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Harriet Sarah Stage

My great grandmother was Harriet Sarah Stage. Harriet was born 3 Sep 1850 in Lyme, Huron Co, Ohio to parents John Stage and Arseneth (Patrick) Stage. We don’t know much about Harriet’s early life. She appears in the 1870 census at the age of 19 as a school teacher living with the family of William […]

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Benoni C Mitchell (1849 – 1891)

One of my great grandfathers was Benoni C Mitchell. Benoni was born on 5 June 1849 in Pleasant Twp, Hancock Co, Ohio to parents Robert A Mitchell and Miriam (Butler) Mitchell. He appears in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 census living with his parents in Hancock Co. He was the last of 10 children. On […]

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UPDATED: Fitzpatrick… Or is it Patrick?

Update: And I FOUND IT! I now feel I have conclusive proof that my 2nd great grandmother’s maiden name was Patrick and not Fitzpatrick. Recently, I have been looking at all the information I have for my great grandparents Benoni C. Mitchell and Harriet Sarah Stage. Harriet was married four times (more on that later). […]

Wesley Gideon Kirk (1861 – 1935)

One of Sue’s great grandfathers was Wesley Gideon Kirk. Wesley was born on 3 Apr 1861 in Brown Co, Ohio to parents Joshua William Kirk and Rachel (Ball) Kirk. He was the fifth of eight children. Wesley married Effie May Long on 24 Dec 1889 presumably in Brown Co. She was about 12 years younger […]

William H Tong (1781 – 1830)

William H Tong was my 3rd great grandfather. He was born on 12 Sep 1781 in Piscataway Creek, Prince George’s Co, Maryland as the fourth child of a total of thirteen to William Tong(ue) and Ellen Ford. After his mother died in 1793, his father married Elizabeth Thomas and had thirteen more children. Not much […]

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Elizabeth Delphine (Bolander) Montgomery (1869 – 1934)

I found this picture in my Aunt’s collection of old family pictures and I had to share. I would love to know the story behind having a picture of Elizabeth feeding the chickens. It is my great grandmother Elizabeth Delphine (Bolander) Montgomery. Elizabeth was born 7 Sep 1869 in Findlay, Ohio to William Henry Bolander […]

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George Henry Hamilton (1842 – 1894)

One of my wife’s great grandfathers was George Henry Hamilton. George was born on 24 Aug 1842 to Henry Hamilton and Lavina Early in Franklin Twp, Adams Co, Ohio. George was the only boy and had three sisters. On 22 Aug, 1862, George enlisted in the Civil War. He served as a private in Company […]

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John Maurice Montgomery (1868 – 1903)

One of my great grandfathers is John Maurice Montgomery. John was born on 10 Jan 1868 to Charles Milo Montgomery and Martha Ruvitha (Smith) Montgomery. He was one of three children and the only son. Martha (his mother) died when John was only seven years old. In the 1880 census, John and his sister Margaret […]

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George Washington Tong (1808 – 1879)

My great, great, grandfather was George Washington Tong. He was born on 12 Dec, 1808 in Lancaster, Fairfield Co, Ohio to William H. Tong and his wife Rebecca (Watson) Tong. As of 1832, he was a canal boat captain. He married Isabel Crawford, also from Fairfield Co, Ohio on 13 Nov, 1834. Soon after they […]

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It was a jungle!

Back in the early 1990′s, we were hot on the trail of several generations of Crawfords. We had found information that several Crawfords were buried in a ‘Red Oak’ cemetery somewhere in Brown Co, Ohio. We found Charter Oak-Aberdeen Cemetery in Huntington Twp, Brown Co, but found no Crawfords. We found Red Oak Churchyard-Presbyterian Cemetery […]

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