2006 - 2007 Lorain County Queries


Carlos Ortensi was my Grandfather’s brother, and when my Grandfather got off the ship at Ellis Island around 1906-07, he was to stay with Carlos. The records show that Carlos lived at 1012 or 10121/2 Broadway. The ship’s manifest has our last name spelled Ortenti. Our family has never been sure on the spelling of our last name. What was located at 1012 Broadway back at that time? Any info would be appreciated.

Ken Ortensie Nov 2007


Anna Mae HINCKLEY, Born: 19 Aug 1856 Pittsfield Lorain Co OH M: 22 Oct 1885 HUMPHREYS Jesse Evans, Marshalltown Marshall Co IA D: 16 Jan 1929 Omaha Douglas Co NE Parents: Daniel W. HINCKLEY of NY? Elizabeth (?) unk born 1828, died: Oberlin, OH Anna, M/1 Henry Root abt 1875 Children: Carlton, Florence, Hamilton Ernest, Hattie Angelina, Ada Bell Pearl Narcissa Humphreys is my ancestor. Please contact me if you have any information.

Coleen Coleman Nov 2007


Whitney, Lois Southern Lorain County Brighton or Camden TWPs. If there is anyone such as a descendant of Lois Whitney who would be interested I have a small book of hers entitled "Poems fo Inspiration and Enjoyment" by Lois Whitney. Contact me by email or phone @ 440-937-6941.

Bud Burge Nov 2007


I'm seeking information on Lawrence G. (16 July 1909 to 2 Feb. 1985) and Verda (Painter) SADLER (10 Feb 1911 to 29 Apr. 1999). Lawrence and Verda both died in Lorain County, Ohio. Lawrence was my father's half cousin.

Tom Cunningham Sept 2007


I am interested in finding descendants of Martin and Maryann Shimel Shindler. They were born in NY state, moved to Lorain, OH, had two children who remained in that area. Martin and Maryann returned to Jefferson Co., NY, and passed in the late 1800's.

Joyce Hunter Manning, Oct 2007


I am interested in finding the family of John Carpenter Rankin and his wife Martha Ann Scott. In the 1910 census for Lorain, I see that he is about 30 years older than she. They have 2 sons, Montgomery Rankin and Earl or Charles W. Rankin, ages 6 and 4 respectively, listed with them. I do not find them in the 1920 census. In 1930, I believe that Montgomery Rankin is in Flagler Beach, Flagler, Florida, and that his mother, now Martha Howard, is with him. I think that this might be his death record: RANKIN, John C. Lake Co., OH 2/10/1917, Volume #2183, Certificate#11729. I did not find a cemetery for either of them on the Lorain County Genweb Site. but would appreciate it if someone would obtain a copy of this certificate so I could be certain this was him.

Ruth Burkholder Oct 2007


We are trying to find the baptismal records of the East Side Baptist Church in Lorain, Ohio, for 1956-57, Rev. Vern DUNHAM. We have called and the church has since split in two, and they don't know where the records are. I checked with my local FHL and there has not been records microfilmed thru them. Does anyone have any idea how to find these records?

Mary M. Novak Oct 2007


I am looking for info on David Sawyer (1822) wife Eliza, who had a son David (1848) wife Mary Ellen Horseman. Census shows that they both lived in Avon, Lorain from 1850 to 1920. If you have any info on them I would be grateful. I need to know if the son had a daughter in 1877 named Alice Sophia. If he did then that is my linage. If not I will need to find another David Sawyer that did have a daughter in 1877. The 1880& 1890 census doesn’t show the younger David anywhere, but he shows up in 1900 census in Lorain again. Her death certificate says she was born in Malta, 16 Sept 1877. Thanks for any help.

Judy White, Sep 2007


John Stanislaus ZYBURA was born on 21 April 1877 in Prussian Germany to Jakub ZYBURA and Anna SCHULTZ. He came to Cleveland, OH as a little child with his parents. John was educated at St. Ignatius High School and College in Cleveland before entering St. Mary Seminary on Ansel Rd in Cleveland, then studied at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy where he was ordained. In August, 1908 he was appointed pastor of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lorain, OH. He was a Jesuit priest, writing and translating theological books. Fr. John passed from TB in Colorado Springs, CO on 9 Oct 1934. I would appreciate any information on and contacts with the ZYBURA family. Fr. John was my 2nd Great Uncle.

Kathy Gies Sep 2007


In 1824, Dorcas (Polly) James Tift and four of her seven children, Jardin b. 1798-99 in Massachusetts; John, Jr. b. 1800 in Massachusetts; Hezakiah b. ca. 1802 in Connecticut; and Ray G. b. 1806 in Connecticut, settled in Russia Township, Lorain County, Ohio, in the Connecticut Western Reserve. They had relocated from Brownville, Jefferson County, New York, near Lake Ontario. Dorcas Tift's three other children were Patience b. 1804 in Connecticut; Ezekial b. 1807-1809 in Connecticut; and Chauncey C. b. 1810-1812 in Connecticut; I don't know what became of them. Dorcas's husband, John Tift / Tefft, Sr., born between 1775 and 1777 in Richmond, Rhode Island, to Hezekiah / Hezakiah and Sarah Lillbridge Tefft, may have died in Jefferson County, New York. A handwritten note establishes that "... John Tefft, son of Hezakiah Tefft of Richmond [and] Dorcas James Daughter of Ezekiel James [and Hannah Bailey] of Richmond[,] Both of the County of Washington were Lawfully Joined together in Marriage on the 24th Day of July AD 1794 by Me [Elder - crossed out] Benjamin Barber." I'm not certain how Dorcas and family came to settle in the Connecticut Western Reserve. I don't know whose Connecticut property had been destroyed by the British in the Revolutionary War. John Tift, Sr., fought in the War of 1812 and was paid with a bounty grant of land near Peoria, Illinois. John's son Hezakiah Tift b. ca. 1802 later settled in Illinois with his son Francis K. / Frank. John Tift, Sr., was the grandson of Ezekiel and Patience Potter Tefft and great-grandson of Samuel and Mercy Barber Tefft, a Mayflower descendant. Samuel Tefft, Esq., bypassed his son Ezekial and left his farm to his grandson Hezekiah / Hezakiah Tefft b. ca. 1751-1760. Because of bad blood speculated to have existed between Ezekial and his son Hezekiah, "Tefft" eventually began to be spelled "Tift." Hezakiah Tift b. ca. 1802 married Elizabeth McCoy, a Scotswoman, who had lived in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts / Vermont. Hezakiah and Elizabeth were the parents of Lorenzo b. 1820; Alvin b. 1824; Eliza C b. 1826; Celia b. 1830; Emeline C b. 1832; Harriet J. b. 1834; Josephine H. b. 1836; Francis K. / Frank b. 1841; and Emily C. b. 1844. Dorcas James Tift died in Branch County, Michigan, on October 7, 1844. I believe her grandsons Alvin Tift and Ray G. Tift also settled in Michigan. I am descended from Francis K. / Frank Tift. I am interested in contacting any descendants of John and Dorcas James Tift. Respectfully, Virginia Curtis Lee, Salt Lake City, Utah

Virginia Curtis Lee, Sep 2007


I am trying to find out information on Jacob MYERS, (Aug 1814 - aft 1900) who lived in Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio, I have found him on 1850 Census 1870, 1880 , 1900 census all in Elyria, Lorain, Ohio. He had son Andrew MYERS , (1814- to aft 1910) Jacob MYERS wrote a pension Adfidate for MRS ABIJAH ROGERS Whose maiden name was EVE MYERS (1801-1890) stating he is her half brother, He also states that he was half-brother to Abijah ROGERS first wife BETSY MYERS (1791-1819). He is also half-brother of SUSAN KNETTLES (1785-1884) Whose maiden name was SUSAN MYERS. Susan KNETTLES also wrote an adfidate for EVE ROGERS. Does anyone know his death date, or his parents name. or where he is buried. Or his decendants. Any information will be appreciated. Thank you.

Maryellen Rogers, Aug 2007


Looking for information on CHARLES MARION MCMILLEN and wife DORA MAE MCMILLEN. Charles born 3 September 1875 in West Virginia. Still in Lorain in 1930 census. Any information would be most welcome.

Marie Siebert,P. O. Box 54, Huntingburg, IN 47542


Looking for Information on WING, JENNE, families. They lived in Amherst, Lorain County, Ohio. My Great Grandfather Sterling WING came to Ohio with his Mother Polly WESTCOTT WING from NY. and Sisters Phoebe, and Theodora (Dora). about 1857 after the death of his father Benjamin. Phoebe married Ansel JENNE in Amherst, Ohio. Polly, Sterling and Dora lived with them. In 1866 Sterling Married Clara JENNE in Elyria. They had five daughters, Rose or Rosa, Ella, Stella, born in Wood County, Harriett and Mary born in Lorain County. Sterling died in 1873 in Lorain County. Interested in any information on this family. Thank you.

Jean Milton June 2007


I am looking for any info about the Gould family. Mainly about a connection of Chester & Simeon Gould as brothers, their father being John Gould. The 1850 census shows Chester and family (page 1083 or 542) and Simeon living next door (page 1084 or 543). Visited 2343 and 2344 on November 6th. Appreaciate any help you may have.

Jim Hudson June 2007


Avon Township, Lorain County: Peter SCHNEIDER b.1816, Rheinland, Prussia, d. abt.1858, Avon Twp; married Barbara THEISEN, b.1820/26, Rheinland, Prussia, d. 1900, Avon; Children (all born in Avon Twp): Eva SCHNEIDER b.1848/49, d.1930, married Lawrence LEONARD, b. 1843, Ohio; Margaret SCHNEIDER, b.1850, d.1880, married George W. JOHNS; Anton SCHNEIDER, b.1851, d.1933, St. Paul, KS, married Mary MURPHY, b. 1848, Ireland, d. 14 Feb 1920, Kansas; Anna Francisca SCHNEIDER, b.1855, d.1933, Ft. Pierce, FL, never married; Gertrude Elizabeth SCHNEIDER, b.1856, d.1942, Lorain, married Nicholas Jacob Minnich, b. 26 Aug 1859, Wellington, Lorain Co, Ohio, d. 26 Dec 1938, Lorain, Lorain Co, Ohio. Subsequent to Peter SCHNEIDER's death, Barbara (THEISEN) SCHNEIDER married John ZENZ, b.1832, Germany, d. 1915, Avon. Their children (also born in Avon Twp): Katharina "Kate" ZENZ, b.1859, d.1942, Cleveland, Ohio, Married John G. STUMM, d.1942; Anna Marie "Emma" SCHNEIDER, b.1861, d.1933, Hendersonville, NC, Married Alois (Oliver G) SCHNEIDER (no relation) b. 1860, d. 1918. Barbara THEISEN is believed to have two sisters: Magdalena "Lena", and Gertrude. One is said to have married a SCHUMACHER, and the other, a SMITH. Both families lived in and around Avon and Sheffield Townships. Also researching: Cuyahoga County: 1860/1900-MURPHY, GIEL, McGINN. Kansas: 1860/1900-SEVART, SEIBERT, BALFAY, MUNDING. Pennsylvania: 1820/1900-SEVART, SEIBERT.Joe Schneider, 700 E. 6th Street #10, Willow Springs, MO 65793

Joe Schneider, June 2007


I am searching for decendants of Abraham and Rebecca WELLMAN and Samuel and Rebecca WELLMAN in Russia, Henrietta, or Amherst Twp.,Lorain County,Ohio. Susie Hollis, 10631 Egret Haven Lane, Riverview, Fl 33569

Susie Hollis, May 2007


Looking for Sarah SIMONS GIBSON, born c1846 Chautauqua County, NY, and her family. Parents Walter and Eda MULKIN SIMONS. In 1891 Sarah was living in Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio. Walter moved to Ohio 1892 to live with his grandson, who would be a child of Sarah.

Martha M. Mulkin, April 2007


Seeking information on John and Anna CURLEW. They appear on the 1910 Census for Lorain, OH. John was 47, Anna 37. John was born in Scotland, grew up in Newburgh NY. Looking for any information on subsequent whereabouts, death, the couple's marriage, and children. John Curlew, 561-737-9406

John Curlew, March 2007


Looking for info on Horace SANDERS born in Lorain Co, May 1852.

John and Kathie, March 2007


I am in need of any and all info I can get on this family: 1900 Lorain Co Census, 2 Ward, town of Lorain William SMITH - born March 1866 GERMANY, came 1888, apparently died before 1910. Augusta C.............born August 1863 GERMANY, came 1883 children: 1. William...........born August 1884 Ohio (I believe this is my grandfather, William Louis Smith, born Lorain OH, August 17, 1889 per his World War One draft card registration 1918 in Columbus, Lowndes Co., Miss. He died March 26, 1930 Tupelo, Miss..) 2. John.....1886 OH 3. Clara...1890 OH 4. Florence..1892 OH I am greatly interested in finding possible birth records, marriage records, death / burial records on this family. My grandfather died March 26, 1930 - eleven DAYS before the birth of my father, Willie Robert Smith, in Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi, April 7, 1930. He never knew his father and my grandmother didn't tell us a whole lot - just enough to piece together and get this far. Had it not been for the internet, we'd be no further still. I want my sons to know their heritage! Thanks, Willie Smith, Hillsboro, Tennessee.

Willie Smith, March 2007


Daniel Waugh moved to OH in 1834, m. Abigail Hovey, at Camden, Lorain County, Ohio in January 1, 1837. He was in OH until 1851, then moved to Wisconsin. Their son, Albert Freeman Waugh b. 17 Oct 1837 in Camden, Lorain Co. Ohio and went to Sheboygan Co, Wisc in 1851 with his parents. I am interested in exchanging information with anyone else doing research on these names.

Nancy Davis, March 2007


I recently found where Philip Beal, my immigrant ancestor, originated. The info comes from a film at the Family History Library in Salt Lake: Microfilm #0193177, Cities of Korkemback and Spesbach Province of Rhineland Pals. Volume #3. Line #7 states: 18 Aug 1825 Philip Biehl, 25 year old son of Theabald Biehl of Hitchenhousen and his wife Elisabetha Glisk, married Maria Eva Schmitt, widow of the late Michael Kurz. I also found the birth of their first child, Eva Biehl, born Feb 2,1826, and christened Feb 5. Her godparents were Jacob Schmitt and Maria Eli Biehl, wife of Bertald Bielh. In Germany Beal is spelled Biehl and Biel. I have yet to find Philip's other two children. Eva married Christian Decker, lived in Vermilion OH , and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Vermilion. The date on the marker gives her birth 1825 which should be 1826.

Ken Gooden March 2007


Looking for information on Parthena (aka Lizzie) Calkins Hart. She was married to Simpson Hart in Summitt County @1850. The last sighting was in 1894 at her brother Nathan Calkins's home in Camden Twp., OH (according to the Republican newspaper). At that time she was visiting her brother after her home in Huntington Twp burned. In 1895 her property in Huntington Twp had delinquent taxes due. The 1870 Federal census show Simpson Hart with wife Lizzie and 4 children, Adelbert, Hattie, Lizzie and Minnie in Branch, Bronson County, MI. In the 1880 Federal census for Fulton County, town of Fayette, I show Simpson, Lizzie, with 4 children, Adelbert, Hattie, Elizabeth and Minnie. It is believed her husband died before 1890 census was taken. I have no more information for her until 1894 then nothing after that. I am looking specifically for a death record, showing her parents names or a burial lot. Regards,

Gayle Calkins, Jan 2007


I'm looking for the family of Floyd Hitchens, of Lorain Ohio. His wife was Agnes Doyle. I have little information on these people. I know that Agnes had a brother, James Doyle, formerly of Erie PA. He died July 23rd 1975 at the Erie County Vererans Hospital in in Erie PA. Agnes Doyle Hitchens also had a twin, Isabelle. The parents of James, Agnes and Isabelle Doyle were James Doyle and Kate Leibel. Any information would be helpful. Thanks!

Linda Dougan, Jan 2007


Olcott, Ezekiel He owned a farm in the south-east part of lot number 26 in Columbia township, Lorain County, Ohio. Notice about this given 22nd day of February, A.D. 1866 in the Elyria Democrat. My Great-grandmother sold her 10 acres for $850.00 then. Her husband George Washington Olcott was in the 177th Ohio in the civil war and died. Then she & 3 children moved to Michigan. I am trying to trace Ezekiel Olcott back to New England.

Richard J. Olcott Jan 2007


I am looking for information about Benjamin Franklin TAYLOR and his wife Ann MENNELL. Benjamin Franklin TAYLOR was born in Pittsfield, MA on 4 Aug 1805. Ann MENNELL was born in Yorkshire, England on 20 Oct 1812. My records indicate that they were married in or about 1827. Benjamin’s family lived in Grafton, Lorain County, OH for several years. His father was Jesse TAYLOR and his mother was Lucy PARKER. Jesse TAYLOR died on 5 Aug 1825 in Grafton, Lorain, OH. Lucy died later that same month on 21 Aug 1825 in Grafton, Lorain, OH. Benjamin had five siblings—Sarah Ann, James, Jesse, Caroline and William. All of the children were born in Pittsfield>, MA. Since William TAYLOR was born in 1819. The earliest that Jesse TAYLOR and his family could have moved to Ohio is 1819. My records show that Benjamin Franklin TAYLOR and his wife Ann MENNELL were living in or about Grafton, OH on 1 Apr 1841. They moved from the area sometime between June of 1843 and August of 1845. If my records are correct, Benjamin Franklin TAYLOR and Ann MENNELL lived in or about Lorain County for several years between 1819 and 1841—about a 20 year span. Benjamin Franklin TAYLOR and his wife had a son named Norman TAYLOR on 15 Sep 1828, a daughter named Lucy TAYLOR on 18 May 1830, a son named Elmer TAYLOR on 4 Nov 1831, a daughter named Henrietta TAYLOR on 26 Sep 1833, and a son named Martin Van Buren TAYLOR on 26 Dec 1835 all born in Grafton, Lorain, OH. A daughter, Elizabeth Ann TAYLOR, was born on 10 Dec 1837, their son, Jesse Wright TAYLOR was born 26 Jul 1841, and their daughter, Sarah Ann TAYLOR was born on 3 Jun 1843—all in Ashland, Richland County, OH. One other son named Crispin TAYLOR was born 26 Nov 1839 born in Grafton, Lorain, OH. I am particularly interested in a marriage record for Benjamin Franklin TAYLOR and Ann MENNELL. Thank you for your help!

Wayne H. Taylor, 3814 W. Alameda Rd. Glendale, AZ 85310 Jan 2007


Nathan BOUGHTON born 4 March 1745, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut.
Died 1820 Grafton, Lorain Co., Ohio or neighboring county. First wife Dorothea (possible surname OTIS, this is only speculation), second wife Rhoda CURTIS. Private in Rev. War, served from Stockbridge, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Family lived in Salem, Westchester Co., NY, Stockbridge, Berkshire Co., MA and Victor, Ontario Co., NY before moving to Ohio. Thank you,

Arleen Craig Ellis (Vacaville, CA) Jan 2007


My grandfather Bronislaw J. GRALA and his first wife Teofilia ROGOWSKI moved to Lorain, OH between their marriage in Housatonic, MA on 19 Feb 1912 and 20 Jan 1913. Their children were all born in Lorain. According to birth and death certificates, they lived at 2848 Oakwood Ave. and 602 E. 32nd St.: Bronislaw (Benny) J. GRALA, Jr. b. 20 Jan 1913; Helena (Helen) C. GRALA b. 2 Mar 1914; and Bronislawa (Bernice) F. GRALA b. 29 Sep 1916. Teofilia died 30 Nov 1918 of pneumonia contributed to the Spanish Influenza Epidemic. It is possible there was an infant son, John, b. in 1918 who died at the same time. She was buried at Calvary Cemetery on 3 Nov 1918. >After Teofilia's death, Bronislaw moved his family to New Britain, CT and remarried there. My research to date has focused on Bronislaw and his 2nd wife from whom I am descended. However, I have tried as much as possible to gather anything I can about Teofilia for cousins who are descended from her. I've not been able to find any more information about them or her brother Josef ROGOWSKI who immigrated to America on 28 Jul 1913 and was heading to his brother-in-law (Bronislaw) in Lorain, OH. I have often wondered what drew them to Lorain, OH in the first place! I have been unable to find Teofilia's brother Josef ... perhaps there are some distant relatives out there for my cousins! And I never found proof of John's birth or death. Any suggestions on where I can direct my search ould be greatly appreciated.

Judi Grala-Heit September 2006, 171 Form Point West, Oriental, NC 28571, 252-249-2772


General info: My mother is Elizabeth Jane Harper;her father was Henry Peter Harper. My great grandfather was Albert George Harper, Genesee County, NY, b. 1841, d. 1898. His first wife, from Grafton, OH, was named Mary ? The info I have, indicates that she was born abt. 1850 and died abt. 1871. Not sure whether she died in PA or OH. I know they lived in the Oil City, Cornplanter Twp, Venango, PA, area. Can't find definitive burial info. I know they had at least two daughters, Emma and Mary. Both were "disowned" by my great GM in her will (I have a copy). His second wife, my great GM, was Ann Rose Murtaugh, Elyria, Lorain, OH, b. 1850, d. 1924. Her parents were Peter and Mary (?)Murtaugh. They lived in Kane City/Kaneville, Cornplanter Twp, Venango, PA. A. G. and A. R . are interred in the family grave site, St.Joseph's/Grove Hill Cemetery, my home town, Oil City, Venango, PA. They were married in the 1871 time frame. He served with I Co, 8th Infantry Regiment Ohio Volunteer (mustered out Aug 1861). Both were prominent in the PA Oil Region as producers. Their specialty was nitroglycerin torpedoes. Can you help me out with identifying "Mary Harper" first wife: maiden name, POB, DOB, Date of marriage? Is there any further info on Ann Rose Murtaugh family. I would appreciate any further info on A.G. Harper. I believe his family was in Wattsburg, Erie, PA, at the time he was in OH.

Michael R. Schneider, Fayetteville, NC 910-822-6677


I looking for relatives of Frank Elgin Alexander, a sailor during WWII who listed his hometown as Elyria. His father was John H. Alexander, 121 Bell Ave. Elyria. Frank died on the submarine the USS GRUNION in July 1942. Currenly a search is underway to locate this missing sub, its like the "Search for the TITANIC". The searchers have asked that we try and locate as many families of these lost crewmen as possible and share this exciting news. Any tips or leads will be greatly appreciated. Thank you,



Looking for more information about Caroline E SAGE. Caroline was 1 of 7 children born to Ira Case Sage and Esther Richard, Ira was born 5-30-1826 in Huntington, Lorain, Ohio and married Esther Richard 9-29-1850 in Dodge Co., WI. she died 8-15-18.

Richard J Sage August 2006


Seeking any information on the following names of Brighton and Camden Twp areas of South Lorain County ca 1880-1930. Carl w. KELSEY, Zenas h. KELSEY and Mary GIBBS his wife, Lepha KELSEY, [married Dan HALL?] Nina b. HALL mother of Lula and Harry HALL. I have some of their photos but need to establish relationships. Thanks for any help.

Bud Burge, July 2006


I would like to see if you have any information about Paul MUHA. I'm researching the crew members of a B-17 shot down in Germany in September 1943 -- Sgt. Muha was killed, as well as my uncle and eight other crew members. Military records give Paul Muha's year of birth as 1922 and his hometown as "Lorain County, OH". Thank you very much for any help you can give me.

Marge Slotnick, Niskayuna, NY June 2006


I am reseaching walter b clark. He has a brother, Harry Clark. Walter lived in Elyria he worked in both W.A. M.S. and in Perry Fay facotries. when he lived in Elyria he bordered with Mrs George Dumas on west river street up till the time of his marriage then he made his home on north street this info comes from a newspaper clipping about Walters murder which was Jan of 1914 the newspaper story was on 2-26-1914. he was murder in butler county does any one have any info from Lorain county between the years 1895 and 1914 that might tell us a wifes name i am assuming they married in Lorain county in the city of Elyria between 1985 and 1913. If any one can help me i would be so greatful as this is my Grandfather in law and my husband knows nothing of him but his killing.

Becky, June 2006


Looking for information on Lot and Uriah Nason in Lorain County in Russia and Oberlin. Lot arrived 1840s and went to Minn later. Uriah died in Oberlin in 1855.

Mark Chaplin PO Box 13 Windham ME 04062 207-232-8743 June 2006


I am looking up information on the Cook and Brighty Families who were originally from Lorain County, Ohio before coming to Grand Traverse County, Grant Township, Michigan. My Third Great-Grandparents being: Ephraim Cook (born in Lorain County) and his wife, Mary Brighty born in England. I'm extremely interested in finding where in England Mary comes from. Also the ancestors of Ephraim would be interesting to find, as I understand they are an old Lorain County family. Here is the information I have: Descendants of Ephraim Cook 1. EPHRAIM1 COOK was born March 18, 1839 in Lorain County, Ohio, and died August 24, 1917. He married MARY ADELINE BRIGHTY. She was born August 06, 1842 in England, and died April 29, 1914. More About EPHRAIM COOK: Burial: Grant Cemetary, Grand Traverse, Co., MI More About Mary Adeline BRIGHTY Burial: Grant Cemetary, Grand Traverse, Co., MI Child of EPHRAIM COOK and Mary BRIGHTY IDA MAY2 COOK, b. April 15, 1867, Lorrain Co., Ohio; d. October 22, 1939; m. John R. DIXON, March 08, 1885, Grand Traverse Co., MI; b. February 04, 1869, Ontario, Canada; d. December 07, 1918. More About Ida May COOK: Burial: Grant Cemetary, Grand Traverse, Co., MI More About John R. DIXON; Burial: Grant Cemetary, Grand Traverse, Co., MI Marriage Notes for Ida COOK and John DIXON: Married by: Rev. A. R. Skeillor Witnesses to this marriage: Mrs. Skeillor and Mrs. Carpenter Marriage took place at Bartlett Parsonage

Adam Youker, June 2006


I'm trying to find the parents of Lydia and Mary Wick from Elyria, Lorain Co., OH. Lydia (1878-1957) married John J. Hoffman (1878-1950) in Cleveland in 1904. Mary (1873-1967) married John Jehle (1861-1941) in Elyria before 1900. Mary's obituary states that she was born in Elyria. Lydia died at her sister Mary Jehle's home on Huron St., so the relationship is certain, but I can't find the family in the 1880 census, and in 1900 Mary was married and Lydia was living on her own in Elyria. Does anyone know anything about the Wick family? I believe the parents were born in Germany.

Joanne Gaudio, June 2006


Have picture of the following people inherited from Edith Miles Pierce (Gates), daughter of Horatio Nelson Gates and Cornelia Elizabeth Bassett. Some pictures do not have names and was hoping to sync them up: The names of these pictures include Harvey Bassett; Henry Bassett; Horatio Nelson Gates Sr and his wife Delia; their children Ed, Julian, and Sarah Gates; David Newburry; Susan and Larry Bailey; Mr and Mrs Fields; Mr and Mrs Mack; Byron and Carrie Bruce; Kittie Weeks; Charles and Emma Bassett; Anna Perry (mother of Sophia Perry - Miles Standish Bassett's wife); George, Willie, and Katie Macy; Ross and Georgia Tremann; Willis and Annie Rossiler. Back of the pictures say HM Platt - Oberlin Ohio

Lee A. Peterson, May 2006


I am looking for information on the COONROD, COONRAD family. My g-grandfather was Leander Filmore CONRAD.
He was the decendant of Peter COONROD married to Catherine unk. Leander was born 23 Aur 1871 Jackson Co Florida. Leander m Eldorado DICKENS 8 Nov 1896. Children: Lillie ca 1897, Ola ca 1897, Elzie B ca 1902, Mary Claudia ca 1903, Maggie L ca 1906, Sally Ealon ca 1908, Eunice L ca 1906, Ruby A ca 1912. Thank you.

Sharon Williams May 2006


hi...looking for any shalif or sholif names...about 1860 to 1868....is when they came from Germany....settled in the Ridgeville area...had 2 children already born in Germany....then a daughter Anne about 1868....fathers names was Nicholas and mother was Mary or Emma...thank you...

Lena Slauf Apr 2006


I have been searching for the parents/siblings of Charles Ernest NICHOLS [1865-1937] reported via death certificate to have been born in Lorain County Columbia Station. Charles is reflected in the US Federal census of 1900/1910/1920 Cuyahoga Co OH and the 1930 Summit County [Copley Twsp.] Charles died in EUSTIS Florida [203 Mary Street] in 1937 and I am trying to establish the connection (if any) between him and John Darius Nichols [who also had a summer home in Eustis Fl in the 1930-40 time frame.] There is a group of NICHOLS' in Copley Township in 1880 but I cannot specifically link Charles b 1865 with them in the census records. There is, however, a Charles (age 15) listed in the 1880 Lorain Co Oh census in the Adeline Nichols household. He is listed as an "adopted son". Earlier yet in 1870 census w/Adeline Nichols (widow) is Charles E. WILDER (age 5). This complicates matters. Was Charles E Wilder b 1865 adopted and had a name change to NICHOLS? The best I can do at this point is to work backwards from what I know. I have not seen any researchers who have "claimed" Charles NICHOLS b 1865 in the 1880 Lorain County census. [This group is off of Marcus Nichols b 1806 Conn., wife Adeline b. 1816 NY. Marcus died before the 1860 census where Adeline is now listed as a 54 year old widow with sons Henry (14), George (12), Charles (10), Franklin (4) Noted for possible ties to CHARLES ERNEST NICHOLS B. 1865 IN OHIO, PARENTS UNKNOWN. 1880 U.S. Federal census Columbia in the County of Lorain State of Ohio page 413, house 107: Nichols, Adaline 64 w farmer NY VT NY Busbee, Alexander 47 s servant NY Ireland NY Nichols, Charles 15 s adopted son OH Mich Mich 1870 US Federal census Lorain County Ohio house 47 Nichols, Adaline 54 NY--Franklin 14 OH Wilder, Charles E. 5 OH Busby, Alexander 37 NY Mitchell, Mary S. 14 OH 1860 US Federal census Lorain County Columbia OHIO house 1026 Nichols, Adaline 44 NY--Henry 14 OH--George 12 OH--Charles 10 OH--Franklin 4 OH Busby, Alexander 27 OH Frashine, Catherine 15 Germany 1850 US Federal census Lorain County Columbia OHIO house 304 Nichols, Marcus 44 CONN--Adaline 32 NY--Emilene 17 OH--Merrick 16 OH----Milo 12 OH--Nilson 9 OH--Henry 4 OH--George 2 OH--Charles 6/12 OH My Charles E NICHOLS worked for the railroad his entire life as a telegrapher in Copley where the Copley Historical Society operates. Charles E Nichols first married Marry Ann Bray [1868-1915] daughter of Samuel Bray of Richland County. They married in Shiloh in 1887. Mary Ann was born in 1868 in Shiloh and died in 1915 in Cuyahoga County. Marry is reportedly buried in Shiloh - I have not been able to confirm this. Charles second married FRANCES E. SHERBONDY [b. 1869] widow of Milton Sherbondy. Milton SHERBONDY [b1862], son of Hiram [b. 1837] grew up in Portage, Summit County. Milton died in 1933. Milton Jay Sherbondy [1862-1933] was married to Frances E. After Milton died, in 1935 Frances married Charles. Charles Ernest retired as a rail road telegrapher June 1936, having worked for 40 years in Copley, OH (Summit County). Shortly after he "retired" after June 1936 he & Frances went to EUSTIS Florida, an area not that densely populated in 1935-36. Coincidentally JOHN DARIUS NICHOLS left [North Olmsted] Ohio sometime after the 1920 census and moved to Eustis Florida. The Elyria "Chronicle Telegram" newspaper reflects numerous blurbs in the "social" column beginning about August 1932 noting Eustis as his "home". John Darius Nichols and wife Adell are both buried in Butternut Ridge Cemetery North Olmsted. Charles died in Eustis FL in 1937 and his body was transported back to Ohio where he is buried in Akron's Glendale cemetery. Interesting is that Charles Nichols was interred with/ next to Milton Sherbondy (France's first husband) & Frances joined both of them in 1945. All three of them share one monument:) According to Charles' death certificate he was born March 10, 1865 in Columbia Station Ohio. This info came from Frances and may not be entirely accurate. Clearly he has ties to Huron County / Richland County /Summit County (& perhaps Lorain County) before the 1900 - 1930 records. I believe Charles was buried in Akron's Glendale cemetery because Frances had a plot there. Charles and Marry had children all born in Huron County: Stella Martha b 1890 m. (1) Hubert Kullman (2) J. Fred Brinkman Ray Ernest b. 1893 m (1) May Edith Thomsen (2) Verna Catherine Kline Helen Margaret b. 1895 m (1) J. Paul Turner (2) Milliard Kenyon> Arthur Bray b. 1899 m. Evelyn Anderson Earl Owen b. 1904 m. "Martha" [divorced 1958 Dade County Fl] I know the parents of Marry Ann Bray NICHOLS and the naming patterns of their children are not reflected in her family's naming pattern. I can only assume Stella Martha was named after Charles' mother...perhaps Ray Ernest after Charles' father. What is most intriguing is that during this time frame (in Lorain County specifically) is a Richmond/Richmund Nichols who did have a son born circa 1845 (Charles) who served in the civil war, served in both Ohio & Mich and died of wounds sustained before 1870. I have corresponded with various researchers of this line and no one "claims" any lineage from Charles son of Richmond line. Does any of this ring any bells to any of you all? Does anyone have any suggestions where I can dig further for info? I am planning a trip to Ohio in July with my husband to try to flush this out. Jennifer Nichols, 22 Juniper Drive, Cedar Knolls, New Jersey 07927

Jennifer, April 2006


I am searching for living NORTONS or others who may have photos of the family of George & Mary [HOUGHTON] NORTON who lived in Penfield, Lorain Co., Ohio. He was a M.E. Pastor & Justice Of The Peace. George was born 18 Dec. 1824, & died in 1902. Mary was born 5 May 1825 & died in Shelby Mi. 22 Apr. 1910. They had five children. Lucy [NORTON] WILSON b. 12 Mar. 1848. Mary [NORTON] PENFIELD b.8 Nov. 1849. Frank NORTON b.9 Nov. 1851. Elvira NORTON b. 21 Nov. 1853. Edwin NORTON b. 17 Feb. 1856.

Nancy Rakosky, April 2006


I am looking for information on Esther A. HOWARD(b. abt 1819 in MASS) and her granddaughter Mabel HOWARD( b. abt 1864 in OH). They were listed as living together in the 1880 census in Ridgeville Township. Esther had come from Massachusetts but do not know when. I have no information on Mabel's parents or when they died, but I believe her father (and Esther's son) was Thaddeus. Mabel eventually married a William COLLINS (b. Mar 1861 in Ridgeville Twp.) but have no other info. on him or his family. Would appreciate any help :-)

Walter Heinrich March 2006


Hi, my name is Daisy Barker, 4316 Ohio St. Roanoke, VA 24019
Alice Josephine (McConnell) Hall is my great-grandmother. Her birth is Dec 28 1881, death is Aug 21 1960. Her husband is Alonzo Aaron Hall death 1919. I don't know any thing else about the McConnell family, but I saw the name had no info so I thought I'd send this note to tell the world that yes we are accounted for. Thanks

Daisy Barker 20 Mar 2006


I am looking for a death date and/or possible 2nd marriage for Nicholas YOUNGBLOOD. Other spellings used are JUNGBLUTH, YUNGBLUTH, etc. Nicholas YOUNGBLOOD m. Marguerite OSTER (1848-1928) (m. 25 Jan 1870) and to them 7 children were born: 1.Mary YOUNGBLOOD (1870-1894) m. Henry AUBREY (m. 1892) 2.John YOUNGBLOOD (1872-1881) 3.Josephine YOUNGBLOOD (1873-?) m. 1.Peter SMITH (m.1897) 2.Fred KAHLIFF (m.1907) 4.William YOUNGBLOOD (1875-1969) m Julia MEYERS (1882-1968) (m. 1907) 5.Frank YOUNGBLOOD (1876, d.inf) 6.Margaret YOUNGBLOOD (1877-?) m James KILPATRICK (m.1912) 7.John YOUNGBLOOD (1885-?) m Harriet SPEAR (m.1916) According to the census reports for Sheffield, Lorain Co. Nicholas is not in the household from 1880-. I am wondering if he died, had a second marriage, or left the area. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Jennifer Sawyer, 13 Mar 2006


I am looking for information on Joseph W. Sykora and Josephine Furst. I am a GGGrandson of Joseph and Josephine and would like to know more about them. Joseph was a lawyer and a supporter of the Bohemian society in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Any information you can send would be helpful. Please contact me for an exchange of information.

Kathleen, Feb 2006


Seeking info on Charles Marley (Marchese) b 1884 in Sicily. Married Blanche Lupico and lived in Wellington. Marilyn Lupico, Palm Harbor, FL.

Marilyn, Feb 2006


I am searching for Nellie B Wessel Conley born July 20,1904. She was the daughter of Fred Wessel and Mary Ellen Guthrie. In obituary of Mary EllenGuthrie Denney it stated that Nellie was living in Lorain, Ohio in July, 1953. If anyone knows of this person please let me know. I have been searchingfor information on her and her two-half sisters Susie and Laura Clark for along time and I want to find out what happened to these girls. Thank you, Nancy Canter Downard, Granddaughter of Mary Ellen Guthrie Hayburn Denney.

Nancy Downard, Feb 2006


Would like to exchange info on this Hageman family from the 1860 North Amherst census:
Henry, 35, cabinet maker, Hesse Casel; Eliza, 34; Margaret, 9, KY -- married Richard Fischer;
Catherine, 7, KY -- married Adam Ackerman; Henry 5, OH; John 4, OH; Eva, 2 OH; Conrad, 7 months, OH
Later children were George (b. 1864) and Lizzie (b. 1866)
Several members of this family were still living in North Amherst in 1880.

Katie Riley Nash, Jan 2006


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