Tuesday, August 28, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 35: Back to School

I am working on this year-long prompt, hosted by Amy Johnson Crow. I will write each week in one of my two blogs, either Mam-ma’s Southern Family or at My Trails Into the Past. I’m looking forward to writing about my children’s ancestors in new and exciting ways.

There is so much that can be written about school. I could write about all of my ancestors who were school teachers, starting with my grandmother, Anna M. (Sullivan) Hork. Her aunts, Helena and Margaret Gleeson were also teachers in Anaconda, Montana, and in Portland, Oregon.

I could find all of the yearbook and school photos of pupils in my family (which would be mostly the people who attended school in the 20th century).

Mt. Diablo HS Yearbook, 1950
Lela Johnston, Mt. Diablo HS, 1952

Me in 1st grade
Me in 5th grade

Newspapers covered school activities and I have a few of those items to share. The first is the school lunch menu for the week. I loved western styled beans and often traded my sack lunch with someone who had lunch money. School lunches were prepared by lunch ladies and it was always hot and tasty!

Contra Costa Times, 10/18/1964
My grandmother won sports awards at her college and the newspaper had a write up.

1914, newspaper unknown
I have collected several shots of schools attended by myself and my ancestors.

Walnut Creek Grammar School

St. John's School in Napa
Lastly, one could show some report cards of years past. It is interesting to see how classes were graded and the comments made about the pupils. Also, report cards are a great place to get signatures of the parents.

My mother's report card in 1941

My great-aunt's report card, 1917
This exercise will help me put together the lecture on school records. I have some great images I'll be able to use to illustrate the different kinds of records to document school life.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 32: Youngest: Father & Son Both the Youngest

I am working on this year-long prompt, hosted by Amy Johnson Crow. I will write each week in one of my two blogs, either Mam-ma’s Southern Family or at My Trails Into the Past. I’m looking forward to writing about my children’s ancestors in new and exciting ways.

My grandfather, William Cyril Hork, was the youngest of ten children born to Johan Anton Hork and Julia Ann Sievert.[1]

His eldest sister, Mary, died before he was born in 1895 of blood poisoning.[2] By 1900, two of his oldest siblings, Ida and Susan, were out of the house. Susan had married Andrew E. Hart on 20 May 1900.[3] Ida was living in Spokane, Washington.[4]

His father was a tailor[5]  He also had a drinking problem and lived at home on and off.  Finally he left the family.[6]  In 1906, he died in Sheridan, Wyoming, destitute.[7]

Cyril was just seven years old and never really had a father. He did have four older brothers, three of whom never married. The oldest, Albert, was twenty years older than Cyril and lived at home most of his life. He may have been the “father” figure for Cyril.

Cyril served in the U.S. Navy during World War I aboard a submarine tender.[8] In 1922, he married Anna Maria Sullivan, a school teacher in Hamilton. They married in Butte, Montana at St. Patrick’s Church.[9] They then moved to Southern California. Cyril probably remembered the mild weather when he served in Long Beach. Or they followed Anna’s sister, Loretta and her husband, Leroy Patterson.

They had four children, three daughters and then the youngest child, William “Billy” Joseph Hork, who was born in 1930.[10] During the depression, Cyril worked odd jobs, some for the WPA.

Cyril also had a drinking problem. By 1940, Anna and the kids were living alone and then moved to Napa to be near her brother-in-law, Vir Quigley. Billy was just ten years old and now he had no father in his life. Perhaps his uncle, Vir, took on the role or maybe being in Boy Scouts helped.[11]

So two generations of the youngest in a family, both losing their fathers at a young age. It must have been difficult not having a father figure in their lives. However, they had sisters and brothers who probably helped fill that role.

[1] 1900 U.S. census, Ravalli County, Montana, population schedule, ED 81, Sheet 15a, p 33 (stamped), household/family 285, John A Hork, digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Jun 2011), citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 914.
[2] Oregon State Board of Health, Certificate of Death, 1895, Mary Hork.
[3] Ravalli County, Montana, marriages, v. 1 1893-1904, p 360, No. 354, 1900, Susan Hork & Andrew Hart, FHL Film 1905836.
[4] Spokane City Directory, R.L. Polk & Co, 1897, p 346, Miss I Marie, digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com).
[5] “A Tailor-Made Man,” ad, Western News, 10 Apr 1901, p. 1.
[6] “Sheriff Watts and Deputy Pursuing Three Men,” Butte Miner, 17 May 1902, p. 13, digital image, Newspaper.com.
[7] “The Carbolic Route,” Sheridan Enterprise, 17 Aug 1906, p. 1.
[8] Military Enlistments (Montana), World War I, Montana Adjutant General's Office Records 1889-1959 (RS 223), Montana Historical Society Research Center, Helena, Montana., World War I (HAUGEN-JACOBSON), Cyril Willis Hork, ser. no. 173-64-55.
[9] St. Patrick's Church, Butte, Montana, Marriage (Church) Record of William C. Hork & Anne M. Sullivan, p 434, Hork-Sullivan.
[10] California, Department of Health Services, Department of Public Health, Vital Statistics, Certificate of Birth, San Bernardino Co, Ontario, 30-026547, William Joseph Hork, issued 2 Apr 1990.
[11] "Boy Scout Bond Sales Rise to $53,750 Total," Napa Journal, 11 Jun 1945, p. 8, col. 5.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of July 30-Aug 5, 2018

Genealogists are great at documenting our ancestors’ lives but not so great documenting our own. I’ll write about what I’ve been doing the past week. This idea came from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing, who started this meme.

Volunteered at the Contra Costa County Historical Society on Tuesday, working again on the Finding Aid. Probably about half way through the Special Collections. The two biggest collections will be the most challenging.

Also spent five hours at the Oakland Family Search Library. We almost have more volunteers than patrons and most of the patrons are very self-motivated and need no assistance. So I brought a big box of slides to be scanned. In this way, I became familiar with one of the scanners so I can help a patron in the future. I spent a couple of hours scanning slides I had taken in my first trip to England and Scotland in 1975. The scanning part was simple, though time-consuming, but the biggest work was renaming each image and sorting them into chronological order. Some places I didn’t remember where they were, but uploading an image to Google Images, helped me find the location.

Participated in the Certification Peer Group. After checking in, we discussed what we would study next. The idea of reviewing the new Professional Genealogy book was most popular. We’ll start with the chapters most connected to the portfolio. I read the chapter about proof arguments and case studies, because that is the area of my portfolio that I’m working on.

Research work. The previous week, I received the book Columbia to the Rhine: Being a Brief History of the fourth Engineers, and Their Trip From the Columbia River, in the State of Washington, USA, to the Rhine River in Germany. This is the regiment that my great-uncle, Jack C. Sullivan, was in. After poking around in the website of the World War I Museum, I found this book. I was able to purchase it from Amazon. He is listed in the back under Company E. I’m in the process of reading the book from cover to cover. This way, I will learn about what the regiment did during World War I. Someday, I want to go to NARA in St. Louis to look for Morning Reports for his company.

Blog Writing: Blog post I wrote this week:
This week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks was about “oldest” so I took the eldest child of a family and wrote about Philippine Mathilda Voehringer, who was the third great-grandmother of my children. I also wrote the next three posts, as I'll be away from my computer for three weeks. They are all scheduled to come on on Tuesdays.

Webinars: viewed this week:
“CompGen, Germany’s Genealogy Mega Site” presented by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG.  This webinar is available at Legacy Family Tree Webinars for those with subscriptions. This site is full of wonderful resources on German genealogy. I have looked at it in the past, focusing only on the databases. Teresa showed us that there is so much more: a wiki, family books, gedcoms, gazetteers, funeral cards, to name a few resources. It is very strong with regional resources, which is very good to know! I will be adding this webinar to my German Genealogy Handout resource list.

I helped Elaine pull weeds and tidy up the native garden at the sidewalk in front of the Kiwanis Club. After the weekend with over one hundred degree weather, it was a pleasant 80 degrees while we worked. It looked pretty good by the time we were finished.

My sister and brother have been evacuated from the Ranch fire near Nice in Lake County, so they are staying down here. We got together with the whole family at Spaghetti Factory for lunch on Sunday. It was great having everyone together and getting a chance to talk to my brothers. Us sisters get together often but not always with my brothers.

My sibs: for once we didn't stand in birth order
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Thursday, August 2, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 31: Oldest: Oldest Child of Johan Adam Voehringer & Maria Agnes Reiff

I am working on this year-long prompt, hosted by Amy Johnson Crow. I will write each week in one of my two blogs, either Mam-ma’s Southern Family or at My Trails Into the Past. I’m looking forward to writing about my children’s ancestors in new and exciting ways.

The first child born to Johan Adam Voehringer and Maria Agnes Reiff was named Philippine Margaretha Voehringer. She was born 18 February 1832 in Unterhausen, Schwarzwald, Württemberg. She lived just over one year, dying on 14 April 1833.[1]

Their second child was also named Philippine Margaretha, born 28 May 1834.[2] She was the 3rd great-grandmother of my children and the oldest child who lived to adulthood.

She was confirmed when the family was living in Bronnweiler. She then left for America, arriving on the SS Gebhard in New York on 1 September 1857.[3] It is not clear she traveled alone or with other known people.

A year later she married Ludwig Wilhelm Wollenweber on 5 September 1858 in Louisville, Jefferson Co, Kentucky.[4] They married in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church by Augustus Bargas. Ludwig was a widower, having been previously married to Anna M. Mertens, who died 19 July 1858.[5] Ludwig and Anna had four sons.

Ludwig was a liquor dealer with his own business. By 1860, their first born child, Matilda, was already born. They had five daughters total, though Emilie would only live about 18 months.[6]

Ludwig died 16 May 1873 in Jeffersonville, Clark Co, Indiana, which is just across the Ohio River from Louisville.[7]

As a widow, she worked as a seamstress to support her family.[8] She remained a widow until her death, 1 January 1913 in Louisville at the age of 78 years.[9] She died of chronic bronchitis and was buried at Eastern Cemetery.[10] According to a bible record, she had fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.[11]

Unfortunately, I have no photo of her, her husband, or any of her children. But I found a postcard of the church where she was married.

[1] Evangelische Kirche Unterhausen, Taufen 1808-1875, 1832, no. 4, Philippina Margareth, FHL film 1569153
Item 3. The death was written on the baptism as 14 Apr 1833.
[2] Evangelische Kirche Unterhausen, Taufen 1808-1875, 1834, no. 13, Philippina Margareth, FHL film 1569153
Item 3.
[3] "Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com), 1857, SS Gebhard, No. 104, Philippina Vohringer.
[4] Louisville, Kentucky, Marriage Registers, vol. 7, p 98, 1858, Wollenwebber-Voehringer, FHL film, 882708.
[5] St. Paul's Evangelical Church (UCC) (Louisville, KY),  vol. 3, Deaths 1855-1871, no. 215, p 129, Anna  Elisabeta Wollenweber; FHL microfilm 1531401 item 6, accessed 16 Jan 2013. Record is in German.
[6] For birth, see St. Paul's Evangelical Church (UCC) (Louisville, KY), , Baptisms Vol 5, 1862-1867, 236, Emilia Wollenweber, no. 597; FHL microfilm , 1531412, item 2. For death, see Eastern Cemetery Records, Louisville, Kentucky, Bk 3, p 15, L.W. Wollenweber’s child, FHL 2046977i3.
[7] “Sudden Death of a Well-Known Citizen,” Evening-News (Jeffersonville, Indiana), 16 May 1873, p 1, col 1.
[8] 1900 U.S. Census, Clark Co, Indiana, ED 8, sht 8, dwelling 138/family 157, Philipena Woolenwebber, digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com  2 Nov 2017), NARA T623, roll 363.
[9] Commonwealth of Kentucky State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Certificate, no. 1483, Jefferson Co. (1913), Mrs. Philipina Wollenweber, digital image, "Kentucky, Death Records, 1852-1953," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com).
[10] "Burial Permits," Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY),13 Jan 1913,p 10.
[11] Family data, Thomas Davey Family Bible, (Moore, Wilstch, Keyes & Co: Cincinnati, Ohio, 1859); original owned by [address for private use], transcription done by Mary Davey Korn, granddaughter of Thomas Davey.

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