March Birthdays!

I was supposed to get these birthday announcements up at the beginning of the month, but as I mentioned a month ago, my work schedule really limits my posting. I apologize to all my followers and readers.

For the month of March, the following people of the McCormack family have birthdays;

Last Name First & Mid Name Birth Date

Coon, Kathryn Elizabeth “Betty” 11 Mar 1916
Kathryn would have been 98 years old. Kathryn was the daughter of Grace Ellen (McCormack) and Alfred Rinehart Coon.

Addy, Robert Henry 16 Mar 1891
Robert would have been 123 years old. Robert was the son of Delilah Elizabeth (McCormack) and Smith Addy.

Murphy, Margaret Williams 17 Mar 1908
Margaret would have been 98 years old. She was the wife of Leon R. “Doc” Ingleright II.

McCormack, Edith Marie 18 Mar 1899
Edith would have been 115 years old. Margaret was the daughter of (Thomas) Henry and Minnie (Van Wormer) McCormack.

McCormack, William Edward 31 Mar 1890
William would have been 124 years old at the end of this month. William was the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Dimmick) McCormack.

 

Happy Birthday to all! I hope that I have done something to keep the memories of those people alive. Thanks for stopping by and I hope  you learned something.

Found, the parents of Charles Arthur Barnes!

I am back! My work schedule has prevented me from posting much at all lately. I have blogged a couple of times (The search for the parents of Charles Barnes – An update and A death certificate dead end?) about my efforts to find the parents of Charles(Carl) Arthur Barnes whom I believe to be the second child of Charles Eli Barnes and Maria “Minnie” Bedina McCormack, my great-grand aunt. As I have mentioned before, I strongly suspected that Charles was the person that I thought he would ultimately prove to be. But other than a couple of census records [1][2] and a name “change” on a  State of Michigan birth index [3], I didn’t have much. I had his obituary [4], but that didn’t help any at all. I also got a copy of his death certificate [5], but that too proved nothing new. My one last try was to get a copy of his Social Security application form and see if he listed his parents as he should have. Almost a month ago on 16 Jan (2014), I got a letter from the Social Security Administration saying that they had my request and would process it as soon as possible. I would have to wait two and half weeks before I would receive my long awaited confirmation. On 3 Feb 2014, I received Charles’s social security application form [6].

Charles A. Barnes's social security application form

Charles A. Barnes’s social security application form [6]

As  you can see on lines #10, #11, it states that Charles’ parents were Charles E. Barnes and Minnie B. McCormack. Bingo! I pretty sure that I had the right person and the right relationships. To really solidify the relationship, I need to find other documents that prove the relationship between Charles and his parents. One such document that comes to mind is his birth certificate. I’ll have to get a copy of it as soon as I can. I would like to find other documents that do the same as a birth certificate. Btw, I wonder what Charles looked like?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

Footnotes;

1. 1910 United States Federal Census, Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Michigan, population schedule, Ward X, ED 152, dwelling 276, family 281, Charles E. Barnes, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/, accessed 2 Apr 2008, citing Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
2. 1920 United States Federal Census, Flint, Genesee County, Michigan, population schedule, Ward 1, ED 13, dwelling 212, family 252, Minnie Barnes, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/, accessed 1 Dec 2012, citing Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
3. “Michigan, Births, 1867-1902,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11771-168820-24?cc=1459684&wc=10520118 : accessed 20 Feb 2014)
4. “Charles A. Barnes,” obituary, 17 June 1972, Bay City Times (Bay City, Michigan), page 3-B, col. 6, digital image.
5. Bay City, Bay County, Michigan, Michigan Department of Health, death certificate, state #34390 (local #D-1093), 19 Jun 1972, Charles Barnes, Vital Records Section, Lansing.
6. Charles Arthur Barnes, SS no. 367-01-9086, 15 Apr 1937, Application for Account Number (Form SS-5), Social Security Administration, Baltimore, Maryland.

Happy Birthday, Alta Lyleth McCormack!

Happy birthday, Grandma! Alta Lyleth (McCormack) Ford was my grandmother. My grandmother was born on February 3, 1902 in Otter Lake, Michigan almost 2 years before her younger sister, Ruth (I wrote about Ruth’s birthday yesterday in the post, Happy Birthday, Aunt Ruth! Alta’s siblings were Merle and Ruth. Alta was the middle child. Here is the best picture I have of my grandmother;

Young Alta McCormack

Young Alta McCormack

I don’t know much about her childhood. However, I do know that she attended high school in Flint, Michigan. Flint isn’t too far from Otter Lake. I just wonder where she stayed while attending high school. I think she attended what would become Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan where she became a teacher. That is a profession that she shared with my dad. On July 30, 1932, she married Aubrey Ford. She and Aubrey had three children; Nancy Jane, William McCormack and Richard Curtis. Sadly, my uncle “Dick” died in 2012. From what I have gathered from informal talks with my dad, my grandmother’s marriage to my grandfather was not very good.So in September 1954, she divorced him. It was funny because when I was growing up, we never talked about my grandfather. He was never discussed at my grandmother’s.

I do have one story about my grandmother I would like to share. It must have been when I was 5 or 6 years old. We would visit my grandmother’s house in Garden City, Michigan. She had a squarish house. When I got there, I would ask either my parents or my grandmother to time me while I ran around her house. I would take off like a bat out of hell. Which for a little kid of 5 or 6 was pretty fast! When I got back to the “starting line” I would always ask the timer how did I do? They would always tell me “you ran faster than last time” or something like that. Little did I realize at the time that they were lying to me!  They never timed me! I am so hurt!

Sadly, my grandmother died in May 1986 while I was stationed in California. I think because I was getting out in a couple of weeks, I couldn’t make the funeral. She is buried in the Otter Lake Cemetery in Otter Lake, Michigan next to her parents, William E. and Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something about my family!

Happy Birthday, Aunt Ruth!

Today, February 2nd, is my Aunt Ruth’s birthday! Happy birthday, Aunt Ruth! Actually she is my grand-aunt, but I always called her Aunt. Ruth Eleanor McCormack was born on February 2, 1904 in Otter Lake, Michigan. If she was still alive today, she would have been 110 years old. Her parents were William E. and Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack. She was the youngest of three children born to William and Lavina. The other children being my grand Uncle Merle and my grandmother, Alta.

Here is my best picture of her;

Aunt Ruth as a child

Aunt Ruth as a child

She also appears in the reunion picture which can be found at the post, The Beginning, at Friday’s Faces from the Past – The Children of William E. McCormack.

Unfortunately, I can’t say if I ever met her. If I did, I don’t remember it. She had two children both of whom are still living. In 1930, she married Arthur Willard Farrell in Toledo, Ohio. As far as I know, she didn’t have a full-time job outside of the home although I suspect that she may have been a teacher because my grandmother, her older sister, was a teacher.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

The search for the parents of Charles Barnes – An update

Back on November 8th (of 2013), I wrote the post, A death certificate dead end?. It was about my search for the parents of Charles Barnes who I believe is the second son of Maria “Minnie” Bedila McCormack and Charles E. Barnes. Last time, I wrote about requesting and getting a death certificate copy for this Charles Barnes. I had some hope that it would tell me who his parents were. I previously had obtained his obituary and it didn’t mention any relatives at all [1]. None! When I looked at the death certificate, the word “UNKNOWN” were typed in the parent boxes [2]. In short, the death certificate didn’t tell me anything either.

So, I turned to requesting his Social Security application. On the 29th of November (2013), I mailed a request for Charles Barnes’s Social Security application. On January 16th, I received a letter from the Social Security Administration stating that they had received my request and would be processing it as soon as possible. The letter was dated the 9th of January, a week prior. As of January 17th, my check had NOT cleared. At least they have my request and perhaps in a month or so I may receive Charles Barnes’s Social Security application. Whenever I receive another update, I will post it as soon as I can.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

Footnotes;

1.) “Charles A. Barnes,” obituary, 17 June 1972, Bay City Times (Bay City, Michigan), page 3-B, col. 6, digital image.
2.) Bay City, Bay County, Michigan, Michigan Department of Health, death certificate, state #34390 (local #D-1093), 19 Jun 1972, Charles Barnes, Vital Records Section, Lansing.

Postmaster as a family occupation – Father and son

As I noted in one of my previous posts, Michael as a postmaster, Michael McCormack (my great-great grandfather) was a postmaster in the Idlewild area of Montmorency County, Michigan. Today, I will show that for a time, at least, the postmaster was a McCormack family occupation.

I had known for a while, I think, prior to my active research that my great-grandfather, William E. McCormack, was a postmaster in Otter Lake, Michigan. Here is a newspaper clipping;

Postmasters Commissioned

Postmasters Commissioned [1]

Here is an index of postmaster appointments;

U.S. Appointments of U.S. Postmasters 1832-1971 For William E. McCormick

U.S. Appointments of U.S. Postmasters 1832-1971 For William E. McCormick [2]

William’s name is in the lower right corner of the document. I just wonder if there was some sort of official document that these people who were just appointed received much like the document you can get for some federal land grants. An interesting side note about William McCormack and his appointment as a postmaster for Otter Lake. I don’t know exactly where the post office was back when he was postmaster, although I suspect that it was in his store, today in Otter Lake the post office is right across the street from William E. McCormack’s house.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

Footnotes;

1. “Postmasters Commissioned”, Saginaw (Michigan) Evening News, 26 Dec 1893, pg. 3, col. 3; GenealogyBank.com, (http://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 12 Jan 2014).
2. “U.S., Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832-1971,” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 Jan 2014), entry for William E. McCormack, 11 Jul 1893, Otter Lake, NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls. Records of the Post Office Department, Record Group Number 28. Washington, D.C.: National Archives.

William E. McCormack – A Portrait (Work in Progress)

Today, I would like to share a portrait of William E. McCormack. William, you would know if you have followed this blog, is my great-grandfather. He was born on 9 Jul 1853 in Kilkenny, Ireland. He immigrated shortly thereafter with his parents, Michael and Catherine McCormack.

William E. McCormack

William E. McCormack [1]

As you can see, this is a work in progress. The original is an oval shape to fit in an oval picture frame. One thing that I would like to find out is approximately when the portrait was taken. I don’t know when it was taken.

Thanks for stopping by!

Footnote;

1. portrait of William E. McCormack, , 2009, privately held by William McCormack Ford, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Farmington, Michigan, 2009