I don’t have a ton of unusual names in my family tree – the ones that are unusual are usually biblical. My great-great-great grandfather Adam Bost had four brothers: Azariah, Abraham, Michael, and Samuel.
Azariah Bost was born in about 1830, the first son of Samuel Bost and Sarah Kinder. Azariah and Hannah Long were married in April 1857 in Henry County, Ohio. Their son Joseph was born in July 1858. In 1860, the little family was living in Harrison, Henry County, Ohio. Azariah was 30, Hannah was 19, and Joseph was 2. Azariah enlisted in Company A, Ohio 68th Infantry Regiment in October 1861. on 17 Oct 1861. Azariah died of disease on March 22, 1862 and is buried in the Shiloh National Cemetery.
“On March 15, 1862, the 68th Ohio marched to Metal Landing, Tennessee and then traveled by steamer to Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee. At this new location, the regiment’s members experienced severe illness, depleting the organization’s ranks from approximately one thousand men to 250 soldiers available for duty. The 68th did not engage Confederate forces at the Battle of Shiloh on April 6 and April 7, 1862, being ordered to stay in the rear guarding supply and ordinance trains.”
This week I wanted to talk about the first-born child of my great-great grandmother Martha Gisel Belknap. Her name was Minnie Gisel. She was born March 31, 1887 when Martha was just 17 years old. On Minnie’s first marriage license her father is listed as “not known” and her surname is her mother’s. I’m afraid to know what this could mean. I hope Martha just had a teenage dalliance when she was 16 and maybe Minnie didn’t know his name when she went to fill out her marriage license.
Minnie was adopted, formally or informally, by my great-great grandfather Arthur Belknap when he and Martha married on March 5, 1890. Minnie married Ernest J. Crume on May 23, 1903 in Fulton County, Ohio when she was 16. Their son Glen was born August 31, 1903. Their daughter Irma was born June 22, 1905.
In 1910, the family was living in Lima, Ohio where Ernest was a carpenter. In 1912 and 1913, Ernest was a pattern maker rooming at 132 11th Street in Toledo, Ohio. In the 1913 Toledo Directory, Minnie was listed as a waiter. In 1916-1918, they were living at 119 12th St. in Toledo. In 1919, they were living at 2034 Vermont in Toledo. On May 22, 1919, their son Glen died at the age of 15 in Fulton County. He was buried in Wauseon Union Cemetery. In the 1920 census, the family was living on Cemetery Street in Fayette Village, Gorham Township, Fulton County.
Unfortunately on December 29, 1921, Minnie also lost her husband Ernest. His obituary in the Toledo Blade in January 1922 stated:
Ernest J. Crume, 39, of 1416 Pinewood in Toledo, Lucas Co., Ohio, died at home from Nephritis and Erysipelas. He was employed at Overland Auto, and worked as a Pattern Maker for automobiles. He is the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Walters) Crume. Mr Crume is survived by his wife Minnie, who was the one who reported his death.
On April 28, 1923 in Henry County, Ohio, Minnie married again. Her new husband was named Lee Counselman. He had three previous wives and would have one more after Minnie’s death. Sadly, Minnie died at the age of 37 on February 24, 1925 in Gorham, Ohio of peritonitis. She is buried in Wauseon Union Cemetery.
My 3rd great-aunt Lucina Ellen Belknap was the next-to-last child of Thomas Belknap and Polly Ann Farr. Thomas and Polly’s last child was my great-great grandfather, Arthur Belknap (1869-1955). There were 5 other siblings: Zera (1853-1920), Myron (1855-1929), Alice Lucelia (1857-1944), Lucretia (1860-1900), and Thomas Jefferson (1861-1935). There was also a half-brother, Francis Marion (1848-1923).
Lucina was born about 1866 in Delta, Fulton County, Ohio. In 1870, she was counted with the rest of her family in York Township. She was 4 years old. In 1880, she, along with her parents and brothers Myron and Arthur were living in Dover Township. On August 13, 1884, Lucina married John Quimby Clark in Morenci, Lenawee County, Michigan. In June 1886, Lucina’s brother Thomas married John’s sister Clara in Fulton County.
Lucina and John had 9 children: Viola (b. 1885), Bessie (1887-1920), Jesse (1890-1971), Oliver (1891-1977), Lena (1894-1981), Herbert (1898-1981), Lavada (1900-1989), Ida Fern (1902-1998), and Ione (1905-1993). Lucina died in October 1907 and, in 1910, Bessie was married, Jesse was a hired man, and many of her children were living with relatives. Herbert was living with his sister Bessie. Ida was living with Lucina’s sister Alice, and Ione was living with Lucina’s brother Zera.
By 1940, John was living with his granddaughter Florence and her family in Raisin Township, Lenawee, Michigan (Florence was the daughter of Bessie). He died in Tecumseh on January 16, 1946. He and Lucina are buried in Tedrow Cemetery in Fulton County, Ohio.
Samuel Bost (c1804-1863) and Sarah Kinder (c1809-c1845) were married on 14 June 1827 in Columbiana, Ohio. They had five sons before Sarah’s death: Azariah, Abraham, Michael, Adam (my great-great-great grandfather), and Samuel.
All 5 sons served in the Civil War. Azariah enlisted in Company A, Ohio 68th Infantry Regiment in October 1861. He died at Shiloh on 26 March 1862 and is buried at the cemetery there.
Abraham was in Company D of the Ohio 68th Infantry. He survived the war and died in Alabama in 1903. Michael enlisted in Company B, Ohio 38th Infantry. He died at Vining’s Station, Georgia on 15 July 1864 of a gunshot wound that fractured his femur. Adam, my 3x Great-Grandfather, was drafted into Company B, Ohio 38th Infantry Regiment on 9 Oct 1862. He survived the war and died in Ohio in 1924. Samuel enlisted in Company B, Ohio 38th Infantry on 19 Aug 1861. He died in Ohio in 1923.
I was born on what would have been my great-great grandfather Arthur Belknap’s 110th birthday. He was born May 23, 1869, probably in Fulton County, Ohio, to Thomas Belknap and Polly Ann Farr. He was their last child. His father was 66 years old when Arthur was born.
In the 1870 U.S. census, Arthur was living in York Township, Fulton, Ohio with his parents Thomas and Polly, his half-brother Francis, and his siblings Myron, Lucelia, Lucretia, Thomas and Lucina. He had another brother, Zera, who was living with the Stillman Biddle family in York, as a farm laborer.
In 1880, 11-year-old Arthur was living in Dover, Fulton, Ohio with his parents and his brother Myron and sister Lucina.
On March 5, 1890, Arthur married Martha Gisel in Fulton County. Martha already had a child named Minnie, who had been born in 1887. On August 14, 1891, their son Floyd was born in Dover. On April 9, 1895, a son Earl was born in Gorham Township. On March 18, 1899, their daughter Belva was born.
In 1900, the family was living in Franklin Township, Fulton, Ohio. Arthur was a farm laborer and rented his home. On August 18, 1901, their son Orville was born in Franklin. On August 18, 1903, their last child Kennard was born.
In 1910, the family was living in Gorham Township, and Arthur was listed as a laborer. In 1913, Arthur’s first grandchild, Velma, was born in Wauseon, Ohio. Velma was my grandmother.
In 1920, Arthur, Martha, Orville and Kennard were living on Gorham St. in Gorham Township. Arthur was a laborer at a lumber company, while the boys were farm laborers.
One ancestor that I have that was enumerated on a non-population census (in this case, the 1890 Union veterans census) was my great-great-great grandfather Adam Bost. In 1890 he was living in Marion Township, Henry County, Ohio. Below is his snippet from the schedule. He was drafted to Company B, Ohio 38th Infantry Regiment on October 9, 1862 and mustered out on July 27, 1863 at Winchester, Tenn.
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.
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.
My husband’s great-great grandfather was Jacob Baker (family name originally Becker). Jacob Baker was born May 30, 1865 in Ohio. His parents Johann George Becker and Elisabeth Kline were born in Germany. They married in Germany in 1853 and their first child, Wilhelmina, was born in Illinois or Ohio in 1854. Eight more children followed after Wilhelmina, including Jacob.
In the 1870 U.S. census, the family (listed as Baker) was living in Richfield, Lucas County, Ohio. George was 43 and a farmer. His real estate was valued at $2500 and his personal estate at $500. Elisabeth was 38 and kept house. Their birthplace is listed as Prussia. Wilhelmina (Mena) was 15 and listed as being born in Ohio. As was Elizabeth, aged 14. The next two children Mary (11) and Conrad (9) were listed as being born in Illinois. The rest of the children, Katherine (7), Jacob (5), and Emma (1) were listed as being born in Ohio.
In the 1880 census, the family was still living in Richfield Township. Their last name was listed as Baker. The children at home were Conrad (19), Catherine (17), Jacob (15), Emma (11), George (8) and Margrett (5).
Jacob married Bertha Knisel on June 28, 1900 in Lucas County, Ohio when he was 35 and she was 25. They were both living in Toledo at the time. Jacob was a carpenter and Bertha was a domestic. Click the image below to enlarge their marriage registration.
Jacob and Bertha had a daughter, Emma Maud, on April 6, 1901 in Toledo, Ohio. Their son, Milton Jacob, was born November 14, 1904, also in Toledo. In the 1910 census, the family was living at 1504 Norwood Avenue in Toledo. Jacob was a carpenter in building construction. It says he was out of work 9 weeks during 1909. Emma was 9 and Milton was 5 and both attended school.
In 1920, the family was living at 1450 Prospect Avenue. Sometime between 1910 and 1920, Jacob became the proprietor of his own grocery store. In the census, Bertha was listed as his partner in the grocery. Emma, aged 18, was a stenographer at a real estate office, while Milton (15) was still in school.
In the 1923 Toledo City Directory, the family was still living at 1450 Prospect Avenue. Milton was a driver and Emma was a stenographer at Palmer-Blair Company. Jacob’s wife Bertha died on July 22, 1923 of breast cancer. She was buried in Toledo Memorial Park. In about 1925, their daughter Emma married Donald G. Miehls. Donald was a Catholic and Jacob disowned Emma because of her marriage.
On October 29, 1924, Jacob married Amanda Tursan, the widow of Peter Dethlefsen. He was 58 and she was 51.
Jacob died December 6, 1929 of stomach cancer and involutional melancholia (depression). When he died, Jacob left everything to his son Milton and nothing to Emma. Milton gave Emma and her husband the grocery story, while he kept the house. Amanda, Jacob’s widow, died in 1948 and was buried with her husband Peter.
“Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XZLR-Q2Q : accessed 15 January 2016), Jacob Baker and Bertha Knisel, 28 Jun 1900; citing Lucas, Ohio, United States, reference 597; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 909,007.
“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDGX-GD9 : accessed 15 January 2016), Bertha Baker in household of Jacob Baker, Toledo Ward 8, Lucas, Ohio, United States; citing sheet 22A, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,821,409.
“Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2Q35-PRQ : accessed 19 January 2016), Jacob Baker and Amanda Turson Dethlefsen, 29 Oct 1924; citing Lucas, Ohio, United States, reference ; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 2,167,511.
John Gisel was born September 27, 1843 in Wilchingen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland to Leonard Gisel and Elizabetha Bachtold. He had an older brother, John, who died in Switzerland in 1842. His family came to the United States in about 1852. It is believed that his mother died while on the journey over and she was buried at sea. In the 1860 U.S. census for Franklin, Fulton County, Ohio, his father Leonard is listed with four children: George (aged 20), Anna (19), John (16), and Mary (15). John married Margaret Rhost in about 1868.
In the 1880 U.S. census, John and Margaret were living in Franklin and had 7 children: Ella/Mary Ellen (aged 13), Martha (my great-great grandmother) (aged 10), John (8), Lydia (7), Libbie/Elizabeth (5), Samuel (3), and William (9 months). They had a daughter, Anna, who was born in 1875 and apparently died before the 1880 census. In 1881, they another son, Albert.
In the 1900 census, John and Margaret were still living in Franklin and had been married for 31 years. Out of 9 children born to Margaret, 8 were still living. By the 1910 census, John and Margaret were living on Cedar Street in Wauseon, Ohio.
On June 2, 1913, their grandson Earl Belknap (Martha’s son) married Florence Bost at their home. From an announcement from 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.
In 1920, they were in the same place, John was 76 and Margaret was 71 and employed as a laundress.
John Gisel died November 1, 1923 of pneumonia and an inguinal hernia. He was buried in Wauseon Union Cemetery.
Their daughter Elizabeth Bingman died April 9, 1924 of mitral regurgitation, and their daughter Martha Belknap died in an auto accident in Michigan in September 1925. In the 1930 census, Margaret was an 83-year-old widow living alone on Cedar Street in Clinton Township, Fulton, Ohio. She died April 20, 1939 at the age of 90 and is buried in Wauseon Union as well.