Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Charles Samuel Langdon Gibson, Sailor on the Great Lakes

















According to the 1880 U.S. Census, Charles Gibson was born in Kentucky. He was an African American, residing in Sandusky at the time, with his mother Clara, brother John, and niece named Hattie. For over twenty years, Charles sailed on the Great Lakes. Later in his life, he was employed by J.O. Moss, and he worked as a custodian at the old Moss bank building. Charles Samuel Langdon Gibson died on February 21, 1906, at the age of 59, after having been sick with heart disease. Funeral services for Charles Gibson were held at the A.M.E. Church on Neil Street, and he was buried in Oakland Cemetery. An obituary for Mr. Gibson appeared in the February 22 and February 25, 1906 issues of the Sandusky Register. Mr. Gibson had been a member of the Odd Fellows

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Asa and Sallie Adams















Asa E. Adams was born in Crawford County, Ohio in 1864 to Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim H. Adams. In 1887, he married Sallie L. Martin, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Martin of Crystal Rock. Asa Adams became well known as a carpenter and contractor. For many years he was employed by George Feick and Son. In 1886, Asa E. Adams and his father Ephraim Adams were issued a patent for a farm gate.



































On February 17, 1938, Asa E. Adams died at his home in Sandusky, Ohio. He was buried in Oakland Cemetery. Mrs. Sallie Martin Adams died on June 1, 1943, and she was buried beside her husband at Oakland.



Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dr. Ernst Von Schulenburg, 1849-1907






















In the 1880 U.S. Census, Ernst Von Schulenburg stated that he had been born in Germany in December, 1849. In 1880 he was 50 years of age, and was a medical physician by profession. For several years, Dr. Von Schulenburg was also a Protestant minister in Sandusky. The doctor's wife was Elisabeth, age 43. They had two daughters, Emma, aged 22, and Etta, aged 18. Dr. Ernst Von Schulenburg is remembered for having written a book which gave the history of the citizens of Sandusky of German descent, and described the many businesses, clubs, and organizations to which those German-American citizens belonged.The book was entitled SANDUSKY EINST UND JETZT. This title is available full text at Google Books, but the text is in the German language. You can find an English translation of SANDUSKY THEN AND NOW at Sandusky Library, and many other libraries in northern Ohio. On February 11, 1907, Dr. Von Schulenburg passed away at the age of 57. His cause of death at Erie County Probate Court was given as "dropsy." Dr. Von Schulenburg is buried at Oakland Cemetery in Block 107.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Great Great Grandpa Charles Steen's Mustache


















Tonight's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun has the topic of relative's facial hair. In the few pictures I have ever seen of my great great grandfather Charles F. Steen, he always has a mustache.  Even in this low quality early image of him he is sporting a mustache.


















Grandpa Charles Steen died long before I came along, but his daughter, Ada Steen Parker, left articles about him in a treasured family scrapbook. From those I learned that Grandpa Steen was devoted to his family, and worked hard on the family farm in Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio. He was active in the Methodist Church, the Grange, and the Erie County Agricultural Society. Below is a family picture with Grandpa Steen, his wife Sarah, twin daughters Ada and Alpha, and young son Rollin. Of course, Great Great Grandpa Steen has a mustache!



Last year a cousin scanned this image of Grandpa Steen. He is seen with a friend. He is the man on the right.















How I wish I could have had a conversation with my Great Great Grandfather Steen!!

Emilie Schnurr, Mother

































After searching several genealogical databases, I could not locate any further details about Emilie Schnurr, besides what is listed on her tombstone. Emilie Schnurr was born in 1842 and died in 1884. At the base of her tombstone is the word Mother. Emilie Schnurr's final resting place is St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.  A lovely floral design adorns the side of the tombstone of Emilie Schnurr.




















Friday, February 2, 2018

Mrs. Theresa Heid Dolch, 1871-1907























According to her marriage record, Theresa Heid was the adopted daughter of John and Christina Heid. She was born in 1871. On October 21, 1903, Theresa Heid married George Dolch, a widower. The marriage was officiated by Rev. J.G. Ennslin.
















Sadly, Mrs. Theresa Heid Dolch died on February 2, 1907, at the age of 35. A lengthy obituary for Mrs. Dolch appeared in the February 4, 1907 issue of the Sandusky Register. It read in part:

"In the death of Theresa Heid Dolch Sandusky loses one of its noblest women. Possessed with a bright and sunshiney disposition, she made friends wherever she went and a friend once found was never lost. She was esteemed and beloved by all for her many lovable and sterling qualities. Ever ready to assist where help was needed, or bring sunshine and gladness to a sorrowing or lonely heart, her presence will be sadly missed by a great circle of friends, but her memory will ever remain bright and beautiful and her good deeds and kind, loving words will ever remain an inspiration for others to continue in the good work...None knew her but to love her, none saw her but to praise."

Mrs. Dolch died after suffering from pneumonia. She was laid to rest in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. Two children who had died as infants are also honored on her tombstone. Rev. Ennslin, who had married Theresa and George Dolch, also officiated at the funeral services for Theresa Dolch.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Samuel and Mary Donnell




















Samuel Donnell was born about 1790 in Pennsylvania. In 1850 Samuel Donnell and his wife Mary were residing in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio. Also residing in the Donnell household in 1850 were: Susan Donnell, age 25; Henry Donnell, age 14; and Henry Nye. According to the 1855 Sandusky City Directory, Samuel worked at a business on Water Street that dealt in iron, nails, and other construction supplies. Oakland Cemetery records indicate that Samuel Donnell died on January 31, 1863, at the age of 72. Samuel's tombstone is the taller monument on the right side in the picture above. His wife Mary Donnell died in 1867. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Donnell were buried in Block 23 of Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery. Mary's tombstone, which must have damaged at some point, is the smaller rounded monument.