Elsie Mae Applegate

Documented History


Elsie Mae Applegate was born 27 January 1893, per Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011.

 

Elsie M lived with her parents and siblings in Crothersville, Jackson, Indiana according to the 1900 United States Federal Census. Her father was George W. Applegate, born in Indiana in April 1857. George was 43 years old working as a Drayman. George 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.

EMA 1900 US Federal Census

EMA 1900 US Federal Census

 

Elsie’s brother John W was 9 years old. Elsie M was born January 1893, she was 7 years old. Their sister Edna M was born December 1894, she was 5 years old. Their brother George G 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.

 

Marriage


Elsie Mae Applegate married Wilford Mann on 4 September 1912 in Marion County, Indiana per Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. Her parents were listed as George W. Applegate and Serilda White. She was 19 years old at the time. Wilford’s parents were listed as Lillie B. Wheatley and John E. Mann.


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Elsie May Mann (Applegate) married Orval Ray Tudor on 26 January 1917 in Marion County, Indiana, according to Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. Her parents were listed as George W. Applegate and Serilda White. Orval’s parents were listed as William Tudor and Viola A. Ellis.

EMA 1920 US Federal Census

EMA 1920 US Federal Census

 

Per the 1920 United States Federal Census, Orval and Elsie lived on Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. Orval was 24, Elsie was 26 years old. Orval was a salesman at a Tire Co.

EMA 1930 US Federal Census

EMA 1930 US Federal Census

 

According to the 1930 United States Federal Census, Orval and Elsie lived at 2232 N. Alabama, Indianapolis, Indiana with a Roomer by the name of Alma Bender. Orval was 34 years old, Elsie and Alma were 35 years old. All three were born in Indiana. Elsie’s father was born in Kentucky. Alma’s parents were born in Germany. Orval was a salesman in the Radio industry. Alma was a hairdresser at her own shop.

EMA 1930 U.S. City Directories

EMA 1930 U.S. City Directories

 

Orval and Elsie lived at 2232 N. Alabama, Indianapolis, Indiana per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 in 1930.

EMA 1940 US Federal Census

EMA 1940 US Federal Census

 

According to the 1940 United States Federal Census, Orval and Elsie lived north of 70th Street Road – East and South of White River to Keystone Street. Orval was 43, Elsie was 42 years old. Orval was a salesman at Electrical Appliances and made $1,400.

EMA 1942 U.S. City Directories

EMA 1942 U.S. City Directories

 

In 1942, Orval and Elsie lived at 2110 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana according to U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. Orval was a Carpenter at the time.

EMA 1945 U.S. City Directories

EMA 1945 U.S. City Directories

 

Orval and Elsie lived at 2110 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1945 according to U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. Orval was a salesman at the time.

1952 U.S. City Directories

1952 U.S. City Directories

 

In 1952, Elsie and Orval lived at 2112 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana according to U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. Orval was an electrician at the time.

 

Death


Elsie Mae Tudor (Applegate) passed away on 24 June 1985 in St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana per Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. She was widowed when she passed.

EMA 1985 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011

EMA 1985 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011

 

Her parents were listed as George W. Applegate and Serilda White. Her birthdate is listed as 27 January 1893. She was 92 years old when she passed. She has previously been a Sales Lady with L.S. Ayres & Co. She died of Pneumonia that she had fought for 2 weeks.

1985 U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

1985 U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

 

According to Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Elsie was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana on 27 June 1985.  Check out her memorial on Find A Grave which was recently updated per my request.

EMA 1985 Headstone

EMA 1985 Headstone

 

As always, I’m still on the lookout for additional information about Elsie’s life.  If you knew her or are related to her and have some memories you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to leave your memories in the comments box below.

Talk soon,

~Kris

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John William Applegate

Documented History


John W was born in May 1891 per the 1900 United States Federal Census. His various marriage records have his birthdate listed as 8 May 1891.

John W 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 was 43 years old working as a Drayman. George 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.

JWA 1900 United States Federal Census

JWA 1900 United States Federal Census

 

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. Their brother George G 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.

JWA 1900 US Federal Census

JWA 1900 US Federal Census

 

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.

 

Marriage


John W married Reva R. Robinson on 22 July 1912 in Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, per Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. His birthdate is listed as 1890 in Crothersville, Jackson, Indiana. His parents are listed as Geo. W. Applegate and Serilda White. Reva’s parents are listed as George E. Robinson and Anna Elliott. John was 22 years old.

JWA 1917 WWI Draft Registration

JWA 1917 WWI Draft Registration

 

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John William Applegate registered for the draft, per U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, on 5 June 1917. At the time he lived at 1639 Pleasant Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. His date of birth is listed as 8 May 1891 in Crothersville, Indiana. He was a Salesman for Armour & Co. He was supporting his mother and wife at the time. He was medium build with blue eyes and light hair. He had lost four fingers off of his right hand.


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According to Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941, John W. Applegate married Rebecca C. Wood on 4 August 1917 in Marion County, Indiana. He was 26 years old at the time.

John William married Margaret Schilling on 19 September 1921, per Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. His parents were listed as George W. Applegate and Serilda White. He was 31 years old at the time. His birthdate was listed as 8 May 1890. Margaret’s parents were listed as Mary Suits and James White.

JWA 1942 WWII Draft Registration

JWA 1942 WWII Draft Registration

 

John William registered with the WWII draft in 1942, per the U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942. At the time, he lived at 139 N Delaware Street, Marion, Indiana. He was 51 years old and not working. His birthdate was listed as 8 May 1891.

JWA 1949 Marriage License - 1

JWA 1949 Marriage License – 1

 

John William married Maude Bell Harbaugh on 25 June 1949 in Rochester, Fulton, Indiana according to Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001. He was 58 years old at the time, born 8 May 1891. His parents were listed as George W Applegate and Serilda White. Maude’s parents were listed as Hill Siegman and Bertha Sparks.

JWA 1949 Marriage License - 2

JWA 1949 Marriage License – 2

 

He lived at RR #6, Rochester, Indiana at the time and worked as a sales manager at Stewart Bakery. His parents were both deceased, he listed only one previous marriage and stated that it ended in 1937 by Death. He stated he had no children.

JWA 1949 Marriage License - 3

JWA 1949 Marriage License – 3

 

Maude was born 23 October 1904 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She lived at 129 E. Ohio Street, Rochester, Indiana at the time of their marriage. She worked as a Tool Grinder with Allison Corp. in Indiana. Both of her parents were deceased. She had been married once before and divorced.

I am still looking for information on John Williams but this is all that I’ve found so far.  If you knew John or are related to him and would like to share some memories of him, please leave your stories in the comments section below and I’ll it to this post.  As always, I’ll update this post as I find additional information.

That’s all for now,

~Kris

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Lester Otis Oliver – Up Close and Personal

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Weekly Recap – March 27 – April 2, 2017

What’s New This Week?


4-2-2017

4-2-2017

My hints have increased a bit this week but I was able to work through enough that they didn’t increase significantly.

One major obstacle with the hints is that for each person you research, you wind up finding a wife and several children.  Finding multiple people adds several more hints to work through.

As I find these additional people, I add them to my list of people to research.  Naturally, as I research those people, I will work through their hints and clear them from this list.  But, of course, working through those people will also add additional people to my list.

I’m fairly certain I’ll never get my hints down to zero.  I’ll never be able to get through all of them unless I actually hit so many roadblocks that I run out of people to research.  I don’t see that happening…at least not any time soon.

 

March 27 – April 2


This week, I put a lot of focus on researching people that I had already researched earlier in the month.  One of the Ancestry Academy courses that I watched last week suggested that you always do a Global Search on each person.  You never know what you’ll find.

So I put a lot of focus this week in going back and doing a Global Search on each of the people I had already posted about.  Their posts have been updated with the additional information that I found in the Global Search.

I researched the following new people in order this week:

I haven’t yet hit a brick wall with the Applegate line.  I was at one, but when I researched George Washington Applegate, I was able to get that wall down rather quickly.  Since I had already done Elsie Mae (his daughter), I knew her married name.  I found a death certificate for George Washington Applegate that gave her married name as the informant which provided a whole lot more details on him and broke down that brick wall.

I have not published posts for all of these folks yet, but as I do, I will come back to this page and update the links to them.

 

Plan Going Forward


In my previous Progress post, I laid out a plan for continuing my research.  I need an organized plan in order to get all of this done in a systematic way.

I planned to start at one generation and research all of the people within that generation.  For example, I started with Viola Mildred Beyl.  Once I’ve done the research on her, I will also research her spouse, children, and siblings.

Next I planned to move on to another person within the same generation.  Again, once I finish that person, I will research their spouse, children, and siblings.  This will include the spouse and children for each of the siblings as well.

I planned to continue from person to person until I have completed that entire generation.  Only then will I move back to the next generation.  This way, I will be able to balance out the work and ensure that I am researching each line and nobody gets left behind.

That being said, I started with Viola and had already done her siblings and parents, as well as her father’s siblings and parents.  So I was already a few generations back on her line.  And I focused last week on the Global Search.  So I have several other family members from Viola’s generation that need to be research still.  I will be focusing on them for now.  That includes their spouses, siblings, and children.

 

Extra Credit


I did a few additional things this week in order to advance my genealogical experience a little bit further.  While these tasks certainly aren’t necessary for every family historian, they are tasks that I find beneficial and therefore I would recommend to anybody pursuing their own ancestry.

  • Ancestry Academy Courses
  • Find A Grave Memorials
  • Grave Hunting
  • Grave Tagging

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I did not take any of the ancestry academy courses this week as I was focused more on research and graves.

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Find A Grave Memorials

I try to conclude each person’s story with their burial.  I do this because the burial represents their resting place.  Previously, it was quite difficult for family historians to find the graves and headstones of their ancestors…unless of course they had a lot of time and money on their hands to go grave hunting in various places.

I do not have that luxury.  So I have found that the Find A Grave website has been an invaluable asset in finding out where my ancestors are resting and obtaining photos of their headstones.

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In most cases, I’ve been lucky enough that somebody has already taken and posted a photo of my ancestor’s headstone on the website.  In some cases, no such luck.  When I do find a memorial for one of my ancestors on the website, I double check the accuracy of the information in the memorial against the research that I’ve done so far on that ancestor.  If anything needs to be corrected, I submit the corrections so that the memorial is accurate for other family historians and family members.

I submitted corrections for several of the ancestors I researched this week and linked them to the appropriate family members where possible.

When I don’t find a memorial, I will make every attempt to get a photo and create a memorial for them.  Unfortunately, if I don’t know where the ancestor is buried, I can’t create a memorial.  So I do have a few family members that still need memorials and I am working to find the appropriate information to get those created.

I requested photos on 2 graves this week and those requests were filled promptly.  So I now have the graves for those folks and have updated their posts accordingly.  I also took a small road trip to visit Viola Mildred and Charles Beckett Buchanan.  I took a photo of their grave and created memorials for them on Find A Grave.

 

Grave Hunting

So grave hunting may sound a little creepy.  What I mean by this is I go hunting in nearby cemeteries for specific graves.  There are people, just like me, that are searching for the graves of their family members for various reasons.  If they are unable to find them, they may submit a photo request asking for someone in the local area to go take a picture and post it online for them.

Since I rely on this in order to find my own family members, I feel it is important for me to give back.  So when I find photo requests for graves near where I live, I’ll take a trip out to the local cemetery and try to obtain that photo for them.

This week I requested a photo for  Elsie Mae Tudor as she was the only ancestor I worked on recently that didn’t have a photo and doesn’t rest close enough that I can get it myself.  I have not published her post yet but when I do, it will have her grave included as the request was filled promptly.

I know there are mixed feelings about people photographing headstones of people that aren’t their own family.  It is unfortunate that some folks get offended by this or when it causes unintended grief or heartache for someone.

I can say from my own personal experience, when I go out to a cemetery for this purpose, I pay the utmost respect to each grave I visit.  When there is trash around the area, I pick it up.   When there is overgrowth growing on the headstone, I pull it and clean it up.  When the flowers and memorabilia have fallen over, I pick them up and set them right.  This is just my way of paying respect to our ancestors before us…whether they are my direct ancestor or not.

 

Grave Tagging

Billion Graves sends volunteers out to local cemeteries to take photos of the headstones in each cemetery.  As you take the photos, Billion Graves attaches a GPS tag to that headstone.  This allows people to find the graves of their family members online and know exactly where they are on the map.

This week I tagged 430 graves in two local cemeteries.

April 2 2017

April 2 2017

 

They also have people transcribing the headstones so that they are searchable within the database.  This allows family historians like myself to find the resting places of their family members as well as obtain the dates of their birth and death.

This week I transcribed 605 headstones.

April 2 2017 T

April 2 2017 T

 

Wow, so I did a lot of extra credit work this week!  I feel good in that I am able to give back in these ways to help others do the same things that I’m doing for their own families.  At the same time, Billion Graves has now rewarded me with a free month of BG+.  This gives me several super helpful features that will help me keep track of my ancestors on that site.

It was a busy week, but I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to.  That’s alright.  I’ve taken my plans for this week and spread them out a bit throughout the next 3 weeks so that I have more reasonable expectations of myself.

With that…it’s time to start next week!

Take care,

~Kris

 

Lester Otis Oliver

Documented History


Lester Otis Oliver was born 13 April 1909 according to the U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current. Also, the 1910 Census lists him as 1 year old and there are several Ancestry Trees that list this birthdate as well. He was born in Scottsville, Allen, Kentucky.  He is the first person I am researching from the Oliver family tree.

LOO12 1910 US Federal Census

LOO12 1910 US Federal Census

 

In 1910, Lester was 1 year old and lived in Allen, Kentucky with his parents, Charles S. Oliver and Ethel C. Oliver, his sister Hauty B. Oliver and his brother Homer J. Oliver according to the 1920 Census. His dad was 35 years old, his mom was 22 years old, his sister was 6, and his brother was 3. His dad was a farmer at the time. The Census record lists Charles as Chas and Lester L as Luster O. I’ve found that there are a lot of misspelled names on Census records. The dates, ages, and co-habitants match up though.

LOO12 1920 US Federal Census

LOO12 1920 US Federal Census

 

In 1920, Lester lived on a farm on Cemetery Pike, in Warren County, Kentucky with his parents and siblings according to the 1920 Census. Charles was 44 years old and owned the farm. Ethel was 31 years old. Lester’s older sister Hautie was 16 and married to Hampton Goodrum who was 38 years old at the time. Lester’s older brother Homer was 13 and Lester was 10. His younger brother Leroy was 8 years old. All were born in Kentucky. Charles father was born in Virginia. Charles was a farmer. Hampton Goodrum was a Laborer on the farm.

LOO12 1929 US City Directories

LOO12 1929 US City Directories

 

In 1929, Lester lived at 406 East Morris, Indianapolis, Indiana according to U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989. He was a glove cutter at the time. His youngest brother Leroy lived with him and worked as a laborer. Lester was 20 years old at the time. Leroy was 17.

 

Marriage


Lester married Flora Louise Black on 4 January 1930 according to the Marion County, Indiana, Marriage Index, 1925-2012.

LOO12 1930 US Federal Census

LOO12 1930 US Federal Census

 

In 1930, Lester lived on East 11th Street in Marion County, Indiana with his wife Flora Black, according to the 1930 Census. They rented this house. Lester was 22 and Flora was 19 years old. Flora was born in Indiana. Lester was a machine operator at a glove company.

FLB13 1932 Flo and Glory

FLB13 1932 Flo and Glory

 

Lester and Flora had a baby girl around 1932. They named her Gloria.

FLB13 1934 Gloria and Faye

FLB13 1934 Gloria and Faye

 

Lester and Flora had another baby girl on 28 September 1932 in Indianapolis, Indiana. They named her Sylvia Faye. Her birth certificate says Vera Fay.  I need to do some additional research to find out why the variances in the name.

FLB13 1937 Lloyd

FLB13 1937 Lloyd

 

Lester and Flora had a baby boy on 4 February 1934 in Indianapolis, Indiana. They named him Lloyd Lester Oliver.

LOO12 1934 US City Directories

LOO12 1934 US City Directories

 

Lester and Flora lived on 806 Iowa, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1934 according to U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989. Lester was a Laborer. Lester’s youngest brother Leroy and sister-in-law Retha also lived with them. Leroy was a laborer as well. Lester was 25, Flora was 24, and Leroy was 22 years old.

LOO12 1936 US City Directories

LOO12 1936 US City Directories

 

Lester and Flora lived at 2730 North Dearborn, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1936 according to U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989. Lester was a leather cutter at this time.

LOO12 1940 US Federal Census

LOO12 1940 US Federal Census

 

Lester lived on East 23rd Street in Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana according to the 1940 Census. He lived with his wife, Flora, and their three children. Lester was 30 and Flora was 29 years old. Their children were Gloria age 8, Silvia age 7, and Lloyd age 6. Lester was born in Kentucky, the rest were born in Indiana. Lester was a glove cutter in a glove factory at this time. He had worked 40 weeks in 1939 and his income was $960 at this time.

LOO12 1942 US City Directories

LOO12 1942 US City Directories

 

In 1942, Lester lived at 2536 Guilford Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife Flora according to U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989.

On 30 June 1945, Lester married Ruth Months in Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana according to Marion County, Indiana, Marriage Index, 1925-2012.


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At some point, Lester lived at Rr05 Box 236, Sparta, TN, 38583, per U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2. Unfortunately, there is no date on this record. But I do have pictures of Lester in Tennessee with his grandkids in the mid to late 70’s.

Lester lived at 236 Rural Route 5 in Sparta, Tennessee according to the U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2. No date is specified for this residence. I believe this to be in the mid 1970’s based on pictures of Mom and her siblings visiting him in Tennessee right after my brother was born in 1974.

 

Death


Lester died in January 1981 according to the U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current. His social security number was 303-03-4604 and was issued from Indiana before 1951. He last lived at 46064 Pendleton, Madison, Indiana.

LOO12 1981 Death Certificate

LOO12 1981 Death Certificate

 

According to Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, he passed away on 26 January 1981, at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield, Hancock County, Indiana, due to Mesenteric Thrombosis which onset 6 hours earlier. He had suffered from Generalized Arteriosclerosis for several years and had a recent major cerebrovascular accident and congestive heart failure. His wife, Ruth M. Oliver, was the informant.

LOO12 1981 US Find A Grave Index 1600s-Current

LOO12 1981 US Find A Grave Index 1600s-Current

 

The Death Certificate says he was buried at Washington Park East in Indianapolis, Indiana which is different from Find A Grave. His parents are listed as Charles Oliver and Ethel Tabor. He was 71 years old and a retired grid mechanic with Radio Corp. of America.

LOO12 1981 Headstone

LOO12 1981 Headstone

 

Lester is resting at Peeled Chestnut Cemetery, White County, Tennessee per U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current. The birth and death dates on his headstone match that of his death certificate.

So I was able to find many different places that Lester lived.  I didn’t find a whole lot more.  I will continue to update this page as I find additional information.  In the meantime, I’d love to hear stories from you if you happened to know him or are related to him.  Please don’t hesitate to leave a story or three in the Comments section below.  In the meantime, be sure to check out Lester’s Gallery to view some of his cherished memories.

That’s all for now,

~Kris

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Applegate Family History

Applegate Surname



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With John Edward Beyl marrying Edna Mae Applegate, this gives me a whole new line of ancestors to research.  My initial search on the Applegate surname looks promising.

I did a quick search on Ancestry.com to find the origin of the surname Applegate.  It appears to be a variant of Applegarth which seems to come from the northern Middle English word gate or road.

Fortunately, Ancestry seems to have hundreds of thousands of records for the Applegate surname so this may be very promising when researching this line of genealogy.

Surname Meaning

Surname Meaning

 

Name Distribution

Name Distribution

It looks like the great majority of the Applegate ancestors immigrated to New Jersey.  Many also immigrated to other areas of the Northeast including Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  But of course there are some scattered throughout the rest of the United States.

Naturally, I will be looking for how they got to Indiana.  Edna Mae was born in Indiana, that’s not to say that her immediate ancestors originated from there.  But they ended up there so I will be looking for where they were immediately before Indiana and where their arrival point was.

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.

Applegate Family Origin

Applegate Family Origin

It seems that many Applegate immigrants came from England while many others came from Great Britain.  A couple from Denmark and 1 from Ireland.

Since 12% of my DNA comes from Great Britain, we could assume that they immigrated from Great Britain, although I’m not into making assumptions when it comes to genealogy.

That could come from a different line.  So I’ll definitely have to research this further.

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Applegate Immigration Year

Applegate Immigration Year

Most of the Applegate families seem to have immigrated between 1851 and 1890.

There’s a pretty big spike in 1857, it would be interesting to find out what happened that year, if anything, that caused so many more to come over.

This time frame would appear to be the time of Edna’s great grandparents.  I’ll definitely be looking to confirm this.

I haven’t yet seen any passenger lists for this line, though I’ve only done the research for one person so far.  So hopefully I’ll find more on them soon.

As expected, most of them were farmers and many were Laborers.  I’ve found a lot of Laborers in the Beyl lineage.  I’m guessing I’ll find many more in the Applegate lineage as well.  But you never know.

Applegate Family Occupations

Applegate 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’ve also see a few Carpenters in there as well, but again, that’s on the Beyl side.

It’s interesting to see a few Blacksmiths in this line.  I hope to find one or two of those among my ancestors…just because I dare to be different.

I know that Edna’s father was a Drayman who owned his house.  I just learned that a Drayman is a person who delivers beer for a brewery.  That is different, I like that…alcohol aside.

 

Applegate Members I’ve Researched So Far


Applegate Life Expectancy

Applegate Life Expectancy

Finally, it looks like the Applegate 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!

Applegate Civil War Records

Applegate 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 Applegate 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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Flora – Up Close and Personal

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Flora Louise Black

Documented History


Flora Louise Black was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on 18 March 1911 according to the U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.  Her parents were Albert Cornelius Black and Katherine A. Mack.

FLB13 Birth Certificate

FLB13 Birth Certificate

 

According to Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940, Flora was born at 11pm to Albert C. Black and Katie A. Mack. At the time, they lived at 1441 W. 36th Street, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. Albert was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Katie was born in Indianapolis. Albert worked as a packer at the time.

FLB13 1916 Bud & Flora

FLB13 1916 Bud & Flora

 

Flora’s little brother, Albert Leroy Black, was born around 1914. She was 2 years old at the time.

Flora’s little sister, Sarah Naomi Black, was born around 1918. She was 6 years old at the time.

FLB13 1922 Nonie, Bud, Flor, Richard, and Katie Black

FLB13 1922 Nonie, Bud, Flora, Richard, and Katie Black

 

Flora’s little brother, Richard O Black, was born around 1920. She was 8 years old at the time.

Flora lived with her family at 1441 West 36th Street, in Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1920 according to the 1920 United States Federal Census. Her aunt, Ruth Mack, also lived with them at the time.

FLB13 1920 Federal Census

FLB13 1920 Federal Census

 

Flora’s Dad, Albert, was head of household at 35 years old. Her mom, Katie, was 27 years old. Flora was 8, Albert Jr. was 6, Naomi was 2, and Richard was 11 months. Aunt Ruth was 16 years old at the time. Albert was a postman at the Post Office. Ruth was a manager at a drug factory.

Flora’s little brother Ernest Paul Black was born around 1924. She was 12 years old at the time.

FLB13 1925 Ernest, Flora, and Nonie

FLB13 1925 Ernest, Flora, and Nonie

 

Flora’s father, Albert Cornelius Black, died in October 1929 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was 18 years old at the time.

 

Marriage


Flora married Lester Otis Oliver on 4 January 1930 in Marion County, Indiana, according to Web: Marion County, Indiana, Marriage Index, 1925-2012.

FLB13 1930 Lester and Flora

FLB13 1930 Lester and Flora

 

In 1930, according to the 1930 United States Federal Census, Flora and Lester lived on East 11th St, Indianapolis, Indiana. Lester was 22 and Flora was 19 years old. Lester was a machine operator at Glove Company and Flora was a homemaker.

FLB13 1930 US Federal Census

FLB13 1930 US Federal Census

 

Flora and Lester had their first daughter, Gloria, around 1931. Flora was 20 years old at the time.

FLB13 1932 Flo and Glory

FLB13 1932 Flo and Glory

 

Flora and Lester‘s second daughter, Sylvia Faye, was born 28 September 1932 in Indiana. Flora was 22 years old at the time.

FLB13 1934 Gloria and Faye

FLB13 1934 Gloria and Faye

 

Flora and Lester‘s only son, Lloyd Lester, was born 4 February 1934, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Flora was 22 years old at the time.

FLB13 1937 Lloyd

FLB13 1937 Lloyd

 

In 1934, Flora and Lester lived at 806 Iowa, Indianapolis, Indiana, according to U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. Lester’s brother Leroy L and wife Retha were also living with them at the time. Lester and Leroy were both Laborers.

FLB13 1934 US City Directories

FLB13 1934 US City Directories

 

In 1936, Flora and Lester lived at 2730 N. Dearborn, Indianapolis, Indiana, according to U.S. City Directories, 1822-1955.

FLB13 1936 US City Directories

FLB13 1936 US City Directories

 

In 1940, according to the 1940 United States Federal Census, Flora and Lester lived on East 23rd Street, Indianapolis Indiana. Lester was 30 and Flora was 29 years old at the time. Their children were Gloria, age 8; Sylvia, age 7; and Lloyd, age 6. Lester was a glove cutter at a Glove Factory making $960.

FLB13 1940 US Federal Census

FLB13 1940 US Federal Census

 

In 1942, according to the U.S. City Directories, 1822-1955, Flora and Lester lived at 2536 Guilford Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

FLB13 1942 US City Directories

FLB13 1942 US City Directories

 

On 9 May 1974, Flo replaced her social security card due to her name changing to Flora Louise Olcott.

 

Death


Flo passed away on 5 January 1996 according to the U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.

FLB13 1996 Tombstone

FLB13 1996 Tombstone

 

I am still looking for additional information on Flora.  I was able to get my hands on a couple of her photo albums after she passed away and am to share those fun memories of her life.  However, I have very few facts about her life so far.  I didn’t recently find a memorial for her on Find A Grave.


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If you have stories and memories you’d like to share from Flora, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments field below.  I’ll start with my favorite, I heard a story about Flora driving where she was sitting at a red light and then proclaimed “My turn!” and pulled out into traffic.

FLB13 1996 Flos Mausoleum

FLB13 1996 Flos Mausoleum

 

I don’t remember all of the details of that story but I’m sure someone else can fill them in.  I am happy to say that I now find myself saying this with my son in the car…except I do it safely and don’t pull out into traffic.  He might roll his eyes, but it gives me a giggle because I do actually remember Flo.

Flo was a grandmother of mine, one that I admired greatly.  As a young girl  in the 50s and 60s I did not know women that were independent.  That she traveled alone from FL to Indiana for annual visits was something I found amazing.  I looked up to her courage.  She was a secretary for an insurance company and she journaled every year of her life.  I never got to read those  journals but would love to know where they are. 

As Flora Louise Oliver, her luggage tags said “Flo”.  Many years later, after other marriages, she changed her last name to Olcott so her luggage tags would once again correctly read “Flo”.   We always heard she had been married 5 – 7 times but I can’t verify that. 

Yes, she did have some interesting driving habits.  She did  say “my turn” and proceed through an intersection.  She also stopped in the middle of the road to check her map. 

I looked forward to our time together and especially when she took me to Woolworth cafeterias or the Glendale Mall for cheesecake.  She was a strong and outspoken Christian lady. ~Karen

Don’t forget to check out Flora’s life up close and personal!

That’s all for now, take care!

~Kris

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Charles Beckett Buchanan

Documented History


Charles Beckett Buchanan was born 4 January 1913 according to the U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current. His social security number was issued by Indiana.  He is the first person I’m researching from the Buchanan family.

CBB14 1920 US Federal Census

CBB14 1920 US Federal Census

 

In 1920, Charles lived on Lafayette Street in Pike County, Pakota, Indiana according to the Census. He lived with his twin brother, Carlin age 7, their sisters Versa age 9 and Lois age 5 as well as their parents Maurice G age 36 and Minnie Pearl age 29. All were born in Illinois. Maurice’ father was born in Missouri. Maurice was a Methodist Preacher at the time.

CBB14 1930 US Federal Census

CBB14 1930 US Federal Census

 

Charles lived in Loogootie City, Indiana in 1930 according to the Census. He lived with his parents Maurice age 46 and Pearl age 39, his twin brother Carlin age 17, and his sister Lois age 15. Maurice rented the house for $120.

 

Marriage


Charles married Mildred Viola Beyl on 25 May 1935 in Marion County, Indiana according to Marion County, Indiana, Marriage Index, 1925-2012. Charles was 22 years old when they married.

CBB14 1936 US City Directories

CBB14 1936 US City Directories

 

Charles lived with Mildred at 211 E Xorth Street, Apartment 36, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1936 according to U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989. He was a salesman at the time for Hiller Office Supply Company.

CBB14 1937 US City Directories

CBB14 1937 US City Directories

 

Charles and Mildred lived at 2033 Houston, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1937 according to U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989. He was a salesman for L C Smith & Corona Typewriter, Incorporated.

CBB14 1942 US City Directories

CBB14 1942 US City Directories

 

Charles and Mildred lived at 2538 Guilford Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1942 according to U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989. Charles was a Maintenance Man at the time. Charles was 29 years old at the time.

CBB14 1951 US City Directories

CBB14 1951 US City Directories

 

In 1951, Charles and Mildred lived at 55 N. Sherman Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana according to U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989. He was a foreman for RCA at the time. Charles was 38 years old.

CBB14 1956 US City Directories

CBB14 1956 US City Directories

 

Charles and Mildred lived at 3705 N. Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1956 according to U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989. He was still a foreman for RCA. He was 43 years old here.

CBB 1999 Last Picture

CBB 1999 Last Picture taken of Charles and Mildred

 

From 1975 through 1993, Charles and Mildred lived on Allyn Drive, Hudson, Florida according to U.S. Public Records, Volume 1. They started out at 20 Allyn Drive, Hudson, Florida 34667 in 1975 and ended up at 13613 Allyn Drive, Hudson, Florida 34667-1505 by 1993. Their phone number there was 868-9256. Charles was 80 years old in 1993.

Charles was a grandfather. He was an avid golfer, at 85 yrs old he even had his knees replaced so he could golf more. His golf buddies were his family. He was a “only believe it if I see it” kind of person, very analytical and skeptical. His mind stayed very sharp until the end. He could still speak some Spanish that learned decades earlier from some Cuban friends he worked with. He was very direct and said what he meant. He loved to play pool and cards. He and Mildred passed many hours playing cards together. Charles gave me some budgeting advice when I was a young adult that I still practice today. The basic concept was, pay bills first, put some away for savings and give yourself some “fun” money with every check, just a little. Charles could sometimes seem harsh, even when he didn’t mean to. I remember one day as my husband and I were leaving, weeks before he died, I heard him say “I love you.” I had never heard him say that and happily turned around and told him “I love you too.” He said, “no, I was talking to Tony.” I laughed to myself thinking, you could have just let me think you were loving me! Lol. We went fishing in his boat on the Gulf of Mexico and he warned me, “I won’t bait your hook.” I told him not to worry, baited my own hook and then I caught the first fish. I think it really hurt his ego that a girl beat him. He was from the old school way of thinking that girls didn’t really have much value out of the home. He retired young, at age 50 I believe. He once told me that if he knew he was going to live past 70 he would have kept working much longer. I guess 40 years of spending all day watching the golf and weather channels bored him, just a couple of hours visiting when we could only speak during commercials, was boring! ~Karen

 

Death


Charles died on Monday, 29 September 2003 according to the U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current. He died at the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, Florida. According to his Obituary in SPTimes, Charles was born in Ridgeway, Illinois and moved to Hudson in 1971 from Middletown, New Jersey. He was retired from RCA.


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At the time of his death, he had five children, seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and one 2x’s great grandchild. He was buried at the Wellwood/Grace Funeral Home and Cemetery in Hudson, Florida. He was 90 years old when he died.  Be sure to visit his memorial at Find A Grave.

CBB Headstone

CBB Headstone

 

My son and I will soon be making another trip to his grave to clean up their resting place and add some flowers as Mildred loved flowers.

So that’s all I have for Charles Beckett Buchanan at this time.  If you were related to Charles or have memories of him that you’d like to share, please leave your stories in the comments section below.

That’s it for today, stay tuned!

~Kris

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Mary Belle Blake

Documented History


On 16 January 1908, Mary Elizabeth Beyl and Charles Arthur Blake had a little girl at 3pm. They named her Mary Belle Blake.

CAB 1908 Birth of Daughter Mary Belle

CAB 1908 Birth Mary Belle

 

At the time, they lived at 634 East Georgia Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. Charles was 30 and Mary was 29 at the time. Charles was a solicitor and driver.

CAB 1910 United States Federal Census

CAB 1910 United States Federal Census

 

According to the 1910 United States Federal Census, Mary Belle Blake lived at 910 Bates Street, Center Township, Indiana with her parents, Charles Arthur Blake and Mary Elizabeth Blake, and her sister Helen Marie Blake. Charles was 31 and Mary was 30 years old at the time. Helen was 10 years old and Mary was 2 years old. Charles was a wagon driver for an Oil company.

 

Marriage


Mary married Richard McNally.

MBB 1930 US Federal Census

MBB 1930 US Federal Census

 

Richard and Mary lived at 1537 Randolph, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, per the 1930 United States Federal Census. They rented their house which was worth $25. It was not a farm. Richard was 23 and Mary was 22 years old at the time. Richard and his parents were born in New York. Mary and her parents were born in Indiana. Richard was a Laborer at a Steele Mill.

MBB 1940 US Federal Census

MBB 1940 US Federal Census

 

Richard and Mary lived at 1026 Plate Street, Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana, with their children, per the 1940 United States Federal Census. They had 3 sons, Richard, Ralph, and Robert. Richard was age 9, Ralph was age 7, and Robert was age 6 at the time the census was taken. Richard Sr. was 33 and Mary was 32 years old. Richard Sr. was a Laborer at the Steel Mill still and his income was $850.

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Death


Mary Belle passed away on 31 May 1979 at Howard Community Hospital in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana. She was married to Richard McNally who was a Laborer with Delco Electronics. Her birthdate is listed as 16 January 1908. They had been living at 1911 W. Madison Street, Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana.

MBB 1979 Death Certificate

MBB 1979 Death Certificate

 

Her father is listed as Charles A. Blake, her mother is listed as Unknown. Her cause of death appears to have been Corcunda of bladder which seems to be related to bladder cancer. She was also dehydrated. She was 71 years old when she passed.

MBB 1979 Cemetery

MBB 1979 Cemetery

 

Mary Belle was buried at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana on 2 June 1979, per Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011.

So that’s what I have for Mary Belle Blake at the moment.  As always I will continue to update this page as I find additional information on her life story.  If you know something, I’d love for you to let me know in the comments section below.

Until next time,

~Kris

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