Sunday, February 7, 2016

Last Will and Testament of Mary Louise Hill VanGilder

VanGilder gathering between 1904-1909
Morgantown, West Virginia
     
     Geez Louise!!   What a great find today out on ancestry.  I was actually wandering around looking for additional blog material about my paternal great grand aunt, Mary Frances VanGilder. There was a listing for a last will for Mary VanGilder and with fingers crossed, I opened it up. Bummer, it was only a name and page number.  Fortunately, I was able to get far enough through the listings to see that the actual wills were typed on the later pages.  And there, on page 112 and 113 was the Last Will and Testament of Mary VanGilder.



     .....but it wasn't for Mary Frances.  It was the will of my paternal great great grandmother, Mary Louise Hill VanGilder. WAHOO!!!  It took me two readings to see one of the most interesting sentences down at the bottom, just above Mary's signature, "If Jessie VanGilder can sell the children's share of the land and put the money where it will help support them, I want her to do it."

     Jessie VanGilder is my paternal great grandmother.  Jessie was married to George Ethelbert VanGilder who predeceased his mother, Mary.  The will lists the three remaining sons to share the remainder of the VanGilder land after her daughters receive their share.  The will also states the heirs of the three sons (written as ears in the will) will receive their father's share.  I will have to do further research to find the bill of sale for Jessie's land sale.  My paternal grandmother, Sarah Margaret VanGilder (aka Grams) would have been one of the heirs that the land was sold to help support.

     This story is not finished.  I need to do more research.

A sample of some VanGilder blogs on Flipside:

Mary Louise Hill VanGilder

Jessie Poole VanGilder

George Ethelbert VanGilder  I'm in shock that I have not written more.  I need to get busy ;-)


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sallie Ellsworth VanGilder Boyd

     
Sallie Ellsworth VanGilder Boyd
Photo circa 1908
Morgantown, West Virginia

     While I was researching Carson Perrie Boyd's life for my last blog, I realized that I had never spent time writing about his mother, my paternal great grand aunt, Sallie Ellsworth Vangilder Boyd.  From all the records I could find her name was primarily written Sallie, although I have seen Sally.  I wonder if Sallie was her given name or if it was a nickname for Sarah.

     Sallie was born on March 11, 1863 in Morgantown, Monongalia County, several months before West Virginia was granted statehood.  Daughter of John Oliphant VanGilder and Mary Louise Hill VanGilder, she joined a family of a sister and three brothers.  One of the reasons I wonder that Sallie's given name might have been Sarah is that both of her parents mothers was named Sarah.  Certainly during the mid to late 1800's it was common to name the older children after their grandparents.

     Sallie was only a baby during the Civil War.  She was probably unaware that her father served as a Captain with C Company 14th West Virginia Militia.  By the time she was seven, her family was living on the old Hill Family farm in a log cabin on Stewart Street in just outside the city limits of Morgantown.  Her father, who had made his living as a chair maker, took up farming and had plenty of family hands to assist with the work.  By 1875 the VanGilders had eleven children.

     On August 4, 1883, the family suffered the loss of the oldest daughter, Anna Bell VanGilder, to heart disease.  Sallie was twenty.


     Almost two years later, Sallie married William Milroy Boyd on June 25, 1885 in Monongalia County, West Virginia.  William was born in November, 1886 to James Boyd and Emily Miller Boyd in Monongalia County, West Virginia.

     Sallie and William raised a family of eleven, one son died as an infant.      

  1. Jessie Mabel Boyd 1886-1996 (spouse Frank Marshall Stewart) 
  2. Arthur Byron Boyd 1887-1918
  3. Edna Lyall Boyd  1890-1989
  4. Mary Jane Boyd 1893-1969 (spouse Raleigh Everette Barker)
  5. Howard Glenn Boyd 1895-1995
  6. Carson Perrie Boyd  1900-1969
  7. Mildred A. Boyd  1898-1985
  8. Clarence Carey Hill Boyd  1900-1969
  9. Carle VanGilder Boyd  1901-1970
  10. Charles E. Boyd  1903-1903
  11. Olga LeMoyne Boyd  1904-1981
  12. Donald Milford Boyd  1905-1971
     The Boyd's lived in various houses in and around the Morgantown area during their marriage.  William was employed in the early 1900's as an oil rig builder and later as a house carpenter.  

     There are numerous photos of family gatherings, primarily VanGilder, although some of Sallie's children also attended as adults. 

     One piece of family memorabilia that we have is the George Ethelbert VanGilder autograph album.  George is Sallie's brother and my paternal great grandfather.  Sallie signed her brother's autograph book in 1888.

     Unfortunately, not much additional personal information can be added to Sallie's blog. The 1930 West Virginia census gives her marital status as divorced.  271 Stewart Street in Morgantown was the family residence for a decade or two and several of her, now adult, children lived with her from time to time.  The house must have been large enough to house numerous people as she also had lodgers. I have no additional information on William M. Boyd.



     Sallie died at home on July 7, 1933 at the age of seventy.  She was buried at Mount Union Cemetery, north of Morgantown, in the same cemetery as her parents, several siblings and two sets of great grandparents--Robert Hill and Rebecca Caldwell Hill; and Purnell Houston and Mary Carey. Also several of the Boyd children are buried around their mother. 


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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Carson Perrie Boyd

1930's Department Store Window

     A month or so ago, I was working a style set at my store.  A style set is visually merchandising the store.  One of my jobs was to dress the mannequins in the windows...something I had never done before.  Fortunately, I had help from someone who had.   The visual manager came around to see how we were doing and exclaimed how good the windows looked.  Laughing, I responded, well my cousin WAS a window dresser in New York City back in the 1930's.

     I was never certain that this was not an apocryphal story or one based in some fact.  Frankly, after researching, I still don't know for certain; however, I did find a story to blog about.

     My Dad had several "family stories" regarding his mother's cousin, Carson VanGilder.  Checking my genealogy records, there was no Carson VanGilder in the tree; however, my Grams, did have a cousin named Carson Boyd. Apparently Dad figured all of his Mom's cousin's had to have the surname of VanGilder since she did...LOL  Carson was a VanGilder.  His mother, Sallie Ellsworth VanGilder married William Milroy Boyd.  Sally and my paternal great grandfather, George Ethelbert VanGilder were siblings.

     Carson, my first cousin, two times removed, was born in the Morgantown, West Virginia area on February 7, 1897.  Oddly, I was not able to locate a birth record for him.  He joined five brothers and sisters.  Six more siblings were added to his large family.

     My paternal great grand aunt Sallie seemed to chose family names as the middle name for her children.  I have yet to find out what family line Carson's is from. Perhaps it is a Boyd woman's surname. To be fair, I have not researched them.  I should also add, I have no idea where Aunt Sallie's middle name, Ellsworth, came from and she is in a tree where I have done decades of research ;-)

     The 1900 West Virginia Federal Census places the Boyd family in Morgantown and William Boyd is providing for his family as an oil rig builder.  Of interest to me:  the census enumerator is my paternal great grand father, George Ethelbert VanGilder.  He would be Uncle George to Carson. (Year: 1900; Census Place: Morgan, Monongalia, West Virginia; Roll: 1767; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 0083; FHL microfilm: 1241767)



     Carson's World War I Draft Registration does list his birth date and place. He was employed in 1918 with the Jeannette Coal Company in Point Marion, Pennsylvania, not far from Morgantown.  He is listed as medium height, with grey eyes and brown hair.  (World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918).  According to the US Department of Veteran Affairs, Carson served from September 4 1918 to March 25, 1919 World War I as a private in the United States Army. (Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.)



     Following his service with the United States Army during World War I, Carson married Betty C. Craft in a wedding ceremony in Cumberland, Maryland on November 2, 1919.

     There is a listing on the 1920 West Virginia Federal Census for the newly weds.  C. P. Boyd and wife, Elizabeth.  They are living in Morgantown and he is employed as a laborer with a brick company.  The birth information for C. P. Boyd's parents is not correct; however if Elizabeth was the person the enumerator was talking with, she may not have known.  (Year: 1920; Census Place: Morgantown Ward 4, Monongalia, West Virginia; Roll: T625_1964; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 107; Image: 1002)

    Carson and Betty had one child, a son, Carson P. Boyd, Jr., born February 6, 1921 in Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). World War II Veterans Compensation Applications, circa 1950s. Records of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Record Group 19, Series 19.92 (877 cartons). Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

     On April 2, 1925 there is a brief article regarding the divorce of Carson and Betty Boyd on page 7 of The Morning Herald, Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

     By 1929, Carson is listed as living with his mother and several siblings at 271 Stewart Street in Morgantown and employed as a clerk.  (Polk's Morgantown City Directory 1929-1930.)



     The 1930's brings me to "the story of interest" for Cousin Carson.  According to the 1930 New York Federal Census, he is living in Manhattan at 128 East 29th Street as a lodger in an apartment. Interestingly, the building still exists.  Carson is listed as divorced and employed as a salesman with a New York department store.  He is sharing the apartment room with a married couple who are both in theater.  How cool is that!  Fifty-eight year old H. McRae Webster a director and his wife, a thirty- two year old actress, Genevieve Webster.  From the census information this is not H. Webster's first marriage, although it could be Genevieve's.  (Year: 1930; Census Place: Manhattan, New York, New York; Roll: 1558; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 1191; Image: 859.0; FHL microfilm: 2341293.)

     Harry McRae Webster, a well known and regarded writer, producer and stage and film director. (all director, writer and stage information taken from various Internet websites)    
Director (17 credits)
 1914 The Devil's Signature (Short)
 1914 Seeds of Chaos (Short)
 1913 The Brand of Evil (Short)
 1913/IV The Boomerang (Short)
 1913 In Convict Garb (Short)
 1913 The Spy's Defeat (Short)
 1913/I The Broken Heart (Short)
 1912 The Girl of the Mountains (Short) (as Henry McRae Webster)
 1912 The Fall of Montezuma (Short)
 1911 His Friend's Wife (Short)
 1910/II Love's Awakening (Short)
 1910 A Fortunate Misfortune (Short)

Hide  Writer (4 credits)
 1913 In Convict Garb (Short) (scenario)
 1913 The Spy's Defeat (Short) (scenario)
 1912 The Fall of Montezuma (Short) (scenario)

Hide  Producer (2 credits)

Broadway
Angels Don't Kiss
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Staged by H. McRae Webster
Apr 05, 1932 - Apr 09, 1932
Air Minded
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Directed by Harry McRae Webster
Feb 10, 1932 - Feb 1932
The Fatal Wedding
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Directed by Harry McRae Webster
Jun 02, 1924 - Jun 1924
Lilies of the Field
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Staged by Harry McRae Webster
Oct 04, 1921 - Feb 1922
Lieut. Dick, U.S.A.
[Play, Melodrama, Original]
  • Written by Harry McRae Webster
Nov 20, 1905 - Closing date unknown 
     How exciting for Cousin Carson to be living with this exciting theatrical couple while working in NYC.

     Carson's mother, Sallie Ellsworth VanGilder Boyd, died in 1933.  How long he lived in New York City is unknown; however, there is a Morgantown City Directory for 1935, which lists Carson living at the Boyd home, 271 Stewart Street with his sister, Edna and father, William.  Carson appears to have continued living at the 271 Stewart Street address into the 1940's, employed as a salesman. 


     I do not know when Carson married Mary M. Tamasy, perhaps in the late 1940's or 1950's.

     There is a listing for Carson P. Boyd in the public records index as living at 410 North Water Street, West Newton, Pennsylvania.  Unfortunately the date of the listing is not available.  (U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2)  

     At some point in time, Carson and Mary moved to Venice, Florida.

Captured from Find A Grave
Photograph by Kathi Lynn King
     
     On Find A Grave there is a photograph of the tombstone for Carson P. Boyd, listed as Carson Perrie Boyd and his wife, Mary M. Boyd in West Newton Cemetery, West Newton, Pennsylvania.  He died at the age of eighty seven, on September 7, 1985.  I was able to locate an obituary for his wife, Mary M. Boyd, nee Tamasy.  Mary was born on August 10, 1908 in Reduction, to Barney and Mary Tamasy.  She died on Feb 27, 2000 at the age of ninety three in Green Tree, Pennsylvania. No children were mentioned in the obituary.


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Friday, August 28, 2015

Weiss Family of West Hartlepool, England

      It wasn't until I was working on updating my genealogy website that I realized that I never blogged about my paternal third great grandparents, Frederick Heindrich Adolph Weiss and Ferdinande Lehman.  There are still so many missing pieces to their story and hopefully some descendant will wander onto Flipside and email me.  
     I have no photos of these ancestors....only census reports and death certificates.  

     Frederick, was born circa 1826 in Mecklenburg, Germany and married Ferdinande Lehman, born in Hanover, Germany circa 1827.  My guesstimate on the marriage is 1852 in Germany.
     
     Two known children were products of the marriage.  Adolphus Hermann W. Weiss born about 1853 in Hamburg, Germany and my paternal great great grandmother Ferdinande Weiss who was born November 14, 1855 in Hamburg, Germany.


My brothers and I walked the area in Hartlepool where
our Weiss ancestors lived when we visited in 2003.

     By 1861, the Weiss Family was living in West Hartlepool, England as evidenced by the 1861 United Kingdom Census Report.  Their home was at 3 John Street in the ecclesiastical district of Christ Church.  At that time Frederick was employed as a dock laborer.

Death Certificate of Frederick Heindrich Adolph Weiss

     On December 27, 1870, at age forty two, Frederick Weiss died at his home on Victoria Terrace, West Hartlepool, England of pneumonia.  The place of burial is not listed on the certificate; however, most people who died before 1912 were buried in North Cemetery.  It is interesting to note that at the time of his death, Frederick was a brokers clerk.  In 1874, when Frederick's daughter, Ferdinande, married Christian Olesen, she listed her father's occupation as banker.

     Following her husband's death, Ferdinande continued to live in the home on Victoria Terrace with her two children, Adolph and Ferdinande.  Listed in the 1871 United Kingdom Census report, Ferdinande is operating a lodging house in her home and her children are both employed.  Adolph as an apprentice to an outfitter and Ferdinande as a dressmaker.  I was most surprised to find that one of the lodgers listed in the Weiss home was Christian Olesen, my paternal great great grandfather, who later married the younger Ferdinande Weiss.

     On the 1881 United Kingdom Census, Ferdinande at age fifty four, was living at 10 Lower Reed Street, Stranton.  Both of her children have married.  She is maintaining a lodging house with three man who are involved with the shipping industry and one young woman who is a servant in the home.  Undoubtedly someone to assist Ferdinande with the daily duties of running a lodging home.  

     
Death Certificate of Ferdinande Lehman Weiss
         Ferdinande Lehman Weiss, age sixty two, died on May 22, 1888,  at 20 South Scarboro Street, West Hartlepool, England from dropsy--an old fashioned term for edema.  Contributing factors were cardiac issues.

     Additional information can be found on my genealogy website:

Frederick Heindrich Adolph Weiss and Ferdinande Lehman

Christian Invart Olesen and Ferdinande Weiss

     My missing link in this family is the Weiss' son, Adolphus Hermann W. Weiss.  From records I know he married Mary Elizabeth Middlemass, daughter of George Middlemass at All Saints Church, Stranton on September 19, 1876.  To this union was born a son, William Ernest Weiss, born January 1878 in Sunderland, Durham County, England.  

     Any descendents of Adolph and Mary Elizabeth Weiss, PLEASE contact me.
   
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Monday, August 17, 2015

A Walk About Old Allegheny City, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    
     This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending time in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania attending my 50th high school reunion.  So extremely wonderful to reunite with old friends for two evenings.

      My husband and I had planned to visit The Mattress Factory, an exciting three building installation art museum, on the North Side of Pittsburgh.  The area now referred to as the North Side was once called Allegheny City...a portion of land across the Allegheny River from the city of Pittsburgh.  As late as 1921, when my mother and father were born, it was listed on their birth certificates as Allegheny City.

     A high school friend also mentioned that we should wander up Jacksonia Street to visit Randyland.  This is a colorful "must see" destination when on the North Side.  

     Part of my walk about was to try to locate streets and homes listed on various federal census reports for members of my family who once lived in Old Allegheny City/North Side.

     Huzzah!!!  I did have one success.

1240 Palo Alto
Left side of  red brick buiding behind black SUV

     My paternal great grand aunt, Olive Poole Reeves, at age 57, ran a boarding house at 1240 Palo Alto Street during the 1930's and 1940's located on what is now referred to as the Mexican War Street area on the North Side of Pittsburgh.  The large red brick building is still standing at the corner of Palo Alto and North Taylor.  According to census reports, Great Grand Aunt Olive rented the building.  During the 1930's she had six lodgers and two boarders.  There was another family living there; however I do not know if they paid rent and maintained their own quarters or were also boarders.

     Of great interest to me--one lodger was John A. Pinyerd, my paternal great grand uncle.  He was married to Olive's sister, Sarah Ann Poole Pinyerd.  John was a riverboat engineer and was probably spending a night or two in Pittsburgh while his boat was docked on the Allegheny River.  Two boarders were Olive's niece and nephew, Olive Pettit Bashaw and Poole Leon Bashaw (my first cousins two times removed). 

     I did Google lodger and boarder to determine the difference.  A lodger is a person who rooms and a boarder rooms and receives meals.  Running a boarding house was a frequent occupation to the Pool women.  My paternal great grandmother, Jessie Poole VanGilder ran boarding houses in Morgantown, West Virginia and Woodlawn, Pennsylvania after her husband's death.  She was also the cook on a riverboat until her retirement.  Another sister, Sarah Ann Poole Pinyerd, John's wife, was a nurse and ran a maternity hospital in her home in North Charleroi, Pennsylvania.  Some very resourceful women.

     Great grand aunt Olive continued to run her boarding home at 1240 Palo Alto in the early 1940's.  She is enumerated on the 1940 Pennsylvania Federal Census running her boarding house with three lodgers.



     I did look for other houses on streets on the North Side--primarily my maternal great grandparents, Charles and Wilhelmina Stark.  Some streets are no longer in existence and house numbers have been changed as new homes were added.  Point in case.  The house Great Grand Aunt Olive lived in was numbered 1240 in the 1900's; however a brick with a number on it beside the door lists the house as having a different number (#56) during an earlier time.  Unfortunately my photo is not as clear as I would have liked.

Also on Flipside:

Jumping Back into the Poole:  Olive Poole Reeves


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Alfred Walter Stark--Photographer Extraordinaire

   
     I have spent time blogging about my maternal grand uncle, Alfred Walter Stark, in years past.  From all my Mom told me, he was quite a character.  Before she died she asked me one day, "I wonder what ever happened to my Uncle Walter?"  I was not blogging when she died in 1999 and frankly not all that much genealogical information was available on the net.  Now, all that has changed.  With the 1940 census and other new information out on ancestry and elsewhere, I have been able to fill in a few of the empty blanks.

Alfred Walter and Frances Stark
Looks like he has his camera in hand.
Wonder who took the photograph!
     I am still missing one critical piece of information--the maiden name of his wife!  Walter and Frances Stark did not have any children; however, perhaps someone will find this blog on line and might have a Frances married to an Alfred Walter Stark, who often was listed as A. W. Stark, and one of my brick walls will crumble.

     Six years ago for a Carnival of Genealogy:  Uncle Uncle meme, I wrote a lengthy piece about Uncle Walter, including several photos.  I hope not to duplicate that information here.  Walter's birth, parentage and death information is on that blog.  Some of his work as a photographer is also listed.  It is his photography work in and around the Pittsburgh area that I would like to concentrate on here as I have found some new items to add to his timeline.  And an additional update as to the whereabouts of Walter and Frances in the late 1930's and early 1940's.

This little cutie is my Mom.  The photographer
was her uncle, Alfred Walter Stark.  It was picked
up by a national magazine circa 1921-1922.
     Alfred is listed on the 1910 Pennsylvania Federal Census as age 25, single and working as a photographer in a studio.  It is unknown as to whether he is working for a company or the studio is his own.  (Year: 1910; Census Place: Avalon Ward 3, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1292; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 913)

Frances and her mother-in-law, Wilhelmina Stark along with
unknown adults.  I wonder if these are Frances' family.

     By 1920, Walter is married to Frances.  They are renting an apartment on Palo Alto Street on the North Side of Pittsburgh.  He is a photographer.  Frances, who was born in Germany to German parents, immigrated to the United States in 1900.  She was born August 5, 1893.  To date I have found no marriage information. There is no marriage record for them in West Virginia.  I will have to wait until Pennsylvania posts some on line.  

     I was aware that Walter was the school photographer for the Avalon, Pennsylvania school system in the mid 1920's through the early 1930's.  I have my parent's elementary class photos and Mom's Uncle Walter is listed as the photographer.  Googling Walter's name, I found a class photo he took in 1930 for the Emsworth, Pennsylvania elementary school. 


     I was unaware that he was the official photographer for the Avalon school system beginning in 1910 until I was flipping through the pages of an Avalon High School yearbook on line looking for someone.  I decided to go from back to front in case there was an index, which would make my search somewhat easier ;-)  No index; however, several pages in I was excited to see the advertisement pictured above.  WAHOO!!  The question from the 1910 census is answered--Walter was operating his own photography studio. By the time my Mom and Dad graduated from Avalon High School in 1939, Walter was not the school photographer.  

     There is a 1930 Pennsylvania Federal Census report for the Starks, they are renting an apartment at 3332 Niagara Street in the city of Pittsburgh.  Walter is still employed as a photographer.  Frances lists that she was 16 when she married, which would be circa 1914.  (Year: 1930; Census Place: Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1971; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 56; Image: 139.0.)


     Walter and Frances are not listed in the 1934 Pittsburgh City Directory; however, they are on the 1940 Florida Federal Census.  Walter is listed as Andrew W.  I was somewhat confused and thought that perhaps this was not Uncle Walter until I found a 1944 Miami Florida City Directory in which they are listed and at the same address as the 1940 census report.  The census shows that Walter and Frances were living in Pittsburgh in 1935, so sometime between 1935 and 1940 they relocated to Miami, Florida.  Walter is age fifty two and is not working. (Year: 1940; Census Place: Miami, Dade, Florida; Roll: T627_631; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 69-92C)

     The story about Walter and Frances moving to Hot Springs for therapy for Frances' arthritis may or may not be true.  I cannot find them in any further listings in Miami City Directories.  They may have moved on.  Walter did attend my paternal grandfather's (his older brother) funeral in Avalon in 1945.  He signed the funeral book, Frances did not.  Was she unable to travel or had she passed.  No answers.

     There is a death record for Walter in Miami, Florida, October 1962.  In an interview years back, with one of my Mother's cousins and a niece to Walter and Frances, she told me that she was contacted as next of kin by the coroner of Miami asking for financial assistance with Walter's burial. He obviously returned to Miami.

     So a few more pieces are in place in the puzzle that is my grand uncle.  If there is anyone working on family genealogy that has my Uncle Walter Stark and his wife, Frances, as a branch on their tree.  Please contact me. 

Other Alfred Walter Stark Blogs on Flipside:

The Stark Family Vacation of 1928

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Friday, April 10, 2015

National Siblings Day--The Hughes Kids Circa 1935


     In honor of National Siblings Day, I submit a photo from circa 1934 of the three children of George Henry Hughes and Sarah Margaret VanGilder.  I have found numerous name tweeking in my grandmother's family tree.  Perhaps updating the old spellings.  Who knows.  Her children's names did not escape.

1.  George VanGuilder Hughes, my Dad.  Yes, his Mom decided to add a "u" to VanGilder and I have seen this spelling on numerous elementary, high school and even his medical school degree.  From then on it seemed to revert back to VanGilder. Born July 1, 1921 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died on September 6, 2007 in Gibsonia, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.  George married first, Martha Jean Stark and second Edna Mae Thomas.

2.  John Aiden Hughes.  I have to think that the Aiden was in honor of St. Aidan's Parish in Hartlepool, England where generations of our family have been baptised, christened, and buried.  Again, Grams tweeked it....from Aidan to Aiden.  John was called Aiden by family and friends through high school.   Born February 7, 1929 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and died October 30, 1990 in West Bloomfield, Oakland County, Michigan.  John married first Barbara Ann McGoey and second Patricia Madden.

3.  Faith Carol Hughes.  No name tampering here ;-)  Faith was born on September 29, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.  She married Edward Norman Roolf, Jr.
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