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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Alta and Edith Wilhite

Alta & Edith Wilhite

Alta Wilhite and his wife Edith were residents of Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas at the time of the 1900 Census.

If you zoom in you will see that Alta and Edith had been married for nine months at the time the census was taken.  My quest was to find out how Alta and Edith fit into the Henry Wilhite family. I went back to 1880 looking in the same location since I knew the Wilhite's were there. 

 Sure enough! Living in the household of James W. Wilhite and his wife, Martha J, are Laura, Henry, and Altie. I found both images on 
Altie is indexed as Attie. Laura and Henry are the same age, but I don't know if they are twins.  The 1900 census gives the month of birth so a check for Henry and Laura should answer this question.

I found Henry easy enough, but I don't know who Laura married. The only clue I have is this photo.

Mother is Mary Wilhite.  The children are Bill, Harry, Ethyl and Grace. Ennis is a mystery. I think his name is Mann. Grace is the baby of the family and she was born in 1905. She appears to be one or two years old in this photo. No other children appear so it can be assumed that Laura and Ennis didn't have children. I was unable to find them in the 1900 census, together or alone. I noticed the house number in the photo above which gives me a clue. Considering Grace's year of birth, they might be found in the 1910 census.
I looked to see if they are in the 1910-1940 census records. In 1910, they are enumerated next  to Henry and Mary Wilhite in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas.  However, they live on N. Park and Henry lives on Reynolds.
They have one child, Inez, age 9 and, according to this census, the only child ever been born to Edith. An interesting note, Alta is enumerated as Albert A. 

I found them in the 1930 census living in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas. Alta states he was first married at age 19, he is currently 60. Edith states she was first married at age 18, she is now 49. This hints at a previous marriage for Alta. In the 1900 census Edith was 20 with her birth month being April and they had been married nine months as of June. That would set the marriage month as Sept of 1899.

I searched all of Ward 5 for house number 723 and came up empty.  Here is a plat map for Kansas City and Vicinity in 1907. 
I found it on 
It shows KCK as well as KCMO. More Kansas maps are linked from 
I didn't find answers to all my questions, but I did fit Alta and Edith into the family tree.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Ough Photos

 Percy Crowther Ough immigrated to the United States from England in 1900. His ticket was paid for by his uncle in Emporia, Kansas. He married Florence Bishop and they moved to McKenzie County, ND. There they remained for the rest of their lives. Ernest Manks Ough was their first born son.  Manks was the name of Percy's father. You can find all of this information on

These photos were in the collection left by Leonard L. Gregory, Jr. to his nephew. The connection to the Gregory/Whilhite family was unknown until a thorough search was conducted.  The family was found in the US Federal Census for the years 1920-1940. The WWI draft registration for Percy in 1918 was also discovered. They had two other sons, Edwin Thomas and Robert Louis as listed in the census schedules. Edwin died in 2012 and his obituary can be found online. Williston Herald Online 

Summer 1929, Edwin is 8 years old

According to the obituary, his mother was Florence Bishop and his father was Percy Ough. It lists all of his living nieces and nephews; children of his brother Robert.  He had a special friend but no children. He is buried in the Rawson Cemetery.

April 1918 Ernest Manks Ough

 Ernest Manks Ough lived in Idaho and enlisted in the Army Corps of Engineers in Twin Falls, 1940.  A marriage record in Reno, Nevada in 1980 for Ernest and Mary E Coulter was found on Family Search. Ernest died in Multnomah, Oregon in 1997. Ernest is buried in the Willamette National Cemetery.


June 1920 Ernest Manks Ough

Florence, Ernest and Percy Ough June 27, 1920

Florence and Percy are buried the the Rawson Cemetery along with Edwin. Florence was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Bowles) Bishop who immigrated to the United States from England in 1872. According to the 1880 US Census taken in Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas; the children were listed in order oldest to youngest: Mary age 16; Hannah age 13; Sarah age 11; William age 8; James age 5; John age 3 and Frank age 1. Mary, the eldest daughter married Henry E. Wilhite and move to Kansas City. In the 1900 US Census in the same location, Frank is still at home and three younger siblings are listed: Harry age 17 (born June 1882), Bessie age 17 (born Jan 1883) and Florence age 16.  
This is all that remains of this photo of Thomas and Elizabeth Bishop and their family. Only six of the nine living children are visible. No names are listed on the back of the photo.

Robert Louis Ough enlisted in the army in WWII at Fort Snelling, MN for the duration of the war.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Moore Family Photos

"Dad went to live with his uncle Orrin Moore in Skowhegan, Maine after his mother died." 

I have written about Leonard Gregory more than once here on my blog.  The reason for today's post? Well, I had the good fortune to go through a box of old family photos with my brother-in-law.  Figuring out who the people were even though there were names written on the back was made easier by the research I had already completed on the Gregory/Moore/Havens line.

The box of photos had been given to him after the death of his uncle, Leonard Jr. 

Ida and Orrin Moore

"Dad" (Leonard Gregory) was eight years old when his mother died in Kansas City, MO in 1904. He was the youngest of four children. I don't know who the other children went to live  with. His aunt Ida and uncle Orrin were living in Iowa at the time. See the first census record below.  Orrin was born in Maine and the family moved back to Maine by the time of the 1910 Census.

Here is one of the photos of Leslie and Lyle Moore taken at an unknown time and unknown place.

Leslie and Lyle Moore

Back of the photo
Lyle and Leslie Moore were the sons of Ida Havens and Orrin Moore (pictured above). There is no photographer name on the photo so it is hard to place the location.  Robert L Moore was born in Iowa in 1889 (see record below).

Here is the family in the 1900 US Census living in Sidney, Fremont County, Iowa.  The boys are listed as Leslie age 11 and Lyle age 8. Living with them is Ida's mother Keziah Havens listed as widowed.
1900 Fontanelle, Adair County, Iowa

1910 Census Skowhegan, Maine

Ten years later, the family with Leonard Gregory are enumerated in the 1910 Census, Lyle is 18 and Leonard is 14.

A search on reveals a birth record for Robert L Moore, son of Orrin C. and Ida Havens.
Name:    Robert L. Moore
Name Note:    child #2
Titles and Terms:   
Event Type:    Birth
Event Date:    13 Apr 1889
Event Place:    Fontanelle, Adair, Iowa, United States

Registration Date:   
Registration Place:   
Gender:    Male
Race:    White
Birth Year (Estimated):   
Christening Date:   
Christening Place:   
Christening Age:   
Death Date:   
Death Age:   
Father's Name:    Orrin C. Moore
Father's Titles and Terms:   
Father's Birthplace:    Maine
Father's Age:    33

Mother's Name:    Ida A. Havens
Mother's Titles and Terms:   
Mother's Birthplace:    Iowa
Mother's Age:    23

Paternal Grandfather's Name:   
Paternal Grandmother's Name:   
Maternal Grandfather's Name:   
Maternal Grandmother's Name:   
Spouse's Name:   
Spouse's Gender:   
Spouse's Age:   
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated):   
Spouse's Father's Name:   
Spouse's Mother's Name:   
Note:    Jeweler; Residence: Fontanelle; child #2
Certificate Number:   
Reference ID:    v 1 p 143
GS Film Number:    1034814
Frame Number:   
Digital Folder Number:    004661073
Image Number:    00575

Citing this Record:
"Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935," database, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2016), Orrin C. Moore in entry for Robert L. Moore, 13 Apr 1889; citing  Fontanelle, Adair, Iowa, United States; county district courts, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,034,814.
Orrin was a silversmith by trade. This is also child #2, so there is a mystery child.  I found no other records in this database.

I have many more family units to put together from the 122 photos that I scanned. I also have a ziploc bag of unknown/unmarked photos. I hope by comparing the ones we know with these we don't,  we may be able to place them in a family. 

Photos are a precious thing especially these old ones from the turn of the 20th century and before. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

California Gold Rush 1848-1851 and the Hazeltons

I watched a documentary on television recently that sparked my interest in travel to and from the gold fields in California. Those miners could travel overland, sail around South America or cross the Isthmus of Panama. Thomas Hazelton stated that his father, Royal H Hazelton had died aboard a steamship at Baton Rouge in June 1851.
There is an account of Thomas and Royal Hazelton traveling to the goldfields of California in a Greene County, Missouri history book. 

My curiosity was sparked to learn more about the events that took place for the Hazelton men during this time period.  I searched on and found one passenger list with two Hazelton men aboard, R H age 18 and A age 35. They were traveling from Chagres to New Orleans in March 1851 aboard the Brig Roselin.

This page doesn't state the date, the previous image in the set is dated March 7, 1851.  The National Archives website states that record group M259 is a chronological set of records. So we assume the date is close to March 7, 1851.  The Royal H Hazelton who died at Baton Rouge would have been 65.  His sons, Royal H and Alpheus are most likely the men on this passenger list.  

Chagres was the river they traveled on to cross the Isthmus of Panama.  Once they reached the Pacific Ocean they would have traveled North to San Francisco.  A google search returned this result:  with transcriptions of news paper articles that are quite revealing!  

I hope to find more records in Louisiana, Panama, and California to reveal more about my Hazelton ancestors during the California Gold Rush.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Proving Catharine Cushing Merritt and her daughter Catharine Merritt

Catharine Merritt inherited from her grandfather, Stephen Cushing as her mother, Catherine Merritt, had died. I found the marriage record abstract showing Catharine Cushing married a Daniel Merritt in Sherman, CT on 26 May 1816. I have the Bible record showing Catharine Cushing Merritt died 7 April 1821. Stephen Cushing died 16 October 1825. In Stephen's will he bequeaths $1,000 dollars to his granddaughter, Catherine Merritt, "heir of my daughter Catharine Merritt deceased." Hmmm. It doesn't say anything about the granddaughter being a minor child.  Interestingly, I found a Catharine Merritt in the 1820 US Federal Census in Beekman, Dutchess County, New York.
Catharine Merritt is head of household, but is she 16 to 18 or 26 to 45? Catherine Cushing Merritt would have been around 27 years of age in 1820. Would she have had a 16 year old daughter? Or is Catharine Merritt the daughter of her husband Daniel Merritt? The will doesn't say and no mention is made of Daniel either. There are two men by the name of Daniel Merritt buried in the Quaker Burial Ground in Dutchess County, NY. 

Neither of their death dates match up with the Catharine in this census. On Find-A-Grave their memorials don't mention the name Catharine. 

They Were Married Where? Why You Need To Know Your Geography.

Stephen Cushing married Rachel Foster on the 12th day of July in 1773 in Tisbury, Massachusetts. Stephen served in the American Revolution then moved to Dutchess County, New York. In looking for the marriages of their daughter, Catharine, I came across an entry in the North Congregational Church Record Abstracts from Sherman, CT. Not only was Catharine married here but three of their other daughters as well: Elizabeth, Jemima and Rachel!

I pulled up maps on Google and searched for Sherman, CT. It is just across the state line from Dutchess County, New York.
This is why it is important to know the geography for the location you are researching.  I have always loved maps and I save all of them I find of the areas where my ancestors resided. Looking at the map it makes perfect sense now. 

Bible Records of Jane Cushing Hoag

My previous post was my transcription of Stephen Cushing's will. I discovered I had omitted Catharine Cushing as a child of Stephen Cushing and Rachel Foster in my PAF file. Today I pulled out the storage tote that holds the binder for the Hoag genealogy that I have compiled. Flipping through the pages of photocopies I found the copies of the Family Record pages from a Bible. My aunt sent these to me many years ago when I became interested in genealogy.  I believe she is in possession of the original. The odd thing about these pages is that there is type faced (stamped) entries along with handwritten ones. Jane Cushing was born on 18 May 1776 and according to the handwritten entry under Deaths "Jane Hoag Wife of Solomon Died June the 30.. Monday 12 o'clock at night aged 80 years one month 13 days." That would make it 31 June 1826. She and Solomon were married 9 June 1789. This entry is partially type faced (stamped) and handwritten just like most of the other entries. By the spacing, I believe the same person completed all of the entries. Perhaps there wasn't enough space to stamp the entire entry so some of the data was handwritten. Someone continued the same style after Jane's death of stamping and handwritten entries. Take a look at the Marriages page to see entries made after Jane's death. It still remains a mystery for who completed the entries into the Family Record.

The interesting thing to note is the entry in Deaths for Catharine Merritt. In my transcription of Stephen Cushing's will, I read it as Catharine Merrill. I don't know who the original owner of the Bible is. William Cushing Hoag would have had it in his possession at some point and passed it down to his son Jared, my great grandfather.

Now I will see if I can find the surname Merritt in the records of Pawling, Dutchess County, New York!