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On the shelf…a short story by Linda Claire

I met Mrs. Schoop only once and it happened 52 years ago. I was a young girl of 14 years old and it happened when I was on a vacation with my girlfriend Mary and her family. I had traveled to Mary’s cottage on Mullett Lake in Cheboygan, Michigan. The word cottage was a not really a good descriptor. For my house guest’s home was truly was a grand lake side home.  

At 14 years old, one of my earned titles was “Book Worm.” I felt pride in that. No hard feelings about the stereotype, just bring me more books.   

On the second day into our stay at the cottage, Mary’s family was gravely disappointed that it kept raining outside. But, because of that day of rain, I had two experiences that have made lifelong impacts on my life. 

The first of those was a found a basket of comic books I found in a window seat. When I earned the name “Book Worm”, it was certainly not because of reading comic books. I read novels, classics, and poetry. I had amazing parents, but they were not parents who allowed comic books in my library. I had seen the funny pages in the paper on occasion, but never a full comic book! While the rest of Mary’s family played the board game Clue, I made my myself comfortable on a soft pillow and grabbed a stack of those comic books. It was a story of true love. I particularly fell in love with Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead. I read the stack and then read it again and again. 

The other event that happened because of the rain that day was Mary’s mother suggesting we meet the woman in the cottage next door. All I knew before walking into her door was that she was a proper old lady who did not like nonsense. “Oh great, an old spinster” I thought.  Yes, words like spinster were very much in my vocabulary thanks to the books Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables.  

Mary’s mother wanted us to dress up a bit for the visit. It had been arranged that Mrs. Schoop would provide us with a full tea party at her home. Mary’s mom had us practice our manners, but I was comfortable in this subject, I even knew how to curl my little finger while drinking.  

As we approached Mrs. Shoop’s home, she stood guarding her back doorway. She perfectly fit the look that I had put together in my imagination. Tall, stately, white hair in a tight bun, a shawl around the shoulders and a cane. She did not smile but offered a little wave instead.  

“Oh swell” I thought, “this is going to be a horrible day.”  

But, once my foot passed over the threshold of her back door, I was in a new universe. One that I would model later in my adult life. I was ever so familiar with the phrase, “do not judge a book by its cover” and this was certainly the case now. Mrs. Shoop was much more than she appeared at the first glance. 

The tea party was set on a table with fancy frilled linen that was printed with a strawberry pattern. There were teacups, fancy china, creamers, and sugar bowls all shaped to look like fanciful strawberries. The wallpaper was a beautiful border of budding strawberries, the rugs were shaped like enormous strawberries and the chairs had a similar pattern on the fabric seats and backs. Of course, the tea party included fresh berries and large strawberry milk shakes. “This is so cool”, I thought to myself while remembering my manners and waiting for Mrs. Shoop to be seated before I sat and placed my strawberry linen napkin into my lap. We had our party. And then, Mrs. Shoop suggested that we might like to take a tour of her home.  

The first room upstairs was a train room. The room was complete with train tracks built around the walls, and little trains chugged past us overhead. The lamps, chairs and all the décor continued the train theme. 

I was beginning to understand that Mrs. Shoop might become one of my favorite people. The amount of creative talent expressed in her decorating had such appeal. It allowed her guests to be in an almost reverent awe of her creative expressions.  

What would the next rooms hold? As it turns out, I would then see a room of pigs…yes fancy porcelain pigs that were large and walking right across the center of the pig room floor. There were flying pigs moved by large fans on the ceiling. From room to room, we continued the tour of themes. 

Many years later, when I became a single woman again after my divorce, I had my own time and place to decorate as I saw fit. I started by making my living room fit for any sea captain. The walls had great nautical art and word art about the seas. A large shipping chest sat in the corner. A sextant with mermaids sat on my shelves. She was a beauty.  

Friends that I entertained, loved the feel of the room. They said that my house gave them the sense that they wanted to memorize and find each of the treasures. I expanded to a family room bedecked with Little Red Riding Hoods…antique illustrated books, cookie jars, all sorts of treasures. The Red Riding Hood art pieces on my walls were both contemporary and classic paintings. 

Eventually, I downsized, and all my theme rooms got packed up for the taking. I have ended up living in a tiny house. No longer in need of so many possessions sitting on shelves anymore. The creativity that I have still finds room for expression in writing, photography and art.  

That being said, ALL of my current artwork in my tiny house is of my favorite animal…Elephants. In fact, a large Vietnamese porcelain elephant is a corner piece in my living room and even my pillows are shaped like elephants.  

I don’t have shelves for display items anymore, but needless to say, if I did have a curio cabinet shelf, I expect you would see a very fancy and fun shelf of elephants on display. 

Hendrick Jansen Oosteroom – a direct ancestor from the Netherlands.

Hendrick Jansen Oosteroom was my 8th great grandfather. Here is how we relate:

When Hendrick Jansen Oosteroom was born in 1630 in Netherlands, his father, Jan, was 25 and his mother, Claudina Relyea, was 24. He married Tryntje Lubbertse VanBlarcom and they had five children together. He then married Geesje Jacobs on May 23, 1666. He died in 1670 in Poughkeepsie, New York, at the age of 40.

Here is a photo of records regarding his 2nd marriage:

His name later became Hendrick Jansen Ostrom. A comment made on Family Search.org reads: “The Dutch of New Amsterdam did not use surnames until 1664 when British took control & renamed New York. The surname “Oosteroom” as entered here has seven alternate spellings as seen on records of time frame – whoever could write spelled & wrote what was heard, not what was meant to be heard”

He was also called Hendrick Van Schalwyk which used the place of his birth as his name.

In 1654, there are records of him receiving a land grant for 25 mogens of land in Kill van Kull, the site of what would later be, Bergen New Jersey. Because of problems the settlers were having there with the Native Americans, it seems that Hendrick later took a lease for unsettled land in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, NY. which was a part of British Colonial America. From familysearch.org “He was apparently living in New Jersey when the Indians forced all white persons living west of the Hudson to retreat to New Amsterdam, where his second child was born in 1657.”

John Kepler 1743-1845 of Sweden and an American Revolutionary Soldier

John Keplar was the 4th great grandfather of my girlfriend Joan. Here is how she relates:

When John F. Keplar was born on January 1, 1743, in Stockholm, Sweden, his father, Johannes, was 33 and his mother, Barbara von Muhleck, was 23. He married Helen Catherine DeAvarie of Paris, France in 1780. They had two children during their marriage. He died having lived for more than 100 years. He died on December 12, 1845, in Winchester, Indiana, at the age of 102.

John came to America before the Revolutionary War and served in that war. He was a private in Capt. John Arndt’s company, 1st battalion Northhampton County, PA, militia.

John’s wife, Catherine DeAvarie, died either in childbirth or just days after her daughter Nancy Kepler was born. According to my research, John did not remarry and spent much of his life as a widower.

Garret Spruhan 1825-1869 – My 2nd great grandfather and an immigrant to America from Ireland having arrived here on a Famine Ship.

My direct ancestor and 2nd Great Grandfather, Garret Spruhan, was born in about 1825 in Kilkenny Ireland. (source reference for birth is the 1860 census) The name Spruhan is rare in the United States and in Ireland.

In 1850, at the age of 25, Garret left Ireland and immigrated to the United States on a “famine ship.” The name of the ship was the “Martha.” He embarked from Liverpool.
This brief history of famine ships (includes the ship the “Martha”) Information may be found at http://www.irishamericanjourney.com/2011/10/irishships-to-america.html

Here is a post about Garret Spruhan that I found on-line. This quote also is the only reference found for death date. Garret lived only to age 44.
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/soc.genealogy.surnames/33aNmWAGM5Y/JoNI6PBZP40J:

“Garret Spruhan was a farmer in County Kilkenny. He arrived in New York like many from his country and eventually moved west with the railroads. He married Margaret Denny and had five children. The Spruhan family settled in Crawfordsville, Indiana.The children’s names were as follows: John Arthur, Katherine, William Henry, Eliza J., and Macie.

In 1862 Margaret Denny Spruhan died (She was my 2nd great grandmother). Garret Spruhan returned to farming in 1864 after purchasing land north of Crawfordsville. He also remarried in that year to Ann McKevitt Wood. The family farm prospered over the next four years, as evidenced from estate records. Tragedy hit the family in early 1869 when Garret died.

From the estate records, the Spruhan children were sent to live on farms in neighboring counties. Only Macie remained at the Spruhan farm with her stepmother.
Any questions or comments are welcomed.”  Note: this means that my great grandfather Henry Spruhan was emancipated at the age of 12!

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In 1852, at the age of 27, Garrett Spruhan married Margaret Denny. They were married on January 11, 1852 in Hamilton Co., Ohio by a Roman Catholic bishop.
In the 1860 census, Garret lives in Union, Montgomery, Indiana. The afore mentioned
quotation states that he settled in Crawfordsville, Indiana. (The Civil war would begin on April 12, 1861)
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Garrett had a brother named John Henry. John immigrated to Nova Scotia Canada. He changed the spelling of his last name from Spruhan to Spruin. This is documented in a post found online. http://genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/pageload.cgi?Roanoke::in::36997.html
(There seems to be an incorrect piece of information in this post. Garret immigrated in
1850 and NOT 1839. Also, there may be a misspelling of Garret’s second wife’s name.)

Here is the post that I found on-line from family historian Lydia Spruhan:
Dear Spruhan Family querers:
My name is Lydia Mary Spruhan. I am the genealogist of the family. I can tell you alot about the Spruhans in Indiana. The family began in this country when Garret Spruhan came to America from Ireland in 1839, and married Margaret Denny, also from Ireland. The were married in the Roman Catholic Church, by the Bishop of Pennsylvania. Garret
became a naturalized citizen in 1940. I still have his original naturalization papers, as well as official “copies” issued by the Gov’t. He and his wife moved to Crawfordsville, Indiana and began a family, the oldest being John Arthur (NOT Alexander) Spruhan, who is my great-great-grandfather. I have many photos of him, as well as letters to my
grandfather from his daughter, my great-great. Eliza, whom you also mentioned, became the first female attorney in the State of Indiana, and carried the name Eliza Spruhan Painter. She ran a charity for Confederate Soldiers from the Civil War. But, I am jumping ahead of myself here. There were many children born to the Spruhans, some of whom died in infancy. They were all baptized at the Catholic church in Crawfordsville. I have the original church ledgers if you would like to see them. When Garret and Margaret were still fairly young, Margaret died. Garret married a woman named
Ann McKerritt, also from Ireland, as a second wife. After Garret died (I have never found out whether he died in the Civil War after conscription or of natural causes), the
children were sadly separated into different families in the community. I have the name of the family who raised Eliza and the younger children. I’ll have to look it up for you, it’s
German. John Arthur and Henry were already of sufficient age to be emancipated as adults. John Arthur married Joan America Bohannon, who is in herself quite a story. Their children are in my direct line, so I can share that history with you as well if you wish. Her family dates back to the pre-Revolutionary times, and my female ancestors and aunts have always been in the DAR due to the connection to John Bohannon who served in the Virginia militia during the Revolution. John Arthur was the railroad man for the stop in Crawfordsville for many years. His son, Fred Garret Spruhan went to Purdue and also became an Engineer. His son, John Galey Spruhan, is my grandfather, also a Purdue grad and engineer. John Halsey Spruhan was the only child of John
Galey Spruhan and my grandmother, Beatrice Halsey, who only recently died a few years ago at 93. After John Halsey Spruhan, of Salem, VA, comes Paul Wesley Spruhan, my
brother, and then his son, my five-year old nephre Bahe Spruhan. Paul lives in Arizona with his Navajo wife, Bidtah. Both of his children are also enrolled in the Navajo Nation
(tribe).

Back to the beginning:
The Spruhans come from County Carlow, and County Kilkenny, Ireland. Garret was from Kilkenny, and he has a brother who also emigrated around the same time to Nova
Scotia. the family there changed the spelling of their name so it would be pronounced correctly (Sproo-in), NOT Sproo-Han. They go by the spelling Spruin. John Henry Spruin is the brother who went to Canada. His son, John, is somewhat of a local Nova Scotia hero, as he was one of the “Halifax Nine”, who were first responding fireman at the Halifax explosion (when a munitions boat exploded in Halifax Harbor, killing all
nine, who were the only fireman who responded, given the seriousness of the explosion and the certainty of death. There are still Spruins in Canada whom I know of.

Back to Ireland:
The Spruhan Family are all buried back hundreds of years from Garret’s arrival in the US, at St. Columbkille’s Cemetery in Thomastown. There are barrows in the distance of the ancient Celtic kings who the area around the Nor River (Black River) in Kilkenny. There are Spruhans still there, in the area of Carlow bordering Thomastown, Kilkenny. They are headed by Thomas and Peggy Spruhan, and they have five sons, one of whom I talk to, Edmond, who lives in the Boston area. One of Edmond’s brothers, Michael I believe, lived and worked in Mexico City, and married a Mexican woman. They have a son named Emilio. So, as you can see with the Navajo & Mexican influences, our family is quite diverse.

Of course I have the documents and photos for all of this. There are a few other Spruhans in my home state of VA: Jack Spruhan, my great uncle (Fred Garret’s cousin), and his local hero father, Pinky (Guy) Spruhan RIP, who was the football coach at Roanoke College for many years.

What else are you wanting to know about? Henry Spruhan is your ancestor, I do have a family tree which comes down to the 1980s. there should be two siblings named Paul (not my brother Paul) and his sister Cinnamon Spruhan. they also had a younger brother who died as a child. Cinnamon should be in her 30s and Paul is a young free spirited 20 something. People often search for my brother, Paul, on Facebook, and are si surprized when they find Paul Spruhna from Henry’s line, as he seems to be into counter culture…like Punk Rock or skateboards or similar style.

As I said, you’ll have to ask my some more questions if I’m to help you find (or have myself alreay), the particular documents or information you require.

Interesting piece of sad Famine-era family history: there was a young woman named Bridget Spruhan who jumped to her death from a prison ship rather than be put into a life of servitude and slavery in Australia. For some reason the song “Fields of Athenry” makes me cry, most likely due to Bridget’s experience.
Many regards,
Lydia Mary Spruhan
Salem, VA
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Of Garret’s children, my direct ancestor is Henry Joseph Spruhan who married Caroline Baur. Henry was 12 at the time of his father’s death and was thus thrust into an early adulthood emancipation. (Henry Spruhan was my Great Grandfather)

My name is Linda Claire Hess Groshans

List of generations:
Garret Spruhan and Margaret Denny
Henry Joseph Spruhan and Caroline “Carrie” Baur
Henrietta Spruhan and George K. Hess, Sr.
Robert Lawrence Hess and Gretchen Lois Ream (my parents)

Comments from Ancestry.com

“Nor River: The Spruhan Family are all buried back hundreds of years from Garret’s arrival in the US, at St. Columbkille’s Cemetery in Thomastown. There are barrows in the distance of the ancient Celtic kings who the area around the Nor River (Black River) in Kilkenny.”

What was their address? Finding the homes of my Ann Arbor, MI ancestors…

Grandparents

Amelia Grayer Ream was my maternal Grandmother.
Born 1885 in Scio Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan.
1910 US Census at 400 N. Ashley Street, Ann Arbor, MI 
1920 US Census at 520 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Grover Cleveland Ream was my maternal Grandfather. He was born in 1885 in 
Denver, Miami County, Indiana, USA.
1900 US Census he is 14 years old and living with his family on 1714 Wells Street, Ann Arbor.
1912 Ann Arbor City Directory shows him boarding at 1132 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI. Later in 1912, he marries my grandmother, Amelia Grayer Ream.
1919 Ann Arbor City Directory shows him and my grandmother living at 520 N. Main Street. (Note that a some year before 1925, the home on N. Main Street was rebuilt)
For some part of the marriage of Amelia and Grover, they lived in Santa Clara, CA

Great Grandparents

Amelia Wisthoff Grayer a.k.a. “Grandma Grayer” was my maternal Great Grandmother. Born 1861 in Prussia.
1880 and 1900 US Census living in Scio Township, Michigan with my Great Grandfather August Grayer, born in 1849 in Prussia.
1910 US Census Amelia “Grandma Grayer” was living at 400 N. Ashley Street, Ann Arbor, MI with my Great Grandfather August Grayer.
1920 US Census living at 404 N. Ashley Street, Ann Arbor, MI (The Walter and Helen Mayer family were next door at 400 N. Ashley) My Great Grandfather died in 1917 and was therefore not included in the 1920 census.
1940 US Census living at 520 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor,MI (living with her daughter)

2nd Great Grandparents

Wilhelmina “Minnie” Ponto Grayer was born in 1827 in Warsow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Deutschland. (She was the mother of my great grandfather,August Grayer.)
By 1898, she was re-married to Christian Schmidt and was living at 503 N. 5th Ave., Ann Arbor, MI. (She and her 2nd husband, Christian Schmidt, died in the same week)

Great Aunts and Uncles

Herman Grayer was my Great Uncle. A brother of Amelia Grayer Ream.
He was born in Scio Township, Michigan.
In the 1920 US Census living at 502 N. Main Street.
Later in life, he lived w/ sister Helen at 609 S. 1st Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Minnie Grayer Gross was my Great Aunt. A sister of Amelia Grayer Ream. She was born in Ann Arbor, MI
In the 1916 AA directory she was at 535 Packard, Ann Arbor, MI
In the 1920 US census living at 102 Crest Ave., Ann Arbor, MI

Huldah Grayer Page was my Great Aunt. A sister of Amelia Grayer Ream.
In the 1920 US census living in Detroit, Michigan.

Ernest Grayer was my Great Uncle. A brother of Amelia Grayer Ream. He was born in Scio Township, MI
In the 1920 US census he is living in Spokane, WA.

Adelaide Grayer Miller was my Great Aunt. A sister of Amelia Grayer Ream. Her birth place is listed as Dexter, MI
In the 1920 US census she is living at 115 Willard Street, Ann Arbor, MI
In the 1930 US census she is living in Pontiac, MI

Helen Grayer Mayer was my Great Aunt. A sister of Amelia Grayer Ream. She was born in Scio Township, MI
In the 1930 US census she is living at 400 N. Ashley St., Ann Arbor, MI
Later, she lived at 609 S. 1st Street, Ann Arbor, MI

William Sprague 1609-1675 an American Colonist and my ancestor

William Sprague was my 9th great grandfather.

LCG photo of a meadow

photo by Linda Claire Groshans

When William Sprague was born on October 26, 1609, in Upwey, Dorset, England, his father, Edward, was 33 and his mother, Christiana Margaret Holland, was 31. William’s father was a fuller by trade.

William married Millicent Eames on May 26, 1635, in Charlestown, Massachusetts. They had 12 children in 18 years. He died on October 26, 1675, in Hingham, Massachusetts, at the age of 66.

William was one of the first planters in Massachusetts. He had arrived in Massachusetts Bay having left from Upway, Dorsetshire, England in 1628. He probably traveled on the ship Abigail. He traveled to the colonies with his brothers Ralph and Richard. They were some of the first settlers in Watertown and Charlestown. William moved to Hingham in 1634 with his future father-in- law, Lt. Anthony Eames.

North America Family Histories 1500 to 2000 Sprague Families in America

Source: North America Family Histories 1500 to 2000, Sprague Families in America

North America, Family Histories 1500 to 2000, Sprague Families in America

Source: North America Family Histories 1500 to 2000, Sprague Families in America

From source: Great Migration Study Project…”By 1636 William was a proprietor and in ensuing years received several grants of land. He served as a fence-viewer, constable and disbursing officer as well as a selectman in 1645.”

I thought that it was most interesting that in his will, part of his estate were his books valued at 8s.

New England, The Great Migration and the Great Migration begins Vol. 3 P W

Source: Great Migration and the Great Migration Begins Vol. 3 P-W

William Sprague, Sr., my 10th great grandfather died the 26 day of October, 1675, but ” not a stone tells where he lies.”

how we relate

Here is how I relate to William Sprague, Sr.

 

Web sites that tell of William’s life:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35310519

You can purchase this book on Amazon:  The Genealogy Of The Sprague’s In Hingham: Arranged In Chronological Order, To The Fourth Generation, Counting From William Sprague, One Of The First … England, In The Year 1628.

On the free website FamilySearch.org the ID# for William is LT3K-KCD

 

 

John Annis 1700-1771

John Annis was the 6th great grandfather of my Moller-Thornbladh friends.

 

When John Annis was born on May 1, 1700, in Newbury, Massachusetts, his father, Abraham, was 31 and his mother, Hannah Badger, was 26. John’s parents were born in the British Colonies of Colonial America.

 John married Abigail Rolfe on December 16, 1724, in his hometown. They had 10 children in 24 years. It was his son Rolfe “Ralph” Annis that would become the 5th great grandfather to my Moller-Thornbladh friends.

Here is how my friends relate to John Annis, Sr.:

Relate to John Annis

John’s occupation was a cordwainer and a shoemaker.

John was in military service from 1745-1748 in the King George War.

While residing at Bradford in 1748, he was mustered under Captain Goffe for Scouting against the Indians. This service gave him travel to New Hampshire and perhaps to Canada.

From 1754 to 1760, he was in military service during the French and Indian War. Raids were common on his home by  those Native american Indians who had been sanctioned and encouraged by the French.

John died in 1771 in Newbury, Massachusetts, at the age of 71.

Resources:

Free e-book https://archive.org/details/genealogyofdavid00curr/page/n4/mode/2up

Anthony Sprague 1742-1831

Anthony Sprague tomb stone from Ancestry

photo from Ancestry.com

Anthony Sprague was my 5th great grandfather.

When Anthony Sprague was born on June 29, 1742, in Hingham, Massachusetts, his father, Knight, was 30 and his mother, Mary Lewis, was 24. He married Sarah Harper and they had 7 children together. He then married Chloe Jane Harvey in 1780 and they had 5 children together. He died on November 20, 1831, in Waltham, Vermont, having lived a long life of 89 years.

Anthony’s father Knight Sprague was an American patriot having served in the Revolutionary War. Here is a blog that I did on Knight. https://tellinglifestories.org/2017/12/15/knight-sprague-1711-1804-my-6th-great-grandfather-a-minute-man/

My interest in Anthony Sprague is that he was my 5th great grandfather.  It was his first wire, Sarah Harper that was our direct ancestor and 5th great grandmother. She died at the age of 37. I presume that she died in childbirth as it was also the year that her son David Sprague was born. At the time that Mary died, her husband Anthony was 31.

Anthony remarried at the age of 38 to Chloe Jane Harvey.

Like his father, Anthony also was an American patriot. I found the following clip on-line

Anthony Sprague

“…struck the 1st blow of defense on the memorable battlefield of Bunker Hill”

In 1775, Anthony was serving as a sergeant in Col. Jonathon Ward’s regiment.

Sometime between the time of the census taken in 1790 and the census taken in 1800, Anthony had moved from his home in Massachusetts to Weybridge, Addison, Vermont.

 

Free e-book on the Sprague family:  https://archive.org/details/memorialofspragu1847soul/page/n6/mode/2up

Firsts a list by Linda Claire

There have been so many firsts in my life. I will name a few in a somewhat random order…
First day of Kindergarten
First lost tooth
First time riding a 2 wheel bike
First kiss
First menstrual period
First love
First time having sex
First child
First grandchild
So many firsts and all of them stand out as so memorable and as markers for passing into new eras of
my life. They were moments to be cherished for so many reasons. They make up my whole life of
memories.
Now, I have an unexpected first. And, I am sharing this first with every person in this world.
Together, we are going through our first pandemic. We have ventured into a new era. We would give
anything to wish this away. But, we are caught in a war of sorts and we may never be the same. Fear,
anxiety, worry, sadness, loss of control. These are markers of this first in our lives.
I see goodness and heroism often these days and I feel love for these moments. I also see frustrations
and broken systems and I grieve. Oh, how I grieve.
We are separated from those we love. This is a horrible new reality. The ache I have for my loved ones is
powerful, but more than any feeling I have is my desire for them to shelter and stay safe.
Dear friends, we are in this first together. I wish you all to be safe. I care so deeply.
I am still trying to figure out how to navigate this experience. How to hold my heart in one piece…
When will the healing come? Please let the healing come.
I will continue to send powerful expressions of my love to all. I know you do the same.

Alexander Irwin “A.I.” Barton 1853-1930

Tintype photo of Alexander Irwin Barton

Tintype photo of Alexander Irwin Barton – photo from Ancestry.com

When Alexander Irwin “A.I.” Barton was born on December 6, 1853, in Port Royal, Pennsylvania, his father, Robert, was 38 and his mother, Sarah Hazlett Barton, was 36. He married Martha Elizabeth “Libby” or “Livvy” Metz on January 25, 1882, in Belleville, Pennsylvania. They had six children during their marriage. He died on September 8, 1930, in York, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 76.

A.I. Barton was the great grandfather of my friend Daryl.

8 Sept 1930 death of Alexander I. Barton

8 September 1930 – death certificate, death after being struck by an auto

PHOTOS:

Alexander Irwin Barton, John Hazlet Barton, and Josiah Clark Barton.

From left to right: Alexander Irwin Barton, John Hazlet Barton, and Josiah Clark Barton.

A.I. Barton and daughter Bertha Barton from Dersline Photo Studio, Lewiston, PA

A.I. Barton and daughter Bertha Barton photo from Ancestry.com

 

 

1876 Philidelphia World's Fair

photo from the 1876 World’s Fair- A.I. Barton is pictured with brothers John Barton and Josiah Barton

Alexander Irvin Barton

photo from Ancestry.com

1901 census of Canada

Canadian census 1901

 

1911 Canadian Census

1911 Canadian Census

CHILDREN OF A.I. Barton and Martha Elizabeth Metz:

Bertha Barton – 1883 to 1964 (married James Muir)

Nelly Barton – 1884 to 1885

Warren Wakefield Barton – 1884 to 1962 (married Mary ?)

Alexander Irvin Barton – 1886 to 1975 (married Edna Mckimmie Tennant)

Paul Revere Barton- 1889 to 1965 (married Irene Emily Roddy)

Alfred Tennyson Barton – 1892 to 1917

Research

On FamilySearch.org (free website-registration required) the ID# for A.I. Barton is LVFB-MH2