First off, I am behind in the goal of blogging about one ancestor a week for 52 weeks. I love the idea of the challenge that was presented by Genealogist Amy Johnson Crow. And although I still plan to complete each of her weekly prompts, I may just have to end up doing them in clusters of two or three prompts at once.
Week 2 - Favorite Picture
Although I have dozens of family photos that I love, this one has always been one of my very favorites. It was taken in 1906, in Durbin , West Virginia. The young woman in the bonnet is my paternal great-grandmother, Effie (Harold) Troutman. The daughter of George Markwood Harold and Ida Mae (Teter) Harold, Effie was born 8 April 1888 in Indiana. Effie’s father, George worked in the logging business and moved between Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Western Maryland running logging camps in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It was in one of those logging camps that Effie met logger Thomas Edgar Troutman. In 1908 Effie and Thomas were married. They eventually settled in Allegany County, Maryland where, after the logging trade began to fizzle out, Thomas went to work in one of the many tin rolling mills that were located in Cumberland. They raised three daughters who were born in 1910, 1913 and 1919. I was seven years old when Effie (I called her “Grandma T”) passed away in 1974. Although I have limited memories of her I have a page from a family bible where she wrote down the names, birthdates, marriage information and death dates of ancestors, the pair of gloves she wore to church, a poem and note she wrote and enclosed in the bible she gave to my father as a gift when he graduated high school and the dress she crocheted for my baptism.
Week 3 - Longevity
Maria “Mary” Magdalena (Duchmann/Toothman) Martz is my maternal 4th great-grandmother. Although her exact age at her date of death is a matter of some debate, it goes without saying that she is definitely the longest lived member of the family tree I have constructed so far in my research. According to newspaper articles published just after her death, she was either 101, 102, or 103 years old. Using census records from the years 1850 - 1870 I’ve come up with about the same age range at her date of death, somewhere between 100 and 103 years old. Regardless of whether she was 100 or 103, it was a very long life. Born about 1772, Mary married Jacob Martz, a farmer, about 1799. Mary and Jacob had 10 children between 1799 and 1817. During her lifetime her father joined the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and her grandsons fought in the Civil War. It must have been amazing to witness the many changes that took place in the region she grew up and lived in during her lifetime.