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Scholefield Family Tree

When putting together a lineage, sometimes the hardest thing to do is find a woman’s maiden name. This is true whether you are working back in time when records are not present, or if you are working in a situation where you have decided to only work with internet records. In this project, since this is not my family, I do not want to spend money to order certificates or microfilm, so I am working with what I already pay for as part of my personal research and what I can find for free.

There is likely a marriage certificate in California for James Arthur Moore’s marriage to his second wife Frederica. And it may completely contradict my findings below. If this were my own family, and since James is only a sibling, I would still have to consider the cost involved in ordering that certificate. Instead I would see if there is microfilm I could get delivered to my local Family History Center. Even an index would help to point to a maiden name and date (since I don’t really need her parents names or anything beyond just a basic identity for her).

What I know:
James Arthur Moore was living with a wife named Frederica P. on the 1930 Census in San Diego, California.1 That same wife is listed on his death certificate in Arizona in 1946.2
Information about Frederica from the census indicated that she was born about 1880 in Sweden (though the enumerator had begun to write a D). Her parents were born in the same country and since an immigration date of 1887 is reported, the whole family likely moved to the US with their young children in tow. She was employed in 1930 as a fitter in a department store.
If the SSDI hit is a match, her birthdate can be narrowed to 31 May 1879.3

To attempt to locate her, I run a search on Ancestry in the 1920 Census for: Frederica, born 1880 in Sweden, living in California.

No exact hits, but partway down the page of results, a name catches my eye:4

Frederica A. Paulsen

Frederica A. Paulsen

This is close! The last name Paulsen would even provide an explaination for the middle initial of “P” in 1930! The only problem is that this reports her birth place as Denmark — but remember that the 1930 enumerator had begun to write a place that began with a D and then “corrected” the record to read Sweden! Checking the image reveals that Frederica was employed as a dressmaker in a shop. This is similar to the occupation of a fitter. However, this record reports that she immigrated in 1880 instead of 1887. Frederica is living with her sister Pearl who had been born in Wyoming.

Since the 1900 Census reported a more exact birthdate, I checked it next. I find Frederica and Pearl living with their parents in Rawlins, Carbon, Wyoming.5 Their father Peter is the enumerator for the area, so the information for his family can be considered accurate. He reported that the family immigrated in 1881 — this might explain why the 1930 enumerator wrote 1887 as the numbers are formed similarly and can be confused. He also reported that Frederica was born in May 1879. This matches the possible SSDI hit. And in 1900, Frederica was still employed as a dressmaker.

Sometimes, voting records are used a census substitutes (they prove residency). Ancestry has up voting records for California, and the following results pop up for San Diego County. They continute to confirm that Frederica who was married to James was a dressmaker:

1934, Moore, Mrs. Frederica–2529 C, Drssmkr. Rep, Prec. 171
——, Moore, James A–2529 C, Laborer, Dem
1938, Moore, Mrs. Frederica–2529 C, Drsmkr. Rep, Prec. 211
——, Moore, James A–2529 C, Wtchmn, Dem.
1942, Moore, Mrs. Frederica, 2529 C, Drsmkr. Rep, Prec. 320
——, Moore, James A, 2529 C, Wtchmn. Dem.6

I am feeling pretty confident that this is the wife of James Arthur Moore, but if I want to create a rock solid case, additional information still needs to be located.

1. See post dated 8 Nov 2008.
2. See post dated 20 Oct 2008.
3. See post dated 28 Nov 2008.
4. 1920 U.S. census, Los Angeles County, California, population schedule, Venice, enumeration district (ED) 623, sheet 5A, p. 73 (stamped), dwelling and household numbers blank, Frederica A. Paulsen household; digital image, ( : accessed 29 Nov 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 120.
5. 1900 U.S. census, Carbon County, Wyoming, population schedule, Rawlins, enumeration district (ED) 13, sheet 1A, p. 223 (handwritten), dwelling 1, family 1, Peter Paulsen household; digital image, ( : accessed 29 Nov 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 1826.
6. “California Voter Registrations, 1900-1968,” database, (, entries for James A. Moore and Mrs. Frederica Moore for the years 1934, 1938, and 1942; citing State of California, United States, Great Register of Voters, California State Library, Sacramento.


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I want to locate James Arthur Moore’s marriage to Frederica –?–. Marriage records for California are very sparse for the time period I need (1924), but this is the process I use when I am attempting to determine if there are marriage records “hidden” somewhere on the internet.

A search at the Western States Marriage Record Index did not turn up anything.

Obviously, one should check Ancestry. However, the Arizona Marriage Collection is Arizona records from the WSMI with additional records from Maricopa County in the 1970s. Additionally, the California Marriage Collection doesn’t begin until the year 1960. Searching the Card Catalog for San Diego (where the couple lived in 1930), Los Angeles (where James’s daughter Maud lived), and other counties did not turn up any county specific marriage collections. The histories that did turn up could be searched for “Moore,” but that returns too large a list of results.

The next stop is FamilySearch to check the International Genealogical Index. (I will save the family trees for later.) There are no results, but that is not surprising because Hugh Wallis’s site, which lists batch numbers organized by place, doesn’t indicate that records have been indexed for areas of interest.

The resources on USGenWeb should also be checked. Each of the states and counties of interest did not have the needed marriage records.

Lastly, an internet search for marriage records for each state, county, and town were searched for — this generally catches anything else that is floating out there but not linked to the big genealogy sites. Generally it will pop results from Joe Beine’s lists of indexes and which sometimes contains links to the county repositories that may have online record searches available. If a search doesn’t turn these up, then hit those sites anyway. Searches for California records will turn up (for other records, check If a state or county archive or local genealogy societies has a marriage index online, they will usually show up in your search. If you are worried that they were not, run a search for archives and societies to check their websites (yes, sometimes they are buried — but for this search, I am going to move on).

And after all of that, I have not found the record I am looking for.

Research Plan:

  1. Check earlier censuses for Fredericas born in Sweden about 1880.
  2. Check online family trees for the marriage.
  3. Use to request a photo of James Arthur Moore’s gravestone in Greenwood Cemetery, Phoenix, Arizona, and ask that nearby stones be checked for Frederica.


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The best thing about working with people who lived recently is that you can access the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). It is a free database on lots of genealogy sites — so many I won’t list them all here!

I have come back to the SSDI because I am curious about Frederica –?– Moore, James Arthur Moore’s second wife. Since the 1930 Census reports that she was born about 18801, it is possible that she lived long enough to receive benefits.

Searching just her name returns three women and one who was born about 1880:

Name: Frederica Moore
SSN: 545-38-6711
Last Residence: [none listed]
Born: 31 May 1879
Died: Apr 1965
State (Year) SSN issued: California (Before 1951)2

A birth month of May is plausible because the census in 1930 was taken in April and she would have appeared to be a year younger. Also James and Frederica did live in California before 1951. A handy tool for Decoding Social Security Numbers is located on Steve Morse’s site. Plugging in the first 5 digits narrows the issue date to between 1936 and 1950. (I know that is not too narrow, but it means that she could have gotten her number in the ten year window between 1936 and her husband’s death in Arizona in 1946 — or she moved back to California at some point!)

Other results for persons in the tree for whom additional information was needed:

Searches for James’s daughter Maud T. Moore (checking because I need the day of her birth) returns one “Maude” who was born in Feb 1894, but died in Kansas in 1987. This doesn’t seem to be a likely match. There are too many women with the first name of Maud(e) to make checking for all possible surnames to locate a possible married name practical.

A birthday was located for Claude Kenyon who was born on 28 Apr 1893.3

There are several others appear in the SSDI, but they are persons for whom I am only collecting DOB, so I will not bore you with confirming those full dates which I already have.

1. See post dated 8 Nov 2008.
2. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Death Index,” database, ( : accessed 28 Nov 2008), entry for Frederica Moore, 1965, SS no. 545-38-6711.
3. Ibid., entry for Claude Kenyon, 1975, SS no. 556-57-6025.


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Ok, this is something that I classify as cool, but some others may not.

On the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records site (where the Arizona Biographical Index is also located) there is a Photo Index. Once again, searching for all surnames which might be relevant, we turn up a list of photos. I am providing links to the information about each photo below. I am doing this because the thumbnails which are provided on the site are low quality and are prominently labeled. The Archives reserves all rights to the photos, but will make copies of them for a fee — see their website.

Clara Ann Moore Scholefield and her twin sister Susan Armour Moore Connell about 1890.
Their brother James Arthur Moore in 1889.
Their father James Armour Moore in 1869 in San Francisco.
Their mother Matilda Jane Burnett Moore about 1878 in San Francisco and a second photo taken about 1890.
A group photo at Fort McDowell in 1867 which includes Capt. James A. Moore, J. F. Crampton, and Charles H. Kenyon.
A photo taken at Globe about 1882 which includes J. Arthur Moore and John F. Crampton.
A group photo at the Old Dominion Commercial Company taken about 1890 which includes Arthur Moore.
A photo of the Moore’s Lodging House taken about 1890 (this is likely the hotel that Matilda Jane and James Arthur were running in 1880).
A photo taken in Yuma about 1880 in front of a store and the water works which includes Henry S. Fitzgerald (in 1880, Henry was a merchant — so it might be his store).
A photo of Sarah Jane Crampton in 1882 and again about 1890.
A photo of Mary Ellen Crampton about 1882 and a second taken about 1890.
A photo of John F. Crampton as a boy about 1875 in San Francisco, again about 1884, again about 1900, and again in 1917.
The Old Dominion Mine in Globe in 1885 including John F. Crampton
And one of John with his wife Rovilla Snelling taken in 1882.

The photos were quite a find for the Moore family — at least one of every sibling. Unfortunately, there weren’t any for George’s side.


The Whittle Family Tree

I can’t let those darn Whittles go – so I’m going to see what I can figure out in collaboration with Ruth. While Samuel N. Whittle’s father remains a mystery, we know who some of his siblings are, and I’ll explore the family group to see if we can find anything that will assist us with our search for the name of Samuel’s father. Between Ruth and me, we had compiled the following family group:1

Jeremiah Whittle born about 1775, location unknown, married Elizabeth Eyle on 5 Dec 18182, in Baltimore County, Maryland. Elizabeth was born 12 Oct 1785, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, died 19 Jun 1877, Towson, Baltimore, Maryland, and is buried in Govans Presbyterian Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland. Their children as we had them:

Unknown 1 – This is the father of our Samuel Whittle
Thomas – born 1820, Baltimore, Maryland
Susan Ann – born about 1821, Baltimore Maryland
Jeremiah A. – Whittle, born about 1824, Baltimore, Maryland
John Whittle – born about 1829, Baltimore, Maryland

It’s a great family group, but it has a potential glaring error staring me in the face. I have been operating under the assumption (yeah, yeah, yeah – it’s a bad thing to do, but it looked good at the time) that Elizabeth, because she lived with Eliza and Samuel is Samuel’s grandmother. She probably is, but she may not be his biological grandmother. My stunning revelation hit me while working back in the 1820 and 1830 census records and trying to apply what we knew of this family group to the people listed on them.

The first clue came when I did a search on Ancestry for Jeremiah Whittle, born about 1775. The 1820 Census for District 2, Baltimore, Maryland3 was my first stop.

2 males under 10 years of age (probably Thomas and Unknown 1)
2 males between 10 and 16 years of age (Unknowns)
1 male 45 years or more (probably Jeremiah)
2 females under 10 years of age (Unknowns)
1 female 45 years or more (probably Elizabeth)

What a mess! Jeremiah would have been 45, Elizabeth would have only been 35, but that could have just been an error. Who are all these kids? Jeremiah and Elizabeth were married Dec 1818 and it is probable that Thomas (born about 1820) is one of the males under 10. Then I remembered the information that Ruth had provided earlier. Jeremiah had a previous marriage to Nancy Best 16 Jun 18044(Ancestry has her indexed as Pest). If they followed the usual cycle of children, and the children survived there would have been 6 or 7 children in that time period. 2-3 between 10 and 16 and 3-4 under 10. All these other children are probably the children of Jeremiah and Nancy.

The 1830 Census for District 2, Baltimore, Maryland5 shows:

1 male under 5 years of age (probably John)
1 male between 5 and 9 (probably Jeremiah A.)
1 male between 10 and 14 (probably Thomas)
1 male between 15 and 19 (possibly Unknown 1)
2 males between 20 and 30 (Unknowns)
1 male between 50 and 60 (probably Jeremiah)
1 female between 5 and 9 (probably Susan born 1822)
1 female between 10 and 14 (Unknown)
1 female between 40 and 50 (probably Elizabeth)

This was where the “Er-Duh Moment” occurred. IF Samuel’s father, Unknown 1, is the same age or older than his wife, he would have been born about 1815 or prior. Jeremiah did not marry Elizabeth until 1818. Unknown 1 could have (and probably was) the son of Nancy Best who apparently died about 1817. Elizabeth would have raised him and for all intents and purposes was his mother as she was the only one he would have known.

IF all the members of the household are actually the children of Jeremiah – there’s that dangerous “IF” word – then the family group based on the 1820 and 1830 Census records would now look like this:

Jeremiah Whittle b. abt 1775
Nancy Best b. abt 1775 m. 1804 d. bef Dec 1818
Unknown Male 2 b. bef 1810
Unknown Male 3 b. bef 1810
Unknown Female 1 b. bef 1815
Unknown 1 (Samuel’s father) b. abt 1815
Unknown Female 2 b. bef 1820

Elizabeth Eyle b. 1785 m. 1818 d. 1877
Thomas b. abt 1820
Susan b. 1822
Jeremiah A. b. abt 1824
John b. abt 1829

Have I been barking up the wrong family tree?

1. See post dated 19 Oct 2008.
2. Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, “Maryland Marriages, 1655-1850,” database, Ancestry ( : accessed 6 Nov 2008), Marriage of Jeremiah Whittle and Elizabeth Eyle.
3. 1820 U.S. census, Baltimore County, Maryland, population schedule, District 2, p. 215, Jerrimiah Whittle; digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 6 Nov 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M33, roll 41.
4. Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, “Maryland Marriages, 1655-1850,” database, Ancestry ( : accessed 6 Nov 2008), Jeremiah Whittle and Nancy Pest.
5. 1830 U.S. census, Baltimore County, Maryland, District 2, p. 72, Jeremiah Whittle; digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 6 Nov 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M29, roll 55.


Scholefield Family Tree

Sometimes genealogical research happens in a very random manner for me (as you have probably noticed). I will work a bit on one person and then work on another person when I find myself at a minor dead end. Or I will work with one type of record, searching for ANYONE who might possibly be mentioned, meaning that I am looking at such a wide variety of people a person needs cue cards to keep up.

My use of the Arizona Biographical Database at this time is one of the situations where I will search for many people. Check my previous post if you get lost in all of these names. Luckily I have already located most of the infomation which they have indexed through other searches, but one never knows if there is more to find (or something newly indexed).

The Internet Text Archive, contains several of the texts that appear in the database. The archive contains scans of the pages as well as full text transcriptions. These books will appear if one does a search on Google for the title (add author and/or publication date if the title is not unique). I use the Google search because it will also catch digitized books on Google Books and other private sites.

Names cross-checked in the full titles available on the archive which did not provide any additional information: Kenyon, Crampton, Fitzgerald, Moore.

A biography that is an excellent find was this one for George P. Scholefield from the Portrait and Biographical Record of Arizona:1

blockquoteNow extensively engaged in the cattle industry in the vicinity of Tucson, Mr. Scholefield was bom in Utica, N. Y., May 23, 1860. Of interesting ancestry, the best remembered of the family is the paternal great-grandfather, Sir William Scholefield, who was born in England, as was his son Arnold, the paternal grandfather. Arnold Scholefield was a dissenter from the Church of England, and in consequence was disinherited by his father, who cherished the old-time intolerance of all save his own method of worship. In search of broader and more liberal fields in which to preach the gospel as propounded by the Methodist Church, Rev. Arnold Scholefield came to America, and ministered to the spiritual necessities of his locality in New York state until his death.

The father of George P. Scholefield, Charles M., was born in Cooperstown, N. Y., graduated from Union College, and in after years became one of the prominent attorneys of the state. He spent the greater part of his active life in Utica, N. Y., and was a law partner of Roscoe Conkling. During the Civil war he enlisted as second lieutenant of a company of New York regulars, and was finally raised to the rank of major. He was affiliated with the Republican party, and served for three terms as assemblyman, and for one term as state senator. He arose to a high place in his profession, and was, with Chauncey M. Depew, attorney for the Vanderbilt railroads. He was also a prominent Mason, and identified with the most advanced undertakings of the city in which he lived. Mr. Scholefield lived to be fifty-two years of age. His wife was, before her marriage, Helen M. DeGraff, who was born in Amsterdam, N. Y., and a daughter of Emanuel De Graff, a native of Holland, and a farmer in the Mohawk valley. Mrs. Scholefield, who now lives in New York, is the mother of four children, of which George P. is the oldest and the only son.

In Utica, N. Y., George P. Scholefield received his early home training, and when eleven years of age became a page in the New York state senate, and after a service of two years, became a messenger in the New York assembly. He was later a clerk in the assembly for three years, and in the meantime had been diligently attending the public schools and later was graduated from high-school at Utica. In 1879 he became associated with the territory of Arizona, as auditor for the Centennial Mining Company, and after the expiration of a year was connected with the Old Dominion Copper Mining Company for a period covering four years. Incidentally he had become interested in the cattle business, first on the Coon creek, until the Tonto basin feud, and in 1885 he established a ranch in Pima county where, until the present time he has engaged in raising cattle and horses. The ranch is forty miles southeast from Tucson, in the Santa Rita mountains, and is one of the most successfully conducted affairs of the kind in the county.

It is doubtful if any in the territory are better informed on all phases of the cattle business than is Mr. Scholefield. In this connection he had received extended appreciation from his fellow cattlemen even before locating in Tucson. From the passing of the law requiring an inspector, he filled this important position from 1894 until 1898, at which time he located in Tucson. He was then reappointed inspector of district No. 3, and in 1899 started a live-stock commission business, real estate, mines, etc. He has built a residence in the city. At different times he has been associated with various organizations in the city and county, and was deputy collector of customs for two years. He was also secretary of the South Arizona Stockmen’s Association, which is now discontinued. Fraternally he is associated with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. In politics a Republican, he is an ex-member of the county and territorial central committees, and has held several local offices within the gift of the people.

In Globe, Ariz., Mr. Scholefield married Clara A. Moore, a native of San Bernardino, Cal., and a daughter of Capt. James Moore. Captain Moore was born in England, where he became in time a sea captain. Upon immigrating to America he still followed the fortunes of the deep until 1849, when he left behind him the roving life upon the main, and settled down to the mining of gold in California. When the fever had worn away he became interested in the stage business and ran a daily overland stage coach with six horses, between Yuma and Tucson. When the advent of the railroad diminished the receipts of the time-honored and now almost obsolete stage coach, he turned his attention to mining in the Globe district, where he eventually died. His wife is still living at Globe. To Mr. and Mrs. Scholefield have been born three children: Armour, who is superintendent of the home ranch; Helen, and Carl.

Research Plan:

  1. Check for photographs that are indexed in the database.
  2. Check the Hayden biographies for indexed vertical files.
  3. Research the information provided in George’s biography about parentage.

1. Portrait and Biographical Record of Arizona: Commemorating the achievements of citizens who have contributed to the progress of Arizona and the development of its resources (Chicago: Chapman Pub. Co., 1901) 879-880; digitized text, Internet Archive ( : accessed 13 Nov 2008).


Scholefield Family Tree

As I go back in time, I find more people! To help myself as well as you, the reader, the following links provide a visual representation of George Scholefield and Clara Moore’s siblings, nieces and nephews.

Family Charts

George’s parents were Charles M. Scholefield and Helen Marr Degraff.
Descendants of Charles M. Scholefield

Clara’s parents were James Armour Moore and Matilda Jane Burnett. Matilda had previously married a John Crampton, so there are half-siblings.
Descendants of Matilda Jane Burnett

**These are large files.


Scholefield Family Tree

The cemetery in Globe is the resting place for several Moore family members. Additionally, this is an excellent opportunity to remind everyone that you should always check multiple transcriptions whenever available.

Burial lists for the Globe Cemetery are located in three places online:
Gila County AZGenWeb — Contains what appears to be a reading of all gravemarkers in the cemetery.
The Arizona Gravestone Photo Project — Contains a large number of photographs of stones, but not all that appear in the above transcription.
FindAGrave — Contains almost 500 photographs of stones.

The following Moore family members are buried in the Globe Cemetery:

Mollie Shanley Moore

blockquoteMOORE, Mollie Shanley (Jun 3, 1874 – May 1, 1903), “At Rest” “We Loved Her” [the initials “D of H” at top of heart; heart contained words “Talitha Cumi”]1

Based on this transcription, I can firm up my suspicions that James Arthur Moore’s wife Mary A. from the 1900 Census found earlier2 is actually Mollie A. Shanley — she was alive until 1903. Additionally, photographs of her stone are available at and One photograph shows more of the stone, but the text is hard to read — on the other the text is clear and crisp, allowing for verification of the transcription.

Clara Moore ?Shanley?
On a whim, I checked the list of Shanleys on the transcription. Interestingly enough, I found that there is an entry for a three sided stone that lists a “Clara Moore, Died May 13, 1894, Aged 15 ms & 20 days.”3 I suspect that this was Mollie and James’s daughter. She was born a little more than a year after their marriage, and her sister, Maud T., was born about a year later — so it is possible! Additionally, I ran a check of death certificates for the area and found that one of the other children listed on the same stone was simply named Cecilia Rose instead of Cecilia Rose Shanley, meaning that Moore could be a last name. It seems that grandchildren might have been included on the Shanley stone.

Matilda J. Moore
This stone is not listed on the transcription (see why I said we need to check all possibilities). Eventhough Clara Scholefield’s mother seems to have gone by Jane most of the time, her stone lists her as Matilda J.4 The stone reports that she was born 10 Aug 1834 and from previous research, we can supply the missing month to determine that she died 8 Feb 1901.

John William Crampton
While Clara’s brother John Franklin Crampton is reportedly buried in Globe, there are no entries for him in any of the above resources. However, his children are noted. John William Crampton lived from 1883-1935.5

Rovilla J. Crampton
Eventhough Rovilla married a John V. Crowley in 1906, she is buried under her maiden name. This can lead to many assumptions about her life with Crowley. Maybe they divorced and she took back her maiden name? Or maybe her parents paid for the stone and did not put her married name on it? (Yes, I have seen that.)

Alfred B. Crampton

blockquoteCRAMPTON, Alfred B., Died Mar 25, 1891, Aged 1 mo & 1 day, Son of J.F. & R. Crampton

This is the name of the fourth child noted on the 1900 and 1910 Censuses for the Crampton family.6 A picture of his stone is available for reference.

Sarah Jane Kenyon
The stones for Clara’s half-sister’s family don’t add anything we didn’t already know. Sarah Jane Kenyon’s life spanned 1857-1957.7

Charles H. Kenyon
Charles lived from 1840 to 1906.8

Arthur M. Kenyon
And Arthur from 1878 to 1923.9

1. Linda Reuten transcriber, “Globe Cemetery,” transcription, AZGenWeb ( : accessed 9 Nov 2008), entry for Mollie Shanley Moore (1874-1903).
2. See post dated 8 Nov 2008.
3. Reuten, “Globe Cemetery,” entry for Clara Moore (d. 13 May 1894).
4. Arizona Gravestone Photo Project, digital images ( : accessed 10 Nov 2008), photograph, Matilda J. Moore (1854-1903) gravemarker, Globe Cemetery, Globe, Gila, Arizona.
5. Reuten, “Globe Cemetery,” entry for John William Crampton (1883-1935).
6. See post dated 7 Nov 2008.
7. Reuten, “Globe Cemetery,” entry for Sarah Jane Kenyon (1857-1957).
8. Ibid., entry for Charles H. Kenyon (1840-1906).
9. Ibid., entry for Arthur M. Kenyon (1878-1923).


Govans Cemetery Project

The Whittle Plot

My primary function was to find out who is in the Whittle plot at Govans Presbyterian Cemetery and be able to positively tie those people to the plot itself. I received the final piece of information to do that job from family member Ruth via mail. Ruth was kind enough to go to her local library and get the obituary for Clara May Whittle. As Clara May died in 1946, her obituary is not available through my usual websites. Clara May Whittle obituary from the Baltimore Sun, Tuesday, 11 Dec 1946.1

blockquoteWHITTLE – On December 10, 1946, at 33 Alleghany Avenue, Towson, CLARA MAY, beloved daughter of the late Samuel N. and Georgianna Higle Whittle.
Services at the Burns Funeral Home, 610 York Road, Towson, on Thursday at 2:30 P.M. Interment in Govans Presbyterian Cemetery.

I can now positively supply the cemetery with five names and dates of people that are buried in the Samuel N. Whittle plot and when they were buried there. I will also supply them the sixth name of Georgianna, wife of Samuel, based on the probability that she is the first occupant of the plot – although I have not completed an exhaustive search of every other possibility.

Samuel N. Whittle, 2nd Lt USA
Born about 1843, Died 7 Oct 1892, Buried 10 Oct 1892
Accidental Death in a fall from a window in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania.

Georgianna Higle Whittle, wife of Samuel N.
Born about 1846, Died between 1874 and 1876
Died of Consumption

Clara May Whittle, daughter of Samuel N.
Born June 1866, Died 10 Dec 1946, Buried 12 Dec 1946
Cause of Death Unknown, age 80.

Margaret (Maggie) Sevilla Whittle, daughter of Samuel N.
Born 1869, Died 3 Oct 1897, Buried 5 Oct 1897
Died of Consumption

Eliza Whittle, mother of Samuel N.
Born about 1815, Died 11 Sep 1896, Buried 13 Sep 1896
Cause of Death Unknown, age 80

Elizabeth Whittle, grandmother of Samuel N.
Born 12 Oct 1785, Died 19 Jun 1877, Buried 21 Jun 1877
Cause of Death Unknown, age 91

One of the things that hopefully occurs when you work a family is that you begin to wonder about their lives. What is it with the Whittle family and missing men – is it just bad luck? Even though I now know that Elizabeth was married to Jeremiah Whittle, I still don’t know the name of Eliza’s husband. Somewhere in a dusty pile of paper there is something with his name on it. I hate that his identity is currently lost to time.

Why does one branch of a family tree come to a complete stop? Samuel goes to war, returns home, marries and starts a family. He has a wife and two daughters and appears to have a successful business. Georgianna dies young, his grandmother dies shortly thereafter, and Samuel’s mother Eliza lives with him and helps raise the girls. Their life appears to be quiet for about 15 years and then Samuel dies in the fall from the window and everything changes. Within five short years of Samuel’s death, Eliza dies and young Maggie dies at the home of her father’s brother Charles Nicholas. Clara never marries and remains with her unmarried cousins on her mother’s side of the family until her death in 1946.

So at this point I will wrap up the Govans Cemetery Project concerning the Whittle Plot, but I am hardly done with the Whittle family. As happens in genealogy and family history, you become attached to families and you form a connection with the people that are researching them. Ruth and I have shared quite a bit of correspondence and I have a lot of documentation that I would still like to do with the Whittle family. There is a lot of research left to be done and I’ll keep working on it, but without the Govans Cemetery Project tag. There are other names in the cemetery to work and I’ll have to get started on them while I continue with the Whittles.

1. “Death Notices,” The Sun, 11 Dec 1946


Govanstown Cemetery Project

The Whittle Plot

I have left Elizabeth Whittle, grandmother of Samuel N., alone until now. Women born prior to 1850 are usually the most difficult to research. We are going to work back from the known and see if we can discover anything about Elizabeth Whittle that will help us resolve her identity.

Our first mention of Elizabeth was in my 6 Oct 2008 post when she appears living with Samuel and family on the 1870 census. We found her again with Eliza on the 1860 census and followed her back to the 1850 census. I found her obituary from 21 Jun 1877:1

blockquoteWHITTLE – At her residence, Towsontown, Md. June 19th, 1877, MRS. ELIZABETH WHITTLE, aged 91 years, 8 months and 9 days. She was a native of Lancaster county Pennsylvania, but for the last 73 years a resident of Towsontown.

Her funeral will take place from her late residence, today, Thursday 21st at 2 o’clock P.M. – Remains interred at Govanstown Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Her friends are respectfully invited to attend.

The best part of this obituary is the information concerning her age – 91 years, 8 month and 9 days. I bounced over to the Tombstone Birthday Calculator and entered the information and out popped a birth date of 12 Oct 1785. We’ll go with this date in the absence of any other information at this time. However, you should remember that the age at death was provided by someone that wasn’t there when she was born. The age would have come from a family member and could be in error. How many times when upset by a situation have you confused your own date of birth, much less that of another family member?

The other important piece of information is the Lancaster County birth location. How did she wind up in Baltimore? Did her family move to Baltimore with her? A good piece of information always leads to more questions!

When Ruth contacted me she supplied the information that Elizabeth’s husband was Jeremiah Whittle and they were married in 1818 in Baltimore by Minister Nathan Greenfield. Her name is listed in that record as Eyle, however, on her son’s death certificate her name is listed as Hall. I went to Ancestry and found her marriage to Jeremiah from 5 Dec 1818. If we use the birth date determined by her death date then she would have been 33 years old at the time of her marriage – not exactly a young bride. Is it possible that she was married before? Perhaps her maiden name is Hall and her widowed name is Eyle? It’s also possible that the information on the death certificate of Hall was supplied by someone that couldn’t remember her name and thought it might be Hall. Every piece of information raises more questions!

A search of the census records from 1790, 1800, and 1810 shows no one with the name of Eyles, Iles, or Ayles in Pennsylvania or Maryland. There are multiple candidates for the name of Hall with females of the right age in the household for 1790 and 1800, but no way to narrow it down. It’s terribly unfair that you just can’t click on a great name like Eyle and have it all laid out for you. I would like, just once, to have a theory and be able to with one click find a convenient marriage record, death record, or a nice obituary. At this point I have a theory and nothing to go with it.

1. “Mortuary Notices,” The Sun, 21 Jun 1877, p. 2; digital images, GenealogyBank ( : accessed 27 Sep 2008), Historic Newspapers.


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