Sunday, September 28, 2014

Census Sunday - Kate Covey and George Chilcutt

I haven't done much research on my 2x great-grandparents Kate Covey and George Chilcutt, so decided to see what I could find out in the census records. I've seen several trees on that place Kate's death in 1910, but found her in the census records through 1940. In the 1940 census, Kate was supporting herself by renting out rooms in her house on 105 Cross Street in Chestertown, MD.

1940 census, Kate Chilcutt, Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland
In 1930, Kate was living in the same house, but as a roomer. I don't know yet if she was related to the head of the household, Annie Everett. Annie's daughter was named Pearl and so was Kate's daughter, my great-grandmother Pearl Lena Chilcutt, so that name ran in the family.

1930 census, Kate O. Chilcutt, Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland
But wait! Kate Chilcutt is also living with her daughter and son-in-law James and Ola Thomson in Church Hill, Queen Anne's County. The Church Hill census was taken on April 8th, while the other 1930 census was taken on April 21st. Is it possible that she moved in that time period? The age matches in both, but the age at first marriage is different. This isn't the first time that I've found two entries for someone in my family, but it does cast some doubt on whether or not the 1940 and 1930 entries in Chestertown are for my Kate Chilcutt.

1930 census, Kate Chilcutt, Church Hill, Queen Anne's County, Maryland
I haven't located Kate in the 1920 census yet. I know from probate records that George Chilcutt died in 1916, so Kate could have been living with one of her children. While I don't have a marriage record for Kate and George, according to the 1910 census, they had been married for 34 years which would place the year of their marriage at 1876.

1910 census, George and Kate Chilcutt, Ruthsburg, Queen Anne's County, Maryland
In 1900, Kate and George are living with their children Howard, Walter, Pearl, and Tiny in Queenstown, Queen Anne's County, Maryland. Kate's year of birth has been pretty consistent at 1861 and the place of birth for all of the family has been Maryland. George's occupation is given as Farmer.
1900 census, George and Kate Chilcutt, Queenstown, Queen Anne's County, Maryland
In 1880, Kate and George are living in Queenstown with Kate's mother Sarah Covey. George's occupation is given as Laborer.

1880 census, George and Kate Chilcutt, Queenstown, Queen Anne's County, Maryland
I'll follow up in future posts with the census records for George and Kate when they were living with their parents.

To Do: Investigate the 1940 and 1930 census entries for Kate to verify if they are for my Kate and find Kate in the 1920 census.

Source for census images: 1880-1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line] Census Sunday is a daily blogging prompt suggested by Colleen Pasquale of Leaves and Branches.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday's Obituary - Ohio County Death Record for James E. Creeden

Images for some Ohio County Death probate records are available on These records don't have an index, so you have to navigate to the county you're interested in and browse the images. The Mercer County books for 1867-1902 are arranged alphabetically by last name and then by year of death. They jump around a bit in years of death and they appear to be very sparse for some years. I wasn't able to find an entry for my 2x great-grandfather Timothy Creeden who died in 1899, but I found an entry for his son James E. Creeden from 1889.

James was the oldest child of Timothy Creeden and Mary Matson and was only 17 years old when he died of typhoid fever. He is buried in the Old Buck cemetery next to Mary's brother John Matson.
The first part of the index record shows that Jas E Creedon, a male, died on Oct 13, 1889. The ditto in the last box indicates that James was single. For some entries, there was a checkbox in the box to the left of the gender, but there was no indication as to what that meant.

The next part shows that James was 17 years, 11 months, and 2 days old at the time of his death in Hopewell Township in Mercer County. He was born in Clinton County, Ohio. Based on his age at death, he was born on Saturday, November 11, 1871.

The entry spans over two pages in the ledger book. On the second page, it gives James' occupation as Farmer and the ditto indicates that he was white. The two empty spaces are for his parent's names, so I'm glad I already know who they are! James' tombstone says that he was the son of T.C. and M.A. Creeden and it appears that his age was 17 years, 11 months, and 3 days old instead of 2.

The last part of the entry shows the cause of death as typhus fever and place of death as Hopewell. The ditto indicates that the death was reported by the assessor.

Source: "Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001," images, FamilySearch (,1296041902 : accessed 14 Sep 2014), Mercer > Death records, 1867-1908, vol 1-2 > image 198 of 326; county courthouses, Ohio.

Sunday's Obituary is an ongoing series developed by Leslie Ann at Ancestors Live Here.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sentimental Sunday - Grandparents Day 2014

Remembering my grandparents on Grandparents Day 2014...

Royce and Edna Councill, 1958
Royce Councill and Edna Willis were married on June 13, 1925 in Chestertown, Maryland. They had four daughters and fourteen grandchildren. They were born in Queen Anne's County, MD and lived much of their married life in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Their grandchildren used to call them Mom Mom and Pop Pop. While I don't have too many memories of Pop Pop, I remember a visit to their home when I was around six years old and visits with Mom Mom when she came to our home in Florida.

Anna Lee Pulskamp, April 1930
Robert F. Creeden, April 1930
Robert F. Creeden and Anna Lee Pulskamp were married on December 27, 1930, so these photos were taken a few months before their wedding. They had one son and two grandchildren. I never met my grandmother Anna Lee, but we had lots of visits with my grandfather when I was growing up and I still have many of the cards and letters he wrote to me. I don't have many photos of the two of them together, but I'm guessing that they took these photos of each other somewhere near their home in Celina, Ohio.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Mystery Monday - Dennis Creeden Part 2

I first posted about the mysteries surrounding Dennis Creeden about a year ago. Dennis was one of the sons of my 2x great-grandfather Timothy Creeden and I hoped that tracing Dennis might shed some light on Timothy. Instead, it just raised more questions!

When I saw that recently added more indices to its California County Birth and Death Records, 1849-1894 collection, I searched again for Dennis and came up with a hit.

Death Certificate for Den Creedon, 1929, French Camp, CA
According to the certificate, Dennis died on January 17, 1929 in the town of French Camp, California. His date of birth was given as Sept. 8, 1882. his occupation was blacksmith and while his parents' names were unknown, Dennis' birthplace was given as Ohio. From other records, I think his year of birth was 1879, but the other data was a match.

There are several new pieces of information on the death certificate, the most intriguing being that Dennis was a widower. The certificate states that he had lived in California for 10 years and that he was buried in the San Joaquin General Hospital Cemetery, #2524 on January 19, 1929. The informant was J. Hogan. If he was in California for 10 years, then he should be in the 1920 census, but I haven't had any luck there so far.

Posts on RootsWeb in the CASANJOA-L Archives state that the graves in the San Joaquin General Hospital Cemetery were moved to either the Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi, CA or the Stockton Rural Cemetery in Stockton, CA in 1989. I didn't find anything on FindAGrave for any of these locations, so the search continues.