Behind every good ghost story is the real story. Local and family history reveal the truths hidden in a haunting tale. Whether or not the separation of fact from folklore make the Martin family mausoleum less spooky, however, is up to each visitor to decide.
The Waynesburg Republican newspaper was a champion of Women’s Suffrage and celebrated the victory of the 19th amendment. Their feature article following election day in November 1920 gives us insight into the first female voters to line up at the polls in Greene County, Pennsylvania.
ON THIS VERY DAY 100 YEARS AGO, May 21, 1919, the House of Representatives in Washington DC passed the 19th Amendment. Greene County women and men were a part of the fight.
When we add ancestors to our tree the first blank we fill is their NAME. But do we make the most of this essential fact? Do we extract from it every clue and revelation about our family’s history? This is the tale of two Lucys and what the name reveals about one family’s story.
A discarded tombstone was rescued by a passerby, journeyed many states away, then reunited through volunteer efforts with its Greene County, Pennsylvania family.
Women’s Day reminds us to honor, respect, and remember the obstacles that women have overcome and the goals they still endeavor to achieve. In family and local history we look at the women of our ancestry and communities who labored to birth, raise, and improve the lives of generations past, present, and future.
This is the lesson of a missed clue that unraveled the story of a female ancestor. Follow along in the search for Grandma Elizabeth Mary (Garber) Staggers of Greene County, Pennsylvania.