Thursday, October 16, 2014

Friday's Faces from the Past - Elsie Fairchild




"To Grandma Negley
[This?] is surely our greatest comfort.  Elsie Fairchild, 3 years old"

This is most likely the Elsie Fairchild who in 1910 lived in Benkelman, Nebraska with her parents Milton A and Kate H.  That girl named Elsie was born in 1906, making this photograph possibly from 1909.  In 1920, I believe I found Elsie and her parents in Waco, Nebraska about 250 miles northeast of Benkelman.  Her mother was listed then as Helen Rose.  I found a memorial at findagrave for Helen Fairchild in the Waco Cemetery, she died in 1925 when Elsie was 19.  Then my search came literally to a dead end when I looked for her father.  Milton is buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego, California, along with Elsie.  If I've found the right people, the three of them died in successive years, Helen in '25, Elsie in '26 and Milton in '27.  Elsie has no descendants and Milton and Helen didn't have any more children.

"Grandma Negley" was not related to Elsie or her family in any way that I can determine.  But this sweet little girl must have known my Great Great Grandma Sarah Negley somehow.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Surname Saturday - Mattingly

The Mattingly family originated in England and came to the Colonies in the mid 1600's. They originally settled in St Mary's County, Maryland and in the late 1700's several members of the family moved to the Washington, Nelson and Marion Counties area in Kentucky.  This is a summary of my husband's direct ancestral line as I have it, starting with his Great Grandfather.  I have some documentation, but I haven't verified this line.  

James Raymond Mattingly, or "Raymond" as he is listed in census records, was born in Nelson County, Kentucky in 1814.  About 1840 he was married to Julia Mattingly.   1850 through 1870 they were in Washington County.  He died sometime after 1870, but his exact death date and burial location are unknown.

As I have it, Raymond was the son of Barnett Mattingly and Priscilla Cash.  Julia was the daughter of Gabriel and Ann Juliet Molohan.  Barnett and Gabriel were possibly brothers. There are many researchers who have the parents and children switched, or disagree that Barnett and Gabriel were brothers.

Barnett and Gabriel Mattingly were the sons of John Baptist Mattingly and Ann Fenwick.  Gabriel was born in Maryland in 1777 and Barnett was born there in 1785.  I don't have a death date or burial location for either one of them, but Gabriel moved to Washington, Daviess County, Indiana by 1850.

John Baptist Mattingly, born in 1736 at Mount Misery, St Mary's County, Maryland, the son of Thomas Mattingly III and Ruth Cole.  In about 1760, he married Ann Fen9wick Spalding, widow of Clement.  John Baptist was deceased by May 12, 1817 at about 81 years old.

Thomas Mattingly III was born to Thomas Mattingly II and Mary Suttle about 1690 in St Mary's County, Maryland.  His first marriage was to Elizabeth Warren.  In 1715 he married Ruth Cole.  He died in April of 1774 at about 84 years old.    

Thomas Mattingly II was born about 1650 in England.  He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (last name unknown).   He was married by October 7, 1680 to Mary Suttle in St Mary's County, Maryland.  Then about 1685 he married Elizabeth (last name unknown).  He died at age 64 in 1714 in St Mary's County.  His will is found in the book "Maryland Calendar of Wills:  Wills from 1713 to 1720" Vol. 2, by Jane Baldwin Cotton, Roberta Bowling Henry.




Thomas Mattingly was born about 1630 in England and died July 24, 1664 in St Mary's County, Maryland at 34 years old.  He married Elizabeth (last name unknown) about 1650.



Some other blogs and websites of interest:

The Catholic Gene  

Kentucky Kindred Genealogy

Mattingly's of Western Kentucky


Books to find with Mattingly info:

"The Mattingly Family in Early America", by Herman E. Mattingly, 1975

"Catholic Families of Southern Maryland", by Timothy J. O'Rourke, 1985


Friday, October 3, 2014

Newspaper Clippings - Ravenna, Nebraska, 1905

Ravenna, Nebraska in Buffalo County, got its name from the city of Ravenna, Italy. You can read about the history of Ravenna or other Nebraska communities at UNL's Virtual Nebraska site.  The village of Nantasket mentioned in these clippings was about three miles east of Ravenna.  Nantasket no longer exists.  

The Grand Island library has the Ravenna News available on microfilm from 1888 to 1974.  Here's a small sample of the news from 1905.  



Ravenna News, Friday, September 29, 1905, pg 7


Little Helen, the 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Landrigan, fell from the front porch of her home, one day last, and broke her collar bone.

Wheat for chicken feed, $1.10 per hundred delivered to any purchaser in Ravenna.  Far superior in feeding quality to screenings.  CRETE MILLS ELEVATOR

Mrs. O. O. Geist is visiting relatives in New York City, expecting to spend about three weeks there.  She is expected home about the 10th of October.

L. P. Southworth bought of A. G. Welch, last week, a fine three-year-old mule, for which he paid the snug sum of $145.

John Rombach was obliged to postpone his trip to the Pacific coast on account of illness in his family.

The framework of the new John Frye house, on Kufus avenue, was raised last week.

Rock Springs Slack for threshers $5.50.  Fresh car just received.  THE RAVNNA MILLS

See the new fall line of dress goods at Stephens & Bentley.

Apples!  Apples!  Apples! Carload this week.  At Harry Edward's.

Dr. J. J. Tomiska, resident dentist.

V. O. English has Resigned.
V. O. English, superintendent of the McCook division of the Burlington, has resigned.  C. L. Eaton, superintendent of transportation at Omaha has been appointed superintendent of the McCook division.  Fred D. Weidenbammer, attached to General Superintendent Byram's office, has been made superintendent of transportation with headquarters at Omaha.  These changes become effective October 1.
It is said that Mr. English will go into some other line of business, but what he may later decide upon, is not hinted at.  Mr. English is an old time employe of the Burlington, having risen from the train service to train master, from trainmaster to assistant superintendent, at Aurora, and from assistant superintendent to acting superintendent at McCook, in which position he was later made superintendent.  He took the place made vacant by the ill health of the late Alexander Campbell.

Dog Shoots His Master.
A peculiar accident happened near Meadow Grove, this state, this week.  Altha Saltz, a young farmer, was starting out on a hunting trip.  He set in the wagon with the barrel of his shot gun poked into his left side.  He called his dog and the animal leaped into the wagon, tripping the trigger and sending a load of shot into Saltz's heart killing him instantly.



The Free Methodist tent meetings closed with the Sunday evening service.  Elder Bennett, the evangelist in in charge has been making some effort to solicit funds for the building of a Free Methodist church in Ravenna, but with what success we are not informed.  The society has $125 in the treasury, a balance left over from the sale of the Davidson building, formerly owned by the society.

Rob't Malone, the grading contractor is using a $800 driving horse on the big road grader which is being used on the work.  The horse is a thoroughbred Wilkes and was formerly owned by Charles Bryan, of Lincoln, a brother of William J. Bryan.  Mr. Malone says the horse is no better than he is; that he works on the grade himself and the horse ought to stand it if he can.

Rev. C. A. Powers left for Minden, Neb., Monday of this week, to attend the annual conference of the West Nebraska District.  In consequence there will be no preaching services at the M. E. church next Sunday.  Sunday school and League meeting will be held as usual.

"Krape's Liniment" made after one of the finest recipes ever written.  Never disappoints or fails its purpose.  The strongest and purest liniment sold.  At Davenports.

Dr. A. E. Robertson, of Mason City, is building the finest residence in Custer county.  The building is to cost $10,000 and is to be built of cement blocks.

The new State Normal school at Kearney, opened Monday of this week.  The building is not entirely completed but the school work will go on just the same.

The new Wm. Mickish house, on the east side is enclosed.  The West Bros. have the contract.

Magazines and periodicals at Harry Edward's news stand.

B. Kase. for Boots and Shoes.

McKinney - Sielaff.
Married at Kearney, Wednesday, Sept. 27th, Judge Hallowell, officiating, Miss Christina McKinney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm McKinney, of Nantasket, and Mr. George W. Sielaff, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Sielaff, of this township.  The young people are well and popularly known in this community, and have many friends who will congratulate them on the step taken.
Mr. and Mrs. Sielaff have the best wishes of THE NEWS for a long, prosperous and happy life in matrimonial bondage.



York work is solicited in the painting and paper hanging line.  Satisfaction is guaranteed.  ALBERT LAMB

Ladies of W. R. C. are requested to meet at K. of P. Hall, Saturday Sept. 30th at 2:30 p.m. sharp.  Com.

Wanted - To trade my stock of general merchandise in Ravenna for land.  Address C. J. STEVENS. Ansley Neb.

Blake Boyden left last Friday for Crete, Neb., to resume his studies at Doane College.

Genuine Rock Springs and Hanna lump coal at Nantasket.  J. H. HUGHES & CO.

To Rent - One front bed room.  Inquire at this office.

A Fortunate Accident.
Chas. DeMaranville of Aurora is visiting his daughters, Mrs. Grace McLaughlin and Mrs. Jessie Squires, west of town.  His father who is nearly eighty years old accompanied him.  The old gentleman met with a fortunate accident last Saturday.  While out hunting with his son and in passing over a catstep, the single tree snapped in two causing the horse to jump, throwing the old gentleman from the buggy and between the wheels, one of which ran over his face just above the eyes, but outside of a few bruises on the head did no perceptible harm.  It was a most fortunate accident, especially when one considers his advanced age. - Loup City Northwestern.
Mr. DeMaranville, the injured man, is the aged father of Mr. James DeMaranville, of this city.  He was brought to Ravenna a day or two after the accident, and is now staying at the home of his son. Fortunately his injuries are not at all serious, yet it might easily have been an accident fatal in its consequences.

Estrayed.
Saturday, Sept. 23d. one 3-year-old black horse, and one mare colt about 18 months old.  Suitable reward will be given for information leading to their recovery.  JAMES MOTSICK

Was a Very Sick Boy
"When my boy was two years old he had a very severe attack of bowel complaint, but by the use of Chamerlain's Colic, Cholera and Diarrheoa Remedy we brought him out all right," says Maggie Hickox, of Midland Michigan.  This remedy can be depended upon in the most severe case.  Even cholera infantom can be cured by it.  Follow the plain printed directions and a cure is certain.  For sale by C. N. Davenport.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sunday's Obituary - George & Emma Jane Bailey


Beatrice Daily Sun, July 27, 1920

"GEORGE BAILEY DIES IN HOSPITAL IN LINCOLN
George H. Bailey, an old resident of Beatrice who had been making his home at Lincoln for some time died in a hospital at Lincoln Saturday after a brief illness, aged 84 years.The remains were brought here yesterday for burial, and funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from Clausen's chapel, conducted by Rev. J. M. Darby.  Burial in Beatrice cemetery."


Beatrice Daily Sun, December 28, 1915

"MRS EMMA JANE BAILEY DIES AT HOME IN THIS CITY
Mrs. Emma Jane Bailey, wife of George Bailey, and a pioneer of Gage county, passed away at her home at 800 Scott street Sunday after a prolonged illness, aged seventy-five years, ten months and twenty-nine days. 
The deceased was a woman beloved and respected by all who knew her.  She was a life-long member of the Methodist Episcopal church, uniting when she was a mere child.  She had been a regular attendant at Centenary church for many years. 
Emma Jane Gaisford was born at Kilperton, England, January 27, 1840.  At the age of fifteen she came to the United States locating in Providence, Rhode Island.  She was married to George H. Bailey at Passcoag, R. I., March 24, 1859.   The family moved to Rueland, Ill., in 1868, where they resided two years, and in 1870 came to Gage county, settling on a farm.  In December, 1883, they retired from farming, moving to Beatrice, where they have since made their home. 
She is survived by her husband, one sister, Mrs. Geo. Pickard of Diller, and four brothers, Charles and Samuel Gaisford of Ellis, William on Minonk, Ill, and J. H. of Council Bluffs. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the home and at 2:30 from Centenary M. E. church, conducted by Dr. B. F. Gaither.  Interment in Beatrice cemetery.

Emma Jane Gaisford is the sister of my Great Great Grandfather Charles Gaisford. Their young daughter Emma M. is buried with them in the Old Beatrice Cemetery.  She was born in 1867, and died in 1873 at just 6 years old.

Also buried in their plot is little Emma's cousin, Ella R. Gaisford, born October 12, 1880, died September 12, 1881.  She was the infant daughter of Charles and Henrietta Gaisford. 



Saturday, September 20, 2014

John Silas Bell and Rutha Simpson of Wayne County, Kentucky

Last November, I did a series of posts on my Great Great Grandma Martha Bell and her family, including both her parents and her three children.   Looking back at those, they might be confusing.  This time I'm going to focus on Martha's parents and their children.

John Silas Bell was the son of David Bell and Mary "Polly" Adair.  He was born in 1814 in Wayne County, Kentucky.  His father died when he was 4, and his mother remarried to Garner Parmley.  John was a farmer and he lived and worked in Wayne County his entire life.

Rutha Simpson was the daughter of Reuben Simpson Jr and Martha Merritt.  She was born April 22, 1822.  To my knowledge, Rutha also spent her entire life in Wayne County, although I'm wondering where she was in 1880 as I can't find her in the census.  John died at the age of 64 on December 29, 1878.  Rutha died on April 11, 1907, just 11 days short of her 85th birthday.  They had been married for 40 years.  I have been to their graves in the Stringer Cemetery in Wayne County.

This copy of their marriage bond came from a distant cousin years ago.  The top record is for a David Bell and Tarleton Bell, names I have run across before, but I don't have them in my tree.  The middle hand-written note is:
Wayne County, State of Kentucky  I Garner Parmley do heare by certify that I did on the 3 day of May (?) solemnize the rites of matrimony between John S Bell and Rutha Simpson acording to law given under my hand as one of the Justices of the peace for said county licensed to celebrate the rite of matrimony. August the 20, 1838  Garner Parmley, J P

The bottom copied record is the marriage bond:
"KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that we John S. Bell & and W Simpson are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the just and full sum of fifty pounds current money, to the true payment of which we bind ourselves our heirs, &c. jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals, and dated this 2nd day of May 1838. The condition of the above obligation is such, that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound John S. Bell and Ruth Simpson of the county of Wayne.  Now if there shall always appear that there is no legal obstruction to said marriage, then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue."
Signed by W. Simpson and John S. Bell

W. Simpson is Rutha's brother William and Garner Parmley is John S. Bell's step-father.

John & Rutha had seven children:

Martha Eveline Bell, born November 3, 1842.   Follow the hyperlink to read about Martha, no need to duplicate it here.

Ira Garner Bell, born November, 1844.  He married Martha E. Simpson who was his first cousin.  Martha Simpson's father was Thomas, brother of Rutha.  They had two sons, William and Thomas.  He and his wife Martha are buried in the Simpson Cemetery in Wayne County according to a memorial on findagrave, but his death date is unknown.

Mary Elizabeth Bell, born August 12, 1846.  She married John Stringer on February 4, 1870.  They had three children:  Littleton, Paulina and Tilden.  Elizabeth Stringer is buried in the Stringer Cemetery along with her parents and two sisters.

Elisha S Bell, born August, 1848.  Elisha was first married to N. C. Span in 1873.  I haven't been able to find anything more about N. C. yet.  Then in 1875, he married Rebecca McFarland.  Transcriptions of these marriage records are available on the Wayne County genweb site.  

I've also tried again to find Elisha and Rebecca's burial place hoping to get their death dates.  They were in Flint, Texas by 1900 and there through 1920, but they aren't listed in the Texas Death Records.  I contacted one funeral home in Tyler, Texas and they gave me a phone number for a woman who has the records for the Flint Cemetery where I believe they are buried in unmarked graves.  She told me the records she has came from walking the cemetery, not burial records, so unmarked graves will not be listed in what she has.  I contacted another funeral home that has not responded to my request.  Probate records from the 1920's with actual images are available through familysearch.org, but looking in the index I don't find Elisha or Rebecca Bell listed.  

Saphronia Bell, born February, 1850, died apparently before 1887.  I posted a transcription of a deed from November 1887 which names the heirs of John S. Bell.  Her name is not on that deed.  If she had been married by then, I think she and her husband would have been included on the deed.

Emily E. Bell, born September 3, 1854, death date unknown but she is listed on the deed, so sometime after 1887.  It doesn't seem that she ever married and she may have died young.  In 1880, she lived with her sister Elizabeth Stringer.   She is buried in the Stringer cemetery near her parents.

Ursula Jane Bell, born April 8, 1856.  In the 1860 census, she was 4 years old, the year 1856 would be correct.  She married Henry Reynolds on December 7, 1871 and the transcription of that record has her age as 17 (born in 1854).  Did she actually get married at just 15 years old?   Ursula and Henry Reynolds had 3 children:  Leann, Ida and Thomas.  Ursula or "Sula" died on August 10, 1890 at about 35 years old.  She is also buried in the Stringer cemetery in Wayne County.

I have been in contact with descendants of Ira Garner Bell, Elizabeth Stringer and Ursula Reynolds.  If anyone asks me about them, I will refer the request to the cousins who know more about them than I do.  


Elisha is a guy I'm especially interested in.  My Great Grandfather Cicero Bell spent some time in Texas living near "Uncle Leish".  I learned this from an audio recording made by Cicero's second oldest son about the family history.  Uncle Leish and Rebecca had no children, they have no descendants.  I want to find more of their story. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Friday's Faces from the Past - Myrtle & Deril

 

"Baby and me, taken not long after they came"
"This is Myrtle and Deril da.  A good picture of both"
"United Photo Service
Nationally Known
La Crosse, Wisconsin"

Who are Myrtle and Deril?  Did they live in Wisconsin or was the photo just sent there for processing?  Who were "they" that came?  Why did my Grandma have this picture?

In the 1940 census, I found...

Deril McIzor lived in Dunn, Wisconsin with her parents Marshall and Myrtle.  She is 8 years old, brother Palmer is 6, Bruce is 2 and Phyllis is 12 or maybe that should be 1 month.

Darrel Suckow, 3 years old, lived in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.  Her parents were Oscar and Myrtle Suckow, siblings were Marlyn, Shirley, Patricia, Gloria, Carrol and Charles.

Daryl Justinger and her parents Andrew and Myrtle lived in Washington, Wisconsin.  Daryl was 10, brothers Herbert 12 and Dudley 8.

There are other possibilities.  If you have this Myrtle and Deril in your family tree, let me know and I'll send you this photo.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - Richard/Schleiger



Mr and Mrs. Andrew Richard
request the honor of your presence at
the marriage of their daughter
Anna
to
Mr. George Schleiger
Sunday, December tenth, nineteen hundred five,
at three o'clock p.m.
at their home
Eldorado, Nebraska




Postmarked Eldorado, Nebr.
NOV. 20, 1905 A.M.

Addressed to
Mr. J. F. Negley
Eldorado, Nebr.