Thursday, December 4, 2014

Your help is needed - Finding Elmer

A few weeks ago a lady contacted me via this blog. Her request was to learn about her great-grandfather, Joseph William Staub, born in 1864 in the Adams County, Pennsylvania area and died in Akron Ohio in 1933. 

Joseph was the eldest son to Austin Augustus Staub and his wife Mary Ann Weaver.  One of Joseph's siblings was Louis Raphael Staub, aka Bull Durham. 

Joseph married a Lucretia Lindsey from the Johnstown, Pennsylvania area about 1888.  They had a son, Elmer, about 1889.  Then the Johnstown floods happened and from that point the family mystery began.  Joseph moved to the Akron, Ohio area, remarried, and Elmer was last noted in the 1910 U.S. Federal Census and living with his dad and step mother.

The lady who contacted me said that family members told her that Elmer changed his name, and became a mystery.  The assumed name Elmer used was John Joseph Edwards.

So..... to make this request a bit more realistic, Joseph William Staub had a brother, Paul Augustus who would be Austin Staub Jr.'s (wife, Darlene Felix) grandfather

If anyone can help link me to a living relative to the Joseph William family (his siblings are long dead by now), I would appreciate it very much. 

The lady who contacted me mentioned that this is very important to her, as it is deep and personal, and she wants to leave this legacy to her daughter. I hope that I can give her some clues, or information that will fill in the missing pieces.

Social media is a wonderful too, if used for a good cause.

Thank you everyone! 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What I Thought Would Be a Quick and Simple Project...

For nearly four years I have been typing, researching, and proofing the data in my Johannes Adam Staab/Staub database.  I am officially taking a break and plan to focus on my family and maybe Myrtle Mary Groft-Staub's Groft family for a bit. 

Eventually I will post the book to this blog for all to see.  After all, this is your family and you should know who your ancestors were.  But, please allow me time to recuperate.

In the meantime, did you know?... 

John Lawrence Staub, Sr.
James and Mary
To some of you this was your grandfather, great grandfather, or gg grandfather, depending on your age.  John's parents were James Augustin Staub (1856-1917) and Mary Catharine Weaver (1854-1933), and they had 12 children. James' father, Leo Jacob Staub Sr. fought in the Civil War.  I just happened to get a copy of his original Civil War discharge paper two years ago, thanks to Mike. 

Of the twelve children three lived beyond the age of 60.  There was a set of twins born and died in 1887.  John's sibling sister, Rose Stella (1888-1910), became a nun with the Holy Name Convent/Sisters of Christian Charity.  She was buried at the convent in Danville, PA, and will soon be moved to Medham, NJ at the mother house.  Maybe now I will have time to make a trip to Danville or New Jersey to get a photo of the grave marker. 

Myrtle Mary Groft-Staub, aka Mammaw
Prior to 1983 you may remember Myrtle bringing a sister, Violet, to the Staub reunions.  Did you know that Mammaw had two additional siblings: George John (1887-1889) and Marguerite Emma (1894-1909).  I have yet to find the burial site for George.  Marguerite Emma is buried with parents Jerome and Annie in the Conewago Chapel Cemetery.

There is so much more to share.  I hope by next year I can have a DVD to put up on one of the four televisions at Brushtown, that is, if there are no races and ballgames playing!

If you want to ask me anything about the Staubs and Grofts, I am on Facebook and my email is!

P.S.  A lesson to be learned...I wish that I had talked to my parents more about their lives and about my grandparents when I had the chance.  This is a common comment that I hear so often from researchers at the York County Historical Society .  So, why not begin to share with your kids and grandkids about their heritage. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

What NOT to do with your dad (or anyone else)!

I start each week with good intentions of updating this blog, and then get sidetracked. It has been, what, almost one year since my last post?

Since February 2014 I have been re-proofing the Staub genealogy book, and am spending time completing the records as completely as I can with birth or death dates, etc.  Then I get sidetracked and spend endless hours searching archived documents, like in this  post.

Joseph Bernard Weaver (age 64) and his son, John Andrew Weaver (age 36) died within hours of each other in 1939 from over excessive drinking.  Read the article (published in both the New Oxford Item and the Gettysburg Times in 1939) to see what their 'cocktails' consisted of.

So, why are there Weavers in the Staub ancestral line, and why do I send these posts to the Smith family?  Keep reading.... 
  • Joseph Bernard Weaver (1875-1939) married Edith Lau, whose mother was Catherine Agnes Smith (1861-1936), and Catherine's parents were John Henry Smith (1831-1893) married to Anna Maria Groft (1841-1916). 
  • Joseph Bernard's mother, Mary Catherine Staub (1848-1938), was a daughter to Leo Jacob Staub Sr. (1826-1899).  Leo was a 5th generation Staub and Mammaw Staub's husband, John Lawrence Staub, was a 6th generation Staub going back to Adam Staub who emigrated from Germany.
If you cannot read the article, and would like to, drop me a line.  I hope you enjoyed this tidbit of family lore.