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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lautenbach-Griffith - Vineland Training School

 After fooling around with non blood for too long I decided to tackle this!

Allen Leopold Griffith was my first cousin 2 times removed. Whatever that means! He was born 12th of September 1901 in Philadelphia to Nathan Michner Griffith and Mary K Lautenbach, better known as Auntie Mamie. Auntie Mamie was my 2nd great aunt- my grandfather Charles Edward Chrystie's aunt. Nathan was a lawyer in Orphans Court in Philadelphia for many years. He introduced my mother to buttermilk and let her eat fresh figs from the fig tree in his office.

Nathan and Mary appear in the 1900 census. But I cannot find them in 1910-1920-1930-1940. Found them after many tries. 1910-20-30 & 40!
1910 Nathan, Mary, Alan and Mary's mother Clara Lautenbach. Clara lists herself as married in 1910 and 1920  but Charles the husband is nowhere to be found. He died in 1922 and she in 1927. He died in Arkansas where he had supposedly remarried a Martha Chapman. Just to get it out of the way here are those four censuses.
1910 Nathan, wife Mary son Allen and Mary's mother Clara. It would make sense that Clara was there to care for Allen.

1920 Nathan, Mary son Allen and Mary's mother Clara

1930 Just Nathan and Mary. Allen is in Vineland and Clara died in 1927.

1940 census- Nathan and Mary

I digress. The focus here is on Allen. As the story goes when he was an infant; which in those days could mean anywhere from birth to 3 years old, a family friend was visiting and lifted him in the air. A bit too energetically and the child hit his head. Legend has it that he was never "right" again and drew clocks.

So we all knew that he was institutionalized at Vineland School in New Jersey. Not sure when. He appears in the 1930 census there and 1940. I know he died there. Mom says he was always dressed formally in a suit and white shirt and tie and was very handsome. I have no photos of him.

Vineland has gone through many transformations since it was founded back in the 1800s. In 1930 you were an inmate. Ten years later a student-pupil. Big difference in this politically correct world. I will provide here two links- one of the abandoned buildings of Vineland- the other of the wikipedia link describing the school. Interesting note- Pearl Buck the writer sent her daughter there. The 1940 census takes up 16 pages! Most of them students. One or two mages teachers and staff.
well the first link "died" so here is another.
Vineland Training school

Wikipedia link

1930 census for Allen as an inmate

Allen in the 1940 census as a pupil. Line 69

the 16 pages in order for Vineland School in 1940. Easier to browse 16 pages for an ancestor than doing a single search.

page one- clerks- administration- teachers researchers

page two attendants cooks butchers housekeeping

page three- nurses cooks plumbers teachers.
page four- pianist engineer, night attendant

page five- pupils- Acme- Bockian

page six- pupils- Bodley- Cotrell

page seven- Crane- Fichen

page eight- Flanagan - Hendricks

page nine- Hendricks- Holisch

page ten- Korzelius- McCurdy

page eleven- McKinley- Parliman

page twelve- Parsons- Rogers

page thirteen - Roloff- Stewart

page fourteen- Stratton- Wion ?

page fifteen- Weeth- Zuccarino

page sixteen- blank not sure why it was submitted-

enumerator Viola L  Fath
April 1940.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Emily Firth & Charles Mulholland

Since I posted a blog about the Gilger Murder-Suicde I figured I would even things out with this side of the family. Emily was married to a John Chorley and lived in New Hampshire. No children existed as far as I knew. Then through ancestry DNA matches someone sent me a message asking if I had photos of Emily. I said no but I sent her plenty of the family that I did have. She sent me a partial sample of her tree and I saw that Emily was married to Charles Henry Mulholland from Philadelphia and they had 7 children. Turns out neither she nor the father raised the children. They were either fostered out or went to live with family. Then the story began to unravel. Astonishing things happened. Charles died in an asylum in Ohio. He had been convicted of assaulting one of his daughters. Most of the children had no contact with each other until the 1970s when there was a reunion because one of them had read a news item about a person named Mulholland. I will post photos and news items and explain as I go. Most likely will not be in chronological order. They were all interesting. I think 2 had children Edward and Edna. Edna married twice- first time to an Italian! and had 4 children, and then 3 children by the last husband. Verdie was the one who married 5 times. Murdered her 4th husband and spent time in a detention home in Ohio for a year I believe and then married a fifth husband. They are buried together in Ohio.
Emily was  the daughter of Edwin Firth and Frances Brown. born in England 1864 and died in Manchester New Hampshire 1928.
Charles Mulholland was the son of John Mulholland and Elizabeth Knowles, born 1857 in Philadelphia died 1933 in Ohio
their children:
Frances Elizabeth "Bessie" 1883-1968
Charles Edgar Mulholland  1884-1973
John E Mulholland 1886-1887
Edna Marie Mulholland 1890-1966
Harriet Eckley "Hattie" Rich Mulholland 1891-1979
Edward Earl Mulholland 1891-1958

well here goes. This will be random like the jig saw puzzle my tree has always been.

Leafy hints began to make sense after all of this. This showed up in May 2017 on my tree. I am not a subscriber so I cannot click on the tidbits.

Alms House 1884 in New York. And her marriage to Chorley.

Verdie, Emily's daughter married five times, this is the record of her marrying Harley M McCumber. Her name on this is Verdie Dyal- that surname of the people who adopted her.
Firth Chorley marriage

the family seems to have a problem with telling truth about age and times married LOL

Edward Mulhollands gravestone with wife Hilda and a close up of their cameo photo

obviously he missed the reunion in later years. :(
Burial plot plan for Harriet and Frances. They are buried in Hubert Rich plot

Emily Firth & Charles Mulholland's marriage date and divorce Married 1882 in Auburn New York, divorced by Emily for abandonment 1902

Frances Firth Lennox obituary

Edna Charles and Verdie

Three news items about Charles Mulholland's trail and being accused of assaulting his daughter Frances.

Verdie 1930 US census in prison in Ohio line 13

Verdie & William Smith marriage record

Verdie news articles

Verdie trial

Verdie when she lived in Providence

Verdie's verdict and sentence.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Gilger- Murder-Suicide

 I found Warren and Lillie Gilger on the Shamokin Cemetery website July 2 2014. Not until June of 2017 did I realize I was related to Warren.

These news items will have to be random, but the story will unfold in any case.
George Warren Gilger was a 1st cousin 3x removed. Whatever that means. He was a cousin. Born 1862 to William H Gilger and Jane Sober.
He married , or not as the case may be Hattie Troutman and had a son Garfield Arthur Gilger in 1882. They must have  divorced. What ever happened Hattie raised Garfield Arthur herself and she remarried in 1901.

Warren as he was popularly known married Lillie Spatzer January 23 1900 in Shamokin. They separated and she was living in Pottsville with friends or family. She came back to Shamokin and Warren saw her. In a jealous rage, fueled by alcohol, he shot and killed her on the street. When I realized he was a butcher I kind of breathed a sigh of relief that he did not use a butcher knife.
She died  September 21 1901. He died from complications from his self inflicted wounds June 29 1902.

 Victim of 1899 attack dies in 1917



Garfield is Warren's son and this is his daughter's obituary.



notice the headline error.


 Warren's grandmother Susanna


This is Warren's father