Friday, August 26, 2011

Mother's Tree project

Here's one of 4 Mother's tree cross stitch projects I've done. One of the others was was for my husband's mother for Mother's Day 2009. Her tree had 9 names on it and dates back to Elizabeth Hardiker who was born in 1707 in England.

My mother's tree (not counting myself) included only 5 names until I did some research. My mother and grandmother had done some genealogy and discovered that Elizabeth Henrietta Booz who married William Joseph was my mother's 2nd great grandmother. The research laid dormant for many years until I began the task of putting it all together after obtaining my mothers files when she was put in a retirement/rest home.

I thought I'd do a tree for my mother and one for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day in 2009. When I looked at the 9 names on my mother-in-law's tree compared to the 5 on my own mother's tree, I thought it was unfair and began in earnest to do some research to see what else I could find to get more names for my mothers tree.

Research began early in 2008 and within a few days I found Elizabeth's parents who were Mercy Ann VanHorn and Charles Booz ......... and I found siblings. If I had only searched the Census records I would have only come up with 13 childen for Charles & Mercy Ann. Because I splurged and purchased an membership, I was able to find two obituaries that led me to PROOF that there were actually 15 children in the family. Two children (Elmer E. and Mary S.) were never listed on the Census's with the family!

Since that time, I have tried to find the parents of my 4th great grandparents ........ and the search is still on. I do not have a clue who Charles Booz's parents are ... but Mercy Ann VanHorn looks like she may be the daughter of Arthur VanHorn and Lydia Featherby. The Featherby name was a hint given to me by another descendant of Charles and Mercy Ann. Then, after finding the 1924 family reunion article entitled Booz & VanHorn family reunion ... I did about a years worth of research on all 85 names given in the article as having attended the reunion. What I found was that many names were familiar from my research already done on the family ... but other names were not at all familiar ... so I researched them and found that they all were descendants of Arthur VanHorn and Lydia Featherby. Since these two families are the only two represented by the descendants ... I assume there is some relationship between Mercy Ann VanHorn and Arthur & Lydia VanHorn ... Mercy Ann is probably their daughter, but this is not proven.

Both mothers were thrilled with the trees ... and before I do one for myself, I hope to find out (by PROOF) who the mother of Mercy Ann VanHorn is ... and if it IS LYDIA FEATHERBY ....... my next chore will be to assertain WHO HER parents are as well. At this time I think they are Nathaniel Featherby and Jane Harvey ... but this is also not PROVED. There is much work to do to make this happen ... but for now, the trees hang in my mother-in-law's living room and in the room of my mother who is in a rest home.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Here's for the Bogner's

Photo of George Bogner Jr. in his home office on Blymer Street in Mansfield, Ohio
Photo of Jane Elizabeth Wooley-Bogner

Today while catching up on some Family History I ran across a paper tucked in the back of the Bogner file. It appears to be sent to Brother Acomb (I remember the Acombs in Mansfield, Ohio) from a Mr. Christiansen. It appears to be a transcription of a telegram as there are STP's at the end of sentances ... Here's what the transcribed paper says:

The following message was received from Art Allen in South America:

"Advise whoever is attending George Bogner's funeral that George was one of the best builders in South America STP He was dedicated to the work, knew construction and required all who worked for him to do good work STP He was careful in his buying, was strict with Sub-Contractors and suppliers to see that the interests of the Church were protected STP His job in Porto Alegre is the finest job we have in South America STP In Arica he was doing a wonderful job, was loved by the people and gave his all to the work of Building the Kingdom of God STP All here send their love and simpathy (actual spelling) to Sister Bogner and Family" 1-10-67 5pm.

We just had a Family Home Evening about the Pioneers in our Family History Sunday night in preparation for Greg and Connor leaving on the Martin's Cove Trek in Wyoming Wednesday morning at 4am!!

Greg's family has pioneer roots back to Joseph Smith's era and Connor Benjamin Thredgold is named after Benjamin Taylor who was a bodyguard to Joseph Smith. But my family who were not early pioneers of the church were PIONEERS in a different way! Greg and I shared 4 Family histories Sunday, two from his side of the family and two from mine ....... one of the stories shared was of George Bogner Jr. and his darling wife Jane Elizabeth Wooley ... my grandparents:

George Bogner Jr and Jane Elizabeth Wooley History:
George was one of 8 children born to George Bogner Sr. and Theresia Grauer, They were both born in Yugoslavia. George met Jane Elizabeth Wooley and they were married on the 16 of June 1934, George was 24 and Jane was 17 days past her 16th birthday.

Jane was born to Alfred Erwin Wooley and Minnie Rhea Adams. Jane was the third child born. The first was Edward 15 March 1915 and Levina Rhea on 5 Dec 1916...were still born. Jane became a big sister to Evalyn Maria 22 Aug 1923 and another girl Gertrude Sara stillborn. Then Alfred Erwin was born on 23 Nov 1924.

Their 1st heartbreak was the stillbirth of their 1st child, James Lee Bogner. He was born 5 April 1935. Their next child also nearly died. Joan Jane was born 8 March 1936 and now resides in Utah. (My mother) Kenneth George was born on 12 April 1938 and passed away from heart failure on 16 April 1991. Rex Erwin was born 28 May 1944 … he lives in Ashland, Ohio. George built homes and other buildings for a living. He was able to afford a high quaility surgeon for his youngest son's cleft palate.

They were baptized into to the Church Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on 14 June 1958. On 16 June 1959, George, Jane and their youngest son Rex traveled to the Salt Lake City Temple to be sealed for time and all eternity. Joan their oldest child had been informed about their baptism but was not baptized until June of 1960. Kenneth never joined the church.

George became builder of the new Chapel located at 1951 Middle Bellville Road. The Chapel was dedicated by a General Authority by the name of Harold B. Lee (future president of the church). Bro. Lee went back to Salt Lake and told the brethern that George was the person they wanted to go to South America and build chapels. According to the book: MULTIPLY AND DIVIDE A HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS IN CENTRAL OHIO, page 154; "The chapel was unusually well constructed, in part because George Bogner a master builder, supervised the work sessions."

They left on their mission sometime in early 1964 ... just 6 years after joining the church ... They sold everything ... including their home to finance their 3 year stay. During their time in South America, they built and repaired chapels in Arica, Chile and Soa Palo, Brazil and in other areas of South America. George became ill in 1967 and went to a doctor near the town of Porto Alegre in Brazil. It was determined he should go home immediately. On the plane George Passed away ... Jane was left with George until the coroner from Peru came and filled out the paperwork. Jane flew home to New York and stayed with her daughter Joan. She finally moved to Mansfield, Ohio where she made her home with her newly divorced daughter Joan and Joan's three children: Cindy, Lyman and Jody.

Jane gave all and then some ... 33 years 1 month and 9 days later we were absolutely JOYFUL when she passed on...all we heard growing up with her was how she wanted to go and be with "George"... and on 13 Feb 2000 she did. How could we ever deny her joy to be with her beloved. Sure we cried at her funeral ... that's because we all missed her ... but it certainly was not because we wanted her to stay ... she finally earned her reward.

They certainly were pioneers …….. giving up most of their families, leaving for a mission soon after joining the church … then dying while giving their all ………. Like the early pioneers, NEVER ONCE in all the time living with my grandma did she EVER complaing about the sacrifices they made … EVER.

Their descendants have a rich heritage ... their heritage is of far more value than the houses they lived in ... the cars we drove ... and the vacations we took. Our heritage and legacy lies in those who've come before us ... who have given us EVERYTHING we have that's good in the world!!
Thanks Grandma and Grandpa Bogner!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011


The tree on was compiled with hopes that in searching the attendees at the Aug/Sept 1924 BOOZ /VANHORN reunion, I would come up with some more solid ideas about the origins of Charles and Mercy Ann’s families. In searching Rebecca VanHorn and tracing her … she had been married to Jack Thornley (Thorn) VanHorn. I traced his line and that’s how I came to Burr (or Burris) as Jack’s father. I concluded that since Jack Thornley VanHorn (he passed away 1915 and not at the reunion) was related to the Booz family who were also in attendance at the reunion, and looking at the birth date of Burr, I figured that Burr and Mercy Ann could be brother and sister … or he might have been a cousin or uncle.

Jack Thornley VanHorn's father Burr ...(he is referred to here as “Burr”, though he is refered to in different places as “James Burris”, “Burris”, “Burrous” and a few other variations) is the son of Arthur VanHorn and Lydia Featherby. Since Descendants of Arthur VanHorn and Lydia Featherby and also descendants of Charles Booz and Mercy Ann VanHorn were at the same reunion ... it is another clue to my assumption that Mercy Ann is the daughter of Arthur & Lydia.

In compiling this tree, I looked up as much as I could. I researched each of the 85 attendees and searched census records, birth and death certificates and newspaper articles to fill in all the little gaps. I came up with a family tree that leads to more evidence and clues as to the parentage of Mercy Ann VanHorn. This research of the 85 names took about a year to complete with hours a day being spent. The research is still ongoing. The families continued to have reunions together ... the last date of a reunion was Aug 31 1930 and is billed as the "Booz, VanHorn, Deavers Reunion" and is listed as the "seventh annual" reunion. Most of these reunions Carl Joseph was president of ... I have contacted descendants in the Joseph family and they don't seem to have any mementos from the reunions. I was hoping that someone had the keepsakes from the reunion that might solve the WHY and HOW these families were related. I even contacted the Market Street Baptist church to see if Reverend Stokes speaches might be archived ......... no luck!

The connection of the The King family (mentioned in the Reunion article) to the Booz family has now been figured out: (November 15, 2009) Roe King’s wife, Eva M. Bodkin is the daughter of Mabel G. Penn-Bodkin-VanHorn. Mabel was the wife of the above Franklin Arthur VanHorn. She had been married previously and her daughter from that marriage attended with her husband and infant child Roe Jr. … they are NOT related by blood to either the Booz or VanHorn families … only by virtue of Mabel’s second marriage to Franklin Arthur.

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Children (all 15 of them) of Charles Booz & Mercy Ann VanHorn

13 children were found on Census records ... it wasn't until I began searching newspapers that I found 2 additional children (Elmer and Mary). Their birth certificates confirm they are children of Charles & Mercy Ann. Why they were NEVER listed on a Census is curious. Also strange is that both these childen have used the alternative spelling of BOOZE as their last name.

#1 Easten
b. abt 1837 in Pennsylvania
m. unknown if married
d. unknown Last known living on 1850 Springfield Township, Muskingum County Census
b. unknown

#2 Amanda
b. 30 April 1939 Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio
m. 8 March, 1871 , Muskingum, Ohio to William J. Skinner
d. 21 November, 1892 Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio
cod: Consumption
b. unknown

#3 Lydia
b. abt 1843 , Muskingum, Ohio
m. 11 March, 1863 , Muskingum, Ohio to Joseph W. Skinner (have found no connection to Amanda’s husband as yet)
d. unknown Last known alive 1896 as listed on Zanesville City Directory
cod: unknown
b. unknown

#4 Harriet Susan
b. 9 March 1845 Putnam, Muskingum, Ohio
m. 18 May, 1865 , Muskingum, Ohio to John Henry Deavers II
d. 12 May, 1907 Bristol, Perry, Ohio
cod: Complications of Yellow Jaundice
b. New Lexington Cemetery, New Lexington, Perry, Ohio

#5 John
b. 19 June 1847 , Muskingum, Ohio
m. 17 November, 1870 , Muskingum, Ohio to Sarah Elizabeth Hall
d. 29 March, 1893 White Cottage, Muskingum, Ohio
cod: Consumption
b. Wesley Chapel Cemetery, White Cottage, Muskingum, Ohio

#6 Elizabeth Henrietta
b. 21 February 1850 (this is my line of descent) , Muskingum, Ohio
m. 15 August, 1867 , Muskingum, Ohio to William McGowen Joseph
(William & his first wife Susan McDonald had 2 boys ... one of them Austin L. Joseph, who would later marry Elizabeth's little sister Lillian May)
d. 24 May, 1920 Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio
cod: Heart Disease / Contributory: arterial sclerosis
b. Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio

#7 Esther Ann
b. abt 1853
m. not married
d. 20 December, 1869 Newton Township, Muskingum, Ohio
cod: Consumption
b. unknown

#8 Alva
b. abt 1857
m. unknown
d. unknown Last known alive on the Sept 1870 Census for Newton Township, Muskingum, Ohio
cod: unknown
b. unknown

#9 Louisa (aka Lula)
b. 23 August, 1858 White Cottage, Muskingum, Ohio
m. 18 October, 1888 , Muskingum, Ohio to Adolph Kreuter
m. 11 January, 1891 , Muskingum, Ohio to William LaFayette Combs
d. 31 October, 1923 Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio
cod: Chronic nephritis / Kidney Disease … autopsy performed
b. Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio

#10 Mary S.
b. 30 September, 1859 , Muskingum, Ohio
m. 30 November, 1879 , Muskingum, Ohio
d. 15 August, 1926 Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio
cod: Chronic Pulmonary Tuberculosis
b. Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio

#11 Hannah
b. 24 February, 1860 Springfield Township, Muskingum, Ohio
m. 10 September, 1882 , Muskingum, Ohio to Jennings Benjamin Marple
d. 16 May, 1900 Roseville, Muskingum, Ohio
cod: Brain Cancer / Pneumonia
b. Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio

#12 Charles Henry
b. December 1861 , Muskingum, Ohio
m. 4 February, 1886 , Muskingum, Ohio to Sarah P. Boggs
d. 16 August, 1929 Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio
cod: Angina Pectora
b. Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio

#13 Elmer E.
b. 23 June 1863 , Muskingum, Ohio
m. 3 July, 1884 , Muskingum, Ohio to Alice Huffman
d. 12 January, 1924 Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio
cod: Neuralgia of the heart / Angina
b. Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio

#14 Lillian May
b. 26 October, 1865 White Cottage, Muskingum, Ohio
m. 27 March, 1887 , Muskingum, Ohio to Austin L. Joseph
(son of William McGowen Joseph & his 1st wife ... see above #6 Elizabeth Henrietta)
d. 27 September, 1925 Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio
cod: Paralysis
b. Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio

#15 Cora Belle
b. 6 July, 1867 Newton Township, Muskingum, Ohio
m. abt July 1883 No Marriage, but conceived her daughter Anna with William H. Atkinson
m. 9 July, 1891 , Muskingum, Ohio to Charles Uphold whom she divorced 25 March, 1899
m. 25 April, 1902 , Muskingum, Ohio to John Wesley McElfresh (who was previously married to Mary Ellen Sullivan)
d. 1 March, 1936 Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio
cod: Organic Heart disease / Chronic Bronchitis
b. Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio

Also found is a Hannah Booze. Hannah’s death is listed as 15 December, 1869 … 5 days BEFORE Esther Ann Booz (child #7) died. Hannah is listed on the Ohio Death & Burials as being born in 1852 (same as Esther). IF they were twins why would another child be named Hannah (child #11) when she was born in 1860? They wouldn’t name another child Hannah if the first one was still alive! Yet, there isn’t another Booz/Booze family living in Muskingum COUNTY … much less in Newton Township (where THIS Hannah Booze is listed as dying) … also of consumption. I also wondered if Hannah Booze and Esther Ann Booz might be one-in-the-same … but death dates are different and the Reference Number at the bottom of the records are different.

At this point, confirming Esther & Hannah Booze were one-in-the-same ... OR twins, seems remote, but as the records so closely match the family of Charles Booz & Mercy Ann VanHorn, Hannah Booz (1852-1869) ignoring THIS Hannah might be a mistake. Until we find more info she is included here just for future reference.

Hannah Booze (unconfirmed child/relative)
Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854 - 1997
Name: Hannah Booze
Gender: Female
Burial Date:
Burial Place:
Death Date: 15 Dec 1869
Death Place: Newton, Muskingum, Ohio
Age: 17
Birth Date: 1852
Race: White
Marital Status: Single
Spouse's Name:
Father's Name:
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B07094-7
System Origin: Ohio-EASy
Source Film Number: 910154
Reference Number: pg24, ln91

Esther Ann Booz (child #7)
Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854 - 1997
Name: Esther Ann Booz
Gender: Female
Burial Date:
Burial Place:
Death Date: 20 Dec 1869
Death Place: Newton, Muskingum, Ohio
Age: 17
Birth Date: 1852
Birthplace: Ohio
Race: White
Marital Status: Single
Spouse's Name:
Father's Name:
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B07094-7
System Origin: Ohio-EASy
Source Film Number: 910154
Reference Number: pg24, ln18

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Booz in my Blood

E.G. Booz Whiskey Bottle

Yes, it's almost comical that the only "drink" of liquor I've ever had was by accident from a well-meaning "Christmas Party" prank. I walked into a store and the guy asked me if I wanted some Coca Cola ... I love Pop, so I said sure ... one drink told me this was NOT the normal soft drink I thought I had been given! Upon spitting it out, I was told that it had been spiked and he appologized profusely for his prank.

Funny, as a member of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints {LDS or Mormon} church, and as a non-drinker ... I find in my Family History the surname of BOOZ. Yes, the Booz from which the term "drinkin booze" came from! So regardless of the fact that I'm a non-drinker ... I am descended from a family who at one time owned a Whiskey Distillery in Pennsylvania.

Charles Booz and his wife Mercy Ann VanHorn {my 4th great grandparents} were born in Pennsylvania ... their first child, Easten, was also born in Pennsylvania. Their origins are from Pennsylvania … probably Bucks County as one researcher and family historian claims has been handed down in family lore.

Charles married Mercy Ann VanHorn about 1836 or 1837. Because they married between Census years, I cannot find them on the 1830 Census in Pennsylvania due to the fact that only “heads of household” are listed. Though I do not know who Charles mother and father are, I have strong clues as to the parents of Mercy Ann VanHorn. I believe them to be Arthur VanHorn & Lydia Featherby ... this is speculative and not proved by any documents.

My goal is to find the Parents of my 4th Great Grandparents, Charles Booz and Mercy Ann VanHorn. Born 1818 and 1822 both in Pennsylvania. They later moved from Pennsylvania to Ohio about 1838. Family Lore says that Mercy Ann had an ancestor that was referred to as: “Grandpa Featherby”. I was told that an ancestor of Mercy Ann was a Hessian Soldier that he served in the Revolutionary War. {May 5th, 2011 .... I have just been told by a great granddaughter of Mercy Ann, that her mother used to speak of being descended from a "Dutch Princess" ... this would fit the "Hessian" senario}.

I have suspicions that Mercy Ann may be the daughter of Arthur VanHorn & Lydia Featherby … several “hints” support that guess. And one researcher has them connected on New Family Search as if that relationship has been proved ... it has NOT.

As for Charles Booz, I have NO IDEA who his parents were. The family lore is that they came from Bucks County Pennsylvania and that they may be related to E.G. Booz, the famous Whiskey Distiller that the “BOOZ Bottles” have made famous … this BOOZ name is how the term BOOZE, in reference to drinking alcohol, got it’s nickname.

Charles & Mercy Ann were the parents of 15 children in all. I have 8 photos of their children but lack one for my own 3rd Great-Grandmother ... I know that Mercy Ann was still living in 1896 but there seems to be NO RECORD of her death or where she is buried. There are 3 children who are now lost or died without knowing what happened between census records.

Descendants of both Charles and Mercy Ann as well as descendants of Arthur & Lydia were in attendance together at a family reunion held in Putnam Park, in Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio in 1924. (see Booz - VanHorn newspaper article included here: Interesting that on the 1830 Census, Mercy WOULD fit into the Arthur VanHorn family with the hash mark that is present. There is no KNOWN child that would fit that hash mark ... but Mercy Ann WOULD!! …………. If only the Census would have listed each family member by name instead of just the head of household with hash marks in age groups for every one else, this work would be much simpler.

I … am a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints …. Through my family history research I also have come to the conclusion that I am also a Baptist and a Methodist, my ancestors were mostly firm in the faith of Jesus Christ and attended services of various denominations, though mostly Baptist and Methodist from all indications. Borrowed from one obituary in 1908 it states: … “She was a true believer in God and His power to save.” They had a great desire to believe, and for that reason, I have found great joy in the heritage of a Christian and faith believing family.

In my research I have found that though times were different, situations were much the same then as they are now. I found divorces, spousal abuse, children out of wedlock, suicides and other “black sheep” activities … though these are rare, they do exist. I love finding out the unusual and surprising things. I’m not afraid of finding (already have) things like an affiliation with the KKK, a newspaper article about a family member (in 1919) being arrested for fornication … and other facts about family members that seem to be outside the “norm”. I find all this information fascinating and I’m not ashamed of anything I find out about family members … we all have our faults and family secrets.

I find all information fascinating … even if it’s negative information, it’s family history. I don’t try to judge as I’ve made my own mistakes in life … and I don’t know each of our ancestors personally … nor what they actually lived through. It was amazing to think of each of these children and their descendants and the trials, and joys they had in their lives … I learned quickly that sometimes I would make assumptions and after gaining documents or court recrods … the FACTS became clear and made more sense when I learned of the WHOLE situation they were in.

Some of them came to Ohio in the early to mid 1800’s. I assume they came by wagon … probably not a comfortable trip … and I believe that Mercy Ann was pregnant at the time with her 2nd child. IF, (and this is not yet proven) Arthur VanHorn IS Mercy Ann’s father, then it is highly likely that they traveled in the same wagon company as him. They did move to the same town and lived 7 doors from one another once they arrived in Springfield Township, Muskingum County, Ohio {1840 Census}. And in my “colorful” imagination it may have been a comfortable trip … as Arthur VanHorn was a wagon maker by trade……. I’ll bet he fitted the wagon for a pregnant daughter with a comfortable seat (by the day’s standards)!

We come from a tough stock ... Mercy Ann’s 7th child, Esther Ann, contracted Consumption/TB and died on 20 December 1869. Her 7th Child Louisa had Consumption/TB in 1880, but survived and went on to be a mother of 5 children of her own. On November of 1892 Amanda (child #2) contracted the disease and died. Within 6 months child #5, John, also contracted the disease and died. At this point Mercy Ann had probably nursed or was in contact with ALL 4
children (2 of whom were already married) when only 4 months after John died … Lillie Ellen Skinner, daughter of Amanda and granddaughter of Mercy Ann died of the same disease. Lillie lived with Mercy Ann at the time of her death … so this brings the count to 4 children and one grandchild who died of the dreaded disease. Lillie passed away 16 July 1893 and Mercy lived on till at least 1896 when she is listed on the Zanesville City Directory. She was a strong and valiant woman and tough by the days standards … and even by our standards today … How she could live with so may who had the disease and not be brought down before the age of 74 is amazing to me … and her strength is something to be admired!