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.



04 September 2014

Clara Louemma Yates Murray v Edward Murray, Divorce 1892

By Pamela Pattison Lash

While browsing an old newspaper I found this entry:

Bryan Democrat 7 January 1892 p5 c6
Edward Murray whose place of residence and post office address are to Clara L Murray unknown will take notice that on 20 November 1891 the said Clara Murray filed her petition in the Court of Common Pleas of Williams County, OH pursuit to a divorce from him on the grounds of willfully absence of the Edward Murray from Clara L Murray for a period of 3 years last past. 

I searched the Civil and Criminal Court records and found the divorce entry in Roll 51 #2941 which shed very little light on the circumstances of this action. It appears that Clara wanted custody of their son, Edwin Murray, $500 in alimony, and court costs paid by the defendant.  It also appears that the divorce was finalized c 8 March 1892 in the Common Pleas Court.  With some digging I found the marriage for this couple and the birth record of their son:

Married 8 July 1888, Williams Co, OH (Marriage V5 p 427)
Edward Murray and Clara Louemma Yates – the marriage application was made by John Yates, her father

Birth of their son - 13 November 1888, Bryan, Williams Co, OH – Edwin Yates Murray

I then checked out the census for 1870, 1880, and 1900 but found that by 1900 Clara was not living in Williams County as she had remarried and her son was listed as the adopted son of her parents, John and Mary Yates. 
1870 Bryan, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 180A; Image: 363; Family History Library Film: 552781.
h/h 92/92 Yates, John 35 OH carpenter
Mary 29 OH
Elmer 8 OH
George 6 OH
Clara 1 OH

1880 Bryan, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1078; Family History Film: 1255078; Page: 656D; Enumeration District: 012; Image: 0174.
h/h 561586 Yates, John 41 OH-PA-PA carpenter
Mary wife 38 OH-PA-PA
Elmer son 18 OH-OH-OH
George son 155 OH-OH-OH
Clara dau 10 OH-OH-OH
Kahl, Edward 21 OH-Prussia-Prussia boarder, laborer

Clara Murray married Charles P Harring in Williams Co, OH on 30 June 1892 (Marriage V6 p242)

Everything fell into place with her obit.

Clara Louemma Yates (6 June 1869, Williams Co, OH – Birth V1 p5; 27 March 1951, Bryan, OH; buried in Fountain Grove Cem, Bryan, Pulaski Twp, Williams Co, OH)
d/o John Yates and Mary J Schartzer

Leader Enterprise (Montpelier, OH), Thursday, 29 March 1951 p1 c8
Mrs. Harring Dies in Hospital
Mrs Clara Louemma Harring, 81, life long resident of Williams Co, OH died Tuesday morning (March 27) at the Cameron Hospital in Bryan.  She had been ill only a short time.
Funeral rites were conducted this afternoon at the Creators and Kissell Funeral Home in Bryan with Rev Clinton W Swengel officiating.  Burial was made in Fountain Grove Cem.
Son Edwin Murray of Bryan
2 step-sons Emmett P Harring of Grand Rapids and Claude P Harring, Houghton Lake
1 step-dau Mrs Ethel Long of Toledo
4 grandchildren
10 gr-grandchildren
Mrs Harring was a member of the Bryan Methodist Church, the Order of Easter Star, the Women’s Relief Corps, and the Pythian Sisters.

More information on her second husband: 
Charles P Harring (21 April 1856, Osseo, MI- 29 November 1912, Toledo, Lucas Co, OH); s/o Henry H Harring and Mary Shurtleff

1860 Jefferson, Hillsdale, Michigan; Roll: M653_543; Page: 342; Image: 337; Family History Library Film: 803543.
Charles P Herring 7 MI s/o Henry and Mary Harring

1870 Jefferson, Hillsdale, Michigan; Roll: M593_673; Page: 372B; Image: 427; Family History Library Film: 552172.
Charles Harring 17 MI s/o Henry and Mary Harring

Charles P Harring married Bell Parter (Isabell Porter) in Osseo, Hillsdale Co, MI on 26 September 1876 – children Stacy (c1878), Emmett P (Apr 1880), Ethel (1883), Claud P (Feb 1888)

1880 Camden Center, Hillsdale, Michigan; Roll: 580; Family History Film: 1254580; Page: 90D; Enumeration District: 083; Image: 0619.
h/h 370/382 Harring, Charles P 27 MI-NY-NY grist miller
Belle wife 21 MI-Eng-Eng
Stacy son 2 MI-MI-MI
Emma dau 2M (Apr) MI-MI-MI – misidentified as girl

1900 Bryan, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1332; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0111; FHL microfilm: 1241332.
h/h 266/278 under John Yates running boarding house - Edwin Y Murray, 11 (April 1888) adopted son of John and Mary Yates OH-OH-OH

1900 Toledo, Lucas Co, OH City Directory – Charles P Harring, painter

1900 Toledo Ward 14, Lucas, Ohio; Roll: 1299; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 0108; FHL microfilm: 1241299.
h/h 619/295 – 298 Prouty Ave - Harding, Charles P 47 MI-NY-NY mar 8Y painter
Clara L wife 30 OH-PA-PA 1/1 ch
Emmet P son 20
Ethel dau 17
Claud P son 12

1910 Toledo Ward 2, Lucas, Ohio; Roll: T624_1207; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 0043; FHL microfilm: 1375220.
h/h 830/158 – 206 Michigan St -Harring, Charles P 53 MI-NY-NY mar 17Y, mar 2x, stone mason
Clara wife 40 OH-OH-OH mar 2x, no children

Charles P Harring died in Toledo, Lucas Co, OH on 29 November 1912

After his death it would appear that Clara moved from Toledo back to Bryan, where she spent the rest of her life.

1920 Pulaski, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T625_1450; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 164; Image: 356. – under John Yates - Clara Hering 50 OH-OH-OH telephone operator living as roomer with Yates family, widow

1940 Bryan, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T627_3169; Page: 61A; Enumeration District: 86-17.
Clara Harring 70 OH-OH-OH lodger, widow, living in household of William and Mildred Miller

02 August 2014

Lady Has Longevity Genes - Alice Verona Kosier Gleason

By Pamela Pattison Lash

I discovered a newspaper article and picture of a lady who celebrated her 100th birthday.  I was amazed at the information given in this article and want to share this with you.  I had worked on a divorce detailing of her father so I had a bit of material to start with but I added some more data to the lady with the longevity genes.

Alice Verona Kosier Gleason (17 July 1857 – 8 October 1957 Fayette, Gorham Twp, Fulton Co, OH; buried in West Franklin Cem, Franklin Twp, Fulton Co, OH)

Bryan Times, 26 July 1957 p1 c6

Mrs. Alice V Gleason, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday at Fayette (OH), has an unusually large number of living descendants, 48, and many of them live in this area.

She has 3 sons and 2 daughters, (R) Charles Gleason, Wakeman, Ross Gleason, Fayette with whom she lives with Firman Gleason, Lyons, Mrs. Jerome Kline (Willobelle), Fayette, and Mrs George Robison (Juanita Wyonna), Fayette.

She also had two daughters and one son who passed away, Mrs Gar (Richard Lagar) Gamble (Rosamond), Mrs William Gamble (Edna Luella Gleason) and George Gleason.

There are 20 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren giving Mrs. Gleason something of a record in this area.

Mrs. Gleason was born in Hamer, Williams Co, OH, July 17, 1857, the daughter of M/M Jonathan Kosier.  Her husband Allison Gleason, died in 1948 at the age of 89.  He was a farmer and they lived to celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary.  Much of their life having been spent in Williams County, while she has lived in her present home since 1899.

Her Obit - Bryan Times, 10 October 1957 p1

Alice Verona Kosier, was the daughter of Jonathan Kosier, Jr and Catherine Rhodes, both natives of PA with Jonathan taking up the vocation of blacksmith; later Jonathan would become a Civil War veteran, serving in Co F 182nd OVI with the rank of corporal. – see divorce detailing for more information on Jonathan Kosier.

In the 1860 Millcreek Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census, p123b, one finds the Kosier family as Jonathan 27 PA, blacksmith; Catherine 27 PA; I.M. (male) 4 OH; A.B. (female) 2 OH; and twins, Joseph and Josephine 11/12 OH.

By the 1870 Millcreek Twp federal census p29, the family had grown as follows: Jonathan 37 PA blacksmith; Catherine 37 PA; Alexander 14 OH; Alice Verona 12 OH; Joseph 10 OH; Josephine 10 OH; Rosanna 8 OH; George W. 6 OH; Cora 4 OH; and Samuel Kosier 24 PA, probably Jonathan's younger brother.  Another child, Lilly M. (b. 29 July 1870; d. 19 Oct 1871), was the first of the family to be buried in the West Franklin Cem, Fulton Co, OH. 

Mother Catherine Kosier who passed away on 29 Sept 1873 (Wms Co, OH Deaths, V1 p23) joined her.  Jonathan was listed in the 1874 Wms Co, OH Atlas as the owner of several lots in the village of Hamer in Millcreek Twp.

Alice Verona Kosier married Alson Gleason in Williams Co, OH on 27 August 1879 (Marriages V4 p642); Alson or Allison was the s/o James Morrison Gleason and Susan Mary Dietrick

Their children:
(Mildred Rosemond) Rosa Oct 1880
Charles Leland – 8 Jul 1882, West Unity, Brady Twp, Williams Co, OH
Willobelle – 5 December 1883, Williams Co, OH
Edna – 6 May 1886, Williams Co, OH
George R May 1893
Ross Carelton 6 Dec 1897
Juanita Wyonna 7 May 1900
Firman Summerville 24 Nov 904

1900 Gorham, Fulton, Ohio; Roll: 1270; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 0010; FHL microfilm: 1241270.
h/h 361/370 Gleason, Alson 41 (May 1859) mar 20Y OH-NY-PA farmer
Alice V wife 42 (July 1857) 6/6 ch OH-PA-PA
Rosa dau 19 (Oct 1880) OH-OH-OH
Charles L son 17 (July 1882) OH-OH-OH
Willa B dau 16 (Dec 1883) OH-OH-OH
Edna 14 dau (May 1886) OH-OH-OH
George R son  7 (May 1893) OH-OH-OH
Ross 2 son (Dec 1897) OH-OH-OH

1910 Gorham, Fulton, Ohio; Roll: T624_1184; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0011; FHL microfilm: 1375197.
h/h 33/33 Gleason, Allison 50 OH-NY-PA farmer mar 30Y
Alice 52 wife OH-PA-PA 8/8 ch
Edna L dau 23 music teacher
George R son 19
Ross C son 12
Juanita dau 7
Firman  son 6

Alice can also be found in Gorham, Fulton Co, OH federal census records for 1920, 1930, and 1940.