Surname Saturday – Pool

It’s been a while since I did a surname Saturday post – primarily because I have outlined most of the “primary” surnames that I have done research on!  With today’s post on the Pool name, I have finally covered all of the surnames that I have done any sort of primary research on.  There are a few others out there that I have found connections to, but not that I have really looked into.

Surname:  Pool
Variations: The only variation that I have found so far as been Poole

Origins: I have been able to find information that has tentatively lead me back as far as John POOL who was supposedly born in Mendham, Morris County, New Jersey in 1760.  John apparently brought his family from New Jersey to Ashland County, Ohio.  From there, all of my Pool relatives have stayed relatively close – either Ashland County or one of the neighboring counties.

My connections to the Pool family come through my great grandmother, Lola (WELTY) LINK.  Lola’s mother was Emma Elverdia POOL.

Goals/Challenges/Plans:  Until recently, the Pool surname was way, way down on my list of names to research.  That changed a little recently only because during the trip back home, one of the items that we found in my grandmother’s old letters was an original copy of the will of Ora Belle POOL, who was my 2nd great grand aunt (Emma’s sister).  The copy we have was sent from an attorney in Upper Sandusky, Ohio to my grandfather, Earl, who was named in the will.  Ora’s will lists her siblings, grand children, grand nieces and nephews, and even great grand nieces and nephews!  While her will doesn’t really provide any direct evidence that will lead me further backward, it does most definitely provide direct primary evidence of a huge number of family connections.  With that, my plan at this point is to transcribe the will, analyze it and enter all of the information I can glean from it, and then develop a plan for going forward with research on the Pool name.  (I have the feeling that there are going to be quite a few research questions that come out of this will!)


Surname Saturday – Myers

This week’s Surname Saturday post is another of my little researched lines, they Myers family.  I have the family back a few generations (to my 4th great grand father), but this is another of those that most of what I have at this point has come from a compiled family tree that had no citations or documentation accompanying it, so I don’t really consider anything other than my 2nd great grandmother, Mary Ann (Myers) Farver to be “proven” genealogy.

Surname: Myers

Variations:  None that I have found to this point

Origins:  The information that I have takes the family back to Pennsylvania with George Washington Myers who was born in 1779.  I cannot say that he was born in Pennsylvania, but the compiled genealogy that I am starting from indicates that his son was born somewhere in Pennsylvania.  From there, the next potentially accurate information that I have shows the family in Crawford County, Ohio near New Washington.  The family continued to move a bit further west into eastern Indiana and various counties in western Ohio.

Goals/Challenges/Plans:  I don’t really have a lot of unusual challenges ahead with this family that I know of, but I have definitely been setting goals.  This line will be a “fresh” adventure for me when I start on it simply because I have nothing documented other than my great great grandmother’s maiden name.

Isaac and Mary Ann (Myers) Farver

Surname Saturday – McCleary

This week’s Surname Saturday is my first surname that appears to be from somewhere other than Germany or Austria.  At this point, the information that I have points to the family being either Scottish or Irish in origin.  The strongest evidence that I have is actually very ambiguous because it refers to the family as Scotch-Irish in origin!  (Talk about non-helpful!)

Surname: McCleary

Variations:  None that I have run across to this point.

Origins:  The information that I have, points to the family coming from “Probably County Antril, Northern Ireland.”  Since I have not found anything that identifies a “County Antril” in northern Ireland, I am working under the hypothesis that the reference is actually to County Antrim in Northern Ireland.  From Ireland, the next information that I have points to the family being in the Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania and then from there, to various locations in Ohio, but for my family, specifically Wyandot County, Ohio.

Goals/Challenges/Plan:  The McCleary family is one that I have done very little research on.  Most of my information comes from a family tree that I found online which was, unfortunately, completely undocumented and the author never responded to requests for further information.  The rest of my information comes from an article published on December 13, 1910 in The Daily Chief in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.  The article was about a McCleary family reunion that was attended by my 2nd Great Grandmother, Hannah (McCleary) Hill and held on the farm of her father, Alexander McCleary.  When I resume my active research, I have added the McCleary family to my “to do” list and I am working on a research plan to trace this family back to Ireland or Scotland.  I have already performed a quick online survey to see what may be available in the way of records, and it would appear that I may be able to make some decent progress with this family when I go back to active research.

Surname Saturday – Welty

This week’s Surname Saturday is about my mother’s paternal grandmother’s family, the Weltys.  I’ll be honest, I haven’t really done much with this line.  I can’t tell you exactly why I haven’t done much on this line, other than I had specific goals on most of my other lines, and one never really developed here.  The ironic part of that is that upon looking at the information that I do have on this line, it appears that I have information further back on them than I do on several of my others!

Surname: Welty

Variations:  I have not run across any specific variations in my line so far, but a few that I have seen that may come up are Weldy and Wilty.

Origins:  The information that I have for this line traces them back to John Welty, born 21 Apr 1720 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  It appears that my line of the family began moving west from there with John’s son Michael and his grandson Henry.  My 2nd Great Grandfather, Francis Marion Welty (sometimes seem as Marion Francis Welty) was born in Ohio in June 1849.  Amazingly, I have not obtained positive proof on that date yet.  Most of the information that I have on Francis and his ancestors came from a compiled genealogy with no source notes, so at this point, I’m not calling anything “confirmed” other than my Great Grandmother, Lola (Welty) Link was born 27 Aug 1875 to Francis Welty and Emma (Pool) Welty.

Challenges/Goals:  This one should be pretty obvious – my main goal now with this family is to start the process of proving the lineage all the way back to John Welty.  A quick survey of resources has shown me that this may actually be easier than it was for some of my other lines as it appears there are Sons of the American Revolution and possibly Daughters of the American Revolution files pointing to the Welty line as well as quite a few records for the early ancestors.  This one should end up being a fun pursuit (aren’t they all fun?)! 

Surname Saturday – Hill

Five of the Hill Siblings

This week’s Surname Saturday post is ironically the surname that I heard the most about growing up, but one of the ones that I have actually learned the least about – Hill.  Growing up, Mom always talked about her mother’s family and told stories of Grandma and her siblings (Mom could recite all 11 Hill Siblings in birth order as if it were simply saying her own name).  But ironically, once I get past my 2nd Great Grandfather on that side, I have a very hard time finding information on the family (at least digitized information).

Surname: Hill

Variations: None known to date, but Mom was pretty sure that when the family came over from Germany, the family name was much longer and that Hill was an “Americanized” version.

Origins:  I have traced the family name as far back as Samuel P. Hill who was born in Pennsylvania in 1830.  I have un-proven information that Samuel’s father was a Rudolph Hill who came from Germany, but I have not been able to substantiate that information up to this point.  From Pennsylvania, Samuel moved to Ohio settling in the north central part of the state in Richland and then Wyandot Counties.  The Hill family stayed mostly in Ohio, but some members moved around to other parts of the country.  I am still working on tracing more descendants of Samuel Hill to see if I am able to link up with other parts of the family.

Challenges:  Probably my biggest challenge has been simply finding digitized information on the family origins.  I am relatively convinced that the Hill family will be the one for which I make the most research trips to distant courthouses!

Surname Saturday – Link

The Link Surname holds a couple distinctions in my genealogy research.  The first is that it is the only family line so far where I have a confirmed notable connection and the second is that it has the distinction of being the oldest line that I have information on (though admittedly, I have not personally confirmed and documented all of the information to date, but the source was documented and “appears” to be well researched).

Surname: Link

Variations: Link, Linke and Linck are the three forms of the surname that I have run across so far in my line.

Origins:  My Link line originates in Germany in the area of Württemburg, Germany.  The information that I have so far, has the family coming to the United States in the early 1700s and settling first in Pennsylvania.  From there, my part of the family moved to Ohio and has remained mostly in central Ohio.

Distinctions:  As I said before, this line has a few distinctions in my research.  The earliest information that I have for this family dates back to Dieter Linck who was born in Germany in 1430.  The information that I have going back that far is not my own research, but does appear to be well researched and documented.  The second distinction is a couple of “famous” relatives.  I have posted about both before – my patriot ancestor, Adam Link, who was one of the last living veterans of the American Revolution, and I have been able to confirm a family connection to President Dwight Eisenhower through Adam’s uncle, Matthias Link.  President Eisenhower’s grandmother was a Link.

Challenges and Goals:  My main challenge and goal with this line is to follow the previously done research and confirm the documentation and lineage.  This will be a fun one since I have a pretty solid trail to follow!

Surname Saturday – Hablawetz

William Hablawetz and his
daughter, Mary
(date unknown)

Not very long ago, I would have told you that the Hablawetz surname is my biggest brick wall (yes, the surname as a whole, not just one person) because I just couldn’t seem to find a lot of information on the family.  Now…now researching this surname has become a bit more like playing hide and seek.

Surname: Hablawetz

Variations:  Hobawentz (1860 Census), Heblewaits (1870 Census), Hablawitz, Hablerwitz (possible immigration records), Hoblewetz

Origins:  The family appears to have originated in Austria or Germany, and first settled in the United States in Plymouth Township in Richland County, Ohio.  From there, my line of the family moved to Wilmington Township in DeKalb County, Indiana.  I have been able to trace some of the family up to Michigan and it appears that there were other lines of the family that moved further west, but I have not been able to make a definite connection between those lines and mine.

Notable Facts:  My great great grandfather, Anton Hablawetz, built one of the many one room school houses that served DeKalb County through the late 1800s and into the 1900s.  It stood until the 1990s.

Challenge:  As you can see from the variations in the surname, my biggest challenge with this family has been to find the variations of the name!  Once I began to realize that there were so many odd variations on the name, I started finding little trails to follow, but I still have not jumped that hurdle of finding any definitive immigration information for the family.