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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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!

Important February Dates for the McCormack Clan!

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

1 Feb 1996 – Edna Ruth (McCormack) Hebestreit died in Mio, Michigan. Edna was the owner/operator of the McCormack General Store in Mio, Michigan. She was the youngest daughter of Edward J. and Elizabeth J. (Rohr) McCormack.

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Edna (McCormack) Hebestreit at her birthday party

2 Feb 1904 – Ruth Eleanor (McCormack) Farrell was born in Otter Lake, Michigan. Ruth was the youngest daughter of William E. and Lavina J. (Hemingway) McCormack. She and her older sister, Alta made a trip to Europe in 1925. 

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Ruth (McCormack) Farrell at her summer cabin

3 Feb 1902 – Alta Lyleth (McCormack) Ford was born in Otter Lake, Michigan. She was the middle child of William E. and Lavina J. (Hemingway) McCormack. Alta was a teacher in the western suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. 

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Alta McCormack Ford

11 Feb 2005 – Henry Davis McCormack died in El Dorado, California. He was the oldest child and son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. One of Henry’s favorite activities was trap or skeet shooting.

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Henry Davis McCormack

11 Feb 2008 – Charles Wayne Waltz died in Reno, Nevada. He served in WWII. He was married to Gertrude “Betty” Jeanette McCormack, the first daughter and second child of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.

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Charles W. Waltz, Sr.

13 Feb 1920 – Gerald “Mac” Milton McCormack was born. “Mac” was the second son and third child of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. Gerald was an engineering genius. He worked for just over 17 years at the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory in Moffat Field near San Francisco, California.

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Gerald “Mac” McCormack

13 Feb 2004 – Jewel Beatrice (Hassell) McCormack died in Laurel, Mississippi. Jewel married Robert Michael McCormack. They had three boys, Michael Alan, Patrick James and Robert Craig.

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Jewel Beatrice (Hassell) McCormack

13 Feb 1933 – Arthur A. McCormack died in Chicago, Illinois. He was an alderman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a number of years. 

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

15 Feb 1898 – Edward James McCormack died in Vienna Corners, Michigan. Edward and his father, Michael McCormack each had 160 acres near Mio, Michigan.

20 Feb 1933 – Maurice LeRoy “Doc” McCormack was born in Reno, Nevada. Doc was the man that helped me “discover” his branch of the family.

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Maurice “Doc” McCormack

21 Feb 2005 – James Archer McCormack, Sr. died in Sparks, Nevada. As you can see, James is a true redhead and looks every bit Irish.

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James Archer McCormack, Sr.

21 Feb 1909 – Margaret “Margo” Mary Helen Halm was born in Saginaw, Michigan. She was the second wife of Merle H. McCormack.merle-and-margo22 Feb 1944 – Leon Ray Ingleright III was born in Niles, Michigan. Leon was the grandson of Katherine Fidelia (McCormack) and Leon Ray Ingleright, Sr. Leon’s son was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. 

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Leon Ray Ingleright III

28 Feb 2006 – Phyllis Louise Trevellyan died in McLean, Virginia. She was the wife of Robert Orrin Addy, the adopted step-grandson of Delilah Elizabeth (McCormack) Addy.

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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!

Important January dates for the McCormack clan!

Hello! I know that it has been quite a long time since I last posted a story here. Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging. I would like to take a few minutes to remember some important events for the members of the McCormack clan in the month of January.

1 Jan 1979: James Archer McCormack married Lois Elizabeth VanMeter in Sparks, Nevada. James was the son of HP & Ethel (Davis) McCormack.

3 Jan 1959: Merle and Margaret “Margo” (Yale) McCormack died near Grayling, Michigan. At the time of their deaths, Merle was the President of Baker Business College in Flint, Michigan. Merle was the son of William & Lavina McCormack.

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Picture take from their front page obituary in the Flint Journal

8 Jan 1942: Violet Ingleright (daughter of Katherine Fidelia McCormack & Leon R. Ingleright) married Charles A. Lastner. She received a degree in Music from the University of Michigan.

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Violet Cassie Ingleright

15 Jan 1978: Ethel Davis died in Reno, Nevada. Ethel was the wife of Henry Peacock McCormack. She was also the mother of six boys and four girls.

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HP & Ethel (Davis) McCormack

16 Jan 1884: Alfred Reinhardt Coon was born in Sydney, Ohio. Alfred was the husband of Grace Ellen McCormack, the daughter of William E. McCormack. At the time of his death, Alfred was a doctor.

20 Jan 1914: Lura Grace Coon was born in Dewitt, Michigan. She was the daughter of Grace Ellen (McCormack) and Alfred R. Coon.

22 Jan 1927: Gertrude Peacock McCormack died in Reno, Nevada. Gertrude was the wife of John Michael McCormack.

Gertrude Peacock McCormack

Gertrude Peacock McCormack

22 Jan 1947: William “Bill” D. McCormack married Suzanne Mae Smith. William was the son of HP & Ethel (Davis) McCormack.

25 Jan 1924: Robert Michael McCormack was born in Sparks, Nevada. Robert was the son of HP & Ethel (Davis) McCormack. He was also the older brother of William. He was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps at the end of WWII and a pilot in the USAF during the Korean War.

Robert Michael McCormack

Robert Michael McCormack

26 Jan 2008: Mildred Francis Boston died in Lowell, Massachusetts. Mildred was the first wife of Maurice “Doc” McCormack.

26 Jan 1963: Katherine Fidelia McCormack died in Niles, Michigan. Katherine was the youngest daughter of Michael and Catherine (Payne) McCormack.

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Katherine (McCormack) Ingleright

29 Jan 1940: Gertrude “Betty” Jeanette McCormack married Charles Wayne Waltz in Minden, Nevada. “Betty” was the second child and first daughter of HP & Ethel (Davis) McCormack.

30 Jan 1903: Harold Hebestreit was born in Redford, Michigan. Harold was the husband of Edna Ruth McCormack, the daughter of Edward J. & Elizabeth J. McCormack. She was also the long time owner of the McCormack General store in Mio, Michigan.

31 Jan 1881: Hiram “High” J. Stevens was born in Hazelton Township, Michigan. Hiram was the husband of Mae Ethel McCormack. She was the older sister of Edna. Hiram was also a veteran of WWI serving as a corporal in the American Expeditionary Forces.

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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 McCormack Christmas Ancestor Tree

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This is something that I have wanted to do for a long time.  I have always wanted to make some Christmas ornaments that could be hung on a Christmas tree. I got my ideas from various genealogy blogs that I have seen over the years and also from many boards on Pinterest. About a week and half ago, a FB friend of mine posted her version of a Christmas Ancestor tree. She had a tree like mine but instead of bulb ornaments like I used, she used large Christmas gift tags. On those gift tags, she placed pictures of some of her ancestors that have died recently and those that have been died for a long time.

Anyway, for some reason, I got inspired to make my own version of a Christmas Ancestor tree. I did my research and found a place to buy my tree and ornaments. I tried to use one piece bulb ornaments but trying to uncurl a picture that could fit inside an ornament proved to be something that I found to be unworkable. Which is why I went with two piece bulb ornaments. I had much better control over the pictures that way.

This first set pictures I did have two pictures of each person, but after looking at my first sheet, I decided to go in a different direction. I decided to have a husband and wife in my (first) set of ornaments. As you will see below, I used red and green “pipe cleaners” around the edges of the pictures when they went inside the ornaments. 

 

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Top row: William E. McCormack, Lavina J. (Hemingway) McCormack
Second row: Michael McCormack
Third row: Catherine (Paine) McCormack, John Michael McCormack
Fourth row: Gertrude (Peacock) McCormack

I would have finished this next sheet with couples, but I ran out of good quality pictures to use. Then I decided to use some of the children of those couples. I did try to have a sisters ornament and a matching brothers ornament, but I couldn’t get enough pictures of brothers to work. That is, I couldn’t get enough pictures to fit on the inside of the ornaments. Finally, I decided to close out with some pictures of children. 

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Top row: Henry T. McCormack, Minnie Myrtle (Van Wormer) McCormack, Henry Peacock McCormack
Second row: Ethel (Davis) McCormack, Gertrude “Betty” Jeanette (McCormack) Waltz, Ethel Rebecca (McCormack) Tougeron
Third row: Alta Lyleth (McCormack) Ford, Edith Marie (McCormack) Bird and Lucille May (McCormack) Crozier
Fourth row: Group 1: Henry P. McCormack, Gertrude “Betty” Jeanette (McCormack) Waltz and Gerald Milton McCormack
Group 2: Merle Hemingway McCormack, Ruth Eleanor (McCormack) Farrell and Alta Lyleth (McCormack) Ford

Here are some pictures of the finished product. I think that it turned out pretty good. If I had more time, I would have put some tinsel on the tree. 

In the future, I hope to make a few more ornaments so that I can rotate the ornaments so that I don’t have the same ones on the tree every year. For example, I could make some ornaments that have a father and son pictures and also a mother and daughter ornament(s). 

Finally, I would like to take some time and thank those people that have contributed in some way that have made it possible for me to be able to complete a project like this. This endeavor to tell the story of Michael and Catherine McCormack’s family isn’t a singular effort by me. It is a group effort.

I also would like to wish every member of very extended family of Michael and Catherine McCormack a very merry Christmas and a very Happy New year!

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

December dates for the McCormack clan

Once again, I am republishing a post that I wrote a year ago although I have added more information on most of the people here. I apologize because I really would like to publish original posts.

2 Dec 1996William “Bill” McCormack died in Eugene, Oregon. William was the sixth of ten children of Henry P. and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.

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William D. McCormack

2 Dec 1941Depsy Ann Crain was born in Placer, California. Depsy is the wife of a third cousin who is still alive and therefore I don’t wish to name him. I think you can tell what she like to do in her spare time. You can learn more about Depsy at my Find-A-Grave memorial for her.

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Depsy Ann (Crain) McCormack

3 Dec 1892 – Ethel Davis was born in 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!

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Ethel Davis McCormack

3 Dec 1988 – Ethel Rebecca McCormack died. She passed away in Sonoma, California. Ethel was the daughter of Henry P. and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. Will you look at that smile? I think great smiles run in the family!

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Ethel Rebecca McCormack Tougeron

5 Dec 1979Mae Ethel McCormack died in West Branch, Michigan. At the time, she lived near Mio, Michigan. She was the daughter of Edward J. and Elizabeth J. (Rohr) McCormack. For most of her life, she was a teacher in the Mio and Comins area schools. She was married to Hiram J. Stevens. At this time, I don’t have a picture of Mae.

5 Dec 1957 – Elizabeth Petronella (Dornauf) McCormack died in Ithaca. She lived there with  her sister-in-law, Margaret McCormack, the widow of Henry McCormack. Elizabeth was the wife of Arthur McCormack. 

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Elizabeth J. McCormack

7 Dec 1898 – Charles Harold Barnes was born in 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!
9 Dec 1917 – Frank J. McCormack died in Kankakee, Illinois. I really don’t know much about Frank. I do know that he worked for the Illinois Central railroad and was based in Kankakee, Illinois. He didn’t have any children. 

9 Dec 1886 – Edward J. McCormack and Elizabeth J. Rohr were married in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Edward’s younger brother Henry was one of the two witnesses.

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Edward and Elizabeth’s record of marriage

9 Dec 1963 – Maria “Minnie” McCormack died. At the time of her death, she had been living with her younger sister, Katherine Ingleright in Niles, Michigan. Please check out her Find-A-Grave memorial
9 Dec 1894 – Donald J. McCormack was born in 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. He also worked as a logger in Northern Michigan around the Mio area and helped out on the family farm in his younger days. You can see his more about Donald at my Find-A-Grave memorial for him. He was my first cousin twice removed.
11 Dec 1959 – Henry Peacock McCormack died in Fresno, California. Henry was the only son of John Michael and Gertrude (Peacock) McCormack. As a youth, he was something of a mechanical genius. He also experimented with early motorcycles.henry-the-aeroplane

Please check out his Find-A-Grave memorial

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Henry Peacock McCormack

13 Dec 1942 – Gerald “Bum/Mac” Milton McCormack married Elizabeth “Libby” Lee Heaton. According to one his sons, Gerald was a mechanical genius having many patents in aeronautical and structural engineering.

16 Dec 1903 – Arthur Willard Farrell was born in Marinette County, 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!
17 Dec 1941 – Charles E. Barnes died in Ashtabula, Ohio. Charles was the former(?) husband of Maria “Minnie” McCormack. I say former(?) because I have conflicting information on the status of their marriage. Some records say divorced and other say widowed. Anyway, he was a sailor/Captain of various ships on the Great Lakes. Please check out his Find-A-Grave memorial.
22 Dec 1898 – John Michael McCormack was born and died in 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.
23 Dec 1937 – Dorothy Ellen Wade married Henry Davis McCormack. They married in Reno, Nevada. Have you seen a more happy looking couple? No wonder that they were married for 64 years! 

28 Dec 1948 – Edward James Dorstewitz was born in 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.
29 Dec 1926 – Merle H. McCormack married Lois Muriel Baker. They got married in Flint, Michigan.

I would like to remind everyone that there is a lot more to the people listed here. I hope that in small way, that I have helped to keep the memories of these people alive. If you have anything you would like to add about any of these people, please feel free to contact me.

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.

Thanksgiving and the McCormacks

A Henry McCormack Family Thanksgiving Dinner

A Henry McCormack Family Thanksgiving Dinner

I hope everyone has had a happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. At this time of year, I often wonder how my many McCormack relatives of the past celebrated Thanksgiving. Especially a couple of Irish immigrants in the 1850s. After all, Thanksgiving is an American invention and Michael, Catherine and their infant son, William were new to America. From a story that I was told by one of their grandchildren, they were still speaking Irish/Gaelic almost 50 years after they got here. I guess after a perilous journey across the Atlantic ocean that they would have had plenty to be thankful.

The next McCormack family that I wonder how they celebrated Thanksgiving were the John Michael McCormacks. By 1890, John Michael was in Reno, Nevada and married. What was Thanksgiving like in the old West and in the last decade of the 19th century? I guess again by that time, Thanksgiving would have seem pretty routine.

Thanks for indulging me while I wondered what Thanksgiving was like for some of the McCormack clan.

Now I would to give thanks for all the McCormacks, past and present that have helped me in my seemingly neverending journey to chronicle the vast McCormack clan. I don’t like to name living McCormack out of privacy concerns, but every McCormack has contributed in some way to this effort. I think I have done this before, a huge contribution to the telling of the McCormack story was done by Leroy “Doc” McCormack. Although he didn’t personally help me much, he pointed me to others in his branch of the family that would.

I would also like to thank my parents.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and thanks for stopping by!

McCormack family important dates for November

Hello! I know that it has been quite a long time since I last posted a story here. Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging. Even though it is almost the mid of November, I would like to start the month of November off with a post about important dates in the McCormack family.

The McCormack Family Reunion

The McCormack Family Reunion

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3 Nov 1917: Gertrude “Betty” Jeanette McCormack was born. She was the first daughter and second child of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. She was born in Sparks, Nevada which is a “suburb” of Reno, Nevada.

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Gertrude “Betty” J. McCormack Waltz

4 Nov 1988: Suzanne Mae Smith died. Suzanne was the wife of William D. McCormack. He was the sixth child and fifth son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. Suzanne and William had three children, one daughter and two sons. She died in Eugene, Oregon.

14 Nov 1861: Arthur A. McCormack was born. I hope you have had a chance to read the post, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” I wrote about Arthur recently. He was the only “bad boy” of the McCormack family that I know of. He was also the executor of his brother, Frank J. McCormack’s estate.

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

15 Nov 1860: Patrick J. McCormack died. Actually, I don’t know for sure if Patrick was his first name. The way his name appeared on the 1861 Canada census it looked like to me that it was PJ.Since Michael’s father was named Patrick and at the time, I had just lost a (newly found) cousin by the name Patrick J., I decided to name him Patrick J. McCormack. Unfortunately in his short life, his entry on the 1861 Canadian census was his only notable achievement.

16 Nov 1951: Henry McCormack died. Henry was Michael and Catherine’s seventh child and sixth son. He was a leading member of the Ithaca business community. Here are some blog posts about Henry; “Pictures of Henry McCormack and family”, “Sunday’s Obituary – Henry McCormack”, Wordless Wednesday – Three Generations of the Henry McCormack family”.

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a young Henry McCormack

21 Nov 1912: Michael McCormack died. The patriarch of the McCormack clan. Here is a post to get your appetite wetted!

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Michael McCormack

21 Nov 1856: Edward James McCormack was born. Like the rest of his brothers, save for his older brother William, he was born in London, Ontario, Canada. Edward was the third child and second son. I believe sometime in the early 1880s, Edward and Michael came up with the idea of moving up to the northern Lower Michigan to farm.

24 Nov 1885: Grace Ellen McCormack was born. Grace was the only child of William E. McCormack and Lura Grace Roys (she was William’s first wife).

Grace McCormack

Grace McCormack Woodbury about 1957.

26 Nov 1870: Katherine Fidelia McCormack was born. Katherine is one of my favorite McCormack relatives. Perhaps the first reason is that she and I share the same birthday of November 26th. She is also the only female child of Michael and Catherine that I have a picture of.

Aunt Katherine

Katherine (McCormack) Ingleright

26 Nov 1986: Raymond Louis Tougeron died. Ray was the husband of Ethel Rebecca McCormack. She was the second daughter and seventh child of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. She and Ray would have one daughter and three sons.

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Raymond L. Tougeron, Sr.

29 Nov 1883: William McCormack married Lura Grace Roys. Lura was William’s (my great-grandfather) first wife. They were married in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Lura was from Ypsilanti. They had one daughter, Grace Ellen McCormack before the unfortunate death of Lura.

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