Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Letters from the Past – Nov. 1902 Gruissy – Mark Letter


This letter was written by my great grandfather to my great grandmother before they were married.  They married 28 Jan 1903 Medina, OH. They were 23 years old. 

 

This letter was written to my great grandmother, 


Nancy Regina Victoria (Gruissy) Mark 


31 Jan 1879 Medina, OH - 24 May 1959 Medina, OH

Youngest daughter of Augustus Ceaser Gruissy & Esther Barbara Wolf

 

This letter was written by


Thomas Kenneth Mark


19 Jul 1879 Wooster, OH - 12 Feb 1975 Medina, OH

Son of William Mark & Mary Isabella Heffelfinger



To: Miss Regina Gruissy, Medina, Medina Co., Ohio

From: Thomas K. Mark

Postmarked: 5 Nov. 1902 RFD Medina, Ohio

 

My dearest friend I take Pencele [sic] in hand to drop you a few lines to let you know that i [sic] am well and in hopes these few lines will find you well and happy. Monday i [sic] Build cabbage and dug cubry [?] and to day i [sic] Built Fence and Build cabry [?]. i got home all rite sunday night.

 

I did not feel very good Monday But i feel like a colt to day I heard that you had changed your Place. I hope you like your place and are getting a long all Right the girls are all up stairs and Adolph and i are in the Office Ritting [writing] to our best and Respecakel [?] Friends I went to Bed at 7 o clock last night how is that for a little boy like me You Musent [sic] lafe [sic] at my ritting Because i dont kep [keep] on the lines for i cant see them more than one hefe [half] of the time I will close for this time i cant think of any thing

 

more to rite [sic] & say good night Pett

 

have a kiss for you

my love to you

Thomas K. Mark

Yours truley [sic]

Rite [sic] soon

 

 

 


 This chart shows my grandmother, one of the children of Regina & Thomas.

It gives 2 generations of the ancestors of both of her parents.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Forget Me Not: Anna Norman Alford, 1928 MS



 

Anna Rebecca Norman Alford

 

c 1842 Pike Co., MS – April 1928 MS

Widow of Barnabas Seaborn Alford




 

 

Mrs. Anna Alford Died on Tuesday

Widow of Late B. S. Alford Passes Away at Age of Eighty-three Years

 

Mrs. Anna R. Alford, widow of the late B. S. Alford, died at the family residence in South Broadway Tuesday evening at 8:45 o’clock. Funeral services were held from LaBranch Street Methodist Church Wednesday at 3:30 o’clock P. M.

 

A large number of friends and acquaintances of the family were present at the funeral services, which were in charge of the Rev. Mr. E. H. Cooley, pastor of the LaBranch Street Church. He was aiisite by several of the ministers of this city and Rev. Mr. W. H. Lewis of Brookhaven.

 

Mrs. Alford, who was 83 years old, is survived by one sister, Mrs. T. S. Curtis of this city; one daughter, Mrs. Carrie Hayes of New Orleans; five sons, J. B. Alford, Norman Alford and L. W. Alford, all well known business men of this city, and A. C. Alford of Greenville and the Rev. L. E. Alford of Crystal Springs.

 

Mrs. Alford was a native of Pike County, having been born and reared here. For many years she was a faithful member of the LaBranch Street Methodist Church and her death has left a vacancy in the community that cannot be filled. The sympathy of the entire city goes out to the bereaved ones.

 

Mrs. Alford’s husband, th elate B. S. Alford, died February 5 of this year. At the time of his death they had been married almost sixty-two years.

 

Semi – Weekly Journal, McComb MS

14 April, 1928 page 1

Newspapers.com

 

 

 

 

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Vintage Photograph: Christian Gruissy

 


Christian Gruissy
b 1811 Bern, Switzerland - 7 Jan 1907 Stark Co., OH
Son of Christian and Barbara Straum Gruissy

My 4x great grandfather


Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Letters from the Past – Oct. 1902 Gruissy – Mark Letter


This letter was written by my great grandmother to my great grandfather before they were married.  They married 28 Jan 1903 Medina, OH.

 

This letter was written by my great grandmother


Nancy Regina Victoria (Gruissy) Mark 


31 Jan 1879 Medina, OH - 24 May 1959 Medina, OH

Youngest daughter of Augustus Ceaser Gruissy & Esther Barbara Wolf

 

This letter was written to


Thomas Kenneth Mark


19 Jul 1879 Wooster, OH - 12 Feb 1975 Medina, OH

Son of William Mark & Mary Isabella Heffelfinger




To: Mr. Thomas Mark, RFD No 5, Medina, Medina Co., Ohio

From: Regina O.

Postmarked: 4 PM Oct 20, 1902 Medina, Ohio

 

Mr. T. K. Mark 

            Medina O.

 

Dearest Tom it is with great pleasure I embrace the present opportunity of writing to you. I am well and hope you are well and happy. I wonder what you are doing today. I was ironing awhile today and went up town to get some buttons of rmy new jacket and I saw boss [?] he said every body was well and O. K. in the In for marry [infirmary].

 

Oh yess [sic] I found out all about that tick – tack and Ill [sic] tell you all about it when I see you which I hope will be not later than next Sunday eve. O how they teased me Monday and tonight Mr. Davis wanted to call me Mrs. Mark and could not remember the name so the joke was on him. 

 

How did you get home and were you sleepy Monday. [sic] I felt all O. K. yesterday and had a big wash on the line before dinner.

 

Now Dearest I want you to do just as you like about that farm and it will suit me I think only let me know about it as soon as you can for I am anxious to know what about it.

 

Give the girls my best specks [respects?] and Adolph to and tell the girls to write tell Honey I love her when she is still and when she isnt [sic] still. Tell Anna I know she left one end of the towel for me Monday.

 

Well dear as I don’t [sic] know anything more to tell you I guess I will close with love and best wishes I remain as ever

 

Your own.

            Regina G.

                        Medina O.

 

Ans soon please.

 

 


 This chart shows my grandmother, one of the children of Regina & Thomas.

It gives 2 generations of the ancestors of both of her parents.


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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Forget Me Not: Alvin H. Braun, 2000 OH


I was fortunate to meet Uncle Alvin on trips to Ohio. He was always welcoming to his wife's New York family and we were happy to spend time on the farm.

 

 

Alvin Henry Braun



18 Aug 1915 OH - 4 Jun 2000 OH

Son of Frederick Herman Braun & Alvina Wilhelmina Albertina Klagge

Husband of Wava Alice Mark

 

My Great Uncle

 

Seville – Alvin H. Braun, 84, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Medina General Hospital. Born in Kent, Alvin lived and farmed in Seville for 58 years, was a 50-year member of the Guilford Grange, and a past Master. He was a member of the Farm Bureau and United Methodist Church of Seville.

 

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Wava Braun of Seville; daughters and sons-in-law, Ann (John) Long of of Wadsworth and Jane (Dick) Perry of Rittman; sister, Leona Webb; six grandsons, one granddaughter, and seven great-grandsons.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a. m. Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at the Seville United Methodist Church on West Main Street in Seville. Rev. Philip Wilden will officiate. Visiting hours Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p. m. at the Armstrong-Waite Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Mound Hill Cemetery in Seville. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Seville United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 32, Seville, Ohio, 44273.

 

 

The Akron Beacon Journal, Akron OH

5 Jun 2000, page 23

Newspapers.com





Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Letters from the Past – August 1902 Letter from Mother


As a genealogist my instinct is to share my discoveries with our local family and to those of you who may also be related to this family. My 2x great grandmother did not want this letter shared. At the end of this letter she tells her daughter to “Burn this sose no one gets it” I am very glad Regina did not burn this letter.

 

Esther writes of the illness of herself and her husband. She asks her daughter to return home from her job at the Medina Infirmary. 

 

This letter is difficult to read because of the frequent misspellings. Capitalization is as written in the original letter. The letter is written in both pencil and red ink in various sections of the letter. I have added punctuation to make it easier to understand.

 

This letter was written to my great grandmother


Nancy Regina Victoria (Gruissy) Mark 


31 Jan 1879 Medina, OH - 24 May 1959 Medina, OH

Daughter of Augustus Ceaser Gruissy & Esther Barbara Wolf

Wife of Thomas Kenneth Mark

 

This letter was written by my 2x great grandmother

 

Esther Barbara Wolf Gruissy

 

14 Jun 1836 York, PA - 11 Aug 1906 Medina, OH

Daughter of John Franklin Wolf & Elisabeth Burkholder

 Second wife of Augustus Ceaser Gruissy



 

To: Miss Regina V. Gruissy, Medina County infirmary, Ohio

From: E. B. Gruissy

Postmarked: 10 AM Aug 1902

 

Dear Dauther [sic] i [sic] set my self to Boath [sic] of us is Sick have a bad Cold. I was not able to get around for a few Days. But am up agane [sic]. pap Don [sic] the worke [sic]. i [sic] had one of my spells again of me laris [?] fever. you no [sic] that is not ketching [sic] and have a Bad Coff [sic] and hed [sic] acke [sic]. pap hed [sic] acks [sic] Bad. We did wish for you home for a few Days to Cmfert [sic] us and help us a longe [sic] for a few Days.

 

Now I will try and finish my letter to you and tell you that i [sic] must lay Down Every Day. i [sic] look Bad. Shure [sic] Am week [sic] But must Work and ant [sic] Well. Papa is better now. Why Did you not right [sic]? are you sick or Why Dont [sic] you right [sic] to us often? for we are lonsom [sic] all By our selfs [sic] here. pleas [sic] anser [sic] this. will you tell me when you get this letter? i [sic] will send it with morning mall [sic]. 8 o clock [sic] now. i [sic] must hury [sic] it of [sic] now. soon ans [sic]

 

If you ant [sic] Well Come home at once pleas [sic]

 

Now send me your Dress plane [?] i [sic] will Close my scrathing [sic]

 

Good Bye Children Anser [sic] soon pleas [sic] Doo [sic]

 

E. B. Gruissy

 

papa Sends his Best resp [?] to you and tom[1] and i [sic] send my Best Wishes to Both of yous

E. B. G.

 

Burn this sose no one gets it

 



[1] Thomas Kenneth Mark, future husband of Regina


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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Forget Me Not: Ina Brown Alford, 1972 LA

 

Ina Lucille (Brown) Alford


29 Dec 1890 MS - 25 Jul 1972 LA

Daughter of Jasper Pascal Brown & Rose Ella Brumfield

Wife of Dewitt William Alford

 

My Great Aunt

Sister of my paternal grandfather, Roy Jessie Brown


 

Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) for Mrs. Ina L. Alford, 81, who died Tuesday at 3:00 p. m. in the Bogalusa Medical Center after a long illness. Mrs. Alford, a native of Angie, La., had made her home in Folsom with a daughter, Mrs. George Bennett, for the past several years. 

 

Religious services will be held in Silver Springs Baptist Church at ten o’clock with interment in the church cemetery in Silver Springs, Miss.

 

In addition to Mrs. Bennett she is survived by three other daughters, Mrs. Roy L. Fortenberry, Osyka, Miss., Mrs. Louise Courtright, Bogalusa, and Mrs. Robert Breland, Sandy Hook, Miss.; one son, Bruce L. Alford, Angie; and 21 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.


St. Tammany Farmer, Covington, LA

27 July 1972, page 2 

Newspapers.com




 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Letter from the Past: Sept. 1901 Gruissy Letter

This letter was written by my 2x great grandmother to her youngest daughter. I find it interesting that she signs her name, Esther B Gruissy, rather than “Mother” or “Mom” or something similar. 

 

This letter was written to my great grandmother by her mother.


Nancy Regina Victoria (Gruissy) Mark 


31 Jan 1879 Medina, OH - 24 May 1959 Medina, OH

Daughter of Augustus Ceaser Gruissy & Esther Barbara Wolf

Wife of Thomas Kenneth Mark


Regina

This letter was written by my 2x great grandmother


Esther Barbara Wolf Gruissy


14 Jun 1836 York, PA - 11 Aug 1906 Medina, OH

Daughter of John Franklin Wolf & Elisabeth Burkholder

 Second wife of Augustus Ceaser Gruissy

 

This letter was written Regina while she was in Michigan visiting her sister, Rephenia Gruissy Nichols and her husband, Willis Nichols. The Nichols and their son moved to Michigan in late 1900 or early 1901 from Ohio. This was written by Esther Barbara Wolf, Regina’s mother. Esther was when she wrote this letter. In the letter she repeatedly asks her daughter to return home to take care of herself and her husband.

 

This letter is full of misspellings and grammatical errors. The pages of this letter have no punctuation. Some periods have been added to make the reading easier. Each paragraph below is a new page. It looks like Esther wrote these pages over a series of days. Although it is difficult to read, it is full of little details of Esther’s life: flowers growing, vegetables in the garden, purchasing a quilting frame and baking bread.


The medicine referred to in the letter was, most likely, the herbal medicine Augustus C. Gruissy made from plants he grew. He called it Queen Oil. He advertised in the newspaper and sold it for one dollar a bottle. 



 

To: Miss Regina V. Gruissy, RFD No. 2, St. John’s, Clinton Co., Michigan

From: Esther B. (Wolf) Gruissy, RFD North Lawrence, OH

Postmarked: 4 September 1901

 

Dearest Dauter [daughter] I set myself to anser [answer] your kind and much welcome letter wich [which] we ware [were] glad to here [hear] from you that you are well But sory [sorry] to here [hear] that Willas [Willis][1]is not well and seth [Seth][2] is not well. Pap[3] is not well. His hands is so Bad. i [I] am pretty well now. hoping this may find youns all well now. pap said i [I] should tell you to tell willis that if he wants som [some] medsen [medicine] he will send him if he pays the Expres [sic] on it. See how Bad ine [sic] Estman was and she is usen [using] the tonic and others are usen [using] the tonick [tonic] and are well.[4] Well you want to now [know] about flowrs [flowers]. tha [they] are all in Bloom. Tha [they] are lovly [lovely]. The Canies [sic] is in Bloom now and the morning gloers [glories] is too nice all kinds of flowers. I have caned [canned] 25 cans of all kinds and will can that meny [many] more.

Graps [grapes] is not ripe yet and tha [they] are plenty. i [sic] will tell you what we have peches [peaches] and Caleitch [sic] and tatoes [sic] and sweet taters plenty. i [sic] have cooke [cooked] jam, sewt [sweet] corn and Beens [sic] and tomates [tomatoes] and mangoes no appy [sic]. Pap went to them Dutch folks Bergley ware [where] we stoped [stopped]. i [sic] am alone. i [sic] will go to mises [misses] Cfinery [sic] and sta [stay] all night. i [sic] think you had Better come home soon. Come on the Expres [express train] for the smith farm is lonesome i [sic] herd [heard] and Com [come] soon. Maryl [sic] said she would send you money to come home. new come and have Some pleshure [pleasure] wenn [when] you can. this month is the first the nabors [neighbors] are well. you must think hard of me for not righten [writing] sooner for pap and me was at west lebnon [Lebanon] 2 weeks. Pople [people] are all well. we came home.

friday. We went to a sale and Bught [bought] a Bed sted [sic] and a quilting fraim [frame] so you can work when you come home soon. pap sends his best wishes to all. pap cant right [write] now for his hands is so Bad he cant right [write]. I hurt much time to right [write]. pleas [please] anser [answer] soon and why don’t Refenia[5] right [write] and what is she doing [doing] and why don’t gusta[6] right [write].She told pap she wold [would] right [write] and what is mgy[7] Dooing [doing]. Well i [sic] must tell you that i [sic] have another spice in my frindshoft [sic]. Your Cousen [cousin] frank wolf married a spice. Refina she should right [write] and argret [sic] ihave so much to Doo [do]. i don’t know [know] whare [where] to cmense [commense]. sweet corn to drie [dry] and Beens peaches to can and Drie [dry] and Doo [do] I have oald [sic] frute [fruit] caned [canned] a lot yet

Don’t [sic] what regina will Doo [sic] she may want sum [some] cans of frute [fruit]. i [sic] must no [know]. Regina pleas [please] and get that little Black Dog whare [where] Refina and Ray[8] had the on whare [where] pap giv [give] to ray [sic] and send it in for pap. he [sic] will pay the Expres [sic] on it. Pap told Refenia if tha [they] Did not want it she send it to him. you [sic] sa [say] why will you why. when he went pedaling[9] he took it along and it still watched him and wold [would] bark if som [some] one wold [would] com [come]. get it soon and Expres [sic] it to Burton City Wayne Co Ohio. there is another Burton.

morning of the 4th. well I slept at Cofmans [sic]. rested well. hoping you are well and all the rest nabors [neighbors] wishs [sic] you well and a speedy rturn [return]. Best wishes of all the nabors [neighbors] all. the Coffman girl roat [wrote] to you. Did you anser [answer]. well i [sic] must tell you that Ole Maxhimer has Canser [sic] on her brest [sic] and she wants us to right [write] to her. well i [sic] must go and get my milk for pap is not here. i [sic] wish you was here to help us get them wild chers [cherries] a corse [across] the Road. Th [sic] are nice and good. i [sic] am Baking Bread and pachs [peaches] and Elder Beries [berries]. plenty work all my self. Pap cant [sic] help me. his hands is so Bad the one finger has no bone in it. Feels so and is all cruket [crooked] Bt [but] will Doo [do] the Best we can. children som [some] times i crie [cry] for we are alone. god [sic] will car [care] for us. Tell the wrest [rest] right [write] soon. anser [answer] soon E. B. Gruissy

now pleas [please] and Doo [do] get soon it will please him to think that you care for him. if you get the little Black Dog put it in a small Crate [sic]. Ssend it soon pleas [please]. Well mises [sic] Breneman sends her Best wishes to you and said you should Com [come] home soon froam [from] mother to Dauters [daughters]. anser [answer] soon

Esther B Gruissy

Tell the Willes[10] and Seth[11] pap said if tha [they] want eny [any] Medsen [medicine] tha [they] shouldand he will send only tha [they] shal [shall] pay the Expres [sic] Charges. wo [who] Could Doo [do] eny [any] more. well i got my milk and to Day [today] the Butcher coms [comes] and i will get some prest [pressed] ham for my self to Eat and som [some] meat too. Anser [answer] soon

Esther B Gruissy

 


[1] Willis Nichols [1869 OH – 1940 MI] husband of Rephenia Gruissy. At the time the letter was written Regina was visiting her sister and brother in law.

[2] Seth Benner Morrison [1861 PA – 1952 OH] husband of Margaret Jane Gruissy. His wife was the half-sister of Regina.

[3] Augustus Ceaser Gruissy [1840 OH – 1915 OH] was married three times. Esther B Wolf was his second wife. He was 61 when this letter was written.

[4] Augustus grew herbs and made & sold medicines. 

[5] Rephenia (Gruiss) Nichols [1870 OH – 1943 MI], daughter of Augustus Gruissy & Esther B Wolf.

[6] Emily Augusta Morrison [b 1888 OH], daughter of Seth B Morrison & Margaret Jane Gruissy.

[7] Possibly  ‘Maggy’ Margaret Jane (Gruissy) Morrison [1861 OH – 1946 OH].

[8] Richard Ray Nichols [b 1886 OH], son of Willis Nichols & Rephenia C Gruissy.

[9] Augustus pedaled his medicines door to door.

[10] The Willis Nichols family

[11] The Seth Morrison family



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