Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: January 17

For today's date I again have all three types of events in my family tree.  I knew my cousin Gil Lore, and I've met Michael Baylin.

Births

Hattie M. Gaunt, daughter of Selah Benjamin Gaunt and Mary Elizabeth Sever, was born January 17, 1879, possibly in New Jersey.  She is my 2nd cousin 2x removed.

Margaret Sample, daughter of George Sample and Hannah Gaunt, was born January 17, 1880, probably in Indiana.  She is my 3rd cousin 3x removed through the Gaunts.

Charles Clark Gaunt, son of James Knox Polk Gaunt and Sarah Naomi Boone, was born January 17, 1890 in Indiana.  He is my 3rd cousin 3x removed.

Monica Weisz was born January 17, 1951 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  She is married to my cousin David Kardish, son of Itzak Kardish and Shirley Bordelay, who is my 2nd cousin once removed through my Gorodetsky line.

Michael Baylin was born January 17, 1982 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  He is my 3rd cousin via the Gorodetskys.

Steve Copestick was born January 17, 1984.  He is my 2nd cousin once removed through my Sellers line.


Marriages

Ida Schneiderman
Al G. Fuchs and Ida Schneiderman were married on January 17, 1933 in the Bronx, Bronx County, New York.  Ida, daughter of Sam Schneiderman and Annie Rachel Petranovsky, is my 1st cousin 3x removed.

Gil Lore
Clarence Gilbert Lore and Brenda Sue Hill were married on January 17, 1970 in Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware.  "Gil", son of Clarence Newcomb Lore and Dorothy Mae Sellers, is my 1st cousin via the Sellerses.


Deaths

Nancy E. Sellers, daughter of Samuel Sellers and Elizabeth Barton, died January 17, 1864 at the age of about 2 1/2 in Allen or Auglaize County, Ohio.  She is my 4th cousin 3x removed.

Sarah Coles died January 17, 1881 at the age of about 75 in Sullivan, Sullivan County, Indiana.  She was the wife of Nathan Gaunt, son of Samuel Gaunt and Achsah Taylor, who is my 2nd cousin 5x removed.

Max Joseph Brainin, son of Mendel Hertz Brainin and Ruchel Dworje Jaffe, died January 17, 1966 at the age of about 83 in the Bronx, Bronx County, New York.  He is my great-granduncle.

My Mother, the Great Chef (Not!)

Stir Fried Okra*
Today is January 17, which on the Jewish calendar this year (5778) is 1 Shevat, my mother's yahrzeit, commemorating the date of her death.  I've chosen her yahrzeit as one of the days I write about her on my blog.

I had been trying to decide what to write about today, and this afternoon a friend introduced me to pickled okra, which reminded me of the time my mother tried to cook fried okra.  She had heard about the dish but hadn't actually gotten a recipe or instructions.  So she just cut up the okra, threw the pieces in a pan with oil, and fried them that way.  And we learned very quickly that was not the right way to do it.  See, okra has little "hairs" all over it, and it's slimy to begin with, so cooking it in oil just made it . . . really unappetizing.  My father even compared it to snot.  It's one of the two absolute cooking failures my mother acknowledged.

The other failure was when she tried to make some sort of baked eggplant dish.  I don't really know what she was aiming for, but when she took the pan out of the oven, it was a soupy, watery mess.  She took one look at it and said, "That didn't work," and threw it out.  She didn't even try to inflict it on us.

One other dish I will always remember that my mother cooked was liver and onions.  I remember it so well because I hated it.  She would cook the liver to death, until it was dry and chalky.  My brother and I couldn't stand it.  My dad, mom, and sister would be finished eating, and my brother and I would still be at the table an hour later, pushing the liver around on the plate with the ketchup we had covered it with in vain, hoping to drown the taste.  My mother would walk by and threaten us:  "If you don't eat that now, you're getting it for breakfast!"  (She never did that, thank heavens.)  Eventually she figured out that we just really, really didn't like liver and stopped giving it to us.

It's pretty impressive that my mother had only two real failures with cooking, because I don't think it was something that came to her naturally or that she had done much of when she was younger.  She told me on more than one occasion that she was not "domestically inclined", but she did well with cooking for a family of five and making sure that everyone had enough to eat.  I think my father taught her how to cook some of the dishes that she made a lot, because they were things he liked to eat.  And most of what she made tasted fine, if not great.  I know I'd be happy to have some of her chili right now.


*Photo © Kham Tran, 2008.  This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: January 16

A big surprise for January 16 is that no marriages or deaths with that date appear in my database, so all I have today is births.

Births

Sarah Mack, daughter of Alexander Mock, was born January 16, 1775 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.  She is my 2nd cousin 6x removed via the Sellerses.

Jane Gaunt, daughter of Daniel Gaunt and Mary Githens, was born January 16, 1805, probably in New Jersey.  She is my 2nd cousin 5x removed.

Catherine Shellenberger was born January 16, 1856, possibly in Pennsylvania.  She was married to Irwin Alexander Sellers, son of Alexander Sellers and Lavinia Coppelberger, who is my 3rd cousin 3x removed.

Horace Samuel Eckman, son of John Eckman and Martha Johnson Atkinson, was born January 16, 1929 in Columbus, Burlington County, New Jersey.  He is the brother of my grandaunt Bertha Poinsett Eckman and granduncle Edwin Bunting Eckman.

Glen Amron
Glen Amron, son of Eli Morton Amron and Alice "Honey" Gold, was born January 16, 1949 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.  He is my 4th cousin.

Renee Millstein, daughter of Irwin Millstein and Julia Baena, was born January 16, 1951 in Connecticut.  She is my 2nd cousin once removed.

Harry William Hudson, Jr., son of Harry William Hudson, Sr. and Jean Wargo, was born January 16, 1958.  He is my 5th cousin throgh my Gauntt line.

Christopher Paul Reilly was born January 16, 1964.  He is the 1st cousin once removed of my half-sister Laurie Sellers.

Louis Jonathan Kardash was born January 16, 1983 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  He is my 3rd cousin via the Gorodetskys.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: January 15

My cousin Beatrice Swain might have liked Capricorn men.  Her first husband, James Armstrong, was born January 13, and her second husband (below), Ralph Brickel, was born January 15.

Births

Catharine Kulp was born January 15, 1773.  She was married to Abraham Sellers, son of John Leonard Sellers and Barbara, who is my 1st cousin 6x removed.

Hannah Gaunt, daughter of Jacob Gaunt and Hannah Holmes, was born January 15, 1806 in Ohio.  She is my 1st cousin 5x removed.

Harriet Sellers, daughter of John Leonard Sellers and Elizabeth Wenger, was born January 15, 1843 in Allen or Auglaize County, Ohio.  She is my 3rd cousin 4x removed.

Mercedes de Mederos, daughter of Thomas Mederos and Mercedes Cabanas, was born January 15, 1895 in Cuba.  She was married to Francis Travis Coxe, son of Marcellus Coxe and Florence Sellers, who is my 5th cousin 2x removed.

Ralph Brickel was born January 15, 1916.  He was the second husband of Beatrice Ruth Anna Swain, daughter of Thomas Daniel Swain and Rachel Anna Armstrong, who is my 1st cousin 2x removed through the Armstrongs.

Anita Rose Allen, daughter of Raymond Charles Allen and Elizabeth Ray, was born January 15, 1952.  She is my 5th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Allens.

Debra Jane Gaunt, daughter of Irwin Wilson Gaunt and Shirley Ann Freck, was born January 15, 1957.  She is my 6th cousin.

Joel Baylin was born January 15, 1988 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  He is my 3rd cousin through my Gorodetsky line.

Shannon Nicole Preisner was also born January 15, 1988, but in San Diego, San Diego County, California.  She is the grandniece of my aunt Mary McStroul.


Marriages

Guy Edward Allen and Anna Dziewa were married on January 15, 1983.  Guy, son of Clarence Allen and Grace Stagnato, is my 5th cousin once removed.


Deaths

Joseph Mack, son of Jacob Mack and Catharine Longanecker, died Jnuary 15, 1909 at the age of 78 in Pennsylvania.  He is my 3rd cousin 4x removed on my Sellers line thorugh the Macks.

Anna Schwartz, daughter of Joseph Schwartz and Frieda, died January 15, 2004 at the age of 100.  She was married to Hyman Gordon, son of Victor Gordon and Esther Leah Schneiderman, who is my great-granduncle.

Time for My 7th Blogiversary

The wheels of time have continued to turn, somehow another year has passed, and amazingly enough I am still writing my blog.  I now have more than 1,200 posts under my belt, covering topics ranging from savior of the Yiddish language Aaron Lansky to Zundapp motorcycles.  My productivity fell off a little during the final third of 2017 due to my move from Oakland, California to Portland, Oregon, but I'm going to more than make up for that with this year's project to document the births, marriages, and deaths in my main family tree file for every day of the year (what was I thinking?!).  Only two weeks in and it's already led to some interesting family discoveries, such as the fact that my half-sister's grandmothers had the same birthday (which she had not realized).  There are always new things to learn!  I'm looking forward to sharing my perspectives on another year of genealogy and family history and welcome you along for the ride.  Thanks for stopping by to read my blog, and I hope you enjoy what you find here.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: January 14

Until today I had not realized that my half-sister and I each have a grandmother with a birth date of January 14.  In fact, my paternal grandmother is also her paternal grandmother, because we have the same father.  So both of her grandmothers were born on January 14!

Births

Adam Kneedler was born January 14, 1787 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Mary Sellers, daughter of Abraham Sellers and Sophia Bodder, who is my 3rd great-grandaunt.

Christina Long was born January 14, 1827 in Ohio.  She was married to Jeremiah Mock, son of John Mock and Mary Brown, who is my 4th cousin 4x removed.

Harrison Sellers, son of Samuel Sellers and Ann Cressman, was born January 14, 1845.  He is my 3rd cousin 3x removed.

Samuel Andrew Sellers, son of John Wengard Sellers and Mary Melissa Conkle, was born January 14, 1853 in Ohio.  He is my 4th cousin 3x removed.

Anna Gauntt
Anna Gauntt was born January 14, 1893 in Westhampton Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.  She is my paternal grandmother.

Louise Elsie Gaynor, daughter of John Francis Gaynor and Josephine O'Connor, was born January 14, 1903 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey.  She is the maternal grandmother of my half-sister Laurie Sellers.

Adelle Taylor
Adelle Cordelia Taylor was born January 14, 1914 in Union, Newton County, Mississippi.  She was my paternal grandfather's third (and final) wife.

Elbert W. Gaunt, son of Charles Gaunt and Pearl E. Cory, was born January 14, 1917.  He is my 4th cousin 2x removed.

James Clayton Gaunt, son of Mack Gaunt and Martha Nora Martin, was born January 14, 1923 in Indiana.  He is my 5th cousin once removed.

Marcie
Weinstein
Richard Bradley Smith was born January 14, 1963 in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada.  He is married to Marcie Weinstein, my 4th cousin.

Christopher Van Hoy was born January 14, 1974.  He is my 5th cousin 2x removed through my Gauntt line.

Sean Robert Cunningham was born January 14, 1985 in Indiana.  He is my 2nd cousin once removed through my Gauntt line.

Zachary Alexander Tennenhouse was born January 14, 1999 in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois.  He is my 4th cousin once removed through the Mecklers.


Marriages

Reuben T. Gaunt and Mary Budd were married on January 14, 1841 in Milford, Burlington County, New Jersey.  Reuben, son of Hananiah Gaunt and Rebecca Mulliner, is my 3rd great-granduncle.

Samuel Ferguson Sellers and Mary Laura Gunn were married on January 14, 1896 in West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania.  Samuel, son of Samuel G. Sellers and Anna C. Ferguson, is my 4th cousin 3x removed.


Deaths

Flossie Kerlister Sellers, daughter of Grover C. Sellers and Addie, died January 14, 1914 at the age of 4 years and 8 months in Duchouquet Township, Auglaize County, Ohio.  She is my 5th cousin 2x removed.

Courtland Ward Major, son of Clayton Major, Jr. and Ida May Lippincott, died January 14, 1978 at the age of 71 in Lake County, Florida.  He is my 1st cousin 3x removed via the Lippincotts.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: January 13

Yesterday I had no deaths, but today I have no weddings.  I wonder if the lack of weddings is in any related to it being the 13th?  Maybe I had superstitious relatives?  I'll have to wait and see what results I get in the succeeding months.

Births

John W. Gaunt, son of Uz Gaunt and Sarah Ann Whitacre, was born January 13, 1837 in Ohio.  He is my 2nd cousin 4x removed.

Eliza Sellers, daughter of John Leonard Sellers and Elizabeth Wenger, was born January 13, 1841 in Allen County, Ohio.  She is my 3rd cousin 4x removed.

Roger Gene Sellers, son of Everett L. Sellers and Sylvia G., was born January 13, 1923, possibly in Lima, Allen County, Ohio.  He is my 6th cousin once removed.

Georgina Arlene Feil, daughter of Rudolf William Feil and Jessie Naomi Gaunt, was born January 13, 1943.  She is my 5th cousin once removed through the Gaunts.

Douglas Matthew Reilly, son of Edward Reilly and Eileen Gaynor, was born January 13, 1959.  He is the 1st cousin once removed of my half-sister, Laurie Sellers, through the Gaynors.


Deaths

Absolom C. Sellers, son of John Sellers and Mary Stifer or Schleifer, died January 13, 1869 at the age of 46, possibly in Pennsylvania.  He is my 1st cousin 4x removed.

Harry K. Gauntt, son of James Gauntt and Sallie Bender, died January 13, 1930 at the age of 44, possibly in New Jersey.  He is my 1st cousin 2x removed.

Anna Krebs, daughter of Isaac Krebs and Frederika Weiss, died January 13, 1962 at about the age of 75 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California.  She is the paternal grandmother of my aunt Mary McStroul.

James Newbill Armstrong died January 13, 1986 at the age of 79 in Baltimore City, Maryland.  He was married to Beatrice Ruth Anna Swain, daughter of Thomas Daniel Swain and Rachel Anna Armstrong, who is my 1st cousin 2x removed.

Charles Jacob Gaunt, son of Arthur Lee Gaunt and Rachel Lavinia Stutsman, died January 13, 1998 at the age of 69, possibly in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.  He is my 4th cousin 2x removed.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: How Many Degrees of Separation

This week for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, Randy Seaver wants us to count in-person connections for our families back to the American Revolutionary.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission:  Impossible! music) is to:

(1) Find an ancestral line that atretches back to the time of the U.S. Revolutionary War (1775–1783), about 240 years.  Define your person-to-person connection (the person actually met the next person on the list) back to a historical figure from that time (doesn't have to be famous).

(2) Tell us about it on your blog, in a note or comment on Facebook, or in a comment on this post.


Instead of trying to determine the lowest number of connections, I just looked directly at my two ancestors with proven service in the Revolutionary War.  For three consecutive generations, however, I found grandparents who did not live long enough to meet the grandchildren from whom I am descended, so I had more degrees than I expected.

1.  I (1962– ) met my paternal grandmother, Anna Gauntt (1893–1986).

2.  Anna Gauntt knew her father, Thomas Kirkland Gauntt (1870–1951).

3.  Thomas Kirkland Gauntt knew his father, James Gauntt (1831–1889).

4.  James Gauntt knew his father, Hananiah Selah Gaunt (1795–1852).

5.  Hananiah Selah Gaunt likely knew his maternal grandfather, Moses Mulliner (1741–1821).

So I have four degrees of separation from a person documented in the Revolutionary War.  I have read Moses Mulliner's complete pension file, but I don't remember the details of his service, so I have no idea if he was anywhere near George Washington (or any other famous person) at any point.