December McCormack Birthdays!

Here are the December birthdays that happened in the Michael McCormack family.

Last Name, First & Mid Name                         Birth Date                         Birth Place

Barnes, Charles Harold                                        7 Dec 1898                         Saginaw, Michigan
Charles was the first child of Maria “Minnie” McCormack and Charles Eli Barnes. He was my first cousin twice removed. You can read more about him at my blog posts, “Wednesday’s Child – Charles Harold Barnes” and “Happy Birthday, Charles Harold Barnes!

Crain, Depsy Ann                                                    2 Dec 1941                         Placer, California
Depsy is the wife of a third cousin who is still alive and therefore I don’t wish to name him. You can learn more about Depsy at my Find-A-Grave memorial for her.

Davis, Ethel                                                              3 Dec 1892                          Anderson, California
Ethel was the wife of Henry Peacock McCormack, the son of John Michael McCormack. Henry was my first cousin twice removed. Ethel was the mother of six sons and four daughters. You can read more about Ethel at my blog posts, “Happy Birthday, Ethel Davis McCormack!” and “Wordless Wednesday – Mom at the beach!

Dorstewitz, Edward James                                 28 Dec 1948                        Benton Harbor, Michigan
Edward was a Vietnam War veteran who died of Cancer due to exposure to Agent Orange. He was married to a third cousin who is still alive and therefore I don’t wish to name her. You can learn more about Edward at my Find-A-Grave memorial for him.

Farrell, Arthur Willard                                          16 Dec 1903                       Marinette, Wisconsin
Arthur was the husband of my great-grandaunt, Ruth Eleanor McCormack. You can learn more about Arthur at my Find-A-Grave memorial for him and at my blog post, “An “Art” Deco pose!

McCormack, Donald James                                9 Dec 1894                         Lewiston, Michigan
Donald was the third child of Edward James McCormack and Elizabeth Jane Dimick. He was a corporal in the US Army during WWI. You can see his more about Donald at my Find-A-Grave memorial for him. He was my first cousin twice removed.

McCormack, John Michael                                 22 Dec 1896                        Reno, Nevada
John Michael was second son and child of John Michael and Gertrude Angeline (Peacock) McCormack. John, unfortunately, died on the day of his birth. It isn’t known if he was born alive and died sometime after birth or if he was stillborn. You can see more at my Find-A-Grave memorial for him.

Happy belated birthday to those whose birthdays have passed and happy birthday to the rest!

Thanks for stopping and reading this post. I hope you learned something new about the McCormack family.

Belated November McCormack family birthdays!

I know that it isn’t November any more, but I still wanted to remember the following people because if you are forgotten you are truly dead and I don’t want these people to be forgotten. So I apologize to them and to my readers for not getting this post done when I should have.

Here are the November birthdays that happened in the McCormack family.

Last Name, First & Mid Name                                        Birth Date                      Birth Place

Coon                         Margaret Lorriane                          12 Nov 1917                    Dewitt, Michigan
Dornauf                   Elizabeth Petronella                       12 Nov 1866                Weisbaden, Germany
McCormack            Arthur A.                                             14 Nov 1861                    London, Canada
McCormack            Edward James                                   21 Nov 1856                    London, Canada
McCormack            Gertrude “Betty” Jeanette               3 Nov 1917                     Sparks, Nevada
McCormack            Grace Ellen                                        24 Nov 1885                   Ypsilanti, Michigan
McCormack            Katherine Fidelia                             26 Nov 1870                   Ypsilanti, Michigan
Naugle                     Margaret Iseman                             4 Nov 1864                       Pennsylvania
Smith                        Suzanne Mae                                   16 Nov 1929                     Sioux City, Iowa

I know that I previously posted about Betty McCormack and Katherine McCormack for their birthdays, so I won’t talk about them here. But please visit their posts. They were both incredible ladies.

There are a couple of people that I would like to briefly talk about here. Both are sons of Michael and Catherine (Payne) McCormack, my great-great grandparents.

It is Edward (James) McCormack. I have very little information about him. He was the younger brother to my great grandfather, William E. McCormack. Edward and his father, Michael, both bought land in northern Lower Michigan. Edward was the only one who stayed up there. Edward was married to, IMHO, very incredible woman, Elizabeth Jane Dimick. I wrote about her in these posts, Celebrating Women’s History Month – Elizabeth J. (Rohr) Dimmick McCormack and Tombstone Tuesday – Elizabeth J. McCormack and Stationary Sunday – The McCormack General Store of Mio, Michigan. Back to Edward. From what I gathered about him, Edward was a farmer up in northern Michigan. I don’t know when it happened, but sometime after he died, the land that he bought was sold or lost by his widow. Unfortunately, during the winter of 1898, 15 Feb, he died. From what I was told by his granddaughter, he caught a cold and died when it worsened. I don’t know much else about him. I don’t even have a picture of him. Happy belated birthday, great-granduncle Edward!

The second person is Edward’s (and William’s) younger brother, Arthur McCormack. Here is the one picture I have of him;

Arthur McCormack at the family reunion in Otter Lake, Michigan.

Arthur McCormack at the family reunion in Otter Lake, Michigan.

I know a little more about Uncle Arthur but not much. Except for his older brother William, he was born like the rest of his brothers in London, Canada. From the old telephone directories I have been able to find, I know that he held many jobs during his lifetime. For a long time, he and his wife, Elizabeth Dornauf, lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also lived in Detroit, Michigan for a while. I also know that he and Elizabeth had no children that lived. So it is left to me, I guess, to remember him. Like his brother, Edward, Arthur died too young in my opinion. He died on 13 Feb 1933 of a cerebral hemorrhage in Chicago, Illinois. A weird coincidence I just noticed is that Arthur died almost 35 years after Edward. Happy belated birthday, great-granduncle Arthur!

Thanks for stopping and reading this post. I hope you learned something new about the McCormack family.

Happy Birthday, Aunt Kate!

I don’t like to repost previously published posts, but since I haven’t been able learn anything new and I do want to honor the memory of my great grand-aunt Kate. I do wish that I could have met her while she was alive and well. I wonder what kind of lady she was. Thanks!


Today is my great grand-aunt Katherine “Kate” Fidelia (McCormack) Ingleright’s birthday. Katherine was the youngest of 10 children of Michael and Catherine McCormack. She was born on 26 Nov 1870 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Katherine (McCormack) Ingleright

Katherine (McCormack) Ingleright [1]

On 19 Jul 1899 in Lapeer, Michigan she married Leon Ray Ingleright of Niles, Michigan. For most of the next ten years, she and Leon lived with her parents in Otter Lake. [2] Sometime before the 1910 census, her husband who was a doctor, got his own practice or joined one in Rose City, Michigan. [3][4] As far as I know, she and Leon had two wonderful children, Violet Cassie and Leon Ray, Jr. They were born in 1901 and 1903 respectively and both in Rose City. At sometime between the 1920 and the 1930 censuses, Katherine and her family moved to Niles, Michigan. [5] They and their descendants would make Niles and the southwestern corner of Michigan their home up to the present.

There is one reason that my Aunt Katherine is special to me. She and I share the same birthday. I was born 91 years after her. In fact, she was still alive when I was born. But my parents had no knowledge of her branch of the McCormack family.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!


1. picture of Katherine Fidelia (McCormack) Ingleright, , 2009, privately held by Jeff Ford, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Lebanon, Tennessee, 2009
2. 1900 United States Federal Census, Otter Lake, Marathon Township, Lapeer County, Michigan, population schedule, ED 43, Pg. 7B, dwelling 173, family 173, Michael McCormack, digital image,,, accessed 6 Feb 2011, citing Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
3. 1910 United States Federal Census, Rose City, Ogemaw County, Michigan, population schedule, Ward 3, ED 38, Pg. 250, dwelling 3, family 75, Leon R. Ingleright, digital image,,, accessed 1 Dec 2012, 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.
4. 1920 United States Federal Census, Rose City, Ogemaw County, Michigan, population schedule, Ward 3, ED 280, dwelling 54, family 55, Leon R. Ingelright, digital image,,, 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.
5. 1930 United States Federal Census, Niles, Berrien County, Michigan, population schedule, Ward 3, ED 12, Pg. 235, dwelling 71, family 84, Leon R. Ingleright, digital image,,, citing Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

What was Michael’s middle name?

What was my great-great grandfather, Michael McCormack, middle name? That is a question that I have struggled with for a long time. A few nights ago, I was talking to a FB (Facebook) friend about the McCormacks, we both share a McCormack history. I think I happen to mention that Michael’s middle name or initial, at least, was “M.” He asked me what the “M” stood for and I told him that I don’t know. I explained that Michael only used it a couple or three times and NEVER wrote out what the “M” stood for.

For quite a long time, I didn’t think he had one. Or at least one that was ever recorded. Then I found a document or two that indicated his middle initial was “M.” Here is my first document. It is a part of his land grant application;

Michael's  use of his middle initial

Michael’s use of his middle initial [1]

You can see that he used twice in this document, once near the top of the page and the second time in his signature near the middle of the page. Unfortunately, that is my only example that I can find at the moment. I think that I might have one or two more examples, but I can not find them at this time. My friend, who might be a distant relative, asked if the “M” might stand for Martin. As I previously mentioned, Michael rarely gave his middle initial much less his middle name. Michael had a son named John Michael, but that was the only use of the “M” among his sons. If it was Martin, then it was never used in the family.

So, I am left wondering what the “M” stood for. Was it Martin? Or was it something else?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something. If you have an idea or suggestion, please drop me a note or something!



Belated Veterans Day Rememberances!

I know that  Veterans Day is passed but I still would like to remember the members of the McCormack family that have served in one of the branches of the U.S. military.

Last Name, First & Mid Name                                  Branch/Rank

Addy, Robert Orrin                                                         Army
Asprin, Robert Lynn                                                        Army
Bird, Paul Lloyd                                                        Navy/Cmdr.
Crozier, Robert Charles                                                  Army
Dorstewitz, Edward James                                             Army
Ellis, Scott Kennedy                                                     Army/Sgt.
Ford, Jeffrey Frederick                                                 Army/Sp4
Ford, William McCormack                                            Army/Cpt.
Ingleright, Leon Ray                                                    Marines/1Lt.
Knudsen, Joshua Travis                                                Army/Cpt
Lowney, Chad Michael                                                    Marines
Lowney, Chester John                                                    Air Force
McCormack, Duane Harold                                                Army
McCormack, Gerald “Bum/Mac” Milton                Navy Reserve/Ensign
McCormack, Maurice LeRoy “Doc”                                   Army
McCormack, Michael Alan                                                 Army
McCormack, Robert Michael                           Army (Air Corps)/Air Force/Cpt.
McCormack, William “Bill” D.                                     Merchant Marines
McCormack, Sr., James Archer                                          Navy
Platt, Stephen Justin                                                       Army/Major
Tougeron, Raymond Louis                                                  Navy
Waltz, Bruce Charles                                                      Marines/Sgt
Waltz, Charles Wayne                                                       Air Force

Thank you to the above men and their families for their service and sacrifice. Some of the above men saw the ultimate horror of war while others, like myself, served in a peacetime military and never fired a shot in anger. Fortunately, none of the men listed died in war or were a POW.

Thanks again to those that have served!

I hope you have learned something!

Veterans Day – Paul Bird

For Veterans Day, I would like to write about one of my many McCormack relatives that served in some capacity in the US military. The relative that I would like to tell you about is Navy Commander Paul L. Bird. Paul was my second cousin once removed. His grandfather, Henry McCormack and my great-grandfather, William E. McCormack were brothers.

Commander Paul Lloyd Bird

Commander Paul L. Bird

Paul entered the Navy in 1957 and retired from active duty in 1981 after 24 years with the rank of Commander. One of his early duty stations was the U.S.S. Forrestal, CV-59. Sometime later, he transferred to Navy Air. I think that Navy Air refers to the Naval Air Systems Command. 

One of his duties in the Navy was as a flight officer coordinating activities on the P-3 Orion aircraft. The P-3s were used for ASW (anit-submarine warfare)…hunting enemy submarines.[1]

He later taught this skill to Navy reservists and served as Officer in Charge of the Reserve Anti-submarine Warfare School at Willow Grove, PA. it was at this duty station that he met and married his second wife, Virginia “Ginny” Stevenson Komas. They were married in October 1974.

Paul was later transferred to NAF (Naval Air Facility) at Selfridge ANG Base near Detroit, MI where he served as executive officer.

Paul’s next and last transfer was to Toledo, Ohio where he was Commanding Officer for the reserve training facility there. He retired from the Navy at the end of his tour in Toledo.

Some of Paul’s earlier duty stations included Norfolk, VA and Jacksonville, FL.

Though not a veteran of active wars (although he did serve during the Vietnam War), he was a ‘cold war’ veteran searching for Russian subs during that time.

An interesting note relating to Paul’s service was a story that his wife relayed to me in a FB message [2];

An interesting memory of mine was a trip we took to Europe. It was the last trip we took together before he died. During a cruise ship stop in St. Petersburg , Russia he encountered Russian soldiers and sailors. Much different than finding their submarines….how times have changed!

Unfortunately, Paul died in late 2006 of pancreatic cancer which prevented me from ever meeting him. He is buried in Elam Cemetery in Melrose, Florida.[3]

I would like to thank Paul’s widow, Virginia “Ginny” Stevenson Komas for all the information and the picture concerning her late husband.

Thank you, cousin Paul for your dedicated 24 years of service!



2. FB message from Ginny Bird 22 Oct 2014


Happy Birthday Gertrude “Betty” Jeanette McCormack!

Today, November 3rd, is the birthday of Gertrude “Betty” Jeanette McCormack Waltz.

Gertrude "Betty" J. McCormack Waltz

Gertrude “Betty” J. McCormack

Betty was born on 3 Nov 1917 in Sparks, Nevada to Henry Peacock McCormack and Ethel Davis. Her actual first name was Gertrude which I believe was in honor of her grandmother, Gertrude Peacock McCormack. She would have been 97 years old if she lived. On 29 Jan 1940, she married Charles Wayne Waltz, the love of her life. She and Charles had 4 children and of those four children, three are still alive. Betty is survived by three grandsons, three granddaughters, four great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters.

Betty is my second cousin once removed.

Happy Birthday, cousin Betty!