Happy Birthday, Michael McCormack!

Today, if Michael McCormack had lived, he would be 190 years old! Whew! To be brief, Michael was born, as best as I know, in Ireland in Sep 1824 and he died in Otter Lake, Michigan on 24 Nov 1912.

Michael McCormack

Michael McCormack

I got the above picture from my third cousin, John Michael McCormack (this isn’t Michael’s son John Michael) and his book, “A Narrative History The McCormack & Heaton Families” published in 2006.

For further reading on Michael and his life, I have gathered the following posts;

A Promissory note to Michael McCormack

Michael McCormack and the Ypsilanti Directory

Michael McCormack and family in the 1870 census

Tombstone Tuesday: Michael and Catherine (Paine) McCormack

A Witness to Michael’s Marriage – Michael Doyle

Michael as a Postmaster?

Michael and his sons

Mappy Monday: The Travels of Michael and Catherine

Mappy Monday: The McCormacks on Jacob Street

Mappy Monday: McCormack Lake

Census Sunday: The McCormacks in the 1861 Canada West Census

Those Places Thursday: McCormick Lake

The Beginning

There maybe a few more that I didn’t find but I think I have given you a very good start onto the life and times of Michael McCormack. I thought I would include a few “fun” facts about Michael. He had 10 children, 7 sons and 3 daughters. He had 11 grandsons and 16 granddaughters. He has 18 great-grandsons and 16 great-granddaughters. He has 49 great-great-grandsons and 38 great-great-granddaughters. He has 62 great-great-great-grandsons and 49 great-great-great-granddaughters. He has 35 great-great-great-great-grandsons and 36 great-great-great-great-granddaughters. Finally, Michael has 3 great-great-great-great-great-grandsons and 1 great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter. I think that I am fairly accurate in most of those numbers.

I think Michael lived a pretty extraordinary life. He was born in Ireland, where English wasn’t the native language. He emigrated to the United States with his bride, Catherine and his newly born son,William. They landed in New Orleans, traveled up the Mississippi Valley to Kentucky where his first daughter was born. For some reason, they moved to London, Ontario, Canada and lived there for about 5 or 6 years. After that , he moved his growing family to Ypsilanti, Michigan. From there, he tried farming in northern Michigan somewhere near Mio. From there he moved south to live with his son, William (my great-grandfather).

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you learn something. Happy Birthday, great-great-grandfather Michael!

Census Sunday – My grand Aunt Grace in the 1940 census. Finally!

I finally found my grand Aunt Grace in the 1940 census[1]. I have been looking almost exclusively on Ancestry and forgetting about FamilySearch. Well, I went on FamilySearch last night and tried again looking for her. I was pretty sure that she should be in same general area that she was in the 1930 census[2] which was Clinton county in Michigan. Whatever I did, I just could not find her or her husband, Amos. I knew Amos lived in St. Johns, Michigan in 1942[3]. On FamilySearch, I found them listed as Woodburg and as Woodbury. No wonder I couldn’t find them. I never stopped to think to spell their last name differently.

1940 Census - Amos and Grace Woodbury

1940 Census – Amos and Grace Woodbury [1]

They were enumerated on the 19th of April 1940. Here is the portion of the census that we are really concerned about;

1940 Census snippet

1940 Census snippet [1]

Line #,  street name, house number, # in order of visitation, Owned (O) or Rented (R), abode value, is this household on a farm, NAME, Relation, Sex, Color of race, Age, marital status, attended school, highest grade, Place of birth, citizenship of foreign-born, residence in 1935, on a farm, work – private or public, public works program, seeking work, housework or other, hours worked per week, occupation, industry, class of worker, # of weeks worked in 1939, wages earned, receive $50 from other sources, Number of farm schedule.

1. 8, Dewitt (Dawitt – as listed on Ancestry.com),  , 138, O, 1500, yes, Amos Woodbury, Head, M, W, 58, M, no, H4,  , Ohio, x, same place, Yes,  ,  ,  ,  , 60, Florist, Greenhouse, 52, 0, yes, 105

2. 9, , , , , , , , Grace Woodbury (informant), wife, F,  W, 53 (actually should be 58), M, no, C4, x, Michigan, x, same place, No, No, No, No, H, , , , , 0, 0, yes, .

I really didn’t learn anything new. Most everything that this census tells me I pretty much expected. However, there is one thing that bears some further research. This census says that both Amos and Grace lived in the same place in 1935. This little factoid is interesting because, as far as I know, Grace and Amos were married in May 1937. I suppose that this means I have to send away for their marriage certificate to finally determine the actual date of their marriage.  I suppose that Grace and Amos could have been living together prior to the marriage date that I think that they got married on.

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Footnotes;

1. 1940 United States Federal Census, Bingham Township, Clinton County, Michigan, population schedule, ED 19-3, sheet 8-A, in the household of Amos Woodbury[g], digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com, accessed 23 Aug 2014, citing Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627_1743, 4,643 rolls.
2. 1930 United States Federal Census, St. Johns, Clinton County, Michigan, population schedule, Precinct 1, ED 19-20, dwelling 361, family 389, Grace Coon, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com, accessed 23 Aug 2014, citing Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.
3. The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; World War II Draft Cards (4th Registration) for the State of Michigan; State Headquarters: Michigan

Happy Birthday, William E. McCormack!

Wednesday would have been William E. McCormack, my great-grandfather’s birthday. He was born on 9 July 1853 in Kilkenny, Ireland. He would have been 161 years old!
His parents were Michael (M.) McCormack and Catherine Payne Steele. Shortly after his birth, he and his parents left Ireland via Liverpool, I believe, for the United States of America. For some unknown reason, they arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana.

William E. McCormack

William E. McCormack [1]

After a short stint in Kentucky and then in London, Ontario, Canada, William grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan. When he was about 30 years old, he married Lura Grace Roys. Unfortunately, she died in 1895. They had one child, Grace Ellen McCormack. He then married my great-grandmother, Lavina Jane Hemingway in 1897.

Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack

Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack

They had three children, Merle, Alta (my grandmother) and Ruth.

Merle, Ruth and Alta

Merle, Ruth and Alta

I believe sometime in the 1880s, William built one of the finest house in the small village of Otter Lake, Michigan.

The William McCormack House in Otter Lake

The William McCormack House in Otter Lake

It still stands today but not in the magnificent shape that my great-grandfather initially built it. I am sure that I might be forgetting something since I am writing this at 4 am, but William was at times, a general/hardware store owner, a postmaster and probably many other things in Otter Lake.

William McCormack in front of his house in Otter Lake

William McCormack in front of his house in Otter Lake

The above photo is one of my favorite picture of William E. McCormack. Happy belated Birthday, great-grandfather!

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May Birthday announcements!

These are the birthdays of the McCormack family that occurred in the month of May. Yes, I know I am late. Very late in fact! Such as been my work schedule! But I digress! I would love to give each of these people a separate post describing briefly their life. Before I had a chance to meet any of these people, each of these people sadly passed away except for Violet.

Happy Birthday to all!

Name                                                         Date of birth                   Place of birth

Addy, Katie S.                                          31 May 1887                   Janesville, Wisconsin
Katie was the daughter of Delilah Elizabeth McCormack and Smith Addy. Sadly, Katie would not live dying as an infant at her Uncle Edward farm in northern Michigan.

Ingleright, Violet Cassie                       10 May 1901                   Rose City, Michigan
Vi was the eldest child and only daughter of Katherine Fidelia McCormack and Leon Ray Ingleright. I had the very good fortune to meet her but not the genius to take a picture of her. She told me a brief story about her grandparents, Michael and Catherine. She told me that they only spoke Gaelic behind close doors and never in front of their children.

Keen, Jimmie D.                                     18 May 1920                    Paris, Texas
Jimmie was the wife of James Archer McCormack Sr. She had three daughters and one son.

Lucas, Thomas Kendall                       17 May 1908                    unk.
Thomas was the second husband of Violet Ingleright.

McCormack, Henry Davis                   14 May 1916                    Sparks, Nevada
Henry, or HD as I called him, was the eldest son of Henry Peacock McCormack and Ethel Davis. Henry retired from the California Department of Transportation.

McCormack, Lura Maude                   26 May 1897                    Vienna Twp., Michigan
Lura was the daughter of Edward McCormack and Elizabeth Jane Dimmick. I believe that she was briefly a teacher in Mio, Michigan area before her death. She left two young girls who were raised by their grandmother, Elizabeth.

McCormack, Nella Mae                       30 May 1931                    Reno, Nevada
Nella was the eight child of Henry Peacock McCormack and Ethel Davis. From the pictures of her that I have seen, she had a smile that could light up an entire room. She left 3 sons and a husband.

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DNA testing disappointment

I have been trying for a long time to find out as close as I can as to where my great-great grandfather Michael McCormack came from. One of those ways is a Y-DNA test. One of the problems that I face is that I can’t take the test. God bless her, but if my grandmother, Michael’s granddaughter, were my grandfather I wouldn’t have a problem. My other option is to get one of Michael’s male descendants to take the test for me. My problem there is that I really don’t have a relationship with any of Michael’s male descendants. Well, I tried cold calling one of them tonight. I struck out. Bad. I called, I guess, at a bad time. Second, he didn’t sound receptive to my problem. So, the conversation didn’t last too long. Now I am off to try another one of Michael’s male descendants. Wish me better luck next time!

 

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April Birthday announcements!

These are the birthdays of the McCormack family that occurred in the month of April. I tried to publish this at the beginning of the month but my work schedule really prevented me from during so. I apologize to the people listed below, to their families and my readers. I fully intended to give each person a day of their own. I really “hate” doing a group birthday post.

Bird                           John Caraway                      2 Apr 1898            Meadville, PA
John was the father of Paul L. Bird and husband to Edith Marie McCormack, the second daughter to (Thomas) Henry McCormack. John would have been 116 years old.

McCormack            John Michael                       7 Apr 1860            London, Canada
John Michael was the fourth child of Michael and Catherine. John Michael was a very successful businessman in Reno, Nevada during the 1890s and from 1900 to early 1920s.

McCormack            Patrick J.                               7 Apr 1860            London, Canada
I believe his name was Patrick. He and John Michael were twins. Patrick, as I call him, died of consumption (or known today as Tuberculosis) at the early age of just 7 months old.

Baldwin                   Cora Anna                            7 Apr 1868            Watertown, NY
Cora was married to Frank James McCormack, the eighth child and seventh son of Michael and Catherine. She died without having any children.

McCormack            Mae Ethel                           11 Apr 1888            Albert Township, MI
Mae Ethel was the first child and daughter of Edward James and Elizabeth Jane (Dimmick) McCormack. Mae was a teacher in northern Lower Michigan.

McCormack            Gertrude                             11 Apr 1898            Reno, NV
Again, I believe Gertrude was her name. Gertrude never had a chance to live because she was stillborn.

McCormack            Maria “Minnie” Bedina   16 Apr 1867            Ypsilanti, MI
Maria was ninth child and second daughter of Michael and Catherine. She was married to Charles Barnes, a Great Lakes captain. She was the mother of two children. The first child was named Charles Harold Barnes. Her second child was named Charles/Carl Arthur Barnes. Other than keeping house, I am not sure what Maria or Minnie as she was commonly called did for a living.

McCormack            Merle Hemingway           18 Apr 1900            Otter Lake, MI
Merle was the first child and only son of William E. and Lavina (Hemingway) McCormack. Merle was a graduate of the University of Michigan located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Merle was married twice, first to Lois Baker and last to Margaret Yale. Merle died childless. He was the President of Baker Business College located in Flint, Michigan.

McCormack, Sr.    James Archer                    18 Apr 1922            Newcastle, CA
James was the fourth child and third son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. He was supposed born on the side of the road on the way to the local hospital. He was in the Merchant Marines during WWII.

Peacock                   Gertrude Angeline            22 Apr 1865            Dayton, NV
Gertrude was the wife of John Michael McCormack. She had one surviving child, Henry Peacock McCormack. For a number of years, she helped John Michael to run a hotel in Reno, Nevada.

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