Genealogy: Other People’s Branches

I have come across something that is not associated with my tree, however, someone within my tree had a wealth of genealogical references without knowing it at the time.  My Pawpaw (Alex Taraczkozy) was responsible for the funeral fund at the mines where he worked for (at least) a couple of years.  He kept the disbursements notated in a funeral directors memo book.


So, I am going to put the information here (verified the names through ancestry by plugging in the vital statistics).  I am as sure as one can be when using ancestry as to the accuracy of the information typed.

Before I start though, I would like to note how amazingly diverse Pawpaw’s workforce was at that time.  If you look at the place of birth, in many instances these folks were immigrants.

If you are a relative of any of the people noted below and you would like the actual page, with a little proof as to your identity or maybe a phone call, I would be more than happy to forward you the page for your own records.

These pages are in the order they appear in the memo book.


Alex Shumik, DOB: Jan 1885 / DOD: 25 Dec 1951 / Place of Death: Glen Rogers, WV



Pete Rodniff, DOB: Apr 1894 / DOD: 3 Mar 1952 / Place of Death: Beckley Hospital, Beckley, WV



Danny Mark Gunnoe, DOB: Still Birth / DOD: 16 Apr 1952 / Place of Death: Glen Rogers WV



Frank Grdich (yep, spelled that way), DOB: 5 Jun 1873, DOD: 31 Jul 1952 / Place of Death: Beckley, WV



Dan Puvar, DOB: 10 Aug 1895, DOD: 5 Sep 1952 / Place of Death: Beckley Hospital, Beckley, WV



David Eugene Smith, DOB: 30 Aug 1952, DOD: 3 Dec 1952 / Place of Death: Glen Rogers, WV



John Tomkas, DOB: 5 Jun 1886, DOD: 6 Jan 1953, Place of Death: Wyoming General Hospital, WV



Frank Hoder, DOB: 20 Sep 1883, DOD: 9 Feb 1953, Place of Death: en route to Beckley Hospital, Beckley, WV



Omelian Page, DOB: 17 Jul 1886, DOD: 1 Nov 1952, Place of Death: Pinecrest, Beckley, WV



John Bodo Sr, DOB: 15 Dec 1873, DOD: 22 Feb 1953, Place of Death: Glen Rogers, WV



Perry Lafferty, DOB: 30 Nov 1880, DOD: 28 Jul 1953, Place of Death: Beckley Hospital, Beckley, WV



Coy Keaton Hendricks, DOB: 2 Dec 1928, DOD: 1 Mar 1952, Place of Death: Glen Rogers, WV



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