The McCormack Reunion – Colorized

A few weeks ago, I got an e-mail from Roberta Estes, the author of the DNA Explained – Genetic Genealogy blog. It was about a web-based service that colorizing b&w, sepia, and other old family photos.

Here is the URL;

Here is the “classic” black & white version;

McCormack Family Reunion

McCormack Family Reunion

Here are the results;

McCormack Family Reunion – Colorized

As you can see, it really looks pretty good although there are several obvious areas for correction, like some of the areas around of the eyes for example.

I hope that you like the results.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

Copyright (c) 2019, Jeff Ford


Proof in Canada

One of the things that I have always been looking for in researching the family is more proof of their stay in Ontario, Canada beyond the 1861 (Upper) Canada census. [1] I say that because in that census Michael is really the only McCormack that is identified by their full first name. Also, the rest of the boys in the family wasn’t born yet. A few months ago, I got a hint from Ancestry about my great-uncle Frank. He was one of the remaining boys that were born in Canada or at the time, Upper Canada. The others being his brothers, Arthur and Henry.

The full page [2]

In the above picture, the entry that we are very interested in the is on the second page or the right side and it is the third entry from the bottom. Below is an enhanced selection.

The transcribed text says;

86 (entry number?)


Aug 2nd

The body of the entry;

Was baptized (sine ______) Francis born April 20th 1865 _________ of the lawful marriage of Michael McCormick and Catherine Payne (Delila).  Sponsor Delila McCormack. F.L. Byrne

One note: The second word of the two words in parentheses is thought to be some unique spelling of ceremony.  My “translators” couldn’t come up with an exact spelling of the “mysterious” second word!


Without Ceremony?

Without ceremony?


There are several things/facts that we can take away from this entry. First, Frank’s “real” birth name was Francis. That makes sense since Frank is the common diminutive of Francis. Two, his (apparently actual) birthdate of April 20, 1865. That is a few months earlier than I had previously thought. Prior to finding this record, I had thought that he was born in June of 1865. I believe that I had gotten that information from one of the censuses. Third, we have another confirmation of the marriage of Michael and Catherine. Finally, the name of the sponsor. Delila McCormack.

At the time of Frank’s baptism (and currently), I know of two people with the first name of Delila.  The first person would be Delila McCormack, the first daughter, and second child of Michael and Catherine. At the time of her brother’s baptism, Delila was only 11 years old! I have never heard of an 11-year old (girl) being a sponsor. Upon doing some elementary searching, I have seen several examples of a sponsor that young. But there is a slight problem with Delila being the sponsor. The problem is that family lore says that the boys were to be baptized/raised Roman Catholic and the girls were to be baptized/raised Protestant. This is a Roman Catholic baptism of a boy but his (only) sponsor was his sister who was supposed to have been raised as a Protestant. So, are we still talking about the same person as the sponsor?

The other person with the first name of Delila was Catherine’s sister-in-law, Delila Payne. She was married to Catherine’s brother. But in 1865, as far as I know, Delila Payne was residing in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!


  1. Ontario Census, 1861, Ontario, Canada, Ward St. Lawrence, ED 1, Pg. 4 and 62 (stamped), family 33, Michael McCormack, digital image,,, accessed 9 Sep 2012, citing Year: 1861; Census Place: London, Middlesex, Canada West; Roll: C-1050-1051; Page: 4.
  2. Ontario, Canada, Diocese of London (Ontario); London, Ontario, Roman Catholic Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 2017, Francis J. McCormack,, Provo, Utah, United States of America.

Important October Dates for the Clan of Michael McCormack

Each month, I 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 October. I apologize for being so tardy in publishing this month’s family announcements!

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2 Oct 1933 Mildred Francis Boston was born. She was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. Mildred would be the future wife of Maurice “Doc” McCormack (the last of six sons of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. She would be the proud mother of a son and two daughters.

3 Oct 1880 Amos L. Woodbury was born in Lockport, Ohio (Rockport is located near Cleveland, Ohio). Amos would marry Grace Ellen McCormack (Coon). Amos was a florist and gardener in the St. Johns, Michigan area.

Amos L. Woodbury

Amos L. Woodbury

4 Oct 1996 Edith Marie (McCormack) Bird died. Edith was the second daughter and middle child or Henry and Minnie Myrtle (Van Wormer) McCormack. After WWII, her husband John C. Bird was in Japan for the reconstruction efforts. She was the proud mother of two sons and two daughters. While in Japan, Edith and John adopted two Japanese/American children.

Edith Marie McCormack

Edith Marie (McCormack) Bird

6 Oct 1858 Lura Grace Roys was born. She was born in Belleville, Michigan. She grew in Ypsilanti where she met and would later marry William E. McCormack. Lura was the proud mother of one daughter, Grace Ellen McCormack.

6 Oct 2002 Violet Cassie Ingleright died. She died in Niles, Michigan. Violet led an interesting life. She attended the University of Michigan as a music student. She was also a member of two “girl” groups, “Violet Joy and the Bluebelles” and “The Brickheads” all redhead girl band. As far as I have been able to determine, she was married three times. I have some indication that she may have been married a fourth time. I had the real pleasure to meet her one time. She told me a story about her maternal grandparents, Michael and Catherine that they only spoke (Irish) Gaelic behind closed doors and never in front of their children.


Violet Cassie Ingleright

10 Oct 1849 Catherine Payne married James Steele. This is interesting because it was Catherine’s first marriage and it occurred in Dublin! We think that she was from County Cork. I’ve asked before if she was from County Cork, what was she doing in Dublin?

Catherine McCormack

Catherine (Payne) McCormack

10 Oct 1983 Frances Myrtle (Foster) Addy died. She was the wife of Robert Orrin Addy (grandson of Delilah Elizabeth McCormack). She was the proud mother of two children, one boy, and one girl.

11 Oct 1945 Robert Michael McCormack married Jewel Beatrice Hassell. They were married in Port Arthur, Texas. Robert was a “hotshot” WWII P-51 Mustang pilot. According to one of their sons, the picture was taken sometime in 1970.


Bob & Jewel @ 1970

Robert Michael & Jewel Beatrice (Hassell) McCormack


12 Oct 1992 Gertrude “Betty” Jeanette (McCormack) Waltz died. She died in Reno, Nevada. Betty was the second child of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. When she was a young lady, Betty was a lifeguard. After her time as a lifeguard came to an end, she married Charles W. Waltz in Jan 1940. She then became the proud mother of three sons and one daughter.

Betty J McCormack Waltz

Gertrude “Betty” J. McCormack Waltz

13 Oct 1854 Delilah Elizabeth McCormack was born. She was born in Kentucky. Delilah was the oldest daughter of Michael and Catherine (Payne) McCormack. The family story about Delilah is that she was born when her mother, Catherine stopped to visit her brother in Harrodsburg. Preliminary research suggests that she might have been named after her mother’s sister-in-law. She was the proud mother of six children, unfortunately of which only two survived childhood.

13 Oct 1985 Donald James McCormack died in Mio, Michigan. Donald was the middle child and son of Edward and Elizabeth (Rohr) McCormack. For most of his life, Don was a local farmer and logger. Unfortunately, he never married or had any children.

14 Oct 1896 Frank J. McCormack married Cora Anna Baldwin. They got married in Janesville, Wisconsin. Cora was from Janesville. I don’t have any evidence to support this theory, but I think that Frank and Cora met and married because of Frank’s sister, Delilah lived in Janesville during the mid-1880’s. Of the happy couple, I only have a picture of the lovely bride.


Cora Baldwin (Master - Preview)

Cora Ann (Baldwin) McCormack


20 Oct 1864 Hilmar N. Nilsen was born. He was born somewhere in Norway. He emigrated to the United States as a young man sometime in 1886 and was naturalized in May 1897.

26 Oct 1925 William “Bill” D. McCormack was born in Reno, Nevada. His parents were Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. He would later marry Suzanne Mae Smith in Jan 1947. He would be the proud father of two sons and a daughter.


William D. McCormack

27 Oct 1921 Smith Addy died. Smith was the husband of Delilah Elizabeth McCormack. He died in Schenectady, New York. He had worked for the American Locomotive Company. He had been born near Leeds, England.

27 Oct 1953 Leon Ray Ingleright died. Leon was the first of four Inglerights to bear that name. He died in his hometown of Niles, Michigan. He was born in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He attended medical school in Chicago, IL and became a physician in 1901. An interesting note is that he was the attending physician for his sister-in-law, Minnie when her son, Charles Barnes died. So far, I only have one vague picture of Leon.


Leon Ray Ingleright, MD.

Dr. Leon R. Ingleright


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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.

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!

Important February Dates for the McCormack Clan!

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

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


Edna (McCormack) Hebestreit at her birthday party

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

Aunt Ruth

Ruth (McCormack) Farrell at her summer cabin

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


Alta McCormack Ford

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


Henry Davis McCormack

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


Charles W. Waltz, Sr.

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


Gerald “Mac” McCormack

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


Jewel Beatrice (Hassell) McCormack

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

Arthur McCormack

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

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

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

Doc McCormack

Maurice “Doc” McCormack

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


James Archer McCormack, Sr.

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


Leon Ray Ingleright III

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

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I would like to remind everyone that there is a lot more to the people listed here. If you have anything you would like to add about any of these people, please feel free to contact me. You can also talk on your own about any of these people that you know.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

A McCormack Christmas Ancestor Tree


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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Important July Dates for the McCormack clan

Here are the important July dates for the McCormack clan. I wish I could post more for each person and event. Remembering these people and what they did and happened to them is very important.

4 Jul 2004 – Elizabeth “Libby” Lee Heaton died. She was married to Gerald “Mac” M. McCormack. She was mother of four boys and one girl.
4 Jul 1851 – Smith Addy was born. He became Michael’s first son-in-law by marrying his oldest daughter, Delilah Elizabeth McCormack. He was also born in England.
6 Jul 1898 – Edna Ruth McCormack was born somewhere in Montmorency County, Michigan. She was the daughter of Edward James and Elizabeth Jane (Rohr/Dimmick) McCormack. She also took over McCormack General Store located in Mio, Michigan after her mother passed away.
7 Jul 1897 – William E. McCormack married LaVina Jane Hemingway. LaVina was William’s second wife. They most likely married at the Hemingway home in Marathon Township where her immediate and extended family lived all over the township. She also gave her new husband a pocket watch as a wedding present. It is still in the family to this day!
8 Jul 1986 – Dudley B. Palmer died in West Branch, Michigan. His first wife was Lura Maude McCormack, daughter of Edward James and Elizabeth Jane (Rohr/Dimmick) McCormack.
9 Jul 1853 – William E. McCormack was born in Kilkenny, Ireland. He didn’t live long in Kilkenny as he and his parents, Michael and Catherine McCormack left Ireland by Oct 1853.
9 Jul 1998 – Ruth Eleanor McCormack Farrell died in Englewood, Florida. She was the youngest daughter of William E. and LaVina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack. In 1925, she and her older sister, Alta (my grandmother) went to Europe.
9 Jun 1964 – William Fred Crozier died in Ithaca, Michigan. He married Lucille May McCormack, the oldest daughter of Henry and Minnie (VanWormer) McCormack. He helped his father-in-law, Henry, to manage the McCormack General Store. (There were McCormack General Stores located in Mio, Otter Lake and Ithaca each owned/managed by members of the McCormack family.)
11 Jul 1923 – Lois Elizabeth VanMeter was born. She was the second wife of James Archer McCormack Sr.
15 Jul 2009 – Maurice LeRoy “Doc” McCormack died. “Doc” (I believe) worked for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. He might have worked at one of the two fisheries located near Lone Pine, CA which I once visited. He was the youngest son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.
15 Jun 1956 – LaVina Jane Hemingway McCormack died in Flint, Michigan. She was my great-grandmother and distantly related to the Ernest Hemingway!
16 Jul 2005 – Demingo “Frank” Anthony Damas died. Frank was married to my cousin, Sandy.
16 Jul 1925 – Raymond Louis Tougeron was born in Marin County, California. His parents were from France. He married Ethel Rebecca “Becky” McCormack. She was the daughter of Henry Peacock and Ethel Davis.
17 Jun 1904 – Charles Harold McCormack was born Ithaca, Michigan. He was the youngest child of Henry and Minne (VanWormer) McCormack.
18 Jul 1983 – Roy D. Ellingham died in Detroit, Michigan. Roy was the husband of Lura Grace Coon, daughter of Dr. Alfred R. and Grace Ellen (McCormack) Coon. I have seen some evidence to suggest that Roy may have been born in England.
18 Jul 1903 – Neil McMillan was born. Prior to when I started writing this, I had thought Neil had been born in Connecticut. It turns out that he was born in Dalry, Scotland. [1]
19 Jul 1899 – Leon Ray Ingleright, M.D. married Katherine Fidelia McCormack. Katherine was the youngest daughter and child of Michael and Catherine McCormack.
21 Jul 1910 – Daniel Dacanay Asprin was born in Binalayan, Philippines. He later married Margaret Lorraine Coon, the youngest daughter of Dr. Alfred R. and Grace Ellen (McCormack) Coon.
23 Jul 1891 – Aubrey Ford was born. He was my grandfather.
24 Jul 2006 – Jimmie Dale Keen died in Sparks, Nevada. Jimmie was the first wife of James Archer McCormack, Sr. She was also the proud mother of three girls and a boy.
24 Jul 1867 – Elizabeth Jane Rohr/Dimmick was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I have some confusion as to her actual last name. I believe that she was born as a Rohr but at some point she adopted by the Dimmick family.
25 Jul 1909 – Pauline Pearl Humphrey was born in North Star Twp., Gratiot County, Michigan. She was married to C. Harold McCormack and the proud mother to two boys and one girl.
26 Jul 2008 – William A. Gould died in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was told that he had been quite ill before his early death. He was only 45 when he passed away.
27 Jul 1922 – Dorothy Ellen Wade was born in Grants Pass, Oregon. She was married to Henry Davis McCormack, the eldest son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. She was also the proud mother to one son and four girls.
28 Jul 1919 – Elizabeth “Libby” Lee Heaton was born in Billings, Montana. See her entry at the beginning of this post. She was the daughter of Nathaniel Dade Heaton and Emily Compton Covert.
31 Jul 1984 – Kathryn Elizabeth “Betty” Coon died in Dewitt, Michigan. She was the middle daughter of Dr. Alfred R. and Grace Ellen (McCormack) Coon.

I would like to remind everyone that there is a lot more to the people listed here. If you have anything you would like to add about any of these people, please feel free to contact me. I also would like to thank you for stopping by and I hope you learned something.


1. Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006,” database with images, <i>FamilySearch</i> ( : 11 June 2015), Mr Neil Mcmillan, 1988; citing various offices and archives, Michigan

McBash: The first full day

Well, I made it to the new magic land of McBash! I made it a day early and no one was here unlike the last time I was here. You live and learn.

Friday afternoon everyone started arriving. We did have one unexpected non-arrival. Cousin Judy had transportation problems and couldn’t make it. Although she did show up on Saturday with her sister Sandy D.

On Saturday afternoon, I and half of the Tougeron clan went prospecting for gold! We tried D. L. Bliss State Park first. I was with two prospecting pros. They each had several “prospecting pans.” I, of course, did not get anything! Only my cousin Rene T. got a gold “nugget.” His brother, Ray T and I kidded him that he was buying us a couple of cokes!

The Prospector

The Prospector!

After spending a couple hours looking for gold, we left D. L. Bliss and went “exploring.” The three of us ended up at Fallen Leaf Lake. I think we were looking for another stream or small creek to pan for gold. Anyway, we didn’t find one. However, we did have some fun. The road on the eastern side of Fallen Leaf Lake was something else. It was barely wide enough for Ray’s truck let alone for any other vehicles that might come the other way and that happened more often than not. It was quite funny to hear some of the commentary that went on in the truck that afternoon.

Later Saturday, we had a community dinner. As I mentioned earlier, Sandy and Judy had shown up while the “Three Prospectors” were out. Sandy and Judy had brought the community dinner, tamales and they were pretty good.

Down time at McBash!


After the tamale dinner, we all had some fun make rather large s’mores!

The Prospector and Calamity Jane

The Prospector and Calamity Jane

It was a great time for all who attended McBash 2016! Just for those McCormacks who need some scheduling help, McBash is held the same time every year. That is the third weekend in June. For the last eight years, we have held McBash at the “Campground by the Lake” in South Lake Tahoe.

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