Irvin Benjamin Smith

Documented History


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

 

Marriage


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


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

IBS 1918 WWI Draft

IBS 1918 WWI Draft

 

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

IBS 1942 WWII Draft Card

IBS 1942 WWII Draft Card

 

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

 

Death


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

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

Take care,

~Kris

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Buchanan Family History

Buchanan Surname



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

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

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

Buchanan Surname

Buchanan Surname

Buchanan Family Distribution

Buchanan Family Distribution

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

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

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

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

Buchanan Immigration

Buchanan Immigration

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

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

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

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

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Buchanan Immigration Year

Buchanan Immigration Year

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

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

There are just so many questions!

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

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

Buchanan Family Occupations

Buchanan Family Occupations

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

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

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

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

Buchanan Members I’ve Researched So Far


Buchanan Life Expectancy

Buchanan Life Expectancy

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

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

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

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

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

Buchanan Civil War Records

Buchanan Civil War Records

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

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

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

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

Happy searching!

~Kris

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George Washington Applegate

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John William Applegate

Elsie Mae Applegate

Edna Mae Applegate

George Thomas Applegate

 

Documented History


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

GWA 1860 United States Federal Census

GWA 1860 United States Federal Census

 

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

GWA 1860 US Federal Census

GWA 1860 US Federal Census

 

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

GWA 1870 US Federal Census - 1

GWA 1870 US Federal Census – 1

 

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

GWA 1870 US Federal Census - 2

GWA 1870 US Federal Census – 2

 

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

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Marriage


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

GWA 1890 Marriage Certificate

GWA 1890 Marriage Certificate

 

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

GWA 1900 US Federal Census

GWA 1900 US Federal Census

 

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

GWA 1906 Lawsuit January

GWA 1906 Lawsuit January

 

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

GWA 1906 Lawsuit February

GWA 1906 Lawsuit February

 

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

GWA 1906 Lawsuit May

GWA 1906 Lawsuit May

 

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

GWA 1907 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001-1

GWA 1907 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001-1

 

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

GWA 1907 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001-2

GWA 1907 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001-2

 

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

GWA 1907 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001-3

GWA 1907 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001-3

 

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

GWA 1907 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001-4

GWA 1907 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001-4

 

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

GWA 1910 US Federal Census

GWA 1910 US Federal Census

 

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

GWA 1920 US Federal Census

GWA 1920 US Federal Census

 

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

GWA 1930 US Federal Census

GWA 1930 US Federal Census

 

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

GWA 1940 US Federal Census

GWA 1940 US Federal Census

 

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

 

Death


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

GWA 1945 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011

GWA 1945 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011

 

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

GWA 1945 Crothersville Cemetery

GWA 1945 Crothersville Cemetery

 

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

GWA 1945 Headstone

GWA 1945 Headstone

 

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

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

Talk soon,

~Kris

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George Thomas Applegate

Documented History


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

GTA 1900 United States Federal Census

GTA 1900 United States Federal Census

 

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

GTA 1900 US Federal Census

GTA 1900 US Federal Census

 

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

GTA 1910 US Federal Census

GTA 1910 US Federal Census

 

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

GTA 1918 WWI Draft

GTA 1918 WWI Draft

 

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

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Marriage


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

GTA 1963 Marriage Certificate

GTA 1963 Marriage Certificate

 

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

GTA 1971 Marriage Certificate

GTA 1971 Marriage Certificate

 

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

 

Death


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

GTA 1990 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011

GTA 1990 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Stay tuned,

~Kris

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

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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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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.

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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.

Lester and Flora had a baby girl around 1931 that they named Glory.  I have not yet found a birth certificate for her.

FLB13 1932 Flo and Glory

FLB13 1932 Flo and Glory

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 1934 Gloria and Faye

FLB13 1934 Gloria and Faye

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

FLB13 1937 Lloyd

FLB13 1937 Lloyd

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 1934 US City Directories

LOO12 1934 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 1936 US City Directories

LOO12 1936 US City Directories

Lester signed up for the World War II Draft on 16 October 1940. Interestingly, he spelled his middle name Odas instead of Otis. You can see on the draft card where he wrote it correctly first and then erased it and wrote it incorrectly. Lester was 31 years old at the time and was born on 13 April 1909 in Allan County, Kentucky. He weighed 138 pounds and had brown hair and brown eyes. He was 5 foot 6 inches tall. His wife, Flora Louise Oliver, was listed as his next of kin.

 

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 1940 US Federal Census

LOO12 1940 US Federal Census

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

LOO12 1942 US City Directories

LOO12 1942 US City Directories

On 30 June 1945, Lester married Ruth Monts 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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