We all know about researching newspapers and the need for more resources. They are a good resource to view dates and events. They are coming online monthly, so for the family historian’s and genealogists, this is exciting. Newspapers bring information such as, locations, names, details about an individual, employment information, and maybe connections to others, etc. I saw this link on twitter the other day from the Great Lakes History folks and thought I would check it out.
I am seeking info on the Davis and Marsh families who did a stop over in the great state of Ohio on the way to settling in Michigan. William & wife Mildred (Brand) Davis and family entered Ohio about 1858, hailing from Franklin County, PA, first renting in Wayne County, then purchasing 25 acres in the neighboring county called Medina. But did anything else happen in the area? That is when you need to think outside the box and ask who or what else has information. I located the deeds for the Davis’s purchasing the land. I have to consider numerous things about this family being “colored”, having some money (they sold their 11 acres in Franklin County, PA) traveling and buying property on the brink of the Civil War. Medina didn’t require the Davis family to pay the $500 to register in the county. The Davis’s only lived in Medina for 5 years, but had two babies (Alma & Henry). The Davis family did sell their land (in 1863) and headed to Benzie County, Michigan to homestead 160 acres. I located a Civil War registration record for William and Mildred’s oldest son, Joseph Brand Davis, but do not think he served, yet! Okay, I am hot the trail, time to check out the Ohio Newspaper site.
Now for George & Mary (Goens/Goings) Marsh-they left Jefferson County, West Virginia supposedly right after the Civil War. Can you imagine all the turmoil and confusion going on. At the time they only had one daughter, Nancy “Ardella” and she was a little over 1 yr old. In the wagon they go, heading north, as most people of color did back then. George and Mary stop over in Morrow County, Ohio and stayed only two years before heading to Manistee County, Michigan and homesteading. So far I am not able to locate any deeds or anything on the Marsh family in Morrow and did not find where they had to pay the $500 registration fee to enter into Morrow County. But, another daughter was born, Sarah, in Morrow County, Ohio. Now how do I know this? When Sarah was baptized at the Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints in Joyfield Michigan, in Benzie County,
her birth was noted on her record. Great find! The Marsh’s leave me with lots of empty spaces and questions to figure out. So let’s see if there is information in the newspapers to help me understand what was going on in the Marsh world in Ohio.
By the way, Henry Davis born in 1863 in Medina, Ohio married Sarah Marsh, born in Morrow County, Ohio. Henry is my great grandfather. Sarah and Henry had one child, Rudolph. Sarah passed away when Rudolph was young and Henry married Sarah’s sister Clara, my great grandmother.