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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FILKINS and NEHEMIAH Marriage Cert

Marriage Certificate of
22 December 1880

This Marriage Certificate was located at the Madison-Bouckville Antiques Week in upstate New York. It is unique (at least in my experience) in that this document has photographs of the bride and groom set into openings in the document. There is also a third opening below the wedding couple, which has no photograph, and may have been reserved for the officiating reverend.

(Click any photo for a larger image.)

The pair memorialized in this document are George H. Filkins and Ada A. Nehemiah, both of East Berne, New York. The wedding took place on 22 December, 1880, and witnesses were Charles Nehemiah (Ada had a brother named Charles) and Mina Filkins (George had a sister Elmina, who, incidentally, later married Charles Nehemiah).

The couple are found at which shows they are buried at the Knox cemetery in Albany County, NY. 

George Henry Filkins (son of Christopher A. Filkins and Anna M. Deitz) was born May 14, 1857 and died April 8, 1897. He had at least 7 siblings, several of which married into the Nehemiah family.

Ada Nehemiah (daughter of Christopher Nehemyre and Elmira Hellenbeck) was born March 9, 1862 and she died Nov 28, 1939.

They had one son, Clinton Nehemiah Filkins, (2 Mar 1883 - 19 Sep 1948).

Monday, August 28, 2017

McADOO, Johnnie and Bessie

Johnnie and Bessie McADOO
Kittanning, PA
January 1893

This photo was located in the Stone Soup Antiques Gallery in Ballston Spa. The photo was taken in the Walter Otto Studio in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, in January 1893. Johnnie appears to be around 1 or 2 years old. Bessie appears to be between 5 and 6.

There was a McAdoo family living in Kiskiminetas Township, Pennsylvania, in 1910, which is only about 20 miles from Kittanning.

They are found on the 1910 Census.
McADOO, Harriet, head, 60, widowed, born in Penn of Irish parents, occupation Farmer
McADOO, Bessie E., daughter, 24, born in Penn, Public School teacher
McADOO, John S., son, 21, farmer
HOOVER, Myrtle, servant, 30, born in Penn, private family servant

Mother Harriet's maiden name was Campbell. She was born Oct 1854, and died (after 1930 Census). Her husband was John McAdoo (born Oct 1837 - died 1900?) son of Irish parents.

The 1910 Census describes Harriet as a widow.

Little Johnnie McAdoo was born 4 Nov 1888 (so 4 yo in the photo).

NOTE - there is more than one McAdoo family in this area at this time. Research shows there was a different Johnnie McAdoo nearby, from a large family, and married, who died Apr 3, 1917 at age 25, with cause of death "killed by explosion in Conemaugh Coal Co. mine." But our Johnnie S. McAdoo appears on both the 1920 Census and the 1930 Census, still farming at home with mother Harriet and sister Bessie.

June 5, 1917, John Sylvester McAdoo registers for the WWI draft. Birthdate Nov 4, 1888 (he is age 28 at this time.) He claims exemption from military draft due to "only son of widowed mother and large farm to work."

1930 Census shows Bessie (44) is a public school teacher in Kiskiminetas.

1940 Census, Kiskiminetas, PA
McADOO, John S., head, 48, general farming
McADOO, Elizabeth M., sister, 52, public school teacher
HOOVER, Myrtle, servant, 57, housekeeper

Sister "Bessie" is seen on Census records as Bessie E., Elizabeth M., and Margaret E. From this I think we can determine her name was either Elizabeth Margaret McAdoo or Margaret Elizabeth McAdoo. According to Church records, Margaret Elizabeth McAdoo was born in Kiskiminetas township, Mar 15 1886 (thus not quite 7 in the photo) to parents John and Harriet T McAdoo, and baptized Sunday October 10, 1886 at St Paul's Episcopal Church in Kittanning PA.

April 27, 1942, John Sylvester McAdoo registered for the draft for WWII. He reports his birthdate as 4 Nov, 1888. He is 53 and farming in "Kiski Township". Closest relative is Elizabeth McAdoo of Avonmore PA, so we know that up to April 1942 she was still unmarried.

21 May 1956 - Bess admitted to hospital in Kittanning PA.

26 May, 1956, Death Certificate for Bess Elizabeth McAdoo, retired school teacher, never married, born 15 Mar 1886, died at Armstrong Memorial Hospital in Kittanning PA, but resided in Avonmore PA with her brother. She was 70 yo. Her mother's maiden name is shown as Harriett T. Campbell. Bess was buried at Edgewood Cemetery Saltsburg, Indiana County, PA.

12 Jan 1970 - John is admitted to the Indiana PA hospital.

__ Jan 1970 - John dies. Last residence was Avonmore PA.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

RICE, Dorothy Lee

June 1891, 3yo (born 1888)
Washington DC

This photo was located at the Stone Soup Antiques Gallery in Ballston Spa, in the same booth as the previously posted photos Edwin Eggleston and Joe & Sarah Jennings Cook.

Dorothy Lee Rice (born Aug 16, 1888 - died Aug 1976) - daughter of James Quackenbush Rice (1859-1928) and Helen Howd (1859-1924) formerly of Washington, but family moved to New York. Attended Vassar College. Married Dr. Martin Hayward Post Jr. (1886-1969) of St. Louis, August 26 1916, at the home of the bride's parents in Tunxis, Litchfield Co., Conn.

They had daughter Dorothy Lee Post (1918-1941). She died at age 22 in an auto accident in Illinois.

They also had a son Martin H. Post III.

Dorothy's father, James Quackenbush Rice, was the son of James O. Rice (1822-1864 killed in Civil War) and Harriet Elizabeth Cook (1832-1913) (daughter of Moses and Emily Cook).

Dorothy's mother, Helen Howd, was a daughter of John E. Howd (1828-1902) and Ellen Eggleston (1834-1897) who was a cousin of Edwin Eggleston (previously posted).

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

COOK, Joe and JENNINGS, Sarah

These photos of Joe Cook and Sarah Jennings Cook were located at the Stone Soup Antiques Gallery in Ballston Spa, New York, in the same booth as the images for Edwin Eggleston and Dorothy Lee Rice.  The cabinet cards are trimmed at the bottom, presumably to fit into a specific frame, but enough of the photographer's mark remains to see that the photos were taken at one of the Heusted Studios in Jefferson County, NY, and probably around the 1890-1895 time period based on the look and feel of the images, and the clothing worn.

The subjects are Joseph C. Cook (1852-1931) and Sarah E. Jennings (1853-1911).

They had a child Lois Margaret Cook, born about 1897, who at age 22 (1919) married Merrill Wood Robbins (son of Glenn Robbins and Mertie Wood) who was a fellow student in her small graduating class at Union Academy in Belleville, in 1916.

Joe and Sarah are found on the 1880 Census for Belleville, Jefferson Co., NY
JENNINGS, Elijah, head, born in NY, retired grocer
JENNINGS, Ellen, wife, born in Connecticut
COOK, Sarah, daughter, born in NY
COOK, Joseph, son-in-law, born in NY, blacksmith

The family is found on the 1910 Federal Census in Ellisburg, Jefferson County, NY
COOK, Joseph L., head, 54, (born abt 1856) in NY of NY  parents, occupation blacksmith in the horseshoeing industry.
COOK, Sarah J., wife, 54, (born abt 1856) in NY of NY and CT parents
COOK, Lois B., daughter, 13, (born abt 1897) in New York
EGGLESTON, Henrietta L., aunt, 60, (born abt 1846) in NY of CT parents

Aunt Henrietta who was living with Sarah and Joseph in 1910, is a sister of Edwin Lee Eggleston, previously researched and posted.



This photo was one of five located at one of my favorite Antique shops; Stone Soup Antiques Gallery in Ballston Spa, NY. Based on the large tie knot, it must have been taken around 1890. The studio was the Ralph Huested Photographic Studio which had branches in Mannsville, Ellis Village, Belleville and Henderson, Jefferson Co., New York.

Edwin Lee Eggleston was born 18 Dec 1832/33 in Henderson, New York to parents Hector D. Eggleston (1802-1865) and Isabelle Sedgewick Lee (1803-1894). He had several siblings including Julius T. (1823-1848), Elizabeth (1825-1825), Ellen (1826-1827), Ellen (1828-_), Dewitt C. (1830-1857), Roswell P. (1835-1853), Henry K. (1839-1916), Isabelle J. (1841-1901), Henrietta L. (1846-1925), and Julius T. (1823-1848).

At age 29, in 1862, Edwin enlisted in the Civil War with Company E of the 10th NY Heavy Artillery, and attained the rank of Sergeant. He returned home to Henderson in 1865.

1868 - At age 35, in Prince Edward Canada, he married 26 year old Ellen M. Harris (daughter of Herman Harris and Polly Case) on 18 Oct 1868. Ellen lived to age 44, dying in 1886. From this union was born three children; a daughter Caroline Eggleston (1869-1895), a son Samuel Eggleston (1871-_), and daughter Henrietta "Etta" Eggleston (1873-1959).
(Click for larger image)

1888 - married second wife Rhoda McKenzie.

1890, June 4, Watertown (NY) Daily Times - this fascinating newspaper snip (at right) mentions both Edwin Eggleston visiting the town of Henderson, and Ralph Heusted opening his photographic studio. This may actually have been the very time this photograph was taken, because Eggleston was living in Ontario Canada at the time, but was visiting in Henderson.

Edwin died April 13, 1922 in Los Angeles. This obituary for Edwin was located in the Watertown (NY) Daily Times, April 22, 1922. (You can click on the obit pictures for a larger image.)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

MARSH, Mabel Patience

Mabel Patie_____ ___arsh
2 1/2 yrs old
Ferguson Studio, Pittsburg Kas.

UPDATE - this photo has been claimed by Mabel's son, and is going home. This photo was located at the "127 Yard Sale" today near Salvisa, Kentucky.

The photo is of a charming toddler in the early 1910's, but the inscription on the back has been torn and obliterates a portion of the middle name and surname. Fortunately, I bought it anyway on the assumption that Pittsburg Kansas has never been a large community, and I should have a fairly easy time of combing the Census records to find a matching name and age.

This turned out to be a good assumption.

The subject is MABEL PATIENCE MARSH, born 17 Aug 1909 in Crawford County, Kansas, to parents Robert Stanley Marsh (1867-1937) and Mabel Ann Riley (1875-1956). (Interesting note - Robert's first wife was Flora Riley (1867-1899) who died young of tuberculosis. Robert's second wife was Mabel, Flora's younger sister.)

1910 Census, Kansas > Crawford Co.> Pittsburg > 106 East Adams Street
MARSH, Robert S., head, 42, born in Ohio to Ohio parents, traveling Grocery salesman
MARSH, Mabel R., wife, 34, born in Indiana to Indiana & Ohio parents
MARSH, Flora Janette, daughter, 6, born in Kansas
MARSH, Richard Riley, son, 4, born in Kansas
MARSH, Mabel Patience, daughter, 8 mo., born in Kansas

From 1920 onward, the family appears at 104 E Adams. Unsure if that means the family moved to the house next-door, or if the address numbering system changed.

1930 Census, Kansas > Crawford Co.> Pittsburg > 104 East Adams Street
MARSH, Robert S., head, 63, no occupation
MARSH, Mabel R., wife, 55
MARSH, Flora Janette, daughter, 26, teacher at Public School
MARSH, Richard Riley, son, 24, teacher at Public School
MARSH, Mabel Patience, daughter, 20, no occupation

Her brother Richard married Gladys Louise Parks (1906-1999).

1933 City Directory for Pittsburg, KS. reports that Patty Marsh is a teacher at Roosevelt Jr High School, and resides at 104 E Adams with her parents.

May 27, 1945, Mabel married Robert A Herrmann (1904-1991).

She died 15 January 1961 in Wellington Kansas. Buried at Highland Park Cemetery in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Three years later, her widowed husband Robert married her older sister Flora.

I am still working on this subject. I have not yet determined if she had any children or grandchildren who may survive into the present time.

Monday, July 31, 2017

NEEL, Mr/Mrs W.P.

Mr & Mrs W.P. Neel
Here is a photo I probably should not have acquired, as there are really not enough clues to help me identify this couple.

The photo is inscribed "Mr & Mrs W.P. NEEL" but there is no location or date given. No photographer's studio mark, which can often help determine a location.

If there was even a complete first name for either person, that would go a long ways in identifying then. But, alas.

The photo was likely taken in the 1950s or 1960s.  The couple appear to be in their seventies, so I am guessing birth year for both is 1880s or 1890s.

I did not make a note where I acquired this photo, but I am certain it was either in Southern California or in Oregon. I found the photo in a file folder which I know I had taken to the west coast on a trip about a year ago. And I do remember stopping in Antique stores in Pomona California, Corvalis Oregon and Eugene Oregon on that trip.

We are going to file this one as a "work in progress" and hope someone out there recognizes them and contacts me.

Sunday, July 30, 2017


Dec 25, 1901
Central Studio Manila

UPDATE - Percy Bartholowe has been claimed by U.S. Marine Corps historian and this photo has been sent to him for safekeeping.

Inscription on back: "From Percy E. Bartholowe to his sister Mary M. Hedding"

This photo was located at the Albany Antique Mall, in Albany NY.

Percy Enfield Bartholow was born 16 Dec 1881, Bedford County, PA to parents William Bartholow (1841-1895) and Rebecca Mills (1841-1915).

Percy was the youngest of 7 siblings. The others were:
Lavinia (1862-_)
Mary M. (1865-1938) married Thomas Martin Hedding.
Albert (1867-_)
Frederick O. (1868-1948) married Emma Wilhide.
Florence M. (1873-1940) married John Shaw.
George W. (1874-1936) married Mary Kuhns.

11 October 1899 enlisted in Marines. Served in Naval Stations in the US, Philippines, China and Panama Canal Zone. In 1901 he stationed at Rosario, south of Manila, Philippines. Nov 20, 1903 he was advanced to the rank of Corporal. Jan 13 1904, he was advanced to the rank of Sargent. He was honorably discharged Oct 13, 1904 at Annapolis MD.

Percy married to Ola E. Morris Nov 29, 1905.  (See clipping at right. Click for larger image.)

Feb 26, 1907, the Washington DC Evening Star newspaper, under the heading "Births Reported" states that Percy E. and Ola E. Bartholowe had a daughter born Feb 21, 1907. I notice that the daughter does not appear in the 1910 Census.

1910 Census, Washington D.C.
BARTHOLOWE, Percy E., head, 28, born in Penn of Penn parents, helper in Navy Yard
BARTHOLOWE, Ola E., wife, 23, Maryland of Delaware parents, children born 1, children living 0

That marriage ended sometime after the 1910 census. I found a couple of newspaper items in 1922 mentioning real estate purchased by Ola Bartholowe, with no mention of Percy.

Percy married to Alta Gamage, 2 Jun 1924. I have not been able to find evidence of any offspring from this marriage.

Sister Mary Bartholow-Hedding (born Jan 21, 1865) died Dec 14, 1938 in Pittsburgh PA.

Died April 4, 1949, in Florida? but is buried in Waynesboro PA. Green Hill Cemetery.

Another photo of him can  be seen on his Findagrave memorial.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Milestone reached


Time to toot my own horn for a moment, then back to work!

Mary Ellen Wreath today became
successful reconnection number 100
Today I sent two photos out to a man who claimed them. These were very recent acquisitions of Mary Ellen Wreath, and the wedding photo of her son Frank and his bride.  You can see the entire work-up on these two photos here.

The man I communicated with (and who will be receiving the photos) is the great-great-grandson of Mary Ellen Wreath.

This shipment marks the 100th successful reconnection of family and lost photo.

I have been engaged in this hobby since at least the year 2000, and my collection of vintage photos is approaching 500 individuals. I have only researched about half of these, but have a good 40% success rate in returning them to existing family members.

With the improvements in online archives of newspapers and other genealogical records, the work goes much more quickly these days.

This is an extremely satisfying hobby because I know that when it works out, the memory of an old soul is preserved, and some family somewhere can welcome home a lost relative.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

HANSELMAN, Eva Adeline


This photo was located at the 2015 Burlington KY Antique Show.

This is Eva Adeline Hanselman, born 8 Sep 1902 in Russelville, Brown County OH, died 3 Oct 1995 in Kettering, Montgomery county OH.

She is the daughter of Arch L. Hanselman and Ella Edna Gilfillen (1884-1913). Arch raised chickens. There was also two younger brothers named George Glen Hanselman (1908-1996) and Frank A. Hanselman, born 1905 but is not on the 1910 Census. The 1910 Census confirms that Ella had 4 children, 2 living at that time. The other child was a son named Arch, and possible another named Beatrice.

Eva was the granddaughter of Dr. Alexander Gilfillen and Acenith Adeline Campbell Gilfillen of Brown County, Ohio.

Attended 4 years of College. Her occupation was Registered Nurse at MV Hospital (probably Miami Valley Hospital Dayton).

Never married. This is going to make it a bit more difficult to find family. Certainly no descendents.

Her brother George married Hazel Barron (1912-1984) .