Saturday, October 25, 2014

Archbold Cemetery in Fulton County, Ohio

The Archbold Cemetery is located on the southern edge of Archbold, Ohio, in Fulton, Ohio. As one walks through the lovely cemetery, it is clear that there is a rich German heritage in Archbold, as evidenced by the German names on the tombstones.

This tombstone in the Archbold Cemetery shows the agricultural heritage of the area as well.

Over one thousand interments from the Archbold Cemetery are listed at FindaGrave. To read more about the history of Archbold, Ohio click here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Mr. and Mrs. Simon Guckert

This lovely monument honoring the memory of Simon and Barbara Guckert is found in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. According to U.S. Census records, Simon and Barbara were both natives of Germany. Simon was born in 1828 and Barbara was born in 1829. An article in the October 21, 1907 issue of the Sandusky Register indicates that Simon Guckert was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, and he settled in Sandusky, Ohio in 1852. By the time of the 1870 U.S. Census, Simon and Barbara Guckert were residing in the 4th Ward of Sandusky, Ohio, and they had a large family of seven children, ranging in age from 1 to 13 years of age. Mrs. Barbara Guckert passed away at the age of 76 on October 1,  1906. After a brief illness, Simon Guckert died at his residence on Jackson Street in Sandusky on October 20, 1907. He was survived by two daughters, five sons, 26 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Rev. Theo. Stellhorn of the Zion Lutheran Church officiated at the funeral of Simon Guckert. The Guckert monument has S. Guckert across the front of the stone. The German words for father and mother, Vater and Mutter, are inscribed across the top of the Guckert monument, along with birth and death years for Simon and Barbara.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mrs. Emma Marsh Sadler, 1849-1930

Mrs. Emma L. Marsh Sadler was born in 1849 to George A. and Caroline Marsh. Emma's father was a pioneer plaster merchant in Ohio. In 1877, Emma L. Marsh married Charles Webb Sadler, the only child of Judge E.B. Sadler.  The wedding ceremony was officiated by Rev. E. Jay Cooke.

According to the Sandusky Star Journal of October 21, 1930, Mrs. Emma Marsh Sadler passed away on October 18, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Samuel Stanton, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Funeral services were held at the home of another daughter, Mrs. J. Frank Donahue, in Sandusky, Ohio, and burial was at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. At the time of her death, Mrs. Emma Marsh Sadler's son, C. Webb Sadler, was serving as Sandusky's City Manager.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Townsend Pitt Cooke and Henry Dell Cooke

In the eastern part of Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery is this simple cross monument, which honors the memory of Townsend Pitt Cooke and Henry Dell Cooke. These two men were sons of Pitt Cooke and Mary Elizabeth Townsend Cooke. Townsend Pitt Cooke was born in 1845. His occupation was bookkeeper at the Sloane House Hotel. He died on January 7, 1914 from heart disease. An article in the Van Wert Daily Bulletin, of January 8, 1914, stated that T. Pitt Cooke had been the favorite nephew of Jay Cooke, Civil War financier.

Henry Dell Cooke was born in 1850, and he died at the age of 71 on October 16, 1922, at the home of sister Mary E. Cooke on Wayne Street. H. Dell Cooke had been very active in Grace Episcopal Church, as a vestryman, Sunday School teacher, and choir member. He was a well respected real estate agent. This tribute from the obituary of H. Dell Cooke, which appeared in the  October 17, 1922 issue of the Sandusky Register stated: "Those who knew him the best, his friends and business associates, admired him for those rugged qualities of truth and honor which mark the Christian gentleman, and which were in such rare measure his."

As you view the Cooke monument from the back of the cross, you can clearly see Route 250 in Sandusky, which is the main route to Cedar Point, a very popular amusement park.

T. Pitt and H. Dell Cooke have roots going back to some of the earliest residents of the Firelands. Their paternal grandfather was Eleutheros Coooke, Sandusky's first lawyer, and their maternal grandfather was a prominent Sandusky businessman, William T. Townsend.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: October 11, 2014

Randy, at GeneaMusings, has given us this challenge for this week's edition of Saturday Night Genealogy Fun:

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

What day of the week was your Grandfather born (either one)? Tell us how you found out.

2) What has happened in recorded history on your Grandfather's birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.

3)  What famous people have been born on your Grandfather's birth date?  Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.

4)  Put your responses in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

My maternal grandfather was Steen Leroy Parker.

Here are some facts about him:

  •  My grandfather, Steen L. Parker, was born on January 30, 1905, which was a Monday.  (I learned this at His birth date was listed at FamilySearch, in the  Ohio Births and Christenings database. (His name there was listed as Leroy Steen Parker, but he was always known as Steen Leroy Parker.)
  • A few things that took place on January 30 were:

On January 30, 1847 - The town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco. 
On January 30, 1862 - The U.S. Navy's first ironclad warship, the "Monitor", was launched. 
On January 30, 1894 - C.B. King received a patent for the pneumatic hammer. 
On January 30, 1933 - "The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the first time.
On January 30, 2002 - Japan's last coal mine was closed.
(These facts were learned at )

  •       Famous people born on January 30 include:
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Dick Cheney
Phil Collins
Christian Bale
Gene Hackman

(These names were listed at: )

Etta Couch

Family Search Labs features a database of Ohio Death Records from 1908 through 1953. In this database is found the death certificate of Etta May Couch. Etta was the daughter of Jacob and Sarah Martin Somers, having been born on April 17, 1882. Etta married Adin Basil Couch, and at the time of her death she and her husband were living in Cleveland, Ohio. Mrs. Etta May Couch passed away on October 25, 1918, and she is buried in the Sand Hill Cemetery.

The cause of death for Etta May Couch was bronchopneumonia, complicated by influenza. During the year of 1918, while the United States was at war, an influenza epidemic was claiming the lives of thousands of Americans.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sentimental Sunday: Marker Honoring Michigan's German Settlers

While several of my ancestors of German descent settled in the state of Ohio, recently I took a brief trip to the delightful town of Frankenmuth, Michigan, which is also rich in German heritage. In Frankenmuth, you can find German food and attire, visit the Frankenmuth Historical Museum, and have a terrific chicken dinner! Read more about "Michigan's Little Bavaria" at the site of the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce.