Friends Album: On the Trail of Stanley A. YOUNG, Jr.

Oh, I was so sure I had him. A refresher as to how he is related to the Friends Album:

Cornelia Morris + Henry B. Young
||
Stanley M. Young + Mary L. Morrill
||
Calvert H. Young + Helen M. ????
||
Stanley A. Young + Mary Kerr
||
Stanley A. Young Jr.

First, I found a SSDI record for a Stanley A. Young, Jr. Ancestry.com led me to corresponding United States Obituary Collection records. While not the obituaries themselves, the abstracts for these records do include the names of individuals mentioned in the obituary, where the obituary was published and when. There are several records for this Stanley, as it appears his obit was printed in both Florida and New York newspapers. Here’s one record from the RootsWeb Obituary Daily Times:

YOUNG, Stanley A; 79; Painted Post NY>Dade City FL;
Tampa Trib; 2004-5-25; evallie

I should have done a quick look-up of Painted Post at this point, but instead I went to the Tribune web site and there I did luck out. I found the obit. And then my heart sank. It listed a sibling I hadn’t found yet. That finally prompted me to look up Painted Post, N.Y. It’s more than four hours away from Yonkers, where it appears the family of our Stanley hailed from. Darn! Not our guy. I was back to square one, at least with Stanley.

Then I found an intriguing Public Records Index record for a Stanley A. Young in Chappaqua, N.Y. Chappaqua isn’t that far away from Yonkers. I started investigating this Stanley Young using resources that are more fit for living subjects — pipl.com and PeopleFinders.com. These sites can bring up very interesting things, including street addresses, the names of relatives and associates, public records like court cases, social media profiles, etc. (They also can bring up a lot of junk and sponsored links. Be careful what you click on. I usually only stick to the sites with free information.)

When I looked up this Stanley Young, Yonkers came up as a former place of residence. I found the names of his wife and children. I found the street address and phone number for his son.

The problem with sites like pipl.com, especially when searching for people who are advanced in years, is that they don’t always capture the fact that the person you are looking for may actually be deceased. The Stanley Young I’m searching for would be around 85 years old. There’s a very good chance he is alive, but there’s also a chance he isn’t.

I’m going to start with his son. I’m a bit too chicken to call him up, so I’m contemplating writing a letter. I haven’t managed to find his email address yet, which would be ideal.

—————————————————

RootsWeb Obituary Daily Times record, Stanley A. Young; RootsWeb (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ : accessed 27 May 2011).

Social Security Death Index record, Stanley A. Young (Florida); Ancestry. com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 May 2011).

Friends Album: Investigating the YOUNGs

In this stage of research for the Friends Album, I find myself hampered by my physical location. For the most part, I’m restricted to using online records. I’ve almost come to the point where I’ll need to try and locate a co-conspirator in at least Connecticut to help me finish this project.

In the meantime, I decided to try and trace as many of the Young descendants as I could over the past week, and started by investigating the descendants of Cornelia Morris and Henry B. Young. The list below gets confusing, but bear with me. I created this post mostly to get my notes down as I researched. I know folks are interested in my progress, so here we go:

I found Cornelia and Henry along with their children, including a son Calvert, in the 1860 census. Calvert is about the age of 9, but there’s no trace of him in later years. Perhaps he died young.

I couldn’t find anything beyond census records up to 1880 for their daughter, Martha.

Mary L. Morrill also married into the Young family. She and her husband, Stanley, Cornelia’s and Henry’s other son, had several children. Among them was Calvert H. Young. I found him in the 1920 census in Yonkers, N. Y., which incidentally was the setting for several of the photos from the Friends Album (see Photos 3 & 4, Photo 14, Photos 30 & 31).

Calvert and his wife, Clara, had a son, Harold, who was 4 years old at the time of the 1920 census. But Harold wasn’t Calvert’s only child. I also found him in the 1910 census with two nearly grown children — daughter Nathley (age 21; apparently her name actually was Nellie/Natalie, as evidenced by other records I found) and son Stanley (age 17). I’m finding that there were a ton of Harold Youngs, many originating in New York, and so it’s difficult to find military, death or other records that are definitely his.

I moved on to Stanley and this is where reviewing another Ancestry member’s work paid off. I found a 1930 census record for Stanley’s family, including his three children. One of them was still another Stanley A. Young.

I’m getting close! More on Stanley A. Young, Jr., in an upcoming post. I think he’s going to be the key.

I also looked at another sibling of Calvert’s — George E. Young. I think I found him in the 1910 census in Danbury. He and his wife Katherine/Catherine had several children, including a son named Egbert.

I figured the name Egbert would be easy to find. I found him in Danbury city directories for 1921 and 1922, but he’s not to be found in 1924. I haven’t found an SSDI record for him. Perhaps he died in the 1920s?

I moved on to Egbert’s brother Richard, who was born in 1903 and I think I found him with wife Hazel and son Richard in the 1930 census. I think I found evidence of his death in 1999 on RootsWeb:

YOUNG, Richard S; 71; Danbury CT;
News-Times; 1999-1-21; sherik

The obit isn’t available online so I’ll either need to travel to the Library of Congress to view the record or find someone in Danbury who can look it up for me.

Moving on to George Young, Richard’s and Egbert’s younger brother. I found a casualty report on him from WWII, but not much else.

Going back to the sisters in this family, Antoinette M. Young married Norris Ballard according to another Ancestry member’s family tree. There’s no source for the marriage, but there are death records to use, if needed. The tree lists the names of their children, but I hesitate to follow this line any further without more evidence.

Going all the way back to Stanley and Mary Young’s children, William H. Young is the next subject to be investigated. Apparently, he died in 1910 (according to FindaGrave). There is no evidence that he ever married — he was still living with parents in his 30s in the 1900 census.

Charles Young is the last of the male siblings in this generation. I haven’t found much on him past 1900.

Edith M. Young married Emerson Ballard (related to the other Ballard above?) and they had a daughter, Alpha Margaret. Another Ancestry member found her death index record and her married name was Claus. She died in 1997. No record that she had children.

In re-examining descendants of Frederick A. Young:

Henry F. Young (one of Frederick’s grandsons via son Henry Samuel Young) — never married? Found birth and death dates… Haven’t found much on his sisters yet either.

George R. Young (Henry F.’s brother) — died in 2003 in Connecticut according to the SSDI; need to follow up and see if I can find an obituary for him.

Ernest G. Hawley (the younger, son of Frederick’s daughter, Cornelia): one member tree says (unsourced) he died in 1969; married Dorothy Mae Levine 24 Nov 1938 (not well documented).

——————————————————

1860 U.S. Census, Litchfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, page 15, dwelling 125, family 125, Henry Young and family; Ancestry.com : accessed 27 May 2011. Roll: M653_82; Page: 601; Image: 16; Family History Library Film: 803082.

1905 New York census, Westchester County, New York, population schedule, Yonkers, page 18, family 42, FamilySearch.org : accessed 20 May 2011. FHL film number: 589664.

1910 U.S. Census, Westchester County, New York, population schedule, Yonkers, page 18, dwelling 34, family 333, Calvert H. Young and family. Ancestry.com : accessed 20 May 2011. Roll:  T624_1093; Page:  18A; Enumeration District:  0179; Image:  956; FHL Number:  1375106.

1920 U.S. Census, Westchester County, New York, population schedule, Yonkers, page 15, dwelling 79, family 370, Calvert H. Young and family; Ancestry. com : accessed 20 May 2011. Roll:  T625_1280; Page:  15B; Enumeration District:  230; Image:  649.

1930 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Ridgefield, page 7, dwelling 121, family 123, Richard M. Young and family; Ancestry.com : accessed 22 May 2011. Roll:  259; Page:  7B; Enumeration District:  173; Image:  51.0.

1930 U.S. Census, Westchester County, New York, population schedule, Yonkers, page 15, dwelling 180, family 222, Stanley A. Young and family; Ancestry.com : accessed 20 May 2011. Roll:  1668; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 63; Image: 949.0.

FindaGrave Memorial 49155167, William H. Young; FindaGrave.com (www.findagrave.com : accessed 24 May 2011).

RootsWeb Obituary Daily Times record, Richard S. Young; RootsWeb (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ : accessed 22 May 2011).

Social Security Death Index record, George R. Young (Connecticut); Ancestry. com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 May 2011).

Friends Album: Checking in with the Neighbors

A while back, I found a 1920 census listing for Friends Album subject Frederick A. Young and fam and noticed that there was a family by the name of Wilson in the household next door. Is this a coincidence, given that there’s an Ellis Wilson in the Friends Album? Certainly ‘Wilson’ is a very common surname, but I felt I needed to dig deeper to see if I could find a connection to these neighbor Wilsons.

Ellis’ parents were Clarence T. Wilson and his wife, Susan. I haven’t really fleshed out their extended family or previous generations at this point because I was more interested in looking for more recent generations.

The Wilsons living next to the Youngs in 1920 are George R. (age 58), his wife Libby A. (age 60) and George’s mother, Elizabeth A (age 74). George is listed as a farmer.

The Wilsons are living next door to the Youngs in 1910 as well. Daughter Emma M. (age 24) is in the household at that time, as is son George E (age 15).

In 1900, the clan is even bigger. Another daughter, Libbie Belle, is with the family, along with mother-in-law Emily Hirst. Not only that, but there is another Wilson household right next door to them (on the other side from the Youngs): Albert and Annie, along with their son, Charles.

Most of these neighbor Wilsons have roots in New York, Connecticut or England. After looking a bit more into Clarence’s family history, however, he and his siblings were born in Massachusetts. Clarence’s parents hailed from Connecticut though. I’m trying to flesh out his father’s life a bit, but for now, there’s no clear connection between Ellis and his family and the Wilsons who were neighbors to the Youngs.

I suppose that there doesn’t really have to be such a connection between Ellis Wilson and the Youngs pictured in the album. The album is titled “Our Friends” and so it could be a hodge-podge of a acquaintances who are not related to each other in any way.

—————————————

1900 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Newton, page 10, dwelling 90, family 94, Albert Wilson and family; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 May 2011).

1910 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Newton, page 15, dwelling 170, family 174, Geroge R Wilson and family; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 May 2011).

1920 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Newton, page 14, dwelling 240, family 249, George R. Wilson and family; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 May 2011).

Friends Album: Photos 72 & 73

Read from the beginning here. **Click on the images below for larger versions**

I believe that Photo No. 72 was taken at the same time and place as Photo No. 70:

Friend No. 72

Both photos are tintypes and have been trimmed distinctively, but what tipped me off to their being photographed at the same time is the arm rest in both photos. The style of dress in both photos is from the 1860s as well.

Photo No. 73 was stuck behind No. 72 in the album and I couldn’t take it out to scan it. Here is a photo of the photo:

Friend No. 73

This subject’s dress is quite adult, but I think she is barely a teenager. This photo is a small carte de visite.

[Photos 74 & 75]

More Friends Album Graves

For this Tombstone Tuesday, I give you still more graves associated with the Friends Album. As I mentioned in my post earlier today, I’ve found several memorials on FindaGrave associated with the Youngs, Morrises and Morrells. A kind volunteer in Connecticut even posted some photos for me minutes after I requested them this weekend. Here are the links:

Mary Morris (Photo in Friends Album)
Cornelia Morris Young (Photo in album)
Their parents, Roswell and Laura.

Henry B. Young (Cornelia’s husband)
Stanley M. Young (Henry’s brother (I mentioned him last week, along with brother-in-law William Morrell; no photo available on FindaGrave, unfortunately)

Friends Album: Photos 52 & 53

Read from the beginning here. **Click on the images below for larger versions**

Photo No. 52 bears a striking resemblance to another photo in this series:

Friend No. 52 aka Cornelia Morris

Reverse of Cornelia Morris' (Friend No. 52's) photo.

I’m going to wager that these two ladies are related:

Mary Morris (Friend No. 22, left) and Cornelia Morris.

For what it’s worth, not that I needed further convincing, the photos have exactly the same imprint on the back and the handwriting on both looks to be the same as well. Here’s the reverse of Mary Morris’ photo.

But Cornelia’s photo is pretty exciting because the notes on the back give us her marital information. Now, I have been building a Friends Album family tree in Ancestry, to help me keep track of everyone we’ve been discussing so far and to track the documents I find about each of them. I already had found a Henry Young, married to a Cornelia, on Ancestry. Why? Because they were the parents of a Frederick Young. I think they’re the parents of this Frederick Young aka Friend No. 8:

Friend No. 8 aka Fred Young

But wait, there’s more! I found the Youngs in the 1860 U.S. census and guess who is in the household? Stanley M. Young. We haven’t seen a photo of Stanley yet (well, not that we know of). But we have seen a photo of Stanley’s wife’s brother, William Morrell!

Are you keeping track? We’ve now connected the Morrises to the Youngs to the Morrells! To top it all off, I think I have found all of the above Morrises and Youngs in the same cemetery on FindaGrave, which may help me to locate their next of kin. More on that at a later date.

Here’s Photo No. 53:

Friend No. 53

This photo appears next to Cornelia’s in the album and both are the exact same size on the same type of backing. However, this photo has no imprint on the front or back and no other markings besides the schmutz you can see on the image itself. It’s an interesting photo nonetheless.

[Photos 54 & 55]

—————————

1860 U.S. Census, Litchfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Bridgewater, page 15, dwelling 125, family 125, Henry Young and family;  Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 April 2011); Roll: M653_82; Image: 16; Family History Film: 803082.

Friend’s Album: Friends 48-51

Read from the beginning here. **Click on the images below for larger versions**

The next photo is an anomaly in a couple of different ways:

Friends 48-51

First of all, there’s four, (count ‘em, four!) people pictured in this one photo. Also? It was taken in Idaho.

Idaho? This got me wondering, when did Idaho become a state? The answer: 1890. That helps to date this photo!

What is the connection between all of the other folks pictured in this album from the New York and New England areas and then this far-flung clan from out West? I think the order of the photos in the album might help tell the story. This photo shares the same page as the photo of Friends 46 and 47.

One thing struck me about the boys in both of these photos — they are both wearing quite elaborate bow ties. Could it be the same boy in both photos?

Friend 50 (left) and Friend 46.

The eyes and that right ear make me think this is the same boy. We can make a similar comparison between the girl in this photo and Friend No. 47:

Friends 48 (left) and 47

I think the match is even more clear here. Interesting! So somehow and for some reason this family uprooted from Connecticut and made its way out to Idaho.

We may never know why the family made that move, but in the meantime, I can try to learn more about the photographer. Let’s start with the imprint on the back:

Reverse of Friends 48-51 Photo.

We have photographer H. Erichson on Main Street in Moscow, Idaho. Moscow is in Latah County. I had some trouble finding a corresponding photographer by the name of Erichson on the usual genealogy sites (Ancestry, Footnote, FamilySearch, GenealogyBank), but a regular ol’ Google search turned up this mention:

“Henry Erichson was born in Germany in 1856 and arrived in the United States only fifteen years later. He learned the photographic art in Michigan and practiced in Red Bluff, California. After nine years as an itinerant photographer he established himself in Moscow, Idaho, from 1884. He continued in business there until at least 1908, serving on the city council and as president of the Photographers Association of the Northwest.”

This helpful information led me to a Henry Erichson, born in Germany in 1856, in the 1900 U.S. Census on Ancestry.

[Photos 52 & 53]

——————————–

1900 U.S. Census, Latah County, Idaho, population schedule, West Moscow Precinct, page 6, dwelling 128, family 128, Henry Erichson and family; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 March 2011); Roll T623_233, page 6B, enumeration district: 71.

“Digital Memories,” April 2001; University of Idaho Library Special Collections & Archives (http://ijc.uidaho.edu : accessed 27 March 2011).