52 Ancestors: #38 Emma M. Meisberger Madara (1864 – 1928)

Posted on September 23, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History

Emma was born on 31 January 1864 in Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. She was baptized on 20 February 1864 in St. Edward’s RC church in Coal Township.  She is the daughter of Theobald Meisberger and Mary Catherine Strausser Meisberger and she is my 2nd great-aunt.

Emma seems to be known by various first names. Her baptismal record lists her as Emily Margaret Meisberger. All the census records where she lived with her parents list her as Emma M. Meisberger, while those records where she lived with her husband show her variously as Margaret E. and Emma.  Her death certificate also shows her as Margaret M. Some family trees have her named Amelia, which sounds like a variant on Emily.  Her father’s will, surprisingly, identifies her as Annie.

She married John G. Madara on 21 February 1887 in St. Edward’s in Coal Township. Together they had the following children:  John (1887 – 1895), Mary (1889 – 1895), William Charles (1891 – ?), Theodore C. (1892 – 1914), Margaret E. (1895 – ?), Florence H. (1896 – ?), George Lincoln (1898 – 1952), Elizabeth A. (abt. 1901 – ?), Anna Rita (1902 – 1979), Arthur C. (1904 – 1944), Nellie C. (abt. 1907 – ?) and John (abt. 1912 – ?).

Emma died on 14 February 1928 in Coal Township. She is buried in St. Edward’s cemetery, also in Coal Township.  I have her husband’s death certificate as well and I noticed that he is buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery in Shamokin, Northumberland, Pennsylvania. The family lived on the outskirts of Shamokin in Coal Township. Theobald Meisberger was a staunch Catholic. He and his family were founding members of St. Edward’s.  My suspicion is that John Madara may have been a non-Catholic.  I need to do a bit more research.

Emma’s death certificate lists her father as David Miceberger. Theobald was also known as Theodore but I have not yet encountered any document where he was called David.  The information on the death certificate was provided by Emma’s son, Arthur, who would be a grandson to Theobald and may not have known his grandfather’s first name since Arthur was born after Theobald died.

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Death Certificate of Margaret E. Madara died 14 Feb 1928 in Coal Twp., Northumberland Co., PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 38 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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52 Ancestors: #37 Barbara Meisberger Haley

Posted on September 17, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History, Family Stories

Barbara Meisberger came to the United States with her family in 1855, when she was five years old.  She was born 3 January 1850 in Steinbach, Rhineland, Prussia (today Germany). Barbara is the youngest daughter of Michael Meisberger and Margaret (Bettinger) Meisberger and she is my 3rd great-aunt.

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Birth certificate of Barbara Meisberger born 3 January 1850 in Steinbach, Rhineland, Prussia

 

Her siblings were Theobald Meisberger (my 2nd great-grandfather), Michael Meisberger (Jr.), John Meisberger, Elizabeth Meisberger, Eva Meisberger, and Magdalena Meisberger Shuda.

Barbara is mentioned in a short biographical sketch extracted from the Book of Biographies of the Seventeenth Congressional District, published by Biographical Publishing Company of Chicago, Ill. and Buffalo, NY (1899). The sketch was for William F. Haley, the son of Patrick Haley and Barbara (Meisberger) Haley, who was a leading merchant in Locust Gap, Northumberland County (Co.), Pennsylvania (PA) and proprietor of one of the largest grocery stores. The author does not provide a marriage date for Patrick and Barbara but does mention that Barbara’s parents were among the earliest settlers of Coal Township, Northumberland Co., PA.

The author writes that Patrick Haley was born 22 February, 1835, at Mount Laffer, Schuylkill Co., PA and lost his life in the mines on 20 August 1884. Together Barbara and Patrick had eight children–William F.; Mary, who was the wife of Peter Duppy of Locust Gap; Michael, who was killed in the mines at the age of almost twenty-two; Margaret, the wife of Walter Bosine; Elizabeth, the wife of Frank Brecker; Eugene; Victoria and Patrick, who died at the age of three.

Barbara died 20 March 1925 in Mount Carmel, Northumberland Co., PA and was buried in St. Edward’s cemetery in Coal Township.

 

Week 37 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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(Not So) Wordless Wednesday – Dad and Aunt Dot

Posted on September 10, 2014 in Family Photos, Wordless Wednesday

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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Ca. 1914, William C. Furlani and Dorothy Furlani

 

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Ca. 1940 William C. Furlani and Dorothy Furlani

 

The first (top) photo is of my Dad, William C. Furlani and his sister, Dorothy Furlani.  I believe this photo was taken around April of 1914.  In the photo, Dad would be about two years old and Aunt Dot would be about six months old. The location where this photo is taken is not known but is probably Connorsville, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Connorsville is a small town/village outside of Mount Carmel.

I would like to contrast this photo with a later photo that I have of the two of them. In the second (bottom) photo, Dad is probably around 28/29 years old, while Aunt Dot would be about 26/27 years old.  The location where this photo is taken is not known but is probably Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania around 1940/41.

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52 Ancestors: #36 John Henry Strausser (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted on September 9, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History

According to his death certificate, John  Henry  Strausser was born on 15 June 1857 in Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Peter Strausser and Sarah Mumma Strausser and he is my 3rd great grand uncle..

John’s siblings were Mary Catherine Strausser Meisberger (my 3rd great-grandmother), Angeline Strausser Smith, Sarah Matilda Strausser Haines, Peter A. Strausser and David T. Strausser.

The marriage record from the Centralia Methodist Church in Centralia, Columbia County, Pennsylvania shows that John H. Strauser of Greenback, Pa (I have not been able to find any mention of this town in Pennsylvania) married Emma C. Metz of Brady, Pa. (in Northumberland County) on 13 July 1879. Their children were Pearl Strausser (1880 – ), Clarah (Carrie) M. Strausser (1881 – ), Edith Strausser Fry (1885 – 1930), John Russell Strausser (1896 – 1971), and Reynold Strausser (1899 – 1970).

John was a coal miner and died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of seventy-two, on 2 July 1929 in Johnson City (aka Brady or Ranshaw), Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He is buried in Shamokin Cemetery located in Shamokin, Northumberland County.

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Headstone of John H. Strausser and his wife, Emma C. Metz Strausser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 36 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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52 Ancestors: #35 Peter A. Strausser (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted on September 2, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History, Family Stories

According to his death certificate, Peter A Strausser was born Peter Adam Strausser on 20 November 1853 in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  The 1900 US census and his tombstone listed his birth as Nov 1852 and 1852, respectively. He was the son of Peter Strausser and Sarah Mumma Strausser.

Peter’s siblings were Mary Catherine Strausser Meisberger (my 3rd great-grandmother), Angeline Strausser Smith, Sarah M. Strausser Haines, John Henry Strausser and David T. Strausser.

In the 1880 US census, Peter is single, living with his parents and in the 1900 US census, he is widowed, head of the household containing his two sons, Royal B. Strausser and John N. Strausser.  Peter’s death certificate did not ask for a spouse’s name but the death certificate of his son, John N. Strausser, listed his parents as Peter A. Strausser and Catherine Nolan.

Peter was a coal miner and died of Miner’s Asthma [Black Lung], at the age of sixty-three, on 30 November 1916 in Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He is buried in Shamokin Cemetery located in Shamokin, Northumberland County.

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Headstone of Peter Adam Strausser (1852 – 1916)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you researching these lines, there is another Peter Strausser that can be easily confused with this Peter Strausser. I believe, but have not yet been able to prove, that they are cousins. The other Peter is Peter L. Strausser.  He was born 25 January 1852 and died 27 August 1919 and is also buried in Shamokin Cemetery.  They lived in adjoining towns in the same township (Coal). What really makes it so difficult is that not all the documents used their middle initials.

 

 

Week 35 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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(Not So) Wordless Wednesday – Marguerite Gunther

Posted on August 27, 2014 in Family Photos, Wordless Wednesday

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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Wedding photo of Frank Olshefski and Marguerite Gunther

Above is a photo of my great-aunt, Marguerite Gunther and her husband, Frank Olshefski, taken on their wedding day, 31 August 1946 in Ranshaw, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Both are deceased, but Sunday would have been their sixty-eighth (68th) anniversary. My mother, Marguerite (Noble) Furlani, was named after this aunt.

The following is my mystery photo.  This photo was unidentified and in the box of photos that my sisters and I inherited from our mother.  It was possibly taken in the 1940s. I believe it may be Marguerite Gunther, the bride in the photo above.

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Unidentified photo possibly taken in the 1940s

If possible, I would like to firm up the identifications, so I am open to any information or corrections concerning this photo.

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52 Ancestors: #34 Angeline Strausser Smith

Posted on August 26, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History

Oh my! I just discovered that I have a Smith in the family.  Angeline Strausser, daughter of Peter Strausser and Sarah (Mumma) Strausser, was born, according to her death certificate, on 24 December 1844 in Pennsylvania. Angeline is my 3rd great-aunt.

She first appears as Angeline Strasser in the 1850 US census in Norwegian Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. She is abt. 5 years old and living with her parents, Peter and Sarah, and her sister, Mary C.

She is then shown as age 15 in the 1860 US census, named  Angeline Strawser in the household of her parents, Peter and Sarah Strawser, in Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. And until this week, I lost her after 1860 as she is not living with her parents in 1870.

This week I located her Pennsylvania Death Certificate and it held several nuggets for me. It contained her married name; in fact, I found it because her parents’ names were also listed on the certificate. It also gave me her actual birth date, death date, place of death; and most importantly, is the only death certificate for this entire family that lists Sarah and Peter Strausser as being from Berks County, Pennsylvania—giving me another clue in the search for the parents of both Peter and Sarah.

The bad news is that the informant is someone named Edward Mitcheltree, and I do not know the reliability of his knowledge. The one inconsistency I found is that the death certificate gives her birth date as 24 December 1844, while the 1900 US census lists her birth date as July 1844. The ages given in most of the census records are consistent with her having been born later in the year so I am leaning toward the December date.

Using her married name of Angeline S. Smith, I was able to locate her in the 1870, 1880, 1900, and 1910 US censuses.  In the 1900 US census, Angeline had been married to Adam Smith thirty-eight years making their marriage about 1862. They have three children and all three are shown as living.  A daughter Annie Smith, born June 1862, and a daughter, Flora Miller, born June 1883, are living with them. A male, Blair Davis, age thirteen is also living in this household but I have not been able to determine his exact relationship to the head of the household, Adam Smith.

In the 1910 US census, Angeline is abt. 65, widowed and living with a granddaughter, Elizabeth McFadden, age 17. She bore four children of whom only one is still living.   She is living in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, which is where she dies on 27 September 1917. She is buried in Williamsport Cemetery.

The only children of Adam and Angeline Smith that I have been able to identify are Laura, aged abt. four in the 1880 US census, Annie, and Flora, who appear in the 1910 US census.

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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944, database on-line, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 August 2014), entry for Angeline Strausser, Cert. 101845 (1917).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 34 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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Wordless Wednesday – Marguerite Noble

Posted on August 20, 2014 in 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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This is a photo of my mother, Marguerite Noble, age 7, taken c. 1925. Marguerite M. Noble was born on 21 May 1918 in Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. She married William C. Furlani on 26 July 1941 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, and she died on 25 May 1985 in Taylor Hospital (Ridley Park, Delaware County, Pennsylvania) of end stage emphysema.

 

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Your Genea-Bucket List

Posted on August 16, 2014 in Saturday Night Fun

Randy Seaver of  Genea-Musings has given us this Saturday Night Genealogy Fun assignment:

What is on your Genealogy Bucket List?  What research locations do you want to visit?  Are there genea-people that you want to meet and share with?  What do you want to accomplish with your genealogy research?  List a minimum of three items – more if you want!
My bucket list is entirely composed of wishes to visit ancestral homes and locations.

  1. I would like to trace the migrations of my Noble line. Edward and Mary were both born in Ireland and immigrated separately to the UK during the famine years.  The met in the UK married in Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England, had two sons in Liverpool, Lancashire, England and then moved back to Houghton-le-Spring, specifically Newbottle and had four additional children prior to coming to the US. I know their UK locations but I am still tracking down the Irish locations. I have tracked Edward Noble to County Mayo but need to find out was town/townland and parish before I visit. I believe I have connected Mary Devine to County Longford but again need more information.
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  3. I need to visit Vigolo Vattaro in Trentino province in Italy, the town that my Tyrolean paternal grandfather emigrated from.  It is 19 miles from the city of Trent in the Dolomites. I know there are no longer any Furlani surnames left in Vigolo Vattaro but I know my great-grandfather ran the local inn and that building might still be there.  There will be many other names I will recognize and possible cousins since about fifty men came to Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania from this town.
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  5. I want to visit the town where my Meisberger ancestors came from, but I do not want to make this trip until I fill in a couple of other ancestors, also from German. That way I can visit all their home towns in the same trip.  Before I can go, I need to solve the origins of my great-grandfather, Andreas Gunther.
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  7. There may be additional visits if I ever get any closer than Italy and Bohemia for my Bianchi and Bunt lines.
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52 Ancestors: #33 David T. Strausser

Posted on August 16, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History

David T. Strausser, son of Peter Strausser and Sarah (Mumma) Strausser, was born 30 November 1859 in Pennsylvania. He was most likely born in Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania since that is where his parents resided at the time of his birth. His middle name has not been spelled out in any record so far. David is my 3rd great-uncle.

He appears in the 1860, 1870 and 1880 US censuses living with his parents and siblings.

In the 1900 US census, David is married to Kate. This census records that David and Kate have been married 17, which places the marriage around 1883. Kate’s death certificate states that she was born Kate Bensinger on 6 February to Frank Bensinger and Lucy Bender in Perry Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. It is not known exactly where the marriage took place.

According to this same census, Kate has had nine children, of which, four are still living.  The surviving children are Merle (1883 – 1943), Laura (1887 – ), Irvin (1890 – 1956) and George (1899 – ).  The deceased children potentially include an infant born January 1892, who died 02 March 1892; Raymond, born 9 April 1893, who died 11 April 1893; and David, born February 1897, who died 25 January 1898.

The 1910 census records fourteen children, of which eight are still living. This census lists four additional children living in the household: Irene (1901 – 1980), Grace L. (1906 – ), Myrtle (1907 – ) and Katherine, who is listed as one month old as of the census date. A child, Leonard was born September 1903 and died on 9 February 1904; and a child, Desna was born 7 March 1910 and died 16 November 1910.  I wonder if Desna and Katherine are the same person or possibly twins.  Katherine is not found in the household in the 1920 US census, when she would have been ten or eleven years old.

I have only identified thirteen of the fourteen children and only five of the six deceased children so far. I have identified all the eight who survived.

According to his death certificate, David died on 20 July 1926, at the age of sixty-six, of an intestinal obstruction in Ranshaw, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Ranshaw, previously known as Brady and Johnson City, is now part of the city of Shamokin. David is buried in Shamokin Cemetery, along with many other Strausser families from that area, including his parents, who are my 3rd great-grandparents.

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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944, database on-line, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 August 2014), entry for David T. Strausser, Cert. #79785 (1926).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 33 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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