Ancestor Sketch – Addie Beatrice Gleason

Raidt-Langford Project
Raidt-Gleason Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Addie Beatrice Gleason is my son’s maternal great-grandmother. She was born on 4 November 1896 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. Her father, John Michael Gleason, was 42 and her mother, Addie Jane Raymond, was 29. She had four sons and one daughter with Gilbert F. Raidt. She lived her entire life in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She died on 7 April 1896 and was buried in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Addie Beatrice Gleason is found in 44 Ancestry Public Trees and is Family Search profile 9VZL-NVT

Raidt Project – Ancestor #13

List of Grandparents

  • 6    –  Grandfather: Jerome Gilbert Raidt (1924-1994) – See Family Search
  • 13  – 1st Great-grandmother: Addie Beatrice Gleason (1886-1962)
  • 26 – 2nd great-grandfather: John M Gleason

Addie Beatrice Gleason (1886-1962)

Addie Beatrice Gleason was born on 4 November 1896.[i] Most of the records she appears in indicate she went by Beatrice. She was the oldest of four children of John M and Addie (Raymond) Gleason. Her father was married before and had five children with Fidelia[ii] Ethlyn Lucia, so Beatrice had five older half-siblings, John Lucia, Mary Fidelle, Caroline, Clara, and Helen. Fidelia died in 1893.

Children of John M and Addie (Raymond) Gleason (Full Siblings)

Name Born Married Died
Beatrice A 1896 Gilbert Raidt 1962
Grace Catherine 1898 Harold Hawley 1986
Raymond A 1901 1938
Alma Magdalene 1903 P. J. O’Hanlon 1987


1900 Census

The 1900 US Census found John and Addie Gleason living at 2617 16th Ave So.,  Minneapolis, Minnesota. The household consisted of John’s seven oldest children, his sister-in-law, Caroline Branchard, and a 20-year-old servant girl. John owned his home free and was an undertaker.

1905 Minnesota Census

Minnesota held a census in 1905. Eight-year-old Addie was attending school. Her half-sister Helen was still at home, but her other half-siblings had moved out of the house.

1910 Census

The 1910 Census indicates that John and Clara had moved back home, making the household:

      • John M Gleason    Head     M    57
      • Addie J Gleason    Wife       F     43
      • John L Gleason     Son        M     26
      • Clara T Gleason     Dau.      F     21
      • Helen Gleason       Dau.      F     20
      • Beatrice Gleason   Dau.     F     13
      • Grace Gleason      Dau.       F     11
      • Raymond Gleason Son     M     9
      • Alma Gleason        Dau.      F     6


Beatrice Gleason, 1920. Photo courtesy The Gopher, Volume 33, 1920, Page 119

The 1920 Census indicates that the family was much the same. John L was also working as an undertaker. Clara was a school teacher. Also living in the household was Beatrice’s maternal grandmother, 81-year-old Emily Raymond.

Beatrice was an Alpha Gamma Delta sorority member and graduated from St. Clara’s college, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota, Class of 1920.


Beatrice married Gilbert Frank Raidt on 13 October 1920 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Minneapolis. by Rev. J. P. Valley at 10 o’clock. Her sister, Grace, was the maid of honor. Harold Hurd Hawley, later to be Grace’s husband, was Gilbert’s best man.

Children of Gilbert and Beatrice (Gleason) Raidt

Name Born Married Died
Francis Joseph 1921 2005
Jerome Gilbert 1924 Elenor Langford 1994
Mary Beatrice 1926 Paul Theurer 2008
Richard John 1928 Audry Schaeffer 2001
Robert R 1930 1955


The 1930s

The 1930 Census finds the Raidt family living at 4215 Stevens Ave. Robert was born shortly after the enumeration date. Gilbert is a building contractor who owns his home.

Beatrice’s mother died in October 1932.

Beatrice was also a member of the Incarnation Women’s Club.

The 1940s

The 1940 Census found the Raidt family still at 4215 Stevens Ave. Francis is working as a bookkeeper for a grain Elevator company. The other children are at home and are attending school.

Gilbert’s Draft Registration Card mentioned Mrs. G. F. Raidt (Beatrice) in 1942.

The 1950s

315 Diamond Lake Rd, E., Minneapolis.

The 1950 Census found the Raidt family still at 4215 Stevens. Mary, Richard, and Robert are still at home. Mary is a nursery school teacher at a private school, Richard is a truck driver for an oil co-op, and Gilbert is still a building contractor.

It appears the Raidt home on Stevens was taken to make way for Interstate 35W in South Minneapolis because today, the site of their home is a sound suppression wall. In any event, between 1950 and 1962, the Raidts moved from Stevens Ave to 315 E. Diamond Lake Road, a 1547 square foot, three-bedroom home


Beatrice (Gleason) Raidt died on 7 March 1962. Her obituary mentions that besides her membership in the Incarnation Women’s Club, she was also a member of St. Mary’s Friends of the Sick Poor and the Altar and Rosary Society of Annunciation Catholic Church.

She was buried at Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Events by Location

Minnesota, Hennepin, Minneapolis – All known events in Beatrice’s life took place in Minneapolis.


  • 1900 Census, Various, John Gleason – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, ED 76, Sheet 15B. “United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 June 2022), John Gleason, Election District 3 Minneapolis city Ward 7, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 76, sheet 15B, family 308, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,768.
  • 1910 Census (NARA), Family Search, John M Gleason – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. (Accessed 17 June 2022), John M Gleason, Minneapolis Ward 7, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 120, sheet 10B, family, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 703; FHL microfilm 1,374,716.
  • 1920 Census (NARA), Family Search, John M Gleason, Head – Hennepin, Minnesota. (Accessed 17 June 2022) John M Gleason, 1920.
  • 1930 Census (NARA), Family Search, Gilbert F Raidt, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota.
  • 1940 Census (NARA), Family Search, Gilbert Raidt – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota.
  • 1950 Census, Com, 1950, Gilbert F Raidt – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. The United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: 3852; Sheet Number: 71; Enumeration District: 89-853.
  • Find a Grave, Internet, Beatrice Marie Gleason Raidt – Memorial #157188096. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 29 July 2018), memorial page for Beatrice Marie Gleason Raidt (4 November 1896–7 March 1962), citing Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA; Maintained by Matt (contributor 47205810).
  • Irish Standard, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1911-06-17, Page 5 (Beatrice Gleason). Accessed 17 June 2022.
  • Little Falls Herald (Little Falls, MN), com, 1920-10-22 – Page 4 – Gilbert Raidt & Beatrice Gleason.
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Internet, 1920-10-14 – Page 13 – Cathedral Candles and Autumn Leaves Setting for Wedding – Beatrice Gleason.
  • Minneapolis Star, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1932-10-10, page 4 – FUNERALS – Mrs. John M Gleason. The Minneapolis Star (Minneapolis, MN) 1932-10-10 – Funerals, Mrs. John M. Gleason [Addie Raymond] -.
  • Minneapolis Star, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1962-03†“08, page 49 – Obits – Mrs. Beatrice G Raidt.
  • Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980, Family Search, Addie Beatrice Gleason, 1896 – No Image. Addie Beatrice Gleason, 4 November 1896 (accessed 17 June 2022).
  • Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002 (Minneapolis, Minnesota Department of Health), Family Search, Beatrice G Raidt (née Raymond). Accessed 17 June 2022 – Beatrice G. Raidt, 7 March 1962; Ancestry; citing Hennepin, Minnesota, record 1494631, certificate number 023149, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis.
  • Minnesota Deaths, 1887-2001, Family Search, Death – Robert R Raide – 25 March 1955 – No Image. Accessed 17 June 2022 – citing Death, Minnesota State Department of Health, St. Paul.
  • Minnesota Official Marriage System (, ), MN.GOV, Gilbert F Raidt & Beatrice Gleason.
  • Minnesota State Census, 1905, Family Search, Addie B Gleason – Minneapolis Ward 7, Hennepin County, Minnesota. Addie B Gleason, Minneapolis, Ward Number: 07, Hennepin, Minnesota; citing p. 171, line 2, State Library and Records Service, St.Paul; FHL microfilm 928,785.
  • Minnesota, Death Records, and Certificates, 1900-1955, Family Search, Death – Robert R Raidt – 25 March 1955 – No Image. (Accessed 17 June 2022.
  • S., City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1938 – Gilbert F Raidt.
  • S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Jerome Gilbert Raidt (1924-1994).
  • S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Ancestry.Com, Gilbert Frank Raidt – 25 April 1942.
  • University of Minnesota – Umedia – The Gopher 33, 1920 –


[i] Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980, Family Search, Addie Beatrice Gleason, 1896 – No Image.  Addie Beatrice Gleason, 4 Nov 1896 (accessed 17 Jun 2022).

[ii] Possibly Fidella.

James Dallas Howell in the 1950 Census

Census Sunday
Howell Research
Howell Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.I’ve been finding it quite fun to find family members during the 1950 Census. Often, it contains information I knew part of but not all of the story.

For example, I knew grandparents, James Dallas & Mary (Hobbs) Howell, lived in Maryland in the 1950s. I didn’t realize that they were living with their daughter, Mary, and her husband, Don Wright, in what must have been a new home.

1950 Census[i]

The household lived at 1617 Belvedere Blvd. Silver Spring, Maryland, the 1,280 sq ft house was built in 1948.[ii]

The house has no alley, no garage, and no parking.

Name                   Age  Role             Born         Employed

Don O Wright       32      Head            Ohio         Manager, Standard Oil St.
Mary H Wright      24      Wife              NC
Helen E Wright     2       Daughter       Wash. DC
James D Howell    70      Father-in-law NC           Clerk, Reconstruction Fin
Mary H Howell      65      Mother-in-law   NC
Frank A Howell     34      Brother-in-law  NC         Electrician, Inter-office Com.

Mary was entered on Line 4, so additional sample data was collected from her that included:

    • In 1949 she lived in Washington D.C.
    • For education, she completed the 12th
    • She also served in the military during World War II and either before or after the war.[iii]


[i] 1950 Census for Wheaton, Montgomery, Maryland – ED 16-144, Sheet 2, Lines 3 thru 8. – Don Wright Head. Via Ancestry.Com.

[ii] Internet – Zillow entry for 1617 Belvedere.

[iii] This Census question was intended to be asked only of males over the age of 14. However, its answers are entered for Mary. I need to research further to learn if Mary served, or if Don served and Mary’s answers pertained to her husband.

Pankey’s in the News – Judith Pankey Dies

Howell Research
Howell-Pankey Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.In the News” is my reporting of discovered newspaper articles and advertising regarding ancestors I am researching. Judith (Ligon) Pankey is the first wife of my wife’s third great uncle, Thomas Armstrong Pankey. She and Thomas were married on 27 January 1825, and Judith died on 14 January 1826, less than a year later. Her death was clearly a blow to the family.

This week from the Enquirer  (Richmond, VA) dated Tuesday, 7 February 1826, (Vol: XXII, Issue: 88) Page 3, “Mortuary Notice.”

DIED] — on the 14th instant, in the 17th year of her age, Mrs. Judith S, wife of Thomas Pankey, jr. of Cumberland. In the death of Mrs. P. the heart of every friend must mourn the loss of one, in whom are united in no ordinary degree all those virtues which adorn the female character, which rendes her name to the memory of those whom she has left. There are indeed but few, who have carried with them through life and borne with them to the tomb, a greater share of those attractions which bind together human hearts, and lay the foundation of all that deserves the name of friendship. As a daughter, wife, and friend, she was all that is implied in those endearing relations. Deep and painful is that bereavement which is felt by all to whom she was connected; but while they mourn over the memory of one so much endeared to their hearts, they do not mourn “as those who have no hope.” They cannot but find sweet consolation when they bring to recollection the many indubitable assurances which were given in the closing scene of life, that “for” her “to die were gain.” Her trust was in her Saviour—to him as her Redeemer, she has resigned her immortal interests, and in all the triumph of Faith and Hope she left the world with the assurance that he would “kee that which she had committed to his hands.” Those who stood around her dying bed, could not but realise, that
     “The chamber where the Christian meets his end
     “is privileg’d beyond the common walks of life.”

“Instant” in obituaries means the present or current month. In this case, the newspaper published the notice on 7 February, so “14th instant” must be referring to January. I suspect the obituary was written late in January and didn’t make the paper in January, and the “instant” was not changed to “ultimo” (the previous month).

If Judith was 17 when she died in 1826, she was born in 1808 or 1809. If she were in the 17th year of her life, she would have been born in 1809 or 1810. Because I am not entirely sure what was meant by “17th year of her age,” I’ve decided to identify her birth as between 1808 and 1810.

Ancestor Sketch – William Lister

Roberts-Brown Research
Roberts-Barnes-Lister Line
By Don Taylor

William Lister is my earliest verified Lister Ancestor. He was probably born in Maryland about 1793. He served in the War of 1812, married twice, and died in Monroe, Pickaway County, Ohio.

William Lister is found in 58 Ancestry Public Trees[i] and is Family Search profile K8JH-PX9.

Roberts/Brown – Ancestor #44

List of Grandparents

    • 5 – Grandmother: Essie Pansy Barnes(1903-1982)
    • 11 – 1st Great-grandmother: Marada Mae Lister(1867-1932)
    • 22 – 2nd Great-grandfather: Nimrod Lister(c. 1826-c. 1890)
    • 44 – 3rd Great-grandfather: William Lister (1793-1848)
    • 88 – 4th Great-grandfather: ? Nimrod Lister (1765-1847)?*
    • 176 – 5th Great-grandfather: ? Nimrod Lister (1730-1813)?*
    • 352 – 6th Great-grandfather: ? William Lister (1688-1732)?*
    • 704 – 7th Great-grandfather: ? Thomas Lister (1654-___)?*

(* Note: Ancestors marked with “*” are tentative/speculative and have not been independently researched by me.)

William Lister (1793-1848)


William was born in 1793 in Maryland. His parents were likely Nimrod and Mary Lister.

Military Service

William appears on the roll of Capt. Alexander Robinson’s company serving between 30 August and 9 October 1812. He was a private in the Army.

He also served in Capt. George Yocums Company of the Ohio Militia.

Marriage 1

William married Nancy Strain on 17 June 1822. They had four children together. 

Name Born Married Died
Nimrod 1824 – Ohio Malinda Evans 1888
Sarah c. 1830 – (Ohio) Aaron Dean
William Marcus 1832 (Ohio) Elizabeth Krohn 1921
James M. c. 1840

1830 Census

The 1930 US Census found William living in Walnut Township, Pickaway County, Ohio. With him is a female age 20 to 29, presumed to be William’s wife, Nancy, and a male under 5, presumed to be Nimrod. Also living with them is a female aged 10 to 14. This is probably a sibling of either William or Nancy.

Nancy’s Death

Nancy died on 23 November 1844 in Pickaway County, Ohio, at the age of 37.

Marriage 2

William married Leah Adkins on 23 April 1846 in Highland County, Ohio. They had one child together 

Name Born Married Died
Elizabeth Ellen 1847 George Corkwell 1933

Death/Burial, etc.

William Lister’s Marker – Photo by oh_fudge via Find-a-Grave

William Lister died on 23 November 1848, presumably in Monroe, Pickaway County, Ohio. He was buried at the New Holland Cemetery in New Holland, Pickaway County, Ohio.

Property Sale

Sometime before 20 November 1848, William 5old 50 acres to Elacy Enis & William King for $450. William died before the property transfer could occur, so his probate administrator needed to process conveying the title on 1 July 1850.

Events by Location

  • Maryland:                                              1793 – Birth.
  • Ohio, Highland County                    1822 – Marriage 1
  • Ohio, Pickaway County:                  1812 – Military Service.
  •                                                                   1824 – Birth of Nimrod.
  •                                                                   1830 – Census.
  •                                                                   1832 – Birth of William Marcus
  •                                                                   1846 – Marriage 2
  • Ohio, Pickaway County, Monroe: 1848 – Property Sale.
  •                                                                      1848 – Death
  • Ohio, Pickaway County, New Holland:  1848 – Burial

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Research William’s Military Records closely.
  • Research William’s Children.
  • Find William in 1800 & 1810 Censuses (with Nimrod?).
  • Find William in the 1820 Census.
  • Find William in the 1840 Census.



[i] Accessed on 1 June 2022.

Marriage Bond – Thomas Pankey & Martha Cannon

Amanuensis[i] Monday
Howell-Pankey Line
By Don Taylor

TPhoto of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.his image is one of those cases where the document was extremely fragmented. But, by using similar documents it becomes fairly easy to fill in many of the gaps with what would be expected in a standard form. In this case, I put my supposed text into brackets [ ] and in purple. From other documents, I know the Bond was done by Thomas Pankey and James Johnson.

Document Image


Know All men                       [by these presents that we Thomas]
Pankey & Jms Johnson       [we hold and firm bound unto the]
Executive power of              [this state in the full sum of
Fifty pounds cu                     [current money of Virginia to such payment and
Really and truly                    [be made we bind our selves our each
of our heirs [accounts]         ___

These presents to our seals & da
of Novemr – in the year of our L… ’85

The condition of this obligation is [such] that if their
is no lawful [cause] to obstruct a marriage intended
to be had and solemnized between the [above] bound
Thos Pankey & Martha Cannon.

Then this obligation to be Void also [in force]        Thomas ___
Sealed and delivered                                                           James Jo____
In Presence of  }
__ Payne          }


The date is obscured but is presumed to be November 1785 and before 25 November 1785 when Thomas and Martha were married. The Surety Bond was Fifty Pounds (£50)[ii].


[i] John Newmark started the “Amanuensis Monday” category in 2009 on his Blog,  Transylvanian Dutch  and many bloggers have followed suit using the tag. Google provides the following meaning for amanuensis: “A literary or artistic assistant, in particular one who takes dictation or copies manuscripts.”

[ii] Virginia switched from the Pound to the Dollar in 1793.