Monday, April 28, 2014

52 Week Challenge #13 Ingham Starkey


Bob's 3rd Great Grandfather
~Bob's Mother's Father's Father's
Mother's Father~

Ingham Starkey was born circa 1820 in Ohio,
possibly Muskingum County, to
John Starkey and Polly James Starkey.
There were 9 children that we are aware of
born to John and Polly Starkey, of which
Ingham was the 4th eldest.
Ingham's younger years were spent in 
Ohio, the family moving to Indiana circa 1829.

Ingham's father, John, died circa 1838-1839, and 
Guardianship papers were filed for Ingham Starkey,
granting guardianship to John Parker on the 13th of September, 

Ingham was soon to find his future wife, Ruelma Rowe.
( )
They were married on the 5th of May in 1842
in Tippecanoe County, Indiana.  The ceremony was
officiated by A. M. Roe, Justice of the Peace.

Above is a copy of the Marriage Record for Ingham and Ruelma.

Ingham and Ruelma were blessed with 3 children, Harriet,
John W. and Mary Elizabeth or "Lib," as she was called.
(Bob's line flows through Harriet.)

Ingham is a Sawyer by trade.  A Sawyer was a
carpenter, or someone who worked with wood.

One of Bob's cousins, who
has worked diligently on the
family genealogy, found what I feel
is a wonderful
bit of documentation;
November 5, 1850
Ingham Starkey purchased a Bible
for his wife Ruelma in 
Wyandotte, Indiana for $1.50.
Ruelma faithfully entered the family's events
into her treasured Bible.
What a lovely gift for Ingham to give.

Ingham and Ruelma did not have many years
to share together . . . .
 Ingham died at the young age of 33.
It was Christmas Eve, December 24, 1853 that
Ruelma entered into her Bible for the date
of her young husband's death.

The above article was found in the Lafayette newspaper,
The Daily Courier, December 27, 1853.

Below is a photo that is believed to be Ingham Starkey and his 
son John W. Starkey.

Ingham is interred in Dayton Cemetery,
in Dayton, Tippecanoe County, Indiana.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

52 Week Challenge #12 Claus Oscar "C.O." Carlson

Claus Oscar Carlson
(Klas Oskar Carlsson--Swedish spelling)

C.O. Carlson
Oscar Carlson

Claus Oscar Carlson was my
Great Grandfather, my
Mother's Father's Father.

He was most often called Oscar or C.O.

Claus Oscar Carlson was born in Oja, Flen,
Sodermanland, Sweden.  He was born on the 
24th of March in 1869.
Oscar's parents were Karl Erik Eriksson
Johanna Augusta Andersdotter.
Oscar was one of 10 children, Karl Johan "Charlie", Elin Augusta,
Erik Gustaf "Gust", Klas Oskar "Oscar", Anders Axel "Axel", 
August Conrad, Vilhelm Tonnes, Anna Maria, Erika Johanna
and Olivia Viktoria.

The family is pictured below:
Oscar is the young man on the far right.
The photo was taken circa 1880 in Sweden.

As children most of, or all of, the children of the family played
a musical instrument and/or sang.  I can imagine that
it was a lively and joyful household

I wish that I knew more about Oscar and his sibling's growing up years.

I have been able to find birth and death records, written in the
original Swedish! I am still looking for
the marriage record for Oscar and Anna. 

Circa 1892, Oscar married Anna Christian Carlsson.
Two months to the day before Oscar and Anna's first child was
born, (June 30, 1893) Oscar left Vadsbro, Sodermanland and on
July 4, 1893 he boarded a ship in Gothenburg that was
bound for America.

Oscar went to Chicago, Illinois, where a couple of his siblings had
already immigrated to.  Oscar found work, a place to live and made ready
to receive his little family.
Within what seemed like 2 long years, Oscar's wife Anna, and their 
sweet little daughter Ellen Maria Olivia Carlson joined him
in Chicago.

Within approximately a 10 year period, 8 of the Carlson siblings
had immigrated to America, most living in the Chicago area.  Two 
siblings stayed in Sweden, Tonnes and Conrad.

A photo of the "American" Carlson siblings:
In the back row, from the left: Gust, Axel, Elin and Oscar.

 In the front row, from the left: Charlie (he was not able to be there for the photo, so the photographer inserted his image to complete the group), Erika, Anna and Olivia.

The family was close-knit and gathered frequently, entertaining one another with music, songs and 

In this photo below, Oscar is the gentleman in the back row with the violin.

I had mentioned how the Carlson family were all musically inclined . . . .
When my Great Grandfather Oscar Carlson immigrated to
America, he paid his way on the ship by playing his violin for
the entertainment of the passengers.

Oscar was a Foreman in Construction in the Chicago area.  
One time my Grandfather (Evar, the elder son of Oscar and Anna's)
told of being allowed to "go to work" with his Father.
Oscar was working on a roof not too far from
their home.  He had Evar climb up the ladder first and asked for a
hammer . . . . . . Well, Grandpa Evar handed his Father the 
hammer, but let go before Oscar had an opportunity to get a hold
on the hammer, and the hammer promptly fell on Oscar's head!  
Grandpa Evar was sent on home, and he 
said that was the last time that he was invited to 
"go to work" with his Father!

The Oscar Carlson Family.
Oscar and Anna seated in front.
Back, left to right:
Herbert, Ellen, Evar and Florence.

Oscar and Anna had at least 9 children,
only 4 of whom, lived to adulthood.
When Oscar was just over 50 years old, he changed careers.
He, Anna and their sons Evar and Herbert, moved from Chicago to
Amber, Michigan, where their eldest daughter had just been widowed.
Oscar took over the farming of his daughter
Ellen and her late husband's farmland.
It was on this farm that both Oscar and Anna
lived out their days, lovingly cared for by their children. 
Oscar died of Acute Myocardial Failure on the 
8th of April in 1953.
He was laid to rest in Brookside Cemetery in Scottville, Michigan
beside his wife Anna and surrounded by their children.
C.O. Carlson, circa 1952
Below is the Obituary that ran in the Ludington Daily News, 
April 8, 1953, Page 5, Column 3.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

In Lewisville, Texas For a Bit!

We have been in the Lewisville area 
now for the past month.
It has been great to spend time with
family here!
Plus we get to do fun things like 
take Grizz and Bailey to 
the Vet for their 6 month
checks . . . . 
Get our dental and physical
checks . . . 
all fun stuff!!!  :-)

 We spent a month at a campground that
we stayed in quite a bit when
we first moved down 
to Texas, Pilot Knoll Campground.

We really enjoy it there,
the sites are large, lots of trees, lake view from most all sites,
just really lovely.

Above, Robert has the fire pit ready
and going . . . .
Heather, Kevin, Mace and Kaelan
and Mary Ellen and Kelcy
were able to come out for the
evening and we
cooked "Hobo Dinners" over
the fire, and rounded it out with 
S'mores!  YUM!

Mace looks like he is telling a story . . . . 
and below, 
KJ and Kev pose for a photo.

Mary Ellen and Kelcy and Mace in the background
There was much laughing, of course!
Mary Ellen and Kelcy--- we all had a good time!

 We don't get to see MaryEllen and 
Kelcy as often as we would
like, as they live 
a bit further, 
in North Richland Hills.
They both have busy
work schedules . . . . . . . 
(We can relate  . . .)

We were just missing Jason
and family and Derek
and family. . . . 

Next time!

We also had the treat of being able 
to go to another Track Meet!
This Meet was one of Mace's ----
his very first in fact!
Mace throws Discus for his track 

"The Wind-up"

Mace does 2 "wind-ups" and on the 3rd time,
he throws

Above, when he threw the discus, his glasses came up onto his forehead!

Checking his throw distance

Mace took 4th place in the Meet and
came in 3rd place for his team.
Pretty good for his first time!

Mace is in 7th grade now.  He 
is taking all the pre-AP classes that he can.
He is in his 2nd year of playing viola
in his school's orchestra.  (He has improved
so much since last year, and he loves it!)
He is the grandchild who used to
say "Grandma, do you have any
music without words. . . .
you know, like a soundtrack to
Lord of the Rings"!
(He is also the one who knew that I would 
love the PianoGuys!)
He loves school, loves reading, researching
and has been working on writing
his own "Marvel" type comic strip.

Kaelan is in 1st grade.  He loves school, 
adores his teacher (Heather said that
she learned early in the year not to
challenge anything that his teacher said!)
cannot read enough!
He is still a lover of cars of all sorts,
and planes.  He knows most cars
and planes on sight . . . .
he is quite the gamer---playing racing games!
He is energy incarnate!
He talks non-stop . . . .   Gramps says you can
tell when KJ (his nickname) is asleep . . . 
he is quiet!
KJ is also a lover of music, but tends to
go for "Mom's Music"---rock.  :-)
He loved the song "What Does the Fox Say"! 

Good-bye from Texas. . . . .  
Till Later, Y'all!

52 Week Challenge # 11 Edith Esther Koup

Edith Esther Koup (Coup) Stetler

Edith Esther Koup
was Bob's Father's Mother's Mother,
Bob's Great Grandmother Stetler.

I find it difficult to write a bit of a bio for someone
whom I know little about.
That is where I find myself this evening.
I have Edith's
date of birth,
her date of marriage,
her date of death
the pertinent census records,
and yet I feel as 
though I really do not have 
much of a feel for who she was . . . . .

There have been no family stories
that have been passed down
about Edith, to color in the facts a bit,
making her come a bit more alive.

Just recently, I found Edith's
 Obituary . . . .
At last, a teeny tiny glimpse of this 
dear woman from whom
my husband descends!

Edith Esther Koup was born to 
George W. Koup and Letitia Patrick 
in March of 1835.
The Koup family was in Pennsylvania
at the time of Edith's birth, and had perhaps even
begun their westward travels
to Rossville, Clinton County, Indiana.
Edith had at least 8 brothers and 
sisters, and was the eldest 

Edith grew up in Rossville with her siblings.
A gentleman by the name of 
Simon Peter Stetler 
came into Edith's life in the mid-1850's.
Simon and Edith were married in 
Clinton County on the 24th of 
September in 1854.

Edith and Simon lived most of their 
married lives in Howard County, Indiana, 
moving to Tippecanoe County, Indiana
prior to 1895.

The 1900 U.S. Federal Census states that 
Edith had 12 children, and that in 
1900, 7 of those children
were yet living.
Four of their little babies died
very young,
 leaving a mother
and father with breaking 

In April of 1895, Edith became a widow, losing her 
husband of 41 years.

Twenty one years later, Edith passed away, 
stepping from this life into life eternal
and the open arms of her Lord.

Edith died March 3, 1916 in Independence,
Fountain County, Indiana at the home of 
her son, Oscar Stetler.

Above is the Obituary for Edith Esther Koup Stetler.
It ran in the Williamsport Review Republican
on March 9, 1916, 
on page 4 and column 4.