Louis Aloysius Miller Jr.

Documented History


Louis Aloysius Jr. was born on 13 May 1932 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. According to his birth record on ancestry, his mom was Mary Gunterman. According to the U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Louis’ parents were Mary K Gunterman and Louis A Miller.

LAMJ 1940 US Census - Orphanage

LAMJ 1940 US Census – Orphanage

 

I believe Louis may have lived in Saint Thomas Orphanage in Rural, Oldham, Kentucky in 1940 according to the census record for that year. He was 7 years old at the time and in 2nd grade. Also listed with him is Joseph Miller, 11 years old, and in 3rd grade. The census record lists them as inmates. That being said, I cannot confirm that this is the same Louis Miller. There is no personally identifiable information to ascertain for sure that this is the same person.

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I read the book shown above, The Unbreakable Child, which was written by one of the orphans that lived at the St. Thomas Orphanage.  It was a hard read emotionally as those children were abused regularly in that orphanage.  One can only hope that I don’t have ancestors that had the misfortune of living there.  But if Luis was an orphan there, it might help explain some of what I know about him.

LAMJ 1940 US Census - Louis

LAMJ 1940 US Census – Louis

 

I know that he left the family when the 10th child was born.  I know that he continued to send money to the family to help ensure the children were taken care of.  I think perhaps if he did come from an orphanage, maybe having so many children was causing internal emotional issues that he couldn’t handle.

LAMJ 1940 US Census - Supplementary Questions

LAMJ 1940 US Census – Supplementary Questions

 

In his letters, he was very apologetic about things.  He seemed to be real hard on himself and kind of down.  I would expect this type of personality to come from an orphanage.  But I need to re-iterate here that I have no evidence yet that he was in the St. Thomas Orphanage.  The 1940 Census record does not include enough information to know, without a doubt, that it was indeed the same Louis Miller.

According to the U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010, Louis enlisted into the Air Force on 25 September 1950. He was released from the Air Force on 4 May 1952. His birth date is listed as 13 May 1931. His death date is listed as 3 January 1996.

 

Marriage


Louis married Yolande A Biver on June 14, 1952 according to the Marion County, Indiana Marriage Index. He was 20 years old. Yolande was 19 years old.

LAMJ US City Directories

LAMJ US City Directories

 

Louis lived at 6136 Nimitz, Indianapolis, Indiana with Yolande according to U.S. City Directories 1821 – 1989. He was 24 years old. She was 23. He was an installer for the telephone company.

6136 Nimitz Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana in June 2011

6136 Nimitz Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana in June 2011

 

Louis lived in New York, New York, 10008-0116 in 1983 according to U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1. This was after he left the family. He continued to support the family by sending money to Yolande. He was 51 years old at this time.

399 Passaic St, Hackensack, New Jersey in Aug 2012

399 Passaic St, Hackensack, New Jersey in Aug 2012

 

Louis lived at 399 Passaic St, Apartment 1, Hackensack, New Jersey, 07601-1543 in 1993 according to U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1. He was 61 years old at this time.

I was contacted by someone recently that knew Louis.  I will not be posting any personal information about my contact to protect the living.  However, he has given permission to post the information he was able to provide me about Louis.

Louis Aloysius Miller Jr

Louis Aloysius Miller Jr

 

In his original email, he sent the photo above of Louis.  He took the picture of that portrait while visiting a female member of his family.  He explained that Louis met her in an airport, presumably in Indianapolis, while waiting to fly back to New York after the Indy 500.  He wasn’t sure which year.  She mentioned knowing that he had been married in the past but was not aware of children and did not pry on his personal affairs.

We will call her his companion as they never lived together but were very close for a long time.  They use to travel together, often to Georgia to visit her family, and they would stay in separate hotel rooms.

Louis Aloysius Miller Jr

Louis (middle) with sibling and parents of his long time companion in 1967.

 

My contact described him as a very handy guy, good at understanding how things work and fixing them, whether electronic or not.  There’s a nice display cabinet in her apartment that he made, with their initials intertwined.  He worked with this gentleman’s father to create a seven card stud poker game for the Commodore 64 computer, and later for the IBM PC.  In fact, he has a copy that he says sorta works on a modern computer.

Death


Louis died at 9:13pm on 3 January 1996 in Hackensack, New Jersey at Wellington Hall Nursing Home. He was 63 years old at the time of his death.  According to U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Louis is resting in Memorial Park Cemetery with his wife Yolande A. Biver.

YAB Headstone

YAB Headstone

 

Louis is one of my big mysteries.  I never met him and I’ve heard some stories about him, but I am unable to find much information on him.  I heard that he had some patents, something to do with putting lights to music.  I know that he wrote some letters to some of my relatives, a few of which I have in my possession.  However, I am not including them here yet…again, to protect the living.  Maybe one day I’ll redact the names in the letters and post them anyway.

If you knew Luis and would like to share your memories of him, I’d love for you to put them in the comments box below.  I did not know him but I wish I would’ve met him.  He sounds like a very interesting guy.

As always, I’ll continue to update this post as I find additional information.

Take Care,

~Kris

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Muguette Kathern Biver

Documented History


Muguette Kathern Lucy Biver was born 30 August 1922 in Elizabeth City, Virginia according to Virginia, Birth Records, 1912-2014, Delayed Birth Records, 1854-1911.

In 1930, per the United States Federal Census, Muguette lived with her parents and sister at 53 Kelly Ave, . Her parents were Clemens Biver, age 37, and Mary A., age 27. Clemens and his parents were born in Lorraine, France. He immigrated to the United States in 1911 and was naturalized. Clemens was a carrier for the post office.

MKB 1930 US Federal Census

MKB 1930 US Federal Census

 

Mary and her parents were born in Brest, France. She immigrated to the United States in 1921 and was also naturalized. Both were French speaking. Mary was 18 years old when she married Clemens, he was 28. Muguette’s sister, Lucette, was 5 and Muguette was 7 years old at the time, they were both born in Virginia.

MKB 1940 US Federal Census

MKB 1940 US Federal Census

 

In 1940, Muguette lived at 53 North Kelly, in Phoebus, Elizabeth City, Virginia according to the 1940 Census. She lived with her parents, Clarence age 47 and Mary age 37 Biver, as well as her sisters, Lucille age 16 and Yolande, age 7. Muguette was 18 years old. Clarence owned the house and its approximate value was $5,000 at the time. Muguette and her sisters were born in Virginia. Clarence was a parcel post carrier for the post office.


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Marriage


Muguette married Joseph Stanley Rovansek on 11 May 1940 in Ft. Monroe, Virginia. Muguette’s parents are listed as Clemens Biver and Mary Augusta Piquet. Muguette was 18 years old at the time.

MKB 1940 Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014

MKB 1940 Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014

 

Joseph was 27 years old. He was a soldier born in Johnston, Pennsylvania. He lived at Fort Monroe, Virginia. His parents were Vid Rovansek and Katherine Belec.

MKB 1948 Arrival from Japan - Redacted

MKB 1948 Arrival from Japan – Redacted

 

Muguette and her children arrived in Seattle, Washington on 18 August 1948 aboard the USAT “Edmund B. Alexander”, sailing from Yokohama, Japan on 7 August 1948. Her children were with her, though I have redacted their names and birthdays to protect the living.

MKB 1955 U.S. City Directories

MKB 1955 U.S. City Directories

 

Muguette and Joseph lived at 2209 N. Meade, Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1955 per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

2209 N Meade

2209 N Meade in 2015

 

Muguette and family arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii on 10 August 1959 on the ship President Wilson from Vancouver per Honolulu, Hawaii, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1900-1959.

MKB 1959 Arrival to Hawaii - Redacted

MKB 1959 Arrival to Hawaii – Redacted

 

Muguette and Joseph lived at 1860 Ala Moana Blvd, Apt 1008, Honolulu, Hawaii in 1974, per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. Joseph was an employee with the United States Army Reserves at the time.

MKB 1973 U.S. City Directories

MKB 1973 U.S. City Directories

 

Muguette and Joseph lived at 1860 Ala Moana Blvd, Apt 1008, Honolulu, Hawaii in 1975, per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. Joseph was an employee with the United States Army Reserves at the time.

MKB 1860 Ala Moana Blvd

MKB 1860 Ala Moana Blvd in 2015

 

Muguette lived at 26624 S. Fair Oaks Ct., Sun Lakes, Arizona, 85248-9256 in 1993 through 1999, per U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1.

 

Death


According to U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Muguette passed away on 15 December 2012 in Sun Lakes, Arizona at the age of 90. She is now resting in Georgia Memorial Park, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia. Her Find A Grave Memorial is #103357179 and there is another one: 104044989.

MKB Find A Grave Memorial

MKB Find A Grave Memorial

 

If you knew Muguette and would like to share her memories, please leave them in the comments box below.  Let’s keep her memory alive.

I will update this post if I find any additional information about Muguette.

That’s all for now,

~Kris

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Yolande Annie Biver

Documented History


Yolande Anne Biver was born on 26 August 1933 according to U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 and Virginia, Birth Records, 1912-2014, Delayed Birth Records, 1854-1911.  She is the first ancestor I am studying for the Biver family.

YAB 1940 US Federal Census

YAB 1940 US Federal Census

 

In 1940, Yolande lived at 53 North Kelly, in Phoebus, Elizabeth City, Virginia according to the 1940 Census. She lived with her parents, Clarence age 47 and Mary age 37 Biver, as well as her sisters, Muguette age 18 and Lucille age 16. Yolande was 7 years old. Clarence owned the house and its approximate value was $5,000 at the time. Yolande was in second grade at the time. Yolande and her sisters were born in Virginia. Clarence was a parcel post carrier for the post office.

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Marriage


Yolande married Louis Miller on 14 June 1952 according to Marion County, Indiana, Marriage Index, 1925-2012. Yolande was 18 years old.

YAB 1956 U.S. City Directories

YAB 1956 U.S. City Directories

 

In 1956, Yolande and Louis lived at 130 Nlmltz Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana according to U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989. Louis was an install tech at a telephone company. Yolande was 23 years old at the time.

7610 E. 35th Street

7610 E. 35th Street

 

Yolande lived at 7610 East 35th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46226-5818 according to U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1. This was the house that all of her children grew up in and she stayed in it until she passed away. Her phone number there was 317-546-1600. She was 60 years old.

 

Death


Yolande passed away on 28 February 2009 according to the U.S. Social Security Death Index. She passed at 75 years old. She passed at 12.26pm, per Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. She passed away at home at 7610 E. 35th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana due to cardiomyopathy and acute heart failure due to significant mitral regurgitation.

YAB Death Certificate

YAB Death Certificate

 

She had been a widowed homemaker. She left behind 10 children, 25 grandchildren, and 45 great grandchildren. Her date of birth is listed as 26 August 1933 in Phoebus, Virginia to Clemence Biver and Maria Piquet. The informant was her eldest son.

YAB Headstone

YAB Headstone

 

Yolande was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana where she now rests in Section 32 next to her one and only love, Louis Aloysius Miller, Jr. Be sure to visit her memorial at Find A Grave.

This is about all I’ve found for Yolande Annie.  I know that she went by Yo and loved yellow roses and that she was a pretty strict parent and grandparent but she loved purely and deeply.  If you knew her or are related to her and would like to share some memories of how Yolande’s life inspired yours, please don’t hesitate to leave it in the comments section below.

As always, I’ll update this post as I find additional information for Yo.

Talk soon,

~Kris

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Lois Catherine Buchanan

Documented History


Lois Catherine Buchanan was born 19 August 1914 according to Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 in Ridgeway, Illinois to Maurice Buchanan and Pearl Wilton.

LCB 1920 US Federal Census

LCB 1920 US Federal Census

 

Lois lived with her parents and siblings on Lafayette Street, Winslow, Pike County, Indiana according to the 1920 United States Federal Census. Morris G. Buchanan was 36, his wife Pearl was 29 years old. Versa was 9, Charles and Carlin were 7, and Lois was 5 years old. Maurice was a Preacher.

LCB 1930 US Federal Census

LCB 1930 US Federal Census

 

According to the 1930 United States Federal Census, Lois lived with her parents and siblings in Loogootee, Martin County, Indiana. Her father, Maurice Buchanan, was 46 years old and working as a Methodist Pastor. Her mother, Pearl, was 39 years old. Carlin and his twin, Charles, were 17 and Lois, was 15 years old. Maurice’s mother was born in Missouri. The rest were born in Illinois.

 

Marriage


Lois married Robert Boone on 4 October 1935 in Marion County, Indiana per Web: Marion County, Indiana, Marriage Index, 1925-2012.

LCB 1936 U.S. City Directories

LCB 1936 U.S. City Directories

 

According to U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Robert and Lois lived at 556 N. Gray, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1936. Robert was a Serviceman with Royal Typewriter Company.

LCB 1960 U.S. City Directories

LCB 1960 U.S. City Directories

 

In 1960, per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Robert and Lois lived at 2730 E. 62nd, Indianapolis, Indiana. Robert was a General Manager at Messrs Scholer & Waters.


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On 24 June 1978, Lois married James Kiraly in Marion County, Indiana according to Web: Marion County, Indiana, Marriage Index, 1925-2012. According to Indiana, Marriage Certificates, 1958-2005, James Steven Kiraly was 66 years old, born in Ohio. He was retired at the time and lived at 8238 N. Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, Indiana. His previous marriage ended by death. He was Protestant.

LCB 1978 Marriage Certificate

LCB 1978 Marriage Certificate

 

Lois Catherine Boone was 63 years old and divorced from Robert Boone. She was born in Illinois and lived at 6649 Riverfront Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. She worked as a Secretary and was also Protestant.

Lois lived at 8238 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 16240-2246 in 1992 according to U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1.

 

Death


Lois Catherine passed away on 15 February 2007 at 4:00am at 92 years old at the Clearwater Commons facility in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. Her cause of death is listed as Dementia on Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 which she had been suffering from for 9 years. She also had Coronary Artery Disease. The informant was her son, Mike Boone.

LCB 2007 Death Certificate

LCB 2007 Death Certificate

 

Per Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Lois was buried 20 February 2007 in Crown Hill Cemetery. Her spouse was James Steven Kiraly.  Visit Lois’ memorial on Find A Grave.

LCB 2007 Find A Grave Memorial

LCB 2007 Find A Grave Memorial

 

If you have memories of Lois that you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments box below.  I will most definitely come back and update this post as I find additional information on Lois.

Until next time,

~Kris

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Philip Carlin Buchanan

Documented History


Philip Carlin Buchanan was born 4 January 1913 in Shawneetown, Illinois per Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. His parents were Maurice Buchanan and Pearl Wilton.

PCB 1920 US Federal Census

PCB 1920 US Federal Census

 

Carlin lived with his parents and siblings on Lafayette Street, Winslow, Pike County, Indiana according to the 1920 United States Federal Census. Morris G. Buchanan was 36, his wife Pearl was 29 years old. Versa was 9, Charles and Carlin were 7, and Lois was 5 years old. Maurice was a Preacher.

PCB 1930 US Federal Census

PCB 1930 US Federal Census

 

According to the 1930 United States Federal Census, Carlin lived with his parents and siblings in Loogootee, Martin County, Indiana. His father, Maurice Buchanan, was 46 years old and working as a Methodist Pastor. His mother, Pearl, was 39 years old. He and his twin, Charles, were 17 and their sister, Lois, was 15 years old. Maurice’s mother was born in Missouri. The rest were born in Illinois.

PCB 1934 U.S. City Directories

PCB 1934 U.S. City Directories

 

In 1934, per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Carlin lived at 1233 N. State Av, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

PCB 1233 N. State Ave

PCB 1233 N. State Ave in 2014

 

Marriage


Carlin married Theresa L. Owens on 17 April 1935 in Marion County, Indiana, per Web: Marion County, Indiana, Marriage Index, 1925-2012.

PCB 1936 U.S. City Directories

PCB 1936 U.S. City Directories

 

Carlin lived at 2036 Houston, Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife Theresa L. in 1936, per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. He was a shipping clerk with Royal Typewriter Co.

PCB 2036 Houston St

PCB 2036 Houston St in 2014

 

Carlin and Theresa had a baby girl on 19 April 1936 in Indianapolis, Indiana at 10:07pm. They named her Theresa Anita Buchanan. At the time, they lived at 2036 Hueston Street.

PCB 1936 Birth of Daughter Theresa Anita

PCB 1936 Birth of Daughter Theresa Anita

 

Carlin was 23 and Theresa was 22 years old. Carlin was a shipping clerk with Royal Typewriting Co. for a year. Theresa was a housewife.

PCB 1937 Birth of Daughter Carolyn Lois

PCB 1937 Birth of Daughter Carolyn Lois

 

Carlin and Theresa had another baby girl on 13 June 1937 at 9:41pm. They named her Carolyn Lois Buchanan. At the time, they lived at 3347 E. 20th, Indianapolis, Indiana. Carlin was 24 years old working as a Vacuum Sweeper Co. Salesman.

PCB 1940 US Federal Census

PCB 1940 US Federal Census

 

According to the 1940 United States Federal Census, Carlin lived with his wife and daughters at 2831 Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. He worked services and sales with a Typewriter Co. He was 29 years old. He was born in Illinois, the other three were born in Indiana. His wife was Theresa, age 23. Their daughter Anita was 3 and Carolyn was 5. Carlin received $832 in wages. He paid $20 per month in rent.



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PCB 1952 U.S. City Directories

PCB 1952 U.S. City Directories

 

In 1952, Carlin and Theresa lived at 3966 Winthrop Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

 

Death


Philip Carlin passed away at St. John’s Hospital in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana at 3:00pm on 5 January 1967 due to Exsanguination due to Ruptured Esophageal Varicose Vein due to Nutritional Chassis that had onset 36 hours prior. He was 54 years old as the time living at 661 Easy Street, Glendale Heights, Illinois. The informant was his son-in-law, Michael Feeney.

PCB 1967 Death Certificate

PCB 1967 Death Certificate

 

According to Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Philip Carlin Buchanan was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery on 9 January 1967.  Find A Grave had a memorial for Carlin but it did not contain much information on him, just his burial date.  It also didn’t have a photo of his headstone.  I updated the information and requested a photo of his headstone.  I will update this post as I get more information and photos.

If you have information you’d like to share about Carlin’s life, please leave it in the comments section below.  Let’s keep his memories alive for his descendants!

That’s all for now,

~Kris

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Versa E Buchanan

Documented History


According to Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Versa E Buchanan was born 24 July 1910 in St. Francisville, Illinois to Maurice G. Buchanan and Pearl Wilton.

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According to the 1920 United States Federal Census, Versa lived with her parents and siblings on Lafayette Street, Winslow, Pike County, Indiana. Her parents, Maurice Grant and Pearl Winton were ages 36 and 29 respectively. Maurice (shown as Morris on the record) was a Church Preacher.

VB 1920 US Federal Census

VB 1920 US Federal Census

 

Versa was 9 years old. Her twin brothers, Charles and Carlin were 7 years old. Their little sister, Lois, was 5 years old. Maurice’s father was born in Indiana, his mother was born in Missouri. Everybody else was born in Illinois.

VEB 1955 U.S. City Directories

VEB 1955 U.S. City Directories

 

Versa and her husband, Robert E., lived at 6171 Burlington Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, per U.S. city Directories, 1822-1995 in 1955. Robert was a salesman with J& L Agency Inc.

VEB 1959 U.S. City Directories

VEB 1959 U.S. City Directories

 

Versa and her husband, Robert E, lived at 6171 Burlington Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, per U.S. city Directories, 1822-1995 in 1959. Robert was in real estate.

Death


Versa passed away at 12:00am on 27 March 1998 per Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. She was 87 years old at the time and passed away from Severe COPD in stage due to cigarette smoking for many years. She was an inpatient at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana when she passed. She had been suffering from Severe Gastroesophageal reflux, Malnutrition, advanced age, and poor swallowing.

VB 1998 Death Certificate

VB 1998 Death Certificate

 

Her name is listed as Versa E. Laird and she was a widow. She had been a portrait artist born in St. Francisville, Illinois on 24 July 1910. The informant was Dennis Boone, Versa’s nephew.

VEB 1998 Headstone

VEB 1998 Headstone

 

Versa was buried on 1 April 1998 in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.  She is buried in Section 78, Lot 161.  Be sure to check out her memorial on Find A Grave.

Like always, I will update this post as I find additional information for Versa.  In the meantime, if you knew her or are related and would like to share some of her precious memories, please leave your stories in the comments box below so her memories may stay alive for her descendants.

Stay tuned,

~Kris

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Irvin Benjamin Smith

Documented History


Irvin Ben Smith was born 15 March 1885 in Lawrence, Indiana, per Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941. His death certificate confirms his birthdate and states he was born in Lawrence, Indiana to John F. Smith and Nancy Ann Newhouse.

 

Marriage


Irvin Ben Smith married Lulu Sanders on 16 April 1913 in Marion County, Indiana according to Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993 and Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941.


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Irvin Ben Smith married Helen Marie Blake on 8 November 1916 in Marion County, Indiana according to Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993 and Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941.

IBS 1918 WWI Draft

IBS 1918 WWI Draft

 

Irvin registered for the World War I draft on 12 September 1918, per U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. His permanent address at the time was 602 Woodlawn, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. He worked as a Welder at a Metal Company. His wife was Helen Smith and she lived at 1456 Naomi Street. Irvin described himself as short with a medium build, blue eyes and medium hair.

IBS 1942 WWII Draft Card

IBS 1942 WWII Draft Card

 

Irvin registered for the World War II draft when he was 57 years old, per U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942. The draft registration card confirms his birthdate as 15 March 1885 and lists Alta M. Smith as a person who will always know his address. He was self-employed and lived at RR10 Box 553, Warren, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.

 

Death


Irvin passed away on 26 January 1947 at 6am due to Pulmonary Tuberculosis. He was in the hospital undergoing treatment from 3 October 1946 through his death. He was 61 years, 10 months, and 11 days when he passed. He had been divorced and his usual occupation was Transfer & Trucking. He was self-employed. Irene McCarty was the informant. Irvin was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery on 29 January 1947.

That’s it for now, not much information on Irvin Benjamin Smith.  Of course if you knew him or have memories you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below to keep his memories alive.  As always, I’ll update this page as I find additional information.

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~Kris

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Buchanan Family History

Buchanan Surname



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The Buchanan Family is what sparked my interest in researching our family history.  When I was a little girl, I heard that former President James Buchanan was my 5 x’s Great Uncle.  So, naturally, I set out to see if that was true…and how he was related exactly…more on that later.  And now here we are today.

I did a quick search on Ancestry.com to find the origin of the surname Buchanan.  Buchanan originated in Scotland.  Interestingly, my great aunt visited Scotland once and we she returned, she reported that she felt like she was at home there.  Like she belonged there.

Fortunately, Ancestry seems to have over 3 million records for the Buchanan surname, which is amazing!  Researching this line of genealogy should be fairly easy, right?

Buchanan Surname

Buchanan Surname

 

Buchanan Family Distribution

Buchanan Family Distribution

The Buchanan families seem to have immigrated all over the United States.

While it looks like most of them immigrated to the eastern regions of the United States, many immigrated to Texas and California as well.

I don’t yet know where her parents were born so I’m not sure how far back in the Applegate line that they immigrated.  Based on the time frame, I would venture to guess that it would’ve been her grand parents or great grandparents that immigrated.

I really wonder how our ancestors decided where to immigrate to.  How did they decide where to go?

Buchanan Immigration

Buchanan Immigration

My DNA shows that I am 28% Irish which includes Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.  I think it’s safe to say I inherited a bit of Buchanan blood here.

According to Ancestry.com, the great majority of Buchanan’s came from Scotland and Ireland with a select few coming from England, Great Britain, Britain, and Germany.

I would definitely be interested in traveling over to Scotland to see if I feel the same connection that my great aunt did when she went over there.

That would be so cool to feel a deep rooted connection in the area that my ancestors came from.

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Buchanan Immigration Year

Buchanan Immigration Year

It seems the Buchanan families immigrated to the United States mostly between 1851 and 1891.

Again, I’d very much like to know why they immigrated.  What prompted their decisions to leave?  Where did they intend to go?  What did they intend to do?

There are just so many questions!

The biggest spikes seem to be around 1870 and again in 1885ish.  I wonder if something was going on in Scotland and Ireland in those years that prompted a decision to get out.  I’ll have to look into that further.  Maybe I could at least get a general idea of why they may have left.

Most Buchanan’s seem to have been farmers.  This is pretty consistent with what I’ve seen in my research so far.

Buchanan Family Occupations

Buchanan Family Occupations

I’ve found that most wives, prior to the 1900’s, were housekeepers or housewives.  So it’s not surprising to see the 6% in this chart.

I think Farmers and Laborers are pretty typical jobs for the 1800s and early 1900s.  I’ve seen many of each in all lines that I’ve researched so far.

I will be on the lookout for any Buchanan’s that interesting jobs, aside from just farming.  I know for sure that there was a Methodist Pastor in this line.  So that’s different from the norm at least.

I wonder what other interesting occupations I’ll find in my research.

 

Buchanan Members I’ve Researched So Far


Buchanan Life Expectancy

Buchanan Life Expectancy

Finally, it looks like the Buchanan family life expectancy has been pretty close to that of the general public.

It seems as though many lived to see their 70s.

I do find it interesting that life expectancy spiked in the late 50s by over 20 years!  It’s commonly known the technological advances began in the 50s, perhaps this is the reason for the spike.

I think researchers are still trying to pin down the reasons for such differences.  So I will continue focusing on my own ancestors and let the scientists tackle that question.

Not a lot of information just yet on this line as I’ve only researched one person so far.  But, as always, I will come back and update this page as I find more information.  So much to do, so little time!

Buchanan Civil War Records

Buchanan Civil War Records

It would be nice to know more about these ancestors.  Where did they come from before Indiana?  Why did they immigrate to the United States?  Are there any notable or famous ancestors in this line?

Have you found Buchanan in your family tree yet?  If so, I’d love to hear from you!

Even if you haven’t, have you found reliable places to research the history of your family name?  I’d love to know where to go to find out facts about surnames that are accurate and can provide some of the history behind the name.  Do share and let us know how you do it.  Just drop a line in the comments below.

That’s all for now, I’ll check back regularly and update this page as I find additional information.

Happy searching!

~Kris

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George Washington Applegate

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George Thomas Applegate

 

Documented History


George W Applegate was born in Jackson County, Indiana on 21 April 1857, per Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. His parents were Mose Applegate, born in Kentucky, and Elizabeth Bridges, also born in Kentucky.

GWA 1860 United States Federal Census

GWA 1860 United States Federal Census

 

In 1860, George W lived with his parents in Vernon, Jackson County, Indiana per the 1860 United States Federal Census. His parents were listed as Moses and Elizabeth Applegate. George was 4 years old at the time. Moses was 35, Elizabeth was 30. Moses was a doctor. Sarah J. Applegate was 9 years old.

GWA 1860 US Federal Census

GWA 1860 US Federal Census

 

William Applegate was 30, maybe 32. James F Mitchel M.D. was also living with them. He was 22 years old and an M.D. William was a Carpenter. Moses’ real estate was valued at 800, his personal estate was valued at 500. William’s real estate was valued at 600, his personal estate also valued at 500. James Mitchel’s personal estate was valued at 1,000.

GWA 1870 US Federal Census - 1

GWA 1870 US Federal Census – 1

 

According to the 1870 United States Federal Census, Moses and Elizabeth Applegate lived in Vernon, Jackson County, Indiana still. Moses was a Physician. The value of his real estate was 300, the value of his personal estate was 400. The census shows that he could not write. He was 45 years old at the time. Elizabeth was 40.

GWA 1870 US Federal Census - 2

GWA 1870 US Federal Census – 2

 

Sarah was 20. George was 13. Nancy was 9. Fielding was 7, and John was 2. Saml Applegate (Possibly Moses’ father?) was also living with them, he was 71 years old and worked as a Mill Wright. He was from New York. Conrad and Jena Crutchback also lived there. Conrad was 56, Jena was 13, both from Saxony. Conrad was a Grocer. The value of his real estate was 1,700. The value of his personal estate was 1,200.

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Marriage


George W. married Sarilda White on 29 June 1890 in Jackson County, Indiana.

GWA 1890 Marriage Certificate

GWA 1890 Marriage Certificate

 

According to the 1900 United States Federal Census, George lived with his wife and children in Jackson County, Vernon Township, Crothersville, Indiana on 19 June 1900. George W. and Serilda Applegate were married 10 years. George was born in April 1857 and was 43 years old. Serilda was born in July 1872 and was 27 years old. Serilda had 5 children, 4 of which were still alive.

GWA 1900 US Federal Census

GWA 1900 US Federal Census

 

Their children living with them were John W., born May 1891 (9 years old); Elsie M., born January 1893 (Age 7 years old); Edna M., born December 1894 (Age 5 years old); and George, born August 1899 (Age 9 months). Serilda’s sister Cora B. White, born August 1880 (Age 19) was there at the time as well, which tells me that Serilda’s maiden name was White. All were born in Indiana. George was a Drayman who owned his house.

GWA 1906 Lawsuit January

GWA 1906 Lawsuit January

 

According to the Brownstone Banner, George took Henry Toppe to court requesting $5,000 for alienating his wife’s affections.

GWA 1906 Lawsuit February

GWA 1906 Lawsuit February

 

A few months later, he was in court again as Serilda was requesting a divorce and alimony. Judge Lewis refused to grant a divorce to either party.  But they did end up getting divorced in September of the same year.

GWA 1906 Lawsuit May

GWA 1906 Lawsuit May

 

George Washington Applegate married Sarah Alice Silence on 7 November 1907 in Jackson County, Indiana.

GWA 1907 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001-1

GWA 1907 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001-1

 

George was born in Vernon Township, Jackson County, Indiana on 21 April 1857. He was a Drayman living in Crothersville, Indiana. His father was Moses Applegate born in Jackson County, Indiana and worked as a Doctor before he passed.

GWA 1907 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001-2

GWA 1907 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001-2

 

His mother was Elizabeth Bridges who was a housewife born in Jennings County, Indiana. She had also passed away. George had been married once before but divorced in September of 1906.

GWA 1907 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001-3

GWA 1907 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001-3

 

Sarah Alice was born 9 March 1859 in Crothersville, Indiana. She was working as a housewife. Her father was David Rider from Germany. Had had been a farmer before his passing.

GWA 1907 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001-4

GWA 1907 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001-4

 

Her mother was Emaline McGlothlin from Washington County, Indiana. She had also passed. Sarah Alice had also been married once before but her former husband passed away on 24 June 1897.

GWA 1910 US Federal Census

GWA 1910 US Federal Census

 

In 1910, according to the United States Federal Census, George lived with his wife Sarah A. on Slate Ford Pike, Crothersville, Indiana. George’s son John and Sarah’s daughter Minnie F. also lived with them. George was 52, Sarah was 51, John was 18, and Minnie was 17 years old. Sarah had 5 children, all still alive at the time.

GWA 1920 US Federal Census

GWA 1920 US Federal Census

 

According to the 1920 United States Federal Census, George and Alice (Sarah) lived on Moore Street, Crothersville, Indiana with daughter (step) Minnie. George was 62 years old working as a City Drayman. Minnie was 25 years old working as a Telephone Operator. Alice was 60 years old.

GWA 1930 US Federal Census

GWA 1930 US Federal Census

 

George and Sarah A. lived on 306 Moore Street still according to the 1930 United States Federal Census. George was 72 and Sarah was 71 years old. George was 33 when he first married. Sarah was 16 when she first married. George was a Trucker at the time. He owned their house which was valued at $1,700.

GWA 1940 US Federal Census

GWA 1940 US Federal Census

 

In 1940, according to the United States Federal Census, George and Sarah still lived at 306 Moore Street. George was 82, Sarah was 81 years old. George was retired by this time.

 

Death


George W Applegate passed away at 2:30 am on 10 January 1945 in Schnick Hospital in Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana, per Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. He had been living in Crothersville. He had been in the hospital since 27 December 1944. His cause of death is listed as Senility. So basically he died of old age. He was 87 years, 8 months and 9 days when he passed.

GWA 1945 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011

GWA 1945 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011

 

He was married to Alice Applegate who was 84 years old at the time. George was born in Jackson County, Indiana on 21 April 1857 and was a retired Truckman. His parents were Mose Applegate, born in Kentucky, and Elizabeth Bridges, also born in Kentucky. The informant of George’s death was his daughter, Elsie Tudor, which is how I am able to confirm he is the correct George W. At the time, Elsie lived at 2110 E. 75th St., Indianapolis, Indiana.

GWA 1945 Crothersville Cemetery

GWA 1945 Crothersville Cemetery

 

George was buried on 12 January 1945 in Crothersville Cemetery, Crothersville, Jackson County, Indiana according to Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Per , George’s parents were Moses Applegate (1825-1872) and Elizabeth F Bridges (1828-1895). His siblings were Nancy Ellen Applegate (Thomas) (1861-1927), Fielding Lett Applegate (1863-1921), and John R Applegate (1867-1897).  Visit his memorial on Find A Grave!

GWA 1945 Headstone

GWA 1945 Headstone

 

I was quite pleased with the information I was able to find on George W.  He was originally a brick wall as the only record I had for him was the 1900 Census Record which only gave me his name, wife, and kids.  It did give me the month and year of his birth as well but I wasn’t able to find much on him at first…until I stumbled about his Death Certificate.  Once I found that, it gave the details that allowed everything else to be found.

If you have memories of George that you’d like to share, please leave them in the comments box below.

Talk soon,

~Kris

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George Thomas Applegate

Documented History


George T Applegate was born 26 August 1899 in Crothersville, Indiana according to Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011.

GTA 1900 United States Federal Census

GTA 1900 United States Federal Census

 

George lived with his parents and siblings in Crothersville, Jackson, Indiana according to the 1900 United States Federal Census. His father was George W. Applegate, born in Indiana in April 1857. George W. was 43 years old working as a Drayman. George W. was married to Serilda, born July 1872 in Indiana. She was 27 years old. George and Serilda had been married 10 years. Serilda had 5 children, 4 still living. John W was 9 years old. His sister Elsie M was born January 1893, she was 7 years old. Their sister Edna M was born December 1894, she was 5 years old.

GTA 1900 US Federal Census

GTA 1900 US Federal Census

 

George T was born August 1899, he was 9 months old. Serilda’s sister, Cora B. White, was also living with them at the time. She was born in August 1880 and was 19 years old. The Applegate family had visitors at the time of the Census. The visitors are listed as Joseph E Cornish, born October 1866. Joseph’s wife was Emma born August 1877. Joseph and Emma’s children were Von L, born April 1895, and Vera J., born May 1897. Both children were born in Tennessee.

GTA 1910 US Federal Census

GTA 1910 US Federal Census

 

In 1910, George Thomas lived with his mother and step father, according to the 1910 United States Federal Census.  His step father was Henry Toppe, 40 years old.  This was Henry’s second marriage.  Henry and his parents were born in Indiana.  Serilda, George’s mom, was 38 years old at the time and this was her second marriage as well.  Else, age 17; Edna, age 15; and Charles E., age 7 also lived with them at the time.  George Thomas was 10 years old at the time.

GTA 1918 WWI Draft

GTA 1918 WWI Draft

 

On 12 September 1918, George Thomas Applegate registered for the WWI draft, per U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. At the time, he lived at 806 Woodlawn, Indianapolis, Indiana. He was 19 years old, his birthdate was listed as 26 August 1899. He worked as a Laborer with a manufacturing company. He lived with his mom, Serilda Toppe. This tells me that Serilda remarried. George had medium height and slender build with blue eyes and light hair.

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Marriage


George Thomas Applegate married Flora Cecile Schnoth on 2 November 1963, per Indiana, Marriage Certificates, 1958-2005. George was 64 years old at the time and worked as a Material Checker. He lived at 4435 W. 30th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. He had 1 previous marriage which ended in divorce.

GTA 1963 Marriage Certificate

GTA 1963 Marriage Certificate

 

Flora lived at 7837 Haben Court, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana at the time and worked as a housekeeper. She was 65 years old and had 2 previous marriages, the last of which ended in death. Both were Protestant.

GTA 1971 Marriage Certificate

GTA 1971 Marriage Certificate

 

George T. Applegate married Laura Myrtle Vickery on 5 May 1971, per Indiana, Marriage Certificates, 1958-2005. At the time he lived at 739 N. Linwood, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana. He was 71 years old and retired. He’s listed as Protestant. He had 3 previous marriage and the last ended by death. Laura lived at 2817 Foltz, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana. She was 71 years old and retired. She had 2 previous marriages, the last one ended by death. She’s also listed as Protestant.

 

Death


According to Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, George T passed away at 8:30pm on 6 April 1990 in Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana. He was widowed and had previously worked as a Material Handler in Automotive Manufacturing. He was 90 years old when he passed. His parents are listed as George W. Applegate and Serilda White.

GTA 1990 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011

GTA 1990 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011

 

His birthdate was listed as 26 August 1899. The informant was his step-son, Jack Vickery. George died at home minutes after a cerebral vascular accident. He had been suffering from Arteriosclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and arteriosclerotic heart disease for years. So it sounds like he had a stroke. He was living with his step-son at 3517 Winnings, Indianapolis, Indiana.

GTA 1990 U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

GTA 1990 U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

 

George T was buried on 9 April 1990 at Floral Park Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana according to Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011.  He is resting now at Floral Park Cemetery, per U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current.

As always, I will continue to research George Thomas and will update this post as I find additional information.  In the meantime, if you knew George and have memories you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to use the comments box below to share.

Stay tuned,

~Kris

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**Note: Minnie F Silence was not technically a half sibling for George.  His father, George W., remarried.  Minnie F. Silence was his step daughter.  So she would be George Thomas’ step-sister.**

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