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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

KRAUSE children

Nina Krause, Leonard Krause, Robert Krause
This photo was acquired at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds, at an antique show held there in February.

It contains no clues as to location. My best guess for time period is around 1895-1900. There are three children, identified as Nina Krause, Leonard Krause and Robert Krause.

Using census records, the only instance I see of children with these names in the same household is the 1910 Census for Bethlehem Pennsylvania.

KRAUSE, Edward J., head, 53, [born abt 1857],widowed, Penn., Penn., Penn., sales agent at Steel company
KRAUSE, Hortensia E., daughter, 27, [1883], single
KRAUSE, Nina, daughter, 22, [1888], single, teacher at a school
KRAUSE, Robert, son, 20, [1890], single
KRAUSE, Edward Jr., son 7 [1903]

Interestingly, living right next door is another Krause family:
KRAUSE, Henry A., head, 49, [1861], merchant at hardware store
KRAUSE, May (Mary?), wife, 46 [1864]
KRAUSE, Lenard R., son, 17, [1893] illegible occupation

Findagrave website shows Robert P. Krause (1889-1941) buried in Bethlehem PA, a son of Edward John Krause (1856-1917) and Sarah Coleman Lee (1860-1892). His siblings include Nina L. Krause-Liebig (1887-1973), an older brother Albert E. Krause (1884-1932) and a few half-siblings. It also reports that Robert was a soldier in WWI.

The Findagrave entry for the father, Edward, reports that his parents were Robert Parmenio Krause (1830-1866) and Hortensia V. Weber (1833-1902). Edward was married twice, first to Sarah Coleman Lee, who died in 1892, then to Nina M. Lee (1864-1905), who very likely was a relative of the first wife.  Among Edward's sibling's there is a Henry A. Krause (1860-1930) who is most likely the neighbor on the Census. Henry A. Krause's page at Findagrave lists wife Mayetta Roberts and only one son; Leonard (1892-1978) thus the Lenard (Leonard) in the photo is a first cousin of Nina and Robert, as well as next-door neighbor.

Further research shows that patriarch Robert Parmenio Krause was a son of John Krause and Elizabeth Beitel.

Leonard Krause married Mary Dech and the pair remained in Bethlehem for the remainder of their lives.  Nina married John Leibig. I cannot find a marriage record for Robert.

Eldest daughter Hortensia, mentioned in the Census, married Frederick J. Schmid on Sept 12, 1912. The news was carried on page 1 of the Allentown Democrat the following day.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

McCUE, Evelyn

Evelyn McCUE, 1919
This photo of Evelyn McCUE was located last week at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds Antique Show in Florida. The photo is a full body shot and presented in a brown tri-fold cover inscribed "Evelyn McCue, B.H.S. 1919." The brown cover is also embossed with a small stamp which reads: Rand, Brockton, Mass.  I believe B.H.S. stands for Brockton High School, and the photo was taken upon completion of her education.

Evelyn McCUE, born 6 Nov 1899 in Randolph, Massachusetts, daughter of Edward T. McCUE and Mary DUFFY.

Marriage record for Evelyn's parents indicate that Edward (b. abt 1863) is a son of Patrick McCue and Sarah (unknown).
Mary (b. abt 1864 in Ireland) is a daughter of Patrick Duffy and Mary Burns.

Birth record for Evelyn, notes indicate that Edward was born in South Weymouth and Mary was born in Ireland. Edward
worked as a "Treer"  in a shoe factory. (Evidence points to him dying in Randolph or nearby Brockton MA in 1903-1904)

Edward and Mary also had a son (Edward P.) born April 16, 1904, which lived a day.

1924 Brockton City Directory
McCue, Mary, widow of Edward T, resides at 91 E Ashland
McCue, Evelyn M., clerk at 159 Spark (Douglas Shoe Company), boards at 91 E Ashland
McCue, Mary E. waitress, boards at 91 E Ashland

1930 Census, Brockton, Plymouth, MA
McCUE, Mary, 62, widowed, no occupation
McCUE, Mary A., 34, single, stitcher in shoe factory
McCUE, Evelyn, 30, single, typist in shoe factory

1933 Brockton City Directory
McCue, Mary E., widow of Edw T., home 57 Ford
McCue, Evelyn M., clerk 159 Spark, resides 57 Ford
McCue Mary E., shoeworker , resides 57 Ford

1935, all three women are still at 57 Ford.

The 1942 City Directory has both Mary McCue's still at 57 Ford Street but Evelyn is missing. (Perhaps married, moved or deceased.)


Here is another photo I probably should not have purchased. Scanning through the backs of the photos at the antique store, I thought this image was adequately identified to be useful for this project, but upon closer examination later, I see this was not the case.

This photo is labeled in pencil, on the back:

"Mr. C. E. Bumpus, 25 Cedar Street, Wakefield, Mass."

That may mean that the subject of the photo is "C.E. Bumpus," or that the photo belonged to Mr. C. E. Bumpus, and is an image of someone else.

The photo was likely taken between 1890 and 1900. The fellow in the photo appears to be about eight to ten years old. That would mean he was born between 1880 and 1890. Wakefield is a community on the north side of Boston.

In the 1894 City Directory of Wakefield, we do indeed find a man named Charles E. Bumpus, living at 25 Cedar Avenue. His occupation is "iron moulder." He is still at 25 Cedar Street in the 1905 City Directory. In the 1907 edition he had relocated to 549 Main Street.

Unfortunately, C.E. Bumpus is not indexed in in the 1900 Census records, although he clearly should be there as he was living at the same address in Wakefield for many years. After much searching through individual pages of the 1900 Census, Charles E. Bumpus was eventually verified at 25 Cedar Street, Wakefield.

BUMPUS, Charles Ellis, Mar 1855, born in Massachusetts of Massachusetts parents, occupation iron moulder
BUMPUS, Abbie Etta, May 1861, wife, born in Massachusetts of Massachusetts parents, no occupation
BUMPUS, Chas. W. Mar 1886, son, born in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, at school

Seeing that C.E. Bumpus was 45 years old in 1900 would tend to give evidence to the photo being of someone else, and  not the man at the given address. It is most likely an image of his son, Charles Weston Bumpus who was 14 at the time of the Census, and around 10 at the time of the photo.

In the 1910 Census, Charles E. and Abbie (maiden name is Swift) have moved to Wareham in Plymouth County, Massachusetts and are engaged in farming. Young Charles is no longer in the household. Abbie died in 1914 and is buried at Centre Cemetery in Wareham.

The 1920 Census shows Charles the elder is widowed. In his household are Charles Jr., his wife Ethel (vital records show her maiden name as Hopkins) and daughter Dorothea (b. 26 Sep 1913 in Wareham). The elder Charles is employed at a truck farm. Charles Jr. is a marine engineer and is at sea.

Charles E. died in 1921 and is buried in Centre Cemetery in Wareham, Mass. The 1855 State Census shows that Charles E. was the son of Silas Gifford Bumpus and Betsy (Maxim) Bumpus who were living at the time of his birth in Carver, Plymouth County, Mass.

Following his father's death, Charles Jr and family returned to Melrose, in Middlesex County where the family remained until his own death in 1954. Charles W. is buried in the same Plymouth County cemetery as his parents, and wife Ethel (1890-1980).

Daughter Dorothea "Dolly" was a popular student at Melrose High School. She married in 1937 to Raymond John Dodge. She lived to the age of 90, passing away in 2004.

Melrose High School Yearbook - 1931

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WILLIS, Margaret and Helen

Helen Chandler WILLIS at 22 mo.
These two images were located at an upstate NY antique shop last fall. I purchased both photos, as the girls were clearly siblings, and I wanted the photos to remain together,

Research finds that the photos were taken about Nov 1892. The photographer was F.E. Willis studio, Middletown CT. The elder girl is identified as Margaret Gordon Willis at age 3 1/2.. The younger girl is Helen Chandler Willis at 22 months. The photographer is their father.

1900 Census, Middletown Connecticut.
WILLIS, Frank E., 40, born Nov 1859 in NH, occupation Photographer
WILLIS, Alice N., 30, born Nov 1860 in VT
WILLIS, Margaret, 12, born Mar 1888 in VT
WILLIS, Helen C., 10, born Jan 1890 in VT
WILLIS, Martha O., 5, born Nov 1894 in CT

In the 1910 Census, Frank is not listed in the household. Alice is given as the head of the house, but marital status is given as "married." So I am not sure where Frank was.  All three daughters are present, and all three are shown as born in Connecticut. Eldest daughter, "G. Marguerite" at age 22 is employed as a teacher.

From the book "Leading Businessmen in Middletown, Portland, Durham and Middlefield"
Margaret Gordon WILLIS at 3 1/2 yrs
FRANK E. WILLIS, Photographer ; studio, 158 Main Street, Middletown, Conn. — The day when it was necessary to pay an exorbitant price for a photograph has passed, and there is now no reason why everybody should not possess an artistic portrait. There is no need to enter into an argument to uphold our position so far as the Middletown people are concerned for all they have to do is to call on Mr. Frank E. Willis at No 158 Main Street, and see what he has to offer as regards goods and prices. The illustrations in this book are from photographs obtained at his studio. We also understand that he always has for sale a fine assortment of views of all the principal points of interest in Middletown and vicinity. Mr. Willis is a native of Keene, N. H., and succeeded Mr. F. J Moore in business in 1889. The premises utilized comprise a large and pleasant reception-room, operating-room and work-room. He is steadily increasing the number of his patrons by strict attention to business, good work and fair prices, and honorable dealing and deserves the cordial support and appreciation of this vicinity. Mr. Willis and his two assistants are always ready and willing to give prompt and polite attention to all patrons.

Vermont Vital Records show that Frank E. Willis and Alice Frost Newman were married in Windsor VT on 27 Apr 1887.  His father was George W. Willis, and his mother was Mary M. Chandler. Frank was born in Winchester NH.

Margaret Gordon Willis is listed as a Junior at Middletown High School in 1904.
She married Burton Leroy Mallory and moved to Cook County, Illinois. She had two children; Burton L Mallory Jr (who died in The Philippines in 1945) and Louise Beckett Mallory (b. 1922).

Helen Chandler Willis, born Jan 5, 1890 in Windsor VT, to parents Frank Willis and Alice Frost.
She is listed in the 1912 Yearbook for Wesleyan University, Middletown CT as a member of the class of '12, and winner of the Olin Prize. She was also listed among Honors students.

The Wesleyan Yearbook of 1921 lists her among Alumni with following entry:

At age 44 (still using name Willis) was listed on the ship's manifest, S.S. Tegucigalpa, from Vera Cruz Mexico to New Orleans , LA.

Youngest daughter Martha Olcott Willis (of whom I have no image) was born 1 Nov 1894 according to church baptism records.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BURK, Boyd's mother

UPDATE - This photo has been claimed by a descendant of Boyd Burk and is going home!

This photo, acquired from the "Breakable Collectibles" booth at an antique show in Stewart Florida. I probably should not have purchased it, as it really does not identify the people in the photo with any certainty.

The mat is stamped Jones Studio, Columbia City, Indiana, and appears to have been taken about 1880-1885. The woman appears to be around 20-25 and the gentleman appears to be a bit older, like about 35-40.

The inscription on the reverse says "Great grandma Burk, Boyd Sr.'s mother."

So I am searching for a couple who had a son named Boyd Burk, and the fact that he is referred to as "Boyd Sr." implies that there is also a "Boyd Jr." in the family.

The only match I have come up with so far, is this:

William Edgar Burk (1840-1923), a German-born contractor, living with his family in Akron Ohio. Wife Lena Mann (also seen as Helena and Alenia) born 1862 in Germany, d. 1935). They have several children, but one of these is Boyd Frederick Burk (1885-1976) who later marries Florence Rundell, and they have a son Boyd F. Burk Jr. (1910-1980).

JOBSON, Fredrick

Fredrick JOBSON
In my stack of old photos which I had acquired last month but had not yet begun the research, I find another person with the surname of JOBSON. 

I have already placed John Henry Jobson with with granddaughter, but not sure if Frederick JOBSON is also related.

There are no location clues on this photo. I am guessing that the image is circa early 1880's.  The young man appears to be in his 20s.

The back of the photo contains a few confusing clues.

First, written in pencil, are the words "Fredrick Jobson" and then the mysterious word "Englonia" (?), which I suppose could be Euglonia, but that would be weird.

Above image enhanced to bring letters out more clearly.
Secondly, at the bottom of the backside of the photo, written in ink, are the words "Carlos (something illegible) Woolrich (?)" The last word could also say Woolworth.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BARNTHOUSE, James H. and wife

James Hiniman Barnthouse and
wife Catharine Mathews-Barnthouse
UPDATE - James Barnthouse and his wife have been claimed by a relative and they are going home! This photo was found in an Antique Fair in Vero Beach, Florida, but the booth owner is from upstate New York. Like most booth owners I have met, they did not remember how they came to possess this particular image.

The photo mat is stamped "Ischanen Studio, Upper Sandusky, Ohio" and appears to have been taken around 1895.

The couple in the photo appear to be around 65 years of age, thus birth years will be near 1830.

On the back, the hand-written note says "From James H. Barnthouse, Harpster, O. RFD (?) 1"

Harpster is a town just south of Upper Sandusky.

1990 Census Antrim township, Wyandot County, OH
James H. Barnthouse, 67, Nov 1932, born in Penn, Farmer
Catharine Barnthouse, 66, Apr 1834, born in Ohio
Vernon Barnthouse, 19, June 1880, grandson, born in Ohio, farm labor

According to records, James' middle name appears to be Hiniman. His wife was born Catharine Mathews (1834-1904).

James died on Feb 19, 1910, his wife having preceded him by a few years. This newspaper insert is taken from the "Marion Star", Marion, Ohio, Wednesday 23 Feb 1910:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

TRAVER, Willett R.

This photo of Willett Traver was located at the Antique Fair last weekend at the South Florida Fairgrounds in Palm Beach County, Florida.

The name written on the back is "Willett R. Traver" but unfortunately the location is unknown as the mat has been trimmed and there is only a remnant of the photographic studio's name remaining.

Fortunately, the name is unique enough, I believed it would be possible to track him down. The Traver family was well-known in Dutchess County NY at the end of the 19th century, and that is where Willett was found.

born 22 Nov 1851
died 05 May 1894
buried Wurtemburg Cemetery, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, NY

His wife was Lizzie E. Schultz (1860-1946)

1865 NY State Census, Clinton, Dutchess County
TRAVER, William Curtis, 42
TRAVER, Ann, 43
TRAVER, Zuletta (Ruthella), 17
TRAVER, Willett, 13
TRAVER, Mary E (or May), 13
TRAVER, Maria A, 11

1870 Census Clinton, Dutchess County, NY
TRAVER, William, 47, farmer
TRAVER, Ann, 48, keeping home
TRAVER, Willett, 18
TRAVER, Merritt, 18
TRAVER, Ann, 15
TRAVER Catherine, 10

1892 New York State census, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, NY
TRAVER, Willett, 40, clerk
TRAVER, Lizzie E., 31, dressmaker
TRAVER, Alice A., 8
TRAVER, Julia A., 70

Willett's mother was born as Ann Bishop.

It seems that Willett was a twin, as a sibling of the same age appears on two Census reports. However, in 1865 the sibling is reported as a female named Mary E., and in 1870 is reported as a male named Merritt. I believe Merritt is correct, as there is a record of Merritt Traver, same birthdate as Willett Traver, marrying a Lucy Lambert Cookingham in 1875 in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Sam Bishop, Philadelphia, Penn.
This photo was located at an antique fair at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

The photo was taken in Philadelphia, around 1885. Sam Bishop appears to be about 25-30 years old, which would  make his birth somewhere around 1855-1860.

The 1880 census for Philadelphia finds a Bishop family living at 17 Sharpnack Street, in the Germantown district. Head of the family is Isic (Isaac?) Bishop (56, teamster) but there is no wife listed. Eldest son in the house is Sam Bishop (22 [thus born around 1858], working in a woollen mill). There are also three daughters, Elizabeth (17), Mary E. (12) and Annie F. (10).

The 1870 census sheds a bit more light. At that earlier time, Isaac's wife, Cathus was present. She was 37 in 1870, thus born around 1833.  At age 13, Sam was already working in the woollen mill.

Now we jump forward to the 1900 Census. The family is now situated on Cumberland Street. Head of the household is Sam, now 41 years old and employed as a machinist. Living with him are sisters Elizabeth Bishop (35), Mary Toner (28, widowed, employed as a grocery cashier), Anna Bishop (22), as well as three boarders.

Father Isaac died in 17-Sep-1895.  News of his funeral was mentioned in the 20-Sep-1895 Philadelphia Times.

Sister Mary married Joseph Vincent Toner in 1895, but he apparently died prior to the 1900 Census as Mary had returned to her family's residence by that time..

Sunday, February 8, 2015

ORR Augustus and wife Rebecca STEWART

UPDATE - this photo was claimed by a descendent and has gone home. This photo was acquired on February 8, 2015 at a booth at the Antique fair at Palm Beach County Fairgrounds in Florida.

It was taken circa 1890-95 at a photographic studio in Cadiz, Ohio.

On the back is written "Augustus Orr and wife Rebecca Jane Stewart."

Rebecca is the second wife of Augustus and about 19 years his junior. On the 1900 census for Rumley Township, Harrison County Ohio, his birthday is recorded as "Aug 1827" and hers is "June 1846" (although it appears to have been corrected to 1844.)

Also in the household are two children from his first marriage to Levina Arbaugh (1824-1878); Jonathan (Nov. 1856) and Andrew (June 1864), as well as two daughters from his second marriage; Amanda (Jan 1883) and Jessie (May 1885).

Augustus died in 1920. His parents were Singleton Orr and Mary Marsh.

Rebecca lived until 1927. Her parents were Jesse Stewart and Rebecca Haines.