Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wednesday's Portrait: Happy New Year!

I didn't have anything planned for today so I found a cool old picture on Google- from 1958-- Check it out :)

New Years- 1958

- This makes me laugh because my dad would have been only 8 years old and my mom only one year old!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tuesday's Census: Hyman Family

Hyman Family Census Records:

June 15, 1900

My 2x Great Grandparents and Great Grandmother

Address: 820 Indiana Ave, Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana
            Renting home--

Members in Household:

Himan, James---Head-----47---Cooper

"      ", Mary----Wife------40---None

"      ", Joseph---Son------18---Cooper

"      ", Myrtle---Dau------16---None

"      ", Della----Dau------10---At School

"      ", Lena----Dau------8----At School

"      ", John----Son------5----None

"      ", Katie B--Dau------3----None

"      ", Henry---Son------8/12-None

Kime, Henry----B-in-law--48---Painter-House

(Myrtle was my great grandmother)

April 23, 1910

Address: 311 Pouch (?) Avenue, Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana
            Renting Home--

Members in Household:

Hyman, James W.---Head--56--Cooper @ Cooper Shop

"       ", Mary------Wife---46--None

"       ", Joseph-----Son---28--Copper @ Cooper Shop

"       ", Delia------Dau---20--None

"       ", John------Son---15--Driver for Grocery Wagon

"       ", Katie------Dau--13--None

"       ", Henry-----Son---10--None

January 05, 1920

Address: 621 S. Fehr Ave, Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky
            Rented Home

Members in Household:

Hyman, James W.---Head--66--Cooper @ Barrel Co. (Widowed)

"       ", Jos.--------Son---37--Cooper @ Barrel Co.

"       ", Henry------Son---20--Welder @ Ship Yard

"       ", Della-------Dau---29--None

Moore, Josephine----G-Dau-9---None

"      ", Edward-----G-Son-5---None

Monday, December 29, 2014

Mappy Monday- North Star, Ohio

My 2nd great-grandfather was Marion Richard "Mac" Mendenhall (1873-1948). He was born in North Star, Ohio.

North Star, Darke, Ohio

North Star is a very small town in Darke County, Ohio. It's population in 2010 was only 236! It was "platted" in 1852 and it's name is derived from it's location, which is on the edge of the Great Black Swamp. 

One historic site is the St. Louis Catholic Church:

Two notable people from North Star:

Annie Oakley or Phoebe Ann Mosey- Sharpshooter and exhibition shooter

Craig Stammen- Major League Baseball Player

Thursday, December 25, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 33: Isaac Hendricks (1883-1942)

Isaac Hendricks Jr. - my Great-grandfather

Born: 22 Mar 1883 in Speeds, Indiana

Parents: Isaac Hendricks (1843- ?) & Mary Bostick (1849-?)

Siblings: None that I know of.

Residence(s) & Occupation(s):

1900 (age 17): 732 Indiana Ave, Jefferson, Indiana
                         Day Laborer

1910 (age 27): 417 Spring St., Jeffersonville, Indiana

1920 (age 37): Jeffersonville, Indiana
                         Central Coal

1930 (age 47): 201 Bainbridge St., Dayton, Ohio
                          Lineman @ Power Light & Gas

1940 (age 57): 66 S. Terry St., Dayton, Ohio


1918- WWI Draft
1942- WWII Draft

Description in 1942- Tall, Medium built, Brown Eyes, Brown Hair


Isaac married Myrtle May Hendricks (1884-1953) and they had 9 children:

1. Harry Oliver (1903-1971)
2. Grace (1904-1917)
3. Ida Pauline (1906-1975)
4. Mary Kathaleena (1908-1976)
5. Catherine Virginia (1913-1989)
6. Charles Woodrow (1917-1973)
7. Edna Viola (1919-1919)
8. Melvin Clifford (1922-2002)
9. Dorothy Jean (1926-2010)

Isaac died in Aug 1942 in Montgomery County, Ohio. He is buried in WillowView Cemetery, Sec E. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wednesday's Portrait: Charley Mendenhall (1919-1995)

Merry Christmas Eve!

Today's Portrait: Charley James Mendenhall- my 6th Cousin, 3x Removed

                         b. 08 Nov 1919 in Bald Hill, Oklahoma
                         d. 01 Jul 1995 in Sacramento, California

How handsome is this picture??!! I found it online- and thought it was such a great pic that I had to share it :)

I'm related to Charley through my 7th great grand uncle- Moses Mendenhall (1743-1835)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tuesday's Census- Hendricks Family, 1930

The Hendricks Family, 1930 U.S. Census

April 11, 1930

My great-grandparents and grandmother

Address: 201 Bainbridge St., Dayton, Ohio
            Renting home- $28/month

Members in Household: 

Hendricks, Isiacc--------Head---47---Lineman @ Power Light 

"          ", Myrtle M.-----Wife--46---None

"          ", Harry--------Son--26---Motorman @ Elec. Railroad

"          ", Ida P.--------Dau--27---Packer- Laundry

"          ", Mary C.------Dau--21---Clerk @ Retail Store

"          ", Catherine V.---Dau--18-Ironer- Laundry

"          ", Charles W.----Son---13-None

"          ", Melvin C.-----Son---8--None

"          ", Dorothy J.----Dau--3 10/12- None

Dorothy was my grandmother

Monday, December 22, 2014

Mappy Monday: Ansonia Cemetery

Richard Mendenhall (1852-1924), my 3rd great grandfather, died on 20 Jul 1924 in Dayton, Ohio and was buried in Ansonia Cemetery in Brown Township, Darke County, Ohio. 

Ansonia Cemetery: 

Ansonia Cemetery is located in Brown Township, Darke County, Ohio. According to, there are two Mendenhall's buried here: Richard Mendenhall and his wife Margaret (Nee' Pierron). 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday Night Fun- Surname Christmas Tree

This was a fun challenge to do! Here's the original from Randy Seaver's blog: Genea-Musings: Make a Surname Christmas Tree

Here's Mine: 

Surname Saturday: Spiers

1.      My 10th great grand aunt was Joane Mildenhall (1661-1731). While most of her siblings migrated to America, she stayed back in England where she married John Spiers Jr. (1661-1703). They had 3 children. I don't know much about the Spiers family, except that they were (obviously) from England. 


The Internet Surname Database: 

The name Spier comes from the Medieval English "espein" which means watchman. William le Spiour is the first recorded "Spier"- in 1302- of Yorkshire. 

House of Names: 

Spelling Variations: Speir, Spier, Spears, Spiers, Speer, Speres, Spire, Spires, Speyer, Speier and many more. 

Spiers Surname Meaning and Statistics: 

31,036th Most common name in the world.
Approx. 9,497 people bear this name.
Most prevalent in: England
Highest density: Scotland 

Find a Grave: 
I only searched the name with my spelling: it came up with 2,121 total results for the surname Spiers.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Funny

Happy Friday Everyone!!! :)

LOL- I think this is more like a couple years later--- but it's still a good one! :)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 32: David Smith (1822-1878)

David Smith -- my husband's 3rd great-grandfather

b. 13 Oct 1822 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Parents: Unknown (So Far!)

Siblings: 5 brothers

Residence(s) & Occupation(s):
1870 (48): Deer Creek, Allen, Kansas- Teacher

Mentioned in Book:

Kansas State Library- 
History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas
Edited and Comiled by L Wallace Duncan and Chas F. Scott, 1901:

Pages 500 and 501:

DAVID sMITH, whose remarkable influence as one of the early teachers of the county has been elsewhere noted, was born October 13, 1822, in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, of Scottish-Irish parentage. The following year his parents removed to Stark county, Ohio, and settled upon a tract of land where the city of Massilon now stands. David, the oldest of five brothers, lived and worked upon the farm and in his father's tannery until about his eighteenth year. 

Up to this time his educational advantages were very meager. The country was new, a tribe of Indians occupied a part of the county for several years, schools were short, poor and primitive, teachers poorly qualified and books scarce. His nineteenth year he spent in the Twinsburg Academy, taught by Rev. Samuel Bissell, at that time one of the largest and most popular schools in northern Ohio. The next two years he taught school and then entered Western Reserve--now Adelbert College- then located at Hudson, now at Cleveland, Ohio. 

Here and at Jefferson College at Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania, he spent his time while not teaching til his graduation at Jefferson about the year 1847. He also received a diploma from Adelbert. Immediately after graduation he was called to the principal-ship at the Old Pisgait Academy, near Lexington, Kentucky. Two years after he entered the Western Theological Seminary at Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Completing his theological course he married Miss S.E. Clarke, a teacher at Northfield, Ohio, and immediately answered to call to take charge of the academy at Winchester, Tennessee. A year later he was called to the chair of mathematics- in Burett College, Spencer, Tennessee. A few months after upon the death of the president he was chosen president of the college- about 1857. He held this position til the Civil War closed the school.

Leaving Spencer, Tennessee, in 1863, in troublesome times- times that tried northern men's souls- he settled in Olney, Illinois. Here he taught for a year, when he was called to take charge of the schools at Shawneetown, Illinois. In the year of 1866 he resigned his position at Shawneetown and accepted the call to Geneva, Kansas, and the following year settled at Carlyle, where he continued to teach until his death, Apr 10, 1878. 

Professor Smith was the old Puritan type, a stern disciplinarian, a rigid observer of the strictest religious rules- a combination of teacher and preacher whose influence was wide and lasting. His memory will be revered as long as any still live who were the beneficiaries of his training. 

He was mentioned in Amanda McClure Thrasher's obituary in 1924:

--It is common now for schools to employ a musical director, but it was not common then and the Carlyle school with Prof. David Smith as the teacher the first common school in Allen County and quite possibly the first in Kansas to employ a music teacher.--


David married Sarah L. (S.E.) Clarke (b. 1823)and they had 3 children:

1. Walter C. Smith (1852-?)
2. Louisa A. Smith (1859-bef 1870)
3. Franklin M. Smith (1861-1894)

David died 10 Apr 1878 in Carlyle, Allen, Kansas at the age of 55. 

I would love to know more about David and mainly his parents! If anyone knows any more information, please contact me :) Thanks!!! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday's Portrait: R. Mendenhall Hardware Store

Today's Portrait:  R. Mendenhall's Hardware Store** 

**I got this picture from my mom and I'm not entirely sure if I have it "tagged" with the right person or not. I believe this store belonged to Marion Richard Mendenhall (1873-1948)- my 2nd great grandfather. 

In the 1900 U.S. Census Record, Marion or "Mac" owend a Hardware store in Allen, Darke, Ohio-- that's where this doesn't make sense. No census records show that he ever went by his middle name, Richard-- and Mac's store was in Allen Township, not West Newton. 

The time that this picture would have been taken does match the census record- this looks about the early 1900s.

~~If anyone knows about this picture, please leave a comment or send me a message @ with the Subject : 


Thanks! :) 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday's Census: Dabuliewicz Family

The Dabuliewicz Family: 

~Josef Dabuliewicz (my 2nd great grandfather):

22 April 1930

Address: Mill Glen Road, Winchendon, Worcester, Massachusetts 
            Home is Owned- Valued at 2,000.

Members in Household:

Dabuliewicz, Josef H.---Head----47---Sauder in Chair Factory

"             ", Honorata-Wife-----38---None

"             ", Mary----Daughter-15---None

"             ", Ellen----Daughter-13---None

"             ", Walter--Son------11---None

"             ", Stanely-Son-------9---None

"             ", Joseph Jr. Son-----5---None

"             ", Adele----Daughter-1/12-None

~Josephine Dabuliewicz (my great grandmother): 
(Was adopted by the Alexinas Family after her mother died in 1913)

02 January 1920

Address: 616 Hart St., Dayton, Ohio
            Renting Home

Alexinas, John---Head----46---Laborer

"        ", Mary---Wife----40---Cigar Maker in Cigar Factory

"        ", George--Son----15---Press Feeder- Commerical Ptg.

"        ", Josephine-Step-Daug--14--None

By 1930 U.S. Census, Josephine was married to Gerhard C. Jeckering.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mappy Monday: Lorraine, France

My 3rd Great-Grandmother was Margaret Frances Pierron (1851-1923). She was born and died in Darke County, Ohio. Her parents were Nicholas Joseph Pierron (1819-1896) & Ann Marguerite Grilliot (1821-1902). They came to America from Lorraine, France.

Lorraine, France

Lorraine is a region in France that has always been the dividing line between French speaking lands and German speaking lands. In the 9th century, it wasn't part of France at all. 

The population (2013) was 2.351 million.

Places to see: 

~Nancy: Place Stanislas, one of the finest squares in France.

~Meuse-Argonne American cemetery- the largest American military cemetery in Europe- over 14,000 graves from WWI.

~Verdvn: Memorial and museum devoted to the battle that lasted almost a year- taking 300,000 French lives.

~Amneville- Zoological park- 40 acres of zoo

~Malbrouk- right on the boarder with Germany- a castle that owes it's name to the duke of Marlborough- 1705.


~Metz- Cathedral St. Etienne, gothic cathedral with fine stained glass.

~Domremy la Pucelle- birthplace of Joan of Arc

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Tribute to Jane Anita Smith (Archer) (1925-2014)

This month, we lost our grandmother Smith so I wanted to write a blog post in memory of her- separate from 52 Ancestors. 

Jane Anita Smith (Archer)

B. 06 Apr 1925 in Los Angeles, California
D. 07 Dec 2014 in Prescott, Arizona

Jane was an only child. Her parents were Elmer E. Archer (1894-1968) & Florence M. Longphre (1891-1982). She grew up in San Diego, California. 


1943: San Diego High School
1947: Earned degree and teaching certificate from San Diego State College


Jane married Dr. Walter Morse Smith (1920-1985) on 19 Jun 1948 at the age of 23 in San Diego, California. 

The two had 3 sons together and raised them in their home in San Diego.


From The Daily Courier- Prescott, Arizona Newspaper- 10 Dec 2014

Jane Anita (Archer) Smith, 89, who was born  to Elmer E. Archer and Florence (Longphre) Archer on April 6, 1925, in Los Angeles, California, passed away on Dec. 7, 2014 in Prescott, Arizona.

The Archer family moved to San Diego, where Jane grew up and graduated from San Diego High School in 1943. She earned her degree and teachers certificate from San Diego State College in 1947. She met Walter M. Smith in San Diego and the two were married on June 19, 1948. For the next 37 years, the couple lived and worked in San Diego, where they raised their three sons.

In 1990, Jane moved to Prescott, where she became very active in her church community, volunteering many hours as a Eucharistic minister at Sacred Heart Parish and with the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Prescott. 

Jane was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Walter Morse Smith, M.D. She is survived by her children, Walter M. Smith Jr. and wife Carol E. (Pedersen) Smith of San Diego, California, Paul B. Smith and wife Leslie K. (Cheever) Smith of Prescott, Arizona, and David A. Smith and wife Sylvia S. (DeHoff) Smith of Fresno, California; eight grandchildren, Brian Smith, Kevin (Rachel) Smith, Sarah (Tim) Synder, Jeremy (Dana) Smith, Michael (Diana) Smith, Steven Smith, Jeffery Smith, and James (Carrie) Smith; and nine great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Harper and Carson Snyder, Ryan and Kori Smith, Sofia, Madeline, and Jacob Smith and Jack Smith. 

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 12, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prescott. Father Fred LeClaire, CMF and Deacon Michael Johnsen will preside. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Prescott would be appreciated.