February and March 2002
documents from Linda Grant
up information on the Palmers of VA.
website was getting a little unwieldy. When I began last year,
I didn't realize how much information I would accumulate in such
a short time. I hope the reorganization helps.
made a page for each surname. Each surname page contains links
to everything I have posted on the site for that name. These are
cross-indexed with the subject matter pages: photos, links, censuses,
obituaries, etc. Hope the revamping helps. I've also removed the
pdf family trees, because they were practically illegible. I'm
working on having my son Brandon find a good way to post the trees
without having them take too long to load.
month was a bit slow, meaning I haven't uncovered too many mysteries.
However I did add quite a few great documents to my growing collection.
Cousin Linda Grant sent me a HUGE packet of Rushton information.
I now have my great-great grandpa Hiram's 1853 birth
certificate from Lancashire, England and the death
record of Eliza Schmachtenberger, his wife, in 1919 in St.
are the most giving bunch of people in the world. Linda had grouped
everything neatly and put notes all over to let me see how she
arranged things and who belonged to whom. The packet included
Hiram's mother's obituary (quite long-winded) and lots of information
on his siblings. I have included ALMOST all of her information
in my tree (the paper documents), as well as the full family email
report she sent me earlier, giving her credit in my sources, of
course. She sent so many copies of records, that it will take
me a while to get things scanned and onto the website. Thank
more note: It's great to have cousins helping with the family
detective work. I've been trying to decipher who Velma Rushton
is--she's the girl in the center of the photo below. I found this
picture in Violet Lodge's old photo album. Linda Grant found a
"Valina B. Rushton" in the 1901 St. Thomas census
online. Valina sure could be Valma transcribed incorrectly. Valina
B. is listed as the daughter of Robert and Mary Durrach (Daragh?)
and they are living with Mary's family: her parents and her sister
Annie. Well, here's "Velma" standing with her Aunt Sarah Rushton
and Mary and Annie. I think we've hit paydirt!
Aunt Cora (far right) with
Aunts Mary, Annie, and Sarah
Velma, unknown girl, and Violet
Getting More Info
next addition to my records was on the Palmer side, my husband
Rick's line. His grandfather William Mathew died in 1940 and is
buried in Detroit's Grand Lawn Cemetery, with his wife, Iris.
I knew he was around 44-46 when he died, because Rick's father,
George Melvin, also died in his mid-forties, and it was known
that he and his father had both died young. William Mathew was
originally from Virginia, and, after looking at literally over
1000 census records from 1900 in Virginia, I found a Willie M,
born in 1896.
I saw the child Willie M's father was named George M, I was pretty
sure I may have found him. Of course, if you know my Eliza story
(2 Eliza's Schmachtenbergers were born in 1850, believe it or
not), then you know I was reluctant to believe anything without
sent to Wayne County, MI, for William M. Palmer's death certificate.
(See how great the online records
ordering service is at the MI Health Department.) I cautiously
inserted his age as 44 and put the death date from his gravestone.
Within a week, I received a copy of the original certificate.
Sure enough, William was born in 1896, his wife was Iris Bradley,
and his parents were George Palmer and Nanny Beck. I have since
searched through approximately 700 more census records--from 1880
this time--searching for George M., born 1867. No luck so far.
on the Schmachtenbergers
but not least, I received a packet from the Williams County, Ohio,
Library with bios on Benjamin Schmachtenberger and cemetery records
for his family. I was up until dawn inputting the data (what a
change for me). I now have all his children and grandchildren
and am trying to get down one more generation. Thank you to Williams
County librarian, Jane Martin, for the records and some follow-up
to the top
this site (names, locations, etc.):
on this site [more listed under "the Whole Family Tree"
The Billings side: BILLINGS / BILLING, LANG, BERTRAND, WATSON, BROMELL, BOND, RICKARD, PETER, LEAN, HAWKIN / HOCKEN, HOSKYN, BROAD, RUSHTON, SCHMACHTENBERGER, FOOTE, BULL, LODGE, LAWLOR, REARDON, HOULE, SENECAL / SENICAL, BATZOLD, BEGGS, GUNGEL, MCGREGOR, MELLOR, BROWN, ANGELSEY, WILSON
Palmer side: PALMER / PALMORE, OBEROWSKI, OLESKY, KRUSCHINSKI, PILARSKI, OSTRANDER, BECK, VAUGHAN, EUDAILEY
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