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.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Following Tenuous Connections

We can thank the next individual for being the one who left behind a key record for me to find, which led to my discovery of the Scott family. I like to think that doing patient, methodical research is the foundation of my family history work, but sometimes I also have to rely on luck. In this case, I took a stab at running a query in the FamilySearch records on the off chance that they might have something that I wasn't finding with the Ancestry search - and I hit pay dirt with a death record in the Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947 database.

The major clue there was the listing of his parents:
Father Name: John Scott
Father Birth Place: Ohio
Mother Name: Sarah Callion
Mother Birth Place: Ohio
Working my way back from there, I found more records for this whole Scott branch of the family. This week, we'll look at James and one of his sisters.

     James Scott (1832-1916)

When James Scott was born on November 18, 1832, in Milton Township, Richland County, Ohio, his father, John, was 34 and his mother, Sarah, was 24. Earlier that year Charles Darwin and the crew of HMS Beagle arrived in South America for the first time. That spring, in nearby Hiram, Ohio, just the other side of the state from Milton, a group of men beat, tarred and feathered Mormon leader Joseph Smith. And just a couple of weeks after James was born, Andrew Jackson was re-elected president of the United States.

When James was about seven years old, his father moved the family from Ohio to Winnebago County, Illinois, and he grew up on the farm in Harrison township. He married Charlotte "Lottie" Brown (1842–1935) in 1856.

Lottie was the middle child of nine born to Simon Brown (1807–1865) and Mary M Pickens (1808–1875). She was born in East Saint Louis, Illinois, just over the state line from St. Louis, Missouri, and many of her records place her birth in that state. Before the birth of her younger brother, John, the family relocated to Jefferson, in Green County, Wisconsin, which is about 30 miles west of the Rockford, Illinois, area.

They had three children in 12 years. James died on January 26, 1916, in Shirland, Illinois, having lived a long life of 83 years. Lottie died on June 16, 1935, in Shirland, Illinois, at the age of 93, and they were buried together in the North Burritt Cemetery, Winnebago County, Illinois.

     I. Christopher Columbus Scott (1857–1947)

Grew up to be a farmer, and in 1879, at 22 years of age, he married Ellen Maria "Kitty" Putman (1861–1944), the daughter of Stephen C Putnam (1833–1879) and Susan Caroline Wheeler (1836–1889). Lum died on December 26, 1947, in Shirland, Illinois, at the age of 90, and Kitty died on May 3, 1944, in Shirland, Illinois, at the age of 83. Like his parents, Lum and Kitty were buried together in the North Burritt Cemetery.

     II. Mary Scott (1860–1947)

Mary was born on June 29, 1860, in Harrison, Illinois, and she married Albert Taylor (1861–1939) in 1890. Albert was born in Rockton, Illinois, and his parents were John G Taylor (1828–1881) and Frances A Gleason (1838–1917).

The couple had only one daughter and lived in Shirland for many years. Albert died on June 9, 1939, in Shirland, Illinois, at the age of 77, and Mary died on April 12, 1947, in Shirland, Illinois, at the age of 86. They can be found buried together in the North Burritt Cemetery.

     A. Charlotte B "Lottie" Taylor (1892–1959) married her second cousin, Walter Scott Wicks (1887–1969) around 1913. They were included in the previous post (Two Younger Siblings), but I'll repeat their biography here:

Walter and Lottie began their family in Burritt, before moving to Shirland, where they lived in 1920, and they eventually settled in Rockford. Walter worked as a harness maker up until the 1930s, when he began working as a painter.
Lottie died in 1959, and Walter survived her until his death on 27 February 1969. They were buried together in North Burritt Cemetery.
     1. Guida Mae Wicks (1914–1978) married Martin M Studler (1902–1998) about 1933. He was the son of Adolph Studler (1877–1972) and Barbara Hengeler (1875–1912), who immigrated from Switzerland to Minnesota just before Martin's older sister was born in 1902.
     a. LeRoy Walter Studler (1934-2000) was born on 6 May 1934, in Rockford, Illinois. He was married, and his wife presumedly survives him. He died on 26 August 2000, in his hometown at the age of 66.

     III. William Scott (b. 1869)

Little is known about William. He appears in his family's census record in 1870, but not in the 1880 record. In the absence of other records, my guess is that he died during the 1870s, but until further evidence is found, his fate remains a mystery.


     Sarah E. Scott (1836-1854)

Named after her mother, Sarah was the last child of John and Sarah Callin Scott born in Ohio before the family relocated. She was three years old when her sister was born in Michigan, and seven when her brother, Cyrus, was born in Harrison Township, Winnebago County, Illinois.

She died at age 18 and was buried in North Burritt Cemetery.

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It's the end of another year, now, and I feel like I've still got a long way to go before I can move on to the task of publishing all of the information I've gathered since 2015. Genealogy is one of those endeavors that always feels both limited and eternal.

For example, look at today's family - James and Lottie Scott. Consider that for all of the time and effort it took to prepare this post, there are really only 13 people named here, and half of those appeared in an earlier post because a pair of second cousins married.

But until the research is done, and all of the leads and threads are followed, the possibility that there could be dozens or hundreds more relatives unaccounted for. If William Scott survived childhood, and simply struck out on his own before 1880, there could be untold numbers of cousins out there waiting to be discovered.

I long ago accepted the fact that no matter how hard I try to "complete" the Callin Family History, it never really will be finished. People, and history, keep moving forward. Children grow, marry, and die - sometimes leaving more children behind. Sometimes not.

The lesson I take away from it all is that we are all family at some level, and we need to do our best to take care of each other - even if that just means documenting the fact that we were here.

Hope your holidays are happy ones, this year and into the future!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Two Younger Siblings

Today's post will cover descendants of the last two children of George and Lucetta (Beach) Scott. Next time, we'll be moving on to George's brother, James; who will actually be mentioned in this post...but I don't want to get ahead of myself.

If you are new to the blog, you can catch up on our progress revising the Callin Family History by visiting Project: Revising the CFH (the link is also in the columns on the right, so you can always go there from any post).


IV. Sarah Alma Scott (1863–1944)

Alma Scott was born on 9 October 1862, in Harrison, Winnebago County, Illinois, when her father, George, was 35, and her mother, Lucetta, was 29. She married Thomas Wicks (1852–1945) on 21 January 1882, in Winnebago County. Thomas was born on 5 November 1852 in England, the son of George and Elizabeth (Stickles) Wicks.

Thomas came to America in the 1870s and was naturalized before the 1880 U.S. Federal Census. He was a farmer, and the family lived at 611 Acorn in Rockford for many years. Thomas retired from farming in the late 1910s, but he was committed to the East Moline State Hospital, probably around 1922.

Alma lived with her son, George, at the house on Acorn in Rockford until she died on 15 April 1944, at the age of 81. Thomas died in the hospital on 9 February 1945, at the age of 92. They were both buried in North Burritt Cemetery.

Alma and Thomas had three children:

     A. George Edward Wicks (1885–1950) in 1900 lived with his grandparents, George and Lucetta Scott. He married Nellie E Weatherhead (1884–1976) on 24 February 1909, and they lived in Harrison through at least 1920. From 1923 on, they lived at 611 Acorn with George's mother.

Nellie was the youngest child of Waite T Weatherhead (1850–1928) and Eunice McMahon (1859–1941). She was born on 16 January 1884. After her father died in 1928, she lived with her mother at 322 Huffman Blvd. in Rockford. I don't see any records of a divorce, but after Eunice died in 1941, Nellie appears in several City Directories for Rockford as living at 219 Waldo, where her occupation is shown variously as "Pract Nurse," "Maid," and "Housekeeping." In each record, she is listed as "wid Geo."

George was 68 years old when he died on 26 November 1950; Nellie died at 91 on 22 October 1876.

     B. Myrtle M Wicks (1885–1914) married James Henry Weatherhead (1879–1963) on 12 February 1908. James was the eldest brother of Nellie Weatherhead. Sadly, Myrtle died on 17 March 1914, in Seward, Illinois, at the age of 28, and was buried in Winnebago, Illinois.

     C. Walter Scott Wicks (1887–1969) married his second cousin, Charlotte B "Lottie" Taylor (1892–1959) around 1913. She was the daughter of Albert Taylor (1861–1939) and Mary Scott (1860–1947). Mary Scott's father was James Scott, the brother of Walter's grandfather, George Scott.

Walter worked as a harness maker up until the 1930s, when he began working as a painter. He and Lottie began their family in Burritt, before moving to Shirland, where they lived in 1920, and they eventually settled in Rockford.

Lottie died in 1959, and Walter survived her until his death on 27 February 1969. They were buried together in North Burritt Cemetery.

     1. Guida Mae Wicks (1914–1978) married Martin M Studler (1902–1998) about 1933. He was the son of Adolph Studler (1877–1972) and Barbara Hengeler (1875–1912), who immigrated from Switzerland to Minnesota just before Martin's older sister was born in 1902.

     a. LeRoy Walter Studler (1934-2000) was born on 6 May 1934, in Rockford, Illinois. He was married, and his wife presumedly survives him. He died on 26 August 2000, in his hometown at the age of 66.

V. Edward George Scott (1866–1948)


Edward George Scott was the youngest son of George and Lucetta Scott. He was born on 7 June 1866, in Illinois. He married Mary Ellen Parker (1870–1938) in 1892, and they lived in Rockford, Illinois, where they had five children in 11 years. Her parents were William R Parker (1833–1914) and Isabelle Halsted (1836–1928).

Between the birth of their youngest daughter at the end of 1905 and the 1910 Census, Edward and Ellen moved to Labette County, Kansas, where Edward worked as a painter. They remained there until sometime in the 1920s, when they moved to San Diego, California.

Ellen died in 1938, and Edward died on 2 December 1948. They were buried together in Greenwood Memorial Park, in San Diego, California.

     A. Clifford Adelbert Scott (1894–1974) was born in Rockford, Illinois, on 10 October 1894. His father moved the family to Kansas when he was about 12 years old. He married Ethel V Shears (1890–1968), daughter of Pembrook Keller Shears (1856–1933) and Rosa A Bilderback (1864–1909), who was born in Kansas on 19 December 1890.

Sometime after they married, Clifford and Ethel moved to Grand Rapids, where he worked as an auto mechanic. Three of their four children were born there, but after 1920, the family moved out to San Diego, California, where they remained for the next decade.

Clifford and Ethel divorced around 1933, and he remarried Emily J (Martin) Snow (b. 1904), moving with her to Yuma, Arizona. Emily had four sons from her previous marriage, and Clifford was a step-dad to three of them, according to his obituary in the Yuma Daily Sun. He died in Yuma in 1974, survived by his wife, children, and 17 grandchildren.

     1. Howard Winfield Scott (1915–1996) was born in Parsons, Labette County, Kansas, on 1 February 1915, and was probably not yet 10 years old when his family moved to San Diego. In his 20s, Howard became an apprentice glass worker, and he married June Rose Muehleisen (1916–1997) around 1938. She was the daughter of Thomas S Muehleisen (1872–1941) Julia L Crawford (1875–1947) and she was born 23 June 1916 in San Diego.

Howard and June lived in her parents' home at first. Howard enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps at Fort Rosecrans on 13 November 1942, and he served through 1 February 1946 attaining the rank of Corporal. After the war, he went into business with his brother, Dwight, forming the Scott Brothers Glass Company.

There is a record of a divorce for Howard and June dated May 1966 in the California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984 database, and city directory listings show them living at different addresses in 1995; I was unable to tell whether they had any children and found no obituaries for either of them. Howard died 29 August 1996, and June followed a year a month and a day later on 30 September 1997.

     2. Dwight Austin Scott (1917–1978) was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on 4 August 1917. Like his older brother, Dwight enlisted in the Army on 13 November 1942 and served until 21 February 1946. After the war, he married Marvel Bernadine Groshart (1917–1992).

Marvel was born in Butte, Montana, on 28 July 1918 to Cadric (or Cedric) Groshart (1884–1976) and Blanche Edna Humphrey (1890–1957). Cedric was a carpenter from Nebraska who relocated to San Diego in the 1920s.

Dwight worked as a glazier in San Diego for a while until he and Howard formed the Scott Brother Glass Company. He seems to have retired by 1967, and he died on 5 May 1978 in Thousand Oaks, California. Marvel lived in San Diego until her death on 16 December 1992. They were buried in the El Camino Memorial Park in San Diego.

As with his siblings, I found no obituaries or records of children.

     3. Fay Madge Scott (1919–2001) was born on 12 November 1919, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She married Joseph Walter Grinsell (1924–1999) in San Diego. Madge was his second wife, and his son from his first marriage lived with them.

I don't know much about Madge's life after 1971, which is the most recent city directory listing for her and Joe (and Richard). Joe died on 6 November 1999, and Madge died on 21 May 2001, in San Diego, at the age of 81.

     4. Robert Edward Scott (1922–1987) was born on 16 April 1922, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and he married Anna Jean Tucker (1922–1991) on 6 October 1944, in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois.

He died on November 19, 1987, in San Diego, California, at the age of 65. She died on 2 June 1991, in San Diego, California, at the age of 69.

     B. Clarence Edward Scott (1896–1981) was born on 9 October 1896, most likely in Rockford, Illinois, though there are documents that give Iowa as his birthplace. He appears on the 1900 Census with his family, living in Rockford, but he does not appear in their household on the 1910 Census. He did join the Navy on 8 August 1918, however, which could explain how he ended up in California. Clarence served until 23 January 1919, after the end of the war, and I lose track of him for the following ten years.

He married Maude C Cox (1896–1982) in Los Angeles, California, on 18 September 1929. She was born 27 March 1896 in either Oklahoma or Kansas (records aren't clear on that detail). They lived in Long Beach, where they raised their son. Clarence found a position as a District Manager for the Associated Telephone Company in 1936 and retired in 1963.

Clarence died on 3 April 1981, and Maude just a year later on 14 April 1982. They are buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Long Beach.

     1. James Edward Scott (1936–1982) was born on 9 March 1936, in Long Beach, California, and died on 9 November 1982, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 46.

     C. Hazel M Scott (b. 1898) was born in March 1898 in Iowa. By 1910 the family was living in Parsons, Labette County, Kansas, and the most recent record shows Hazel living with her parents and sisters there. After that, her fate is a mystery to me. She may have moved to California with the rest of the family, or she might have married and remained in the Midwest.

     D. Lolita Scott (1902–1995) was born on 17 June 1902, in Illinois. She married Manuel Ralph Madero (1901–1978) about 1923, and they had one son and three daughters together between 1924 and 1932. Manuel was a repairman and electrician in the San Diego area, retiring in the 1960s.

Manuel died on Christmas Eve, 1978, in San Diego, age 77. Lolita died on 3 August 1995, in Douglas, Oregon, at the age of 93. Their children survived them.

     E. Isabel Scott (1905–2004) was born on October 13, 1905, in Rockford, Illinois, but her family moved to Kansas while she was still very small. She married Joseph Leroy Farry (1906–1979) about 1924. Joe was a painter in San Diego, and they had one son and two daughters between 1925 and 1931. The couple divorced some time after 1948, when they last appeared in the city directories database. Joe remarried in 1967 and died in 1979 in Provo, Utah.

Isabel died on February 16, 2004, in Spring Valley, California, at the age of 98. She was survived by one daughter, 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

     1. Richard LeRoy Farry (1925–1989) enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 6 March 1944, near the close of World War II, and served nearly 20 years, retiring on 9 September 1963.

He married Audrey Marian Hunt (1927–2005) in Yuma, Arizona, in 1949. Audrey was born 19 June 1927, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Kenneth B Hunt (1901–1972) and Elsie May Pfenning (1901–1995).

Richard died in Modesto, California, on 10 May 1989. After Richard's death, Audrey moved to Bend, Oregon, in 1990. They are survived by their daughter, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

     a. Michael Kenneth Farry (1955–2008) was born on 28 October 1955, in San Francisco, California. He married at least twice, and his family survives him. He died on 5 May 2008, in Berry Creek, California, at the age of 52.

     2. Joyce Ann Farry (1931–1998) was born on 12 November 1931, in San Diego, California. She was married several times, though it isn't clear whether she had any children. She died on 30 August 1998, in Mira Loma, California, at the age of 66, and was buried in Riverside, California.

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As always, if you are related to any of the folks mentioned in this post, I'd love to hear from you. I especially want to fix anything I got wrong, and I'm always interested in learning more about the people in the family. You can comment below, or if you prefer something more private, you can send me an email at my Gmail address, callintad (at gmail dot com). You can also follow the link above and on the right, which goes to our Callin Family History Facebook Group - be sure to watch for a private message from me asking how we're related before I approve your membership!

Be safe, and if you don't hear from me before the holidays, I hope yours are full of love and family, as mine will be.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Update: Tragic Thomas Callin

In another stunning example of how helpful strangers on the internet can be, we just received several photos from a Find A Grave user, Names In Stone, settling a number of questions from one of my first Callin Family History posts, Tragic Thomas.

All of these graves are located in the Old Olivesburg Cemetery in Weller Township, Richland County, Ohio. I'm not sure, but it looks like some of these photos might have been taken during or after a restoration project, judging by the water lines.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Have Mercy, Many Johnsons

Finding the family of John and Sarah (Callin) Scott has turned out to be a major breakthrough for the Callin Family History revision. It is also a challenge. The combination of common surnames and given names in an area with limited vital record information means that as a researcher if I can find records for a given person, there are often multiple records for people with similar names and few other clues for telling which are the records for the people I'm interested in.

That challenge is the reason I try to include so many disclaimers in these posts. I want people who come along behind me to know where I had to make guesses, and if they have better information, to let me know when I might have made mistakes.

In the meantime, I do my best, and I try to explain how I got the answers I've given!

III. Mercy Elizabeth "Libbie" Scott (1859–1898)

The third child of George and Lucetta (Beach) Scott was born on 23 May 1860. She was named Mercy Elizabeth, after her maternal grandmother, Mercy Yaw, but she favored the name Elizabeth, which was shortened to the nickname "Libbie."

Johnson family
Find-A-Grave memorial
Libbie grew up on her father's farm in Harrison township, and she married a Swedish immigrant named Alfred Johnson (1855–1932) just before the 1880 Census. They would have five children before Libbie's death on 9 April 1898, less than a month before her 38th birthday.

Alfred's story was a bit tricky to figure out. Beginning with the 1900 Census, which listed his arrival date in the U.S. as 1871, we have a few facts to work with. There were a surprising number of men named Alfred Johnson farming in the Rockford, Illinois, area during this time, and his headstone was never marked with his death date, but eventually, I located a record for his death in the Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947. That record told us that his birthplace was Smoland, Sweden, and gave his father's name as "Carl Johnson." It also listed his spouse as Marie Johnson.

By 1910, Alfred's and Libbie's elder daughter, Ida, was married, and their younger surviving daughter, Ethel, lived with her. Ernest was married and living with his young family in Sheridan County, North Dakota. There is an Alfred Johnson listed in Sheridan County that year whose wife is listed as "Mary E." who might be the same person as the Marie listed in Alfred's death record.

In 1920, Alfred appears on the census in Rockford, living with his sister and brother-in-law, Matilda and Stephen Harris. Matilda's death record also gives her birthplace as Smoland, but lists her father's name as "John Faust." Her date of arrival in the U.S. was the same as Alfred's, and I did find an immigration record for Matilda Faust who arrived in the States on 23 October 1871 on a ship called the England, along with Ida Faust and Alfred Faust - possibly another sister and our Alfred.

I conclude from all of this that it is possible that the three were siblings (Matilda and Alfred certainly were), and that when they arrived in the U.S., Alfred followed the Scandinavian tradition of taking his father's first name as his surname (ie, "John's son") rather than the name Faust. I was unable to find any more information about Ida, but Alfred may have given her name to his eldest daughter.

Alfred died on 4 December 1932 in Rockford, Illinois. Presumably, he was buried with his wife and two small daughters in the North Burritt Cemetery there.

     A. Ida M Johnson (1882–1975) was born on the first of May 1882. She was 12 years old when her youngest sibling was born, and 16 when her mother died. She married John W Johnson (1874–1958) on 28 February 1900, when she was 18.

Despite the common surname, John and Ida were not related in any direct way. John was born on 5 January 1873 in Boros, Sweden, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1891. His parents' names were given as John L Johnson and Amanda Anderan. He had a sister, Anna, who came to States in 1910 and married one George H Aspelin (1889–1953) in 1911.

John and Ida had five children between 1900 and 1908. They lived in Shirland, Winnebago County, Illinois, until relocating to Delavan, Wisconsin, where they lived on a farm from 1916 to 1919. After that, John was a truck driver for the Doyon-Rayne Lumber Co. for a number of years until retiring.  He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He died in their home at 85 years of age on 21 August 1958. Ida survived him until January 1975. They were buried together in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Delavan.

     1. Floyd Wilburn Johnson (1901–1918) was born on 16 May 1901, in Illinois. He was a student when he died at age 17 on 13 December 1918, in Rockford, Illinois. He was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Delavan, Wisconsin, where his parents would eventually join him.
Find-A-Grave photo courtesy of D.L.James

     2. May Elizabeth Johnson (1903–1988) was born on 26 January 1903 and grew up on her father's farm. After the family moved to Delavan, she remained at home and worked as a telephone operator. She died on 27 August 1988 in Delavan and was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery near her parents.

     3. Ralph Alfred Johnson (1904–1997)  was born on April 17, 1904, in Illinois. He married Glennethel Grames (1912–2007) on 25 June 1938. Her parents were Edwin E Grames (1884–1965) and Irena O Hughes (1885–1964) of Warren County, Indiana.

Ralph died on 17 August 1997 in Delavan, Wisconsin, at the age of 93. Glennethel died on 14 January 2007 at the age of 94. There was an obituary published, but as of this writing, it was not available online.

     4. Carl H Johnson (1906-1979) was born 27 August 1906 in Illinois. The 1930 and 1940 Census records say that Carl was employed as a golf teacher. He seems to have remained in the Delavan area most of his life. He died on May 13, 1979, in Delavan, Wisconsin, at the age of 72, and was buried in the Spring Grove Cemetery.

     5. Hazel A Johnson (1908–1999) was born on 29 November 1908. She married Eugene Bernard Cummings (1908–1979) on 5 April 1940, and they had two children, both still living.

Eugene was a veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was a co-owner of the Tally-Ho Inn in Darien, a club manager of the Swedish Club of Chicago, and a manager of the Big Foot Country Club in Lake Geneva. He died in Elkhorn, Walworth County, Wisconsin, on 2 March 1979, and was buried in Saint Andrews Cemetery in Delavan. Hazel joined him on 12 July 1999.

     B. Mamie A Johnson (1883–1884) was born on 3 May 1883 and died just after her first birthday on 22 May 1884. She was buried in North Burritt Cemetery in Winnebago County, Illinois.

     C. Ernest Elmer Johnson (1885–1951) was born on 2 November 1885 in Harrison, Illinois. He married Exilda L Ray (1878–1947) on 15 February 1905 in Outagamie, Wisconsin. They had two sons. Exilda was born on 30 October 1878 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, to Samuel Ray (1852–1929) and Jane Sweet (1851–1937).

Elmer worked for a short time as a teamster but settled into farming for most of his life. He died in 1951 at the age of 66. Exilda had preceded him on 9 May 1947. They are buried in North Burritt Cemetery.

     1. Lewis R Johnson (b. 1907) was born on 27 September 1906 in Winnebago County, Illinois. He married Margaret Ruth Caroline Palmquist (1910–1997) in 1928 in Boone County, Illinois, and they raised three children, all still living, in Rockford. Lewis died on  22 May 1961 and was buried in Willwood Burial Park, in Rockford. Margaret remarried and died on 13 August 1997 in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

     2. Leland E Johnson (1909–1996) was born 15 December 1909, in North Dakota. He married Ila E Main (1909–2007) on 7 July 1930, in Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois. Ila was born 5 April 1909 in New Milford, Illinois, the daughter of Carlton T Main (1872–1939) and Alma G Robinson (1880–1938). Ila was a graduate of New Milford School.

Leland died on 8 November 1996 at the age of 86, and Ila died 28 July 2007 at 98. They were buried in New Milford Cemetery.

     a. Leland Carlton Johnson (1932–1992) was born on 14 December 1932 in New Milford, Illinois. He was married in 1956, in Winnebago, Illinois, and his wife is still living. They had two children who also survive him and several grandchildren. He died on January 15, 1992, in Rockford, Illinois, at the age of 59, and was buried in his hometown.

     D. Bertie L Johnson (1887–1896) was born on 26 September 1887 and died at eight years of age on 23 April 1896. He was buried in North Burritt Cemetery in Winnebago County, Illinois.

     E. Ethel May Johnson (1894–1987) married Frank Willard Petitt (1891–1957) on 14 December 1912 in Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin. He was the son of David Erwin Petitt (1859–1920) and Ida Ethelena Vinton (1858–1941). They had six children in the next dozen years. Frank worked in a shoe factory.

Sometime after 1930, the couple divorced; Ethel would later remarry Charles W. Schlichter (1894–1950). She died in Beloit in 1987.

     1. Lyle F Petitt (1913–1980) finished high school and stayed in Beloit until the mid-1930s, when he relocated to Silverton, Marion County, Oregon. He married his first wife, Geraldine, in 1938; they had a daughter before they divorced and Geraldine remarried in 1944. Lyle remarried about the same time, after moving across the country to Erie, Pennsylvania.

His second wife was Maxine A Adams (1917–1962) and they had five more children, most of whom are still living.

     a. Sandra Lee Petitt Richins (1939–2003) remained in Oregon with her mother, Geraldine, after her parents parted. She was married and died in Clackamas, Oregon, on 21 April 2003.

     b. William Clyde Petitt (1947–1948) was the son of Lyle and Maxine Petitt; he died on 4 August 1948 in a car accident at fifteen months of age.

     c. Patricia Petitt Holland (1948–2010) died after a fiercely fought battle against pancreatic cancer on 18 March 2010, while vacationing in Kailua, Hawaii.  Pat was raised and attended school in Girard. She and her husband and son resided in the Girard and Lake City area until her retirement from EMSCO Erie after a 20-year career as a highly respected and valued foreman. She was survived by her husband, son, three grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, a brother, a sister, and her beloved dogs Snoopy and Crystal.

     2. Edna Irene Petitt (1915–2005) married farmer Floyd A Lehman (1914–1962) on 29 July 1933. They had a son and daughter, still living, and raised them in Rock County, Wisconsin. After Floyd's death in 1962, Edna married Carl Ambrose Steindl (1912–1977) in January 1966, and she lived in Beloit until her death on 6 March 2005.

     3. Deloss Enoch Petitt (1918–1944) was born on October 16, 1918, in Durand, Illinois, and he enlisted in the U.S. Army on 14 May 1941. He served in the 1202nd Army Air Force Base Unit and died on November 16, 1944, in North Africa. He was buried in Tunisia at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial near Carthage.

     4. Lawrence Elliott Petitt (1920–1984) was born on 12 March 1920, in Winnebago, Illinois. He married twice, but I don't know if he had any children. He died on 1 June 1984, in Westfield, Wisconsin, at the age of 64.

     5. Fern Eleanor Petitt (1923–2010) was born on 6 September 1923, in Winnebago, Illinois. She worked at the Wisconsin Telephone Company and at C.Z. Chemical Company and she married August Charles Blake (1918–1995) on 25 February 1950, in her hometown. They had two children during their marriage, both of whom are still living. She died on 21 December 2010, in Beloit, Wisconsin, at the age of 87, and was buried there.

     6. Clyde Franklin Petitt (b. 1925) was born on 26 January 1925, in Winnebago, Illinois, but much of his story remains a mystery to me. We know from his brother Lyle's 1980 obituary that Clyde was living in New Orleans, Louisiana, at that time; and we know from his sister Fern Blake's obituary that he died before her death in 2010.


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In case this isn't obvious, I've had to slow down my genealogy research for the time being. I've gone back to school to finish my long-dormant music degree, and time is very short these days. I'll keep working as time allows, and if you're a descendant of any of the folks in these posts, I hope you'll reach out so I can fix any mistakes or fill in any blanks.

You can comment below, or email my Gmail address (callintad) - I hope to hear from you!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Great Scott: the Difficult Family

As much as I dislike posting incomplete information, I'm afraid I will have to leave out a lot of details this week. Strangely, I always feel like I write more when I know less about a family. Maybe that's my way of explaining what little I do know since I can't always tell a complete story.

But, to continue where we left off last time, I introduce:

II. Charles A Scott (1858–1940)

Born on 28 March 1858, in Iowa, his parents were George Scott and Lucetta Beach. His older sister, Violetta, was also born in Iowa. The family soon moved back to Illinois where his younger siblings were born, and they all grew up on a farm near Harrison, Winnebago County, Illinois.

Charles married Elisabeth C "Lizzie" Cowan (1862–1957) in 1881 when he was 23 years old. Lizzie was born in Illinois and raised in Harrison by her parents, James S Cowan (b. 1802) and Elmira Vail (b. 1821). James was an Irish immigrant who arrived in the United States during the 1830s, so it is highly unlikely that he was related to the other Cowan family discussed in an earlier post.

Charles and Lizzie had four children in 12 years, all of whom were born in the Harrison and Rockford area. Charles ran an "express and feed barn" at 314 Elm street in Rockford during the early 1900s. In 1910 the family appeared in Paris, Howard County, Iowa, where the household included their two younger sons, Harold and Ray, and Lizzie's widowed sister, Hattie. By 1920 they were living in Walhalla, Pembina County, North Dakota, within a few miles of the Canadian border.

Charles died on 11 April 1940, in Walhalla, at the age of 82. Lizzie lived until 9 July 1957 and died in nearby Mountain. They were buried together in the Walhalla Hillside Cemetery.

     A. Emery Scott (b. 1884) was born on 26 March 1884, in Harrison, Illinois. He worked for his father, and he married Marian Louise Schuster (b. 1892) on 20 April 1909. They had one daughter together. According to the 1910 Census, the three of them lived in Rockford, on Mulberry Street, and Emery worked as a barber.

I don't know when, but evidence would suggest that Emery and Marian's marriage did not last for more than ten years. There are four records in the Illinois, County Marriages, 1800-1940 database that say he married Fahy William (b. 1895) on 9 February 1922. They had one son together.

Unfortunately, Emery's story becomes difficult to follow after this. He and Fahy are listed in a city directory in Fond du Lac in 1926, where his occupation is given as "capt Samaritan Mission." In 1932, Fahy is listed as the wife of "Edw" living in Milwaukee. Ten years later, Emery shows up in Bethany, Harrison County, Missouri, where his draft registration says he is unemployed; it lists someone named Jim Beaver as his point of contact. That is the more recent record I have been able to track down for Emery Scott.

     1. Irene E Scott (b. 1910) appears only in the 1910 U.S. Census. Her mother appears there, and in the Cook County, Illinois, Marriages Index, 1871-1920 database. It is possible that one or both of them died, or that Marian remarried; Irene may appear under another name, as I don't know what the middle initial "E" stood for.

     2. William Robert Scott (1925–2000) is listed in the U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 where both of his parents' names are given, as well as his date and place of birth: 27 February 1925 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas, USA.

Because his parents were listed in Milwaukee in 1932, I looked for him there in 1940 and found a 13-year-old William R. Scott in the household of Charles and Fahy Rundall (with those spellings) living at 810 South Second Street. In 1946, he graduated from Boys Trade And Tech High School in Milwaukee.

I do not know where he died, because the Social Security record does not say, but before that, the last record I found shows William still living in Milwaukee in 1952. That leaves a 48-year gap in his story.

     B. Louis H Scott (1889–1974) was born on November 23, 1889, in Rockford, Illinois. He married Althea Elizabeth Prindle (1891–1983) in 1909 in Boone County, Illinois. Althea was the daughter of Stephen Arthur Prindle (1862–1939) and Drusilla "Mamie" Leach (1871–1942) and was born in Aurora, Buchanan, Iowa. They had five children between 1910 and 1920, several of whom were born in North Dakota.

The Scott family appeared in Owen Township on the 1910 Census, but the following year saw the birth of their daughter, Dorothy, in Walhalla. Althea's parents, Steve and Mamie, had recently divorced, and in 1910, Steve's Census record shows him living in Walhalla already, while Mamie is listed as a housekeeper in the Owen Township home of George T. Johns, whom she would soon marry.

A Louis Scott appears in the 1918 City Directory for Williston, North Dakota, at the other end of the state from Walhalla, where his business is listed simply as "billiards." I suspect that this is not the same Louis Scott, but there is no way to tell from the information at hand.

In 1920 the family is back in Rockford, where Louis works as a foreman in a lock factory. Louis and Althea remained in Rockford throughout the 1920s and appeared there in the 1930 Census, too. However, they divorced at some point in the 1930s, and both remarried. Althea married Joseph Nichols Udell (1890–1953) sometime between 1934 and 1937; Louis married Mary Jane Nicholl (1881–1970).

As an odd side note, Joseph Udell's first wife was Alice Amanda Brooks (1894-1940). She appeared on the 1940 Census, listed as Alice Udell with marital status shown as Divorced. That Census page was dated April 1940, and Alice died the following month. In her death record, which is indexed in the Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947 database, she is described as a housewife and divorced, but the record lists her spouse's name as "Lovis Scott." I can't view the original document online, but I assume that is a transcription error for "Louis."

After Louis married Mary Jane, we find a record of her naturalization in 1941; she was born in England, and other records indicate she arrived in the United States before 1935. They remained together in Rockford throughout the 1940s and 1950s. Mary Jane died in 1970, and Louis in 1974. They were buried together in the North Burritt Cemetery in Winnebago County.

     1. Glen Edwin Scott (1910–1968) was born 9 April 1910, in Winnebago County, Illinois, when his father, Louis, was 20 and his mother, Althea, was 18. He was married three times but left no children behind. He was a World War II veteran, serving in England and Belgium, and he was president of Local 1061 UAW at Brown Manufacturing Company, where he was employed.

His first marriage was to Alma Josephine Weaver (1914–2010), around 1932; they divorced in the early 1940s. He remarried Mildred L. Hansen on 21 December 1945, but they were not together for very long. On May 7, 1947, in Chicago, he married Ellen "Susie" Overocker, head of the Classified department of the Woodstock Daily Sentinel, who survived him.

In January 1968, he was blinded by the headlights of an approaching vehicle and when he swerved to the right, his car struck the parked car. Ellen took him to the hospital, and he seemed to be alright. But he died on July 2, 1968, in Rockford, Illinois, at the age of 58, after what his obituary described as a "long illness," and he was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Rockford.

     2. Dorothy Elizabeth Scott (1911–1995) was born on October 5, 1911, in Walhalla, North Dakota. She married Charles F Rowe (b. 1908) in 1929 and they had one son together. She later married Marvin Homer Haycraft (1910–1967).

Dorothy's records don't ever quite say what I would expect them to say, and I suspect there is more to her story than I can see, but I hate making a lot of guesses to fill in the blanks. For example, there is a record of her marriage to Charles Rowe indexed in Boone county in the Illinois, County Marriages, 1800-1940 database. Yet, she appears in her parents' household on the 1930 Census under the name "Dorothy Scott," listed as married.

I don't really know when Dorothy married Marvin Haycraft, either. While there is a marriage record showing they married on 31 May 1952, in Winnebago, Illinois, Dorothy and Marvin are listed as husband and wife in the 1940 Census, along with her son Richard Rowe; so I don't know when they actually became a couple.
North Burritt Cemetery

Dorothy and Marvin retired to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the 1950s, and Marvin presumably died there in 1967. Dorothy died on 9 June 1995 in Rockford, Illinois, at the age of 83, and they were both buried in North Burritt Cemetery, Winnebago County, Illinois.

     a. Richard Arthur Rowe (1930–1990) was born on 18 January 1930, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He lived in Rockford, Illinois, and was attending East High School in 1942.

He died on October 4, 1990, in Winnebago, Illinois, at the age of 60, and was buried in the North Burritt Cemetery. His marker calls him "beloved son and father," so I hope to hear from his descendants some day.


     3. Evelyn May Scott (1913–1939) was born 15 March 1913 in Leyden, Pembina County, North Dakota. She grew up in Winnebago county, Illinois, and married Russell Elmer Shores (1913–1967).

She died at 26 when she crashed her car into a tree on 23 August 1939.

     4. Harry L Scott (1915–1981) was born in North Dakota on 11 April 1915. He married before 1940, and he worked as a press operator. He and his wife, Dorothy, lived briefly in Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, but returned to Rockford area by 1941, appearing in the city directory for Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin.

Harry enlisted when the war broke out, and served in the U.S. Army from 1 October 1942 through 30 October 1945. After his death on 14 February 1981, he was buried in Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery in Rockford, Illinois.

     5. Mamie Drucella Scott (1917–1918) was born in Leyden, Pembina County, North Dakota on 21 May 1917. The family then moved back to Rockford, Illinois; sadly, Mamie died on 22 October 1918 and was buried there on 24 October.

     C. Harold Scott (1891–1985) was born on 30 November 1891, in Rockford, Illinois. His family lived in Paris, Iowa, in 1910, and he married Beulah Bell Kintz (1895–1992) in about 1911. She was the oldest child of Delbert Ilyf Kintz (1872–1957) and Mary Adeline "Mamie" Clark (1877–1942).

Harold and Beulah relocated to North Dakota around the time the rest of the Scott family did, and they had two sons and three daughters between 1912 and 1921.

Harold was a farmer and eventually worked for the Northern Potato Company in Walhalla.
He died on December 29, 1985, in Leonard, North Dakota, at the age of 94, and was buried in Walhalla, North Dakota. Beulah died 1 February 1992 at the age of 97.

     1. Paul I Scott (1912–1979) was born in Iowa on 23 September 1912 and grew up on the farm in Walhalla, North Dakota. He married Amy L Bailey (1914–2003) on 15 September 1934 in Brown County, South Dakota. Her parents were William George Bailey (1878–1965) and Naomi Olivia Petrehn (1885–1974) of McIntosh County, North Dakota.

They stayed in the Dakotas until at least 1940, when they were living in Ipswich, South Dakota. They had a son, still living, and a daughter. In 1943 the family moved to Vancouver, Washington.

Paul was an electrician, and Amy worked in the accounting department at Kaiser Hospital in Portland for 18 years before retiring in 1970. After being together 45 years, Paul died in 1979, and Amy died Tuesday, 2 December 2003, in Vancouver. She was 89.

     a. Lynn Paula Scott (1936–1964) was born 20 October 1936 and graduated from Vancouver High school in 1954. She married John Carlton "Jack" Keel Sr (1936–2010) on 17 July 1957.

At the age of 18, Jack had joined the Army and served as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne in Korea from December of 1956 through January of 1958. After returning, Jack moved to Camas, Clark County, Washington, and began his career as a barber on Main Street. He worked in the same shop for over 40 years.

Lynn only saw the first few of those years before she died in Portland, Oregon, in 1964. They had several children, who are all still living. John remarried, and

     2. Viola Scott (1915–1934) may have died on 28 November 1934, but I have been unable to find any records to say so. Other researchers indicated that was the case in their trees.

     3. Donald Harold Scott (1917–1989) was born on January 4, 1917, in Walhalla, North Dakota. He married Wilma Leona Kelley (1918–1980) about 1938, and they had one son and three daughters, all still living.

The family moved to Williston, North Dakota, in 1953 and to Glasgow, North Dakota, in 1957. Donald was the custodian for Glasgow schools, and then owned and managed Eddie's Quick Shop from 1974 to 1982, when he retired. Wilma died in 1980, and he died on August 12, 1989, in Hill, Montana, at the age of 72, and was buried in Lakota Cemetery in Nelson County, North Dakota.

     4. Myrtle Scott (b. 1918)
     5. Bernice Scott (b. 1921)

The two youngest daughters of Harold and Beulah Scott both appear in the household with their parents and siblings on the 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census, and in the 1925 record in the North Dakota, Territorial and State Censuses, 1885, 1915, 1925 database. Myrtle also appears in the 1920 U.S. Census. There are plenty of records for women with similar names and birth dates scattered throughout the country, but in every case so far, I've had to rule these records out as a lead because either Scott was their married name, or because the record lists information that contradicts what little I already know.

     D. Ray Scott (1896–1958) was born 15 October 1896, in Harrison, Illinois, when his father, Charles, was 38 and his mother, Lizzie, was 34. We have a pretty thorough record of his service in World War I, but less detail about the rest of his life. He appears to have worked in construction, living in different North Dakota towns, but usually residing with his parents, or at least listing them as his permanent address.

Ray was inducted at Cavalier, the county seat of Pembina County, North Dakota, on 29 March 1918. He was sent to Camp Dodge, Iowa, and served in Headquarters Company, 137th Infantry, until 30 January 1919. The rest of his time in service, he was attached to Company D, 137th Infantry, and he shipped overseas aboard the ship Missanabie, serving in Europe from 3 May 1918 to 23 April 1919.

Ray's unit was part of the massive Meuse-Argonne Offensive and served in the Defensive Sector at Gerardmer (Alsace) and Grange-le-Comte (Lorraine). Ray was discharged from Camp Dodge, Iowa, on 6 May 1919, as a Private.

He died on 18 March 1958 in Imperial, California, at the age of 61, and was buried in the Walhalla City Cemetery back in Walhalla, North Dakota.

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And there you have it; I try to do right by the people I am researching, and tell their stories as completely as I can. My hope is to piece together something accurate that speaks well of them, but when I go in knowing as little as I did with some of these folks, I worry that I missed something important, or that I uncovered something painful.

Either way, my hope is to get to the truth and remember them well.

As always, I appreciate any comments or corrections from family members, however distant we might be. If you recognize any of the Scott family and want to learn more, please contact me. You can comment below, email my Gmail account at "callintad at gmail dot com" (you know, with the @ and the . in the right places!), or follow the link at the top of the right column to join our Callin Family History Facebook group.

I'm always delighted to share what I have or to learn more.

Friday, August 25, 2017

When Grandma Played the Organ

In his 1995 book, The Five Love Languages, pastor Gary Chapman outlined five ways to express and experience love that he called "love languages": gift giving, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service (devotion), and physical touch. Everyone expresses themselves in each of those five languages to some extent, but almost everyone favors one above the others. The morning of August 21st, at age 91, my family lost someone who expressed herself through acts of service more than almost anyone else I have ever known.

When Alberta Jane Tuttle was born on August 29, 1925, in Summit, New Jersey, her father, Alfred, was 32, and her mother, Edna, was 30. Alberta and her big sister, Lyle, were raised in New Jersey. Their father, who had served as a bugler in the infantry for three years before World War I, worked as a manager for a chemical plant during the Depression. Their mother was a tough-but-sweet homemaker who had supported her five sisters before marrying Alfred; I wrote a bit about Edna's family in an earlier post.

Alberta "Bert" Tuttle
Columbia H.S.
1943
Alberta graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, Class of 1943. The Second World War was well underway, and a number of her classmates and faculty enlisted; the school yearbook was full of advertisements for war bonds and calls for victory.

At the end of World War II, Alberta married a tall, handsome sailor named Russell Hudson Clark on March 2, 1946, in Irvington, New Jersey, in a service held at the Reformed Church in America by Rev. Harry A. Olsen. The young couple honeymooned in Washington, DC, before moving out to Middletown, Ohio, but they soon moved back to New Jersey.

In fact, movement would turn out to be a defining characteristic of the household of Bert and Russ Clark.

When I showed an interest in family history, Grandma sent me a partial list of all of the places they had lived. She could only remember 33 moves between 1946 and 1984, but she assured me that there were more. They moved from New Jersey to Texas, to Arkansas, back to Texas; to California, Arizona, back to California; to Colorado, followed by a trip to visit New Jersey before moving back to Little Rock, Arkansas - and that only brings us up to 1962!

Alberta & Russ
2 March 1946
Somewhere between the end of the war and becoming a father, Russ became a preacher, and many of these moves were to follow his calling. I have written before about him, describing him as A Fire in the Desert. Bert went with him everywhere he traveled. Along the way, they had three children together, and I am sure that they have stories to share about growing up in so many places.

Russ would find work in a place, and settle for a while. He might find a church that was looking for a pastor, and they might go live in that community. Alberta could play the organ, and so she would accompany the choir or the congregation, and he would preach.  But there was always another call from elsewhere that he needed to follow, and she would go with him. Eventually, the kids grew up and it was just the two of them, always traveling.

It didn't matter where they were, whether you were in their home or they were in yours; Grandma would be busy. She loved to take care of her family. She was forever bustling around the kitchen, cleaning up, playing with the children, singing - always showing us all how much she loved us through those acts of service.

I discovered a few years ago that one of Grandma's ancestors, a surgeon named John Green, was a founding member of the First Baptist Church of Providence, along with the famous Roger Williams, who also established the colony that would become Rhode Island. Baptists place the conscience of the individual at the center of their faith, and Williams's conscience drove him to avoid organized religion - even if he was the one who organized it. In many ways, I could see Grandpa as a spiritual successor to Williams, always seeking, always following his calling. Grandma, as a committed Christian wife, following her own conscience just as fiercely as he followed his.

I know how important it is to my surviving family to mention the fact that Grandma was a strong Christian. She certainly was that, without question. A few years ago, I was going through some intensely difficult troubles, and she called me to make sure I was okay. I could tell that it broke her heart that we were 3,000 miles apart and that she couldn't come over and help with the children or do something to show her love. All she could do was ask, "Have you considered just giving the problem to Jesus?" Being a humanist who has no belief in the supernatural, I couldn't honestly tell her that I had. But being a humanist also means that I treasured the fact that she would dive in and exhaust herself trying to make things better for everyone around her before finally accepting that there were some things she could not fix.

That ferocious, patient love was what made her a great lady.

That philosophical stuff would have all been beyond my understanding when I was young. All I knew when I was a kid was that seeing Grandma and Grandpa Clark was an adventure. They always had a new house in a new place, or if they were between houses, they would have a different motorhome or trailer to live in. As we got older, we learned what they meant by "disability" and "fixed income" when they talked with the other adults at dinner.

She wouldn't complain, but sometimes we could tell that all of the moving around was hard on her. She would talk about finding a church home, putting down roots, and having a house she could call her own. Sometimes they even stayed on a piece of property long enough to build a house, and she could get her organ out of storage and set it up in her living room. I particularly loved the visits when she had room for her organ because she would play and sing those old revival hymns that made such a grand first impression on the churches they visited.

After Grandpa died in 2002, Grandma's life was not the same. How could it be after 54 years of life together? There was a brief time when we wondered what she would do next, and how she would adjust. We worried, but we should have known that she would find a way to feel useful.

Alberta and Sherwin, 2004
In September 2004, she then married Sherwin Nichols. In many ways, Sherwin reminded me of Grandpa; he had mobility issues, and some severe health problems, but he loved my Grandma, and most importantly, he gave her someone to take care of again with her ferocious intensity. She finally had a home where she could install her organ in a front room. By this time, it was old and the circuitry inside was fragile, so it didn't get played much, but at least it had a stable place to rest.

When Sherwin died in 2008, he and his family were generous enough to leave her his house and enough to live on. Grandma married a third time, once again choosing a preacher, but this time, she joked, she was marrying a much younger man - he was only 85! They were planning to buy a house and move to the north of Phoenix to get away from the heat and the city.

In 2011 her sister, Lyle, died after battling dementia for several years. Having watched Grandpa battle with Alzheimer's Disease before his death, Grandma told us that biggest fear was that she would lose her mind and not know who any of us were before she died. She worried that any time she forgot a name or misplaced something that it was a sign, but as far as I know, she was still fully herself when she began suffering from an elevated heart rate last week and went to the hospital.

She died at four o'clock in the morning on August 21, 2017, in a hospice in Surprise, Arizona, at the age of 91 years, 11 months, and 21 days. I will always remember her for her music, her laughter, and her constant, steady service to everyone she loved.

Grandpa & Grandma Clark, bound for their D.C. honeymoon