Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Plat Map of Perkins Township, Erie County,Ohio from the 1920s

A wide variety of historical maps is found at the website of the Erie County Auditor. Above is a portion of a 1920s era map of Perkins Township. My great grandfather Leroy J. Parker's name is listed at the corner of Taylor Road and Columbus Avenue, above the words "Acre 8." The name of my  great great grandfather, Charles Steen, can be seen at the top of this map, opposite his father-in-law's name, Henry Milner (number 16.) The full map can be seen at this link. When you look at the full map, you can see Oakland Cemetery, the Erie County Infirmary, and dozens of land owners who lived in Perkins Township in the 1920s. When you see the listing below, each link takes you to another menu of more maps. Take some time to investigate this interesting collections of historical maps! It helps you learn more about where your ancestors may have lived, and who their neighbors were. My mother told me time and again, that in the 1940s, in Perkins Township, neighbors were almost like family, as the farmers shared equipment, went to church and Grange together, and shared deeply in the joys and sorrows of everyday life in a rural setting.

Zilpha Vandercook, Died in 1848

Zilpha Vandercook was the daughter of L. and E. Vandercook. She died on February 10, 1848, at the age of 4 years and 6 months. She was buried at the Strong's Ridge Cemetery in Lyme Township, Huron County, Ohio.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Mrs. Barbara Schoepflin, 1844-1919

Mrs. Barbara Schoepflin, the widow of Henry Schoepflin, died on February 8, 1919. She was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. The eight-sided stone reads "Our Mother" at the top of the stone, and "Gone but not forgotten" at the bottom of the stone. Mrs. Schoepflin had been born in Germany, and was a pioneer resident of Sandusky. An obituary which appeared in the Sandusky Register of February 9, 1919, reported that she was survived by four daughters, three sons, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

John Seibel, A Native of Bavaria

According to Sandusky Then and Now, John Seibel was born on February 12, 1820 in Hauenstein, Rhenish, Bavaria, Germany.  In 1851 he married Margaret Bieck. That same year he emigrated to the United States, and settled in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio. In the 1880 U.S. Census, John Seibel and his wife were residing in Sandusky, Ohio, and he listed his occupation as Grocer. In 1880 the Seibels had a large family of seven children. John Seibel died of blood poisoning on February 4, 1884. He was buried in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Catharine Sexton, Wife of Henry Sexton

According to marriage records at Erie County Probate Court, Catharine Bennett married Henry Sexton on Christmas Day in 1851. Sadly, Mrs. Catharine Sexton died on February 2, 1853, at the age of 28 years and 2 months. This touching inscription is found at the base of Catharine's tombstone at Perkins Cemetery, Erie County, Ohio:

How vain is all beneath the skies
How transient every earthly bliss
How slender all the fondest ties
That bind us to a world like this

Though some of the words have been worn away after all the years of exposure to the elements, a quick Google search helped me track down the inscription, which was found in a book of spiritual songs and poems.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Daniel T. Larkins, 1838-1905

According to U.S. Census records, Daniel T. Larkins was born in the state of Vermont in 1838. In 1870 Daniel Larkins and his wife Bridget resided in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio, with their children Mary and James. Mr. Larkins was employed at the spoke factory. Son Daniel P. Larkins was born in 1872.  In the 1880 U.S. Census, the Daniel Larkins family was living on Jefferson Street in Sandusky, and Daniel, the father, was employed as a gas fitter. Both of his parents were listed as natives of Ireland. According to an article from the February 1, 1905 issue of the Sandusky Register, Daniel T. Larkins died at his home at 606 Pearl Street on January 31, 1905, after a lengthy illness. He was 66 years old. Mr. Larkins left behind his wife and one daughter, Mrs. John Powers, and two sons, James Larkins, engineer on the Big Four, and Daniel P. Larkins, a steam fitter. His funeral was held at Holy Angels Church and burial was at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. I am not positive if this Larkins family is connected with my Larkins line, but both lines were of Irish Catholic descent, and had family members employed in the railroad, and all attended Holy Angels Church. Many, many members of both lines of these Larkins families are buried at St. Joseph Cemetery. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Vintage Pictures of Grandpa Steen Parker and His Brothers

Tonight we had a family get-together, and my Aunt Pat on my Mom's side shared some pictures with us, that she allowed me to scan. What fun! Below are some pictures of my maternal grandfather, Steen Leroy Parker. He is just an infant in this one, taken about 1908 at the Bishop studio.

Grandpa Steen Parker is a toddler in this picture, taken at the Bishop studio about 1910.

Steen is pictured here with his older brother Glenn Parker, and his younger brother Paul Parker. Baby Janet had not been born yet.

Thanks so much for sharing these treasures Aunt Pat!!