It was the late 1950s in Columbus, Ohio when I was born to search the past for understanding the present. My first thirteen years were spent growing up on the outskirts, in Gahanna, as the youngest of three children.
On my father's side I am the great great granddaughter of starving Irish emigrants who around 1850 risked their lives for freedom. "Johnny Bulls" were ordered by the British government to shoot anyone trying to flee without permission. To one marriage, my great grandfather would be born in England and become a stowaway who sang and danced his way here.
Involvement in the anti-slavery movement was a family affair; Abraham Lincoln was my 3rd cousin 5th removed. Some had settled in Virginia, yet none were slave owners. [I can no longer say that... '-( ... I just... Jun 2012 ... found one who owned one male slave. So bummed.] As tensions arose, they left their homes in Harpers Ferry for Ohio and for what is now West Virginia.
On my mother's side I descend from nonconformist Scotch-Irish and Welsh Quaker immigrants. It was they, "The Society of Friends," who developed an underground railroad in Belmont County, Ohio. Once across the Ohio River, runaway slaves could go from home to home until they were far enough north to feel safe. The Quaker women instigated the fight to give black men the right to vote in the United States. Though it took 47 years to succeed, this accelerated the courage in many women across the nation to protest, stand, and speak for the same right. "We are people too." Finally, in 1917 women were allowed to vote. (Yes, folks... less than 100 years ago.)
Below is the link to my tree.... Gene M Carr & Martha Lou Michael Family Tree 2012
Jean Van Oosterhout memorial correction Hello, I am writing to let you know that you have the burial location for Jean incorrect on your memorial #93540414. She is interred at Grace Episcopal Church Gardens in Holland, Michigan. (you can do a cemetery search to find it).
She was cremated at Graceland, then her remains were given to the family which later laid her to rest at Grace. I have confirmed this with the office at Graceland and Grace. If you need any more information, please let me know.
Thank you for photographing the headstone for the memorial in the subject line. It seems to be a common headstone for a lot of different people who died far apart in time from each other. Do you have any further information about this headstone or what is on the other side from the names?
family connection Hi. I think we have relatives in common and I would like to discuss them with you. I actually live close to Shenandoah county, Virginia and was wondering if you have been there to do research in person. If you would be willing to help me, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
Hi. Saw the memorial for Philip Michael's family. I descend from Jacob Michael born around 1790 PA? Moved to OH and married in Preble Co, OH and served in War of 1812. I'm trying to trace back to Jacob's parents/siblings. I'm not an Ancestry member, could you check your tree for me to see if match or send to me? I would appreciate it; we are trying to narrow the Michael's down.
RE: Benjamin H Bowmaster Sr. Thanks for the transfer :). The burial that I'm missing is that of Ben Sr's father Hendrick who was married to Hendrickje Rutgers. I'm suspected he's at Graafschap as he died in 1866. Where did you find the death date you have for him in your tree?
Ruth Jeffreys Michael Find A Grave No.: 54308636, Ruth Jeffreys Michael is the wife of John Michael,Find A Grave No. 54308642. Please attach them together. Brandonville Cemetery, Brandonville, Preston, West Virginia. Verification is on the death certificate of son George M. Michael. Thank you, Truman Nicholas
Ruth Michael Find A Grave No.: 54308636 Brandonville cemetery, Brandonville, Preston, West Virginia. Please add her maiden name Jefferys. This is found on her son George M Michael's death certificate. Thank you, Truman Nicholas