Saturday, August 30, 2014

52 Ancestors: Julia Ann Sievert Hork, 1910 Census

I’ve written about Julia Ann Sievert before for Fearless Females and you can read it here.

Today for 52 Ancestors, I would like to write about the information I learned about her from the 1910 census.[1]

1910 Ravalli Co MT - Julia A Hork-crop
1910 Ravalli Co, Montana census for Julia A. Hork household

The Julia A. Hork household lived on Seventh Street; however no house numbers were listed. Julia was listed as head of household with six children. She was 54 years old and a widow. Comparing that age to the known birthdate of 31 Oct 1854, her age was off by one year.[2]

Although it is unknown who gave the information for this census, it probably was Julia herself. Ten children were listed as being born with nine still living. This is more accurate than the previous census which listed seven children born and seven living (the seven who were listed in the census). Julia had ten children, five girls and five boys. Her oldest daughter, Maria Catharine “Mary” died 28 Sep 1895 in Portland, Oregon.[3]

Julia was listed as being born in Illinois of German immigrant parents. She spoke English and had no occupation. Four adult children were living with her: Albert who was the deputy clerk for the County Court; Carrie who was a saleslady at a dry goods store; Tony who was a freight clerk for the steam railroad; and Raymond who was a printer for the newspaper. Urselle was 18 and Cyril 10, who both attended school.
Julia did not own the house she lived in.

Looking at the birthplaces where her children were born, the family traveled quite a bit. Two were born in Illinois, two in Iowa, one in Oregon, and the youngest in Montana.

More information about the family can be found in the 1909 and 1911 city directories.

1909 Dir - Hamilton - Horks p 502-crop fam
1909 entry for Hamilton, Montana

In 1909, five entries were listed as living with Julia Hork: Albert J as the Deputy County Clerk and Recorder at the Court House; Anthony as a baggageman with the N.P. Ry [Northern Pacific Railway]; Carrie as a clerk at the Valley Mercantile Company; and Raymond as a foreman with the Western News.[4] The ad for the Valley Mercantile Company was on page 435 and said the company sold general merchandise both wholesale and retail.

1911 Missoula & Hamilton Dir - Horks p 377-crop fam
1911 entry for Hamilton, Montana

The 1911 directory listed six Hork members.[5] The additional person was Urselle who now worked as an operator with the Montana Independent Telephone Company. The family also lived at 506 South 5th Street now. Albert was now the County Clerk and Recorder and his brother, Tony was the Deputy Clerk.

By the 1920 census, the record indicated that Julia owned the South 5th street residence free and clear.[6] Perhaps her children helped her purchase the home.

This indicates that I should look into researching land records in Ravalli County, Montana for this purchase and what happened to it after Julia’s death.

[1] Montana, Ravalli, 1910 U.S. census, pop. schedule, Hamilton, ED 86, sht 19b, dwelling 370, fam 425, Julia A Hork household, digital image, ( National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.),.
[2] Montana Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Certificate for Julia Ann Hork (Certificate), RAV 940, Ravalli Co, Julia Ann Hork.
[3] Multnomah County, Oregon, Death Certificate, 1895, Mary Hork; Oregon State Archives, Salem, OR.
[4] Missoula and Hamilton City Directory, R.L. Polk & Co, 1909, p 502, Julia (wid John) Hork, digital image, ( : accessed 29 Aug 2014).
[5] Missoula and Hamilton City Directory, R.L. Polk & Co, 1911, p 377, Julia (wid John) Hork, digital image, ( : accessed 29 Aug 2014).
[6] 1920 Federal census, pop. sched., Ravalli Co, Montana, Hamilton City, ED 182, sht 12b, dwelling 281, family 315, Julia Hork household, digital image, ( : accessed 29 Aug 2014), citing NARA T625, roll 975.

Friday, August 29, 2014

52 Ancestors, Anna Marie Sullivan - The College Years

This is week 19 of the “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge” by Amy Crow from No Story Too Small.  I am a bit behind but intend to catch up.

Anna Marie Sullivan was my paternal grandmother. She was born 15 Oct 1892 in Anaconda, Deer Lodge County, Montana to John H. Sullivan and Anna Marie Gleeson, the last of six children.[1] She was baptized at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Anaconda on 19 Oct 1892.[2]

She was very fortunate to attend the Montana State Normal School where she excelled in extracurricular activities of Glee Club, tennis, basketball, and as a member of the yearbook staff.[3]

The Montana State Normal School was founded 1893 and was for teacher training.[4] In the beginning it was a three year program but later expanded to a four year. Other subjects were added and the school was renamed Western Montana College. Today it is part of the Montana University System.
She was fortunate because her mother had died in 1912 while she was away as a freshman at school. During that year in 1912, her oldest sister, Nellie married and her sisters, Loretto and Ethel moved to Portland to live with their grandparents for a year. That left brother, Jack at home. Perhaps their father could manage on his own.

Our family has a copy of the yearbook called Chinook and there are many pictures of her in the 1914 edition when she was a senior. Could it be because she was on staff? I think not, because most of the photos depict her in the various club activities and of course her senior picture. On the Chinook staff she held the position of Assistant Wit and Humor Editor, which made perfect sense since my grandmother was always very witty.

On the basketball team, Anna was listed as a forward. The 1914 team won 6 games and lost none.
1914 Yearbook - Sr Basketball -Anna Sullivan p 83
1914 Senior Basketball Team. Anna is second from bottom.

Anna was an officer on the Glee Club. The Glee Club started out well but was disbanded later due to a crowded school program. My grandmother loved to sing and had taught us all lots of songs when we were young. She even taught me some ditties to play on the piano.

She was in the photo of the Tennis and Skating Club. Nothing was written about the club so I don’t know if she played tennis or skated, or perhaps the club did both.
1914 Yearbook - Tennis & Skating Club - Anna Sullivan p 89
Anna is in the second row from rear on the left side.

She was also in the Kappa Zeta Nu sorority. It was explained as a “Senior secret society” whose purpose was “the furthering of college spirit through literary and social channels.”

At the end of the year, there was an annual field day. A newspaper accounting mentioned Anna Sullivan of Anaconda winning a gold medal for leading the drills.[5] She had been elected field captain of her class in January of the same year and her duty was “to drill seniors in competition with the other classes of the school for the events of the annual field meet. At the meet the classes compete in special drills for a beautiful silver cup. The captains of the respective teams compete for a medal. The seniors hope that Miss Sullivan will lead them to a double victory on that day.”[6]

Commencement was on the morning of June 4 at 10 o’clock.[7] The newspaper accounting of the upcoming festivities listed Anna Sullivan of Anaconda as a member of the 1914 class.

Anna taught school in several towns before meeting her future husband, William Cyril Hork. They were married 30 Nov 1922 in Butte, Montana.[8]

The family moved to California and later Anna returned to school to update her California Teaching Credential. She received it from San Francisco State in 1952. One of the schools she taught at was a one room school on the Silverado Trail outside of Napa.
One room schoolhouse on Silverado Trail in Napa
This is how the school looks today. It's a private home with an add on.
She also taught at Williams School in Concord, where she retired. She substituted a while and taught CCD classes in Pittsburg.

A fond memory I have of "Nana" were the many school readers she had at her house. I sure loved to read the old books and she enjoyed reading to us.

[1] St. Paul's Church, Anaconda, Montana, 1892 Baptism of Anna Marie Sullivan (certificate copy), certificate dated 1953, certificate held by author.
[2] Ibid.
[3] 1914 Yearbook, The Chinook,” edited and published by the Senior Class of 1914 of the Montana State Normal College, Dillon, Montana, June 1914; printed and bound by the McKee Printing Co, Butte, Montana.
[4] “University of Montana Western,” Wikipedia, :accessed 28 Aug 2014.
[5] “In Play Festival on Normal Campus,” Anaconda Standard, 23 May 1914, p 4, digital image, ( : accessed 28 Aug 2014).
[6] “Butte and Anaconda Girls Honored by Classmates,” Anaconda Standard, 8 Jan 1914, p 12, digital image, ( : accessed 28 Aug 2014).
[7] “State Normal College,” Anaconda Standard, 31 May 1914, p 5, digital image, ( : accessed 28 Aug 2014).
[8] St. Patrick's Church, Butte, Montana, Marriage (Church) Record of William C. Hork & Anne M. Sullivan, 1922, p 434, Hork-Sullivan.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

52 Ancestors: James Gorrell (1770-1826): The Immigrant Ancestor?

I know very little about the parents of Amos Gorrell (1804-1890). They were James Gorrell and Sarah Milholland. I first learned their story in a little book called Gorrell Family History by Joseph J. Gorrell.[1]

This little book has no source citations and is a genealogy of their seventh son, Joseph. All I have is a photocopy of the book that I received from my father-in-law, George J. Gorrell, when I started researching my husband’s lines.

So what was said about James in this book? That he was born in 13 Mar 1770 in Ireland. James and his brother, William, were sons of Oliver Gorrell and were soldiers under Robert Emmet, the Irish insurrectionist. They were captured by the English and exiled. William, the younger brother, settled in Virginia and James, the elder, in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

It said he married Sarah Milholland but gave no date. She was born 5 Apr 1771 in Virginia. They had 21 children, with 19 growing to adulthood. The children listed were:
“James Gorrell, born 1790; Samuel Gorrell; Moses Gorrell; William Gorrell; Thomas Gorrell (who died in infancy); John Gorrell; Joseph Gorrell; Amos Gorrell; Jesses Gorrell; Thomas Gorrell (second son of same name, the first having died); Sarah (Gorrell) Hazlett; Elizabeth (Gorrell) White-Bliss; Hanna (Gorrell) Thompson; Rachel (Gorrell) Thurston; Lettie (Gorrell) Foughty; Eliza (Gorrell) Reynolds; Mary (Gorrell). . . married some unknown.”
These children were listed boys first, then girls, so there was no indication of birth order. The rest of the book followed Joseph’s line.

James died 1 Dec 1826 and was buried at Old Salem Presbyterian church in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
It went on to say the family moved from Beaver County to Ohio, settling in Trumbull Co about 1831. Joseph’s family continued to Ossian, Indiana; Jesse’s family to New Haven, Indiana in 1845; and Lettie Foughty’s family to Ossian in 1851. Sarah Milholland Gorrell died at the home of her daughter Lettie and son-in-law, John W. Foughty in Columbiana County, Ohio on 18 Feb 1849.

Well, what is true? I have found Gorrells in census records of Beaver County.
1800 Name Males Females Total
James Gurl Sr 1 over 45 1 over 45 2
James Gurl Jr 4 males under 10
1 males 10-15
1 male 26-44

2 fem under 10
1 fem 26 to 44
1810 Name Males Females Total
James Gorrell males under 10: 4
males 10-15: 3
males 16 to 25: 1
males 26 to 44: 1
females under 10: 2
females 16-25: 2
females 26 to 44: 1
females over 45: 1
Eliza Gorrell females over 45: 1 1
1820 Name Males Females Total
Ohio Twp James Gorrell males under 10: 2
males 10-15: 1
males 16 to 18: 1
16 to 26: 4
males 26 to 44: 1
males 45 & over: 1

females under 10: 2
females 10 to 16: 1
females 16-25: 2
females 26 to 44: 0
females over 45: 1
1830 Name Males Females Total
Ohio Twp James Gorrell males under 10: 2
males 10-15: 1
males 16 to 18: 1
16 to 26: 4
males 26 to 44: 1
males 45 & over: 1

females under 10: 2
females 10 to 16: 1
females 16-25: 2
females 26 to 44: 0
females over 45: 1
Ohio Twp Samuel Goral 1 male under 5
1 male 30 to 39
1 female 40-49 3
Ohio Twp Sarah Goral 1 male 15-19
1 male 20-29
1 female 15-19
1 female 20-29
1 female 50-59

Ohio Twp Joseph Gorrell 2 male under 5
1 male 20-29
1 female 20-29 3

While in Pittsburgh, I researched at the Carnegie Library up in the Pennsylvania Department. There were a lot of books about Beaver County and I searched each one for Gorrells: books on Wills, Deeds, Warrants & Patents, and Marriages and found no Gorrells listed. I did find some listings of Gorrells in Tax listings during the time period of 1804-1840, which make sense considering the Gorrells found in the census records.

On my Pittsburgh road trip, I went up to Beaver County to see this Salem Presbyterian Cemetery. All of the online listings of the cemetery had no listing for Gorrell. Could it be that no one read the tombstones? Could he have been missed? I wanted to see for myself.

So after getting lost, out of the trees we came to a clearing and there on the left was the New Salem Presbyterian Church and on the right was the New Salem Presbyterian Cemetery. Jackpot!
New Salem Presbyterian Church, Ohioville, PA
As I walked along the grassy cemetery, I could see why a burial for James Gorrell would not be found. There were so many blank spaces and open spaces that it was entirely possible the tombstone was long gone. There were not many with dates that old. It could have been made of a temporary material such as wood. Or perhaps a stone material that has deteriorated or broke beyond repair. Or perhaps it was stolen or sunk into the dirt.

New Salem Cemetery - Where James Gorrell is buried?
Anyway, here is a photo of the cemetery and church that the James Gorrell family might have attended and where James Gorrell is probably buried.

[1] Joseph J. Gorrell, Gorrell Family History (Winamac, Indiana: n.p., rev. 1930 by Edmund C. Gorrell, rev. 1953 by Janet Gorrell Meyer.), p. 1.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Davey Family in Reading, Pennsylvania

I just got back from a 10 day auto trip across the southern part of Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. I saw a lot of the countryside because we did not travel via freeway but by back roads. We saw farms and woods; barns and covered bridges; railroads and caverns; and when we got to Reading, I knew I had to find the church where my husband's great grandfather, Frederick Henry Davey had been baptized.
Frederick Henry Davey was the 15th and last child of Thomas Davey and Mary Nicholas, born 10 Oct 1853.[1] Thomas and Mary were from Cornwall County and had lived in Somerset County and London before immigrating to America.[2] The ship list has not yet been found, but it was likely between the 1851 census in London and the baptism of their youngest child in Reading.
1854 baptism Fred H davey-enhanced
Baptisms for Frederick Henry Davey and Adeline Rose Flinn - 4 Jul 1854
Frederick was baptized 4 Jul 1854 at St. Peter’s Church.[3] Also on the same day, were the baptism of his niece, Adeline Rose Flinn (Flynn), and the marriage of his sister, Susan to Joseph Muir.[4]
So here I was in Reading, Pennsylvania and I wanted to see the church where this all happened. Well, this church has had a long history. It was St. Peter’s Methodist Episcopal Church at the time of the baptisms and marriage. It was located at 355 5th Street and had been built in 1848. However, at the time of the microfilming, it was called Central United Methodist Church.
355 5th Street, Reading, PA
A history of the church stated that “in 1883-1884 the front was remodeled, a tower built, 21 feet added to the length and a one story infant school-room annexed.”[5] So the tower was not there at the time the Daveys attended the church.

Today, the church is called Iglesia HisPana Pentecostal Asambleas de Dios.

Anyway, I felt a bit of history by stopping by and photographing the church where my daughter’s ancestors attended.

[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] 1841 England Census, Somerset, Bedminster, Bristol, folio 41 recto, line 11, Thomas Davey, digital images, ( : accessed 29 May 2012); PRO HO 107/376/4, GSU roll 288785, citing The National Archives of UK, London. 1851 England Census, Kent, Deptford, St. Nicholas parish, page 5-6, household 24, Thomas Davey; digital images, ( : accessed 29 May 2012), PRO HO 107/1585, GSU rol 174822, citing The National Archives of UK, London.
[3] Central United Methodist (Reading, Pennsylvania), Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, St. Peter's Church, Baptisms p 2, Frederick Henry Davey; digital images, ( : accessed 7 June 2012).
[4] For Adeline’s baptism: ibid, p 2, Adeline Rose Flinn. For the marriage: ibid, Marriages, p 2, Joseph Muir & Susan Davey, 1854.
[5] Supplementary Sheet no. 1, St. Peter’s Methodist Church, Pennsylvania W.P.A. Inventory, “WPA Church Archives 1937-1940”, digital images, ( : accessed 15 Aug 2014), citing Congregations, 1937–1940, and undated. Microfilm, 298–299, 3258–3313. Records of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Record Group 13. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.