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Thursday, August 13, 2015


UPDATE - Delbert has been claimed by a relative and is going home.

(photo taken circa 1898-1900)
Louisville, Kentucky

This photo was located at the annual Route 127 Yard Sale in Anderson County and Mercer County, Kentucky. has a family tree which contains a man named "Arthur Delbert Reynolds" who was born 1877 in Anderson County KY, and died 1953 in Louisville Kentucky. I am almost absolutely certain this is the person in the photograph, because the family tree I found contains some photos of other relatives, and some are nearly identical to the Delbert Reynolds I found. And the location in which he lived is in the exact area where the photo was found.

Arthur Delbert Reynolds

Born: 27 May 1877
Died: 23 Feb 1953
Parents: John Thompson Reynolds (1846-1932) and Susan Paige Crane Gash (1852-1913).
Married: Nora Burk Bohon in 1900 in Mercer County KY. Nora outlived Delbert by 14 years.

1910 Census, Mercer County, Bohon District, KY
REYNOLDS, Delbert, head, 33, born in KY of KY parents, farmer
REYNOLDS, Nora, wife, 31, born in KY of KY parents
REYNOLDS, Thelma R., daughter, 9, born in KY of KY parents
REYNOLDS, A.D. Jr., son, 1, born in KY of KY parents
REYNOLDS, Malam, brother, 29, born in KY of KY parents, farm labor
REYNOLDS, Hallie, sister, 26, born in KY of KY parents

World War I Draft Registration, Sept 12, 1918
Address: Vanarsdall Road, Mercer County
Occupation: Farming

1920 Census, Jackson Rd, Bohon Precinct, Mercer County, KY
REYNOLDS, Delbert, head, 42, born in KY of KY parents, farmer
REYNOLDS, Nora, wife, 41, born in KY of KY parents
REYNOLDS, Thelma R., daughter, 18, born in KY of KY parents
REYNOLDS, A.D. Jr., son, 11, born in KY of KY parents
REYNOLDS, Susan E., sister, 21, born in KY of KY parents, teacher
BOHON, Walter M., brother-in-law, 33, born in KY of KY parents, farm labor
BOHON, Harrold B., nephew, 4y10m,

1930 Census, Bohon Rd., Mercer County, KY
RENOLDS, A.D., head, 53,
REYNOLDS, Nora, wife, 51,
BOHON, Harrold, grandson (?), 15 <-- I think this is his nephew mentioned above.
BOHON, Sarah, boarder, 77
CORWIN, ?, sister, 10

1940 Census, Mercer County, KY
REYOLDS, Delbert, head, 63, farming
REYNOLDS, Nora, wife, 61
REYNOLDS, Arthur, son, 31, farming
REYNOLDS, Alma, daughter-in-law, 28
REYNOLDS, Walter Delbert, grandson, 9
REYNOLDS, Harold Lee, grandson, 1

His death certificate states that he died at age 75 of congestive heart failure, in Louisville KY (Jefferson County), where he had probably been sent for medical attention. He was buried in Mercer County where he had lived all of his life. He was laid to rest in the Spring Hill Cemetery (Harrodsburg, KY). I made a quick trip to Harrodsburg and found the stone for Delbert and his wife Nora, as well as other members of his family, and added these to
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Thursday, August 6, 2015


UPDATE - Ursula Trainor has been claimed and is going back home to Washington State.

This photo of Ursula Trainor was located at the Antique Fair at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Greenwich, New York. The back of the photo bears the hand-written label "Ursula Trainor, Rosalia."

I did find a woman by the name of Ursula Trainor who was born in Wisconsin, but grew up in Washington State, specifically in the small Eastern Washington farming town of Rosalia. Here is what I have found out about her:

URSULA TRAINOR (twin sister of Angela Trainor)
born 9 Aug 1890 in East Troy Wisc.
to parents William Trainor and Nellie Maude Dwyer

1910 Census - Rosalia, Whitman County, Washington
TRAINOR, William, head, 51, born in Wisc., manager at grain warehouse
TRAINOR, Ellen M., wife, 54, Wisc., no occupation
TRAINOR, Mary B., daughter, 23,  Wisc., music instructor at normal school
TRAINOR, Ursula M., daughter, 19, Wisc., teacher at High school
TRAINOR, Angela, daughter, 19, Wisc., none
TRAINOR, William V., son, 18, Wisc., none
TRAINOR, Bess, daughter, 9, born in Washington, none

1920 Census - Rosalia, Whitman County, Washington
TRAINOR, William, head, 61, grain farmer
TRAINOR, Ellen M., wife, 63
TRAINOR, Ursula M., daughter, 28, teacher at public school
TRAINOR, William V., son, 27, farmer
TRAINOR, Elizabeth, daughter, 18, teacher at public school
DWYER, Bertha, sister-in-law, 54

Aug 17, 1922 married to fellow Rosalia schoolteacher Hill Williams (1894-1948).

1930 Census - Pasco, Franklin County, Washington
WILLIAMS, Hill, head, 36, born in Arkansas, newspaper publisher
WILLIAMS, Ursula, wife, 36, born in Wisconsin
WILLIAMS, Hill Jr., son, 4, born in Washington
WILLIAMS, Jane, daughter, 2, born in Washington

1940 Census - Pasco, Franklin county, Washington
WILLIAMS, Hill, head, 46, born in Arkansas, newspaper publisher & editor
WILLIAMS, Ursula, wife, 46, born in Wisconsin, writer for newspaper
WILLIAMS, Hill Jr., son, 14, born in Washington
WILLIAMS, Jane, daughter, 12, born in Washington
WILLIAMS, Mary, daughter, 9, born in Washington

Died 17 Oct, 1967 in Pasco, and buried there.

Her stone appears to have an incorrect birth year of 1893, as Census records point to a birth year closer to 1890. Also, her marriage certificate dated August 1922 states that she was 32 on her last birthday which puts the birth year at or near 1890.

I wonder why the photo was located in New York State. Perhaps a friend or family member was living there?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

HUGHES, James Frederick

James Frederick Hughes
taken June 16, 1943
Camp Swift, TX finds a James Frederick Hughes, born in Syracuse, NY 7 April 1924 to parents Edward Peter Hughes (1880-1947) and Caroline "Carrie" E. Mulliner (1890-1973). The fact that the photo was found in New York state makes me think he may have been a "local boy" with family still living in the same locale.

This James F. Hughes had four sisters and two brothers.

1930 Census Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, 715 Otisco Street
HUGHES, Edward, head, 50, born in Scotland of Irish parents, automobile polisher
HUGHES, Carrie, wife, 39, born in New York of NY parents,
HUGHES, Marion, daughter, 19, NY, kitchen help at hospital
HUGHES, Arlen, daughter, 15, NY,
HUGHES, Charles, son, 13,  NY,
HUGHES, Dorothy, daughter, 11,  NY,
HUGHES, James, son, 6,  NY,
HUGHES, Robert, son, 0, NY,

1940 Census Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, Grand Street
HUGHES, Edward, head, 60, varnisher in automobile industry
HUGHES, Carrie, wife, 50
HUGHES, Marion, daughter, 29, teacher in public school
HUGHES, Dorothy, daughter, 21,  new worker
HUGHES, James, son, 15
HUGHES, Robert, son, 10
HUGHES, Rita, daughter, 7

16 Feb 1943, enlisted into the Army at age 18.

Sister Dorothy married Walter Brown.
Sister Rita married Rene Champagne.

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Died 30 July 1977 of a heart attack in Lunenburg, Massachusetts on a golf course, while visiting his sister in that city.  This obituary is from the Evening Star (Washington (DC), District of Columbia)   Page: 33, dated Wednesday, August 3, 1977  

WEMPLE family

This family photo was located today at an antique fair at the Washington County Fairgrounds in New York State.

This is no indication of where the photo was taken. But the back of the photo identifies each of the subjects. (Dates added by me, from other sources.) From Left to Right:
Rose Wemple Briggs (1854-1919)
Bertha Wemple Briggs (1867-1949)
Thirza Wemple Hoag (1852-1939)
Esther Wemple Culver (1850-1921)
Evelyn (1831-1914) and Abram Wemple (1823-1913) has this entire family listed and most are buried in Schenectady County NY.

Father Abram I. Wemple was an undertaker by trade, in the small town of Quaker Street which is near Delanson, New York. The following obituary on him offers facts about his family.

QUAKER STREET. (Special to The Gazette.) QUAKER STREET, March 24. - A. I. Wemple, for many years a resident of this village, died Friday morning at 5 o'clock in his 90th year. He was respected by all who knew him. He had been failing in health for some time and his death was not unexpected. 

He and his wife, who survives him had been making their home for two or three years with his daughters, Mrs. W. C. Briggs and Mrs. J. C. Briggs, both of this village, and it was at the residence of Mrs. W. C. Briggs that he passed away.

Besides his wife and two daughters above referred to he leaves two other daughters, Mrs. C. Culver of this village and Mrs. Thirza M. Hoag of Binghamton. The funeral services were held from the house today at 2 o'clock. Rev. J. M. Brown, pastor of the Christian Church, of which Mr. Wemple had for many years been a member, officiated. Burial was made in Grove Cemetery, this village.

Abram is a son of Isaac Wemple and Margaretta Bradt. In 1850, he married Evelyn Wilbur.

Bertha married John Calvin Briggs.
Rosa Wemple married Wilson Cyrus Briggs (brother to Bertha's husband.)
Thirza Wemple married Ira Hoag.
Etta (Ester) Wemple married Charles A. Culver.