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Monday, September 4, 2017

Launtenbach, Box MacFarland & Casselberry

This is long- not for the faint-hearted. But this is why I love family research!

Spent what seemed like forever Autumn apartment cleaning yesterday. But to be honest maybe 5 hours of that time was spent on researching my tree. I check the Delaware County obituaries every morning and a Walter Griffith MacFarland caught my eye. Griffith and MacFarland are two surnames on my mother's side and big brick walls all the way around. They all hated censuses and leaving a paper trail. They did love to screw and get divorced though. LOL So I go to my tree on ancestry and search MacFarland. Nothing but saw where what I did have- Louise and Thomas were lacking in details. I go to family search and what comes up but Louise Casselberry! living on East Rittenhouse street in Philadelphia- her mother there and her son "Narris" and a servant. Bingo I knew that was my Louise because her father's name was Norris. Gay Box the mother was there as well. Casselberry has always been a mystery. I remember my grandfather talking about Casselberry & Box. I do not remember details. Casselberry was the name of one of the funeral people on Dad Chrystie's father's death record. So in my search a photo pops up with the caption "Harry's son 4 years old" I contact that person and wow the story goes like a soap opera! In a nutshell:

It turns out as the story goes that - Louise Box and Thomas MacFarland were a hot and objectionable item to Louise's parents. Thus, Thomas went, or was sent, away (school/Navy/?) and she got married to the respectable Henry Casselberry in 1924, and Harry was born in 1926. Well, three years later Thomas returned and Louise quickly picked back up with him and they were publicly caught out. They divorced in 1930 (prior to the census). Despite the scandal she still got custody of Harry and a year later in 1931 she married Thomas. Through some legal maneuvering against Henry's resistance, Thomas adopted Harry and he and Louise changed his name. Henry was said to be devastated and simply put it all behind him and moved on.

So today's project is to find Norris's children and find out where my cousins are located. Found his obituary- free!- and a photo.


Norris "Mac" MacFarland, 86, husband of Judy Jackson MacFarland of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina died on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. The relatives and friends of Mac MacFarland are invited to attend his Funeral Service at the graveside on Friday, September 28, 2012 in Beaufort National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary Street, Beaufort SC at 10:00 am. The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 27, 2012 in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL from 8:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

Norris was born on February 22, 1926 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, the only child of the late Thomas MacFarland and Louise Box MacFarland. In 1944, while in his senior year at Germantown High School, Mac became the first in his class to join the United States Army and serve his country in World War II. He landed in Marseilles, France in the fall of 1944, part of the 42nd Rainbow Division, Company B, 1st Battalion. He served as a medic and was wounded in action while in France.

In 1950, Mac graduated with a degree in construction engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He went into the construction business and within five years was able to start his own business, MacFarland Construction Company. When New York State undertook a massive program of bridge rehabilitation, Mac's company was first in the area to go into bridge rebuilding. When Rockefeller Center North in Albany was being planned, he went into the demolition business. He demolished one brownstone per day for over six months, covering thirty five acres. His company was the first to build sewage treatment plants in the Albany area. Mac built the first major downtown office building in 35 years. His company did extensive work for General Electric and Ford Motor Company all over the country. With some other local businessmen, he formed the first commercial bank in 40 years in upstate New York. In 1973, he went into the shopping center business with Senator Howard Nolan and Mark Heller, a rewarding thirty-nine year partnership that continues to this day. Mac attended East Cooper Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant.

He is survived by his wife, Judy MacFarland of Mount Pleasant, SC. Although Mac was proud of his many professional achievements, he was even more proud of his four children; a son, Scott MacFarland and his wife, Bonnie, of Steamboat Springs, CO; daughters, Lynda MacFarland Phillips and her husband, Ross, of Salt Lake City, UT and Dianne MacFarland of Albany, NY; son, Jim Golden and his wife, Dawn, of Virginia Beach, VA, and a step-son, Stephen Kosmopoulos of Columbia, SC. He was blessed with seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren and treasured the time that he was able to spend with them.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
and this is the obituary that got me started on this- I will eventually research Walter to see if he is related.
Walter Griffith MacFarland III, 93, went to be with the Lord on August 20, 2017. Walter (“Mac”) is the son of the late Walter Griffith and Georgia Mitchell MacFarland, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley, PA. He was born September 27, 1923 in Huntingdon Valley and attended Meadowbrook School. He graduated from The William Penn Charter School, where he lettered in football and track and field, specializing in running, high hurdles and shot put. He served during World War II as a member of the U.S. Army’s 1019th Engineers Treadway Bridge Company. Serving in Germany from 1942-45, the 1019th erected portable bridges to allow Allied troop movement within the theater. Following the war, he graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University in 1948. At Cornell he met and married Jean Marion Gehring of Swarthmore, PA. Mac began work with E.I. DuPont Company on the powder line for the Explosives Division eventually working his way back to headquarters in Wilmington, DE. In 1971, Mac left DuPont to begin his own business, M.A.C. Equipment Co., selling electronic weighing and batching systems to industry as a manufacturer’s representative. Mac also served as a township Commissioner in Nether Providence Township from 1969-1973. An avid outdoorsman, he was happiest while fishing, hunting, gardening on his three acres and running. He also loved construction projects, and rebuilt their final home...”the house that Mac built”. Summers were spent maintaining their beautiful Sounds Edge summer home in Northville, NY. As one of the “Greatest Generations”, we are grateful Dad exemplified and taught us the values of duty, sacrifice, economy, devotion to family and country, and personal responsibility. Survivors: Left to cherish his memory are his children: Walter IV (Antoinette); William, Sr. (Jenifer); Barbara Lovering, and Bruce (Donna); eight wonderful grandchildren: Brian, Will, Kristen, Lisa, Laura, Ian, Walter and Carolyn, and eight great grandsons. He is predeceased by wife Jean and sisters Anne Plusch and Jean Kern. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 7 St. Andrews Lane, Glenmoore, PA on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 10:30 AM EDT Interment will be held at Sound Avenue Cemetery in Northville, NY on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 12:00 noon EDT Contributions: In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Heritage Foundation, Judicial Watch or the National Rifle Association. Arrangements: Minshall Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home, Middletown Twp., Media, PA. Condolences:
Published in The Daily Times on Sept. 3, 2017 Norris MacFarland- born Harry Norris Casselberry in 1926
love the plaid bow tie.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Josiah Dennis Manse

I was going to go to the celebration but then remembered I do not like noise or crowds. so. Took a detour and took photos on my way back to the apartment on August 17 2017. Really wanted to checked out the old school house a bit more, maybe next time.

I was there around noon and not a soul around.

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.