Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saturday Night Fun- on Sunday morning

I always enjoy participating in Genea-Musing's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. Last night's challenge was: How Many Sarah LNU's Are in Your Genealogy Database?. I like this challenge because it kind of ties in with another blog post(s) I'm currently working on- One Person at a Time- Trying to clean up my ULN's in my family tree!

I have 17 members in my tree with the name "Sarah"
8 Sarah's have no birth or death dates

I have chosen to write about 3 Sarah's:

~Sarah ULN (1824- ?)- married William McDaniel (1824-1880) and they had at least 1 daughter: Nancy Elizabeth McDaniel (1853-1912). Nancy married my 2nd great grand uncle- John Abraham Hendricks.

I did some more research on Sarah. I was unable to find her maiden name, but I found out that she was married in 1841. She was born in Nov 1824 in Ohio and died on 10 Jan 1910 in Pataskala, Licking, Ohio. She and William had 2 more children besides Nancy- Hiram Gideon (b. 1846) and Reuben (b. 1854). 

~Sarah ULN (b & d unknown)- married Thomas Kendall (1732-1781) and they had at least 1 daughter- Mary Kendall (1746-1822)- Mary married Elijah Mendenhall- my 2nd cousin, 9x removed.

What I found on Sarah- She was born Sarah Pilkington to Edward Pilkington (1687-1752) & Mary Webb (1688-1743). She was born in 1728 in England and died about 1750 in Pennsylvania. She married Thomas Kendall (1732-1781) on 13 Nov 1740 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. 

~Sarah ULN (b & d unknown)- married William Yarnall (b. 1755) and they had at least 1 daughter: Elizabeth Yarnall (1785-1861). Elizabeth married Walker Yarnall (1784-1868) who is my 4th cousin, 8x removed.

What I found on Sarah- She was born Sarah Yarnall to John Yarnall (1725-1809) & Sarah Ellis (1729-?). She was born on 24 Sep 1756 in Thornbury, Chester, Pennsylvania. She died on 12 Jan 1825. She had 3 siblings- Jesse (b. 1750), Rachel (b. 1752), and Ann (b. 1754). Sarah first married a Mr. Happersett. She married William Yarnall in 1781 and they had 10 children:
Mary (b. 1782), Elizabeth (b. 1785), Thomas (b. 1787), William (b. 1789), Bennett (b. 1791), Sarah Ann (b. 1792), Margaret (b. 1794), Peter H. (b. 1795), Jonas P. (b. 1797) and Abner (b. 1802).

My Dream tonight - Death

I went to bed about an hour, an hour and a half ago. My husband is always jealous because I fall asleep so quickly, average is under two minutes (he's timed me). Anyways, it's more almost 12:50 am. About 20 minutes ago I awoke from this dream that I was having... It was by far the weirdest and most real - feeling dream I think I've ever had in my life.
I was driving on this road that doesn't look familiar to me now. It was dark and raining and I know I was going to fast. I seemed to be in a desperate hurry. I never looked in the back seat but I know my son Jack was in the car with me.
So I'm driving and the road turns curvy and I'm going to fast. Before I know it, my car is going over the guardrail after I failed to make the turn to the right. What's crazy about this part is... It felt so real... All of did. I was seat belted in but I was watching as my car plummeted of this cliff. I was screaming and telling jack that I loved him and that I was sorry. It had to be a long drop because I also had time to wonder if I could possibly survive this... If it would hurt to die.
my car hit the rocks below and nothing. No pain. Only blackness. Then it was as if I was opening my eyes in a pitch dark room with one bright light in front of me. Then I was in this area that seemed to be outdoors, like an outdoor shopping area but nobody was around and it was super quiet. I was pushing jack in the stroller but again, I don't remember looking at him.
This thin black woman came to me and told me she was there to show me around. She said I was dead.
The rest is a real blurr... She was showing me around and I had no idea where I was, there was no name spoken... No heaven... No hell... I was just there. I kept crying because I missed Jim. I felt numb... No happiness, no sadness either... Except for the crying... It was THE weirdest dream ever!
Then, as I was waking up, I was standing in line for food with this lady. I was upset because I had no money for food and she was assuring me that I had plenty of money on my pocket. I looked up and I said that I didn't want the dream to end... I wanted to find out what happened. Then I opened my eyes and I was in my bed.
I've never done this in a dream... Knowin that I was dreaming... And I've never officially died. Usually if I'd been in a rock - colliding car crash, as it went black  I would wake up!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Surname Saturday- Dabuliewicz

Today's Surname- Dabuliewicz

My great grandmother's birth name was Josephine M. Dabuliewicz. You can read her full story when I featured her in my 52 Ancestors blog- Here.

Josephine's parents were:
Josef Dabuliewicz  
b. 1883 in Lithuania    
d. 21 Feb 1977 in Massachusetts 

Stephania Ellert 
b. 1878 in Russia
d. 07 Jun 1913 in Dayton, Ohio


My line of Dabuliewicz are from Lithuania but there have been people with the same last name from England, Germany, France, Russia and Sweden- spelling of the name varies

On, I found 3 with this last name on the All New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957:

Name                               Arrival Date          Birth                         Ship name

Adalie Dabulewicz          16 May 1900        abt 1880- Russia    Westernland

Vincent Dabulewicz        16 May 1900       abt 1889- Russia     Westernland

Magda Debulewicz         15 May 1914       abt 1897- Lithuania Lusitania

All Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 and 1954-1957:

Elek Dabulics                  May 1908             abt 1883- Hungary    Neckar

All Pennsylvania, U.S. Naturalization Originals, 1795-1930:

Michael Dabulewicz    b. 18 Oct 1875             Naturalization- 20 Jul 1923

Stephen Dabulewicz  b. 14 Feb 1877             Naturalization- 27 May 1919

Stephen Dabulewicz  b. 14 Feb 1877             Naturalization- 06 Nov 1924

John Dabulewicz        b. 24 Jul 1879               Naturalization- 26 Jul 1923


Antoniette (LeBlanc) Dabuliewicz (1929-2001) (wife of my great grand uncle)

Elizabeth (Humphrey) Dabuliewicz (?- 1992)

Joseph John Dabuliewicz (1925-2012) (my great grand uncle)

Friday, August 29, 2014

One Person at a Time...Angela

~Even though I have a lot of people in my family tree, I also have a lot of "holes" that need more research. Over the next few months, I am going to attempt to patch up those holes by doing research one person at a time- starting at the beginning of the list~

Today's person: Angela

Before Research:
Angela was born in 1641 and died in 1709. She married Johann Hoppenjan (1629-1709) and they had at least 1 son- Lambert Hoppenjan (1686-?)- who married Anna Jeckering (1686-?).

After Research:
Unfortunately, I was unable to find Angela's maiden name. I did find out that she was married in 1685 in Emsburen, she was born in Germany and died in Ahlde, Germany. She and Johann had 4 children:

Gebbula- b. 19 Oct 1677
Johann - b. 21 Jan 1681
Lambert- b. 25 Aug 1686
Lukretia- b. 07 May 1690

Friday Funny

Thought this was appropriate for the 3 day weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

One Person at a Time...Agnes

~Even though I have a lot of people in my family tree, I also have a lot of "holes" that need more research. Over the next few months, I am going to attempt to patch up those holes by doing research one person at a time- starting at the beginning of the list~

Agnes- I actually have 2 Agnes' that I needed to research so I'm putting them in the same blog post.

1. Agnes
Before Research: 
My 11th great grandmother, unknown birth and death. She married Johann Spielman (1609-1670) and they had at least 1 son: Heinrich Spielman (1646-1706). 

After Research:
I was unable to locate her last name, unfortunately. She was born about 1609 in Germany and died between 1665-1674- according to some member trees.
Johann and Agnes married in 1640 in Germany.

2. Agnes V.
Before Research: 
My mother-in-law of great aunt, b. in 1902 and d. in 1974. She married Clarence Michael Schock (1903-2000) and they had at least 1 son: Clarence V. Schock (1928-2012). 

After Research:
Agnes A. Hery
b. 27 Oct 1901 in Newark, Licking, Ohio
d. 15 Nov 1974 in Dayton, Ohio

Parents: George James Hery (1870-1953) & Elizabeth B. Call (1873-1955) 

Elizabeth Blanche     1900-1987
Cecelia                        1901-1974 (Agnes' twin sister)
George Joseph          1902-1985
Delores M.                  1904-1967
Vincent P.                    1906- ?
Helen L.                       1907- ?
Walter P.                     1908- ?
Margarette A.            1909- ? 

Agnes' grandfather- Nicholas Hery "O'Hara"- was born in 1839 in Ireland and came to America. He died on 18 Jan 1890 in Rochester, New York. 

Agnes' Residences:

1910- age 9- Rochester, Ward 15, Monroe, New York
1930- age 29- Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio

Agnes and Clarence had 3 children:

Clarence V. Schock       1928-2012
Elizabeth A. Schock     1929- ?
Mary A. Schock             1930- ? 

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks- Week 16- Johann Jeckering

Last week ancestor was Euphemia Jeckering. This week's highlight is Johann Jeckering who was born in 1660 in Kirchspiel, Germany. At first, I thought that Johann could be a possible sibling of Euphemia and Gerhard but because he was born the same year as Euphemia and he was born in Kirchspiel instead of Drievorden, I don't think it's possible. 

Johann is, however, still related to my family. He is the 3rd great grandfather of wife of 1st cousin, 5x removed- (say that 10x fast!) 

Johann married Christine (unknown last name) in 1685 in Emsubren. Christine was born about 1665 in Germany. Johann and Christine had at least 1 daughter- Anna Jeckering (b. 19 Aug 1691- Ahlde, Emsland, Germany). 

How Johann is related to me:

Carrie Jeckering Smith (Me)

My parents

Paul G Jeckering (1925-1954) & Dorothy Jean Hendricks (1926-2010)

Gerhard C Jeckering (1900-1967) & Josephine M Dabuliewicz (1906-1965)

Joseph H Jeckering (1870-1931) & Rose Horn (1872-1933) 

Gerhard J Jeckering (1829-1898) & Maria Elisabeth Kluneman (1830-1912)

Johannes Jeckering (1799-1860) & Euphemia Margaretha Ketteler (1798-1860)

Euphemia's parents were:

Johann Theodor Ketteler (1769-1848) & Anna Maria Wolbers (1767-1851)

Heinrich Ketteler (1793-1848) & Susanna Margaretha Hopmann (1793-1831)

Heinrich and Susanna had 1 son:

Joseph Theodor Santel (1824-?) & Susanna Adelheid Hoppenjan (1829-?)

Johann G. Hoppenjan (1797-1843) & Anna Maria Gerdes (1802-1859)

Johann Gerhard Hoppenjan (1766-1827) & Anna Maria Mollering (1775-1836)

Johann Hermann Hoppenjan (1730-1785) & Margaretha Fehring (1725-1793)

Anna Jeckering (1691-?) & Lambert Hoppenjan (1686- ?)

Johann Jeckering (1660-?) & Christine (abt 1665-?)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

One Person at a Time...Adelaide

~Even though I have a lot of people in my family tree, I also have a lot of "holes" that need more research. Over the next few months, I am going to attempt to patch up those holes by doing research one person at a time- starting at the beginning of the list~

Today's person: Adelaide

Before Research:

All we know about Adelaide was that she was born in 1897. She married Frank J. Westgerdes (1897-1980) and she had one daughter- Rita Mae Westgerdes (1925-2008). Rita married my 2nd cousin, 2x removed- Aloysius Henry Trick (1925-2009).

After Research: 

I was very happy to find a lot of information for Adelaide! Her full name was: 

Mary Antonette Adele Otting "Adelaide"
b. 28 Jan 1895 in Celina, Mercer, Ohio
d. 08 May 1970 in Dayton, Ohio

Parents- Bernard James Otting (1856-1917) & Mary Josephine Rathweg (1859-1944).

The Otting Family: Adelaide's grandfather- Bernard Otting (1828-1902) came to America from Germany.


1910 (age 15)- 329 West River Street (house is no longer there)
1930 (age 35)- 857 Latham St., Dayton, Ohio

1940 (age 45)- Randolph, Montgomery, Ohio

Adelaide didn't complete her education- the 1940 census stated that the highest grade completed was the 8th grade. She married Frank on 20 May 1924 in Dayton, Ohio. 

Adelaide and Frank had 5 children:

Rita Mae      26 Feb 1925- 08 Sep 2008
Alice               abt 1927- ?
Thomas        30 Jan 1929- 1929
Joseph          03 Sep 1930- 03 Sep 1930
Joanne         19 Dec 1931- ?

How I'm related to Adelaide:

Carrie Jeckering Smith (me)
My parents
Paul Jeckering (1925-1954) & Dorothy Hendricks
Gerhard C Jeckering (1900-1967) & Josephine Dabuliewicz
Joseph H Jeckering (1870-1931) & Rose Horn
Gerhard J Jeckering (1829-1898) & Maria E. Kluneman
Gerhard and Maria are my 3rd great grandparents
their daughter- Elizabeth Jeckering (1861-1957) married Louis H. Brinkman and they had a daughter:
Marie M. Brinkman (1887-1936) & Samuel A. Trick
Aloysius Henry Trick (1925-2009) & Rita Mae Westgerdes
Rita's parents were Frank J. Westgerdes & Adelaide

Wednesday's Portrait: 630 McLain St., Dayton, Ohio

Today's Portrait: 

630 McLain St., Dayton, Ohio

Image courtesy of Google Maps

I love this house- it's even in good condition today! This is the home of my 2nd great grand aunt and her family-

Mary Wilhemina Jeckering 
b. 25 Mar 1860 in Dayton, Ohio
d. 22 Mar 1913 in Dayton, Ohio

m. John Adam Heider (1858-1911) 

Mary and John owned J.A. Heider Groceries & Meats. They lived here with their 11 children (2 children died in childhood). In 1900 they even had a white servant- Francis Manning (age 35). I'm assuming she was hiring to help with the children and the cleaning since the family owned their own business. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

One person at a time... Abigail

Even though I have a lot of people in my family tree, I also have a lot of "holes" that need more research. Over the next few months, I am going to attempt to patch up those holes by doing research one person at a time- starting at the beginning of the list.

Today's person: Abigail 

Before research:

All I knew about Abigail was that she was married to Gilbert Garrett, their son was William Garrett (b. 28 Feb 1801). William Garrett married Anna Mendenhall (1806-?)- my 2nd cousin, 7x removed.

After research:

Abigail Gilbert

b. 10 Feb 1771  in Pasquotank County, North Carolina
d. bef 1810

Her birth record is recorded in the U.S. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol I-VI, 1607-1943 and in the U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1994 for the Symons Creek Monthly Meeting.

m. Gilbert Garrett (abt 1770-?) in 1797. 

Parents- Jeremiah Gilbert (1740-1820) & Miriam Overman (1748-1781)


Nathan Gilbert     1769-1781
Josiah Gilbert        1773-1839
Mary Gilbert        1775-1776
Thomas Gilbert    1779-1849

Abigail's 2x great grandfather- Joseph Gilbert (1629-1980) came to America from Bridgewater, England.

Abigail's 2x great grandfather- Jacob OVerman (1652-1715) came to America from Saxony, Germany.

Sharing Memories- Week 5- New Years

52 Weeks of Sharing Memories
A Challenge seen on:

The Olive Tree Genealogy

This weeks memory: New Years

I've never been a huge fan of New Years- never really been to many New Years parties or was one to make resolutions. 

With my husband, we do have a New Years tradition that we've done every since New Years day since our first one together on 01 January 2010-- We go to the movies. It may not seem like a lot- but it's just something we've always done and I cherish that memory. 

I know the first movie we saw together on New Years day was a very popular/new one because I remember waiting in line for a long time just to get in- but I can't remember what movie it was. 

I know the following year- 2011- we saw New Years Eve with Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro. That was a cute movie. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mappy Monday- Concord Friends Meeting Burial Ground

My 10th great grandfather- John Mendenhall (1659-1743) is buried in the Concord Friends Meeting Burial Ground in Concordville, Delaware, Pennsylvania. 

Concord Friends Meeting Burial Ground

 Location: at Old Concord and Thornton Roads in Concordville, Delaware, PA- 19331. 

Well, the cemetery doesn't come up on Google Maps, but here is the intersection where it's supposed to be

I found an interesting page on PAGenWeb Archives Cemeteries- it lists some people who are buried in this cemetery- this is just a partial list, but a lot of them are in my family tree:

~Mendenhall, Aaron, Sr.,- my 9th great grand uncle
~Mendenhall, Rose Pierson- my 9th great grand aunt
~Newlin, Elizabeth Paggott- mother-in-law of 10th great grand aunt
~Newlin, Mary Mendenhall- my 10th great grand aunt
~Newlin, Nathaniel- husband of my 10th great grand aunt
~Newlin, Nicholas- since this one doesn't have a birth or death date, I don't know who it is- I have 7 Nicholas Newlin's in my family tree.
~Yarnall, John (1782-1874)- my 4th cousin, 8x removed

I also did a search on Findagrave in this cemetery for the last name Mendenhall: (The ones with the (*) next to it- are in my tree)

Mendenhall, Esther (d. 1896)
Mendenhall, Jane Hewes (d. 1845) *
Mendenhall, John P (d. 17 May 1845)
Mendenhall, Margaret (d. 10 Mar 1818)
Mendenhall, Robert (b. 10 Aug 1790; d. 19 May 1880) *
Mendenhall, Stephen (d. 17 Dec 1908)
Mendenhall, Pvt William (b. 1843; d. 1932)
Mendenhall, William (b. 03 Aug 1799; d. 16 Dec 1879)
Newlin, Mary Mendenhall (b. 1660) *
Taylor, Margaret M. Mendenhall (b. 23 Oct 1830; d. 03 Dec 1906)
Williamson, Eliza Mendenhall (b. 26 Aug 1796; d. Sep 1849

(I thought there'd be more in my tree- Guess I need to do more digging!)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Saturday Night Fun (on Sunday morning)

Happy Saturday! 

I always enjoy participating in Randy's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenges- (Genea-Musings

Tonight, I decided to do one from January 18, 2014- How many Children/Grandchildren in your Matrilineal Line?

Here's the challenge:

1. Consider your Matrilineal Line (mother's mother's mother's, etc.) families- the ones from your mother back through her mother all the way back to the first of that matrilineal line in your family group sheets or genealogy database. List the names of these mothers, and their lifespan years.

2. Use your paper charts or genealogy software program to create a Descendants chart (dropline or graphical) that provide the children and their children. 

3. Count how many children they had (with all spouses), and the children of those children in your records and/or database. Add those numbers to the list.

4. What does this list of children and grandchildren tell you about these persons in your matrilineal line? Does this task indicate areas that you need to do more research to fill out families and find potential cousins?

5. Tell us about it in your own blog post, or in a comment to this post, or in a comment on Facebook or Google+.

Here we go! 

1. My Matrilineal line is: 

~Margaret Mary (unknown) (1740-?)- had 1 daughter, 3 grandchildren 
~Rebecca Cashatt (1783-1862)- had 3 children, 12 grandchildren 
~Hannah Johnson (1806-1878)- had 6 children, 32 grandchildren
~Rebecca J. Ridge (1830-1900)- had 6 children, at least 6 grandchildren
~America Hoover (1859-bef 1880)- had 1 child, 2 grandchildren
~Anna Jane Thornton (1875-1954)- had 2 children, 3 grandchildren
~Ruby Mae Henderson (1901-1990)- had 2 children, 6 grandchildren
~Helen Ruth Seaver (1923-1981)- had 4 children, 13 grandchildren
~My mom (1957- living)- had 3 children, 8 grandchildren (13 grandchildren with step children)

3. I did this by just adding up the number of children and grandchildren in my account.

4. The list above tells me: 
~When I first started this project, I only had as far back as Anna Jane Thornton. I wanted to include more so I did more research- so this project took me a lot longer than I had anticipated.
~I need to find more information about Rebecca J. Ridge's grandchildren.
~The number of children/grandchildren fluctuate- America Hoover most likely died in child birth so she only had 1 child. I wonder if Margaret Mary was had the same situation. 
~The average number of kids is 3.11. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Surname Saturday- Hill

My 6th great grandmother was:
 Deidamia Mendenhall ('nee Hill)

b. 1775 in Guilford County, North Carolina
d. 05 Jun 1838 in Bethel Township, Miami, Ohio

Deidamia married Joseph Mendenhall (1770-1833) and they had 14 children!

Her parents were Thomas Hill (1740-1798) &
                             Elizabeth McClellan (1735-1798)

Deidamia's 3x great grandfather- Abraham Hill (1615-1670) immigrated to America from Bedfordshire, England.

I found this crest on Google--- I'm not sure what the top word says-- but this does resemble the "Hill" English family crest.

Surname- Hill

"Hill" is a very popular surname- according to Wikipedia, it means "a person who lived on a hill" and is the 30th most common name in the United Kingdom.

327,339 Immigration Records
4,285,286 Birth, Marriage, Death Records
3,068,926 Census and Voter Lists
499,216 Military Records
7,845,244 Member Trees

While reviewing "Hill" in, I found something interesting--- 

All UK, RMS Titanic, Crew Records, 1912:

Name/Gender/Birth Year/Birth Place/Class

J Hill/ Male/ abt 1874/ Hampshire
H P Hill/ Male/ abt 1876/ Liverpool
J Hill/ Male/ abt 1887/ London
H P Hill
J Hill
J Hill

I'm assuming since these were mostly/all male, most likely, none of these men survived the sinking.

I did a Google search for Titanic passengers and there were some "Hills" lost on the Titanic: some could be duplicates listed above:

Mr. H.P. Hill- age 36- Victualling Crew- Steward
Mr. James Hill- age 25- Engineering Crew- Trimmer
Mr. James Colston Hill- age 38- Victualling Crew- 1st class bedroom steward

The Hill DNA Project

This is an interesting website that I found while researching the name Hill. It is a website dedicated to "Hill" Ancestors-- check it out if you're interested! :) 


I figured this name would come up with a huge result for this website, and I was right. There are 52,961 results for the name "Hill". 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Funny

LOL  I thought this one was cute :) 

Hope everyone has a happy Friday and a wonderful, safe weekend! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks- Week 15- Euphemia Jeckering

Euphemia Jeckering - my 8th great grandmother & possibly my 7th great grand aunt (wrap that around your brain! LOL)

b. 1660 in Drievorden, Germany
d. unknown

Parents: unknown

Siblings: unknown- (However, my 7th great grandfather- Gerhard Jeckering (1673-1735) lived in the same town and is around the same age to be Euphemia's younger sibling- which explains the "could possibly be my 7th great grand aunt)


Euphemia married Johann K. Kottmann (1659- ?) in 1679 in Drievorden, Germany. They had 7 children:

1. Rudolf               b. 05 Jul 1680
2. Gerhard           b. 1688
3. Adelheid          b. 11 Nov 1691
4. Euphemia       b. 08 Apr 1692
5. Gesina             b. 24 Apr 1695
6. Hermann       b. 10 Apr 1697
7. Anna               b. 1704

Not much else is known about the family- not even Euphemia's husband's occupation- just that they lived in Drievorden, Germany, which is unfortunate.

How I am related to Euphemia Jeckering:

Carrie Jeckering Smith (Me)
My parents
Paul G Jeckering (1925-1954) & Dorothy Hendricks
Gerhard C Jeckering (1900-1967) & Josephine M. Dabuliwicz 
Joseph H Jeckering (1870-1931) & Rose A. Horn
Gerhard J. Jeckering (1829-1898) & Maria A. Kluneman 
Johannes Jeckering (1799-1860) & Euphemia Margaretha Ketteler
Euphemia Ketteler is my 4th great grandmother. Her parents were
Johann Theodor Ketteler (1769-1848) & Anna Maria Wolbers (1767-1851)- they had a son:
Heinrich Wolbers (1729-1802) & Euphemia Seggering (1739-1773)
Anna Kottmann (1704- ?) & Bernhard Wolbers (1700- ?)
Euphemia Jeckering-- my 8th great grandmother