Ancestor Sketch – Freke W. Hingston

Bradley-Hingston Project
Bradley-Hingston Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Freke W Hingston was born on 29 October 1859 in Ireland, the son of Ellen and William. He immigrated to the United States in July 1879. He married Annie Smythe on 2 September 1884 in Peabody, Massachusetts. Freke and Annie had six children in 11 years. He died on 2 January 1899 in Peabody, Massachusetts, and was buried there at the age of 39.

Bradley-Hingston – Ancestor #12

List of Grandparents

    • Grandfather: William Robert Hingston (1889-1954)
    • 1st Great-grandfather: Freke W. Hingston (1859-1899)
    • 2nd Great-grandfather: William Hingston (___-___)

Freke W. Hingston (1859-1899)

Birth

Freke was born in County Cork, Ireland, on 29 October 1859, to William and Ellen (Wolfe) Hingston.

Immigration

The 19-year-old Freke immigrated to the United States, arriving in New York on 15 July 1879. 1879 was the second year of the Irish “Mini-famine” of 1878-1880. In Ireland, the potato harvest was significantly reduced and the peat and cereal crops were too wet to Harvest.[1]

Marriage

Freke married Annie Smyth (or Smith) on 2 September 1884 in Peabody, Essex County, Massachusetts.

The six children of Freke W. and Annie (Smyth) Hingston.

Name Born Married Died
Mary Ellen 7 October 1884 Martin Joseph Quinlan July 1969
(No Name) 11 March 1888 n/a Stillborn
William Robert 29 January 1889 Florence Reid 8 February 1954
James Edward 6 July 1890 9 April 1913
Joseph Freke 19 November 1894 16 November 1976
Florence Louise 5 August 1896 FNU Atwood 2 August 1948

All children were born and died in Peabody, MA.

Adulthood

Freke filed his intention to become a US Citizen in Essex County, MA, on 28 September 1886 and became a citizen on 3 October 1888. He worked as a bleacher.

Death/Burial, etc.

The Massachusetts Death Records indicates he died on 2 January 1899 at 40 years of age, one month, and 17 days, suggesting his birth was either 15 or 16 November 1858. Freke W. Hingston is buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody, Massachusetts.

The following names and dates are on his Family Marker:

Birth Name Death Relationship
1858 Freke W. Hingston 1899 Self
1960 Anne S. Hingston 1912 Wife
1890 James E. Hingston 1913 Son
1896 Florance Atwood 1948 Daughter
1879 Martin J Quinlan 1951 Son-in-law
1884 Mary Ellen Quinlan 1969 Daughter
1920 Lawrence M Quinlan 1989 Grandson.

Hingston/Quinlan Marker (front) – FaG – photo courtesy Thomas F. Scully.

Hingston Quinlan/Marker (front) – FaG – photo courtesy Thomas F. Scully.

Conflicts

Freke’s marker and his Death Record indicate he was born in 1858. However, his naturalization record indicates his birthdate as 29 October 1859. Because the naturalization records were seen by Freke and signed as accurate by him, I accept the 29 October date as the most accurate.

Further Research

Although Freke arrived in the United States in 1879, I have been unable to find anyone with the Hingston (or Kingston) surname that appears to be Freke in the 1880 Census. When I research his father, hopefully, I will  encounter him and, possibly siblings, in other records.

Events by Location

Ireland                                                           1859 (Birth)
New York, New York                                1879 (Immigration)
Massachusetts, Essex, Peabody          1884 thru 1899 (Marriage, residence, death, & burial)


Sources

  • Find a Grave Memorial, Find a Grave, Freke W. Hingston – Memorial 222462334. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/222462334/freke-w-hingston: accessed 25 December 2021), memorial page for Freke W. Hingston (1858–2 January 1899), Find a Grave Memorial ID 222462334, citing Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA; Maintained by Thomas F. Scully (contributor 46818179).
  • Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915, Family Search, Florence Louise Hingston – 5 August 1896. “Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FXXZ-4JJ: 20 February 2021), Florence Louise Hingston, 5 August 1896, Peabody, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #Vol. 457, Page 539, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,843,692.
  • “Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, 1921-1924,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N71W-B96: 2 March 2021), Freke W. Hingston, 2 January 1899; citing Peabody, Massachusetts, v 492 p 611, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 961,528.
  • Massachusetts Marriages, 1841­-1915, Family Search, Freke Hingston – Annie Smith – 2 September 1884. “Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NWYV-2HT: 10 March 2021), Freke Hingston and Annie Smith, 2 September 1884; citing Peabody, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,432,997.
  • “Massachusetts Marriages, 1841­1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N46B­91L: 18 January 2018), William R Hingston and Florence Reid, 24 February 1914; citing Peabody, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2,409,947.
  • Massachusetts, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1798-1950, Ancestry.Com, Freke Hingston. First District Court, Essex County, Salem Petitions For Naturalization, V 3, No 4692-1xv3, 1886-1889.
  • Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1841-1910, American Ancestors, Line 111 – William Robert Hingston – Freke & Annie – Occupation Bleacher Ireland She was born in England. Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1841-1910. (From original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1841-1910 Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.) Accessed 2018-03-14. https://www.americanancestors.org/DB191/i/10729/367/122175087.
  • Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1841-1910, American Ancestors, Line 249 – Joseph Freke Hingston – Birth. Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1841-1910. (From original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.). https://www.americanancestors.org/DB191/rd/9558/514/122792283.
  • The United States, New England Petitions for Naturalization Index, 1791-1906, Family Search, Freke W Hingston. Accessed 3/14/2018. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VXRM-SYV.

Endnotes

[1] Wikipedia – “1879 in Ireland.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1879_in_Ireland

Don Taylor Genealogy – 2021 Year in Review

The primary purpose of my blog is to help me understand my genealogical findings. It is like a diary or journal that focuses me on what I know. It helps me to stay focused not to become distracted. As time has passed, it has become more and more a vehicle for me to share some of what I’ve learned and what I am working on. I think both are important. I would like to remind readers that I do accept guest submissions. If you would like to write something, particularly of interest to readers in my six primary topics (Brown, Darling, Howell, and Roberts lines as well DNA discoveries or understanding and Donna Montran’s vaudeville career), I’ll be happy to consider your submission as a guest post.

What I do.

  1. I am the Historian and the “genealogy & technology guy” for the Scarborough Historical Society. As the “technology guy,” I manage their web page and regularly post to their website. Before Covid, I also recorded monthly presentations and edited them for uploading to YouTube. 
  2. I am a past president and regularly participate with the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society.
  3. My big project is my “Photo Friday” project using negative images from the Ethel Wight Collection. I was given access to and was able to photograph the negatives. I edit them to make positives, and then, using my genealogical skills, I identify the individuals in the photos and share them with likely family members.
    1. I think the most touching story was from a man in his 80s, whose photo of him sitting with his mother when he was a small child he had never seen. His stepmother threw away all the pictures of his mother, and the photo from the Collection was one of two photos he has of his mother.
    2. Another story was of a photo of a man’s father he had never seen. His father died during WWII.

I am so looking forward to eliminating Covid-19 protocols so that all these groups can return to regular meetings. I miss my genealogy friends; Zoom meetings are just not the same.

2020 Website Statistics.

I wrote 146 posts during the year, up from 138 in 2020.  My goal was to post, at a minimum, once every three days, so I made my goal.

The number of “likes” has gone up substantially over the past two years, as have the number of comments. (If you like my page and work, please like the page or add a comment. I love hearing from you.)

I currently have 506 direct subscribers, plus the folks that receive updates from Facebook (249), Twitter (201), Google, and other feeds. If you do not subscribe to dontaylorgenealogy.com, please do so.

Referrals to my site are, as I would expect, from various search engines. Google is, by far, the most significant referrer. Bing is a distant 2nd and third was DuckDuckGo. Facebook is the biggest non-search engine referrer, followed by Twitter.  My old Blogspot site still referred individuals 15 times, so I guess I still can’t delete it.

My Top Five Postings for 2021

My number one post during 2021 has been #1 for six years in a row. “Why I’ll never do business with MyHeritage Again.” I guess people love reading rants.

My number 2 & 3 articles were My Genealogical Process – Part 1 and Part 2. That article’s success and several of my other “Tuesday’s Tips” convinced me to do more “General Help” postings.

My number 4 most read posting was a surprise. “Chin Chin” – The Illinois Theatre, Urbana, Illinois – 31 October 1919. I’m not sure why it is popular, but it is.

Finally, the 5th place posting goes to “Possible Relatives – Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Blake Lively.” I’m not surprised by this one; it is a fun read.

Next Year – 2022

I’m not sure where I want my genealogical activities will take me in 2022. Indeed, my Ethel Wight Photo Identification Project will be a constant source of work. I am also doing more with several projects that include Maine ancestors, keeping me busy. Finally, I want to create some “Location Guides” for some of my research areas. I’ll publish them on my General Help pages as I make them.

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.
By the way, Nasi is a great typest. She’s just a poor speller. She like to help me a lot.

Have a happy, safe, and healthy new year.

Don (and his cat, Nasi)

 

 

 

Ancestor Sketch – Beatrice Hennessey

Halcro-Varone Project
Varone-Hennessey Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Beatrice Hennessey is one of the most confounding ancestors I’ve researched. Besides changing her first name from Bridget to Beatrice, she appears to vanish after the 1940 Census. (More about that later.) All-in-all, I’ve probably spent more time researching Beatrice than any other ancestor I’ve researched, diving into rabbit hole after rabbit hole. At some point, it becomes time to move on. I’ll return to Beatrice sometime in the future, but this is what I’ve found for now.

Halcro-Varone – Ancestor #07

List of Grandparents

    • Grandmother: Beatrice Hennessey
    • 1st Great-grandfather: John James Hennessey

Beatrice Mary Hennessey (1893-___)

Birth

Born Bridget Mary Hennessey on 4 August 1893[i] in Providence, Rhode Island, she was the first of 12 children of John James and Margaret (Pendergast) Hennessy.

Children of John James Hennessey and Margaret Pendergast

Name Born* Married Died
Beatrice 1893 James Vincenzo Varone Unk.
Joseph P. 1896 Ellen H Cull 1957
Mary Ellen 1897 N/A 1898
Richard William 1898 N/A 1899
Margaret V. 1900 Never Married 1955
John P. 1902 N/A 1911
Thomas 1904 N/A 1911
Anna Mary 1906 (FNU) Buckley 1984
S. B. 1908 N/A 1908
James 1909 (Unknown) (after 1957)
(Unknown)[ii] Before 1910 N/A (Bef 1910)
William 1912 (Unknown) (after 1957)

* All children were born in Providence, Rhode Island

1900 Census

Bridget was six years old, living with her parents and younger brother, Joseph. Her mother, Margaret, has had four children, two of whom were living. Two of Bridget’s siblings (Mary Ellen and Richard William) were born and died between 1890 and 1900.[iii] Also living with them was Margaret’s sister, Mary Daly.

1910 Census

Sometime between 1900 and 1910, Bridget changed her first name to Beatrice. The 1910 Census reported sixteen-year-old Beatrice living with her parents and six siblings. She was working as a saleswoman at a dry-good store. Beatrice’s mother had lost two more babies between 1900 and 1910.

1911 – Two Tragedies

In July 1911, a heatwave gripped the country. On 5 July, the temperature in Providence reached the mid-90s. On 6 July, many shops, factories, and stores closed to let people stay cool in the 97-degree heat. To keep cool, Beatrice’s brother, nine-year-old John, went swimming with his older friend and neighbor Vincent White (age 11) at the John R. White and Son coal pocket in the Seekonk River. Vincent survived, but John drowned. His body was recovered later that day.

On 1 November 1911, Beatrice’s brother, seven-year-old Thomas, died of myotonia congenita, a hereditary muscle disorder. So, by 1911, six of Beatrice’s eleven siblings had died.

Marriage

Beatrice married James Vincenzo Varone on 23 October 1916 in Providence. She was 22, and James was 27 years old.

Children of James Vincenzo and Beatrice Mary (Hennessey) Varone

Name Born Married Died
Albert Anthony Varone Jul 1916[iv] (Unknown) (unknown)
Florence Josephine Jan 1919 (FNU) Depasquale Apr 1992
Anthony Frederick Aug 1921 Eileen L. Moile Aug 1991
Dorothy Beatrice Feb 1923 Laurence Halcro Nov 2008
Mildred C. 1926 Archie Di Nucci (unknown)
James V. Mar 1930 (unknown) (unknown)

1920 Census

I have been unsuccessful in finding Beatrice and James in the 1920 Census.

1925 Rhode Island Census

Beatrice lives with her husband, James, at the rear of 1233 Westminster Street, Providence, with their four oldest children, Albert, Anthony, Florence, and Beatrice (Mildred and James were born later.) Today, 1233 Westminster is the home of PPW – Paper & Provisions Warehouse, a restaurant supply superstore.

1930 Census

I have been unsuccessful in finding Beatrice in the 1930 Census[v]. James, however, is rooming at 327 Washington with many other roomers. Beatrice appears in the various city directories living with James in 1930, 1931, and 1932. However, it does not appear they were living together.

1940 Census

Beatrice appears as an inmate at the House of the Good Shepherd. The majority of the girls who entered the House were put there by their families as “a refuge and home for educating and reforming children (girls) exposed to dangerous influences regarding morality.”[vi] The preferred minimum confinement was one year to 18 months. The vast majority of the inmates at the House were teenagers. While at the House, inmates toiled without pay for 60 hours a week in silence, except for their morning prayer. They were only educated in laundry, sewing, and embroidery.[vii] Beatrice was, by far, the oldest of the inmates listed at the House during the 1940 Census. The House was at 189 Eaton Street.

Beatrice’s daughter, Florence, was a 21-year-old nursing student at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Beatrice’s other children live with their father and stepmother at 448 Pleasant Valley Parkway.

I have been unsuccessful in finding Beatrice in any records after 1940. However, it appears that after her release from the House of the Good Shepherd, she returned to using her maiden name of Hennessey.

In 1955, she was mentioned as surviving her sister’s (Margaret) and her father’s (John James Hennessey) deaths. She was also mentioned in a 1957 obituary as surviving her brother’s (Joseph) death.

Death/Burial, etc.

Unknown (See Further Actions)

Events by Location

    • Rhode Island, Providence County, Providence – All known events in Beatrice’s life (Birth—1894 to 1940) occurred in Providence.

Further Actions / Follow-up

    • Do a Census study of the neighbors living at and near 1233 Westminster in the 1920 and 1930 censuses to determine if Beatrice her kids were missed or erroneously entered.
    • Get a copy of the actual birth record for Bridget/Beatrice Mary Hennessey.
    • Attempt to acquire records of Beatrice’s time at the Providence House of the Good Shepherd.
    • Find/search for death records, and possible mention, in the obituaries for her sister, Anna Mary Hennessey Buckley, and her brothers, James and William Hennessey.
    • Do a deep search for Beatrice’s death record.

Sources

  • 1900 Census, Various, 1900 – John Hennesey – Providence, Rhode Island – ED-41, Sheet 7B, Line 76. “United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M97R-JSB : accessed 12 November 2021), John Hennesey, District 1 Providence city Ward 5, Providence, Rhode Island, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 41, sheet 7B, family 146, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,507. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M97R-JSB.
  • 1910 Census, Various, John Hennessy – Providence Ward 4, Providence, Rhode Island, ED 183, Sheet 3A. “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MP6L-L4X : accessed 10 November 2021), John Hennessy, Providence Ward 4, Providence, Rhode Island, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 183, sheet 3A, family 48, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1442; FHL microfilm 1,375,455.
  • 1925 Rhode Island Census, Ancestry.com, 1925 Census – James Varone – Enumerated 22 April 1925. Accessed 25 September 2021. https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=RICensus&indiv=try&h=2452863.
  • 1955-01-23, Page 58 – Obit – Margaret V Hennessy. Providence_Journal_1955-01-23_58 – Margaret V Hennessey., Providence Journal, Providence, Rhode Island (GenealogyBank.Com).
  • 1955-02-28, Page 15 – Obit – John J Hennessy. Providence_Journal_1955-02-28_15 – John J Hennessey.pdf., Providence Journal, Providence, Rhode Island (GenealogyBank.Com).
  • 1957-11-28, Page 70 – Obit – Joseph P Hennessy. Providence_Journal_1957-11-28_70 – Joseph P Hennessey.png., Providence Journal, Providence, Rhode Island (GenealogyBank.Com).
  • Rhode Island, State Births Index, 1819, 1852-1900, Family Search, Bridget Mary Hennessey – Birth 4 August 1894. “Rhode Island, State Births Index, 1819, 1852-1900”, database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F8M9-Q4M : 4 November 2020), Bridget Mary Hennessey, 1894.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., Marriage Index, 1851-1920, Ancestry.com, Vincenzo Varone – Beatrice M Hennessey – 23 October 1916. (No Image). Ancestry.com. Rhode Island, U.S., Rhode Island, U.S., Marriage Index, 1851-1920. Marriage Index, 1851-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/4263/records/211974/.
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, Providence, Rhode Island, City Directory, 1928, Page 1332 – Varone. Providence [1928] Directory.
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, Providence, Rhode Island, City Directory, 1930, Page 1335 – Varone. For the Year Ending April 1931
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, Providence, Rhode Island, City Directory, 1931, Page 1269 – Varone. For the year ending April 1932.
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, Providence, Rhode Island, City Directory, 1932, Page 1276 & 1277 – Varone.
  • S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.com, Florence Josephine Depasquale – Death Apr 1992 (No Image). Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.
  • S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Ancestry.com, James Varone. Registration State: Rhode Island; Registration County: Providence. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/10913814:6482.

Endnotes

[i] The Rhode Island State Birth Index indicates Bridget was born on 4 August 1894, all other records indicate she was born in 1893. I believe the index is incorrect.

Source Entry Birth Year Suggested
1894 RI State Birth Index 4 Aug 1894 1894
1900 US Census Aug 1893 – Age 6 1893
1910 US Census Age 6 1893
1925 Rhode Island Census Age 31 1893

[ii] The 1910 Census indicates that Margaret had 11 children, seven of whom were living. One child whose initials were S. B., was stillborn on 23 January 1908. A second child, whose name is unknown was born between 1900 and 1910. The other two children  died before 1900 (Endnote iii).

[iii] The 1900 Census indicates that Margaret had four children, two of whom were living. Mary Ellen was born in 1897 and died in 1898. Richard William was born in 1898 and died in 1899.

[iv] Albert was born 6 July 1916, three and one-half months before James and Beatrice were married.

[v] My suspicion is that because Beatrice and James lived in the rear of 1233 Westminster in 1925, they were missed during the 1920 and 1930 Censuses by the census taker. I plan to do a neighbors census study to confirm this suspicion.

[vi] Internet – Wikitree – House of the Good Shepherd. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:House_of_the_Good_Shepherd.

[vii] The Providence Journal, Sept 6, 2021, “Labor Day observance commemorates women and girls who worked without pay at Providence home” by Katie Mulvaney. https://www.providencejournal.com/story/news/courts/2021/09/06/women-toiled-without-pay-providence-house-good-shepherd/5747153001/

Beatrice Hennessey & the Censuses

Census Sunday
Halcro-Varone Project
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Sometimes you run into things you’ve never encountered before. In my Halcro-Varone project, I discovered a name change that I found confusing. I knew Beatrice M Hennessey[i] married Vincenzo Varone on 23 October 1916. I thought, “Ah, easy; I’ll just follow her back and see where she lived before her marriage.

Comparison – 1900–1910 Censuses

I quickly found her in the 1910 census with her parents, but when I saw her in the 1900 census, I became confused. Could it be, she changed her first name as a child? I decided that using charts of the family would probably show the error of my ways.

Name 1900 Census
Age & Birthplace
1910 Census
Age & Birthplace
Head – John Hennessey 29 – Ireland 39 – Ireland
Wife – Margaret 29 – Ireland 39 – Ireland
Dau. – Bridget/Beatrice Bridget
age 7 – Rhode Island
Beatrice
age 16 – Rhode Island
Son – Joseph 4 – Rhode Island 14 – Rhode Island
Five other children
Ages 1 thru 9, all born in Rhode Island

The confusing thing was that Beatrice in the 1910 Census was Bridget in the 1900 Census. There was no change in address for the family; it was 236 Richmond Avenue in both censuses. My next thought was that the census taker in 1900 must have gotten the name wrong or transcribed it incorrectly. Then I found the birth registration for Bridget Mary Hennessey, daughter of John and Margaret (Prendergast[ii]) Hennessey. Bridget was born on 4 August 1894. In all of the records I’ve encountered, the child is Beatrice from the 1910 Census on and Bridget before the 1910 Census. I’ve just never encountered a name change like that before.

Beatrice appears to live with her husband and children in 1920, 1925 R.I., and 1930 Censuses. She seems to have separated from her husband about 1932. (Her husband, James Varone, began living with another woman, Albertina, about 1933.) In the 1940 Census, she appears as Beatrice Varone but as Beatrice Hennessey in records after 1940.

Conclusion

It appears Beatrice had severa names:

    • Bridget Hennessey 1894-1909
    • Beatrice Hennessey 1901-1916
    • Beatrice Varone 1916-1940
    • Beatrice Hennessey 1955-to her death?

When she switched back from Varone to Hennessey isn’t clear yet.


Sources:

“United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M97R-JSB: accessed 12 November 2021), John Hennesey, District 1 Providence city Ward 5, Providence, Rhode Island, United States; citing enumeration district (E.D.) 41, sheet 7B, family 146, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,507.

“United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MP6L-L4X: accessed 10 November 2021), John Hennessy, Providence Ward 4, Providence, Rhode Island, United States; citing enumeration district (E.D.) ED 183, sheet 3A, family 48, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1442; FHL microfilm 1,375,455.


Endnotes:

[i] The surname Hennessey and Hennessy are used interchangeably in various records.

[ii] The surname Prendergast, Pendergast, and Penderghast are used interchangeably in various records.

Ancestor Sketch – Marie Louise Polk

Bradley-Hingston Project
Bradley-Taylor-Polk Line
By Don Taylor

Overview

Marie Louise Polk was born in Jan 1864 in Arkansas to John Widener Polk and Anna Eliza Kean. She had four siblings[i], Anna, Magdalen, John, and Mary. On 17 January 1887, when she was 23, she married William S Taylor, the son of Jacob H Taylor and Rebecca L Pittman, in a ceremony by J. J. Kennedy at St. Joseph Church in Jackson, Missouri. She died on 18 July 1903 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at 39 years of age.

Bradley-Hingston Project – Ancestor #BH-11

Grandparents

    • Grandmother: Magdalen Polk Taylor(1890-1970)
    • 1st Great-grandmother: Marie Louisa Polk (1864-1903)
    • 2nd Great-grandfather: John Widener Polk (1820-1902) [ii]
    • 3rd Great-grandfather: Robert Tyler Polk (____-____)

Life Events

Different records record Marie with several first names, Maria, Marie, and Mary. Also, some records indicate her middle name as Louisa and some Louise. I have selected Marie Louise as preferred.

Birth

Marie Louise Polk was born in January 1864 in Arkansas. That is shortly after the fall of Little Rock to the Union and before establishing a new Union government. Marie’s father was called “Colonel” in several documents. Also, her siblings were born in several states, suggesting regular moving as might be expected of a military officer. I’ll know more when I research Col. John Widener Polk in further detail.

Children of  and John Widener and Anna Eliza (Kean) Polk

Name Born Where born
Magdalen Tasker c. 1859 Maryland
Anna c. 1861 Missouri
Marie Louise Jan 1864 Arkansas
John c. 1866 Tennessee
Mary c. 1868 Missouri

1870 Census

For the John Polk family, the 1870 Census reflects one of the few times I’ve seen a family enumerated twice in the Census but very different locations.

Independence, Jackson, Missouri Wea, Miami, Kansas
John Polk, Age 52, born in Indiana John Polk, Age 50, born in Kentucky
Anna Polk, age 34, born in Kentucky Anna E Polk, Age 34, born Kentucky
Tascar Polk, age 11, born in Missouri Tascar Polk, age 12, born in Missouri
Anna Polk, age 9, born in Missouri Anna Polk, age 9, born in Missouri
Maria Polk, age 6, Born in Arkansas Maria Polk, age 6, born in Arkansas
John Polk, age 4, born in Tennessee John Polk, age 4, born in Tennessee
Mary Polk, age 2, born in Missouri Mary Polk, age 2, born in Missouri

The enumeration date for the Missouri location was 28 June 1870.
The enumeration date for the Kansas location was 20 June 1870

The differences between the two census locations are minimal. John’s age is two years different, and his birth location shifts between Indiana and Kentucky. The only other difference is that Tascar is a year older, eight days between the two Censuses. I suspect that John provided the information for one of the censuses and Anna provided for the second one.

1880 Census

In 1880, Marie lived with her sister, Madeline, and her husband, A. C. Buell, in Washington DC. The sixteen-year-old is attending school. With them are Mr. Buell’s two children, Rudolph and Augusta, ages 1 and 0, respectively. Also living with the family are two servants. Also of interest is that the Census taker reported that Madeline’s parents were born in LA and KY, while her sister’s parents were reported as being born in LA and MO. This confuses the birth locations of their parents, particularly their father.

Marriage

Marie Louise Polk married William S Taylor in a ceremony by J. J. Kennedy at St. Joseph Church in Jackson County, Missouri, on 17 January 1887. After their marriage, they located to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Children of William S Taylor and Marie Louise Polk

Name Born Married Died
Dorothy 2 January 1888, P George A Rankin 1977 VA
John Polk July 1889, NY N/A (died at 20) 1909 VA
Magdalen Polk 31 December 1890, NJ Arthur Wilson Bradley 1970 VA

1900 Census

Marie was enumerated in two different Census locations, Philadelphia, PA, and Cape May, NJ.

Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Cape May, Cape May, New Jersey
William Taylor, age 43, born in Dec 1856 in Penn. William Taylor, age 40, born Dec 1859 in PA
Maria Taylor, age 35, Born Jan 1865, Penn. Maria Taylor, age 36, born Jan 1864, Arkansas
Dorothy, age 12, Born Jan 1888, Penn. Dorothy, age 12, born Jan 1888, Pennsylvania
John, age 10, born Jul 1889, New York John, age 10, born Jul 1889, New York
Madaline, age 9, born Dec 1890, New Jersey Madaline, age 9, born Dec 1890, New Jersey

Again, the difference between the two censuses is discrepancies in the ages of William and Maria and where Maria was born. In New Jersey, they have a border, 80-year-old John W. Polk. Marie’s father, John Widener Polk, was born about 1820 in either Indiana, Tennessee, or Kentucky. This census says he was born in Kentucky, so it fits that the “boarder” was really William’s father-in-law.

The Philadelphia enumeration indicates that the entire family were boarders, someplace on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Living with them was a 30-year-old Servant, Margaret Raby.

Death/Burial, etc.

Marie Louise (Polk) Taylor died on 18 July 1903; she was 39 years old. She was interred at Westminster Cemetery[iii] (Bala Cynwyd Community) in Lower Merion, Montgomery County, PA.


Events by Location

  • Arkansas        1864 (Birth)
  • District of Columbia, Washington – 1880
  • Kansas, Miami, Wea  – 1870[iv]
  • Missouri, Jackson, Independence – 1870, 1887 (Marriage)
  • New Jersey, Cape May, Cape May – 1900[v]
  • Pennsylvania, Montgomery, Lower Merion – 1903 (Burial)
  • Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia – 1900, 1903 (Death)

Further Research

In 1880, Marie was living with her brother-in-law A. C. Buell in Washington, DC. Mr. Buell is a journalist. Research to see if he is a celebrity or otherwise famous.

In 1880, Marie attended school in Washington DC; research into what school she attended.


Sources

  • 1870 Census, NARA, 1870 – John Polk – Independence, Jackson, Missouri. “United States Census, 1870”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M46C-FPQ : 29 May 2021), John Polk, 1870. https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/sources/L14S-D8F.
  • 1870 Census, NARA, 1870 – John W Polk – Wea, Miami, Kansa. “United States Census, 1870”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCJR-V7F : 28 May 2021), John W Polk, 1870. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCJR-V7F?id=L14S-D8F.
  • 1880 Census, NARA, 1880 – A C Buell – Washington, DC. “United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6C7-W1Y : 19 February 2021), A C Buell, Washington, Washington, District of Columbia, United States; citing enumeration district ED 24, sheet 28A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,122.
  • 1900 Census, 1900 Census – William S Tayler, Jr – New Jersey, Cape May, Middletownship, Angelsea borough, Wildwood borough, Avalon Borough. “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, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,960.
  • 1900 Census, 1900 Census – William S Taylor, et al. – Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1900; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 9, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Page: 3; Enumeration District: 0159; FHL microfilm: 1241455. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/2442/records/25439613/.
  • Find a Grave Memorial, Find a Grave, Magdalen T. Bradley (1890-1970). Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 25 August 2018), memorial page for Magdalen T. Bradley (31 December 1890–24 November 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 182390190, citing Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by DAO (contributor 47943782). https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/182390190.
  • Find a Grave Memorial, Find a Grave, Marie Polk Taylor – Memorial 94300773. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/94300773/marie-taylor : accessed 29 October 2021), memorial page for Marie Polk Taylor (1863–1903), Find a Grave Memorial ID 94300773, citing Westminster Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Shiva (contributor 47163650). https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/94300773/marie-taylor.
  • Jackson County, Missouri, US Marriage Records, 1826-2014, Jackson County, MO – Official Website, William Taylor & Marie Polk – 17 January 1887. https://www.jacksongov.org/.
  • 1887-01-23 – Page 9 – Taylor-Polk (Marriage). https://www.newspapers.com/image/650264514., Kansas City Times, Kansas City, Missouri, online images (newspapers.com).
  • Missouri, US, Marriage Records, 1805-2002 (Maine State Archives), Ancestry.Com, Marriage – William S Taylor & Marie Louise Polk. Missouri State Archives; Jefferson City, MO, USA; Missouri Marriage Records [Microfilm]. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/6649223:1171.
  • Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. – 1903-07-21, Page 7 – Maria Louisa Polk Taylor – Death. Newspapers.Com. https://www.newspapers.com/image/168750648.,
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates Index, 1803-1915 (Philadelphia City Archives), Ancestry.Com, Marie Polk Taylor – Died 18 July 1903. Ancestry.com. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates Index, 1803-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987, Various, Virginia, U.S., Death Records, 1912-2014 for Dorothy Rankin. 1977 > 13000-13499 – State File Number 77-913324 (Image 325 of 500). https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/9278/images/43006_162028006073_0186-00325.
  • Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014 (Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Department of Health), Ancestry.Com, Magdalen T. Bradley.

Endnotes

[i] I have confirmed four siblings. Several other researchers indicate she had many more siblings, however, I have not confirmed them. I expect I will when I research Maria’s parents John Widener and Anna (Kean) Polk.

[ii] I have not researched the ancestors of Maria Louise Polk and any date here about them is speculative.

[iii] I have requested a photo of her marker/memorial via Find-a-Grave.

[iv] Marie was enumerated in both Kansas and Missouri during the 1870 Census.

[v] Marie was enumerated in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania during the 1900 Census.