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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving, 1977


This photo of me, my parents, and my brother was taken on Thanksgiving Day, 24 November 1977. We did not know it at the time this photo was taken, but 24 November 1977 was also the day that my maternal grandfather John Boe passed away.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Delmar Borg and Marybell Ellis

My first cousin 3 times removed Delmar Emil Borg married his first wife Marybell Ellis at the Augsburg Lutheran Church in Porter, Indiana on 24 March 1940 (Easter Sunday).

Vidette Messenger, 26 March 1940

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Joseph John and Dorothea (Andre) Gersbacher


Joseph John Gersbacher was born on 8 May 1879 in Niederwihl, Waldshut, Baden, Germany. (In the United States, he gave his date of birth as 12 May 1880.) He was the son of John Gersbacher and Kunigunde Dreier. His second wife, Dorothea Andre, was born on 28 June 1887 in St. Louis, Missouri. Joseph died on 4 September 1970, and Dorothea died on 16 January 1988. They are buried in New Saint Marcus Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

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.