This beautiful monument in Block 44 of Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery honors the memory of Mrs. Anne Elizabeth Schmidt. According to her interment card, Mrs. Schmidt died of heart disease in October of 1878 at the age of 75. Though the words on the tombstone are very weathered, Anne’s birth year of 1806 is still legible. A death record for Anne/Anna Schmidt indicates that her parents were Conrad and Anna Shildwachter, and she had been born in Germany. A lovely tree adorns the top of Anne’s grave marker.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
According to the book A Genealogical History of the Kelley Family, Jane Elizabeth Coan was the daughter of Daniel Camp and Lydia Frothingham, born in Connecticut on March 26, 1833. Jane's father died when she was only three years of age. Jane's sister Lydia became the husband of Sandusky resident George J. Anderson. In the 1880 U.S. Census, Jane E. Coan was residing with her uncle, Edward Jewett, in Margaretta Township, Erie County, Ohio. In 1900, she was still in Margaretta Township, living with her widowed aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth Jewett. By 1910, Jane E. Coan was listed in the census as a farmer in Margaretta Township, and she was the Head of the Household at that time. In 1920, census records show that Jane E. Coan had moved to Sandusky, Ohio, where she lived with the family of her nephew, George F. Anderson. On May 30, 1920, Jane E. Coan passed away at the age of 87. She lived her life as a maiden lady, often residing in the household of extended family members. Reading between the lines, I think she served as a helper to her family, sharing in their daily lives. Jane Elizabeth Coan was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Ann Atwood's tombstone in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery states that she was born in Welney, England on June 24, 1800. She died in Sandusky, Ohio on May 12, 1874. An inscription on Mrs. Atwood's stone reads:
For his mercy endureth forever
Rest in peace, Ann Atwood.
Posted by Dorene from Ohio at 1:10 AM
Monday, October 2, 2017
This beautiful mural, painted on the outer wall of Sandusky's State Theatre was recently completed. Our fair city will soon celebrate it Bicentennial. Many of my ancestors were born, or resided in, or frequented the city of Sandusky. To learn more about the history of Sandusky, visit the website of the Sandusky2018. In 2018, there will be many social and historical events to commemorate the city of Sandusky and its rich history!
Posted by Dorene from Ohio at 12:30 PM
Mr. Henry K. Henkelman died on October 31, 1931, after having been seriously injured in an accident while he was riding a bicycle on October 22. Henry had been born in Sandusky in 1860, to Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Muller) Henkelman, both natives of Germany. For thirty five years, Henry K. Henkelman worked as a druggist in Sandusky. From about 1904 to 1910, he worked for the Henkelman and Bechberger drugstore which was in business in the Sloane Hotel on the corner of Columbus Avenue and Washington Row. Mr. Henkelman was very active in the Knights of Pythias Lodge, and was a former member of the Sandusky City Council. Henry K. Henkelman was survived by a son, daughter, sister, and two grandchildren. His wife died just a few months before his death. Henry K. Henkelman was buried at Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery. An obituary for Henry K. Henkelman appeared in the November 1, 1931 issue of the Sandusky Register. Below is a picture of the drugstroe of Henkelman and Bechberger in the eatly 1900s.
Image courtesy Sandusky Library/Follett House Museum
Friday, September 29, 2017
This flat tombstone in Block 16 of Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery honors the memory of a child named Amalie. Though very weathered, it looks like a lamb adorns the top portion of her grave marker. Amalie died in September of 1860. So far I have not been able to determine who her parents were, but most likely they were of German descent, since there are words written in the German language on her tombstone. Rest in peace Amalie!
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Both mother and daughter are remembered on this tombstone at Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. Minnie A. Duennisch Schaber was born Minnie Brehm, on October 10, 1854. Her parents were William and Elizabeth Brehm. Her sister was Marie Brehm, once a candidate for Vice President of the U.S. on the Prohibition Party ticket. Minnie first married Louis H. Duennisch, in Erie County, Ohio on October 24, 1878. Mr. Duennisch died in 1889, while he was still in his early thirties. Minnie then married Charles F. Schaber, on September 20, 1892. Mrs. Minnie Duennisch Schaber passed away on September 17, 1909, following a lengthy illness.
Lulu Duennisch (sometimes spelled Denisch) was the youngest child of Minnie and Louis Duennisch, born on January 29, 1889. Lulu was a young infant when her father passed away. Miss Lulu Duennisch married Homer Schaffer. Mrs. Lulu Shaffer died at the age of 47 in Knox County, Ohio, and she was buried in the family lot at Oakland Cemetery.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Christopher A. Fox was born in Perkins Township of Erie County, Ohio in 1845 to Alvin Fox and his wife, the former Fanny Johnson. Christopher never married, and he lived all his life on the Fox family farm in Perkins Township. Sadly, he died in a fire at his home on September 11, 1914. Christopher A. Fox was buried in the Perkins Cemetery. You can read more about the Fox family in biographical sketch about William N. Fox found in Hewson Peeke's A STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
According to her death record, Belle Dixon Hodgman was born in Hudson, Michigan, on January 20, 1863, to John and Sarah (Hamley) Dixon. She was the first principal of Campbell School in Sandusky, Ohio. In the summer of 1886, Belle Dixon married G.B. Hodgman, who operated a cooperage in Sandusky for several years. Mrs. Belle Dixon Hodgman died on January 26, 1941, in St. Louis, Missouri. Her remains were brought back to Sandusky, Ohio for burial at Oakland Cemetery. An obituary for Belle Dixon Hodgman appeared in the September 20, 1941 issue of the Sandusky Register Star News. Mrs. Hodgman's death record is on file at the Missouri Digital Heritage website.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Cora Textor was born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1870. Her father Albert Textor owned a jewelry store in Sandusky. Cora did not marry until she was forty years of age. In the summer of 1909, Cora Textor married William G. West at his ranch in Petersburg, Virginia. An article in the Sandusky Star Journal of January 23, 1935 stated that Cora had spent the summer of 1909 on a trip to Europe, and she married Mr. West shortly after her return. William G. West was the son of William T. West and Lydia Mahala (Todd) West, who were prominent Sandusky residents. Cora and William were the parents of one son, William Textor West, who was born in 1910. William G. West died in April, 1913, at his home in Virginia. In 1915, Cora Textor West was issued a patent for a baby dresser. Below is a drawing from patent number 1,127,139.
By the 1930s, Cora had moved to Hollywood, California, where she resided with her sister, Amanda Textor Moore. Cora Textor West died in California in August of 1954. Her remains were returned to Sandusky, Ohio, and she was buried in the West family lot at Oakland Cemetery.
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.