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Columbus & Franklin County, Ohio Genealogy

The Columbus & Franklin County, Ohio Genealogy Group is the place to pose questions, provide answers and share tips about genealogical research and families who live or have lived in Columbus and/or Franklin County, Ohio.

Location: Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio
Members: 22
Latest Activity: Jan 30, 2015

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The Brown & Reed family from Columbus Ohio

Started by Earl Brown Jan 13, 2010. 0 Replies

Hello to all . The surnames that i am looking for are Brown,Reed, Seymour (Seymore) Graves, Woodrum.I have found a good bit about my mother's side but as far as my father's side ZIP NADA ZERO PLOP…Continue

Brown's , Woodrum , Reed,

Started by Earl David Brown Nov 27, 2009. 0 Replies

I'm tring to find my family on my father's side .Grandmother Betty Reed, Father Jack Lee Brown. my greatuncle Joe woodrum. Joeand Irene Woodrum had a son that was kill by a hit&run driver, his…Continue

Looking for Marling Family and McBride Family information

Started by Lori Shoemaker Hellmund Nov 5, 2009. 0 Replies

My links to Columbus/Franklin County are the John Austin Marling family and William and Martha McBride. I know where all the Marlings are buried and I have all the census information about them, but…Continue

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Differences between the Comment Wall and Discussion Forums.

Started by Russ Pollitt Oct 29, 2009. 0 Replies

GenealogyWise is a great site and I'm continually learning more and more about how to make the best use of what we have here. I wanted to comment on how to get the most out of the group when posting…Continue

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Comment by Barbara Moon-Batista on July 21, 2011 at 4:12pm

I live on the west coast too. I am in Monterey CA


Comment by Roberta Frederick on July 21, 2011 at 3:59pm
Thanks for the Thurman Thompson info that does give me a possible lead to follow!
Comment by Roberta Frederick on July 21, 2011 at 3:58pm
Thanks for the info Barbara. I'm on the west coast so page by page research is going to be difficult unless I get to Columbus. No travel plans anytime soon. I appreciate you checking on it though because now I know :-)
Comment by Barbara Moon-Batista on July 21, 2011 at 12:41pm
I did find a Thurman Thompson on the same page in the 1900 census that list Albert Stndish etc. A quick search brings up a father named James Thompson in the 1870 censu in Perry, Franklin County, wife Margaret. I think this is James Thompson and Margaret Friend. I had to research it because of James Thompson being so close in age to my James and Margaret Thompson. If you have time, research further and see if they had a son James. It might be a connection. Barbara
Comment by Barbara Moon-Batista on July 21, 2011 at 12:02pm
I just spoke with the researchers in Ohio Library System regarding a search. The index for newspapers doesn't go back before 1932 sooooooo the only recourse is to do a page by page search in the library on microfiche or hire someone to do it:- / Barbara
Comment by Barbara Moon-Batista on July 21, 2011 at 11:33am
It seems that Columbus Ohio would have a newspaper from that time period that could be searched. Depending on where yo live you can get help at any LDS or Mormon library and order microfiche or call the library in Columbus Ohio and ask about newspapers that date from that time period 1892-1900. It might list a divorce, a death, an obit or some legal matter for the family. I have gone to the libraries website on occassion in different parts of the country and emailed how to proceed to the info clerk. I hope this helps. b
Comment by Roberta Frederick on July 21, 2011 at 11:25am
I misspoke, the James Thompson I referred to in my previous post was born in OH according to the three census which locate him in Columbus State Hospital. That's what I get for trying to remember without checking my records. There is a death record for a James Thompson born in Ireland dated 1935 but that is from Athens and says he was a resident of that area for 37 years so it's probably not the same one. Without more clues I'm afraid I'm stuck. Do you have any idea if the the actual marriage record from 1892 might have more information than what appears on familysearch? If there was any hope of that I would try to pursue it further. At various times I've looked through some of the newspaper sites but never turned up anything - I was hoping to find an engagement or marriage announcement. I don't have much success with those sites so perhaps I just don't know how to go about it.
Comment by Roberta Frederick on July 20, 2011 at 3:25pm

Hi Barbara,

Sorry I guess what I said wasn't too clear, the photo of Minnie that is online is fairly dark looking because it was faded and there is a lot of dark crazing and other time damage on the photo - enhancing it so that her features were more visible made the problem worse and I think makes her complexion look darker than it probably was in actuality. I've learned a lot more about how to scan and enhance old photos so I definitely need to redo that one. I don't believe her coloring very dark at least not compared to my grandmother. I think Minnie had light eyes, blue or green perhaps, and light to medium brown hair. My grandmother, her daughter, was the one with fairly dark coloring. Minnie's other daughter, Miriam Riddle, had dark hair when she was young but her complexion looks to be more medium in the photos that I have. I think my grandmother looks almost as though she had hispanic bloodlines or perhaps even some mulatto in her background. My grandmother had a similar shape nose as Minnie's nose but my father had a totally different nose shape and yet not like his father either. I have a couple of other family photos but they are unmarked one is fairly old of a man who may be Albert Standish, Minnie's father, and he and my brother bear quite a resemblance.  There is a photo of a woman who looks a bit like Minnie but much heavier in the face so I am wondering if she might not be Minnie's mother or her sister - again unmarked photo :-(


One other thing, a while back on a couple of the census on Ancestry I found a man named James Thompson I believe born in  1870 who was apparently a long term patient in one of the hospitals (sanitarium?) in the Columbus area - I think he was there until the 1920's or so. He said he born in Ireland not Ohio and the info I've collected on my grandmother and her sister reflect the father's birth place as Ohio. I did try to see if I could obtain more information on the man and even checked to see if he might have had a burial on the hospital grounds but so far no leads. Being shut away some place might account for a disappearance too back then they would sometimes commit people for having things like epilepsy as well as mental illness. I also need to follow up on some of the other leads you have suggested. I work on genealogy for a while and then life gets busy which drags me away and when I come back I seem to have forgotten which path I was on.

Comment by Barbara Moon-Batista on July 20, 2011 at 3:11pm

I just saw that Ida Bertha Fuhr died in Los Angeles CA on Aug 30 1943 and was born Jun 27 1869 Ohio, father surname Fuhr and mothers maiden name Bushman. I hope this helps. Barbara

Also she is on the 1880 census as Ida B. Fuhr living in Ulhrichsville Tuscarawas Ohio in household of Philip Fuhr. Barbara

Comment by Barbara Moon-Batista on July 20, 2011 at 2:43pm
I saw the same notation but there is no family listed as witness which would have helped. The name Louise doesn't make an immediate impression but you never know what I might come across. I was going to ask you about Minnie's coloring but didn't know how to word it. Her coloring is dark and she has features that are unqiue. I am working with another family that has photographs of a man who is darker and almost has native american or mulatto features. It is hard to say what happened way back when before the civil war. There are too many of the same names and family connections for this to be coicidence. Families often didn't talk about things like James Thompson just up and leaving etc. I have several of those in my Moon line. Barbara

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