Bernard McGroder

Bernard McGroder

Male 1844 - 1928  (83 years)

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  • Name Bernard McGroder 
    Born 09 Nov 1844  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 08 Oct 1928  Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I57624  Larry and Carole King Murray Tree
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2018 

    Father Michael McGroder,   b. Abt 1808, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1882, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Mary Kean,   b. Abt 1810, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1881, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F18394  Group Sheet

    Family Sarah Mackin,   b. Between 06 Oct 1859 and 06 Oct 1866, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1931, Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Children 
     1. John Bernard McGroder,   b. 26 Oct 1875, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1945  (Age 69 years)
     2. Infant McGroder,   b. 19 Oct 1877, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Evelyn Clara McGroder,   b. Feb 1880, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Oct 1951  (Age ~ 71 years)
     4. Isabelle Sarah McGroder,   b. 11 Jun 1884, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1951  (Age 66 years)
     5. Clarence Albert McGroder,   b. 18 Jul 1887, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1931  (Age 43 years)
     6. Infant McGroder,   b. 04 Mar 1890, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Elizabeth McGroder,   b. 23 Aug 1895, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1967  (Age 72 years)
     8. Infant McGroder,   b. 21 Feb 1899, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1899, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     9. Francis A. McGroder,   b. 10 Jan 1901, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1968, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F17401  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Bernard McGroder, Specifications of U.S. Patent (page 1)
    Bernard McGroder, Specifications of U.S. Patent (page 1)
    Bernard McGroder, Specifications of U.S. Patent (page 2)
    Bernard McGroder, Specifications of U.S. Patent (page 2)
    Bernard McGroder 1910 newspaper article
    Bernard McGroder 1910 newspaper article
    Bernard McGroder death certificate
    Bernard McGroder death certificate

  • Notes 
    • According to a naturalization card found in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Bernard arrived in the United States in 3-1859. He was naturalized on March 30, 1867. The record can be found in Volume 1, page 293. When son Clarence applied for a passport, he stated that his father was born in Ireland, immigrated to the U.S. in 1864 from the Port of Toronto, Canada, and he had been living in Cleveland, Ohio from 1864 to 1919 (which is when Clarence completed the application for passport).

      Bernard became a naturalized citizen of the United States on January 1, 1867. The record can be found in Volume 3, page 287. He was a native of Ireland. A certified copy was issued on 2/8/1902, when Bernard was 63. He became a naturalized citizen when he was 21.

      He's found in the 1870 cenus in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio: McGRUDER, Mary (60), Barnhart (25), Mary (21). Barnhart was a blacksmith. Everyone in the household was born in Ireland.

      In June, 1873, Bernard applied for a patent with Hannes Tiedmann:
      Patented September 9, |873.
      UNITED STATES BERNARD MGGRODER AND HANNES TIEDEMANN, OF CLEVELAND, OHIO.
      IMPROVEMENT IN WRECKING APPARATUS
      Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 142,712, dated Srptember 9, 1873 5 application filed June 25, 1873.
      To all whom it may concern:
      Be it known that we, BERNARD MCGRODER and HANNES TIEDEMANN, of Cleveland, in the county of Cuyahoga and State of Ohio, have invented new and useful Improvements in Wrecking Apparatus, of which the following is a complete description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings making part of the same.
      Here's a link to the patent application, in it's entirety: http://irishmurr57.com/getperson.php?personID=I57624&tree=001

      He's listed in the 1877 City Directory, Cleveland, Ohio:
      McGRODER, Bernard, blksmith, r. 31 John
      McGRODER, B., blksmith Cleve. Steam Boiler Wks., r. 253 Taylor

      He's listed in Volume 1 of the 1879 City Directory, Cleveland, Ohio:
      McGRODER, Bernard, blksmith, 309 Detroit, r. 68 Taylor

      He's also listed in Volume 2 of the 1879 City Directory, Cleveland, Ohio, under Blacksmiths:
      McGRODER, Bernard, 309 Detroit

      He's found in the 1880 census living on Harbor Street in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio: McGRODER, Bernard (34), wife Sarah (22), son John (4), daughter Clara (4/12, having been born in February), mother Mary (70), boarder Jacob Schneider (20). Bernard and Jacob were blacksmiths. Bernard and his mother Mary were born in Ireland; Sarah and the children were born in Ohio; Jacob was born in Michigan.

      When a son was born to Bernard and Sarah on March 4, 1890, their address was given as 534 Detroit Street.

      He's found in the 1900 census living on Detroit Street in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio: McGRODER, Bernard (55, born Nov 1844), wife Sarah (50, born Oct 1849), children Evaline (19, born Feb 1881), Isabella (13, born June 1886), Clarence (11, born June 1888), Bessie (4, born Aug 1895). Bernard and Sarah had been married 25 years. Sarah was born of 11 children, only 5 of whom were living when this census was taken. Everyone in the household was born in Ohio, except for Bernard, who was born in Ireland. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1852 and was a naturalized citizen. He was a blacksmith.

      In March, 1907, the sold the property they owned on Detroit Street to Martha Zistel. In August, 1907, they purchased property from the Howells and the Gills, on Sunset Avenue in the City of Newburgh, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

      He's found in the 1910 census on E. 111th Street (which was formerly Sunset) in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio: MAGRUDER, Bernard (65), wife Sarah (48), children Isabel (23), Clarence (21), Elizabeth (15), Francis (8). Bernard was born in Ireland; the remainder of the household was born in Ohio. Bernard and Sarah had each been married once; they had been married for 31 years; Sarah was mother of 12 children, 6 of whom were living when this census was taken. Bernard immigrated to the U.S. in 1860; he was a naturalized citizen. He was a blacksmith / shop; Sarah was a forelady / shop; Clarence was a salesman / telephone.

      On July 27, 1920, Bernard was written about in the Belvidere Daily Republican (Belvidere, Illinois):
      OLD PILOT IS IN CHARGE OF SEARCH
      For the Treasure That Went Down With the Atlantic in the Tragedy in Which the Late Capt. Pettey was a Leading Figure.
      Cleveland, Ohio, July 23 -- Bernard McGroder, 60 years old, 28 Sunset avenue, Newburg, after years of separation from the work of piloting ships through the great lakes, has been engaged by New York men to act as director of an expedition to bring up sunken treasure that has been covered by the water of Lake Erie since 1852.
      The story of the sunken treasure reads like a Capt. Kidd tale. The expedition has to do with the raising from the bottom of Lake Erie of the old steamer Atlantic, which was owned by Edward B. Ward of Detroit and which sunk in 1852 with more than 300 passengers on board. Only abuot 250 were rescued. The rest with all of their money and belongings were drowned.
      Amount of Treasure.
      In the ship's treasury was the sum of $309,000 or $400,000, which with all the valuables of the lost passengers has never been recovered.
      In 1872 an expedition to recover these sunken treasures was organized by a wrecking company. On account of the inability to get to such a depth as the treasure sunk -- a distance of 164 feet -- the plans were abandoned, and it was not until a few months ago when a company of Brooklyn (N.Y.) men got into communication with Bernard McGroder, the only living man who has any accurate knowledge of the details, that the plans for organizing the present expedition were consummated.
      McGroder is an old pilot and diver, and was with the 1872 expedition when it failed.
      Spot is Found.
      "We came to the spot at which it is certain that the Atlantic sank," said McGroder Saturday. "In 1872 it was impossible to withstand the pressure of the water at such a great depth as 164 feet. But now, with the new inventions and methods of combating the pressure of the water, I believe the expedition will prove a success."

      In March, 1915, there was a deed recorded in Cuyahoga County, Ohio from the Broadview Savings & Trust to Bernard and Sarah McGroder, for property located on East 111th Street (formerly Sunset Avenue), Cleveland, Ohio. In February, 1917, they transferred that same property to Richard and Anna White. No record of property being owned by Bernard McGroder is found in Cuyahoga County after that point, although there is property on West 140th Street, purchased by a Sarah McGroder in 1924.

      He's found in the 1920 census in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio: McGRODER, Bernard (75), wife Sarah (59), children Elizabeth (21) and Francis (19). Bernard was born in Ireland; everyone else in the household was born in Ohio. Bernard immigrated to the United States in 1850 and became a naturalized citizen in 1867. All of Bernard's and Sarah's parents were born in Ireland. Bernard was a blacksmith in a steel foundry, Elizabeth was a cashier in a cigar store and Francis was a stenographer in a ? office.

      When Bernard died in 1928, his son, John B. McGroder, gave the information for his death certificate: Bernard McGroder (1950 W. 54th Street, Cleveland, Ohio) was born on November 9, 1844 in Ireland. His wife was Sarah. His parents were Michael McGroder and Mary Kean. He died on October 8, 1928 at Cleveland City Hospital. He was buried at St. Joseph Cemetery on October 11, 1928.