Sunday, January 21, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 3 - Longevity

Before deciding on what to write for this prompt, I took a look at the ages at death of the ancestors in my family tree. There were a couple of people that lived to be over 100, but they were related through marriage and not in my direct lines. There were also a lot of people that I don't have birth or death dates for, so I still have some research to do there.

As I looked at the people that lived into their 90s, I noticed that a lot of them were descendants of my Hagedorn family. The Hagedorns were born in Germany and came to the US in 1834. Hermann Hagedorn was born on February 13, 1778 and died in Mercer County, Ohio on October 1, 1877 at the age of 93. Hermann's wife C. Maria Elizabeth Tebben was born in 1786 in Hannover, Germany and died on October 1, 1877, in Mercer County, Ohio, at the age of 91. That's amazing to think that a couple born in the 1700s both lived into their 90s!

The graphic below shows my direct line from the Hagedorn family and their ages at death.

Hermann and Elizabeth had two sons and three daughters between 1813 and 1825, so the children were born in Germany too. Their daughter Mary Katherine Hagedorn Gast was my 3x great-grandmother. She was born on May 7, 1823 and died on Nov 11, 1915 in Maria Stein, Mercer County, Ohio at the age of 92. Five children survived her, including my 2x great-grandfather, John Henry Gast. An interesting note from her obituary is that she lived to see the golden wedding anniversary of her daughter Mrs. Henry Schaefer.

John Henry Gast was born on October 28, 1849 and married Catherine M. Desch on April 23, 1872. They had nine children in 19 years, including my great-grandmother Mary Catherine Gast. John died on April 26, 1934, in Celina, Ohio, at the age of 84.

My great-grandmother Mary Catherine Gast and her twin brother Andrew Ferdinand were born on March 8, 1875. She married George Francis Pulskamp on August 18, 1899, in Mercer County, Ohio. They had eight children in 17 years, including my grandmother Anna Lee Pulskamp. Mary died on December 7, 1967, in Celina, Ohio, at the age of 92.

My grandmother Anna Lee Pulskamp and her twin sister Emma Lee Pulskamp were born on June 11, 1910, in Celina, Ohio. Sadly, Anna Lee died a few days after childbirth in 1934 and only lived to be 24 years old. Emma Lee died on March 15, 2001, in Celina, Ohio, at the age of 90. Their brother Andreas lived to be 91 and their sister Marie Catherine lived to be 95, so there was a lot of longevity in their family. I'm hoping some of it was passed down to my generation!

#52Ancestors is a series of weekly family history prompts developed by Amy Johnson Crow.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 2 - Favorite Photo


This is a photo of my Dad taking me on one of my first hikes in the Smoky Mountains. My Mom took the photo sometime in the early 1960s and I'm guessing it was a nice summer day from the short sleeves and green trees. We lived in Knoxville, TN for a few years and the Smokies have been a favorite vacation spot for our family ever since.

A faded version of this photo sat on my Dad's desk for as long as I can remember. We had our Dad's large slide collection digitized a few years ago and I was pleasantly surprised to find this one in the collection.

#52Ancestors is a series of weekly family history prompts developed by Amy Johnson Crow.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 1 - Start

This is my first post for the 2018 edition of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks and the prompt for this week is simply "Start". Each week I'll be sharing a bit about an ancestor based on the weekly prompt from Amy Johnson Crow.

"Start" makes me think of how I got my start in genealogy. I remember doing a homework assignment in the ninth grade to draw a family tree chart for one of my ancestors. My parents didn't know too much about any of our ancestors' origins, but we knew that my 2x great-grandfather Timothy Creeden had come from County Cork. When I say we knew this, there was no proof, but just the family legend passed down from my great-grandfather Charles Creeden. I wish I had still had that homework assignment, but I'm guessing it looked a bit like this chart my Dad drew for me around 1999. Full details on my Dad's initial guesses on our Creeden family are here: Initial Creeden Chart.


With this start from my Dad, I was able to quickly find more information about Timothy's family and add a lot of descendants to the chart. Finding information about Timothy's parents and siblings took much longer. A census record that had the wrong birthplace and date of birth for Timothy threw me off the track for years.

I was finally able to connect Timothy to his family through his father Patrick Creedan's will, court records in Clinton County and Mercer County, Ohio, and his sister Julia's service as a nun in the Sisters of Charity. Julia's death certificate gave her parents' names as Patrick Creedon and Mary Coakley and her baptism record gave the location as Clondrohid, County Cork, Ireland.

When I finally found Timothy's obituary, it helped confirm I had the right family and provided details on his immigration through New Orleans. He was only three when he came over, so no wonder we didn't know too much!

I recently posted my latest Creeden tree here: Creeden tree. There are still some mysteries, but I've come a long way since that ninth grade homework assignment!

#52Ancestors is a series of weekly family history prompts developed by Amy Johnson Crow.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Seventh Blogiversary - January 4, 2018


It's been seven years since I started Kathryn's Quest! Thanks to everyone that read, commented, or contacted me through the blog over the last seven years. It's been great to chat with others doing similar research and to interact with fellow bloggers.

This year I'm going to participate in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompts led by Amy Johnson Crow. I may not do all of the prompts, but my goal for this year is to post at least once a week.

Thanks also to the team at GeneaBloggers TRIBE for continuing to support the genealogy blogging community. Here's to the next seven years!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Surname Saturday - My Creeden Tree



When I started my blog, I didn't know anything about Timothy Creeden's origins other than he came from Ireland and family legend said he was from County Cork. Timothy is my 2x great-grandfather and for a long time I thought he was my earliest ancestor from Ireland. Since them I've learned that his father Patrick Creedan came to Clinton County, OH in 1849 and then sent for his children Timothy and Julia after he received word that his wife (Mary Coakley) had died in Ireland. The following report shows three generations of my Creeden tree.

Outline Descendant Report for Patrick Creedan:


1 Patrick Creedan b: 1814 in Ireland, d: 18 Jun 1883 in Clinton County, OH
  +Mary Coakley b: Ireland, m: Ireland, d: Bef. 1851 in Ireland
...2 Julia Creeden b: 01 Jul 1842 in Clondrohid, County Cork, Ireland, d: 22 Feb 1918 in Mount St. Joseph, Ohio
...2 Timothy Creeden b: 26 Mar 1846 in County Cork, Ireland, d: 14 Dec 1899 in Mercer, Ohio, USA
     +Mary Ann Matson b: 21 Apr 1851 in Clinton County, OH, m: 10 Dec 1868 in Clinton County , Ohio, USA, d: 08 Sep 1925 in Celina, OH
......3 Patrick Creeden b: 19 Nov 1869 in Clinton County, OH, d: 29 Nov 1872 in Clinton County, OH
......3 James E. Creeden b: 23 Oct 1871 in Clinton County, OH, d: 03 Oct 1889 in Mercer, Ohio, USA
......3 Mary Elizabeth Creeden b: 23 Mar 1874 in Clinton County, OH, d: 13 Aug 1930
        +George Fischer b: 1874, m: Abt. 1895, d: 14 Dec 1937 in California
......3 Daniel Creeden b: 29 Apr 1877, d: 21 Mar 1962 in Mercer County, OH (MCGS: Rockford OH Nursing Home)
        +Lena Gleagall b: 27 Jan 1879, d: 27 May 1962 in Toledo, OH
......3 Dennis L. Creeden b: 08 Sep 1878 in Clinton County, OH, d: 17 Jan 1930
        +Nellie Burton b: 03 Nov 1878 in Skeels Crossing, Mercer County, OH, m: 21 Jan 1901 in Mercer, Ohio, USA
......3 Edward Creeden b: 10 Apr 1884, d: 14 Feb 1937 in Newport, KY
......3 Charles Acy Creeden b: 05 Nov 1886 in Celina, OH, d: 09 May 1958 in Mercer, Ohio, USA
        + Anna Theresia Niehaus b: 11 Apr 1888 in Celina, OH, m: 27 Nov 1907 in Celina, OH, d: 07 Nov 1968 in Gibbons Hospital, Celina, OH
......3 Julia Dorothy Creeden b: 10 Nov 1888 in Celina, OH, d: 22 Apr 1967 in Pueblo, CO
        +Lorenz Richard Balleweg b: 28 Jan 1886 in Verdigree,Ne, m: 29 May 1913 in Pueblo, CO, d: 22 Aug 1948 in Pueblo,Pueblo,Co
......3 Idabel Creeden b: 04 Oct 1891 in Celina, Mercer County, Ohio, USA, d: 01 May 1974 in Celina, Mercer, OH
        +Harvey W. Stout b: 24 Jan 1891, d: 23 Dec 1964
......3 Joshua Patrick Creeden b: 07 Dec 1894 in Celina, OH, d: 26 Jun 1964 in Three Rivers, MI
        +Audria Olive King b: 22 Apr 1889, m: Feb 1920 in Mercer, Ohio, USA, d: 16 May 1989 in Celina, OH
...2 Hanora Creedan b: 1848 in Clondrohid, County Cork, Ireland
  +Hannah Jane Hoover b: 1822 in Clinton County, OH, m: 1851 in Clinton County, OH, d: 10 Oct 1879 in Clinton County, OH
...2 Phebe Creedan b: 1858 in Clinton County, OH, d: 07 Jan 1883 in Clinton County, OH
...2 Hannah Jane Creedan b: 1860 in Ohio
     +Jacob Gilbert Moorman m: 29 Jul 1880 in Clinton County, OH
......3 Jesse William Moorman b: 15 Apr 1884 in Sabina, Clinton, Ohio
......3 Elizabeth Hannah "Bessie" Moorman b: 21 Jul 1881 in Sabina, Clinton, Ohio, d: 07 Dec 1941 in Berea, Cuyahoga, Ohio
        +William Thomas Bidlingmyer b: 1881, m: 01 Sep 1904 in Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States
...2 Rose Creedan b: 1861 in Ohio, d: 30 Jun 1922 in Mercer, Ohio, USA
...2 Patrick W. Creedan b: 1864 in Ohio
...2 Johanna Creedan b: 30 Oct 1853 in Clinton County, OH, d: 30 Jan 1875 in Clinton County, OH
     + Charles B. Bernard m: 07 Dec 1873 in Clinton County, OH
......3 Eliza Bernard b: 29 Dec 1874 in Clinton County, OH, d: 11 Jan 1875 in Clinton County, OH
......3 Elijah Quincy Bernard b: 30 Dec 1874 in Clinton County, OH, d: 05 Jun 1942 in Wilmington, Clinton, Ohio, USA
...2 John Creedan b: 13 Nov 1853 in Clinton County, OH, d: 13 Dec 1923 in Recovery, Mercer, Ohio, USA
     +Minerva McFarland d: Bef. 1915
......3 Hiram Hurlbert Creedan b: 04 Mar 1875, d: 19 Sep 1935 in Sabina, Clinton, Ohio
        +Hallie M b: Abt. 1888, d: 26 Sep 1961 in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio
......3 Flora May Creedan b: 16 Nov 1889 in Greenville, Darke, Ohio, d: 1959 in Winchester, Indiana, USA
        +John Norris d: 1959
......3 Estella Catherine Creedan b: 20 Oct 1894 in Adams, Darke, Ohio, USA
        +Isaac Clarence Pyle m: 21 Aug 1915 in Jay County, Indiana