04 March 2015

Wedding Wednesday - The Smith's, Brown's & Garland's of Danville, Illinois

There's nothing I find more sad than to see actual family history documents lost.  And today's items are truly lost.  I'm sure they have ties to Michigan, but I'm also sure someone out there must be missing these.  The papers have roots in Danville, Illinois, but somehow ended up in Pontiac, Michigan.  I'm hoping someone will read this and help me find the family that these belong to. 

I have three (3) pages, they have been laminated - although not by me.  These were found by a good friend of ours.  They were found in the home they bought.  As they were cleaning a very high shelf, these papers came fluttering down.  If you click on the images they will open in a new window. 

 The above image is a marriage record between Charles F. Brown & Clara E. Smith,
both of Danville, Illinois.  The date on this certificate is 17 JULY 1912.  Written on the back of this one are the words, "Dorothy Brown's (Garland) mother and real  father's marriage certificate.


 The above marriage certificate is between Bernard C. Smith (?), piece on end of name is missing.
His bride is Luella Belle Jones.  The marriage took place in Danville, Illinois on 24 DEC 1885.
The back of this has, "Dorothy Louise Brown's (Garland) Grandmothers marriage certificate. Clara Smith (Jennings Brown) mother.  Also notes this was Clara's second marriage?

Finally,  this birth register shows births for 7 persons, Caroline Belle Smith, Mary Bernice Smith, Walter Roy Smith, Clara E. Smith, Bernice E. Smith and Paul Edwin Smith.  There are dates for each birth except for Mary Bernice Smith.  The back of this has the words, "births of Grandma Garlands - Dorothy Louise Brown family on mother's side."

I'd really like to see these in the hands of family members again.  Can you help?  If this is your family, I'll be happy to send them to you.  Contact me via this blog and I'll get them to you.  Sure hope these can go HOME to the family they belong with. 

05 February 2015

Wedding Wednesday - Barth & Keller


The State of Ohio, Lorain County, SS. Mr. F. J. Keller and Mrs. Katie L. Burt were joined in MARRIAGE by me on the 5th day of February A. D. 1887. C. H. Doolittle, J. P. Filed and recorded this 21st day of Feby 1887. Attest E. H. Hinman, Probate Judge

And so begins the marriage of Frederick Jacob Keller and Catherine Elizabeth Barth.  Frederick Keller is my husband's first cousin five times removed.  He was born 7 OCT 1859 in Liverpool Township, Medina County, Ohio and dies 28 JUN 1917 in Brunswick Township, Medina County, Ohio. 

Catherine Elizabeth Barth was born 6 AUG 1864 Grafton, Lorain County, Ohio and dies 17 AUG 1941 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. 

Together they were the parents of 9 children -
  Albert George "Bert" Keller  1887-1967
  Joseph Keller  1890 - 1972
  Ella Keller 1892 - 1944
  Harley Keller  1894 - 1988
  Royal Frank Keller  1896 - 1964
  Frederick Keller  1899 - 1984
  Irene Keller  1900 - 1985
  Rose Marie Keller  1902 - 1986
  Velma Keller 1904 - 1990

All the children married and had families except for Ella. 

From the Medina County (Ohio) Gazette, 6 JUL 1917 -
   Fred. J. Keller
  Fred Jacob Keller,  son of Martin and Christina Keller, was born in Liverpool, Oct. 7, 1859.  At the age of 16 he was confirmed  in Zion Lutheran church at Liverpool of which he remained a member until his death.  The most of his life was spent in Liverpool and Brunswick. He has been a member of the the K.O.T. M. since 1903.
  He was united in marriage to Katherine Elizabeth Barth on Feb. 6, 1887.  To this union  were born nine children, Bert, Joe, Ella, Harley, Royal, Fred, Irene, Rosie and Velma.   On Dec. 31, 1916, he was afflicted with a stroke of paralysis, which left him in failing health and caused him much suffering.  He departed this life June 28, 1917.
  He leaves a wife, nine children, two grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Regina Reutter, Mrs. Elizabeth Bay and Mrs. Carrie Fahrion, also two brothers Martin Keller and Philip Geiger besides a host of friends to mourn his loss.

From the Medina County (Ohio) Gazette,  2 SEP 1941 -
  Mother of Nine Dies In Brunswick, Sunday
   Mrs. Katherine Keller, mother of nine children, died in her home just west of Brunswick, Sunday night, after being in poor health for about a year.  She was 76 years old.  Her husband, Fred Keller, died 22 years ago.
  Funeral services will be held in the Waite Funeral Home, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with burial in Myrtle Hill cemetery in Liverpool Township.
  Surviving are the following children:  Albert, Joe, Ella, Harley, Royal, Fred and Irene Keller, all of Brunswick, and Rose Fenn of Medina and Velma Tibbitts of Brunswick; a sister, Mary Funk of Chicago, and a brother, Joe Barth of Litchfield.

Both Frederick J. & Catherine E. Keller are buried in Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Liverpool Township, Medina County, Ohio.