I’m following another line on my paternal side. Specifically I am looking at the Gang/Dickson family. This is my father’s father’s mother’s mother’s family. I am looking that my 2nd great grandmother Susan C. Gang Snyder’s parents. The parents are Joseph Gang and Sarah Dickson.
Right now I am trying to figure out what I can about my 3rd great grandmother Sarah E. Dickson. In 1880 she was listed in the census with her husband Joseph and daughter Susan. The whole family is listed as born in Ohio. Joseph and Sarah show their parents also listed as born in Ohio. There is also a Wilkison Reed listed as part of the family. Instead of son or daughter it says adopted. His birth is Penn. The census appears to be filled out by the enumerator for most entries. Wilkison does not appear on future records connected to the family.
In the 1900 census I learn Sarah and Joseph married in 1876. She was born February 1859. So she was about 17 when she married. Wilkison has a birthdate around 1873. He may be a mystery for a bit as I still have a lot to search for on this line. This census also says Sarah was able to read and write. This will be important when comparing a later record. Susan also is gone from the family home. Now we have 4 children all under 20 living with Sarah and Joseph. They are Ida May 19, Lyda B. 17, Isaac D. 12, Godie B. 8. That 1890 census would be so useful right now.
There is some conflicting information in the 1910 census for Joseph. It now says his parents were born in Germany. This does make sense since his 83 year old mother Catherine now lives with them and it lists her birthplace as Germany. Two children still live at home: Denver 22 and Charles J 7. There are three borders living with them: Samuel Noice 21, James Smith 52, and James Sullivan 38. At some point I will need to investigate Samuel Noice. My paternal grandmother was born Loretta Noice, this may be another family connection. Another fact listed is that of seven children born six are still living.
Joseph and Sarah are still together in 1920. All these years they have been living in the Fairfield County are of Ohio. Their sons Denver I 32 and Charles 19 are still around. Daughter Goldie Cost 28 and her son Paul R. Cost 6 are living in the home also. They had four borders living in the home with them: Nathan Farrow 66, Harry Holsman 40, Paul Thimnes 22, and Archie George 22. They must have been doing well at the time because they had a live in servant; Minnie Rosemeyer 66. Joseph and Denver were both plumbers. Regarding Sarah again it says her parents were both born in Ohio and she was able to read and write.
The record that I came across that is causing issues that I am investigating is New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957. On this record a Sara Gang arrived in the US on May 7th 1921 just one year after the last census. This Sara was also born in 1859. On this form Sara was detained but finally admitted. The cause of detention was listed as “LPC Un read PH D.” Thanks to the genealogy community on Twitter I learned this means likely public charge, unable to read, and physical deformity. Nothing in the census files, especially 1920 makes me think she would be listed as a public charge. She has consistently shown as able to read and write. Also on the record it says she was part of a group of 6, none of the group is named to any known family. After reviewing all of the known information I can’t accept this record as belonging to my Sarah Gang.
Now in her 70s Sarah is a widow and sharing her home with only two borders, Harry Holtzman and Finn Hyle. Joseph died February 14, 1929. He is buried in section L at Forest Rose Cemetery in Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio. A year later on May 22 1931 Sarah died. She is buried with her husband.
- Year: 1880; Census Place: Walnut, Pickaway, Ohio; Roll: 1058; Page: 424A; Enumeration District: 221
- Year: 1900; Census Place: Lancaster Ward 3, Fairfield, Ohio; Page: 8; Enumeration District: 0013; FHL microfilm: 1241265
- Year: 1910; Census Place: Lancaster Ward 4, Fairfield, Ohio; Roll: T624_1179; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0069; FHL microfilm: 1375192
- Year: 1920; Census Place: Lancaster Ward 4, Fairfield, Ohio; Roll: T625_1378; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 22
- Year: 1921; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 2962; Line: 10; Page Number: 224
- Year: 1930; Census Place: Lancaster, Fairfield, Ohio; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0020; FHL microfilm: 2341525
- Ohio, Death Records, 1908-1932, 1938-2007
- Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 05 February 2020), memorial page for Joseph Gang (1855–1929), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89181903, citing Forest Rose Cemetery, Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Natalie Herdman (contributor 46483234) .
- Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 05 February 2020), memorial page for Sarah Dickson Gang (19 Feb 1858–22 May 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89181896, citing Forest Rose Cemetery, Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Natalie Herdman (contributor 46483234) .
- Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1774-1973
- Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993