Finishing off the week with a few new tidbits. .


This has been a full week for Linda as far as my genealogy research goes.

Since I’m getting ready for a trip to Washington DC, I want to make sure I’m fully prepared and I’m therefore devoting a lot of time to my research. It would be awesome if I could discover new tidbits each day, but that is not realistic. . . . desirable, but not realistic!
On Thursday I found one new person, a birthdate and full name on another and a death date on a third person, as follows:

  • Born 6 May 1872, Baptised 27 Dec 1872
    Mary Catharine McGinnis, dau. of George W. McGinnis and his wife Sophia born Chambers, was baptized at the parents dwelling. Sponsor – the grandmother, Mrs. Catherine McGinnis. By D. Bigler.
    Continuing in those same Church records I’ve added a new member of the family. I did not have her in my database.
  • Born 18 Oct 1827, Baptised 1 June 1828
    Sarah Elisabeth Milchsack, daughter of Matthaeus Milchsack, machine worker, and wife Charlotte born Biegi. (They were from Paradise). The parents were the sponsors. Baptised by John G. Herman, P.L.
    We now have a full name and birthdate for her (wife of Jacob Axer)
  • 7 Jan 1918
    Mrs. Frank A. Auxer
    Mrs. Irene S. Auxer, wife of Frank A. Auxer, died at 6:30 o’clock this morning at her home, No. 240 East Lemon street, after an illness of many weeks, following rheumatism. She was in her 41st year and was born in Middletown. Her parents were Israel B. and Annie E. Miller Bair. She has been married 22 years and for 14 years resided in Millersville before coming to this city last November. She was a member of Advent Lutheran church. She is survived by her husband and the following children, Charles E., at Royersford, Pa.; Margarita V., Franklin A., Arthur J., Anna E., and William L., all at home, her parents at Springfield, N.J., one brother in New Jersey, and two sisters in New York.
    The funeral will be held from her late home on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock,with private interment at Lancaster cemetery.
    We did not have a death date for her. We did have a year, but not the full date.

  • Now for the really, really big discovery this week. George Auxer , son of Jacob Axer, husband of Catharine Buckius, run-away to California died there. I just didn’t know exactly when. Now I do! On 8 November 1880, the following article appeared in the Lancaster New Era:

    A Wanderer’s Death.


    On October 16, 1857, George Auxer, a resident of this city, bid his family farewell and left for the West. After wandering through several of the Western States he turned up in California. An occasional letter was received from him but he never again visited his family in this city. Some few years ago, his sister died and he was entitled to a share in her estate. After it was settled up his share was forwarded to him. A day or two after he received it word was sent to this city that he died in California on October 16, 1880, just 23 years to the day from the time he left this city.


    Thus closes another week. A week full of discoveries, some of them big, some of them small. All adding a little more to my family tree.

    I wonder what next week holds? . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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