Harding ThruLines

Are you a fan of Ancestry’s ThruLines or a naysayer? Since I believe ThruLines can be a valuable tool, I’m willing to research descendants of my ancestors and to make corrections in my tree when my additional research identifies issues.

As I’m currently researching the descendants of William G. Harding (1803-1865), I’m struggling with his son Abel Harding (1833-1906) and his descendants. At this point, I have identified the children of Abel Harding and Cynthia Gertrude Edwards as follows:

  • Edna Harding (1866-1930) – md William C. Allen
  • Lettie Mae Harding (1867-1934) – md Edwin B. Hawley
  • Clara Jean Harding (1872-1943) – md Frank Merril in 1890 in Pipestone, MN
  • Nina Belle Harding (1876-1964) – md Albert Halverson in 1894 in Yellow Medicine, MN
  • Grace Elizabeth Harding (1880-1906) – md Edward Quenell in 1901 in Rulo, NE
  • Lola Harding (1883-1971) – md John Beauchemin in Rulo, NE
  • James Earl Harding (1885-1947) – md Anna Ewald in Anacortes, WA
  • Martha Gertrude Harding (1888-1931) – md Leslie H Corbett

Hoping that I have this family correct, I decided to check my ThruLines for William G. Harding that go thru Abel to see if I have DNA data to support the family. Since my brothers also tested, I have three sets of ThruLines.

My ThruLines
DC ThruLines
LivingT ThruLines

At first glance, I have matches thru the 7 daughters. As an additional test, I analyzed each of these matches and compared the shared CMs for the matches with the expected results from the Shared CM project.

Looking at this data, it may support the following daughters: Edna, Lettie Mae and Martha G. Because quite a few of these matches share a very low number of cM, I can’t use this data as ‘PROOF’ that I have the family correct.

Even though this doesn’t ‘prove’ the family, it also doesn’t disprove any of the family. Thus, I need to do more digging to try and locate additional information for this family.

Merged Abels

Do you ever feel like you’ve made a mistake in your genealogy research that seems almost impossible to undo? That’s how I feel right now with my research of Harding descendants.

I recently wrote about my confusing to Abel Hardings who are actually first cousins in my Multiple Abels post. As I’ve been researching the descendants of William Gillies Harding, I’ve discovered that there is a third Abel Harding. At this time, I only have an 1870 census record to identify this third Abel.

  • Abel Harding, age 36, living in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin in 1870 – son of Abel Guilford Harding and Ann Nase
  • Abel Harding, age 36, living in Fremont, Fayette County, Iowa in 1870 – son of William Gillies Harding and Elizabeth Fowler; Also listed in the census was a wife, Centhy, and two children Edna, age 3 and May, age 2
  • Abel Harding, age 29, living in Bremer County, Iowa with a wife named Cynthia and two children Ida, age 4 and Ella, age 2
1870 Racine County, Wisconsin
1870 Census Fayette County, Iowa
1870 Census Bremer County, Iowa

Even though there is an age difference, the two Abel Hardings on the 1870 census in Iowa appear to have been merged on FamilySearch. FamilySearch shows Cynthia Harding as Cynthia Gertrude Edwards, born in 1848 in New York. This matches the information for Cynthy Hading in the Fremont County census. When it comes to the children, it appears they have been merged. Edna and Ida becomes Edna Ada Harding while May and Ella becomes Ella Mary Harding.

In 1880, the census for what is likely the 2nd Abel Harding shows the following family living in Mitchell County, Iowa.

  • Abel Harding, age 48, born New Brunswick
  • Cynthia Harding, age 33, born New York
  • Ada Harding, age 14, born Iowa
  • Mary Harding, age 13, born Iowa
  • Clara Harding, age 8, born Michigan
  • Lina Harding, age 3, born Iowa
1880 Census Mitchell County, Iowa

This 1880 census record caused me to assign the name, May Mary Harding to the second child. Whether I copied that from someone else or whether they copied that from me, it appears on 58 Ancestry trees.

Many of these trees also include the name ‘Lettie’. By using the name, Lettie Harding, I was able to find additional records to piece together her family.

After doing some digging on FamilySearch, I was able to locate what is likely this same family.

So far, I haven’t found additional information on the third Abel Harding.

However, I have been able to document Lettie Mae Harding Hawley’s family. (Endnote numbers at end of each fact.) Much more research will be required to make sure that I’m not making mistakes again.

Name: Lettie Mae Harding (GC7W-JS2)

Sex: Female
Father: Abel Harding (LJKW-BX4) 1833-1906
Mother: Cynthia Gertrude Edwards 1846-1926

Individual Facts
Birth Sep 1867 Iowa, United States 2–3

Residence 1870 (about age 3) Fremont, Iowa, United States 1

Residence 19 Jun 1880 (about age 12) Cedar Township, Mitchell, Iowa, United States 4

Residence 1895 (about age 28) Vinton, Benton, Iowa, United States 5

ChildParent-Parent 4 Oct 1899 (about age 32) Birdie Jennie Hawley (GC7W-KHX); Clear Lake, Deuel, South Dakota, United States 6

Residence 1900 (about age 33) Clear Lake, Deuel, South Dakota, United States 3

ChildParent-Parent 16 Dec 1901 (about age 34) William Harding Hawley (GC7W-VWG); Deuel, South Dakota, United States 7

Residence 1910 (about age 43) Seattle, King, Washington, United States 8

Residence 1920 (about age 53) Clear Lake, Deuel, South Dakota, United States 9

Alt. Name Mary Hawley (GC7W-JS2) 10

Residence 1931 (about age 64) Fort Ripley, Crow Wing, Minnesota, United States 10

Death 1934 (about age 67) South Dakota, United States 2,11

Burial Hillcrest Cemeter, Estelline, Hamlin, South Dakota, United States 2

Marriages/Children

Edwin B. Hawley (GC7W-GFB) 1856-1925
Children Fred Orville Hawley (G8DL-QHR) 1886-1964
William Harding Hawley (GC7W-VWG) 1901-1988
Birdie Jennie Hawley (GC7W-KHX) 1899-1996

Endnotes:

  1. 1870 U.S. Census, Fayette County, Iowa, population schedule, Fremont, Fayette County, Iowa, page 5 Image 5 of 13, household 56, Harding Abel; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online January 2018)
  2. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 1 November 2020), memorial for May Hawley (1867-1934), Find a Grave Memorial no. #46625124, created by L Nystrom, citing HIllcrest Cemetery, Estelline, Hamline County, South Dakota; accompanying photograph by L Nystrom, May Hawley.
  3. 1900 U.S. Census, Deuel County, South Dakota, population schedule, Clear Lake, Deuel County, South Dakota, ED 129, Sheet 2B Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], family 46, E. B. Hawley; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 1 November 2020)
  4. 1880 U.S. Census, Mitchell County, Iowa, population schedule, Cedar Township, Mitchell County, Iowa, page 18 Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], household 180, Abel Harding; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online January 2018); NARA microfilm publication T9
  5. “Iowa, State Census, 1895,”State Historical Society of Iowa, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (1 November 2020), May Hawley.
  6. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ : viewed online 1 November 2020), Birdie J Grothaus.
  7. “South Dakota, Birth Index, 1856-1917,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 16 October 2021), William Harding Hawley.
  8. 1910 U.S. Census, King County, Washington, population schedule, Seattle, King County, Washington, enumeration district (ED) ED 58, Sheet 20A, family 44, Edwin Hawley; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 16 October 2021); NARA microfilm publication T624.
  9. 1920 U.S. Census, Deuel County, South Dakota, population schedule, Clear Lake, Deuel County, South Dakota, ED 126, Sheet 2A Image 3 of 18, family 29, E. B. Hawley; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 16 October 2021)
  10. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2018), memorial for Martha G Harding Corbett (1888-1931), Find a Grave Memorial no. #150778946, created by Merrily Lawson, citing cremated, ;, Martha G Harding Corbett.
  11. South Dakota, Death Index, 1879-1955, Lettie M. Hawley, 18 March 1934; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 16 October 2021). Original Source: Index to South Dakota Death Records, 1905-1955.

They Eloped

Are you a fan of the hints the various genealogy sites provide linking someone in your tree to a record? I have to admit that I am a fan of those hints, particularly the Ancestry leaf hints. Some would say that I’m a lazy researcher when I’m doing descendancy research since I often don’t dig any further than those hints.

And then I run across Maude Mabel Harding with hints for three different surnames. At first, I dismiss those hints since FamilySearch does not show Maude (KCW7-CK2) with only one husband, Clayton Cook, whom she married in 1892 in Bremer County, Iowa. But those hints keep ‘poking’ at me, wanting me to pay attention. Thus, I decide to look at the three suggested trees. And I find the Sears Family Tree with the three husbands and SOURCES.

One of those sources is a 1930 Iowa marriage record where Maud Mabel (Harding) Dean lists her parents as Thomas Harding and Mary Briner – the same parents that I have for Maud Mabel Harding. According to the record, Maude Mabel Dean married Conrad C. Funk on 6 Aug 1930.

With this 1930 record and the 1892 record from Bremer County, Iowa, I now have identified two potential husbands for Maude Mabel Harding: Clayton Earnest Cook and Conrad C. Funk.

But in the 1930 marriage record, her surname was Dean. Thus, I need to look for a marriage sometime between her marriage to Clayton Cook in 1892 and her marriage to Conrad Funk in 1930. The Ancestry tree that led me to the marriage record identifies the second husband as Harvey W. Dean. It also indicates that Maude and Harvey Dean had a son born in 1908. This would place their marriage sometime between 1903 and 1908.

I decided to search Iowa newspapers to see what I could learn about Harvey Dean and his wife, Maude Harding Cook. I found an article in The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) indicating that Harvey Dean and Mrs. Cook eloped.

Waverly Has an Elopement Sensation
Harvey Dean and Mrs. Clayton Cook Left Town Together
Waverly, Iowa, Oct. 13 — One of the greatest sensations which has occurred in Waverly for several years has just come to light in the discovery that one woman’s husband and another man’s wife, who left Waverly on the same day for different destinations, really went together and are now supposed to be living in St. Paul as husband and wife. The man in the case is Harvey W. Dean, a carpenter by trade, and one of Waverly’s best known citizens. He is the only son of the late G. R. Dean, once county superintendent of Bremer county and for many years mayor of Waverly. The woman with whom Dean is said to have eloped is Mrs. Clayton Cook, who for the past few years has resided in the third ward. Mrs. Cook took with her her three small children.
Harven Dean has led a rather unusual life. His wife secured a divorce from him and soon after married him again. They have four small children, one of which was born before the divorce and three since they were remarried. about two years ago, Dean, who is a splendid specimen of physical manhood, and conceded to be the strongest man in Bremer county, discovered that he posessed rare hypnotic powers. For several monthes he successfully toured the country giving demonstrations in coutry school houses. It is now believed that this hypnotic power has played an important part in the elopement. Parties in position to know state that for some months past Mrs. Cook has acted as one under a hypnotic spell. A particularly atrocious feature of the elopement is the fact that at the time of leaving home, his little children were under quarantine, being afflicted with scarlet fever.

“Waverly Has an Elopement Sensation,” The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), 13 October 1905, page 1; digital images, Newspaepers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 6 October 2021).

Several other Iowa newspapers had a version of this same story. Then a year and a half later, the Waterloo Iowa Courier contains a notice of the marriage of Harvey Dean and Maude Cook.

The City in Brief
A license to wed as issued today to Harvey W. Dean, 33 and Maude M. Cook, 30, both of Waterloo.

“The City in Brief,” The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 8 February 1907, page 8; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 6 October 2021).

A search of the Ancestry database, Iowa Marriage Records, 1880-1951, found a marriage record for Harvey Dean and Maude Cook.

Name: Maude M Cook
[Maude M Hardy]
Gender: Female
Race: American
Age: 31
Birth Date: abt 1876
Birth Place: Bremer Co. IA
Marriage Date: 8 Feb 1907
Marriage Place: Black Hawk, Iowa, USA
Father: Hardy
Mother: Mary Brown
Spouse: Harvey W Dean

These newspaper articles and marriage records support the tree with multiple husbands for Maude Mabel Harding. Now, I need to go back and pay attention to those hints that I ignored. This experience is teaching me to dig a little deeper when the hints keep pushing me in a different direction.

Multiple Abels

Have you ever looked at some of the facts that you have entered for a person and questioned whether you had mixed up two people of the same name? That was my situation when I was researching descendants of William Gillies Harding, including his son, Abel Harding.

I had accepted an Ancestry hint indicating that this Abel Harding had served for the state of Wisconsin during the civil war. Knowing that there were other Hardings, including an Abel Harding, living in Wisconsin, I decided to do some research on those Harding.

The elder Abel Harding in Wisconsin is a brother to William Gillies Harding. Thus, their sons, both named Abel, are first cousins.

I was able to locate an obituary for Abel G. Harding of Racine, Wisconsin. This obituary not only proves that it was the Wisconsin cousin who served during the civil war, but will help me with future research of these two men and their families.

Abel G. Harding Called by Death
Well Known Old Time Lake Captain and Veteran of Civil War Passes Away Early Today
Capt. Abel G. Harding, aged 86, soldier of the Civil war, prominent retired lake captain, pioneer citizen and former member of the local police department, died about 9 o’clock this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clara Steffens, 1522 Phillips avenue.
He was born in New Brunswick and came to Racine when a lad 16 years of age and lived here to the time of his death. When a young man he was a sailor on the Great Lakes and because of his ability rapidly rose to the position of second mate, then first mate and captain and for many years commanded some of the largest sailing vessels plying between Lake Michigan ports and Buffalo, and other eastern ports of entry. He was considered a very careful navigator.
When the civil war broke out he enlisted in Company K. forty-ninth Wisconsin infantry, going in as a private and coming out as corporal. He was a brave and courageous soldier and took part in most of the battles of his regiment.
Capt. Harding was a member of the local police force for some years, and he was also superintendent of construction of sewers and other public work in Racine and other cities for the E. R. Harding company.
In the death of Capt. Harding another pioneer passes to the majority. He was a progressive citizen, honest and upright and always ready to assist in anything that was fair and honorable.
He is survived by three children — Edward R. Harding and Mrs. Clara Steffens, of this with, and William Harding, of Chicago, also six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

“Abel G. Harding Called by Death,” Racine Journal (Racine, Wisconsin), 17 September 1920, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 30 September 2021).

Harding Puzzle Piece

Have you ever thought that your efforts researching your family history were similar to putting together a jigsaw puzzle? When I started my genealogy research, I was working with the family stories and documents that my grandmothers provided. Gathering that information and piecing it together was like putting together the border of a puzzle.

As I began to gather information from other sources, it was like turning pieces colored side up. As I evaluated that information, I was able to begin putting the pieces together into family groups. Sometimes, I found that it takes negative evidence, or pieces that just don’t seem to fit, to help put that family together.

When trying to figure out who Julia Harding Hutchinson’s mother was the clues from ‘negative evidence’ were very helpful. The 1887 will for Eliza Harding was one of those pieces of evidence.

#1472

Will of Eliza Harding, Deceased
In the name of God amen.
I Eliza Harding of the Township of Mt Vernon in
Black Hawk County State of Iowa being of sound mind
and memory to make publish and declare this my
last will & testament in manner following, viz
First, I give and bequeath to my son A. H. Ponsford
the farm in said Mt Vernon Township now occupied by
me and known as the homestead and containing eighty
acres to be held used and enjoyed b him to & for his
sole and exclusive use and benefit forever subject
however to be payment of the charges hereinafter men-
tioned and which are t be & remain a charge on said
land until the same are removed by full payment & sat
isfaction
Second I give and bequeath to my daughter Hattie
C. Harding the sum of two hundred dollars to be paid to
her by my said son A. H. Ponsford within four years after
my decease and I do further direct that my said
daughter shall have the right to retain her home on
the first above mentioned home farmso long as she shall
desire a home or until she shall have acquired a house
of her own or shall have married.
Third, I give & Bequeath to my daughter Minnie T. Harding
the sum of Two hundred dollars to be paid to her by the
said A. H. Ponsford in manner and form as is provided
in the last foregoing provision and I do also direct
that she shall have the right of keeping and maintain
ing a home on said home farm so long as she may
desire or shall need such home.
Fourth – I give and bequeath to my won Walter
Ponsford the sum of twenty five dollars to be paid
to him by the said A. H. Ponsford in manner & form so
as is provided in the last foregoing provision

Fifth I give and bequeath to my son Joseph
Ponsford the sum of Twenty Five Dollars to be paid
to him by the sad A. H. Ponsford in manner & form
as is provided in the last forgoing provision

Sixth – I direct that the personal property of
which I may be possessed at the time of my decease
shall be held & received by my children and shall

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be by their divided & distributed among them as they
may decree best
Seventh – I give and bequeath to my daughter
Rachel Stickney of Cedar Falls Iowa the sum of
twenty dollars to be paid to her by the said A. H. Ponsford
in manner as is mentioned in the two last foregoing
provisions (the 4th & 5th)
Eighth – I give and bequeath to my daughter
Sarah the sum of five dollars to be paid to her
in the manner & form as provided in the last
foregoing provision.
Ninth – I name nominate & appoint my said
son A. H. Ponsford executor of this my last will &
Testament hereby revoking any all former or other
wills by me made. In witness whereof I have
hereunto set my hand this 18th day of April AD 1887
Eliza Harding

We whose names are hereunto subscribed as witnesses
do hereby certify that the foregoing instrument consist
ing of three pages was on the day of the date thereof
signed and declared by the said Eliza Harding to be
her last will & Testament in the presence of us who
at her request and in her presence & in the presence
of each other have hereunto subscribed our names
as witnesses.
William Evverts
S H. Packard

State of Iowa
Black Hawk County
I A. J. Edwards Clerk of the
District Court of the State of Iow in and for said Black hawk
County do hereby certify that the foregoing Will of Eliza Harding
deceased was on the 26th day of September 1887 duly proved
and admitted to probate and record in said District
Court in accordance with law.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set
my hand and affixed the seal of said Court at my
office in Waterloo in said County on this 26th day of
September AD 1887
A J Edwards
Clerk District Court Black Hawk Co Iowa

Iowa, Wills and Probate Records, 1758-1997, Eliza Harding, 18 April 1887; database with images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 14 September 2021). Original Source: Iowa, County, District and Probate Courts.

Eliza’s will appears to name her children:

  • A. H. Ponsford
  • Hattie Harding
  • Minnie Harding
  • Walter Ponsford
  • Joseph Ponsford
  • Rachel Stickney
  • Sarah

While this will appears to list the children of Eliza Harding, my ancestor, Julia Harding, is visibly absent from this will. Also missing from this will are the siblings of Julia identified in other records: Caroline, Abel, Thomas, Abigail, Isabella and William Henry. In 1887, Julia and her siblings were married and scattered between Bremer County, Iowa, and Richardson county Nebraska.

While this will would suggest that these are two separate Harding families, the 1860 census record for the Wm G Harding household in Mount Vernon Township, Black Hawk County, Iowa is one puzzle piece tying the families together. The Wm G Harding household in 1860 included the following people:

  • Wm G Harding, age 54 and born in New Brunswick
  • Elizabeth Harding, age 38 and born in Scotland
  • Thomas Harding, age 21 and born in New Brunswick
  • Joseph Ponsford, age 19 and born in New Brunswick
  • Rachel Ponsford, age 16 and born in New Brunswick
  • Henry Harding, age 14 and born in New Brunswick
  • Walter Ponsford, age 13 and born in New Brunswick
  • Alexander H Ponsford, age 10 and born in New Brunswick
  • Hattie Harding, age 3 and born in Wisconsin
1860 U.S. Census, Black Hawk County, Iowa, population schedule, Mt. Vernon Township, Black Hawk County, Iowa, page 118 Image 7 of 10, household 54, Wm G. Harding; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); NARA microfilm publication M653

This 1860 census record appears to combine most of Eliza’s children and some of Julia’s siblings in the household of Wm G Harding. Using a birth place of New Brunswick as a clue, the Harding family was found on the 1851 census living in Westfeld, Kings County, New Brunswick.

  • William G Harding – male – widowed – age 47 – native – farmer
  • Caroline Harding – f – single – age 20 – native
  • Abel Harding – M – single – age 18 – native
  • Thomas Harding – M – single – age 16 – native
  • Abigail Harding – F – single – age 14 – native
  • Julia Harding – F – single – age 11 – native
  • Isabella Harding – F – single – age 9 – native
  • Henry Harding – male – single – age 5 – native
1851 Canadian Census, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada, Canadian census, Westfield, Kings County, New Brunswich, 1851, William Harding; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); Nova Scotia Archives and Record Management

This 1851 census record lists Julia and her siblings in the household of William G. Harding. Eliza Harding is not listed on this record. Nor are any of the Ponsford children. Also absent from this record is a potential mother for the Harding children.

These two pieces of negative evidence, Eliza’s will which does not mention Julia and the 1851 New Brunswick census which does list Julia but does not list Eliza, are the basis for my current conclusion that Eliza is not the mother of Julia Harding.

However, I need additional evidence.

  • Marriage record for William G. Harding and Eliza
  • Census record for Eliza and her Ponsford children in 1850 or 1851
  • Eliza’s marriage record to a Ponsford
  • Death and/or burial records for William Harding’s first wife
  • Death an/or burial records for the father of the Ponsford children

Unfortunately, my puzzle will not be complete until I locate these hidden pieces of the puzzle.

Crossing Paths

As you are researching your ancestors do you ever find a family living in the same county as ancestors or cousins from a totally different branch of your tree? That’s been my experience recently.

I’ve been researching three generations of descendants of James Barr Ralston recently. As I’ve been working my way thru his children and their families, I have encountered quite a few of them with ties to Black Hawk County, Iowa. Black Hawk County, Iowa is where my ancestor, Julia Harding was married to Albert Hutchinson. My Ralston line is on my dad’s dad’s side of my tree. My Hutchinson/Harding branch is on my dad’s mom’s side of the tree. These two lines do not connect in my tree until my grandparents marry in Dodge City, Kansas.

Curious as to who all was in Black Hawk county at some time, I decided to create a ‘Who Was There’ report. Since this report takes a while to generate, I created a ‘Marked Group’ for anyone with a fact place containing Black Hawk, Iowa.

With the marked group created, I can now generate a ‘Who Was There’ report limited to the people in this marked group.

Not only does this create a nice report of everyone with a fact placing them in Black Hawk County Iowa between 1850 and 1940, but it keeps the color coding. The color coding is a visual clue to the fact that different branches of my tree were in Black Hawk County.

This report confirms what I was seeing while researching the descendants of James Barr Ralston. The color coding makes it easy to spot the various family lines.

NOTE: The above report may not contain everyone who should be on it. I recently discovered that if I don’t have a birth and death date for an individual, then they will not be included on this report.

Mothers in My Tree

#52Ancestors #MothersDay

(Maiden names are being used)

(3) My Mom

  • Four children
  • 1 died infancy

(5) Winnie Letha Currey

  • Three children
  • 1 died in infancy
  • 1 died as a young adult prior to marriage

(7) Pauline Mentzer

  • Five children
  • 1 died around 9 months

(9) Josie Winifred Hammond

  • Seven children
  • 3 boys and 4 girls

(11) Winnie Mae Hutchinson

  • Nine children
  • one baby only lived a month
  • a second baby lived about 5 months
  • son, Henry Currey, died at age 13
  • Winnie died in 1913, leaving Herbert 18, Myrtle 14, Mary 12, Winnie 10, Earnest 7, and Alma 1 1/2
  • Total of 5 boys, 4 girls with 2 boys and 4 girls in 1913 when their mother died

(13) Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts

  • Four children
  • 2 boys and 2 girls

(15) Nettie Adell Wells

  • Five children
  • 3 boys and 2 girls

(17) Mary Foster

  • Five children
  • 2 boys and 3 girls

(19) Sarah Ellen Ralston

  • Hammond Genealogy say 9 children
  • No documentation of first three children: William R. R. Hammond b 1864 and Homer L. Hammond b 1865 and Judson F. E. Hammond b 1866 found at this time
  • First three children have birth dates prior to her marriage
  • A fourth child, Glenn M. Hammond, is listed in the Hammond Genealogy. This child only lived one year. No other documentation found to date
  • Five documented children
  • 2 boys and 3 girls

(21) Angelina Jane Burke

  • Ten children
  • 6 boys and 4 girls

(23) Julia Harding

  • Eleven Children
  • Death dates currently unknown on 4 of the children: Frederick b1867, Cary b1869, Francesca b1879 and Elvira b 1884
  • 7 boys and 4 girls with 4 boys and 3 girls reaching adulthood

(25) Sarah Jane Thompson

  • Two children
  • 1 boy and 1 girl

(27) Rachel Elmeda Christy

  • Eight children
  • Set of twins did not survive. One died when almost one month old and the other died when a little over 3 months old.
  • 2 boys and 6 girls with 2 boys and 4 girls surviving to adulthood

(29) Emeline Minnick

  • Eight children
  • 6 boys and 2 girls

(31) Salome Adell Crandall

  • Four children
  • A boy, Freddie, lived about 7 years
  • A girl, Mary, lived about 9 months
  • Two girls survived to adulthood and married brothers

Julia Harding

Julia Harding was born in 1840 in New Brunswick, Canada.13

Julia Harding was listed on the 1851 census as an 11 year old female in the household of 47 year old William g. Harding in Westfield, Kings County, New Brunswick. Also listed in the household was 20 year old Caroline Harding; 18 year old Abel Harding; 16 year old Thomas Harding; 14 year old Abijah Harding; 9 year old Isabella Harding and 5 year old Henry Harding.4

She married Albert Hutchinson on 14 Sep 1859 in Black Hawk, Iowa, United States.2,57

Julia Hutchinson was listed as a 20 year old female born in New Brunswick in the household of Albert Hutchinson living in Mount Vernon Township, Black Hawk County, Iowa. Also listed in the household was 16 year old  Isabella Harding and 36 year old Loren Gilbert.8

On 12 Jul 1860, Gertrude Hutchinson was born.

On 9 Jun 1862, Albert G. Hutchinson was born.9

On 2 Mar 1865, William Henry Hutchinson was born.9

About 1867, Frederick Hutchinson was born.

About 1869, Cary Hutchinson was born.

Julia Hutchinson was listed as a 35 year old female born New Brunswick in the hosehold of All Hutchinson in Jackson Township, Bremer County, Iowa.  Also listed in the household was a 10 year old female named Gertrude, an 8 year old male named Alice, a 6 year old male name Willie, a 3 year old male named Frederick and a 1 year old female named Cary.10

On 6 May 1871, Winnie Mae Hutchinson was born.9

On 21 Sep 1874, Elnora Hutchinson was born.9

On 29 Feb 1876, Guy Thomas Hutchinson was born.9,11

In Jul 1879, Francesca Hutchinson was born.

Jula Hurchardson was listed as the 40 year old wife of 49 year old A Huchardson living in Douglas Township, Mitchell County, Iowa. According to the census, Julia was born in New Brunswick. Also living in the household was a 15 year old son named William; a 9 year old duaghter named Winnie; a 7 year old daughter named Ellnora and a 4 year old son named Guy.12

About 1884, Elvira Hutchinson was born.

Julia Hutchinson was listed as a 44 year old female in the household of 55 year old Albert Hutchinson. ALso listed in the household was 21 year old Albert Hutchinson;  20 year old William Hutchinson ; 14 year old Winnie Hutchinson; 11 year old Guy Hutchinson; 9 year old Frank Hutchinson; 5 year old Leula Hutchinson and 1 year old Ehura Hutchinson.13

She died on 4 Jan 1892 at the age of 52 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.9

ENDNOTES:

1. Ancestry.com, Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007).

2. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 85.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

3. 1851 Canadian Census, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada, Canadian census, Westfield, Kings County, New Brunswich, 1851, n.p. Image 9 of 90, Harding, William Harding; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); Nova Scotia Archives and Record Management.

4. 1851 Canadian Census, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada, Canadian census, Westfield, Kings County, New Brunswich, 1851, , William Harding.

5. Marriage Index, Volume A 1853-1892 (Harding.IA.027) (Hutchinson.IA.002), , Black Hawk County Iowa.

6. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com.(https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/). Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 : viewed online 5 February 2021.

 7. “Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996,”Ancestry.com,  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60284/ : viewed online (March 2017), Albert Hutchinson; Family Search.

8. 1860 U.S. Census, Black Hawk County, Iowa, population schedule, Mt. Vernon Township, Black Hawk County, Iowa, page 116 Image 5 of 10, family 34, Albert Hutchinson; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 5 February 2021); NARA microfilm publication M653.

9. “Albert Hutchinson, Co. D, 1st Iowa Cavalry,'” invalid / minor, Civil War Pension File, digital images obtained by Bruce Frail of American Civil War Ancstor research group, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.

10. 1870 U.S. Census, Bremer County, Iowa, population schedule, Jackson Township, Bremer County, Iowa, Page 3 Image 3 of 29, household 24, All Hutchinson; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132.

11. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ : viewed online October 2017), Guy Thomas Hutchinson.

12. 1880 U.S. Census, Mitchell County, Iowa, population schedule, Douglas Township, Mitchell County, Iowa, ED 302, page 9 and 10 Image 8 and 9 of 15, household 67, Huchardson A; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : veiwed online March 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9.

13. 1885 Iowa State Census, Bremer County, Iowa, state census, Jackson Township, Bremer County, Iowa, page 188 Image 33 of 37, household 177, Hutchinson Albert; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); State Historical Society of Iowa.

Marriage Affidavit

Affidavit of Henry Harding regarding marriages of Albert Hutchinson. (Note: Henry Harding was the brother of Julia Harding, first wife of Albert Hutchinson.)

Notice — The civil officer before whom I is affidavit is executed should be careful to fill in all spaces both in the cpation and jurat.

General Affidavit
State of Nebraska, County of Richardson, as:
In the matter of Claim of Elmer E Hutchinson

On this 4th day of September, A.D. 1911 personally
appeared before me, a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid
County and State, duly authorized to administer oaths Henry Harding
aged 65 years a resident of Rulo, in the
County of Richardson and State of Nebraska
whose Post Office address is Rulo Nebraska and
Edward Linle, aged 64 years, a resident of Rulo
Nebraska, in the County, Richardson
whose Post Office address is Rulo Nebraska
well known to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation
to the aforesaid case as follows: We wer well and intimately
acquainted with Albert J Hutchinson
knew hime before he arrived at a
marriageable age and we know and affirm
that he was not married prior to
his marriage to his first wife Julia
our acquaintance with him was
such that had such been the case we
would have know it
we also know and affirm that the
said Albert Hutchinson did not remarry
after the death of his first wife Julia
until he was married to Eliza
Valkenburg on the 8th day of August 1893

they further declare that they have no interest in said case and __ not concerned
in its posecution.
Henry Harding
Edward Linkle

My Ahnentafel

It’s almost the new year and time again for resolutions. Perhaps you’ve attempted Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do-Over or Amy Johnson Crowe’s ’52 Ancestors’ blog prompts or for the super ambitious, the Genealogy Photo a Day challenge? In the past 5 years, I believe I have started all of these — but finished none.

Randy Seaver’s recent blog post, Dear Randy, How Do You Make that Descendant List in Your ’52 Ancestors’ Posts?, prompted me to review my blogging to see how far I got with blogging about my ancestors.

To start, I used RootsMagic to create an Ahnentafel chart showing my ancestors. Then I searched my blog to see what I have written about those ancestors.

I’m happy to admit that I have successfully blogged about my 3rd and 4th generation ancestors. However, this review also shows that I wasn’t successful with my 5th generation, all of whom I have already researched.

Generation 3

4. Leon Russel Crawford: born 6 Feb 1894 in Newton, Harvey, Kansas, United States; married 24 Dec 1919 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 3 Oct 1976 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs:

5. Winnie Letha Currey: born 30 Jun 1903 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States; died 11 Feb 1992 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

6. Edward Osmond Briles: born 21 Jun 1891 in Burlington, Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 29 Oct 1915 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 28 May 1956 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

7. Pauline Edith Mentzer: born 28 Mar 1896 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 16 Jul 1984 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

Generation 4

8. Judson Foster Crawford: born 15 Apr 1866 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 24 Dec 1890 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 19 Feb 1949 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

9. Josie Winifred Hammond: born 9 Feb 1874 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 27 Sep 1954 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

10. Hiram Miles Currey: born 23 Oct 1866 in Missouri, United States; married 13 May 1891 in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States; died 15 Sep 1943 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

11. Winnie Mae Hutchinson: born 6 May 1871 in Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States; died 23 Sep 1913 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

12. Edward Grant Briles: born 18 Jul 1869 in Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 19 Feb 1890 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 23 Jul 1951 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

13. Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts: born 7 Apr 1868 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 28 Apr 1947 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

14. Charles Oliver Mentzer: born 1 Jul 1869 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; married 18 Oct 1893 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 15 Aug 1955 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

15. Nettie Adell Wells: born 5 Feb 1873 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 9 Feb 1939 in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

                Blogs

Generation 5

16. Washington Marion Crawford: born 21 Apr 1838 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 4 Mar 1860 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 23 Aug 1889 in Ford, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

17. Mary Foster: born 28 Aug 1842 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 21 Jan 1929 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

18. Richmond Fisk Hammond: born 20 Nov 1840 in Licking, Ohio, United States; married 1 Jan 1867 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 8 Apr 1928 in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Blogs

19. Sarah Ellen Ralston: born 11 May 1849 in Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States; died 18 Oct 1892 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

20. Hiram M. Currey: born 13 Aug 1835 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States; married 3 Aug 1856 in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States; died 2 Mar 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

21. Angelina Jane Burke: born 30 Oct 1836 in Kentucky, United States; died 26 Mar 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

22. Albert Hutchinson: born abt 1838 in Northhampton, Fulton County, New York; married 14 Sep 1859 in Black Hawk, Iowa, United States; died 22 Jul 1896 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

23. Julia Harding: born 1840 in New Brunswick, Canada; died 4 Jan 1892 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

24. Noah Washington Briles: born 1840 in Randolph County, North Carolina; married 9 Aug 1866 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States; died 14 Jul 1879 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

25. Sarah Jane Thompson: born 7 Aug 1843 in Warrick, Indiana, United States; died 17 Aug 1930 in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States.

26. James Marshall Ricketts: born 28 Nov 1847 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; married 12 Jul 1866 in Frankfort, Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 28 Nov 1920 in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

27. Rachel Elmeda Christy: born 28 Apr 1845 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 27 Jan 1927 in Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States.

28. George Mentzer: born 12 Jun 1838 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; married 1 Jan 1868 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; died 19 Jan 1912 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

29. Emeline Minnick: born 6 Aug 1848 in Pittsburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; died 13 Sep 1927 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

30. Thurston Kennedy Wells: born 26 Feb 1821 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States; married 20 Mar 1861 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States; died 3 Jun 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

31. Salome Adell Crandall: born 24 Jun 1836 in Ohio, United States; died 30 Aug 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

In my defense, I have a LOT of blog posts about my research of the various Crawford families in early Lincoln, Madison and Garrard counties, Kentucky. However, I haven’t done as well with my own ancestors. I guess one of my goals for 2021 should be to create blog posts for each of these 5th generation ancestors. Hopefully, that is one goal that I can accomplish!