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.

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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.

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!

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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!

May Dates for the McCormack Clan!

I apologize for being SO very late on this. Remembering these people and what they did and happened to them is very important. I got to meet one of these people, Violet Ingleright. I met her in the early 1990s in Niles, Michigan. She was very nice and an interesting lady.

 

9 May 1971 – Grace Ellen McCormack died. Grace was the daughter of William and Lavina McCormack of Otter Lake, Michigan.
9 May 1949 – Patrick J. McCormack was born. Patrick was the grandson of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.
10 May 1901 – Violet Ingleright was born. Violet was the only daughter of Katherine McCormack and Leon R. Ingleright I. Violet was a graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Music.
11 May 1916 – Henry Davis McCormack was born. Henry, or “HD” as I call him, he was the eldest grandson of John Michael McCormack.
12 May 1916 – Cora Ann McCormack died. Cora was married to Frank J. McCormack. He was the
14 May 1890 – Henry McCormack married Minne Myrtle VanWormer. Henry was a prominent businessman in both Ypsilanti and Ithaca, Michigan. He was the son of Michael and Catherine (Payne) McCormack.
14 May 1994 – Daniel Asprin died. Daniel was married to Margaret Lorraine Coon. Margaret was the great-granddaughter of Michael and Catherine McCormack.
18 May 1920 – Jimmie D. Keen was born. Jimmie was married to James Archer McCormack, the son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.
22 May 2008 – Robert Lynn Asprin died. Robert was the grandson of Grace Ellen McCormack. He was also a famous science fiction writer. He was the author of the Myth Adventures and Phule’s Company series. He was very active in the beginning of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
23 May 1966 – Hiram J. Stevens died. Hiram was married to Mae Ethel McCormack, the oldest daughter of Edward J. McCormack and Elizabeth J. Rohr.
24 May 1947 – Michael Alan McCormack was born. Michael was the grandson of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.
26 May 1951 – William David McCormack was born. William was the grandson of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.
26 May 1897 – Lura Maude McCormack was born. She was the daughter of Edward McCormack and Elizabeth J. Rohr.
26 May 1918 – Robert Henry Addy married Addie C. Snyder. Robert was the youngest child of Delilah Elizabeth McCormack and Smith Addy.
26 May 1924 – Lura Maude McCormack married Dudley B. Palmer.
30 May 1986 – Alta McCormack Ford died. She was my grandmother and daughter of William E. and Lavina J. (Hemingway) McCormack.
30 May 1931 – Nella Mae McCormack was born. Nell was the daughter of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.

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

Mother’s Day for the McCormack women!

Yesterday was 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. 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 more 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 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

A 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 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. 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.

McCormack family important dates for February

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

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

Here is a picture of my grand-aunt Ruth;

Ruth Farrell at her summer cabin

Ruth Farrell at her summer cabin

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

Next is my grandmother;

Young Alta McCormack

Young Alta McCormack

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

Finally, my great-granduncle Arthur;

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

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

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

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

A picture of my grandfather!

Late Sunday afternoon, my cousin Mike sent me a couple of pictures. Several months ago, I asked him if he had any pictures of our grandfather. He said he didn’t but his mom might and that he would let me know if he find anything. The first one was a picture of my grandfather, Aubrey Benton Ford. The second picture was of me when I was about two and half months old. It is the first picture that I am writing about.

After decades of not knowing what my grandfather looked like, I do now! There are three reasons that I never met or saw pictures of him. The first, he died about 16 months after I was born. The second reason is that he and my grandmother, Alta McCormack Ford, were divorced in 1954. Finally, the last reason was that my father and grandfather were very estranged from each other.

This picture features my grandfather, Aubrey Benton Ford and his grandson, Michael Ford.

Grandpa Ford and Mike

Grandpa Ford and Mike

As the writing on the picture says, this picture was taken in July 1960. I asked my cousin about the date at the top of the picture. He told me that the picture was taken in July 1960 but developed in Jan 1961.

As I sit here looking at this picture writing this post, I can’t help wondering what my grandfather was thinking while holding one of his grandsons. Did he regret any of his past? I may never know.

I would like to thank my cousin Mike very much for this picture. Without help like my cousin Mike provided, I can not do much. So I very much appreciate his help and anyone that helps me. Thanks again!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

Footnote;

1. picture of Aubrey Ford and Mike Ford, , 2015, privately held by Jeff Ford , [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Lebanon, Tennessee, 2015

A family tragedy!

It was only a few days ago that I was writing about a happy event for my late great-granduncle Merle and his first wife. Now, I have to write about a family tragedy for my Uncle Merle, his second wife and the McCormack family.

Just an update on uncle Merle for new readers. Merle had been married to Lois Muriel Baker until her sudden death on 8 Jun 1954 [1]. After that, he married Margaret Yale on 15 Mar 1956. I don’t have a real good picture of Margaret other than the newspaper picture of her. Here is a picture of my uncle Merle;

My great uncle Merle McCormack standing in front of his house.

My great uncle Merle McCormack standing in front of his house.

On Jan 3, 1959, Merle and Margaret McCormack were found dead in their northern Michigan cabin [2]. They were the apparent victims of asphyxiation. Their cabin was located about nine miles west of Grayling, Michigan on the shores of the Manistee River.

Merle, at the time of his death, had been President of Baker Business University in Flint, Michigan since October 1953. He had succeeded Eldon Baker, the founder and late father of Merle’s first wife, Lois Baker. He was born in Otter Lake, Michigan to William E. and Lavina J. McCormack [3]. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1922 with an engineering degree. Later he went to work for his first wife’s father at Baker Business University.

When I was growing up, we would visit my grandmother Alta, Merle’s younger sister but he wasn’t really talked about much. I wonder what things would have been like he had lived. It would have been nice to have another relative of my dad around. He might have been still alive when I started researching my McCormack heritage. It would have been really great to have talked to him about a lot of things like his time at the University of Michigan. Btw, I have had several relatives in my family that have attended the University of Michigan.

I really don’t have much to add about Margaret other than she had been a bookkeeper at a local women’s store [2] in Flint, Michigan prior to her marriage to Merle.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learning something new!

Footnote(s);

1. “Lois Muriel (Baker) McCormack,” Obituary, 9 Jun 1954 (Wednesday), The Flint (Michigan) Journal, Pg. 37, col. 7 (Section 4), digital image.
2. “Merle Hemingway McCormack,” Obituary, 4 Jan 1959 (Sunday), The Flint (Michigan) Journal, Pg. 1, col. 1, digital image.
3. “Michigan, Births, 1867-1902,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NQ6D-TPJ : accessed 4 January 2015), Merle Hemingway Mccormack, 18 Apr 1900; citing item 2 p 9 rn 10239, Otter Lake, Lapeer, Michigan, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2,363,030.