Andrew & Michael Zagorsky (AKA Zagorszky) – from Anina in Caras-Severin County, Romania to Lorain, Ohio

Andrew and Michael Zagorsky (AKA Zagorszky)

From the Banat (Anina – Caras-Severin County, Romania) to Lorain, Ohio

By Linda Jean Limes Ellis

April 14, 2020

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Andrew Zagorsky

Andrew Zagorsky - early photograph restored & colored - 3-30-2015 - WITH TEXT AND FRAME

Undated photograph of Andrew Zagorsky – restored and colorized version 

My maternal grandfather was Andrew Zagorsky (born Andreas Zagorszky). He was born Decenber 15, 1880 in Anina, Caras-Severin, Romania.  Reșița is the capitol and listed as his last residence on his Ship’s Manifest when he left for America in 1904.

Reșița is the Romanian spelling.  It is also known as Resicabánya, Resicza and Oláh Resicza  depending on the language. :

https://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resicab%C3%A1nya

Per my Aunt Irene Zagorsky Ferner, as a young lad living in the 1880’s and 1890’s, Andrew Zagorsky roamed Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and France as an orphan.  He learned to speak several languages and, along the way, taught himself to play the button box.

After Andrew matured into a young adult, he became a miner by trade to earn a living.

RESICZABANYA TO STAJERLAKANINA IN CARAS-SEVERIN COUNTY ROMANIA - MAP 1910 - RESICA AND ANINA

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1910 partial map – Caras-Severin County Romania

                                      Resiczabanaya (Resicza or Reșița in Romanian)       

To the south is Stajerlakanina (Anina).

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1880 born 15, bapt. 16 Dec[embris] [=of December]

Andreas

ma[sculinus] [=male]

illeg[itimus] [=illegitimate]

Joan̄es [=Joannes (Latin) =Johann(es)] Zagorszky operarius [=worker/worksman] et [=and] Maria Motzicz

both Rk = Roman Catholic

Theresienthal

ANDREAS ZAGORSKY AKA ZAGORZSKY BAPTISM RECORD DECEMBER 16 1880 ANINA ROMANIA - MOTHER MAIDEN NAME MOTRICS

ANDREAS ZAGORSKY AKA ZAGORSZKY BAPTISM RECORD DECEMBER 16 1880 ANINA ROMANIA - FATHER JOANNES - MOTHER MARIA

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Source typed from Ancestry.com

Description of the Baptismal record for Andreas Zagorszky (Andrew Zagorsky)

Under the second column on the right side of the document.:
“Theresienthal is a valley in the Western part of the former cole-mining region near Steierdorf.  It seems the place has become a street in Steierdorf later on.”

So it was when Andrew Zagorsky  was 23 years old that America beckoned him to its shores, and specifically, to Lorain, Ohio, where (per the ship’s manifest list) that his brother-in-law, Andreas Juris (Andrew Jurisch), was already living. 

It was almost the end of the year – December 14, 1904, and the day before Andreas Sagorski (Andrew Zagorsky) would turn 24 years old that he landed in America with the sum of $18.00 in his pants pocket.

The next leg of his long-distance journey would be to board a westbound train and head for his final stop – Lorain, Ohio, where as it turned out, where he would spend the rest of his life.

There he would meet and marry a young (17 or 18 year old and also born illegitimate – father unknown) Polish immigrant girl named Jozefa (Josephine) Szczepankiewicz who was living with her uncle, Antoni (Anthony) Szczepankiewiz.  It is said that she could speak only her native tongue, but she could understand Slovak which is one of the languages that Andrew spoke. 

Andrew and Josephine Zagorsky wedding photograph in color with Text and Frame   

Together Andrew and Josephine’s married life moved forward. Through the years, their family ultimately grew to include 11 children.

By the 1930s, the family did what was necessary when it came time to enduring one of the darkest decades in American history – a time forever defined by its name – “The Great Depression.”   

During those years, Andrew was able to keep working at least 3 days a week.  Also, some of the older children left school early and went to work; some even temporarily moving out of state to West Virginia.  As younger adults, they found work in such places as glass factory or a tobacco factory where there was still employment to be had.  They sent what income they could spare back home to help their parents and the younger siblings.  

ANDREW AND JOSEPHINE ZAGORSKY FAMILY - CIRCA - 1923-1924 - WITH FRAME & TEXT - COLORIZED

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Below is the Passenger Record for Andrew Zagorsky

His name is shown as Andreas Sagorski

ANDREW ZAGORSKY ANDREAS SAGORSKI - ELLIS ISLAND SCREEN PRINT SHOWING ADRES SAGORSKI

ANDREW ZAGORSKY - SHIP MANIFEST FROM ELLIS ISLAND WEBSITE - FULL VIEW LINE 22

ANDREW ZAGORSKY - SHIP MANIFEST FROM ELLIS ISLAND WEBSITE - LEFT SIDE - WITH RED BOXANDREW ZAGORSKY - SHIP MANIFEST FROM ELLIS ISLAND WEBSITE -MIDDLE SECTION - WITH RED BOXANDREW ZAGORSKY - SHIP MANIFEST FROM ELLIS ISLAND WEBSITE - RIGHT SIDE - WITH RED BOX

Hand stamped as “Admitted” – Listed on Line 22: 

Sagorski, Andreas; age 25 years; Gender:  M for Male; Marital Status: Not sure if “M” for Married or “S” for Single;

Calling or Occupation:  Miner;

Able to Read or Write:  No for both;

Nationality (Country of Last Permanent Residence): Hungary;

Race of People: German;

Last Residence (Province, City or Town): Resica;

Final Destination (State, City or Town): Lorain, Ohio;

Whether having a ticket to such destination: No; 

By Whom was such passage paid: Self; 

Whether in Possession of $50, and if less how much?: $18.00;

Whether ever before in the United States,

and if so when and where?:  No.; 

Whether going to join a relative or friend; and if so, what relative or friend, and his name and complete address:

Brother-in-Law, Juris, Andreas (Andrew Jurisch) State Street 506, Lorain, Ohio. 

(July 24, 1909, State Street was renamed West 25th Street in Lorain.)

Line 23 lists Josef Bender, Male, age 3.  

Andreas Sagorski is listed as his uncle. 

All of the same information as Andreas Sagorski except listed as Single with no occupation.  Noting the “Admitted” stamp for both Andreas Sagorski (Zagorsky) and Josef Bender.

After Andrew matured into a young adult while still living in Romania he became a miner by trade to earn a living. 

The record of citizenship intention and application documents for Andrew Zagorsky more than hint at his ambition to renounce his allegiance to Franz Joseph I, (later Charles – 1916 – 1918), Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary and become a naturalized American citizen.  We can imagine that his mind may have swirled with such long-term goals when he disembarked from the ship, S. S. Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse, after it docked in New York from sailing its final voyage of the year from Bremen, Germany. 

Andrew Zagorsky - Dec of Intention - 1919

ANDREW ZAGORSKY DECLARATION OF INTENTION - JANUARY 3 1935 - Page 2

ANDREW ZAGORSKY NATURALIZATION - APRIL 16 1937

ANDREW ZAKORSKI NATURALIZATION - DECEMBER 8 1937

ZAGORSKY FAMILY 1940S COLORIZED & WITH FRAME & TEXT

ANDREW ZAGORSKY - OBITUARY

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Michael Zagorsky

 

Michael Zagorsky and Andrew Zagorsky were brothers; and their grave sites, and that of their wives, are next to each other at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio. 

Michael, whose name is often seen as “Mike” in the many “Elyria-Chronicle Telegram” Society News columns of the 1930s and 1940s, mentions his brother, Andrew Zagorsky, of Lorain, who survived him in his published obituary. 

Yet, and somewhat surprisingly, their baptism records from Anina, Caras-Severin, Romania tell us that there may be more to the story of their true relationship as brothers.  Perhaps they were really half-brothers?  At this point, personally I am not able to state for certainty either way, but one thing I do know is that I have a high DNA match with a descendant of Michael Zagorsky leading me to believe there had to be a strong family connection between Andrew and Michael Zagorsky. 

MICHAEL ZAGORSKY AKA ZAGURSKY BAPTISM RECORD APRIL 6 1874 ANINA ROMANIA - MOTHER MARIA LIKO - WITH SOURCE CITATIONSMICHAEL ZAGORSKY AKA ZAGURSZKY - LINE 128 - ANINA - BIRTH BAPTISM - APRIL 5TH AND 6TH 1874 - WITH RED BOX - TEXT & FRAME

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MICHAEL MIHALY ZAKORSZKY - SHIP MANIFEST RECORD EXPLANATION

MIHALY ZAGORSZKY SHIP MANIFEST LINE 16 - MICHAEL ZAGORSKY CLOSE UP

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Mihály Zagorszky’s ship manifest shows that he was born in Stajer…something.

This is possibly Stájerlakanina, now Anina in Romania, 20 miles from Reșița. Mihály was joining his brother Andreas in Lorain, Ohio:

Name: Mihaly Zagorszky

Gender: Male

Race: German

Birthdate: 1874

Age: 33

Arrival Date: 10 Apr 1907

Port of Departure: Bremen, Germany

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Below are a trio of newspaper clippings from the “Elyria Chronicle Telegram”

They each relate to Michael Zagorsky. 

Two are ‘tidbit’ type announcements; and one is his obituary.:   

NEWS NOTES mentioning  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Voykofka and their son visiting  the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Zagorsky that was published July 26, 1938. 

Michael Zagorsky’s obituary published September 3, 1941.  His brother, Andrew Zagorsky, and their sister were mentioned.  His sister’s surname was misspelled, however. The surname was Voykofka.  The family’s surname was later changed to Wykof.

Also, the third one is dated September 21, 1937 under the heading of “BRIEFS” and it is a short yet highly informative one sentence that tells of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Zagorsky  entertaining the former’s son and family from Cleveland, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Sherwood. 

MICHAEL ZAGORSKY OBIT & VOYKOFKA & MIKE SHERWOOD

 

Floral Hills Memory Gardens at both the Ross County and Pickaway County locations are heading toward a resolution of their long-standing problems

Sharing two newspaper reports about two Ohio cemeteries – with the same name – one in Ross County and the other one in Pickaway County.  

They are Floral Hills Memory Gardens.  News about their situations has been shared in several posts on this blog. 

First, thanking Sheridan Hendrix for researching and writing this news story primarily regarding the Floral Hills Memory Gardens location in Ross County that was published in the “Columbus Dispatch” on October 3, 2019. :

“Despite Law Change, Ohio’s abandoned cemeteries still in limbo” 

Abandoned, yet active, cemeteries are an increasing reality in Ohio. 

Because of this fact, a broader outreach to educate the general public about them is important.

This feature article also cites and has links to stories that have been published about Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware County, and Grandview Memorial Park in Portage County — both cemeteries were victims of criminal activity committed by their owners who are currently in prison. 

A sobering focus details the ongoing maintenance issues for those left behind  through no fault of their own.   

It has been six years since Dave Robertson began tending to the 37-acre lawn of Floral Hills Memory Gardens near Chillicothe.”

I’d rather we don’t ever need to write and read stories like this one, but since they are a reality, bringing increased awareness about them IS needed. 

This is a sobering story indeed.  So sad because it should not have to be that in the 21st Century, and in Ohio, we have abandoned and orphaned, active cemeteries that have also lost their registration with the state.  

Those with complaints about such cemeteries must proceed through the steps of first submitting them to the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission (“OCDRC”)  The OCDRC will investigate the complaint and act upon it accordingly.Because of the passage of HB 168 in 2018, the OCDRC can refer the case to a local Court of Common Pleas. Next, will be the appointment of a suitable Receiver who will have the duty of handling the operations of the cemetery, which includes re-registering it with the Department of Real Estate; until a permanent owner can be found.

 

Meanwhile, the adversely affected cemetery sits with no legal owner to care for it in all of the ways a cemetery deserves to be maintained. 

 

 Hopefully, the Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Ross County gets the much-needed and long-awaited help in the form of a Receiver and finding a suitable and permanent owner for it.   

“Clean Up Floral Hills” – on Facebook Ross County Location. 

  

Now, we turn our attention to this notice published in the “Circleville Herald”:

“Notice:”

Publish Date:

Friday, September 27, 2019

Notice Content

NOTICE OF COMPLAINT FOR FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE TAX LIEN 

“Notice is hereby given that an action against Ronald L. Downey and Joseph L. Miller, in the Court of Common Pleas, Pickaway County, OH, 207 S. Court Street, Circleville, OH 43113, was filed on 3/14/19 styled Ellery Elick, Treasurer, Pickaway County, Ohio, Plaintiff v. Ronald L. Downey, et al, Defendants, Case No. 2019DLT003. 

The Complaint is to foreclose the lien of real estate taxes due and payable on the real property known as Floral Hills Cemetery, US 23 and Little Walnut Road, Circleville, OH 43113, PPN M30-0-004-00-037-00, M30-0-004-00-033-02, M30-0-004-00-048-00, M30-0-004-00-038-00 and M30-0-004-00-039-00, last transfer OR Vol. 615, Pg. 2642; OR Vol. 646, Pg. 2365. Legal description can be viewed on the Pickaway County Recorders website at countyfusion2.kofiletech.us. The prayer in the complaint is: 1. The Treasurer be found to have a good and valid lien on the within described real property, in the sums of $55,246.63, 11,974.61, 8,648.27, 8,648.27 and 976.67, respectively, plus accrued taxes, assessments, penalties, interest and costs. 2. That all defendants be required to set up their claims or be forever barred. 3. That unless the amount found to be due to this plaintiff be paid within a reasonable time as established by this Court, the equity of redemption be foreclosed and an order of sale issue to the Sheriff of Pickaway County, Ohio directing him to sell the real property which is the subject of this action as provided in 5721.19 ORC. 4. Such other and further relief in law and in equity as proper. All defendants are required to answer the complaint within 28 days after the last publication of this notice which will be published once each week for six successive weeks. The last publication will be made on 11/01/19 and the 28 days for answer will commence on that date. if defendant fails to answer or otherwise respond as required, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. Jeffrey A. Catri Asst. Prosecuting Attorney Pickaway County, Ohio 203 South Scioto Street, P.O. Box 910 Circleville, Ohio 43113 (740) 474-6066 Phone JAMES W. DEAN, CLERK OF COURTS 207 SOUTH COURT STREET CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO 43113 (740) 474-5231 September 27, 2019 October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 Nov 1, 2019 Circleville Herald – 561581″

At this time, it is unknown if there is a precedent in Ohio where an active, yet abandoned, cemetery went into foreclosure and was sold at a Sheriff’s sale. 

 

Questions remain.:

It is unclear what the reasons are that the Pickaway County Floral Hills Memory Gardens apparently would not also have a Receiver assigned to it rather than the cemetery be offered in a Sheriff’s sale?

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Or, why hasn’t the municipality where the cemetery is located accept responsibility for its ownership during the past decade?  Would it finally agree to accept it if the cemetery fails to get a new owner through the Sheriff’s sale?

Sharing side-by-side before repairs and after repairs photos of the Henry Wilson Irwin Family markers at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Ohio courtesy of Scott Andersen

It is my pleasure to share these side-by-side photographs taken by Scott Andersen on August 22, 2019 of the row of Henry Wilson Irwin family grave markers at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio.  

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Another step in this process remains to be completed for these grave markers.  That is cleaning them with D/2 Biological Solution.

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All of this restoration progress for these nine grave markers was made possible through the efforts of Greenfield Historical Society volunteers, Scott Andersen, John King, and Michael Lee Anderson who largely handle the repairs and re-settings of grave markers; as well as the heavy lifting for the larger monuments at the Old Burying Ground. 

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One of Greenfield’s most notable native sons and decorated Naval hero was Rear Admiral Noble Edward Irwin.  

His parents were Henry Wilson Irwin and his fourth wife, Lavinia Ann “Lavina” Rogers Irwin.  

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Rear Admiral Irwin graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1891. He was wounded in action on May 1, 1898 while aboard the USS Baltimore at the Battle of Manila Bay. Admiral Irwin was awarded the Navy Cross for meritorious service as director of Naval Aviation during WWI.
The U.S. Destroyer, the USS Irwin, was named in his honor.”

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Remembering Greenfield’s William Harvey Irwin Prominent Attorney and Popular Mayor

Left to right:

Drawings of father – John;

son – W. H.; and mother – Hester (Limes) Irwin

Appearing on page 422 of the book, “History of Ross & Highland Counties, Ohio 1796 – 1880”

“Remembering Greenfield’s William Harvey Irwin

Prominent Attorney and Popular Mayor”

By Linda Jean Limes Ellis

September, 2008

            His name appears in at least eight Greenfield and Highland County, Ohio historical books and in countless newspaper columns published over a span of one hundred twenty years. 

            He co-authored, with Rev. S. D. Crothers, “Centennial Historical Sketches of Greenfield and Vicinity, July 4, 1876,”[i] a 16-page account of the life and times of many early settlers who shaped the beginnings of his hometown of Greenfield, Ohio published in honor of the celebration of America’s Centennial.

            Now, you are cordially invited to ‘sit a spell and stay awhile’!  Please allow me to introduce you to this man who was most often known to his friends simply as “W. H.” Irwin.  His full name was William Harvey Robbins Irwin.[ii]  He was born October 12, 1832 as the second son[iii] in the family of John and Hester (Limes) Irwin.  John’s parents were William and Margaret (McCormack) Irwin.[iv]  Hester’s parents were William and Athaliah (Doster) Limes.[v]  These families had roots in the Perry Township, Fayette County and Madison Township, Highland County area from the early 1800’s into the early twentieth century before new generations began moving away.[vi]

            On March 19, 1863,[vii] W. H. Irwin married Mary E. Dwyer, daughter of Mark Dwyer and Mary (Applegate) Dwyer.[viii]  Mary was born July 24, 1837 and died September 6, 1911.[ix] 

            On page 57 of the “1871 Atlas of Highland County, Ohio,” in the Greenfield Business Directory, under the heading of “Attorneys, Justices of the Peace, and Insurance Agents”:  “W. H. Irwin, Attorney-at-Law and Notary Public.  Office, First National Bank.”  Also, under the title of “Miscellaneous”:  “John Irwin has been Assessor of Madison Township twenty one years this 1871.”  John and W. H. Irwin, father and son, jointly owned 47 acres of land along the Greenfield Centerfield Pike.[x]

            In the 1880 U. S. Census, the William H. Irwin family was listed living in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio with the following children named:  Carrie – age 11; Estel – age 6, and Mary – age 4.  William is listed as age 47 with his occupation as Lawyer.  Mary E. is listed as his wife with her age being 42.[xi]  From Carrie’s obituary, we learn that she was born on March 23, 1869.  She graduated from Greenfield High School in 1887.  In August of the same year, she married H. Milton Fullerton who was engaged in the retail shoe business in Greenfield for many years.  She died on March 30, 1936.  The couple had one son, Howard Fullerton, who was living in Columbus, Ohio at the time of her death.  From her sister Estelle’s obituary, we find that she had moved to Cincinnati after her marriage to Alfred M. Davies on June 15, 1893.  No children from this marriage were mentioned.  At this time, nothing further is known about Mary, the youngest daughter of W. H. and Mary Emily Irwin.  Carrie and Estelle, along with their husbands, are buried at the Greenfield Cemetery.[xii] 

            The book, “History of Ross & Highland Counties Ohio”,[xiii] offers comprehensive historical accounts of Highland County, Madison Township and Greenfield.  The Irwin family of this focus, and specifically W. H. Irwin, are featured at length in various sections and chapters.  One devotes a spotlight paragraph about William Harvey Irwin stating his date of birth as October 12, 1832 in Madison Township where he remained until the time of the book’s publication.[xiv]  It highlights his life beginning as a boy working on his father’s farm until he became a student at the “Greenfield Academy.”  Afterward, he spent two years at the college in South Hanover, Indiana (and Salem Academy is mentioned on page 463 of “Highland Pioneer Sketches and Family Genealogies” by Elsie Johnson Ayres). 

            When he returned to Greenfield from college, W. H. Irwin embarked upon his life long occupation of law under the guidance of James H. Rothrock who later became a judge.  By the beginning of the 1855 school term, following his two years studying under J. Rothrock, W. H. Irwin entered the Cincinnati Law School where he graduated the next Spring.  In 1856, he was admitted to the Bar in Washington Court House, Ohio.  By the Fall of 1860, he was elected to the office of Prosecuting Attorney for Highland County, Ohio where he served in that capacity for six years.  The paragraph ends with the sentence:  “He is now in the enjoyment of an extensive and lucrative practice.”[xv]  Undoubtedly, his high public profile helped launch his entry into the political arena as a mayoral candidate when in 1860 he emerged as the winner of what would be his first term in Greenfield’s top elected office.

  1. H. Irwin was prominently involved in a couple of high profile court cases that are well chronicled in the Highland County history books and area newspapers. The details of the following true story are amazing for their time!  The local Greenfield women’s ire became aroused from an incident that had happened in September of 1864 when an innocent man was accidentally shot and killed by a drunkard who was in the midst of a brawl with others inside of a saloon.  Several Greenfield ladies, young and old alike, banded together to try and shut down the liquor trade in Greenfield with a raid conducted on July 10, 1865.  They verbally issued their ultimatums to each Greenfield liquor establishment that it had 15 minutes to comply with their demands or “abide the consequences” which meant that the owner’s kegs of liquor would be emptied into the streets.  Surely, the male proprietors did not consider these females a serious threat – but steadfastly serious the defiant women were, and their plan ultimately succeeded.[xvi] 

            The hatchet carrying women (hatchets were in some way hidden until needed – beneath their skirts perhaps?) proceeded to destroy and empty liquor barrels, jugs, kegs, and bottles from three saloons and three drug stores.  Page 431[xvii] lists the name of the plaintiff, William S. Linn (eleven others backed Linn but were not named) and the defendants who included Mary J. Irwin.  I am not certain if this Mary Irwin was Attorney W. H. Irwin’s wife as her name was Mary Emily Irwin.  The jury trial was held in Hillsboro in January of 1867, and after the deliberation, it was determined the fair sex crusaders had caused $625.00 in damages.  The ladies moved to have a new trial; however, the case was eventually settled by acceptance of a nominal amount (undisclosed in the book) by the plaintiffs for their damages.

            The Frank Raymond Harris book “A Greene Countrie Towne”[xviii] offers the reader a dazzling in-depth description of every stage of this legendary case as it unfolded in Greenfield, and later Hillsboro.  Page 170 tells us that “The prosecuting attorney for Highland County was William Harvey Irwin of Greenfield, an acquaintance of all the accused and doubtless sympathetic to their cause.”

            We’ll turn our attention now to another dramatic and well-documented court case where W. H. Irwin, Esq. stood front and center for the cause of justice.  Let’s examine the circumstances surrounding the mysterious death of Miss Mary Ann Lovell of Leesburg, Ohio.  This young lady in her middle 20’s, and Mr. John S. Blackburn her much older lover who, as it was written, requested their rendezvous, rode by horseback together unaccompanied on the night of March 20, 1871.  Their destination was the intersection of Cliff Run and Paint Creek off of Rocky Forge Road.  It was at that location sometime during the dark of night she met her untimely demise.  Was she murdered by him?  Or, as John Blackburn consistently contended, she died as a victim of her own actions?  This sensational court case is presented in several publications including the “History of Ross & Highland Counties Ohio,[xix] and in the book “Hometown Chronicles” by Frank Raymond Harris.[xx]  We find within the pages of  the Elsie Johnson Ayres book, “Hills of Highland,”[xxi] a secret in Mary Ann Lovell’s personal life which could explain the underlying reason she did not live to return from the duo’s encounter.

            The Lovell-Blackburn Trial was held in November of 1871 in Chillicothe.  The brother of the accused, C. H. Blackburn, was his defense lawyer.  The State’s team of lawyers included W. H. Irwin from Greenfield.  The three-week trial ended when the jury’s verdict was announced as murder in the second degree.  This decision was appealed and landed in the lap of the Supreme Court of Ohio.  However, during this time the state passed legislation granting the right of the Court of Common Pleas to appoint, in a case such as this one, a “commission of lunacy.”  From all accounts, the accused was deemed insane and removed to live in an asylum.  The story does not end there because later John S. Blackburn was released and disappeared; leaving lingering questions as to exactly how Miss Mary Ann Lovell met her death that dreary March night in 1871.

            We fast forward in time to the year 2000 when the book “Greenfield Ohio 1799 – 1999” was published by the Greenfield Historical Society.  William H. Irwin’s name and photograph were rightly included in this historical publication.  Page 28 lists those people who served as Mayors of Greenfield from 1840 to 1996.  The chronological list shows William H. Irwin served from 1860 – 1861, 1872 – 1877, and 1884 – 1887.  The story alludes to the fact that there may have been more than three mayoral terms for William H. Irwin, but due to missing records that cannot be proven.  

            The Saturday, April 19, 1886, “Hillsborough Gazette” column, “In the Townships” for the Township of Madison states:  “The election here last Monday was a spirited and lively one, and a larger vote was polled than ever before at a corporation election by 20 votes.  The main fight was on Mayor and Marshal, which was hotly contested to the last moment.  W. H. Irwin was re-elected Mayor by a majority of 82 votes over W. H. Eckman.” 

            The March 6, 1886 Greenfield “Local Correspondence” of the same newspaper reveals that Mayor Irwin was a Republican after it reported that twenty-nine people had left “this place for Kansas and Nebraska last Tuesday.”  “That Mayor Irwin said he would not care if the twenty-nine persons who left for the West last Tuesday had been Democrats instead of Republicans and would have been glad to have seen them go.”

            On page 188 of the book, “Greenfield Ohio 1799 – 1999,” is an almost half-page photograph of members of Gibson Post No. 180 of the Grand Army of the Republic attending an 1884 Memorial Day service at Greenfield Cemetery.  All of the names of the veterans in the photograph are shown below it.  “W. H.” Irwin is listed ninth from the left among those in the first row who were sitting on the ground.  He is holding his hat in his lap and is sporting a thick long beard.  Like all the others, he was wearing his best dark suit for the occasion.[xxii]

            Sara Watts of the First Greenfield Presbyterian Church, stated in an email sent to this writer on August 22, 2008, that W. H. Irwin, Esq. was not listed as an actual church member; however, he was listed in their death records.  This means that the minister at that time, who would have been Rev. Samuel Dickey Crothers, would have officiated the service.  Rev. Samuel Dickey Crothers pastored at First Greenfield Presbyterian Church from 1863 to 1900 and his father, Rev. Samuel Crothers, pastored there from 1820-1856.

            Because Greenfield, Ohio newspapers do not exist today on microfilm for the years W. H. Irwin lived, as mentioned earlier, research was directed to the Hillsboro, Ohio newspapers.  The Greenfield “Local Correspondence” columns published in the “The Hillsborough Gazette” during the 1880s were filled with newsy tidbits galore about its citizens; and Mayor W. H. Irwin could often find his name among them.  These Greenfield columns, like those written about other smaller villages in Highland County, provide a window for us today to reflect on the culture of those times and gain a clearer understanding of the views held about such subjects as the treatment of women, attitudes about the different degrees of crime, and the overall nature of the values considered important to those who lived through the late nineteenth century.

            The October 23, 1884 Greenfield “Local Correspondence” column mentions: “Mayor Irwin and J. P. Low left early Monday morning for Sandusky for two or three weeks fishing excursion along the lake.”  One week later, on October 30th, the column ran an update with:  “J. P. Low, Fay Baldwin and W. H. Irwin, Esq. who went to the lake on a fishing and hunting tour a week ago, sent home one hundred pounds of fresh fish a few days ago.  They will learn the natives how to catch fish, while they are out there.”  These two news items tell us that “W. H. Irwin, Esq.” was, indeed, the same man as “Mayor Irwin”; he enjoyed a two or three week vacation; and his Lake Erie fishing expedition was a successful noteworthy event! 

            Mayor Irwin was mentioned a second time in the October 23, 1884 column: “Mayor Irwin held a “prayer meeting” last Sunday morning for the fifth Sunday in succession, and David Yeates, who was caught the night before beating his wife, was fined $5.00 and sentenced to serve six days in the cooler for his fun.” 

            Another criminal case shows up in the December 4, 1884 column:  “A young man by the name of Creamer was arrested last week for disorderly conduct.  He was fined by Mayor Irwin ten dollars and sentenced to twenty-five days on the chain gang.  It is thought that the Mayor has taken too much on himself, and there is no provision for enforcing this ordinance.” 

            Without knowledge of all the details connected to each of the above-mentioned two cases in 1884, it is difficult to pass judgment on Mayor Irwin’s rulings regarding the severity of the punishments he deemed appropriate for each.  News reporters today, however, would not even consider writing “beating his wife” and “fun” in the same sentence.

            “Mayor Irwin is afflicted like Job – with a boil.”[xxiii]  This “revelation” kicks off the list for yet another newsy Greenfield column. 

            It is easy to understand why the author summed up the purpose of the “Local Correspondence” columns this way:  “Neighborhood News and Village Gossip, Births, Death and Marriages, Puns, Personals, and Pungent Paragraphs.[xxiv]

  1. H. Irwin was sometimes referred to as “Squire Irwin,” and his appearance described as being short, and “rotund.”[xxv]

            William Harvey Irwin lived 61 years, 8 months and 22 days; dying on July 4, 1894, in Greenfield, Ohio.[xxvi]  His was not a particularly long lifespan, but one that produced an enduring legacy chronicled in the writings of his time.  His decisions as both prosecuting attorney and Greenfield mayor impacted the lives of many of those around him.  We can search for his name in the index of a Greenfield or Highland County history book, or read a Hillsboro newspaper microfilm roll from those years and these events jump to life in front of our eyes in print form.  His name is interwoven in stories that have become the most memorable historical accounts of the town of Greenfield.  Now, it is our turn to remember Mayor W. H. Irwin, Esq., and his remarkable role as a central figure who contributed to the uniquely colorful and celebrated history of this “Greene Countrie Towne.”[xxvii]

W H IRWIN GRAVE MARKER - GREENFIELD CEMETERY GREENFIELD OHIO DIED 1894

Flat grave stone for W. H. Irwin
Born:  October 12, 1832 in Greenfield, Ohio
Died:  July 4, 1894 in Greenfield, Ohio
Section 1, Lot #19 – Greenfield Cemetery
Greenfield, Ohio – (facing Washington Avenue.)

[i]Centennial historical sketches of Greenfield and vicinity: July 4th, 1876”

Reference for book on Library of Congress website:

LC Control No.:   03023012

LCCN Permalink:   http://lccn.loc.gov/03023012

Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)

Personal Name:  Irwin, William Harvey, 1832-

Main Title:   

“Centennial historical sketches of  Greenfield and vicinity”: 

July 4th, 1876

 by W.H. Irwin and S.D. Crothers.

Published/Created:  Greenfield, [Ohio] : Printed at the office of the Highland Chief, [1876?]

Related Names:  Crothers, S. D.

Description:    16 p.; 22 cm.

Notes:     Cover title.

Subjects:   Greenfield (Ohio) –History.

LC Classification: F499.G82 I7

Other System No.:    (OCoLC)6693984

Quality Code:   premarc

CALL NUMBER:   F499.G82 I7

[ii] There are references to W. H. R. Irwin, or William H. R. Irwin in various records including the following:  Page 432 of the book, “History of Ross & Highland Counties, Ohio.”  Under the caption of “Greenfield District Fair Association”, in July of 1858, “W. H. R. Irwin of Highland County” was elected a manager.  However, on page 433 of this same book, by the time of the book’s publication in 1880, the following is stated:  “The present officers of the association are the following:  W. H. Irwin, of Highland County, President.” 

Also, in the 1850 U. S. Census, Series M432, Roll # 694, page 152, line 16 in the household of John and Hester b.ancestry.com/~ohross/Military%20Files/charter_members_of_the_national.htm, Charter Members of the National Society of the DAR Vol. I-CLII (152) Ross County, OH

Volume 107, page 191: Mrs. Carrie Irwin Fullerton., DAR ID Number: 106623, Born in Greenfield, Ohio, Wife of H. M. Fullerton. Descendant of William Taylor, as follows: (partial)

  1. William Harvey Robbins Irwin (1832-94) m. 1863 Mary Embly [sic] Dwyer (1837-1911).

[iii]  Source:  Page 463, “The Irwins” – Book entitled:  “Highland Pioneer Sketches & Family Genealogies” by Elsie Johnson Ayres, copyright 1971.  His name was erroneously shown as “William Henry.”  Additional family sources such as John Irwin’s Will, list him as William Harvey.  

Birth date taken from tombstone at Greenfield Cemetery, Greenfield, Ohio, Section 1, Lot #19.  The Will of John Irwin, Book 8, pages 349 – 352.  John Irwin’s Will shows widow of Hester and son William Harvey as his only living next of kin.  No mention is made of any other living children.

[iv]  Page 463, “The Irwins” – Book entitled:  “Highland Pioneer Sketches & Family Genealogies” by Elsie Johnson Ayres, copyright 1971. 

[v]  Ibid.

[vi]  Ibid

And page 813 of the book “History of Fayette County” (Ohio), by R.S. Dills.  Also, page 819 of “History of Fayette County” (Ohio), by R.S. Dills states that William and Athalia [sic] Doster Limes,  “… were settlers east of New Martinsburg as early as 1811.”

[vii]  Source:  page 123 – “Marriage Records of Highland County, Ohio (1805-1880)” – Compiled by David N. McBride Attorney at Law and Jane N. McBride

[viii]  Source:  Death certificate for Mary Emily Irwin – File No. 48931- Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio – Ohio Deaths – 1908 – 1953 – familysearch.org web site.

[ix]  Ibid.

[x]  1871 Atlas of Highland County, Ohio – Page 11 of this atlas shows “J. and W. H. Irwin jointly owning 47 acres of land along the Greenfield Centerfield Pike.

[xi]  Series T, Roll # 1033, page 412, line 11 of U. S. Census for 1880 – Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio.

[xii]  Obituary for Estelle Irwin Davies appears in the Thursday, December 13, 1934 issue of “The Greenfield Republican” newspaper.  Obituary for Carrie Irwin Fullerton appears in the Thursday, April 2, 1936 issue of “The Greenfield Republican.”

[xiii]  History of Ross & Highland Counties Ohio” published in 1880 by Williams Brothers, a 533 page volume (reprinted in 1991)

[xiv]  Chapter XVI – “The Bar of Highland County” – page 144 – second column; final paragraph on the page.

[xv]  Ibid.

[xvi]  Pages 429 to 431 of “History of Ross & Highland Counties Ohio” provide a detailed account under the heading: “The Women’s Raid upon the Saloons in 1865.”

[xvii]  “History of Ross & Highland Counties Ohio

[xviii]  Episode 100 – “The Women’s Crusade” – pages 166 through 171.

[xix]  “The Blackburn-Lovell Tragedy” – pages 307-308.

[xx]  Under the Episode 3 heading of “A Celebrated Case” – Pages 7 and 8 of this 1954 publication.

[xxi]  On pages 628 – 629

[xxii]  No pension record has been found thus far for W. H. Irwin, however.

[xxiii]  “The Hillsborough Gazette” – Hillsboro, Ohio – Page 8, Saturday, December 5, 1885

[xxiv]  “The Hillsborough Gazette” – Hillsboro, Ohio – Front Page, Saturday, December 25, 1886, under column titled: “CHRISTMAS MUSIC” – “An Orchestra Composed of the Best Talent in Highland County, Brought Together at Great Expense to the Management.  A Christmas Cantata that Requires No Libretto – It Tells Its Own Story.”  Under heading of the Greenfield local correspondence column. 

[xxv]  Reference pages 146 and 147 of Chapter 85 “The War Begins” in the book “A Greene Countrie Towne”  Greenfield Printing and Publishing Company, Greenfield, Ohio – 1954 by Frank Raymond Harris.

Also, “The Hillsborough Gazette” – Hillsboro, Ohio – Front Page, Saturday, December 25, 1886, under column titled “CHRISTMAS MUSIC” – “An Orchestra Composed of the Best Talent in Highland County, Brought Together at Great Expense to the Management.  A Christmas Cantata that Requires No Libretto – It Tells Its Own Story.”   For the Greenfield local correspondence column.  Within this column includes an account where Mayor Irwin is mentioned in conjunction with a fight going on at a local saloon where the son of a man named Will Crockett was involved. As the story goes, a local crowd had gathered when Mayor Irwin arrived on the scene along with a deputy sheriff and marshals.  “Mayor Irwin placed both hands over his great abdominal projection and started to skip, but in doing so fell and when being assisted to his feet by Deputy Marshal Tom Jones he exclaimed, “My God, I have broken my back.”  But, the story ends on a happier note stating that, “On Tuesday morning Police Court assembled, with Mayor Irwin on the bench and Crockett in the box.”  “Crockett was fined $10 and costs and 10 days.”

[xxvi] Death Record:  Highland County, Ohio Death Ledger, Volume 2, page 206  shows the following:  W. H. Irwin, Age 61 born Greenfield, died Greenfield, Lawyer, died of paralysis, Residence Greenfield — 4 July 1894

[xxvii]  Title of the Frank Raymond Harris book:  “A Greene Countrie Towne” published by the Greenfield Printing and Publishing Company, Greenfield, Ohio in 1954. 

Additional sources“Historical Collections of Ohio” by Henry Howe – 1888 – Highland County.  Pages 923 through 925, including “The Women’s Raid at Greenfield.”

“State Centennial History of Ohio and Highland County” – by Rev. J. W. Klise, originally published in 1902, reprinted in 1980 and 2002 by the Southern Ohio Genealogical Society.  References to W. H. and/or William Harvey Irwin appear on the following pages:  157, 171, 197 and 200.

Research assistance acknowledgements

Dwight and Betty Crum as well as Becky Creamer of the Southern Ohio Genealogical Society; Sara Watts of the First Greenfield Presbyterian Church; Shirley Shields, volunteer at the Greenfield Historical Society; Jennifer West, librarian at the Highland County District Library in Hillsboro; Margaret Macgee at the Greenfield branch of the Highland County District Library, Earlene Scott of Greenfield, and Mr. Jerry McWilliams of Cheyenne, Wyoming, descendant and researcher of the Irwin family of Highland County, Ohio.

I wish to express my appreciation to Marianna Morgan, past president of the Southern Ohio Genealogical Society, for her steadfast support throughout my research on the life and family of William Harvey Irwin of Greenfield, Ohio.

Two Civil War veterans receive long overdue grave markers at the Butcher (AKA Walnut Grove) Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio

The Butcher Cemetery, originally named the Walnut Grove Cemetery, located in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio lists 100 memorials for it on the website “Find A Grave.”

Of those seven known veterans, five have had government markers at their gravesites.:  

his grave marker has almost now sunken out of sight

his grave marker is lying on the ground

 

Below are the new markers at the Butcher Cemetery!

Born:  October 4, 1837

Died:  December 1, 1865

Served in Co. “I” 30th Indiana Infantry

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Census Records below

 

Commissary Sergeant William H. Wagstaff

Born:  November 27, 1828

Died: May 6, 1904

 

Left flat marker:

 Commissary Sargeant William H. Wagstaff’s marker

Right flat marker:
Captain James M. S. Butcher

Large black monument

and his wife Nancy Brock Butcher

Revisiting the Szczepankiewicz Family of Lorain, Ohio – originally from Konin County, Poland

I am a descendant of Jozef Kazierz (Joseph Casimir) Szczepankiewicz and Petronela (AKA Petronilla) Jasniewska of Zlotkow, Konin County, Poland, through my mother Virginia H. Zagorsky Limes, who was a grand-daughter of Antonina Szczepankiewicz.

Antonina’s daughter was Josephine who married Andrew Zagorsky.  They settled in Lorain, Ohio and had 11 children – Joseph, Frank, Helen, Mary, Virginia (born Regina – my mother) Floyd, Veronica Irene,  Alexander “Al”, Edward, Theresa, and Stanley Zagorsky . 

Josephine (or Jozefa) took her mother’s maiden name of Szczepankiewicz. The name of her father is unknown.  Sadly, there is no record of a marriage between Antonina Szczepankiewicz and anyone in Poland or in America.

Antonina was a sister to Antoni Szczepankiewicz. They are buried at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio.  I am also from Lorain, Ohio.

I created  a Facebook Page for the Szczepankiewicz Family. 

In 2017, I met by chance Joan Stevens (Szczepankiewicz) of Lorain, Ohio at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain who was decorating the gravesite of her parents, Stanley and Sophie Szczepankiewicz. It was so wonderful to meet her in person.  We had corresponded some over the years.

I know Joan has or had a sister named Carol who was married to a gentleman named Julian Hazelwood who I am told died May 3, 2001 in Lake City Florida.  As of this writing, I do not know if his widow, Carol Szczepankiewicz Hazelwood, is still living or not.  I know they had one daughter, Cynthia Hazelwood. 

Cynthia Hazelwood married Gordon Neville and they had 3 children:  Nathaniel, Melissa, and Jessica.  I only know that Jessica married a gentleman named Jason Cleary.  Also, Cynthia Hazelwood has a known second marriage to David Bell.  And, that is all I know about these folks.
Stanley Szczepankiewicz, son of Antoni and Victoria (Krokos) Szczepankiewicz, kept his Polish surname, however, his three surviving siblings did not. 
They adopted the surname of Stevens. They were:  Stella (who married Harry Day), Marion who married Helen Katoch, and Frank who married Helen Ann Russel.
The youngest son of Antoni and Victoria was Charles Szczepankiewicz (1912 – 1941) who died unmarried with no children –  he also kept the Szczepankiewicz surname.
I did have my DNA done, and I have a match with a young lady named Taylor Stewart. Her great-grandmother was Phyllis Green Ames.
Phyllis was the daughter of Edna V. Szczepankiewicz and Lawrence Vinton Green.
Edna was the daughter of Antoni Szczepankiewicz and his first wife, Jozefa Dudek. Antoni married Jozefa in 1897, however, she died in Poland. He married again to Victoria Krokos, on January 23, 1901 in Poland.
My DNA match is quite helpful to me, however, one day I hope to learn of more DNA matches for me with others in this Szczepankiewicz family. 

 

From the Ohio History Connection – “Cemeteries for Genealogy Research Webinar” – Saturday, July 18, 2020 – 10:30a.m. – 12:30p.m. – Presented by Krista Horrocks – Project Reviews Manager, State Historic Preservation Office

Sharing an announcement of this upcoming free webinar:

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 “Hunting for an ancestor’s gravestone can be an exciting adventure or a frustrating series of dead ends. When we find our ancestor’s gravestone, we often are in awe, as it can give important birth, death, and marriage dates. 

To provide this information, cemeteries need to be preserved and be taken care of.

Join cemetery expert Krista Horrocks as she explains how the gravestones and historical documentation on cemeteries provide important genealogical information, how Ohio law treats cemeteries (all 14,637 of them), and cemetery preservation.” 

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Six feet of social distancing at the check outs but not in the aisles

Have you noticed what is happening now when you are in a grocery store or a pharmacy since the outbreak of Coronavirus / COVID-19, and the implementation of the “Six feet of social distancing” rules/guidelines?  Sadly, all bets are off when you start down the aisles  that you’ll experience the same rules/guidelines being in place or being adhered to by all shoppers. 

Giant Eagle grocery stores, for example, now have pasted on the floors on the ends of the aisle with the green arrow to proceed up the aisle or a red “X” that you are not to go up that direction in the aisle.

I’ve heard the announcements about the change, however, there are no overhead hanging signs that reflect the directional changes in the aisles – signs that would be directly over the aisles at the same height level of where shoppers often look to see if pizza or frozen vegetables are in that aisle, so guess what — few adhere to proceeding in the proper direction in the aisles because of this lack of signage.  They aren’t listening to the muffled voice telling them to look on the floor for the pasted down signs telling them to proceed up an aisle or not to proceed. 

So, no social distancing in the aisles; in fact bottlenecks occur also due to extra cardboard displays angled out into the aisles cutting down on the aisle width.  Not to mention needing to move around some workers doing their jobs with stocking the shelves – an understandable necessity!  But, then there are the random roving item checker robots that beep as they twist and turn while gliding along to take stock of the inventory or whatever else they do that I may not be aware of. 

So, now we come to better understand the reasons we are strongly recommended to wear cloth masks. I would add to look at the floor for the green arrows or the red “x’s” and make sure you are moving along in the right direction.  For stores that have no signage for the aisles, you are on your own to work your way through them and avoid other shoppers as much as you can.  This is about all we can do if we have to go out and maneuver our way through the stores to buy food and other supplies.

Such is life in our 21st Century living during a pandemic; and feeling our way through it and out of it.

Michael Zagorsky of Elyria Ohio & his son Michael Sherwood of Cleveland, Ohio

 Below:
Titled “News Notes” and sub-titled “Briefs” from Elyria, Ohio – September 21, 1937 — these short and seemingly insignificant titles reveal important information that tells of a much bigger story.

Elyria Chronicle Telegram -September 21 1937 - MIKE ZAGORSKY AND MIKE SHERWOOD - SON REFERENCE WITH TEXT AND FRAME

BIRTH RECORD DELAYED FOR MICHAEL SHERWOOD

MIKE ZAGORSKY ESTATE - 1942 - Widow daughter son - 1

Above.:
1937 city directory of Cleveland.  Michael Sherwood

Surnames, either correct or erroneous, found in various records.: 

Bender, Zagorsky, Sherwood, Jurisch/Yurisch /Urich, Ott, Bosar, Bartosch, 

Locations: 
In Europe:  Reșița in present day Romania; also known as Resicabánya, Resicza. Stájerlakanina, now Anina in Romania, 20 miles from Reșița 

In the United States:  Ohio – Lorain and Elyria (Lorain County) and Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)

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I am seeking to learn more about Michael Sherwood and how it came to be that he was the son of Michael Zagorsky.  

My DNA has a strong match with Michael Sherwood’s grand-daughter. Sadly, the older generations have passed away. Also, and rather ufortunately, the  grand-daughter at this point doesn’t feel too connected to me because she had never heard about Michael Zagorsky before.

But……

My DNA with hers is:  189cM across 8 segments

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Let me start with the fact that Michael Zagorsky was my maternal grandfather’s brother. My maternal grandfather was Andrew Zagorsky.

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It seems that Andrew (Andy) Juris – Jursich Yurisch was a brother-in-law to my grandfather, Andrew Zagorsky when he came to America in December of 1904 to go live with Andy Juris in Lorain, Ohio. Also with Andrew Zagorsky (listed as Sagorski) on the voyage was a nephew named Joseph Bender aged 3.

(See below)

ANDREW ZAGORSKY - SHIP MANIFEST FROM ELLIS ISLAND WEBSITE - FULL VIEW LINE 22

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All of the records that I have for Michael Sherwood show his birth date of September 12, 1899. On his Social Security application he shows his name as Michael Joseph Ott. His father’s name as Carl Ott and his mother Anna and her maiden name of Bender.

Could Joseph Bender aged 3, who came to America with his uncle Andrew Zagorsky, be the same Michael Joseph Ott —  who would be the same Michael Sherwood — who was the son of Michael Zagorsky? 

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However, this birth record shows Michael Sherwood born in Cleveland, Ohio. :
Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1774-1973 :

Name: Michael Sherwood
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 12 Sep 1899
Birth Place: Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Father: Michael
Mother: Anna Urich
FHL Film Number: 1852525

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There are a lot of surnames in play here so it is not easy to sort them all out so they would make some kind of sense.

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I saw in 2005 there was a thread in a Rootsweb message board from someone with just the name Pam looking for more information. Her query was in part.:

“My great grandmother came to the US in 1904. My great grandfather came in 1906 to find and marry my great grandmother. His name was Carl Ott. My great granmother’s maiden name, according to my grandmother, was spelled Yurisch (Anna). I need the correct Hungarian spelling. She had a sister Mary Urosch, which makes me believe they translated their names differently in English. Also, when she came to America, she had fled from her current husband and took their son. Translated, his records show his name as Michael Sherwood.”

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I wish I would have seen this query when it was written because I could have told Pam that Michael Zagorsky was Michael Sherwood’s father.  This is further supported by several Elyria Chronicle-Telegram newspaper “social notes” where some have mentioned that Mike Zagorsky visited with Michael Sherwood, his son. 

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Anna Jurisch’s May 4, 1907 marriage record is also attached where we see even more surnames. Her father was listed as Stefan Jurisch, her mother’s name appears to be Zuzanna Bosar, and that Anna Jurisch was divorced when she married Carl Ott. Her previously married name is listed as Bartosch. So, somehow we lost Bender as Anna’s maiden name (per Michael Sherwood’s Social Security Application) that appeared in her marriage record to Carl Ott.

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To note: The parents of Andrew and Michael Zagorsky were Michael Zagorsky and Mary Motrich. (Mary Motrich Zagorsky did marry a second time to an unknown man with the surname that appears to be “Stechwach”).

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Resicza in Hungary seems to be a city or village that played a part in these people’s lives when they were living in Europe.

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Thus, I hope to hear from some who is a descendant of Michael Sherwood of Cleveland, Ohio. He married Katherine Karcher in 1922. Their children as I know their names to be were: Marian J., Robert J., Elizabeth “Betty”, Frances, and Ruth Elaine who died young.

Sheriff’s Sale Notice – Floral Hills Memory Gardens – Circleville, Pickaway County, Ohio

What is happening with the Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Circleville, Pickaway County, Ohio  — should not happen to any Ohio cemetery regardless of its status; most certainly it should not be happening to one that is active.  The township should have taken it over and assumed responsibility for it when it became abandoned by its owners.  Ohio law mandates this is what should be done.  

Sharing an April 3, 2016 story in the Columbus Dispatch about the Floral Hills Memory Gardens which spotlighted the Pickaway County location and included information about the Ross County location and its plight as well.

Excerpt from: 

MATTHEW J. DeTEMPLE, Executive Director

House State & Local Government Committee

May 16, 2017

Proponent Testimony

HB 168 Modify Cemetery Law

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“Townships and Cemeteries”

“Townships maintain over 2400 cemeteries in Ohio. Township cemetery law may generally be found in Ch. 517 of the Ohio Revised Code. A township is required to have a cemetery laid out in lots, number the lots, and the township fiscal officer must keep careful records of said actions (ORC §517.06). The board of trustees is required to make and enforce all needful rules and regulations for the division of the cemetery into lots and the allotment of lots to families or individuals, and for the care, supervision and improvements of said lots. ORC §517.06 further requires that the grass and weeds in the cemetery be cut at least twice a year.

The ORC mandates that a township provide for the protection and preservation of cemeteries under its jurisdiction (ORC §517.11). While the Code states that townships may re-erect any fallen tombstones, a 1975 Attorney General Opinion (OAG 75-083) states that “boards of township trustees have a duty to repair and re-erect monuments and tombstones in public cemeteries within their jurisdiction when the repair is necessary to keep the cemetery in good repair.” The opinion further states that “a board of township trustees has a duty to repair and re-erect monuments in a cemetery that has been vandalized.”

The township may choose to enclose township cemeteries with a fence or hedge but should they do so, the township is required to keep the fence or hedge in good repair (ORC §517.11). When a board of county commissioners has enclosed with a fence all abandoned public cemeteries in the county from which remains have not been removed, the board of township trustees shall keep the fence in good repair and remove the undergrowth and weeds at least once a year (ORC §517.32).

Townships, per ORC §517.11, are charged with the protection and preservation of cemeteries under their jurisdiction. If a public cemetery or a cemetery association wishes to have a board of township trustees take over responsibility of said cemetery, the board of trustees shall accept the transfer (ORC §517.27). Furthermore, a municipal corporation may abandon a cemetery outside the boundaries of the municipality and the trustees shall assume responsibility for the cemetery (ORC §517.28).”

The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Department has announced on its website the upcoming Sheriff’s Auction of the Floral Hills Memory Gardens, which is an active cemetery with at least 672 interments:.

Auction Date & Time: March 3, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.
If Not Sold Second Sale Date: March 24, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.
Case Number: 2019DLT003
Address: Floral Hills Cemetery
City: Circleville
State: Ohio
ZIP: 43113
Parcel Number: M30-0-004-00-037-00, M30-0-004-00-033-02, M30-0-004-00-048-00, M30-0-004-00-038-00, M30-0-004-00-039-00
Appraised Amount:
Start Bid: $100,853.78
Minimum Deposit: $15,000.00
Attorney Name: Jeffrey A. Catri
 Phone:740-474-6066