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Where in the World is Elizabeth Poor Fenn?

22 July 2014

18 Oct 1826
New York, United States

Dansville, Steuben, New York, United States
Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States
Sylvan, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States
Sharon, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States
Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States
Chelsea, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States
City Directory
Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States

20 Sep 1894
Hersey, Osceola, Michigan, United States

Elizabeth Ann Poor Fenn, my second great grandmother was the daughter of Samuel B. Poor and Eleanor Begole.  She married Daniel C. Fenn between 1848 and 1850.  I haven't found a marriage record for them, yet.  This is one of the most complete charts I have for an ancestor.  I was able to find city directories to fill in some of the gaps.   

Sunday's Obituary: August Guhse

20 July 2014

August Guhse was born 23 July 1850 in Schoenberg, Prussia. He was a prominent businessman in Manistee.

August Guhse married Ottilie Fredrich, the daughter of my second great grandfather and grandmother, Christoph Fredrich and Susanna Koenig.  They married 28 October 1873 in Manistee, Manistee, Michigan.

August Guhse died 4 November 1923 in Manistee.  His death was just one week after he celebrated his 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Manistee News Advocate-Manistee Daily Advocate, 5 November 1923, page 3; column 2, microfilm owned by Manistee Public Library, Manistee, Michigan.

August Guhse, Pioneer, Dies
Couple Celebrated Golden Wedding A Week Ago

August Guhse, 73, died Sunday morning at 10:45 o'clock at his home on 184 Lincoln street from stomach trouble.

A week ago last Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Guhse celebrated their golden wedding at the First street German Lutheran church and the following Tuesday Mr. Guhse was taken sick.  Until then he had enjoyed good health.  His death was unexpected.

Mr. Guhse has lived in Manistee for 51 years and used to run a grocery store on Washington street, where Piotrowski's store is now, for a number of years, but of late he has not been doing anything.

Mr. Guhse is survived by his widow and five children, Otto of Grand Rapids, Albert of Ludington, Mr. D.J. Champeau of Ionia, Mrs. William Hamlin of Grand Rapids, and Miss Ella Guhse at home.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the home and at 2 o'clock from the German Lutheran church on Fifth Street, Rev Kline officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery.

Family Recipe Friday: Spaghetti Sauce

18 July 2014

Five Fredricks Brothers and Sisters, July 2014
L-R:  John, Richard, Lola, Jeannie, Audrey
Children of Otto August Fredricks and Daisy Ellen Graf

Every family has that one person they go to for answers to their family history questions.  My go to person is Aunt Lola.  Lola Mae Fredrick Brown is 94 years young and her memory is incredible.

Aunt Lola was the first person I thought of when I wanted some family pictures identified.  The Fredrick's Family Reunion was held July 12th in Brethren, Michigan. My parents, Kirk and I drove to the area the day before and one of the things I wanted to do was visit Aunt Lola.

We arrived at Aunt Lola's and my mom and I sat next to her and I pulled out my pictures.  I had made copies of about 50 pictures I needed names for.  I was a little afraid of overwhelming her and made sure she knew if she got tired she did not have to go through them all.  We could stop at any time.  I worried for nothing.  She was able to identify 42 of the 50!  I could barely write fast enough to keep up with her. She named people one after another.  Even though she didn't know the names of eight pictures, she knew about them.  She would tell me they were teachers at Brethren, or they were Mennonites, or she knew where it was taken.  I was amazed and very thankful.

The other thing I went to Aunt Lola for was her Spaghetti Sauce recipe.  For years, she and later, her daughter, Faith, would bring a roaster full of spaghetti to the family reunion.  I was sure there was some special ingredient in it.  I wanted the recipe.  Faith told me there really wasn't a recipe, as many favorite family recipes go, but she explained how she makes it.

The next day at the reunion, Faith hands my mom the recipe.  She wrote it out for us.  Here is that recipe:

Fry one pound hamburger.  Season with Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder.
Add onion and celery.  Amount at your preference.
Add 1 can small tomato paste and 1 large can tomato sauce.
Simmer about 1 hour.  Put in roaster, bake at 325 for 1-2 hours.  Add tomato juice to keep it moist.

I don't see any secret ingredient and I can only guess it tastes so good because it is made with love. Plus, I am thinking the roasting may add to the flavor.

Aunt Lola is not only my go to person for identifying old pictures, she is my go to person for Spaghetti Sauce.

Follow Friday: Ypsilanti Historical Society in Michigan

11 July 2014

Photography taken by Brenda Glover Leyndyke

Previously, I wrote about my road trip to the Ypsilanti, Michigan and my visit to the Historical Museum and Archives, but I wanted to dedicate a Follow Friday post just to them, it is that wonderful!  The Ypsilanti Historical Society operates the Ypsilanti Historical Museum and Fletcher-White archives and the volunteers do a terrific job of it.

A beautiful Italianate mansion is the home of the Ypsilanti Historical Society Museum and Fletcher-White archives.  It is located at 220 N. Huron St. in Ypsilanti Michigan. Ypsilanti is about 35 miles west of Detroit, Michigan.  The museum and archives are open from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, except holidays. I visited on a weekday, but I appreciate the archives being open on the weekend as I am sure many people are.

A volunteer guided tour of this local history museum will give you a sense of what it was like to live in the 19th Century in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  The mansion was built in 1860 by Asa Dow.  It was a home for over a hundred years, with the city of Ypsilanti purchasing it in 1966.  In 1970, the city offered the home to the Ypsilanti Historical Society. The society has spent years renovating the museum.

The museum starts in the foyer with a beautiful, open staircase leading to the second floor.  Two parlors, kitchen, dining room, library/music room, bedroom, costume room and more are lovingly recreated and cared for, and it is FREE to visit.

The archives are located in the downstairs portion of the home.  Entrance to the archives is to the left of the main entrance.  Materials found in the Archives contains numerous collections.  A few examples of the type of information found in the archives includes family Bible records, local history books, cemetery records, church records, diaries, newspaper clippings, obituaries, photographs, yearbooks and more. Be sure to check out the Master Database under Archives Database category for records available in the archives. The master database will take a minute to load, but it is worth the wait as it is filled with unique records and sources that will make your trip to the archives successful.

The website of the Ypsilanti Historical Society should be your first stop before visiting.  Everything you need to know about the museum, archives and society can be found at their website.  The sidebar to the left will guide you through their website.  Categories include:  Archives Database, Photo Archives, Archives, Collections, Contact Info, Event Schedule, Publications, Vets Project, and Visiting.  I believe the website of Ypsilanti Historical Society is one of the best and is very user friendly.

A couple of areas deserve special notice:

  • Photo Archives:  thousands of historical pictures are available online at the Ypsilanti Historical Society website.
  • Digital Photo Archives Project is a joint venture with the Ypsilanti Historical Society and University of Michigan Digital Archives Project.  This project will eventually contain about 5000 photos from the 1850's to the present.
  • Publications:  The Ypsilanti Historical Society publishes "Ypsilanti Gleanings" and past issues have been digitized and are available online.  There are two ways to access Ypsilanti Gleanings.  One, is through the society's website here.  This provides past issues and a bibliography of the issues.  The second way is here.  This will take you to the Ann Arbor District Library's page for Gleanings.  From here you can browse of search past issues.
I have visited a number of local history museums, libraries, and archives over the years that I have been researching my family history.  I am always in awe of the work that is done, primarily, by volunteers.  Thank you to those who volunteer their time and talent in order that others may enjoy these timeless places.  I leave a donation when I visit these repositories, but this was the first time I joined the society.  The Ypsilanti Historical Society shows what is good about preserving local history and sharing it with the public.

I have given you the highlights of the Ypsilanti Historical Society's Historical Museum, Archives and website, Clicking on the red lettering will take you to the page I am referring too.  Don't make that the only places you go on the website, there is so much more to discover and I hope you will take the time to check it out.  If you are ever in the greater Detroit, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti area, the Ypsilanti Historical Museum and Archives is a place you must visit.

Workday Wednesday: Mayor H.P. Glover, Ypsilanti

09 July 2014

I don't think Mayor Glover and I would have had the same political leanings as he was a Republican and I am a liberal.  Nonetheless, it is pretty commendable of Henry Pierce Strong Glover to run and win the Mayor race for the city of Ypsilanti, Michigan, at the age of 54.

Henry P.S. Glover served as Mayor from 1891-1892.  Ypsilanti Gleanings, the publication of the Ypsilanti Historical Society, has an excellent online presence and many articles can be found about Mayor Glover in their publication.

One article is of particular interest as it is a short biography of Henry P.S. Glover.  Henry Pierce Strong Glover was born to Charles Williamson Glover and Mary Ann (Powers) Glover in Webster County, New York on 3 March 1837.  He married Nancy Jane Kishler, 17 Apr 1860.  Mayor Glover died 21 Feb 1912, in Ypsilanti.  The article tells when he came to the Ypsilanti area, where he lived, and businesses he owned.  Mayor Glover was described by the Ypsilanti Gleanings as, "Surely one of Ypsilanti's most distinguished citizens." I would agree.

(Photograph of Henry P. Glover is the property of Ypsilanti Historical Society, Ypsilanti, Michigan.)

Did I Find Lucy Powers Hyde's Burial Place?

08 July 2014

Last week, I blogged about a visit to Highland Cemetery in Ypsilanti Michigan.  I shared the gravestone pictures of Charles Williamson Glover and his, wife Mary Ann (Powers) Glover.  I left readers with a question, "Did I Find Lucy?" Lucy Powers Hyde is the mother of Mary Ann (Powers) Glover and Vinera Eglantine Powers Glover, making Lucy my fourth great grandmother.

Another Glover researcher, Jan, and I have been looking for information on Lucy for a couple of years now. Jan felt if we could find where Charles and Mary Ann Glover were buried, we might find Lucy.  She was right!  Lucy is buried in Highland Cemetery in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

It took more than visiting the cemetery to uncover this fact.  Previously, I wrote about the information I received at the Highland Cemetery Office and the discovery of the burial of Lucy Glover, as written on the burial plot card.  I had no idea how Lucy Glover fit into my family tree.  The only Lucy I knew was Vinera's and Mary Ann's mother, but she wasn't a Glover.

My next step in my research was to find a transcription for Highland Cemetery.  I looked on the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County website, of which I am a member, and found a transcription. This transcription was compiled by David Strong Flower using the transcription taken during the years 1936-1942 by Louis S. White. I searched for Hyde, but no hits. I decided to look through the Glover names and see if there was anything added for Lucy Glover.  I couldn't find Lucy Glover in the transcription, but on page 102, in Block 100, next to Charles W. Glover was Lucy Hyer!  I now believe that the Lucy in the Glover plot is Mary Ann and Vinera Powers Glover's mother.  More research will be needed to prove that this Lucy is Mary Ann's and Vinera's mother, but at first glance I believe it to be so.

Here is Lucy's gravestone, found in Highland Cemetery, Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan.

Gravestone for Lucy "Glover" (as written in cemetery office) or Lucy "Hyer" (as written on transcription) or Lucy Hyde (actual name), totally unreadable.

Journey to the Past is Now on Pinterest

07 July 2014

Pinterest is my latest social media obsession.  I had my own Pinterest page (BrendaLeyndyke) that had genealogy boards on it, but the genealogy boards were getting lost among the recipes, decorating, and garden ones.

Last week I decided to create my Journey to the Past Pinterest page. Now when you click on the P in the upper right of this blog, it will take you to the Journey to the Past boards.

I find so many pages of information related to genealogy that I couldn't keep those finds organized with bookmarks.  I decided to start using Pinterest for this information.  I organized my boards by record types, places, tips etc.

Also, I added boards that are related to my blog.  For example, I pin all my Ancestor Biographies onto an Ancestor Biographies board.  I have my Last Day Local-Battle Creek posts on The Cereal City, Battle Creek board.

I have said before that I love being organized and using Pinterest helps me stay organized.