52 Ancestors – Week 2018-29
By Don Taylor
Like many of my ancestors, Deborah Buel Maben, was a pioneer wife. She was born, raised, and married in eastern New York (Greene County). After she married she headed west with her husband to Michigan Territory. She was there when Michigan become a state. She passed away and was buried in Benton, Washtenaw County, Michigan, in the land she and her family settled.
52 Ancestors – Week 2018-26
By Don Taylor
I often have trouble with locations in Europe and Central Europe in particular. Because of the frequent changes in names, states, and country boundaries, I often become confused. Wolfstein, Germany, changed states frequently. During Anna’s lifetime. In many cases, Wikipedia provides the information that gives me understanding. I entered Wolfstein into Wikipedia and was referred to a disambiguation page. Based upon the response I learned that it is a town in the Kusel district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Reading the “Recent times” I learned that Wolfstein became Bavarian in 1814 and kept the name until 1947 when it became part of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Now I get it.
Anna Elizabeth Gunther was born in Wolfstein, Bavaria, Germany on 25 September 1888 to Peter and Anna Maria (Schick) Gunther. She was baptized two and a half weeks later at the Lutheran Church in Wolfstein, Bavaria on 14 October 1888.
On 30 December 1909, Anna married Karl Bauer in the Protestant (Lutheran) Church in Wolfstein. They had six children, all born in Wolfstein.
Children of Karl & Anna Bauer
1921 was an extremely bad year with the deaths of the couple’s twin children. Robert died at the age of 3 months and Herbert died at the age of 7 months.
In January 1926, Karl emigrated to the United States. Anna and the other children remained in Wolfstein. Karl came by way of Bremen, Germany, and took the SS Columbus to New York. The SS Columbus was a 775-foot, twin screw, two-masted, two-funneled passenger ship. The ship had a capacity of 1750 passengers. Anna, Emilie, Karl, and <Living> followed 16 months later arriving in New York on 13 May 1927. Anna and the three children joined Karl at 299 Bleecher Street, Brooklyn. Finally, Irmgard came to America nearly two years later, April 1929, thus reuniting the family at 299 Bleecher Street.
The 1940 Census finds Karl and Anna still living at 299 Bleecher Street. Living with them are their sons, Walter and [Living]. Living with them is Anna’s mother, Anna Gunther. Their oldest child, Emilie, is living with her husband Reinhold Bressler in the same building. Their other daughter, Irmgard was also living in the same building with her husband Walter Hopfe.
When her son Karl registered for the draft in 1942, Anna was still living at 299 Bleecher.
Sometime between 1942 and 1962, the Karl & Anna moved to Yaphank, New York.
Death & Burial
Karl died on 28 November 1968; Anna died six and a half years later in May 1975. She was buried with Karl at Yaphank Cemetery, Yaphank, New York.
1930 Census (A), Com, Carl Bauer – Brooklyn, Kings, New York. Line 33 – 229 Bleecker St.
1940 Census (A), Com, Multiple names: Karl, Anna, Walter, Reinhold Bauer, Anna Gunther, Reinhold & Emmy Bressler, Walter & Irmgard Hopfe. Year: 1940; Census Place: New York, Kings, New York; Roll: T627_2608; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 24-2351
New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940 (Provo, UT, USA, com Operations, Inc., 2013), Ancestry.Com, National Archives and Records Administration; Washington, DC; ARC Title: Index to Petitions for Naturalizations Filed in Federal, State, and Local Courts in New York City, 1792-1906; NAI Number: 5700802.
New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, Com, Anna Bauer – 13 May 1927 (& Children) – List 15A. Source Citation. Year: 1927; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 4054; Line: 18; Page Number: 199
New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940, Com, Anna Bauer – Petition #157368. Source Citation: National Archives and Records Administration; Washington, DC; ARC Title: Index to Petitions for Naturalizations Filed in Federal, State, and Local Courts in New York City, 1792-1906; NAI Number: 5700802; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: RG 21
New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940, Com, Karl Bauer – Declaration 113938.
New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940, Com, Karl Bauer – Petition #153989.
Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1556-1973, Com, Baptism – Anna Elisabetha Günther – No Image.
Source Information com. Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1556-1973 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.
52 Ancestors – Week 2018-16
By Don Taylor
Some families are difficult to research because there aren’t many records about a family in a pioneer location. Other times there are too many people with the same name in a location. Such is the case of my Aunt Barbara’s maternal grandfather, Jacob F. Wilhelm. His father was also Jacob Wilhelm and his mother was Louise. He married a Louise Lenz. There were also two other Jacob Wilhelms living in Chicago during the time of Jacob and his father. Separating them all is difficult, but I think I have it.
Research Durand 2018 – Ancestor #6
List of Grandparents
Grandfather: Jacob Frederick Wilhelm (1875-1943
1st Great-grandfather: Jacob Wilhelm
Jacob Frederick Wilhelm (1875-1943)
Jacob Frederick Wilhelm was born on 1 July 1875 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. It appears that he was the oldest of two (known) children of Jacob and Louise Hanns (or Harrus) Wilhelm, both of whom were German immigrants. In 1870, Chicago was the fifth largest city in the United States with almost 300,000 people. When Jacob was born, Chicago was still recovering from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The fire had left nearly 1/3 of the city’s population (100,000 people) homeless.
In the ensuing years between his birth and 1900, the population of Chicago grew to nearly 1.7 million, a growth of more than five times in 25 years. Most of these new immigrants were from Europe; however, many migrated from the eastern states also.[i]
In 1893, when Jacob was 18 years old, Chicago was host to the “World’s Columbian Exposition” (aka Chicago World’s Fair). More than 27 million people attended the fair; I have to imagine that young Jacob and his 16-year-old brother, George, had to have attended sometime during the event.
Jacob married Louise Lentz on 18 March 1903 in Chicago. Like Jacob, Louise was the daughter of German Immigrants. It was the first marriage for both of them.
Jacob and Louise had five children
Elizabeth Born 1904, who married Harold Woolrich (or Wodrich).
Dorothy Born 1907 who married Richard Durand.
Edward Born 1911, (Marital status unknown)
Robert – Born 1923, who married Merla (unknown)
Louise – Born 1927, who married Charles Jordan
In 1910, Jacob and his wife were living at 5249 Carpenter Street with his two children and his brother George. Jacob is the foreman at a packing house.
It appears that by 1916, Jacob was working at a saloon at 5250 South Ashland Ave.[ii] By1917 Jacob had become a saloonkeeper at 2901 N. Kedzie Ave. Chicago. He lived upstairs and the saloon was downstairs.
Jacob was described as tall, with a medium build, gray eyes, and light brown hair. He was identified as having a paralyzed right arm and throat on his World War 1 draft registration, thus disqualifying him from service.
There was probably nothing as disastrous to a saloonkeeper as Prohibition, which was ratified by the states in January 1919 and took effect on January 16, 1920. The 1920 Census, which was enumerated on 1 January 1920, shows Jacob as a storekeeper of a grocery store at 2901 N. Kedzie. His saloon was converted to a grocery store which he, and presumably his wife ran. His oldest daughter, Elizabeth, was working as a stenographer, and his younger daughter, Dorothy, and his son, Edward, were attending school.
The 1930 Census indicates the family was still at 2901 N. Kedzie, however, in 1930 it was a candy shop. Living with Jacob is his wife Louise and his son Edward who was working as an office clerk. His two youngest, Robert is attending school and Lois is only 2-1/2.
By 1940, the candy store appears to have shifted back to a retail grocery store. Jacob was the Storekeeper and his wife was a clerk. Their youngest children, Robert and Lois, are still living with them and are attending school.
It appears that sometime between 1940 and 1943, Jacob and Louise moved two blocks away to 2938 N Sawyer Avenue.
Death & Burial
Jacob F. Wilhelm died on 23 June 1943 of chronic myocarditis. According to his death certificate, he was buried at Fairmount Cemetery in [Willow Springs], Palos [Township], Cook County, Illinois. Find-a-Grave did not have a memorial for Jacob Wilhelm, so I created a memorial and I have requested photos of his marker.
On his social security application with the Chicago and North Western Railroad, Jacob’s son, Edward Clarence Wilhelm, indicated that his father’s middle name was “Ferdinan.” I think this was in error. Edward’s maternal grandfather’s name was Ferdinand. I believe that Edward confused the two names. The best source I have for Jacob’s middle name is his World War I draft registration which indicates that his middle name was Frederick. Jacob saw this form, was literate and signed the registration indicating that he had verified the information and it was true.
1910 Census, Jacob Wilhelm – Chicago, Cook, IL – ED 1281, Sheet 15A, Line 79. United States Census, 1910, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MK8Q-56T : accessed 1 May 2016), Jacob Wilhelm, Chicago Ward 29, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 1281, sheet 15A, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration); FHL microfilm 1,374,288.
1920 Census, Jacob Wilhelm – Chicago, Cook, ED 1677, Sheet 7B, Line 77. “United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJQY-D31 : accessed 1 May 2016), Jacob Wilhelm, Chicago Ward 27, Cook (Chicago), Illinois, United States; citing sheet 7B, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration); FHL microfilm 1,820,340.
1930 Census (NARA), Ancestry.Com, 1930 Census – Jacob Wilhelm – Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census.
1940 Census, Ancestry.Com, Jacob Wilhelm – Chicago, Cook, IL – ED 103-2026, Sheet 2B, Line 75.
Illinois Certificate of Death – Number 18873, Jacob F. Wilhelm – Image from
City Directory (A), Ancestry.Com, Chicago – 1917 – Page 1919 – Jacob F Wilhelm.
Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947, Family Search, Death – Jacob F. Wilhelm – 23 Jun 1943. “Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NQPK-RR8 : accessed 1 May 2016), Jacob F. Wilhelm, 23 Jun 1943; Public Board of Health, Archives, Springfield; FHL microfilm 1,953,885.
Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920, Family Search, Jacob Wilhelm & Louise Lenz – 18 Mar 1903. “Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N7DW-2WB : accessed 1 May 2016), Jacob Wilhelm and Louise Lenz, 18 Mar 1903; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, 362375, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,030,349.
U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,Ancestry.Com, Jacob Fredrick Wilhelm. Registration State: Illinois; Registration County: Cook; Roll: 1613896; Draft Board: 64.
John Calvin Roberts was the first Roberts ancestor I was pretty sure was an ancestor. Years ago, when I did a Y-DNA test to try to determine who my biological father was, the five genetically closest individuals to me were all surnamed. Of them, I was able to follow three of their trees back to a common ancestor, John Calvin Roberts. Although we could have all shared an ancestor of John’s, in that my branch could have split off before John, he became a pivotal person in my research and I hypothesized that he was a common ancestor. It turned out that I was correct.
3rd Great-grandfather: John Calvin Roberts (1795-1873)
4th Great-grandfather: Elias Roberts (1769-1806)
John Calvin Roberts (1795-1873)
John Calvin Roberts was born 03 Mar 1795 in Southwest Territory. He was the fifth child of the nine (known) children of Ellis and Rebecca (Brashears) Roberts. He was the only child born in the Southwest Territory. His four older siblings were all born in South Carolina and his three younger siblings were born after the Southwest Territory became a state, Tennessee, on June 1st, 1796.
John was six years old when Roane County was formed in 1801. It is even more likely that he experienced the excitement of seeing the United States nearly doubling in size with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The War of 1812 began when John was 17. Several researchers have indicated that John served in the War of 1812. I have been unable to confirm that service.[i] In any event, having the British in Tennessee would have made for exciting times.
John’s eight known siblings are:
Edward C Roberts 1787-1841
Robert Samuel Roberts 1789-1873
Rachael Roberts 1791-1856
Phillip Roberts 1794-1874
Bazzel Roberts 1797-1860
Elizabeth Roberts 1799-1855
Elijah Roberts 1801-1850
Mary “Polly” Roberts 1804-1823
John married Elizabeth Blackwell on his 21st birthday, 3 March 1816 in Roane County, Tennessee. [ii] Elizabeth had 16 children over the next 27 years. Their first child, Calvin, was born nine months and a few weeks after their marriage.
Their children included:
Calvin Roberts 1816-(before 1848)
Elias R. “Robbie” Roberts 1818-1902
David R Roberts 1820-(before 1848)
Elijah Josiah Roberts 1822-1868
Elizabeth Roberts 1823-1848
George W Roberts 1824-1848
Francis Marion “Jack” Roberts 1825-1863
John F Roberts 1827-1848
Phillip Roberts 1829-(before 1848)
Amanda Roberts 1831-1849
Hugh Roberts 1833-1916
Asa Ellis Roberts 1835-1916
Robert Samuel Roberts 1837-1910
Bazzel Roberts 1839-1877
Rebecca Roberts 1841-1870
William Roberts 1843-1850
Sadly, the 1820 Census has been lost.[iii] One researcher suggests John and family were working the farm with his brother, Edward.
The 1830 Census finds John as the head of household consisting of 10 people, him, his wife, and eight children:
Two males under five – Presumably Philip and John F.
Two males 5 thru 9 – Presumably Jack and George
Thee males 10 thru 14 – Presumably Elijah and Elias and either David or Calvin.
One female 5 thru 9 – Presumably Elizabeth
From that, it appears that either David or Calvin died before the 1830 Census as it seems unlikely that either left home before the age of 14.
The 1840 Census finds John as the head of a household consisting of 13 people.
Three males under five – Presumably Asa, Robert, and Bazzel.
One male 5 thru 9 – Presumably Hughy
One male 10 thru 14 – Presumably John F.
Two males 15 thru 19 – Presumably Jack and George
Two males 20 thru 29 – presumably Elijah and Elias
One female 5 thru 9 – Presumably Rebecca
One female 15 thru 19 – Presumably Elizabeth.
He appears in the census next to Robert S. Roberts, presumably, that is his brother Robert Samuel Roberts.
The 1850 Census is the first census that provides the names of people besides the head of the household. The census reports John’s household consists of the following:
John Roberts 55
Elizabeth Roberts 53
Hughy Roberts 17
Acy Roberts 15
Robert S Roberts 13
Bazel Roberts 11
Rebecca Roberts 10
William Roberts 9
Elizabeth Nelson 23
All were born in Tennessee except for John’s wife Elizabeth who was born in North Carolina. It is not clear who Elizabeth Nelson was. John’s daughter Elizabeth was born in 1823 and would be 26 years old during the 1850 Census, so I don’t believe it was her.
The 1860 Census finds John as the head of the household with wife Elizabeth and daughter Rebecca.
John’s wife Elizabeth died on 5 July 1867. She is buried in the Roberts Cemetery, in Roane County, Tennessee.
The 1870 Census finds John and his daughter Rebecca living in District 14 (post office Kingston), Roane County Tennessee.
Death & Burial
John Calvin Roberts died in April 1873 in Roane County, Tennessee. He is believed to be buried in the Roberts Cemetery. However, his marker has not been found and is presumed lost or to have never been erected.
1830 Census (A) (NARA), Ancestry.Com, 1830 Census – John Roberts – Roane, Tennesee (A). 1830; Census Place: Roane, Tennessee; Series: M19; Roll: 180; Page: 55; Family History Library Film: 0024538.
1840 Census (A) (NARA), Ancestry.Com, 1840 Census – John Roberts – Roane, Tennessee (A). 1840; Census Place: Roane, Tennessee; Roll: 535; Page: 70; Image: 1022; Family History Library Film: 0024549.
Find a Grave, Find a Grave, John Calvin Roberts (1795-1873) [No Image]. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 23 February 2018), memorial page for John Calvin Roberts (3 Mar 1795–Apr 1873), Find A Grave Memorial no. 147852303, citing Roberts Cemetery, Roane County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Ralph Martin (contributor 47724249) . https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/147852303/john-calvin-roberts.
[i] One document often cited by other researchers indicates that John Calvin Roberts served in the War of 1812 also shows that John’s Wife Elizabeth has a Widow’s pension number. Elizabeth (Blackwell) Roberts, the wife of John Calvin Roberts preceded John in death and would not have been a widow and should not have had a widow’s number.
[ii] His Marriage Bond was dated 2 March 1816 and is occasionally cited as his marriage date by some researchers in error.
A pearl of Ireland, Margaret (or Marguerite) came to America as a teenager. It is unclear if she came alone or with her parents, but my suspicion is she came alone. Life in America was not the milk and honey she hoped for, but still, it had its blessings.
Whitten-Bickford Project – Ancestor #WB11
List of Grandparents
Grandmother: Francis Florence Murphy
1st Great-grandmother: Margaret Alice Maloney
2nd Great-grandfather: Timothy Maloney
Margaret (aka Marguerite) Alice Maloney Murphy (1855-1915)
The name Margaret comes from the French name Marguerite, meaning pearl. The names Margaret and Marguerite are used interchangeably in various documents referring to her. She was “Marguerite” during the 1900 census and “Margaret” in the 1910 census. Her death record says “Margerite,” an apparent misspelling. According to the 1910 Census, she could not read and write, so the records recording her name rely upon the spelling by other people.
She was probably born in May 1855, at the tail-end of the Great Irish Famine. Times must have been incredibly tough in County Cork, Ireland while she was growing up. The 1900 Census, indicates she was born in May 1855 and is most likely accurate. Her death record indicates she was 62 year and 11 months old when she died, suggesting her birth in May 1852. I prefer the 1900 census date because typically the respondent provides both month and year of birth. The death record relies on others to provide what they think is the birth date.
I know nothing of her childhood in Ireland. The Great Irish Famine of 1841-1849 was over by the time of her birth, but her native land of County Cord had seen more than a 30% reduction in population between 1841 and 1851. The aftermath of that had to have affected her childhood immensely.
She came to America in 1870. I have been unable to find her arrival information or if the 15-year-old young woman arrived alone or with family.
Margaret married Dennis Frances Murphy probably in 1885 before their daughter Frances was born. They had three children, all born in Biddeford, Maine.
Frances Florence Murphy – Born 11 April 1886
John Walter Murphy – Born 20 August 1887
Joanna Josephine Murphy – Born 28 May 1890.
There may have been a 4th child born to Margaret. The 1900 Census indicates that Margaret had four children, only one of whom was living. The 1910 Census indicates that Margaret had three children, only one of whom was living. Thus, it is unclear if the 1900 census is incorrect or if Magaret had another child that was not spoken of.
Her son John died on 22 Aug 1887 at the age of two days.
Her daughter Joanna died sometime before 1900, but it is unclear what her age was, but clearly less than 10-years-old.
Her husband Dennis died in November 1890.
In 1900, the widow Murphy is living at 19 Vitromile Street in Biddeford, Maine. She is working as a “corder” at a cotton mill. Living with her is 14-year-old Florence. Between 1900 and 1910 Vitromile Street was renamed Saint Mary’s Street.
In 1910, the widow Murphy is living at 17 Saint Mary’s Street in Biddeford. That is the same building as in 1900. She is working as an “operative” at a cotton mill. Living with her is 24-year-old Florence. Today, the building includes six one-bedroom apartments immediately across the street from the former Saint Mary’s Church.
In 1911, Margaret’s daughter, Florence, married Herbert Winfield Whitten in Biddeford.
Margaret Alice (Maloney) Murphy died in Biddeford on 29 April 1915. Her burial location is unknown.
Further Actions / Follow-up
Learn how Margaret immigrated (ship, date, etc.).
Find Margaret in the 1880 Census.
Research where in County Cork Margaret was born.
Learn location for Margaret’s burial.
1900 Census (A), com, Margaret Murphy. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
1910 Census (FS) (NARA), Family Search, Margaret Murphy – Biddeford, York, Maine. “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MR3L-NYG : accessed 27 October 2017), Margaret Murphy, Biddeford Ward 6, York, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 236, sheet 5A, family 66, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 547; FHL microfilm 1,374,560.
Maine, Birth Records, 1715-1922, com, John Walter Murphy – Aug 20, 1887. Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; Pre 1892 Delayed Returns; Roll Number: 79.
United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, Dennis F Murphy . “United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDG-XFQN : 3 April 2015), Dennis F Murphy, 1890.