Monday, June 21, 2021

What happened to Charles McFadden

 The McFadden family is giving me plenty of mysteries to look into. My great grandfather, Dennis McFadden (1842-1924) came from Ireland as best I can estimate sometime in the 1850s and settled in Ohio.

The 1860 US census for Clinton Township, Vinton County, Ohio shows him in the likely home of his parents Edward and Alice McFadden. Also in the home is his brother John and two boarders.

In the 1870 US census Edward and Alice are still in Vinton County with a boarder listed on the following page. John was killed in the Civil War at the battle of Mission Ridge in Tennessee on Nov 25, 1863.

Dennis has not been located in the 1870 census. 

John's parents applied for his Civil War pension. In her statement, Margaret Ferry states that she is the daughter of Edward and Alice McFadden and is the wife of Manus Ferry. 

She says that she is the their only daughter and that she has three brothers. 

   Charles, John & Dennis

 – Charles went to Utah

before the war of 1861, not-heard from

 him for over 12 years & we suppose he

is dead. Dennis is living but away

from home since before the war of 1861.

and did not since contribute any

support to Father and Mother –John

was a good boy & man to provide for

and help Father and Mother, he contributed 

to their support by his labor

and earnings before the war. and lived

with them until he enlisted into the 

service in which he was killed 

Alice McFadden also made a statement, and it is virtually the same as Margaret's except she added regarding Charles that she has not heard from him since he left when he was with army going to Utah

It sounds like Charles may have either just left  or he enlisted in the army and his unit headed off to Utah in 1861.  

So far, I have not found a good candidate for either option.


Compiled service record, John McFadden, Pvt., Co. K, 36th Reg, Ohio 2; Carded Records, Volunteer Organizations, Civil War; Records of the adjutant General’s Office, 1780s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

My Heritage animated photos has recently added a new option that allows you to animate 

the faces of people in your photographs.

This is a picture from 1922 of my maternal grandmother Ruth McFadden Webb 

(1905-1985) and an unknown friend. My grandmother is in the hat.

This is an unknown person found among my grandmother's photos.

Click here.

Here is an unknown couple.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Who is Adolph Zink?

I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted something. It has been a heck of a year or so.  Anyway, I kind of fell down a rabbit hole this weekend so I thought I'd share it here.

It is a Saturday night so I'm staying in, avoiding people. Also, apparently there is a pandemic or something. So I'm relaxing by watching obscure, little seen silent movies from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. 

One of the films is called Adolph Zink (1903?) and is 11 minutes. It features a little person vaudeville performer going through several costume changes both as male and female characters. We never get to see his stage performance.

I've been trying to find out more about him, but so far no luck. There are a lot of Adolph Zinks and my next step is to separate them. This may turn out to be a bigger project than I first thought.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day - John McFadden (1842-1863)

Memorial Day - A day for honoring and mourning people who died while serving in the United States military. 

John McFadden, my great grand uncle, was about twenty one when he died at the battle of Mission Ridge in Tennessee on November 26, 1863.[1]

John served with the Ohio Infantry, 36th Regiment, Company K.
Not much is known about him other than from the testimonies of his parents, sister, brother-in-law and other acquaintances in his Civil War pension file submitted by his parents, Edward McFadden and Alice Collum.

 Some things learned about John in the pension application:

  • According to Patrick Ward, private, 36th Regiment, Company F, John was found with a bullet wound in is chest, still breathing. As they took him down in the ambulance (stretcher) he died.[2]
  • The testimony in the pension application mentions a photograph of John in his uniform which was unfortunately destroyed in a fire that destroyed the McFadden home.

[1]Parent’s pension application no. 218859; service of John McFadden (Pvt., Co. K, 36th Ohio Infantry, Civil War); Case Files of Approved Pension Applications…, 1874-1886; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington D.C.
 The Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1866.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Mystery Photo for whatever day this is

 As we're locked down, I have been able to make good progress on my family history photos and documents scanning project. Of course, the more I get digitized the more mysteries seem to pop up.

Below, is a mystery photo of a couple. Looking at it, I'm inclined to say it is from the 1920s to the 1930s. On the back of the photo is written Dennis. I have a Dennis McFadden (1847-1924) in my line, but about when this photo was taken he'd have been an old man.

Why would it have been so hard to add a last name or a name for the woman?

Thursday, February 13, 2020

DeOldify your photos has released a program that colorizes old photos. 

You can sign in for free and test out the program. It looks like after you do a few it requests you sign up for a paid membership.

The results are very cool though not perfect, but I'm sure it will improve in the future. In the meantime, it will be fun to play around with.

As soon as I finish organizing and digitizing my photo collection, I'll probably sign up for an account and start creating colorized versions of all my photos.

June 1922. Possibly my grandmother Ruth McFadden Webb (1905-1985) and an unknown girl

An unknown family and location

An unknown woman sitting on a car with a man visible through the window

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Old cylinder recordings and my grandfather

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The UCSB Library invites you to discover and listen to its online archive of cylinder recordings; donate to help the collection grow; and learn about how these sounds and songs create an audio history of American culture.

The UC Santa Barbara Library has a digital library of a lot of old cylinder recording from the late 1800s to early 1900s.

They have all types of recordings from music, speeches, sermons, vaudeville etc. I love listening to them and can spend hours just browsing the collection.

Then I came upon this recording:  He'd have to get out and get under (to fix up his automobile).

I then recalled an old photo of my Grandfather, Clyde Lee Webb from circa 1915.

 Clyde is the man under the car. The other person is unknown.

According to the site the song was released about 1913, so it may have been fairly popular back then. I wonder if the writing was a reference to the song. It's seems quite likely. Putting a pop-culture reference on a photo is something I would definitely do.

It's kind of  strange. When I knew my grandfather he impatient and seemed humorless and not much fun to be around. Something as simple as this all these years later kind of makes me feel a little closer to him.