January 2020 archive

Nimrod Headington Journal, 1852, part 2

Today, the second in a series of blog posts, the transcription the 1852 journal of Nimrod Headington, my fourth great-granduncle. [1]

Nimrod Headington (1827-1913), at the age of 24, set sail from New York in February 1852, bound for San Francisco, California, to join the gold rush and hopefully make his fortune. The Panama Canal had not been built yet, so he sailed around the tip of South America to reach the California coast.  

Tombstone Tuesday–John E. Grieb

This is the tombstone of John E. Grieb, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:


Nimrod Headington Journal, 1852

It was 1852. Gold was discovered in California a couple years before and young men were rushing to California to stake their claims, hoping to strike it big and make their fortunes.

This was also the dream of one of my ancestors, Nimrod Headington.  

Tombstone Tuesday–Walter L. & Paula H. (Buechner) Allmandinger

This is the tombstone of Walter and Paula (Buechner) Allmandinger, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Walter L.
Paula H.

1909 Letter to Jesse Pickering

It is interesting to read old letters and documents that give us an idea of what our ancestors did and what impacted their lives years ago.

Recently a reader scanned an old letter family letter that involves some folks from area a little north of Chatt.

The letter is from Rockford attorney E.E. Jackson, to Jess Pickering, RR Willshire, warning of a potential claim against Jesse, filed by Henry McGough for the disfigurement of a horse.