Monday, July 21, 2014

Azuba Hoyt Pettibone, 1816-1907














According to her death record, Azuba Hoyt was born in Onondaga County, New York. Her first husband was William Latta Turney. William L. Turney died in California after going on an ocean voyage making a delivery of goods. In 1850, Azuba Hoyt Turney was listed in the census with three young daughters between the ages of 6 and 12. After her husband's death, Azuba married again, to a Mr. Pettibone. She lived for a time in Wisconsin. After becoming a widow for the second time, Azuba Hoyt Pettibone spent her last years in Sandusky, Ohio, where she resided with her daughter Mary, and her son-in-law Charles E. Cooke. Azuaba Hoty Pettibone died on July 21, 1907, and she was laid to rest at Oakland Cemetery. Azuba H. Pettibone showed  courage when faced with loss,and she lived a rich, long life. You can read more about the Azuba and her extended family in the biographical sketch of her son-in-law, Charles E. Cooke, on page 521 of volume two of  A STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO, by Hewson L. Peeke.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Memorial to Marian "Clover" Adams at Rock Creek Cemetery

Photograph by T. Renwand























My nephew recently took these photographs of the monument honoring the memory of Marian “Clover” Adams, the wife of historian Henry Adams.  Marian Adams was the daughter of Robert W. Hooper and his wife, the former Ellen Sturgis. Marian Hooper married Henry Adams in 1872. The couple moved to Washington D.C. in 1877, where Marian became a popular hostess. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, their home on H Street, across from Lafayette Park and the White House, became a center for the intellectual, artistic, and political elite of the city. After the death of her father, Marian “Clover” Adams became depressed. She took her own life on December 6, 1885. Henry Adams commissioned sculptor AugustusSaint-Gaudens to create a memorial for his wife.  The memorial, in Rock Creek Cemetery, was named The Mystery of the Hereafter and The Peace of God that Passeth Understanding by Saint-Gaudens, but it is commonly known as Grief. To read more about Marian “Clover” Adams, see the website of the Massachusetts Historical Society. The book FIVE OF HEARTS, by Patricia O’Toole (Clarkson Potter, 1990) provides an intimate look at the friendship between Henry and Marian Adams, John and Clara Hay, and geologist Clarence King.

Photograpgh by T. Renwand























Photo credit: Thank you to my nephew Tony for taking this photograph.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Charley W. Toft

Charley W. Toft was born on September 10, 1876, and died on July 24, 1903, while still a very young man. Charley was the son of Christ Toft who lived on Pearl Street in Sandusky. The Sandusky Register of July 26, 1903 reported that Charles Toft's funeral was held first at the family home, and later at Zion Lutheran Church, with Rev. Theodore Stellhorn conducting the services. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery. At the base of the tombstone of Charles Toft are the words "At Rest."

Another Erie County resident, from the Perkins Township area, was also named Christian Toft. Christian Toft and his wife had a thriving dairy business. Today, Toft's dairy products are still known and enjoyed all across North Central Ohio.

Friday, July 11, 2014

William S. and Mary M. Beebe


William S. Beebe and Mary M. (Covell) Beebe were both born to pioneer settlers of Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio. They were married in Perkins Township on January 19, 1871.

In the 1880 U.S. Census, William S. Beebe stated that his occupation was farmer. His wife Mary as a housekeeper, and they had two children, Jennie, age 7, and an infant son named George. William S. Beebe died on November 11, 1906. He was buried in Perkins Cemetery in Erie County, Ohio. Mrs. Mary M. Beebe died on July 11, 1926. She was buried next to her husband in the Perkins Cemetery.






Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Civil War Encampment to be held in August, 2014 at Ohio Veterans Home






















A Civil War Encampment will be held at the Ohio Veterans Home on August 23 and August 24, 2014. My family and I attended this event in 2012 and 2013, and it is wonderful! My grandchildren learned about American history in a very "hands on" way. Here are some of the highlights which will be taking place:

Free event featuring Civil War era music, military encampment, drills, artillery, and skirmish demonstrations, and speakers on Civil War topics including the Confederate attempt to free prisoners at Johnson's Island Civil War Prison. Tours of the Ohio Veterans Home Museum will also be available with special displays of Civil War memorabilia.

An article in the Sandusky Register reported that in conjunction with the Civil War Encampment, a concert by the 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regimental Band will be performed at the State Theatre on August 23rd. The fee will be $5.00 per person.

If you live close enough to attend this event, it is educational, interesting, and a lot of fun!



















Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sentimental Sunday: Historic Plaques at St. Mary's Church in Sandusky























St. Mary's Catholic Church is located at 429 Central Avenue in Sandusky, Ohio. While it was originally the parish where most Catholics of German descent belonged, when my great grandmother, a native of Hungary, passed away in 1919, her funeral was held at St. Mary's Church. This marker provides a brief history of the church.


















The reverse side of the marker tells us details about the church's architect, F.G. Himpler.





















Built of limestone, St. Mary's Church has been active in Sandusky for several decades. Click here to see excerpts from the St. Mary's Parish Quarterly from July, 1922.


Charles Glover and Ellen Glover Boor

The 1882 Sandusky City Directory lists Charles Glover as a dry goods merchant. Both his residence and business were located on Hancock Street. Though the tombstone reads that Charles Glover died in 1883, the Sandusky Register of September 29, 1884 indicates that Mr. Glover passed away on September 27, 1884. He was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. Mrs. Ellen "Nellie" Glover wed William Boor on October 15, 1891, according to Erie County Probate Court records. Mrs. Nellie Boor died on March 30, 1904. Details from the will of Ellen "Nellie" Glover Boor were discussed in the Sandusky Star on April 2, 1904. Mrs. Boor requested that the remains of her first husband, Charles Glover, be re-interred in a vault along with her remains, and that a joint monument be erected at Oakland Cemetery. She left portions of her estate to two individuals in Sandusky, and a portion to Trinity Methodist Church. The monument which honors the memory of Charles Glover and Ellen Glover Boor is adorned with a wreath and two flowers. Though over a century old, the majestic Glover-Boor monument is still very legible.