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Searching a common name,,,,,,,,

March 30, 2017

Greetings!!

I am currently working on my "Smith" line.  Smith!!  One of the most common names in the universe!!  Or so it seems.  Just a few short years ago the only information I had was my grandma Parker was a Smith from Jersey City, NJ.  Her parents might have been named Joseph and Eva.  Or not.  Not much information to go on!!  I knew that at one time my grandfather Warren Parker had lived in Jersey City.  He was married there, and they had a couple of their children there.

If you are not aware of this, Jersey City is a big place and it was even back then.  This was like looking for a needle in two huge hey stacks, LOL.  Trying to search "Smith" was not working, there were just way too many of them.  So then I decided to try to search for Warren Parker.  Yup, there were a couple of them but eureka, only one that was married to an Annie!!  I found my grandparents!!  And to further confirm it, there oldest boy had been born by the time the census was enumerated in 1900 and I knew his name.  Two of my grandmother's youngest siblings were living with them at the time, so I plugged their names into the family tree.  But what about her parents and her other siblings?

It wasn't until about 6 months later that I decided to take another look at the census and look at pages before the one my grandparents were listed on as they were at the top of the page.  Low and behold, there they were on the previous page!  The address the enumerated wrote in showed that they were actually in the same house!  It was a two family house.  Grandma and grandpa were in one apartment and grandma's parents and other siblings in another apartment.  It pays to "look around the neighborhood" so to speak.  Always pay attention to the details.

It turns out, grandma's father's name was not Joseph but John and her mother's name was indeed Eva.  Through newspaper articles and other documents I found after that I was able to confirm this information was correct.  What was really cool was I had the exact address they lived at and was able to google it and see what the house looks like today.

Over time, I have been able to find out about or at least the names of all her siblings, her parents, her grand and even great grandparents.  The search continues though as there has not been much information and I am hoping to find some living descendants.

Currently, I have been focusing on her brother William.  I found him in a 1920 census living with their brother Charles A. and his family in Jersey City.  He was single and working as a Chauffeur for a trucking company.  Chauffeur was the common name used for a driver of any type, not just a limousine as we think of today.

Note, it says Eighth St in the column on the left.  That info will come in handy later  William is on the bottom.  I know this to be accurate because I know the names of Charles' wife and children.

I then found William's WWI Registration card.

Note, he is living on Eighth St. He is a driver and his nearest relative is his brother Charles Smith.  Yes!!  This is the right William Smith!!  Do you have any idea how many William Smiths lived in Jersey City?  Way too many!!  Now I also have his date of birth!!

Then I found a WWII Registration card.

Still living on 8th St.  Same DOB but 2 things are different.  He is now married and is working on a WPA project.

Oh wait, he has a wife!!  Who is this Catherine?  I still have no idea.  But what I do know is by the 1930 census he has not only a wife but a 2 year old daughter named Patricia.  I have been able to track him up to 1942 in a city directory.  I found two Social Security records for him and truthfully I should have read the first one more carefully.  It was saying in 1983 his name was shown as William John Smith.  I know it is him because it gives his parents names and correct DOB.  But what I did not notice was that it was a claim for an "Original SS #"  that is much different than a "Life Claim".  So, apparently, someone in 1983 needed his SS# for some reason and perhaps did not know he actually had his own already.  I found another SS Record for him, that shows a different number but this was a "life claim"  in 1950.  So, it turns out he did not die in 1983 but probably in 1950.  It pays to really look at the details good.  I was in a hurry when I read the first record and made an incorrect assumption.  That is why I often go back to read things several times, just in case I miss any clues.  

I found him again in the 1940 census.  We'll have to wait about 3 years for the 1950 census to be released.  I am trying to find an obituary to see if I can glean any other information.  The search continues but I will probably switch to a different branch of the family for a while and give my tired eyes a break.  Sifting through all the Smiths in Jersey City is a big strain on the eyes, LOL.

Until next time,,,,,,,

 

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Update on family pics,,,,,,,,

March 27, 2017

Greetings!!

In my last post I was talking about the family pictures I have inherited.  I still continue to sort and try to figure out who some of them are as time allows.  But first the update.  The picture I posted in front of the Parker House in Eldred, NY with Emily C. Parker Stevens, the lady with her is my grandmother Anna Smith Parker.  After going through other pictures and studying them closely I was able to figure out that was my grandma.  She would have been about 30 years old in that picture.  She and my Great Aunt Edith, my grandfather's sister, were very close.  Edith and Emily Parker were very good friends.  I believe Edith was the person taking the picture.

Then I came across a picture of my Aunt Edna and Bill Angerman, her husband.  It had to be taken somewhere between 1920 and 1925 when Aunt Edna died.  Sadly for them, they were not married very long when Aunt Edna passed from pneumonia.  Bill Angerman stayed on with my grandmother and family to help out as my grandfather had passed in 1922.  My mom was only 2 years old when her father passed.  In the 1930s Bill Angerman married my grandma.  Some of the family was not too happy about that, but Bill Angerman was a good man and he was good to my grandma and to my mother.  They were married for close to 25 years before my grandma passed.  Bill lived until 1977 and I always called him "grandpa".  I think of him often and the time I spent with him on the Parker homestead.

Bill and Edna Parker Angerman

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Family pictures,,,,,,,

March 15, 2017

Greetings!!

So, here I am with my first genealogy post in a while and I have a wee bit of a conundrum.  After my cousin Val passed last November her husband John sent me several old family pictures.  Some are written on the back who they are and the time frame but many do not.  I found one in particular that really has me scratching my head.  Well, I did figure out some of it and I think I am right on the rest but not 100% sure.  I have been enlisting the help of friends and family, trying to figure it out.

I know for sure this picture was taken in Eldred, Sullivan, NY.  That is the Parker House Hotel there on the right.  I spoke to Teenie Myers who's grandfather James Young Parker, built the Parker House.  Teenie believes the woman on the left is her mother.  I have no reason to doubt her.  The woman on the right is the mystery.  I am leaning towards it being my grandmother, Annie Smith Parker.  But there lies the problem.  I have no pictures of my grandmother at a younger age.  The only pictures I have were taken around 1955 shortly before she died.  A much older woman at that time.  This picture is circa 1910 - 1915.  Teenie was born the same year as my mother, 1920 and God Bless her she is still going strong!!

Here is a postcard picture of the Parker House Hotel.  The pictures are extremely similar, but different time frame.

Slightly different angle and time frame but it is definitely the same place.

Below is a picture of my grandma Parker.  She is seated in the chair.  Looking at the facial features, especially the nose and chin, I think she could be the lady on the right in the top photo.  What do you think?

Here are a couple of facts that I do know for sure.  Emily C. Parker Stevens, the lady on the left and my Great Aunt Edith Parker were very good friends.  Edith is not in the picture but might be the one who took the picture.  Edith was very close to my grandma who was married to her oldest brother Warren Parker, my grandfather.  The picture was in the possession of my cousin Val who died this past November.  I cannot imagine her having a picture of someone who was not related.  Val did not grow up in Eldred.  She grew up in Broome County, NY and was the daughter of my grand parents oldest child who lived to adulthood, Benjamin Warren Parker.  Val did not know anyone from Eldred that I am aware of other than family, so again, I see no reason for her to have a picture if this is not a relative.  Next, looking at the time frame the picture was taken, all my aunts would have been too young to be that lady.  My great grand aunts would have all been too old.  That, in my mind, leaves one possibility, my grandma.  But please, look at the pictures and tell me what you think.

One last picture, my great aunt Edith.  At first Teenie thought the lady on the right might be her only because Edith and her mother were such close friends.  But as you will see in the picture below there is no resemblance whatsoever.  Edith is on the left in this picture with her aunt Charity Hulse Chase.  

Until next time,,,,,,,,

 

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What to do???

March 14, 2017

Greetings!!

I have been making a lot of changes around here and am now concentrating on the ceramics and pottery business, Parker House Pottery.  Which leads me to wonder what do I do with this site?  I am not working on the other crafts much because Parker House keeps me busy.  I am not sure if I want to get rid of these other crafts completely or just leave them there in case someone decides they want something.  And there might come a time, like last fall, where I will have time to make some new things to add, but then again, there might not.  I don't know, LOL.

I am also thinking about turning this back into my genealogy blog again.  I am still doing a lot of genealogy when I have some spare time.  And I do enjoy writing about what I have found.  But, will I have the time to write?  That is the big question.  I seem to get up and head straight to the basement most mornings, mainly because I am up so dog gone early.  But soon the weather will be nice and I will be out on the porch more early in the morning.  What do you think?

I have ended the sale for now in this shop but will be running another one in the near future so watch for that.  Leave me a comment or send me an email and let me know what you think.  I do value your opinion!!

Until next time,,,,,,,

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