26 March 2015

WCGS March Meeting and Info for April Gathering 2015

By Pamela Pattison Lash

VP Mary Alice Roth has a report from the March WCGS Meeting.  Here is what she has to share:


The Williams County Genealogical Society held the last meeting on Monday, March 9, 2015.  Our speaker was Kent Juillard who lives in the rural Stryker area.  He started by telling part of his journey in life as an artist and teacher in Defiance and Tennessee colleges.

     Later, Kent returned to the family homestead, with his wife, where farming became a big part of his life.  He was very fortunate to have four sets of grandparents until he was 29 years old.  He kept a little journal on each of the four grandparent's families (Juillard-Werder-Bernath-Cramer).

     The Thurston family started in the United States with John.  He was the first Thurston to arrive from Suffolk, England on May 10, 1637 aboard the Mary Ann.  He settled in Medford, Massachusetts with his wife and fathered several children.

     Kent's grandpa Mathias Thurston served in the Civil War.  He fought at the Lookout Mountain Battle where he got shot in the neck.  He was at the Battle of Chickamauga in Georgia where he was a forager.

     Grandma Gertrude Cramer Bernath had all of grandpa Mathias' letters he wrote home while he was in the Civil War.  These letters were written to his girlfriend, Sarah, who later became his wife. The letters were hard to read because there were lines written between the lines due to lack of more paper.  These letters and the diary Mathias wrote during the war are in Kent's personal collection.

     The speaker at the April 13, 2015 meeting will be Kim Smith, Williams Co. First Families Chairman.  She will give information on the date of family settling in the county and proof needed for each family name, if more than one is eligible for induction into the Williams Co. First Families.  This will be valuable information if you have families who settled in the county prior to or as of 1860.  Any person who submits eligible information, before the April deadline, will be recognized at our Annual Banquet in June.

     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.  
 

08 March 2015

Newspaper Detailing Gets It Wrong - Mrs Walter Lewis v Walter Lewis, 1901

By Pamela Pattison Lash


Sometimes a newspaper notice of a divorce is not as accurate as one would like.  This is such a case.

Bryan Democrat (Bryan, OH), 30 March 1901 and 4 April 1901 p9 c6
Martha E Strock Lewis v Walter Lewis

Married on or about 13 May 1898
No children
Walter has been willfully absent for three years or more
Martha is the owner of household goods and furniture plus Lot 5, Ayers Addition, West Unity, OH
Martha wants a divorce, reasonable alimony, quit title to real estate, and be restored to her maiden name of Martha E Strock

A genealogy friend sent me the divorce notice for this couple. I checked several newspaper issues for a result of divorce but did not find any more information on the court news.  Here are the inaccurate details when comparing the newspaper account with other records:
1.  The record of marriage in the newspaper is incorrect.
2.  The maiden name of the plaintiff was not Strock but Dick.
3.  There was a child born to the couple.  In fact she has a son, Donald L Strock, b3 May 1903 whose father was listed as Walter L Strock.  There is a possibility that Martha asked for the divorce to be dismissed, got back together with Walter, and later filed after her son was born, approximately two years later.

Martha E Dick mar Levi J Strock, 12 Oct 1887, Williams Co, OH (V5 p359)
Mrs. Martha E Strock mar Walter Lewis, 19 May 1897, Williams Co, OH (V7 p120)

Martha Elizabeth Strock
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 08 Jan 1952
Gender: Female
Age: 89
Race: White
Birth Date: 15 Dec 1862
Birthplace: West Jefferson Twp Williams Co Ohio
Birth Year (Estimated): 1863
Father's Name: Phillip Dick
Mother's Name: Elizabeth Tressler
Informant – Donald L Strock - he died in Toledo September 1988; on his marriage license (which I've seen), he listed his father as Walter L Strock.

1900 Brady, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1332; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0100; FHL microfilm: 1241332
Martha Struck
[Martha Strock]
Age: 38
Birth Date: Dec 1861
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1900: Brady, Williams, Ohio
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother: number of living children: 1
Mother: How many children: 1
Household Members:
h/h 170/175 Martha Struck 38 (Dec 1861) widow OH-Germ-PA no occup, 1/1 ch
Guy P Struck 11 (Aug 1888) son OH-OH-OH

1910 Brady, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T624_1241; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0117; FHL microfilm: 1375254
Martha Strock
Age in 1910: 48
Birth Year: abt 1862
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1910: Brady, Williams, Ohio
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio
Household Members:
h/h 239/244 Martha Strock 48 widow 2/2 ch
Guy Strock 21 son works in lathe saw mill
Donald Strock 7 son

1920 Freedom, Wood, Ohio; Roll: T625_1448; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 151; Image: 1132
Martha E Strock
Age: 58
Birth Year: abt 1862
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1920: Freedom, Wood, Ohio
Street: Front Street
House Number: X
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Widowed
[Widow]
Father's Birthplace: Bavaria
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio
Able to Speak English: Yes
Occupation: None
Household Members:
h/h 112/113 Martha E Strock 58 OH-Bav-OH, widow, no occup
Donald Strock 16 son OH-PA-OH no occup

1930 West Unity, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1891; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0001; Image: 13.0; FHL microfilm: 2341625
Name: Martha E Strock
Birth Year: abt 1862
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birthplace: Ohio
Marital Status: Widowed
Homemaker?: Yes
Home in 1930: West Unity, Williams, Ohio
Street address: East Jackson St.
Dwelling Number: 212
Family Number: 208
Home Owned or Rented: Owned
Home Value: 800
Radio Set: No
Lives on Farm: No
Attended School: No
Able to Read and Write: Yes
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Able to Speak English: Yes
Household Members:
h/h 212/208 Martha E Strock 68

1940 West Unity, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T627_3169; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 86-1
Name: Martha E Strock
Respondent: Yes
Age: 78
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1862
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birthplace: Ohio
Marital Status: Widowed
Home in 1940: West Unity, Williams, Ohio
Street: Jackson Street
Farm: No
Inferred Residence in 1935: West Unity, Williams, Ohio
Residence in 1935: Same House
Resident on farm in 1935: No
Sheet Number: 7A
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 167
Occupation: Housewife
House Owned or Rented: Owned
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 650
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: High School, 4th year
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 0
Duration of Unemployment: 0
Class of Worker: H
Weeks Worked in 1939: 0
Income: 0
Income Other Sources: Yes
Household Members:
h/h /168 Martha E Strock 78

Martha's other son:
Guy Strock
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birth Place: Stryker, Williams, Ohio
Birth Date: 30 Aug 1888
Father's name: L. J. Strock
Mother's name: Martha Dick
FHL Film Number: 914034
1920 and 1930 living in Pemberville, Wood Co, OH

Guy P. Strock
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 16 Jul 1913
Event Place: Wood, Ohio, United States
Age: 24
Birth Date: 30 Aug 1888
Birth Year (Estimated): 1889
Birthplace: Stryker, Ohio
Father's Name: Levi Strock
Mother's Name: Martha Dick
Spouse's Name: Mabel Schwane
Spouse's Age: 23
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1890
Spouse's Birthplace: Pemberville, Wood Co., Ohio
Spouse's Father's Name: John Schwane
Spouse's Mother's Name: Louise Hartman

Guy Strock
SSN: 363-16-1305
Last Residence:
Ohio
BORN: 30 Aug 1888
Died: Sep 1963
State (Year) SSN issued: Michigan (Before 1951)

Guy P Strock
Birth Date: abt 1888
Age at Death: 75
Death Date: 26 Sep 1963
Death Place: Toledo, Ohio
Newspaper Information: Newspaper: Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune; Newspaper Date: 27 Sep 1963; Newspaper Page: 2 Column: 3; Repository: Center for Archival Collections, BGSU; Years Available:
Notes: LONG CEMETERY PEMBERVILLE OH




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.