24 March 2014

WCGS March 2014 Meeting and the Upcoming April Meeting

By Pamela Pattison Lash

Our Co-VP, Pat Goebel, has a report to share on the March 2014 meeting and what's coming in April.  Here's what Pat has to report:


The Williams County Genealogical Society met in March to finish the DVD on Samuel Clemens. Mark Twain’s most famous books were  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He wrote 28 books and numerous short stories, letters and sketches. In 1870, Clemens married Olivia Langdon, and they had four children, one of whom died in infancy and two who died in their twenties. Their surviving child, Clara, lived to be 88, and had one daughter. Clara's daughter died without having any children, so there are no direct descendants of Samuel Clemens living. Our guest speaker at the June banquet is a descendant of Mr. Clemens. Come and find out how he is related.

 Next month, April 14, 2014, the society will meet in the Harmon Room of the West Annex to the Bryan Public Library at 6:30 pm. The guest speaker will be Amanda Wells Blackman from DeKalb County, Indiana. She will be talking about how to identify old photographs by looking at the different types of photos and the time period in which they were popular. Amanda will present how to identify and date photos by their use of clothes, hairstyles, jewelry, military medals, and props used the by photographer. Bring a photo or two that is 1920 or older for Amanda to identify.

The purpose of WCGS is the preservation of county records and family research.  Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, excluding July and August, at 6:30 pm, in the conference room of the West Annex of the Bryan Public Library. The public is invited for all the meetings.

For further information concerning WCGS, visit the Website at www.wcgs-ogs.com or write to WCGS, P.O. Box 293, Bryan, OH 43506.

23 March 2014

"But I'm Not Dead" - Curtis S. Garrison, CW Vet


By Pamela Pattison Lash

I’m sure you have heard of obituaries being written for a person who is very much alive.  If not, here’s the case of a man living in Williams County, Ohio who was given a nice obit; when he saw this, he was quick to correct the false impression of his demise – wouldn’t you?

This is what I first uncovered:

Bryan Democrat, 13 February 1890 p5 c3
Death of Curt Garrison
Report reaches here Tuesday of the death of Curtis S Garrison of Russian influenza at Edon.  Mr Garrison was born in Portage Co, O in 1835; was left an orphan at an early age; when eleven years old he began work on a canal; six years later he became a peddler; came to Williams Co and was engaged as a clerk in a store at Edgerton until 1869, excepting three months in 1861 which he served in the 14th Ohio under Col Jim Steadman – About 1870 he located at Edon, this county and soon won prominence as one of the most active businessmen in the western part of the county.  He was a genial gentleman and many warm friends will regret his early death.

Then I discovered this:

Bryan Democrat, 20 February 1890 p5 c2
Edon, Ohio 2-4-19
Dear Democrat, - In your issue of this week you write me a nice obituary and gave a short correct history of my life, for which I thank you, but I’m not dead yet, for which I am more than thankful, neither asleep but by the grace of God (and the skill of a physician) am doing well here.  One of my friends accuses me of getting this up to see what people would say of me after I was dead, but that’s not so.  What do I care, for if God is for me who can be against me!
Replying and Fraternally,
C S Garrison

From here I researched the man who was not dead yet!

Curtis S Garrison (July 1835 Portage Co, OH - Feb 1890, Edon, Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH or 27 May 1927, Rifle, Garfield Co, CO); died of Russian influenza; s/o Iliff Garrison (d 1848 Portage Co, OH) and Elizabeth Calvin (d 1843 Portage Co, OH)
Bryan Democrat, 13 Feb 1890 p5 c3
Bryan Democrat, 3 June 1927 p2 c4

4 November 1861, Lenawee Co, MI Curtis S Garrison married Elizabeth Curtis

Elizabeth Curtis (April/ September 1842 pos Otsego Co, NY - aft 1900); d/o David Curtis and Charlotte St John

Children
Fred L 1867
Gracie 1874
Orson David 1876
Iliff C 8 Feb 1879 Edon, Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH

1850 Hudson, Lenawee Co, MI
Curtis, Elizabeth 8 NY living with parents and siblings

1860 Hudson, Lenawee, Michigan; Roll: M653_551; Page: 592; Image: 592; Family History Library Film: 803551.
Curtis, Elizabeth 18 NY living with parents and siblings

1850 Edinburg, Portage, Ohio; Roll: M432_722; Page: 222B; Image: 602.
Curtis Garrison 14 OH living with John and Sophronia Cope and his sister Charity Garrison

Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Ohio.
Affiliate Publication Number:            M552
Affiliate Film Number:            38
GS Film number:            0882251
Co C 14th Ohio Infantry – private; 3 month service 1861

1870 Florence, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 70B; Image: 144; Family History Library Film: 552781.
Garrison CS 36 OH dry goods merchant
Elizabeth 28 MI
Frederick L 3 OH
Ulysses C 1 OH

1880 Eden, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1077; Family History Film: 1255077; Page: 553A; Enumeration District: 008; Image: 0738.
Garrison, Curt S 44 OH-PA-PA merchant in general merchandise
Elizabeth wife 38 NY
Fred son 13 OH
Gracie dau 6 OH
Orson son 4 OH
Illiff son 1 OH
Bush, Jane 29 OH

1890 Veterans Schedule – 23 April 1861 to 13 Aug 1861 in Co C 14th Ohio Infantry, private, residing in Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH

21 Aug 1890 – invalid – CW service

1894 Michigan State Census – Village of Hillsdale – Curtis Garrison

1900 Hillsdale, Hillsdlae Co, MI
Garrison, Elizabeth 58 (Apr 1842) married 42 Y 6/4 ch
Illiff C son 21 OH-OH-NY music student

1900 Township 1, Maricopa, Arizona Territory; Roll: 46; Page: 21A; Enumeration District: 0032; FHL microfilm: 1240046.
Curtis Garrison 54 (July 1835) OH-VA-VA married, carpenter

Aug 14, 1900 to 8 June 1904 living in the National Home for Volunteer Soldiers, Curtis S Garrison: 696731 pension certificate
23 April 1861 Bryan, Oh to 13 Aug 1861 Toledo, OH; 5’4”, fair, can read and write, is religious Protestant, clerk, living in Sawtelle, CA, married, Elizabeth Garrison, wife, living in Hillsdale Co, MI

1910 Precinct 15, Garfield, Colorado; Roll: T624_120; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0047; FHL microfilm: 1374133.
Curtis Garrison 74 OH-OH-OH widower, farmer

1920 South Rifle, Garfield, Colorado; Roll: T625_164; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 38; Image: 729.
Curtis S Garrison 84 OH-VA-VA widower, farmer

US Veterans Administration Payment Card – death 27 May 1927

13 March 2014

Alvin David Beggs - Civil War Soldier in Two Companies


By Pamela Pattison Lash

Just a tip if you are researching a Civil War soldier - it is possible that your person served in more than one company or regiment so be sure to explore all possibilities.  This is such an example of a man who served twice in two different companies:

Alvin David Beggs (March 1846 Trumbull Co, OH-9 Aug 1916, Ransom, Hillsdale Co, MI; buried in Oakwood Cem, Stryker, Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH); s/o Joseph Beggs and Margaret Headley

22 Sept 1867, DeKalb Co, IN (Marriages p162) - Married Priscilla V Taylor

Priscilla V Taylor (March 1845 pos Mahoning Co, OH– 28 Mar 1901); d/o James B Taylor and Sarah Priscilla Hall

Children:
Jay Waldo or Walden (17 Sept 1869 Weldon, IL)
Clyde A (3 Sept 1871 IL)
Carrie c1874 IL
Cora c1874 IL

1850 Bazetta, Trumbull, Ohio; Roll: M432_733; Page: 458B; Image: 723.
Beggs, Joseph 30 blacksmith PA
Margaret 34 PA
Alvin 6 OH
Rocella 1 OH

1850 Goshen, Mahoning, Ohio; Roll: M432_707; Page: 557A; Image: 531.
Taylor, Priscilla 5 OH with parents James B and Sarah Taylor

1860 Newville, De Kalb, Indiana; Roll: M653_254; Page: 340; Image: 338; Family History Library Film: 803254.
Beggs, Joseph 39 PA blacksmith
Margaret 40 PA
Alvin 16 OH
Rocella 11 OH
Headley, Catherine 30 milliner OH

1860 Otsego Twp, Steuben Co, IN
Taylor, James B 39 merchant OH
Sarah P 43 PA
Priscilla 15 OH
William 13 OH
Candace 11 OH
And more siblings and others

Alvin D Beggs
Residence:            Indiana
Enlistment Date:            29 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment:            Private
State Served:            Indiana
Survived the War?:            Yes
Service Record:            Enlisted in Company H, Indiana 88th Infantry Regiment on 29 Aug 1862.Mustered out on 09 Nov 1863.
Sources:            Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana

Alvin D Beggs
Residence:            Indiana
Enlistment Date:            1 Nov 1864
Rank at enlistment:            Private
State Served:            Indiana
Survived the War?:            Yes
Service Record:            Enlisted in Company A, Indiana 13th Infantry Regiment on 12 Nov 1864.Mustered out on 13 Jun 1865.
Sources:            Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana

History of DeKalb Co, IN, Bowman, p100 – Alvin D Beggs, Co A 13th Indiana Volunteer Infantry

9 Dec 1865 – CW pension (invalid)



1870 Farmer City, DeWitt, Illinois; Roll: M593_216; Page: 123A; Image: 252; Family History Library Film: 545715.
Beggs, Alvin D 26 OH teaching school
Precilla 25 OH
J Welden 10/12 IL

1880 Newville, De Kalb, Indiana; Roll: 273; Family History Film: 1254273; Page: 153D; Enumeration District: 086; Image: 0304.
Beggs, Alvin D 36 OH-PA-PA school teacher
Precilla 35 wife OH-OH-PA
Jay W son 10 IL
Clyde son 8 IL
Carrie dau 6 IL
Cora dau 6 IL

1883 Military Pensioners for Williams Co, OH – Alvin Beggs wounded in left ankle and right leg; Co A 13th Indiana Infantry

1890 Veterans Schedule – Alvin D Beggs, Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH
Private, Co A 13th Indiana 11 Nov 1864 – 13 June 1865 – 6M 2D service – wounded at Ft Fisher, right knee and left ankle

1900 Stryker, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1332; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0116; FHL microfilm: 1241332.
Beggs, Alvin D 54 (Mar 1846) OH-OH-OH
Percilla V wife 55 (Mar 1845) OH-OH-PA 6/4 ch
Clyde son and grandchildren Nellie and Leo

1910 Camden, Hillsdale, Michigan; Roll: T624_649; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0103; FHL microfilm: 1374662.
Alvin D Beggsy 66 widower, father-in-law to Edward Hoskinson and wife Cora (Beggs)

9 Aug 1916 CW pension material listed Cora Hoskinson as next of kin


24 February 2014

WCGS Meeting - February 2014 and Info on March Gathering

By Pamela Pattison Lash

Our Co-VP Pat Goebel has information on the February 2014 meeting of the Williams County Genealogical Society and a sneak-peek of what's happening in March.  Here's Pat's report:


The February meeting of the Williams County Genealogical Society was held in the Harmon Room of the West Annex to the Bryan Public Library. Members weathered the cold to join in watching a DVD about Samuel Clemens. Samuel was born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. 4 years later his family moved to Hannibal‚ Missouri‚ on the banks of the Mississippi River. When Sam was 11‚ his father died.

Shortly thereafter he left school‚ having completed the fifth grade‚ to work as a printer’s apprentice for a local newspaper. His job was to arrange the type for each of the newspaper’s stories‚ allowing Sam to read the news of the world while completing his work. At 18‚ Sam headed east to New York City and Philadelphia‚ where he worked on several different newspapers and found some success at writing articles. By 1857‚ he had returned home to embark on a new career as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River.

With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861‚ however‚ all traffic along the river came to a halt‚ as did Sam’s pilot career. Sam joined a volunteer Confederate unit called the Marion Rangers‚ but he quit after just two weeks.

In search of a new career‚ Sam headed west in July of 1861‚ at the invitation of his brother‚ Orion‚ who had just been appointed Secretary of the Nevada Territory.

Next month, the continuing story of Samuel Clemens, his career, family will be shown. Come and join the members on March 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Harmon Room, West Annex to the Bryan Public Library, Bryan, OH.

16 February 2014

First Child Born in Florence Twp, CW Vet, Good Citizen in Kansas - David Singer

By Pamela Pattison Lash

He was the first child born in Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH and went on to become a husband and father.  He answered the Union call and served in the Civil War, but came back to his Williams Co, OH roots until about 1882 when he moved his family to Kansas.  Elk Falls, KS became his new home and where he planted a second set of roots until his death in 1921.  If you are a direct descendant of this David Singer, you would qualify for the Williams County Genealogical Society's First Families honor.  Of course, you have to become a member, fill out the application form, and provide the applicable documentation.  The deadline for the 2014 initiation is April 15.  For more information, check the WCGS website HERE


David Singer (11 April 1839 Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH – 20 Nov 1921, Elk Falls, Elk Co, KS; buried in Elk Falls Cem, Elk Falls, Elk Co, KS); s/o Johann David Singer Sr and Margaret Kregor

Elk Falls, Elk Co, KS Newspaper – note also mentioned in Coffeyville Journal, 25 November 1921 p4
David Singer was born in Edon, Ohio on April 11, 1839 and passed out of this life at Elk Falls, Kansas, November 20, 1921, aged 82 years, 7 months and 9 days.  He enlisted in Company "C" 38th Ohio VI and served until the close of the Civil War. He was married to Harriet Kentner in Ohio.  To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters.  One daughter died in childhood, and another at age 22 and one son at the age of 27. Two sons now live in Nebraska, one in Oklahoma, one in California.  Two sons were with him when he died.  His daughter lives in Nebraska, but was sick and unable to be a here.

Mr. Singer and his family came to Elk County in 1882, locating in Union City Township.  Four years later, they came to Elk Falls residing on a farm until after death of Mrs. Singer, which occurred about 19 years ago, in Ohio.  Since that time, he has made his home in Elk Falls, Kansas, engaging in various enterprises, being thus engaged at the time of his death.  He was an upright citizen, quite and thoughtful for the welfare of others, generous, faithful to every trust committed to him.

He professed faith in Christ in his early life and united with the Christian Church.  He was not identified with the church here.  He became a Mason in Edon Lodge # 464 in Edon, Ohio and in 1895; he transferred his membership to Meridian Lodge #126, A.F. A.M. in Elk Falls.  He was a faithful member and served in Tyler for 14 years.  He was a loyal member of Rawlins Post #26 G.A.R.   The funeral took place at the Christian Church, November 22, at 2 pm conducted by Newton Hill.  Music arranged by, Mrs. W.H. Walker.  There were beautiful floral tributes.  The Masons and Eastern Star Chapter, also, a few of the Veterans of the Civil War, and a large number of friends were in attendance.
    
The impressive ceremony of the Masonic Order was given at the grave.  Another mound marks the last resting place of the form of our friend and brother.  Year after year loving friends will place a flag and a cluster of flowers there as a silent tribute of respect.  The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved ones.   N.H.

19 March 1859, Williams Co, OH David Singer married Harriet Kintner (Marriage V3 p50)

Harriet Kintner (23 April 1837, Augusta, Carroll Co, OH – 3 Jan 1903, Williams Co, OH or Angola, Steuben Co, IN; buried in Edon Cem, Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH); d/o George and Mary Ebersole Kintner; she is supposed to have died in Williams County but I've checked the records and have found nothing to substantiate this along with no discovered probate for either her or her husband- perhaps Steuben Co, IN and Elk Co, KS records would be helpful.

Children
Mary Josephine
Calvin Wesley
Willis Orville
Margaret Ann
Anna Caroline
Justin Howard
Linley Ambrose
George David

1850 Florence, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M432_741; Page: 57B; Image: 117.
David Singer 11 OH living with parents David and Margaret Singer, both natives of Germany – note some online sources states that his mother was from Tuscarawas Co, OH

1850 Harrison, Carroll, Ohio; Roll: M432_664; Page: 117A; Image: 239.
Harriet Kintner 13 Oh living with parents George and Mary Kintner

1860 Florence, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M653_1052; Page: 25; Image: 54; Family History Library Film: 805052.
Singer, Damis 21 OH
Harriet 22 OH
Campbell, Obediah 18 OH

Enlisted as a Private on August 25, 1861 at age of 22.
Enlisted in Company "C", 38th Infantry Regiment Ohio Mustered Out Company "C" 38th Infantry Regiment Ohio on September 13, 1864
Co C 38th OVI in 1861 – 1864

1870 Florence, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 71B; Image: 146; Family History Library Film: 552781.
Singer, David 30 OH farmer
Harriet 32 OH
Calvin 9 OH
Willis 9 OH
Margaret 3 OH
Anna C 2 OH
Justin under 1 OH
Horbough, Horace 19 OH day laborer

1880 Florence, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1077; Family History Film: 1255077; Page: 561B; Enumeration District: 008; Image: 0757.
Singer, David 41 OH-Germ-Germ
Harriet wife OH
Calvin W son 19 OH-OH-OH
Willis O son 14 OH-OH-OH
Margaret A dau 13 OH-OH-OH
Annie C dau 12 OH-OH-OH
Jesten H son 10 OH-OH-OH
Little A son 5 OH-OH-OH
George D son 4 OH-OH-OH

Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 about David Singer
Name:            David Singer
Census Date:            1 Mar 1885
Residence County:            Elk
Residence State:            Kansas
Locality:            Union Center
Birth Location:            Ohio
Family Number:            3
Marital Status:            Married
Gender:            Male
Estimated birth year:            abt 1839
Race:            White
LINE:            12
Roll:            KS1885_44
Household Member(s):           
Name            Age
David Singer            46
Harriett Singer            48
Maggie Singer            18
Caroline Singer            16
Howard Singer            15
Ambrose Singer            9
George Singer            8
Henry Rake            23
 

Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 about David Singer
Name:            David Singer
Census Date:            1 Mar 1895
Residence County:            Elk
Residence State:            Kansas
Locality:            Elk Falls
Birth Location:            Ohio
Family Number:            109
Gender:            Male
Estimated birth year:            abt 1839
Race:            White
LINE:            12
Roll:            v115_45
Household Member(s):           
Name            Age
David Singer            56
Harriet Singer            58
Ambrose Singer            20
George Singer            18

1 May 1889 – CW Pension – invalid – filed from Kansas; Co C 38th OVI - private
 
 1900 Elk Falls, Elk, Kansas; Roll: 479; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0096; FHL microfilm: 1240479.
Singer, David 61(Apr 1839) OH-Germ-Germ
Harriet 63 (Apr 1837) OH-PA-PA 8/6 ch

1910 Turlock, Stanislaus, California; Roll: T624_110; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0161; FHL microfilm: 1374123.
David Singer 71 OH-Germ-Germ, widower living with son Willis

1920 Elk Falls, Elk, Kansas; Roll: T625_529; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 123; Image: 929.
Singer, David 80 OH-Germ-Germ widower

County of William, Ohio, Weston A. Goodspeed, Charles Blanchard, F. A. Battey 1882

DAVID SINGER was the first white child born in Florence Township. His parents were among the first white settlers here, coming in 1837. His father was a farmer, and he and wife, Margaret (Kragore) Singer, were parents of eight children. They entered one-half section of government land here and still own 220 acres. David was born in 1839, April 11, and his educational advantages were necessarily limited, as at that early day the time of the pioneers was employed in a struggle with the forces of nature for dominion, and the present state of cultivation and progress speaks more plainly than words of the result. Mr. Singer has witnessed the gradual transformation of the wilderness into one of the finest farming sections in Williams County, is a successful farmer himself, and a large stock dealer. He was united in marriage to Harriet Kentner, of Carroll County, Ohio, March 19, 1859, and to this union have been born seven children—Calvin, Willis, Margaret, Clara. Howard, Ambrose and George. Mr. Singer saw active service in the late war. He enlisted in 1861 in the Thirty-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was a soldier for over three years. Mrs. S. is a member of the Disciples' Church of Edon, and Mr. Singer belongs to the mystic brotherhood of Masons.

28 January 2014

WCGS January 2014 Meeting and February 2014 Info


By Pamela Pattison Lash

WCGS Co-VP Pat Goebel has a message about our last meeting and the plans for February.  Here's what Pat has to tell you:

The New Year not only brought cold weather but memories from the four ladies of the Williams County Genealogical Society (Alice Meuleman, Pat Goebel, Pam Lash and Marty Richie) about their trip to Washington DC. They shared at the January Meeting their exciting, frustrating but fruitful researching trip to Washington DC during the shutdown the first of October. They joined with a group from the Toledo Area Genealogical Society to take the bus trip to DC with the purpose of researching at the National Archives, Library of Congress, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).  Oct. 1 brought the government shutdown for some sightseeing, the National Archives and the Library of Congress.

Since the DAR is mostly privately funded, it was open, to the delight of the ladies. Besides researching in their wonderful library, a tour of the facilities was given with looks into the period rooms of most of the states in America. Pam Lash told about the tour showing slides of the Ohio, Tennessee, DC, Maryland, Louisiana, Georgia, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Missouri rooms. Special interest was given to the Ohio room showing the 1920’s d├ęcor.

Even though the shutdown closed many of the buildings for sightseeing, some of the open-air sites were available, for example, Arlington Cemetery. Pat Goebel told about their experience seeing the burial site for John F. Kennedy and Audie Murphy, with slides and a video of the Changing of the Guards, which they were lucky enough to see.
Alice Meuleman told about touring the Capitol Building led by a retired secretary from the Capitol Building with help from a current secretary. They were able to view both the Senate and House in session. Alice showed several rooms in the Capitol, and the scene painted in the Capitol stairway of the Battle of Erie.

Marty Richie told stories about her experience with a WWII vet while searching for his buddy’s name on the Memorial Wall.  She showed pictures of the 911 Park near the Pentagon and what everything meant. Marty also shared more pictures showing places around DC, Alexandra and Georgetown.

Even though the places they originally wanted to research were closed, the DAR held many “treasures” about their ancestors.

The next meeting will be February 10, 2014, 6:30pm in the Harmon Room, West Annex, Bryan Public Library, Bryan, OH. The theme is “Monday Night at the Movies”. A DVD of Samuel Clemens will be shown. Bring a snack and or drink, relax and watch the DVD with them.


The purpose of WCGS is the preservation of county records and family research.  Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, excluding July and August, at 6:30pm, in the conference room of the West Annex of the Bryan Public Library. The public is invited for all the meetings.

For further information concerning WCGS, visit the Website at www.wcgs-ogs.com or write to WCGS, P.O. Box 293, Bryan Ohio 43506.


19 January 2014

Divorce Action - Elizabeth J Reese Van Buskirk v Leander Perry Van Buskirk

By Pamela Pattison Lash

This posting began as a tidbit from an old Williams Co, OH newspaper coupled with a divorce action and then led to the discovery of a tragic end for the lady in this story.


Bryan Democrat, 7 August 1884, p5 c2
Jailed – Leander Van Buskirk is now in jail.  A month or so ago he came to Montpelier claiming to be a deputy US Marshal and authorized to look after pensioners and pension claims.  He cut a wide swath for nearly a month.  A few days ago he went to William Brubaker, a pensioner, and told him that he was drawing more pension than his disabilities entitled him to, pointed out the enormity of the offense, and the severity of the government in similar cases.  Brubaker became alarmed, said he did not want anything that did not belong to him, and expressed a desire to settle the matter on the best terms possible.  Van Buskirk told him he had overdrawn about $40, that for that amount he would settle the case and the government would never trouble him.  Brubaker was willing to pay but had no money.  Van Buskirk said he would take his note for the amount and did execute to Van Buskirk a note for $40 payable in thirty days.  Van Buskirk sold the note to a party at Montpelier for $38.  The transaction became public and Saturday afternoon Sheriff McGraw arrested Van Buskirk.  Justice Drake gave him a hearing and the deputy US Marshal takes his meals at the jail in default of $300 bail.


Elizabeth “Lizzie” J. Reese VanBuskirk v Leander Perry VanBuskirk (Journal 14 p136 - 7 June 1887; p235- Nov 1887; p333 - 28 Mar 1888)
The couple was married on 20 Oct 1872 in Wms Co, OH. The case was continued twice and finally she was granted a divorce.  He was charged with gross neglect but the children were divided up with Eugene and Maggie (Margaret b 15 May 1878, Florence Twp, V1 p121) living with Leander's parents, Emma living with Lizzie, and Amanda living with John Walter.  Lizzie paid court costs.

Leander Perry Van Buskirk (1852 Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH – 29 Nov 1893 South Bend, St Joseph Co, IN) s/o Joseph Van Buskirk and Mary Reilly

Elizabeth J Reese (1 Apr 1851, Seneca Co, OH – 30 Nov 1923 South Bend, St Joseph Co, IN; bur Highland Cem, South Bend, St Joseph Co, IN); d/o Hermanius J Reese and Rachael Sechman/Seckman

1860 Florence, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M653_1052; Page: 31; Image: 65; Family History Library Film: 805052.
Leander Van Buskirk 8 OH living with parents Joseph and Mary Van Buskirk plus siblings

1870 Florence, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 81A; Image: 165; Family History Library Film: 552781.
Leader Van buskirk 19 OH living with parents Joseph and Mary Van Buskirk plus siblings

1880 Florence, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1077; Family History Film: 1255077; Page: 563A; Enumeration District: 008; Image: 0760.
Van Buskirk, Leander 28 OH-PA-Germ carpenter
Elizabeth 29
Alta M 7
Jefferson E 5 (Eugene)
Alice E 4 (Emma)
Mary M 2 (Maggie)
Amanda J 2M

M1894 Patrick J. Paul Walsh

1900 South Bend, IN
Walsh, Patrick J 36 IL-Ire-Ire- laborer in plow company
Elizabeth 49 OH-OH-OH mar 6Y 6/4 ch
Several boarders
Van Buskirk, Amanda step dau 20 OH-OH-OH

1910 South Bend, IN
Walsh, Patrick J 40 IL
Elizabeth 50 OH

1920 South Bend Ward 1, St Joseph, Indiana; Roll: T625_463; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 220; Image: 633.
Walsh, Paul 50 IL-Ire-Ire assembler in plow company (born Dec 1864 IL) so his age is 56
Elizabeth J 68 OH-OH-OH

Checking on her parents, I was led not only to her mother’s identity but also the tragic accident that befell Elizabeth:

Herman J Reese, Williams County Death Record Vol 3 p110
13 December 1894, cause of death: Cancer; Occupation: farmer

Bryan Press, 20 December 1894
Hermann J. Reese was born March 25, 1827 in Stark County, Ohio and died in Edon, Williams County, Ohio, December 18, 1894, aged 67 years 8 months and 18 days. In July 1850, he was married to Rachel Sechman. One daughter was born to this union and the young wife died when the child was 10 days old. In 1853, he was united in marriage to Francis A. Merchant, who still survives him. Eleven children were the fruit of this marriage, eight of whom are still living. He has been a resident of this county 37 years. In 1860 he experienced religion, and joined the UB church and made his home with that denomination until 13 years ago. He left his farm and moved to this village where he united with the ME church and during all these years he has been an active and energetic Christian.

Bryan Democrat, 20 December 1894
Herman J. Reese was born in Clark County, Ohio, December 25, 1827, and died at Edon, Williams County, Ohio December 12, 1894. He was married July 1850 to Rachel E. Sechman. One daughter was born to this union. When the child was 10 days old, the young wife was laid in her grave. April 3, 1853, he was joined in wedlock to Francis A. Merchant, who survives her [sic]. Eleven children were the fruits of this union, eight of whom are still living. Mr. Reese was a resident of this county for 38 years. In 1860 he experienced religion and joined the UB church and made his home with that denomination until 1881, at which time he left his farm and moved to Edon. He then became a member of the ME church and during all these years he lived an acitve energetic life. In his worldly intercourse he was always kind and obliging; charitable to the poor and ready to aid the distressed; honest and prompt in his business transactions; he will be missed at home, in the church and by his fellow men. He was a member of the village council, and as a token of respect, the town hall was appropriately draped in mourning. He was laid to rest in Edon Cemetery, five sons and one grandson acted as pallbearers, and Rev. F.M. Gordon conducted the burial services.

Obit part for Frances Reese in 1912:
She leaves to mourn their loss, one step-daughter, Mrs. P.J. Walsh of South Bend, Ind.; two daughters, Mrs. A.J. Stuller of Mishawaka, Ind., and Mrs. Ida Kollar of Bridgewater Township, Williams County; five sons, J.H. and D.H Reese of Steuben County, Ind.; C.A. and D.J. and A.E. Reese of Williams County, 23 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and a countless number of friends.

South Bend Tribune, 30 November 1923 Section 2 p1
"WOMAN IS KILLED BY FAST NEW YORK CENTRAL TRAIN-Mrs. Elizabeth Walsh is Victim of Mishap-CROSSING NOT GUARDED-Watchman Testifies She Ignored His Signal to Stop-Locomotive Pilot Strikes Glancing Blow-Mrs. Elizabeth Walsh, age 60, 1803 Marine Street, wife of P.J. Walsh, died at 9 o'clock this morning in the St. Joseph hospital from injuries sustained at 7:57 o'clock this morning when she was struck by a fast west bound mail train at the intersection of Leer Street with the right of way on the New York Central railroad company. Mrs. Walsh, whose body was struck a glancing blow by the pilot of the locomotive and hurled across the crossing more than 40 feet from the point of impact apparently did no know of the approaching train, according to Theodore Davis, 610 East Ohio Street, the crossing watchman, who stated she paid no attention to his warning signal to stop. The train, in charge of Conductor C.E. Rextrew and Engineer I. Wells, both of Elkhart, Ind., was stopped immediately following the accident ad was released when the police arrived with the ambulance. Mrs. Walsh was taken to the St. Joseph hospital promptly, but died from the effects of a skull fracture. Her right leg and right arm had also been splintered."

South Bend Tribune, Saturday Evening, 1 December 1923
"Funeral Services for Mrs. P.J. Walsh, 1802 South Marine Street, who was killed by a New York Central train at the Leer street crossing, will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence. Rev. A.E. Monger, of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, officiating. Burial will be in Highland cemetery. Mrs. Walsh was born in Williams County, Ohio, April 1, 1852, and has been a resident of South Bend for 33 years. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Mrs. M.C. Kale of LaPorte, Ind.; Mrs. C.E Mason, Goshen, Ind., and J.E. Van Buskirk, Oklahoma City, Okla. Several brothers and sisters residing in Ohio also survive her.