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Madness Monday - Margaret Who ???

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)
Madness Monday - Margaret Who?

This woman is driving me mad!!!

I have been working on the maternal lines of my husband's family tree and I came across Margaret.  
She was born around 1800 in Adams County, Pennsylvania and died in 1880.  She was buried in the Upper Bermudian Church Cemetery in Adams County.  I already knew that her husband was Jacob Roudebush, who she married in 1834, and that she had three children, Jeremiah, Sarah Ann, and Jacob Peter.  While trying to confirm her maiden name, I found a marriage announcement for her and Jacob in the Adams Sentinel newspaper.  It called her "Mrs. Margaret Spangler".  It was assumed that Spangler was her maiden name, but now it seems that she was a widow when she married Jacob Roudebush. So I searched through death announcements in the Sentinel working my way back until I found a Spangler that was in the same age and township as Margaret.  This was Peter Spangler Jr., who died in 1830.  I searched through Adams County Orpans Court and Probate records until I found his entry.  It was confirmed that my Margaret was indeed the widow of Peter Spangler, Jr., who later remarried to Jacob Roudebush.  I also learned that she had four children with Peter: John, Eve, Hanna Maria, and Julianna.

So what is her maiden name then?

Well I tried looking for her obituary, but unfortunately the only 1880 Gettysburg/Adams County newspapers available are January through March, no April.  I tried looking at the Adams County Historical Society, but I probably missed it in my search.  They suggested that I look at other names in the probate records of her first husband, since sometimes a widow's brother handled "business affairs".  All the names turned out to be Peter Spangler's brothers.  I checked her children's christening records for witness names.  They are also Peter Spangler's brothers and sisters.  I tried searching her children's obits, hoping it might mention her full name, but it didn't.  I could not find a marriage announcement or church record for Margaret and Peter Spangler.  Any mention of her in other records only refers to her as Margaret Roudebush.  
All I talked about for weeks around my house was Margaret Spangler Roudebush and how she was driving me crazy.  I think I was driving my husband crazy as well because every conversation turned into a conversation about Margaret. 

Has this ever happened to anybody?

Wednesday's Child - The Moreno Children of El Paso, Texas

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Wednesday's Child - The Moreno Children of El Paso, Texas

Manuela, Marcus, and Serapio were my Grandfather's brother and sisters.  They came from a family of 10 children in El Paso, Texas.  The surviving children all lived well into their 80s and 90s.  It is so sadto me how many families lost young children during the 1900s, and I always wondered how the surviving children felt losing a sibling.  My Mother always said that my Grandfather always mourned for his "older" brother. The three children are all buried in the historic Concordia Cemetery in El Paso, Texas.

Marcus Moreno - Born Jan 1907 Died about 1915, 7 years old, cause unknown (probably Scarlet Fever since his sister died same time)
Serapio Moreno - Born Nov 1907 Died 8 July 1915, 7 years old, Scarlet Fever
Manuel Moreno - Born about 1904 Died 23 May 1919, 15 years old, Tuberculosis.

Society Saturday - Adams County Historical Society

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Society Saturday - Adams County Historical Society

They are located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary.  I immediately fell in love with the place when we first drove up.  They are headquartered in the Wolf House, which the Society states "was built in 1883 and was the home of Edmund J. Wolf (1840 - 1905), Professor of Ecclesiastical History and New Testament Exegesis (1874 - 1905) at the Seminary".  Upon walking in for the first time, I was just amazed at the amount of documents and files they had.  Floor to ceiling shelves with books and folders of the history of Adams County families.  I felt like a kid in a candy store!  There was so much that I wanted to read  and look at.  To make things even better, the people who work there were some of the friendliest people I have met.  They are invested in helping you look for your ancestry and are sincerely interested in the discoveries you make as well.  During my initial visit, there were other people investigating their family histories too.  Everyone helps each other out and are truly pleased when something new is uncovered.  If you are in the area, please support them and attend one of their events, or become a member or make a donation.


Tombstone Tuesday - Jacob Gochenauer

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Jacob Gochenauer
Born 19 June 1757
Died 26 August 1834
Tombstone located at the Hershey Mennonite Church Cemetery in York County, Pennsylvania

Son of Joseph and Mary Gochenauer
Husband of Eve

Jacob's grandfather emigrated from Germany in 1728.  Although Jacob was a Mennonite, he served in the military during the Revolutionary War.  He mustererd in around July 1776 in Capt. Graffs Company in Col. Kichlein's Flying Camp Regiment. After 6 months of duty, he served another 7 months.  In December 1781, he served under Capt. Gyselman and Capt. Pennington for 2 months of service at Camp Security.  For some reason his widow was denied his pension.

Jacob had nine children - John, Elizabeth, Jacob, Mary, Catherine, Joseph, Michael, Daniel, and David.

Funny Friday - Gettysburg Times 1873

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Whenever I am researching through old newspapers, I always end up reading the whole thing.  The news of the past is just as full of gossip, thrillers, opinions, and humor as today's news.  I saw the above in the April17th, 1873 edition of the Gettysburg Times, Pennsylvania.  I couldn't decide on which one to include, so I am sharing both of them.

--- An Ohio woman who claimed $5,000 damages from a barkeeper who sold liquor to her husband has obtained a verdict of 10 cents, which the said husband resents as equivalent to an insinuation that he is good for nothing.

---A Kentucky paper contains a report of a recent wedding, in which "the bride was not particularly handsome, but her father threw in seven mules, and the husband was satisfied."