Thursday, June 23, 2022

St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery in Frankenmuth, Michigan

St. Lorenz Lutheran Church was founded by the original German settlers of Frankenmuth. You  can read about the history of this historic congregation here.  

The south cemetery across from the St. Lorenz Church was the original cemetery. Many of the tombstones date back to the nineteenth century.

The north cemetery is adjacent to the church. The website of the St. Lorenz Church features an "occupant list" of those buried in the St. Lorenz Cemetery up to the end of 2021. There is also a helpful cemetery  map on the church website. 

If you visit the charming town of Frankenmuth, Michigan, consider taking a side trip to the St. Lorenz Lutheran Church and St. Lorenz Cemetery!

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Mary Caroline Wakeman Dibble

Mary Caroline Wakeman was born in 1801 in the state of New York to Adams and Susanna Wakeman. She was the first wife of well known shipbuilder Daniel Dibble. Sadly, Mary Caroline Dibble while in her forties, on December 1, 1842. She was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Finding Ferdinando Mazza on a Passenger List

Ferdinando Mazza is an ancestor of one of my friends. We have both been learning about the Italian heritage of Sandusky, Ohio.

You can search for passengers who entered the U.S. at the free Ellis Island Passenger Search database or at Both databases require a free registration.

Ferdinando Mazza departed from Genoa, Italy, on February 25, 1906, aboard the ship Il Piemonte, and he arrived at New York on March 18, 1906.  He was listed as number 18 on the passenger list.

He stated that he was going to Sandusky, Ohio, to join his brother Guglielmo.

Several individuals of Italian descent were also traveling to Sandusky, Ohio on this voyage. Surnames included Berardi, Corelli and Magi.

One can learn so much about their family history by searching through passenger lists! If you have ancestors who came to the U.S. between 1892 and 1924, try searching for them online! Happy hunting!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Moore Monument at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery

Henry Moore was born in Germany in 1826. He came to the U.S. in 1846. In 1849 he settled in Venice, Ohio, and that same year, he married Mary J. Bourke. He ran a general store in Venice with James McGookey. Mr. Moore also served as the Postmaster in Venice, Ohio for several years. During the Civil War, Henry Moore was in the 145th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. After being ill for some time, Henry Moore died on November 5, 1905. Funeral services were held at the Masonic Temple, and he was buried at Oakland Cemetery.

George A. Moore, son of Henry and Mary J. Moore died from typhoid on on March 27, 1906. Sadly, Mrs. Mary J. Moore died on July 29, 1906. Within nine months, three members of the Moore family all passed away. The Moore monument at Oakland Cemetery honors the memory of father, mother, and son. May they rest in peace.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Lurana Strong Todd, 1777-1851

 Lurana Strong was born in Lee, Massachusetts to Ozias Strong and his wife, the former Susanna West. She married Amos Todd in New York in 1794. She died in Sandusky, Ohio in 1851, and was buried in Oakland Cemetery.  The tombstone of Lurana Strong Todd is barely legible now, but you can faintly read the words Amos Todd. 

According to the interment card for Oakland Cemetery, on microfilm at Sandusky Library, it once read, "Relic of Amos Todd."

Rest in peace, Lurana Strong Todd!

            One of Lurana's daughters, Mary Jones Todd, married David Campbell, who was the founder of the "Sandusky Clarion," the predecessor of the "Sandusky Register." Her youngest daughter, Lydia Mahala Todd, married William T. West, who was a prominent businessman in Sandusky, and operated the West House hotel with her brother for many years.


Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Charles Hoffman, 1868-1941

Charles J. Hoffman was born in Sandusky, Ohio to parents of German descent, Daniel and Philippina (Fuchs) Hoffman. He worked in the family coal business, and also was associated with the Hoffman Manufacturing Company in Sandusky. One of the items made at the Hoffman Manufacturing Company was an elevating truck. Below is a portion of the patent for the truck.

Charles Hoffman and his wife Katie Rittman Hoffman were the parents of four children. On October 4, 1941, Charles J. Hoffman died at University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. Charles J. Hoffman had been widely known in Sandusky, Ohio. An obituary for Mr. Hoffman appeared in the October 4, 1941 issue of the Sandusky Register Star News.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Mrs. Philippina Fuchs Hoffman

Philippina Fuchs Hoffman was the wife of Sandusky businessman Daniel Hoffman. She must have kept very busy, as she was the mother of eight children. Born in Germany, she emigrated to the U.S. in 1867, the same year that she married Mr. Hoffman. Mrs. Hoffman passed away in Sandusky, Ohio on August 21, 1914. The following obituary appeared in the August 22, 1914 issue of the Sandusky Register.

Mrs. Hoffman was laid to rest in the family lot at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.