Happy Birthday, Delilah McCormack Addy!

Today is Deliliah (McCormack) Addy’s birthday! She would be 160 years old! Deliliah was born on 13 Oct 1854 in Kentucky. My connection to her is through my great grandfather, William. William was her older brother. That would make her my great grandaunt. I have some information that suggests she was born in or near Harrodsburg, KY where her parents (Michael and Catherine) were staying with her mother’s brother, William Payne. She was married on 19  Apr 1881 in Ypsilanti, Michigan to Smith Addy. Deliliah and Smith would have six children but unfortunately only two would live to adulthood. She and Smith would live for a while in Janesville, Wisconsin, then in Montmorency County, Michigan and finally in Schenectady, New York. On 18 Mar 1905, Deliliah would become ill and unfortunately die much too young. She is buried in Otter Lake, Michigan. I don’t have any pictures of her, but I would like to think that she was as pretty as her younger sister, Katherine (named after her mother). Her granddaughter gave me the Reunion picture taken at my great-grandfather’s house in Otter Lake.

Happy Birthday, Aunt Deliliah! (I hope I am spelling your name right!)

September Birthdays!

I know that it is pretty late to list the McCormack family September birthdays, but as they say, better late than never!

Last Name            First & Mid Name            Birth Date

Barnes                           Charles Eli                 Sep 1866  (husband of Maria “Minnie” McCormack)
McCormack                    Michael                  1 Sep 1824
Hassell                        Jewel Beatrice           4 Sep 1923  (wife of Robert Michael McCormack)
Davlin                        Kathleen Anne           7 Sep 1956  (wife of R. Tougeron)
McCormack                  Lucille May             8 Sep 1896  (first daughter of Henry McCormack)
Barnes                        Charles Arthur          9 Sep 1901  (second son of Minnie McCormack and Charles Barnes)
Bird                                   Paul Lloyd            9 Sep 1935  (son of Edith Marie McCormack)
Palmer                               Dudley B.          14 Sep 1900  (husband of Lura M. McCormack daughter of Edward McCormack)
Ford                             Richard Curtis        15 Sep 1937  (son of Alta McCormack and Aubrey Ford)
Ellingham                            Roy D.              21 Sep 1895  (husband of Lura Coon daughter of Grace Ellen McCormack)
McCormack                Ethel Rebecca       23 Sep 1928  (daughter of Henry Peacock McCormack)
McCormack                Dorothy Ellen       26 Sep 1940  (daughter of Henry Davis McCormack)
Ingleright                        Leon Ray            30 Sep 1870  (husband of Katherine Fidelia McCormack daughter of Michael McCormack)

Happy belated birthday to most and happy birthday to the rest!

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.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!


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!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

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.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!