Hi and thanks for taking the time to peer into the past lives or loved ones lost long ago!
I hope that you will take a look and see if you can help add to the documentation.
I think you will see that we have some pretty interesting characters in the family lineage.
Whether its Catherine who smoked a corn cob pipe and lived near Buckeye Lake in central Ohio,
or stories of young men moving westward from Ohio down the Ohio River to the Mississippi River and ending up in Iowa!
Take a look at Wolfgang Wischahn. There you will find a family Crest from Germany. (later the name was changed to the Wishon spelling in the US.)
Also look at a letter to Frederick Miner Sr from PRESIDENT MONROE!
Here is the story.
Each year between 1813 and 1817, Frederick made installment payments on his own farm, occasionally doing so early and receiving
a small discount. On Sept. 29, 1817, Frederick paid his final installment to the Land Office in the amount of $39.85.
Three months later, on Dec. 10, 1817, his official patent (#2346) was signed by President James Monroe and Josiah Meigs,
Commissioner of the General Land-Office.
Frederick received the patent some time later, and the document must have been a source of unending pride.
Lon McGirk was on a shipwrecked ship near Siberia mentioned in the book "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevensen.
In 1918, after Emma's death,
the three motherless children were sent to live with their paternal grandparents, John and Ellen McGirk, on their farm in El Monte.
Lon left for an expedition to Northern Siberia.
According to a manuscript by daughter Alba, he was "on a boat that had originally belonged to Robert Louis Stevenson -- 'The Casco.' The [ship] is mentioned in the book Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. 'The Casco' was shipwrecked off the coast of Siberia and Lon McGirk
and some of his party lived with the Eskimos for two weeks before they were rescued by the U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear.
Thank you to Mark A. Miner from Minerd.com! He has steadfastly documented many of the genealogical links!
If you have revisions or additions... please do not hesitate to email me so we can straighten it out.
have a great day!