Monday, October 27, 2014

Caroline Hübsch/Huebsch/Hibsch, from Prussia to California - 52 Ancestors #38

This is another article for the series "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks", a challenge by Amy Johnson Crow on No Story Too Small.

My 2nd great aunt[1] Caroline[2] Ernestine Hübsch[3] was born in February 1867[4] in Germany [Prussia] to Ernst John Hübsch and Christina Henschel Hübsch.  A possible emigration record[5] showed that she came to America in 1872 with her parents and brother, W.C. Hübsch.

1872 Hamburg Passenger List for the Ernst Hübsch Family
(click images to enlarge)

In 1885, 18 year-old Caroline married Nelson D. Williams in Stockbridge, Calumet County, Wisconsin.[6] 

Caroline E. Hübsch and Nelson D. Williams
Marriage Record 1885
Transcription of Marriage Record
  • Groom -- Nelson [Dein] Williams
  • Groom's father -- John [Deenn]
  • Groom's mother w/maiden name -- Lucy Rice
  • Groom's occupation -- Farmer
  • Groom's Residence -- Stockbridge, WI
  • Groom's birthplace -- Stockbridge, WI
  • Bride's maiden name -- Caroline Ernestine Heubsch
  • Bride's father -- Ernst John Heubsch
  • Bride's mother -- Christina Hentschel
  • Bride's birthplace -- Germany
  • Time of marriage contract -- Dec 3rd 1885
  • Place where marriage contracted -- Stockbridge, WI
  • Color of parties -- White
  • By what ceremony contracted -- Civil
  • Witnesses -- Rette [Gunse***] or [Gusse***]
  • Name of person pronouncing marriage -- J.W. Parkinson
  • Residence if person last named -- Brothertown, WI
  • Date of certificate of marriage -- Dec 3rd 1885
  • Date of registration of marriage -- January [3rd], 1886
  • Any additional circumstances – [blank]

Soon after their marriage, Caroline and Nelson migrated to southern California where their three children were born:
  • Henry O. Williams, Jul 1887 – Aug 1947[7]
  • Fred E. Williams, Nov 1893 - Sep 1977
  • Gertrude E. Williams, May 1897 – Jul 1947

Caroline was widowed in 1899 when Nelson D. Williams died[8].  She married again to John W. Dripps.  She, John and the children lived in Oregon for awhile eventually returning to southern California.  Caroline died 21 Jun 1943 in Monrovia, Los Angeles County, California.[9]  She was 76 years old.

Future Research
Record of marriage to John W. Dripps
Death record for Caroline and Nelson
Residence history
Newspaper accounts 


[2] Caroline is pronounced Carolina.  Her nickname was Lena.
[3] Hübsch was also spelled Huebsch and eventually became Hibsch.  It means ‘pretty’ in German. 
[4] Year: 1900; Census Place: Azusa, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 90; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0093; FHL microfilm: 1240090. Enumeration District : 0093; Azusa Township (pt) including Azusa City bounded on the north by Antelope Township, on the east by the range line between Township 9 and 10 west, on the south by Rowland Township, on the west by El Monte Township.
[5] Emigration record needs confirmation.
[6] Wisconsin Vital Records
[7] California Death Index for each child.
[8] Find-a-Grave website
[9] California Death Index

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hannah Carrigan Clark of Adams County, Ohio - 52 Ancestors #37

This is another article for the series "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks", a challenge by Amy Johnson Crow on No Story Too Small.

My third great-grandmother was Hannah Carrigan, born between 1815 and 1819 in Ohio.  She married Daniel Benjamin Clark in about 1836[1] and by 1850, they had eight children.[2]  She died young I would say, at age 35, leaving a husband to care for several small children.  Daniel actually remarried and had several more children but that’s another story.

Grave stone for Hannah Carrigan Clark
Source:  Find-a-Grave [3]
The information I have about Hannah so far came from two resources:  the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for Adams County, Ohio and her memorial on [3]  I organized the data from each resource into a table (below) for comparison and development of future research.

1850 U.S. Federal Census
Hanah Clark
Hannah Carrigan Clark
Age/Date of Birth
3 Feb 1819
Age/Date of Death

7 Mar 1854
Inscription: 35y 1m 4d
Residence in 1850
Franklin Township, Adams, Ohio

Place of Birth

Daniel Benjamin Clark
Daniel Benjamin Clark
1815 – 1895
Hannah was the first wife of Benjamin Daniel Clark, who was the son of Stephen and Rebecca Ogle Clark
Mary Clark 13

Edath Clark 12
Adah Clark (_ - 1872)*[4]
Edward Clark 11[5]

M A Clark 9[6]

Adam Clark 8[7]

Susan Clark 6
Susannah Clark
1842 - 1843*
Jane Clark 4[8]

Joseph Clark 2


Flat Run Cemetery
Adams County, Ohio

My continued research will be centered in southwestern Ohio.  Many members of my Clark family were life-long residents of Adams County, Ohio.  Others ventured to nearby Warren, Clinton and Highland counties, all in southwestern Ohio. 

Future Research
  • Find Hannah Clark’s parents and siblings
  • Verify date of birth and death
  • Find marriage record
  • Find death record and cause of death
  • Locate the Clark family in newspapers
  • Check newspapers for epidemics around her date of death
  • Locate church records
  • Continue research on her children
  • Contact person who ‘maintains’ Hannah’s Find-a-Grave memorial

Calling all descendants of Daniel Benjamin Clark and Hannah Carrigan Clark – let’s talk!  Please leave a comment below or use the Contact Me tab above.   Thanks cousin!


[1] Calculation based on age of first child listed in 1850 U.S. Federal Census.
[2] Year: 1850; Census Place: Franklin, Adams, Ohio; Roll: M432_657; Page: 20A; Image: 44. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. 
[3] Find-a-Grave website for Hannah Clark Carrigan
[4] * Asterisk refers to calculated relationship on Find-a-Grave.
[5] Edward Clark was mentioned in the profile of Ancestor #33, Mrs. Mary Daulton Clark
[6] Mahlon Clark was Ancestor #15, Mahlon Clark, Guardian of his Sister Jane
[7] Adam Clark was Ancestor #7, Comings and Goings of Adam Clark
[8] Jane Clark Brown was my second great-grandmother, Ancestor #2, Jane Clark Brown, 1846-1918

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Joseph D. Brown, Ohio Farmer with Low Profile - Ancestor #36

This is another article for the series "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks", a challenge by Amy Johnson Crow on No Story Too Small.

Joseph Daniel Brown was the first child born to Thomas Brown and Jane Clark Brown in December of 1867, possibly in Adams County, Ohio.  By 1880, Joseph was living with his father and step-mother, Rebecca Ann Edwards Brown, in Wilson Township, Clinton County, Ohio.  He had two younger sisters, Ida May Brown Kendall and Hannah Ellen Brown Ballenger but they were not in the household.

Marriage record for Joseph D. Brown and Eva Belle Allen, 1899
Joseph was 31 years old when he married 25 year old Eva Belle Allen on 15 Feb 1899 in Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio.   For the duration of their marriage, they lived in Turtle Creek Township, Warren County, Ohio.  Joseph was a farmer on a rented farm, Eva kept house.  No record of children has been found.

On 16 Jun 1919, Joseph died of pulmonary tuberculosis.  He was buried in Lebanon Cemetery in Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio, Plot: Section H.  Joseph was my third great uncle.

This can’t be the end of Joseph’s story.  I still have questions.  Where was three year old Joseph in 1870?  Did he have any interaction with his sisters?  Did he really not have any children?  Was he in the local newspaper?  There must be more records to be found.  Sigh.

1880, 1900, 1910 censuses
Marriage record on
Death certificate courtesy of Steven Trudgeon Family Tree
Burial on Find-a-Grave
Steve Morse Relationship Calculator

Monday, October 13, 2014

George Bell Siders 1876-1965, my Clark Cousin - Ancestor #35

This is another article for the series "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks", a challenge by Amy Johnson Crow on No Story Too Small.

My plea, “Would Loreta Siders, Leone Siders, and James Siders, children of George Bell Siders whose mother was Drusilla Clark Siders whose sister was Jane Clark Brown, please contact me?  Let’s talk about your Grandma Drusilla.  According to my handy-dandy Steve Morse relationship calculator, your father, George, was my first cousin twice removed. You would be my second cousins twice removed.  But really, when you get down to it, we’re just cousins. Look forward to hearing from you soon.”

As of this writing, what I know about George Bell Siders was printed in the following obituary which I have transcribed:

George Bell Siders
    George Bell Siders, 89, of Hillsboro Rt. 2, died at 7:10 P.M. Sunday at Highland District Hospital.
    He was born near Belfast on Jan. 29, 1876, the son of John William and Drusilla Clark Siders.  He was a member of the May Hill Church of Christ.
    He is survived by his wife, Dottie B. Siders; two daughters, Mrs. Loreta Everetts, Hillsboro, and Mrs. Leone Shaw, Hillsboro Rt. 6; a son, James Siders, Chillicothe Rt. 6; a sister, Mrs. Lillie Smittle, Winchester, and a brother, Harvey Siders, Columbus; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
    Services will be held Wednesday at 2 P.M. at the May Hill Church of Christ, with Rev. Jay Eastman officiating.  Burial will follow in the Dunkard Ridge cemetery under direction of Rhoads Funeral Home.
    Friends may call at the Rhoads Funeral Home from 2 P.M. Tuesday until the time of services.

Source: The Press-Gazette, Hillsboro, Ohio.
Tuesday, Aug 17, 1965
Gleanings from George’s Obit
Wow, the 143 word obituary was quite revealing.  Is it all true?  On the off-chance I don’t hear from Loreta or Leone, I have a lot of research to do.  (I know, it has to be done anyway!)

  • First, middle, last name of deceased
  • Age, location of residence, date, time and place of death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Name of wife and parents including mother’s maiden name
  • Names and residence of daughters, sister, brother
  • Quantity of grand and great-grandchildren
  • Religion, name of church and reverend
  • Funeral home name
  • Cemetery name

Hillsboro, Highland County, Ohio
Belfast, Highland County, Ohio
Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio
Winchester, Adams County, Ohio
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio
Dunkard Ridge cemetery, Elmville, Highland County, Ohio


  • The Press-Gazette, Hillsboro, Ohio. Tuesday, Aug 17, 1965; third column from the right. via
  • Steve Morse

P.S. The grand and great-grandchildren of George B. Siders can also contact me.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Robert M. Hibsch, Veteran of WWII Veteran (Ancestor #34)

This is another article for the series "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks", a challenge by Amy Johnson Crow on No Story Too Small.

Robert M. Hibsch
7 Dec 1923 - 28 Sep 2014
Another veteran of America’s Great War has died.  Robert M. Hibsch died 28 September 2014 in Sacramento, Sacramento County, California. He was 90 years old.  The eldest son of Alba W. Hibsch and Ethel May Kendall Hibsch was born 7 Dec 1923 in Alhambra, Los Angeles County, California.   He was a 1941 graduate of Covina High School in Covina, Los Angeles County, California, and married Betty E. Hutson in 1946 following his military discharge.  He was my father.

At the time he entered the Army, he worked as a machinist at a tool factory. On his Separation Qualification Record (click to enlarge images), he provided the following occupational information:

Source: Separation Qualification Record excerpt, WD AGO Form 100
Private First Class Robert Hibsch served as a Military Policeman with the 417th Military Police Escort Guard Company from 8 Feb 1943 until his separation on 5 Feb, 1946 at Fort MacArthur, Los Angeles County, California.  He served in England and France. He was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal, Euro-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Campaign Star for Northern France, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, and the Army Marksmanship Badge.  A description of his military occupation, shown below, was excerpted from his Separation Qualification Record;

Source: Separation Qualification Record excerpt, WD AGO Form 100

Source: Covina Argus Newspaper, Feb 1946;
After the military, he worked as a machinist in Monrovia, Los Angeles County, California until 1959. In 1960-61, the family lived in Williams, Colusa County, California on the 200+ acre Hibsch Family Ranch owned by his aunt and uncle.  Robert worked in a "Flying A" gas station in Williams and another one when the family moved to Sacramento.  In 1962, he became an owner of a 76 Union Oil gas station located at Florin Road and Lindale Drive. Later, he sold that station and bought the 76 Union Oil station at Florin Road and East Parkway.  In total, he probably worked for 76 Union Oil Company for 40+ years. His stations would be called “old school” today as they offered windshield cleaning, airing the tires, checking oil/water and handing out Green and Blue Chip Stamps, most of which are rare today.  His wife was the bookkeeper and his sons worked at the stations during their high school and college days.

Robert is survived by a brother, three children, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  He will be honored with a military burial at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, San Joaquin County, California.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mrs. Mary Daulton Clark Identified Using Two Key Resources - Ancestor #33

This is another article for the series "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks", a challenge by Amy Johnson Crow on No Story Too Small.

Using City Directories and the Census to Identify Relationships

The Covina Argus[1] newspaper is a treasure trove for stories about my ancestors who settled in the San Gabriel Valley of southern California.  Most prevalent were stories about my Kendall family which may not be so serendipitous.[2] 

On the 16th of November 1917 one snippet in the social column caught my eye:

Source: Covina Argus on
“Mrs. Kendall” was my great-grandmother, Ida May Brown Kendall.   I've written previously about what a mystery her life is to me prior to her marriage to Henry Martin Kendall.  Consequently, any hint of her interaction with others, especially people with the surname Brown or Kendall, gives me hope of discovering details of her early life.  Bonus point if Ohio was mentioned.

Abundant Clues
Here’s a list of clues I gleaned from this two-sentence news item:
  1. Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Kendall lived on Orange Avenue in November 1917
  2. Mrs. Mary Clark had a daughter named Miss Daisy Clark.
  3. Daisy Clark was not married.
  4. The Clarks arrived on Wednesday.
  5. The Clarks were from Cincinnati, Ohio.
  6. The Clarks were visiting “relatives”.
  7. Mrs. Clark was Mrs. Kendall’s cousin.
Did I miss anything? 

What My Existing Records Show
·        Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Kendall lived on Orange Avenue in 1917.
·        “Mrs. Kendall”, nee Ida May Brown, was the daughter of Jane Clark and Thomas Brown.
·        Jane Clark’s father was Daniel Clark, second wife was Irena, and they lived in Adams County, Ohio.

The Big Question
Based on what I already know, I think this news snippet is worthy of further research. So, who was Mrs. Mary Clark and her daughter Daisy and how were they related to “Mrs. Kendall”.  Was Mrs. Mary Clark married or a widow?  Sometimes, newspapers would refer to a widow at Mrs. “Her Given First Name” followed by “Her Married Last Name” such as Mrs. Mary Clark.   I’ll need to verify all of this information.  Sorry Uncle Louie, just because you’re the newspaper publisher doesn't necessarily equate to accuracy.

City Directory Search
I like using city directories so that’s where I focused my initial search on -- Mary Clark; lived in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio (filter set to county and nearby counties); keyword Daisy.  There were way too many results – Mary Clark was just too common of a name without more search criteria which I didn't have.  Switching the search to Daisy Clark with keyword Mary Clark was more promising.    The chart below shows the results for years 1917-1924.
Clark, Daisy B. res. 2367 Norwood Av
------ Grant, blacksmith, res. (Mary)
Clark, Daisy D. res. 2367 Norwood Av
------ Grant U. blacksmith, res. (Mary E.)
------ Mrs. Mary E., furnished rooms, res same
Clark, Daisy, machine operator,  res. 2367 Norwood Av
------ Grant V. blacksmith, res. (Mary E.)
Clark, Daisy B. forelady,  res. 5420 Carthage Av
------ Grant, blacksmith, res. (Mary E.)

Now, my working assumption based on the city directory results was that Mrs. Mary Clark was not a widow but married to Grant Clark at the time of the newspaper article and that their daughter was Daisy B or D. Clark.  Note Grant’s middle initial in 1919 and 1922, and his occupation.  The next step is to determine whether there’s a relationship between Grant Clark and Jane Clark Brown, the mother of Ida May Brown Kendall.

Census Search
The census was just the resource I needed to establish a relationship between Grant, Mary and Daisy Clark, their residence and his occupation for comparison to the city directory listings.  The census search was extensive in order to reach Jane Clark’s parents.  Below are the findings from 1860-1930:

Clark, Grant: head, born 1869, Ohio. age 61, blacksmith
-------- Mary, wife, age 58
Cincinnati, Ohio
Clark, Grant: head, born 1869, Ohio. Age 51, blacksmith
-------- Mary E. Clark, wife, age 49
-------- Daisy D. Clark, age 24, daughter
Abernathy, Charles, age 47, lodger
Wieman, John R., age 54, lodger
Norwood Twp Ward 4, Hamilton, Ohio
Clark, Grant U. S.: head, born 1870, Ohio, age 40, blacksmith
-------- May [Mary] E., wife, age 38
-------- Icie M., daughter, age 17
-------- Daisy D., daughter, age 14
Cincinnati Ward 23, Hamilton, Ohio
Clark, Gray [Grant]: head, age 31, born Dec 1868, farmer
-------- Mary, wife, age 30
-------- Icy M., daughter, age 7
-------- Daisy D., daughter, age 6, born May 1894
Daulton, Syvilla, mother-in-law, age 61
Huntington, Brown, Ohio
Not found

Clark, Edward: head, laborer, born 1840, age 40
-------- Jane Clark, mother, age 30
-------- Mary Clark, daughter, age 14
-------- Grant, son, born 1869, age 11
-------- Raymond, son, age 8
-------- Nannie Clark, daughter, age 5
Jackson, Highland, Ohio
Clark, Edward C: head, age 29 ,
-------- Sarah J Clark, wife, age 22
-------- Mary E Clark, age 4
-------- W [U] Grant, age 2
Scott, Adams, Ohio
Clark, David [Daniel]: head, age 44
-------- Irena, wife, age 40
-------- Mary, daughter, age 23
-------- Adah, daughter, age 21
-------- Edward, son, age 20
-------- Martha, age 18
-------- Adam, age 16
-------- Jane, age 13
-------- Joseph, age 11
-------- Mahalon, age 8
-------- Sarah E, age 8
-------- Daniel, age 5
-------- Drousilla, age 3
Franklin, Adams, Ohio

The city directories showed that Grant, his wife Mary and Daisy lived at the same addresses.  Grant was a blacksmith on each listing.  Grant’s middle initial was U or V.  Mary’s middle initial was E on three of the four listings.  Daisy’s middle initial was D or B.

The 1900-1930 censuses showed that Grant and Mary were married, Daisy was one of their daughters and they lived in Cincinnati (of which Norwood was a suburb) from 1910-1930.  Grant was a blacksmith during this period.  His middle initial was U or U S on a couple censuses.  Mary’s middle initial was E on the 1910 and 1920 census.  Daisy’s middle initial was D on the census years 1900, 1910 and 1920.

The 1860 census showed that Daniel Clark had several children, including Jane (my great-great grandmother) and her brother Edward.  The 1870 census showed that Edward was married and had a son named Grant with middle initial U.[14]   

City directory and census research results have reasonably convinced me that Mrs. Mary Clark was Mrs. Kendall’s cousin by marriage.  Mrs. Clark had a daughter named Daisy and they lived in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1917 at the time of their visit with Mrs. Kendall.   Mary Clark was married to Grant U. Clark, whose father was Edward Clark and one of Edward’s sisters was Jane Clark.  Jane Clark married Thomas Brown and one of their daughters was Ida May Brown Kendall. 

Grant Clark was Mrs. Kendall’s first cousin (blood relative).[15]  Uncle Louie’s newspaper article in 1917 was accurate.  I won’t pick at the absence of the precise cousin relationship – that only matters in genealogical research.

The visit by Mary and Daisy Clark intrigued me.  It inferred a level of interaction by my great-grandmother with her cousin Grant and Uncle Edward Clark.  Could one of the descendants of Edward or Grant hold more clues about who raised her after her parents were divorced?  More threads for future research.

I sure hope I'm related to someone reading the many names in this post.  Whether you are or not, add a Comment below or send me an email by clicking on the Contact Me tab above.  Thanks!


[1] Digitized editions of the Covina Argus newspaper included available on  The article of this posting was on
[2] Know that my grandma Ethel May Kendall was married to Alba Hibsch whose mother’s (Martha Bashor Hibsch) sister (Cordelia Bashor), was married to the publisher, James Lewis Mathews.
[3] Year 1917 - Publication Title: Norwood, Ohio, City Directory, 1917; Publisher: Williams; U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
[4] Year 1919 - Publication Title: Norwood, Ohio, City Directory, 1919; Publisher: Williams; U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
[5] Year 1922 - Publication Title: Norwood, Ohio, City Directory, 1922; Publisher: Williams; U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
[6] Year 1924 - Publication Title: Norwood, Ohio, City Directory, 1924; Publisher: Williams; U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
[7] Year: 1930; Census Place: Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio; Roll: 1806; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0411; Image: 671.0; FHL microfilm: 2341540.
[8] Year: 1920; Census Place: Norwood Ward 4, Hamilton, Ohio; Roll: T625_1395; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 473; Image: 1177.
[9] Year: 1910; Census Place: Cincinnati Ward 23, Hamilton, Ohio; Roll: T624_1194; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 0268; FHL microfilm: 1375207.
[10] Year: 1900; Census Place: Huntington, Brown, Ohio; Roll: 1242; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0009; FHL microfilm: 1241242.
[11] Year: 1880; Census Place: Jackson, Highland, Ohio; Roll: 1033; Family History Film: 1255033; Page: 335A; Enumeration District: 044; Image: 0050.
[12] Year: 1870; Census Place: Scott, Adams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1167; Page: 183A; Image: 372; Family History Library Film: 552666.
[13] Year: 1860; Census Place: Franklin, Adams, Ohio; Roll: M653_928; Page: 250; Image: 495; Family History Library Film: 803928.
[14] The transcriber identified the middle initial as W but I think it's U and submitted a correction to
[15] Relationship Calculator by Steve Morse