Monthly Archives: December 2015

Maria Elizabeth Harnish 1841-1898

Maria Elizabeth Harnish 1841-1898

Maria Harnish Overhotlzer

Maria (pronounced Mariah) Elizabeth Harnish was my great grandmother.  She was born April 19, 1841 in Lancaster, PA and died February 7, 1898 in Covina, CA.  She was the daughter of Michael Kendig Harnish and Ann Graeff.  Both of her parents were also born in Lancaster, PA and were of German descent.  She was the third of five children.
Maria married Samuel Ashton Overholtzer November 4, 1858 at Mt. Carroll, IL.  Samuel and Maria had 13 children.   Their first child, John Ezra was born in Mt. Carroll, IL on January 29, 1860 and only lived a few weeks dying on March 5, 1860.

Samuel Ashton Overholtzer 1837-1900

Samuel Ashton Overholtzer 1837-1900

Samuel Overholtzer

This is my great grandfather, Samuel Ashton Overholtzer, the son of Jacob A Overholtzer and Catherine Anglemire, both of German descent.  He was born March 3, 1837 in Lancaster, PA and died on April 14, 1900 in Covina, CA.  The Overholtzers/Oberholters were a multi-generational family that practiced the Church of the Brethren faith that was a derivative of the Mennonites.  Many Overholtzers were deeply involved in the church and in education.  My great grandfather’s family were mostly farmers.

 

A Christmas Favorite

A Christmas Favorite

Joy and Jana with Santa

 

Christmas is upon us and I thought that I would post my all time favorite Christmas photo.  This is me with my niece Jana Marie Richards.  Can you guess which one is me?  If you chose the interesting and fashionable little girl that screamed fashion with her coordinated striped skirt, fetching blazer and saddle shoes, you would be correct.  I am trying to distract you from the look on my face that reveals a lot about who I was then and still am now.  You might conclude that I had a look of disdain on my face as I appeared to look at my niece who was obviously hogging the entire Santa lap and center of the picture while I was exiled onto the arm of the chair.  You may be correct as I was the baby of five children in my family…until….the first grandchild arrived when I was only 3.  There is something all wrong with that as you can see by my face.  Yet, knowing what type of person I am and traits that I have and even displayed at a very young age, that look may mean something completely different.  You see, I am a “big picture” person with a very critical eye.  I hope that you can see Santa’s face.  I’m not sure exactly where they found him but it looks as though he has a black eye and hangover from too much Christmas ‘nog’.  I may be eyeing the entire situation and deciding whether Santa is responsible enough to be holding a small child.  Notice my crossed arms.  Santa isn’t going to touch me and in some small way, I’m sure that I was very glad that Jana was born so I didn’t have to deal with Santa up close and personal that year.