Another finding by looking at Census Images

April 19, 2012

I have probably views 1,000 Census Images over the past two weeks and that doesn’t include the 2,300 images that I have looked at in the Indexing Project.

I have been cleaning up my Census records working my way back through my file.

This evening I was looking at the 1900 Census for Waltham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. I have seen the record in 2008, when I found my grandmother listed in that record. BUT, I didn’t really LOOK at it. I captured the data, but didn’t really look at the Census Record.

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The head of the household is Rachel Carroll Allen, my great, great grandmother, along with my grandmother. She would have 13 at the time. What I missed was the 3rd person in the household. A Lodger, Bessie C Stanley. Ms. Stanley worked at the Waltham watch factory, according to her occupation.

Why is Rachel’s parents not listed? Well, Rachel’s mother had died in 1893, and her father was killed in 1896. Both worked at that same watch factory.

So, who is this Ms. Stanley?

I haven’t found the answer for sure, in black and white, yet, but the hint is in my great-grandfather’s obituary:

Waltham Daily Tribune, Waltham, Mass. Friday Evening, July 24, 1896 (page 1)

Rider Killed
Herbert Johnston Was Crushed Under Runaway
Was Learning to Cycle
Lack of experience on the machine was partly responsible for his fall.

A sad accident occurred on High street yesterday afternoon by which Herbert Johnston, a well known employee at the American Watch factory, lost his life. Mr. Johnston was a novice at the art of cycling, and had engaged a wheel for this week to learn to ride. Yesterday morning at about 11:30 he was riding along High street below the Comet Factory.

A horse belonging to F.E. Stanley, proprietor of the Stanley Dry Plate Company, and driven by his hired man, was coming along the road from Newton, when it became unmanageable and ran away, throwing the driver out. The horse ran wildly up High Street and coming behind Mr. Johnston, who was unable to avoid it, threw him from his wheel, and he was struck in the head by the horse’s hoof. Mr. Johnston was picked up and carried to the Waltham Hospital, where he died about one o’clock. His remains were immediately turned over to Undertaker Goodnow, and the medical examiner summoned.

Dr. Meade examined the remains, and pronounced the death to be caused by a fracture of the skull, causing concussion of the brain..

Mr. Johnston who is a widower lived at 112 Myrtle street with his child and his mother. He was a member of Waltham Lodge A. O. U. W. All members of the Order are urgently requested to meat at A.O.U.W. hall Saturday at 2:15 p. m. to attend the funeral of our late brother H. J. Johnston. Wear dark clothes and white gloves. A. H. Rand, Recorder.

I think the Bessie C Stanley, may be a sibling or the Stanley brothers. I don’t know this for sure, but from what I have been able to determine, the Stanley’s took care of my grandmother following this unfortunate accident.

This article mentions the same house that is reflected in the 1900 Census.

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This is that house. Unfortunately, when I took my parents to see the house in 2003, it was gone.

Rachel Carroll Allen’s father was born in Ireland, according to the Census Record. According to some family letters, “Parish of Drum, Town of Borrisoleigh County of Tipperary, Ireland”


Worthington Descendants – Vol 1, No 2, Page 6 – Worthington, William

July 20, 2009

SKETCH OF WILLIAM WORTHINGTON: 1798-1890 born in Pa. died Dunbar Twp. Fayette County, Pa. Mar. Marjory _____ [1]1801 Pa. died bef. Aug. 1884 .Issue: Mary A. mar. Lewis Stewart; Harriett John; Catherine ca. 1830 Pa. mar. Jacob Cropp; William; James ca. 1836 Pa. d. bef. Aug. 1884 Pa. Phoebe b. ca. 1838 mar. William H. Allen: Stewart


[1] Note: As provided


Saturday Night Fun – Who’s Number 21?

February 24, 2009

Blogger Randy Seaver, at Genea-Musing challenged Genealogy Bloggers with this:

Hey, it’s Saturday Night, let’s have some fun figuring out who is Number 21 in your ancestry from your memory or your genealogy database.

A little late for Saturday night, I am posting my Number 21. The individual with the #21 will be one of our eight second-great-grandmothers.  Randy further challenged us to name our eight second-great-grandmothers.

I am up for the challenge:
#17 – Elizabeth Willits – 1820 – 1904
wife of Henry Wilson Worthington

#19 – Hannah Lucinda Garland – 1835 – (unknown)
wife of Job Whitall Reeve

#21 – Edith Sharpless (see below)

#23 – Eliza Pancoast Worrall – 1815 – 1876
wife of Daniel James

#25 – Elizabeth Mercer Darlington – 1823 – 1881
wife of Marshall Strode

#27 – Sarah Jane Dicks – 1840 – (unknown)
wife of Abraham Palmer Worrell

#29 – Sarah McAllister (dates unknown)
wife of Philip Johnston

#31 – Rachel Carroll – 1828 – 1903
wife of William F. Allen

Edith Sharpless, daughter of Jesse and Ann (Harvey) Sharpless, was born 1 mo. 15, 1815 and died in Thornbury Twp. on 2 mo. 21, 1900. In Westtown Twp. on 12 mo. 3, 1835 she married Joseph R. Cheyney, son of Curtis and Ann (Reed) Cheyney. He was born in Thornbury Twp., Delaware Co., Pa on 9 mo. 6, 1808 and died there 10 mo. 27, 1878. Mr Cheyney farmed the homestead of his father in Thornbury.

ISSUE SURNAMED CHEYNEY:

Jesse Sharpless married Ellen Roberts Moore.
Edwin born 9 mo. 4, 1841 and died 12 mo. 23, 1855.
Kersey born 7 mo. 22, 1844 and died 8 mo. 21, 1856.
Wilmer married Ellen Harrison James.


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