Happy Birthday, Alta McCormack!

I would like to apologize to all my followers and McCormack family members for being so absent for so long! Life just got in the way! I will be more active in the future! I also would like to apologize for not having something new for everyone to read. That new content will be forthcoming!

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I would like to honor my grandmother on her birthday! I wish I could add more than I did here. Happy birthday once again Grandma!

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Happy birthday, Grandma! Alta Lyleth (McCormack) Ford was my grandmother. My grandmother was born on February 3, 1902, in Otter Lake, Michigan almost 2 years before her younger sister, Ruth (I wrote about Ruth’s birthday in the post, Happy Birthday, Aunt Ruth! Alta’s siblings were Merle and Ruth. Alta was the middle child. Here is the best picture I have of my grandmother;

Young Alta McCormack

Young Alta McCormack

I don’t know much about her childhood. However, I do know that she attended high school in Flint, Michigan. Flint isn’t too far from Otter Lake. I just wonder where she stayed while attending high school. When she was in her early 20s, with her sister Ruth and perhaps a church group(?) went to Europe for several weeks. I started to post about the trip. During the trip, my grandmother kept a diary of what happened. It was very interesting to read my grandmother’s thoughts on the trip. I think she attended what would become Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan where she became a teacher. That is a profession that she shared with my dad. On July 30, 1932, she married Aubrey Ford. She and Aubrey had three children; Nancy Jane, William McCormack, and Richard Curtis. Sadly, my uncle “Dick” died in 2012. From what I have gathered from informal talks with my dad, my grandmother’s marriage to my grandfather was not very good. So in September 1954, she divorced him. It was funny because when I was growing up, we never talked about my grandfather. He was never discussed at my grandmother’s. I do have one story about my grandmother I would like to share. It must have been when I was 5 or 6 years old. We would visit my grandmother’s house in Garden City, Michigan. She had a squarish house. When I got there, I would ask either my parents or my grandmother to time me while I ran around her house. I would take off like a bat out of hell. Which for a little kid of 5 or 6 was pretty fast! When I got back to the “starting line” I would always ask the timer how did I do? They would always tell me “you ran faster than last time” or something like that. Little did I realize at the time that they were lying to me!  They never timed me! I am so hurt! Sadly, my grandmother died in May 1986 while I was stationed in California. I think because I was getting out in a couple of weeks, I couldn’t make the funeral. She is buried in the Otter Lake Cemetery in Otter Lake, Michigan next to her parents, William E., and Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something about my family!

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December McCormack Birthdays!

Once again, I am republishing a post that I wrote a year ago. I apologize because I really would like to publish original posts.


Here are the December birthdays that happened in the Michael McCormack family.

Last Name, First & Mid Name                         Birth Date                         Birth Place

Barnes, Charles Harold                                        7 Dec 1898                         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!

Crain, Depsy Ann                                                    2 Dec 1941                       Placer, California

Depsy is the wife of a third cousin who is still alive and therefore I don’t wish to name him. You can learn more about Depsy at my Find-A-Grave memorial for her.

Davis, Ethel                                                              3 Dec 1892                 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!

Dorstewitz, Edward James                                 28 Dec 1948
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.

Farrell, Arthur Willard                                          16 Dec 1903                       Marinette, 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!

McCormack, Donald James                                9 Dec 1894
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. You can see his more about Donald at my Find-A-Grave memorial for him. He was my first cousin twice removed.

McCormack, John Michael                                 22 Dec 1896
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.

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.

Happy Birthday, Aunt Kate!

I don’t like to repost previously published posts, but since I haven’t been able learn anything new and I do want to honor the memory of my great grand-aunt Kate. I do wish that I could have met her while she was alive and well. I wonder what kind of lady she was. Thanks!

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Today is my great grand-aunt Katherine “Kate” Fidelia (McCormack) Ingleright’s birthday. Katherine was the youngest of 10 children of Michael and Catherine McCormack. She was born on 26 Nov 1870 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Katherine (McCormack) Ingleright

Katherine (McCormack) Ingleright [1]

On 19 Jul 1899 in Lapeer, Michigan she married Leon Ray Ingleright of Niles, Michigan. For most of the next ten years, she and Leon lived with her parents in Otter Lake. [2] Sometime before the 1910 census, her husband who was a doctor, got his own practice or joined one in Rose City, Michigan. [3][4] As far as I know, she and Leon had two wonderful children, Violet Cassie and Leon Ray, Jr. They were born in 1901 and 1903 respectively and both in Rose City. At sometime between the 1920 and the 1930 censuses, Katherine and her family moved to Niles, Michigan. [5] They and their descendants would make Niles and the southwestern corner of Michigan their home up to the present.

There is one reason that my Aunt Katherine is special to me. She and I share the same birthday. I was born 91 years after her. In fact, she was still alive when I was born. But my parents had no knowledge of her branch of the McCormack family.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

Footnotes;

1. picture of Katherine Fidelia (McCormack) Ingleright, , 2009, privately held by Jeff Ford, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Lebanon, Tennessee, 2009
2. 1900 United States Federal Census, Otter Lake, Marathon Township, Lapeer County, Michigan, population schedule, ED 43, Pg. 7B, dwelling 173, family 173, Michael McCormack, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com, accessed 6 Feb 2011, citing Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
3. 1910 United States Federal Census, Rose City, Ogemaw County, Michigan, population schedule, Ward 3, ED 38, Pg. 250, dwelling 3, family 75, Leon R. Ingleright, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/, accessed 1 Dec 2012, citing Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
4. 1920 United States Federal Census, Rose City, Ogemaw County, Michigan, population schedule, Ward 3, ED 280, dwelling 54, family 55, Leon R. Ingelright, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/, citing Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
5. 1930 United States Federal Census, Niles, Berrien County, Michigan, population schedule, Ward 3, ED 12, Pg. 235, dwelling 71, family 84, Leon R. Ingleright, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/, citing Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

April’s McCormack Odds & Ends

I had intended to post these announcements separately, but I delayed. What I would like to share with you is the birthday of my granduncle, Merle Hemingway McCormack, the birthday of his Aunt, Maria “Minnie” Bedina (McCormack) Barnes and the marriage of his Aunt, Deliliah Elizabeth (McCormack) Addy.

First, I would like “announce” the birthday of Merle Hemingway McCormack. He was born on 18 Apr 1900 in Otter Lake, Michigan [1]. Merle would have been one hundred and fifteen years old! Happy birthday, Uncle Merle! All of my information says Otter Lake and therefore I assume that when it said that he was born in Otter Lake that it meant that he was born at his father’s (William E. McCormack) house.

Merle, Ruth and Alta McCormack

Merle, Ruth and Alta McCormack [3]

This picture is of the children of William E. McCormack and his (second) wife, Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack. I don’t believe that I have an exact date that the picture was taken but I am guessing that it was taken around 1907. I assume that because of Merle’s younger sister, Ruth looks about 3 years old.

He would grow up and attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He would later marry Lois Muriel Baker. After that marriage, he would go to work for her father at Baker College and just before his death, Merle would be the President of Baker Business.

Next, I would like to share the birthday of my second great-grandaunt, Maria “Minnie” Bedina McCormack. She was born on 16 Apr 1867 in Ypsilanti, Michigan[4]. Her parents were Michael and Catherine McCormack, my great-great-grandparents. I don’t have any photos of her and I haven’t been able to find out more than some of the basic life information. I know she was married Charles E. Barnes, a sailor and ship captain on the Great Lakes. She was the mother to two children, but only one survived childhood. She spent her last years living with her younger sister, Katherine (McCormack) Ingleright in Niles, Michigan. She died on 11 Dec 1963. Even though she died after I was born (26 Nov 1961), I never met her and didn’t know about her until the early 1990’s. Had she survived, “Minnie” would have been one hundred and forty-five years old. Happy Birthday, Aunt “Minnie”!

Finally, I would like to tell you about the marriage of Deliliah Elizabeth McCormack.She was married on 19 Apr 1881[5]. Here is the front page of the newspaper that her marriage announcement appeared.

A newspaper notice of Delilah's wedding

A newspaper notice of Delilah’s wedding

The transcription of her wedding announcement states;

MARRIED

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Addy—McCORMAC—At the residence of the bride, on the 19th inst., by the Rev. John Wilson, Mr. SMITH ADDY and MISS DELIA ELIZA McCORMAC, both of this city.

Smith Addy was born in Leeds, England in 1851.

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

Footnote(s);

1. Merle Hemingway McCormack, Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan), 4 Jan 1959 (Sunday), Pg. 1, Col. 1-3, digital image.
2. photo of the children of William E. McCormack, , 2009, privately held by Jeff Ford, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Lebanon, Tennessee, 2009
3. Michigan, Department of Health, death certificate (State) no. 69477 & (local) no. 238, (11 Dec 1963), Maria “Minnie” Bedina McCormack, Vital Records Section, Lansing
4. Michigan, Department of Health, death certificate (State) no. 69477 & (local) no. 238, (11 Dec 1963), Maria “Minnie” Bedina McCormack, Vital Records Section, Lansing.
5. Deliliah Elizabeth McCormack, Ypsilanti Commerical , 23 Apr 1881, Pg. 1, col. 5, digital image.

Happy Birthday, Alta Lyleth McCormack!

I would like to honor my grandmother on her birthday! I wish I could add more than I did here. Happy birthday once again Grandma!

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Happy birthday, Grandma! Alta Lyleth (McCormack) Ford was my grandmother. My grandmother was born on February 3, 1902 in Otter Lake, Michigan almost 2 years before her younger sister, Ruth (I wrote about Ruth’s birthday yesterday in the post, Happy Birthday, Aunt Ruth! Alta’s siblings were Merle and Ruth. Alta was the middle child. Here is the best picture I have of my grandmother;

Young Alta McCormack

Young Alta McCormack

I don’t know much about her childhood. However, I do know that she attended high school in Flint, Michigan. Flint isn’t too far from Otter Lake. I just wonder where she stayed while attending high school. I think she attended what would become Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan where she became a teacher. That is a profession that she shared with my dad. On July 30, 1932, she married Aubrey Ford. She and Aubrey had three children; Nancy Jane, William McCormack and Richard Curtis. Sadly, my uncle “Dick” died in 2012. From what I have gathered from informal talks with my dad, my grandmother’s marriage to my grandfather was not very good. So in September 1954, she divorced him. It was funny because when I was growing up, we never talked about my grandfather. He was never discussed at my grandmother’s. I do have one story about my grandmother I would like to share. It must have been when I was 5 or 6 years old. We would visit my grandmother’s house in Garden City, Michigan. She had a squarish house. When I got there, I would ask either my parents or my grandmother to time me while I ran around her house. I would take off like a bat out of hell. Which for a little kid of 5 or 6 was pretty fast! When I got back to the “starting line” I would always ask the timer how did I do? They would always tell me “you ran faster than last time” or something like that. Little did I realize at the time that they were lying to me!  They never timed me! I am so hurt! Sadly, my grandmother died in May 1986 while I was stationed in California. I think because I was getting out in a couple of weeks, I couldn’t make the funeral. She is buried in the Otter Lake Cemetery in Otter Lake, Michigan next to her parents, William E. and Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something about my family!

Happy Birthday, Aunt Ruth!

I would like honor my grand-aunt Ruth Eleanor (McCormack) Farrell on her 111th birthday! I don’t have much more to add other than another picture of her below the first photo of her.

Happy Birthday, Aunt Ruth!

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Today, February 2nd, is my Aunt Ruth’s birthday! Happy birthday, Aunt Ruth! Actually she is my grand-aunt, but I always called her Aunt. Ruth Eleanor McCormack was born on February 2, 1904 in Otter Lake, Michigan. If she was still alive today, she would have been 110 years old. Her parents were William E. and Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack. She was the youngest of three children born to William and Lavina. The other children being my grand-Uncle Merle and my grandmother, Alta.

Here is my best picture of her;

Aunt Ruth as a child

Aunt Ruth as a child

She also appears in the reunion picture which can be found at the post, The Beginning, at Friday’s Faces from the Past – The Children of William E. McCormack.

I would like to add this picture of her;

McCormack Children at Hemingway Reunion

McCormack Children at Hemingway Reunion

From left to right; Ruth (McCormack) Farrell, unknown older couple, Alta (McCormack) Ford (older sister), Merle Hemingway McCormack.

Unfortunately, I can’t say if I ever met her. If I did, I don’t remember it. She had two children both of whom are still living. In 1930, she married Arthur Willard Farrell in Toledo, Ohio. As far as I know, she didn’t have a full-time job outside of the home although I suspect that she may have been a teacher because my grandmother, her older sister, was a teacher.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!