Friday, February 17, 2017

Stout of Heart

There are some stories that get told over and over again; that's how they become legend.

You've read the beginning of this story before. You've read how James Callin may have been a Revolutionary War soldier who fought at Brandywine and Monmouth. You've read how his sons, James and John, took their families from Pennsylvania and moved to settle in Ohio.

James Callin was the seventh of John Callin's children. He was born in 1815 in Pennsylvania, just before the 1816 journey to Richland county, Ohio. He grew up on that Callin family farm, and he was twenty years old when his father died of tuberculosis in 1835.
Susanna Stout

James married Susanna Stout (1807–1899) in Richland county, Ohio, on 17 December 1839. We know very little about her for certain; the Census pegs her birth in about 1812, in Pennsylvania. She may have been from one of the German families that migrated from Pennsylvania Dutch country after the Ohio territory opened up to settlers.

James and Susanna raised their daughters and farmed in Huron county, near New London. James retired from farming in the 1860s, and he moved with his wife and daughter, Sabra, to Rochester in Lorain county, where they remained after James's death 2 November 1873. Susanna died on 5 June 1899, and was buried near her husband in the Day Cemetery.

Which brings us to the Day family of Huron county:

Moses Ransom Day was born on 8 April 1806 in Vermont; his grandfather was a Samuel Day born in Massachusetts in 1748. Moses and his brother Oliver settled in Ohio; they had other brothers who went further west to Iowa. Moses married Sarah Jane Booth (1815-1877), daughter of John Booth. Moses went to Huron County in 1837, where he lived with his cousin Ephraim Day and Upton Clark. He left his wife and young son behind in Underhill, Vermont, until he moved to New London, Huron county, around 1853. Once he settled there, Sarah and  Elliot Glyde Day, now 19 years old, to Ohio.

 If you recall the story we told in the post The Distance of Close Connections, you might remember that the Callin Family History told us this about the son of James Callin's younger sister, Margaret:

"William Callin [born 1845] was left an orphan in childhood about the age of 3. Was adopted by and raised by a family named Day near New London, O."
At this writing, I have not been able to identify which Day family adopted him; I have not located him in the 1850 Census at all. But I did find a "William Collin, age 15" in the 1860 Census; he appears in the household of Ambrose Ames - as does a Lucretia Day, age 29, who is listed as a servant. She is most likely the daughter of Josiah Day, another of Moses Ransom Day's cousins. Lucretia appears in the 1850 Census in Josiah's household, but William does not.

It's still something of a mystery, but I think the 1860 record is enough to confirm what the original CFH had to say on the matter.

     I. Mary Ann Callin (1838–1900) married Elliot Glyde Day (1834–1907) on 3 May 1860 in Huron county. Glyde farmed and traded in horses; the Norwalk Daily Reflector referred to him as "a noted horseman and real estate owner." He was described as a thrifty farmer and was liked and respected by his neighbors.

After the arrival of their first child in 1862, the couple did not have another until 1876, when they had a son Clarence C Day (1876–1877), who died in infancy. Just three years after Clarence's death, they had Thor in 1880. Glyde's obituary claimed they had four children altogether, but I have not found any records of a fourth.

The turn of the century was not kind to this family. Mary Ann's mother died in 1899. Her sister, Sabra, came to live with her and Glyde, but Mary Ann was found dead in her bed on the morning of 20 November 1900; and a year later, in December 1902, Sabra died. Mary Ann and Glyde's son, Thor, died in 1904.  Then, in 1907, Glyde suffered a stroke, and died after lingering for three days without waking.  They were all buried in the Day Cemetery.

       A. Estella Lillian Day (1862–1912) also suffered from poor health, though it is not clear whether that was true from childhood, or if she became ill or suffered an accident later. Her father's obituaries in 1907 described her as "an invalid daughter," and as being "frail in health."

Lillian was married to the same man, twice. She first married William Benson King (1857-1940) on 17 December 1885; they divorced at some point before 1900, when she was listed in her parents' home as "widowed." They remarried in 1911, just before Lillian's death. They did not have any children.
Thor Day (1880-1904)

       B. Thor Glyde Day (1880–1904) has one of my favorite names in the whole family history. He might be what we would today call a "miracle baby," as is parents had been married for twenty years when he came along. I assume his father must have been grooming him to follow in his field as a horseman (all puns intended).

Thor married Donna Belle Carl (1880–1947) on 12 November 1901 — barely a year after his mother's death. Donna was the daughter of Arthur Winfield Carl (1846–1930) and Delilah M. "Lila" Morris (1848–1903), and she grew up in New London, where her family and the Day families would have been well acquainted. They had a daughter the following year, after the usual waiting period. Sadly, as mentioned above, Thor died unexpectedly in 1904.

Donna raised her daughter on her own for several years, but eventually remarried in 1913. Her new husband was the recently widowed William Benson King (1857–1940), Thor's brother-in-law. They had a son, Richard M King (1915–1990), and lived out their days in New London.

       1. Marian Estelle Day (1902–1953) was the only child of Thor and Donna Day; and the only grandchild of Glyde and Mary Ann Day. She married Leonard Harold Fletcher (1902–1950) on 2 September 1922. He was an insurance agent, and they lived in Cleveland, where they raised two daughters and a son.

       a. Suzanne A Fletcher (1924–1959)  was born in 1924 in Ohio. She was a 1941 graduate of Lakewood High School and received her B.A. degree from Kent State University in 1948. When she was an art student at Cleveland Institute of Art, won the annual Gund Scholarship in 1944. She was a portrait painter and frequent contributor to the May Show in Cleveland.

Suzanne married Glenn H. Andrews (1922-1995), a US Navy veteran and an English teacher at Madison High School, Madison, Ohio. He served in the Navy during World War II, from 22 June 1943 to 25 May 1946; they were married in 1949, after she graduated from Kent State. They lived at 1194 Hall Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio until 1957. Glenn was born 19 December 1922 in Painesville, Ohio, and died March 4, 1995 in a Cleveland nursing home at age 72.

Suzanne died 20 May 1959 of cancer in Memorial Hospital of Geneva, Ohio, at age 35. Her funeral was 22 May 1959 in the Kennedy Funeral Home, Geneva. They left behind four children, all still living.

       b. Marian Estelle "Stella" Fletcher (1926–2000) lived her early years in the Cleveland area, moving to Toledo after her marriage to Robert Armand Lareau (1919-1988). She was a violinist, playing for the Toledo Symphony in her younger years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who served from 26 September 1938 to 19 February 1946.

Bob was President & General Manager of White Products Corporation in Middleville, Michigan, then succeeded to the Presidency of Air-Way Industries of Toledo, Ohio, the parent company. After that firm closed, he became affiliated with Tassie & Bock, a Toledo CPA firm. After some time in Toledo, the family moved to Apopka, Florida. In 1982, he and his son founded Lareau & Associates Accounting & Tax Service in Apopka.

Stella was a devout Catholic, a loving mother and a lover of music. She and Robert left behind two sons, a daughter, 7 surviving grandchildren, two grandsons deceased, and 5 great-grandchildren with one on the way.

George Elliott Dean (1978-1984) was a grandson of Stella and Robert Lareau. He was diagnosed with an incurable cancer in 1982, and died in April 1984, just three months after the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northwest Ohio arranged for a week-long visit for him and his family to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

       c. Leonard Howard Fletcher (1929–1995) married his Lakewood High School sweetheart at age 19, and they lived in Lakewood, which is in the Cleveland area, where Leonard worked for his father's insurance company.

Sabra A. Callin (1841-1902)
     II. Sabra Ann Callin (1841–1902) was born in November 1841 in Huron county. She shared her name with her 1st cousin - the Sabra Ann Callin born to George Callin and Polly Lewis in 1837. Her cousin Sabra died in Monroeville in 1849, sadly (see A Tragic Beauty).

Our Sabra lived to adulthood, but she was blind as a child; it isn't clear whether she was born blind or suffered from one of the ubiquitous diseases that often struck small children on the frontier. In 1870 we see that she is a pupil at the Ohio Institute for the Blind  where she learned to read braille, bead baskets and to sew. It does not seem that she was institutionalized, as she also appeared in Rochester, Lorain county, with her mother and father on that year's census.

There is also an 1880 "Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes" which lists Sabra as the sole Blind resident of Rochester. Unfortunately, the only information included about her there is her name, which seems to defeat the stated purpose of the Schedule, to "furnish material not only for the complete enumeration of the blind, but for an account of their condition." Just the name of that list seems bizarre and unnecessarily cruel to modern sensibilities; but at least they seem to have been trying to take care of their most vulnerable members.

Sabra stayed with her mother until Susannah's death in 1899, and in 1900, she lived with her sister and her family in New London. She died 1 December 1902 and was buried in the Day Cemetery near her parents.

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We are almost done, everyone!

Next week we will take a look at the last family descended from James Callin! But don't think that means I'm totally done, here. The next phase of this project will be editing these posts into a proper Family History - a task that I suspect will be very time consuming. And along the way, I am firmly convinced there will be more discoveries.

Ancestry is constantly adding new databases to their service - like their recent addition of some major Marriage certificates databases; and their incredible U.S. Social Security Applications database came online during the making of this blog, which means a lot of the early posts will probably have some previously un-seen clues.

I've also been getting better at using, which I did not have when I started this project. If I find anything interesting, I will definitely post it here.

Meanwhile, I have some other ideas for the next project - so don't expect this blog to go idle. Focusing on the Callin Family as I have since 2015 means I've got a backlog of the other 15 great-great-grandparents hints and records to look at.

As always, if you belong to the family in today's post, please get in touch. You have the comments section below, you have my "callintad" address on Gmail, and you have the Callin Family History Facebook group. I hope you'll send me your praise and corrections.

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