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Re: Manning Ware and Polly Manly Obit. Lookup
Posted by: Jack Sheldon, Jr. (ID *****5395) Date: September 30, 2005 at 16:03:39
In Reply to: Manning Ware and Polly Manly Obit. Lookup by James Taylor of 694

Hi Jim:

Typically obituaries were not reported then as they are now days, and death records in Lorain County at that time, if I'm not mistaken, amounted to no more than making a line notation in a book with name, date, and cause of death. That is the way it was with my ggg-grandparents who both passed away in 1870 in LaGrange.

I visited the library in Elyria and the Lorain County Historical Society both in November 2004, in person, and sat at the microfiche machine and searched... but I later found a better way.

Searching newspaper articles from 1880 is available through for Lorain County. Finding any mention of a specific person would be a great find. However, there is a small possibility that your ancestor would be mentioned. is nice because you can search key words or names.

Even though obituaries were not printed, I was able to find mention of the whereabouts of a branch of our family (Sheldon / Woodmansee) that had traveled to Michigan, through a brief paragraph in an old Lorain County newspaper. This led me to the county, the approximate date of death, and eventually I found the cemetery / burial by searching Gratiot County, Michigan, transcriptions. Occasionally, a death is mentioned -- usually a prominent citizen, but there was really no way for the paper to keep up with the information.

I have to re-new my subscription, which I will probably do in a couple of months when I gather some more information -- so right now I don't have the ability to search for you.

A person can sign up for one month with both Census and Periodical lookups -- by calling then.

I see that you've already been to --> Ohio --> Lorain County, and have found the cemetery notations. (I see your query from 2000).

I hope these are not words of discouragement, but the periodical look-up might be your best bet at this time.


Jack Sheldon, Jr.
Mesa, AZ

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