28 February 2015

WCGS February 2015 Meeting and Info on March Gathering

By Pamela Pattison Lash

VP Mary Alice Roth of the Williams County Genealogical Society has a report on the last WCGS meeting and what's coming up in March.  Here's what Mary Alice has to say:


The Williams County Genealogical Society held the last meeting on Monday, February 9, 2015.  President Pat Goebel gave a presentation on Citing Your Sources.....Where Did I Find This?  This was designed to show the many ways necessary to cite your family information.  Citing is a way to record where the information was found to prove it's valid.  It also will provide yourself or others the way to get back to the same information for further research.

     Pat discussed acknowledging other people's works and opinions through the proper way to cite what was found in books, newspapers, publications, articles in magazines and journals.  Photographs need the photographer (if known), name of person, date (if known), if it's a photocopy or original and if you hold the original photograph in your private collection.  Always use pencil to write on anything so ink doesn't bleed through or onto other photographs.

     Any information like maps, correspondence, bible records, deeds, birth and death certificates, census or online findings should be recorded in the same way.

     Our next meeting will be on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 6:30pm.  Kent Juillard, from the Stryker area, will be speaking about his grandfather, Mathias Thurston, a Civil War veteran.  He will share the many interesting details that are in his possession.

     The purpose of the WCGS is 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 to attend all meetings.

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

28 January 2015

WCGS Jan 2015 Meeting and Info on February Meeting


 By Pamela Pattison Lash

News from WCGS VP Mary Alice Roth:

The Williams County Genealogical Society held their meeting on Monday, January 12, 2015.  One new member joined the society.  Many ways of organizing family material was discussed.  Using folders with family names on the front is very useful to separate several families.  This information can be broken down into many different categories within the folder.  A digital book of military history of relatives is very useful.  Also, a digital book of your own life will provide critical information for future generations.

     Our next meeting will be held on Monday, February 9, 2015.  Our speaker will be President Pat Goebel.  She will present her findings on Where Did I Find This?.....     Citing Your Sources.  Pat has resourced this subject and come up with her program to assist you with reasons, ways and methods to cite the material you find for your family information.  You're not sure what citing is.....Citing is recording where you found each piece of family information to verify it.

     The purpose of the WCGS is 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 to attend all meetings.

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

03 January 2015

WCGS December 2014 and January 2015 Info

By Pamela Pattison Lash

VP Mary Alice Roth of the Williams County Genealogical Society recently reviewed our last meeting and has info on our next meeting.  Here's what she has to tell:


     The Williams County Genealogical Society gathered for their annual Christmas party on December 8, 2014.  A delicious buffet of festive food was enjoyed by all, while a lot of talking and laughter was going on.

     Our next meeting will be held on Monday, January 12, 2015, at 6:30pm, at the West Annex of the Bryan Public Library.  Bring any idea you have come up with on how to organize your family records.  The simplest idea may be of help to someone.

     A special invitation is being given to all who attended the November 15, 2014 Search for Your Roots Lock-in.  This meeting may help bring all your family records into order and you may realize you have a piece of your family puzzle you didn't know you had.

     The purpose of the WCGS is 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 to attend all meetings.

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

28 November 2014

WCGS November 2014 Meeting and December News

By Pamela Pattison Lash

Here is the report from VP Mary Alice Roth:

The Williams County Genealogical Society held their lock-in workshop on November 15, 2014.  It was entitled Searching for Your Roots.

President Pat Goebel greeted everyone and thanked them for coming out in the cold weather.
Vice President Mary Alice Roth presented many different ways and places to collect your family information.  She cautioned how all names, birth and death dates, marriage records, court records, church records and areas lived in should be compared to make sure the person considered to be your relative is the correct one.  She also discussed how the computer is very useful to find information but what looks like the right person may not be.  Keep searching and compare information gathered to see if it fits in like pieces of a puzzle.  Handouts of information covered were provided.

Pam Lash gave tours of the library and different resources available for their research.  While guests did research, she helped with different problems they were having finding information.

There were nineteen guests in attendance plus board members that assisted guests with their searching.  Three new members were gained and others very interested in attending our upcoming meetings.
     
Our next meeting will be held Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6:30pm.  Bring your favorite festive dish to share and enjoy mingling with genealogy friends.  Plates, table service and coffee will be provided.
     
The purpose of the WCGS is preservation of county records and family research.  Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, excluding Jul;y and August, at 6:30pm, in the conference room of the West Annex of the Bryan Public Library.  The public is invited to attend all meetings.
     
For further information concerning the WCGS, visit the Website at www.wcgs-ogs.com or write to the WCGS, P.O. Box 293, Bryan, Ohio 43506  

15 October 2014

WCGS October Meeting and Lock-In at the WCPL Local History and Genealogy Center

By Pamela Pattison Lash

VP Mary Alice Roth has this to report on WCGS events:


The Williams County Genealogical Society held their monthly meeting on October 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm, at the Bryan Public Library in the West Annex.

     The guest speaker, Joanne Allison, spoke on her trip to Germany and ways she found her ancestors.  She traveled with her daughter, who spoke German, to the church where her great grandmother was baptized.  She visited with people who knew where different family members had lived.  She gave a slide presentation of cousins she met, beautiful buildiungs and many cities she traveled to.  She showed how the very poor heuerling families lived in very small buildings, usually with only one window.  They lived and cooked in the same building with the animals.  She showed slides of the lush green grass with grazing cattle on the sides of dikes, thatched roofs, floating moors, mud flaps and wind turbines.  She found out that Leiner is the sister city to St. Marys, Ohio. Joanne hasjust published a book on German ancestors.

     The next meeting will be a lock-in held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Bryan Public Library in the West Annex.    The library is not open so you must register by Thursday, November13 by contacting Jane at 419-636-6734 or coming to the library.  This is a free workshop.  Methods to find your ancestors will be taught and handouts provided.  If you haven't done family researrch before or need some new inspiration to get started again, come join us and learn of the valuable resources the library has.

     The purpose of the WCGS is 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 to attend all meetings.

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

18 September 2014

WCGS September 2014 Meeting and More

By Pamela Pattison Lash

The WCGS began its new season of genealogical fun with a bang!  Here's what VP Mary Alice Roth has to report:


 The Williams County Genealogical Society held the first meeting of their new year on Monday, September 13, 2014.  After a short greeting by President Pat Goebel, a delicious array of food was enjoyed by all.

     Each person introduced themselves.  We had two new members and two guests.  Then the fun began!!!  Vice President Mary Alice Roth started a game of genealogy word find.  I think this was the quietest the group has ever been.  The next game tested their knowledge of genealogy understanding in many areas.  A handout of answers, with factual explanations of the answers, was given out.  We all had a great time,

     The next meeting will be held on Monday, October 13, 2014. Our guest speaker will be Joanne Allison.  She will be telling of her quest to find her German heritage, travels to Germany and her recently published book.  You may hear tips on how to locate your own German ancestors.

     The purpose of the WCGS is 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 to attend all meetings.

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



11 September 2014

Minnie St John Jones v Jefferson Paul Jones, 1891-92 Divorce Action


By Pamela Pattison Lash

Minnie St John Jones v Jefferson Paul Jones (Roll 51 case number 2927 – 1891/1893)

Bryan Democrat, 26 November 1891 p4 c6
Legal Notice
J. Paul Jones, whose Post Office address and residence is to plaintiff unknown, take notice that on 2 November 1891, Minnie Jones filed her petition in the clerks court of the Court of Common Pleas in Williams Co, OH case #2927 charging that defendant, J Paul Jones with continuous and willful absence from said plaintiff for more than 3 years.  The object and prayer of said petition is for the procurement of a divorce by said plaintiff from said defendant on said grounds and for the custody of one minor child of said plaintiff and said defendant and for alimony.  Said defendant is required to answer or to demur to said petition on or before 6 weeks from and after the 5th day of November 1891.Minnie Jones, Plaintiff

Minnie Jones v J. Paul Jones (Roll 51 case number 2927 - 1891/93)

The couple was married in Hillsdale Co, MI in July 1882.  Minnie said that her husband had been absent for three years and was guilty of gross neglect of duty.  She wanted custody of their daughter, Stella Jones, and $500 in alimony.  This action was filed on 2 November 1891 and appears to have been finalized by the court during the April 1892 term.  Minnie stated that J. Paul had left her in June 1884 and that he was lazy and indolent; he gave her no support for the child, yet he was wealthy as he was heir to his father’s estate.  Minnie had no property.  The court granted all her requests.

Starting with this information, I found the following:
Minnie B. St John married Jefferson P Jones in Amboy Twp, Hillsdale Co, MI on 23 July 1882; he was 21, a farmer with residence in Hillsdale, MI; she was 20 with residence in Williams Co, OH; they were both born in Ohio.

The Groom
Jefferson P Jones married Ida May Hall in Lickley Corners, Hillsdale Co, MI on 21 October 1894.  The license stated that they both lived in Prattville, MI and neither had been married before.  He was 30, a barber, born in West Unity, OH to SS Jones and Margaret Dunscomb; she was 22, born in Bordina, NY, the daughter of James Hall and Mary A Evans.

1880 Wright Twp, Hillsdale Co, MI
Jones, Samuel 41 NJ
Margaret wife 41 OH
Paul son 19 OH
James son 14 OH
Gilbert son 9 MI
Note: Samuel Jones married Margaret Dunscomb in Williams Co, OH on 3 January 1861.

1900 Wright Twp, Hillsdale Co, MI
Jones, Jefferson P 39 (Oct 1861) OH-NJ-OH
M. Ida wife 25 (1875) NY-Eng-Eng married 6Y no children

By 1930 Jefferson was living in Battle Creek, Calhoun Co, MI as a roomer of the Archer and Hilda Phillips family; he was a widower, 68 OH.

By 1940 he lived in Grass Lake, Jackson Co, MI, 78 OH, widower, lodger of  Myrtle Bitner; his last residence was listed as Dexter, Washtenaw Co, MI

Jefferson Paul Jones, born 3 October 1861 in West Unity, Williams Co, OH, son of Samuel Jones, died on 10 September 1940 in Jackson, Jackson Co, MI; he was buried in Woodland Cem, Jackson Co, MI

The Bride
Minnie Jones married Alfred H Reader in Williams Co, OH on 26 March 1892.  Minnie was the daughter of Ward St John and Catherine Yost.

1870 Brady Twp, Williams Co, OH
St John, Minnie 10 OH with parents and siblings

1880 Millcreek Twp, Williams Co, OH
St John, Ward 49 CT
Catherine wife 43 CT
William son 25 OH
Abner son 23 OH
Minnie dau 20 OH
Nettie dau 17 OH
George son 14 OH
Jacob son 10 OH

1900 Woodbridge, Hillsdale, Michigan; Roll: 713; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0100; FHL microfilm: 1240713.
Reader, Alfred 47 (June 1852) OH-Eng-Eng
Minnie wife 39 (June 1860) OH-OH-OH mar 1892 2/2 ch
Royal son 5 (June 1894) MI-OH-OH

In Fayette, Hilldale Co, MI Alfred H Reader died on 12 April 1905 and was buried in the Osbourne Cemetery.

Minnie Reader married Albert L Fitton on 10 January 1907 in Hillsdale Co, MI.

In 1910 Jackson Co, MI we find Fitton, Albert L divorced; so far I’ve not discovered Minnie, but in 1910 there is a Royal Reader 15 MI living as inmate of Lansing, MI Industrial School for Boys

On 24 March 1916 in Hillsdale Co, OH Minnie Fitton married Andrew Allen Smith.

From the 1920 Jonesville, Hillsdale, Michigan; Roll: T625_768; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 122; Image: 165, Minnie Smith is living as a widow, 58 OH-NY-PA.