Monday, October 13, 2014

George Bell Siders 1876-1965, my Clark Cousin - Ancestor #35

This is another article for the series "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks", a challenge by Amy Johnson Crow on No Story Too Small.

My plea, “Would Loreta Siders, Leone Siders, and James Siders, children of George Bell Siders whose mother was Drusilla Clark Siders whose sister was Jane Clark Brown, please contact me?  Let’s talk about your Grandma Drusilla.  According to my handy-dandy Steve Morse relationship calculator, your father, George, was my first cousin twice removed. You would be my second cousins twice removed.  But really, when you get down to it, we’re just cousins. Look forward to hearing from you soon.”

As of this writing, what I know about George Bell Siders was printed in the following obituary which I have transcribed:

George Bell Siders
    George Bell Siders, 89, of Hillsboro Rt. 2, died at 7:10 P.M. Sunday at Highland District Hospital.
    He was born near Belfast on Jan. 29, 1876, the son of John William and Drusilla Clark Siders.  He was a member of the May Hill Church of Christ.
    He is survived by his wife, Dottie B. Siders; two daughters, Mrs. Loreta Everetts, Hillsboro, and Mrs. Leone Shaw, Hillsboro Rt. 6; a son, James Siders, Chillicothe Rt. 6; a sister, Mrs. Lillie Smittle, Winchester, and a brother, Harvey Siders, Columbus; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
    Services will be held Wednesday at 2 P.M. at the May Hill Church of Christ, with Rev. Jay Eastman officiating.  Burial will follow in the Dunkard Ridge cemetery under direction of Rhoads Funeral Home.
    Friends may call at the Rhoads Funeral Home from 2 P.M. Tuesday until the time of services.

Source: The Press-Gazette, Hillsboro, Ohio.
Tuesday, Aug 17, 1965
Gleanings from George’s Obit
Wow, the 143 word obituary was quite revealing.  Is it all true?  On the off-chance I don’t hear from Loreta or Leone, I have a lot of research to do.  (I know, it has to be done anyway!)

  • First, middle, last name of deceased
  • Age, location of residence, date, time and place of death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Name of wife and parents including mother’s maiden name
  • Names and residence of daughters, sister, brother
  • Quantity of grand and great-grandchildren
  • Religion, name of church and reverend
  • Funeral home name
  • Cemetery name

Hillsboro, Highland County, Ohio
Belfast, Highland County, Ohio
Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio
Winchester, Adams County, Ohio
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio
Dunkard Ridge cemetery, Elmville, Highland County, Ohio


  • The Press-Gazette, Hillsboro, Ohio. Tuesday, Aug 17, 1965; third column from the right. via
  • Steve Morse

P.S. The grand and great-grandchildren of George B. Siders can also contact me.

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