Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tuesday's Tip: Get to Know the Historic Graves Website

An exciting online project is found at historicgraves.com.  Primarily devoted to gravestones of Ireland and the United Kingdom, the project aims to digitally record and publish historic graveyard surveys and stories. This slideshare presentation tells more about the project:


Once you are at the Historic Graves site, you can do a "family search" under the search tab. You can limit the search by surname, keyword, and by a specific graveyard.

To read even more about the Historic Graves community based project, see:

HistoricGraves 2012: the Project

While I was unable to locate any of my own Irish ancestors at Historic Graves, it was wonderful to be able to see the graves and epitaphs, and learn more about the cemeteries throughout Ireland. I encourage you to take some time exploring this excellent site!

August and Salome Seeger

August (sometimes listed as Augustus) Seeger was born on February 26, 1823 in Bromberg, Posen. His occupation was listed in several Sandusky City Directories as a tallow chandler, or candle manufacturer. He resided on Adams Street in Sandusky, Ohio. According to the records on file at Erie County Probate Court, on April 15, 1858, August Seeger married Salome Traeger. Page 279 of the book SANDUSKY THEN AND NOW, tells us that Salome's maiden name was Salome Krueger. She was born in November, 1820 in Alsace. She first married George Traeger, who died in an accident in 1852.

August Seeger died on July 7, 1886. He was laid to rest at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. Mrs. Salome Seeger passed away on October 3, 1893. Mrs. Seeger was buried next to August Seeger at Oakland Cemetery. She was survived by two children from her first marriage, George Traeger and Mrs. Rosa Traeger Goosman.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Julius House used Hibbard's Family Pills in 1836

In a recent search at the Fulton History website, which features thousands of historical newspapers from the state of New York, I found this fascinating testimonial from my ancestor, Julius House:

Perkins, Huron Co., July 4, 1836

I have used Hibbard’s Family Pills in my family, and do not hesitate to
give them the preference to any we ever used. They are much esteemed
by all who have tried them in our neighborhood.
Julius House

This article is found underneath an advertisement for Hibbard's Pills in the Troy New York Daily Whig newspaper in 1837.  It was amazing to find such a small piece of information about an ancestor of mine who lived in the Firelands area so long, long ago!

Julius House was an early settler to Erie County (then Huron County) and he died in 1871, and was buried in the Perkins Cemetery.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Rev. Frank A.Seidel, Early Lutheran Minister in Sandusky, Ohio

Rev. Frank Anton Seidel was born October 17, 1831 at Koprieben, in Pommerania. He studied at the University of Halle. In 1855, F.A. Seidel was appointed the vicar of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sandusky, Ohio. In 1856, he was called to the pastorate of the congregation. According to a history of Zion Lutheran Church, housed at the Sandusky Library, Rev. Seidel was "a man of fine, energetic Christian character and of splendid mental and oratorical gifts." He was a good leader, and the church had the highest hopes and expectations. In February of 1856, Rev. Seidel became sick, and he died on March 7, 1856. He was laid to rest at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. His flat tombstone is in Block 17 of the cemetery.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Frederick and Catherine Wagner

This lovely monument at Oakland Cemetery honors the memory of Frederick and Catherine (Schmidt) Wagner. In the 1867 and 1876 Sandusky city directories, Fred Wagner is listed as a saloon keeper. His business was on Jackson Street, south of Water Street. In the 1880 U.S. Census, Fred Wagner, age 45, and his wife Kate, age 39, lived in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio. Both stated that their birthplace was Germany. They had a large family, that included:

Fred, age 18
Caroline, age 15
Louisa, age 12
Katie, age 6
Lotta, age 2

Frederick Wagner died in 1881, and he was buried at Oakland Cemetery on June 2, 1881. His cause of death was consumption, which we now know as tuberculosis.

Catherine/Catherina died in 1912, and she was buried at Oakland Cemetery on July 8, 1912.

Rest in peace, Fred and Catherine Wagner.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Puzzle of Anora Tracy/Tracey

In the 1880 U.S. Census, Anora Tracey, age 18, was residing in Perkins Township, Erie County, with my ancestors, Daniel and Johanna Larkins. She was enumerated as their granddaughter.

The only two daughters of Daniel and Johanna that I know of, became Mrs. Patrick Kelly of Elgin, Illinois, and Mrs. Thomas McClain of Bellevue, Ohio. So far I have not tracked down a birth record for Anora Tracey, or any prior marriage of Daniel's two daughters. When Anora Tracey married James Jordan in Erie County, Ohio, in April, 1883, Daniel Larkins signed for her.

By searching creatively on FamilySearch.org, I determined that Anora Tracey was born in Sandusky. This information was listed on the marriage record of Anora's daughter Mary Jordan to Herman Henry in South Bend, Indiana. The St. Joseph County Public Library had an awesome obituary index, where I found a listing for Nora Tracy Jordan, who died in February of 1940. The staff of the St. Joseph County Public Library mailed me two obituaries for Nora Tracy Jordan, which stated that she was indeed born in Sandusky, Ohio. Nora Tracy Jordan was buried in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Mishiwaka, Indiana.

Though I know her place of birth and death, I still cannot figure out if Anora Tracy was truly a biological granddaughter of Daniel and Johanna Larkins, or who her parents were, but I was thrilled to learn more about this elusive female who once made her home in Erie County, Ohio! If I get more details about Anora/Nora, I will share them!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sartorius Monument at St. Mary's Cemetery

The monument honoring the Sartorius family at St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky is very beautiful. The top portion comes to a peak, as in the roof of a house. On the left and right side of the monument are the Greek symbols for Alpha and Omega, which represent the beginning and the end. According to his death certificate, Louis Charles Sartorius was born in Baden, Germany on December 14, 1830, to Anton and Elizabeth (Halt) Sartorius, and his wife's maiden name was Margaret Young. Louis Charles Sartorius died at the age of 93, on March 4, 1924. 

Mrs. Margaret Young Sartorius died on August 11, 1899, at the age of 55.

Sadly, the son of Louis C. and Margaret Sartorius died on May 18, 1902, at the age of 32. He was taken from this earth too soon.

Many other members of the Sartorius family are buried at the St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.