Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ellen Dart, Died at Age 17

Ellen Dart died on January 19, 1846, and she was buried at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Sandusky,Ohio. An inscription on her tombstone reads:

Sacred to the memory of Ellen Dart who departed this life January 19, 1846, who departed this life January 19, 1846. aged 17 years. 

Ellen may have been connected to the Dart family who resided in Margaretta Township in 1850, but to date we do not enough information to know the other members of her family for sure.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Love of Music Runs in Our Family

Recently I ran into this old news article about my maternal grandfather, Steen Parker, playing a piano solo at the old brick church in Perkins Township. The article appeared in the Sandusky Star Journal of February 20, 1922. Sadly, Grandpa Steen died before I was born. I would so loved to have heard him play the piano!

Mom told me stories of how her Great Grandpa Thomas F. Larkins used to play The Sidewalks of New York on the piano for the grandkids, when Mom lived at his home on Shelby Street in Sandusky. Mom grew up to be the volunteer choir director for a children's choir at Grace Lutheran Church in Castalia, Ohio for many years. My brother Paul sang at my wedding, and he had the lead in "Paint Your Wagon" in the school play when he was in high school at Margaretta. Baby sister Kellie played the Sousaphone both in high school and in college! My brother Matt sang at weddings for many, many years. He often was featured as a soloist in the Congregational Church Choir. One of my favorites was You Raise Me Up.

Though I am not so skilled in the field of music, I did take piano lessons for ten years, and I thoroughly enjoyed the High School Band, where I played the alto clarinet. While I do not know so many musical stories about my dad's side of the family, I will never forget him singing I've Been Working on the Railroad, during road trips, or hearing polkas every time I went to visit Grandma Emma Yeager Orshoski on Sunday afternoons in Bay Bridge!

My daughters used to perform in the Show Choir when they were in high school, and I so enjoyed hearing Melanie sing in a choral ensemble during her years at Mount Vernon Nazarene College (now Mount Vernon Nazarene University.) Currently the song I am most enjoying is All God's Creatures God a Place in the Choir, seen here on YouTube. This song reminds me that everyone in a large family, no matter how old or young, or how rich or poor, has something to add! How I miss Mom's stories about the family!

John Kelham, Carpenter

John Kelham was born in England in the early 1820s. By 1860, he was living in Sandusky, Ohio, where he worked as a carpenter. In the 1867 Sandusky City Directory, John Kelham was residing on First Street, in a section of Sandusky known as Camptown. John Kelham died on January 15, 1874. He was buried at Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery. This lovely obelisk with the surname Kelham at its base honors the memory of John Kelham.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Martha M. Steward, Died at the Age of 21

Martha M. Steward (sometimes spelled Stewart) died on January 10, 1858, at the age of 21. She was the daughter of Samuel and Sarah Steward. Martha's stone has a weeping willow on it, which symbolizes mourning. Read more about the Samuel Steward/Stewart family in the HISTORY OF SENECA COUNTY, on pages 1013-1014. Martha M. Steward's final resting place is the St. Paul United Church of Christ Cemetery in Bellevue, Ohio.

Friday, January 6, 2017

"Our Darling"

Fannie Louise Chapman was born on July 4, 1853, to William P. Chapman and his wife Eliza. She died on January 3, 1858, at the age of 4 years, 6 months. The beautiful tombstone which honors the memory of Fannie Chapman features a lamb, above which are the words: "Our Darling." A poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is inscribed at the bottom of Fannie Chapman's tombstone.

Ere Sin could blight or Sorrow fade,
Death came with friendly care;
The opening bud to Heaven conveyed,
And bade it blossom there.

Fannie L. Chapman was buried in the family lot at Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Mystery Monday: Emma's Tombstone at Strong's Ridge Cemetery

This lovely tombstone with a decorative draped cloth and sculpted book honors the memory of Emma, whose surname is unknown. Emma is buried at the Strong's Ridge Cemetery in Huron County, Ohio, near several members of the Nims family. The left hand page of the book reads:

We Miss Her at Home

Rest in peace, Emma.

Friday, December 30, 2016

George and Almira Hoyt, Pioneer Settlers of Perkins Township

The names of George and Almira (nee House) Hoyt are seen above in the 1850 U.S. Census for Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio, along with several of their children. An article which appeared in the January 12, 1894 issue of the Sandusky Register reported that George Hoyt and Almira House were married in Erie County, Ohio in 1834, and they had a total of ten children, five girls and five boys: Philo, Charles, James, William and Isaac; Jemima, Celia, Lucretia, Sarah and Phebe. George Hoyt was born in Franklin County, Vermont in 1808, and he moved to Ohio in 1833. He worked for a time on the Erie Canal in New York. In Huron he worked for Tower Jackson. He resided briefly in Sandusky, before finding employment on the farm of William Bush in Perkins Township. Miss Almira House was born in East Glastonbury, Connecticut in April of 1815. When she was quite young, she traveled with her parents, Lazarus and Hannah House, to Perkins Township in Erie County, Ohio, where her family lived on a farm. Two of the sons of George and Almira Hoyt, Phili and Charles, died before the outbreak of the Civil War. Sadly, William and James Hoyt both died of disease while they were in military service during the Civil War.

Mr. George Hoyt endured long hours of continuous labor on the farm. It is said that he once cut four cords of wood in four hours. "He was an early figure in the early history of Yankee Street, and did his full share in directing and shaping the future destiny of the township." George C. Hoyt died on December 31, 1893. He was buried in the old Perkins Cemetery. (No stone remains for either Mr. and Mrs. George Hoyt in the present Perkins Cemetery.)

Mrs. Almira Hoyt delighted in recalling incidents that took place in her family's journey to Ohio from Connecticut, according to her obituary which appeared in the Sandusky Register of August 11, 1897. She joined the Perkins M.E. Church when she was age 15, and was a member of that church for sixty-seven years. When she was widow, she enjoyed that her children lived nearby. Daughters Mrs. Ewing and Mrs. Minkler lived in Berlin Heights, and Mrs. Hill resided in Florence Township. Mrs. Celia Johnson made her home with her mother. Her son Isaac Hoyt remained devoted to his mother as long as she lived. Almira House Hoyt passed away on August 5, 1897. She was laid to rest in the old Perkins Cemetery. During World War Two, the old Perkins Cemetery, along with several farms, was purchased by the U.S. Government for the construction of a munitions factory, for the war effort. Local residents removed the tombstones and caskets of hundreds of their ancestors to the site of the present Perkins Cemetery.