12 June 2017

Resource Roundup: New Jersey State Census Update

Good news! FamilySearch has now made available the 1885, 1905, and 1915 New Jersey state censuses. They are indexed and searchable, and best of all, with images.

Previous indexes I've seen for the 1915 census included only the most basic information. With access to the images of the enumeration pages themselves you get so much more. Information on the census form includes:
  • Address
  • Name
  • Color or race
  • Sex
  • Month and year of birth
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Place of Birth
  • Place of birth of parents
  • Citizenship information, including number of years in U.S. and naturalization status
  • Occupation
  • Education: reading, writing, abitlity to speak English
  • School attendance, including the name of the school and whether public, private or parochial
  • Home ownership information, including ownership, rental, mortgage, and house or farm

Here are the links to search the newly updated records:

I've been going through the 1915 census and have found some interesting things. For instance, my grandmother, Lillian (Maita) Traina, was 11 years old when the census was taken, but the name she is given on the census is "Rosalie." Was Rosalie her middle name, or was Lillian? 
 "New Jersey State Census, 1915", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9W-4DZY : 8 October 2014), Vincent Maita, 1915. Downloaded 11 June 2017.
1915 NJ state census record showing my grandmother, Lillian (Maita) Traina - listed under the name Rosalie.
The birth month and year are a match, so it must be her.
 "New Jersey State Census, 1915", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9W-4DZY : 8 October 2014), Vincent Maita, 1915. Downloaded 11 June 2017.
 I've also found adults ennumerated in both their parents' household as well as in the household with their own spouse and children. More than one example of that, actually.
If you've found anything interesting about your family in the 1915 census I'd love to hear about it! Leave a comment below.

15 May 2017

Wedding Bells 1955 : Dixon and Traina

My mother, Mary E. Dixon, married her best friend's brother, Frank J. Traina, on May 15, 1955. From photographs I have seen, Mary was well acquainted with the Traina family for years before she and Frank tied the knot.

The wedding took place in Union, New Jersey, and was a civil ceremony performed by a Magistrate of the Court. Mary's Matron of Honor was her future sister-in-law, Frances (Traina) Carlino. The Best Man was Frank's friend, Leo Piazzo.

Here are a few photos from their wedding day.

Mary (Dixon) Traina gets help with her hair
from her sister-in-law and
Matron of Honor, Frances (Traina) Carlino.

Mary (Dixon) and Frank Traina
15 May 1955

Matron of Honor, Frances (Traina) Carlino
and Best Man, Leo Piazzo

The toast.
Frank and Mary (Dixon) Traina toast,
as Fran (Traina) Carlino looks on.

The happy couple and their parents.
Left to right: Joseph Traina and Lillian (Maita) Traina;
Frank and Mary (Dixon) Traina; Sophie (Karvoius) and Wallace B. Dixon.

Mary (Dixon) and Frank Traina cut the wedding cake.

Frank Traina dancing with his sister, Mary Ann,
and Mary (Dixon) Traina dancing with her brother, Wallace A. Dixon.

The happy couple in a snazy car.
Mary (Dixon) and Frank Traina.




08 May 2017

My Immigrant Ancestor : Marian (Reina) Maita

Marian [or Mary or Marianna] (Reina) Maita, on the right, and an unidentified friend or relative. Collection of E. Ackermann, 2017.
Marian [Marianna] (Reina) Maita, right.
Collection of E. Ackerman, 2017.
If you recognize the lady on the left,
drop me a note!
What a thrill to hold in your hand a photograph of someone you've never met, but who is intimately connected with you. A person that is, if you think of it, instrumental to the mere fact of your existance.

I would like to introduce you to my great-grandmother, Marian (Reina) Maita.

That's her, on the right in the photo. You can click on it if you'd like to see it a bit larger.

This "meeting" would not have been possible without the happy convergance of a number of things. First was the generous gift of this photo, along with many others, from a first cousin of mine. He did not know who these ladies were, though my first thought was "that woman sure looks like Grandma Traina." The second was the wonderous connections that Ancestry.com DNA has given me to living cousins that I never knew I had. I was able to send a digital image of this photo to one of them who confirmed that it was her grandmother - my great-grandmother. Hooray!




"They were married in Sicily..."


The helpful cousin who identified the photo for me shared the few facts that she knew about her grandmother, who died when my cousin was a young child. According to her, Marian and her husband, Vincenzo Maita, were married in Sicily before coming to the United States. They lived in Elizabeth, in "the Italian section" – Peterstown, where Vincenzo had a house built on Christine Street. The house is still there, and she describes it as being all brick, with a green door and shutters. My cousin also confirms that Marian and Vincenzo had eight children, one of whom was my grandmother, Lillian.

So now I have a place to start, and I know 100% more about my great-grandmother than I did two weeks ago.

"...then they came over to the U.S."


It's the Maita line that, ultimately, pushed me into researching my family tree. A death in the family lead to frantic e-mails amongst cousins asking "do you know Grandma's maiden name?" We sorted it out after a bit, but it bothered me that none of us knew even that much about our grandmother. Sheesh.

Early investigations led me to discover that three of my grandparents had more siblings than I ever knew of - if I knew of any at all. At least I had personal knowledge of my maternal grandmother's family, and I knew my great-grandmother in that line, although she died when I was a child.

In any case, aside from the Dixons, who appear to have been in this country for many more generations, I have three sets of great-grandparents who were immigrants to this country. This is, to coin a phrase, a very long walk off a short pier that points straight out into the Atlantic Ocean. But before I put on my water wings and take that leap to research in the "old country" there is plenty of research to do in my homeland - Elizabeth, New Jersey!

25 April 2017

Other People's Ancestors : Success and a Reunion

This photo of  George Wickham Metcalfe
is soon to be reunited with his family.

G.W. Metcalfe is heading home!

I'm thrilled to report that I've been able to reunite this photo of George Wickham Metcalfe with his family. [You can read more about George in an earlier post on this blog.]

George's granddaughter contacted me via Ancestry.com, where I had created a tree for George and uploaded his photo. I included in every note space available on that site the invitation for a family member to contact me to reclaim the photograph. And it worked!

This is a photograph of George that his granddaughter had never seen. She was kind enough to share some of her memories of him with me, and I treasure that. I feel like George is part of my family too, after spending so much time researching him.

Happy trails, George!

13 April 2017

Easter 1964 : Bonnets!

Ah, Easter! Chocolate bunnies, jellybeans, dyed eggs, and the dreaded Easter outfit. Please, take a moment to absorb the rediculous things that we are wearing on our heads. [You can click on the images if you want to make them larger.]

In our Easter bonnets... The Dixon/Traina ladies showing their Spring style. 1964, Warinanco Park, Union Co. NJ. collection of E. Ackermann, 2017.
Mom, Grandma, and me. Easter 1964. Warinanco Park.
Collection of E. Ackermann, 2017.
That's my Mom, Mary (Dixon) Traina, in the black mushroom hat, complete with some sort of half-veil thing. No idea what is on the veil. It looks like a bug.

My Grandma, Sophie (Karvoius) Dixon, looks a lovely in neutrals, with her spiky ribbon pouf-hat. Her purse looks big enough to put me in!

 And then there's little me. Snappy double-breasted camel-hair coat, eh? You can see my whole ensemble below.










A four-year old Liz, wearing a cute little yellow suit and a hideous daisy-covered Easter bonnet. 1964. Warinanco Park, Union Co. NJ. Collection of E. Ackermann, 2017.
Easter 1964. Liz enduring the indignity of The Bonnet.
Warinanco Park, Union County, NJ.

Check out my little yellow suit! This may be the most well-coordinated outfit I've ever worn in my life! But really, what the heck were they thinking with the hat? The daisies are bad enough, but what's with the mound of yellow bow meringue on top?

The Easter bonnet was my least favorite holiday tradition. And I probably had a few unkind thoughts about the gloves and the saddle shoes as well. But what's a four-year-old to do?

Endure. Simply endure. The Easter baskets full of treats are on the horizon...






05 April 2017

Sophie (Karvoius) Dixon : Safety First!

"How to Keep My Family Safe"

"...an ideal way for the lady of the house to improve the safety of her family..."



Promotional photo taken of the winner of the 1959 Esso Bayway safety contest - my grandmother, Sophie Dixon. E. Ackemann 2017.
One of the promo pictures from the contest.
Sophie (Karvoius) Dixon, 1959.
Collection of E. Ackermann, 2017.
(1)

On 19 Feb 1959 a letter went out from G.R. Murrell, Manager, to the employees of the Esso Standard Oil refinery in Bayway for a safety contest. In it he invited "the wives of our employees and the married women employees at Bayway to develop a Home Safety Program for their families." Entry forms and instructions were included with the letter. The forms listed the leading causes of home accidents and asked the entrants to explain the ideas that they found successful in preventing these types of accidents. "English composition will not be judged, only the safety activities presented..." in each contestants submission. (1)

Offering a total of $750 dollars in prizes, each contestant was also eligible to select an award from the Esso safety award catalog. (1)

My grandfather, Wally Dixon, was employed at Esso. He retired in 1960 after 28 years of service. (2) He probably encouraged his wife to enter. I would love to see the completed form that my grandmother submitted for this contest.


And the winner is...


Western Union Telegram to Sophie Dixon informing her that she won the 1959 Esso Bayway safety contest. E. Ackemann, 2017.
You're a winner! I would have loved to have seen my Grandmother's face when she got this telegram.
E. Ackermann, 2017. (1)

 On April 15 my grandparents went to the Bayway Refinery so my Grandmother could accept her award.

Sophie Dixon accepts the first place award in the Esso Bayway safety contest. 15 Apr 1959. Esso/Bayway Refinery Photo. E. Ackemann, 2015.
Sophie Dixon accepts her award from G.R. Murrell.
Her husband, Wallace B. Dixon looks on.
Esso Standard Oil Co. Bayway Refinery.
Photographic Group. Number 1016-2. 15 Apr 1959.
Collection of E. Ackemann, 2017.


"Wins Esso Safety Contest." Clipping about Sophie Dixon, Singer employee, winning Esso Bayway safety contest. June 1959 issue of E'Port Observer. E. Ackemann, 2017.
"Wins Esso Safety Contest"
click image to enlarge
E'Port Observer, June 1959
E. Ackemann, 2017
 According to this article in The E'Port Observer, newsletter of the Elizabethport Works of the Singer Corporation, "It took a Singer employee, Sophie Dixon of the Oil Milling Department, to win first award in an Esso Bayway Refinery safety contest." (3)
"Mrs. Dixon used a humorous approach to offer practical safety suggestions. Among them: "If the roof of the car must be held up. the car or the driver should be replaced." Another comment was that people who work in gardens and backyards should not go beyond their limit, lest they overcome garden fragrances with liniment. She encouraged drivers to "leave baby shoes where they belong" because they clutter up visibility in a car."
I was thrilled to find this article which provides a glimpse into the winning entry, as well as a little snapshot of what other members of the family were doing at the time."Mrs. Dixon has been with Singer for 18 years. Her sister, Estelle Karvoius, is chief clerk of Dept. 33 and a daughter, Mary Traina, is in the Employment Office." It also reports that my grandfather was on sick leave from Esso at the time.

All the winners of the Esso Bayway Refinery 1959 safety contest, along with their husbands and the plant manager, G. R. Murrell. 15 Apr 1959. Esso Bayway photo. E. Ackemann, 2017.
All of the contest winners and their spouses. The Dixons are on the far left, Mr. Murrell is in the center.
Were my grandparents very short, or are all those other people freakishly tall?
Esso Standard Oil Co. Bayway Refinery. Photographic Group. Number 1016-8. 15 Apr 1959.
Collection of E. Ackemann, 2017.

Safety First!

Photo of Wallace B. Dixon pointing to the steel-toe shoe that saved his foot from the lawn mower. Date and photographer unknown. E. Ackemann, 2017.
Wallace B. Dixon, showing the shoe
that saved his toes.
E. Ackermann, 2017. (1)
The caption my grandfather wrote on the back of this photo says

Wallace B. Dixon
Summer 1953
Sheer luck!
Safety shoes purchased at Bayway

Be careful out there! (Especially when you're mowing the lawn.)


[This photo is probably not related to the 1959 contest, but I thought it was fun.]









Sources

(1) Sophie (Karvoius) Dixon - Correspondence and photographs relating to Esso Home Safety Contest; E. Ackermann, 2017.

(2) Esso Standard. Retiree Identification Card. Issued to Wallace Be Dixon. Esso Standard, Division of Humble Oil and Refining Company, Bayway Refinery. E. Ackermann, 2017.

(3)  "Wins Esso Safety Contest," E'Port Observer; A Publication of the Elizabethport Works of the Singer Corporation. (June 1959): p. 2.  

30 March 2017

Wallace B. Dixon 1912




Wallace Bernard Dixon, age 7. Portrait taken by E.L. Jenkins & Co. NY in 1912. Held by E. Ackermann, 2017.
Wallace B. Dixon. 1912.
Held by E. Ackermann, 2017.



Wallace B. Dixon in 1912, at the age of 7. Photo by E.L. Jenkins & Co., 122 Front St., NY. Held by E. Ackermann, 2017.
The original photo of Wallace B. Dixon. 1912
E.L. Jenkins & Co., 122 Front St. N.Y.
Held by E. Ackermann, 2017.
This is my grandfather, Wallace B. Dixon, at seven years old. The photograph was taken by E.L. Jenkins & Co., 122 Front Street, New York. The handwriting on the front of the original mounting is my grandfather's.

I haven't been able to learn much about the photography studio, but I did find another photograph with the same mounting by way of a Google search. Interstingly, that photo of a young man also appeared to have been taken outside, next to the front steps of a building. I wonder if this was Jenkins's particular style of portrait photography. If you know anything about them drop me a note.

You can see a photo of Wally B.'s son, Wally A. Dixon, at about the same age in my previous post, "Wally Jr. Strikes a Pose."

27 March 2017

Wally Jr. Strikes a Pose

Wallace A. Dixon [Wally Jr.] strikes a pose. This photo was taken c. 1936, probalby in Elizabeth, NJ. Buddie the dog is in the background. Collection of E. Ackermann, 2017.
Wallace Andrew Dixon [Wally Jr.]. b. 1926 - d. 1988.
Taken some time in the early-mid 1930's?
Collection of E. Ackermann, 2017.

I love this photo of my Uncle Wally. That pose! Those socks!

Buddie, lounging on the porch.
"@ 120" 1936. Elizabeth, NJ.
Colleciton of E. Ackermann, 2017.

And then there's the dog, Buddie, making a cameo appearance in the background. I have other photos of Buddie lazing on a porch that are dated around 1936, so that puts this photo in that ballpark. The photos are labeled on the reverse "Buddie @ 120. 4 '36" and although I have done my best, I have yet to identify a Dixon residence that had the number 120. [You'll find a photo of my Grandfather's sister, Hazel, on the same porch in a previous post. She is in a slightly more precarious position.]

I think it's possible that "120" could have been family shorthand for 125 West Grand St., the home of my Great-grandmother and her second husband, Thomas Payne, from 1930 until around 1938. My grandparents lived at 763 South Broad St. during that time period, so it's not their home.
Other possibilities are 121 Elizabeth Ave. or 127 E. Jersey St. Or it really could be some other relative's home with the address 120. Always a mystery!


13 March 2017

Julian Place

A place and a moment in time.

My great-grandparents and their children moved frequently, though mostly within the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey. When I find them in a city directory I can guess that they had moved on from the listed address by the time the book was printed and distributed. That leaves me always one step behind as I try to piece together their lives.

I do know that on 9 April 1924, Mary Elizabeth (Klein) Dixon and her three youngest children lived at 2 Julian Place. (1) George Thomas was 26 and my grandfather, Wally, was 19. I'm sure they were both working and helping to contribute to the household. Hazel, the youngest, was 15 and was likely going to school.

The first mention that I found of my grandfather
living at 2 Julian Place.
Mary Elizabeth had filed for a divorce from her husband, William A. Dixon, the previous year and this address is mentioned in a deposition given on the 9th of April. The same address is also given on my grandfather's motor vehicle registration for that year.(2)

Prior to 1911, when the postcard below was mailed, we get a glimpse of the place they called home in 1924. Fast forward thirteen years and replace some of those carriages with automobiles and you can imagine what their street might have looked like.

The corner of Julian Place (on left) and Morris Ave. (on right), Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Postcard in collection of E. Ackermann, 2017.
In a snippet from the 1922 Sanborn Map (3), the size and shape of the building at the intersection of Julian Place and Morris Avenue are a match. The only real puzzle is that the map only shows addresses starting with number four, and it appears that the very corner space has an address on Morris Avenue. This leads me to believe that perhaps the residences on the upper floors were given the number 2, while the street level businesses started at 4. The map shows a staircase leading to the upper floors to the right of the office at number 4. In the postcard you can see the entry next to the leftmost striped awning on the first floor.

1922 Sanborn Insurance Map. (3)
Elizabeth, N.J. (Vol. 1, Sheet 3). Princeton University website.


Meet the neighbors 

Residents of Julian Place.
1924 Elizabeth (NJ) City Directory
* denotes person has telephone (4)
 Here are the folks that lived and worked on Julian Place. This is the whole street – it was only one block long. Notice that the Dixon family isn't listed here. They don't appear at all in the 1923 or 1925 directories either. Perhaps they choose not to be in the listing, or maybe they were boarding with one of the other residents. We'll probably never know.

If you notice, the left side of the street is occupied by the Central Rail Road of New Jersey passenger station. So not only can you imagine the sights and sounds of an urban neighborhood, but you can add to that frequent passing trains, and all those folks getting on and off the trains. What a busy place!

The neighborhood was also full of businesses – real estate brokers, express agents, plumbers, painters, auto and bicycle repair, restaurants. The business at number 8, A.B. Swick,  probably explains the rather extravagant awnings on the corner building. 


Julian Place today


A look at the same block today shows some changes. The buiding that my Great-grandmother and her children lived in is no longer standing. The lot is now occupied by a restaurant with outdoor seating on the corner. The old train station still stands across the street, although it looks like it now houses a restaurant. Train passengers board from the elevated platform on the bridge that crosses North Broad Street. A number of the older buildings on the block on Morris Avenue are still there, giving a bit of a feel of the old neighborhood.

Corner of Julian Place and Morris Avenue, Elizabeth, New Jersey.
The buiding on the corner, where my Great-grandmother and her children lived is no longer standing.
Today that space is occupied by a restaurant with outdoor seating. There's still a nice view of the old train station.
Image : Google Earth.

Buidings on Morris Avenue, heading away from Julian Place. Elizabeth, New Jersey.
It looks like a lot of the old buildings still stand.
Image: Google Earth

Sources

(1) Dixon, Mary E. vs. Dixon, William A., 25 July 1923, Chancery Court Records; Superior Court Records Management Center, Trenton, New Jersey; NJSA microfilm 2-23, file number C64-517, New Jersey State Archives, Trenton, New Jersey.

(2)  Passenger Vehicle Registration, NJ Dept. of Motor Vehicles; Wallace B. Dixon Collection; privately held by Elizabeth Ackermann, [address for private use], 2016. 

(3) Elizabeth, N.J. (Vol. 1, Sheet 3). Sanborn Map Company. New York: Sanborn Map Company, 1922. Princeton University website http://map.princeton.edu/mapviewer/#/xs55mf363 . Accessed 12 March 2017. 

(4) Elizabeth City Directory 1924. Newark, New Jersey: Price & Lee Co., 1924. Page 574. Digital images. Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com. http://www.ancestry.com : [Accesed 12 March 2017].

22 February 2017

Everything was not just as it should be

When my grandfather, Wallace B. Dixon, was nineteen years old his mother filed for divorce from his father. The year was 1923, and, according to the divorce documents, William A. Dixon had deserted the family in September 1912. (1)

The divorce documents are decidedly one-sided, as William chose not to respond to the suit in any official manner. We only get his wife's side, but affidavits given by Mary Elizabeth (Klein) Dixon and others tell a story of an abusive husband who drank away the rent money, forcing the family to move frequently — often several times in a year. Mary Elizabeth says "My husband made so much disturbance and did not give me money to pay the rent, so I had to move."

Mary Elizabeth testifies "For two years before the desertion, I lived on Livingston Street, between First and Second Streets; Second Street, between Jersey Street and Fulton Street, from there to Marshall Street, between Second and Third Streets, and then to South Second Street, and from there to Elizabeth Avenue between Fifth and Sixth Streets."

In May of 1912 William deserted the family for the first time, out of fear that Mary Elizabeth would have him arrested again for abusing her. He was gone for three months. Returning to the family, he "promised faithful to do what was right."

At the end of September 1912 William was drinking again. The family had been living on Elizabeth Avenue for a little over a month when a visit from the landlady prompted Mary Elizabeth to ask her husband for the rent money. According to her, William became abusive and told her to get the money herself, he did not care how she did it. Fearing further abuse, Mary Elizabeth went to her daughter Clara Viola (Dixon) O'Hare's house on Marshall Street and stayed the night. At that time she would have had three children aged eighteen and under – George Thomas, eighteen; Wallace, seven; and Hazel, three years old. Presumably she took them with her. My grandfather states in his testimony that he went to his sister Viola's house with his mother.

Q. Why did you go to your sister's.
A. I don't recollect now. Everything was not just as it should be.
Q. There was some trouble between your father and mother?
A. That had happened quite a few times.

Mary Elizabeth and her children stayed away from home until the following afternoon. "I then went back home and everything was gone, it was an empty house. The people downstairs said that he had sold some, and took some with him." Wallace adds "...there was a few odd pieces of furniture left; the house had practically been stripped."

According to Wallace, they went back to his sister's house for a few days, then moved to West Orange for a while before returning to Elizabeth. Mary Elizabeth petitioned the Overseer of the Poor, Mr. Sattler, to help her find her husband. The authorities did find him. They "ordered him to pay" and when he did not he was arrested and sent to jail for six months for failing to support his family. When he got out of jail he made a few meager payments to his wife, and then quit. Eventually the family learned that William had moved to Staten Island. Mary Elizabeth had to support herself and her children, going out to work and taking in boarders. Her son George Thomas was probably working by that time, and likely contributed to the family's support, as did my grandfather when he became old enough to work.

William A. Dixon with his two youngest children; Wallace Bernard Dixon and Hazel Dorothy Dixon. Circa 1920. Collection of E. Ackermann, 2017.
William A. Dixon with his two youngest children,
Wallace Bernard and Hazel Dorothy.
I believe this was taken around 1920.
Held by E. Ackemann, 2017.
At the time of the divorce William was living at 124 Grand View Avenue in Staten Island. He was employed as a carpenter at the Brewer Ship Yard, also in Staten Island. My grandfather testifies that he and his sister, Hazel, had made several visits to their father at his home there. So, presumably they maintained some sort of relationship with him.

On 29 May 1924 Mary Elizabeth was granted a divorce from her husband. She was given custody of Wallace and Hazel, and was granted permission to resume her maiden name.

On 20 April 1927 she married Thomas Payne(2), a long-time acquaintance and boarder with the Dixon family. Thomas had been a boarder with the family in 1900, prior to his first marriage.(3) By 1918 he was again living at the same address as Mary Elizabeth, 159 West Grand Street (4), and he and his youngest son were listed among several boarders in her household at that same address on the 1920 U.S. Census.(5) After their marriage the couple moved into a house that they owned, 125 West Grand Street, and for the first time in her life Mary Elizabeth had a home that she could truly call her own.(6) I would like to believe that they lived together happily until her death on 3 October 1938.(7)

William A. Dixon was living back in Elizabeth and was employed as a carpenter when he died on 23 May 1927, at the age of 64. I don't know who the informant was for his death certificate. That document records that at the time of death he was married to "Mary Kline".(8)

Sources

(1) Dixon, Mary E. vs. Dixon, William A., 25 July 1923, Chancery Court Records; Superior Court Records Management Center, Trenton, New Jersey; NJSA microfilm 2-23, file number C64-517, New Jersey State Archives, Trenton, New Jersey.

(2) Marriage record for Thomas Payne and Mary Eliz. Klein. No. 11913, 20 April 1927. The second marriage for both bride and groom, took place at the Municipal Building in Manhattan. New York City Department of Records and Information Services, Municipal Archives, 31 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007. Certified copy held by Elizabeth Ackermann, 2016.

(3) 1900 Federal Census, Union County, New Jersey, population schedule, , ; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed ); FHL microfilm: 1240996.

(4)"United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZJ6-D9V : 12 December 2014), Thomas Payne, 1917-1918; citing Elizabeth City no 3, New Jersey, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,712,099.  

(5)"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4YG-CQK : accessed 15 February 2016), Mary E Dickson, Elizabeth City Ward 10, Union, New Jersey, United States; citing sheet 10A, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,821,070. 

(6)"United States Census, 1930", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X4F1-D1T : accessed 15 February 2016), Thomas Payne, 1930. ED 61, sheet 7B; household 166. Citing The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. GS Film Number 2341121, digital folder 004951973, image number 00896.

(7) Mary E. Payne, death certificate. New Jersey Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Records, Trenton. NJSA microfilm roll 827 (Death Certificates 1938: Nason – Poz), organized alphabetically by surname. New Jersey State Archives, Trenton.

(8) William Dixon, death certificate No. 611 (23 May 1927), New Jersey Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Trenton, New Jersey. 

08 February 2017

Marshall Street Mystery : Conflicting Evidence

Sometimes you just wish your ancestors would give you a straight story, or that the documents you find might be deemed reliable.

I don't know that it's crucial, or even vaguely important, that I determine exactly where on Marshall Street my great-grandparents lived with their family. It is vexing that I can't find them in the 1910 U.S. Census, and I keep hoping that getting an address for them might lead me to a census record.

In two posts I wrote in May of 2016, I started to explore this problem. You can read them here:

54 Marshall Street
54 Marshall Street : A Room With a View?

Since then, I've found more information about the Dixon family during that time period. They moved quite often, and I'll write more about that in another blog post. Suffice it to say that William wasn't an ideal husband, and the family was often forced to move due to lack of rent money. (1)

Today I'm going to summarize the three pieces of conflicting information that I have regarding the family's address on Marshall Street in Elizabeth between the years 1909 and 1911.

City Directories


Both the 1909 and 1911 Elizabeth city directories list William A. Dixon, carp[enter] at 54 Marshall Street. (2,3)

There are actually two William A. Dixons listed in the directory, the other boards at 57 Butler. At that same address we find "boarding" Frank and Alexander Dixon, Jr. Also listed is Alexander Dixon, presumably the senior. Both Alexanders are oystermen, Frank and William are leatherworkers. This is clearly a different Dixon family.

Since my great-grandfather is known to have worked as a carpenter from around 1900, I believe that the Marshall Street William is mine. Additionally, there is another William Dixon, William H., boarding at 54 Marshall. My grandparents had a son named William, born in 1885. His middle initial was J according to his birth record, but I've also seen it recorded as C.

In the 1911 directory it appears that Alexander senior has died. His widow, Mary, is boarding at 161 Elizabeth Avenue. William the leatherworker and the junior Alexander are also now at this address.
Frank Dixon is not among the Dixon listings for this year.

Carpenter William A. and laborer William H. Dixon continue to be listed at 54 Marshall in 1911. And so I conclude that this is "my" William A. Dixon. One might also infer from this that they lived at 54 Marshall Street between at least the years 1909 and 1911.


Hazel Dixon's Birth Record


William & Mary (Klein) Dixon's youngest daughter, Hazel, was born 16 January 1909. You can read about her birth record in detail in an earlier post from February 2016. In that document the midwife, Therese M. Leyerer, records the place of birth as 65 "Marchal" Street. (4)

Neither the 1909 or 1911 directories have any listings in the street directory for a "Marchal" Street, leading me to conclude that she was spelling "Marshall" the way she pronounced it. Remember, this is the same document where William's occupation is "Carp Endor," actually "carpenter."

Additionally, the 1903 Sanborn Map for Marshall Street (5) shows that number 65 would have been located in the Pattern Storage building of the ship building company that occupied most of that side of the street. The ship building facility only increased in size over the years, by 1918 (6) it occupied nearly the entire block, so it seems unlikely that some time between 1903 and 1909 that a residence would have been located on that spot. Only those lots with even-numbered addresses on that block were residential. The same is true today. A comparison of the Sanborn maps and Google Maps for that street show that the numbering hasn't changed. 

Given the whimsical nature of the information in this document, or at least Mrs. Leyerer's interpretation of the information, I take the address with a grain of salt. Hazel may have been born on Marshall Street, but it seems unlikely that the address was number 65.

The Divorce Deposition


So, here we arrive at the heart of the matter. In 1924 Mary Elizabeth (Klein) Dixon petitioned for a divorce from her husband, William A. Dixon on the grounds of desertion. She claims that he left the family in September of 1912 and for the next twelve years provided no support for her or her children.

In Mary's deposition, she states:

For two years before the desertion [in September 1912], I lived on Livingston Street, between First and Second Streets; Second Street, between Jersey Street and Fulton Street, from there to Marshall Street, between Second and Third Streets, and then to South Second Street, and from there to Elizabeth Avenue between Fifth and Sixth Streets.

Please take a moment to process this. The family lived in at least five different locations in the two years between 1910 and 1912. Additionally, if they were living on the block between Second and Third Streets, the house numbers ran from 200 to 255 on the 1903 Sanborn Map.(7)  This is neither the 54 from the city directories or the 65 from the birth record.

So it seems that, at some point roughly between 1910 and 1912, the family did live on Marshall Street. Had they lived on Marshall Street more than once?

Conclusion...Confusion


I'm willing to accept as true that the family of William A. and Mary E. (Klein) Dixon did, at some point, live on Marshall Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey. I have three separate and unrelated documents that support that.

It is possible that they occupied a residence with the address of 54 Marshall Street, given the fact that it appears in both the 1909 and 1911 city directories. Supporting this is the listing in two city directories, and the fact that it was a residential address as indicated on both the 1903 and 1918 Sanborn insurance maps. However, they do not appear at that address in the 1910 U.S. Census, and given William's reported inability to come up with regular rent payments it seems a little bit unlikely that they lived at the same address for three consecutive years.

It is highly improbable that they resided at 65 Marshall Street, given the industrial nature of that side of the street. I don't consider Mrs. Leyerer to be a highly reliable source for any information other than the actual birth of the child. However, number 65 would have been in the same block as number 54. So there's that.

It is possible, given the nature of the testimony of Mary E. (Klein) Dixon under oath that the family did live in the 200 block of Marshall Street sometime around 1911-1912. One does have to keep in mind that the testimony was given about twelve years after the fact, and it is possible that with all of the moving the family apparently did Mary may have confused the exact location.

My conclusion is that the family did probably, at some point, live on Marshall Street. It is possible that they lived on Marshall Street two different times, once at number 54, and once in the 200 block. Is it vitally important that I know exactly when and where? At this point, I think not. It seems more important to acknowledge this as an exercise in examining conflicting evidence, and as a reminder that you can't always believe what you read.


Sources

(1) Dixon, Mary E. vs. Dixon, William A., 25 July 1923, Chancery Court Records; Superior Court Records Management Center, Trenton, New Jersey; NJSA microfilm 2-23, file number C64-517, New Jersey State Archives, Trenton, New Jersey.

(2) Elizabeth Directory 1909, Volume III. Newark, New Jersey: Price and Lee Company,  p. 193.  Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line: accessed 14 May 2016]. Image 101 of 417. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Entry for William A. Dixon.


(3) Elizabeth Directory 1911, Volume IV. Newark, New Jersey: Price and Lee Company,  p. 201. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line: accessed 14 May 2016]. Image 102 of 418. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Entry for William A. Dixon. 

(4) Hazel Dorothy L. Dixon, birth certificate 79 (16 January 1909), Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey New Jersey State Archives, Trenton, New Jersey. 

(5) Insurance Maps of Elizabeth, New Jersey. New York: Sanborn Map Company, 1903. Sheet 75.
Princeton University Library: Sanborn Maps of New Jersey: Elizabeth.

(6) Insurance Maps of Elizabeth, New Jersey. New York: Sanborn Map Company, 1918. Sheet 75.
Princeton University Library: Sanborn Maps of New Jersey: Elizabeth.


(7) Insurance Maps of Elizabeth, New Jersey. New York: Sanborn Map Company, 1903. Sheet 73.
Princeton University Library: Sanborn Maps of New Jersey: Elizabeth.

01 February 2017

I can beat that

Afternoon, Winter, Grandma and Grandpa's House



Classics - eggbeaters and that wallpaper. Making "eggnog" at my grandparents' house, early 1960's.
Me, early 1960's,
cooking up something good at Grandma & Grandpa's house.


Oh, that eggbeater. Did there ever exist a more fun kitchen utensil for a child? Some of you may be too young to remember eggbeaters, with their turning gears and whirling beater parts, and the cool sound they made.

Here is my Grandpa Dixon's recipe for "Egg Nog," which is probably what I'm in the process of making here.

  • 1 egg - raw
  • milk - enough to fill the glass
  • vanilla - a teaspoon
  • sugar - as much as it takes

Beat until frothy or until you get tired. Drink happily.

Yes, we ate raw eggs back then. I don't know anyone who ever got sick from it. And, I might add, it was pretty darned yummy.

This photo was taken in the early 1960's in my Dixon grandparents' kitchen. I loved that wallpaper! Still do. I know this was taken in the afternoon because the sun is shining in the front window, which faced pretty much due west, if I recall correctly.

30 January 2017

Other People's Ancestors: George Wickham Metcalfe

Is this your great-grandad?

[Update, 25 April 2017 : Success! G.W. Metcalfe's granddaughter contacted me after seeing the tree I put up for him on Ancestry.com. George will be travelling across the country to be reunited with his family. It gives me great pleasure to have helped this orphaned photo find it's way home!]

George Wickham Metcalfe, b. abt 1782, student of Columbia College, NY, civil engineer, married Edith Brownlow in TN 1896. Photo taken July 1893, Carr Studio, Athens, TN. Held by E. Ackermann, 2017.
G. W. Metcalfe, July 1893.
Carr photography studio, Athens, TN.
Held by E. Ackemann, 2017.
(click to enlarge)
I purchased this photo (1) in an antique shop in Virginia. I was drawn to it for several reasons. First, I like the looks of this fellow. Second, it not only had the photographers info, but a name and dates written on the back. I thought it would be easy to track this man down and maybe find his descendants so I could return the photo to them. If you are descendant of George Wickham Metcalfe, please get in touch!

The Photograph


The photograph was taken at the Carr studio in Athens, Tennessee. The following is inscribed on the back in pencil:
G. W. Metcalfe / July, 1893.  Feby 13/15-1894
The man appears to be in his early 20's, and is dressed in clothes that suggest an outdoor activity. The gaiters that he wears over his trousers are what make me think that, as well as the broad-brimmed hat.

I could find very little information on Carr photographers on the internet. City directories for Athens at that time period are not on-line, or are perhaps non-existent. The 1890 U.S. Census records for Tennessee were destroyed by fire in 1921.

The 1894 Knoxville Tennessee directory does have a listing for a G.W. Metcalfe, Civil Engineer/Surveyor. This was my starting point, and based on the evidence I have collected I do believe that this is "my" G. W. Metcalfe.

Timeline


Since I've found quite a bit of information for G.W. It seemed easier and more concise to put it in a timeline, rather than recreate my research process. I've created a tree for G.W. Metcalfe on Ancestry.com (G. W. Metcalfe Family Tree) to help collect information and to hopefully find some living family connections. You can view it there. If you want to see it, but can't access it, drop me a note and I'll send you an invite.

1872 or 1873 :  George Wickham Metcalfe born in New York, United States. (2,3,4)

1888 - 1891 : Student at Columbia College, New York, New York, Class of 1891. Member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity. George was active in athletics, participating in rowing and football. He was also a member of the Barnard Library Club and the Columbia College Shakespeare Club. (2,5,11)

1891 - 1899 : "George Washington Wickham Metcalfe. Knoxville, Tenn. Civil engineer; Resident Engineer of Wetmore, Polk Co., and of Embreville Iron Furnace, Washington Co., since 1891." (5)
The family of George and Adele Brownlow of Knoxville, TN. Daughters Edith, Mabel and Mary Louise. Photo from Ancestry.com, shared by S. Kear.
The Brownlow family:
George, Edith, Mabel, Mary Louise
and Adele (seated). c. 1894.
Photo Ancestry.com, S. Kear.
Permission pending.
(click to enlarge)

July 1893 : Photograph taken at Carr Studio in Athens, Tennessee. (1)

1894 - 1901 : G. W. Metcalfe, Civil Engineer, has a business address at 610 Gay S, 2d floor, Knoxville, Tennessee. (5,6)

1894 : Residence in Wetmore, Polk County, Tennessee (office in Knoxville) (6)

1895 : Boards at Hotel Imperial, Knoxville, Tennessee (6)

1896 : Marries Edith Brownlow in Knox County, Tennesee (7)

abt 1897 : George B. Metcalfe, son of G.W. and Edith, born in Tennesee. (8)

George B. Metcalfe
in his Junior year.
Member of Zeta Psi Fraternity
from the Blue and Gold 1919
Yearbook of the
University of California, Berkeley
(13)
abt 1901 : Stephen B. Metcalfe, son of G.W. and Edith, born in Tennessee. (8)

1900 - 1901 :  "Boards" at 608 Asylum Ave., Knoxville, Tennessee. (6) Residence is occupied by  Mrs. Adele Brownlow and her daughters, Mabel and Mary. (9)  I have not yet located G.W. in the 1900 census.

 1902 : No longer listed in Knoxville city directory.

4 May 1905 : John Brownlow Metcalfe, son of G.W. and Edith, born in Salt Lake County, Utah. (8, 10). G.W. is supervisor of a smelting operation.

1909 :  Living in West Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah.

1910 : George W. and Edith Brownlow, and their three sons are living in Delta Township, Shasta County, California. George is now manager of a smelting operation. (8)
Stephen B. Metcalfe
in his Sophomore year.
Member of Zeta Psi Fraternity
from the Blue and Gold 1919
Yearbook of the
University of California, Berkeley
(13)

1918 : George W. Metcalfe registers for the WWI Draft, 12 September 1918. The family is living in Tennett, Shasta County, California. George is "Manager, U.S.S. & M. Co." (14)

1920 : The Metcalfe family is living in Oakland Township, Alameda County, California. His two oldest sons are "university students."  The U.S. census from that year records George W. Metcalfe's occupation as mining engineer. His two oldest sons, George B. and Stephen B., ages 23 and 19 respectively, are university students.  John B., the youngest, is a high school student. (12)

If I happen upon any more information to add to this page I will. But for now I think I've devoted enough time and effort to Other People's Ancestors.

If you are descended from or related to George W. Metcalfe or his sons, please, please get in touch! I'd love to get that photo back to his family. If you are researching this family, feel free to use my research. I would be happy to send you a gedcom file or anything else that I have that might be of use to you.

And now, back to my own family tree!


Sources

(1) Photograph of G.W. Metcalfe

(2) The Columbiad '90, Twenty-sixth volume (The Junior Class of Columbia College, 1890), p. 57, img.73; p. 59, img. 75; p. 74, img 90; p. 75, img. 91; p. 76, img. 92; digital images, Ancestry.com (: accessed 27 January 2017; clubs & sports participation, physical description, age given as 16. Calculated birth year 1873.

 (3) Utah, Salt Lake County Birth Records, 1890-1915," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XXX9-JXF : 5 December 2014), George Wickham Metcalf in entry for John Brownlow Metcalf, 04 May 1905; citing Salt Lake, Utah, line 3347, Records Manager and Archive, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 4,121,066., p. 84, no. 3347. G.W. Metcalfe's age is listed as 33, calculated birth year 1872.

(4) 1910 U.S. Census, Shasta County, California, population schedule, , enumeration district (ED) 98, sheet 9B, dwelling 191, family 207, George W. Metcalfe; digital images, Ancestry.com (: downloaded 28 January 2017). G. W. Metcalfe age is 37, calculated birth year is 1873.

(5) Catalogue of the Alph Delta Phi (New York: The Executive Council of the Alph Delta Phi Fraternity, 1899), p. 875, img. 856; p. 75, img. 91; digital images, Ancestry.com (: accessed 27 January 2017; locality index, chapter listing, shows G.W. Metcalfe as class of 1891. "George Washington Wickham Metcalfe. Knoxville, Tenn. Civil engineer; Resident Engineer of Wetmore, Polk Co., and of Embreville Iron Furnace, Washington Co., since 1891."

(6)  Knoxville, Tennesee, City Directory, 1894 (N.p.:n.p., 1894), p. 460, img. 243; p. 344, img. 181, Metcalfe, George W. civil eng; digital image, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 27 January 2017), Cites two pages, both listing Metcalfe as a civil engineer with an office on Gay St.

Knoxville City Directory. 1895. (Knoxville, TN: E.W. Crozier, 1895), p. 336, img. 180, Metclafe, George W.; digital image, Ancestry.com (: accessed 27 January 2017), office and residence.

Knoxville city Directory. Volume XV. 1898. (N.p.: E. W. Crozier, 1898), p. 586, img. 290; p. 404, img. 206, Metcalfe, G. W.; digital image, Ancestry.com (: accessed 27 January 2017).

Knoxville city Directory, Volume XVI. 1900 (Knoxville: E.W. Crozier, 1900), p. 391, img. 201; p. 554, img 284, Metcalfe George W; digital image, Ancestry.com (: accessed 27 January 2017), residential and business listings.

The Directory Knoxville Tennessee 1901 (Knoxville, TN: E.W. Crozier, 1901), p. 428, img 222; p. 608, img. 313, Metcalfe George W; digital image, Ancestry.com (: accessed 27 January 2017), residential and business listing.

Metcalfe does not appear in the 1902 Knoxville Directory.

(7) "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XZ47-RLC : 22 December 2016), George Wickham Metcalfe and Edith Brownlow, 08 Jun 1896; citing Knox, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. 144, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 1,020,963.

"Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XZ4F-BY9 : 22 December 2016), George Wickham Metcalfe and Edith Brownlow, 11 Jun 1896; citing Knox, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. 288, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 1,205,097.

(8) 1910 U.S. Census, Shasta County, California, population schedule, , enumeration district (ED) 98, sheet 9B, dwelling 191, family 207, George W. Metcalfe; digital images, Ancestry.com (: downloaded 28 January 2017).

(9) Knoxville city Directory, Volume XVI. 1900 (Knoxville: E.W. Crozier, 1900), p. 177-178, img. 91-92; Brownlow, Mrs. Adele, Miss Mabel, and Miss Mary; digital image, Ancestry.com (: accessed 27 January 2017), residential listing.

(10) "Utah, Salt Lake County Birth Records, 1890-1915," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XXX9-JXF : 5 December 2014), George Wickham Metcalf in entry for John Brownlow Metcalf, 04 May 1905; citing Salt Lake, Utah, line 3347, Records Manager and Archive, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 4,121,066., p. 84, no. 3347.

(11)  Catalogue of the Alpha Delta Phi 1832-1909 (New York: The Executive Council of the Fraternity, 1909), pages 28, 439, 405; digital images, Google, Google Books (: accessed 28 January 2017; location listing p. 405. Note name appears as G. W. W. Metcalfe, or George Washington Wickham Metcalfe.

(12) 1920 U.S. Census, Alameda County, California, population schedule, Oakland Township, enumeration district (ED) 85, p. 138, dwelling 64, household 342, Metcalfe George; digital images, Ancestry.com (: downloaded 27 January 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.. Roll: T625_89; Image: 601.

 (13) 1920 Blue and Gold. A Record of the College Year Nineteen-Eighteen Nineteen-Nineteen, University of California. Published by the Junior Class: Berkeley, California; 1919. Hathi Trust; https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b2961889?urlappend=%3Bseq=379. page 347, members of Zeta Psi fraternity. Listing by class year on p. 346.

1921 Blue and Gold. Being a record of the College Year published by the Junior Class of the University of California in the year 1920. University of California, Berkeley. Copyright 1920 by John W. Cline, Jr. and Charles Cost. Hathi Trust; https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b2961890?urlappend=%3Bseq=331. p. 295. Skull and Keys membership.

(14) "U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," digital image, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : downloaded 27 January 2017), George Wickham Metcalfe; Tennett, Shasta, California; serial No. 315, Order No. 1613; citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.

27 January 2017

Minnie Dixon and Milton Moore : Marriage Certificate

On Sunday, 30 September 1905, Minnie Elizabeth Dixon married Milton George Moore. (1)

Milton was 22 years old, and a resident of West New Brighton, Staten Island, New York. His parents were Sarah (Fullegar) and William Moore. (1) Milton was the oldest of four children. His siblings were Edith (b abt 1887), Charles (b abt 1893), and Percival "Percy" (b abt 1894). (2) At the time of his marriage to Minnie he indicated that his occupation was "chauffer." (1)

Minnie, also 22 years old, had been born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey. (1, 3) She was the oldest  child of Mary E. (Klein) and William A. Dixon. At the time of the wedding Minnie had six living siblings (two others had died as children), and in four more years her youngest sister, Hazel, would be born. (4) Minnie was living at 54 Marshall Street, Elizabeth, NJ at the time of her marriage. I assume this was the family home. (1)

The wedding ceremony was performed by the Rev. Henry Hale Sleeper, the Pastor of Grace Episcopal Church in Elizabeth. (1, 5) The witnesses were Anna Sleeper, the Reverend's wife, and  Frank Carberry, who's connection is unknown at this time. (1)


Certificate and Transcription


Marriage Certificate for Minnie E. Dixon and Milton G. Moore, 30 Sep 1905, Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey. NJ State Archives.
Marriage Certificate for Minnie Dixon and Milton Moore, 30 September 1905. (1)
New Jersey State Archives, NJ Vital Records.

State of New Jersey. Bureau of Vital Statistics. 399
Certificate and Record of Marriage.

Full Name of Husband: Milton George Moore
Maiden Name of Wife: Minnie Elizabeth Dixon
Place of Marriage: Elizabeth
Date of Marriage: September 30 1905
Groom's:
Residence: 137 Richmond Terrace. West New Brighton, Staten Island
Age: 22. Number of Marriage: One
Color: White
Occupation: Chauffeur
Birthplace: U.S.
Father's Name: William [R? or A?] Moore
Mother's Maiden Name: Sarah Fullegar

Bride's:
Residence: 54 Marshall St. Elizabeth, NJ
Age; 22. Number of Marriage: One
Color: white
Name, if a Widow: ---
Birthplace: U.S.
Father's Name: William A. Dixon
Mother's Maiden Name: Mary Elizabeth Klein

Witnesses: Frank H. Carberry, Anna E. Sleeper
Signature of person officiating and P.O. address: Henry Hale Sleeper, Elizabeth


Sources

(1) Milton George Moore and Minnie Elizabeth Dixon marriage certificate, (30 September 1905), New Jersey Vital Records, May 1, 1848 to December 31, 1915: microfilm roll 201 (Marriage Certificates 1905: Matt - Mule), organized alphabetically by surname of groom; New Jersey State Archive, Trenton, New Jersey.

(2) 1910 Federal, Richmond Borough, New York, pop. sch.; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed ); NARA microfilm publication T624_1072; Page: 10A.

(3) Unnamed [Blank] Dixon, birth certificate D40 (5 April 1884), New Jersey New Jersey State Archives, Trenton. Believed to be Minnie, as the date agrees with other documents.

(4) Compilation of information from a variety of sources too numerous to list here. Please see the page on this blog "Dixon Family Tree" for a list of names of the children. 

(5) Elizabeth Directory 1905 (Newark, New Jersey: The Price & Lee Company, 1905), page 463, Sleeper, Henry Hale, Rev.; digital image, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : downloaded 20 November 2016), image 232 of 334. "Sleeper, Henry Hale Rev., pastor Grace Episcopal Church, h 225 E Jersey."

25 January 2017

Ida Dixon and Stephen Bruggy : Marriage Certificate

Ida Francis Dixon was the sister of William A. Dixon, my great-grandfather. They were the children of John Dixon and Isabella Porter. William was the couple's second child, Ida was their third. She was born on 12 June 1865 in Elizabethport [Elizabeth], Union County, New Jersey. (1)

Ida was 23 years old when she married Stephen L. Bruggy. At the time of their marriage he was 22 years old and employed as a boiler maker. (2) His place of birth on the Marriage Return is  Elizabethport, however, in the 1900 US Census Ireland is listed as his place of birth. It also records that he immigrated in 1872, around the age of 6. (3)

The couple was married on 31 March 1889 at 320 Franklin Street, Elizabeth, NJ. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. Madison Hare, pastor of East Baptist Church. (2) According to the Elizabeth City Directory for 1888-89, the Rev. Hare resided at 213 Elizabeth Avenue, but the church was at the corner of Third and Franklin streets. However, the same city directory shows that Theodore J. Woodring lived at 320 Franklin Street, so it appears that the wedding occurred in his home. [Connection to either family still to be discovered.] (4) My great-grandparents, William and Mary Elizabeth (Klein) Dixon were the witnesses at the wedding. (2)

Marriage Return and Transcription


Marriage Return for Stephen L. Bruggy and Ida F. Dixon
31 March 1889, Elizabeth, New Jersey
NJ State Archives, Trenton.(2)
[click image to enlarge]
State of New Jersey.
Marriage Return. [written in corner: B47]

1. Full Name of Husband: Stephen B. Bruggy
Place of Residence: 222 Bond Street
2. Age: 22 years. Number of his Marriage: First
3. Occupation: Boiler Maker. Country of Birth: Elizabethport, N.J.
4. Name of Father: Patric Bruggy. Country of Birth: Ireland.
5. Maiden Name of Mother: Eliza Grady. Country of Birth: Ireland.

1. Full Maiden Name of Wife: Ida Francis Dixon. Country of Birth: Elizabethport, N.J.
2. Place of Residence: 107 Elizabeth Ave.
3. Age, nearest birthday: 23. If in any trade or business, so state: [blank]
4. Last name, if a widow. Number of Bride's Marriage: First.
5. Name of Father: John Dixon. Country of Birth: Staten Island
6. Maiden name of Mother: Isabella Porter. Country of Birth: Ireland.
1. Date (in full) March 31, 1889. Place: 320 Franklin St. Elizabeth, N.J.
2. In presence of : W.A. Dixon, Mrs. W. A. Dixon.
3. Signature of Minister, (what Church Pastor of) or person officiating.
J. Madison Hare
Pastor, East Bapt. Ch.


Sources

(1) Ancestry.com. New Jersey, Births and Christenings Index, 1660-1931 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data:"New Jersey Births and Christenings, 1660-1931." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

(2)  New Jersey Vital Records, May 1, 1848 to December 31, 1915. NJSA microfilm roll 64 (Marriage Certificates #384-83-A1 to #384-91-Z31), certificate #384-91-B47. New Jersey State Archives, Trenton.

(3) 1900 U.S. Census, Union County, New Jersey, population schedule, Elizabeth (City), enumeration district (ED) 99, Sheet A8, dwelling 111, family 155, Stephen Bruggy; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : downloaded 14 January 2017); Year: 1900; Census Place: Elizabeth Ward 4, Union, New Jersey; Roll: 995; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0099; FHL microfilm: 1240995.

(4)  Cook & Hall's Elizabeth City Directory for 1888-9 (Elizabeth, New Jersey: Cook & Hall, 1888), p. 151, p. 329,  p. 335, image 190 of 256, East Baptist Church; digital image, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : downloaded all three pages 14 January 2017), names Rev. J. Madison Hare as pastor, gives location of church [p 335]; Hare residence [p. 151]; Woodring address [p. 329].