Monday, August 21, 2017
My great grandfather Joseph Orsocski/Orshoski filled out this Declaration of Intention at the Clerk of Common Pleas Court in Erie County, Ohio on August 21, 1919. This was not long after his first wife Julia had died, leaving him a widower with six sons. (Later he would marry another young lady of Hungarian descent, also named Julia.)
On this document, Great Grandpa Joe stated that he was a cement worker, residing in Bay Bridge, Ohio. He said that he was born in Vadasz, Hungary in 1885. Later I would learn that he had been baptized in Felsovadasz, Hungary. For some time, I was looking for Vadasz, but Grandpa Joe must have just written down a shortened form of the town of his birth. He stated that he was 5 feet 7 1/2 inches tall, with dark hair, a fair complexion, hazel eyes, and he weighed 155 pounds. He emigrated from Hamburg, Germany on the vessel "Bulgaria" or or about the first day of April, 1901. He stated that he was not an anarchist or a polygamist, and he renounced his allegiance and fidelity to any foreign sovereignty. Great Grandpa Joseph Orshoski was a hard worker, and had a somewhat serious outlook on life, at least in my opinion. I so wish that I asked him more questions about his early life back in Hungary and in the days when his children were young.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
According to her death record, Jane J. Wiggins was born on October 28, 1882 to Alva and Fannie (Davlin) St. John. In the 1910, U.S. Census, Jane was in her twenties, and resided with her parents, and her two younger brothers in Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio. On October 15, 1915, Jennie J. St. John married Roy Wiggins. Rev. H.A. McClellan of Calvary Church officiated at the wedding.
Sadly, Jane "Jennie" St. John Wiggins passed away at the age of 33, of pulmonary tuberculosis on August 11, 1916. She was survived by her husband, two young daughters, her parents, a sister, and two brothers. Funeral services were held for Mrs. Jane Wiggins at the home of her parents, with Rev. E.G. Mapes officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery. An obituary for Mrs. Wiggins appeared in the August 11, 1916 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal.
Posted by Dorene from Ohio at 1:12 AM
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Franklin W. Wetherell died August 12, 1849 at the age of 31, during the Cholera Epidemic. His wife Celina had succumbed to cholera just two weeks prior to Mr. Wetherell's death. Both Mr and Mrs F W Wetherell were buried in the family lot at Oakland Cemetery.
Monday, August 7, 2017
Mrs. Rosamond Ward McGee was the wife the Thomas C. McGee. She died on August 8, 1877, and she was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. In volume 4 of the Firelands Pioneer, her husband wrote a touching obituary, with tells us many details about the life of Rosamond McGee. A transcription is below.
Mrs. Rosamond Ward McGee
Sketch of her Life by Capt. T. C. McGee, of Sandusky, Ohio
Died, in Sandusky, August 8th, 1877, Mrs. Rosamond Ward McGee, wife of T. C. McGee, in the 61th year of her life. She was born in Saratoga County, New York, on the 21st day of March, 1813, the second child of her parents, John and Rosamond Whitford Ward. Her mother died when the child was eight days old. She was taken to the home of her grandparents, John Ward, Sr. (This home was but five miles from the now famous battle fields of Saratoga. This same grandfather having been' a soldier and took a part on this well fought field.) Here in this humble but kindly home she remained until she was eleven. Her father having again married and removed to the village of Fort Ann, Washington County, Rosamond went to live with him. Here she grew up to young womanhood, having the usual school advantages of a New York state rural village, and when past her nineteenth birthday, a rambling Ohio lad who was visiting the adjoining town in which she was living, espied her red cheeks and raven hair, sat down and persuaded her to come to Ohio. (And this persuasion - succeeded in spite of the dreadful stories then rife about that always dangerous Lake Erie.) On the 25th of September, 1832, she was married and after a few weeks visit among friends at Saratoga, came to Schenectady, taking a fine new line boat, arrived at Buffalo on the seventh day. On coming in sight of the lake, all her former fears were so strongly revived that she had liked to have fainted, but as others did not seem to think there was any danger she gathered courage. We took the steam boat "Niagara," Capt. C. C. Stanard, and in two days were landed in Sandusky after a very fine, calm passage. In years afterward she went many voyages with her husband on sail vessels and often met some sharp gales, but she had learned that the Lord is to be trusted just as much on the waters as on the land. She resided at Sandusky continuously (with many pleasant visits to her old home) until her death, always fulfilling all the duties of wife, friend and neighbor. Some dark clouds passed over her domestic life, but the dark tints were none of her making. After weeks of illness she died as she had lived, a Christian; leaving a mourning husband and friends.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Fielding Bonham's tombstone is located at Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. He was born 1801, and he died in 1871. So far, I have not located this name, after searching in a number of genealogical databases and city directories. If anyone has a connection with Fielding Bonham, please let me know! The tombstone is majestic. I am not sure how he ended up being buried in Sandusky, Ohio.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Katherine Larkins was born about 1877 to Patrick Larkins and his wife, the former Bridget Ryan, both natives of Ireland. In 1880, she was listed in the U.S. Census as the youngest of the seven children in the Larkins family. They resided on Fulton Street in Sandusky, Ohio. In 1880, Katherine’s name was listed as “Kattie.” At the time of her father’s death in 1893, Katherine’s name was listed as Kittie on papers on file at Probate Court. Sadly, on July 26, 1906, Katherine Larkins died while still in her twenties from tuberculosis.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
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
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 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 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
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.
Posted by Dorene from Ohio at 9:50 AM
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 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
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
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:
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
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
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" 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
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.
Katharina George Scherz
Kaltschmidt Geboren in Deutschland
Seine Ehefrau 1840-1912
Geboren in Deutschland
In English the inscription reads:
Katharina George Scherz
Kaltschmidt Born in Germany
His Wife 1840-1912
Born in Germany
Monday, May 22, 2017
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 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
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.
Posted by Dorene from Ohio at 1:00 AM
Saturday, May 13, 2017
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.