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Every once in a while my sister Dorothy will come to my house bearing genealogical gifts. (My favorite kind =D) Her most recent gift was the guest registry from our father’s (John Weston Ramsell 1932-1970) memorial service held 12 November 1970, in Monterey Park, California, USA.

As I was reading through the signatures, I didn’t recognize most of the names, and I couldn’t help but wonder who these people were, and how they knew my father.

As I’ve mentioned before, my father died when I was very young, and consequently, I don’t know much about him. With that in mind, I’ve decided to post the signature pages here in hopes that one of the attendees might come across this blog post and be willing to “tell me a story” about my dad. I realize it has been 46 years, but…..



Casket Bearers: James Reifeiss, John C. Ostrom, Phillip C. Gardener?, Hugh Lomas, James Johnson, Drew Popson


Lowell J. Campbell, Marie Melford, Evelyn Pittman, Jackie Cargemi, Michael E. Neuman, Vincent Loomis, Chris Blassman, Sandy Taylor, James E. Johnson, Peggy Baker, Alise Shearer, Irene Brandenberg, Darrell Henderson, Job Dragan, George J. Huston, Joe Caricchio


Walter W. Doman, Mr. & Mrs. Ray Colvin, Mr. & Mrs. Arlis Keller, Mr. & Mrs. James Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Greenwood, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Pommerville, Charles Vogl, Mr. & Mrs. Nelson Lyons, Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Blassman, Lady E. Alexander, Dan Taylor,  Alan R. Smith, Paul Ramsell, Anne Ramsell, Dorothy Zane, John C. Ramsell


Don Hamilton, Mary Ramsell, Cathy Ramsell, Mr. & Mrs. C.K. O’Neill, Ira D. Brown, Phillip C. ?, Mr. & Mrs. August A. Giacomelli, Jack & Peggy Johnson, Mike Trujillo, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Lillo, Chet & Meg Gilgen, Vi Flowers, Connie Hall, Tiffy Newbigging, Gene Homenick, Olga Jenkins


Eleanor Popson, Roberta Urban Ramsell, Mr. & Mrs Edwards, Edith W Smith, Mr. & Mrs Jo Creacy, Steve Dupre, Vivienne Dupre, Donna Raines, Sandra Raines, Bell Dulglest, Leona Pennington, Audrey Tyler, Mary Kendrich, Patty Reifriess, Karen Ostrom, Mickie Coughlin, Harold Toyn, Stephen D. Foreman, Clifford H. Marker


Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Lomas, Lorie Lomas, Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Gark?, Jay Peterson, Marina Garcia, Lionel Harrison, Nola Hoover, Clara Yocum, Mildred Hatch, J. Barlow Hatch, Joe Stein, James J. Reifeiss,  Mr. & Mrs. T.E. VanWimble?, Karen L. Byers, Kris Hurst, Carolyn Byers, Mr. & Mrs Oran Pittman


Hilda Haug, Peggy Baker, Charlide Vogl, Mr. & Mrs. G.S. Medley,  Mr. & Mrs. Arlin Keller, Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Beassman, Ron Crouch, Nadina Flackman,  Marie Goss, Mr. & Mrs. James E. Johnson, Randy Johnson, Matt Johnson, Lon Matthis, John Johnston, Samuel Seigle, Pat Hines


Rick Hines, Mr. & Mrs. Paul L. Denenport, Paul L. Denenport III, Mark Pearson, Kenny Nissle,  Anthony J.L. Crawford, Olga H. Thomas, Robert B. Levy?, Ray Colvin, Joseph J. Dropchick, Rose B. Ralzioli, Mary Alsop, Gary Selcer, Jerry Fogel, Michael Pearson, Dern Korff, Carmen Mendoza


Mr. & Mrs. Ronald L. Call, Ira D. Brown, Dan A. Aedy?, Mr. & Mrs. Leo Curran, Lisa Hansen, Bishop & Mrs. DeVere Anderson, Lori Anderson, Jeff Anderson, Annetta Gibson, Beverly Schofield, Mrs. Marie Sanchez, Kenneth L. Branford, Mrs. Virginia Plummer, Roger W. Temple, Donald W. Helgren, Russell Call, Nate Pearman


Sandra Raines, Ted & Carolyn Black, Bea Mansfield, Mrs. Jack D. Johnson, Barbara A. Spurling, Ray Sparks, Deborah Greene, Vena McGuire



Jeannine Mayer, Brent Mayer, Maurine Byers, Tom Byers, Marilyn Johnson, Glen Byers, Drew Popson, Irene Koepp, Sandy Taylor, Chris Blassman, Stephanie Penrich, Linda Gallentine, Mr. & Mrs Russ Gallentine, L. Dee Gardner, Mr. & Mrs. W. Klerks, Jackie Zurinskas


Claire Thurner, Del Aldrich

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Harry McWhirter-Barrett c 1939 Denver, Colorado, United States

Harry M. Barrett received the A.B. Degree at Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, in 1891. He received other degrees including the Doctor of Letters from the University of Denver. In 1893 he came to Colorado, and taught Latin in East High School. An editorial experience in Erie, Pennsylvania, during those two years had prepared him, no doubt, to be interested in the same sort of work here; and, together with a little reportorial work, for years he had much to do with the Colorado School journal, both has advisor and as editor.

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Harry McWhirter-Barrett 1891 Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, United States

In 1907, I believe, he left East High School to become principle of Central High School in Pueblo Colorado. 5 years later, in 1912, he returned it to Denver as principal of East High School, and remained there during the troublesome days of the war of 1914 to 1918. In 1920, he went to Boulder Colorado. There he remained In charge of the College of Education until 1937. During the two or three years before his retirement he endured much physical and mental suffering, which almost killed him. A year or more of travel, apparently gave him back his health; and he remained fairly well until the Nazis rolled through Holland. 3 days later, he was dead. Had he lived a few weeks longer, he would have received one more degree, the PhD from his alma mater. At least, he had the comfort of knowing that last Monday, that this honor would be his.

Such is the brief outline of the life of a man who made himself a quiet force in everything educational in one state, and in many of its religious movements; who was known and respected as highly in Greeley and Fort Collins and Gunnison as in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Denver.

My acquaintance with Barrett began in January of 1896. During that winter, his doctor said he had appendicitis. Accordingly, he remained in bed for a week, and I took his classes in Latin. I remember that they knew their Latin, perhaps better than I, myself, at that time. From that time on I knew Harry Barrett as a man as well as anyone ever knew him, I guess, unless it were Aaron Gove, and Dorus Ruben Hatch. Barrett loved to sing; and for a while he and two other men and I formed a quartet for mutual pleasure mostly. When he brought his wife to Denver in 1896 and thereafter when the children came, we were drawn together through somewhat similar interests.

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Almira Barrett (standing), Charles McWhirter Barrett, Jessie Davis Edwards Barrett, Hugh Edwards Barrett 1912 Denver, Colorado, United States

During the war he lost his older son at Fort Logan. I truly believe the anguish caused by that loss, and the repression of his grief at that time contributed to the weakness of heart which took him off 20 odd years later. He was intensely patriotic, and in his desire to appear all that the leader of so many young men and women should appear in a national emergency, he denied himself the legitimate relief of sorrow acknowledged and expressed. Perhaps, too, the memory of those days of terrible sadness came back and overwhelmed him, when Holland was snuffed out.

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Hugh Barrett Edwards (1897-1918)

He joined the school masters Club in 1895. He was not, therefore, a charter remember, for the club had been in existence nearly a year. But charter member or no, he was one of the old guard, that old guard who with Aaron Gove were interested and active in every matter educational or politic-educational. May I assure you, gentleman, that in those days this club was not exactly a rather sprawling social aggregation. It was a close knit, earnest unit, with eyes and ears wide open for any method by which the cause of education in Colorado could be helped. Whether the need were for a pedagogical talk a political interview, some move for reorganization, or a combination of the three, Harry Barrett’s thorough education, practical and keen mind, and his ability to present–were in valuable.

Socially, in the club, he was, I should say, the most popular remember ever enrolled, and yet one who never quite broke down his dignity and reserve. Many of you never had a chance to enjoy his repartee, his wit, or his yarns. A teller of stories he was by instinct and self-training; and many a time he has tickled this club with some piquant anecdote. I will say, however, that his stories if piquant were not risqué or malodorous.

Barrett’s singing voice was an odd one but thoroughly musical. He could sing a very respectable baritone, lead the gang like a second tenor, or even squeal into the “barber shop” notes of the lyric. But whatever part he sang, he threw himself into the singing with such whole-hearted zeal that for years he was the acknowledged chorister of the Schoolmasters, and was relied upon even longer to lead off in an emergency. Somewhere or other he picked up the most of the modern streamlined mumbles and wails, even as he remembered all the ditties of an older vintage, and the names of person who he met anywhere.

He made a point of knowing every member of this club, as long as such a feat was possible. He was a very agreeable and sympathetic table companion, who never did all of the talking. His mind was alert and he felt his way into the attitude of his neighbor at dinner. So warmly did he take the Schoolmasters Club to his heart that more than once I have heard men mention it as “Barrett’s Club.”

As educator he was never in that class of leaders who immediately and infallibly know all the answers. Before he attempted to help or advise he would listen patiently and long. Then, if he approved your action, he said so. If he disapproved, you had no doubts. He studied all modern trends. He sifted from each whatever seemed to him good; but forever kept one foot on the ground, and so firmly that he did not lose his equilibrium.

Somehow, notwithstanding his many other studies and diverse activities, he managed to maintain his direct participation in religious life and with his church. At the time of his death, he was president of the Board of Trustees of the bill if school of the ology.

Nature did not endow Barrett with an athletic body. Not that he was physically weak. Anyone who ever shook hands with him and experienced is truly Methodist grip, knew better than to take him for a weakling. But a slender frame and did defect of vision prevented him from the whole hearted plunging into athletic which many of us have enjoyed. Perhaps for that very reason he evinced a more intense enthusiasm than most men for the fortunes of his school in college teams, and a more intelligent comprehension of the relation which athletics bear to education in general and to any boy in particular.

Men have deferred (as in the case of any outstanding individual) as to Barrett’s precise value as an educator. Such differing is probably all to the credit of the man in question; and simply proves that he is not easily stamped pell-mell in any one direction. So much I can say, that whenever I have learned post factum the circumstances surrounding some professional act of his which I had failed to understand, I have found a conscientious man struggling, as very few of us do struggle, to do his duty as he saw his duty, and to meet obstacles as a Christian gentleman. As to Barrett’s qualifications as a friend I have heard only one story: kind, sympathetic, intelligent, forbearing, willing, steadfast.

I am told that Barrett was as popular in the Rotary Club as he used to be here. The reasons are not hard to find. Well-read on topics of today, of yesterday, and of yesteryear, he could match almost anyone anywhere in conversation; but he was so considerate of other fellow’s viewpoint that he seldom was over persistent, or gave one the appearance of superiority. Then he was unfailingly witty, with the kind of clean clear-cut humor which pleases all.

“The old order changeth, yielding place to new,” and it should do so, if our old is to be anything but stagnant. Yet I feel that in the death of Harry McWhirter Barrett, not only the Schoolmasters Club but education in Colorado has lost one of its foundation piers, that the gap thus created is probably one which will never be exactly and completely be filled.

Harry McWhirter-Barrett is buried at Fairmount Mausoleum & Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.

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Harry McWhirter-Barrett (1869-1940) Grave-marker

Fairmount Mausoleum, Denver, Colorado, United States_edited

Fairmount Mausoleum & Cemetery Denver, Colorado, United States

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Elbridge M. Hosmer (1832-1863) and his wife, Susannah Owens (1835-1887) were the parents of 3 children. Charles E. Hosmer, born 16 March 1858, Susannah Augusta Hosmer, born 4 July 1860 and Clara L. Hosmer, born 29 December 1861. All of the children were born in Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont.

My 2nd great grandparents, Samuel and Almira Blake McWhirter, were enumerated with this family in the 1860 U.S. Federal Census for Middlebury, Addison, Vermont, taken 24 July of that year.  Although I can find no  connection (yet) between the Hosmer/Owens families and my own,  I feel compelled to share what I know of their story here.

Of their three children, only Susannah and Clara reached adulthood.  Charles E. Hosmer (1858-1861) died 1 November 1861 in Middlebury, Vermont at the age of three.  He is buried with his father in Middlebury Cemetery, Middlebury, Addison, Vermont.


Middlebury Cemetery, Middlebury, Vermont2Middlebury Cemetery, Middlebury, Addison, Vermont
(Photo courtesy of Jen Snoots)

Susannah Augusta Hosmer (1860-1936) grew up and married Samuel James Preston (1855-1933) on 30 July 1885 in Waltham, Addison, VermontAt the time of their marriage, Samuel was living in  Mamaroneck, Westchester, New York where he was employed as a teacher.  Samuel and Susannah had four children: Elbridge Hosmer Preston (1887-1889)  Robert Hall Preston (1889-1953) Clara Louise Preston (1892-1962) and  James Samuel Preston (1902-1903).


Prospect Vergennes  Sam Preston, Susan Hosmer, Elbridge, James, ClaraPreston Family Gravestone
Prospect Cemetery, Vergennes, Addison, Vermont
(Photo courtesy of Alan Lathrop)

Clara L. Hosmer (1861-1898) married John Fletcher Noe (1865-?) on 12 November 1890 in Middlebury, Addison, Vermont.  To this union was born one child: James Elbridge Noe (1894-1985). Clara passed away 9 August 1898 in Vergennes, Addison, Vermont, of typhoid fever. She is buried in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany, New York.


Clara Noe HeadstoneClara L. Hosmer Noe Gravestone
Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany, New York
(Photo courtesy of Marte @ Findagrave.com)


Susannah Owens Hosmer Lovett (1837-1887) was born about 7 June 1837 in England.  Her parents were Benjamin Owens (1818-1893), and  Lydia Roberts (1819-1864). She died on 21 October 1887 in Middlebury, Addison, Vermont. She is buried in Middlebury Cemetery with her second husband, John Wesley Lovett (1839-1923)


Susan Owens Hosmer Lovett GravestoneSusan Owens Hosmer Lovett Gravestone
Middlebury Cemetery, Middlebury, Addison, Vermont
(Photo courtesy of Jen Snoots)


Elbridge M. Hosmer (1832-1863) served his country during the U.S. Civil War in the  1st United States Sharpshooters,  Company F, under the command of Captain Edmund Weston.

He was wounded in the Battle of Locust Grove at Brandy Station, Culpepper, Virginia on 27 November 1863, and died from his injuries on 4 December 1863.

Corporal Charles B. Mead (1843-1864) 1st U.S. Sharpshooters, who served with Elbridge in Company F, wrote the following  entries  in his personal journal the night Elbridge was injured, and on the occasion of his death seven days later.  I was so moved by the words that he wrote, I wanted to share it here.


Charles B. Mead c 1863Charles B. Mead c 1863
(Photo courtesy of Jen Snoots)

Nov. 27, 1863 [Battle of Locust Grove]

Hosmer was struck on the forehead over the left eye – very bad wound.

Dec. 4, 1863

Elbridge M. Hosmer’s body came to camp to day. He died last night at half past two. His wound was dressed but once, and he has had no other care. It is sad, very sad for him to die. He leaves a fine woman and two charming children to mourn his loss. Noble, heroic man, – he sealed his devotion to his country with his life.

Late in the afternoon the Co. went to do the saddest duty of a soldier – to bury a comrade killed in battle – Slowly, sadly, we carried Hosmer across the fields, lowered him into the “sacred soil” (made sacred by his life’s blood) and fired volleys over his grave. Oh! My God! that we could be spared such scenes – but this is only part of WAR. 


Elbridge Hosmer GravestoneGravestone of Elbridge M. Hosmer and his son Charles Hosmer
Middlebury Cemetery, Middlebury, Addison, Vermont
(Photo courtesy of Jen Snoots)

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James Walter Grimes Sr.James Walter Grimes Sr.
25 December 1903, Cambridge, Guernsey, Ohio
(Photo courtesy of Eric Recht)

  James Walter Grimes Sr., (who went by Walter) was born 20 October 1869, in Cambridge, Guernsey, Ohio. He was the youngest child and only son of Sarah A. Davis (1842-1898) and James O. Grimes (1822-1890), who was a prominent attorney in Ohio. His maternal aunt, Allie Davis Edwards (1846-1918), was my 2nd great grandmother, which makes him my 1st cousin 3 times removed.

  On 9 September 1891 he married Bertha Scott, daughter of Winfield Taylor Scott (1847-?) and Mary Ellen Burt (1849-1906), in Cambridge, Guernsey, Ohio. My 2nd great grandfather, Hugh Barrett Edwards (1835-1908), performed the ceremony. The following  article appeared in the 17 September 1891 edition of the Cambridge Jeffersonian newspaper.


  J.W. Grimes, son of the late J.O. Grimes, and Miss Bertha Scott, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Scott, were united in marriage last Wednesday evening, at the home of the bride on East Wheeling Avenue. Rev. H.B. Edwards performed the ceremony in the presence of about seventy guests, after which an elegant supper was enjoyed by all.

  Those from a distance who were in attendance were: Walter Shipley, and sister Miss Ada Shipley, of Columbus, Ohio; Mr. Will Brown and, sisters, Martha and Mary of Senecaville, Ohio.

  The bride wore a beautiful dress of of rose silk with a white corsage, and the groom, of course, wore the conventional black. Many beautiful presents were received.

  They will reside with the brides parents during fall and winter. We extend congratulations.

James W. Grimes and Bertha Scott Marriage AnnouncementPublication: Cambridge Jeffersonian
Location: Cambridge, Ohio
Issue Date: September 17, 1891, pg #3


  Bertha and Walter found out in December of 1891 that they would become parents around August 1st the of following year. But in June of 1892,  on what had begun as a typical summer day, Walter’s life was changed forever. Bertha developed eclampsia and died one month before their baby was due.

Death of Mrs. Bertha Grimes

Last Thursday the friends and relatives of Mrs. Walter Grimes of this place were shocked to learn that she had been taken suddenly and fatally ill.  She had been in good health and spirits, and though on arising that morning she had not felt so well as usual, she was but slightly indisposed.  About 10 0’clock a.m. she was seized by a severe convulsion, and from then until about five o’clock p.m. she passed from one almost directly into another.  A physician was summoned at once upon the attack appearing and he remained with her constantly.

During the time that the convulsions continued it was thought that each would result in death.  After five 0’clock, the remedies administered seemed to be producing some effect, for the pulse of the patient became better, and ground for hope was found.

  About eleven o’clock in the night, a perfectly formed and well developed female child was born, and from thence onward until about twelve hours later, when she died, the sufferer sank away. The child lived until six o’clock Friday morning, and had she survived, she would have been named Margaret, for her dead grandmother. In the natural course, the child would not have been born until  about August 1st, and the immediate cause of death of Mrs. Grimes, as will appear from what has already been stated, was puerperal convulsions, resulting in the premature birth of the child. It is understood that the attending physician does not regard these as having been brought on by any accident or injury. but as having resulted in a constitutional disturbance which was not known beforehand.  The case was similar to that of Mrs. Lena White nee McBurnev.

    On Sunday afternoon at two o’clock, the funeral services under the direction of Dr. S. Burt, occurred at the house of the grief stricken parents, on Wheeling Ave. Appropriate and beautiful selections were sung by a choir, Rev F.A. Brown and Dr. McFarland, read scripture lessons, Dr. W.V. Milligan and Dr. Burt offered prayer, and touching remarks were made by Rev. L.B. Moore and Rev. H.B. Edwards, of Stuebenville, who had officiated at the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Grimes, September 9, 1891.

  The interment was made to Cambridge Cemetery, and though the weather was sultry and rainy, many friends and relatives from a distance attended, and a long concourse followed the remains through the rain to the cemetery.  Mother and child were interred in the same casket.

    Mrs. Grimes was the only child of Winfield T. Scott and Mary E., daughter of the late William Burt, and was just approaching the 23rd year of her age, having been born January 19 1870. She was vivacious and sprightly in disposition, kind and womanly in manner, and a favorite with all of her friends.  Her death coming so unexpectedly and being so nearly tragic in its character, causes sorrow and sympathy throughout the town and vicinity.  If the bereavement could be added to by anything beyond the circumstances already indicated, it is made more crushing to the parents by the fact that during last winter Mrs. Margaret Burt, mother of Mrs. Scott, and a loved member of their family, was instantly killed by an accident upon the B. & O. railroad near Monroeville.

Mrs. Scott’s condition since Friday morning has been such as to arouse the greatest concern in the minds of her friends. She was so prostrated, that she has since been unable to leave the home, even to attend the interment.

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Bertha Scott Obituary 4Publication: Cambridge Jeffersonian
Location: Cambridge, Ohio
Issue Date: June 23, 1892, pg #3

City Cemetery, Cambridge, Guernsey, OhioOld City Cemetery, Cambridge, Guernsey, Ohio
(Photo courtesy of Willis @ Findagrave.com)

The newspaper article above makes reference to the death of Margaret Rainey Burt (1827-1891), maternal grandmother of Bertha Scott, in a train accident in November of 1891. It also makes mention of Mary Scott’s (Bertha’s mother) emotional state.

” Mrs. Scott’s condition since Friday morning has been such as to arouse the greatest concern in the minds of her friends. She was so prostrated, that she has since been unable to leave the home, even to attend the interment.”

 Mary had lost three of the most important people in her world, quite unexpectedly,  in less than 8 months time and under incredibly dramatic circumstances. Her inability to attend the services comes as no surprise.

 The following is Margaret’s obituary from the Cambridge (Ohio) Jeffersonian Newspaper dated 22 October 1891.

Death of Mrs. Margaret Burt

Mrs. Margaret Burt, widow of William Burt, who died in Cambridge, May 22nd 1888, was killed in the terrible wreck on the B. & O. railroad at Hicksville.  She with her sister, Mrs. Simeon Davis, of Jackson township, this county, was returning from a visit with friends in the west, and they were passengers on the ill-fated train. Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Burt were occupying the same seat in the lady’s car when the crash came. Mrs. Davis was painfully, but not seriously, hurt and is now out of danger and rapidly recovering.  Mrs. Burt was so severely crushed about the head and breast as to be rendered unconscious, except to give her name and speak once till death relieved her agony.

  The news of the wreck soon reached Cambridge and her son in law, Winfield Scott, Esq., at once started for the scene.  He reported the situation and Mrs. Scott and daughter, Mrs. Grimes, hastened to reach the dying woman, but before they arrived, she was dead.  the suspense was very great pending the final result, and little else was thought of or talked about in Cambridge until a telegram announced the fatal termination.

  Upon the arrival of the train bearing the remains of  Mrs. Burt and the injured Mrs. Davis, a large crowd of friends and neighbors were in waiting and escorted the one, and tenderly bore the other upon a stretcher to the residence of Mr. Scott on East Wheeling Avenue, with whom Mrs. Burt resided since her husband’s death.  Universal sorrow prevailed, for Mrs. Burt was an amiable and lovely woman, sincerely loved by all who knew her.

  Loving hands had prepared the bruised and disfigured form for the casket and many tears were shed by those who gazed upon the cruel wounds that robbed her beautiful features of their wonted comeliness.

  The funeral services were largely attended.  Rev. L.B. Moore, her pastor, conducted them reading a scripture lesson and delivering a beautiful eulogy upon the life and character of the deceased.  Rev. Dr. Milligan led in an appropriate and earnest prayer; Rev. Dr. Burt spoke tenderly and beautifully; the choir of the Baptist church assisted by Mr.s Professor Sarchet sang in an anthem and appropriate hymns and the body was followed to the cemetery near the Cambridge Baptist church where her husband and other deceased relatives lay buried.  

  Mrs. Burt was a daughter of William and Mary Rainey, late of Jackson township this county; was born in Pennsylvania April 24th, 1827; came with her parents to this county in 1837; married to Wm. Burt,  February 21, 1848.  To them were born three children: James, who died in infancy; Asbury, who was killed by a boiler explosion east of Cambridge a few years ago, and Mary E., wife of Winfield Scott, who lives in Cambridge. She became a Christian more than forty years ago, was baptized by the venerable Baptist preacher Rev. Hugh Broom.  During the past twenty years she was connected with the church in Cambridge an was, as stated by her pastor, “an earnest, outspoken disciple, always in her place in church, deeply and intelligently interested in church work.”

  As a wife and mother, she was a model, ever cheerful and exemplary.  In youth, she was remarkably beautiful in form and feature, and this grace and loveliness of person were preserved through life, heightened by the dignity and force of an intellect and character of rare excellence, that won and held the love and respect of all with whom she came in contact, as relative, friend,  neighbor and Christian.

  Mr. Scott desires us to say that the family of Joseph cook, of Hicksville, with whom she was domiciled after the accident, showed every possible kindness and tenderness to her and Mrs. Davis; he says, “they could not have been more kind.”

Margaret Burt Obituary

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Margaret Burt Obituary #4

Margaret Burt Obituary #5Publication: Cambridge Jeffersonian
Location: Cambridge, Ohio
Issue Date: October 22, 1891

    Walter remarried six years later  to Mary J. Green (1874-1969) on 11 May 1898 in Cambridge, Guernsey, Ohio.  Among the wedding guests in attendance was his former mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Scott.

 Their marriage announcement appeared in the May 19th, 1898 edition of the Cambridge Jeffersonian.

Mary J. Green GrimesMary J. Green Grimes
25 December 1903, Cambridge, Guernsey, Ohio
(Photo courtesy of Eric Recht)

  The marriage of Mr. J.W. Grimes and Miss Mary Green occurred Wednesday at one o’clock a the beautiful country residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Green, near Freeport, Harrison county.  The impressive but simple marriage ceremony of the M.E. church  was performed by Rev. H.B. Edwards, of Cambridge, uncle of the groom. The ceremony was performed in a corner bower of white and green, made from dogwood blossoms, blue and fragrant white lilacs.

  The house decorations were beautiful throughout and tastefully arranged; the mantels being banked with white lace and pine; the table decorations consisting of roses and violets; the favors of the occasion being carnations. After receiving the congratulations of the many guests, the entire company was escorted to the spacious dining rooms where an elaborate course dinner was served consisting of choice substantials and dainties.

  Mr. and Mrs. Grimes left Freeport on the evening train and came direct to their new home already furnished on Stuebenville Street.

 Mrs. Grimes is the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Green, and has lived in Freeport from childhood.  She is welcomed to Cambridge society and will become a valuable addition thereto.

  Mr. Grimes has grown up from infancy in Cambridge, and  is a member of the enterprising hardware firm of Carlisle and Grimes, and enjoys the respect and esteem of all who know him. We heartily congratulate the young married couple and bespeak for them a right royal welcome to our city.

  The guests from a distance were: Mr. B. Johnson and Miss Mary Cadwalinder, of Richmond Indiana; Mr. and Mrs. E. French, Damascue, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Green, Hartford City, Indiana; Mrs. P.W. Bailey, Spiceland, Indiana; Mrs. H.J. Hollway,  Miss Edith Conrow, and the Misses Hobson of Flushing, Ohio; Mrs. Maude Wherry of Elyria, Ohio; Mrs. Fred L. Rosemond, Miss Jessie Grimes, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Sarchet, Mrs C.J. Bonnell and son Paul, Mrs. W.T. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Carlisle, Mr. and Mrs. E.P. Jones, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Pace, Cambridge, Ohio.

James W. Grimes and Mary Green Wedding Announcement #1

James W. Grimes and Mary Green Wedding Announcement #2

James W. Grimes and Mary Green Wedding Announcement #3Publication: Cambridge Jeffersonian
Cambridge, Ohio
Issue Date: May 19, 1898

Walter, Mary, and their two children, Sara and James Jr.,  moved to Asheville, Buncombe, North Carolina in 1904, where he resided until his death on 11 October 1940 from heart disease.

 He is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina.

James Walter Grimes Sr. Grave Stone

James Walter Grimes Sr. Gravestone

Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, Buncombe, North Carolina

Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, North Carolina

Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, Buncome, North Carolina (Photo courtesy of Richard Howell)


His second wife, Mary J. Green, died at age 95 on  22 April 1969 in Asheville, Buncombe, North Carolina.  She is also buried in Riverside Cemetery.

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Tree Heart Border(Family Tree Heart designed by Rachel Halversen)

Both sides of my family are predominantly Irish, hailing from various counties in Ireland.  My paternal 2nd great grandfather, Nicholas Bergan, was  born in 1818 in County Kilkenny, Ireland.

County Kilkenny Ireland MapMap of County Kilkenny, Ireland

His wife, Anna Drew, was born 13 February 1830  in County Limerick, Ireland.  She emigrated to the United States in 1848, traveling directly to Peoria, Illinois. 

County_Limerick Map of County Limerick, Ireland

Nicholas Bergan married Anna Drew on 25 January 1851, in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois. He  became a naturalized citizen of the United States on 5 May 1856.

Nicholas Bergan Naturalization to US Record.jpgNicholas Bergan Naturalization Record, 5 May 1856

From 1850-1868 his occupation was given as a “Dray-man”. A dray is a low, flat-bed wagon without sides, pulled generally by horses or mules that were used for transport of all kinds of goods. He was sort of like the UPS/FED EX  guy of his day. The 1870 indicates that he had retired from this occupation by 15 June of that year.

Horse and Dray

Nicholas Bergan died May 1895 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois. This very brief announcement of his death appeared in the Logansport, Indiana Daily Pharos newspaper on 24 May 1895.

Nicholas Bergan ObituaryNicholas Bergan Obituary

Nicholas is  buried in St. Mary Cemetery in  West Peoria, Illinois.

Nicholas Bergan GravestoneNicholas Bergan Gravestone
St. Mary Cemetery, West Peoria, Peoria, Illlinois

Anna Drew Bergan died 4 August 1897 in Peoria, Illinois, from heart disease, and was buried in St. Mary Cemetery, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois on 5 August 1897. The following obituary for Anna  appeared in the Peoria (Illinois) Daily Transcript on 5 August 1897.

Peoria Daily Transcript, 5 Aug 1897

Mrs. Anna Bergan, relict of Nicholas Bergan, died at her home at #617 North Jefferson Ave., at 2:00 yesterday afternoon of heart disease, aged 67 years. The funeral will be held Friday morning from the house to St. Mary’s Cathedral at 9:30 a.m. The Deceased was an old resident of Peoria and well known. She was born in County Limerick, Ireland, February 13 1830, and came to America in 1848, coming direct to Peoria, where she was married to Nicholas Bergan, who died in May 1895. Eight children survive as follows: Mrs. Patrick (Anna) Welsh and M.E. (Michael) Bergan, both of Kansas City, Mo., Theresa Bergan of San Francisco, CA, Mrs. B.A. (Bridget) Gallagher, Mrs. F.C. (Katherine) Misner, John P. Bergan, William. Bergan, and Patrick J. Bergan, all of Peoria.

Anna Drew Bergan Obituary 1897Anna Drew Bergan Obituary, 5 August 1897
Peoria (Illinois) Daily Transcript

Anna Drew Bergan Death CertificateAnna Drew Bergan Death Certificate, 4 August 1897

Anna Drew Bergan gravestoneAnna Drew Bergan Gravestone
St. Mary Cemetery, West Peoria, Peoria, Illinois

St. Mary's Cemetery, Peoria, IllinoisSt. Mary Cemetery, West Peoria, Peoria, Illinois

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Julia Anna Barcus Davis (1818-1907) was my 3rd great grandmother, and grandmother-in-law to my great grandfather, Harry McWhirter Barrett, of whom I’ve written about previously.

Julia Anna Barcus DavisJulia Anna Barcus Davis (c 1900)

The following article appeared in the local newspaper in Cambridge, Ohio on December 31, 1903. She had recently held a large family reunion at the home of her daughter, Emma Davis Sarchet (1852-1938).

Cambridge Jeffersonian

Thursday, December 31, 1903, Cambridge, Ohio

On Christmas day at the home of Prof, and Mrs. John H. (Emma Davis) Sarchet there was a happy reunion of the family of Mrs. Julia A. Davis. The house was beautiful in its Christmas dress of green and red  and while. Some of the members  of this family are gone and we will never see their faces again on earth, but the surviving members of the family were all present, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. All at  home and the broken circle was filled up again with   loved ones.

Mr. Cline took a picture of the family and flash light pictures were taken of the dining room and Christmas tree. The taking of these pictures occupied but a moment but they will have associations that will make them dear as long as we live.

All morning through every crevice came odors that made us hungry and when we were called to dinner we found it was no wonder for there was a Christmas feast, two tables beautifully decorated, one a children’s table, with a huge ring of well filled stockings
hanging from the chandelier and in the center of the table was a large snow ball with a holly top. The other table for the papas and mamas, uncles and’ aunts was bright with holly and at each plate hand painted name cards and a pretty box of home made candy. After dinner came the Christmas tree for the children and the grown-up were included in the category. The tree was covered with
gifts for all with love and Christmas joy.

At this home gathering were: Mr. Julia A. (Barcus) Davis, Rev. and Mrs. Hugh Barrett  (Julia Allie Davis) Edwards, of Leesville, Ohio., and their daughter, Mrs. Harry McWhirter (Jessie Edwards) Barrett , of Pueblo, Colo., and her two children, Edwards Barrett and Almira Barrett; Prof and Mrs. John H. (Emma Davis) Sarchet, Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. (Annie Davis) Bonnell and their son Paul D. Bonnell and wife (Allie Linkhorn): James W. Grimes and wife (Mary Green) and two children. Sara Grimes and James Walter Grimes Jr.: Miss Jessie Grimes, Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. (Ellie Grimes) Rosemond and their children, Alice Rosemond, Marjorie Rosemond, Philip Rosemond and Leslie Rosemond: Miss Sue Rosemond, Judge and Mrs. J. W. Campbell, Mrs. Mary (Barcus) Bullock., of Waco, Texas, a niece of Mrs. Davis who is making her first visit with Cambridge relatives.

The Christmas at Grandmother’s, that dear old lady, whose gentle life is a blessing to all, was a happy one and long to be remembered. Christmas love and joy and peace.

Julia Barcus Davis Christmas Family Reunion Dec #1

Julia Barcus Davis Christmas Family Reunion Dec 1903 #2

Julia Barcus Davis Christmas Family Reunion Dec 1903 #3Cambridge Jeffersonian, 31 December 1903, pg #4

John Henry Sarchet HouseHome of John & Emma Davis Sarchet

Edwards Christmas Family Reunion Cambridge Ohio
Taken on the steps of the Guernsey County Courthouse
801 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, Guernsey, Ohio
(Photo courtesy of Eric Recht)

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Tonight I discovered the following picture of my aunt Jean posted on the Findagrave.com website by a very nice gentleman named Charles Lay. Thank you Charles!

I had never met her, and had no idea what she looked like until now. I of course became weepy at first sight.  I think she’s beautiful.  I see so much of my nieces Meegan and Monna in her, and my sister Annie has her nose. =)

Jean Irene RamsellJean Irene Ramsell c 1947
Los Angeles, California

The following obituary was also posted at the Findagrave site.

Jean Irene Brandenburg (née Ramsell) died peacefully at her home in Ontario, California on December 5, 2011 after several months of declining health.

She was born on November 30, 1926 in Los Angeles, to Grover Weston Ramsell and Annette Marie Misner.

She received her RN degree from Los Angeles County General Hospital in 1947.

On June 22, 1957, she married Patrick Henry Brandenburg from Ohio.

Together, they raised five daughters: Irene McDermott, Jane Hershberger, Cecilia Foster, Lisa Brandenburg, and Patricia Bowman. Patrick died in 1983.

In the 1970s and 80s, Jean worked as a nurse at Casa Colina Center for Rehabilitation in Pomona.

Jean’s daughters, nine grandchildren, and sister-in-law Roberta Ramsell miss her very much.

They will remember her at a gathering at Stone Funeral Home, 355 East 9th Street in Upland on Saturday, December 17 at 11 a.m.

She will be interred with her husband at Holy Cross Cemetery in Pomona at a later time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association : donate.americanheart.org.

Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on December 15, 2011

Holy Cross Cemetery, Pomona, Los Angeles, CaliforniaHoly Cross Cemetery
Pomona, Los Angeles, California

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My sister Dorothy sent me the program from our father’s funeral service. Thanks Dorothy. =)

John Weston Ramsell Memorial Service Program Cover

John Weston Ramsell Memorial Service Program 1970Program from funeral service of John Weston Ramsell

In Memory of
John Weston Ramsell

Sept 18, 1932, Los Angeles, Calif.

Passed Away
Nov. 8, 1970, San Gabriel, Calif.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 10:00 a.m.
Monterey Park Chapel


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints

Conducting: Bishop DeVere H. Anderson

Organist:Chester Gilgen

Vocal: “Not Now But In The Coming Years”

Valerie Chamberlain

Invocation: J. Lionel Harrison

Eulogy:Hugh Lomas

Speaker:Robert Pommerville

Speaker:Bishop DeVere H. Anderson

Vocal:“God Be With You Till We Meet Again”

Benediction: Barlow Hatch

Interment:Rose Hills Memorial Park

Dedication of Grave:Richard Greenwood

Directors:Lowell J. Campbell

Pierce Brothers Monterey Park Mortuary

John Weston Ramsell Memorial Service Program 1970 Pall BearersPall Bearers at funeral of John Weston Ramsell (1932-1970)
Don Hamilton, John Oster, James R. Johnson, Hugh Lomas, Phillip Zackrison, James Reiseiss

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For Dorothy…

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I recently attended a memorial service in Southern California for Susan Patricia Zane (1942-2013). Susan and my father, John Weston Ramsell (1932-1970) met while working together at Sav-on Drug store  in Alhambra, California in 1968. They began a relationship and in the Spring of 1970, Susan gave birth to a beautiful baby girl that they named Dorothy.  My father died in November of that same year when Dorothy was just 8 months old.

Dorothy Zane Ramsell & Susan Patricia Zane 1972Adorable Dorothy & Susan
San Pedro, California, 1972


Susan Patricia Zane was born 29 June 1942 in Los Angeles, California, to Henry Elmer Zane (1915-1993) and Dorothy Gladys MacDonald (1915-2002).  She died  17 September 2013 in Moapa, Clark, Nevada.

Susan Zane c 1947Susan Patricia Zane c 1947
Los Angeles, California

Susan Patricia Zane Senior Picture c 1960Susan Patricia Zane, Senior Picture c 1960
San Pedro, California

Susan Patricia Zane c1970Susan Patricia Zane c 1970
Los Angeles, California

The following is a transcription of the eulogy given for Susan Zane Lehman by her daughter, Dorothy  Rossiter.

There is this poem I’d like to read that my mom really loved.

“Who Has Seen the Wind?”

by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you: (chokes up)
But when the leaves hang trembling
The wind is passing thro’.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads
The wind is passing by.

When I was a child, my mom had a rule that we all had to learn this poem, and recite it as I just did, before we sat down to eat dinner.

I have many memories of my mom, and I’ll share just a few.

My mom was unique, she was kind, she was different. Many people have contacted me in the past few weeks
letting me know how they felt about her. Their comments have ranged from, “She was like family” to, “She was like a second mom to me”, to “She was the funniest person I knew.”

It hasn’t been easy since she’s been gone, but it has been very comforting to me to hear all of those things that others
have said about of her since her death. It’s always nice to hear that someone you loved is going to be remembered fondly and with love and laughter when they are gone. What makes it even more special for me, and my dad (Eddie Lehman) and my daughter (Bernie Rossiter) is that people around the country are going to remember her this way.

Susan Zane Lehman was a woman who loved to laugh, loved to make others laugh and always loved to hear a good story. And even more loved to take part in the making of a good story. Many of my friends from high school and my childhood have sent me messages with stories they had about her picking them up from school, and paying for them to get into football games because they couldn’t afford to go. Others reminded me of the funny things that she had said. Many of my moms oldest friends had sent many thoughts and memories to me. All of the things I grew up listening to, but it was really nice to hear them again just the same.

I can’t share all of my memories, but I’ll share just these few.

When I was a small child my mother would make dinner and wrap our plates in foil and we’d drive down to Royal Palms and eat our dinner. And she would make popcorn, or tear up a loaf of bread and set it on the hood of our car, and we would watch the seagulls eat while we had our dinner. For those of you who don’t know my mom very well, she was terrified of birds. So this was a huge thing for her to do, but she knew I enjoyed it, so we would go and do it, and we would watch the seagulls until we were done eating.

She would wake me up when the Goodyear Blimp was going overhead so I could go out and watch it.

She loved to take me to Marine Land, when it still existed, after school,  so that I could go and pet the dolphins.

One year when I was in elementary school here, she volunteered to help with the school Halloween Carnival. And when it came around, she didn’t have time to get a costume. So she went to Sav-on and got herself one that she thought was quite clever.  It was an inflatable pumpkin tied to the top of her head, and it came with green face paint, and she painted her face green, so she was a pumpkin…..head. So she had this inflated pumpkin on her head, and paint on her face all day, and was sweating because it was warm. And then, when we went home that night, she couldn’t get the green face paint off.  So she was green for a couple of days.  But she was there, and had been part of that activity with me.

She was a kind, loving and caring person. She taught me to give to others, even when you don’t have anything to give. She taught me that it doesn’t matter who you love, as long as you love them. She was a liberal before being liberal was cool. She didn’t care about how you lived or who you loved, she only cared about how you treated others. She loved her family and her friends, sometimes to a fault.

She has been married to my dad (Eddie Lehman) for 29 years. For all of those years they took care of each other and loved each other through it all. She always knew Eddie was there for her, especially these last few years.

Bernie, my daughter, was the light of her life. She was absolutely the most important person in my mom’s life, from the day she was born. My mom would have done anything for her, and many times, she did.

Susan Angel Bernadette RossiterBernie
9 November 2013

Susan Zane

Susan Zane3Program from Memorial Service for Susan Zane Lehman
9 November 2013

San Pedro, California

Susan Zane Lehman Obituary September 2013Obituary for Susan Zane Lehman (1942-2013)

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My sons have been asking me to post old family photos of their paternal grandparents, and, since I am all about wish fulfillment….

Here you go boys.  =))

My mother in law, Judy Ann Young (1942-2005), started out as an exceedingly adorable (and apparently very serious) baby.  She was born 2 October 1942 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Seth Hagman Young (1914-1998) & Lois Oldham (1918-2003)

 Judy1Judy Ann Young c 1942
Salt Lake City, Utah

Ok…maybe not so serious.

Judy0006Roger Young & Judy Ann Young c 1944
Salt Lake City, Utah

Judy0004Judy Ann Young c 1944
Salt Lake City, Utah

Judy makes the headlines.

Child Falls Under Car But Comes Up Unhurt

Blue eyed, blond Judy Ann Young, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Seth Young, 1556 5th East, Saturday said she has a desire to be a movie stunt woman-“cause I know”.   With her brother Roger and other playmates, the girl was playing beside a store near her home Friday evening. A car suddenly drove in the parking lot. Judy’s friends shouted warning but she lost her balance and fell.   The front of the car passed over the prostrate child, the wheel miraculously missing her body.   Roger raced home and told his mother. Mrs Young rushed to the scene, found her child lying on the cars back seat recovering from shock.

Judy0015Salt Lake Tribune and Telegram c 1947

She went from adorable baby to femme fatale in about 16 years.

Ok...wowJudy Ann Young c 1958
On the beach in southern California

And so the Halversen family addiction to Disneyland  begins….

Judy0235Mickey Mouse & Judy Ann Young @ Disneyland c 1958
Anaheim, California

 And then they meet…

Brent & Judy 2Judy Ann Young & Brent S. Halversen c 1961
Salt Lake City, Utah

Judy0031Judy Ann Young & Brent S. Halversen Engagement Picture
1961 Salt Lake City, Utah

Judy0029Judy Young Halversen & Brent S. Halversen
Wedding Day

21 September 1961,  Salt Lake City, Utah


Judy002721 September 1961
Salt Lake City, Utah

This last photo is one of my favorites of Judy.  Mom loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, and provided many opportunities for us to come together as a family and play.

I can’t remember the occasion when this photo was taken, but I absolutely love her smile here. This is how I remember her. Young and beautiful and full of fun.

Judy0137Jael, Judy & Scott Halversen

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