Category Archives: History

Happy 133rd Birthday, Cousin Albert!

  My second cousin, twice removed, Albert Louis Jenks, was born 133 years ago on 14 July 1887, to Albert Arington and Elizabeth Jane Varnham Jenks.    Albert was the second of seven children.   On 8 July 1909, Albert married … Continue reading

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Happy 170th Anniversary Aunt Caroline and Uncle Jerome!

It was 170 years ago, 7 May 1850, in Bloomfield Township, Oakland County, Michigan, my great great grandaunt, Caroline Lee, daughter of Horatio and Hannah Munn Lee, married Jerome B. Corey.  Caroline Lee’s wedding to Jerome Corey was officiated by … Continue reading

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What is Life? A magazine!

And in the 11 February 1952 issue of that magazine (it cost 20¢, in answer to that question), my grandmother’s brother appeared!  Uncle Heinie was in Life! The man, just to the right of the only woman in the photo … Continue reading

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I just happened across this photo …

I was going through my photo file this afternoon and came across this on of my great grandparents’ store in Columbus, Ohio.  In a rare piece of luck, their daughter, my grandmother, actually wrote on the back of the studio … Continue reading

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Happy 174th Birthday, Uncle Columbus!

174 years ago, 17 February 1846, in Lisbon, Ohio, Columbus Washington Smith was born to Louis and Emma Grange Smith.  As we covered yesterday, on 16 February 1879, he married my Great Grandaunt Hattie, Harriett Honora J. Koontz, in Ottawa … Continue reading

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Happy 141st Anniversary, Great Grandaunt and Uncle Smith!

141 years ago, 16 February 1879, in Ottawa, Ohio, Harriett Honora J. (Hattie) Koontz (my great grandaunt), the daughter of Ezra Peter and Mary Ann Allen Koontz married Columbus Washington Smith, the son of Lewis and Emma Grange Smith.  The … Continue reading

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Happy 130th Birthday, Aunt Ethel!

It was 130 years ago, 9 October 1889, in Ligonier, Noble County, Indiana, that my Grandaunt, Ethel Jeannette Koontz was born to Casmear P. and Phebie Ann Gardner Koontz.  Aunt Ethel was the second in birth order of C.P. and … Continue reading

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Happy 162nd Birthday, Grandpa Koontz!

It was 162 years ago, 5 October 1857, in Navarre, Stark County, Ohio, that Casmear P. (CALL ME C.P.) Koontz [my great grandfather] was born to Ezra Peter and Mary Ann Allen Koontz.  From Ohio, the family of Ezra Koontz … Continue reading

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Happy 105th Birthday, Gardner!

It was on 30 August 1914 in Toledo.Lucas County. Ohio, that my mother’s cousin, Charles Gardner Griste was born to Charles McKinley and Ethel Jeanette Koontz Griste.  To keep things simple and to keep with the German tradition of using … Continue reading

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Happy 378th Birthday, Grandfather Botsford!

Elnathan Botsford, my 8th great grandfather, was born 14 August 1641 in Milford, Connecticut, to Henry and Elizabeth Woolhead Botsford.  Elnathan was the only son of Henry and Elizabeth , but there were 6 children in total.   Elnathan married Elizabeth … Continue reading

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