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I didn’t have to go far to find out more about Lottie’s parents. A quick Google Search for “Hayward Hoyt” returned one book that states that he married into the Berry family on 26 Feb 1921. The book is titled “The City of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922.”

The genealogical information the book contained:
Joseph H. Berry was born 10 Mar 1839 at Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.1 His father was John Berry, a native of Lewes, England, who immigrated in 1835. One of Joseph’s brothers was named John A. Berry, who was the first of the family to move to Detroit; another brother, who became his business partner, was Thomas Berry. In 1868, Joseph married Charlotte E. Dwight, a daughter of Alfred A. Dwight, a prominent and well known lumberman of Michigan. Charlotte Berry died in 1875, leaving three daughters: Charlotte, the widow of Henry G. Sherrard; Alice Dwight, the widow of Dr. Edwin Lodge; and Lottie D., wife of Hayward N. Hoyt. Joseph Berry died 22 May 1907.

Biographical facts: Joseph H. Berry was a pioneer manufacturer and financier of Detroit. His father, John Berry, was a tanner. Joseph attended private schools in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and Richmond, Virginia, when his family lived in those locations. When he moved to Detroit at age sixteen, he shortly became employed and in his work at a chemical house, he developed a superior varnish. When nineteen, he established his own business and prospered thereafter.

This book gives clues about family which can now be “chased down.”

Research Plan:

  1. Using censuses, verify the parents and siblings of Lottie Berry Hoyt.
  2. Discover more about Lottie’s grandparents: John Berry and Alfred Dwight. To do this, begin by checking for more books!

1. Clarence M. Burton, et al., editors, The city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922, 5 volumes (Detroit: The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1922), 3: 16-20.

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Hutcheson Case Study

As I have mentioned on this blog before, there are certain resources out there that are “iffy” because they contain no citation information. I ran across one of those on this case.

In Ancestral File at FamilySearch.org (if you haven’t looked recently, the site has had a makeover!) I have located the following family:

Family Group Sheet 1
Husband: Thomas Warren Hutcheson
Marriage: 23 Apr 1868 Place: Belvedere, Monona, Iowa
Wife: Catherine D. Hunter
Children:

  1. M David Jay Hutcheson, Born: 8 Jul 1869 – , Ray, Missouri
  2. M Cyrus K. Hutcheson, Born: 23 Jun 1871 – Castana, Monona, Iowa
  3. M Thomas Ali Hutcheson, Born: 24 Apr 1873 – Castana, Monona, Iowa
  4. M Freeman Laudwick Hutcheson, Born: 20 Mar 1875 – Castana, Monona, Iowa
  5. M Joseph Warren Hutcheson, Born: 25 Jun 1877 – Castana, Monona, Iowa
  6. M Ole Oliver Hutcheson, Born: 14 Aug 1879 – Castana, Monona, Iowa
  7. F Mamie Oliver Hutcheson, Born: 14 Aug 1879 – Castana, Monona, Iowa
  8. M Frank Orville Hutcheson, Born: 5 Dec 1881 – Castana, Monona, Iowa

Unfortunately, there is no information about submitter–or the sources that they used. This family is a match to Oly Hutcheson’s family on the 1880 Census. And since Oril O’s death certificate named his father as Thomas Hutcheson, this is likely the same family–even with all EIGHT possible DOBs associated with this guy.

Googling the name of the father leads to additional unsourced family trees on the internet. The Family Tree Maker’s Genealogy Site User Home Page of Martin Wayne Lowery disagrees on a few locations.2 He also notes that Maime didn’t have an “r” on her middle name.

On the same site, the Home Page of Elaine M. Hutcheson adds confirmation of some interesting additional names. Cyrus was known as “Peck,” Thomas was known as “Dick,” and Freeman was known as “Noun.”3 These three names don’t have much to do with the boy’s real names. Therefore, isn’t much of a stretch to get from Oly Oliver to Oril O. In fact, Oly is a nickname for Oliver, so it is possible that he was an Oliver Oril (or vice versa).

1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Ancestral File,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 21 Feb 2011), Thomas Warren Hutcheson (5675-D2) and Catherine D. Hunter (5675-F7) family group record.
2. Martin Wayne Lowery, Family Tree Maker’s Genealogy Site, The Martin Wayne Lowery Sr. Family Home Page (http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/l/o/w/Martin-W-Lowery/index.html : accessed 25 Feb 2011), “Descendants of Ferdinandus Van Sickelen,” Generation No. 8.
3. Elaine M. Hutcheson, Family Tree Maker’s Genealogy Site, The Hohl Hutcheson Family Home Page (http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/h/u/t/Elaine-M-Hutcheson/index.html : accessed 25 Feb 2011), “Descendants of Ferdenandus Van Sickle,” Page 3-4 of 6.

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So, I’m working along, making connections and adding data to this family line, and as I look at the next names from the lawsuit, I hit some difficulties. At this point, I have to think back to the Genealogical Proof Standard and determine how to deal with conflicting information. I can’t just ignore it because it may be the one thing that shows that a connection to another generation is incorrect.

From the lawsuit, there are a few more Moores I have not placed: Michael Moore and his wife Maria and Archibald Dunlap Moore and his wife Anna Maria.1

A Google search for “Archibald Dunlap Moore” turns up some family trees that report his parents as Michael Moore and Jane Dunlap.2 Archibald’s brother is reported as Michael Moore who married Maria Sherman. Could these two brothers be the last Moores I am looking for?

Trinity’s Parish Register search concurs that Archibald Dunlap Moore was born to Michael and Jane Moore on 14 May and was baptized on 7 Jun 1801.3 The site also confirms additional data from the tree.

However, my problem arises when the tree states that Archibald Dunlap Moore had two wives: Sarah P. Moore who he married in 1839 and Catherine Fleming Fogarty who he married about 1852. Catherine lived until 1892. So it appears that this Archibald wasn’t married to Anna Maria at the time of the lawsuit!

A search of the 1850 Census only returns one Archibald Moore who was born in New York: The son of Michael and Maria Sherman Moore who was born in 1834. Checking for any possibles who had alternate spellings or initials doesn’t help either. Searching for Ann Moores in NYC reveals none married to an Archibald. But, it does turn up one Ann with a younger Ann (lunatic), Mary (age 13), and Catherine Folarty in her home.4

In 1860, I find the family as mentioned on the family tree sites. Archibald is living with his wife Catherine and their children Archibald (age 5) and Jane (age 7).5

Because there is no specific date, I wonder if the date for Archibald’s marriage to Catherine was guessed at. It is possible that he was married to another woman who gave birth to his children and then he married Catherine. If I really think outside the box, I could make up even weirder stories! Maybe the 1850 Ann (who was born about 1802) was actually an error. Was that Archibald? If so, it appears that his future wife could have been living with the family. Maybe he did marry Catherine about 1852, but since he was in PA, he wasn’t in touch with his brother and the brother didn’t know that Anna Maria was dead? And I suppose that it could even be possible that the lawsuit was begun years before the notice was posted.

Of course, I always need evidence to support any final tree I build or all this is just a flight of fancy. Based on the one name, is there enough to discount this family as being a match to the lawsuit?

The father of Archibald Dunlap Moore who married Catherine Fogarty is reported to be Michael Moore who was born in 1753 and died in 1841.2 This would make him of an age to be the sibling of Jacob Moore and therefore the son of Michael and Hannah Moore. If we ignore (or at least qualify the findings) it seems that Michael Moore and Maria Sherman sued his brother Archibald and all of his first cousins — likely over an estate left by Michael and Hannah Moore.

If I weren’t restricted to our self-imposed guidelines, I’d attempt to get my hands on a copy of that lawsuit. It would likely clarify the situation beyond a doubt.

1. See post dated 22 May 2010.
2. Brother Jordan Baxter, S.T., Family Tree Maker’s Genealogy Site, Jordan Baxter Family Home Page (http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/a/x/Brother-jordan-Baxter-st/index.html : accessed 25 Jun 2010), “User Home Page Genealogy Report: Descendants of Father of Michael Moore,” Generation No. 2.
3. Trinity Church, “Parish Registers,” database, Trinity Wall Street (http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/history/registers : accessed 24 Jun 2010), entry for Archibald Dunlap Moore, baptized 23 Jul 1824.
4. 1850 U.S. census, New York County, New York population schedule, New York, Ward 9, p. 165B, dwelling 1284, family 2187, Household of Ann Moore; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 Jun 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 543.
5. 1860 U.S. census, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania population schedule, Philadelphia, Ward 15, p. 467, dwelling 186, family 203, Household of Archd D. Moore; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 Jun 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll 1165.

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Actually, the digging wasn’t too stressful. They sat right up and waived their hands frantically so I’d see them!

I have officially hit the jackpot during this “survey previous research” stage as I check works that have been compiled by others. The following places are those places that I search to determine if previous research has been completed:

The first is World Connect. People can post their GEDCOMs and they become searchable for free. I won’t restate all that I found there, but we’ll leave it at the fact that this tree traces the Dusenburys back several generations.

Another is just a general Google search. Using keywords ‘”Henry Dusenbury” Ogden’ leads me to additional information about the Ogden line at this site. Google also wanted me to correct the name so that it would read Dusenberry.

And, of course, FamilySearch.org has quite a bit of information that has been submitted about these older families.

The best thing about being able to get back this far is that usually someone else has “done the work.” (Though keep in mind that their work may be riddled with errors — but it is a good place to start.)

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Interestingly enough, I now have more information about the Hawkins family than I do the Moores. This is somewhat surprising because usually the women are harder to find what with the Western tradition of taking a husband’s name.

Locating the census for Martha Hawkins and her 4 children in 18501 firms up the family groups. I can’t prove that some of these people are related, but with the names being traded as middle names between the families, the fact that William Hawkins was dead by 1850 and the match of the family in 1850 to the children who were baptized the day that William died, I propose the following families:

John Hawkins and Lena’s children:

Horace Hawkins
Susanna Hawkins who married Michael Moore
William Provoost Hawkins who married Martha Hawkins (so reads the record — maybe a cousin?)

Michael Moore and Susanna Hawkins’s children:

Horace Hawkins Moore (named after his uncle)
John Jacob Moore (named after his mother’s father)
James Armour Moore
Samuel Armour Moore

William Provoost Hawkins and Martha Hawkins’s children:

Susan Moore Hawkins (named after her aunt’s husband)
John Henry Hawkins
Horace Hawkins
Charles Hawkins

The next step I took was to return to FamilySearch to see if I could find any additional information about John and Lena. Using the advanced search for “John Hawkins” and spouse “Lena” returns a patron ordinance sheet that listed the couple. It states that John Hawkins married Lenah Dusenbury about 1784. She was listed as being “of Harrison, Westchester, New York.”2

A search for Lenah and then a batch search in the record set her information was found in turns up more about the female line (again!).3

Henry Dusenbury married Susannah Ogden. They are consistently listed as “of Harrison, Westchester, New York.” Their children:

Henry Dusenbury b. 1757
Wilmot Dusenbury (female) b. 17 Feb 1759
Lenah Dusenbury b. 5 Aug 1763
Freelove Dusenbury b. 13 Nov 1766
Parthenia Dusenbury b. 19 Sep 1772

1. 1850 U.S. census, Westchester County, New York population schedule, Rye, p. 96B, dwelling 58, family 12, Martha Hawkins household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 Feb 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 615.
2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [LDS], “International Genealogical Index,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 26 Feb 2010), North America Region, entry for John Hawkins and Lenah Dusenbury, married abt 1784; citing FHL microfilm 1,553,838 (Patron ordinance submission sheets, 1969-1991), batch no. 5027008.
3. If you are interested in finding each reference, use the batch no. 5027006 or search using the names and dates provided above.

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My last post was found by Peter Cross — a DeGraff researcher. He offered some information about an additional Harmanus DeGraff in the area. I emailed him and he provided the following:

His “Harman” was 31 at the time of the 1860 Census. His wife was Harriet Ann Wilde and his children were named Theresa, George, Carrie, John, and Hattie. The family lived in Amsterdam, Montgomery, NY. “Harmonies” died in 1922 and an obituary that Peter holds states that Mr. DeGraff was “born November 19, 1829, on the Widow Susan Road, just east of the present Amsterdam city line, Mr. DeGraff was a son of Nicholas and Catherine Travis DeGraff.” Mr. DeGraff’s youngest sister was named Harriet DeGraff Sparkbeck, and she died in 1906

The name Harmanus was apparently a popular name in the DeGraff family, and this Harman is not the one I am looking for — wrong birth year, but Peter did give me another name to use in searches!

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The sources I have located have stated that Harmanus DeGraff, Helen Scholefield’s father, was born in 1800; however, I also find possible matches who were born in 1796 or 1791. Which do I choose to believe? More evidence is needed. (And here is some…)

The 1840 Census reports:
Harmonus DeGraff of Amsterdam1
One male age 40-50, one male age 80-90.
One female under 5, one female 15-20, one female 20-30.

Harmonus DeGraff of Mohawk2
One male under 5, one male 20-30, one male 40-50, one male 80-90.
One female 15-20, one female 20-30, one female 50-60.
Page 2: Revolutionary pensioner in home, John DeGraff age 86

(I think these are actually the same household, enumerated twice. He might have had two homes or one time the census taker talked to a neighbor who reported information about the family which didn’t include a farmhand and mixed up the sex of the new baby and didn’t know about the pension…many explanations could be concocted! Because of the similarity, I doubt that there is more than one Harmonus here.)

1830 Census:
Harman Dgeoff of Johnstown (Look at the image and it is Harmanus Degraff — found with a search on Ancestry for first name Har* in Montgomery Co, NY)3
One male 10-15, one male 30-40.
One female 40-50.

In attempting to track the migration of a family, it is advisable to double check the location of the places mentioned records as you locate them. In this case — there looks to be NO MIGRATION! One of my favorite places to check on the history of places is Wikipedia. There I found that Mohawk was formed from parts of Johnstown in 1837.4 And both are in the Amsterdam area. Therefore, the family didn’t move between 1830 and 1840, the town boundaries did.

The data boils down to the fact that it appears that the only man with the name Harmanus DeGraff in Montgomery County around the time that Helen was born was himself theoretically born between 2 Jun 1791 and 1 Jun 1801 (remember that each age category is “of x age and below y age” and the censuses were to report the household makeup as of the first of June in 1830 and 1840). I say theoretically, because it is possible that the age may be off.

There is not quite enough data to truly rule out the Harmanus born in January of 1791. And with the addition of John the pensioner, I have added to the list of possible fathers.

Research Plan:

  1. Check on the other DeGraffs in the area for each census — they might be brothers!
  2. Check on John DeGraff’s pension record at Footnote.

1. 1840 U.S. census, Momtgomery County, New York, Amsterdam Township, p. 284 (stamped), 67 (handwritten), line 26, Harmonus Degraff; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 Nov 2009); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M704, roll 296.
2. 1840 U.S. census, Montgomery County, New York, Mohawk Township, p. 307 (stamped), 113 (handwritten), line 27, Harmonus Degraff; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 Nov 2009); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M704, roll 296.
3. 1830 U.S. census, Montgomery County, New York, Johnstown Township, p. 208, line 19, Harmanus Degraff; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 Nov 2009); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M19, roll 95.
4. Wikipedia contributors, “Mohawk, Montgomery County, New York,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mohawk,_Montgomery_County,_New_York&oldid=279209765 : accessed 30 Nov 2009).

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It behooves the serious researcher to remember that not all search engines have indexed every part of the web. In this case, a search on Dogpile for
“harmanus degraff” turns up the following result from Ask and Bing:

blockquoteSimon, son of Daniel, born April 6th, 1753, married December 6th, 1779, first, Annatie, daughter of Simon Schermerhorn. She died September 21st, 1783, leaving one child, Gezina, who died young. He secondly married, April 12th, 1787, Jannete, daughter of Harmanus Bradt. Their children were:

Daniel, born August 12th, 1788, who married a daughter of the old surveyor, Josias Swart; also a son named Harmanus, born January 8th, 1791; also a daughter named Annatje, born August 23d, 1794, and now the widow of Alexander Van Eps, and residing in Schenectady.

Simon DeGraff’s first wife, Jannete, was a sister of Maus and John Schermerhorn, deceased, aged citizens so long and favorably known in this community.1

Searching for “De Graff” turns up the following which contains an iteration of the data about Simon’s family as well as another possibility:

blockquoteISAAC, son of Johannes, m. Sarah, dau. of Johannes Toll, Jan. 16, 1791. She was b. May 18, 1773, and d. Dec. 3, 1814, in Glenville. Ch. b: Johannes, July 11, 1791; Simon, Oct. 30, 1793; Harmanus, June 9, 1796; Arent, March 5, 1799; Catharina, Dec. 20, 1801, d. Feb. 8, 1802; Annatje, Jan, 31, 1803, d. June 15, 1806; Daniel Toll, Oct. 17, 1805; Isaac, Sept. 12, 1808, d. at West Glenville, Dec. 2, 1854; Abraham, May 15, 1812.2

Searching for “harmonus degraff” turns up a message board post that states that Alonzo’s father Harmonus was born in 1796 and died in 1892.3 Since the death date is so far off, was this person correct? How does this person know that the Harmanus born in 1796 is the one we want instead of the one born in 1791?

I’ll have to see if I can answer these questions!

1. Austin A. Yates, Schenectady County, New York: Its History to the Close of the Nineteenth Century (1902), 250-255; transcription, The Schenectady Digital History Archive (http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/resources/yates/index.html : downloaded 2 Nov 2009).
2. Johnathan Pearson, Contributions for the Genealogies of the Descendants of the First Settlers of the Patent and City of Schenectady, from 1662 to 1800 (1873); transcription, The Schenectady Digital History Archive (http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/families/firstsettlers/index.html : downloaded 2 Nov 2009).
3. Robb DeGraff, “Re: Isaac Degraaf father of Eva-early1700’s,” DeGraff Family Genealogy Forum, message board, 4 Apr 2001 (http://genforum.genealogy.com/degraff : accessed 2 Nov 2009).

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Here is another instance which proves that when you are using online searches you should spice up the variety.

When I search on Google for “Arnold Scholefield,” I get the results that I have previously presented (the books about Abigail’s family and sources that relate to his ministry in the Methodist-Episcopal Church).

When I search for “Rev. Arnold Scholefield,” I return two results about Harriet Hall which report that she was his daughter. Now, just to be sure that she is not the child of a man who shared the name, one of the sources is a query from USGenNet.org’s forums that states that the father, a methodist minister, had been buried in Siloam Cemetery.1

blockquoteDr. Harriet E. Hall died at Whitesboro on Jan. 19, 1867, aged 38 yrs. Her funeral was held at the Free Church in Peterboro, NY, with Gerrit Smith as the principal speaker. She is buried at Peterboro with 2 of her children. Her husband was Julius C. Hall; he is not buried with her. She was the daugher of Rev Arnold Scholefield, who is buried at Siloam, near Peterboro. He was a Methodist minister. Does anyone know why Harriet had the title “Dr.”?2

As I write this post, USGenNet’s forums have fallen victim to a hacker and they cannot be accessed directly. However, I can use Google’s caches to my benefit — and did — to get as much of the text as possible. I did this by using “phrases” near the beginning or end of the search results preview. However, I have no way to contact the author for possible collaboration on the research which has already been completed.

And I can answer the question — whenever the forums come back online. Harriet was indeed a Doctor. A Google search for “harriet e hall” turns up a page titled “History of Homœopathy and Its Institutions in America.” Mrs. Harriet E. Hall of Peterboro was a member of the first class of students who attended the New York Medical College for Women, the first woman’s homœopathic medical college in the world, and she graduated in 1865.3

The second result returned by the altered search leads to a transcription of Peterboro Village Cemetery, confirming that “Hall, Harriet F., wf Julius C. & dau Rev. Arnold Scholefield, d. 19 Jan 1867 ac 38yr.”4 This introduces a different middle initial, but Es and Fs can be easily confused. And when a check is run on Find A Grave, it is noted that this second transcriber reports her name as having the E and gives her vitals as 1828-1867.5

Based on the information from these sources, Harriet “Hattie” E. Scholefield married Julius C. Hall and they had at least the following children: Julius Hall (7 July 1851-22 Feb 1868) and Stannie Hall (Aug 1859-7 Mar 1862).

It appears that Harriet was actually the youngest daughter of Arnold and Abigail Scholefield. It does not suprise me that I placed Charlotte in the wrong spot on the chart because of her widely fluctuating reported age.

1. See post dated 21 Apr 2009.
2. “Dr. Harriet E. Hall,” Oneida County, New York, Queries Board, message forum (www.usgennet.org/usa/ny/county/oneida/webbbs/queries/index.cgi : accessed 16 Jun 2009).
3. William Harvey King M.D., LL.D., History of Homœopathy and Its Institutions in America; online edition, HOMÉOPATHE INTERNATIONAL (http://www.homeoint.org/history/king/index.htm : downloaded 16 Jun 2009), Chapter IV: New York Medical College and Hospital for Women.
4. “Peterboro Village Cemetery,” transcription (http://freepages.misc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nc99usgw/cempeter.txt : accessed 16 Jun 2009), entry for Hall, Harriet F.
5. Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 Jun 2009), entry for Harriet E. Scholefield Hall (1828-1867), Peterboro Cemetery, Peterboro, Madison, New York.

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The Whittle Family Tree

I wrote this post and it has set in draft for a couple of weeks while I tried to decide if I wanted to approach the documentation of the search in this manner. It’s a lot of information and this post is what I had on 1 Dec 2008. On 2 Dec 2008 I received a package from Ruth with more information and that’s why I stopped this draft. I’ve decided to let this post stand and cover the information provided by the family in the next post.

The Whittles remain a family that have many more questions than answers and such is the case with Thomas Whittle, born about 1820 in Baltimore County, Maryland. Thomas appears to have married Sarah Flayhart of Towsontown, Maryland in 1842. There is at least one family tree on line with a marriage date of 20 Dec 1842, but I have not seen the documentation to confirm that. Thomas and Sarah first appeared together by name on the 1850 census in Towsontown, Baltimore, Maryland.1

Information previously supplied by Ruth in an email indicates the family is in possession of paperwork showing that in 1853 a piece of property in Towson was put in the name of Mary Flayhart in trust for her daughter Sarah Whittle. In Sept. 1856 The Baltimore County Advocate reported that a small dwelling was in the course of erection by Thomas Whittle in the northeastern part of the village of Towson. The small news piece was picked up by The Sun.2 The Thomas Whittle family appears together again on the 1860 Census just before the Civil War.3 The family consists of Thomas 39, Sarah 37, and their six children; Edward 13, Sarah R. 10, Ann E. 8, Joshua T. 4, and Robert aged 2 months (born May 1860).

The family story (as supplied by Ruth) is that Thomas Whittle left Towson for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and eventually went to Kentucky. This is where he enlisted as a Private in Co. F, 18th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry, in February 1862, when he would have been about 42 yrs. old, leaving a wife and 6 children. The family story also says that he had been killed either at the battle of Shiloh or Gettysburg. When Ruth sent for his military records, she found that the records of Thomas Whittle of the 18th Regiment Kentucky Infantry listed him as deserted in 1863.

In 1870 Sarah and five children (Edward, Sarah R. Hunt, Ann Hoffman, Alice, and Joshua) are still together in Towsontown, but son Robert, born May 1860 and husband Thomas Whittle are missing from this census.4 One tree posted online has young Robert Whittle with a death date of 23 Apr 1864. His absence from the 1870 census leads to the probability that he is deceased. Also in 1870, it appears that Anne and Sarah R. have married, but their men are missing from this record– big shock – they are after all Whittle women!!!

By 1880 however, Sarah is living with her daughter Annie and her husband William Hoffman.5 This is also the first census that documents a social status and Sarah is enumerated as a widow, which is an answer of sorts about Thomas.

There is a public tree up on Ancestry with a copy of Sarah Whittle’s death certificate. Her date of death is 24 May 1890 and lists her cause of death as Cancer Uteri with a secondary cause as Exhaustion, and her place of Burial as Mount Olivet on 27 May 1890.6 This record does not however, list her maiden name or relationship to any family member, but it does list her as a widow. There is a short obituary in The Sun which supports this death certificate as being our Sarah Whittle:7

blockquoteWHITTLE – On the evening of May 24, SARAH WHITTLE, widow of the late Thomas Whittle, formerly of Towsontown. (Towsontown papers please copy.) Her funeral will take place Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock, from the residence of her daughter, No 1811 Wilhelm Street, near Fulton street.

There are many questions to be answered:
  • How does the family know he went to Pittsburgh?
  • What was he doing in Pittsburgh?
  • Why would he go all the way to Kentucky (via Pittsburgh) to enlist in the Union army when his cousins were enlisting in the Maryland units?
  • How do they know this Kentucky Thomas Whittle is the right Thomas Whittle?

1. 1850 U.S. census, Baltimore, Maryland, population schedule, District 2, p. 66, dwelling 880, family 887, Thomas Whittle Household; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com : accessed 29 Nov 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 279.
2. “Things in Baltimore County,” The Sun, 13 Sep 1856, p. 2; digital images.
3. 1860 U.S. census, Baltimore, Maryland, population schedule, District 9, dwelling 444, family 437, Thomas Whittle Household; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 Nov 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll 468.
4. 1870 U.S. census, Baltimore County, Maryland, population schedule, District 9, p. 455, dwelling 115, family 115, Sarah Whittle Household; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com : accessed 29 Nov 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll 570.
5. 1880 U.S. census, Baltimore County, Maryland, population schedule, Baltimore, enumeration district (ED) 176, p. 586, dwelling 188, family 226, Sarah Whittle in Household of William Hoffman; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com : accessed 29 Nov 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 504.
6. Baltimore City, Maryland, death certificate no. 27261 (1890), Sarah Whittle; digital image, “Ancestry Public Member Photos,” Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 Nov 2008).
7. “Mortuary Notice,” The Sun, 26 May 1890, p. 2; digital images, GenealogyBank (http://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 29 Nov 2008), Historical Newspapers.

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