Saturday, May 30, 2015

Saturday Night Challenge

I haven't done a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun in awhile! So, here we go! 
This weeks challenge by Randy Seaver's Genea-Musings

~Paul George Jeckering (1925-1954)- My Grandfather
*1951- Machinist 
*1952- NCR- National Cash Register
*1952- Bakery (Second job)

~Harold Earl Mendenhall (1916-1989)- My Grandfather
*1940 Salesperson

~Gerhard Cletus Jeckering (1900-1967)- My Great Grandfather
*1920- Toolmaker @ Machine Shop
*1940- Toolmaker 
*1942- Toolmaker

~Isaac Hendricks Jr. (1883-1942)- My Great Grandfather
*1910- Carpenter 
*1920- Teamster @ Central Coal
*1930- Lineman @ Power Light & Gas
*1940- Laborer
*1942- Unemployed- disabled

~Earl Dwight Mendenhall (1894-1972)- My Great Grandfather
*1920- Machinist @ Garage
*1930- Garage Manager
*1940- Garage Mechanic

~Otto Watson Seaver (1901-1972)- My Great Grandfather
*1930- Laborer of Various Jobs
*1940- General Repair 

~Joseph Herman Jeckering (1870-1931)- My 2nd Great Grandfather
*1900- Grocery Clerk
*1910- Grocery- Own Store
*1920- Merchant Grocery
*1930- Vice President of Brinkman Engineering (INC)

~Issac Hendricks (1843-1910)- My 2nd Great Grandfather
*1860- Laborer
*1880- Cooper
*1900- Day Laborer
*1910- Retired Cooper

~James W. Hyman (1854-1926)- My 2nd Great Grandfather
*1870- Laborer
*1900- Cooper

~Marion Richard "Mac" Mendenhall (1873-1948)- My 2nd Great Grandfather
*1900- Owns Hardware Store
*1930- Watch Repairman

~Joseph Niles (1857-1933)- 2nd Great Grandfather
*1900- Tile Factory Laborer
*1920- Manager @ General Store
*1930- Trucker for Franklin Farms

~Frank Buchanon Seaver (1856-1936)- 2nd Great Grandfather
*1880- Farmer
*1900- Farmer

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day 5/25/15

~This is dedicated to all the men and women who lost their lives for this country we call Home~

All the lives in my family tree who lost their lives during war (that I know of- I'm sure there's more, but I have a lot more research still to do!)

Civil War:

~Eli Abernathy (1841-1861)- 20 years old- Died in Battle

~Fielding Abernathy (1835-1861)-26 years old- Died in Battle

~Edwin B. Mendenhall (1837-1861)- 24 Years Old- Died in Battle- Virginia 


~William Grover Huffstetler (1892-1918)- 26 Years Old

~Charles Mendenhall (1875-1916)- 40 Years Old- Thiepal, France


~George Benjamin Allen (1925-1944)-19 years old- France

~Carl R. Mendenhall (1913-1944)- 31 Years Ago- Germany

~Donald V. Treat (1918-1943)- 25 Years Old

These are people who died in battle/in a war, but not an American-involved war:

Battle at Flodden Field 
Battle between Scotland & England on 09 Sep 1513
Near Branxton, Northumberland, England

~James Henderson (1482-1513)- 31 Years Old

~James 1st Baron of Fordell (1450-1513) (Kings Advocate) Henderson- 63 Years old

Battle of Pinkie Cleugh 
Battle between Scottish and English Armies on 10 Sep 1547
Musselburgh, Lothian, Scotland

~William 2nd Lord of Fordell Henderson (1520-1547)- 27 Years Old

~Alexander 2nd Laird Scott (1497-1547)- 42 Years Old

Today in My Family History- Week 20 & 21

Week 20:

Monday, May 11, 2015- Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Thursday, May 14, 2015

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Mary Elizabeth Catharine Zacharias (1839-1911)
My 3rd Great Grandmother
She DIED on May 14, 1911.
She would have been 176!

Friday, May 15, 2015- Saturday, May 16, 2015


Sunday, May 17, 2015

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Elizabeth Sarles (1818-1889)
My 3rd Great Grandmother
She DIED on May 17, 1889.
She would have been 197!!

Week 21:

Monday, May 18, 2015

Happy Anniversary to:

~Johannes Jeckering & Euphemia Margaretha Ketteler
My 4th Great Grandparents:
They were married on May 18, 1824 in Germany.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Paul George Jeckering (1925-1954)
My Grandfather
He was BORN on May 19, 1925
He would have been 90!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Thursday, May 21, 2015

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Johann Theodor Jeckering (1825-1893)
My 3rd Great Grand Uncle
He DIED on May 21, 1893.
He would have been 190!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Anniversary to:

~John Shomber and Mary Elizabeth Catharine Zacharias
My 3rd Great Grandparents
They were married on May 22, 1859 in Darke County, Ohio.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Martha E. Jeckering (1906-1997)
My Great Grand Aunt
She was BORN on May 23, 1906.
She would have been 109!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Edna Grace Niles (1894-1934)
My Great Grandmother
She was BORN on May 24, 1894.
She would have been 121!

Friday, May 22, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 weeks- Week 52- Dorothy Reed Mendenhall (1874-1964)

Dorothy Mabel Reed Mendenhall - Wife of my 6th Cousin, 6x                                                             Removed

Born: 22 Sep 1874 in Columbus, Ohio

Parents: William Pratt Reed (1839-1880) &
               Grace Kimball (1845-1911)

1. William Kimball Reed (b 1869)
2. Elizabeth Adeline Reed (1871-1903)

Dorothy married my 6th cousin, 6x removed- Charles Elwood Mendenhall (1872-1935) and they had 4 Children:

1. Margaret (1907-1907)
2. Richard C (1909-1910)
3. Thomas Corwin (1910-1998)
4. John Talcott (1913-2003)

Occupation- Dorothy was a physician, surgeon, and researcher. I think she is best known for proving that Hodgkin's disease was not a form of tuberculosis and she discovered the blood cell disorder characteristic of the disease. She was the first professionally trained female physicians of the late 19th and early 20th century!

Residence(s) and Occupation(s):

1910- (age 35)- Mendota Court, Madison, Wisconsin
                        - No Occupation

1920- (age 45)- 510 North Carroll St., Madison, Wisconsin
                         - Physician & Surgeon- Children

1930- (age 55)- 205 N. Prospect Ave, Madison, Wisconsin
                         - Physician- General Practice

1940- (age 65)- 205 N. Prospect Ave, Madison, Wisconsin
                         - Medical Doctor & Teacher @ University of                                        Wisconsin

Dorothy died on 31 Jul 1964 in Wisconsin of Heart Disease. She is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin. 

You can read more about Dorothy's work and life in these two places: 

Find a

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What would your name be if you were born today?

This is a fun 10-sec game that I saw on Facebook today-- thought it was cute! 

What would your name be if you were born today?

Here's the linK: Here

Here are my results: 

I have 18 women in my tree named "Carrie" (myself included obviously)-- mine is the only one in the 20th century- the rest were in the 1800s!

I have only 2 Melanie's in my tree.

Breakdown for the rest of the names:

2000s- Michaela- No one in my tree

1990s- Nichole- (My sister's name!) --3 people
        (spelled Nicole & Nichole)
1980s- Cindy- 2 People

1970s- Debbie- 1 Person

1960s- Jackie- None

1950s- Josephine- (My great grandmother's name!)- 29 People

1940s- Myrna- None

1930s- Alberta- 4 People

1920s- Madeline- 4 People

1910s- Rebecca- 140 People

1900s- Velma- 9 People

1890s- Josie- 5 People

Friday, May 15, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks- Week 51- John Mendenhall (1659-1743)

John Mendenhall- my  10th Great Grandfather

Born: 30 Oct 1659 in Ramsbury, England

Parents: Thomas Mildenhall III (1630-1682) & 
               Joane Strode (1634-1682)


1. Margery (1655-1742)
2. Thomas IV (1657-1729)
3. Joane (1661-1731)
4. Benjamin (1662-1740)
5. Stephen (1664-1721)
6. Moses (1666-1738)
7. Aaron (1669-?)
8. Mary (1670-1728)

On 14 Sep 1681, while still in England, John bought 300 acres from William Penn in Chester County, Pennsylvania. 

John immigrated to America in 1685 aboard the ship: Unicorn with 4 of his siblings. They all made Concord, Pennsylvania their home.

John and his family were Quakers and were members of the Concord Quaker Meeting-- here's a picture of what the house looked like in 1900: 


In 1685, John married Elizabeth Maris (1665-1691), daughter of George Maris (1632-1705) & Alice Wilsmith (1632-1699).

John and Elizabeth had 3 sons:

1. George (1686-1758)
2. John Jr. (1688-1765)
3. Aaron (1690-1765)

They had 15 Grandchildren.

On 02 Aug 1708, John married Esther Maddock (1661-1713), daughter of Nathaniel Maddock (1642-1680) & Alice Nichols (1644-1685). They didn't have any children. 

John died on 19 Aug 1743 in Newark, Delaware at the age of 83. He is buried in the Concord Friends Orthodox Burial Ground in Concordville, Delaware, Pennsylvania. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Today in My Family History- Week 19

Monday, May 04, 2015


Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Mary Alice Brinkman (1916-2010)
My 2nd Cousin, 2x Removed
She was BORN on May 05, 1916
She would have been 99!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015


Thursday, May 07, 2015

A Very Happy Birthday to: 

~My 1st Cousin, 2x Removed- a "Living Jeckering"- 79 Years Old

Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Malinda Jane Small (1837-1909)
My 3rd Great Grandmother
She was BORN on May 07, 1837.
She would have been 178!

~Rose A Horn (1872-1933)
My 2nd Great Grandmother
She was BORN on May 07, 1872.
She would have been 143!

~Infant Son Jeckering (1936-1936)
My 1st Cousin, 2x Removed
He was BORN and DIED on May 07, 1936.
He would have been 79.

Friday, May 08, 2015

A Very Happy Birthday to: 

~My 1st Cousin, 1x Removed- a "Living Jeckering"- 45 Years Old

Saturday, May 09, 2015


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Wedding Anniversary to: 

~Joseph Lawrence Brinkman & Emma Louise Burkhardt- 
Married on May 10, 1941 in Ohio.

Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Wilhelmina Heine Heider (1895-1896)
My 1st Cousin, 3x Removed
She DIED on May 10, 1896.
She would have been 120!

~Johann Otto Jeckering (1767-1822)
My 5th Great Grandfather
He was BORN on May 10, 1767.
He would have been 248!! 

Friday, May 8, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks- Week 50-- Anita M. Seaver (1922-1957)

Anita M. Seaver- My Grand Aunt

b. 05 Jun 1922 in Indiana

Parents: Otto Watson Seaver (1901-1972) &
              Ruby Mae Henderson (1901-1990)

1. Helen Ruth Seaver (1923-1981)

Anita's story has definitely been a journey to research!  

In 1930, Anita and her sister Helen were living with their maternal grandparents in Cicero, Indiana. Their parents had gotten divorced sometime before 1930. Their father- Otto was living in Reynolds, Illinois with a new wife- Grace and I couldn't locate their mother Ruby in the 1930 census. 


By the 1940 census, I couldn't find Anita, her sister or their mother. Their grandparents were living by themselves in Cicero, Indiana and their father Otto was still living in Reynolds, Illinois with Grace. 

I don't know anything about her first husband, but his last name was Quist and they had two daughters- Tina Elizabeth (b. 1948) and Montie (b. 1955)- they both took their step-father's name of Montgomery- Clifford Montgomery. 

The tragedy in Anita's story is her death. On April 12, 1957, at 2 am, the family were driving in Carson City, NV and were in a car accident. Anita died instantly, the other drive- Ronald Frank Malestin (age 22) died on the way to the hospital and Anita's daughter Tina died the next day after surgery from brain injuries. Anita's husband- Clifford and her daughter Montie only received minor injuries. Here is the newspaper article: 

A day later, Anita's 8 year old daughter died from injuries of the accident- here's what an article from the Reno Evening Gazette said on April 15, 1957:

8-year Old Dies

Eight-year-old Tina Montgomery of Reno died Saturday night at Carson as the result of Auto injuries which also took the life of her mother and another driver early Saturday on the Carson-Reno Rd. 

Both Anita and her daughter Tina are buried in the Lone Mountain Cemetery in Carson City, Nevada. 

New Information Found!

Today is a very happy day! 

I wrote a blog post on Wednesday with a picture of my great grandmother and her second husband, stating that I knew nothing about her second husband-- read the post Here-- and I got a comment stating that my great grandmother's grave was
Now, I have searched on this site HUNDREDS of times and have never come across this but it is her- and her second husband! 

With this new information found, I was able to do more research-- 
but one consistency that I found was- sadly, there are a lot of abandoned children...

~Story of Ruby Mae Henderson Seaver French:

Ruby was born on 17 Dec 1901 in Jefferson, Indiana to the parents of John Henry Henderson (1871-1949) & Anna Jane Thornton (1875-1954). Ruby had one brother- Gaylon Eugene Henderson (1914-1985).

Before 1922, Ruby married my great grandfather- Otto Watson Seaver (1901-1972) and they had 2 daughters- Anita M. (1922-1957) and my grandmother- Helen Ruth (1923-1981).

Left- Helen (my grandmother)
Right- Anita

 Sometime before 1930, Ruby and Otto divorced. In the 1930 U.S. Census, Otto was living with a new wife- Grace (Dunker) Seaver (1902-1990) in Reynolds, Rock Island, Illinois.
Anita and Helen were living with their grandparents- John and Anna Henderson in Cicero, Tipton, Indiana. I couldn't find Ruby in the 1930 or the 1940 census records.I don't know if the girls ever went back to live with their mother or not, but in the 1940 census, they definitely weren't with their father.

Ruby remarried sometime before 1941 to Myron Andrew French (1894-1964). Myron was married once before to Galien G. Jett (1898-1923) where they had two daughters together- Geraldine (b. 1919) and Edna (b. 1921). Gailen died in 1923 and it appears that Myron, instead of raising his girls by himself, abandoned them to their grandparents. In 1930, both Geraldine and Edna were living with Galien's parents- Loren & Lottie Jett- but in 1940, only Geraldine was living with them. I couldn't find Myron in the 1930 or 1940 census records so I wonder if Edna was living with him and Ruth in 1940 or if she had died as a child. 

I don't know much else about Ruth, except that she was living in Carson City, Nevada when she died in 1990. She is buried in Lone Mountain Cemetery with her husband, daughter and granddaughter.