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

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tuesday's Tip - The Ohio History Connection Site

If you have ancestors from Ohio, be sure and check out the the Ohio History Connection. This is the online home of the archives at the Ohio History Center in Columbus, Ohio. A few items I've found useful are:

Searchable databases - They have searchable databases online including their online collections catalog, Ohio public records index, Ohio newspaper portal, and all volumes of the Ohio History Journal.

Ohio Public Records Index - Provides an index to Ohio death certificates searchable by name, county, and years. Names are spelled as they were entered into the index, so you may have to try variations. Only certain years are covered as stated on the main index page.

Online Collections Catalog - Searches their newspaper and state archives collections by keyword.

Newspaper index - This index lists their newspaper resources by county or city. Other documents available for the selected area are also provided in the search results.

Research guides - A set of research guides for help on researching specific record types.

Photocopy requests - Instructions on how to request photocopies of records in the archives.

I had great success with the photocopy service. I requested scans of microfilm images for a few issues of the Celina Democrat newspaper and received digital copies of the pages within a couple of days after making payment. Their email response was quick and very helpful and the quality of the scans was excellent. The pages contained an obituary for my 2x great-grandfather Timothy Creeden that I'd been trying to track down for years.

This is just a sampling of what's available on their site. Thanks to the Ohio History Connection for providing such a valuable resource!

Note: "Flag of Ohio" image designed by John Eisenmann, SVG code by SiBr4 -  Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Church Record Sunday - Baptism of Anna Rohrer in Philadelphia, PA

The following image is from a Roman Catholic baptism register for my 2x great-grandmother, Anna Rohrer Niehaus.

It's hard to read, but shows that  Anna Barbara Theresia Rohrer was born on 13 Jul 1849 and baptized on 22 Jul 1849. Her parents were Albert Rohrer and Walburga (Fisher) Rohrer. She was baptized in the St. Peter the Apostle parish in Philadelphia, PA and the family was from W├╝rttemberg.

The birth year was a bit of a surprise since Anna's funeral card and other records placed her birth year at 1851. An 1850 census record for the family showed a daughter born in 1849 named Hannah Rohrer. I had thought maybe they had a daughter before Anna, but now think this was my Anna.

The Roman Catholic baptism registers are available on

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunday's Obituary - Robert Creeden, Clinton County, Ohio

 Died. -- In Wilmington, on March 2, 1889, Robert, Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Creeden, aged six months, three weeks and two days. Funeral services took place on Sunday, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Interment in Sugar Grove cemetery.

This obituary was published in the Wilmington, OH Clinton County Democrat on March 2, 1889. Digital images of the paper are available on

Although the obituary says Robert's father is J.J. Creeden, the Ohio Births and Christening index on lists his parents as Patrick J. Creedon and Mary Clark. An entry on FindAGrave has Robert's date of birth as 9/1889 and his date of death as 3/1/1889. It says that his plot in Sugar Grove cemetery was a charity plot.

I don't know if there is a relationship between this family and my Clinton County Creedens, but both my grandfather and father were named Robert. My Creeden family also attended St. Columbkille Church, so it's probable that the two families knew each other.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Matrilineal Monday - Councill family of Maryland

When I started researching my Councill family, I could only trace back to my 2x great-grandparents Francis Councill and Mary Ann Meredith from Queen Anne's County, MD. Using a combination of church, land, and probate records, I've been able to go back four more generations to Henry Councill and Elizabeth Banroche. There are still several mysteries and conjectures on here, but this is what I have in my family tree software so far. I have quite a few dates, marriages, and children that aren't entered yet, so I'll update the tree in a future post.

Outline Descendant Report for Henry Councill:


1 Henry Councill b: England, d: 1760 in Maryland
  + Elizabeth Banroche b: France
...2 John Councill d: 1795 

      + Sarah Carey
......3 Edward Carey Councill
        + Bridget Nowland
.........4 John Councill Jr. d: Aft. 1827
           + Ann Baynard or Browning m: 1808, d: Bef. 1834
............5 Francis Councill b: 1817 in Maryland, d: 1888
              + Mary Ann Meredith b: Abt. 1825 in Maryland,
                m: 08 Jul 1840 in Queen Annes, Maryland
...............6 John Wesley Councill b: 09 Feb 1859 in Centreville, Maryland, d: 05 Dec 1916 

                  in Baltimore, Maryland
                 + Ariana Sparks b: 18 Apr 1864 in Centreville, Maryland,
                   d: 16 Dec 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland
..................7 John Herbert Councill b: 1888, d: 1966 + Ollie W. Reed
..................7 Mary Blanche Councill b: 1889, d: 1889
..................7 Barbara Anna Councill b: 1890, d: 28 Dec 1964 in Salisbury, MD
                    + George Borcherding
..................7 Mabel Councill b: 1892 + Peter Lee
..................7 Myrtle Councill b: 1893, d: 1971
                    + Thomas William King m: 1912
..................7 Samuel Leonard Councill b: 1894, d: 1927 + Anne
..................7 Winifred Councill b: 1895, d: 1954 + Forest Goodrick
..................7 Hersey Hall Councill Sr. b: 06 Dec 1896 in Centreville, Maryland,
                    d: 06 Mar 1986 in Silver Spring, Montgomery, Maryland, USA
                    + Estelle Gibson
                    + Annetta Williams McPherson
..................7 Hilda Councill b: 02 Aug 1898, d: May 1983 in Baltimore, Maryland
                    + Fred Noble
                    + Tony Melka
..................7 Julius King Councill b: 1899, d: 1918
..................7 Royce Rufus Councill b: 17 Jul 1902 in Queen Anne's County, MD,
                    d: Nov 1970 in New Castle, DE
                    + Edna Catherine Willis b: 12 Jan 1905 in Queen Anne's County, MD,
                      m: 13 Jun 1925 in Queen Anne's County, MD,
                      d: 28 May 1973 in New Castle, DE
..................7 Oscar Fearson Councill b: 1904 in Queen Anne's County, MD,
                    d: 25 Aug 1986 in Orange City, Florida
                    + Grace Green b: 1905
..................7 Ruby Ordel Councill b: 1907,
                    d: 10 Mar 1990 in Holiday, Pasco, Florida, USA
                    + Justis Ehlers
                    + Edward Parlett
...............6 Robert Councill b: Abt. 1853
                 + Martha Sparks
..................7 May Councill
..................7 Margaret Councill
..................7 Lillian Councill
...............6 Mary Councill b: Abt. 1860 + Unknown
...............6 Anna Councill
                 + McDodd
..................7 Ida McDodd
..................7 Lizzie McDodd
..................7 Henry McDodd
...............6 Marietta A. Councill b: Abt. 1842
                 + James Booker m: 18 Dec 1862 in Queen Anne's County, MD
                 + Charles J. Weaver m: 28 Dec 1878 in Queen Anne's County, MD
...............6 Richard Councill b: Abt. 1850
...............6 Frank Councill b: 1859
............5 Thomas Henry Councell b: Abt. 1829 in Maryland,
              d: 16 May 1883 in Easton, Maryland
              +    Martha Rebecca Cooper b: 18 May 1841 in Talbot County, Maryland,
                    m: 10 Jan 1867, d: 1881 in Talbot County, Maryland
............5 William Councill b: Bef. 1813
............5 James N. Councill b: 1816
............5 John Councill b: 1821
.........4 Francis Beaston Councill
.........4 Elijah Councill
...2 Joseph Councill
     + Rebecca
......3 John Councill
......3 Mary Councill
......3 Ann Councill
...2 Catharine Councill
...2 Martha Councill
...2 Mary Councill
...2 Anastasia Councill

Henry Councill is said to be from England and Elizabeth Banroche from France. Elizabeth's surname is a bit suspect since I've never found anyone else with that name. One of my Councill cousins suggested that it may actually be referencing a place: Ban de la Roche in Alsace, France. I think that may be a good guess!

On page 281 of the book Catholics of Colonial Delmarva by Thomas Joseph Peterman, it says "She (Anastasia Councill) was the daughter of Henry Councill of Tully's Neck... The other children of Henry Councill (who had come to Maryland in 1729) and his wife Elizabeth Banroche (who was of French parentage)..." It goes on to name the children and their wives. The source the book gives for the paragraph is Carley, "Baptismal Register of Joseph Mosley, S.J.." 41.

I've seen several trees on Ancestry that have Dennis Councill as the father of Henry Councill. There are references to a Dennis Councill listed in the debts for the estate of Jacobus Seth in Talbot County, MD in 1698 and 1702. In the 1702 entry, Dennis is called a runaway, so I've wondered if he could've been an indentured servant. I need more information to prove whether or not he was the father of Henry, so I haven't added Dennis to my tree yet. I noticed that the reference in the above paragraph states that Henry came to Maryland in 1729, so that doesn't match up with the dates for Dennis.

Another mystery is the surname of the mother of Francis Councill. Most of my evidence points to her being Ann Baynard, but there are some sources that say Ann Browning. Despite the mysteries, I've learned a lot about my Councills since my first post about them in 2011.

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!