Ancestor Biography – Martha Angeline Libby (1863-1938)

Whitten Project
Whitten/Libby Line

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Ever since I started volunteering at the Scarborough Historical Society I’ve been hearing stories that all the Libby’s in Maine are descended from one person – John Libby. According to several accounts, John Libby settled in Scarborough about 1630 and was one of the earliest settlers.  Naturally, I was excited when I learned that my sister-in-law’s great-grandmother was a Libby.  Would I be able to connect her Libby ancestor into the long line of famous Maine Libby’s?

Whitten Project – Ancestor #9

List of Grandparents

  • Grandfather: Herbert Winfield Whitten
  • 1st Great-grandmother: Martha Angeline Libby
  • 2nd Great-grandfather: Charles G. Libby

Martha Angeline Libby (1863-1938)

Martha Angeline Libby[i] was born in March of 1863[ii], in Limerick, York County, Maine. She was probably the third child of Charles G. and Jane H. Libby.

Childhood

The 1870 Census is key in understanding her childhood. The census shows her father is a farm laborer and her mother is keeping house.  Also, living with them is Marietta, a 13-year-old girl who is working in the woolen mill and is also attending school. The 1870 Census does not include relationships, but I’m assuming she is an older sister unless I learn otherwise.  Also, is her older sister Harriett, who likewise is attending school. Seven-year-old Martha doesn’t appear to have begun school at that time.[iii]

The 1880 Census finds the 17-year-old Martha still at home in Limerick with her parents and her sister Hattie (Harriett). Her father is still a farm laborer.[iv]

Marriage

In 1882, Martha married Daniel Winfield Whitten[v]. And the family stays in Limerick and they begin to have children.

Adulthood

  • Life map of Martha Libby Whitten
    Martha Libby Whitten lived her entire life in York County, Maine

    Herbert Winfield Whitten was born on 3 September 1883 in Limerick.[vi]

  • Charles Libby Whitten was born in January 1886 in Limerick.[vii]
  • Muriel Arvella Whitten was born 7 Sep 1890 in Limerick.[viii]

The 1900 Census indicates that Martha had had three children and all three were alive, she and Herbert had been married for 18 years, and were then living about 15 miles south in Shapleigh, ME.

  • Newsen Whitten was born about 1901
  • Leland W. Whitten was born about 1904.

The 1910 Census indicates that Martha had had five children and all five were alive. The couple had moved to Kennebunkport and lived on Kennebunk Road. All the kids were living with them and were either working or attending school.[ix]

The 1920 Census shows Daniel and Martha Angeline “Angie” living on Portland Road in Kennebunk[x].  Herbert and Charles had moved on, so Muriel, Newsen, and Leland were the only children remaining at home.

The 1930 Census shows Daniel and Martha still on Portland Road in Kennebunk. Their daughter, Muriel, had moved in with her husband John Hayes.

Death

Marker of Daniel & Martha A. Whitten
Marker – Daniel & Martha A Whitten
Photo by “Airborne Steve” via Find a Grave.

Martha Angeline (Libby) Whitten died in 1938.[xi] She was survived by her husband, Daniel Winfield Whitten and at least four, if not all five, of her children. She is buried in Highland Grove cemetery in North Shapleigh, York County, Maine.

Libby Family Search

I then just had to look at The Libby Family in America 1602-1881 by Charles T Libby. Would I find Martha Angeline Libby.  Yes! She was listed. I now had an entry point into THE Libby family for Martha.  The book shows, on page 399, Martha Angeel Libby born on 23 March 1863 in Limerick, whose parents are Charles Gardner Libby and Jane H. Warren. It also shows an older sister, Hattie. Definitely, the right person.

Based upon The Libby Family in America 1602-1881, we learned that Charles’s father was William Libby, born in Limerick, Me., 21 June 1811; married, 28 Nov. 1830, Martha Libby.

Whose father was Joseph Libby, born in that part of Kittery, Me., which is now Eliot, 13 May 1767; married, 1795, Sarah Staples, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Mendum) Staples of Scarborough.

Libby Line followed

Whose father was Azariah Libby, born 1740, in Kittery, now Eliot; Married Dec. 1762, Elizabeth Paul.

Whose father was Matthew Libby, born probably during his father’s stay in Portsmouth, 1690-1700; married 3 Sept. 1730, Mary Nason.

Whose father was Matthew Libby, born in Scarborough, in the year 1663 ; married Elizabeth Brown, daughter of Andew Brown, one of the principal inhabitants of Black Point.

Whose father was John Libby – the Immigrant (1602-1682) and the 8th great-grandfather of my sister-in-law. How fun is that.

UPDATED List of Grandparents

  • Grandfather: Herbert Winfield Whitten
  • 1st Great-grandmother: Martha Angeline Libby
  • 2nd Great-grandfather: Charles G. Libby
  • 3rd Great-grandfather:  William Libby
  • 4th Great-grandfather:  Joseph Libby
  • 5th Great-grandfather: Azariah Libby
  • 6th Great-grandfather: Matthew Libby
  • 7th Great-grandfather: Matthew Libby
  • 8th Great-grandfather: John Libby

Endnotes

[i] Martha Angeline Libby is identified as Martha in the 1880 and 1910 Censuses and as Angie M. in the 1900 and 1920 Censuses. Overall, Martha is used more frequently than Angie and is the name on her grave marker, so I prefer Martha in my use.

[ii] 1900 Census (FS), Danel [Daniel] W. Whitten – Shapleigh Town, York County, Maine. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMG4-D6W.

[iii] 1870 Census, 1870 Census – Charles Libby – Limerick, Maine. http://search.ancestry.com/search/collections/1870usfedcen/33125883/printer-friendly.

[iv] 1880 Census (A), Charles G. Libby – Limerick, York, Maine – Page 27, ED 197. http://search.ancestry.com/search/collections/1880usfedcen/16254166/printer-friendly.

[v] 1900 Census (FS), Danel [Daniel] W. Whitten – Shapleigh Town, York County, Maine. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMG4-D6W.

[vi] Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921, Family Search, Herbert Winfield Whitten, 1883. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HKQ-Y3Y.

[vii] Daniel W Whitten – Kennebunk Town, York County, Maine.

[viii] Ibid.

[ix] 1910 Census (FS) (NARA), Family Search, Daniel W Whitney [Whitten] Kennebunkport, York County, Maine.

[x] 1920 Census (FS), Daniel W Whitten – Kennebunk, York, Maine. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF8W-K7Y.

[xi] Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990, Family Search, Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990 – Daniel W Whitten. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKM1-WJ33  : United States, Maine State Library, Augusta; FHL microfilm 1,787,567.

Ancestor Biography – Daniel Whitten (1859-1950)

Whitten-Bickford-2016 Project
#8 – Whitten Line
By Don Taylor

It is often best and usually easiest to look at a person’s life backwards.  That is to begin with their death records then follow them through all of the census records and finish with their birth record. Each record can build upon the next to provide a view of the life of the individual.

Marker of Daniel Whitten
Marker – Daniel Whitten
Photo by “Airborne Steve”
via Find a Grave #172317650

Daniel Whitten was buried with his wife, Martha Angelina Libby at Highland Grove Cemetery at North Shapleigh, York County, Maine in 1950.[1]

In 1942, Daniel was living in Kennebunk, Maine when he filed a delayed birth certificate for his son, Herbert Winfield Whitten. The certificate showed Herbert was too old (58) to be drafted.[2]

Then we find Daniel in the census records.

  • 1940 – Age 80, widower, Kennebunk, ME.[3]
  • 1935 – Kennebunk, ME – Same House as 1940.[4]
  • 1930 – Age 70, with wife (Martha), Kennebunk, Maine.[5]
  • 1920 – Age 60, with wife (Martha), Kennebunk, Maine.[6]
  • 1910 – Age 50, with wife (Martha), Kennebunkport, Maine.[7]
  • 1900 – Age 41, with wife (Angie M), Shapleigh, Maine.[8] [Martha Angelina][9]
  • 1890 – (The 1890 Census was lost.)
  • 1883 – Age 24, Living in Limerick, Maine when his son Herbert was born.[10]
  • 1882 – 1900 Census says they were married for 18 years; the 1910 Census indicates they had been married for 28 years.

Here is where things get sketchy.  I can’t find Daniel in the 1880 census. Try as I might, I’m just not finding him.

I think I’ve found him in the 1870 Census.[11] If so, he is a 10 year old, attending school, and living with an extended group of Whittens. Unfortunately, the 1870 Census doesn’t indicate relationships between people in the household.

Household            Gender        Age   Birthplace

Jane Whitten                 F       83      Maine, – Keeping House
Hiram L Whitten          M      39      Maine, – Laborer
Sarah Whittn                 F       28      Maine, – Without Occupation
Lizzie A Whitten            F       17      Maine, – Works in Woolen Mill
Hiram A Whitten          M      14      Maine, – Works in Woolen Mill
Charles F Whitten         M      12      Maine, – Works in Woolen Mill
Daniel Whitten          M     10    Maine, – Attending School
Susan E Whitten            F       9       Maine, – Attending School
George M Whitten         M      6       Maine, – Attending School

Clearly, Daniel cannot be the son of the 83-year-old Jane.  Also, although the 28-year-old Sarah could be his mother, the 17-year-old Lizzie could not be the daughter of Sarah. The bottom line is that the 1870 census, by itself, begs more questions than provides answers.

The 1860 Census appears to clear up some of the questions.[12]

Household            Gender        Age   Birthplace

Hiram Whitten              M      29      Me – Day Laborer, Personal Property worth $50.00
Julia A Whitten              F       24      Me
Elizabeth A Whitten      F       7       Me – Attended School
Hiram A Whitten           M      5       Me – Attended School
Charles F Whitten          M      3       Me
Daniel Whitten               M      1       Me

It appears that Hiram is the head of the household and has a wife, Julia, and four children including Daniel. It appears to be a pretty typical family unit.

The problem with this assessment is that the Daniel Whitten post marriage is a clear family being followed for fifty plus years. The Daniel Whitten family of 1870 and before is likewise clear.  However, the linkage of two Daniel Whittens is dubious at best. The only thing that links the two families is the name Daniel Whitten, the birth date/year and place of Daniel (Maine), and the birth location of Daniel’s parents (Maine). Not quite enough to make me comfortable that I have followed Daniel throughout his life and haven’t possibly crossed Daniels somehow. I definitely need to do more research to shore up my assertation that the Daniel Whitten of Dover, NH in the 1860s and 1870s is the same Daniel Whitten of Limerick, Shapleigh, Kennebunkport, and Kennebunk in later years.

List of Grandparents

  • Grand Parent: Herbert Winfield Whitten
  • 1st Great: Daniel Winfield Whitten
  • 2nd Great: Hiram L Whitten?

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Find Daniel Whitten in 1880 Census.
  • Find Daniel in a birth, marriage, or military record (Fold 3 might be a help with that) which would show relationships.
  • Follow Hiram Whitten, his wife, and children after 1870.

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Endnotes

[1] Family Search: Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990; Daniel W Whitten; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKM1-WJ33

[2] Family Search: Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 –  Herbert Winfield Whitten, 1883 https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HKQ-Y3Y

[3] Family Search: 1940 Census; Daniel W Whitten – Kennebunk Town, York County, Maine; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KM99-VRD

[4] Ibid.

[5] Family Search: 1930 Census; Daniel W. Whitten – Kennebunk, York, Maine; ED 16-22 – Sheet 14B; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMDX-2H5

[6] Family Search: 1920 Census; Daniel W Whitten – Kennebunk, York, Maine; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF8W-K7Y

[7] Family Search: 1910 Census; Daniel W Whitney [Whitten] Kennebunkport, York County, Maine; ED 245, Sheet 10A; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MR3G-MK8

[8] Family Search: 1900 Census; Danel [Daniel] W. Whitten – Shapleigh Town, York County, Maine; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMG4-D6W.

[9] Family Search: 1900 Census; Danel [Daniel] W. Whitten – Shapleigh Town, York County, Maine; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMG4-D6W

[10] Family Search: Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 –  Herbert Winfield Whitten, 1883; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HKQ-Y3Y

[11] Family Search: 1870 Census; Jane Whitten – Dover (Ward 4), Strafford, New Hampshire; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MH5G-SHN

[12] Family Search: 1860 Census; Hiram Whitten – Newfield, York, Maine – Page: 71 – Household ID: 559; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDH1-38P

Auburn, Maine, Native Ada Marie Chase (1876-1940)

WB07 – Ada Marie Chase – KFJ1-MLJ

18 November 1876 – 26 February 1940

By Don Taylor

Map of Lewiston & Auburn
Showing the 1873 home of George Chase

Ada Marie Chase was born on 18 November 1876 in Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine,. She is the daughter of George W. Chase and Emma J. Libby. She died on 26 February 1940 in Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine at age 63 and is buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine.

Ada was the second child of George and Emma; Her brother, Burnham Chase was born in either 1872 or 1873. Her sister, Alice M Chase was born three years later in October 1879.

The 1880 census found the young family living at 39 Spring, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine. George was working as a tinman, Emma keeping house, Burnham was at school, and young Ada and Alice were still to young for school. This location today appears to have been next door to the, then brand new, two room, Auburn Public Library.

Three more siblings were born during the 1880s. First Bertha F Chase in 1881, next Ralph S. Chase in 1884, then Harry H Chase in 1887.

I believe that sometime between 1880 and 1893 Ada’s mother died.  In 1894, Ada’s father remarried. His new wife, Flora, had six children from a previous marriage.

In 1895 and library expanded and appears to have taken the house at 39 Spring, because by the 1900 census, the family had relocated to 98 Spring.  In 1900, Bernham was no longer in the home. George was still a tinman, 23 year-old Ada was working as a cashier, and Alice was a working as a bookkeeper. Bertha was in college and the two youngest boys were still in school. Flora’s children are absent from this census record.

She married Everett Anson Bickford (1876-1957), son of Anson W. and Jennie C.  Bickford on 30 October 1905 in Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine. Everett was 29 and Ada was 28. Ada’s sister Alice, who had married and moved to North Cambridge, Massachusetts, came up for the wedding.

Ada and Everett’s first child, Catherine Flora Bickford was born in 1907.

63 Winter Street, Auburn, Maine
Courtesy: Google Maps

In 1910 the young family was living at 63 Winter Street, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine. Everett was working as a grocer. Living with them was Everett’s father, Anson W Bickford. Ada would live there the rest of her life.

It is interesting to note that Zillow and other Real Estate websites report that the 3000 square-foot house at 63 Winter Street was built in 1920. It is unclear if they built their new home on the same lot as a previous house or if the build date is incorrect. More research will need to be done to determine that.

Three more daughters were born to Ada and Everett; Beatrice B, in 1911; Emma L, about 1913; and Phyllis, in 1916.

The 1920 Census shows that Everett had changed professions to be a real-estate and insurance agent. Ada was a housewife with four kids, and Everett’s father, Anson, was living at the same address but was his own head of household and was renting from Everett, who was the owner.

Marker: Ada M. Chase
Wife of Everett A Bickford
Photo Courtesy: Find a Grave.

In 1922, Everett’s father died.

The Auburn City Directory of 1924 indicates Everett owned the Bickford Agency and was the treasurer for the Auburn Motor Car Co., at 19 Turner.

By 1930, Catherine had moved out and the family was down to just Ada, Everett, and the three youngest daughters.

Ada Marie Chase Bickford died on 26 February 1940 in Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine. She is buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Auburn, Androscoggin County Maine.

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Bio – Everett Anson Bickford (1876-1957)

WB-06 – Everett Anson Bickford

15 October 1876 – 1957

Everett Anson Bickford[i] was born on 15 October 1876 in Readfield, Kennebec County, Maine[ii], died in 1957 in Maine, aged 80[iii]. He was buried in Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine, at Mount Auburn Cemetery[iv].

He is the son of Anson W Bickford (1852-?), aged 23, and Jennie C Bickford, aka Jane (1840-< 1910), aged 36.

The following information is also recorded for Everett:

Occupation: Grocer, Real Estate Insurance Agent (See below).
In September 1918 his physical description was: Medium Height, Medium Build, Blue Eyes, Brown Hair (per draft registration).
He completed 4 Years of High School (per 1940 Census)

Life Events for Evert Anson Bickford:

Everett was the fifth of eight children. His older siblings included Nettie, Ralph, Edward, and Matilda. Estella was born in 1879.

The 1880 census shows the three-year-old Everett living with his parents and five siblings in Readfield, Maine.

His sister Maude was born in 1883, and his sister Erna was born in 1884.

The 1900 census shows the 23-year-old Everett living with his parents and three sisters, Nettie, Maude, and Erna, in Auburn, Maine. Everett is working as a clerk in a grocery.

He married Ada Marie Chase (1876-bef. 1940), the daughter of George W and Emma Chase on 30 October 1905 in (Maine)[v]. They both were 29.

63 Winter, Auburn, Maine – Image courtesy Google

Everett’s mother died sometime between 1900 and 1910. Everett’s father, Anson, came to live with Everett, his wife Ada and their daughter Catherine for the 1910 Census. They lived at 63 Winter St[vi], in Auburn, Maine, a place they would live for many years. Everett was a grocery merchant, employed other individuals and owned his home. Trulia and other home sites indicate that the home at this location was built in 1920. Either they are wrong or another house was there and was replaced by the current home in 1920. In either event, they remained at 63 Winter into the 1940s.

Everett registered for the draft on 12 September 1918.[vii]

In the 1920 Census, Anson is no longer living with the family and three more daughters were born between 1910 and 1920, Beatrice, Emma, and Phyllis. Everett is now working own account as a Real Estate Insurance agent.[viii]

In the 1930 Census, Catherine had moved out but Everett and his wife are still living with their three youngest daughters. Everett is still a Real Estate Insurance agent. [ix]

The 1935 City Directory indicates that Everett is the proprietor of E. A. Agency and his home address is still 63 Winter.[x] [xi]

The 1940 Census indicated that Everett is now a widower. The 64-year-old is still the proprietor of a real estate company. The daughters have all moved out. Living at the same address is a renter, Josephine Abbott, a 71-year-old widow.[xii]
Marker: Everett A Bickford
Courtesy Find-a-Grave
Everett Anson Bickford died in 1957 and is buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery.[xiii]

            Children of Everett and Ada were:

         Catherine Flora Bickford, born on 2 February 1907 in Auburn, Maine, died on 6 August 2001 in York Harbor, York County, Maine, aged 94. She married Paul Timothy Whitten on 26 June 1937, next married Coleman Mitchell on 2 June 1979.

        Beatrice B Bickford, born about 1910 in Maine.

          Emma L Bickford, born about 1913 in Maine.

         Phyllis I Bickford, born on 28 February 1916 in Auburn, Maine, died on 29 September 2006 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, aged 90. She married Harold Dow.

ENDNOTES

[i] Note: Death: Probably 08 Jan 1957 but not confirmed at this time.
[ii] Sources: Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937 / Maine State Archives; Augusta, Maine, USA; 1892-1907 Vital Records; Roll #: 4 – Ancestry.com (Digitizing) – Maine, Birth Records, 1621-1922 / Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; 1892-1907 Vital Records; Roll #: 4 February 2, 1907 Auburn ME Female – White – 1st child Evert Anson Bickford Readfield, ME  White Res: Auburn, ME – Occupation Grocer Mother: Ada Maria Chase Born, Auburn ME Color White   – Ancestry.com (Other) – 1900 Census / Maine, Androscoggin, Auburn District 4,  Sheet 14B – Ancestry.com (Digitizing) – 1880 Census / Maine, Kennebec, Readfield, District 102, Page 18 – Ancestry.com (Digitizing) – U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 / Everett A Bickford – Ancestry.com (Internet) – U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 / Maine; Registration County: Androscoggin; Roll: 1653899; Draft Board: 2 – Ancestry.com (Digitizing)
[iii] Source: Find A Grave / Everett A Bickford –  Memorial# 114275975 – Find A Grave (Other)
[iv] Ibid.
[v] Sources: Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937 / Maine State Archives; Augusta, Maine, USA; 1892-1907 Vital Records; Roll #: 4 – Ancestry.com (Digitizing) – 1910 Census / Auburn Ward 2, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: T624_536; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0003; – Ancestry.com (Other)
[vi] Source: 1910 Census / Auburn Ward 2, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: T624_536; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0003; – Ancestry.com (Other)
[vii] Source: U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 / Maine; Registration County: Androscoggin; Roll: 1653899; Draft Board: 2 – Ancestry.com (Digitizing)
[viii] Source: 1920 Census / Maine, Androscoggin, Auburn Ward 2, District 4, Sheet 2B – Ancestry.com (Other)
[ix] Source: 1930 Census / Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: 827; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0004; Sheet 5A – Ancestry.com (Digitizing)
[x] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995; 1935 – Auburn (Lewiston), Maine, City Directory, Page 682; Ancestry.Com.
[xi] Sources: 1940 Census / Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: T627_1469; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 1-5 – Ancestry.com (Digitizing) – U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 / 1935 – Auburn (Lewiston), Maine, City Directory, Page 682 – Ancestry.com (Digitizing)
[xii] 1940 Census; Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: T627_1469; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 1-5; Ancestry.Com.
[xiii] Find A Grave; Everett A Bickford –  Memorial# 114275975; Find a Grave.
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Back to Heredis & Marion Reed Roos

Back to Heredis….

As many of you know who have been following my frustrations with software, trying to find the perfect tool to manage my genealogical research, I’ve tried many different products (Roots Magic, Mac Family Tree, Heredis, Reunion, and more). I use a Mac, and I’ve never been happy using a Windows product on my Mac using windows emulation products. I used Reunion 11 for several weeks and feel that I learned the good and the bad of it.  The process for my handling sources and applying those sources to facts that I enter for individuals is really good. The bad, I’ve not been successful importing a GEDCOM file into Reunion and having the media associated with a source connecting properly.  Taking the time to reconnect the media is time-consuming and frustrating.  The other issue I had with Reunion was the reporting.  What I like to do for my blog is have the software generate a fairly reasonable outline of an individual and then I can rewrite the outputted draft story of the individual into a form I like better and add other details.  I found Reunion didn’t provide a particularly good draft story.
Heredis 2015
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I recalled from my previous use of Heredis 2015 that it seemed to write a draft life story much better, because of that, I thought I’d give it a try again and I’m much happier with the results.
Although the GEDCOM export from Family Tree Maker and the subsequent import into either Reunion or Heredis seemed to be similar, reconnecting media to sources seems to be easier in Heredis.  So, because of my experiences with both products, I’ve decided to return to using Heredis as my primary tool for managing my family tree.
Is it perfect, no, but it seems to be the best for me. The biggest negative issue is the complete lack of management of to-do or task lists.  I can easily overcome that by using another program to do so. I have long used Evernote to document interesting information I find. I can readily adapt it to act as my to-do and genealogical tasks.  Probably even better than most genealogical programs. I also can use vJournal (an Evernote plugin) to document my research activity. Again, probably better than research logs within genealogy software.
So, I think I have my solution. I’ll use Heredis as my Genealogy management software. It will relate my electronic media with my sources and relate them to individuals as appropriate. Then I’ll use Evernote to manage my to-do tasks. I’ll use vJournal for a research log which will store its information in Evernote. Finally, I’ll use Heredis to export reports that contain the basics of an individual’s life story and also provides the endnotes citing the sources of each item I rewrite using Microsoft Word. I think it is a good plan.
Marion Josephine Reed Roos Mowbray is the first individual I exported a biography sheet for and then rewrote it for my style of writing.  Will I get better with it, I’m sure I will, but I’m happy with the results so far.

Marion Josephine Reed (Roos) Mowbray (1898-1977)

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 5

Marion Reed Roos (1920)
Alfred University Yearbook: Kanakadea 1920

Marion Josephine Reed Roos was born on 22 December 1898 in Buffalo (Erie, New York), USA, died on 3 September 1977 in Weymouth (Norfolk, Massachusetts), USA, aged 78[i].
She is the daughter of Edward H  Roos (1856-1933), aged 42, and  Christiana  Roos (1860-), aged 38.  She was the youngest of five children. The family consisted of four children (2 boys and 2 girls) all born in the five years between 1880 and 1884. Then was a 14-year gap when Marion was born.
Events in the life of Marion include:
In 1900, she was living with her parents and all four siblings at 364 Elm Street in Buffalo (Erie County), New York.[ii]
In 1910, she as living with her parents and just her youngest sibling, Lenora, at 636 Linwood Ave in Buffalo (Erie County), New York).[iii]
In 1917, the family appears to be just her and her parents, living at 584 Linwood Ave. Buffalo (Erie County), New York. Her father is listed in the city directory as a building contractor.[iv]
In 1918 Marion became a freshmen at Alfred University in Alfred (Allegany County), New York ) where she studied science.[v]
Alfred University is about 90 miles southeast of her home in Buffalo.
The 1920 Census reports her still living with her parents at 584 Linwood Ave in Buffalo (Erie County), New York and working as a grammar school teacher; however, she was still attending Alfred University, and was the Junior Class president and the editor-in-chief of the “Fiat Lux”.[vi], [vii]  Because the 1920 Census was enumerated on 1 January, I believe Marion was probably home during the Christmas break, which would make sense.
She graduated from Alfred University in 1921 in Alfred (Allegany, New York), Alfred University.[viii]
She returned to living with her parents living at 584 Linwood in Buffalo (Erie County), New York) and was living there in 1923.[ix]
In 1924, she married Elmer Stephens Mapes (1898-1974), who was the son of James Mapes (1863-) and Myrtle E [Mapes] (1869.[x] They were both 25 years old when they married.  It is apparent that they met at Alfred University. Both were on the staff of the “Fiat Lux.”
By 1926, the couple had moved to Bristol, (Bristol County), Rhode Island.[xi]
In 1929, their first daughter (living) was born in Massachusetts.

The 1930 Census reports the couple living in Bristol, RI at 895 Hope Street. Elmer is the acting superintendent of schools, an amazing accomplishment for the 31-year-old Elmer.[xii]

Their second daughter (living) was born in 1934 also in Massachusetts.
Sometime in the 1950s, the family moved to Weymouth (Norfolk County), Massachusetts.
Marion’s husband, Elmer, died in 1974 in Weymouth, MA.
Marion died on 3 September 1977, in Weymouth (Norfolk County), Massachusetts.[xiii]
Further information regarding Marion Roos Mapes and an Ancestry tree are available at  http://person.ancestry.com/tree/71471944/person/38235800431 .

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[i] Sources: Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003 (Other) – Social Security Death Index (Other) – Social Security Death Index / Marion Mapes – 039-16-3413 – Ancestry.com (Other) – Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003 – Ancestry.com (Other)
[ii] Source: 1900 Census / Buffalo Ward 6, Erie, New York; Roll: 1026; Page: 17B – Ancestry.com (Digitizing)
[iii] Source: 1910 Census / Buffalo Ward 20, Erie, New York; Roll: T624_947; Page: 4B – Ancestry.com (Digitizing)
[iv] Source: U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 / 1917 – Buffalo, New York, Page 1276 – Roos – Ancestry (Other)
[v] Source: Kanakadea 1918 / Page 52 – Ancestry.com (Other)
[vi] Source: 1920 Census / Buffalo Ward 23, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1107; Page: 6B – Ancestry.com (Digitizing)
[vii] Sources: Kanakadea 1920 / Page 45 – Ancestry.com (Other) – Kanakadea 1920 / Page 31 – Ancestry.com (Digitizing) – Kanakadea 1920 / Page 80 – Ancestry.com (Digitizing)
[viii] Source: Kanakadea 1921 / Page 25 – Ancestry.com (Digitizing)
[ix] Source: U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 / 1923 – Buffalo, New York, Page 1531, Roos – Ancestry.com (Digitizing)
[x] Source: 1930 Census / Bristol, Bristol, Rhode Island; Roll: 2168; Page: 17A – Ancestry.com (Digitizing)
[xi] Source: U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 / 1926 – Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, Page 470 – Mapes – Ancestry.com (Other)
[xii] Source: 1930 Census / Bristol, Bristol, Rhode Island; Roll: 2168; Page: 17A – Ancestry.com (Digitizing)
[xiii] Source: Social Security Death Index / Marion Mapes – 039-16-3413 – Ancestry.com (Other)

 

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