Saturday, September 13, 2014

"Day for Genealogists" Scheduled at Sandusky Library on September 20, 2014

The Sandusky History blog just announced that a "Day for Genealogists" will be held at the Sandusky Library on Saturday, September 20. 2014. The morning session, from 10:30 to Noon, will feature a session on researching your family tree. After the lunch break, from 1 to 5 p.m., an the library will be open to genealogists. Researchers can use the library's computers, or browse through hundreds of local and family history books and microfilmed records. Join us for a fun day!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Harmon Wilcox and Maria Mabel Hubbard Wilcox

Harmon Wilcox was born in Connecticut on September 17, 1800. His wife Maria Mabel Hubbard was born in Connecticut on February 17, 1806. By the 1830s, according to Ohio tax records, Harmon Wilcox was residing in Morgan Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio. In the 1860 U.S. Census, H. Wilcox was living in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio, along with his wife and two members of the Hubbard family. On August 29, 1867, Harmon Wilcox died, and was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. By the time of the 1880 U.S. Census, Maria Mabel Hubbard Wilcox was listed as M.M. Wilcox in the census. She was residing with her son, Sandusky businessman Rollin M. Wilcox. Maria Mabel Hubbard Wilcox died on September 12, 1893. She was buried next to her husband in the family lot at Oakland Cemetery.

To read more about the Hubbard family, see the book ONE THOUSAND YEARS OF HUBBARD HISTORY,  866 TO 1895, available at the Internet Archive. (Maria is mentioned on page 297.)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mrs. Georgiana Holcombe Hubbard, 1826-1916

Miss Georgiana Hubbard was born in Connecticut on July 18, 1826, to Daniel B. Holcombe and Sarah Case Holcombe. In September of 1846, Georgiana Hubbard married Watson Hubbard, a man who would eventually have large interests in the lumber business, both in Michigan and in Ohio. In 1867, Watson and Georgiana Hubbard were residing in Sandusky, at the northwest corner of Wayne and Jefferson Streets. Three children were born to Watson and Georgiana Hubbard, but two died in childhood, Georgiana and Franklin Hubbard. Elizabeth Hubbard, the daughter of Watson and Georgiana Hubbard, survived to adulthood, and she became the wife of Jay Caldwell Butler. Watson Hubbard passed away in 1907. Mrs. Georgiana Holcombe Hubbard lived to be ninety years of age. She died in Sandusky, Ohio on September 10, 1916, at her home at 429 Wayne Street. A lengthy obituary for Georgiana Hubbard was featured in the September 11, 1916 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal, written by one who knew her well. The author of the tribute had the initials J.H.L.D. (Most likely this was Jennie Livingston Hubbard Denig.) The obituary read in part:

"The death of Georgiana Holcombe Hubbard on September 10, 1916, removes from our midst a beautiful character - fearless, unselfish, generous and dignified. In her we felt we could depend; she would be ever the true friend and wise counsellor, for she embodied the graces of common sense, discretion, true perception, discrimination, straightforwardness and right judgment. Her brain and body and spirit were perfectly balanced and splendidly co-ordinate. She possessed a remarkable and accurate knowledge of the world's history and her logical mind loved to trace the influence of the past on current events, with which she was always well informed. Her mind did not age with her body. ...Mrs. Hubbard had a tender heart and open hand for those distressed and needing help. She gave freely and without ostentation. Not even those nearest her always knew!"

Mrs. Georgiana Holcombe Hubbard was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church. Funeral services for Mrs. Hubbard were held at the family residence on Wayne Street. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Confida Textor

The Oakland Cemetery interment card for Confida Textor indicates that she died from a fever, at the age of two years and three months. Though the month of April was listed, the year of her death was not recorded. A search of birth, death, and census records yielded no results. Several other Textor family members are buried in Block 59 at Oakland Cemetery, but little Confida was buried in Block 59. Today, no stone remains at Oakland Cemetery for Confida.

Confida appears to be a feminine name based on the root word of confide. A quick search at Ancestry Library Edition for individuals with the first name of Confida showed several females of Italian descent, and one member of a religious order named Sister Confida.

Three separate Textor families appear on page 207 of SANDUSKY EINST UND JETZT, a book which chronicles the early German settlers in Sandusky, Ohio, and is accessible at Google Books.

Mostly likely Confida Textor was the daughter or granddaughter of one these early Textor residents of Sandusky. The little girl with the beautiful name remains a mystery. May she rest in peace.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Edward Slackford, 1823-1875

This flat tombstone, which honors the memory of Edward Slackford, is found in Block 55 of Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. According to Church of England records, found at Family Search, Edward Slackford was born on March 22, 1823 to Thomas and Ann (Sinnock) Slackford. He was christened in the Church of England in Playford, Suffolk County, England on April 27, 1823.

In the 1870 U.S. Census for Erie County, Ohio, Edward Slackford and his wife Ann were residing in Sandusky, Ohio. They have a large family in their household:

Edward, age 22
Thomas, age 16
Hattie, age 11
Clara, age 8
George, age 5
Kate, age 3

Edward Slackford, the father, was 47 years old in 1870, and both he and his son named Edward both listed their occupation as sailor. Edward Slackford died on September 2, 1875, and he was buried at Oakland Cemetery on September 5, 1875.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Gram Irene's friend Millie Corea

My mom, Joyce Parker Orshoski, always told me that her maternal grandmother, whom I knew as "Gram Irene," had two dear friends named Millie. Millie Corea had black hair, and Millie Murphy had red hair. Pictured above is Millie Corea with her husband Anthony "Tony" Corea. All I knew about Millie Corea was that she lived in California, and she was a good friend of Gram Irene. I decided to try to learn more about black haired Millie. In Family Search, I quickly found a marriage record for Anthony Corea and Mildred Jane Turner.

Anthony John Corea, age 27, a native of Italy, married Mildred Jane Turner, age 36, and born in Ohio; in Los Angeles, California, on October 31, 1958. The couple stated that it was a second marriage for both of them. Anthony's occupation was shoe repairer, and  Mildred stated that she was a saleslady. Anthony's parents were: Alexander Corea and Pasqualina D'Anglo. Mildred's parents were: David Turner and Rebecca Elmas.

Having determined the names of Millie's parents, I decided to try to locate her in the census. In 1920, Mildred Turner, age 9, was residing in Richland County, Ohio, with her parents, David and Rebecca Turner, along with her younger brothers Jack and Maxie Turner. By the year 1930, Mildred Turner, age 19, was living in Cleveland, Ohio, with just her mother, Rebecca Turner, and younger brother Jack. Millie's father and youngest brother were no longer listed with the family unit.

My great grandmother, Irene Larkins Risko, passed away in 1961. After her death, Millie and Tony faithfully sent a Christmas card to our family in Ohio, from sunny California. Mom said that Millie had been brought up in the Jewish faith, but she also celebrated Christmas. In 1964, Millie came to Ohio to visit family and friends. Here is a picture of her taken at the Cleveland Airport.

Though I never knew Millie Corea very well, I always thought she was quite beautiful and sophisticated. I am not sure how my great grandmother met her, and how she happened to fall in love with a man from California. According the the California Death Index, Mildred Corea, born November 30, 1910, died in Los Angeles County, California, on August 29, 1993. Records at FindaGrave indicate that she was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles County, California. Millie Corea is still somewhat of a mystery lady, but I am very glad she was such a dear friend to Gram Irene.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

George Jacob and Elizabeth Lutz Schweitzer

This beautiful monument at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery honors the memory of George Jacob Schweitzer and his wife Elizabeth (Lutz) Schweitzer. According to Sandusky Einst und Jetzt, George Jacob Schweiter was born in Bayern, Germany on March 1, 1819. He came to the United States in 1847.

 In November, 1854, George Jacob Schweitzer married Elizabeth Lutz, who was born in Hesse, Germany in 1835. On the marriage record at Erie County Probate Court,  Mr. Schweitzer listed his first name as Jacob.

In the 1880 U.S. Census, Jacob Schweitzer was listed as a laborer, age 61. His wife Elizabeth was age 44. They had two children, Elizabeth, age 22; and Amelia, age, 20. The family was residing in Sandusky, Ohio on Adams Street. On April 13, 1896, George Jacob Schweitzer passed away. Mrs. Elizabeth Lutz Schweitzer died on September 2, 1912. Mrs. Schweitzer was survived by two daughters at the time of her death.