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Welcome to all of you family members, genealogists and internet wanderers. My family tree is actually a forest of assorted names and locations. Check out the branches to discover if you share a leaf or two.

Surnames (above and to the right). Here are the main family trees. My goal is to include names, dates, descendants, photographs, documents  & sources for my information. These names link to locations & cemeteries. Related? Contact me to share & compare.

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Cemeteries (above). The final resting places of my ancestors. Names, dates, maps & photographs are here.

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  • August 19, 2014: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks = Week #33; Abraham Mark, Master Carpenter - Leaves & Branches
    This prompt comes from Amy Johnson Crow at her blog, No Story Too Small. She suggests we write once a week about a specific ancestor. I began with my grandparents and am working my way back in time.


    Abraham Mark
    12 November 1812 PA – 7 April 1872 OH
    My 3x Great Grandfather


    My paternal grandmother[1]and her siblings[2], [3]all pointed to Abraham Mark as their paternal grandfather. They knew dates & places. However, no one knew his parents. I have strong sources leading me to Abraham but the Mark line stops there.


    Abraham Mark married Mary Isabella Heffeflinger. Both were born in Pennsylvania but were living in Wayne Co., Ohio when they were married on 21 February 1839.[4],[5]My grand uncle Clarence Mark claimed Abraham had a log cabin where the Wooster Court House now stands.[6]


    Abraham and Mary Isabella remained in Wayne Co., OH for the rest of their lives, raising eight sons. They can be found there in a long list of census reports as their family grows. In 1860 Abraham is shown as a ‘master carpenter’.[7]


     Four of their sons served in the Civil War: Thomas Jefferson Mark, John Mark, William Mark & Marion Mark. Two did not return. John Mark died in December 1862 and Thomas Jefferson Mark died a month later, in January 1863.[8]


    In 1870 Abraham and Mary Isabella had three sons still living at home and attending school: Franklin, David & Edwin. Their real estate was valued at $1,600 & personal estate at $500.[9]


    W. C. Moore, MD was the family’s physician for many years. He treated Abraham frequently for spinal trouble, trouble with his Kidneys, and rheumatism. His "frequent ailments were so severe as to finally disable him entirely."[10]Abraham died 7 April 1872 from ‘lung fever’.[11]He is buried in Reedsburg Cemetery.[12]




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    [1] Diary of Ivy Mark Brown, copy in possession of author.

    [2] Interview with Clarence Mark; July 1993, in Greenville, Ohio; Information on the Abraham Mark family.

    [3] Mark, Bertha Flickinger. Genealogy of William Mark Family, 1844 – 1965, privately printed.

    [4] Marriage Record for Abraham Mark and Mary Isabella Heffelfinger, 21 February 1839, Volume 4A, Page 253, Wayne County Marriage Records, Wayne County Public Library, Wooster, Ohio.

    [5] Smith, Richard G.. Seventy-Five Years of Wayne County, Ohio Marriages 1813 - 1888. Wayne County Genealogical Society, 1979.  Page 58. Abraham Marks & Mary Isabella Heffelfinger 21 Feb 1839

    From Wayne County Public Library.

    [6] Interview with Clarence Mark; July 1993, in Greenville, Ohio; Information on the Abraham Mark family.

    [7] 1860 U. S. Census, Wayne County, Ohio; 1860; ; Page 150, Lines 14-22; Family History Center Microfilm #805051; NOTES: Abraham Marks Family in Congress Twp., Taken 17 Aug 1860. Abraham "Marks".

    [8] Pension Report of John Marks; 1861-1883; National Archives Civil War Pension Report, Ohio Volunteers, Co.C. 16th Regiment, filed by mother, Isabelle Marks, Box #35175, Bundle #7.

    [9] 1870 Federal Census, Wayne County, Ohio; 1870; Volume 60 (1-244); Page 19, Line 1 ; Family History Center Microfilm #552779; Notes: A. Mark Family in Congress Township.
    [10] Pension Report of John Marks; 1861-1883; National Archives Civil War Pension Report, Ohio Volunteers, Co.C. 16th Regiment, filed by mother, Isabelle Marks, Box #35175, Bundle #7.

    [11] Death Record for Abraham Marks, 7 April 1872, Volume 1, page 38, Wayne County Probate Court, Court House, 107 W Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio.

    [12]Genealogical Section of the Wayne County Historical Society. Wayne County, Ohio Burial Records. Ohio: Privately printed, Page 562; Plain Township, Reedsburg Cemetery. MARK: Abraham d. 4 - 7 - 1872, age 60 y 5 m 28 d.


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