Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wednesday's Child: Gertrude Schenk

According to her death record, at FamilySearch, Gertrude Margurite Schenk was born on January 12, 1915 to Henry and Catherine (Herber) Schenk. She died of pneumonia shortly after her first birthday, on February 12, 1916, and she was laid to rest at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. A dove adorns the tombstone of young Gertrude Schenk.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

William Hall, First Known President of the Charitable Irish Society Founded

Photo by T. Renwand.

On a recent trip to Boston and New York, my nephew took some pictures at the Granary Burying Ground. Above is the tombstone of William Hall, who was a leather dresser by trade. He is also believed to have been the first president of the Charitable Irish Society, founded in Boston in 1737. William Hall died on August 16, 1771, at the age of  75. A head with wings adorns the top of his tombstone. The Old Granary Burying Grounds are on the Irish Heritage Trail in Boston.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: Ohio's First Railroad Marker in Sandusky

This historical marker is located near Battery Park along Sandusky Bay, in Sandusky, Ohio. Ground was broken for the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad here in September of 1835. The introduction of the railroad in northern Ohio provided jobs for local residents, and increased the economy by providing the means to transport goods produced locally, as well as goods that were shipped in to Sandusky via the Great Lakes.. Visit the Mad River and NKP Railroad Museum in Bellevue, Ohio, to learn more about the history of Ohio's railroads!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

George Concklin Beautified the Bogart Cemetery in the 1920s

An article which appeared in the May 30, 1925 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal reported on George Conklin (sometimes spelled Concklin) and how he beautified the Bogart Cemetery in Perkins Township. This cemetery is now in a different location in Perkins, and is known as the Perkins Cemetery. George Concklin saw that the final resting place of several of his family members was in disrepair. He had a new road constructed from the main highway to the cemetery, at a cost of $800. Then he had nine new tombstones placed in the cemetery, and he placed a concrete curb around the family lot. George Conklin, a Civil War veteran, died on November 16, 1935, at the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Home. He was buried in the Bogart Cemetery, which he had helped to improve.

A few years after the death of George Conklin/Conklin, the old Bogart Cemetery had to be moved, because of the U.S. Government purchasing several acres of land in Perkins Township, for the construction of a munitions factory, when America was just on the verge of entering World War Two.

The individuals who moved the cemetery must have recalled George Conklin's efforts, because in the new cemetery, there is a lot with several members of the extended Conklin/Concklin family, fenced in with a low concrete fence.

Thank you for your generosity to the cemetery in Perkins Township, Mr. Conklin!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Samuel Draper of Massachusetts

Photo by T. Renwand.

When my nephew visited Boston recently, he graciously took some pictures of tombstones for me. Above is the tombstone of Samuel Draper, who died on March 21, 1767 at age 30. Samuel Draper is buried the Granary Burying Ground in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Pages 197 and 198 of the book THE DRAPERS IN AMERICA tell a bit about Samuel Draper:

Samuel Draper was the nephew and apprentice of John Draper (10). Soon after he came of age he went into trade with Zachariah Fowle, who stood in much need of a partner like Draper; their connection was mutually advantageous. Fowle had been in business seven years, but had made no progress in the advancement of his fortune. Draper was more enterprising, but had not capital to establish himself as a printer. He was a young man of correct habits and handsome abilities, industrious and a good workman. The connection continued five years, during which they printed three or four volumes of some magnitude; a large edition of "The Youth, Instructor in the English Language;" another of the " Psalter;" also a variety of pamphlets, and Chapman's small " Books and Ballads." They so far succeeded in trade that they kept free of debt, obtained a good livelihood, and increased their stock. Their printing house was in Marlborough Street, at the south corner of Franklin Street, Boston. The articles of co partnership contemplated a continuance of " Fowle & Draper," but the latter's uncle's death and the delicate health of his cousin, Richard Draper, who made liberal proposals to him, caused Draper to leave Fowle, and go into partnership with Richard Draper, where he remained till his death in 1767.

It is amazing to me that well over 200 years since his death as a young man, we can learn that Samuel Draper was "a young man of correct habits and handsome abilities, industrious and a good workman." Stones in cemeteries still tell stories! Thanks to Tony for taking this picture, and thanks to Google Books for helping me learn about this early Massachusetts printer!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Andreas Kromer, 1786-1859

According to St. Marys' Cemetery interment records, Andreas Kromer was born on November 18, 1786, and he died on April 5, 1859. The 1850 U.S. Census lists an Andrew Kromer in Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio. At this time he was aged 63, and stated that his birthplace was in Germany. His wife's name was Margrett. Several other Kromer family members were listed in the household, including: Ferdinand, Charles, Joseph, Andrew, and Elizabeth, ranging in age from 8 to 32. A portion of an 1863 map shows the Kromer family property in Perkins Township. The names of the sons of Andrew Kromer can be seen at the bottom center of this map fragment.

In the early 1940s, the U.S. Government bought land from several Perkins Township farmers, in order to build a munitions factory for the war. This inscription on the back of the tombstone of Andreas/Andrew Kromer states that the Kromer ancestors' tombstones and remains were moved by the U.S. Government in 1941, from their original location on the family plot in Perkins Township to the St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.