52 Ancestors · Paternal · Prompts

#22 Tedrow Cemetery

For this week’s “At the Cemetery” prompt, I’m going to take a look at Tedrow Cemetery in Dover Township, Fulton County, Ohio. A lot of Belknap’s are buried there, including Thomas Belknap, our ancestor that originally left New England and came to Ohio to continue our branch of the Belknap tree.

Tedrow Cemetery is located on the north side of County Road J, just east of the village of Tedrow. The cemetery has also been known as Spring Hill Cemetery and Eldredge Cemetery.

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Photo from Janet L. Parker, Find-a-Grave

Family members buried here include:

  • Thomas Belknap (1803-1889)
  • Polly Ann Farr Belknap (1837-1887), Thomas’ 3rd wife
  • Zera Belknap (1853-1920), Thomas and Polly’s oldest son
  • Mary Jane Kessler Belknap (1854-1928), Zera’s wife
  • Frederick Belknap (1889-1920) – Zera and Mary’s son
  • Myron Belknap (1855-1929), Thomas and Polly’s 2nd son
  • Alice Lucelia Belknap Shaffer (1857-1944), Thomas and Polly’s oldest daughter
  • David Shaffer (1848-1911), Alice’s husband
  • Gertrude Shaffer (1876-1889), Alice and David’s daughter
  • Lucretia Belknap (1860-1900), Thomas and Polly’s 2nd daughter
  • Henry McDole (1854-1915), Lucretia’s husband
  • Lucina Ellen Belknap (1866-1907), Thomas and Polly’s 3rd daughter
  • John Q. Clark (1861-1946), Lucina’s husband
  • Bessie A. Clark Bachman (1887-1920), Lucina and John’s daughter

Only 3 of Thomas’ children are not buried in Tedrow: Francis M., Thomas J., and Arthur.

A very helpful transcription for Tedrow Cemetery can be found here: http://www.crewfamily.com/tombstones/volume_1_page_112.htm.

Week 22 (May 27-June 2): At the Cemetery

52 Ancestors · Military Monday · Paternal · Prompts

#21 Arthur W. Belknap

My grandmother Velma’s brother Arthur was a Master Sergeant in the Air Force, and served during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He was born January 8, 1923, the only son out of the 10 children of Earl and Florence Belknap.

I tried to trace his career through records and newspaper articles. Arthur first enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on May 28, 1942. He served in the 13th Air Force, 307th Bomb Group, 370th Bomb Squadron. He was an assistant aerial engineer on the B-24 “Eager Beaver” at Guadalcanal in 1943. The following images are from the 307th Bomb Group documents on Fold3.

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I’m not sure what happened next, maybe he was discharged, but on September 11, 1945, Arthur registered for the selective service in Lincoln Park, Wayne, Michigan. He was listed as unemployed.

On August 22, 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. On July 3, 1947, he married Eva Reitzi in Manchester, New Hampshire and his occupation was listed as U.S. Soldier. I’m thinking he must have been stationed at Grenier Air Force Base in Manchester. He and Eva divorced on October 27, 1949 in Wayne County, Michigan. Arthur next married Daisy Burpee, who was from Manchester. They married on January 5, 1950. In 1953, Daisy was listed as a cementer in the Manchester City Directory. Around this time, Art may have been stationed in Germany. Eventually, Daisy must have joined him, because on December 28, 1955, they adopted 2-year-old girl in Bitburg, Germany that they named after one of Arthur’s sisters. On September 23, 1956, the three of them returned to the U.S. via military air transport, landing at McGuire AFB in New Jersey.

After this, he was stationed at Laughlin AFB in Texas. This is where they were living when their daughter was naturalized on March 17, 1959. A newspaper article in the Del Rio News Herald of May 31, 1959 discussed the opening of the Capehart housing project on the base. Arthur’s family was among the first five families to move in. According to Val Verde County Historical Commission, these were the first on-base quarters available to Laughlin personnel.

After this, I don’t really have any information about Arthur’s career other than his military release date was December 31, 1964. Below is a picture taken at the 1980 Belknap Reunion of Art, surrounded by his surviving sisters.

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He died on September 7, 1985 in Tawas City, Michigan and is buried in Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan. His wife Daisy died in 2018 at the age of 95.

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Photo from Sharon W on Find-a-Grave

Week 21 (May 20-26): Military

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#19 Clara Arnetta Bost

In my research, I’m always saddened when I come upon a mother who died young. One example is my great-grand aunt Clara Bost. She was the youngest sister of my great-grandmother Florence. Clara was only 5 years old when her own mother, Mary McCracken Bost, died in 1911.

Clara was born in New Bavaria, Henry, Ohio on September 7, 1905. She married Bert Turner on January 21, 1922 in Wauseon, Fulton, Ohio. They had 2 children born in Ohio (Lucille, born 1923 and Robert, born 1925). Their son Raymond was born in Lincoln Park, Michigan in 1928 and their daughter Betty was born there as well on December 2, 1932. In 1929, Bert and Clara were living at 1323 Victoria Avenue in Lincoln Park, and Bert was employed as a Checker at Timken Detroit Axle Co. (the same place my grandfather Edward Wells worked). The 1930 census has them living at the same place.

Sadly, Clara died on December 13, 1932 at Wyandotte General Hospital of puerperal septicemia from the birth of her daughter Betty eleven days earlier. She was only 27 years old. She is buried in Wauseon Union Cemetery.

Her husband Bert remarried to Nellie LeBlanc a few years later and had at least one son with her.

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From Rick Karr, Find-A-Grave

Week 19 (May 6-12): Nurture

 

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#14 Margaret Rhost’s Mom

Most of my brick walls are mothers that have died early. One example is my great-great-great grandmother Margaret Rhost’s mother. I don’t even know her name. I do know Margaret’s father, Conrad Rhost, was born in 1825 in Switzerland. He and his unknown wife had a son named John in about 1847 in Switzerland and Margaret was born in June 1848. The family came to the United States between 1850 and 1853 (year of immigration varies on the 1910 and 1920 censuses).

Conrad married Mary Gertrude Ginder in Fulton County, Ohio on October 9, 1855. They had 8 children between 1856 and 1873 in Ohio. In the 1860 census and beyond, it looks like John and Margaret are Gertrude’s children.

I’m not sure if Margaret’s mother died in Switzerland before 1850, on the journey over, or soon after arrival. She is a true brick wall!

Week 14 (April 1-7) – Brick Wall

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#10 Myron Belknap

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Myron Belknap was the brother of my great-great grandfather Arthur Belknap. Myron was born on February 2, 1855 in Ohio to Thomas Belknap and Polly Ann Farr. He had a half-brother Francis (born 1848), brothers Zera (born 1853), Thomas (born 1861), and Arthur (born 1869), and sisters Alice (born 1857), Lucretia (born 1860), and Lucina (born 1866).

On June 24, 1860, he was enumerated with his family in Clinton, Fulton County, Ohio. He was 5 years old.  On June 4, 1870, the family was living in York, Fulton, Ohio. Myron was 14 years old, did not go to school, and could not write. In this census, my great-great grandfather Arthur was 1 year old. On June 18, 1880, Myron was still living at home in Dover Township, Fulton, Ohio with his parents and siblings Lucina and Arthur. He could not read or write and was a laborer.

By 1900, both Thomas and Polly had died. I think Myron took over the farm in Dover Township. His sister Alice and her husband David Shaffer lived nearby with their son Ernest. On April 15, 1910, Myron was still living alone on the farm in Dover Township and was 55 years old. In January 1920, at 65, Myron was still farming in Dover. His farm was described as a truck farm, which is “a farm that produces vegetables for the market.”

Myron Belknap died August 17, 1929 in Dover Township of a cerebral hemorrage. The informant on the death certificate was his nephew Ernest Shaffer. He was buried in Tedrow Cemetery in Tedrow, Fulton County, Ohio with many of his relatives, including his parents, his brother Zera, and his sister Lucina.

Week 10 (March 4-10): Bachelor Uncle

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#5 Robert Luke Wells Burial Place

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Photo added by Robert Libby at https://www.findagrave.com

One discovery I made on my visit about 15 years ago to the Allen County (Ind.) Public Library was the book “Follow the periwinkle: cemetery records of Henry County, Virginia” from the Henry County Historical Society.  Robert Luke Wells, my great-grandfather, died in 1919 of typhoid fever. From “Follow the periwinkle” I discovered he was buried in Pleasant Grove Christian Church Cemetery. From there I was able to find his tombstone (although his dates of birth and death are slightly wrong).

Week 5 (January 29-February 4): At the Library

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#4 Margaret Rhost (1848-1939)

One ancestor I’d like to meet is my great-great-great grandmother Margaret Rhost Gisel. She was born June 6, 1848 in Switzerland (or it may have been Germany at the time). Her father was Conrad Rhost and she had one full brother, named John. I have no idea who her mother was, but I believe she either died in Switzerland, on the way over, or soon after arrival because Conrad remarried to Mary Gertrude Ginder on October 9, 1855 in Fulton County, Ohio. Conrad and Mary had 8 more children.

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I first found Margaret in the U.S. in the 1860 census. Conrad, Mary, John, Margaret, Mary, and Henry were living in Clinton, Fulton County, Ohio. Conrad was a farmer. John and Margaret were listed as 14 and 10 and attended school. Mary was 3 and Henry was 1.

Margaret married John Gisel in 1868. They had 9 children. Margaret and John lived in Fulton County, Ohio all their married lives. John died November 1, 1923 and Margaret lived to the age of 90. She died April 20, 1939 (11 days after her great-great grandson, my dad, was born). They were buried in Wauseon Union Cemetery.

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Week 4 (January 22-28): I’d Like to Meet

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#3 Azariah Bost (c1830-1862)

I don’t have a ton of unusual names in my family tree – the ones that are unusual are usually biblical. My great-great-great grandfather Adam Bost had four brothers: Azariah, Abraham, Michael, and Samuel.

Azariah Bost was born in about 1830, the first son of Samuel Bost and Sarah Kinder. Azariah and Hannah Long were married in April 1857 in Henry County, Ohio. Their son Joseph was born in July 1858. In 1860, the little family was living in Harrison, Henry County, Ohio. Azariah was 30, Hannah was 19, and Joseph was 2. Azariah enlisted in Company A, Ohio 68th Infantry Regiment in October 1861. on 17 Oct 1861. Azariah died of disease on March 22, 1862 and is buried in the Shiloh National Cemetery.

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Azariah Bost, Shiloh National Cemetery

According to the website Ohio Civil War Central:

“On March 15, 1862, the 68th Ohio marched to Metal Landing, Tennessee and then traveled by steamer to Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee. At this new location, the regiment’s members experienced severe illness, depleting the organization’s ranks from approximately one thousand men to 250 soldiers available for duty. The 68th did not engage Confederate forces at the Battle of Shiloh on April 6 and April 7, 1862, being ordered to stay in the rear guarding supply and ordinance trains.”

Week 3 (January 15-21): Unusual Name

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#1 Minnie Gisel

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Arthur and Martha (Gisel) Belknap with Minnie and baby Floyd in about 1894

This week I wanted to talk about the first-born child of my great-great grandmother Martha Gisel Belknap. Her name was Minnie Gisel. She was born March 31, 1887 when Martha was just 17 years old. On Minnie’s first marriage license her father is listed as “not known” and her surname is her mother’s. I’m afraid to know what this could mean. I hope Martha just had a teenage dalliance when she was 16 and maybe Minnie didn’t know his name when she went to fill out her marriage license.

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Minnie at left, Floyd in back, and baby Earl (my great-grandfather) in about 1897

Minnie was adopted, formally or informally, by my great-great grandfather Arthur Belknap when he and Martha married on March 5, 1890. Minnie married Ernest J. Crume on May 23, 1903 in Fulton County, Ohio when she was 16. Their son Glen was born August 31, 1903. Their daughter Irma was born June 22, 1905.

In 1910, the family was living in Lima, Ohio where Ernest was a carpenter. In 1912 and 1913, Ernest was a pattern maker rooming at 132 11th Street in Toledo, Ohio. In the 1913 Toledo Directory, Minnie was listed as a waiter. In 1916-1918, they were living at 119 12th St. in Toledo. In 1919, they were living at 2034 Vermont in Toledo. On May 22, 1919, their son Glen died at the age of 15 in Fulton County. He was buried in Wauseon Union Cemetery. In the 1920 census, the family was living on Cemetery Street in Fayette Village, Gorham Township, Fulton County.

Unfortunately on December 29, 1921, Minnie also lost her husband Ernest. His obituary in the Toledo Blade in January 1922 stated:

Ernest J. Crume, 39, of 1416 Pinewood in Toledo, Lucas Co., Ohio, died at home from Nephritis and Erysipelas. He was employed at Overland Auto, and worked as a Pattern Maker for automobiles. He is the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Walters) Crume. Mr Crume is survived by his wife Minnie, who was the one who reported his death.

On April 28, 1923 in Henry County, Ohio, Minnie married again. Her new husband was named Lee Counselman. He had three previous wives and would have one more after Minnie’s death. Sadly, Minnie died at the age of 37 on February 24, 1925 in Gorham, Ohio of peritonitis. She is buried in Wauseon Union Cemetery.

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Week 1 (January 1-7): First