Day 14 – Our Last Moments in Findlay

Today was the first day the Hancock Historical Museum was open – lucky us, this was our rainy day, a perfect time to spend indoors. We entered the museum not expecting too much after our quasi-successful day at the library yesterday. But boy, did we encounter a font of information stored in the head of Mark, our museum host. He knew everything about early Findlay, Ohio.

We asked him about the conditions of life during the 1880s because our great grandfather, E. Cloyd Marvin died very early (age 51) of lung cancer. In his June 1909 letter written from Riverside, CA to his mother-in-law in Findlay, Cloyd mentioned that he was still feeling ill – giving us the impression that he had moved out to California to breathe cleaner air and heal.

Mark told us that Findlay experienced an oil and gas boom during the 1880s and the place was extremely polluted – gas burned off for months at a time and oil explosions occurred regularly. Oil spills on the ground and into the water table were common. That, plus the fact that E. Cloyd Marvin was in a business with his brother that involved a lot of machinery (planers, plows, ditch diggers, etc.) probably spewing a lot of pollutants into his lungs.

Following our visit to the Hancock Historical Museum, we made another visit to the Marvin mausoleum to take some better photos. This time, we tethered the camera and reached inside the mausoleum side window to see if we could take some photos of what is behind the stone door. Looking at the photos was like opening King Tut’s tomb. Here’s a post of what we found. It sounds macabre, but it was pretty cool.

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Oh, and another visit to a different cemetery – Van Horn Cemetery – to visit the grave site of a G4 grandfather, James Twining. Here is his connection to us: Hallie’s Mother is Gertrude Heck Marvin, and her mother is Elmyra Twining Heck. Elmyra Twining’s father is James Twining.

Today we bring our Marvin, Heck, Kelley, Twining visit in Findlay, Ohio to a close. Tomorrow, we’re off to Indiana to explore the Murray side of the family.



  1. Exciting! I am sure there were more tombs in the mausoleum until you grave robbers got there. But it was for the family so I will not call the police. :-)
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Love following your journey! Can’t wait to read more. Travel well!

    1. Thanks, Kathy. We’re having such a great time. Glad you’re enjoying the posts.

    1. So far, it has been an amazing experience. We are finding family member grave sites going back 5 generations. Some of the headstones can hardly be read. We went to two cemeteries today that were so remote and so antiquated, I could hardly believe what I was seeing. One was tucked away in a stand of trees just off a narrow rural road. This is an experience I’ll never forget…

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