Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Drive: 1946 Cadillac

Here's a closer look at one of vehicles that I featured in my first Sunday Drive post, a 1946 Cadillac (which Dad bought as a used car). We actually took Sunday drives in it.

[From my personal collection]

Here's an original ad for the model.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Thomas Taylor in the Cincinnati Directories: Some Notes

Closeup of the 1842 Cincinnati City directory, showing various areas where Thomas Taylor likely was between 1834-1846 (Northern Liberties, 15th??, Grant, and possible Richmond/Kemball).
Before my 4th great grandfather Maryland-born Thomas J Taylor (1807-1890) came to Iowa he lived in Pennsylvania (not sure where), Cincinnati, Ohio, and  Oldtown (North Side), McLean, Illinois (a few doors away from a possible brother, John Jefferson Taylor).

I've gone through the Cincinnati city directories and compiled a list of people living at the same address as Thomas, hoping to see a pattern of names.  So far he was in close proximity to a couple of men by the last name of Lafferty.  Otherwise there is a constant change of names everywhere around him, reflecting either his moves, or the large transient population of people temporarily flowing through Cincinnati on their way out West somewhere.

In 1834 he is listed as listing in Northern Liberties, which unfortunately is not specific.  I will not include that list in this post due to the large number of other people living there, but this is the link to it in my tree.  I did notice that there was a "Henry Lichard" (possibly Henry Clay Lynchard, brother of Sarah Lynchard, Thomas Taylor's second wife??) but Henry was not apparently living in Northern Liberties.


Taylor Thomas, teamster, Plum n Com. Hospital

Others who live near the "Com. Hospital" (includes Thomas Taylor)

Baker Isaac, coal and ice dealer, Plum n. Commercial Hospital
Betts Mrs. Martha A., W. row W of Com. Hospital
Burd Mrs. Hannah, W. row n Com. Hospital
Crary Lewis, boatman on canal, Plum n Com hospital
Hewett Nathan, grader and paver, W row n Commercial Hospital
Ingalls Lewis, machinist, Plum n. Com. Hospital
Murphy James, blacksmith. Plum n Com. Hospital
Pioneer Isaaq, superintendent of Commercial Hospital and Lunatic Asylum
Shires Peter, waggoner. Plum n Commercial Hospital
Smith Wm. laborer, W row n Commercial Hospital


Taylor, Thomas (Pa) Drayman, res, cor Elm and Grant.

Others at or very near "Elm and Grant":

Doty, Wm (Pa) Cabt-mkr at D Blodgett's, res, Grant b Elm and Plum
Hall, Perly (Conn) Cabt-mkr, res, Grant h Elm and Plum.
Lafferty, James (Del) Drayman, res, cor Grant and Elm.
McKinney, W m (Ky) Shoe-mkr, res, Elm b 12th and Grant.
Moor, John A. (Ger) Farrier, res, Elm bet 12th and Grant.
Moore, Amos (Ire) Tanner, res, Elm bet 12th and Grant.
SchatTner, Jacob (Ger) Labr, res, cor Elm and Grant sts.
Scheile, Anthony (Ger) Labr, res, Elm b 12th and Grant street.
Vogel,Nicholas (Ger) Laborer, res, corner Grant and Elm.


Taylor Thomas, drayman, Elm bet. 15th and Northern Row

Elm St. from the river to Northern Row, bet. Plum and Race

Methodist Episcopal Churches.—Wesley Chapel, north side of Sth, between Sycamore and Broadwny; Rev. James L. Grover, preacher in charge. Asbury Chapel, Webster, between Main and Sycamore streets; Rev. Wm. H. Lawder, preacher in charge. Ninth Street Chapel, north side of 9th, between Race aud Elm streets; Rev. George C. Crum, preacher in charge. Fourth Street Chapel, north-east corner of 4th and Plum; Rev. William Herr, preacher in charge. German Mission Church, west side of Vine bet. 4th and Sth streets; Rev. Adam Miller, preacher in charge. New Street
Western Row and John streets.

Thomas William, potter. Elm bet. 15th and Northern Row
Wertmann Theodore, carpenter, Elm bet. 15th and N. Row


Taylor Thomas, drayman, Grant st.

Grant st. from Elm to Plum, bet 12th and 14th

Others living at Grant st.

Beart Gabriel, blacksmith, Grant street
Boyd Joseph, law student, Grant st.
Brockmann Joseph, milkman, Grant street
Cressy Rev. Timothy R. Grant street
Dandy Timothy, Grant st.
Enneking Henry, tailor, Grant street
Enneking Henry, tailor, boards B F Enneking
Fairley Alexander, drayman, Grant st.
Fletcher Robert, founder, Grant street
Gasser John, laborer, Grant street
Gasser Anthony, basket maker, Grant street
Gasser Frederic, basket maker, Grant street
Herle Mrs. Sarah, Grant street
Jordan Martin, canal boatman, Grant street
Lafferty James, drayman, Grant st.
Lafferty Archibald, drayman, Grant st.
McRoberts Mrs. Elizabeth, Grant street
Meitenbach Joseph, laborer, Grant street
Morgan John, well digger, Grant st.
Orr Alfred, steamboat engineer, Grant street
Piller Henry, laborer, Grant street
Rule George, carpenter, Grant street
Schiess Charles, carpenter, Grant st.
Stuntebeck Henry, tailor, Grant street
Waldeck Martin, laborer, Grant street
Wilson Matthew, bricklayer, Grant street-

I believe Thomas Taylor and his family moved out of Cincinnati between 1846-1849, but I'm not sure exactly when.  He might be the Thomas Taylor, carpenter, in the 1846 Cincinnati city directory, or it might be an entirely different guy.  I find it interesting that there are apparently two different William Taylors who are blacksmiths.
Not sure if this is my Thomas Taylor, since mine was more of a drayman/blacksmith, but I guess a carpenter is not too far a stretch.  from Robinson and Jones' Cincinnati Directory for 1846.   

Some others living at the same address:
Rider William, shoe mkr, E s Fulton, bet Richmond and Kemble
Wibel David, carp, E s Fulton, bet Richmond and Kemble

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Family Friday: Webb

Ella Irene Webb, my first cousin, three times removed, was born in Allen County, Kansas, on March 29, 1867 and died there of scarlet fever on March 26, 1880, just a few days short of her 13th birthday. 

[Courtesy of Olive Slater-Kennedy]

[From the back of the photo we know where it was taken.* Courtesy of Olive Slater-Kennedy]

She's doubly related to me as her father, Jesse Sill Webb (1826-1923) was the brother of my great great grandfather Abner Webb and her mother Nancy Adelia Darling (1836-1911) was the younger sister of my great great grandmother Mercy Ann Darling.

*You can learn more about Mrs Sarah Latimer here. The three ads for her photo studio are from the Humboldt Union, page 3, March 23, 1878, found at


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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Some Notes on Thomas J Taylor in Iowa

One of my brick walls is my 4th great grandfather Thomas J Taylor (1807-1890), married to  my other (semi-brick wall) ancestor Sarah A Lynchard (1819-1879).  They were the parents of my 3rd great grandmother Elizabeth Taylor and grandparents of Elizabeth's daughter Rufina "Fina" Tomlinson (my biological grandmother Alta Mae Slater's paternal grandmother).

Of obscure origins in Maryland about 1808, Thomas lived somewhere in Pennsylvania before appearing in Cincinnati, Ohio records (where he married second wife Sarah in 1841), and near Bloomington, Illinois by 1850.  He and his family then moved to Iowa about 1854.

He is first found in Iowa in the 1854 Iowa state census in Crawford Township, Washington County, Iowa, and appears at the bottom of the county in this 1859 ownership map:

Map of Washington County, Iowa, 1859 (from the Iowa Counties Historic Atlases section of  Iowa Digital Library) , with arrow pointing to Thomas Taylor's area.

Detail of Thomas Taylor's land in Crawford Township.  His neighbors are also found in the 1860 Census.

They moved to Wapello County sometime between the 1860 Census and 1870 Census.

I found county histories for both Washington County (1880) and Wapello County (1878).

As Wapello County's terrain looked about 1878.  Thomas was in the eastern end of Richland Township.

Alas, nothing so vulgar as a birth date or place of birth for Thomas Taylor in this listing.

Info from the Agriculture 1870 Schedule
Name: Thomas Taylor
Location: Richland, Wapello, Iowa, USA
Enumeration Date: 22 Jun 1870
Schedule Type: Agriculture
OS Page: 3
Line Number: 13

80 acres improved land

$3200 present cash value of farm

$150 present cash value of farming implements and machinery

$15 total amount of wages paid during the year, including value of board

3 or 5? horses

2 milch cows

4 other cattle

13 swine

$470 value of all live stock

101 bushels of spring wheat

900 bushels of Indian corn

180 bushels of oats

350 pounds of butter

4 tons of hay

10 gallons of molasses

$30 value of animals slaughtered or sold for slaughter

$667 estimated value of all farm production, including betterments and additions to stock

Thomas Taylor 1870 closeup Antique Map Collection (

Thomas Taylor in Richmond 1870 from Antique Map Collection (

My view of part of the Wapello County map while using HistoryGeo.  Note the citation back to the LOC.  HistoryGeo provides an index to search for each map, as you can see in the blue high-lighted selection in the index box.  I have highlighted Richland Township, where Thomas Taylor lived, in yellow.

If you don't have HistoryGeo you can of course check out the same map at the Library of Congress.

Thomas does not show up in BLM General Land Office Records for Wapello County, as he came after the federal government was involved with the sale of land there, and the records would therefore be handled on the local level.

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Tracking Down My Mother's Birth Parents: A Few Regrets

from Quotesgram
Really I only have two regrets tracking down my mother's birth parents, Alta Mae Slater and T. S. Warren:

  • I didn't get to share with either of them what my mom and I have found concerning their ancestries.  I am not sure Alta was particularly interested in the topic, although she may have found it somewhat interesting, but she died in 1986 so it just wasn't going to happen.  Since T. S. Warren sent me his pedigree I think he would find it all quite interesting, but since I only got to talk to him a few times it was apparently never meant to be.

  • I should have made it crystal clear to T. S. Warren that we didn't want to make our brief appearance in his life (via telephone and pictures) anything that would subsequently affect his will, estate, or any other legal matters.  My mother was raised by Harold Currey and Bernice (Grenfell) Currey and she considers them her parents emotionally, but technically they were never able to officially adopted her, so I think that could have legal ramifications?  I kick myself all the time for not sending a letter to him with a statement removing my mom and me from any obligation on his part, with my signature and my mother's signature (notarized?).  Is there a legal form that addresses this issue?  I'm not sure.  But I have a constant low-level anxiety that somehow not directly addressing that issue at that time may have caused him or his children to have to make legal arrangements concerning us.  At the time I tracked him down (in the late 1990s) I unfortunately excused myself from taking that step because I felt it would be possibly perceived as suspect, and I felt I had already blindsided him enough by just letting him know he had an additional child (I genuinely don't think he ever knew).  Now I just regret not doing it.  It's like I didn't dot all my "i's" and cross all my "t's".

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Working on Wednesday: Apartment Kitchen - Before and After

For the past few months I've been project managing the refurbishment of the upstairs apartment in a 1912 Craftsman duplex* in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego. We removed three old (but not original) upper cabinets and replaced them with open shelves and a floor to ceiling pantry, added several base cabinets with butcher block counters, more lighting and a new fridge. The newly refinished floor looks great.

[From my personal collection]

I'm really pleased with how it looks today!

*It belongs to my best friend Bonnie so of course we celebrated with cheap French wine.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Interesting Find: Menu Collections

Menu for the 7 April 1960 Air France flight.  Om nom nom.  From the Los Angeles Public Library Menu Collection.

Bookstores and libraries dedicate large portions of their space to cookbooks, cooking shows are popular, food blogs and online recipes are everywhere, and even my Facebook feed is full of friends' pictures of food they have made or are about to eat.

Our ancestors also ate, of course!  And not always at home.

I've already found some sources that deal with what our ancestors ate, like Genealoger's "Cooking and Food" section and blogs like Ancestors in Aprons.

But today I stumbled on the Menu Collection of Hayden Mathews at Johnson and Wales University.*

This unique, beautiful, and historical collection of menus was graciously donated on behalf of Mr. Hayden Mathews of Vero Beach, Florida and Stamford, Connecticut. Mr. Mathews began collecting menus when he was a young boy in the 1930s. There are over 300 items, spanning the 1920s through the 1940s, from hotels and inns, cruises and shipping lines, trains, planes, clubs, and commemorative events.
Some of the menus were collected during Mr. Mathews’ travels with his family, but as his relatives and parents' friends learned of his endeavor they enthusiastically contributed to the collection. Evidence of this can be found in a humorous letter from a great uncle who helped add to the collection.

You could look at these menus to get an idea of what your ancestors (or even you!) were eating when traveling in the 1930's and 1940's.  I've found a huge amount records of collateral relations who had traveled overseas by cruise ship, and some more evidence of airplane and car rides taken on vacation or special commemorative events, like food alluded to in the Tibbetts Family Association notices sent to my 2nd great grandaunt May Tibbetts Jarvis.

Other institutions also have menu projects, including NYPL Labs "What's on the menu?"(this site is pretty fun), the Los Angeles Public Library's Menu Collection, the University of Washington Menus Collection, the Academia Barilla Menu Collection, and UNLV's "Menu: The Art of Dining."

Gear Patrol also has an article "Historic Menus 'Round the World: 140 Years of Menu Design."

*I didn't include an image from the actual collection as I have not contacted the copyright owners:
"Images and content in the ScholarsArchive@JWU are for educational use only. All design and content is the property of the copyright owner. If you wish to reproduce or publish the images in any form, you must contact the copyright owner to obtain permission."

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