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Sunday’s Obituary – Rosina (Yegerlehner) McCormick

McCormick, Rosina (Yegerlehner) - Obituary - croppedMcCormick

Mrs. Rosina McCormick, aged seventy-two years, died yesterday afternoon at the family residence, 336 Madison street. Death was due to complications and followed an illness of six weeks’ duration.

The deceased was born in the Canton of Berne, Switzerland, Oct. 13, 1841, and came to America with her parents at the age of nine years. She was united in marriage to Thomas H. McCormick Nov 21, 1861, in Tuscarawas county, Ohio. They moved to this city in 1893, where Dr. McCormick practiced medicine until his death in 1911.

Surviving relatives include the following children: Mrs. Minnie M. Houser, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; Rev. F. C. McCormick, of Milton, Ind.; Thomas H. McCormick, teacher of mathematics at the Commercial high school, of New York City; Miss Ada M. McCormick, head of the business and municipal department of the Fort Wayne public library; Rev. Harry B. McCormick, pastor of the Church of Christ, New York City. Twenty-three grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive. Two daughters, Mrs. Pearl R. Haller and Della C. McCormick [sic Ake], preceded her in death. Mrs. McCormick was a member of the West Creighton Avenue Church of Christ.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed and will be announced latr.

“The Deaths: McCormick,” The Fort Wayne Daily News (Fort Wayne, Indiana), 25 May 1914, p. 11, col. 1; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 November 2013).


Rosina was the only daughter of David and Magdalena (Strahm) Yegerlehner. She traveled with her parents from Switzerland to London, and then to the United States. The family settled in Holmes County, Ohio. Despite the above notion that Rosina married Thomas H. McCormick in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, they were actually married in Holmes County. Both Rosina and her brother Christian applied for marriage licenses on the same day, although their weddings were 3 days apart and they were married by different ministers.

McCormick, Thomas & Rosina Yegerlehner - Marriage, 1861

How’s that for misspelling!?! (Click to enlarge)

Rosina and Thomas also moved their growing family west to Indiana, settling there by 1870. While older brother Christian and their parents moved to Clay county, Thomas and Rosina settled in northern Indiana, near Fort Wayne. After many years of living in the rural townships of Allen County, they finally moved into the city.

McCormick, Thomas & Rosina - c1900

Thomas & Rosina, c1910
Copy from an original in the possession of Rosina’s descendants

Rosina and Thomas were the parents of eight children: Florence, Wilhelmina “Minnie,” Della, Pearl, Firman, Thomas, Ada and Harry. Rosina’s progeny were quite numerous, possibly surpassing both her brothers in living descendants. One of Rosina’s more famous descendants was Edward H. White, Jr., an astronaut from the Apollo program who tragically lost his life during a fire on the launching platform in 1967.

Rosina and Thomas are buried at Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Photograph by Jim Cox

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Travel Tuesday – Voyage to America

Yegerlehner, David and family - Ship manifest, 1851

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About halfway down the above ship manifest from the Northumberland which sailed from London to New York is the name David Jacalander. He sailed to America with his wife and three children: Madga, Christian, Rosena, and John. The ship arrived in New York on 26 April 1851. David and his family were natives of Switzerland. He was a weaver by trade. The rest of the page is filled with the names of Swiss immigrants of various trades: wheelwright, cooper, dyer, tailor, joiner, and mason. Perhaps the group was traveling together to the new world, to begin a new community. The reason for the emigration of the Jacalander family is unknown. A family legend speaks of the fear of impressment into the Prussian army.

While Jacalander is not a Swiss surname, Jegerlehner is. The Swiss are very protective of their heritage. Even today surnames are registered and can be located on the official Registry. Since the family departed Europe from London, likely the lowly English clerk did not understand the thick German Swiss accent when he recorded the family on the manifest. In America, David Jacalander became David Yegerlehner, the ancestor of all who share the name.

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Tombstone Tuesday – David Yegerlehner

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David Yegerlehner (originally Jegerlehner) was the immigrant ancestor of Roscoe’s family in America. David arrived with his wife, Magdalena, and three children, Christian, John and Rosina, in 1851. They were natives of Bern, Switzerland. While each of the three children settled in different areas of Indiana, David stayed with his eldest son Christian. When Christian bought land in Clay County, Indiana, David set up his carpet weaving shop across the road from the farm house.

David’s grandchildren erected this modern stone at the cemetery in his honor.


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Sunday’s Obituary – Floyd V. Yegerlehner

One of the people mentioned frequently in my grandparents’ letters is Floyd. Floyd was my grandfather’s youngest brother. Floyd was the outlier in the family.  All of his siblings were born relatively close together between the years 1897-1904. Floyd’s older siblings were born fairly regularly, 2-3 years apart.  My grandfather was born in 1904, and then, Floyd wasn’t born until 1911, almost 7 years later. My great grandmother Lovina was 35 when Floyd was born.  By modern measure, 35 isn’t that old. I had my youngest child when I was 38. I don’t know if there were any other pregnancies or miscarriages between the birth of my grandfather and my great uncle.  There is no left who remembers as their generation is gone.

I’m sure at some point I met my Great Uncle Floyd when I was little but I don’t remember.  When I first started with my genealogy obsession, I contacted Floyd.  He was the one who was actively searching the family’s genealogy.  We exchanged several letters in the mid to late 1990s. He passed on some great information he had gathered on some of the other branches of the family.  He gave me information on the Schwartz side of the family. My great, great grandfather Christian Yegerlehner married another Swiss ex-patriot named Elizabeth Schwartz. Floyd also passed on information on the descendants of John Yegerlehner and Rosina (Yegerlehner) McCormick, siblings of Christian. He also helped me to identify people in several photographs.

One thing that Floyd had searched for years to locate was the ship manifest.  We knew that the Yegerlehners had arrived in America around 1851. But Floyd was limited in his access to records.  He had to search the old fashioned way.  He had to travel to libraries and archives, hoping to find the right depository.  It wasn’t until after he died that Ancestry added digital images from ship’s manifests.  I did finally locate the manifest which had eluded Floyd for so long.  I wish he had been around for that discovery.

Letter transcription:

Tue 1715

Dear Mother-

I missed a letter today but I think it’s due to the change in address, etc. I got your letter with the letter about Carl Koon in it last night after I had written you. I’ll send it back and you can call him and have him take it to whomever he wants.

Since we are located where we are it isn’t so necessary that one has a car – it is only 2 blocks to the car line. I’m

I’m wondering if you might plan on coming down in a week or ten days. Maybe Ruth & Floyd would come over and get the kids or you & Dorothy or Lucille might take them over. We are pretty uncertain as to how long we might be here. Some have been here 10-12 weeks and some only 2-3. We could talk over the living down

(page 2) here business much better if you were here. You should plan on staying about one week at least so that almost let makes it out of the question for anyone to drive you down. They probably wouldn’t want to stay that long. Week-end is the best time since I have Sun. off. Only ever so often we have to be on duty Sun. I’ll find out. I know next Sun. is free but I don’t know about one week from Sun. yet.

You be thinking this thing over and let me know what you decide. I think the train would be better and of course a Pullman. I wish we had inquired as to the amount a Pullman cars.

Well, the above is food for thought

Love Daddy

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