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?

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall


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
Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

ANCESTORS IN THE NEWS ~ Betty Eleanor Bright, only 15 yrs old, dies in car accident

Betty Eleanor Bright was born on New Year’s Day 1919 in Latrobe, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania.  Her parents are John W. Bright (1882-1967) and Nellie Dallas (1883-1971).  She had one sibling, an older brother named William E. Bright.

Three young people were killed in this car accident.  Betty, age 15,  a 23 year old named Clarence Greeawalt and Howard Foster, age 21.
Here is the news article about the accident

Pittsburgh Post Gazette - 22 Jun 1934, page 17

Here is my transcription of the article

Front page, Section 2, column 5

Titusville Party Wiped Out on Speed Ride
Special to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

OIL CITY, Pa - June 21 - Warning against excessive speed on Venango county highways came from Coroner J. Irwin Zerbe and state police today, following fatal injury to three Titusville young people early today on Titusville-Oil City road, near McKinney Memorial spring.
The dead are Clarence Greenawalt, 23, near Titusville, who died before reaching Oil City Hospital; Betty Bright, 15, Titusville sophomore, and Howard Foster, 21, who died seven hours after the accident happened of a fractured skull.  Greenawalt's neck was broken.
The automobile driven by George W. Hinske of Oil City, en route toward Oil City, had almost come to a stop when the Titusville car, traveling 60 miles an hour or faster, bore down upon him and his wife.  He pulled partly off the highway.

The Foster car hit it a terrific side blow, pushing the radiator against the engine.  Mr. and Mrs. Hinske escaped with bruises.

How sad for the families of these three young people.
Betty was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery.  You may visit her memorial here #25967355.

If you are related to anyone mentioned in this post or have a comment or correction, please contact me.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

WEDDING WEDNESDAY ~ The 1718 marriage of my husband’s 6th great grandparents–Capt. Gershom Wheelock & Abigail Flagg

Today I’m posting the marriage record of my husband’s 6th great grandparents, Capt. Gershom Wheelock and Abigail Flagg.
According to the record I located they married on 1 Jan 1718 in Worchester, Colonial Massachusetts.  No image is available online.
Massachusetts, Compiled Marriages, 1633-1850
Name:     Gershom Wheelock
Gender: Male
Spouse: Abigail Flagg
Marriage Date: 1 Jan 1718
City:     Worchester
County: Worchester
Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, Film # 0864090

Reference is made to this marriage in Worcester Marriages, page 338.

Here is how my husband, Ron, descends from Gershom & Abigail.

What early marriages have you recorded in your family?  Where were they located?

If you are related to the Wheelock or Flagg families, I’d love to hear from you.  If you have further information to add to this story, I’d love to hear from you.


WEDDING WEDNESDAY - Marriage of Samuel Morse & Elizabeth Jasper - 1602 with mention of Ralph Wheelock

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall

Friday, August 9, 2019

FOLLOW UP FRIDAY ~ Speaking of divorces…what is the earliest one I have on record?

William Walker Frampton - from page 104 of The Frampton Family by J. S. Wrightnour, published about 1916

A week ago on Wedding Wednesday I wrote a post about how many divorces I had found in my tree on my Legacy database.  These are divorces for whom I have actual records and/or dates.  You can read that post here Wedding Wednesday with a Twist - How many divorces have I recorded?

That got me to wondering.  What was the earliest divorce date?  Are most of the 83 divorces I have in my tree, more recent?  Or do they go back before 1900?  If so, how far back?

I again, used the handy and quick Search feature in my Legacy database. Search>Find>Detailed Search and select your search criteria.

In this case I wanted the marriage, marriage status date AND a second condition also.

What I found was a list of 10 individuals (5 couples). 
The earliest recorded, documented divorce I have in my file is for my 1st cousin 5 times removed and the first of his 3 wives.

William Walker Frampton married Mary E. Miller on 21 Apr 1850 in Adams Co., Illinois.  He filed for divorce on 27 Nov 1865, in the State of Kansas, County of Johnson.
Reason for the divorce SHE ELOPED WITH ANOTHER MAN!

Here is the transcription of that record.

The State of Kansas, County of Johnson
William W. Frampton, being duly sworn on his oath, ___ that he has commenced a suit in the Dist. Ct. for Johnson County, State of Kansas against Mary E. Frampton, to obtain a divorce from her, and that she eloped with one Thos. C. Johnson; and that she is not a resident of the State of Kansas at this time: affiant further states that he does not know where she now resides.  Further he saith not. 

Sworn before me this 27th day of M. a no 1865 – AB Mynick, Clerk by B. P. Noteman DC

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I say WOW! when I reviewing records for my ancestors.

Here is the published notice for the divorce.  DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?  “The petition will stand for hearing at the next term of said District Court to be held in March, A.D. 1866.”

Why is the date of March 1866 important?  Well…..because according to marriage records, William Frampton married Martha Ann Thomas Johnson (wife of the man his wife ran off with) on 10 Dec 1865 in Johnson, Kansas.  This would have been 13 days after the divorce notice was published, but BEFORE the court had the final hearing the following March.
Kansas, County Marriage Records, 1811-1911, page 6 Film No. 001572005.
Name:    Wm W Frampton
Gender:    Male
Marriage Date:    10 Dec 1865
Marriage Place:    Johnson, Kansas, USA
Spouse:    Martha Ann Johnson
Film Number:    001572005

Marriage record - William W. Frampton to Martha Ann Johnson - 10 Dec 1865  

So, did they marry before his divorce was finalized?  I haven’t found any further records regarding the divorce from Mary, so I don’t know.

POST SCRIPT:  Martha Thomas Johnson Frampton was adjudged insane and sent to an asylum in Topeka, Kansas, according to this newspaper article in The Olathe Mirror on 2 Sep 1886.  She died just 6 months later on 8 Mar 1887.  As we know, people were admitted to asylums for reasons such as mental issues, but also for illnesses.
Published in The Olathe Mirror 2 Sep 1886, page 2

William went on to marry one more time, to Ella Eckman 4 Apr 1888.  She was 25 years younger than him.  She filed for his Civil War Pension upon his death in 1912.  This was William's longest marriage - 24 years.

Kansas, County Marriage Records, 1811-1911

Name:    Ella Eckman
Gender:    Female
Age:    33
Birth Date:    abt 1855
Marriage Date:    4 Apr 1888
Marriage Place:    Douglas, Kansas, USA
Spouse:    William W Trampton
Film Number:    001547790

Marriage record - William W. Frampton to Ella Eckman - 4 Apr 1888

William Walker Frampton certainly had no trouble attracting women.  He was never unmarried for very long.

Do you have ancestors who married multiple times?  I’d love to hear about them.

If you are connected to any of the ancestors mentioned in this post, or have any additional information about them, please contact me.
TOMBSTONE TUESDAY–Civil War Soldier Headstones (William W. Frampton mentioned here)
FRIDAY FINDS - Newspaper article - David Frampton, Rebel Prisoner - Dec 1861

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

TODAY IN OUR FAMILY ~ It’s my great grandmother, Florence Hunter’s birthday–she would have been 150 years old today

Happy birthday to you Florence Hunter.  You were born 150 years ago today!

You are my maternal great grandmother.  I feel as though I know you from all the research I've done.  I’m blessed to have many pictures of you.

You were born on 7 Aug 1869 in Newport, Campbell, Kentucky to James Gillen Hunter (1832-1894) & Susan Caroline Boggs (1842-1913).

You first married Robert Edward Bowden on 10 Mar 1887, at age 17, in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio.  You and Robert had two daughters, my grandmother, also named Florence, born 31 Jan 1888 and Edna, born 1 Jan 1890.

You and Robert divorced in 1899 and you next married George Keatley Bell (1870-1952), on 16 Oct 1904.  You were married until your death in 1946.  He died 2 Nov 1952.

I remember my grandma telling me that you ran a boarding house.  In fact, it was at that very place that she met my grandfather, Joseph A. Milne.

One of the earliest photos I have is actually a 4 generation portrait taken sometime around 1907, after the birth of your first grandchild, Dorothy Irene Milne.
Back row-L-R - Florence Hunter and her daughter Florence.  Seated is Florence Hunter's mother, Susan C. Boggs and baby Dorothy Milne, her first grandchild

The next picture is a lovely group picture of you and five of your six sisters.

Here are several more photos I have put together in a video.  
(You can enlarge the video to full screen in the lower right hand corner)
Click twice if the video doesn't begin

You died 4 years before I was born, on 27 May 1946 at Osteopathic Hospital in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri.  You were 76 years, 9 months and 20 days old.  You died after a fall at home that fractured your right femur.

I wish we could have met.  I have SO many questions I need to ask you.  How fun it would be to sit down and chat.  I bet you would have many stories to tell me.  Your daughter, my grandmother, was the original family historian and passed that love along to me.
Rest in peace great grandmother.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

WEDDING WEDNESDAY with a TWIST ~ How many divorces have I recorded?

Instead of my usual Wedding Wednesday post, I thought I would shake it up a bit.
I record marriage details in my Legacy program.  These can include the following:
  • Date of marriage
  • Place of marriage
  • Witnesses to marriage
  • Married by – name of Pastor, Priest or Justice of the Peace who performed the ceremony
  • Where they went for their honeymoon
  • Status of the marriage – Divorced, husband or wife deceased, Common law etc.
  • Date & detail of the divorce
Out of curiosity I wondered how many couples I have in my database who are listed as divorced?

I’ve never thought to review this statistic before.

I used Search>Find>Detailed Search and filled in the boxes as follows

With the click of a mouse the list was created.
My Legacy database contains 6287 individuals.  Of those there are 2424 that are married. 

I had no idea.  And certainly, I am not privy to the status on all the marriages I’ve recorded.
There were 166 people on the list – making for 83 divorced couples.  Taking the number of individuals I have as married and dividing it into 166 people that are divorced, I get a total percentage of divorces of .0684.

Is that a lot or not too many?  Again, I have no idea.

I know my Dad divorced twice, my Mom once. My 3 lifelong friends all have divorced parents.
I think it’s much more common today, but it certainly wasn’t unheard of during our grandparents & great grandparent’s times.  As evidenced by my report.

Have you ever run this report for your own tree?  If so, I’d love to hear about it.  I know all you Legacy users out there can create the report and I expect the other programs have something similar.
Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall