Wednesday, April 26, 2017

John Mulheran, A Native of Ireland

John Mulheran was born about 1831 in Ireland. The last 45 years of his life were spent in Sandusky, Ohio.  Mr. Mulheran died on April 19, 1899. He left behind a widow and five sons. John Mulheran was buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.  An obituary for Mr. Mulheran appeared in the April 21, 1899 Sandusky Star Journal. The brief article stated that he was one of the most highly respected citizens of Sandusky.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Judge Walter F. Stone, 1822-1874

According to the Firelands Pioneer, Walter Freeman Stone was born in Ohio on November 18, 1822, his parents having been originally from the state of Vermont. Walter Stone studied law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After practicing law in Cleveland for a time, Walter F. Stone moved to Sandusky, Ohio, in 1846,  where he was in a law practice with A.W. Hendry. Later he practiced law with Ebenezer Lane and William G. Lane.From 1867 to 1871, Walter F. Stone served as Erie County Common Pleas Judge. From 1871 to 1874, Walter F. Stone was an Ohio Supreme Court Justice. In the fall of 1874, Judge Stone moved to California, due to ill health. Sadly, he died in California on December 23, 1874. He was survived by his wife, the former Cordelia Hitchcock, and three children. Judge Walter F. Stone's remains were brought back to Ohio, where he was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Below is a closer view of the inscription on the monument which honors the memory of Judge Walter F. Stone, in the North Ridge section of Oakland Cemetery.

(Note: Top image from WikiPedia.)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Edwin and Anna Ritter

Edwin L. Ritter was born in Sandusky in 1874, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ritter. Henry Ritter was the owner of a well known cigar business. Edwin was associated with his father in the cigar business. Edwin Ritter died unexpectedly on April 12, 1938. His wife, the former Anna Ferbach, survived her husband by several years. She died in 1954. Both Edwin and Anna Ritter were buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: April 8, 2017

Randy at Genea-Musings has given us this challenge:

1) Pick one of your sets of great-grandparents - if possible, the one with the most descendants.

2) Create a descendants list for those great-grandparents either by hand or in your software program.

3) Tell us how many descendants, living or dead, are in each generation from those great-grandparents.

4) How many are still living? Of those, how many have you met and exchanged family information with? Are there any that you should make contact with ASAP? Please don't use last names of living people for this - respect their privacy.

5) Write about it in your own blog post, in comments to this post, or in comments or a Note on Facebook.


I chose to pick my great grandparents, Leroy and Ada (Steen) Parker, seen above at their 50th wedding anniversary celebration with their three surviving children in 1950. I made a list, by hand, of the descendants of Roy and Ada Parker.

They had four children, all now deceased.
They had twelve grandchildren, eight of whom are now deceased.
They had twenty-four great grandchildren, five of whom are deceased.
They had forty-five great great grandchildren, two of who are deceased.

I stopped at the generation of "great great grandchildren," because the family has grown so large, and spread across the country, that I do not know all of the ones in this generation, besides the Steen Parker line.

All of the people in the picture, Grandpa Roy and Grandma Ada, Uncle Glenn, Aunt Janet, and Uncle Paul, I knew. I talked most probably to Uncle Glenn's wife, Aunt Florence, who told me a lot of family stories. And Grandma Ada left her family notebooks to my mom, and is one of my main inspirations for loving family history! I have talked with almost all of the grand children and great grandchildren of Grandma and Grandpa Roy, especially at family gatherings, weddings, showers, and funerals. The stories of the old family farm in Perkins Township are especially precious to me well as the stories of Grandma and Grandpa's days at the Cedar Point amusement park.

Thanks for this fun trip down memory lane, Randy! As I was thinking about the causes of death of so many family members, it made me sad to think of how many were lost to disease and tragedies. It is so good to keep the memories of these dear ones alive!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Douglas Austin Wright and Kathryn E. Wright Kuehn

Douglas Austin Wright was the son of Jabez Wright (1848-1912) and Isabelle Kirby (1849-1924.) He was born in 1869. He was named for his paternal grandfather, who was also named Douglas Wright. His middle name was the first name of his maternal grandfather, Capt. Austin A. Kirby. Douglas A. Wright was a dentist, and he had a dental office in Huron, Ohio. He died at the age of 65, on December 13, 1934. He was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. Kathryn E. McCardle married Douglas A. Wright in 1891. After Dr. Douglas Wright's death, Kathryn remarried, to Hugo Kuehn. When Kathryn died in 1962, she was buried next to her first husband at Oakland Cemetery. An inscription of the joint tombstone of Douglas A. and Kathryn E. Wright Kuehn reads:

Christ in You the Hope of Glory

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Grandma Irene Won a Prize at Cooking School!

When I was looking for something else, I ran into this interesting article about a Cooking School held in Sandusky in November of 1939. The Cooking School was sponsored by the Sandusky Register and the Sandusky Star-Journal newspapers. Miss Mary Ann Kidd was the instructor, and sessions were held at the auditorium of the Sandusky Senior High School, now Adams Junior High.

An article which appeared in the November 18, 1939 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal listed the winners of the prizes that were won on the last evening of the Cooking School classes. Included in the list was the name of my great grandmother, Irene Larkins, who lived at 1309 Shelby Street. Gram Irene won a room of wallpaper, provided by the Brinnon Wallpaper and Paint Company. I never heard which room she had wallpapered! What a delight to read this article about Great Grandma Irene winning a prize!

My beloved Gram Irene had a full life, but it was filled  with a lot of loss of love and loss of dear family members. In 1939, she did not know that in the next few years her only daughter, as well as her father would  pass away from serious illness. Gram Irene was married several times. There are so many questions I wish I had asked her! Mom always told me that the person to whom Gram Irene was married when Grandma Doris was born was not the biological father of Doris. So who was? It may have been a man named Hal McIntyre, but I have no idea of where he lived, or how to spell his last name, or when he was born and died. Why didn't Gram Irene marry Hal? Later, Gram Irene was known as Mrs. George Shirey (per the 1930 Census.) Mom always said that George was the love of her why did that marriage end? So, so many questions! Below is a document I created a few years ago, with dates, if known, of the marriages of my great grandmother Irene. I loved her so, and I know she loved me. She had a stroke when I was a little girl, and so we did not have nearly as many heart-felt talks as I would have liked! I include this document not to dishonor my sweet Gram Irene, but to help fill in the gaps for future researchers who may wish to know what I learned in my genealogical diggings.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Mrs. Celia A. Hoyt Johnson

According to her obituary, which appeared in the Sandusky Star Journal of March 16, 1934, Celia A. Hoyt Johnson was bornin 1845 in a log cabin on a farm owned by the Frank Lindsley family in the 1930s in Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio.  Celia’s mother, the former Almira House, traveled from Connecticut to Ohio with a group of families who were pioneer settlers of Perkins Township. They traveled by oxen train. Celia’s father was George C. Hoyt. He was born in Vermont, and in 1833, he made his way to Ohio by river and lake boat, stage coach, on horseback, and partly on foot. Mr. and Mrs. George C. Hoyt had ten children and were deeply saddened when they lost two sons during the Civil War. Erie County marriage records, accessible at FamilySearch, indicate that a Cecelia Ann Hoyt married Mr. Charles Johnson on January 24, 1866.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Johnson had three children, and the family was well known in Perkins Township.  Mrs. Celia A. Hoyt Johnson died on March 15, 1934. She had been preceded in death by two sons and a daughter. Mrs. Johnson was buried at the old Perkins Cemetery, and during the 1940s, her grave was relocated to the current Perkins Cemetery. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

William H. Dilgart, 1875-1940

William H. Dilgart was born in Lucas County, Ohio in 1875 to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dilgart. William came to Sandusky, Ohio in 1901, and he opened a furniture store in the Odd Fellows Building. In 1905, he formed a partnership with William P. Bittner. This advertisement for Dilgart and Bittner appeared in the Sandusky Register of June 9, 1906. By this time the furniture store had moved to Market Street. Later, the store would move to Washington Row.

In the mid-1920s, the partnership between Mr. Dilgart and Mr. Bittner was dissolved, but William H. Dilgart continued in the furniture business. William H. Dilgart was a director and vice president of the first merchants association in Sandusky. He was also active in the Masons, Knights of Pythias, Elks Lodge, the Oxford Grange, and the Sandusky Rotary Club. William H. Dilgart passed away on March 28, 1940. He was survived by his wife Margaret, a daughter, three sisters and two brothers. Mr. William H. Dilgart was buried at Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hope and Lucy Tucker, Early Settlers of Perkins Township

Hope Tucker, as well as his wife Lucy (nee Carter) were early settlers of Perkins Township. Information about a court case found at Google Books, lists all the names of the children of Hope and Lucy Tucker:

 It is stated in the bill, that at the time of Clark Tucker's death, Lucy Tucker had the following-named children, the fruits of her marriage with said Hope Tucker: Alden, Salmon, Hope, and Orange (sons); and Roxy, Electa, Lucy, and Emily (daughters); all of whom are still living, and made parties.

Hope Tucker died in 1851, at the age of 73 years. He was buried the old Perkins Cemetery. In the 1940s, all the graves and coffins from the old Perkins Cemetery were moved to its current location, off State Route 250 in Perkins Township. Lucy Tucker died on December 11, 1868, at the age of 90 years and 2 months. An inscription on her tombstone at Perkins Township indicates that she was the daughter of John and Susan Carter.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Lane Chesebrough

Frances Elizabeth Lane was born in 1821 to Judge Ebenezer Lane and his wife, the former Marion Griswold. She married Alfred Chesebrough on May 9, 1842 in Huron County, Ohio. Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Lane Chesebrough passed away in Detroit, Michigan in April of 1896. Her remains were brought to Sandusky, Ohio, where she was buried next to her husband in the Lane family lot at Oakland Cemetery.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Marriage Record of Daniel Larkin and Johanna Skehan

Because of Ancestry's free access to Irish records this week, I was able to see the marriage record of my ancestors, Daniel Larkin/Larkins and Joanna Skehan. They were married in 1823 in the Catholic Church in Killenaule, County Tipperary, Ireland. They emigrated to the United States, and settled in Sandusky, Ohio. The final resting place of Daniel and Johanna Larkins is at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. How wonderful to find this marriage record!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Miss Cornelius McGee, 1874-1898

Miss Cornelius/Cora McGee was born in June of 1874 to George McGee and his wife, the former Sarah Benton. She died on March 14, 1898, following a lengthy illness. Cornelius McGee is buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"Especially for You" Radio program in March of 1951

Above is a transcript of a brief radio program which aired on WLEC Radio in Sandusky on March 7, 1951. The "Especially for You" program, featuring Jeanne Shepard, was sponsored by the H&S Bakery in Sandusky, Ohio. This particular episode was sending best wishes to my great grandparents, Roy and Ada on their 50th wedding anniversary. Grandma Ada was the recipient of a Betsy Ross cake, in honor of the Parkers' anniversary. WLEC Radio was a favorite radio station of my parents! Below is a picture of Grandpa and Grandma Parker from their 50th Year Wedding Anniversary celebration. On the day of the radio broadcast, Grandam Ada was the "Betsy Ross Lady Who Takes the Cake."

Friday, March 3, 2017

John Kinney, Age 20 Days

John Kinney, son of John C. Kinney and his wife Amelia, died on March 12, 1868 at the age of 20 days. Though it is now quite weathered, it appears that a floral design was sculpted at the top of his tombstone. Rest in peace, little one. John Kinney was buried in the family lot at Oakland Cemetery in Block 37.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mrs. Wilhelmina Huntenburg, A Native of Germany

This weathered stone at Oakland Cemetery honors the memory of Wilhelmina Engler Huntenburg, the wife of John Huntenburg. Wilhelmina was born in Germany in 1853. In 1888, she married John Huntenburg.

John Huntenburg passed away in 1908. Wilhelmina Engler Huntenburg died on March 1, 1933. She was survived by a daughter, Mrs. Arthur Mischler, and three grandchildren.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Jacob Gundall/Gondall, 1823-1879

The body of Jacob Gundell (sometimes spelled Gondall )was found near Venice, Ohio on February 26, 1879. It is believed that he may have been robbed. An article in the Feb. 26, 1879 issue of the Sandusky Register reported that Mr. Gondall mostly likely died from exposure to the cold winter weather. Jacob Gondall was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. No known relatives were living in the immediate area. He had formerly been employed at Hubbard's lumber yards in Sandusky. Jacob was about age 55 or 56 at the time of his unfortunate death.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Krupp Monument at St. Mary's Cemetery, Sandusky, Ohio

A cross adorns this monument at St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio which honors the memory of longtime Sandusky business many John Krupp, and his wife, the former Katherine Simon. From about 1870 to 1895, John Krupp was in the furniture and undertaking business in Sandusky, Ohio. John Krupp passed away on February 25, 1911. His wife Katherine had preceded him in death in 1906.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mrs. Lucy Robinson Storrs, Wife of Reuben Storrs

Lois Robinson was born in Connecticut in 1786. She married Reuben Storrs in 1810. Lucy traveled with her husband from Connecticut to the state of New York, and then on to Perkins Township, Erie County , Ohio, where Reuben Storrs farmed the land, with his loving wife at his side. Lucy and Reuben were married for fifty years, before her death on February 20, 1860. Reuben’s obituary stated about Lucy, “a more faithful and patient wife is seldom found.” Lucy Robinson Storrs was buried in the old Perkins Cemetery. An inscription on her tombstone reads:

“Dearest Mother thou hast left us
Here thy loss we deeply feel
But ‘tis God that hath bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal.”

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mary, Daughter of David and Wealthy Campbell

Mary Campbell was born on June 10, 1849 to Henry C. Campbell and his wife the former Wealthy Wells. Henry C. Campbell died in August of 1852. His young daughter Mary died at the age of 3, on February 18, 1853. A brief obituary for Mary appeared in the Daily Commercial Register of February 18, 1853. It read:


At the residence of David Campbell, Esq. at five o'clock this morning, Mary Campbell, daughter of Henry C. Campbell, lately deceased, and Wealthy W. Campbell, aged 3 years, 5 months and 10 days. 

"When God calls his darlings, they can but go."

Funeral to take place next Sunday at 8 o'clock P.M.

Little Mary was buried in the family lot at Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mrs. Sarah A. Jennings

Mrs. Sarah A. Jennings was born Sarah A. Gardner, in Monroeville, Ohio in  1843, to Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Gardner. On September 4, 1870, Sarah Gardner married Wesley B. Jennings in Flint, Michigan. The family resided in Flint at the time of the 1880 U.S. Census. Mr. Jennings was a Civil War Veteran and worked on the railroad. He died in 1904. Mrs. Sarah Jennings was residing in the Mahala block apartments, when the block was hit by a fire in 1909. After the fire she moved to Springfield, Ohio, to make her home with her sister. Sarah A. Jennings died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Frances Harris, in Springfield, Ohio on February 15, 1910. Her remains were returned to Sandusky, Ohio, where funeral services were held. Burial was at Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery. Sarah Jennings was survived by her a daughter and two sons.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Little Esma Salisbury

Esma Salisbury was born in 1888 to Edward Salisbury and his wife, the former Rose Haney. Sadly, Esma died on February 10, 1890, at the age of 2, after having come down with measles. This touching obituary appeared in the February 11, 1890 issue of the Sandusky Register.

Esma Salisbury was buried in Block 23 of Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. Rest in peace little one.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Dr. David Alvord, 1815-1897

According to the book A GENEALOGY OF THE DESCENDANTS OF ALEXANDER ALVORD, Dr. David Alvord was the son of David and Abigail (Jennings) Alvord, born in Kent, Connecticut.

The book HISTORY OF CRAWFORD COUNTY AND OHIO records that Dr. David Alvord settled in Texas Township of Crawford County, Ohio in 1847. Dr. Alvord remained in that location until he moved to Bloomville, Ohio in 1873. He was "a gentleman of marked ability, both in a professional and literary sense." Dr. David Alvord died on May 26, 1897 in Bloomville, Ohio. His funeral was held at the residence of his nephew, F.W. Alvord, and burial was in the Alvord family lot at Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. Besides a single grave marker at Oakland Cemetery, one side the Alvord-Little family monument honors the memory of Dr. David Alvord.

Though it does not appear that Dr. Alvord ever lived in Sandusky, Ohio, he now rests in peace with many other members of the extended Alvord family. A brief obituary for Dr. David Alvord appeared in the May 29, 1897 issue of the Sandusky Register.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Poems Read at the Funeral of Great Aunt Florence Lindsley Parker

These poems were read by Rev. Shelly at the funeral of my great aunt, Florence Lindsley Parker, at her funeral at Trinity Methodist Church in Sandusky, Ohio on February 1, 1979. I loved Aunt Florence so dearly! She used to get out a box of old family photos and tell me stories! Missing you!

Below is a picture of Aunt Florence with her family from the 1930s.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Emeline Voigt

According to her death record, Emeline Voigt was born on August 10, 1842  to Michael Fike and his wife, the former Eva Jacobs. Emeline's parents were both natives of France. On November 5, 1867, Emeline Fike married Casper Voigt, a fish merchant in Sandusky.

In the 1870 U.S. Census, Casper was listed as a fish merchant. He was born in Switzerland. Emeline, was listed as  Emma, was a house keeper. Their infant daughter Ida was nine months old. Emeline Voigt passed away on September 26, 1917. She was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. As often is the case, both the first name and last name of Emeline Voigt appear in a variety of spellings, depending on the source. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Mrs. Veronica Daniel, 1821-1884

Veronica Daniel was the second wife of Christopher Daniel. According to the book Sandusky Einst und JetztChristopher Daniel was a grocer who died of cholera in 1852.  Veronica continued to run the grocery store after her husband's death. The 1867 Sandusky City Directory lists her residence and business as 176 Market Street in Sandusky. On January 29, 1884, Mrs. Veronica Daniel died from heart disease. She was buried at the St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. Brief obituaries for Veronica Daniel appeared in the January 30 and January 31, 1884 issues of the Sandusky Register. A draped cloth is sculpted onto the top of Veronica's tombstone.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Grandma Marian's Birthday Celebration in 1895

Recently I came across a newspaper article which reported on my Great Great Grandma Marian's twenty-ninth birthday. Grandma Marian Parker is pictured below with her husband George B. Parker, sometime before 1914.

The article stated that seventy-five friends of Marian Parker celebrated her twenty-ninth birthday as a surprise. The article appeared in the January 29, 1895 issue of the Sandusky Register.

That is really a lot of friends! My great great grandparents lived on a farm in Perkins Township, and they were very active in the Methodist Church as well as the Perkins Grange. I am guessing that many of their friends from Grange and church attended the celebration!

Note: Top image courtesy

Monday, January 23, 2017

Sisters Were Buried Together

Mary Zimmerman was born in 1853, and her sister, Margaret J. Zimmerman Hahn, were both the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Zimmerman. Mary Zimmerman died on May 8, 1923, and Margaret J. Zimmerman Hahn died on February 3, 1927. The cause of death for both women was heart diseases. Mary and Margaret were buried at the St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. A joint grave honors the memory of these two sisters.

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!