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.

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.

MILLER-edward-1877-photoMILLER-edward-1877-death-headstone-colden-ny

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.

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.

 

 

52 Ancestors: William Dittman (1844-1918)

William Dittman (1844-1918)

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.

I’ll begin with Generation 3, my great-grandfather, William Ditman.

William Dittman is #8 on my Ahnentafel chart and is my great-grandfather on my paternal side. Beginning this challenge with him is a challenge unto itself.  Two biographies were written about him, I have been unable to prove most of what is said in the biographies, given that the information contradicts itself.

William Dittman (1844-1918)
William Dittman (1844-1918)

Name: William Dittman
Sex: Male
Father: August Dittman (1816-1856)
Mother: Rose Forest (Before 1830-1864)

Facts

Birth: 26 Apr 1844 in Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States [8]
Military Service: 1862; C. 19th Regiment, U.S. Infantry, Regular Army [1]
Census: 14,15,16 Jun 1880 (age 30), Sawyer; Elbert, Elbert, Colorado, United States [3]
Census: 1 Jun 1885 (age 36), farmer; Mesa, Colorado, United States [4]
Census: 20 Jun 1900 (age 51), farmer; Mesa, Colorado, United States [5]
Death: 04 Oct 1918 (age 74), farmer; Debeque, Colorado, United States [8]

Marriages and Children

  1. Juliana Rinnert (1855-1933) [2]

Marriage: 23 Oct 1876 in Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States

Children

Gertrude Ditman (1877-1944)
Edgar Park Ditman (1878-1969)
William Ditman (1882-1895)
Cora Ditman (1887-1906)
Raymond Lowel Dittman (1890-1975)
Leroy Lewis Dittman (1890-1973)
Earl Grant Ditman (1899-1983)

Notes

Different names used: William Ditman/Dittman.  Used 1 or two t’s throughout his life. No known middle name. Born in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Canada and Germany according to who presented the information in Census and biographies.

Different birthdates and years used 1844, 1849.

Physical Description

He was 6′ 4″ and a redhead, according to his son Earl Ditman. Both daughters Cora and Gertrude were redheads. Earl Ditman was a strawberry blond. In his photograph that I inherited, William is shown in a suit (with a Masonic pin), a full head of hair, and a large mustache.

Timeline

1841 Born in Canada (Probably not accurate, given later birth information)

1844 Born in Michigan or Pennsylvania (Death Certificate says 1844, Penn by Julia Rinnert, his wife)

1849 Born in Erie County, Pennsylvania (Information in biographies)

1854 Immigration from Germany (One census record states he was born in Germany) Father immigrated in 1846. Since William was born in 1844, does this make it doubtful that he came over first then brought his family over?

1861 Arrived in Baltimore, Maryland (May not be him in record) 1855-1856 Family moved to Michigan shortly before his father, August Ditman, died in 1856, according to bio.

1862 Joined Rankin’s Lancers (The lancer regiment never saw action and was disbanded 20 Mar 1862.) Rankin’s Lancers was made up of Canadians and formed in Michigan. Interesting, since you were supposed to be 18 to join the Civil War, but he was only 15 when his mother died in 1864. Beginning to make sense that he was older, perhaps actually born in 1841 or 1844. If he joined in 1862 at 18, then he was born in 1844. Obit and gravestone say 1844.

1867 Returned to Michigan

1869 California working in sawmill

1870 In California

1880 Sawyer in Elbert, Colorado

1918 Died in De Beque, Mesa County, Colorado; It is likely that he actually died from complications from Spanish Flu. His obituary does not state this, but several stories on the same page reference those that died from Spanish Flu during the epidemic in 1918.

Sources

  1. Historical Data Systems, comp., U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.Original data – Data compiled by Historical Data Systems of Kingston, MA from the following list of works.Copyright 1997-2009Historical Data Systems, Inc. PO Box 35Duxbury, MA 02331.Ori), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com.
  2. Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006; FamilySearch.org, 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. FamilySearch.org, http://www.familysearch.org.
  3. 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 Family History Library Microfilm: 1254090; Roll: T9_90; Enumeration District: 41;
  4. “Colorado State Census, 1885,”  indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com  (http://www.Ancestry.com), Mesa, Colorado, page 9, Dwelling #183, Family #189, William Ditman household; citing National Archives and Records Administration. Schedules of the Colorado State Census, 1885. Washington, D.C.: Microfilm: M158, Roll: T158_6.
  5. 1900 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Mesa, Mesa, Colorado: Page 18, dwelling 365, family 368, William Ditman household;digital images, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com,; citing Family History Library Microfilm: 1240126; Roll: 126; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 0072.
  6. 1910 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Mesa, Mesa, Colorado: Page 4A, , Ancestry.com, (http://www.Ancestry.com); 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.:  Roll: T624_122; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0088; FHL microfilm: 1374135.
  7. General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934;database with images;accessed 23 October 2015), William Dittman, 1907-1933; citing NARA microfilm publication M850 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,634,632.., Widow’s Pension; United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards 1907-1933; Civil War and Later Pension Files, Department of Veterans Affairs; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
  8. Certificate of Vital Record, death certificate, Colorado (Denver, California., State of Colorado, Department of Public Health), William Ditman (certificate dated 27 Apr 1977) (6 Oct 1918). Born: 26 Apr 1844. Occupation: Farmer. Cause of death: Acute Bronchitis. Reported by Mrs William Ditman, DeBeque, Colorado.
  9. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, digital image (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 21 October 2014), photograph, “gravestone for William Dittman, Memorial No. 47376581, Records of the Mesa Cemetery (Mesa, Mesa, Colorado, United States);” photograph © Susan Tharp.