Friday, October 20, 2017

M. Catherine Myers

The picture of this  over a century old tombstone was taken at St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. M. Myers was born with the surname Walter, but she married a man with the surname Myers, sometimes spelled Meyers. She was born on November 21, 1863, while the Civil War was still ongoing, and she died as a young woman on October 9, 1888. By browsing through the digitized images of St. Mary's Church records, available at FamilySearch in the collection of church records from the Toledo Diocese, I came across a baptism record of M. Catherine Myers. She was baptized in December of 1863, the daughter of Richard Walter and Marie Anton Walter. I believe the initial M stands for Mary, which was often used as a first name for females baptized in the Catholic faith.

Rest in peace.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mrs. Anne Elizabeth Schmidt, 1806-1878

This beautiful monument in Block 44 of Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery honors the memory of Mrs. Anne Elizabeth Schmidt. According to her interment card, Mrs. Schmidt died of heart disease in October of 1878 at the age of 75. Though the words on the tombstone are very weathered, Anne’s birth year of 1806 is still legible. A death record for Anne/Anna Schmidt indicates that her parents were Conrad and Anna Shildwachter, and she had been born in Germany. A lovely tree adorns the top of Anne’s grave marker.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Jane E. Coan, 1833-1920

According to the book A Genealogical History of the Kelley Family, Jane Elizabeth Coan was the daughter of Daniel Camp and Lydia Frothingham, born in Connecticut on March 26, 1833. Jane's father died when she was only three years of age. Jane's sister Lydia became the husband of Sandusky resident George J. Anderson. In the 1880 U.S. Census, Jane E. Coan was residing with her uncle, Edward Jewett, in Margaretta Township, Erie County, Ohio. In 1900, she was still in Margaretta Township, living with her widowed aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth Jewett. By 1910, Jane E. Coan was listed in the census as a farmer in Margaretta Township, and she was the Head of the Household at that time. In 1920, census records show that Jane E. Coan had moved to Sandusky, Ohio, where she lived with the family of her nephew, George F. Anderson. On May 30, 1920, Jane E. Coan passed away at the age of 87. She lived her life as a maiden lady, often residing in the household of extended family members. Reading between the lines, I think she served as a helper to her family, sharing in their daily lives. Jane Elizabeth Coan was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Ann Atwood, 1800-1874

Ann Atwood's tombstone in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery states that she was born in Welney, England on June 24, 1800. She died in Sandusky, Ohio on May 12, 1874. An inscription on Mrs. Atwood's stone reads:

For his mercy endureth forever

Rest in peace, Ann Atwood.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Greetings from Sandusky

This beautiful mural, painted on the outer wall of Sandusky's State Theatre was recently completed. Our fair city will soon celebrate it Bicentennial. Many of my ancestors were born, or resided in, or frequented the city of Sandusky. To learn more about the history of Sandusky, visit the website of the Sandusky2018. In 2018, there will be many social and historical events to commemorate the city of Sandusky and its rich history!

Henry K. Henkelman, Sandusky Druggost

Mr. Henry K. Henkelman died on October 31, 1931, after having been seriously injured in an accident while he was riding a bicycle on October 22. Henry had been born in Sandusky in 1860, to Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Muller) Henkelman, both natives of Germany. For thirty five years, Henry K. Henkelman worked as a druggist in Sandusky. From about 1904 to 1910, he worked for the Henkelman and Bechberger drugstore which was in business in the Sloane Hotel on the corner of Columbus Avenue and Washington Row. Mr. Henkelman was very active in the Knights of Pythias Lodge, and was a former member of the Sandusky City Council. Henry K. Henkelman was survived by a son, daughter, sister, and two grandchildren. His wife died just a few months before his death. Henry K. Henkelman was buried at Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery. An obituary for Henry K. Henkelman appeared in the November 1, 1931 issue of the Sandusky Register. Below is a picture of the drugstroe of Henkelman and Bechberger in the eatly 1900s.

Image courtesy Sandusky Library/Follett House Museum

Friday, September 29, 2017

Amalie Died Young

This flat tombstone in Block 16 of Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery honors the memory of a child named Amalie. Though very weathered, it looks like a lamb adorns the top portion of her grave marker. Amalie died in September of 1860.  So far I have not been able to determine who her parents were, but most likely they were of German descent, since there are words written in the German language on her tombstone. Rest in peace Amalie!