To go along with my earlier post, Cleaning Up the Family File, I’ve done some additional searches using a wonderful resource – Marriages, Coshocton County, Ohio, 1811-1930 : compiled from marriage records, Probate Court, Coshocton County, Ohio. This book was put together by Miriam C. Hunter for the Coshocton Public Library in 1967. She spent most of one year searching the records in Coshocton County in order to compile this book. I was able to access it through HeritageQuest via my local library.
Since most of my paternal ancestors lived in or near Coshocton during the time period included in the book, I spent the better part of three days carefully combing through the names comparing them to the surnames in my family file. The time spent searching paid off as I was able to enter dates or a location (Coshocton County) that I didn’t have.
The first part of the book – Volume I – is alphabetized by male surname, then giving the bride’s name and the date of marriage. However, if the bride had been married before, sometimes she was listed as “Mrs.” and other times not. Volume II is alphabetized by bride surname and only gives the groom’s first initials and surname. No date of marriage. To find that, I had to go back to Volume I and locate the information. It was pretty time consuming going back and forth – especially when I located several marriages for the bride under previously married names. I had to keep searching until I found her maiden name.
One example is my grandmother’s (Ella House Amore) half-sister’s, son, Guy Irvine Conger, was married to a woman whose name I’d found awhile back. It was Ethel Ford Maple. I had located their marriage on Page 65 of Volume I.
She was listed as Mrs. Ethel Ford Mapel. I also knew that some of the names have been misspelled so I kept searching. The next time her name jumped out at me was on Page 262.
So her marriage to Frank Murphy was 5 years prior to the marriage to Guy Conger – yet the entry in the book still reads Mrs. Ethel Ford Maple (this time with Maple spelled correctly). Hmmm. I had to go find a Maple who had married this woman in order to find out if her true maiden name really was Ford and not a previously marred name or a middle name. So I went back to Page 220.
That’s when I located Ethel Ford who had married Samuel Maple on July 9, 1914. If I hadn’t looked through this book carefully, I might not have discovered any of this information.
That also solved a mystery for me as I have Maple ancestors and thought that perhaps Ethel was a Maple whose parents I hadn’t found. Turns out she wasn’t born a Maple – she just married one! And obviously she liked the name for she used it even after her second marriage to Frank Murphy was dissolved by divorce or his death.
Another mystery that I solved happened as I searched for the marriage of my first cousin once removed – Pauline House. She was my grandmother’s niece (daughter of her brother). I had many newspaper clippings that listed her as Mrs. Pauline Torjusen but I had never located her husband’s first name. I couldn’t locate her husband’s family in any of the censuses in order to figure out who he might be.
In Volume II, page 82, I found the HOUSE entries. There she was – Pauline Hazel House who married T.S. Torporsam.
Talk about a misspelling! In every other source (newspaper, family letters, etc.) it is spelled Torjusen. That is why I didn’t see it in Volume I – because it was listed differently. So then I had to flip back to Volume I in order to find out what this man’s name was! On page 372 I found him – Tobias Suran. The last name was still spelled incorrectly.
Information such as what I found by scanning this book has also helped me in locating Ohio Death Certificate information off of FamilySearch and in the censuses. Sometimes all of that combined can lead to new names, correct ages, etc.
So I urge you to see if there is a resource such as this available in the areas you are researching – perhaps in the Genealogy area of your local library or nearest large city public library or even from the Genealogy Society.
Now – I’m off to continue my research on many of these names and family members I’ve recently discovered!
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