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Friday, January 20, 2017

RETTIG, Philip and Carrie

Philip and Carrie RETTIG
UPDATE - this photo has been claimed by a great-grandnephew of Philip Rettig and has gone home!

This photo of Carrie and Philip Rettig was located at the Highway 127 Yard Sale in Anderson County, KY last summer.

Philip Marion Rettig was born 17 Apr 1884 in Henry Co. Ohio to parents Jacob Rettig (1853-1914) and Magdalena Hoffman (1862-1929).

Carrie Mary (Ricker) was born 05 May 1885 in Henry Co. Ohio to parents John George Ricker (1847-1915) and Elizabeth Anna Henry (1847-1923).

The couple were married in Feb 1913.

1920 Census in Flatrock, Henry County OH.
RETTIG, Philip, head, 35, born in OH of OH parents, farmer
RETTIG, Carrie, wife, 34, born in OH of OH parents
RETTIG, George A., son, 5, born in OH
RETTIG, Inez E., daughter, 1, born in OH

1930 Census in Flatrock, Henry, OH
RETTIG, Philip, head, 46, born in OH of OH parents, farmer
RETTIG, Carrie, wife, 45, born in OH of OH parents
RETTIG, George A., son, 16, born in OH
RETTIG, Inez E., daughter, 11, born in OH
RETTIG, Erma E., daughter, 10, born in OH

1940 Census, Napoleon, Henry Co., Ohio
RETTIG, Philip, 55
RETTIG, Carrie, 54
RETTIG, Erma, 20, Bookkeeper

Evening Independent, Massillon OH 12 Apr 1943
Daughter Inez (1918-2004) married William Behrens around 1936, and had two sons James and Larry. The family was involved in an automobile crash on April 10, 1943 which killed William and son James. Inez and son Larry were both critically injured, with Larry succombing to his injuries in early May.  Inez recovered and married Robert Clady.

Daughter Erma (1920-2008) married Allen Clady (Robert Clady's brother).

Son George (1914-2001) married Alma Seeman.

Philip died May 18 1947.

Carrie died Oct 3 1975.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

TUTTLE, Edith and Ruth

Edith Tuttle
Ruth Tuttle

These two photos of Ruth and Edith Tuttle were located at the Highway 127 Yard Sale in Anderson County, KY. The photo of Ruth is in a paper cover, and is stamped with the photographer's mark with says "H.C. Grummitt, 56 Center St, Ashtabula, O." On the back of the folder are the hand-written words "Ruth Tuttle, age 4, 1910."

The photo of Edith is just a photograph adhered to a larger sheet of paper (and may have come out of a frame). There is no studio stamp, just the hand-written "Edith Tuttle."

I thought at first this may have said "Edith Little" but it seems to me now that it must say "Tuttle." In fact I believe the same hand wrote both names on the photos. There is simply too much similarity in the letters, particularly in the "th" of both first names, and in the "le" of both last names.

I was able to locate the Tuttle family living in Kingsville, Ashtabula County Ohio on the 1910 Census.
TUTTLE, Charles F., head, 43, born in OH of Ohio parents, salesman of farm implements
TUTTLE, Carrie E., wife, 32, born in OH of Ohio and Penn parents
TUTTLE, Edith M., daughter, 11
TUTTLE, Ruth M., daughter, 4
MORSE, Harriet, aunt, 78 widowed, born in OH of NY parents

The 1920 census find the family still in Kingsville. Aunt Harriet is no longer listed, but they have taken in a niece Marie Colegrove (age 14). Father Charles lists his occupation as Vulcanizing in his own shop.

Full list of siblings:
Edith May Tuttle (1898-1925)
Helen Tuttle (1901-1901)
Beatus Tuttle (1902-1902)
Ruth Marion Tuttle (1906-1987) shows that Charles Francis Tuttle (born 13 Feb 1867 and died 14 May 1948, a son of Duran Hugh Tuttle and Harriet Cook) was married to Carrie Emily Colegrove (1878-1943, daughter of Richard Colegrove and Sarah Jane Clark). They are buried in the Kelloggsville Cemetery.

Edith May Tuttle died 31 March 1925 (age 27) in Akron.

Found online. I do not have this photo.
Ruth grew to adulthood and attended Ohio State University. I find little else about her except that she died in 1987, having never married.


Peekskill, NY

This is a tin-type photo located at the monthly Antique show at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds in Florida. The photo appears to be from around the Civil War era. The young man looks like he is about 20, so a projected birth year would be mid-1840s. has a memorial for Ray T. Austin, born 1847. Died 1911 in Somers, NY (which is a mere 23 miles from Peekskill, where the photo was taken.)  The same stone memorializes his wife Ophelia Dexter (1849-1934). The site mentions one daughter, Mariana Austin (1869-1893), although there was a son Edward (born about 1874) and possibly another daughter Ida (born about 1882?, which I am still verifying). His parents were James Harvey Austin (1821-1881, son of Ralph Austin and Fanny Knapp) and Ann Eliza ___ (1823-1883).

The family appears on the 1880 Census at Somers NY. (either in the same household, or next door to parents James and Ann Eliza.)
AUSTIN, Ray, head, 35. farm labor, born in NY of NY parents
AUSTIN, Ophelia, wife, 32, keeping home, NY of NY  parents
AUSTIN, Mary A., daughter, 10, NY
AUSTIN, Edward, son, 6, NY
VANVORIS, Edward, 33, uncle, farmer, NY

This tells us that Ray's mother's maiden name was likely VanVoris (also seen as Van Voorhis, a latter-day corruption of Van Voorhies). There was a well-known Van Voris family in Schoharie county, and there is a Van Voris Road near Richmondville, NY.

The 1900 Census for Somers lists only Ray T., Ophelia, and a boarder Charles Smith. None of the children remain in the household. We know that Mariana died in 1893, and the other children would have been grown and on their own by this time.

There was a Charles W. Voorhis, of Brooklyn, Kings County NY. born about 1835, married to Eliza. Died around late 1912 - early 1913. There is a Brooklyn newspaper notice 07 Feb, 1913 alerting relatives to be present at the probate hearing. Those asked to attend are: John T. Voorhis, Antoinette Austin, Elizabeth Smith, Minerva Lockwood, Waldren Dexter, Ophelia Austin, Melissa Hadden, George Higby, Charles Voorhis, Nellie Broten, Mary Steers, Frank Voorhis, Anna Slater, Cora Mackey, Ira Voorhis, and Elam Voorhis.

1850 Census, Somers, NY
As a young man of 17, Charles W. Voorhis is found on the 1850 Census. He lived at Somers NY with his parents, John T. Van Voorhis and Clorinda (unknown), and siblings, Marcellus (22), Frederic (14), Sarah (11), John T. Jr. (13), and Edward (6). If they had a sister named Aneliza, or Ann Eliza, she would  have been about 27 and most likely already married and gone.

Nearby, lives the Dexter family, of James (35), Mary J. (25), and Ophelia (7 mo.).

Also in the 1850 Census for Somers, NY:
AUSTIN, James (37)
AUSTIN, Ann E. (37)
AUSTIN, Adelia (13)
AUSTIN, Clarissa (12)
AUSTIN, Thomas (7)
AUSTIN, Ray (3)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

NORTON, Ada Jane & TEASDALL, Cheryl Ann

At the very end of 2016, I found two photos in the Pasadena Antique Gallery on Fair Oaks Avenue. There were several photos in the basket, but only these two had any sort of identification, so I bought them. Both are snapshots, so there is no knowing where the photos were taken.

Ada Jane NORTON (left), Cheryl Ann TEASDALL, 1944 (right)

I looked first for Cheryl. Using I was able to locate a "Cheryl Ann Teasdall" in the California Birth Index. She was born 20 July 1944 in Los Angeles County. And the mother's maiden name was Norton.

Using I was not able to locate Cheryl Teasdall, but I did find a Harry Ervin Teasdall who was born in 1918 and died May 15, 2013 in Riverside, California. His obituary was located next, and it reported that he was indeed the father of a daughter Cheryl who survived him. At that time, Cheryl was living with her husband Ernie Maulson in Temecula CA. Other survivors include Harry's wife Lucille and son William, as well as a number of grandchildren.

Harry's parents were Harry Oliver Teasdall and Ida Ervin. He had a sister named Ione. Harry's full obituary can be found here

Harry Ervin Teasdall is found on the 1940 census of Long Beach, CA, living with his parents on Temple Avenue.
TEASDALL, Harry O., head, 44, born in Nebraska, Distributor at Shoe Polish Mfg. Company
TEASDALL, Ida, wife, 51, born in Pennsylvania
TEASDALL, Harry E., son, 21, born in Canada, stocking in a retail grocery
TEASDALL, Marylyn, daughter, 10, born in Canada,

At the time of the 1940 Census, the Teasdall family was still mourning the loss of 18-year-old daughter Margaret Ione Teasdall who died in an auto accident 24 Nov 1939 just south of Long Beach, along with her companion Alexander Chisholm.

Harry Ervin married Lucille M. Norton in 1943 and had children:
Cheryl Ann Teasdall, b. 1944, married Ernie Hall (Maulson?)
Thomas Henry Teasdall, b. 1947, d. 2009
W.H. Teasdall, b. __

This wedding notice at right is from the Los Angeles Times, 17 May 1943.

Cheryl's grandmother Ida lived to be 100 years old. Born in 1888 and died in 1988.

So who was Ada Jane Norton?

Marriage Notice 1942, Lincoln, NE.
Ada Jane Norton, daughter of late Roy Norton of Kearney NE, married 8 April 1942 to Milton Churchill Blake Jr of Beverly Hills CA. She attended High School in Lincoln NE.

ADA JANE NORTON (1921-2005), daughter of Charles Leroy Norton (1884-1924) and Hazel May Rail (1891-1924). Both parents died when Ada was around 3 years old. The memorial on Findagrave states that Roy Norton was a partner in the Norton & Chase clothing firm, and that his partner had died the day before Roy died of asphyxiation in his garage. Apparently Ada was raised by her aunt and uncle Mr/Mrs Walter Everett Pease of Lincoln NE and later of Redondo Beach CA.

1930 Census Lincoln NE
PEASE, Walter E., head, 37, born in Iowa, of Iowa parents, mechanic at an airplane field
PEASE, Gladys, wife, born in Nebraska, of Penn and Indiana parents
PEASE, Mary Jane, daughter, 16, born in Colorado
PEASE, Jack, son, 12, born in Nebraska
NORTON, Ada Jane, niece, 8, Nebraska of Nebraska parents

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This newspaper article, Los Angeles Times, 10 April, 1942, offers proof that Ada Jane Norton had a sister named Lucille.