1940 Census–Franklin Brinton Strode

April 23, 2012

311 South Walnut Street was listed with this family in 1920, 1935, and 1940. It’s also on the same street that will appear as other family members over time


Franklin was a 1st Cousin, 2 times removed on my mother’s side of the family.


The house is across the street and less then half a block from where my mother’s parents lived, when I knew them. I may have actually been inside of this house.

1940 Census–Henry and Louise Worthington

April 22, 2012

Their first, rented house for $35.00 / month. Didn’t even know they lived here:


At first I couldn’t find them. I started with looking for them with their parents, but they had married in 1939. I knew that Dad had built his house on the farm in Lionville.


So, I really had to look for them.

The right half of the building is 223 South Walnut.


Oh, it’s for sale.

1940 Census – Ellwood Palmer Strode

April 22, 2012

This is the first in a series of blog posts of Photos relating to the 1940 Census.

Here is the 1940 Census for this household:


There is a couple of issues here: The wife’s name is not Louise. Louise was not 45 at the time. I will find the wife, my mother, elsewhere in the 1940 census.

Two people are missing, my grandmother and my aunt, as can be seen in the 1930 Census.


Mary L Million was a maid in 1930 and was confirmed to be by my mother before she passed away.

I confirmed with my aunt, that she was still at the above address in 1940, as she was in high school and living at home.

Here is a photo taken in 2012 of that house as recorded in the 1940 Census. Will have to work to get a better one.


However, here is a picture of the same house in 1929, which would be just before the 1930 Census as reported above.


Next to the house is a barn and this was taken in 1938, just before the 1940 Census.


In 1999, the barn looked like this.


Louise Strode Worthington (1916 – 2010)

August 24, 2010

Louise Strode Worthington passed away last night in her sleep.

60th Wedding Anniversary Party

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 13 – Favorite Female Ancestor – Prompts for Women’s History Month

March 16, 2010

This is part of  a series of daily blogging prompts entitled Fearless Females created by Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog in honor of Women’s History Month .

Catching up a bit:

* March 11 — Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family?

I am not aware of nor can I document such an event. If the question were a little different, I would have a story.

The “other” story would be how my Grandmother’s father was killed. The short of it, was that her father was killed by a run-away horse and buggy. That is a well documented event. The good news, is that her education was taken care of by the “driver” of the run-away horse and buggy. The interesting piece of the story is that he was learning to ride a bicycle.

But that’s another story.

March 12 — Working girl:

Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home?

What did she do?

Describe her occupation.

Actually, my mother worked outside of the home. She started at a bank teller in Pennsylvania. Don’t know a lot about that bank and her story at that bank. But, when our family moved to New Jersey in 1957, she again started to work on a bank again. Later, she helped start a small branch on a heavily traveled road. The bank was in a “house” trailer. I remember going to that bank from time to time while growing up.

She did retire from that bank, but that bank had grown up and, after a number of changes in ownership, the bank is still in existence today.

As mentioned in an earlier Blog entry, she was a leader in her local church and was treasurer and assistant treasurer.

The good news, is that she has a granddaughter who is following in her footsteps. It was talent that bypassed me.

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 10 – Favorite Female Ancestor

March 10, 2010

This is part of  a series of daily blogging prompts entitled Fearless Females created by Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog in honor of Women’s History Month .

Here are the prompts – consider honoring your female ancestors by posting at your genealogy or family history blog!

Took the ‘day off’ yesterday, to visit my 93 year old mother. Each visit is a almost a day long event.

However, it was a multi-event visit. Spent a wonderful hour and a half with a Facebook friend at Starbucks. Can’t get any better then that.
Stopped by to pay respects to my Dad in the memorial garden of the Church where I grew up. Being a contributor to the Find-A-Grave website, I took pictures.

Spent Tuesday, March 9th creating a database file for that Memorial Garden, which had been started, but only had one interment listed. Uploaded the file, updated the Find-A-Grave website, then posted the entire Memorial Garden on the website, as well as posting the images for T0mbstone Tuesday.

The assignment for March 9:

Make a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information.

Chose to skip that assignment and do the Find-A-Grave work instead. (good excuse, huh?)

* March 10:

What role did religion play in your family?

Oh, yeah.

My Dad’s family were Quakers, going way back. My Mother’s family were Episcopalian, but not so far back. However, going back to the earliest Worthington, Capt. John, the Anglican Church shows up again.

Below is a picture of my Grandfather (Mom’s father), My Father, my brother and I. Three of the four, in this picture were / are very active in the Church.

How did your female ancestors practice their faith?

While visiting the Memorial Garden at Grace Episcopal Church in Haddonfield, New Jersey, I was reminded of the Worthington Room in the Parish Hall.

My mother spent hours and hours in this room, and the room that preceded it helping with the many tasks of running a Church of this size. The folks in this picture were her companions doing things like putting Sunday Bulletin’s together, Monthly Newsletters, etc. The Room was named in her honor.

If they did not, why didn’t they?

Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?

My mother was the first female to be on the Vestry (governing body) and warden of that church. She was the Treasurer for years and years. She also tied the ties in the first picture for my brother and I, and all of the other Choir Boys, in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 6 – Favorite Female Ancestor – Prompts for Women’s History Month

March 6, 2010

want to point out a series of daily blogging prompts entitled Fearless Females created by Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog in honor of Women’s History Month which starts today, 1 March 2010.


Here are the prompts – consider honoring your female ancestors by posting at your genealogy or family history blog!

* March 6 — Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.) If you don’t have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc.)

Since I started to Family Research, this picture has been on my wall, just above the computer monitor.

Hand stitched picture by Lydia Mercer, a cousin of my Grandmother Strode (mothers, mother).

As on the cross our Savior Hung
He bled He wept He died
He poured Salvation on The wretch
That Languished by his side

What is very interesting by the stitching, Languished has an error in it. It may be difficult to see, but it had the L and A, then an N above an ^ followed by “GUISHED”. Trying to insert the “n” between the A and the G.

Another item for my ToDo List. Find the note about this picture and apply it to the back safely, then document it with a picture with the details.


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