Vita brevis; genealogia longa

Tombstone Tuesday: Bertha Elizabeth WEYRICH KOHL (1874-1947)

Nicholas & Bertha Kohl Grave Marker

Kohl, Nicholas & Bertha E. grave marker, St Johns Cemetery, Tipp City, Miami, USA; photograph by Luanne Shaw, 19 Jul 2009. Digital copy privately held by Jean Marie Diaz, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Linden, California. 2013.

Bertha Kohl Footstone

Kohl, Bertha “Mother” grave marker, St Johns Cemetery, Tipp City, Miami, USA; photograph by Luanne Shaw, 19 Jul 2009. Digital copy privately held by Jean Marie Diaz, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Linden, California. 2013.

Tombstone Tuesday: Nicholas John KOHL (1869-1949)

Nicholas & Bertha Kohl Grave Marker

Kohl, Nicholas & Bertha E. grave marker, St Johns Cemetery, Tipp City, Miami, USA; photograph by Luanne Shaw, 19 Jul 2009. Digital copy privately held by Jean Marie Diaz, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Linden, California. 2012.

Nicholas Kohl Footstone

Kohl, Nicholas “Father” grave marker, St Johns Cemetery, Tipp City, Miami, USA; photograph by Luanne Shaw, 19 Jul 2009. Digital copy privately held by Jean Marie Diaz, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Linden, California. 2012.

Enter Singing…

…leaping, turning handsprings, and generally reveling. Remember Fiske’s Law of Genealogy? Well, cousin Jan Branham has come through magnificently with the only known photograph of my 2nd great-grandfather, John Kelly. I am absolutely thrilled and refuse to wait for the next Wordless Wednesday (besides which, this post appears to contain words), so here you go.

Kelly, John. Photograph ca. 1900. Digital image. Original privately held by Jan Branham, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Richmond, Indiana. 2012.

Tombstone Tuesday: Frances G SEIDER (1895 – 1957)

Seider, Frances G grave marker, St Bernard Cemetery, Springfield, Clark, Ohio, USA; photograph by Candy CG, 15 Sep 2009. Digital copy privately held by Jean Marie Diaz, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Linden, California. 2010.

Frances is a cousin through my maternal grandmother’s line.

Wordless Wednesday: Luis Guillermo DIAZ y SILVA (1913 – 1990)

Luis Guillermo DIAZ y SILVA, in the driveway of his home in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Date currently unknown, estimated as mid-fifties (those tail fins!)

Diaz y Silva, Luis Guillermo, Ponce, Puerto Rico; photographer unknown, date unknown. Photograph privately held by Marisol Ortiz; digital copy privately held by Jean Diaz, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Linden, California. 2009.

Tombstone Tuesday: Fr. Robert Emmett KELLY (1885-1932)

Kelly, Father R. E. grave marker, Mount Calvary Cemetery, Huntington, Huntington, Indiana, USA; photograph by Annis Jean Hite Patee, 1 Oct 2009. Digital copy privately held by Jean Marie Diaz, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Linden, California. 2009.

Fr. Robert was one of my great-grandmother’s brothers, the youngest in the family, and largely raised by her after their mother died.

Tombstone Tuesday: Charles J WEYRICH (1909-1955) and Marian V NELSON WEYRICH SCHAEFER (1908-1994)

Weyrich, Charles J and Marian V grave marker, David’s Cemetery, Kettering, Montgomery, Ohio, USA; photograph by Valita Robinson Randolph, 24 Dec 2009. Digital copy privately held by Jean Marie Diaz, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Linden, California. 2009.

Charles is a cousin via my maternal grandmother. His wife Marian apparently remarried after his death (per her death certificate), but was buried next to him (per the cemetery’s posted records).

They had an unnamed son in 1939 who died at eight days, of erythroblastosis (which we now know is caused by Rh factor incompatibility). I don’t know where he is buried, as I can’t make out what’s scrawled on his death certificate.