I really like this photo of my husband’s great-grandparents Leonard Eklund and Mayme Kivi and it looks like it goes with today’s “road trip” theme. I think it was taken either on their wedding day or soon after. They were married June 23, 1931. Even though Leonard lived in Ironwood, Michigan and Mayme was from Kimball, Wisconsin, they were married in Lake Linden, Gogebic County, Michigan up in the Keweenaw Peninsula.
For the theme of “Independent,” I thought I would highlight an ancestor that fought in the American Revolution. Philip Lorenz Grünenwald/Greenawalt was born in Haßloch, Bayern, Germany on 10 June 1825. He arrived in Philadelphia in 1749. He married a widow in 1753, but she died the same year. He married Maria Margaret Foeser in April 1754. They lived in Lebanon Township, Pennsylvania. Their son John (1760-1823) was my 5x great-grandfather. Philip died in 1802 at the age of 77 and is buried in Lebanon. Below is a quote about Philip during his time in the revolution from William Henry Egle’s Pennsylvania Genealogies, page 303.
“Upon the organization of the associated battalions, he was commissioned colonel of the first battalion of Lancaster County. He was with Washington, during the Jersey campaign of 1776, at Trenton and Princeton. His battalion was at Brandywine and Germantown, and the conduct of Colonel Greenawalt during the former engagement received the commendation of the commander-in-chief for efficiency and gallantry, especially in the protection of the Continental supplies.”
An ancestor I feel like I’ve only been able to halfway research is my great-great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth McCracken. I just can’t figure out who her parents are. I’ve started trying to delve into my father’s AncestryDNA matches to see if I can find some clues.
According to her death certificate, Mary was born on August 23, 1862 in Ohio and her father’s last name was “McRacken.” On March 7, 1880, she and William Bost were married in Henry County, Ohio. On June 5, 1880, they were enumerated in the census living in Marion Township, Henry County, Ohio. A half-page away on the census is a man named E. McCracken who was born in 1835. This might be a lead.
Between 1882 and 1905, the William and Mary had 7 children: Mary Ellen, Francis, Marion Sylvester, Adam, Florence Elizabeth, Emma Jane, and Clara Arnetta. Mary died March 8, 1911 in Marion of pneumonia. Her youngest daughter was only 5 years old.
This small tablecloth, with the initials, M.T. and the year 1892, was embroidered by my great-grandmother Mary Agnes (Thompson) Wilson when she was about 20 years old. She was born on March 10, 1872 on Amherst Island, Ontario. On the Canadian census of April 1891, she was living on Amherst Island with her parents Archibald and Elizabeth and her siblings Charles, William, Hugh, Agnes, and Cecil. Mary married my great-grandfather John A. Wilson on November 1, 1898 in Deseronto, Ontario. They had 10 children between 1900 and 1916, including my grandfather, Charles Thompson Wilson.
Earl Belknap and Florence Bost were married on June 2, 1913 in Wauseon, Ohio. Their marriage was announced in the local paper, “The marriage of Mr. Earl E. Belknap and Miss Florence E. Bost, occurred at the home of Mr. John Gisel on Cedar Avenue Monday evening, at 4:00 o’clock, Rev. J. H. Williams, officiating.”
“Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XD8T-J9W : 10 February 2018), Earl E. Belknap and Florence E. Bost, 02 Jun 1913; citing Wauseon, Fulton, Ohio, reference 2:3KVTKL2; FHL microfilm 423,606.