Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Dennis Mcfadden 1865-1886: The Missing Years



About three or four years ago I submitted a request to the NARA for my great grandfather Dennis Cornelius McFadden’s (1847-1924) Civil War pension application file. A couple of months later I received a reply stating that they did not have the file.
Next I submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Veterans Administration for the pension file. A little later I received a reply that they did not have it at their location and would forward the request to another office. A while after that I received another letter saying the same thing, and then again.
I had given up hope of getting the file but then one day almost three years later it showed up in my mailbox. I was thrilled to finally have it and it has helped fill in a few gaps
Shortly after turning 18 Dennis enlisted in the United States Army in Portsmouth, Ohio on 18 July 1863.[1]  He was paid $25.00 out of a promised total of $100.00 for joining the army. He served as a private in the First Ohio Heavy Artillery, Company E.[2]  Between 14 December 1863 until February 1864 Dennis was absent with leave.[3]  His military pension file does not address this absence so it’s still a mystery[4].
Dennis mustered out of the army on 25 July 1865 at Knoxville, Tennessee.  It is currently unknown where he went and what he did immediately after the war.  According to the Declaration for Pension[5] after his service he moved to Vinton County, Ohio. Then in 1867 he moved to Washington County, Pennsylvania and remained there up to 1900.

The next time Dennis appears in the public record is 1 February 1886 in his Application and Statement of Marriage to Lizzie (Elizabeth) Neuland.  At this time both are residents of Coal Center, Washington County, Pennsylvania.[6]
So far I have been unable to locate Dennis after leaving the service and up to his marriage in 1886. I have sent a research request for the Catholic diocese for the area and am hoping they will have something in their files concerning Dennis. After that, I hopefully will be able to visit Vinton County, Ohio and Washington County, Pennsylvania and do some research there.




[1] Compiled service record, Dennis McFadden, Pvt., Co. E, Ohio First Heavy Artillery; Carded Records, Volunteer Organizations, Civil War; Records of the adjutant General’s Office, 1780s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
[2] Ibid.
[3] Ibid.
[4] Dennis C. McFadden (Pvt., Co. E, 1st Ohio Heavy Artillery., Civil War) pension no. X.C. 956,627, certificate no. 1095,474; service of Dennis McFadden; Case Files of Pension Applications…, 1905-1949; Civil War Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
[5] Dennis C. McFadden Civil War Pension no. X.C. 956,627, NA-Washington.
[6] “Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950” index and images, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/pal/MM9.1.1/VF34-RCD : accessed 8 February 2013), Dennis McFadden and Lizzie Newland, 1886.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Whatever happened to Horace McGinley



Horace McGinley (1902-1944) Married Annie Tull (1903-1976) sometime between 1920 and 1930. According to the 1930[i] US Census for Pulaski County, Arkansas Annie was living in the household of her parents with a child Dan McGinley (1928-1996). Then in the 1940[ii] census she was still in her parent’s household and her marital status was divorced. So far I have not found anything regarding their marriage or divorce. Horace seems to have disappeared shortly after the divorce.




The first appearance of Horace is in the 1910[iii] US Census for Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas. There is a listing for a Horace McGinley (8 years old) and a Lily McGinley (5 years old). They are living in the Little Rock Children’s Home on 920 McGowan St. Their birthplace is Arkansas and the parent’s is Unknown.


In the 1920[iv] Census for Badgett, Pulaski County, Arkansas Horace (age 18) and Lily (age 15) are now living with their widowed mother Hattie. Another son Connell (age 21) and a grandson to Hattie, Stafford Warren (age 6) are also in the household. Tom and Elizabeth Sutton are two roomers and so far I haven’t found any evidence about a deeper relationship.



Horace next appears in the 1926[v] city directory for Little Rock. He is living with his spouse Annie. So far, this is the only record that lists the two together. The 1935[vi] Little Rock city directory has Horace living alone. 



Horace then disappears from the historical record until he shows up in the Texas Death Index[vii]. It has him in Polk County, Texas and his date of death as 28 (or 23) May 1944.



His death certificate[viii] has his age as approximately 42, which is the right age for Arkansas Horace according to the earlier records. He is listed as being married but no spouse or parent’s names are included on the certificate.



This is all I have found so far on Horace McGinley. My next task is to determine if the man who died in Texas is the same one who married and divorced in Arkansas. My current focus will be on finding their divorce record, his possible second marriage and any will or probate information. Then I will focus on Dan and Anna Grace and hopefully they can lead me to discover what happened to Horace McGinley.


[i] 1930 U.S. census, Pulaski County, Arkansas, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 60-1, sheet number 7A (penned), dwelling 140, family 144, Annie McGinly; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestrylibrary.com : accessed 8 October 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T626, roll 2667.


[ii]1940 U.S. census, Pulaski County, Arkansas, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 60-1, sheet number 7A (penned), dwelling blank, family 133, Annie McGinley; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestrylibrary.com : accessed 8 October 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T62, roll 166.
 

[iii] 1910 U.S. census, Pulaski County, Arkansas, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 111, 144 (stamped), sheet number 11A (penned), dwelling 920, family 227, Horace McGinley; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestrylibrary.com : accessed 8 October 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T624, roll 62.


[iv] 1920 U.S. census, Pulaski County, Arkansas, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 107, sheet number 1B (penned), dwelling blank, family 15, Horace McGinley; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestrylibrary.com : accessed 8 October 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T625, roll 78.


[v] R. L. Polk & Co.’s Little Rock and North Little Rock Directory, 1926; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestrylibrary.com : accessed 8 October 2016); citing U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. (Little Rock, Arkansas: R. L. Polk & Co., Publishers), 358, “McGinley, Horace.”


[vi] R. L. Polk & Co.’s Little Rock and North Little Rock Directory, 1935; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestrylibrary.com : accessed 8 October 2016); citing U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. (Little Rock, Arkansas: R. L. Polk & Co., Publishers), 351, “McGinley, Horace.”


[vii] Texas, “Texas Death Index, 1903-2000,” Database. Ancestry.com. (http://ancestry.com : accessed 8 October 2016), entry for Horace McGinley, Polk County 28 May 1944.


[viii] Polk County, Texas, death certificate no. 24748 (1944), Horace McGinley; Department of Health, Pennsylvania.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Another photo with an old car

Clyde Lee Webb (1898-1987) and Ruth Eileen McFadden (1905-1985).

The license plate is a little blurry, but it looks like it reads Ohio-1937. They were married in November 1937.

Ruth had some cousins in Stark County, Ohio, so I am guessing this may be one of their cars. I'll have to see if Ohio has license plate records from back then.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Mystery Photos UN0001 & UN0002 *updated 8/8/16

 I found this unknown photograph in a chest that belonged to my grandmother that included items from her and my grandfather's families. I want to say it is from the late 30s to the early 40s but that really is just a wild guess.

My grandmothers family was from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area and my grandfather grew up around Little Rock, Arkansas. From what I know of both places the landscape doesn't match either.

To me she doesn't resemble anyone from either side of the family.

I tried looking through some fashion sites and books but haven't found anything that would indicate the time period for what she is wearing. The skirt does seem awfully short to me for being from the 30s or 40s.
I'm currently scanning all the photographs and documents that I have. I just found this second picture of the woman, car and this time a man with her. In the first photo you can see a man wearing a tie behind the car through the window. It seems likely it's the same man. Again he doesn't really resemble anyone I've seen or know of so far.

You can also see what looks like a church in the background. I'm currently looking through the photos to see if there are any other images with that building included.

I am able to get a good view of the license plate.  N. J. 1904     A7922.  I'll need to look into how long plates were kept on cars back then and see if the registration information still exists.


Of the living family members I've been able to ask, no one recognizes them.To date this is still a big mystery.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Mystery Photo UN025 and time to get organized



 
 
Here is another unknown photograph that was in my maternal grandmothers house then got sent with my aunt. It has 3 adults and 4 children standing outside of a house.
 
Unfortunately, I do not know if it is my grandmothers (Ruth Eileen McFadden 1905-1985) or grandfathers (Clyde Lee Webb 1898-1987) side of the family. The people in the photo do not bear any resemblance to any other photographs that I have gone through.
 
The house does look similar to some of the houses my grandmother was pictured in front of in the 1920s in the Pittsburgh, PA area.
 
 
Also, it is time for me to get these photographs better organized. I have an old scanner that as far as I can tell won't let me scan them as tiff files or set the DPI. I plan to look for a higher quality scanner this weekend. It will also let me combine duplicates and compare photos that are labeled with similar photos that are not.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

J. McFadden (1844-1863)




Co K 36th Ohio. Killed at the battle of Mission Ridge, Tenn., Nov. 25, 1863. -Ohio Roster Roll of Honor.

John McFadden (abt  1844-1863)

I recently received the pension file filled out by his parents after his death and all the names, dates and locations do add up so I am as certain as can be that this is the brother of my great grandfather Dennis McFadden (1847-1924).

Unfortunately I do not have any photographs of my known ancestors in their military uniforms.  According to the pension file filled out by John's parents, after his death their house burned and with it all photographs, letters and the like.  They should have, as I have to remind myself, back things up on an external hard drive and store it at another location!

I do have a few pictures of Navy seamen and a soldier from the WWI area but so far I haven't been able to identify them.

Mystery Photo MP001

This is most likely the oldest photograph in my collection. It is a tintype and to me it appears to be around the 1880s. I have no idea who it is, if he is a family member or if he is part of my maternal grandmother or grandfather's line. He features also don't resemble anyone I know of.

The only other tintype in my collection is of my maternal great grandmother Roxie Hughes 1876-1961.  It could be from the same time period but so far there is no way to know if they are related.