21 January 2012

Surname Saturday - Sharp

Louise Sharp Deyoe is quite hard to find. Family rumors have circled about her origins and one goal is to confirm or deny them positively. She is my husband's maternal great grandmother and they family has always claimed that she is a Mescalareo. No one however has any proof. One of my goals (continued over from last year) this year is to confirm her ancestry - be it Native American or not.

Louise was born in 1838 in New York State, according to the 1850 and 1880 censuses. She married Daniel G. Deyoe in 1870. An internet source agreed on the year and included Claverack, Columbia, NY as the marriage location. Their son Morgan is my husband's grandfather. He was born in NY and came down to Philadlephia for work, met Julia Coursault, married and stayed in Philadelphia.

Louise eludes me though. I can find no record of her father. I found a 12 year old  Louise Sharp on the 1850 NY Census living with a 32 year old Sarah Sharp. Both claimed to be white and from NY.

Now the family story goes ... Daniel went off to war (Civil War? US-Mexican War?) and brought home a bride. He got essentially shunned from the family. That's all they gave me to work on!

So to start ... I need to confirm any military involvement on behalf of Daniel. Had the family said Louise was a light skinned Mohawk that would have been more plausible. The Deyoes are in Green County, NY.

20 January 2012

Funeral Card Friday - John Dmytryk

Funeral Card Friday today features John Dmytryk. It's hard to believe it's been almost a year since he passed. May His Memory Be Eternal.

John by the way is buried at the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery in Valley Township, Chester County, PA.

17 January 2012

Tombstone Tuesday -- Taratylo

John Taratylo 1864 - 1937
In Loving Memory of His Wife
Julia Taratylo
Buried in Holy Coss Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA
1873 - 1910


The stone is at Holy Ghost Ukrainina Orthodox Cemetery in Valley Towsnhip, Chester County, PA.

15 January 2012

Sunday's Obituary -- John H. Yuzwiak, Jr.


Obituary of John H. Yuzwiak, Jr. as it appeared in the Daily Local News on Thursday, 18 July 2002.

John was 52 when he passed on the 16th. He was the son of the late John H. Yuzwiak, Sr. and the late Catherine Kurenda. Catherine was my grandmorther's sister. John is buried at the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery in Valley Township, Chester County, PA near his parents.

John H Yuzwiak Jr
John's parents: John & Catherine Kurend Yuzwiak

13 January 2012

Upcoming Conference - Lancaster Mennonite Historical Center

The Lancaster Family History Conference will be April 19-21. It's put on by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Keynote speaker Darvin Martin will speak on "Deep Roots - Using DNA to Unlock Your Family's Ancient Past".  In addition to the keynote, there will be several sessions Saturday and a buffet lunch.

The sessions Saturday include:The Ferree & LeFevre Families; Your Ancestors' Germany; Scots Irish Genealogy; Amish and Old Order Mennonite Genetics; Huguenot Diasposra; and Hispanic Genealogy.

There will also be four field trips available at an additional cost. The registration deadline is April 14th. For more information, visit www.lmhs.org or call 717-393-9745.

05 January 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Joseph Ruczhak

more of a Hope Chest instead of a treasure chest but I went digging today -- Gigi's birthday -- for some photos of Gigi (my grandfather) ... Vichnya Pamyat

all photos taken in Coatesville, Chester County, PA

Gigi LOVED golf! He played for Lukens' team and was very good.


above he stands here with Baba - Anna Kurenda Ruczhak. So graceful she was. So in love they were.


Joseph Ruczhak
born 5 January 1918
died 18 August 1997
s/o Panko and Bessie Matyz Hruszczak
husb of Anna Kurenda



03 January 2012

Tombstone Tuesday -- Walter & Christie Winter


Walter H Winter
August 6, 1860 - February 22, 1934
Christie G   his wfe
September 11, 1857 - September 6, 1946

Zion Redformed Church
New Providence, Lancaster County, PA