Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Mrs. Fanny B. Stone Tillson, Sandusky Teacher
Miss Fanny B. Stone was an early teacher in the local schools of Sandusky, Ohio, according to Hewson Peeke's book A STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO (Lewis Publishing Co., 1916). In 1852, Fanny Stone married Stephen Tillson. Sadly, Mrs. Fanny B. Stone Tillson died on December 13, 1854. She was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery in the Stone family lot.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Huron County Directory at the The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Ohio Veterans Home Deaths and Burials, 1889-1930 Available at FamilySearch.Org
FamilySearch.Org now has available the records of the Ohio Veterans Home Deaths and Burials from 1889-1930. Formerly known as the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, this facility is still in operation, and serves as a home and hospital for United States Veterans.
To use the database of Ohio Veterans Home Deaths and Burials, go to the url:
Put it the name of the veteran for home you are searching.
For example, the listing for the death of Royal W. Lane comes up with this result:
Royal W. Lane served in Company B of the 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. He died on June 13, 1902, and was buried on the grounds of the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Sandusky, Ohio.
Rest in peace Royal W. Lane, and thank you for your service!
If you have ancestors buried at the Ohio Veterans Home Cemetery, be sure to check out this database at FamilySearch!
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Ohio Death Certificate Index at the Ohio History Connection
A useful index when searching for Ohio death records is the Ohio Death Records Index Search, at the Ohio History Connection. Sometimes there are glitches in spelling or dates or optical scanning errors, and it never hurts to check another source.
Included in this index are:
- Ohio Department of Health Death Certificates, 1913-1944, 1954-1963
- Ohio Department of Health Stillborn Death Certificates, 1913-1935, 1942-1953
- Columbus Board of Health Death Certificates, 1904-1908
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
A Tale of Two Sisters
Pictured at the left is my great grandmother, Lena Piehl Yeager (standing) and her younger sister Bertha. This cropped portion of the picture was from a larger family photo. Grandma Yeager grew up in Ottawa County, but after marrying Andrew Yeager, she resided in the Huron area of Erie County, Ohio. Lena and Andy had seven children. Two children died young, and one child took his own life as an adult. Grandma was very active in the Lutheran Church, sometimes the one in Huron, Ohio, and sometimes at Union Corner's congregation, out in the country. What I remember most about Grandma Yeager is her delicious sugar cookies, and her sweet, quiet demeanor. She was the oldest child of a large family, and she knew well the meaning of hard work, and "making do" when times were tough. At the time of her death in 1978, at the age of 97, Grandma Yeager was survived by two daughters, twelve grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and 16 great great grandchildren. She was beloved by her entire family!
Lena's younger sister Bertha was born in 1891, and died in 1933. She used to help her parents get ready for the big family reunions held at the farm in Ottawa County. In 1929, Bertha Piehl married Fritz Lassen. They welcomed baby Marcus Lassen in 1930. Sadly, in 1933, Bertha Piehl Lassen died of uremic poisoning. At the time of her death, she was expecting a baby, who died as well. Bertha was survived by her husband and young son. Marcus had developmental delays, and as an adult, he lived at the Lutheran Home of Mercy in Williston, Ohio.
Though these dear women had the same parents, and grew up on the same family farm, they had such very different lives. I am fortunate to call them both my ancestors.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Three Nolan Sisters
This lovely monument at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio honors the memory of three sisters, all daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Malachi Nolan. Margaret Nolan and Ann Nolan worked together in the real estate and insurance business in Sandusky for several years. Ann Nolan died on September 25, 1947. Her sister, Mrs. Katherine Nolan McKenna also passed away in 1947, just after Christmas on December 28, 1947. Miss Margaret Nolan lived until 1955. Margaret died at an extended care facility in Fitchville, Ohio on June 26, 1955. For ten years, Margaret served as jury commissioner of the Erie County Common Pleas Court in the 1940s and 1950s.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Mrs. Caroline Graul, 1830-1873
Caroline, the wife of George Graul, was born in Germany on October 17, 1830. She died on December 15, 1873. She was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. An inscription at the base of Caroline's tombstone reads:
This woman was full of good works and alms deeds which she did. Acts 9:30
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
John Blanchard Norris, 1828-1856
John Blanchard Norris was born in New Hampshire in 1828 to Nicholas and Elizabeth (Blanchard) Norris. By 1850, he was residing in Erie County, Ohio. An advertisement from the February 20, 1856 issue of the Sandusky Register states that J.B. Norris and G.L. Peck were partners in a produce and commission business in Sandusky and Springfield.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Sarah Sprague Alvord, 1837-1864
Sophia Sprague was born on May 28, 1837 to Nehemiah and Sophia Sprague. When she was young Sophia's father died. Mrs. Sprague and several of the children moved to Ohio. In 1862, Sophia Sprague married Frederick W. Alvord. Sadly, Sophia Sprague Alvord died on October 6, 1864. She was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. Mr. Frederick W Alvord married the sister of Sophia, Caroline Sprague. Mr. Alvord and his second wife went on to have three children.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Henry Beatty, M.D.
According to his death record, Henry Browning Beatty was born in Queensland, Ireland in 1861 (though his tombstone reads 1859.) His parents were Henry and Mary Beatty. After emigrating to the United States, Henry B. Beatty graduated from Cincinnati Medical College. Dr. Beatty was associated with the hospital at the workhouse in Cincinnati, Ohio. Later he assisted in the yellow fever epidemic in Florida, where many physicians and others lost their lives. About 1891 Dr. Henry B. Beatty moved to Sandusky, where he established a medical practice. He was the doctor for many different local companies, including the Lake Shore Electric Railway. He was the fleet surgeon for the Sandusky Yacht Club as well. On June 19, 1924, Dr. Henry B. Beatty died following a lengthy illness. He was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. You can read more about Dr. Beatty in the June 19, 1924 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal, and the June 20, 1924 issue of the Sandusky Register.
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Who Were the Three Sons of Thomas Arthur Larkin
In the obituary of Thomas Arthur Larkin, he is listed as having three sons. However, my Great Grandma Irene only ever mentioned one, named Jimmy! So who were these three sons?? My mom and I were never sure. After many years have gone by, I found a death record for John Patrick Larkin. Below is the top portion of that death record.
By doing some research on FamilySearch, I was able to solve the mystery. John Patrick Larkin was the son of Thomas Arthur Larkin and his second wife Opal.
James Larkin, the nephew of whom Gram Irene spoke of, was the son of Thomas Arthur Larkin and his first wife Audrey.
Russell, was the son of Opal Larkin from a previous marriage, but the Uncle Art's obituary listed him as a son and not a stepson.
John Patrick Larkin was just an infant when his father died, and I think after the death of Thomas Arthur Larkin, my great grandma lost track of the family.
Though Mom and Gram Irene are gone now, it is wonderful to have the mystery solved!!
Below is some family information about Thomas Arthur Larkin from FamilySearch.org.
Clip art images at top courtesy http://sweetclipart.com/line-art-little-boy-running-1697
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
MIchigan Obituaries available at FamilySearch
"Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006," available online at FamilySearch.org. This database features obituaries from several different libraries and repositories in Michigan. Some were on 3 x 5 note cards originally, and some are newspaper clippings. If you have Michigan ancestors, be sure to check it out!
On this note card about Rachel Parker, there is a great deal of family history information provided.
William E. Sloane was once a protege of Alexander Graham Bell. He died in a grade crossing accident in 1935.
Check out this database, and hundreds of others, available at FamilySearch.org.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
One of Mom's Favorite Quotes
Inside one of my Mom's family history notebooks is this quote:
"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die."
My mom, Joyce Parker Orshoski, is in the picture at the left, at her great grandfather's house on Shelby Street in the 1940s. She always told me she heard that quote in the pilot of the Waltons, but I found it attributed to Thomas Campbell. Mom loved family history, and we often visited cemeteries and had talks about our ancestors, and what life was like in the "good old days."
Recently my niece, who was very close to her Nana O., had this quote tattooed on her leg!
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Tombstone Tuesday: Jane Lizar
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Trying to Connect the Larkins and Ryan Families
|Photo Courtesy Sandusky History website|
Yet another Ryan connection is from the guest booklet from my maternal grandmother Doris Wheeler Parker's funeral. She died very young, in 1943. Doris was the granddaughter of Thomas F. Larkins. Two members of the Ryan family called at the funeral home, Mayme and Edward Ryan. These two Ryans were the children of Patrick and Catherine Ryan. Patrick Ryan could be a sibling to Bridget and James Ryan as well!!
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Getting to Know My Four Times Great Grandfather Thomas Stevens, Pioneer Teacher in Berlin Township
Thomas Stevens, my four times great grandfather, settled in Eldridge Township in 1818. In 1818, that was a part of Huron County. Today, the region formerly known as Eldridge Township is known as Berlin Township, and is now a part of Erie County, Ohio. Thomas Stevens was married to the former Sally Kendrick. Their two daughters were Lorinda and Polly. The name of Thomas Stevens is next to numeral 39 in the 1820 U.S. Census for Huron County, Ohio, pictured above.
Below is a biographical sketch of Thomas Stevens/Stephens from the "Firelands Pioneer" of June, 1962, written by Dr. Xenophon Phillips.
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Historic Building at the Corner of West Washington and McDonough Streets in Sandusky
The apartment building at the northwest corner of West Washington and McDonough Streets in Sandusky, Ohio is now multi family unit. As I was leaving Sandusky Hardware yesterday, I noticed that in the little area between the hardware store and the apartment building, there appears to be some original stone exposed on the western side of the apartment unit.
|Photo courtesy FindaGrave|
Later there was a barber shop, music store, tailoring business, and a cafe at this location, just to name a few. Below is an advertisement from from the Sandusky Star Journal of June 17, 1919, in which Leo Gerhardstein was selling an upright piano.
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Sentimental Sunday: Cousins at a Picnic
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Judge George C. Beis, 1861-1928
Judge George C. Beis was born in 1861 in Waterville, Lucas County, Ohio. He read law in Toledo, Ohio, in the office of Scribner, Hurd and Scribner. In 1883, he graduated from the University of Michigan, and was admitted to the bar. That same year, he began practicing law in Sandusky, Ohio. According to his obituary, found in the 1928 OBITUARY NOTEBOOK at the Sandusky Library, George Beis "was known as one of the most capable trial lawyers in this section and was especially formidable in criminal matters. He appeared as counsel in many of the more important cases tried in Erie County Courts over a period of nearly forty years." Besides his long career as a lawyer, George C. Beis also served as city solicitor, probate judge, and he was an influential leader in Democratic politics. George C. Beis died on May 14, 1928, at his home at 318 Huron Avenue in Sandusky. He was survived by his wife, the former Lucinda Zerbe, a son, two daughters, three grandchildren, and several other relatives and wide circle of friends. Funeral services for Judge Beis were held at the family home, and burial was in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.