To my knowledge I am the only member of my family to have ever done any geneological research. My stumbling block since I began has been my fratGGM, Lily Alice Reichard. Lily is said to have been born in Lairdsville,PA by daughter or step-dau Edith Grazer on Lily's death cert. Born in 1875, she had my GM in 1895. GM was an illigitimate birth (father was Albert Bentley) per my only living relative Eleanor Rogers, nee' Jerman. So on all GM's marriage licenses she says she comes from Costello, PA. Now Lily would have been 35 and GM (Bertha) aged 15 in 1910 Costello, PA. 3 miles away was Austin, PA, however, and the 1911 cave-in of the Austin Dam drove many people from their homes at that time. In 1911 GM Bertha would have been 16.
It makes sense that if they left Costello, PA due to the flood, and came to Cleveland, Ohio around that time, that GM Bertha's first marriage at age 17, in Cleveland, fits right in. If anyone on the planet should read this and know anything about
Lily Alice Reichard and/or her ancestors I would be eternally grateful for your response. I lost my older daughter in '99;
have only the younger and the grand-dau I'm raising left---all other family is gone, so this means a lot to me. Thank you,