Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mrs. Emma Marsh Sadler, 1849-1930

Mrs. Emma L. Marsh Sadler was born in 1849 to George A. and Caroline Marsh. Emma's father was a pioneer plaster merchant in Ohio. In 1877, Emma L. Marsh married Charles Webb Sadler, the only child of Judge E.B. Sadler.  The wedding ceremony was officiated by Rev. E. Jay Cooke.

According to the Sandusky Star Journal of October 21, 1930, Mrs. Emma Marsh Sadler passed away on October 18, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Samuel Stanton, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Funeral services were held at the home of another daughter, Mrs. J. Frank Donahue, in Sandusky, Ohio, and burial was at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. At the time of her death, Mrs. Emma Marsh Sadler's son, C. Webb Sadler, was serving as Sandusky's City Manager.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Townsend Pitt Cooke and Henry Dell Cooke

In the eastern part of Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery is this simple cross monument, which honors the memory of Townsend Pitt Cooke and Henry Dell Cooke. These two men were sons of Pitt Cooke and Mary Elizabeth Townsend Cooke. Townsend Pitt Cooke was born in 1845. His occupation was bookkeeper at the Sloane House Hotel. He died on January 7, 1914 from heart disease. An article in the Van Wert Daily Bulletin, of January 8, 1914, stated that T. Pitt Cooke had been the favorite nephew of Jay Cooke, Civil War financier.

Henry Dell Cooke was born in 1850, and he died at the age of 71 on October 16, 1922, at the home of sister Mary E. Cooke on Wayne Street. H. Dell Cooke had been very active in Grace Episcopal Church, as a vestryman, Sunday School teacher, and choir member. He was a well respected real estate agent. This tribute from the obituary of H. Dell Cooke, which appeared in the  October 17, 1922 issue of the Sandusky Register stated: "Those who knew him the best, his friends and business associates, admired him for those rugged qualities of truth and honor which mark the Christian gentleman, and which were in such rare measure his."

As you view the Cooke monument from the back of the cross, you can clearly see Route 250 in Sandusky, which is the main route to Cedar Point, a very popular amusement park.

T. Pitt and H. Dell Cooke have roots going back to some of the earliest residents of the Firelands. Their paternal grandfather was Eleutheros Coooke, Sandusky's first lawyer, and their maternal grandfather was a prominent Sandusky businessman, William T. Townsend.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: October 11, 2014

Randy, at GeneaMusings, has given us this challenge for this week's edition of Saturday Night Genealogy Fun:

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

What day of the week was your Grandfather born (either one)? Tell us how you found out.

2) What has happened in recorded history on your Grandfather's birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.

3)  What famous people have been born on your Grandfather's birth date?  Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.

4)  Put your responses in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

My maternal grandfather was Steen Leroy Parker.

Here are some facts about him:

  •  My grandfather, Steen L. Parker, was born on January 30, 1905, which was a Monday.  (I learned this at His birth date was listed at FamilySearch, in the  Ohio Births and Christenings database. (His name there was listed as Leroy Steen Parker, but he was always known as Steen Leroy Parker.)
  • A few things that took place on January 30 were:

On January 30, 1847 - The town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco. 
On January 30, 1862 - The U.S. Navy's first ironclad warship, the "Monitor", was launched. 
On January 30, 1894 - C.B. King received a patent for the pneumatic hammer. 
On January 30, 1933 - "The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the first time.
On January 30, 2002 - Japan's last coal mine was closed.
(These facts were learned at )

  •       Famous people born on January 30 include:
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Dick Cheney
Phil Collins
Christian Bale
Gene Hackman

(These names were listed at: )

Etta Couch

Family Search Labs features a database of Ohio Death Records from 1908 through 1953. In this database is found the death certificate of Etta May Couch. Etta was the daughter of Jacob and Sarah Martin Somers, having been born on April 17, 1882. Etta married Adin Basil Couch, and at the time of her death she and her husband were living in Cleveland, Ohio. Mrs. Etta May Couch passed away on October 25, 1918, and she is buried in the Sand Hill Cemetery.

The cause of death for Etta May Couch was bronchopneumonia, complicated by influenza. During the year of 1918, while the United States was at war, an influenza epidemic was claiming the lives of thousands of Americans.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sentimental Sunday: Marker Honoring Michigan's German Settlers

While several of my ancestors of German descent settled in the state of Ohio, recently I took a brief trip to the delightful town of Frankenmuth, Michigan, which is also rich in German heritage. In Frankenmuth, you can find German food and attire, visit the Frankenmuth Historical Museum, and have a terrific chicken dinner! Read more about "Michigan's Little Bavaria" at the site of the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, October 3, 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

Shelley from A Sense of Family has selected the Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay to be awarded the "One Lovely Blog Award." Thanks so much Shelley! To be honest, I have not been blogging as much as usual this past year, due to going to work full time. But I still enjoy genealogy, and local history, and cemetery blogs very much! Here are the guidelines for the One Lovely Blog Award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3. Name 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of).
4. Contact those bloggers to let them know you've tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award.
Here are seven things about myself.
1. I am the oldest of six children.
2. Often I talk with my hands.
3. From grades 2 to 12, I was a member of the Girl Scouts.
4. My first dog was named Rusty, a cocker spaniel.
5. My young grandsons often accompany me to my trips to the cemetery.
6. I have worked in libraries since I was age 18, with a few years off when my kids were little.
7. When I was little, I asked my parents to tell me about "the olden days."

Here are the blogs that I have tagged for the One Lovely Blog Award:

Check out these blogs that I truly do admire, and thanks again to Shelley!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Mrs. Rhoda Griffith Moss

Joseph Moss had this monument placed at Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio, after the death of his wife on September 28, 1851. The side of the monument which faces south reads "Our Mother." A lengthy inscription is found on the side of the monument that faces north. Not all the words are legible.

 The words which I could decipher read:

Erected by 
Joseph Moss
To the memory of
His Wife
Who Died
September 28, 1851

Her children arise up and
call her blessed.

According to the book PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF SANILAC COUNTY, Joseph Moss was born on September 8, 1775. His wife was the former Rhoda Griffith, born on July 28, 1780. Joseph and Rhoda (Griffith) Moss had a large family. The sons all had successful business careers. While visiting family in Sandusky, Ohio, Rhoda Moss died on September 28,1851. Her husband died in Marshall, Michigan on October 28, 1856. The lovely monument in memory of Rhoda Griffith Moss stands as a testament to the love her family had for her. More details about the family of Joseph and Rhoda Moss can be found at FamilySearch.

(Note: While the tombstone of Mrs. Moss indicates she died on September 28, 1851, some sources list her death date as September 29, 1851.)