Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday's Obituary - Ellen Creeden

  Mrs. Ellen Creeden, wife of Timothy Creeden, died yesterday morning at her home, a short distance north of this village. She was 65 years of age. A husband and seven children are left to mourn ?. The funeral will be held from Sts Peter and Paul Church, Reading. Wednesday morning.

This obituary was published in the Cincinnati Enquirer on July 7, 1891 under a heading of news for Lockland, Ohio. The scan is from Ellen would have been born around 1826 if her age is correct in the obituary. I've wondered if her husband Timothy Creeden was related to my Creedens. I've seen a picture of him on several trees and the resemblance to my Timothy Creeden is pretty remarkable. Ellen's husband would've been about the right age to be a brother or cousin to my Timothy's father Patrick Creedan. I'd love to hear from anyone researching Ellen and Timothy.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Census Sunday - 1916 Farm Journal of Mercer County, Ohio

A digitized copy of the 1916 Farm Journal of Mercer County, Ohio is available on Internet Archives. The Farm Journal has names, addresses, occupations and some other information on Mercer County residents, so it can be a good source of information between the census years of 1910 and 1920.

The directory for the town of Celina starts on page 17 and includes a picture of Main Street and an explanation of the abbreviations used. The directory entries include information on occupations, number of children, horses and cattle, and whether a person owned or rented their home.

Creeden entries for Celina on Page 21 of Farm Journal

The entries for the Creedens in Celina showed my great-grandparents Charles and Anna Creeden were tenants at 329 E Fulton St. and had two children living with them. Charles' occupation was listed as laborer. His mother Mary owned her home at 428 W. Fulton St. and two of her children were living with her. Her daughter Ida was working as a seamstress and her son Josh was working as a laborer. Charles' brother Dan was also listed with his wife Lenna as home owners on 429 W. Livingston St.

The abbreviation list shows "B tel" stood for Bell telephone, but it doesn't explain what "Ind tel." meant. I would guess that indicates they had a phone of some kind since there are also entries with no "tel" reference.

Pulskamp entries for Celina on Page 34

The Celina entries for the Pulskamps show my great-grandparents George and Mary Pulskamp owned their home at 611 N. Walnut St. and had six children living with them. George was editor of the Der Bote, a German newspaper and an advertisement for the newspaper was also in the Farm Journal. Interesting that the Der Bote ad has a two digit phone number, while the individual entries didn't include a phone number.

Der Bote ad, Page 177 of Farm Journal

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sixth Blogiversary - January 4, 2017

Hard to believe that it's been six years since I started Kathryn's Quest! I've set a few goals for the New Year:
  • Follow along with the Genealogy Do-Over with an emphasis on organizing my collection and adding sources to my family tree.
  • Digitize my paper genealogy documents and post items of interest here.
  • Update my surname posts for each of my 2x great-grandparents.
  • Research other Creeden families in Clinton County, OH.
  • Update my blog header and layout.
That's probably enough to keep me busy over the next year. Best wishes to all that read my blog for a wonderful 2017!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Surname Saturday - Sparks from Queen Anne's, MD

This version of my Sparks family tree connects my Sparks family to the original Sparks immigrants in Queen Anne's County, MD.  There are still a lot of gaps to fill in, but I've learned a lot since my original Sparks post in 2011.

My great-grandmother Ariana Sparks was born in Queen Anne's County, MD and later moved to Baltimore, MD with her husband John Councill. Her parents were Samuel Sparks and Susan Godwin. Samuel Sparks is named in land records along with his father Daniel, uncle John, and his siblings and spouses.

The will of James Sparks names sons Daniel, John, and Henson. This is one of the shakier links since I don't have proof that these are the same Daniel and John Sparks named in the land records with Samuel Sparks. The time period and location in Queen Anne's County seem to fit.

The other shaky link is the one from James to William Sparks, Jr. The Sparks Quarterly Issue 124 has an explanation of why James Sparks is the probable son of William Sparks, Jr. According to the Sparks Quarterly, William Sparks  had four sons: William Jr., George, John, and Joseph. Wills and estate settlements of John, George, and Joseph name their children, but none of them are believed to be the James that married Elizabeth Burkhurst.

Sources for the first four levels in the tree are the Sparks Quarterly and the Sparks Family Tree.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Amanuensis Monday - Will of John Meredith, Queen Anne's County, MD

The will of John Meredith leaves his estate to his four children, John Meredith, William Meredith, Thomas Meredith, Sarah Cofton, and a grandson James Meredith. The will was signed on July 14, 1764 and probated in Queen Anne's County, MD.

One of the witnesses to the will was Henry Councell and the will mentions a tract of land called Tom's Fancy Enlarged that was named in land records for my Councill family. This copy of the will comes from MD wills, Vol. 31-32, available on

In the name of God Amen. I John Meredith, from Queen Anne County and the province of Maryland...

Item: I give and bequeath to my beloved son, William Meredith, eighty acres of land where he now dwells being part of a parcel of land called Tristram's? Ridge to be taken of said tract square ? to him and his heirs forever.

Item : I give and bequeath unto my beloved son John Meredith my now dwelling plantation being the remainder of any ? track of land called Tristram's Ridge with hundred acres of land thereto adjoining being part of a land called Tom's Fancy Enlarged to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Thomas Meredith one Negro named I? and one Negro named Co? to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter, Sarah Cofton, one Negro, named ? and her child named ? to her and her heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath to my beloved grandson James Meredith, son of my son William Meredith one Negro girl named Rose? to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my beloved son John Meredith all my wearing apparel and my sword and pistols.

Item: My will and desire is that should my son John Meredith die without issue? that then and in that case his part of my above named land should be divided up as follows Viz The dwelling ? called Tristram's Ridge to my son William Meredith being the remainder of the tract of land to him before bequeathed to him and his heirs forever, and the above mentioned ? acres of land being part of Tom's Fancy Enlarged to my son Thomas Meredith, him and his heirs forever.

Item: My will and desire is that after my just debts be paid and my funeral charges defrayed that the remainder of my estate to be equally divided between my above named four children Viz. William John Thomas and Sarah, and I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved son John Meredith my sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby ? all other will and .. 14th day of July in 1764.

John Meredith

My 2x great-grandfather Francis Councill married Mary Ann Meredith, daughter of John Meredith and Elizabeth Hall. Mary's father John was born around 1800, so he is not the one named in this will. I suspect that the John Meredith that wrote the will is connected to my family, but I need to link up another generation or two to make the connection.

Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.