Thursday, May 17, 2018

Nicholas G. Norris, A Manufacturer of Shoes

According to the book Lineage and Biographies of the Norris Family in America, Nicholas G. Norris was born in Sandwich, New Hampshire, on February 28, 1795, He married Elizabeth "Betsy" Blanchard in 1822. Nicholas G. Norris was a manufacturer of shoes. He moved to Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio about 1850, and he died there on May 14, 1855. Nicholas G. Norris was buried in the Norris family lot at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. The word father is inscribed on the top of his tombstone.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Solome Koehler, 1795-1880

Solome Koehler was born in 1795, and she died on May 13, 1880. She was buried in Block 67 of Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.   At first I was unable to read her name clearly, but when I decreased the brightness of the digital image, the letters in Solome's name were somewhat more legible.

A few more details about Solome Koehler/Salome Koehler are found on Rootsweb. It appears that she was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, and she was survived by three children and some grandchildren. She had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Thank you for the names that were entered into the database of Evangelical obituaries that have been abstracted and loaded onto Rootsweb!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Norman Koegele

According to the book ERIE COUNTY CEMETERY CENSUS BEFORE 1909, Norman Koegele died at the age of two months, on May 7, 1896. He was the son of George C. and Caroline Koegele.  Young Norman Koegele was buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. You can view the interment record for Norman Koegele at FamilySearch. His name is at the bottom of the image.

Even though this child died over one hundred years ago, his name is still visible on his tombstone at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Young Corell Children

At Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery are two tombstones which honor the memory of the children of Ira and Helen Corell, who died very young. Edgar Corell was born on April 7, 1882, and died on July 29, 1882. Edgar's  sister was named Helen, after her mother. 

Helen Corell was born on November 21, 1892, and died on March 14, 1894. An inscription at the base of her stone reads: Asleep in Jesus. Though their lives were brief, I am sure these little ones were loved and cherished by their parents.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Joseph A. Delor, 1851-1887

In the 1880 U.S. Census, Joseph Delor (spelled Dellor in the Census) was age 29, residing in Sandusky, Ohio with his wife and three children. He stated that his parents had both been born in France, and his occupation was gardener.  On April 26, 1887, Joseph A. Delor died at the age of 37. He left behind a wife and four children. Mr. Delor was a member of the Knights of St. John and the St. Patrick's Society. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. Brief obituaries for Joseph Delor appeared in the April 27, April 28, and April 29, 1887 issues of the Sandusky Register.

It appears that the maker of the monument which honors J.A. Delor was Ambrose Lieb. Note the name A. Lieb at the bottom right of the tombstone.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

James E. McCann, Longtime Letter Carrier in Sandusky

James Edward McCann was born in 1871 in Sandusky, Ohio to Mr. and Mrs. Owen McCann, who were both natives of Ireland. James E. McCann worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Post Office in Sandusky for over thirty years. Mr. James E. McCann passed away at Providence Hospital on April 25, 1926, following a lengthy illness. He was survived by his wife and his daughter Mary, who at that time was a college student at the Western Reserve University. Mary McCann would go on to  be the head librarian at the Sandusky Library for several years. James E. McCann was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hungarian Baptism Record from 1834 of a Possible Ancestor

As I was refining a pedigree chart in FamilySearch, a hint popped up. It was a Roman Catholic baptism record from Felsovadasz, Hungary, which I know to be the birthplace of my great grandfather Joseph Orshoski (sometimes spelled a wide variety of other ways!) The infant was named Josephus Orsosski, and he was baptized on March 18, 1834. His father was listed as Joseph Orsosski, and his mother was Anna Kerekes. I am not 100% sure that this is my direct ancestor, but I am reasonably sure he is related to my dad's side of the family. Take notice when a hint pops up in your genealogical research! This infant may be an early member of the Orshoski/Orszacky/Orsosski family, some of whom are pictured below on the occasion of my great grandmother's funeral held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sandusky, Ohio in 1919. She died very young, leaving Grandpa Joe with six young sons.