Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: John H. and Bertha L. (LeMasters) Yaeger

John Henry and Bertha Fidelia (LeMASTERS) YAEGER are buried in the Salamonia Cemetery, Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana.  Bertha is my paternal great-grandaunt.

John was born October 4, 1874 in Jay County, Indiana.  I do not know his parentage.

Bertha was born May 31, 1874 in Darke County, Ohio, the daughter of Luman Walker and Mary Keziah (CHEW) LeMASTERS.

John and Bertha married May 20, 1903 in Jay County, Indiana.  They had 6 children, and lived in Clay County, Indiana where both were teachers.

John died in 1963.  Bertha died March 16, 1922 in Clay County, Indiana.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Amanuensis Monday : 25th Wedding Anniversary: Charles & Carol (Kaderly) LeMaster

An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. 

Source: The Commercial-Review, Portland, Indiana, April 25, 1990, page 3

LeMaster couple celebrating 25th

Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Chuck) LeMaster, RR 6, Portland, are celebrating their 25th Anniversary today.

The former Carol Kaderly and Charles LeMaster were married April 25, 1965, at the Collett Nazarene Church.  They have lived in Jay County all their lives where Mrs. LeMaster is employed as a retail clerk at Bearcreek Farms.  Her husband is employed at Sheller-Globe Hardy Division, Union City.

The couple has three children, Karen LeMaster, a nursing student at Ball State, Brian LeMaster, an employee of Hull Bros., Fort Recovery, and Ronnie LeMaster, a senior at Jay County High School.

They will celebrate with a trip to Hawaii.

Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday's Obituary : Emma Catherine (Leonhard) Haley (1866-1925)

Source: Mrs. Emma Catherine Haley obituary, Commercial-Review, Portland, Indiana, USA, July 17, 1925, page 1




Deceased Had been Resident of Jay County for Past Fifty-nine Years

Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Catherine Haley, 59, wife of Andrew F. Haley, who died at her home eight miles northeast of Portland yesterday afternoon, following a long illness of diabetes, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Mt. Zion church, nine miles northeast of here.  Interment will be made in the Fort Recovery, Ohio, cemetery.

The deceased had been ailing for the past year and one-half and had been seriously ill for the past four weeks.

Mrs. Haley was born in Noble township, Jay county, February 8, 1866, daughter of John Philip and Christena (Theurer) Leonhard, the father being a native of Germany.

The following children survive: Dr. C.O. Haley, of Chicago; Mrs. Ernest Chalfant, of Portland, and the following brothers and sister, Jacob, George and Henry Leonard, of Noble township, Jay county; John, of Plymouth, Ind.; William, of Fort Recovery; Christena Leonhard, of Noble township, and Mrs. George Cull, of Noble township.  Three grandchildren also survive.


Emma Catherine LEONHARD married Andrew Frank HALEY, son of George Washington and Mary Jane (SHERRICK) HALEY, on November 3, 1887 in Jay County, Indiana.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Surname Saturday : SMITH

The SMITH surname is in my paternal line.  The origins of the surname are unknown.

Stories and history:

Ahnentafel # 19: Olive Jane Smith (1846-1913). Olive was born June 23, 1846 in Cass County, Michigan.  She married August 4, 1866 in Jay County, Indiana to William P. Wehrly (1845-1909).  William was born November 2, 1845 in Preble County, Ohio.  They raised 13 children in Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana where William was a farmer, mortician and sawmiller.  William served in Company I, 130th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.  William died June 16, 1909 in Salamonia, Jay County, Indiana.  Olive died January 6, 1913 in Portland, Jay County, Indiana.  Both are buried in the Salamonia Cemetery, Jay County, Indiana.

Ahnentafel # 38: William P. Smith (1815-1894).  William was born July 25, 1815 in Clark County, Ohio.  He married October 3, 1836 to Prudence Maxson (1817-1890).  Prudence was born June 15, 1817 in Greene County, Ohio.  They had 4 children and lived in Cass County, Michigan and Jay County, Indiana.  William was a minister and farmer and served in Company I, 130th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.  Prudence died February 22, 1890 in Salamonia, Jay County, Indiana.  William died April 19, 1894 in Salamonia, Jay County, Indiana.  Both are buried in the Salamonia Cemetery, Jay County, Indiana.

Ahnentafel # 76: Jacob Smith (c1792-1866).  Jacob was born circa 1792 in New Jersey.  He married circa 1812 to Jane Elliott (c1792-aft1860).  Jane was born circa 1792 in Georgia.  They were living in Cass County, Michigan in the 1850 census and Eldora Township, Hardin County, Iowa in the 1860 census.  Jacob died October 18, 1866 in Hardin County, Iowa.

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Hearty Thanksgiving Greetings

Dear Uncle -

We are all well. Hope you both are the same. You will get this a day late.  We have been busy.



This postcard was addressed, but apparently not mailed, to my paternal greatuncle, Clarence STUBER.  It was written by his nephew, Elvin MILLER, son of Galen and Mary (HALEY) MILLER.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Family Recipe Friday: Oyster Dressing

Today's recipe comes via an email from my mother, regarding her mother's recipe:

Bonnie  (Lambertson) Wright made oyster dressing at Thanksgiving especially for her husband, Bill.   He had acquired a taste for them while stationed in Biloxi Miss during WW II.  Bill like it so much that he would pick out the oysters of the dressing and eat them so Bonnie started chopped them up much to his dismay.  I make it each year in memory of dad and to carry on the family tradition.  Weldon is the only one who enjoys eating oyster dressing. In fact, he and I are about the only ones who eat dressing at Thanksgiving.   I prefer a sausage & cornbread stuffing.  

While this is not the one Bonnie used, it is very similar.  I cut this recipe in half when making it forThanksgiving.    

    1 pint oysters, drained; reserve liquid                       
    1 medium onions, chopped                                       
    2 stalks celery, chopped                                       
    6 tablespoons butter                                           
    8 slices stale bread, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces               
    1/2 teaspoon thyme                                             
    1/4 teaspoon sage                                              
    2 tablespoons lemon juice                                      
    Salt and peper                       
Saute onion and celery in butter until soft, about 3-5 minutes.   Add bread cubes and saute until browned, about 7 minutes.   Remove from heat and add herbs and oysters that have been sprinkled with lemon juice.   Fold in gently, adding some of the reserved oyster liquid for a more moist stuffing.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  

Bake in a greased 1-quart casserole dish at 350 for 25 minutes.   Makes 4 cups.

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A Thanksgiving Toast

Mrs. Clarence Stuber
Spencerville, Ohio

Nov. 28 Dear Niece -

Don't let this little card scare you and think some thing wonderful will happen because I am writing, but I have thot [sic] of you often since Nin wrote you was not well.   Hope you are better by this time.  Would love to hear from you.  We are all well wish you could eat Thanksgiving dinner with us.  This has been a lovely day, had back door open all the time and no fire.   

As ever your big Auntie Carrie

Beckie Thetsky was sewing for me last week made over Ma's plush coat for me put belt in it and _____.

This postcard was sent to my paternal greataunt, Vera (HALEY) STUBER from her aunt, Carrie (HALEY) GRAVES.  The Nin mentioned was Carrie's sister, Nina (HALEY) ZORN.  I cannot make out the year, but it must have been after 1910 as the Graves family was living in Midland, Michigan by then.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Greetings: November 27, 1922

Mrs. Clarence Stuber
Spencerville, Ohio
R.R. # 5

Dear Sir;  Monday morn.

I washed about forgot to send this I believe it will be a nicer day than I expected this morning. I thought I wouldn't write a letter for I would see you Thursday I hope it is nice.  We are all able to work don't do much but do a little.  Hope you both are well.  Hope to see you Thanksgiving.  It is mail time.



This postcard was sent to my paternal greataunt & uncle, Clarence and Vera (HALEY) STUBER, by their niece, Mildred MILLER, daughter of Galen and Mary (HALEY) MILLER.  The postmark is New Corydon, Indiana November 27, 1922, a Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wives of Dr. Ezekiel Cooper Chew: Caroline

Meet Dr. Ezekiel Cooper CHEW, my paternal 3rd-great grandfather.  I think my dad favors him a bit.  Dr. Chew and the Chew family has been one of my favorite lines to try to search, simply because there are so many of them and they seem to spread out far and wide.  But those stories can wait.  Today I'm going to talk about my attempt to flesh out the details on Dr. Chew's wives.

Dr. Chew's first wife was my 3rd-great grandmother, Caroline Bishop WOOLSTON.  Caroline was born February 6, 1826 in Vincentown, Burlington County, New Jersey, the daughter of Abel B. and Rachel (WOOLSTON) WOOLSTON. The Woolston family was an old Quaker family, much like the Chew family, who had become Methodists after the Revolutionary War.  Caroline had two sisters, Beulah and Sarah, who were well-known missionaries in China.  I am fortunate enough to have a picture of Caroline :

Ezekiel and Caroline had several children: I have 14 named children in my database, which still needs some cleaning up of dates, etc.   The family bible surfaced back in 2002, but I was unable to obtain it.  A transcription of sorts does exist on a message board posting.

Ezekiel and Caroline were married December 29, 1842 in New Jersey, according to the Genealogy of the Chew Family by Robert L. Chew.  The marriage took place in Gloucester County, New Jersey.  Here is a snippet from the Gloucester County Historical Society showing the record:

Source: Marriage record database, Gloucester County New Jersey Historical Society, www.gloucestercountyhistoricalsociety.org, accessed 18 November 2010.

I am not a member of the society, so I couldn't pull up the full record.  I was unable to locate this marriage in the Ancestry.com database of New Jersey marriages.  However, the FamilySearch.org beta site had the following:

Groom's NameEzekiel C. Chew
Groom's Birth Date
Groom's Birthplace
Groom's Age
Bride's NameCarolina B. Woolston
Bride's Birth Date
Bride's Birthplace
Bride's Age
Marriage Date29 Dec 1842
Marriage PlaceWoodbury, New Jersey
Groom's Father's Name
Groom's Mother's Name
Bride's Father's Name
Bride's Mother's Name
Groom's Race
Groom's Marital Status
Groom's Previous Wife's Name
Bride's Race
Bride's Marital Status
Bride's Previous Husband's Name
Indexing Project (Batch) NumberM01430-5
System OriginNew Jersey-EASy
Source Film Number1001853
Reference Number

After their marriage, Ezekiel and Caroline lived in Blackwood, New Jersey where  Ezekiel was the town doctor.  They moved to Montgomery County, Ohio before 1850, as the family was enumerated their in the 1850 cenus in Jackson Township.  Living with them in the household, was Ezekiel's father, Nathaniel, a preacher.

 Source: Ezekiel Chew household, 1850 Census, Jackson Twp., Mongtomery County, Ohio, dwelling 901, family 901, Ancestry.com [database on-line]

Caroline is enumerated as Cordelia in this census record for some reason.  Her age is listed as 24 years, born in New Jersey.  The children listed are Abel, age 6 born New Jersey; Nathaniel, age 5 born New Jersey; Mary, age 3 born New Jersey; James age 2 born Iowa; Milford age 3 months born Ohio.  Also listed in the household was Ezekiel's father, Nathaniel Chew, age 64, occupation Preacher, born New Jersey.

From this reading sometime between 1847 and 1848 the family was in Iowa, where son James was born.  There were other members of the Chew family known to be located in Mahaska County, Iowa at this time.

According to the 1922 history of Jay County, Indiana, by 1855 Dr. Chew was residing in Farmersville, Montgomery County, Ohio and by 1857 the family was in Ft. Jefferson, Darke County, Ohio.  The next census of 1860 finds the family in Neave Township, Darke County, Ohio.

Source: Zeechel Chew household, 1860 census, Neave Twp., Darke County, Ohio, dwelling 1166, family 1128, Ancestry.com [database on-line]

Caroline was enumerated in this census as being aged 34, born in New Jersey. The children listed were A.W. [Abel Woolston], aged 17 born New Jersey; Nathaniel aged 15 born New Jersey; Mary aged 13 born New Jersey; Sarah aged 8 born New Jersey; Caroline aged 6 born New Jersey; William aged 2 born Ohio; and Zeechel [Ezekiel] aged 1 born Ohio.  Again, father-in-law Nathaniel Chew, 74 year old minister, born in New Jersey, was living with the family.

By this census, sons James (1848) and Millard F. (1850) were deceased, as well as another son Samuel W. (1852) not recorded in any census records.

If daughter Sarah's birthplace is correctly recorded, then the family would have moved back to New Jersey sometime around 1852-53 and then would have been back in Ohio by 1855 to be living in Farmersville.  Later census records for Sarah reflect a New Jersey birth, so the family must have gone back "home" to New Jersey for a time. Caroline's mother, Rachel WOOLSTON (1800-1851) died in Burlington County, New Jersey on September 11, 1851, so perhaps the family went back to New Jersey to help settle the estate.

Records for Ezekiel place him in Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana in 1863-64.  In May 1863 he was assessed federal income tax as a lawyer in Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana.  On June 24, 1863 he was again assessed federal tax as a lawyer in Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana.  On January 24, 1864 he was assessed a tax as a physician in Lancaster [now Salamonia], Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana.

The census of 1870, however, finds them living in New Madison, Twin Township, Darke County, Ohio.

Source: Ezekiel Chew household, 1870 census, Twin Twp., Darke County, Ohio, dwelling 128, family 127, Ancestry.com [database on-line].

Caroline was enumerated in this census as 44 years old, born in New Jersey and keeping house.  The children were Sarah age 17 born New Jersey; Carrie B. age 16 born Ohio; Cooper age 14 born Ohio; Willie A. age 12 born Ohio; Charles age 10 born Ohio; Horace age 5 born Ohio; and Dona age 1 born Ohio.

By the time of this census, son Jesse (1862) had been born and died; and the older children had began to marry and have families of their own.  Abel married Salome HOLDEMAN September 25, 1862 in Greenville, Darke County, Ohio.  Nathaniel had married Margaret HEISTAND on April 18, 1867 in Darke County, Ohio.  Mary had married Luman LEMASTERS on October 2, 1864 in Versailles, Darke County, Ohio.

Catherine died on February 27, 1879 and is buried in the Webster Cemetery, Rossburg, Darke County, Ohio.  A memorial page has been created at the Find A Grave website.  

Caroline's sister, Sarah WOOLSTON, wrote her will dated September 29, 1879 which makes interesting mention of our Dr. Ezekiel Cooper Chew.  Fortunately, her estate would up going to the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Thanks to Google Books, I found Reports of cases decided in the Court of Chancery of the state of New Jersey, Volume 79.

In her will, Sarah, who had been a missionary in China, wrote  the following items:

Fourth: I give and bequeath to each one of the ten children of my deceased sister Caroline B. Chew, to them and their heirs, the sum of twenty-five dollars.  The shares of the younger children to remain in the hands of my executrix or executor until each one comes to the age of twenty-one years when it shall be paid to him with interest from the time of my decree.

Seventh: And I will and direct that the other half of all moneys belonging to my estate be divided into twelve equal parts, two of these parts shall be given  to my sister Rebecca Ann H. Deacon to her and her heirs, and the other ten parts shall be given to the ten children, to them and their heirs, of my deceased sister Caroline B. Chew.  And I do further will and direct that the shares of such of these children as are minors shall remain in the hands of my executor until each one is twenty-one years of age when it shall be paid to him with interest from the time of my decease.  And I do especially direct that my executor shall see that each one of these children receives his and her full part without any diminution whatever.

Eighth: In case the father, Ezekiel Cooper Chew, of the ten children of my deceased sister Caroline B. Chew, under any pretense whatsoever, claim any part or portion of the share or shares of any one or more of these children, then I do will and direct that they receive only twenty dollars each, and the remainder of these ten shares shall be given to the American Bible Society to be used in printing the Holy Scriptures in the Chinese language.

Apparently, Dr. Chew did not endear himself to his sister-in-law, Sarah, who was concerned that he might claim an interest in her estate.

Next, I will focus on Dr. Chew's second wife, Laura...

Wordless Wednesday: Eli W. Haley family

Eli W. Haley, Cora B. (Metzner) Haley,
Vera, Orpha, Mary

Wordless Wednesday – a great way to share your old family photos! Create a post with the main focus being a photograph or image. Some posters also include attribute information as to the source of the image (date, location, owner, etc.). Wordless Wednesday is one of the longest running “memes” in the blogosphere and is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Thanksgiving Greeting

Clarence Stuber
Portland, Ind.

From your friend

Eva Jetter


This postcard was sent to my paternal greatuncle, Clarence STUBER, from a family friend, Eva Jetter.

Looks like the little boy is going to spare the turkey this year.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Greetings

Dear Aunt -

I was wondering when you were coming out.  We are afraid to go to Grandma's now. Hope they don't get the scarlet fever.



This postcard was addressed, but apparently unmailed, to my maternal greataunt, Vera (HALEY) STUBER.  It was sent by her niece, Mildred MILLER, daughter of Galen and Mary (HALEY) MILLER.