Saturday, July 15, 2017

Edwin and Jane Penny Monument at Maple Grove Cemetery


































This beautiful white zinc monument at Maple Grove Cemetery in Vermilion, Ohio honors the memory of Edwin A. Penny and his wife, the former Jane M. Baker. According to Hewson Peeke's A STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO (Lewis Publishing Co., 1916), Edwin was born near Maumee, Ohio on January 28, 1834, the son of Asher and Caroline Penny. Edwin settled in Berlin Township, Erie County Ohio, where he farmed on ninety-six acres of land. Sadly, Edwin A. Penny died on August 3, 1843, in his 48th year.



















A poem honors the memory of Edwin A. Penny.



















The poem reads:

Thy dust, dear husband
Slumbers here;
Tis to thy wife a sacred spot;
I'll drop upon thy grave a year,
Nor shall thy tomb be e're forgot.
Thy love shall in my memory dwell,
Thy kindness in my heart abide,
Thy virtue bright my tongue shall tell
Till I shall slumber by thy side.

Mrs. Jane Baker Penny died in 1917.



















An unbroken chain adorns one panel of the Penny monument, symbolizing loss.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Charles H. Ransom, Margaretta Farmer





















Charles H. Ransom was born in New London County, Connecticut in 1821. As a young person, he moved with his family to Erie County, Ohio. His father died in 1840. Charles H. Ransom was educated in Sandusky, but he was engaged in farming in Margaretta Township, Erie County, Ohio. You can see his name listed in Section 4 in this portion of the Margaretta Township map from the 1874 Erie County Atlas.















He and his wife Susan had a large family of four sons and two daughters. Mr. Ransom died on July 11, 1901, following a serious fall. You can read a brief obituary of C.H. Ransom in volume 14 of the Firelands Pioneer. Mr. Ransom was buried in the family lot at Oakland Cemetery. 


Friday, July 7, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

What I Learned From the Minutes of the North Ohio Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church
























While browsing through Google Books, I ran into the Minutes of the North Ohio Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In the Appendix which lists the financial contributions to missionary fund, I came across the name of my great great great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey House, as well as the names of my great great grandmother, Marian House, and two of her sisters, Mina and Hattie, in the listing of donors to the missionary fund. They attended the Methodist Episcopal Church in Perkins Township of Erie County, where Rev. G.A. Weber was the pastor in 1871. This shows me that my House ancestors thought giving to missions was a worthy cause. Also, the names of the other people who are on this listing are the people with whom my ancestors spent time. The church was a very important part of the residents of Perkins Township in the 1870s. These folks helped each other in times of need, at harvest time, funerals, weddings, and at the birth of new babies. Looking at the 1870 Census will show the name of each family member of these Perkins Township residents. The 1874 Erie County Atlas shows precisely where many of these families resided. Great Great Grandma Marian married George B. Parker in 1879, and their only child Leroy J. Parker was my great grandfather. What fun to see this little slice of life about Great Great Grandma Marian!

Below is the Family Group Sheet for the immediate family of my Grandma Marian House Parker.



Aloysius Zehringer, Jr., Veteran of World War One























Aloysius A, Zehringer was born on Kelleys Island, in November of 1896, to Aloysius and Leah (Riggs) Zehringer. During World War One, Aloysius served as a private in Battery F of the 70th Field Artillery. He was honorably discharged on February 4, 1919. Sadly, Aloysius A. Zehringer died from tuberculosis on August 17, 1928, at the age of 31. Funeral services for Mr. Zehringer were held at St. Mary’s Church, and burial was at Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery.​

Sunday, July 2, 2017

William Morrow, Native of the Emerald Isle






















William Morrow was born in Ireland on December 12, 1812. He emigrated to the United States, where he first resided in New York, and later in Erie County, Ohio. On October 18, 1843, William Morrow married Jemima Taylor.








William Morrow died on April 11, 1880, and he was buried at the Perkins Cemetery. A brief biographical sketch of William Morrow is found in Hewson Peeke's book A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio.

William Morrow was reared and educated in the Emerald Isle and as a youth of eighteen years he immigrated to the United States, having been for a time identified with the boot and shoe business in New York City, whence he finally came to Erie County, Ohio, and engaged in the same line of enterprise at Sandusky, he having learned the trade of shoemaker in his native land. He finally settled on a tract of land in Perkins Township, on what is now Columbus Avenue of the City of Sandusky, and he reclaimed this farm of thirty-six acres from the virgin forest, developing the same into one of the productive farms of the county and here continuing to maintain his home, a worthy and highly respected citizen, until his death in 1880.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Joseph and Sarah Flood
























According to the 1850 U.S. Census for Erie County, Joseph Flood was born in 1809 or 1810 in Pennsylvania. In 1850, he and his wife were residing in Portland Township (now known as Sandusky), where Joseph was employed as a tinner. Records at FamilySearch indicate that on April 22, 1849, Joseph Flood married Sarah Crippen. The 1860 Census shows these children in the Flood household:

Mary Flood, age 12
Agnes Flood, age 10
and
Joseph Flood, age one month

Joseph Flood, the father.  passed away on June 28, 1886. A brief obituary for Mr. Flood, from the June 29, 1886 issue of the Sandusky Register, stated that his funeral was held at the family home at 214 Huron Avenue in Sandusky. Joseph Flood was buried at Oakland Cemetery. An inscription on his tombstone reads:

At Rest

Mrs. Sarah Flood died in 1888. An inscription on Sarah's tombstone reads:

Asleep in Jesus



















Rest in peace, Joseph and Sarah Flood.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bork Monument at St. Joseph Cemetery in Tiffin, Ohio


This lovely monument at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Tiffin, Ohio, honors the memory of the extended Bork family of Seneca County, Ohio. To me it represents Christ rising from the dead, and the stone having been moved away from the tomb, and suggests that those members of the Bork family who have passed from this life, have eternal life with the Lord in Heaven. One member of the family was Minrad Bork. He was born in 1855, and died on June 26, 1937.


Biographical information about Minrad J. Bork is found in A Centennial Biographical History of Seneca  County (Lewis Pub. Co., 1902.)


Minrad Bork is a representative of an honored pioneer family of Seneca county, and throughout his entire life he has resided within the borders of this county, his birth having occurred in Bloom township on the 3d of. October, 1856. He is a son of Frederick and Margaret (Young) Bork. The former was born in Germany and was a son of Philip Bork, with whom he came to the United States, taking passage on a sailing vessel which reached the harbor of Baltimore after forty days The family at once continued their westward journey, and on arriving in Seneca county made a location in Bloom township. Here the grandfather was connected with the development of a tract of wild land and. with agricultural pursuits until his death, which was occasioned by an accident on the railroad. The first possession of the Bork family in this county was a tract of one hundred and sixty acres of wild land which they secured from the government, and their pioneer home was a little log. cabin built in the usual pioneer style save that it contained two rooms-instead of the usual number—one. With the work of clearing and developing this farm Frederick was actively associated, and throughout the years of his residence here he carried on agricultural pursuits. Here he reared his family of ten children, as follows : Philip, a farmer of Seneca township; Eva; Frank, a farmer of Eden township; Magdaline, the wife of G. Fred Buchman; Mary, who has passed away; Lewis, a resident of Benton county, Indiana; John P., who is living in Eden township; Minrad, the subject of this review ; and Philomenia and Elizabeth, both living in Tiffin.The subject of this review was only four years of age when his father removed to the farm upon which he now makes his home. Here he was reared to manhood and early became familiar with the work of the farm in all its departments, laboring in the fields and meadows. He also attended the district schools, pursuing his studies through the winter months when the work of the farm was practically over for the year.. He assisted his father throughout the period of his minority and when thirty years of age he took charge of the old homestead and has since devoted his energies to its cultivation. In 1884 he purchased this property and he now owns two hundred and forty-two acres, all in one tract. in Seneca township. His fields are well tilled and surround good farm buildings. In his pasture lands are seen high grades of stock, and all modern equipment and accessories are found upon his place. He makes a specialty of raising Durham cattle and has some fine specimens of that breed. One hundred and fifty-five acres of his land is under cultivation and annually he harvests rich crops. On the 4th of March,1885, was celebrated the marriage of Mr.  Bork and Miss Annie Reinhart, by whom he has three children, Edward, Clara and Joseph. The parents are well known in the community, having always resided in Seneca county, and the hospitality of many of the best homes of the locality is extended freely to them. In his political affiliations Mr. Bork is a Democrat, and while he always casts his ballot for the men and measures of the party and loyally advocates its interests, he has never sought or desired public office. His religious faith is that of the Catholic church.








Friday, June 23, 2017

William Hartman, Civil War Veteran






















According to records at the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, William Hartman enlisted in Company A of the Ohio 55th Infantry on September 28, 1861, at the age of 18. Later he served in the Veteran Reserve Corps. Sadly, William Hartman died on June 23, 1865. He was buried in the Reformed Church Cemetery in Bellevue, Ohio, now known as  the St. Paul United Church of Christ Cemetery, at the corner of Kilbourne and Gardner in Bellevue, Ohio.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Little Willie French, "A Jewel in Heaven"



































"Little Willie" was the son of James and Maria M. French. He died on July l7, 1866 at the age of 9 months and 15 days. There is an inscription at the base of the tombstone of Willie French. While I was unable to decipher the first line, the second line of the inscription reads: "the jewels in Heaven." This may be an allusion to the poem entitled "An Infant's Epitaph," by Rev. S.F. Smith which concludes with:

And the lost ones of earth be thy jewels in heaven.

Willie French would have been a brother to the prominent Sandusky businessman, James M. French, who left a generous gift to Oberlin College in his estate.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

John Andrew and Rebecca Schott, Natives of Germany

John Andrew Schott was born Winsheim, Bavaria, Germany in 1822. He was a pioneer resident of Sandusky, Ohio. Records at the Erie County Probate Court show that John Andreas Schott was married to Rebecca Muller in Erie County on July 11, 1855 by Rev. Frank Seidel, minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. In the 1860 U.S. Census, John Andrew Schott listed his occupation as baker. He was age 38 and stated that his birthplace was Bavaria. John's wife Rebecca was age 41, and her birthplace was Oldenburg. Their children were: Mary, age 3; Anna, age 2; and Babetta, age 1; all born in Ohio. Youngest daughter Babetta must have died very young, as her name does not appear in any future census records. Rebecca Schott passed away in 1887. John Andrew Schott died on November 20, 1902. Mr. Schott was survived by daughters, Mrs. John Kenne and Mrs. John Lester. Funeral services for John A. Schott were held at the Schott home at 430 Pearl Street. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

John Hughes, 1780-1852


































John Hughes was born in 1780. By the time of the 1850 U.S. Census, John Hughes was living in Huron, Erie County, Ohio with his wife Margaret and their children. John was employed as a farmer. John Hughes died on June 15, 1852, at the age of 72 years, 1 month, and 4 days. He was buried at the Perkins Cemetery. The tombstone of John Hughes was made by C. Schlenk of Sandusky.















Friday, June 9, 2017

Barney Monument on the North Ridge of Oakland Cemetery


































Besides an individual stone honoring the memory of Charles Barney, there is also a tall monument in the North Ridge section of Oakland Cemetery which remembers the life of Charles Barney and his wife, the former Elizabeth Caldwell Dennis.  Charles Barney was born in the state of New York in 1812, and he died on August 1, 1849 during Sandusky's cholera epidemic. An inscription on the Barney tombstone features a passage from Psalm 24: 5.




The inscription reads:

He shall receive the blessing from the Lord and 
righteousness from the God of his salvation.

After the death of Charles Barney, Elizabeth married Rev. Moses Kiefer a minister, and the former president of Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. Mrs. Elizabeth Caldwell Dennis Barney Kiefer died on December 16, 1908. Mrs. Kiefer was buried in the North Ridge section of Oakland Cemetery where both her first and second husbands were also buried. 




Monday, June 5, 2017

Della's Tombstone at Oakland Cemetery















In block 2 of Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery is a tombstone for a person whose name is listed simply as Della. She was born in 1851 and died in 1873. Underneath her name are the words “Buon Restori.”   This may be a slight misspelling of the phrase:  "Buon ristoro", which means "good comfort" in the Italian language. A reasonable search did not determine the surname of Della. Rest in peace!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Mrs. Anna Lindsley, Wife of Dell Lindsley






















Miss Anna Neuert married Dell D. Lindsley in Erie County, Ohio on September 15, 1886. Rev. Jacob Dornbirer officiated at the wedding.









Sadly, Mrs. Anna Lindsley died from consumption at the age of 24, on May 26, 1891. She was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.






Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Isham Bell Browder, 1827-1862













According to  the book Church at the Crossroads : A History of First United Methodist Church Dallas, Isham Bell Browder was the son of  Mrs. Lucy Jane Monroe Browder, a niece of President Monroe. Lucy and her sons Isham and Edward moved from Missouri to Texas in 1845. Both Isham and Edward  Browder fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Sadly, Isham died of illness in 1862. He is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Dallas, Texas. Thank you to my nephew T. Renwand for taking this picture while on vacation!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Augustus and Mary Ann Cooke


















Augustus Cooke was a native of Connecticut. A teacher by profession, he came to what is now Erie County in the late 1820s. He died about 1840.  His second wife was Mary Ann Eddy, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roswell Eddy, pioneer settlers of what is now Erie County, Ohio. Mary Ann had come to this area with her parents from Connecticut in 1817. By 1860, Mary Ann Cooke was a widow, and she was residing with her son Charles E. Cooke in Sandusky. In the 1860s, Charles Eddy Cooke and George A. Cooke were operating a dry goods store at the northwest corner of Water Street and Columbus Avenue. Later the brothers purchase the large building at the northeast corner of Columbus Avenue and Market. This building became known as the Cooke Block, and it has been an important piece of commercial property in downtown Sandusky for decades. Mary Ann (Eddy) Cooke died in May of 1888.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

George and Katharina Scherz, Natives of Germany























According to the 1900 U.S. Census, Katie and George Scherz were both born in Germany ,and they came to the United States in 1882. At that time, Mr. and Mrs. George Scherz were residing in Townsend Township, Sandusky County, Ohio, with their fourteen year old son, also named George. Mr. Scherz was aged 60, and stated his occupation as "farmer." Mrs. Scherz was age 57 in 1900. On July 7, 1912, George Scherz died at the age of 72. His funeral was held at the Bay Shore Church, with Rev. Theo. Stellhorn officiating. He was buried in Venice Cemetery, in Erie County. Mrs. Katharina/Katherine/Katie Scherz died on August 18, 1921. Her obituary in the August 19, 1921 issue of the Sandusky Register, stated that she had been a pioneer resident of Townsend Township.  Mrs. Scherz was buried beside her husband George in the Venice Cemetery. Mrs. Scherz was survived by two sons, Martin and Fred, ten grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

The beautiful monument honoring the memory of Mr. and Mrs. George Scherz is inscribed in German.

Scherz

Katharina                                                   George Scherz
  Kaltschmidt                                               Geboren in Deutschland
Seine Ehefrau                                                1840-1912
Geboren in Deutschland
1841-1921

In English the inscription reads:

Scherz

Katharina                                                   George Scherz
  Kaltschmidt                                              Born in Germany
His Wife                                                        1840-1912
Born in Germany
1841-1921




Monday, May 22, 2017

Great Great Grandpa Steen Earned a Life Scholarship to the Buckeye Business College




















Recently I came across a document in the Schools Collection of the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center. It seems that Charles F. Steen, my great great grandfather, was awarded a life scholarship to to the Buckeye and Great Western Business College in 1869.



















Upon payment of $45.00 tuition, Charles F. Steen could have all the privileges of the college for the rest of his life. The document was given to him by H.O. Stafford, Secretary, and A.C. VanTine, President of the College. Grandpa Steen pledged his honor to pursue his studies with diligence and to conduct himself on all occasions "as becomes a gentleman." Such a fun item to read! I have no idea how many years Grandpa Steen attended this college, but I convinced that in all the pictures I have seen of him, he did indeed conduct himself as a gentleman!



Note: The Buckeye Business College had several name changes throughout its existence in Sandusky, from about 1865 to the 1940s.




Friday, May 19, 2017

Thomas Hinde, Son of William and Eleanor






















Thomas Hinde was born on October 29, 1841 to William and Eleanor Hinde. He died in Wheeling, West Virginia on May 19, 1897. According to his death record, Thomas Hinde was a railroad contractor. After his death, funeral services for Thomas Hinde were held at the Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Sandusky, Ohio, and burial was at the St. Joseph Cemetery.


















Thomas Hinde was the brother of James J. Hinde, who was one of the founders of the Hinde and Dauch Paper Company in Sandusky, Ohio.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Raymond




















According to her tombstone, Mrs. F.A.Raymond was born in Devonshire, England on January 19, 1816. She died on May 21, 1885. An obituary which appeared in the May 22, 1885 issue of the Sandusky Register read:

The death of Mrs Raymond, wife of Francis Raymond, is announced. Mrs Raymond had been an invalid for the past five years, and her death at an early hour Thursday morning was not entirely unexpected. She suffered a great deal for the past year, but her death was quiet, as her life had ever been, she passing away without a struggle. Mrs Raymond came to this city with her family in 1848, was a consistent member of the M. E. Church, and her life was that of a Christian lady, ambitions almost to the end. Her funeral will take place from the M E Church Sunday afternoon at 8 o'clock.





















Francis Raymond died on July 1, 1907. His obituary appeared in the July 2, 1907 issue of the Sandusky Register. It read:

Francis Raymond, one of Sandusky's oldest residents, died at his home, 511 Jackson Street, at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 19 days.Mr. Raymond was a pioneer, having lived here for over 75 years. He was born in Putnam County, New York, November 12, 1818, and came to Sandusky in 1832. Here he established himself in the grocery business and remained in it for many years. During the civil war he conducted the Raymond Hotel at the corner of Water and Wayne Streets, now known as the Scott building. Later he entered the hack business and was in it for a number of years. A few years ago he was a collector for W. A. Graham. Less than a year ago he suffered a slight stroke of paralysis at the Graham store and it was thought at that time that he would not recover. He became strong and vigorous again, however, and was able to go out on the streets. His death was caused by old age.

Mr Raymond leaves one daughter, Miss Maria and one son William F Raymond. The funeral will be held from the residence Thursday at two p.m., Rev. DuBois officiating. Interment will be made in Oakland cemetery.


Both Mr. and Mrs. Raymond were laid to rest in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mrs. Urania Polley, A Leading Sandusky Dressmaker






















Mrs. Urania Davis Polley was born in 1827, and she died in May of 1905. Below is a transcription of her obituary from the May 13, 1905 issue of the Sandusky Register, which provides us with a brief look into her life.


Mrs. Urania D. Polley died Friday morning at the home of her sister-in-law Mrs. John R. Davis, with whom she had lived for the past three years. Mrs. Polley was well known to our older citizens, having been for many years one of the leading dressmakers here. She was born on Long Island, June 28, 1827, moved with her parents to Oswego County, N.Y., and in 1851 married Roswell F. Polley and came to to this city, her husband dying eight years later. She was a faithful member of the Congregational church during the more than 50 years that she resided here. A sister and two brothers survive her: Mrs. Maria D. Brown of Seneca County, and Ira T. and Josh B. Davis of this city. The funeral services will be held at Mrs. John R. Davis, 208 Washington Street, Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock.

Mrs. Urania Polley was laid to rest in Oakland Cemetery, beside her dear husband, who passed away on 1859.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Noah's Ark on the Sanborn Map at Cedar Point
























Above is a portion of page 66 from the 1905 Sanborn Map for Sandusky, Ohio. Actually this set of maps was originally created in 1905, and then updates were made to it through 1950. Pictured is the Noah's Ark attraction at Cedar Point. This was a walk-through attraction that featured Noah fishing off the boat. Inside the boat were several animals, whose tails moved. My great grandparents, Roy and Ada Parker worked as concessionaires at Cedar Point, for the Concourse Amusement Company. This was one of the several attractions that they ran, with two other individuals from 1924 to the early 1950s.



















The Sanborn Map shows that Noah's Ark was burlap covered. It had two electric motors and an air compressor, and there was a generator that ran the power. Adjacent to Noah's Ark was Hilarity Hall, and there was a concession stand very close to Noah's Ark. Here is a picture of my mom and aunt in front of Noah's Ark in the 1940s.























Below is a larger view of a portion of page 66 from the Sanborn Map.















You can learn a lot about the past structures in a given city by looking at old Sanborn Maps. To access them online, go to the Ohio Web Library. Select Genealogy, and then choose Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. Enter the city's name in the search box, and explore these interesting historical maps! (*Note: in the process, you may be required to enter your library card number to access this resource.) To learn more about Sanborn Maps, see this page at the website of the Library of Congress.




Sunday, May 7, 2017

Miss Doris Grahl, Longtime Educator at Margaretta Local Schools













Miss Doris Grahl, seen above in a photocopy from an undated Margaretta News article, was my elementary principal at Venice School, which in the late 1950s was part of the Margaretta Local School district. To me, Miss Grahl always seemed like such a grand lady, and she was always professional, and she dressed very well. Somehow even both my parents knew Miss Grahl. Dad, who dropped out of school to join the U.S. Navy during World War Two, also held Miss Grahl is high regard. He enjoyed working as an officer of the Venice School P.T.A., where several of his children attended elementary school. Doris Grahl was born in 1912, to William and Anna (Klafter) Grahl. The family resided in Venice, Ohio, then in Margaretta Townhip of Erie County, Ohio. Miss Grahl graduated from Margaretta High School. She earned a bachelor's degree at Capital University, and her Master's degree from Bowling Green State University. As a Junior in High School, Doris Grahl was in the first group elected to the Margaretta Chapter of the National Honor Society.





















Miss Grahl taught elementary school classes for several years, and later she was the Principal of both Venice and Bogart Elementary Schools. Miss Doris Grahl passed away on May 7, 2002, at the age of 89. She was survived by two brothers and a sister, and she had been predeceased by her parents, a brother, and four sisters. Funeral services for Miss Grahl were held at Trinity Lutheran Church, on Bardshar Road, very close to her home. Miss Doris Grahl was buried at Restlawn Cemetery, now known as Meadow Green Memorial Park Cemetery. An obituary for Doris Grahl appeared in the Sandusky Register of May 9, 2002.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Thomas Larkins, Who Died in a Railroad Accident in 1875








Thomas Larkins was born in County Tipperary, Ireland to Daniel and Joanna (sometimes listed as Judith) Skehan. His baptism was recorded in the parish of Killenaule, County Tipperary. By 1848, Thomas Larkins was living in Erie County, Erie. That year he was married to Anna Ryan, with FatherMachebeuf officiating at the service at Holy Angels.







Thomas and Anna Larkins had a large family, as seen in the 1870 U.S. Census. Sadly, Thomas Larkins was killed in a railroad accident on June 4, 1875. An article which appeared in the June 11, 1875 issue of the Sandusky Register stated that broken stay-bolts in the boiler were the cause of the tragic accident. A brief article about the death of Thomas Larkins appeared in an Annual Report of the Commissioner of Railroads and Telegraphs. Another man, Joseph Lees, Jr.,  was killed in the same accident.








The Thomas Larkins who died in this tragic accident was the older brother of my ancestor, Patrick Larkins. Both men married Irish young ladies with the surname of Ryan. How said for the many children of Thomas Larkins to lose their hard working father. Thomas Larkins was laid to rest at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, but so far a specific location has not been determined.