Sunday, July 26, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Most Census Records for an Ancestor

“Saturday Night Genealogy Fun”  is a feature of Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings blog.  I’m participating in this week’s challenge, which is:

"1) Do you know which of your ancestors appears the most times in the Federal Census records?  How many years?  Are there duplicate entries?

2)  Describe that ancestor’s entries in the records in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Goggle+." 

Without a doubt, my ancestor listed the most times in the Federal Census was Eliza (Knapp) Menke, who lived to be 102 years old.  I’ve found her in every Federal census from 1850 to 1940.

1850 – District #133, Vernon Township, Scioto County, Ohio.  The household is listed as: (Head) Henry Knapp, age 44, Laborer; (Mother) Caroline, age 37; (son) Fredrick, age 14; (son) Lewis, age 9; (daughter) Eliza, age 7; (son) Henry, age 8; (daughter) Mary.  On the next page but included in this household was Wendel Stop, age 30, Laborer.   All of these people were born in Germany except the youngest – Mary.

1860 – Elizabeth Township, Lawrence County, Ohio.   The household (Dwelling #1546, Family #1505) is listed as:  (Head) Henry, age 52, Miner, Personal Estate $800, born in Hanover, can’t read or write; (Mother) Caroline, age 47, born Hanover, can’t read or write; (son) Lewis, age 19, occupation is difficult to read,  born Hanover; (daughter) Louisa, age 17, Servant, born Hanover; (son) Henry, age 14, born Hanover; (daughter) Mary, age 11, born Hanover; (daughter) Hannah, age 9, born Ohio; (son) August, age 7, born Ohio; (son) George, age 3, born Ohio.

1870 – Decatur Township, Lawrence County, Ohio.  Dwelling #161, Family #158.  Listed as:  (Head) Mink, Henry, age 34, Iron ore miner, born Hanover, Citizen; (Mother) Eliza, age 27, born Hanover; (son) John, age 11, born Ohio; (son) Henry, age 8, born Ohio; (daughter) Elizabeth, age 6, born Ohio; (daughter) Caroline, age 2, born Ohio; (daughter) Mary, age 8/12, born Ohio.  Everyone’s parents were both of foreign birth.  Both parents are able to read and write.  The children are not marked as attending school, but on the entire census page there are no marks that I can see under that column.

1880 – Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska.  Family #96;  The household is listed as:  (Head) Menke, Henry, age 47, Farmer, born Prussia;  (Mother) Louise, age 38, born Prussia; (son) Fredrick, age 21, school teacher, born Prussia; (son) Henry, age 18, Farmer, born Ohio; (daughter) Caroline, age 12, born Ohio; (daughter) Mary, age 10, born Ohio; (daughter) Mathilda, age 8, born Ohio; (daughter) Katherine, age 6, born Ohio; (daughter) Luise, age 2, born Ohio; (daughter) Rosa, age 1, born Ohio.  Almost everyone on this census page has a mark under the columns “Cannot Read” and “Cannot Write”, but I think the enumerator crossed off the “not” part of “Cannot”.   Caroline, Mary and Mathilda attended school.

1890 – If this Federal census record existed it should show Eliza still married to Henry Menke, living in Clatonia, Nebraska, with three more children – George Edward, age 9; Nettie, age 7; and Charles Albert, age 4.

1900 – Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska.  Dwelling #109, Family #110.  (Head) Henry Menke, born DEC, 1832; age 67, married 33 years, born Germany, Immigrated in 1859, 41 years in US, Farmer, can read & write, Owns Farm mortgage free, Farm #114; (Mother) Lisa, born MAY 1843, age 57, 8 children, 7 living, born Germany, Immigrated in 1859, 41 years in US, can read & write; (daughter) Rosa, born JAN 1879, age 21, single, born Ohio; (son) Edward, born APR 1881, age 19, single, born Nebraska; (daughter) Nettie, born APR 1883, age 17, single, born Nebraska; (son) Albert, born NOV 1887, age 12, born Nebraska.  Ancestry has this family’s last name indexed as “Schenke”.

1910 – Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska.  Dwelling #122, Family #124.  The household is listed as:  (Head) Menke, Henry, age 77, married twice, 43 years, born Germany, Immigrated in 1853, Naturalized, able to read and write, Owns house;  (Wife) Eliza, age 67, married once, 43 years, 11 children, 8 living, born Germany.  Their youngest son, Albert is living next door to them.

1920 – Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska.  Dwelling #124, Family #127.  (Head) C Albert Menke, Rents, age 33, parents born Germany, Farmer; (Wife) Charlotte I, age 32, parents born New York; (son) Harold W, age 12; (son) Victor L, age 10; (son) Willis H, age 8; (son) Cecil H, age 7; (daughter) Elsie A, age 5; (son) Raymond E, age 4; (son) Kenneth K, age 2; (daughter) Irene I, age 4/12; Louise K, Mother, age 78, Widow, Immigrated 1860, Naturalized 1865, born Germany; Albert C Wayman, Boarder, age 23, single.  Everyone other than Louise was born in Nebraska. 

1930 – Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska.  Dwelling #15, Family #15.  (Head) Eliza Menke, Owns farm, lives on farm, age 87, Widow, married at 24, able to read and write, Immigrated in 1865.  She is living alone.  Ancestry has her indexed as “Manke”.

1940 – Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska.  Household #19, Owns, Value of home $1000, lives on farm, (Head) Eliza Menke, age 98, Widow, highest grade of school is 0, born Ohio, unable to work, received income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary.; (daughter) Eliza Kiene, age 62, Divorced, highest grade of school is 8th, born Ohio, doing Home work, received income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary. 

I get 9 not counting the non-existent 1890 census.  Eliza stayed on her farm until about 1942 and died in the Anna Rohe Nursing home in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1944.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Newspaper Clippings - Shelton, Nebraska, 1895

In 1873, the village of Wood River Center became known as Shelton, Nebraska.  It sits 18 miles east of Kearney along the Union Pacific railroad line.  The population was just over 1000 in 2010.  Shelton is mostly in Buffalo county, but sits just inside the Hall county line.  If your search for Shelton ancestors doesn't bring results in Buffalo county, you should try Hall county.  A few years of the Shelton Clipper are available on microfilm at the Grand Island Library.   

Shelton Clipper, February 1, 1895

Column 1
Do You Need Shoes?
If so we have some-
thing that will interest 
you.  We have established
the reputation of hand-
ling the Largest Assort-
ment, the Best Goods and
for selling them at the
Lowest Prices of anyone
in town. Especially is 
this manifested in our 
shoe department.  We 
have just received in ad-
dition to our present 
stock several different 
lines that can't help but 
merit your attention.  We 
will not pretend to give 
much of an idea of the 
We have to offer but
 we know that seeing will
 be believing that we have
the Biggest Bargains Ever
Shown in Shelton.  We
also have a few Odds and
 Ends in this line that you
 can buy at Almost Your
 Own Price.
We are also making
 some Sweeping Reduc-
tions in the Dry Goods
Department to make room
 for new goods.
Now is the time and this is the place to buy goods cheap.  Come in and see us for bargains.
Your Anxious to Please,

Column 2


Friday, February 1, 1895


See A. N. Murphy for insurance
See A. N. Murphy for farm loans.
The persistent advertiser gets the trade.
The weather report today is fair and warmer.
Pants made to order from $6. - Skelton, the tailor.
Go to S. E. Smith for good clean Rock Springs coal.
H. H. Skelton, the tailor, makes pants to order from $6 up.
Call at Lucy's photographic studio when you want good photos.
THE CLIPPER and the Chicago Weekly Inter-Ocean both one year for $1.85.
The sale of the Stansberry stock has been postponed till next Wednesday. 
The five months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George B. Frasell died last Saturday.
The weather bureau announced a cold wave yesterday and it arrived on schedule time.
A six or seven months old child of Jacob Brown, who lives three miles west of town, died yesterday.
Dr. Sumner Davis, eye and ear surgeon of Omaha, will be in Grand Island, at Palmer house, every Tuesday.
The dancing club held another of their regular entertainments Wednesday evening and had the usual pleasant time.
George Silvernail of Gibbon, who has been an inmate of the insane asylum at Lincoln for some months past, has been discharged.
Persons should see that their horses are blanketed these days when they drive them to town and hitch them out in the cold.
Both the First National and the Shelton bank were closed yesterday in respect for the late George Smith, who was one of the directors of the former bank.
A car of corn belonging to W. T. Keyes of the place while standing...  

Column 3
Death of George Smith.
George Smith, one of the oldest and best known residents of Buffalo county, died at this home in Shelton Tuesday afternoon, his death being caused by Bright's disease, from which he had been a sufferer for several years.  The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church yesterday afternoon, being conducted by Rev. C. F. Graves, and in spite of the severe storm which was raging the church was crowded, so highly esteemed was the deceased among his neighbors.
The deceased was sixty-one years of age, having been born in Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, April 24, 1833.  He lived with his parents until the California gold excitement in 1840, when like many other young men he emigrated to the new eldorado and engaged in mining for three or four years, returning to Pennsylvania and remaining there until the fall of 1871 when he came to Nebraska and located on a farm northwest of Shelton, where he resided until about three years ago when he discontinued active farming and moved to Shelton.  He was married first in 1850, and to his second wife, who survives him, in 1872.  He had five children, all by his first wife, and all of whom are living - William J. of this place, Andrew E. of Lamar, Colorado, Joseph of this place, Mrs. George Barrett of this place, and Mrs. Chris Anderson of this place.  He was a brother of J. P. and Philip Smith, who also live here.
Mr. Smith was a member of the Baptist church, was in every way a most exemplary citizen, a loving husband and a kind father, and being of a very retiring disposition he had no enemies and hosts of friends.  By his indomitable energy he acquired quite a large amount of property, and at the time of his death he was a stockholder and one of the directors in the First National Bank of this place.  He had been in poor health for several years past, but was able to be about until a few weeks ago, when he became worse and died as above stated.  
The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their sad affliction.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wedding Wednesday - Marriages in Bureau Co., IL 1868

Bureau County Republican, March 5, 1868

Marriages for February.

Thomas S. Dexter and Emily F. Anthony
Sherman Stetson and Altie Bundy
James E. Burrow and Sarah J. Walker
Jacob Statler and Katy Albright
Martin V. Hants and Elizabeth A. Stout
Lyman Hazelton and Celestine Decker
John Barney and Martha Humphrey
Mons Ekdahl and Ann C. Mortensen
Henry Linderbland and Christine Pierson
Abm. Hetherington and Agnes E. Bonnell
Franklin Emire and Angeline Anson
Miles Masters and L. A. Rhodes
Havier Berger and Henrietta Guhe
W. A. Sisson and M. C. Foster
Geo. W. Griswold and Hetty Chase
John Schmuck and Anna Kemp
H. P. Brainard and Annie P. Dexter
Henry Eatinger and Orcelia Pelton
Charles Hassler and Philapena Scholl
Wm E. Brown and Hattie C. Booth
George Lee and Christina Berkstresser
John Johnson and Mary L. McElroy
Chas. A. Kellogg and Kate Weeks
John A. Bloom and Hannah A. Peterson
George Burgess and Mary Gaskill
John Ferreter and Jane Doran
Joseph Joder and Mary Zerlein
Albert Bumphery and Elizabeth Parks
Philip Steimle and Catharine Joder

Monday, June 29, 2015

Great Grandpa Bell's Birthday

146 years ago today, June 29, Cicero C Bell was born in Kentucky.  He grew up in Wayne County with his Mother, Martha E. Bell and brother John and sister Laura.  They all lived in the household of his grandparents, John Silas and Rutha Bell.

At 22, he married Mittie Ramsey on March 17, 1891.  In 1892, their son Frank was born and in 1894 another son, George Oren, was born.  They moved to Smith County, Texas by 1897 and a daughter, Leavey was born in Texas.  Then in September of 1900, Mittie gave birth to another son, W. C., but she was sick with malaria.  She and the baby died the same day, and the little girl died one month later.  Cicero moved his boys back to Kentucky. 

On March 17, 1901, exactly ten years after his first marriage, he wed Allie Vickrey.  Allie was a widow with a two-year-old son, Bill. Cicero and Allie were the parents of four sons, Ben, Edd, Stan and Virgil.

Cicero farmed in Kentucky and Texas.  He tried running a general store in Somerset, Kentucky for a year.  He then worked in a railroad shop in Illinois for a short time, but not happy in Illinois he moved the family back to Kentucky.  They lived and farmed in the Ferguson vicinity of Pulaski county. 

A few years later he moved his family to Wellston, Oklahoma where one of Allie's sisters lived, and picked cotton for a living.  Cicero's sister lived in Jewell County, Kansas, so about 1910, they moved to Kansas.  Then in 1925, he moved across a state line for the final time and settled in Giltner, Nebraska.  His last years were spent living in Aurora.

About 1939, Cicero suffered a stroke which left him bedridden.  He died on April 4, 1944 at age 74.  He was survived by 7 grandsons, 8 granddaughters, two great-grandchildren.

From his obituary in the Aurora News-Register:  "He was a kind husband, father and friend.  The needs of his neighbor and friends were ever his dear concern.  His kind and gentle manner made him a peacemaker, and Jesus said, "Blessed are the peace-makers; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."

This photo of his sons was taken at his funeral.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Great Grandpa Mann's Birthday

Clarence Lemuel Mann would be 137 years old on June 18th, 2015.  He was born in 1878 in Peoria County, Illinois, the youngest son and second youngest child of William and Nancy Mann.  Of his 11 siblings, 5 did not survive childhood. His mother passed away when he was 16.

The Mann family came to Gage County, Nebraska when Clarence was about 2-1/2 years old.  July 5,1899 was the beginning of over 69 years of holy matrimony with Cora Gaisford.  Their family consisted of ten girls and four sons, the youngest son died at 4 months old.  

For most of his working years, he farmed in Jefferson and Gage counties using horses all through his farming career.  He moved to Beatrice about 1935 and worked for Dempster Mills for 9 years to the day, retiring in 1952.  In 1942, Clarence and Cora bought a home in Beatrice where they spent the rest of their lives.

Great Grandpa Clarence died in Beatrice, Nebraska on October 18, 1968 at age 90.  In addition to 13 children, he was survived by 39 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  I was one of the 60.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Slave Name Roll Project - Mattingly's in Early America

Having ancestors who owned slaves is a shameful and embarrassing thing, but the wrong thing to do is hide that fact.  There are descendants of those people who are trying to find any and all information about them.  Their names are often included in the Wills and Deeds of the owners.

This is my latest contribution to The Slave Name Roll Project, which was initiated by Schalene Jennings Dagutis in her blog Tangled Roots and Trees.  It is a way of assisting slave descendants in finding their ancestors by releasing their names and making them available through search engines. 

Temporarily, I have possession of a copy of the book "The Mattingly Family in Early America", by Herman E. Mattingly, 1975.  There are various references to Negroes mostly from the Maryland counties of Ann Arundel, Prince George, Charles and St Mary's.  I have extracted the following references to the named Negroes from the book.

Page 33 - From The Accounts Book for Ann Arundel County, Maryland, Provincial Court Judgments, Book #4, Pg 325.  "The records of the March Court of 1747 show that Clement Mattingly received a Negro, Bazil, levy free."

Page 45-46 - From Father James Walton's Diary {Jesuit Provincial House, Baltimore, Md}.  "Catherine and Peter Mattingly were sponsors at the baptism December 10, 1769, of Mildred, a Negro of Athan. and Ann Ford."

Page 76 - From Ann Arundel County Deeds, Book 1, Page 174.  "He {William Mattingly "of Baltimore"} bought two slaves, Simon and Vulcan, from Thomas Johnson in 1742.

Page 80 - From Prince George County, Maryland Land Records Book HH, Page 245 (1785-1787)  In Prince George County in 1787  "Martha Scott gave up "to my son-in-law, Joseph Mattingly, the Negro Tobey, as his wife's part of her father's estate."  

Page 93 - From the Will of John Mattingly, St. Mary's County, Book 30, Page 649 and Book TA #1, Page 382.  "Fourthly, I give to my son John after my wife's decease one Negro woman named Sarah."

Page 96 - From the Will of Thomas Mattingly, 1773, St. Mary's Co, Book 39, Page 350 and Book TA #1, Page 673.  "I give and bequeath to my four children, Ann Mattingly, Elizabeth Mattingly, Mary Mattingly and John Mattingly, my Negro wench Peggy and her children and young Charles to be equally divided among them and their heirs forever."  also "I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife my Negro fellow Charles to her and her heirs forever."

Page 97 - From the Will of Elizabeth Mattingly, 1773, St. Mary's Co, Book 39, Page 342 and Book TA #1, Page 650.  "I give and bequeath to my three daughtering laws, Ann Mattingly, Elizabeth Mattingly and Mary Mattingly my Negro fellow Charles to be equally divided between them and their heirs forever."

Page 99 - From the Will of Thomas Mattingly, 1774 (father of above Thomas Mattingly) St. Mary's Co., Book 40, Page 99 and Book TA #1, Page 679.  "My desire is that my son Leonard Mattingly have the use of my Negro fellow Harry during his natural life, and after his decease said Negro to return in and be added to my personal estate.

Page 101 - From the Will of Dorothy Mattingly, 1774, St. Mary's Co., Book JJ #1, Page 25.  "My Negro lad who is now hired to Doctor Edward Sim, in Charles County and given to me by my grandfather, Mr. Ignatius Doyn, deceased, I give and bequeath to my beloved sister Ann Mattingly with the wages which will be due from aforesaid Sims at Christmas next for the hire of the said Negro Sam."

 Page 103-104 - From the Will of Robert Mattingly, 1776, St. Mary's Co., Book 41, Page 218 and Book HH #1, Page 13.  "My will and desire is that Mr. George Booth shall have it fully in his power to set up at publick on the day with ye other part of my estate is sold my two Negroes Jack and Tom in order to pay certain debts, which he is bound to Cunningham Finlay & Co., and Mrs. John Glassford and Company and likewise debts due himself and the residue if any to be paid into the hands of my executor."

Page 105 - From the Will of Edward Mattingly, 1778, St. Mary's Co., Book JJ #1, Page 38.  "I give to my nephew Joseph Mattingly, son of my brother, James, deceased, my Negro man, Jr." and "I give to my niece and goddaughter, Ann Millard, one Negro boy Naie (?)."   Also, "I give to my niece, Ann Spalding, daughter of my sister Eliza Ford, my Negro boy Soln." and "I also give to said John Baptist (my brother) my Negro Dic, Pegg, his wife, Appalona; also Jack, Win, his wife, and Bob, their child." 

Page 110 - From the Will of Luke Mattingly, 1783, St. Mary's Co., Book JJ #1, Page 245.  "Item.  I give and bequeath to my daughter, Anastasia Spalding, wife of Joseph Spalding, one Negro girl named Jenny.  Item.  I give and bequeath to my daughter, Elizabeth Spalding, wife of Thomas Spalding, one Negro girl named Lender.  Item.  I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Wimsatt, wife of Richard Wimsatt, one Negro girl named Ally, and one Negro girl named Lucy.  Item.  I give and bequeath to my son, Bennett Mattingly, one Negro man named Joseph, and my handmill and still, but my wife to be allowed to make use of the still when she wants it.  Item.  I give and bequeath unto my son, Zachariah Mattingly, one Negro man called Basil."  Also, "Item.  I will and desire that my aforesaid daughter-in-law, Dorothy Knott, have the sole use of the following Negroes, to wit:  Sarah and her children, to wit, Sarah, David, and James, during her life.  Item.  I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary Ford Mattingly, one Negro girl named Henny, and one Negro boy called Harry."

Page 113-114 - From the Will of Priscilla Mattingly, 1790, St. Mary's Co., Book JJ #1, Page 507.  "I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Ford Mattingly, one seal skin trunk, three pewter dishes, and six plates, and one third part of a Negro girl called ------Nan."

* A note of interest - Mary Ford Mattingly's Will is also included in this book and there are no mentions of any slaves in it.

Page 122 - From the Will of Joseph Mattingly, 1806, Charles Co., Book AL #12, Page 339.  "Secondly and lastly, I give and bequeath unto my dearly and well beloved wife Monica Mattingly, a Negro woman named Beck, and all other property I may die possessed of after paying my just debts."

Page 123 - From the Will of Bennet Mattingly, St. Mary's Co., Book JJ #3, Page 177.  "Item.  I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Eloisa Mattingly one Negro man named Benjamin, one bay mare called Pigion, 3 ewes and lambs, one cow and calf, one feather bed and furniture, to her and her heirs.  Item.  I give and bequeath unto my beloved son, Sylvester Mattingly, one Negro man named John, one sorrel colt, 3 years old, and my bridle and saddle, all my wearing apparel, 3 ewes and lambs, one cow and calf, one good bed and furniture, and my hand mill."

Page 126 - From the Will of Ignatius Mattingly, 1807, St. Mary's Co., Book JJ #3, Page 162.  "Item.  I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Eleanor one Negro boy called George, one bed and furniture, two cows and calves, one yoke of oxen, one horse and mare, one side saddle.  Item.  I give and bequeath unto my daughter Eleanor one Negro boy called Joe, one cow and calf, one bed and furniture, one hair trunk.  Item.  I give and bequeath unto my daughter Susannah Catherine one Negro woman called Lucy, one desk and one cow and calf.  Item.  I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Caroline one Negro woman called Terry and her child called Clem, one bed and furniture, one walnut tea table."  Also, "Item.  I give and bequeath unto my son Ignatius and also unto my daughter Terrecy Spalding one Negro boy called Mike to be equally divided between them both.  My will and desire is one Negro boy called Lewis should be sold to pay my just debts.

Page 130 - 1763 Wills, Charles Co., MD, Book 31, Page 982; Book AE #6, Page 85 "Will of Ignatius Doyne.  "I give to my son Joseph Doyne, 3 L 10s, sterling money; my granddaughter, Ann Mattingly lives till age 16, give her my Negro girl named Agnes.  Wm Leigh and his wife having use of this slave till Ann Mattingly arrives at age 16.   My granddaughter, Dorothy Mattingly, arrives age 16, then I give her my Negro boy, Sam.  (7-19-1763; 8-15-1763)."

Page 201 - 1794 St. Mary's County, Md. Father Walton, S. J., recorded Easter communicants at S. Inigoes and at Patuxent, among them the following MATTINGLY's.  (Cf. "The Jesuit Missions of St. Mary's County, Md." by Edwin Beitzell, p. 82).

Ellen - Luke's
Stephen - d's (Ed's?)
Josias - Thomas'
Moses - Thomas'
Sara - Joseph's
Winny - Thomas'
Ignatius - Thomas'
Gerard - Thomas'
Moses - Thomas'
Joseph - Luke's
Elizabeth - Ed's
Dick - Thomas'
Frank - Luke's
Matthew - Luke's
Phyllis - Luke's
Baptist - Luke's
Ignatius - Luke's
Sara - Luke's
Sara - Ed's

Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday's Faces from the Past - by J. J. Willy

Both of these photographs have the name "J. J. Willy" written on them in the place typically used for the photographer's name.  The young woman is so nicely dressed.  It's hard to see but I think she has a cameo pin on her collar.  The toddler looks like a boy to me.  They may or may not be related to each other.  Neither one of them is related to me as far as I know.  The photos were among many others left in the Old Trunk in the Attic with my Grandma, most likely belonging to her mother Sadie McGrath or her Aunt Alice Negley.  These people could be family friends from around Clay County, Nebraska.  It might also be that they are distant relatives from Iowa.  

If you believe you know who either of these two are, please leave a comment!