Friday, February 17, 2012

Mrs. Angelina House

Angelina/Angeline House was born on April 15, 1820 in Bloomingville, to Samuel B. Carpenter (sometimes spelled Carpender), a pioneer physician of the Firelands. The Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958 Collection, available at FamilySearch, indicates that Angeline Carpender married Norris G. House on January 1, 1839 in Erie County, Ohio. Norris G. House was a young child when he traveled with his parents Julius House and Percy Taylor House from Glastonbury, Connecticut to Perkins Township of Erie County, Ohio by oxen train in 1815.

In 1850, Norris and Angeline House were living in Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio, and they had three children: Mary, age 11; Clarissa (sometimes called Clara), age 9; and Emma, age 5. In the 1860 Census, they were still in Perkins Township, with more children: Julia, age 11; Wealthy (sometimes listed as Weltha), age 8; and Lillian, age 2. By 1870, Norris and Angeline House were living in Green Creek Township of Sandusky County, Ohio. By this time, some of the children had married, but Julia and Lillian were still living with their parents. In the 1880 Census, Norris and Angeline House had moved to Lucas County, Ohio. They were living with the family of their married daughter, Mrs. Lilly/Lillian Park, along with Lilly's husband, two children, and Lilly's sister Julia House, age 28. By the time of the 1900 U.S. Census, Angeline House was listed as an 88 year old widow. She was residing with a married daughter, Mrs. Clara Jones, along with Clara's husband and three children.

Angeline Carpenter House died at Lakeside, Ohio on February 12, 1913. Her funeral was held at the home of her nephew Lewis House. Obituaries for Angeline House appeared in the February 13 and February 14, 1913 issues of the Sandusky Register. Burial was in Perkins Cemetery. So far, I have been unable to locate a tombstone for Angeline, though many of her neighbors and friends are also buried there. Mrs. Angeline House was survived by five daughters, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Deyo, Mrs. Clara Louise House Jones, Mrs. Emma House Supner, Miss Julia House, and Mrs. Weltha House Beals. Another daughter, Mrs. Lillian Park/Parke had passed away in 1904.

Angeline lived to age of 94. She lost her parents, her husband, and a daughter before she herself was taken in death. She must have been very adaptable, since she moved often, and made her home with several of her daughters through the years. She began her life as a pioneer resident of the Firelands, and her last days were spent at Lakeside, which was an early Methodist camp meeeting site. I am sure she had many stories to tell, and lots of memories which she kept in her heart.

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