Welcome to my genealogy blog. Ancestors I Wish I Knew is a combination of genealogical information and stories about individuals in my family tree. The focus is on those from my Cochrane, Eitelbach, Merrett, Minarcik and Richards lines and their descendants.
Monday, December 30, 2019
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Friday, December 13, 2019
When I was about five years old, my mother bought a center piece for our Christmas table. It was a Santa in a sleigh with a music box in it that played Jingle Bells. It has been on our Christmas table for as long as I can remember. My father really liked to wind up the music box and hear Jingle Bells, even if we were not seated around the table.
When I cleaned out my parents' house after they died, there was Santa, right in the closet where he spent the rest of the year. I brought him to Michigan and now it drives his sleight in my family room on the side board.
Here is a picture of the Santa in his sleigh with the reindeer, who seemed to have lost their antlers along the way.
Now for a close up.
And lastly a real closeup. I did not realize until I took this picture, how sweet Santa's face is.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
|Erie County Savings Bank|
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
I think of the he War of 1812 (1812-1815) as a kind of forgotten war. It is sandwiched between the Revolution War and the Civil War and does not get a lot of attention. However, it was an important war. It was fought because of British restrictions on U.S. trade, America’s desire to expand its territory, and the impressment of United States sailors into the Royal Navy.
The war did not go well for the United States with several defeats. Most notable was the burning of the White House in 1814. However, the The United States was victorious in New York, Baltimore and New Orleans.
My great great great grandfather, James Hannah fought in the War of 1812. He enlisted in the 147 Regiment of the Pennsylvania Militia under Colonel Rees Hill. They were stationed in Erie, Pennsylvania to guard the navel facility. There is no other information about what he did in the war or how long he served.
If I could talk to him, I would like to know exactly what he did, how long he served, and if he was in any battles.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
This week’s theme is poor. Poor in money? Poor in land? Poor in children? How about poor in information? That would fit my great great grandmother, Ann Morgan. Other than her name, and a couple of pieces of information about the birth of her children, she is a mystery.
So what do I know that can be verified. According to the Church of England Records, Andrew George Corbett Cochrane was baptized in January, 1810 at St. Marylebone, London. William was baptized in 1811, and a year after that Anna Maria Cochrane was baptized. In 1813, George was baptized. Three years later, George died. In each case The Honorable Andrew James Cochrane Johnstone was listed as the father. However, there is no record of a marriage between Andrew and Ann.
Unfortunately, Morgan is a common name and so is Ann. I figured that Ann had her children in her late teens or very early 20. That would mean that she was born in the 1790’s. Both the 1841 and 1851 census list an Ann Morgan who would be the right age. The only other piece of information is that she was an upholsterer.
So I am stuck. I would love to ask Ann some of these questions? Who were your parents? Where did you live? How long was your relationship with Andrew Cochrane Johnstone? Did he support you and the children?