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Friday, December 21, 2012

Charley Hedrick OR Charles H Hedrick - Finding Proof

The first time I saw the name Charley Hedrick was in the 1880 census for Greene County, Missouri when I was following my great great grandfather from his birth in 1853 in Greene County, Missouri to his death in Major County, Oklahoma in 1913.

Charley was listed as brother along with a girl Satola listed as sister.  Now, did this mean brother and sister to the head of household (my great great grandfather) or each other?  I did some research on for Charley Hedrick born in Missouri about 1865.  I found  Charley H Hedrick whose age varies through the census and decided to see where the trail would lead me.

 1880 Census Pond Creek Twp, Greene County, Missouri 24 June 1880.
Charley is 15 born in Missouri, both parents are born in Tennessee (same as the head of household).

I found a marriage record for Charles H Hedrick of Henry County, Missouri over the age of 21 married Kate Smock of Lafayette County, Missouri over the age of 18 on the 28th of November 1895.

In 1900, I cannot find Charley or Charles H Hedrick.

In 1910, I find Charley and Kate M Hedrick in Henrietta, Richmond Twp, Ray County, Missouri.  They have two children Carmel E and James T.  I got a little excited since my 3rd great grandfather is James Thomas Hedrick, the mystery man of this line.

In 1920,  Charley H Hedrick, age 56 and wife Mary K age 49 are still living in Henrietta.  Their children are still in the household; Elizabeth C age 22 and James T age 17.  Elizabeth is the Deputy Postmaster and James is the Assistant Deputy Postmaster.

In 1930, Charles H Hedrick, age 68 and Mary Katherine age 60 are still living in Henrietta along with their son James T age 27.  James is now a laborer on his father's farm.

Mary Katherine Smock Hedrick died 11 May 1938.  Her son, James T. Hedrick is the informant and gives this information:
Born March 19, 1871 in Saline County, Missouri.   Father is James F. Smock born in Mercer County, KY.  Mother is Betty Campbell born in Jassamine County, KY.  Burial is Lexington, Missouri.
In 1940, C. H. Hedrick, age 78 and widowed is still in Henrietta and Jas T age 37 is living with him.  Both are listed as farmers.

Charles Henry Hedrick died 17 May 1945.  His son, James T. Hedrick was the informant and gave the following information:
Born 10 Sept 1861 in Ray County, Missouri.  And that Charles had lived his entire life in Henrietta.  States his father was Tipton Hedrick born in Tennessee and his mother was Emaline Mullinex birthplace unknown.  Burial is in Lexington, Missouri.
I found memorials for both Charles and Mary Katherine Hedrick on in the Machpelah Cememtery, Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri.

James Tipton Hedrick  died in 1986 and is buried in the Richmond Cemetery in Ray County, Missouri.

This is when my bubble was burst!  Darn, Tipton not Thomas?  I have tried to find a Tipton Hedrick in the census and I cannot.  So, I did find a Charley H Hedrick son of Jacob and Pauline Hedrick in the 1870 Census in Harrisonville, Cass County, Missouri.  Here is that information:
Jacob age 45 born in Tennessee, Pauline age 33 born in Tennessee, Martha age 12 born in Missouri, Jacob A age 10 born in Missouri, Charles H age 8 born in Missouri, Sarah E age 5 born in Missouri, John age 4 born in Missouri and James age 5/12 born in Missouri.
Cass County borders Henry County (the place of marriage for Charles and Mary) on the North.

I revisited the 1880 Census at Ancestry searching for Jacob Hedrick.  I found the family, including Charles H Hedrick age 17.  Two years older than the Charley Hedrick I am seeking.

Here is the information from the 1880 Census for Charles H Hedrick:
Jacob T Hedrick age 52 , Teamster, born in Tennessee as were his parents;  Emmeline, age 40 born in Indiana; Nannie age 20, daughter, born in Missouri; J Asberry age 18, son, Teamster, born in Missouri; Charles H age 17, son, Peddling, born in Missouri; Jennie age 15, daughter, born in Missouri; Mary Josephine age 13, daughter, born in Missouri; John R age 11, son, born in Missouri; Eliza age 7, daughter, born in Missouri; and Harry J age 5, son, born in Missouri.
They are residing in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois and the census is date 10 June. Jacob Tipton Hedrick, well that solves the Tipton mystery!  Could Emmeline and Pauline be the same person.  The age is off a few years and the place of birth is different.   In the 1900 census, a Jacob and Emeline Hedrick are in Cowley County, Kansas.  The ages are off and so are the places of birth.  A daughter age 20 (Fannie G) is living with them.

While this didn't prove the Charley Hedrick I was looking for, the documents I did find straightened out some details for Charles Henry Hedrick that were incorrect on his death certificate.

The search continues for Charley and Satola Hedrick, brother and sister.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Madness Monday - Fathering Children For 38 Years?

According to the will of Richard Gregory from 1765 in part:

In the name of God I Richard Gregory of Hereford Township in the county of Berks, yeoman, being weak in body but of sound memory, praised be God, and putting to mind human mortality I make and publish my last will and testament in manner following: Viz:........My sons, John, David, &  Richard have already got each of them their full shares from me.  And to my son Andrew I give and devise one half of all my lands I possess for himself his heirs and assigns forever......And to my younger sons Jacob, George and Christian I give and devise one half of all my lands I possess in equal share unto each of them....if any of them should die intestate without issue the surviving two shall equally inherit the portion of the is further my will that the said my younger sons be out out to a good trade each of them in due time.
This part is significant in that the older sons are of legal age but the younger ones are not.  Christian was born in 1762.  There are records of guardianship in the Orphans Court records with the last one in 1779 about the time Christian would be approaching 18 years of age.

The will goes on to name daughters; Mary wife of John Jones, Elizabeth wife of George Mack, Judith late the wife of John Roads, Anna the wife of Joseph Betty, Margaretha the wife of Jacob Foige, and Elizabeth Kurtz.  "And to my younger daughters, Sarah and Hannah."

15 children in all, five of them minors.  The first child is recorded as born in 1724.  The only wife on record was name Margaretha Bixby.

An interesting fact, Christian Gregory signed his name in German Script.  It is thought this line came from Holland.

The madness:  I believe that Richard must have had two wives.  I have tried to find BMD records in either Philadelphia or Berks counties for this time period.  My guess is they have not been digitized nor transcribed to any extent.  Place of burial is not known by me either.  Did Margaretha remarry after his death?   I found a website by another researcher, Charles Gates, Charles has posted everything I have that was in a manuscript put together by Loran Gregory's sister after his (Loran's) death several years ago.  The  references are included on this website. This site also contains a broken link, and references FTM CD  209.  The only date on his site is updated June 15, 2006 on the home page.

I plan to track down his sources as well as what is written in the manuscript and prove or disprove the information I have found on Richard Gregory.  My husband's line is through the youngest son, Christian who is buried in Union County, Illinois in 1842.  I may have far less hair by the time I get this line straightened out!

If you have suggestions, please post a comment below.  All assistance is appreciated!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thankful Thursday - Sharing Research

I have been a member of NSDAR since 2003.  My cousin and I joined at the same time in the same chapter.  MY aunt, her cousin, had been a member since the early 1970s and had tried for some time to get us to join.  We all joined under the patriot, Henry Hatevil Fall.  This was the line that had been proven by my aunt/ her cousin.  There were many clues to other family lines in her research.  I started researching to expand on this information after the two of us joined NSDAR.  I discovered other patriots that could be added to our membership as supplementals.  I found Joel Higley, Stephen Cushing, James Mitchell, and recently Simon Graves.  All of these were in the database at  I have other ancestors who lived in America at the time of the revolution so I keep my eyes open to other possible patriots.  A few months ago, I found Joseph Holly/Holley.  His son, Numon Holly/Holley married Elizabeth Fall, daughter of Henry Hatevil Fall.  Joseph is not in the NSDAR database.  I was fortunate that his widow filed for a pension and in the pension it names their children who are living at that time, Numon being one of them.  I went to and hit the jackpot.  The pension file was 32 pages with all of the details needed to prove another line.  I also found his service record.  I then obtained Numon's will, which names my great great grandmother as his daughter.  I am still gathering other proofs before I submit a supplemental application.  I have always shared my findings, not only with my cousin who is a member of NSDAR, but will all of my cousins.  For Christmas this year, my cousin gave me a subscription to  I feel overwhelmed by her generosity and I am very thankful that she thought me worthy of such a gift.

I am a firm believer is sharing original source documents for the benefit of all.   This is the reason I work as a volunteer for the IA GenWeb project as the County Coordinator for Lucas County.  My main purpose here is to transcribe original records.  I hope with my subscription to Ancestry that I will find some documents that I can transcribe for those Lucas County researchers.

I will keep on searching to expand our genealogy and perhaps I will find more patriots for us!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday's Child - A Life Too Short

Craig Anthony Armstrong, my nephew, born 2 Sept 1988 and died 15 Apr 1989.   He was diagnosed with an inoperable malignant brain tumor within weeks of his birth. While perfect on the outside in every way and a beautiful baby boy.  He is buried in the Baby Land section of Greenlawn Cemetery in Pratt, Kansas.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Lateral Research - Adding Cousins

I have many brick walls in my family lines.  Some of them go back to 1800s and a few go back another 100 years.  When I hit one of these walls, I concentrate my search on siblings and then work down to the present.  

My most recent search has been on my Graves line.  I really need to find some information in Vermont, but records pre-1800 are scant.  A volunteer on RAOGK Facebook page went to the Vermont Archives and sent me digital images of vital records index cards.  I received about 30 to sort out.  Thus far, none are my direct line.  I am in the process of adding another Patriot to my NSDAR line, Simon Graves.  From another member's application, I found the names and birth dates of all of his children and some of their spouses.  I added this information to my PAF file and searched for more information on these lines.  I started with to see if there were marriage records.  Since I don't know where they lived outside of Vermont or New York, I find it helpful to use first.  I found marriage records for many of his children and grandchildren.  Interestingly, a lot of his descendants moved to Wisconsin.  The lines I found in Wisconsin are Bishop, Underhill, Austin, Edwards, and Tousley.  They lived in Sheboygan and Taylor counties.  One child went to Michigan and one to Iowa.  I was able to find many of their burial places on Find A Grave. His son, Jesse,  moved to Iowa.  Submitta wife of John Convis, was the only daughter that moved to Michigan.   I am curious why so many moved to Wisconsin.  What pulled them to relocate there?  

 Many of Simon's sons fought in the War of 1812 and grandsons fought in the Civil War.  His son, Ira, is my 3rd great grandfather fought in the War of 1812 and Ira's son, Jesse B Graves fought in the Civil War.  My 2nd great grandfather, Gilbert A. Graves, did not fight in the Civil War.  He was born in 1829, 10 years older than his brother, Jesse B.  

Gilbert went from New York to Kansas according to census records that I have been able to uncover.  A family history states he was in Iowa.  In the 1880 census, Gilbert is missing from the household in Ellisburg, Jefferson County, New York.  His cousin, Delatus Graves and wife Rhoda, are the only family members listed in the 1880 census in Oakland, Louisa County, Iowa. Delatus was born in Indiana in 1825. I chose this county to look at because Ira's brother Jesse is buried in this county in Iowa.  There is a Charles Graves, born abt 1849, listed in the 1880 census  in Oakland, Louis County, Iowa.  He is listed as born in IL and their oldest child, Indiana, is 7. His wife, Mary E. was born in Indiana.  I don't have the children of Delatus in my database.  A search of the 1860 census reveals the children of Delatus and Rhoda Graves as Charles (13) b. IL, William (9) b. IL, Jacin (6) b. IA, Arvilla (5) b. IA and Harrison (1/12) b. IA.  This would suggest that Charles H. in 1880 is the same Charles in this household in  1860.  The place of birth is different, but that information is based on what the enumerator was told by the informant in the household.  That could have been Charles H's wife or one of the children.  This information should be taken with a 'grain of salt'.   A further search looking for Graves born 1789-1791 residing in Iowa in 1880 returned no results.  I am assuming he was traveling on census day and did not get enumerated.  Gilbert and his family were intact in the 1900 census in Woodward County, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). 

One of the biggest challenges in the Graves line are the given names; Jesse, Benoni/Benona, and Simon.  These names were passed down many times over.  

That is how I research my lines.  I always find new and interesting details about siblings and distant cousins.  I copy & paste my search results into the notes section for each individual I find.  This is a huge help later when I revisit this person.  I spend countless hours running down more information and adding it to my PAF file. 

Love the hunt!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Is Anyone Out There?

Nothing irks me more than genealogy webpages hosted online and then forgotten by the original creator!

One perfect example is Migrations (  I clicked on several state links and they were either broken 404 errors or in the case of Rutland County, VT that page was showing lots of MySQL errors.

When you click the "View County Migrations Data" link it takes you to this page:,%20VT

and this is what you see:

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Location search is
case sensitive.
All states use the 2 digit postal abbreviation.

Location search text:

Surname search text:

NEW! Click here for Advanced Search
Didn't find who you were looking for???

Click here to
to the database

Veteran's Registry

Hope your family came this way!

Please use the search form at left to find your Ancestor's Migratory Path.

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I sent an email to alerting them to the problem I encountered.  Does anyone know if this project expired??  All data appears to be correct as of 2008.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Motivation Monday - Persis Who??

Until recently, I had never heard of the name Persis.  Now that I have her in my line of direct descent, I need to figure out who she is.

It began with an email from my cousin who wished to join the Daughters of 1812.  She asked if we had any ancestors who fought in the War of 1812.  I went online and searched the United Daughters of 1812 database and found Ira Graves, her 3rd and my 4th great grandfather.  I decided to search the DAR database for the Graves surname as well.  I found Simon Graves, father of Ira.  His wife was listed in the database as Persis Unknown.

Now the journey is under way to find who Persis is and to find a marriage record for Simon and Persis.  They lived in Massachusetts at the time of the American Revolution.  Simon is documented in the "1673 1899 History of Sunderland, Massachusetts" book that I downloaded from some time ago.  Persis is listed without a surname.

I checked's Massachusetts, Births and Christenings 1639-1915 index and found a birth record for a Perses Graves, daughter of Daniell Graves and his wife Joanna on 22 Aug 1754 in Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.  Simon was born in 1752, so this could be his Persis.  Too bad the images are not available online for this index.

I decided to search on for a book pertaining to this particular area of Massachusetts.  There wasn't a book on Brimfield nor Hampden.  There were many books on Massachusetts Town Records.  I finally found "History of Palmer, Massachusetts, Early known as the Elbow Tract." I had seen that Palmer was in Hampden county so I decided to look into this book.

On page 124 begins the list of Early Settlers, Inhabitants and Landowners, 1716 - 1745.  And on page 129 it states, "Graves, Daniel from Springfield, located early on Brimfield Addition."

On page 281 it states that he obtained a license to open a public house before 1760. " It stood opposite the Washington Elm."   The Washington Elm is clarified on page 466 as the spot where Gen Washington addressed the people in 1784.

Back on page 163 it states, "Graves Tavern. January 16, 1761, a petition was presented to the General Court by Capt. Aaron Graves of Palmer, setting forth that his father, Daniel Graves, of said town, deceased,  at the court of General Sessions of Peace, holden at Springfield the last Tuesday of April last, obtained a License from the Justices of Sd Court, to keep a tavern in his then dwelling-house; that he has since deceased, leaving a suitable stock for such a house of entertainment-Praying that the Court of Sessions may be empowered to grant the petitioner a License to keep a Tavern in said house."  The petition was granted.
Looking further in the book is the section of Early Palmer Families.

Page 391 lists Daniel Graves as owning lot 91. On page 403 it reads, "No. 91 Graves, Daniel with the family of the same name came from Springfield, and he located on this addition on or near the Country road.  His son, Maj. Aaron Graves was keeping hotel, 1780.  There has been several proprietors since that time. Mr. M. W. French is the present owner. The descendants of Mr. Graves (many of them) obtained farms in this addition."

Page 466 is where it gets really interesting!!!  "Ebenezar, Jun. and Daniel Graves of Springfield, were some of the first settlers of Brimfield. The Graves family of Palmer settled in that part of Brimfield that is now in the limits of this town.  The family has a tradition that shows some semblance of fact.  A boy was kidnapped in France about 1720, and brought to Boston,  and the party sold his time from eighteen to twenty-one  for passage money and expense  to a man by the name of Graves that was then living in Springfield.  At the expiration of the time Mr Graves gave him an outfit of two suits of clothes, and two axes, and extended his benevolence even further in giving him his own name (Graves).  He with others of his family, entered land in Brimfield, when the tide of emigration was then moving from Springfield to the new settled District.  Daniel with the other single men were not allowed the full compliment of acres  with the proprietors in general, but he became in possession of a large tract of land so that his sons remained with him on this Brimfield Addition. He had three sons, Aaron, Simeon and Daniel; and some of the descendants still remain in town.  Gideon, son of Daniel Jun., entered the Continental Army at the age of eighteen and served six years and seven months, he was orderly sergeant of a company of artillery and was wounded twice; once with a British cutlass on the wrist and also a wound from a ball in the hip, he was present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis.  Aaron Graves served in the army and received the rank of major.  He kept the hotel on the country road south of Checopee River; the lot is now owned by M. W. French.  It was at this place that Gen. Washington and Lafayette stopped, dined and addressed the people under the big elm in 1784.  Peace had now been declared between the Colonies and the mother country, and L_____ was received with a triumph of joy on his tour through the country.  They presented the major with a cane that is now in the family of George W. of Illinois.  He has it in his possession with the understanding  that it will be handed down to the next oldest descendant by the family name of Graves."

The genealogy of the Graves family continues on this page, I am including only Daniel Jr here.
"4. Graves, Daniel Jr m Joanna ____
9, ch 1, Persis b. Aug 22, 1756
10, ch 2 Gideon b. Aug 25, 1758
11, ch 3 m. Maria Rodgers Oct 3, 1786
12, ch 4 Sibel b Aug 10, 1761 m. Cosmo Gordon Apr 1800
13, ch 5 Thankful m Mr. Parsons."

The question that remains, is Ebenezar Jun the Real Graves and Daniel the one who was kidnapped from France or the other way around, hence the Junior?  I still need to find a marriage record for Persis and Simon Graves.

I went to and selected Massachusetts.  I then selected Hampden county.  Hampden County was formed in 1812 from Hampshire County so the marriage record should be in Hampshire County.    Hampshire County was formed in 1662 so we are good here.  They have posted links to the US GenWeb Archives for marriage records to 1840 but the links are broken. :-(  So I went back to and clicked 'Project Archives' to look for Hampshire County Marriages to 1840. I found those links and they worked fine, but no luck finding Persis Graves nor Simon Graves.

It looks like the hunt will be on for more information on this elusive ancestor.  As always, love the hunt!

Friday, November 2, 2012

James L Bishop - Worthy Mason


Whereas it has pleased the Grand Architect of the Universe to summon to a state of endless duration our Worthy Brother James L Bishop, we as Masons, while bowing to the submission to the inevitable decree that "The dust shall return to earth as it was, and the spirit shall return to God who gave it," deeply deplore the severance of another link from our fraternal chain, therefore be it
Resolved that we extend to the bereaved family our sincere sympathy.
Resolved that in the death of Brother Bishop Rising Light Lodge No. 637 has lost one of its oldest members, the community a model citizen, a man of strict integrity in all his relations to life,  a friend to all a foe to none.
Resolved, that as a tribute of our affection, the charter of our lodge be draped mouring and a memorial page be spread on the Lodge book of records,  a copy of the foregoing to be presented to the family of our deceased brother and a copy to the Jefferson County Journal and a copy to The Pulaski Democrat.
J. A. Coulter
W. D. Laird
O. F. Greene



James L Bishop of the Commercial House, who suffered a paralytic shock several days ago, remains in a critical condition with little hope of his recovery.  His brothers, Nathan  Bishop of Rodman and Dan of Pulaski were with him several days last week.

I have been searching for more information on this Bishop family.  My search took me to the Oswego County page hosted on rootsweb.  I found a link to the Pulaski Cemetery ( transcription conducted by the local DAR chapter in the 1920's.  The Bishop family is not in the list. I checked as well and did not find them listed in the Pulaski Cemetery.  I wanted to put in a request for a photo, but first I needed to create a memorial page.  Another note stated that the grave location was appreciated when making this request.  Going back to the Oswego County page, I found a link to History of Pulaski ( where I found two historians listed with contact information.  I sent an email to the Pulaski Historian requesting the contact information for the Pulaski Cemetery.  I stated in my email that I had the obituary for James L Bishop and that James was a Mason.  I received a quick reply that the historian had seen the tombstone of Mr. Bishop in the Pulaski Cemetery and offered to get a photo of it for me.  The Pulaski Historian is also a Mason.  I am waiting for the photo and praying that Lanette 'Nettie' Bishop is on the same tombstone or has a tombstone of her own in Pulaski Cemetery.  I have still been unable to find an obituary notice for her.  I did find a couple or articles regarding falls down stairs that she took in 1899 and again in 1909.  The last fall resulted in a broken hip.  The Bishop's had one child, a son, who had no children.  This is the end of this Bishop line and I would really like to complete the research on them.  Like all genealogists, I am relentless!



Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thrifty Thursday - Free Online Newspapers

We used to be called "Arm Chair Genealogists" because we never went onsite to do research.  Back then, before the Internet was available to the public, I wrote lots of letters to archives, repositories, libraries, court houses, etc.  None of them charged a fee to ask a question, but there were fees for copies plus postage if they had a record in which I was interested.

Times haven't really changed all that much for me.  I still do my research from home, only I use the Internet to find the resources before I write a letter or send an email request.
One of my favorite resources are newspapers.  I can spend hours browsing through newspaper microfilm!

My research  is focused on New York.  I am not able to travel to New York so I appreciate two wonderful sites that have some newspapers digitized and freely available online.  One I have mentioned in other posts,, and the other one is Northern New York Historical Newspapers,  Fulton History covers the whole state of New York.  Both websites use the same search engine and I always select "the exact phrase" so I can find Mrs. Bishop, or Clarence E Bishop or James L Bishop.  Otherwise, I will receive hits for the Bishop of the Catholic Church.  Check out my other posts of transcriptions of the newspaper articles I found on these two sites.

I  use these two sites to research my Hoag, Holly/Holley, Graves, Bishop, Fall, and other lines that originated in Northern New York.   I have also visited the Library of Congress website and searched through their digitized newspaper collection.

I really appreciate all the hours spent digitizing these newspapers!  Best part of genealogy is sharing resources and good finds!

Keep up the hunt!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Clarence E. Bishop - obituary

The Journal and Republican, Lowville, N. Y. December, **, 1926

Clarence E. Bishop
Died Tuesday at the Masonic Hospital. Utica, Aged 51

Clarence E. Bishop, 51, formerly proprietor of the New Walton, Lyons Falls, died Tuesday at the Masonic Hospital, Utica, where he had been a patient since last July.  Mr. Bishop was born December *, 1874 at Woodville and for many years had been engaged n the hotel business in northern New York.  Of late years he resided in Syracuse.  His first wife, whose maiden name was Ina Seymour, of Martinsburg, was killed several years ago, when Mr. and Mrs. Bishop and another couple drove off the Giddens Bridge near Adams, the car diving into the stream and killing two others beside Mrs. Bishop.
The second wife of Mr. Bishop was Miss Florence Jones, of Syracuse, by whom he is survived.  Funeral services will be held at Pulaski this afternoon.
Cape Vincent Eagle, Thursday, December 9, 1926

Clarence E. Bishop, Dies,  In Utica

On Tuesday of last week Clarence E. Bishop, well known to many in this village, died at the Masonic hospital, at Utica, where he had been receiving treatment for the past few months.
Mr. Bishop, who was 51 yeas old, was born at Woodville, Jefferson county, a son of the late James L. Bishop.  At an early age he embarked in the hotel business, acting as clerk at the Woodruff House, Watertown, for many years.  He aslo acted as clerk at the Pulaski House and the Randall hotel, at Pulaski.  Mr. Bishop and his father conducted the Union House, in this village, for a few years, and later he became manager of the Hotel Carleton.  After leaving the Carleton the family moved to Syracuse.
Mr. Bishop's first wife was killed in an accident a number of years ago, when the automobile driven by Mrs. Bannister crashed through the railing at the Giddings bridge, near Adams.  His second wife, formerly Miss Florence Jones, of Syracuse, survives him.  There are no other near relations with the exception of cousins.
The funeral was held from the Masonic Temple, at Pulaski, Thursday afternoon, the officers of Pulaski  Lodge, F. & A. M., of which the deceased was a member, conducted the Masonic burial service.  Interment was made in the Pulaski Cemetery.

I started researching the Bishop line after I posted the transcription of Jennie Austin's will.  I found many articles on Clarence, James and Mrs. James Bishop.  To date, I have not found an obituary for Nettie Bishop, widow of James L. Bishop.  The last census that enumerates Nettie (Lunette) Bishop is the 1920 US Federal Census.  She is listed in the home of her son, Clarence Bishop in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.  This was prior to Clarence' marriage to his second wife.  Interestingly, Clarence' second wife is enumerated as Georgia age 44 in the New York State Census of 1925.  

Clarence' father, James L Bishop was a hotel proprietor and lived in these locations according to the census:
  • 1892 Redfield, Oswego County, New York
  • 1900 Pulaski, Oswego County, New York
  • 1910 West Turin, Lewis County, New York
James L. Bishop died in 1914.  Clarence took over as proprietor and in 1915 is listed as the proprietor of the hotel in Cape Vincent, Jefferson County, NY.   Nettie Bishop preceded her son in death.

One more genealogical mystery remains to be unraveled!  Stay tuned!

Clarence E. Bishop - Tragedy on a Bridge

Watertown Daily Times, Tuesday Afternoon, September 2, 1919


Accident Happens on Road About Three Miles South of Adams


The Dead Are Mrs. Anna Bannister, Proprietor of Watertown Store; Her Sister, Miss Margaret E. Raymond; Miss Dorothy Elting, All of Watertown, and Mrs. Clarence E. Bishop of Syracuse--Mr. Bishop Badly Hurt.

Four persons ere killed and one badly injured three miles south of Adams at 11:30 Monday night when a Jeffery touring car owned and driven by Mrs. Anna Banniser of this city left the road and crashing through the iron railing of the bridge over Sandy Creek, shot through the air and plunged into the rocky bed of the creek 25 feet below.
The dead are:
Mrs. Anna Bannister, of 210 William street, proprietor of a woman's coat and suit store at No. 9 Public Square.
Miss Margaret E. Raymond, a sister, residing at 310 William Street and associated with Mrs. Bannister's business.
Miss Dorothy Elting, 19, of 314 William street, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Elting.
Mrs. Clarence E. Bishop, 43, of 501 Walnut avenue, Syracuse.
The only survivor of the terrible accident is Clarence E. Bishop, 45 years of age, caddy master of the Bellevue Country Club, Syracuse. He will recover, it is thought, although badly cut about the head and with injuries to his right leg.
The four persons were wither instantly killed by being caught beneath the car or were drowned by the waters of Sandy Creek, two feet in depth at the point where the machine landed.  It is thought that the automobile skidded on account of rain that had fallen a short time before.  The bridge is at the foot of a long curving, but not particularly steep hill.
Was a Careful Driver.
With death sealing the lips of four members of the ill fated party, and with Mr. Bishop unable to narrate only that which happened after the car had taken the plunger through space, an examination, if such a thing is possible, of the car will alone determine whether or not something happened to the steering post as Mr. Bannister approached the bridge.  The woman was always known as a most careful driver, and was perfectly familiar with the road over which the party was traveling on its way from Syracuse to this city.
Mrs. Bannister, accompanied by her sister, Miss Raymond, Miss Elting, and a nephew and niece, Isabel and Charles Clark, 10 and 18 years who had been visiting at the Bannister home, left for Syracuse and Auburn to Medina, their home.
The party left Auburn, returning to Syracuse where they stopped for Mr. and Mrs. Clarence E. Bishop, with whom they were well acquainted and to whom a week before, Mrs. Bannister, while in Syracuse, had promised to bring to this city in order that Mrs. Bishop might appear in a matter in surrogate's court today.
Left Syracuse at 8:30.
At 8:30 the party left Syracuse, stopping at one or two places for candy and gasoline, including the Randall House at Pulaski.  Rain began to fall, making the road slippery in many places.  According to Mr. Bishop, Mrs. Bannister was running at not over 20 miles an hour when the accident occurred.  There had been a moon earlier in the evening, but with the approach of the shower the skies became overcast.  Almost as the crash came, Mrs. Bannister and her friends were talking of the rain and the slippery condition of the roads.
Guard Rails Break.
At the end of the bridge, guard rails had been erected, but these were snapped as though straws as the car and its passengers swerved to the left and took the plunge that cost the lives of four a moment later and left a  *** pinned beneath and in danger of being drowned in the waters that surged about.  The bridge is perhaps 25 feet above the waters of the creek which is filled with jagged rocks.  The car turned over at least once in its headlong flight, shooting through the air 40 or 50 feet before landing in the bottom of the creek.
Struggles to Get Out.
Mr. Bishop, with blood flowing from an ugly gash in the top of his head and with his right leg bruised, managed to extricate himself from the wreckage, after a 20 minute struggle.  Staggering through the water in the darkness, the man made his way to the bank and called for help.  three cars passed without hearing the cries of the injured and frantic man.  The fourth, a car on its way to New York, stopped.
At almost the same time, William Kellar, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Kellar, who live a short distance from the bridge, arrived home from a baseball game at Detoriet, and was attracted to the bridged by the shadowy figures of men and women running about.
Kellar ran to his home calling to his parents to light a lantern, and to his brother, George, to help him.  One of the boys later on ran to Page's farmhouse, a short distance away, and telephoned for Dr. E. E. Douglass of Adams.
The body of Mrs. Bishop, meanwhile had been pulled from beneath the car but there were no signs of life. One of the Kellar boys, with others, pulled off his shoes and waded out to the car.  Another body was dragged from beneath the car as it was partially righted.
"Here's another body," yelled one of the men near the rear end of the car as the machine was slowly raised to its side.
The bodies were carried to the sloping bank and laid on the ground, until the fourth found a resting place beside the others, and Bishop, frantic with grief and pain, told the rescuers that there were no others.
Authorities Notified.
Sheriff Michael Gleason and District Attorney Jerome B. Cooper had been notified of the terrible accident within 30 minutes after it had happened, and left almost immediately for the scene.  Mr. Cooper posted two men, including Chief of Police Henderson, at the bridge, with instructions not to permit anyone to remove the car until further orders.  the two officials returned to Watertown, only to be called to Clayton by the report of another automobile accident.  Accompanied by the sheriff and a stenographer,  Mr. Cooper returned to Adams this morning and interrogated a number of persons in an effort to learn the true facts surrounding the affair.
Mr. Bishop had been taken to the residence of Mr. Douglass and his injuries cared for.  The district attorney question Mr. Bishop this morning but was able to learn only a few of the less important facts of the case, such as the time the party left Syracuse, the number of stops that had been made, but as to just what really happened at the bridge, the injured mans was a a loss to know, rather than to hazard a guess that the car had skidded an its driver was unable to stop it until it had plunged through the railing and onto the rocks.
Three Women Drowned.
According to Dr. Alfred Goss of Adams, who made a superficial examination of the bodies as they were taken from beneath the wrecked car, three of the four women met their death by drowning, the fourth through a fractured skull.  Dr. Goss was called to the scene of the accident about 12, and helped remove the bodies which were lying in the water at the time.
An examination of Mrs. Bishop's body shows a fracture of the skull, the head being quite badly crushed and sufficient to have caused death.  There were not other marks on the body.
The bodies of the other three women show no signs of any pronounce fractures and are not disfigured, supporting the statement made by Dr. Goss that death was due to drowning.
The body of Mrs. Bishop will be brought here this evening by Undertaker E. Raymond Hoyland and taken to his parlors on State street where the funeral will be held tomorrow morning, the hour being undecided at 3 o'clock this afternoon.
When Mrs. Bishop was killed that night, she had a purse in which there was approximately $100, and which until this afternoon had not been located.  Two men were wading about the wreckage in an effort to locate the purse and its contents.
Mr. Bishop was brought to the city this afternoon and taken to the home of Earl Seymour, a cousin of Mrs. Bishop, who resides on Boyd street.
Mr Bishop will remain at the Douglass home until such time as he can be moved.  That the man may be suffering from internal injuries was evident from the fact that he vomited blood when his head was raised from the pillow. F. I Bishop of 149 Fitch street, Syracuse, a cousin, accompanied by Mrs. Bishop and Mrs. McDonald, reached Adams at 9 o'clock this morning.
The scene of the accident attracted hundreds of persons today.  District Attorney Cooper and Sheriff Gleason arrived about 9:30 this morning, visiting the place for a second time.
At Mr. Cooper's direction, Chief of Police Henderson fished a woman's pursed from the water a few feet from the car, it belonged to Miss Raymond.  A woman's comb was picked up on the ground, probably having fallen from one of the bodies as is was carried ashore.  A further examination of the wreckage brought forth a candy box, another handbag, a book or tow, the wrenches and other tools being scattered over the creeks bottom.
The front ***one fender of the car was badly smashed where it had struck the iron protecting railing.  It was evident that the car had turned over at least once in the air, landing as it did with the wheels uppermost, the top being crushed and broken.  The tail light was still burning this morning.  The engine itself was but little injured.
As near as Mr. Cooper would ascertain, both from interrogating persons who arrived at the scene of the accident a few minutes after it happened, the car took the fateful plunge about 11:30, the watch on one of the women having stopped at that time, while another stopped at 11:58.
Alexander McMullin, a barber in Adams, told the district attorney this morning that when he reached the scene he found a woman, who later on informed him she was on her way to New York, swinging a lantern.  Bishop was on the bridge receiving first aid treatment, and repeating over and over again, "My God, my wife."  There were about a half dozen person at the accident by that time.
The bodies were carried up the steep embankment and onto the road, being taken to Scott * Undertaker's undertaking parlors in Adams, and later those of Mrs. Bannister, Miss Raymond and Miss Elting were brought to this city.
The body of Mrs. Bishop will be taken to West Martinsburg for interment.  Mrs. Bishop having at the time been a resident of that place.  She is survived by her husband.
Following Mr. Cooper's inquest this morning, the district attorney said that Mrs. Bannister's neck had been broken and that the others had died from either fractured skulls of from being drowned as they were pinned beneath the car.

The Journal and Republican, Lowville, N. Y., Thursday, September 4, 1919


Mrs. Inez Seymour Bishop, formerly of Lowville, One of Victims, and Her Husband Seriously Injured - Others Killed Are Mrs. Anna Bannister, Her Sister, Miss Margaret E. Raymond and Miss Dorothy Elting, of Watertown.

Four persons were killed and one badly injured three miles south of Adams at 11:39 Monday night when a Jeffrey touring car owned and driven by Mrs Anna Bannister, of Watertown, left the road and crashing through the iron railing of the bridge over Sandy creek, shot through the air and plunged into the rocky bed of the creek 25 feet below.  The dead are:...
Mrs. Anna Bannister, 62, proprietor of a woman's coat and suit store at No. 9 Public Square, Watertown.
Miss Margaret E. Raymond, 40, a sister and associated with Mrs. Bannister, in the business.
Miss Dorothy Elting, 19, daughter of Mr. and rs. Eli Elting, of Watertown.
Mrs. Clarence E. Bishop, 43, of 601 Walnut avenue, Syracuse.
The only survivor of the terrible accident is Clarence E. Bishop, 45 years of age, caddy master of the Bellevue Country Club, Syracuse.  He will recover, it is thought, although badly cut about the head and with injuries to his right leg.
Mrs. Bishop was formerly Miss Inez Seymour, daughter of the late Wilbur Seymour, of West Martinsburg.  She was married to Mr. Bishop, fifteen years ago, and for some time they had conducted the Walton house at Lyons Falls.
The four persons were either instantly killed by being caught beneath the car or were drowned by the waters of Sandy Creek tow fee in depth at the point where the machine landed.  It is thought that the automobile skidded on account of rain that had fallen a short time before.  The bridge is at the foot of a long curving, but not particularly steep hill.  The party left Syracuse for Watertown at 8:30 p.m.
At the end of the bridge, guard rails had been erected, but they were snapped as though straws as the car and its passengers swerved to the left and took the plunge that cost the lives of four a moment inter and left a fifth pinned beneath and in danger of being drowned in the waters that surged about.  The bridge is perhaps twenty-five feet above the waters of the creek which is filled with jagged rocks.  The car turned over at least once in the headlong flight, shooting through the air forty or fifty feet before landing in the bottom of the creek.
Three Women Drowned.
According to Dr. Alfred Goss of Adams, show made a superficial examination of the bodies as they were taken from beneath the wrecked car, three of the four women met their death by drowning, the fourth through a fractured skull.  Dr. Goss was called to the scene of the accident about 12 o'clock, and helped remove the bodies which were lying in the water at the time.
An examination of Mrs. Bishop's body showed a fracture of the skull, the head being quite badly crushed and sufficient to have caused death.  There were no other marks on the body.
the bodies of the other three women showed no signs of any pronounced fractures and are not disfigured, supporting the statement made by Dr. Goss that death was due to drowning.
Mr. Bishop was brought to Watertown Tuesday afternoon and taken to the home of Earl Seymour, a cousin of Mrs. Bishop.
The funeral services of Mr.s Bishop were held at Watertown yesterday and interment was made at the West Martinsburg cemetery.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

James L Bishop - Hotel Keeper

James L. Bishop was born in Sept. 1836 and married Lynette Graves.  I have yet to find a marriage record nor have I found a death notice for Lynette (Nettie).  I do know that she died prior to 1927 according to the note on her sister's, Jennie Austin, will.  I found the following newspaper articles on Old Fulton NY Post Cards ( website.  The digital images searchable and can be downloaded in PDF format.  I found his death notice in half a dozen newspapers, but only downloaded the two that I have transcribed below.

Watertown Daily Times, Wednesday Afternoon, March 29, 1905

A few friends of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Bishop pleasantly surprised them last Wednesday evening, it being the occasion of the 34th anniversary of their marriage.  They were presented with a handsome china salad dish.

Watertown Daily Times, Thursday Afternoon, March 26, 1914



Pulaski. March 26.-James L. Bishop, for many years a resident of Pulaski and well known throughout Oswego and Jefferson counties as a hotel keeper, passed away yesterday afternoon at the Commercial House in Parish, where he had made his home with a son, Clarence L. Bishop, since November, 1912, when the latter became manager of the hostelry.  About three weeks ago the senior Bishop was stricken with a sever shock of paralysis and he had since continued to sink gradually until the end came yesterday.
James L. Bishop was born in Clerendon, Vt. nearly 78 years ago and when a young man located in Woodville, Jefferson county, where with his brother, Don C. Bishop of Pulaski, he engaged in the boot and shoe business.  About 20 years ago Mr. Bishop came to Pulaski and for a time conducted the old Salmon River hotel and later became associated with John F. Hubbard in the Pulaski House, which is still owned by the latter.
Several years ago Mr. Bishop conducted the Union House at Cape Vincent. His next hotel venture was at Antwerp where he managed the Proctor House, and a few years later he went to Lyons Falls and became landlord of the Walton House.  During the past decade or so his son, Clarence E. Bishop, has been associated with him in his hotel ventures his last one beign at Lyons Falls.  More than a year ago the junior Bishop became manager of the Commercial hotel at Parish and his parents have since lived with hi,.  The veteran hotel keeper was well known to the traveling public, by reason of the may years of hotel activities.  he was well liked and had a wide cirle of friends.
James L. Bishop, in addition to his many years of entertaining the traveling public had been for more that half a century a member of the Masonic fraternity.  he first became a member of the Blue Lodge at **wards, St. Lawrence county, and some time later affiliated with Rising Sun Lodge, No. 634 F. and A. M., at Belleville, Jefferson county, of which he was a member at the time of his death.  Mr Bishop was also a member of Pulaski Chapter, No. 279, R.A.M.
Surviving are his wife and son, Clarence E. Bishop; two brothers, Nathan P. Bishop of Adams Centre and Don. C. Bishop of Pulaski, and two sisters, Mrs. Helen Tabor of Adams and Mrs. Martha Babcock of Smithville.
The funeral will be held from the Commercial House at Parish tomorrow afternoon at 1.  The body will be brought to the Pulaski cemetery, where the Masonic burial service will be conducted by Pulaski Lodge, No 415, F. and A. M.
The Journal and Republican, Lowville, N.Y., Thursday, April 2, 1914.

James L. Bishop

James L. Bishop, age 78 a well know hotel man and for more that half a century a member of the Masonic fraternity, died in the 25th ult. at the Commercial hotel, Parish.  Where he had made his home since November, 1912, with his son, Clarence L. Bishop, formerly proprietor of the Walton house at Lyons Falls. Surviving are his wife, one son, two brothers, Nathan P. Bishop, of Adams Center, and Donald C. Bishop, of Pulaski, and two sisters, Mrs. Helen Taber, of Adams and Mrs. Martha Babcock, of Smithville.  The funeral services were held Friday and interment made at Pulaski.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Amanuensis Monday - Will of Aunt Jenny Austin

This is a handwritten will amended on Jan 27, 1927.  Jenny Austin was born Sarah Jane Graves 11 Sep 1841 in Ellisburg, Jefferson County, NY to Ira Graves and Mary Decker.  She married George Austin who was born in the month April 1826 in Ohio, according to the 1900 census.  They were married in 1867 or 1868.  According to the 1900 census for Sheboygan, WI, Jennie had never had any children.  Henry E. Austin, born Nov 1855 in Wisconsin, is listed next to them in this census.  Jennie's will mentions grandchildren; George, Frank and Orren Austin.  These children belong to Henry E. Austin leading me to believe that Henry was adopted by George and Sarah Jane Austin. Henry is listed in the 1880 census as their child.  Sarah J. 'Jennie' died 23 Oct 1927 in Plymouth, WI.

Have omitted paragraph about "being sound of mind."
 I give and devise to my grand children, Geo. Austin of Montana and Frank Austin & Orren Austin of Sheb Co., Wis. The sum of one thousand dollars to be divided among them in equal shares.
I give and bequeath to my sister, Nettie Bisphop, the sum of one thousand dollars.
All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, I give devise and bequeath to my niece Elena Edwards should she survive me, but in the event she does not survive me, then all of said residue, I give and bequeath in equal shares to nieces and nephews, the grand children of my Bro. Gilbert A. Graves. 
I herby nominate and appoint my niece Elena Edwards the executrix of this will & request that she be not required to give any bond.
Dated April 6, 1917
Signed by A. C. Prescott and Cora L Schraut.
The following was written by Aunt Jennie, put in an envelop and tied to large envelop containing will.  It was written wonderfully well with ink, for one of her age. 
When I made my will I gave my sister Mrs. Nettie Bishop $1,000.  She has since died, as has her only child, Clarence Bishop.  Now I want this one thousand dollars to to to Elena Edwards with the other I have given her.  This I hope is plain.  If it is not done by a lawyer, it is my wish.
Jan 17, 1927
Signed by herself,
Jennie's signature is not on this document anywhere.

Elena Edwards is the daughter of Maryetta Graves born 4 May 1834 in Ellisburg, Jefferson Co., NY.  She married John Byron Edwards (1829-1919).   Maryette and John B Edwards are found in the 1900 Census in Sheboyga, WI.  Their daughter, F Lena Edwards born Mar 1866, is living with them.  All three were born in New York and Lena is their only child.  I was unable to find Lena in any subsequent census indexes.

I decided to explore George and Jennie Austin further.  I started my search at the Sheboygan County page on USGENWEB website.  I found a biography of George Austin that answered a lot of questions.  Jennie was George's second wife.  George and Jennie were married 23 Dec 1867.  Henry was the son of George and his first wife, Annie Smith.  George and Annie were married 30 June 1853. His complete biography can be found here,

Friday, October 26, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday Revisited - Uncle Jake

Wilbur Jennings Alkire Jr 'Uncle Jake' was adopted.    I decided to see what I could find on my uncle.   I looked at the 1930 census, his parents were Wilbur J. Alkire (Alkins in the index at familysearch) and Lucretia Alkire. They are living in Oklahoma City, OK.  He has a sister, Idalle M, age 2.  According to the 1940 census, they were in OKC in 1935.  Wilbur's grandparents, Adam and Mary Alkire had a farm in Dewey County, OK.  In 1940 they are living on the farm located in Township 24 N, Range 13 E.  Uncle Jake remained on this farm the rest of his life.  He and my aunt were married in 1945.  They were unable to have children and adopted a boy and a girl.  I spent several summers at the farm and one memory I have my aunt will never forget!  The Beach Boys were popular that year and I sang "I want to go home, this is the worst trip I have ever been on."   She still laughs about this today!  Some things you just can't live down.  

I wondered about access to adoption records in Oklahoma, so I did a Google search. OMG!
Oklahoma Department of Human Services manages the Mutual Consent Voluntary Registry which aids in post adoption reunions and access to adoption records, family information and medical history. Anyone age of 18 may voluntary add information to the registry. There is also a Confidential Intermediary Search program to aid in the searching of family members. Searches cost $400 dollars to start.
Children and Family Services Division
Mutual Consent Voluntary Registry
P. O. Box 25352
Oklahoma City, OK 73125 
Do you see the cost?  If I were adopted, it would be worth that much and more.  Since I am doing genealogy research, it is not something I would pay this amount of money to research.

If you are looking to find adoption information, check out Cyndi's List.
Early adoptions were not necessarily a legal contract.
In many cases, children were raised by relatives or interested families without a formal adoption taking place and no official adoption records being created.
This quote is from the familysearch wiki

A possibility would be an article in the local newspaper.  The newspapers weren't politically correct and a lot of information was published back then that you dare not publish today.

How do you handle adoptions in your genealogy program?  I use PAF and add notes to say "so and so was adopted on such & such" and add the child as the child of the adopted parents.  Right or wrong, that's how I do it.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Amanuensis Monday - William C Hoag letter from John M Powers

Lower Penn Neck Sep 27/75

William C Hoag

Dear Friend

I received your letter the 25th and was very glad to hear from you again and learn that you are all well.  We are all well except Mary S who is complaining very much of pain in her stum to night and wishes you were here to cure her.  We have enjoyed our health first rate ever since you left as usual it has been quite healthy throughout the township all sickness Mrs M Lippencott has passed away.  She died about six weeks ago.  Samuel ?. Snitcher (one of your Scholars) has also gone, Since you went away.  Herman tells me has never received you letter, And now I am almost at a loss to know how to give you the particulars you desire, but I will do the best I can the prospect for disposing of a load is not very flattering unless you could sell very cheap. Charley Powers says he wants one and the store keeper at Pennsville wants one also.  David Fisher says he will take a pair of mules, if you could bring a few young mares you might sell them as the farmers do not want to buy horses, There may be a better prospect after a while as there is a disease among the horses a few miles below Salem and quite a number have died with it.  I was told to night by one of our neightors that in the township of Lower Alloway Creek thirty five had died already.  Your old stock here are about the same Except Phill he has gone entirely blind, I have had an offer of $150 for Prince, $125 for Lilly and $50 for Phill. Provided I would give some time on them I don't suppose those prices would suit you, if they do, let me know it as soon as possible.  I wish you would come on this fall, Perhaps you can do better than that.  For I never could sell anything like other men.  The hoses are in fair condition I hate to let them got for such prices, whether the people think I will soon be forced to let them go for just what I can get to pay my debts I dont know for the note I gave for those I bought comes due in November again and the prospect looks very doubtful at present for meeting it.  I wish you would come on before that time and give me a little assistance if you can,  Excuse me for not writing as I have been so busy I have not had time or at least not felt like writing to any one, I know nothing more that would be likely to interest you so permit me to subscribe myself your friend John M Powers

P.S. My family all join in sending their respects
J M Powers
Lower Alloways Creek, Lower Penns Neck and Salem are townships in New Jersey.  William C Hoag was a doctor.  He was born 5 Oct 1819 in New York and married Electa Ann Mitchell in Meigs County, Ohio 16 Mar 1855.  He moved to Danvers, Mc Lean County, Illinois where he died 28 Aug 1886.  William and Electa had two children, Jared B and Jane Phoebe (Jennie).  Jennie died in Ill in July 1876.  Electa died 8 Nov 1878 in Danvers, IL.  Jared is my great grandfather and migrated to Barber County, Kansas where he married Florence Graves on 25 Jan 1888.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Thomas Hedrick, Criminal

I would like to knock down the Thomas Hedrick brick wall!  I have the marriage record from Greene County, Missouri, unfortunately it is a certified copy and not a copy of the original.  I always search online resources first.  I started here:

Missouri State Archives website searchable online databases.
I clicked on the Civil War Newspapers link, Scrolling down to select a newspaper for Greene County, I spot the Springfield Mirror and the dates span from 1856 - 1859.  Perfect for the time period I am searching.   I searched in the Springfield Missouri Weekly Patriot 1865-1876,  I searched for  Hedrick. I received 4 hits. My first hit was Nov 2, 1865 when Burton and George Hedrick, (plus four men named Beasley and John Wood Jr.)  were being sued for $6,000 by Mahala Bowman for murdering her husband, Jacob Bowman, stealing property and burning down their house in 1863. The claim was filed in Stone County, Missouri.  She is about to be foreclosed on.  Perhaps these two men will be a clue to finding Thomas.  I never dismiss anything right away!
This same group of men are accused of stealing five head of cattle, one mare, one rifle gun, bed quilts and wearing clothes from Samuel Owen in 1862. This Stone County Circuit Court notice published November 16, 1865 states the men have left their usual places of abode.

And the next hit is a BINGO!  In the Circuit Court of Taney County, Missouri notice published November 23, 1865.  Mary A Wallace, plaintiff vs. Mary B Hedrick, George Hedrick, Thomas Hedrick and Sally Burkes, Def.  They are accused of taking bed clothes, bacon, flour, sugar, coffee and tobacco of the value of Seventy-five dollars on the 16 May 1864.  The notice states they have left their usual place of abode.  They are ordered to appear in the court house in Forsythe.  The November 16, 1865 edition has a notice that on this same date in 1864, this group is accused of taking forty dollars in gold, a new saddle and bridle worth twenty five dollars, gold locket worth six dollars, set of ear bobs worth four dollars, six dresses valued at seventy-five dollars, and diverse other article and personal effects of Nancy E Gideon in Taney County.
I knew Thomas was not a stand up guy, after all he deserted Nancy and their son William.  Now I can take the clues found in the newspaper and look for more information.  I need to find out if Mary B is a sister to George and Thomas or if she was the spouse of one of them.

I checked the 1860 census for Taney County, Missouri.  I did not find Mary B, however I did find Burton age 54 b. KY, George age 26 b. MO, Thomas 22 b. MO, Samuel age 48 b. KY and Shelton age 24 b. MO.  All are living in their own households.  My conclusion is Burton is the father of George, Thomas and possibly Shelton.  Shelton and Thomas are neighbors in the census and are on the same page with Burton.  They are living in Newton Twp. before the Civil War.  Thomas in 1860 is married to a Lucinda age 18.  I don't think this is my Thomas as he married Nancy Logan in 1852.

The hunt for answers continues!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Miss Horner's Marriage

Many years ago when I first began researching Harriett Hayes Louthan on, I found Harriett Horner Louthan.  Hattie, as she was known, was a 'Kansas poetess', according to the publications I have been able to locate.  The other day I was searching digital newspaper collection.  I came across the newspaper article below.  I haven't found it transcribed anywhere on the Internet, so I thought I would share it on my blog.  

The Wichita Daily Eagle, Sunday Morning, June 14, 1893 page 5

The following regarding the marriage of Miss Hattie Horner and Mr. Overton Earl Louthan is taken from the El Dorado Republican:
A short time ago invitations to the wedding of Miss Hattie Horner and Mr. Overton Earl Louthan were sent out, and responses to these were about 130 guests met at the pleasant home of Dr. and Mrs. Horner, near Whitewater, Wednesday, June 21, to witness the happy nuptials.
The day dawned brightly and guests began arriving by train and carriages early in the morning.  El Dorado, Peabody, Newton, Towanda, and other neighboring towns were well represented.
At 12 m, sweet strains of music emulated from the house, and soon the bridal appeared at the front entrance, and stepping upon carpets spread for the occasion, advanced under nature's canopy to the place prepared for them, where the spreading branches of the trees cast their lacy shadows over the happy pair and their attendance, Miss Cora Taylor of El Dorado, and Mr. Herbert Beck of Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Rev. G H Laughlin of Kirksville, Mo., stepped forward and after a few appropriate remarks, pronounces a brief marriage ceremony, after which he introduced the contracting parties  to their friends as Mr. and Mrs. Louthan.
The bride, our Kansas poetess, wore a dainty gown of cream white china slik(sic). The skirt with demi-train was void of trimming. The waist cut square in front and V shaped in the back was very tastefully trimmed lace bretelles and pearl passementerie. The elbow sleeves were finished with a deep ruffle of lace which fell gracefully over the arm, and the gulmp of silk illusion and silk girdle added their charm to the very pretty toilet.  White silk gloves and white kid slippers completed the costume.  She carried a beautiful spray of Marechal Niel rosebuds  and in the coil of her brown hair nestled one creamy bud. She also wore a bud on her corsage.
The bride's maid,  Miss Cora Taylor, wore a very becoming dress of salmon-colored bengaline, with Eton jacket of dark velvet and trimmings of the same. In her hands she carried a spray of delicate pink rosebuds.
 The groom, Mr. Earl Louthan of Chicago, and Mr. Herbert Beck, his best man, looked well in their conventional suits of black.
 After the friends had tendered congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Louthan, they were invited to partake of an elegant wedding dinner, spread on tables in the kindly shade of the trees.
 The presents were numerous and elegant, typifying the high esteem in which the young couple are held by their hosts of friends, who wish them many long years of happiness together and trust that the June roses of life may be plentifully strewn along their pathway.
 The bride is truly a Kansas girl.  She was connected with the educational interests of this city for several years but the past few years have been spent in newspaper work in which she has acquired the name "Kansas Poetess." At present she is writing for several of the leading magazines.  The groom was a former resident of this city and is a noble young man. He is at present bookkeeper in one of the leading firms in Chicago.
They took the evening train for Wichita where they spent a few hours with the groom's parents. They were guests of Mr. and Mrs J. M. Garrett, in this city for a few hours Thursday, leaving on the afternoon train for Whitewater.  They departed  Thursday night for their future home in Chicago. 
May joy and prosperity attend them.
 Hattie and Earl are found in 1900 Federal Census enumerated in  ED 106, Precinct 11, Denver city ward 12, Arapahoe County, Colorado residing at 59 South Grand Ave. According to this census, Overton E Louthan was born in Illinois  March 1868 and Hattie was born Feb 1867 in Iowa.  The birthplace of Earl's parents is left blank on the census page, while Hattie's father was born in Kentucky and her mother was born in West Virginia.  By 1910, Hattie is widowed and  was still residing in Denver CO at the time of the 1940 census.  She was a teacher at the University of Denver.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Follow Friday - Internet Archive

I was really excited when I saw a link to  I was researching my Graves line in Massachusetts and Vermont.  I had posted a question on the Graves Family Association Facebook page and was directed to a county history book along with a link to the digitized copy.  This website is absolutely FREE. Free is my favorite word when it comes to genealogy research.  I found lots of books in PDF format regarding my areas of research.  I downloaded all of them I could find!   I check this website often to see if new content has been added that is of interest to me.  Here are the titles I have downloaded:
1673 1899 History of the town of Sunderland, Massachusetts
 Genealogies of Hadley Families Embracing the Early Settlers of the Towns of Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst and Granby. 1862
1673 1899 History of the Town of Sunderland, Massachusetts. 1899
 Genealogy of the Graves Family in America. Three Vols. Volume I. Sketch of the Family in England. Genealogy of the Family of Thomas Graves, of Hatfield, Massachusetts. 1896  
Graves Genealogy, Traced down from Thomas Graves of Hatfield, Mass., A.D. 1645 with some English Ancestors Also Collins Genealogy As connected with the Graves family and traced down from the year 1600.  1911
 Historical Sketches of Watertown, Massachusetts...1893  
 History of Western Massachusetts, the Counties of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire. 1855
 History of Hadley. Including the Early History of Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst and Granby, Massachusetts. 1905
 1660 1910 The History of Hatfield Massachusetts. 1910
 History of the Town of Whately, Mass. Including a Narrative of Leading Events from the First Planning of Hatfield. 1660-1871. by J H Temple. 1872
Inscriptions of the Grave Stones in the Grave Yards of Northampton and of Other Towns of the Valley of the Connecticut...1850
212th Anniversary of the Indian Attack on Hatfield, And Field-Day of the Pacumtuck Valley Memorial Association, At Hatfield, Massachusetts, Thursday, September 19th, 1889. Gazette Printing Company, 1890. Northampton, Mass.

1673 1899 History of the Town of Sunderland, Massachusetts, Which Originally Embraced Within Its Limits the Present Towns of Montague and Leverett. By John Montague Smith. Greenfield, Mass. Press of E. A. Hall & Co. 1899

Jefferson County Prior to 1797. An address delivered at the Jefferson County Centennial in June 1905. by Robert Lansing.

Rupert, VT. Historical and Descriptive. 1761-1898 by Geo. S. Hibbard. The Tuttle Company, Printers and Publishers, Rutland. VT 
There are also US Federal Census microfilm from the Allen County Public Library that have been scanned as well.    Some of the media that has been scanned to this website are indexed the census images are not indexed.   I was fortunate to find the 1880 Census images for Linn County, Missouri!   My Louthan line settled there after the Civil War.

Play with your search terms, i.e. VT is not the same as Vermont.  You will need to search for all known abbreviations for the state you are researching, i.e. MA or Mass.  Don't get too specific or you will miss some hits.  It does take some time to go through your search results to eliminate irrelevant hits.  Only you can determine what is irrelevant to you.  Depending on the size of the PDF, I will view the pages online first to see if it has information that I need.  If it does, then I download it.  Some of these books are quite large and take some time to download on DSL.

Good luck with your search, love the hunt!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday - Grandma's Auction

About twelve years ago, my grandmother remarried following the death of my grandfather.  Her new husband insisted she had to sell all of her and grandpa's possessions since her new spouse had a house full and she would be moving into his house.   So, off I went to bid at my grandmother's auction.  I had made a list of those items I saw on the sale bill.  Among the items I purchased at the sale was my great grandmother's glass butter churn which sits in my china cabinet.  I don't remember seeing great grandma make butter, but I did see grandma make butter with it.  Grandma had a Jersey milk cow that she milked everyday.  Her cream separator was in the storm cellar so she had to carry the pail of milk down the cement steps.  Grandma always let the cream sour before making butter, perhaps this was how her mother made it.  I never liked the taste of grandma's butter nor did I like drinking fresh cow's milk.
I also purchased a .22 rifle.  I thought is was Grandpa's but it turns out it belonged to my dad.  I am keeping it for my grandsons.
At any auction, there are the trailer loads with boxes of treasures.  I bought a box that contained Grandpa's shaving brush, mug and razor.  I watched him many times lathering up the soap in the mug before applying it to his face and then shaving.
Another box contained Grandma's spoon rest which always had a prominent place on her kitchen stove.
I have special memories of staying with my grandparents during the summer and relive them each time I look at the butter churn or her spoon rest.  Those were great days!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Talented Tuesday - Sammie Louthan

Samuel Oscar Louthan, front row holding the bats, the son of John Cope Louthan and Anna Jane Haddow, was born in Linn County, Missouri 20 August 1872 and died in Chester, Major County, Oklahoma 21 December 1921. His mother died in Linn County, Missouri.  His dad remarried to Mary Ann Elizabeth Hale in Linn County.  They came West in 1885 and settled in Barber County, Kansas.  When the land run opened up Oklahoma Territory, John and Sammie went to Oklahoma.  Sammie's brother James stayed in Barber County and Eddie went to Seward County, Kansas.
Sammie played baseball on a traveling town team.  The photo above is a scan of the newspaper article from the Enid News and Eagle published in Enid, Oklahoma. The original photo was in the possession of my great aunt, Annabelle Mitchell.  Three of Sammie's boys; Lester, Howard, and Floy, all played town team baseball in Chester.

L-R: Jimmy Holub, Leonard Louthan, Bud Holub, Bud pierce, Lester Louthan, Howard Louthan, Vic Holub, Lloyd Bensch, and Floy Louthan. 
Back then, at least in a small town, every boy grew up playing baseball.  It was America's game. You may read more about baseball in Chester, Oklahoma on my cousins website,

Sammie's talent for baseball was passed down through the generations.  He had many grandsons, great grandsons and great great grandsons who played baseball. One great grandson, Duane Louthan, played for the Oklahoma Travelers in 1982. Duane has twin sons, Josh and Connor, who are playing for the Bartlesville Braves, a AAA league team, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

I would like to know if John Cope played baseball. He would have played in Ohio before the 1860s, as he was injured in the Civil War.   I would love to read newspaper accounts of the early games in which Sammie and his sons played. Off to find newspaper archives online!  As always, love the hunt!

Amanuensis Monday - Dear Grandma and Grandpa

Company C
Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion
United States Army Training Center, Engineer
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

15 July 1961

Dear Grandma and Grandpa

How is everything at Chester getting along.
Hope this finds you both well.
I received your card & letter today and was real glad to hear from you.
Thanks a lot for the card it was sure pretty.
Things aren't to awfully bad here.  They don't work me to hard.
I made the baseball team down here so I have been playing quiet a bit of baseball.  I have won 3 games & lost one & have releaved in several games.  Playing ball makes the time pass a lot faster.  Our team is tied for first place.
Grandpa have you caught any more big fish lately.  I hope when I get our of the Army I have a little spare time.  Then we will have to go fishing a few times.  I haven't been fishing for a long time.
We have been having pretty nice weather here so far.  It hasen't been to awful hot.
When does Billy get out of the Navy.  Mom said he was going to stay in & finish his time.
Well I guess I had better close.
Thanks again for the Birthday card & letter.

With Love
Your Grandson

Friday, September 14, 2012

James Franklin Hedrick 1887-1972

I have many documents filed away in paper file folders in storage totes that at one time were housed in a file cabinet.  Housing documents in totes makes them less accessible.  In my Hedrick file folder I have four documents:

  1. A typed obituary for James Franklin Hedrick.
  2. The marriage certificate copy for William Cowdry Hedrick and Nancy Hazelton from Greene County, MO 28 Dec 1877.
  3. The marriage record copy for Nancy E Logan and Thomas Hedrick from Greene County, MO 5 Oct 1852.
  4. The marriage record copy for James Franklin Hedrick and Myrtel Mae Paris from Major County, OK 31 Dec 1911.
This file also contains numerous funeral cards, handwritten letters , a wedding invitation from 1962 and a Christmas card. All were among the possessions of James Franklin Hedrick at the time of his death.  My grandmother kept these keepsakes in a basket with a lid.  This basket was handed down to my father and the contents were given to me.  I love reading the letters that were sent to Frank and Myrtle Hedrick.   Here is a transcription of the Obituary for James Franklin Hedrick.
James Franklin Hedrick was born March 20, 1887 at Stafford County, Kansas and passed from this life on July 29, 1972 at the Mooreland Community Hospital following a short illness at the age of 85 years, four months and nine days.
Mr. Hedrick moved with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William C Hedrick to the Chester Community in 1895.  He was eight years old at the time.  He has resided in this community ever since. 
He was married to Myrtle Paris on December 31, 1911 at the brides home east of Chester.  To this union was born 5 daughters and 1 son.
His occupation was farming but had been retired for a number of years due to his age.
He was a member of the Christian Church of Chester as long as it was active.  Later he attended and help the Assembly of God Church in Chester.  He made it a practice to read his Bible.  His faith was seen in his life.  His conduct was always Christian and it was a joy to be with him.  the songs he played on his violin were always Christian songs.
Woodcarving was his hobby.  He carved farm animals and building, wagons and other objects of the farm.  He made violins patterned after the Stradivarius.  He gave such violins to each of his children and to many of his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife who died January 3, 1965.
Those who remain to mourn his passing are five daughters; Lila Louthan, Chester; Lula Long, Fairview; Helen Inderlied, Buffalo; Leota Louthan, Chester and Leora Hill, Chester; one son, Bill Hedrick of Chester; one brother, George of Chester; two sisters, Miss Leota Hedrick and Mrs. Florence Walker both of Pratt, Kansas; sixteen grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.  Frank will be greatly missed by his family and community. 
Frank  is buried in the Orion Cemetery located in Section 10 Township 20 N Range 15 West in Major County next to his wife, Myrtle.  Frank's parents (William and Nancy Hedrick) and grandmother (Nancy Logan Hedrick) are buried in the Chester Cemetery located in Section 11 Township 20 N Range 16 West also in Major County.

My parents have one of Frank's violins.  I can remember Great Grandpa Hedrick playing his violin.

One of my memories, each Saturday he and his friend, Sam Lawton, sat on a bench in front of Branstetter's Store in Chester and gave quarters to each child who came to the store.   That was a lot of money for a kid in the late 60's and early 70's.  Candy bars were big and you could buy one for a nickel.  Of course, we spent our quarters inside the store!

Chester is a small community located at the crossroads of US Hwy 60 and US Hwy 281 in Oklahoma.

I love going through my paper files!  They are full of clues that need to be followed to lead me to the next great discovery!  Genealogy research is never finished and there are many forks in the road to be explored!
Love the hunt!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday - Trading Cake Plates

My grandmother, Mary Steinmetz Hoag, was given a treasured family heirloom by a friend on the occasion of her marriage in 1924.  After her friend passed away, her daughter came to my grandmother's house and offered the American Fostoria Cake Stand (pictured here) in trade for that  family heirloom.  Grandma was happy to oblige but her daughters were appalled!  After all, who takes back a gift?  When Grandma died we gathered after the funeral to clean out her house and divide her possessions.  Everyone was asking "May I have this?"  I asked about the cake stand and no one else wanted it.  I was 13 years old.  For 41 years this American Fostoria Cake Stand has moved with me many times!  I always remember my Grandma when I look at it sitting in my China Cabinet.  The cake stand will always be the most treasured piece I own.  Grandma served cakes for birthdays on this cake stand and I served my daughter's first birthday cake on it in 1978!