Nona's obituary appeared in the July 31, 1950, Butler Eagle and lists these individuals as relatives:
- daughter Mrs. Aldean Stoops of Petrolia, R. D.
- daughter Mrs. Ethel Serafine of New Kensington
- daughter Mrs. Irene Daugherty of Apollo
- daughter Mrs. Dorothy Jordan of Bruin
- daughter Mrs. Winifred Daugherty of Apollo
- son Arthur Covert of Butler
- son Delbert Covert of Butler
- sister Mrs. Mabel Miller of Pittsburgh
- sister Mrs. Velie Creighton of Cleveland, Ohio
- brother, Harry Mendenhall of Cleveland, Ohio
From that information I surmised that Nona may have been married before to a man whose last name was Covert (based on the names of her sons) and that her maiden name may have been Mendenhall (based on her brother's surname).
I thought FamilySearch might find Pennsylvania marriage records for any of the daughters if I used a first and maiden name (I tried Covert) in the names fields, then added a married surname in the box for spouse's name. I did not ask specifically to search Pennsylvania marriage records.
Keep in mind that my real goal is to find marriage information for Nona Alva (possibly Mendenhall Covert) and Alfonzo F. Gerner.
The first daughter I searched for was Aldean Covert + spouse's surname Stoops. The search engine ignored Stoops and turned up Aldine Covert in the 1910 U.S. Census. Her parents' names were recorded as Reed E. Covert and Winona Covert. Her siblings included Ethel M., Stella I., Dortha L., Mildred A., and William A.
Hmmm. Aldine seems like a spelling variation of Aldean. Is Nona a nickname for Winona? The only other name on this census record that corresponds exactly to the names in Nona's obituary is Ethel, but Dortha and Dorothy are close.
The next search was for Ethel (Covert) Serafine. The results were also for the 1910 census. The search for Irene (Covert) Daugherty and Dorothy (Covert) Jordan yielded no helpful results.
But when I searched for Winifred (Covert) Daugherty, I found this in the 1920 U.S. Census:
Could Evert R. Coovert be the Reed Covert who appeared in the 1910 census? Could Elva Coovert be Winona Covert from the 1910 census? Keep in mind that in Nona's obituary her name was recorded as Nona Alva. Elva could be spelling variation for Alva. Others in the family group are the same names as listed in Nona's obituary.
My last search (for now) turned up the following marriage results:
Elva W. Mendenhall, born 1878, and spouse Evert R. Covert, intention to marry on March 21, 1895. Unfortunately, the record with an image shows an application for a license to marry, a marriage license, and parent's consent for an underage child to marry, but not a duplicate marriage certificate. The other record shows no image but indicates that it records a marriage.
My next steps will be to search marriage records for Nona Alva Mendenhall Covert and Alfonzo Gerner; a death record and/or burial information for Hattie Slagle Gerner; and a death record for Evert/Reed Covert. Then I'll have to work on Alfonzo's possible wife Geta/Meta from his WWI draft registration card.
And I thought it would take a few minutes to add a child to FamilyTree and a few more minutes to add sources. So much for speedy family history! Names -- first, middle, nick -- can be such challenges sometimes. (Of course those aren't the only challenges with Nona and Alfonzo.)
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