Sunday, September 11, 2016

It's National Grandparents Day! Meet Sarah's Maternal
Grandparents, Richard H. and Sarah Evaline Arnet Cost

 Note: This is part of a series of posts about Sarah Eva Howe Salyers and the scrapbooks that hold her family history. If you are new to this blog, you may find it helpful to read the first post in the series,"Meet Sarah – Storyteller, Visionary, Keeper of Family Scrapbooks," posted on June 18, 2016.

On this Grandparents Day, we get better acquainted with Sarah Eva Howe's maternal grandparents, Richard Henry Cost and Sarah Evaline Arnet. 

Once again, I discover that Sarah Eva Howe's scrapbooks contain more information about the men in her family tree than about the women. As you read this post, please hold me blameless for saying more about her grandfather than about her grandmother.

Richard Henry Cost was born 25 October 1831
in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, to Henry
Cost (1808-1876) and Mary Arison (1811-1889) [1].
On 23 April 1857 in Cincinnati, he married Sarah Evaline Arnet [2]. He died 11 July 1910 in Cincinnati and was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery
there. [1]

Sarah Evaline Arnet was born 9 July 1836 in Ohio to David Arnet (1806-1897) and Elizabeth Voris/Vorheis (abt 1810-1892). [3] She died 19 June 1917 in the Price Hill area of greater Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, and was buried next to her husband in Spring Grove Cemetery. [3] [4]

The photo below from the Howe-Salyers family album is dated 1911 and labeled with Sarah's name and a notation "age 75."  I think this looks like a much younger woman, and the clothing style looks earlier than 1911. Either the photo is in the wrong place or is mislabeled. I'll be looking for clarification and will make corrections if I learn more about the photo. 
In 1850, Richard H. Cost was living with his parents in Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky. Richard married Sarah in 1857, and by 1860 the couple was living in Cincinnati. From the  U.S. census, we know this family continued to live in Cincinnati (at least they were there in the census years!) until Henry died in 1910. One of their homes was at 516 W. Court Street, Cincinnati.

I developed the following list of children for Henry and Sarah. While the obituary below says the couple had 10 children, I have been able to name only nine. I have documentation only for Alice Ada, who became the mother of Sarah Eva Howe, our scrapbooker. I welcome corrections and source information on the other children.

Children of Richard H. and Sarah E. Arnet Cost:
Asa Wilbur, Cost 1858-1859
Alice Ada Cost, 1859-1939
Jessie Fremont Cost, 1861-1920
Lillie Maria Cost, c1867-c1873
Mary Naomi Cost, 1869-?
Clara Evelyn Cost, 1871-1873
Ida Lenora/Leonora Cost, c1874-1921
Richard Henry Cost, Jr., 1876-?
Morris Elliott Cost, 1879-1961


Spring Grove Cemetery, where both Richard and Sarah are buried, is a National Historic Landmark. By some accounts, it is the second-largest cemetery in the U.S. The first internment there occurred on 1 September 1845. I found these Spring Grove burial records online.

 While I have yet to locate an obituary for Sarah Evaline Arnet Cost, her granddaughter's scrapbook had this typed memorial to grandfather Richard Henry Cost:

   As a young man he was engaged in the Steam Boat trade between Cincinnati and New Orleans.
In 1870 he embarked in the Commission business on lower Vine Street, and from that time until a few years ago, when advancing years forced his retirement from active business, occupied a prominent place in the business circles of Cincinnati.   He was honored by his business associates by being elected a Director of the Chamber of Commerce, and served creditably in that capacity, as well as on many important Committees.
   His last business connection was Manager of the Chamber of Commerce Insurance Company, in which capacity he came closely in touch with many of its members. Among all he was held in the highest esteem. He always had a warm spot in his heart for the younger men, and nothing delighted him so much as to be able to assist and encourage them. His genial ways and his readiness to speak a word of praise or encouragement and his genuine interest in their success, earned for him among these men the title of “Uncle Dick,” indicating so plainly the pleasant relations and loving esteem in which he was generally held.
    In April 1857, he was united in marriage to Sarah Arnett. Ten children were born of this union, of whom six survive.
   To his family he was always kind and indulgent, and his chiefest concern was for their welfare.
   Having been so active in the days of his strength, it was hard for him to give up to the demands of advancing years. His heart was saddened as day after day record was made of the death of some beloved friend. His thoughts of these times reverted to days of old and in speaking of these friends he never wanted for words to tell of their merits.
He lived a long and useful life, and the recollection of his virtues overshadow any memory of his faults. He fought the good fight and has gone to his reward.

As I continue through Sarah Eva Howe's scrapbooks, I hope to learn more about these grandparents. I'll add posts with stories and details as I find them.

[1] Burial Record, Spring Grove Cemetery, accessed 23 Aug 2016 at Also, Ohio, Deaths, 1809-1932, 1938-2007, accessed 23 Aug 2016 at

[2] "Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2014), R. H. Cost and Sarah E. Arnot, 23 Apr 1857; citing Hamilton, Oh, reference 2:3QMH9VK; FHL microfilm 344,471.

[3] Burial Record, Spring Grove Cemetery, accessed 23 August 2016 at

[4] "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), 1917 > 37121-40150 > image 3065 of 3302.


Diane Gould Hall said...

Just read your interview on "May I Introduce." I remember how excited I was when they asked to interview me for that piece, not long after I began blogging.
These scrapbooks are a complete treasure. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Nancy said...

I came over to your blog after reading your interview on GeneaBloggers. What a treasure you have in your 72 scrapbooks! I haven't look at all of your posts and maybe you already have, but if you haven't, I hope you'll show photos of the scrapbooks themselves. I'm interested to see how they were compiled and bound. I suppose they are fragile?

Frances Nelson Salyers said...

Thanks, Diane. I couldn't have even started it without help and encouragement from you and others on We Are Genealogy Bloggers. I am enjoying being a blogger!

Debi Austen said...

I'm fascinated with your scrapbooks as I have a few, as well. I feel pretty overwhelmed with them but now that I know you have 72, I won't whine about my 10 or so. I'd love to follow your progress but I am not on Google+ - is there a way to have them arrive via e- mail? Welcome to the blogging world!

Frances Nelson Salyers said...

What a great idea, Nancy! I will post pictures of the scrapbooks in a future post. I can't imagine why I didn't think of that myself. Thanks for suggesting it. The scrapbooks are store-bought with thick board covers. Most are held together with cords that run through holes in the pages and the covers. The pages, especially in the early books, are more or less manila-colored with browning around the edges from age. Some of the edges crumble when I turn the pages. For decades they were stored in a dirt-floor cellar, so I suppose it's a miracle they're holding together at all. I'm hoping to interest our state historical society in adding the books to their collection once I've finished scanning and transcribing. That's going to take a while!

Frances Nelson Salyers said...

Debi, I would very much welcome you as a follower of the blog. When you go to, please scroll down as far as you can scroll. Below the Geneabloggers icon is a "Follow by Email" option. Enter your email address, then click on "Submit" on the far right of the page. Check your inbox to confirm. That's all there is to it -- at least, that's the way it's supposed to work. If you have problems signing up, please let me know. I'll look for a fix.
I see you've been transcribing some letters and other things from the past yourself! I look forward to reading more of your blog.

Debi Austen said...

Thanks, Frances. I thought there was a way since I have that option on my blog (using BlogSpot) but I didn't see it on my iPad. Now that I'm on my computer, I see it. Looking forward to reading your blog!

Lynda said...

What a joy to read. Went back to the first post and am now caught up and looking forward to future posts. Thanks so much for sharing such precious treasures.

Marian B. Wood said...

I'm another reader who found your blog after reading your interview on "May I Introduce." I have only one scrapbook but you've inspired me to do more blogging about it. I also like Nancy's idea of showing the scrapbook itself in the blog entry. Enjoy your blogging journey!