Thursday, May 24, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: May 16

Since the Cohen sisters married men who shared the same birthday, I wonder if they all got together for one big birthday party to celebrate every year?

Births

Catherine Darstein, daughter of Abraham Darstein and Catherine Sellers, was born May 16, 1782 in Hilltown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  She is my 2nd cousin 5x removed via the Sellerses.

Jacob Leckrone was born May 16, 1794 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Agnes Mack, daughter of Jacob Mack and Nancy Moser, who is also my 2nd cousin 5x removed.

Elizabeth Pearsall Gaunt, daughter of Dellaplain Gaunt and Mary Isaac, was born May 16, 1856 in Oxford Depot, Orange County, New York.  She is my 3rd cousin 4x removed.

William Allen Gaunt, son of John B. Gaunt and Priscilla Dye, was born May 16, 1861 in Jay County, Indiana.  He is my 3rd cousin 3x removed.

Mary Gaunt, daughter of John Gaunt and Hannah Davis, was born May 16, 1876 in Columbiana County, Ohio.  She is my 3rd cousin 3x removed.

Alfred Winfield Asay, son of Alfred Winfield Asay and Sarah Anna Gaunt, was born May 16, 1892 in Burlington County, New Jersey.  He is my 1st cousin 2x removed via the Gaunts.

Frances Perlman, daughter of Louis Perlman and Jennie Novitsky, was born May 16, 1914 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.  She is my 1st cousin 2x removed via the Novitskys.

Richard H. Brashear was born May 16, 1929 in Oklahoma.  He was married to Alice Marie Hutson, daughter of Earl Morris Hutson and Catherine Corenne Utley, who is my 6th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Hutsons.

Sarah Clarice Higgins, daughter of Ervie Oscar Higgins and Elizabeth Opal Gaunt, was born May 16, 1930 in Sutter County, California.  She is my 5th cousin once removed via the Gaunts.

Donald Lawrence Lederman, son of Gabriel William Lederman and Anna Gordon, was born May 16, 1930 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.  He is my 1st cousin 2x removed via the Gordons.

Kenneth Mirsky was born May 16, 1937 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  He was married to Linda Cohen, daughter of Louis Cohen and Jennie Kardish, who is my 2nd cousin once removed on my Gorodetsky line through the Kardishes.

George Caplan was born May 16, 1939 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  He was married to Rhoda Cohen, another daughter of Louis Cohen and Jennie Kardish, and therefore another 2nd cousin once removed on my Gorodetsky line through the Kardishes.

Cindy Ann Bowen was born May 16, 1977 in Mineola, Nassau County, New York.  She is the 2nd cousin of my half-sister Laurie Sellers.

Whitney Victoria Lore was born May 16, 1988 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.  She is my 1st cousin once removed on my Sellers line.


Marriages

Nathan Millstein and Sarah Gordon (originally Gorodetsky), daughter of Victor Gordon (originally Gorodetsky) and Esther Leah Schneiderman, were married on May 16, 1912 in Bronx, Bronx County, New York.

Oliver Franklin Clark, son of Oren Wilson Clark and Anna G. Gaunt, and Mildred Blanche Benson were married on May 16, 1931 in Clark County, Indiana.  Oliver is my 4th cousin 2x removed via the Gaunts.

William Thomas Guy and Patricia Claire Gauntt, daughter of Irving Lester Gauntt and Mildred Hoffman Childs, were married on May 16, 1953 in Collingswood, Camden County, New Jersey.  Patricia is my 5th cousin.

Charles Lester Danley and Brenda Lee Gauntt, daughter of Clarence Leon Gauntt and Elizabeth Major, were married on May 16, 1981, possibly in New Jersey.  Brenda is my 5th cousin.

William Thomas Guy, Jr., son of William Thomas Guy and Patricia Claire Gauntt, and Linda Kaminski were married on May 16, 1987 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, on William's parents' 34th wedding anniversary.  William is my 5th cousin once removed via the Gauntts.


Deaths

Johann Peter Söller, son of Johann Conrad Söller and Anna Maria Margarethe Reinwirth, died May 16, 1750 at the age of 5 months in Weinheim, Baden.  He is my 2nd cousin 7x removed.

Harmon Sellers, son of Samuel Sellers and Elizabeth Barton, died May 16, 1923 at the age of 43 in Lima, Allen County, Ohio.  He is my 4th cousin 3x removed.

John Robert Benham died May 16, 2000 at the age of 77 in Batesville, Ripley County, Indiana.  He was married to Bessie Marie Hoyer, daughter of Rollin Henry Hoyer and Bessie Floreen Schwier, who is my 6th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Schwiers.

Anita Clarice Loveman died May 16, 2015 at the age of 88 in Toccoa, Stephens County, Georgia.  She was my paternal grandfather's second wife and the mother of my aunt Carol Sellers.

Events in My Family Tree: May 15

Vibilia is an interesting and unusual name.  I wonder if it was recorded correctly.

Births

Faber Sellers, son of Tobias Sellers and Elizabeth Faber, was born May 15, 1812 in Franconia, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  He is my 1st cousin 4x removed.

Vibilia Amanda Sellers, daughter of Alexander Sellers and Lavinia Coppelberger, was born May 15, 1853, probably in Pennsylvania.  She is my 3rd cousin 3x removed.

Sarah Ann Williamson, daughter of Amos Williamson and Rebecca Armstrong, was born May 15, 1854 in Medford Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.  She is my 1st cousin 4x removed via the Armstrongs.

Levi Calvin Ault was born May 15, 1885 in Jay County, Indiana.  He was married to Hazel Pearl Gaunt, daughter of Ross B. Gaunt and Mary Ann Dale, who is my 4th cousin 2x removed.

Henry Bauch Sellers, son of Orlando Bach Sellers and Sarah Amelia Springer, was born May 15, 1900 in Pennsylvania.  He is my 5th cousin once removed.

Alice Louise Gaunt, daughter of Lewis Allen Gaunt and Opal Esther Westrick, was born May 15, 1922 in Indiana.  She is my 4th cousin 2x removed.

Treva Elizabeth Caldwell, daughter of John Calhoun Caldwell and Treva Louise Gaunt, was born May 15, 1938 in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana.  She is my 6th cousin via the Gaunts.

Joyce L. Tessin was born May 15, 1962 in Michigan.  She is my 6th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line.

Joann Therese Lore was born May 15, 1975 in Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware.  She is my 1st cousin once removed on my Sellers line.

Jenna Bresge was born May 15, 1998, possibly in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  She is my 4th cousin on my Meckler line.


Deaths

Anna Gill West died May 15, 1922 at the age of 57 in Philadelphia, Phladelphia County, Pennsylvania.  She was married to George Washington French Gaunt, son of John Gaunt and Elizabeth Colson French, who is my 4th cousin 3x removed.

Oliver Franklin Clark, son of Oren Wilson Clark and Anna G. Gaunt, died May 15, 1988 at the age of 79 in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California.  He is my 4th cousin 2x removed via the Gaunts.

Events in My Family Tree: May 14

This is one of those unusual days when the number of deaths outnumbers births and marriages combined.

Births

William Mane Fox, son of John Fox and Catherine Fisher, was born May 14, 1827 in Pennsylvania, possibly in Germantown, Phliadelphia County.  He is my 3rd-great-granduncle.

Ephriam Sellers, son of William H. Sellers and Nancy L. Derr, was born May 14, 1876 in Pennsylvania.  He is my 4th cousin 3x removed.

William Bound Gauntt, Jr., son of William Bound Gauntt, Sr. and Lucy Bound, was born May 14, 1918 in New Jersey, probably in Atlantic County.  He is my 4th cousin once removed.

Janice Kay Hutson, daughter of Clifford Ellsworth Hutson and Alta Ada Gipson, was born May 14, 1938 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana.  She is my 6th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Hutsons.

Twins Lauren Hope and Marni Ann Levy were born May 14, 1993, probably in New York.  They are my 3rd cousins on my Gordon line and the first twins I have found on that line.


Marriage

Harvey Zabinsky, son of Daniel Zabinsky and Beatrice Furman, and Carolyn Helaine Lewis were married on May 14, 1972 in Flushing Meadows, Queens County, New York.  Harvey is my 2nd cousin on my Meckler line thorugh the Furmans and was my mother's favorite cousin.


Deaths

Susanna Mack, daughter of Jacob Mack and Hannah Englehart, died May 14, 1862 at the age of 84, probably in Pennsylvania.   She is my 2nd cousin 6x removed.

David Gaunt, son of John Gaunt and Mary Kinsey, also died May 14, 1862, but at the age of 73 in New Jersey.  He is my 1st cousin 5x removed.

Martha Johnson Atkinson died May 14, 1945 at the age of 67 in Mount Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey.  She is the paternal great-grandmother of my 1st cousin Albert Lore.

Thomas Daniel Swain died May 14, 1994 at the age of 74, probably in Newport News or Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He was the third husband of Rachel Anna Armstrong, daughter of Joel Armstrong and Sarah Ann Lippincott, who is my paternal great-grandaunt.

Cecil Thurman Phillips, Jr. died May 14, 2001 at the age of 84 in Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, Kentucky.  He was married to Martha Ann Surran, daughter of William Earl Surran and Martha Ann Naylor, who is my 3rd cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Naylors.

Ernest Alexander Douglas Ellett died May 14, 2002 at the age of about 85 in Balwyn, Victoria, Australia.  He is the maternal grandfather of my 2nd cousin once removed Jeff Gordon.

Robert Leonard Tessin, son of Fred M. Tessin and Minnie Caroline Slentz, died May 14, 2012 at the age of 77 in Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan.  He is my 6th cousin on my Gauntt line through the Slentzes.

Deborah Lee Pierce died May 14, 2015 at the age of 68 in New Port Richey, Pasco County, Florida.  She was married to Harvey Joseph Gaunt III, son of Harvey Joseph, Jr. and his first wife, who is my 3rd cousin.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: May 13

My brother's birthday is six days after mine, but growing up it was almost like having the same birthday, because my mother always did a combined birthday party for both of us.

Births

Henry Bullock Heath, son of Henry Heath and Eliza Bullock, was born May 13, 1846 in Thurman, Warren County, New York.  He is the maternal great-granduncle of my aunt Mary McStroul.

Elizabeth Heath, daughter of Henry Heath and Eliza Bullock, was born May 13, 1851 in Thurman, Warren County, New York on her brother Henry's birthday.  She therefore is the maternal great-grandaunt of my aunt Mary McStroul.

David Clinton Gaunt, son of Jacob Gaunt and Melvina F. Bennett, was born May 13, 1856 in Jay County, Indiana.  He is my 3rd cousin 3x removed.

Mary E. Shemeley was born May 13, 1871 in Southampton Township, Burlingotn County, New Jersey.  She was married to Allen Severs Easlick, son of Jonathan Easlick and Susannah Sever, who is my 2nd cousin 2x removed on my Gauntt line through the Easlicks.

Wilhelmina Martin was born May 13, 1888 in Pennsylvania.  She was married to Leidy Hunsberger, son of Joseph M. Hunsberger and Anna Amelia Heckler, who is my 5th cousin 2x removed on my Sellers line through the Hunsbergers.

Barbara June Springfield, daughter of Robert Springfield and Helen Laverta Slentz, was born May 13, 1932 in Oklahoma.  She is my 6th cousin on my Gauntt line through the Slentzes.

Helen Eunice Bohn was born May 13, 1936 in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana.  She was married to Roger Lee Sellers, son of Loren Floyd Sellers and Dorothy Eilene Crawford, who is my 6th cousin once removed.

Barbara Baker, daughter of Sidney Baker and Adele Garfinkel, was born May 13, 1958 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  She is my 3rd cousin once removed on my Meckler line through the Garfinkels.

Janet Beth Podolsky was born May 13, 1961 in Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey.  She is my 3rd cousin on my Gordon line.

Rita Lynn Swaim was born May 13, 1965.  She is my 5th cousin 2x removed on my Gauntt line.

William Randall Ellis was born May 13, 1977 in Oklahoma.  He is my 2nd cousin once removed on my Gauntt line.


Marriages

Abraham Kulp and Barbara Sellers, daughter of John Leonard Sellers and Barbara, were married on May 13, 1794, probably in Pennsylvania.  Barbara is my 1st cousin 6x removed.

Almost 200 years later, another Sellers girl got married.  Kenneth Charles O'Brien and Carol Beth Sellers, daughter of Bertram Lynn Sellers and Anita Clarice Loveman, were married on May 13, 1979 in Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida.  Carol is my paternal aunt.


Deaths

John Fox, son of John Fox and Catherine, died May 13, 1841 at the age of about 23, possibly in Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.  He is my 3rd-great-granduncle.

Rachel Anna Armstrong, daughter of Joel Armstrong and Sarah Ann Lippincott, died May 13, 1928 at the age of 49 in Norfolk City, Virginia.  She is my paternal great-grandaunt.

Margaret Adeline Williams died May 13, 1942 at the age of 58 in Jackson Township, Wells County, Indiana.  She was married to David Wise Gaunt, son of Arthur Lee Gaunt and Rachel Lavinia Stutsman, who is my 4th cousin 2x removed.

Walter Everett Gaunt, son of James Knox Polk Gaunt and Sarah Naomi Boone, died May 13, 1966 at the age of 69 in Santa Clara County, California, possibly in Los Gatos.  He is my 3rd cousin 3x removed.

Peter J. McGovern died May 13, 1967 at the age of 83 in Woodside, Queens County, New York.  He was married to Mary F. Gaynor, daughter of James P. Gaynor and Mary Guynan, who is the great-grandaunt of my half-sister Laurie Sellers.

Owen M. Walker died May 13, 1999 at the age of 87 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana.  He was married to Marguerite Maureen Thackeray, daughter of Logan Thackeray and Virginia Steele, who is my 5th cousin 2x removed on my Gauntt line through the Thackerays.

Lois Jean Hutson, daughter of Clifford Ellsworth Hutson and Alta Ada Gipson, died May 13, 2008 at the age of 76, possibly in Indiana.  She is my 6th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Hutsons.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: May 12

More than half a dozen of today's events are for people who married into my family.

Births

Hans Georg Söller, son of Hans Paul Söller and Anna Maria Schneider, was born May 12, 1672 in Weinheim, Baden.  He is my 7th-great-granduncle.

Lillian May Easlick, daughter of Jonathan Easlick and Susannah Sever, was born May 12, 1874 in Southampton, Burlington, New Jersey.  She is my 2nd cousin 2x removed on my Gauntt line through the Severs.

George Lemuel Nuckols was born May 12, 1880 in Jay County, Indiana.  He was married to Pearl Ellen Slentz, daughter of Ephraim Slentz and Zilpha Emily Gaunt, who is my 4th cousin 2x removed via the Gaunts.

Dorothy Eilene Crawford was born May 12, 1913 in Lima, Allen County, Ohio.  She was married to Loren Floyd Sellers, son of James Byron Sellers and Mary Catherine Bear, who is my 5th cousin 2x removed.

Edith McStroul (originally Strul), daughter of Leo Martin McStroul (originally Moshe Leib Strul) and Anna Krebs, was born May 12, 1913 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.  She is the paternal aunt of my aunt Mary McStroul.

Walter Garland Dodge was born May 12, 1914 in Lone Pine, Inyo County, California.  He was married to Lois Elisabeth Higgins, daughter of Ervie Oscar Higgins and Elizabeth Opal Gaunt, who is my 5th cousin once removed via the Gaunts.

Virginia Ann Daugherty was born May 12, 1932 in Cuyahoga Falls, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  She is my stepmother.

Loretta Ann Carty, daughter of Wilmer Shreve Carty and Etta Marion Allen, was born May 12, 1940, almost definitely in New Jersey.  She is my 5th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Allens.

David Thomas Stone was born May 12, 1951 in Oakland, Alameda County, California.  He was married to Aviva Zelda Leonard, daughter of Louis Mark Leonard and Elsie Meckler, who is my 1st cousin once removed via the Mecklers.

Russell A. Allen, son of Joseph Russell Allen and Jean Kumple, was born May 12, 1952 in Mount Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey.  He is my 5th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Allens.


Marriages

James Dunstan, son of Richard Dunstan and Jane Coleclough, and Mary Clare were married on May 12, 1856 in Manchester, Lancashire, England.  James is my 2nd-great-granduncle.

George W. Mosier and Mary Margaret Sellers, daughter of Joseph Sellers and Leah Crumrine, were married on May 12, 1883 in Allen County, Ohio.  Mary is my 4th cousin 3x removed.

Kermy Jay Jones and Edna Marie Gaunt, daughter of Everett Elwin Gaunt and Selma Loretta Larsen, were married on May 12, 1971.  Edna is my 5th cousin once removed.


Deaths

John Gaunt, son of Samuel Gaunt and Achsah Taylor, died May 12, 1871 at the age of 76 in Gloucester County, New Jersey.  He is my 2nd cousin 5x removed.

Levi Calvin Ault died May 12, 1946 at the age of 61 in Montpelier, Blackford County, Indiana.  He was married to Hazel Pearl Gaunt, daughter of Ross B. Gaunt and Mary Ann Dale, who is my 4th cousin 2x removed.

Lena Brainin, daughter of Morris Brainin and Rose Dorothy Jaffe, died May 12, 1946 at the age of about 62 on Long Island, New York.  She is my maternal great-grandaunt.

Edna Louise Flynn, daughter of Roscoe Sherman Flynn and Edna May Gauntt, died May 12, 1999 at the age of 78 in Ocala, Marion County, Florida.  She is my 1st cousin once removed.

Elsie M. Blunk died May 12, 2002 at the age of 70 in Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana.  She was married to Gene Dawson Champ, son of Ralph Champ and Lucille Claycomb, who is my 5th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Claycombs.

Rose Gordon, daughter of David Gordon and Freeda Alterman, died May 12, 2004 at the age of 87, possibly in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.  She is my 1st cousin 2x removed.

Events in My Family Tree: May 11

Notwithstanding the coincidence of one appearing in the Births list and one in that for Deaths for this date, the two Elizabeth Ann Gaunts are different individuals.

Births

Johann Christoph Söller, son of Johann Conrad Söller and Anna Maria Margarethe Reinwirth, was born May 11, 1741 in Weinheim, Baden.  He is my 2nd cousin 7x removed.

David Wampole Sellers, son of Samuel Sellers and Barbara Ann Wampole, was born May 11, 1833 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.  He is my 3rd cousin 4x removed.

William H. Sellers, son of Ephriam Sellers and Elizabeth Sheip, was born May 11, 1835 in Pennsylvania.  He is also my 3rd cousin 4x removed.

William Sharp Sever, son of Allen Sever and Elizabeth Ann Gaunt, was born May 11, 1845 in New Jersey, possibly in Burlington County.  He is my 1st cousin 3x removed.

Elizabeth Almira Heath, daughter of Don Howard Heath and Hattie Lorena Fuller, was born May 11, 1911 in Warrensburg, Warren County, New York.  She is the mother of my aunt Mary McStroul.

Diana Louise Steward, daughter of Warren Riley Steward and Alice Louise Gaunt, was born May 11, 1942, probably in Indiana.  She is my 5th cousin once removed.

Kenneth Hunter was born May 11, 1944.  He was married to Charlene Suzanne Allen, daughter of William Ledger Allen and Edna Hankins, who is another 5th cousin once removed.

Ann Denise Brainin, daughter of Harold Leon Brainin and Ruth Pauline Schwartz, was born May 11, 1959 in Bronx, Bronx County, New York.  She is my 2nd cousin once removed.

Michael Marek was born May 11, 1985.  He is the 3rd cousin once removed of my half-sister Laurie Sellers.


Deaths

Alexander Mack Weaver, son of Adam Weaver and Hannah Mack, died May 11, 1795 at the age of 18, probably in Pennsylvania.  He is my 1st cousin 6x removed via the Macks.

Elizabeth Ann Gaunt, daughter of Joseph Gaunt and Phoebe Emily Severn, died May 11, 1880 at the age of 48 in Jay County, Indiana.  She is my 2nd cousin 4x removed.

Jacob Sellers, son of George Sellers and Magdalena Shirk, died May 11, 1896 at the age of 85 in Summit County, Ohio.   He is my 3rd cousin 4x removed.

David Wise Gaunt, son of Gaunt and , died May 11, 1902 at the age of 18 in Jackson Township, Wells County, Ohio.  He is my 4th cousin 2x removed.

Charles B. Sellers, son of Edwin Mortimer Sellers and Rebecca Bird, died May 11, 1915 at the age of about 68 in Manhattan, New York County, New York.  He is my 2nd cousin 3x removed.

Joseph Harley Gaunt, son of David Clinton Gaunt and Martha Sophronia Hartman, died May 11, 1969 at the age of 87 in Portland, Jay County, Indiana.  He is my 4th cousin 2x removed.

Irving Lester Gauntt, son of Joseph L. Gauntt and Rebecca Elizabeth Coverly, died May 11, 1985 at the age of 75, possibly in Blackwood, Camden County, New Jersey.  He is my 4th cousin once removed.

Myrtle Lydia Allen, daughter of William Daily Allen and Fannie Goldsboro Brown, died May 11, 1987 at the age of 75, possibly in Columbus, Burlington County, New Jersey.  She is my 5th cousin on my Gauntt line through the Allens.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: May 10

This list includes 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th cousins once removed.

Births

Sarah Sellers, daughter of Abraham Sellers and Sophia Bodder, was born May 10, 1783 in Franconia, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  She is my 3rd-great-grandaunt.

William Henry Romer, son of William Romer and Georgianna Gaunt, was born May 10, 1909 in New Jersey, probably in Burlington County.  He is my 2nd cousin 2x removed via the Gaunts.

Charles Clayton Gaunt, son of Edward Lee Gaunt and Ethyl Fay Davison, was born May 10, 1915 in Jefferson Township, Wells County, Indiana.  He is my 5th cousin once removed.

Frederick John Collier was born May 10, 1954 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  He is married to Nancy Patrice Rudin, daughter of Raymond Harold Rudin and Ruth Garfinkel, who is my 4th cousin on my Meckler line through the Garfinkels.

Mark Louis Egyud, son of Lou Egyud and Hila Jewel Allen, was born May 10, 1958, possibly in New York.  He is my 5th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Allens.

William Neil Sorensen was born May 10, 1964, possibly in New Jersey.  He is my 5th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line.

Sharon Robin Fisher was born May 10, 1965.  She is married to Jerry A. Socherman, who is my 4th cousin once removed on my Nowicki line.

Angela Victoria Gaunt was born May 10, 1972, possibly in Indiana.  She is my 6th cousin once removed.

Rebecca Jean Ellis was born May 10, 1986 in Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey.  She is my 2nd cousin once removed on my Gauntt line.

Sarah Vaknin was born May 10, 2000 in Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey.  She is my 3rd cousin once removed on my Gordon line.


Marriages

Samuel Mock, son of Alexander Mock and Catherine Hively, and Malissa Lyons were married on May 10, 1870 in Richland County, Ohio.  Samuel is my 4th cousin 4x removed.

James Michael Leman and Grace Yates, daughter of Charles Yates and Grace Allen, were married on May 10, 1969, probably in New Jersey or Pennsylvania.  Grace is my 5th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Allens.

Robert Flemotti and Stacey Mae Perkins were married on May 10, 2004 in Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida.  Stacey is my 1st cousin once removed.


Deaths

Elsie Meckler, daughter of Morris Meckler and Minnie Zelda Nowicki, died on May 10, 1974 at the age of 54 in Century City, Los Angeles County, California.  She is my maternal grandaunt.

Alpha E. Thackeray, son of Francis Marion Thackeray and Emma Sophia Busch, died May 10, 1990 at the age of 90 in Batesville, Ripley County, Indiana.  He is my 5th cousin 2x removed on my Gauntt line through the Thackerays.

Sidney Gordon, son of Joe Gordon and Sarah Libby Brainin, died May 10, 2012 at the age of 96 in Graniteville, Richmond County, New York.  He is my maternal granduncle.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: What Did Your Mother Love to Do?

Even though Mother's Day was a week ago, Randy Seaver has decided to keep the focus on mothers for this week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun:

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission:  Impossible! music) is:
 
(1) What did your mother really like to do in her work or spare time?  Did she have hobbies, or a workshop, or did she like cooking, or reading, or watching TV?

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


My mother was Myra Roslyn (Meckler) Sellers Preuss (1940–1995).  I think her favorite thing to do in her spare time was watch TV.  As soon as she walked in the house, the TV was turned on.  Her favorite things to watch were game shows, sports, Westerns, and mysteries, roughly in that order.  Later she got into soap operas (I think primarily due to my sister).  But for the most part it didn't matter, as long as the TV was on and making noise.

She also really enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and got me hooked on them.  I don't remember her doing other kinds of puzzles, such as word searches or crostics, just crossword puzzles.  She enjoyed words a lot and playing games with them.

She loved to travel, domestically and internationally, although she didn't have a lot of opportunity to do much of the latter.  She wanted to, though — she used to tell me about her plans to travel throughout Europe without any luggage, just buying clothes in whatever city she was in and then leaving everything behind as she went on to the next city.  She enjoyed the adventure we had of living in Australia for two years.  She used to claim that she had been to every state except Alaska, so when she was sick with her final illness my grandmother took her on a cruise to Alaska.

She wasn't at all domestically inclined and didn't enjoy cooking much (I recently confirmed with my father that he taught her most of the cooking she knew when I was a kid), but she definitely liked going out to eat.  Her favorite food was probably Chinese, but she liked most cuisines, especially if she didn't have to cook them.

She also wasn't really "crafty", but for a period she got into ceramics.  She made cutesy wall decorations for everyone in the family.  I still have mine, although it's buried in a box somewhere in the house at the moment.

She enjoyed working and being out of the house.  When I was very young she had a job inspecting circuit boards on the graveyard shift.  Later she had her own bookkeeping business, and she taught me quite a bit about that.