Saturday, December 3, 2016

Back to the 50's--This is pretty elementary ;-)

     The Northland Public Library in Ross Township, Pennsylvania via their on line website has been an exciting find for me for the past week.  I can't seem to stop pulling it up.

     I was working on more land related blogs earlier in the week and then I saw a link for a 1950 Perrysville Telephone Directory and here is what I found.




     Yep, that would be my Dad and our new house on Washington Drive and the phone number.  I don't remember PE4-7241; however it then became FOrest 4-7241 and then 364-7241 and we took that phone number from Washington Drive to our new home in McCandless Township in 1960.  It was always our home phone number until my Mom and Dad moved from that McCandless address.

     I did spend some time browsing the directory and did not find very many of our neighbors listed.  I do remember that the Arthur's had a WEllington and not a PErrysville phone number.  I don't know why.  


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ferdinande Weiss Olesen

Ferdinande Weiss Olesen
circa 1870
West Hartlepool, England
carte de visite

     I seem to be finally getting around to blogging about my Olesen roots.  To be fair, I have only had bits and pieces of research until recently, especially on the two who remained in West Hartlepool, England.

     This lady, Ferdinande Weiss Olesen, did immigrate to the United States and lived with several of her adult children in Aliquippa and Monaca, Beaver County, Pennsylvania area.  She is my paternal great great grandmother.

     So many names.  It is somewhat difficult to actually know what her first name was.  I have seen Ferdinande, Ferdinando, Ferdinanda.  Nickname--Ann, Anne, Annie.  Comparing the documents I have found to date, it appears that my great great grandmother was called Ferdinande in England and it changed to Ferdinanda when she lived in the United States.  When she signed her marriage license, it was Ferdinande.

    Ferdinande was born on November 14, 1855 in Hamburg, Germany.  Her parents were Frederick Heindrich Adolph Weiss and Ferdinande Lehman. She joined brother, Adolph Herman W. Weiss. I do not know when the Weiss family immigrated to England, and in particular to the town of Hartlepool, They are enumerated as residents there on the 1861 census.  Oddly, Ferdinande is listed as 18 months old on that census, which would make her birth date about 1859 and not 1855.  Later census reports and her marriage license show her birth year to be 1855.

      Ferdinande's father was employed in various shipping positions in Hartlepool, which was an important business industry during the Victorian era to this active port town.  It also appears that the Weiss family had boarders in their home for additional income.  The boarders were also involved in the shipping industry.

     On November 27, 1870, when she was fifteen, Ferdinande's father died.  To provide income for the family following his death, son Adolph was employed as an apprentice to an outfitter and Ferdinande worked as a dressmaker.  Additionally, three male boarders were living in their home on Victoria Station, Stranton, West Hartlepool, England.  One of the three, Christian Olesen, married Ferdinande four years later.

Marriage License for
Christian Invart Olesen and Ferdinande Weiss
1874
     
     On August 30, 1874 Christian and Ferdinande married at Christ's Church, West Hartlepool, England.  The marriage license gives a glimpse into my family genealogy.  Both of the father's names are listed for the newly weds.  The two people who signed as witnesses are Ferdinande's brother, Adolph Weiss, and Mary Middlemass  This couple married two years later.  Both Christian and Ferdinande were literate and could spell their name.  Of note:  My paternal great great grandmother's name is spelled Ferdinande with the final e written over.

     Seven children were born to Christian and Ferdinande:



  1. Frederick Adolph Olesen, March 4, 1875-after 1946.
  2. Elizabeth Ferdinande Olesen, October 16, 1876-October 11, 1961.  Married John George Hughes.  My paternal great grandparents.
  3. Christian William Olesen, March 18, 1880-December 1, 1946.
  4. Emily Maud Olesen, April, 1883-July 25, 1958.  Married Rowland Richards and Peter Leo Brown.
  5. Adolph Heindrich Weiss Olesen, April 27, 1885-Jan 24, 1901.
  6. George Invart Olesen, December 4, 1887-December 1888.
  7. Ernest Alfred Olesen, April 19, 1891-After 1947.  Married Ann Wanless.


     From various newspaper articles found in both Hartlepool and Middlesbrough, England, it appears that Ferdinande did not lead a calm domestic life.  Her husband, Christian's ship chandler business, was bankrupt by 1877.  Several articles indicate that he had a volatile temper that lead him to serve time doing hard labor.  Her eldest son was also in trouble with the law, brought before the local court and served time doing hard labor. One 1894 article exposed him as threatening her and the police were summoned. She also had to deal with the sorrow of losing to young sons.

     Ferdinande's husband died on October 17, 1892 from somewhat mysterious circumstances.  From newspapers articles, he left for work in good health, stopped at the Victoria Hotel for a whiskey while waiting to catch a train for Middlesbrough.  Before he could enjoy his drink he dropped over dead. The cause of death was ruled syncope.


     On March 19, 1898, George Henry Hughes, Ferdinande's first grandchild was born, in West Hartlepool, England, to her daughter Elizabeth Ferdinande Olesen Hughes and her husband John George Hughes.  This is my link to the family.  George Henry Hughes is my paternal grandfather and John George Hughes and Elizabeth Olesen Hughes are my paternal great grandparents.

     The Olesen family lived at two different residences on Bolton Street during the 1890's and early 1900's.  To provide for the family, Ferdinande worked outside the home.  Son, Bill was employed as a sawyer (a person who saws lumber) and daughter Emily, a dressmaker.

Ferdinande Weiss Olesen
West Hartlepool, England
Photo post card
Circa 1899
 
     My guess is that this photo was taken in the front yard at 7 Bolton Street in West Hartlepool.  Unfortunately, Bolton Street no longer exists, so I was not able to see the house when I visited in 2003.

Immigration of the Olesen's to the United States

     On May 8, 1906, Ferdinande's daughter, grandchild and son in law (the Hughes family) left Liverpool, England for the United States.  Bill, Emily, Ernest were still living at home.  A year later, Elizabeth and nine year old son, George Henry returned to West Hartlepool for a visit.  In July 1910, Elizabeth Hughes returned to West Hartlepool and her brother, Bill Olesen accompanied her back to the United States. At that time Ferdinande was living at 73 South Parade in West Hartlepool.  

    On February 26, 1920, son Ernest (Ernie) along with his wife Ann and young son, Oscar sailed from Liverpool, England for the United States and made their home in the New York City area.

     Bill Olesen crossed the pond and prepared for the final crossing of the Olesen's.  This included Ferdinande, her daughter Emily Olesen Richards accompanied by Bill Olesen aboard the Aquitania on July 1920 leaving Liverpool and arriving in New York City on July 24, 1920.  Emily was detained due to illness.  The family stayed with Ernest Olesen and family in Brooklyn until Emily was well and able to travel to Woodlawn (now Aliquippa, Pennsylvania).  Son, Frederick Olesen remained in England.


     It must have been a full house at 131 Spring Avenue, Woodlawn, Pennsylvania.  The house was owned by Jones Laughlin Steel Company (a company home) and rented to John George Hughes.  In the house lived, John, Elizabeth and George Hughes; Bill Olesen; Ferdinande Olesen; Emily Olesen Richards and her husband Rowland Richards.

     Following the death of John George Hughes on May 20, 1921, the Olesen family remaining at 131 Spring Avenue were Elizabeth Olesen Hughes, Bill Olesen and Ferdinande Olesen.  From the 1940 United States census, it appears that the group remained at the home in Aliquippa at least until 1935. Bill Olesen was also employed by J&L Steel.

My Dad with his great grandmother Olesen



     By the 1940 United States census the family had moved to 1298 Washington Avenue, Monaca, Beaver County, Pennsylvania.  Stories and memories of this house have been supplied to me by my Aunt Faith, who lived here from about 1946-1950.  She does remember both her great grandmother Ferdinande Weiss Olesen, her Grand Uncle Bill Olesen and Grand Aunt Emily Richards/Brown.

     
Map showing where the Olesen's moved after
leaving Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

     On February 15, 1942, Ann Olesen died at home in Monaca, Pennsylvania at the age of 87.  She is buried in the Hughes family plot, Woodlawn Cemetery, Aliquippa, Beaver County, Pennsylvania.





Other Blogs on Flipside for Ferdinande Weiss Olesen:
-Tombstone Tuesday--Ferdinande Weiss Olesen
-Ferdinande Weiss Olesen with family dog in West Hartlepool, England
-Marriage Record of Christian Olesen and Ferdinande Weiss
-Ferdinande Weiss Olesen Psalms Bible

Other Olesen Blogs on Flipside:
Add Olesen to the blog's search engine

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Back to the 50's--745 Washington Drive Where My Childhood Memories Live

     
Dad busy putting in the grass out front
Mom's writing in the photo album
Front door
Note the North Hills Dairy box.
Every so many days the milkman would deliver bottles of
milk and I would go out and take them out of the box.
Occasionally I would trick the milkman and tell him
Mom wanted a bottle of chocolate milk ;-)
     
     This was my childhood home.....my parent's first house.  We moved here in the fall of 1950.  I do not know how much influence my parents had in designing this house or if it was built and they purchased it.  It was a small three bedroom, one bath house.  There was a basement and a one car garage.  When my folks moved in, it was a family of three.  In the fall of 1951, Dad was called into service in the Korean Conflict and was stationed at Camp Carson, Colorado.  At the end of December, Mom closed up the house and she and I traveled by train out west to Camp Carson.  Ken was born on the Army base on February 12, 1952 and we lived there until after my fifth birthday on May 1.  Mom, Ken and I returned to Washington Drive so I could begin Kindergarten at Perrysville Elementary School near our home.  Dad returned for a brief time in the summer of 1952 and then left for Korea.

     As I mentioned in a previous blog, family times seems to bring back memories.  So many of mine revolve around this house and street.....my elementary and junior high school years.  I decided to do a little background search on the property.  Whatever did we do before the internet and it's development over the past decade.  I plugged in Perrysville, Pennsylvania and was easily able to find maps and also a few answers to some nagging questions that have been hanging around in my mind for, whew.....many decades ;-)

     Well, here we are.  1906.  Hiland Presbyterian Church, my childhood church, listed on the map and Perrysville, Pennsylvania with numerous businesses and farming lands.  My childhood home was located in a 1940 plan called North Hills Estates.  Believe me, the homes there were NOT estates, just comfortable family homes.  The land in the 1906 map belonged to John Thompson and is listed as Lot 30.  Checking another map that takes the view down into the borough south of Perrysville, West View, John Thompson's land stretched down to West View.  A goodly majority of the Thompson farm was sold by 1940 to developers and it became North Hills Estates.

     Of course I had to do a little research into the Thompson Family.  I was not able to determine who John was or who he "belonged" to.  There was an early John Thompson who settled in Ross Township.  Perrysville was located in Ross.  It appears from an article I found, that the older Thompson lived in what is today Shaler Township. John and his wife, Ellen Davis, were the parents of fourteen children who lived to maturity.  (Cushing, Thomas, A Genealogical and Biographical History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania,Genealogical Publishing ComJun 1, 2009, page  744).  The land on Lot 30 could be additional land formerly owned and deeded by John Thompson the parent or to his son, John Thompson.  

     There is a Thompson Cemetery (listed on Find A Grave as Oak Grove Cemetery) in Shaler Township.  Ross Township was at one time part of Shaler.  Later in life I lived off Thompson Run Road....again, same Thompson family.  And when living in North Hills Estates, one had to drive or walk down Thompson Drive to get to our street.  Odd that as we moved to our second home, we still were close to the pioneer Thompson family land.

     Moving ahead to 1940 and a map showing the development of a new housing plan called North Hills Estates.  The 1906 John Thompson Farm was across Perry Highway from Hiland Presbyterian Church and then ran south along Perry Highway.  Thompson Drive, named in honor John Thompson, former owner of the land, divides North Hills Estates.  The red star marks the lot that my parents purchased and in 1940, no house had been built.  As I mentioned earlier, I am not certain if our house was already built and my parents bought it or if they had some input into its design.  

     Of great interest to me was finding that the woods behind our house actually had a name....Thompson Drive Park.  This woods was my entertainment for most of my elementary school years.  We just called it "the woods".  Who knew it had a proper name....lol    I know every kid who lived on Washington Drive spent countless hours playing in the woods and in the creek that cut through it.  A little additional research did not give me a name for that creek....yet ;-)  however, I did follow it to Girtys Run.  Our creek appears to be a feeder water that flowed into Ginty's Run and eventually through Millvale and into the Allegheny River.  

     Lot 192 became 745 Washington Drive.  A house we lived in from 1950 until my parents built a new house in McCandless Township which we moved into in 1961.  Several houses on my street were already completed in 1940.  The house beside our lot belonged to the Woodward Family when we moved in.  Dorthy Woodward operated a dance school in her basement for many years and I was a member of her school during my elementary school years.  The Arthur's home was also already standing in 1940.  The Arthur's purchased their house from a previous owner since Joe Arthur and my Dad were in their freshman year of college in 1940.  

   When I was researching this blog, I decided to google search the address of our Washington Drive address and was happily surprised to see it recently sold and there was a zillow listing with PHOTOS!  Certainly there has been some updating over the decades; however most of the interior features remain.

Current look at the living room with the
same railing on the steps.

1957 Standing on the steps
Christmas

     A Hughes classic photo.  The three of us seated in front of the fireplace in the living room for a Christmas photo in 1956.


Living room showing the fireplace today.
          Photos showing the front of house when we lived in it and more recently.  Shutters are a nice addition.  Still deciding about the cover over the front porch ;-)





     Talk about a walk down memory lane.

North Hills Civic Association:  North Hills Estates A Brief History and Profile.


Zillow Listing:

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Back to the 50's--Perrysville Library

     Typical of Hughes Family holidays, we delve back into our childhood and for me, that means Perrysville, Pennsylvania and our first house at 745 Washington Drive.  This Thanksgiving was no different and since Thursday, I have been spending any free time I can gather, google searching for information, maps, a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g I can find on several topics.  This blog concerns the Perrysville Library of the 1950's.  My childhood library.

     Slim pickins on this topic on line.  A little research....a lot of memory.

     I attended Perrysville Elementary School for Kindergarten through sixth grade. That would be 1952-1958.  My neighbor and childhood friend, Ruthie Arthur, and I walked to school every day, were brownies and girl scouts, took streetcar rides into Pittsburgh from West View, played in the woods behind our houses, walked to West View to watch movies at the Gerard Theater, and on and on for the entire time we lived a door away from each other on Washington Drive.

Red marks the spot
Perrysville Library
Perrysville, Pennsylvania
From a 1940 map
 
     One of the places that Ruthie and I frequented was the Perrysville Library.  It was a quick walk or bicycle ride from Perrysville Elementary School or again, about a mile walk or bike ride from home

     The library was a very small building, somewhat hidden away from the bustle of downtown Perrysville.  There was a short alley beside the Perrysville Fire Department and a quick turn to the left behind the fire department was the location of the library. Inside the walls were lined with shelves, floor to ceiling with books. There was a children's section and I seem to remember I enjoyed Nancy Drew mysteries and the Bobbsey Twins series.


     Oddly, one of the books I remember taking out was Stowaway from a Mushroom Planet.   When I googled it, I remembered the cover; however, none of the story seemed familiar.  


     I have tried to capture a picture of the unique pencil with an attached date stamp. The librarian used it to mark the lending cards.  However, I did manage to capture an old library card which would be tucked inside a pocket that was attached to either the front or back cover of every book in the library.  I seem to remember that I did not sign the card.  The librarian would stamp the date loaned and then use the pencil to write my name as the borrower.


Have no idea why this is sideways.  Odd ;-)

     I was so impressed with the entire inner workings of the Perrysville Library that I decided to have a library of my own in my bedroom.  I had a collection of books and made and attached paper pockets inside the front cover.  Then took more paper and cut out library cards.  I must have gone to the local 5&10 and purchased a date stamp and stamp pad.  Voila!  The Linda Hughes Lending Library was born.  



     I did have one success.  I located a newspaper article regarding the Perrysville Library that was published in a local newspaper in 1962.  By then, I was in high school and had moved away from my childhood home near Perrysville.  

     This little library was a magical place for an elementary school girl of the 50's.  And what a delightful memory.


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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Lindsey Cannon of Cannons Mill, Columbiana County, Ohio


     I have noticed after using the search engine on Flipside, that I have neglected one of my maternal great great great grandfathers, Lindsey Cannon.  There are a couple of blogs, but nothing substantial in years.  Over the summer I have received several emails from a mutual Cannon/Fife relation, Pat Fabri, and she has shared some valuable pieces of research with me--hence the renewed interest in my Cannon ancestors.


     I may or may not have mentioned previously.  When I began research on the Cannon's of Elkrun Township, Columbiana County, Ohio, I thought that John Cannon was my ggg grandfather.  In fact, as a family we all traveled to visit his grave sight on Christmas Eve back in 1993.  We also drove to the Carlisle Cemetery in Elkrun Township to take photographs of the Orr tombstones--other maternal ggg grandparents.  My Mom and I had previously visited Carlisle Cemetery in the fall and noticed that a Cannon tombstone had fallen, so when we returned on Christmas Eve, we had a crowbar handy to assist in the up righting.  My brother Ken was able to pull it up and lean it against the base.  It was the tombstone of Lindsey Cannon who was buried beside his wife, Elizabeth Fife Cannon.

     Imagine my surprise when several years later I learned that Lindsey Cannon and Elizabeth Fife Cannon were actually my ancestors and not his brother, John.  That projected me into an entirely new series of research endeavors.

     First, and the primary place I began, was trying to find out if Cannons Mill located in St Clair Township, Columbiana County, Ohio belonged to my ancestor, Lindsey Cannon.  Or did one of his brothers, John Cannon or Matthew Cannon own that property in the early 1800's.  I have noodled around with this in previous blogs; however have never pulled all the research into one blog showing the conclusion.  And that is the subject of this Cannon blog.


      On July 1, 1805, Lindsey Cannon has a registration certificate for a tract of land purchased in Columbiana County, Ohio 2-10-1, which translates to Madison Township, Columbiana County, Section 1, certificate number 1567.  (Register of Certificates 1800-1812, Steubenville, Ohio Land Office, page 40).


     Also in 1805, Lindsey purchased a section of land in Columbiana County, Ohio 2-11-26.  This is a parcel of land adjacent to his brothers John and Matthew in Elkrun Township, Section 26.  The land transfer occurred on August 31, 1805, certificate # 1687. (Register of Certificates 1800-1812, Steubenville, Ohio Land Office, page 42).

  The Land Office Register also has a listing for Lindsey purchasing another piece of land from his brother, Matthew Cannon on February 25, 1809 in Elkrun Township, Section 26.  (Register of Certificates 1800-1812, Steubenville, Ohio Land Office, page 34).

     I am coming up empty on the tract of land in St. Clair Township, Columbiana County, Ohio where Cannons Mill was located.  A second look at the early Steubenville Land Office registry does not have a listing for St. Clair township in Columbiana County.

     A newspaper article dated 1827 gave me the clue I was looking for.


     And then, one of many tax records for Lindsey in St. Clair Township, Columbiana County, Ohio.


 

       And finally, a tax record listing the grist mill and a distillery.


   
     Thankfully I was able to locate the records I needed to finally show that Cannons Mill located in St. Clair Township, Columbiana County, Ohio was indeed named for my maternal great great great grandfather, Lindsey Cannon.  WAHOO !

On Flipside:  A few photos taken at Cannons Mill, Ohio on a genealogy trip.

Lindsey Cannon on Find A Grave.


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Frederick Adolph Olesen--Addendum

     Recently, my UK friend, Heather, uncovered an important document for my paternal great grand uncle, Frederick Olesen.  When I blogged last week about Frederick, I was wondering where those folks that had to serve time doing hard labor was located in the Durham County area of England. This ancestor definitely falls into the "bad seed" category.  With this latest piece of the pie, Frederick served with the army in England.  Inquiring minds wonder if this was hard labor service oriented.


      The attestation paper was signed on September 27, 1898.  Of interest to me is question 14 on the document, asking if the person had ever served with Her Majesty's service and Frederick's answer was YES.  It appears that he is signing up to serve with the same battalion that he served with at a previous time--3rd Battalion Durham Light Infantry.  Also, question 12, asking him if he has ever been sentenced to imprisonment is answered NO.  One would surmise that serving time of hard labor is not serving time in prison.  Remembering my last blog about my paternal great grand uncle, this document is signed almost five months following the newspaper article when he was charged with larceny of a bicycle in Hartlepool, England.  That newspaper account said he was sent to prison.

     The attestation paper naturally led me back out on the web to google 3rd Battalion Durham Light Infantry.  My question here is whether Frederick served or was a member of a volunteer or reserve militia.  From what I can understand, he actually served, the volunteer militia was not formed until 1908.  I have also seen that this battalion was sent to South Africa during the 1890's and I found an immigration document for a F. Olesen born 1875 who was on the ship Lismore Castle, on September 12, 1896 bound for the Cape, South Africa. (Ancestry.com)  Again, this begs the question, is this my great grand uncle perhaps during his first service with this army group?




     I was easily able to locate the badge of the 3rd Battalion Durham Light Infantry and also there was a special badge for those who served in South Africa.  



     I also have a military photo post card that was among pictures glued into albums by my paternal grandmother.  This one had no name attached to it.  Unfortunately, even with various magnifiers I have at home, I was not able to say with 100% accuracy that the badge on this soldiers hat IS the Durham Light Infantry....but it is very close ;-)  The face appears to be a younger man.  The photo was taken by a photographer from Glasgow, Scotland.  The army camp; however, it not identified as being in Scotland. Perhaps this is Frederick Adolph Olesen.

     I will add here that I have a photograph of Frederick's youngest brother, Ernest Alfred Olesen that is identified by my paternal grandmother.  She would have known Ernest as he immigrated to the United States.  She would not have known Frederick, nor would my paternal grandfather have recognized a photo of his uncle.  

     The attestation document has given insight into Frederick's life when he was not breaking the law as a young man.  I wonder if he was active in the military during World War I?  I wonder if he may have resigned up after the last newspaper article of him sleeping under the hay in 1923 or if he continued living the life of an indigent? Much more research is needed here to fill in the blanks.

Also on Flipside:

Frederick Adolph Olesen

1.  William Christian Olesen naturalization.  Frederick's brother
2.  William Christian Olesen blog.
3.  Ferdinande Weiss Olesen Bible.  Frederick's mother.  Also Ferdinanda.  My paternal great great grandmother.
4,  Elizabeth Olesen Hughes.  Frederick's sister and my paternal great grandmother.  Search for blogs about her on Flipside search engine.
5.  Christian Invart Olesen, Frederick's father
6.  Emily Maud Olesen Richards Brown.  Frederick's sister


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Friday, March 25, 2016

Frederick Adolph Olesen--A chip off the old block

     Sheesh, this Olesen family just doesn't yield.  The apple doesn't fall far from the tree....like father like son......

Prayer Book of
Ferdinande Weiss Olesen

     Fredrick Adolph Olesen (also Frederick) was born on March 4, 1875, Hartlepool, England to Christian Invart Olesen and Ferdinande Weiss.  Records seem to indicate that Christian was employed at Frederick's birth as a ship's chandler and the family was living on Scarbrough Street in West Hartlepool.  Perhaps they were housed with Ferdinande's widowed mother.  Fredrick's birth record is listed on the FreeBMD. England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915, Registration Year: 1875, Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar, Registration district: Hartlepool, Inferred County: Durham, Volume: 10a, Page: 227.   It is also important to note that Fredrick was named for his maternal grandfather, Fredrick Heindrich Adolph  Weiss. And, that the spelling of Fredrick's name changed over the years to Frederick.

     Over the years, six siblings joined Frederick in the Olesen household--two sisters and four brothers.  Also over the years, the Olesen's moved from home to home in West Hartlepool, suffered financial setbacks and dealt daily with a father/husband who was, to say the least, very abusive and probably alcoholic.  (See Christian Invart Olesen on Flipside)

     I can remember back in 2003, when my brothers and I had the pleasure of actually spending time in West Hartlepool, England and meeting Hughes family members, that I asked one of the oldest if he knew what happened to Frederick Olesen.  His spin on the story was that Fred Olesen went to America.  At that time and up until a month ago, I had no idea where Frederick landed in life.  Two of his younger brothers died at young ages.  His mother, two sisters, Elizabeth and Emily and two brothers, Bill and Ernie, immigrated to the United States in the early 1900's. But, what about Fred??

     When his mother died in 1942, the obituary lists Fred, using his nickname, Best Olesen, as living in New Castle....that would be Newcastle in the UK, not New Castle, Pennsylvania ;-)  In 1946, in the obituary of his brother, Bill Olesen, Frederick is listed as living in West Hartlepool, England.  

     The 1891 United Kingdom census report lists Frederick, age sixteen, employed as a pottery laborer and living at 4 Bolton Street, Stranton, West Hartlepool, England. (1891 United Kingdom Census, Ref:RG12/4064  Folio:59)

     Once again, my UK friend Heather and her "free" subscription to an online newspaper archive began to shine some light on Frederick "Best" Olesen....who by the way....was certainly NOT the best of the Olesen bunch.  Yes, Best, seemed to have been a very attentive son, learning the behaviors of his father.  Nothing to be proud of.

Northern Daily Mail
West Hartlepool, England
Friday, August 17, 1894
page 3


     
    At the age of nineteen, Frederick was sentenced to two months of hard labor for assaulting his mother over her choice of the dinner menu one evening.  This article gives some insight into the two family members and their responses to the court. Ferdinande, that she was working and the wage earner following her husbands death. Frederick, who was not employed and apparently using his father's death, two years earlier, as a excuse.   Also, Frederick trying to push the blame of his abusive response to his mother on her, that she only called the police because she wanted him to be sent away. My response--smart Mom 

     
Northern Daily Mail
West Hartlepool, England
Saturday, April 23, 1898
page 8
   
     Theft at the age of twenty three and back to prison for stealing a bike.  Again, blaming his behavior on an employee at the cafe and a smart aleck reply to the judge.

     Recently I noticed that Frederick has a 1901 UK census enumeration, listed as a lodger along with a number of men of various ages in Throston an area within the Hartlepool, England area.  Once again, Heather to the rescue.  The census lists Frederick as a shipyard laborer, a lodger living at 221 Model Lodging House. (United Kingdom 1901 Census, Durham County, Hartlepool, Throston Parish, page 89)  Heather also sent me a link to an on line article regarding Model Lodging Houses.  Lodging Houses prior to the 1840's provided unsanitary, miserable lodging for many of the migrants who relocated to the UK during the industrial revolution.  By 1850, the Common Lodging House Act was enacted and encouraged a more healthy living environment for the lodgers.  Whether this goal was achieved is debatable; however the article goes on to state that many model lodging houses were opened throughout England. (http://www.historyhouse.co.uk/articles/lodging_houses.html)

   
Northern Daily Mail
West Hartlepool, England
Friday, September 14, 1923
   
This final newspaper article continues to show that Frederick lived a life a crime....some petty, some not.  At the age of forty eight he had already served time for twenty seven convictions.

     Nothing further on this bad seed in my family tree.  The two aforementioned obituaries show that he was still alive in 1946.  To date no death certificate has been found.

     I have often wondered what the reasoning behind my UK family immigrating to the US...perhaps for the Olesen's...it was to distance themselves from Frederick and the disreputable legacy of Christian Invart Olesen, husband and father.

Also on Flipside:

Frederick Adolph Olesen--Addendum

1.  William Christian Olesen naturalization.  Frederick's brother
2.  William Christian Olesen blog.
3.  Ferdinande Weiss Olesen Bible.  Frederick's mother.  Also Ferdinanda.  My paternal great great grandmother.
4,  Elizabeth Olesen Hughes.  Frederick's sister and my paternal great grandmother.  Search for blogs about her on Flipside search engine.
5.  Christian Invart Olesen, Frederick's father
6.  Emily Maud Olesen Richards Brown.  Frederick's sister



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