Remembering the Author of MythAdventures

Hello! Today, I would like to remember my second cousin, Robert Lynn Asprin [1]. But since I never met him while he was alive and what I know about him is what I have found during my research.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin

I am related to Robert thru my great-grandfather, William E. McCormack. Robert is descended from William via William’s first wife, Lura Grace Roys. She died in 1895. I am related to William thru his second wife, Lavina Jane Hemingway.

Seven years ago today, unfortunately Robert died. He was born in St. Johns, Michigan. He would attend the University of Michigan for two years. Since this is also Memorial Day weekend, I should note that he also served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1966.

He was a noted scifi author writing such series as MythAdventures and Phule’s Company.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something new!

Footnote;

1. Wikipedia, Robert Asprin.

DNA update news

On Thursday (5/7/15), my YDNA-37 test was “officially” received by FTDNA. So sometime around the end of June or the beginning of July, I should find out something interesting. I had meant for someone else to use the test, but was unable to convince them to take the test. Maybe next time? I also wonder if (probably should) and when I should upgrade to a Y-67 test.

Here is the timeline for my results;

My FTDNA results timeline

My FTDNA results timeline

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April’s McCormack Odds & Ends

I had intended to post these announcements separately, but I delayed. What I would like to share with you is the birthday of my granduncle, Merle Hemingway McCormack, the birthday of his Aunt, Maria “Minnie” Bedina (McCormack) Barnes and the marriage of his Aunt, Deliliah Elizabeth (McCormack) Addy.

First, I would like “announce” the birthday of Merle Hemingway McCormack. He was born on 18 Apr 1900 in Otter Lake, Michigan [1]. Merle would have been one hundred and fifteen years old! Happy birthday, Uncle Merle! All of my information says Otter Lake and therefore I assume that when it said that he was born in Otter Lake that it meant that he was born at his father’s (William E. McCormack) house.

Merle, Ruth and Alta McCormack

Merle, Ruth and Alta McCormack [3]

This picture is of the children of William E. McCormack and his (second) wife, Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack. I don’t believe that I have an exact date that the picture was taken but I am guessing that it was taken around 1907. I assume that because of Merle’s younger sister, Ruth looks about 3 years old.

He would grow up and attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He would later marry Lois Muriel Baker. After that marriage, he would go to work for her father at Baker College and just before his death, Merle would be the President of Baker Business.

Next, I would like to share the birthday of my second great-grandaunt, Maria “Minnie” Bedina McCormack. She was born on 16 Apr 1867 in Ypsilanti, Michigan[4]. Her parents were Michael and Catherine McCormack, my great-great-grandparents. I don’t have any photos of her and I haven’t been able to find out more than some of the basic life information. I know she was married Charles E. Barnes, a sailor and ship captain on the Great Lakes. She was the mother to two children, but only one survived childhood. She spent her last years living with her younger sister, Katherine (McCormack) Ingleright in Niles, Michigan. She died on 11 Dec 1963. Even though she died after I was born (26 Nov 1961), I never met her and didn’t know about her until the early 1990’s. Had she survived, “Minnie” would have been one hundred and forty-five years old. Happy Birthday, Aunt “Minnie”!

Finally, I would like to tell you about the marriage of Deliliah Elizabeth McCormack.She was married on 19 Apr 1881[5]. Here is the front page of the newspaper that her marriage announcement appeared.

A newspaper notice of Delilah's wedding

A newspaper notice of Delilah’s wedding

The transcription of her wedding announcement states;

MARRIED

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Addy—McCORMAC—At the residence of the bride, on the 19th inst., by the Rev. John Wilson, Mr. SMITH ADDY and MISS DELIA ELIZA McCORMAC, both of this city.

Smith Addy was born in Leeds, England in 1851.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something new!

Footnote(s);

1. Merle Hemingway McCormack, Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan), 4 Jan 1959 (Sunday), Pg. 1, Col. 1-3, digital image.
2. photo of the children of William E. McCormack, , 2009, privately held by Jeff Ford, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Lebanon, Tennessee, 2009
3. Michigan, Department of Health, death certificate (State) no. 69477 & (local) no. 238, (11 Dec 1963), Maria “Minnie” Bedina McCormack, Vital Records Section, Lansing
4. Michigan, Department of Health, death certificate (State) no. 69477 & (local) no. 238, (11 Dec 1963), Maria “Minnie” Bedina McCormack, Vital Records Section, Lansing.
5. Deliliah Elizabeth McCormack, Ypsilanti Commerical , 23 Apr 1881, Pg. 1, col. 5, digital image.

In Rememberance of . . . .

Today, I would like to remember the passing of the grandfather that I never knew, Aubrey Benton Ford. He died on 7 Apr 1963 in Detroit, Michigan.

Grandpa Ford and Mike

Grandpa Ford and Mike

Unfortunately, I don’t think I ever met him. He had divorced my grandmother back in 1954. Actually, I think she divorced him. Also, he and my dad were not on “good” terms. As I think I have said before, I wonder if he came to regret any of his actions prior to his death.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

Happy Birthday, John Michael McCormack and . . .

Hi once again! Today, I would like to wish a couple of family members a Happy Birthday!

Today, 7 Apr, is the birthday of which I believe are the first McCormack twins, John Michael and his brother, for which a lack of a better name, “Patrick J.” If they both had lived today, they would 155 years old! Just imagine the history that they would have seen! John Michael and his brother, Patrick their parents were Michael and Catherine McCormack.

Both boys were born in or near London, Ontario, Canada when the family lived in Canada. On a side note, I am not sure why they moved to Canada although I think that the (American) Civil War had something to do with it.

1861 (Upper) Canada Census

1861 (Upper) Canada Census

Unfortunately, “Patrick J.” did not live as the census indicates. Here is one of my many pictures of John Michael;

John Michael McCormack as a young man.

John Michael McCormack as a young man.

This is my favorite of him. I don’t exactly when this picture was taken but I am guessing sometime in the mid 1880s. There has been a “suggestion” out there in the family that John Michael was involved with the building of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. From there to the wild western city of Reno, Nevada in the mid 1880s. There he met and married a young lady named Gertrude Angeline Peacock.

A young Gertrude Peacock McCormack

A young Gertrude Peacock McCormack

This is how John Michael made his early fortune.

Reno Evening Gazette Newspaper Ad for John Michael McCormack's monument company

Reno Evening Gazette Newspaper Ad for John Michael McCormack’s monument company.

From a monument company to a gas station;

A McCormack gas station

A McCormack gas station

Then from a monument company and a gas station to a hotel;

The Hotel McCormack

The Hotel McCormack

I also would like to show you John Michael’s only surviving son, Henry Peacock McCormack;

Henry Peacock McCormack as a young adult.

Henry Peacock McCormack as a young adult.

I think that I have briefly covered portions of John Michael McCormack’s life and discussed certain members of his extended family.

Here are some links that discussed his life either in part or total;

Census Sunday – John Michael McCormack and family in the 1900 Census

Friday’s Faces from the Past – A Young John Michael & Gertrude McCormack

Tombstone Tuesday – John Michael & Gertrude McCormack

Michael and his sons

Sharing Saturday – A Family Portrait

Happy Birthday, John Michael McCormack! Happy Birthday to his brother, “Patrick J.”!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

In Rememberance of . . . .

This isn’t going to make in time, but I wanted to remember my cousin (she was actually my first cousin once removed), Margaret Lorriane (Coon) Asprin. I am sorry to say that I never met Lorriane or any of her family even though her family lived in the same southeast Michigan area that I grew up in. Our common ancestor was my great-grandfather William E. McCormack. Lorriane is descended from William’s first wife, Lura Grace Roys. William was Lorriane’s grandfather.

Margaret Lorriane Coon Asprin's passport picture

Margaret Lorriane Coon Asprin’s passport picture

This was Lorriane’s obituary that was written at a memorial webpage;

She was born November 12, 1917. She died April 5, 2011 at her residence at the Hillside Retirement center. Lorraine was the youngest of three sisters, and grew up in St. Johns, MI. She married Daniel Dacanay Asprin in May 1941 and the two settled in Ann Arbor, MI. They had two children. An avid reader and educated woman, Lorraine returned to school when her children started their schooling, earning a bachelor’s degree and eventually a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1958. She was a dedicated teacher, and led a sixth grade classroom in the Ann Arbor school system until she retired. After retiring, Lorraine enjoyed reading, knitting, and visits with her grandchildren. She was an active and enthusiastic member of St. Clare’s Episcopal Church. Lorraine is survived by her daughter, her grandchildren, and her five great-grandsons.

I would like to thank you for stopping by and I hope you learned something about the McCormack family!

The William E. McCormack general store postcard

Last Monday, 23 Mar 2015, I wrote about how I won an Ebay auction [1],  for a postcard [2] showing the general store of my great-grandfather, William E. McCormack located in Otter Lake, Michigan. Btw, the store is still standing although it looks radically different looking now.

Postcard showing the William E. McCormack Store in Otter Lake, Michigan

Postcard showing the William E. McCormack Store in Otter Lake, Michigan

The front of the postcard is relatively good shape with the exception of the handwriting in the lower right quadrant and the “code” in the lower left qaudrant.

The rear side of the postcard showing the William E. McCormack store in Otter Lake, Michigan

The rear side of the postcard showing the William E. McCormack store in Otter Lake, Michigan

As shown in the first picture, this postcard has definitely been used. There are several things that we can tell from looking at the back. First, the postcard was published by the Backenstose Bookstore of Pontiac, Michigan. They published a series of postcards featuring Otter Lake that I have collected many of. Second, this postcard, as all the rest of my Otter Lake collection, was printed or made in Germany. Third, the postage was an amazing 1 cent stamp! Considering fact #4, as it appears to me, the postmark date of 23 Sep 1908 maybe charging one cent wasn’t all that amazing. From my brief research into when the stamp and postcard was printed, it appears that this particular stamp and postcard was in use from 1907 to 1914.[2] After 1914, due to World War I, postcards for use in the USA were not printed in Germany anymore but in England or the United States. Earlier, I mentioned a “code” on the front in the lower left corner. To me, it appears that the code is AGG131. As of the time of the writing of this post, I don’t know what that “code” means. Perhaps someday I will decipher and transcribe the message on the back of the postcard.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

Footnotes;

1. “Winning an Ebay auction!”, 
2. Postcard of the William E. McCormack general store in Otter Lake, Michigan, , 2015, privately held by Jeff Ford , [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Lebanon, Tennessee, 2015
3. “Tips for determining when a U.S. postcard was published”, Center of Southwest Studies, Ft. Lewis College, Durango, CO. revised 7 Aug 2006, visited 29 Mar 2015.