September Dates for the Clan Michael 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 (Michael) McCormack for the month of September.

1 Sep 1824 Michael McCormack was born. As far as I know, Michael was from County Kilkenny. Or at least I think he was. My evidence is skimpy at best. What I do know is that he married Catherine (Payne) Steele in (the city of) Kilkenny at St. Mary’s Church and that his first son and child, William E. was born in Kilkenny. Also, from his marriage certificate that I show below, his father was identified as Patrick McCormack, a farmer.

Michael McCormack

Michael McCormack

2 Sep 1995 – Lois Elizabeth VanMeter died. She died in Sparks, Nevada. She was the second wife of James Archer McCormack, Sr. They married in 1979. Unfortunately, I have no picture of Lois.

2 Sep 1895 – Lura Grace Roys died. Lura was the first wife of William E. McCormack, my (paternal) great-grandfather. She died in Otter Lake, Michigan quite possibly at her home on Detroit Street. While she was alive, she and William had one child, a daughter Grace Ellen McCormack. She was born in Belleville, Michigan and got married to William in Ypsilanti, Michigan on 29 Nov 1883. I also don’t have a picture of Lura.

4 Sep 1923 – Jewel Beatrice Hassell was born. Jewel was the wife of the late Robert M. McCormack. Robert was the son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. Jewel was born and grew up in Port Arthur, Texas.

Jewel Hassell McCormack in her wedding dress

18 Sep 2007 – Robert Michael McCormack died. He died in Laurel, Mississippi where he was a long time resident. Robert was the son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. Robert was the proud father of three sons. He was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. In WWII, he flew P-51 Mustangs.

Robert Michael McCormack

Robert Michael McCormack

23 Sep 1928 – Ethel Rebecca McCormack was born. Ethel was the daughter of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. She was born in Reno, Nevada as were several of her brothers and sisters. In 1950, she married Raymond Louis Tougeron, Sr. They later became the proud parents of three sons and a daughter. She is another one of the “West Coast” McCormacks that have a very happy smile!

Ethel Rebecca

Ethel Rebecca McCormack Tougeron

25 Sep 2012 – Richard Curtis Ford died. Richard, or as I called him, Uncle Dick, was my uncle. He and my dad were twins. His parents were Aubrey and Alta (McCormack) Ford. He went to school at Michigan Technological University located in Houghton, Michigan for a year or two. After Houghton where he began his lifelong career in forestry, he and his young family moved out to the state of Washington in the great Pacific Northwest. In 1986, I got out of the Army and drove up to his house outside of Port Angeles, Washington where I spent the summer lounging on his deck.

Richard C. Ford

Richard “Dick” Curtis Ford

26 Sep 1853 – Michael McCormack married Catherine (Payne), Steele. This union of these two people began the McCormack clan as I know it. For Michael, it was his first marriage. For Catherine, it was her second.

Michael & Catherine

Michael & Catherine McCormack

Marriage Certificate 1 - Michael & Catherine

Marriage certificate for Michael and Catherine

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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!

 

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August Dates for the Clan Michael 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 Michael McCormack for the month of August. I apologize for being SO late in publishing this post.

1 Aug 1914 – Ethel Davis married Henry Peacock McCormack. They were married in the city of Sacramento, California. They became the proud parents of seven boys and three girls.

HP & Ethel

Henry Peacock & Ethel (Davis) McCormack

9 Aug 1913 – Catherine (Payne) McCormack died in Otter Lake, Michigan. Her husband, Michael had died the previous November. I am not sure where she was born. Family lore suggested County Cork, Ireland.

Catherine McCormack

Catherine (Payne) McCormack

11 Aug 1999 – Arthur Willard Farrell died in Englewood, Florida. Arthur was the husband of Ruth Eleanor McCormack. He was the proud father of a son and daughter.

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Arthur W. Farrell in Havana

11 Aug 1923 – Phyllis Louise Trevellyan was born. She was the wife of Robert Orrin Addy. She was born in Chicago, Illinois. She and Robert are the proud parents of three daughters. I do have a picture of Phyllis, but it is not a very good picture so I don’t want to use it.

16 Aug 2007 – Nella Mae McCormack died. Nella was the third daughter of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. She was the proud mother of three boys.

 

Nella Mae McCormack Lowney

Nella Mae McCormack

 

22 Aug 1998 – Gerald “Mac” Milton McCormack died. He died in Bellingham, Washington. When he died, he left his wife Elizabeth “Libby” Lee (Heaton), McCormack. He was the proud father of four sons and one daughter. One of his sons was a very successful attorney who wrote a very good book about his parent’s genealogy. One thing that I learned about Gerald from his son’s book, that he was a mechanical engineering genius.

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Gerald “Mac” McCormack

22 Aug 1926 – Margaret Williams Murphy married Leon Ray “Doc” Ingleright II. They were married in South Bend, Indiana the home of Notre Dame University.

24 Aug 1903 – Leon Ray “Doc” Ingleright II was born. Leon was born in Rose City, Michigan where his father was an aspiring doctor. He later ran a successful pharmacy in Eau Clare, Michigan. He also was a prominent local politician. In 1949, he was the village president of Eau Clare.

 

Leon Doc Ingleright II

Leon Ray “Doc” Ingleright II

 

26 Aug 1874 – Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack was born in Otter Lake, Michigan. Her parents were Ernest Needham and Ann (Harris) Hemingway. Lavina was the proud mother of three children and one step-daughter.

 

Lavina and daughter Ruth

Lavina J. McCormack and daughter Ruth about 1908.

 

26 Aug 1863 – Henry McCormack was born. Like all of his brothers, except for his older brother William, Henry was born in London, Ontario, Canada. When he grew up, he became a successful merchant beginning in Ypsilanti, Au Sable and finally Ithaca. He was first married to Minnie Myrtle Van Wormer in 1890 and they later had two daughters and one son. After the death of his first wife, he married the former Margaret (Iseman) Naugle in 1920.

Henry McCormack

a young Henry McCormack

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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. 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.

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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.

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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!

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. 

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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.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Henry Davis McCormack

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

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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. 

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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.

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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!