Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hungarian Baptism Record from 1834 of a Possible Ancestor







As I was refining a pedigree chart in FamilySearch, a hint popped up. It was a Roman Catholic baptism record from Felsovadasz, Hungary, which I know to be the birthplace of my great grandfather Joseph Orshoski (sometimes spelled a wide variety of other ways!) The infant was named Josephus Orsosski, and he was baptized on March 18, 1834. His father was listed as Joseph Orsosski, and his mother was Anna Kerekes. I am not 100% sure that this is my direct ancestor, but I am reasonably sure he is related to my dad's side of the family. Take notice when a hint pops up in your genealogical research! This infant may be an early member of the Orshoski/Orszacky/Orsosski family, some of whom are pictured below on the occasion of my great grandmother's funeral held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sandusky, Ohio in 1919. She died very young, leaving Grandpa Joe with six young sons.



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Mary Reynolds, Died at 17 Months of Age

In Lot 11 of Block 2 at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery, is a flat stone which honors the memory of Mary Reynolds. Little Mary died in 1846 at the age of 17 months. To date, other members of Mary's family have not been identified.

Though some of the words have been covered by the ground, or worn away over the passage of many years,  it appears that this verse, from Matthew 19:14 has been  inscribed on Mary's stone:

"But Jesus said, Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

Saturday, April 7, 2018

A Sobering Discovery: Parker Siblings in the Union Workhouse






















Pictured above is the cover of a book from the Internet Archive entitled An Account of Several Work-Houses For Employing and Maintaining the Poor. In the 1700s and 1800s, many of England's poor were sent to workhouses, where the residents worked in exchange for room and board. My ancestor Joshua Parker (the elder) was listed as age 40 in the Census for Donington, Lincolnshire, England in 1841. Joshua and his wife Hannah had seven children at that time, ranging in age from one up to a son in his teens. It appears that Hannah Parker died sometime between 1841 and 1851, as several of the children of Joshua and Hannah Parker show up in the 1851 Census as paupers residing in the Union Workhouse in Spalding, Lincolnshire, England. Reuben, age 14 (spelled incorrectly as Rueben); James, age 11; Jesse, age 6; and Mary, age 9, are are in the Union Workhouse. By this time, the oldest Parker child, Joshua (born about 1822) was soon to be on his way to America, where he settled in Monroeville, Huron County, Ohio. Eventually, Reuben, James, Jesse and Mary would also make their way to the United States. James Parker moved in Indiana. Reuben Parker and another son John Parker became prosperous farmers in Huron County, Ohio. Jesse Parker served in the Civil War, and he and his wife moved to Lenawee County, Michigan. Mary Ann Parker married Josiah Holden, and they resided in Wakeman, Ohio. While we do not know the outcome of all the children of the elder Joshua Parker and his wife Hannah, we know that many settled in the MidWest, and had happy families and productive lives. Below is a picture from a Parker Reunion held in the 1920s.















Recently I was able to connect with some distant cousins on the Parker line, through 23andme. I am so glad that those Parker youngsters were able to move out of the workhouse in Lincolnshire!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Mrs. Ann Laughlin, A Native of Ireland


















This brief obituary for Mrs. Ann Laughlin appeared in the Sandusky Star Journal on August 1, 1917. Mrs. Ann Laughlin (sometimes spelled Loughlin) was born in Ireland, and moved to Sandusky, Ohio in 1849. In her later years, she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Catherine Martin, on Shelby Street. Mrs. Laughlin died on July 31, 1917, at the age of 68. Her son, William T. Martin, told many stories about his beloved "Gram" in the book OUR OLD TOWN AS SHE USED T' BE, published in 1959 by the Pageant Press. He tells of stories his grandmother told him, in which she comforted the sick and mourning people of Sandusky during the cholera epidemic. During the Underground Railroad days, she took food to fugitive slave who were hiding in an old barn near the old B&O Railway yard in Sandusky. To view  this book, and learn more about Mrs. Ann Laughlin, visit the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center. Though I could not determine the exact location, Mrs. Laughlin was buried in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.






Thursday, March 29, 2018

Valentine and Christina Heim


















Valentine Heim was born about 1830 in Germany. By 1852, he was residing in Sandusky, Ohio, working as a merchant tailor. That year he married Christina Engel, who had been born in Saxony, Germany in 1827. Mrs. Christina Heim was once considered to be the oldest living resident of Sandusky, Ohio. On her 100th birthday, she visited Cedar Point and danced on the dance floor of the Coliseum. She used to say, "Dancing is good for you." During the Christmas season, Christina enjoyed baking Christmas cookies. Valentine Heim died in 1922, at the age of 92. Mrs. Christina Engel Heim died on March 29, 1931, at the age of 103. She was survived by four children, Mrs. Bertha Bender, Mrs. Emma Kromer, Mrs. Carrie Civilear and William Heim. She was also survived by several grandchildren , great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Christina Heim were conducted by the Charles J. Andres Sons. Both Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Heim's final resting place is Oakland Cemetery.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Peter Z. Schelb
























Peter Z. Schelb was born in Germany in 1824. He came to the U.S. in the 1840s. During the Mexican War, Peter Schelb served in Co. C of the 13th Infantry. Peter Schelb died on March 12, 1905. He was survived by his wife, three daughters, and two sons. Funeral services were held at Krupp's chapel in the Mahala Block in Sandusky, and burial was at Oakland Cemetery. A lovely monument honors the memory of this German born Veteran who served his new country well. Obituaries for Peter Schelb appeared in the Norwalk Reflector on March 14, 1905, and in the Sandusky Register on March 13 and March 14, 1905. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

William Cady, Civil War Veteran



















William Cady was a grocer in Sandusky in the 1860s. He was married to Caroline, whose maiden name was Jennings. During the Civil War, William Cady served for three months in Company E, Ohio 8th Infantry. He died of consumption when he was only 42 years of age, in March of 1864. William Cady was buried in Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery. His wife lived to be into her 90s. Mrs. Cady passed away in April of 1905. You can read the obituary of Mrs. Cady at in this post from the Sandusky History website.