Archive for July, 2012

When my great-grandfather, Josef Hromada, left his hometown of Tábor, Czech Republic in 1893, he brought this small glass with him to the United States. The painted design on the glass is the town square in Tábor.

The town square looks much the same today, minus the horse and carriage. After I visited Tábor last September, my aunt gave me the glass, and it is very special to me!


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This is my third post about cemeteries I recently visited in Ripley County, Indiana. These graves are in Kingston Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Kingston, Indiana.

Kingston Presbyterian Church Cemetery

My 2x great-grandparents
David Andrew Ray (1851-1930)
Amy Emma Robison (Humphrey) Ray (1853-1926)

My 3x great-grandmother
Nancy (Birkley) Ray (1826-1899)
(She is buried with some other Rays who appear to be her children, but I did not see a marker for her husband, Francis Marion Ray.)

Brother and sister-in-law of my great-grandfather
Charlie H. Ray (1877-1962)
Hattie W. Ray (1880-1965)

There are several other graves in this cemetery that look like they could be relatives, but I will have to do some more research to figure out who they are.

Previous: Napoleon Lutheran Cemetery and Old Hopewell Cemetery

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This is my second post about some cemeteries I visited in Ripley County, Indiana. These pictures were taken at Old Hopewell Cemetery in Dabney, Indiana.

Old Hopewell Cemetery

My 2x great-grandparents
Seymour Horatio Shook (1868-1945)
Patience (Swinney) Shook (1872-1950)
(They are buried with an infant daughter, Alma.)

My 3x great-grandparents
Daniel Webster Swinney (1848-1914)
Harriet Olive (Salyers) Swinney (1844-1906)

My records show there are a few other ancestors in this cemetery, but I was not able to find them. There are a lot of old, crumbling gravestones that cannot be read, so I’m sure they are there somewhere.

What could there be in this mess?

But, I did find some that I didn’t know were there. I’m not sure of the relationships for all of these, but they shouldn’t be too hard to find out:

Esther A. Swinney (1852-1870)
Buried with an infant (1886)

Rebeca Waters, wife of Scott Waters (brother of Thomas Milford Waters, mentioned in my last post)

This cemetery has another connection to my family. My grandfather, who made his living in ornamental iron work, made the cemetery’s sign:

Previous: Napoleon Lutheran Cemetery

Next Up: Kingston Presbyterian Church Cemetery

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My mom’s side of the family has a long history in the southern Indiana county of Ripley County. It is near enough to home that several members of my family are able to take an annual day trip there. We typically visit the Napoleon Lutheran Cemetery to put flowers on the graves of my grandparents and both sets of great-grandparents on that side of the family. We also drive past some family homes and a few other family landmarks. This year, my family graciously agreed to visit two other nearby cemeteries to look for the graves of some other ancestors. I’d like to share my photos from each cemetery, so I’ll break this up into a few posts. This one will be about the Napoleon Lutheran Cemetery in Napoleon, Indiana.

Napoleon Lutheran Cemetery

My grandparents
Harold Albert Rork (1923-2003)
Fern Dolores (Ray) Rork (1925-1982)

My great-grandfather
Charles Edward Rork (1894-1977)

My great-grandmother
Hazel Eva (Shook) Rork (1902-1980)

My 3x great-grandfather
Bower Rork (1822-1863)

My 3x great-grandmother
Sarah (Mozingo) Rork (1827-1886)

My great-grandfather
Robert Ora Ray (1882-1949)

My great-grandmother
Tressa (Cross) Ray (1883-1960)

My 2x great-grandparents
William Cross (1855-1921)
Rebecca Jane (Waters) Cross (1853-1901)

My 3x great-grandfather
Thomas Milford Waters (1830-1907)
(His wife, Margaret Jane (Lewis) Waters should also be buried here, but I could not find a marker for her.)

My 4x great-grandparents
Rees A. Swinney (1811-1873)
Patience (Trapp) Swinney (1824-1905)

Next Time: Old Hopewell Cemetery

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Since I’ve been so focused on the Hromada family lately, I thought I’d post the wedding picture of my great-grandparents, Josef and Marie (Kovarik) Hromada.

Josef and Marie were married in Chicago on December 29, 1895. They had both just come to the United States from the Czech Republic two years before. They had two children, both born in Chicago: Louise and Joseph (my grandfather).

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