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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