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Source reference NI0002 :
William's marriage certificate, Kent County Clerk's Office, Book 13/Page 15/Record 94, states that William & Jeannette were married by J. T. Bergen, Reformed Church, Holland, MI. The witnesses were Edward Hall of S. Blendon, Ottawa Co., MI and Elizabeth Schepers of Holland, Ottawa Co., MI. The clerk was Connor H. Smith. It was the first marriage for each of them, William was 25 and Jeannette was 19. Although the family remembers William as a painter, the marriage certificate lists his occupation as a shoe dealer.
On the 1880 Federal Census, it states that William's name was Willie and that he had the croup at the time of the census.
William died at the home of his sister Gertrude, according to his obituary.


Source reference NI0003 :
Although the 1880 Federal Census states that Gertrude was born in New York, a letter from Carrie Hall-Hoffman to Pat Hall states that all three children of George Horton were born in Kincardine, Bruce Co., Ontario, Canada.
Gertrude's second marriage to Griener took place before May 31, 1946, when Roger Horton was born because Gertrude is listed as Griener on the list of gift-givers in Roger's baby book.
Gertrude's obituary states that she was 74 when she died so she was born in 1872 or 1873 depending upon the time of the year she was born. It also states that she is buried at Rest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Grand Rapids, but Pat Hall says she is buried at Blendon Cemetery, Blendon Twp., MI. Checking the death certificate can clear this up.
Gertrude seems to the caregiver of the family because she took in her brother and her mother before they died.
Greiner with a "n" was how it was written in her brother William's obituary.


Source reference NI0004 :
Not sure of Mary E.'s birth year. Tombstone in Blendon Twp, Ottawa Co., MI says 1871, but 1870 Census estimates her date of birth as 1869. You might assume that the Census is right because she was living at the time, but there were so many Mary's in George R.'s life that this Mary E. and Mayme may not be the same person. Mary's given name is confusing, but it is probably Mary E. as on the Census records, and the cemetery records state Maymee Remington on her tombstone, but most of the clippings of her stage career state her name as Mamie Remington, and a few use the name Mayme Remington. Most of the clippings are not dated, but the few that are have dates are 1900, 1901, 1903, and 1904. Mamie(or Mayme or Maymee) are probably all stage names. She appeared in Vaudeville on the NYC stage with her pickaninnies. Charles "Chuck" Eardley has the scrapbook of newspaper clippings about Mamie and her performances and reviews, and Roberta Harms-Horton has a copy of all of those clippings.
In her mother's obituary, (Apr 1936) Mary is referred to as "Mayme Remington of NY." Remington is probably a stage name like Mayme.
Mayme's son's name was Willie Wynn (26 Jun 1889--26 Jan 1892). Family lore says that he was born out of wedlock. From his death certificate comes the fact that his father was John Wynn, living in Michigan, but no proof that he and Mary were ever married. From the same source we learn that Mary was living in New York at the time of Willie's death from scarlet fever, 26 Jan 1892. It's possible that John was raising Willie, but more likely that Margaret Burchill (Mayme's mother or step-mother) was raising Willie. Because Willie is buried in the Hall (Margaret's second husband) plot, Willie most likely had been living with Margaret and Richard, at the time of his death. Although the tombstone transcription from Blendon Township Cemetery Records found at the Grand Rapids Public Library lists Willie as Willie Wynn Hall, his tombstone has only Willie Wynn carved into it.
In the same tombstone transcription records, Mayme's date of birth is given as 1871. This contradicts the 1870 census record which shows a Mary E. Horton, age one, living with George R. Horton and Margaret Horton in Arcadia, Wayne Co., NY. Perhaps the Mary E. in the census died and the next child born was named after her in 1871.
A typewritten account (seems to be non-fiction), probably written by William George or J William Horton tells about Mayme Clinton. The dates and storyline agree with what was known about Mary E. Horton (Mayme Remington) according to Horton family members, but the author may have sought to protect Mary's true identity by naming the character Mayme Clinton instead of Horton or Remington. Another possibility is that Mayme was married to someone by the last name of Clinton at some time. John Wynn was the name of Mayme's son Willie Wynn (supposedly born out of wedlock). Mayme's father is referred to as "Mr Clinton" instead of "Mr. Horton," leading us to believe that Clinton was supposed to be her maiden name, and that the author was protecting Mayme's true identity. Here is the one page (it appears that there was at least one more page that followed) of typewritten text (the town should be spelled Blendon, but no corrections were made to the story):
"It was but ten years after the war between the North and the South that Mayme Clinton was born, but the war held no real effect on Mayme, except she new she felt sorry for the Negro, and this she new only from the stories told her by her mother for it wasn't until she was ten that she every saw a Negro and that was when her family moved from Ontario to Michigan in the States.
Time after time when she was a child she would have her mother or father read her the story of Uncle Tom's Cabin. That was her favorite story and as she grew older she would read the story herself and would tell it to her youger sister Gertrude and small brother Will and they enjoyed the story nearly as much as Mayme altho they seldom went to bed crying the way Mayme would feeling so sorry for the Negros. Even up to that time she had seen only one Negro and that was on their way to their new home in the small town of Bleedon, even then she saw him only for a moment it was when they were getting on the train in Grand Rapids him pulling one of those wagons loaded with suit-cases and trunks to a nearby baggage car, but even that made her nearly sick, that poor man pulling that heavy wagon, and it was weeks later that her father finally convinced her that the wagon wasn't so heavy and that there were many white men also who pulled wagons right there at that same depot, nevertheless that scene made a lasting impression on Mayme's memory and she would often talk about it with her sister and brother, but they would have forgotten all about the man except for Mayme's constantly reminding them.
Bleedon consisted of a general store, post-office, blacksmith shop, the grade school and the Methodist Church. The Clinton's lived on the edge of the town on an eighty acre farm, Mr. Clinton wasn't a farmer at all he was a railroad man, an engineer on the train that ran right thru Bleedon but a farm is what he thought he always wanted, but poor Mr Clinton never new".
Although the second page of the story is lost, we know from a newspaper account that the death of Mr. Clinton (actually George R. Horton) took place shortly after arriving on the farm, in June 1880. The story says that he "wasn't a farmer at all he was a railroad man, an engineer on the train." The newspaper article states that George R. Horton was an inexperienced railroad brakeman whose inexperience cost him his life when he was crushed between two cars. With the newspaper account in mind, we can probably complete the author's last sentence with "what it was like to be a farmer because he died in a railroad accident five months after arriving on the the farm in Bleedon."
A letter from Carrie Hall-Hoffman to Pat Hall states that Mayme was born in Kincardine, Bruce Co., Ontario and not New York as the 1880 Federal Census states. I found Mary E.(Mayme) as a one-year-old in the 1870 Federal Census for Arcadia, Wayne Co., NY. This is still not conclusive that Mary was born in NY. The census does state that Mary E.'s mother was foreign-born. Although Margaret Burchill was born in Canada, George's second wife could have been born in Canada too. Therefore, whether Mary E.(Mayme's), mother was Margaret Burchill will have to be proved by Mayme's birth certificate. We do know that it couldn't have been George R.'s first wife, named Mary E. also, because she died in 1862. Then George must have married a second time because he has a daughter Nora, born about 1864. Margaret would have been only 12 so she wouldn't be Nora's mother and his first wife, Mary E. died in 1962. In any case, it appears that Mayme was probably named after George's first wife, Mary E.. I need to find the marriage record of George R. and Margaret to see if they were married when Mary E. was born. I also need to search for the birth record of Nora around 1864 and the marriage record of George and his second wife between Mary E.'s death in 1862 and his daughter Mary E.'s birth in 1868-69.
I searched the "Western Michigan Obituaries 1910-November 2004 for Mary Horton, but didn't find Mayme or Mary Horton. However, under Mayme Remington I found her obituary.


Source reference NI0005 :
Kent County Clerk's Office states that Henry was 26 years old, a resident of Grand Rapids, and a milkman when he married Florence Maude who was 25 years old, a resident of Grand Rapids Twp., and had no occupation. It was the first marriage for each of them. They were married in Grand Rapids by John M. Fulton, Pastor, West Minister Church. The witnesses were Walter C. McCrath of Grand Rapids and Louis J. Tenckinck of Grand Rapids. The clerk was Connor H. Smith.
His death certificate states that he was married so perhaps the divorce was never final. I will have to check the county records.
It is interesting that there was another Henry G. Tenckinck(Kent County Death Certificate, Book 13, Page 313, Record 14, who died May 27, 1927 in Gaines Twp. of general paresis(paralysis) which is what happened to our Henry G. when he fell from the hayloft in his barn. The Henry G., however, was listed as single and age 49/5months/18days when he died. He was born in MI, no occupation was listed and his parents were Egbertus Tenckinck of The Netherlands and Jennie(?Jeltje) Folkersma of The Netherlands. Now it has been determined that Egbertus was Louw Tenckinck's brother and will enter this second Henry G. Tenckinck's information as a son of Egbertus(changed to Edward).
From the Michigan Archives, Henry G. Tenckinck's citizenship papers state that he came to the U.S. at age seven. The date he became naturalized is April 3, 1896. However, this may be the other Henry G. Tenckinck, son of Egbertus. There is no way to tell from the papers. However, it is believed that Louw Tenckinck came to the U.S. in 1881 and this Henry who was born in 1874, would have been seven in 1881 when he came to the U.S. with his dad.


Source reference NI0006 :
Florence & Henry were separated before Ruth Tenckinck went to school, but they did not get a divorce until several years later. I believe that her name was Florence Maude, but daughter Ruth's birth certificate lists Maude F. as the mother. This is the only reference to Maude as the first name and the family bible lists Florence Maude.
Florence and her four children moved in with her parents at 622 Franklin St SE when she separated from Henry. She lived there for the rest of her life and never remarried.


Source reference NI0007 :
Roxe and Stan were married, each for the first time. The witnesses at the wedding were Ruth E. Tenckinck and George W. Bunker, both of Grand Rapids. They were married at Plymouth Congregational.


Source reference NI0010 :
Have a copy of Louw's (Louis on the papers) citizenship papers.
There is a second possible birthdate of 19 Apr 1849 which was figured backwards from the age at death(86years/6months/21 days) on the death certificate, microfilm 4996, Kent County Clerk's Office. I don't know the source of the 13 Apr 1849 date, but maybe there is a source in Louw's file.
Louw probably came to the U.S. in 1881(date his children came), after Egbertus, his brother, who probably came in 1876 or 1877, when Louw appears for the first time in the G.R. City Directory with Hendericus Tenckinck, Louw and Egbertus's father. Louw applied for U.S. citizenship on May 2, 1884, and was naturalized on March 4, 1886.
According to the Dutch register at, Louw's profession was "custard trader." His father Hendrikus was a "merchant." He was 22 years old, when he married Anna in Bedum, Groningen, The Netherlands in 1871.


Source reference NI0011 :
Anna's maiden name was found spelled three different ways according to the following records: her husband, Louw' death certificate(she preceded him in death), where her name was spelled Shutter by the informant, Mrs. James Heering; her death certificate where her name was spelled Sculter; and the family Bible where it was spelled Schutter. The latter seems to be the correct spelling as that's how it was spelled in the Dutch registers found at
On Anna's marriage record at, it states that she was 21 years old at the time of her marriage. It also states that her grandparents were "mentioned," according to the register. However, their names don't appear on the marriage record.


Source reference NI0012 :
Flora was married to John Gott, but had no children. She was 21 when she got married according to the marriage certificate(Book 15/Page 50 Kent County Clerk's Office). It was her first marriage. The witnesses were Harold Gott of Ionia and Langman Tenckinck of G.R.. According to Roxe Tenckinck-Davies, they had no children.


Source reference NI0013 :
As the story goes, J was not expected to live when he was born so they named him J. to stand for Jeanette until he was out of danger. When this happened, they did not rename him. The birth certificate states his name as J. William Horton, but he never used the period after the J while Ruth was married to him. There is a copy of his birth certificate in the folder(Liber #15, page 237, June 30, 1907).
J had arteriosclerosis. He lived in South Haven, working as manager of the Michigan Theatre, for fifteen years before his death. He was never in the Armed Forces.


Source reference NI0015 :
According to Roger's Baby Book, he was born on Friday, May 31, 1946, at 6:23pm, weighing 4 #, 15 1/2 oz., 19", and light brown hair. The doctor was Cornneta G. Moen and the nurse was Carol Ewing.


Source reference NI0017 :
Erna was one of seven children.


Source reference NI0020 :
Stanley was 24 years old when he married Roxe.


Source reference NI0024 :
From Robert "Bob" Spencer's obituary: "He graduated from Albion College in 1937, the Un of M College of Engineering in 1938, and from U of M Law School in 1941. He was a veteran of World War II serving as a Second Lieutenant, U.S. Navy Carrier Aircraft Service Unit from 1943-46 in North Island, San Diego, Ulithi, Guam and Radiation Laboratory MII. Bob worked as a Patent Attorney for Bendix Aviation, The Aviation Corp., Crosley Corp., and General Motors for 27 years. He was a partner and secretary of Northern Michigan Inns(Holiday Inn Traverse City), part owner and president of Big John Inc., and director of Leelanau Telephone Co.. Bob was lovingly married for 60 years to Augusta (Gussie) Heneveld who preceded him in death in 2000. Bob and Gussie lived in Birmingham, Traverse City and Freedom Village(Holland, MI). They enjoyed family, fishing and boating at their Platte Lake cottage and winters in Englewood, FL. Bob touched many with his empathy for others and his rich sense of humor. He is survived by . . . ."
From Bob's Memorial Service card: officiating was The Reverend George Vander Hill, services were held at Notier Ver Lee Langeland Chapel on 31 Jul 2002.


Source reference NI0025 :
Gussie was named after her sister Augusta Ruth who drowned two years before Gussie was born. Augusta Ruth was only two years old.
Gussie's Obituary: "Mrs. Robert(Gussie) Spencer, aged 85, of Holland, died Sunday, Febraury 13, 2000 at Holland Community Hospital. She was one of twelve children born to George and Anna(Nieusma) Heneveld. She devoted her life to her husband of 60 years and her family. She was an avid sportswoman well known for her fishing activities in the Platte Lake, Grand Traverse area. Before marriage she practiced as a Registered Nurse in Chicago and Kalamazoo. Moving to Birmingham, Michigan, she raised her four children and was "Mom" to various Foreigh Exchange Students. Later she moved to Traverse City. She established and managed the Holiday Inn Gift Shop. Gussie and Bob wintered in Englewood, Florida and summered at Platte Lake for many years. Finally moving back to Holland, she became actively involved in the Visually Impaired Persons program at Freedom Village where they lived. She was preceded in death by Ethel Peelen, Georgiana Timmer, Ed Heneveld, Adelia Heneveld and Augusta Heneveld. She is survived by her hustand of 60 years, Robert Spencer of Holland; children, Sharon Horton and Dave Elliott of Grand Rapids, Robert and Elisabeth Spencer of Colorado, William and Priscill Spencer of Elk Rapids, John and Janet Spencer of Traverse City; 12 grandchildren; two great grandsons; brothers and sisters, Mrs, Bert (Harriet) Kempers of Colorado, Geneva and Maurice Marcus of California, Jean and Luke Blevins of Virginia, George and Dottie Heneveld of Alabama, Mrs. George (Barbara) Dalman of Holland, Lloyd and Marie Heneveld of Torch Lake; brothers-in-law, John and Charmaine Spencer of Traverse City, Louis Spencer of Grand Rapids. Funeral services will be 11:00am, Thursday, February 17, 2000 at the Notier Ver Lee Langeland Funeral Chapel, 315 E. 16th St., Holland with the Rev. James Baar officiating. Burial will be in Graafschap Cemetery, Holland. Visiting will be 7 to 9pm Wednesday at the funeral chapel. Memorials may be given to Casey Eye Institute at the Oregon Health Services, 3375 SW Terwilliger Blvd. Portland, Oregon 97201--Attn: Christopher Brentlenger."


Source reference NI0026 :
As of February 2000, Robert and Elizabeth lived in Colorado.


Source reference NI0027 :
As of February 2000, they lived in Elk Rapids.


Source reference NI0028 :
As of February 2000, John and Janet lived in Traverse City, MI.


Source reference NI0036 :
On the Nieuwsma Family Tree sent to me by Augusta "Gussie" Heneveld-Spencer, the town of Hoogebuintem is mentioned in connection with Jantje Jan Dykstra as well as Holwerda and Blyia.


Source reference NI0037 :
The sources of information are the family Bible and Walter's death certificate(Book 12, Page 225, Kent County Clerk).
Walter's marriage certificate is Book 4/Page 160 which was not examined because his information came from the family Bible.
Walter Cyrus told his granddaughter, Roxe Tenckinck-Davies, that when his father and grandfather(both James) came to America, they changed the spelling of their last name from "McCraith" to "McCrath."


Source reference NI0038 :
Birthdate came from the family Bible.
Lived on Franklin St SE according to her sister Florence's obituary 29 Aug 1928.
According to Mary Ella's obituary, she was the "widow of Walter C. McCrath and lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, died suddenly at the home of her son Chester McCrath, in Long Beach, CA." That summer of 1930, according to the obituary, Mary Ella, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Maude Tenckinck had spent the summer in Vancouver, B.C. (visiting son, Lyman McCrath), Seattle (visiting son, Fred McCrath), and Long Beach (visiting sons, Chester & Charles McCrath in Lincoln, CA). She was returned to Grand Rapids for burial. She was survived by eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.


Source reference NI0039 :
Known as Little Lymie, he died five days after May McCrath, daughter of Lewis T. McCrath. Both of them died of diptheria.


Source reference NI0040 :
His name is Frederick George according to the "Kemp Family Record." He went by "Fred." There is a picture of him in his car in 1920 in his scrapbook in FTMaker. The caption reads "Fred starting for the west in 1920." Since his mother Mary Ella died in 1930, in California("while visiting" according to family lore), she may have been visiting Fred


Source reference NI0041 :
Chester and Lois had no children.
According to his mother, Mary Ella's obituary, Chester lived in Long Beach, CA, where his mother was visiting with her daughter Maude Tenckinck, when Mary Ella died.


Source reference NI0042 :
According to his mother Mary Ella's obituary, Charles was living in Lincoln, CA.


Source reference NI0043 :
Roxe Tenckinck-Davies says that her grandfather Walter Cyrus McCrath's father, James Jr. and grandfather, James Sr. changed the spelling of their name when they came to America. Originally it was spelled "McCraith," with an "i" or "MacCraith" in Scotland(or Ireland).
It should be noted that references to James "Jr." & James "Sr." in this narrative are for the purposes of elucidation. The only reference to "Jr." or "Sr." so far has been on their tombstones, but not in any written materials including James Jr.'s obituary.
On page 205 of Chapman's History of Kent County, in a discussion of the early settlers of Grand Rapids, there appears "James McCrath, George Young and Simeon Stewart located near the rapids of Grand river in 1836."
James McCraith Jr. was born in Donegal, Ireland, according to his obituary in the Grand Rapids Democrat, October 11, 1897. However, his son's(Walter's) death certificate says that his father was born in Scotland(obits are notoriously incorrect). James Jr.'s son Charles' death certificate, states that his father, was born in Ireland, but that his mother, Ellen Wood, was born in Scotland. The latter informant information agrees with the obituary.
In the obituary of another son, Louis T. McCrath, it states "James McCrath(?Sr. or Jr.), who was a member of the Masonic order in Scotland more than 100 years ago, came to Grand Rapids in 1836 with other members of the organization and erected the first grist mill on the banks of Grand River. He was later one of the 12 men who organized Grand River Lodge, No. 34, F. & A. M.."
Nov. 1994 I sent for a Bond Warrant advertised by someone in Genealogical Helper. It has the signature of James McCrath, from Northern Ireland. I don't believe that I ever received a copy because it isn't in the file.
The death date was verified from the family Bible and by his death certificate in Book 4/Page 337/Record 7366, Kent County Clerk's Office and by the inscription on his tombstone. He was 89 years of age when he died. His cause of death was listed as old age.
From the 1860 Federal Census: James was 50 years old, born in Scotland, the value of his real estate was $6000 and his personal property was $800. His father, Sr., was living with him & his family, at age 80. Also in the house were wife Ellen, age 38?, & children John, Elizabeth, Lyman, Charles, Lewis, Walter. Info was found under GR Twp, Dwelling #1889, Household #1662.
From a book called San Francisco Passenger Lists, Volume II, by Rasmussen, Louis J. I found a record of a J. McCraith who arrived aboard the Republic, a steamer(I made a copy of a picture of the steamer), from Panama in 19 days via intermediate ports. He arrived on April 19, 1851 in San Francisco. The Captain was Hudson and there was no cargo listed. This reference may be to this same James McCrath Jr. or Sr. who took a trip and returned via San Francisco. The arrival in 1851 does not fit the reference to James McCrath in The History of the City of Grand Rapids as a pioneer settler in Grand Rapids in 1836, along with brothers, John and William McCrath. James Jr. had a son named John. Perhaps he was named after James' brother John because James' brother died in 1836 in Grand Rapids, shortly after arriving there(corroborated by the obituary of James Jr. and the death of John written in the family bible). Another scenerio is that Jr. or Sr. returned to Scotland or Ireland for some reason and then came back to America. There were no children listed with J. McCraith on the ship's manifest(other people did have children listed) and Jr. had a wife and several children at the time while Sr's. children were grown. Finally I believe that either the Republic's manifest refers to an unknown McCraith or to James McCraith Sr. who returned home for a visit. Because the ship's manifest lists the name with an "i", it is probably Sr., but Jr. could have listed that way because he had just gone back to the old country.
The following is a transcription of the obituary for James McCrath(Jr.) which appeared in the "Grand Rapids Democrat" newspaper on October 11, 1897. The original newspaper clipping is in the McCrath file.
An Honest Man
James McCrath, a Pioneer, Dies of Old Age.
A Mason in Two Senses
Last of the Charter Members of Old
Grand River Lodge--Sketch of his Life
James McCrath, one of the early pioneers of the county, died at 8 o'clock last night of old age. In many respects his life was a remarkable one. He was born in County Donegal, Ireland, Feb. 15, 1808, and emigrated to Nova Scotia in 1833, two years later going to Detroit. He was a stone mason, his forefathers having followed the same trade for several generations. In the spring of 1836 Mr. McCrath and two brothers came to Grand Rapids, then an Indian trading post, to fill a contract with the late Lucius Lyon for the "Kent Company." As a result, he built a foundation, the superstructure of which was known as the "big mill," on the canal where Berkey & Gay's furniture factory now stands. The building was occupied for a number of years by Sweet & Clements and M. L. Sweet as a flouring mill. Before beginning work he had to build a lime kiln, no lime having been made here before that time. On of the brothers died before the contract was completed. When the work was finished he returned to Detroit, and in the fall settled on a farm near Flint. In 1842 Mr McCrath returned to Grand Rapids and followed his trade for a number of years, and assisted in constructing many of the old landmarks. Notable amoung these were the old Dutch Reformed Church, corner of Ottawa and East Bridge Streets (1842, not now used for church purposes); the Utley residence, Cherry street (1844); St Mark'e church (1847); the Lyon residence East Fulton Street, and the store, corner Monroe and Waterloo Streets, now occupied by Brown's cigar stand. In 1850 he moved his farm, one mile east of the city on Bridge Street, where he spent the remainder of his days.
As Mr. McCrath was one of the first to lay stone and mortar in operative masonry, so also he was one of the first to establish speculative masonry in the city. The history of Grand River Lodge No. 34 records the fact that he was one of its eleven charter members, all the other having passed beyond the dark river several years ago. The lodge was organized in the law office of the late Thomas B. Church, March 19, 1849. He was made a Mason in 1830 in Castle Douglas, Scotland, and the following is a copy of the diploma given him by the lodge, now in possession of the family:
"Amor Honor et Justitia."
"We, the Right Worshipful Master Wardens and Brethren of St. John Lodge, Castle Douglas, No. 253-189ths., Grand Lodge of scotland, do hereby certify our beloved Brother, James McCrath, was by us regularly entered as apprentice, passed a fellowcraft, and as a reward due to his zeal, capacity and diligence,, raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, and as such we recommend him to all regular Ancienty Masons around the globe.
"Given at our lodge, under our hands and seal,this 15th day of March, in the year of our Lord, 1830, and of Light.
"WM. RAE, Secretary."
Being an operative Mason he was eligible to the degree of Mark Master, according to the custom of Scottish Masonry, hwich degree was also conferred upon him.
Mr. McCrath wqas married in Detroit in 1836 to Miss Ellen Wood, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, who survives him. To their union were born six children, John W., Lyman J., Charles F., Lewis T., Walter C. McCrath and Elizabeth J. Stuart, a widow. He was brought up in the Presbyterian faith, and in his early residence here belinged to the Fist Congregational church (now Park church). In politics he was an old-line Whig and Republican. An ardent supporter of the Union in the war, he saw four of his sons serve their enlistments to its close. He was an honest man; his word was good as his bond. Non one was ever turned from his door empty-handed who was worthy of his charity. His rigid character and true manhood will be missed by many friends and neighbors.
He will be laid to rest in the family burying ground in Fulton street cemetery, beside his father and two brothers. The funeral will take place a 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from his residence. Friends of the family are invited to be present.
It might be interesting to change the fonts and type sizes to match the original article as well as change the format to the 2 1/4" column size that it originally appeared in.


Source reference NI0044 :
The information about Ellen was gathered from the family Bible and from Book 5/Page 143/Record 10763, Death Certificate, Kent County Clerk's Office. She was 81 when she died.


Source reference NI0045 :
*March 27, 1920 is the burial date at Oakhill Cemetery, the tombstone says 1921, and Roxe Tenckinck-Davies had the date of April 8, 1921 entered on a sheet with the source probably being a family bible. The burial plot is Section C, S. 1/2 of Lot 122, grave 7.
Elizabeth and Charles had no children.


Source reference NI0046 :
Although the G.R. City Directories began in 1859, Lyman McCrath doesn't appear until 1869 as a teamster, living at 147 Fountain. He appears consistently after that until , when he probably moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. In 1971, the Directory lists him as having changed professions and as having become a mason. In the 1875 Directory, Lewis T. McCrath, Lyman's father, is listed as living at the same address as Lyman, but that address had changed to 369 Fountain--maybe because he needed more room when his father moved in with him.
Lyman's son Janes Carrol's entry in the Kent Co., MI birth register 15 May 1870 states that his parents lived in Grand Rapids 2nd Ward and that Lyman was a mason.
Lyman's name appears on p. 780 of Chapman's History of Kent County as a Grand Rapids Township Clerk in 1868.


Source reference NI0047 :
Buried in Oakhill Cemetery, Section C, N. 1/2 of lot 123, grave 1.
Charles served in the Civil War in Company D, 1st Regiment Michigan,
Engineers & Mechanics(?) from 1861 to 1865. In Chapman's History of Kent County, Charles F. McCrath appears on p. 354 on a list of men discharged from the Civil War. There are no other references to him in that book.
Buried on the same lot is Hattie Botts & Roxe doesn't know who she was.
From Charles' death certificate(Book 6, Page 307, Kent County Clerk), it states that he was age 61/10/15days when he died of ulceration of the stomach.


Source reference NI0048 :
1860 Federal Census lists his name as Lewis. He may have died in Paris Twp., Kent Co., MI..
According to Roxe Davies, Lewis was quite wealthy, owning much property on Madison St., in particular, the McCrath Bldg.. She said that he owned a dry goods store and the Old Kent Bank Building. Roxe remembers Lewis being the Grand Marshall and riding at the front of the Grand Rapids Parade on a white horse.
Lewis' daughter Fanna's and daughter Minnie's entries in the Kent Co. birth register state that their father's occupation was a farmer, born in Michigan and residing in Paris Twp., MI.
In Louis' obituary he is referred to as "Pioneer of the City," Civil War Veteran," and "Active in Masonry." He built the Kent and Crathmore Hotels. Louis was born on Fulton St., in 1846, when it was little less than an Indian trading post. He was a life-long resident of the community. Louis served in the Civil War as a member of the Twenty-first and Fourteenth volunteer infantries(went in as a private and came out as one), and was with Sherman on his march to the sea. He became a member of the Masonic Lodge in 1875 and was a life member of Columbian Chaper, DeWitt Clinton Consistory, DeMolai Commandery and Saladin Temple. He was also a member of the Elks.


Source reference NI0049 :
Served in the Civil War as a Captain in Company B, 1st Regiment Michigan, Engineer & Mechanics(?) from 1861 to 1865. From Chapman's History of Kent County on p. 349, we read ""Valley City Guards" tendered their services to the general government. The command was made up as follows:" John Woods McCrath, on the list as J.W. McCrath was listed as a private when he entered the Union Army.
Most of the McCraths are buried in Oakhill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MI in Section C. *The tombstone says 1910 as the date of death, but the family records show 1904. The death certificate also shows 1910, having died at the age of 72/5/2days, according to the death certificate(Book 7/Page 324, Kent County Clerk).
John's obituary is from 9 Feb 1910. Since that is third date that contradicts the Mc Crath Family Bible, it will be the official date of death. The obituary also stated that John received his Masonic life membership certificate just three hours before his death. There are lots of other interesting items in the obituary which will be scanned and /or filed in the McCrath file including his bankruptcy, service in the Civil War, and ownership of the Ponce de Leon Water Company.
E. Roxe Tenckinck-Davies had a photo of John W. McCrath or Lewis T. McCrath leading the Grand Rapids Fourth of July Parade on a white horse. Roxe said that the photo was Louis T. McCrath. Maybe it was because he was a wealthy man and well-known businessman in Grand Rapids. However, if military status had anything to do with choosing the leader of the parade, John attained the rank of Captain in the Civil War. The obituary for Lewis T. McCrath states that he accompanied Sherman on his march to the sea, but it doesn't give his rank at the end of the Civil War. At, it shows Lewis as having attained the rank of Private at the end of the Civil War, the same rank he entered as. At this point, it isn't possible to determine who lead the parade for sure, but maybe the name will be on the back when the photo turns up.


Source reference NI0050 :
The name was spelled McCraith until they came to America.
See notes on James McCrath, Jr. that may actually be references to James Sr..


Source reference NI0053 :
Original family was from Kilkenny, Ireland to the U.S., but before that they were from England. When they moved from England to Ireland, they changed their name to O'Eardly. In England the name was Eardly(without the "e"). In the U.S., William Francis Eardly did not have an "e" in the end of his name, but his children added the "e" except Bernard Sr.. However, William Francis' tombstone has Eardley with the "e" because his mother put the "e" on the tombstone.


Source reference NI0055 :
Bernard's obituary states that he lived at 2845 Botsford NE. He was the only child of Francis' who didn't add the "e" before the "y" in "Eardly. nor did his son Jr..


Source reference NI0056 :
Elmer's obituary, 18 Aug 1997 in Grand Rapids Press said that he was the "founder and former owner of Grand Rapids Fabrications, a band leader and musician, and artist.


Source reference NI0058 :
Linda's mother's obituary, 18 Mar 1996, states that she was living with Mose in Nashville, TN at the time.


Source reference NI0059 :
Carol Ann's mother Helen's obituary states that Carol Ann was living with Bill in Fairfax Station, VA at the time of her mother's death.


Source reference NI0062 :
According to Alda's obituary, she and Anthony lived at 1421 Quarry Ave. NW.
Adella never became a citizen of the U.S.. There is a copy of her Alien Registration Receipt Card; registration number was 4401926. It is signed by Adella. Bobbe Horton requested and received a copy of Adella's Alien Registration Form. From it she learned that Adella Olga Grigel, maiden name Zubrickas, lived at 1421 Quarry Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan. She was born on 6 Sep 1888, in or near Suwalka, Lithuania, and was a citizen of Lithuania as of 15 Nov 1940, the date of the form. Adella was a married white woman, 5' 4" in height, weigh 170 pounds, have brown hair and blue eyes. She arrived in the U.S. at New York, N.Y., on July 3, 1908 via the Hamburg Line(no ship name given). Adella was a passenger who entered the U.S. as a permanent resident. At the time of completing the form, Adella had been a resident of the U.S. for 32 years, and expected to remain in the U.S. permanently. Her occupation was housewife and she belonged to no clubs or organizations. Adella had not applied for first citizenship papers in the U.S., but her husband was a citizen. She had no parents living in the U.S., but had a husband and three children. She had not been arested or indicted for or convicted of any offense, nor had she been affilitated with or active in organizations, devoted in whole or in part to influencing or furthering the political activities, public relations, or public policy of a foreign government. The form was signed by Adella on 15 Nov 1940.
From the Registration Form and the Address Report Card, it appears that Adella also used the name Adele found as part of the signature on both.


Source reference NI0063 :
Alda was not mentioned as a surviving daughter in her mother Alda's obituary, 28 Jan 1969, so she must have died before then.


Source reference NI0064 :
Mae Marie is mentioned in her sister Helen's obituary as a surviving sister so she must have died after Helen.


Source reference NI0065 :
Joseph and his wife were probably married in Lithuania because daughter Alda was born in Lithuania. A search of Alda's marriage certificate may give the town in Lithuania. A search of St. Peter and Paul Church in NW Grand Rapids may show the birthplace in Lithuania on Joseph's death record as may the Kent Co. death certificate.


Source reference NI0066 :
Notes from a phone conversation with the Arcadia, Wayne County, NY Historian, Bob Hoeltzel, 2/2003. He collects bottles from Theodore's old drug store and has donated many to the Arcadia Museum. Bob said that Theodore's drug store was located on the corner of Hoffman and Rte 31. He said that Theodore's daughter married a Fretch who was a mail carrier on W. Avenue. Theodore's home on Hoffman Street, in Lockville was terribly overgrown with vines and bushes when he lived there because his wife Eliza would never let anyone trim them. A subsequent owner of Theodore and Eliza's home was named Fremow(might help in researching the house number in City Directories). Bob explained that there are 15 townships, 2 incorporated villages(Newark & Lockville) and lots of unincorporated villages in Wayne Co.. Eventually Newark and Lockville grew into one village called Newark. Bob said that Theodore was listed as a druggist in the 1888 City Directory and that Charles Horton was listed as a druggist clerk. This is another fact that leads me to believe that Charles was a brother between Theodore and George.


Source reference NI0068 :
Anna's name appears just above the death entry for her mother, Mary Anna on the same day. Anna was only one day old. She was born in Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT. The cause of death was "premature birth." She was "white." Her parents were Wm. C. and M. A. Anderson. The physician or person certifying the death was Geo. W. Burke M.D..


Source reference NI0069 :
According to the 1860 Fed. Census, James was born in N.Y. and so was his wife Louisa. His real estate was valued at $6500 and his personal property at $1200. Info is located on p. 222, Dwelling #1894, Household #1666. Also, a Silas Ronley(sp?) was listed as a farm laborer living with them.
From a separate sheet of paper from the family Bible, James birthdate was found.


Source reference NI0070 :
Birthdate came from family Bible.


Source reference NI0071 :
Birthdate comes from the family Bible. She was born at the family home on Michigan Street, Grand Rapids Twp. (now city) at the time.
Her obituary, 30 Aug 1928, Grand Rapids Herald, p. 6, however, says that she died on the same day and month as the Bible, but in 1846 instead of 1847. The obituary birthdate fits with the her age of 81 in the obituary, if, in fact, her age was reported accurately. For the last 17 years of her life, she lived with her daughter Bessie, spending the last few winters in Florida. She died at Bessie's Ewing-Munson's home, on Knapp Rd. The full obituary will be scanned into the scrapbook.
Known to everyone as Aunt Ponie because Mary Ella McCrath could not say "Florence" as a small girl.


Source reference NI0072 :
1860 Fed. Census lists her as Emily L. Ewing, age 16(maybe 12, hard to read.
The death date comes from the family Bible, and so does the birthdate.


Source reference NI0073 :
Birthdate came from family Bible.


Source reference NI0074 :
According to a xeroxed "Kemp Family Record"(Roxe Davies says it was given to everyone at a family reunion several decades ago), Burgoyne and Elizabeth "Betsy" were married in 1797 in New Jersey and then moved to Niagara Co., N.Y. in 1808.
The birthdates of Burgoyne, Elizabeth and their children was the Family Bible. They had eleven children.


Source reference NI0075 :
Family Bible is difficult to read whether Elizabeth was born on Jan. 17 or Jan. 19.


Source reference NI0076 :
The source of information about David, Jane, and their children is a xeroxed copy of the "Kemp Family Record," which Roxe Davies received at a family reunion decades ago.


Source reference NI0080 :
How Rog and I met.
Genealogy has been my hobby for at least thirty years--ever since I gave Rog one of the earliest versions of Family Tree Maker genealogy program as a Christmas gift. Computers were pretty new then. Mine was one of the first IBM laptops, truly a misnomer because it would have broken your legs if you let it rest in your lap. In order to be a "modern" educator(currently teaching marketing and fashion merchandising at Ferris State College) I had to find some uses for my new purchase. Hence, I purchased Family Tree Maker for Rog. I agree that It was complicated in its early versions, but when Rog did the first printout and had his uncle married to his father and his mother married to her grandfather--what can I say--I had to straighten out the relationships. That's when the genealogy "bug" bit me. All these years have passed and I still delight in it. There's the detective work(I love to watch detective shows on television), the thrill of discovery, and the satisfaction of recording events for posterity.
The quest for information has taken me to Salt Lake City many times. The Mormon Family History Library has over two million rolls of microfilm alone. There are maps and books too. That building and its resources make my heart race. I usually spend a week to ten days reading films and books, and call it the best vacation I've ever taken!
Move to California(trip across country).
Life in Delaware.
Weekend trips to NJ., played pinochle, drank Manhattans, Italian ice vendors
Trips to NYC for school clothes, Rockefeller Center(ice skating lessons & first skates)
Vacations with family and Al.
Real estate career
Teaching career.
Life at MSU
High School--choir, Honor Society, Tennis team, yearbook
Summer's in mom & dad's bedroom with air conditioner, ironing
Summer in Europe.
LIVING IN NJ: Charlotte Harms tells me that my dad and his brother Jack bought a two-family home at 40 Jackson Ave, Rutherford, Bergen, NJ in 1952, after their dad passed on. Our family occupied the first floor and Jack's family the second. I remember the brick home with the dormers in the front. The only other thing I remember was Thursday evenings when my mom took driving lessons. Growing up in the city of Hoboken, Mom and her parents never owned a car. Our neighbor across the side street, George Dykes took Mom for her driving lessons. I remember because I was allowed to stay up later and watch "The Lone Ranger" while Mom was gone. The Dykes has several children, but my favorite was Sandy, who I had a crush on for many many years after we moved out about 1953, when Dad sold his share of the two-family to Jack. Thereafter, Jack's family occupied both floors until Jack and Millie separated many years later.
Dad bought a home at 64 Vreeland Ave., Rutherford, Bergen, NJ. It was a pretty white colonial, half-way up a hill, in town. Across the street in a Cotswald lived Eleanor Rielly, who became my best girlfriend until Dad was temporarily transferred to California. Dad worked for Getty Oil in Bayonne, NJ. The company had decided to close the Bayonne refining plant and build a new one in Delaware City,
DE. During the transition, Dad was sent to the Avon Plant, I believe in Pasedena, until the plant in Delaware was completed. Getty Oil rented us a furnished home in San Gabriel. Among those furnishings was a piano. That's when I began taking lessons, which went on for six years after. I loved piano music, but was an inept pianist.


Source reference NI0098 :
No middle name is on her son, J Horton's(although other places & family members remember him as J William Horton) birth certificate. Jeanette is the mother. The middle initial "G." is listed for the father, William George. J's birth certificate lists Jeanette's birthplace as Michigan( which more specifically is Holland, MI).
Other information on Jeannette(two n's on death certificate) comes from Kent County Clerk's Office, Record 11380 microfilm, death certificate. The informant was J. William Horton and the undertaker was Zaagman on Eastern SE. It says that she was 58 years/8 months/3 days when she died.
One of her obituaries states that she was a pianist at Franklin Street Church of Christ, Grand Rapids. She was also a member of the chorus of that church and the Happy Hazard Club. She taught music to many Grand Rapids children.
Another obituary, one in the Grand Rapids Herald on 10 Jan 1938 states that she died on Sunday, 9 Jan 1938, aged 58, at her home at 643 Watkins St SE. Surviving are her husband William G. Horton, one daughter, Mrs. William F. Eardley; one son, J William Horton; one grandson, William Eardley; three brothers and two sisters, James Schepers of Natchez, Miss., Elmer and Maurice Schepers, Mrs. Carrie VanHuizen and Mrs Evelyn Manning, all of Holland. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Franklin Street Church of Christ. The body will repose at the home until Wednesday noon when it will be taken to the church and will lie in state until time of service. Arrangements by Zaagman. (All of the people mentioned have been entered into FTM.)
On a note written on a Chistmas card to the "Hortons" and signed by Jeanette is the following text: "Haven't heard from you yet, but Mildred said you wrote to her you couldn't come we'll wait till next summer then. Don't you want to take a trip to VA. with us & see Jamie? Think it over. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas. I'm usre you will with Mildred & hubby there you're a merry bunch. Jeanette"
I don't which year this was written or who Mildred was. Jamie may be Jeanette's brother. On another letter I learned that he lived in Mississippi. Perhaps he also lived in Virginia. Seems to me that the state of Virginia was mentioned in another letter as well.
On the back of a photo of her son J William, taken in 1908, when J was one year and 4 months old and (not two years old as Jeanette wrote on the back of his photo) is the following inscription: "My darling baby now 27 years old and gone to Detroit (the year was 1934). He is my lovely lad. He's very like his dad at times he makes me very glad and then again Im sad or mad." These thoughts were written on his photo after J left home to work in Detroit.


Source reference NI0099 :
Find the 1870 census for George in NY in my records and confirm what I say about it below.
George's son, William became a U.S. citizen on December 9, 1899. From his naturalizaton certificate I learned that William entered the U.S. at six weeks of age, hence January 1876. Therefore, George, Margaret, Mary and Gertrude moved to Michigan at that time. George died when he was crushed between two railroad cars on 4 Jun 1880, about fours years after arriving in the U.S.,. He had been working as a brakeman on the railroad for only a short time. His inexperience was probably the cause of his tragic death according to a newspaper article (see George's file for article). George probably immigrated from Kincardine, Ontario, Canada because that is where William was born. Ida Feenstra says that George came through New York to Canada and she is probably right because the 1880 Federal Census says that George's place of birth as well as that of both of his parents was New York. This census is also where his occupations came from. However, George's parents were born in NJ according to the 1850, 1870 and 1880 Fed'l Census (latter two census were for Delilah only).
The question of George R.'s age is confusing because it varies so much from one source to another. Three sources in 1880 alone state his age as 46, 48, and 52-52.
In the Federal Census: 20 in the 1850 Census, (most likely his age was given by him or a parent);
28 in the 1860 Census(he was living with wife Mary E.);
34 in the 1870 Census, (probably shaved a few years off because he had just married a much younger wife, Margaret);
48 in the 1880 Ottawa, MI Census where he was enumerated with his family(although he probably wasn't there on the day of the census and his wife Margaret gave his birthdate because she would have been the one to put the 1827 date on his tombstone as well);
46 in the 1880 Ottawa, MI Census where he was enumerated in the place he probably lived while he was working on the railroad(appeared to be a boarding house or hotel) and he could have been on a run and a co-worker gave his estimated age. Records of vital statistics didn't start in NY State until 1881.
52-53 as of 4 June 1880, according to his tombstone marker with the birthdate of 1827, and death date of 1880 (Section C; Lot-Richard).
George held several different jobs or trades:
1850 he was a boatman on the Erie Canal;
1860 he was a day laborer;
1870 he was a lock tender on the Erie Canal;
1880 he was a tenant farmer and brakeman on the railroad.
As regards George's spouses, in the 1860 Fed'l Census for NY, he is married to Mary E., age 20, born in NY. There are no children on the census record, but there could have been children, after 1860, perhaps causing Mary E.'s death. Mary died in 1862, according to a record found in Tree Talks. In the 1870 Fed'l Census for NY, George is married to Margaret Burchill, but there is a six-year-old daughter Nora as well as daughter Mary E.(Mayme). Not sure when George married Margaret except that it was before June 1870 because she is in the household with George in the 1870 Fed'l Census for NY, age 19, born in Canada. Since Nora is six, she was born in 1864. Mary E. can't be her mother because she died in 1862 and Margaret can't be her mother because she would have been 12 years old when Nora was born. There must have been a second wife betweeen Mary E. and Margaret who was the mother of Nora.
Both of Margaret's parents were foreign-born, according to the 1870 census. Canadian would be considered foreign-born, but other research shows that Margaret's parents were probably born in Cork, Ireland, and emigrated to Canada with two children, Margaret's oldest brother and sister.
It appears that the child Mary E. "Mayme" was probably named after George's first wife, Mary E.. I need to find the marriage record of George R. and Margaret to see if they were married when Mary E. was born, or if Mary E. was the child of George's second wife, who perhaps died giving birth to Mary E.. I also need to search for the birth record of Nora around 1864 and the marriage record of George and his second wife between Mary E.'s death in 1862 and the birth of Nora in 1864. Mary E. "Mayme", born around December 1869 or January 1970 was probably the child of Margaret because the 1870 Census says that her mother was foreign-born(Margaret was born in Canada).
The child, Mary E., grew up to be a Vaudville star. Mary had her own Vaudvillian act in NYC. She appeared as Mayme or Mamie Remington with her picaninnies on the NY stage in the early 1900's. Roberta Harms-Horton has copies of NYC newspaper clippings collected by Mayme.
The 1870 Census is the first and only census where George has personal assets of any value, $200. In none of the census does he show a value for real estate. Therefore, he probably never owned land, at least during the census years, and land records may not provide additional information about George and his family. I wrote to the Wayne County Historian for land records for George and they only showed land records for Nathaniel and Theodore's purchase from Nathaniel. He didn't own land in Michigan, but there is a slim chance that he did in Canada.
From the 1850 Census for Arcadia Township, Wayne Co., NY it was determined that Delilah was George's mother and that his father was Nathaniel. Also living in the household were Esther, age 14, and James, age 10, both born in NY, and both attending school. Nathaniel, age 53 was a farmer, and George, age 20 was a boatman. There was a "C laborer"(don't know what the "C" stands for) living with them named Redman Jennings, age 50, born in NY.
Nathaniel died 6 February 1860, so he wouldn't be in the census taken in June of that year. Nor is their a mortality schedule for 1860 for Wayne Co., NY, that has survived. However, Delilah did not appear alone or as head of household after an exhaustive search on, of the everyname index. She could have remarried and changed her name between February and June, but in 1870 she appears as Delila Horton.
The 1870 Census for NY made the first reference to Delila Horton, age 70, living with the George Horton family. She was born about 1800 in NJ, and the value of her personal assets was $1400.
Ottawa Co., MI Probate Court has no records of probate papers for George R. Horton's death in 1880(per phone conversation). The County Clerk has no record of George's death on June 4, 1880, nor does the Mecosta County Clerk(he died in Stanwood, MI). Neither one had any transcient death records(for those transported across county lines from Mecosta to Ottawa and the counties between). The only source for his death is his obituary on the front page of a Grand Rapids newspaper. He made the front page because it was a gory death. He was a brakeman who hadn't been on the job long when he was crushed between two railroad cars in Stanwood. George was really a farmer who couldn't make a living farming so he took a job with the railroad. Since the accident happened in the summer, he probably didn't farm at all that summer.
According to the Arcadia Historian, Bob Hoeltzel(2/2003), someone who describes himself as a "boatman"(1860 Census) could have been a captain or a hogee(walks with the mule or horse along the canal while he pulls the barge). In the 1870 census, George's occupation was "lock tenderer". He opened and closed the lock by hand as the boats went through the canal locks at Lockville.
Lockville may be a key comment made by Bob Hoeltzel. I am trying to determine if Nathaniel Horton(George's father) was the son of Jonah Horton of Chester, Morris Co., NJ. The Hortons in America book by Adeline White says that Jonah died in Lockport, NY, although he was born and buried in Chester. Perhaps he went to visit or stay with Nathaniel who lived in Arcadia near Lockville(similar name to Lockport). According to Bob, Lockville doesn't exist anymore, but did at the time of Jonah's death. However, there is a Lockport, NY in existance. Read notes for Jonah Horton for additional information.


Source reference NI0101 :
In Roger Horton's baby book "Mr & Mrs John Versluis" are listed as giving Roger "Booties" in June 1946. Perhaps this is a brother of William or his son and daughter-in-law." There was no obituary for a "John VerSluis" from 1910-2004 in the Obituary Index for Western Michigan at
William's residence on Almont comes from his mother Gertrude's obituary, 7 Apr 1947 in the Grand Rapids Herald.
There are no William or George VerSluis in the obituaries of the Grand Rapids Press or G. R. Herald transcribed by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society and found on their website, as of 21 Jan 2005. It looks like the transcription project is complete from 1910-2004.


Source reference NI0102 :
His last name was spelled "Greimer" in mother-in-law Margaret's obituary.


Source reference NI0106 :
Although Robert was born in Stamford, CT, 16 Sep 1921, his baptismal certificate (copy in his FTM scrapbook, entry #2) is from the Church of St. Paul, Brooklyn, NY, on 27 Nov 1921, with L. A. S. R. S. Rase, officiating. Sponsors were Lorenz Harms and Josephine Wolff. Josephine was his mother Bessie's sister, but I am confused about who Lorenz was. The only Lorenz besides his father was his brother Lorenz or Larry, but he still would have only been six years old on the day of Robert's baptism.
Bob Harms was cremated and buried in a vault box at Delaware Veterans' Memorial Cemetery.


Source reference NI0107 :
What I remember about Helene Martha Smith-Harms by her daughter, Roberta Carol Harms-Horton
Blue Hens Bowling Lanes
Traveling around the world(one trip with Ruth) & later day trips
Best friends, Conways, Arzingers(Ray & Fran), Shipleys(Betty & Bill) & Getty parties
Shopping at Wilmington Dry Goods


Source reference NI0109 :
George and Minnie were married at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Hoboken, Hudson, NJ.
Minnie was a matron of Magnolia Court, Order of Amaranth; member of Rose Croix Shrine, Order of White Shrine, Jerusalem(Star of Bethlehem, Shrine 9), Social Service Guild of Christ Hospital, all of Jersey City, plus Women's Club of Hoboken. She was also a past president of Hoboken Salvation Army.
Minnie and "Wally" are buried at Cresthaven Cemetery, Clifton, N.J..


Source reference NI0110 :
He is buried in Lot 56, Grave 1.


Source reference NI0112 :
They had no children.


Source reference NI0113 :
Lydia's address on Wilson was actually her daughter Marguerite's home. Lydia had moved in with her daughter and died at her daughter's home.


Source reference NI0115 :
They had no children.


Source reference NI0116 :
Mabel was adopted by Warner.


Source reference NI0124 :
Lorenz's marriage certificate states that he was residing at 76 Clinton Place, Bergen County, N.J.(his parent's address) at the time of application. He was age 23. It was his first marriage. His occupation was a printer, like his father. He was born in Manhattan. His father was Henry J. Harms, born in Germany, and his mother was Catherine Ulrich, born in the USA. The date of the license was Nov 18, 1913 and the date of the marriage was November 26, 1913, in Brooklyn, N.Y.. The officiating clergy was Andrew C. Wilson, a priest(Bessie must have been Catholic). The witnesses were Henry C. Diffenboch and Bessie's sister, Josephine Wolff, not having married Whittier as of that date.
According to Lorenz's B.C., his birth name was LAWRENCE Henry Harms(B.C.#179). He was born Nov. 29, 1889(not 1888) at 435 W. 41st St., N.
Y.C.. His father was Henry Harms, age 22, born in Germany. His occupation was not very legible, but it looks like "compositer." Since he was in the printing trade, this may have been the name for someone who sets type.
Lawrence's mother was Catherine Ulrich, age 20, born in the U.S.. Catherine had one child before Lawrence who was still living.
10/94 N.Y. Dept of B.C. Sent me a copy


Source reference NI0125 :
According to her marriage certificate, Bessie was 25 when she married Lorenz. She was a bookbinder, living in Brooklyn. Although Lorenz was living in E. Rutherford, perhaps he worked as a printer in Brooklyn and that was how they met. Lorenz moved to N.J. as a very young child so they couldn't have met before he moved. It was Bessie's first marriage. The certificate states that she was born in Greenridge S.I.(Statan Island) to Charles Wolff, born in Germany, and Emma Anderson, born in the USA. The officiating clergyman was Andrew C. Wilson, a priest(probably Episcopalian, but maybe Bessie was Catholic). Henry's family was Lutheran and then Episcopalian. They were married in Brooklyn on November 26, 1913. The witnesses were Henry C. Diffenboch and Bessie's sister Josephine Wolff.
The source of Bessie's birthdate was her birth register, sent by the N.Y. Municipal Archives. It corrected the date of December 5, given to me earlier by someone in the family. Although Bessie's marriage certificate states that she was born in Green Ridge, Statan Island, the birth register is Westfield and the place of birth is Green Ridge.
According to the 1910 Federal Census, Bessie was a boarder at 258 Carroll St., Brooklyn, with her mother, Emma, stepfather, Peter V. Strom, sisters, Emma and Josephine(also boarders), and new stepsister, Edna(age 2 days).
Bessie's occupation was bookfolder at a bindery.


Source reference NI0127 :
Millie and Jack were divorced September 1971.
Jack was cremated.


Source reference NI0128 :
Ethel was listed as surviving her husband Fred according to his obituary which also says that she lived in Seattle.


Source reference NI0138 :
The street called Leffingwell NE, Grand Rapids, MI was named after Henry's sister.
Henry's wife Florence's obituary gave his middle name as Milman. Originally the entry was "H." for his middle name. Her obituary gives their marriage date and the following information: "She and her husband boh were prominent in the early activities here, especially in the northern part of the city where she had been a resident all her life."
Henry's obituary, Grand Rapids Herald, Grand Rapids, MI, 14 Feb 1911, p 3 will be scanned into Henry's scrapbook.


Source reference NI0141 :
Bessie's birth year originally came from recollections of Roxe Tenckinck-Davies and maybe a McCrath or Ewing family bible. The birth year was confirmed by Bessie's obituary which also allow the narrowing down of the exact birthdate.


Source reference NI0143 :
Rebecca was not listed as part of the Ewing family on the Fed Census of 1860 so she was probably married by then.
Her birthdate came from the family Bible.


Source reference NI0144 :
Augusta is not listed on the Fed. Census as part of the family so she may have been married.
Augusta's birthdate came from the family Bible.


Source reference NI0145 :
Birthdate came from family Bible.


Source reference NI0146 :
Birthdate came from family Bible.


Source reference NI0149 :
Aunt Jennie died in the home of her mother at 347 Morris SE, according to Jennie's obituary. Her obituary also states that Jennie is survived, besides her daughter, by several nieces and nephews. There are no sisters, brothers, husband or children listed as surviving.
There was a second obituary which is more of an eulogy which appeared exactly a week following the original obituary which gave more of the facts surrounding her death. The second obituary addressed her virtues. It will be scanned into her scrapbook.
She is referred to as Jennie on her daughter Minnie's birth entry.


Source reference NI0150 :
1880 is the date on the tombstone at Oakhill Cemetery, Section 8.
According to her death certificate(Book 2/page 44, Kent County Clerk), Minnie died at age 12 of diptheria. May McCrath, age 11, died 2 1/2 months before of diptheria and Lyman McCrath, age 3, died 2 1/2 months before of diptheria.


Source reference NI0151 :
First married Coon and then Dr. Welsh. She is buried in Section 8 at Oakhill Cemetery, GR..
Fanna's entry in the Kent Co., MI birth register states her name at Fannie, but the family bible states her name as Fanna.


Source reference NI0152 :
Welsh was the second husband of Fanna Louella McCrath. Her first husband was Coon.


Source reference NI0153 :
John and Emma were described as "pioneers of Paris Twp(Kent Co., MI), in 1875" in their son-in-law Louis T. McCrath's obituary.


Source reference NI0155 :
Mel and Jennie were married at Holy Unitarian Church in Grand Rapids, Kent, MI.


Source reference NI0156 :
Mel was 34 and Jennie was 22 when they were married. It was the first marriage for both, who were residents of G.R.Twp.. The witnesses were Mr. Corn. Heering and Mr. Henrik Tenckinck, both of Grand Rapids.


Source reference NI0160 :
Sarah was married, but had no children. She was 20 in 1900 when she was married so her date of birth could be one year different than 1880. The witnesses to the marriage were Anna Tenckinck and Lena Snippe of Grand Rapids, MI..


Source reference NI0161 :
Herman was married, but had no children. The witnesses at his marriage were Mrs. L.G. Stapert and Mrs. L.J. Tenckinck, both of Grand Rapids. It was the first marriage for each of them. Herman was 25 when he was married.
Herman's death certificate(microfilm 32, Record 63438, Kent County Clerk)
states the cause of death as Cs. of exophagus with pulm. metastases; also diab. mellitus. He was age 78 when he died. The informant was Dr. Richard Tinkham(Aunt Helena's husband) of Grand Rapids.


Source reference NI0162 :
Brum was neither married, nor had any children.


Source reference NI0163 :
Egberta was 21 when she married Cornelius. It was her first marriage. She later married Bert Baker when she was 35. The witnesses at the second marriage were Dana Kik and Lewis J. Donovan of Grand Rapids. The witnesses at the first marriage were Johannus Folkersma and Jan Vander Veen of Grand Rapids.


Source reference NI0164 :
Minnie was 25 when she married. It was the first time. The witnesses at the marriage were George Schievink of Newaygo, MI and Vera M. Webster of Grand Rapids. The source is Marriage Certificate Book 16/Page 179 of Kent County Clerk's Office.


Source reference NI0171 :
Probably born in New York since his unwed mother was a Vaudeville star there. May have been named after her brother since he was nicknamed Willie.


Source reference NI0173 :
Mary had no children with either of her husbands. Mary lived in Olds Manor Nursing Home, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI at the same time that Leola Horton-Eardley lived there. On day in the early 1970's Mary committed suicide by jumping into the Grand River nearby.


Source reference NI0181 :
Brett and Lisa were married in the First Congregational Church, Rockford, Kent, MI.


Source reference NI0182 :
Joanna and Jeff were married at the First Congregational Church, Rockford, Kent, MI.


Source reference NI0193 :
November 8, 2005--Letter from Charlotte's daughter Barbara says "Mom and Chet are happy and taking one day at a time (Chet is 88 and Mom is 85). Chet is Mom's old high school friend who visited many times after Dad died and then they decided he should move to Virginia. It's almost like a Cinderella story with them getting back together after about 60 years of not seeing each other."


Source reference NI0194 :
Tom and Linda did not have any children.


Source reference NI0195 :
In a letter of November 1993, Barbara states that she believes that "somewhere on my mother's side we have Indian ancestors, I think Mom is 1/16 Indian--a distant relative was a French trapper and married an Indian woman."
In a letter of November 8, 2005, Barbara writes "Bob and I are fine. I've been at my company 31 years and have been through three mergers and three management teams (each time we remained the parent). Bob is planning to retire in January and we're thinking of moving to our house in Florida next year. Bob would work part-time and enjoy the pool while I would still work full-time--but we both love Florida and have wanted to move there since shortly after Lin and Tom moved."


Source reference NI0196 :
November 8, 2005--letter from Michele's sister Barbara says "Michele and Candy are still in Parsippany. Michele has been teaching high school for many years now and loves it. She is going for her masters in education. Nick (oldest) will be graduating college next year, Chris (middle) is in his second year of college, and Melissa will be graduating high school next summer and is visiting colleges now."


Source reference NI0198 :
November 8, 2005--letter from Barbara Lozowski, Laura's aunt says "Laura and Larry are living in Clifton, their oldest son (Mike) is in his second year of college, the middle child (Spenser) is in his first year of college and their daughter (Liana) is turning 14 Christmas Eve--it's hard to believe they are growing up so fast."


Source reference NI0199 :
November 8, 2005--a letter from Barbara Lozowski, Tom's sister-in-law says "Tom is doing well--very involved in the Wellington, FL art society with his photography. He has had a girlfriend for about two years--they get along beautifully, see each other 2-3 times a week, but like their independence and will not marry."


Source reference NI0201 :
Chip legally changed his name, when he was a teenager, from Charles Paulson(his given name) to Larry Christopher Harms, after his grandfather. Larry graduated from Glassboro State College in 1988 with a B.A. in communicatons and advertising. As of March 2006, Larry was working as an advertising consultant as well as maintaining his own business developing websites.
According to an email that Lorenz wrote to Roberta Harms-Horton, he was born Charles Abby Paulson, Jr. and changed his name three times: Larry Joseph Lozoski, 1973; Larry Christopher Harms, 1988; and Lorenz Christopher Harms, 2007.


Source reference NI0208 :
Liana was buried so many months later because the ground was frozen. She had no middle name according to her daughter Charlotte.


Source reference NI0210 :
Millie and Jack were divorced September 1971. Millie was buried several months after he death because burials aren't done between Thanksgiving and Easter due to the frozen ground.


Source reference NI0211 :
November 8, 2005--a letter from Barbara, Marilyn's cousin says "Marilyn lives in Tennessee and is still a truck driver. One of her sons married and she is now a grandmother!"


Source reference NI0212 :
Letter from Karen Ann Harms-Booth in 1993:
"Roger and I met in September, 1969, at Montclair State College, Upper Montclair, NJ. He was completing his bachelor's degree and I was taking a few classes to see if I wanted to attend college full-time. Roger worked for New Jersey Bell for 20 years, the last ten years in management. He retired in June 1991, on a disability pension. Roger spent four years in the Navy, traveling the world and spent fifteen months in Vietnam. He also lived in Australia for close to a year after discharge from the service. I spent twelve years in banking, four-and-a-half years at a stock brokerage firm and the past one-and-a-half years(written in 1993) at a real estate appraisal firm. In between I spent about three years working part-time at a major department store."
Karen and Roger didn't have any children. Charlotte Chamberlain-Harms said that Roger suffered from the the effects of Agent Orange from the Vietnam War for the rest of his life.
November 8, 2005--in a letter from Karen's cousin Barbara, Barbara says "Karen is still in Sarasota, Fl and working full-time. She finds it very lonely without Roger and the adjustment is going slowly."
Roger and Karen were married in Sacred Heart Church, Lyndhurst, Bergen, NJ.


Source reference NI0216 :
Letter from Karen Ann Harms-Booth in 1993:
"Roger and I met in September of 1969 at Montclair StateCollege, Upper Montcalm, NJ. Roger was completing his bachelor's degree and I was taking a few classes to see if I wanted to attend college full-time.
Roger spent 20 years at NJ Bell, the last 10 years in management. He retired in June 1991 on a disability pension.
Roger spent 4 years in the Navy, travelling the world and spent 15 months in Vietnam. He also lived in Australia for close to one year after being discharged from the service.
I spent 12 years in banking, 4 1/2 years at a stock brokerage firm, and the past 1 1/2 years at a real estate appraisal firm. In between I spent about 3 years working part=time at a major department store."
Roger and Karen had no children. Charlotte Chamberlain-Harms said that Roger came home from the Vietnam War suffering from the effects of Agent Orange which affected him for the rest of his life.


Source reference NI0217 :
Birth and christening dates come from a copy of the church register for St. Johannis Church, Altona, Germany(a suburb of Hamburg), page 177, "Lfc. Nr.: 534"(?entry #) provided by Evangelisches Zentrum Rissen(Evangelistic Center of Rissen--a suburb of Hamburg). This is also the source for the full names of Peter and wife Marie(spelling on Heinrich's birth record). Witnesses to the christening were: 1)Auguste Gehle, 2)Claus Harms, and 3)Heinrich Giegeling. The christening took place on the same date and at the same place as the wedding of Peter and Maria(spelling on marriage record). There is a notation on the christening record that says "vor der Copul. geb. Sohn." Maybe this is stating the obvious--that Heinrich Johann was born out of wedlock.
Henry John Harms died of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 66 according to the death certificate, the source of his date of death. The 1880 Census says that he was born in New York, New York and not Germany, but this isn't true.
From the 1900 Federal Census information on the ages and birthplaces of his sons, it can be figured that the family moved from New York City to E. Rutherford sometime in 1892 or 1893.
Henry and Catharine were married at 493 Tenth Ave., New York, New York, NY, according to their marriage certificate. Check if that was Catherine and her parents' residence. If not, maybe that was Henry's residence and a clue to Henry's father's residence and identification in the census.


Source reference NI0218 :
Anna was married to Henry John Harms by Pastor George Haas at No. 493 Tenth Ave., N.Y.C.. The witnesses were Lizzie Ulrich and Theodore P. Prockert. Source of information on the marriage is the Marriage Certificate.
The baptismal record of Anna Catharina Ulrich states that the baptism took place May 30, 1869, but that Anna was born 22 Mar 1869. Anna Catharina Krell, Sophie's sister was the Godmother. Anna Catharina Ulrich was her name, but she was called "Katie" and later changed her name to Katherine Anne.
Katie was confirmed 1 April 1883, at St. Markus Lutheran Church of New York according to her confirmation certificate.
Kay Yeomans says that Katherine is buried in George Washington Cemetery, Paramus, N.J. where Lil Parsons is also buried.


Source reference NI0219 :
He was stillborn.


Source reference NI0221 :
Possibility that John & Violet were married April 27, 1929 according to Anne Yoemans. Anne also says that John and Virginia were married on December 20, 1947.


Source reference NI0222 :
Harry Harms died at age 79. He was cremated and his ashes were spread at sea in Florida. He was in the 1st Battalion, 57the Artillery, Coast Artillery Corps in WWI, which fought in France.


Source reference NI0223 :
According to Kay Yeomans, Lil is buried in George Washington Cemetery, Paramus, N.J..


Source reference NI0226 :
Anne Yoemans says Audrey's birthdate is 1930.


Source reference NI0227 :
Anne Yoemans says that Lois' birthdate is 1932 and that her husband is Moser and not Maser.


Source reference NI0229 :
The address for St. Patrick's Cathedral is 5th Ave. & 50th St., N.Y.City.


Source reference NI0231 :
Aunt Marion never liked her name because it reminded her of the word "onion" because of the way it was spelled. Everyone remembered her as floating better than anyone else. She had one of the first heart valve replacements in the 1960's and still had it when she died in 1993(they aren't supposed to last nearly that long, according to Jamie Harms, M.D.).


Source reference NI0232 :
Richard was Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from Rutgers, then attended Harvard Law School, but didn't graduate because he left to join the Army Air Corps. He wa a 2nd Lieutenant. He was killed when the engine of his P47 blew up. Richard is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Richard
Harms, son of Robert Harms is named after him.


Source reference NI0234 :
Kenneth served in the Air Force and was stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio after college. He graduated with a BS degree in chemical engineering from MIT. His Godmother is Anna Victoria Harms-Yeoumans. Forst Batist Church is where he was married.


Source reference NI0237 :
Leslie and Mark were married in the First Baptist Church.


Source reference NI0241 :
Birthdate may be October 21, 1938


Source reference NI0242 :
It is believed that Charles and Mollie were married on June 18, 1875 because Charlotte and Larry Harms have a sterling silver cufflink box from Mollie to Charles on that date. Aunt Charlotte believes that Charles died before Bessie was 15 years old so the year of death is a guestimate based upon this information.
According to daughter Bessie's birth register, her father, Charles Wolff was 52 years old, a merchant, and born in Germany. This is my first reference to his age, but the second or third to being born in Germany. From this information it can be deduced that Charles was probably born in 1835 or else
between December 5 and 31, 1834. From Mary Emma's birth record, Charles was 50 years old on the day that Mary Emma was born, Feb 5, 1886. I makes it likely that he would still have a birthday(with 11 months remaining of the year) and would turn 51 later in the year 1886. That would make his birth year 1835, and somtime after Feb. 5. Pure speculation, but more likely born in 1835 because it would still fit with the information on Florence Bessie's birth certificate as well as Mary Emma's.
A researcher at the New York Public Library wrote Roberta Horton "Enclosed is the page with the death notice for charles Wolff from page 7 of the December 26, 1897, issue of the World. We searched the December 24, 25, and 26 issues of the following New York City newspapers: Post, Herald, Tribune, Sun, and World. The Telegram did not run obituaries or death notices at that time." Charles' obituary, The world, 26 Dec 1897, p. 7, relates the following: "Wolff--On Dec. 23, 1897, CHARLES WOLFF, aged 63 years. Funeral from his late residence, 241 West 26th St., Monday, Dec. 27, at 1 P. M."

In a previous letter from the same researcher, Richard Foster, he listed all of the New York City German-language newspapers, available at the New York Public Library, that he had searched for a death notice or obituary for Charles, with no luck.
Charles and Emma's infant daughter Mary Emma was buried in Woodrow Cemetery(handwriting is very clear), Richmond County, NY. Charles' D.C. says that he was buried in Woodland Cemetery. They are two different cemeteries on Statan Island.
DATE SOURCEREQUEST RESULTS10/14/94N.Y. City Dept of Records & Bessie Wolff's Charles's nam
Info Services, Municipal B.C. age, occupation
Archives, 31 Chambers S
(212) 566-5292


Source reference NI0243 :
Josephine was married, but did not have children.
According to the 1910 Federal Census, Josephine was the youngest of the three daughters. She was boarding at 258 Carroll St., Brooklyn, with her mother and stepfather, Peter V. Strom and at age 19 was not employed.


Source reference NI0244 :
Place of birth, N.Y., and approx. birth date came from 1910 federal census.
She was a boarder at her mother and stepfather's home at 258 Carroll St
Brooklyn and she was employed in children's headware.
Emma was never married to Charlotte Harms recollection.


Source reference NI0246 :
Tanta thought that Carl Reinhold was Otto Morris or maybe these are additional names, but "Carl Reinhold" came from a copy of Minnie's birth certificate.
I ran across a book called Death in Hamburg by Richard Evans. It is a study of the great cholera epidemic of 1892, in Hamburg, where 10,000 residents died in six weeks, while most of Europe was left unscathed. Carl Reinhold Julius Winke died 28 Feb 1892 in Hamburg. I plan to write to St. Michaels, his church, and ask for the details of his death. The cause of death may be recorded in the church books.
Julius and Johanna were married at St. Michaelis Evangelische Kirch, Hamburg, Germany.


Source reference NI0247 :
Could have died in 1925, but still April 4 because Minnie says that she was 72 when she died.


Source reference NI0248 :
He might not be II because I believe that the father's name was Carl Reinhold as the birth certificate of Minnie Winke shows.
Otto never married. He served in WWI in the Phillipines Islands from January 31, 1911 until October 15, 1913 and came home shell-shocked and died in Castle Point Veterans Hospital, Hoboken, N.J. on 27 May 1929, according to an "Award of Compensation" from the U.S. Veteran's Bureau and in the possession of Roberta Harms-Horton.
He was naturalized while stationed at Camp Beauregard in Louisiana. His naturalization papers describe him as age 33, five feet eight and three-quarters inches tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair, and tatoos on his right arm and left forearm. He never married.


Source reference NI0249 :
Although her mother came to the U.S. in 1892, Henny may have come in 1895 because notes from Minnie say she was 12 years old when she came to this country. Maybe Henny came over when they could afford the passage.
Henny was confirmed on April 3, 1889 at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Hoboken.
They had no children.
The following information was found in the marriage records of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Hoboken, Hudson, NJ:
Friedrich Otto Kuerbitz, 226 W 72nd St., NYC(New York City), 31(age), 1(first marriage), waiter, ???????(planning to get the remainder translated--German script; page is in the translation file)
Henny Winke, 125 Garden(St.) Hoboken, 33(age), 1(first marriage), Hamburg(place born), Robert & Helene Marquardt(parents, but Robert was really her stepfather), Witnesses: Adolf Gressard, Martha Gressard 1233 Park Ave Hoboken.


Source reference NI0250 :
Tanta Martha, her half-sister, doesn't remember that Sophie has a middle name. Sophie never married. She died at about age 72.


Source reference NI0251 :
A notation says that "Johnny" was 3 to 4 years older than Henny. That is the source of his birthdate. He was born in Anhals(? can't read marriage certificate very well), Germany and resided in New York City when he got married. He was a waiter at the famous Liederkranz Club in N.Y.C. and received some very good tips from his patrons on what to play on the stock market.
A better source of his birthyear is their marriage information in the church register of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Hoboken which is as follows:
Friedrich Otto Kuerbitz, 226 W 72nd St., NYC(New York City), 31(age), 1(first marriage), waiter, ???????(planning to get the remainder translated--German script on the register; page can be found filed in the translation file)
Henny Winke, 125 Garden(St.) Hoboken, 33(age), 1(first marriage), Hamburg(place born), Robert & Helene Marquardt(parents, but Robert was really her stepfather), Witnesses: Adolf Gressard, Martha Gressard 1233 Park Ave Hoboken.
The marriage date is not on the page from St. Matthews, but Susan Long, who is a member of the church and knew Martha Gressard(Henny's sister) personally found the entry under the date of May 18, 1919.
I don't have the source of the birthdate (the month and date, that is) for Friedrich(Johnny) that I currently have as April 14, 1889, but if April is correct, and the age at marriage is 31 as is in the church register, then he would have been born in 1888. I need to research the source of the currently listed birthdate.
Johnny and Henny had no issue.


Source reference NI0252 :
Tanta Martha remembers her father saying that he was born(or from) Sittard, Netherlands, but these were her recollections at age 98. In fact, she recalls the town as Siteen'(?sp), Germany, actually, but all I could find in the atlas that sounded like the town was Sittard on the Netherlands/Germany border. Also, there is a town called Elba Sitten Canal or something like it.
There is a notation in Helen Smith-Boyce's handwriting that Robert was 18 years the junior of Johanna Helene. It is pretty well established that he died at age 96. On daughter Martha's B.C., it states that Robert was 25 years the junior of his wife. That would make his birthdate around 1870. If he died at age 96, that would be in the year 1966 for his death.
Daughter Martha in her later years used to talk about her father's job as a longshoreman. She remembered hushed conversations he had with his co-workers. Martha felt that Robert was involved in illegal operations or smuggling. She lived in constant fear of his arrest. There may not be a shred of truth about her intuitions.


Source reference NI0253 :
Tanta says she has no middle name, nor did Henny or Sophie. Tanta had no children of her own, but she spent a lot of time with Helene Smith, her sister Minnie's only child. After Adolph died, Tanta went to work at the Colgate-Polmolive factory, screwing on the caps of toothpaste tubes for about ten years, all the while saving every possible penny so she could quit her job which she hated. Tanta never learned to drive or owned a car because it wasn't necessary in Hoboken. She lived at 1026 Hudson St. for many years with Henny & Johnny and her father Robert "Opa" Marquardt. She cared for Opa until his death. After Uncle Johnny, and then Aunt Henny died, Tanta moved into her own apartment for the first time at age
84 or so(she never owned a house or condo) and kept house for herself for several years before moving to New Castle, DE to live with Bob and Helen Harms.


Source reference NI0254 :
Adolph was 10 years older than Tanta so his birthdate may have been 1884.
On his deathbed, they extracted all his teeth because the doctor believed that it would keep him alive. He had Bright's disease.
He died at age 46 so his deathdate is an estimate.
In the entries in St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Hoboken, NJ, Adolf's name was spelled in different entries as Adolf(German spelling) and Adolph(English spelling). For instance, it was Adolf as a witness to Henny Winke and Friedrich Keurbitz's wedding(1919), but it was Adolph on his marriage record


Source reference NI0255 :
Elizabeth is buried at Oakhill Cemetery, Section C, S. 1/2 of 122, grave 7. She was age 80/3/19 days old when she died so I figured backwards to get her birthdate. Her death certificate is Book 11/Page 21, Kent County Clerk's Office.


Source reference NI0256 :
Her name according to the family Bible or Roxe Davies was Ellen "Nellie" Dunks McCrath, but the death certificate(Book 6, Page 150, Kent County Clerk) states her name as Nettie B. McCrath and the birthdates do agree.
She was 38 years old when she died of Chronic Brights Disease. She never had any children.


Source reference NI0257 :
According to her father's obituary, 10 Feb 1910, Libby was residing at her parents' home. It also mentions states "Upon the arrival of his son-in-law, George S. Thwing, he was assisted to retire, as it was thought that he would thus rest with greater comfort. While Mr. Thwing sat by his bedside occasionally handing him a drink of water...." Since John seemed to be able to feed his horse and run errands, it doesn't seem as if Libby had moved in for that reason. Perhaps, they were separated, since George was still referred to as John's son-in-law(probably not divorced at that time, but could have later).


Source reference NI0258 :
Buried in Garfield Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI.


Source reference NI0265 :
May be spelled Stuart--some discrepancy in the records, but is Stewart on the Marriage Certificate. May be 1842 birthdate, depending upon what time of the year he was born because he was 26 when married in April 16, 1868. Witnesses at the marriage were Lyman McCrath and Elzie McCrath, both of Grand Rapids.
Charles' tombstone in Fulton St. Cemetery says his birth year as 1843 which would still fit the marriage certificate so it's probably true.


Source reference NI0267 :
No children.


Source reference NI0268 :
No children.


Source reference NI0272 :
March 8, 1922 was her burial date.
Her obituary states that she was very active in church, literary club and lodge circles of Grand Rapids and of Paris Township. She was a member of the Paris Literary Society, Grand Rapids Woman's Club, Watson Relief Corps, Peninsular Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, South Congregational Church and Friendship Circle. During the Civil War, although only a girl, she did valiant patriotic service by taking upon her shoulders heavy labors at home so that her five brothers might fight on the battlefields for the Union.
Her death certificate states that she died at age 73 so the birthdate was figured by counting backwards. Source is death certificate(Book 11, Page 174, Kent County Clerk).


Source reference NI0273 :
His birth year is based upon his age of 87, when he died 6 Jan 1970, according to his obituary. Also in the obit. it states that he died in Utica, NY, at his son Stuart McCrath's home, but that he was a former resident of Grand Rapids. His obituary states that four grandchildren survive him so James Stuart or Louis or both must have had children.


Source reference NI0275 :
J. Stuart died at Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI. His obituary states that is survived by six grandchildren and one great grandson.
From an article in the Grand Rapids Herald, 19 Mar 1942, p 1,we learn that "Mr. Noordyke, who resided at 1043 Prince St. SE was killed outright shortly after 7 a.m. when struck by a car on Leonard St and Fremont Ave. NW. James S. McCrath, 39, of 1716 Union Ave. SE was reported as driver of the car that struck Mr. Noordyke, but police were investigating a report that the victim was also hit by a second car. Traffic Capt. E. H. McConnell said he had questioned a driver whose car was near McCrath's but the driver denied his vehicle had struck the pedestrian. The investigation was to be continued Thursday." In the index to the Grand Rapids Press obituaries there doesn't seem to be any follow-ups, but there very well could be because the index only covers obituaries.


Source reference NI0276 :
He was still living at the time of his father's death, 7 Jan 1960.


Source reference NI0277 :
Ruby died at her home at 1109 Lafayette N.E., Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI, where she lived with her sister Nettie Roxe, who also never married. The obituary said that she died after a "lingering illness." The obituary was also the source of her middle initial.


Source reference NI0278 :
Nettie never married or had any children. The cause of death on the death certificate(Book 11, Page 106, Kent County Clerk) was hemorrhage, but I have pneumonia from some other source(?Roxe Tenckinck-Davies). She died at age 38/10/9day so her birthdate was figured by counting backward. Her death took place at Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, Kent, MI, according to her obituary. Her occupation was a nurse. Her parents were Charles F. McCrath of Michigan and Emma VanderHoon of Ohio. Of course Emma's maiden name is not spelled correctly on the death certificate.
This is probably the correct birthdate, but, for the record, the research done on the McCraths by Frank H. Rathbun states that Nettie was born in 1877. Both 1877 and 1882 are plausible based upon the ages of Nettie's brothers and sisters. Her death announcement doesn't give an age or birthdate and there is no obituary.
Roxe Tenckinck-Davies always said that she was named after Nettie Roxe McCrath. Nettie's death announcement spells her middle name as Roxie(conventional spelling), but the family bible spells it Roxe. Roxe Tenckinck-Davies also spelled her name without the "i."


Source reference NI0279 :
The marriage certificate states that Walter was 29 and Louise was 23 when they were married September 24, 1902 so each of their birth dates could be off one year depending upon when their birthdays were. They were both living in Paris Twp. at the time of their marriage and it was the first marriage for each of them. The witnesses at the marriage were T. S. Gibbs and Mrs. T. S. Gibbs of Greenville, MI..
From Walter's obituary we learn that he was "a native and life long resident of Paris Township, former owner of East Paris Packing Co., Justice of the Peace, and Paris Township Board member for many years. He died at St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI.


Source reference NI0280 :
Louise and Walter were living in Paris Twp. when they were married. Louise was 23, so her birthdate may be off a year depending upon when her birthday was. It was her first marriage and the witnesses were T.W. Gibbs and Mrs. T.S. Gibbs.
Hard to read Louise's address in the obituary. Louise died at her residence.


Source reference NI0281 :
His obituary states that he is survived by nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He died at Kent Community Hospital, Grand Rapids, Kent, MI.


Source reference NI0283 :
Charity is not listed in brother Hugo's obituary as a surviving sister.


Source reference NI0287 :
Charles is not listed on brother Hugo's obituary as a surviving brother.
There is an obituary for "baby Terry McCrath, aged 2 months, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCrath fo 1710 Burton St. SE(Grand Rapids, MI)." There are several Charles McCrath in the family, but Charles "Chuck" Francis seems to be the best fit for the father of Terry. Also Terry was the name of one of his children, from an unnamed source, but probably Roxe Tenckinck-Davies. Another clue is that Charles' mother Louise & his father Walter both died at the same address as where the Charles in the obituary lived when Terry died.


Source reference NI0295 :
Terry was born at Blodgett Hospital, East Grand Rapids (now called Spectrum East), according to his obituary.


Source reference NI0300 :
Libby was not listed as a surviving sister in brother Hugo's obituary.


Source reference NI0303 :
No children by Sally for sure, and probably the only child by Ruby was Debby according to the recollections of E. Roxe Tenckinck-Davies.
His estimated death date is based upon the fact that Harold was listed as a surviving brother of Hugo who died 5 Oct 1981.


Source reference NI0307 :
Charlene was listed as Hugo's surviving daughter in his obituary, but it cannot be determined whether Ruth or Margaret was her mother. George, Robert and Donald are all listed as Hugo's surviving step-sons. Their last name is Peterson so they were probably the progeny of Ruth and her husband before Hugo.


Source reference NI0308 :
Note that Peter spells his middle name Hinrich, but he named his son Heinrich(from Heinrich's birth register) by adding an "e." One of the godparents at his son's christening was Claus Harms, Peter's brother. The other godparents were Auguste Gehle(bride Marie Gehle's twin sister) and Heinrich Giegeling. Maybe son Heinrich is named after Peter's friend "Heinrich" Giegeling and Marie's twin sister "Auguste" Gehle, and Peter's father "Johann". From Peter's son's birth record we also learn that Peter was a "working man."
From the church marriage registry of St. Johannis Evangelical Lutheran Church of Altona, Germany, Peter Hinrich Harms is described as a local person, male inhabitant , coachman; 31 years old; born in the meadows of Langes......, in Kreis Kadenberge(modern spelling Cadenberge), which is near Cuxhaven on the northeastern coast of Germany.
Source of information is 1880 Census(Cll No. ZI-50A), (Soundex No. H-652), Vol. 57, E.D. 392, Sheet 36, Line 18. P. Hinrich was listed as 40 years old, but from his marriage certificate we know that he was born in 1837. Peter was living in New York City, N.Y. County at the time with his new wife, son Henry, Catherine, and her two(this is what I am told although only one is reported on the census either because either he was not born yet or because he was over 12 years old & would not be listed on the 1880 census--most likely scenario) sons Ferdinand, and Bill because Bill is mentioned in the family album pictures. Ferdinand was listed as born in NY and so was Henry John(the latter definitely is not true since I have his birth register entry in Germany). Henry's birth in Germany is also confirmed on the ship's passenger manifest(coming from Germany) and on his marriage cerftificate to Catherine Ulrich.
On his son Henry John's marriage certificate, Henry John states his father's name is P. Henry Harms. Also on the ship's passenger manifest of the Holstatia(he arrived on July 2, 1873) his name is P. H. Harms and son, Heinrich Harms. However, there is an 1880 Federal Census entry for a Henry F. Harms. I question that Henry F. is the same as Peter Hinrich, although that entry has a son Henry, age 11(correct age) and a son Ferdinand(also correct), but no son Bill(another stepbrother). Also, this entry has the wrong place of birth(states Bremen, but should be Hannover) and birthdate(states 1840 but should be 1837) for Henry F. Harms. The wife's name of Catharina may or may not be correct.
Since learning that his first name is definitely Peter, I have not revisited the N.Y. City Directories to search for a Peter or P. Harms, but I did find a Peter Harms married to an Anna in the 1880 Census for NYC, in addition to the Henry F. entry described above. Both entries are unbelievably similar. This may be the correct 1880 Census entry, instead of the Henry F. entry described above because the birthdate is correct for Peter of 1837. Son Henry is here and the correct age of 11. Stepbrother Wilhelm(Bill) is there and other siblings, but not Ferdinand. Perhaps Ferdinand isn't shown here for the same reasons that Bill was not on the "Henry F." census entry, so that is easily explained away. The place of birth is correctly stated as Hannover for Peter. Anna's birthplace is also Hannover, but she was Peter's second wife who family lore says that he married in the U.S. so it's not known if her birthplace fits or not. I haven't found proof of their marriage yet, but I have been incorrectly searching for Henry instead of Peter as the groom's name.
From a "Certificate and Record of Death 33306, State of New York":
Henry Harms, male, white, age 67, widower, groceryman, birthplace Germany, 35 years in this country, 35 years in City of New York, place of death Blackwells Island(NY City Home for Aged & Infirm, Manhattan Division), father's name is blank, father's birthplace is Germany, mother's name is blank, mother's birthplace is Germany. The doctor certified that he attended P. Hinrich from November 17, 1903 to November 23, 1903. He died about 9:35 pm. The cause of death was double pneumonia. The Certificate is signed by the doctor(?name) who resided at the Hospital. There is a blurry area which seems to have an address of ?Crescent & Cambrolling Aves., but I can't read the explanation of what that location is supposed to be. It is located under "Special Information."
This may not be the death of the right Henry Harms on D.C.#33306 because it may be Peter Harms that I should be looking for. The number of years in this country would put his arrival around 1868 which could have been a guess, or misstated, or he could have come over right after Maria's death(exact date unknown at this time) to scout out the city and look for a wife before he brought his son in 1873. The age on the death certificate and the birthdate of Peter fit quite well.
If D.C.#33306 is correct, I wanted to learn more about Blackwell's Island. My research follows: source citation for the following information about the history of Blackwell's Island: "Roosevelt Island," Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2001, copyright 1997-2001 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. "Blackwell's Island is located in southeastern New York, in the East River, between the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Queens. It is a narrow island 1.5 miles long and is administratively part of Manhattan. Once inhabited by Native Americans, the island was settled by Europeans in the late 17th century and became known as Blackwell's Island. New York City bought the island in the late 1820s. It was renamed Welfare island in 1921 and Roosevelt Island in 1973. In the 1970s a large residential development was built on the island, which is linked by aerial tramway to Manhattan and by bridge to Queens. A hospital also is on Roosevelt Island." I have not determined whether the current hospital is the same one that P. Hinrich died in in 1903. Additional information about the island is that it is 147 acres, and that the tram is actually gondolas. Current hospitals on the island are named St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Goldwater Memorial Hospital for bone marrow donor recruitment and assistance to families with children suffering from leukemia. Another article called it Goldwater Memorial Hospital Nursing Home.


Source reference NI0317 :
Living in Gates Mills, OH on 13 Aug 1996, according to R. Charles' father's obituary.


Source reference NI0360 :
Divorced Mary Grasso.


Source reference NI0362 :
His name was still Tenckinck when he married Crystal (don't know the source of this information). The actual marriage certificate shows his name as Tinkham, but this could have been changed after the fact. Lewis was 22 years old when he married. The witnesses at the marriage were Mary Durnbaugh and Hugo B. Hammerslag (Lewis' partner) of Grand Rapids. It was his first marriage. He later married Virginia Vinkemulder, many years after Crystal died.
Lewis and his brother Walter decided together to change their surname from Tenckinck to Tinkham because it was easier to spell the pronounce.


Source reference NI0363 :
Crystal was 22 years old when she married. It was her first marriage and her last.


Source reference NI0364 :
From his fiance Betsey's engagement announcement comes the following information: "Mr. Tinkham is a graduate of the School of Business Administration of the University of Michigan, and served in the Navy during World War II. A late June wedding is being planned."


Source reference NI0369 :
From Betsey's engagement announcement comes the following information: "Miss Moore attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, NY, and was graduated from the University of Michigan. She is a resident fellow at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass."


Source reference NI0371 :
David and Diana were married at the First Congregational Church.


Source reference NI0376 :
For a copy of Sally's obituary, see the Tinkham genalogy file.


Source reference NI0377 :
Look in Jeffrey's FTM scrapbook for details of his and his brother and sister's lives from a letter dated 18 Feb 2008.


Source reference NI0378 :
In a letter from Jeffrey Tinkham, Heather's brother, we learn that Heather has an antique shop specializing in French and Continental antiques (


Source reference NI0379 :
From a letter from Jeffrey Tinkham, 18 Feb 2008--"Monte is a commercial real estate broker and owns multiple shopping centers, primarily strip centers. He is not yet married, but has been dating the same worman for over two years. Monte and I enjoy battling it out on the golf course, and playing golf with dad when we get together." Monte lives in Houston, TX.


Source reference NI0380 :
Tommye had one child, Robert Stephan Vollmer(April 25, 1951, Grand Rapids, MI) when she married David John Tinkham.


Source reference NI0385 :
Molly's obituary : "Molly Kirchgessner Schuler, age 45, . . . provided unending inspiration to all those who have had the privilege of knowing her, began her new life in heaven on February 16, 2006. Molly's incredible strength of will allowed her to triumph over her cancer to always be there for her family and friends. Molly earned a Masters Degree in Education from Michigan State University after graduating from East Grand Rapids High School. A "favorite" teacher for over 20 years and an active member of the community, Molly has taught all of us about the importance of a positive attitude. . . . Molly's sunny personality has inspired her wonderful group nieces and nephews, and many close friends and colleagues. . . ."


Source reference NI0391 :
Jim and Carrie were married at Grace Episcopal Church, Holland, Ottawa, MI.


Source reference NI0398 :
Mike and Mary Jane were married at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Grand Rapids, Kent, MI.


Source reference NI0399 :
Most of the information about Mike and his family was derived from his obituary: " He was a graduate of Catholic Central High School Class of 1986 and received a business drgree from Michigan State Univeristy. Mike was employed by G.R. Spring and Stamping, where he was a qualtiy engineer. He was a great dad and a real sports enthusiast, especially with his children. Mike will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 AM in St. Stephen Catholic Church. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Catholic Central High School Athletic Dept. or East Grand Rapids High School Athletic Dept.. A Scripture Service will be Tuesday at 8:30 PM. The family will receive friends Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM at Metcalf and Jonkhoff Funeral Service, 4291 Cascade Rd SE at Kenmoor, East of I-96," Mike's family live at 841 Ross Ct. SE, East Grand Rapids, Kent, MI.


Source reference NI0401 :
Source of information on Lorenz(named Lawrence in the information) is the 1880 Census(Call No. ZI-50A), (Soundex No. U-462), Vol. 52, E.D.211, Sheet 30, Line 31. The census report says that he was 48 years old, which doesn't agree with the birthdate. He was probably baptized Lorenz, but Americanized it to Lawrence. In the N.Y.C. Directory, he is listed as Lorenz Ulrich, driver, in 1890, and Lawrence Ulrich in 1896, but since he died in 1890 and his death certificate says he was a butcher at the time, maybe these are not entries for Lorenz Ulrich married to Sophie Kroll.
From his daughter Anna's baptismal certificate, copied and inserted into the copy of the Harms family photo album, was taken Lorenz's place of birth as Grundlack, Millelfranken, Vaa____. I have asked Kay Yeomans, the holder of the original certificate, to send me information about the last few letters of Lorenz's place of origin, but she hasn't responded to my request. I have discovered that "Millelfranken" is "Mittelfranken," or Middle Franconia. So far, I have not been able to find Grundlack.
The following information was taken from his death certificate: died May 18, 1890(conflicts with 1896 N.Y. City Directory which lists him as a driver at the address listed on the death certificate); his full name was Lorenz Ulrich; died at age 60 years, 8 months, 2 days; he was married and a butcher(again conflicts with 1890 and 1896 N.Y. City Directory information where he is listed as a driver); born in Germany to Melefior( not sure of the spelling on the certificate) Ulrich and Catharina(lists her last name as Ulrich probably because the informant didn't know her maiden name); lived in the U.S. for 37 years, all in N.Y.C., and means that he emigrated to the U.S. in 1853; his residence was 433 W. 41st St., a tenement; principle cause of death was ___________ pulmonalis, and secondary cause was Bright's Disease; buried in the Lutheran Cemetery(now called The Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery, 67-29 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village, NY 11379 in lot 1660, Map 3/A, next to Sophie, Edward, Lina, Matilda and Edith(Elizabeth or Lizzie); the date of the record is May 18, 1890 and the number on the certificate is 16394.
According to the 1880 US Census, NY, NY, NY, Lawrence was 48 years old, married, a grocer, born in Bavaria, where his parents were also born.


Source reference NI0402 :
The following was taken from Anna Catharina Ulrich's baptismal certificate:
Herrn Lorenz Ulrich geburtig aus Grundlack, Millelfranken, Vaa

von seiner Ehegattin Sophie, geboren Krell, aus Ensheim,
Provinz Oberhessen, Hessen-Darmstadt
am 22 Marz 1869 in New York ein Madchen geboren welches
am 30 Mai 1869 die Heilige Taufe empfing
und den Namen Anna Catharina
Taufzeugen waren Anna Catharina Krell
Although there is no church name on the certificate, Anna Catharina's confirmation certificate states "Ev. Luth. St. Markus Kirche zu New York." Translated that is "St. Mark's Lutheran Church of New York." Katie was confirmed 1 April 1883.
From Sophia's death certificate came the following information: she lived
in a tenement on 433 West 41st St, Manhattan; her name on the death certificate was Sophia(when she first came to the U.S., her name may have been Sophie Krell and she later changed it to Sophia Kroell); her parents were Andrew Kroell and Catherina Becker, both born in Germany; she was born on July 15, 1833(previous notation was 1935) in Germany and died on May 24, 1916 after having lived in N.Y for 65 years(must have emigrated in 1851, at age 18); her age at death was 82 years, 10 months, and 9 days; she was widowed; she was buried in the Lutheran Cemetery; a contributing cause of her death by cerebral hemorrhage was arteriosclerosis; the date of burial was May 27, 1916; date of the record was May 25, 1916; registration number of the certificate was 16258.
Sophie's daughter, Catharine Anna's marriage certificate states that her mother was Sophie Krell. Most sources have her surname as Kroell in English which would be Kroll with an umlaat(two dots) over the "o" in German. When an umlaat over an "o" in German is translated to English, the "o" becomes "oe."
From the 1880 Census, NY, NY, NY, Roll T9_876, FHL Film 1254876, P 30B, ED 211, Image 513 we learn that Sophie was age 46, a wife, married, keeping house, born in H Darmstadt as were both of her parents.
"Sophie" may have been "Sophia" and "Kroell" in Germany may have become "Krell" in America.
The province on the baptismal certificate may be "Enzeim" instead of "Ensheim." At Salt Lake City a counselor couldn't find the latter spelling, but could find the former located in Oberhessen. The LDS has church records for Enzeim on microfilm so I can look for Sophie's birth to verify that Enzeim is the correct place and then I can look for siblings and ancestor information.


Source reference NI0403 :
In all of the Manhattan census there was only one reference to a child for Lena. His name was Edward in the 1900 census and he lived with his mother in the tenement building at 433 W 41st St., owned by Lena's mother Sophie, following the death of Sophie's husband Lorenz or Lawrence. In the 1910 census for Manhattan, next to Lena's name is the fact that she had one child and that that child was still living. At the time Lena was 48 years old.


Source reference NI0404 :
Source of information is 1880 Census(Call NO. ZI-50A),(Soundex No. U-462), Vol 52, E.D.211, Sheet 30, Line 31.
Tillie drowned in the Slocum Diseaster(see folder for details).


Source reference NI0405 :
Source of information is the same census as Mathilda


Source reference NI0406 :
Source of information is the 1900 US Census for NY where Lizzy is living with her mother Sophie, sister Lena and Mathilda and brother Edward. However, in 1910 she is not living with them. Either she died or got married. It is unlikely that she moved into her own flat. In the 1900 US Census Elizabeth is listed as a single, white, female, born June 1871 in New York, with parents both born in Germany, working as a bookeeper through the whole year, can read write & speak English.


Source reference NI0409 :
There is some question on her date of birth according to family research.


Source reference NI0410 :
Anne Yeomans spelled Jeannette's name "Jeanette."


Source reference NI0420 :
The date on the family tree info from Kay Yeomans was September 31 date of birth, but there are only 30 days in September.


Source reference NI0434 :
Birthdate may be wrong because it was two years before they got married.


Source reference NI0439 :
Kimberly's birthdate was a little smeared on the info page from Anne Yeomans, but I think 1962 is correct.


Source reference NI0456 :
The 1920 Census, New Jersey, Hudson, Hoboken City (Vol. 56, ED 101, Sheet 3, Line 90) provides the following information about George W. Smith: George, Minnie and Helen lived in a rented apartment; George was 31, Minnie was 28 (29 a few weeks later), and Helen was 8/12 years old; Minnie came to the U.S. from Germany in 1894 and was naturalized in 1913 (since she was married to an American in 1912, I would have thought that she would consider 1912 as her date of naturalization); both George and Minnie could read and write; George was born in New Jersey and his parents were each born in New York; George was a self-employed electrical contractor; English was spoken by both George and Minnie; both of Minnie's parents were from Germany and they spoke German in the home.
The 1930 Census, New Jersey, Hudson, Hoboken (ED 265, Sheet 12A, P 71, Line 33) provides the following information about George: 1) he was a boarder (paid for a furnished room and meals vs a lodger who only paid for a furnished room) at 64 Tenth St. in Hoboken, NJ; 2) he was a 35-year-old divorced white male who was able to read, write and speak English, but had not attended school or college since Sept. 1, 1929; 3) George was born in New Jersey and his parents were born in the United States; 4) his occupation was electrician in "Watchman Factory" and his classification was "worker;" 5) his current work status was "employed;j" 6) George was "a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition" and the war or expedition was "WW," denoting World War I.
As regards the 1930 Census data, there is a good chance that the information about George was provided by another boarder (or lodger) or the landlord. The topics that George would have talked about such as where he was born, his marital status, occupation, place of employment and military experience were complete and seem to be correct. However, his "age at last birthday" is off by seven years and his mother and father's place of birth are listed as "United States" instead of New York as appeared in the 1920 Census. If these questions had been directed to George, he would have answered them differently, I believe.
Helen, George's daughter, remembers that George and Minnie were married five years before she was born (not true because the marriage certificate says 2 Nov 1912 & Helen was born 7 Apr 1919). She also remembers that George was in W.W.I in the Navy (I found his service papers). She remembers that he said that his ancestors came from England on the Mayflower (that would take a heap of research to follow such a common name back that far). She believes that Minnie & George were divorced when she was about 7 years old (about 1926) ( I have a copy of the divorce papers) and that Minnie married Wallie less than two years later (actually it was 30 July 1927, shortly after the divorce was final). After the divorce, the only time that Helen saw her dad again was from across Washington Street, in Hoboken. Her aunt Martha pointed him out to her and they kept walking. George was an alcoholic, who abused Minnie. Helen thinks that George was killed in a rooming house fire on Bloomfield St., Hoboken, at about the same time of the remarriage of Minnie(1927-30), but it must have been after Apr 1930 because he was enumerated in the 1930 Census in Hoboken, Hudson, New Jersey, in a boarding house on Tenth Street. I now believe that the story about the rooming house fire was trumped up for my mother so she would no longer ask about him. The historian for Hoboken Public Library did not find records of a similar fire. Also, I think that I found a record of George in 1942 married to Juliet and living in Jersey City, according to the US World War II Draft Registration Cards at The latter has yet to be proved that it is the right George Smith.
As regards George's date of birth, it appears as 1 November 1888 on his birth certificate, November 17, 1888 on his draft registration card, 23 October 1888 on his WW I service record and ? Oct 1888 on his mother's divorce papers. I need to find the service records and divorce papers to confirm those dates. Perhaps a careful examination of his photcopied birth certificate would disclose a faint "7" after the "1" on his date of birth.
Although George Smith's birth certificate from the NJ Archives states that he was born 1 Nov 1888, this is probably when his birth was registered because the census says that he was born in October and his Navy records give 23 Oct 1888 as his birthdate.

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