If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

I am nearing the end of a series on the possible children and grandchildren of Jeremiah Crews and Elizabeth Harland. As usual, most of this information comes to be from Marian Kay Cruse Abbott, unless otherwise noted.

Every now and then I come across these sad stories that break your heart, of lives that were seem unlived and cut short too soon, and that after much heartache. The story of Edmund Cruse and wife Hattie Shepherd is one such story. Edward, an orphan himself, would orphan his own children after an accident. Hattie survived two husbands to marry a third, and was then cut short from that marriage after only eight years and during her ninth or tenth pregnancy. Edmund was 32 at the time of his death, and Hattie was barely 40 years of age. 

Edward Cruse was the fifth and last child born to Zachariah Cruse and Rachel Lane. He was born on 19 August 1872 in Vigo County, Indiana (1).  Sometime between 1876 and 1880 Zachariah and Rachel died and within weeks of each other. Edward was between three and eight years old at the time. Obviously, Edward went to live with someone, but I was unable to locate him in a quick search of census records. There is, of course, no 1890 census, so a second chance of finding him is gone from us. On 17 September 1890 he married Hattie Shepherd Grindle. 

Hattie, the daughter of Hiram Shepherd and Sarah Tipton (2, 10), had previously married William Grindle in Clay County, Indiana on 7 March 1890 (3, 5). She was born on 8 October 1873 (9, 7), and can be found in 1880 living in the home of her father and mother (4). 

The 1900 census finds the Cruses living in Harrison Township in Vigo County, Indiana on Main Street in the 6th ward in house number 118 (6). Five year old son Albert "Bertie" and three year old son Paul H., sometimes referred to as "Harry," were living with them. Albert was the son of Hattie, but his father had been her first husband, William Grindle (8), and he had been legally adopted by Edward. Records sometimes give him as Bertie, or Albert Cruse, and at other times as Grindle (Grinnell). Sometime after 1900, two more children were born to Hattie - a son named Claude and a daughter named Pearl (8). 

Edward was a teamster, and on 12 January 1905, he was apparently kicked by a mule, likely in the head. Seven days later, on 19 January 1905, he died. The chief cause as given on the death certificate was "traumatic meningitis," while the immediate cause was listed as "kick by mule." He was 32 years old. He was buried in the Highland Lawn Cemetery in Vigo County, Indiana (1). 

For some reason, the children were entered into records at the Rose Orphan Home as early as 10 February 1905, less than a month after Edward's death. I have no idea if the children stayed there for a time, but it is believed that the two youngest children of Edward and Hattie, Claude and Pearl, went to live with their uncle, Edward's younger brother, Henry Harrison Cruse and his wife, Elizabeth Baysinger (11). Claude was again living with his aunt and uncle in 1920 (14). 


The Rose Orphan Home was huge, having well over 200 residents in the 1910 census. Named after benefactor Chauncey Rose, a book has been written about it and can be found here.  For an online history of the orphanage go here. This orphanage was considered one of the top 10 institutions of its kind in 1910, and it did, at least for Albert and Harry, what  schools had not done for their father - they learned to read and write. 

Four months after Edward's death, Hattie remarried a third time to Marion Johnson, son of William Johnson and Ada Bell, on 9 May 1905 in Vigo County, Indiana. Five years later, in 1910, Albert and Harry are found in the 1910 census in both their step-father's household and as residents in the Rose Orphan Home  (12, 13). I have no explanation for that. In this same census, Hattie indicated she had given birth to eight children, but that only five lived. This would have been Albert by her first marriage, Harry, Claude, and Pearl by her second marriage, and daughter Marie Johnson, born in 1906, by her third marriage. 

Around December of 1912, Hattie again became pregnant. This pregnancy would be her last, and on 24 August 1913 she passed away from puerperal sepsis, protracted labor, and delivery under anesthesia (1).  She was buried in the Highland Lawn Cemetery, but no markers mark her grave or the grave of her second husband, Edmund Cruse. 



1.  Ancestry.com. Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Name of father and mother and their birthplaces not known, but considering the circumstances that of his parent's death this is unexpected.
2.  Ancestry.com. Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
3. Source #2 gives information as stated about Hattie, but it does NOT name her spouse. The name Wiliam Grindle comes from Marian Kay Cruse Abbott citing other records. 
4.  1880 U. S. Federal Census, Vigo County, Indiana, Lost Creek Township, household of Hiram Shepherd. 
5. Ancestry.com. Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
6. 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Vigo County, Indiana, Harrison Township, household of Edward Cruse. The census gives Edward's birth month as April, but since birthdates do not square with other information in regards to the children, it cannot be said this is any more accurate than the birthmonth of August as given on the death certificate. 
7. It should be noted that source 2 above gives her birth year as 1871 and source 6 gives birthdate of October 1874. 
8. Rose Orphan Home Records, courtesy of Marian Kay Cruse Abbott. Also, the 1900 census states she was the mother of 2 children and 2 were living, and Bertie and Paul were the two children listed in that census. 
9.  Ancestry.com. Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
10. The name Sarah Tipton is found in source 2 (marriage certificate). The 1880 census gives her name as Emmeline, and source 1 (death cert of Hattie) gives her name as Emmeline Tipton. 
11. 1910 U. S. Federal Census, Vigo County, Indiana, Otter Creek Township, household of Henry Harrison Cruse. 1
12. 1910 U. S. Federal Census, Vigo County, Indiana, Harrison Township, household of Marion Johnson. 
13. 1910 U. S. Federal Census, Vigo County, Indiana, Harrison Township, Rose Orphan Home Records. 
14. 1920 U. S. Federal Census, Vigo County, Indiana, household of Henry Harrison Cruse. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A continuing but nearly finished series on the grandchildren of Jeremiah Crews and Elizabeth Harland. As usual, most of this information, unless otherwise stated, comes from Marian Kay Cruse Abbott. 


Amanda Cruse born 29 March 1865 in Prairieton, Vigo County, Indiana, was the only daughter born to Zachariah Cruse and Rachel Lane (1). She was between 11 and 15 when her parents died sometime between 1876 and 1880. I have been unable to determine who she lived with after her parent's death. 


On 24 August 1895, Amanda married Isaac Henry Burner, the son of Newton Burner and Sarah Fallon, in Clark County, Illinois (2). Henry was 21 years her senior, so that at the time of their marriage, Amanda was 20 and Henry was 41, having been born on 24 January 1854 in Licking County, Ohio. He was first married to Ida Dolittle of Crawford County, Illinois (3). Ida died on 22 September 1892, after which Henry married Amanda (4). Amanda and Henry had only one child - Blanche May Burner, born on 2 July 1899 (4). Amanda was 34 at the time of Blanche's birth. 

One of several pictures
found on Ancestry.com.
Amanda and Henry are found in the 1900 Clark, Johnson County, Illinois census, along with daughter, Blanche May Burner, who was a month shy of a year old (9). Nine years later, on 9 August 1906 in Illinois, Henry died. The following is an excerpt from Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Clark County (4): 

The deceased was a Democrat, but had no ambition for office or public honors. He belonged to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Orange Township, and was buried in the cemetery near the church. Mrs. Burner is also identified with the work of the Cumberland Church and is a lady of standing and influence. At the time of his death Mr. Burner was the owner of his original purchase of forty acres, which constituted the family homestead and upon which most of his children were born. Although he had leased the land to prospectors, no wells had been drilled; now, however, three fine wells are in operation, with an average flow of 250 barrels daily. 

Henry was buried in Butternut-Willow Creek, Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery (7).  

In the 1920 census, Amanda and Blanche are living with Amanda's brother-in-law, 75 year old John Lingafelter in Johnson, Clark County, Illinois (5). John was the husband of Henry's sister, Almeda Burner (8).  Amanda was 53 and Blanch was 20. By 1930, Amanda and Blanche had moved to Casey, still in Clark County, Illinois. Amanda owned her home on N. 10th Street (6).

Amanda survived Henry by 34 years, passing away on 19 January 1940 in Casey, Clark County, Illinois. She was buried beside her husband (1). 

Picture found at www.findagrave.com, entry
for Henry and Amanda.



1.  Ancestry.com. Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
2.  Jordan Dodd and Liahona Research, comp.. Illinois, Marriage Index, 1851-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
3.  Ida Dolittle brought three children into the marriage - Earlie E Wilson, Arthur Wilson, and Sarah Wilson. It is possible her marriage to Henry was her third marriage. 
4.  Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Clark County. (Chicago: Middle West Publishing Company, 1907), biography of Isaac Henry Burner found on pages 711-712. 
5.  1920 U. S. Federal Census, Clark County, Illinois, household of John P. Lingafelter. 
6.  1930 U. S. Federal Census, Clark County, Illinois, household of Amanda Burner. 
7. Entries from ww.findagrave.com for both Henry and Amanda. They share a headstone. 
8.  Jordan Dodd and Liahona Research, comp.. Illinois, Marriage Index, 1851-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
9.  Census records courtesy of Marian Kay Cruse Abbott. I could not locate the census record on Ancestry, which means it is likely an aberration/misspelling of the name on the original rolls. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Joseph Cruse (1863-1934), possible grandson of Jeremiah Cruse and Elizabeth Harland

I am wrapping up a continuing series on Jeremiah Crews and Elizabeth Harland. Jeremiah was a son of David Crews of Madison County, Kentucky, and his first wife, Annie Magee. Unless otherwise noted, this information comes courtesy of Marian Kay Cruse Abbott. 

Joseph Cruse, the third son born to Zachariah Cruse and Rachel Lane, was born mid-way through the Civil War on 6 August 1863 in Vigo County, Indiana (1, 5). He was between thirteen and seventeen years old when his parents died. He went to live with his uncle, William Cruse, in Honey Creek Township, Vigo County, Indiana (13).  

On 15 April 1893, in Vigo County, Indiana, Joseph married Emma Rebecca Misner (2), daughter of Leander Misner and Martha Jane Davidson. Emma was born on 12 June 1869 in Carroll County, Indiana (7). 

Seven years after their marriage, in 1900, Joe and Emma were living in Crawford, Oblong County, Illinois, and Joe was farming. Living with them were nephew, Irwin Misner, aged 14, and niece Josie Cruse, aged 8 (7). 

Daughter Felma was born on 9 September 1909 in Vigo County, Indiana. Joe and Emma had been married sixteen years already, and Emma was forty years old. Whether Joe and Emma had moved back to Vigo County, or whether she was there on a visit, is not known (4). It is known that by 1910 they were living in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, on North 14th Street. Joseph was a grocery clerk. Living with them were nine month old daughter, Felma, and 18 year old niece, Josie (8).

Between 1910 and 1920, Joseph and Emma moved to Martinsville, Clark County, Illinois. They are found in 1920 living on Main Street in that town. Nineteen year old Felma was still living with them. Again, Joseph was a grocery clerk (9). They were still living there in 1930. Felma, at 29 years of age and unmarried, was still living with her parents (10). 

On 26 May 1934, Joe died in Martinsville, Clark County, Illinois. He was buried two days later in Ridgelawn Cemetery in Martinsville, Clark County, Illinois (5, 6).  His obituary, found in a Martinsville newspaper, is as follows: 

    Funeral services for Joseph cruse were conducted at the residence Monday afternoon at two o'cock by Rev. J. C. McMahon of the Methodist Church. Interment was at Ridgelawn.  
Mr. Cruse died Saturday night at eight o'clock following an extended illness of heart trouble. He was 70 years, 9 months and 6 days of age. Surviving are his wife, and one daughter, Felma. 
Mr Cruse was well known in the community. For man years he was employe by the Miller Store of this city. 
    Joseph Cruse, son of Zachariah and Rachel Cruse, was born in Vigo County, Indiana, August 20, 1863, and departed this life after a lingering illness, on Saturday, May 26, at his home in Martinsville, aged 70 years, 9 months, and 6 days. 
    He was united in marriage April 15, 1893 to Emma Misner. to this union one child, Felma, was born who with Mrs. Jose Daughterty, a niece who made her home with them from early childhood, consituted this happy family. Early in life Mr. Cruse lost his parents, both leaving this word inside of one week. It is only natural that he loved his home intently and was loved by all within his home. All who knew him speak in the hihest terms of respect concerning his integrity, fidelity and industry. A good neighbor and a tusted employee, having been employed by E. C. Miller Department Store for 21 years, he leaves behind a record that will be cherished by all. 
    Two brothers, John and Ed, preceeded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, daughter Felma, niece Josie, three brothers, Frank of Independence, Missouri; henry of Colorado; and Thomas of Rosedale, Indians; one sister, Amanda Burner, of Casey, Illinois, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

After Joseph's death, Emma and Felma moved to Paris, Edgar County, Illinois, and they are found living there when the 1940 census was taken (11). On 9 September 1945, Emma died at her home in Paris, Edgar County, Illinois (3). She was buried beside her husband in Ridgelawn Cemetery in Clark, Martinsville Co., Illinois (12). 


1.  Obituary of Joseph Cruse (found above on page). 
2.  Ancestry.com. Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. 
3.  Obituary of Emma Cruse.
4.  A further look at tax records could determine this.  
5. Ancestry.com. Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
6. http://www.findagrave.com, entry for Joseph Cruse. 
7. 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Crawford, Oblong Co., Illinois, household of Joseph Cruse. Gives month and year only of birthdates. 
8.  1910 U. S. Federal Census, Terra Haute, Vigo Co., Indiana, household of Joseph Cruse.
9.  1920 U S. Federal Census, Clark, Martinsville Co, Illinois, household of Joseph Cruse.
10.  1930 U. S. Federal Census, Clark, Martinsville Co., Illinois, household of Joseph Cruse.
11.  1940 U. S. Federal Census, Paris, Edgar Couty, Illinois, household Emma Cruse.
12. http://www.findagrave.com, her entry.
13. Information courtesy of Marian Kay Cruse Abbott. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Authors Helping Houston - Help for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Many of you may not know that I live northeast of Houston. Yes, we survived Hurricane Harvey this past week.  Our house is one of the highest in our neighborhood, which sits alongside Lake Houston.

All in all we got 30+ inches of rain. The most we have ever had before was 14 during what is called The Tax Day Flood last year. We had electricity except for two days (not back to back) when trees fell on lines. (In contrast, during Hurricane Ike, we were without power for 27 days.)

Despite our good fortune, we still have had to scramble for milk and eggs in stores. We have to get gas while we can. We have had to reroute our drives through flooded streets, and hubby missed several days of work. But we had it much, oh so much easier than most.

Many, though, are suffering great hardships and face long recoveries. I have joined with several Houston authors to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Between September 4th and September 17th, any royalties earned on my first novel Keeping Secrets, will go to the Dickinson, Texas Relief Fund. You can click on the link to find out about the help and aid David and Maria Matties have given their community. They are truly heroes, as are so many others who are looking to rebuild their lives in the Dickinson area.

At Authors Helping Houston you will see not only Keeping Secrets, but other books as well. Peruse the list. Perhaps you will find a new, local author. Links for purchasing books are on the page.

Additionally, I have autographed paperback copies that can be purchased from me. Email me at donnahechlerporterbooks@wordpress.com. Books are $15, and payment can be made through Paypal.

For those that purchase, thank you so much for thinking of others during this difficult time. May Our Lord reward you a hundredfold for your generosity.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Birth Certificate of Scott McQueen




Below is the birth certificate of my great-grandfather Scott McQueen. I have often lamented that birth certificates were not required earlier. I could have learned so much about those elusive ancestors if they had been, provided the paperwork was still around. 


Scott McQueen was the son of Jame Polk McQueen and his second wife Sarah Jane Lowe. His grandparents were Milton McQueen and Susan Simmons, and William Mallett Lowe and Francis Laird. The only grandparent he would ever have known would have been William Lowe, for he died in 1902 when Scott was seventeen years old. William Lowe also lived near the McQueens and Chester, Texas. The other three grandparents all died before Scott was born. 

It does appear this birth certificate was created "after the fact" in 1951 when Scott was 65 years old. 

And note - the county clerk's name was "Tom Sawyer." 










James Polk McQueen and Scott McQueen


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Benjamin Franklin Cruse (1861-1944), possible grandson of Jeremiah Crews and Elizabeth Harland

I am winding down my series on the possible children and grandchildren of Jeremiah Crews and Elizabeth Harland. As usual, most of this information comes to me courtesy of Marian Kay Cruse Abbot. 

Benjamin Franklin Cruse was the second child born to Zachariah Cruse and Rachel Lane. His grandparents were David Cruse and Jane Jewell. He was born in July of 1861 (3), three months after the official start of the Civil War in April of that same year. He is sometimes seen in records as B. F., as Ben, and as Franklin and/or Frank. For consistency, I will refer to him as Ben.

According to family tradition, Ben's parents, Zachariah and Rachel, died between 1876 and 1880 and within two weeks of each other (4). Ben would have been between 15 and 19 years of age. I do not know how much care he and his older brother John Cruse gave to their younger siblings, but in later years it was Ben's younger brother, William Thomas Cruse, that saw to his funeral arrangements after his death (4).

In 1880, eighteen year old "Franklin Cruse" was living in the household of Henry Lansing in Honey Creek Township in Vigo County, Indiana, He was working as a farm laborer. Henry Lansing lived next door to Alexander Moore (1)  who has been mentioned in other places on this blog. Moore's sister, Edith Cruse, was married to James Cruse, son of David Cruse and Jane Jewell and uncle of Ben.

At some point, Ben left Indiana and moved to Illinois. In 1900 he was living in Macon, Maroa County, Illinois, in the household of William Cox. He was 38 years old, single, and working as a farm laborer (2).

For some reason, he is not findable in the 1910, 1920, nor the 1930 census. It is known that about 1918 he took a job as a night watchman for Penrod, Jurden and Clark which was a large lumber company in Independence, Misouri. He worked here for about 20 years before retiring about 1938 (7). 

By 1940, Benjamin was living in Independence, in Jackson County, Missouri at 319 South Spring Street. He was renting this home and at 78 years of age he was still single. He had apparently never married (5).

He subsequently moved to 505 East Pacific Street (7). On 12 March 1944, his home burned and he perished in the fire (6). Benjamin Franklin's brother, Thomas Cruse, as well as Thomas' son, Walter Cruse, traveled from Rosedale, Indiana, to Independence, Missouri, to make Ben's funeral arrangements (4). 

His obituary found in The Independence Examiner, 13 March 1944, page 3, reads as follows:

B. F. Cruse, 83 years old, was found dead in his little one-room home at 505 East Pacific Street by city firemen shortly after 7 o'clock Sunday morning, after the firemen had extinguished a fire in the place. The body was found on the floor between a stove and the south wall. Damage to the building and the contents was estimated at $150. According to the fire department report the fire was caused by a coal oil lamp. Pending funeral arrangements, the body was removed to the George C. Carson Funeral Home. Mr. Cruse was for twenty years a night watchman for Penrod, Jurden and Clark until his retirement seven years ago. 

The Kansas City Times, 1 March 1944, page 6, column 4, reads as follow:

Funeral services for Benjamin F. Cruse, 84, of 503 East Pacific, Independence, at 10 o'clock Wednesday at the Carson Chapel, Independence. He is survived by a brother, William T. Cruse, Rosedale, Indiana. Burial will be in Wooodlawn Cemetery, Independence.



Sources:
(1) 1880 U. S. Federal Census, Vigo County, Indiana, Honey Creek Township, household of Henry Lansing.
(2) 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Macon, Maroa County, Illinois, household of William Cox.
(3) Census records point to year with consistency. The 1900 census gives the month.
(4) Research of Marian Kay Cruse Abbott. 
(5) 1940 U. S. Federal Census, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.
(6) Research of Marian Kay Cruse Abbott. She cites Missouri Death Certificates as the source. 
(7) Obituary of Benjamin Franklin Cruse, courtesy of Marian Kay Cruse Abbott and found in The Indepedence Examiner, 13 March 1944, page 3.



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Throwback Thursday: The Descent from the Cross


This wood-cut is from the John Robert McQueen Family Bible. I had intended to post it around Easter, but I got busy with end-of-the-year activities with my boys. But, summer is here - so hopefully I will get back on my schedule!

And after these things, Joseph of Arimathea (because he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews) besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. 
                                                                                                                                                   John 19:38

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