Friday, February 24, 2017

The Angry Doctor and Other Stories

I've been looking forward to this post for a long time. Not only is this the last post in what I've thought of as the "research phase" of the Callin Family History revision, but one of the folks in this post is a character who kept popping up while I searched for other people. 

Hugh Callin (1817–1856) was the youngest son of John and Elizabeth (Simon) Callin. He was born in 1817 while his family still lived in Pennsylvania. His younger sister, Margret, was born in Ohio in 1819. Since we already took a look at Margret's family early on, in the post The Distance of Close Connections, that makes Hugh the last grandchild of James "1st" Callin in this family history for us to study.

The Callin Family History gives us the date of Hugh's birth, while the 1850 Census gives us the location as Pennsylvania; but the CFH also says that Hugh's father took the lease on his Ohio farm in 1816, so that may indicate that John went to Ohio first, then sent for Elizabeth and the children, later. Hugh's oldest brothers, James and George, would have been 15 and 13 years old, respectively, so they might have accompanied their father — or they might have stayed behind and helped their mother and siblings on the journey.

Hugh married Barbara Ann "Barbary" Mathews (1826-1886) on 13 April 1843, and they settled on a farm in Milton township, not far from where Hugh grew up. In 1850, they are listed next door to a Mathews family, which may be Barbary's parents, sister, and brothers. Hugh's occupation is listed as "chairmaker,"and they already had two of their four children.

Hugh died on 17 April 1856, at 39 years of age. I have not turned up any record that would tell me how he died. The Callin Family History only tells us the years of his birth and death, and the fact that he married Barbary. After Hugh's death, Barbary's older sister, Mary Mathews, appeared in the household on the 1860 Census, likely helping Barbary raise the children.

In November 1874, Barbary married William Davis (1836–1915), a widower with three small children of his own. His first wife, Rebecca, had died in May 1874, barely two years after the birth of their son. Barbary died at the end of 1886, and her will was executed in January 1887. She left money, furniture, and bedding to her daughter, Mary Sattler, and her granddaughter, Amy (whom Barbary names in the will as "Emma B. Sattler"). She left the rest of her estate to Mary and to her son John, minus $133 he owed her. She specified in her will that the forgiveness of the debt of $400 she loaned to Fred when he went to medical school would be his bequest.

     I. Mary Etta Callin (1846–1913) was ten years old when her father died. She grew up in Milton township, and married Jacob L. Sattler (1846-) on 26 September 1871. He also grew up in Milton township. His parents were Jacob Ludwig Sattler (1817–1881) and Elizabeth Steinheiser (1821–1894). Jacob Ludwig was born in Bavaria, and immigrated to Pennsylvania Dutch country, where he married Elizabeth; they had three sons, including Jacob, in Pennsylvania before coming to Ohio around 1850, when they settled in Milton township.

Mary and Jacob had two children before 1880, but there is some mystery as to where the family was in 1880, and what happened to Jacob. Several researchers have accepted an 1880 record for a Mary and Jacob Sattler in Cleveland, but that Mary's details don't match our Mary. Also, there are two extra children in that family, and it's a stretch to say that our two match any of them.

In 1900, Mary appears in Ashland, listed as widowed, with her daughter (listed as "Ammie") in the household. That census asked married people when and how long they were married; Mary responded that she had been married in 1876, and was married for 24 years. The census also asked women how many children they had delivered and how many were still living (in order to gauge the nation's infant mortality rate); Mary answered "2" to both questions.

I take that to indicate that Jacob died just before the census, probably in 1899; I have yet to find any record of him after their 1871 marriage record. Mary died in 1913, and left her estate to Amy.

       A. John E. W. Sattler (1872–1907) grew up in Milton township, and found work in Akron. He was working as a fireman (or stoker) in the Akron Arcade in 1907, when he died after asphyxiating on gas from an open stove in a room he was leasing. His body was found along with that of a women he was seeing. He was only 36 years old, and single, but he was apparently involved with Mrs. Emma Boyle who planned to marry him after finalizing her divorce.

The coroner ruled their deaths to be "natural causes," or at least not due to foul play.

       B. Amy B. Sattler (1879–1967) appears under several different names in our early records. The Callin Family History refers to her as "Annie B. Sattler," and her grandmother's will names her as "Emma B." But the vast majority of the records give her name as Amy.

Amy married William Tawse Forbes (1881–1956) on 7 March 1901, and they had four children before they divorced about 1920. William was a telegraph operator for the Pennsylvania Railroad. After he retired from that job, he worked part time at the Southern Hotel as the night-desk clerk. He died on the job, and was found by another employee at the hotel on 3 January 1956.

Robert Marion Greenlun (1880–1966) was Amy's second husband. They married on 31 July 1923, and he became a step-father to Amy's younger children. Bob was state highway supervisor, and a veteran of World War I. He and Amy were charter members of the Grace Brethren Church; Amy was a member of the Women's Missionary Council of the church. He died a year before she did, and they were buried in the Ashland Cemetery together.

       1. Marabelle Forbes (1901–1995) was the eldest child of William Tawse and Amy B (Sattler) Forbes. She grew up in Ashland, and married Noah C Shull (1897–1986) on 27 December 1919. Noah had served in the National Army at the tail end of World War I, from 29 August 1918 to 10 December 1918. Noah was a steelworker, and retired as a supervisor. The couple lived in Ashland, and raised their two sons there.

       a. Lyle Richard Shull (1921–2001) served in the U.S. Army during World War II, from 21 August 1942 to 15 November 1945. He married Norma Ruth Luxon (1927–2006) in 1947, and they divorced 1969. They had three children, according to their divorce record; presumably all are still living.

Lyle later married Arden Kay Huston (1934–1994) on 17 April 1982, and they lived in Lorain county for many years.

       b. Ronald James "Jim" Shull (1924–2013) was born April 2, 1924 in Ashland, Ohio, Jim graduated from Ashland High School in 1942 where he played football, baseball and basketball. He then attended The Ohio State University where he played football for Paul Brown until joining the United States Navy serving during World War II. When he returned from the war, he played football for Ashland University until his graduation.

Jim married his first wife, Marjorie L Bordonaro (1923–2008), on 10 March 1945. They had a son and a daughter, Susan and Stephen, before they divorced in the late 1960s. Marjorie remarried in 1973; Jim remarried in 1969, and his second wife and their two sons are still living.

He was employed by the United States Government retiring after 37 years of service. He enjoyed traveling and visited all 50 states. He mostly traveled on motorcycle as he was a motorcycle enthusiast and owned several of them. He also enjoyed swimming and working out at the Ashland YMCA up until a few weeks before his death on June 20, 2013 following a short illness.
Susan J Shull, 1964
Ashland High School

     i. Susan Jane Shull (1946–2004) was the daughter of Jim and Marjorie (Bordonaro) Shull, born 3 January 1946 in Ashland, Ohio. She graduated Ashland High School in 1964.

We don't have a lot more information about Susan; we know she was divorced from James M Lindsey in 1995 after 14 years of marriage. The divorce records indicates that she was married twice before, and that the couple had no children. There is an index record of her 2004 obituary, but I have not found it, yet.

     ii. Stephen J Shull (1949–2012) was born Sept. 29, 1949, lived in Ashland most of his life. He attended Ashland College and Wright State University, where his studies included Old English literature and psychology, which later earned him a universal counselor's license. He was employed by, among others, Wayne County Children Services, Richland Hospital and The Medina County Jail (ADDS), where he provided counseling, rehabilitation and substance abuse programs for youths and inmates for many years.

Steve was said to be a unique person with a big laugh, best remembered for his storytelling, unusual trivia, poems and various quotations. He passed away at Ohio State University Medical Center on Sunday, 8 January 2012, after surgical complications. He left behind a wife and two sons.

       2. Margaret A Forbes (1903–1997) was born 20 August 1903 in Ashland, the daughter of William T. and Amy (Sattler) Forbes. She graduated Ashland High School in 1921, and after working at several businesses in Ashland, she went to Dayton in 1943 to work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. She was a civilian employee working for the Air Force 22 years at different locations including Hickam Field, Hawaii, and Shelby Air Force Base, an Ohio facility used to store medical supplies, airplane parts, clothing, rations, and vehicle parts and supplies.

After her retirement in 1965, she traveled in this country and abroad, going to Scotland six times to follow up her family tree. She was a past member of the Ohio and Ashland Genealogical Society, and in her eighties, she volunteered at the Ashland County Historical Museum.

Margaret died at Kingston of Ashland when she was 94 years old.

       3. Robert L Forbes (1907–2008) married Eva Labelle Willis (1908–1992) on 21 January 1931 in Ashland, and he became a civil engineer. They stayed in the Ashland area until the 1950s, when they moved to Jackson, Michigan. They lived in Salem, Massachusetts for several years, as well, before they retired to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Eva died in 1992, and Robert lived to be more than 100 years old. They did not leave behind any children of their own.

       4. Scott Callin Forbes (1914–1979) attended school in Ashland and was a member of Grace Brethren Church. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 15 October 1940. He married Dorothy Elizabeth "Dot" Mahn (1924–2007) in her hometown, Biloxi, Mississippi, on 11 November 1941. She was born June 10, 1924, in Biloxi to George Mahn & Mary Ethel (Stafford) Mahn, and was a member of Biloxi H.S. Class of 1942.

Scott served in World War II in the Medical Corps, 94th Division of Patton's Third Army in Europe. After the war they moved to Ohio, where Scott was a painter, a member of Painters Union of Cleveland and VFW Post 2434 in Cleveland. They raised their children in Cleveland, and moved back to Biloxi after Scott retired. He died there on 1 July 1979.

Dot worked at Hugo's Restaurant and Weems Shrimp Factory into her 70s. She lived with her daughter's family in Los Alamos, New Mexico for 2 years following a minor stroke. She returned to Biloxi living at Santa Maria Del Mar retirement home until Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Home. She moved to Tampa, Florida, in October 2005. She was survived by two sons, and one daughter, 6 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

     II. John F. Callin (1850–1907) was six years old when his father, Hugh, died, and he grew up in his mother's household in Ashland county. His story was hard to sort out, as he only had a brief entry in the Callin Family History:

"Record of John Callin, who was the eldest son of Hugh Callin, 5th son of John Callin who was the 2nd son of James 1st.

Born in 1850, died 1907.
Married Ann Ohlin.
To this union one child was born:
Barbara Estella, born in ---."

As it turns out, he married Catherine Ann Steigerwalt (1847–1922) on 26 May 1879, when he was 29 years old. She was the widow of William A Ohl (1830–1879), and she and four Ohl children lived in John's household in Vermillion in 1880. (Ann's name was recorded with variously garbled spellings on a number of records; the best example would seem to be her daughter's Indiana death certificate, which gave Ann's maiden name as "Katherine Stierwalt.")

John and Ann had one daughter together. Ann's first husband, William Ohl, had moved the Ohl family to Indiana, and after his death, Ann returned to Ashland. But after living for a decade in Ohio, it would seem she prevailed upon John to move to Frankfort, in Clinton county, Indiana. They would have made this move around 1890.

Upon John's death in 1907, his body was returned to Ohio, where he was buried in the Ashland Cemetery. Ann lived with her daughters; first with the Doty family, and then later with her older daughter, Jeannette Ohl Peter. Ann died in 1922, and she was buried in the Fairhaven Cemetery in Mulberry, Indiana.

       A. Estella Barbara "Stella" Callin (1882–1960) was born in Ashland, Ohio, and moved with her parents to Indiana when she was about 8 years old. She married William Arthur Doty (1880–1967) on 23 April 1902 in Clinton county, Indiana. William was a machinist who worked for the railroads. They had two children, a son and a daughter, and when they died, they left behind five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

       1. Carolyn Annetta Doty (1903–1988) was the daughter of Stella and William Doty, born in Frankfort, Indiana. Her parents called her "Carrie" when she was little, but she preferred her middle name when she grew up. Annetta married Harold Dallas Eggers (1897–1979) around 1921. He was the son of Jesse Dallas Eggers (1868–1935) and Florence Thorpe (1867–1924). Harold, and later their son, worked for the railroads.

       a. Theone Francis "Ted" Eggers (1922–2002) was the only son of Annetta and Harold Eggers. Born in Frankfort on 11 March 1922, he graduated Frankfort High School in 1940, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Betty Jane Stevenson (1922–2010) after the war; they left behind two sons.

       2. William J Doty Jr (1913–1989) was born 11 April 1913, also in Frankfort, Indiana; the son of of Stella and William Doty. He married Roxie Louise Gallaher (1917–2000) on 4 March 1936, and later enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the last year of World War II. they were survived by four daughters.

     III. Frederick Blecker Callin (1854–1920) was only two years old when his father died, and was 22 when his mother remarried. As discussed above, Barbary loaned Fred the money he needed to attend medical school, and she forgave his debt as her bequest to him when she died in 1886. He graduated Ohio Medical University, Columbus, in 1893, and established an allopathic medical practice in Akron, Ohio.

He married Harriet R "Hattie" Crippen (1859–?) in Ashland on 25 March 1883, and they had a son, Sampsell Callin (1884–1887), in May 1884. Sampsell died in January 1887, and his brother was born in October.

I always hesitate to judge people based on the records I find, but Fred seemed to get into a lot of trouble. As I've researched the various Callin families over the past two years, articles about Fred kept turning up in my other searches, painting a picture of a proud man who may have had a bit of a temper.

Two 1901 newspaper clippings, shown at the right, chronicle one dispute with an older man who sold him some oats. Another clipping from 1912 recounts a dust up between Dr. Callin and a would-be poet:

Akron, O., June 22 [1912] - It wasn't an iceberg that struck M.L. Atwater, author of the poem, "The Titanic Struck an Iceberg," but the fist of Dr. Fred B. Callin, Akron physician, according to the story the poet told the police today. Atwater asked Callin to buy a copy of the poem, and Callin asked to read it. Atwater held the paper up, but with the blank side toward Callin. Callin's blank stare turned to wrath, and he is alleged to have slapped Atwater, first on one cheek and then on the other. The doctor was arrested on the charge of assault and battery.
Dr. Callin was also sued by one patient in 1917, which was reported in the newspaper. The article seems to show that despite the incidents chronicled above, he was well known in Akron, and had many friends, which made jury selection difficult.

Fred planned to spend the winter of 1920 in Florida on his son's farm, but after he arrived in St. Augustine, Fred unexpectedly dropped dead in the street on 28 March. After his death, his body was returned to Akron, and he was buried Stow Cemetery.

     A. Moreland Guy Callin (1887–1964) married Maude Lovina Morgan (1891–1987)

       1. Blecker Morgan Callin (1916–2013) was born Sept. 21, 1916 in Shreve, Ohio. He joined the U.S. Navy after Pearl Harbor. Blecker retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1970 after 40 years of service. He was a resident of LaBelle, Florida, from 1991 and loved being on the water. He left behind two step-sons, and his nieces and nephew.

       2. Bruce John Callin (1930–2005) was born in St. Augustine, Florida, on 1 October 1930. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, and moved to Haines City from Jacksonville in 1972. He was a plant manager for General Die and Mfg. Corp. and a member of both the Cypress Gardens Sertoma Club and the Central Florida Air and Power Boat Association.

Bruce died of lung cancer on 11 April 2005 in Haines City, Florida, at age 74. He was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

     IV. Maggie L Callin (1856–1882) never knew her father. The Callin Family History put his death in 1856 and her birth in 1858, but even with a birth date in 1856, she would not have remembered Hugh. When she was 18, she and her older brother Fred appeared in the 1880 Census as step-children of William Davis. Maggie died only two years later, and was buried in Chestnut Grove Cemetery. She was 26 years, 9 months, and 2 days old.

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And there you have it...

Next week, I'll post an overview with some thoughts about what we've learned, and then we'll see where to go from there. Happy February!

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