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  • When we first moved to Aurora, we were aware that there were early settlers by the name of Jackson. My Husband’s paternal lineage was Jackson, but at the time, we did not have any more than a family bible to trace our roots to a James and Hanna(Porteus) Jackson. Recently we have found that James and Hannah originally lived in County Durham, England. Their ancestors were recorded as having lived there for as many generations as I have been able to go back. Other surnames in the paternal Jacskson family tree in England were Ramshaw, Stevenson, Porteus, Watson, Elliot, Cruddas, Heymer.Other names in the tree were from his grandmothers who married in the Jackson tree are Kellog, Duncan, and Davison to use. There are trees that connect Mary Sheldon to the Kelloggs, but I am having difficulty verifying this on my own. Is there anybody who might tell me if there is a relation between my husband’s ancestors into the ancestors of some of our early settlers. Thank you very much for any assistance you can give.

    Sincerely,

    Deborah L. Jackson
    179 Parkview Drive
    Aurora, Ohio

  • John Kudley

    We do not have any information. It would be better to contact the Solon Historical Society.

  • Judy Pettibone Skillicorn

    Do you know the person or persons that Pettibone Road was named after? My maiden name is Pettibone and I have never been able to find information on the history of Pettibone Road and its early Pettibones.

  • Ron Leslie

    I recently came upon a homeowners insurance policy for a John H. Avery dated July 3, 1925. The only address I can find is RFD 33 Aurora, OH. A house, silo, and 80 acres are covered under the $3,300 policy. Do you know anything about Mr. Avery?

    Thanks

  • Call John Kudley at the museum. Number is on the webpage.

  • We have a newspaper clipping about the club that once stood where the former Solon VFW hall was. It was on Pettibone Road by the railroad tracks.

  • Dolly

    As a child, my mom lived with her parents at Ms. Purgey’s Farm. Ms. Purgey lived upstairs and my mom and family lived downstairs in her house for years. This was probably around and in, the 1950’s. She owned well over 100 acres around her home. They lived on Chamberlain Road. She said it was a large white house with a wrap around porch. There was a couple of barns on the hill. The barn next to the house was turned into a church right next to them. We are trying to find information about that time period. What happened to Ms. Purgey? Are there any photos? Does her family still have the home and property? What was the address to the the home? and about anything else that we can find out about the area. My mom went to the High School nearby. Help please?

  • connie kuty

    Could I get some information on the once ARROW GAMBLING CLUB the was near the sea world property in the 1930.s

  • We have a great deal of info on the area as well as oral histories from residents. And an archive of Listening Posts

  • Hi,

    You could share the info by photographing the document without flash or take it out of the frame and scan or photocopy it. Our director would enjoy talking to you why not call us sometime or leave him you phone number.

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