Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday--The Bruhns Boys

Here is another tree tombstone I found recently at Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois....just west of Chicago.

What really captured my attention is that the tree branches actually curl around the trunk. I have never seen that until this particular marker. As you can see the attention to detail is exceptional.

October 6, 1860
April 22, 1889

May 11, 1858
August 11, 1865

Unfortunately, my research on these two boys lead me nowhere.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Jessie Alvin Love: Man of Mystery

     Jessie Alvin Love, the son of John Wesley Love and Jennie A. Roberts, was born on January 8, 1884 in Waterford, Washington County, Ohio.

     There is a lack of family information surrounding Jesse and I am attempting to recreate his story through the meager research I have been able to find online. Apparently, Jesse did "something," was sued and then had a warrant posted for both he and his wife, Minnie. What is known: Jesse's father, John Wesley Love never spoke of his son again and did not want him to ever visit.

     First, the family members now living are not clear as to the crime Jesse committed. The warrant was posted in the local newspaper in Zanesville Ohio and there is where I have been able to ferret out the majority of my information. And second, where did Jesse, Minnie and their young daughter, Loretta disappear to? Perhaps when the 1940 census reports are released, they can be tracked past 1930. Social Security Death records show that both Minnie and Loretta died in Maryland.

     An added confusion was that I found what appeared to be two Jesse Love's who lived in the Zanesville, Ohio area. Searching for the name in the Zanesville newspapers, I kept running into a Jesse who did not match up with my family information. A quick check of the 1930 census produced a second man named Jesse Love. The difference is their middle names. The second man is Jesse Kyle Love and he lived with his family in McConnelville, Morgan County, Ohio....down river from Zanesville.

     Jesse Alvin Love is enumerated with his parents through the 1910 Ohio Federal census. At age 26he is listed as not employed, although perhaps he is working on the family farm and not engaged in employment outside his home.

     When he married Minnie Bell Marshall, daughter of Richard Webster Marshall and Atha Linda Beam on January 17, 1915, Jesse was a resident of Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia. Unfortunately, the wedding certificate does not list his employment. The marriage was held at the bride's home and conducted by A.V. Vondersmith, pastor of the First U.B. Church in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Jesse misrepresents his age on the certificate stating that he is 26, when in reality he is 31. Minnie Bell Marshall was born on July 28, 1894 in Mineral Wells, Wood County, West Virginia.

     One child Loretta Amelia Love February 11, 1916 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  In 1949 she married William Hiram Dewey.

     Evidence on Jesse's World War I draft registration card shows that he is married, living at 451 Clark Street, Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio and is employed as a shipping clerk with the Mosaic Tile Company in Zanesville.

     The 1920 Ohio Census reveals that Jesse was promoted to a foreman position with the Mosiac Company. The family is still living at 451 Clark Street.

     By 1930 the Love family was living at 255 Yale Street in Zanesville and Jesse appears to be with a paint company, perhaps as a traveling salesman.

     The December 18,1929 a front page article appeared in The Zanesville Signal, a local newspaper announcing that Jesse A. Love is suing Knight K. Culver and Ray W. Renshaw. Jesse contends that he was swindled by these two above mentioned men who entered into an agreement with him to purchase his interest in his patented formula for a preservative to be used on various exterior building materials. Love is asking for $50,000 for the formula and an additional $25,000 in damages.

     Of special interest is the name of Knight K. Culver, one of the men that Jesse sued. There is an abundance of information on Knight on the net. He was a man of great wealth, building a grand home in the Bexley area outside Columbus, Ohio. He founded the Dart Manufacturing Company, later known as Culver Air Craft Company.

     There are numerous notices in the local paper during the month of January, 1930 from Jesse A. Love regarding his law suit.

     The family story that has been passed down through generations was that Jesse was involved in something illegal or was being prosecuted for some infraction of the law.

     From the information I have found I think that Jesse may have been a swindler to sorts and he filed a law suit in 1929 for $75,ooo against two men. The discrepancy involved a patent for stucco covering and Jesse was suing them for his portion of the company. Later there was a suit filed against Jesse and his wife, Minnie. It appears that this law suit was for money they owed on their property in Zanesville. In March 1931 a warrant for the arrest of Jessie and Minnie was listed in the local newspaper.

     Here ends the trail for Jesse.

     Minnie Bell Marshall Love died on October 3, 1988 in Edgewater, Anne Arundel, Maryland. Loretta Amelia Love Dewey died on February 2, 1985 in Michelville, Maryland.

There is a  the time line for Jesse Alvin Love  on TimeToast.  All documentation for this blog is also on Jesse's timeline.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday--George Henry Hughes Certificate of Baptism

Baptism record of my paternal grandfather,
George Henry Hughes

George Henry Hughes, son of John George and Elizabeth Ferdinande Hughes. Was baptised at St. Aidan's Church, West Hartlepool [England] on Easter Sunday, April 10, 1898.


John George Hughes (his father)
Samuel Hughes (paternal uncle)
Mary Ann Hughes (either his paternal grandmother or his paternal aunt)

Signed: William J. Knowlden , Vicar

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday--Arno and Hedwig Voss

On my way to Loyola Hospital I decided to make a brief stop at a local cemetery. For weeks I had seen a specific tombstone from the Eisenhower Expressway and wanted a closer look. The marker in question was one shaped like a tree trunk. Readers of Flipside know that I have a penchant for them.

The cemetery is Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park, Cook County, Illinois and what a find it was. Some day I would like to come back and spend days wandering around. The sculptural art is superb.

Today I was able to snap about six markers in the shape of tree trunks. Featured here is one for Arno and Hedwig Voss. Unfortunately, I am not fluent in German; however some research out on ancestry and family search provided me with some dates. Google books was a gold mine as Arno Voss, a local Chicago attorney, Colonel with the 12th Illinois Calvary Regiment in the Civil War and senator in the Illinois General Assembly, has numerous mentions in Chicago history books.

Hedwig Voss has an illuminating paragraph on page 149 of Wendy Hamand Venet's book, "Midwestern Women: Work, Community, Leadership at the Crossroads", found in google books. Hedwig was a writer and active in her community and at the German Old People's Home, where she later lived. She was a conservative voice in her neighborhood and Chicago.

circa 1819
Looks like March 23, 1888
Oak Park, Cook County, Illinois

April, 1827
October 17, 1905
Oak Park, Cook County, Illinois

Arno Voss letter regarding the German Old Peoples Home, "Altenheim". Hedwig Voss, a widow on the 1900 Illinois Census, is a resident of Altenheim and also listed as the assistant matron.
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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Time Away for Flipside

Oh where, oh where, has my Flipside gone....
Oh where, o where can it be.....

My son's illness has taken me away from blogging again. This time, yours truly, has been traveling to and from Chicago...now going on 5 weeks. The first two were by car, week three was by plane and last week on the Capital Limited.

This week I'm back on the train. And this week, I'm giving the lower coach seats a try. Dragging my stuff up the VERY tight set of steps to the second floor of the coach was a bit of a stretch....lol

The down side of all this is that the train leaves Cleveland at an Un-Godly hour....3:00 a.m. and frankly, arrives at almost equally an Un-Godly hour....2:00 a.m., if it is on time.

The genealogy aspect of all this is that Flipside back on the rails

My maternal great grandfather, Alfred Frederick, with whom I also share a birthday....May 1....was a railroad man. In fact, he and his sons all were railroad men. Recently I found out that he died in a town north of Chicago, in Highland Park, at The Railroad Men's Home. My great grandfather probably road these same rails back in the mid to late 1800's and into the early 1900's. He was based out of Columbiana County, Ohio until 1898 and then Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until he went into the Railroad Men's Home about 1920.

I had been looking for his place of death for over a decade and one evening, not too long ago, found it listed out on Family Search. Now, just so you think I am not doing anything genealogy during this hiatus....I am indexing for Family Search....something I can do while sitting in a hospital room at Loyola Medical Hospital or in the train.

Lemons to lemonade

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Monday, January 3, 2011

WOW Two Years Old Today

Thank you Barbara over at Life From The Roots for reminding me that today is my Blogiversary. I think I remembered it, but it was so far in the recesses of my mind, that I did forget. I have been traveling back and forth between Cleveland and Chicago the past two weeks and am, in fact, back in Chicago again this week. Most days I can't remember where I am, yet alone that today is my 2nd blogiversary ;-)

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you know that the reason for all this travel is my eldest son, who has had some serious medical issues. I can't say enough about Loyola Medical Hospital....they are the best.

Thank you all for your continued support and readership over the past two years.

Blog on.......

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year


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