David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Not So Wordless Wednesday ~ The Calling Card

I discovered this calling card while going through some of my grandparents old photographs. I wasn't familiar with the name "Hezekiah Cashour" so I decided to do some "detective work" to see if I could find out just how my grandparents (or great grandparents) may have known this gentleman.
Here is what I have found:
In a memorial posted on Findagrave.com, it states that Hezekiah was born on 20 January, 1820 and he died on 29 April, 1908.  He is buried in the Sam's Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery in New Windsor, Carroll County, Maryland.
According to the United States Census records of 1850, 1860, and 1870, Mr. Hezekiah Cashour was living in New Windsor, Carroll County, Maryland.  His listed occupation is "wagon maker".  On 20 April, 1844, Hezekiah married Harriett Miller or Millards in Carroll County.  They had a son named David, who moved here to Montgomery County, Ohio sometime after 1860.  He had a farm in Madison Township.  He died on 10 January, 1914, after suffering a diabetic coma.  David was buried at the Hillgrove Cemetery in Miamisburg, Ohio. 
From this information,  I can only guess that somehow one of my ancestors knew David and could have received this calling card from him, perhaps when they were interested in obtaining a new wagon of some sort. 
I will probably never know the exact relationship between my family and the Cashour's, and I'm sure they never imagined that a century after this card was produced, it and Hezekiah's story would be shared with the world! 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Frank P. Kesling

For today's Tombstone Tuesday, I am sharing the final resting place of Frank P. Kesling, my husband's 1st cousin, 4 times removed.

Frank Kesling, was born to John and Elizabeth Garrett Kesling on 25 December, 1852 in Clearcreek Township, Warren County, Ohio.  His great grandfather was Diderich "Teter" Kesling, German immigrant and veteran of the Revolutionary War.  I have shared information about Teter Kesling in previous blog posts.

According to census records, Frank became a farmer and remained a single man his entire life. He died of pneumonia at the age of 70 years, 11 months, and 2 days. Although his death certificate states that his date of death was 6 March, 1923, his headstone is inscribed "1922". He was laid to rest on 9 March, 1923 at the Springboro Cemetery in Springboro, Warren County, Ohio.