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Saturday, April 18, 2015

History from a cemetery

I love cemeteries so much that I now volunteer for one, Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hanover, Pennsylvania.  I have been researching the souls residing within the cemetery and on a recent trip, which have been many, I saw this cute and very old tombstone with a military medal sticking in the ground for Henry Sherman who served during the War of 1812-1814.  While it is standing strong and proud, the engraving was not very clear, but I did determine the name and a year.  So, began my search!

I spent an afternoon at the York County Heritage Trust's research library and found a genealogy of Henry Sherman.  His service was at the end of the War for two months.  He was paid $2 for each month that he served.  But the most interesting fact that I learned was that his father was the General Conrad Sherman, Revolutionary War veteran who served between 1776 and 1780. 
Then I remembered that my paternal great grandmother was a Sherman.  Could Henry and Conrad be a relation to my paternal grandmother, Amelia Ellen Sherman-Wildasin?  She was!  Until this discovery, my relatives were generally very quiet folk living in the Pennsylvania-Maryland areas. 
Now the question, do I want to pursue applying to the D.A.R.? 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wreaths Across America


Today, across America, wreaths were placed at the gravesites of the men and women who served our country. Not knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by the attendance and of the beautiful ceremony. 

Above is the grave marker for my paternal grandfather's brother George Wildasin, who served in World War I.  As I walked across the grounds of the Mount Olivet Cemetery back to my car, I stopped to place wreaths, exchanged conversations with several people, and to look at the grave markers for a man who fought in the Revolutionary War and one of a Confederate Soldier.  I cannot describe the feelings that I experienced. 

Next year, I hope to be able to participate again.  I hope at least one or several of you may do the same. 


Friday, August 23, 2013

German History in Maryland

Just this week I was re-shelving a book at the York County Heritage Trust, when I noticed that the book was about German church records in Baltimore, Maryland. So I went to the index and found who I have been searching for over the past few years! It was just by chance that I took the time to check the index.

This morning, I spent some time researching places in the Baltimore, Maryland area where I can visit and hopefully learn more about my dad's ancestors. While on the German Marylanders' website, I skimmed the timeline and learned the following:

In 1940, Gustav Brunn, a Frankfurt Germany native developed a spice used for crabs.  He had arrived a year earlier in Baltimore from Germany.  His spice was sold many years later to McCormick.  Brunn invented 'Old Bay'. (courtesy of German Marylanders).

I suppose good old Gustav and I have something in common...he created a blend of spices that today is used widely on our favorite seafood, and I accidentally stumbled on relevant data that I considered to be a treasure into my family's past. 

P.S.  If you are interested in learning where the name 'Old Bay' came from, read more here.

Monday, August 12, 2013

World War I Hero...Sgt. Stubby

My husband's Staub family sponsors a team each year for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life team.  Their team name is the 'Stubby Staubs.'  Recently, in a blog post by AncientFaces, I read a story about a dog named Stubby, aka Sgt. Stubby, who was a hero during World War I.  

Below is a glimpse of the Sgt. Stubby's obituary, printed by the New York Times in 1926.  Read the full story on AncientFaces.
"The noise and strain that shattered the nerves of many of his comrades did not impair Stubby's spirits. Not because he was unconscious of danger. His angry howl while a battle raged and his mad canter from one part of the lines to another indicated realization." - New York Times Obituary 1926

Monday, January 14, 2013

TV Worthy I Am Not ...

Today I opened my Inbox and read a notification wishing me a happy blogging 2nd anniversary.  Apparently I started this blog two years ago.  Time sure flies. 

I could claim being busy, and that might be so.  There were no 'ah-ha' moments, therefore nothing intriguing and worth while mentioning.  However ...
  • I uncovered one Staub ancestor's Company information when he served in the Civil War.  Just this Christmas I shared this information with a great nephew (that makes me feel old!) who has an interest in  Civil War and participated in a re-enactment. I think that I opened another door and made a young historian happy. 
  • Prior to Super Storm Sandy, I visited with an elderly neighbor, taking them a dish of my 4-cheese macaroni casserole.  One thing lead to another and I ended up with information about his family and embarked on a journey to help him find his roots.  I hit a brick wall, but did find some interesting stuff, AND learned the history of three counties - Baltimore, Frederick, and Carroll.  Funny how little details are too darned important.  Now I can't wait to share what I found.
  • Saw the movies Lincoln and Les Miserables.  I actually understood the history from it all and enjoyed it.  Also, I developed a deepened appreciation for my ancestors who lived during those trying times.
Guess it is the small stuff that keeps me digging.  So, you won't be seeing me on TV anytime soon, right?

Happy New Year.  Blessings to all genealogists.  Happy research.