Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Riel Deal


And we're back!

Now that my semester is done, I can get back to the task of revising the Callin Family History. If you recall, we were looking at the descendants of Sarah Callin Scott's youngest daughter, Lucina Scott (1847–1910) and Joseph Dobson (1838–1928) of Illinois. This is the third post about this family, following Focus on a Family and Harvey Dobson's Legacy.


     III. Fred A Dobson (1869–1964)

Fred was born on 8 September 1869 and grew up on the farm in Burritt Township, Winnebago County, Illinois. On 30 May 1892, he married Sarah Margaret Smith (1868–1943). We know very little about Sarah's family; her father's name was given as "John" on her death record in the Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947 database. She was born "at sea" according to most of her census records; the 1930 Census specifies that she was born in the Indian Ocean.

Fred and Sarah had two daughters, whom they raised in Rockford, at 1038 Kilburn Ave. Fred worked as a manager in an ice plant, as an engineer for Putney Brothers, and in the 1930s as a janitor. Sarah died on 24 May 1943, at 72 years of age. Fred stayed in their home until his death on 22 December 1964.

     A. Hazel B Dobson (1899–1970) was born on 2 December 1899 and graduated from St Thomas High School in Rockford, Illinois. After high school, she married Homer McDonald (1897–1975) son of Samuel Lewis McDonald (1866–1938) and Mabel W Morse (1872–1952) around 1925. They lived in Rockford, where Homer worked as a laborer, truck driver, and painter. Hazel died 3 March 1970 and Homer died on 9 March 1975, both in Rockford.

     B. Flora Eva Dobson (b. 1905) married Cecil Dewey Evert Keagle (1898–1975) in Belvidere, Illinois, on 18 March 1925. He was the son of Wilber Eugene Keagle (1873–1941) and Marie Elizabeth Meier (1876–1940).

The couple did not last long; Flora filed for divorce in July 1928. The last we see of her is on the 1930 U.S. Census, living under her maiden name and living on Dakin Street in Chicago, where she worked as a saleslady in a dry goods store.

As far as I can tell, neither of Fred and Sarah's daughters had any children. It would be great to find out otherwise!

     IV. Alta M "Altie" Dobson (1871–1939)

Born on 11 April 1871 in Winnebago County, Illinois, Alta grew up on her parents' farm in Burritt township. She married Joseph Riel (1866–1905) on 27 November 1890 in De Kalb County, Illinois. He was born in Canada in June 1966, and his parents were Peter Riel (b. 1816) and Mary Laplant (b. 1825). The Riel family brought Joseph and his two older brothers south from Canada when he was very small.

Joseph was a farmer, and he and Alta settled in Mayfield, De Kalb County, where he died unexpectedly in late 1905 or early 1906 at the age of 39. He was buried in Mayfield Congregational Cemetery. His youngest son, Harley, was born 9 December 1906.

After Joseph's death, Alta remarried the recently widowed Edward W Jones (1860–1945) 23 October 1909 in Clark County, South Dakota. Edward had immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland in the early 1880s and had married Deborah Carpenter (1859–1908). They had three daughters and a son in Illinois before 1900, but they had migrated to Henry, Codington County, South Dakota, sometime before Deborah's death.

Eddie and Alta had one more son together and raised their large family in Clark County, South Dakota. They were in Elrod in 1910, and Eden in 1920; but there must have been some trouble in paradise because, in 1930, Eddie was listed as "widowed" and living alone in Eden. Meanwhile, Alta was either living back in De Kalb County (implied by a 12 April 1930 society notice in the De Kalb "Daily Chronicle") or in Aberdeen (as recorded in the 1935 South Dakota State Census) and using the name Alta Riel.

Alta died on 20 January 1939 in Rock Run, Stephenson County, Illinois, and was buried in the Mayfield Congregational Cemetery near her first husband, Joseph Riel. Edward died on 5 April 1945 and was buried in Lorinda Cemetery in Henry, South Dakota.

     A. Oscar Frederick Riel (1891–1981) was born 28 October 1891 in De Kalb, Illinois. He was 14 years old when his father died. Five years later, he was living in North Dakota with his sister and brother-in-law, the Fawcetts, and in 1913, when he was 21 years old, he crossed into Saskatchewan, Canada.

After moving to Canada, there are several records for men of the same name, but none of the records are definitely our Fred--and a few are definitely not!

He died on 16 November 1981, in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada, at the age of 90.

     B. Kittie Pearl Riel (1892–1982) was born on 28 December 1892 in Illinois. Based on the way she appears in the records, she was called "Kittie" when she was younger, but after 1920, she preferred to be called "Pearl."

She married Joseph Ford Fawcett (1882–1964) 3 February 1909 in Ellendale, Dickey County, North Dakota. Kittie's older brother, Oscar, and younger sister, Maude, lived in their household according to the 1910 U.S. Census. Joseph (who may have been called "Ford," if only on one record), was born on 9 April 1882 in Canada to Joseph Hugh Fawcett (b. 1856) and Annie Falkner (1857–1939).  The Fawcetts moved down to North Dakota in 1883, and Annie took two of Ford's brother's back to Canada in 1913, but Ford and Kittie moved to South Dakota.

They had two daughters, and lived together in Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, from about 1914 through the 1960s. Ford died there in August 1964 and Pearl died in December 1982. They are buried in Riverside Memorial Park.

     1. Luella Nettie Fawcett (1909–1998) was born 27 November 1909 in Henry, Codington County, South Dakota. She married Charles Albert Brandes (1895–1961) on 15 December 1927 in Brown County, South Dakota. He was the son of Anthony Brandes (1856–1919) and Mary Theresa Merchen (1863–1939), born 27 April 1895 in Oldenburg, Franklin, Indiana. Charles and Luella had a daughter, Vivian M Brandes, who died on  6 April 1930 at about one and a half years of age.

I did not find a divorce record, but Luella remarried on 21 September 1940 in Spink County, South Dakota, to Gilbert G Gale (1914–1966). Charles seems to have remained single in Aberdeen, running a garage during the 1950s. He died on 18 November 1961 in Batesville, Indiana.

Gilbert died in June 1966 and was buried in Riverside Memorial Park; Luella was buried with him after her death on 30 July 1998.

     2. Hazel M Fawcett (b. 1911) appears in only two records: the 1920 U.S. Census, and the 1925 South Dakota State Census. The former says she was born in South Dakota in 1911, and the latter says she was born in North Dakota but moved to South Dakota in 1913.

I found no records to suggest whether she died or married, so her fate remains a mystery.

     C. James E Riel (b. 1894) was born on 22 August 1894 in Illinois. He was nine years old when his father died, and he came of age living in his step-father's household in Elrod, South Dakota. He married Marion Grace Smith on 15 August 1916, in Codington County, South Dakota. She was born on 31 August 1898 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Robert J Smith (b. 1870) and Celia Helen Irene Simpson (b. 1879).

After their marriage, James appears in the U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 database, but after that, I have not been able to find any records matching this family.

     D. Hattie S Riel (1895–1912) was born in December 1895, and after her father's 1905 death, she went to live in the home of H.J. and Flora Homan in Mayfield, De Kalb County, Illinois. She died on 15 January 1913 and was buried in Kingston, Illinois.

     E. Maude May Riel (1897–1947) was born on 23 December 1897, most likely in Mayfield, De Kalb County, Illinois. Her father died in 1905, and Maude was living with Kittie and Joseph Fawcett, and brother Oscar, in 1910. Presumably, she moved back to Illinois at some point during the 1910s.

Maude married Lewis Garner Blake (1885–1944) on 5 May 1919, according to records in the Illinois, County Marriages, 1800-1940 database, but that marriage did not last very long at all. The following year, she was rooming with the Clay family of Rockford, Illinois, according to the 1920 U.S. Census, and she married Arnold Willard Wolfe (1899–1955) on 26 August 1920 in St. Joseph County, Indiana.

Maude and Arnold had two sons; one was born in Illinois, and the second in Racine, Wisconsin, where they lived until 1930, when they moved to Flat Creek, Stone County, Missouri. Around 1935, the couple divorced, and Maude remarried on 16 December 1939 in Clinton County, Iowa, this time to Clayton Carlisle Marshall (1904–1976). They lived in De Kalb, Illinois, until Maude's death on 7 March 1947. She was 49 years old.

     1. Robert Lester Wolfe (1923–1950) was born on 23 October 1923 in De Kalb County, Illinois--probably in Mayfield. His family moved to

Robert married Ruth Kristina Hutting (1926–2014) on 21 February 1947 - just a couple of weeks before his mother's death. Ruth was born 23 February 1926 in Butler County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Ray Hutting (1903–1977) and Emilie S Jensen (1901–1991).

Ruth and Robert had a daughter before his death on 3 March 1950. He set out to cut wood that morning, and when he didn't come home for lunch, Ruth went to her neighbors' and mounted a search. Robert had fallen under a collapsed tree and froze to death long before Ruth found him about 3 o'clock.

Ruth remarried James R. Stone (1928-1999) in 1951, and they had four sons. Ruth Stone died on 8 September 2014 at age 88, at the Rosewood Care Center in Rockford, Illinois. She was survived by a brother, 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

     2. Donald Ray Wolfe (1926–1998) was born 9 June 1926, in Racine, Wisconsin. He was a WWII U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran and he married Betty L Ainsworth (1929–1979) on 27 March 1948 and worked on the railroad. They were together until at least 1955 but apparently divorced after that.

Donald later married Dorothy Hubbard on 12 October 1957. They were married in the Federated Church in Sycamore, De Kalb, Illinois. He was employed by the Sycamore Park District for many years. Born 11 July 1933 in Sycamore, Dorothy was the daughter of Richard F Hubbard (1905–1958) and Sadie M Gardner (1904–1978). She lived in Sycamore all her life except for a few years in Galesburg. She was a Bible school teacher and worked for the accounting department of Duplex Corporation.

Donald died Thursday, 23 April 1998, at his home. Dorothy died Saturday, 3 June 2000, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb. They were survived by ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren (or, if you go by Dorothy's obituary, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren). They are buried in the Fairview Cemetery in De Kalb, Illinois.

     F. Mabel A Riel (b. 1899) was born in Illinois in December 1899 and appears in the 1900 and 1910 Census records. In 1910, she was 11 years old and living with her mother and step-father in Elrod, South Dakota. It seems likely that she may have married and moved away before 1920, and there are no records to indicate that she might have died during that decade, but so far I have no more information about Mabel.

     G. Walter G Riel (1902–1995) was born in Illinois on 16 November 1902, and he was three years old when his father died. He appeared in the 1910 and 1920 U.S. Census records living in the Jones household, and in 1930 he was listed as a servant in the Eden, South Dakota, household of the Christianson family.

Walter married Martha Bradke (1910–2006) on 14 July 1932 in Langford, Marshall County, South Dakota. She was the daughter of Edward Paul Bratke (1868–1936) and Louise Johanna Reimann (1874–1952) - immigrants who came from Ellsnig, Prussia, which is located near the southern border of modern Poland.

Martha and Walter had a daughter, who is still living. They were divorced by 1940, and Martha appeared in the 1940 Census with her daughter, living in the Lundt household in McPherson County, South Dakota. Walter married his second wife, Esther Hakanson (1911–1997) on 2 December 1947. He died in Aberdeen on 16 August 1995; Esther died 19 March 1997.

Martha married her second husband, Henry (Hank) Meier, on 26 November 1947 at Webster, South Dakota. They lived in Aberdeen until 1956 when they moved to Sandpoint, Idaho. They then returned to Aberdeen in 1975. Hank died on 17 December 1985. Martha died on 11 January 2006 in Bismarck, Burleigh County, North Dakota.

Walter and Martha's grandson, Raymond Shatzka, was born on 1 December 1954, in Aberdeen, and died 9 February 2017, in Spokane, Washington. Raymond served in the military for nine years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and grandson, as well as his mother, and two sisters, two stepchildren; and six step-grandchildren.

     H. Alice M Riel (1903–1980) was born in North Dakota on 23 July 1903, not long after her family moved from Illinois. She married Arthur Wayne Kimball (1899–1976) on 3 Oct 1922, and they lived in Henry, Codington County, South Dakota. He was born to parents George Henry Kimball (1862–1934) and Ermina "Minnie" Mcnitt (b. 1866) on 3 October 1899 in Harmon, Lee, Illinois.

After having their first child, Alice and Arthur moved to Missouri. Their second child was born there in 1930, and they moved back to North Dakota, where they were living in rural Bowman County in 1935. In July 1943, Arthur was baptized into the North Dakota Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church; after that, records are sparse until his death on 15 April 1976 in Milaca, Mille Lacs County, Minnesota. Alice died there on 22 January 1980. They are both buried in Borgholm Cemetery in Bock, Mille Lacs County, Minnesota.

     1. Elda Kimball (b. 1928) was born in South Dakota, according to the 1930 U.S. Census - the only record I have found on which she appears. She was listed as two years old, living with her parents and infant sister in Flat Creek, Stone County, Missouri. Most likely, Elda died in Missouri during the 1930s, but I have not been able to find any evidence of this.

     2. Artis Marie Kimball (1930–1999) was born on 22 February 1930 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. Her family moved back to North Dakota by 1935 and lived in Rhame, Bowman County.

She married John William Dodds (1928–1987), son of  Fred C Dodds (1877–1968) and Mary Ada Boyce (1892–1956), in Rhame, probably after John's enlistment. He served in the U.S. Navy from 19 June 1946 to 9 April 1948. They spent most of the 1950s living in Marshalltown, Iowa, where John worked for the Borden Company. They had four children, three of whom are still living.

By 1986 John and Artis were living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. John died there on 29 September 1987. Artis died on 21 May 1999, also in Baton Rouge; both of them were buried in Tuttle Cemetery in Rhame, North Dakota. They were survived by two sons and a daughter.

     a. Fredrick Arthur Dodds (1962–2008) was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on 7 December 1962. He lived in Laurens, South Carolina, and died on Thursday, 17 April 2008, at age 45. Services were held at Thomas More Catholic Church and was buried in Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Mausoleum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

     3. Chester Eugene Kimball (1936–1997) was born in Rhame, Bowman, North Dakota, on 30 October 1936. He married in 1963, in Minnesota, but divorced in 1987. He died in Crosby, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, on 28 December 1997, survived by his ex-wife and their son.

     I. Harley Russell Riel (1906–1970) was born in North Dakota on 9 December 1906, almost a year after his father's death. He grew up in the home of his mother and step-father, Edward Jones, in Elrod, South Dakota. In 1930, he was lodging in Brainerd and working as a farm laborer.

Harley married Pearl Evelyn Melcher (1916–2006) in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on 17 August 1939. Pearl was born 2 January 1916 in Aberdeen to Rueben E Melcher (1891–1975) and Edna Pearl Fox (1892–1928). She graduated from Aberdeen Central High School, Class of 1936, and remained on the family farm until she was twenty years old and she moved into Aberdeen to begin working at a nursing home in West Hill in Aberdeen.

Harley and Pearl had two sons and a daughter before the second world war broke out, and Harley enlisted in the U.S. Army on 27 Mar 1944. He served at Fort Snelling, in Minnesota, and was discharged on 27 December 1945.

Harley worked as a carpenter and a truck driver, and the family lived at 417 N. Main in Aberdeen from the 1940s through the mid-1950s, when they moved to 607 S. Congress. Pearl worked at Taylor Laundry for several years, then became involved with the Foster Grandparents program for 10 years. Harley was only 64 when he died on 4 December 1970. She continued to live in Aberdeen until October 2004, when she became a resident at Beverly Healthcare in Ipswich. She died in Ipswich at the age of 90 on 8 February 2006.

When Pearl died, she left behind 32 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two daughters, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

     1. Edna Pearl Riel (1941–2001) was born on 8 February 1941 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She married Dennis J Frey (1938–2010) on 14 February 1960. Dennis was born 4 March 1938 to Fred and Theresa (Lockner) Frey in Lemmon, South Dakota, where he graduated from Lemmon High School in 1956.

Dennis was employed with the White Drug in the Super City Mall and the Sears Store for several years. He pursued his interest in electronics and started his own business called Frey's Electronics, which he owned and operated for many years. The business is still owned and operated by the Frey Family.

Edna died on 3 September 2001 and was buried at Riverside Memorial Park in Aberdeen. Dennis died Sunday, 22 August 2010, at Aberdeen Health and Rehab, and was cremated and buried with Edna. They were survived by two daughters and a son; one daughter, Theresa Marie Frey, died young.

     2. June Kay Riel (1944–1945) was born while Harley was away at Fort Snelling, and died in January 1945.

     3. Mary Alice Riel (1955-2015) was born on 25 April 1955 and would have been 15 years old when her father died. As far as I know, she lived in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and was married; she died under the name Mary Alice Rappe on 1 December 2015 and was buried in the Riverside Memorial Park. (There is an obituary on the local Aberdeen newspaper's website, but they have a rather steep paywall - considering that I can't tell whether the information in it would be worth the price of a whole subscription. I will hope that I can find a surviving relative with a clipping.)

     J. Eddie J. Jones (1913–1988) was the youngest son of Alta Dobson Riel and Edward Jones, born 17 January 1913 in Codington County, South Dakota. He was the youngest among his 13 half-siblings, the closest in age being Harley Riel, who had a little more than five years on Eddie. His eldest half-brother, William T. Jones, was 27 years older!

Eddie married Mary Eliza Anderson (1913–1992) on 11 October 1931 in Clark County, South Dakota. Mary was the daughter of Alfred Martin Anderson (1884–1954) and Margaret E "Maggie" Brown (1893–1963).

Eddie and Mary farmed in Clark County until they moved to Rapid City in 1954. He worked in construction before becoming co-owner of a commercial garbage service. He retired in 1978, then worked part-time for Black Hills Refuse Service until 1987.

Eddie died on 16 February 1988 at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Mary remained in Rapid City, and died there on 22 August 1992. Of their eleven children, they were survived by six daughters, four sons, 27 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

     1. Betty Ione Jones (1932–1990) was born on 13 February 1932, in Elrod, South Dakota, when her father, Eddie, was 19, and her mother, Mary, was 18.

Betty was married to Denman P Gabbard (1923–1993) and was divorced from him in Yolo County, California, in August 1968. I was not able to determine when they married or whether they had any children.

Betty married Miller Ruh "Mike" Atherton in 1985. Mike was a management analyst on the State Personnel Board. She died unexpectedly on 31 December 1990, in Sacramento, California, at the age of 58. Mike died from complications associated with congestive heart failure on 25 July 2011.

     2. Edwin Martin Jones (1933–2003) was born on 8 July 1933, in Clark County, South Dakota, and was raised on a farm near Elrod. He was married in November 1952, in Henry, SD.

Edwin was an iron worker and in the upholstery business, and eventually retired from the Rapid City Area Schools in 1998, where he was head custodian at Dakota Middle School. He died Saturday, 8 February 2003, at his residence in Rapid City. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Douglas, and a son-in-law, Ted Parks. He was survived by his wife, a daughter, three sons, three brothers, 8 grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.

     4. Allan Dale Jones (1936–1943) was six years old when his clothes caught fire while he was playing around a fire. His clothing was burned from his body and his legs were badly burned. He died at a Clark hospital Saturday morning 2 October 1943 at 7 o'clock.

     6. Robert Joseph "Bob" Jones (1940–2005) was born 17 July 1940 in Clark County, South Dakota, and received his education in Rapid City. Bob enjoyed being a truck driver for various companies, including Pete Lien and Sons. He was also fond of collecting brass.

Bob died Monday, 29 August 2005 at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Bob was married in 1963, and is survived by his wife, two sons, his daughter, and one grandson.

     7. Carol Joyce Jones (1942–2016) was born on 12 January 1942 in Clark County and was raised in Rapid City. On 31 August 1968, she married LeRoy Clare Schaffer (1936-1988), son of Theodore "Ted" Schaffer (1901–1975) and Ruth Wilhelmina Hilgemann (1907–1991). LeRoy was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Okinawa, Japan, from 1953 to 1958.

They lived in a mobile home in Kennedy Trailer Court off South Valley Drive, which was inundated by the Flood of 1972. LeRoy, Carol, and their baby daughter survived the flood on a raft.

LeRoy died on 18 May 1988, and was buried at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota. After his death, Carol began working at Black Hills Refuse, then she worked at Black Hills Gold by Coleman Frizzel; she retired at age 65. Carol enjoyed western books written by Louis Lamour. She also enjoyed western television shows and movies. Carol's hobby was embroidery.

Carol died peacefully on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 at age 74 with family by her side. She was buried with her husband; they were survived by her daughter, grandson, granddaughter, great-grandson, and her beloved dog, Marie.

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This was a longer post than I was expecting - I guess you could say that Alta Dobson left a Riel legacy?

As always, I hope to hear from anyone who might be related to the folks in this post. I don't post information about living people, as a rule, so I'm sure there are ommissions and mistakes here. Please let me know so I can correct them!

I expect one more post will finish up the Dobson family, and bring us to the end of the known descendants of James Callin. What a long journey it has been - and there is still a lot of work to be done if I'm going to publish a revised Callin Family History.

Until next time...

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Harvey Dobson's Legacy

Welcome Back!
Harvey's place in the Callin Family History

This week, we are continuing with Harvey, the second of seven children born to Joseph and Lucina (Scott) Dobson.

     II. Harvey N Dobson (1866–1905)

Harvey was born in March 1866 and grew up in Burritt Township, Illinois. He married Carrie P Ackra (1870–1935) in 1888. Carrie was born in Norway on 12 September 1870; her parents, Albert Ackra (1837–1922) and Carrie Johnson (1848–1921), brought their family to the United States around 1882.

Harvey and Carrie had two daughters and two sons in Rockford before Harvey died in about 1905, before he turned 40. I have been unable to find any record of Harvey's death to pin down the precise date or a cause of death.

Carrie remarried Walter A Holcomb (1860–1932) on 1 May 1907, and they lived in Rockford for the rest of their lives, raising the younger Dobson children and another son, Walter Holcomb, Jr. (b. 1913). Walter died on 30 April 1902, and Carrie on 7 August 1935. Walter is buried in Silver Creek Cemetery, located in Leaf River, Ogle County, Illinois.

     A. Eva May Dobson (1889–1983) was born on 19 December 1889 in Illinois, probably Rockford. She married Harland Roscoe Snyder (1881–1942), son of John W Snyder (1847–1929) and Elizabeth Thomas (1849–1937), on her 18th birthday in 1907. They lived in Stephenson County, Illinois, not far from where Harland was born in Lancaster township on 14 March 1881.

The young couple had three children: two sons and a daughter. Harland worked for the Henney Motor Company for 25 years, but he died unexpectedly on 28 January 1942, a week after having an appendectomy. Eva survived him by 41 years and remained in their home on 10 South Albert Street, in Freeport, Illinois, supporting herself by working as a laundress for the Sanitary Laundry & Dry Cleaners. She remained in Freeport until at least 1960.

Eva died on 21 October 1983 in Sacramento County, California, and was buried near Harland in Oakland Cemetery in Freeport, Illinois. She was 93 years old.

     1. Ralph H Snyder (1909–1987) was born on 4 September 1909, in Freeport, Illinois. He married Margaret F Strohacker (1903–1982) on 26 February 1938. Margaret was born on 3 November 1903 to the late William Strohacker (1872–1936) and Matilda Neberman (1875–1935).

The couple lived in Freeport where Ralph worked as a machine operator for the Fairbanks Morse Engine company. Margaret died in December 1982 in Freeport at the age of 79, and Ralph died in June 1987 at the age of 77. They are buried in Oakland Cemetery in Freeport.

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     2. Clarence Albert Snyder (1913–1991) was born in Freeport, Illinois, on 4 December 1913. After he graduated from Freeport High School in 1932, he worked as a file clerk in Freeport. After the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Seabees from 27 August 1943 to 25 November 1945.

After the war, he lived with his widowed mother on 10 S. Albert, and worked as an inspector, specializing in gauges. In 1960, he was a foreman at the Micro Switch company.

Clarence died in Sacramento, California, on 15 May 1991. I found no evidence that he married or had children, but it's possible that he did. He and his mother likely moved to California together during the 1960s or 1970s. He is also buried in Oakland Cemetery, back in Freeport, Illinois.

     3. Helen Dora Snyder (1918–2001) was born on 12 February 1918 in Freeport, Illinois. She graduated from Freeport High School in 1936 and took a trip to Bermuda that year. After high school, she worked as a bookbinder in Lancaster, Illinois.

Helen married Harry Bernard Kintzel (1920–2003) on 15 March 1941. He was the son of William Henry Kintzel (1887–1927) and Harriett Dorothy "Hattie" Boetker (b. 1891). William died when Harry was seven years old, and Harry grew up in his step-father's house.

Records are sparse, but based on what I have found, Harry and Helen had at least one son and a daughter (still living) before they divorced. Helen remarried Walter Weis (1913–1955) on 26 May 1951. Walter died after being struck by a car in December 1954. Harry married Lillian Schulze (1920–1985) on 18 November 1955 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lillian died on 20 October 1985 in Neshkoro, Wisconsin; Harry died 16 May 2003 in Freeport.

Helen Weis moved out to Sacramento, California, possibly around the same time her mother and brother did. She died in Sacramento on 24 August 2001.

     a. Kary Kaye Kintzel (1944–2002) was the son of Harry B. and Helen D. (Snyder) Kintzel. He was born on 15 January 1944 in Freeport, Illinois, and he attended Freeport High School. He lived in Milwaukee for a time and died there on 12 January 2002.

     B. George W Dobson (1892–1977) was born on 22 February 1892 and raised in Rockford, Illinois. After his father, Harvey, died in 1905, and his mother married Walter Holcomb, George probably lived with them until setting out on his own. He was 18 years old in 1910, and he may be the hired man who appears in the Census in De Kalb, Illinois, in the household of Fred Munson.

George enlisted in the U.S. Army on 25 May 1916 and served as a private during World War I. He was discharged on 20 February 1919 and went back to Rockford, where he was listed in the Holcomb household with his two younger siblings in 1920. I suspect that during his time in the Army, George was probably stationed in Oklahoma, as that's where he married Ruby B Maddox (1905–1991) on 20 January 1926. She was the daughter of James Edgar Maddox (1878–1956) and Lydia M Gilliland (1887–1966) born on 20 March 1905.

George and Ruby lived in Fort Gibson and Muskogee, where George worked as a driver and laborer. They raised two daughters, both still living. George died in Muskogee on 6 March 1977 and was buried in Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Ruby died on 1 November 1991 and was buried near her husband.

     C. Clarence A Dobson (1896–1977) grew up in Rockford, raised by his mother and step-father. He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard on 23 June 1916 and was assigned to Company H, 129th Infantry. The unit shipped out from Hoboken, New Jersey, on 10 May 1918 aboard the ship President Lincoln. He was wounded in action on 11 November, as the 129th was still engaged in fighting up to 30 minutes before World War I ended. Clarence remained in France until he was shipped back from Brest on 15 May 1919, likely to allow him time to recuperate. He was discharged from active duty on 6 June 1919, but he seems to have remained in the Guard.

Clarence married Norma Elizabeth Nelson (1897–1960), the daughter of Swedish immigrants, Nels Nelson (b. 1867) and Tilda Christine Anderson (b. 1865), and they had two daughters. Norma was born on 7 July 1897 in Rockford. The family seems to have lived with Norma's mother, as Clarence and Norma are listed as living at 123 Regan St. in 1925 and 1926, and Norma and the girls were listed as living there on the 1930 and 1940 Census records.

Clarence was listed in 1930 as a soldier residing at the Fort Sheridan Military Reservation in Lake County, Illinois, and in 1940 as a divorced boarder living in Lyndon, Juneau County, Wisconsin. Records don't show when they might have divorced, but Clarence did remarry. His second wife was Amanda Ethel Stratton (1894–1992), daughter of William Arthur Stratton (1869–1933) and Emma E Cooper (born 1864).

Norma died on 24 December 1960 in Winnebago County, and Clarence died on 11 January 1977 in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois. Clarence and Ethel were buried in Sunset Cemetery in Quincy.

     1. Ruth Elizabeth Dobson (1920–2005) was born on Boxing Day, 26 December 1920, in Rockford, Illinois. She grew up in a household with her grandmother, Tilda Rehn, her aunt Della, and her mother and sister. She married Howard Glenn Allen (1916–1991) in Rockford on 2 May 1942.

Howard was born 29 January 1916 in Rockford to William Allen Jr (1885–1963) and Katherine E Ott (1889–1963). He was enlisted in the U.S. Army from 12 June 1943 through 21 February 1946 and was a city firefighter in Rockford during the 1940s and 1950s.

Howard died on 5 October 1991 and was buried in the Scandinavian Cemetery in Rockford. Ruth died on 27 May 2005 and was buried with him. Their marker indicates that they were parents, but I have found no sources to say how many children they had or who they were.

     2. June Alberta Dobson (1922–1991) was born on 27 August 1922 in Rockford and graduated from East High School in 1942. She worked for many years as a clerk and notary public before she married Wilferd Otinius Benson (1920–1991), the son of Ole Benson (1872–1956) and Laura Andrea Peterson (1880–1948). According to other researchers, their wedding was on 27 April 1963 in Rockford, Illinois; however, I have not been able to corroborate that fact with available records.

Wilferd was born 17 February 1920 in Boscobel, Grant County, Wisconsin, and he worked at home on the family farm until his enlistment in the U.S. Army on 24 September 1942. After World War II he lived in Rockford, where he worked as a gas fitter for the Central Illinois Electric & Gas company.

June and Wilferd both died on 27 August 1991 in Wisconsin, but aside from the Wisconsin Death Index and Social Security records, I have not found any documents or obituaries that explain what happened. They are buried together in Scandinavian Cemetery in Rockford, and I presume they left no children behind.

     D. Jessie Marie Dobson (1903–1999) was born on 13 October 1903 in South Grove, De Kalb County, Illinois, but she grew up in the Rockford home of her mother and step-father. She was listed in Rockford in 1918 at the same address as her brothers, George and Clarence, who were both serving in the Army at the time.

After the 1920 Census, Jessie left few records to help me tell her story. We know from the U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 that she was married, and that her married name was registered as Jessie Marie Hamlin in 1977 and 1987. That document also lists her parents' names, her date and place of birth, and her death on 14 March 1999. The Social Security Death Index tells us that her last benefit was paid in Chula Vista, San Diego County, California.

Working backward, there is a 1993 record in the U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002 database which places Jessie M. Hamlin at 2674 Woodmar Road in Rockford; and in 1950 she is listed in Rockford at 634 Johnson Avenue with Raymond S. Hamlin.

Raymond (1908-1982) was the younger son of longtime Rockford firefighter and fire captain Edward Adams Hamlin (1882–1958) and Estella Shearer (1882–1955). He died on 6 June 1982 in Chula Vista, San Diego County, California. Because he was married previously, I estimate that Raymond divorced his first wife around 1943 when he enlisted in the Navy during World War II, and he clearly married Jessie by 1950.

I suspect that Jessie married sometime between 1920 and her marriage to Raymond since I found no 1930 or 1940 records for a Jessie Dobson, but I also found no marriage record for Jessie and Raymond, which would normally tell me her married name from her previous marriage. There is certainly time between 1920 and 1950 for her to have raised a family, had a career, or done any number of interesting things.

Perhaps one day we'll learn more.

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School is back in full swing for me, so time to work on the remaining Dobsons is limited for now. I expect I won't be able to post much during the months of April and May, and we still have five more of Harvey's siblings to review!

As always, if you recognize any of these families and spot missing or incorrect information, please let me know! You can drop a note in the comments below, or email me at "callintad" at Gmail dot com. If you're descended from this family, you're welcome to follow the link above to the Callin Family History Group on Facebook; it's a private group, so you'll see a couple of brief questions to answer to make sure you're family, but once you're in the group, anything you say will be between other members of the family (and whomever Facebook sells us out to, naturally).

Until next time, happy hunting!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Focus On A Family

If you recall the very first post on this blog and my reasoning behind the title Mightier Acorns, you know that I don't put a great deal of stock in chasing famous names. But that doesn't mean it isn't interesting to look into possible connections to well-known people with shared surnames. That's not why I do family history, but it's an interesting part of family history.

That's why, when I saw that our next subject married a man named Dobson, I immediately wondered whether that meant this branch of the family was related to the founder of Focus on the Family, Dr. James C. Dobson. When I was a kid, I was an avid listener of his radio program, and while both Dr. Dobson and I have changed over the years, he's still someone I consider to be prominent.

Based on the information in his Wikipedia page, I traced Dr. Dobson's parentage, and I'm pretty sure that there is no connection between the North Carolina Dobson family he is descended from and the Dobson family in this post.

Of course, I'm fond of pointing out that we're all related if you just go back far enough, so a more distant relationship is still possible!

That said, let's look at this week's family:

Lucina Scott was born in May 1847 in Winnebago County, Illinois. She was the youngest daughter of John and Sarah (Callin) Scott. She was raised on their farm in Harrison Township. She married Joseph Dobson (1838–1928) on 5 May 1863, in Winnebago, Illinois.

Joseph was born on 16 November 1838 in New Brunswick, Canada; the son of Amelia (b. 1819) and Andrew Dobson (1815–1910). Andrew Dobson was born on 26 January 1815, in Providence or Baie Verte, New Brunswick, Canada. He married Amelia (last name unknown) around 1836, and they had three children in Canada before relocating to Winnebago County, Illinois in about 1844. Joseph was the middle of those three children.

Andrew enlisted in Company E, Illinois 52nd Infantry Regiment on 23 November 1861, and while he appeared to still be married to Amelia according to the 1860 U.S. Census, his service records in 1863 show him as unmarried. We know from later census records that they divorced, so that may have happened around the time he enlisted. Andrew married Acsey Sargent and had a son (John) with her after the end of the war. They moved to Arvonia, Kansas, where they had another son (Elmer); and they moved to Nebraska sometime after the 1880 Census.

After their divorce, Amelia appears in the 1870 and 1880 Census living in Burritt Township with her daughter, Sarah Ann Trenholm (or Trueholm). I have not been able to determine when she might have died. Andrew died on 23 June 1910, in Plainview, Nebraska, at the impressive age of 95, and was buried there.

Joseph was enlisted in Company C, Illinois 45th Infantry Regiment, but not until 10 April 1865. He may have been part of the occupation of Raleigh, North Carolina, and the March to Washington D.C. via Richmond, Virginia. He mustered out on 12 July 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky - the day after his first son's birth.

After the war, Joseph returned to his Burritt Township farm to meet his newborn son, and to raise his family. Lucina and Joseph had seven children in the following 16 years:

     I. Alva Grant Dobson (1865–1955)
     II. Harvey N Dobson (1866–1905)
     III. Fred A Dobson (1869–1964)
     IV. Alta M "Altie" Dobson (1871–1939)
     V. Bert J. Dobson (1875–1911)
     VI. Flora Luella Dobson (1877–1960)
     VII. Jasper Thomas Dobson (1881–1968)

The Dobsons farmed until the turn of the century when they moved into Rockford. They lived at 1720 Second Avenue together until Lucina died on 21 July 1910, at the age of 63. Joseph stayed in Rockford and worked as a carpenter until his death on 27 February 1928, when he was 89.

Their children all lived to see adulthood, and left many descendants behind, so we'll be taking a few weeks to go through them all. This week, we begin with the eldest:

     I. Alva Grant Dobson (1865–1955)

Alva was born on 11 July 1865 - the day before his father mustered out of military service. He grew up on the farm in Burritt Township, Winnebago County, Illinois, and he would be a lifelong farmer, as well. He married Nellie J Glover (1874–1961) daughter of John William Glover (1831–abt. 1900) and Georgianna B Mariner (1840–1924) on 18 September 1895. She was born 11 June 1874 in Rockton, Illinois.

Alva and Nellie raised four sons on their farm in Harlem, Illinois, relocating to Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania in 1921 with the two younger boys. They spent many years there, farming and spending time with their grandchildren. Alva died on 18 April 1955, age 89, and Nellie six years later on 23 December 1961, age 87. They are buried in Wesleyan Cemetery in Sugar Grove.

     A. Ernest Leroy "Ernie" Dobson (1896–1964) was born in Winnebago County, Illinois, on 22 December 1896. He grew up a farmer in Harlem, Illinois, and when his parents moved to Pennsylvania in 1921, he remained there.
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Ernie married Emma Fassett Moore (1903–1988) the daughter of Frank Fassett Moore (1880–1933) and Claire A Runyard (1880–1963), on 4 June 1926.

Emma had attended Northern Illinois Teachers College, and she was employed as a teacher by various schools in Winnebago County.

Ernie and Emma had a daughter they named Audrey Claire on 24 June 1927. She died on 24 June 1929, just over a week after she fell 18 feet from her grandfather's hayloft onto a cement floor.

The couple did have another child, a son whom they named David Donald and raised in Roscoe Township.

Ernie died on 22 December 1964, at exactly 68 years of age. Emma continued to teach, spending her last 13 years at Marquette School. She lived most of her life in Roscoe, but she did spend seven years in Georgia, one year in Florida and seven years in Machesney Park. She died at age 85 on 3 June 1988, in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a long illness. They are buried in Roscoe Cemetery.

     i. David Donald Dobson (1937–1996) was born on 16 April 1937 in Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin, and lived most of his life in Rockford. He graduated Hononegah High School in 1955 and married Janet Olivia Webster (1943–2017) in Roscoe on 1 September 1962. She had graduated from Harlem High School in Machesney Park, Illinois in 1961.

David was employed by Woodward Governor in Loves Park and was a member of Riverside Community Church. He played the organ for 34 years for various churches. Janet worked in the billing department at Hamilton Sundstrand for 25 years. They had three daughters and a son, all still living.

David died 8 February 1996, at his residence with his family by his side after a long illness. He was only 58. Janet survived him by twenty years and died on 11 August 2017 after a short battle with cancer. She was survived by a brother, her children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She and David are also buried in the Roscoe Cemetery.

     B. Everett Glover Dobson (1899–1965) was born on 29 September 1899 and he was raised to be a farmer in Roscoe, Illinois. When he grew up, he worked as a grocer and married Madeleine Hough (1900–1997), the daughter of William Henry Hough (1867–1946) and Katie Dowman (1866–1947). Madeleine was born on 8 December 1900 in Chicago.

The couple married around 1927 and raised six children in Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin - four daughters and two sons, all still living. Everett died on 6 April 1965, at 65 years of age; Madeline died at 96 on 10 January 1997. They were survived by their children, fifteen grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Both died in Beloit, but are buried in the Rockton Township Cemetery in neighboring Winnebago County, Illinois.

     C. Ellsworth Alva Dobson (1903–1984) was born on 20 October 1903 in Roscoe, Illinois, and he was about 18 years old when he moved to Sugar Grove, Warren County, Pennsylvania, with his parents in 1921. Six years later, he married Beulah Florence Loomis (1906–1977) on 19 June 1927 at the Sugar Grove Odd Fellows manse. Beulah was born in Sugar Grove on 1 December 1906, the daughter of Elmer Albert Loomis (1885–1957) and Maude Olive Trask (1886–1957).

They raised two daughters in Sugar Grove: Margaret and Florence. When Florence married she moved to nearby Chautauqua County, New York. Margaret and her family moved to Alaska in 1969, and I suspect that Ellsworth and Beulah moved to Panama, Chautauqua County, around that time to be closer to Florence's family. Beulah died there in Panama on 15 January 1977. Ellsworth died there in May 1984. They were both buried in the Wesleyan Cemetery in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania.

     1. Margaret Lua Dobson (Martin) (1929–2013) was born in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, on 25 April 1929. She attended grade school in Lottsville, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Panama Central School in Panama, New York, Class of 1947.

She was married on 1 January 1949, and she and her husband (still living) resided in Bear Lake, Pennsylvania, where they raised five children. They moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1969 and then retired to Sequim, Washington, in 1984.

Margaret was a member of Sequim Bible Church and taught Sunday school there for many years. She traveled extensively with her husband, visiting China in 1987, standing in Tiananmen Square two years before the historic massacre. Margaret visited England and "the Continent" in a 1983 tour of Europe, went on a "mission to work" project in Spain in 1986 and, while there, took a side trip on the ferry across the Mediterranean Sea to Morocco. She took another mission work trip in 1999 to Japan, where she stayed near Mount Fuji.

She died on 29 July 2013 and was survived by her husband, sister, son and four daughters, as well as 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

     2. Florence L Dobson (Frank) (1934–2013) was born in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania on 7 January 1934, and she was a 1952 Graduate of  Panama High School, Panama, New York. She was married in Panama on 6 February 1953.

Florence was employed by Jamestown Mutual Insurance Company and the original JCPenny store in the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood.  She was heavily involved with the local chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and often headed up their membership drives. She was also active as a Sunday school teacher, and member of the Friendship Circle at the Lakewood United Methodist Church.

She died on 4 November 2013 at WCA Hospital and was survived by her husband, son, and daughter.

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     D. Harold John Dobson (1914–1976) was born in Illinois on 20 June 1913 and was nine years old when his family moved to Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania. Harold and Helen Margaret Hitchcock (1916–1971) were married on 19 August 1939. Helen was born in 1916 to Ward Park Hitchcock (1885–1967) and Florence M Babcock (1888–1941).

The couple was close with their family, and their social engagements frequently appeared in the local newspaper, the Warren Times-Mirror and Observer. Judging by the frequency with which he received headlines, Harold was one hell of a bowler.

They raised one daughter together, who died at age 22, just as she left the nest. Helen followed on 9 July 1971 at the age of 55; Harold died in November 1976 at 63.

     1. Sandra Kay Dobson (King) (1947–1970) was born on 22 May 1947 in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York. She had recently married when her car went off the road at 2 a.m. on 24 February 1970, throwing her from the vehicle. She died later that morning.

Sandra and her parents are all buried in Wesleyan Cemetery in Sugar Grove.

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We'll pick up next time with Harvey N. Dobson - as always, if you are related to this family, that means you're descended from my ancestor, James Callin. I'd love to hear from you, either in the comments below, or at the Callin Family History Facebook link above.

Please don't hesitate to let me know if I've made any mistakes or omissions!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Nancy and Cyrus

Fair Warning: this post is bookended by "brick walls" - two women whose fates we do not know.

After John Scott married Sarah Callin in 1823, they settled in Clear Creek Township, about 10 miles north of Sarah's family farm in Milton Township. As the population of Richland County grew, it attracted more settlers from the East and that movement to and through Ohio drew families like John and Sarah Scott's further west.

John and Sarah's first three children - George (1827-1905), James (1832-1916), and Sarah (1836-1854) - were born in Ohio, probably in Clear Creek Township; their middle daughter, Rebecca (1839-1928) was born in Michigan, while the family was en route to Winnebago County.

John Scott's household appeared in Winnebago on the 1840 Census. And that's where we'll begin today.

Nancy A Scott (1840–1850)

Nancy only appears by name in one record: the 1850 U.S. Census. The 1850 census is the first to list all household members by name and provides their age and place of birth, so we know from this that Nancy was 10 years old and born in Illinois.

Comparing this record to the 1840 record raises some questions; there appear to be some children counted in 1840 who are not on the 1850 census. But all of the children we have already documented in this blog appear in 1850.

Nancy is the only one who doesn't appear in the available online marriage records, death records, or 1860 Census records. From that, I conclude that she most likely died sometime after 1850. That said, if she was married at 18, she would probably not appear in her parents' household or under her maiden name in 1860 - so she could have also lived a long and productive life.

We simply don't know.

Cyrus H Scott (1843-1931)

Cyrus was born on 16 July 1843 in Harrison Township, Winnebago County, Illinois. He was 19 when he enlisted in Company A of the Illinois 74th Infantry Regiment on 14 August 1862 and he was soon promoted to corporal. He served to the end of the war and mustered out on 10 June 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee.

When he returned from the war, he married Mary Wishop (1844–1902) the eldest daughter of Scottish immigrants, Andrew Wishop (1819–1884) and Isabella Hunter (1820–1859). Mary was born 27 September 1844 in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Cyrus and Mary farmed and raised their family together, mostly in Harrison Township. They lived for a few years in New Albany, Story County, Iowa, but returned to Harrison and remained there until Mary died on 5 December 1902, at 58 years of age. She was buried in North Burritt Cemetery.

After Mary's death, Cyrus married Ida May (West) Smith (1864–1928), the young widow of George Oscar McDonald (1855–1892). Ida May was born on 9 October 1864 in Annawan, Henry County, Illinois, to Isaac West and Marietta Boughner. She married George McDonald in Ontario, Canada, when she was 16, and he died in 1892, the same year their son, Lloyd McDonald (1892-1984) was born.

Cyrus married Ida May on 18 June 1906. They had another daughter together and remained on their farm until Ida May died on 14 July 1928. Cyrus retired and moved in with his daughter, Sarah Reber, in Rockford. After living there for a year or so, he moved in with his son, Samuel, in Harrison, where he died on 8 June 1931, at the age of 87. He was buried in North Burritt Cemetery near Mary.

     I. Howard H Scott (1867–1951) was born on 30 January 1867, probably on his parents' farm in Harrison Township. He was about ten years old when they moved to Iowa, but they were back in Illinois by 1895 when Howard married Eva Estelle Conklin (1874–1963) daughter of Henry W Conklin (1827–1901) and Alvalina Grover (1833–1923).

(Eva was the great-aunt of Willard Swan Conklin, the husband of the ill-fated Helen J. Sharp from our last post.)

Howard farmed in Owen township before moving to Shirland township, where he farmed for many years. He and Eva raised two sons there. Howard died on 13 August 1951 at 85 years of age after a heart attack. Eva followed him 12 years later on 10 March 1963. They were buried in Shirland Cemetery.

     A. Francis Owen "Frank" Scott (1897–1973) was the elder son of Howard and Eva Scott. He was born on 1 October 1897 and grew up on his father's Shirland farm. On 9 June 1920, he married a Beloit school teacher named Irene Gladys Hull (1896–1982), daughter of Harvey Stillwell Hull (1863–1948) and Ada Jane Ladd (1856–1928).

After they married, Irene and Frank moved to Beloit, where Frank worked as a mechanic and car salesman. They raised their daughter there. Frank died on 4 November 1973; Irene died on 5 July 1982.

     i. Shirley Irene Scott (1931–1978) appeared on the 1930 Census with her parents, but her Social Security Death Index record gives her birthdate as 21 April 1931. She was born in Beloit, graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1947, and lived with her parents, working as a clerk and stenographer for several Beloit businesses. She died in January 1978 at the age of 46.

     B. William Henry Scott (1899–1988) was born on 8 October 1899 and grew up on his parents' farm in Shirland Township. On 11 July 1928, in Nashua, Chickasaw County, Iowa, he married Pearl Gladys Mythaler (1898–2000) daughter of  David Franklin Mythaler (1873–1947) and Amanda Fanny Hoover (1879–1912). Pearl was born on 8 May 1898 in Black Hawk County, Iowa.

William was a dairy farmer, and the couple raised two sons, one of whom is still living. William died on 2 April 1988 in Beloit, and Pearl also died there on 2 June 2000. She spent her final years in Sun Valley West Retirement Home. They were survived by their sons, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

     ii. Dr. Gary Julian Scott (1937–2007) was born on 30 September 1937, in Beloit, and married Corrine Rae "Connie" Hofner (1937–2001), daughter of Peter B Hofner (1894–1981) and Ora Kingdon (1898–1963), on 6 July 1958. Connie was born on 1 December 1937 in Montevideo, Chippewa County, Minnesota.

Connie worked as an interior designer, and she owned and operated Cottage Interiors in DeKalb and St. Charles. Gary worked at Penn State University for 12 years, and later retired after 24 years as director of the Career Planning & Placement office at Northern Illinois University. An athlete in his youth and a Huskies fan, he showed his enthusiasm for sports in his support of NIU athletics, especially football.

He went into private industry at T.R.P. International Inc. with one of his sons and was instrumental in developing Scott Masonry with another. He was an avid collector of stamps and coins, a skilled craftsman and artist, an avid reader and a world traveler.

Connie died on 23 May 2001 at their home in Bloomington, Indiana; Gary died at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in De Kalb, Illinois, on 24 April 2007. They were survived by three of their four sons, and their daughter, as well as nine grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

     a. Eric Peter Scott (1968-2001) was born 28 November 1968, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Gary and Connie (Hofner) Scott.  Eric was married on 19 June 1993, in DeKalb, Illinois, and he was a bricklayer and member of Bricklayers Union 27 in Geneva. He was an avid hunter, boater, snowmobiler and classic-car enthusiast. He was killed in a motorcycle accident north of Sycamore, Illinois, on  Saturday, 1 September 2001. He was survived by his wife and two small daughters.

     II. Sarah Elizabeth Scott (1869–1948) was born on 12 April 1869 in Harrison Township, Illinois, and grew up on her family's farm. She married Clayton Ruhl Reber (1870–1968) son of George W Reber (1835–1912) and Elizabeth Reber (1839–1901) from Centre County, Pennsylvania. Clayton farmed, worked as a repairman, and as a carpenter.

Sarah's father, Cyrus, lived with them in his last years. Sarah died at 79 years of age on 2 September 1948, in Rockford. Clayton remarried in 1950 and died at 97 in January 1968. He and Sarah are buried in Harrison Cemetery.

     III. Samuel Walter Scott (1872–1957) was born on the Harrison Township farm on 12 September 1872. He was 21 years old when he married Ellen Hamilton Gilmore (1875–1960), daughter of Irish immigrants Thomas Gilmore (1843–1918) and Margaret Hamilton (1841–1918), on 22 November 1893. Ellen was born on 30 April 1875, and while most of her records say she was born after her parents moved to Illinois, there is a Massachusetts Birth Record for her (which also indicates that she was born in Illinois).

Ellen and Samuel ran their farm in Harrison Township and raised their son and daughter. Samuel lived to be 85 years old and died on 1 December 1957. Ellen died on 31 March 1960. They are buried in Shirland Cemetery.

     A. Walter Samuel Scott (1894–1975) was born in Owen Center, Winnebago County, on 14 December 1894. It will probably not surprise you to learn that he became a farmer in Winnebago County, as so many of his cousins and forefathers had done.

Walter married Ethel Mae Seaton (1894–1990) daughter of Arthur David Seaton (1866–1943) and Lavinia Mary McMathan (1868–1966) on 23 September 1922. Ethel was born in Chicago on 16 April 1894 and graduated from the Norman Teachers College before she met and married Walter. The couple farmed and raised a son together in the South Beloit area.

Walter died at 80 years of age in Shirland on 19 May 1975 after a lengthy illness. Ethel survived him and went to live in the Fair Oaks Nursing Home in South Beloit, where she died at the age of 95 on 21 January 1990. They are buried together in the Shirland Cemetery.

     i. Walter Dale "Dale" Scott (1925–2009) was born 24 April 1924 in Rockford, Illinois. He graduated from Hononegah High School, Class of 1942, and found work as a real estate appraiser. He was a member of Rockton United Methodist Church and Rockford Association of Realtors.

Dale was married on 2 March 1949, and he and his wife raised a son and three daughters. They all survived him when he died on 5 January 2009 in Rockford Memorial Hospital at the age of 83. He also left behind four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

     B. Blanche Ellen Scott (1897–1974) was born 19 July 1897, probably in Owen Center, like her older brother, Walter. She married Raphael Edward "Ray" McMahon (1890–1960) son of Edward McMahon (1861–1926) and Mary Cecelia Moran (1867–1951) on 20 September 1916.

Ray was born on 8 December 1890 and was a lifelong farmer. The couple raised four sons together on their farm in Harrison Township, later moving to Laona. Ray died on 5 May 1960 at the age of 69. Blanche served as the Northern Illinois District deputy of the Royal Neighbors of America for 11 years. After Ray died, she moved to Davenport, Iowa, with her son, Lawrence, and died on 19 July 1974 at the age of 77.

     i. Maurice Raphael McMahon (1917–1984) was born 17 September 1917 and grew up on his father's farm in Harrison Township. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 26 August 1942 and served until 29 November 1945.

After the war, Maurice married Helen L Glau (1923–2016), daughter of Julius C Glau (1884–1958) and Frieda Schubert (1888–1957). Helen was born on 5 January 1923 in Shell Lake, Washburn County, Wisconsin. They farmed for many years in Durand, Illinois, raising two sons and a daughter. Helen ran the Durand CafĂ© and the Hilltop Restaurants before working for the Post Office; she retired in 2002.

Maurice died on 29 December 1984, when he was only 67. Helen lived in Durand until her death at 93 years on 18 August 2016. They were survived by their three children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

     ii. Robert Scott McMahon (1925–1956) was born 8 April 1925 and grew up on the farm in Harrison Township. He was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy on 1 March 1946 and married Bernita Belle Baker (1924–2016) later that month. They had four children together before Robert's untimely death in April 1956.

Bernita was born on 8 March 1924 in Durand, Illinois to Stewart Charles Baker (1890–1956) and Verna Marguerite Kinney (1896–1969). She remarried Paul Victor Hudson (1916-1981) of Lake County, Florida, in 1959, and they also had two children. Bernita spent many years caring for others as a nurse at Waterman Memorial Hospital.

She died on 22 December 2016 in Eustis, Lake County, Florida. She was survived by her six children, 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

     iii. Lawrence Allen McMahon (1929–1994) was born in Durand, Illinois on 7 January 1929. He served in the U.S. Navy from 4 October 1946 until 21 December 1949, and after that, he lived in Mount Dora, Lake County, Florida, for more than 30 years, where he was a social worker with the U.S. Navy.  He moved to Tampa from Mount Dora in 1992. He was Catholic and a member of the American Legion Post 139. He died at Tampa General Hospital on Thursday, 8 September 1994.

     iv. Jackie Lee McMahon (1933–2006) was born on 29 April 1933 and was raised on the farm with his brothers. He was married in Indianapolis in November 1969, and his former wife is still living. Jackie settled in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he died at the age of 72 on 23 March 2006.

     IV. William H Scott (1878–1899) was born on 19 November 1878 during the time when Cyrus and Mary were living in New Albany, Story County, Iowa. He grew up in Harrison Township, but he died at 20 years of age on 13 February 1899 and was buried in North Burritt Cemetery.

     V. Laura Scott (b. 1910) leaves us with a mystery. She was born about 1910 to Cyrus Scott and his second wife, Ida May West. We know that she married Malcolm L Ferns (1905–1970) son of Albert Eugene Ferns (1861–1931) and Susie Armilda Gross (1866–1928) in April 1926, and that that they had an infant daughter who died in 1929. We know that they divorced in 1932 and that Malcolm ended up in Montana, dying in Silver Bow in 1970.

But we don't know what happened to Laura after that. She may have gone anywhere after her divorce, and I don't know whether to look for her under the name "Ferns" or "Scott." Her parents died in the few years before her divorce and she does not appear in the households of any of her half-siblings. Without any leads on the 1940 Census or other records databases, we end at a brick wall.

Until we find out otherwise, I hope and imagine that Laura found a way to start a new life and had a long and happy one.
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With that, we have only one more daughter of John and Sarah Scott to review. Lucina Scott Dobson's story may take more than one post, but soon, we should finish the research phase of our Callin Family History update, and I should be ready to work on the editing phase after school ends in May.

As always, if you're related to any of the people you have found on this blog, I'd love to hear from you. I know I have gaps and mistakes that you can help me correct, and I'm always eager to add more stories to the eventual book we'll be publishing. Just drop a note in the comments below, send me an email at "callintad at gmail dot com" or follow the link above to the Callin Family History Facebook group.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Looking Sharp, part II

Welcome back!

We're getting closer to the end of the journey, and to the eventual publication of our Callin Family History revision. Unless we make another breakthrough with another line, we'll wrap up the family of James and Sarah (Callin) Scott in three or four more posts!

In our last post, we discussed the three eldest children of Rebecca Scott (1839-1928) and Edward Sharp (1835–1887) of Winnebago County, Illinois.This week, we'll look at their three younger sons and their descendants.

     D. Charles E Sharp (1872–1929)

Charles was born on 5 June 1872 in Burritt, Illinois. He was 15 when his father died on 11 August 1887 at the age of 51, and since his older brother, William, had already married and moved to Iowa by that time, Charles and his younger brothers likely began working the farm under Rebecca's direction.

Charles married Minnie Maud Champion (1876–1976) in 1895. She was the daughter of Abraham Champion (1846–1915) and Ida F Dobson (1856–1927). They had three children over the next 10 years and raised them in Shirland.

After Charles died on 21 January 1929, at the age of 56, he was buried in Shirland Cemetery. His surviving son, Everett, remained working the family farm, and Minnie moved into town, where she was a long-standing member of the National Grange and the local Sugar River Grange. Minnie died on 7 March 1976, less than a week before her hundredth birthday, and was buried with Charles in the Shirland Cemetery.

     1. Leigh Abram Sharp (1896–1916)  was born in February 1896 in Owen and moved to Shirland with his parents when he was two years old. He went to Rockford high school for two years before being attacked by a bull in 1914. He was severely injured and he never fully recovered. He died on 1 July 1916 and is buried in the Shirland cemetery.

     2. Everett Edward Sharp (1898–1974) was born on 10 August 1898, in Winnebago, Illinois, and grew up working the family farm. He married Margaret Muryl Forbes (1897–1978) on August 20, 1919. She was the daughter of John Forbes (1870–1942) and Amelia Johnson (b. 1873).

Everett was a farmer and he and Muryl seem to have been happy to tend their farm and enjoy the company of their close relatives. They had no children of their own. He died in May 1974 in Shirland, Illinois, and Muryl just a few years later on 11 January 1978.

     3. Frances Edna Sharp (1906–2002) was born 8 June 1906. She married Walter M Cole (1901–1975) around 1925, and they farmed and ran a cleaning and dying business in Rockford for many years. Walter was the son of Frank W Cole (1872–1943) and Ollie O Reed (1877–1935).

Like her brother, Frances and Walter did not have any children. After Walter's death, Frances auctioned a large amount of farming equipment and likely moved into town where she remained for nearly thirty years, until her death on 15 May 2002.

     E. Fred Edward Sharp (1878–1951)

Fred was born on 10 August 1878 in Burritt, Illinois. He was only nine when his father died, and he likely grew up running the family farm with his brothers. He married Lillie May Taylor (1881–1946) on October 4, 1899, in Winnebago, Illinois. She was born on 22 January 1881 to Joseph S Taylor (1852–1946) and Amelia D Starin (1856–1924) of Darien, Walworth County, Wisconsin.

Fred and Lillie had four children in 10 years and lived in Rockford, where Fred worked as a landscaper and gardener for many years.  He died in 1951 at the age of 73 and was buried in Winnebago, Illinois.

     1. Edward J Sharp (1900–1986) was born on 13 July 1900, in Winnebago County, Illinois, and he supported himself with a number of different jobs over the years.

In 1917 he worked in the Schumann Piano plant, as did his brother, Joseph. The Schumann Piano Company was established in 1847 and when their business proved to be very popular, they moved to larger factories in Rockford in 1903.

In 1918, he was working in the Hotel Nelson, a Rockford landmark. Eventually, he settled into working as a steamfitter before working with his father as a landscaper.

In about 1923 Edward married Marilla Lavergne "Bea" Spafford (1900–2001), daughter of Elmer Livingstone Spafford (1861–1943) and Mildred K Kramer (1870–1966). Bea was born 25 September 1900 in Bowling Green, Wood County, Ohio; her family was living in Toledo when she married Edward and had their daughter, Helen.

Edward and Bea soon moved their small family back to Rockford, where they spent the rest of their lives. He died in April 1986 in Shirland, Illinois, at the age of 85, and Bea survived until her death on 4 April 2001. They are buried in North Burritt Cemetery.

     a. Helen J Sharp (1924–1945) was born in Toledo, Ohio, on 23 August 1924. She grew up in Rockford and graduated Hononegah High School in Rockton. She married Willard Swan Conklin (1919–1965) on 10 March 1945 and graduated from the St. Anthony School of Nursing that spring.

But she collapsed in the water during a pool party on 1 August of that same year and was pronounced dead at the hospital. She was 20 years old.

     b. Edward Spafford Sharp (1930–2004) was born on 13 October 1930 and grew up in Rockford. He married Dolores A Bunn (1932-1979), a recent graduate of Beloit College in nearby Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin, on 28 December 1953.

They moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1957. That is where Dolores died 22 years later on 28 March 1979. Her family requested that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society. Edward remained in Albuquerque, and at some point, brought his mother, Bea, out to live nearer to him. He died just three years after she did, on 29 July 2004.

According to Dolores's obituary, she was cremated, and in the absence of a burial record for Edward, I assume he might have been, as well. They left behind no children.

     2. Joseph A Sharp (1902–1980) was born 23 March 1902 and grew up in Rockford. He worked in a number of jobs before establishing his cleaning business.

When he was 24, Joe married Ruth M Herbert (1903–1981), daughter of Henry K Herbert (1870–1926) and Minnie M Luhman (1872–1948) on 26 June 1926. Ruth was born 28 February 1903 and grew up in Boone County, Illinois. She taught school in Shirland before marrying Joe.

There is a big gap in records after the 1940 Census. Joe and Ruth seem to have remained in Shirland. They raised one son together there. Joe died in June of 1980, and Ruth followed the next year, on 21 October 1981. According to the Marengo Beacon, she was buried in Shirland, but I have not been able to locate either of them in Find-A Grave's database.

     a. Jack Allan Sharp (1930–1988) was the son of Joe and Ruth Sharp, and was their only child, as far as I can tell. He was born on 3 August 1930 and graduated from Hononegah High School in Rockton. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1950.

I know he was married in November 1951, and his wife survived him when he died on 15 June 1988. I do not know whether they had children, or how he died, but he is buried in the Shirland Cemetery.

     3. Mildred Mae Sharp (1904–1984) was born on 21 September 1904, grew up in Rockford, and worked there as a bookkeeper and clerk. She remained single her entire life and supported herself until her retirement. She died at the age of 79 in April 1984 and is buried in North Burritt Cemetery.

     4. Allie Francis Sharp (1910–1974) was born 17 July 1910 in Rockford. He graduated Rockford High School in 1928 and went to work as a gardener with his father. In 1939 Al's occupation in the city directory was listed as "vocalist," suggesting he also sang professionally.

After 1942, I was unable to find any records to suggest that Al married or had children. He died in Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin, on 9 September 1974, and is buried in North Burritt Cemetery.

     F. Jesse Martin Sharp (1886–1947)

Jesse was born in Burritt township 25 April 1886 and was a lifelong county resident of Winnebago County. After his father died, he remained on the farm with his mother and brothers, until moving into Rockford with his mother in the mid-1900s. He was a salesman in a fruit store, and they lived together on Jilson Avenue.

He married Ellen Amanda Kelley (1890–1945) on 23 September 1908. Her parents were Samuel Henry Kelley (1856–1920) and Della Laura Blackner (1862–1923) of nearby Owen township. They had a daughter together, but their relationship deteriorated to the point that Jesse went to court in 1922 to have Ellen found mentally incompetent. The judge determined that she was sane, and referred their case to divorce court. They were divorced in 1924.

Ellen eventually remarried in 1939 after working in Chicago for a while as a maid. She married an Italian immigrant named John Phillip Rodgers (born Giovanni Filippo Roggero) and died in Chicago on 8 February 1945.

Jesse married Naomi G Lindman (1891–1984) on 18 August 1926 and became the step-father of her three children: Charles Carey (1914–1990), Orville Carey (1915–1974), and Geraldine Mary Carey (1920–2012).

He died on 16 January 1947, in Roscoe, Illinois, at the age of 60, and was buried in Rockton. For the last several years of his life, he was employed as a foreman by W.F. & John Barnes company. He was survived by his widow, Naomi, his daughter and step-daughter, two step-sons, and four grandchildren.

     1. June Jeanette Sharp (1914–1987) was born on 3 October 1914 in Shirland Township, Winnebago County, Illinois. She was ten years old when her parents divorced, and twelve when her father remarried. She grew up with her step-siblings and graduated from St. Anthony nursing school in 1937. She worked as a registered nurse at the Rockford Clinic for many years and retired from there.

June married Donald Edward Houseweart (1907–1966) on 9 June 1956 at the age of 41, becoming step-mother to his adult son and daughter. Don died ten years later on 19 July 1966. June died on 12 September 1987 and was buried in Rockton Township Cemetery.

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As a genealogist, I'm always sad when I come to the end of a family line that has no more children. In this post, the only person who may have surviving descendants is Jack Sharp; I suspect that he had a son, but I could only find the thinnest evidence of that (it could have been a mistake in an index record).

But as a humanist, I am fascinated by the people who, for whatever reason, remained childless. The records rarely give any glimpse into what their lives were like. We almost never whether they chose to remain single, or if they were lonely; we don't often know whether they were devoted to their career, or if they were hoping for a family. And when they married but remained childless, we don't know whether that was a purposeful choice or the result of biology.

I always hope for the best, and I always assume that, like June Sharp Houseweart, they had a career and found satisfaction in her adult family later. I picture Ed and Dolores enjoying the life I want for myself and Kate in the high desert around Albuquerque, and hope that they weren't childless because of the cancer that might have taken her life.

Whatever the real story might be in each case, I try to fill in the gaps in my knowledge with my best guess, as supported by the evidence I'm able to find. I strive to tell their stories in the most positive and non-judgemental way I can and hope I strike an appropriate tone. I want to do right by everyone, and celebrate them all.


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Friday, February 16, 2018

Looking Sharp

Hello again! The holidays have passed, and a new semester of music classes has begun. Time is still a scarce commodity, but while I've been silent for a couple of months, I have continued to work through the descendants of John and Sarah (Callin) Scott.

As you read about the Scotts and related families in Winnebago County, Illinois, keep in mind that the Rockford area is very near the Wisconsin state line and that records for many of the people we're studying appear in both Winnebago County and neighboring Rock County, Wisconsin. This has led to some confusion, as records will occasionally contradict each other as to the birthplace of an individual. If you're using Newspapers.com you will notice that the Janesville Daily Gazette frequently acts as the "local paper" for both areas. (Fun fact: Janesville, WI happens to be the birthplace of the current U.S. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.)

We're about a third of the way through the Scott children, so far, and today, we begin with John and Sarah's middle child and her three eldest children:

     Rebecca Scott (1839-1928)

Rebecca was born in April 1839, in Michigan where her family was en route from Ohio to their eventual home in Winnebago County, Illinois. The county was only a few years old, having been settled in 1834, formed in 1836, and then reduced to its present size in 1837. Rebecca grew up on her father's farm in Harrison township, near Rockford, Illinois. On 13 December 1856, at 17 years of age, she married Edward Sharp (1835–1887).

Edward was the son of Michael (1801–1881) and Mary "Polly" Sharp (1806–1886). He was one of eleven children; his eldest brother, John, was born in 1824. Edward was born on 22 October 1835 in St. Lawrence County, New York, and his family relocated briefly to Illinois, and then settled in Sauk County, Wisconsin. In 1847, they established themselves in West Point, Columbia County, Wisconsin, about 100 miles north of Rockford.

Four years after they married Rebecca and Edward appeared in the 1860 Census in a household near his parents and his brother John in West Point, but they soon moved to a farm in Burritt Township, Winnebago County, where they lived until Edward's death on 11 August 1887, not long after the birth of their sixth child, Jesse. Edward was only 51 years old. Rebecca remained on their farm to raise her family but eventually moved to Rockford where she lived with Jesse. She died on 28 August 1928.

     A. Alice Augusta Sharp (1859–1914)

Born in 1859, Alice appears with her parents in the 1860 Census living in West Point, Wisconsin; presumably, that's where she was born, though later records indicate (incorrectly) that she was born after 1860 and in Illinois. She married Duncan F Rogers (1860–1934) in April 1881.

Duncan was the son of Scottish immigrants, William Rodgers (1830–1920) and Helen (or Ellen) McGeachie (1837–1921). He was a vice-president in the Rogers Brothers Galvanizing plant. The couple lived in Rockford, where Alice died in 1914. Duncan eventually remarried, but as far as the records show, left no heirs behind when he died in 1934.

     B. William T Sharp (1860–1926)

William was born in October 1860, most likely in Wisconsin. Records disagree on his birthplace, as several census records indicate he was born in Illinois. He grew up on his parents' farm in Burritt Township and married Catherine Mary "Katie" Drain (1859–1933) on 7 March 1882.

Katie was born in Argyll, Scotland, on 27 February 1859, and came to America not long before her wedding, arriving in New York on 26 December 1879 aboard a ship called Ethiopia. Her parents were James Drain (1816–1859) and Margaret McGeachie (1819–1874) of Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland. Margeret was an older sister of Helen McGeachie, Duncan Rogers's mother.

After William and Katie were married, they moved to State Center, Marshall County, Iowa, where they lived for at least a few years before relocating to Kansas. From at least 1900 on, they lived in Corinth, Osborne County, and both of them are buried in Corinth Cemetery. William died in 1926, and Katie survived until 14 November 1933.

     1. Edward James Sharp (1883–1957) was born in Marshall County, Iowa, on 11 May 1883. He was 12 when his younger brother was born; by then, the family lived in Kansas.

On 20 July 1910, Edward married Cecile Jefferies (1893–1971) in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Her parents were George Ervin Jeffries (1869–1947) and Grace A McGlothlin (1876–1924). Edward and Cecile lived in Osborne County, Kansas, and Edward farmed there for many years. In 1920, the family appeared in Saint Joseph in the household of Grace Jeffries, and Edward was listed as a conductor for a rail car company, but in 1915, 1925, and 1930 they were listed in either Alton or Downs.

Edward's mother, Katie, died in 1933, and by 1935, he and Cecile had moved back to Missouri; but according to the 1940 Census, Edward lived on a farm in Washington Township, Buchanan County, and Cecile lived in Saint Joseph, where she owned and operated a restaurant. They are each listed as the Head of their respective households, and both are listed as married. However, by 1945, Cecile seems to have sold her restaurant, and moved to Dixon, Illinois, to live near their son, Ivan.

Cecile was married to John K Bevis (1886–1948) of Columbus, Illinois, sometime between 1945 and John's death in 1948. Edward died in Missouri on 30 August 1957 and was buried near his parents in Downs Cemetery, Osborne County, Kansas. Cecile lived in Columbus until at least 1953 and then moved down to St. Augustine, Florida, where she died in 1971 at the age of 79.

     a. Ivan Wayne Sharp (1913–1993) was born on 3 September 1913 in Downs, Kansas, and grew up there on his father's farm. He married Lucille N Nusbaum (1915-2006) of Walnut Creek, Kansas, in 1935, and they lived for at least a brief time with his mother in Saint Joseph.

Lucille was the fourth of 13 children born to Harvey Edward Nusbaum (1885–1973) and Mabel Hendricks (1888–1974). The Nusbaums moved from Kansas to Dixon, Illinois, sometime between 1935 and 1940, and Ivan and Lucille joined them there according to the 1940 Census.

In 1956, the Sharp family moved down to Saint Augustine, Florida. Lucille worked as the manager of the Sears Service Department and retired in 1977 after 20 years with the company. Ivan died in 1993, and Lucille survived him by another thirteen years.

They had three sons and two daughters and they left behind seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren at the time of Lucille's death in 2006.

     i. Gary Ivan Sharp (1938–1992) was the eldest son of Ivan and Lucille. He was born in Glen Elder, Mitchell County, Kansas, on 22 August 1938. Because Lucille's youngest sister was born in 1933, Gary was only five years younger than his aunt.

Gary grew up in Nelson, Lee County, Illinois, and after he graduated from Rock Falls High School, he found work on the U.S. Chicago & North Western Railroad until the Sharp family's move to Florida.

Gary married Carol Mae Roesch (1937–2001) in Saint Augustine in September 1959. Her parents, Joseph Roesch and Aagot Rolfson hailed from Ada, Minnesota. She and Gary moved to Montverde in 1971 from St. Augustine. She was president of a spring water company.

Gary was killed in a car crash in 1992, and Carol died in 2001. They are buried in Craig Memorial Park, Saint Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida.

     2. William Archie Sharp (1896–1996) was born on 18 March 1896 in Gove County, Kansas, and lived his whole life in Osborne County. He grew up on his father's farm, and enlisted in the U.S. Army near the end of World War I, serving in Field Artillery Replacement from 14 June to 17 December 1918.

 He married Millie May Irey (1898–1989) from a neighboring township in Osborne County around 1918, and they had three children over the following ten years. Her parents were Sherman Grant Irey (1865–1939) and Margaret Jane Cramer (1871–1954)

The couple was active in their local community, belonging to the Order of the Eastern Star, the American Legion, and the Downs United Methodist Church. Bill farmed and found work as a carpenter; Millie was a partner in the Downs Ready to Wear shop with her daughter, Donaldeen.

Millie died on 20 March 1989 at the age of 90, and Bill died at 100 years of age on 24 March 1996. They are buried in the Downs Cemetery.

     a. Duane Harold Sharp (1919–2007) was born 9 September 1919, in Downs, Osborne County, Kansas. He farmed all of his life in Osborne and Saline counties and owned and operated Sharp Auto Sales in Salina for 55 years. Duane married Margaret Sunshine Tucker (1925–2004) around 1940, and they had three daughters and one son before they divorced.

Margaret was born 27 August 1925 in Missouri and raised in Cawker City, Kansas, the daughter of Henry Lincoln "Harry" Tucker (1868–1933) Alta O Atkins (1869–1958). She married Everett Lee Gardinier (1922–2012) on 6 February 1953. They had another daughter and three sons and later moved to northern Arizona.

Duane married Gloria Jean Miller (1925–2010). She was born Oct. 9, 1925, in Salina, Kansas, the daughter of Charles E. Miller and Mary Hickey. Jean died at 84 years on 22 July 2010. Their survivors included 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

     i. William Duane "Bill" Sharp (1950–1997) was born in Salina, Saline County, Kansas, on 19 December 1950. He married Vicki Jean Fowler (1953–2002) and they raised two sons and a daughter. A third son died in infancy: Shannon David Sharp (24 November 1977).

Bill was shot during an incident at his father's car lot in 1984. He was living next door to Sharp Auto Sales that December, and when he went out to investigate a noise, he was shot by an intruder. It is not clear whether the rest of Bill's family was living there at the time. Bill and Vicki appear to have had a difficult relationship; the court notices in The Salina Journal reported several attempts by the couple to divorce, though they were still together when Bill died. On 12 October 1991, Bill became the first person arrested under a new domestic violence law after Vicki reported an altercation while they were separated.

Bill worked for Federal Express as a courier for more than 10 years and farmed west of Salina. He was killed in an accident involving a tractor and a train on 18 October 1997. He was 46 years old. Vicki remarried in November 2000, but she died only a couple of years later, on 21 August 2002 at 48.

     b. Dan Richard Sharp (1923–2010) was born 29 May 1923 in Corinth Township, Osborne County, Kansas. He was a lifelong farmer in the Downs area, served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and he was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Downs United Methodist Church.

Dan married Florence Elizabeth "Beth" Boultinghouse (1927-2009) in October 1946. She was the daughter of Louis Arthur Boultinghouse (1901–1973) and Dora Elizabeth Treadwell (1901–1978), and a twin sister of Robert Dean Boultinghouse (1927–1996). The twins were born on 24 March 1927.

Beth helped Dan for more than 62 years in farming, custom cutting, and auto trading, as a homemaker, bookkeeper, wife, and mother. Together they built two homes, raised three children and enjoyed square dancing, boating, bowling, playing bridge and supporting many community activities. Beth's hobby was family history research which resulted in a collection known as "The Boultinghouse Connection" She was a member of the Downs and Osborne County Historical Societies.

Beth died on Monday, 1 June 2009 at the age of 82; Dan died at Mitchel County Hospital on 13 November 2010 at the age of 87. Both are buried in the Downs Cemetery. They were survived by their three children and nine grandchildren.

     c. Donaldeen Sharp (1928–2011) was born 24 January 1928 in Downs, Kansas, attended the Downs schools and graduated from Downs High School. On 25 May 1946, she married the love of her life, Richard "Dick" Carl (1925–2008), in Beloit, Kansas. Dick was born 21 June 1925, on the family farm east of Cawker City, Kansas, the second of nine children born to Nicholas Peter Carl (1894–1972) and Irene L Slipke (1904–1990).

In their early years of marriage, Dick worked construction for Brown & Brown Construction Co., later farming until he retired in 1995. While Dick and Donaldeen lived on the farm, she had a ceramic shop. In 1968, she opened, owned and operated "Downs Ready To Wear" on the main street in Downs in partnership with her mother, Millie.

Although he struggled with rheumatoid arthritis from early in life, Dick always had a smile and a kind word to everyone he greeted. He died peacefully April 28, 2008, at the age of 82. Donaldeen died at 83 years on Monday, 2 May 2011 at the Golden Living Center in Downs, Kansas. They are buried in Downs Cemetery.

Dick and Donaldeen were survived by their daughter and two sons, 12 Grandchildren and 18 Great-grandchildren.

     C. Donna A Sharp (1865–1940)

Donna was born 19 February 1865, just before the end of the Civil War. She grew up on the family farm in Burritt Township, Winnebago County, Illinois, and married Joseph R Randerson (1860–1943) on 20 November 1884.

Joseph was the son of English immigrants Joseph Randerson (1819–1859) and Charlotte Milnes (1826–1915). They came to America in 1848 aboard the Patrick Henry just after their wedding in Yorkshire. Joseph was born on 13 February 1858, and he was not yet one year old when his father died on 2 February 1859. Charlotte married William Riley (1835–1923) in either 1860 or 1861 and Joseph appears with his siblings in the Riley household on the 1870 Census (though, for some reason, the enumerator listed him as "Josephine" and misgendered him).

Joseph and Donna moved to Rockford, where they raised three sons. Joseph worked as a teamster, chauffeur, and sometimes as a laborer. Donna died in Rockford on 16 February 1940, and Joseph died in Lyons, Nebraska, on 2 August 1943 while visiting their son, Harley. They were buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Rockford.

     1. Judson Edward Randerson (1887–1977) was born on 10 January 1887 and grew up in Rockford, Illinois, where he graduated from the business college. In 1911 he moved to Iowa and married Galeta Myrtle Gates (1889–1976) of Des Moines on 27 December. Galeta was the daughter of Charles Henry Gates Sr. (1862–1944) and Charlotte Grace "Lottie" Watson (1863–1905).


Judson and Galeta settled in Malvern, Mills County, Iowa, where Judson purchased a clothing shop from the Kneeland Bros. and ran the business for 42 years. (An example of his advertising from 1938 is shown at right.) They did not have any children of their own, but they adopted Galeta's niece when her brother's wife died less than a month after her birth. The little girl was born Flora Winifred Gates, but the Randerson family called her Flora Barbara, and she went by the nickname "Babs." Babs died on 20 November 2012.

After running his clothing store since 1918, Judson sold the business and retired in 1960. He stayed active running an antique auction through the 1970s. He died in Malvern in December 1977, just a year and a half after Galeta died in May 1976. They are buried in Malvern Cemetery.

     2. Harley Joseph Randerson (1889–1974) was born on 27 January 1889, in Rockford, Illinois. He began working in the local packing plant by 1905 when he was only 16, and he married Mary Jane Boyd (1889–1967) in about 1910.

Mary Jane was born on September 20, 1889, in Oakland, Nebraska, to John Boyd (1843–1905) and Margaret Ferguson (1856–1917). Margaret Ferguson's father, William Ferguson was born in Ireland in 1821 and emigrated to Canada, where Margaret was born, so it is unlikely that these Fergusons are related to the Ferguson families that married into the Callin family. However, John Boyd's mother was Catherine McGeachie, married to George Boyd in Southend, Argyll, Scotland - almost certainly related to the McGeachies who married Alice and William Sharp, above.

Harley and Mary Jane lived in Rockford for several years; their daughters were both born in Rockford, they were listed in several of the city directories, and Harley's World War I draft registration placed them there in 1917. But by 1930 they were back in Nebraska, living in Lyons, Burt County.

Records were hard to find, but a brief newspaper item tells us that Mary Jane died in Lyons on 28 September 1967. Harley died in May 1974 in Lyons at the age of 85, and they were buried in the Lyons Cemetery.

     a. Margaret Donna Randerson (b. 1911) was born in Rockford on 1 August 1911. She was the treasurer of her high school Biology club and became a school teacher. The most recent census record found for her places her in Fort Morgan, Colorado, where she was teaching in the public schools in 1940.

     b. Madeline M Randerson (1913–1999) was born on 15 June 1913 in Rockford, and grew up there. I estimate that her family moved to Lyons, Nebraska, around 1920, and that's where they were in 1930. Madeline married Vernon Samuel Gallup (1912–2006) of Lyons on 30 January 1934.

Vernon was born 8 March 1912 to parents George Gallup (1875–1954) and Clara Thompson (1886–1918). He spent most of his childhood on the farm southeast of town, except for six years, when his family moved into Lyons following the death of his mother in 1918. He graduated from Lyons High School in 1930 and then farmed for 43 years. He received numerous soil conservation awards for his farming. In 1977, Vernon and Madeline sold their farm and moved into a new home in Lyons. They were members of the United Methodist Church where Vernon had been a member since 1925. He held many offices in the church, served on the Viles School Board, and served on the Lyons Cemetery Board.

Madeline died on 1 May 1999, and Vernon on 3 December 2006; they were buried in Lyons cemetery. They were survived by two daughters, five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

     i. Mary Jane Gallup (1937–2015) was born in Lyons, Nebraska, on 5 May 1937. She grew up at the family farm near Lyons and attended Lyons Public School graduating in 1955. She attended Nebraska State Teachers College in Wayne, Nebraska and graduated in 1959 with a degree in elementary education.

Mary Jane married Kosoma K Skaggs (1931–2004) on August 26, 1960. He was the son of Elmer Alonza Scaggs (1897–1979) and Clara Elsie Beams (1896–1980). They moved to Lamar, Prowers County, Colorado, where they lived throughout their married lives. Mary Jane taught in the Lamar Colorado Public Schools systems for many years as an elementary teacher and then later as a substitute teacher.

Kosoma died on 1 February 2004, and Mary Jane lived in Lamar for another eleven years. She died on 31 August 2015 at the Lexington Medical Center in Lexington, South Carolina after a short illness. She was buried near her husband in Fairmount Cemetery in Lamar.

They were survived by her sister, a son and a daughter, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren

     3. Banner S Randerson (1890–1918) was born either on 25 February 1890, according to his World War I draft card. He grew up in Rockford and married Gertrude Stuart Blakesby (1891–1930) on 26 October 1915. Gertrude's parents were Joseph Havens Blakesley (1858–1929) and Anna Rebecca Stuart (1866–1940) and she was born on 21 July 1891 in Rockford.

Banner died unexpectedly at the age of 28 on 18 October 1918, not long after the birth of his son, Joseph, and Gertrude soon remarried. She and her new husband Clifford Dwight "Dick" Miller (1901–1972) had a son they named Henry Joseph before Gertrude's death on 7 July 1930. Dick remarried, and he and his new wife raised Joseph Randerson and Henry Joseph Miller along with their own children.

     a. Joseph Stuart Randerson (1917–1999) was born 22 May 1917 and was raised in Rockford by his step-parents. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 20 June 1941 and was married in Chicago on 6 September 1941. He and his family lived in Highland Park, Lake County, Illinois.

Joe died on 1 December 1999 in Los Gatos, Santa Clara, California. As near as I can tell, he was survived by his wife and daughter.

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That's probably enough for one post! Next time, we'll talk about the three younger children of Rebecca Scott and Edward Sharp.