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 staubmk@gmail.com!

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.