Wordless Wednesday – Richard, Catherine and Olive Poundstone

Catherine Rae (Richard’s daughter-in-law married to Josiah Earnest Poundstone), Richard (1838-1919) and Olive Poundstone  (Richard’s granddaughter)

Sunday’s Obituary – George is struck by lightening!

My second great granduncle George Washington Poundstone’s obituary.   This is one of my favorite obituaries…. (is it wrong to have a favorite?)
Saturday 1 June 1918
     George W. Poundstone, well-to-do and widely known farmer of the community four miles northeast of Deer Creek, was instantly electrocuted last Friday evening at 7:30 o’clock when struck by a wicked bolt of lightning. When a terrific storm approached, in company with his faithful dog he had gone back to a pasture field to get up the cows for the evening. He had gotten the cows and starting back to the barn when a load clap of thunder emitted a streak of lightning that struck an umbrella he was carrying. The electric current ran down the steel handle of the umbrella and struck him on the breast, running down his left leg and into the ground, his body being badly burned. When he had been gone for several minutes Mrs. Poundstone noticed the dog standing in the field beside the umbrella and as it was acting queerly she at once perceived that something had happened to the husband. She called Harry Nelson, a neighbor over the phone, and he went to the Poundstone farm to make an investigation and as he reached the middle of a clover field in which the cows had been grazing, he came upon a gruesome find. There lay the aged farmer cold in death. Dr. Cooper of Deer Creek was immediately called, but upon reaching the scene found that the death had taken place even before he had been summoned. Coroner Stewart of Cass county held an autopsy Saturday morning.
     The funeral services were held Monday morning at eleven o’clock at the Center U.B. church, of which deceased had for years been a member. Rev Sickafoose officiated. Interment was made in the Center cemetery.
     George Poundstone, son of John Nicholas and Magdalene (Hampshire) Poundstone, was born in Cass County on a farm near Young America, in 1844, and at the time of his death was almost 74 years of age. He was one of seven children, only one of which, a brother Richard Poundstone, of Bement , Illinois is left. In 1872 he was united in marriage to Sarah Henderson and about four years later, or 42 years ago, moved to the farm where he met his tragic death. To the union six children were born, all of whom, with the widow, survive. They are Allen Franklin Poundstone, and Mrs. Ellen May Lenon, of the Deer Creek vicinity, and Misses Estella, Dora, Lena and Bess, all yet at home.

Janet Hall, “Called Home” Death in Carroll County Indiana Five Decades of Obituaries taken from local newspapers 1880’s-1930’s (Delphi, Indiana: Janet Hall self published, 2008), 404.

Mappy Monday or Why my third great grandparents married

While I was in Indiana I came across the image below in the Combination Atlas Map of Cass County Indiana, Kingman Brothers, 1878 – reprinted in 1976 by The BookMark of Knightstown Indiana.  The map certainly explains the marriages between the Poundstone’s and Zecks, the Hyman’s and Poundstone’s, the Fout’s and the Poundstone’s and the Fout’s and the Hyman’s.  The neighborhood was a built in “shop for a spouse” location!

 Map of Young America, Deer Creek Township, Cass County Indiana -1878

Chance to Win Free RootsMagic Software!

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Pruning my roots….

I decided to spend some time cleaning up my database. My locations are done, my photos are done, and now I am reviewing every citation and where they are used. I have come to the conclusion that I have improved quite a bit since I started inputting my data. The problem now is that I want my “less mature” cites to be the same standard as that citations I create today. I am almost half way done with my upkeep. I firmly believe that cleaning up roots is the pits! I would much rather be researching or perhaps finish the entering of my vacation finds. Just like a good housekeeper of the home I will soon be a good housekeeper of my RootsMagic.

Any Tucson genealogists? A new genealogy club is starting up in Tucson called – for now – the Pima County Genealogy Club. Please share your ideas with the folks starting up the group by answering the survey at http://pimacountygenealogyclub.blogspot.com.

What a find! Newspaper 50 years later with death information!

I have been searching for death information for Daniel Hyman, 1830-1888, and finally found a record in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune (Indiana), 17 Feb 1938, Page 4 Col. 6.  The item was listed under the title “50 Years Ago” it read:

Daniel Hyman, an old and well
known Cass county resident, was
burled last Sunday at the cemetery
north of Young America. The
attendance was remarkably large,
from 2,000 to 2,500 people being on
the grounds, and 318 vehicles in
the procession.
Another newspaper tidbit dated the week of Daniel’s burial -Logansport Pharos (Indiana), Feb 23 1888, 

Page 4, col. 3:

Resolutions of Respect.
No. 520, I. O. O. F.
LOGANSPORT, FEB. 17th, 1888.
Whereas, It has seemed good in the
wisdom of Almighty God,to remove from
us our esteemed brother, Daniel Hyman,
who died on the 10th day of February,
1888, therefore, be it
Resolved, That in the death of Brother
Daniel Hyman, our lodge has lost a
valued and devoted member.
Resolved, That the heartfelt sympathy
of this lodge be extended to the sons and
daughters, and the brothers and sisters
in their irreparable loss.
Resolved, That in token of respect of
our beloved brother, the lodge room be
appropriately draped in mourning for
the period of thirty days.
Resolved, That these resolution be
sent to each of the papers printed in the
county and the Logansport Pharos.
W. W. BLACK. )
NOAH MIXNICK, S Committee.

So now I know that he belonged to  an I.O.O.F. Lodge.  I found the two above items from NewspaperArchive, now it is time to play on a few other historical newspaper sites!  Wish me luck!