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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

LEEDS, Sarah Dutton

June 5, 1903
taken at The Hansbury Studio
914 Chester Street, Philadelphia

UPDATE - Sarah has been claimed and is going home to her family. This beautiful portrait was located at the Dec 2015 Antiques Fair at the Palm Beach County fairgrounds in southern Florida.

Sarah Dutton Leeds was born Sept 4, 1887 to parents Isaac Powell Leeds and Elizabeth A. Lippencott.

1900 Census, Burlington County, NJ
LEEDS, I. Powell, head, 22-Oct 1851, 48, NJ, of NJ & PA parents (Isaac & Sarah). farmer
LEEDS, Eliz. A., wife, 2-Apr 1856, 44, NJ, of NJ parents (Josiah & Louisa)
LEEDS, Mary Elizabeth, daughter, 19-July 1885, 14, NJ, at school
LEEDS, Sarah Dutton, daughter, 4-Sept 1887, 12, NJ, at school
LEEDS, Emily Powell, daughter, 5-June 1891, 8, NJ, at school
LEEDS, Beulah Sharpless, daughter, 18-June 1893, 6, NJ
LEEDS, Josiah Lippencott, son, Jan 1895, 5, NJ

1910 Census, Chester township, Burlington County, NJ
LEEDS, I. Powell, head, 59, farmer
LEEDS, Elizabeth A., wife, 54
LEEDS, Sarah D., daughter, 22, teacher
LEEDS, Emily P., daughter, 19, teacher
LEEDS, Josiah L., son, 15

Curious about why Beulah (should be 16 years old) is missing from this census.

Her sister Emily Powell Leeds (a food and canning demonstrator for the State Agricultural Dept) married Franklin William Stillman (manager of Broad Meadow Farm) at Rahway, on Sept 5, 1917. Sarah was maid of honor, Beulah was among the bridesmaids, and Josiah was the best man.

The 1920 Census shows much the same information, except that Mary Leeds is back in the household and works as a manager of a hotel. Sarah is still a public school teacher, Beulah works as a clerk in a drug store and Josiah works for an electrical supply company.

By the time of the 1930 Census, 74 year old Elizabeth is the widowed head of household. (Isaac Powell Leeds died 29-June 1924 at age 73). Living with her at 259 E. 3rd street, are Josiah (35, electrical engineer, and veteran of the great war), Mary (44, proprietor of Summer Hotel), and Beulah (36, a statistician for the Telephone company.) Sarah is no longer in the household.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

VANDE LAAR, Ann May (possibly)

first communion photo
taken in St. Johns, Michigan
circa 1901 ?

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This communion photograph was acquired at an antiques fair in Florida, from a vendor named "Breakable Antiques." The photographer is identified as Plunkett, in St. Johns, Michigan.

The surname was a real stumper. I searched and searched for surnames Vander Luc and Vander Lur with infinite variations like Van Leur, etc. I could find no Census records for St. Johns, Michigan. Finally about to give up, I stumbled upon one woman that looks promising.

The only person of a similar name and location that I could find is Ann May Vande Laare of Kalamazoo Michigan, born 1888, died 1975.

She was a daughter of John Vande Laare and Ida Vanzee. Her siblings were Cornelius (1885-1957) and Frederick (1891-1960).

Ann married Edward R. Vander Brook (1886-1978) probably around 1908-1909 and had 3 children:
Milton (1910-2007) married Marjorie Frost.
Virginia (1913-?)
Margaret (1917-1977) married Donald Blodgett.

Minnie Vande Laare
I found a family tree at for this woman, and although there were not photos of her there, there was a photo of her aunt Minnie (shown at right) to whom she bears a striking resemblance. So I think this may be the correct person.

NOTE - I do not own the photo at right, it is only provided here for comparison.


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taken at Quakertown, PA
circa 1905

This photo of Ida Nace-Wieand was located at the Brandywine River Antique Mall in Chadds Ford, PA.

Ida Nace was born 18 May, 1887 and was therfore about 18 at the time the photo was taken. Her father was Clinton S. Nace (1860-1932) and her mother was Amanda A. Scheetz (1862-1938).

1900 Census, Trumbauersville, Bucks County, PA
NACE, Clinton  - head, (born Jan 1860 in PA), of PA parents, farmer
NACE, Amanda - wife, (Mar 1862 in PA), of PA parents
NACE, Ida - daughter, (May 1887 in PA)
NACE. Emma - daughter, (Nov 1890 in PA)
NACE, Lillian "Lydia" - daughter, (Jan 1892 in PA)
NACE, Elsie - daughter, (Nov 1895 in PA)
WIEAND, Charles - servant, (Feb 1884), farm laborer

There were two other siblings: Erwin Nace born in April 1898 (lived 2 days), and Isaac Scheetz Nace (1900-1963) who was born after the Census survey of 1900.

At the age of 21, Ida married Charles K. Weiand (son of Henry Clement Wieand and Sarah Ann Kolb) on 28 Nov 1908, and had four children:
Twilla Edna Wieand (1910-2002) married Oswin G. Wentling Jr. (1905-1975).
Raymond N. Wieand (1912-1989)
Eva Wieand (1915-1971) married Stanley Johnson (1915-1956).
Clinton Nace Wieand (1920-2003) married Jeanne Adele Kendig (1917-1942).

Ida died from heart attack on 11 Sept 1960 at age 73.

IRWIN, Misner

taken at Thorntown, Indiana
circa 1880

1880 Census, Shannondale Township, Montgomery County, IN
IRWIN, Misner, 73yo, born in Ohio, of Maryland parents
IRWIN, Mary, 45, daughter, at home, born in Indiana, of Ohio parents
IRWIN, Esther, 34, daughter, housekeeping, born in Indiana, of Ohio parents
Also in this household or directly next door to Abigail IRWIN, 76, born in OH of MD parents (a sister to Misner.) adds info:
  Birth:  Mar. 22, 1807, Ohio, USA
  Death:  Feb. 28, 1888, USA
  Misner Irwin was born in Ross County OH.
  He maried Margaret Blain 4 Nov 1830 in Highland Co. OH.

  Burial: Irwin Cemetery
  Bowers, Montgomery County, Indiana, USA

Various trees at reveal that Misner was born 22 Mar 1807 in Ross County, OH, to parents Samuel Kennedy Irwin and Esther Dean. He married Margaret Blaine on 4 Nov 1830, and had the following children:
  James B. Irwin (1832-1833)
  Mary Irwin (1836- )
  Samuel Irwin (1838-1873)
  William A. Irwin (1841-1881) married Martha Ann Strain (1841-1928).
  John W. Irwin (1843-1919)
  Esther Irwin (1845-1926) married John Lutz (1861-1935).

Wife Margaret died in 1849. Misner died 28 Feb 1888.

Misner had 15 siblings; Joseph, Justin, Katherine, Abigail, Jessup, Augustin, Jared, William, Samuel, John, Robert, Price, twins Allen and Asa, Nancy Jane, James Laten.

Bio of Misner Irwin from "History of Montgomery County, Indiana"
by H. W. Beckwith
published in 1881

Misner IRWIN, farmer, Bowers, is a native of Ross Co, OH b. 1807 and pioneer settler of Sugar Creek Twp. He was here before the Indians were gone. His parents were Samuel and Ester (DEAN) Irwin, the former a native of Virginia, the latter a native of Ohio. His father came to Ohio in 1800 where he was marr, then immigrated to Indiana, Montgomery Co in 1829. Mr. Irwin's father raised a family of 14 children and d. in 1834 in the 53rd year of his age and his mother in 1865 in her 84th year. In 1830 he was marr. to Margaret BLAINE daughter of James & Mary, both natives of Pa. By this marriage he has 8 children; James B. and Samuel (Deceased) Mary; William A; John W and Ester. Wm. A. was in the 3-months service during the late war (Civil War).

In 1868 Misner's beloved wife and kind mother were called form earth to heaven. She died firm in the religion of Christ. His grandparents, Jerod and Jane Irwin came from Scotland. His mother's people are of Irish descent. Mr. Irwin began life poor and now has a farm of 56 acres in good cultivation and lives at his ease, enjoying the fruits of a well-spent life. In politics he is a radical Republican.

The date above for the death of Misner's wife is incorrect - her stone clearly says she died in 1849.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

ROTHHOLZ, Edith Heller

(taken in NY, circa 1942)

This framed photograph of a WWII-era Red Cross member was located at Hollywood Antiques in Eugene Oregon.

There is an Edith Rothholz (maiden name HELLER), born 19-Apr-1894 and died 1-Jun-1974 in New York City. Daughter of August Heller and Lena Rosenthal. Married to William Rothholz (1886-1966)

1910 Census, John Street, Baltimore, MD
August H. Heller, 59, born in Austria, imm 1853, traveling saleman clothing industry
Lena R. Heller, 52, born in Pennsylvania
Carlotta Heller, 23, music teacher
Herbert Heller, 21, advertising writer
Wilhelmina Heller, 19
Edith Heller, 15
Sophie Ulrich, 30, private nurse

The 1900 Census lists three older siblings which were out of the house by the 1910 Census. These were Lillian "Lela" Heller (in some documents as Elizabeth, b. 1877), Ida R. (b. 1879) and Jacob William (b. 1881).

Edith's mother Lena died suddenly of a heart ailment on 6 Sep 1912, while visiting Atlantic City NJ, at age 54. I think the mention of "daughter Carolina" in this obit must be Carlotta. Her father August died in Baltimore on 16 Jun 1934.

This marriage announcement was printed in the Baltimore Sun, 28 June 1915. Edith and William are found on subsequent Census records.

1920 Census, Larchmont Ave, Mamroneck, NY
William Rothholz, age 33, born in NY, President of Textile Finishing company
Edith Rothholz, age 25, born in Virginia, no occupation

1930 Census, West 72nd Street, Manhattan, NY
William Rothholz, age 43, of German parents, textile finisher
Edith Rothholz, age 35, born in Virginia, of German father and Pennsylvania mother, music teacher

1940 Census, West End Ave, New York, NY
William Rothholz, 53, Pres. Textile Refinishing Company
Edith Rothholz, 45, no occupation
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In April 1933, Edith's Father-in-law, Gustav Rothholz died in Baltimore. The article above from the Baltimore Sun, 28 Apr 1933, says that he left a large estate and had been a highly successful "clothes sponger" for 45 years. He and his brother Solomon were the principals of the Rothholz Brothers textile company.

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The news article at left, found in numerous newspapers around 17 May 1942, appears to confirm that this is the correct person in the photo.

1974, March 8, Edith's sister Carlotta Heller died.

Edith would pass less than three months later. Apparently she had no descendants of her own, but many of her siblings married and had children. It is probably among these that I will find a recipient for the photo.

Lillian (1877-1945) married Edward Wenk.
Ida (1879- ) married Robert E. Owens.
Jacob (1881-1945) married Rhea Newman.
Carlotta (1886 -1974) unmarried.
Herbert (1888-1919) married Jessie Gischner.
Wilhelmina "Willie" (1890-1918) married Samuel Isaac Schafer.

UPDATE - Well imagine my surprise when filing away another photograph in the W's, I found that I have a photograph of a man named EDWARD WENK from Baltimore!  My notes on him indicate that I acquired him earlier this year at the same Hollywood Antiques in Eugene Oregon.  This is the man that Edith's older sister Lillian married.  Here is the photo, but I have done a full post on him above. Here is the direct link to Edward Wenk:

Monday, November 21, 2016


This small photograph, labeled "Aunt Adnee Vanemberg" was located in Midway, Kentucky, at the Eagles' Nest Antique Store.

It is stamped with the photographer's mark which says "Doremus, Photograph Gallery, 85 Main Street, Paterson, NJ"

I was able to locate the subject in a rather large pdf file courtesy of the New Jersey Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

In this document, Adnee is defined as follows:

ADNEE VAN EMBURGH, born 18 Mar 1865 Paramus, Bergen County, NJ (as Anna)
 - daughter of Abram Van Emburgh & Margaret Ann Terhune
 - baptised 15 Oct 1865 Paramus Reformed Church
 - married. John Calvin Bogert (1865-1939)

Adnee's siblings are:

- Mary Elizabeth Van Emburgh (Minnie), b. 30 Mar 1856; bp. 19 Sep 1860 Paramus Ref Ch; m. (she as Maggie) 13 Jan 1875 by Rev. G. Talmage, to Daniel S. Van Riper, 20, of Hillsdale, a farmer, son of Abraham & Anna Van Riper.

- Stephen Terhune Van Emburgh, b. 23 Feb 1858; bp. 19 Sep 1860 Paramus Ref Ch; d. 10 May 1933; buried Valleau Cemetery, Ridgewood, Bergen Co., NJ; m. Sarah Catherine Bogert.

- John A. Van Emburgh, b. 23 Feb 1860 Paramus, Bergen County, NJ, bp. 19 Sep 1860 Paramus Ref Ch; d. 1926; buried Valleau Cemetery, Ridgewood, Bergen Co., NJ; married Carrie Zabriskie, dau. of Abraham Stevens Zabriskie & Jemima Garrison.

- Carrie Van Emburgh, b. 1862; bp. 18 July 1863 Paramus Ref Ch; d. 1889; m. John Edward Post
Catherine Ann Van Emburgh, b. 4 Sep 1867; bp. 24 Sep 1867 Paramus Ref Ch; d. 5 May 1872; buried Valleau Cemetery, Ridgewood, Bergen Co., NJ.

Children of Adnee and John Calvin Bogert:

- Harold John BOGERT, 1891 - 1965, married Hannah Mosser.
 - - John Calvin Bogert, 1915 - 2004, married Barbara E. White.
 - - Thomas E. Bogert, 1918 - 1996, married Marjorie H. Hornbeck.

- Elsie Adnee BOGERT, 1893 - 1983, married John Quarles James.

- Eugene Calvin BOGERT, 1895 - 1963

Further research reveals that Adnee and her husband both died in 1939. Both are buried in Valleau Cemetery, Ridgewood, Bergen County, NJ.

Sunday, November 6, 2016


(Clarence's father)

UPDATE - Arthur has been claimed by a relative and is going home. This small framed photograph was located at an antique shop in Springfield Oregon.

I have determined that this is Arthur Licurgus Rainwater, born Feb. 28, 1863 in Albany (Linn County) Oregon, and died Oct. 30, 1930 in Tacoma (Pierce County) Washington.

Arthur was the son of Northwest pioneer lumberman John Kiefer Rainwater (1834-1920) and Mary Ellen Sparks (1829-1889). John and Mary Ellen had seven children; six daughters and one son - Arthur.

Arthur married Clarissa Clara "Hannah" Robnett (sometimes shown as Robinette in historical records), a daughter of Joseph Robnett who was a sawmill partner with John Rainwater.

Obituary on Arthur's father (John K. Rainwater) from the Portland Oregon Daily Journal, 26 Aug 1920. (at right)

Arthur and Clara had the following children:
 - Rosetta (b. 1885)
 - Claude (1887)
 - Ernest & Elmer (twins)(1889)
 - Roy (1891)
 - Ora (1893)
 - Carl (1894)
 - Cora (1895)
 - Clyde (1896)
 - Alma (1897)
 - Loma (1898)
 - John (1900)
 - Faye (1903)
 - Clarence & Claire (twins) (1905)
 - Gladys (1910)

Arthur was widowed in 1921.

Arthur passed away in October 1930 in Tacoma Washington and is buried next to his wife Clara in Evergreen Cemetery in Everett Washington.