New Henry McCormack photos

One nice thing about having an Ancestry.com account is that with their hints you sometimes can get some very good information. The other day I logged onto my Ancestry account and found that I had several new hints and the following pictures were among them. I wrote to the person to thank them for uploading and sharing them.

The first two pictures I have never seen before. The last one another cousin had previously shared with me.

Henry and Margaret (Iseman) McCormack

Henry and Margaret (Iseman-Naugle) McCormack

That is a very good picture of Henry and Margaret, his second wife. Since Henry died in 1951, I think that this picture was taken sometime in the 1940s.

McCormack House - Ithaca (Front)(B&W)

The Henry McCormack house of Ithaca, MI.

At this time, I don’t know who the two people are on the front porch. It would be helpful to know when this picture was taken.

This is the photo that I already had. 

McCormack House - Ithaca (Side)(B&W)

A side view of the Henry McCormack house in Ithaca, MI.

The people on the lawn are Edith Marie McCormack Bird and her daughter. Given that information, that would make this picture taken in the early 1930s. 

I am very thankful that the person from Ancestry decided to upload and share his photos. If they hadn’t, I would have never seen the first two pictures. 

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

July Dates for the Clan McCormack, Pt. II

Thank you for waiting for my second installment of my July Dates for the family of Michael and Catherine McCormack.

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I would like to take some time to remember some important events and an interesting tidbit or two in the lives of members of the Clan McCormack for the month of July.

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19 Jul 1899 – Katherine Fidelia McCormack married Leon Ray Ingleright, MD. in Lapeer, Michigan. These are my only two pictures of the happy couple. The first picture was taken from another photo that featured Katherine’s parents and her daughter, Violet. The second photo is a composite that I made from the McCormack Family Reunion picture. Katherine and Leon would stay married to each other until Leon’s untimely death in Oct 1953. They would be the proud parents of two children, Violet Cassie and Leon Ray Ingleright, Jr.

Leon Ray Ingleright, MD.

Leon Ray Ingleright, MD.

Aunt Katherine

Katherine Fidelia (McCormack) Ingleright

19 Jul 1972 Violet Cassie Ingleright was married to Neil McMillan. It was Violet’s third marriage. It was Neil’s second marriage. His first wife died in 1971. I have no pictures of Neil. He was also the first Scottish member of the extended McCormack family since he was born in Dalry, Scotland.

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Violet Cassie Ingleright

21 Jul 1910 Daniel Dacanay Asprin was born in Binalonan, Pangasinan, Philippines. I don’t know much about Daniel other than he was a machinist for most of his life.

Daniel Asprin

Daniel Dacanay Asprin

23 Jul 1891 – Aubrey Benton Ford was born in Salisbury, Missouri. He is my grandfather. In 1932, he married Alta Lyleth McCormack. A couple of years later, they became the proud parents of a baby girl, my aunt. Then a few years after that, my father and uncle were born. From what I have been told, he was frequently absent from my father’s life. Because of that fact, he and my grandmother were divorced in 1954. Because he died a couple of years after I was born, I was never able to meet him.

Aubrey Ford

Aubrey B. Ford 1960

24 Jul 2006 – Jimmie David Keen died in Reno, Nevada. Yes, that is her name. According to one of her daughters, she was named after her father, James David Keen. She married James Archer McCormack in May 1944. James and Jimmie were the proud parents of three daughters and a son. An interesting story is that I was told is that the happy couple was married in Nueces, Texas by a Jewish Rabbi. But the most interesting part is that neither the groom or the bride were Jewish!

Jimmie D. Keen McCormack

Jimmie D. Keen on her wedding day

24 Jul 1867 – Elizabeth Jane Rohr was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Elizabeth is one of my favorite McCormack family members to write about. Once again, please use the search function to look for some of the past articles that I have written about her. Her life is absolutely amazing to me. In brief, she was pregnant with her sixth child when her husband, Edward J. McCormack died. During this time, she and Edward were already parents of four boys and girls. After that, she became the owner of a general store in Mio. Then, when she should’ve been enjoying her “retirement”, she “adopted” her two granddaughters when their mother died unexpectedly and their father was unable to raise them. That is why she is one of my favorite McCormacks to write about.

Elizabeth J. Rohr McCormack

Elizabeth (Rohr) McCormack behind one of the counters of her general store

25 Jul 1909 – Pauline Pearl Humphrey was born in North Star township in Gratiot County, Michigan. I don’t know much at all about her early life. But in Jun 1928, she married the only son of Henry and (the late) Minnie (Van Wormer) McCormack, Charles Harold McCormack. Pauline and Harold were the proud parents of two sons and a daughter. She survived her husband by living an additional thirteen years.

Pauline McCormack

Pauline Pearl (Humphrey) McCormack

26 Jul 2008 – William A. Gould died. William, the name as I knew him as died for reasons that I haven’t quite understood. What I understand is that he was quite ill the last few years of his life. I remember visiting him when I was growing up. He was a very good guy. He’s one of those people that you are sorry you missed saying goodbye to.

27 Jul 1922 – Dorothy Ellen Wade was born in Grants Pass, Oregon. When Dorothy grew up, she would marry the eldest son of the “West Coast” McCormack clan, Henry Davis McCormack. She and Henry would become the proud parents of three daughters and a son. I have written a few times about Dorothy and the beautiful smile that you see below. Please use the search function to find out more about her.

dorothy-ellen-mccormack

Dorothy Ellen (Wade) McCormack

28 Jul 1919 – Elizabeth “Libby” Lee Heaton was born in Billings, Montana. What I have learned about Libby is all from a self-published book by one of her four sons. One thing that I learned by reading her son’s book was that her father served in the U.S. Army during World War I in France. Her parents were unfortunately divorced when she was two years old and never saw her father again. When she was about 23 years old, she married Gerald Milton McCormack, one of the many sons of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. She and Gerald became the proud parents of four sons and one daughter. One of her prouder moments was the success of one of her sons. He was a prominent attorney where he lived, One of the highlights of his life was the time that he argued a case before the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

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Elizabeth “Libby” (Heaton) McCormack

29 Jul 1991 – Charles Harold McCormack died in Alma, Michigan. Charles was the youngest child of Henry and (the late) Minnie (Van Wormer) McCormack. He had two older sisters, Lucille Mae and Edith Marie. This first picture is of Harold and his two sisters. I believe it was taken at their uncle Will’s (William E. McCormack) house in Otter Lake, Michigan. The second photo is one that I have no information at this time about. It looks like it was taken an official function.

 

The Henry McCormack Children

The three Henry McCormack children, Edith Marie, Lucille Mae and Charles Harold.

 

C. Harold McCormack (B&W)

Charles Harold McCormack

30 Jul 1932 – Alta Lyleth McCormack married Aubrey Benton Ford. Please see my above entry for Aubrey Ford.

31 Jul 1984 – Kathryn Elizabeth “Betty” (Coon) Miller died in Dewitt, Michigan. I wish I had something to say about “Betty” but I don’t. All I know about her is that she was married twice and had at least one child (the one in the below picture).

Betty and Patty

Kathryn Elizabeth “Betty” (Coon) Miller

 

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I would like to remind everyone that there is a lot more to the people listed here than what I have written. If you have anything you would like to add about any of these people, please feel free to contact me. You can also talk on your own about any of these people that you know. I also would like to thank my many McCormack relatives that contributed the photos that you are able to enjoy.

I also would like to thank my many McCormack relatives that contributed the photos that you are able to enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

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P.S. If you see anything that needs correcting, please let me know! Thanks again!

July Dates for the Clan McCormack, Pt. I

I would like to take some time to remember some important events and an interesting tidbit or two in the lives of members of the Clan McCormack for the month of July. I am also going to do something different this month because there are so many entries. I will publish one-half today and the remaining entries as soon as possible.

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4 Jul 2004 Elizabeth “Libby” Lee (Heaton) McCormack died. “Libby” was the wife and widow of Gerald M. McCormack, the son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack “Libby” was the proud mother of 4 sons and one daughter.

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Elizabeth “Libby” Lee (Hinton) McCormack

4 Jul 1851 – Smith Addy was born in Leeds, England. Smith and his family emigrated to Canada sometime in the second half of the 1850s. He would later be married to a woman in Massachusetts, but that wouldn’t last. Then in 1881, he would marry Michael McCormack’s eldest daughter, Delilah Elizabeth McCormack. They would have six children, but only two of them would survive infancy and childhood to adulthood. In 1905, his wife Delilah would die and that incident would change his and his family’s life forever.

6 Jul 1898 Edna Ruth McCormack was born in Vienna Township, Montmorency County, Michigan. Edna was the youngest of the six children of Edward James and Elizabeth Jane (Rohr) McCormack. Later in her life, she would take over the McCormack General Store that her mother, Elizabeth had started sometime in the 1920s.

edna

Edna Ruth (McCormack) Hebestreit at her birthday party

6 Jul 1939 – Edna Ruth McCormack married Harold Hebestreit in Cheboygan, Michigan.

7 Jul 1897 – William McCormack married Lavina Jane Hemingway in Otter Lake, Michigan. Both were residents of Otter Lake for years prior to their marriage. It was the second marriage for William and the first for Lavina. They would become the proud parents of one boy (Merle Hemingway) and two girls (Alta Lyleth and Ruth Eleanor).

 

William & Lavina

William E. McCormack and Lavina Jane Hemingway

 

9 Jul 1853 – William E. McCormack was born in Kilkenny, Ireland. His parents were Michael and Catherine (Payne) McCormack. William didn’t spend a lot of time in Kilkenny as he and his parents left Ireland in Oct 1853.

William McCormack in front of his house in Otter Lake

William E. McCormack at his house in Otter Lake, Michigan

9 Jul 1998 – Ruth Eleanor (McCormack) Farrell died in Sarasota, Florida. She was the last child of William E. and Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack. Her older brother and sister were Merle Hemingway and Alta Lyleth (my grandmother). She was survived by her husband, Arthur W. Farrell and two children.

Aunt Ruth

Ruth Eleanor (McCormack) Farrell at her summer cabin

11 Jul 1923 – Lois Elizabeth VanMeter was born, to the best of my knowledge, in Moline, Illinois. She would later marry James Archer McCormack, Sr. (his second marriage).

13 Jul 1895 – William Fred “Ted” Crozier was born in Ithaca, Michigan. He would marry Lucille Mae McCormack, the eldest daughter of Henry and Minnie (Van Wormer) McCormack. He would help run his father-in-law’s store. I do have an interesting story to share about William. On opening day of the 1938 deer hunting season in Michigan, he would make the pages of the Battle Creek Enquirer by bagging an eight-point buck.

Fred Crozier & Lucille McCormack II

William Fred “Ted” and Lucille Mae (McCormack) Crozier

15 Jul 2009 – Maurice LeRoy “Doc” McCormack died. “Doc” as he was known to most of his friends and family, was the youngest son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. He holds a special place in my heart because it was of his efforts that I was able to make contact with his branch of the Clan McCormack. For many years, he worked for the California Dept. of Fish and Game.

Doc McCormack

Maurice Leroy “Doc” McCormack

16 Jul 1925 – Raymond Louis Tougeron, Sr. was born in Marin County, California. Ray would marry Ethel Rebecca McCormack, the daughter of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. His parents were immigrants from France. During World War II, he joined the Navy in Oct 1942. He would be the proud father of four children, three boys, and one girl.

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Raymond Louis Tougeron, Sr.

18 Jul 1983 – Roy D. Ellingham died in Detroit, Michigan. Roy was the husband of Lura Grace Coon, the eldest daughter of Alfred Rinehart and Grace Ellen (McCormack) Coon.

18 Jul 1903 – Neil McMillan was born in Dalry, Scotland. Neil was the third and last husband of Violet Cassie Ingleright, the eldest child of Leon Ray and Katherine Fidelia (McCormack) Ingleright. He emigrated to the United States as a young man in 1923.

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I would like to remind everyone that there is a lot more to the people listed here than what I have written. If you have anything you would like to add about any of these people, please feel free to contact me. You can also talk on your own about any of these people that you know. I also would like to thank my many McCormack relatives that contributed the photos that you are able to enjoy. 

I also would like to thank my many McCormack relatives that contributed the photos that you are able to enjoy. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

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P.S. If you see anything that needs correcting, please let me know! Thanks again!

June Dates for the Clan McCormack!

My apologies for not writing any sooner. I would like to take some time to remember some important events and an interesting tidbit or two in the lives of members of the Clan McCormack for the month of June.

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1 Jun 1824 – Catherine Paine was born. I wish I knew exactly where she was born, but I don’t. When I started researching the McCormack family, I was told that she was born in Cork, Ireland. So far, I have not been able to find any confirmation of that story. She was married once before she became a McCormack. She married a man named Robert Steele in Dublin in 1849. In 1853, she married Michael McCormack in Kilkenny, Ireland.

Catherine McCormack

Catherine McCormack

3 Jun 1931 – Duane Harold McCormack was born. He was born in Ithaca, Michigan and his parents were Charles Harold and Pauline (Humphrey) McCormack. His grandparents were Henry and Minnie (Van Wormer) McCormack. Although the only grandmother that he knew was Henry’s second wife, Margaret Iseman Naugle. Duane was married to Patricia Anne Richards and the proud father of three children, one girl, and two boys. 

Duane McCormack

Duane Harold McCormack

8 Jun 1954 – Lois Muriel Baker died from cancer. She became ill while visiting relatives in Winterset, Iowa and later died in Flint, Michigan. Sometime during her childhood, her parents, Eldon and Anna Baker moved to Flint. She graduated from the old Flint High School in 1918 and from her father’s school, Baker Business University in 1919. She also graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1923. That was a year after her husband, Merle Hemingway McCormack graduated from the same school. 

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Lois Muriel Baker McCormack

9 Jun 1964 – William Fred Crozier died in Ithaca, Michigan. He was married to Lucille May McCormack, the eldest daughter of Henry and Minnie Myrtle (Van Wormer) McCormack. This one picture that I have of him was taken at, what I was told, a Thanksgiving dinner with the whole Ithaca McCormack clan. He was the proud father of two boys. In the later years of his father-in-law’s life and after his death, he ran the McCormack store. I found one interesting story about Fred that I’ll share. I was looking through one of the various online newspaper sites when I came across a story that in 1938 on opening day of deer hunting season that Fred shot an eight-point buck. 

William Ted F. Crozier

William “Ted” F. Crozier

15 Jun 1956 – Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack died at a nursing home in Argentine Township located about 20 miles SWS of Flint, Michigan. Prior to that, she had been living with her son, Merle in Flint. She was my great-grandmother and the widow of William. She was the proud mother of three children, Merle, Alta (my grandmother) and Ruth. She was also the step-mother of Grace Ellen McCormack, William’s daughter from his first marriage. Something that I like to point out (i.e., brag about) is that through her, I am related to the great American novelist, Ernest Hemingway.

Grandma Lavina

Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack

16 Jun 1899 – Lois Muriel Baker was born. She was born in Peru, Iowa. Her parents were Eldon and Anna Baker. Lois’s father, Eldon Baker started Baker Business College which has now become Baker College of Flint, Michigan. She married Merle Hemingway McCormack in 29 Dec 1926 in Flint, Michigan. They, for reasons unknown, never had any children.

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Lois Baker McCormack

16 Jun 1972 – Charles Arthur Barnes died in Saginaw, Michigan. His parents were Charles E. and Marie “Minnie” (McCormack) Barnes. Information about Charles has been hard to come by.

17 Jun 1904 – Charles Harold McCormack was born. He was the youngest child and only son of Henry and Minnie Myrtle (Van Wormer) McCormack. For many years, he helped his father, Henry run his store in Ithaca. After his father’s death in 1951, he took it over. He was the proud father of two boys and a girl. 

C. Harold McCormack (B&W)

Charles Harold McCormack

23 Jun 1891 – Henry Peacock McCormack was born in Reno, Nevada. He was the only surviving child of his parents, John Michael and Gertrude Angeline (Peacock) McCormack. Henry would more than make up for being a lonely child later in life. After getting  married in 1914, he and his wife would have ten children. 

HP as a kid

Henry as a young boy

23 Jun 1936 – Lura Maude (McCormack) Palmer died. She was survived by her husband  Dudley Palmer and two young daughters. Lura was the middle sister of three, Mae, Lura and the youngest, Edna. Her parents were Edward James and Elizabeth Jane (Rohr) McCormack. Lura died because of a pulmonary embolism. 

Lura Maude McCormack
25 Jun 1912 – Grace Ellen McCormack married Alfred R. Coon.  Here are the two  wedding announcements that I  was given by someone a very long time ago.

Grace's Wedding Notices

Grace McCormack’s newspaper wedding notices

 

I don’t have any pictures of Alfred Coon and I have very few of Grace herself. She was alive when I was a young boy. I don’t recall if I had met her or not. If I had, I doubt that the meeting would have any future impact on my genealogy research.

Grace McCormack

Grace McCormack Woodbury about 1957.

26 Jun 1923 – Robert Orrin Addy was born. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. He “married” into the McCormack family. His mother was Frances (Foster) Beadle and she married Robert H. Addy after her first husband passed away. In the 1940s, Robert worked for the Farm Bureau out of Lansing, Michigan. This picture was taken when he attended college, Michigan Agricultural College

Robert Orrin Addy

Robert Orrin Addy

27 Jun 1995 – Margaret Williams Murphy died in Eau Claire, Michigan. She was the wife of Leon Ray “Doc” Ingleright II. I, unfortunately, do not have any pictures of Margaret.

28 Jun 1946 – Robert Lynn Asprin was born in St. Johns, Michigan. He was the son of Daniel and Margaret Lorriane (Coon) Asprin. She was the daughter of Grace Ellen McCormack. He attended the University of Michigan from 1964 to 1965. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1966. I am not sure when he started writing, but he soon became a creative force within the science fiction and fantasy worlds. He is best known for his MythAdventures and Phule’s Company series.

Robert Lynn Asprin

Robert Lynn Asprin

29 Jun 1987 – Robert Orrin Addy died. See my narrative above for a partial story on Robert.

Robert Orrin Addy

Robert Orrin Addy

30 Jun 1937 – Lura Vae Addy married Hilmar N. Nilsen. I believe it was the first marriage for both Lura and Hilmar. Although I would suspect given Hilmar’s age that he could have been married once or twice before but I don’t have any evidence either way. I also don’t have many stories about her. The one story that I have is that she loved to raise golden or orange tabby cats.

 

Lura Addy

Jun 1865 – Frank James McCormack was born. To the best of my knowledge, all of Michael McCormack’s sons were born while the family lived in London, Ontario, Canada. I have a copy of his death certificate where the information was given by his former brother-in-law, Henry Franklin Baldwin that gives his birthday as 26 Feb 1867. In 1867, the McCormack family was living in Ypsilanti, Michigan where his two younger sisters, Maria and Katherine were born. When he became an adult, for some reason, he moved down to Kankakee, Illinois where he began to work for the Illinois Central railroad as a freight handler.

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I would like to remind everyone that there is a lot more to the people listed here than what I have written. If you have anything you would like to add about any of these people, please feel free to contact me. You can also talk on your own about any of these people that you know.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

P.S. If you see anything that needs correcting, please let me know! Thanks again!

Another McCormack postcard!

Early last week, I went onto eBay and I looked around. You can find a lot of family related stuff there. I have found quite a few items related to Otter Lake and my great-grandfather, William E. McCormack. Most of the time I search using “Otter Lake”, “Reno”, “Michael McCormack”  or various other McCormack related search terms. So, last week I used (I think) Henry McCormack. When I typed in Henry McCormack, I was wondering what would popup in the search results. Imagine my surprise when the picture below showed up! It is just not a picture, but a POSTCARD!

The Ithaca McCormack General Store

Center Street showing the Henry McCormack Store in 1910 Ithaca, Michigan

And not just any old postcard! A postcard showing the Henry McCormack Department store on Center Street in 1910 Ithaca, Michigan! I never really imagine that someone would make a postcard of this scene. It wasn’t up for bidding. It was being sold outright. So, I made the plunge and spent the ten dollars and bought it.

I really like it because the “signs” hanging in between the windows of the second and third floors. Those signs tells us what Henry was selling at the time. It’s very interesting. I thought it would be interesting to show what the area is like more recently.

Center Street, Ithaca Michigan

Center Street, Ithaca, Michigan in 2016.

As you can see, the first two buildings are still there pretty much in the same shape as they were in 1910. It’s the rest of the street that has changed especially the building in the middle. It has lost its crown. On the facing side of the McCormack building is the stairs. I am sure that it has been rebuilt once or twice since the first picture.

Even though I have only received the postcard on Saturday May 27th, it is already one of my prized Clan McCormack ephemera collection!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you learned something new today! 

Lost and found! A “new” McCormack!

Earlier today, I was looking through the “hints” or the “Tasks” button on the FamilySearch app, “Family Tree” when I came across a task/hint for a Lizzie McCormack. I looked at the task and the Lizzie Mccormack turned out to be Elizabeth J. (Rohr) McCormack, the wife of Edward J. McCormack, who was the son of Michael and Catherine (Paine) McCormack).

What I found is a death record for a Albert McCormack. 

Albert McCormack Death Record

Albert McCormack’s record of death [1]

Given that there was a four year gap between the birth of Albert’s brothers, William Edward b.1890 and Donald James b. 1894 and that Elizabeth seemed to have a baby every two to three years, I had suspected that there might have been another child for Edward and Elizabeth.

At first, the records that were available for Albert seemed to indicate that he was born and died on the same day of Jan 5th. I took another look at the entry for Albert’s apparent age. 

Age

his age? [1]

Initially, I thought that the entry in the month box was just an ink blob. Upon further reflection and thought, I came to the conclusion that entry was in fact, the number 5. If indeed my assumption is right that Albert was five months old when he died, that would mean that he was born sometime around Aug 1891. Given that this is death record/index, I am not going to find an exact date of birth. However, since that the person’s age is broken down into years, months and days, I could extrapolate back to arrive at a calculated date of birth. That is how I came up with the presumed date of birth of Aug 1891. Since Albert did not live that long, there is going to be a dearth of records available. There might be one record for inspection if my guess about Albert’s age of 5 months is correct. That would be a birth certificate. Now, I can look at SeekingMichigan.org to see if they might have a copy of his birth certificate. I know that they have death certificates there.

There was one other thing that I wanted to discuss. His name. I am not sure if his name is really Albert or since he apparently, or could have been, born and died on the same day that he was named for the township that he was born into.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you learned something new today!

Footnote;

  1. “Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N3VR-JQ8 : 12 December 2014), Albert Mccormack, 05 Jan 1892; citing p 332 rn 90, Albert Twp, Montmorency, Michigan, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2,363,831.

 

Mother’s Day for the McCormack women!

This is a slight rewrite of a post I wrote last year. I think it is pretty good and I will like to recognize all the McCormack mothers even with a reused post.

Happy Mother’s Day, Ladies!

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Today is Mother’s Day and I would like to celebrate the McCormack women below and others who are not shown and talked about here. I must add that other than my grandmother, Alta McCormack Ford, I have not met any of these women. I was inspired to write this post because of a friend of mine, Michelle Ganus Taggart over at her blog, A Southern Sleuth, and her post, Mothers and Grandmothers. Thank you, Michelle!

The first McCormack woman that I would like to celebrate is the matriarch of the McCormack clan, Catherine (Paine/Payne) McCormack. Briefly, I know that she was born in Ireland. There is a “suggestion” out there that she was born in either County Cork, Ireland or Cork the city. She was married before marrying Michael McCormack but as far as I know, her first husband died leaving her young widow without any children. In 1853, she married Michael and gave birth to her first child, my great-grandfather, William E. McCormack. What really stands out to me is that soon after he was born, he and his parents left Ireland to the United States via Liverpool, England. When they left Ireland, William was maybe 4 or 5 months old. At that time, the trans-Atlantic trip took about six weeks. Even now, traveling with an infant is not easy. Also, they made the trip around October/November of 1853. The weather couldn’t have been the greatest! The next thing that really impresses me about her is that she followed and gave Michael 10 total children of which 9 lived to adulthood. She moved from Kentucky – the “rumor” is that her brother lived in Harrodsburg, Kentucky – to Ypsilanti, Michigan to London, Ontario then back to Ypsilanti then up to northern Michigan and finally living in the same village as her first son, William.

Catherine McCormack

Catherine McCormack

The second woman that I would like to celebrate is my great-grandmother, Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack. As I have mentioned before, she is my connection to the famed Hemingway name. What stands out to me about her is that the circumstances in which she came into the McCormack clan. She and William lived in the same village, Otter Lake, prior to the marriage. So, she must have known William’s first wife, Lura before she died unexpectedly and William and Lura’s daughter, Grace. It seemed that she handled things with grace. She and William had three beautiful children of which my grandmother, Alta McCormack was one of.

Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack

Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack

The next woman that I would like to remember here is my grandmother, Alta Lyleth (McCormack) Ford. She was born in Otter Lake, Michigan in 1902 and was the middle child of William and Lavina. One of the things that I remember about her is when I was a little kid is that me and my family would visit her at her house. She had a corner house in Garden City, Michigan. I would run around the house and my parents or grandmother would “time” me. Little did I know at the time is that none of them timed me. I am crushed! (haha!) I would also stay a few days with her every summer as a young kid. I remember helping her do some work on her garden that she had in her backyard. There were a few stories about her childhood but sadly I really don’t remember any of them. I am working on a post about her trip to Europe in 1925 with her younger sister, Ruth. Sadly, she died while I was in the service (Army) in California in 1986 and a few years before I really got into my McCormack family history. She could have been a real treasure trove of knowledge.

Young Alta

Young Alta McCormack

The next woman that I would like to talk about is Ethel (Davis) McCormack. She was the wife of Henry Peacock McCormack, the only child of John Michael and Gertrude (Peacock) McCormack. The biggest thing that impresses me about Ethel, besides being a rather small woman in stature, is that she like her grandmother-in-law, Catherine, she had 10 children of which one is still alive! Anytime, a woman has 10 children, that is simply amazing! When her youngest child was born, her oldest was 21 years old!

Ethel Davis McCormack

Ethel (Davis) McCormack

The final woman that I would like to tell you about is Elizabeth Jane (Rohr/Dimmick) McCormack. I have written about her before – Celebrating Women’s History Month – Elizabeth J. (Rohr) Dimmick McCormack – but I will try to briefly tell you about her. Her story is very impressive. Very. She had married Edward J. McCormack, son of Michael and Catherine in 1886. In 1898, he died. At the time, they had four children. Here’s the kicker. She was pregnant with their last child. Northern lower Michigan in the winter is not a nice place. For a young woman with four children and another one on the way, it can be brutal. Well, she bought a general store in Mio, Michigan and raised her kids. She never remarried either. To top everything off, when she was 69, she “adopted” her two of her granddaughters. They were 7 years old and younger. Something else, huh? I thought so too.

Elizabeth J. Rohr McCormack

Elizabeth Jane (Rohr) McCormack behind the counter of her general store

I don’t want to have “favorites” here, but Catherine McCormack and her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Rohr McCormack are two very impressive women. I am very proud that they were a part of the McCormack legacy.

I would like to mention two additional women. My mother and sister. My mother is something special and to I owe much. My sister is something else too. She and her husband had four kids of their own. About 5 or 6 years ago, they adopted three sisters.

Happy Mother’s Day to the women that I talked about here and to the rest of the McCormack mothers that I couldn’t mention due primarily to time and space!

I would like to thank you and everyone else for stopping by! I hope you learned something new and special.