Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Gust / Augustus / Agust Froman - 52 Ancestors

Gust Froman is the sixth child and fourth son of John and Catherine (Saylor) Froman's seven children.

His name varies depending on which record one uses.  He was
  • Gust on his father's intestate orphan's court file.
  • Agust on the 1900 U.S. Census, Lake Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.
  • Augustus on his marriage record.

His birth date varies, as well.  The only agreement among them is the year.
  • October 18, 1870 is the birth date given on his father's intestate orphan's court record.
  • June 28, 1870 is given on his marriage record.
  • November 11, 1870 appears on his obituary.
  • Sept 1870 is recorded on the 1900 U.S. Census.

Augustus Froman married Mary Smith on September 1, 1898 in Mercer County, probably in Stoneboro but possibly not. 

Gust's occupation is recorded as farmer; Mary's as house keeper.  He was 28, she was 23.

In the 1900 U. S. Census Gust was recorded as a farmer but in the 1910 through 1930 census records he was recorded as a coal miner.  

He was the father of seven children (so far as census records indicate).  The 1910 census indicates that Mary was the mother of 4 children with only 3 living so a child, probably born between 1904 and 1910, was lost.  It's possible there were more but cemetery records don't show burials for others.
  • Helen/Hellen, born June, 1899
  • Harry G., born abt. 1903.  Oak Hill Cemetery records indicate that Harry died at age 22 and was buried on February 28, 1926.
  • Raymond, born abt. 1904
  • Catherine, born abt. 1910.  She was recorded as 2 months old in the 1910 U.S. Census (of which the census date is April 1).  And yet the Oak Hill Cemetery records list little Catherine E. as having died at the age of 2 months and having been buried on October 28, 1909.  That record also gives a deed date for the plot of December 14, 1909.  Those dates seem to conflict and create a puzzle in my mind.
  • William L., born about 1912
  • James R., born about 1923

Gust Froman died on March 11, 1934, at the age of 63.  By today's standards he would have been a relatively young man, but certainly coal mining would take it's toll.

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This post is in response to Amy Johnson Crow's call to her readers to write about 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks


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