Sunday, June 27, 2010

Where is Amelia Grace Lindley?

One of my biggest brickwalls is that of a Ms. Amelia Grace Horton Lindley, also known as Grace Amelia by some branches of the family. One of the reasons that I have such trouble with Ms. Amelia is that no one seems to have an accurate idea of what happened to her. Some say she died during or shortly after childbirth, and other say she ran away with a handsome whipper-snapper.

Without a consistent story to base my research off of, I set out to find all the documents I could in hopes of piecing together her story. Here's what I have:

The Early Years
I know that according to the 1900 US Census, Amelia (Horton) Lindley was born in May of 1875 in Iowa.  According to her marriage certificate, her parents were named G.S. Horton and ____ Stills.  A handwritten document that was passed down through the family states that her parents names were Jasper and Eliza.

Amelia Horton married Ulysses Lindley on September 13, 1893 in Jones County, Iowa.

1900 US Census
By the 1900 US Census, Ulysses and Amelia had two children: Ernie (2 years) and Ma[r]y (8 months).  Sadly, this census also shows that Amelia had given birth to 3 children, but just the two were living.  Her birth location is listed as Iowa, her father was born in Vermont, and her mother in Wisconsin. She could read, write, and speak English. Ulysses and Amelia owned (mortgaged) a farm in Rome Township, Jones County, Iowa.

1905 Iowa State Census
Amelia and Ulysses are still living in Morely, Rome Township, Jones County, Iowa.

1910 United States Federal Census
Sometime after 1905, Amelia and Ulysses moved from Iowa to Wisconsin.  They rented a farm in Richland Township, Richland County.  Amelia is now listed as having gave birth to 5 children, 4 of whom are living: Ernest (12), Mary J (9), Frank E (7), and James (5). Her birth location and her father's remain the same, but her mother's is recorded as Ohio, instead of Wisconsin. She is still listed as having the ability to read and write.

This is Where I Lose Amelia
Ulysses and a few children show up in Willow, Richland, Wisconsin in the 1920 US Census. Ernest (22) and James (17) are listed as farm laborers with their father.  A new addition named Francelia is listed as a daughter in her relation to the head of the household (Ulysses). Ulysses is listed as Widowed.

I have searched death records and scoured local cemetery records to no avail. Which leads us to...

The Cheating Grandma?
There is a story that says shortly after giving birth to Francelia, she ran off with some whipper-snapper (my G-Ma's words, not mine). There is a tragic story about her leaving the baby but I won't go into that now until I can get proof either way. If she left, where did she go? Could either of these ladies be her?

  • Several online trees (and we all know how accurate these can be) have attached a Social Security Death Index to her of a woman by the name of Alma Lindley who died in Dec 1974 in San Diego, California. 
  • I recently found another online tree for a woman named Grace Horton MacBeth. This lady was born on 6 May 1874 in Iowa.  She died 12 Jan 1956 in Alameda, California. 

My Next Move
I now need to look into these two women listed above. I will do all I can to trace them online, and then I just may have to pony up the dough and buy their death certificates in hopes of finding more details.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Mathew F. Lomas

Mathew F. Lomas
(one of my paternal great-great-grandfathers)
Born in 1854 - Wisconsin, USA
Married Mary T. Jerrett on 27 Feb 1887 - Grant Co., Wisconsin, USA
Married Lulu E. Emmons on 14 Feb 1900 - Wisconsin, USA
Died in 1936 - Wisconsin, USA
Buried at Union Hill Cemetery, Mt. Zion, Crawford, Wisconsin, USA

© Sara B. Davis - 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day, Pops

My Father, Harry. 
Glacier National Park - 2000
The past few days have been extra special to me as my parents and littlest sister have been in town.  We just returned from a trip to the shore and I can't help but think about all of our similar family trips. Our family vacations were some of the most meaningful days of my life. I moved away from home almost 10 years ago and I have greatly missed my family as I struck out on my own. This weekend with them once again reminded me how blessed I have been to have a special set of parents who not only showed me the world, but made sure I knew to keep my roots planted in my faith and morals. I couldn't have asked for more.

In honor of Father's Day I wanted to say a few special words about my father. He isn't a man of many words, so I will keep this short and sweet.  What I value most in him is his love for family. He would do anything for us girls and he has, many times over. Heck, he literally saved my life when I was mauled by a dog at the age of four. He wasn't the kind of father to have long drawn out conversations on feelings and might-be's, but we had more honest conversations over hammers and nails than most kids are gifted with.  He is quiet spoken for the most part, but he will defend his family, his community, and his land to anyone, anytime.  He puts his faith in the Lord and never takes things for granted.

In addition to his day job, he has a side business, he volunteers as a fire fighter, and he is on the church and village boards. He doesn't know what downtime is and if he did, he wouldn't know what to do with it. He's that strong father figure that every daughter wishes she had and he's the man I can't live without.

I love you, Pops.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Bernard Miller

Bernard Miller
PFC US Army Air Corps
World War II
September 30, 1922 - January 2, 1992

I have very few memories of or information on my great-uncle Bernard. Bernard and my Grandfather, Byron, were twins who were born to Charles and Ruby (Dyer) Miller.  I know that neither of the boys were given middle names and no one seems to know why.  Both of the boys joined the Army in WWII.  From the cross on his military gravestone, I learned that Bernard was also a member of the United Methodist Church.