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Thursday, May 31, 2018



Identification on photo: PAUL SINGMASTER
Photo taken: unknown location, circa 1906-1910
Purchased: July 2015 Brandywine River Antiques Mall, Chadds Ford PA

With such an unusual surname to work with, I was able to quickly locate this individual on

This is Paul Keyser Singmaster, born 14-July-1905 in Sellersville (Bucks County) PA to parents Leo Abraham Singmaster (1873-1947, son of Jeremiah and Mary Amanda Heft Singmaster) and Lena Keyser (1874-1953, daughter of Herman and Mary Ann Roth Keyser).

He had four sisters; Luella Singmaster-Texter, Emma Viola Singmaster-Weidner, Edith Singmaster and Esther R. Singmaster-Cummings.

1910 Census Pennsylvania > Bucks > Sellersville
SINGMASTER, Leo A, head, 36, born in PA of PA parents, packer at a cigar factory
SINGMASTER, Lena, wife, 36, mother of 4 children, born in PA of German & PA parents
SINGMASTER, M. Luella, 14, born in PA
SINGMASTER, E. Viola, 12, born in PA
SINGMASTER, Edith L, 7, born in PA
SINGMASTER, Paul, 4, born in PA
SINGMASTER, Jeremiah, 78, born in PA of PA parents

Paul married Edna Blanche Fresh (1915-1981). They had at least one daughter; Vivian Leona Singmaster (Aug 1940-1998).

He registered for the WWII draft but did not serve, having been born at a time that made him too young for WWI and too old for WWII. He worked as a tool maker for U.S. Gauge.

Paul died 21-Sep-1953, at the age of 48, due to heart disease, having lived his entire life in Sellersville. He is buried at St Michael's Cemetery in Sellersville.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

LOGSDON, Gladys Virginia


Identification on photo: Gladys Virginia Logsdon, 10 months old
Photo taken: Robinson Studio, Wheeling WV, circa 1929
Purchased: March 2017 at the Wildwood Antique Mall in Wildwood FL

Gladys was born March 7, 1928 in West Virginia, to parents Harry Logsdon and Olive Wanda Campbell.

1930 Census > West Virginia > Marshall County > Moundsville
LOGSDON, Harry, head, 34, born in PA of WV parents, accountant at a glass factory
LOGSDON, Olive, wife, 32, born in WV of WV parents
LOGSDON, Gladys, daughter, 2 1/2, born in West Virginia
LOGSDON, Edith Mae, daughter, 3 months, born in West Virginia

Gladys died March 28, 1933, having just passed her 5th birthday. Cause of death was peritonitis following surgery for appendicitis.

Her sister Edith, who is pictured at left, lived to age 83, passing in 2013.

Edith never married and had no offspring. She may have been the owner of this photo. With no one to bequeath this family heirloom to, it would have understandably gone into an estate sale and been dispersed to locations unknown.

That will make it a bit more difficult to find a living relative, but I do enjoy a challenge.

Monday, March 19, 2018

WEAVER, Frances & HILL, Lulu

circa 1897

This photo of two young friends was taken around 1897 at a studio called "Miller & Wickerson" (or maybe Nickerson), Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania. The photo is a bit worn and scratched, and has likely kicked around in one box after another since the death of both subjects. Neither girl had any offspring, so no descendants exist to claim this photo, but I hope to find living relatives who'd like to give a permanent home to this lovely souvenir of a friendship.

Frances Anne WEAVER
born: 21 Mar 1879 in Washington County PA
died: 16 Aug 1940 (age 61) in Washington County PA
father: Adam George Weaver (1828-1911)
mother: Elizabeth Wherry (1838-1930)
children: none

The Weavers were a large family. Census records show Frances' siblings are James, Sarah, Clarence, Mary, Adam, Elizabeth, John, and Charles.

We can assume that Frances Weaver never married, since she is buried at age 61 under her maiden name, at the Scenery Hill Cemetery.

born: 3 Jan 1880 in Washington County PA
died: 9 Jly 1867 (age 87) in Washington County PA
father: Thomas Thornton Hill (1842-1911)
mother: Elizabeth Matthews (1846-1926)
spouse: David Luther Eisiminger (1881-1933), married in 1902
children: none

Her husband worked as a mortician. After he passed in 1933, Lulu worked as a cook in a Beallsville restaurant.

HAYES, Hilda (Ogilvie)

Hilda Hayes-Ogilvie

Identification on photo: Miss Hilda Hayes, Portsmouth, NH
Photo taken: St. Clair Studio, Portsmouth, NH, circa 1910-1912
Purchased: Aug 2017 Madison Bouckville (NY) Antiques Week

This photo does not bear a year, but the lovely fashion worn by this woman indicates a time of between 1910 and 1912.

Hilda Hayes (22 Feb 1899 - 29 Jan 1950) was born in Portsmouth NH to parents John Paul Hayes (1864- ) and Lillian Taylor (1865- ).

1900 Census > Maine > York County > Kittery
HAYES, John, head, Aug 1864, 35, born in Maine of Maine parents, Machinist in Navy Yard
HAYES, Lillian, wife, May 1865, 34, born in Maryland of Maryland parents
HAYES, Beth, daughter, July 1887, 12, born in Maine, at school
HAYES, Hilda, daughter, Feb 1889, 11, born in New Hampshire, at school
HAYES, John Paul, son, June 1891, 8, born in Maine, at school
HAYES, Robert F., son, Oct 1894, 5, born in Maine
HAYES, Allen, son, Oct 1896, 3, born in Maine

On 11 June 1913, Hilda married George Edwin Ogilvie, who immigrated from Scotland as a boy. He grew up in Jeanette, PA. In 1913, he was working as a Mechanical Engineer in Springfield Massachusetts. This photo of him (at right) as a star on his school's track team was taken in 1908.

1920 Census > Pennsylvania > Westmoreland County > Penn
OGILVIE, George, head, 35, imm. 1888, born in Scotland, Asst. Supv at Foundry
OGILVIE, Hilda, wife, 30
OGILVIE, George, son, 3y9m, born in PA
OGILVIE, Mary E., daughter, 2y4m, born in PA

1930 Census > Pennsylvania > Westmoreland County > Penn
OGILVIE, George, head, 45, imm. 1888, born in Scotland, Mechanical Engineer at Mine Car Co.
OGILVIE, Hilda, wife, 41
OGILVIE, Mary E., daughter, 12, born in PA

George Edwin Ogilvie Jr. is missing from the 1930 census. He should be about 13 years old, so his absence is disconcerting. A bit of research finds that George Jr. died in 1929 at age 13. I have not yet found the reason.

In 1937 (see newspaper insert at left) Mary Elizabeth Ogilvie (1917-1987) married Herbert Franklin Pettigrew Jr. (1913-1988) and had two children. In 1962 their daughter Barbara Pettigrew married John D. Phillipe. They also had a son Frederick (born 1938).

Hilda's husband George Ogilvie died 20 Oct 1935 in Penn, PA. After her husband's death, Hilda moved back to Rye, NH.

Hilda's Obituary from the Portsmouth Herald (30 Jan 1950). She died in Rye NH, which is a southern suburb of Portsmouth. She is buried in Brush Creek Cemetery in Irwin, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, next to her husband and son.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

SHEPARDSON, Leith Tingley


UPDATE - This photo has been claimed by Leith's great-great-granddaughter, and has gone home.

Identification on photo: Leith Tingley (Shepardson)
Photo taken: Harding Studio, no location, circa 1905-1909
Purchased: Aug 2017 Madison-Bouckville NY Antiques Week

Leah Edith "Leith" Tingley, born 12 Sep 1884, daughter of Emory Leland Tingley (1860-1933) and Caroline A. Benny (1860-1893). Her siblings were Theda, Fernie, Leland and Carrie. 

Around 1905 Leith married a farmer, Earl Garfield Shepardson (1881-1960), who was a son of Jarvis Elliott Shepardson (1834-1885) and Ellen Louise Greene (1844-1905).

Their son Arthur Emory Shepardson was born 26 July 1906 in Gibson PA. He married Freda Pearl Follett.

Daughter Carrie Ellen was born 3 Jan 1909 in Gibson PA. She married William Treux.

Daughter Mary Esther was born 16 Feb 1911. She married Russell J. Appleman.

Leith died January 1965.

Friday, March 16, 2018

SCHWARTZ, Wilbur and John


Identification on photo: (see photo of back)
Photo taken: Rundle Studio, Edwardsville, ILL, circa 1898
Purchased: Feb 2018 Bulldogger's Antiques, Lake Worth, FL

Back of the photo reads:
Grandpa (on left) Wilbur Charles Schwartz, mother's father, Aug 2, 1890-Feb 21, 1969. Younger brother on right. John H. Schwartz, born Sep 26, 1892, died Oct 22, 1918. Cause of death pneumonia brought on by Spanish Influenza.

1910 Census > Illinois > Madison County > Edwardsville
SCHWARTZ, William H., head, 44, married 22y, born in ILL of German parents, farmer
SCHWARTZ, Mary, wife, 43, born in ILL of German parents
SCHWARTZ, Wilbur, son, 20, born in Illinois
SCHWARTZ, John, son, 17, born in Illinois
DRUM, David, farm hand, 57, born  in Illinois

Father William H. Schwartz (1865-1949) is the son of  German immigrants Friedrich Schwartz (b. 1829) and Wilhelmine Brockmeier (1832-1906).

Mother Mary Feldman (1866-1936) is a daughter of German immigrants Carl and Mary Feldman. According to her obituary (Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois, Monday, August 24, 1936, page 1), She died of a heart attack in her home in Edwardsville Aug 22, 1936.

US Social Security Death Index shows the birthdate for Wilbur as August 2, 1889 and death is Feb 1969.

The 1920 Census for St. Louis MO, shows Wilbur Schwartz in a Lawyer in that city.

Wilbur's WWI Draft registration (June 1917) shows he is married and living in St. Louis Missouri. Wilbur married Adele Olive Byerly (1892-1969), and they had a daughter Ruth Mary Schwartz (1927-1983) who married John McKendrick Vaughn and had a son,  John McKendrick Vaughn III, born in 1964 and died in 2016.

I see no evidence of any other grandchildren, so it was this grandson who wrote the information on the back of this photo. He lived in Boca Raton Florida, and his fairly recent death in 2016 explains why this photo showed up in an antique shop in a neighboring community.

Ruth Mary Schwartz (photo at right), from the St. Louis Dispatch May 1955, on the occassion of her engagement to a man named Murphy. I don't know how long that marriage lasted, or if it even actually happened, but in Mar 1963 she married Vaughn. The newspaper article in 1963 refers to her as "Miss Ruth Mary Schwartz" with no mention of a previous marriage.

Ruth passed away 30 Nov 1983 in Boca Raton, Florida, which is where I will begin looking for Wilbur Schwartz's descendants.

Wilbur's younger brother John Henry Schwartz died in 1918 of influenza while a member of the Chemical Warfare Service in Cleveland OH during WWI.

Upon his death, to cancer, at age 79 in 1969, Wilbur Charles Schwartz's estate was valued at more than a million dollars.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TOWER, George and family

GEORGE TOWER and family

Identification on photo: Grandpa Tower (my father), mother, Fred, Cyrus, Jenny, Peter, Porter, and Sarah E. Thompson
Photo taken: unknown location but probably near Buffalo NY, circa 1879
Purchased: Bulldogger Antiques, Lake Worth, FL

There is also note in pencil on the back of the photo indicating that the photo was originally purchased in Bayshore, Long Island, NY 1977.

This is the Tower family of Porter Township, Niagara County, New York, which is a farming community north of Buffalo.  The Tower family was one of the original pioneer families in this area.

The father is George Tower (1836-1924) and the mother is Elizabeth Peet (1838-15 Dec 1879). She died in December 1879, which explains why she is missing from the 1880 Census.

1880 Census > New York > Niagara > Porter
TOWER, George D., 43, born in NY of Massachusetts & Vermont parents, farmer
TOWER, Frederick, 17, NY (1863-1940)
TOWER, Sarah Elizabeth, 15, (b. 1864)
TOWER, Cyrus Peet, 13 (born 1866)
TOWER, Jenny Lind, 11 (born 1868)
TOWER, Peter, 9, (born 1870)
TOWER, Porter, 9, (born 1870)

Peter and Porter are twins. There was also an earlier son named Frank Tower who only lived to age four (1861-1865).

George's parents were Peter Tower (1791-1882) and Olive Baldwin (1803-1886).

Elizabeth's parents were Cyrus Peet (1808-1887) and Sally Vanderlyn (1808-1887).

Sunday, February 18, 2018

OSTERHOUT, Jennie Mae (Keefer)


Identification on photo: Jennie Mae Keefer Osterhout, wife of Harry J.
Photo taken: W.H. Pirce Studio, 459 State St., Schenectady, NY, circa 1910
Purchased: Aug 2017 Madison-Bouckville Antiques Week

Based on the fashion worn by the subject, I place this photo around 1910. The subject appears to be around 16 years old, so a working birth year of 1894 will get me started.

As luck would have it, the 1910 Census has a Jennie M. Keefer, born about 1894, living in Schenectady NY with her family.

1910 Census > NY > Schenectady > Glenville
KEEFER, Charles, head, 40, born in NY of NY parents, general farming and dairy
KEEFER, Agnes, wife, 35, married 17y, 7 children 6 living, born in England
KEEFER, Jennie M., daughter, 16, born in NY
KEEFER, Beatrice, daughter, 15, born in NY
KEEFER, William A., son, 14, born in NY
KEEFER, Agnes S., daughter, 12, born in NY
KEEFER, Lurena E., daughter, 10, born in NY
KEEFER, Margaret E., daughter, 1y8m, born in NY
KEEFER, William, brother, 35, born in NY, general farming and dairy

Subsequent research shows Jennie's parents are Charles Thomas Keefer (b.1870) and Agnes Middleton (b.1875). She married Harry John Osterhout (1894-1975) and had two sons; Leslie H. Osterhout (1915-2003) and Walter W. Osterhout (1919-2013).

1912 Schenectady City Directory - Jennie Keefer appears, and is described as "employed at Maqua Co., boards at 955 Strong." The Maqua Company was a book-printing and binding company.

1913, June 4 - Jennie M. Keefer marries Harry J. Osterhout in Schenectady. Harry is a son of Halsey J. Osterhout (1868-1911) and Bertha Walsh (1874-1940).

1920 Census > NY > Schenectady > Schenectady > 1006 Strong Street
OSTERHOUT, Harry, head, 26, born in Cobleskill NY, parents also from Cobleskill, employed at Electrical Works
OSTERHOUT, Jennie, wife, 26, born in Glenville NY
OSTERHOUT, Leslie, son, 4, born in Schenectady NY
OSTERHOUT, Walter, son 10mo., born in Schenectady NY

1972, Sept 5 - death of Jennie Osterhout, burial at Park View Cemetery, Schenectady (according to her memorial page at )

1975, Nov 16 - death of Harry Osterhout, burial at Park View Cemetery, Schenectady (according to his memorial page at )

Younger son Walter lived to age 94, passing away in 2013. I have found the obituary, but since it lists living relatives, I will not post it here. However, I will use that information to try to contact some of Walter's children or grandchildren who may be interested in the photograph of Walter's mother.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

WILEY, Samuel


Identification on photo: Uncle Samuel Wiley, husband of Mary Wynkoop
Photo taken: Genelli Studio, 923 Olive Street, St. Louis MO, circa 1890
Purchased: March 2017 at Wildwood Antiques Mall, Wildwood FL

1850 Census > Maryland > Queen Anne's Dist. 1
WILEY, John T., 33 male, farmer born in PA
WILEY, Rebecca E., 33 female, born in MD
WILEY, Samuel T., 10 male, born in Delaware
WILEY, Lydia A., 8 female, Delaware
WILEY, William T., 6 male, Delaware
WILEY, Mary E., 4 female, Delaware
WILEY, Rebecca, 3 female, Maryland
WILEY, Benjamin, 11mo male, Maryland
WILEY, Lydia, 50 female, Pennsylvania

1864, Sep 7 - Samuel Wiley marries Mary Wynkoop (Wyncoop) in Macoupin County Illinois. That county sits 1 mile west of Litchfield Illinois where the couple later lived.

1880 Census > Illinois > Montgomery > Litchfield
WILEY, Samuel, 40, head, cooper, born in MD of MD parents
WILEY, Mary, 37, wife, keeping house, born in IL of VA and MD parents
WILEY, Virginia, 15, daughter, attends school, born in IL
WILEY, Charles, 13, son, attends school, born in IL
WILEY, Viola, 11, daughter, attends school, born in IL
WILEY, Nora, 7, daughter, born in IL

Litchfield is about 55 miles North-East of St. Louis MO.

Daughter Viola was married 09 Nov 1887 at her parents home 4019 Bellfontaine Road in St. Louis. She married W.S. Smith.

1900 Census > Missouri > St Louis County > St Louis > N. 11th Street
WILEY, Samuel T., head, Jan 1840, 60, born in Delaware of Delaware parents, carpenter
WILEY, Mary, wife, March 1843, 57, born in Illinois of VA and MD parents

Samuel T. Wiley's page at Findagrave says he was born 21 Jan 1840 in Wilmington DE. Died 7 July 1923 in Philadelphia PA, and is buried at Northwood Cemetery in Philadelphia next to his wife. But the 1880 Census says he was born in Maryland. The 1900 Census has him born in Delaware. I think the confusion lies in the fact that his family moved from Delaware to Maryland when Samuel was still young.

(I see a strong possibility that his wife Mary Wynkoop is a sister of George W. Wynkoop, born in Illinois 1849 to Virginia and Maryland parents. Both photos were found in the same booth at the same antique mall. See post directly below this one.)

Mary C. Wiley died 31 May 1931 in Philadelphia PA at age 88. Her death Certificate states that her husband was Samuel T. Wiley. She was born in Illinois to parents Joseph Wynkoop, who was born in Virginia, and Rosanna Pipper, born in Illinois. Informant was her daughter Viola M. Williams.

(NOTE - the 1850 Census for Buckeye Illinois has the Wynkoop family of Mary Wynkoop (8), her parents John & Rosanna Wynkoop, several siblings including 2yo brother Washington Wynkoop.)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

WYNKOOP, George W.

Identification on photo: GEORGE WYNKOOP
Photo taken: Shroder Portraits, 308 River Street, Troy NY, circa 1890
Purchased: March 2017 at Wildwood Antiques Mall, Wildwood FL

This is George W. Wynkoop, born Nov. 1849 in Illinois (I am not yet able to find the names of his parents). Most of his life was lived in Troy NY.

Married to Catherine Halse.

He was in the iron and nickel industry.

By the age of 25 he is already in Troy and enumerated on the 1875 State Census. His occupation simply says "brass" but I take that to mean that he works in a metals factory. A few homes away is the Halse family including 18 yr old Kathy Halse, daughter of store manager John Halse.

February 27, 1880 - this story (at right) appeared in the New York Times covering an assault upon George Wynkoop and his business partners at the nickel-plating works by striking workers.

1880 Census > NY > Rensselaer > Troy > Spring Street
WYNKOOP< George, 30, works in Nickel-plating, born in IL of VA and MD parents
WYNKOOP, Kate, 23, wife, keeping house
WYNKOOP, Ebby, 2, daughter
WYNKOOP, Emma, 10mo. Sept 1879, daughter

(NOTE - The Wynkoops live right next door to the Halse family, which are the immediate family of wife Catherine Halse-Wynkoop. Her 21-yr-old brother Theodore works in the iron foundry.)

The 1890 City Directory for Troy shows that he works at "Hoyt & Wynkoop Foundry" on Spring Street, and resides on Pawling Avenue.

1900 Census > NY > Rensselaer > Troy > Pawling Ave.
WYNKOOP, George, head, 50, born Nov 1849, superintendant at foundry
WYNKOOP, Catherine M., wife, 42, born Jan 1858, married 23 yrs, 4 children, 4 living
WYNKOOP, Eva R., daughter, 22, born Mar 1878
WYNKOOP, Emma F., daughter, 19, born Aug 1880
WYNKOOP, Florence Linden, daughter, 19, born Apr 1881 (this can't be right)
WYNKOOP, Dorothy A., daughter, 1, born Dec 1898

1910 Census > NY > Rensselaer > Troy > 229 Pawling Ave.
WYNKOOP, George, head, 61, born in Illinois of VA & PA parents, foreman in foundry
WYNKOOP, Catherine M., wife, 53, married 33 yrs, 4 children, 4 living
WYNKOOP, Emma, daughter, 29 single
WYNKOOP, Florence, daughter, 27 single, stenographer at hotel
WYNKOOP, Dorothy A., daughter, 11

1920 Census > NY > Rensselaer > Troy
WYNKOOP, George, head, 71, born in Illinois of Virginia parents, foreman in iron foundry
WYNKOOP, Catherine M., wife, 64, born in NY of NY parents

George Wynkoop died on 17 Jan 1921 in Troy.

After his death, Catherine moved to Alexandria Virginia and lived with two of her daughters there.

When Catherine died 4 June 1941 in Alexandria, her obit lists her surviving 4 daughters:
Evelyn (Mrs. Karl F. Robinson, New York)
Emma (Mrs. Lee C. Lansing, Alexandria, VA)
Florence (Mrs. Harold Plews of San Diego)
Dorothy Wynkoop (Alexandria, VA)