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Monday, December 21, 2015

GILES, Abby Houghton

This tin-type photo was located at the 2015 Antique Show at Oxford, Kentucky.

The back of the photo has a hand-written note taped to it, which reads "Esther Elsie Giles or her mother Abby M.B. (Houghton) Giles". I have been able to determine that this is indeed the mother, Abby.  Photos of this type, and the fashion she is wearing, point to a time period between 1865-1870.

Abby's children were born between 1853 and 1870 (daughter Elsie was born in 1855 and would be between 10 and 15 at the time this photo was taken). But this is a photo of a mature woman, so I feel confident in identifying her as the mother.

Abby M. Houghton (1836-1880) was the daughter of Calvin Houghton and Hannah Dwinell. She married Barnabas Giles (d.1906), a farmer in Windham Vermont.

Their children included:
Effa Giles (1853-1879)
Elsie Giles (1855-1879)
Herbert Giles (1858-1858)
Horace Elery Giles (1859-1922)
Leonra Giles-Stone (1861-1936)
William (1864-unknown)
Frank Giles (1870-1928)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

ALLEN, Samuel and Sarah

UPDATE - this photo has been donated to the Johnson County Historical Library in Coralville, Iowa, for use in their exhibit on the history of the Flexible Flyer.

This photo was located at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds, in December 2015, at their monthly Antique Fair.

Samuel L. & Sarah H. Allen
Thirty-Fifth Anniversary
11th Month, 22nd, 1901

Taken at the Gilbert Studio in Philadelphia PA.

Census records nearest the time of the photo, find them in Burlington NJ, a suburb of Philadelphia.

1900 Census, New Jersey, Burlington, Chester, NY, 249 East Main Street
ALLEN, Samuel L., head, May 1841, 59, born in PA of PA and NJ parents, manufacturer of Agricultural Implements
ALLEN, Sarah H., wife, Jan 1843, 57, born in NJ of NJ parents
ALLEN, Elizabeth R., daughter, Feb 1868, 32, born in NJ
ALLEN, Susan J., daughter, Nov 1876, 23, NJ
ALLEN, Charles J., son, Dec 1877, 22, NJ, at college
ALLEN, Emily H., Apr 1879, 21, NJ, at school

Samuel Leeds Allen's parents were John Casdorp Allen Sr (1807-1896) and Rebecca Smith Leeds (1815-1890).

Sarah Hooten (Roberts) Allen's parents were Elisha Roberts (1818-1885) and Elizabeth West Hooten (1819-1889).

Samuel has his own Wikipedia page, which identifies him as an inventor and holder of nearly 300 patents, including the "Flexible Flyer" sled and numerous items of farming equipment such as the seed drill, potato digger, grass edger and many others.

Concerned that his Farm Equipment employees would be laid off over the winter months, Samuel Allen (a great sledding enthusiast himself) devised a winter top-seller in the Flexible Flyer.

Friday, December 11, 2015


photo taken in Salmon, Lemhi county, Idaho
circa 1900

UPDATE - Joe Yearian has been claimed by a relative and is going home. This photo was located in one of the many antique shops in the Madison-Baukville area of upstate New York.

The subject appears to be around age 20 and the photo was probably taken around the turn of the century, so estimating a birth year of around 1880.

Census Records at that time find a young man of this name living in Lemhi county with his parents.

1900 Federal Census, Idaho, Lemhi County, Junction precinct
YEARIAN, Henry W., head, Aug. 1852, 47, born in Illinois to Penn and NY parents, stage driver
YEARIAN, Mary F., wife, Oct 1855, 44, born in Illinois to Illinois parents
YEARIAN, George W., son, Sept 1877, 22, born in Illinois, day laborer
YEARIAN, Joseph H., son, Feb 1879, 21,  born in Illinois, day laborer
YEARIAN, Lilly W., daughter, Sept 1885, 16, born in Illinois,
YEARIAN, Theo D., daughter, Apr 1887, 13, born in Idaho
(Note - Census taker was Gilbert Finch YEARIAN.)

1910 Census, same location
YEARIAN, Henry W., head, 55, laborer, odd jobs
YEARIAN, Mary F., wife, 53
YEARIAN, Joseph H., son, 30, wagon driver for odd jobs

On his WWI draft registration (dated Sept 1918) he gives his occupation as "unemployed miner" and his full name as Joseph Harlan Yearian. has a record for Joseph H. Yearian, complete with obituary and photograph from later in his life. I present that here for comparison. (I do not possess that photo, only the one shown at the top of this post.) Find-a-Grave memorial states that his parents were Henry Wells Yearian (1852-1924) and Mary Frances Weir-Yearian (1855-1924). Siblings are Nora, George, Lillie and Theodocia.

Obit remarks that Joe never married, but was a friend to all in the community.

Thursday, December 10, 2015


Aged 2 yrs 10 mo.
taken Oct 7th, 1887

UPDATE - Alice Mary Gowing has been claimed by a relative and is going home!  No location stamp, but the name is unusual enough, we should be able to find her.

Census records find her in New Hampshire.

1900 New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Dublin,
GOWING, Fred C., head, Oct 1855, 44, born in New Hampshire, of NH parents, farmer
GOWING, Jennie N., wife, Sept 1855, 44, born in New Hampshire of NH parents
GOWING, Alice Mary, daughter, Nov 1885, 14, born in NH
GOWING, Henry Newton, son, Oct 1886, 13, born in NH
GOWING, Albert C., son, June 1888, 11, born in NH
(living next door, or in the same household, are Charles W. GOWING (age 80) and wife Julia Foster GOWING (74); presumably the parents of Fred GOWING.)

1920 New Hampshire, Cheshire Co., Dublin
GOWING, Fred C., head, 54, born in New Hampshire, of NH parents, farmer, fruit & hen business
GOWING, Jennie N., wife, 54, born in New Hampshire of NH parents
GOWING, Alice M., daughter, 25, born in NH, no occupation
(living next door, or in the same household, are brother Henry and his wife Belle F.)

1930 California, Los Angeles Co., Glendale, 350 W. Ivy
ADAMS, Elenora M., 74 widow, born in NH, no occupation, owns the house
TRAMEL, Ethel J., 45, single, born in NH, nurse at hospital, renting
GOWING, Alice M., 35, single, born in NH, no occupation, renting

1940 New Hampshire, Cheshire Co., Dublin
GOWING, Jennie N., head., 84 widow, no occupation
GOWING, Alice M., daughter, 55 single, no occupation

I find no mention of her, or her parents, at the website. But her brother Henry and his wife Belle are listed there. They are buried at the Dublin Town Cemetery. It is possible that the other family members are also, but just not included at the moment, at the website.

It would appear that Alice never married or had children. At the age of 55 she was still listed as single on the census and still using her maiden name.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

LINTON, Thomas Reardon & family

T Reardon LINTON
Altoona, PA

The photo at left, along with several others from the same family were located today at the Antique Fair at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds. This photo of Thomas Reardon Linton was taken in Altoona PA probably in 1904. Thomas was the son of Harvey Linton, the City Engineer of Altoona.

The photo at right was located a month later at the same venue. It was probably taken 3 to 4 years prior to the photo at left.

1900 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Altoona, 1717 Thirteenth Street
LINTON, Harvey, head, Feb 1844, 56, Civil Engineer
LINTON, Louise, wife, Jan 1861, 39
LINTON, Ethel, daughter, Sep 1878, 21, teacher
LINTON, Thomas R., son May 1887, 13, at school
LINTON, Esther L., daughter, Jun 1892, 7
WILLIAMSON, Thomas H., father-in-law, Jun 1825, 75, widowed

Louise R. Linton
Harvey Linton was born Feb 22, 1844 to parents Nathan and Martha Linton. He descended from Scottish Quaker immigrant John Lynton who arrived in Philadelphia in 1692.

There was also a photo of Louise R. LINTON acquired from the same antique vendor. I believe this is Thomas' mother. This photo was taken in Philadelphia, PA.

In 1903, daughter Ethel was married at her parents home to Mr. Edward J. Searles of Pittsburg.

In 1904, at the age of 17, Thomas Reardon Linton sailed for Panama, employed to work as a surveyor on the canal.

In June 1908, Thomas moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he met and married Canadian Elsie Hodgson in 1910. He worked there for the Canadian Pacific Railway in their engineering dept.

In 1917 he enlisted in the military for WWI, giving his occupation as Mining Engineer.  By 1920, the family had returned to Pennsylvania.

Dec 31, 1917, Thomas' mother Louise died at her home in Altoona. (see newspaper insert from Jan 1, 1918.)

In 1919, Harvey Linton relocated to Baldwin NY to live with his daughter and her new husband John Stuart Rominger.

1920 Federal Census, Penns., Northumberland Co., Milton
LINTON, Thomas R., head, 33, chief engineer at Hoersing Company?
LINTON, Elsie, wife, 28
LINTON, Harvey, son 8
LINTON, Mary L., daughter, 8mo.

Sadly, daughter Mary Louise Linton would die at age 3 when she ran into the street into the path of an oncoming coal truck, in Harrisburg, PA. in 1922.

12 Aug 1926, The Thomas Linton family suffered a second tragedy when 14-year-old son Harvey drowned in Lancaster, PA.

1930 Federal Census, Penns, Lancaster
LINTON, Thomas R., head, 43, Road Contractor
LINTON, Elsie, wife, 38
LINTON, Doris L., daughter, 4 1/2

1930 - father Harvey Linton dies at age 86 (Dec 1930) in Chicago where he was living with his daughter Mrs. Rominger. They had moved to Chicago two months previously, and were ten years in Philadelphia before that.

1940 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Lancaster, Rockland Street
LINTON, Thomas, head, 53, draftsman with WPA
LINTON, Elsie, wife, 47
LINTON, Doris J. daughter, 14

I also came across this photograph of a young child whom I believe to be Thomas Reardon Linton. There is a name scrawled on the back, which appears to say "T. Reardon Linton", but it could just as easily be translated as "J. Rubeo Luthern."

I will post front and back of that photo here, and you can decide for yourself. But I believe it to be Thomas as a child.

Then, as if that was not enough from the Linton family, here is a photo of Thomas' younger brother John Linton (born 1903).

John Linton

Also, in the same box, this photo (below) of M. Albert Linton and Ester P. Linton. Photo was taken in 1899 according to the hand-written note on the back, but no location is given.

Census records find this pair of siblings in Burlington NJ.

1900, Federal Census, New Jersey, Chester County, Burlington, 295 Main Street
LINTON, Morris, head, Oct 1857, 42, born in PA, draftsman at Baldwin Line-work (or lace-work)?
LINTON, Ruth A., wife, May 1856, 44, born in NJ
LINTON, M. Albert, son, Apr 1887, 13, born in PA
LINTON, Ester P., daughter, Jan 1895, 5, born in PA
NELSON, Hazel K., help

M. Albert and Ester P. LINTON
1910 Federal census, New Jersey, Chester Co., Burlington, 298 W. Main Street
LINTON, Morris, head, 52, born in PA, draftsman at Locomotive Works
LINTON, Ruth A., wife, 54, born in NJ
LINTON, Morris A., son, 23, born in PA, assistant actuary, life insurance
LINTON, Ester P., daughter, 15, born in PA
LINTON, Martha M., niece, 33, born in PA, stenographer

Head of household, Morris Linton, is a brother of Harvey Linton of Altoona, so this pair of siblings (Morris Albert Linton and Ester Powell Linton) are cousins of Thomas Reardon Linton and John Linton.

In January 2016, at the same vendor, this photo was found. There is no location anywhere on the frame. On the back, the inscription appears to say "Aunt E.L.H." and "Ned" "Edw Linton".

I need to look into this family a bit more to find how Edward, Edwin or Ned fits in, and who Aunt E.L.H. is.

MULLER, OTT and KOCH girls

Barbara Muller, Lois Ott, Maryann Koch
January 1954

No location given.

This snapshot was located today at the Antique Show at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds, in Florida.

The three young ladies appear to be in their late teens or early twenties, so one can estimate years of birth around 1935.

Since there was no clue as to the location of residence, I took to the Census Record search at and for each name found multiple possibilities in various locations. However, one location came up for all three names, and that was Hempstead, Nassau County, New York.

1940 Census, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY, Baldwin neighborhood, 13 Seaman Avenue
LEE, Harold, head, 36, credit manager in Match industry
LEE, Anna, wife, 34, clerk in telephone industry
OTT, Lois, niece, 7,
ACKERMAN, Elizabeth, 54, widowed mother-in-law

Directly next door at number 11 Seaman Avenue was the KOCH family
KOCH, Joseph, head, 31, salesman in Insurance industry
KOCH, Lillian, wife, 30
KOCH, Marianne, daughter, 6
KOCH, Joseph, son, 5

Coincidentally, there is a MULLER family living next door at 5 Seaman Ave, but I do not see a Barbara among the children. However, at 115 Seaman Avenue, there is a family headed by CASGROVE (or COSGROVE) and two of the children in the home are named MULLER.

CASGROVE, William, head, 33, Salesman
CASGROVE, Mae, wife, 30
CASGROVE, William Jr., son, 9
MULLER, Charles, son, 9
MULLER, Barbara, daughter, 6

This makes me think that the Muller children are step-children of the head of household. Both sons are the same age. Mother, Mae Muller-Casgrove was born Mae Friel. Possible first husband is Charles Muller. Her father was James D. Friel.

The addresses for each girl would make it likely that they attended Baldwin Senior High School nearby, and were also likely in the same graduating class.

Still researching this one, but please comment if you know either of these families.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

McDERMOTT family

Mc,DERMOTT, Stephen, John and Alfred
circa 1885-1890, Evansville, Wisc.

Photo was found in August 2014 at the Madison-Baukville Antique Fair in New York State.

Here is a photo of three brothers; Stephen, John and Alfred McDermott, taken probably between 1885 and 1890 in Evansville, Rock County, Wisconsin.

In consulting a map of Evansville, WI, I see that there is a road named McDermott Road which lies roughly equidistant between the neighboring towns of Evansville and Albany.

First stop was checking into the Census records for that area.

1880 Federal Census, Albany, Green County, Wisconsin
McDERMOTT, Michael, 53, Farmer, born in Ireland to Irish parents
McDERMOTT, Rhoda, 56, wife, keeping house, born in New York to NY parents
McDERMOTT, Thomas, 27, son, dry goods merchant, born in Wisc.
McDERMOTT, Rosa, 22, daughter, at home, born in Wisc.
McDERMOTT, Stephen, 20, son, at home, born in Wisc.
McDERMOTT, Lilla, 18, daughter, at home, born in Wisc.
McDERMOTT, Polly, 16, daughter, at home, born in Wisc.
McDERMOTT, John, 14, son, at home, born in Wisc.
McDERMOTT, Alfred, 12, son at home, born in Wisc.
McDERMOTT, Dahlia, 9, daughter, at home, born in Wisc.

These ages would point to approximate birth years of 1860 for Stephen, 1866 for John and 1868 for Albert (give or take a year.) find a number of family trees in which these brothers appear.  Most of them include the fact that Stephen died in 1909 in Nebraska. has a record of a Stephen McDermott buried in Peckham Cemetery, Lincoln County, Nebraska. He was born Aug 14, 1859, died Nov 2, 1909. His headstone remarks that he is a son of M.McDermott. 

Parents were: Michael McDermott (1827 - 1917) and Rhoda D. Peckham (1824 - 1890).

Middle brother, John Arthur McDermott (born 29 Aug 1865 - died 26 Feb 1955) married Mary Elizabeth Miller (1865-1955) and had at least 6 children.  Above is the newspaper insert of his passing, taken from the Janesville Daily Gazette, Janesville Wisc, 28 Feb, 1955.

Younger sister Dahlia lived her entire life at the family home in Albany, Wisconsin and died on the eve of her 75th birthday. The newspaper insert of her passing was reported in the Monrose Wisc Evening Times, 22 Aug 1945.
Stephen and Fairy McDermott

There was an older brother Martin who was already out on his own by the time of the 1880 Census. He was born in 1854 and had three sons; Stephen W. (born 1882), and twins Alfred and Elbert (born 1894). Stephen and Alfred whom appear to have named for their uncles. Stephen William McDermott married Fairy Frances Masters around 1909. This photograph may have been their wedding photo, based on their clothing.

The photo was taken at the "Miss Rankin Photo Studio" in North Platte, Nebraska, and was found in the same box at the antique fair as the photo above of Stephen's uncles.

Stephen W. McDermott and wife Fairy are buried at the Wellfleet Cemetery in Lincoln County, Nebraska.