Friday, April 17, 2015

Upcoming Ohio Genealogical Events

Click here to see a schedule of upcoming classes about Ohio genealogy, sponsored by the Ohio Genealogical Society. Many,but not all, will be held at the OGS Library in Bellville, Ohio.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Henry Schlottag

According to the Ancestral File portion of Family Search, Heinrich Schlottag was born on May 27, 1853, in Pommern, Germany, to Ferdinand and Carolina (Barz) Schlottag. Heinrich eventually changed his name to Henry. Records at Erie County Probate show that Henry Schlottag married Minnie Keil on September 24, 1855.

Henry Schlottag died on April 13, 1898. The April 18, 1898 issue of the Sandusky Morning Star reported that Mr. Schlottag's funeral was at held at St. Stephen's Church, and a large number of family and friends were in attendance. Burial was at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

William Hoffman, 1830-1894

William Hoffman and his wife, the former Elizabeth Ohlemacher, were natives of Germany. By 1880 they were residing in Sandusky, Ohio where Mr. Hoffman worked at a lime kiln. In 1880, the children in the Hoffman home were Dora, age 21, Lizzie, age 15, Willie, age 14, and Phillip, age 9. Daughter Hermine was already married by 1880, to Ernest Heyman. After being injured in an accident, William Hoffman died on April 7, 1894. An obituary which appeared in the April 9, 1894 issue of the Sandusky Register reported that William Hoffman died at the home of his daughter and son in law, James and Lizzie Turney. Sadly, two deaths took place at the James Turney residence within twenty four hours. The mother of James Turney, Mrs. Mary Turney, passed away on April 8, 1894. What a difficult time this must have been for the Turney family, to lose two loved ones at the same time. William Hoffman was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery next to his wife Elizabeth, who had passed away in 1890.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Caroline Buck

Caroline Buck was the daughter of J. and M. Buck. Her tombstone is found in Deyo Cemetery in Erie County. It is quite difficult to read the inscription on Caroline's grave marker, but it appears that Caroline was born in 1878 and died in 1885.

Young Caroline most likely belongs to the family of John Buck, whose family is listed in the 1880 U.S. Census for Erie County. The family members are:

Adults in the family:

John Buck, age 45, occupation farmer,born in Wuerttemberg

Margaret, age 36,
born in Wuerttemberg

Children in the family:

William, age 16, born in Wuerttemberg
Charles, age 13, born in Wuerttemberg
Frederick, age 9, born in Ohio
Mary J., age 8, born in Ohio
John, age 5, born in Ohio
Caroline, age 2, born in Ohio
Christian, age 1, born in Ohio

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: When I Was Young, Part One

Randy, at Genea-Musings, has challenged us with five questions in this week's edition of Saturday Genealogy Fun.  The challenge reads:

1)  Geneablogger Alona Tester has devised a new meme called the "When I Was Young" genea-meme on her blog, LoneTester HQ.

2)  Since the genea-meme is 25 questions, let's do them five at a time.  This week, answer questions 1 to 5.

3)  Share your answers on your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook post or a Google+ post.


Here are my questions and answers:

1)  Do you (or your parents) have any memorabilia from when you were a baby? (ie. baby book, lock of hair, first shoes etc.)

I have my baby book and my first shoes, bronzed.

2)  Do you know if you were named after anyone?

I was named after my maternal grandmother Doris, and her mother, Irene. Put together, they spell Dorene!

3)  And do you know of any other names your parents might have named you?

My mother wanted to name me Timothy, if I had been a boy. My dad said that when his oldest son ran onto to the Ohio State football field, Timothy Orshoski just didn’t sound right! Luckily, my three brothers were interested in sports, as my favorite sport is reading!

4)  What is your earliest memory?

My earliest memory is my parents bringing home baby girl Robin, when I was 4 years old.

5)  Did your parent/s (or older siblings) read, sing or tell stories to you? Do you remember any of these?

My mother and great grandmothers read to me often, but sadly I do not remember it at all. Mom said that when Great Grandma Irene took us to California by train, Gram Irene read Little Golden books to me all the way there.

Thanks for the fun, Randy!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lew J. Griffiths

According to his death record, available at Family Search, Lewis J. Griffiths was born in Warren, Ohio to Benjamin and Jennie (Richard) Griffiths, who were both natives of Wales.  An article in the April 2, 1932 issue of the Sandusky Register indicated that Mr. Griffiths had lived in Sandusky since about 1902, having arrived here in association with the Oscar Cook stock company. While in Sandusky, Lew J. Griffiths was very active in staging several amateur theatricals. He and George J. Lehrer had been in charge of the historical pageant held in Sandusky during the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the Incorporation of the City of Sandusky. On April 2, 1932, Lew J. Griffiths died after a brief illness, at the age of fifty. His obituary in the Register stated that he had been one of "Sandusky's best known men."  Mr. Griffiths was survived by his wife Laura, his mother, his sister, and one son. Funeral services for Lew J. Griffiths were held at Charles J. Andres Sons funeral home, and burial was at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. At the time of his death, Lew J. Griffiths was engaged in planning a revue under the auspices of the Providence Hospital. Sadly, he passed away at Providence Hospital before completion of the production.