This prompt comes from Amy Johnson Crow at her blog, No Story Too Small. She suggests we “write once a week about a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, a research problem — any that focuses on that one ancestor.”
I have decided to begin with my grandparents and to work back through the generations. Of my eight great grandparents only two were still living when I was born. Regina & her husband were living in Ohio. I was a little girl when Regina died and, unfortunately, I do not remember her.
N. Regina Victoria (Gruissy) Mark
31 January 1879 OH – 24 May 1959 OH
My Great Grandmother
|Nancy Regina Victoria Gruissy Mark|
Regina was the youngest daughter of Augustus Ceaser Gruissy and Esther Barbara Wolf. The couple had five children but only two grew to adulthood. Regina’s older sister was Rephenia Cathern (Gruissy) Nichols. She also had half siblings.
In 1880 Augustus Gruissy, his wife and five daughters were in Wadsworth, Medina, OH. Augustus was a peddler. The youngest daughter was Nancy Regina. There are few references to this daughter as Nancy. When I began researching my great grandmother I discovered that some of her children did not know her first name was Nancy. She was most often called Regina.
Regina and Thomas K Mark both worked at the Medina County Home. When Thomas first saw Regina he told the other guys to leave her alone, she was all his. On 28 Jan 1903 Thomas married N Regina Gruissy. They were both 23 years old when they married. I am fortunate to have copies of letters written between my great grandparents. There are also letters written between Regina & her mother and other relatives. I will be sharing some of those letters in future posts.
|Dec 1902 envelope from Letter written by Regina to T K Mark|
In 1910 Thomas & Regina were renting a farm in Westfield Twp., Medina, OH. They had three little girls: Isabell, Vera & Ivy. In 1920 the Mark family was on Prospect Street, Guilford Twp., Seville Village, Medina Co., OH. Thomas was a carpenter and Regina was the mother of 7 children, ages from 16 to 11 months old.
In 1930 Thomas & Regina were living in Guilford, OH. Four children were still at home. In 1940 they owned their home at 181 Bergey Street, Wadsworth. Three children were at home.
My Aunt Gen remembered her grandmother. She said Regina was an immaculate housekeeper. There was never a speck of dust in her house. Each item had a particular place and she made sure everything was in its place. She would do her cleaning in the morning, make lunch, clean up the kitchen and then take a nap. She kept an afghan on the sofa. She’d stretch out, cover herself with the afghan and nap for half an hour. Then she’d get up, revitalized. Gen remembered going to her grandparents’ house after Regina died. Her grandfather and one of her uncles were living there. She looked around and there was dust on the furniture. That was something Gen had never seen while her grandmother was alive.
Her granddaughters said Regina liked to crochet, make quilts and garden. She made quilts for her children. She sewed little dresses for her granddaughters.
Regina died 24 May 1959. She is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wadsworth, OH. Once Gen went to Wadsworth Cemetery with her grandmother. Regina showed her granddaughter the plot where she would one day be buried. She said she chose the spot because she "would feel the sun on her face in the morning."
|Thomas K & N Regina Mark|
on their 50th Anniversary
 Record of Births, Medina Co. Ohio, #4821 ; 1879; Probate Court of Medina Co. Ohio, Volume 1; Page 95;
Nancy R. Gruissy. b.30 Jan 1879.
 1880 U.S. Census, Medina County, Ohio; 1880; Vol. 44, E.D. 199, Sheet 41; Line 26; National Archives, Pittsfield Region, Mass., T767Roll48; Note: Augustus Gruissy family in Wadsworth Twp.
 Letter from Wava Mark Braun to Colleen G. Pasquale in Averill Park, NY; Letter dated 25 Oct 1994; NOTES: Information on the Gruissy Family.
 Probate Court, Medina Co., Ohio, License & Certificate # 780 Thomas K. Mark & Regina V, Gruissy, m. 28 Jan 1903.
 1910 U. S. Census, Medina Co., Ohio; 7 May 1910; E. D. 144, Family#237; ; Federal Archives, Pittsfield, Mass., T1272 Roll M620 (Soundex) and T624 Roll 1205 (Report); Thomas K. Mark and family in Westfield Twp.
 1920 US Census Soundex, Ohio; 1920; Vol.147, E.D.67, Sheet 5; Line27; Family History Center Microfilm #1828900; NOTE, Prospect Street, Seville, Medina Co.; Thomas K Mark family.
 1930 U. S. Census, Guilford, Medina, Ohio, SD 4, ED 52-5, Sheet 11B; Thomas K Mark family.
 1940 US Census, Wadsworth, Medina, OH; SD 23, ED 52-25, Sheet 27A; Thomas Mark family.
 Death Certificate for Regina Mark; Ohio, #5201; 1959; Ohio Dept. of Health, Division of Vital Stats; 24 May 1959.
 The Medina County Genealogical Society, Tombstone Inscriptions from the Cemeteries in Medina County, Ohio, 1983. Evansville, Indiana: Whipporwill Publications, 1984. Thomas & Regina Mark.