Ancestor Sketch – Henriette Wilhelmina Futterer

Hopfe-Futterer
52 Ancestors – Week 2018-29
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.I have come to expect considerable flexibility in the names of individuals. They are reliant upon the hearing of clerks, the penmanship of those clerks, and the interpretation of various records written by many individuals over the years. However, this is only the second time I’ve seen a person’s birthdate change. (My mother’s birthdate was the first I encountered.) The German records I have found all indicate Henriette was born on 30 October 1887, while all of the United States records indicate she was born on 28 October 1887.

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The Show Must Go On – Tucson, Arizona

Donna Darling Collection – Part 33

Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor

“The show must go on” is a long-time show-business mantra. One of the clippings in the Donna Darling Collection tells of a harrowing story of making sure the show continues. Not only once but twice.

On September 25th and 26th 1926, Donna and Sammy played in El Paso, Texas at the Texas Grand Theatre.  Knowing their typical schedule, they probably played somewhere in New Mexico on September 27th and 28th.

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Ancestor Sketch – Erdman Max Hopfe

52 Ancestors – Week 2018-28
Hopfe-Bauer Project
By Don Taylor

Hopfe-Bauer 2018 – Ancestor #04

List of Grandparents

  • Grandfather: Erdman Max Hopfe
  • 1st Great-grandfather: Franz Hopfe

Erdman Max Hopfe (1887-1926)

Immigrant Ancestor

Max[i] Hopfe was born in Rudolstade, Germany to Franz and Hedwig (Hohl) Hopfe on 26 April 1887. Rudolstadt is a town in the German district (Kreis) of Saalfeld-Rudolstadt in the state of Thuringia, Germany. Today, Rudolstade has a population of about 22,000.

Childhood

Nothing is known of Max’s childhood. He has a younger brother, whose name was either Casper or Oscar (or maybe he had two brothers), but nothing is known about any other siblings. When Max was 19 years-old, he emigrated to the United States arriving in New York in 1906.

Max established himself in New York working as a butcher and in 1912 he was living at 227 89th in Brooklyn. The building he lived in at that time is long gone. A new building replaced his building in 1960.[ii]

Marriage

On 18 May 1911, Max and Henriette Wilhiminea Futterer acquired a marriage license and married the same day. (License Number 13285 & Marriage Certificate Number 11538)

Children of Max & Henriette Hopfe

Walter Carl b. 1914
Marion / Marie b. 1922

Adulthood

In 1915, New York held a state census. Max, Henrietta and their first child, Walter, were living at 314 Central Ave. Living with them was Max’s brother, Oscar. Again, the building they lived in no longer exists and was replaced sometime in the 1960s.

Tenements at Park Avenue and 107th Street, New York City, circa 1900
Tenements at Park Avenue and 107th Street, New York City, circa 1900 (Via Wikipedia)

In 1917, Max registered for the draft. His draft registration is one of the few documents which provides his first name. His physical description is provided as tall, slender, with blue eyes and black hair. Max is working as a grocer and still lives on Central Ave.

By 1920, Max and Henrietta moved to 79 Ave A. It appears that Ave A was renamed to Albemarle and is now the location of Public School 230 – Doris L Cohan Elementary.

Travel

In April 1923, Max received a passport and in May 1923 went to Europe to “visit relatives in Germany and Switzerland.” He initially indicated he would be in Europe for six months, but it doesn’t appear that he returned until August 1924.

Ort & Company, Inc

In November 1924, Max established Ort & Company, Inc., a provision business with partners, Ernest Wolff and Christian Mack. The business was at 217 Wyckoff Ave. It was an excellent corner location. The building that Ort & Company were in is gone; today the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council occupies that location in a building that was built in 1931.

Death & Beyond

Max Hopfe died on 2 October 1926. He was buried at the Lutheran Cemetery, in lot 20217 (Map 4) today the cemetery is known as the Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery and is located in Middle Village, Queens County, New York.

Max’s wife Henriette was named the executrix to Max’s estate. His estate was appraised for $31,611 (Gross) and $28,255 (Net), which included $14,000 as a 1/3 interest in the business property at 217 Wyckoff Ave. (Ort & Company, Inc.).

Future Actions:

  • Contact Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery and get internment location information.
  • Visit a Family History Center and get a copy of the Death Certificate for Max Hopfe, Certificate Number 19938. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C95V-HVD8
  • Search further for records of the Hopfe family in Thuringia, Germany. See: How to Find Birth, Marriage, and Death Records for Thuringia, Germany.

Sources

  1. New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924, Family Search, S.S. Hansa – 1 Sep 1924 – Max Hopfe. Accessed 10 November 2016. https://familysearch.org/ark:/ 61903/1:1:JNCW-74M.
  2. United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Family Search, Erdman Max Hopfe . Accessed: 13 November 2016. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KXY2-G1Q.
  3. 1920 Census, Family Search, Max Hopfed (Hopfe) – Manhattan, New York, New York. Accessed: 13 November 2016. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJYR-FXW.
  4. New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949, Family Search, Max Hopfe -. Accessed: 13 November 2016 . https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2W5B-LXR.
  5. 1915 New York State Census, Ancestry.Com, Max Hope – ED 18, Brooklyn, Kings, New York.
  6. U.S. City Directories, 1922-1995, New York City – 1912 – Page 719 – Hopfe. Via Ancestry.Com. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/2469/records/1213920519/.
  7. United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925, Family Search, Max Hopfe – 268521. Accessed: 13 November 2016 . https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5Y-89J5.
  8. 1925-11-21, Page 19 – Column 1, New Corporations. Via Newspapers.com., Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, New York (Newspapers.com).
  9. 1927-10-11, Page 24 – Appraisals – Hopfe, Max. Via Newspapers.Com. http://Newspapers.com., Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, New York (Newspapers.com).
  10. 1New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940, Family Search, Max Hopfe – Hennriette Futterer. Accessed 13 November 2016 . https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2438-7FL.
  11. New York, New York, Extracted Marriage Index, 1866-1937, Ancestry.Com, Max Hopfe & Henriette Futterer – 18 May 1911 – No Image. Ancestry.com. https://search.ancestry.com/ collections/9105/records/2152469/.
  12. United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925, Family Search, Max Hopfe – 268521. Accessed: 13 November 2016 . https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5Y-89J5.
  13. New York, New York, Marriage License Indexes, 1907-1995, Ancestry.Com, Marriage License – Max Hopfe & Henriette Futtnerer. New York City Municipal Archives; New York, New York; License Number: 13285. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/61406/records/8874500/.

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Endnotes

[i] Only a couple records ever mention his first name of Erdman. Most records only indicate him by Max, which is the name he was known by. I have never found a record which suggests Max is short for Maxwell, Maxamilion or any other “Max” name. I use Max Hopfe throughout this sketch.

[ii] Internet: Zillow – https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/227-E-89th-St-Brooklyn-NY-11236/30766300_zpid/

The 1820 Census and Robert Maben

Brown/Sanford/Parsons/Maben
Census Sunday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Following families through the pre-1850 Census is always a challenge. I was researching my 4th great-grandmother, Deborah Buel Maben. She married in 1824 and I’ve been able to follow her through her husband in the census records during her married life. I began working to find evidence of her in the 1820 Census. I knew she was married in Greene County, New York and I quickly found what appeared to be her father, Robert Maben (Mabin in the census Record).

Next, I mapped the family out with what I believed I knew about the family. Do the children I know about fit the Census record?

1820 Census – Robert Mabin [Maben]

Robert Mabin   2 1 1 1 1 – 2 2 – 1 –

<  10               = 2      Presumed to be Addison T,. Age 3
Presumed to be John, Age 9
10-16             = 1      Unknown Child –
16-18             = 1      Presumed to be James, Age 17
16-26             = 1      Duplicate of above person (James)
26-45             = 1      Presumed to be Robert Maben, Age 39
Over 45 –

<  10               = 2      Presumed to include Mary E. Maben, Age 5
Presumed to include Electa Maben, Age 2 months.
10-16             = 2      Presumed to Include Deborah Buel Maben, Age 15
Presumed to Include Sarah, Age 13
16-26 –
26-45             = 1      Presumed to be Electa, Age 38
Over 45 –

In this case, every child I know about appears to be enumerated along with Robert Maben and his wife, Electa, fit the age ranges given in the census. Now, I’m confident that the Maben family was in Lexington, Green County, New York in 1820.

And what so often happens with records, there are new questions. Who is the unknown male child from 10 to 16 years of age? I know of no child in the Maben family who fits that criteria. Could this be a cousin, an adoptee, or a child of Robert and Electa? I don’t know yet, but it will definitely cause me to keep an eye out for other records that suggest another child.

A child between 10 and 16 in 1820 had to have been born between 1803 and 1810.

  • James was born in 1803
  • Deborah in 1805
  • Sarah in 1807 and
  • John in 1811.

The only gap in that series is 1809. So, I suspect this unknown boy living in the household of Robert Maben is a heretofore unknown son. I’ve added him to my tree as a hypothesis with the above information. It is certainly possible that this person is possibly some other and I will keep that possibility in mind.

So many possibilities exist. Another one revolves around Robert & Electa’s eighth known child, Charles B. Maben.  It is possible I have his birthdate wrong and he was really born much earlier than the 1824 date, I have for his birth.

On to the 1810 Census….

 

Donna Darling Collection – Part 32

New York Star
Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor

In the Donna Darling collection was an absolutely gorgeous magazine image of Donna as a young woman. Sadly, the image was larger than the scrapbook it was in and was pasted across two pages and split in two. Also, a portion of the photo was lost. I’m not a photoshop expert, but I did the best I could with the photo, first I joined the two images as best as I could. Then I touched up some of the lines and creases. I tried to blend where the two images come together, but I wasn’t very successful with that.

Donna, always the promoter, had a professionally done photo of herself made at the Ira L. Hills Studio in New York. Then she used that photo to promote her headlining “Bathing Beauties” show and to wish everyone “Christmas Greetings.”

I’ve spent considerable time trying to find a copy of the New York Star, Volume XXV, No. 15, to no avail. I have additionally contacted an archive that is holding many of the photographic images of Ira L. Hills in hopes they might have a high-quality image of Donna.

Donna Montran Christmas Greetings, 1920

If someone good with photoshop can do a better job of joining the two halves together then I did, I’d be happy to send the two original 3440 x 2496 image scans to work with. (This web version is only 500 x 668 pixels in size.)