Friday, December 19, 2014

Ida May Brown, the Clark's, Kendall’s and Morris County Kansas (52 Ancestors #50)

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

Joseph Clark was two years old in the 1850 census[1] enumerated in Franklin Township, Adams County, Ohio.  He lived with his parents, Benjamin Daniel Clark and Hannah Carrigan Clark and seven older brothers and sisters.  He married Anna Maria [Mariah] Smart in 1868 in Highland County, Ohio.[2]  They had two children, Cora Blanche Clark and Ottie Claud Clark.

For 20+ years, the family lived in the Ohio townships of Franklin and Bratton where Joseph was a farmer.  Then, in 1900[3], I found Joseph, Ann [Anna Maria] and Ottie living in Ohio Township, Morris County, Kansas. 


My Kendall family lived in Morris County, Kansas.

Did my Kendall’s and my Clark’s know each other?

Yes they did.  And there’s more.

Let me rewind and tell the story from the beginning.

While researching the 1880 census for Benjamin Daniel Clark, too many results came back even in the same county.  Solution – search only for Clark, 1880 census and Adams County, Ohio.  Perfect - only eight results – much more manageable.

Found him!  Daniel Clark, as he was recorded, lived in Bratton Township, Adams, Ohio.  Hmm, why move after living in Franklin Township, Adams County, Ohio for so long?  Did other Clarks live in Bratton?  I looked again at the eight names on the results list and selected Joseph Clark, head of household, because Daniel had a son named Joseph born in 1848.

In 1880, Joseph Clerk [Clark], age 31, lived in Bratton Township, Adams County, Ohio.  He was a farmer and his wife Mariah A., age 31, kept house.  They and their parents were born in Ohio.  They had one child, a daughter, Cora Blanch, age 2, born in Ohio.  I was certain he was Daniel’s son based on proximity to Daniel, year of birth and one particular member of the family.

I gasped out loud when I saw her name!

Ida M. Brown, niece, age 10, born in Maryland. 

I couldn't believe my eyes.  Joseph’s niece lived with them.  My great-grandmother.  My mystery woman.

1880 U.S. Federal Census excerpt of Joseph Clark Family with Ida M. Brown
(click images to enlarge)

I've been looking high and low for any paper trail for Ida May Brown prior to her marriage in 1887 to Henry Martin Kendall.  To date, “sideways” searching for her was fruitless but finally, a major crumble in my brick wall for her.  Of course, it didn't help that her birthplace in the 1880 census record was incorrectly transcribed as Maryland instead of Missouri.  Well, the digitized image of the census page wasn't exactly clear but it sure looked more like “MO” than Md” to me.  Her birth date was off by one year, 1870 instead of 1869 but not really a big deal.

As to the previous question – did my Kendall’s and my Clark’s know each other?  Yes, they were neighbors in the 1895, 1900 and 1910 censuses.  In the 1900 census, the Kendall family was Dwelling #25 and the Clark family was Dwelling #32, digital page 3 and page 4.  Joseph Clark, brother of Jane Clark Brown, my second great-grandmother, was a long-time neighbor of James W. Kendall, brother of Henry Martin Kendall, Ida May Brown’s husband and my great-grandfather.


1895 Kansas State Census excerpt showing Kendall and Clark Families
1910 U.S. Federal Census excerpt showing Kendall and Clark Families

More research awaits me as these revelations sink in.  For now I’m thinking of the lessons learned from my new discoveries:
  • Use simple Internet searches; less is more
  • Look on the page before and after the census page on which your ancestor appeared
  • Search sideways – children and siblings of your direct ancestor

Gotta go now, it’s time for my Happy Dance.

Future Research
Pending, too busy dancing…


[1] Year: 1850; Census Place: Franklin, Adams, Ohio; Roll: M432_657; Page: 20A; Image: 44.  Source Information:
[2] Jordan Dodd, Liahona Research. Ohio, Marriages, 1803-1900. 
[3] Year: 1900; Census Place: Ohio, Morris, Kansas; Roll: 491; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0107; FHL microfilm: 1240491. Also see James W Kendall on digitized image page 3, Dwelling number 25, Family number 26.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Benjamin Daniel Clark, Lifelong Resident of Adams County, Ohio (52 Ancestors #49)

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-grandfather Benjamin Daniel Clark lived in Adams County, Ohio all of his life.  He was a farmer but I don’t know yet what he farmed.  He was born on 25 Oct 1815 and died on 24 Nov 1895 at age 80.  His parents were Stephen Clark (1771-1851) and Rebecca Cresap Ogle Clark (1783-1853).[1]  He was recorded as Daniel in census records.

Daniel was twice married, first to Hannah Carrigan (1819-1854) followed by Irene Hill (1819-1889).  He was buried at Flat Run Cemetery, Adams County, Ohio.  He and Hannah had ten children; he and Irene had four children.[2]

What’s My Line?
Daniel’s daughter Jane Clark Brown was my second great-grandmother, her daughter Ida May Brown Kendall was my first great-grandmother and her daughter, Ethel May Kendall Hibsch, was my grandmother.

The Census
Daniel Clark was enumerated in the censuses for 1850 - 1880.  I may have found him in the 1840 census.  Data points seemed consistent with the 1850 census for name, home in 1850 and person’s ages.  But who was the one free white person age 50-59?  Maybe his mother or mother-in-law?

Daniel Clark Family in 1870 U.S. Federal Census
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The 1840 U.S. Federal census[3] only recorded the name of the head of household.  Numbers in categories sufficed for others in the household.  By comparing the 1840 and 1850 censuses (which had all family names and ages), a calculated match was made for my Clark family.  Danial [Daniel] Clark lived in Franklin Township, Adams County, Ohio.  His household consisted of one free white male under 5 [Edward Clark?]; one free white male 20 - 29 [Daniel Clark?]; two free white females under 5 [Mary and Edath Clark?]; one free white female 20 - 29 [Hannah Clark?]; one free white female 50 - 59 [mother, mother-in-law?]; one person employed in agriculture: 1 [Daniel Clark?]; six total free white persons.

In the 1850 U.S. Federal Census[4], Daniel Clark was 25, born about 1825 in Ohio and lived in Franklin Township, Adams County, Ohio.  The household consisted of wife Hanah [Hannah] Clark, 35; daughters Mary Clark, 13; Edath [Edith] Clark, 12; M A [Martha] Clark, 9; Susan Clark, 6; Jane Clark, 4; and sons Edward Clark, 11; Adam Clark, 8; and Joseph Clark, 2.  In about 1852, two more children were born, Mahlon Clark and Sarah E Clark, possibly twins.

In the 1860 U.S. Federal Census[5], David [Daniel] Clark was 44, born about 1816 in Ohio.  He lived in Franklin Township, Adams County, Ohio, post office Locust Grove.  The household consisted of his second wife Irena Clark, 40; daughters Mary Clark, 23; Adah Clark, 21;  Martha Clark, 18; Jane Clark,13; Sarah E Clark, 8; and Drousilla [Drusilla] Clark, 3; and sons Edward Clark, 20;  Adam Clark, 16; Joseph Clark, 11; Mahalon [Mahlon] Clark, 8; and Daniel Clark, 5.

In the 1870 U.S. Federal Census[6], Daniel was 54, born about 1816 in Ohio.  He lived in Franklin Township, Adams County, Ohio, post office Scott.  The household included wife Irena Clark, 51; and daughters Ada Clark, 31; Sarah E Clark, 18; Drusilla Clark, 13; and Minerva E Clark. 7; and sons Mahlon Clark, 18; Daniel W Clark, 14; and Stephen D Clark, 9; daughter-in-law Mary J Wiley, 24; and farm hand, Sanford Shoemaker, 18.  Seems Daniel was prosperous. The value of his real estate was $10,000+ and the value of his personal estate was over $1,800.

The 1880 U.S. Federal Census[7] was the last one in which Daniel was appeared before his death in 1895.  He was 64, born about 1816 in Ohio and lived in Bratton Township, Adams County, Ohio.  His father was born in Pennsylvania, his mother in Maryland.  He was a farmer.  The household included wife Irene Clark, 61; sons Stephen D. Clark, 19 and Parson A. Clark, 16; and daughter N. Ellie Clark, 12; and servant Jane Thompson, 16.

Future Research
  • Obtain records for birth, marriages, land and death
  • Find Daniel in the censuses for 1820 and 1830
  • Determine the nature of his farming
  • Determine Civil War service
  • Determine if Mahlon and Sarah Clark were twins
  • Learn more about the geography of Franklin and Bratton Townships


[1] Memorial #40382217
[2] Subject to verification - according to several public trees on, Daniel married Hannah Carrigan on 6 Jun 1836 in Adams County, Ohio.  She died in 1854 after which he married Irena Hill on 6 June 1854 in Adams County, Ohio.
[3] Year: 1840; Census Place: Franklin, Adams, Ohio; Roll: 375; Page: 39; Image: 82; Family History Library Film: 0020158.
[4] Year: 1850; Census Place: Franklin, Adams, Ohio; Roll: M432_657; Page: 20A; Image: 44.  Source Information:
[5] Year: 1860; Census Place: Franklin, Adams, Ohio; Roll: M653_928; Page: 250; Image: 495; Family History Library Film: 803928.
[6] Year: 1870; Census Place: Franklin, Adams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1167; Page: 10B; Image: 24; Family History Library Film: 552666.
[7] Year: 1880; Census Place: Bratton, Adams, Ohio; Roll: 989; Family History Film: 1254989; Page: 6D; Enumeration District: 001; Image: 0015.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Ethel May Kendall Hibsch, the First Family Historian (52 Ancestors #48)

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

Ethel M. Kendall Hibsch, 1979
Sometime on 22 May 1899, likely in their two-story wood-framed house in Los Nietos, California, Henry Martin Kendall and his wife Ida May Brown welcomed a baby girl they named Ethel May.  My Grandma.  Baby Ethel joined siblings Charles, Celia, Henry and Joseph.  Another brother, Thomas Arley, would arrive in a couple years. She lived in Los Nietos for several years until the family relocated to Baldwin Park, Los Angeles County, California in the San Gabriel Valley.  There, she was surrounded by the rich ground where citrus orchards were abundant, like on her father's ranch.

Kendall family home in Los Nietos, CA circa 1899. 
See Ida May holding Ethel May.

Ethel May Kendall about age 10 posed on the Kendall Citrus Ranch
 in (then) Baldwin Park, California
Family gatherings and church picnics were common at the Kendall Ranch.  In her teen years, Ethel May hosted her own parties with friends from school. On Friday, June 15, 1917, she hosted her own 18th birthday party!  A few weeks later she graduated from Covina High School.   

Source: Covina Argus published 1917 June 17

Ethel May Kendall
Covina High School Class of 1917 

Following high school, Ethel attended the Woodbury Business School in Los Angeles after which she worked as a stenographer at the Office Exchange Agency in Covina according to the 1920 Covina City Directory.  It was about this time she was smitten by a young man named Alba W. Hibsch.  He worked at the Covina Argus newspaper.  Soon they would marry, have two sons and eventually, six grandchildren. 

Ethel was active all of her adult life.  When her children were young, she belonged to the Parent Teachers Association and helped out when her youngest son was a Boy Scout.  Other organizations to which she belonged included the Covina Women's Club,  Eastern Star and the Presbyterian Church.  After the death of her husband Alba in 1959, she frequently traveled on her own, a rarity for the time.  She doggedly pursued her family history in Kansas and Ohio and ultimately identified her American Revolution ancestor that allowed her to join the Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames and Daughters of the American Colonists.  Having personally read many documents and memorabilia she left behind dating from her girlhood days, somehow she acquired an early appreciation for documenting history that lasted a lifetime.  Lucky for me and that her youngest son saved it all!

She lived her entire life in and near Covina.  She died on 9 October 1988 at the age of 89 and was buried at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora, California.

Henry M. Kendall, Orange Juice in his Blood (52 Ancestors #47)

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

Henry Martin Kendall, unknown date
(click images to enlarge)
Henry Martin Kendall, son of Lewis Henry Kendall and Sarah Jane Harris Kendall, was born on 9 Feb 1864 near Morehead, Rowan County, Kentucky.  He was my great-grandfather.  Most people called him Marty. 

Henry had six siblings:
  • James Kendall, born 1857
  • Celia Ann Kendall, born 1859
  • John A. Kendall, born 1861
  • Rebecca Susan Kendall, born 1866
  • Elijah Kendall, born 1869
  • Melvin Hayden, born 1872
Sometime after Rebecca was born, the Kendall’s moved to Clark’s Creek, Morris County, Kansas.  Henry’s father was a farmer so quite possibly he found some chores suitable for a young lad like Henry.  Unfortunately, Lewis died on 31 Jan 1874 when Henry was 10 years old.  The family remained together with Sarah becoming head of a full house of children aged 2-17.  James, the eldest, probably assumed responsibility for managing the farm.

Fast forward several years and on 26 Jul 1887, Henry, 23, married Ida May Brown, 18, in Council Grove, Morris County, Kansas. 

26 Jul 1887 Marriage License for Henry Martin Kendall and Ida May Brown,
Council Grove, Morris County, Kansas
Henry and Ida also had a full house - six children:
  • Charles Pirl Kendall, born March 1888
  • Celia May Kendall, born March 1891
  • Henry Walter Kendall, born May 1894
  • Joseph Lloyd Kendall, born August 1896
  • Ethel May Kendall [my grandmother], born May 1899
  • Thomas Arley Kendall, born Feb 1904
Off to California
When did Henry and Ida arrived in California?  I pieced together some clues but needed a more definitive answer.  I turned to the California voter registration records.  The early records were data-rich on their own but they're especially helpful in finding ancestors in the absence of other records or large gaps of time like in between census years.[1]

Wow, the answer was 1890.  The California Great Registers[2] of 1890 and 1892 placed Henry (and presumably Ida, Charles and Celia) in Glendora (post office Azusa), Los Angeles County, California.  The San Gabriel Valley.  His occupation was blacksmith in 1890 and farmer in 1892.  The latter record described him – 5’10, light complexion, gray eyes and light hair.

California Great Register, 1890
Or maybe November 1889.  I gasped with glee when I found a newspaper article dated 1934 - the 18 page edition of the Covina Argus was devoted to celebrating its 50th anniversary and the growth of the valley.  Current and former residents reflected on their role in settling the area including my Kendall family.  Some of the information in the article fits with records and familiy stories and more clues surfaced, namely the house still standing in 1934, moving to Norwalk. and 'four corners'.  

Covina Argus Newspaper on 12 Oct 1934, page 6
The Los Nietos Years
Next, the 1896 California Great Register placed 32 year old Henry in Los Nietos[3], Los Angeles County, California.   His eyes were blue now and his hair black!  He could read the Constitution in English and write his name.  I don’t know when or why my Kendall family moved to Los Nietos.  I suspect the move was as early as 1894, the year of son Henry's birth.  Henry Martin operated his blacksmith shop there until 1905.

The Citrus Ranch Years
Yet another mystery - why the Kendall’s returned to the San Gabriel Valley where they lived upon arrival in California.  In 1905, Henry bought 25 acres of land for $2,300 in Baldwin Park, Los Angeles County, California.[4]  The property was at the northwest corner of San Bernardino Road and Orange Avenue (now called Azusa Canyon Road).  My Uncle B told me that Henry and son Charles built the barn first, staying in a tent on the property and riding back and forth to Los Nietos by horse as needed.  Uncle B said that his mother liked to quip that she lived in a barn!  (I can see her saying this with a very straight face.)

Once again, Henry set up his blacksmith shop on the ranch which likely served as the primary source of income to supplement his other job – starting a nursery to plant an orange orchard – Valencia and Washington navels to ensure a year-round growing season.   His business sign read “Kendall Ranch, Sunkist Affiliate”.  I’m still looking for the sign.  One year when the crop yield was particularly good the Kendall children received a $100 gold coin for Christmas.  A very good year indeed!

The valley was predominately agricultural - citrus orchards were most prevalent with a smattering of walnut groves.  Packing houses were abundant.  After years of being at the mercy of packing houses and shippers, citrus growers organized cooperatives to ensure uniformity in pricing and marketing.  For a number of years, Henry was a director with the Irwindale Citrus Association.

Covina Argus Newspaper 16 Dec 1927

Community Involvement
Before his involvement with the citrus association, Henry was a member of the Baldwin Park School Board.  He was tasked with recruiting a teacher for the two-room schoolhouse and apparently had someone in mind.  Away he went on his horse to Los Nietos/Whittier to hire Mrs. Margaret Heath.  He must have thought highly of her from his days in Los Nietos -- maybe she taught his children there.  My grandmother was one of her first pupils in 1906.  Years later, Mrs. Heath was Uncle B’s teacher.

Excerpt from profile of Mrs. Heath from
1951 Alumni Bulletin, Indiana Teacher's College

Two other boards of directors occupied his attention:  the First National Bank of Baldwin Park and the Baldwin Park Water Company.  Newspaper accounts indicate he was a member of the water board for at least three years.

Covina Argus Newspaper 10 Jan 1914
The Shack
Was Henry lured to sand and surf for relaxation?  Only 30 miles from the ranch lay the ocean; that's via today's highways and cars.  Before WWII, he and his sons built “the shack” and a one bedroom house in front of it in Seal Beach, Los Angeles County, California.  It may have been on Dolphin Street, off Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) near the railroad tracks, a block from the beach.  Ida lived there for awhile after Henry died.   Her grandson Robert M. Hibsch lived with her from 1941-1943.  He looked out for her after work and before he entered military service.  Oh, to have the house in the family today.  Home values there now are over a half million dollars.

Thirty-Two Years Later
My great-grandfather was part of the burgeoning years of the citrus industry in the San Gabriel Valley for over three decades.   He made a mark in his community through involvement.  This quiet-unassuming man died[5] of leukemia on 14 May 1937 at age 73 and was buried in Glendora, Los Angeles County, California at Oakdale Memorial Park.  Awhile later, Charles sold the ranch property for his mother who moved to a house on Virginia Street in Covina.  The new owner razed the structures and built an ice skating rink where my cousins skated a number of times.  The property was sold again and is currently unoccupied. 

Obituary, Henry Martin Kendall published 21 May 1937
in the Covina Argus Newspaper on
Future Research
  • Obtain records for birth, death, properties, boards and associations
  • Learn more about Alosta and boundaries for Baldwin Park, Covina, and Irwindale
  • Learn more about boundaries for Los Nietos, Whittier and Norwalk 
  • Obtain photos of Alosta, citrus ranch house and the Seal Beach shack
  • Research Henry's children, neighbors and associates for more insight
  • Learn more about blackmithing in the valley; what Henry made  


[1] California voter registration records help locate most male citizens between the years of the federal censuses. The first voter registration records were county poll lists. Although poll lists were required by law after 1850, the earliest records are incomplete. In 1866, poll lists were replaced by voter registers known as the Great Registers. Each voter was required to register with the county clerk, giving his full name, age, state or country of birth, occupation, and address.  Subsequent registers included a physical description of the voter. FamilySearch Wiki
[2] California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 23; FHL Roll Number: 976932; 
[3] West Whittier-Los Nietos is a census-designated place in Los Angeles County, California, near the San Gabriel River and the San Gabriel River Freeway (605 Fwy.). Wikipedia 
[4] Interview with Charles P. Kendall in 1936 published in the Covina Argus newspaper.
[5] Obituary, Covina Argus newspaper, 21 May 1937. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Donald Keith Bashor - Finding my Murderous Ancestor in the California State Archives (52 Ancestors #46)

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

A few years ago my Uncle B asked if I knew about the family bad boy.  No, I said, tell me more!  He did – about 1950s Los Angeles, burglary, murder and prison.  I had to find out more. 

Photograph by Edward Gamer / Los Angeles Times. Senior Deputy George Coenen, left, and Sgt. Howard Earle, right, escort convicted killer Donald Keith Bashor
on his trip to San Quentin, Oct. 25, 1956

The Plan - Go to the California State Archives
I already knew that the California State Archives held state prison records so I went to their website to ask “Minerva”, the online catalog of the California State Archives. 

I found a lead and sent an email to the reference desk.
“Dear Minerva:  I would appreciate your help. Seeking San Quentin Prison prison record and related court records for Donald Keith BASHOR.... I only have his conviction appeal information: People v. Bashor (1957) 48 C2d 763 [Crim. 6004 Cal Sup Ct June, 21, 1957]. COUNSEL Edmund G. Brown, Attorney General, and Elizabeth Miller, Deputy Attorney General, for Respondent.  Terrence W. Cooney, under appointment by the Supreme Court for Appellant. My search of Minerva returned SQ information for dates other than 1957 or so.  Do you have any suggestions on where to search? Thank you.”
 A timely response from Archivist Linda J proved fruitful. 
 “We have a Supreme Court case file for Donald Keith Bashor, the Governor’s Execution Case file and the San Quentin Inmate Case file.  The files have been screened as some documents are exempt from disclosure (medical records, psychiatric evaluations, education records, and certain Department of Justice records).  But, there is still a lot of info in the folders.  There are a number of very graphic black and white photographs of the victims in the Governor’s file. I’ve placed the case files on the hold shelf with the Court case, so they are ready for your review.”
Off I went to the Archives to review the files.  How convenient that I lived in Sacramento at the time.

Prison, Court and Execution Records for Donald K. Bashor
(click images to enlarge)
The bad boy of my family was Donald Keith Bashor, my 3rd cousin once removed.[1]  He was born 15 Nov 1928 in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California to Hillard R. Bashor and Cecilia I. Barney Bashor.[2]  His parents divorced, his alcoholic mother committed suicide, and he was known to local law enforcement, ending up in juvenile detention on more than one occasion.  Things got worse

He aspired to be a psychologist, having enrolled at the University of Southern California.  Money stolen from his burglaries financed his drugs, alcohol and college.  He entered residences late at night through unlocked doors and windows while the resident slept.  Unfortunately, during two separate burglaries in 1955, the female residents awoke and started screaming.  He bludgeoned them to death to quiet the screams.  The cases went unsolved until he was caught with the goods after another burglary then the police tied him to the murders,

Newspaper editors and/or the police nicknamed him “Jekyll-Hyde”, the “Wilshire Prowler” and the “Barefoot Burglar”.  Hollywood glorified Donald’s crimes in a Playhouse 90 episode called “Portrait of a Murderer” with Tab Hunter in the title role.       

Donald originally pleaded not guilty then changed it to guilty asking his attorney not to use legal maneuvers to reduce the sentence.  He was sentenced to death at San Quentin State Prison.  He entered the prison on 25 Oct 1956 and was executed on 11 Oct 1957.

Newspaper headline about Donald K. Bashor confession

The archivists at the California State Archives were very helpful in obtaining files for my research. The files revealed enough information despite the removal of certain documents because of  disclosure rules,  Be sure to include the state archives in your research - your bad or good ancestor just may be found there.


[1] Steve Morse relationship calculator
[2] Bashor brothers married Sherfy sisters.  Hillard was the youngest son of Madison and Emma Bashor.  Madison was the son of John and Elizabeth Sherfy Bashor. John Bashor was Martin Bashor’s older brother. They married Sherfy sisters, Susannah and Elizabeth) in Tennessee, then traveled to Missouri, and on to California and Colorado.  Susannah Sherfy was my 3rd great-grandmother.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Susannah Sherfy Bashor, Christian Pipe Smoker? (52 Ancestors #45)

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

Susannah Scherfy Bashor
circa 1860 Boulder County, Colorado
Source: Hibsch Family Collection
My third great-grandmother, Susannah Sherfy, was born in November 1822[1] in Washington County, Tennessee.  She was one of several children born to John S. Sherfy and Margaret Beahm Sherfy. 

She married Martin Bashor on 31 August 1843.  Seven children filled their northeastern Tennessee home over the next 15 years including an orphan boy they took in.  Three more children were born after relocating in 1859 to Empire Prairie, Andrew County, Missouri including my second great-grandmother Martha Bashor Hibsch Collett in 1864.  Martin and Susannah moved twice more - to California and Colorado. 

Like many female ancestors, Susannah has a light footprint in records found thus far but a few stories came to light during my research that need verification:
  • Buried a former slave who lived next door in Washington County, Tennessee
  • Member of the Brethren Church
  • Traveled by covered wagon to Empire Prairie, Andrew County, Missouri
  • Smoked a pipe
Susannah died of Bright’s Disease (a kidney ailment) in December 1900 in Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado.  Her grave, inscribed with “Rest Sweet Rest”, is in Hygiene Cemetery, Hygiene, Boulder County, Colorado[2]

Future Research
  • Verify stories
  • Obtain birth, death and church records

[1] Year: 1900; Census Place: Precinct 1, Boulder, Colorado; Roll: 121; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0157; FHL microfilm: 1240121; Enumeration District: 0157; Longmont Town, Wards 1-3.

Monday, November 24, 2014

William C. Hibsch, Blacksmith Shod Horses Then Died (52 Ancestors #44)

This is another post for 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks, a challenge on No Story Too Small by Amy Johnson Crow.


    After shoeing fifteen horses during working hours, Tuesday, W.C. Hibsch lay down on the floor of his blacksmith shop, in McCabe, at 6 o'clock in the evening, and expired a few minutes later, presumably from the excessive use of alcoholic stimulants.

    Deceased was aged about 45 years.  He had resided in McCabe but a short time and very little is known of his antecedents.  A son, 15 years of age, and a daughter, aged 5, survive him.  The remains were taken charge by the Ruffner undertaking establishment and brought to this city.  Internment will take place this afternoon, at 3 o'clock, in the Citizen's cemetery.

W.C., as he was usually referred to, Hibsch was my great-grandfather.  He was born about 1868 in Prussia and emigrated to the United States with his parents and sister in about 1871.  The family lived in Wisconsin for awhile then migrated to California.  

In 1895, he married Martha Bashor in Los Angeles County, California.  They had two children, Alba William Hibsch, my grandfather, born in 1896, and Cecil Everett Hibsch, born in 1902.

References to his children in the obituary were wrong.  His son Alba was 11 years old at the time of W.C.'s death in 1907.  He didn't have a daughter but another son, Cecil, age 4 when W.C. died.  This inaccuracy served as a reminder to verify all information in an obituary because they are, as I've said before, rich with clues but not reliability.  

W.C. was a blacksmith.  He once had a shop in Covina, Los Angeles County, California.  At the time of his death, he worked for the McCabe Mining Company in the small mining town of McCabe located near Prescott, Arizona.  Martha and the children were not living with him at the time possibly due to the couple's estrangement according to family stories.

Source: Los Angeles Herald, Vol 26, No.155, 4 March 1897
(click image to enlarge)

Obit transcription by Denise Hibsch Richmond
Source: Arizona Journal-Miner, June 1907
Obtained from the Sharlot Hall Museum -Library and Archives, Prescott, Arizona

Note: This post has been updated; it was originally published in 2013.