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Bits of history from our familes

Hamilton DNA Test

Sue has received her DNA test results as well. The great thing about this test is that it works for everyone. In year’s past, the most popular of the DNA test was one that only looked at markers on the Y Chromosome – so it was only for males. There are some similarities between our […]

Tong DNA Test

A while back, I submitted a DNA sample to Ancestry for testing and inclusion in their database. I have to admit that some of the science is a bit hard to understand. Ancestry has a good page of information here if you would like to learn about it. I thought I would share a summary […]

Happy 4th of July

It’s been a while since I have added any posts so I thought I would add one for the 4th of July. Here are all the people in my database either born, married or died on the 4th of July over time. Of these, the closest connection is Sue’s great, great grandfather, Michael Shoemaker who […]

Tong Implement – Grant Tong

Thanks to my brother for getting me started with this post. Sometime around 1931, Grant Tong left the farm, moved to Findlay, Ohio and started ‘Tong Implement’. He sold Minneapolis Moline tractors and other farm equipment at a location on West Main Cross Street in Findlay. This picture is during that time frame. It shows […]

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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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