David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Edmund S. Ensey

While visiting the cemetery last Friday, I discovered this very striking and unusual monument and I thought it would be an interesting one to investigate and share.
It is the gravesite of Edmund S. Ensey.  1868-1915.  The circular inscription for the "Woodmen of the World" appears at the top of the stone.
According to the 1880 US Census, Edmund was living in Dayton, Montgomery, County, Ohio with his parents, Abram and Harriet Ensey and his brother, Elmer.  His father was a wagon maker.
He appears in the 1900 census where he is now the Chief Tipto of the 3rd Cavalry at Fort Meyer, Virginia. According to the record, he listed his address as Main Street, Dayton, Ohio.  At that time, he had been married for 8 years.
Upon locating Edmund's death certificate, I discovered that he had been born to Abraham Ensley and Harriet Hines on 23 January, 1868.  He had passed away from a cerbral hemorrhage at the age of 47 on 28 August, 1915.  His death occured while he was at Fort Moultrie Army Post, South Carolina.  His listed occupation was "Musician" and "Soldier".  He had enlisted in the Army several times, but had also worked as a brass moulder in Dayton.
I haven't looked any farther into his life, but according to the stone, he had children. I'm sure some of his descendants are still in this area. I wonder if I know any of them?
He was laid to rest in David's Cemetery, Van Buren Township, (now Kettering) Montgomery County, Ohio, where I "met" him on May 29, 2010. 


  1. I like this style of monument - tombstone from stone look.

  2. I had a post about a month ago of a Woodman of the World tombstone. I was alerted to them by a blog on GYR. Now, I am always on the look-out for them. Thanks for adding this one.

  3. As usual ... terrific post. In case I have not mentioned this before, you have a wonderful eye for composition. Will have to 'be on the look out' for Woodman of the World; in fact, I believe I passed by one in the Antigo Cemetery last week-end. Will have to revisit this week-end for next week's Tombstone Tuesday.


  4. Thank you! It really has me interested as well. I think I may have to start a new collection of Woodmen of the World tombstone photos.

  5. Audrey Shields HancockJuly 8, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    From my ENSEY (not ENSLEY) research, this is Edmund Starke Ensey, born 23 January 1868 Montgomery County, Ohio. In 1900 Census he was the 32y old Chief Trumpeter (Musician) with the 3rd Cavalry at Fort Myer Army Post, Alexandria County, Virginia, USA. His home was given as Main Street in Dayton, Ohio; married for 8 years (wife not named, but appears to have been the Nannie Elizabeth Ensey who died 1 April 1939 and buried at David's Cemetery, Montgomery County, OH in the same Section 1, Lot 154E as Edmund.) His father was Abraham "Abram" Ensey, the wagonmaker, and mother is found as Harrietta "Harriet" Hines/Himes. He died from Cerebral Hemorrhage / Apoplexy at 47y 7m 5d He was grandson of another Abraham Ensey, the farmer, (brother of my ancestress, Martha nee Ensey Prugh) and his wife Susan. He is g-gs/o John Ensey and wife Elizabeth. John Ensey (surname may also have the variant Hensey) appears to have been born in Maryland. Research of the ENSEY FAMILY continues.

    May I have permission to copy this photo to my family files, to Find-a-Grave, and to my Ancestry.com account? I would credit you as the the photographer of this beautiful photo.