#52 Ancestors Meets Up With #Crafting Genealogy again

Ancestor-o-dex completed card

Ancestor Rolodex

Do you remember way back in January when we all committed to #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks? This brilliant idea by Amy Johnson Crow encouraged us all to . . . 

. . . have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.”

What a great idea! Not only should it get me blogging more, but also motivate me to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.”

Well I did just that . . . . for awhile. The plan was I’d write each week about one of my ancestors then I would dedicate a rolodex card to them. See the explanation of that post here. Each card would have a copy of a pic, a memory or whatever struck me at the time. I’d use my vast stash of decorative paper and whatever bits of ribbon, twine, buttons, etc. I had. I was certain working with such a small canvas would ensure I’d get it done every week.

Well . . . that didn’t exactly happen either! Oops! But this past weekend I did work on my ancestor Rolodex file.

Gathering supplies: Rolodex cards, copies of pics, decorative paper

Gathering supplies: Rolodex cards, copies of pics, decorative paper

I grabbed several blank Rolodex cards, copies of my family pics, glue stick, ink pad and leftover pieces of my scrapbook paper. First I glued some background papers to my Rolodex cards.

Trying several layouts before gluing anything down

Trying several layouts with pics and papers

Once I had my photos where I wanted them I glued everything down. I also used an ink pad around the edges and corners. I love the vintage look ink gives this kind of project.

The finished Rolodex cards. I did write names in those blank boxes.

The finished Rolodex cards. I did write names in those blank boxes.

I do identify all ancestors before they go in the Rolodex file. I’m hoping to get several more cards done before Christmas when my older daughters come home. Who knows maybe this will spark a conversation or two! I’m always hoping to share a bit of family history with them.

In the mean time have fun Crafting Genealogy!

William Holmes #52Ancestors

William Holmes

William Holmes

WILLIAM HOLMES is my 3x great grandfather on my maternal side. He was born 25 April 1810, in Carroll County, Ohio. William was the oldest son of Obadiah and Rebecca (Thomas) Holmes, who both came from Virginia.

As one of Obadiah and Rebecca’s eight children he married Margaret Jenkins (Junkins) on 2 September 1830 in Tuscarawas County, OH. While living in Tuscarawas County located in eastern Ohio, William and Margaret had nine children. Their second child, daughter Rebecca (Holmes Williams) is my 2x great grandmother.

William farmed pretty much his entire life. By the early 1860s he and nearly his entire family moved to Allen County, Ohio. This exodus west across the state included several of his older children, already married besides the kids still at home. At least two of Williams’ siblings made the move and his parents Obadiah and Rebecca. I find this astonishing because both Obadiah and Rebecca had to be around 82 or 83 years old when they moved. Obviously no one was left in Tuscarawas County to care for the old folks so they had to move too. Accompanying the Holmes family in the great move was the Williams family. Two of William Holmes daughters, my 2x great grandmother Rebecca and Hannah (Anna) married into the Williams family.

Holmes Land Liberty Township Hardin County Ohio

Holmes Land Liberty Township Hardin County Ohio

This great migration is going to be the focus of my genealogy research. Two dozen families from infants to 80 year olds moved 175 miles across Ohio. Why? Better farm land? Was there an epidemic? Did the Civil War have anything to do with it? It’s time I do a little research to find out!

William and Margaret lived in Allen County until 1874, when they moved to Liberty Township in Hardin County, OH just a few miles east. I found where William and Margaret lived in Hardin County on an 1870s plat map. My genea-sister and I made the 30 minute drive and wandered the area where they lived. I am very fortunate to be able to walk in my ancestors footsteps almost whenever I want.

William Holmes Property in Hardin County Ohio

William Holmes Property in Hardin County Ohio

According to the History of Hardin County, William and Margaret were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which he had attended since 1829. He was a Class Leader for twenty-five years and was Steward and Trustee. William Holmes, three sons, six sons-in-law and seven grandsons were all Republicans.(1)

William died at the age of 82 on December 22, 1892 in Allen County, Ohio.

Thanks for reading about my 3x great grandfather William Holmes. If you have a Holmes in your family tree email me at cindy@genealogycircledotcom. Let’s share info. I’d love to hear from you!

William Holmes Property/Cemetery

There’s a cemetery on William Holmes’ property

(1)The History of Hardin County, Ohio: Containing a History of the County, Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc., General and Local Statistics, Military Record, Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men, History of the Northwest Territory, History of Ohio, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. 1883, online, Google Books, http://books.google.com/books?id=aNQ4AQAAMAAJ pg 1005, 27 March 2012

John and Elizabeth Hays Marshall – This Week’s #52 Ancestors Meets Up With My Genealogy Road Trip

John Marshall, Elizabeth Hays Marshall, Little Beaver Pennsylvania

John Marshall, Elizabeth Hays Marshall, Little Beaver Pennsylvania

My sisters and I took off for the Daughters of Union Veterans National Convention in Gettysburg last week. We combined our convention with a Genealogy Road Trip.

As we were traveling east from Ohio to Pennsylvania, somewhere between the four and five hour mark, we found Little Beaver Cemetery in Lawrence County, PA.

Here in the beautifully, rolling Pennsylvania countryside is the final resting place of my 4x great grandparents John and Elizabeth Hays Marshall.

John Marshall, Elizabeth Hays Marshall, Little Beaver Pennsylvania

John Marshall, Little Beaver Pennsylvania

John Marshall was born in Glendermot, County Down Ireland on 24 January 1765. John’s parents were Patrick and Amanda Boyne Marshall.

John Marshall, Elizabeth Hays Marshall, Little Beaver Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Hays Marshall, Little Beaver Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Hays Marshall was born in Glencoe, Antrim Ireland on 1 October 1767. Elizabeth’s parents were Robert E. and Phoebe Britton Hays.

John and Elizabeth were the parents of eight children James Hays, John Jr, Mary (aka Polly), Joseph, Elizabeth, Jane, William and Anna. James Hays – the oldest is my 3x great grandfather.

They came to the U.S. between the births of their first and second child settling in Lawrence County Pennsylvania where they lived the rest of their lives. I certainly understand this. It’s a lovely area.

John Marshall died in Little Beaver, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania 26 August 1853. He was 88 years old.

Elizabeth died in Little Beaver, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania 17 May 1854. She was 86 years old.

Pennsylvania must have agreed with them since they both lived to a very nice old age into the 1850s. I also notice Elizabeth died nine months after John. I wonder if that is a coincidence, old age, or she couldn’t go on without him. (I know, I know, I have a fairy tale, romantic streak in me!)

This is the sum total of my info on John and Elizabeth Hays Marshall. If they happen to be in your family tree I’d love for you to contact me! Obviously I don’t have much info to share but I’d love to see yours!!

There were many other Marshalls buried in this same cemetery. After a little research I’ll share them with you. Maybe we can make a connection through them.

Thanks for reading this week’s #52 Ancestors post! See you next time!

Mariah (Maria) Shriver #52 Ancestors

#52 Ancestors in 52 WeeksThis week’s #52 Ancestors post is about my 3x great grandmother Mariah (Maria) E. Shriver from my mother’s family. This post is going to be short and sweet. Not because I lack time. No unfortunately I lack the information that makes her more than some compiled dates. I lack “her story” but let me tell you what I do know.

Mariah was born 25 February 1812 in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Johann and Maria Pollock Shriver and she was the youngest of their five children. On 16 December 1832 Mariah married James Downing Van Meter.

This young couple settled in Monroe Township, Allen County, Ohio where they farmed. They had nine children. Their oldest, Susannah is my great-great grandmother. I haven’t done a great deal of research on Mariah but one thing I have learned from her life is that she must have been a very loving, hospitable woman.

James D and Mary E (Shriver) Van Meter

James D and Mariah Mary E (Shriver) Van Meter

The Van Meter home was open to all family members that needed a roof over their heads. Oldest daughter Susannah was an unwed mother in 1860. Certainly not acceptable in that era yet Susannah is not kicked out of the house.

Another instance is when Mariah’s brother-in-law, husband James’ brother John dies suddenly in 1851 and his son, nephew James, is living with them in 1860. I also suspect when nephew James died in 1864 during his Civil War service it was James D. and Mariah that secured a proper burial for him.

Mariah died 1 October 1878 at 66 years old in Allen County, Ohio. Let me just add that I’ve found her name listed as Mariah, Maria and finally Mary as you see here on her headstone. Oddly enough Mary is the least used name I have found yet it’s the one on her grave marker.

I may not know much more about my 3x great grandmother than her vital statistics but I really have a sense that she was a warm and caring person. I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to research that but I’ll let you know how I do.

William Albert Nantz #52 Ancestors

William Albert Nantz

William Albert Nantz

For this week’s #52 Ancestors I’ll switch from my mom’s family to my dad’s. Today I’m writing about my great grandfather, my dad’s mother’s father, William Albert Nantz.

William was born in Jackson County Ohio on 4 April 1868 to parents James and Nancy Estice Nance (Nantz). It’s interesting that between these two generation the spelling of their last name changes from Nance to Nantz.

William was one of five children of three boys and two girls. Coincidentally one of his sisters was named Cynthia. She’s the only other Cynthia I’ve found in my family tree. Unfortunately I wasn’t named after her.

The family farmed for a living and resided in Pickaway County, Ohio in 1880 when William was 12 years old and eventually found their way to Van Wert County later in that decade.

William Nantz, Irene Waller Nantz, Flora and brother Ira Nantz

William Nantz, Irene Waller Nantz, Flora and Ira Nantz

On 10 October 1888, when he was 20 years old, William married Irene Louisa Waller in Van Wert County, Ohio. They were the parents of four children, my grandmother Flora Alice being their oldest. The next two children were daughters as well. Rosa Ellen was born 17 April 1890. Flosey was born 25 September 1892 and their youngest, a son Ira was born 11 April 1894. I wanted to mention the other children’s birth dates because 1892 was such a tragic year for the family. On 3 October 1892 at only 2-1/2 years old Rosa Ellen died, then just 13 short days later three-week old Flosey passed away. I can’t imagine how devastating this loss is to any family.

By the early 1900s William moves his wife and two children to Hardin County, Ohio and onto Allen County. He’s working in the electricity industry. There’s also other notes that he worked as a carpenter and a painter. In moving to Allen County William’s daughter Flora meets her future husband Camillus Frueh.

Living in Lima, Ohio for awhile William lost his wife Irene 13 May 1927. They’d been married 38+ years. Two years later he marries Ette Holtzapple. William’s daughter Flora passes in 1932. These events, the death of wife Irene and daughter Flora along with his remarriage to Ette seems to put William on the fringes of his grandchildren’s (my father’s) lives. I don’t have a single story handed down about my great grandfather. Maybe with a little more research on my part I can add some stories to William’s memory.

William Albert Nantz died 14 February 1953, in Rockford Ohio. He was 84 years old.

Thanks for taking the time to read and help me remember my great grandfather.