s a little disconcerting… my Dad was named after his dad Roy Frederick… now his name wasn’t Roy at all?  Then how is my Dad a Jr?  Oh dear…

Ancestors that I’ve actually met

August 29, 2009

Fellow Geneablogger, Randy Seaver, posted an interesting challenge tonight. 

Here is your challenge for tonight (or whenever you read this):

1) Write down which of your ancestors that you have met in person (yes, even if you were too young to remember them).

2) Tell us their names, where they lived, and their relationship to you in a blog post, or in comments to this post, or in comments on Facebook.

Shirley Ann Kunz Wait (still with me!), my Mom!  I’ll keep the details to myself since she’d probably kill me if I shared anything.

Roy Frederick Wait, Jr (1931-2004), my dearly departed Dad.  Lived in Seward, Nebraska.  Then in San Jose, California.  Then in Lincoln, Nebraska. Then out to Walhalla, South Carolina for a few years.  Then moved back to Lincoln until he died from Lymphoma and chemo.

Earl Daniel Kunz (1901-1971).  My maternal Gramps.  As far as I know, he was born and raised in Elmwood, Nebraska.  He’s buried in the cemetery there.  I met him once when I was about a year old and have a photo of me sitting on his lap.  I don’t remember him at all… and I actually thought he died before I was born until I started working on my family tree and then found the picture.  He died when I was three and we lived out of state, so I think I met him just that once.

Della Nevada Hartsock Kunz (1909-1974), my maternal Gramma.  She was born in Keya Paha, Nebraska and moved to Elmwood, Nebraska when she was young.  She lived there most of her life, except for a few years that she lived in a house just up the street from where I live now.  I remember visiting her when I was just old enough to hop up on the counter and perch there.  I was pretty good at it until then, and slipped off and ended up sitting in the dishwater.  Mom has never let me forget that!

Freda Delores Fleming Wait (1906-1993), my paternal Grandmother.  She was born in Weld County, Colorado.  She ended up living in Lancaster, California.  I’m not sure where she was in the meantime.  We didn’t see her often (again, different states), but I do remember when she came to visit us when I was in high school in the early 80s.  She tried to use our fancy new microwave to heat her cinnamon roll one morning and accidentally put it in for 10 minutes instead of 10 seconds.  I woke up to a house full of smoke and the smoke detector blaring!  That was fun.  =)

That’s it for me!  I’ve only met FIVE of my ancestors.  My paternal Grandfather, Roy Frederick Wait, Sr (1902-1967), passed away the year before I was born.  My paternal great Grandmother passed away the same year.  All of the rest of my ancestors died before 1956.  That might explain my fascination with learning more about them and what their lives were like.

Thanks for the challenge, Randy!

FLEMING – Find A Grave success!

August 28, 2009

Ask and you shall receive!  Right?  This is alive and well at

Earlier this week, I fulfilled my first photo requests!  There were five open at Wyuka Cemetery, so I printed out the info, searched their website for burial locations, and off I went!  The folks at the cemetery office were very helpful, not only printing maps for me and highlighting where the stones should be, but also finding a spelling error in one of the names and explaining that one grave may not have a headstone due to the conditions in 1919. 

It was a beautiful sunny day, so I decided to get in a bit of exercise and walk to each gravesite instead of drive.  Great workout, and very spiritual experience!   It got up to over 90 degrees that day, so I was a little flushed and tired by the time I left there.  Remind me to take a bottle of water next time!  Three hours later, I was on my way home with 35 photos!  Not only did I find 4 out of 5 of my original group, but I found a few of their relations as well.  There are also some really interesting headstones there, so I snapped photos of them too!  As they predicted, the 1919 stone was nowhere to be found… it was just a grassy spot… so I took a photo of the grass anyway to share with the requester. 

I spent the rest of the afternoon sitting in the a/c here at home loading pictures and sending messages that the requests had been completed.  What a great feeling to be able to help a complete stranger out!

Later on this week, I discovered that the photo requests that I had posted for great grandpa Fred Fleming and his family was claimed and completed!  The volunteer even took pics of a couple of other Flemings in the area that turned out to be Fred’s brother and one of Fred’s sons.  It’s reassuring for me to see their graves, even though they’re just photos.  From a genealogical perspective, I was able to add new information to their profiles based on the information on the stones.  From a personal perspective, seeing the actual physical proof that they lived makes me feel a little closer to them.

New headstones (Frank & James E to be added soon):

Fleming, Claire Wilford
b. Feb. 21, 1905 d. Oct. 23, 1970
Belmont Memorial Park
Fresno County
California, USA
Fleming, Frank
b. 1866 d. 1953
Belmont Memorial Park
Fresno County
California, USA
Fleming, Fred
b. Jul. 3, 1873 d. Jun. 15, 1944
Belmont Memorial Park
Fresno County
California, USA
Fleming, James E
b. Nov. 15, 1916 d. Feb. 18, 2003
Belmont Memorial Park
Fresno County
California, USA
Lovestrand, Marjorie May Fleming
b. Aug. 19, 1913 d. Sep. 22, 1971
Belmont Memorial Park
Fresno County
California, USA

Wordless Wednesday – new Fleming Photo Album

August 26, 2009
Newly found Fleming photo album!  My cousin Lisa is sending me this album, along with another.  Can't wait!!!

Newly found Fleming photo album! My cousin Lisa is sending me this album, along with another. Can't wait!!!