Historical Notes

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Sometimes you run across your own ancestors or family mentioned in bits of history, or you happen upon a closer view of events that makes tales of other times more interesting.  Here is my small collection of such items . . .

The Tuttles of Portage County, Ohio Photos
Biographical notes from the county history, starting with John Tuttle, a Revolutionary War veteran from Connecticut and Massachusetts, an early settler in Ohio.

The Stewarts of Athens County, Ohio
Biographical notes from the county history, starting with Daniel Bertine Stewart of Connecticut, "the youngest full-time soldier" of the Revolutionary War.

The McCombs of Portage County, Ohio
Biographical notes from the county history, starting with John and Nancy (Dawson) McComb of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania.

John W. McComb of Ravenna, Ohio Photos
Biographical notes from "History of the Western Reserve, Vol. III" by Harriet Upton, 1910.

Earth Opened by Side of Track NewsItem
Newspaper report of first-hand experiences during the 1906 San Francisco Bay earthquake, recounted by John W. McComb, my great-grandmother's brother, and his second wife Mary M. McComb.

The Root Family of Plymouth County, Iowa Photos
Near the northwest corner of Iowa is Plymouth County, organized in 1851 but not settled 'by the white man' until 1856.  My great-grandfather Lewis Fletcher Root homesteaded a quarter section [1/4 square mile = 160 acres] there in 1883.

"Our Life, 1882-1982" - Centennial History of Akron, Iowa
My grandfather Ralph E. Root was the second son of Lewis Fletcher Root and Sarah Elanor Pollock, notable residents of Iowa with a large household.

The Batcheller Family of Plymouth County, Iowa Photos
Shortly after the end of the Civil War, Dr. Alexander F. Batcheller moved his family from Rhode Island to Plymouth County, Iowa.  His son, Alexander, homesteaded there and raised a family of his own, including a young woman who became my grandmother.

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This page last updated on 16-Mar-2008.