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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Talented Tuesday: Florence Boe, Dancer

My maternal grandfather's sister Florence Kathleen Boe (22 November 1909 - 19 October 1992) was a dancer. She began studying dance at the age of seven. She taught dance at the Hagen Conservatory in St. Louis, Missouri, and eventually had her own dance studio. She was involved in opera and theatrical productions.

Bwana (yearbook, Roosevelt High School, St. Louis, Missouri), June 1926, p. 64. Available from Ancestry.com. U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Florence Boe. From Boe (Bø) and Halvorson-Otterholt; Shared Roots in Telemark. Compiled by Melvin and Alpha M. (Boe) Brodshaug, 1984. Published by Arlene (Boe) Christensen and Marjorie (Boe) Bergee. Printed by Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, Iowa.

Gould's St. Louis City Directory, 1929. Available from Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Gould's St. Louis City Directory, 1937. Available from Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. 

Western Military Academy Shrapnel (Alton, IL) 8 April 1937

References
Boe (Bø) and Halvorson-Otterholt; Shared Roots in Telemark. Compiled by Melvin and Alpha M. (Boe) Brodshaug, 1984. Published by Arlene (Boe) Christensen and Marjorie (Boe) Bergee. Printed by Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, Iowa.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Madness Monday: Occupation: Deranged

My great-great-grandfather's sister Julia Tarkington married Frederick R. Johnson on 13 August 1898 in New York City. They separated less than a year later. Julia provided information about the Tarkington family to Edythe Rucker Whitley, and the compiled information includes the following statement about Julia's husband Fred: "He was so disipated [sic] that she was unable to live with him." Perhaps Fred took after his mother, Caroline R. "Carrie" (Dabbs) Johnson; she was listed as "Deranged" in the "Profession, Occupation, or Trade of each person, male or female" category in the 1880 United States census.

1880 United States census, Rutland Village, Rutland County, Vermont, population schedule, enumeration district 188, page 328A. Available from Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.

Here is a closeup of the family's enumeration:

Sunday, March 29, 2015

52 Ancestors: Week 13 "Different": Aaste Halvorsdatter Otterholt

The book Boe (Bø) and Halvorson-Otterholt; Shared Roots in Telemark, compiled by Melvin and Alpha M. (Boe) Brodshaug, begins with "A Brief History of the Boe (Bø) Family," written by Melvin Brodshaug.  He wrote the following about my great-great-grandmother Aaste Halvorsdatter Otterholt: "Grandmother, Aasta, was a woman of great presence.Where-ever she was, she definitely took charge." That description does not fit me at all. I am not the leader type, and am more likely to remain in the background unnoticed. So I have chosen to write about Aaste for 52 Ancestors Week 13: "Different." 

Aaste Boe. Photo from Boe (Bø) and Halvorson-Otterholt; Shared Roots in Telemark. Compiled by Melvin and Alpha M. (Boe) Brodshaug, 1984. Published by Arlene (Boe) Christensen and Marjorie (Boe) Bergee. Printed by Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, Iowa.

Aaste was born on 3 February 1854 in Bø, Telemark, Norway. She was the daughter of Halvor Eriksen Otterholt and Guro Hansdatter Askilt. 

Aaste Halvorsdatter birth/baptism record. Telemark county, Bø, Parish register (official) nr. 8 (1849-1861), Birth and baptism records 1854, page 60. http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:NBN:no-a1450-kb20051011050511.jpg

Aaste and her family lived on the Otterholdt (or Otterholt) farm in Bø. She was enumerated there with her family in the 1865 Norway Census. On 20 April 1867, she and her family departed from Skien, Telemark, Norway on the Rjukan, and they arrived in Quebec, Canada on 30 May 1867.

Passenger list, Rjukan, 1867. Passenger Lists, 1865–1935. Microfilm Publications T-479 to T-520, T-4689 to T-4874, T-14700 to T-14939, C-4511 to C-4542. Library and Archives Canada, n.d. RG 76-C. Department of Employment and Immigration fonds. Library and Archives Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Available from Ancestry.com. Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.

The family settled in Canisteo, Dodge County, Minnesota. On 17 December 1873, in nearby Rock Dell, Olmstead County, Minnesota, Aaste married her second cousin Jorgen Jorgensen Boe.
 
Marriage record, Gorgen (Jorgen) Bue and Aaste Halvorson. State of Minnesota, County of Olmstead, 17 December 1873.

Jorgen and Aaste's daughter Kari was born in Rock Dell on 5 April 1874. By 1875, they had moved to Swenoda, Swift County, Minnesota. Their son John, my great-grandfather, was born 15 March 1876. They were living in nearby Chippewa County by 5 February 1878, when their son Hans Adolph was born. They were in Big Bend, Chippewa County in 1880. Jorgen applied for a land patent in 1880 under the Homestead Act of 1862, for 40 acres of land in Swift County, Minnesota, but his application was commuted when he paid cash for the land in 1882. Their son Theodore Jorgen was born on 16 July 1883. In 1885, the family lived in nearby Lac qui Parle, Lac Qui Parle County, Minnesota. Jorgen and Aaste's last child, Hannah Gurina Boe, was born on 23 May 1886. In 1895 the family was living in West Bank, Swift County, on the land that Jorgen had purchased.

Aaste's husband Jorgen died on 17 December 1900, the couple's 27th wedding anniversary. He was buried at Big Bend Lutheran Church Cemetery. In "A Brief History of the Boe (Bø) Family" in Boe (Bø) and Halvorson-Otterholt; Shared Roots in Telemark, Melvin Brodshaug wrote about the pine tree that Aaste planted by Jorgen's grave. The Big Bend Lutheran Church Council passed a by-law which forbade the planting of trees in the churchyard, but Aaste's pine tree was allowed to remain in the churchyard.

On 6 August 1906, Aaste declared her intention to become a citizen of the United States. Her husband Jorgen had declared his intention in 1874 and had become a citizen of the United States by 1881. Aaste became a citizen when her husband did, so she did not need to declare her intention. Perhaps she was not sure of her status.

Aaste H. Boe declaration of intention, 6 August 1906. Swift County District Court, State of Minnesota. It is clear from the use of "he" and "his" on the certificate that women did not often declare their intentions.

By 1910, Aaste was living with her daughter Hannah, Hannah's husband Henry Einerson, and their children. She resided with them until her death on 17 February 1922.

Certificate of death, Aasta Boe. 17 February 1922. State of Minnesota, Division of Vital Statistics.

Aaste was buried in Big Bend Lutheran Church Cemetery on 21 February 1922. At her funeral service, Reverend Theo. Bergee preached in Norwegian and Reverend E. I. Strom preached in English.

Milan Standard, 24 February 1922

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sibling Saturday: Two Sisters, One Husband

On 26 June 1902, my 2nd-great-grandmother's brother Emil Richard Borg married Elizabeth Henrika Carlson in Porter County, Indiana. They were married by M. J. Lonner, Minister.

Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDHQ-6Q1), Emil R Borg and Elizabeth H Carlson, 26 Jun 1902; citing Porter, Indiana, county clerk offices, Indiana; FHL microfilm 1,686,211.

After their marriage, Emil and Elizabeth lived in Chicago, Illinois. Sadly, they were only married for a year and a half. Elizabeth died of pneumonitis on 31 December 1903. She was buried in Augsburg Lutheran Church Cemetery in Porter, Porter County, Indiana.

Emil had moved back to Porter County, Indiana by 1907. On 11 December 1907, he married Julia Maria Carlson in Porter County, Indiana. They were married by J. E Nystrom, Minister. Julia was Elizabeth's older sister (two years her senior).

Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDHQ-X1L), Emil Richard Borg and Julia Maria Carlson, 11 Dec 1907; citing Porter, Indiana, county clerk offices, Indiana; FHL microfilm 1,686,212.

Emil and Julia remained married until his death in 1940. They had a daughter, Dorothy Elizabeth Borg, and a son, Delmar Emil Borg.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friend of Friends Friday: Will of William Tarkington

On 22 April 1831 in Williamson County, Tennessee, William Tarkington wrote his will. He died by January 1833, when the will was recorded.




Source for all images: Ancestry.com. Tennessee Divorce and Other Records, 1800-1965 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Tennessee. County records. Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Microfilm roll numbers 99 to 108, 115, 336 to 337, 428 to 431, 519, A-4098, A-5278, B-1 to B-9, B-44 to B-127, B-314, B-441 to B-445, B-471 to B-473, B-1607 to B-1613, and B-1781 to B-1789. Williamson County: Divorce Files, 1900-1950; Divorce, Probate, and Other Records, 1800-1899; School Censuses, 1838-1918; Miscellaneous Records (ex. Apprentice, Land Sales, Liquor Licenses, Slave Records); Birth and Death Records, 1920-1939).

I have transcribed the portions of the will which mention William Tarkington's slaves.

First I give and bequeath to my grand Son William Tarkinton Son of Isaac Tarkinton one Negro Boy named America to him and his heirs forever

6th I give and bequeath to my grand Son Jesse Cox Son of James Cox one Negro Boy Named Gabriel to him and his heirs forever

8th I give and bequeath unto Catharine Phelps reputed daughter of Isaac Tillett deceased my grand Son Eighty Dollars when of age or married to be Raised out of the Sales of Morris and Peter

9th I give and Bequeath unto my Son Isaac Tarkinton Mary Hassell the heirs of Nancy Cox (as one share) Sarah Tillett Hanah Tarkinton the Heirs of Benjamin Tarkinton Deceased that is unmarried (as one share) Elizabeth Prewitt the Ballance of the price of the Sales of Peter and Morris to them and their Heirs for ever

10th it is my will and desire that after my Departure the Said Two Negroes Named Morris and Peter Shall be Sold by my Executor on a Credit of Twelve Months and he to be Careful to take Bond and good Surety for the purchase Money

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thriller Thursday: Lakeport Grocery Holdup

On 30 December 1957, two men robbed the Lakeport Grocery in Lakeport, Sullivan, Madison County, New York. My first cousin twice removed Louise Margaret Gray and her husband Leonard Smith operated the store. Leonard was hit on the head with a pipe, and the men stole about $60 from the cash register.

 Daily Sentinel (Rome, NY), 31 December 1957, page 12