It is Saturday Night Fun Time again! This week's challenge from Genea-Musings is:
"1) Which of your ancestors were alive in 1909?
2) Tell us where your ancestral families were living in 1909. What country, state, county, city/town, etc. Who was in the family at the time? Use the 1910 census as "close enough."
3) Have you found each of these families in the 1910 census?
4) Write a blog post about your response. Or write a comment to this post.
5) Have fun. Learn something!"
Of my direct ancestors, in 1909, those living were:
Joseph James Allen (1891-?) and Daisy Mae Croad (1897-1986), great-grandparents, married 1921. Each was living with their parents in 1910.
John Grant Allen (1869-1955) and Marion Wood (1871-?), great-great-grandparents, married 1890. They, along with their children (including Joseph) were living in Manistee, Manistee, Michigan in 1910, probably at their longtime home on Vine St.
Charles Wood (1842-?), great-great-great-grandfather, father of Marion Wood above. He and his second wife were living in Rolland, Isabella, Michigan in 1910.
Frederick Rendle Croad (1865-1932) and Mary Stokes (1867-1923), great-great-grandparents, parents of Daisy Mae Croad above, married 1885. They, including most of the children (Daisy is misspelled as "Daley") are listed in Millbrook, Mecosta, Michigan although they probably actually lived in Lakeview, Montcalm, Michigan.
Giuseppe Lapiccirella (1888-1973) and Maria Nicoletta Daccia (1892-1987), great-grandparents, this was probably not long before they got married. They were still in Italy, probably still living with their parents in Vieste.
Gideon Gottlieb Berger (1885-1965) and Georgiana Wellons (1892-1985), great-grandparents, married 1919. Gideon was living in the Townsend home as a border in Oakland, Alameda, California. Georgia was still living with her parents in 1910.
Susanna vonAllmen (1849-1932), great-great-grandmother, mother of Gideon Gottlieb Berger above. She was living with some of her children in Oakland, Alameda, California.
George Washington Wellons (1849-1932) and Mary Anna Webb (1862-1926), great-great-grandparents, parents of Georgiana Wellons above, married 1878. They were living in Yreka, Siskiyou, California with their children.
Elmer John Shinn (1877-1946) and Gladys Viola Healey (1898-1998), great-grandparents, married 1922. Gladys was still living with her parents and Elmer was too.
Heman Doyle Shinn (1853-1928) and Emma Sophia Tock (1859-1928), great-great-grandparents, parents of Elmer John Shinn above, married 1874. They were living on the Shinn family farm but their residence is given as Elkhorn, San Joaquin, California.
Mariah Adelaide Doyle (1832-1917), great-great-great-grandmother, mother of Heman Doyle Shinn above. Was probably living in Woodbridge, but is listed as being in Elkhorn, San Joaquin, California
Lauren Everett Healey (1873-1959) and Kathryn Nielsen (1875-1918), great-great-grandparents, parents of Gladys Viola Healey above, married 1896. They were living in San Francisco, San Francisco, California in 1910.
Comfort G. Healey (1838-1910) and Mary Gertrude Mott (1852-1927), great-great-great-grandparents, parents of Lauren Everett Healey above, married 1870. They were also living in San Francisco, San Francisco, California in 1910.
Niels Christian Nielsen (1852-?) and Engeline Christine Petersen/Pedersen (1857-1932), great-great-great-grandparents, parents of Kathryn Nielsen above, married 1874. They were probably living on their farm in Mt. Eden (now Hayward), Alameda, California though the census places them in Alameda, Alameda, California in 1910.
So, in 1909, all eight of my great-grandparents were alive, probably all sixteen great-great-grandparents were alive (I don't know anything about my Lapiccirella and Daccia ancestors) and six great-great-great-grandparents were alive. My paternal branch was in Michigan while my maternal side was in California. As for the fifth part of the challenge, I certainly did have fun and learned something: before this challenge I had never heard of the blog Tri-State Genealogical Society of Evansville, Indiana "TSGS Cruiser", an interesting especially since I have a bit of family from Evansville. Thanks, Randy!