In remembrance of the Reverend Andrew Jackson Young. He was born into slavery in Kentucky but thankfully died free in Paulding County, Ohio

Honoring the memory of Rev. Jackson YoungThat is how his name is written on his grave marker at the Young Cemetery, however, his obituary begins.:
 “Andrew Jackson Young died in Washington Township, Paulding County, Ohio June 8, 1900.”
The obituary goes on to state that “the deceased was born in Shelby County, Kentucky, January 18, 1812; aged at death 88 years, 4 months, 20 days.” 
The next paragraph reveals an unexpectedly grim truth.:
“He was a slave and was sold repeatedly on the auction block until Abraham Lincoln issued his proclamation. He was then released penniless and devoid of an education.” 
Reverend Andrew Jackson Young’s full obituary can be read on his Find A Grave memorial which is posted in two-parts

Reverend Andrew Jackson Young’s legacy is one that defnitely matters and should be honored now as much as it was at the time of his passing. One way that can be accomplished is to pass the legislation currently in the U. S. Congress that better protects African American burials grounds across America.: 

Senate Bill 2827 – 2019 -2020

The Biography of the Young Cemetery on Find A Grave.:

(Taken from the History of Grover Hill by Laurence R. Hipp, published in 1971.)

“The one-half acre of land for the site of the Young Family Cemetery, located in the Northeast Quarter of Section 27 of Washington Township, was deed to the township trustees by Jackson Young, Mary 2, 1888. This deed is recorded in Volume 47, page 200, Paulding County Record of Deeds. This is a small cemetery located only a few rods to the northwest of the Fought Cemetery, both of these burial grounds being located slightly north of the former site of Plumb’s Crossroads. Only black residents of Washington Township are buried in the Young Cemetery.”

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


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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Ohio History Connection

 “Cemeteries for Genealogy Research Webinar”

Saturday July 18, 2020

 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.




 “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.” 


Advance registration required.

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


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. :

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.



1910 partial map – Caras-Severin County Romania

                                      Resiczabanaya (Resicza or Reșița in Romanian)       

To the south is Stajerlakanina (Anina).


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


ma[sculinus] [=male]

illeg[itimus] [=illegitimate]

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

both Rk = Roman Catholic






Source typed from

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.  



Below is the Passenger Record for Andrew Zagorsky

His name is shown as Andreas Sagorski




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







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. 






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


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. 



“Vandals Destroy Cemetery from 1800s” — An Spotlight Story about the Moonville Cemetery in Vinton County, Ohio

This horrific story of what may have been repeated vandalism attacks over a period of time at a small Ohio cemetery that has been circulating on Facebook in the last day or so, is now more publicly covered.


On January 3, 2020, Channel 4, an NBC Affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, offered further details including a link to the county sheriff’s office for submitting tips.


Vandals Destroy Cemetery from 1800s” by Tony Mirones


The Moonville Cemetery is quite small indeed.”  

Find A Grave” lists only 26 known burials for it.


Although the Moonville Cemetery is located in a remote location in Ohio’s least populous county, it has attracted attention over the years for paranormal reasons.


From the websites:

“The Ghosts. The Legends. The Town.”:

The link for the Moonville Cemetery.


“Ohio Ghost Stories, Legends, and Haunts”

“Ghostly Geocaches – “Moonville (the town and tunnel)


Moonville on Wikipedia


“Vinton County Sheriff’s Office Captain Lydel Cain confirmed with NBC4 that the cemetery was vandalized.”

“It’s under investigation. 

We have a little bit of information, 

and we would like more. 

We are trying to pin down

 a certain area of time,” said Cain. 

“Until we get more information 

there is no police report.”

“Anyone with information is asked to call

 the Vinton County Sheriff’s office at

 740-596-4222 or, 

you can drop them an email by clicking this link.”


We look forward to reading follow-up stories that bring news of the apprehension of those responsible for desecrating this early Ohio cemetery.

Remembering the Bowditch Boathouse at the end of Arizona Avenue, on Lorain’s East Side.

On March 27, 2015, I wrote a blog post here entitled.:

“Remembering My Parents and Our Home at 208 Arizona Avenue, on Lorain’s East Side”

Sharing my latest photograph I recently received, unexpectedly no less, that has brought a floodgate of memories back to me of my early childhood days and put them in a much clearer focus than I have had for a long time.  It is a rather simple looking image, but one that  has made a huge impact upon me unlike any other. 

It is a 1951-1952 era black and white photo that Mr. Bob Bowditch shared of his family’s one time boathouse that sat at the end of a sloping hill that led to the end of the street that I lived on, Arizona Avenue, on Lorain’s East Side.   I remember so well walking down that slope.  I recall how I grasped onto the trees as I trekked down to get to the boathouse and boat dock area when I knew my father would be after coming back home from a morning of fishing; or to visit him when he had gone down there to get his 14 foot Lyman outboard ready for either the beginning of a fishing season or at the end of it.  I also fondly remember buying grapette pop in glass bottles there when I had some money with me – which wasn’t much of course.  If my memory serves me correctly, the pop was taken out of a cold chest type cooler.  

I look at every detail of that little building now and examine what surrounds it.  Off in the distance to the right, was the fencing that separated the boathouse property from the American Ship Building Company that loomed quite largely over the area with large buildings, dry docks, and freighters.   However, what I remember the most is the sloping hill that was my pathway to the boathouse that sat at the edge of the Black River in Lorain. 

Oh, how I wish my father, Harry Limes, were here right now to view the image with me.  What memories we could talk about.  And, what stories I know he could tell me about his time docking his small wooden boat there.  That boat dock was a chief reason my parents bought our house at 208 Arizona Avenue when it came up for sale in the summer of 1948 when I was six months old.  My father caught more fish than I think I or anyone could have counted during his lifetime.  Those fish dinners my mother prepared weekly for ourselves, and sometimes for guests, would be too numerous to recount as well. 

Our street was a street of dreams for both my parents and myself.  Seeing this image of the boathouse lets me once again walk down the Arizona Avenue I knew growing up and grab onto those trees trunks to steady myself to safely descend down the slope that was my quiet path.  

Sadly Arizona Avenue has changed drastically since the 1950s.  My childhood home was demolished by 2003.  All of the houses were torn down as well.  The land sat empty until this past year when storage units were built on the west side behind the gas station.  I can’t go back to my childhood or the scenes that were there from it, but I can remember what was once there and share my recollections here.  

Ethel Marie Rader Geller Yeldem – Telling Her Story

Ethel Marie Rader Geller Yeldem

Telling Her Story


a mother so distraught she mercilessly murdered 7 of her children and ended her own life soon afterward


Linda Jean Limes Ellis

July, 2019


The above photograph was published

in several newspapers in Ohio

and across the United States


Ethel Marie Rader was born January 12, 1885 in Gahanna, Franklin County, Ohio to Peter William Radar and Mary Bobb Rader.

Ethel married Charles Otto Geller on New Year’s Day, 1908 in Franklin County, Ohio.  His parents were Jacob H. Geller, Jr. and Eleanor Elizabeth Patterson Geller – both buried at Sheep Pen Cemetery in Madison Township, Highland County, Ohio. Sheep Pen Cemetery is also known as the Limes, Old Limes, or Gustin Cemetery. 

Personally, I have several collateral line Limes ancestors buried at Sheep Pen Cemetery, and because of that connection, I have an interest in the lives of others buried at Sheep Pen Cemetery.  

Charles and Ethel Rader had five children during their marriage.:

Charles M. Geller – born in 1908 – little is known about Charles M. at this time. His name as Charles M. appears in both the 1910 and 1920 census records for Franklin County, Ohio.

Ernest Eldon Geller born in August of 1910

FamilySearch record for Ernest Eldon Geller

Margaret Ann Geller Lightfoot born on June 18, 1912

Ervan Reed Geller August 9, 1914

Vernon L. Geller born 1917:


1918 and 1919:

Ethel’s dizzyingly downward spiral began after the tragic unexpected loss of her husband, Charles Otto Geller, at age 34, on April 18, 1918.   He was a night fireman who died due to heart disease while working at the Jeffrey Manufacturing Plant in Columbus, Ohio where they lived.  She found herself a single mother with 5 young children to care for and raise.

Ethel Geller married rather hastily again on March 8, 1919 to a man apparently who had entered her life and shown her the kind of sympathy she felt she most needed at the time; but a stranger unfortunately she knew little about who he really was or what happened in his past life.  In due time, more about him would be revealed.


It is important to note, another side of Ethel Marie Rader Geller Yeldem became public in 1922 when it appears she regained stability enough to become involved with other elements that she encountered; even taking extra steps to help others she didn’t know.:

From the “Columbus Evening Dispatch” – September 8, 1922:

“The Dispatch Mailbag”


“To the Editor of the Dispatch”

“Sir:  At the southwest exit of the fair grounds on Monday evening, Aug. 28, at about 10 o’clock, as I was stepping on a street car I found a spectacle case.  On examining it I found it to contain a valuable pair of spectacles.  I have followed up several ads for lost glasses in vain, so have come to the conclusion that they were lost by an out-of-town fair visitor.  I would be only too glad to return them if the owner can be found and am writing the Mail Bag in hopes the owner or  friends will see the letter and call for them.”

Mrs. Yeldem,  393 Belvidere Avenue

1925 and 1926:

However, 1925 and 1926, brought more unforeseen and profoundly sad events that greatly impacted Ethel’s life.

Her 10 month old infant died of cholera on July 25, 1925, Walter Yeldem, whom she had with her second husband Darby “Darb” Yeldem, who later the Columbus Dispatch news reports revealed his real surname was Medley. Yeldem was Medley spelled backwards. 

Then Ethel’s world was shaken with the fact that her second husband had committed the unthinkable criminal act of assaulting  her only daughter from her marriage to Charles Otto Geller, then 13-year old Mildred Geller. Furthermore, various newspaper reports identify Darby Yeldem as a “Negro” or being “colored”.  In one article it is stated that he “claims to be an Indian.”:

From the “Columbus Dispatch”– April 6, 1926.:  Page 34.:

   “Darby Yeldem, age 41, 393 Belivdere Avenue was bound over to the grand jury under bond of $10,000 when arraigned in municipal court Tuesday morning, on a charge of assaulting his 13 year old step-daughter, Mildred Keeler.” *

(*The name “Keeler ” was incorrect for Ethel and the late Charles Otto Geller’s only daughter, who was Mildred Geller.)


If the grief caused by these events were not enough to overcome, another child suffered serious injuries from an accident that could have easily taken her life, but she managed to survive.:

From the “Columbus Dispatch” – July 9, 1926.  Page 6.:


     “Running after a ball, which had rolled into the street in the path of an automobile, Thursday evening, Elaine Yeldem, eight-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darby Yeldem of 393 Belvidere avenue suffered a fractured skull when struck by the machine, which was driven by Mrs. L. E. Scott of 347 Columbian avenue.  The regained consciousness Friday morning, according to a report from Mt. Carmel hospital, where she was taken by Mrs. Scott.  The girl also suffered the fracture of six ribs. 

     The accident happened when the child ran in front of the machine as it was turned from an alley near the Yeldem home, Mrs. Scott told police.”


Ethel’s father, Peter William Rader, died on May 25, 1928.  He was 68 years old.  Her mother, who was five years younger than her husband, survived.  She lived until 1939.  They were buried in the Mifflin Cemetery.


The year of 1930 actually started off well for Ethel’s oldest daughter, Mildred that should have made her mother quite proud of her.  

On the January 30, 1930, Page 10B of the Columbus Dispatch there is a feature spotlight story with the title: “Girl Makes Unusual School Record” which includes a pretty photograph of her sharing that she excelled in two categories at Columbus’ Central High School.: 


The 1930 U.S. Census enumerated on April 10th, 1930 with Ethel Yeldem who is listed as age 44 and divorced.  Her occupation is listed as “Laundress from home.”  She is still living at 393 Belvidere Avenue in Columbus with the following children.:  Elaine age 10, Eleanor age 9, Byron age 8, Wayne age 6, Alice and Alan (who were twins) age 3-3/12.  Also her Geller children of: Mildred age 17, Ervan age 15, and Vernon age 12.

Charles M. Geller who was Ethel’s oldest child from her first marriage is missing in the family’s census records and has yet to be found where he was living at that time.  However, her son Eldon, age 19, shows up in the 1930 U.S. Census living as an inmate at the Institution for the Feeble Minded located at 1601 West Broad Street in Columbus.

May 6, 1930

Tuesday, May 6, 1930, was the day Ethel Marie Radar Geller Yeldem decided she could no longer endure living and carried out the murders of 7 of her living 11 children because she felt they would be better off not enduring a lifetime of hardships as she had known; she also knew she would be joining them soon herself. She tried to commit suicide the same day but did not actually pass away until May 16th. 

The Columbus Evening Dispatch of course carried the news by May 7 with many follow up articles appearing well beyond. Newspapers across Ohio, and indeed the entire country, also gave extensive coverage of the news because it was so shocking and heartbreaking.  








As might be expected, some readers of the Columbus Dispatch wasted no time writing up and sending in their comments of displeasure about the newspaper’s explicit coverage of this sad event to the point of their overdoing it and being in poor taste in the reader’s opinion.