Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun ~ Brick Walls

Tonight's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is all about your brick walls. I know you all have them, I have them as well as many people I know. I am continually learning new ways to knock down those walls. I hope you are too!
My stubborn wall, who I have put aside at the moment is my Cog(h)an line.
John Bradley Cogan was born 23 January 1872 probably that is in Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania to Richard Cogan and Mary Deplante (who was supposedly born in Canada). I pretty much have John's life down after he marries in Summit County, Ohio in 1892 to Catherine Conlin. Before that is my problem. I cannot seem to find hide nor hair of Richard and the family. I have found no possible siblings or birth information. I have possibly located a Mary and a son Jonathan in Titusville in 1880, but that is a little sketchy to me too.
Anyone out there have a clue for me?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday ~ George & Margaret (Gardner) Whitman

Germans meet French! Margaret Gardner was born in 1843 probably Summit County, Ohio to French immigrants, John Michael Gardner and Elizabeth Neuyear. Margaret married George Whitman, son of Christian and Mary Radar Whitman. Margaret and George probably married about 1862 in Summit or Wayne County, Ohio. A marriage record has yet to have been found. A search is now being made to see if George served in the Civil War. Hopefully a pension file will be located for George to help solve this problem.

George and Margaret are buried together in St. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery, Doylestown, Wayne County, Ohio. George died of Dropsy of the Heart in 1907. Margaret died in 1915 of Paralysis due to Artius Sclerousis.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Christian & Mary Whitman

On the 29th of June I wrote about George Whitman. George's son is Christian Whitman. Christian was born 5 February 1807 in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Christian married Mrs. Mary Manning 2 February 1841 in Wayne County, Ohio, shortly after the family moved from Pennsylvania. Mary's maiden name might be Rater, according to a few sources. Christian died in 1888 and Mary in 1898. They are buried together at St. Peter & St. Paul's Catholic Church Cemetery, Doylestown, Wayne County, Ohio. Mary and Christian had ten children together. Their eldest son, George born in 1841, (five months after the marriage...) is my ancestor.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun ~ Genealogy Clerihew

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

1) Write a Genealogy Clerihew (and what is a "clerihew" you ask? See Jim Smith's post today for more details and his clerihew (briefly, a clerihew is a four-line irregular poem or verse that follows an AABB rhyme scheme. It is named for the birthday of Edmund Clerihew Bentley the inventor, aka writer, aka poet."). If you're feeling especially creative, write two or more!

2) Show us your genealogy clerihew in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook comment or update. C'mon, dazzle your readers and friends with your poetry and creativeness.

Well here is my Genealogy Clerihew...

Records hold the key

Even tho our ancestors flee

They may hide

But we’ll look wide

Kelly L. Holderbaum (c) 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Surname Saturday ~ Whitman

I recently traveled down to Wooster to do some research on my Whitman family. Find estate files for your family is very exciting especially when you hit the jack pot. I blogged earlier about the Whitmans. George died in 1847, leaving his son Christian as the executor and leaving everything to his unnamed wife, shame on him not naming her. But an estate file was filed in 1857. Mary Elizabeth Whitman died, Christian her son is the executor and his finishing his mother and father's estate. The above receipt was in the file. This order for the gravestone for $16.00 tells us Mary Elizabeth's husband, two sons, her date of death and age of death as well as the mark of Christian Whitman. Lovely!