Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - Joseph T & Bettie T Spalding

Joseph T. Spalding                Bettie T. Spalding 
1858-1945                           1859-1896

Holy Name of Mary Cemetery
Calvary, Marion County, Kentucky

Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday's Faces from the Past - "Bettie" Thomas Spalding

Born Harriett Elizabeth Thomas on April 23, 1859, "Bettie" was the third child of Mark Theodore Thomas and Anna Louisa Abell.  She grew up with her older brother William Aloysius or "Losh", older sister Matilda, younger sisters Josephine, Eliza, Annie, Eugenia, and younger brothers, Alfred, Oscar and Marcus Theodore.  They lived in District #2, Post Office New Market, Marion County, Kentucky.  

On November 7, 1879 she married Joseph T. Spalding.  Together they had 6 daughters and 3 sons, 2 of them died very young.
  1. Mary Louise "Lou" (1880-1953)
  2. Stella Josephine  (1881-1972)
  3. William Thomas  (1883-1885)
  4. Mary Edith  (1884-1972)
  5. Mark Thomas  (1886-1950)
  6. Susan Frances  (1888-1973)
  7. Annie Cora  (1890-1983)
  8. Mary Eugenia  (1892-1966)
  9. Leroy   (November 26, 1896)
Bettie died giving birth to her youngest son on November 26, 1896 at only 37 years of age. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

All Jorgenson's are not Jorgen's Sons

Lena Jorgenson, my Great Great Grandmother from Denmark, was born in 1858.  Her birth year is pretty consistent throughout her records.  Her obituary didn't give her parents names, but she was survived by a "step-sister, Bertha Bentall of Chicago".  I can see not naming a "step" or "half" relative as such in an obituary even when it is a fact, but it would be unusual to find a full-blood relative listed as "step" or "half" when it is not true.

1880 soundex records showing a Jorgenson family with daughter Bertha in Will County, Illinois helped me find Lena's family.  Father Ole Jorgenson, wife Caroline and daughter Hannah were born in Denmark, son Peter, daughter Isabel, son Andrew and daughter Bertha were born in Illinois.  Another son, Walter, came after 1880.  According to his obituary, Ole Jorgenson married Caroline Peterson in 1860, but I believe I found their marriage record from Denmark online at familysearch.org which has their marriage date as November 2, 1866.  
Caroline's birth year was questionable from census records, but that marriage record gives her age then as 19, so I'm going with 1847 as her birth year.  That would make her age at Lena's birth only 11, so I don't believe she is her mother.

The Will Grundy Genealogy Society sent me some information years ago including a listing of the Peotone Cemetery showing members of the Jorgenson family buried there.  Both Ole and Caroline's tombstones give the wrong death year.  I know that because both of their obituaries were in the newspaper one year earlier than the death date on the tombstone.

My previous blog post was about trying to determine how Anna Loucks is a cousin...

At findagrave, I found Anna M. Loucks also buried in the Peotone Cemetery.  There was one other Loucks - Clifford, born just 15 years after Anna's birth, but don't believe those dates.

Census records for Anna Loucks in 1900 show her with her husband George, daughter Bernice, son Clifford, and Robert & Kate Jorgenson are "Boarders", both born in Denmark.  1910 confirms that Robert & Kate Jorgenson are Anna's parents.  Earlier census records show brothers Charles and John.  They were in Will County, Illinois as early as 1870.  So, were Robert and Ole brothers?  Wait.

Also in the 1870 census, it took a while for me to find Ole Jorgenson's family.  The census listing I've found that looks closest to correct has the family listed as JOHNSON.  The household includes Ole, Caroline, Olina, Johannah, Peter and a man named John Carstolm, age 50.  Is it an enumerator's mistake that the family name is JOHNSON?  Or is it that they went by that Norwegian naming practice I vaguely understand of using the father's first name with "son" for a surname?  Is John Carstolm the father of Ole JOHNSON?  But the name was Jorgenson on the marriage record, so I think the enumerator made a mistake.  At first, I thought maybe John Carstolm was Caroline's father, but wait.  

familysearch.org has Illinois, Cook County Deaths online.  Anna Loucks' death record is there, she died February 21, 1957.  Robert Jorgensen's death record is there, he died July 18, 1917 and was buried in Peotone.  And his father is listed as Jorgen PETERSON!  So it looks like Robert used the Jorgen-son naming pattern.  Interesting that Jorgen's last name is the same as Caroline's.

Looking for a death record for Ole Jorgenson I found one for "Olo" Jorgenson, buried in Peotone, but no father is given.  Then I searched for Caroline Jorgenson and found one with HER father listed as Jorgen Peterson.  Same as Robert's?  But I don't understand why her name isn't JORGENSDATTER.  Would two siblings use two different surname patterns?  Even on the marriage record from Denmark before they came to the US she used Peterson.  The birth date given here is March 14, 1855 which is very late to be the same person who married Ole Jorgenson in 1866, but the death date and burial information is correct, so I believe this death record is for Mrs. Ole Jorgenson.   

This all has me confused.  I'm sending off a request to IRAD to search for more records on these people.  John Carstolm has me very curious.  At this point, I'm thinking that Robert and Caroline are brother and sister, even though they used different last names.  And Anna Loucks is a cousin to the children of Caroline, but would not be a cousin to Lena Jorgenson (by blood anyway).  

Any thoughts on this are welcome!  Just leave a comment here.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Anna Loucks, One of Chicago's First Female Police Officers

In this obituary from the Peotone Vedette of my Great Great Grandaunt Belle Jorgenson McKee, there’s a mention of a surviving relative, a “cousin Mrs. Anna Loucks”, who attended her funeral.  Is Anna Loucks Belle’s cousin on her father’s side or her mother’s side of the family?  I'd like to know because Belle and her sister, my 2nd Great Grandmother Lena Roscoe, have the same father (Ole Jorgenson), but I think they had different mothers.  Belle's mother is Caroline Peterson Jorgenson, but I don't think she was Lena's mother.  

But that's a whole 'nother story.

While looking into this, I did a simple Google search for "Anna Loucks" Chicago.  Come to find out she was one of Chicago's FIRST ten female police officers hired in 1913!   The Chicago History Museum has this blog post about them from 2012.  

At chroniclingamerica.loc.gov, a search for "Chicago police women" finds many articles from various newspapers around the country.  This article appeared in the South Bend (Indiana) News-Times, February 27, 1914, page 7.  The arresting officers were Mary Boyd and "Marie" Loucks.  Anna's middle initial is M.


Have to put the following article in here!  This was buried deep on page 9 from the Topeka State Journal, Topeka, Kansas, April 8, 1914.  

Hit the Bull's Eye More Often Than Men Do 
Chicago, April 8 - Police Women of Chicago can shoot straighter and can hit the bull's eye more often than Chicago policemen, according to a report today from the police school of instruction.  Twelve police women made a revolver shot average of 88.43 per cent.
"Chicago police women are better marksmen than the men." said M. L. C. Funkhouser, second deputy police superintendent.  "Twelve policemen taken from the ranks, not the experts, but the average patrolmen cannot make a better record than the women did."
One of the police women, Marie Crot, made a record of 96 per cent, and nine out of the twelve were returned as "expert' shots with average of 84 per cent each or higher."

From a clipping I found at QConline.com, in 1950, at the Second Annual Convention of the Illinois Policewomen's Association, Mrs. Anna Loucks, at age 79, was the state's oldest female police officer at that time.  Her obituary said she received the highest civil service rating among the first ten policewomen to take the examination.

Well, that was a fun diversion, but now back to work answering the question of how Anna Loucks is a cousin to Belle Jorgenson McKee.  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wedding Wednesday - Stark County, Illinois Marriages 1868

This page from the register of marriages in Stark County, Illinois came from the IRAD facility at Western Illinois University.  Handwriting analysis is not my strong point.  I've transcribed this to the best of my ability.  The numbers on the sides (right on the top copy, left on the bottom) are added to keep names in line across the pages.

Date of Marriage                Male                         Female
1   August 27, 1868         Peter L.  Dawson        Sarah Skelton
2   August 31, 1868         William Holgate          Charlotte A. Kissinger
3   Sept. 2, 1868             Joseph H. Drinnin       Harriet L. Hickok
4   Sept. 4, 1868             Eugene Oviatt            Marietta Edwards 
5   Sept. 5, 1868             William T Shon           Cora M Dick
6   Sept. 9, 1868             William D Cimcliff       Letitice Taylor
7   Sept. 12, 1868           Augusts Hulsizer          Eva M Standard
8   Sept. 12, 1868           Richard Hoadley          Amanda E Nagus
9   Sept. 12, 1868           George W Fuller          Maggie Likes
10   Sept. 12, 1868         Thomas Dewhurst        Emsey E Sollars
11   Sept. 17, 1868         Andrew A Spurbeck      Lydia Shepard
12   Sept. 17, 1868         Hiram Snell                 Lydia Campbell
13   Sept. 15, 1868         William J Gamel          Jane Fowler
14   Sept. 21, 1868         Robert H McKeighan     Amelia A Wright
15   Sept. 26, 1868         Alexander Medearis      Harriet Ann Barber
16   Sept. 26, 1868         David J Davis                Eliza Trickle
17   Sept. 26, 1868         Dr Henry A Cozad          Mary Gay
18   Sept. 28, 1868         William H. Pettit          Ruth Maria Simmonsons {Simmons}
19   October 6, 1868       William W Harvey         Martha Gaston
20   October 6(?), 1868    Charles Graves            Jane Smith
21   October (?), 1868      George Jones               Sarah V Parsons

        When Married                      By Whom Certified                     When Returned
1   August 30th, 1868       Joseph Woodward   Justice of the Peace   September 17, 1868
2   September 3, 1868      G S Taylor   Minister of the Gospel            September 18, 1868
3   September 2nd 1868   David McCance   Minister of the Gospel     Sept. 5, 1868
4   September 6, 1868     Wilson Trickle   Justice of the Peace         Sept. 11, 1868
5   September 16, 1868    H R Halsey   Justice of the Peace              Sept. 29, 1868
6   September 13, 1868    J W Evrett   Minister of the Gospel            Sept. 18, 1868
7   September 16, 1868    R L McCord  Minister of the Gospel            Sept. 16, 1868
8   September 17, 1868    Baxter C Dennis   Minister of the Gospel    Sept. 19, 1868
9   September 17, 1868    F R Boggess   Minister of the Gospel          Sept. 18, 1868
10   September 17, 1868   D M Hill   Minister of the Gospel               Oct. 8, 1868
11   October 11, 1868       Robert McBocock   Justice of the Peace    Oct. 24, 1868
12   September 17, 1868   Peter Stern   Minister of the Gospel          Oct. 9, 1868
13   September 15, 1868   Baxter C Dennis   Minister of the Gospel   Sept. 19, 1868
14   September 22, 1868   R L McCord   Minister of the Gospel          Sept. 26, 1868
15   September 27, 1868   James Snare   Justice of the Peace           Sept. 29. 1868
16   October 4, 1868         G W Gill   Minister of the Gospel               Oct. 13, 1868
17   September 30, 1868   Samuel Dilley   Minister of the Gospel       Oct. 1, 1868
18   October 4, 1868         Robert McBocock   Justice of the Peace    Oct. 10, 1868
19   October 10, 1868       R L McCord   Minister of the Gospel           Oct. ?
20   October 6, 1868        John M Brown   Justice of the Peace          Oct.  ?
21   October 6, 1868        Peter Stern   Minister of the Gospel           Oct. ?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Newspaper Clippings - Portsmouth, Ohio 1892

I requested the obituary for my 4th Great Grandfather, Henry Knapp, from the Portsmouth Public Library and they returned this page with a short paragraph announcing his death.  The librarian neglected to give me the exact date of this paper.  Henry Knapp died on January 15, 1892, so this is from a date soon after that.  Here is just a little news from some communities in southern Ohio and northern Kentucky.

Portsmouth Daily Times, January, 1892

Column 1
(Correspondence of the Times.)
POWELLSVILLE, Jan. 18. - After a long silence we once more take up our pen to chronicle a few items of interest for the readers of the TIMES.
With feelings akin to sorrow we note the death of one of our most respected citizens, Henry Knapp, Sr.  He was 86 years of age.  He died Friday and was buried Sunday.  His wife is very sick at this writing. and it is not likely that she will survive him long.
The remains of William Adams were brought here for burial.  His life terminated by accident.  He fell into a coal shaft at Wellston.  The distance was eighty feet.  He lived about three hours after the accident.
Albert Hudson, son of A. J. Hudson, had an accident last Thursday morning, which terminated better than such accidents usually do.  He was handling a shot gun carelessly, when the gun was discharged close to his left shoulder, but fortunately he was injured very little.  He had a very narrow escape, and he was taught a lesson which he will not soon forget, and that is to be careful in the use and handling of fire arms.  Never point a gun or pistol, loaded or unloaded at yourself or anybody else.  This rule followed out will dispense with nearly all of the accidents, which are continually happening where fire arms are used.
Miss Kate Lanthorn is visiting friends and relatives near Wheelersburg.
The grip is still raging in this vicinity.  It attacks everybody and respects no one.
Peter Gliem's child died of scarlet fever, and was buried last Friday.
Hartman Ressinger's residence will soon be ready for him.  He will move shortly.
The magic lantern failed to put in an appearance at the Pine Creek school house last Wednesday night, but we don't think the people were much disappointed.
There has been the heaviest sleet in this vicinity that has ever been known.  It has destroyed many fruit trees by breaking them down.
Agents for the creamery at Wheelersburg were seen on our streets the other day soliciting our citizens to take stock.  We are unable to inform your readers whether they were successful or not.
If you want to hear something you never heard of before; if you want to learn something important that you can not find in books of any kind; if you want to hear new measures discussed to the fullest extent; if you want to find the place where free speech has not been infringed upon; if you want to be informed upon all kinds of topics, go to the postoffice of an evening and you will get your money's worth, and we will insure you that you will not be disappointed.
There is plenty of sickness in our neighborhood, and the doctor has been very busy for the last month.

Handsome Versus Homely
Who is that fine looking lady that we just passed, Clara?  Why, that is Mrs. Snow.  Well, there, what a change when I saw her last, her skin was so sallow and muddy looking it's no wonder I don't know her.  What has produced that lovely complexion?  I heard that she took Sulphur Bitters, the great Blood Purifier, and now would not be without them.

If you want to enjoy your meals strengthen your digestion with Simmons Liver Regulater.

Column 2 (unfortunately not the beginning of this paragraph)
p.m. at the home of the bride, the happy couple were pronounced man and wife by Rev. Wm. Evans.  The wedding was quiet, except a serenade that was given them the night of their marriage.  There were but a few invited guests, and they were the nearest relatives of the bride and groom.  Even some of the nearest neighbors knew nothing of the wedding until they heard the bells and tin horns of the serenaders.  The correspondent wishes them success and prosperity.
We hear that James Coughlin, of Augusta, and Miss Lizzie Fannin, of Vanceburg, formerly teacher of the Tannery school, were married one day last week at Vanceburg.

(Correspondence of the Times)
Once more after some time we find ourselves engaged in the pleasant and fascinating occupation of writing to the dear old TIMES.  Chippewa is still alive and able to push the pencil after having a dreadful tough spell of the grip, and is still rusticating among the rocky and vine clad hills of North-eastern Kentucky.
There is considerable sickness in our community at the present writing, mostly la grippe and pneumonia fever.
Our old friend Mordecai Walker has been seriously ill of pneumonia, but at the present writing is improving.
One of my friends read an advertisement in some cheap paper, and it read about so:  Send us so much money and give us your express office and we will send you an elegant parlor set.  Our friend was so amazed at this offer that he jumped at the chance and thought that he was going to get a bonanza.  My dear readers, he did catch one in the shape of a doll set.
We have but one wedding to announce this week, but when age and experience are taken into consideration, this one is as good as a half dozen ordinary marriages.  It claps the climax.  The contracting parties were Abraham Logan, of Leatherwood, and Mrs. Anna Boster, of near Greenup, groom being 77 years old, the bride 64.  We hope that their latter days may be their best.
Argentum has one more citizen in the person of William Souders, who moved from South Portsmouth.
Thomas Winters picked up his grip, not la grip, and departed for Ashland, one day last week.
Mrs. Sarah Rawlings, whose illness we mentioned heretofore, we are sorry to state is no better.
Miss Alice Royal was the guest of her sister, Mrs. James Walker, last Sunday.
James McCormick and family spent New Years with home folks at Argentum.


We noticed Jad Reeves of Ashland, here one day last week.
Rev. Craycraft is building an addition  to his home.
Mrs. Annie Morgan, of Lucasville, is visiting her father and other relatives. 
The members of the L. H. Lodge would be pleased to see their old leader, Rev. Craycraft, in their midst again.  If it were not by request, we would not insert the above, cause he al'ers gets huffy at the sight of his name in the good old TIMES.
T. E. Pugh, an old time pedagogue of Coal Branch, was here on business last week.
Sherman Hannahs, last of Cincinnati, attended church here Sunday.
The latest event of any note was the hop given by Wm. Craycraft.  It was a success in every respect and enjoyed by all. 

Take Simmons Liver Regulator for dyspepsis, billousness or headache.

Column 3
Jas. M. Lemaster, the popular track walker, says his paper does not come regularly.  He likes the paper, and does not wish to lose a copy.
Charles H. McAllister, at one time a section foreman on this road but who has been in Montana for the past four years, has returned to his old love.  He is at present at Olive Hill, awaiting something to turn up.  "Once a Kentuckian, always a Kentuckian."
Miss Maud Robbins, of Olive Hill, is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Dr. Williams.
Miss Lida Shay, one of Rowan county's bright young lady teachers, spent Sunday at home with her mother.
Henry Fielding, section foreman, has been repairing the switch at this place.
W. L. Hudgins, the drummer, stopped over Sunday with his father-in-law, W. H. Griffey and family.
F. M. G.

(Correspondence of the Times)
Quite a number of folks from this place were in your city shopping last Saturday.
There is a good deal of sickness in this vicinity, and our physicians are going almost constantly.
Edward Canter, boss at the W. F. B. Co's yard, is sick with the grip.
Mr. and Mrs. Jake Heisel gave the young folks a social at their residence last Saturday evening.  Quite an enjoyable time was experienced by all present, including some of our married men, who think that people never grow too old to have a little fun occasionally.
W. E. Tripp, the B. and O. S. W. operator, is on the grip list.
P. E. Cross, an operator on the C. and O. Ry., is visiting friends and relatives here.
The teachers of the M. E. Sunday school have organized a teachers' meeting for every Sabbath evening at 5:30 for the study of the lesson for the succeeding Sabbath.  All who are interested in the good and welfare of the Sabbath school are cordially invited to attend.

Irontonian:  Portsmouth may make all the fun she wants to about our contemplated electric street railway, but we will get there just the same.  People who are of a jealous nature will generally kick at others' prosperity.....The Iron and Steel Furnace closed down today permanently, and there is no prospect of its renewing operations in the near future.  The company were just making expenses, but they, however, decided to close down.  This will throw several men out of employment, besides being quite a loss to the city.

A Little Girl's Experience in a Lighthouse.
Mr. and Mrs. Loren Trescott are keepers of the government lighthouse at Sand Beach, Mich., and are blessed with a daughter, four years old.  Last April she was taken down with measles, followed with a dreadful cough and turning into a fever.  Doctors at home and at Detroit treated her, but in vain; she grew worse rapidly, until she was a mere "handful of bones."  Then she tried Dr. King's New Discovery and after the use of two and a half bottles, was completely cured.  They say Dr King's New Discovery is worth its weight in gold, yet you may get a trial bottle free at Fisher & Streich's drug store.

Ask for Portsmouth beer.  It is the best in the city.  Always fresh and cool from the cellars.     tf

Don't experiment with your health.  You may be sure of the quality of your medicine, even if you have to take much of your food upon trust.  Ask your druggist for Ayer's Sarsaparilla, and no other.  It is the standard blood purifier, the most effectual and economical.

Column 4
M. F. Andrew, formerly of Monroe township, this county, lately of Newport, Ky., has been elected principal of schools at Cheviot, Hamilton county, Ohio - Circleville Watchman.
Martin Moran, a young resident of Athens, was killed on the Toledo division of the C. H. O. & T. Railway on Monday, having only recently entered the employ of the road as a brakeman.
A movement is on foot to reorganize the Athens Water Wheel and Machine company with a view of working it to its full capacity, which if accomplished would give employment to at least 50 or 60 men and probably in a short time to a much larger number.
Pomeroy Tribune:  Capt. William Kirker, who is now at his home on Lincoln Hill, is rapidly improving, and it is expected that he will be able to be around in a few weeks.  The report that he had a stroke of paralysis was not true; it was an attack of the grip.  Capt. Sam Bryant is filling Capt. Kirker's place on the Telegraph.
John P. Eagan, coroner of Franklin county, and his sister, Miss Mary Eagan, both died of malignant diphtheria, at their home in Columbus, last Friday night, only four hours intervening.  Mr. Eagan contracted the disease through contact with diphtheretic corpses, which he prepared for burial as an undertaker.
After spending a great deal of money, time and patience, the Excelsior Salt company, of Pomeroy has concluded that the use of fuel gas cannot be made a success.  The plant will be torn out and the old way, the use of coal, will be resorted to.  It is reported, however, that the experiment will be resumed some time in the future.
Hamden Enterprise:  Ed. Summers, brakeman on the B. and O. S. W., (Portsmouth division) had his hand pinched while attempting to make a coupling in the yards at Wellston, last Saturday evening.  Dr. W. S. Hoywho dressed the hand, says he will be able to save all of the fingers.  The unfortunate young man is a brother of Conductor Charley Summers.
The Jackson Herald says:  Mrs. John Hull met with a serious and painful accident at her home in Bloomfield township, on Monday of last week.  Going out of the house on a stone pavement, which was covered with a light sheet of snow, she slipped and fell, breaking one of her limbs.  Many friends sympathize with the estimable lady in her sad accident.
A few days ago two men went to the house of L. Depriest, near Waterloo, Lawrence county, and driving out his two children, who were alone in the house, set fire to the building, which with its contents was burned to the ground.  The men were strangers in the neighborhood, and after watching the fire for a time, departed toward Jackson.  The two children, one a girl of sixteen, though driven away from the place, were not otherwise harmed.

Children Cry for Pitcher's Castoria.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Slave Name Roll Project - Will of William Span, 1843

This is my next contribution to the Slave Name Roll Project created by Schalene Jennings Dagutis.  

The last will and testament of William Span of Rutherford County, Tennessee.  Dated 3 June, 1843.  Recorded in Rutherford County Record Book 12, page 385.

I leave to my wife during her life the following negroes, Amy and old Sam 

I give to my son Hartwell Span ... and the five negroes that he now has in possession, Jo, Chant, Ditto, Jim & Eliza 

I give to my grand daughter Sally Ann Haynes, one negroe girl, Lenny about three years old 

I give to my grand son John William Haynes, one negro boy, Will about six years old

Given from under my hand and seal this 3rd day of June 1843.
William Span (his mark)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us, Hartwell B. Hyde, John Hall.
Probated August term 1843.