Archive | March, 2011

Mary Elizabeth Bunker Obit.

30 Mar

Mary Elizabeth Bunker nee Longhurst obituary from Chicago newspaper dated 1936:

BUNKER- Mattie E. Bunker, at Pontiac, Mich. Nov. 21, wife of the late Edgar E. Bunker. Funeral services in chapel, 4227 Cottage Grove avenue, Tuesday, 2 p.m. Interment Mount Greenwood.

Mattie was in Pontiac living with her daughter Ruby and her husband Loren Flynn. Ruby and Loren Flynn were the parents of Jane Marie Flynn married Donald T. Porter.

Mattie Bunker Obit.

Woodland Cemetery Records

15 Mar

Margaret (Cooper) Hudson and her husband William Hudson are buried in Woodland Cemetery in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Margaret is Benjamin Walker Ellison’s mother and William is his step-father. Benjamin’s father had died before he was born in 1841. Also buried with Margaret, in the same plot, are two of Benjamin and Mary Ellison’s babies. A daughter born in 1871 who died at 23 days and a son born in 1872 who died at 2 months of age.

Margaret died of consumption and was buried on 27 JUL 1859. William also died of consumption and was buried on 31 MAY 1860. Consumption is now known as tuberculosis.

A Map of Woodland Cemetery: The Hudson and Ellison family are buried in Section 23, Lot 21~

Benjamin Walker Ellison went by D W Hudson on the 1860 US Census for Cleveland, Ohio and was living alone at the age of 19. His older sister Marian had gotten married to James J Dawson and she took in her younger sister, Ann Hudson, in 1860 in Cleveland, Ohio.

This leaves two of Margaret and William’s children missing: Emma born in 1848 in England and Elizabeth born in 1850 in Virginia.

There is an Emma Hudson buried in the Erie Street Cemetery on 2 OCT 1854 at age 4 years, her address listed as Spring Street. Could this be our missing Emma? Also buried in the same section in Erie Street Cemetery is a little boy named William Hudson who was buried on 15 JUL 1854 at the age of 16 months and his address was Spring Street. Could this be Margaret and William’s only son?

More research may reveal the answer.

Woodland Cemetery was not opened for burial until June of 1853 and was built to supersede Erie Street Cemetery.

Interment records for William and Margaret Hudson along with the Cemetery Records for all mentioned above, can be viewed below:

Click on this link to open Cemetery records titled Geneology-Email Version

Thanks to Grace Wilfong and Donna Cromwell for sharing records and information.

Cemetery records were gotten by contacting the Highland Park Cemetery 21400 Chagrin Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44122-5308. A wonderful woman named Monica put all the records together for me, even calling me to make sure she had the right people and then sent them to me – free of charge! I did need names, burial or death dates and the cemetery. If you have ancestors buried in Cleveland, Ohio but don’t know where,  you can search this site for their name on the interment records:  www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohcdrt/clecems

Benjamin W Ellison Civil War Service Records

10 Mar

Benjamin Walker Ellison was mustered into the 16th Michigan Infantry, Company G, on March 28th, 1865. He was discharged on July 8, 1865 and then admitted to Harper Hospital in Detroit on July 15th, 1865 with intermittent fever. Intermittent fever was the medical term for a rarely fatal form of malaria: Plasmodium Vivax.

BWE was a drafted soldier. He was 23 years old, had blue eyes, light hair and he was 5′ 2.5″ tall. His home at the time was in Greenville, Montcalm County, Michigan.

At the time of his discharge, he had been advanced in money and clothing $64.15 and he owed the U.S. $6.00 for arms and equipment.

His military service records from the National Archives can be seen here: MilitaryDocBWE

Benjamin W Ellison would have joined the 16th Michigan Infantry as they were involved in the following according to the Civil War Archive:

“Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Junction of quaker and Boydton Roads and Lewis Farm near Gravelly Run March 29. White Oak Road March 30-31. Five Forks April 1. Fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. March to Washington, D.C., May 3-12. Grand Review May 23. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June 16-22, thence to Jeffersonville, Ind. Mustered out July 8, 1865.”

History of the 16th Michigan Infantry from Michigan Archives: http://seekingmichigan.org/u?/p4006coll15,9067

William Ralston, Ensign in American Revolution

9 Mar

A special friend sent me copies of the cards on file at the DAR for my ancestor William Ralston, American Revolution veteran. This special friend closely matches our male Ralston DNA and I am certain we are related somehow. Our male DNA both comes from Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. My Ralston DNA has Cherokee Indian markers attached to it at the seventh generation.

William Ralston born before 1755 in Pennsylvania married Martha.  William lived in the following PA counties in chronological order: Chester County, Bedford County and Westmoreland County.

One of his sons was John Ralston, born 1776 in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA married Elizabeth Sharp. John died in 1850 in Butler County, PA.

One of John’s sons was John Ralston Jr who married Nancy McLane in about 1834 in Butler County, PA. DNA results on Nancy show that she was Scottish on her mother’s side. Family lore and a photograph of her show she was American Indian.

One of Nancy and John’s sons was Millen Ralston, my great-great grandfather and father to William Alfred Ralston.