18 June 2022

The Gift of an Autobiography: Junior High Friendships and Sports

I will continue sharing my dad's autobiography with some of his writing about Junior High at Lacey Junior High School, in Hazel Park, Michigan. If you haven't figured it out yet, sports played a HUGE role in my father's life. His autobiography takes you back to 1938.

In 1938, I entered Lacey Junior High School, located on the main corners of Hazel Park at 9 Mile Road and JOHN R which was about the same distance as Hoover, only in the opposite direction. It was at Lacey that I was first introduced to basketball as a sport which I immediately became addicted to. I played on the 7th and 8th grade first teams. This was still in the days when the one hand shot was unheard of at this level. The games we played were low scoring usually ending with both teams score somewhere in the teens. I compare our team then with today’s junior high teams and I’m sure we would be blown off the court. I was never a scorer, but surprisingly good defensively and usually was assigned to guard the opposing team’s high scorer, a trend which continued for me on JV and Varsity later in high school.

     In the spring, we still played softball and I continued my participation in that sport. Nothing, I can recall about my academics at Lacey that stand out. I continued to get above average grades and did my studying in study halls, so I didn’t have to lug books home after school or practice. My mother had other ideas, however, and insisted I bring homework home with me, so I always lugged a book or two home, but didn’t get a lot of studying done because I had already studied for next day in study hall. I do remember a pretty classmate catching my eye, a girl named Shirley, and would talk to her occasionally when opportunity presented but was too involved in athletics to have time for girls.

     In the summer, I didn’t have any chores to do so I spent a lot of time with my buddy’s playing softball and developed an interest in tennis. A buddy and I frequently would have our mom’s pack a lunch and we would take off with our bikes and tennis rackets and head for Palmer Park which was at least a six-to-seven-mile ride.  When arriving we had to sign up to reserve a court for an hour at a time. After playing for an hour, we would bike over to a concession stand get a bottle of pop, find a park bench or table, and eat our lunch.  When finished eating, back to the courts for another hour of tennis and then the long ride home.  Another summer activity was golfing in a vacant lot, two lots to the north of our house.  My brother Hank was a caddie at Red Run golf course at the time and got me interested in the game.  I had a 7 iron and a couple of golf balls and would dig a couple holes about 20-25 yards apart and play hours at a time always trying to better my score.

    

Bill Fisher and Bruce Glover

Bruce's friends are in the front row: Standing, Don McIlviride, Bruce, then the last two seated on the right, Bill McIlviride and Roy Wallace.


I met some boys who turned out to be particularly good friends throughout the rest of my high school days and even during and after the war and into college.  Three of the McIlvride boys were especially close to me, Don, Bill, and Gord.  Bill and Gord were brothers, whose dad was Robert.  Robert knew Charley Gehringer, the Tiger 2nd Baseman.  Don was the son of Harry and Birdie.  Harry was a brother of Robert.  During high school, Gord and I golfed together a lot in the summer.  Don and Bill were teammates of mine throughout high school. Bill Fisher was another good friend I first met at Lacey.  Although not an athlete Bill and I remained good friends throughout high school and both of us served in the same Infantry Battalion in World War II in Europe.  Another good buddy I met at Lacey was Roy Wallace a little guy, but an outstanding athlete. 

     In the summer between Junior High and High School I caddied for the first and only year at Red Run, a private course located in Royal Oak MI near 12 Mile Road and Woodward Ave.  In those days we made something like 75 cents for carrying a bag that seemed to weigh as much as I did and if lucky might be tipped a dime. I didn’t particularly enjoy caddying as a lot of the golfers, in my opinion, were jerks that treated us like dirt. The main reason I stuck it out was that on Mondays the caddies could play the course free of charge. We would get to the course at the crack of dawn and sometimes before and get in 36 holes before noon. I don’t remember too much about my scores, but it was usually under 100, which is good for a beginner.


03 June 2022

Crowd Sourcing the Tinder Postcard Collection at Clements Library

I am actively participating in this new project from the Clements Library at the University of Michigan. It uses crowd sourcing to help transcribe information about historic postcards in Michigan. It is easy and doesn't take too much time. If you are worried about accuracy, each postcard will be viewed six or seven times before posting digitally. 

The screen shot below gives you a glimpse of what you have to do to transcribe. Each screen walks you through the process. If you aren't sure what to do on each screen there is a tutorial that will help you. Information you provide includes title of postcard, date, if known, where you found the date, and category the card would be placed in which you chose from a list. 



I have really enjoyed participating. I even found a genealogical aspect to it. My great uncle, Burt Watt, was Vice President and Mechanical Draftsman of the Lake Shore Engine Works in Marquette, Michigan. I have found a number of advertising cards from his company. The screenshot above is one of the advertising cards. Sorry for the blurry writing, my fault not Clements library's, but it says "Built for FORD MOTOR CO. BLUEBERRY MINE, ISHPEMING, MICH, by the LAKE SHORE ENGINE WORKS, MARQUETTE, MICH.  More information of an advertising nature is on the back side of the postcard.

The project is broken down into sections of Michigan. I chose Upper Peninsula. Other areas include Northern Michigan, Western Michigan, Central/Mid Michigan, and Southeastern Michigan. Recently added, is a handwriting transcription where you would transcribe what is written on the back of the postcard. 

I hope you will join me with this project. Here is an email I received about joining this great historical project. 

"A postcard just arrived for you! Straight from the American Midwest. Check out our latest project, Picturing Michigan's Past, to learn more. 


This new project from the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan asks volunteers to help make more than 60,000 real photo postcards from the David V. Tinder collection more accessible.

The Tinder collection paints a detailed portrait of everyday life in Michigan in the early 20th century. Images of industry, agriculture, town-life, wildlife, local disasters, entertainment, recreation, transportation, and individuals from many different walks of life make this a captivating collection for both casual enjoyment and the avid researcher. By utilizing Zooniverse, the collection can be made searchable and sortable, not only by location, but by date and descriptive subject categories, turning this collection into a more accessible and powerful research tool.

Get involved at 
Picturing Michigan's Past.

Take care and have a lovely week!

Cheers,
Mary & the Zooniverse Team"

01 June 2022

My June Ancestor's Celebrations

 


1 June 1855

Philippina "Benia" GRAF (167)

2 June 1831

Samuel S. MAUST (191)

2 June 1895

Fay Inez KECK (127)

3 June 1890

Harry KLINGELSMITH (132)

5 June 1774

Mary POWERS (248)

5 June 1894

Mary Ann GRAF (128)

6 June 1738

Elizabeth HOPKINS (284)

6 June 1864

Hattie Lodema FENN (158)

6 June 1905

James Burnett CHALMERS and Emma Louise FREDRICK (117)

7 June 1866

Emma OTTO (156)

7 June 1894

Charles George ZOBEL (128)

8 June 1820

Timothy LARRABEE and Orpha Maria ROWLEY (202)

9 June 1773

Maria Anna WEBER (249)

9 June 1889

Warren Orlo "Warny" FENN (133)

9 June 1945

Otto Robert FREDRICK and Faye Lorraine NELSON (77)

10 June 1782

Philander GLOVER (240)

10 June 1945

Walter Fredrick BROWN and Lola Mae FREDRICK (77)

12 June 1677

Abigail GLOVER (345)

12 June 1862

Mary MAST (160)

12 June 1866

William Clarency CUMINGS and Mary Eleanor BEGOLE (156)

12 June 1874

Ottilie ZOBEL (148)

13 June 1742

Jonas POWERS (280)

13 June 1813

Lois Turrill LAWRENCE (209)

14 June 1842

Amalia FREDRICH (180)

14 June 1855

George Begole POOR and Julia CLERRY (167)

15 June 1901

Otto ENGELHUBER and Hulda SCHULTZ (121)

16 June 1617

Edmond FREEMAN and Bennett HODSOLL (405)

16 June 1888

William August TRITTEN (134)

16 June 1922

Robert WAGONER (100)

16 June 1932

Ray Edwin FREDRICK (90)

18 June 1729

William SALISBURY and Lydia THOMAS (293)

18 June 1738

Moses POOR (284)

18 June 1895

William Henry TYSON (127)

19 June 1536

Thomas LOWTHROPPE (486)

20 June 1639

Isaac SHEPARD (383)

20 June 1706

Rebeckah WEST (316)

20 June 1707

Henry GLOVER (315)

20 June 1936

Kenneth WATT (86)

21 June 1769

Anna LIVENGOOD (253)

22 June 1667

Prisilla POOR (355)

22 June 1832

Anna Nancy LIVENGOOD (190)

22 June 1858

Jeremiah "Jerry" MAST (164)

22 June 1860

Etta L. KLINE (162)

22 June 1889

Eva May WATT (133)

23 June 1868

Magdalena MAST (154)

23 June 1868

Anna MAST (154)

23 June 1903

Daniel J. CAMPAN and Mary GUHSE (119)

23 June 1912

Ruby TRITTEN (110)

23 June 1923

Otto Robert FREDRICK (99)

25 June 1663

Thomas GLOVER (359)

26 June 1763

Sarah SALISBURY (259)

26 June 1767

Rachel SALISBURY (255)

26 June 1914

Boots GRISCHOW (108)

27 June 1883

Evan J. POOR and Almira M. OSBORN (139)

27 June 1900

Edward Leroy DYER and Cidney E. AIKENS (122)

28 June 1700

Sarah WEST (322)

28 June 1753

William SALISBURY and Elizabeth BEAL (269)

28 June 1894

Hal Willis GLOVER and Annie Overton CRARY (128)

30 June 1673

Nathan WEBSTER and Mary HASELTINE (349)

 

 

 




31 May 2022

If They Had Made It to 70 Years

 Today, would have been my parent's 70th Wedding Anniversary. Bruce Glover married Audrey Fredricks on May 31, 1952. My father died in 2018. They were together for 66 years. Here are a few mementoes from their engagement and wedding.

Marriage Announcement in Manistee News Advocate from my mom's Bridal Book


Unknown newspaper clipping found in my mom's Bridal Book

Certificate of Registration and Guarantee for a Keepsake Wedding Set found in my mom's Bridal Book. My dad never wanted a wedding band for himself.


Bridal Gown receipt, purchased from Wurzburg's in Grand Rapids, Michigan. My mom said she took the train to Grand Rapids to buy it.

Date unknown, picture taken at the Fredricks Farm
 near Brethren Michigan

Date unknown, they look so young.


31 May 1952,-The Wedding Party
Left to Right: Marilyn Fredricks, Jeannie Fredricks, Audrey and Bruce Glover, Hank Glover, and Richard Fredricks
Marilyn and Richard Fredricks were married. Richard was Audrey's brother, Jean Fredricks was Audrey's sister, 
Hank Glover was Bruce's brother.



Honeymoon in Frankenmuth, Michigan


Frankenmuth, Michigan Motel

One of my favorite pictures of my mom, dad, and I.


My blog, my family.

29 May 2022

Sunday's Obituary: Charles Zobel

Charles Zobel was the son of my great grand aunt Henriette Fredrich Zobel. I have transcribed his obituary from Manistee News Advocate, (Manistee, Michigan), 26 June 1947, Front Page; Column 6, microfilm owned by; Library of Michigan, Lansing, Michigan.

DEATH CLAIMS CHARLES ZOBEL

Charles A. Zobel, long time resident of Manistee who was well known as a clothing and shoe merchant and more recently as an insurance agent died yesterday morning at the home of his son, Edgar, in Traverse City.  He had been living with his son during the past two months.

Eighty-two years old at the time of his death, Mr. Zobel was born in Germany and came to Manistee at the age of seven.  After being in the clothing and shoe business for many years he entered the insurance business in which he served during the past 25 years.  He was a member of Trinity Lutheran church and also the Lutheran Aid society.

Mr. Zobel is survived by his wife, the former Miss Emma Tracy whom he married in 1888; two sons, Charles of Highland Park and Edgar of Traverse City; two daughters, Mrs. Harmon Jacks of Walled Lake and Mrs. Henrietta Thompson of Grand Rapids:  one sister, Miss Ottilie Zobel of Manistee; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

The body will be at the Bradford funeral home until 10 a.m. Saturday, when it will be taken to Trinity Lutheran church to lie in state until the time of the service 2:30 p.m.  The Rev. Theodore Zeile will officiate and burial will be in Trinity cemetery.

27 May 2022

Ancestor Biography of Johan Caspar Graf

I enjoy writing ancestor biographies because it allows me to analyze my research before I post it online for all to see. I do not want to contribute to misinformation. Also, it helps me see where gaps in my research are and shows further research avenues.


Photograph courtesy of Bob Fredricks

Johann Caspar Graf is my maternal second great grandfather. He was baptized in a Lutheran church on 19 October 1827 in the village of Rockenhausen, Pfalz, Bavaria. His parents were Johann Philip Graf and Sophia Kolter. He was born 14 October 1827 in Katzenbach, which by today's maps is 3.4 km from Rockenhausen. Today's Graf family members always say that the family was from Rockenhausen. Although, I don't have all the birthplace information for all Graf's, the family members definitely were baptized and married at a church in Rockenhausen.

from Caroline Graf White's Death Certificate

From Philippina Graf Foust Death Certificate

Caspar married Mary. Two daughter's Indiana death certificates give her maiden name as Whrightweesner/Wrightweesner. Until a marriage record is found disproving this, I will use this for Mary's maiden name. 

One of my blog readers wrote a comment on my Wrightweasner post, "In German 'Wrightweasner' might translate to 'Reitwiesner' or 'Reitwiesener', according to the sound when spoken." Searches now include all three spellings, but no luck finding their marriage record.

Caspar is recorded on an immigration list, in 1859, aboard the ship Roland. He originated in Bremen and sailed into New York harbor. This is where writing things out helps. Originally, I thought I had found Caspar's original immigration record, but Caspar had children from 1853-1863 in the United States and this wasn't his original immigration. Did he go back to Germany to help bring his brother to the United States? 

Source: "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," [database on-line], Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2015), Entry for Johan Casper Graf, arrival date 18 Nov 1859; Year: ; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897.

There were three Graf's on the ships manifest:

  1. On line 15-J. Georg Graf
  2. On line 16-Anna Graf
  3. On line 17-Johan Caspar Graf
Georg is Caspar's brother. Who is Anna? Georg didn't get married until he arrived in Indiana. This immigration record is in 1859. I have so many questions about J. Caspar Graf.
  1. If he married Mary Wrightweasner, when and where? Was it in Germany?
  2. When did Caspar come to the United States the first time? when did Mary?
The only census I have found Caspar in is the 1860 U.S. Federal Census. Caspar, Mary, Caroline, Philopoena (sic), Jacob, and Philip are enumerated with Henry and Magdalena Rose. The facts are below. Who are the Roses? Is Magdalena a sister of Caspar or Mary?

Name: Caspar Grove
[Caspar Graf] 
Age in 1860: 33
Birth Year: abt 1827
Birthplace: Bavaria / Bayern
Home in 1860: Harrison, Miami, Indiana
Gender: Female
Post Office: Cary
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members: Name Age
Henry Rose57
Magdalena Rose45
Henry Rose14
Casper Grove33
Mary Grove25
Caroline Grove7
Philopoena Grove5
Jacob Grove3
Philip Grove1

If Caroline Graf was born to Mary in 1853, Mary had to be in New York at the time. This helps narrow the years of immigration down for Mary. If Mary was born around 1835, she would have been about 18 years old in 1853. I am wondering if she arrived in New York pregnant and they stayed to have the baby before heading to Indiana. Their second child was born in 1855 in Indiana. Caspar may or may not have been present at the birth of Caroline.

Caspar died in March of 1869, no death certificate has been found for Caspar and he wasn't listed in the 1870 Mortality Schedule. Caspar you vex me!

Lastly, I have a transcription of Caspar's will. 

389
Kasper Graff’s Will
On the name of the Benevolent father of all I Kasper Graf of Miami County In the state of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament
1st I give and devise to my beloved wife in lieu of her interest in my lands the farm on which we now reside in the county of Indiana and state of Indiana. Containing about forty 40 acres during her natural life, all the stock and household goods furniture provisions and other goods and chattles (sic) which may be thereon at the time of my decease during her natural life as aforesaid, she however selling so much thereof as may be sufficient to pay my just debts, and also to sell out of my personal to the amount of Fifty Dollars which I give and bequeath to my son Jacob Graf in lieu of his share hereafter mentioned.
On the death of my said wife the real and personal Estate aforesaid to give and devise to my Eight children to be equally divided between them all, them and their heirs forever I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife Guardian of all of my children, Jacob Graf, Caroline Graf Philbenia Graf Philip Graf Henry Graf George Graf Valentine Graf and Elizabeth Graf until they each arrive at the age of twenty one years or intermarry but in case my wife should again marry her Guardianship of said children shall cease and determine upon her intermarriage
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 25th day of March in the year 1869.
                                                                                                             
Kasper x Graf
        Mark
Signed and acknowledged
By said Kasper Graf as his
Last will and testament
In our presence and by
Us in his presence
   John Bernhart
   Jonas Stepler
 
390
State of Indiana
Miami County
Be it remembered that on the 12th day of April1869, John Bernhart one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Kasper Graf late of said County deceased personally appeared before John A. Graham clerk of the court of common Pleas of Miami County in the state of Indiana being duly sworn by the clerk of said court upon his oath declared and testified as follows that is to say that on the 25th day of March 1869 he saw the said Kasper Graf sign his name to said instrument in writing and for his last will testament and that the deponent at the same time heard the said Kasper Graf declare the said instrument in writing to be his last will and testament and that the said instrument in writing was at their quest of the said Kasper Graf and with his consent alerted and subscribed by the said John Bernhart and Jonas Stepler in the presence of said testator and in the presence of each other as subscribing witnesses there to and that the said Kasper Graf was at the time of the signing and subscribing of the said Instrument in writing of full age that is more than twenty one years of age and of sound and imposing mind and memory and not under any coercion or restraint as said informant verily believes and further informant says not
                                                                                                     John Bernhart
Sworn to and subscribed by the John Bernhart before me John A. Graham clerk of said court at Peru, the 12th day of April 1869
                                                          In attestation whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed                                                                             the seal of said court
                                                                                                     Jno. A. Graham Clerk
State of Indiana
Miami county
                                                                        John A Graham clerk of the court of common Pleas of Miami county Indiana do hereby certify that the within (annesced) last will and testament of Kasper Graf has been admitted to Probate and duly proved by the testimony of John Bernhart one of the subscribing witnesses there to that a complete copy record of said will and the testimony of the said John Bernhart in proof thereof has been by me duly read and recorded in Book No 1 at pages 389 & 390 of the Record of Wills of said County. In attestation whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said Court at Peru this 13th day of April1869                             Jno A Graham Clerk CC P. Ind

Timeline for Johan Caspar Graf

Age

Date

   Event

0

14 Oct 1827

   Birth: Katzenbach, Germany1


0

19 Oct 1827

   Chr: Evangelisch, Rockenhausen, Pfalz, Bavaria2


8

Abt 1835

   Mary WRIGHTWEASNER was born; , , Bayern, Germany3


25

24 Feb 1853

   Daughter, Caroline GRAF was born; New York, United States4


27

1 Jun 1855       

   Daughter, Philippina GRAF was born; Miami County, Indiana,  United States5


29

17 Jul 1857

   Son, Jacob GRAF was born; Miami County, Indiana, United States


32

18 Nov 1859

   Arrival: New York, New York, United States6


33

Abt 1860

   Son, Philip GRAF was born; Indiana, United States


33

1860

   Census (fam): Mary WRIGHTWEASNER; Harrison, Miami, Indiana, United States of America7


34

10 Jan 1862

   Son, Henry GRAF was born; Indiana, United States


36

15 Sep 1864

   Son, George GRAF was born; Near Plevna, Howard County, Indiana, United States


38

14 Dec 1865

   Son, Valentine GRAF was born; Amboy, Miami, Indiana,     United States8


41

Abt 1868

   Daughter, Elizabeth GRAF was born; Indiana, United States


41

Mar 1869

   Death: United States910


41

25 Mar 1869

   Will: Miami County, Indiana, United States11


Sources for Johan Caspar Graf

1. "Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898," Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 4 April 2016), citing the birth (14 Oct 1827) and baptism(19 Oct 1827 of Caspar Graf; Deutschland, Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898, FHL microfilm 193,130.

       2. Ancestry, "Germany, Select Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898," database, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com : accessed 14 May 2022), entry for Caspar Graf; Germany, Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.

       3. [Author], "[Article]," [ItemType], The Daily Chronicle, Peru, Indiana [IssueDate], [SpecificContent]. [Annotation].

       4. Indiana State Board of Health, "Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011," database, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com : accessed 11 February 2020), entry for Caroline White; Indiana State Board of Health. Death Certificates, 1900–2011. Microfilm. Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana..

       5. Indiana State Board of Health, "Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011," database, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com : accessed 14 May 2022), entry for Philapena Foust; Certificate Number Stamped 8809; Indiana State Board of Health. Death Certificates, 1900–2011. Microfilm. Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana..

       6. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," [database on-line], Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2015), Entry for Johan Casper Graf, arrival date 18 Nov 1859; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897.

       7. 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Post Office: Cary, Harrison Township, Miami, Indiana, p 393, dwelling 768; lines 8-13, Casper Grove; digital images, ancestry.com (: accessed 13 March 2015); Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls..

       8. Shawn D. Graff, The Graf Family from Rockenhausen, Germany (http://www.graff.iwarp.com/index.html : accessed 19 October 2011), Valentine Graf birth.

       9. Graff, The Graf Family from Rockenhausen, Germany, Casper Graf.

       10. Graf-Richer Emma and Graf-Froelich, Louise, The Graf Family: A record of the seven descendants of Caspar Graf (pdf format: n.p., July 1921), p.

       11. Miami, Indiana, 1843-1900: p389-390 Graf Kasper; Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A note about sources. I see that I have some touching up of my sources, but I decided to leave it this way for now. Source 3 shows why it is so important to write complete sources. Now, I have to go back and find the source to cite it properly and I don't remember where I accessed the newspaper. No matter what you think, you will not remember where you found it. Cite Your Sources!

I still have much to research with Caspar and Mary. I have a to do list for Caspar and Mary and will continue researching them.






24 May 2022

Brickwall Tip: Prove It Can't Be Anyone Else

Do you have ancestors who you think belong to one family or another, but don't have proof of it? This is where I am with my Daniel Fenn brick wall and finding who his father was. 

A few years ago my husband and I went on a New England research trip. While he was at Sam Adam's brewery I was at the library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. I paid for a consultation with Rhonda McClure and her ideas have helped me further my research.

One of her suggestions was to show how it can't be anyone else but the person you think it is. What did she mean by that? I took it to mean that I needed to research all the Fenn's in the area where I knew they were living. Chances are that if they were living in Shoreham, Addison county, Vermont in 1808, other Fenn's are related. I needed to show that there isn't any other Fenn that could be Daniel's father. 

I started with the 1800 U.S. Federal Census. I discounted anyone living outside of the New England area. I have never found any existence of my Fenn family in Philadelphia, Georgia, Maryland, or Mississippi. I can always come back to these Fenn's if none are found in New England.

That left me with Benjamin, Edward, Gideon, John, Austin, and Joseph (Fenne). These six men were living in Vermont and found in the 1800 U.S. Federal Census or the Vermont, U.S., Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1778-1840. I transcribed these Fenn families on an 1800 census form found at Ancestry.com. I knew that Daniel Fenn was born around 25 November 1787. I used the information from his death age of 49 years, 3 months, 13 days. 

That meant that I was looking for an entry that had at least one free white male between the ages of 10 and 15. Edward, Gideon, John, and Austin were candidates because they were all living in Rutland county, Vermont. Joseph was in Windsor county, Vermont. Benjamin and Edward couldn't be found in the 1800 Census. Who had children of those ages ?
  • Gideon had 2
  • John had 0 
  • Austin had 1
  • Joseph had 1
Now, I am looking at three candidates, Gideon, Austin, and Joseph. I could repeat the process for the 1810 U.S. Federal Census, looking for Free White Males between 20-25 years old, but Daniel married Huldah Rowley in 1808. I believe Daniel and Huldah are enumerated in the home of Hopkins Rowley in the 1810 Census.

You would think narrowing the choices down to three men would make it easier to find Daniel's father. I could not find any clues from naming patterns. Daniel had a son, Daniel C., but no Gideon, Austin, or Joseph to be found. I have no clue if Daniel had any brothers or sisters.

Further research on Gideon, Austin, or Joseph has not proven who Daniel's father was. I am still searching. I need to find out where the Fenn's came from prior to Vermont. I have a feeling it is Connecticut, but don't have definitive proof for this.

There are forty Fenn's in Connecticut in the 1800 U.S. Federal Census and I am in the process of narrowing down the candidates. It would be so much easier if they had listed all the family members.

Although, I haven't proven it couldn't be anyone else, I did narrow it down to three in Vermont and I am working on Connecticut. I have faith that this brick wall tip will work. I will keep trying to prove that Daniel Fenn's father is...

Do you have a brick wall tip for finding parents? If so, please share in the comments.


23 May 2022

Gregory Todd Fredricks Would Have Been Sixty

I am not prepared for my generation of cousins to start dying. That is what happened in August of 2009 when my cousin Greg Fredricks died at the age of 47. 

Gregory Todd Fredricks was born sixty years ago, today. He was the son of John and Louise Fredricks. He was one of six children. I wasn't close to Greg, but I do remember him fondly from visiting his home when we were kids and at the Fredricks Family Reunions. 

Gregory Todd Fredricks age 47, of Blanchard, passed away Sunday Aug. 9, 2009. Born May 23, 1962 in Lansing, MI., to John & Louise (Guenthardt) Fredricks. Greg worked for Tri-County Electric.

Surviving: Fiance: Tina Jensen
His children: Andrew Fredricks, Makenna Jensen, Nathan Jensen, Amber (Richard) Ruthruff, Ricky Ruthruff, and Bradley (Amanda) Simon.
Parents: John and Louise Fredricks.
Brothers and Sisters: Cheryl (Steve) Gaudard, Jeff (Jackie) Fredricks, Brian Fredricks, Danny (Mickie) Fredricks & Mary Beth (Bruce) Eldred.
Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Preceded in death by Zackery Ruthruff, grandparents: Otto & Daisy Fredricks and Richard and Ethel Guenthardt.

Funeral Services: 11:00 am Thursday Aug. 13, 2009 at the St. Paul´s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Remus, MI. Officiating is Pastor Jonathan Voss. Visitation 2 to 4 & 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday at funeral home. Burial in Decker Cemetery of Blanchard. Memorials may be left at the funeral home. For online register book and obit see www.legacy.com. Care and arrangements entrusted to the Crittenden-Hansen Funeral Home of Remus.

Source: Obituaries at Legacy.com 

His obituary didn't show what kind of hard working man Greg was. He loved his family and the Detroit Tigers. Greg has been missed and it is a shame he isn't here to celebrate his 60th. I am sure it would have been a great party!

Happy Birthday in heaven, Greg. Greg's Find a Grave memorial can be found here.