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Monday, November 24, 2014

Mappy Monday: Chicago Districts

Chicago districts map. By Peter Fitzgerald [Public domain]. Available from Wikimedia Commons and Wikitravel.

Many of my ancestors lived in Chicago, Illinois, This map shows the districts of Chicago.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

52 Ancestors: #47 Jesse Tarkington

Jesse Tarkington, the younger brother of my great-great-grandfather James William Tarkington, was born in Williamson County, Tennessee on 14 July 1862. He was the son of Joseph Tarkington and Amanda Russell.

In 1880, Jesse worked as a farm laborer in Williamson County, Tennessee, where he lived with his parents and many of his siblings. By 1885, he had moved to Nashville, and he worked as a blacksmith for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. In 1886, he worked as a guard at the penitentiary. He then worked for the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway; he was a boilermaker in 1888, and by 1890 he was a fireman. By 1900, he had become an engineer.

Jesse married Pauline "Lena" Hitner on 12 July 1891. They had six children: Thomas Burrell (born 2 August 1892), Jessie Pauline (born 27 March 1895), Elmer (born 3 March 1898), George Washington (born 22 February 1900), John Frederick (born 10 December 1904), and Jesse Edwin (born 17 October 1909).

On 15 September 1909, Jesse was killed in a railroad accident. On the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway, No. 4 passenger train, west bound, and No. 31 fast freight, east bound, collided one mile west of Pegram Station. Jesse was the engineer on the freight train. The engineer on the passenger train, who was also killed in the accident, was Joseph Greener Gower, my second cousin 4 times removed (through one of my other family lines).

Jesse was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery on 20 September 1909, in the Tarkington family plot, Sec. 13 Lot 75. On 16 December 1914, his body was moved to Sec. 13 Lot 275.

Jesse's youngest son, Jesse Edwin, was born a month after Jesse's death. Sadly, Jesse Edwin died on 27 October 1914 at age 5.

Nashville Directory, 1885. Nashville, TN: Marshall and Bruce. Available from Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

 Nashville City Directory, 1886. Nashville, TN: Marshall and Bruce. Available from Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Nashville City Directory, 1898. Nashville, TN: Marshall and Bruce. Available from Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Directory of Nashville and Rural Routes of Davidson County, 1903. Nashville, TN: Marshall & Bruce. Available from Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Marion Star, 15 September 1909


 Morning Oregonian, 16 September 1909

Jesse Tarkington death record. Tennessee State Library and Archives; Nashville, Tennessee; Tennessee Death Records, 1908-1959; Roll #: 5. Available from Ancestry.com. Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1958 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Mt. Olivet Cemetery Lot Owner Card File, 1851-1995. Nashville, Tennessee: Metropolitan Government Archives.

Photo by CB - Find a Grave contributor

Saturday, November 22, 2014

National Adoption Day

The Saturday before Thanksgiving is National Adoption Day. The day is intended to raise awareness of the large number of children in foster care waiting for adoption, and to celebrate adoptive families.

My great-great-grandmother's sister Clara Matilda Borg and her husband Nils A. Samuelson never had biological children, but they raised a girl, Etta Maria Carter, and a boy, Leroy G. "Roy" Johnson.

1910 United States Census, Westchester Township, Porter, Indiana, population schedule, enumeration district 152, page 9A. Available from  Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

1920 United States Census, Westchester Township, Porter, Indiana, population schedule, enumeration district 157, page 4A. Available from Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

The Vidette-Messenger, 20 March 1934, page 2. (The name of the daughter is listed incorrectly.)

My 3rd-great-grandfather's brother John G. Gatlin and his wife Martha Ann Gower legally adopted a little girl, Tennessee Reed (Minnie Gatlin after the adoption), in 1874.

Miller, Alan N. Nineteenth Century Tennessee Adoptions, Legitimations, and Name Changes. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 2009. Page 51.

The girl's biological parents reconciled after the adoption had approved, and wanted her back. The Davidson County, Tennessee Circuit Court ruled that it was in the best interests of the child for her to remain with her adoptive parents. The below excerpt from an article in the Nashville Union and American, 3 December 1874, shows that the adoptive mother and daughter had formed a close bond.

Nashville Union and American, 3 December 1874. Available from Chronicling America.

My great-grandmother Kathleen (Graham) Mapplebeck Boe was the biological daughter of James Graham, but when her mother Catherine Elizabeth Winters married James Mapplebeck, she took his name and he became her father. The adoption may have been informal rather than legal, but Kathleen's application for a Social Security account shows that James Mapplebeck was the man that she considered to be her father.

Kathleen Graham Mapplebeck Boe, SS no. 494-07-1459, 11 December 1936, Application for Account Number (Form SS-5), Social Security Administration, Baltimore, Maryland.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Follow Friday: Once A Hoosier…Always A Hoosier

The Indiana Genealogical Society has launched a new blog, Once A Hoosier…Always A Hoosier. The blog includes information on thousands of deceased people who were born before 1930 and lived in Indiana at some point or were buried in Indiana. It is browsable by county, and can also be searched. If your Indiana ancestors are not included, you may use the submission form to add them.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Those Places Thursday: 713 Loucks Ave., Peoria, Illinois


In 1941, my maternal grandfather's brother James Jorgen "Jim" Boe lived in Peoria, Illinois and worked as a floorman for Kresge. His future wife, Laverne "Lee" Grimm, worked as a saleswoman for Kresge. She lived at 713 Loucks Ave., Peoria with her widowed mother Lydia and many of her siblings. The Grimm family had moved to the house fairly recently (they lived at 117 E. Armstrong Ave., Peoria in 1940). Lee lived there until her marriage to Jim in September 1942. Lydia continued to live at 713 Loucks Ave. for at least ten more years.

Polk's Peoria City Directory, 1941. Available from Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday's Child: Magdalena Dreier

Death record, Magdalena Dreier, 25 February 1849. Staatsarchiv Freiburg L 10 Nr. 5777, Bild 142. Permalink:
http://www.landesarchiv-bw.de/plink/?f=5-498378-142.Standesbücher / 1810-1870 > Waldshut; Amtsgericht > Niederwihl, Görwihl WT; Katholische Gemeinde: Sterbebuch 1810-1869.

Magdalena was the second child of my 3rd-great-grandparents Jakob Dreier and Franziska Schäuble, and the younger sister of my great-great-grandmother Kunigunde Dreier. She was born on 17 July 1848 in Niederwihl, Waldshut, Baden, Germany. She died a little more than seven months later, on 25 February 1849.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Fred Taschner


Fredrick Taschner was born on 26 July 1887 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the son of Albert Taschner and Theresa Brickner. Fred's father died when he was six years old. About 1900, his mother married Adolph Heinrich. Fred worked as a painter. His first wife was Leah Jane "Lillie" Claymore. Fred married his second wife Anna Maria "Ann" Gersbacher (my great-grandmother's sister) on 19 May 1934. Fred died in St. Louis on 26 January 1952 and was buried in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, section 010K, lot 0024E.