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Lottie’s other sister, Alice Dwight Berry Lodge, also had an obituary published in the Grosse Pointe News. The obit index reports her death as 1961-02-26 and printing of her obit on 1961-03-09 on page 6 of the paper.

Mrs. Lodge of 60 Lakeshore road, widow of the late Dr. Edwin Lodge, died Sunday February 26, at her home.
She was the last of three daughters of the late Joseph Berry, paint and varnish tycoon who came to Grosse Pointe in the 1870’s. Mr. Berry built a brick mansion on the Lakeshore land which is still owned by the family.
Hew as a founder of the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and donated land for the church. He also gave land for the first Country Club at the foot of Fisher road.
Mrs. Lodge taught Sunday school and played the organ in the original Memorial Church when it was an ivy-covered frame building.
She was a member of the Detroit Museum of Art Founders Society, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Needlework Guild of America.
Private funeral services were held Thursday, March 2. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Lodge, and a daughter, Miss Adelaide Lodge.1

Adelaide also traveled to Europe. She returned from Le Havre, France, aboard the Paris, arriving on 30 Jul 1929 in New York City. The list reports that she was born on 1 Oct 1871 in Detroit, Michigan, and lived at 60 Lake Shore Road Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.2 Her daughter Adelaide, born 3 Apr 1910, was traveling with her.3

1. “Obituaries,” Grosse Pointe News, 9 Mar 1961, p. 6, col. 3-4; digital images, Grosse Pointe Public Library Local History Archives ( : accessed 30 Dec 2011).
2. “New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957,” online images, ( : accessed 30 Dec 2011), manifest, Paris, Jul 1929, p. 11, line 5, Alice Lodge, age 59.
3. “New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957,” online images, ( : accessed 30 Dec 2011), manifest, Paris, Jul 1929, p. 11, line 6, Adelaide Lodge, age 19.


Hoyt Family Tree

Before we move onto the next generation, I do want to check into filling in the information about Lottie’s two sisters who survived to adulthood. I need to fill in specific information about their vitals.

I know from censuses and the history of Detroit that Charlotte married a man named Henry G. Sherrard. He is buried in Elmwood. There is no photo of his stone, but the database entry says he was born on 6 Aug 1861 in Illinois, and died on 13 Nov 1909 in Grosse Point, Wayne, Michigan.1 This is why he isn’t found with his family on the 1910 and later censuses. There is currently no entry for Charlotte or her three children in Elmwood.

Records at consist of census records for her as well as a number of passenger lists which name her year of birth as anywhere from 1869-1872; however, they all agree on her day of birth. One of her trips ended in Southampton, England, where she boarded the Washington to return to New York City on 14 Sep 1946. The list states that Charlotte Sherrard was 76 years and 9 months old and was born in Detroit, Michigan on 8 Nov 1869.3 Her address was 59 Lake Shore Road. Gross Pointe Farms, 30. Michigan.

A quick check at Joe Beine’s index of death records for Detroit and Wayne County shows that the Grosse Pointe Public Library has an Obituary Database. The index reports that Charlotte Berry Sherrard died on 1952-01-04 and her obit was printed on 1952-01-17 in the Grosse Pointe News on page 15. The index also points to digital copies of the papers where the full text is available.

blockquoteCharlotte Berry Sherrard
Mrs. Charlotte Sherrard, 82 of 59 Lake Shore road, died in her home on Friday, January 4. She was the wife of the late Henry Gray Sherrard, prominent Detroit educator.
Mrs. Sherrard, active in civic and charity organizations for many years, was the one time president of the Michigan League of Women Voters. She was also a member of the Women’s City Club and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Alfred Coleman of South Weymouth, Mass., and Mrs. Hugh K. Bullit of Louisville, Ky.; a son, Joseph B. of Grosse Pointe; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Services were held on Monday, Jan 7, at 2 p.m. in St. Paul’s Cathedral. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.2

Using her age at death, I can nail down Charlotte’s year of birth as 1869.

1. Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, database ( : accessed 29 Nov 2011), Henry Gray Sherrard (1861-1909), Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.
2. “Obituaries,” Grosse Pointe News, 17 Jan 1952, p. 15, col. 3; digital images, Grosse Pointe Public Library Local History Archives ( : accessed 29 Nov 2011).
3. “New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957,” online images, ( : accessed 29 Nov 2011), manifest, Washington, Sep 1946, p. 85, line 17, Charlotte Sherrard, age 76.


Hutcheson Case Study

There are currently two places I can go online to get scans of the Tucson newspapers. GenealogyBank has older issues. And Newspaper Archive has issues from around the 50s. Several sources have text from the newer issues from this century.

So, Oril’s obituary is available at Newspaper Archive. And it implies an answer to one of the questions that I had when I first began this project. Why would he commit suicide?

blockquoteOril O. Hutcheson Services Planned
Arrangements will be announced by Bring’s funeral home for Oril O. Hutcheson, a longtime Southern Pacific employee who died of a self-inflicted bullet wound Friday. He was 69 years old.
Mr. Hutcheson, who had been in ill health since December, was found in a shed at the rear of his home, 337 S. Fourth ave. Unconscious, he was taken to the Pima county hospital where he died three hours later. He was found by a roomer, T. C. Fuller, who with Mrs. Hutcheson, heard the shot.
Surviving Mr. Hutcheson, who lived in Tucson 37 years, is his wife, Etta Mae, who is active in Pima county Democratic circles; a son, Frank; and a daughter, Mrs. Esther Herman, all of Tucson.1

Since the article mentions his bad health, it might be assumed that that was discussed as a contributing factor. Was it the only factor? Maybe, maybe not.

A funeral notice also ran two days later:

blockquoteOril O. Hutcheson Rites To Be Tuesday
Rites for Oril O. Hutcheson, who died Friday, are set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bring’s funeral home, with Rev. Wlllard A. Schurr of the First Methodist church officiating and Tucson lodge No.4 F&AM, officiating at graveside services in the Masonic plot in Evergreen cemetery.
Pallbearers are A. C Thayer, O. C. Boone, William Wisdom, A. W. League, John J. Ellis and Bert Menge.2

Additional details agree with the death certificate.

1. “Oril O. Hutcheson Services Planned,” Tucson Daily Citizen, 19 Feb 1949, p. 4, col. 6-8; digital images, Newspaper Archive ( : accessed 12 Oct 2010).
2. “Oril O. Hutcheson Rites To Be Tuesday,” Tucson Daily Citizen, 21 Feb 1949, p. 8, col. 3; digital images, Newspaper Archive ( : accessed 12 Oct 2010).


Hutcheson Case Study

A quick Google search for Oril led me to an article about his wife and the decision that this research thread would only be a case study. (Why re-research what has already been done?)

This article was edited by the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives department staff and was published in the “Days Past” column of the local newspaper in Prescott, Arizona.

It turns out that Etta Mae Olmstead Dalton Hutcheson was a state legislator who served nine terms in the Arizona House of Representatives after her husband died.* The article says that she married Oril O. Hutcheson, a conductor for the Southern Pacific Railroad, in 1916, the year after her first husband was struck and killed by a train. They had a son, Frank, in 1928. In 1949, both Oril and Etta’s daughter from her first marriage died. She is buried next to Oril in Evergreen Cemetery in Tucson.

Research Plan:

  1. Check for gravestone photographs.
  2. Check marriage indexes.
  3. Check census records for Oril. Since I know Etta’s family, what can I discover about his family?

*Carol Powell, “Days Past: Etta Mae ‘Ma Hutch’ Hutcheson, Arizona Legislator, 1953-1972,” The Daily Courier, 27 Feb 2010, online archives ( : accessed 5 Sep 2010).


Scholefield Family Tree

Ok — I don’t have to do the explaining, but apparently Archibald Moore did. And, this is a reminder try odd search strings. A Google search for “‘Archibald Dunlap Moore’ Ann” turned up this result:

In the matter of the petition of Catharine McGowan.
In September, 1856, Judge Whiting issued a writ of habeas corpus directing D. Tilden Brown, esq., Superintendent and Physician of the Bloomingdale Lunatic Asylum, to produce Ann Moore, the wife of Archibald Dunlap Moore, and sister of the relator. The petition set forth that Mrs. Moore was not insane, but that she was illegally deprived of her liberty.
The writ was returnable Oct. 10 of that year. The return set forth that the lady was placed in the Asylum on the certificate two physicians that she was of unsound mind.
The return was traversed and the matter referred to Lewis H.[?] Reed, esq., who reported about a month ago that Mrs. Moore was insane. On Monday a motion was made to discharge her on the ground that she is of sound mind. She has been confined for twelve years.1

This makes me come up with an additional “story” to add to the possibilities I explored before.2 I think that the 1850 census I found for the two Anns was actually supposed to have been Archibald (Arch) and Ann his lunatic wife. It appears that he may have moved her in and out of institutions (or that she was in an institution but listed at home in 1850) and then he went off with the woman, possibly as a servant or nurse, who had been living in his home. Since Ann was listed as his wife in both the lawsuit and the proceedings about his wife’s insanity, it would seem that he did not divorce her. Instead he picked Catherine up and moved to Pennsylvania to start a new life. He and Catherine had children together, but none of the websites which mention them point to a specific date of marriage — just a year when they might have been married based on the birth of their first child. Suspicious?

Archibald died in 1861 and his will was probated.3 If I were spending money on this project (and if this were my family), I would want to locate that will at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City or in a New York repository.

1. “Law Intelligence,” New York Daily Tribune, 10 Nov 1857, p. 7, col. 6; digital images, Fulton History ( : accessed 5 Aug 2010); New York NY Tribune 1857 Oct – Dec Grayscale – 0280.pdf.
2. See post dated 31 Jul 2010.
3. “Surrogate’s Court,” New York Times, 21 Dec 1861, p. 8, col. 4; digital images, Fulton History ( : accessed 5 Aug 2010); New York NY Times 1861 Dec – 1862 Feb Grayscale (174).pdf.


Scholefield Family Tree

This next step in researching the Moore family is getting me into rough waters.

At I turned up a legal notice that read (emphasis added):

blockquoteSUPREME COURT–City and County of New York.–Michael Moore and Maria Moore his wife, plaintiffs, against Archibald Dunlap Moore and Anna Maria Moore his wife, James A. Moore and Maria S. Moore his wife, Jacob Moore and Hannah Moore his wife, William D. Lowerre and Ann D. Lowerre his wife, Joseph Willard and Caroline Willard his wife, Frederick R. Moore, Catharine S. Moore, Joseph E. Moore, Julia Moore, Hester Ann Moore, William Kemble, Horace H. Moore and Ann Moore his wife, Frederick S. Stalknecht, Peter Gilsey, John Jacob Moore, James A. Moore, the son of Michael Moore, deceased, and Samuel A. Moore.–To JOSEPH WILLARD and CAROLINE WILLARD his wife, two of the above named defendants: You are hereby summoned and required to answer the complaint in this action, which was this day filed in the office of the Clerk of the City and County of New York, at the City Hall in said city, and to serve a copy of your answer to the said complaint on the subscribers, at their office, no. 52 John-st., in the City of New York, within twenty days after the service of this summons on you, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the said complaint within the time aforesaid, the plaintiffs in this action will apply to the Court for the relief demanded in the complaint.–Dated New-York, April 25, 1856.
WALLIS & BRADSHAW, Plaintiffs’ Attorneys, No. 52 John-st.1

I recognize the family group of Moores I was working with!2 I know that only one of the sons is actually listed as being the child of Michael Moore, the coincidence is too much to feel that this is not the correct family. It is possible that James A. was left in charge of his father’s estate and was therefore mentioned the way he was. However, with a name list like this, I’ll have a lot of sorting to do!

1. “Legal Notices,” New York Daily Tribune, 25 Feb 1857, p. 3, col. 2, & 4 Mar 1857, p. 3, col. 4; digital images, Fulton History ( : accessed 22 May 2010).
2. See post dated 28 Jan 2010.


Innis Family Tree

Getting started on Ancestry, I put up a new family tree for the Innis family. The minute I had the first names in, the “shaky leafs” starting popping up like mad. Everyone does know that you can find “everything on Ancestry” right? Just like the lady in the commercial, I should be able to find one record and then a family tree and “then everything!” Small matter that most of those trees are not sourced or even close to verified – I should still be able to get back to Charlemagne shouldn’t I? Sorry – I wandered off on a tangent – that commercial just annoys me. Ancestry has so many good commercials about people finding out the truth about a family by using the available records, but that commercial isn’t one of them!

Starting with Thomas Roberts Innis I began looking at census records. The 1910 census record was from Fannin County, Texas. From this 1910 census record I am able to establish the family as:1

Thomas B. Innis, born abt 1879 in Kentucky,
Loula [Roberts] Innis, abt 1879 in Tennessee,
Blanche, abt 1904 in Texas,
Edith, abt 1906 in Texas,
Pauline, abt 1908 in Texas,
Thomas R., abt 1909 in Texas.

Thomas R. is indexed as Thomas T.

It appears Thomas B. is from Kentucky (his parents are from Kentucky and Tennessee) and Loula is from Tennessee (her parents are from Tennessee and Arkansas). They have been married 7 years and Loula had 4 children and all are living.

The 1920 census record is from Denver, Colorado and lists the family as:2

Loula Gattis, born abt 1880 in Tennessee
Blanch Innis, born abt 1905 in Texas,
Edith Innis, born abt 1906 in Texas,
Thomas Innis, born abt 1910 in Texas,
Eddie Gattis, born abt 1914 in Colorado.

Loula is listed as the head of household and a widow. So is she a widow of an Unknown Gattis or the widow of Thomas B. Innis? I checked with Sue, and she confirmed that she did not know the Gattis name. She never heard Eddie’s last name. Like most of us that are a certain age, all adults in our lives were Mr. or Mrs. or if related, they were Aunt or Uncle – regardless of the actual relationship. She simply knew him as Uncle Eddie. Sue also told me that Loula had remarried at some point and when she died her last name was Preston. This is getting way more interesting. Could this be why Eddie wound up in the orphanage?

The 1930 census record is also from Denver and lists the family as:3

Loula Innis, born abt 1879 in Tennessee,
Thomas R. Innis, born abt 1910 in Texas

Loula has gone back to the name Innis and is listed as the head of household and a widow. Was she widowed or divorced from Eddie’s father? Many women in the early 1900s listed themselves as widows rather than divorced due to the poor social standing a divorcee would have had.

I made a change to the tree listing for Loula and created a second husband as Unknown Gattis and put Eddie in that family. When I changed his name there was an immediate hit for records. With the California Death Index4 and Social Security Death Index5 information, I can clearly establish his full name is Edward Franklin Gattis, born 10 March 1913 in Colorado, died 1 August 1988 in Anaheim, Orange, California. You have to love the California Death Index because they give you the mother’s maiden name. In this case it states “Roberts” so I know I have the correct man.

A search for an obituary on did not help much. The notice simply stated,6

blockquoteEdward F. Gattis, 74 of Anaheim, a retired chief petty officer for the US Navy, died Monday. Private services …

There is a memorial posted for Eddie with a nice picture of both Eddie and his stone.

My resistance to temptation is minimal (none if there is chocolate involved) so I did a quick search on Ancestry for a Gattis who died in 1915 in Denver. The date was random based on Loula declaring herself a widow on the 1920 census. The first item that popped was a World War I Draft Registration for Oscar Lee Gattis born 1878 (same age as Loula) with a Denver residence.7 I opened the image and went right to the nearest relative line and found the name Loula Gattis. I believe that we might now know the name of Eddie’s father, but more research will be needed to be positive

Research Questions
  • Where is Pauline in 1920 – she would only be about 12, but she isn’t with the family – did she die, is she with relatives, or was she given up like Eddie?
  • Where are Blanche, Edith, and Pauline 1930?
  • Where is Eddie in 1930? A quick search of Ancestry did not reveal an answer. I will have to dig more and search with a wild card and some alternative spellings.
  • What happened to Eddie’s father? Is he really dead or did he and Loula divorce? I’ll ask it here and try to answer it with this generation because I don’t plan on following the Gattis line beyond clarifying his father.

1.1910 U.S. census, Fannin, Texas population schedule, Justice Precinct 1, enumeration district (ED) 33, p. 19B, dwelling 255, family 259, Thomas R. Innis; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 10 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll 1547.
2.1920 U.S. census, Denver County, Colorado, population schedule, Denver, enumeration district (ED) 310, p. 2A, dwelling 34, family 40, Thomas R. Innis; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 10 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 161.
3. 1930 U.S. census, Denver County, Colorado, population schedule, Denver, enumeration district (ED) 241, p. 6A, dwelling 96, family 104, Thomas R. Innis; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 10 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T626, roll 237.
4. “California Death Index, 1940-1997,” database, Ancestry ( : accessed 10 Jan 2010), Edward Franklin Gattis.
5. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry ( : accessed 10 Jan 2010), Edward F. Gattis, SSN: 229-44-2022.
6. “Edward F. Gattis,” The Orange County Register, 4 Aug 1988, p. b09; digital images, GenealogyBank ( : accessed 10 Jan 2010), America’s Obituaries.
7. “World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database and images, Ancestry (htp:// : accessed 10 Jan 2010), Oscar Lee Gattis.


Scholefield Family Tree

The last person in Alonzo’s family that needs a few details is his wife. Here is her obit:

blockquoteMrs. Alonzo H. Degraff
Mary McLean, widow of Captain Alonzo H. DeGraff, died at 8 o’clock Thursday evening at the home of her son Harry W. DeGraff, 15 Grant avenue, after an illness of a week, in her 77th year. Mrs. DeGraff was born at Northampton, Fulton county, Sept. 23, 1849, and had been a resident of Amsterdam for about 50 yers, being greatly beloved by all who knew her because of her delightful personality. She was an attendant of the Second Presbyterian church. Mrs. DeGraff is suvived by three sons, Harry W. and C. Robb DeGraff of this city, and Alonzo H. DeGraff of London, Eng., and two daughters, Mrs. William H. Ukers of New York city and Mrs. Mary DeGraff Phillips of this city, as well as five grandchildren.*

I’m fairly happy with what I have for Alonzo, et al. (Remember of course that if this were my family, I’d be confirming obit data using other sources — you never know when the obit is wrong!) I’ll be moving on to sister Susan DeGraff Miller’s family next.

* “Obituary: Mrs. Alonzo H. Degraff,” Amsterdam Evening Recorder and Daily Democrat, 30 Apr 1926, p. 26, col. 1; digital images, Fulton History ( : accessed 5 Jan 2010).


Scholefield Family Tree

Ye gads! This is either cool or just plain spooky. I guess I should start at the beginning.

I got sidetracked. (It happens to the best of us.)

As I was looking for Alonzo’s children, I ran across a very short 1912 marriage announcement that named one of his daughters “Mrs. Helen DeGraff Morehouse.” Morehouse? I thought to myself. I found her under the name Ukers — and that is who she is marrying. Morehouse wasn’t mentioned in her obit which clearly gives her middle name as Scholefield (she was apparently named after her father’s sister’s husband). And that contradicted the list of Alonzo’s children from the history. It had named her as Helen M. (for Morehouse?) Being curious, I figured that it wouldn’t take too long to determine what was going on.

I started with a Google search for Helen DeGraff Ukers. I found out more about the Tea and Coffee Trade Journal. I found out that Helen was William Ukers’s secretary. And futhermore a New York Times article revealed he had a first wife and a daughter along with a child support dispute. In an interesting twist, there are two Helens. Helen DeGraff Ukers and Helen Ukers the daughter who was the point of contention between William and his first wife. While I was at the NYT site, I ran a search for Helen Ukers to see if anything interesting came up.

What I found was an article announcing the daughter Helen Ukers’s marriage. Not impressive by itself, it is what follows that shocked me!

Ukers and Wilhelm
I know you don’t share my shock yet. Let me explain…

I had no reason to scroll through the whole list of announcements, but I did look just below the Ukers announcement because a name caught my eye. “Wilhelm.” I recognized the surname as it was my grandmother’s maiden name. I kept reading. Hum, Henry Theodore Wilhelm…I sat up a bit straighter. Phillips Carlin! OMG, I KNOW THIS FAMILY! Henry was my 2nd great-granduncle! He was part owner of several china shops in New York City, one called Wilhelm & Graef on Broadway. Phillips Carlin married my distant cousin and was a radio announcer and television executive! He was the radio announcer for several World Series games, the host of several radio shows, and the President of NBC.

What are the chances that while investigating a family totally unrelated to mine — which began with a couple in Arizona — would lead to the discovery that relatives of this random family and my own were in a New York City newspaper article one above the other!

Once I calmed down, I knew I still had more to answer about Helen DeGraff Ukers. But that was exciting! Back to where I was going in the first place.

I located Helen on the 1910 census living in New York City as Helen Morehouse — a widow (darn, no easy answer to who her husband was). However, I figured that a death of a young husband would be in the papers back home, so back to Fulton History I went. I tried several searches and couldn’t find an article on Helen’s first marriage or the death of her husband. Now it was getting personal because it shouldn’t have been this hard.

The search that finally worked was one for Helen DeGraff. It turned up an article about Helen DeGraff McMillan’s service as a flower girl. At this point, I was willing to try anything — even names of distant members of the family, and up turns an article about Helen Scholefield DeGraff’s marriage to Charles Emmon Morehouse of Connecticut! (Sometimes it it handy when families name their children after other family members!)

Okay! I now know that Helen began life as Helen Scholefield DeGraff and married a man named Morehouse followed by a man named Ukers. Still wanting to finish my sidetrip, I searched for his name — only to find out that he apparently didn’t die! He was getting married to another woman four years after Helen reported that she was a widow!

What I learned from this:

  1. Don’t get sidetracked. It could take you a while to get back on track.
  2. If you do get sidetracked, be prepared for anything!
  3. And remember that widows are sometimes not widows — but divorcees who were living in a time in which that status carried a stigma. Therefore, they commonly reported that their living ex-husbands were dead. And their mothers only requested small notes about their subsequent marriages in the newspaper.


Scholefield Family Tree

While I was searching for information about Alonzo, I was also able to locate information about his wife and children. As part of this study, I want to locate each of the children’s birth dates and places. When working with the newspaper, sometimes the best way to do that is to find an obit — even though I don’t need the date of death. (And I enjoy reading about these people — it makes them come alive! I’ve abstracted the data I need below, but feel free to click the obit links to read the full articles.)

In this case, most of the children named their father in their obits so I was able to locate them with searches for “Alonzo DeGraff.” I used Fulton History’s “fuzzy” setting so it caught things like “Alonso,” and I searched both with and without his middle initial. Since their father was named in their obits, the girls were even easy to find after their marriages.

I have the children’s names from the badly mangled OCR’d copy of Alonzo’s Biography1: Harry W., Helen M., Carlton R., Mary, and Alonzo H. Jr.

The basics from Harry’s Obit:2
Harry Westbrook DeGraff a native and lifelong resident of Amsterdam, died 28 Sep 1983. He was a State Engineer. Born 2 Oct 1876 to Captain Alonzo H. DeGraff and Mary McLean Smith. He married Edith L. Voorhees in 1910 who survives together with a daughter, Mrs. Frederick V. Hansen of New York City. Also surviving: one brother, C. Robb DeGraff, Amsterdam; two nephews, John D. Phillips, Pearl River, NY, and Robb M. DeGraff, Wilmington, Del., and a niece, Margaret A. DeGraff. Funeral from the home at 15 Grant Ave and interment in Fair View Cemetery.

Helen’s Obit:3
Mrs. Helen Scholefield DeGraff Ukers, wife of William H. Ukers, died at her home in New York City. She was treasurer of the Tea & Coffe Trade Journal of which her husband is editor and publisher. Mrs. Ukers, who was 72, joined the Journal in 1909 and married Mr. Ukers three years later. A daughter of the late Captain and Mrs. Alonzo H. DeGraff, Amsterdam, she is survived by two brothers, Harry W. and C. Robb DeGraff, both of this city, in addition to her husband. Funeral services will be held at the Morehead funeral home in New York.

C. Robb’s Obit:4
C. Robb DeGraff, former commisioner of public works in Amsterdam and one-time division engineer for New York State, died 1 Apr 1958. He was born in Utica on 13 Apr 1882 to Captain Alonzo H. and Mary M. DeGraff. In 1916 he married Miss Eloise Milmine of Amsterdam who survives with a son, Robb M., Wilmington, Del., and a daughter, Margaret A. DeGraff of Amsterdam. Other survivors are two grandsons, Robb M. Jr. and Donald B. DeGraff, Wilmington, Del., a niece and one nephew.

Mary’s Obit:5
Mrs. Mary DeGraff Phillips, aged 39 years, died 14 Jun 1928. She was born in Amsterdam 1 Oct 1888, a daughter of the late Captain Alonzo H. DeGraff and Mary McLean Smith DeGraff. She was a teacher in the first grade of the Arnold avenue school. She is survived by a son, John Dean Phillips, a daughter, Barbara DeGraff Phillips, three brothers, Harry W. DeGraff and C. Robb DeGraff of Amsterdam and Alonzo H. DeGraff of London, Eng., and a sister Mrs. William H. Ukers of New York. The funeral will be held at Harry W. DeGraff’s home 15 Grant Ave.

Alonzo Jr’s Obit:6
Alonzo H. DeGraff, 49, died 16 May 1940 in New York City. He was born in this city 12 Apr 1891, a son of Captain Alonzo H. DeGraff and Mary Smith. He was secretary to State Engineer Frank Williams at Albany, thereafter moving to England as a foreign representative of an importing and exporting firm, and for three years following was located in Syndey, Australia. He returned to this country about five years ago and has been business manager of the “Tea and Coffee Trade Journal” in New York City. The survivors are a sister, Mrs. William K. Ukers, New York City; two brothers, Harry W. DeGraff and C. Robb DeGraff, Amsterdam; and several nieces and nephews. He will be buried in Amsterdam’s Green Hill Cemetery.

These obits fill in specific dates for all but one of the children. And prompted an interesting side trip that will be the subject of my next post.

1. See post dated 31 Oct 2009.
2. “Death Claims Harry W. DeGraff, Long Active as State Engineer,” Amsterdam Evening Recorder and Daily Democrat, 29 Sep 1953, p. 2, col. 1-3; digital images, Fulton History ( : accessed 1 Jan 2010).
3. “Obituary: Mrs. William Ukers,” Amsterdam Evening Recorder and Daily Democrat, 30 Sep 1951, p. 3, col. 6-7; digital images, Fulton History ( : accessed 1 Jan 2010).
4. “C. Robb DeGraff, Retired State Engineer, Former Commisioner Of Public Works, Expires at 75,” Amsterdam Evening Recorder and Daily Democrat, 2 Apr 1958, p. 18, col. 1-2; digital images, Fulton History ( : accessed 1 Jan 2010).
5. “Obituary: Mrs. Mary DeGraff Phillips,” Amsterdam Evening Recorder and Daily Democrat, 15 Jun 1928, p. 3, col. 2; digital images, Fulton History ( : accessed 1 Jan 2010).
6. “Obituary: Alonzo H. DeGraff,” Amsterdam Evening Recorder and Daily Democrat, 16 May 1940, p. 3, col. 2; digital images, Fulton History ( : accessed 1 Jan 2010).


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