I am researching my family on my father's side. I never met my father, but I did meet his mother (my grandmother) once in 1977 and we spent a nice afternoon talking about her family. I have only been researching for only a month, and it has been really fun and exciting.... but I am having trouble learning more about my paternal grandfathers family. I hope you can help me out as I live in California and travel to Ohio right now would be impossible.
I am trying to find out more about the lineage of my grandfather DAVID ANDERSON Jr. He was born about 1997 or 1897 and died in an unexplained accident in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1922 (coal mine or auto accident have been mentioned). I am also trying to learn more about my great-grandfather DAVID ANDERSON Sr.(12-1-1859 to 11-10-31). Both David Sr. and David Jr. were coal miners. David Sr. married the former HANNAH or ANNA GUILLIAMS (1874?-10/29/1932) and would also like to know more about her. I am trying to find out both of their countries of origin. All 3 of this family (including photos) is in the Coshocton Ohio Census of 1910... and would be happy to pay someone for a good quality scan of their photos. I have never seen a photo of them. Apparently, between 1910 and 1922 they must have had a daughter named MARTHA because she is mentioned in the obituary below. David and his wife and son David Jr. are buried in South Lawn Cemetery in Coschocton.
If it helps, here is DAVID ANDERSON JR.'s obituary from 1922.......
THE COSHOCTON TRIBUNE dated Friday, FEBRUARY 3, 1922
"The body of David Anderson, Junior, aged 26, brother-in-law of Clifford Sprague, 324 Main Street, who died at his home in Wheeling, West Virginia on Wednesday, is expected to arrive in this city Thursday afternoon on the westbound passenger train No. 103, which arrives here at 4:58 o'clock. The cause of his death was not stated in the telegram received by Mr. Sprague Thursday. Mr. Sprague received word from the young man's parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson of Wheeling, West Virginia a few days ago. In the letter, it did not say that any of the members of the Anderson family were ill. The relatives were led to believe Thursday that he might have been killed accidently in the coal mine where he was employed. He is survived by his widow, two children, Robert and Georgia. One sister, Mrs. Porter Whiteus, near Coshocton survives. His widow's maiden name was Miss Mary Sprague. Mr. Anderson was born and reared in this city. He with his family left this city a month ago for Wheeling. He got employment with a coal mining company and worked the mines. He was formerly employed with the Clow Plant. No funeral arrangements had been made on Thursday, but the body will be taken to the home of his brother in law on Main Street."
There is a conflict, because the grave says he died on February 4, 1922, but the February 3 paper above states he died the WEDNESDAY before... on February 1, 1922, so I will go with date of death as Thursday February 1, 1922.
ANY information, especially the lineage back to the country of origin would be wonderful. Thanks so much!