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!

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