Friday, August 30, 2013

Bordon Goes to Michigan

Bordon Josiah Hosner (b: 17 January 1847) was the tenth and last child of Isaac and Adaline (Cleveland) Hosner.

Bordon married first abt 1869 Clara M. Terry (b: 1851).[1]  They had two daughters: Myrta A. Hausner (b: 1872), and Ada S. Hausner (b: 1874).

No comments were made in his mother’s journal about the marriage to Clara or the birth of the two daughters until an entry on Sunday, April 6, 1879 when Adaline notes, “His (Bordon’s) wife didn’t make him any trouble. Bordon did not try to see his little girl. She lives with his wife’s parents. So Bordon was not disturbed, went back [to Michigan] in good health and in peace and may the God of peace be with him.” 

The journal entry tells us two things. First, sometime between 1875 and 1879 Bordon and Clara split up. He moved to Pittsfield, Washtenaw, Michigan. The 1880 federal census for Pittsfield, Michigan shows Bordon as a border in the family of Josiah and Mary Rundell. Josiah is a farmer; Bordon is an “engineer.”  Bordon fell in love with and married the farmer’s daughter - Jeanette Rundell, age 26, a schoolteacher. 

In 1880 Clara M. (Terry) Hosner and her daughter, Myrta Hausner were living with George and Adaline Terry in Hector, Schuyler County, New York. George was a house painter; Clara was a schoolteacher. In that household also lived Clara’s brother, 25 year old Hamilton Terry, also a schoolteacher.

On 29 November 1881 at the age of thirty-three Bordon Joshua married Nettie (Jeanetti) E. Rundell.[2] 

Second, the journal entry suggests one of Bordon’s daughters died at a young age. Upon further investigation it was Ada (b: 1874) that died.

In 1882 Bordon writes that he wants to come home for a visit, but his mother notes in her journal that she fears his first wife will make trouble and can even have him jailed. Bordon’s mother was determined to write to him to discourage his visit.  That must have been painful for her. I imagine she ached to see her youngest child again before she died. 

Bordon and Nettie remain in Michigan through the 1900 federal census that shows Bordon is a farmer.  Nettie reports she has had one child with none living.  They don’t appear on the New York 1905 census, so I assume he continued living in Michigan until his death in 1906.  

Bordon Josiah Hosner died 1906 and is buried in the Mecklenburg, New York cemetery.[3]

[1] Adaline Hosner’s journal states Bordon’s wife and child went to live with her parents after they separated. The 1880 federal census shows Clara M. Terry age 28 school teacher living with her parents George and Adaline Terry. In that household is granddaughter Myrta Hausner.
[3] Bordon Josiah Hosner information from the Mecklenburg, NY Cemetery transcription.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Saturday, August 24, 2013

George Washington and Elizabeth (Culver) Hosner/Hausner

George Washington Hosner, born 12 November 1838, was the fourth child of Issac and Adaline (Cleveland) Hosner. George married Elizabeth Culver (b: 1842), daughter of Enos and Grace Culver.

George Washington Hosner/Hausner died in April 1892 and is buried in the Mecklenburg, New York cemetery. George made a living by farming; they had no children.  Following George’s death, Elizabeth continued to live in Hector, NY until 1910 when she was 68 years of age she lived with her sister, Emma Nivison, in Hector. 

Elizabeth (Culver) Hosner/Hausner died 2 March 1914.  The Watkins Express stated: “On Tuesday morning March 2nd Mrs. Elizabeth Hausner, who has been in poor health a long time was released from suffering. The funeral was on Friday afternoon at the M.E. Church of which she had been a faithful member many years. Rev. B.B. Corbin officiating.  Burial in Mecklenburg Cemetery.”

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Antrim, PA Mining

Cable Line, Antrim, PA

The back of this undated postcard has these handwritten notes:
54 buckets - half of them full and half empty;
33.00 feet across air line;
About 800 ton a day of mine (or nine) hours. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Ervin Mortimer Hosner

Rainy days help me to focus on genealogy and that is exactly what I did for most of the day yesterday. I delved back into the Lowthropp/Cleveland family, filling in the lives of my great grandmother's line.  

Utilizing information from the census and the journals of Adaline Cleveland Hosner, I was able to learn about the children of Isaac and Adaline Hosner. 

Ervin Mortimer Hosner, the second child of Isaac and Adaline Hosner was born 7 February 1835. In 1869 Ervin married Ruth Ann Smith (b: 1842). Ervin and Ruth Ann had three children: Clarence Hosner b: 1862; Minnie A. Hosner b: 1864; and Frank H. Hosner b: 1866. The family lived in Catherine, New York, making a living farming.

An obvious mistake was made in indexing the 1870 federal census where Ervin is indexed as “mulatto.” The indexer misread the “w” for an “m.”

Ervin’s mother details the events surrounding his death, 3 July 1873.  Later that month, on Sunday, July 27, 1873 entry of Adaline’s journal reads: “We are well at present for which I am grateful. The 3rd of this month my dear Ervin departed this life in hopes of a better world above. He had for years been troubled with the rheumatism, more or less.” 

Adaline long wished her children would return for her and Isaac’s 40th wedding anniversary on January 23. They all did and it was the last time Ervin was at her table.

The funeral for Ervin Mortimer Hosner was held on Saturday, July 5, 1873 at 11:00 at the Mecklenburg church. Even as he was lowered into his final resting place, Adaline wrote, “Death didn’t separate him from me. He was just as near and I could realize that it was my dear Ervin that was there in the coffin … I knew it was still my Ervin.

Four weeks before Ervin’s death, he could only communicate by writing on a slate.  He wrote: “Mother I am glad you have been with me a few days. As I cannot talk with you I write … I do not want you to go home and think I shall want for anything I ought to have.”[1]  All through this ordeal Adaline tracks Ervin’s deep faith and his readiness to enter into heaven. This is Adaline’s only consolation as she watched her son’s decline. One day they would be reunited in heaven.

The Cleveland family worried about how Ruth would carry on the farm work without Ervin.  Within a couple of years Ruth realized she could not do the work and rented out some of her land. Ruth Ann (Smith) Hosner died 3 December 1894.  She is buried in the Mecklenburg, New York cemetery with her husband.

Questions arise while researching this family. At some point during the 1870s spelling of the family name changed from Hosner to Hausner.  I am trying to find out when/why that occurred.  Although this family was born with the Hosner name, most were buried with the name Hausner.  

[1] Journal of Adaline Cleveland Hosner, typed manuscript.  Footnote on Ervin’s last days in this manuscript reads: “This account of Ervin’s last days was written on a separate piece of smaller paper and lay loose between the pages of the journal. It would appear that Adaline wrote this account late and was unable to attach it to the sewn edges of the journal.” 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sunday’s Obituary – Almina Dorn 1839 -1913

Mrs. Almina Dorn, widow of the late Francis Dorn, died at the old home in South Danby Tuesday morning at 2:30 aged 74 years. She had been declining in health for some time with a valvular disease of the heart. 

Truly it can be said a noble woman has gone. She is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Aaron Baker of Brookton, Mrs. Fred Van Etten, of Danby, Miss Edith and Mrs. Eugene Shepard of Van Etten, Mrs. Willis Butler of Ithaca and Mrs. Fred [Sarah G. Dorn] Countryman of Danby and four sons, Fred Dorn of Brookton, Judd Dorn of Newfield, Edd Dorn of Willow Creek and Olin Dorn and one brother George Swartout of Van Etten.

The funeral was held Friday at the home at 2:00 p.m. and burial in Rural Cemetery, Danby.

[According to the family bible record, Almina Swartout Dorn was born August 20, 1839 and died June 24, 1913. Danby Rural Cemetery records shows Francis E. Dorn b: 21 Nov 1837; d: 27 Aug 1907. Almina and Francis had to sons predecease them: Warren G. Dorn d: 1882 at 7 years, 10 mo and Alvah Dorn, died 1892 age 21 years. ]

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Swimmers Challenge 2013

Before I could walk I crawled into Cayuga Lake!

Fifty-four years ago on August 15 I swam the 1.25 miles across Cayuga Lake (See Rie of Passage blog of August 14, 2011).  So it is appropriate that this week I have signed up for the “Swimmers’ Challenge” our development is running between August 11 and December 31.  The suggested goal is 40 miles, but my personal goal will be 32 miles.  Today I counted laps and I can swim a half mile in twenty-three minutes.  Wish me luck!

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Sad Story – Sarah Lydia Agard (6 March 1834 – 16 June 1868)

Every family has its share of tragic stories, but that doesn’t make it any easier when we happen across them.  I had to pause last week when I came upon the difficult times of Sarah Lydia Agard. 

Sarah was the fifth and last child of Samuel and Lydia (Hibbard) Agard.  On 5 January 1860, she married Miller Vaughan Ameigh (1834-1860) of Pennsylvania. Miller was a traveling agent for a New York City wholesale company.  The newlyweds spent a happy few days visiting friends, but then shortly upon their return, Miller fell ill with what was considered as rapid consumption. He then suffered a severe hemorrhage of the lungs.

An obituary written by Rev. John Margetts Bull of the Church of Catherine, NY found on provided the events of Miller’s death.

 “Mr. Miller V. Ameigh died at the house of Mr. Noah Agard, on Thursday, the 8th of March 1860 in the 27th year of his age. His disease was rapid consumption, superinduced by a severe hemorrhage of the lungs, which occurred suddenly and unexpectedly about seven weeks before his death … Just two weeks before he was seized with the affliction which terminated his mortal existence, he had been married to the sister of him at whose residence he breathed his last. The newly wedded pair spent a few days in visiting some of their friends, and the day of their return the dark pall of fearful foreboding was suddenly cast over their earthly prospects, and rapidly did our young friend descend into the valley of death.” 

Following Miller’s death, Sarah moved from the house of her brother, Noah, where Miller had died, to the home of her sister, Anna Maria (Agard) Bailey.

In 1863 Sarah married John Tichenor.  Sarah passed away 16 June 1868 at the age of 34; she is buried in Grove Cemetery, Trumansburg, New York, Lot 309.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Society Saturday – Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society Fall Schedule and more

Area genealogists are anxious for FRGS meetings to begin – I had a request yesterday for details on the when/where/who/what of the next Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society (FRGS) meeting. The meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at the Salem Church branch library.

The FRGS 2013 fall schedule is:
11 September – Virginia Roots
Barbara Vines Little, certified genealogist and noted national speaker, will have a presentation on methods for researching Virginia records and repositories.

9 October – DNA
Shannon Bennett, club member and contributing writer to Family Tree Magazine and other genealogical publications, will discuss DNA testing and how results may be useful in researching your family.
13 November – Using Family Search
Ray Maki, club member, will present information on this website, demonstrate how to access it and show examples of using their Family Tree software.

 There is no formal meeting in December.

Genealogists should check out the newly upgraded website for the City of Fredericksburg.  From the department link, to circuit court, there is the link to the Archives which has a wealth of genealogy information.  Digitized marriage records 1976-present are now available through the circuit court.