I decided to incorporate the challenge of Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings to “Do Some Semi-Random Research” into my 52 Ancestors posts. His challenge:
1) Go to your family tree database of choice (you know, like Roots Magic, Reunion, Ancestry Member Tree), and determine who the very first person on your list of C surnames is. Or the first person on your list of J surnames. Or P surnames. Or any other name you need to research. Your choice!
Using my Family Tree Maker Index, the first person on my list of “P” surnames is Helen P. I do not know her surname so I do not have any information on her parents.
2) What do you know (or not know) about this person based on your research? It’s OK to do more research if you need to – in fact, it’s encouraged!
I obtained her name as Helen P. from her tombstone. “P” is most likely her middle initial since the tombstone was for both she and her, husband, Enoch Shuda. According to the 1920 US census, Helen was born in Pennsylvania about 1898 (her tombstone states 1896). Her parents are both listed as Lithuanian. The 1930 US census shows her age at first marriage as 19, so she married Enoch Shuda about 1917. Helen and Enoch have three children—Amelia, Theresa, and Thomas. Helen died in 1992 at the of 96.
Eureka! Doing this semi-random research turned up an obituary for Enoch J. Shuda. He was known as Nick Shuda and was the owner and operator of the Nick Shuda Café in Locust Gap, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Locust Gap is in Mount Carmel Township. The obituary states that he married the former Helen Patchkusky of Mount Carmel on 30 November 1916 in the Church of Our Lady. It also lists all the survivors. Wow, eight grandchildren. I will be able to fill in a lot of detail for Enoch and Helen with this document.
3) How are you related to this person, and why is s/he in your family tree?
Helen is not a direct relation. She is the wife of my 2nd cousin 2x removed, Enoch Shuda.
Tombstone of Enoch J. and Helen P. Shuda, Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Week 28 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.