This week for Montran Monday[i], I found two articles from The Chat (Brooklyn, New York). They both appeared to relate to Montrans that lived in Brooklyn. Neither Mr. Montran nor his wife, May, are a likely fit into my Montran Line.
The Chat (Brooklyn, New York) dated 5 December 1908, Page 27. This article is a brief mention that Mr. and Mrs. Montran and daughter attended a 25th wedding anniversary celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Seibert.
The Chat (Brooklyn, New York) dated 30 May 1925, Page 31. This article is a society page paragraph in which Mrs. May Montran attended a meeting of the Maronites’ Society[ii] along with more than 500 Syrians.
The Chat (Brooklyn, New York) Sat, Dec 5, 1908, · Page 27 – Downloaded on July 26, 2019, via Newspapers.com.
The Chat (Brooklyn, New York) · Sat, May 30, 1925, · Page 31 – Downloaded on July 26, 2019, via Newspapers.com
[i] Montran Monday – My grandmother’s father was John Montran. She used the surname, as a young child and again when she began in show business. The name is uncommon and most of the Montrans I see in the newspapers are my grandmother during her early vaudeville career. However, with the constant flow of newly digitized material, I often learn of new articles which contain the Montran name. I pay attention to the finding and try to determine a possible relationship of any Montrans to Donna’s father, John Montran.
[ii] Maronites are a Christian group whose members adhere to the Syriac Maronite Church. A mass emigration from Lebanon and Syria to the Americas occurred in the early 20th century due to famine, blockades, and World War I that resulted in between one-third to one-half of the population. Source: Internet: Wikipedia: Maronites – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maronites
This week for Montran Monday[i], I decided to renew my subscription to Genealogy Bank. Genealogy Bank is one of the top three paid newspaper sources that I know about; I use them regularly. My search for “Montran” yielded three new entries since the last time I searched their system that were not about my grandmother.
This week’s first entry is from the Trenton Evening Times dated 19 July 1887, Page 1
Under “Police Pickings” was:
“William Montran, Patrick Conlon and James Connors were each fined $3 last night for disorderly conduct at the Clinton street railroad station.”
The second entry is from the Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) dated 30 January 1917, page 16:
TEN GROCERS FACE CHARGES.
Baton Rouge Scene of Arrests for Violations of Sunday Law.
“Baton Rouge, La. Jan. 20—Ten arrests for violation of the Sunday law were made yesterday by Officers Lejeune and Schoonmaker. The men were proprietors of small grocery stores and almost all of them were Italians. Those arrested were:
Nick Montran, Palmer and America Streets, Sam Dagestino…..”
The third entry is from the Sun (Baltimore, MD) dated 4 April 1920. Under “Marriage Licenses.”:
One – A William Montran was fined for disorderly conduct in Trenton, New Jersey in 1887.
My records have two William Montrans. The first one was born in Canada, about 1846. Yes, a 41-year-old Canadian could be in Trenton, New Jersey getting disorderly. However, there is nothing to link this incident to that William Montran.
My second William Montran was born in Kansas sometime before 1860. Again, there is nothing to link this William Montran to the individual fined for disorderly conduct in Trenton, New Jersey in 1887.
I added a third William Montran to my records indicating the event.
Two – A Nick Montran, grocery store proprietor, was arrested for being open on Sunday.
My records have two Nick Montrans. The first one was born about 1882 in Romania. He had children born in Pennsylvania in 1916 and 1919, so it is unlikely he was a store proprietor in Baton Rouge, LA in 1917.
The second Nick Montran is the son of Nick Montran and was born in 1916. This can’t be the same Nick who was arrested.
I added a third Nick Montran to my records indicating the event.
Three – Ruth G. Montran and John T. Cologne received a marriage license before 4 April 1920. John was 24, and Ruth was 22.
I had Ruth and John Marrying at ages 24 and 22, respectively, based on the 1930 Census[ii]. Ruth was born on 27 Nov 1897, so she would have been 22 on 27 Nov 1919. So, my records suggested the two were married between 27 Nov 1919 and 27 Nov 1920. Assuming that marriage licenses are reported weekly, I believe they received their license after 25 March 1920.
I changed the marriage date of Ruth Montran and John Cologne to between 25 Mar 1920 and 27 Nov 1920. I added the marriage location as Maryland.
I added an event, Marriage License, before 4 April 1920. Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, to my database.
[i] Montran Monday – My grandmother’s father was John Montran. She used the surname, as a young child and again when she began in show business. The name is uncommon, and most of the Montrans I see in the newspapers are my grandmother during her early vaudeville career. However, with the constant flow of newly digitized material, I often learn of new articles which contain the Montran name. I pay attention to the finding and try to determine a possible relationship of any Montrans to Donna’s father, John Montran.
[ii] 1930 Census (NARA), Ancestry.Com, 1930 – John T. Cologne – Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Year: 1930; Census Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0496. Original data: the United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.
For a few years, I’ve hypothesized that my great-grandfather, John F. Montran and John Foster Montran were the same person.
I have been unable to find a record of John F. Montran and my great-grandmother, Ida Mae Barber marrying in 1892. My grandmother was born in 1893 with the name Donna Montran and when Ida remarried in 1897 to Max Fisher she indicated her surname was Montran and that she was married once before. So, I believe John Montran and Ida were married about 1892. Donna indicated in 1911 that her father was dead. Certainly, John F. Montran doesn’t seem to exist anytime in the 20th century. I have found no records for John F. Montran after my grandmother’s birth in 1893.
John Foster Montran married Maude Minnie Winter in 1894. I have found no records for John Foster Montran before 1894. He had two children with Maude, Thelma M. Montran and Ruth Grace Montran, in 1895 and 1897 respectively. In the 1900 Census, Maude is listed as a widow and John appears nowhere else.
1892 – John Montran married Ida
1893 – Donna was born.
1894 – John and Ida separate.
1894 – John married Maude Minnie Winter
1895 – Thelma is born.
1897 – Ruth is born.
1898-1900 John dies.
1911 – Donna indicates her father, John Montran, was dead.
All the parts appeared to fit. The locations weren’t too far off. Donna indicated her father was born in Pennsylvania but had lived in Canada. Maude indicated her husband was born in Canada, but Maude and (her) John married in Pennsylvania.
I figured that DNA testing would prove the two John Montrans were one. I began researching the descendants of John and Maude (Winter) Montran. In 2015, I found a living descendant, I’ll call Sue[i]. I contacted her and asked if she would be interested in doing a DNA Test. The results should prove my hypothesis that the two John’s were the same person. She wasn’t interested in testing then, but maybe sometime.
I continued searching and finally found another descendant of John and Maude (Winter) Montran, I call him James[ii]. I contacted him, and learned he wasn’t interested in testing either.
I continued searching but didn’t find any additional living descendants of John and Maude and I set the project aside for a while.
It had been nearly two years since I had contacted Sue, so I thought I’d follow-up with her and see if she was interested in testing now. She replied that she had tested with 23 and Me and had her results. My mother tested with 23 and Me several years ago. My mother and Sue should show as a match. If my hypothesis is correct, they would be half first cousins, once removed. No match on 23 & Me. When you look for matches on 23 & Me, the page says, “Note: your anonymous matches have been opted out of DNA Relatives and are no longer visible within the tool.” I thought, maybe Sue opted out of DNA Relatives. I asked her to double check her settings. She responded that she opted in to DNA Relatives the day before. She also shared her results with me. Again, nothing, nada.
Using Blaine Bettenger’s “Shared cM Project 3.0 tool v4,” I could see that half first cousins, once removed (1C1R) should share 226cM of DNA. And that the range seen for half-1C1Rs was from 57 to 530. I even decreased the match criteria from the usual 7cm segment match required to only 4cM segment match and still no match with Sue.
Of course, it is possible that there was a non-paternal event that caused these DNA results, and it is always good to keep an open mind. However, these results prove to my satisfaction that my great-grandfather, John F. Montran, and the John Foster Montran who married Maude Minnie Winter were two different people.
Further Actions / Follow-up
Separate John F and John Foster in all my records and notional work and indicate that they were definitely different individuals.
The John Montran Descendants Project is a personal project to explore the possibility that my great-grandfather, John Montran married twice. Once to Ida May Barber and once to Maude Minnie Winter. I believe he had one daughter with Ida (my grandmother) and two daughters with Maude. It is my goal to either confirm or disprove that the two John F. Montrans were the same individual.
I believe that Ruth Grace Montran is my grandmother’s (Madonna Mae Montran) (unknown) half-sister and that they shared the same father, John F. Montran. I am continuing this project by following the lives of Ruth’s two daughters.
John Montran Descendant Project 2018
Descendants of John F. Montran Children of John F. Montran and Ida Mae Barber
iii. Ruth Grace Montran (1897-1993)
Children of John Terrell Cologne and Ruth Grace Montran
Dorothy Bell Cologne (1924-2017)
John Terrell Cologne, Jr. (1925-1994)
Dorothy Bell Cologne was the first child of John Terrell and Ruth Grace (Montran) Cologne. She was born on 13 January 1924 in Pennsylvania (Probably Philadelphia).
In 1930 she was living with her parents at 2 Farragut Street in Philadelphia and she was attending school.
In 1940 she was a lodger at Fred J. Harley’s home in Springfield, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She was attending school. She was an excellent singer and sang in several school plays. Sometime between 1940 and 1946 she moved to Florida.
In 1946, she reentered the country flying on a military plane. She had been out of the country as a singer. Her stage name was Jennifer Marshall. Her home is listed as 515 – 5th St., No St. Petersburg, Fla.
In November 1967, Dorothy married Charles J. D’Aprix. They remained married for almost nine years and divorced on 2 September 1976. It does not appear that they had any children.
During her adulthood, Dorothy worked as a Real Estate Agent for Keller Williams and other agencies in the Miami area. She often sang with various groups and choirs.
Death & Burial
She died on January 29, 2017, in Miami, Florida. Internment is unknown.
If you are a descendant of any of the above individuals, I would love to hear from you. Please use the contact form in the side panel or the comments form below.
Year: 1930; Census Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0496. Source Information Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fieenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.
Morning Call, The, (Allentown, Pennsylvania) 1994-06-01, Main Edition, Page 21 – John J. Cologne Jr. (Newspapers.com).
“California, San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index, 1936-1949,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q29Z-1514 : 17 March 2018), Dorothy Belle Or Jennifer Cologne Or Marshall, 1946; citing Immigration, NARA microfilm publication A3361. (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1998), FHL microfilm 100,682,131.
“Florida Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VJ8T-M3T : 28 November 2014), Dorothy B Cologne, Nov 1967; from “Florida, Marriage Collection, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2006); citing Florida Department of Health, Jacksonville, Florida; and Jordan Dodd, Liahona Research.
“Florida Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VJ8T-KTQ : 28 November 2014), Charles J Daprix, Nov 1967; from “Florida, Marriage Collection, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2006); citing Florida Department of Health, Jacksonville, Florida; and Jordan Dodd, Liahona Research.
“United States Public Records, 1970-2009,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJ5S-3W5M : 16 May 2014), Dorothy D’Aprix, Residence, Davie, Florida, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
“United States Public Records, 1970-2009,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJHV-JQCS : 23 May 2014), Dorothy Daprix, Residence, Miami, Florida, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
Beauties at City Hall, Boston, 1916, Included Donna MontranMontran Monday
By Don Taylor
My grandmother’s father was John Montran. She used the surname, as a young child and again when she began in show business. The name is uncommon and most of the Montrans I see in the newspapers are her during her vaudeville career. With a constant flow of newly digitized material, I often learn of new articles which contain the Montran name. I pay attention to the finding and try to determine it’s possible relationship to grandma Donna or her father, John Montran. Hopefully, you will find the articles interesting. This week, for Montran Monday I found the following article:
When my mother was pregnant with me, she traveled from city to city selling magazine subscriptions; could she have gotten the idea of doing that from Donna’s previously working for such a company? If so, it would make sense and be a key bit of information about my mother’s selling magazine subscriptions. I researched the Keystone Circulating Company at length and found many articles about the Philadelphia based company. Only the one article ever mentions “Miss Montran.”
I track 45 different Montran individuals in my database. A look there found that Maude Minnie Winter Montran was probably living in Philadelphia in 1916. In 1910, Maude is living with a family and working as a Christian Science Nurse. By 1920, Maude had moved from Philadelphia to California. Seeing her working as a magazine circulation sales representative in 1916 in Philadelphia is more likely to me that having had Donna move from Boston in 1915 and returning to Boston in 1916.
I don’t believe this “Miss Montran” is my Donna Montran. It is much more likely to have been Maude Minnie (Winter) Montran.