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, which is VERY outdated.  More current information can be found on Flipside:

     I have limited information on 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 in 1881 in Sunderland, Durham County, England and died in 1882 Were there other children?  Where did they go after 1883?

     Any descendants 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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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Cousin Kae Wallace Billik and Lloyd Reid Daugherty


     Genealogy bloggers all know this....begin researching a family member and suddenly the research turns to finding out about someone who really isn't even related to you.  This is such a case.  Of late it seems that Cousin Kae keeps popping up in my blogs.  I put her name in the Flipside search engine and pretty much nada.  She is a referred to voice. No real blog of her own.  All that changes now....sort of....

     Catherine Wallace was born on March 8, 1913 in Aliquippa, Beaver County, Pennsylvania to Joseph Wallace and Anna Estelle VanGilder.  Kae told me that her parents had a somewhat tumultuous marriage.  The Wallace's divorced when Catherine was five. Cousin Kae is my paternal first cousin once removed.

     The VanGilder girls and their Mom were a tight knit family and it appears that Anna Estelle's two young girls were shuffled around the family.  The only instance they are enumerated with their mother is the 1920 Pennsylvania Federal Census.  Kae told me that she lived with her Aunt Sally and Uncle George in Avalon during her teenage years.  (They are my paternal grandparents).  An many family stories revolve around 615 Ohio River Blvd in Avalon, PA--Grams and Pop Pop's home from the 1920's-1945.

          At age nineteen, Kae married Lloyd Reid Daugherty on June 14, 1932 in Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia.  The young couple are enumerated on the 1940 Pennsylvania Federal Census and living at 119 South Harrison Avenue, Bellevue, Allegheny County, PA.  Lloyd is employed as a office clerk with a steel products manufacturing company and Kae, a private secretary with a typewriter company.

     My Aunt Faith shared some family information about her Cousin Kae and Bud Daugherty.  Faith regarded Kae as a mentor.  She grew up with Kae around as a visitor in the home when she was young.  As she grew up, she admired Kae....her work ethic, her lifestyle, her marriage.  Aunt Faith remembered visiting her cousin in the mid 1940's at her home in Warrendale, PA (actually Wexford).  

     On March 24 1944, Lloyd entered his service in the US Navy, World War II.  He was discharged on March 16, 1946.  Aunt Faith said that Cousin Kae and Bud divorced soon after his return stateside.

     Kae remarried Steve B. Billik, a marriage that lasted until both died in San Antonio, Texas.  Steve in 1996 and Kae in 2006.  Kae was very generous when I spoke to her by telephone years back.  She had an engaging personality and was very humorous.   She sent me several photos of her mother and led me on the trail of her mother's three husbands.

     S.W.I.N.G.....Lloyd Reid Daugherty, known as Bud to friends and family.  Aunt Faith said Bud was a handsome, fun fellow.  She never understood why he and Kae divorced.  Lloyd, born on October 5 1911 in Avalon, Allegheny County, PA, was the son of Harry Rose Daugherty and Corinne Mildred Reid.  The Daugherty's also had a daughter, Elizabeth May (Betty) born in 1907. 

     Bud, not even a relation except through a marriage that lasted about fifteen years, was my next genealogical target--wink wink.

     I found him listed in the 1928 Avalon High School yearbook in the junior class.  Several lines below him is my maternal first cousin one time removed, Robert Bell Frederick, Jr.  A small world revelation.  The town of Avalon had ALOT happening for both sides of my family tree.  He must have had a good singing voice as he is listed as a member of the school's choral club. 1929 yearbook for finding a photo of Lloyd.

     Lloyd's World War II Compensation Form (shown above) guided me to South Pasadena, California, listed as his residence in 1950.  Obviously, following his divorce from Cousin Kae, Bud headed far west as he could far away from the Pittsburgh area as he could go.

South Pasadena California City Directory
page 56

     There are listings in several early 1950's South Pasadena City Directories for Lloyd AND his parents.  They are all living at the 612 Milan Avenue address listed on the World War II Compensation Form.  It appears that Bud's elderly parents accompanied him to California.  There is also no mention that Lloyd remarried.

     Finally, I found burial listings for Lloyd and his parents on Find A Grave at Green Hills Memorial Park, 27501 South Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County California.  Lloyd is listed as Lloyd Rose Daugherty.  He and his parents are all buried in the same lot.  Although there are additional Daugherty's buried in the cemetery, they do not appear to be related. 

     It don't think Lloyd never remarried or had any children.  I was not able to trace his sister, Elizabeth.  Perhaps there is remaining family there.  Cousin Kae never had any children of her own.  Her second husband had two.

 Additional Stuff:

Kae Wallace Daugherty Billik died on April 21, 2006 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

Stephen B. Billik died June 15, 1996 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

Lloyd Reid Daugherty died October 12, 1972, probably in California

Harry Rose Daugherty born October 7, 1883 in PA; died July 20, 1965 in Los Angeles, California

Corinne Mildred Reid Daugherty born 1891 in Maine; died July 19, 1965 in Los Angeles, California

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Friday, April 3, 2015

George Henry Hughes' Service in the Canadian Expeditionary Force World War I

     Looking back over past blogs regarding my paternal grandfather, George Henry Hughes, and his service during World War I in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, I have noticed that I did not post his attestation papers.  The website where I found them was sent to me by my cousin, George Hughes, years back.  It was a happy dance day when I put his name in the search engine and his paperwork popped up.

       Since then I have also located paperwork on ancestry showing his border crossing between Toronto, Canada and Niagara, New York following his discharge from military service.  

Discharge card signed in Toronto, Canada
May 16, 1919
Manifest of Aliens coming into Niagara Falls, New York
May 20, 1919
These pieces of information along with a letter George sent home from Russia, that was published in a local Aliquippa, Pennsylvania newspaper, have given me enough information to timeline his service.  I have checked my blog and see that I will have to do a blog about the letter from Russia.

Canadian Expeditionary Force
Time Line

July 30, 1917—George enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

August 1, 1917—George passed his medical examination and signed his oath of allegiance to King George V  in Toronto, Canada.

Canadian Expeditionary Force--Trained on the British Vickers Machine Gun.  Was given his sergeant stripes.  Spent almost a year in Canada before shipping overseas.

Mid Summer, 1918—George assigned to France

Fall, 1918—George’s company was reassigned to Siberia.  Five thousand soldiers were shipped out from Vancouver, British Columbia to Vladivostok, Russia.  This group was renamed Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force.

Fall, 1918—Sent to Harbin, China for a few months.

Winter, 1919—Back to Vladivostok, Russia.

February 28, 1919—Still stationed in Vladivostok, Russia from his letter home.

May 16, 1919—Discharged from military service, Toronto, Canada.

May 20, 1919—Entered the United States at Niagara Falls, New York.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

John George Hughes and Elizabeth Olesen Hughes Death Certificates


     I did not wait until Pennsylvania finally posted their death certificates on line. John George Hughes and Elizabeth Olesen Hughes are my paternal great grandparents and I was in a "need to know" frame of mind years ago. The state of Pennsylvania was very happy to accept my check for copies of both.

     The copy I received of my great grandfather's was, to say the least, awful. Barely legible, I had to scan and enlarge sections of it to figure out some of the information. Not satisfactory!! The information that I desperately needed was his burial place. That I could read. My surprise recently was the very clean copy of the same death certificate that is now out on ancestry.

     Of interest to me was that my Dad signed my great grandmother's as the doctor pronouncing her dead. There are two family stories about Great Grandma Hughes (aka Noonie) death. I can't remember if I have covered them here on Flipside, so this may be a repeat performance. The second story by my Dad was told to me after I received the copy of the death certificate and my surprise that he was the physician of record.

Story #1 Cousin Kae, who must have had some form of nurses training, was attending to Great Grandma Hughes and was at Grams and Pop Pop's apartment on the day of her death. Cousin Kae told me during a telephone call years back that she came into Noonie's bedroom and saw that she had passed. Noonie did not have a good reputation in the family....apparently she was verbally abusive, especially to my Grandmother Hughes (Grams). Cousin Kae told me that she grabbed a scarf from the adjacent bedside table and tied it tight around Noonie's head, from top to under her chin to hold her mouth shut before rigor mortis set in. Kae commented to me, "Well I tied that scarf extra tight to permanently seal her mouth!" Kae was extremely proud to tell the story.

Story #2 This involves my Dad. Dad had a full day of hospital rounds and office appointments the day Noonie died. It was rather late in the day when he was finally able to drive over to Bellevue and pronounce his grandmother dead. His father, my Pop Pop, was very irritated that it had taken Dad so long to get over. He probably wanted the body removed from the apartment house. Certainly can't blame him there ;-) Dad's response to his father was, "Well, Dad, I thought it important to attend to my living patients first." My Dad loved to tell this story figuring he had one upped his own Dad.

Death Certificate of John George Hughes

Death Certificate of Elizabeth Ferdinande Olesen Hughes

Hughes Family Cast of Characters:

My Dad, George VanGilder Hughes--The doctor and son of George Henry Hughes and Sarah VanGilder (aka Pop Pop and Grams).

George Henry Hughes aka Pop Pop, son of John George Hughes and Elizabeth Olesen Hughes and my paternal grandfather.

John Henry Hughes and Elizabeth Olesen Hughes, my paternal great grandparents, Dad's grandparents and Pop Pop's parents. Noonie was a nickname given to Elizabeth Olesen Hughes. Where it came from is anyone's guess.

Cousin Kae. Not a Hughes. Kae was the daughter of Gram's sister, Anna Estelle VanGilder. She lived with Grams and Pop Pop for some time when they lived on Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon, PA. Kae was actually Dad's first cousin. 

More on John and Elizabeth

John George Hughes on Find A Grave

Elizabeth Olesen Hughes on Find A Grave 

Elizabeth Olesen Hughes Burial Information

There are other John and Elizabeth Hughes blogs on Flipside, just put their name in the search engine. 

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Doctors Day--March 30

March 30th: Today is Doctor's Day - since 1933 March 30th has been a day to honor American's physicians. Did your family have a favorite doctor? Do you remember when doctor's made house calls? Or even when doctor's used to smoke? 

     Not even a favorite doctor was MY DAD.

     My Dad graduated from University of Pittsburgh Medical School on June 29, 1945.  The US Army financed his medical school and to give back, he spent his internship at McKeesport Hosptial, his residency at the VA Hospital in Aspinwall and time for the Army At Deshon Veterans Hospital in Butler, Pennsylvania....where, incidentally I was born in 1947.  He finalized his requirements in December 30, 1950 and set up his private practice in Perrysville, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.   

     We moved to our first house on Washington Drive and Dad began his private practice.  A well intention-ed neighbor and life long friend told Dad that to make some extra income, he should join the National Guard. BAM The Korean War and Dad was called into service.  I have outlined his service on the Library of Congress Veterans History Project website--The George VanGilder Hughes Collection.

     When he returned stateside, he opened his practice....again.  I can remember as an elementary school student, stopping by Dad's office on Perry Highway, across from Hiland Presbyterian Church, just to say Hi!  His secretary became a life long friend of the family.

The pale stale ale with the foam on the
     Dad was the doctor that made house calls.  One memorable one:  He was driving by a patient's home as the patient was having a heart attack outside while mowing the lawn. The fellow had some high position with Pittsburgh Brewing Company.  Dad saved his life. For as long as I can remember....Dad received a case of Olde Frothingslosh Beer every Christmas.  AND we always had GREAT seats for the Pirates games at Forbes Field.  YES!

     Dad moved his practice down Perry Highway to West View sometime during the 1960's.  He was a doctor that had empathy for his patients.  Growing up during the depression he was aware that some of his patients were not always able to pay.  When I was married in 1969, patients came out of the woodwork wanting to give back to much of my wedding reception was "in kind donation" from patients who were unable to pay for their medical services over the years.

     He retired in 1988.  Aric and I went to the retirement dinner at Hiland Country Club sponsored by patients.  I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of people (well over 200) who attended to honor Dad's 38 years as a physician.  Fortunately, we have a video of that occasion.

     At Dad's funeral, when my brother Ken asked for comments from those assembled, a fellow doctor stood up.  His comment.....When (can't remember the name of this University of Pittsburgh Medical School professor's) father became ill, it was his former medical student, George Hughes, who he called for an appointment to see his dad and give a diagnosis.  Well deserved praise.

     One of Dad's statements at his retirement that resonates with me today is, "One of the best tools to diagnosis is listening to the patient,"  "If they are paying their hard earned money to come into the doctor's office, what they have to say is the most important information for medical providers to listen to."

George VanGilder Hughes on Find A Grave

George VanGilder Hughes Funeral on YouTube.  Video taken by Jeannine Love, edited and posted by Ken Hughes.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015


Emily Maud Olesen
Photo post card was taken and produced
in Hartlepool, England
     Allow me to introduce my paternal great grand aunt, Emily Maud Olesen Richards Brown.  What a lovely photo post card and colorized!!

     Emily was born in April 1883.  Her information when she crossed the pond is having been born in Sunderland, England.  Her sister, my paternal great grandmother, listed Hartlepool, England as her birth place on Emily's death certificate.  I have found an Emily Maud Olesen born in Sunderland on the Sunderland on line website.  Unfortunately, the site only lists her name--no actual birthdate.

     Emily was the fourth child born to Christian Invart Olesen and Ferdinande Weiss.  Christian Olesen died suddenly in 1892 when Emily was only nine years old.  Her memories of her father were probably slight.  The family lived on Bolton Street in the All Saints Parish, Stranton, West Hartlepool for many years following his death.

     The only census from England that I have for the family is the 1901 Durham County.  Emily is listed on the census as born in Sunderland and she is apprenticed as a dressmaker.  Emily and her older brother, William Christian Olesen are supporting the family.  I pause to thank my good English friend and genealogy buddy, Heather, for helping me locate hard copy documents on my Olesen/Hughes Hartlepool lines.

     At age twenty three, in 1906, Emily married Rowland Richards in a wedding ceremony held at All Saints Church, Stranton, Durham County, England. (Marriage Record Ref # H-501-1-0-419) Rowland Richards was born on June 30, 1881 in West Hartlepool, England and was the son of Rowland Richards and Jane Ann Vaughn.  When I showed my Aunt Faith Rowland's photograph, she replied, "Everyone loved Rowland.  He was a peach of a guy".  

     There is a 1911 English Census report for the couple and are residing in Durham County, England.  I do not have a copy of it. 

     Perhaps the lure of a better life in America compelled Rowland's immigration to the United States. He sailed aboard the SS Columbia from Glasgow, Scotland on April 4, 1914. His occupation is listed as a blacksmith.  Rowland arrived at Ellis Island on April 14, 1914. His destination was 2341 Wright Street, South Side, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania--the home of my paternal great grandparents, John George Hughes and Elizabeth Olesen Hughes, Rowland's in laws.   He sailed alone.  Emily was left in the UK.

     I imagine that Rowland became employed at the same mill as his brother in law, John George Hughes--American Iron Works--located on the South Side of Pittsburgh between Carson Street and the Monongahela River.  Later the iron works became Jones and Laughlin Steel South Side Works. 

     Rowland lived with my great grandparents for at least six years.  Following his paperwork has helped me to fill in a timeline for them.

     On April 12, 1918, Rowland filled in his World War I draft registration card.  He lists Emily as his wife and she is living in Seacombe, England.  They have now been apart for four years!  The card is revealing to me for my family genealogy.  Rowland is living at 131 Spring Street, Woodlawn, Beaver County, Pennsylvania--the home of my great grandparents John George and Elizabeth Hughes.  The Hughes Family moved from the South Side to the new Jones and Laughlin Steel Mill in Woodlawn about 1915.  Rowland is employed at American Bridge Company--the same place that my grandfather, George Henry Hughes, worked.  Plus Rowland must have served for a time with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War I and was discharged due to being physically unfit. My Grandfather Hughes aka Pop Pop, also served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War I.  There must have been some spirited dinner conversation around the table at 131 Spring Street. 


     After a six year separation from her husband, Emily crossed the pond.  She was accompanied by her brother, William Christian Olesen and her mother, Ferdinanda Weiss Olesen.  Emily, age thirty seven boarded the SS Aquitania on July 19, 1920 in Liverpool, England and arrived at Ellis Island on July 24, 1920 meeting her husband Rowland Richards and going to her brother, Ernest Olesen's home, at 891 East 14th Street, Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York. (Ellis Island Records)  Unfortunately, Emily was detained on Ellis Island until July 27 due to illness. (Record of Detained Aliens page 219) Once she was released, Emily, Rowland, Bill and Ferdinanda (Ann) all boarded a train and headed to Woodlawn, Pennsylvania.

     Now the information becomes somewhat sketchy.  I have two Pennsylvania Census reports--1930 and 1940.  Emily and Rowland owned a home during that time at 1223 Virginia Avenue, Monaca, Pennsylvania.  I google mapped the address and the house is still standing.  I remember my aunt mentioning it was a red brick...and it is.  On the 1930 census both are listed as aliens.

     curiosity was revealed when I located Rowland's death certificate.  He died at home on April 2, 1940 from prostate cancer and was buried in Union Cemetery, Monaca, Beaver County, Pennsylvania.  Oddly, on the 1940 Pennsylvania Census, taken on April 24, Rowland is enumerated. 

     Of note, on the 1940 census report both Rowland and Emily are listed a naturalized.  No date is given and I do not have a copy of their papers.

     On the side, it is interesting to note that all the Olesen's ended up in Monaca.  My Great Grandmother Hughes, a widow, her brother and mother all moved to a duplex a street away from Emily.  Emily lived in her home until her death.  Great Grandmother Hughes lived in Monaca until about 1950.

     Sometime between Rowland's death in 1940 and her brother's death in 1946, Emily married second, Peter Leo Brown.  It was also his second marriage.  I have been told Leo owned a hardware store in Freedom, Pennsylvania across the Ohio River from Monaca.

     During the 1940's, Emily lost her husband in 1940, her mother Ann in 1942 and her brother Bill in 1946. 

     Leo Brown died in Aliquippa Hospital at age 60 on August 16, 1957 from a stroke.  He is buried at St. John's Cemetery, Center Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania beside his first wife, Florence Phillips Brown.

     Emily died a year later at age 75 on July 25 1958 at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania having suffered a heart attack following years of heart disease.   She was buried beside her husband, Rowland Richards, on July 27, 1958, at Union Cemetery, Monaca, Pennsylvania.  Her memorial plate reads, Emily Richards Brown.

     Although I was age eleven when Emily died, I have no memory of her.  I wonder if I ever met her?

More Olesen Family on Flipside:

1.  William Christian Olesen naturalization.  Emily's brother
2.  William Christian Olesen blog.
3.  Ferdinande Weiss Olesen Bible.  Emily's mother.  Also Ferdinanda.  My paternal great great grandmother.
4,  Elizabeth Olesen Hughes.  Emily's sister and my paternal great grandmother.  Search for blogs about her on Flipside search engine.
5.  Christian Invart Olesen, Emily's father
6.  Frederick Adolph Olesen, Emily's brother
7.  Frederick Adolph Olesen--An Addendum
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Jumping Back Into The Poole: Olive Poole Reeves

      GADZOOKS,  I seem to remember Grams exclaiming when something REALLY surprised her. This casual dip back into the Poole, what I thought would simply be Flipside doing a timeline on my great aunt Olive, has actually turned into a blog about her husband, William Brooke Reeves.  I know only of my great grand aunt through whatever hard copy I have been able to ferret out from research.  I knew nothing of her husband...dead?, divorced?, gone.  I watch a lot of detective shows on TV and just look where all my detective skills have led.    

     I have no photo of my paternal great grand aunt, Olive Poole Reeves to display on my blog.  There are probably none of her remaining.  I sometimes wonder if she was present at the one mid 1920's Pool/Poole Family Reunion that was sent to me by a fellow researcher.  Perhaps all of the living brothers and sisters from the Sampson Frum Pool and Sarah Louise Harner Pool marriage are pictured.  Only several have been identified. Bummer!!!!

     Olive was born on February 19, 1873 to Sampson Frum Pool and Sarah Louise Harner on the Pool Family Farm in the Morgan District, Monongalia County, West Virginia.  She is listed on the Monongalia County Birth Record as Ollie Pool.  I have made mention on various other Pool/Poole blogs that sometime in the late 1800's or early 1900's, some of the family decided to add a final "e" to their surname/maiden name, consequently researchers will find both spellings.

     Olive married William B. Reeves, son of Wylie Crothers Reeves and Mary Miller, on September 12, 1895 in a Methodist Protestant Church, Morgantown, Monongalia County, Virginia.  William was born in January 27, 1876 in Wellsburg. Brooke County, West Virginia.  At the time of the wedding, he was still residing in Brooke County and is listed as a machinist. Perhaps he was working in Morgantown or somewhere near the Pool Farm.

     The next and final record of the married couple is the 1900 West Virginia Federal Census.  The newly weds are living in the Morgan District, north of Decker's Creek in Morgantown, West Virginia. No address is listed.  Olive's older sister, Nettie Pool is living with them.  Of great interest to me is that Olive's brother, my paternal great grandfather George Ethelbert VanGilder, was the census enumerator.  How cool is that!!!!

     For years I have been spinning my wheels wondering what happened to this couple.  There were no further census reports until 1930 and Olive is in Pittsburgh operating a boarding house on the North Side.  On various records she is listed as married or widowed...and yet, no William.  Today I finally became tenacious and put my research brain in gear and lo and behold.....William B. Reese on the 1930 and 1940 Ohio Census married to another woman.  Could this be Olive's husband???

     I located a marriage record for the Reeves couple enumerated in the two census listings and found William marrying Carolena Mull on August 27, 1919 in Wheeling, West Virginia.  Note that he lists himself as a widower.  This is the census couple; however, there is no mention of parents on the marriage information, so I'm not 100% behind the idea that this is Olive's husband.  Next step locate some record of death.  Actually, it was out on Find A Grave that I found my next clue.  William and Carolena are buried in a cemetery near Steubenville and his death was July 12, 1953....SCORE!!!  A simple locate on his death certificate and WAHOO this William B. Reeves parents match the William B. Reeves that married my great grand aunt, Olive Poole.

     The widowed information on the marriage certificate began to bother me.  I decided to dig a little further.  I am still missing information on William from 1900-1930.  I figured he had to have a WW I draft registration and lo and behold he did!  William B. became William Brooke Reeves and, yes, he is married to another woman!  More exploration....a found marriage license and a burial in a cemetery near Steubenville, Ohio.  

     Oddly, on the marriage certificate William's surname is spelled Reaves....however, it is our Bill.  On October 16, 1903 in Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, William married Margaret (Maggie) Lorena Skaggs daughter of Theodore Skaggs and Ella Merritt. (Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M86979-5, System Origin:  Ohio-VR ,  GS Film number: 0900078 ,  Reference ID:  2:3HXWGLV.)  There is a 1910 Ohio Census report for the couple.  Maggie died from pneumonia on October 13, 1918 at Mingo Junction, Jefferson County, Ohio.  Her death certificate again spells her married name Reaves, although the memorial on Find A Grave has her name spelled Reeves.  She is buried at Georges Run Cemetery, Steubenville, Ohio.

     So, here's the rundown--William Brooke Reeves married first, my great grand aunt, Olive Pool on September 12, 1895 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  He married second, Margaret (Maggie) Skaggs on October 16, 1903 in Steubenville, Ohio.  He married third, Carolena Mull on August 27, 1919 in Wheeling, West Virginia.  I do not believe that William had any children with any of his wives.

     But I digress....this blog is supposed to be about my great grand aunt.  Olive seems to be MIA from 1910-to 1920.  Perhaps some of those years she was still married and living in Morgantown.  Once she and William parted ways, she may have moved in with family members.  I have seen through various records that the Poole sisters seemed to be acquainted with moving in with each other during times of crisis.

     Thanks to great grand aunt Olive's sister, my great grand aunt Sarah Pinyerd, who must have had a direct dial to the local newspapers, there are numerous accounts of the Poole sisters comings and goings from Sarah's home in North Charleroi, Pennsylvania.  It appears that Olive was a fairly permanent fixture in her sister's home from about 1920-1923 and perhaps later.  Two other Poole sisters were also guests at Sarah's home--my paternal great grandmother, Jessie Poole VanGilder and another great grand aunt, Eleanor Poole Bashaw and her two children.

     By the beginning of 1928, Olive was living in Pittsburgh and the 1930 Pennsylvania Federal Census lists her as running a boarding house at 1240 Palo Alto Street on the North Side of Pittsburgh. Two of the boarders are her niece and nephew, Olive Bashaw and Leon Poole Bashaw and her brother in law, Sarah's husband, John Pinyerd.  Olive does list herself as a widow.  The 1940 Pennsylvania Federal Census shows Olive still running her boarding house at 1240 Palo Alto.

     Olive died at her home, 111 Brilliant Avenue, Aspinwall, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.   She shared the house with her sister, Eleanor Poole Bashaw and perhaps her niece Olive Bashaw.  I google mapped the address and found a pleasant home on a nice street in Aspinwall.  Olive was buried with her Poole family at Mt. Union Cemetery, north of Morgantown, West Virginia.  I have visited the cemetery and taken photos.  There is no memorial marker for Olive.

Burial information on Find A Grave for William Brooke Reeves
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