23 May 2019


Teresa Martin Klaiber
May 2019

My last post concerned John and Rebecca McDannald Sexton so would like to “think out loud” a bit more about what I do and don’t know at the date of this ramble.

First and fore-most let me explain that many working Sexton/Saxton families have more than one line, as does my family.   Over the years people have grabbed at manuscript material without following documentation – repeating mistake after mistake.  It is easy to do and I certainly don’t blame anyone.  Guilty as charged when trying to piece together what is fact & assumption.  I write  so others can take pieces and continue my train of thought – or not.

The double lines I work on for my family are Marcus Sexton,son of Elisha Sexton who married Catherine Sexton, daughter of Bartlett Sexton.

Bartlett Sexton is the son of Charles, son of John of Lunenburg County, Virginia, which is on the southern border of Virginia.  The families migrate westward to Grayson County, Virginia.  

Elisha appears to be the son of Jonathan who states he was born in Loudoun County, Virginia.  Loudoun County is in the northern neck of Virginia on the Maryland border.

Jonathan was in the Carolina’s during the Revolution went back north, married Rebecca in Loudoun, migrated to Bath/Greenbrier then on to Floyd County before finally being in Lawrence County, KY near Bells Trace. 

This is what I know about Jonathan.  After his residence in Winnsboro, Fairfield, South Carolina (W26432 BLW 28630-160-55)   he appears on the 1783 list of John Gibson in Fairfax County, Virginia (Loudoun was formed in 1757 from Fairfax and is on the Maryland border).

John married Rebecca McDannald 23 August 1790 in Botetourt. He is 32 and already has several children.  Many researchers have slaughtered Rebecca’s maiden name construing it with McDonald.  Between 1797 and 1798 John/Jonathan Sexton/Saxton and Rebecca have William Saxton (born 4 Mar 1797)  and Elizabeth (both migrated to Ohio just north of where Jonathan dies in KY). 

John appears on the Greenbrier County, Virginia tax list through 1805 along with an older William Sexton having several more children (William Saxton migrates to Cabell County, now West Virginia and settles having married Elizabeth Black). 

Both John and William live on what is called the Sexton Place next to the Sitlington estate and the McDannald's have adjoinging lands.  Rebecca’s sister Elizabeth McDannald married Andrew Sitlington.   By 1809 William Saxton (wife Elizabeth Black) is in Cabell County.   By 1814  John is in Floyd County, KY across the Sandy from western Virginia.  By 1818 William son of John marries in Gallia County, Ohio.   Rebecca is still living in Bath County, Virginia and when sister Elizabeth McDannald Sitlington dies leaves Rebecca money stating none is to go to John Sexton.  John remarries in Floyd County in 1822 (further research for a Bath county divorce or death of Rebecca).

All of these northern neck Sexton/Saxton’s end up in what is known as the tri-state area – where KY, WV and OH come together with the Ohio and Big Sandy River.

Elisha Sexton was born about 1774 and census indicates he was born in North Carolina.  He has been placed as the son of John/Jonathan based on a written statement of a descendant now on file in the James Taylor Collection at the Kegley Library.  DNA of my family strongly supports Elisha’s relationship  of ½ brother to issues of John and Rebecca McDannald which include John 1795-1860, William, Elizabeth, Joseph L. and possibly Isaiah. 

Both Isaiah and Elisha are the muddy water.  How did they tumble into the migration pattern of Bartlett’s family which appears to differ?   That is Muddy Water Puzzle #1.

I am going to switch gears to what researchers now are calling the Willis research.  Bartlett Sexton son of Charles, grandson of John of Luenberg Parish.

Charles is in a court case in 1768 in Charlotte County. sells his father’s land originally in Lunenberg in Charlotte County 1772.   Charlotte was created from Lunenberg County.   

This is where the water gets muddy again.  Puzzle #2: “A” Charles and William (both sons of John of Lunenberg?) appear on tax lists for Botatourt Parish, Fincastle County 1769 to 1773.     Fincastle was created in 1772 from Botatourt County and abolished in 1776. 

Without rehash Charles ends up in Grayson County – that western migration from Lunenburg and William of Grayson in Whitley along with others.  Charles, William and John all serve in the 14th during the Revolution.  I also believe that Timothy is related to the Lunenburg John and probably a brother to Charles and the others, because of DNA established in my family lines.

Willis researchers place Benjamin Sexton of Bath County, KY as Benjamin son of John of Lunenburg.  I am questioning this assumption.  DAR and early researchers place Benjamin of Bath county as being born in Maryland. (Remember that northern neck research!).    

Researchers seem to totally ignore Daniel Sexton born in New Jersey that appears in Lewis County, KY.  No one has tackled who Matthew, Joseph, Daniel and John are in Loudoun who are bounded out in the late 1770's.  And then we are haunted with the Charles and Nathaniel that do appear in Loudoun and are linked to what I simply call the Sexton New England manuscripts.

 There is a Benjamin in Grayson County, Virginia that marries 1806 to Nancy Taylor and has 5 children.  Researchers have placed that Benjamin in various family groups.  Documents show he dies in 1816.  If I was to use assumption I would place Benjamin of Bath county as contemporary with Jonathan who dies in Lawrence County, Kentucky.  That the Benjamin who married Nancy Taylor in Grayson was an older man and possibly the son of Lunenburg John. Further research is certainly needed. 

How are and when do the migrations of the Northern Neck Virginia + Maryland families connect with the Lunenburg Virginia , TN and Carolina Sexton/Saxton’s? 

I can add to the two Sexton/Saxton lines of hubby and children to the Harlan family which is my maternal lines.  George Sexton born in Frederick County, Maryland just over that northern neck line married Sarah Harlan.   It is a far stretch but Sarah Harlan Sexton is my 1 cousin 8 times removed.

I am open to conversations and documentation concerning any of these lines.   I also want to thank so many fellow Sexton researchers including Dianne Peterson who was a gatherer of material so many years ago, to Jim in Portsmouth and Cathy in Colorado, Pat and Michael, Willis for rocking the boat, and so many of you that are trying to get the placement correct.  DNA tells us what we already knew – blood is thicker than water. 
Please contact me for citations at deliverancefarm@gmail.com. tk

26 April 2019

Tracking Jonathan / John Sexton 1758 - 1835

 compiled by Teresa Martin Klaiber 4/2019

Sexton researchers abound. Many including my children’s family, have a least two different Sexton/Saxton lines.  For years there has been much speculation and assumptions about various Sexton families.  DNA is now helping sort through the confusion but a clean paper trail is also needed in any proper research – without assumption.  We still have lots more work to do. And, yes, there are still assumptions to overcome.

I am posting this chronology, & a bit long-winded explanation, as an aid as we continue following the path in the cow pasture.

Our own research story begins on the property where I am sitting and writing.  We live on property which has been handed down in our Sexton family for generations in Boyd County, Kentucky (a spit from the Carter/Lawrence line).  High on the hill is Klaiber Cemetery, aka Sexton Cemetery, aka Hood Cemetery.  Among those is Mark/Marcus Sexton and Catherine, others including Gallion and field stones. 

Forty-eight years ago, at the birth of my first child, I made my first genealogical research error.  Most researchers start with census, as did I.
The1850 census for Carter County/later Boyd, KY shows Mark 37 born Virginia, Catherine 41 born Virginia, Henry P. 14 born Virginia, Leann Blair 7 born Kentucky, Bartlett Sexton 75, Catherine 71 both born Virginia.  I immediately assumed Bartlett was the father of Mark/Marcus Sexton.  What the 1850 census does not do, is give relationships of household members.   Others made and are still making that assumption which is an error.

Standing in the records room in Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky I later found the death record of Mark 22 October 1877 that clearly showed him as the son of Elisha and Tabitha Sexton.  So maybe (another assumption) Bartlett was an uncle? No.

Mark was buried in Klaiber Cemetery.  But not reburied there until November 1893 after Catherine died. Prior to that he was buried at Bell’s Trace in Lawrence County.  The Big Sandy News tells of Powell (HP) Sexton of Garner (where we live) passing thru Bolts Fork (Lawrence County) with the remains of his father who died “sixteen years ago) exhumed and to be buried in the family graveyard beside his wife. 

Research shows Catherine living on Twin Branch in Lawrence County in 1880. Many years of continued research places John Sexton with Revolutionary Pension in that same neighborhood. We have now made several road trips around and thru Bolts Fork and it would be no easy task with a wagon to bring a body back across the ridge to our place.  Folks in that neighborhood say there is an old fieldstone cemetery which is haunted at the end of the lane on Twin Fork. 

Fast forward thru years of document research.

DNA reveals that Catherine wife of Mark Sexton is also maiden Sexton.   My family has two Sexton lines.  Catherine to Bartlett’s DNA suggests her line is through Charles as many suspected for years.  Sorting DNA with two lines is no easy matter.  But DNA tells us that my family has NO Native American blood thru Bartlett’s line.  We have truly enjoyed reading the many theories on wives with Indian heritage. 

DNA for Mark, thru father Elisha, show him as a grandson to John/Jonathan who died in Lawrence County in that Twin Branch area in 1838.    Thus begins unraveling the assumptions of Jno. As being on the Grayson, Russell and Patrick County tax lists at various times.  That is not John of Revolutionary status who died in Lawrence County, Kentucky.

It does explain the small notation found in the James Taylor Adams Collection at Wylie Library, Clinch Valley College stating “On my mothers side it goes back to ….Joseph Sexton, Johnithan (as sp), Elisha…signed by James Madison-Emory”

Chronology of John/Jno. Sexton

1758 14 May John states he was born in LOUDOUN County, Virginia (Pension)

1774 abt Elisha states he is born in NORTH Carolina

1779 Oct 4 resident of Fairfield County SOUTH Carolina – note that       Fairfield was not formed until 1798 from Camden district and he is a resident of Winnsboro.

1790 23 August marries Rebecca MCDANNALD Botetourt County, Virginia and William Sexton is surety.  A William Sexton marries Mary Ewing the same year in Botetourt.

1793 Tax list BATH County, Virginia along with William Sexton

1795 abt John Saxton born in VA dies in Meigs County, OH ASSUMED either in Bath or Greenbrier DNA shows he is s/o John/Jno.

1797 4 Mar William Sexton who died in Vinton Co. OH 1881 called “old Bill” born in Greenbrier DNA indicates s/o Jno.

1798 abt Elizabeth SAXTON born Greenbrier dies in Vinton Co., OH 1886. 

1799 to 1805 appears Greenbrier Tax along with Wm. Sexton/Saxton (Assumed William who goes to Cabell County and married into JORDAN family).  PP tax puts John on Cow Pasture.

1814 moved to Floyd County, KY (Pension information)

1817 Aug 15 Bath Co. VA Will of Elizabeth Sitlington sister of Rebecca McDannald Sexton “to sister Rebecca w/o John Sexton 333.33 in 3 installments, but no money is to go to John sexton or anyone representing him …not wanting any part thereof to be applied to his use.”

1820 Floyd County Census

1822 May 26 John Sexton m. to Susy Collins Merriman McGee bond.

1823-1827 Pike County Tax list

1828 Mar 12 Jerusha Collins marries Joseph BLAIR John Sexton “father” Collins struck out and Sexton written in.

1830 Pike Co Census – with ages of those in household that appear to be Joseph and Jerusha BLAIR

1831 Lawrence County, KY tax list

1834 4 April Pensioned Lawrence County, KY one of wit Archibald Rice which also lives in Twin Branch area.

1835 4 Sep DEATH

DNA suggests Isaiah 1813 is a son of Jonathan. 

The 1820 Census of  Floyd County shows 1 male over 45 (John), 1 male 10-16, 2 males 0-10 (Isaiah and Joseph), a female 26 -45 and 2 females 1-10.  Ages indicate this researcher has not identified all in this grouping.

DNA suggests Jonathan could be a brother to Timothy Sexton who married Esther Sisel.  He was in Camden District South, Caroline as early as 1782.  He also appears in Russell County, Virginia for a short time. He died in Morgan County, TN in 1832.

Rebecca McDannald Sexton is mentioned again in the estate of Elizabeth Stitlington as late as 1830. In 1837 the will of Ellender McDanald references 180 acres adjoining the Sexton Place.  This suggests continued court record research in Bath and probably Greenbrier counties.

William Sexton of Bath County gave Power of Attorney to Robert 
McCutcheon to convey 6 acres on Cow Pasture adjoining Robert Sitlington to Thomas Kinkead 12 Oct 1797.

Susy Collins Sexton was still living in 1854 when she received a last pension payment.  To date she has not been located by this researcher either in Carter or Lawrence County, KY.  But in 1848 the Carter County court gave her funds for maintenance. 

Let’s use assumption one more time and go back to that 1850 census in Carter County later Boyd County, KY.  In 1850 she would have been about 70 years of age.  What happened to Joseph and Jerusha Blair?  This researcher cannot locate them in the 1850 either.  Did Joseph and Jerusha have a child Leann that appears in the 1850 census with Mark and Catherine Sexton Sexton?  If so another double lines because Leanna Blair married 21 March 1862 Bartlett Hascue Sexton daughter of Hulda going back the Bartlett Sexton line.

Please feel free to email me at Deliverancefarm@gmail.com

02 April 2019

The Mysterious Life of George Page Geer

By Teresa Martin Klaiber, April 2019

My cousins and I adored our Grandmother Page.  Born Clara Page Geer, the daughter of George Page Geer and Clara Kilbourne[1]. She was a strong woman born, as they say, before her time.  She had divorced my grandfather[2], but said she would always love him.  She worked for the American Red Cross with enthusiasm during WWII.  She was a teacher both in public school and at home with her grandchildren.  She loved horses and horse races.  She loved family history and took great pride in her early New England heritage.  She taught me to love research which would define and form, not just a hobby, but, a career in genealogy. Just as I adored her, she would say she had adored her father, as a child.

When I asked her, at an early age, why we called her Page she would smile and say, simply that she was named for her father George Page Geer.   George Page Geer bore the name of the American Progenitor George Geer[3]. She did not know why his middle name was Page, but she loved her name because she loved him. Then her story about her father would unfold. 

She was eight years old when her father had a stroke and she would sit by his bedside while he told her stories about his brothers, a chair factory, and Vermont cooking. She remembered letters from a sister (unnamed) in Oregon but none survived. Her father died before her ninth birthday. 

When asked if there was a picture of her father she replied that the only one had accidently been torn up.  Her most prized possession was a letter dated April 1905 when he wrote her in Parkersburg, WV.  He had gone to Clarksburg selling Singer Sewing Machines and preparing to move there.  He began the letter “My Dear little Pagie” and ending with “…thought good bye darling kisses.”

George Page Geer died 2 February 1913 in Clarksburg, West Virginia, after a second stroke.  Her mother wrote the death date in the Roswell Kilbourne bible along with their wedding date. 

My grandmother corresponded several times with her uncle Gardner Talmadge Geer’s family thru the years.  Grandmother Page knew that there was a brother Silas, the sister in Oregon and thru that correspondence that Gardner Talmadge Geer had “disappeared.”  A copy of George Page Geer’s marriage to Clara Kilbourne stated he was born Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York the son of Edmund and Almira Bartlett Geer.

A good genealogist works from the known to the unknown with documentation.  Sounds simple enough.  Starting with George Page Geer’s death date 2 February 1913 I searched for a death certificate in West Virginia.  To date no death certificate has been located.  The Clarksburg Daily Telegram did publish his death stating that the body would be taken to Ashland, Kentucky for burial.  As a researcher I checked Kentucky for a death certificate without success.  During that time frame if a body was removed from one state to another there should be a Burial Transfer Form. I found those in mass disarray in the basement of the Boyd County Board of Health. Spending hours of sorting and looking at each one – no Burial Transfer Form survives, if there was one.   The Ashland Cemetery Records show that the burial took place 5 February 1913.  As a child my grandmother and I visited the family plot together many times.

George Page Geer was 46 years old, (born 18 July 1855, Plattsburg) when he married and told the officials it was his first marriage. Besides giving his parent’s names, at the time of marriage in 1902, George Page Geer also stated that he was residing in Parkersburg and a carpenter.  From research I know that Parkersburg Chair Company was in business during the time he lived there but to date have found no employment records.  The first city directory we find shows George Page Geer as assistant manager for Singer Sewing Company.  Singer Sewing Company has no records either. 

Using every conceivable method and sound-x George Page Geer, G. P. Geer, etc. cannot be located on the 1900 census in the United States.  Neither does his brother Gardner Talmadge Geer, whose family states he disappeared and is living in Duluth, Minnesota.  Brother Silas, a carpenter is also missing from the census in 1900 but shows up in Michigan with his wife by 1910.  Without going into research detail, I was able to locate The Oregon sister, Mary Elizabeth Geer Heaton living in Douglas County, Oregon in 1900.

Prior to his marriage to my great grandmother, George Page Geer’s life is a complete mystery.  His parents appear on the 1850 Saranac, Clinton County, New York Census.  There are no existing birth records for Plattsburg or Saranac for 1855.  George Page Geer’s parents show up in Shefford, Canada in the 1861 Canadian Census along with Gardner age 15, Silas 13, Tapher 8, Mary 4 and Philip 2. George Page Geer has been left out of the census.  Tapher[4] and Philip do not live to adulthood. 

Brother Silas was the first to move back to the United States showing up in Afton, Minnesota in 1870.  Father Edmund Geer sold his land in 1868 in Shefford, Canada and by 1872 has a homestead in Morrison County, Minnesota.  By then George Page Geer is 17 years of age and could well be out in the world on his own.  His father states that he has four children in 1872 which would include George Page Geer, but not by name.  George Page Geer does not appear on the 1875 Minnesota state census. In fact, he does not appear in any census located to date.  A mysterious life for 46 years.

I have been able to document Edmund Geer’s life in Canada and his pedigree.  A descendent of George Geer first mentioned in this article, Edmund’s grandmother Sarah “Sally” Swan Geer’s own grandmother was Mary Page Woods daughter of Jonathan Page born 24 June 1677 in Watertown, British America[5] and grandson of John Page born in 1586 in Essex England. Page came to America with Winthrop’s Fleet.

While Grandmother Page cherished her April 1905 letter, I can only imagine what she would have thought of the discovery of a letter dated November 1630 when John Rogers wrote John Winthrop, Jr. that John Page of Dedham, his wife and two children were starving “entreating you for Gods sake to provide such a barrell of meale as this money will reach…”[6] 

My grandmother, Clara Page Geer Martin died in 1998 extremely proud of her New England Kilbourne and Geer heritage but never knowing her own name honored another American progenitor, John Page.  As she taught me, I will not give up.  I will continue to research her father and his brothers trying to unravel the mysteries.

[1] Clara “Callie” Kilbourne b. 19 Jan. 1870 Lawrence Co., OH m George Page Geer 11 June 1902, Ashland, Boyd, KY
[2] Clara Page Geer m. Henry Kautz Martin 27 Dec 1922, Portsmouth, Scioto, OH. Divorced 6 Jan. 1944.
[3] George Geer b circa 1621 Devon, Eng.  1726 New London, CT.
[4] Named for her grandmother Tapher Thomas Bartlett.
[5] Son of John Page and Faith Dunster.
[6] Massachusetts Historical Society. Papers of the Winthrop Family, Volume 2.

25 March 2018

Park Hospital, Portsmouth, Ohio Part #6 Final in Series

Park Hospital Records
Part 6
Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio, United States

(This is the final year of records for Park Hospital.)

#368.  Mrs. C. L. Larew. Dr. J. S. Rardin. Residence Pulaska, Virginia (sic the town is Pulaski).  Admitted Jan. 1, 1908.  Prepared for and operated January 2 by Dr.’s Rardin assisted by Dr. Margaret Fulton. Cauterized fissure and dilated sphincter.  Went home much improved.  Discharged January 8, 1908.

#369. H. G. Halderman, M. D.  Dr.’s (ink smeared) and Halderman. Residence City. Admitted January 1, 1908. Discharged January 22, 1908. (This is S. S. Halderman’s son Henry Gorath Halderman.)

#370.  Mr. John Dietz. Dr. L. D. Allard. Residence, city.  Admitted January 3, 1908. Typhoid fever. Temp. 101, pulse 80. Discharged February 1, 1908.

#371. Joseph Carr. Dr. J. S. Rardin. Residence Greenup, Kentucky. Admitted January 6, 1908. Operated by Dr. rardin. Tonsils and adenoids removed. Discharged January 7, 1908.

#372. Mrs. James Pyle. Dr. J. W. Fitch. Residence Waverly, Ohio. Admitted January 4, 1906. Operation curettage. Patient made a rapid recovery, went home after 14 days. Discharged January 18, 1908.

#373. Mrs. Anne Becker. Dr. J. W. Fitch. Residence, city.  Admitted Janaury 18, 1908. La Grippe. Discharged February 11, 1908.

#374. Mr. Arthur Faneuf. Dr. A. D. Berndt. Residence, city. Admitted January 19, 1908. Typhoid fever.   (No further entries.)

#375.  Mr. Gobel G. Napier. Dr. S. S. Halderman. Residence, city.  Admitted January 24, 1908. Fireman. Injured in boiler explosion near Haverhill. Face burned by steam and right leg broken just above ankle.  Discharged February 5, 1908.

#376. Miss Mary Raymond. Dr. A. D. Berndt. Residence, city.  Admitted January 24, 1908. Prepared for operation January 24. Fistula opened and drained, cauterized and closed. Discharged February 7, 1908.

#377. Mrs. Mary Pendergast. Dr. S. S. Halderman. Residence, city.  Admitted January 26, 1908. Discharged February 15,1908.

#378. Mr. William Chanell. Dr. S. S. Halderman. Residence, Lucasville, Ohio.  Admitted January 27, 1908. Stone mason injured at Davis Station. Had toe amputated.  Discharged January 29, 1908.

#379. Mr. Walter Ellis. Dr. Flint Kline.  Residence, Detroit, Michigan. Admitted February 4, 1908. Typhoid Fever. Temp 103.2, pulse 68.  Nourishment every 3 hours, cold sponge when temp above 102.  Fever gradually reduced to normal and below. Patient made an uninterrupted recovery.  Discharged March 9, 1908.

#380.  Mr. John Baker. D. S. S. Halderman. Residence, Earlytown, Ohio.  Admitted February 4,1908. Brakeman injured by falling from train, skull fractured at base of brain.  Never regained consciousness.  Died February 5, 1908.

#381. Fred W. Keyes. Dr. S. S. Halderman. Admitted February 18, 1908. Brakeman. Had left arm caught between the bumper when trying to make a coupling. No bones broken, muscles crushed and arm cut on either side. Arm dressed with dichloride gauze.  Discharged February 21, 1908.

#382. Mr. Charles Noel. Dr. F. H. Williams. Residence, city.  Admitted March        5,1908.  Hernia. Prepared and operated on March6 by Dr. Williams assisted by Dr.’s Flint Kline, harry Shirrmann and O. W. Robe. Discharged April 9, 1908.

#383. Mr. E. J. Kerfoot. Dr. F. H. Williams. Residence, city.  Admitted March 13, 1908. Treatment medical. Discharged improved on March 15, 1908.

#384. George Walters.  Dr. P. J. Kline. Residence, city.  Admitted March 18, 1908. Pneumonia. Temp 104…liquid diet every three hours. Patient very delirious until April 3. After that mind cleared up, slept well, ate hearty, improved rapidly and was discharged April 11, 1908.

#385. Henry Johnson.  Dr. S. S. Halderman. Residence, city.  Admitted March 18, 1908.  Operation castration. Operated by Dr. S. S. Halderman, assisted by Dr. E. W. Hubert. Anesthetized by dr. W.W. Smith. Improved rapidly. Discharged March 30, 1908.

#386.  Miss Lizzie Cottle. Dr. S. S. Halderman. Residence, city.  Admitted March 21, 1908. Discharged April 6, 1908.

#387.  Miss Polly Kirk. Dr. J. S. Rardin. Residence Braden, West Virginia.  Admitted March 22, 1908.  Operated by Dr. J. S. Rardin, anesthetized by Dr. S. S. Halderman. Operation cleft palate and hair lip.

#388.  Thomas Kennard. Dr. A. D. Berndt & F. Williams. Residence 10th St., city.  Admitted March 26, 1908. Shoe worker, age 46 years. Fell from moving street car.  Had slight scalp wound and in a dazed condition. Head dressed…vomited…suffered pain in head. Given morph…Calomel…removed to home march 27. Improved. Discharged March27, 1908.

#389.  Albert Gibbs. Dr. J. S. Rardin. Residence, city.  Admitted April 4, 1908.  Shoe worker, age 22 years suffering from gun shot wound in right breast. Did not probe for bullet. Discharged April 7, 1908.

#390.  John Blackburn. Dr. J. W. Fitch. Residence, city.  Admitted April 6, 1908.  Fracture of femur. Had leg broken about half way between the knee and hip while working in saw mill. Age 47 years. (No discharge date cited.)

#391. Mr. M. D. Williams. Dr. F. H. Williams. Residence, Cleveland, Ohio. Admitted April 7, 1908.  In an unconscious condition. (No discharge date cited.)

#392.  Mr. E. J. Kerfort. Dr. F. H. Williams.  Residence, city.  Admitted April 11, 1908. Suffering from rheumatism in right leg. Treatment medical. Left Hospital April 16 improved.

#393. Mrs. Emma Culbertson. Dr. F. M. Edwards.  Residence, city.  Admitted April 20, 1908. Suffering with pain in abdomen. Morph …strych…Hot stripes on abdomen. Removed home after 11 days much improved.  Discharged May 1, 1908.

#394.  Mrs. F. G. Lowes. Dr.’s P . J. and Flint Kline. Residence, city. Admitted April 27, 1908. Prepared for and operated on April 28. Dr.’s Kline, assisted by Dr. A. R. Moore. Cancer left breast removed. Changed dressing April 29 after that every few days. Patient improved rapidly. Discharged May 11, 1908.

#395. Mr. Boyd Thompson. Dr. S. S. Halderman. Admitted April 29, 1908. Typhoid fever. Temp. 102. Discharged May 16, 1908.

#396. Mrs. Lucy Pierce. Dr. L. D. Allard. Admitted April 30, 1908. Discharged much improved May 7, 1906.

#397. Mr. Walter Radcliff. Dr. F. H. Williams.  Admitted May 9, 1908. Both legs amputated at the knee. Limbs crushed under engine at Portsmouth Steel plant. Dr.’s Williams, Shirrmann, Flint Kline, anesthetized by Dr. Jessee. Made good recovery.

#398. Mrs. Lorin Yost. Dr. A. D. Berndt. Residence Sciotoville, Ohio. Admitted May 12, 1908. Prepared for and operated May 14. Dr.’s Berndt and Allard.  Anesthetized by Dr.  Halderman. Operation Trachelorrhaphy.  Stitches removed 10th day…Discharged May 26.

#399. Wilson Eastep (as spelled) Dr. A. D. Berndt. Residence city.  Admitted June 1, 1908. Injured hand. Discharged June 8.

#400. James Hughs. Dr. A. D. Berndt.  Residence Brewery Hollow. Admitted June 6, 1908.  Fell from street car. Was not injured.  Discharged June 7, 1908.

#401.  Mr. Jake Schmidt. Dr. F. M. Edwards. Residence Covington, Kentucky. Admitted June 7, 1908. C&O fireman was injured near South Portsmouth, Kentucky. Had fracture of skull. Necessary to trephine and remove portion of bone. Was removed home June 13. Much improved. 

#402.  Miss Merle Dins. Dr. F. H. Williams.  Residence city. Admitted June 18, 1908.  Was operated by Dr. Williams assisted by Dr. P. J. Kline. Dilation of cervix. Discharged June 22, 1908.

#403. Ed Mohr. Dr. A. D. Berndt. Residence Portsmouth, Ohio.  Admitted July 1, 1908.Right hand injured in sausage machine. Stitches taken. Hand dressed every day for awhile, then every other day, until well. Discharged July 3, 1908.

#404. Miss Lizzie Cottle. Dr. S. S. Halderman. Residence city. Admitted July 2, 1908. Prepared for operation July 4, 8:30 A. M. Anaesthetized by dr. W. W. Smith. Operated by Dr. S. S. Halderman assisted by Dr. Rardin and Berndt. Large abdominal tumor removed. Made good recovery.  Discharged August 1, 1908.

#405.  Alex Tyree. Dr. S. S. Halderman. Residence city.  Admitted July 4, 1908. Had left foot caught between cars and injured at Glen Har??, bruised considerable began walking on crutches after 10 days and left hospital the 14th day. Discharged July 17, 1908.

#406. Charles Miller. Dr. Flint Kline. Admitted July 9, 1908. Prepared for and operated on July 10, 8:20 A. M. Anaesthetized by Dr. P. J. Kline. Operated by Dr. Flint Kline assisted by Dr. S. S. Halderman. Tumor removed from neck. Patient suffered greatly from shock. Whiskey and strych given hypodermically and saline infusion ½ pt. Patient gradually recovered and went home after 7 days. Discharged July 17, 1908.

#407. Mr. T. T. Marshall. Dr. S. S. Halderman. Residence Portsmouth, Ohio.  Admitted July 11, 1908.  Was caught between the tender of engine and platform of the Portsmouth Cold Storage Plant. Sustaining fracture of 10th rib and severe bruising back and side, region of liver. Was able to be moved home on 12th day.

#408.  Mrs. McManes. Dr. J. B. Rardin, city. Admitted July 15, 1908. Prepared for operation July 17. Anaesthetized by Dr. A. D. Berndt. Operated by Dr. J. B. Rardin, assisted by Dr. S. S. Halderman, J. W. Fitch.  Complete hysterectomy and appendectomy.  Appendix was adherent to fibroid tumor of uterus size of double fist. Made good recovery. Going home on August 5. Discharged August 5.  December 3, 08 greatly improved in health doing household work.

#409.  Mrs. Harry McKee.  Dr. J. S. Rardin.  Admitted July 19, 1908. Prepared for and operated July 20 by Dr. Rardin. Anaesthetized by Dr. W. G. Cheney. Retained placental and debris. Curettage and repair of lacerated perineum. Made good recovery.  Discharged August 9, 1908.

#410. Arthur Gore.  Dr. S. S. Halderman.  Residence Chester, South Carolina.  Admitted July 28, 1908. Had part of finger amputated. Discharged July30 ,  1908.

#411.  Forest Kemper. Admitted August 7, 1908.  Dr. J. S. Rardin. Operated on August 7 by Dr. Rardin, assisted by Dr. Halderman. Anaesthetized by Dr. Osborne. Separation from epiphysis of lower end of right femur, upper fragment forward, could not reduce under anesthetic. Made lateral incisions and removed one inch of lower end of deaphesis (sic) replaced applied splints later plaster dressing. Made good recovery. Walking on this leg which is thoroughly well. Discharged August 10, 1908.

#412.  Mrs. Emma Cox. Dr. J. D. Jordan. Residence Portsmouth, Ohio.  Admitted August 29, 1908. Typhoid fever. Pulse 90, temp 103 …nourishment every 3 hours. Cold sponge every 3 hrs. ..castor oil. Discharged October 7, 1908.

#413.  Mr. Daniel Phillippi. Dr. J. D. Jordan. Residence Portsmouth, Ohio.  Admitted September 4, 1908. Typhoid fever. Temp 102, pulse 96, resp. 18. Nourishment every three hours, cold sponge when temp above 102. …castor oil. Temp dropped to normal 16th. Patient removed to boarding house September 23. Discharged September 23, 1908.

#414. Mrs. Emma Graf. Dr. J. W. Fitch. Residence Portsmouth, Ohio. Admitted September 10, 1908. Patient was prepared and operated upon at 4:00 P.M. by Dr.’s Fitch and Rardin. Anaesthetized by dr. P. J. Kline. Appendix removed which was gangrenous. Patient developed acute peritonitis and very weak heart. Patient was removed from hospital the 14th day and made an uninterrupted recovery. Discharged September 24, 1908.

#415. Mrs. Ollie Peed. Dr. Flint Kline. Residence Portsmouth, Ohio.  Admitted Sept. 10, 1908. Typhoid Fever. Temp. 103. Pulse 84, resp. 18. Light nourishment every 3 hours. Cold sponge every 3 hours. Discharged October 8, 1908.

#416.  Grover Jackson Odel. Dr. S. S. Halderman. Residence Portsmouth, Ohio.  Admitted September 11, 1908. Had left foot amputated part of the toes right foot.  Right hand amputated and part of fingers on left hand. Was cut and bruised about the body. Bleeding from left ear.  Wounds healed rapidly was taken home September 22, 1908.

#417. Mrs. Oliver Kenedy. Dr. J. W. Fitch. Residence Portsmouth, Ohio.  Admitted September 14, 1908. Prepared for and operated upon at 2 P. M. by Dr.’s Fitch and Halderman, assisted by Dr. A. D. Berndt. Anaesthetized by dr. J. Rardin.  The operation was a cholecystostomy. The Gall bladder was thickened from inflammation, exudate and very fragile. The cavity contained two gall stones. Each about as large as a quail’s egg…patient…age 43 had been a sufferer from hepatic colic since she was 18 years old. Discharged October 12, 1908.

#418.  Miss Mary Aitken. Dr. S. S. Halderman. Residence Portsmouth, Ohio. Admitted September 24, 1908. Discharged improved October 3, 1908.

#419. Daniel Phillippi. Dr. J. D. Jordan. Residence Portsmouth, Ohio.  Admitted September 28, 1908. Typhoid fever. Temp 103, pulse 94, resp. 18. Was removed to boarding house suffered a relapse, returned to hospital.  Cold sponge every 3 hours. Light nourishment every 3 h ours…temp. gradually dropped back to normal. Discharged October 17, 1908.

#420. Mrs. Ollie Peed. Dr. D. A. Berndt. Residence city.  Admitted November 5, 1908. Gave birth to 10 pound baby boy at 5:30 A. M. November 6.  Repaired lacerated perineum. Mother and baby did very good. Removed to home in two weeks. Discharged November 19, 1908. (Extractor: Familysearch,  Ohio Births show the baby as Paul Winfred Peed. Father Ollie Winifred Peed. Mother Elsie May Cline.)

#421. Miss Edna Gist. Dr. J. S. Rardin. Residence Sciotoville.  Admitted November 18, 1908. Operated November 19, 1908 opening gall bladder and removed 43 calculi..  Fundus was firmly adherent to transverse colon which was difficultly separated. December 3, 1908 Patient has made a fine recovery left hospital …much improved. Discharged December 3, 1908.

#422. Mr. E. M. Wamsley. Dr. D. A. Berndt. Residence New Boston, Ohio.  Admitted November 18, 1908. Street car motorman received a very bad scalp wound by falling when getting off car. A number of stitches was taken to close wound. Head dressed. Removed to his home.  Discharged November 18, 1908.

#423. Miss Nettie Cook. Dr. J. W. Fitch. Resides city.  Admitted November 20, 1908. Suffering from typhoid fever. Subnormal temp 97. Pulse very rapid 120. Was very delirious given nourishment every 3 hours. Castor oil…med every 3 hrs, strych …throat in very bad condition. Died November 26, 1908.

#424. Mont Ellis. Dr. D. A. Berndt. Residence city.  Admitted November 26, 1908.  Anesthetized by Dr. P. J. Kline. Dr.’s Berndt and F. H. Williams amputated 4 toes and a part of the foot.  Was removed to his home December 3. Discharged December 3, 1908.

#425.  Mr. Robert Owens.  Dr. S. S .Halderman. Residence Dalesburg, Kentucky (Breathitt county). Admitted November 30, 1908. Anaesthetized by dr. D. A. Berndt. Operation for phimosis by Dr. Halderman…patient made rapid recovery was discharged 3rd day.  Discharged December 2, 1908.

#426. Mrs. Robert Lyman. Dr. S. S. Halderman. Residence city.  Admitted December 6, 1908. Given anesthetic by Dr. Berndt. Operation for harelip. Dr. S. S. Halderman assisted by Dr. Moore. Patient did very nicely.  Removed home next morning. Discharged December 7, 1908.
#427. Mr. Thomas McCann. Dr. S. S. Halderman. Residence Rardin, Ohio.  Admitted December 9, 1908. Given Anesthetic by dr. D. A. Berndt. Operation for phimosis by Dr. Halderman. Patient recovered rapidly. Patient recovered rapidly. Discharged December 10, 1908.

#428. Mr. William Dietz. Dr. D. A. Berndt. Resides city.  Admitted December 23, 1908.  (No further treatment or discharge or any entry after admitted.)

There are several paper items tucked inside the Park Hospital ledger.  Among the items included is a photograph of a very ill man.  The picture was labeled by Dr. H. G. Halderman. “Jack Lavour age 45   .  Admitted October 24, died Nov 2, 1902. Confluent variola. 8th day of eruption..  Taken Nov. 1, 1902. He was never vaccinated.  Since this was just prior to the 1903 ledger this extractor wonders if he might have been the first person admitted to Park Hospital.

Several receipts are included in this grouping. The last is D. A. Berndt, MD, Eighth and Gay Street payable to Dr. S. S. Halderman dated July 1, 1910 for professional services of anesthetics from June 1909 with a list of the patients which I included here for researchers:
Esther Maier, Mrs. Jos. Weber, Jean Allison, Jas Wilburn,Roberta Dixon, --Schauffner, Ruth Kelley, Mrs. Cartmell, Leslie Swith, Daniel Handshaw, Charles Whitley, Mrs. McKinnedy, Harrison Farley. 

The back of receipt lists: Pearl Kinnison, Fred Gruber, Mary E. Bailey, Jas. A. Henry.