Magdalen Polk Taylor (1890-1970) – Ancestor Sketch

52 Ancestors – Week 2018-35
Bradey-Hingston Project
By Don Taylor

Bradley-Hingston 2018 – Ancestor #5

List of Grandparents

  • Grandmother: Magdalen Polk Taylor (1890-1970)
  • 1st Great-grandfather: William S. Taylor, Jr. (1859-____)
  • 2nd Great-grandfather: William S. Taylor, Sr.

Birth

Magdalen (Madeline in some records) Polk Taylor was born on 31 December 1890. She was the third child of William S. and Maria (Polk) Taylor. She was most likely born in New Jersey, but it is possible she was born in Pennsylvania. Her two older siblings were:

  • Sister: Dorothy – Born January 1888.
  • Brother: John – Born Jul 1889.

Childhood

Little is known about her early childhood. The 1900 Census suggests they may have had two residences, one in Philadelphia and one on the New Jersey coast, in Cape May County. She grew up in the upper middle class; her family had a housekeeper/servant throughout her childhood.

Marriage

Magdalen married Arthur Wilson Bradley on 4 April 1910 at the Church of the Transfiguration, Philadelphia, PA, in a ceremony performed by John G Hatton. She was 19-years-old; Arthur was 22.

The couple had three children:

  • Christian Bradley – born 20 March 1911
  • Miriam Bradley – born in 1912
  • David Tasker Polk Bradley – born 10 May 1918.

All three children were born in Philadelphia.

Adulthood

The 1910 Census finds Arthur and Magdalen living with his mother, Emily at 4073 Powelton Ave. That address does not appear to exist today.  In the same household are Arthur’s brother, William, Arthur’s aunt Emma, and a 22-year-old immigrant servant girl, Mary E. Rowan.

Sometime before 1915, the couple moved across the Delaware River to Pennsauken Township, New Jersey. The couple moved back to Philadelphia before 1917 and were living on Verree Road when Arthur registered for the draft.

On 27 September 1919 eight-year-old Christian was hit by a truck while playing in the street; he died.

The 1920 Census shows the family, living on Verree Road. Residing with Arthur, Madeline, and the two children (Miriam & David) is a 17-year-old maid from Bohemia named Frances Corbel.

The 1930 Census indicates that Magdalen and Arthur in Warminster, on Davisville Road. Living with them are Mariam and David, now ages 17 and 11.

On 8 March 1937, Arthur and Magdalen divorced. Arthur remarried later that year. Magdalen never remarried.

I’ve been unsuccessful finding Magdalen in the 1940 Census. I thought she was living in the household of Herbert L Fischer. However, I now think that may be another Magdalen Bradley of the same age.

Death & Burial

Magdalen relocated to Arlington, Virginia sometime before she died on 24 November 1970. She lived at 702-N Highland Street. Interestingly enough, that address is now blurred by Google. However, Buck & Associates have a photo of the home on their website.

Magdalen was buried four days later in Plot Abington #2, Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Further research Magdalen’s life from 1937 until her death.

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Sources

  • Bristol Daily Courier, (Bristol, PA) 09 Mar 1937, · Page 4 – Divorce – Anson W. Bradley Magdalen P. T. Bradley. Com.
  • “United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9NR-RYH : accessed 23 August 2018), William S Tayler Jr., Middle Township Angelsea borough, Wildwood borough, Avalon Borough, Rio Grande Village, Cape May, New Jersey, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 107, sheet 12A, family 308, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,960.
  • 1900 Census, 1900 Census – William S Taylor, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Ward 9, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; Page: 3; Enumeration District: 0159; FHL microfilm: 1241455. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/2442/records/25439613/.
  • “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M2JN­FF1 : accessed 12 March 2018), William R Hingston in household of Annie Hingston, Peabody, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 443, sheet 30A, family 479, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 587; FHL microfilm 1,374,600.
  • “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MGC6-VQ1 : accessed 30 May 2018), Emily E Bradley, Philadelphia Ward 24, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 513, sheet 6A, family 122, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1398; FHL microfilm 1,375,411. Accessed 29 May 2018
  • “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MGC6-VQ1 : accessed 30 May 2018), Emily E Bradley, Philadelphia Ward 24, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 513, sheet 6A, family 122, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1398; FHL microfilm 1,375,411. Accessed 29 May 2018
  • “United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFYR-CF8 : accessed 29 May 2018), Arthur W Bradley, Philadelphia Ward 35, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing ED 1238, sheet 1A, line 30, family 7, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1637; FHL microfilm 1,821,637. – Accessed 29 May 2018
  • “United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH88-RV4 : accessed 30 May 2018), Arthur W Bradley, Warminster, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 75, sheet 10B, line 82, family 251, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2008; FHL microfilm 2,341,742. Accessed 29 May 2018
  • The Central News, (Perkasie, PA) 1938-02-17, Page 4 – In the Registers Office – 4th paragraph, Mrs. Magdalene Tasker Polk Bradley – Com.
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 25 August 2018), memorial page for Magdalen T. Bradley (31 Dec 1890–24 Nov 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 182390190, citing Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA; Maintained by DAO (contributor 47943782).
  • Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013 – Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 242 Marriage – Arthur Wilson Bradley & Madeline Polk Taylor.

Double Census Enumeration – William Taylor & Family

Bradley-Hingston Project

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Certainly, I’ve looked for individuals in the various census records and have been unable to find them anywhere and I believed they were missed in the Census. Also, I’ve heard that occasionally individuals are counted twice and have seen where a young man left home and was enumerated in one place while he was also enumerated with his parents. But, until now, I had never encountered a case where a family was enumerated twice.

I was surprised to see the inconsistencies between the two census entries, something that reminds me that Census records are often incorrect.

William S. Taylor, Jr. his wife Marie, and his three children, Dorothy, John, and Madeline, were enumerated in both Cape May, NJ, and in Philadelphia, PA. The Pennsylvania enumeration is odd, as the family was initially identified as “head, wife, & children” and then stricken out and had “Boarder” added instead.

Differences in the two entries for the Taylor family in 1900 Censuses.
Name Philadelphia, PA Cape May, NJ
Taylor, Wm S Jr Born Dec 1856 Born Dec 1859
Taylor, Maria P Born Dec 1865 Born Dec 1864
Born Pennsylvania Born Arkansas
Parents b. TN & LA Parents b. KY & KY
Taylor, Dorothy (All the same) (All the same)
Taylor, John (All the same) (All the same)
Taylor, Magdeline (All the same) (All the same)
Polk, John W. (not listed) Age 80
Rabey, Margarette Born Mar 1870 Born Mar 1872
Servant House Keeper
Comparison of two entries
Philadelphia, ED 159, Sheet 3A, Lines 29-34 Avalon, Cape May, Ed 107, Sheet 12A, Lines 1-7

Besides the family structure, it is the servant, Margarette Rabey. Her presence in both entries proves that this is the same family.

The New Jersey entry also shows, living with the family was a “Boarder” John W. Polk, aged 80. Maria’s maiden name was Polk, so it is likely John W. Polk is related to Maria, possibly her father.

So, from the 1900 Census, there is a three-year window when William was born, a one-year window when Maria was born. The 1910 Census indicated that Magdeline’s mother, Maria, was born in Arkansas, which lends a little more credence to the Cape May entries.

It will be fun to learn definitively when William and Maria were born.

 

Fanny (Taylor) Blackhurst (1806-1889)

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.I sometimes tell the story that, “I am the oldest Taylor in my generations, that there are no Taylor’s older than me related to me.” (I need to tell the story of how I got the surname Taylor on this blog sometime.) Anyway, that was true until I learned that my third great-grandmother was named Fanny Taylor. So, I did have an ancestor surnamed Taylor, but I didn’t inherit her surname.  I did, however, inherit her mitochondrial DNA. Recently, I was very pleased to learn that my sister’s daughter had a little girl who will carry on Fanny’s mitochondrial DNA. She is the only female of the next generation, that I know of, who can carry on the mtDNA. However, Fanny had five other daughters that I haven’t had a chance to follow.  If you, or someone you know, carry Fanny Taylor Blackhurst’s mtDNA, I would love to hear from you via the comment form below.

Roberts-Brown 2017 – Ancestor #63

List of Grandparents

  • Grand Parent: Madonna Mae Montran
  • 1st Great: Ida Mae Barber
  • 2nd Great: Sarah H. Blackhurst
  • 3rd Great: Fanny Taylor

Fanny (Taylor) Blackhurst (1806-1889)

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Immigrant Ancestor from the United Kingdom

I don’t have a clue about when Fanny was born nor who her parents were.  She was indeed born sometime between 1800 and 1811.  Her marker indicates she was born in 1806 and that is consistent with the 1870 and 1880 censuses. However, in the 1860 Census she is reported to be 59 years old, suggesting a birth in 1800 or 1801.  Similarly, the 1841 English Census indicates that Fanny was only 30 years old, suggesting a birth year in 1810 or 1811.  In any event, she was born in England, and both of her parents were born in England also.  I have a lot more research to do regarding Fanny’s life on the other side of the pond.[i],[ii],[iii]

Marriage

Fanny married Stephen Blackhurst on the day after Christmas, 1825 in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England.

Adulthood

Fannie and Stephen probably had eight children.  I am not convinced that “Eleazer” was not Louise with a nickname applied.  If that is the case, then they only had seven children and the entire family came to America.

Children of Stephen and Fannie Taylor Blackhurst

Children: Sex Birth Death
Ellen Blackhurst F 19 Oct 1829
Kingston upon Hull,
Yorkshire, England
17 Feb 1905
Sheridan, Calhoun, Michigan
Elizabeth Blackhurst F 21 Oct 1831
Sheffield, Yorkshire,
England
14 Feb 1915
Calhoun, Michigan
Mary Blackhurst F 20 Dec 1833
Sheffield, Yorkshire,
England
14 Feb 1900
Springport, Jackson, Michigan
William Stephen Blackhurst M 13 May 1835
Sheffield, Yorkshire,
England
10 Mar 1914
Avalon, Livingston, Missouri
Eleazer Blackhurst ? Bet. 1837-1839
England
Louise Blackhurst F 14 Aug 1840
England
17 Mar 1927
Albion, Calhoun, Michigan
Phoebe Anna Blackhurst F 15 May 1842
Sheffield, Yorkshire,
England
17 Aug 1929
Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Sarah H Blackhurst F 29 Dec 1847
Sheffield, Yorkshire,
England
08 Aug 1928
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan

Adulthood

The family was still in England in 1847, as evidenced by Sarah’s birth in Yorkshire. In 1849 or 1850, the family immigrated to the United States, and they settled in Auburn, Cayuga County, New York.  The New York Census of 1855 asked respondents to indicate how long they had been in the US and it confirms that the Blackhursts had been here for five years. [iv]

Sometime between 1855 and 1860 the Stephen and Fanny moved to Sheridan Township, Calhoun County, Michigan. Stephen was farming, Fanny keeping house, and William, Louisa, and Sarah were in Sheridan with them.[v]

Fanny’s husband, Stephen, died on the day before Christmas, 1869 – two days before their 44th wedding anniversary.[vi]  The 1870 Census finds Fanny as the head of the household with daughters Louisa and Bessy living with her along with their children and Bessy’s husband, Isaac.[vii]

In the 1880 census, Fanny’s son-in-law, Isaac Earl, is the head of the household along with Bessie and their daughter Mary Flora. This Census tells us that Fanny’s parents were born in England. [viii]

Death

Marker - Fannie (Taylor) Blackhurst - Photo by Genealogy Bug Kate
Marker – Fannie (Taylor) Blackhurst

Fannie Taylor Blackhurst died in 1889 at the age of 83. She was buried at Riverside Cemetery, in Albion, Calhoun County, Michigan.[ix]

 

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Renew research regarding Fanny’s time in England before her immigration to the United States.

Endnotes

[i] Find a Grave, Find a Grave, Fannie Taylor Blackhurst – Memorial 12173135. https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=12173135.

[ii] 1860 Census, Family Search, Stephen Blacklin – Sheridon, Calhoun, Michigan – Line 7. Accessed 25 August 2013. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWDJ-W8X.

[iii] 1841 England Census, Ancestry.Com, Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull, Parish of Holy Trinity, Pages 21 & 22. Stephen Blackhurst.

[iv] 1855 New York Census, Family Search, Stephen Blackhurst – Auburn, Cayuga, New York. Accessed 25 August 2013. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K675-B3M.

[v] 1860 Census, Family Search, Stephen Blacklin – Sheridon, Calhoun, Michigan – Line 7. Accessed 25 August 2013. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWDJ-W8X.

[vi] Michigan Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995, Ancestry.Com, Stephen Blackhurst (1799-1869). Birth c. 1799, England – Death 24 Dec 1869, Sheridon, Calhoun, Michigan.

[vii] 1870 Census (FS) (NARA), Family Search, Fanny Blackhurst – Sheridan, Calhoun, Michigan, Page 30, Line 24. Accessed 22 Feb 2016. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHHF-4GM.

[viii] 1880 Census (FS), 1880 Census – Isaac Earl – Sheridan, Calhoun, Michigan.

[ix] Find a Grave, Find a Grave, Fannie Taylor Blackhurst – Memorial 12173135. https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=12173135.

Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor (DFAW)

Application Submitted – DFAW

I’ve been doing genealogy for quite a number of years.  And I think I’ve done well.  However, in some respects the “proof of the
pudding” is acceptance into a lineage society. 
Also, one of the biggest problems that I have is my first three
generations.  My mother never married my
father. My maternal grandmother was married to someone other than my mother’s
natural father and my mother’s birth certificate indicates her mother’s husband
as the father and not her natural father. 
Finally, my grandfather changed his name several times. He was born
Clifford Brown, went by Clifford Durand and Richard Earl Durand during
different times of his life and lived much of his later life as Richard Earl
Brown.  I think I have these twists and
turns documented but I don’t know if they are documented enough for a lineage
society to accept. 
Logo of the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor
I took a look at several societies for which I believe I
should be eligible to join.  One society
seemed perfect for me, the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor
(DFAW).  Their purpose is to “record and
preserve the history and genealogy of the founders of ancient Windsor, their
families and descendants.”  Although a
lineage society, they do not require documented descent from a founder for
membership. After joining, you may submit lineage forms and documentation to
their genealogist and, if approved, receive a certificate that you are a
descendant. I should be able to do so.  My lineage is from Henry Wolcott, the Wolcotts to Mary who married Chester Parsons, the Parsons to Mary who married William Sanford, the Sanfords to Marion who married Henry Brown, and the Browns down to my grandfather. 
So, I’ve put together my Application for Membership, along
with my check, and am sending it off in today’s mail.  I am looking forward to becoming a member of
the DFAW.  I’ll continue to blog about my
experiences with them.