Sunday, July 6, 2014

52 Ancestors - Eckart

I'm quickly realizing that even though I try and have good intentions with this blog and the challenge overall, I am having a hard time keeping up.  So for now, I will just do what I can when I can.

This next entry is on the Eckart Family, specifically Frederick and his wife Myrta (Moore).  Myrta is my very distant cousin and Frederick her husband.  I am romantic at heart and this might be a case of dying of a true broken heart, or perhaps I watch to many romantic movies!

Frederick Eckart was born in Germany in 1867 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1885.  Some years later he would meet the love of his life, Myrta Moore in 1896.  Myrta was born to a large family in California in 1873.  I was fortunate enough to see all of the censuses of this couple so I was able to see their lives together starting in 1900.  Just married 4 years, they already had 4 children born in rapid succession (all girls). The 1910 census shows 3 more children, with one dying between the 1900 and the 1910 census. I have yet to find the name of that child.  The next 2 decades finds Frederick and Myrta raising their 6 children - 5 girls and 1 boy - and the children moving out and getting married.  The last census is from 1940 and the couple are empty nesters with all of their children grown and moved out.

Myrta and Frederick both died in 1947.  Myrta on July 16th and Frederick on August 3rd.  This is where my romanticized ideas come into play thinking that perhaps Frederick died of a broken heart.  I could be completely wrong and there could be a logical explanation to their deaths being so close together.

Perhaps someone has some information that I have yet to find?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

52 Ancestors - Theresa Vlack

It's been a little while since I've worked on my family tree much less posted on my blog.  I just haven't found anyone that I wanted to write about until this little mystery appeared on my tree.

Theresa Vlack was the wife of my 1st cousin 4x removed.  I usually don't do much research into the wives or husbands of non direct relatives, but I was curious with this one.

Theresa was born in Austria in 1885 and arrived in the United States in the year 1900.  4 years later she would marry Frank Engerman. I next find her in the Massachusetts 1910 census, but then I cannot find Frank or Theresa anywhere else. Their youngest son Anthony was born in 1914, so they at least lived until that year.  In the 1920 census their 3 living children, Jacob, Alice and Anthony are all living with aunts and uncles.  Jacob and Alice with one family and Anthony with the other.  The only conclusion I can come up with is that Frank and Theresa passed away, but I'm surprised I can't find anything about it. Also, I can't imagine the children being separated... how devastating for them it must have been.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

52 Ancestors - Richard Lyman - One of the founders of Hartford, CT

I am extremely fortunate to have long family lines in New England.  Because of this I have found many ancestors that were founders of cities and towns and my 11x great grandfather, Richard Lyman, is no different.

Richard Lyman was born in 1580 is Essex, England to Henry and Elizabeth (Rande) Lyman. Richard married Sarah Osborne and they, along with their 5 living children made the voyage over to America in 1631.  They traveled on a ship called the "lion" along with 60 other people.  It appears that they landed in Roxbury, MA, but I'm not certain of that and settled in Charlestown, MA.  In 1635 they family left Massachusetts with Reverend Thomas Hooker to be able to practice their Puritan beliefs.  They landed in Connecticut and was one of the founders of Hartford, CT.  He would die 5 years later in 1640.

Richard's daughter, Phillis (my 10x great grandmother) married William Hills Sr. who was also one of the founders of Hartford.  A few generations down the line, William Hills great grandson, Pelatiah Loveland married Mollie Sparks who is the great, great granddaughter of John Skinner who is another founder of Hartford.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

52 Ancestors - Camilla Gaye Beard

While going through the records of the thousands of relatives I have discovered, nothing breaks my heart more than seeing the death certificate of a child.

Camilla Gaye Beard was born in September of 1939 to Jimmy Beard and Mildred Beard (Bearden). She died on October 27th 1944 due to "Fall from moving automobile" according to the death certificate.  She had just turned 5 years old.  It breaks my heart what this family had to go through and I'm curious the situation surrounding the accident.  Was it very easy for a child in the backseat to open the car door?  Were there convertibles around back then and maybe that's how she fell out?  Either way, my heart breaks for my 4th cousin 2x removed.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

52 Ancestors - Nancy Crisp

I found a wealth of information for my 4x great grandparents Nancy Crisp and James Monroe Bailey, but I'm having a hard time going back further.

Nancy Elizabeth Crisp was born November of 1830 in Kentucky. She married James Bailey in 1846 in Texas and had 9 children together.  Since she was only 16 at the time, I'm unsure as to how or why she moved from Kentucky to Texas, as I'm unsure of any brothers or sisters.  The earliest census I can find is from 1850 and she is already married at that time.

Her parents might be William Walter Crisp and Elizabeth Matthews and I also believe that she had a brother, John Crisp who was hanged, in Gainesville, Texas after being accused of being a Union sympathizer during the Civil War.  Just reading some of the names of his relatives leads me to believe I am on the correct family line.  Some of the names were carried down throughout my family and they are not common names.

I know what my next genealogical project will be!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

52 Ancestors - Lola Fae Wales

While discovering another surname, I came across the Wales family.

Lola was born in February of 1902 in Texas.  She was the youngest of 4 siblings. What struck me most about Lola was the fact that she had rented her own home in 1930 with 3 other ladies.  All were public school teachers.  The 1940 census shows her renting a room from another family.  This census also showed education and Lola is listed her education as C-5.  That could mean that she was in school to get her Master's degree or perhaps already obtained it.  She is the first family member of either gender, that I know of, that has obtained such a high degree.  I feel this sense of awe of Lola because during that time, I believe, that women were expected to stay home and be wives and mothers instead of getting an education.  I can't find any records of her being married and her gravestone has her maiden name.

Friday, March 7, 2014

52 Ancestors - Bolivar Ralph Muniz

For this week's post I wanted to do something a little different.  This post is about my best friend's search to find her paternal side of the family.  I'm hoping that by putting it out into the universe maybe someone has the answers she has been seeking for a number of years.

Most of this information came from public addresses and from familia rumors since my best friend has never known her father.

What I have found for her so far is that Bolivar Ralph Muniz was born in New York in January 1952, but not sure to who.  He lived throughout Western Massachusetts until 1995 where he moved to Florida.  He was arrested in Florida during the same time and unfortunately passed away in September of 1997.  She has no idea who his parents or relatives were.