Sometimes you find people where you least expect to find them!
|Martha Olivia (Ganus) Howell
(Original photo in my possession)
While helping a friend do some research, I spent some time searching the Utah Death Certificates. While I was at it, I couldn’t resist putting in a few of my own family names into the search box just for fun. I really didn’t expect to find anyone because the majority of my ancestors lived in the southern states.
Imagine my surprise when I typed in McCleskey and up popped Green Russell McCleskey. Although not a direct ancestor, Green Russell McCleskey’s family lived near my family in both Georgia and Oklahoma and with the name of McCleskey (my brick wall) I’ve kept my eye on this family for some time.
Russell’s mother, Lillian Howell, was a sister to Henry Edgar Howell, who married Martha Olivia Ganus, my grandpa’s half sister. Martha Olivia, or “Ollie” was William Franklin Ganus’s daughter with his first wife, Mary Matilda Roberts.
Just to make sure that this was the same Green Russell McCleskey, I double checked my database and confirmed that, yes, parents and his birth date were the same.
Since my grandfather’s half sister, Ollie (Ganus) Howell was Green Russell McCleskey’s aunt and they lived in the same area of Oklahoma, I felt sure that the families interacted. Below are the Howell, McCleskey and Ganus families and the red helps to clarify the link.
Henry Harrison Howell b. 1840 IL d. 1928 Ok
married Amelia Louisa Turner b. 1852 IL d. 1928 OK
Children of Henry and Louisa
1. Katherine Anne Howell b. 1873
2. Henry Edgar Howell b. 1875 Il d. 1951 Ok marr. Martha Olivia Ganus b. 1880 GA d. 1916 OK
3. Elroy Howell b. 1878
4. Lily Howell b. 1883 TX d. 1899 OK
5. Lillian Howell b. 1883 TX d. 1974 Ok married Benjamin Green McCleskey b. 1871 Tx d. 1932 OK
* Raymond C. McCleskey b. 1906
* Green Russell McCleskey b. 1909
* Willard McCleskey b. 1913
6. Lela Howell b. 1886 Tx d 1905 Ok
7. Pearl Howell b. 1889 Tx d. 1905 Ok
8. Willis Jay Howell b. 1895 OK
9. Minnie Mae Howell b. 1895 OK
So what was Green Russell McCleskey, an Oklahoma boy, doing in Salt Lake City, Utah and what was his story? Have your kleenex ready for next week’s post when I share the story I uncovered.
Copyright © Michelle G. Taggart 2015, All rights reserved
8 thoughts on “Lost and Found”
Thanks for the tissue warning! Finding some information about a family member you haven't thought about in a while can really recharge the batteries.
How fun Michelle! Congrats on your exciting find!
Michelle, you are such an inspiration to the rest of us!!! So happy to be able to read all these wonderful and heartwarming stories!
I'm ready for the next post Michelle. What a wonderful find. I've had similar experiences and I agree with Wendy, it does recharge those batteries. Our ancestors are full of surprises.
One more thing. I love your page layout. I've never seen this particular option on the blogger templates.
Thanks Jana! We never know where the next clue will turn up !
It's true! We all need that once in awhile to keep us going!
Thank you so much Myrna! The stories are so fun to uncover.
Thanks so much. I had another wonderful find in an unexpected place just this week. Just goes to prove that sometimes our focus (or MY focus) can be too narrowed.
I had a little help with the blog design. My son urged me to do a blog and I kept dragging my feet because I wasn't sure how to put it all together. He designed the blog for me and there went my excuse!