19 July 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Wilmina "Minnie" M. Tannery Barrows (1861-1923)

Minnie T. Barrows - 1861-1923




Wilmina "Minnie" M. Tannery Barrows was born in 1861 according to her grave marker in Waverly, Tioga, New York and she also died there in 1923. She is buried in the Lockwood Cemetery alongside her husband, William, and two daughters, Sarah and Althea C. Thayer. Lockwood Cemetery is located in Lockwood, Tioga, New York.

18 July 2011

Motivation Monday - Getting Back on Track

I just took a week off from everything genealogy. I put my volunteer projects on hold, stopped reading any blogs or genealogy related books, didn't touch any records, put off starting my genealogy class, and even stopped looking at my email account that I have devoted to genealogy purposes.  I was feeling overwhelmed and a little burnt out with everything that I had on my plate. In short, genealogy had started to feel like a chore and that's when I knew I needed a break!

It's summertime and my son is home all day. That means more mess, more "Can't we go SOMEwhere Mom??", and more whining from my daughter as they get sick of playing with each other. And we are only halfway through! I find myself torn between different activities I've committed myself to. Time management has always been a struggle for me. So I decided to take a week off to clear my head and re-prioritize.

At first, it was really difficult getting past the "I should be doing [fill in the genealogy activity]." I have to admit that after about Day 3, I was enjoying my time off although I was having a hard time finding things to do during the hottest part of the day when I don't want to do anything that is going to make me hotter. My son was shocked that I was taking a week off and when I told him the reason he gave me some wise and simple advice: "Mom, treat it [time worked on genealogy] like money. You only have so much of it, so you budget it. Figure out how much time you want to work on genealogy and when you run out, you're done." It was pretty good advice for a 9 year old!

So today is Monday and my week off is over. I've had a chance to prioritize and hopefully I can make it stick. I'm taking my son's advice and am going to budget my time so that I can get chores done around the house, take my kids' to fun activities, and still get stuff done in my beautiful land of genealogy. First thing though is cleaning house. Literally. My house is a mess. I'm also going to have to focus my volunteer efforts on only one thing right now. I have a couple of things going that I will finish up and then I am going to focus on one main project, which is my other blog Southern Tier Cemeteries.

To keep it simple, I'm focusing on these projects:
  1. My blogs: This one and Southern Tier Cemeteries.
  2. I'm in the process of revamping my filing system and syncing it with my genealogy software and Ancestry.com trees.
  3. Genealogy classes through NIGS.
Before I can do anything though, I need to get some order in my office. So my efforts this week are going to be focused on the following:
  • Cleaning my office 
  • Going through the paper piles and putting them where they need to go
  • Finish scanning some family photos so I can get them back to their owner (and there is a family reunion in 2 weeks that I need to have them done by!)
  • Finish up a volunteer project so that I don't have that hanging over my head.
  • Start my class!
  • Continue working on organizing my cemetery photos for my other blog.
I think that is plenty to work on for this week! We are also doing some home improvement projects around the house, so I should be plenty busy!

Does anyone have any other advice (other than my son's) on how they manage their genealogy time in their busy daily lives?

© copyright Monica Palmer, 2011

09 July 2011

Census Saturday - 1920 Census - Rienerth Family


Today we are going back 10 years from the previous 1930 Census for the George Rienerth household and looking at the 1920 census. They were living in Boardman, Mahoning, Ohio on McClurg Road. This is most likely the same home they were at in 1930. In this census, their last name is misspelled as Rienherth and Regina's first name is listed as Virginia. Another change on this census is the date of immigration for Regina. The 1920 census indicates she immigrated in 1903 and the 1930 census lists 1905. The native tongue for both George and Regina was German, however, both could speak English.

1920 US Census - George Rienherth Household

Department of Commerce - Bureau of the Census
Fourteenth Census of the United States: 1920 - Population
State: Ohio
County: Mahoning
Township or Other Division of County: Boardman Township
Supervisor's District No. 265; Enumeration District No. 105; Sheet No. 6B
Enumerated by me on the 12 day of January 1920. Levi P. Good, Enumerator.
Street: McClurg Road; House Number: X; Dwelling No: 136; Family No. 144
Lines 89-95
89) George Rienherth, Head, Owns home, Mortgaged, male, white, age 36, married, immigrated in 1903, naturalized in 1914, able to read and write, born in Austria and mother tongue was German, father born in Austria and mother tongue German, mother born in Austria and mother tongue German, able to speak English, Mason in the brick layer industry, Wage earner.
90) Virginia Rienherth, wife, female, white, age 34, married, immigrated in 1903, naturalized in 1914, able to read and write, born in Austria and mother tongue German, father born in Austria and mother tongue German, mother born in Austria and mother tongue German, able to speak English, no occupation.
91) Hilda Rienherth, daughter, female, white, age 12, single, attended school, able to read and write, born in Ohio, father born in Austria and mother tongue German, mother born in Austria and mother tongue German, able to speak English, no occupation.
92) Carl Rienherth, son, male, white, age 10, single, attended school, able to read and write, born in Ohio, father born in Austria and mother tongue German, mother born in Austria and mother tongue German, able to speak English, no occupation.
93) Herman Rienherth, son, male, white, age 8, single, attended school, born in Ohio, father born in Austria and mother tongue German, mother born in Austria and mother tongue German, no occupation.
94) Paul Rienherth, son, male, white, age 5, single, born in Ohio, father born in Austria and mother tongue German, mother born in Austria and mother tongue German, no occupation.
95) George Rienherth, son, male, white, age 3, single, born in Ohio, father born in Austria and mother tongue German, mother born in Austria and mother tongue German, no occupation.
Source: 1920 U.S. census, Mahoning, Ohio, population schedule, Boardman Township, enumeration district (ED) 105, sheet B, p. 6, dwelling 136, family 144, George Rienherth Household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 02 Jun 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 1412.

© copyright Monica Palmer, 2011

06 July 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Ezra Barrows and Rose Frantel

Ezra Canfield Barrows and Rosie Capek Frantel met around 1923 in Elmira, New York. They both worked at American Sales Book Company in different departments. According to their daughter, Rose may have known someone in the department Ezra was working in and was visiting that person when she first noticed him and thought he was handsome. He must have noticed her too at some point along the way because he sent her a note at work asking her out. Up until this point, everyone called her Rosie. Ezra addressed her as Rose and from then on, that is the name she went by. He signed his note "I.K.E." His nickname was Ike, but since he wrote it like they were initials, she initially couldn't figure out who had sent it to her. She must have asked someone who it was because they started dating.

They did not have a formal wedding. They got their marriage license the same day and went into a church and had the minister marry them. They chose the Erste Deutsche Evangelische Kirche [First German Evangelical Church] in Elmira, New York.

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Their marriage record confirms this and even shows witnesses to look into. The family story is that it was only the minister and his wife who witnessed the marriage, however, there are two witnesses and neither of them bear the same name as the minister.


Record of Marriages, page 180
No. 10888
Column 1: For the Groom
Name: Ezra Canfield Barrows
Residence: 1005 Gr. Central Ave. Elmira, NY
Occupation: Paper Cutter
Birthplace: Lockwood, N.Y.
Father: Wm. Barrows
Birthplace: U.S.A.
Mother: Minnie Tannery
Birthplace: U.S.A.
Color: White
Age 26
No. of Marriage: 1st
Column 2: For the Bride
Name: Rose Anna Frantl
Residence: 210 Washington St. Elmira, N.Y.
Occupation: Packing
Birthplace: New York City
Father: Joseph Capek
Birthplace: Austria
Mother: Antoinette Prochaska
Birthplace: [blank or illegible in copy]
Color: White
Age: 22
No. of Marriage: 1st
Date of License: Oct. 11- [19]24; Date of Marriage: Oct 11 [19]24; Place of Marriage: Elmira, N.Y.; Official: R. Vieiveg; Profession: Minister; Witness: Nellie A. Garrigan & Samuel C. Fabletta.

I also have a copy of their wedding certificate given to them by the church, which is actually quite beautiful.

This Certifies That Ezra C. Barrows of Elmira, NY and Rose A. Frantl of Elmira, NY were united in Marriage according to the Ordinance of God and the Laws of the State of New York on the 11th day of October in the year of Our Lord 1924 One Thousand Nine Hundred twenty four. Witnesses: Samuel C. Falletta, Nellie A. Garrigan. R. Vieweg, Pastor. [Seal] Erste Deutsche Evangelische Kirche [First German Evangelical Church], Elmira, NY.
Ezra and Rose's wedding gifts to each other were professional portraits of themselves. There are no photos of them together on their wedding day and it is unclear if these photos were taken before or after their marriage. Either way, they were most likely taken close to their marriage date, circa October 1924.

Ezra Barrows


Rose Capek Frantel Barrows

This marriage produced five children. They were married until Ezra passed away in 1987. His last years were spent in a hospice and she walked over to visit him every single day. She lived on to be 102 years old.

Sources:
Marriage Record: Chemung, New York, Marriage Records, 1908-1935, 3: 180, Barrows-Frantl, 1924; FHL microfilm 849,271, item 10888.
Marriage Certificate: Erste Deutsche Evangelische Kirche (Elmira, New York, USA), Heirloom Marriage Certificate, Ezra C. Barrows & Rose A. Frantl (1924), issued 1924; Erste Deutsche Evangelische Kirche, Elmira; Color copy of marriage certificate in author's possession. Original held privately.

© copyright Monica Palmer, 2011

03 July 2011

Sunday's Obituary - William S. Barrows

WILLIAM S. BARROWS died Thursday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles J. Gartenschlager, 1005 Grand Central avenue, aged seventy-three years. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Gartenschlager of Elmira, four sons, Frank of Auburn, Ezra of Elmira, Ray and Mitchell of Lockwood. The funeral will be held at the family home at Lockwood this afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. The Rev. M. Logan will officiate. Burial in the Lockwood cemetery.
 
William died approximately one year after his wife, Minnie. It has not been verified if he moved in with his daughter after her death or if he was just visiting. There is most likely a more informative obituary in the Lockwood/Barton area since he lived there for a good part of his life, however, since he died in Elmira there was a short mention of it.

© copyright Monica Palmer, 2011