A Note from Jessica Bailey

 I received this note from Jessica Bailey. Does anybody have more information?

Dear Katie Troyer - My name is Jessica Bailey, and I live in Ohio. I found you online via the New York Times article, and I am writing in hopes that you might have any information about someone from the Ohio (Wooster) Amish and Mennonite community that lives or used to live in the Sarasota area. My grandmother recently passed, and while going through her possessions, we found a box of letters that she had exchanged in the 1950's and 1960's with Clara Schlabach (and later, after a marriage, Clara Siford). From reading Clara's letters, it seems that she was originally from the Wooster area of Ohio, but moved to Sarasota and then later to Naples. A man named Wayne is mentioned in a 1958 and 1960 letter, and Clara says that Wayne is Elsie's sister, and that he got remarried and had a baby boy on October 13th. I know this is a long-shot, considering the names are likely very common and the community in Sarasota is large, but I felt that I owed it to myself to at least write you. Any information you might have would be very interesting to me, as I am curious to learn about these people and their friendships. I do have specific addresses and additional information if it is something that you are interested in pursuing. Thank you for your time and consideration. Warm regards, Jessica Bailey


  1. Katie, I'm a subscriber to Ancestry.com, and will be happy to check to see what I can learn about Clara, Wayne, and Elsie. I did a quick check and found Clara Schlaback born in 1899, died in Sarasota in 1982. There is a family tree for her, and I'd be glad to link Jesica to whoever posted it. Let me know if I can help further.

    Linda Kelly

    1. Hi again, Katie. I've searched a bit and found several Clara's. If Jessica could share a few more details, I think I can come up with information to help her. Genealogy is a passion of mine, and my own family came through Tuscawaras County, OH. I very much like linking families to "lost" kin, and just maybe the Troyer and Schlabch branches might be joined.
      Kingdlly, Linda

    2. Hi Linda and Anita, this is Jessica. Thank you so much for your reply! Linda, Katie passed on your reply, and I hope that it is okay for me to send additional information to your email address. Please let me know otherwise. Have a good afternoon!

  2. I'll send this to my aunt who just knows lots of stuff and people! ;) She's been a FL resident for a long time but her hubby is from OH...


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