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. 


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!


  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!


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.

Important Dates in May for the Clan McCormack!

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 May.


9 May 1971 – Grace Ellen McCormack died in St. Johns, Michigan. Grace was the daughter of William E. McCormack from his first marriage to Lura Grace Roys.

9 May 1949 – Patrick J. McCormack was born. His parents were Robert Michael and Jewel Beatrice (Hassell) McCormack. He befriended me at my first McBash, the annual McCormack family reunion back in 2009. He and his wife took me on a brief tour of the southern portion of Lake Tahoe. They showed me Emerald Bay which is absolutely beautiful!


Patrick J. McCormack

10 May 1891 – Violet Cassie Ingleright was born. She was the daughter of Leon Ray and Katherine Fidelia (McCormack) Ingleright. In the picture below, Violet is the young lady leaning against the post. Later in life, she attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After school, she became an accomplished musician.

Violet & grandparents

Violet Ingleright, Leon Ingleright, Michael and Catherine McCormack

11 May 1916 – Henry Davis McCormack was born. Henry was the first son/child of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. He was also the oldest of 10 siblings. One of Henry’s favorite hobbies was trap shooting and he even wrote a letter to the editor that appeared in the local newspaper. This is my favorite picture of Henry. He is also one of the many people that I wish I could have met. Another favorite thing that I love to mention about Henry is the smile on his face. Can’t help but like it!


Henry Davis McCormack

12 May 1916 – Cora Ann McCormack died in Kankakee, Illinois. Cora was the wife of Frank J. McCormack.

Cora Baldwin (Master - Preview)

Cora Ann (Baldwin) McCormack

14 May 1890 – Henry Thomas McCormack married Minnie Myrtle Van Wormer. They were married in Milan, Michigan. At the time, Henry was a successful merchant in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Henry and Minnie

Henry McCormack – Minnie Van Wormer

14 May 1994 – Daniel Dacanay Asprin died. Daniel was married to Margaret Lorriane Coon, the daughter of Grace Ellen (McCormack) Coon. For most of his life, he was a machinist. He was also the first member of the extended McCormack clan to be from the Philippines.

Daniel Asprin

Daniel Dacanay Asprin

18 May 1920 – Jimmie Dale Keen was born in Paris, Texas. Her parents were James & Della Keen. In 1945, she married James Archer McCormack. Here is my best picture of Jimmie. It is one of her wedding pictures. She later became the proud mother of four children, one son and three girls.

James & Jimmie McCormack

The wedding pose of James Archer McCormack and Jimmie Dale Keen.

22 May 2008 – Robert Lynne Asprin died in New Orleans, Louisiana. His parents were Daniel and (Margaret) Lorriane (Coon) Asprin. He was a well known fantasy/scifi writer.

Robert Lynn Asprin

Robert Lynne Asprin

26 May 1918 – Robert Henry Addy married Addy C. Snyder. They got married in Alma, Michigan. 


Robert Henry Addy

26 May 1897 – Lura Maude McCormack was born. She was born in Vienna Township, Montmorency County, Michigan. She was the daughter of Edward J. and Elizabeth Jane (Rohr) McCormack. She never really knew her father, Edward.

Lura Maude McCormack

Lura Maude (McCormack) Palmer

26 May 1924 – Lura Maude McCormack married Dudley B. Palmer. They were married in Roscommon, Michigan. 

Lura & Dudley Palmer

Lura M. McCormack, a family friend, Dudley B. Palmer shortly after their marriage in an undated photo.

30 May 1986 – Alta Lyleth (McCormack) Ford died. Alta was my grandmother. Her parents were William E. and Lavina J. (Hemingway) McCormack. 

Young Alta

Young Alta Lyleth McCormack

30 May 1967 – Robert Henry Addy died in Sarasota, Florida. This picture of Henry was taken at the 1907 or 1908 McCormack family reunion at his Uncle William E. McCormack’s house in Otter Lake, Michigan. For many years in the Lansing, Michigan area, he was a Farm Bureau employee.


Robert Henry Addy

30 May 1931 – Nella Mae McCormack was born in Reno, Nevada. Her parents were Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. She got married and was the proud mother of three sons. She also had one trait in common with her older brother, Henry (see above). She had that same great smile!

Nella Mae McCormack Lowney

Nella Mae (McCormack) Lowney

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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!

My Grandmother’s Trip to Europe! Page 1

I was talking to my dad one day if he had a signature or some example of writing from my grandmother. I was trying to compliment my post, “The McCormacks in their own hand!”.

In 1925, my grandmother, Alta McCormack and her younger sister, Ruth went on their “Grand Tour” of Europe. This the first page in her trip diary that she maintained during their “Grand Tour” of Europe.

Page 1

Page 1


Date: June 26, 1925
Place: Montreal
Niagara Falls, Canada

We got an early
Start this morning —
at 6:30. It rained almost
all the way to Port
Huron but we made
good time. Went out
to Gratiot Inn and
saw Dad, Uncle Henry
and Aunt Margaret
who were there at
a convention. Came
across the river about
10 and had lots of fun
with the Canadian
Customs officer. Herb.
assures him that we
are all friends except
his aunt and brother. The
C. O. asked Herb what he. . . .

To be continued!

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

More news about Arthur!

Hello, once again! I have more news about the bad boy of the Clan McCormack, Arthur McCormack. I hope you remember my post, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap!” where I talk about my great-grand uncle Arthur McCormack getting convicted for bribery. Just a little updater for some people, Arthur McCormack was an alderman in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He had been a resident of the beer capital since the late 1880s and in fact, got married there.

As most everyone should know, before someone is convicted, they must be indicted. Today, I would like to talk a little about uncle Arthur’s indictment for bribery.

Arthur's Indictment

Arthur’s indictment announcement*[1]

Arthur was just one of seven people that were indicted that day and his legal problems were just beginning. As someone whose involvement with that side of the law has, fortunately, been limited to a few traffic tickets, I am not sure what motivated Arthur to do what he did. Perhaps he was just doing what might have been thought of as “business as usual” in some places. I also wonder if he thought the three tons of coal was worth the trouble that he was in and what was coming his way. One thing that I noticed and I hope you did too, is that this newspaper article isn’t from Milwaukee. The article that I found about Arthur’s conviction was also not from Milwaukee. One has to wonder why.

I will have more upcoming about Arthur’s legal misadventures in a future Otter Lake Express post.

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


* Note: I modified the article to just show Arthur’s involvement.


  1. Arthur A. McCormack, “Indict Seven for Grafting,” The Chicago (Chicago, Illinois) Daily Tribune, 12 Jan 1904, Pg. 4, col. 4, digital image, Newspapers.com, http://www.newspapers.com, accessed 6 Apr 2017.


Important Dates in April for the Clan McCormack!

I would like to take a few minutes to remember some important events and an interesting tidbit or two for the members of the McCormack clan in the month of April.

2 Apr 1898 – John Caraway Bird was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He married Edith Marie McCormack, the middle child of (Thomas) Henry and Minnie Myrtle (Van Wormer) McCormack. He would 119 years and 8 days if he had lived.

John Bird (B)

John Caraway Bird

7 Apr 1868 Cora Ann (Baldwin) McCormack was born in Watertown, New York. She was married to Frank J. McCormack, son of Michael and Catherine (Payne) McCormack. She, unfortunately, is the only McCormack daughter or daughter-in-law that I don’t know if she ever had any children. From what I read in her obituary, she had been sickly for a number of years. Cora would have been 149 years, 3 days old if she had lived.

Cora Baldwin (Master - Preview)

Cora Baldwin McCormack

7 Apr 1963 – Aubrey Ford died in Detroit, Michigan. He was my grandfather that I never met. He died when I was almost 15 months old and I was also in Europe at the time. He was from Salisbury, Missouri.

Grandpa Ford and Mike

Aubrey B. Ford

7 Apr 1860 – John Michael McCormack was born in London, Ontario, Canada. Like I said in my post from last month, there isn’t a whole lot that I haven’t told you about him. There is a family story that after leaving his home in Ypsilanti, Michigan in the late 1870’s that he went east to work on the Brooklyn bridge that was being built in New York City at the time. It was there that he may have perfected his stonemason skills that he used when he finally went west to Reno, Nevada. John Michael or “Jimmy” as his wife was known to have called him, would have been 157 years, 3 days old if he had lived.

Young John Michael McCormack (Master II)

John Michael McCormack as a young man.

7 Apr 1860 – Patrick J. McCormack was born in London, Ontario, Canada. To be honest, I am not exactly sure if Patrick was his first name or not! The big problem I have is that he was born in Canada at a time before it was officially a country and kept better records. Another big problem I have is that “he” or Patrick died from consumption or as it is known now, tuberculosis. Also, I find it difficult to read the last two lines where “Patrick” and his brother, John Michael were listed. I also don’t know where he might be buried.

The McCormack Twins

11 Apr 1888 – Mae Ethel (McCormack) Stevens was born in Albert Township, Montmorency County, Michigan. She taught school for 37 years in the Mio, Michigan area. She was the daughter of Edward J. and Elizabeth J. (Rohr) McCormack. She would have been 156 years, 11 months, 30 days old if she had lived.

13 Apr 1987 – Lura Vae (Addy) Nilsen died in Big Rapids, Michigan. Lura was the only surviving daughter of Smith and Delilah Elizabeth (McCormack) Addy. From what I understand, she was a cat breeder after she retired.

Lura Addy

Lura Addy at the McCormack reunion in Otter Lake.

16 Apr 1867 – Maria “Minnie” (McCormack) Barnes was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan. One interesting factoid about “Minnie” is that with her two sisters, Delilah and Katherine, that they were the only members of their family to born in the United States. Everyone else was either born in Ireland or Canada. Her parents were Michael and Catherine (Payne) McCormack. Minnie would have been 149 years, 11 months, 25 days old if she been able to live this long!

17 Apr 2007 – Charles Wayne Waltz died in Reno, Nevada. He had joined the Army in 1944. Sometime prior to his enlistment in the Army, Charles married Gertrude Jeanette “Betty” McCormack, the daughter of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.


Charles W. Waltz, Sr.

17 Apr 1889 – John Michael McCormack married Gertrude Peacock in Reno, Nevada. These pictures were not taken at their wedding but I am guessing their were taken within several years either way of the wedding. She was a local girl having been born in Dayton, Nevada.

A Young John Michael & Gertrude

A Young John Michael & Gertrude Peacock McCormack

18 Apr 2008 – Dorothy Ellen (Wade) McCormack died in Sacramento, California. Dorothy married Henry Davis McCormack, the son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. She was the proud mother of three girls and one son.


Dorothy (Wade) McCormack

18 Apr 1900 – Merle Hemingway McCormack was born in Otter Lake, Michigan. He was the son of William E. and Lavina J. (Hemingway) McCormack. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1922. He went to “fame” as the President of Baker Business College located in Flint, Michigan. The picture below features Merle and his two sisters, Alta and Ruth. Merle would be 116 years, 11 months, 23 days old if he had lived.

Merle, Ruth and Alta

L – R: Merle, Ruth, Alta

18 Apr 1922 – James Archer McCormack was born in Newcastle, California. He was the son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. After World War II started, he did what most young men did at the time, he joined the U.S. Navy. I was also told by a “very well connected” family source, that he and one of his children listened to the early NASCAR races. Jim would be 94 years, 11 months, 23 days old if he had lived.


James Archer McCormack

19 Apr 1881 – Delilah Elizabeth McCormack married Smith Addy in Ypsilanti, Michigan. They would remain married for 24 years until her death in 1905. Delilah was the daughter of of Michael and Catherine (Payne) McCormack. From circumstantial evidence that I have researched, I believe that she was named for her mother’s sister-in-law, Delilah Payne.

Delilah Wedding Notice III
22 Apr 1865 – Gertrude Angeline (Peacock) McCormack was born in Dayton, Nevada. Her parents, Jobe Frank and Adeline (Brandon) Peacock, had just traveled west from Iowa a few years earlier before settling in Dayton. There is a family story that she was the first white girl that was born in the Nevada Territory. She would 151 years, 11 months, 19 days old if she had lived this long.

A Young Gertrude Peacock McCormack

A young Gertrude Peacock McCormack

22 Apr 1911 – Mae Ethel McCormack married Hiram J. Stevens in Mio, Michigan. Please see my entry for Mae above.

25 Apr 1977 – Leon Ray Ingleright III died in Eau Claire, Michigan. One of Leon’s proudest moments was the picture below taken at his son’s graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997. Leon was the grandson of Katherine Fidelia (McCormack) and Leon Ray Ingleright, Sr. 


Leon Ingleright III

27 Apr 1985 – Lucille May (McCormack) Crozier died in Ithaca, Michigan. Lucille was the eldest daughter and child of Henry and Minnie (Van Wormer) McCormack. She was married to William Fred Crozier. Lucille and Fred were the proud parents of two boys.

Lucille McCormack Crozier

Lucille May (McCormack) Crozier

27 Apr 1918 – Minnie Myrtle (Van Wormer) McCormack died in Battle Creek, Michigan. She was the wife of Henry McCormack of Ithaca, Michigan. Minnie died of cancer at a  Battle Creek hospital. She was the proud mother of three children, two girls Lucille May and Edith Marie and one son, Charles Harold. According to her obituary, it seemed like most of her in-laws attended her funeral.

Minnie VanWormer

Minnie (VanWormer) McCormack

28 Apr 1943 – William E. McCormack died in Otter Lake, Michigan. He was my great-grandfather. He was a prominent businessman and community leader in Otter Lake. He married Lavina Jane Hemingway (she became my great-grandmother), the belle of a notable local family after his first wife died in 1895. He received a handsome pocket watch as a wedding present from Lavina. 

William McCormack in front of his house in Otter Lake

William E. McCormack

29 Apr 2004 – Pauline Pearl (Humphrey) McCormack died in Alma, Michigan. She was the daughter of Arthur and Pearl Humphrey and her husband was Charles Harold McCormack. She and Harold were the proud parents of two boys and one girl. An very interesting fact about Pauline is that for her honeymoon, she and Harold went to Cuba!

Pauline McCormack

Pauline (Humphrey) McCormack

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I would like to remind everyone that there is a lot more to the people listed here. 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!

A serendipity strike!

This is a quickie post. I was minding my own business on FB recently, reading my newsfeed when I came across this;

McCormack Store grocery bag

I was floored! This paper bag was from the McCormack General store in Mio, Michigan that was run for so many years by Elizabeth J. McCormack, the widow of Edward J. McCormack. Luckily, I am contact with Elizabeth’s great-grandchildren and they are talking to the owner of the bag(s). From what I am told, there are several of them. Elizabeth’s great-grandchildren will get at least one for their family and quite possibly I will get one too! I can’t believe it. Stuff like this is something else. You often wonder about some of the knickknack things that are associated with your family history.

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