Friday, November 1, 2019

FRIDAY FINDS ~ The 6th child of Rev. George Hall & his wife Almira–Meet Ellen M. Hall



We all have those missing children.  We have census records or death records or some other piece of information that tells us that a couple had 6 children.  BUT, we have only identified 5 of them.

This was the case for Rev. George Hall (1804-1878) and his wife, Almira Rosette (1806-1858).  My first indication that I was missing a child, was the obituary for Rev. George Hall, which stated he and Almira had 6 children.  Since they married in 1834 I would have access to the 1840, 1850, 1860 and 1870 census records, prior to his death in 1878.

How did I finally figure out that the missing child was Ellen M. Hall?  
From a newspapers.com link on Ancestry.  As you know they have recently added those obituary links from the newspapers.com website.  I already have a subscription and use the site all the time.  However, not knowing the name of the missing child, there was no way to search for her. 

Up popped a link to the obituary for Cornelia Hall Smith, who happens to be one of the 5 children of Rev. George Hall & Almira Rosette.  I began looking at other records for Cornelia and found that Ellen Hall was living with her for most of her life.

Since this 6th child, Ellen, was born in Oct. 1850, she was not enumerated in the 1850 census, which took place in August.  I have never…..yet, been able to locate the 1860 census for Rev. Hall & his family.  I know that Almira died in Sept 1858 in New York. Reverend Hall remarried on 6 Oct 1859 to Mary A. Bolles, in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Thus far, that 1860 census eludes me and that’s where I would have probably located the 6th child, Ellen, assuming she was living with them.

By the time of the 1870 census, Rev. Hall and his wife, Mary were living in Fayette, Jefferson, Mississippi and his 23 year old daughter, Emily was living with them.  Ellen would have been 19 or 20 years old at that time and must have already left the family home, since she isn't enumerated with them.

However, I have located her.  Living with her sister Cornelia and husband Almond A. Smith and their children, in Irvington, Kossuth, Iowa. I’m not quite sure how I missed this when I originally found this census record.  I had recorded it and saved it to my digital files, but I had not investigated who the Ellen Hall, domestic servant, was who was living with this family. 
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1870 census


I have to tell you that writing my blog posts nearly always leads to discoveries.  In this particular case, I thought I’d try, once again, to locate Rev. George Hall and his wife Mary in the 1860 census.  Young Ellen would have only been about 10 at that time and I figured she should be living with them.  Now that I had her name, I could use that in my 1860 specific search for the family.

WELL…….guess what?  I have located Ellen, age 9, but not living with her father, George and stepmother.  She is again, found living with her sister, Cornelia and husband Almond Smith and the Smith family in the 1860 census in Iowa.

1860 census

Now I’m curious where I’ll find Ellen in the 1880 census.  Was she still living with her sister Cornelia?

Sure enough, I’ve located Ellen in the 1880 census living with the Smith family and listed as a boarder.

Cropped portion from 1880 census

Finally, I have a completed family for this couple.


There was no mention of Ellen having an occupation, either in the census records or in her obituary.  I don’t know what her life was like.  I do know it was too short, as she died at age 42 on 11 Oct 1893.

Here is her obituary and my transcription of it.

The Algona Republican, Iowa - 18 Oct 1835, page 5

Transcription of Ellen's obituary
The grim reaper of Death, has again thrust in his sickle and garnered in his harvest.  On last Wednesday afternoon Miss Ellen M. Hall of Irvington, passed peacefully away to that bourne from whence no traveler returns.  Her death was very sudden and totally unexpected, as she was around as usual, but was found in an unconscious condition from which she never rallied, and died a few hours after being found.  Her death was due to heart failure.  The funeral services were held Friday at 2 p.m., at the residence of her sister Mrs. C.B. Smith, where she had made her home for years.  The service was conducted by Rev. Davidson, and the remains were taken to the Irvington cemetery for interment.
The deceased was born in Petersborough, Maidson county, N.Y., November 18, 1850, and she removed to this county with Mr. A.A. Smith's family in the year 1869, and has since resided here.  Her death removed another of the early settlers, and although but a little more than 42 years of age, the greater share of her life was spent in this county.  Her relatives have the sympathy of their many friends in their bereavement.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to tender our sincere thanks to the friends who so kindly assisted us during the illness and subsequent death of our beloved sister and aunt, Miss Ellen M. Hall.
Mrs. C. B. Smith and Family


You can visit Ellen’s memorial on FindAGrave here #204017832

If you have any information to share about Ellen or her family, I’d love to hear from you.
 
Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
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Thursday, October 10, 2019

TREASURE CHEST THURSDAY ~ The 1906 church record of the marriage of my grandparents, Joseph A. Milne (1883-1957) & Florence L. Bowden (1888-1986)


Today I’m featuring the church marriage certificate for my maternal grandparents, Joseph Albert Milne & Florence Lenora Bowden.

This certificate was rolled up in a box of papers & other items I retrieved from the home of my  maternal first cousin, during a visit, several years ago.

TIP - I did not put this old, delicate document in a scanner.  Instead, I took a photograph of it.

This certificate offers many good genealogical clues as follows:
  • Date of marriage
  • Where the couple have their residence
  • Place of marriage
  • The denomination and name of the church to which the officiant belonged
  • Name of the person who married the couple
  • Names & signatures of both witnesses to the marriage
It’s been a while since I’ve looked at this document and in reading it again I see that I will be entering new information into my Legacy database.

Here is a transcription of the certificate

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost…Amen
This certifies that Mr. Joseph Albert Milne of Detroit, Michigan and Miss Florence Lenora Bowden of the same place were united by in Holy Matrimony on Wednesday the Eleventh day of April A.D. nineteen hundred and six at the residence of the bride’s mother 187 Townsend Ave. in the diocese of Michigan according to the Rites of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Unites States of America, in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan.
Dated Detroit this Eleventh day of April A.D. 1906
The witnesses are Fred Henry Gillespie, 1st cousin to the groom and Edna Mabel Bowden, sister of the bride


Here is a photo of my grandmother, Florence, in her travel outfit upon leaving for their honeymoon.


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My grandmother, Florence was the genealogist in the family before me.  I have written several blog posts from the notebook/journal she left.  Here is a link to those posts: My Grandmother's Journal

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
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Friday, October 4, 2019

MAYFLOWER SOCIETY–Episode 2–My Journey to become a member


As I wrote about on June 22nd this year, I am in the process of trying to join the Mayflower Society.  You can read my first post here THE MAYFLOWER SOCIETY ~ I’ve begun my journey to join–Come along as I take my first step

It’s been nearly four months since I submitted my Preliminary Review Form.  How much longer would it take until I heard from them either yay or nay?  They review the information you submit and then tell you if you can proceed with your application.  Oh my the waiting…………………….


Yes, that’s me, jumping for joy.  I received a phone call yesterday from the very nice lady who had reviewed my preliminary form.  She was happy to tell me that I could now proceed with my official application.  AND!!!!  That she is confident I should be able to join the society.  WOOHOO!!

Now what?  What is the next step and what do I need to do?

As with any society everything revolves around proving who you are and how you are descended from the patriot, the first settler or in this case the Mayflower passenger.
 
My mind was a whirl of thoughts as I started going over the documents and proof that I would need.

The very good news is that my 4th great grandfather has been proven.  His name is Isaac DOTEN (1768-1852).  I will need to provide proof of his marriage and everything down the line all the way to me.

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Look at that.  Everyone I need information on is already in my tree.  The red lines indicate the ancestors who lead me directly to the DOTEN line I'm trying to prove.

What does that entail?  First of all, I’ve been a researcher for a long while now, over 16 years.  During that time I have recorded everything I could find about my direct line ancestors.  I use Legacy as my database, as well as having a working tree on Ancestry.  One thing I have is LOTS of records.  Some I have downloaded from various websites and others I’ve ordered directly from counties or states.

Here’s the types of records you need to begin an application process such as this one.  I’ll begin with me and list all the ancestors for whom I’ll need to gather records and what type of records I might need.  This is just a list off the top of my head and there may be more.

Me – Birth, Marriage
My Dad, Harry Norman Gould – Birth, marriage, death
My grandfather, Harry Whipple Gould – Birth, marriage, death
My great grandfather, William V. Gould – Birth, marriage, death, obituary
My 2nd great grandmother, Sarah Hart – Birth, marriage death, obituary, census records
My 3rd great grandmother, Olive Doten Hart – Birth, marriage, death, obituary, headstone, probate record of her father
My 4th great grandmother, Sally Follett – marriage, death, obituary, headstone, probate record

Doesn’t seem so bad, does it?  After all, those are the records we try to collect for all of our ancestors, right?  We’re talking about mostly records from the mid 1800’s.  That shouldn’t be too difficult.  Plus, as a thorough researcher I really should have most of these records already recorded, along with the images of those records.

The answer is YES.  I should have all of that.  Once I began to review my files I found I did have many, if not most of those records.  But, oh my, do those records have the information I’m seeking?  Are they all complete?  Was the information recorded properly?
 
Stay tuned for my next post to find out how many ways things can be recorded and what might it mean to my application process.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
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Monday, September 30, 2019

MILITARY MONDAY ~ Honoring Pfc Robert Dean Thornton–killed in action in World War II - 1945

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Robert Dean Thornton is my 2nd cousin once removed. Meaning we share a common ancestor – my 3rd great grandparents,  Charles Milne (1822-1877) and Margaret Ritchie (1820-1902).

BACKGROUND: Robert was the son of George Thornton (1881-1951) and Goldie Downing (1883-1962) of Muskegon, Michigan.  Robert was their youngest child.  He had older siblings, Lottie Mae, Goldie M., Marjorie and George “Williard.”

According to his headstone and military records, Robert was born 29 Aug 1919 in Michigan. NOTE: There is one record that gives his birthdate as 29 Sep 1919.

I first find Robert as a 4 month old in the 1920 census, in Muskegon, Michigan.  He again appears in the 1930 and 1940 census records with his parents, living in Muskegon, Michigan.
On 16 Oct 1940 Robert reported to the Local Board No. 2 in Muskegon, Michigan to register for the draft.  He is listed as 5’ 7 1/2”, 150 pounds, with brown hair, blue eyes and a light complexion.  He was working for Hercules Motor and he was 21 years old.
WORLD WAR II DRAFT REGISTRATION - 1940
On 6 Mar 1941 Robert married Jacklyn M. Ritersdorf, in Definance, Defiance Co., Ohio.

Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993
Name:    Jacklyn M Ritersdorf
Gender:    Female
Age:    21
Birth Date:    abt 1920
Marriage Date:    6 Mar 1941
Marriage Place:    Defiance, Ohio, USA
Father:    William Ritersdorf
Mother:    Mary Edgerly
Spouse:    Robert D Thornton
Film Number:    001977645


Just 9 months after their marriage on 7 Dec 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed. This as we all know, began the U.S. entry into World War II.

On 25 May 1943 Robert D. Thornton enlisted in the Army.  Less than 2 months later he and his wife, Jackie divorced. That means the divorce would have begun prior to his enlistment.  Did the divorce proceedings have anything to do with his enlistment?  I have no way of knowing.
 
However, just 18 days after the divorce was final, Robert married Paula Evelyn Johnson on 27 Jul 1943 in Comanche, Stephens, Oklahoma.
 
Oklahoma, County Marriage Records, 1890-1995
Name:    Robert Dean Thornton
Gender: Male
Age:    24
Birth Date: abt 1919
Marriage Date:    27 Jul 1943
Marriage Place: Comanche, Oklahoma, USA
Spouse: Paula Evelyn Johnson
Film Number:    001869740


Robert was a Private First Class in the 378 Infantry Division, 95th Division, Company G.  According to military records Robert was killed in action, at age 25 on 6 Apr 1945 in Germany.  That means that Robert was killed just 32 days prior to the war’s end.  He made it for two years and then sadly, died just a month before he could have come home.

Robert's body was returned home for burial in October 1948, along with others from Muskegon, who had died in the war.  The local high school that Robert attended displayed a bronze tablet honoring those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice.



They also mentioned them and shared photos of them in the 1945 yearbook.

Robert is buried at Mona View Cemetery in Muskegon, Michigan. His headstone memorializes his service to our country.  You may visit his memorial here #46411967.

I am honored to be related to this military hero.  May he rest in peace.

If you are related to anyone mentioned in this post, or have additions or corrections, please contact me.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

DISCOVERIES ~ This week’s focus will be Texas Marriages and Divorces from the My Heritage website

DISCOVERY – Detection, finding, spotting, unearthing

I have had a subscription to My Heritage for two years now.  I will be the first to admit that it is not my “go to” website.  I first go to Ancestry (to which I’ve had a subscription since 2004).
 
That being said, I recently attended a seminar hosted by the San Diego Genealogical Society and the speaker was Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist for My Heritage.  To read about this presentation please click here Daniel Horowitz Presents for the San Diego Genealogical Society Fall Seminar  I learned a lot about the My Heritage website and what is available and how to use those features to my advantage.
 
Since I have DNA uploaded to this site and I’ve also added a family tree, it is in my best interest to use the site.  As researchers we should take advantage of all resources available to us, if possible.

Today I’m focusing on one feature, DISCOVERIES. These are located on the menu bar and can be sorted by Matches by People, Matches by Source or Instant Discoveries.  As of today I have 225 sources with 9,305 matches.  Some of these will duplicate information I already have, but as I’ve recently learned, many will not.
 

Today’s focus will be the Texas Marriages and Divorces.  There are 5 matches in this record set. Will these be new discoveries for me?  Let’s take a look and find out.

I will not be revealing the names of anyone still living.

The matches are:
1. Joseph Edward Cornelius
2. Living
3. Living
4. Gary Lee Hart
5. Robert Stanley Luckock

1. Joseph Edward Cornelius was my mother’s 2nd husband.  This record gives their marriage date & place and approximate ages at the time, as well as a file #.
Did I have this information already?  Yes



3. Gary Lee Hart is my paternal half 4th cousin.  I did already have the record of his marriage.

5. Robert Stanley Luckock married one of my husband’s cousins.  I did not have this information prior to seeing it here.  Now I can add this to my Legacy database.

This was a useful set of records because I found 1 out of 5 to contain information I did not already have.

My plan is to continue to use the My Heritage database to obtain more information about my ancestors.  With 9,305 matches I expect this will take some time, but also reveal some great new information and probably answer some questions as well.  

Stay tuned.

Have you used the My Heritage website?  If so, have you found it useful?  Do you use it exclusively or combined with other sites?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

TOMBSTONE TUESDAY ~ A follow up on Bertram SEAVER (1873-1942) & his first wife Gertrude (1871-1908)

Headstone for Bertram Seaver - used with permission from CHayes

In learning more about Bertram Seaver who married Mary Ada Seigle, my 1st cousin twice removed, I found out he was buried at Mount Washington Cemetery, Mt. Washington, Hamilton, Ohio.  You may read my previous post about Bertram SEAVER here MY GRANDMOTHER’S JOURNAL ~ Let’s look at some anniversaries–Bert SEAVER & Mary Ada SEIGLE - 1929

I immediately recognized that location as the same cemetery his first wife, Gertrude, had been buried, after her suicide.  I was a little surprised that he was buried with her and not his second wife, Mary Ada Seigle.  He’s been married to Gertrude for 13 years and Mary for 24 years.  Sometimes our ancestors don’t do what we might expect them to do.

I looked on FindAGrave and determined that there had been no memorial created for Bertram, so I created one.  I also put in a photo request, hoping that a volunteer would someday take a photo of the headstone (if there was one).

I was surprised, actually shocked, when I received notification the very next day, that my request had been fulfilled.  I additionally, received an email from another person who took photos of the headstone.  Now I had two sets of pictures.  My continued thanks to all the people who volunteer via the FindAGrave website, to take headstone photos.

TIP:  Whenever I create a memorial for someone, I always request a photo of the headstone (unless, of course, I already have one).  I have been very fortunate over the years and have had dozens of requests fulfilled, all over the country.  I immediately send a thank you to the volunteer via the messaging on FindAGrave.  At the same time, I check their profile to see if they give permission to use the photos.  Since I have a blog and I frequently like to post headstone pictures, I don’t want to violate anyone’s copyright.  If the permission isn’t stated in their profile and I think I may use the photo in a blog post, I send them an email asking permission.  If you look at my FindAGrave profile you will see that I give blanket permission to use any of my own photographed headstone photos (my profile page)

Here is the other picture I received for Bertram who is resting beside his first wife, Gertrude

Headstones of Bertram & Gertrude Seaver - used with permission of Steve Barnett
Click on the links to visit the memorials for Bertram #203005133 & Gertrude #170861969

How often to you request photos of headstones on the FindAGrave website?
 
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Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

MY GRANDMOTHER’S JOURNAL ~ Let’s look at some anniversaries–Bert SEAVER & Mary Ada SEIGLE - 1929


I haven’t written any posts highlighting my grandmother’s journal in a long time.  So let’s fix that.
 
Several years ago, in my early blogging days, I wrote about my MILNE surname and my grandmother’s journal.  Here is a link to that post, which gives the background of how I came into possession of this family treasure SURNAME SATURDAY – MILNE

A couple of weeks ago, fellow blogger (I call him the blogging guru), Randy Seaver wrote a post about his ancestor Bertram Seaver.  WOW!  I said to myself.  That’s the Seaver that links Randy & me.  Not by blood, but by marriage.  So we are shirttail cousins. Here’s a link to Randy’s post.
Seavers in the News -- Gertrude (Smith) Seaver Run Over By a Traction Car in 1908

That’s a very sad story about the death of Bertram Seaver’s first wife, Gertrude.  Bertram remarried 10 years later to Bessie Cahill on 15 Jun 1918.  They divorced in 1928.

Where Bertram enters my family is with his 3rd marriage to Mary Ada Seigle.  Mary is my 1st cousin twice removed.  She had become a widow when her first husband Edward Donnelly died at the age of 44 in 1926.

Mary SEIGLE Donnelly married Bertram H. Seaver on 20 Apr 1929.  At least according to my grandmother’s journal.  I have yet to locate the marriage record, but I’m still looking.

Here’s the page from my grandmother's journal.


As you can see there are other couples on this page.  More family anniversaries.

Mary & Bertram were enumerated in the 1930 census in Loveland, Clermont, Ohio.  The record indicates they are married, giving some evidence that my grandmother’s record may be correct.  Also in the household were Mary’s parents, Jacob & Myra and Bertram’s daughter Juanita.

And remember to check those neighbors.  Living at the same address is Mary's brother, Arthur and his family.

1930 census - Loveland, Clermont, Ohio

Sadly, at the age of 56, Mary died suddenly at her home.This left Bertram widowed for a second time.  He died in 1942 at age 67.

If you are related to any of the people mentioned in this post, or you have corrections or additions to it, please contact me.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
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