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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) .

TROUT, Robert

Robert TROUT
UPDATE - This photo of Robert Trout has been claimed by his son and is going back home! 

This picture postcard was found at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds in Florida, during one of their monthly Antique Shows in 2015.

On the back is written the name "Robert Trout". Also there is a hand-written note to an unknown person which says:

"This is our boy at 8 mo. He is some boy. Do you want him? Merry Christmas from Lucy, Irvin & Robert"

Since there is no address or stamp, I will assume the postcard was included along with some delivered gift. quickly found a family in Carbon County, Pennsylvania which matches these clues.

ROBERT W. TROUT (28 Feb 1924 - 18 Feb 2000) son of Irvin Daniel Trout (1892-1966) and Lucy Pogmore (1894-1998).

Lucy's parents George Pogmore (b.1862) and Lucy Unwin (b.1864) were from the Wallingford CT area, and were both born in England.

On various Census records, Irvin Trout is identified as a plumber. Irvin's parents are Mabry Trout (1864-1942) and Caroline Louise Wagner (1864-1943).

Other than Irvin's time in the military during WWI, and Robert's stint in the Navy in WWII, it seems that Robert and his parents lived their entire lives in the town of East Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, which is apparently part of the town of Jim Thorpe, PA.

Robert married Dana Lucille Gerhard (1929-2005) 14 May 1949 (see clipping at right, click for larger image) and had a son Robert Irvin Trout (13 Dec 1949-). The infant was born prematurely by C-section in mid-Dec 1949. Baptized in Feb 1950.

Robert and Dana must have divorced. She is shown marrying Joseph Heimbach in Apr 1971.

Robert and both of his parents are buried in the Evergreen Cemetery at Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, PA.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

EATON, Charles Craft

circa 1920
Son of Dr. and Mrs Percival Eaton of Pittsburgh, born 1 Mar 1894.

This entry was found in the book "Prominent Families of Pittsburgh, 1911".

Married Caroline Blake Creed, April 27, 1921. The bride's parents were Mr/Mrs Joseph Campion Creed, and she traces her lineage back to Edward Blake, a 17th centure Bay Colony settler. Charles' sister Mary Louise Eaton was one of the bridesmaids.

They had two children; James C Eaton (1924-1931) who died in childhood, and a daughter Caroline (1928-??).

Feb. 1924 - Mary Louise Eaton married Rev. Joseph Groves, rector of St. Clement's Protestant Episcopal Church of Wilkes-Barre.

1930 Census, New Hamshire > Strafford > Dover > Silver Street
EATON. Charles C., head, 36, born in PENN of MASS and PENN parents, Hardware Merchant
EATON, Caroline C., wife, 32, MASS of MASS parents
EATON, James C., son, 5, born in NH
EATON Caroline B., daughter, 2y11m, born in NH

1931 - son James C. Eaton died. I have not been successful in determining the cause.

1938 - Charles' father, Dr Percival Eaton died December 28 1938. According to the book "Biographical Review, Volume XXIV, Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of Pittsburg", Percival J. Eaton was a son James F. Eaton and Helen Webster.

1940 - City Directory Dover NH
Eaton Charles C (Caroline C) insurance agent

1942 - Charles is working for Expello Corp, Dover NH. (A company that manufactures moth repellents.)

1949 July - Charles' daughter Caroline marries John Huddleston in Dover NH.

1949, November 5 - Charles marries Helen Hawkes Meader (1898-1988). He must have divorced Caroline because she does not pass until 1973.

1953 - 1960 City Directory Dover NH
Eaton Charles C. (Helen M) prop Eaton & Co, and bkpr Frank A. Thompson & Son reports that Charles died in 1971, but I have not located his obituary.

OWENS, Bernard Jonathan

Bernard Jonathan OWENS
age 3 yrs 6 months
This photo of Bernard Jonathan OWENS was located in California at the Pomona Antique Mall, in February of this year.

The photographer's stamp on the front mat says "H.S. Green, Middleboro, Mass."

On the back are the hand-written words "Bernard Jonathan Owens, age 3 yrs, 6 mos." Based on clothing, hairstyle, and look of the physical photo, my best guess for a time period is early in the decade of the 1910's. That would put the child's birthyear at around 1910.

Using I quickly found a family tree that contains this individual. Bernard Owens was born 20 May 1909 in Middleboro Massachusetts to parents Albert R Owens (son of Willilam Owens and Flora Roberts), a teamster, and Maud Alice Roberts (daughter of Jonathan Roberts and Helen Curtis). Both parents were born in Maine.

1910 Federal Census > Massachusetts > Plymouth > Middleboro > Wareham Street
OWENS, Albert R., head, 33, born in Maine, teamster for trucking company
OWENS, Maude A., wife, 30, Maine, no occupation
OWENS, Faye R., son, 11, Maine
OWENS, Doris G., daughter, 9, Maine
OWENS, Phyllis F., daughter, 2, Massachusetts
OWENS, Bernard J., son, 11mo, Massachusetts

The 1920 Census is much the same, except that the family has moved to Benton Street, and 5-yr-old son Kendrick William has been added to the family. 21-yr-old son Faye Richard Owen still lives at home but works as a salesman at a notions store.

In 1930, the family lives on Pierce Street. Father Albert owns his own trucking business. All of the older children have left home. Only 21-yr-old Bernard and 15-yr-old Kendrick remain. Bernard works as a clerk in a variety store.

Also in 1930, Bernard married Madeleine Augusta Duncklee. Their home in 1935 was Boston Mass.

But in 1940 the Census finds him in Los Angeles CA. His occupation is "truck driver for moving company." His wife is given as Elinor ___, who is 22 and says she was married at age 20 (ie. 1938).

In October, 1943, Bernard enlisted in the Army in Providence Rhode Island. He states his highest level of education was grammar school, his occupation is "driver", and that his marital status is "single, with dependents."

His Mason membership card states that he was in the trucking business, and was a member of the May Flower Lodge in Middleboro.

Bernard died 6 July of 1979, in Carver, Massachusetts, at the age of 70.

HATHAWAY, William Lee

"Born Feb 14, 1867"
"Came to Oregon, age 1"

Photographer's mark - Terkelson & Henry, 1220 Market St. San Francisco

This photo was located in an antique store called Golden Treasures, in Pomona California earlier this year.

William Hathaway was fairly prominent, and easy to locate some information about him.  He is listed in the book "Who's Who on the Pacific Coast, 1913" and here is what it says about him:

HATHAWAY, William Lee, Insurance Man; born Providence R.I. Feb 15, 1867; son of William H. and Mary (Clancy) H. Edu: public schools, Ashland Oregon; Yreka Cal.; Colusa, Cal.; Atkinson Bus. College, Sacramento. Married, Caro Paulson, May 13, 1893, at Colusa, Cal. Moved to Cal. 1892. In employ of Mutual Life Ins. Co. of NY; placed in charge of local office, San Francisco, Jan 1, 1906; reorganized system of life ins. bus. throughout the U.S.; Mgr Cal. Nev. and Hawaiian Is. Mutal Life Ins.Co. of NY., Chmn. Panama-Pacific World's Ins. Congress in San Francisco for 1915; Member: Natl Assn of Life Underwriters, Chamber of Commerce, Home Industry League. Clubs: Press, Presidio Golf. Address: San Francisco, Cal.

1910 Census, California, San Francisco, Gongle? Street
HATHAWAY, William L., head, 43, born in RI of Massachusetts and English parents, mngr Life Ins.
HATHAWAY, Caro O., wife, 40, Danish of Danish parents, imm. 1875
HATHAWAY, Marie Kraig, dau, 15, born in Calif
HATHAWAY, Mabel Clancy, dau, 13, born in Calif
MARR, Walter C., nephew, 19, born in Calif of Mass and Calif parents, clerk at Ins. Comp.
AMYASAKI, Taka, servant, 24, born in Japan
NABIKA, Samuel K., servant, 25, born in Japan

1935 City Directory, San Francisco, shows William and wife Caro residing at the Fairmont Hotel on California Street.

Died 23 Jun 1940, in Kitchener, BC Canada, where he had a summer home.

This obit located in June 26, 1940, San Francisco Chronicle, page 13.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

WREATH, Frank, Amelia and mother Mary

"Grandma Wreath"
Frank & Amelia Wreath, and Grandma Wreath

These two photos were found at the Persnickety Antiques in Pomona CA, in February of 2017.

The first photo is of Mary Ellen O'Brien-Wreath, identified on the back as "Grandma Wreath." The photo mat is stamped with the photographer's mark "W.A. Gross, Colorado Springs, CO". I feel like this photo was taken around 1895-1900. She may have been visiting someone there.

Mary Ellen O'Brien, (born 1853 in Canada), died 1908 at age 55 in Guthrie OK.

Guthrie Daily Leader (Guthrie OK), 18 Mar 1908. reports Mrs Mary Wreath's obit. She was the wife of Benjamin Wreath (born 1833 in Ireland - d.1908) who was 20 years her senior. He died later the same year.

Her obit states that she had 11 children; 5 girls and 6 boys.  (Click on Obit at right for larger image.)

The 1885 Kansas State Census reports the following:
WREATH, Benjamin, 52
WREATH, Ellen, 32
WREATH, Sephen W. (Stephen?), 18 male (possibly hired hand)
WREATH, A., 12 female (Abbie)
WREATH, C.R., 10 female
WREATH, S.E., 8f (Sadie)
WREATH, Wm. B., 6m
WREATH, F.C., 4m
WREATH, E.E., 2f

1895 State census Kansas report:
Wreath, Benj, 62
Wreath, M E, 42
Wreath, Lizzie, 18
Wreath, W.B, 15 (William B)
Wreath, F C, 13 (Frank C)
Wreath, M E, 11 (Emma)
Wreath, G A, 9 (George)
Wreath, L P, 7 (Louis)
Wreath, J E, 5 (Julia)
Wreath, J C, 3 (__)
Wreath, Jessie, 2
Wreath, M S, 10mo (Martha)

The couple and 7 of their children are found on the 1900 Census in Dickinson County, Kansas.
WREATH, Benjamin, head, Dec 1832 (67), born in Ireland of Irish parents, imm. 1838, Farmer
WREATH, Mary, wife, Jul 1852, (47), born in Canada of Irish parents, imm. 1860
WREATH, Frank, son, Apr 1881 (19), born in Kansas, farm laborer
WREATH, Emma, daughter, Mar 1883 (17), Kansas
WREATH, George, son, Aug, 1884 (15), Kansas
WREATH, Louis, son, Jul 1888 (12), Kansas
WREATH, Julia, daughter, Feb 1890 (10), Kansas
WREATH, Jessie, son, Feb 1893 (7), Kansas
WREATH, Martha, daughter, Apr 1894 (6), Kansas

1903 Wedding photo of
Frank and Amelia Wreath.
One of the boys was Frank Currie Wreath (b. 1881) in Kansas. He married Amelia Louisa Wilhelmina Schafer (1884-1936). She is the daughter of William Schafer (1858-1926) and Wilhelmina "Minna" Matthias (1863-1941).

The photo at right is their wedding photo. The mat is stamped "Guthrie Okla" and their is some handwritten words in pen on the back that say "Frank and Amelia Wreath (Dad and Mom)". Below that, in pencil, is written "grandma's parents."

Following the death of his parents, Frank is found on the 1910 Census in Rose Hill, Logan county, Oklahoma.
WREATH, Frank, head, 29, born in Kansas of Irish and Canadian parents, general farm work.
WREATH, Amelia, wife, 25, Kansas of German parents
WREATH, Eva, daughter, 6, born in Oklahoma
WREATH, Clarence, son, 2, born in Oklahoma

The 1920 Census finds the family in Colorado Springs, CO.
WREATH, Frank, head, 38, bridge work for Railroad company
WREATH, Amelia L.W., wife, 35
WREATH, Eva L. duaghter, 15, born in Oklahoma
WREATH, Clarence F, son, 12, born in Oklahoma
WREATH, Harvey W., son, 8, born in Oklahoma
WREATH, Milford B., son, 7, born in Oklahoma

1930 Census is from Colorado Springs, CO.
WREATH, Frank, head, 58, motor mechanic for Railroad company
WREATH, Amelia L., wife, 45
WREATH, Harvey W., son, 19
WREATH, Milford B., son, 17

By the time of the 1940 Census (Colorado Springs), Frank has been widowed. He lives with his 29 year old son Harvey, along with daughter-in-law Bessie and grandsons Gerald and Ronald.

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Edwin and Pauline AMES
This group of photos of the AMES brothers was located at the Pomona Antique Mall in California, earlier this year.  I have already worked up and blogged "Ruth and Neal Ames" and these are from the same family. Edwin Ames is the father of Ruth and Neal, and Lewis and George are their uncles.

The brothers' parents were Isaac Dow Ames and Jane Lucy Forbes. Other siblings include Carrie Ames (b. 1858) and Albert Forbes Ames (b.1860) although photos of these were not found in this group of photos. The family is found on the 1865 New York State Census, at Elizabethtown, Essex county, NY.

(Click on any image for larger photo.)

EDWIN ISAAC AMES (1862-1932) married Anna Paula "Pauline" Wright. For more on him, see the blog post on "Ruth and Neal Ames."

George AMES
GEORGE MILLER AMES (1864-1908) lived most of his life in Tamaroa Illinois. He married Emma Johnson and had four children; Walter Irving Ames (1892-1980), Lucille F Ames (1896-1989), Arthur F Ames (1906-1975) and Hazel Ames (1908-?).

Lewis AMES
LEWIS DARWIN AMES (1869-1955) was married in Missouri to Linnie Olivia Edwards and had five children; Alice (1898), James Russell (1905), Jane (1908), Rachel Frances (1911) and Katherine (1913). He lived the latter part of his life in Los Angeles, California.

Sibling Carrie Ames (1858-1950) married Irving Vail, and had sons Albert and Arthur Vail. Arthur had a daughter named Patricia, whose photograph was also located among these at this Antique Mall booth (see below for more on Patricia).

Sibling Albert Forbes Ames (1860-1943) married Charlotte E. Rodgers (1858-1906) and had children Alice Ethel Ames (1896-1972), Bertha May Ames (1897-1978), and Charles Ames (1899-__).

Alice Ethel Ames married Fred Linwood Phinney (1891-1955). Her sister Bertha Ames married Perlie Melvin Phinney (1888-1965), brother of Fred Phinney. The Phinney brothers are sons of Benjamin and Cora Curtis Phinney. Bertha died in 1978, Alice died in 1992.

Also in the same group of photos were three of a young woman named Lucy Phinney, timages of whom were taken in Brockton Massachusetts. I believe this to be Lucy W. Phinney (b. 1877) a daughter of Samuel B and Martha E. Phinney. This would make her a cousin of Benjamin Phinney (Fred and Perlie's father).

Patricia VAIL
Also in the same group was a photo of a young girl identified as Patricia Vail. The back of the photo says the girl was born March 23, 1913 and was 10 1/2 months old when the photo was taken. She was a daughter of Arthur Hamilton Vail and Katherine Ashley Nichols. Patricia's siblings were Barbara, Margaret and Arthur Jr. Patricia married William Dudley Watson in 1937 in Chicago. She died in Florida in 1991.

Because the basket of old photographs contained images of people identified as Ames, Phinney and Vail, it is my opinion that these photos may have been in the possession of one of the sisters Alice or Bertha who both lived in the Los Angeles area.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

AMES, Ruth and Neal

Ruth and Neal AMES
This photo of siblings Ruth and Neal Ames was located in February 2017 in the Pomona Antique Mall, in Pomona California. There is no studio stamp to help guide me to the correct location. See also the next post on AMES, PHINNEY and VAIL photos from the same basket.

However, I do find these siblings on the 1900 Federal Census in Chicago IL.

1900 Census - Chicago IL, Emerald Avenue
AMES Isaac, head, 38 (b. May 1862), Illinois of NY parents, occupation: artist
AMES Anna P., wife, 35 (May 1865), Arkansas of Ark parents
AMES Edwin Neal, son, 6 (July 11, 1893), California
AMES Ruth A., daughter, 5 (May 1895), California

(Click for larger) was extremely helpful with the remaining information. A Family Tree there filled in all the blanks.

Parents Edwin Ervin Isaac Ames (1862-1932) and Anna Paula Wright (1865-1940) had two children; Edwin Neal Ames (1893-1945) and Annie Ruth Ames (1895-__).  Father Edwin Isaac Ames died in March 1932 in Pasadena. His obituary appeared in the Los Angeles Times 15 March 1932.

Ruth grew up and married Rev. Donnell Jefferson Smith. In 1920, they resided in San Francisco and had one daughter at that time; Ruth Pauline Smith (born 1918). On the 1930 Census, the family lived in Portland Oregon and the family had grown to include three more daughters (Mildred, Evangeline and Elizabeth) and a son (Donnell Jefferson Jr.). The dad was a minister at the Church of the Nazarene.

By the time of the 1940 Census, Ruth was widowed (her husband died in 1936) and working as a high school teacher in Portland.

Ruth's brother Edwin Neal Ames remained in California. He attended college at El Rodeo of the University of Southern California, learning the law profession. In his senior class with him, was Donnell Jefferson Smith, whom he undoubtedly introduced to his younger sister Ruth. Neal was admitted to the bar in 1920.

(Click image at left to see larger version.)

Neal married his childhood sweetheart Ester P. Brown on June 30, 1922.

The 1929 Pasadena City Directory lists Edwin Neal Ames (lawyer) and wife Ester P Ames living at 2666 San Marcos Drive. Neal died 20 Oct 1945.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

RENKEN Family of The Dalles Oregon

RENKEN Family of The Dalles, Oregon

My mother is my most successful supplier of old photos. Here is another group she found at an antique shop in The Dalles, Oregon, during a recent trip through the upper Columbia River region.

These are all of members of the RENKEN family, which immigrated from Hamburg Germany to New York City in April of 1881 aboard the ship "Amerika". Those  making the voyage were:
Johann Renken c. 1880

Renken, Johann (40) b. 17 Apr 1842 (died 21Jul1906 ?)
Renken, Lucia (38) b. abt 1843 (died 1919)
Renken, John Jr. (9) b. 1871
Renken, August (7) b. 14Oct1873 (died 1938)
Renken, Louise (5) b. 24Sep1875 (died 1959)
Renken, Oswald (3) b. 18Apr1878 (died Jun 1968)
Renken, Frieda (6mo) b. abt 1880

The family made their way across the continent, passing through Nebraska where daughter Alma was born in 1883. Eventually the family settled in The Dalles, Oregon, where they established a sprawling farm.

Most of the photos feature Alma, so I suspect these photos may have been in her possession at one time. Alma married William Loren Davidson, and had children; Clarence William Davidson (1909-1994) and Evelyn L. Davidson (1912-1955).

Her husband William died in 1961 and Alma died in 1968.

Other photos in this group:

The following image was located online at  I do not have this image in my possession, but thought I should include it here because it brings additional depth to the family history, showing them at work.

Monday, March 13, 2017

RISING, Agnes Gladys and parents

This photograph of Agnes Gladys Rising and her parents was found at the Stuart Antique Show at the Martin County Fairgrounds in Florida.
Agnes Gladys RISING circa 1902 with
parents Leila and George Rising

The photo was taken circa 1902 at "The Bolton Studio", although I cannot determine where that was. The family lived in Hartford County Connecticut.

The back of the photo bears the hand-written identification "Agnes Gladys Rising, age between 2 and 3 years, with mother Leila Rising & father George Rising."

I was able to locate the family on census records for Windsor Locks, CT. All three were born in Connecticut, of Connecticut parents. George's occupations is given as a manager of a Telephone Station.

George Craw Rising (born in Poquonock Mar 22, 1875 - Nov 23, 1944) son of Charles Rising and Adelaide "Addie" Griswold, was the manager of a telephone exchange in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. He retired in 1938. Besides Agnes, he also had a son Ralph who died of lockjaw in 1929 following an injury incurred in a construction accident.
(Click for larger image)

Leila B. (maiden name not known) (Nov 1876- March 9, 1912) was George's first wife. She died of an enlarged spleen and liver following several years of ill health.

Jessie Wilson was George's second wife. She died in 1978 in Florida. She and George had a daughter Elaine (Rising) who married Rolland Dalrymple.

Agnes Gladys Rising, went by the name Gladys most of her life. She was born March 9, 1899 in Windsor Locks CT and lived to the age of 94. Sept 10, 1923, she married Louis H. Marte, and had daughter Marjorie Marte (b. about 1925) and a son Paul Rising Marte (born about 1928, husband of Sally Marie Heatley).