52 Ancestors 2018 #7


My 1st cousin 4x removed, Margaret Butler, got married on Valentine's Day in 1893.

Margaret "Maggie" Butler (4 Jun 1872-26 May 1956)
Margaret was the 7th child (out of 10) of James Butler and Mary A Schwallie. She lived her whole life in Belmont County, Ohio. On 14 Feb 1893 she married John August Vogt. They went on to have 7 children themselves. She died in 1956.

John August Vogt (18 Apr 1963-14 Jan 1946)
John was born to August Vogt and Magdalena Koch. He had at least 5 siblings. He died in 1946.

52 Ancestors 2018 #6

"Favorite Name"

I like odd names. When you are doing genealogy it can make things easier to find, well sometimes. It certainly makes them more interesting. You get to try out different spellings, because odd names often have people trying to spell phonetically. Anyway, this week I'll focus on Aloysious McCort (1879-1933). I have found his name spelled several interesting ways.
Aloysious McCort was born to James McCort and Mary Ellen Butler. He was the youngest of their 12 children, and was born 29 July 1879 in Somerset Township, Belmont, Ohio. As of the WWI draft he was a carpenter. He never married or had kids. He died 21 June 1933 of double pneumonia.

52 Ancestors 2018 #5

This weeks theme is "In the Census"

Charles F Butler (1869-1950)

Charles was the son of Simon Peter Butler and Eliza Boyd. He lived in Ohio his whole life. I have found him in several census', never married or even had a job. I found this curious. Sure, lots of people never get married, but not as many never have a job. Then I looked more carefully at the 1920 census and right next to the occupation column, where the industry is listed, he is listed as 'imbicile'. Well, I guess that explains it. I may have to do a little more research on him, but it answers my main question.

What interesting things have you found in the census?

52 Ancestors 2018 Week #4

Invite to Dinner

There are many ancestors I wouldn't mind inviting to dinner, if nothing else but to interrogate them about their lives and family. One such ancestor is my 4x great-grandmother Elizabeth Hughes.

Some things I want to know- Where were you born? Who were your parents? Why did you come to America? Why did you marry a man 27 years older than you with 6 kids, and then have 11 more? What was it like to raise so many children? Why did you never remarry? Did you like Ohio? Did you have other family nearby?

She is one of my 'brick wall' ancestors. I know she was born in Ireland around 1827, but have no idea who any of her other family members are. There are a few Hughes' that I have found in the census that lived near her in Ohio, but I have not yet found any connection between them, so I can't say for sure they are related. With all these unanswered questions, I'd definitely invite her to dinner.

52 Ancestors 2018 #3


Last week I shared photos of my great-grandfather Thomas Edwards. He died in a mining accident when he was 42. His wife, however, lived much longer. I met her once when I was only 3 or 4 years old. I have no memory of this, but my parents have photos from the family reunion that prove it. My great-grandmother Flora Sophia Maggie Hasemeyer lived to be 102.

She was born in 1889 in Colorado. Her parents were both German immigrants who ended up in Colorado, got married and stayed there. She married Thomas Edwards when she was 20 years old. They made their first home in the Gunnison area of Colorado. By 1920 they had moved to Carbon County Utah, where Thomas was a coal miner. When my grandfather was only 9 his dad, Thomas was killed in a mining accident. This left Flora alone with 4 children. A few years later her oldest daughter died, so she took in 3 grandchildren to raise as well.

Eventually she remarried. In 1943 she married William Monte Pilling, a divorcee with 5 children of his own. Sadly he passed away only 3 years later. Again Flora was a widow.

She stayed in Carbon County for the rest of her life, which lasted until 1991. She wasn't the only long lived in her family, she had a brother who lived to 93 and a sister to 91. I don't know the secret to her long life, but it seems at least a little of it was inherited.

Flora as a teenager

Hasemeyer Family - Elmer, Mabel, Clyde, Flora (back row); Magda and Dietrich

Edwards Family - Thomas, Elizabeth, Edward, Flora, Helen

Flora and Monte Pilling

Flora and her family in Utah

Flora at home