Flora – Up Close and Personal

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The photos in this gallery were obtained from a couple of photo albums that were passed down through Flora’s children.  I have removed names to protect the living.  The dates on these photos range from 1912 when Flora was 2 years old through the early 90s before she passed away.  She seemed to have stopped taking photos in the early 50’s. Please enjoy these memories of Flora and her family and friends. Click the image to view in full size. […]

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 able 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.

Charles filled out a Social Security Application or Claim in 1937, according to the U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. His birth date is listed as 4 January 1913. His death date listed as 29 September 2003. The claim was made on 5 November 1974 and lists his social security number.

Charles registered for the World War II Draft on 16 October 1940, according to the U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947. He was 27 years old at the time having been born 5 January 1913 in Ridgeway, Illinois. He lived and worked in Indianapolis, Indiana at the time at Royal Typewriter Co Inc. He weighed 160 pounds at 5 feet, 9 inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes. His next of kin is listed as his father, Maurice Grant Buchanan.

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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Helen Marie Blake

Documented History


Helen Marie Blake was born in Columbus, Indiana on 17 June 1898, per Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. Her parents were Charles Arthur Blake and Mary Elizabeth Beyl.

CAB 1910 United States Federal Census

CAB 1910 United States Federal Census

 

According to the 1910 United States Federal Census, Helen Marie Blake lived at 910 Bates Street, Center Township, Indiana with her parents, Charles Arthur Blake and Mary Elizabeth Blake, and her sister Mary Belle 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.


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On 8 November 1916, Helen Marie Blake married Irvin Ben Smith in Marion County, Indiana, per Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. Irvin was born 15 March 1885 in Lawrence, Indiana. Helen was 18 at the time of their marriage.

This is all I’ve found for Helen Marie Blake so far.  As always, if you know of her or are related to her, I would love to hear from you.  Please post any stories you remember in the comments section below.

Thanks!

~Kris

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Weekly Recap – March 6-26, 2017

Where I Started


Old Tree Hints

Old Tree Hints

When I started this website, I had already been working on my family tree on Ancestry.com for several years.  The problem was that I started off as a beginner and I did a few things I wish I hadn’t done.

For example, I attached a lot of personal family trees to my own thinking that it was getting me further in my research.  I guess you could say it was a shortcut.  But it led to many inaccurate facts being attached to my own family tree which has put up road blocks (or brick walls) that I’m now trying to work through.

So when I started this website, I also started a new family tree on Ancestry.com.  I left the old one in place, but started a new one to start from scratch.  I didn’t want to lose all of my work, but the old family tree got to the point where it was overwhelming to work on because I had way too many hints and inaccuracies to work through.  So I started fresh, with a clean slate.

 

March 6-12


The person I started the tree with was Viola Mildred Beyl.  I started with her because I have the least amount of information on the Beyl family.  The Beyl family is very special to me so I was anxious to find out more about them.  Naturally, after Viola, I researched the next generation back starting with her father.

I researched the following people in order:

The problem that I ran into was that I hit a brick wall fairly quickly, after only 3 generations back.  I paused at that point to write the Unsolved Mysteries page and I spent many hours reviewing the different records I had for Jacob William Beyl Sr. and anything that looked like his parents.  But that didn’t get me through the brick wall.

 

March 13-19


Since I couldn’t bust through that wall, I decided to start researching siblings and spouses as well.  So next I researched in order:

Unfortunately, those folks didn’t reveal any additional facts that would help me break through the brick wall.  But they did reveal additional people to research.  As people marry and have children, this brings additional people to the family tree that need to be researched and documented.

 

March 20-26


Hints on 3-26-17

Hints on 3-26-17

One thing I’d like to prevent this time around is winding up with 7,500+ hints sitting there collecting dust.  That overwhelms me and makes me feel like I’ll never get done.  It adds unnecessary stress to what I’m doing because I feel like I can’t ever catch up.

Logically, I know that this is a project that will not be finished in my lifetime.  The stress doesn’t come from pressure to finish it.  What I do want to do though is get through all of the documented history so that I can start really researching and finding the deep hidden stories of my ancestors lives.  The kinds of stories that aren’t easily findable on Federal documents.

At the same time, there are several lines of people for me to research so when I spend too much time on one line, I feel like I should be working on another.  And the hints are starting to add up again.  I’m already over 300 hints to work through with this little bit of work that I’ve done.

So I started working through spouses and siblings this week as well as adding the initial person from a few other lines I’d like to research.  I researched the following people this week in order:

I haven’t written the posts for these folks yet, but as I do I will come back to this post and link out to them.

 

Plan Going Forward


I think that in order to have some sort of systematic way to research my lineage, I need to stick to a plan.  I find myself struggling often with deciding on who to research at any given time.  But I think now that I’ve started with a clean slate, I need to make a plan and stick to it.

So my plan going forward is to build my new tree from the ground up.  In other words, start with myself and build it back, one generation at a time.  I’ve added myself, my sibling, my parents, etc. to my new tree and have added the basic details for each of us.  I will continue to fill those in as I go.

In the meantime, I will 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 will 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 will 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, since I started with Viola Mildred Beyl, I will spend this next week focused on the spouse, children, and siblings of Viola and then the spouse and children for each of her siblings.

 

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

Ancestry Academy Courses

I watched a few of the courses over at Ancestry Academy this week.  Since I am not a professional genealogist or historian, I think it’s important to take some time out to learn about what I’m doing.  This may save me some time in the future.  So I watched the following courses:

  • Getting Started on Ancestry: Starting Your Family Tree
  • Waiting for DNA Results? Start Your Tree Now!
  • When You Find a Brick Wall, Develop Foundational Thinking
  • State Censuses
  • The 1880 Defective and Delinquent Schedule
  • How to Customize Your Ancestry Homepage
  • How to Use Filters on Last Names in Ancestry Search
  • What is a Census Record?
  • Meet the Ancestry App: Your Family Story Anytime, Anywhere
  • Seek and Ye Shall Find: Become an Ancestry Search Expert

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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.

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.

 

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 Grover Thomas Beyl as he 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 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

I found another website this week that is trying to provide services similar to Find A Grave.  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 562 graves in a local cemetery.

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Graves I Tagged This Week

 

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 105 headstones.

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Graves I Transcribed This Week

 

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.  It was a busy week indeed, but I feel quite happy with the amount of things I was able to accomplish this week.

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

Take care,

~Kris

 

Charles Arthur Blake

Documented History


Charles Arthur Blake is not a blood ancestor.  He was the son in law of Jacob William Beyl Sr.

Charles Arthur Blake was born 24 July 1879, per U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.

CAB 1900 United States Federal Census

CAB 1900 United States Federal Census

 

According to the 1900 United States Federal Census, Charles lived at 117 South Liberty, Indianapolis, Indiana with his parents and siblings. His parents were Zack Blake, age 54, born October 1845 and Adda G, age 44, born December 1855. They had been married 27 years and had 8 children, 6 of which were still living. They were both born in Indiana. However, Zack’s father was born in Pennsylvania and his mother was born in North Carolina. Adda’s father was born in Ohio and her mother was born in Virginia. Their house was rented and Zack worked as a saloon boy.

CAB 1900 US Federal Census

CAB 1900 US Federal Census

 

Charles was 20 years old, born July 1879. He worked as a driver. Charles had five sisters. Bertha was 26 years old, born May 1874. She was a housekeeper. Belle S. was a dress maker, 17 years old, born September 1882. Ethel M. was 12 years old, born October 1887. Hazel was 9 years old, born February 1891. Eva Wallen was 23 years old, born November 1816. She was divorced, working as a housekeeper, and had 1 child of her own. Goldie was 6 years old, born December 1893.

 

Marriage


Charles Arthur Blake married Mary Elizabeth Beyl on 24 July 1901 in Marion County, per Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941. According to Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993, Charles’ father was Z. Blake. Charles was born in 1878 in Indiana. His mother’s name was Forsha.

CAB 1905 Death Certificate for Stillborn

CAB 1905 Death Certificate for Stillborn

 

Charles and Mary lost a pregnancy on 5 September 1905 when the baby girl was still born. Her cause of death was noted as Congenital Syphilis, the immediate cause was Asphyxia.

CAB 1908 Birth of Daughter Mary Belle

CAB 1908 Birth of Daughter Mary Belle

 

Charles and Mary had a baby girl named Mary Belle Blake on 16 January 1908 at 3pm, per Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940. At the time, they lived at 634 E. Georgia Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. Both were born in Indiana. Charles worked as a Solicitor and driver. Mary Belle is listed as the 4th child for Mary but only 2nd living.

CAB 1910 United States Federal Census

 

According to the 1910 United States Federal Census, Charles Arthur Blake lived at 910 Bates Street, Center Township, Indiana with his wife Mary Elizabeth Blake and their children. 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.

MEB Death Certificate

MEB Death Certificate

 

Charles’ wife, Mary, passed away at 36 years, 11 months, and 5 days old according to Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011.   Her father is listed as Jacob Beyl, born in France. Her mother is listed as Margarett E. Kern. The Informant was her daughter, Hellen M. Blake. Mary died on 31 July 1916 at 6pm from Uremia. Uremia is a condition involving abnormally high levels of waste products in the blood. She had been suffering from Chronic Parenchymatous Nephritis which is chronic inflammation of the kidney. She was buried in Columbus, Indiana on 3 August 1916. Her husband is listed as Charles Blake.


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Charles remarried on 5 September 1918. He married Clara S. Parker in Marion County, Indiana. He was 29 years old at the time.

CAB 1918 WWI Draft

CAB 1918 WWI Draft

 

Charles Arthur Blake registered for the World War I Draft on 12 September 1918 per U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. At the time, he lived at 327 Fulton Street, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. He was 39 years old. His birthdate was listed as 24 July 1879. He was a truck driver with Sanitary Milk Company at 1214 Southeastern Avenue in Indianapolis. His wife was Clara S Blake. He described himself as Tall with a Medium build, blue eyes and light brown hair. He reported a ruputre and crooked arm.

CAB 1920 US Federal Census

CAB 1920 US Federal Census

 

According to the 1920 United States Federal Census, Charles and Clara lived at 252 Rural Street with his daughter Mary B. Charles was 40 years old, Clara was 33, and Mary was 11. Charles owned the house. Clara was born in Maryland. Her father was born in North Carolina. Charles, his parents, and his daughter were born in Indiana. Charles still worked as a driver at the Milk Company.

CAB 1930 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995

CAB 1930 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995

 

In 1930, per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Charles and Clara lived at 703 N. Sherman Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana. Charles was a Clerk at the time.

CAB 1930 US Federal Census

CAB 1930 US Federal Census

 

In 1930, per the United States Federal Census, Charles and Clara lived at 702 Sherman Drive, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. Charles was 50 years old, Clara was 43 years old. They owned their house which was worth $6,000. Charles’ mother in law, Mary Kenton, also lived with them. She was 64 years old at the time and widowed. Her parents were born in Germany. They also had a roommate by the name of John W. Sanders who was 27 years old. Charles was a grocerman at the grocery store. Mary was an Inspector at a Garment Factory. John was a Cr. Manager with Shoe Polish Manufacturing.

CAB 1933 U.S. City Directories

CAB 1933 U.S. City Directories

 

In 1933, per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Charles and Clara lived at 703 N. Sherman Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana.

CAB 1934 U.S. City Directories

CAB 1934 U.S. City Directories

 

In 1934, per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Charles and Clara lived at 703 N. Sherman Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana.

CAB 1935 U.S. City Directories

CAB 1935 U.S. City Directories

 

In 1935, per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Charles and Clara lived at 703 N. Sherman Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana.

CAB 1936 U.S. City Directories

CAB 1936 U.S. City Directories

 

In 1936, per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Charles and Clara lived at 703 N. Sherman Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana. Charles was a laborer at the time.

CAB 1940 US Federal Census

CAB 1940 US Federal Census

 

According to the 1940 United States Federal Census, Charles, Clara, and Mary lived at 102 North West 21 Street, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. Charles was 61, Clara was 52, and Mary was 74 years old at the time. Each had completed 8th grade. Charles was a Custodian at an apartment house. He made $680 working 34 hours per week. Clara was a Sewing Machine Instructor at a Department Store. She made $350 working 26 hours per week.

CAB 1942 U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

CAB 1942 U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

 

Charles registered for the World War II Draft in 1942, per U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942. At the time, he lived at 102 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. He was 72 years old, born 24 July 1879 in West Newton, Indiana. He was married to Clara S. Blake and worked at Butler University in Indianapolis.

CAB 1952 U.S. City Directories

CAB 1952 U.S. City Directories

 

In 1952, per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Charles and Clara lived at 102 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. He worked as a Custodian at the time.

CAB 1954 U.S. City Directories

CAB 1954 U.S. City Directories

 

In 1954, per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Charles and Clara lived at 111 N. Alabama, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.

CAB 1956 U.S. City Directories,

CAB 1956 U.S. City Directories,

 

In 1956, per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Charles and Clara lived at 2007 Ruckle, Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

Death


Charles passed away at 10:20pm on 10 February 1957 due to Cerebral Embolus that had onset 3 months prior. Charles had been suffering from Generalized Arteriosclerosis for 20 years. Charles had also been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. His birthdate is listed as 21 July 1879, he was 77 years, 6 months, and 19 days old when he passed.

CAB 1957 Death Certificate

CAB 1957 Death Certificate

 

His parents were Zazariaha Blake and Addie Forsha. The informant was Clara P Blake who was his wife when he passed. Charles was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana on 13 February 1957.

CAB 1957 Find A Grave Memorial

CAB 1957 Find A Grave Memorial

 

According to U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Charles A. Blake was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana on 13 February 1957. He rests now in section 234, lot 593. His Find A Grave Memorial # is 45881909.

This information is all I have found on Charles Arthur Blake so far but if I happen to find more, I will update this page accordingly.  If you are related to or know of Charles and Mary Blake, or even Clara S. Parker, please let me know in the comments section.  I would love to hear more about their life stories!

Until next time,

~Kris

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Edna Mae Applegate

John Edward Beyl |  Edna mae Applegate

Margaret Louise Beyl

Viola Mildred Beyl

Charles Edward Beyl

Mary Lou Beyl

Frederick Eugene Beyl

Documented History


Edna Mae Applegate in my most recent ancestor from the Applegate Family.  She was born on 16 December 1894 in Crothersville, Indiana, per Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011.

EMA 1900 United States Federal Census

EMA 1900 United States Federal Census

According to the 1900 United States Federal Census, Edna lived with her parents and siblings in Jackson County, Vernon Township, Crothersville, Indiana on 19 June 1900. Her parents were George W. and Serilda Applegate, 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.

EMA 1900 United States Federal Census - 1

EMA 1900 United States 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.

Marriage


The Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993 shows Edna M. Applegate marrying Edward Beyl on 24 August 1911 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. Edna was 20 years old and was born in 1891 in Crothersville, Indiana. Her parents are listed as George Applegate and White. Edward’s parents are listed as M. Kern and Jacob Beyl. The Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941 shows Edward’s birth date as 15 February 1887 and his age as 24.

1913 & 1914 Birth of Daughters

1913 & 1914 Birth of Daughters

John and Edna had a baby girl on 3 January 1913, her name was Margaret L.  They had a second daughter on 17 February 1914, according to Bartholomew County, Indiana, Birth Records Index, 1882-1920. They named her Mildred Viola.  The following family portrait shows John and Edna with their two daughters.  This photo was provided to me by their great grand daughter.  It would’ve been taken around 1915 or 1916 based on the ages of the girls.

EMA Family Portrait

EMA Family Portrait

In 1915, Edna and Edward lived at 62b Wilson, Columbus, Indiana per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

EMA 1915 US City Directories

EMA 1915 US City Directories

At the time of the 1920 Federal Census, Edna and John had moved to 848 Prospect Street, Center Township, Marion County, Indiana. John was 31 years old and worked as a Bakery Foreman. French was his native language. Edna was 25 years old. Their children were Margaret M., 6 years old; Mildred, 5 years old; and Charles, 3 years and 8 months old.

EMA 1920 US Federal Census

EMA 1920 US Federal Census

Edna and Edward lived at 1329 S. East Street in 1929 according to U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

EMA 1929 US City Directories

EMA 1929 US City Directories

Mary Lou Beyl was born 24 March 1929, per the Indiana State Board of Health Certificate of Birth. She was born at Indiana Christian Hospital in Center Township, Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana. At the time, the family lived at 1329 Southeast Ave.  John Edward Beyl was 43 years old working as a Foreman. His birthplace is listed as Columbus, Indiana. Edna was 33 years old working as a housewife. Her birthplace is listed as Crothersville, Indiana. They had 4 children at the time. Mary Lou was born at 7:33pm.

EMA 1930 US Federal Census - 1

EMA 1930 US Federal Census – 1

In 1930, John Edward, Edna, and their children Margaret, Mildred, Charles, and Mary Lou at 1329 East Street, Center Township, Marion County, Indiana. John was 43, Edna was 35, Margaret was 17, Mildred was 16, Charles was 13, and Mary Lou was 1 year old.

EMA 1930 US Federal Census - 2

EMA 1930 US Federal Census – 2

John was a Dispenser at a Bakery Company. Margaret was a Saleslady at a Dry Goods Retail Store.

EMA 1931 US City Directories

EMA 1931 US City Directories

In 1931, Edward and Edna lived at 329 S. Baet Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, according to the U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. Edward was a Warehouseman at the time.

EMA 1933 US City Directories

EMA 1933 US City Directories

The U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 shows Edward J Beyl and Edna M Beyl living at 221 Naomi, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1933. John was a Baker at the time. Margaret and Mildred lived with them.

EMA 1935 US City Directories

EMA 1935 US City Directories

In 1935, Edward and Edna lived at 417 Parkway Av., Indianapolis, Indiana, according to the U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

EMA 1936 US City Directories

EMA 1936 US City Directories

Per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Edna and Edward Beyl lived at 230 S. East Street, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1936. Edward was a Laborer at the time.

EMA 1937 US City Directories

EMA 1937 US City Directories

The U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 shows Edward J Beyl and Edna M Beyl living at 1020 S. New Jersey, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1937.

EMA 1940 US Federal Census

EMA 1940 US Federal Census

At the time of the 1940 Federal Census, John and Edna lived at 1020 S. New Jersey Street, Center Township, Marion County, Indiana with their children Charles, Mary Lou, and Frederick. John Edward was 53 years old, Edna was 45, Charles was 23, Mary Lou was 11, and Frederick was 5 years old. John Edward was a Laborer in the Flood Prevention Industry. He made $453. Charles made $200 at school at NYA.

EMA 1943 US City Directories

EMA 1943 US City Directories

Per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Edna and Edward Beyl lived at 1020 S. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1943. Edward was a Laborer at the time.

EMA 1945 US City Directories

EMA 1945 US City Directories

The U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 shows Edward J Beyl and Edna M Beyl living at 1020 S. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1945. Edward was an elevator operator with the Rubber Co. at the time.

Death


Edna passed away on 8 March 1949. She had been battling breast cancer for a year, her death was caused by pleural effusion which onset 2 months before she passed. No autopsy was performed. She had been at Indianapolis General Hospital for the last 6 weeks of her life.

EMA 1949 Indiana Death Certificates 1899-2011

EMA 1949 Indiana Death Certificates 1899-2011

She was listed as a housewife living at 1020 S. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis. She was born 16 December 1894 to George W. Applegate and Serilda White. She was married to Edward Beyl who served as the informant on her Death Certificate.

EMA 1949 Lot Interment Order

EMA 1949 Lot Interment Order

Edna Mae was buried at Garland Brook Cemetery in Lot Number 519, Section Number 15 on 11 March 1949. The Lot Interment Order lists her death on 8 March 1949. She was 53 years old. She rests next to her husband, John Edward Beyl. Find A Grave lists her birthdate as December 1894.  I have submitted updates to Edna’s memorial on Find A Grave.

EMA 1949 Grave

EMA 1949 Grave

I was able to find an Obituary for Edna.  It reports that she had been ill for 3 months prior to her passing.  She was born in Crothersville but had lived in Indianapolis for 31 years.  She was survived by her husband, Edward Beyl; three daughters, Margaret Collins, Mildred Buchanan, and Mary Lou Lee; two sons, Charles and Eugene Beyl; a sister, Elsie Tudor; two brothers, John and George Applegate, and 11 grandchildren.

This is all of the information that I’ve found for Edna Mae Applegate thus far.  This information opens up a whole new direct ancestor line for me to look into.  I’m anxious to start exploring where the Applegate Family came from and see how far back I can trace on this line.


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That’s all for now!

~Kris

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Margaret Elizabeth Kern

Documented History


Margaret Elizabeth Kern was born 5 November 1855 in Indiana, per Find A Grave and Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011.

Margaret married Jacob Beyl in 1871, per the 1900 United States Federal Census.

MEK 1880 United States Federal Census - 1

MEK 1880 United States Federal Census

 

According to the 1880 United States Federal Census, Margaret Elizabeth lived with her husband and their two children at 228 Jackson Street, Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana in 1880. Her husband was Jacob Beyl, born in France, 32 years old who worked as a RailRoad Laborer. The census has his parents born in France as well and says Jacob was Maimed, crippled, bedridden, or otherwise disabled.

MEK 1880 United States Federal Census - 2

MEK 1880 United States Federal Census

 

Margaret is listed as Elizabeth on the Census so perhaps that’s what she went by. She was 24 years old at the time keeping house. Their son is listed as William, he was 4 years old. Their daughter is listed as Mary, she was 9 months old and born in August of that Census year which would make her birthdate August 1879.

MEK 1900 United States Federal Census - 3

MEK 1900 United States Federal Census

 

In 1900, per the United States Federal Census, Margaret E. and Jacob still lived at 228 Jackson Street, Columbus, Indiana with their children and grand-daughter. Margaret was 44 years old, her birthday listed as November 1855 in Indiana. Her parents were born in Germany. She reportedly had 7 children, but only 5 were still alive at the time.

MEK 1900 United States Federal Census - 4

MEK 1900 United States Federal Census

 

Jacob was 53 years old, born December 1846 in France. His parents were also born in France. Jacob W. was born May 1876, making him 24 years old when the census was taken. He and his father both worked as Carpenters. Mary E. was 20 years old, born August 1879. John E. was 13 years old, born February 1887. Lillie F. was 10 years old, born 1890. Thomas G. was 7 years old, born 1892. Their grand-daughter, Hellen M. was 11 months old, born June 1899.

MEK 1907 US City Directories 1822-1995

MEK 1907 US City Directories 1822-1995

 

Margaret and Jacob lived at 542 Jackson Street, per the 1907 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. Jacob was a Carpenter at the time.

MEK 1910 United States Federal Census

MEK 1910 United States Federal Census

 

Margaret and Jacob lived at 542 Jackson Street, Columbus, Indiana, per the 1910 United States Federal Census. Jacob was 63 and not working. Margaret was 53 and working as a Chesser at a Poultry House. They had been married 38 years. Margaret had 7 children, 4 were still alive at the time. Jacob W. was 33 years old, Edward was 23 years old, and Grover T. was 17 years old. Jacob W. and Edward worked as Laborers at a Liquor Factory. Grover was a Laborer in the Furniture Industry.

MEK 1915 US City Directories 1822-1995

MEK 1915 US City Directories 1822-1995

 

In 1915, Margaret still lived at 542 Jackson Street, per the U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. She was a widow at that point as Jacob had passed away.

MEK 1917 US City Directories 1822-1995

MEK 1917 US City Directories 1822-1995

 

In 1917, Margaret still lived at 542 Jackson Street, per the U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. She was a widow at that point as Jacob had passed away.

 

Death


According to Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Margaret Elizabeth passed away at 12:45pm on 11 April 1919 due to chronic myocarditis. She had chronic nephritis listed as a contributory factor that she had been fighting for 2 months. Her father is listed as Andrew J Kern from Germany. Her mother’s name was not known.

MEK 1919 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011

MEK 1919 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011

 

According to FindAGrave, Margaret was born in November 1855 in Indiana. She died 14 April 1919 in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana and rests with her husband, Jacob Beyl (1846-1910) at Garland Brooks Cemetery in Section 15.

MEK 1919 Headstone

MEK 1919 Headstone

 

Their children were Jacob William Beyl (1876-1921), John Edward Beyl (1887-1966), Lillian Frances Beyl Mobley (1890-1953), and Grover Thomas Beyl (1892-1938).  Click here to visit Margaret’s memorial on Find A Grave.


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I am still looking for Margaret’s parents, born in Germany.  Unfortunately, this is all of the information I have for her at the moment.  As always, I will update this page as I find additional information.

Talk soon,

~Kris

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Jacob William Beyl Jr.

Documented History


Jacob William Beyl Jr. was born 6 March 1876, per his Death Certificate.  This is also confirmed by the U.S., World War I Draft Registration Card, 1917-1918.

JWBJ 1880 United States Federal Census

JWBJ 1880 United States Federal Census

 

The 1880 United States Federal Census has Jacob living with his parents and sister at 228 Jackson Street, Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana in 1880. His father is listed as Jacob Beyl, his mother listed as Elizabeth. Jacob Jr. is listed as William and his sister listed as Mary.

Jacob Sr. was 32 years old at the time working as a Rail Road Laborer. He is marked as Maimed, crippled, bedridden, or otherwise disabled. He and his parents were born in France. Elizabeth is listed as 24 years old as a housekeeper. She was born in Indiana, her parents were born in Germany. William was 4 years old at the time. His little sister Mary was 9 months.

JWBJ 1900 US Federal Census - 2

JWBJ 1900 US Federal Census

 

In 1900, Jacob Jr. lived with his parents and siblings still at 228 Jackson. Jacob Sr. was 53 years old working as a carpenter. He had been unemployed for 5 months of the year. Jacob Jr. was also working as a carpenter and unemployed for 6 months. He was 24 years old at the time. Margaret E. was 44 years old. Mary E. was 20, John E. was 13, Lillie F. was 10, and Thomas G. was 7.

JWBJ 1900 US Federal Census - 3

JWBJ 1900 US Federal Census

 

Jacob and Margaret’s grand-daughter, Helen M. Bond, was also living with them at the time. She was 11 months. Jacob Sr.’s birthday is listed as December 1846. Margaret’s was November 1855. They had been married for 29 years. Jacob Jr.’s birthday was listed as May 1876. Mary E. August 1879, John E. February 1887, Lillie F. January 1890, Thomas G. July 1892, and Helen’s was June 1899. Jacob Sr. and his parents were born in France. Margaret’s parents were born in Germany.

JWBJ 1902 US City Directories 1822-1995

JWBJ 1902 US City Directories 1822-1995

 

In 1902, per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Jacob Jr. lived with his parents at 542 Jackson, Columbus, Indiana. Jacob Sr. is listed as a constable.

JWBJ 1910 United States Federal Census

JWBJ 1910 United States Federal Census

 

According to the 1910 United States Federal Census Report, Jacob Jr. still lived with his parents. They lived at 542 Jackson St, Columbus, Indiana. Jacob Sr. was 63 years old and not working. He is marked as a survivor of the Union of Confederate Army or Navy. He and his parents were from France. His wife, Margaret, was 53 years old working for a Poultry House, possibly with cheeses. Her parents were born in Germany.

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Jacob Jr. was 33 years old working as a Laborer at a Liquor Factory with his brother John Edward who was 23 years old at the time. Their youngest brother, Grover T., was 17 years old working as a Laborer in Furniture. Jacob and Margaret had been married for 38 years and had 7 children, 4 of which were still living.

JWBJ 1917 US City Directories 1822-1995

JWBJ 1917 US City Directories 1822-1995

 

In 1917, per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Jacob Jr. lived with his mom at 542 Jackson, Columbus, Indiana. He was an Assembler with Emerson Brantingham Company, same as his brother John Edward. His mom, Margaret E. was listed as a widow.

 

Military


According to U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Jacob Jr. registered for the draft on 12 September 1918 in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana. He was 42 years old at the time, born 6 March 1876. He was employed as a wood worker with Brantingham Company at East 5th Street, Columbus, Indiana.

JWBJ 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card

JWBJ 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card

 

He listed his mother, Margaret E. Beyl as his closest relative. She lived at 602 Woodlawn Drive in Indianapolis. Jacob described himself as short with a medium build. His eyes were grey and the color of his hair was mixed.

JWBJ 1919 US City Directories 1822-1995

JWBJ 1919 US City Directories 1822-1995

 

Jacob Jr. lived with his little brother, Grover T. in 1919, per U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. They lived at 1417 E. Tabor Street. Grover was a Laborer. Jacob Jr. was a carpenter.

JWBJ 1920 United States Federal Census

JWBJ 1920 United States Federal Census

 

In 1920, Jacob Jr. lived with his little brother Grover T. at 1417 Labor St., in Center Township, Marion County, Indiana. Jacob Jr. was 43 years old at the time and working as a Laborer at Match Works. Grover is listed as head of household, renting the house.

He was 27 years old at the time working as a Laborer at a Machine shop. His wife was Katherine, 22 years old. Their daughter, Elizabeth, was 1 year, 8 months old. Their niece, Helen Smith, was also living with them at the time. She was 20 years old and listed as married. She worked as a Packer at a Baking Company.

JWBJ 1921 US City Directories 1822-1995

JWBJ 1921 US City Directories 1822-1995

 

According to U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Jacob Jr. and Grover T. lived together, in 1921, at 1424 Cruft Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. They were both laborers at the time.

 

Death


Jacob Jr. died on 8 November 1921 from a self-inflicted bullet wound of the head, per Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. He committed suicide. He was single at the time. His birthdate is listed on his death certificate as 6 March 1876. He was 45 years, 8 months old when he killed himself. He had been a wood worker. His father was listed as Jacob Beyl, born in France. His mother was Margaret Kern.

JWBJ 1922 Indiana Death Certificates 1899-2011

JWBJ 1922 Indiana Death Certificates 1899-2011

 

Jacob is resting at Garland Brook Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, per U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current. He was buried on 10 November 1921. An article in the Indianapolis Star, published 9 November 1921, stated that Jacob Jr. shot himself in the left breast first. That bullet passed through his body and hit his brother in law in the arm when he just happened to walk around the corner just in time to see the suicide attempt. Jacob Jr. then fired the fatal shot to his temple as his sister and brother in law watched from a window. He was reportedly lonely and unemployed stating in 5 suicide notes that nobody liked him.

JWBJ 1921 Find A Grave Pg 1

JWBJ 1921 Find A Grave

 

Well it looks like I have some additional hints to pursue for Jacob William Beyl Jr.  It sounds like he lived a sad life and so far his story has touched me the most.  I wish we could go back in time sometimes and talk to our ancestors about their decisions and the impact they’ll have to the surviving relatives.  I can kind of relate to how Jacob Jr. may have felt back then, but I wouldn’t dream of taken myself away from the loved ones I do hold dear.  I can only hope Jacob Jr. is in peace now.  Check out Jacob’s Find A Grave memorial.

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As always, I will update this page as I find any further information on Jacob Jr.  If you happen to have known him or about him, I would love for you to share your experience and knowledge.  Don’t hesitate to leave your story in the comments section below.

Until next time,

~Kris

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