June 5 – Homeward Bound

We woke to a northern Ohio rainstorm. The agenda today called for a visit to the James A. Garfield Museum, indoors mostly, so it would work out fine. Besides, the Red Wings had Stanley! How could it be a bad day?

In March, I got an email from someone asking for information about Thomas Garfield of Jamestown Township in Ottawa county, (Mich). Turns out I have lots of information about him because of the years of research I’ve done in Jamestown on Mindy’s ancestors who were among the founding families in 1847. Thomas Garfield was the brother of President James A. Garfield. The person asking the question was a first person historian preparing for an upcoming presentation in Greenville, Michigan. Debbie Weinkamer portrays Mrs. Lucretia (RUDOLPH) GARFIELD, wife of the President. She worked as a volunteer at the Garfield Museum for many years and learned her stuff real well! Mindy, her mother and I went to the presentation in April. It was very good. Continue reading

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June 4 – Wings Win Wednesday

The trip west through Pennsylvania was noteworthy. I can’t remember exactly why. Probably because I was getting closer and closer to Pittsburgh, home of the nefarious Penguins. What would I do if I were to meet one of them?

We were headed to Akron, Ohio to visit the third and final cemetery of this particular vacation trip. Remember John and Susan (CHAPMAN) EVANS in Niagara county (earlier post)? John’s parents, Lewis and Mary EVANS came to Tallmadge Township, Summit County, Ohio probably before 1840 with John’s sister Mary and her new husband, Philip H. SMITH. One of John and Susan’s daughters also came to the area mid-1860s and another followed sometime in the 1870s. Continue reading

May 24 – Two Cemeteries in New York

Once the stress had passed from the long wait at the border crossing from Port Huron, Michigan to Canada, the boring part of the vacation trip, I began imagining the last part of the day. It’s Saturday, May 24.

I was hopeful that getting back into the US at the Queenston-Lewiston, NY Bridge would go better/faster. I imagined it, and it was… only a ten minute wait in queue versus the 75 minute wait at the Bluewater Bridge. Once in Niagara County, NY, I knew the first stop was going to be for gas. Then the cemetery. Somerset Township is in the north-east corner of Niagara County, along the southern shore of Lake Ontario. I was headed for Somerset Township Cemetery to view and photograph the gravestones of my ancestors, John Evans and Susan (Chapman) Evans. Continue reading