Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Lucille Warner

Lucille Warner was listed as Catharine Lucille Warner in church records. She was born to James and Maria Johanna (Frey) Warner in 1894. Sadly, Lucille passed away on March 13, 1897. She was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. A lovely lamb adorns the tombstone of young Lucille Warner.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

When Dorene Interviewed cousin Wilma

In 1995, I visited cousin Wilma Voight Hanck, and we talked about family history. Wilma's mother was Emma Piehl Voight, making Wilma a niece to my great grandma Lena Piehl Yeager. Wilma said that when Great Grandpa Lena Piehl Yeager and Grandpa Andrew Yeager had their fiftieth wedding anniversary, Wilma helped make food for the big celebration. Because all the families had gotten so big, I did not recall any get togethers between my branch of the Piehl family and Wilma's, but I know that Grandma Yeager and her sister Emma and their families visited back and forth, long ago, before I was born.

Below is a copy of what we talked about in 1995. God bless loved ones who share family history with the younger generation!!


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Mrs. Ernestine Weier

Mrs. Ernestine Hetzel Weier was the wife of Louis/Ludwig Weier. She was a pioneer resident of Sandusky. This obituary for Mrs. Weier appeared in the Sandusky Register of February 22, 1895 (though her tombstone reads 1894.)

Mrs. Weier was laid to rest at Sandusky's Oakland Cemtert.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Mrs. Ada Johnson

Mrs. Ada Johnson was born in New York in 1802. At the time of her death on October 19, 1872, she was residing in Erie County, Ohio. Ada Johnson died from consumption, according to her death record at Erie County Probate Court. The inscription of the tombstone of Ada Johnson at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery state that she was the wife of Henry Johnson.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Frank A. Ross, 1879-1938

Frank A. Ross was born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1879 to Charles Ross, and his wife, the former Amelia Bitter. For many years, Frank Ross operated a furnace business on East Monroe Street. This advertisement appeared in the Sandusky Star Journal on July 22, 1930.

During the last two years of his life, Mr. Ross moved to Fairview Park, and he continued in the furnace business. On May 26, 1938, Frank A. Ross died at the age of 59. He was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Jay J. Perry, Former Erie County Sheriff

Jay J. Perry was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Perry, born in 1856 in Sandusky, Ohio. For several years, Jay J. Perry served as a policeman in Sandusky. From 1898-1902 and again from 1917-1920, Jay. J. Perry was the Erie County Sheriff. His office would have been in this building, now a part of the Sandusky Library. 
Image courtesy Wikipedia

Later Jay J. Perry was associate with the Perry and Bretz men's clothing store in Sandusky.  On February 9, 1924, Jay J. Perry died from heart disease. He was buried in the family lot at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. Jay J. Perry was survived by three sons. His wife had predeceased him. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Mrs. Mary Root

Mary S. Buckingham was born in 1815 to John and Sarah Buckingham.  In 1835, Mary married Joseph M. Root, who was an attorney. He also served as a Representative to Congress from Ohio in the 29th, 30th, and 31st U.S. Congresses, and was a member of the Ohio State Senate for several terms. The Roots would have a family of five daughters. In 1876, Mrs. Mary Root became ill with consumption. She passed away at the family home in Sandusky on October 4, 1876. Mary Root was buried in the family lot at Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. An obituary for Mrs. Root appeared in the October 5, 1876 issue of the Sandusky Register.  Her obituary read in part, "By her noble qualities of head and heart, Mrs. Root endeared herself to a large circle of warm friends here and elsewhere, who will be inexpressibly pained to learn of her death."

Monday, July 5, 2021

Dr. Jeremiah S. Cochran

Jeremiah S. Cochran was born in New Hampshire on January 17, 1805. In 1826, he was a medical student at Dartmouth, studying under Dr. J. Dalton. According to Hewson Peeke’s book STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO (Lewis Publishing Company, 1916), Dr. Jeremiah Cochran settled in Ohio in 1832, at the time of the first cholera outbreak. Peeke wrote that Dr. Cochran “rendered efficient service during its continance.”  Huron County marriage records indicate that Jeremiah Cochran married Julia Farwell on New Year’s Day of 1837. Julia was a daughter of Moors Farwell, Sandusky’s first Mayor.

An article in the Huron Reflector of August 9, 1842 lists J.S. Cochran among the members of the Liberty Party, along with several other known anti-slavery men from the Firelands area.

Dr. Jeremiah S. Cochran was in a medical practice with his brother Dr. Charles Cochran in 1844. Their medical office was on the square, in front of the Presbyterian Church. Sadly, Dr. Jeremiah Cochran died as a young man, in July of 1845. He was buried in Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Ludwig Weier also known as Louis Weier

According to the 1880 U.S. Census, Louis Weier, also known as Ludwig Weier, was a native of Germany, born there in 1827. He was working as a huckster in the 1880 U.S. Census, and he resided in Sandusky with his wife Ernestine and a large family of six children. Louis Weier died at the age of 80. His funeral was held at the family home on Hancock Street. Louis Weier was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. His tombstone bears the name Ludwig Weier, which is the German language equivalent of Louis Weier. Two of the sons of Louis Weier became well known in Sandusky for their salvage business on Hancock Street.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Julius House and William Kelly on the Same Page in the 1860 U.S. Census

Anyone who knows me, understands that the Marblehead Lighthouse is one of my favorite places on the entire planet!! Imagine my joy, when today I learned that  the name of William Kelly, the builder of the Marblehead Lighthouse appeared on the same page of the U.S. Census in 1860 as my four times great grandfather Julius House!

By 1860, William Kelly was residing with the family of his son in law Lodavick Brown (sometimes listed as Lodrick Brown) , in Perkins Township. William Kelly had been born in Ireland, and resided in both Ottawa and Erie Counties, Ohio at different times in his life. Mr. Brown had served as the keeper of the Marblehead Light from 1849 to 1853. Julius House was born in Connecticut, in 1786, and traveled to Perkins Township by oxen train in 1815. These two men probably spoke quite differently, and surely had different skill sets, but I am sure they knew each other!! 

JJulius House, age 73, listed his occupation as farmer on the 1860 Census. By this time, William Kelly must have retired from working, as he did not list an occupation. The census taker enumerated this page of the 1860 U.S. Census for Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio on August 11, 1860. It makes my heart so happy to see that two men whom I have so much respect for, and are part of my heritage, were neighbors so long, long ago!

The final resting place of Julius House, who died in 1871, is the Perkins Cemetery.


William Kelly was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

Rest in peace! 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Martha Root,

Miss Martha L. Root was the daughter of Congressman Joseph M. Root and his wife, the former Mary Buckingham. According to the History of the Western Reserve, Martha Root was in the first graduating class of Sandusky High School. At the time of her death on October 28, 1900, Martha Root was living with her sisters in Chicago. Her remains were brought back to Sandusky for burial in the family lot at Oakland Cemetery. An obituary for Martha L. Root appeared in the October 29, 1900 issue of the Sandusky Daily Star.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

C. Leonard, Infant of Mr. and Mrs. Cuyler Leonard

This lovely tombstone at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery honors the memory of the nine month old infant of Mr. and Mrs. Cuyler Leonard, an early Sandusky lawyer. The child, listed in Oakland Cemetery records only as C. Leonard, was buried at Oakland on March 23, 1856. Caused of death was lung fever. Rest in peace little one.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Ida Weiss Weinberger


Ida Weiss was born  in Aryosmegyes, Hungary in 1861, which is now located in Romania. She traveled to the United States in 1900, and by the time of the 1910 U.S. Census, she was residing in Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

On the birth record of my uncles, Frank Orshoski and Joseph Orshoski, Jr. (Surname spelling varies widely) the name of Ida Weinberger was listed as the midwife.

Though Ida Weinberger was of the Jewish faith, and the Orshoski family was Roman Catholic, I am sure that my great grandmother Julia Herzog Orshoski was happy to have a midwife who spoke Hungarian! I suspect that Ida was the midwife present at the birth of many of the babies born to coal miners and their wives in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. 

Ida Weiss Weinberger died in Pennsylvania in 1949. She was buried in the Old Gemilas Chesed Cemetery in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. A librarian from Hebrew College translated the Hebrew inscription on her tombstone, which reads:

Here lies
Our Dear Mother
Mrs. Ita daughter of R. Abraham
died 29 Heshvon, 5710 (in the Hebrew calendar = November 21, 1949)
"May her soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life."

Thank you Hebrew College and AC Stone from FindaGrave for helping me learn more of this dear woman who played in integral role in my Hungarian immigrant family members!

(Image courtesy FindaGrave.)

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

M. Magdalene Michel

Mary Magdalena Michel died on March 2, 1884. Her tombstone, at St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio, features a cross. According to her daughter's death record, her maiden name was Schmitt, and she was the wife of John Michel. Rest in peace.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Rev. Joseph A. Fisher

Rev. Joseph A. Fischer is buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.  The 1867 Sandusky City Directory lists a Rev. Dr. J.A. Fisher was the pastor of Emmanuel Church. In 1870, Rev. J.A. Fisher was age 50, and resided with his wife and five children in Ward 2 of Sandusky. This mention of the death of Rev. Fisher appeared in the February 21, 1885 issue of the Sandusky Register.

Though Rev. Fisher moved to Illinois, his remains were returned to Sandusky, Ohio for burial at Oakland Cemetery.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Miss Matilda Victor

Matilda Victor, also known as Caroline Matilda Victor, was born in 1825 to Henry Clay Victor and his wife, the former Gertrude Nash. Henry C. Victor was an early tavern keeper in Sandusky, Ohio. By 1850, U.S. Census records show Matilda Victor residing in Little Rock, Arkansas.  In the fall of 1870, Matilda Victor spoke in Lindsey, Ohio about women’s rights. She spoke  in 1874 at New York State about the principles of temperance and women’s suffrage. Below is a transcription of a news article which appeared in the Southern Tier Leader on November 6, 1875.

Miss Matilda Victor of Brooklyn, lectured before the Woman's Temperance Union of Corning, at the Methodist Church last Sunday evening, Miss Victor was one of the original Ohio Crusaders and has the reputation of being a fine speaker and of discussing the Temperance question in a convincing manner. 

Matilda Victor died in Baltimore, Maryland on December 16, 1891. Her remains were brought to Sandusky, Ohio, where she was buried in Block 5 of  Oakland Cemetery.