I love software that helps digitize documents nicely. Some time ago I added CamScanner by INTSIG Information Co., Ltd to my phone. It allows a person to take a photo of a document with your phone. Once the photo is taken you select the area you desire and the software automagically adjusts the photo to be a flat image. That way you don’t have to be exactly centered over a document. That can really help if a flash is needed or if the pages can’ It is easy to transfer the image to your computer via the internet. The only problem with the software I’ve found is operator error. When my wife and I were visiting my wife’s mother I used CamScanner to “scan” some pages from Margaret Lambe’s Prayer Book. I took the photos, cropped them, then moved on. It wasn’t until I got home and saw the images on a much larger screen that I saw my operator error. I had cropped the photos too close and missed some detail. Not so badly that I can’t use the images, but badly enough to remind myself that it is easy to crop the photos too severely and I need to be more careful.
On the same day that Margaret Lambe received a Bible from she also received “The Book of Common Prayer.” The inscription in the prayer book is much more legible than it was in her Bible and clearly shows it was received from Rev. Wm Cassidi. (I’ve adjusted the person in the post about the Bible to reflect the name more legible in this image.) The bad part is that through operator error, I cut off the “e” in Lambe and the “di” in Cassidi. Oops.
Having a small Bible and a “Book of Common Prayer” was an important part of the religious life of 19th Century parishioners in the Church of England and I’m sure these two books were important gifts to the 17-year-old Margaret.
The Inscription reads:
With the best
The Rev. Wm Cassidi
April 30, 1877.
I am still unclear what “Grindon” is or what it means. Had I seen only this inscription, I would have surmised it was the Reverend’s surname. However, the Bible inscription appears to be something separate from his surname so I’m still confused. have some difficulty making out some of the words, and have tried my best. I’m not confident of Mr. McCassidi’s first name nor of the word below the line.
Like the Bible, on a second inscription page, it shows the book went to
Elizabeth Darling Kemon
Born March 22, 1906
Again, Elizabeth had no children, so she passed it on to the “niece of Betty Kemon.”
I need to be more careful when cropping images using CamScanner.
Sometimes two inscriptions by the same person in two places can help reading and transcribing transcriptions.
Little Robert Harry Darling’s
mother, Anna/Hanna, died in 1913. He was only five years old at the time.
Apparently, his father, a railroad man, was either too transient or too ill to
take care of Robert and his six-year-old sister, Elizabeth Grace Darling as the
two of them went to live with their grandmother, Margaret Mary (Lamb)
It appears that Margaret and
her husband Peter were estranged. She was living at 1142 Bellaire Ave.,
Brookline (Pittsburgh) and Peter was rooming at 2237 Salisberry Street. (Some
years later Peter would return to England alone.) Therefore, in April 1915, it
appears that Robert was living, along with his sister, with his grandmother in Brookline
The “unsinkable” Titanic had
sunk only a few years earlier and by the spring of 1915, the Great War (World
War I) was well underway with German wolf packs sinking English vessels. On May
7, German U-Boats sank the RMS Lusitania as she neared Liverpool coming from
City of New York renamed S.S. New York
Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia
We think there was a death in
the family, probably Margaret’s mother, Jane Lamb, had passed and that there
needed to be actions regarding the family business, an inn in the Appleby-in-Westmorland
area in Cambria, England. In any event, Margaret took the children to England
aboard the S.S. New York leaving New York City and arriving in Liverpool,
England on August 29, 1915.
Time in England had to have
been stressful for Margaret taking care of the estate. However, family stories
indicate that the time was good for the kids though, as they should be. Margaret
made sure they attended school and were “civilized” in English ways. Margaret
was Anglican, so they certainly would have attended Anglican Church while in
England. Possibly, even St. John’s Church in Workington, where Margaret and
Peter had been married many years before.
USS Yale – Renamed SS Philadelphia
Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia – See Alt Text for details
Margaret and the children
stayed in England for about sixteen months returning to the United States
sailing from Liverpool on December 15, 1916, aboard the S.S. Philadelphia, and
arriving at New York City on December 23, 1916.
Any hopes that Robert may
have had regarding being with his father would have been dashed when his
father, Rufus Harry Darling, died in June 1917.
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 34 – Robert
Harry Darling (1907-1969)
By – Don Taylor
This is probably the most intimidating biography I have
written so far. Most if the time I know more about the individual I am writing
about than anyone else so it is easy. In the case of Robert Harry Darling.
Because Harry died in 1969, many people remember him and may have different
opinions of him and his history. I will do my best to be impartial regarding a complicated
man who lived a complicated life. If anyone, particularly his descendants, have
any different information or any anecdotal information regarding him, please
share it with me though the comment sheet below or directly to my email. In any
event, I will certainly welcome additional insight into the man.
Robert Harry Darling (1907-1969)
Robert Harry Darling
Even Robert Harry Darling’s birth has some mystery. He was
clearly born on 18 August 1907, but it is unclear where. Most documents
indicate he was born in Pittsburgh, PA, however, there are several key
documents which indicate he was born in New Kensington, Westmoreland, County,
Pennsylvania, which is a town about 20 mile up the Allegheny river from
Pittsburgh. I believe he was born in New Kensington.
I haven’t found anything to suggest that Robert Harry’s
father, Rufus Harry Darling was ever in the picture. When Harry was only two
years old, the 1910 census shows Harry living with his mother and sister as roomers
in the home of Robert & Emma Hennig at 3319 Ward Street, in Pittsburgh. The
house still stands today.
Harry’s mother died when Harry was five years old on 11 July
1913. Apparently, Rufus’ father wasn’t interested in taking on the
responsibility of the Harry and his sister Elizabeth. In any event, Harry went
to live with his grandmother, Margaret McAllister. When Harry was eight, (August,
1915) his grandmother took him and his sister to England. It must have been a
scary time for the eight year old. The Titanic disaster was only a few years before
and England was involved in World War One. The U-Boats were hunting and the
Lusitania had been sunk earlier in May. The saving grace was the ship they
sailed on was probably of United States registry and the US had not entered the
Harry was in England from Sep 1915 until 1916 and attended
school while there. The three of them returned to the states aboard the SS
Philadelphia, which arrived in New York on 23 December 1916 and
were probably to their residence in Brookline borough, Pittsburgh, PA by
Harry’s father, Rufus, died on 5 June 1917 when Harry was
only 9 years old. An orphan at nine, Harry continued to live with his
grandmother at 411 Arlington, Street in Pittsburgh.
Robert Harry married Nora Adaline Glies on 10 Aug 1926 in Wellsburg,
Brooke, West Virginia. This
would have been a week before his 19th birthday, so it is unclear
why he apparently lied about his age for the marriage. In any event, his
marriage license indicated he was born in 1905 making him nearly 21. Also, this
is one of the very few documents that indicates he was born in New Kensington,
PA and not Pittsburgh. He and Nora divorced sometime in 1927. There is no known
issue from that marriage.
110 North Fremont Ave,Pittsburgh
“Today” Courtesy: Google Maps
In 1929, Robert Harry married Florence Wilma Huber. They rented
an apartment in a four-plex at 110 North Fremont Ave. in Pittsburgh. A building
that stands today. In July of 1930, they had their only child, a daughter. Florence died 05
Oct 1934 of bilateral pyosalpinx and pelvic cellulitis, cause undetermined. It
isn’t clear to me when his daughter from Florence went to live with her
grandparents on her mother’s side, John & Bertha Huber, but certainly sometime between
1940 and 1943.
On September 30, 1938, Harry married Mae (or May) Ada Reno in
Pittsburgh, PA. They
quickly had three children the first one in June 1939, another in August 1940,
and the third one in August 1941. The 1940 Census finds the family, Robert,
wife Mae, and two daughters (one by Florence and one by Mae) living at 915
Fordham St., Pittsburgh, PA. Later in 1940, Robert’s first son, Robert Harry Darling, Jr. was born, and in
1941, another girl was born.
The United States entered World War II in December 1941. It
isn’t clear why, but it is my speculation that Robert and May were divorced in
1943, which would have made him eligible for the draft. Thus, nearly two years
after the war began, on 23 November 1943, Robert Harry enlisted in the US Navy for two years. He served at NAVTRACEN San Diego and
USNHosp San Diego, CA.
Robert Harry Darling was a tall man, 6’0″, 155lbs, Blue
eyes, brown hair, and a ruddy complexion. He was discharged well before the war
ended, in September 1944. He appears to have married Florence Drexl about that
time and the two stayed in San Diego where their two children, a girl and a
boy, were born in 1945 and 1946 respectively.
Sometime between 1946 and 1951, Harry, and presumably
Florence, moved to Detroit, Michigan area, possibly to Mount Clemens. In 1965,
Harry was living at 34546 Jefferson, Mount Clemens. On 6 November 1967, Harry’s
son, Robert Harry Darling, Jr., died in Vietnam.
Robert Harry Darling died on 22 Jan 1969, in Wayne,
Michigan, USA of Pseudomonas septicemia due to chronic lymphatic leukemia at
the age of 61. At the time of his death, he was divorced from Florence although
when that divorce occurred I have not found. Harry is buried at Cadillac Memorial
Gardens, East, in Mount Clemens, Michigan.
Note: There is family legend that Harry had another child,
named “Dee Dee” or possibly Diana about 1940. It is unknown if this child was
born out of wedlock or between the marriage to Florence Wilma and May Reno.
More research is needed on this topic.
I thought about Robert Harry Darling a lot yesterday, which
was the 107th anniversary of his birth.
Determine ship, and registry, that Harry took to England in 1915.
Find out more regarding the Divorce from Nora Giles.
Find out particulars regarding marriage to Florence Huber.
Find out about the Divorce from May Reno.
Find out marriage details regarding Florence Drexl
Find out divorce details regarding Florence Drexl
Research “Dee Dee” Darling
 New York Passenger
Lists, 1820-1957, Ancestry.com,
Year: 1916; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm
Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll
2507; Line: 4; Page Number: 140. . http://search.ancestry.com/
 West Virginia,
Marriages, 1854-1932, FamilySearch.org,
“West Virginia, Marriages, 1854-1932,”index, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XRH5-82V : accessed 31 March 2012),
Robert Harry Darling (1926).
County Marriages, 1885 – 1950, FamilySearch.org,
“Pennsylvania County Marriages, 1885 – 1950,”index and images,
FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFQZ-TCV : accessed 6 April
2012), Robert H. Darling (1938).
I received Anna White’s (Hannah McAllister’s) Certificate of Death from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. (See my previous blog for details on ordering PA Death Certificates.) The certificate included some interesting information and insights.
Her mother, Margaret (Lamb) McAllister was the informant. She provided Anna’s birthdate of August 15th, 1885 which confirmed the year. Different documents indicated 1885 and 1886. Mother’s seem to remember those kinds of things so I’ll keep to the 1885 date.
Interesting is that Margaret indicated that the place of death was at Margaret’s address of 335 Lincoln Ave. (Ward 12) in Pittsburgh. Anna’s ususal address was 509 Beechwood in Carnegie, PA. Google Maps indicates that 335 Lincoln is now either a vacant lot or a vacant barber shop. Back in 1950, the barber shop building was Fischer Groceries/Confections. I suspect that back in the day the grocery included a residence next to it. In 1917, Barnetta Dumm was the confectioner there at that shop. This may have been one of the many confection shops that Margaret worked at. The photo hints that across the street was Lincoln Elementary School, but the school wasn’t built until 1931. Google maps is inconclusive regarding 509 Beechwood. It appears to be a newer than a 1913 home to me.
Anna died July 11th, 1913, at the age of 27, of pelvic peritonitis due to a ruptured ovarian cyst.
According to the death certificate, she was buried at Chartiers Cemetery on July 14th 1913. I have created a Find-A-Grave memorial for her and have requested a photo of the marker.