Thursday, March 20, 2014

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #10 Julia Ann Panzer

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #10: Julia Ann Pazer.  I am behind in my blog posts!  I am making an attempt to catch up.  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks a blog prompt by Amy Johnson Crow http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/challenge-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/

Julia Ann Panzer Skibbe, Ruth Skibbe, Meta "May" Skibbe Gollnick and unknown child.



Julia Ann Panzer was born on 28 May 1864 in Germany. She was the daughter of Adam Panzer  and Emile Isles.  She appeared in the census on 12 Jun 1900 in Franklin Township, Pulaski, Indiana.  She also appeared in the census on 27 Apr 1910 in Wayne Township, Starke, Indiana.  

Julia died Brights disease and arsenic poison on 9 Jun 1916 at the age of 52 in Denham, Pulaski, Indiana.  She was buried on 13 Jun 1916 at Saint Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Denham, Pulaski, Indiana, United States. Her obituary was published in the North Judson News on 15 Jun 1916 in North Judson, Starke , Indiana, United States. 

Julia had ten children and eight that survived per the 1910 census. This information contradicts the number of children mentioned in her husband's obituary.  A family story states that she may have been born in Berlin


52 Ancestors: Ancestor #9 Wilhelm Gustav Skibbe

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #9: Wilhelm Gustav Skibbe.  I am behind in my blog posts!  I am making an attempt to catch up.  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks a blog prompt by Amy Johnson Crow http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/challenge-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/



Naturalization papers

Wilhelm Gustav Skibbe was born on 12 Sep 1857 in Prussia. He and his wife immigrated to the United States in the late 1880's and settled in Chicago.  His wife was named Julia Ann Panzer. In 1897, the year he was naturalized, he and his wife lived at 1245 S 20th St in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States. The 1920 census finds Wilhelm and family in Franklin Township, Pulaski, Indiana.   He appeared in the census on 27 Apr 1910 in Wayne Township, Starke, Indiana, United States.  Information on the 1920 census indicates a possible marriage date of 1884.  The 1920 census taken on 12 Feb 1920 again showed the family living in  Wayne Township, Starke, Indiana. On the  6 May 1930 census records confirm the family living in Wayne Township, Starke, Indiana.   Later  records indicate that he  lived in Henpeck- a section of North Judson.

Wilhelm died apoplexy on 10 Jan 1938 at the age of 80 in Wayne Township, Starke, Indiana. He was buried on 11 Jan 1938 at Saint Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, in Denham, Pulaski, Indiana.   His obituary was published in the North Judson News on 13 Jan 1938 in North Judson, Starke , Indiana.

Wilhelm's obituary states that he fathered eleven children.  I have located the names of ten of the children:  Frieda cir 1887
Meta Emily "May"  1888
William Adolph  1890
Ella  1894
George Theodore  1896
Margaret Edith "Gertie"  1899
Arthur  1901
Edward  1904
Louis W. 1906
Ruth "Olga" 1909

The family lore states that Wilhelm went into business with his brother George Theodore Skibbe or Theodore George Skibbe.  The business of growing grapes failed and the two brothers parted ways.  It is believed that Wilhelm's brother moved to Michigan.

1910 Census indicates naturalization 1889, possible marriage in 1884 possible place of birth - Posen, Parmmen, Germany


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #8 Stella Adams


52 Ancestors: Ancestor #8 Stella Ann Adams.  I am behind in my blog posts!  I am making an attempt to catch up.  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks a blog prompt by Amy Johnson Crow http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/challenge-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/

Stella Ann Adams was born on 25 Aug 1878 in Monroe City, Knox , Indiana, United States.   She was the daughter of James A. Adams and Mahala A. The information listing her father’s name on her death certificate was filled out by her husband Pearl Poundstone.  He listed her mother as unknown.  

She appeared in the census on 23 Jun 1880 in Harrison Township, Knox, Indiana in the household of James B. and Mahala A. Adams.     At the age of 18 she married Pearl Ora Poundstone in Carlisle, Lonoke, Arkansas.

She appeared in the census on 26 Jun 1900 in Cerro Gordo, Piatt, Illinois, United States. Stella appeared in the census on 20 Apr 1910 in Bement, Piatt, Illinois, United States. She died Influenza and pneumonia on 25 Oct 1918 at the age of 40 in Bement, Piatt, Illinois. She was buried on 26 Oct 1918 at Bement Cemetery in Bement, Piatt, Illinois.

Her obituary ran in the Bement Register on October 31, 1918.  The obituary stated that she died at home of influenza.  It also stated that she had given birth to nine children, eight of whom are living.  My records indicate a total of ten children, with one child dying as an infant.



Headstone indicates a birthdate of 1879, death certificate indicates 1878 Stella was also known as Stella Ann Poundstone. She was also known as Stella Pundstone.

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #7: Pearl Ora Poundstone

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #7 Pearl Ora Poundstone I am behind in my blog posts!  I am making an attempt to catch up.  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks a blog prompt by Amy Johnson Crow http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/challenge-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/

Pearl Ora Poundstone was born on 13 Sep 1875 in Young America, Cass, Indiana to Richard and Susannah Zeck Poundstone.  He was the fifth child of six born to the couple.   The household consisted of his parents, three brothers – Josiah Earnest, John Newton, and Otto J., and two sisters Minnie Francis and Daisy B.

Sometime prior to his fifth birthday the family relocated to Illinois.  The family appeared   in the census on 1 Jun 1880 in Whitmore Township, Macon, Illinois.  

By age 21, Ora was living in Carlisle, Arkansas.  It was there that he married Stella Adams on 12 February 1897.  Edna Bell Poundstone was the first child born to the couple.  She was born on 15 Mar 1898 and died 18 Jun 1898.  Roughly a year later, Stella gave birth to Vernon Earl Poundstone on 17 Jul 1899 in Marked Tree, Arkansas.  Sometimes after Vernon’s birth and prior to June 1900, the family moved to Illinois.  The census on 26 Jun 1900 shows the family lived in Cerro Gordo, Piatt, Illinois.

In 1901 The Decatur Review, mentioned under the town of Milmine, reported that “Pearl Poundstone captured a swarm of bees last week.  Pearl made himself so attractive to the bees that they "couldn't stay away".”

The couple had eight more children:  Herbert in 1902, Ival Ward in 1904, Judson in 1906, Lewis abt 1907, Ruby Pearl in 1908, Virgil in 1911, Susannah Beatrice in 1913 and James in 1917.

Ora and family appeared in the census on 20 Apr 1910 in Bement, Piatt, Illinois, United States.  Stella passed away on 25 Oct 1918.  I have no idea how Ora cared for his children, both of his parents had passed away by January of 1919.

March of 1920 finds Ora listed in the Decatur Review in an article titled “Seventeen Join Army In Month”.  “The first month of the United States Army recruiting drive for recruits in the different branches of the regular army has proved a success in Decatur, the local recruiting station having accepted and forwarded to different parts of the world, seventeen young men from Decatur and nearby towns.  The list is as follows: ...Ora P. Poundstone, Bement, Ill., llth, Field Arty…” 

I know that Ora goes off to war but who cared for his children is a mystery. 

Ora married Mary Blanch Fall (previously married name of McCrary) on 29 August of 1928.  Ora appeared in the census on 30 Apr 1930 in Bement, Piatt, Illinois, United States living at 801 N. Morgan Street.   Ora listed has occupation as a Drayman at the Bement Grain Company. 

Ora died of an obstructed colon, cancer of sigmoid, chronic myocarditis on 24 Jul 1960 the age of 84 at Kirby Hospital, 1111 N. State Street in Monticello, Piatt, Illinois.  His obituary was published in the The Bement Register on 24 Jul 1960 in Bement, Piatt, Illinois, United States.

The obituary read:
Ora Pearl Poundstone, 84, resident of Bement since 1904 died Sunday July 24 at 10:00 p.m. in Kirby Hospital where he was taken by ambulance Wednesday of last week.  Funeral services were help at 1 p.m.Wednesday in the Roux Funeral Home with Reverend Harold E. Hall officiating.  Burial was in the Bement Cemetery.
    Mr. Poundstone was born Sept. 13, 1875 in Young America, Indiana, son of Richard and Susannah Poundstone.  He was married to Stella Ann Adams in 1895 at Marked Tree, Arkansas.  A few years later they moved to Milmine and in 1904 to Bement where he had since resided. Mrs. Pounstone died in 1918 during the flu epidemic.
    On August 29, 1928 Mr. Poundstone was married in Decatur to Mrs. Mamie McCroy who survives.  They had loved in their present home for thirty years.
    Besides his wife he leaves six sons and two daughters by his first marriage:  Earl of Bement, Herbert,Judson, and James all of Decatur, Ival of Hotchkiss, Colorado and Virgil of Tacoma, Washington; Mrs. Ruby Clark, Stonington and Mrs. Susannah Despain of Hillsdale.  One daughter died in infancy.
    He also leaves 24 grandchildren, a number of great grand children, two stepdaughters Mrs. Chs. Mansfield, Detroit, Michigan; Mrs. Harry Humes,Whittier, California, and two step-sons, H.E. McCrory, LaCrescenta, California and Alfred McCrory, Desare, Ark.
 


Ora was buried on 27 Jul 1960 at Bement Cemetery in Bement, Piatt, Illinois.  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Lloyd Clark

Lloyd Clark and Fritz in Grandma Clark's back yard, 1968

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #6 Mary Elizabeth Durbin Clark

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #6 Mary Elizabeth Durbin Clark I am behind in my blog posts!  I am making an attempt to catch up.  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks a blog prompt by Amy Johnson Crow http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/challenge-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/

Mary Elizabeth Durbin was born on 23 Nov 1861 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois, United States to Morris and Rachel (Logue) Durbin.  She appeared in the census on 3 Aug 1870 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois, United States.  Her father Morris died in February of 1880 when she was eighteen years old.  She, her mother and siblings appeared in the census on 16 Jun 1880 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois, United States.   
Mary Elizabeth and Charles Clark cir 1940

In December 1880 Mary became pregnant.  There are two stories surrounding her pregnancy.  One was that she became pregnant by a Dial boy that she knew but decided she did not want to marry; the other story was that she was raped by one of the Dial boys in town and refused to marry the culprit.  I have no idea which, if either, of the stories is true.  I do think that making a decision to have a child and not marry during that time period shows that Mary had gusto.
Charles and Mary cir late 1920's


In 1888 Mary married Charles Henry Clark.  Charles was the son of Morris T. and Mary Josephine (Metz) Clark.  Charles’ father died while he was an infant.  His mother remarried and he was raised by her and her new husband Paul Baughman.  The Clark’s, Durbin’s and Baughman’s all resided near each other in Avena, Fayette, Illinois.

Mary appeared in the census on 6 Jun 1900 in Loudon Township, Fayette, Illinois, United States. The 1910 Census shows the family in Loudon Township, Fayette, Illinois.  The 1910 census record indicates that she gave birth to 8 children, 7 living at that time.   I have not yet located Mary and Charles in the 1920 Census. She lived 1524 N. Clinton in Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States on 16 Apr 1930.  The couple lived at 769 N.  Broadway in Decatur, Macon, Illinois.




She died on 9 Feb 1949 at the age of 87 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois of a cerebral hemorrhage.   Mary was buried on 12 Feb 1949 at Saint Bonaventure in Saint Elmo, Fayette, Illinois, United States.

Wordless Wednesday: Urman Family at the lake cir 1942

 Frank Urman in back, Robert  Urman, Danny Urman and George Meyer  (left to right) from about 1942-44 at a lake cottage a group of close families would rent each year. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #5 Charles Henry Clark

I am behind in my blog posts!  I am making an attempt to catch up.  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks a blog prompt by Amy Johnson Crow http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/challenge-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/
Charles, Mary, Lora and Rosemary, and Rita 


Charles Henry Clark was born on 20 Feb 1870 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois, United States. His parents were Morris T. Clark and Mary Josephine Metz.  Charles was the only child born to the couple.  According to an affidavit dated 1-27-1891 by John Durbin, Charles was born on the Durbin Farm.  Charles’ father died less than three months after his birth.  His mother married Paul Baughman the afternoon Morris Clark, Charles’ father, passed away.    Paul and Mary had three children together.   Their union gave Charles a half-sister named Loney J. Baughmann,  two half-brothers Curtis and Joseph Baughman, two step-sisters Liza and Alnora Baughman and a step-brother James Baughman.  He appeared in the census on 3 Aug 1870 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois, United States in the Paul Baughman family including his mother Joesphine, Liza, Alnora, and James.
The 1880 census information for the family was located in Fayette Facts, 1880 Census, transcribed by Alenia McCord, published by the Fayette County Genealogical Society in 1982.  The family was located on page 147.  The family is listed as Powel Baughman, Josephine, Charles (age 10), Christian (Curtis age 5), Lora (5 months). 
When Charles became of age he requested his father’s pension benefits from his service in the Civil War.  His request, unlike his mother’s request for benefits, was allowed.  Charles used the money to buy 40 acres of land, a team of horses, and a wagon. 
He married Mary Elizabeth Durbin on 30 Aug 1888 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois.  Charles was 18 and Mary Elizabeth was twenty-six at the time of their marriage.   The 1900, 1910 census find the Clark family residing in Loudon, Fayette County, Illinois.
He lived 1524 N Clinton in Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States on 16 Apr 1930. Charles died on 15 Apr 1943 at the age of 73 at 1275 East Condit in Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States. He was buried on 17 Apr 1943 at Saint Bonaventure in Saint Elmo, Fayette, Illinois, United States. Saint Bonaventure Cemetery is 2 1/2 miles north of St. Elmo, Fayette County, Illinois.

His obituary was published in the Banner Newspaper on 17 Apr 1943 in Saint Elmo, Fayette, Illinois, United States. C. H. Clark Funeral Services Held in St. Elmo:

Funeral services for the late Charles Henry Clark, former resident of Fayette county, were held at 9:30 o'clock Saturday morning at St. Mary's church in St. Elmo, with interment in St. Bonaventures cemetery there, Moran & Sons funeral home of Decatur in charge.

Mr. Clark, a retired farmer, died at his home in Decatur Thursday morning at 12:45 o'clock after an illness of several years.  He was 73 years of age.  He was born Feb. 20, 1870, in Fayette county, a son of Morris and Josephine Clark.  He was married in Vandalia to Mary E. Durbin, August 21, 1888.

Besides his wife he leaves two sons, Otis E. Clark of Stonington and Louis Clark of Blue Mound; a step-son, Charles Dial, of Brownstown; four daughters, Mrs. Lora Julius, Dalton City; Mrs. Jennie Tipsword, St. Elmo; Mrs. Nellie Tipsword, Beecher City and Mrs. Iva Jones of Decatur; a half-brother, William Magill of Pittsburgh, 33 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.