Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Searching for Common Pleas Court Records, Jefferson County, Ohio

Supposing that the newspaper might be accurate in reporting that my great-grandfather Abel Armitage's court case had been filed in the Court of Common Pleas in Jefferson County, I decided to see if I could locate those records.

First I looked again at the Jefferson County, Ohio, court records online at FamilySearch to see if I'd missed, misread, or misunderstood the content of those records.  But no, I didn't find Common Pleas records, unless they're not identified as such.

My next idea was to ask if anyone in the Jefferson County Ohio History and Genealogy group on facebook knew the whereabouts of Common Pleas court dockets.  Someone responded that they are at the Jefferson County Genealogical Society offices.  I knew that many court records had been moved from the courthouse a number of years ago.  I was also aware that the records from the courthouse had been scanned by missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and guessed that many of them had been added to FamilySearch.

I emailed the Jefferson County Genealogical Society and while waiting for a reply checked the courthouse website.  They gave no indication whether the records were there or not.

A representative from the gen. society emailed a day or two later and said that yes, in fact, they had the dockets of the Court of Common Pleas in their offices.  I then asked if there was any plan to digitize them and add them to FamilySearch.  The representative responded that yes, those records were online, too.

Back I went to FamilySearch to see what I could find.  In their Ohio image-only collection I clicked on Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1947,


which took me to a list of links to specific court records.

When I clicked on County Court records I arrived at these options:
The index to the civil docket does not list Armitage, Armiddage, nor Harmitage, nor any other spelling variation of Armitage.  Nor do these dockets look like court of common pleas records (or at least not what I expect them to look like).

I emailed the person from the gen. society again hoping to receive a little more direction about where to find the records online (really hoping for a direct link) but I've received no further response.

The Jefferson County Genealogical Society office is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment.  Wintersville, where the office is located, is a 2½-hour drive from my home.

The questions I need to answer now are
  • How much do I want these records?  
  • What information will they provide that will help me find a death date and location for Abel Armitage?
  • Might there be any other information in these records that would be of genealogical interest?

To you who have more experience with court records, are Common Pleas court dockets also known as Civil Dockets?

--Nancy.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Overlapping Years of a Few Females in My Line

During this Women's History Month I've been mentally focusing on the women in my family--women who were daughters and mothers, granddaughters and grandmothers.

I've been thinking about the nurturing influence women have on the lives of their children, especially when children remained at home with their mothers until they went off to school.  "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world" may be more true in times past when infants and children traditionally grew up at the feet of their mothers.  Even though times have changed, the bond between mother and child is usually the strongest bond in the lives of children. 

What morals and values did mothers teach their daughters?  How did the daughters learn about work, responsibility, money management, about keeping a home?  How did grandmothers support their daughters as they became new mothers and as their granddaughters grew?  Certainly grandmothers who lived nearby had more contact and, therefore, more opportunity to interact with and teach their granddaughters.

I thought it would be interesting to take note of how many years a daughter had with her mother and her grandmother.  All just for the sake of curiosity, although, of course, there is the aspect of time spent with mothers and the learning that happens when girls spend time with their older female family members....

Audrey and Emma on left
Audrey (Meinzen) Doyle, my mother, was born in June, 1915.
  • Audrey's mom, Emma (Bickerstaff) Meinzen, was nearly 22 when she was born.  Their lives overlapped 58 years, from 1915-1973.
  • Audrey's grandmother, Mary (Thompson) Bickerstaff, was 42 when she was born.  Their lives overlapped 25 years, from 1915-1940.
  • Audrey's great-grandmother, Lydia (Bell) Thompson, was 64 when Audrey was born.  Their lives overlapped 14 years, from 1915-1930.

Mary center left, Emma on right
Emma (Bickerstaff) Meinzen was born in July, 1893.
  • Emma's mother, Mary, was 21 when she was born.  Their lives overlapped 47 years, from 1893-1940.
  • Emma's grandmother, Lydia, was 41 when she was born.  Their lives overlapped 37 years, from 1893-1930.

Mary (Thompson) Bickerstaff was born in October, 1872.
  • Mary's mother, Lydia, was 21 when she was born.  Their lives overlapped 58 years, from 1872-1930.

myself and older daughter
And me?
  • My daughters' lives and my life have overlapped 35 and nearly 30 years -- and counting.
  • My mother's and my life overlapped 47 years.
  • My grandmother Emma's and my life overlapped 23 years.

How about you?  How many years has your life overlapped with the lives of your female ancestors?

--Nancy.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thanking My Foremothers on International Women's Day

Left to right, top to bottom: 
Audrey Meinzen Doyle, Emma Bickerstaff Meinzen, Mary Thompson Bickerstaff, Elizabeth Armitage Meinzen, Beulah Gerner Doyle, Elvira Bartley Gerner, Tressa Froman Doyle, Elizabeth Laws Doyle

For International Women's Day I'd like to remember and honor my female ancestors, a few who appear above.  As far as I know none of the ones above changed the world in a broad, huge way -- no national heroines among these ladies --  but I know they changed and bettered the world in which they lived, improving their lives and situations and the lives of those they loved, including neighbors and friends.  All survived hardships, heartaches, and other difficult challenges.  Two lived through travel from England to the U.S.  All but one lived through at least one war and several scrimped and saved through the Great Depression.  One suffered dementia, another skin cancer, and seven of them lived into old age.

For them, and all the other women in my ancestral lines, I am grateful, knowing that if one of them had not lived I wouldn't be here.  Thank you, Mom and grandmothers.

--Nancy.

P.S.  I know International Women's Day was celebrated yesterday, Wednesday, March 8.  Computer problems and inaccessible photos prevented publishing a post yesterday.
 
--Nancy.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Abel Armitage's Court Case(s) Announced in Newspapers

Abel Armitage and his second wife, Ann (Bell) Armitage, appear in several editions of Steubenville and other Ohio newspapers from 1879 until 1881.  Most are the briefest of notices.  With the lapse in announcement dates it's hard to know if these tidbits indicate one court case or several. 

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On February 14, 1879, the announcement below was published in Steubenville, Ohio, where Abel and his wife lived.  The article states that Abel fell on South street.

Steubenville Weekly Herald, February 14, 1879

Suit against the city. --- Abel Armitage has sued the city, through his attorney, W. A. Owesney, for $2,500 damages, resulting from a fall in the night time in the trench dug for water pipes on South street.


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On March 5, 1880, more than a year after the announcement above, this notice was published in a section of the newspaper listing court dates.  Did Abel wait more than a year for his court date to arrive?
          
Steubenville Weekly Herald, March 5, 1880
   Abel Armitage vs. the city of Steubenville March 11.


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The next newspaper article of January 15, 1881, appeared 10 months after the previous one.  This article states that a suit was filed in court on the morning of January 15, 1881.  Further, the article indicates that the suit was filed by both Abel Armitage and his wife, Ann, and that Ann was the one who fell on November 25, 1880.  The location named is Fifth street.

Steubenville Daily Gazette, Saturday, January 15, 1881
   ---W. A. Owesney, Esq., this morning commenced a suit in the Court of Common Please for Abel Armitage and Ann, his wife, against the City of Steubenville, to recover damages in the sum of $5,100 which they claim to have sustained by reason of Mrs. Armitage falling on the street and fracturing her left leg above the knee.  They aver that the city negligently permitted a post about ten inches high to stand in the gutter on the West side of Fifth street, and that on the 25th of November last she was passing along the street, slipped on an uneven place and fell on this post resulting in the injury complained of.

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The news of this suit was of interest to more than the people of Steubenville, Ohio, because it appeared in a Cincinnati newspaper on January 16, 1881, the day after the above article was published in Steubenville.

Cincinnati Gazette, abt. January 16, 1881
A City Sued for Damages.
Special Dispatch to the Cincinnati Gazette.     Steubenville, O., Jan. 16.--- Yesterday Mrs. Abel Armitage entered suit in the Court of Common Pleas against this city for $5,100 damages, for injuries sustained by falling over a stake set in the gutter.
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A similar article to the two above was published in a second Steubenville newspaper on January 21, 1881.

The Ohio Press (Steubenville), January 21, 1881

   —Suit entered against city by Abel and Ann Armitage to recover $5,100 damages by reason of injuries sustained by the latter in November last, by falling over a stake set in the gutter on Fifth street.


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The article below was published on April 8, 1881, in a column under court information.  It seems to be a correction of previously published information. 

Steubenville Weekly Herald, April 8, 1881
   The city of Steubenville vs. Abel Armitage.  In error:  Battin for plaintiff; Owesney and Daton contra.


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Below is the last article I found pertaining to Abel's claim and court case.  The date is April 29, 1881, just 3 weeks after the previous article.  Can this mean that he went to court on April 8 and the case was settled in three weeks?

Steubenville Weekly Herald, April 29, 1881
   The claim of Abel Armitage for $207.84, judgment and costs obtained against the city in a damage suite, being recommended for payment by the former Solicitor, was referred to Claims Committee.
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Notes and Comments
After careful consideration of these articles I believe that two different court cases were filed:  one in February, 1879, and another in January, 1881.  The attorney was W. A. Owesney in both cases.

The 1879 suit (in the first two notices)
> was filed by Abel Armitage
> for $2500.00
> because of a nighttime fall on South street

The 1881 suit (in the third through last notices)
> was filed by both Abel and Ann Armitage
> for $5100.00
> because Ann fell and broke a leg on Fifth street on November 25, 1880
> was filed in the Court of Common Pleas
> was settled for $207.84

As I think about Abel and Ann and these court cases I have several questions.  Did both Abel and Ann have problems with balance since both suits involved falls?  How did Abel miss seeing the water trench (even at night)?  Abel was noted as disabled in the 1880 U.S. Census.  Was the disability in either his mobility or his vision?  Did he use alcohol to reduce pain?  How did he have money to pay for a lawyer (assuming he wasn't working because he was disabled)?  Was the first case settled and was Abel awarded the money he requested?  In the second case, what happened to the original $5100.00 he and Ann requested?

A few days ago I posted an annotated list of Jefferson County, Ohio, court records on FamilySearch.  I hope records for these two cases will be somewhere amongst the images on FamilySearch.  While they will probably not lead me to a death date for Abel, finding records of the cases will add details to the life of my ancestor, Abel.

If any of you more experienced family historians have thoughts about these news articles, court cases, and where to search, please share.

--Nancy.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Last of a Generation Gone


Doris Jean Meinzen Dray       
July 19, 1921 - February 20, 2017       

Though her given name was Doris Jean I knew her as Aunt Dot, a nickname given to her when she was a child.  She and her family lived not far from my house in Mineral Ridge until I was eight or nine.  I spent many hours at her home playing with her daughter, my cousin Belinda.  I grew up during a time when aunts did not hesitate to teach, train, and correct other children in the extended family.  I can't say she was like a second mother but in many ways she taught me just as she taught her daughter.

Until her death on Monday Aunt Dot was not only the oldest family member on my mother's paternal side of the family, including among cousins, she was also the last living relative descended from Henry and Elizabeth Armitage Meinzen who was born with the Meinzen surname.  Her death closes a generation in our family.

I became somewhat interested in family history when my mother was still alive and asked her many questions but a number of years after her death I became more devoted to family history research.  Aunt Dot became my go-to person when I had questions about individuals, relationships, locations, etc.  She was the third youngest of four sisters, born the year after her grandmother, Elizabeth Armitage Meinzen, died and four and a half years before her grandfather, Henry Meinzen died.  She had no memories of her grandmother, only a few of her grandfather, but she remembered many of her father's brothers and sisters and was able to fill in absences in records.  She and her sisters lived near her mother's parents, Edward Jesse and Mary Thompson Bickerstaff.  Aunt Dot was able to add anecdotal information to help bring those ancestors to life.

Knowing that I was a collector of postcards, Aunt Dot saved those she received and sent them on to me.  But not only postcards -- even better than postcards -- she sent snippets of memories of the experiences of her childhood and young adult life.  She did not write a conventional personal history but amongst those bits of paper, the story of her life is recorded.  She told me many years ago that when she thought of a childhood memory, she wrote it down in a journal or notebook.  I hope her son or one of her grandchildren finds and saves the notebook(s).

Though she'd become disinterested in food and eating (nothing tasted good, she said), Aunt Dot was doing well until this past Thanksgiving when she fell and broke a leg.  She was unable to stand, sit, or walk.  Even during the months after the fall she seemed in relatively good spirits.  Like any good Meinzen she carried on without complaint.  But this past Thursday she took a turn for the worse and was gone days later.

I will miss our phone conversations and her ready jokes, having someone to ask those pesky family history questions, and her packets in the mail.  But most of all I will miss knowing she's there.  She will be forever in my heart.

--Nancy.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Jefferson County, Ohio, Court Records at FamilySearch


Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1947 at FamilySearch is a collection of browsable (and mostly unindexed) records.  Most of the early ones are handwritten, sometimes faded and light; some of the later ones are typewritten.  Below are the records available in this collection.
 
The 1880 Census is a volume of indexes of enumeration districts (E.D.).  Each index includes every name in alphabetical order (by first letter only) along with color, sex, and age.  There is no list or index at the beginning telling on which page to look for a particular E.D.

County Court Records
Civil Dockets 1852-1916
These are unindexed records in chronological order.  If you know an ancestor had a court case you may find a record of it in the civil dockets.  Knowing the date would be helpful.
Council Proceedings, 1823-1890
These are chronological records recording the council's discussion of physical and environmental changes and decisions for the governance of  the city of Steubenville:  bridges built or repaired; roads paved; gutters repaired or relaid; installation of street lights and water pipes; paving of sidewalks; creation of bond funds; ordinances concerning pawnbrokers, punishment of intoxicated persons, etc.; and appointments of city wardens, among other things.  Scattered throughout are the names of citizens of the city who were owed money or who were contracted for work.

Hospital Records:  County Infirmary record, 1889-1933 
At the front of this volume is a typed, alphabetical list of individuals included in the records.  This list includes name, race/sex, and (for most individuals) admit and discharge dates and birth and death dates.  Handwritten records begin at image 102.  Strangely enough, this ledger's entries span two pages with unnumbered lines.  You will need to count the lines down (or up) on each page to be sure you're looking at information for the same individual.

Land and Property Records includes three sets of records, all from the early 1900s.
        Cross Creek Township, Wayne Township and Steubenville city plat book, 1914
        Steubenville ward 4 plat book and assessment, 1910
        Wells Township district 19 plat book, 1914
There are plat maps and lists of owners with lot numbers, addition names, feet from the front and depth of lot in feet.  If you want to find information about property your an ancestor owned you will need to know the ward where the property was situated.  Otherwise, you can browse the books to see if you can find an ancestor.

Naturalization Records is a large collection with a variety of records.  Many are for the early 1900s but the range is from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s.  The records include
        Declarations of intention
        Petitions for naturalization
        Petition evidence
        Citizenship granted or denied
        Minor citizenship records

Pension Records are Mother's Pensions between 1920 and 1936.  This is a not-to-be-missed collection if you are searching for widows with children during the above dates.  Some of these records are alphabetical typed lists, others are handwritten pages in folders that include the mother's application with name and address; a list to children and their birth dates; and information about the home.  The handwritten application requires the mother's birth date; location of birth; spouse's name, marriage date, and death date of spouse; report of an investigation by a probation officer that includes the names and locations of relatives. 

Probate Records is the largest group of records in this collection.  It includes
        Account records, 12 volumes, 1807-1866
        Administrator's application and bond, 7 volumes, 1885-1913
        Assignee's Bonds, 1883-1959
        Estate files (miscellaneous), 1873-1958 (most years)
        Estate files (recovered records), 1820-1930
        Estates case, 1797-1959.  Each is numbered but I saw no index.
        Guardian's application and bond, 5 volumes, 1893-1928
        Guardian's letters, 1894-1919
        Inventory of estates, 1889-1917
        Letters of administration, 1867-1913
        Letters testamentary, 1867-1924
        Ministers' licenses, 1874-1967
        Miscellaneous estates cases, 1879-1935
        Probate final record, 1889-1919
        Probate journal, 1852-1932
        Wills, 1899-1900

Vital Records is another large collection.  As you would guess, most records are hand-written, at least until later years.  Also, most subcollections are categorized by year, then numbered within the year.  Each category of delayed births opens with a list of names with record number for that subcollection.  The record of births has an alphabetical list (by first letter only) of surnames on the first pages of the volume.
        Coroner's Reports, 1887-1896, 1917-1951
        Delayed Births, 1867-1956 (most years)
        Marriage certificates, 1813-1850
        Record of births, 1895-1906

After looking through some of the records in these collections I feel grateful again for indexing that creates easy ways for us to locate records of our ancestors and for OCR which allows us to type a name in a search box, press a button, and find information.  This collection also reminds me to be grateful for physical books with pages that can be read and turned.  Though digital and unindexed, I'm beyond grateful to have these images at my fingertips.

--Nancy.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Pestering Ancestor

Sometimes I get tired of my ancestors, especially when they keep pestering me to find them.  While working on an individual or family line, one ancestor from a completely different family will intrude in my thoughts and refuse to leave in peace.  It's almost as if he or she is saying, "Find me.  Find my records.  Don't forget about me."  I sometimes want to say, "Oh, just go away and leave me alone.  Can't you see I'm busy?" -- in a kind and gentle way, of course.  But I don't.  I make notes, I start thinking about where else I can look, what other options and scenarios may have taken place in the life of the pestering ancestor and to which records they may lead.  And I imagine saying to the ancestor, "How about a little help?  Do you think you could point me in the right direction, give me a hint or two?"

A few months ago, with his delightful Yorkshire accent, Abel Armitage nudged me.  I took myself to the Ohio Archives and searched through Steubenville newspapers (again) for more about the suit he and his wife, Ann, filed against the City of Steubenville. 
(Results of a previous search are posted here.)  The searches this time led to these four brief articles at right, all published in The Steubenville Weekly Herald.

The first was published on Friday, February 14, 1879.

The second on Friday, March 5, 1880, under "Assignment of Cases."

The third was published on Friday, April 8, 1881.


And the last on Friday, April 29, 1881.  This newspaper article is chronologically the last "document" I've found for Abel.


He began pestering me this week.  Perhaps he's aware that Ancestry's British records will be available free of charge this weekend and determined that it was time for me to begin searching for him again (for about the fourth or fifth time in eight or ten years).  It's almost become a game of hide and seek trying to find when and where he last lived and where he died.

What could have happened to Abel after this news article in 1881?  I haven't found him (or any documents for him) anywhere in Jefferson County, Ohio, after that date.  Possibilities include
  • a return to England with his wife.  He became a naturalized citizen in 1874 but maybe he was homesick.  After collecting the $207.84 settlement money would he have had enough to buy passage to England for himself and his wife? 
  • a move to a neighboring state:  West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky.  Abel was identified as disabled in the 1880 U.S. Census and would have been 60 in 1881.  A move would probably not have been easy, whether to a neighboring state or to England.
  • a coal mine accident, considering that he may have returned to coal mining as a breaker boy.
  • death as an unidentified man.

I don't know which possibility is more likely but since Ancestry UK is free this weekend and since Abel has been nudging me, I'll see if I can find him in England.

And then maybe, just maybe, he will quit pestering me for a while again.  But then, one of my other ancestors will probably pester for attention.

--Nancy.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

SNGF - The Facebook Meme

Randy's hosting another evening of Saturday Night Genealogy Fun at Genea-Musings.  (It seems like I'm having trouble actually working on family history but I can do this.  Ha!)  This week's challenge, should we choose to accept it, is to answer the following questions.

1. Who are you named after?
No one.  My mother chose another name but the nurse at the hospital didn't like it so my mom changed it.  She said she couldn't remember what the original name was.  I wish I knew if I were intended to be a Sarah or Teresa or Mary or ....

2. Last time you cried?
Last night.  A friend whom I haven't seen for 30 years emailed a photo of himself and his family. 

3. Do you like your handwriting?
It's okay.  If I took a little more time to write it would look better.

4. What is your favorite lunch meat?
Home roasted chicken or beef, but I'd rather eat grilled cheese for lunch than lunch meat.

5.  Spicy or sweet?
Sweet.
 
6. Longest relationship?
My whole lifetime with both my siblings and an aunt.

7. Do you still have your tonsils?
Yes.

8. Would you bungee jump?
Yes, I would love to.  What a thrill!

9. What is your favorite kind of cereal?
Homemade granola.  Love those cashews and honey mixed in with the oats.

10. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
None of my shoes have ties but if I wore shoes with ties I would untie them.

11. Do you think you're strong?
Physically?  Not so much these days but I think I used to be strong.  My hands are still strong, though.  People always brings me jars of food they can't open. 
Emotionally?  Yes, except I usually can't hold back tears.  And I'm super sensitive and have to guard against hurt feelings by talking myself out of and around what people have said.

12. Favorite ice cream?
Blue Bunny Bunny Tracks (on a Joy brand sugar cone).

13. What is the first thing you notice about a person?
General demeanor.

14. Football or baseball?
Neither.

15. What color pants are you wearing?
Navy blue jumper.

16. Last thing you ate?
Chocolate chip cookie.

17. What are you listening to?
"Concerto for Violin, Strings & Continuo No. 2 in E Major" by Johann Sebastian Bach on Pandora

18. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
The next slightly darker color than "red."

19. What is your favorite smell?
Lavender, honeysuckle.

20. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
My daughter.

21. Hair color?
Greying brown (mostly grey).

22. Eye color?
Green.

23. Favorite foods to eat?
Roast beef or chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy; Trader Joe's caramelized onion cheese (which is especially good melted on bread or a croissant); chocolate chip cookies; Heggy's milk chocolate peanut patties....

24. Scary movies or happy endings?
Happy endings.

25. Last movie you watched?
"The Age of Adaline."

26. What color shirt are you wearing?
Navy.

29. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas.

30. Beer or Wine?
No alcohol, thank you.

31. Night owl or morning person?
Night owl.

32. Favorite day of the week?
Sunday.

Thanks for the fun, Randy.  Do any of you readers want to participate the fun?  Copy the questions, answer, and post them.  Or save them in your journal.

--Nancy.
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Presidents and Generations - SNGF

For this week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Randy Seaver of GeneaMusings suggested we determine how many presidents have held office during our lifetimes and the lifetimes of our grandparents.  Randy generously provided the link to PresidentsUSA, the source for my lists. 

I have lived while 13 men have been president (which makes me feel old -- until I realized that one of my ancestors lived through 23 presidencies!).
#33  Harry S. Truman
#34  Dwight D. Eisenhower
#35  John F. Kennedy
#36  Lyndon B. Johnson
#37  Richard M. Nixon
#38  Gerald R. Ford
#39  James E. Carter
#40  Ronald Reagan
#41  George H. W. Bush
#42  William J. Clinton
#43  George W. Bush
#44  Barack H. Obama
#45  Donald J. Trump

Lee Doyle (1913-1987), my father, lived during the leadership of 14 presidents.
#27  William H. Taft
#28  Woodrow W. Wilson
#29  Warren G. Harding
#30  Calvin Coolidge
#31  Herbert Hoover
#32  Franklin D. Roosevelt
#33  Harry Truman
#34  Dwight D. Eisenhower
#35  John F. Kennedy
#36  Lyndon B. Johnson
#37  Richard M. Nixon
#38  Gerald R. Ford
#39  James E. Carter
#40  Ronald Reagan

Audrey Meinzen Doyle (1915-1997), my mother, had one less president at the beginning of her life than my father but two more at the end of her life, so 15.
#28  Woodrow W. Wilson
#29  Warren G. Harding
#30  Calvin Coolidge
#31  Herbert Hoover
#32  Franklin D. Roosevelt
#33  Harry Truman
#34  Dwight D. Eisenhower
#35  John F. Kennedy
#36  Lyndon B. Johnson
#37  Richard M. Nixon
#38  Gerald R. Ford
#39  James E. Carter
#40  Ronald Reagan
#41  George H. W. Bush
#42  William J. Clinton

William Carl Robert Meinzen (1892-1979), my maternal grandfather, lived during 17 presidencies.
#23  Benjamin Harrison
#24  Grover Cleveland
#25  William McKinley
#26  Theodore Roosevelt
#27  William H. Taft
#28  Woodrow W. Wilson
#29  Warren G. Harding
#30  Calvin Coolidge
#31  Herbert Hoover
#32  Franklin D. Roosevelt
#33  Harry Truman
#34  Dwight D. Eisenhower
#35  John F. Kennedy
#36  Lyndon B. Johnson
#37  Richard M. Nixon
#38  Gerald R. Ford
#39  James E. Carter

Henry Carl Meinzen (1837-1925), my maternal great-grandfather, though not an American citizen until 1870, was alive during 22 presidencies.  He became a citizen during the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant.
  #7  Andrew Jackson
  #8  Martin Van Buren
  #9  William Henry Harrison
#10  John Tyler
#11  James K. Polk
#12  Zachary Taylor
#13  Millard Fillmore
#14  Franklin Pierce
#15  James Buchanan
#16  Abraham Lincoln
#17  Andrew Jackson
#18  Ulysses S. Grant
#19  Rutherford B. Hayes
#20  James A Garfield
#21  Chester Arthur
#22  Grover Cleveland
#23  Benjamin Harrison
#24  Grover Cleveland
#25  William McKinley
#26  Theodore Roosevelt
#27  William Howard Taft
#28  Woodrow Wilson

Dixon Bartley (1806-1900), my father's maternal great-grandfather, lived during the presidencies of 23 men.
  #3  Thomas Jefferson
  #4  James Madison
  #5  James Monroe
  #6  John Quincy Adams
  #7  Andrew Jackson
  #8  Martin Van Buren
  #9  William Henry Harrison
#10  John Tyler
#11  James K. Polk
#12  Zachary Taylor
#13  Millard Fillmore
#14  Franklin Pierce
#15  James Buchanan
#16  Abraham Lincoln
#17  Andrew Jackson
#18  Ulysses S. Grant
#19  Rutherford B. Hayes
#20  James A Garfield
#21  Chester Arthur
#22  Grover Cleveland
#23  Benjamin Harrison
#24  Grover Cleveland
#25  William McKinley

Augustine Bickerstaff (1759-1857), my maternal grandmother's great-great-grandfather (or my 4th great-grandfather), lived during 14 presidents.
  #1  George Washington
  #2  John Adams
  #3  Thomas Jefferson
  #4  James Madison
  #5  James Monroe
  #6  John Quincy Adams
  #7  Andrew Jackson
  #8  Martin Van Buren
  #9  William Henry Harrison
#10  John Tyler
#11  James K. Polk
#12  Zachary Taylor
#13  Millard Fillmore
#14  Franklin Pierce

No matter which lines I follow and how I calculate it, besides myself, I need six more generations to have lived during the presidency from the beginning of the United States until our current president.  The only woman on these lists is my mother, primarily because my female ancestors seemed to live shorter lives than the men.  (And I was searching for longevity to increase the number of presidents during their lifetimes.)

While compiling these lists for my ancestors I began to wonder to which men and parties they gave their allegiance, which proposed ideas that they believed were right and true.  Though the issues would have been very different from those in our time I wonder how my sympathies would have aligned (or not) with theirs in their lifetimes, and how theirs might align with mine now.

--Nancy.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Mrs. Titus on a Windy Day - Friday's Faces from the Past


Mrs. Titus is my grandmother's friend.  I have no first name, no information about how she came to know Mrs. Titus but I believe they must have been good friends because Gramma's album has nearly as many photos of Mrs. Titus as of any other one family member.

My guess for a date of this photo is the early to mid-1910s.  I notice that the house number if 222.  If a census taker recorded house numbers it could be a clue for the address but finding Mrs. Titus's first name and anything about her feels like searching for a needle in a haystack.

--Nancy.

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