in 52 Weeks
Sisters – 2x Great Aunts
I have three sisters and my mother has three sisters. Both my grandmother’s had two sisters. My two maternal great-grandmothers had five sisters, each. But, my two paternal great-grandmothers were short in the sister category, one had one and the other none! This week I highlight my maternal-maternal great-grandmothers’ sisters. I’ve previously written about my great-grandmother, Ella Rumple King, for last years week 10 prompt, Strong Woman. 
Ella Anne Rumple, 1869-1962
My great-grandmother, Ella Anne Rumple, was born in Van Wert County, OH in 1869. She was the second of three daughters born to her parents, William Rumple, 1839-1912, and Hannah Gilbert, 1844-1874.  Her father then had three more daughters with his second wife, Mary Ann Shock, 1845-1922. Ella married Homer King in 1890. They had 8 children: three daughters and 5 sons. Read more about the King children in my Week 14, 2021 post Great.
Ella and her five sisters were daughters of a farmer and they all married farmers. Also, they were all born in Van Wert or Mercer Counties, Ohio and all lived most of their lives in these counties.
Sarah Rumple, 1867-1938, was born in Van Wert Co., Ohio.  Sarah married Frank Stetler in July of 1891. Sarah and Frank had a large family, four sons and 5 daughters. They have many descendants alive today and several of those I have met online through DNA matching. Sarah died of heart disease at 70 ½ years old.
Alma Rumple, 1879-1968, was born in Van Wert Co., Ohio.  Alma married Charles Brunstetter in June of 1903. Alma and Charles had no children of their own, but they shared two nieces who were the daughters of Alma’s sister Vada and Charles’ brother Clarence.
Vada Rumple, 1883-1966, was born in Mercer Co., Ohio.  Vada married Clarence Brunstetter in June of 1907. Vada and Clarence had two daughters. I am not aware of any DNA matches for me among her descendants, but she had at least 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Many of her descendants would have the surname Duff or Topp.
Maggie Rumple, 1890-1965, was born in Mercer Co., Ohio.  Maggie married Charles Morrow in 1911. Maggie and Charles had three sons and three daughters. Sadly, the sons died when they were infants. After Charles’ death in 1932, Maggie moved to Los Angeles where she lived the rest of her life with her daughter Wilma.
I did not know any of my great-grandmothers sisters. But, my mother knew them when she was growing up, particularly Sarah Rumple Stetler. My mother, with her grandmother, would visit Sarah for extended stays and my mother got to know many of her second cousins during these visits. I’m sure my mother would enjoy hearing from, and receiving photos from, the descendants of her ‘Stetler‘ cousins. Below are photos of my mother with her sisters in 1995 and one of me with my sisters in 1977.
- Blog post, Family Finds: Strong Woman; https://barblafara.com/strong-woman/
- Profile of Ella Anne Rumple, ‘Osborn‘ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5107441017/facts
- Profile of Sarah Rumple, ‘Osborn‘ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5109058429/facts
- Profile of Emma Rumple, ‘Osborn‘ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5109058431/facts
- Profile of Alma Rumple, ‘Osborn‘ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5109058432/facts
- Profile of Vada Rumple, ‘Osborn‘ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/12164306039/facts
- Profile of Maggie Rumple, ‘Osborn‘ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/12164287488/facts
Born Takeo Furukawa on 15 March 1883 in Tottori-Ken, Tokyo, Japan, little is documented of his early childhood. Family oral history stories say that the young Takeo experienced hunger, poverty and the loss of his family. Additionally, the stories tell of friendship, spiritual learning and scholarship.
My great grandfather, David Louis Osborne, lived at over 20 addresses around Indianapolis between 1876 and 1942. I thought it would be interesting to see all the old buildings and homes where he lived in my hometown of Indianapolis.
My great grandfather, David Louis Osborne (1848-1942), was a widower with two young sons in 1886 when he married Jennie Warbington (1857-1918) in Minneapolis on the 27th of May. I decided it was time to put sources to the story.
While working on a family photo project I decided it would be fun to compare side-by-side my father and his parents, at similar ages, to try and discover a family resemblance.
Jesse King was born in Ohio (probably in the vicinity of Chillicothe) in 1805, he was a son of Philip King and Mary Leah Wright, both of Pennsylvania. Philip King was a farmer, he married Leah Wright in 1801 in Somerset, PA, they had six children, of whom Jesse was the third.
A handwritten letter from Sarah Tucker Lafary to the then president of the United States, Grover Cleveland. It was her last appeal for a War of 1812 pension, sadly the pension was denied. The letter gives a glimpse of a woman who had no formal education, a poor farmers wife, then widow, mother of nine, she probably just wanted some independence through an income of her own.
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 2: Challenge
So much about genealogy research is a challenge, perhaps the most common challenge is the ‘brick wall,’ meet Sarah Smith. 18?? – 1846
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 3: Unusual Name
The surnames in my tree are typical of common western European names. However, the name that is unusual among these names is MY surname: LaFara.
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 6: Surprise!
Just when you think you know everything about an ancestor, surprise! I thought I knew most everything about my paternal great grandfather David L. Osborne, 1848-1942.
For all of us who are procrastinating about labeling photos I have one thing to say, “Be considerate of the genealogist of the future!” My maternal grandmother was very good about labeling old family photos, and there is one, in particular, I found very informative.
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 10: Bachelor Uncle
My uncles are the marrying kind, sometimes more than once!
I had to go back four generations for a bachelor uncle, my great-great-great uncle Conrad Rumple, 1833-1911.
Conrad was an older brother to my great-great grandfather on my matrilineal line, William Rumple, 1839-1912.
My great-great grandparents, George Lafary and Catherine Landon, had a relatively small family, three of their six children survived to adulthood. However, they both came from large families of nine siblings and nearly all survived to marry and have children.
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 13: In The Paper
It’s fun to find articles in the paper mentioning one of my relatives. Mostly they are birth, marriage, divorce and death events. But, it’s the oddball articles in the papers I like the most.
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 14: Brick Wall
We all have a brick wall, that one ancestor who defies all research. I decided I would work at my brick walls by generation, I broke through the last of my 3rd great grandparent brick walls, now I am working on 4th great grandparents.
I realized I did not have a date of death for my great, great grandmother, Catherine Landon Lafary. A fresh search uncovered the date and much more. Out of place, but once discovered, everything fell into place.
I have many favorite photos among my collection of family artifacts. Currently, my favorite photo is of two little children from 1916 who were a complete mystery to me until last spring.