|Pittsburgh Monday 14, 1927|
A gas tank explosion about 20 minutes to 9. Lots of damage done and people killed. The whole city shook, glass broke every where. Our house shook. I didn't know what had happened. I was in laundry washing.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
I have been bad about posting lately, but hopefully can get going on this again.
Also, apparently I skipped #13.
|The parents of Dennis are not named but are listed as "residents of the State of Ohio"|
|States Dennis had live in the US for 67 uninterrupted years at "Coal Center, Roscoe, Monongahela & Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania). Also lived in State of Ohio."|
Finally, the death certificate for Dennis, names his parents as Edward McFadden and Alice Collum. Both are also said to have been born in Ireland. The informant was Cornelius McFadden (1903-1977), ninth child of Dennis and Elizabeth.
|Allegheny County, Pennsylvania-1924|
So far, I have been unable to locate any possible candidates Edward, Alice or Dennis in the immigration records. I'm hoping if I can focus on Ohio, something may turn up.
Washington County, Pennsylvania, “marriage license no. 133,” Dennis McFadden-Lizzie Newland, 18 February 1886; digital images, Family Search ( : accessed 8 February 2013).; Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, death certificate no. 11973 (1924), Dennis C. McFadden; Department of Health, Pennsylvania
Monday, June 2, 2014
Otto Schildhauer was my maternal 2nd cousin once removed. While researching some collateral family members, I have come across a few individuals that I have been able to locate quite a bit about with minimal research time and effort.
One of these individuals is Otto Schildhauer (1898-1959). I have been able to find a pretty good summary of his life just searching newspapers.
Also, when people talk about the lack of privacy these days, I like to bring old newpapers up. It's a good illustration that social networks really aren't a new idea. It's only the technology that has changed.
|Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, Ohio, 7 June 1898|
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Schildhauer of Buckingham street, a twelve-pound baby boy.
|Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, Ohio, 12 Jan 1900|
The little child of Mr. Herman Schildhauer is quite sick at 349 Buckingham street.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
I have fallen a little behind on this challenge, but hopefully can catch up fairly soon.
While visiting my parents last week, my mother gave me another family journal that she came across while organizing their new place.
At first we thought this diary belonged to my grandmother, Ruth MCFADDEN Webb (1905-1985), but after reading several of the entries it appears to have beem my great grandmother's, Hannah BITTINGER McFadden (1846-1890).
There are two articles that deal with the illness and death of 10 year old Charlie McFadden (1891-1900) which I had previously posted about here: Charles McFadden.
|Clipping 1: Charles, 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis McFadden is very ill with catarrhal fever.|
Clipping 2: Charlie McFadden died yesterday
morning. The little fellow suffered
awfully during the last few days of
his illness. Catarrhal fever, followed
by pneumonia and spinal trouble,
made his case a difficult one to treat.
He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis
McFadden and was ten years of age.
Catarrhal fever is an infection that affects mostly ruminants, cows, sheep, etc. according to the Merck Veterinary Manual. I checked A Medical Miscellany For Genealogists by Dr. Jeanette L. Jerger and What Did They Mean By That: A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms Old and New by Paul Drake. Neither listed catarrhal fever.
Why was his death still not talked about among family members? Family lore has it that Dennis was an alcoholic and abusive to his family. Because of this I had considered the possibility that Charlie may have died at the hands of his father which would have been a reason why the memory of him was hushed up. Since other siblings died at young ages, yet were freely discussed among family members through the years, it seems especially odd that Charlie was not remembered.
Unfortunately, the newspaper clippings do not include the name of the publication or the dates the articles were published. According to the 1900 & 1910 census the McFadden family lived in Roscoe, Washington County, Pennsylvania. I will focus on newspapers for that area and hopefully I can find the publication information and possible a little more about Charlie's death.
I was also considering using Charles as my case study for when I officially begin working toward certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Fortunately, I have several other ancestors that would make for good case studies that I can use for this project.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
When I became serious about pursuing my genealogy, my parents gave me a box that had a lot of pictures and letters from my grandmother Ruth Eileen McFadden (1905-1985) along with some items of my grandfather Clyde Lee Webb (1898-1987).
Among the items in this box was a journal that my grandmother kept that began at the end of 1975 and ended at the beginning of 1977.
I don't know if she kept diaries or journals throughout her life but this is the only one that made it to today, whether on purpose or by accident.
Here is a page from her journal from 38 years ago this month.
|11-17 April 1976|
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Playing catch up.
Arlie C. Campbell was married to the brother of my maternal great grandmother. She married Harry D. Neuland on 17 November 1897.
|Harry and Arlie Neuland-65th wedding anniversary 1962|
I've fallen a little behind so today I will cover one of my Revolutionary War ancestors, Jeremiah Webb. I haven't found too much on him and most of what I have is from a deposition filed in open court in Harrison County, Indiana, 22 March 1823.
State of Indiana
On the 22 day of March 1823 personally appeared in open court being a Court of Record of the second Indiana ___________Circuit of the State aforesaid, Jeremiah Webb a resident citizen of said Circuit, age 77 years the 27th march 1823 who being first duly sworn according to law doth ______ his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provisions made by the acts of Congress of the 18th March 1818 and of the first of May 1820. That he said Jeremiah Webb enlisted some time in the month of October as well as he can recollect, in the first commencement of the Revolutionary War that he enlisted in the company of Captain George Taylor in the Regiment Command by Colonel Cleveland in the line of North or South Carolina and he does not recollect which. That he continued in said company during the war on the continental establishment and was then discharged and has not other evidence of his services having had his discharge burnt with all his possessions. That he was at the Battle of Kings Mountain and at Tarlton's Defeat at the Battle of the Cow Pen. That he was principally on the frontier against the British & Indians. That he commanded at the White Oak Station in North Carolina and at Green River in the ________ for about six months. That his skull was severely fractured in the Battle at Kings Mountain which wound has injured him in such a manner that he is frequently not himself.
And in pursuance of the Act of the first of May 1820 I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift or sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part there of with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an Act of Congress entitled An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the Land and Naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War passed on the 18th day of March 1818 & that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities contracts or debts due to me. Nor have I any income other that what is contained in the following schedule here to _______ ________ farmer by occupation but not much reduced by age have a wife named Malinda aged 76 years have six children but none of them living with us.
Schedule of property-One mare & colt, one cow & calf, one yearling calf, two beds & bedding, five pewter plates, three knives & forks, a pot & a skillet, one hoe, one tin cup, one ______ crock, four spoons, not debts due him, owes to the amount of about five dollars
Sworn to before me in open court. Valuation of propert Fifty nine Dollars & seventy five cents. ($59.75) A. Bayless Jeremiah X(his mark) Webb
I have a court document from Chestnut Hill, Jefferson, County Tennessee, where Meredith Webb (my g g g g grandfather) states his father was Jeremiah Webb.
Jefferson County, Tennessee Court Minutes 1792-1795
John Burke }
VS } Attachment
Jeremiah Webb }
Meredith Webb a Guarnishee in this cause saith he doth
not owe anything himself to the Deft. but believes his
father Jeremiah Webb is indebted to the plaintiff.
I've tried to get the full record of this case and any supporting documents from Jefferson County, but so far have not been successful.
I haven't proved yet that this is the correct Jeremiah, but so far it hasn't been disproven either. My next step is to create a time line for both individuals and other family members then go from there.