The Fayette County Genealogical Society held its annual Lineage Society Dinner and Induction Ceremony at Pickerton House in Washington Court House on May 16, catered by Jason Gilmore.
New members were inducted who had proven their relationship to ancestors in their family tree who make them eligible for membership in any of three linage societies of the Fayette County Genealogical Society. The First Families of Fayette County is open to individuals who can prove his/her relationship to an ancestor or ancestors who resided in Fayette County by Dec. 31, 1820.
The Century Families of Fayette County is open to individuals who can prove his/her relationship to an ancestor or ancestors who lived in Fayette County by Dec. 31, 1916. The Civil War Families of Fayette County is open to anyone who can prove their relationship to an ancestor or ancestors who served in the Civil War, either Union or Confederate, who served between April 12, 1861, and April 18, 1865, and must have served out of Fayette County or resided in Fayette County. Service need not have been with an Ohio unit.
Ancestors who can be proven to have been squirrel hunters, spies, those documented as civil service and female ancestors, such as nurses, can also make individuals eligible for this society.
The Society had two inductees this season for the First Families of Fayette County. Our first inductee to First Families was Sarah Senath Rankin. She proved her ancestry to early Fayette County settler Thomas Rankin 1813. Our second inductee to First Families was Jack K. Webb. He proved his ancestry to John Baldwin 1811 and Jonah Baldwin 1820.
There were four inductees into the Century Families of Fayette County. Sarah Senath Rankin proved her ancestry to Richard Post Rankin 1916. Kitturah Beatrice Westenhouser proved her ancestry to Leona Beatrice Oswald Lutes 1912. Father and son Graham and Bryan Roberts proved their ancestry to Charles Ryan 1910, Charles Ryan 1920, and Margery Ryan 1920.
For the Civil Families Of Fayette County there were three inductees. Sarah Senath Rankin proved her ancestry to Thomas Rankin of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry (1861-1862). Father and son Graham and Bryan Roberts proved their ancestry to Edward Rollins USCT 5th Infantry Co A. The Society congratulates these inductees for all their hard work on their personal search of family history and their contribution to the history of Fayette County.
Anyone interested in membership concerning induction into the First Families of Fayette County, Century Families of Fayette County, or Civil War Families or who may have any other questions concerning the Lineage Societies should contact Cathy Massie White, lineage chair, at [email protected] or 740-333-7227. Questions concerning membership in the Society, or research may be directed to Cathy Massie White, or president Sue Gilmore at [email protected], or 614-864-9609, or Peggy Lester, research chair, at [email protected], or 740-495-5720.