Archive for July, 2016

Family Bibles

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

My sister, Judy Maravich, has three Family Bibles.  The family records pages of each book  have been scanned and uploaded for your review.  The Bibles follow the Poe line of Nancy Ann Poe to her daughter, Mollie Ebert, and to Mollie’s daughter and my grandmother, Dalena Trimble.

The Bibles

(1)     George Washington Ebert and Nancy Ann Poe

(2)    John A Trimble and Mary Ann (Mollie) Ebert

(3)    Francis M Nash and Mary Magdalena McClelland Trimble


The condition of each of the books is poor.  The oldest Bible dated 1845 belonged to George W Ebert and Nancy Ann Poe.  It has been restored professionally.   During its restoration the back cover was used as the front and a simple leather covered binding was added to the back.  The family records pages are intact and have been scanned for your review.


The family records pages of the Mollie Ebert Bible have been removed.  The Bible was dated 1855.


The third Bible, the Delena Trimble Bible, has been held together by a belt for many years.  The cover and opening pages through the Title page are missing but the family records are intact.





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Bio of Rev Adam Poe

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Bio on Rev Adam Poe by Melissa Stangeland

Several years ago I was contacted by a woman researching her Poe relatives.  She had discovered my website by doing a search for Rev. Adam Poe.  Her interest was in the article I wrote called “The Preacher’s Note” regarding one statement about Adam Poe and his brother’s work in the grain business before Adam went into the ministry.  She wanted a source document to use for a book she was working on regarding Rev. Adam Poe, her great-great-great grandfather.  The source document was passed on to her for her research.  Her book has been published.


Melissa Stangeland’s book, Adam Poe: Evangelist and Faithful Servant, is an assemblage of images, letters, newspaper articles, and analysis which paint a sharp portrait of the life of Reverend Adam Poe, her triple great grandfather and circuit rider for the Episcopal Methodist Church.  Her emphasis is on the man and his works against a vivid background of local and national events from the date of his calling in 1823 till his death in 1868. 


The old-time circuit riders were a fascinating bunch.  Their ministries were lonely and sometimes dangerous.  With saddlebags filled with Bibles, they traveled by horseback through wilderness and frontier towns preaching fire and brimstone in people’s cabins, in fields, on street corners, and later  in meeting houses.  Circuits were measured in miles and days.  Ms Stangeland writes about the general hardships in the life of a circuit rider and the specific difficulties endured by Rev Adam Poe.  Although Rev Adam Poe was primarily a pioneer evangelist in the newly formed state of Ohio, Ms Stangeland also covered his travels by steamboat to Texas, Kansas, and Nebraska before they were states.  Rev Adam Poe also traveled east, by rail, to attend to church business in Niagara Falls, New York City, and Washington, DC.  It is safe to say that few, if any, Episcopal Methodist Church circuit riders have been so completely documented “from cradle to grave”.  If the Episcopal Methodist Church had a frequent traveler program, Rev Adam Poe’s miles ridden would have earned lifetime benefits.


I find this book particularly interesting because Rev Adam Poe spent time in Georgetown, PA where he reportedly received his call to serve his church.  Georgetown was the base of the far famed Poe steamboat men.  This suggests a closer relationship between two branches of the dispersed Poe family than I have been able to find.  Were it not for this book, details of Rev Adam Poe’s time in Georgetown would remain unknown to me.  From her writing, I also learned that Rev Adam Poe was my 1st cousin 4 times removed.  Whether Rev Adam Poe or his son or nephews were transported on the western rivers by steamboats owned by their Georgetown cousins is a continuing mystery.  Whether Rev Adam Poe was spiritually influenced by Elizabeth Hephner,, wife of his uncle who was credited with starting the Episcopal Methodist church in Georgetown, is a second mystery to be unraveled.   



Author Mellissa Stangeland’s Business Card

This book touches upon issues of continuing relevance – offering a powerful historical lesson for our time – the dangers of racism, intolerance, and the slow pace of social progress.  A staunch abolitionist, Rev Adam Poe’s feelings were deeply held.  The stirring tales recorded and interpreted by Ms Stangeland may be read for entertainment or enlightenment.  From either viewpoint Rev Adam Poe’s life, as depicted in these historical accounts, makes each tale one of absorbing interest. With its twenty-four pages of endnotes, references and sources, and thorough index, Adam Poe: Evangelist and Faithful Servant, will serve as a unique reference book for scholars of the history of the Methodist movement. 




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Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

One-hundred-sixty years ago the first ever Republican National Convention was held in Pittsburgh at Lafayette Hall (on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Wood Street).


Washington, D.C., January 17, 1856
“To the Republicans of the United States:
In accordance with what appears to be the general desire of the Republican Party, and at the suggestion of a large portion of the Republican Press, the undersigned, chairmen of the State Republican Committees of Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania,… Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, & Wisconsin, hereby invite the Republicans of the Union to meet in informal convention at Pittsburgh, on the 22nd February, 1856, for the purpose of perfecting the National Organization, and providing for a National Delegate Convention of the Republican Party, at some subsequent day, to nominate candidates for the Presidency and Vice-Presidency, to be supported at the election in November, 1856.”




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Forbes Field Memory

Friday, July 8th, 2016



For those of you with long memories, look at the Pittsburgh Baseball Club ticket stub closely.  It is dated 5 Sep 1958.  George (Red) Witt enjoying a career year with the Pirates was the starting pitcher that Friday night.  As best I recall, he pitched a shutout.  I cannot recall the opposing team.  It was either Cincinnati or San Francisco.


Pittsburgh Pirates Ticket Stub – Roof Box dated 5 Sep 1958 (F Nash Collection)







What I do recall is the is the magnificent view from the third deck – Box 318.  It was the only time I ever sat in a roof box in Forbes Field.



Addendum.  Mr Pat Dunsey corrected my faulty memory saying: 


Bill Virdon Topps 1959 (F Nash Collection)


FYI, Baseball Almanac sez game was 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Braves, with Bill Virdon aka “The Quail” hitting a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th.  Would think that was memorable!

Witt did go 10 for the win, scattering 5 hits and holding Aaron and Matthews hitless.

$55 for a ticket?,  That’s like a $3520 in 2016 funny money!  La ti freakin’ da!








Addendum II.


Forbes Field Roof Box (Cover of the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph (Collection of F Nash))

The cover of the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph Sunday magazine section called Pictorial Living showed the roof box seats at Forbes Field.  This magazine dated 5 Jul 1959, was a souvenir edition for the All-Star game played at Forbes field on 7 Jul 1959.  The National League won 5—4.  Elroy Face, Smoky Burgess, Bill Mazeroski, and Dick Groat represented the home town.  None were starters.












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