Descendant Bio – Dorothy Bell Cologne (1924-2017)

John Foster Montran Descendants
By Don Taylor

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

i.  Madonna Mae Montran (1893-1976)

Children of John F. Montran and Maude Minnie Winter

ii.  Thelma M. Montran (1895-1974)
Children of Minor Howard Babcock and Thelma M. Montran

A. Olga Ruth Babcock (1916-2001)
B. Montran Benson Babcock (1922-1972)

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)

Birth

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).

Childhood

In 1930 she was living with her parents at 2 Farragut Street in Philadelphia and she was attending school.

C-54 – Plane type Dorothy flew back to the United States in.

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.

Marriage

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.

Adult

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.

Follow-up

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.

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Sources

  • 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.
  • Homelight.com, Dorothy D’aprix – Real Estate Agent at Keller Williams Realty Premier. https://www.homelight.com/agents/dorothy-d-aprix-fl-00119314.
  • Tributes.com, Dorothy D’Aprix (1924-2017) – No Image. http://www.tributes.com/obituary/print_selections/104435613.
  • “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.
  • Voter Records.com, Dorothy B D’aprix’s Florida Voter Registration. https://voterrecords.com/voter/9329409/dorothy-daprix

Ruth Grace Montran Cologne (1897-1993)

Only recently have I come to the determination that Ruth Grace Montran is my grandmother’s (Madonna Mae Montran) half sister and that they shared the same father, John F. Montran. In my attempt to prove or disprove that relationship, I’ve researched Ruth considerably and have learned quite a bit about her long life.
“Middlesex-County-Map” by Middlesex County
Municipality – Licensed under Public Domain
via Wikimedia Commons
Ruth Grace Montran was born 27 Nov 1897 in Middlesex, Ontario, Canada, to John Montran and Maud Minnie Winter. Dr. Moorhouse was the attending physician.[i] Her birth was recorded/registered only two weeks later, on 13 Dec 1897, by M. M. Montran (presumed to be Maud).
According to Ruth’s naturalization record[ii], and the 1910 Census[iii], Ruth arrived in the United States in January 1898.
The 1900 Census shows Ruth living with her uncle, Primrose Brown, a railroad laborer, his wife Jerusha [sic – Josephine] Brown, her Scottish maternal grandmother, Maryann Winter, and her older sister Thelma Montran in Waterloo Village, Fayette Township, Seneca County, New York. It is interesting to note that the census indicates that she was born in Canada; however, there is not date in the emigration column, clearly an oversight. Another item of note is that this is the only document I’ve seen that indicates that her father was born in France.[iv] (I have long thought that Madonna’s father was French because Madonna used to say she was “English, Irish, and French.”)
The 1910 Census shows 12 year-old Ruth living in Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania with her adoptive parents, Penrose and Josephine E Brown and an 5 year-old adopted brother, Harry P Baker.[v] So,
Ruth married John Terrell Cologne sometime between 1910 and 3 April 1920, as evidenced that she became naturalized Miami, Dade, Florida, USA as Ruth Cologne. The registration number is 13328136 and is something to search for.[vi]
I have not been successful finding John and Ruth in the 1920 Census, yet. Anyone else successful yet?
View of the Provident Mutual Life Insurance
Building from a few hundred feet of 2 Farragut St.
Photo by DanTD (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0],
via Wikimedia Commons
The 1930 Census finds Ruth living with her husband, John, at 2 Farragut Street, Philadelphia, PA, along with her two children, Dorothy B and John T. Cologne. This census entry is curious because it indicates that her father was born in New York. The 1900 Census indicated her father [John Montran] was born in France, and the 1910 Census indicates her father was born in Pennsylvania. Her father in this census is apparently Primrose Brown. In 1930, Ruth was a saleslady working in a department store. Her husband, John, was a dentist and was working as such[vii]. Two Farragut Street is currently a vacant lot next to the 46th Street Station of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s Market-Frankford Line. It was across Market Street from the Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building that is currently under renovation to become a command center for the Philadelphia Police and the new headquarters the Philadelphia for Health Department.[viii]

What happened between 1930 and 1940 is very unclear. In the 1940 Census, Ruth’s husband, John, is living in Philadelphia with his son, John Jr; however, Ruth is not living with them[ix]. I have not been successful finding Ruth in the 1940 Census, so far. In pure speculation on my part, I think that John and Ruth were probably estranged about 1930 which necessitated Ruth to work outside of the home but they were still living in the same house. Then, by 1940 I suspect they were divorced. John remarried later in the 1940s but Ruth didn’t remarry. As I mentioned, this is speculation; however, it does provide directions for further research.

Ruth Grace Cologne died in Broward County, Florida on 3 Sep 1993[x]. I have not found specific burial information for Ruth Grace Cologne yet.

Areas for Further Research:

Determine if Middlesex has certificates for Ruth’s birth period and get a copy if possible.
Get a copy of Ruth’s naturalization information/record.
Get a copy of Ruth and John’s marriage license/certificate.
Find Ruth Grace Montran/Cologne in the 1920 Census.
Find Ruth Grace Cologne in the 1940 Census.
Learn more about Ruth Cologne’s life from 1940-1993.
Determine Ruth Grace Montran Cologne’s burial information/information.

ENDNOTES

[i] Ontario Births, 1869-1912, Family Search, Ruth Grace Montran, 27 Nov 1897. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FM8X-RVR.
[iii] 1910 Census (A) (NARA), Ancestry, http://www.Ancestry.com, Year; 1910; Census Place: Shamokin, Northumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1384; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0110; FHL microfilm: 1375397. http://search.ancestry.com//cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1910USCenIndex&indiv=try&h=25194088.
[iv] “United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSGZ-6PY : accessed 7 August 2015), Ruth Montran in household of Penrose Brown, Fayette Township Waterloo vill., Seneca, New York, United States; citing sheet 16A, family 384, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,241,162. 
[v] 1910 Census (A) (NARA), Ancestry, http://www.Ancestry.com, Year; 1910; Census Place: Shamokin, Northumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1384; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0110; FHL microfilm: 1375397. http://search.ancestry.com//cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1910USCenIndex&indiv=try&h=25194088.
[vii] Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.Original data – 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,), Year: 1930; Census Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: 2139; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0496; Image: 817.0; FHL microfilm: 2341873.
[viii] Plan Philly – Eyes on the Street, March 8, 2012, “Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building to be reused as Police Command Center –  http://planphilly.com/eyesonthestreet/2012/03/08/provident-mutual-life-insurance-building-to-be-reused-as-police-command-center
[x] Ancestry.com, Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data – State of Florida. Florida Death Index, 1877-1998. Florida: Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, 1998.Original data: State of Florida. Florida Death Ind), Ancestry, http://www.Ancestry.com, Ruth Montran Cologne. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?gss=angs-g&new=1&rank=1&gsfn=Ruth+Grace+Montran&gsfn_x=NP_NN&gsln=Cologne&gsln_x=NP_NN&MSAV=1&cpxt=1&cp=12&catbucket=rstp&uidh=by1&pcat=ROOT_CATEGORY&h=3885817&db=floridadeath&indiv=1&ml_rpos=1.

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