52 Ancestors: #47 Christopher Aloysius Noble (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted on November 25, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History
52 Ancestors: #47 Christopher Aloysius Noble (Tombstone Tuesday) Christopher Noble Tombstone St. Marys 1957

Headstone of Christopher Noble and his wife, Margaret (Lynch) Noble, St. Mary’s Cemetery in Mount Carmel, Northumberland, PA

Christopher Aloysius Noble was born on 18 Dec 1879 in Locust Gap, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (PA) and he was baptized in St. Joseph’s Church in Locust Gap on Christmas Day, 25 Dec 1879. He is the son of Thomas Noble (my earlier post can be found at http://www.oldbonesgenealogy.com/52-ancestors-27-my-great-grandfather-thomas-noble/) and Margaret McGinn and, he is my great-uncle.

The 1880, 1900 and 1910 US censuses have him living in the household of his father and mother. Christopher married Margaret Lynch on 16 Jul 1913 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel church in Mount Carmel, Northumberland, PA. They had the following children:  a still born male (1914 – 1914), Margaret (abt. 1915 – ?), Anna (abt. 1817 – ?), Catherine (abt. 1919 – ?), Thomas (abt. 1921 – ?), Elizabeth (abt. 1923 – ?), a still born female (1923 – 1923), Rose (abt. 1925 – ?), Christopher Jr. (abt. 1927 – ?), Gertrude (abt. 1929 – ?), Edward (abt. 1933 – ?), and Leonard (abt. 1935 – ?).

According to his death certificate, Christopher died on 8 Oct 1957 in the Ashland Hospital in Butler Township, Schuylkill County, PA and is buried in St. Mary’s cemetery in Mt. Carmel.

 

 

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52 Ancestors: #46 John Albert Meisberger (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted on November 18, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History
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Footstone of John A. Meisberger, St. Edward’s Cemetery, Shamokin, Northumberland, Pa.

John Albert Meisberger was born 28 August 1862 in Pennsylvania, most likely in Northumberland County. He is the son of Theobald Meisberger and Mary Catherine (Strausser) Meisberger, and, he is my 2nd great-uncle.  He is also the uncle of John Albert Gunther, whom I wrote about in my last 52 Ancestors post. My records hold very little information about John A. Meisberger.

He was single his whole life and left no known children.  The 1870, 1880 and 1900 US censuses have him living in the household of his father and mother. His mother died in 1897 so she was not in the 1900 US census.  In the 1910 US census, John, age 48, is living in the household of his brother-in-law, Dennis Burns. Dennis is the spouse of Johanna Meisberger Burns, John’s sister.  In the 1930 US census, John is the head of his own household that consists of himself and a housekeeper. I have been unable, so far, to find him in the 1920 US census.

He died on 31 March 1936 in Shamokin, Northumberland, PA and is buried in St. Edward’s cemetery in Shamokin.

 

 

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Society Saturday – Online Books & Primary Documents

Posted on November 15, 2014 in Local Societies, Society Saturday

Society Saturday – Online Books & Primary Documents CCGSLogo The Carroll County Genealogical Society’s upcoming meeting on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM features Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG, who has been certified by BCG since 1993 and has served as President of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG and on the APG Board of Directors. A past winner of the NGS Family History Writing Contest and the APG Grahame T. Smallwood Award of Merit, she currently serves as an officer for several lineage societies at the state and national level.

Sandy will be presenting Online Books & Primary Documents.  The explosion of digital copies of classic books and primary documents means convenient access to information. But how do you find items in hundreds of electronic libraries? Learn some of the tips for searching and downloading from both free and subscription sites.

Meetings of the Carroll County Genealogical Society (CCGS) are held the third Monday of each month, March through May and September through November, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dixon Room, Westminster Library at 50 East Main Street, Westminster.  The meetings are free and open to the public. An annual dinner is held each June and a holiday party each December.  These are for members and their guests, with reservations made in advance.

Please come to our meeting and bring a friend.  You will meet other folks interested in family research and genealogy and enjoy delightful talks that may help you in your own research.  I look forward to seeing new faces!

You can also come early and take advantage of our large collection of books and other materials housed at the Westminster Branch of the CCPL.  On Thursday afternoons, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., one or more society volunteers will be on hand to assist researchers. Of course, this collection is available to all anytime the library is open.

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The CCGS Genealogy Section at the Westminster Branch Library. Photo by Eileen Souza

 

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Family Recipe Friday – Mom’s Sticky Buns

Posted on November 14, 2014 in Family Recipes

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One of my favorite food memories is coming home from Church on a Sunday morning to the smell of freshly baked sticky buns.  This recipe is my Mom’s and uses both chopped nuts and raisins but they are optional This recipe makes 12 buns.

Mom’s Sticky Buns

Ingredients

Amount       Measure        Ingredient 

6tablespoons  Butter

1 1/4            cups                dark molasses (I prefer Karo)

1/4               cup                  dark brown sugar

3                  cups                 flour

4                  teaspoons       baking powder

1 1/2           teaspoons       salt

1/2              cup                   shortening (I use Crisco solid shortening)

1                  cup                   milk

1/2              cup                   nuts, chopped fine (Optional)

2/3             cup                   raisins or chopped dates (Optional)

Directions

Raisin Filling

Combine 1/2 cup molasses, 1/3 cup raisins, and 2 tablespoons melted butter.  Set aside.

Topping

Mix the remaining molasses, butter, raisins, nuts and brown sugar in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Boil 1 minute.  Pour Topping into a lightly greased 9″ square baking pan.

Dough

Sift flour, baking powder and salt.  Cut in shortening.  Add milk to make a soft dough.  Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 12- by 8-inch rectangle, 3/4-inch thick. Spread with the Raisin Filling. Roll up filled dough from 1 long side, jelly-roll style.  Pinch edge of dough to seal and cut into 12 slices. Place buns, cut-side down, on Topping.

Bake at 375 F 45 minutes.  Immediately invert the pan onto a serving platter.  Let stand for 5 minutes to set the topping, and then lift off the pan. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

 

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52 Ancestors: #45 John Albert Gunther (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted on November 11, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History
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Headstone of J. Albert Gunther & his wife, Esther E. (Chamberlain) Gunther, Row 12, Lot 16

 

John Albert Gunther was born 26 June 1891 in Ranshaw, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Andrew Gunther and Mary E. (Meisberger) Gunther and, he is my great-uncle.

On 21 June 1915, he married Esther E. Chamberlain of Northumberland Co., PA. They had the following children:  John Albert, Jr. (1917 – ?), Virginia (1918 – ?), Rita (1919 – ?), Marguerite (1921 – ?), Andrew J. (1922 – 1998), William (1924 – ?), Roy Vincent (abt. 1926 – ?), Theodore (1928 – ?), Leon (1928 – ?), Lawrence (1930 – ?), Louis Edward (1932 – ?) and Rose Marie (1934 – ?). Leon and Theodore may be twins since their ages given in the 1930 US census were both 1 and 8/12.

John Albert Gunther also went by the names of John A. Gunther, J. Albert Gunther and Albert J. Gunther in many of the records. He has draft registration cards for both WWI and WWII but does not appear to have served in the military for either conflict.  His occupation was that of an insurance agent for the Prudential Insurance Company.

He died on 2 February 1960 in Shamokin, Northumberland, PA. He is buried with his wife in St. Edward’s cemetery in Shamokin.

 

 

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(Not So) Wordless Wednesday – Mom & Dad on a Date?

Posted on November 5, 2014 in Family Memories, Family Photos

For me, this theme will be used to share my family photos and to post my mystery photos in hopes that someday I’ll be able to solve them.

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Aug. 22, 1940, Marguerite Noble and William C. Furlani

 

This photo is of my father, William C. Furlani and my mother, Marguerite Noble.  The photo is dated Aug. 22, 1940. This is prior to their marriage in 1941. The location where this photo is taken is not known but is probably in the area of Coal Township and Mount Carmel in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

 

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52 Ancestors: #44 Guglielmo Giulio Furlani, the Brother that Disappeared

Posted on November 4, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History

According to family lore, Guglielmo is supposed to have come over to the US with his two brothers to New York.  He then went to South America either directly from New York or from Mount Carmel, PA.  My father seemed to think he stayed in New York for several months before he went to South America and was never heard from again.  My father also said that this is the brother he was named after as Guglielmo is Italian for William.

According to his baptismal record, Guglielmo Giulio was born on 12 March 1886 and baptized on 13 March 1886 in Vigolo Vattaro, Tyrol, Austria, which is now Vigolo Vattaro, Trentino Province, Italy. The Southern Tyrol was ceded to Italy in the Treaty of Versailles, which ended WWI.  His godparents were gf. Gulielmo Tamanini and gm. Giuliotta Furlani.

“He came to the US with his two brothers…”

Guglielmo was the first of the three brothers to enter the US. Departing from Antwerp, he arrived in New York on 14 May 1907 on the ship the Finland.  Candido followed arriving on 2 December 1907 on the ship La Gascogne from Havre. Finally, Giovanni arrived on 20 October 1912 on the ship Philadelphia from Southampton.

“He went to South America either before or after staying a while in New York…”

I have a copy of a postcard sent from Vigolo Vattaro by an aunt to Mount Carmel, Northumberland, Pennsylvania that is addressed to him date the 30th December. It was sent after the arrival of Candido in Mount Carmel, since Candido also received a postcard from the same aunt, evidence that Guglielmo was present in Mount Carmel for some unknown time period. His entry on the ship’s manifest for his arrival into the US also states his final destination as Mount Carmel to meet with a cousin, Buoinutto [sp?] Dallabrida.

I found him in the 1910 Census in Colorado.  He was staying in a miner’s camp with Louis Manapace, Alex Manapace, Modesto Pasquale and Giovanni Girardi. Tercio Camp seems to be the city/town of Tercio near Stonewall, CO today. Manapace and Girardi are some surnames from the village of Vigolo Vattaro and the surrounding region. I have not found him in any later census records.

“…and was never heard from again”

I have been unable to find any additional records for Guglielmo so far. He left before the photos were taken in 1915 of all the males who came to Mount Carmel from Vigolo Vattaro, so I have no photos of Guglielmo.

 

 

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Family Recipe Friday – Mom’s Pumpkin Pie

Posted on October 31, 2014 in Family Recipes

 

I thought this recipe is very appropriate for the season. It was taught to me by my mother.  I don’t know where she got the recipe.  It was never written down until I added it to my MasterCook® cookbook, Eileen’s Recipe Box. This is the cookbook that holds all my family recipes.

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It has been a tradition in my home to serve this dish on Thanksgiving when all my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren come to my home for Thanksgiving dinner.  This year for the first time, I will be taking these pies to my son’s home, where we will be having Thanksgiving dinner.

This recipe makes two pies and yields 16 servings.

Mom’s Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients

Amount       Measure        Ingredient 

1                   teaspoon         ground cinnamon

1/2              teaspoon         ground allspice

1/2              teaspoon         ground nutmeg

1                 teaspoon         ground ginger

4                teaspoons       vanilla extract

1                 cup                  dark brown sugar

1/2            cup                   granulated sugar

8                large               eggs

30              ounces           pumpkin (1 large can unseasoned Libby pie filling)

1 1/2          cups               milk (whole or 2%)

6                tablespoons  salted butter

1                teaspoon        salt

2               unbaked         pie shells (See pie crust recipe below)

Directions

In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, pour milk, add butter and salt.

Place in a microwave for about 30 – 60 seconds until butter almost melted (do not let milk boil).

In a large bowl, mix together spices, vanilla, sugars, eggs, pumpkin and milk mixture until thoroughly blended.

Pour into pie shell and cover the edges with a thin strip of foil.  Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until a knife blade inserted into the center of the pie comes out clean.

When serving, you may top with whipped cream, if desired or serve with pumpkin ice cream.

Mom’s Pumpkin Pie Crust

 Ingredients

Amount       Measure       Ingredient

2                  level cups     all-purpose flour

1                   teaspoon      salt

3/4              level cup      Crisco all-vegetable shortening

5                 tablespoons  cold water

Directions

Mix flour and salt in a large medium bowl (metal works best). Cut in Crisco® using a pastry blender (or 2 knives) until all flour is blended in to form pea-size chunks.

Sprinkle with water, one tablespoon at a time. Toss lightly with fork until dough will form ball. Divide dough in half, if making two single crusts. Press between hands to form one or two 5 to 6-inch pancakes.

Flour one pancake of dough lightly. Roll into circle between sheets of waxed paper on dampened countertop. Peel off top sheet. Trim crust one inch larger than an inverted 9-inch pie plate. Flip into pie plate. Remove other sheet and press pastry to fit. Fold edge under and flute. Repeat this step for the other pancake of dough.

 

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52 Ancestors: #43 Giovanni Valentino Furlani (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted on October 27, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History

Giovanni Valentino Furlani, as he was baptized, was born 18 February 1884 in Vigolo Vattaro, in what is now Trentino Province, Italy. He was the eldest son of Giovanni Battista Furlani and Maria Dallabrida.

Giovanni immigrated to the US in 1912 at the age of 28. His two younger brothers, Guglielmo and Candido (my grandfather) had preceded him in 1907.  By 1912, Guglielmo had already moved from Mt. Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania to Colorado. Candido (Condy) was still in Mt. Carmel.

When I researched passenger records at Ellis Island, I found something odd. I found Giovanni Furlani in the database twice.  As follows:

Furlani, Geovanni, ethnicity Austria, residence Vigola, Austria, date 17 Oct 1912,age 28y, gender M, marital status S,  ship’s name St. Paul out of Southampton, Southamptonshire, England, UK

Furlani, Giovanni, ethnicity Austria,  residence Trentino, Austria, date 20 Oct 1912, age 28y, gender M, marital status S, ship’s name Philadelphia out of Southampton, Southamptonshire, England, UK

His certificate of arrival in his naturalization papers stated that he arrived on the ship Philadelphia on 20 October 1912.  I wonder who arrived under his name on the ship St. Paul on 17 October 1912 and I wonder they were a relative.

Giovanni joined his brother on Mt. Carmel to work in the mines. The occupation of all three brothers was coal miner. He was living in Mt. Carmel when the following photo was taken by the local newspaper.  In 1915, the newspaper featured the immigrants from Vigolo Vattaro who had come to Mt. Carmel from about 1880 through the present (1915). It had two photos: one of all married men that featured my grandfather, Candido and one of all single men that included my great uncle John (see photo).

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Giovanni (John) Furlani & the Single Men from Vigolo Vattaro in Mt. Carmel Item 1915, Giovanni is on the second full row, fourth from the left.

 

By the first census since his arrival, the 1920 US census, Giovanni (John) Furlani was in Clay, Harrison County, West Virginia. In the 1930 US census, he is in Rivesville, Marion County, West Virginia; but by 1942, according to his WWII Draft Registration, he was back in living in Harrison County, West Virginia. I have not been able to find him in the 1940 US census so far.

I remember that Uncle John used to send us a Christmas card every year until he died in 1963. I never met him and the only photo I have of him is the one in the newspaper photo.  He died on his birthday on 18 February 1963 at Davis Memorial Hospital, Randolph County, West Virginia. He died of pneumonia at the age of 79 exactly. He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Marion County, West Virginia.

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Tombstone of Giovanni (John) Furlani (1884 – 1965)

 

 

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52 Ancestors: #42 Eva Meisberger Kestener Gunther (1861 – 1941)

Posted on October 21, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History
52 Ancestors: #42 Eva Meisberger Kestener Gunther (1861 – 1941) Eva Meisberger Gunther ca 1884

Eva Meisberger Kestener Gunther ca. 1884

 

Eva Meisberger Gunther was baptized Maria Anna Meisberger at St. Edward’s RC Church, Shamokin, Northumberland, Pennsylvania. She is my great grandmother and the daughter of Theobald Meisberger and Mary Catherine Strausser. The numerous name variants that I have found include: Mary Eva Ann Meisberger, Eva A. Kestener, Mary Gunther, Eva Mary Gunter, Mary E. Gunter, and Eva Ann Meisberger.

Eva Meisberger was married twice.  She first married Arnold Kestener (1854 – 1881) on 23 November 1880 in St. Edward’s. Arnold died in 1881 and is buried in St. Edward’s cemetery. According to the family story, she was a bride, mother and widow in less than a year. My question is “Who was the child she bore?”  I found a grave in St. Edward’s cemetery for a Baby Kestener. This grave was at Range 12 – Lot 15. Arnold Kestener’s grave is at Range 12 – Lot 16, so it is likely he is the father and Eva was the mother of the poor infant buried with no dates recorded.

Eva then married Andreas (aka Andrew) C. Gunther (abt. 1859 – 1931) on 11 February 1884 in St. Edward’s RC Church, Shamokin.  Together they had eight children that I know of: Wilson Francis (1884 – 1927), Mary Viola (1887 – 1972), Annetta Geraldine (1889 – ?), John Albert (1891 – 1960), Louis Arnold (1892 – 1906), Raymond Peter (1895 – 1960), Lorraine (1897 – 1977), and Marguerite (1900 – 1983).

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Eva Meisberger Kestener Gunther Ca. 1927

I recently obtained the death certificate for Mary Gunther. At the time of her death, she was living at 446 Main Street, Brady, Coal Township, Northumberland, Pa. (Brady became Johnson City and then Ranshaw). This is an interesting death certificate because of the anomalies. The official portion states she died on 4 February 1941 of Asthma. The personal side was completed by Mrs. Wm. Noble of 5134 Torresdale Ave, Phila., Pa.  Mrs. Wm. Noble is Eva’s daughter, Lorraine, and my grandmother.

First if we calculate her birth date based on the date of death and her listed age we get 11 April 1860 but the certificate and her baptismal record both state a birth date of 6 April 1861. She was baptized on 16 June 1861.

Eva’s father is listed as David Meisberger born in Germany. Eva’s father was Theobald C. Meisberger, who may have been called David but not on any document that I’ve found so far. Eva’s mother is correctly listed as Mary Strausser but incorrectly described as being born in Germany. She was born in Pennsylvania.

These death certificates can provide such wonderful information but also throw in plenty of conflicts to be resolved and explained.

 

Week 42 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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