Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mrs. Sarah Parish

Mrs. Sarah Parish, the wife of F. D. Parish, died on November 16, 1829 at the age of 29 years. According to Huron County marriage records, Sarah Strong had just married Francis D. Parish on January 18, 1829. How sad for Mr. Parish to lose his wife in their first year of marriage! An inscription at the base of the tombstone of Sarah Parish at Oakland Cemetery reads:

Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

William Augustus Strong, Civil War Officer

William Augustus Strong was born in Groton Township, of what was then Huron County, Ohio, to Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Elderkin Strong. During the Civil War, William A. Strong enlisted in Company E of the 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Though his tombstone and obituary state that he was a Captain, his military record on file at Ancestry Library Edition states that he achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant during his military service in the Civil War.  During the Vicksburg campaign, William Strong suffered a heat stroke, from which he never fully recovered. On April 4, 1898, William A. Strong died in Cook County, Illinois. His remains were returned to Ohio, where he was buried in the Strong's Ridge Cemetery in Huron County, Ohio. This obituary for William A. Strong appeared in the April 11, 1898 issue of the Norwalk Reflector.

Rest in peace William A. Strong.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Jacob Dick, 1842-1923

According to his death certificate, Jacob Dick was born in Germany in 1842 to Jacob Dick and his wife, the former Philippina Schramm. He married Katherine Grill in Bavaria, Germany in 1866. Jacob and his wife emigrated to the United States, and settled in Sandusky, Ohio, where he worked as a foreman at the Gilcher and Schuck lumber company. On November 18, 1923, Jacob Dick passed away after a brief illness. He was survived by his widow and five daughters, Mrs. Adam Denhard of Sandusky, Mrs. Albert Niehaus of Chicago, Mrs. Charles Mealley and Mrs. Fred Snyder of Cleveland, and Mrs. Thomas Linfitt of Grand Forks, North Dakota; and two sons, Jacob Dick of Chicago, and William Dick of Los Angeles; a brother, and twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. An obituary for Jacob Dick appeared in the November 20, 1923 issue of the Sandusky Register. Funeral services were held at the family residence, and burial was at Oakland Cemetery.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

John and Elizabeth Murphy

In the 1880 U.S. Census, John Murphy was residing in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio. He was age 46, and he was a native of Ireland. His wife, Lizzie, was 44 years of age, and they had three children:  Ellen, Peter and Sallie. John was employed at a handle factory. Mrs. Elizabeth/Lizzie Murphy died in 1890. At the time of his death, in November of 1907, John Murphy had moved to Chicago, Illinois. After his death, his remains were returned to Sandusky, Ohio for burial at the St. Joseph Cemetery.  This lovely monument, created by Conrad Keim, was erected by Mrs. Nellie Seger in honor of her parents.  

Friday, October 27, 2017

"Sandusky" by Judge Elisha W. Howland

In 1849, Judge Elisha W. Howland wrote this poem that was read before the Sandusky County Court by Rutherford B. Hayes, then a young attorney, to protest the changing of the name of the town of "Lower Sandusky" to Fremont, in honor of John C. Fremont. Ultimately the name of the Lower Sandusky was changed to Fremont.

Sandusky is the name of a river, a bay, a county, a city, and is included in the name of the community of Upper Sandusky. Because of the many uses of Sandusky as place names, I am quite thankful that Fremont is now known as Fremont, and not Lower Sandusky! This poem appeared on pages 117 and 118 of the book Poems on Ohio, collected and annotated by C.L. Martzloff (Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 1911.) Today the former home of Rutherford B. Hayes is open for tours. The Hayes Presidential Library and Museums is to a wonderful library filled with books about genealogy and local history, as well as a museum and historic home.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Grandpa Joe's Father Went Through Ellis Island Several Times!

Image Courtesy Wikipedia

According to the "hit list" I retrieved when I did a search in Searching Ellis Island in One Step, my great great grandfather, Joseph Orshoski/Josef Orsoczky may have passed through Ellis Island several times between 1893 and 1907. Below are some of the listings at Ellis Island.

In 1893, Josef Orsoczky traveled to Ellis Island, at the age of 33, on the ship Noordland from Antwerp. According to records 22 through 25, as well as numbers 30 and 32, he made the trip across the ocean several more times. My Uncle Wayne once told me that Granda Joe, my great grandfather, had a close relative who came to America, but he missed his homeland of Hungary too much, and he returned there to live. When Great Great Grandpa Josef Orsoczky visited in 1907, did he see my paternal grandfather Steve Orshoski? So many questions I wish I had asked my great grandfather! I am so glad that he stayed in the U.S., and did not return to his homeland like his father! Miss you Grandpa and Grandma!

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.