Monday, March 28, 2016

When did Rosa Z Owens & F W Kosack marry???

I have very limited information on Rosa Z. Owens.  Rosa was born 12 February 1882 in Maryland, Rosa was married to Frederick William Kosack but I have not been able to find where or when they were married.  Rosa died 5 December 1936.  These small bits of information on Rosa are only due to the information on her tombstone.  According to the story from my father, Rosa was in St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC when she died.  I have searched Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC not only for her marriage to my great uncle but also for her death certificate.  Family Search, Ancestry neither of them have her.  I have tried various spellings to no avail

Uncle Fred and Rosa married some time between 1900 and 1910.  They were listed as married in the 1910 census but in the 1900 census Uncle Fred was living at home with his parents and was listed as single.  Also in the 1910 census Rosa was listed as having 2 children and neither were alive.  I never knew Rosa and never heard anyone other than my father talk about her. 

I know that Uncle Fred had remarried and his 2nd wife I know a great deal about.  I have yet to find a marriage record for them either.  I do have death certificates for both of them but Rosa is a really big question mark that I would love to solve. This is the only photo I have of Uncle Fred & Aunt Rosa.  I have
no idea when this was taken.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Updating this blog

It has been a very, very long time since I have done any work on my blog. I am looking for information on my great grandmother Augusta Wanda (Kleinstuck) Kosack.  I know she was born in Prussia 7 October 1856.  I have not been able to locate her immigration to the United States.  I know she came her in the 1870's but that is about all. This first photo was most likely her wedding photo.  The lower photo was taken at an unknown date.  She married Frederick William Kosack 25 July 1876 in Washington, DC. 

Friday, August 28, 2015


I haven't posted in on my blog for a very long time.  I hope to do it a little more regular soon.

I have done the DNA test and posted my results on GEDmatch.  I have a very long list of people who are"matches" within 4 - 6 generations.  I have been trying to get in touch with a few to see if we can figure out who our common ancestors are.  I have not had any luck so far but will keep trying to get in touch with people who I have a common ancestor about  5 generations back.  I am very glad I have done the DNA test and do hope to meet up with some new cousins soon.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

52 Ancestors Week # 19 - LeDane/Lyddan

I have posted before about James J. LeDane/Lyddan but I would like to list all of his and Margaret's children in this post.

MaryAnna LeDane born 21 June 1866 West Virginia- married Charles Berger
Louisa LeDane born about 1868 no further information about her
Frances Adele LeDane born August 1869 in Maryland married Charles Gettings
Fanny LeDane born about 1871 no further information about her
Elizabeth LeDane born May 1872 in West Virginia married Harry Gorbutt
George E Lyddan/LeDane born 1 January 1874 in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia.  He was not in the 1880 census on this family.
An unknown female

James Is believed to be the son of John Henry & Hannah Ladan found in WV in the 1850 census.  This family had many different spellings of the last name.  I have not been able to find James in the 1870 census with his family.  Still searching many different spellings.

Monday, May 5, 2014

52 Ancestor Challenge Week #18 - Edgar Allan Poe

When I was growing up my Grandmother Farley would often relay to us that Edgar Allan Poe was one of our ancestors.  Then I would ask her how was he related and she never really knew so lately I have been trying to find out IF there was a connection.  I have been puttering in genealogy for about 10 years - give or take and have never found any Poe connection.

Lately I have been working on my Rees/Reese ancestors and finally found the answer as to whether or not we have a connection  to Edgar Allan Poe.   The answer is yes BUT it is so far out there that I really hesitate to say he is an ancestor.

My 3rd great grandparents Daniel Evans & Ruth (Dawson) Reese had 15 children among them my great grandmother Maria Kenley Reese and an older sister Rebecca Reese.  Seems Rebecca was married to William E. Clemm and therein lies the connection to Edgar Allan Poe.  Rebecca's husband William E. Clemm was a half brother to Virginia Clemm who was married to Edgar Allan Poe.  Poe was also a cousin to Virginia Clemm but in neither line do we have a direct connection.  Sorry Nana it really doesn't count.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

52 AncestorsChallenge - Week #17 Daniel Evans REESE revisited

Daniel Evans Reese was my 4th great grandfather and youngest child of  John Rees & Catharine (Evans) Rees.  He was born about 1769 near Newberrytown, York, PA.  He married Ruth Dawson. A list of members in the City of Baltimore found in the Register of the 1st Methodist Episcopal Church he is spoken of as a preacher and a "traveling" preacher.

Rev. Daniel Evans Reese died on the 17the of August 1849 and is buried at Mt Olivet Cemetery in Baltimore, MD.  His wife Ruth died the 23rd of February 1842 and also is buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery , Baltimore, Maryland.  

Rev Daniel Evans & Ruth (Dawson)  Reese had 15 children:
Daniel Evans, Jr born after 1790
Thomas C. born about 1792
Joseph born about 1797
John W born about 1799
David Meredith born 1800
Catharine born 1801
Sarah Dawson born 1802
Anna R born 15  May  1804
Samuel born about 1808
Rebecca born 4 Sept 1809
Maria Kenley born 31 July 1813  *** my 3rd great grandmother
Caroline Barnes born about 1814
Mary Ann born about 1815
Elizabeth Jane born about 1816
Charles W. born about 1817

My grandmother always told the story that we were related to Edgar Allan Poe but I have never been able to confirm that.  I will be going to Richmond, Virginia soon and hope to find more that will either prove or disprove this story.

So far the only possible connection could be through Rebecca Reese who married a William E. Clemm.  I have not researched this family yet.

Monday, April 21, 2014

52 Ancestor Challenge -Week # 16 - Lizette Woodworth Reese 1856 - 1935

I have a good many Reese ancestors in my line.  I am wondering if Lizette Woodworth Reese can be added.  She was a noted poet in Maryland and was nearing 80 upon her death.  I have both her parents David & Louisa (Gabler) Reese.  I have census information from 1870, 1880 listing her father as head of house.  In the 1900 census her mother was head of house as her father passed in 1895.  I have found his burial location but have been unable to find his parents.  He was born in 1825 in Maryland so the records should be there I just haven't gone to the correct location.  I also have not been able to find her mothers date of death or burial.  I know she was still living in 1910 but by 1920 census Lizette was living with a younger sister and her family.  One day I will know if she can be added to my tree or not.

I will add this notation that I'm finally able to make a connection through the DNA Ancestry program with a new cousin I did not know about.  A step in the right direction for sure.