Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Frederick and Catherine Wagner

This lovely monument at Oakland Cemetery honors the memory of Frederick and Catherine (Schmidt) Wagner. In the 1867 and 1876 Sandusky city directories, Fred Wagner is listed as a saloon keeper. His business was on Jackson Street, south of Water Street. In the 1880 U.S. Census, Fred Wagner, age 45, and his wife Kate, age 39, lived in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio. Both stated that their birthplace was Germany. They had a large family, that included:

Fred, age 18
Caroline, age 15
Louisa, age 12
Katie, age 6
Lotta, age 2

Frederick Wagner died in 1881, and he was buried at Oakland Cemetery on June 2, 1881. His cause of death was consumption, which we now know as tuberculosis.

Catherine/Catherina died in 1912, and she was buried at Oakland Cemetery on July 8, 1912.

Rest in peace, Fred and Catherine Wagner.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Puzzle of Anora Tracy/Tracey

In the 1880 U.S. Census, Anora Tracey, age 18, was residing in Perkins Township, Erie County, with my ancestors, Daniel and Johanna Larkins. She was enumerated as their granddaughter.

The only two daughters of Daniel and Johanna that I know of, became Mrs. Patrick Kelly of Elgin, Illinois, and Mrs. Thomas McClain of Bellevue, Ohio. So far I have not tracked down a birth record for Anora Tracey, or any prior marriage of Daniel's two daughters. When Anora Tracey married James Jordan in Erie County, Ohio, in April, 1883, Daniel Larkins signed for her.

By searching creatively on FamilySearch.org, I determined that Anora Tracey was born in Sandusky. This information was listed on the marriage record of Anora's daughter Mary Jordan to Herman Henry in South Bend, Indiana. The St. Joseph County Public Library had an awesome obituary index, where I found a listing for Nora Tracy Jordan, who died in February of 1940. The staff of the St. Joseph County Public Library mailed me two obituaries for Nora Tracy Jordan, which stated that she was indeed born in Sandusky, Ohio. Nora Tracy Jordan was buried in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Mishiwaka, Indiana.

Though I know her place of birth and death, I still cannot figure out if Anora Tracy was truly a biological granddaughter of Daniel and Johanna Larkins, or who her parents were, but I was thrilled to learn more about this elusive female who once made her home in Erie County, Ohio! If I get more details about Anora/Nora, I will share them!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sartorius Monument at St. Mary's Cemetery

The monument honoring the Sartorius family at St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky is very beautiful. The top portion comes to a peak, as in the roof of a house. On the left and right side of the monument are the Greek symbols for Alpha and Omega, which represent the beginning and the end. According to his death certificate, Louis Charles Sartorius was born in Baden, Germany on December 14, 1830, to Anton and Elizabeth (Halt) Sartorius, and his wife's maiden name was Margaret Young. Louis Charles Sartorius died at the age of 93, on March 4, 1924. 

Mrs. Margaret Young Sartorius died on August 11, 1899, at the age of 55.

Sadly, the son of Louis C. and Margaret Sartorius died on May 18, 1902, at the age of 32. He was taken from this earth too soon.

Many other members of the Sartorius family are buried at the St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Andrew, Mowing Lawn at Castalia Cemetery

After graduating from EHOVE, my nephew Andrew has a summer job mowing at the cemeteries of Margaretta Township in Erie County, Ohio. Today I caught up with him for a moment at the Castalia Cemetery. What a terrific job for the nephew of a Graveyard Rabbit! Good job Andrew! He will run into many of his ancestors' tombstones while he is mowing. Below are the tombstones of his great grandmother and great uncle on the Orshoski side.

Another Andrew in the family,  my great uncle, also mowed lawns in Margaretta Township. Uncle Andy was always proud of this care of the football field at Margaretta High School!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Thoughts on the Trees and Forests of Ohio

The picture above was taken this summer in a wooded area adjacent to the Perkins Township Cemetery in Erie County, Ohio. It caused me to ponder on what the land in Ohio looked like in the early 1800s. When my House and Young ancestors settled in Ohio, much of the newly formed state was covered in woods. This chart shows the varieties of trees that were once in Ohio.

The chart appeared in the Ohio Journal of Science, volume 25, issue 3, in an article entitled The Natural Vegetation of Ohio, by Paul Bigelow Sears. Julius House, my ancestor from Glastonbury, Connecticut, and his family and neighbors had to clear the land, build cabins, and till the land in order to provide food for their families. Somehow I think the land may have look similar to the woods that is currently next to the Perkins Cemetery, where many of my House ancestors found their final resting place, along with my son and my parents. I too will someday be buried at the Perkins Cemetery. The wooded area reminds me of the cycle of life, and how death too is a part of life.The trees also remind me of peace and solitude, which is evoked when you see a tombstone that reads "Rest in Peace."

Friday, June 19, 2015

Edwin A. Sprau, Baseball Enthusiast

In the 1942 Obituary Notebook in the Archives Research Center of the Sandusky Library is an obituary for Edwin A. Sprau. Mr. Sprau died on June 19, 1942, following a brief illness.He was only 39 years old. Edwin A. Sprau, prior to his death, was in business with his brother, Emmett Sprau, in the operation of the Sprau Grocery on Camp Street. For many years Edwin Sprau was active in baseball circles. He was secretary of the Sandusky Baseball Federation, secretary-treasurer of the Northern Ohio Baseball League, and had also been associated with the Firelands Baseball League, the Junior Leagues of Sandusky, and the Church Indoor League. Hundreds of officials and baseball players from several area baseball teams paid their respects to Edwin A. Sprau at the Elks Lodge on the evening of June 22. Funeral servies for Edwin A. Sprau took place on Tuesday, with Dr. Donald Wonders officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery. Edwin A. Sprau was survived by his mother, and brothers, Walter and Emmett. Edward C. Sprau, Edwin's father and the founder of the family grocery business, had died in 1939.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Piece of the Puzzle of "Where Was Daniel Larkins' Homeland?"

Tonight I was just browsing through Newspaper Archives, and I found a reference to the homeland of my ancestor Daniel Larkins! Here is the article as it appeared in the Norwalk Reflector of November 22, 1892:

It states that Daniel Larkins was born in Tipperary County, the parish of Kilenal, near the town of Feathered, Ireland! At one time, my mom wanted to go visit every Catholic church in Tipperary, to try to find the homeland of our Larkins ancestors! I think she is smiling down from Heaven tonight!

Of course, I cannot find a parish called Kilenal, but I think this may be the correct spelling:


The town listed as Feathered in the article, may be this town in Ireland:


The map below is courtesy Google Maps.