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mpgenroots (#47527101)
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Bio Photo Born and raised in Van Wert County. I am trying to get as many sections in Van Wert Woodland Union and Middle Point King Cemetery as possible on Find-A-Grave and take photos when I am there verifying dates, etc.

I don't object to anyone using my gravestone photos on various genealogy sites.
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Anita Goosey Gronas
Re: Ola Pond
A sincere thanks for taking the time to do some extended research on Ola Pond. As I mentioned, I've also got a request into corgilover as to where she received her information on Ms. Pond. I'm doing this research on behalf of my first cousins, Ola's grandchildren. I guess my real interest would be with Mel Chivington. Like you, I'm at a roadblock. Ola's obituary, death certificate, and three wedding documents list Enos Drake and Mel Chivington as her parents, but I agree with you....I don't believe Enos and Mel were ever married. Enos married an Elizabeth Youngblutt in 1878, one year prior to Ola's suggested birth. I've seen the birth doc of one Ola Chivington, mother Chivington and father not listed. Wondering if Mel did not give her correct birth date and had Ola out of wedlock. At any rate, thank you for your quick response. Also, for the info on Enos...did not know he died in an accident.
Added by Anita Goosey Gronas on Jan 13, 2017 7:48 PM
Roger D. Hardesty
RE: Thomas Hardesty FAG #117827883
You are amazing! A hike in the snow? That's beyond the call of duty.
Though I find no reference to Company G, I believe I understand discrepancy in Hardesty's grave records. He likely enlisted 22 August 1862 as a Private in the 140th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company C. According to Boyd Crumrine, in "History of Washington County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches," pp. 336-342; Hardesty transferred to Ind. Battery C, Pa. Artillery, in May 1863. (Elsewhere, 17 December 1863.)
A unit history for [Capt. James] Thompson's Battery has Hardesty mustering in on 4 Sep 1862, promoted Corporal 15 April 1864 & Sergeant 11 November 1864. He likely fought at Fredericksburg & Chancellorsville before Gettysburg; where, in 1893, the State of Pennsylvania erected a memorial for the unit's valiant service at the Peach Orchard.
Four in the Battery were at Ford's Theater 15 April 1865; they carried Lincoln's wounded body across the street. Hardesty was discharged at Pittsburgh 8 Jun 1865.
A National Archives record has Thomas 'Hardesly' mustering out from Independent Battery C, Pennsylvania Light Artillery, as a Sergeant. His widow collected Thomas Hardesty's pension 22 Aug 1890.

Delete reference to 'Ohio P't 2d Art.' My bad: I found the soldier it pertains to. Email me via my profile if you want more. Hardesty was mourned in Fort Wayne, Indiana after years of service as a railroad engineer.
Added by Roger D. Hardesty on Jan 12, 2017 9:18 PM
Anita Goosey Gronas
Re: Olive "Ola" Pond 104442595
First of all, let me thank you and others for the work that you do. It is so helpful for those that are researching family and don't have an opportunity to get to some areas of the country/graves.

Ola Pond is my Uncle's mother, but I'm confused as to her parents. The obituary you posted says her parents are E.N. Drake & Mel Chivington which is what I thought, but corgilover has John and Mary Chivington listed as her parents. I have a message into corgilover, but have not heard anything yet. Was just wondering if you have any more information on this person? Thank you
Added by Anita Goosey Gronas on Jan 12, 2017 3:36 PM
Roger D. Hardesty
RE: Thomas Hardesty FAG #117827883
Thank you for cross-referencing with the cemetery book. It's very gratifying to knit a subject to his demise. And to see it so quickly!
Further research is warranted, with regard to Hardesty's military service: I fear I've supplied a red herring. Unless he has two markers (not unheard of), I have discovered the Thomas J. Hardesty, Private, Co. H, 2nd Heavy Artillery, at memorial #15150630. I am all the more curious as to the inscription and records pertaining to Thomas (1836-1882).
Thank you also for your kind offer of transfer. Given your proximity, I think it wise if we leave the memorial in your prompt and capable hands. I have tasked a Hardesty aficionado at the Malvern Historical Society with attempt to link this Thomas to Rev. William Hardesty (1776-1846). Should that come to fruition, I will supply links to ancestors.
I will endeavor to post an image of the 'Thomas the Conductor' obit to his memorial.
Added by Roger D. Hardesty on Jan 07, 2017 11:06 AM
Roger D. Hardesty
Thomas Hardesty FAG #117827883
Thank you for the high resolution image at this memorial.

What are the chances the last line of the marker's inscription reads 'OHIO P't 2d Art.'? The initial letter may have been knocked off.

Via Fold3, I find the National Archives' 'Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Ohio' lists Thomas J. Hardesty as Private in Co. H, 2nd Heavy Artillery. Also in that Index is a Reference Card for Thomas G. Hardesty, pointing back to Thomas J. I'm pretty sure the grave marker references 'Ohio, Private, Second Artillery.'

I'm looking for a Thomas Hardesty, dead 1882. From the Canal Dover [Ohio] Weekly Argus, 10 Feb 1882; pg. 3, col. 3. - “Thomas Hardesty, formerly of Malvern, Carroll county, and a railroad conductor on the C V W & M railroad, was crushed to death at Van Wert on the 26th of January, while engaged in the act of coupling cars. He was 44 years old, and leaves a wife and three children.”

Connection to Malvern makes this Thomas most likely offspring of Rev. Wm. Hardesty (1776-1846), Find A Grave #38984910, who founded the village.
Carry on.
Roger David Hardesty
Added by Roger D. Hardesty on Jan 06, 2017 10:02 PM
Barbara Wilson Krause
Solomon Free Casto and James Casto tombstones
Thank you for your most kind deed in taking the Casto Family tombstone, Solomon Free Casto and James Casto's tombstones. So very much appreciated.
Added by Barbara Wilson Krause on Jan 01, 2017 5:07 PM
Jennie Fling Everett
Hello, and thanks for letting me know about the cemetery for Jennie. I made that correction. I'm sorry it took so long for me to answer! Bonnie

"Good morning. I erroneously made a duplicate for Mrs. Everett, namely Find A Grave #144343320. Per the obituary and the photo I took of her stone, she is buried in Woodland Union in Van Wert, OH, and not Woodlawn in Allen Co., OH. If you agree would you be so kind to move your memorial over to Woodland Union Cemetery in Van Wert then I will gladly delete mine and add the photo of the stone to your memorial. Thank you, and have a good day!"
Added by BAD on Nov 30, 2016 11:08 AM
Pat Fogle
Thank you for posting the photo of Nathan's tombstone. I am trying to add as many pictures as possible to my files, and your help is much appreciated.
Added by Pat Fogle on Sep 27, 2016 6:06 PM
David Yoh
Wilbur Yoh
I greatly appreciate the service you are doing. It is important, to me, to get as much information about my ancestry as possible. Your work has helped me in that endeavor.
Added by David Yoh on Aug 14, 2016 9:20 AM

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