Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Ohio Death Certificate Index at the Ohio History Connection

A useful index when searching for Ohio death records is the Ohio Death Records Index Search, at the Ohio History Connection. Sometimes there are glitches in spelling or dates or optical scanning errors, and it never hurts to check another source.

Included in this index are:

  • Ohio Department of Health Death Certificates, 1913-1944, 1954-1963
  • Ohio Department of Health Stillborn Death Certificates, 1913-1935, 1942-1953
  • Columbus Board of Health Death Certificates, 1904-1908

The years I find most helpful are from 1954 to 1963 in Ohio, since FamilySearch.org covers mostly death records from 1908 through 1953.

Happy hunting!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

A Tale of Two Sisters

 Pictured at the left is my great grandmother, Lena Piehl Yeager (standing) and her younger sister Bertha. This cropped portion of the picture was from a larger family photo. Grandma Yeager grew up in Ottawa County, but after marrying Andrew Yeager, she resided in the Huron area of Erie County, Ohio. Lena and Andy had seven children. Two children died young, and one child took his own life as an adult. Grandma was very active in the Lutheran Church, sometimes the one in Huron, Ohio, and sometimes at Union Corner's congregation, out in the country. What I remember most about Grandma Yeager is her delicious sugar cookies, and her sweet, quiet demeanor. She was the oldest child of a large family, and she knew well the meaning of hard work, and "making do" when times were tough. At the time of her death in 1978, at the age of 97, Grandma Yeager was survived by two daughters, twelve grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and 16 great great grandchildren. She was beloved by her entire family!

Lena's younger sister Bertha was born in 1891, and died in 1933. She used to help her parents get ready for the big family reunions held at the farm in Ottawa County. In 1929, Bertha Piehl married Fritz Lassen. They welcomed baby Marcus Lassen in 1930. Sadly, in 1933, Bertha Piehl Lassen died of uremic poisoning. At the time of her death, she was expecting a baby, who died as well. Bertha was survived by her husband and young son. Marcus had developmental delays, and as an adult, he lived at the Lutheran Home of Mercy in Williston, Ohio.

Though these dear women had the same parents, and grew up on the same family farm, they had such very different lives. I am fortunate to call them both my ancestors. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Three Nolan Sisters

This lovely monument at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio honors the memory of three sisters, all daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Malachi Nolan. Margaret Nolan and Ann Nolan worked together in the real estate and insurance business in Sandusky for several years. Ann Nolan died on September 25, 1947.  Her sister, Mrs. Katherine Nolan McKenna also passed away in 1947, just after Christmas on December 28, 1947. Miss Margaret Nolan lived until 1955. Margaret died at an extended care facility in Fitchville, Ohio on June 26, 1955. For ten years, Margaret served as jury commissioner of the Erie County Common Pleas Court in the 1940s and 1950s.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Mrs. Caroline Graul, 1830-1873


Caroline, the wife of George Graul, was born in Germany on October 17, 1830. She died on December 15, 1873. She was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. An inscription at the base of Caroline's tombstone reads:

This woman was full of good works and alms deeds which she did. Acts 9:30

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

John Blanchard Norris, 1828-1856

John Blanchard Norris was born in New Hampshire in 1828 to Nicholas and Elizabeth (Blanchard) Norris. By 1850, he was residing in Erie County, Ohio. An advertisement from the February 20, 1856 issue of the Sandusky Register states that J.B. Norris and G.L. Peck were partners in a produce and commission business in Sandusky and Springfield.

John Blanchard Norris died on March 24, 1856 as a young man. He was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Sarah Sprague Alvord, 1837-1864

Sophia Sprague was born on May 28, 1837 to Nehemiah and Sophia Sprague. When she was young Sophia's father died. Mrs. Sprague and several of the children moved to Ohio. In 1862, Sophia Sprague married Frederick W. Alvord. Sadly, Sophia Sprague Alvord died on October 6, 1864. She was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. Mr. Frederick W Alvord married the sister of Sophia, Caroline Sprague. Mr. Alvord and his second wife went on to have three children.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Henry Beatty, M.D.

According to his death record, Henry Browning Beatty was born in Queensland, Ireland in 1861 (though his tombstone reads 1859.) His parents were Henry and Mary Beatty. After emigrating to the United States, Henry B. Beatty graduated from Cincinnati Medical College. Dr. Beatty was associated with the hospital at the workhouse in Cincinnati, Ohio. Later he assisted in the yellow fever epidemic in Florida, where many physicians and others lost their lives. About 1891 Dr. Henry B. Beatty moved to Sandusky, where he established a medical practice. He was the doctor for many different local companies, including the Lake Shore Electric Railway. He was the fleet surgeon for the Sandusky Yacht Club as well. On June 19, 1924, Dr. Henry B. Beatty died following a lengthy illness. He was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. You can read more about Dr. Beatty in the June 19, 1924 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal, and the June 20, 1924 issue of the Sandusky Register.