Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wedding Wednesday - Richard A Spalding's Marriages

Yesterday I focused on the graves of Richard Augustine Spalding and his wives.  Today I'll share the documentation for the three marriages of Richard Spalding that I found on the Family Search website.  They all took place in Washington County, Kentucky.  

"Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954," database with images, FamilySearch
"Richard Spalding and Henrietta Hamilton, July 28th" (1801), married by Michael Fournier.  He was 24 years old, she was 20.  I have their children as:
  1. Ann Constantia (1803-1858) first entered the Sisters of Loretto, then left to marry (1) Mr. Howell, (2) Thomas Hoskins Hamilton. 
  2. Julia (1805-1857) became Mother Perpetua of the Sisters of Loretto 
  3. Leonard Augustine (1806-1888) married (1) Katherine Lancaster, (2) Elizabeth Shadburne 
  4. Richard Marcus (1808-1888) married Mary Jane Lancaster
  5. Martin John (1810-1872)  became the Archbishop of Baltimore
  6. Benedict Joseph (1812-1868) became Administrator of the Diocese of Louisville 
  7. Clement (1814-1837) died unmarried at age 23, he predeceased his father
Henrietta died December 3, 1816. 

"Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954," database with images, FamilySearch
"1817 January 8th... Richard Spalding to Henny Thompson".   Richard was 39, Henny (Henrietta) was 31.  I have their children as:
  1. Caroline Ann (1817-1849) married Alewis J. McAtee
  2. William Thomas "Tunk" (1818-1881) married (1) Amanda Jarboe, (2) Louisa Abell 
  3. Joseph (1822-1884) married Mary Jane Mattingly 
  4. Henry Hudson (1823-1853) married Isabelle H. Mattingly 
  5. Mary Jane (1825-1847) married John Barton Abell, she predeceased her father 
  6. John Austin (1826-1913) married Ann Melvina Simms 
John Austin Spalding was born May 27, 1826 and his mother died June 9th.  He is my husband's maternal Second Great Grandfather.  "Tunk" Spalding, with Louisa Abell, is my husband's paternal Second Great Grandfather.

"Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954," database with images, FamilySearch
The marriage bond of Richard Spalding and Mrs. Mary Adams, 15th day of February, 1827.  He was 49, Mary was 34.  I have their children as:
  1. Susan Mary (1831-1902) 
  2. George Robert (1833-?) 
  3. Thomas S. (1834-1855)  married Ann Elizabeth Mudd 
Richard was the father of anywhere from 16 to 22 children according to various online trees.  I have the names of 16.  The following is an excerpt from the book "Spalding Memorial, A Genealogical History of Edward Spalding, of Massachusetts Bay, and His Descendants", by Samuel Jones Spalding.  Richard's son Martin John, Bishop of Louisville at the time, wrote in a letter to E. W. Spalding, Esq., dated June 21, 1859: 
"My grandfather, Benedict Spalding, came with his family to Kentucky, in the spring of 1791.  He had a large family of twelve children, all of whom, except three, are now dead, most of them leaving large families.  My own father, the oldest son of my grandfather, Richard Spalding, died in 1850, leaving fourteen living children, I being the third son, having been born May 23, 1810. "  
From the same book, in a letter to Samuel J. Spalding from M. J. Spalding, then the Archbishop of Baltimore, dated Jan. 6, 1871:
" own father, Richard, had twenty-one children, of whom fifteen were raised to become men and women."
In the book "The Life of the Most Rev. M. J. Spalding, D. D.: Archbishop of Baltimore", written in 1873 by J. L. Spalding:
"Richard Spalding, the eldest son of Benedict, was the father of the Archbishop.  He was born in St. Mary's County, Maryland, and came to Kentucky with his father.  He was thrice married, and by these unions became the father of twenty-one children."
Both of Richard's first two wives may have died of complications from childbirth.  Assuming 21 is the correct number of Richard's children, the five I'm missing most likely died as infants.  I don't know if Mrs. Mary Adams had any children with her first husband, I haven't even found out his name.  

Richard Augustine Spalding has many descendants.  If you are one of them, feel free to leave a comment.  Which one (or more) of his children is in your direct line?   

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday - Spalding Graves at Calvary, Kentucky

Old Grave yard at Calvary
These old graves are in the Old Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church cemetery in Calvary, 
Kentucky.  This photo was taken by my sister-in-law, I believe about 1974.  The first burial in this old cemetery dates back to 1794.  I have a listing with about 250 people buried there that someone created by reading the tombstones, but the date that listing was created is not stated.  So many of these stones are no longer standing.  The photo below is one I took in 2014, showing what they have done with old broken stone remnants.  

Entrance to Old graveyard at Calvary


In about the middle of the cemetery, the are a few stones that stand out behind this old wrought-iron fence.  The graves of Richard Augustine Spalding and two of his wives are there.  Richard's grave is in the background of this photo behind the one leaning on the fence.  This was also taken by my sister-in-law in the 70's.  

The stone leaning on the fence is for Mary (Charlton-Adams) Spalding, third wife of Richard.  She died at age 57, just 33 days before Richard.  The stone reads:  "Here lies the remains of Mary Spalding, consort of Richard Spalding, born Octo. 11, 1792, died Aug. 4, 1850, in the 58th year of her age after a long illness patiently endured.  A devoted wife, mother and Christian.  May she rest in peace."   

The stone lying down is inscribed:  "Thomas S. Spalding, born Sept. 23, 1834, died Oct. 5, 1855, aged 21 Yrs & 11 D's.  Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord R. I. P."  I believe he is Richard and Mary's son.

I took this photo of Richard's grave in 2008.  It's very hard to read most of the inscription, but my best attempt is:  "Here Lie, the mortal remains of, Richard Spalding, born April 16, 1777, died Sept. 7, 1850, a devoted father and husband, a true friend of the poor, he died strong in faith and in hope and surrounded by all the [?] and consolations of [?] ".  There is more that's impossible to read.*  Richard was 73.

This is from my most recent trip to the cemetery in May of 2014, the fence is nearly all down and somehow the tree has disappeared.  Mary's stone is in the center, the small one to the right is for "William Charlton, died July 22, 1852".  Mary's maiden name was Charlton, his birth year listed at Find A Grave would be about right for him to be her brother. 

Richard was married three times, first to Henrietta Hamilton in 1801.  She is also buried in this fenced in area, but I don't have a photo of her grave.  This Henrietta died in 1815 at age 35.  Then in 1817 Richard married Henrietta Thompson, who is my husband's Third Great Grandmother.  She died at age 40 in 1826 and was buried in the St. Augustine Church Cemetery in Lebanon.  In 1827, Richard married Mrs. Mary Adams, whose grave is pictured above.

It's amazing to find these 166 year old stones at all, and these are still standing in pretty good shape considering the years.  Maybe that wrought-iron fence kept them from becoming part of the entrance collage.  

* [Edited 10/18/16] After publishing this post, I remembered that I in the summer of 1992, along with family members and my new Canon Camcorder, I was at this cemetery.  From that video in which those who were with me read what they could of the inscription on Richard's marker, I now have what I believe is the complete inscription: 

"Here Lie, the mortal remains of, Richard Spalding, born April 16, 1777, died Sept. 7, 1850, a devoted father and husband, a true friend of the poor, he died strong in faith and in hope and surrounded by all the aid and consolations of the living.  Blessed are the dead who died in the Lord, for their deeds follow them.".  

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Sibling Saturday - Five Mann Siblings

The man holding the hat is my Great Grandpa Clarence Mann.  The other man is one of his brothers, William, Oscar or Horace.  The women are their sisters Nancy, Ada and Effie, but I don't know which name goes with which woman.  Their parents, William and Nancy Mann, died in 1905 and 1894 respectively, much earlier than this picture was taken.

Everyone here seems to be dressed for a special occasion.  To try to determine the year this was taken I looked at some events of these siblings.  Brother William died April 27, 1927, both Nancy and Ada died in 1942, and the rest died later.  The dresses the women are wearing look like they might have the dropped waist style of the 1920's.  

IF this photo was taken at William's funeral, only one living brother is missing.  In 1930, Nancy lived in Iowa and Oscar lived in Kansas.  The others all lived in the Beatrice, Nebraska area where William is laid to rest.  It would seem likely that the brother who lived the farthest away would be the one not there.  In that case the other man would be Horace.  

But the leaves on the tree look pretty lush for late April.  I might be all wrong. 

It would be interesting to know who is taking the photo.  By the shadows, it looks like they used a camera that you held down in front of you to look through the viewfinder, not up to your eyes.

And who the child is in the background?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wedding Wednesday - Bland-Abell of Raywick, Kentucky


The marriage of Miss Mary Thelma Bland, of the Raywick section, and Louis Raymond Abell, of the eastern part of the county, was solemnized at St. Francis' church at Raywick Wednesday morning.  The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lafe Bland and has a host of warm friends in the community where she lives.  The groom, who is a highly regarded young farmer, is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Abell.

At Rootsweb and Ancestry I found a marriage date for them of January 6, 1926.  There was no date on this clipping.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Newspaper Clippings - Hamilton County, Nebraska, 1912

Stockham, Nebraska is a small town along the southern border of Hamilton County.  My Great Grandpa Arthur McGrath's sister Mrs. W. Smith lived there.  In this little bit of Stockham news from the Hamilton County Advocate it mentions she went to Cozad for her father's funeral.  I had hoped for more.  The rest of the news may be of interest to someone else. 

Hamilton County Advocate, April 23, 1912


By James Beat
Haworth & Jirovsky, jewelers and opticians, Aurora, Neb.
Mesdames P. J. Maupin and Mary Coon were in York Monday.
Mrs. W. Smith went to Cozad Monday to attend her father's funeral.
Ray Galetly visited in Gresham over Sunday with his cousin, Stull Swearingen.
C. A. Coats of Aurora came down Saturday to visit over Sunday with his children.
Mrs. R. Bislaugh and son came Friday from Iowa and are now settled in the Presbyterian mance.
Mrs. Susia Walkinghorse and son came Wednesday from Arlington to visit her mother, Mrs. J. Norton.
Mrs. Margaret Van Wormer of Aurora came Wednesday to visit over Sunday with her daughter, Mrs. Dick Smith.
The operation by Drs. Steenburg, Haughey and Welch on Will Cameron Monday was successful.  He is getting along nicely.
Mrs. A. E. Cameron returned from Fremont Monday, where she visited her daughter, Mrs. Davis Rowe and the new baby.
The work on the streets is a great improvement to the town.  Jo Wood and James Beat, Sr., put in new hitch racks at the Presbyterian church.
Mr. and Mrs. Murphy moved to Hastings Monday to be near their daughter, Mr. Murphy being in poor health they had to quit the restaurant.
Miss Sadie Beat went to Ansley Monday to visit a few weeks with her uncle and aunt.  She was accompanied as far as York by her mother and Mrs. E. M. Stowell.

Monday, September 5, 2016

A Little About Charles Lee and Susannah Case

One of the most difficult branches of my tree is one set of my Third Great Grandparents, Charles Lee and Susannah Case.  According to family notes I found 25 years ago, Charles Lee was born in Dudley, Massachusetts on Halloween in 1813.  I haven't been able to find any verification of his birth or the names of his parents.  Those notes also gave Susannah Case's birth as November 26, 1816 in Belchertown, Massachusetts, but again I can't find any documentation of that.  Books of Vital Records from those areas in that time-frame don't list their birth records. 

Charles Lee
Susannah Case Lee

I remember years ago Grandma showing the photo on the right to my Mom, saying that she wasn't sure but thought the photo was of Susannah.  Grandma's mother was Sadie, Sadie's mother was Sarah and Sarah's mother was Susannah.   Susannah died when Sarah was just two years old, so Grandma felt that Sarah would have had a photo of her mother whom she never knew.  I'm still trying to determine the exact type of photograph and the time frame when this was possibly taken.  No one can say for sure who the woman in this photo is.  

The documentation I have found for Charles begins with the 1840 census from Utica Ward 1, Oneida County, New York.  Charles Lee is listed one line above Lewis Holmes and there are no females listed on the line with Charles and no males listed on the line with Lewis.  Lewis is Charles' brother-in-law, married to his sister Hannah.  Were they living together in one household?  Between the two is a total of 8 grown men, 2 adult women and 1 female child. 

June 16, 1845 at the Whitesboro Presbyterian Church in Whitestown, New York Charles and Susannah were married.  Neither copy here is a great example of documentation with names missing and a smudged copy, but these and more family notes are all I have.  I'm sure the notes are from the bible page directly where it was more clear than this copy. 

Next I found this clipping from June 14, 1846 in the Ottawa (Illinois) Free Trader.  Macon is where Charles Lee's family lived in Illinois, but according to the 1850 census record, their two children were born in New York in 1846 and again in 1849.  Is this the same Charles Lee?  Did he travel back & forth?  

This is the only census that shows Susannah by name - 1850 Bureau County, Illinois.  Their children, George and Sarah are 4 and 1, both born in New York.  They owned $400 worth of real estate.  Also in the 1850 Bureau County, Illinois census, there is a Polly Lee living with Lewis & Hannah Holmes.  It seems likely that she is the mother of Hannah and Charles Lee, but I haven't confirmed that.

The 1860 census shows Charles & kids in the town (or township) of Macon, Bureau Co., Illinois,  The census taker neglected to mark the Occupation, Value of Estate and birthplace columns and others for over half of the page.  Sarah was nearly missed, her name squeezed in between lines.

Charles was an abolitionist and at least once hid a runaway slave in his well.
From "The History of Macon Township"

Susannah and Charles are buried in Bunker Hill cemetery near Buda, Illinois.  I was able to visit their graves in 1998 and their stone had fallen over.  The side with Charles' name was face up, I was sure Susannah's name was on the other side.  After that someone posted a photo (they obviously had taken earlier) of her side of the stone on Find A Grave.   She died from complications from childbirth on April 24, 1851, her children were 5 and 2.  The baby died almost 5 months later.   I would love to know what caused Charles' death at age 48, he died in 1861 on New Years Eve.

How did losing both of her parents by age 13 affect Sarah?  No document can tell me that.  I have these two photos of Sarah late in life.  I know people didn't smile much in old photos, but it makes me wonder.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday's Faces from the Past - Harvard Kid #4

This tomboyish little blonde looks like she has on a nice pair of Converse high-tops.  Maybe the carnation she's holding was for coming in first place in a race in her cool buggy.  I can't tell you any more about this photo than what you can see for yourself. 

There is no identifiable information on this except what is written in the bottom corner which I can't make out.  This close-up here is what I'm trying to read.  The first line might be "J. J. Willey", as I have other photos with that photographer's name written on them.  Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts or ideas!