Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursday's Thrills

I went to the Recorder's Office today to continue working on a deed project for the Norton Historical Society here in Summit County, Ohio.  I pulled over 50 deeds to get started.  But while pulling the deeds, I found two deeds that are for cemeteries in Norton.  Will be interesting to see if they are for the two known cemeteries or if they are for a now non-existant cemetery.
I also found an interesting deed as follows:
"David Hudson
Stephen Upson
Received Hudson Decemr 6th of David Hudson, a certian three year old black cow which I am to keep for her milk untill the first day of May next and at that time return to said Hudson at his dwelling house in good flesh unless said cow is killed by falling of trees, by wind, biting of snakes or killing by lightening or in case I do not return said cow on that day, I am to pay for said cow in good Merchantable yard wide linnen brown cloth at thirty three & one third cents pr. yard. The cow to remain Hudsons property, untill returned or paid for as above. The cow is valued at Fourteen Dollars.
Stephen Upson
Ebenezer Sheldon
George Kilbourn
Recvd March 30th & Recorded April 2nd 1811
Wm Wetmore, Recorder"
Deeds, A: 424, Summit County Recorder's Office, Akron, Ohio


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Benjamin & Ann (Dea) Rolston

Benjamin and Anna (Dea) Rolston are my 6th Great Grandparents on one of my Father's lines. Benjamin was born 4 Oct 1788 in Rockingham County, Virginia.  But old Ben moved around some. He went to Champaign County, Ohio from Virginia and then moved on to Hancock County, Ohio in 1837 and finally settled in Nemaha County, Nebraska where he died 10 Feb 1873.  Along the way he married Miss Anna Dea who was born on 2 May 1793 in Maryland and died on 12 Feb 1873 in Nebraska and shares Ben's tombstone in Karn Cemetery.  They had at least 9 children together, including my 5th Great Grandmother, Julia Ann Rolston born on 2 Feb 1810 in Virginia.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday ~ Military Uniforms

You never know what you'll find when you are digging through your Grandparent's attic.  My Grandpa's World War II jacket had been up there for a while until his eldest son took it home with him.  Grandpa's time in the War was not really ever talked about.  It was something Grandpa didn't want to talk about.  After he passed away and I was digging around and asking questions like any good genealogist would, I found out from my Uncle that Grandpa talked about the War with him once and only once.  My Uncle filled me in on what he knew and I took the research from there.  We had my Grandpa's discharge papers so I went to the Military and ordered his medals.  I found out from my Uncle that my Grandpa had thrown them away when he got home and didn't want them.  Once the medals arrived I sent them to my Uncle and he placed them on the jacket where they should be.  He then had professional photos taken of the jacket and we surprised my Grandmother with the photos.  She was very pleased.  I understand why my Grandpa didn't want to talk about it and share, but we wanted to honor him and all he went through as a Paratrooper in World War II and as a German POW.
To Grandpa John, the best Grandpa in the world!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Mary Ann Hayes Stine standing behind her mother, Susan Billiter Hays  Monroe County, Ohio