Oct 11

Tombstone Tuesday–Buress B. & Leona L. (Becher) McBride

Buress & Leona McBride, East Bethel Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

Buress & Leona McBride, East Bethel Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Buress B. and Leona L. (Becher) McBride, located in row 4 of East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

McBride
Leona L.
1900-1962

Buress B.
1898-1977

Buress B. McBride was born in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 24 October 1898, the son of James E. and Mary J. (Williams) McBride. His name looks like “Burros Burrce McBride on his probate birth record. [1]

Buress grew up on a farm in Blackcreek Township and his father was a farmer. Buress was actually the second child born to James and Mary McBride. The 1900 census indicates that Mary had given birth to two children and his older sister was Bessie McBride, born in February 1896. Bessie was not enumerated with the family in the 1910 census. The 1900 census also indicates the parents had been married five years and that both were born in Ohio. [2]

The James McBride family still resided in Blackcreek Township in 1910. In the household: James E, 37; Mary, 33; Buress B, 11; Jesse, 8; William E, 4; and Wariam [?] Williams, 17, their “hand.” The road they lived on looks like Centenary Road and was near Brandt Pike. I am not sure what road that would have been. They lived fairly close to Andrew Kallenberger and Frederick Allmandinger. [3]

Buress’ World War I Draft Registration card spells his name another way: Buress Buree McBride. Buress was a farmer at that time, with a Rockford address. He had brown hair and eyes, slender build, and medium height. [4]

Buress McBride married Leona Becher on 21 June 1924 at Zion Lutheran Church in Chatt. They were married by Rev. J.E. Albrecht and his wife Clara served as their witness. Buress’ name was recorded as Burros Buress McBride and he was a teacher and 25 years old. Leona, 23, was a housekeeper. [5]

Leona Louise Becher was born in Liberty Township near Chatt on 5 December 1900, the second of eight children born to William P. and Katharine S. (Schaadt) Becher. Leona was baptized at Zion Chatt on 23 December 1900 with Philip Deitsch and Louisa Deitsch as her sponsors. Leona was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 30 May 1915 by Rev. WFH Heuer.

In 1930 Buress and Leona lived in Blackcreek Township, on what looks like Eichler Pike. They owned their home on a farm and Buress was a public school teacher. In the household: Burris B, 31; Leona L, 29; Leland C, 4; and Lois H, 1. [6]

In 1940 the family lived in a rented home on 1015 Holgate Street in Defiance, Ohio, where Buress was an elementary school teacher. They reported that they had lived in rural Mercer County in 1935, so they had moved to Defiance within the past five years. This enumeration tells us that Buress had completed 4 years of college, was not a veteran, and that his income was $1300. In the household was Buress, 41; Leona, 39; Leland, 14; and Lois, 11. [7]

In 1947 Buress was the school principal in Defiance and they lived at 138 Session Street. [8]

I found a photo of Buress McBride on-line. The photo was taken in 1950 at West Elementary School in Coldwater, Ohio. He was the teacher of grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 there. [9]

Buress McBride, Coldwater Elementary School, 1950.

Buress McBride, Coldwater Elementary School, 1950.

Leona McBride died on 3 September 1962 in Celina, Ohio, at the age of 61. [10]

Obituary:

Leona (Becher) McBride
Rockford—Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Leona (Becher) McBride, 62, Rt. 1, Rockford, who died at 5:45 a.m. Monday at the home of her daughter, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the East Bethel E.U.B. Church, near here. The Rev. Delbert Cress will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mrs. McBride was born in Rockford on Dec. 5, 1900 and resided in this community all her life except for 10 years that she lived in Defiance. She was a member of the East Bethel E.U.B. Church.

Survivors include her husband Buress, a daughter Mrs. Lois Squire, Celina, a son, Leland McBride of Rt. 5, Celina; eight grandchildren, a brother, Lester Becher of Monroe, Ind., four sisters, Mrs. Hugo Willrath of Rt. 2, Rockford, Mrs. Alger Eley and Mrs. Donald Stephenson, both of Celina, and Mrs. Harold Stetler of Rt. 1, Willshire.

Friends may call at Ketcham Funeral Home after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and until 11:30 a.m. Thursday when the body will be removed to the church. [11]

Buress McBride died 30 November 1977 at a long term care facility in Mercer County, at the age of 79 years. [12]

Obituary:

Buress B. McBride
Rockford—Buress B. McBride, 79, of Rt. 1 died at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday in Shane Hill Nursing Home. Survivors include a son, Leland, of Celina, a daughter, Mrs. George (Lois) Squire of Celina, eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Harold of Cleveland and Donald of Brookville.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home. Burial will be in East Bethel Cemetery. Friends may call after 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. [13]

Burris and Leona had the following children:
Leland (1926-), married Clara E. Borgerding
Lois H. (1928-2004), married George W. Squire

 

[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 8 Oct 2016), Burros Burrce Mcbride, 24 Oct 1898; from Blackcreek Twp, Mercer Co Birth Registers, Vol. 3, p.140; FHL microfilm 914953.

[2] 1900 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 74, p.6B, dwelling/family 131, E Mcbride; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : 8 Oct 2016); FHL microfilm 1241303, NARA microfilm T623, roll 1303.

[3] 1910 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 107, p.5A, dwelling/family 93, James E Mcbride; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : 8 Oct 2016); FHL microfilm 1375227, NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[4] “United States WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 8 Oct 2016), Buress Buree McBride, 12 Sep 1918; from Mercer County NARA microfilm publication M1509, NARA; FHL microfilm 1832519.

[5] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 8 Oct 2016), Buress B McBride & Leona Becher, 21 Jun 1924; from Mercer Marriages, Vol. 12, p.289; FHL microfilm 2366955.

[6] 1930 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 1, p.2A, dwelling & family 32, Burris B Mcbryde; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 Oct 2016); FHL microfilm 2341584, NARA microfilm T626m roll 1850.

[7] 1940 U.S. Census, Defiance, Defiance, Ohio, ED 20-5, p6A. line 14, Buress McBride; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 Oct 2016); from NARA microfilm T627, roll 3061.

[8] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 Oct 2016); 1947 Defiance, Ohio, City Directory, p.277.

[9] U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012, database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 Oct 2016); Coldwater High School, Coldwater, Ohio, 1850.

[10] “Ohio Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 8 Oct 2016), Leona L Mcbride, 30 Nov 1977; vol. 17032, cert no. 683221, OHS, Columbus, ODOH, State Vital Statistics Unit.

[11] The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 4 Sep 1962, p.2, Leona Becher McBride; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com.

[12] “Ohio Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 8 Oct 2016), Buress B Mcbride, 30 Nov 1977; vol. 23070, cert no. 083592, OHS, Columbus, ODOH, State Vital Statistics Unit.

[13] The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 1 December 1977, p.4, Buress B. McBride; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com.

Oct 07

Help Please! What are These?

Joe recently found an unusual set of items. We have never seen anything like them before although we have an idea of what they may have been used for.

Salt glazed nesting cups.

Salt glazed nesting cups.

It is a set of five triangle-shaped salt-glazed nesting cups. I very much like salt glazed pottery and these unique cups make a nice addition to my collection. They have a crude hand-made quality and a very rough surface.

Salt glazed nesting cups.

Salt glazed nesting cups.

The largest cup in the set even has the manufacturer’s name stamped into it. It is difficult to make out but it looks like Goebel Sch…

Were they made in America or could they have come from Germany?

Salt glazed nesting cups.

Salt glazed nesting cups.

Although Joe found the set in an old trunk, someone took the time and effort to place a little wad of newspaper between each cup, as a cushion so they would not get broken. That definitely sounds like something my grandma Schumm or my mom would do. They both took very good care of their household items and that trait was probably handed down to them from someone else in the family. So these little cups may even predate my grandmother. Perhaps they were used in the second half of the 19th century by one of my Schumm, Scaer, or Breuninger ancestors. Who knows how old these little cups are and who carefully stored them away in the old trunk.

I carefully unfolded the little wads of newspaper and saw that some of the print was in English and one piece of paper was in German. There was a date of February 1860 for what appeared to be a notice for the sale of some property. I also saw the names New York and Massachusetts. Those were printed in English. Hamilton, Ohio, was printed on the German paper. We will probably never know what they were reading or where the papers came from.

The largest cup is 4.5 inches tall and holds 1½ cups (12 oz). The next cup is 3¾ inches tall and holds 5 oz. The middle one is 3 inches tall and holds 2 oz. The second smallest cup is 2¼ inches tall and holds ¾ oz. The smallest cup is 1¾ inches and holds ¼ oz.

Salt glazed nesting cups.

Salt glazed nesting cups.

I am guessing that they were measuring cups for the kitchen. How else did women measure when they baked? Considering their shape, it would have been easy to pour liquids from them. But they are rather heavy and bulky.

Salt glazed nesting cups.

Salt glazed nesting cups.

Or, could they have been used in the barn, for the animals? Or for measuring something for the farm?

I would sure like to hear from anyone who knows what these little cups were used for or if anyone has seen anything like them before.

Oct 04

Tombstone Tuesday–Joy I. Eley

Joy I. Eley, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Joy I. Eley, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Joy I. Eley, located in row 6 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Joy I. Dau. of
A.M. & M.R. Eley
1924

Joy Eley was born 22 October 1924 in Ohio to Alger M. & Matilda (Becher) Eley.

Joy died 26 October 1924, just four days after her birth. She was buried on the 26th.

Joy’s death certificate indicates that her father, who was also the informant, was living in Monroe, Indiana, at the time of her death. But it also indicates that Joy was born in Ohio and died in Liberty Township, Mercer County. In fact her death certificate started out as an Indiana document but Indiana was crossed out and Ohio was written in its place. Unusual, but probably happened because they lived close to the state line and their doctor, D.D. Jones, was from Berne, Indiana. Yager Funeral Home, Berne, was in charge of the arrangements. [1]

Joy I. Eley death certificate

Joy I. Eley death certificate, 1924

I cannot make out her cause of death. Does anyone have any ideas? [note: Thanks to Paul, a reader, who suggests that her cause of death may have been ATELECTASIS, the collapse of all or part of a lung.]

 

[1] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org : accessed 1 Oct 2016), Joy I Eley, 26 Oct 1924; from Liberty Twp, Mercer, no.56198; from FHL microfilm 1992606.

Sep 30

More Photos with George M. Schumm

Here are a few more photos from what I like to refer to as the Germann Collection–a collection of old family photos that once belonged to sisters Edna and Viola Germann. Edna (1896-1997) and Viola (1900-2001) were the daughters of Stephen E. and Anna Elizabeth “Rosina” (Schumm) Germann.

Edna and Viola were the granddaughters of Jacob “Frederick” and Maria (Germann) Schumm on their maternal side and Henry and Mary (Hertz) Germann on their paternal side.

Jacob “Frederick” Schumm was the son of immigrant George “Martin” Schumm and Maria Pflueger. Martin and Maria had 13 children, so there would have been a lot of cousins in the family. Although many persons in the Germann photos are identified, some are simply labeled as “cousins.”

George M. Schumm (1867-1958) was the oldest child of Jacob “Frederick” and Maria (Germann) Schumm and would have been Edna and Viola’s uncle, their mother’s brother. The past couple weeks I have written about George M. Schumm, who married Barbara Schinnerer (1866-1952). Although George M. and Barbara were both from the Schumm area they married in Long Beach California in 1901 and remained lived there the rest of their lives.

Here are a few photos of George M. Schumm in his younger years. It looks like George M. and his cousins had some good times. These photos were likely taken in the Schumm/Willshire/Rockford area.

This photo below is labeled “Emma, Grandma, Uncle George, Cousins.” Grandma was probably Maria (Germann) Schumm, George M’s mother. I am not sure who Emma would be. Maybe she was George’s sister “Emilie” Schumm, who married Otto Germann.

Emma, Grandma, Uncle George, Cousins.

Emma, Grandma, Uncle George, Cousins.

The next photo is labeled “Ferd, George, Philip, Charles.” This would be the 4 Schumm brothers, sons of Jacob “Frederick” Schumm and Maria Germann. Philip was the father of Maria, Emma, Velma, and Anna.

Ferd, George, Philip, Charles, Schumm brothers, sons of Jacob "Frederick" & Maria (Germann) Schumm.

Ferd, George, Philip, Charles, Schumm brothers, sons of Jacob “Frederick” & Maria (Germann) Schumm.

This photo is labeled “Wambsganss, George, Steve Germann.” Steve German married George M’s sister Rosina Schumm and Steve was the father of Edna and Viola.

Wambsganss, George M. Schumm, Stephen E. Germann.

Wambsganss, George M. Schumm, Stephen E. Germann.

I am not sure who the Wambsganns is, but there is a Wambsganss/Germann connection: George P. Wambsganss married Elizabeth Germann around 1864. This could very well be one of their descendants.

Here is another photo with a Wambsganns, labeled “Wambsganns Brother’s Cousins.” I am not really sure who is in this photo.

Wambsganss Brothers Cousins

Labeled: Wambsganss Brother’s Cousins

The next photo is labeled “Dad Steve, Uncle George, Aunt Louise, Aunt Ida.” Steve would be Stephen E. Germann, father of Edna and Viola. I am guessing that Aunt Louise is George’s sister Maria “Louise” Schumm (1870-1952), who married Heinrich Friedrich Schinnerer (1867-1952), parents of William, Lydia, Fred and two children who died in infancy. Aunt Ida may have been another of George’s sisters, Ida Carolina Margaretha Schumm (1877-1914). Ida never married.

Steve Germann, George M. Schumm, Louise Schumm, Ida Schumm.

Steve Germann, George M. Schumm, Louise Schumm, Ida Schumm.

Note the elaborate and beautiful Victorian decor and furnishings.

The last photo is labeled “Uncle George Schumm, Louie Schinnerer.” Louie is most likely Ludwig Andreas Schinnerer (1872-1940), son of Martin Schinnerer and his second wife Rosina Schumm, and half brother of George M’s wife Barbara Schinnerer.

George M. Schumm, Louis Schinnerer.

George M. Schumm, Louis Schinnerer.

I love to look at these old photos, to identify the people and see the family connections.

Sep 27

Tombstone Tuesday–Alger M & Matilda (Becher) Eley

Alger & Matilda (Becher) Eley, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Alger & Matilda (Becher) Eley, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Alger and Matilda (Becher) Eley, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

ELEY
Matilda Becher
Oct. 13, 1902
May 17, 1978

Alger M. “Peck”
Nov. 5, 1900
July 3, 1964

Alger Medford Eley was born in Berne, Adams County, Indiana, on 5 November 1900 to Elmer and Victoria (Martz) Eley. [1] [2]

Matilda Rosina Philippina Becher was born in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 21 October 1902, the third of eight children born to William P. and Katie (Schaadt) Becher.

She was baptized at Zion Chatt on 16 November 1902, with George Hoehamer, Philipine Schaadt, Rosina Schaadt, and Otto Wendel serving as her baptismal sponsors. Matilda was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 27 May 1917. Her photo below was taken from her class confirmation photo.

becher-matilda-1917-conf-photo

Matilda Becher, 1917 Confirmation at Zion Lutheran, Chattanooga, Ohio.

Alger Eley and Matilda Becher were married at Zion Chatt by Rev. J.E. Albrecht on 28 April 1924. Clara Albrecht, the wife of Zion’s pastor, was the witness to their marriage. Alger was 23 years old and Matilda was 21. At the time of their marriage Alger was living in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where was employed as an upholsterer. Matilda was a housekeeper and was from Liberty Township, Mercer County. Neither had been married before. [2]

Matilda gave birth to a daughter, Joy, on 22 October 1924, but she died 3 days later. They were living in the Chatt area at the time. [3]

By 1926 Alger and Matilda had moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they lived at 1148 Hanna Street. Alger’s occupation was helper at the Penn Co. [4] On 19 January 1926, in Fort Wayne, Matilda gave birth to their son Robert Eugene. [5]

By 1930 Alger, Matilda, and Robert had moved back to Liberty Township, Mercer County. They rented their home there and Alger farmed. [6]

The Eleys remained in Liberty Township for at least the next 10 years and continued renting their home. Their family in 1940: A.M. Eley, 39; Matilda R, 37; and Robert, 14. Alger worked as an upholsterer. [7]

By 1960 Alger and Matilda had moved to Celina, where they lived at 431 E. Fulton Street. By that time Alger worked as a watchman at the state highway garage. [8]

Somewhere during his lifetime Alger picked up the nickname Peck.

Alger Eley died in Celina on 3 July 1964 at the age of 63. Zion Chatt’s records indicate that he died of a heart attack and/or stroke. He was buried on the 7th and Rev. Arnold Green officiated at the funeral service. He was survived by his wife and his son Robert E.; 2 brothers, George, Hillsboro, North Carolina, and John, Fort Wayne, Indiana; three sisters, Mrs. Claude Buchanan, Willshire, Reba Minnear, and Treva Pettigrew, both Anderson, Indiana; and one grandchild. [9]

Matilda (Becher) Eley died 17 May 1978 at the age of 76 years. She was buried on the 19th with Rev. Gary Anderson in charge of the service. Matilda was survived by their son Robert, a brother, 2 sisters, a grandson, and 2 great-grandchildren. [10]

Alger and Matilda had two children:
Joy I (1924-1924)
Robert Eugene (1926-2008), married Margaret Coate

 

[1] Indiana Births, 1880-1830, Adams Co Births, Book H-6, p.49, Eley, 5 Nov 1900; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 Sep 2016); from Indiana WPA 1938-1940.

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 21 Sep 2016), Alger M Eley and Matilda R Becher, 28 Apr 1924; from Mercer, Ohio Marriages, Vol. 12, p.274; from FHL microfilm 2366955.

[3] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,: database with images, FamilySearch.org (www.familysearch.org : accessed 23 Sep 2016), Joy J Eley, 26 Oct 1924; from Liberty, Mercer deaths, no. 56198, FHL microfilm 1992606.

[4] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 Sep 2016), Alger M Eley; 1926 Fort Wayne City Directory, p.387.

[5] Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940, Indiana State Board of Health, Robert Eugene Eley, 19 Jan 1926; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 Sep 2016); microfilm, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, IN.

[6] 1930 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 20, p.3B, dwelling& family 74, Alger M Eley; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 Sep 2016); from FHL microfilm 2341584, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 1850.

[7] 1940 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 54-22, p.13B, visited 263, A.M. Eley; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 Sep 2016); from NARA microfilm T627, roll 3114.

[8] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 Sep 2016), Alger M Eley; 1960 Celina City Directory, p.325.

[9] Alger M “Peck” Eley, Find a Grave.com (www.findagrave.com : accessed 23 Sep 2016); memorial no.   29398078. Note: His Find a Grave memorial also includes his obituary from the 5 July 1964 issue of The Lima News.

[10] Matilda R Becher Eley, Find a Grave.com (www.findagrave.com : accessed 23 Sep 2016); memorial no.  29398079.

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