84 Years Ago Today

On September 7, 1929, eighty-four years ago today, Samuel L. Beeney (1857-1929), my 3rd great grandfather, died in Newark, Licking Co., Ohio. Following his death, Samuel was buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newark.

Headstone of Samuel L. Beeney
Headstone of Samuel L. Beeney

Samuel was born in 1857 the son of Charles B. Beeney (1815-1903) and Christiana Lyons (1824-1901). In 1880, Samuel married Eva Flora McLaughlin (1863-1899), with whom he had five children before their divorce: Charlotte, Bertha, Walter, Alice, and George (my 2nd great grandfather). Throughout his life, Samuel was an educator, eventually opening a Business College in Newark.

Samuel L. Beeney
Samuel L. Beeney

The following is Samuel’s biography from the History of Southeastern Ohio and the Muskingum Valley 1788-1928, by Thomas William Lewis (Chicago, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1928):

As an educator of high standing Samuel L. Beeney contributed materially toward Newark’s advancement, and his attention is now devoted to business affairs, in which he has been equally successful. He was born January 13, 1857, in Eden township, and in both the paternal and maternal lines represents old and highly respected families of Licking county. His father, Charles B. Beeney, was a native of England and in early life made the voyage to the United States in company with his parents, Jesse and Mary Beeney, who located in Licking county, Ohio, in 1828, hewing a farm out of the wilderness. Jesse Beeney was a member of the Church of Christ and an adherent of the democratic party. Charles B. Beeney was a cooper and later engaged in farming. Success attended his well directed labors, and his religious and political views coincided with those of his father.

In Licking county Charles B. Beeney married Miss Christiana Lyons, a native of Ireland, in which country her parents, John and Margaret E. (Carlisle) Lyons, were married. They left the Emerald isle in 1837 and cast in their lot with the pioneer farmers of Licking county, Ohio, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Mr. Lyons was a Presbyterian and conscientiously followed the teachings of his church. Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Beeney resided for a number of years in Newark and both passed away in this city. Their family numbered five children, of whom Samuel L. was the second in order of birth. His brother, John W., was born April 1, 1855, and became a teacher. In later life he followed agricultural pursuits and on June 30, 1927, was called to his finale rest. By his marriage with Mattie Warthen, of St. Louisville, Ohio, he had three children : Robert and Howard Beeney ; and Mrs. Mamie Lewis, of Trauscona, Manitoba, Canada. John W. Beeney is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Lena (Metzner) Beeney, to whom he was married in Utica, Ohio, and Edward L., their only child, is living in Newark. Margaret, the next in order of birth, is deceased. Marie is now Mrs. Hugh W. Gorley and makes her home in Newark. Emma is the wife of Henry W. Hansberger, a prominent realtor of Newark.

Samuel L. Beeney received his early instruction in the rural schools of his native township and completed his studies in the Teachers Training School at Utica, Ohio. For eleven years he was a public school teacher and in 1885 opened the Newark Business College, of which he was sole owner. As principal he successfully conducted the college for twenty-nine years, developing an institution second to none in the character and thoroughness of its instruction, and since 1914 has been a solicitor for the Hooper Franklin Insurance Agency, making his headquarters in Newark. He specializes in fire insurance and has mastered the art of salesmanship. Endowed by nature with more than one talent, he is an able writer and a frequent contributor to various newspapers. Mr. Beeney established the Ohio Teachers’ Journal, which he edited and published for four years, when he transferred his interest to the National Educator published in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Beeney is a strong champion of those movements and projects which make for good citizenship and was active in the war savings campaign. In politics he is a democrat, and his religious views are indicated by his affiliation with the Church of Christ. Traveling affords him much enjoyment, and he has visited nine countries, including the Holy Land, thus broadening his outlook upon life. He is interested in those things which have cultural value, tending to raise the individual to a higher level, and his personal qualities are such as make for strong and enduring regard.

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74 Years Ago Today

On June 12, 1939, seventy-four years ago today, Ernest Jacob “Jersey” Worthington (1885-1939), my 2nd great grandfather, died in Harrison, Boone Co., Arkansas. Following his death, he was buried in Grubb Springs Cemetery in Harrison, Boone Co., Arkansas.

Headstone of Ernest Jacob Worthington
Headstone of Ernest Jacob Worthington

Ernest was born in 1885 in Boone Co., Arkansas the son of Hannah Happy “Hattie” Worthington (1866-?). Throughout much his childhood he was raised by his maternal grandparents, Jacob Worthington (1839-1920) and Elmina Couch (1846-1921). In 1906, Ernest married Mae Josie Gifford (1885-?), with whom he had three children of which only one survived, Goldia “Goldie” Mae Worthington (1912-2006). At some point between 1912 and 1920, Ernest and Mae’s marriage ended. In 1921, he married Mattie Blankenship (1903-1944), with whom he had six more children. Throughout his adult life, Ernest was a laborer, working as a painter, a dray truck driver, and a mill worker. It was from his employment at the Jersey Mill that his friends called him “Jersey.”

102 Years Ago Today

On June 6, 1911, one hundred and two years ago today, Mary Melinda (Everett) Leishman (1845-1911), my 3rd great grandmother, died in Alliance, Box Butte Co., Nebraska. Following her death, Mary was buried in Alliance Cemetery in Alliance, Box Butte Co., Nebraska next to her husband who died eleven years earlier.

Robert & Mary Leishman Headstone
Robert & Mary Leishman Headstone

Mary was born in 1845 in Salineville, Columbiana Co., Ohio the daughter of Isaac Everett (1778-1856) and Margaret Stewart (1801-1866). In 1872, Mary married Robert Leishman (1847-1900), a Scottish émigré originally from New Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland. With Robert, Mary had four children: Anna Margaret (my 2nd great grandmother), Norman, Clarence, and Alvin. Mary and Robert left Ohio for Nebraska in the late 1870s, living first in Wheeler Co., Nebraska and then Box Butte Co., Nebraska after 1880.

Mary (Everett) Leishman with her Children (Back Row L-R: Anna Margaret and Mary; Front Row L-R: Norman, Clarence, and Alvin)
Mary (Everett) Leishman with her Children (Back Row L-R: Anna Margaret and Mary; Front Row L-R: Norman, Clarence, and Alvin)

53 Years Ago Today

On May 29, 1960, fifty-three years ago today, Harry Carl Hamilton (1891-1960), my maternal great grandfather, died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., Oklahoma. Following his death, he was buried in Highland Cemetery in Okemah, Okfuskee Co., Oklahoma.

Headstone of Harry C. Hamilton
Headstone of Harry C. Hamilton

Harry was born Carl H. Heldman in 1891 the son of Rufus Bert Heldman (1870-1944) and Jennie M. Lightcap (1872-1905) in Robinson, Crawford Co., Ohio. Harry changed his name at the outbreak of World War I, a war in which he served. Harry was married twice, first to Lillie May Johnson (1894-1988), with whom he had two children; and second to Golda “Goldie” Mae Worthington (1912-2006), with whom he had seven children, one of which is my maternal grandfather, Harry “Lee” Hamilton (LIVING).

140 Years Ago Today

On May 29, 1873, one hundred and forty years ago today, Lucretia “Lucy” (Catlin) Heldman (ca. 1829-1873), my 3rd great grandmother, died in Mansfield, Richland Co., Ohio. Following her death at the age of about forty-three, she was buried in Mansfield Cemetery in the Heldman family plot.

Headstone of Lucretia (Catlin) Heldman
Headstone of Lucretia (Catlin) Heldman

Lucretia was the second wife of Johann “John” Adam Heldman (1870-1883), with whom she had seven children, one of which was Rufus Bert Heldman (1870-1944), the grandfather of my maternal grandfather, Harry “Lee” Hamilton (LIVING). Lucretia’s ancestry remains a mystery. Most accounts and some records put her birth location as Connecticut, but it also appears as New York and Massachusetts on others. Connecticut, however, does have a large number of Catlins, some of which did relocate to Ohio. She may be connected in some way to Isaac Catlin, who was born in 1780 in Connecticut and lived in New York before moving to Medina Co., Ohio, where he died in 1856. Medina County is in close proximity to Richland County, being separated by one county, that of Ashland County which has a large number of Heldmans living in it.

30 Years Ago Today

On May 15, 1983, thirty years ago today, my 2nd great grandmother, Lois Beatrice (Agee) Wellin (1897-1983) died at the age of 86 in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon.

Funeral Card of Lois (Agee) Wellin
Funeral Card of Lois (Agee) Wellin

Following her death, Lois was buried on May 20, 1983 in Skyline Memorial Gardens in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon. She was buried next to her husband Wilhelm Percy Wellin (1895-1977), whom she married in 1914.

Headstone of Wilhelm & Lois Wellin
Headstone of Wilhelm & Lois Wellin

Lois and her husband Wilhelm had four children together, one of which was my paternal great grandmother, Alice Lucretia (Wellin-Lapham) Graber (1916-1985). Alice first married Theodore Alexander Lapham (1910-1955), with whom she had three daughters, one of which is my paternal grandmother, Margaret Ann (Lapham) Kernan (1936-2004).

130 Years Ago Today

On May 11, 1883, one hundred and thirty years ago today, Johann “John” Adam Heldman (1809-1883), my 3rd great grandfather, died in Mansfield, Richland Co., Ohio. On May 13, 1883, John was buried in Mansfield Cemetery in Madison, Richland Co., Ohio, next to his first wife, Mary Jane (Carson) Heldman (ca. 1820-1850), and his second wife, Lucretia (Catlin) Heldman (ca. 1829-1873), who both preceded him in death.

Headstone of John A. Heldman (Note: John’s headstone incorrectly states he died on May 18.)
Headstone of John A. Heldman (Note: John’s headstone incorrectly states he died on May 18.)

The following is a transcription of John’s obituary, which was published in The Mansfield Herald, 17 May 1883, Vol. 33, No. 26:

“The death of Mr. J.A. Heldman at the age of 74 occurred at his late residence on West Market Street on Friday last. Mr. Heldman was a native of Germany and came to Mansfield about the year 1836, and has resided here ever since, most of the time being engaged in the furniture business. He was married four times, his last wife surviving him. His estate is estimated to be worth about $35,000. The funeral of the deceased took place on Sunday at 2 P.M.”

Heldman Family Plot in Mansfield Cemetery in Madison, Richland Co., Ohio
Heldman Family Plot in Mansfield Cemetery in Madison, Richland Co., Ohio

46 Years Ago Today

On April 28, 1967, forty-six years ago today, Tirzah Olive (Stephens-Agee-Horton) Martin (1873-1967) died in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon at the age of 93. Following her death, Tirzah was buried in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Portland.

Headstone of Tirzah Martin
Headstone of Tirzah Martin

Tirzah was married three times and was three times a widower. She was first married to Otto W. Agee (1868-1904), whom she married in 1893 and had four children with. Following Otto’s death, she married Francis M. Horton (1856-?), whom she married in 1909. She was married for a third and final time in 1931 to John T. Martin (1865-1931).

103 Years Ago Today

On April 16, 1910, one hundred and three years ago today, Thomas Prigmore Stephens (1830-1910), my 4th great grandfather, died in Glendale, Douglas Co., Oregon. According to his death certificate, Thomas died from senility and bronchitis.

Death Certificate of Thomas P. Stephens
Death Certificate of Thomas P. Stephens

Following his death, Thomas was buried in Glendale Masonic Cemetery in Glendale, Douglas Co., Oregon on April 19, 1910.

Headstone of Thomas P. Stephens
Headstone of Thomas P. Stephens

Thomas was born in 1830 in Tennessee the son of Phillip Burnett Stephens (1797-1860) and Mary Ann Oliver (?-?). In 1852, Thomas left Missouri for Oregon, settling first in Yamhill Co., Oregon, where he married Anna Elizabeth Thornton (1842-1925) in 1857. Thomas and Anna had eleven children together, one of which was Tirzah Olive Stephens (1873-1967), who married Otto W. Agee (1868-1904) and was the mother of Lois Beatrice Agee (1897-1983), the wife of Wilhelm Percy Wellin (1895-1977). Lois and Wilhelm were the parents of Alice Lucretia Wellin (1916-1985), who was first married to Theodore “Ted” Alexander Lapham (1910-1955). Alice and Ted were the parents of my paternal grandmother, Margaret Ann (Lapham) Kernan (1936-2004).

122 Years Ago Today

On April 14, 1891, one hundred and twenty-two years ago today, Margaret (Wilson) McLaughlin (1812-1891), my 5th great grandmother, died in Newton, Licking Co., Ohio. Following her death, she was buried in Eden Cemetery in Newark, Licking Co., Ohio.

Headstone of Thomas and Margaret McLaughlin
Headstone of Thomas and Margaret McLaughlin

Margaret was the wife of Thomas McLaughlin (1809-1891), whom she married on April 11, 1833 in Knox Co., Ohio, and with whom she had nine children. Thomas died about seven months after Margaret and was buried next to her in Eden Cemetery. Margaret and Thomas were the grandparents of Eva Flora McLaughlin (1863-1899), who married Samuel L. Beeney (1857-1929). Eva and Samuel were the parents of George Benton Beeney (1890-1970), the biological father of my paternal great grandmother, Maxine Elizabeth (Davis-Kernan) Smith (1912-1992).