Monday, February 28, 2011

John W.S Wolf: A Unique Obituary for our Ancestor & Civil War Soldier

Our ancestor, John W. S.  Wolf, son of John Franklin Wolf & Elisabeth Burkholder died in 1908. He was my 2nd great - grand uncle. His obituary appeared in the Medina County Gazette (Ohio) on 25 September 1908. It is a unique tribute.

John W. S. Wolf was born Sept. 24, 1841, in York county, Pa. When he was 12 years old he came to Ohio. Here he grew up to manhood, and at the call for volunteers in the Civil war he enlisted and served three years, belonging to the 120th O. V. I. In 1867 he married Elizabeth J. Anderson of Dalton, O. To them were born five girls and four boys. One son died in infancy. The rest survive him. For the last two years of his life, Mr. Wolf was a great sufferer, but bore it patiently to the end. He was blessed with an ambition for work which outlived his strength, desiring in his last years to do work which his strength would not allow. The family and neighbors did all in their power to relieve his suffering, but to no avail, and on Sept. 13 his spirit took flight to that better world. Funeral services took place at the family home near center Guilford on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 9:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Leith of the Presbyterian church of Seville. Our beautiful American flag showing trueness, bravery and purity, was draped over his casket. He was laid at rest in Woodlawn cemetery, aged 66 years, 11 months, 19 days. Relatives present from afar were: W. Wolf and wife, H. Shelley and wife, G. Thordyke and wife, all of Akron; John Anderson of Ottobein; Joe Wolf of Dundee; and J. Anderson and wife of Canton.

Here is a partial list of his descendants:

 ..... 1 John W. S. WOLF b: September 1841, d: 1908
..... + Elizabeth Jane ANDERSON
........... 2 Eliza J WOLF b: Abt. 1870, d: Unknown
........... + William SHIRLEY
........... 2 William E WOLF b: Abt. 1871, d: 23 August 1934
........... 2 John Franklin WOLF b: 07 September 1873, d: 04 April 1951
........... 2 Sarah Emma WOLF b: 08 August 1875, d: Unknown
........... 2 Anna May WOLF b: 03 June 1878, d: Unknown
........... 2 Samuel Harvey WOLF b: 13 January 1880, d: 30 March 1926
........... + GRACE b: 1878, d: 1968
................. 3 Bessie WOLF
................. 3 Orrin WOLF
................. 3 Ivan WOLF
................. 3 Thelma WOLF
........... 2 Mary B WOLF b: 23 April 1883, d: 01 May 1936
........... + Arthur DUNHAM
........... 2 George B. WOLF b: 07 July 1884, d: 03 August 1884
........... 2 Susan A. WOLF b: November 1885, d: Unknown
........... + Grant H THORNDYKE

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February Family Brithdays, February 16 - 29

Larry Lee Brown
16 February    1833    Benjamin Franklin WOLF
        1860    Mary Jane NEE
        1937    Larry Lee BROWN was born in Ohio, fifth child of Roy Jesse BROWN & Ivy MARK.  He married Dorothy ENGEL. Larry served during the Korean War. He was my godfather & paternal uncle.

17 February    1743    Johannes RITTER Sr.
        1897    Harrison Edward WOLF
        1906    Julia Agnes BRADY
        1924    Wilma Lucille SMITH was born in Mississippi, daughter of Denny Herbert SMITH & Mavis Marie BROWN. She married Henry Buhler. They had four children.

18 February    1812    Heinrich RITTER in Pennsylvania
        1840    John Gazie FORTENBERRY
        1877    James Monroe FORTENBERRY
        1910    Martha Olivia MINTER was the daughter of Luther MINTER & Clara Estella WOLF. She married John Alton WOLFORD.

19 February    1852    Thomas Benton FORTENBERRY
1912    Thelma Corine WILSON was the daughter of Thomas Clarence WILSON & Euna Clarabelle FORTENBERRY. She married George AMACKER. They had five children.

20 February    1751    Heinrich Wilhelm RITTER
        1912    Otis Charles MASSIE
        1924    Luther Felder CUTRER
        1925    Walter Frank WILSON

21 February    1809    Elizabeth RITTER was born in Pennsylvania, daughter of Martin RITTER and Anna Margaret BOGERT.
        1862    Isabella Ketura NEE

22 February    1846    Mariah B. HALL
1906    Mary Thelma ELLZEY was born in Mississippi, daughter of William ELLZEY & Amanda FORTENBERRY. She married Roy Jesse Brown. They had one daughter.

23 February    1880    Alfred C. PFEIFER married Emma Jane MARK, daughter of William MARK & Elidia Rebecca RITTER. He died 8 April 1968.
        1939    Janice MORRIS

24 February    1853    Mary Catherine RITTER was born in Ohio, daughter of Isaac RITTER and Isabell FISHER. She married Henry MILLER on 15 June 1870. They had nine children.
        1859    Newton FORTENBERRY
        1872    Elizabeth BRELAND
        1873    Margaret Lewella WOLF

25 February    1881    Julius Walter SMITH
1937    Laurie Carolyn FORTENBERRY was the daughter of Duviox B. FORTENBERRY & Gussie ALFORD. She married Arthur TRIBBLE, Jr. Their three children: Shauen, Gregory & Laurie.
26 February    1763    Elisabeth ROHN married Johann Daniel RITTER, son of Casper RITTER & Anna Maria. Elisabeth & Johann had one son, Jonathan RITTER.
        1868    Matilda Catherine GRUISSY
        1902    Elmer FORTENBERRY
        1902    Ethan James TIMOTHY

27 February    1766    Elizabeth RITTER
        1838    William Jackson FORTENBERRY
        1877    Maria Bart CUTRER was the daughter of Hiram CUTRER & Sarah Jane FORTENBERRY.
        1888    William Franklin ELLZEY
        1908    Thelma Lady BROWN was born in Mississippi
        1926    Janet Irene MILLER

28 February    1836    Emma WOLF
        1850    Mary O. BILBO
        1854    Margaret Sarah WOLF
        1886    Mary Jeanette MARK was one of 12 children of William MARK & Elidia Rebeccca RITTER.  She married John SHAW. She died in a tragic car accident in 1940. Mary and John had one daughter, Olive Margaret SHAW.
        1888    Little B. THORNHILL

29 February    1916    James Lemar SIMMONS was the son of Jesse Lama SIMMONS & Edith BRUMFIELD. He married Odean Ellzey.
        1920    Agnes Marie HEIGLE

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New Gruissy Contact

Caroline L. Moore 1866 - 1938
Very exciting with a 'new' cousin! Shaunna is related to us through the Gruissy family. Her grandfather is Neil Arthur Spice; his father Vernon Arthur Spice; his parents Emmaline Floy Moore & Arthur Spice; Emmaline's mother was Caroline Louise Gruissy Moore; Caroline's parents were Augustus Ceaser Gruissy & Mary Ann Everett. Looking forward to learning more about this part of our family & sharing it here.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Form & Formatting

Recently my genealogy research has been slowed down due to winter life in the ‘great’ northeast. From every window in my house I see only white (snow, snow, snow) and grey (the trees & sky). The woods, my gardens, the bird houses and feeders and my pretty new potting shed are all covered in snow. Not a sprinkling of snow, the kind that glitters on the cover of a Christmas card. This snow is like a thick meringue on a lemon pie, higher than the tops of my boots, taller than my legs. It’s the kind of frigid snowy winter that makes you feel isolated from even your nearest neighbor. My research trips to archives, libraries and cemeteries are on hold until spring.
My genealogy, of late, has taken another form. I am wrestling with Microsoft Word 2007, putting my Mark family research into book form (almost 400 pages). This can be very satisfying. After carefully reading the instructions in the help menu and watching on line tutorial videos I have a terrific Table of Contents (a manual table with three levels) and classy page numbers (in the Conservative Footer, centered). Formatting can be tedious when I make sure each fact is footnoted accurately. (I have well over 1,000 footnotes.) Formatting can be fun when I insert photographs of relatives, sometimes long gone or far away, into the neat sidebars (cubicles side bar) of the book. My latest formatting step has been frustrating. I’m attempting to correct errors I made in my index. The help menu is no help. I’d like to delete it and start over but can’t figure out how to do that. As my husband struggles to keep our long driveway clear of ice and snow, I struggle to keep my book clear of typos and glitches. Perhaps by the time the daffodils in my gardens raise their heads to look for the sun I’ll be able to raise my head from my laptop and look for new family discoveries in the archives again. Until then, I will  have another cup of tea and fight with that **!** index.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February Family Brithdays, February 1 - 15

Francis & Milton Weissberg
1 February    1787    Nancy PERKINS was the second wife of Moses Brown. His first wife, Sarah ROBERTSON, died in 1810 in Georgia. She had four children. She was my 4th great grandmother. Nancy had seven children, 4 daughters and 3 sons.
        1861    Euseba Fortenberry REGAN
        1884    Clara Estella WOLF
2 February    1805    Christian BROWN
        1842    Samuel RITTER
        1853    Samuel WOLF
        1856    Sarah Euseba Elizabeth ELLZEY
        1906    Otera PIERCE
        1915    Francis WEISBERG was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Frank Samuel Weisberg & Florence Gartner. He was my first cousin, once removed.  He was a furniture salesman at one time. Late in life he moved to Florida.

3 February    1717    Maria Magdalena WOLF
        1792    Jacob RITTER
        1924    Harold Jay NEE was born in Ohio, the son of Roy Edward Nee and Isabell Esther Mark. He and his wife, Pauline, had four children.  He served in the US Army during World War II.

4 February    1932    Dick Alvin PARKER was born in Ohio, the son of Ralph Alvin Parker & Nellie Irene Jolliff. Dick and his wife, Bonita, had three children.

5 February    1810    Sarah BROWN was born in Georgia, daughter of Moses BROWN and Sarah ROBERTSON. She married Gasua Chapman Fortenberry. They had nine children. Sarah died in 1883 in Mississippi.
        1890    Harvey Allen RITTER
        1899    Nellie Lavinia MESSMORE
        1928    Donald Ray BROPHY

6 February    1886    Edward MESSMORE
        1936    Loyal David NOTHSTEIN
        1925    James Joseph COYLE was born in Connecticut, son of James Joseph Coyle & Madeline Herbst. He married Barbara Kozlak. They had three children.

7 February    1777    Moses BROWN was one of eight children of Edward BROWN. He died 27 February 1838 in Mississippi. He was my 4th great grandfather.
        1828    Aderine Mary FAULK
        1857    Barbary Ann RITTER
        1880    James Benton MARK
        1884    Lulu Mabel HAWK

8 February    1775    Johan Jonas WOLF
1887    Catherine MULLANE was born in Ireland, was one of twelve children of Daniel Mullane and Brigid English. 
        1890    Roger T. ELLZEY

9 February    1819    Margaret BRUMFIELD was born in Louisiana, daughter of Willis BRUMFIELD and Nancy Virginia HOLMES. She married John Seaborn ALFORD, son of Jacob ALFORD and Frances SEABORN.
        1920    Virginia Caroline MOORE

10 February    1891    Infant Girl ALFORD was born in Mississippi, the 12th child of Needham Edwin ALFORD & Mary Luzina Stafford. The baby died on the day she was born.
        1905    Homer Grant SHEETS

11 February    1828    Henrietta C. RITTER
1883    Emaline Floy MOORE was born in Ohio, daughter of Peter Jonathan Moore & Caroline Louise Gruissy. On 14 February 1901 she married Arther Spice.

12 February    1773    Adam WOLF
        1797    Jonas MOYER
        1825    Hollis Horton FORTENBERRY
        1877    William M. MARK
        1896    Earnest T. ELLZEY
        1938    Peggy BROWN was the daughter of Hubert Allen BROWN & Freddie SMITH. She married George Alford. She was my father’s first cousin.
13 February    1840    William Franklin FORTENBERRY was born in Mississippi, son of Gasua Chapman Fortenberry & Sarah Brown.  He married Mariah B. Hall. He was known as ‘Black Frank’.
        1852    H. K. FORTENBERRY
        1872    Bernard COYLE
        1895    Ralph William WOLF

14 February    1804    George KRICK
1811    Eliza SMITH was born in Mississippi, one of thirteen children of Jeremiah SMITH & Joanna DILLON.  She died 6 April 1837, at the age of 26.
        1860    Salena Lena BLADES
        1910    Margaret Mary BRADY

15 February    1839    Jesse A. BRUMFIELD
        1879    Lemuel Q. FORTENBERRY
        1904    Effie Margaret CARTER was born in Ohio, daughter of Frank CARTER & Sadie MAPES. She married James Everett MARK on 31 December 1924. They had 11 children.
        1905    Floy Alma SPICE