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.

As always, if you're finding this blog during your own family history research, I hope you'll reach out and let me know! Mistakes are inevitable, but can be fixed! I just need your help finding the documents that will let me fix them.

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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 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.