52 Ancestors: Mary Elizabeth Markey (1878-1938)

Amy Johnson Crow used a weekly blog theme of “52 Ancestors” in her blog post Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Although Amy decided to stop posting on this challenge, Randy Seaver has continued posting his ancestors on Geneamusings.com.

My #13 ancestor on my Ahntenafel list is Mary Elizabeth Markey (1878-1938). She is my great-grandmother on my mother’s maternal line. She married Edward Christian Miller (1877-1954) before 1899. Although she passed before either my mother or me were born, she and I share some things in common. She had six sons and two daughters, her two daughters and her first son did not live beyond the day they were born.  I gave birth to seven children, five sons and two daughters. Two sons of my sons did not live beyond the day they were born.  Her children were born from 1899-1918, close to a 20 year span. Her oldest son was 16 when his youngest brother was born. My children were born during a 20 year span, and my eldest son is 20 years older then his youngest brother. Our birthdays were both in September, 101 years before my third son was born, also in September. If you look at her photograph, you can see she has white hair she wears in a bun. I’m working on my white hair, almost there. She died at the age of 59, days before her 60th birthday, since I turn 59 this year, let’s hope that one isn’t something we share in common.

I wrote another post about Mary Elizabeth Markey and her family. She was one of my brick walls, until I found information about her parents that solved one part of the mystery and brought up even more questions.

 

Mary Elizabeth Markey (1878-1938)

Name: Mary Elizabeth Markey
Sex: Female
Father: Thomas Markey (1842- Aft. 1905)
Mother: Anna L. Conroy (1840-1892)

I am descended through:

her son, Earl Miller (1903-1972), who married Ruth Miller (1911-1994)
their daughter, #3 Beverly Joy Miller (1939- … )

Facts

Birth: 21 Sep 1878 – New York
Marriage: Before 1899 – New York
Residence: 1905 – Colden, Erie County, New York, USA
Residence: 1915 – Colden, Erie County, New York, USA
Residence: 1920 – Colden, Erie County, New York, USA
Death: 18 Sep 1938 – New York, USA

Marriages and Children

  1. Edward Christian Miller (1877-1954)

Children

Francis Miller (1899-1899)
Harvey Miller (1902-1981)
Earl Miller (1903-1972)
Genevieve Miller (1906-1906)
Lawrence C Miller (1908-1991)
Laverne Albert Miller (1909-1946)
Harold E Miller (1918-2000)

Timeline

1878 – Born 21 Sep 1878 in New York[1, 2, 3, 4]
1899 – Marriage to Edward Christian Miller
1905 – Resided in Colden, Erie, New York, USA; Relation to Head of House: Wife[3]
1915 – Resided in Colden, Erie, New York, USA; Age: 35; Relation to Head of House: Wife[1]
1920 – Resided in Colden, Erie, New York, USA; Age: 41; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head[2]
1920 –
1930 – Resided in Colden, New York, USA; Age: 51; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Wife[4]
1938 – Died 18 Sep 1938 in New York, USA; Age 59; Complications from gallbladder surgery

Sources

  1. Ancestry.com, New York, State Census, 1915 (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data – State population census schedules, 1915. Albany, New York: New York State Archives.Original data: State population census schedules, 1915. Albany, New York: New York S), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Birth date: abt 1880
    Birth place: United States
    Residence date: 1 June 1915
    Residence place: Colden, Erie, New York, United States. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ sse.dll?db=1915nystatecensus&h=13083028&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt.
  2. Ancestry.com, 1920 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 on roll 323 (Chicago City.Original data – United States), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1920; Census Place: Colden, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1099; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 276; Image:. Birth date: abt 1879 Birth place: New York Residence date: 1920
    Residence place: Colden, Erie, New York. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dlldb=1920usfedcen&h=86900761&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt.
  1. New York, State Census, 1905 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1905; Election District: A.D. 08 E.D. 01; City: Colden; County: Erie; Page: 14.
  2. Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1930; Census Place: Colden, Erie, New York; Roll: 1435; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 386; Image: 75.0. Birth date: abt 1879 Birth place:
    Residence date: 1930
    Residence place: Colden, Erie, New York. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll? db=1930usfedcen&h=27869015&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt.
  3. 5  1900 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Year: 1900; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 14, Erie, New York; Roll: 1028; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0105; FHL microfilm: 1241028.

Thanks and Gratitude 2016

This year has been a rough one. I’m waving goodbye to it with no tears, I won’t miss it at all. This is the year I’ve promised myself that I will be less cynical and more grateful for what I have.

I want to thank my mom, for being there when I needed her and standing back when I didn’t. Someday, I plan to be there when you need me, which other then holding up a tree in the wind, isn’t very often.

I want to thank my husband for being there for 41 years and realizing that he’s not going anywhere and he’s stuck with me. He’s become rather fond of me, like an old comfy shoe or mold. He still makes my stomach flutter and my heart skip a beat. Then again, my heart does that all on it’s own.

I want to thank my children, James, Mateo, Samantha, Alexandra and Magnus for being who they are and loving me for who I am. I want to thank their spouses and significant others, Joe Ramirez and Jim Barron. They’ve all weathered some storms, but they’re all weebles and they get right back up and trudge onward, perhaps a bit bruised and battered, but still the strong, capable, belligerent kids I’ve tried to raise. Keep on trudging guys, you’ll get to where you want to go. If I gave you nothing through your lives, it’s the tenacity and the strength to keep trying.

Thank you to the rest of my family, who through the years, I have become closer to. Thank you to my maternal uncle Mel Miller and aunt Maryann Digiovanni Miller who welcomed me to his 80th birthday party this year. I’m so happy I was able to join him and meet some of the family on that side. Thanks to my maternal cousins, Lisa Miller Katz and Christine Ceccarelli and their husbands, Evan Katz and Mark Ceccarelli that I recently met, who are both wonderful people. Thank you to their children, I’ve only met two of them but they’re both growing nicely into their roles in the world.

Thank you to my paternal side of the family. My cousins, Shirley Langlois, her daughter Tawni Pantera, and Susan Langlois. We’ve recently connected on Facebook and promised a family lunch soon, although we’ve promised before, I’m hoping it’s coming in 2017.

Thank you to the other family members, distant or departed that I’ve connected with this year. There were many lost children that I found, children that no one mentioned, that nobody knew about. Two of them were Herbert and Perley Riordan. I found out why their parents were absent from census records. They’d been deported when he was released from San Quentin in 1931. There was also the mystery of my 2nd great-grandmother, Mary Alice Hankinson and her family. I found her in the 1881 Canada census with Gilbert and Mary A Hankinson, who I assumed were her parents. Something happened to her parents, found on her birth certificate as James Hartshorn Hankinson and Susan Hannah Grant and Gilbert, a relative was caring for her. Her sister, Effie Hankinson was living nearby with another family. The Hankinson’s came from Lancashire, England, originally settling in New Jersey. When the revolutionary war broke out, they sided with England and ended up in Nova Scotia after losing everything they had. That’s a story still opening up for me.

There was the mystery surrounding Mary Elizabeth Markey, my great-grandmother on my maternal side. There was also the story of her mother Anna L. Conroy, a business woman whose husband, Thomas Markey had to sell land when she died to settle her business debts, which I will write about soon. There was Anne and Catherine Markey, Thomas Markey’s sisters, who died on the same day in 1904. The Markey line goes back to Ireland in 1810, when James Markey was born in the early 1800s and came to New York in 1840.

Although I’ve found bits of info on my paternal side, there are still great mysteries to explore. Like, what their names really were and where they were really from. I’ve sent my DNA away for genealogical analysis. We’ll see if that turns up any new rocks to flip over.

I want to thank friends who have stuck around for years. Chris Barrow and I have been friends since 2003. I regard him as a friend and a mentor and I’m happy to work with him whenever I can. We’ve called each other siblings from another mother through the years. Working on my genealogy, I’ve discovered that we share a genealogical location. Perhaps I will find out we really are related after all. I regard Simon and Laura Reilly as good friends as well, we’ve known one another since 2005.

Thank you to my childhood friends that are still with me. Jean Mumbleau and Toni McCarty and I go way back to high school. It’s hard to believe that we still connect on Facebook after all these years. I can thank Facebook for bringing back Oskar Avilla, a neighbor and playmate. His family is from Columbia and he currently lives in Bolivia. Oskar looked me up and found me and we have messaged one another several times. We played together in Sierra Madre, California when we were five and six.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank those that I’ve worked with this year.

Even thought we’ve lost so many beloved celebrities this year, I’m hopeful that the grim reaper has had his/her fill for awhile. Thank you to those that gifted us with their talent. There were so many that touched my heart, Florence Henderson, Gene Wilder, Carrie Fisher, David Bowie, Prince, and George Michael. I spent most of this week listening to George Michael songs.

I hope 2017 brings you all happiness and joy and most of all love.

Why Gmail is Rejecting Your Newsletter

Today marks the day that Gmail will  join Hotmail, Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL and many other email providers in rejecting emails that aren’t sent from their own servers.

Why Are They Rejecting My Emails?

Many email providers have set up special policies in their email server software that will reject emails that are not sent from their own engines. It’s a good thing, and its something you should be doing when you send out your email too. They are doing this to ward off spam for their readers.

What Happens If I Don’t Fix This?

Your readers will not receive the emails you are sending, period.  This applies to all external, bulk mail systems like Infusionsoft, MailChimp, Aweber, 1ShoppingCart (or any shopping cart), Ontraport, etc. It applies to your shopping cart, any automated emails or bulk that are sent. It also applies to email that you send from your own website, when people sign up for your newsletter, fill in a form or opt-in, your contact me form, and any other automated emails that you send from your website. Again, if you ignore this, your emails will not be received by your readers and website visitors.

Don’t panic. Take a deep breath.

If you use your own domain email address as the “from” address, newsletter@mydomain.com, as an example, you are fine. You have this issue covered.

If you use another email address to send your bulk emails where the domain name is from another company, like those listed above, you need to make some changes.

How Do I Find Out What I’m Using?

Log into any provider of any service that you use to send emails out to your prospect or customer list. Go to the settings for the account and for all the lists and forms that you maintain on the provider’s system. Double check to make sure you are using your own domain email address.

Make a list of all your providers and your website forms and identify the email address that’s being used to send out the email.

I’m Using My Own Domain Email Address

The best solution is to always use an address using your own domain to send out any email. This applies to your newsletter, any bulk email from any external provider and any other emails that you send out from your website.

What If I’m NOT Using My Own Domain Email Address?

If you are NOT using your own domain email address to send bulk and automated emails, you’ll need to use an existing email address or create a new one.

If you don’t have your own domain yet, now is the time to do it. Buy a domain and setup email when you purchase the domain.

Now that you have the email address, get that list out that you made, identifying any of the email addresses you are using to send out your bulk and automated emails.

Log into each service and plug in the new or existing domain email address into all of the software systems that you identified above.

Crisis Averted

You have already been using the proper procedure to send out your automated or bulk email, using your own domain email address, or you’ve now established a new email address and are using it instead of external systems like Gmail. One more step.

Make sure you have that email address or email addresses set up properly on your domain. You’re going to need your own policy set up so that any server that receives an email from you knows you aren’t spam and are sending a valid email from a valid server.

The policy is called an SPF record and its done on your domain, usually using your control panel. Each hosting provider may have a different way of doing this. You’ll have to find out what the method is and create or add to your SPF record to make your email address safe for consumption.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing this or don’t have the time, I’m happy to take a look at your systems and ensure that your emails to your prospects and clients are being delivered properly.

Gmail will start doing this today, June 30th, 2016, but many other email providers have already implemented this and your emails may already be getting rejected. Don’t wait, get it done now.

52 Ancestors: Edward Christian Miller

Edward Miller, Mary Elizabeth Markey and family

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of “52 Ancestors” in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I am posting my ancestors, one week at a time.

My #12 ancestor on my Ahntenafel list is Edward Christian Miller (1877-1954). He is my great-grandfather on my maternal line. He married Mary Elizabeth Markey (1878-1938) before 1899.

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Edward was a dairy farmer descended from a family of dairy farmers. He was born, lived (except during a short time in Buffalo, New York shortly after his marriage) and died in Colden, Erie County, New York in 1954. His wife passed in 1938, and he lived with his children on the family farm above the barn in his own quarters until his death. Thanks to my cousin, Lois Miller, I have some photos of his family. Perhaps I can find out more about him when the 1950 census and more New York records are released.

I am descended through:

#6 Earl Miller (1903-1972), who married #7 Ruth Dorothy Riordan (1911-1994) in 1934.
#5 Beverly Ditman (1939-), who married #4 William Ditman (1933-1997) in 1956.
#1 Kimberly Ditman (1958-)


Individual

Name: Edward Christian Miller [1-9]
Sex: Male
Occupation: Dairy farmer
Father: Christian F Miller (1851-1928)
Mother: Salome Frantz Kummer (1850-1938)

Facts and Events

  • Birth: 16 Jan 1877 in New York[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
  • Census:28 Jun 1880 in New York, USA; (age 3)[1]
  • Census:16 Feb 1892 in New York, USA; (age 16)[2]
  • Census: 02 Jun 1900 in Buffalo Ward 14, Erie, New York, USA; (age 23)[3]
  • Census: 01 Jun 1905 in Colden, Erie, New York, USA; (age 28)[4]
  • Census: 01 Jun 1915 in New York, USA; (age 38)[5]
  • Census: 13 Jan 1920 in New York, USA; (age 43)[6]
  • Census: 03 Apr 1930 in New York, USA; (age 52)[7]
  • Census: 01 Apr 1940 in New York, USA; (age 63)[8]
  • Death: 17 Aug 1954 in New York, USA (age 77) [9]

Marriages/Children

  1. Mary Elizabeth Markey (1878-1938)

Marriage: Bef. 1899[6]
Children:

  • Francis Miller (1899-1899)
  • Harvey Miller (1902-1981)
  • Earl Miller (1903-1972)
  • Genevieve Miller (1906-1906)
  • Lawrence C Miller (1908-1991)
  • Laverne Albert Miller (1909-1946)
  • Harold E Miller (1918-2000)

Sources

[1] 1880 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Census Place: Colden, Erie, New York; Roll: 826; Family History Film: 1254826; Page: 219A; Enumeration District: 85; Image: 0564.

The Christian Miller household was enumerated on 28 Jun 1880 in Colden, Erie County New York. The household included:

  • Christian Miller, male, age 29, married, farmer
  • Sally Miller, female, age 29, wife, married, keeps house
  • Louise Miller, female, age 5, daughter
  • Edward Miller, male, age 3, son
  • Arthur Miller, male, age 1, son

[2] New York, State Census, 1892, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12129-254924-66?cc=1529100 : accessed 6 October 2015), Erie,Colden; image 5 of 10; county offices, New York.

The Christian Miller household was enumerated on 16 Feb 1892 in Colden, Erie County, New York. The household included:

  • Christian F Miller, male, 41, born in U.S. Farmer
  • Salome Miller, female, 42, born in Germany
  • Louise Miller, female, 17, born in US
  • Edward Miller, male, 16, born in US
  • Arthur Miller, male, 14, born in US
  • Eda E. Miller, female, 7, born in US
  • George A Miller, male, 3, born in US

[3] 1900 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Year: 1900; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 14, Erie, New York; Roll: 1028; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0105; FHL microfilm: 1241028.

The Edward Miller household was enumerated on 02 Jun 1900 in Buffalo Ward 14, Erie County, New York. The household included:

  • Edward C Miller, male, born Jan 1877, age 23, married, 2 years, born New York, father born Germany, mother born Germany
  • Mary, wife, female, born Sep 1878, age 21, married, 2 years, born New York, father born New York, mother born New York

[4] New York, State Census, 1905 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1905; Election District: A.D. 08 E.D. 01; City: Colden; County: Erie; Page: 14.

The Edward Miller household was enumerated on 01 Jun 1905, in Colden, Erie County, New York. The household included:

  • Edward C Miller, head, male, age 28, born United States, citizen, farmer
  • Elizabeth M Miller, wife, female, age 25, born United States, citizen, housework
  • Harvey Miller, son, male, age 3, born United States, citizen, at home
  • Earl Miller, son, male, age 1, born United States, citizen, at home
  • William White, boarder, male, age 64, born Canada, Al, pattern maker

[5] New York, State Census, 1915 (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Colden, Erie, New York. Page 23;Address: East Road;citing State population census schedules, 1915. Albany, New York: New York State Archives; )

The Edward Miller household was enumerated on 01 Jun 1915 in Colden, Erie County, New York. The household included:

  • Edward Miller, head, male, age 38, born United States, farmer
  • Elizabeth M Miller, wife, female, age 35, born United States, housework
  • Harvey W Miller, son, male, age 13, born United States, school
  • Earl Miller, son, male, age 11, born United States, school
  • Lawrence C Miller, son, male, age 9, born United States, school
  • Laverne A Miller, son, male, age 5, born United States, school
  • Edward J Ross, boarder, male, 38, born United States, Farm Laborer

[6] 1920 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Census Place: Colden, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1099; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 276; Dwelling #67, Family #67.

The Edward Miller household was enumerated on 13 Jan 1920 in Colden, Erie County, New York. The household included:

  • Edward C Miller, Head, owner, free, male, age 43, married, born New York, father born New York, mother born Germany, farmer, dairy farm
  • Lizzie Miller, wife, female, age 41, married, born New York, father born New York, mother born New York
  • Harvey Miller, son, male, age 18, single, born New York, farm laborer, family farm
  • Earl Miller, son, age 16, single, born New York
  • Lawrence, son, age 11, single, born New York
  • Laverne, son, age 10, single, born New York
  • Harold, son, age 1 10/12, single, born New York

[7] 1930 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1930; Census Place: Colden, Erie, New York; Roll: 1435; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 386; Image: 75.0.

The Edward Miller household was enumerated on 03 Apr 1930 in Colden, Erie County, New York. The household included:

  • Edward Miller, head, owner, male, age 52, married, age 21 at marriage, born New York, father born New York, mother born Germany, farmer, own farm
  • Elizabeth Miller, wife, female, age 51, married, age 20 at marriage, born New York, father born New York, mother born New York
  • Lawrence Miller,  son, male, age 21, single, mechanic, garage
  • Lavern Miller, son, male, age 20, single, no occupation

[8]  1940 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627)

The Edward Miller household was enumerated on 01 Apr 1940 in Colden, Erie County, New York. The household included:

  • Edward Miller, head, male, age 63, widowed, born New York
  • Harvey Miller, son, male, age 37, married, born New York, proprietor, Retail drugstore
  • Viola Miller, daughter-in-law, female, age 30, married, born New York
  • Glen Miller, grand son, male, age 8, single, born New York

[9] Earl Miller Family Tree Record Image, Dec 1968; privately held by Kimberly Joy Ditman Black, Ramona, California, United States, 2015. citing Edward Miller b 1-16-1877 b. Elizabeth Markey, d. 8-17-1954.

 

52 Ancestors: Belle Maud Fleharty (1872-1957)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of “52 Ancestors” in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I am posting my ancestors, one week at a time.

[I currently have no photo for Belle, but it’s on my list of photos to search for. I also don’t have a photo of where she is buried but I believe she’s buried at Forest Lawn with her husband James Clark in California.]

Belle Maud Fleharty (1872-1957) is #11 on my Ahntenafel list. She is my great-grandmother on my paternal line.

I was born after Belle died in 1957, so I don’t have any knowledge of her other than stories I have heard and my research. I have always been told that she was “mean”.  After researching her background, I have believe she had every reason to be.

Belle Maud Fleharty, “Mom Belle”, had a wonderful early childhood. She was born Belle Maud Fleharty on 17 Oct 1872 in Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois. However, she lost both her father and mother before she was 9. Her father, William Lane Fleharty, was a grocer, but his business failed, later he owned a nursery. At the age of 3, when her mother was pregnant with her younger sister, Vinnie, her father, died at 46 of a burst appendix. He survived for a month, before succumbing, dying in bed, at home. Her mother, Elizabeth Ann Terrell, continued on for five years on her own, with her young children but died at 45 of stomach cancer. Their older children Stephen Fleharty and William Fleharty, took on the responsibility for their younger siblings, raising them with their own children to adulthood.  The Fleharty’s were predominately Methodists.

Belle attended college at Lombard University and met her future husband there. He was the Vice-Regent of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, Chapter Delta Theta and theology later a student at Ryder Divinity School.  She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta. They named their two older daughters Delta Sigma and Theda G. They were married in 1896 and moved from Illinois to Wisconsin where he was a Universalist Pastor. Later they moved to California and were homeowners in Pasadena, California. In 1911, Belle lost the love of her life. He was a mason and while building a wall, it fell on him. She was left with five children to raise, which she did by cleaning other people’s homes and taking in sewing. She maintained ownership of the home throughout the rest of her life, renting out a cottage in the back to make ends meet.

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Name: Belle Maud Fleharty[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]
Sex: Female
Father: William Lane Fleharty (1829-1875)
Mother: Elizabeth Ann Terrell (1835-1880)

Facts and Events

  • Birth: 17 Oct 1872 – 12 Nov 1957 in Illinois[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]
  • Census: 1880 in Knox, Knox, Illinois, United States[2]
  • Census: 1900 in Neenah City, Winnebago, Wisconsin[4]
  • Census: 1910 in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California[5]
  • Census: 1920 in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California[3]
  • Census: 1930 in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California[7]
  • Census: 01 Apr 1940 in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, United States[6]
  • Death: 12 Nov 1957 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States[1]

Marriages/Children

  1. James Alvin Clark (1868-1911)
    Marriage: 19 Nov 1896 in Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, USA[8]
    Children:
    Delta Sigma Clark (1897-1989)
    Theda G Clark (1900-1986)
    Mary Elizabeth Clark (1902-1984)
    James Alvin Clark Jr (1904-1975)
    Edith Helen Clark (1905-1986)

Sources

[1] California Death Index, 1940-1997 (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.Original data – State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.Original d), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com.

The transcription of the death index follows:

  • Name: Belle Maud Clark
  • [Belle Maude Fleharty]
  • Gender: Female
  • Birth Date: 17 Oct 1872
  • Birth Place: Illinois
  • Death Date: 12 Nov 1957
  • Death Place: Los Angeles
  • Mother’s Maiden Name: Terrell
  • Father’s Surname: Fleharty

[2] 1880 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Page: 231.1000, Dwelling #34, Family #36. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints© Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limite), Ancestry.com, http:// www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1880; Census Place: Knox, Knox, Illinois; Roll: T9_220; Family History Film: 1254220; Enumeration District: 140; Image: 0464.

In the 1880 Federal Census, the Elizabeth Fleharty family was enumerated on 5 Jun 1880 residing in Knox Township, Knox County, Illinois.  The household included:

  • Elizabeth Fleharty, female, age 45, widowed, keeping house, born in Ohio
  • William H. Fleharty, male, age 22, single, son, farmer, born in Illinois
  • Elizabeth A. Fleharty, female, age 13, daughter, school, born in Illinois
  • Belle M. Fleharty, female, age 8, daughter, school, born in Illinois
  • Vinnie A. Fleharty, female, age 4, daughter, house, born in Illinois

Note: Stephen Fleharty, William Lane Fleharty’s father, age 80, his 3rd wife Julia R and their son Edwin are living next door.

[3] Ancestry.com, 1920 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Page: 11A, House #80, Dwelling #130, Family #131. Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1920; Census Place: Pasadena, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T625_117; Enumeration District: 499; Image: 141.

In the 1910 Federal Census, the Bell M Clark family was enumerated on 9 September 1920 residing in Pasadena, Township, Los Angeles, California.  The household included:

  • Bell M. Clark, age 47, widowed, Reader, private parties, born in Illinois, father form in Illinois, mother born in Illinois.
  • Mary E. Clark, daughter, age 17, single, born in Iowa
  • James A. Clark, son, age 15, single, born in California
  • Edith H. Clark, daughter, age 14, single, born in California

[4]  1900 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Page 20, Dwelling #415, Family #424. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623,), Ancestry.com, http:// www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1900; Census Place: Neenah Ward 3, Winnebago, Wisconsin, Page:20B; Enumeration District: 0127; FHL microfilm: 1241824.

In the 1900 Federal Census, the James Clark family was enumerated on 16 Jun 1900 residing in Neenah, Winnebago, Wisconsin.  The household included:

  • James A. Clark, male, age 30, married 3 years, born Dec 1869 in Illinois, father born in New York, mother born in New York, Pastor, Universalist Church.
  • Bell M Clark, wife, female, married 3 years, age 27, born Oct 1872 in Illinois, father born in Illinois, mother born in Ohio
  • Delta S Clark, daughter, single, born Oct 1897 in Wisconsin, age 2

[5]  1910 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.) citing NARA.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Thirteenth Census of the Unit). Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 293; Image: 23, Dwelling #55, Family #56. Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1910; Census Place: Pasadena, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T624_86;

In the 1910 Federal Census, the James A. Clark family was enumerated on 2 May 1910 residing in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California.  The household included:

  • James A Clark, Male, age 41, married 14 years, born Illinois, father born Indiana, mother born Illinois, mason, store and cement, self employed, homeowner.
  • Belle M Clark, female, age 37, married 14 years, 5 children, 5 children living, born in Illinois, father born in Ohio, mother born in Iowa.
  • Delta S. Clark, daughter, female, age 12, single, born in Illinois.
  • Theda G. Clark, daughter, female, age 9, single, born in Wisconsin.
  • Mary E. Clark, daughter, female, age 8, single, born in Iowa.
  • James A Clark, son, male, age 6, single, born in California.
  • Edith H. Clark, daughter, age 4, single, born in California.

[6] 1940 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA. Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 19-464, House #80, Dwelling #306. Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627), Ancestry.com, http:// www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1940; Census Place: Pasadena, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T627_241;

In the 1940 Federal Census, the Belle M Clark family was enumerated on 18 Apr 1940 residing in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California.  The household included:

  • Belle M Clark, female, age 67, widowed, born Illinois, no occupation listed, income from other sources
  • James A Clark, male, age 36, single, born California, employee Southern California Gas.

Note: Belle’s daughter, Theda Jourdan and her daughter Gloria B Jourdan are living in the rear house on 80 N Craig avenue.

[7]  1930 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626). Page: 2B, House #80, Dwelling #47, Family #48. Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1930; Census Place: Pasadena, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 168; Enumeration District: 1232; Image: 984.0.

In the 1930 Federal Census, the Belle M Clark family was enumerated on 3 Apr 1930 residing in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California.  The household included:

  • Belle M. Clark, female, age 51, widowed, born Illinois, father born Virginia, mother born Ohio, owned home, value $5,000.
  • Theda C. Jourdan, daughter, female, age 29, married at 17, divorced, born in Wisconsin, bookkeeper, drugstore.
  • Betty J Jourdan, granddaughter, female, age 8, born California
  • Gloria B Jourdan, granddaughter, female, age 5, born California
  • James A Clark, son, male, age 26, born California, no occupation

Note: Mary Clark and her husband Arthur Gilloon are living in the back house at 80 N Craig with their children Mary and James. They are enumerated as renters.

[8]  Illinois Marriages to 1815-1935, accessed 19 September 2015), James Alvin Clark and Belle Maude Fleharty, 19 Nov 1896; citing Galesburg, Knox, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,412,058.

The marriage index record transcription follows:

  • Name: James Alvin Clark
  • Spouse’s Name: Belle Maude Fleharty
  • Event Date: 19 Nov 1896
  • Event Place: Galesburg, Knox, Illinois
  • Father’s Name: Marcus Clark
  • Mother’s Name Martha J Baggs
  • Spouse’s Father’s Name: William H Fleharty
  • Spouse’s Mother’s Name: Elizabeth A Terrell

Note: Belle’s father’s name was William Lane Fleharty.

Wednesday’s Child: Lost Boys

Pine Grove Cemetery

My maternal 2nd great-grandfather, Daniel F. Riordan, is quite a story and I will address his background in a later post. His wife, Mary Alice Hankinson has a huge family, with members on both sides of the United States Revolutionary war. She also has a secret about her parentage that I’ve yet to uncover, I’ll address her later as well.

Today’s post is about their sons. My family knows about their three sons, Percy (my great-grandfather), Harold and Ralph. I’ve uncovered two other sons that died in childhood.

They are buried at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA. Perley is buried in Plot: Oxalis Path,Lot-116,Grave-1 and Herbert is buried in Plot: Oxalis Path,Lot-116,Grave-2. Neither of them have a headstone. Daniel, Mary Alice “Muddy”, and their three living boys moved to Los Angeles by 1910 and were living in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Pine Grove Cemetery
Pine Grove Cemetery

Perley Lee Riordan was born 18 Feb 1894 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA. He was born after Percy and Harold and before Ralph. He died at the age of four, just shortly before his fifth birthday on 31 Jan 1899 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA. The cause of death is shown as “Typhoid [?] Meningitis. The death record states his parents names were Daniel and Mary A Hanbinger, their names were Daniel F. Riordan and Mary Alice Hankinson.

Perley Lee Riordan Death Record
Perley Lee Riordan Death Record

Herbert D. Riordan was born 3 Jul 1896 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA, just two years after Perley. He died 14 Aug 1896 according to his death records.  The cause of death is shown as Cholera Infantum. His parent’s names are shown as Daniel and Mary A. Hankinson.

Herbert D Riordan Death Record
Herbert D Riordan Death Record

52 Ancestors: James Alvin Clark (1868-1911)

James Alvin Clark (1868-1911)

Amy Johnson Crow used a weekly blog theme of “52 Ancestors” in her blog post Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Although Amy decided to stop posting on this challenge, Randy Seaver has continued posting his ancestors on Geneamusings.com. I’ve decided to start posting my ancestors on a weekly basis. I’m going to use this as an opportunity to clean my data and sources.

James Alvin Clark is #10 on my Ahnentafel list. He is my paternal great-grandfather. He married Belle Maud Fleharty 1896 in Illinois, USA.

I am descended from him through:

  • #5 Edith Helen Clark (1905-1986), his daughter and my paternal grandmother.
  • #2 William Clark Ditman (1933-1997), his grandson and my father.

James Alvin Clark (1868-1911)

James Alvin Clark (1868-1911)

 

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Name: James Alvin Clark
Sex: Male
Father: Marcus Clark (1830-1894)
Mother: Martha Jane Baggs (1844-1899) [4]

Facts and Events

  • Birth: 09 Dec 1868 in Good Hope, McDonough, Illinois, USA [5]
  • Census: 1880 (age 11);Sciota, McDonough, Illinois, USA [2]
  • Letter: Love letter to Belle Maud Fleharty;9 Dec 1893 [5]
  • Letter: Love letter to Belle Maud Fleharty;Feb. 24, 1894;Santarium [6]
  • Census: 1900 (age 30);Neenah Ward 3, Winnebago, Wisconsin [8,13]
  • Census: 1910 (age 41);Pasadena, California [9]
  • Death: 10 Nov 1911 (age 42);Pasadena, Los Angeles, USA [10]
  • Occupation: 1900 Pastor, Church of the Good Shepherd Universalist Church [11,12]

Marriages and Children

  • Belle Maud Fleharty (1872-1957)
    • Marriage: 19 Nov 1896, Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, USA [7]
      • Children:
        • Delta Sigma Clark (1897-1989)
        • Theda G Clark (1900-1986)
        • Mary Elizabeth Clark (1902-1984)
        • James Alvin Clark, Jr. (1904-1975)
        • Edith Helen Clark (1905-1986)

Sources

[2] 1880 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints© Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.  All use is subject to the limite), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1880; Census Place: Sciota, Mc Donough, Illinois; Roll: T9_228; Family History Film: 1254228; Page: 22, Dwelling #202, Family # 199; Enumeration District: 168; Image: 0167. Birth date:  abt 1869  Birth place:  Illinois  Residence date:  1880  Residence place:  Sciota, Mc Donough, Illinois, United States.

[3] In the 1880 United States Federal Census, the Marcus Clarke family was enumerated on 11 Jun 1880 residing in Sciota, McDonough, Illinois, USA. The household included:

  • Marcus Clarke, male, head, age 49;born in Indiana;Farmer;father born in Kentucky;mother born in Kentucky;
  • Jane Clarke, female, wife, age 35;born in Illinois;father born in Kentucky;mother born in Kentucky;
  • Lizzie Clarke, female, daughter, age 15;born in Illinois;
  • Freddie Clarke, male, son, age 14;born in Illinois;
  • James Clarke, male, son, age 11;born in Illinois;
  • Burtie Clarke, male, son, age 3;born in Illinois;
  • Calvin Harvey, male, boarder; age 44;born in Illinois;Laborer;

[4] Unknown Author, Note to James Alvin Clark, undated. [The original handwritten letter is in the possession of Kimberly Joy Ditman. This note details the genealogical lines that James descends from.]

The transcription of this note follows:

Your Mother’s great grandfather’s name was James Guthrie; he was one of the Early settlers of Jefferson Co Ky. and your Mother’s grandfather’s name was James Guthrie. I do not know what his wife’s name was; they both died when your grandmother Guthrie and sister Mary, now Mrs. Mary Glover, were small, then then their Aunt Elizabeth Guthrie raised the two girls. She was living then in Louisville, Ky. Fred Baggs and Martha Guthrie were married in Indiana, then moved to Columbus Adams Co, Ill. where she died leaving Martha Jane and Charles Baggs. When small, your father and mother were married when your grandfather was living near Blandinsville, Ill.

[5] James Alvin Clark, Letter to Belle Maud Fleharty, 9 Dec 1893. [The original handwritten letter is in the possession of Kimberly Joy Ditman.]

The transcription of this letter follows:

Miss Fleharty:

I sometimes write poetry
As I think you’ll find out
And the object of this
I will tell you about.

When I woke up this morning
It was first striking five,
And I said to myself
“Well, I’m glad I’m alive”

But what terrible weather!
How it comes I can’t say
’cause I wanted it lovely
On this my birthday

How aged I feel
At twenty five years,
I may see a hundred-
But I have my fears

You’re just sweet sixteen
So some one tells me.
But who was it told me?
Whom do you think it could be?

There! The point of this rhyme
I [?] not forget
And why I’m writing this
I’ve not told you yet.

At a place called Randall
Out east of the city
Is a lot of poor heathen
Whom I think we should pity

So I ask you to come
And go with us tonight
For I know you’re quite apt
As a teacher of right

And with one protege

Why not take up some more
And help out us “theologs”,
We need it, I’m sure.

Please answer this missive,
If you choose with your pen
I entreat you, don’t be formal,
As you sometimes have been.

Now with this injunction
I shall bid you adiu
And thus say no more
Till I chance to see you.

I shall call at seven
If it is agreeable be
And until then –
Good bye, yours J.A.C.

December 9th, 1893

[6] James Alvin Clark, Letter to Belle Maud Fleharty, 24 Feb 1894. [The original handwritten letter is in the possession of Kimberly Joy Ditman. This letter was written from the Sanitarium. Was he at a Sanitarium as a pastor or was he recovering from an illness?]

The transcription of this letter follows:

Sanitarium, 11.45 P.M. Feb. 24, 1894

Of all the beautiful pictures
that hang on memory’s walls,
Is one of a charming young lady
that seemeth the best of all

Not for her singing and dancing,
though in them she might excel,
Not for her charms and graces
though which she might weave love’s fell.

But like the sweet singer of old,
who played in poetical act.
She strives modern [?]
And sings us the songs of the heart

The ballad is most to her liking
And with it she wields a great power
And makes us poor men quite beneath her
And women above us to tower.

Ah me! How she paints their good graces,
as she works in this rhythmical art,
I wonder if she ever thinks
that a man might perhaps have a heart?

Yes we poor insignificant creatures
would be charmed with a live from her pen,
Perhaps she’ll come down from the steeple,
Someday with as much as a thought for us men

But first let me paint you her picture
As she sits over there in her chair
Looking pleasant and happy of course
without a burden or vestige of care.

Her hair not uncommon, appears black,
her eyes seem to be the same hue,
But when I look to discover the color,
I can’t tell for my life – Say can you!

And her cheeks! Do they sometimes have roses
that blush all times of the year?
Well of course, I don’t date tell it all
because she is sitting so near.

For if she should tell me to stop
you see I would have to obey
So that would finish it all
And we couldn’t go on with the play

Nor must I tell all her good graces
for they would fill up a book
Besides she might think, I would flatter
And settle me with one charming look.

So you just remember to ask me
sometimes when she’s not around
And I’ll tell you all about her
E’en her ballads so profound.

But while were on this subject
I’ll tell you one thing more;
She quarreled with me last night
Perhaps she’s done so before.

To be sure it wasn’t serious
but yet it might have been.
And when she gave me a reproachful look
I couldn’t stand it, then.

So I took my hat and left.
And have not seen her today,
Yet I suppose she’s still alive
As it wouldn’t affect her anyway.

She’s such a peculiar [?]
that what’s in her mind You can’t tell.
Say I’m going to stop right here –
Please I don’t know her well.

[7] “Illinois Marriages, 1815-1935,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2GR-STP : accessed 23 January 2016), James Alvin Clark and Belle Maude Fleharty, 19 Nov 1896; citing Galesburg, Knox, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,412,058.

The transcription of the marriage abstract follows:

Name James Alvin Clark
Spouse’s Name Belle Maude Fleharty
Event Date 19 Nov 1896
Event Place Galesburg, Knox, Illinois
Father’s Name Marcus Clark
Mother’s Name Martha J Baggs
Spouse’s Father’s Name William H Fleharty
Spouse’s Mother’s Name Elizabeth A Terrell

[8] 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004 citing United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Page 20, House #526, Dwelling #415, Family #424; Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.

In the 1900 United States Federal Census, the James A Clark family was enumerated on 16 Jun 1900 residing in Neenah, Winnebago, Wisconsin. The household included:

  • James A Clark, male, age 30;born Dec 1869, in Illinois;married 3 years;father born in New York;mother born in New York;Pastor, Universalist Church.
  • Bell M Clark, female, age 29;born Oct 1872, in Illinois;married 3 years;1 child born, 1 child living;father born in Ohio;mother born in Ohio.
  • Delta S Clark, female, age 2;born Oct 1897, in Illinois;single;

[9] 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006; Page 10B, Dwelling #55, Family # 56; citing Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA.

In the 1910 United States Federal Census, the James A Clark family was enumerated on 3 May 1910 residing in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, USA. The household included:

  • James A Clark, head, male, white, age 41;married 14 years;born in Illinois;Mason;Store and cement;father born in Indiana;mother born in Illinois;
  • Belle M Clark, wife, female, white, age 37;married 14 years;born in Illinois;father born in Ohio;mother born in Iowa;
  • Delta S Clark, daughter, female, white, age 12;single;born in Illinois;
  • Theda G Clark, daughter, female, white, age 9;single;born in Wisconsin;
  • Mary E Clark, daughter, female, white, age 8;single;born in Iowa;
  • James A Clark, son, male, white, age 6;single;born in California;
  • Edith H Clark,daughter, female, white, age 4;single;born in California;
[10] Ancestry.com. California, Death Index, 1905-1939 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. citing California Department of Health and Welfare. California Vital Records-Vitalsearch (www.vitalsearch-worldwide.com). The Vitalsearch Company Worldwide, Inc., Pleasanton, California.
The transcription of the death index record follows:
Name: James A Clark
Birth Year: abt 1869
Death Date: 10 Nov 1911
Age at Death: 42
Death Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of death was cited by the family as having a wall he was building fall on him and kill him. I have not been able to prove this yet.
[11] Bunn’s Neenah Directory, 1900. The Ralph M Burtis Co., Neenah, Winnebago County, Wisconsin. [document online] http://www.kimberlyblack.com/james-alvin-clark-1868-1911/. Neenah Library, Neenah Winnebago, Wisconsin.
The transcription of this Directory is as follows:
CHURCHES
Church of the Good Sheperd – Rev J A Clark, pastor
Danish Lutheran – 306 Bond, Rev H P Jensen, pastor
Danish Lutheran – 520 Division, Rev H P Jenson, pastor
Danish Methodist – 300 Caroline, Rev H J Week, pastor
Danish and Norwegian Lutheran – 325 Washington, Rev J P Naarup, of Oshkosh, pastor
First ME – 215 E Wisconsin av. J D Cole, pastor
First Presbyterian – 215 Church, Fev John E Chapin, pastor
German Evangelical – Bond st, Rev J Schneller, pastor
German Lutheran – 122 Bond, Rev August Kleinhaus, Pastor
German Lutheran – 118 Oak, Rev Albert Froehlke, Pastor
Norwegian Lutheran – 508 South Commercial, Rev Mikel Mikelson, pastor
Seventh Day Adventist – 513 Henry, Rev J C Nielsen, pastor
Universalist – 526 North Commercial, Rev Calvin Clark, pastor
[12] Church History. Compiled by Mrs. Helen Clark Ritger. University of Wisconsin, Madison.
http://images.library.wisc.edu/WI/EFacs/NeenahLocHist/NHHistSFS/reference/wi.nhhistsfs.i0027
Universalist Church
The Universalist Church, also known as “The Church of The Good Shepherd,” had its own church building on the Island, near the dividing line on North Commercial Street, erected in 1867. The church had numerous pastors; a well-remembered one, Mrs. Mary J. DeLong, served for many years. A pew in the Washington, D.C., Universalist Church is dedicated to her memory.
The church needed remodeling and repairs, and for some time meetings were held in the “little white church on the island,” corner of East Forest Avenue and Second Street, where Roosevelt School now stands.
The former church building was rededicated in April, 1896, and Rev. Eddy served for several years.
Due to its declining membership, the church building was sold in 1904 to Samuel A. Cook, who tore it down and built the present S.A. Cook Armory on the same site.
[13] East Forest Avenue Historic District Preservation Plan April 2012. Neenah Wisconsin Landmarks Commission. http://www.ci.neenah.wi.us/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Ord-2012-7-Exh-B-East-Forest-Ave-Hist-Dist-Plan.pdf
Note: This document contains references to historic homes in Neenah, Wisconsin. Two of the homes that are noted were occupied in 1900 by neighbors of my great-grandfather, James Alvin Clark. The neighbors were notable members of the elite of Neenah, Wisconsin. On the 1900 census, Henry Spencer Smith and family was living in the next listing below James Alvin Clark at the former address of 532 E Forest Avenue, Neenah, Wisconsin. The address is now 706 East Forest Avenue, Neenah, Wisconsin. Below the Smith home, also on the 1900 census, was Frank B Whiting and his family, which is now 711 East Forest Avenue and across the street from the Smith home.  Since James Clark and family were interviewed before the Smith family and before the Whiting family, I can surmise that the address James Clark lived at was the current address of 803 or 804 East Forest. The buildings currently at 803 and 804 East Forest Avenue were not built until 1923 and 1942 and it is unknown what stood there previously in either case. James Clark was a Universalist Pastor and was renting the house in 1900.

52 Ancestors: Juliana Rinnert (1855-1933)

RINNERT-juliana-1844-1933

Amy Johnson Crow used a weekly blog theme of “52 Ancestors” in her blog post Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Although Amy decided to stop posting on this challenge, Randy Seaver has continued posting his ancestors on Geneamusings.com. I’ve decided to start posting my ancestors on a weekly basis. I’m going to use this as an opportunity to clean my data and sources.

Juliana Rinnert (1855-1933) is #9 on my Ahnentafel list. She is my paternal great-grandmother. She married William Dittman (1844-1918) in 1876.

Julianna Rinnert (1855-1933)
Julianna Rinnert (1855-1933)

Julianna’s parents were German immigrants, Adam Rinnert (1820-1893) and Catherine Lappe (1829-1907).  Adam was a shoemaker who settled in New York, then moved to Canada, Connecticut, Michigan, finally Colorado. In Colorado, he purchased more than 1500 acres of land and raised cattle. Julianna inherited some of this land in Colorado and on this land, with her husband, raised seven children, five that survived to adulthood. When her son Willie died she took in one of the workers on the ranch, William Enoch, he was very ill and he convalesced on the ranch. When her daughter, Cora passed away as a teenager, Julia was so lonesome for her that she adopted a friend of the family’s daughter, Elsie [7].

Juliana went by Julia, Juliana and Etta. After she and her husband were married, they traveled to Cape Horn and across the Isthmus of Panama. She got out of the boat so that she could cross it on foot. She cooked extensively for her family,  making sauerkraut, bread, smoked and dried meats and ice cream. My grandfather told many stories about his Mama, as he called her, but my favorite was when he would talk about the boys Ray, Roy and Earl having a bear cub their father found and they kept as a pet. As a young cub, the bear slept in the house but as he got older, and bigger, she would chase it out of the house in the morning with her broom.

Her husband died in 1918 and she and several neighbors were involved in a suit for water rights on their land. In May of 1920, she was forced to sell the land she inherited from her father and move to a very small home with her youngest son, Earl. They sold all of their possessions in an auction.

Ditman Ranch Auction - 21 May 1920
Ditman Ranch Auction – 21 May 1920 Plateau Voice

Descendency

  • #4 Earl Grant Ditman (1899-1983), who married #5 Edith Helen Clark (1905-1986) in 1927.
  • #2 William Clark Ditman (1933-1997), who married #3 Beverly Joy Miller in 1956.
  • #1  Kimberly Joy Ditman (1958-   ), who married James Black in 1975.

Facts and Events

  • Name: Juliana Rinnert [1]
  • Sex: Female
  • Father: Adam Rinnert (1820-1893)
  • Mother: Catherine Lappe (1829-1907)
  • Birth: 24 Oct 1855, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA [1]
  • Marriage: 23 Oct 1876, Grand Junction, Arapahoe, Colorado, USA [3]
  • Death: 18 Dec 1933 (age 78) of lobar pneumonia, Douglas, Polk, Oregon, USA [10]
  • Burial: 21 Dec 1933, Douglas County, Oregon, USA [10, 11]
  • 1861 Canada Census: Julia Rinert, single; 14 Jan 1861 (age 6), Pelham, Welland, Canda West [1]
  • 1870 US Census: Julia Rennert, single; 14 Jul 1870 (age 14), Hume, Huron, Michigan, USA [2]
  • 1880 US Census: Julia Ditman, married; 14-16 Jun 1880 (age 23), Elbert County, Colorado, USA [4]
  • 1885 Colorado Census: Julia Ditman, married;1 Jun 1885 (age 28), Mesa, Colorado, USA [5]
  • 1900 US Census: Julia Ditman, married; 20 Jun 1900 (age 44), Mesa, Mesa Precinct No 5, Colorado, USA [6]
  • 1910 US Census: Julia Ditman, married; 23-26 Apr 1910 (age 54), Mesa, Precent 5, Mesa, Colorado, USA [7]
  • 1920 US Census: Etta Ditman, widowed; 9-10 Jan 1920 (age 63), DeBeque, Mesa, Colorado, USA [8]
  • 1930 US Census: Julia Dittman, widowed;5 Apr 1930 (age 74), Newburg, Douglas, Oregon, USA [9]

Marriages

  1. William Dittman (1844-1918)
    • Marriage 23 Oct 1876, Grand Junction, Arapahoe, Colorado, USA [3]

Children

  1. Gertrude Ditman (1877-1944)
  2. Edgar Park Ditman (1878-1969)
  3. William Ditman (1882-1895)
  4. Cora Dittman (1887-1906)
  5. Raymond Lowel Dittman (1890-1975)
  6. Leroy Lewis Dittman (1890-1973)
  7. Earl Grant Ditman (1899-1983)

Sources

[1] 1861 Census of Canada (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2009. Appreciation is expressed to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for providing the 1861 Canada Census Index..Original data – Census returns for 1861. Microfilm C-999 to C)

In the 1861 Census of Canada, the Adam Rinert family resided in Pelham, Welland, Canda West. The household included:

  • Adam Rinert, 41, Shoe Maker, born Germany, Hessen, Calvanist CofS
  • Catherine Rinert, 40, born Germany, Hessen, Calvanist CofS
  • John Rinert, 15, born U States, Calvanist CofS
  • Catherine Rinnert, 13, born U States, Calvanist CofS
  • Adam Rinert, 10, born U States, Calvanist CofS
  • Cristine Rinnert, 13, born U States, Calvanist CofS
  • Julia Rinnert, 6, born U States, Calvanist CofS
  • Louisa Rinnert, 3, born U.C., Calvanist CofS

[2] 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.;citing NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.

In the 1870 United States Federal Census, the Adam Rennert family resided in Hume, Huron, Michigan. The household included:

  • Adam Rennert, 50, Shoemaker, born in Hesse-Cassel. His real estate value was $1,000 and his personal value was $300.
  • Catherine Rennert, 48, Keeping house, born in Hesse-Cassel.
  • John Rennert, 24, Farmer, born in New York, USA
  • Adam Rennert, 20, Farmer, born in New York, USA
  • Christina, 16, At Home, born in Canada
  • Julia, 14, At Home, born in Canada
  • Louisa, 12, At Home, born in Canada

[3] Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006,  database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KNQS-Q77 : accessed 16 January 2016), William Ditman and Mary Rinnert, 23 Oct 1876, Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States; citing no. B 65 P 192, State Archives, Denver; FHL microfilm 1,690,070.

The transcription of the marriage certificate for William Ditman and Juliana Rinnert reads:

State of Colorado
Division of Vital Statistics
MARRIAGE RECORD REPORT

No B 65
P 192

County Denver
Husband’s Name: DITMAN, WILLIAM Age – Race W
Wife’s Name: RINNERT, MARY Age – Race W
Place of Marriage DENVER COLOR Date 10/23/1876
Name of Official who Performed Ceremony J.M. STURTEVANT JR.
Title MIN Address DENVER COLO

Reported by [blank]
Address [blank]

Note the bride’s name as Mary Rinnert, not Juliana. This is the correct date, husband’s name.

[4] 1880 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Elbert, Colorado:  Page 10, dwelling #103, family #112, William Ditman household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

In the 1880 United States Federal Census, the William Ditman family resided in Elbert, Colorado. The household included:

  • William Ditman, 30, Sawyer, born in Canada
  • Julia, 23, Keeping house, born in Conn.
  • Gertrude, 2, born in Calafornia [sp?]
  • Edward P, 1, born in Colorado

Note: Her parents, Adam and Catherine Rinnert, were living in the next household.

[5] 1885 Colorado Census, Population Schedule, Mesa, Colorado:  Pages 9-10, dwelling #113, family #127, Wm Ditman household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration. Schedules of the Colorado State Census, 1885. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M158, 8 rolls.

In the 1885 Colorado Census, the Wm Ditman family resided in Mesa, Colorado. The household included:

  • Wm Ditman, 36, farmer, born in Germany.
  • Julia, 28, Housewife, born in Conn.
  • G., 8, born in Cal.
  • Edw., 6, born in Colo.
  • Wm., 5, born in Colo. ( Next page, nearly missed)

[6] 1900 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Mesa, Colorado:  Roll 126, Page 18B, dwelling #365, family #368, William Ditman household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.

In the 1900 United States Federal Census, the William Ditman family resided in Mesa, Mesa, Colorado. The household included:

  • William Ditman, Apr 1849, 51, married 23 years, born in Michigan, farmer.
  • Julia Ditman, Oct 1855, 44, married 23 years, born in Connecticut
  • Gertrude Ditman, Aug 1877, 22, born in California
  • Edgar P. Ditman, Nov 1879, 21, born in Colorado
  • Cora Ditman, July 1887, 13, born in Colorado
  • Roy Ditman, Aug 1890, 9, born in Colorado
  • Ray Ditman, Aug 1890, 9, born in Colorado
  • Earl Ditman, Oct 1899, 7/12, born in Colorado

[7] 1910 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Mesa, Colorado: Roll: T625_168, Page 4A, dwelling #365, family #368, William Ditman household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration, 1910. Rolls T624, 1,178.

In the 1910 United States Federal Census, the William Ditman household resided in Mesa, Mesa, Colorado. The household included:

  • William Ditman, 62, married 34 years, born in Pennsylvania, farmer.
  • Julia Ditman, 54, married 34 years, 8 children, 6 living, born in Connecticut
  • Roy Ditman, 18, son, born in Colorado
  • Ray Ditman, 18, son, born in Colorado
  • Earl Ditman, 10, son, born in Colorado
  • Elsie Ditman, 11, adopted daughter, born in Colorado

[8] 1920 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Mesa, Colorado: Roll: T625_168; Page: 3B, dwelling #77, family #82, Etta Dittman household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration, 1920. Rolls T625, 2076.

In the 1920 United States Federal Census, the Etta Dittman household included:

  • Etta Dittman, 63, widowed, born in Connecticut
  • Earl G Dittman, 18, single, born in Colorado

Note: This census is interesting, given that my grandfather Earl Ditman’s first wife, Mildred DeRush is living just a few houses up. They married in December, 1920. The census was taken in January, 1920.

[9] 1930 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Mesa, Colorado: Roll: 1943; Page: 5A, house #432, dwelling #111, family #118, Julia Dittman household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

In the 1930 United States Federal Census, the Julia Dittman household was residing in Douglas, Roseburg, Oregon. The household included:

  • Julia Dittman, 74, widowed, born in Connecticut
  • Roy Dittman, 39, divorced, born in Colorado

[10] Douglas, Polk, Oregon, Death Certificate, Julia Rennert Ditman, 18 Dec 1933; County Clerk’s Office, Polk, Oregon, USA (certificate dated 11 May 1977). Polk, Oregon, USA.  

The transcription of the death certificate is:
Oregon State Board of Health
————–
Certificate of Death
1. PLACE OF DEATH, State Registered No 269
County: Douglas, State: Oregon, Local Registered No 29
Township [blank], or Village [blank]
City Roseburg. No 704, Cobb Street, St. [blank] Ward
Length of residence in city or town where death occurred 6 yrs[blank] months [blank] days. How long in U.S., if of foreign birth? [blank]
2. FULL NAME: Julia Rennert Ditman
(a) Residence: No. 704 Cobb St
======================
3. Sex Female
4. COLOR OR RACE: White
5. Single, Married Widowed or Divorced: Widowed
5a. Married, Widowed or Divorced HUSBAND or WIFE of William Ditman
6. DATE OF BIRTH: Oct. 24, 1855
7. Age: 78 Years 1 Months  24 Days
8. Trade: Housework
9. Industry Own home
10. Date last worked: Sep 1933 11. Total in years spent in this occupation: 40
12. BIRTHPLACE (city or town) Hartford, Conn.
13. Father Name: Adam Rennert
14. Father Birthplace: No record
15. Mother Maiden Name: Katherine (?)
16. Mother Birthplace: No record
17. Informant: Mrs Grant Bales, Address: Roseburg, Oregon
18. Burial, Cremation or Removal: Roseburg, Oregon Dec 21, 1933
19. Undertaker: Douglas Funeral Home, Roseburg, Oregon
20. Filed Apr 9, 1934,Charles B Wade,Registrar
21. Date of Death: Dec. 18,1933
I Herby certify that I attended deceased from Dec 17 1933 to Dec 18 1933,
that I last saw her alive on Dec 18, 1933 death is said to have occurred on the date stated above at 12:00 am.
The principal cause of death and related causes of importance in order of onset were the following:
Lobal Pneuemonia. Date of onset: Dec 16 33.
Was disease or injury in any way related to occputation of deceased? no
Signed Geo E Houck, M.D.
Roseburg, Oregon

[11] Find A Grave, database and images (http://www.findagrave.com), Civil Bend Cemetery, Winston, Douglas County, Oregon, USA.), Julia Dittman memorial #43676123. Photo copyright Coro Hoag, Larry Aichele.

The inscription of the gravestone for Juliana Rinnert says:

Julia Dittman
1855-1933

It is interesting to note that Julia’s name is on her husband William Dittman’s tombstone in Mesa, Colorado, although she is not buried there.

Tombstone Tuesday: James Markey and Margaret Kerwin

James Markey and Margaret Kerwin Tombstone

The image above shows the tombstones for my maternal 3rd great-grandfather James Markey (1810-1873) [4] and his wife Margaret Ann Kerwin (1807-1880) [5]. James and Margaret are buried in the Saint Patricks Cemetery, Java Center, Wyoming County, New York, USA.  What I like about this tombstone is that I have their birth places in Ireland to piece together with their biographical information in order to find more about the Markey line in Ireland.

His marker is inscribed:

James Markey
DIED
JULY 10, 1873
AGED 61 YS.

A native of Ireland

Co. Louth. Parish of Molary.
May his soul rest in peace. Amen.

James Markey was born in Mullary, County Louth, Ireland. He was left an orphan at the age of three and was raised by friends. At the age of twenty-one, he sailed for America and landed in New York. He worked as a farmer and saved his money to enable to him to purchase land, fifty-six acres in Java, Wyoming County, New York. He added to his original purchase until his property was three hundred and sixty acres. He built a home there and lived there until his death on 10 Jul 1873. His age on his tombstone is given as 61, which would make his birth year 1812. A biography written about his family states he was born in 1810 [1]. A history of Java, Wyoming County, New York states that he came from Ireland in 1837 and located in Java in 1842 [2]. 

Her marker is inscribed:

Margaret
wife of
JAMES MARKEY

DIED
DEC 5, 1880
AGED 73 YS.

A native of Ireland
Co. Louth, Parish of Donlear
May her soul rest in [?] linen

Margaret Ann Kerwin (Kirwan) was born in Dunleer, County Louth, Ireland sometime between 1807 and 1812. Like her husband, James Markey, I have not found her parents or her family records in Ireland. She appears to have Kerwin family in Java, Wyoming County, New York,  living near her in the late 1800s to early 1900s.

James Markey and Margaret Ann Kerwin were married in New York City, while James was a resident there, in 1834 [1].

James Markey and Margaret Ann Kerwin had five children including three daughters and two sons. Their daughters were Anne Markey (1838-1904), Catherine Markey (1840-1904), and Mary E Markey (1844-?). Their sons were Thomas Markey (1842-?), my 2nd great-grandfather, and John Markey (1872-1925).

The find-a-grave memorial states that they were the parents of James and William Markey. James probably refers to John.  I cannot find information for William Markey being their son. I am researching that James E Markey and William Markey were the children of Thomas Markey and his wife Anna Conroy. Both James and William are referenced as the sons of Thomas and Ann Markey.

Anne Markey married John Mooney (1836-?) and they had 7 children.  Catherine Mooney married John Gallagher and they had two children. An interesting piece of information about Anne and Catherine is that they both died within hours of one another, 06 Oct 1904, likely during an epidemic in Java, Wyoming County, New York. Mary Markey married Thomas Murray and they had 10 children.

Thomas Markey married Anna L. Conroy and they had three children, Rose I Markey, Augustus Markey and Mary Elizabeth Markey (my great-grandmother).  John Markey married Anna E Tuite in 1869 and they had four children. An additional interesting bit of information about their two sons is that their wives were both named Anna and they died within months of one another, Anna Conroy died in April of 1892 and Anna Tuite died in February of 1893. Anna Tuite was was forty-five when she died, Anna Conroy was forty-eight.  Both sons were oil workers in Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. Death sometimes brings families together, but in this case it appears it drove them apart. Thomas moved away after his wife and sisters died. John stayed in Java until his death in 1925.

After the death of her husband, Margaret Ann lived with her daughter Ann Markey Mooney and her family [3].

[1] Biographical review : this volume contains biographical sketches of the leading citizens of Livingston and Wyoming Counties, New York (Boston, BOSTON Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1895), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, this volume contains biographical sketches of the leading citizens of Livingston and Wyoming, New York.

[2] History of Wyoming County, N.Y. (36 Vesey Street, New York, United States, F.W. Beers & Co., 1880), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, with illustrations, biographical sketches, and portraits of some pioneers and prominent residents.. New York: F.W. Beers, 1880.

[3] 1880 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010), Year: 1880; Census Place: Java, Wyoming, New York; Roll: 948; Family History Film: 1254948; Page: 166A; Enumeration District: 205; Image: 0334.

[4] Find A Grave, database and images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 5 Oct 2015), photograph by Phyllis Meyer, memorial page for James Markey (1812-1873), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42306858, citing Saint Patricks Cemetery, Java Center, Wyoming County, New York, USA.

[5] Find A Grave, database and images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 5 Oct 2015), photograph by Phyllis Meyer, memorial page for Margaret Ann Kerwin Markey (1807-1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42306895, citing Saint Patricks Cemetery, Java Center, Wyoming County, New York, USA.

 

 

The Mystery of Mary Elizabeth Markey (1878-1938)

Edward Miller, Mary Elizabeth Markey and family

According to the genealogy chart my maternal grandfather, Earl Miller,  created in 1968, his mother’s name was Elizabeth Markey. The chart gives no birth information and no death information. To further confuse the issue, my great-grandmother’s death certificate gives the same name for her mother.  So, when I began my search for Elizabeth Markey, I had very little information to start with. My initial questions were when and where was she born, who were her parents and when and where did she die?

Edward Miller, Mary Elizabeth Markey and family
Edward Miller, Mary Elizabeth Markey and family

The above photo was provided by my mother’s cousin, Lois Miller. It shows Edward Miller (1877-1954), Elizabeth Markey (1878-1938) with their five sons, Harvey Miller (1902-1984), Earl Miller (1903-1972) (my grandfather), Lawrence C Miller (1908-1991),  Laverne Albert Miller (1909-1946) and Harold E Miller (1918-2000).

Start with What You Know

I knew that my grandfather had a cousin, we always called her Tuts. When I married in 1975, she gave me a little green teacup that she said was an antique, over 100 years old. I knew that Tuts’ real name last name was Schnitzer and she was from Colden, Erie County, New York. With that information, I was able to go through all the Schnitzer’s in Colden census records and find a Rose Schnitzer, her husband Louis Schnitzer and their three children, William, Winifred and Ethelyn. Checking with my mother, that was the correct family. Winifred Marie Schnitzer, known as Tuts to me, now had a name and parents. If Toots was my grandfather’s cousin, could her mother, Rose, be Elizabeth’s sister?

Next Steps

I next looked for Rose’s maiden name. I found Rose’s and Elizabeth’s brother, Augustus Markey, living with the Schmitzers in the 1925 NY Census in Aurora, Erie County, NY. Bingo! Well, not so fast. My mother suggested talking to her cousin, Lois Miller to find out if she had any additional info. Lois knew that Elizabeth Markey was the correct name and that she died in 1938, due to complications from gall bladder surgery. She also told me that Colden, New York was predominately German Lutheran and the Markey Family was Irish, never the twain shall meet she said. The Miller family was not happy when Edward Miller married Elizabeth Markey.

I stepped back through the census records and found Augustus Markey in the 1905 NY Census, Wales, Erie County, New York. He was enumerated with Thomas Markey, 63 and Mary A Markey, 55. I’ve got it now. I decided to search in Wales, Erie County to see if I could find other Markeys in Wales, New York instead of Colden, New York.  Starting with Find-a-Grave, I found Gus Markey, correct birth and death dates. Everything matched. It seems that Augustus Markey was a life long bachelor who lived with his parents until their death and then various family members.

So far, what I have is that Elizabeth Markey was born in 1877 and died in 1938.  She was the daughter of Thomas Markey and Mary A Markey and had a sister, Rose and a brother Augustus. They were Irish and lived in Wales, Erie County, New York.

Thomas Markey

I found a historical newspaper site for New York.  I found Thomas Markey and Louis Snitzer of Buffalo calling upon friends in Java Center, Wyoming, New York. Louis Schnitzer married Rose Markey in 1896. A funeral notice for Mrs. Thomas Markey in 1892. A funeral notice for Mrs. Ann Mooney and Mrs. Catherine Gallaher, sisters of John Markey and Thomas Markey of Java Center in 1904.

Back to my list of Markeys on Find-a-Grave. I have two Anna Markeys on the list.

I find a biography of a James Markey with biographies of his sons, John Markey and Thomas Markey.  John Markey married Anna E Tuite. It states that Thomas Markey was born in 1842. He married Anna L. Conroy. Now I have both the Anna Markeys on Find-a-Grave.

I find another biography stating that Thomas’ father James Markey, married Margaret Kerwin and had 5 children. His three daughters were listed as Ann Markey, who married John Mooney, Kate Markey who married Gallagher and Mary Markey wife of Thomas Murray. John was listed as married to Ann E Twite who died in 1893. Augustus Markey lived with the Murray family, cousins, at one point.

All of this biographical information mixed with census records and Find-a-Grave records really doesn’t prove the points for me to find out what I need to know for Elizabeth Markey. Who were her parents?

The Proving Point

Looking for any Markey wills or probate records, I found Anna L Markey on 7 July 1893. Anna L Markey died in 1892, her will and probate was settled the following year. All three of her children, Rose, Augustus and Lizzie are mentioned with a guardian appointed for the two younger children, Augustus and Lizzie. Anna, it seemed required her own will and probate because she had extensive debt for her business and Thomas had to sell land he inherited from his father in  order to settle the debt.

Mary Elizabeth Markey went by Lizzie. Her parents were Thomas Markey and Anna L Conroy. Anna L Conroy died in 1892. Thomas Markey and Anna L Conroy had three children, Rose, Augustus and Mary Elizabeth.  Further, Thomas Markey was the son of James Markey and Margaret Ann Kerwin.

The Mystery

In the 1905 NY Census, Augustus Markey is enumerated with Thomas Markey and Mary A Markey. Anna L Conroy, Augustus’ mother, died in 1892. Mary A Markey is noted as 55 years old. She can’t be his mother, nor can she be his sister, Mary Elizabeth. In 1905, Mary Elizabeth would not have been 55 and she was already married to Edward C Miller.

If Thomas Markey is the father of Elizabeth Markey and he married Anna L. Conroy, why is Thomas living with Mary A. Markey in the NY census in 1905? This is the stuff that makes my genealogical brain hurt. Did Thomas Markey marry again after Anna died in 1892? When did Thomas Markey die? When did Mary A Markey die?