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Katie (#47010886)
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Bio Photo Taphophilia: a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries.

I am in the process of photo-documenting Sts. Peter & Paul cemetery in St. Louis. If you are aware of errors in any of my entries, please let me know. PLEASE USE THE "EDIT" LINKS AND PROVIDE YOUR MEMBER NUMBER (located next to your name on your member page) if requesting a transfer.

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In addition to adding my family, I enter other graves. I am always happy to transfer a grave to a family member, or to update the grave as requested.

Families I am researching for my family include Mueth, Heidenfelder, Bockius, Buehler, Danneman, Frank/Franck, Freymyer, Meurer and Zieger--primarily found in the U.S. in St. Louis and Southern Illinois.

On my husband's side, I am researching Torrence, Findley, Watt, Comstock, Peterson, Norton, Brown, Bieth, Sentman, Ritchie and Sixbury--from all over the Northeast.
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DBardes
Bonnie Speeg's project on Mary Jane Irwin d.1847
As per your request, here is an extract of the Mary Jane Irwin (died 1847, age 18) article:

Mary Jane’s 1843 journal chronicles city’s early history, By Jeff Suess, 11:10 p.m. EST November 15, 2014---

"Several years ago, Bonnie Speeg of Clifton was browsing through the local history section in Duttenhofer’s Books, the used book store in Clifton Heights, and found a handwritten, cotton-rag journal by “Miss Mary Jane Irwin” from 1843 sitting on the shelf. For a collector of handwritten letters, especially by women, this was a treasure. The journal was a composition assignment for the Cincinnati Institute for Young Ladies at Fourth and Vine streets. Beginning on Jan. 1, Mary Jane wrote of her daily experiences and ended up chronicling life in the early days of the Queen City.

Since finding the journal, Speeg has delved into Mary Jane’s history, digging through newspaper files, city directories, censuses, burial records and family papers.

“Researching the journal was a huge history lesson of Cincinnati,” Speeg said. She wasn’t kidding.

Mary Jane, who was 14 when she wrote the journal, lived with her parents in a house at Ludlow Street between Fourth and Arch streets, where the old Guilford Public School building stands today near Lytle Park on the east side of Downtown.

On that spot, in 1789 – when the newborn city was still called Losantiville – Fort Washington was set up to protect the Northwest Territory from Indian raids. The fort was dismantled in 1808 and early settlers built their homes there. The Fort Washington monument on Ludlow is approximately the location of the Irwins’ front door.

Mary Jane was born March 21, 1829, the eldest daughter of Archibald and Emily Irwin from Pennsylvania. Archibald came to Cincinnati in the 1820s, working as a steamboat commission merchant, something of a family business, and later was treasurer for the Little Miami Railroad. Evidence suggests that Arch Street and Irwin Alley (now Iola Alley) are named for the family.

Archibald Irwin Jr., first cousin to Mary Jane’s father, lived a few doors down at Broadway and Arch streets. He started Irwin & Foster, a steamboat agency and commission business at 4 Cassilly’s Row at Front Street near Broadway, with Dunning Foster, the older brother of the great American songwriter Stephen Foster.

Stephen himself worked as a bookkeeper for his brother’s company in 1846, boarding at Mrs. Jane Griffin’s house on the south side of Fourth Street, east of Broadway, on the same block as Mary Jane. Foster wrote “Oh! Susanna” while in Cincinnati.

Mary Jane’s “Aunt Jane” was Jane Irwin Harrison, her first cousin, once removed, and the daughter-in-law to President William Henry Harrison who accompanied him to his inauguration.

Jane’s sister, Elizabeth Ramsey Irwin, was the mother of Benjamin Harrison, making Mary Jane and the future 23rd president second cousins.

Speeg has transcribed Mary Jane’s journal, and presented her findings at the Taft Museum of Art and the Betts House.

“This girl was living close to what’s happening,” Speeg said.

Mary Jane wrote of dance lessons at Frances Trollope’s Bazaar building and reading “Nicholas Nickleby,” a year after Charles Dickens paid the city a visit. Her neighbors were Nicholas Longworth and the Lytle family.

March 21: This is my fourteenth birthday. William Henry Harrison spent the evening at our house. (That wasn’t the president, who died in office two years earlier, but likely his grandson, the son of “Aunt Jane.”) We ... amused ourselves by playing button, lawyer and Geographical cards and battledore (similar to badminton).

May 19: Josie and Lizzie Lytle (sisters of future Civil War Brig. Gen. William Haines Lytle) came over and we tried to have an opera ... a parcel of girls mumbling and singing ... It sounded like the screech owl’s song or the black man’s banjo.

“She’s just a real smart aleck of a girl,” Speeg said, recounting an incident when Mary Jane threw a glass of ale in her girlfriend’s face for violating temperance.

One of Mary Jane’s last entries tells of walking with former President John Quincy Adams, then 76 years old, to lay the cornerstone for Ormsby McKnight Mitchel’s observatory on the peak of Mount Ida.

November 9: The procession formed at 10 o’clock to escort John Quincy Adams to the hill to lay the cornerstone of the observatory, but as the weather was very unpleasant he did not deliver his speech. ... John Quincy Adams was to speak at the Baptist Church. Father waited and went with us. The people on each side of the street, and Mr. Adams ... walked through the middle preceded by a band of music. We could not go into the Church as it was very crowded.

The speech was the last Adams gave in public. Mount Ida was renamed Mount Adams in his honor.

The observatory, along with the cornerstone, was moved to its present location in Mount Lookout in 1873. The original building on St. Paul Place was converted into Holy Cross Monastery but torn down in 1899.

Visual artist Tina Westerkamp used a portion of Mary Jane’s fine penmanship to illustrate Cincinnati Observatory founder Mitchel for the ArtWorks mural “The Roots of Vision” in Mount Adams.

Mary Jane died of consumption on Dec. 13, 1847. She was 18 years old. She was one of the first buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, established in 1845, and is surrounded by her family."

Added by DBardes on Nov 18, 2014 11:17 PM
DBardes
Mary Jane Irwin died age 18 in 1847
Know that the article was on a young woman, a daughter of Archibald & Emily Irwin with a similar name to your entry as I explained. A woman named Bonnie Speeg of Clifton, Cincinnati, found her school journal (when Mary Jane was 14) and has been transcribing it... The article on Bonnie's project should be available via a library. I was not easily successful in finding this death year of 1847 on a Spring Grove Cem. findagrave entry but Bonnie's story by Jeff Suess includes a lovely tombstone photo. I lack knowledge on the Irwin lines.
Added by DBardes on Nov 18, 2014 10:55 PM
Gracie's Grammy
RE: question
Yes please.
Added by Gracie's Grammy on Nov 14, 2014 10:45 PM
Gracie's Grammy
question
Just curious ... why did you post a duplicate
photo of the markers for Margaret and Anthony Luebke?
Added by Gracie's Grammy on Nov 14, 2014 8:08 PM
Vicki
Thank You!
Katie,
I am blown away by the information you provide! I am a great granddaughter of Joseph Ferdinand Heidenfelder. My grandfather was Lawrence Heidenfelder. My mom and her sisters had very limited knowledge about their ancestors. The info you provided...and the stories!...we have had such a great time sharing. THANK YOU!
Added by Vicki on Nov 10, 2014 9:05 PM
Teresa
Joseph Balthasar Heinzer
I am curious where you got the name and dates for Joseph Balthasar Heinzer. I have not found Joseph to be his first name so I wonder if I'm wrong because my understanding is he died in Switzerland.

Thanks
Teresa #48579899
Added by Teresa on Nov 08, 2014 8:12 PM
Kitty Walker Lennard
laughing
I know , I looked at Your memorials and it seemed , that most of Your memorials are in other states. I believe it is too funny. To begin with , the only people with that last name were in Mobile and only abt 3 of them. The stone confused Me though , but I did not see layout of the graves. The name on top was Roesch and at the bottom was Stratman , but nothing like that at Sulphur Springs. You never know what will happen on here. When I first started, it was not as easy as it is now and sometimes You would create 3 duplicates and not even know it.Just try to keep a sense of humor abt it and it will be o.k.
Added by Kitty Walker Lennard on Nov 07, 2014 8:55 PM
Kitty Walker Lennard
wrong photo
OOps , I found where your photo belong's . It goes to one of Your memorials for Arthur Roesch.

Again, Thanks
Added by Kitty Walker Lennard on Nov 06, 2014 10:58 PM
Kitty Walker Lennard
Mem. # 47523793
Could You please remove the photo You placed on My memorial for Joe H. Fulmer , Mem. # 47523793 ?

The photo is for a Roesch or Stratmann. Odd ?

Thanks
Added by Kitty Walker Lennard on Nov 06, 2014 10:55 PM
Sandi Borgens
Thank you
Your kindness in transfering my great grandma to me was huge. Thank you. You are appreicated.
Added by Sandi Borgens on Nov 05, 2014 5:16 AM
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