Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday ~ George Whitman

So, on Saturday I took a "Kelly Research Day" and went down to Doylestown, Wayne County, Ohio to find my Whitman and Conlin family at the St. Peters & Pauls Catholic Cemetery. It was a beatuiful day to wander around a cemetery. I found my three generations of Whitmans right away as well as a slew of collateral Whitmans.

I will start at the begining with George Whitman born about 1768 in Switzerland according to some records. George settled in Pennslyvania with his wife and atleast two sons, Christian (born 1807 Adams County, PA) and Andrew. They then moved on to Wayne County, Ohio by 1840, probably in the early to mid 1830s according to land records that I located Saturday also.

George and his family helped build the St. Peters & Pauls Catholic Church. According to the Church history "Masses were celebrated in the log cabin of the Whitman family until 1836." George died 18 June 1843 Wayne County, Ohio at the age of 79 years.



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Ollie Minnie Laymire Rogers

Ollie Minnie Laymire was born 12 January 1887 to John Henry and Louisa Virginia Nose Laymire at Scotch Hill, Newburg, Preston County, West Virginia. She was the third eldest of twelve children. Although I never met Ollie, I have heard many stories about her from various family members. She had a tough life and was interesting.
When Ollie was 31 years old she gave birth to her first son, Rex Posten Laymire in July 1918. To this day we do not know who the father is. In January of 1920, Ollie married John Robert Rogers. They changed Rex's middle and last name to Rex Rudolph Rogers. They went on to have two boys and two girls together. Things were not going well for the expanded family and they separated. John taking the boys to New York and Ollie staying in West Virginia with the girls. At times the children were living with different families. John and Ollie were divorced in 1942. Each of them remarried again. Ollie died 12 August 1952 and is buried where she was born, just down the road in Hunt Cemetery, not far from her parents. As I am writing this, I notice that Ollie's tombstone is wrong, just because it is written in stone doesn't make it true!


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday's Saturday Day Night Genealogy Fun!

Randy Seaver's "mission for Father's Day, if you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Determine who is one of the most prolific fathers in your genealogy database or in your ancestry. By prolific, I mean the one who fathered the most children.

2) Tell us about him in your own blog post, in comments to this blog post, or in comments on Facebook."

Well hands down, my most prolific father in my husband's family tree is Adam Holderbaum who had two wives and 22 children! Adam was born in 1786 in Bedford County, PA and died in 1870 in Michigan.
On my side of the family, 12 seems to be the magic number in many different branches of mine. Although, Jonas Hartzell born 1818 in PA and died 1875, had 14 children with his wife Elizabeth Godwin.

Happy Father's Day!

Monday, June 14, 2010

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Challenge #23

This was actually last week's assignment from Amy Coffin of We Tree (http://wetree.blogspot.com/). We were to "come up with a personal genealogy challenge of your own. Each person has different research goals and experiences. Use this week to come up with your own challenge, and then take the steps to accomplish it. Genealogy bloggers are encouraged to share their ideas and challenge their own readers."

In January another Genealogy Friend and I decided to make a list of our Genealogical Research Goals. I had Data, Research, Writing, Education and "Other" goals on my list.
Here were my Research and my Education Goals for the year:


1. Make 12 request for documents/microfilm

Ordered 3 Monroe County, OH Newspaper microfilms from OHS, ordered 3 estates from Wayne County, OH, ordered final pension payment voucher from NARA, ordered two land files from NARA

2. Order 1 German microfilm on Rheinlander or Shafferman family

3. Go on at least one research trip

Went to Hancock County, OH did research in the Library and Cannonsburg Cemetery

4. Go to at least one new research repository


1. Attend at least one conference/workshop

Attended Craig Scott's Military Research Day in PA

2. Keep up to date with the NGS Quarterly

trying to!

3. Read 3 new skill books & apply what learned

4. Watch the APG, BCG & NGS Lectures online

Do you have any Genealogy Goals for the year? How are you doing on your goals?


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday ~ John Poules

John Poules was born to Ira & Geraldine (Cogan) Poules in 1918 in Akron, Summit County, Ohio. Little John died just 3 years after was born on 30 August 1921 in Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio of Cholera. Geraldine died just two short years later. I am not sure the cause of death, as I cannot locate a death certificate or obituary for her. She is buried next to little John. Both of them are behind Geraldine's parents, John and Catherine (Conlin) Cogan in Rose Hill Cemetery in Fairlawn, Summit County, Ohio.


Saturday, June 5, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun ~ Feeling Lucky?

Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun~
"Your mission tonight, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Go to http://www.google.com/ and enter a search term and click on the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button.

2) Try your name, your local society, favorite genealogy terms, whatever you want. Do at least three, and as many as you want if you have time. Be creative! Have fun!

3) What did you learn from this exercise?

4) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, as a comment to this post, or as a Note or comment on Facebook.

Soooo, First I am googling my name, lets see what we get....Never done this before!

That was fun, I googled my name "Kelly Holderbaum" and Feelin Lucky popped me into the Holderbaum Family Genealogy Forum at Genealogy.com, where I have posted and answered queries. Googling "Kelly Coghan Holderbaum" popped me right into my Facebook page.

Next I googled Summit County Genealogical Society, up popped The Summit County Historical Society web page.

According to WhitePages.com, when I googled my husband, I have 9 of them in the US.

Genealogy took me to the FHL web page.

Tombstone took me to a web page about the 1993 Tombstone movie!

The Feeling Lucky button at Google is fun, what did you find?


Friday, June 4, 2010

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Challenge #22 FindaGrave

This week's challenge was to explore FindaGrave. I love FindaGrave! There are so many cemeteries and so little time, as I say on my FB page! I know one thing I can do is improve on some of my pages. I did go through on some of the pages and add individual information on the people if known and photos of them.
I also like to browse the cemeteries in my area and try to make a trip if someone needs a photo, especially if I have one of my requests filled around the country. The Volunteers are awesome and are so helpful in trying to get what you need.
For Summit County, Ohio they list 122 cemeteries. It would be interesting to take their list and compare it to our Summit County OGS cemetery list!
FindaGrave is a great thing for the Genealogy Community. If you are going to a cemetery, I suggest that you check FindaGrave and see if you could fulfill a photo request and find an ancestor for someone!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday ~ Gift from the Heart

My Great Grandma, Rose May Stine Hopkins, whom I have written about before, was a thoughtful woman. She was a God fearing woman. She wrote notes to my siblings and I for many years. This particular note was in my baby book. She began typing her notes once her Parkinsons got too bad. She also wrote a book about her and Oliver's travels together for us. But that is for a whole other day! She was a special woman.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday ~ Thomas E. Coghan

My Grandfather, Thomas E. Coghan Sr., served in the US Navy on the USS Midway after World War II.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Andrew Walter Nose

Happy Tombstone Tuesday! I must say it is one of my favorite days! In honor of Memorial Day, lets take a look at Andrew W. Nose. My dear 3rd Great Grandfather was born 2 June 1827 in Taylor County, Virginia. He married Celiah Celestial Snider about 1854 in Virginia. They had ten children together, of whom I am descended from their daughter Louisa Virginia Nose.

Andrew served in Company B of the 17th West Virginia Infantry during the Civil War. But it wasn't just his service to his country that made Andrew interesting. Andrew had a busy life, with ten children, the effects on his body after the war, he seemed not to be able to keep a wife. Celiah died in 1877. In 1878 he married Miss Ellen Pierce. They had one child. Then in 1886 he married Miss Annie Thorn. Finally in 1906 he married the young Miss Sarah E. Calls, who was 46 years younger then himself.

After all though, Andrew was a pensioner. But pensioners were not without their problems. It seems one day according to the letters and affidavits in his pension file, some young man taking him to town, forged Andrew's pension voucher and robbed him. In the following letters and court case, many of the persons involved had their characters described. In fact the "Pensioner's wife is notorious for unchastity in the neighborhood where she lives and Pensioner has several times left her on account of her bad conduct in this respect".