OHIO GENEALOGY EXPRESS

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ASHTABULA COUNTY, OHIO

NEWS

           

SEE MORE DEATHS on the OBITUARY Page

Source:  Washington Post - Washington D. C.
Dated: May 3, 1849

DEATH:
Died of consumption, in Lenox, Ashtabula Co., Ohio, on the 13th day of April, 1849, Joseph CROSBY, aged 62 years.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: Ashtabula Weekly Telegraph
Dated: Mar. 20, 1850

MARRIED:
     At Kinsman, on the 21st Ult. by Rev. Rufus Parker, Mr. Charles Webber & Miss Rachel Mathews, all of Kinsman.

DIED:
     In Saybrook, Jan. 17, 1850, of Canker Rash, Nicholas D. Stephens, aged 3 yrs. & 3 mos.  Also at the same place, on the 18th of Jan. of the same disease, Mary Jane Stephens in the 15th year of her age.  Also at the same place on the 21st of Jan. of the disease, Edwin Stephens, aged 12 years, children of John and Peggy Stephens.
    
At Madison, Lake Co., on the 12th inst. of Apoplexy, Mrs. Mary, wife of Mr. Roger Fowler, aged 74 yrs.
    
At Buffalow, on the 13th inst. Mr. Paul B. Harris, formerly of this town, aged 37 years.  (The remains of the decd. passed through this place on the 17th inst. on their way to Saybrook for interment.
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Source: Ashtabula Weekly Telegraph
Dated: Mar. 27, 1850

DIED:
    
On the 22th inst. of Tubercular Consumption, Mrs. Jane J. Hendry, wife of Alfred Hendry, of this town, aged 28 years and 5 months.
     On the 20th inst. Harriet, wife of Zebediah Denison, of this place, aged 48 years.
     In Jefferson, on the 22th ult. of Consumption, Rev. B. S. Knapp, in the 38th year of his age.
     In Geneva, Jan. 24th, Rollin D. second son of John P. and Elizabeth B. Jones, aged 1 year & 9 months.
     (Death of Capt. John Edmonds - We learned that Capt. Edmonds, master of the steamer Southern died at Buffalo on Sun. morning, Capt. E. was a resident of Monroe.  We understand his disease was cholera morbus, strongly resembling the cholera of last season.

MARRIED:
     In Harpersfield, on the 21st ult. by Rev. E. Babcock, Mr. G. R. Webster, of Saybrook and Miss Matilda A. Bishop of Harpersfield.
    
On the 28th inst. by Rev. L. Andress, Mr. Chauncy H. Covill and Miss Exumy F. Lucas, both of Saybrook.
    
In Kingsville, on Thurs. Mar. 21st by Rev. W. W. Maltby, Mr. John J. Fox and Abigail H. Young all of Kinsville.
     In Ashtabula, on teh 22th inst. by J. K. Cook, Esq., Mr. Abner Gee of New Lyme to Mrs. Alvi Lucas, all of Ashtabula.
     Mar. 21st  by Rev. L. Andress, Mr. Mark Morrison, of Saybrook and Miss Huldy Coulter, of Ashtabula.
     Painesville, on the 20th inst. Nicholas Powell and Miss Eunice Ann Morell, both of Painesville.
     In Perry, on the 2d inst. by F. Haskell, Esq.   Mr. Orrin Treat and Miss Sophia Simons.

DIED:
     In Trumbull, Jan. 27th of dropsy on the brain, Orpha C. dau. of Clark C. and Flotilla S. Loomis, aged 1 yr. 6 mo, nine days.
     In Madison, on the 12th inst., John, only son of Horace and Mary Winchester, ae 6 yrs. and 16 da.
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Source: Ashtabula Weekly Telegraph
Dated: April 10, 1850

MARRIED:
    
 At East Ashtabula, on the 3d. inst., by Rev. L. Andrus, Mr. Samuel H. White of Kingsville, and Miss Mary Hubbard, of Ashtabula.
     At Kingsville on the 3rd inst. by Rev. J. B. Sacket, Mr. Samuel Holbrook, of Madison, Lake Co., and Miss Sarah A. Morse.
    
At Jefferson, on Monday, Apr. 1st, by E. W. Hickok. Esq., T. D. Wildman, of Jefferson to Clarissa M. Hill, of Hartsgrove.
     At Madison, on the 14th ult. by Rev. L. Whitney, Mr. Stephen Paplee and Miss Emily H. Young, all of Madison
    
At Perry, on the 28th ult. by A. Williams, V. D. M.  of Painesville, Mr. Hiram Mason and Caroline Nichols, both of Perry.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: Ashtabula Weekly Telegraph
Dated: April 17, 1850

MARRIED:
     At Geneva, by the Rev. Mr. Flowers, Mr. S. J. Fowler, of Kingsville and Miss Elizabeth M. Crawford, of Geneva.  (has poem)
     At Lenox, on the 31st ult. by J. O. Crosby, Esq., Mr. Daniel Fowler and Miss Rhoda A. Savage.
    
At Geneva, on the 7th inst. by T. J. Leslie, Esq., Mr. Edmund E. Ives and Miss Margaret A. Goff, all of Geneva.
     At Mechanicsville, on the 11th inst. by Elder Heath, Mr. Joseph Warden and Miss Laura A. Palmer , all of the above place.
     At Plymouth, on the 9th ult. by S. Burnet, Esq., Mr. Cornelius Morgan and Miss Lucy Avery, all of Plymouth.
     Also in the same place, by the same, on the 11th inst. Reuben Rounds, Jr. and Miss Susannah Marsh of Plymouth

DIED:
     At Plymouth, on the 15th inst. Angeline, wife of John L. Cooper, aged 59 yrs.
     A Plymouth, on the 11th inst. Mr. Joseph W. Wetmore, aged 27 yrs.
(Ed. note:  Flowery tribute and poem was in the notice.)
     At Geneva, on the 1st. Feb. Edgar H. son of Erastus and Beulah A. Carmer, aged 2.
(Ed. note:  Poem was in notice.)
     At West Andover, on the 7th ult. of congestion of the brain, Mr. Sanford W. Carpenter, aged 21 yrs.
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Source: Ashtabula Weekly Telegraph
Dated: April 24, 1850

     In this place, on the morning of the 2ed. by Rev. A. Pomeroy, Mr. George C. Hubbard and Miss Elizabeth S. daughter of Buckley Hubbard, Esq.
    
At Austinburg, on the 11th. by Rev. S. H. Heath, Mr. Joseph Warden and Miss Laura A. Palmer, both of Austinburg.
     In Ashtabula, on the 17th inst. by Rev. John Hall, Mr. H. T. Smith and Miss Elizabeth Barnes, all of Ashtabula.
    
At Richmond, on the 12th by J. N. Wright, Esq. at Andover, Mr. Orren H. Powers and Miss Mary Stone, both of Richmond.
     At Williamsfield, on the 10th inst. by the Rev. E. T. Woodruff, Mr. Seth Hayes, Merchant of Hartford, Trumbull Co.,  and Miss Margaret, daughter of Mr. H. H. Vernon, Esq. of the former place.

DIED:
    
In Wayne, in this county, on Sunday morning, on the 14th inst. Benjamin Ward, a soldier in the Revolution, aged 86, 1 mo. 8 da's. 
(Ed. Note:  Flowery poem and tribute in the article)
    
On the 13th inst., at Wayne, Mr. Samuel Andrews, and old and respected citizen.
     In Cafe, N. Y. April 2nd, Ann Judson, daughter of Dr. Aaron and Nancy Long, aged 19 yrs. 7 moo's. 
(Ed. Note:  Flowery poem in notice)
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: Ashtabula Weekly Telegraph
May 14, 1850

DIED:
In Geneva, Mar. 18, Mrs. Almira ALFORD, wife of D. F. Alford, aged 50 yrs.

In Austinburg, on the 21st. ult. of pulmanary consumption, Mr. Samuel Ryder, in his 57th year of his age.

In Bristol, Vt. Mar. 24th, of Lung Fever, Capt. David Kellogg, a resident of Monroe, in this county aged 84 yrs.

In Unionville, at residence of his mother, on the 10th Mar. last, Miss Fanny A. Woodworth, aged 21 yrs. 7 mos. 22 ds.

In Windsor, on the 24th ult. of Consumption, Capt. Ebenezer Heath, aged 61 yrs.

In Vincennes, Indiana, on 2d. ult. of Typhus Fever, after illness of four weeks, Daniel Dodge, of this town, aged 21 yrs.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: Ashtabula Weekly Telegraph
Date: May 21, 1850

MARRIED:
In Austinburg, on the 16th inst. by Rev. Mr. Sullivan, Henry Webb and Miss Lucretia Tucker.

In Trumbull, on the 5th inst. by D. Dodge Esq.  Mr. Isaac Vanhoozer and Miss Saphrona D. Grinnell, both of Harpersfield.

DIED:
At Eaglesville, on the 11th inst. of pulmonary consumption, Chauncey G. Fairchild, age 24 yrs.

In Monroe, on the 15th inst. Mrs. Anna Kellogg, wife of Martin Kellogg, Esq. in 71st year of her age.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: Ashtabula Weekly Telegraph
Date: May 28, 1850

MARRIED:
In Jefferson, on the 18th inst. by Rev. Thomas Oliver, Mr. Amos Button and Mrs. Charlette Bessey, both of Geneva.

DIED:
In Williamsfield, N. Y. on the 20th inst. Leonard STEVER, aged 91 yrs. father of J. G. STEVER of this place, a soldier of the Revolution.

In Jefferson, on the 18th inst. of lung fever, Davis B. Matterson, aged 43.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: Ashtabula Weekley Telegraph
Date: June 4, 1850

MARRIED:
In Farmington, Mass. on the 2d. ult. by Rev. B. Walker, Mr. Avery J. Bond of Iowa City and Miss Julia A. Smith of Ashtabula.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: Ashtabula Weekley Telegraph
Date: June 11, 1850

MARRIED:
In Saybrook, on the 8th inst. by Daniel J. Sherman, Esq. Mr. Alvah Brooks and Miss Sarilla Cleveland, all of that town
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Source: Ashtabula Weekley Telegraph
Date: June 18, 1850

MARRIED:
On the 16th inst. by Rev. A. Pomeroy, Mr. Henry Appleby? and Miss Lucinda Story, both of Plymouth

At Cherry Valley, on the 30th ult. by Rev. U. T. Chamberlain, Mr. Dwight R. Carpenter of Andover and Miss Charlotte Cresy, of Cherry Valley.

DIED:
At the residence of Mr. Samuel Strong, in Ashtabula, on the 11th ult. Abner Graves, only son of Joseph P. and Celia A. Strong of Denmark, Lee County, Iowa.

In Windsor, on the 6th inst. of dropsy, Miss Perlina Grover, aged 20 yrs.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: Ashtabula Weekley Telegraph
Date: June 25, 1850

MARRIED:
In Harpersfield on the 16th inst. by the Rev. W. M. Yates, Mr. Henry P. Walding, of Mechanicsville, and Miss Maria A. Williams of Harpersfield.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: Ashtabula Weekley Telegraph
Date: July 2, 1850

MARRIED:
In Geneva, on the 8th of June, by Rev. S. D. Taylor, Mr. Ephraim T. Mills, of Michigan and Miss Margaret Bixby of Geneva.

Also, on the 30th of June, by same, Mr. George J. Walker of Rochester, N. Y. and Miss Fanny B. Chapman, of Geneva.

At Geneva, on the 8th of June, by Rev. S. D. Taylor, Mr. Ephraim T. Mills, of Michigan and Miss Margaret Bixby, of Geneva.

In Cazenvia, Madison Co., N. Y. on the 24th ult. by Rev. Mr. Holmes, Mr. James H. Tappan of Unionville, Lake Co., Ohio, to Miss Percy A. Roberts of Cazenvia.

DIED:
At her residence near Davenport, Iowa on the 14th of June 1850, Caroline, wife of LeRoy Dodge, in the 26th year of her age.  Mrs. Dodge was the daughter of Col. Matthew Hubbard an esteemed citizen of Ashtabula and third member of his family whose remains rest in Iowa.

At Iowa City, June 2nd, Mrs. Julia A. Bond, aged 26, wife of Avery Bond.  Died in an epidemic of smallpox. (this was a large obituary)

At Williamsfield, on 22nd. ult. Mrs. Harriet Morse, second daughter of late Aranda P. Giddings, aged 24 yrs.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source:  Salem Register (Salem, MA) Pg. 2
Dated: Monday, March 27, 1854
RE MARRIED AFTER AN ABSENCE OF TWENTY-FIVE YEARS. - The Conneaut (Ohio) Reporter mentions the marriage at that place, on the 11th of February, of Mr. Elias Jones and Mrs. Delia Swap, and gives the following interesting sketch of the parties:
     "There is a little history connected with the above which may not be uninteresting to the reader.  About the close of hte last war with Great Britain the parties became acquainted with each other, and in April, 1822, were married, in the county of Genesee, N. Y., against the consent and wishes of relatives on both sides.  A few weeks prior to the birth of their second son, Bradford, now of this place, Mr. Jones left his family for the purpose of purchasing a piece of land, and during his absence his wife was persuaded by her relatives to desert her home and husband and reside with them. Mr. Jones, on learning the fact, and being threatened with violence if he attempted to claim his family, left the country and went to sea.  On his return, several sears subsequent, he ascertained that Mrs. Jones had again married, and removed to the west.
     "In palliation of this transaction, it should be stated that the wife supposed her former husband dead, and did receive tidings of his supposed loss at sea.  Mr. Jones did immediately return to his vocation on the sea, and from that period until a few weeks since, lost all trace of his wife, and his two sons, and wended his steps to this place, where, to his gratification, he learned that their mother was still living, and a widow, having lost her second husband after rearing ten children, and then residing in Mercer, Pa.  In company with his son, Mr. Jones started for the residence of the partner of his youth, who at once recognised and welcomed him to her home; though she could not have been more surprised had he risen from the grave to confront her.  The trials of the past were recounted, the love of youth renewed, and after a brief courtship, they were again plighted, and the finale is recorded at the head of this article.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source: Portage County Advocate - Ohio
Dated: Oct. 18, 1854
      In Geneva, Ohio, Sept. 28, by Rev. Mr. ANDREWS, M. G., HOMER M. TOWNSEND of Penn Van, and Mrs. MARILLA MORGAN, of the former place.
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Source:  Cleveland Leader (Cleveland, Ohio) Page: 2
Dated: Mar. 12, 1866
ASHTABULA COUNTY.
- H. H. Hunt, Esq., has been re-appointed Deputy Sheriff by Sheriff Covell.
- Theodore Masculine
made a disturbance on Saturday evening, March 3d, at the stone school-house on the north ridge, in Ashtabula township, and in the melee stabbed Joseph McAdams dangerously.  Masculine has fled.
- The closing exercises of Kingsville Academy occurred on Friday evening, March 2d.
- An ecclesiastical court was held at the Methodist Church in Ashtabula on Thursday last, to try Rev. J. O. Fisher on a charge of forgery, for having written a letter to Bishop Baker, recommending himself for the Presiding Eldership of the District, and signing it with the name of Dr. Gifford.  The court was constituted as follows:  Presiding Elder Baker, in the chair; Dr. Gifford, of Westfield, N. Y., Prosecutor, with Rev. Dr. Clark, late of Alleghany College, counsel; Mr. Fisher the accused, with Rev. Moses Hill, of Cleveland, and Rev. _____ Wilson, counsel; Mr. Merchant, secretary, and a jury made up of six ministers, under the name of committee, appointed, as we understand, by the Presiding Elder.  The finding was "Guilty," and the sentence was suspension from clerical functions.
Source: Geneva Times
Dated: Jun. 26, 1873
  The Rev. Frank S. FITCH, a native of Geneva, and latterly of New Haven, CT, was installed on teh 17th as pastor over the Congregational church at Stratford, CT.  He is an 1870 graduate of Oberlin College.

  Also in this day's paper is an oddly humorous detailed description of an attempted suicide on Monday forenoon, apparently not the first, by "a Dutchman named Chas. PRINDLE or BRIDLE (the reporter wasn't sure, once referring to him as "the bewildered Teuton") a laborer in the employ of Charley BARNES, the lessee of H. S. MUNGER's farm north of this village, and formerly in the employ of George HULETT of Unionville."  A black bottle and a gun plus lack of bail landed him in jail.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: Geneva Times
Dated: July 31 & Aug. 7, 1873
  7/31 (Condensed here): Samuel WARD of Geneva was removed to the Newburgh Asylum on Friday after developing insanity some four weeks ago.
  8/7: Mr. WARD died on Saturday evening.  His funeral was attended on Tuesday from the Baptist Church.  We think he was a nataive of Ashtabula County, and his boynood and early life was spent in Sheffield and vicinity.  He was a builder by occupation, and the M. E. Church edifice and other buildings were planned and erected by him.  He was an excellent musician.  His age was about 55 years.

Deaths.  Notice free; additional matter 5 cents per line.

  John MARR aged 35 years, in Jefferson, July 25, 1873
  Roderick BROOKS, aged 51 years in Saybrook July 25, 1873

  Charles HICKOK, Geneva, about 10 years old, son of Horace HICKOK, fell from the roof of his father's barn on Friday, and was almost instantly killed.  He with two of his mates had climbed to the roof and Charles was venturing down towards the eaves and bantering the other boys to follow, when he began to slip, and went off before assistance could reach him.  In falling, he struck upon a stake, breaking his shoulder and as was thought, his neck.  He lived a few moments unconscious, after being carried into the house.  Let it be a warning to our boys, so many of whom are daily trying their luck in dangerous places.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: The Geneva Times
Dated: January 11, 1877

NOTICES:
    
Read the timely, thrilling poem on the Ashtabula railroad disaster, on first page by our gifted contributor, Mrs. G. W. White.
    
We note the return to town of Elder James Vernon, accompanied by Mrs. Vernon.  We tender them the compliments of the season.
     Train #6, east, passing this station yesterday morning about 10 o'clock, crossed the new wooden bridge at Ashtabula, being the first train over.
     A few weeks ago Phineas Alexander, an inmate of the County Infirmary died at that institution at the age of 96 years.  He had been in inmate for sixteen years.
     Mr. A. A. Carey, a former resident of Geneva sends us files of St. Joseph, Mo. papers.  Mr. C. is with the great lumber dealers, Weston & Co., of St. Joseph, one of the largest in the West.
     Mr. Alex Morrison, one of our oldest citizens, says the present winter is very similar to the winter of 1826-27, and he does not remember of another since that time, when the earth was covered so early and so deep with snow.
     The Madison Gazette of the 4th inst. says the following were eleted officers othe Grand River Lodge I. O. O. F. for the following year: T. H. Hurlbut, N. G.; A. C. Hopkins, V. G.; L. Swetland, Rec. Sec.; S. N. Viets, Per. Sec.; H. F. Newcomb, Treas.
     On Tuesday night last week, Mr. G. Rawson, living two miels north west of the village, had three sheep killed by dogs.  His son hearing the noise of the butchery, sallied forth with a shotgun and gave Mr. D. W. Westcotts' big newfoundland a broadside, and claims to have tracked the other dog to the premises of Mr. H. H. Pratt, N. Center, but Mr. P. is certain his dog was innocent of mutton.  WE understand that Mr. Wescott settled promptly for the loss.
     Mr. W. M. Borwn, living near the Tool Shop, suffered a dislocation of his right shoulder on Saturday, suffering terribly from the mishap.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: The Geneva Times
Dated: January 11, 1877

NOTICES:
    
Read the timely, thrilling poem on the Ashtabula railroad disaster, on first page by our gifted contributor, Mrs. G. W. White.
    
We note the return to town of Elder James Vernon, accompanied by Mrs. Vernon.  We tender them the compliments of the season.
     Train #6, east, passing this station yesterday morning about 10 o'clock, crossed the new wooden bridge at Ashtabula, being the first train over.
     A few weeks ago Phineas Alexander, an inmate of the County Infirmary died at that institution at the age of 96 years.  He had been in inmate for sixteen years.
     Mr. A. A. Carey, a former resident of Geneva sends us files of St. Joseph, Mo. papers.  Mr. C. is with the great lumber dealers, Weston & Co., of St. Joseph, one of the largest in the West.
     Mr. Alex Morrison, one of our oldest citizens, says the present winter is very similar to the winter of 1826-27, and he does not remember of another since that time, when the earth was covered so early and so deep with snow.
     The Madison Gazette of the 4th inst. says the following were eleted officers othe Grand River Lodge I. O. O. F. for the following year: T. H. Hurlbut, N. G.; A. C. Hopkins, V. G.; L. Swetland, Rec. Sec.; S. N. Viets, Per. Sec.; H. F. Newcomb, Treas.
     On Tuesday night last week, Mr. G. Rawson, living two miels north west of the village, had three sheep killed by dogs.  His son hearing the noise of the butchery, sallied forth with a shotgun and gave Mr. D. W. Westcotts' big newfoundland a broadside, and claims to have tracked the other dog to the premises of Mr. H. H. Pratt, N. Center, but Mr. P. is certain his dog was innocent of mutton.  WE understand that Mr. Wescott settled promptly for the loss.
     Mr. W. M. Borwn, living near the Tool Shop, suffered a dislocation of his right shoulder on Saturday, suffering terribly from the mishap.

LETTER LIST:
    
The following is a list of letters remaining unclaimed in Geneva Post Office, Jan. 8, 1877:
Mrs. J. Virghina, Mrs. Sara Sanford, E. Reve, Wm. McCune, Mrs. Liza Larra, Mrs. Charlotte Howe, Truman Alderman, L. Manville, Ashe Norton, Wm. P. Lams, Miss Geneieve Hixon, Wm. F. Daniels.
                                              H. W. TURNER,
Postmaster

     At it's first regular meeting Jan. 6, 1877, the North Star Grange, P. of H., Geneva, installed it's officers for the ensuing years, as follows:  D. W. Westcott, Master; A. E. Kelly, Overseer; E. Pratt, Lecturer; D. W. Rouse, Steward; H. F. Morris, Asst. Steward; H. N. Amidon, Chaplain; F. H. Peck, Treasurer; N. Maltby, Secretary; C. W. Woodruff, Gate Keeper; Mrs. D. W. Rouse, Ceres; Mrs. N. Maltby, Pomona; Mrs. E. Pratt, Flora; Mrs. H. Amidon, Asst. Stewardess.

MARRIED:
     In Trumbull, Jan. 5th, 1877, by the Rev. W. Crane, Mr. Adolphus C. Bond of Morgan, and Miss Clara J. Wheeler of Trumbull.
     In Madison, Jan. 3rd, 1877, by Rev. R. W> Braddock,  Mr. Ira A. Parker, and Miss Ada A. Young, both of Geneva.
     At Ashtabula Harbor, Jan. 3, 1877 by Rev. S. Streeter, Mr. Cyrus L. Merrell of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Miss Viate Large, eldest daughter of Capt. C. Large.
    
In Chardon, Dec. 19, 1876, at the residence of Thomas Rush, by Prof. Hayde, Mr. W. M. Carpenter of Orwell, and Miss Eugenie Rush.
    
In Painesville, Dec. 20, 1876, by the Rev. R. F. Randolph, Mr. Frank M. Campbell of St. Louis, and Miss Gertrude Alice Carlisle of Painesville.
     In Perry, Lake County, Ohio, Dec. 27, 1876, at the residence of the Bride's father, J. W. Cook, Esq., by Rev. R. G. White, of Toledo, assisted by Rev. H. Woods of Perry, Rev. James Vernon of Geneva, and Miss Clara R. Cook.
     In Jefferson, Dec. 28, 1876, by Rev. T. D. Blinn at the residence of B. F. Markham, Mr. Cassius D. Markham and Miss Belle Campbell, both of Jefferson.
     In Richmond, Jan. 1, 1877, by John Bright, J. P., Mr. James M. Lewis and Miss Cynthia Summers, both of Richmond.
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Source: The Geneva Times
Dated: Feb. 1, 1877

     It seems as though the thieves have come to regard the quiet, steady going people of Saybrook, good subjects to steal from this present winter.  On Monday night the light fingered brigade stripped a clothes line for Mr. A. D. Frisbie, of that town, also one for a Mr. Parter, getting six dresses among the plunder.  Recently Mr. Julius Steward had a quantity of wheat stolen and Orrin Johnson lost twelve bushels, which he had stored in Mr. W. R. Beckwith's granery.  Chickens have been roosting high in the township all winter, and especially  since Mr. Metcalf of North Bend Road lost sixty or seventy in a single night.
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Source: The Geneva Times
Dated: Feb. 8, 1877

DIED:
    
In Geneva Feb. 4, of congestion of the lungs, infant son of Nelson and Anna Hibbard.
    
In Hartsgrove at the residence of his nephew, Mr. M. Alford, Jan. 25,  Mr. Ambrose Slauson of Peekskill, N. Y., aged 77 yrs.
     In Colebrook, Jan. 18, of brain fever, Frankie L., youngest son of Thomas and Sarah J. Parker, aged 13 years.
    
At the residence of Wilbur Weed in Madison Jan. 26, Mrs. Lura Talcott, aged 76 years.
     In Sheffield on the 11th, of consumption, Miss Maria Richards in the 72nd year of her age.
     In Chardon, Jan. 17, of consumption, Lina L., daughter of F. C.  and Mary Dudley, aged 17 years.
     In Saybrook on the 18th of spinal fever, Miss Ida E. Tyler, aged 21 years.
     In Conneaut, Jan. 30, 1877, Ernest, only son of Isaac and Hannah M. Van Gorder, aged 9 years.
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Source: The Geneva Times
Dated: Mar. 1, 1877

NOTICE:
     Ann Eliza
, the 19th wife of Brigham Young, lectures at Austinburg tomorrow, Friday evening March 2nd.  Ann Eliza is entirely competent to give "19" reasons why one man can't very well manage more than 18 wives at a time. (Editor's note: Early Women's Lib.)
     Congratulations are in order for Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Ward, West Main Street, Over the advent of a daughter in the family.

REPORT OF THE NORTH CENTER SCHOOL:
Averages of 85% and upwards:  Frank Stow4e, Nellie Chapman, Adah Coates, Alice Richmond, Louis McDonald, Ethel Spring, Devilla Spring, Cora Amidon, Ettie Pratt, Perry Wilcos, Hallet Wilcox, Cora Callaway.
Averages of 80% and upwards:  Herbert Humphrey, Rollin Spring, Elwin Pratt, Jnie? Amidon, Minnie Wilcox, Fred Stowe, Frank Dean, Floyd Chpman, Ettie Andrews, CArrie Pratt, Willie Watkins.
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Source: Ashtabula News
Dated: Mar. 7, 1877
MARRIED:
  Samuel R. Ransom of Amboy & Miss Addie D. Allen in Conneaut, 27th ult., by Rev. O. T. Wyman.
  Alvin M. Eaton
to Miss Eva A. Mallory, both of Monroe, in Monroe 22nd ult. By Rev. O. T. Wyman
  George C. Bonney
of Kingsville to Miss Emma Fidler of Conneaut, in Kelloggsville 25th ult., by C. O. Willey, J.P.
  Cyrus C. Butt of Kingsville to Miss Annie C. Laird of Monroe, in Conneaut 21st ult. by Rev. O. T. Wyman.
  Albert Kinney
to Miss L. M. Gross, both of Monroe, in Beaver Twp. Pa. 22nd ult. by E. A. Whitford, Esq.
  Quintus A. Sprague
to Miss Sarah J. Langdon, both of Jefferson, in Penn Line, Pa. 18th ult by A. A. Potter, Esq.
  Homer D. Potter to Miss Alma S. Hitchcock, both of Harpersfield, in Austinburg 27th ult., by Rev. S. Collier.

UNCLAIMED LETTERS, March 6th, 1877:
  Lizzie ORMSBY
  Francis LAUSON
  Mr. Lon OGBORN
  Miss Mary COILE
  John PERKINS

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Source: The Geneva Times
Dated: Mar. 8, 1877

PERSONALS:
     Miss Grace Valentine
 is visiting Miss Lucy Webster in Richmond, Lake County.
     Miss Susie Printice is spending several days with her aunt, Mrs. Frank Fitch, in Ashtabula.
     Mr. J. B. Lewis, of Olean, N. Y. was a guest a few days last week of his son, Mr. Z. F. Lewis.
     Mrs. William Hayward
returned last week from a two month's visit with her daughter at Ypslanti, Mich.
     The Misses Calar and Isiphene Tawney and brother Ira, spent Saturday in Cleveland with their sister, Mrs. C. H. Murphy. 
     Mr. and Mrs. James Davenny
were called to Grove City, Pa., by the sudden death of Mrs. Davenny's mother, Mrs. Wm. McConnell.   The funeral will occur today.
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Source:  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Page: 5
Dated: Monday, June 13, 1881
- Mr. Gerry, of Ashtabula, has but one thumb.  A buzz saw took the other off Saturday.
(Source: Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source: Plain Dealer - Cleveland, Ohio
Dated: June 19, 1881

OHIO NEWS
     Mr. Henry Eastman, of Ashtabula, had three fingers cut off by a planing mill.
     Laura Chapman, an Ashtabula girl committed suicide Tuesday by taking poison.  Cause of the act unknown.
(Source: Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source: Ashtabula Sentinel
Dated: Mar. 8, 1884

BORN:
 
A daughter, Alice, to Mr. and Mrs. E. H. WAY in Luddington, MI, February 24.
  A son to Mr. and Mrs. PUTNEY in  Conneaut, Feb. 29.

MARRIED:
  Miss Emma L. MARCY
of Conneaut to Mr. Jesse BEARD of Meadville, Pa., at West Springfield (Pa) by Rev. N. W. JONES on Feb. 21, 1884.
  Miss Mettie HORTON of East Trumbull to Mr. Edwin BUTLER of Saybrook, in East Trumbull by Rev. J. G. SLUSSER on Mar. 2, 1884.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source:  The Geneva Times
Dated:  Wednesday, October 1, 1884

EDITORIAL:
     The other day, we were greatly interested in an old newspaper brought into our office by Mr. E. S. Watkins of this place.  It was a copy of the Geneva democrat, the first newspaper ever published in Geneva.  The paper bears the date of May 15, 1854.  The editor and proprietor wa B. J. Loomis, Esq., now of Jefferson.
     In the business directory we find the following:
F. _. Howe, fashionable tailor; Webster House, Fowler & Gregory, proprietors, near the old Rail Road Station, Geneva, O.; Jefferson Exchange, C. F. Wood; J. H. Howe, Atty., at Law, Unionville, O.; George Benham, maker of harnesses, trunks etc.; J. L. Oliver, Atty. at Law, Jefferson; Wm. R. Allen, dealer in books, Jefferson, O.; N. B. Johnson, house and sign painter; Asaph Turner, Notary Public; Union House, A. Bartholomew, proprietor; Horace Babcock, sadler and harness maker; R. Spring, dealer in drugs; E. D. Holden, cabinet maker; E. D. Kasson, real estate agent; E. Mills & Co., dry goods; R. M. Ross, dealer in hardware; N. S. Caswell, dealer in farming tools; Durfee & Knapp, boot and shoe makers.
     The entire absence of local matters was characteristic of county papers thirty years ago.  Since that day, country journalism has ben revolutionized.  Scarcely nothing but local matter is now admissible.  If it were not for advertisements, the Democrat, would hardly give a glimpse of the home and business life of Geneva as it was in 1854.

PERSONALS:
Mrs. A. A. Kelsey and Daniel Bishop of Harpersfield, returned Monday last from the nine week trip to Oregon.
J. R. .Cushing went to Mayville, N. Y. Monday as attorney for Mrs. Maggie Kehoe, where her suit for damages against the Nichol Plate on account of the death of her husband last winter, is about to be tried.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: The Geneva Times
Dated Oct. 15, 1884

Jurors:
     Following is a list of Grand and Petit Jurors down for the October term of Common Pleas Court for Ashtabula County.
 
Grand Jurors:
Geo. Palmer Plymouth George Fuller New Lyme
J. M. Hipple Jefferson J. P. Avery Sheffield
John Ducro Ashtabula John Olmsted Conneaut
L. L. Winchell Morgan George Shepard Geneva
Henry Pratt Windsor Clark Martin Harpersfield
Elias Bush Williamsfield Peter Wright Ashtabula
Daniel Sumner Harpersfield Charles Mills Monroe

Petit Jurors:
T. A. Thatcher Lenox H. A. Mixer Pierpont
Hiram Spafford Trumbull R. M. Payne Austinburg
D. K. Palmer Denmark P. A. Beardsley Andover
C. H. Cook Saybrook Wesley C. Adams Monroe
F. C. Jerome Jefferson Milo Austin Geneva
E. S. Morse Kingsville E. D. Fenkle Andover
O. P. Fobes Wayne C. V. Brooks Williamsfield
A. D. Seamans Geneva S. H. Platt Wayne
William Frack Conneaut Howard Shaffer Morgan
Charles Gladding Hartsgrove J. R. Hatch Kingsville

DIED:
In Geneva, Nov. 28, Thomas Duke, aged 57 years. Native of the Isle of Mann.

In Geneva, Dec. 5, Mrs. Mahala Cole, aged 84 years.  The deceased was the mother of Mrs. T. P. Cary of this place.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: The Geneva Times
Dated: Wednesday Dec. 10, 1884

     The Congregational Sunday School of this village will have a Christmas entertainment and tree at the Town Hall, Monday evening, December 22nd.  Following is the programs:
 
Music - Solo - Duet and chorus, Bernice Talcott, Minnie Parker and School. 
Class Exercise - Miss Thomas' Class.
Recitation - Harry Hale
Recitation - Ella Ewing
Recitation - Harry Ford
Solo - Lerria Carter
Violin - Olive Babcock
Recitation - Frankie Jones
Recitation - Nellie Goodrich
Solo - Bernice Talcott
Recitation - Anna Cowles
Recitation - Frank Martin
Solo - Lillie Jones

PERSONALS:
   
In the near future, Ed. Pratt, of North Center, intends to sink his gas well to a greater depth, He now has gas enough for lighting purposes, but will not be satisfied until he can run his cook stove with gas and perhaps, his other stoves.

    Wednesday evening last, Messrs. H. W. Turner, Dan Robertson, Thomas McGovern and George Mason of Bowers Post G. A. R. attended a camp fire at Perry.  They report a large turn-out, unbounded hospitality, and a most enjoyable time.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: Geneva Times
Dated: May 5, 1886
 
Josephine M. WEBBER vs. Chas. WEBBER, divorce & custody of children given plaintiff.
   Arthur J. GROVER, found guilty of the murder of Granville G. LOOMIS, of this county, will be hung one week from next Friday, May 14th.

  Capt. N. GIFFORD has accepted the position of First Mate on some large lake craft, the name of which we did not learn.  The schooner E. R. Williams, which the Captain has commanded for several years past, has been sold.

  Geneva Normal SchoolEddie MARTIN, the colored boy who applied at Painesville last week for teh Naval cadetship, stands a good chance of receiving the appointment.  He is bright and scholarly and his examination was eminently satisfactory.  Should he succeed it will be a fine compliment both to the young man and our Normal School, in which he is a pupil.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source:  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Page 3
Dated: Jan. 21, 1887
Will Erect a Business Block.
    
ASHTABULA HARBOR, Jan. 20. - [Special]  - It is rumored that Messrs. Ford, Redhead and Starkweather, who lately purchased land on Bridge street, will at once erect a large business block on that property.
     The firm of S. Mills & Co. have dissolved.  The grocery business will be continued by Tim Daly and the drug store by Mills & Burton.
     Mr. Crawford Large
has been confined to the house by illness for several days.
Source: Geneva Times
Dated: May 15, 1891
BORN:
 
In Harpersfield May 8, 1891, a daughter to John H. CHAPMAN and wife.
 
In Geneva, May 11, 1891, a son to Mr. & Mrs. H. L. MORRELL.
MARRIED
:
  E. A. WISWELL of Windsor, and Mrs. Mary HUMPHERY
of Cleveland on Apr. 30, (1891) 

COURT NEWS:
  It is positively denied that Mrs. Stanley JONES signed the petition asking for commutation of her husband's sentence to life imprisonment.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source: Cleveland Leader (Cleveland, OH) Page: 6
Dated: Saturday Sept. 30, 1893
THRILLING ACCIDENT
     The following is from the Ashtabula paper and is offered as the prize marine item of the season:  "The steamer Schuck departed Wednesday, light without a tug.  While passing the bridge her overhanging stern hit the shed in the rear of Groggin's saloon and shoved it westward nearly a foot.  This depressed the side of the rear room of H. M. Kunkle's Progressive cigar store, and badly warped a large vertical show case against the wall.  Will Kunkle was in the  room at the time and undoubtedly thought an earthquake had struck the place."
(Source: Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source: Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Pg. 8
Dated: Sunday, Mar. 11, 1894
DIED IN ASHTABULA
Death of Mrs. Julianer Stimson, Aged Seventy-Eight Years.
    
The death of Mrs. Julianer Stimson, wife of John Stimson, occurred at her home in Ashtabula, Friday, Mar. 9, at the age of seventy-eight years.  She with her husband came from England in 1852 and have lived in Ashtabula since that time.  Two sons, John and Frank H. Stimson, are employes of the Plain Dealer.  The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at Ashtabula.  Mr. Stimson, her husband, survives in his eightieth year.  There are also three daughters and three sons beside those above named who remain of the family.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source: Geneva Times
Dated: May 29, 1895
Hartsgrove:
  Our schoolteacher, Miss Martha HURLURT (Hurlburt?) is on the sick list with Quinsy.  No school last week.
  Mr. & Mrs. H. C. MORGAN have issued elegant invitations to the wedding of their daughter, Lillian, to Mr. Hart W. GLADDING on Wednesday evening June 5, at half after eight o'clock.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source:  Cleveland Leader (Cleveland, OH) Page 6
Dated: Apr. 6, 1897
ASHTABULA
     Ashtabula, O., April 5 - The Republicans made a clean sweep to-day, electing the entire city and township tickets by safe majorities.  About 1,800 votes were polled, which is slightly below the average vote.  The successful candidates are:  W. G. McCartney, police judge; H. R. Faulkner, township treasurer; Crawford Large, E. O. Peck, and S. A. Squires, constables.  Republican councilmen were elected in the First, Third, Fourth, and Fifth wards, the Democrats electing councilmen in the Second and Sixth.
Source: Cleveland Leader (Cleveland, Ohio) Page: 3
Dated: Dec. 16, 1898
Ashtabla, O - Asa E. Fox, one of the pioneers of Ashtabula died here Thursday of heart failure, aged eight-three years.  He leaves a wife and three children.

Source: The Geneva Times
Dated: April 26, 1899

The paintings in the show window of W. M. Carpenter's furniture store last week attracted much attention.  They were the work of one of Geneva's young artists; Miss Minnie Munger and were very creditable productions.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: Geneva Times
Dated: Sept. 20, 1899
MARRIED:
 
 MISS Nellie BROWN of Amboy and Homer WOODBURN, of Dayton, who formerly resided near Kingsville, eloped to Jefferson the first of last week, where they were married, and from there went directly to Dayton to live.

Mr. & Mrs. Robert ABRAMS returned last week from Main's Circus, which they left at Seattle, WA.  This was the first vacation either had enjyed during the circus season in several years.  They return to California where Mr. MAIN will open in San Francisco Thursday, and remain until Oct. 1st.  The show will then go down through the southern part of the state and will return east by the Southern Pacific, and will winter in Geneva as usual.

Criminal Acts:  Rock Creek was visited by burglars Wednesday and six places of business were entered.  A few dollars in money and some cigars are all that was missed.  There seems to be no clue to the perpetrators.

  A pair of sleek swindlers is passing counterfeit money in the south part of the county.  They ride wheels, go to a house and ask afor a lunch or meal, tender a half dollar, which is a counterfeit, and receive a quarter in return.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source:  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Pg. 1
Dated Apr. 19, 1903
Ashtabula Lady Died Suddenly.
SPECIAL TO THE PLAIN DEALER.
     ASHTABULA, O., April 18. - Mrs. Maria Madden, an aged and esteemed resident of this city, turned from the breakfast table yesterday morning and started upstairs.  Some time later a call to her failed to bring any response and her daughter started upstairs to see what had become of her mother.  As she opened the door, the lifeless body of the parent fell out into the room.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source: Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Pg 7
Dated: Friday, Feb. 12, 1904
CONNEAUT YOUNG PEOPLE WED.
Member of Public Safety Baord is the Groom.
SPECIAL TO THE PLAIN DEALER.
     CONNEAUT, OH - Feb. 11 - Miss Laura Lolita Cook and P. V. Ford, prominent young people, were married yesterday at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Cook.  Because of the death of the groom's father a few months ago the ceremony was attended only by the immediate families.  Rev. W. D. Starkey, pastor of the First Methodist church officiated.  Following the ceremony a wedding luncheon was served, after which the couple left for a western trip.  The groom, Mr. Ford, is a Democratic member of the board of public safety, which position he has filled since the organization of the board.  He is also prominent in secret society work.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source:  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Page: 40
Dated: Oct. 2, 1904


MEN WHO PLIED THE GREAT LAKES IN THE OLD DAYS.
Special Correspondence of the Plain Dealer by W. Frank McClure.
     ASHTABULA, O., Oct. 1, - An entertaining chapter in the history of the Great Lakes is told by Capt. Crawford Large of this city, who carried a 150-ton ore cargo from Detroit to Erie, Pa., in 1853.  This was the same year that Capt. J. H. Andrews delivered the first ore cargo from Lake Superior to Cleveland.
     Sand was used for ballast in those days, said Capt. Large in an interview.  At Buffalo there was a large dock for ballast, where this sand was kept in store.  Fifty to 100 tons were utilized on one vessel.  When a boat was ready to load a cargo this ballast was dumped overboard outside the harbor.  In 1853 some of the vessels coming from Sault Ste. Marie began using iron ore ballast.  This was much loss in bulk and, of course, very heavy.  On arriving at Detroit this ore was dumped onto the docks.  These amounts finally grew into a 300-ton pile.  Some of the ore was in 50-pound chunks.  One day orders came to take this ore to Erie, Pa.  From this point it was later taken via the old canal to the present day furnace districts.  The Atlas was one of two boats chosen to take this 300 tons to Erie, each vessel carrying 150 tons.  Mr. Large was captain of the Atlas for twenty years.  He began sailing at the age of fourteen and sailed until 1874.  He is today seventy-two years of age. 
     But to return to the early days:  The people of both Detroit and Erie looked upon the 150-ton ore cargoes with wonderment, for they were the first ones which they had ever seen.  On arriving at Erie, whisky barrels were sawed in two in the middle and made into buckets, which were filled with ore and subsequently hoisted to the docks.  Capt. Large's cargoes in those days often consisted of boxes of cheese bound for Buffalo.  Between the cheese boxes wheat was filled in.  Quite a quantity of wheat was thus carried, in addition to the main cargo.
     One thins nowadays that Great Lake vessels run late into the winter, but it would be difficult to beat the record of some of the early day boats.  Capt. Large remembers a trip from Detroit to Buffalo and return at nearly New Years.  A cargo of beef and pork was to be delivered in Buffalo.  Numerous captains were at Detroit having finished their last voyage of the year.  A crew was made up of all captains for this trip, and they drew cuts to see who among the nummer should be in command of the boat and who should hold the various other positions.  Each member of this crew received the same pay.
     The passenger vessels on the Great Lakes in the late '40s, remarked Capt. Albert Fields, also of this city, were as fine in their appointments as many of those of the present day.  Capt. Fields was in command of some of these early steamers.  In those days there were no great trunk railroad lines to carry passengers over long stretches of country, and the travel by water was extensive.  The development of the passenger boats of that day was much further advanced than that of hte freight carriers.  Some of hte side wheeles of a half century ago nicely accommodated several hundred people each, while the freight boats did well if they carried 150 tons.  The table linen on the passenger steamers as the real thing and the silverware was of the best.  There were as aristocratic passengers then as now.  The speed of the vessels, too, was remarkable.  The Western Metropolis used to cover the distance between Cleveland and Buffalo in ____ and ________ ____ ____ ____ be considered a notable run even in this day.
     Capt. Fields recalls some of the wrecks of steamers on Lake Erie a half century or more ago.  The Atlantic, late in the 40s was lost within three miles of Long Point in seventy-five feet of water and lies there today.  On board were some two or three hundred immigrants, all of whom perished.  Then there was the steamer Washington, built in 1837, when burned to the water's edge off Silver creek while on her second trip.  Sixty lives were lost.  A large per cent.

Source: Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Pg. 4
Dated: Thursday, Aug. 30, 1907
POISONED IN THE GARDEN.
Ashtabula Woman Died of Lockjaw After Short Illness.
    
ASHTABULA, OH., Aug. 20 - Mrs. Clark Root, jr. died last night of tetanus after four days' illness.  She knew of no injury through which she might have been inoculated and the case is ascribed to earth or vegetable poison from working in the garden.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source:  Grand Forks Herald - North Dakota
Dated:  Jan. 2, 1910
Early Pioneer Passes Away Mrs. Frank Viets Died Yesterday at Her Home in Ashtabula, Ohio.
History of Mrs. Viets
and her husband who made journey to Georgetown in Red River of the North Cart - Some other Interesting facts regarding the early life here of these pioneer residents.
     The death of Mrs. Frank Viets, a well known former resident and early pioneer of Grand Forks, occurred at an early hour yesterday morning at her home in Ashtabula, Ohio, of a complication of ailments.  Mrs. Viets was known and esteemed as few women are by not only the early residents of Grand Forks, but of all the eastern part of North Dakota as well.  She was a remarkable woman in many respects and exerted a wide influence for good upon those among whom she lived.  With Mr. Viets she left her home in Ohio in 1869 to make a home in the new west.  The Northern Pacific was being built, on paper, at that time and Georgetown was a prospective point for crossing the Red river, and Mr. and Mrs. Viets located at Georgetown.  The journey for the last hundred miles or more was made in a Red river cart.  During the first year of their residence at Georgetown there was not another white woman living within many miles.  Mr. and Mrs. Viets opened a modest hotel there and for nearly two years all of the settlers coming in this direction stopped at the Viets house there.  The Great Hudson Bay company established a trading post at Georgetown with Mr. Viets in town.  In 1872 it became evident that the Northern Pacific would cross the river 20 miles north at Fargo Grand Forks was just coming into notice at that time and had perhaps 50 bona fide residents.  The Hudson Bay company discerned that it was to become an important trading point and opened a trading post here with Mr. Viets in charge.  They also erected a hotel which was known for some time as the Hudson Bay house.  Mr. Viets opened here the first real hotel in North Dakota, with Mrs. Viets as the hostess.  Many a traveler coming to this section in those early days had reason to bless her name for she was a mother to all in need, and lent a helping hand to many in distress.  She was foremost in every good work.  It was largely through her efforts that the means were collected to build the first Methodist church in Grand Forks.
Retired from Hotel
     In 1874 the Hudson Bay company disposed of its holdings and retired from business in the United States.  Mr. Viets retired from the hotel and it became the Northwestern hotel.  Later it was moved to a new location and is now the Arlington hotel.  Mr. Viets acquired some land in the south end of the new city and built a modest cottage which is now a part of the Hotel hall on South Third street.  Guests who had been accustomed to stopping with Mr. and Mrs. Viets in the hotel at Georgetown and later in Grand Forks, asked to be taken in at their new home when visiting Grand Forks on business.  At continued requests Mr. Viets built an addition to his cottage in order to take in a few transients.  Later the demand still being insistent and another addition was built, and then another.  Finally the long disjointed building became Grand Forks' leading hostelry and was for years the favorite stopping place here.  Mr. Viets also built a flouring mill near his hotel, the first in the state on a commercial scale.  While Mr. Viets was the agent of the Hudson Bay company he purchased for the stores in Grand Forks Georgetown and "Frog Point" a bill of goods aggregating $70,000 from one James Twamley, a New York traveling man, who happened out this way.  The traveling man thought that a town that could place such orders would be a good place to locate in and a little later he entered into partnership with Mr. Viets in the general merchandise business.  They acquired the stock of goods formerly owned by the Hudson Bay company and opened up business on the site of the present Ontario store.
Moved to Minot.
     Ten years later they removed to Minot and engaged in general merchandising there.  Mr. Viets also erected and operated a large flouring mill at Minto.  In the meantime Grand Forks public spirited citizens had erected a mammoth hotel, which had become an elephant on their hands.  At their request Mr. Viets returned to Grand Forks and with J. E. Dow became the successful proprietors of the house.  The splendid hotel was completely destroyed by fire in 1896 and there being no prospect of its immediate reconstruction.  Mr. Viets accepted a hotel proposition in Michigan and a little later Mr. and Mrs. Viets moved to their former home in Ashtabula, Ohio, where they have sine resided.  In all of Mr. Viets' varied enterprises Mrs. Viets was his constant advisor, helpmeet and active partner.  Her life was largely devoted to charity work and other good deeds.  She leaves one daughter, Mrs. M. S. Titus of Minto, who was with her at the last.
(Source: Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source:  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio) Page: 53
Dated: Sunday - Sept. 10, 1911

DID ASHTABULA have a LUCRETIA BORGIA?

From left to right the graves of Abigail, Walter, Lutehr, Arthur, Julia A., Mrs. Rebecca, Alexander M., and Mrs. Eliza McAdams in East Ashtabula cemetery.  The first six died mysterious deaths.  Alexander was Jeanette McAdams' father., Rebecca, her mother, and Eliza her father's second wife, whom me harried after Jeanette's flight.

ASHTABULA had her centennial homecoming.  There were many old residents who returned and not a few of them who wandered over to Edgewood cemetery, the burying ground at East Ashtabula.
     Six graves in a row.  There were many who remembered it.  They remembered vaguely the tale of old Alexander McAdams.  It is all but forgotten by the present generation, but the older ones who returned - they well knew the legend.  Once more these older ones wandered to the cemetery, as they used to go arm in arm with their sweethearts, of a Sunday afternoon, and they looked once more upon the McAdams burial lot, with its six graves that they knew the story of, and its two newer ones.
     Ashtabula was only a little settlement then, a group of farm houses, a church, blacksmith shops, factories and some stores.  There are only a few left now who remember it.  They were children playing about the streets then.  But they have heard their parents tell the strange story of the McAdams family; they remember how old Alexander McAdams with his wife and nine children came to Ashtabula and cleared away a patch in the pine woods, and built a house with a big fireplace in it, and how he lived much to himself and worked quietly at hsi patch of land.
     One day one of their playmates died; the youngest McAdams child.  But they played on after a few days just the same.  Then a few years later there were two more deaths in the McAdams family; sudden and horrible for the agony of the victims.
     Some relentless fate, no one knew nor could imagine what, was hanging over the McAdams family.  Soon another was struck down, and terror was on the whole village.  Alexander McAdmas, who had come to the new country to hew out a humble existence, his wife who had seen four of her children die as she stood helplessly by, and the little children who stood 'round and watched the lamps by the sick bed, and then the funeral - they all passed their days in fear and trembling.  From sunrise until evening, none knew when his turn would come; nor whether mother, brother, father or sister would be the next to join his kindred in the silent row of graves over in Edgewood cemetery.
     The Daughter Who Wandered Away
    
There was some hushed gossip that Jennette McAdams had done away with her brothers and sisters.  After the death of her mother she disappeared.  It was said that the day before she left she had given her father a letter to _ost.  Out of curiosity, it is said, he opened the letter and found that it outlined plans for doing away with him.  Shortly after this she left home.
     None knew much of the girl.  She had worked in Cleveland and, strangely enough, whenever she visited her parents there was call for doctors in the night, excited running about and shouting, the neighbor women would run in to lend their aid, and there would be another funeral.  After Jeanette's disappearance the stories of the alleged p_____ were quieted, and children huddled before the fire listened to their elders talking of the strange deaths of the McAdams children.
     There were rumors that at intervals Jeanette had revisited her home.  Once it was whispered that she came as a tramp, dressed in man's clothing, wandering about the face of the earth and other time it was reported that her father had seen her in a gypsy camp.  Again came the rumor that Jeanette was a ____ during the war, and it was later told that she had married, and lived in some far away city in the west, and that on one occasion she had visited her father, and was ordered away.
     But he si___ave_ in a row tell the story They have been there a long time, one of them since 1848.  There are eight in all, though, five children, father, mother and stepmother, it is in a  corner of the East Ashtabula cemetery; one of the oldest corners, in fact, in the cemetery.  Around it are quaint old marble headstones, with names on them that are thought old fashioned now. 
     A gray fungus has over-spread the bases of these monuments, but the inscriptions are clear on the white marble slabs.  The graves are not sunken, nor grass grown; the grounds are too well groomed for that.  The outlines are but faintly defined; over the graves the grass grows a trifle greener than elsewhere.  The shadows of the tombstones protect that part of the sod from the burning afternoon sun; the rest of the McAdams lot is dull, dead gray.  There have been no flowers on these graves for years.  Around the tombstones a few shoots of "sheep sorrel"  have sprung up; that is all.
     In these narrow cells lie the McAdams family.  The story of their death is mostly tradition now; all the written record of the story is an old publication, the Lake Shore Magazine, long since out of print.  There are the death notices, also with poetry, in the yellow files of the current newspapers, and more recently part of the story was printed in the local paper, signed by one of hte old residents of the village.
     Julia Was the First to Die.
     Jeanette was the oldest of the children.  After the family had lived in East Ashtabula nine years she went to Cleveland to work.  None remember where she worked, and recollections of hte girl herself are vague as they have scarce.  It is said that she was wild, and unlike the others.  She was engaged to be married to a Cleveland man, according to gossip.
     One day she came home for a visit.  Julia, a younger sister, was making ready to go to school in the village, where she was to board with a family named Holdridge.  That night the family sat around the fireplace.  Julia was hemming a handkerchief.  The family retired that night as usual, and a few hours later Jeanette called to her mother that "Julia was very sick."  Father and mother hurried down stairs, but the girl died before morning, almost before doctor could be called.

JULIA A., daughter of A. and R. McAdms, Died Feb. 27, 1848, Aged 14 years.
This is the story told by the first of the graves.

     Two years later Jeanette came home is spend the holidays.  On New Year's even the family was once more gathered before the fireplace.  Arthur, eating, was lying on a buffalo robe in front of the fire, his dog beside him.  Suddenly he became ill, and in an instant was writhing about the floor in convulsions.  A physician was called, but the boy died as suddenly as had his elder sister.
     At that time Abigail was away from home.  Walter, one of the younger sons, hitched up the team and brought his sister for the funeral.  The white hearse made another trip, and the second chapter in the McAdams story was written in cold marble; "Arthur, son of A. and B. McAdams, died Jan. 1, 1850.  Aged 8 years."
     The day after the funeral Abigail was helping her mother with the housework, making beds.
     "Mother, did you know that Jeanette has a man's suit of clothes in her room,"  se called.  The reference to the suit of clothes is obscure, but it was supposed that Jeanette was in the habit of clothing herself in them and leaving the house by her bedroom window, returning before daybreak unknown to the family.  What strange errand she was bent on no one can conjecture.
     "Mother, I wish I had not eaten that piece of candy that Jeanette gave me," she exclaimed a few hours later.
     There is an uncanny tale that as she said this, she put her hand on the mantel, and that the family saw white blotches on it - a symptom of arsenic poisoning.  These were her last words.  Before physicians and neighbors could reach the little house back in the pine woods the oldest daughter had died.  They dug a third grave, while the earth on the adjoining one was yet fresh.  And the third chapter of the story was carved in the simple inscription.  And after the funeral Jeanette returned to Cleveland.
     The Mysterious Death Comes to Walter.
    
She did not make another visit until about the 10th of August, of the same year.  Walter, the fourteen-year-old son, and his father were hauling staves to the dock at the harbor, when, returning home at eight, the boy complained the feeling ill.  He went upstairs, his sister Jeanette following him.  The boy rapidly became worse and crawled down stairs to his mother's room.  She was hastily summoned from the bedside of a neighbor of whom she was taking care and doctors and neighbors were called.
     "He died in great agony," writes Lucy M. Cook, in the Ashtabula Beacon.  "My husband helped hold him on the bed.  By this time the sight of the gray team speeding towards town brought terror to all the neighborhood, for there were no telephones, and each time a member of the McAdams family was stricken someone went with all speed for Dr. Coleman of East Ashtabula.
     Another marble slab was added to the row in the corner of the cemetery.
     Jeanette returned to Cleveland, and exactly a month later paid another visit to her parents.  This time Lluther, who had been playing in the street with some boys, came into the house and complained of not feeling well.  His sister cared for him also, but he was seized with convulsions, and the team made another trip, and returned too late.
     A few days after this death the whole family went to church, and Jeanette remained at home, preparing the noonday meal.  all were taken violently ill after dinner, but none died this time.
     About the first of February of the next year, 1851, Jeanette again came home from Cleveland.  Her mother was in bed, suffering from a severe cold.  The evening after her arrival Jeanette brought her a white powder, telling her that it was some medicine that the doctor had left for her.  The mother took the powder, Jeanette went to bed, and the husband, Alexander McAdams, sat by the fire.  He soon heard the woman groaning, and hurried to her side, to find her dying.  It later appeared that there had been no powder left, according to the story of the doctor.
     By this time there was talk of wholesale poisoning.  Neighbors were terrified; nothing of the
 kind had ever fallen upon the community.  Five of the children had died, and the mother; only three remained, with the father.  They dwelt in terror, each expecting that he would be the next.
     A few months later, the exact time is not known, the daughter returned home again.  The night of her arrival she gave her father a letter to post.  The story as told now is that out of curiosity he opened it, and found to his horror that his doom had been sealed.  He was to be the next, the letter told him.  Plans for doing away with him were set forth.  He returned to the house, terror stricken and, it is said, ordered the girl from home. 
     The Father Dries Jeanette Away.
    
At this point Jeanette disappears, save for three glimpses, most of the, however, being no more than merost rumors now
     It is said that she went away, and the only time her father ever saw her again was with a band of gypsies, which camped along the creek.  Seeing that she was recognized she disappeared from the camp.
     Another story is that during the civil war the girl dressed in man's clothes, was a rebel spy in the union camps and hospitals.
     Others say that one night a tramp came to the house and begged food.  The father, setting out a lunch, is said to have recognized the daughter Jeanette, but what his attitude was no one knows.  Some say he again ordered her away.
     Again there are those who say that, after many years, the girl returned for a visit, saying that she was married, and lived in a distant state.
     With these brief glimpses Jeanette drops out of sight.
     And there are only a few now who remember those strange happenings back in the pine woods.
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Source:  Plain Dealer - Cleveland, Ohio
Dated: Nov. 8, 1914
     Mrs. C. W. ALDEMAN of Windsor, O., announces the marriage Oct. 30, of her sister, Miss MAMIE ADAMS of 10536 Remington rd. Cleveland, and Mr. SAMUEL BENNETT of 3541 Cedar av.  Rev. WILLIS ROWE of Wade Park M. E. church performed the ceremony at the home of Mrs. ALDERMAN which was decorated with autumn leaves and a huge horseshoe of white chrysanthemums.  Only the members of the immediate families witnessed the ceremony.
(Source: Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source: Ashtabula Beacon - Record
Dated: Sept. 3, 1918
Williamsfield
BORN:
  Aug. 21, a son to Frank ROSE & wife.
  A daughter to O. K. THURBER & wife.
  An 8 lb. son to Charley SWIFT & wife, August 28.
  A daughter to Vinton BATES,,,, & wife of Greenvale, formerly of this place.
MARRIED:
 
Willie BATES & Miss Mildred HERRICK, were married the last of the week.  They are attending the sate fair in Columbus this week.
 
Master Allen THOMAS of Richmond is visiting his sister, Mrs. R. B. COLLING & husband.

School opens Monday, Sept. 2 with the following corps of teachers:  Prof. C. C. SWITZER, Principal, Theressa FIDD.
7 & 8th Grade: Laura SALISBURY
Kingsville
5th & 6th Grade: Caroline HAYFORD.
Kingsville
3rd & 4th Grade: Esther BURR
1st & 2nd Grade: Gladys KELLEY
One more teacher is needed for the high school
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source: Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Page: 19
Dated: June 22, 1949
NEW DOCK FOR ASHTABULA
    
ASHTABULA, O. - June 21 - Construction of a new $160,000 New York Central Railroad dock is expected to begin this week it was disclosed today.  The dock will be used to load limestone, sand, coke and other materials from lake freighters directly into railroad cars.  It will be located at the site of the former carferry Maitland slip.
 

 

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