Saturday, September 19, 2009

SNGF - Ahnentafel Roulette

Randy @ Genea-Musings has come up with another great Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.

1) How old is your father now, or how old would he be if he had lived?  Divide this number by 4 and round the number off to a whole number.  This is your "roulette number".

2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ahnentafel.  Who is that person?

3) Tell us three facts about that person with the "roulette number".

4) Write about it in a blog post, in a Facebook note or comment, or as a comment on this blog post.

5) If you do not have a person's name for your "roulette number" then spin the wheel again - pick your mother, or yourself, a favorite aunt or cousin, or even your children.

Here goes!

My dad, Thomas Edwin Gamble, is 66.  Divide that by 4 and you get 16.5 so that rounds to 17.  Number 17 in my ahnentafel is my great-great grandmother Elizabeth Ann Wrean.  She was born in 1829 in Nova Scotia, Canada.  She married William N. Gamble about 1851 in Pennsylvania.  They had 6 children, the youngest being my great grandfather Ulysses Grant Gamble.  She died in 1911 in Cedar Run, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania.

I don't know anything else about her except her father was born in Scottland and her mother's first name was Minnie.  Unfortunately, I don't have any photographs of her either, at least not that I know of.  I have a whole bunch of unidentified photos on DVD that my uncle gave me.

Thanks for the great blog topic tonight, Randy!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday-William F and Flossie Baker Abrams

William Franklin Abrams
Flossie Baker Abrams
These were my maternal grandfather's parents. William Franklin Abrams was born 31 Dec 1887 to Solomon Turpin Abrams and Louisa Edmonds Gadd Abrams in Jackson Co., KY. He married Flossie Baker about 1910. He died 29 Feb 1968 in Franklin, OH.

Flossie Baker was born 7 Aug 1896 to William Houston Baker and Mahaley Jane Malicoat in KY. She died 10 Aug 1982 in Middletown, Butler Co., OH.

I was not quite 3 when William died so I don't remember him. I only remember meeting Flossie once in 1979.
I got this photo from . If you've never been to their website, you should go. I've found pictures of some of my ancestors' tombstones there. If there is not a picture of the tombstone, you can sometimes find the name of the cemetery where your ancestors are buried.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Emil E Mosch & Wilhelmina Kortz Mosch

My recently found cousin Carolyn Mosch Busch sent me some tombstone pictures that she took when she went to Pennsylvania this summer. The resolution is wonderful! Carolyn contacted me on I was so excited to talk to someone from my dad's side of the family, especially the Mosch side. I don't recall meeting any of them in person except my great grandmother Hertha Mosch McElroy. I might have seen them at my grandmother's house at Thanksgiving, but there were always so many people there! Besides, when you're a kid you just want to hang out with your cousins that you don't get to see any other time.

Anyway, Emil Ernest Mosch was born 8 May 1864 to Karl Herman Mosch and Caroline Scheider in Saxony, Germany. The family came to the U.S. in 1870. (I still have lots of research to do on this family, but I did find out they came over on the ship the Saint Louis. I understand it was lost at sea on it's way back to Germany after my ancestors got off. I'm going to have to find the history of the ship!) Emil died of cancer on 25 Oct 1937 in Coudersport, Potter Co., PA.

Emil married Wilhelmina in Wellsboro, Tioga Co., PA on 21 Sep 1885. They lived in PA for the remainder of their lives.

Wilhelmina Hedwig Kortz was born 27 Apr 1866 in Germania, Potter Co., PA to Jacob Kortz and Katherine Pflugfelder. Her parents came to the U.S. in the 1840's or 50's to escape the Kaiser's war. I don't have any information on the ship they were on. Wilhelmina died on 12 Feb 1940 in Coudersport, Potter Co., PA.

Thanks again for the pictures, Carolyn!