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Scholefield Family Tree

I tried to run additional searches for Mary Virginia Scholefield McMillan. Knowing that she went by the name Jennie, or Ginny, I searched using the second spelling. Why you might ask? Well, because the ranked search on Ancestry.com will pull up Jennies automatically among the results.

I ended up zeroing in on a Jennie M. McMillan who lived in Otselic, Chenango, New York. In 1900, she is living with her husband James C. McMillan, born Nov 1858, and they have been married for one year. The same in 1910 except her name is indexed as Jenney M. McMellon. By 1920 she is a widow with A. as her middle initial and a boarder in the home. In 1930 she has two boarders. Jennie reportely never had any children.

Unfortuntately, a gut feeling is not enough to connect this Jennie into the tree. She is the right age — born in Aug 1861 according to the 1900 census — and her birth place and those of her parents match what we know. However, since those three places are all “New York,” they are not unique enough to point to this woman and say that she is the one.

So, here I sit with a woman who looks like she could be the one I am looking for, an hour of searching for her in the censuses, a run through of the cemeteries posted online, and a search of the Chenango County GenWeb to see if I could force her to fit. No luck.

And…if that weren’t enough, James’s occupation in 1910 is pretty normal (carpenter), but in 1910 he is a ginseng digger. Yup, ginseng. Being a curious person, off I go to Google to learn about ginseng. Apparently, the plant grows quite well in central New York. There are even populations of wild American Ginseng in the forests of the area, and Ginseng growing workshops are offered on a regular basis in central New York. This is aside from all the information out there about how to use ginseng for cooking and medicine.

My gut still likes this Jennie M. McMillan (M. for Mary?), but additional research will be needed to see if my gut is right — or just hungry.

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Scholefield Family Tree

Swapping to the other side of our tree, we need to repeat the process just completed for Clara’s siblings on George’s. Some might wonder why I did Clara’s first. It is mainly because I knew there were vital records online for Arizona! New York will be a bit more difficult. Instead of focusing on a state run vital records site, I will need to rely on the whims of transcriptionists — what they have found interesting enough to submit to resources like USGenWeb and FamilySearch.

Therefore, I will instead begin with the census records for the McMillan, Shaw and Edword families. This will give me the basic family structure for each and names of the children (FamilySearch will not allow a search with ONLY parents names). Once I have the basics, I can then check for vital records. Our beginning points for each family are the gravestone findings at Spencertown Cemetery.1

Mary Virginia Scholefield (1862 – ?) married a McMillan. There are a high number of Mary McMillans who were born about 1862 in New York, so can’t narrow my results enough to locate her.

Florence Scholefield (1864 – 1923) m. N. Archibald Shaw (1861 – 1935)
bulletIn 1900, they are living in Manhattan, New York City.2 This census gives us Mr. Shaw’s first name: Norman. He was born in Sep 1861 in New York. Florence De was born in 1866 in New York. They had been married for 12 years. She had 3 children, 2 still living. Norman was a proffessor. They have two sons: Norman A. b. Aug 1889 in New York and Donald b. Oct 1898 in New York. Also in the home are a 17 year old Robt. DeGraff who is a boarder (and possibly a relation to Florence’s mother Helen DeGraff Scholefield?) and six black servants.
bulletIn 1910, they are still in Manhattan.3 Archibald was aged 48 and was born in New York. Florence D. is listed as age 45 and born in the District of Columbia. The couple had been married for 22 years, and they are both teachers at a private school. In a ?huh? moment, Florence looks to be listed as having 1 child, but 2 still living. The numeral 1 is a bit thick though, so it might be a squished 4. We can verify the two living children because they are both in the home: Archibald R. (likely an alternate name for Norman A. listed above) is aged 20 and Donald is age 11, both born in New York. In the household are also four servants (three black) and two young boarders who attend private school.
bulletQuick searches don’t turn up the couple in 1920 or Norman Archibald in 1930. Some creative searching will need to be done if these two censues are to be located. (By quick, I mean full name with date and place of birth. No wildcards — yet.)

Mae Stuart Scholefield (1870 – 1917) m. Guy J. Edwords
bulletIn 1900, the couple is living in Franklin, Essex, New Jersey, and Helen M. Scholefield is living with them.4 Guy was reportely born in March 1861 in Illinois. He was a lawyer. Mae was reportedly born in Dec 1871. They had been married for a year and had not had any children. Mother-in-law Helen was born in April 1842 in New York. Her four reported children matches the number of children that are known. Her father was born in Germany and her mother in Scotland.
bulletIn 1910, Guy J. and Mae are in Nutley, Essex, New Jersey.5 Helen is again in the household, and Guy V. Edwords, age 18 and born in New Jersey, is living with them as a son. Guy J. is listed as being in his second marriage, so his son was presumably from his first marriage. Mae is again listed as having no children. Helen’s information differs only in that her father is reported to have been born in New York.
bulletQuick searches don’t turn up Guy J. in the 1920 census. It is possible that he had died by then, especially since he was older than Mae.

1. See post dated 11 Sep 2008.
2. 1910 U.S. census, New York County, New York, population schedule, Manhattan, enumeration district (ED) 1297, sheet 3A, p. 159 (stamped), dwelling 2, family 85, Archibald Shaw household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 Oct 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll 1045.
3 1900 U.S. census, New York County, New York, population schedule, Manhattan, enumeration district (ED) 513, sheet 5, p. 78 (stamped), dwelling 13, family 14, Norman A Shaw household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 Oct 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 1105.
4. 1900 U.S. census, Essex County, New Jersey, population schedule, Franklin, enumeration district (ED) 194, sheet 9B, p. 163 (reverse, stamped), dwelling 156, family 173, Guy J Edwords household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 Oct 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 696.
5. 1910 U.S. census, Essex County, New Jersey, population schedule, Nutley, enumeration district (ED) 7, sheet 7B, p. 251 (reverse, stamped), dwelling 122, family 137, Guy J Edwords household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 Oct 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll 881.

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Govanstown Cemetery Project

The Whittle Plot

So what about Samuel N. Whittle’s older daughter Clara May Whittle? According to Ruth, Clara died 10 Dec 1946 and is buried in the family plot in Govans. She was interred there 12 Dec 1946. The interment records for this time period exist, so we have no doubt on this information. Ruth is going to look for an obituary for us.

On the 1900 Census, Clara was residing as a niece in the household of Joseph and Margaret Hampson in Baltimore City. I almost dismissed this record as they have her listed as age 83, however, the image reveals a birth date of Jun 1866 with an age of 33. Margaret (Higle) Hampson was the older sister of Georgeanna Higle. The household as indexed is:1
Joseph Hampson, age 70, head
Margaret, age 69, wife,
William W., age 35, son
Edward S., age 33, son
Emma B., age 32, son
Oliva S., age 29, son
Clara Whittle, age 83 [33], niece

In 1910 she is still living with the Hampson family and the household consists of:2
Margaret L. Hampson, age 79
Emma B., age 40
Olivia S., age 38
William W., age 38
Clara Whittle, age 35
The ages are not of any real issue – this is obviously the same family. Clara is listed has having her “Own income” under occupation.

In 1920 she is with her cousins and the household consists of:3
Emma Hampson, age 60
Olivia, age 57
Clara Whitte, age 56 [the image is Whittle]

In 1930, on the last available census, she is with her last cousin and the household consists of:4
Olivia S. Hampson, age 70
Clara M. Whittle, age 63

From The Sun 23 Sep 1896 on page 7 is a news item about the will of her grandmother Mrs. Eliza Whittle:

blockquoteThe will of Mrs. Eliza Whittle was admitted to probate yesteray. All her property is given to her granddaughters, Clara May Whittle and Maggie Savilla Whittle, who are named executors and have taken out lets testamentary.

Also in The Sun, there are several mentions of Clara in connection with the surname name of Ruby. These appear in the Society or News About Town sections.
16 Jul 1898 Clara was at the Descendents of Joseph and Henry Ruby Reunion. P.L. Ruby, wife and daughter were also present.
16 Dec 1903 Clara is the guest of Mrs. P. L. Ruby
At this point it is just information with no context, but we might eventually find a connection.

1. 1900 U.S. census, Baltimore City, Maryland, population schedule, Ward 15, enumeration district (ED) 191, sheet 4B, p., dwelling 67, family 69, Clara Whittle; digital image, Ancestry.com (http//:www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 Oct 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 614.
2. 1910 U.S. census, Baltimore City, Maryland, population schedule, Ward 13, enumeration district (ED) 198, sheet 4A, dwelling 60, family 63, Clara Whittle; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 Oct 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll 557.
3. 1920 U.S. census, Baltimore City, Maryland, population schedule, Ward 13, enumeration district (ED) 202, sheet 10A, dwelling 143, family 211, Clara Whittle; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 Oct 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 658.
4. 1930 U.S. census, Baltimore City, Maryland, population schedule, Ward 13, enumeration district (ED) 192, sheet 5B, dwelling 53, family 66, Clara Whittle; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 Oct 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T626, roll 856.
5. “Will of Mrs. Eliza Whittle,” The Sun, 23 Sep 1896, p. 7; digital images, GenealogyBank (http://GenealogyBank.com : accessed 18 Oct 2008), Historic Newspapers.

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Scholefield Family Tree

When writing a family history, one must decide how much research they wish to complete regarding the various sidelines of a family. Do you trace the main descendant line back and also trace down all of the siblings lines? If you do that, how many generations do you want to research? For my personal trees, I research as far as I can go. My reason for this is that by finding cousins, I have received some great finds. I’ve gotten photocopies of the German family pages from a descendant of the writer Zane Grey about our shared Wilhelm ancestors, a copy of pen and ink drawing of my 4th (or 5th) great-grandfather, and loads of information that helped point me in a direction for further research!

Other researchers only focus on their direct lines, sometimes discovering that they need to research siblings in order to discover information about parentage. And only doing research into the sidelines (or neighbors) as needed.

For the Scholefield history for this site, my goal is to trace the direct line as well as locating the vitals of the sibling’s spouses and the birth information for each of their children.

To reach that goal, this post will focus on checking on any possible birth and death records for Clara Moore Scholefield’s siblings and their spouses and children. I will be running quick name searches on the usual sites (FamilySearch, Ancestry, and AZ Genealogy).

Clara was the daughter of James Armour Moore and Matilda Jane Burnett.

Matilda Jane Burnett had married first John V. Crampton. Their children, and therefore Clara’s Half siblings, were: Mary E., Sarah J., and John F.

Based on the census, Mary E. was born about 1857 in California.1 She married Henry Fitzgerald in 1874. An article about her brother-in-law Charles Kenyon mentions that she was a widow who lived in San Francisco.2 She looks to have died before 1940 which is the date that Ancestry’s California Death Index begins. The indexes at VitalSearch don’t contain enough information to identify which of the many Mary Fitzgeralds might be the one we are looking for. I also checked several likely indexes. Nothing further about this family can be located through these sources at this time — census records are next.

Sarah Jane was born on 6 Dec 1857 in California and died 14 Dec 1957 in San Diego County, California.3 She married Charles Kenyon in 1872.2 He was born in 1840 in New York and died in Dec 1906.
Their children:
Maud B. was born in New York.
Arthur Moore Kenyon was born 20 Aug 1878 in Rome, New York.4
Myrtle M.

John Franklin Crampton was born on 1 Dec 1860 in San Bernardino, California, and died 21 Apr 1947 in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona.5 He married Rovilla Snelling in 1882. She was born 12 May 1861 in Indiana and died 6 Feb 1940 in Globe, Arizona.6
Their children:
John William born 23 May 18837
Rovilla J. born 1885 in Globe, Arizona8 (this is likely the Rovilla who married John C. Crowley in 1906)
Evelyn May born 27 May 1892 in Globe, Gila, Arizona9

Clara’s full siblings were Susan A. and J. Arthur.
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Govanstown Cemetery Project

The Whittle Plot

Well gang we had some real success this week!! I received a response from the family that had posted the thread on Ancestry in the Community Section. Ya gotta love those message boards!!! Family member Ruth posted a message that explained her relationship to Samuel N. Whittle. Her husband’s 1st cousin twice removed – she was kind enough to follow that with the more basic explanation of it being her husband’s grandfather’s first cousin. Since that post we have been in touch several times via email and she has been kind enough to share some of her family research and has given me permission to use the information on this site. This post will be a compilation of the information that Ruth has given me concerning the immediate family.

Elizabeth Whittle (Samuel’s grandmother) was married to Jeremiah Whittle born about 1775.

It appears that Jeremiah was married twice: first to a Nancy Best, 16 June 1804 Zion German Lutheran Church, Baltimore and then to Elizabeth Eyle in 1818 –minister Nathan Greenfield. (On her son Jeremiah’s death certificate he listed her surname as Hall.) [The family has no burial date or site for Jeremiah.]

The children of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Whittle were:
Thomas born about 1820 [this is the great grandfather of Ruth’s husband]
Jeremiah A. born about 1824
John born about 1829
Unknown1 (which is Samuel N. Whittle’s father) – the family does not know his name yet either.
[I believe from our research that they can add Susan A. Whittle Barber to this list]1

Children of Unknown1 Whittle and Eliza (maiden name unknown) Whittle are:
Charles Nicholas Whittle born 7 July 1838, died 22 Oct. 1916 who married Margaret Sevilla Boone 8 Nov. 1864, she died 1923. They are both buried in Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland. He was a 1st Lieut. in the Union army in the Civil War. He was 5′ 10, florid complexion, dark hair, hazel eyes.

Samuel N. (probably Nelson) Whittle born about 1843, died 7 Oct. 1892. He died after falling from a boarding house in Alleghany City, Pa., it was a construction accident. He was a plasterer and possibly a blacksmith. He was a 2nd Lieut. in the Union Army in the Civil War. During a civil disturbance in Govanstown during a constitutional election in 1864 he was stabbed in the shoulder. He was 6′ tall, fair complexion, dark hair, hazel eyes.

He was married to Georgeanna who died between 1874 and 1876. [Although the family has no actual dates or records, they believe her to be buried in the Samuel N. Whittle lot at Govans Presbyterian Cemetery.]

The children of Samuel N. and Georgeanna Whittle were:

Clara May Whittle, born June 1866 in Towson, died 10 Dec 1946 and buried in Govans Presbyterian Cemetery.
Margaret (Maggie) Sevilla Whittle, born 1869 in Towson, died 3 Oct 1897 and buried in Govans also.

Eliza (maiden name unknown) Whittle named Clara May and Margaret Sevilla Whittle in her will.

1. See post date 9 Oct 2008.

**Note – items in parenthesis() are from the family. Items in brackets[] are my notes.

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Govanstown Cemetery Project

The Whittle Plot

When you feel like you want to scream after a day of asking Ancestry to “Bring Out Your Dead!”– it’s time to go Google for Dead People! As I had already searched the newspaper subsciptions for further mention of Samuel’s fall, I thought it would be a good idea to Google Samuel.

“samuel whittle” Baltimore – brought up 7 responses – a couple were about my Samuel. The first was my posts on this site and the second was an item from New River Notes with a transcription of the 1878 Baltimore County, Maryland Directory. Under the section of Towsontown is a listing for Plasterers and there is Sam’l Whittle. 1

Farther down the page was a Baltobits v-z entry. These are from contributed obituaries that appear as a rootsweb entry.2

WHITTLE Maggie S. 3 Oct 1897 9 Oct 1897 WHITTLE, Maggie S. On Sunday, October 3d, 1897, at 3:30 P.M., at the residence of her uncle, 1130 Forest Place, Baltimore, MAGGIE S., daughter of the late Samuel F. Whittle, of Towson.
Death Of Miss Maggie Whittle. – Miss Maggie Whittle, youngest daughter of the late Samuel N. Whittle, of Towson, died on Sunday last, at 3:30 P.M., at the home of her uncle, Nicholas Whittle, 1130 Forrest Place, Baltimore, from consumption. Miss Whittle was about 20 years of age. Up to a year ago she was in apparent
robust health. About that time she began to show signs of the work of the loathsome disease which caused her death and which she inherited from her mother, who also died with it. The deceased was born and raised in Towson, leaving here several years ago, after the death of her father. Since then she has resided at the home of her uncle, where she died. She leaves one sister, Miss Clara, who also resides in Baltimore. The funeral took place Tuesday from her late home, at 3:30 P.M. Interment was in the family lot at Govanstown. Balto. County Democrat

Maggie S. Whittle as stated is the youngest daughter of our Samuel Whittle. As we now know she died fairly young and is also in the plot at Govanstown. She died on 3 Oct 1897 and was interred 5 Oct 1897 and the obituary appeared 9 Oct 1897. A quick check of GenealogyBank showed a basic funeral notice for Maggie S. Whittle from the home of her uncle, with no name only the address, and no cemetery name. The Baltimore County Democrat is not part of the resources offered by Genealogy Bank. To whoever posted this obit to Rootsweb – Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!

The obit itself leaves us with a few questions. Who is Nicholas Whittle? Could Charles N. Whittle have the middle name of Nicholas? Is there another brother that we don’t know about? Where is Clara living? I haven’t done any work on Samuel’s daughters yet, but now I will have to. More questions than answers as usual.

Also on that page were three other obits from the Baltimore area. Mrs. Elizabeth Whittle, which is the one we already know about, Mrs. Caroline Whittle, died 6 Sep 1909, and Mrs. Honora Whittle died 21 June 1870. New names, that may or may not be related and neither Caroline nor Honora’ obituary mention one of my known family members or Govanstown Cemetery. I created a favorites folder for Whittle and saved the site for future use. Maybe I will find a family connection later, but I have to stay focused on who might be in my Whittle plot.

1. Jeffrey C. Weaver, New River Notes (http://www.newrivernotes.com/md/bco1878.htm : accessed 12 Oct 2008), 1878 Baltimore County Directory.
2. Maryland GenWeb, Extracts & Copies Of Death Notices & Obituaries From Baltimore Area Newspapers (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mdbaltim/obits/obits.htm : accessed 12 Oct 2008), Maggie S. Whittle Obituary.

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Govanstown Cemetery Project

The Whittle Plot

I have a few loose ends out there that I should tell you about. The hard part of writing this blog is keeping up with telling you about where my search goes. I may write about a census search on a certain day and the Footnote search on another day, but usually I’m doing them at the same time. I may have several tabs open and as I find something on one site, I bounce into another to do a quick check. I may bounce through 5-6 things in less than five minutes and then save the couple of applicable items and work them more slowly. I may just follow a lead that interests me and then have to come back to where I was and try to document the search.

The result of all this is that there are things that I have done that I haven’t shared yet. They are small things, but they matter in keeping track of where I am in the research and why I’m going one way or the other. So I’ll make a quick pass through on where I’m at.

Once I was sure that I had found Samuel Whittle, I continued searching for him through my favorite newspaper subscription sites of GenealogyBank and NewspaperArchives. I searched for him under all the combinations of names that I could think of and through combinations of words. I also searched for news of his fall by utilizing the keywords “window fall Allegheny City” and all the location combinations such as Baltimore, Maryland, Towson, etc. in case an article might have said something like “Baltimore man falls from window”. I found no other stories about the fall.

After I established his tree on Ancestry, I began searching that site for things other than census and military records. The first thing I checked was the Family Tree tab to see if there might be a tree for Samuel or for any of the other names I had at that point. There are a lot of Whittles, but with my limited name list I had no direct connections.

I also checked the often overlooked Community section. I entered the keyword search “Samuel Whittle Maryland” and found one thread where he was directly mentioned. In fact that particular thread listed his wife as Georgeanna Hible. It also mentioned a 1916 death date for Samuel’s brother Charles Nicholas. I replied to the thread with a request to share information and now it’s wait and see.

I bounced onto Rootsweb and searched the World Family Tree Project with no real luck. I checked for Samuel, Georgeanna Hible, Charles, Maggie S. and Clara M. I searched for a Whittle with a spouse of Eliza and found nothing with enough information to work with.

It was at this point that I recalled there was a Kate Higle listed on the 1870 census in the same household. Perhaps it was Georgeanna Higle, not Hible. I searched Ancestry and found an 1850 Census (indexed as Hegle) with sisters Catherine, age 8, and Georgeana, age 5.1 The household consists of:
Joseph Hegle 42, M, Laborer, Md
Leah , 45, F, Pa
Margaret 16, F, Md
Sophia, 14, F, Md
Josephine, 10, F, Md
Catharine, 8, F, Md
Georgeana, 5, F. Mc
John Umpshire, 38, M, Laborer, Pa
Edward Smith, 28, M, Laborer, Md

A check on the Family Tree page of Ancestry is no help, however, on the Community pages there is a thread that discusses the Higle family. In the thread there is a reference to an obituary for Leah (Shealey) Higle from the Baltimore County Advocate and Advertiser giving her death date as 20 Oct 1859, and listing her as the widow of Joseph Higle, and the daughter of “the late George Shealey of this place”.

1. 1850 U.S. census, Baltimore, Maryland, population schedule, Baltimore, p. 11(stamped) 21 (handwritten), dwelling 120, family 126, Georgeanna Higle; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com : accessed 11 Oct 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 279.

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Scholefield Family Tree

Continuing up through the generations in a vital records check, the data for George and Clara Moore Scholefield themselves is mostly complete. The only missing data is the exact date when the couple was married; therefore, a check of the Western States Marriage Record Index is next. This index holds records for Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Unfortunately, searches for Scholefield, Moore, George and Clara in Arizona, as well as Clara Moore and Scholefield in the entire collection does not return a result for George and Clara’s marriage.

Other searches for records within the index turn up the following results for other family members:

Confirmation of Max Brodie’s marriage to Helen Scholefield on 10 Oct 1907 in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona.1

A conflicting date for James Armour Moore’s marriage to Matilda Jane Burnett Crampton. Previous information indicates that they married in 1861 in San Bernardino, California, but the index reports their marriage on 3 Jun 1869 in Phoenix Precinct, Yavapai County, Arizona.2 This puts their marriage after the births of their three children?! Of course, it is also possible that there was another couple with similar names and the information for the 1861 marriage is correct.

A possible marriage for James and Matilda’s son James Arthur Moore appears. Based on the date and place, it is likely he married Mollie A. Shanley on 21 Sep 1891 in Globe, Gila, Arizona.3

Another confirmation: Charles T. Connell married Susie Moore on 20 May 1882 in Globe, Gila, Arizona.4 He resided in San Carlos, she in Globe. And it is interesting that Susie’s marriage is indexed, but not Clara’s.

Even more confounding is that John F. Crampton, Susie and Clara’s half brother, appears to have married a Rovilla Snelling on 14 Feb 1882 in Richmond Basin, Gila, Arizona.5 Since Susie and John were both married in 1882, the reported year that Clara and George were married, why does Clara and George’s record not appear right along side Clara’s siblings records? As a side note, Rovilla appears to have later married a Joseph V. Crowley on 12 Dec 1906 in Globe, Gila Arizona.6 John may have died before that date, or they were divorced.

Indicating the need to search for all possible ways that a person might have been named in a record, Sarah Jane Crampton’s marriage is located under the name of Sarah Jane Moore — her mother’s second husband’s name. Her marriage to Charles H. Kenyon is confirmed as occuring on 27 Nov 1872 in Maricopa County, Arizona.7

Mary Ellen Crampton’s marriage is also under the surname Moore. She married Henry T. Fitzgerald on 1 Mar 1874 in Maricopa County, Arizona.8 He was a resident of Yuma County. And she resided in Maricopa Wells, Pima County. A comment on the record states that “Mary is daughter of James A. Moore.” It is interesting that the girls were willing to go by the name of their new father and John kept his real father’s name. However, it is also possible that it was assumed that James Moore was the girls’ father since their real father had died before the family even arrived in Arizona. Since John married a decade after his sisters, maybe he was able to establish his true parentage — the girls may have even been less concerned because they expected their names to change when they married anyway.

So, all of Clara’s siblings marriages have been located — I will need to continue to dig for information about Clara!

1. Brigham Young University – Idaho, “Western States Marriage Records,” database, Special Collections & Family History (http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm : accessed 9 Oct 2008), entry for Max Biodie [Brodie] to Helen Scholefield, 1907; citing Pima County, Arizona, marriage records vol. 3, p. 334.
2. Ibid., entry for James A. Moore to Jane Crampton, 1869; citing Yavapai County, Arizona, marriage records vol. A, p. 9.
3. Ibid., entry for James A. Moore to Mollie A. Shanley, 1891; citing Gila County, Arizona, marriage records vol. 1, p. 25.
4. Ibid., entry for Charles T. Connell to Susie Moore, 1882; citing Gila County, Arizona, marriage records vol. 1, p. 4.
5. Ibid., entry for John F. Crampton to Rovilla Snelling, 1882; citing Gila County, Arizona, marriage records vol. 1, p. 8.
6. Ibid., entry for Joseph V. Crowley to Rovilla J. Crampton, 1906; citing Gila County, Arizona, marriage records vol. 2, p. 89.
7. Ibid., entry for Charles Henry Kenyon to Sarah Jane Moore; citing Maricopa County, Arizona, marriage records vol. 1, p. 7.
8. Ibid., entry for Henry T. Fitzgerald to Mary Ellen Moore, 1874; citing Maricopa County, Arizona, marriage records vol. 1, p. 11.

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Govanstown Cemetery Project

The Whittle Plot

As I said earlier, Samuel Whittle has been an exercise in patience. The census records are usually our best bet for tracking someone through their life span, but Sam has been a tough nut to crack. To recap, we found Sam on the 1880 Federal Census by the “leaf” on Ancestry, and then on the 1870 by using the wildcard search Sam* Whit*. I was still at a loss on the 1860 and 1850 census.

I tried searching by the individual census year using his full name, the first wild card, and then by dropping to Sam* Whi*, but there were too many individuals and nothing that jumped. I switched to names and options that might have led to mis-indexing. I tried the spellings that looked close visually: Wittle, Whiffle, Whistle, Whissle, Whillle, Whillie, and countless others. There are an amazing number of Whiffles in Maryland!!!! I tried Samuel, Sam and Saml. I then tried searching for Samuel, Sam, and Saml with no last name and just scanning – way too many options for that to be productive.

I even tried Heritage Quest Online through the Pima County Public Library System. There was no match for Samuel on the 1860 Federal Census. The reason to check with Heritage Quest is that it may have been seen differently by the person creating the index. If the name was transcribed wrong by the folks that did the transcription from Ancestry, you might never find it. However, if someone else did the transcription for Heritage Quest they might have done it correctly. Most libraries have Heritage Quest Online as do the Family History Centers so you should always check for your lost people on both it and Ancestry.

Unable to find Samuel, I tried Eliza Whittle and promptly found her on the 1860 census.1 She appears at age 42, living with Elizabeth Whittle, age 74. Both are Seamstress and Elizabeth Whittle is born in Pennsylvania. I’m still holding to my best guess that Elizabeth is most probably her mother-in-law. I added Elizabeth to the Whittle family tree with a husband on Unknown2 Whittle as I had made Eliza’s husband (Samuel’s Father) Unknown1. I was not able to find Eliza’s 1850 census record at that time.

I decided to follow Elizabeth Whittle for the moment and see if she appeared in 1850. I found her enumerated as Elizabeth Wittle and also found the rest of the family – enumerated in the same dwelling as Wigle.2 How they got from Whittle to Wigle is beyond me, but no wonder I could not find them.

1850 Census For Elizabeth Whittle

1850 Census For Elizabeth Whittle

The very first thing that strikes me when I look at the record is – still no men!!! Where are the Whittle men? The record does not give me a marital status, but they listed themselves as widowed on later census records.

We can now add Susannah Barber and her probable daughters Lucretia and Amanda E. into the mix. I would guess that Susannah is the daughter of Elizabeth Whittle and living at home with her two young daughters. More missing men!!!!! I’m telling you – you do not want to be a male Whittle!!! Even Samuel and Charles are missing in 1860!!!

1. 1860 U.S. census, Baltimore, Maryland, population schedule, District 9, p. 93 (Handwritten), dwelling 624, family 611, Eliza Whittle; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 Oct 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll 468.
2. 1850 U.S. census, Baltimore, Maryland, population schedule, District 1, p. 456, dwelling 3224, family 3225, Elizabeth Whittle; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com : accessed 28 Sep 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 280.

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Govanstown Cemetery Project

The Whittle Plot

For those of you that have not used Footnote it is the online outlet for the National Archives. You can search for free, and there is quite a bit of free content, but most of it is premium content that requires a subscription. A subscription goes for about $75 per year and with that you can download and save all the premium images. It is also available at no charge through most Family History Centers.

Footnote is full of interesting items such as City Directories for several major cities, Continental Congress items, naturalizations and homestead records from a couple different places. Vital records from assorted places and times, the Brady Photo Collection from the Civil War, and newspapers from all over the country. It is of course also home to Project Blue Book – UFO Investigations and that’s free!!!

I conducted a search for Samuel N. Whittle and got a return for 1777 items. The first item was a Pension File Index for Maryland and the second item was for a Boston City Directory. I chose to add a discriminator of Maryland in the keyword area and reduced the hits to 105.

The first item was a premium image of the Pension File Index. The image of the card states what we already knew about his Company and Regiment. It records his application for an Invalid Pension 23 Jun 1880, application number 390088 with a certificate number of 272124.1 No widows or minors pensions were applied for. The rest of the items were newspaper items from places where Samuel did not live. The joy and sorrow of OCR scanned material!!

Samuel Whittle Civil War Pension Index

Samuel Whittle Pension Index Record

Since there was nothing else on Samuel, and since I was there …. I took that peek at Charles. His Pension File Index card listed an Invalid Pension filed for on 30 Sep 1881, application number 430,561 certificate number 816023. Charles card also gave me a death date. The upper part of the card was stamped Dead and down at the bottom was a death date of 22 Oct 1916. There is a space for where he died, but this card did not have the information. Also on the card was the application information for the Widows Pension. Application 1081994 Certificate number 828797 filed 25 Oct 1916. Once again his dates of service are blank.2

Charles Whittle Pension Index Record

The Civil War Pension Index is available on both Ancestry and Footnote – so why look at both? Because as I discovered while working on Charles Whittle – they utilize different databases and therefore have different information and images. Both had the basic information of dates, application information, and certificate numbers. However, Footnote had the death date, and Ancestry had the Widows name of Margaret S. Whittle, which is an indexed item on Ancestry.3

Charles Whittle Pension Index Record From Ancestry

Charles Whittle Pension Index Record From Ancestry

Footnote.com utilizes the Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. Ancestry.com utilizes the Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. So what’s the difference?

The General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 T288. 544 rolls. This is an alphabetical index by veteran’s surname.

The Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900, T289. 765 rolls. This index is based on the military unit or Organization. The cards are alphabetical by state, then the branch of service (artillery, cavalry, etc), then by regiment (numerically), and then alphabetical again by the surname of the veteran.

Footnote has made the Organization Index searchable by the veterans name. Both are valuable resources for the person searching for their ancestor that might have served in that time period.

Now I have to go back and look at all my Civil War ancestors to make sure that I have checked both records!

1. “Civil War Pensions Index,” database and images, Footnote.com (http://www.footnote.com : accessed 29 Sep 2008); Pension Record of Samuel N. Whittle; citing the General Index to the Pension File.
2. “Civil War Pensions Index,” database and images, Footnote.com (http://www.footnote.com : accessed 29 Sep 2008); Widows Pension Application about Charles Whittle; Citing the Organizational Index to the Pension Files.
3. “Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1935,” database and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 Oct 2008); Widows Pension Application about Charles White; Citing the General Index Pension Index.

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