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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Agnes GAGE

Agnes GAGE, wife of Frank S. Gage
This photo was located at the Stone Soup Antique Mall in Ballston Spa, New York. The front indicates the photo was taken at the studio of C.A. Adams in West Gardner. No state is indicated, but I have determined the state is Massachusetts.

The back bears a hand-written note "Agnes Gage, wife of Frank S. Gage". The photo was likely taken in mid or late 1880s.

I have found a Frank S. GAGE (age 34) and wife Agnes W. GAGE (32) in the 1880 Census for Templeton, Worcester county, Massachusetts. Frank was employed in the furniture manufacturing business; specifically chairs.

1900 Census for Templeton, Worchester Co., Massachusetts shows the couple again. Their specific birth-years are given; Frank S. Gage (Oct 1844) and Agnes W. Gage (Feb 1848). Frank works in a chair shop.
They live with Fanny D. Saneunors (or possibly Summers, or Simmons? - rather illegible) who is described as "mother in law."

The death of Agnes is recorded in the Templeton Massachusetts Vital Records Index. She died 3 Sep 1905, at the age of 58, of consumption. She was buried at Pine Grove Cemetery. The same document also indicates that her maiden name was Simmons (or Symons), and she was born at Duxbury. Her father was Henry Simmons and her mother was Fannie Delano (Simmons.) Both of her parents were born in Duxbury.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

George Harold KNIGHT

George Harold Knight, 3 mo. old
This photo of George Harold KNIGHT was located at an outdoor antiques show in Lower Manhattan, New York.  The photo was taken at the J.T. Locke studio in Claremont, New Hampshire circa Summer of 1891.

I have been able to determine that the young man in the photo, George Harold Knight, was born March 16, 1891 in that town. He was the son of Frank H. Knight (born 1868) and Minnie M. Barrow (born 1865.)  George's father was a native New Hampshiran (New Hampshirite?) who worked at a company that manufactured shoes, and his mother Minnie was French-Canadian.

Later Census records show that George followed in his father's footsteps, so to speak, and as a young man became a clerk at a shoe manufacturing company, perhaps the same one his father worked for.

George married Lillian Pierce (b. 1892) and Census records indicate that George was widowed sometime between 1930 and 1940.  Their daughter Barbara Knight (1917-1992) became the wife of Roger Buffington (1916-1990).

Tuesday, July 15, 2014



This photo was found in an outdoor antique mall in lower Manhattan, New York.

It is labeled "JESSE JONES, FATHER OF HOWARD JONES", and was taken in Norristown, Pennsylvania, circa 1888.

Back of the photo is shown at right.

I love that the photographer also doubles as an "Artificial Fly Tyer."

There is a fellow of this name, born July 1854, found on the Norristown, PA, census of 1900. He was living at 1101 Green Street with his wife Laura V., born Aug 1854, and son Howard Jones, born March 1897. Jesse's occupation is Grocer.

In 1920, the family still lives at the same house on Green Street. Jesse is still a merchant in the retail grocery industry.  His son Howard, then age 22, is given as a chemist.

In the 1930 census, Jesse has retired and has no occupation. Howard, still living with his parents, is a chemist at a steel plant. The family is now living in a $10,000 home at 1507 Markley Street.

The Pennsylvania Death Index records that he passed away at the age of 81y5m of Chronic Myocarditis on December 26, 1933. He was a retired grocer, survived by his wife Laura V. Jones of 1507 Markley Street. His parents were Job C. Jones and Sara Worrell, both of whom were born in Pennsylvania. He is buried at Riverside cemetery in Norristown.

Pennsylvania Death Index also shows Laura Davis Jones, widow of Jesse Jones, died of apoplexy on April 21, 1935. Her birth date was August 5, 1854. Her parents were William Davis and Harriet Watson of Pennsylvania. The information was supplied by Howard Jones of 1507 Markley Street.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Deborah K. LYMAN

UPDATE - Deborah has gone home!

This photo of Deborah Katherine LYMAN was found yesterday at Yeager's Antiques in Midway, Kentucky. The photo was taken at C.L. Judd studio in Jamestown, Dakota. The back of the photo indicates that Deborah Katie Lyman is 6 months old.

The photo appears to have been taken around 1885-1890.

So who was Deborah K. Lyman? A visit to unearthed a good deal of information about her.

Deborah was born 15 March 1888 in Jamestown, Stutsman County in what is now North Dakota but at that time was Dakota Territory. Her parents were George Edward Lyman and Martha "Mattie" A. Hill. She was the eldest of two sisters, the other being Nellie.

The 1910 Jamestown ND Census indicates that George was 54 (born abt 1856 in Illinois) and Martha was 44 (born abt 1866 in Indiana.) Deborah at that time is 22 and employed as a stenographer at the local Court House. Her father is a local merchant. Sister Nellie is 16 years old.

By the time of the 1920 Census, George has passed away and only Martha and Deborah remain in the household. Martha's status is "widow". Deborah, still single at 31, is an assistant secretary in a Real Estate office. Further searching finds that George died in August 1915 at Pingree ND, which is about 20 miles north of Jamestown, and may have been where the family actually lived. His parents were William Baldwin Lyman and Deborah Kelly Tinney, thus "our" Deborah was named for her paternal grandmother.

By the time of the 1930 Census, Deborah and her mother have relocated to Los Angeles, California. Deborah is single and working as a clerk in a bank.

In 1936, Deborah goes abroad to Europe. This is known because on July 29, 1936 she arrives in New York aboard the ship "Champlain" which had originated in Southampton, England. She gives her birthplace as Pingree, North Dakota and her current address as 1282 So. Plymouth Blvd, Los Angeles.

Her mother Martha died in 1942 in Los Angeles.

Deborah did eventually marry. On October 6, 1951, at the age of 63, she married retired lawyer, superior court judge, bank president and Freemason William Rhodes Hervey (age 81) in Los Angeles. William Rhodes Hervey was a brother of WWII General Harcourt Hervey. William died two years later and he is described fully at this link: .  Freemason records state that William's second marriage was to "Miss Deborah Lyman, who was his office and confidential associate."

There is a death record for a Deborah Hervey, born Mar 15, 1888, who died  October 1975 in Woodville Missisippi. A friend found this obituary for her.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

WHITNEY, Gustavos Adolphus

This photo of Gustavos Adolphus WHITNEY was found at an Antique and Art Show in Stuart Florida yesterday.  The matte bears a studio stamp which says "Marratt, 131,133 and 135 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Mich."

The back is inscribed:

Return to Louis H. Jarvis
1401 2nd Ave
Detroit, Mi

G.A. Whitney
Born March 6, 1827
at Bangor Maine
Died July 24 1904
at 9:45 a.m.

Then there is additional writing at the bottom, which appears to say "1 col stereo scene for Tuesday."

This has the appearance of having been loaned to a newspaper or other publication for the purpose of an obituary article.

In the archives at the Detroit Free-Press, the following Funeral Notice insert was located:

The 1880 Detroit census shows G Whitney (53) living at 162 Cass Street with his wife Adelaide (37) and children Flora (17), Allie (16), Frank (14) and Bertha (8). Gustavos' occupation is "painter" and he was born in Maine. Adelaide was born in New York, but neither of them know where their parents were born. Son Frank works as a clerk in a shop. There are two boarders also living with the family; Samie Andrews (30) who works as a store clerk, and Byron Frick (or Frink) (32), an advertising agent.

The 1903 Detroit City Directory shows him at 54 W. Baltimore Avenue, with a business called "Whitney & Smith" and his partner was Albert O. Smith.  The 1905 Directory lists Adelaide as the widow of Gustavos. In that same Directory, Frank J. Whitney is given as the president of Whitney Furniture Manufacturing. Not sure if this is the same Frank Whitney who is the son of Gustavos.

The owner of the photo at that time, Louis H. Jarvis (born in Canada), was the husband of Gustavos' daughter Flora. In the 1911 City Directory for Detroit, there was a Louis H. Jarvis living at 1401 2nd Avenue. In other years' directories, he is given as a grocer.

Monday, March 3, 2014


This group of FRANZEN and VAN HEUFELN family members have gone home!

This next group was all found in the same box at an Antique Show. I got the distinct impression that the same hand wrote the notes on the back of all of these images, so I bought them all to keep them together. Furthermore, all of the photos were taken in the same region of Nebraska.  I was thrilled later to discover that all of those photos purchased at the show that day were related to each other.

The first group are labeled as the daughters of HEIE FRANZEN.

Elsie FRANZEN Meyer
Ester FRANZEN Marty
Heie Franzen was a brother of Ubbo "Otto" Franzen (see previous post). And Heie and Otto were half-brothers to Herman and Edward Van Heufeln (see below.)

"Mini Franzen" was apparently incorrectly spelled on the photo. Her name according to her headstone was "Minnie". She was a nurse for the Army during World War II. She is buried at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Leigh, Nebraska, where many of this family lived.

Ester married Ernest Marty and had two children. Elsie married Norman Meyer and had two children.

The next group bears the surname VAN HEUFELN.

Herman and Louise
Class of 47
The back of the photo of Aletta says "Aletta Van Heufeln Kumpf, (Mrs. Le Roy), Ed Van H.'s daughter." The matte is stamped "Taylor, Madison, Nebraska" with an additional embossed mark that says "Class 47". 

The photo of Herman and Louise bears a studio stamp which I cannot read, but I am able to make out the location as Humphrey, Nebraska.  Herman was a brother of Edward Van Heufeln. 

Herman married Marie Louise Beckedorf. Aletta's father Edward married Olga Pauline Beckedorf. So Herman is her father's brother, and Louise is her mother's sister.

I also found this page which has an excellent history of this family:

And this obituary on Zeide Van Heufeln offers more information on this family:

FRANZEN, Art and Elaine

ART FRANZEN, Otto's son
Art and Elaine FRANZEN have gone home!

Here we have two Confirmation photos of siblings Art FRANZEN and Elaine FRANZEN. The matte is missing on the photo of Art, but for Elaine, it is stamped "Daniel, Columbus." This turned out to be Columbus Nebraska. Time period for Elaine appears to be early 1930s, and the photo of Art looks much earlier.

The back of Art's photo says "Art Franzen, Otto's son."

The back of Elaine's photo says "Elaine Franzen  Hellbusch, Otto Franzen's girl".

Otto Franzen's girl
Using these clues, I have determined that "Art" is Arthur Louis Franzen (1908 - 1963) who married Elsie Ann Becher and had at least two sons. His parents are Ubbo "Otto" Louis Franzen, a German immigrant, and Helene Daniels, a Nebraska-born daughter of German immigrants.

Otto and Helene had several children; Lydia, Arthur, Leona, Edgar, Elaine and Melvin.

Elaine (1918 - 2006) married Clarence Hellbusch in 1936, and had 2 daughters. She and Clarence farmed in rural Nebraska and returned to Columbus upon retirement. She enjoyed watching sports on television and was a Cubs fan.

At, I was able to locate a more recent photo of Elaine, and a full obituary which I will not reprint here because this was a fairly recent passing and the obituary contains names of living people and I prefer to respect their privacy. I will however post the recent photo next to that of the old photo, for the purpose of comparison.


RENAUD, Frederick Carleton

Fredrick Carleton RENAUD, 1909, with
his mother Georgianna Decelles Renaud.

This photo was taken at the photographic studio of "Chandler, St Albans, VT".  The back is inscribed "Fredrick Carleton Renaud, age 4 months, Nov 16, 1909."

The child was therefore born in or near Mid-July 1909.

1910 Census records for St. Albans, Vermont (enumerated in April 1910) show a family living at number 10 High Street, consisting of Fredrick G. Renaud (age 31), Georgianna D. (age 32), son Carleton F. (age 9 months). Also in the household are 38-yr-old sister-in-law Melinda Decelles and 20-yr-old brother Eliot Renaud.

Father Fredrick G. is listed as a Barber and runs his own shop, while his brother Eliot, also a barber, helps out in the shop. Melinda is given as a machine operator in a clothing factory.

The full name of the baby's father was Fredrick Guiesbert Renaud.

By the time Carleton was 10, the family had relocated to Southbridge Massachusetts.

In the 1930 Census for that town, the father is still employed as a barber, while 20-yr-old  F. Carleton is a prescription clerk in a drug store. In 1937, he married Lillia B. (Pinsonneault) also of Southbridge and she outlived him by 17 years.

In the 1950s Carleton is found in the City Directory for North Adams, Massachusets, employed as a Chef at St Anthony Hall at Williams College. Eventually the couple moved back to Southbridge. It is unknown whether or not Carleton and Lillia had children.

COLE Siblings

COLE Siblings, circa 1924, of Nebraska
This snapshot was found in the same West Palm Beach Florida Antique Show where most of the recent posts were found. I am guessing on the time period (around 1924) based upon the clothing and the automobile parked at the curb. The people appear to be in their sixties, so would be born in the 1860s and thereabouts.

The back of the photo bears the inscription:
1. Uncle Will Cole
2.           Frank  "
3. Aunt Lizzie   "
4. Uncle Clarence  "
5.   "     Barrett    "

The note was obviously written by the offspring of one of these people, and my guess goes to some child of Frank. The reason I think that, is that there is no "ditto" mark before the name Frank. All of the other names bear some relationship title in front of the name, ie. Aunt or Uncle. I think the "ditto" mark was purposely omitted in front of Frank because he is the father of the person labeling the photo.

The 1880 Census for Clarksville Nebraska shows a family named COLE. The parents are John F. Cole (b. abt 1822) and Mary R. Cole (b. abt 1828.) At that time they are farmers and have six children living at home and helping to farm the land. The children are: Franklin (age 22, thus born abt 1858), Charles W. (21 / 1859), James S. (17 / 1863), Elizabeth (14 / 1866), Barrett (12 / 1868) and Clarence (9 / 1871).

Further research shows there was also three older brothers, William Albert Cole (born 1848), John Henry Cole (born 1852) and Robert Mory Cole (1854-1924) - all of whom had left home prior to the 1880 Census.

I noted the death date for older brother Robert (died 1924), and then examined the photograph a bit more carefully and found that this group of siblings appear to be standing in front of a church; a stained glass window is visible over the right shoulder of "Uncle Will." I wonder if this gathering of siblings was on the occassion of Robert's funeral? They are all wearing dark clothes.

Franklin married Laura Malone and they had a son Ralph (1898 - 1975) whom I suspect held the pencil that wrote the names of the subjects on the back of this snapshot.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

PETERSON, Clara Mann

This photo bears the studio stamp "Smith, Waterbury, Conn."  The back is inscribed "December 1910, Clara Mann Peterson."

The 1900 Census records for Connecticut, show that there is a Clara M PETERSON living in New Britain, Connecticut (which is about 20 miles from Waterbury.) That record indicates that she is born February 1890, so if that is the same person, then she is nearly 21 years old in this photo, in 1910. I am not sure if that is the right person. The woman in this photograph looks younger that 21 to me. I would guess between 15 and 17.

The 1910 Census for Naugatuck, Connecticut (about 5 miles from downtown Waterbury) shows a 16 year old Clara P. MANN living with her parents Albert Mann and Sarah Mann, and her grandmother Maria Mann. Albert was 46 years old and working as a foreman at a woolen mill. I will keep researching to see if she married a Peterson.