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  1. “I warn everybody to keep out of such scrapes.”- The Murderer of Edson Benjamin

    February 26, 2015 by Pamela M. McMurray

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    Hanging of the murderer of Edson Benjamin. 07 Dec 1901 news article in the Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, MT. Ancestry.com newspaper collection.

    Hanging of the murderer of Edson Benjamin. 07 Dec 1901 news article in the Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, MT. Ancestry.com newspaper collection.

    :arrow: Benjamin Family, McMurray Family

    A previous series of articles told the story of the murder of Edson Benjamin at Underwood’s Landing in Skamania County, Washington on 24 March 1901. At the time, we were unable to determine the fate of the murderer, James G. Green. The story was left with Green begging to be hanged right away as he could not bear the sight of Benjamin’s widow, Martha “Jennie” Munger Benjamin, in the courtroom. The jury found him guilty of first degree murder, and thus, with hanging imminent, he changed his tune and asked for the verdict to be fought. For some reason, no online searches showed the final fate of the murderer when that series was written.

    Today, however, further research hit the jackpot with a link to a free Skamania County Washington history site. They posted transcripts of pertinent newspaper articles, and from there we could search out the newspapers and learn the final disposition of Green, who was hanged for his crime.

     

    Green did fare better than the criminal whose story was reported on the same page:Awful Scene at Execution. 07 Dec 1901, Anaconda Standard, Anaconda Montana, v13, n87, p2, c4. Ancestry.com.

    Awful Scene at Execution. 07 Dec 1901, Anaconda Standard, Anaconda Montana, v13, n87, p2, c4. Ancestry.com.

     

    Notes, Sources, and References: 

    1) See the four-part series: Edson Benjamin: “A Cowardly Murder”

    http://heritageramblings.net/2014/11/04/tombstone-tuesday-edson-benjamin-a-cowardly-murder-part-1/

    http://heritageramblings.net/2014/11/05/edson-benjamin-a-cowardly-murder-part-2/

    http://heritageramblings.net/2014/11/06/edson-benjamin-a-cowardly-murder-part-3/

    http://heritageramblings.net/2014/11/07/edson-benjamin-a-cowardly-murder-part-4/

    2) See also http://heritageramblings.net/2014/05/13/tombstone-tuesday-edson-benjamin-and-martha-jennie-slade/

     

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  2. Tombstone Tuesday: Henry Horn

    February 24, 2015 by Pamela M. McMurray

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    Tombstone of Heinrich Horn, Horn United Methodist Church Cemetery, Alum Bank, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

    Tombstone of Heinrich Horn, Horn United Methodist Church Cemetery, Alum Bank, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. (Click to enlarge and make sharper.) From family member CG, 1980s.

    :arrow: McMurray Family, Horn Family

    Henry Horn is buried in the Horn United Methodist Cemetery in Pleasantville, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, where he died.

    Henry Horn- Headstone, Horn Churchyard, Alum Bank, Bedford, PA. With thanks to Amanda Smith on Find A Grave, 8/22/2011.

    Henry Horn- Headstone, Horn Churchyard, Alum Bank, Bedford, PA. With thanks to Amanda Smith for her kind permission on Find A Grave, 8/22/2011.

    The tombstone reads:

    Sacred to the memory of

    Henry Horn

    Born Oct r the 15th 1758

    Died May the 8th 1845

    Aged 86 Years. 6 Mons. & 23 days.

    Henry Horn- Headstone- Detail, Horn Churchyard, Alum Bank, Bedford, PA. With thanks to Amanda Smith on Find A Grave, 8/22/2011.

    Henry Horn- Headstone- Detail, Horn Churchyard, Alum Bank, Bedford, PA. With thanks to Amanda Smith for her kind permission,  Find A Grave, 8/22/2011.

    The first image gives a clue as to Henry Horn’s life- the commemorative plaques indicate he served in the Revolutionary War. The commemorative plaques read:

    Plaque 1:

    Revolutionary Soldier

    Reverend Henry Horn

    1775                   1783

    Placed by his descendants.

    Henry Horn- Gravesite Military Markers. With thanks to Amanda Smith on Find A Grave, 8/22/2011.

    Henry Horn- Gravesite Military Markers, Horn Churchyard, Alum Bank, Bedford, PA. With thanks to Amanda Smith for her kind permission on Find A Grave, 8/22/2011.

    Plaque 2:

    Born Oct. 15, 1758     Died May 8, 1845

    Battle of Trenton-Monmouth

    and Long Island Campaigns

    Member of Count Pulaski’s Legion

    Minister of the Methodist Church

     

    There is also a Sons of the American Revolution marker.

     

    So here is one clue about how Henry Horn’s path may have crossed that of George Washington, but there was an event even before he enlisted that may have been the best opportunity for them to see each other…

    (To be continued.)

     

    Notes, Sources, and References: 

    1) Horn Churchyard Cemetery, Alum Bank, Bedford, PA.

     

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  3. George Washington and Our Ancestors

    February 22, 2015 by Pamela M. McMurray

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    Washington Receiving a Salute after the Victory at Trenton, NJ on 26 dec. 1776. William Holl engraving c1860 after a painting by John Faed. Library of Congress

    Washington Receiving a Salute after the Victory at Trenton, NJ on 26 Dec. 1776. William Holl engraving c1860 after a painting by John Faed. Library of Congress. (Click to enlarge.)

    :arrow: McMurray Family, Horn Family

    Those of us ‘of an age’ to remember the days when our two greatest presidents were born, and those births celebrated separately, so that one could reflect on the accomplishments of each, know that today is the anniversary of the birth of George Washington.

    Back in those days, on February 12th, schoolchildren learned about the horrors of the Civil War and how a lanky farm boy from Illinois held our country together and freed the slaves, and was so eloquent that he could sum up the deep emotions of our citizens in the 10 short sentences of the Gettysburg Address. On February 22nd, schoolchildren listened to the myth of the cherry tree and learned lessons about honesty. That lesson modeled how such a solid, moral foundation could make a middle-born person great enough to help a small group of citizens fight and earn the rights of a democracy, even against the greatest power in the world at the time, Great Britain. Of course, all that learning, reflecting, and honoring individuals ended with the federal government’s “Uniform Monday Holiday Act” that took effect on 1 Jan 1971, and the commemoration of these two great men became a 3-day holiday for bank and federal workers on the third Monday in February. (And don’t forget the commercial President’s Day sales.)

    Technically, today is the date George Washington may have celebrated his birth once he was 20 years old, when England changed to the Gregorian calendar. Contemporary records (those created at the time) had dated his birth as 11 February 1731 using the Julian or Old Style (O.S.) calendar. In 1752, England finally came around to the calendar the rest of the world was using, the New Style (N.S.) or Gregorian calendar. This calendar changed the first day of the year to 1 January, instead of 25 March, so any events between those dates had a number of days added- it depended on which year as to how many- plus the year was corrected to the next. So George Washington’s birthday then became 22 February 1732.

    I do ramble about our heritage (hence the most appropriate blog name), but there is a reason to mention George Washington when one discusses our family history. We have no proof that a family member met George Washington, but there certainly was opportunity. At least three ancestors may have been in the same place as George Washington at the same time, and, of course, a number had their lives permanently altered because of his actions. These men are Jonathan Benjamin, Henry Horn, and Wiley Anderson Murrell; Washington surely influenced many other ancestors from that time and since. These next few weeks we will be learning more about these men and their families, so stay tuned.

    [Is this just name dropping? Hopefully dear reader, you are not thinking that. We are merely interested in putting our ancestors in the context of the times, and knowing ‘famous’ persons would have been a part of that history. It is just as important as a young man fighting a Civil War battle,  a couple taking their friends to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis as newlyweds (Anna May Beerbower and William Gerard Helbling), a woman casting her first vote in 1921, our generation watching men walk on the moon for the first time, or any relative participating in any big event, or even the mundane ones- all context.]

     

    Notes, Sources, and References: 

    1) Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington’s_Birthday

     

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  4. Suffrage Saturday: 1893 Letter with List of Registered Women Voters, Colchester, NY, Part 3

    February 21, 2015 by Pamela M. McMurray

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    21 Oct 1893 Women Registered, Election District 1, Colchester, NY- Letter, p 3.

    21 Oct 1893 Women Registered, Election District 1, Colchester, NY- Letter, p 3. (Click to enlarge- more legible larger.)

    :arrow: Women’s Suffrage

    Transcription:

    Name Address
    Ex-Teacher X Mrs. Barbara Betts Downsville
     Teacher X Miss  Minnie Holmes        “
     Ex-Teacher X       “  Emma Lindsley        “
     Mrs.  Amelia Schaufler        “
        “  Amelia Fuller        “
        “  Mary White        “
     X     “  Lydia Wright        “
        “  Caroline Wilson        “
        “  Amelia Wilson        “
    X     “ Lylvia Wardell        “
    X    “ Mary E. Barber        “
       “ Ellen Teed        “
       “ Cornelia Flemmings        “
       “  Sarah Odwell         “
    Ex-Teacher X    “ Eva Mae Lindsley         “
    X    “ Mary Conlon         “
    X Miss Hattie Bogart         “
    X Mrs. Helen Bogart         “
       “ Mary Edward         “
       “ Katherine Elwood         “
       “ Alice Signor         “
       “ Elvina Signor         “
       “ Jessie Elwood         “
    X Miss Emma Hartman         “
     Mrs.  Katherine  “          “
    X    “ Josephine Hulbert         “
    X    “ Sabra A. Bull         “
     Teacher  X     “  A. H. H. Shaw          “

     

    Notes, Sources, and References: 

    1) Letter in possession of author, purchased on eBay. Seller stated that she bought it from a woman who bought a lot of old furniture in New England/New York, and the letter was found in an old desk. She listed it under ‘woman suffrage.’

     

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  5. Thankful Thursday: Find A Grave and New Broida Memorials

    February 19, 2015 by Pamela M. McMurray

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    Headstone of Pincus/Peter Broida and Sarah Malke "Mollie" Broida in Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Cemetery, McKees rocks, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

    Headstone of Pincus Noah “Peter” Broida and Sarah Malke “Mollie” Karklinski-Broida in Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Cemetery, McKees Rocks, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

    :arrow: Broida Family

    I am very thankful for the kind people who spend their valuable time creating memorials on Find A Grave (FAG) for the cemeteries they visit. A number of Broida family members have recently been transferred to me (without the hassle from some FAG members who are just into amassing empires of memorials, even though they are not related). So I got to work to quickly get more information on each of the memorials.

    These are family lines that I am not as familiar with as they are not as closely related. Cousin Mitch has a great Broida tree on Ancestry, and I have done further research to create what I hope are accurate biographies. (Please do let us know if here are any parts that should be clarified or revised.)

    Here are the new Broida FAG biographies:

    Harry H Broida

    Birth: 1882, Lithuania
    Death: Jun. 6, 1908
    Pittsburgh
    Allegheny County
    Pennsylvania, USA

    Harry Broida was born in 1882 in Russia, likely in Lithuania. He immigrated to the United States in 1892, per the 1900 US Federal Census.In 1900, Harry was living with his parents, 5 siblings, and two boarders (also b. Russia) at 38 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. He was working as a shoe salesman, and had not been unemployed recently. (The crash of 1893 caused a big depression but by 1900 more people were working.) He could read write, and speak English. Sadly, Harry passed away at the young age of 24 or so on 06 Jun 1908. (His birth year varies by sources.) He had been living with his father in his last days at 65 Miller St. in Pittsburgh, PA.
    Parents:
    Michel Lazer Broida (1846 – 1926)
    Anna Horowitz Broida (1848 – 1916)

    Inscription:
    Beloved Son and Brother

    Burial:
    Beth Hamedrash Hagodal Cemetery
    McKees Rocks
    Allegheny County
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Find A Grave Memorial# 96657462

    (An image of his headstone has been requested but we will probably need to wait for the snow to melt.)

    Michael Lazer Broida- Headstone- in Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Cemetery, McKees Rock, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

    Michael Lazer Broida- Headstone- in Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Cemetery, McKees Rock, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

    Michael Lazer Broida

    Birth: Mar., 1846, Lithuania
    Death: Nov. 9, 1926
    Pittsburgh
    Allegheny County
    Pennsylvania, USA

    Michael Lazer Broida (also ‘Michel Lazear,’ ‘Michael Lazaris,’ or Michael Lazario’) was born in Esiskes, Lithuania, which was under Russian control time and again throughout history. (Thus birthplace is sometimes listed as Russia.) His parents were Joseph and Chaneh “Jennie” Broida, both b. abt 1820. It is not known if his parents immigrated to the US also. Michael was one of their 9 children who came to the US.Michael married Emma/Anna/Hannah Horowitz in 1863, likely in Lithuania. Their first seven children were also born there.

    Children:
    Jennie “Shaina” Broida, 1867-1937, marr. David Shaeffer, d. Louisiana
    Joseph J. Broida, 1868-1934, marr. Mary Elpern, d. Pittsburgh
    Lillie S. Broida, 1871-1927, marr. Joseph L. Hirsch, d. Miami FL
    Samuel Broida, 1876-1960, marr. Bertha Gilberg, d. Louisiana
    Anna R. Broida, 1880-1947, marr Benjamin Silken, later __Hoffenberg, d. CA
    Katie L Broida, 1883-1978, marr. Harry Benjamin Elpern, d. Pittsburgh
    Jacob Broida, 1885-1928, never marr., d. Pittsburgh
    Bessie D. Broida, 1892-1966, b. in Pittsburgh, marr. Louis R. Fields, d.Ohio

    Michael immigrated to the US in 1887, after son Jacob was born, and it is presumed Hannah immigrated around then too. He filed his ‘First Paper’ or Declaration of Intention to become a citizen on 25 Sep 1890, and his Petition for Naturalization was signed on 3 Jan 1902. In 1900, Michael and his wife of 37 years are found in the US Federal Census at 38 Federal St. in Pittsburgh, PA, with their 3 daughters and 3 sons; they also have 2 married boarders living with them. Michael was a ‘Peddler [of] Dry Goods.’ In 1908 their son Harry died, and Michael was the informant on the death certificate; they were living at 65 Miller St. in Pittsburgh. The family was still in Pittsburgh in 1910, with Michael listed as a peddler “on road” but they owned their home and had a mortgage. He could read and write.

    Anna/Hannah/Emma (Horwitz) Broida died 05 Dec 1916, leaving Michael a widower. His son Joseph’s family lived with him in the Miller Street house and Joseph was listed as the Head of Household in the 1920 census. Michael died six years later, on 09 Nov. 1926.

    Burial:
    Beth Hamedrash Hagodal Cemetery
    McKees Rocks
    Allegheny County
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Find A Grave Memorial# 108660454
    Anna Horowitz Broida- Headstone- in Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Cemetery, McKees Rock, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

    Anna Horowitz Broida- Headstone- in Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Cemetery, McKees Rock, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

     Anna Horowitz Broida

    Birth: Apr., 1848, Lithuania
    Death: Dec. 6, 1916
    Pittsburgh
    Allegheny County
    Pennsylvania, USA

    The parents of Emma/Anna/Hannah Horowitz are unknown.

    [The remainder of Anna’s memorial is the same as her husband Michael’s.]

     

    Notes, Sources, and References: 

    1) Harry H. Broida FAG Memorial: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=96657462

    2) Michael Lazer Broida FAG Memorial: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=108660454

    3) Anna Horowitz Broida FAG Memorials: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=108660520

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