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.

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P.S. If you see anything that needs correcting, please let me know! Thanks again!

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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.

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Happy Belated Birthday, Kathryn Elizabeth (Coon) Miller!

Happy Belated Birthday, Kathryn Elizabeth (Coon) Miller! I’m sorry that I am late with this! Yesterday would have been Kathryn’s 99th birthday. Kathryn was the daughter of Grace Ellen (McCormack)and Alfred Rinehart Coon. She was born on 11 Mar 1916 in Dewitt, Michigan. Her second husband was Gerald K. Miller. They had one daughter. Here is my one picture of Kathryn;

Betty and her daughter, Patty.

Betty and her daughter, Patty.

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Census Sunday – My grand Aunt Grace in the 1940 census. Finally!

I finally found my grand Aunt Grace in the 1940 census[1]. I have been looking almost exclusively on Ancestry and forgetting about FamilySearch. Well, I went on FamilySearch last night and tried again looking for her. I was pretty sure that she should be in same general area that she was in the 1930 census[2] which was Clinton county in Michigan. Whatever I did, I just could not find her or her husband, Amos. I knew Amos lived in St. Johns, Michigan in 1942[3]. On FamilySearch, I found them listed as Woodburg and as Woodbury. No wonder I couldn’t find them. I never stopped to think to spell their last name differently.

1940 Census - Amos and Grace Woodbury

1940 Census – Amos and Grace Woodbury [1]

They were enumerated on the 19th of April 1940. Here is the portion of the census that we are really concerned about;

1940 Census snippet

1940 Census snippet [1]

Line #,  street name, house number, # in order of visitation, Owned (O) or Rented (R), abode value, is this household on a farm, NAME, Relation, Sex, Color of race, Age, marital status, attended school, highest grade, Place of birth, citizenship of foreign-born, residence in 1935, on a farm, work – private or public, public works program, seeking work, housework or other, hours worked per week, occupation, industry, class of worker, # of weeks worked in 1939, wages earned, receive $50 from other sources, Number of farm schedule.

1. 8, Dewitt (Dawitt – as listed on Ancestry.com),  , 138, O, 1500, yes, Amos Woodbury, Head, M, W, 58, M, no, H4,  , Ohio, x, same place, Yes,  ,  ,  ,  , 60, Florist, Greenhouse, 52, 0, yes, 105

2. 9, , , , , , , , Grace Woodbury (informant), wife, F,  W, 53 (actually should be 58), M, no, C4, x, Michigan, x, same place, No, No, No, No, H, , , , , 0, 0, yes, .

I really didn’t learn anything new. Most everything that this census tells me I pretty much expected. However, there is one thing that bears some further research. This census says that both Amos and Grace lived in the same place in 1935. This little factoid is interesting because, as far as I know, Grace and Amos were married in May 1937. I suppose that this means I have to send away for their marriage certificate to finally determine the actual date of their marriage.  I suppose that Grace and Amos could have been living together prior to the marriage date that I think that they got married on.

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Footnotes;

1. 1940 United States Federal Census, Bingham Township, Clinton County, Michigan, population schedule, ED 19-3, sheet 8-A, in the household of Amos Woodbury[g], digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com, accessed 23 Aug 2014, citing Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627_1743, 4,643 rolls.
2. 1930 United States Federal Census, St. Johns, Clinton County, Michigan, population schedule, Precinct 1, ED 19-20, dwelling 361, family 389, Grace Coon, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com, accessed 23 Aug 2014, citing Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.
3. The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; World War II Draft Cards (4th Registration) for the State of Michigan; State Headquarters: Michigan

Happy Birthday Grace Ellen McCormack!

Today is my grand-aunt Grace Ellen McCormack’s birthday! Aunt Grace, as I call her, was born on 24 Nov 1885 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Ypsilanti isn’t far from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her parents were William E. McCormack (my great-grandfather) and Lura Grace Roys.

Aunt Grace was married twice. The first time was to Alfred Rinehart Coon. Grace and Alfred had three lovely daughters, Lura Grace, Kathryn Elizabeth and Margaret Lorraine. Unfortunately, Alfred died in 1918. To the best of my knowledge, Grace remained a widow for almost the next twenty years. In 1937, she married Amos Lynn Woodbury.

Grace as a young lady about 1908.

Grace as a young lady about 1908.

 

Grace McCormack Woodbury about 1957.

Grace McCormack Woodbury about 1957.

As a young child, I unfortunately don’t remember meeting her.  I wish I could have. Happy Birthday, Aunt Grace! Btw, Grace would have been 128 years old today.

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Treasure Chest Thursday – Grace McCormack’s wedding notices

For today’s Treasure Chest Thursday post, I would share two newspaper clippings about my grand-aunt Grace Ellen McCormack Coon and her wedding.

Grace's Wedding Notices

Grace’s Wedding Notices [1][2]

I have had these newspaper clippings for, it seems, a very long time. I don’t remember how I got it or who might gave it to me. Thanks to whoever gave them to me! Getting back to discussion about the clippings, the clipping on the left was published on a Saturday the 29th of June 1912. Don’t know about the one on the right. I suppose that both were published in local papers at the time but I don’t know for sure.

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Footnote;

1. “Grace McCormack’s wedding notices,” 29 June 1912, from unidentified newspaper, Ford Family Papers, privately held by Jeff Ford, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Lebanon, Tennessee, 2010.
2. “Grace McCormack’s wedding notices,” undated clipping, ca. 1912, from unidentified newspaper, Ford Family Papers, privately held by Jeff Ford, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Lebanon, Tennessee, 2010.

Tombstone Tuesday – Grace McCormack Coon Woodbury

For today’s Tombstone Tuesday post, I would like to share the picture of the tombstone of Grace Ellen McCormack Coon Woodbury. Grace is my (half) grand-aunt and she also was the first child to William E. McCormack. Her mother is the late Lura Grace Roys (b. 1858 – d. 1895).

Grace McCormack Coon Woodbury

Grace McCormack Coon Woodbury [1]

Grace is buried in the Dewitt City Cemetery located in Dewitt, Michigan. She is buried next to her first husband, Alfred R. Coon (who was a member of the Masons before his death).

Update (3 Sep 2013 @ 11pm);

Due to a question in the comment section about the meaning of the letters inside the inverted star (pentagram), I did some research and this is what I found;

1. It is a symbol of the Order of the Eastern Star a Freemasonry-related organization.
2. Each point of the star represents a different biblical heroine; Adah, Ruth, Esther, Martha, and Electra.
3. Each point of the star represents a different quality of the biblical heroines; fidelity, constancy, loyalty, faith, and love.
4. Each point of the star is also represented by a different color; red (L), blue (F), yellow (A), white (T) and green (A).
5. The initials “F.A.T.A.L.” reportedly stand for “Fairest Among Thousands Altogether Lovely.”

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Footnote;

1. picture of the tombstone of Grace McCormack Coon Woodbury, , 2008, privately held by Jeff Ford, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Lebanon, Tennessee, 2013