Travelling out to Ohio yesterday, I decided to do a little family history detective work. I took the kids on a side trip to Butler, PA, which is where my dad’s side of the family hails from. Using some info that my cousin Shari found, as well as some I tracked down on my own, I found this building, where my grandfather was born.
Yes, it’s now a paint store, next to a garage and a parking lot. I’ll have to ask around to see if there are any vintage-1900 photos of it anywhere.
Another spot I was looking for was the Beulah Baptist Church cemetary, about five miles out of town. This is where, in 1893, my great-great grandfather was buried. His name was Benjamin J. Lackey, and he was a civil war veteran. We drove up and down the remote road where it supposedly was:
Somewhere between there and here
Was where, but there wasn’t a trace of it visible from the roadside. Farmland, woods, and very recent housing are all we could see. I hope one of these new homeowners isn’t about to get a Poltergeist moment!
Claire took more pictures of downtown Butler, which isn’t a bad-looking burg at all. Some very distinguished older buildings in the tidy and active downtown, and two music stores!
Watch for more live blogging from our Ohio vacation in the days to come!