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Geraldine Thomasson Papers - MS 1158

Introduction | Biographical Sketch | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

 Introduction

The Geraldine Thomasson Papers consists of genealogical research files, newspaper clippings, legal documents, and photographs relating to various branches of Geraldine Thomasson’s family. This collection was donated to the Center for Archival Collections by the Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society on November 29, 2010.

No restrictions exist on the use of this collection. Duplication may be permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. The register was completed by undergraduate student assistant Emily Schoenlein in June 2012, with revisions by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts.

 Biographical Sketch

The materials contained in this collection were compiled by Geraldine Emma (Cox) Thomasson (1922-2011). Geraldine, known as Geri, was born on July 23, 1922 in Bradner, Ohio. She was the daughter of L.Z. Cox and Laura Bell (Fox). She had six brothers and one sister: LeRoy, Paul, Richard, Clarence, Carl, Ralph, and Doris (Steinmetz).

Geri attended Risingsun High School and graduated in 1940. After graduating, she worked at H.J. Heinz Co. in Bowling Green, Ohio where she packed K-Rations during World War II. She went on to work for Autolite, White Front Supermarket, and Ex-Cello until she retired in 1987. She also owned and operated Geri's Cake Shop for 20 years. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and was a former Sunday school teacher and member of the XYZ Group at the Church.

Geri had four daughters and one son: Susan, Billie Jean, Becky, Evie, and Thomas. She also had thirteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. She died on February 12, 2011 in Fostoria, Ohio.

 Scope and Content

The Geraldine Thomasson Papers consists of research material compiled by Geraldine Thomasson related to the history of her family. Represented families include: Baker, Barr, Conry, Cox, Dawson, Deck, Foster, Fox, Gorrill, Hummon, Jones, Morey, Root, Ross, Scoville, Steinmetz, Upton, Ward, Warner, and Wickham families. Included in the collection are correspondences, family subject files, research notes, reminisces and diaries, legal documents, newspaper clippings, maps, certificates, booklets and other printed material, and photographs.

The family subject files, copies of legal documents and photographs make up a majority of the collection. The subject files contain a great deal of information about various members of the family and include detailed pedigree charts. The legal documents include a variety of information such as deeds, birth certificates, death records, and marriage certificates. Also included is the complete last will of Doris Steinmetz, Geraldine’s sister, and related information and documents. The photographs contain pictures of many generations of the family as well as family reunions and events.

 Series Description

CORRESPONDENCE

CORRESPONDENCE – FOX AND JONES FAMILIES
1896
Arranged chronologically
A series of letters between members of the Fox and Jones families.

CORRESPONDENCE – MISCELLANEOUS
1911, 1985
Arranged chronologically
Correspondence between various members of the family.

SUBJECT FILES

FAMILY SUBJECT FILES
Arranged alphabetically
Family subject files containing genealogical information about the Baker, Barr, Conry, Cox, Dawson, Deck, Foster, Fox, Gorrill, Hummon, Jones, Morey, Root, Ross, Scoville, Steinmetz, Upton, Ward, Warner, and Wickham families.

LITERARY PRODUCTIONS

RESEARCH NOTES
A notebook of Fox family genealogy containing ancestral information, birthdays, death dates, marriages, and children for members of the Fox family dating back to the 1500s.

REMINISCES
Handwritten reminisces of "My first memories," author unknown, as well as a "Schoolday memories" notebook belonging to Geraldine Thomasson.

MEMOIRS AND DIARIES
A notebook with diary entries, to-do lists, etc. and an address book, author unknown for both.

LEGAL DOCUMENTS

LEGAL DOCUMENTS
Various legal documents regarding the Cox family, including court material and a sales contract for a headstone.

DEEDS
Various deeds including real estate deeds and John Foster’s farm deed.

BIRTH CERTIFICATES/DEATH RECORDS
Birth certificates and death records of various members of the family.

MARRIAGE/DIVORCE CERTIFICATES
Marriage and divorce certificates of various members of the family.

WILLS
Includes the last will and testament of Doris Steinmetz and related documents.

SCRAPBOOKS AND SCRAPBOOK MATERIAL

NEWSCLIPPINGS
Newspaper clippings including birth and marriage announcements, obituaries, and other information regarding various members of the family.

MAPS, CHARTS, DIAGRAMS, GRAPHS, LISTS, ETC.

MAPS
Maps of cemeteries in Toledo connected to the family including Forest Cemetery, Toledo Memorial Park, and Woodlawn Cemetery.

PRINTED MATERIAL

BOOKS
Copies of excerpts from the Foster-Fox family book, and Etiquette for Little Folks book.

CERTIFICATES
Grade cards, school certificates, and miscellaneous certificates given to or pertaining to various members of the family.

PRINTED MATERIAL
Various graduation invitations, funeral cards, memorial programs, birth announcements, and wedding invitations and material.

BOOKLETS
Booklets regarding the DeVilbiss Company, the Medina Baptist Church, the Lucy Wolcott Barnum Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Methodist Church in Fostoria, Ohio and a consecration service at Wesley Methodist Church.

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL

PHOTOGRAPHS
Photographs of various members of the family including the Cox brothers, a Hummon funeral, and several family reunions.

 Inventory

Box 1

Folders
  1. Correspondence – Fox and Jones families
  2. Correspondence – misc.
  3. Baker family
  4. Barr family
  5. Conry family
  6. Conry family
  7. Conry family
  8. Conry family
  9. Conry/Ward family – including maps
  10. Cox family
  11. Cox family
  12. Cox family
  13. Cox family
  14. Cox family
  15. Cox family
  16. Cox family
  17. Cox family
  18. Cox family
  19. Cox family
  20. Cox family
  21. Cox family
  22. Cox/Foster family
  23. Cox/Root family
  24. Cox/Scoville family

Box 2

Folder
  1. Foster family
  2. Foster family
  3. Foster family
  4. Foster family
  5. Foster family
  6. Fox family
  7. Fox family
  8. Gorrill family
  9. Hummon/Deck family
  10. Jones family
  11. Jones family
  12. Morey/Dawson family
  13. Root family
  14. Root family
  15. Root family
  16. Root/Hummon/Deck family
  17. Ross/Upton family
  18. Scoville family
  19. Scoville family
  20. Scoville family
  21. Scoville family
  22. Scoville family
  23. Scoville family
  24. Scoville/Root family

Box 3

Folders
  1. Steinmetz family
  2. Ward family
  3. Ward family
  4. Warner family
  5. Wickham family
  6. Wickham family
  7. Wickham family
  8. Fox family genealogy – research notebook
  9. Family reminisces – “My first memories”
  10. “Schoolday Memories” notebook – Geraldine
  11. Unknown notebook/journal
  12. Unknown address book

Box 4

Folders
  1. Cox legal documents
  2. Farm deed – John Foster
  3. Deeds
  4. Birth/death records
  5. Birth/death records
  6. Birth/marriage/divorce records and will
  7. Birth/marriage/death records/certificates
  8. Birth/marriage/death records/certificates
  9. Marriage/death records/certificates
  10. Marriage records/certificates
  11. Death records
  12. Marriage certificate

Box 5

Folders
  1. Newspaper clippings
  2. Newspaper clippings
  3. Newspaper clippings – Will Carleton
  4. Newspaper clippings – Doris Steinmetz
  5. Newspaper clippings – obituaries
  6. Newspaper clippings – obituaries
  7. Maps – cemeteries
  8. Excerpts from Foster-Fox book
  9. Book – Etiquette for Little Folks
  10. Grade cards and certificates
  11. Certificates
  12. Wedding material/invitations
  13. Wedding material/invitations
  14. Wedding material/invitations
  15. Funeral cards
  16. Booklets – DeVilbiss Company history, Lucy Wolcott Barnum Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
  17. Booklets – An Historical Sketch of Medina Baptist Church, History of the Methodist Church in Fostoria, Ohio, Consecration Service (Wesley Methodist Church, 12/7/1980

Box 6

Folders
  1. Photograph – Cox brothers
  2. Photographs – Cox family
  3. Photographs – Foster family
  4. Photographs – Fox family
  5. Photographs – Hummon funeral, 10/24/1985
  6. Photographs – Steinmetz family
  7. Photographs – headstones
  8. Photographs – misc.
  9. Photographs – misc.
  10. Photographs – misc.
  11. Photographs – misc.
  12. Photographs – misc.
  13. Photographs – misc.
  14. Photographs – misc.
  15. Photographs – misc.
  16. Photographs – misc.
  17. Photograph – Cox family reunion, 1927

Oversized

  1. 6 Photographs

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