FAMILY GENEALOGY
JOURNEY TO RECLAIM MY HERITAGE

ROSEMARIE GOOD, daughter of Arthur and Florence Steinmetz Good married CLAUDE IRVIN SLIFE...thus I have made her part of this page due to the amount of information and photographs...she is a part of the Good and Slife family lines.

Rosemarie Good Slife (1st cousin) was born Sep. 25, 1906 in Dayton, OH and died Mar. 15, 1973 also in Dayton, Ohio.



Her obituary reads:

Mrs. Rosemarie (Good) Slife, age 66, of 517 Karns Av., Vandalia, passed away Thursday at her residence after a lengthy illness. Survived by her husband Claude Irvin Slife, 3 daughters, Mrs. Catherine L. Jones, Augusta GA, Florence Eileen Wells, Dayton, Mrs. Marie R. Elmore, West Carrollton: 6 sons, William Arthur Slife of Oakland, CA, Claude Andrew Slife, Carl R. Slife , Louis A., all of Dayton,James E. Slife Englewood, Richard A., LaHabra CA, 26 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. She had retired from the Elder Beerman Co. after 20 years. Funeral services 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Tobias Funeral Home. Pastor Edwin Pellett officiating. Interment Willow View Cemetery

Rosemarie married Claude Irvin Slife, he was born Apr. 10, 1905 in Dayton, OH and died also in Dayton on Jun. 19, 1987.

They are buried at Willow View Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.



Claude was the son of William Edward Slife and Sara Jane Frieszell Slife.

William Edward Slife was born Apr. 24, 1880, Saint Marys, Auglaize County, Ohio and died Dec. 26, 1952 in Dayton, Ohio.





Obituary from the Dayton Daily newspaper:

William E. Slife, 72, a former plant patrolman at the Frigidaire division, General Motors Corp. died at 5pm Friday at his residence, 232 Steel Ave, after a long illness. He was a native of St. Mary's and was a member of the Memorial Evangelical & Reformed Church, Masonic lodge 147. Services will be conducted Tuesday at the Graham funeral home, by the Rev. E A Puff. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.



He was the son of Lewis Hamilton Slife and Eliza F. Fritz Slife.

Lewis Hamilton Slife was born May 17, 1858, Fairfield County, Ohio, died Mar. 1, 1937 in Dayton, Ohio.





Obituary states:

Lewis H. Slife, 78 years old, of 1345 MiamiChapel Road, a retired painting contractor, died at 12:03 Monday at Miani Valley hosptial after an illness of eight years, He had been a resident of the southwestn section of the city for 65 years. Surviving are his widow Mettie May, two sons, Frank and William Edward Slife; one daughter, Daisy May Slife Schmidt , all of Dayton: 16 grandchildredn and 25 great-grandchildren. Funderal services will be conducted at the residence Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ralph Tinsley in charge. Burial will be made in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the residence after 3 p.m. Tuesday.

I have been unable to find any information on Lewis's wife ELize Fritz Stife at this point. I did however find information on Lewis's father David which I found interesting and want to include here though it goes futher back than anyone I have included thus far.

David K Stife, father of Lewis was born 1830 Fairfield County. Ohio and died March, 1884 in Ohio.

His Civil War records shows that on 9/23/1864, he enlisted as a substitute, at Corneille Ohio. He served in the 19th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteers, Co. K, commanded by Captain Roberts. In April of 1865 he was detached with Shermans Army in Nashville, Tenn. He never served with his assigned unit. In August 1865 he was mustered out at Circleville OH . He was honorably discharged at Columbus, OH 6-8-1865. The company descriptive book list him as 36 years old, 5' 9", Light Complexion, Blue eyes, light hair, born in Fairfield Co. Ohio, employed as a laborer.


William Slife married Sara Jane Frieszell Slife. Sara was born Feb. 16, 1880, Columbus,Franklin County, Ohio, and died Jun. 29, 1934 in Dayton, Ohio.

She was the daughter of Andrew Jackson Frieszell and Ann Elizabeth Teach Frieszell.

Obituary from the Dayton Daily Newspaper:

Mrs. Sarah Jane Slife, 54, of 901 Troy St., died Friday. She is survived by her husband, William Edward Slife, and nine children, Catherine, Daisy, Thelma, Elsie, Barbara, Louis, Claude Irvin Slife, Webster and Walter Slife, 14 grandchildren and a brother, Charles Moore Frieszell. The body will rest in state from 12:30 to 2:30 PM Monday at Memorial Reformed Church. Burial will be in Willow View Cemetery.


Sara Stife




Children of William & Sara Slife:

1. Hester May Slife, June 24, 1900-September 3, 1900
2. Louis Andrew Slife, August 26, 1901-March 26, 1978
3. Catherine Irine Slife Reed, March 12, 1903-April 16, 1939
4. Claude Irvin Slife, April 10, 1905-June 19, 1987
5. Daisy Marie Slife Benjamin, May 6, 1907-April 27, 1978
6. Frederick Joseph Slife, August 1, 1908-December 5, 1913
7. Thelma Elizabeth Slife Evans, December 30, 1909-unknown
8. Elsie Adeline Slife Toth, 1911-December 17, 2000
9. Barbara Elnora Slife McIlvain, November 4, 1913-January 1993
10. Robert Henry Slife, March 3, 1916-April 2, 1917
11. Ohmer Webster Slife, May 9, 1918-November 6, 1995
12. Walter Owens Slife, May 9, 1918-January 1991

Andrew Jackson Frieszell, Sara's father, was born Apr. 13, 1847 and died Feb. 23, 1913...location of either is not known at this time

He married Ann Elizabeth Teach Frieszell around 1849.

Dayton Journel Newspaper for Monday, February 24th, 1913, page 7, Under the listing, "The Departed":

Andrew J. Frieszell, 65, died at his residence, 22 Spring Street, Monday afternoon at 3:45 o'clock. He is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter. The funeral services will be held at the residence Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be made at Harshmanville.

Elizabeth Teach Freiszell, Sara's mother was born Apr. 17, 1849 and died Mar. 12, 1924...no further information available at this time.


Children of Rosemarie/Claude: All 2nd cousins….some are buried in Ohio others California

William Arthur Slife (1926 - 2000)
Claude Andrew Slife (1927 - 2007)
Carl Raymond Slife (1929 - 2000)
Katherine Louise Slife Jones (1930 - 2008)
Richard Arthur Slife (1931 - 1998)
Florence Eileen Slife Wells (1932 - 2004)
James E. Slife (1935 - 2000)






















Rosemarie & Claude with children



One other line I have some information and photos is ELSTRO; Catherine Elstro Steinmetz is the grandmother of Florence Good Steinmetz. I have limited information at this point but wish to share what I have.

Louisa Elstro born September 17, 1829, Germany and died Dec. 10, 1921, Dayton, Ohio. Louisa is Catherine mother which makes her Florence's great grandmother.

Obituary from the Richmond IN Newspaper 12-10-1921:

The death of Mrs. Louise Elstro, 92 years & 3 months old, widow of Frank Elstro, occurred at 12:30 Saturday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Catherine Steinmetz, 789 Faulkner Ave. Dayton, OH. She had been ill for no great length of time despite her age. Mrs. Elstro was a resident of Richmond for 65 years. A native of Germany she came to this county and settled in Richmond when she was a young woman. Eight years ago she went to Dayton to make her home with her daughter Mrs. Catherine Steinmetz. She leaves 3 children, Mrs. Catherine Steinmetz, Henry Elstro of Richmond & Fred Elstro of Dayton OH; one brother Henry Brockman, 75 years old of Stuart Nebraska; 15 grandchildren & 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 from 726 S. 7th St. Burial will be in St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery.

Frank Elstro was married to Louisa making him Florence's great grandfather. Frank was born 1825, Germany and died Jul. 24, 1893
He enlisted in the 12th regiment Missouri Infantry, company G, as a corporal, on August 14, 1864. May/June 1864 muster roll shows him on detached service as Provost Guard at Camp Headquarters, 15th AC, 5/22/1864. He was mustered out September 3, 1864.
His Civil War records also show that he was listed as present at the UNI0N BATTLE OF PEA RIDGE, Marcy 6-8, 1862, as Alstro, Frederick, Corporal Company G, 12th Missouri Cavalry

Obituary from the Richmond Weekly Item IN newspaper July 4, 1893:

Frank Elstro, of 126 S. J St., aged 68 years, father of Officer Elstro, died on Tuesday from the effects of a hepatic tumor. He was born in Germany but has been a resident of Richmond for 40 years, working at his trade of stone masonry. He was well known and was much respected by our citizens. His wife survives him, also two brothers. The funeral occurred Friday morning from St. Andrew's Catholic Church.







Other Children of Louisa Elstro besides Catherine Elstro Steinmetz:





Officer Henry G Elstro was born May 15, 1856 and died Aug. 18, 1937

Obituary from the Richmond Palladium, 8/18/1937:

Henry G. Elstro, 81 years old, former patrolman of the Richmond Police Department, died early Wednesday at Reid Memorial Hospital where he was taken about a week ago suffering from a heart ailment. Mr. Elstro was a native of Richmond, born 5/15/1856, and had spent his entire life here. For nearly 60 years he worked as a stonemason and in concrete work. Many person will remember Mr. Elstro, who was an ardent Democrat, as the drummer in the local campaign staged for Cleveland & Hendricks for President and Vice-President of the United States in 1884. He was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church. Mr. Elstro resided with Mr. & Mrs. George Elstro on South Fifth Street. He is survived by two sons, Fred and Edward Elstro, a brother Fred of Dayton Ohio and a sister Mrs. Catherine Steinmetz. Friends may call at the Unser and Walterman Funeral Home after Thursday noon. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 9 am in St. Andrew's Church with Rt. Rev. Msgr. F.A. Roell officiating. Burial will be in St. Andrew's Church Cemetery

Minnie Elstro Coughenour born Apr. 12, 1852, Cincinnati, Hamilton County,Ohio and died Aug. 31, 1914

Obituary from the Dayton OH Newspaper:

The funeral of Mrs. Minnie E. Coughenour, wife of Daniel Coughenour, who died Monday morning at 8 o'clock from the residence, 137 Glencoe Ave., and at 2:30 o'clock at the Oak St. U.B. Church. Rev. Ira Warner will officiate. Burial will be made in Woodland cemetery. Mrs. Coughenour's death followed several weeks of suffering from an infected hand. She leaves her husband, patrolman Daniel Coughenour, and six children, Mrs. Dula Sortman, Harry, John, Ruth, Ethel & Nelson Coughenour.



Minnie Elstro Coughenour




This, for now completes this section of the web site dedicated to the paternal side of my family based mostly on my paternal grandmother's (Ruth Good Marx Weikert). Other than the information in the MARX chapter I have not done any further research on that line and admit at this time I have little interest due to my birth father's leaving the family high and dry when he was but 2 years old. I may have an interest in the future but not now.

As one can see looking at this section there is still further research to do on the rest of the family lines which I intend to do. As new information or photographs become available I will add them.

I thank you for joining me on this journey...have a good day!


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