To estimate the relative proximity of the Meechan farm and the Curran farm, I picked addresses that are roughly where their homes were located. The Meechan location is 2514 Reimer Road, Wadsworth; the Curran location is 5954 Taylor Road, Norton Township. Route and travel time by foot: Here's the route and travel time by [...]
On both sides of my family tree I have come across several relatives who were listed as unemployed in the 1880 U.S. Census. Below is an excerpt from the Chippewa Township census showing that Thomas Francis Meechan lived next door to his brother Patrick, and they were both unemployed coal miners. Year: 1880; Census Place: [...]
Transcription - In the county of Medina, township of Wadsworth, Full name - Daniel Curran, Age: 96 yrs., 8 months, 23 days; born in Ireland, Widower, Farmer, James Curran - father, Ireland, Unknown mother, Ireland; Catherine Meechan (Curran) informant at Wadsworth, Ohio. Filed May 8, 1912 with the State of Ohio, date of death May [...]
BOOM BABY. 16 children with 4 preceding her in death. This was my second clue about the 16 vs. 12. I found this obit about a year ago and had located all of the kiddos shortly thereafter. Obituaries can be incorrect a great deal of the time, but every once in awhile there's a nugget!
Header from the newspaper: Note the DOB is listed as 15 Aug 1846. This date corresponds with what is listed on his death certificate and related documents. The headstone, however, shows something different: I've come to accept the odd reality that headstones are wrong more often than I'd imagined. I can't get my mind [...]
Anna Meechan, 1872–1878 John Meechan, 1874–1875 Susan Meechan, 1876–1943 Mary Germaine Meechan, 1877–1928 Margaret Meechan, 1880–1884 Daniel Joseph Meechan, 1882–1962 Catharina Louise Meechan, 1884–1939 Thomas Francis Meechan, 1886–1937 Luke Aloysius Meechan, 1888–1960 Anna C Meechan, 1890–1979 James Bernard Meechan, 1892–1976 John James Meechan, 1893–1969 Patrick Frank Meechan, 1894–1959 Grace May Meechan, 1897–1955 Ellen Meechan, 1899–1899 Gertrude Mabel Meechan, [...]
1916, Medina, Ohio, USA. Directory entry for farmers of Medina county: Thomas (Catherine), 12 children, farmer, Owns property, 130 acres, 4 horses, 5 cows, R1 Wadsworth, Wad 17 Tel. NOTE: Surname is spelled Meecham. Admittedly, I had to think about the "5c" for a little while...so...no chickens? Aw man, you gotta have chickens - it's a farm!