Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sarah Jane Harris Kendall, from Appalachia to the Prairie (52 Ancestors #28)

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

Today I'd like to introduce my 2nd great-grandmother, Sarah Jane Harris Kendall, mother of Henry Martin Kendall, my great-grandfather (whom I've not yet profiled).  Her profile is based solely on internet sources and all of it requires further evidence.  If there are any Harris-Kendall cousins out there, please inquire within!


Map Courtesy of Digital-Topo-Maps.com

Sarah Jane Harris spent over three decades living in a four county area of northeastern Kentucky: Lawrence, Morgan, Carter and maybe Rowan.  Much of the region is in the Cumberland Plateau region west of the main Appalachian Mountains.  Densely forested, rugged, yet beautiful land.  An enlargement  (above) of the four county area excerpted from a Kentucky county map shows the geographic relationship of each county.   

She was born in Lawrence County, Kentucky[1] in November 1830[2] to parent's whose names are yet to be determined.

On 12 Apr 1855, Sarah Jane Harris married Lewis Henry Kendall[3] in Morgan County, Kentucky. Their first two children died the year of birth, 1856[4] and 1857[5].  Subsequent children were:
  • James W., 1858 and Celia A., 1859[6] in Morgan County
  • John Allen, 1861 in Carter County, Kentucky[8] [9]
  • Henry Martin, 1864 in (maybe) Rowan County, Kentucky[10]
  • Rebecca Susan, 1866[11]
  • Elijah, 1869[12] and Melvin Hayden, 1872 in Clark’s Creek County, Kansas[13]
Sarah raised her children and kept house while Lewis farmed the land during their 19 years of marriage.  They lived in various locations over the years:
  • August 1860 in Carter County, Kentucky (Bruin Post Office).[7]
  • June 1870 in Clark’s Creek, Morris County, Kansas (Council Grove Post Office).[14]
Kendall family in 1870 U.S. federal census, Morris County, Kansas [14]
(click to enlarge)
The Kendall family had probably lived in Kansas for about five years when, on 31 Jan 1874, Lewis Kendall died at 46 years of age.  He was buried in Burton Cemetery in Parkerville, Morris County, Kansas.[15]

The following year, 45 year old Sarah and the children were living in Highland Township, Morris County, Kansas (White City Post Office).  Son James W., at 17 was the man of the house and farming the land.  Celia Ann was 16 and Henry M., 10.  The 1875 Kansas State Census showed the value of personal property at $80.[16]. Rebecca, Melvin and Elijah were not recorded in the household. However, could "M.H. Kendall, 2," family #59 in this census be Sarah’s youngest son, Melvin living/staying with a nearby family?

Beginning with the 1880 U.S. federal census, and the next 30 years, Sarah lived in Ohio Township, Morris County, Kansas.  At first she was the head of household, then James.  Sarah was 50 now, James W., 21, Henry Martin, 14, and Melvin H., 7.  James continued to farm.[17]

James married Emma in about 1886 and they had eight children.  For census years 1900 and 1910, Sarah continued to live with James and was surrounded by grandchildren. The farm was owned and #26 on the Farm Schedule.[18] [19]

From the mountains of Appalachia to the prairie of Kansas, 82 year old Sarah Harris Kendall called it a life when she died on 12 Aug 1912 in Morris County.  She was buried in Burton Cemetery, Parkerville, Morris County, Kansas.[20]

Future Research
  • Obtain birth, marriage, death and land records
  • Name Sarah's parents and siblings
  • Follow-up on "missing" children in 1875 census
  • Determine town names in four counties
  • Develop assumptions for relocating
  • Find evidence of religious affiliation
  • Locate living relatives of Sarah's children

Sources


[1] "Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979," index, FamilySearch, Lewis Kindall and Sarah Harris, 12 Apr 1855; citing, Lawrence, Kentucky, reference ; FHL microfilm 216831
[2] Year: 1900; Census Place: Ohio, Morris, Kansas; Roll: 491; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0107; FHL microfilm: 1240491. Ancestry.com
[3] See Footnote #1
[4] "Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960," index, FamilySearch, Kendall, 12 Jan 1856; citing, MORGAN, KENTUCKY, reference; FHL microfilm 216835.
[5] "Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960," index, FamilySearch, Kendall, 14 Feb 1857; citing, MORGAN, KENTUCKY, reference; FHL microfilm 216835.
[6] Kentucky, Birth Records, 1852-1910: Ancestry.com. Original data: Kentucky. Kentucky Birth, Marriage and Death Records – Microfilm (1852-1910). Microfilm rolls #994027-994058.
[7] 1860; Census Place: Carter County, Kentucky; Roll: M653_361; Page: 341; Image: 341; Family History Library Film: 803361. Ancestry.com
[8] "Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960," index, FamilySearch, Kendall, 05 Jul 1861; citing Carter, Kentucky, reference 2:2C31X2H; FHL microfilm 216819.
[9] Unsourced Word document of Denise Hibsch Richmond
[10] See Footnote 13.
[11] See Footnote 13.
[12] See Footnote 13.
[13] See Footnote 9.
[14] Year: 1870; Census Place: Clarks Creek, Morris, Kansas; Roll: M593_439; Page: 679B; Image: 599; Family History Library Film: 545938. Township : Clarks Creek.  Accessed on Ancestry.com.
[15] Find-A-Grave Memorial #21500700, created by Theresa, photos by Renate. www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=21500700
[16] 1875 Kansas State Census. Microfilm reels K-1 – K-20. Kansas State Historical Society.  Accessed on Ancestry.com. Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925.
[17] "United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch, Sarah Kendall, Ohio, Morris, Kansas, United States; citing sheet 408A, NARA microfilm publication T9.
[18] "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch, Sarah Kendall in household of James W Kendall, Ohio Township, Morris, Kansas, United States; citing sheet 2A, family 26, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240491.
[19] "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch, Sarrah Kendall in household of James W Kendall, Ohio, Morris, Kansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 88, sheet 2A, family 30, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374462.
[20] Find-A-Grave Memorial #21500813, created by Theresa, photos by Renate.   http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=kendall&GSiman=1&GScid=92109&GRid=21500813&


Monday, July 7, 2014

Cecilia Caballero Richmond, San Francisco Native (52 Ancestors #27)

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

Please welcome Guest Blogger and my husband, Scott Richmond with a remembrance of his mother.

My mother was born Geneva Caballero on 16 June 1919 at San Francisco General Hospital in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California.  The story passed down through the years was that she was born in either the lobby or a hospital corridor because she came so quickly.

Cecilia Caballero, age 13, (right) with siblings
Carmen and Peter, and cousin Kenny
(Denise H. Richmond Collection) 
Throughout most of her life, she believed that she was born Cecilia Caballero on 12 June 1919.  But when she needed to obtain a copy of her official birth certificate she discovered otherwise. Nevertheless, she continued to use Cecilia and the June 12th birth date for the remainder of her life.

Mom was the tenth of 13 children born to Spanish immigrants Alfonso Caballero and Gabriella Romero Caballero  – and the eighth girl.   She grew up in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco in the shadow of the now historic Coit Tower.  The hilly streets were cumbersome to walk as they were constructed of steep, wooden stairs.  She told me stories about climbing them daily to get to and from the trolley car and school.

She attended public school in San Francisco, including Francisco Junior High School and Galileo High School.  When asked about her favorite pastime as a school-girl, she described going to movies with friends and dances with the boys.  She nearly graduated from high school.  Her father caught her cutting class in the middle of her senior year and withdrew her from school.  Arrangements were then made to have her begin working at the Hormel meat packing factory, along with her older sister Mary.  She worked there, operating the bacon machine, for several months until her marriage to my father.

The word “willful” came to mind when she described her teenage antics which didn't stop with cutting class.  She regaled me with a few stories about how she and Mary climbed out of their bedroom window to go to the movies.  This behavioral trait was life-long!

Cecilia Caballero in her black satin
 wedding suit, 12 Jun 1937
(Denise H. Richmond Collection)
Young Cecilia married Nebraskan Joseph K. Richmond on 12 June 1937.  They met in her mother’s kitchen just five weeks prior.  The marriage took place at San Francisco City Hall on what she thought was her 18th birthday.  The couple lived in San Francisco, Oakland, Alameda and Modesto before moving to Sacramento, California.  Mom recalled fondly living with my father’s mother in Oakland.  During this period, my Grandma Richmond taught her how to cook and make seamstress-quality clothes.

Their marriage produced three children: Donald in 1938, Ronald in 1944 and Scott in 1952.  She suffered a miscarriage sometime between her first and second child after falling down a flight of stairs while doing laundry.  She always lamented that she would have had a daughter.

Mom’s adult years were taken up with the activities of a wife and mother.  She and my father purchased their one and only home in April 1956 after renting for the first 19 years of their marriage.  After my Grandmother Caballero’s death in April 1970, my mother insisted on using her inheritance to pay off the mortgage.  She continued to live there until her death, some 56 years later, in November 2012.

Cecilia Caballero Richmond, 92,
25 Dec 2011
(Denise H. Richmond Collection)
She was widowed at age 57 when, in March 1977, my father died of heart failure.  She never remarried and never sought male companionship of any kind following his death.  “I don’t want to wash another’s man’s socks,” she reasoned.   She lived out her remaining years in her Sacramento home.  Her activities consisted primarily of keeping house, taking care of her yard, and trying to maintain her home as best she could.  My wife and I gave her a household repair book in the early 1980’s which she referred to often.  She saw no reason to pay a repairman if she could fix the light switch, leaking faucet or toilet herself.  And she did fix it herself on many occasions.  When a lamp shade crumbled due to age, she bought materials and made a new one, pleats and all.

She was also preceded in death by her son Donald who died of cancer in 1999.  Her signature accomplishments in life revolved around supporting her husband and caring for her three children.  The marriages of her two oldest sons produced five grandchildren but she enjoyed little to no contact with them once they became adults.  Therefore, the deaths of both a husband and eldest child must have been especially difficult for her to reconcile as she advanced into late life.  She was closest to her sisters Mary and Carmen and lamented their passing.

Cecilia Caballero Richmond, top row, second from right,
with her mother, bottom row, second from right,
and sisters and nieces at bridal shower
for her brother Peter's bride-to-be, June.
About 1945, from the Denise H. Richmond Collection.
Cecilia, the tenth child, was the last surviving member of the large Caballero family when she died of cancer in 2012 at nearly 94 years of age.  Her wish to return to her beloved San Francisco was honored.   She was interred at the only place one can be “buried” in the City, the Neptune Society Columbarium, near a stained glass window with an inset lighthouse.  She would have liked that.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Susan A. Pillsbury Bergadeen, Long-time Mitchell County, Iowa Resident (52 Ancestors #26)

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

This week I'm profiling another Pillsbury ancestor.  As I searched basic records it seemed that the family left quite a short footprint.

Susan A. Pillsbury was born in 1850[1] in Maine. She was the second of five children born to William C. Pillsbury and Eliza Cooper Pillsbury.  Her youngest sister, Ella, was my second great-grandmother.

Susan would have been my second great aunt[2].

Source: Ancestry.com (3)
When she was about 26 years old, she married Paul Bergadeen on 13 Jan 1876[3] in Mitchell County, Iowa.  She and Paul had two sons, John Edward, born in Dec 1876, and Edwin Forest, born in Aug 1879.  The sons were lifelong bachelors[4].  The family lived in Mitchell County, Iowa for the rest of their lives.

The dates of death of Susan and Paul are unknown.   John died in 1948[5] at about age 72.  Edwin was about 71 when he died in 1950[6] due to an apparent suicide[7].  How sad.  Both sons are buried in Wayne Cemetery, McIntire, Mitchell County, Iowa.

Source: Newspapers.com (7)
[Click to enlarge]


Sources


[1] 1850 U.S. Federal Census; Census Place: Bloomingdale, Winnebago, Wisconsin; Roll: M432_1009; Page: 538B; Image: 603.  Susan was recorded as five months old and born in Maine.  However, the census was enumerated on 15 Aug 1850.  The family either arrived in Wisconsin just before the census date or an error was made in the her age and location. 
[2] Steve Morse Relationship Calculator
[3] Iowa, Select Marriages, 1809-1992: Ancestry.com. Original data: Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
[4] Several censuses recorded John and Edwin as single.
[5] Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi.nin
[6] Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi.
[7] The Mason City Globe-Gazette (Mason City, Iowa) 15 Nov 1950. Page 23. Newspapers.com. Accessed by Denise Hibsch Richmond 1 Jul 2014.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Charles Ward Pillsbury, Mid-West Farmer (52 Ancestors #25)

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

I'd like to introduce you to another of my mid-western farmers.

In 1856, near the Fox River and Lake Winnebago in the small Township of Omro[1], Winnebago county, Wisconsin, Charles Ward Pillsbury was born[2] to William C. Pillsbury and Eliza Cooper Pillsbury.  His brothers and sisters were:

James Pillsbury 1847-
Susan Pillsbury  1850-
Emma Pillsbury  1851-
Ella Pillsbury 1860-1943

Charles was my third great uncle[3].

The Iowa Years
Charles lived in Wayne Township, Mitchell County, Iowa beginning sometime before 1880[4].  He spent much of his boyhood and young adult life on his parent’s farm.   In 1891, he married Eva from which this union brought two children: Helen in 1892[5] and Harold in 1898[6].  He had a farm of his own in Wayne Township for about ten years.

Seemed like life was good.  And then…

The Minnesota Years
Possible route from McIntire (near Wayne), Iowa
to Parkers Prairie, Minnesota. Yahoo Maps
(click to enlarge)
Parkers Prairie in Otter Tail County, Minnesota became home for Charles’s family by 1920[7].  He and Eva were 62 now.  He owned the house and the farm.   His son Harold was married and worked as a laborer, maybe on the family farm.  Helen wasn't in the household; maybe she was married.

But why did Charles move here?  This small town, surrounded by rivers and lakes (an oxymoron -- he’s in Minnesota for goodness sakes), is 280+ miles or so from Wayne Township and nearly 150+ miles north of Minneapolis, Minnesota[8].

In about ten years, Charles and Eva would be living with Harold and Wilma, his wife.  All would remain in Parkers Prairie for the rest of their lives.  Eva died in 1931, Charles in 1933, Harold in 1934.  They are buried in Parkers Prairie Cemetery.

Future Research
  • Locate land and property records
  • Obtain birth, marriage and death records
  • Obtain funeral and cemetery records
  • Learn more about life in Iowa and Minnesota
Sources


[2] Year: 1860; Census Place: Omro, Winnebago, Wisconsin; Ancestry.com Image 10. Lines 25-32
[3] Steve Morse Relationship Calculator http://stevemorse.org/relation/calculator.html
[4] 1880; Census Place: Wayne, Mitchell, Iowa. ED : 315. Ancestry.com Image 10. Lines 9-12
[5] Year: 1900; Census Place: Wayne, Mitchell, Iowa; Roll: 448; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 0122; FHL microfilm: 1240448. Ancestry.com Image -.  Lines 95-98
[6] Registration State: Minnesota; Registration County: Otter Tail; Roll: 1675772; Draft Board: 2. Draft Card : P. Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
[7] Year: 1920; Census Place: Parkers  Prairie, OtterTail,Minnesota; Roll: T625_849; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 160; Image: 382. Ancestry.com.
[8] Google map 2014



Thursday, June 19, 2014

William E. Hutson, Farm Hand and Thresherman (52 Ancestors #24)

This is another article for the series "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks", a challenge by Amy Johnson Crow on No Story Too Small.
Carol M. Highsmith, "Iowa Hay Rolls",
betw 1980 and 2006

Once again I'm profiling an ancestor from Bailey Village, Mitchell County, Iowa.  My great-great Uncle William Ernest Hutson[1] left a puny record trail.  This fellow became more of a research challenge for basic records than originally expected.  My other ancestors have spoiled me.

Like his older brother Alva Leo Hutson, William was born in the small village of Bailey in Wayne Township, Mitchell County, Iowa. The best indication of his birth date of 19 Mar 1882 came from his WW I draft registration card[2].  He was the second child of James Hutson and Ella Pillsbury Hutson Henderson.   William may not have known his father very well or at all based on statements in the divorce record about his father’s abandonment of the family. He was thirteen years old when his mother married again to John Henderson.   In some records, William was identified with the surname of Henderson.  William also had two half-brothers: Clyde Ellsworth Henderson and Lawrence K. Henderson.

William E. Hutson's signature on
WWI Draft Registration Card
The farms in Wayne Township served as employment for William.  He worked as a hired man on the David S. Hockens [Hawkins] farm[3] and the Richard W. Carter farm[4].   On his WW I draft registration card he listed his occupation as thresherman[5] on the Tom Gallup farm in Athol Township, Spink County, South Dakota[6].  This job site seemed rather curious since it was nearly 400 miles from Wayne Township[7].  William’s brother Alva had a homestead in McKinney, Renville County, North Dakota at the time so I mapped the distance between towns.   Not very close to stop by for supper.

Source: Google Map:  
William’s mother died in 1943.  Her obituary stated that William cared for her until her death in McIntire near Bailey Village.  He would have been about 61, she 84.   While not a reliable source, the obituary does suggest that William was still in Bailey Village in 1943.

The trail goes cold from there.

Did he remain in Bailey Village?  Did he ever marry?  When and where did he die?  Searches in Iowa, Minnesota, Arizona and California where his Hutson and Henderson kin lived have been to no avail.  William has now become my first “modern day” ancestor for whom I have not located some basic records.  So far, she said hopefully.

Photo Credit: Carol M. Highsmith, "Iowa hay rolls", betw 1980 and 2006; Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA (http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2011632246/ : accessed 17 June 2014)

Future Research
  • Locate records for marriage, death and grave site
  • Locate Hutson kin
Sources


[1] Steve Morse relationship calculator http://stevemorse.org/relation/calculator.html
[2] Registration State: Iowa; Registration County: Mitchell; Roll: 1643186; Description: Draft Card H; Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
[3] Year: 1900; Line 80. Census Place: Wayne, Mitchell, Iowa; Roll: 448; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0122; FHL microfilm: 1240448. Description: Enumeration District : 0122; Description: Wayne Township including McIntire Town.  Ancestry.com
[4] Year: 1920; Census Place: Wayne, Mitchell, Iowa; Roll: T625_503; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 152; Image: 310. Description: Enumeration District : 0152; Wayne Township including Bailey town, those parts of Meyer and McIntire towns in this Township.  Ancestry.com.
[5] Merriam-Webster.com:  “thresh” verb \ˈthresh, ˈthrash\:  to separate the seeds of corn, wheat, etc., from the plant by using a special machine or tool.  Thresherman, one who threshes.
[6] See Footnote 2
[7] Mileage by car based on 2014 Google map


Monday, June 16, 2014

Clyde E. Henderson, Iowa Native (52 Ancestors #23)

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

His parents, John Henderson and Ella Pillsbury Hutson Henderson greeted a brown-eyed, dark haired boy on 28 June 1897 in Bailey, Mitchell County, Iowa[1].  They named him Clyde Ellsworth Henderson.  He became the younger half-brother of Alva Leo Hutson and William E. Hutson, both sons from his mother’s first marriage to James Hutson.  Another brother, Lawrence K. Henderson, would come along in a couple years.

To me, Clyde would have been my half great-great uncle.[2]

He lived in the small village of Bailey for at least 20 years attending the local school through the seventh grade[3].  He registered for the draft in 1918 reporting that he worked for Mr. M.S. Carter in Bailey[4]

Draft Registration Card WW I,
Clyde E. Henderson

By 1920, Clyde moved about 20 miles north to live in LeRoy, Mower County, Minnesota.  He was married then, to Louise V. Bach.  Over the next 20 years[5], he worked as a laborer at a quarry, a rock crusher company and the railroad.  He and Louise had three children: Lloyd, Merrill and Marilyn.

Clyde and Louise’s whereabouts after 1940 are a mystery to me.  He may have been living in Chester, Iowa in the 1950’s based on a brief mention of a Clyde Henderson in the Austin [Minnesota] Daily Herald.  He died on 28 Feb 1983 in Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota[6].  He was buried in Wayne Cemetery (near Bailey) in a shared grave with his parents[7].

Future Research
  • Obtain records for Clyde’s birth, school, marriage, employment and death
  • Determine location of Clyde and Louise after 1940
  • Contact descendants of Clyde and Louise
 Sources


[1] Registration State: Iowa; Registration County: Mitchell; Roll: 1643186. Description-Draft Card : H. Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line].
[3] 1915 Iowa State census, Township: Bailey. Ancestry.com. Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925. Original data: Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest.
[4] See footnote 1.
[5] 1920, 1930 and 1940 U.S. federal censuses, Ancestry.com.
[6] Ancestry.com. Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002 [database on-line]. Original data: State of Minnesota. Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002. Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Department of Health.