Tuesday, July 16, 2019

TOMBSTONE TUESDAY ~ Lyman Constantine Hart, my 2nd great granduncle–1835-1888

HART_Lyman-died 1888_52 yrs.

Lyman Constantine Hart is my 2nd great granduncle on my paternal side.  He was the son of Henry Hart and Olive Glasier Doten.  He was the 2nd child of 9 born to this couple.

Lyman remains a bit of a mystery to me.  He is enumerated with his family in the 1850 census in Armada, Macomb, Michigan.  I have a Civil War Draft Registration for him from Jun 1863 and he appears in the 1870 census living with his parents, one brother and a sister.

HART_Lyman & Noble_Civil War Draft Reg_Jun 1863_St Clair Co Michigan
Civil War Draft Registration record
1870_HART_Henry & Olive with Lyman-Noble-Arminda_Image_ArmadaMich
1870 census
I tried again today to find Lyman enumerated any time between the 1870 census and his death in 1888.  I looked for U.S. census records, agriculture records, state census records and city directories. I had no luck at all. I’ve never located a marriage record for Lyman either.
I do know when he died and where he is buried.
His death record lists his name as L. C., his age as 52, born in Canada – all of those being consistent with my records.  His case of death was “cancer of face” and his occupation listed as a Painter.  The date of death on the register is a match to what is on his headstone, so I’m certain this death record is his. 
NOTE:  In looking at this record today, for the first time in a while I notice there is a handwritten note under the place where parent’s names should be, which says “Wayne County Poor House, Further Particulars Unknown.”

Here’s the full death register.

HART_L C_death record_Feb 1888_Wayne Co Michigan_page 1 of 2

Here is page two turned sideways and enhanced.  You can see that note written where the parent’s names should be.

HART_L C_death record_Feb 1888_Wayne Co Michigan_page 2 of 2

The Michigan Deaths & Burials, 1800-1995 list the death place as Nankin, Wayne, Michigan.  This leads me to believe he died at Eloise Asylum/Hospital.

Michigan Deaths & Burials, 1800-1995
Name: L. C. Hart
Gender: Male
Burial Date: 
Burial Place: 
Death Date: 15 Feb 1888
Death Place: Nankin, Wayne, Michigan
Age: 52
Birth Date: 1836
Birthplace: Canadian
Occupation: Painter
Race: White
Marital Status: Single
Spouse's Name: 
Father's Name: 
Father's Birthplace: 
Mother's Name: 
Mother's Birthplace: 
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B59947-1
System Origin: Michigan-EASy
Source Film Number: 1377688
Reference Number: yr 1888

Lyman’s father, Henry Hart, had died in 1879.  That left his mother, Olive, a widow, aged 74.  I am unable to locate her in the 1880 census either.  I wonder why Lyman would have ended up in the Poor House?  He had many sisters, brothers and half siblings living in Armada.  Is it possible his mother was also at the Poor House?  She died a year before Lyman.  Her death record does not indicate she was in the Poor House and does give her parent’s names.  So, I’m uncertain where she was living between Henry’s death in 1879 and her own death in 1887.

Lyman and his parent’s are buried in Rose Hill Cemtery in Armada, Macomb, Michigan.  I have been there twice and photographed their headstone.  They are all on the same stone, on different sides of it.

You can visit the FindAGrave memorial for Lyman here #31946730.

I would welcome input from anyone who has more information about Lyman.  If you’re a cousin, please get in touch with me and let’s share information.



THOSE PLACES THURSDAY - Armada, Macomb, Michigan

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2018   Diane Gould Hall

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

WEDNESDAY’S CHILD ~ The stillborn infant daughter of Thomas W. Nichols and his wife Julia Gertrude Gillen - 1889

I found this record yesterday while looking at my Gillen clan.
Julia Gertrude Gillen born 20 Oct 1864 in Ohio (probably Lawrence County), was the daughter of Isaac Fisher Gillen and Amy “Emma” Kimball.  She was the 7th child, 4th girl born to this couple.

When Julia was 24 she married Thomas W. Nichols who was about 22 years old.  They married on 17 Jan 1889 in Lawrence County, Ohio.
Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993
Name:     Julia G. Gillen
Gender:     Female
Marriage Date:     17 Jan 1889
Marriage Place:     Lawrence, Ohio, USA
Spouse:     Thomas W. Nichols
Film Number:     000317721

The next record I found was a Kentucky Death record for an infant girl who was born 12 Nov 1889.  She was full term, but stillborn.  Her parents are clearly listed as Mrs. Julie G. Nichols and Mr. T. W. Nichols.


It must have been devastating for this young, newly married couple to lose, what was probably,  their first child.  We all know the planning, anticipation and joy that goes on when a baby is expected.

The death record says the little girl is buried in Linden Grove Cemetery, Covington, Kenton, Kentucky.  I checked FindAGrave.com and did not locate a memorial, so I created one for her.  You may visit her memorial here #200984175.

View of Linden Grove Cemetery - Photo courtesy of David M. Habben

Very sadly, I’ve discovered that this little infant’s mother, Julia, died just 5 months later on 17 Apr 1890.  She was only 25 years old.  She is buried at Union Hill Cemetery in Lawrence County, Ohio and her memorial is #17847835.

I have located a probate record naming her husband Thomas as the executor. However, I have not located a death record or obituary. 
Anyone reading this who has knowledge of how Julia died, please get in touch.

Happy hunting
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall


Monday, July 8, 2019

AMANUENSIS MONDAY ~ The will of Stephen Wilson of Lawrenc Co., Ohio - 1871

Will of Stephen Wilson

Lawrence County Probate Court Monday October 2nd AD 1871.
Pleas in the Probate Court in and for the county of Lawrence and State of Ohio, before Peras R. Polley, Judge of said court, at a session thereof, held in Ironton, on the second day of October in the year Eighteen hundred and seventy one.
       Be it remembered that on the second day of October in the year one thousand and eight hundred and seventy one; There was produced in open court, for the Probate, an instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Stephen Wilson, late of said Lawrence County, deceased, which will reads in the words and figures following:
       In the name of the Benevolent Father of all and State of Ohio, do make and publish this my last will and testament.

Item 1st It is my will and devise that the store in Burlington, owned by my son John G. Wilson and myself, in equal proportions, and now carried on in the name of S. Wilson & Son, be continued after my death in the same manner that the business is now conducted, and that my wife Sarah Wilson, to own the interest in said store and business owned by me at the time of my death, and shall receive benefits and profits arising from said business in the same manner, and to the same extent that I could were I then living.

Item 2nd I devise and bequeath to my said son John G. Wilson, the farm with all the privileges and immunities thereto belonging situate immediately above Burlington, and known as the Bryan and Wilson farm containing fourteen and one half acres more or less.

Item 3rd I devise and bequeath to my son, Robert S. Wilson, the farm of Solada Creek heretofore conveyed to him by John Ballard, now in his possession and known as the Ballard farm containing two hundred acres more or less together with a forty four acre lot adjoining the same and known as the Old Billy McKee place. The last above mentioned devise is made on condition that my said son Robert S. Wilson, will pay to my son DeWit Clinton Wilson the sum of Five hundred dollars within five years from the date probate of this will, without interest. 
Item 4th I devise and bequeath to my said son DeWit Clinton Wilson, one thousand dollars in Bank Stock owned by me in the Second National Bank of Ironton, together with all the recover___ funds belonging thereto with all the accruing profits belonging to and growing out of same.

Item 5th I devise and bequeath to my daughter Emila Jane Morris, three thousand dollars to be paid by my executor herein after named out of the residue of my estate not herein above devised in instalments of not less than five hundred dollars per annum without interest.

Item 6th I devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Wilson all the residue of my estate Real and Personal not hereinbefore devised, after payment of my just debts and funeral expenses to hold as her own property during her natural life; and after her death all of the property and effects both real and personal above devised to my said wife Sarah Wilson, to be equally divided between all my said children, or their heirs and survivors according to the law of the State of Ohio.

Item 7th I do hereby nominate and appoint my said wife Sarah Wilson, and my said son John G. Wilson, Executors of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing them to compromise, adjust release and discharge, in such manner as they may deem proper, the debts and claims due me.  I do also authorize and empower them, if it shall become necessary in order to pay my debts, to sell by private sale or in such manner and upon such terms of credit or otherwise as they may think proper all or any part of my real estate, leaving the lands herein before devised as the last, and to execute and acknowledge deeds therefor in fee simple.  I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 16th day of August in the year 1871

Signed and acknowledged by said Stephen Wilson as his last willand testament in our presence, and signed by us in his presence.
Elias Nigh
George W. Thompson

Happy hunting,

Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall

Thursday, July 4, 2019

HAPPY 4th–I’ve discovered some new Revolutionary War ancestors! Meet Johannes & Daniel WUNDERLICH

I had touched on these two 6th great granduncle’s in a previous post about the Wunderlich family.  You can read that post here SURNAME SATURDAY ~ WUNDERLICH–Johannes (1700-1760) my 7th great grandfather

In the past couple of days, I’ve learned a bit more about Johannes & Daniel Wunderlich.  My research is no where near complete, but I’ll share what I have so far.

As stated in the blog post referenced above, Johannes & Daniel did, in fact, come to Colonial America in the mid 1750’s and they did marry sisters.

Johannes married Maria Elizabetha Siechele on 11 Jan 1757 in Derry, Pennsylvania.  This is referenced in Pennsylvania, Lutheran Baptisms and Marriages, 1730-1799.

Name:    Johannes Wunderlich
Gender:    Male
Marriage Date:    11 Jan 1757
Marriage Place:    Derry, Pennsylvania, USA
Spouse:    Maria Elizabetha Siechelin [surname spelled many different ways, commonly as SIECHELE]
Source:    Early Lutheran Baptisms and Marriages in Southeastern Pennsylvania

Daniel married Eva Barbara Siechele on 22 Feb 1763 in Paxtang, Pennsylvania.  Also referenced in Pennsylvania, Lutheran Baptisms and Marriages, 1730-1799

Name:    Daniel Wunderlich
Gender:    Male
Marriage Date:    22 Feb 1763
Marriage Place:    Paxtang, Pennsylvania, USA
Spouse: Eva Barbara Siechlin
Source:    Early Lutheran Baptisms and Marriages in Southeastern Pennsylvania

Now, on to the Revolutionary War service of these two German immigrants.
Both Johannes & Daniel Wunderlich are listed in the Daughters of the American Revolution, Index of the Rolls of Honor books as verified patriots.
Along with that there is the Pennsylvania, Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012

Here’s the card for Daniel, showing he served in 1st Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Class of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as a Private.

I have not located the Veterans Burial card for Johannes, although I expect that one does exist.

You may visit the FindAGrave memorials for Johannes #25971599 and Daniel #20463721

I’m very proud of these two 6th great granduncles.  They came to a new country, as young men, married and began a new life.  Then when their new country (not even a country yet) began the war for independence, they signed up to serve.

Daniel was 61 years old when he died in 1799 and Johannes (the older brother of the two), lived to be 85.  Wouldn’t I love to sit down and talk to these two men?
What would I ask them?
  • What was your life like in Germany?
  • How long was your trip over to America and how difficult was the trip?
  • How hard was it to learn a new language and culture?
  • Did your wives speak any German?  Did you teach your children German?
  • What would you say to the young Johannes & Daniel if you could talk to them today?
  • Are you proud of yourself, your family and your accomplishments?
  • Did you ever think that over 200 years after your deaths, one of your descendants would be writing about you?    

Happy 4th and happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

TOMBSTONE TUESDAY ~ My husband’s grandparents–Charles S. Hall (1878-1953) and Daisy F. Bright (1882-1953)

Charles Schuyler Hall born 5 Mar 1878 in Saratoga Springs Co., New York to parents Thomas Cornelius HALL and Cora E. BROWN.  He was the only known child born to this couple.  He married Daisy Fern BRIGHT born 19 Apr 1882 in Tarentum, Allegheny, Pennsylvania on 15 Oct 1903.  They were married in her birth place as that was where the Hall family had moved to from New York.

Daisy was born to Ellmer Bright & Malissa HUNT.  She was the only surviving child of 3 born to this couple.  By the age of 10, Daisy had lost her twin (died at birth), a younger sister, and both parents.  You can read her story here Surname Saturday – Who was Daisy Bright?

Charles Hall & his wife Daisy had 3 children, 2 boys and a girl; Dorothy Louise, Robert Walton and Gordon Charles (my husband’s father). 

Charles died on 25 Mar 1953 in San Diego, San Diego Co., California.  He had just turned 75.  Had he lived just 7 more months, he and Daisy would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Daisy, sadly, died just 7 months after Charles, on 23 Oct 1953, at the age of 71.

I imagine it was a sad time for their 3 children, extended family and friends.

Charles and Daisy are buried together at Mt. Hope Cemetery in San Diego, California.  My husband and I have been to their gravesites to visit them.

You may visit their memorials here – Charles #31821717 and Daisy #31837077


Appropriately for upcoming July 4th holiday here’s a previous post that mentions the Hall family


CIVIL WAR PENSION FILE ~ Cora E. Hall widow of Thomas C. Hall ~ What gems does it contain?

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall

Sunday, June 30, 2019

SUNDAY’S OBITUARY ~ Following yesterday’s post–Here are the obituaries for Stephen Wilson (1803-1871) and his wife Sarah Gillen Wilson (1808-1878)

Screen shot of the Stephen & Sarah Wilson family from my Legacy database

Yesterday I wrote about my maternal 3rd great grandaunt, Sarah Gillen.  She was married to Stephen Wilson on 24 May 1872 in Lawrence Co., Ohio.  The couple was married for 44 years, 4 months and 2 days, until his death in 1871.

Stephens’s obituary was published in the Ironton Register on 27 Sep 1871.  The text of this obituary, as well as Sarah’s were shared with me on The Lawrence Register Facebook page.  It’s an active group and many of us in the group have become friends over the past 12+ years. I encourage all of you to join and participate in Facebook groups in areas you are researching.
Text of Stephen Wilson’s obituary
Died--Wilson--Burlington, on the 26th inst. Mr. Steven Wilson, aged about 67 years. Mr. Wilson has been a resident of Burlington, in this county, for more than 34 years and was engaged in merchandising at the same spot where he died. He leaves a large circle of acquaintances, relatives and friends to mourn his departure.
Text of Sarah Gillen Wilson’s obituary
Ironton Register June 20, 1878 Mrs. Sarah Wilson, the mother of Mrs. Jona Morris and Dr. D.C. Wilson died at the residence of the former, last Saturday, in her 70th year. The remains were taken to Burlington for burial.
 Sometimes the published notice of a death contains very little information about the deceased.  These two are examples of that.  While I’m always grateful for anything that gives me confirmation that someone died, I always hope for those obituaries that contain their life story, places the deceased was born, lived and died, all family members names, where the deceased was buried and anything else that helps us in our research.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall