McCormack family important dates for February

For this February, I have two “good” dates and two “bad” dates. If you have been a loyal reader or follower of this blog, these names are very familiar to you. I always want to share dates and happenings like these with you.

2 Feb 1904 Ruth Eleanor (McCormack) Farrell was born
3 Feb 1902 Alta Lyleth (McCormack) Ford was born
13 Feb 1933 Arthur A. McCormack died
15 Feb 1898 Edward James McCormack died

Here is a picture of my grand-aunt Ruth;

Ruth Farrell at her summer cabin

Ruth Farrell at her summer cabin

Ruth is the youngest daughter of William E. McCormack, my great-grandfather. She was born in Otter Lake, Michigan.

Next is my grandmother;

Young Alta McCormack

Young Alta McCormack

Alta was the middle child of William E. McCormack, my great-grandfather. She too was also born in Otter Lake.

Finally, my great-granduncle Arthur;

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

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

Arthur is one of seven sons of Michael and Catherine McCormack, my great-great-grandparents. There is one story about my Uncle Arthur that I would like to share with everyone. It is my post, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”. Arthur, to the best of my knowledge, was born in London, Ontario when the family lived in Canada for about 5 years or so.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you learned something interesting!

McCormack family important dates for January

Most of the time, they say “better late than never!” I hope that such is the case this time. My apologies for being so late this month. My work schedule has been brutal.

Thank you for stopping by and reading what I have written. My offering this time is a short list of happenings in the McCormack clan this month.

3 Jan 1959 Margaret “Margo” Yale died
3 Jan 1959 Merle Hemingway McCormack died
26 Jan 1963 Katherine Fidelia McCormack died

I have written about these events a few times before, so I will give a very brief explanation for the first two events. On the third of January 1959, my grand-uncle Merle and his (2nd) wife, Margaret Yale died of asphyxiation in their cabin near Grayling, Michigan.

Here are some pictures that I have of my grand-uncle Merle and his wife, “Margo” and my great-grandaunt, Katherine;

Merle and Margo Hemingway

Picture take from their front page obituary in the Flint Journal

Aunt Katherine

Katherine (McCormack) Ingleright

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

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers, all my McCormack relatives and everyone else a very Happy New Year!

Some of my favorite posts that I have written this year are;

1. Family Treasures: Another “Before & After” picture – Lucille and Edith Marie McCormack as young girls

2. The William E. McCormack general store postcard

3. A picture of my grandfather!

4. Amanuensis Monday – Affidavit of Decease

5. McCormack Family DNA Update!

6. A marriage license

7. A Glimpse into the past

8. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

9. New Otter Lake Postcards Pt. 1

10. John Michael McCormack as a stonemason

There are many others that I like but I thought I would list but a few of them for you. I encourage everyone to explore the Otter Lake Express.

Thank you to everyone that has helped me in the past year with anything from advice on writing this blog, how to do research or who has contributed in some way to my research the Michael McCormack clan. I couldn’t do this with you. Thanks again.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my (3rd) cousin, James McCormack, who has so graciously taken the Family Tree DNA Y67 test and will take the National Geographic Geno 2.0 Test very shortly. With those two tests, I hope to further my efforts to find out if Michael and Catherine were indeed Irish and if they were, were in Ireland they came from. I can’t thank him enough for the help he has provided. He is a superstar in my eyes. I don’t know where my research efforts would be without him.

I hope that this new year will be everything that you hope for!

Thank you for stopping by!

And the winner is. . . .

. . . Gertrude Angeline (Peacock) McCormack, for the best pin cushion! She won it or was awarded it at the Nevada State Fair in Sept 1986.

That’s what I found in the new collection, “Compilation of Published Sources” at MyHeritage.com. It is a terrific collection for genealogists/family historians like myself. Look down to Group 23 Class 251 and you will see an entry for a Mrs. J. M. McCormack.

Here is the page;

Gertrude McCormack & Pin Cushion

Like I said in my blog post, “John Michael McCormack as a stonemason”, it is finding items like the entry for money owed to John Michael McCormack and then this one for Gertrude McCormack winning the best pin cushion that really makes it worthwhile for genealogists/family historians like myself. It adds texture and substance to a person’s life that might otherwise consist just of dates and places. It tells what the person might have done in their life.

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

Merry Christmas!

The Otter Lake Express would like to wish all its readers, non-readers, non-relatives and most especially all my McCormack relatives a very Merry Christmas!

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As it approaches Christmas Day, donning my family historian hat I can’t help but wonder what Christmas must have been like for some of my McCormack ancestors.

Starting off, I wonder what Christmas was like for Michael and Catherine back in Ireland. I’ll have to find some material that tells what Christmas was like for the common Irish during the first half of the 19th Century.

Up next, I really wonder what Christmas was like for them in 1853? On December 25, 1853 they would have celebrating their first Christmas as a married couple and as a family with the addition of my great-grandfather William. After all, he might have been about 6 months old. I can’t imagine the trip over to the United States from Ireland with a new-born child. Also, I wonder where they were at Christmas. They arrived in New Orleans on or about the 5th of October 1853. I have heard that they went to Kentucky to visit Catherine’s brother. Kentucky was also were their second child and first daughter, Delilah was born. I don’t know if they went directly up to Kentucky upon arrival in New Orleans or waited a bit. I suppose that if I was them I would have hurried off to find someone that I or my wife would have known.

After wondering what their first Christmas was like, I would wonder what Christmas was like for Michael and Catherine on December 25, 1870. By that time, all of their children would have been born and they were living in Ypsilanti, Michigan. William, the oldest, would have been 17 and the youngest, Katherine, would have been just barely a month old. There were seven children, two girls and five boys. That would been quite a household in the 1870s or at anytime. How did they celebrate Christmas? Was it like Michael and Catherine experienced in Ireland or was it something more American in origin?

I hope you all enjoyed my little “wondering” trip into the Christmas experiences of Michael and Catherine McCormack.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you learned something new today and most of all, Merry Christmas to all!

John Michael McCormack as a stonemason

One of the neat things that happens as a family historian/genealogist is finding tidbits like this page below. It shows that John Michael McCormack (my great-grand uncle) was owed $36.75 for stonework at Nevada State University which later became University of Nevada at Reno.

John Michael McCormack's stonework for the University of Nevada at Reno.

John Michael McCormack’s stonework for the University of Nevada at Reno.[1]

It is things like this that add flavor to a person’s life that otherwise might just consist of dates and places. I got this page and many others from a new collection, “Compilation of Published Sources” at MyHeritage.com.

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

 

December McCormack Birthdays!

Once again, I am republishing a post that I wrote a year ago. I apologize because I really would like to publish original posts.


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.