Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lorene Waldron (1923-2012)

   My father's sister, Lorene, passed away this week on 26 Nov 2012.  She died peacefully in her sleep.  She was my father's oldest of three sisters.  Here is a short bio I wrote in 2004.

High School

     Ethel Lorene Hork was born Aug 3, 1923 in Santa Monica, California.  She attended St. George's Catholic Grammar School and Chaffey Union High School in Ontario. In grammar school, Lorene remembers "skipping second grade to the third grade and crowning the Blessed Virgin in Our May Church procession." She also won the American Legion School award.
      Her first job was as an usherette in a movie theater in Napa. She was paid $12.00 a week. She worked for the Army as a civilian for 18 months and lived in Japan not far from the Imperial Palace. After working there, she traveled around the world with friends visiting Asia, the Middle East and Europe. She returned to the United States on the Queen Mary.
Lorene & Wally
      Lorene married Wallace William Waldron on October 11, 1958 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She recalls that the Monsignor Ryan, who married them, also married Bing and Kathy Crosby. After marrying Lorene and Wally, he showed them around Las Vegas.
     They first lived in an apartment in San Francisco. They also lived in San Diego and Los Gatos. Some other jobs Lorene worked: in a hospital in Napa and Pittsburg, working for 3 doctors. She also worked 25 years with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
    Wally died March 8, 1985 at Stanford University Hospital. 

    Lorene continued living on her own, traveling often to see family and friends.  Some trips she made together with my father.  Later, when she was unable to live on her own, she moved to Marin county where my cousin took care of her affairs while she lived in an assisted living facility.

Lorene upper left with sisters & brother
   She was well-remembered by her nieces and nephews as the "fun" aunt.  She was spirited, adventuresome  and funny.  She told wonderful stories of her life as a young woman and she seemed so unafraid of living her life to the fullest.  She will be dearly missed by all of us.  Rest in Peace, Aunt Lorene.

Copyright © 2012 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veteran's Day - William Cyril Hork's Stint in the Navy

This post was originally posted on October 17, 2011 but thought it was appropriate to repost today on Veteran's Day.

Seaman Cyril W. Hork

My grandfather, William Cyril Hork (1899-1967) served in the United States Navy.   His active service in the Navy was between January 5, 1918, where he enlisted at Salt Lake City, Utah, and June 14, 1919 where he was discharged, again at Salt Lake City.[1]

I have his Service Record and learned he used another variation of his name: Cyril Willis Hork.  You can see his signature here:

I also learned where he trained and served.  His training took place in San Diego and at Mare Island, California.  He then was stationed at the U.S. Sub Base in San Pedro, California.  From March 31, 1919 to Jun 12, 1919 he served on the U.S.S. Alert.

So what was this USS Alert?  I found information on the website California Center for Military History and there was a photo of the USS Alert. It was a submarine tender, used to refuel and supply submarines.

USS Alert with four submarines in San Pedro, California
[1] National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, Missouri, Cyril W. Hork, 173 64 55.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Saturday Night Fun - Genealogy Name Roulette: Mary Sheehan

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings has a fun Saturday blog activity and today I decided to play.  What the Name Roulette is:

  1. Find the name of one of your great-grandmothers.
  2. Divide her birth date by 90 and round to the nearest whole number.  Use that number to find the ancestor in your tree with the same Ahnetafel number.
  3. Write 3 facts about that ancestor.

To find the roulette number I took the birthdates of all four of my great-grandmothers and found that by dividing by 90, I came up with the same rounded number of 21.  The ancestor with 21 is my great-great-grandmother, Mary Sheehan.

Mary Sheehan was born probably in Cahirkeem, Co Cork, Ireland.(1)  I do not know her exact birthdate.  The two census entries (1870 & 1880) in the United States have her birth year as 1827 and 1832. Her tombstone listed her age as 70 making her birth in 1832.

She married Jeremiah Sullivan sometime around 1841-1842, as their first child was born in Nov 1843.(2)  I had a researcher look at church records and he said the marriage book for that time period is missing.

Mary and Jeremiah had at least 9 children (4 baptism records he found in Ireland, four of which we know went to the US, and one child born in the US).

Mary Sullivan, wife of Jerry Sullivan
Motley Cemetery
Jeremiah Sullivan probably worked in the mines in Co Cork and nearby Co Kerry before the family emigrated to the United States after the potato famine.  They came sometime between 1860 and 1869 (the dates between births of two of the youngest children).  One son said 1864, another Oct 1865, another said 1866.(3)

They lived in Houghton Co, Michigan; Todd Co, Minnesota; and Morrison Co, Minnesota.  In Todd Co, Jeremiah obtained a homestead and built a log cabin on the property that was
"15 feet by 20 feet, had a board roof, one door, 3 windows, 2 floors, and a cellar.  The property also had a log stable and a well."(4)
She died 24 Feb 1892 according to her obituary "after suffering with a cancer in the stomach for some time."(5)  She is buried in Motley Cemetery.(6)

1. Research done by Riobard O'Dywer, Co Cork, Ireland.
2. Baptism record for Mary Sullivan, Eyeries Village Church, 5 Nov 1843, transcribed by Riobard O'Dywer.
3. 1900 Todd Co, MN US Federal Census, ED 200, sheet 7, Eugene Sullivan; Davison Co, SD Naturalization for John Sullivan, V. 229, p 209; 1900 Pierce Co, WA US Federal Census, Tacoma, ED 182 Sheet 1, 5th ward, Jerry Sullivan.
4. Homestead papers for Jerrey Sullivan, General Land Entry Files, application 7874, patent 4462, National Archives, Washington, DC. 
5. Obituary of Mrs. Jeremiah Sullivan, Staples World (Staples, MN), 27 Feb 1892, p 8.
6. Photo of tombstone, Mary Sullivan, Motley Cemetery, Motley, Minnesota.

Copyright © 2012 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Monday, October 15, 2012

On This Day - Anna Marie Sullivan (1892-1979)

Anna Marie Sullivan
   On this day, 15 October 1892, my grandmother, Anna Marie Sullivan was born in Anaconda, Deer Lodge County, Montana.  She was the youngest child of six born to John H. Sullivan and Anna Marie Gleeson.  She was one hundred percent Irish, even though her mother was born in Ontario Province, Canada to second generation Irish immigrants.

  Her parents came to the United States in 1879 and lived first in Mitchell, Davidson County, South Dakota before settling down in Anaconda, Montana, where her father worked as an electrician at the Anaconda Mining company.

  When Anna was twenty years old, her mother died.  By now, she was attending the Montana State Normal College in Dillon, Montana, where she played basketball, volleyball, and sang in the Glee Club.  She then spent her time teaching.
Glee Club - Anna is in the center right
  I don't know how she met her future husband, William Cyril Hork, but they married  22 November 1922 in Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana.  They then moved to southern California.  William Cyril had been stationed in Long Beach during World War I and probably found the climate better than in Montana.

  They had four children.  However, Cyril held few jobs, drank a lot, and it was best that Anna (now known as Anne) leave him.  After a few years in San Bernardino county, she moved to Napa in 1940 to be with her late sister's husband, Vir Quigley.  She worked in his restaurant, and then attended San Francisco State College in order to obtain a California teaching credential.  She later taught in one-room schoolhouse along the Silverado Trail in Napa county.

  In the fall of 1949, she got a job teaching first grade at Williams School in Concord, Contra Costa County. After teaching full-time, she also substituted part-time in schools in Pittsburg.  She lived across the street from her son, William, on East 9th Street.  Our family got to see a lot of her in the late 50's and early 60's until we moved to Walnut Creek.  Anne moved to San Mateo and was now closer her daughters, June and Virginia.

  Anne was a devout Roman Catholic, attending Mass daily if she could.  She was also a very fun grandmother, bringing presents when visited, teaching us songs as we washed dishes, and was genuinely interested in things we were doing.  I was fortunate to take a trip to Southern California in 1969 to visit with her sister, Loretta.  I have fond memories of that.
Summer 1969 at the San Francisco Airport
   Anne died 14 Feb 1979.  She was 86 years old.  She lived a great life and was always positive even if life's circumstances created struggles.  Her strong faith kept her going.

  Happy 120th Birthday, Nana!

Copyright © 2012 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Thursday, September 20, 2012

On This Day – Susanna Julia Sievert ‘s birth 20 September 1863

    Susana Julia Sievert is a younger sister of my great-grandmother, Julia Ann Sievert, who married Johan Anton Hork.  Susana was born 20 Sep 1863 in Joliet, a city in Will County, Illinois.[1]  Susanna was the sixth child of Vincent Sievert and Susana Raduntz.  Susana was obviously named after her mother.  Vincent and Susana Sievert came from Schneidemühl, Posen, part of present day Poland that had been heavily settled by Germans until the end of the World War II.[2]

    Susana Julia married Louis Aloysius Raub sometime between 1904 and 1906 when Louis moved to a new address, possibly signaling a marriage.[3]  Prior to his marriage, he lived with his mother and brothers.  Louis had his own business, L. A. Raub Co., which sold clothing, hats, and men’s furnishings.[4]  Louis’ parents were Germans who came in the late 1840’s from Alsace-Lorraine.[5]

    Louis had a sixth grade education while Susana complete eight years.[6]  Both Susana and Louis lived until 1942 when Susan died Jan 20 and Louis on Dec 2.[7]  They are buried at Saint John’s Catholic Cemetery although I have not yet found their cemetery stones.

    Happy 149th Birthday, Susanna!

[1] Baptism of Susanna Sievert, Bk 1, p 78, no. 74, St. John the Baptist Church, Joliet, Will Co, Illinois.
[2] Marriage Record of Johan Anton Hork & Julia Ann Sievert, Marriages, p 13, no. 18, St. John the Baptist Church, Joliet, Will Co, Illinois.
[3] 1905 Joliet City Directory, p 428, Louis A. Raub, living now at 800 N. Raynor Av.  His mother is living at 405 Stone.
[4] ibid
[5] Death certificate of Louis A. Raub stated parents from Alsace-Lorraine.  Early census records for his parents, Maxmilian and Marie Raub stated they were from France, but were nationally German.
[6] 1940 US Federal census, Joliet, Will Co, Illinois, ED 79-31, sht 1a, fam 12, Louis A. Raub household.
[7] Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947,, entries for Susan J. Severt Raub and Louis A. Raub.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

On This Day - Friedrich Hork's Birth - 16 Sep 1874

My great-grandfather, John Anton Hork had at least 10 brothers and sisters.  Several of them died before they reached adulthood.  Two of his siblings, Albert Hork and Clementina Hork, came to the United States.  One brother, Frederick Wilhelm Casper Hork, remained in Germany and married Elizabeth Dollberg on 5 May 1872.  They had a least two children: Anna Bernadine and Friedrich Hork.  The baptismal records microfilmed by the LDS Church stops at 1876.  So there may be more children that I don’t know about yet. 

Friedrich Hork was born on 16 September 1874 in Elpse, in Kreis Olpe, Westfalia, Germany.  I have the baptismal record showing his parents as Friedrich Hork and Elisabeth Dollberg.

I do not know any more about the lives of the Horks that remained in Germany.  Hopefully, I can find some information soon.

Happy 138th Birthday to Friedrich Hork!

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What's Your Ancestral Name Number?

   Randy Seaver of GeneaMusings has a fun activity on Saturday afternoons and asks other genealogists to join in the fun.  This week's activity is to find the number of your ancestors you have identified in your research.  If you have researched back 10 generations, that would add up to 1023 ancestors, including yourself.  Wow, that's a lot of people!  I wonder how many I have found?

   I use RootsMagic to record my genealogy and created a report called "Ahnentafel of Lisa Suzanne Hork".  It lists my ancestors using the Antentafel Numbering System.  1 is for myself, 2 is my father, and 2+1=3 is my mother.  Now you double your father and my grandfather's number is 4, and add 1 to that number for his wife, my paternal grandmother and she is 5.  Do the same for my mother (3X2=6 (maternal grandfather) and 6+1=7 (maternal grandmother).  Here's a short chart to illustrate the numbering system:

  1. me
  2. father
  3. mother
  4. paternal grandfather
  5. paternal grandmother
  6. maternal grandfather
  7. maternal grandmother
  8. great-grandfather
  9. great-grandmother
  10. great-grandfather
  11. great-grandmother
  12. great-grandfather
  13. great-grandmother
  14. great-grandfather
  15. great-grandmother

   So I found the ancestors from my report that I have researched and created this chart showing the number of people for each generation up to 10.

I am very pleased to see I have identified all of my great-great-grandparents and 75% of my 3x great-grandparents.  Where I lack is in the Irish ancestry.  Once I got the Sullivan, Gleeson, Tierney & Murray lines back to Ireland, the trail grew cold.  However, in Germany, I am able to get back several generations using wonderful German Church Records.

On my mother's side, all of the research is in the U.S. and most of it in southern states.  Most of the research done on the 9th and 10 generations above were done by others and I have not yet substantiated the research by my own research yet.  I hope to do that soon.

So what is my Ancestral Name Number?  It's 134 out of 1023, making that 13.1%.  I am very far from complete with my genealogy!

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Susan Nicholas Davey (b. 11 Aug 1834, Cornwall, England)

Today is the 178th anniversary of the birth of Susan Nicholas Davey (1834- ).  She was the second child of my husband’s great-great grandfather and an older sister of his great grandfather, Frederick Henry Davey (1853-1915).

Susan is one of my researching mysteries that I have been actively working on.  As you can see, I have a date for her birth but no date for her death. 

Susan was born 11 Aug 1834 and baptized at St. Agnes parish in Cornwall, England on 2 Nov 1834 (1). has placed the Cornwall Parish Registers 1538-1900 online and although there are no indexes, I was able to find the baptism record because I knew her birthdate from a photocopy of the Davey Family Bible.  The family was living at Mount Hawke.

St. Agnes Parish, Cornwall, England - Susan Davey baptism
November 2, Susan Nicholas, daughter of, Thomas & Mary Davey, Mount Hawke, Smith, George Bellomy, Curate.

I found the family in the 1841 & 1851 census.  They emigrated to the U.S. sometime between this census and the birth of the last child, Frederick Henry Davey in 1853 in Berks Co, Pennsylvania. 
Susan marries Joseph Muir at St. Peter’s Church in Reading, Pennsylvania on 4 Jul 1854 (3).  There were two other Davey family baptisms performed on the same day.  Unfortunately, the marriage record shows no reference to parent’s names, so nothing is known of Joseph’s parents.

St. Peter's Church, Reading, Berks Co, PA - Muir-Davey marriage
 Susan and Joseph are next found in the 1860 census at Jeffersonville, Clark Co, Indiana (4).  They have one son, William, who was born sometime around 1855.  Her husband was listed as being born in Pennsylvania and worked as an engineer.  The question, what kind of engineer?  My guess would be a locomotive engineer, but it was possible he was some other kind of engineer. 

1860 Clark Co, Indiana - Jeffersonville
 On 10 Sep 1867, Joseph Muir died and is buried in Walnut Ridge Cemetery, in Jeffersonville, Indiana (5).  This is the only information I have of Joseph.  I need to do some research to see if any newspapers from Jeffersonville, IN or Louisville, KY exist for that time period.

I lose track of Susan now.  Her son, William is living with his grandparents, Tom & Mary Davey in Jeffersonville, Indiana in the 1870 census (6).  But where is Susan?  She is later found in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The obituary of her father, Thomas Davey stated “Mrs. Susan Wellman of Cincinnati” in Feb 1886 and in Sep 1893, her mother Mary Davey’s obituary listed her as “Mrs. Sue Wellman of Washington Court House, O” (7).

So, Susan married a “Wellman” sometime.  No idea when, but I did find who.  Beginning with the 1897 Cincinnati City Directory, I find on p 1630, “Wellman, Susan N, wid. Herman H, h 408 Hopkins” (8).  

1897 Cincinnati City Directory
She is found at this address until 1902.  When viewing the 1900 census, more information is present.  The correct birth month and year, the fact she was born in England, and the same address (9).  The year of arrival at 1859 is the only discrepancy.  However I have not found a marriage record for Herman H Wellman and Susan Davey Muir.

Herman H. Wellman died 18 Mar 1897 in Cincinnati, Ohio (10).  Probate was started on 8 Mar 1898 and Susan N. Wellman is listed as administratrix (11).  When looking at the probate papers, it appears that nothing was done to finish the probate until 1923 when and entry suggests her death (but gives no actually death date).

I have searched the various death indexes and cemetery indexes for Susan Wellman but have had no luck so far.  Questions to ask & answer:  Did she remarry?  Did she move away from Cincinnati?  Where is her son, William Muir?  These are next on my to-do list.  I sure would like to find her.

Happy Birthday, Susan!

  1.         Family data, Thomas Davey Family Bible, , (Cincinnati, Ohio: Moore, Wilstch, Keyes & Company, 1859); original owned by [address for private use], transcription done by Mary Davey Korn, granddaughter of Thomas Davey.
  2.         "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-1900," database, FamilySearch ( accessed 16 May 2012), Cornwall, St. Agnes, Baptisms 1833-1836, citing Cornwall Church of England, Parish Registers, Cornwall Record Office, Truro, Cornwall, England., p 46, Susan Nicholas Davey, Mount Hawke.
  3.         Central United Methodist (Reading, Pennsylvania), Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Historical Society of Pennsylvania., Marriages, p 2, Joseph Muir & Susan Davey, 1854; digital images, ( : accessed 27 June 2012).
  4.         1860, Clark County, Indiana, pop. sched., Jeffersonville, 67, 511, Joseph Muir; NARA microfilm publication M653, 248.
  5.         "Find-A-Grave," database, (, Memorial# 64416459, Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Jeffersonville IN, Joseph B. Muir.
  6.         1870, Clark County, Indiana, pop. Sched, Jeffersonville, p 476, Thomas Davey household, (
  7.         Indiana. Jeffersonville., Daily News, "Thomas Davey," 9 Feb 1886, p. unk, col. unk.; Jeffersonville News, 19 Sep 1893, “Mary Nicholas”, p. unk, col unk.
  8.        William’s Cincinnati Directory, 1897, p 1630, Susan N. Wellman, (
  9.        1900, Hamilton County, Ohio, pop sched, Cincinnati, ED 122, sht 7b, Susan Wellman household,
  10.        Death Record for H.H. Wellman, University of Cincinnati Digital Resource Commons, Cincinnati Birth & Death Records 1865-1912; : accessed 28 Mar 2012. 
  11.        Hamilton County, Ohio Probate, Estate Docket no. 46256 for H.H. Wellman.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Maria Clementina Hork - 9 Aug 1851

My great grandfather, John Anton Hork, had one sister who also immigrated to the United States.  I do not know if he ever knew she came to the U.S.

She settled in Brooklyn, New York and worked as a dressmaker.  I have found her in several city directories and the 1900, 1910, and 1920 census.

1902 Brooklyn, NY city directory, p 600 for Clementine Hork (1)
She lived her final years at the Home for the Aged, which was run by the Little Sisters of the Poor.  She died 5 Sep 1928 and I have just received a copy of her death certificate.  It says she is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Clementine Hork death certificate 1928 (2)
Happy 161st Birthday, Clementine!

(1) Lain & Healy, Lain & Healy's Brooklyn Directory, digital images, (, 1900: 600, Clementine Hork; < : accessed 19 Jan 2011.
(2) Clementine Hork, death certificate 18531 (1928), City of New York Municipal Archives, New York City, New York.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Marriage between Louis A. Wollenweber & Philapena Voehringer

Our genealogy society had a meeting this month at the Concord Family History Center.  Actually, we call it a workshop, so members can use the computers, books, and microfilms after the center has closed.  I let other members have access to the computers and checked out the binder listing all of the microfilm records the center had available.  The films were listed by locality and I saw many films of Louisville, Kentucky and got excited.

I'm looking for Louis W Wollenweber, my husband's gg-grandfather, who was from Germany.  He married Phillapena Voehringer, also from Germany, in 1858.  We had the date based on a transcript of a family bible.  Now I have the record as recorded in the marriage register:

Louisville, Kentucky Marriage Register, Sep 1858, p 98 (left side of register)
This side of the page reads:
      Sep 3, Louis W. Wollenwebber & Phillippena Voehringer, Augustus Bargas 

Augustus Bargas is the person who married them.  The right hand side of the page is here:

Louisville, Kentucky Marriage Register, Sep 1858, p 98 (right side of register)
The bottom record reads:
       marriage performed Sept 5, 1858, Louisville, witnesses Joseph Granewald ? and Godfried Müller.

Joseph's surname is difficult to read between the "a" and "wald". Looks like ue or ne or me. More research needs to be done to find out who these gentlemen are. I did scan several pages where Augustus Bargas performed the ceremony to see if these men were listed at other marriages but I did not find their names again. This might mean they are likely known to either Louis or Phillapena.

Because both parties are of German descent, I plan to search for German church records in Louisville, either Catholic or Protestant.  If I search for Augustus Bargas in a Louisville city directory, I might find the denomination for the church.

I apologize for the quality of the images. I snapped the shots from the microfilm reader using my digital camera. If I got back, I will take the film to the film printer and try again.

I also searched for Louis' death, but did not immediately find it. He may have died in Jeffersonville, Indiana instead, which is located across the Ohio River. The Wollenweber and Davey families have had records in both places.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Mappy Monday - Map of Oberhundem

Last week, Michael John Neill wrote about German maps found on  I decided to give it a try and find the home town of my Horks:  Oberhundem.  I followed the same instructions Michael gave and found it in no time.  Oberhundem in part of Westfalia, which today is the German state of North Rhein-Westphalia.  According to Wikepedia, it is "the most populous state with 4 of the countries' 10 largest cities."

Here is the map from Wikepedia:

File:North Rhine-Westphalia Topography 08.png

Oberhundem is a small town and is near Arnsberg at the edge of Sauerland.  The maps on Ancestry are historical maps.  I made the map large and then cropped it so I could see just the three towns where I found church records for the Hork, Trosster, and Soemmer families.

Germany, Topographic Maps, 1860-1965, 1898 Attendorn map,
I found church records in Oberhundem, Kirchhundem and Altenhundem.  If you look close enough, you can imagine one of the little squares was their house!

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Clementine Hork in 1925 Brooklyn NY census! just released some New York state census records.  I have not been able to find my great grandfather's sister, Clementine Hork since a 1902 Brooklyn city directory and a 1910 census in Brooklyn, Kings Co, NY.  She arrived in America in 1891 with her brother, Albert M. Hork.

In Brooklyn in 1900 and 1902, Clementine was listed as a seamstress.  My great grandfather was a tailor.  When I find her in 1925 in Brooklyn, she is living in The Little Sister of the Poor Home for the Aged.

1925 New York State Census, Kings Co, Brooklyn, block 4, ED 8, p 42, line 24, Clementine Hork
Now to find her between 1910 and 1925.  I will look in the 1920 census again and in more Brooklyn city directories.

I also want to find when she died.  I should research this Poor Home for the Aged.  It probably was run by Catholic nuns.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday - Thomas Davey & Mary Nicholas Marriage

I have recently found the marriage banns (the announcement of the intent to marry) and marriage record for my husband's 2nd great-grandparents, Thomas Davey & Mary Nicholas at  I knew the location of their marriage from the transcription of the Davey Family bible.[1]  The bible was dated 1859, published in Cincinnati, Ohio, so was purchased and filled out after they arrived in the United States.  Besides the marriage date, this bible lists the birth dates of the children.  Their son, Thomas N. Davey added notes on 28 Nov 1902 about the births and deaths of Thomas & Mary.

Thomas Davey and Mary Nicholas were married in St. Agnes Parish in Cornwall County, England.  The bible stated the date as 23 Feb 1832.  However, I did not find the marriage on that date.  First let's look at the marriage banns:

"England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," : accessed 16 May 2012, citing Marriage Banns 1788-1843, p 208, #1015, Davey-Nicholas

"Banns of Marriage between Thomas Davey Sojournor in this Parish Bachelor & Mary Nicholas of this Parish Spinster were published on the three Sundays underwritten:
That is to say, On Sunday, the 29 day of April, On Sunday, the 6 day of May, On Sunday the 13 day of May."

A Sojourner is a person who resides temporarily in a place. So this asks a question as to how long Thomas Davey had lived in this parish.

The marriage record was then found:

"England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," : accessed 16 May 2012, citing Register of  Marriage 1813-1833, #822, p 274, Davey-Nicholas   
 "Thomas Davey, sojourner of this Parish bachelor and Mary Nicholas of this Parish spinster were married in this church by banns with consent of ____ this twenty-third day of May in the Year One thousand eight hundred and thirty two. By me W.N. Snowe. This Marriage was solemnized between us: Thos Davey & Mary Nicholas, in the Presence of Samuel Hawkins and Royer Daniell."

So Thomas and Mary were married on the 23rd of May, not February, in 1832.  There are other parish church records for Cornwall County and I will begin by looking for their children's baptism records, as per the bible transcription.  Because of the difference in the marriage date, I will probably find difference in the birth dates as well.

[1] Davey Family Bible, typed transcription done by Mary Davey Korn [1877-1948], granddaughter of Thomas & Mary Davey.  Current location of bible is unknown.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wordless Wednesday -- Loretto M. Sullivan

Loretto M. Sullivan

My great-aunt, Loretto.  I visited her in the summer of 1969.  She had such a great sense of humor and we loved hearing her stories every night at dinner.  Too bad I don't remember any of them now.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

George Joseph Gorrell in the 1940 Census

In the early days of searching the 1940 census, California was one of the states available on Ancestry.  My husband and I searched through several Sacramento enumeration districts (EDs) for his father, thinking that he was already living in California on April 1, 1940.  He worked at McClellan Airfield before World War II as an aircraft mechanic.  However, we did not find him living with Mrs Hansen at her boarding house.

Next we searched the home of his parents, and there we found him.

1940 Federal Census, Jasper Co, Missouri, ED 49-33, sht 11a

George is on the right
George's father, Joseph N Gorrell can be found on line 10.  The family lived at 502 South Pennsylvania Street in Webb City.   Joseph owned his home, worked as a shopman for the utility company, was married and attended 8 years of school.

We found George, age 25, completed 4 years of high school, working at a floorman at garage.  We have a photo of George in front of the service station where he worked.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

1940 Census Image -- My father in Cucamonga, California

It took a while to find, first waiting for Ancestry to put San Bernardino Co, CA online, but after searching through 35 pages of Cucamonga (ED 36-36), I found my father!

Cucamonga, San Bernardino Co, California, ED 36-36, p 472

They were not at the address I expected (278 San Bernardino Ave) but rather at 236 East Foothill Blvd.  Luckily for me, they were still in the same Enumeration District.

What did I learn from this census?  My grandmother was working in a cafe as a waitress.  She finished 4 years of college.  The family lived in Ontario, San Bernardino Co, CA in 1935.  She worked 46 hours in the week, worked 52 weeks during the year, and made $650.  Monthly rent was $20.  There is one error:  Anna was not born in California, but rather Montana.

My father, William, was 9 years old, and completed grade 4.  I suspect that was the grade he was in at the time of the census.  All of the children were listed as attending school.

This family would move to Napa, California in the summer after the school year ended.

The family, two years later in Napa, CA

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Guess My Ancestor's 1940 Census Data

It's Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!!

My mission is to:

1) Pick one of the persons from your ancestry who should be in the 1940 United States Census.

2) Using the column headings below (from 1940 United States Census Questions), predict what the entries will be in each column.

3) Share your predictions on your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook status or a Google Plus post.

I chose my father, William J Hork, who might be living in Rancho Cucamonga, California. this will be my father's first census. He was born Apr 23, 1930, so his mother was very pregnant in the 1930 census. I just missed seeing him by days.

* State: California

* Populated Place: Rancho Cucamonga

* Ward of City: ???

* County: San Bernardino

* Township or other division of county: ???

* Block Nos.: ???

* Enumeration District: 36-36 (I hope)

1. Location - street, avenue or road: San Bernardino Ave

2. Location - house number: 278

3. Number of household: ???

4. Home owned or rented: R

5. Value of home (if owned) or monthly rental (if rented): ???

6. Does this household live on a farm? No

7. Name of person: William J Hork, or perhaps Billy Hork

8. Relationship of this person to head of household: son

9. Sex: M (male)

10. Color or Race: W[hite]

11. Age at last birthday: 9

12. Marital Status: S[ingle]

13. Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940: Yes

14. Highest grade of school completed: 3rd

15. Place of birth: California

16. Citizenship of foreign born: [blank]

17. Residence on 1 April, 1935 - City or town: Pomona

18. Residence on 1 April, 1935 - County: Los Angeles

19. Residence on 1 April, 1935 - State or foreign country: California

20. On a farm? No

21. Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov't. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): No

22: If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): No

23. If neither at work nor assigned to public emergency work. ("No" in Cols. 21 and 22), Was this person SEEKING WORK (Yes or No): No

24. If not seeking work, did he HAVE A JOB, business, etc.? (Yes or No): No

25. Indicate whether engaged in home house-work (H), in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (Ot):[blank]

26. Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 0

27. If seeking work or assigned to public emergency work. ("Yes" in Col. 22 or 23); Duration of unemployment up to March 30, 1940 - in weeks: 0

28. Occupation: Trade, profession, or particular kind of work, as frame spinner, salesman, rivet heater ,music teacher: [blank]

29. Industry: Industry or business, as cotton mill, retail grocery, farm, shipyard, public school:[blank]

30. Class of worker: [blank]

31. Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 0

32. Income in 1939 (12 months ended December 31, 1939): Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0

33. Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary (Yes or No): No

34. Number of farm schedule: [blank]

Thanks, Randy, for the great template!

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Fearless Females - Day 19

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."

March 19 — Have you discovered a surprising fact about one of your female ancestors? What was it and how did you learn it? How did you feel when you found out?

My grandmother, Anna M Sullivan's aunt was Helena M Gleeson.  Helena never married and was a school teacher at Prescott School in Anaconda, Montana.  What surprised me was what I found in a city directory:  in 1936, she was listed as Principal!

Anaconda City Directory, 1936, p 32

Now I need to do some research about Prescott School in Anaconda.  I will contact the Historical Society and the School District to see what I can find about her career there.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Fearless Females - Day 18

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."

March 18 — Shining star: Did you have a female ancestor who had a special talent? Artist, singer, actress, athlete, seamstress, or other? Describe.
Anna is in the center to the right of the teacher

My grandmother, Anna Marie Sullivan, attended Montana Normal College, and I have her college yearbook.  In the yearbook I found she was on the basketball team and the Glee Club.  What I remember most about my Nana, was that she was always singing.  She taught us to sing little ditties while washing dishes.  That always made washing dishes much more fun.

I don't think she ever sang formally, such as in a church choir or other chorus after college.  She was an elementary school teacher and I'm sure her classrooms were full of singing.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Fearless Females - Day 17

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."

March 17 — Social Butterfly? What social organizations or groups did your mother or grandmother belong to? Sewing circle, church group, fraternal benefit society or lodge? Describe her role in the group.

My mother, Lea Johnston, served as Social Secretary in her Freshman year.

Later after she was married to my father, William J Hork and had a couple of children, was a member of the Junior Women's Club in Pittsburg, California.    From a newspaper clipping in the  23 Jun 1960 Oakland Tribune,  I learned:

"Junior Club Officers Inducted.  The Junior Women's Club of Pittsburg has installed Mrs. Bess Gibson as president, succeeding Mrs. Edward Marchoke.  Other 1960-61 officers include: Mrs. Frank Pieriszkiewicz, vice present; Mrs. William Hork, secretary; Mrs. Cyril Bruno, treasurer; Mrs. Ally Petchal, pariamentarian; Mrs. Marchoke, auditor, and mrs. James Hanges, club coordinator."

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Fearless Females - Day 15

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."

March 15 — Write a six-word memoir tribute to one of your female ancestors.

This is an interesting project.  I'm to write a memoir of someone with just six words.  Here goes:

Lea Nell Hork:  
Creative, artistic, loving mother of six.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Fearless Females - Day 14

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."

March 14 — Newsmakers? Did you have a female ancestor who made the news? Why? Was she famous or notorious? Did she appear in the social column?

No female ancestor that I have found has been the subject of "news" in the newspaper, however many ancestors have been the subject of Society News.  My husband's grandmother, Matilda (Davey) Gorrell was very active in Society affairs in Webb City, Missouri.  She was active with her church group,

Joplin (Missouri) Globe, 9 Oct 1938, p B3

the Webb City Temperance Union, and with the Webb City Garden Club.  

Joplin (Missouri) Globe, 13 Jul 1947, p B3

I even found a notice of her illness.

Joplin (Missouri) Globe, 5 Jan 1935, p 4

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Fearless Females - Day 13

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."

March 13 — Moment of Strength: share a story where a female ancestor showed courage or strength in a difficult situation.

Julia A. Hork
This was a difficult theme for me.  I feel I don't know my female ancestors well enough to answer this. But I came up with my great-grandmother, Julia (Sievert) Hork.  She separated from my great-grandfather, John A. Hork.

It probably took a lot of courage to send your husband out of the house.  I don't know any of the details.  He probably drank too much.  And because of the drinking problem, probably had little work.  He was a tailor.  Newspaper articles I have found said he was an excellent tailor.  But maybe the drinking got in the way of making a good living.  The family moved around a lot before settling in Hamilton, Montana.  Perhaps his drinking reputation forced him to move periodically to a new place.

Anyway, she sent him off when she still had young children at home.  My grandfather was but four or five.  Did she ever regret it?  I'll never know.  But I'm sure she did it to save her family.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Fearless Females - Day 11

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."

March 11 — Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family?

Ethel Quigley with son, John
I have not found any direct line female ancestors who died young or from a tragic or unexpected circumstance.  However my grandmother, Anna Sullivan's sister, Ethel E. Quigley, died young on 26 Oct 1927, directly following the birth of her second child, Ann.  The baby died, too.

Ethel was born 11 Feb 1891 in Montana to John H. Sullivan and Anna Marie Gleeson.  She was their youngest child and she grew up in Anaconda, Montana.  When her mother died in 1912, she moved to Portland, Oregon to live with her grandparents, John and Margaret Gleeson. Later, she returned to Anaconda and worked as a stenographer.

She married John Vir Quigley "Vir" sometime before 1926 when her first son, John James Quigley, was born. I have not found the marriage record yet, but now think that since John James Quigley was born in San Francisco, the couple might have been married in California.  Vir worked as a mining engineer in California since the 1920's.

What is really sad, is she died so young and probably as a result of the pregnancy or birth.  I wonder if I would have survived giving birth had I lived 100 years ago.  Both of my children were born through a Cesarean section.  Today, we have so much available in medical treatment.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Fearless Females - Day 10

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."
March 10 — What role did religion play in your family? How did your female ancestors practice their faith? If they did not, why didn’t they? Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?

My father's side of the family were all raised as Roman Catholics.  His German family came from Westfalia in Germany and Posen in Poland.  His Irish family came from County Tipperary and County Cork.  There are a couple of men who became priests and one woman who became a nun.

Grey Nun, Sister St. Melanie (aka Mary Martha Tierney)
My great-great grandmother, Margaret Tierney's youngest sister was Mary Martha Tierney.  She was born July 7, 1858 in Napean, Ontario, the daughter of John Tierney, a farmer, and Ann Murray.(1)  She was baptized Mary Martha.  She entered the Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns of Ottawa) on Dec 24, 1874 at the age of 16 years, 5 months and made her profession on Dec 13, 1877.(2)

When the order formed an American branch, she joined.  She taught for many years.  She was also hard of hearing for years and finally became totally deaf.  She read Catholic periodicals and was interested in community affairs.  She followed the Way of the Cross daily.

She retired to D'Youville College where she lived until she was transferred to St. John's Hospital in Ogdensburg, NY after a heart attack in 1946.  She died 21 Feb 1950.

1. St. Phillips Church, Richmond, Carleton Co, Ontario, Canada, Parish registers, 1836-1917, Mary Martha Tierney, FHL 1304679.
2. Letter from Sister Mary Charlotte Barton, archivist, Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Yardley, PA, dated 1 Jun 2005.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fearless Females - Day 9

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."

March 9 — Take a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information.
S.S. Belgenland ship list with Clementine & Albert Hork(1)

This is a ship record for my great grandfather's brother, Rev. Albert Hork, and sister, Clementina Hork, who arrived in the United States in 1891.  This was at least the second time that Albert had arrived.  He had lived previously in Wisconsin.  But I think this is the first time for Clementina.

The record states that the S.S. Belgenland arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the 9 November 1891.  The Rev Albert M Hork and Clementina Hork were passengers in the Saloon (probably means the Salon), Second Cabin.  Albert is listed as 38 years old, male, a Rev., a citizen of America, going to Philadelphia, and has 1 bag.  Clementina is listed as Miss Cle Hork, 40, female, occupation listed as private, citizen of Germany, going to Philadelphia, and has 1 bag.  All passengers were listed as being a settler.

I was very excited to see this record on  I didn't know any other Horks had arrived in America except my great grandfather, Johan Anton and his brother, Rev Johan Albert M Hork.  Now I want to find out as much as I can about Clementina.

I have a birth and baptism record for her. She was born 9 Aug 1951 and baptized the next day.(2)  I have also found her in Brooklyn, New York city directories, living at 1031 DeKalb av.  She is a dressmaker.  This coincides with her brother's and father's occupations as tailors.  I first find her in the 1897 listing.(3)  She is also listed in the 1900 and 1910 Kings County, NY censuses.(4) 

But this is where I lose the trail.  What has become of her?  Online sites for death records has no Clementina.  Online cemetery sites had no Clementina.  She's probably too old to marry, but I checked marriage records, too.

So she's one of my mystery women I'm anxious to learn more about.

1 "Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1945," online images, ( : accessed 10 Dec 2010), manifest, S.S. Belgenland, 9 Nov 1891, Rev. Alb. M. Hork & Miss Cle Hork. 
2  Baptism of Maria Clementina Horoch, Intl 1257843, Taufen 1848-1878, pg 16, 1851.
3 Lain & Healy, Lain & Healy's Brooklyn Directory, 1897-1898: 625, Clementine Hark; digital images, ( : accessed 26 Dec 2011). Also 1898-1899: 538; 1900: 709.
4 1900 U.S. census, Kings, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, enumeration district (ED) 344, sheet 6a, p. 285 (stamped), dwelling 77, family 111, Clementine Hork; digital images, ( : accessed 18 Mar 2011); also 1910 U.S. census, Kings, New York, pop. sch., Brooklyn, ED 886, sheet 11A, p. 48 (stamped), dwell. 59, fam. 247, Clementina Hork.

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