Sunday, October 16, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
To provide a little background (well, maybe I'm not so lazy after all), Santford Ogden was born March 19, 1836 in Clark Township, Brown County, Ohio, the son of Alfred and Hannah Harriet Leonard Ogden. Sarah Steward was born February 17, 1838 to Francis and Catherine Price Steward. Santford and Sarah were married in Brown County and had at least ten childen, including my great-grandmother, Rosa Ogden Davis. The article that follows describes their golden wedding anniversary celebration.
The golden wedding of Sanford Ogden and wife of this place was celebrated on Saturday August 26, 1905, with a large dinner and family reunion, their nine living children all being present for the first time in ten years. About the noon hour the ladies began to bring out the baskets and boxes and the men began to prepare a table and when it was finished it was 60 feet long and and 4 feet wide. Among the good things we counted 22 large cakes and other good things in proportion. 115 persons were present - 9 children, 30 grandchildren, 2 brothers of Mr. Ogden and their wives and 74 friends and neighbors. Among those from a distance were W. H. Ogden and little daughter of Dayton, Ohio, Alfred Ogden and wife of Huntington, Mrs. Lizzie Palmer of Dayton, Ohio. Charles Redmon brought his graphophone and Alvin Roots his accordian, and to say we had a good time is putting it mildly. At a late hour we parted, wishing Father and Mother Ogden many such events to brighten their old age. The aged couple were the recipients of many handsome and useful presents.
Sarah died October 16, 1907. Santford died November 10, 1920 in Pike Township, Brown County, Ohio. They are buried in the Warner Cemetery in Clark Township, Brown County, Ohio.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Uncle Charlie was the eldest son of Jesse and Mary Shaper Dudley and brother of my grandmother Mary Dudley Donaldson. He was born October 18, 1878 in Clark Township, Clinton County, Ohio. Below is the earliest photo I have of Charlie.
Charlie grew up in Clark Township with his brothers Lew, Frank, Ab, Tom, and Clarence. By the time my grandma was born in 1898, Charlie was already a young man. Just a little over a year later, Charlie married the pretty Anna Dora Meyer and they made their home in Clark Township near his aunt Marietta Dudley Himes and her family. Charlie worked as a day laborer.
|Charles & Anna Dudley|
|Henry, James, Mary, and Wilmer Dudley|
In 1910, Charlie and Anna were living in Lynchburg, Ohio. Charlie was working as a grocery salesman and Anna was a hotel landlady. They lived in the hotel with their three sons. Among their boarders at the time of the 1910 census was Charlie’s cousin, Carl Himes. The photo below is labeled “Dudley Hotel.” I recognize Charlie in the back wearing a bow tie and his mother Mary Shaper Dudley standing next to him. I’m not sure, but the lady standing in the doorway between Charlie and his mother may be Anna. I wonder what occasioned the taking of this photograph; there are some distinguished-looking gentlemen in this picture.
Some time during the early to middle 1910s, Charlie and Anna divorced. Their sons continued to live with Anna. My mom believes that Charlie then moved to Cincinnati and where he found a job. At work, he met a teenager named Eddie Earl Donaldson. Charlie introduced Edd to his sister Mary and they were married on December 7, 1915.
|Dottie Lea Donaldson, Charlie, Rosemary Donaldson, Mary Shaper Dudley, my mom, and Mary Dudley Donaldson|
Charlie visited his sister Mary in the early 1960s. By that time, Ida had died. My mom shared this memory of that visit:
found him to be a gentle, soft spoken man.
He had suffered from colon cancer but was still going strong. In fact, he climbed a ladder to paint the
trim on our house, in spite of his advanced age and physical condition. He seemed to enjoy his visit and complimented
me on the love and care I gave to my Mom.
I found him to be a gentle, soft spoken man. He had suffered from colon cancer but was still going strong. In fact, he climbed a ladder to paint the trim on our house, in spite of his advanced age and physical condition. He seemed to enjoy his visit and complimented me on the love and care I gave to my Mom.
|Charlie and his sister Mary, early 1960s|
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
|World War II Memorial, Washington, DC|
|Eternal Flame, John F. Kennedy Gravesite, Arlington National Cemetery|
|Challenger Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery|
Sunday, September 4, 2011
We should never forget, but it seems we always do.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
From the November 28, 1875 Cincinnati Daily Enquirer:
HAPPY SYLVESTER SHAW, of Russellville, Brown County, Ohio! On Tuesday he celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday in company with his twenty-one children. After dinner he took them out to the mud road in front of the house, and the old man left them all in a scrub race of a hundred yards. The ole man then showed his wondering offspring what boys could do when he was young. He jumped a nine-rail fence without touching his hands, climbed a branch of the apple tree nineteen times, climbed to the top of the well-pole hand over hand, threw a bull calf over the house, and ripped the back seam of his pants in the effort, and told the old woman "if she didn't fix 'em afore mornin' he'd knock the socks off of her!" Hale old SYLVESTER SHAW! Long live the oldest inhabitant!
What a man! This incredible specimen of manhood was my fourth great-grandfather. Sylvester Shaw was born November 19, 1800 in Rensellaer County, New York. In the early 1800s, Sylvester's parents Russell and Johanna Reynolds Shaw moved their family to what would later become Brown County, Ohio. There, Russell Shaw established the town of Russellville.
Sylvester, however, still had some life in him, not to mention a house of teenagers. He married Mariah Sowers on October 6, 1881. I don't know much about Mariah, except that she was a "hired girl." Their marriage record refers to her as "Mrs. Mariah Sowers," so she must have been married before. As far as I know, Sylvester and Mariah had no children, but given Sylvester's history, I'm not making any assumptions.
Sylvester Shaw died February 27, 1884 and the bovines of Brown County all breathed a little easier.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
|Pleasant Leroy Himes and his first wife, Jessie. We believe Roy is the man|
on the left. We aren't sure who the other man is.
|Nimrod Price died in 1874 and is buried in the Waldschmidt Cemetery|
in Camp Dennison, Ohio
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
The final notation regarding Lettitia’s pension application was that that the rejection was affirmed on February 13, 1890. Lettitia never received a military pension for Campbell’s death and died five years later on January 26, 1895. The Dudley album indicates that she is buried at Troutwine Cemetery in Lynchburg, Ohio. If this is correct, her grave is not marked.
I often find myself thinking of my ancestors when I am unhappy over some perceived hardship or setback in my life. I can’t say that the comparison of my life to Lettitia’s stops me from complaining, but I know it should. It at least helps me to put the events of my life in perspective.