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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sympathy Saturday: In the Apple Orchard

My 3rd-great-grandfather's brother Montgomery Binkley died in October 1891.  His body was found in his apple orchard in Pleasant View, Cheatham County, Tennessee by Will Cobbs, a schoolteacher who boarded with the Binkley family. Montgomery had taken a razor with him to the orchard and had committed suicide by cutting his throat.

No one knew why he had chosen to take his own life. He was apparently happily married, had a family, and was a successful farmer.  On the day of his death, he had said that he was sick and lay in bed for most of the day. It sounds like he was suffering from depression.

Daily Tobacco-Leaf Chronicle (Clarksville, Tennessee), 20 October 1891, page 4

Daily American (Nashville, Tennessee), 20 October 1891, page 5

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friend of Friends Friday: Abraham, Runaway Slave of Geo. Malone

Nashville Whig, 31 October 1825, page 1

$30 REWARD.
RANAWAY from the subscriber on the 22d July last, living in Giles county, in the state of Tennessee, 12 miles north of Pulaski, a negro man named ABRAHAM, aged about 30 years, five feet 3 or 4 inches high, with one stiff ancle, clothed in homespun when he went off. Any person apprehending the above described negro and confining him in jail so that I may get him, shall receive the above reward, if said negro is apprehended in any free state, or one adjoining a free state, or $20 if found in this state.
      ept. 17––––tf                                          GEO MALONE.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Anna Maria Gersbacher

Anna Maria "Ann" Gersbacher was born 130 years ago today, on 25 August 1886. She was the first American-born child of my 2nd-great-grandparents John Gersbacher and Kunigunde Dreier.

St. Louis, Missouri birth register, August 1886. Ancestry.com. Missouri, Birth Records, 1847-1910 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007.

She was baptized on 10 September 1886  at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in St. Louis, Missouri.

SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church (St. Louis, Missouri). Baptisms, 1878-1900. Baptism of Annam Mariam Gerstbacher. Family History Library microfilm 1871462. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS79-KCFT-D?i=436&cat=657997

After her mother died on 6 January 1893, her father abandoned the family. Her older sister Paulina (my great-grandmother) went to work as a servant, and hid Ann in her room. Eventually Ann was discovered, and Paulina was fired. After Paulina got another job as a servant, Ann went to live with a woman in a wheelchair. Ann told her niece Margaret (my maternal grandmother) that the woman had a cane and often hit her. Paulina visited Ann every week, but did not find out what was going on right away because the woman always stayed in the room with them during the visits. By 1900, Ann was living with her brother Joseph and his wife and son.

1900 United States census, St. Louis Ward 6, Missouri, population schedule, enumeration district 85, sheet no. 2B, family 49. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

By 1908, she was living with her sister Gussie Glaser, and did laundry work.

Gould's St. Louis Directory for 1908. St. Louis, MO: Gould Directory Co. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Gussie ran a rooming house. Ann was still living with her in 1910.

1910 United States census, St. Louis City, Missouri, Ward 7, population schedule, enumeration district 111, sheet no. 5A, family 118. Available from Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. 

By 1930, Ann had met her husband, Fredrick Taschner, and was living with him and his mother. Although Ann and Fred were listed as married in the 1930 U.S. Census, a notation on Ann's baptismal record shows that they married on 19 May 1934, so they may not have actually been married at the time of the census enumeration. However, Ann was Catholic and Fred was divorced, so it is also possible that they had a civil ceremony and then had a church wedding after he obtained an annulment.

1930 United States census, St. Louis, Missouri, population schedule, enumeration district 288, sheet no. 29A, family 479. Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.

1940 United States census, St. Louis, Missouri, population schedule, enumeration district 96-66, sheet no. 11A, family 210.Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Ann's husband Fred died on 26 January 1952.

Ann died on 2 March 1978. She was buried on 6 March 1978 in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri, section 010K, lot 0024E.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Travel Tuesday: A. T. Anderson's Visit to Sweden

In 1912, my 2nd-great-grandfather Andrew T. Anderson (born Andreas Troedsson) traveled to Sweden to visit his family. He arrived in Sweden in late May 1912. He stayed with his sister Carolina and her husband Nils Andersson on Ollof farm in Grevie, Skåne. He wrote a letter to his wife and children on 7 June 1912. He said that they had had Sunday School there the previous Sunday, and that he was not able to attend church because he only had his old clothes. His trunk of clothing did not arrive until the day before he wrote the letter. Later that Sunday, he, Carolina, and Carolina's son Elof and his family drove to visit Pat Johnson. He planned to buy dress material for his wife the next day.

He was asked to lead Sunday school in the American fashion on the following Sunday. He also planned to visit his brother Johannes that day.

Carolina made a cheese for him to take home to his family, and made another one for him to bring home to to their sister Johanna.

Andrew/Andreas said that he and his brother-in-law Nils went to the forest one evening and heard a nightingale singing in the treetops at 11:00.

Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos, near Gordevio, Ticino, Switzerland. 12 May 2010. Photo by Noel Reynolds [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]. Available from Flickr and Wikimedia Commons.

He thought that he might go to Helsingborg and Copenhagen the following week. On 28 June 1912, he planned travel on the Göta Canal and go to Stockholm and see museums and art.

Göta kanal (Göta canal) near road E20, Sweden. 7 July 2015. Photo by Pudelek (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

On 20 July 1912, he sailed from Liverpool, England to New York, New York on the Caronia.

RMS Caronia. Cunard Line, 1905-1933. Ancestry.com. Passenger Ships and Images [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.

He arrived at Ellis Island on 28 July 1912.

Passenger manifest, Caronia. 28 July 1912. Microfilm serial T715, 1897-195, microfilm roll 1904, line 6, page number 24. Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls. NAI: 6256867. Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36. National Archives at Washington, D.C.

Passenger manifest, Caronia. 28 July 1912. Microfilm serial T715, 1897-195, microfilm roll 1904, line 6, page number 24. Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls. NAI: 6256867. Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36. National Archives at Washington, D.C.

This was probably the last time that he saw his family in Sweden. He died on 24 January 1916.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Military Monday: Joshua Hunt Thomas, Musician

Spicer, William Arnold. History of the Ninth and Tenth Regiments Rhode Island Volunteers, and the Tenth Rhode Island Battery, in the Union Army in 1862. Providence, RI: Snow & Franham, 1892. Pages 396-397. Available from Internet Archive.

Joshua Hunt Thomas, the husband of my 3rd-great-grandfather's sister Catherine Bennett Winters, was a musician during the Civil War. He enlisted on 26 May 1862.

Joshua was in Company C, 10th Rhode Island Infantry. The regiment was mustered into service on 26 May 1862 in Providence, Rhode Island, and then moved to Washington, DC from 27 May-29 May 1862. The regiment was on duty at Camp Frieze, Tennallytown until 26 June 1862.

Spicer, William Arnold. History of the Ninth and Tenth Regiments Rhode Island Volunteers, and the Tenth Rhode Island Battery, in the Union Army in 1862. Providence, RI: Snow & Franham, 1892. Page 199. Available from Internet Archive.

Company C was then assigned to garrison duty at Fort Cameron.

Joshua served for just over a month. He was discharged due to disability on 7 July 1862, and he mustered out on 8 July 1862 at Battery Cameron, DC.

References
Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.
Spicer, William Arnold. History of the Ninth and Tenth Regiments Rhode Island Volunteers, and the Tenth Rhode Island Battery, in the Union Army in 1862. Providence, RI: Snow & Franham, 1892. Available from Internet Archive.
10th Rhode Island Infantry
Union Regimental Histories: Rhode Island. Civil War Archive.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: William J. Page

Nashville American, 5 March 1905, page 22

PAGE––Saturday evening at 7:40 o'clock, March 4, 1905, at his residence, corner of Fatherland and Seventeenth street, William J. page.
  The remains were removed to the residence of his brother-in-law, Sam Baxter, No. 116 Claiborne street, from which the funeral will take place to-morrow (Monday) afternoon at 2 o'clock, march 6.
  Interment at Mt. Olivet.
  Carriages from Wiles & Karsch's.

My first cousin 4 times removed William James Page was born about 1873 in Tennessee. He was the son of John Franklin Page and Nancy L. Gatlin. He worked as a pants cutter. He married Bernice about 1899. He died in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee on 4 March 1905. The cause of death was heart disease.