Saturday, January 9, 2016

Ancestry Saturday: Touchdown House



My third great grandparents' Cincinnati house was at 419 David Street.

I decided to look it up.

Google Maps shows David Street is still there, but the location of Frederick and Elizabeth Schroeder's house has a different purpose.

It seems that the west goal line at the University of Cincinnati's football stadium is where their house used to be.

It's sort of like scoring a touchdown every time you visit.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

U.S. Route 62 - A Family History Route - Part 2: Oklahoma to Kentucky


All four branches of my kids' family tree has stopovers on U.S. Route 62 from Oklahoma to New York.  The route is a family history route.

Part 1: Oklahoma to Kentucky
Meet some of the people and places in the family history story along the first 1,000 miles of US62, heading east from Oklahoma.

Amos Platt:  US62 runs through Oklahoma City, just a few miles southeast of the burial place of my kids' third great grandafther, Amos Platt in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma.  Amos was a Methodist Episcopal minister with churches in Western Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Oklahoma.  He moved his family west around 1885, but stayed there even when they moved back to Pennsylvania five years later.

He was born in 1844 in Clarion County Pennsylvania, just a few miles southeast of US62 too.
Lorene Mastin (left)

Lorene Mastin:  My kid's great grandmother on their mom's side spent the last four decades of her life living in Mountain Home, Arkansas.  She grew up in the heartland with a penchant for music.  Her sister Cora and her were the "cowgirls of the radio" and music brought her to Mountain Home, nearby the music scene of Branson, Missouri.

Lorene died in 2012 and is buried less than a mile off U.S. Route 62.

Pocahontas: The daughter of Chief Powhatan is my kids' 11th great grandmother and gives her name to a town in Arkansas right along US62.  It's safe to say she never visited, but there is a statue of her right there at the Black River Overlook Park.  Just take US62.

The Gates Family Farm in 1905
Eliza Mattingly:  Bardstown, Kentucky is dissected by US62 and the Nelson County home of Elizabeth (Mattingly) Gates isn't far north in Samuels.  My kids' fourth great grandmother spent all 85 years of her life in the same general area around US62.

Her daugther, Eliza (Gates) Blandford, spent her 50 years living around US62 and her grandaughter, Mary Catherine (Blandford), was born there too.  The Gates, Mattingly, Miles, and Blandford families had deep roots there long before US62 was built.
A bible record of US62 births.

John Downing:  A 1790 tax list places my kids' sixth great grandfather in Mason County, Kentucky early in the area's settlement history.  A bible record documents the births and deaths in this county where US 62 now runs.

Like the McConnell, Ellis, Naylor, Sanders, and other ancestral families, the Downings came down the Ohio River from the Washington County, Pennsylvania area to settle.

US62 crosses right through Old Washington where James and his wife, Susannah (Ellis) Downing are reportedly buried on the old family farm.

Then, the stories cross the Ohio River.

Friday, November 27, 2015

U.S. Route 62 - A Family History Route


The 1,500 miles from Kingfisher, Oklahoma to Niagara Falls, New York finds stop overs in my kids' family history story in all four branches of their family tree.  All of those miles are along U.S. Route 62.

Amos Platt is buried at Kingfisher.  My third great grandfather was a Methodist minister who was in Oklahoma in its pre-statehood years.

My parents honeymooned at Niagara Falls in 1965.  My kids would visit with me in 2015.

In between, there were Blandfords in Bardstown, Mastins in Mountain Home, McConnells in Maysville, and Sanders in Samantha.
US62 Map From Wikipedia
This piece kicks off a six-part series.  In the next part, I'll look at the 1,000 miles from Oklahoma to Kentucky.  Parts 3 and 4 explore Southern Ohio and Northern Ohio.  The last 200 miles traverse Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York.

The journey along U.S. Route 62, like a journey through our family tree, proves US62 is a family history route.