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Innis Family Tree

Well the initial visit to the Texas Death Records on FamilySearch was great, but now I have to go check those names out and see if I can hammer down some information. I’m going to look specifically at the children of Thomas H. Innis (siblings of Thomas B.) to see if I can sort out the families.

I did a search for Louisa Shelley (based on her death record) and found her in 1880 in Clinton County, Kentucky at age 15, married to Guyan A. Shelley with a daughter named Izora.1 1900 and 1910 finds her in Delta County, Texas married to G.A./Guion A. Shelley born October 1854 in Kentucky. In 1920 they are in Hempstead County, Arkansas, but when Louisa dies of apoplexy in Grayson County Texas, in 1929 she is listed as a widow and the death is reported by J. B. Shelley.2

According to her death certificate, Louisa is buried in the Randolph Cemetery in Randolph, Texas. She is not listed in the cemetery indexes I have found or on Find A Grave, but it could just be that she has no grave marker. Her husband is not listed in the Texas Death Records or in the Randolph Cemetery. There is a Rootsweb post that states Guian Almerine Shelley, died in Nevada Co. (California?) on 10 May 1929. I have contacted the poster and asked for more information – just to wrap up the loose ends, but no response yet.

The family as I have been able to put it together consists of:

Guian Almerine Shelley (1854- bef. 1929)
Louisa Christine Innis Shelley (1864-1929)
Izora E. Shelley (1880-)
James K. Shelley (1881-)
Lela J. Shelley Williams (1994-1917)3
Daniel Goodson Shelley (1886-1936)4
Minerva Lee Shelley Davlin (1891-1952)5
Febbie May Shelley Blount (1893-1978)6
Nova B.Shelley Owens (1895-1970)7
John Byron Shelley (1897-1963)8
Georgia Frogge Shelley Stewart Slaton(1901-1976)9
Zera V. Shelley Dillard (1903-1929)10

The only record I found of Izora Shelley was on the 1880 census, but she could have been married and had children by the 1900 census. So far I have found no records relating to her, but I have not spent time researching in Clinton Co., Kentucky yet.

Sometimes it is a very circuitous route to find the married names of daughters. While looking for records with a mother’s last name of Shelley/Shelly I found a death record for Patsy Jean Blunt from 11 Oct 1933 listing a mother of Febby Shelly and a father of Buster Blunt from Delta County.11 In the census records I located a 1920 census record from Delta County for Febba Blunt with a husband of William A. Blunt born about 1888.12 In 1930 the census record was William A. Blount with Febbins M.13 I finally found her as in the Social Security Death Index as May Blount born 3 Feb 1893, died Mar 1978, Commerce, Hunt, Texas.1

Georgia’s death certificate was found by searching with a variation of her mother’s name Liza Ennis.15

When working with searches like this always try the mother’s maiden and married name. Keep in mind that the informant may not know any of the family names.

1. 1880 U.S. census, Clinton County, Kentucky population schedule, Neathery and Shelly, enumeration district (ED) 29, p. 622, dwelling 43, family 43, Louisa C. Shelley; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 410.
2. Texas, death certificate no. 44673 (28 Sep 1929), Louise Christine [Innis] Shelley; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 Dec 2009).
3. Texas, death certificate no. 19478 (28 Jul 1917), Lela [Shelley] Williams; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 Dec 2009).
4. Texas, death certificate no. 14602 (30 Mar 1936), Daniel Goodson Shelley; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 Dec 2009).
5. Texas, death certificate no. 14602 (30 Mar 1936), Daniel Goodson Shelley; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 Dec 2009).
6. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com : accessed 20 Jan 2010), May Blount, SSN 455-32-9594.
7. Texas, death certificate no. 20335 (16 Mar 1970), Nova B. [Shelley] Owens; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org).
8. Texas, death certificate no. 08849 (9 Feb 1963), John Byron Shelley; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 Dec 2009).
9. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com : accessed 20 Jan 2010), Georgia Slaton, SSN 458-12-3118.
10. “Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950,” database, Ancestry (http:www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 Jan 2010), Zera Ved Dillard, 24 Apr 1929, Hempstead; Arkansas Genealogical Society.
11. Texas, death certificate no. 45087 (11 Oct 1933), Patsy Jean Blunt; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 19 Jan 2010).
12. 1920 U.S. census, Delta County, Texas population schedule, Justice Precinct 2, enumeration district (ED) 49, p. 15B, dwelling 250, family 250, Febba M. Blunt; digital images, Ancestry (http:www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 1795.
13. “Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950,” database, Ancestry (http:www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 Jan 2010), Zera Ved Dillard, 24 Apr 1929, Hempstead; Arkansas Genealogical Society.
14. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com:accessed 19 Jan 2010) May Blount, SSN 455-32-9594.
15. Texas, death certificate no. 96321 (22 November 1976), Georgia Slaton; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 20 Jan 2010).

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Innis Family Tree

While I’m here I’m going to have a look for the rest of the family. I had to search for Elizabeth using her birth date and finally found her indexed as Elizabeth Temis. Her last name on the certificate is pretty messy, but we now have the following information:

Elizabeth Innis, born 26 May 1843, TN, died 13 Feb 1930 Whitewright, Grayson, TX, father: John Davis, mother: unknown, informant Mrs. L. H. Taylor, buried Randolph Cemetery.1 A mother would have been nice, but I’ll take a father to start!

Chasing the children proved to both easy and frustrating all at once.

Louisa Christine Shelley, born 10 Sep 1864 KY, died 28 Sep 1929 Bells, Grayson, TX parents T.H. Ennis & Elizabeth Dories, informant J. B. Shelley, buried Randolph Cemetery.2

Tabitha Alice Parrigin, b.15 Apr 1874, Clinton Co. KY, d. 13 Apr 1947 Sherman, Grayson, TX, parents Tom Ennis & Elizabeth Davis, informant Virtel Parigin, buried Whitewright TX.3

John H. Innis, b. 6 Sep 1872, KY, d. 13 Nov 1918 Yowell, Dallas, TX, Father John Innis, KY, informant Mr. J.H. Innis, buried Shiloh Cemetery.4 While this certificate lists a father of John, I’m fairly confident that it is actually the son of Thomas H. and Elizabeth, but until I can check the other John’s this will remain a “highly probable.”

I was looking for Minerva and put in her name as Minerva Innis and found a death certificate for her daughter Tommie Alta Howlett, which listed a father of William Guyam Parrigin.5 I didn’t find Minerva’s record, but when I looked for William G. Parrigin I found him listed as a parent for William H. Parrigin with a mother listed as Catherine Innis, but I found no death certificate for a Catherine Parrigin either.

Looking for Mary T. Innis I found a death certificate for Eula J. Shelley with parents of J. W. Shelley and Mary Innis born in 1885 in Kentucky, but no death certificate for Mary herself.6 I believe J. W. will probably be the brother of the Shelley that Louisa Christina is married to.

In summary you have to be very creative in your searches. Try searching by first name, middle name, initials, and alternate spellings of each of the names. The other thing is to use the advanced search function and try searching the death records by a birth date. Try every field, try every option!

Thank you to all those hard working indexers for FamilySearch!

I’m going back to the census records to look at some of these new names and create family groups. Once I have done that I will come back to the Texas Death Records and search for the spouses and children. Perhaps I will find more clues along the way to help with the missing children. With the names I have I’ll also be checking local cemeteries to try to find more information.

1. Texas, death certificate no. 8220 (13 Feb 1930), Elizabeth [Davis] Innis; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 19 Jan 2010).
2. Texas, death certificate no. 44673 (28 Sep 1929), Louise Christine [Innis] Shelley; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 19 Jan 2010).
3. Texas, death certificate no. 16530 (13 Apr 1947), Tabitha Alice [Ennis] Parrigin; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 19 Jan 2010).
4. Texas, death certificate no. 48857 (13 Nov 1918), John H. Innis; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 14 Jan 2010).
5. Texas, death certificate no. 53397 (30 Aug 1965), Tommie Alta [Parrigin] Howlett; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 16 Jan 2010).
6. Texas, death certificate no. 2204 (1953), Eula J. Shelley; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Death, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 19 Jan 2010).

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Innis Family Tree

It’s time to take a short break from Ancestry and I have heard from friends that the Texas Death Certificates are online, so that’s where I’m going to start. If you are not checking out the new records being posted on FamilySearch – now is the time. Once on the site, mouse over Search Records and select Record Search Pilot from the drop down menu. Below the fill in blocks you will see a magnifying glass with Browse our record collection and select it. Click on Canada, USA and Mexico and all the available collections for North America come up. Texas Death Index 1964-1998 with no images or Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 are the two options – I headed for 1890–1976 because I want images.

I put in Thomas Innis and was rewarded with a couple entries. Thomas Ballard’s information is on the first screen when you select it – this includes his parents.1 Selecting the image in the upper right corner was even more rewarding. It is the full death certificate and I also notice that while the Record Details list his father as Thomas W., the actual image sure that looks like an H., and his mother is listed as L.W. Davis, it looks to me like E.N. Since I know from the census records that her name was Elizabeth it becomes pretty easy to see. You can save or print the image for your files.

I went to the second available record and it is for Tom Innis as the father of the deceased female Liva Caldonia Taylor.2 She is born in Kentucky in 1883 and her father is Tom Innis of Kentucky. My best guess based on age is that she is probably the daughter of Thomas H. Innis and is the seventh child that I had previously listed as unknown.

As we have just seen, FamilySearch has indexed the records based on the names of the deceased and on parent’s names. This opens up a lot of research possibilities, so I promptly changed my search to a last name of Innis with no other information and had 105 hits. This includes people with the name McInnis that were indexed with a space between the Mc and Innis. It also included the surname of Dennis. I backed up and added Thomas as a first name and had five. The Tom Innis father of Liva Caldonia Taylor, and also the Thomas W. listed as the father of Thomas B. that we discussed and a Mc Innis. But there is also the record for Thomas H. Innis who is the father of Thomas B.3

This is a report of death by a doctor so it’s not as helpful as a full death certificate, but I can’t complain. His date of death, 8 February 1908, and cause of death is clearly noted and we know where he died and his age in years and dates. Using my favorite Tombstone Birthday Calculator I now know his date of birth was 22 January 1843. Not a bad haul for less than five minutes of work.

1. Texas, death certificate no. 11162 (29 Jun 1910), Thomas Ballard Innis; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 19 Jan 2010).
2. Texas, death certificate no. 58736 (22 Oct 1956), Liva Caldonia [Innis] Taylor; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 19 Jan 2010).
3.Texas, Doctor’s Report of Death no. 28537 (8 Feb 1908), Thomas H. Innis; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 Dec 2009).

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Innis Family Tree

I need to hunt down the family of Thomas Ballard Innis and see if I can fill in the family tree a bit. While I’m anxious to go look for materials in Texas, I know it will be best to do my basic homework first. It is much easier when you are looking at records if you come at it with the family group reasonably intact. This way when you see a record for someone with the same last name you can hopefully place it in context. Just doing direct line searches can get you in trouble if you are dealing in common names – so it’s back to Ancestry.

The first record that stands out is the Texas Death Index for Thomas Ballard Innis dated 29 Jun 1910.1 Well that answered that question! Thomas B. died the month after the 1910 census. I looked at the original image and jotted down notes about the other names on the record.

Going backward, the 1900 census is prior to his marriage and he is residing with his parents. The census lists:2

Thomas H. Innis born Jan 1843, from Kentucky, but both parents are from Virginia,
Elizabeth Innis, May 1843, 7 children born and 7 still living, she is from Tennessee,
Thomas B. Innis Sep 1879.

The 1880 census of Albany, Clinton County, Kentucky, shows:3

Thomas Innis, age 37
Elizabeth Innis, 37
M.C. Innis, 14, daughter
Mary T. Innis, 11, daughter
John H. Innis, 8, son
T.A. Innis, 6, son
Thomas B. Innis, 8m, son
John B. Innis, 19, nephew

This is currently the earliest record for Thomas B. so I’ll just chase his father Thomas H. back since I am here. After looking at the census records for 1850,4 18605 and 18706 for Thomas H. Innis I think I have a pretty fair picture of Thomas H.’s family. Based on the census records the Thomas H. Innis family consists of:

Thomas H. Innis, born Jan 1843, Kentucky,
Elizabeth [Unknown] born May 1843, Tennessee,
Louisa C., c.1864, Clinton Co., Kentucky,
Manerva C., c.1866, Clinton Co., Kentucky,
Mary T., c.1857, Clinton Co., Kentucky,
John H., c.1872, Clinton Co., Kentucky,
Tabitha A., c.1874, Clinton Co., Kentucky,
Thomas B., Sep 1879, Clinton Co., Kentucky,
Unknown Child – this is based on the 1900 census in which Elizabeth is listed with 7 children, but only six living.

1. “Texas Death Index, 1903-2000,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 Jan 2010), Thomas Ballard Innis, 29 Jun 1910, Fannin, Cert #11162
2. 1900 U.S. census, Fannin County, Texas, population schedule, Savoy Town, enumeration district (ED) 65, p. 10A, dwelling 157, family 159, Thomas B. Innis; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 1633.
3. 1880 U.S. census, Clinton County, Kentucky population schedule, Albany, enumeration district (ED) 27, p. 580, dwelling 136, family 164, Thomas B. Innis; digital images, Ancestry (httop://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 410
4. 1870 U.S. census, Clinton County, Kentucky population schedule, District 4, p. 305A, dwelling 58, family 56, Thos Enes; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll 457.
5. 1860 U.S. census, Clinton County, Kentucky, population schedule, District 6, p. 504, dwelling 433, family 435, Thomas Enos; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll 1266.
6. 1850 U.S. census, Roane County, Tennessee, population schedule, Subdivision 20, p. 426B, dwelling 1487, family 1538, John Enos; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 893.

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Innis Family Tree

I was leaving my Colorado research for awhile when I went back and read through the COGenBlog that I mentioned in one of my previous posts. That blog reminded me that I needed to search the Colorado State Archives and I eventually wound up at the Colorado Historical Records Index. There are divorce cases posted for Colorado from the 1870s to 1939 from a variety of counties. I selected Start Your Search, typed in the name Gattis and selected Court as the record type. Just for giggles I tried divorce and got no results, but under Court there were four entries for divorce action – one for Lula C. Gattis, and three for Oscar C. Gattis all from 1921. You may select the records and inquire for the fees, but I’m not going to be requesting any records. Even with the wrong middle initials, I am fairly comfortable that these are my folks.

Well I think between this and the possible death dates found on familysearch my earlier theory that Oscar has died by 1920 should be set aside – it’s hard to be a party in a divorce action if you’re dead! So Lula’s use of the title widow was not accurate as applied to her Gattis surname. Hhhhhmmmmmm!

I tried all the other categories, but had no other hits for either the Gattis or Innis name. The search will pull up anything close in spelling – when I searched for Innis it pulled up Ninnis, Dennis, and McMinnis so exact searches may not be required.

Sadly, I found little online in Colorado that resulted in concrete sources. Even Ancestry’s huge records collection seems limited in this state. The only items on Ancestry specific to Colorado are the 1885 Colorado State Census, the rather limited Colorado Marriages from 1859-1900, and the newspapers are limited in area. When you go to the old search and pull up the records by state, with the exception of the items mentioned, they appear to be all national or general records. There simply are not enough state or county records to do you much good. Considering that Denver was a major city on several migration routes it’s a pretty poor compilation of records.

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Innis Family Tree

I swear that darn Arwen is like reminder central. I went with her to the program she gave the other night and having heard it twice before you would think that it would have already sunk in. It finally did this time, which confirms I’m a slow learner – something Arwen already knew! So I spent the last couple of days going back over my early research on this family and was preparing this post when I went in and read Arwen’s post. I realized that I had not checked ALL of the individuals on familysearch. You would think that I would utilize my darn checklist, but I got caught up in the “Thrill of the Hunt” and failed to follow my own protocols.

There are several items on familysearch which show death dates for Oscar Lee Gattis. The posted ancestral files and IGI relate death dates for Oscar of 1931 and a couple for 1929. These are from individual submissions and not from a specific film of documents so I still have no independent source information for either of these dates. The 1929 date does not include a location of any type and the 1931 date is only a year, but does say burial in Denver. It does not include a death location or a cemetery.

The other thing that needs to be done is to resolve conflicts. My Oscar Gattis does not appear to be the only Oscar Gattis. There is a marriage record from Franklin County Tennessee for Oscar Gattis and Jenette Brown from 5 Aug 1917. There are no ages given so Oscar could be anywhere from 8 to 80. Also there are several census records that make me wonder. 1900 Justice Precinct 6, Eastland Texas there is a young lady named Lula B. Gattis, born May 1879 in Tennessee. In 1900 Justice Precinct 1, Wise County, Texas, there is an Oscar Gattis born Feb 1878 in Tennessee who is a laborer. On the 1880 census in Lincoln County, Tennessee, Lula E. is older than Oscar. I went to the Family Trees on Ancestry for Oscar and one has the 1929 death date and lists a spouse of Lula Williams. There are no locations given or sources provided.

Well I am no better off now than I was before. Maybe I should have simply called it documenting conflicts rather than resolving.

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Scholefield Family Tree

I am unable to located the birth record for Susan Miller in the Michigan records availble at FamilySearch Record Search. I tried by her parents names, just the last name and date, by date and place, and several other combinations of what I know. I even tried to read through all of the pages for 1879 for Jackson, MI.

However, I have located her brother Fred. He was born 10 Jul 1888.1

It gets worse when I get back to Susan and try to find her in most of the standard resources I would check. She isn’t in the SSDI. She isn’t in the California Death Index. She isn’t even in the one free index at VitalSearch.

Okay — we regather our thoughts when this happens. How else can we attack this? We have her husband’s name (and is this a side trip all for the sake of finding an exact birth date? Yes.)

It appears that she died (or divorced) between her mother’s 1915 obituary and the 1929 when her husband remarried. Her husband, Ford Barnes, is found on the 1930 Census with a wife who had been married for the first time just one year earlier.2 The older children are noted as having a mother born in Michigan — a match to the Susan Miller Barnes I am looking for!

Going back another year to 1920 will help me to narrow my search window. I find Ford — but he is married to a Mabel M!?! Huh?3 My intital reaction is that I found the wrong Ford. But he’s in San Diego — this should be the right family! Checking Mabel’s vitals shows me that she is apparantly Susan Mabel Miller Barnes. She was born in Michigan; her father was born in South Carolina; her mother was born in New York. Mystery seems to be solved! A recheck of VitalSearch shows that Susan/Mabel likely died 24 Oct 1924 at age 44 in Merced County.4

Scanning through the rest of the records on Ancestry for Ford turns up his WWI draft card where he names his wife as Mrs. Mabel Miller Barnes.5 However, a check under the name Mabel still doesn’t turn up a birth record on FamilySearch.

After all that, I still didn’t end up with an exact birth date for her.

1. Michigan Department of Vital Records, return of births, Jackson County, 1888: 114, 87, Fred D. Miller; digital image, “Michigan Births 1867-1902,” FamilySearch Record Search  (http://pilot.familysearch.org: 14 Jan 2010).
2. 1930 U.S. census, San Diego County, California, population schedule, San Diego, enumeration district (ED) 122, sheet 5B, p. 107B (stamped), dwelling 151, family 161, Ford Barnes household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T626, roll 192.
3. 1920 U.S. census, San Diego County, California, population schedule, San Diego, enumeration district (ED) 290, sheet 4B, p. 255B (stamped), dwelling 85, family 118, Ford Barnes household; digital image, Ancesty.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 131.
4. “1905-1929 Death Index Summary,” digital images, p. 566, VitalSearch-California (http://www.vitalsearch-ca.com/gen/ca/_vitals/cadeathm.htm : accessed 14 Jan 2010), entry for Mabel M Barnes (24 Oct 1924).
5. “World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 Jan 2010), Ford Barnes, serial no. 150, order no. 513, Draft Board 2, San Diego, San Diego, California; citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M1509, roll 1543650.

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Whittle Family Tree

Below is a compiled list of marriages from various sources. The problem with a list of marriages is once again, there is no context. We don’t know the ages of the individuals (especially on the older marriages) and we don’t know if these are first or second marriages.

Marriages:
By 1646 – William Whittle married Madgelen (Unknown)**
1654 – George Whittle married Dorothy (Unknown)**
1659 – William Whittle married Susanna Williams**
By 1670 – George Whittle married Alice Parker**
By 1674 – Ann Whittle married Francis Hopewell**
1700 – William Whittle married Mary Disney**
1715 – Nicholas Whittle married Katherine (Unknown)**
1724 – Francis Whittle married Sara Cole**
By 1730 – John W. Whittle married Eleanor (unknown)**
1751-1755 – Eleanor Whittle married Cornelius Barry***
By 1762 – John W. Whittle, Jr. married Rachel White **
20 Dec 1783 – David Whittle married Ann Wood, Baltimore County*
7 Jan 1784 Richard Whittle married Elizabeth Burland, Baltimore**
2 Mar 1789 – Eleanor Whittle married Robert Wood, Anne Arundel*
13 Dec 1794 – Richard Whittle married Elizabeth Baldwin. Anne Arundel*
25 Feb 1795 – Zachariah Whittle married Elizabeth Disney, Baltimore*
1796 – John Whittle married Charity Forrest, Baltimore**
4 Feb 1797 – Elizabeth Whittle married James Farley, Baltimore*
16 Jun 1804 – Jeremiah Whittle married Nancy Best
20 Jan 1807 – Richard Whittle married Honora McKenzie**
16 Oct 1810 – Nicholas Whittle married Clara Forrest, Baltimore*
5 Sep 1815 – Mary Whittle married Richard Jones in Baltimore*
1817 – Susannah Whittle married Thomas Hooper**
5 Dec 1818 – Jeremiah Whittle married Elizabeth Eyles
8 Mar 1824 – Delilah Whittle married Frederick Arnold, Baltimore*
30 Mar 1829 – Elizabeth (Betsie) Whittle married Jesse Boyer, Anne Arundel.*
1830 – John N. Whittle married Cynthia Ann H. Ward**
1831 – Emeline Whittle married Wm H. Connelly**
12 Nov 1835 – Julianna Whittle married John Boyer, Anne Arundel.* (Julianna is the sister of Betsie)
30 Oct 1842 – Thomas Whittle married Sarah Flayhart
1843 David Whittle married Lucretia Hobbs**
1844 – Benjamin Whittle married Rosina Kinzendorff**
13 Oct 1850 – Maria Whittle married John Scott, Baltimore*
10 Dec 1850 – Martha Whittle married Andrew J. McCoy, Baltimore*
By 1863 – Thomas Stockton Whittle married Berdelia Obrien
8 Nov 1864 – Charles Nicholas Whittle married Margaret Sevilla Boone
About 1865 – Samuel N. Whittle married Georgeanne Higle

*From Ancestry collection – Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. Maryland Marriages, 1655-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.
** From the notes of Ruth Brooks – these are from her compilation of marriages and do not list individual sources. They are provided for information purposes – you should do your own confirmation work.
*** From the research and documentation provided by Rick Sanders. http://home.netcom.com/~fzsaund/gaitherwhittle.html

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Scholefield Family Tree

I have some cool stories now! And before I swallow all of the data hook, line, and sinker, I will verify what I can through a few resources.

If you have not recently visited the FamilySearch Record Search Pilot site, you should do so! They are adding more free information. Including a batch of vital records for Michigan. If Ferlazzo’s information is correct, Susan Thomas DeGraff’s death certificate will be available there. And it is!* (Click on the image to see the entire record.)

Susan DeGraff's Death Record

The Widow Susan did move to Michigan! The record verifies her name, place, and the date. We can calculate a date of birth based on her age. However, the record unfortunately doesn’t provide specific information about her parents and they are listed as ” —— Thomas & —— Thomas.”

*Michigan Secretary of State, death registers, Jackson County, 1892: p. 7, no. 137, Susan De Graff; digital image, “Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897,” FamilySearch Record Search (http://pilot.familysearch.org: 30 Oct 2009).

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The Whittle Family Tree

So what’s next? I have two more sons in the Jeremiah Whittle & Elizabeth Eyle family group to research. When dealing with family groups that are not together after 1850 it is sometimes difficult to establish who belongs to whom. How do we know that Jeremiah A. and John R. are sons and not cousins or completely unrelated? With Susan we knew from a census record that had placed her with Elizabeth Whittle, and with Thomas, I was working from Ruth’s personal knowledge and documented research. With Jeremiah A. and John R., I also have Ruth’s research to work from.

Based on the news article posted in Doubting Thomas 2 on 13 Dec 2008 , we know that Thomas had a brother Jeremiah that lived in Long Green in 1890. I had no trouble locating Jeremiah on the 18501 , 18602, 18703, 18804, and 1900 Federal Censuses5. His occupations are Post & Railer (fence builder), an exterminator, and a farm laborer.

Throughout this period we find him with his wife Ellen L. and they have many, many children. There is an IGI reference for a marriage 9 Jan 1849 in Baltimore, but I have not found a separate document for this yet.

The 1900 Federal Census is, of course, one of my favorites. The family is still in Jarrettsville and states that he and his wife Ellen L. have been married 50 years. I’d bet that this was an “about” number as the 1850 census lists a child age 1. Ellen’s birth date of Mar 1827 is about a year off from other records.

One of the more important things here are the columns with “Mother of how many children” and “Number of these children living.” Ellen lists 13 children with six living – as I said, many children. The census records account for 12: Edith Whittle abt 1849, Elizabeth Whittle abt 1850, Barbara Whittle abt 1852, Thomas Whittle abt 1856, Silas Whittle abt 1858, Charles Whittle abt 1861, Joseph Whittle abt 1863, Harry Whittle abt 1865, Rachel Whittle abt 1867, John Whittle abt 1869, Margaret A. Whittle abt 1874

We know someone is missing – a child that was born and died within the census gap. While women may use an “about” for how long they have been married, they are very precise about the number of children they had, even if they died at birth. I have seen the name Armeco in connection with this family, but I have found no documents that list that name. I looked at each census record and read the names to make sure all 12 were properly indexed and they appear to be.

With Jeremiah A. Whittle there is a Certificate of Death in the Maryland State Archives6. His death date is listed as 1902 June 14 with an age of 78 years, 4 months, and 15 days caused by Paralysis. Using the Tombstone Birthday Calculator we determined his date of birth is 30 Jun 1824. That record clearly states that he is the husband of Ellen L. Monroe, his father’s name is Jeremiah and his mother’s maiden name is Elizabeth Hall. As we all know, the names are all suspect as it is not Jeremiah providing the information, but someone else. If his wife is the person providing the information would she remember his mother’s maiden name under the pressure of the situation? We all know this is how mistakes are easily made and easily perpetuated.

According to Ruth’s documentation Jeremiah A. Whittle is buried in William Watters United Methodist Cemetery in Cooptown, Harford, Maryland. I have requested a photo of the stone (if there is one) on FindAGrave.com.

The final named brother is John R. Whittle. This name was supplied by Ruth along with the information that he married Priscilla Francis. She listed two daughters Mary Whittle b. 1855 and Sarah Whittle b. 1858. Ruth was able to find Priscilla in the 1860 census with her two daughters in District 11 (the Post Office is Little Gundpowder) but she is living with her brother Charles Francis and his family. Unlike his very well documented brother Jeremiah, John is no where to be found. John R. Whittle is a classic poorly documented Whittle male, except that he has a name!

There are several family trees on line that give some additional information such as middle names, but I have been unable to locate any documentation to support most of the information.

1. 1850 Federal Census of United States, Maryland, Baltimore County, p. 127, dwelling 336, family 341, Household of R. L. Munroe; digital images, The Generations Network, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 Dec 2008).
2. 1860 U.S. census, Baltimore, Maryland population schedule, District 11, p. 178, dwelling 1213, family 1203, Household of Jeremiah Whittle; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 Dec 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll 469
3. 1870 U.S. census, Baltimore County, Maryland population schedule, District 4, p. 169, dwelling 94, family 95, Household of Jeremiah Whittle; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com : accessed 15 Dec 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll 588.
4. 1880 U.S. census, Baltimore County, Maryland population schedule, Jarrattsville, enumeration district (ED) 42, p. 181, Household of Jeremiah Whittle; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com : accessed 15 Dec 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 511.
5. 1900 U.S. census, Baltimore City, Maryland population schedule, Marshall, p. 24B, dwelling 336, family 341, Household of Jeremiah Whittle; digital images, Ancestry.com (http//:www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 Dec 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 624.
6. Harford County, Maryland, death record no. MSA # S1178 (1902), Jeremiah A. Whittle; Maryland State Archives, Annapolis.

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