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.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Mrs. Ida Corso

Ida Caldrone Corso was born in Italy in 1895. At the age 17, Ida Caldrone married Philip Corso in Chicago. By 1940, Philip and Ida Corso and their family were residing in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio. On January 25, 1946, Mrs. Ida Corso passed away at Providence Hospital. She was survived by a daughter, three sons, her parents, three brothers and three sisters. Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Corso were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carl Gruber. Ida Corso was buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. The workmanship on the angel sculpture which adorns Ida's tombstone is exquisite.

An obituary for Mrs. Ida Corso appeared in the January 26, 1946 issue of the Sandusky Register Star News.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

So Many Individuals with the Name Thomas Walsh

This tombstone for Thomas J. Walsh is found in Section D of the St. Joseph Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. There were many individuals with the name Thomas Walsh in census records and obituary listings. After looking at the St. Joseph Cemetery Notebook at the Sandusky Library, which lists hundreds of burial records, including the date of death and grave location, when known, I have narrowed it down to three different men with the name Thomas Walsh. I am guessing that it is one of these three:

Thomas Walsh, who died February 13, 1852
Thomas Walsh, who died May 24, 1893
Thomas Walsh, who died March 31, 1918

Most of the Walsh families who resided in Erie County in the 19th and 20th centuries were of Irish descent, and of the Catholic faith. There is just not enough conclusive information to determine exactly which Thomas Walsh is honored by this tombstone. Rest in peace, Mr. Walsh.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mrs. Delina Cummings, 1805-1861

According to U.S. Census records, Delina Cummings Jennings was born in Vermont about 1805. Delina married Hector Jennings, and they had a large family of six sons and two daughters. It is believed that the home of Hector and Delina Jennings once was a refuge for fugitive slaves, during the days of the Underground Railroad. Five of the Jennings sons served their county in the Civil War. Delina Jennings died on January  13, 1861, at the age of 55 years, 2 months and 13 days. She was buried in the family lot at Oakland Cemetery.  Above Delina's name there is an inscription that reads:

In Memory of 
Our Mother

An inscription at the base of her tombstone reads,

Not dead, but gone before

Friday, January 12, 2018

Miss Harriet Pool, Former Teacher

Miss Harriet M. Pool was the daughter of John G. Pool and his first wife, Harriet Peck. She was born in 1851. Harriet graduated from Sandusky High School in 1867. She was educated at Oberlin College, and she taught grade school in Sandusky for several years. Harriet M. Pool died on January 22, 1927 at the home of Dr. C.B. Bliss in Sandusky, after a lengthy illness. Miss Pool was the last surviving member of the John G. Pool family remaining in Sandusky. She was survived by a sister and a half-brother. Harriet M. Pool was buried in the family lot at Oakland Cemetery. An obituary for Harriet appeared in the January 25, 1927 issue of the Sandusky Register.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Charles W. and Lucretia (Hoyt) Hill

Hewson Peeke wrote about Charles W. Hill in his book A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio (Lewis Pub. Co., 1916), which was included in a sketch about Leonard Hill:

Charles W. Hill was born on the Huron County farm and was brought up to farming, in which he was engaged in Huron County at the time of the outbreak between  the North and the South. In 1861 he enlisted as a private in an Ohio regiment of volunteers, and fought bravely as a soldier until the close of the Civil war, when he received his honorable discharge. Shortly afterward, Mr. Hill, having heard of the opportunities offered the  ambitious in Erie County, came to this locality and after looking the  ground over finally settled on the farm which is now occupied by his son, Leonard C. Perkins Township continued to be his home until the  close of his life, which occurred in 1906. He was a man of thrift, honesty and industry, having probably inherited these characteristics  from Scotch ancestors, and was favorably known in his community as a good and reliable citizen. He married Miss Lucretia Hoyt, a native of Perkins Township, and of their children four now survive: Oscar G., who is a resident of Huron, Ohio; Leonard C, of this review; Hattie L., who is the wife of Jesse Green, a farmer of Perkins Township; and Vernon W., whose home is at Sandusky.

On November 12, 1869, Charles W. Hill married Lucretia Hoyt in Erie County, Ohio. He was a well respected farmer in Perkins Township. Charles W. Hill died on February 2, 1906. His wife, the former Lucretia F. Hoyt, died on April 15, 1890. The final resting place of Charles W. and Lucretia F. Hoyt Hill is Perkins Cemetery in Erie County, Ohio. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Elisha G. Storrs

Elisha Grant Storrs was born in Dunkirk, New York, in 1821, to his parents Reuben Storrs and Lucy (Robinson) Storrs.  As a child, Elisha traveled with parents to Ohio, where they settled on in Perkins Township of Erie County, Ohio.  Elisha’s father Reuben Storrs was considered one the community’s honored pioneer citizens.  Hewson Peeke wrote in his book A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio, that Elisha Storrs grew up “amid pioneer surroundings and acquired his education in the little schoolhouse visited by the subscription teacher.”  As a young man, he learned how to farm, and eventually he had his own large and productive far,.  Author Peeke wrote about Elisha Storrs, “Like his father he was widely known as a man of integrity and straightforward dealing.” Elisha G. Storrs died on December 26, 1886. He was survived by his wife, the former Jerusha Taylor, and children Arden A. Storrs, and daughter Mrs. Fred Siggens. Elisha G. Storrs was buried at the old Perkins Cemetery.