Eli Wardwell Robinson (1810-?) & Emily Hill (1820-?)

Eli Wardwell Robinson and Emily Hill are my 4x great grandparents, the parents of my 3x great grandmother Emma Matilda Robinson.

Eli Wardwell Robinson was born about 1810 in New York. His parents are unknown.

Emily Hill was born about 1820 in New York. Her parents are unknown.

Eli and Emily married November 30, 1839 in Ashtabula County, Ohio.

On the 1840 US Census, Eli was head of a household of 4 in Madison, Lake County, Ohio: 1 male aged 20-29 (Eli); 1 female under age 5 (Martha); 2 females aged 20-29 (Emily and unknown).

On the 1860 US Census, the family was in Madison, Lake County, Ohio. Eli was 50 and a blacksmith, Emily was 40, and they had 3 children at home: Martha, age 19; Homer, age 17; Emma, age 13.

On the 1860 Agriculture Schedule of the Census, Eli’s assets are listed as: 80 improved acres, 92 unimproved acres, cash value of farm $4000, value of farming implements and machinery, $40, 4 horses, 9 milk cows, 11 other cattle, 14 swine, value of livestock $300, 145 bushels of wheat, -, 100 bushels of Indian corn, 40 bushels of oats, 15 bushels of peas and beans, 25 bushels of Irish potatoes, 6 bushels of sweet potatoes, value of orchard products $75, value of produce of market gardens $75, 500 pounds of butter, 25 tons of hay, value of animals slaughtered $50

On the 1870 US Census, the family was in Boone, Dallas County, Iowa. Eli was 60 and a farmer, Emily was 50, and Homer was 27 and a farmer. They lived nextdoor to daughter Emma and her family with Andrew Watrous.

On the 1870 Agriculture Schedule of the Census, Eli’s assets are listed as: 80 improved acres, 10 wooded acres, -, cash value of farm $4500, cash value of farming implements and machinery $250, total wages paid for the year $45, 4 horses, 3 milk cows, 3 other cattle, 12 swine, value of livestock $750, 800 bushels of spring wheat, 2000 bushels Indian corn, 600 bushels of oats, 15 bushels Irish potatoes, 10 tons of hay, value of animals sold for slaughter $20, value of all farm produce $165.

It is not known when or where Eli or Emily died. Emily’s Find A Grave memorial is here and Eli’s is here.

The children of Eli Wardwell Robinson & Emily Hill:

Martha Antoinette Robinson – Martha was born July 13, 1840 in Painesville, Lake County, Ohio. She married Emery Samuel Warren on November 27, 1862 in Polk County, Iowa. They farmed in Iowa and had 9 children. According to her memorial on Find A Grave, she was a suffragette and close friend of Susan B. Anthony, and supported prohibition through her work with the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. She was also the author of the book Shirt Tail Inn about her husband’s life. She died December 23, 1934 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Homer Stratton Robinson – Homer was born January 27, 1843 in Ohio. He married Luella Barnes, a dressmaker, on October 2, 1874 in Dallas County, Iowa. They had no children and lived in Iowa. He died April 25, 1919. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Emma Matilda Robinson – My 3x great grandmother Emma was born August 28, 1847 in Ohio. She married Andrew M. Watrous in about 1864 in Iowa. They had 5 children. Emma died February 19, 1916, probably in Nebraska. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.

Andrew Mayfield Watrous (1805-1871) & Harriet Vandercook (1807->1850)

Andrew Mayfield Watrous is my 4x great grandparents, the father of my 3x great grandfather Andrew M. Watrous.

For now I am considering the mother of Andrew M. Watrous to be Harriet Vandercook. She is listed as the mother of Andrew Mayfield Watrous’ daughter Julia on a marriage record. On 1850 US Census, his wife was listed as Harriet. I think that Harriet died shortly after the Census, and he married a woman named Matilda. Matilda appears with him in 1860 and 1870, and in 1880 as his widow. I can’t find any marriage records for Andrew. Most online family trees list Andrew’s first wife as Hannah Vanderbrook, and it’s possible that Harriet Vandercook is actually Hannah Vanderbrook. But I haven’t found a record linking him to a wife named Hannah. Also, a check of the 1810 US Census in New York found 4 matches to names that could become Vandercook (VanderCook, Vanderkirk, Van Der Cock) but got no hits for Vanderbrook. It is possible that Andrew had a wife prior to Harriet/Hannah, because the one child linked to Harriet has 3 older siblings who could have a different mother. This is a work in progress …  and if you have information to share with me I would love to hear from you.

Andrew Mayfield Watrous 1805 in New York. He was a son of Phineas Watrous and Hannah Chadwick.

Harriet Vandercook was born about 1811 in New York. Her parents are unknown.

On the 1830 US Census, Andrew was head of a household of 6 in Lyons, Wayne County, New York: 1 male aged 20-29 (Andrew was 25); 2 females under age 5 (unknown, neither lives to 1840); 1 female aged 5-9 (unknown, doesn’t live to 1840, and probably not their child due to mother’s age); 1 female aged 10-14 (unknown, not their child due to ages of parents); 1 female aged 20-29 (Harriet was 19).

In 1833, Andrew was counted on the Michigan State Census.

On October 15, 1835 Andrew purchased 40 acres in Detroit. On May 1, 1837 Andrew Michigan of Oakland County, Michigan purchased 40 acres of land in Detroit, Michigan. On September 4, 1838 he purchased 80 acres in Detroit.

On the 1840 US Census, Andrew was head of a household of 6 in Independence, Oakland County, Michigan: 1 male aged 5-9 (Phineas); 1 male aged 10-14 (unknown, wasn’t counted in 1830); 1 male aged 30-39 (Andrew was 35); 1 female under age 5 (unknown, doesn’t live to 1850); 1 female aged 5-9 (Hannah); 1 female aged 30-39 (Harriet was 29).

On the 1850 US Census, the family was in Orange, Delaware County, Ohio. Andrew was 46 and working as a shoemaker. Harriet was 39. They had 6 children: Hannah, age 15; Phineas, age 13; Andrew, age 9; Julia, age 6; Sarah, age 2; Martha, an infant.

On May 1, 1855 Andrew purchased 42 acres in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.

Sometime in here Harriet died, and Andrew married Matilda, last name unknown.

On the 1856 Iowa State Census, the family was in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Andrew was 51 and a physician, Matilda was 50, Phineas was 19, Andrew was 15, Julia was 11, Jane was 9, and Martha was 6.

On the 1860 US Census, the family was in Walnut, Dallas County, Iowa. Andrew was 55 and working as a physician. Matilda was 54. The children, all from Andrew’s first marriage: Julia, age 15; Andrew, age 20; Sarah, age 13; Martha, age 10. Julia, Sarah and Martha were attending school, and Andrew was a farmer.

In 1864, Andrew paid $5.52 on a Hotel in Boone and $2 for a horse car, and later that year paid another $4.17 tax on the hotel (valued at $10.)

On the 1870 US Census, Andrew and Matilda lived in Boone, Dallas County, Iowa. Andrew was 65 and farming. Matilda was 64. That is the last record I have for them.

The children of Andrew Mayfield Watrous & Harriet Vandercook:

Many online family trees list other children, and Census records show they may have  children that aren’t listed here. If you have information that links other children to this couple, please let me know!

Hannah Watrous – Hannah was born 1835 in Michigan. She married Roswell Winn by 1856 (his first wife died in 1851 and Hannah appears on the Iowa State Census as his wife in 1856.) They had a daughter in 1869, and Roswell died in 1870. Hannah married Samuel S. Christian on September 6, 1871 in Muscatine County, Iowa. They had a daughter in 1875. Hannah died in August of 1886. She was 51 years old.

Phineas Watrous – Phinneas was born 1837 in Michigan. He married Sarah Catherine Van Duesen. They farmed in Iowa and had at least 11 children. He died in 1886. He was 49 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Andrew M. Watrous – My 3x great grandfather Andrew was born October 14, 1841 in Ohio. He married Emma Matilda Robinson in about 1864 in Iowa. They had 5 children. Andrew died April 9, 1918 in Jackson County, Missouri. He was 76 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about him here.

Julia Cecelia Watrous – Julia was born in about 1846 in Ohio. She married Joseph H. Delong in 1865. Joseph fought in the Civil War and they had 2 children. Joseph either died or they divorced, and Julia married James Chamberlain on September 26, 1871 in Dallas County, Iowa. (James’ first wife was Fidelia Watrous, unknown if related to Julia). James and Julia had 1 child. James died in January of 1885 in New Orleans, and Julia married Moses Jackman (a veteran of the Civil War) on July 28, 1885 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Moses died in 1907. Julia died October 18, 1940 in Linn, Marshall County, Iowa at the Iowa Soldiers Home. She was about 94 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sarah Jennie Watrous – Sarah was born October 28, 1848 in Delaware County, Ohio. She married David Sisley in about 1868 and they had 6 children. David was a stagecoach driver for the Overland Stage Company. They lost 3 children in one day to diptheria in 1878. After David died in 1884, Sarah married John Thompson (born in England, a teamster) in 1886 and they had one child. Sarah died June 17, 1926 in Baker County, Oregon. She was 76 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Martha Ellen Watrous – Martha was born about 1850 in Ohio. She married Henry E. Shepard in about 1870. Henry was a farmer, well digger, and prospector of coal and water. They had 10 children. She died prior to 1920 when her husband was listed as widowed and living with their son. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Andrew M. Watrous (1841-1918) and Emma Matilda Robinson (1847-1916)

Andrew M. Watrous & Emma Matilda Robinson are my 3X great grandparents. They are the parents of my 2x great grandfather Arthur Wardwell Watrous.

Andrew M. Watrous was born October 14, 1841 in Ohio. He was the son of Andrew Mayfield Watrous and Hannah Vanderbrook.

Emma Matilda Robinson was born August 28, 1847 in Ohio. She was the daughter of Eli Wardwell Robinson and Emily Elaina Hill. Their Find A Grave memorials are here and here.

On the 1850 US Census, Andrew was 9 years old and attending school. He lived in Orange, Delaware County, Ohio with his father Andrew, age 46, widowed, a shoemaker, and his siblings.

On the 1860 US Census, 20 year old Andrew lived in Walnut, Dallas County, Iowa. He was a farmer, He lived with father Andrew, age 55 and now a physician, and stepmother Matilda, age 54, and several siblings. Meanwhile. Emma was 13, and she lived in Madison, Lake County, Ohio with father Eli, age 50 and a blacksmith; mother Emily, age 40; and siblings.

Andrew & Emma married about 1864 in Iowa.

On the 1870 US Census, Andrew was 29 and working on a farm. Emma was 24, and had two children: Arthur, age 6; Alice, age 3. They lived next door to Emma’s parents in Boone, Dallas County, Iowa.

On the 1880 US Census, the family was in Knox, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Andrew was 36 and a well digger. Emma was 30. They had 4 children: Andrew, age 15; Alice, age 11; Grace, age 6; and Bertha, age 2. Alice and Grace were attending school.

On the 1885 Iowa State Census, the family was in Atlantic, Cass County, Iowa. Andrew was 45 and a well digger, Emma was 38, and all 5 of their children were in the home.

On the 1895 Iowa State Census, the family was in Griswold, Cass County, Iowa.

On the 1900 US Census, the family was in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri. Andrew was 59 and a carriage blacksmith. Emma was 53. They had been married 38 years and had 5 children. Four of their children lived in their home: Grace, age 26 and a seamstress; Bertha, age 21 and a seamstress; Herbert, age 17 and an upholsterer; and their granddaughter, my great grandmother Lula May, age 12 and attending school.

Granddaughter Lula May went to Kansas City, where she married in 1907. Emma and Andrew separated, with Andrew along with his father Arthur going in Kansas City.

On the 1910 US Census, Emma was 62 and listed as divorced. She lived in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri with daughter Grace, age 35 and a seamstress in a garment factory; and son Herbert, age 26 and an electrician for the telephone company.

The 1913 St. Joseph City Directory notes that Emma moved to Grand Island, Nebraska. She went to be with daughter Grace who had married Ike Brigman. The rest of the family was in Kansas City by this time.

Andrew and Emma are buried together in Kansas City, Missouri, despite not living together after 1900. Emma died February 19, 1916, probably in Nebraska. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Andrew died April 9, 1918 in Jackson County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Andrew M. Watrous & Emma Matilda Robinson:

Arthur Wardwell Watrous – My 2x great grandfather Arthur was born August 14, 1864 in Polk County, Iowa. He married Carrie Elizabeth Deutsch on March 4, 1886 in Atlantic, Iowa. They had 4 children. He divorced or separated from Carrie and married Phoebe Elizabeth Heiser in about 1895 according to their reporting on the 1910 US Census. (Phoebe was Carrie’s niece, the daughter of her sister Barbara. She died in 1920. Arthur married Elizabeth Bernicke Bauman on February 14, 1921 in Jackson County, Missouri. Arthur died September 26, 1932 in an automobile accident in Kansas City, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about him here.

Alice Emma Watrous – Alice was born January 10, 1868 in Avoca, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. She married Charles E. Deutch on January 10, 1889 in Cass County, Iowa. (Charles was brother to her brother Arthur’s wife Carrie.) They had 6 children. She died February 22, 1937 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. She was 69 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Grace Ethel Watrous – Grace was born in 1873 in Avoca, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. She married Isaac “Ike” Brigman on April 28, 1912 in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was found with him on the 1920 US Census. In 1930 she lived in Kansas City with her sister Alice, and worked as a machine operator in a dress factory. Kansas City Directory lists her in 1930 as Grace Brigman, and in the 1933 as Grace Watrous. She died in 1947, and her headstone has her maiden name. She had no children. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bertha Maude Watrous – Bertha was born June 29, 1878 in Cass County, Iowa. She married Orelius Davis on December 15, 1907 in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri. He was a photographer. She married Frank E. Cook on December 22, 1922 in St. Joseph, Berrier County, Michigan. She had no children. She died August 29, 1949 in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri. She was 71 years old, and was a retired professional photographer. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Herbert Robinson Watrous – Herbert was born March 4, 1883 in Cass County, Iowa. He married Maude Stokes in 1910. She died in 1949. He married Joan Wilson Pagett on March 9, 1950 in Jackson County, Missouri. He had a long career with Bell Telephone, and he had no children. He died December 28, 1956 in Jackson County, Missouri. He was 73 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Christian Deutsch (1814-1886) & Katherine Dahlem (1824-1901)

Christian Deutsch & Katherine Dahlem are my 3X great grandparents. They are the parents of my 2X great grandmother Carrie Elizabeth Deutsch.

Christian Deutsch was born January 27, 1814 in Bavaria, a state in Southeastern Germany. His parents are thought to be Christian Deutsch & Maria Diener.

Katherine Dahlem was born March 21, 1824 in Germany. Her parents are thought to be Joseph Dahlem & Catherine Finger.

Christian and Katherine married in Germany, probably around 1845.

Christian and Katherine arrived in the US on May 31, 1854. The family appears on a passenger list for the ship Francis. Christian was a 40 year old farmer, Katherine was 30, and they had three children: Elizabeth, age 8; Catherine, age 4; and Barbara, an infant. They left from LeHavre, France and arrived in New York, New York. The ship held 298 passengers.

A U.S. Naturalization record indicates that Christian Deutsch, originally of Bavaria was naturalized in Iowa on November 3, 1860.

On the 1870 US Census, the family lived in Denmark, Lee County, Iowa. Christian was 56 and a “janitor in academy.” The academy was probably Denmark Academy, a school established in 1843. Katherine was 46. Only their youngest children, born in the US, lived in the home: Mary, 13; John, 10; Charles, 7; Carrie, 4.

On the 1885 Iowa Census, Christian was 71 and Katherine was 61. Children at home were Mary, age 26; Charles, age 21; and Carrie, age 18.

Christian died February 15, 1886. He was 72 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

In the 1898 St. Joseph City Directory, Katherine was listed as the widow of Christian, living at 2108 S. 12th with son John. Son Charles was also listed in the directory, without a home address.

On the 1900 US Census, Katherine lived in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri with daughter Mary and her family, and with her sons John and Henry. (This is the only reference I have to a son named Henry.) Katherine reported having had 7 children with 4 still living – but at least 6 were living in 1900, and if Henry was her son they had 8 children.

Katherine died February 14, 1901. She was 76 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Christian Deutsch & Katherine Dahlem:

Elizabeth Deutsch – Elizabeth was born in Germany in about 1846. She was 8 when she arrived in the the US with her parents in 1854. The ship’s passenger list is the only record of her.

Katherine Deutsch – Katherine was born February 13, 1846, though she was listed as being 3 on the ship’s passenger list when the family arrived in the US in 1854. Katherine married Jacob Wissler in about 1867. He had immigrated from Germany in 1860 and fought in the Civil War. They had 12 children. Katherine died July 23, 1936. She was 93 years old. Her Find a Grave memorial is here.

Barbara Laura Deutch – Barbara was born in 1854 in Germany, just months before the family traveled to the US. She married Henry Andrew Heiser in 1876. They had 4 daughters. Barbara died September 24, 1922 in Los Angeles, California. She was 68 years old.

Mary Anna Deutsch – Mary was their first child born in the US, on April 13, 1857 in Iowa. She married Nathan Morehead on February 20, 1889 in Atlantic, Cass County, Iowa. They had 4 children. She died September 1, 1939. She was 82 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

John C. Deutsch – John was born in July of 1860 in Iowa. He didn’t marry. He lived with sister Mary’s family along with his mother and a brother on the 1900 US Census. He lived with my his sister Carrie’s ex-husband’s family on the 1910 US Census. He died in 1914 and is buried in the same cemetery as his sister Mary. He was about 54 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Charles Edward Deutsch – Charles was born 1863 in Iowa. He married Alice E. Watrous on January 10, 1889 in Atlantic, Cass County, Iowa. They had 6 children. He died in 1943. He was about 80 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Henry Deutsch – The first and only reference to a son named Henry is the 1900 US Census, when Katherine and sons John and Henry lived in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri with Mary’s family. Henry was born about 1865 in Iowa.

Carrie Eizabeth Deutsch – Carrie was my 2X great grandmother. She was born in 1866 in Iowa. She married Arthur Wardwell Watrous on March 4, 1886 in Atlantic, Cass County, Iowa. They had 4 children. She died in about 1902, probably in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri. She would have been about 36 years old.

David Hustead (1783-1821) & Jane Maxwell (1795-1821)

David Hustead and Jane Maxwell are my 4x great grandparents, the parents of my 3x great grandmother Sarah Hustead.

Most of what I know about David and Jane was documented in David’s family’s Bible and transcribed and shared on Ancestry.com. The Bible included the marriage of David to Jane Maxwell, births of David and his children, and the deaths of David, his wife, and his daughter Jane. David’s children are listed in his father’s will.

David Hustead was born in September 8, 1783 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. He was son of Robert Hustead and Sarah McDonald. Robert fought in the Revolutionary War, as did his father John.

Jane Maxwell  was born about 1795 in Pennsylvania. She was a daughter of James Maxwell and Nancy Ann Grant. James was born in Armegh, Ireland and fought in the Revolutionary War. This information was found in Lineage Book, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Vol. CIX 1929.

David and Jane married on December 22, 1811. (Around the same time, Jane’s sister Elizabeth married David’s brother Alexander.)

On the 1820 US Census, David Hustead was head of a household of 8 in Springhill, Fayette County, Pennsylvania: 1 male under age 10 (Robert was 7); 1 male aged 16-25 (unknown, not their child); 1 male aged 26-44 (David was 36); 4 females under age 10 (Lydia was 8, Ann was 5, Sarah was 3, and Maria was 1); 1 female aged 26-44 (Jane was 25).

Jane died February 19, 1821, 8 days after giving birth to her 6th child, a daughter named Jane. She was about 26 years old. David died April 14, 1821  when he was 37 years old. Their daughter Jane died April 38, 1821, at age 2 months and 19 days old.

David’s father Robert Hustead died in 1838. His will named David’s son as Robert and David’s daughters as Lydia, Ann, Sarah, and Maria.

The children of David Hustead & Jane Maxwell:

Lydia Hustead – Lydia was born May 12, 1812 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The only way I know about her is from the family Bible and her grandfather’s will.

Robert Hustead – Robert was born August 12, 1813 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The only way I know about him is from the family Bible and his grandfather’s will.

Ann Hustead – Ann was born May 19, 1815 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. She married Nathan Joseph in 1838. They farmed in Centreville, Tyler County, West Virginia, and had 6 children. Nathan fought in the Civil War with Company H of the 4th West Virginia Cavalry. Ann died April 20, 1905. She was 89 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sarah Hustead – My 3x great grandmother Sarah was born August 3, 1817 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. She married John Clovis in about 1837 and they had 9 children. Sarah died March 22, 1875 in Mulberry, Crawford County, Kansas. She was 57 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.

Maria Hustead – Maria was born July 21, 1819 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. She married Levi Jackson Rogers, a physician, in 1838. They lived in Salem, Henry County, Iowa and had 8 children. Maria died on July 5, 1895 in Hastings, Adam County, Nebraska. She was 75 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Jane Hustead – Jane was born February 11, 1821 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. She died April 30, 1821, shortly after her mother and father died. She was 2 months old.

Conrad Clovis (1789-1870) & Mary Coss (1788-1872)

Conrad Clovis & Mary Coss are my 4x great grandparents, the parents of my 3x great grandfather John Clovis.

Conrad Clovis was born about 1789 in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland.  I believe his father was Johanne Clobes who arrived in 1777 as a member of the Hessian Troops hired by the British to fight in the American War for Independence. He recieved land in Maryland for deserting during the war. He later appears as John Clovus on the 1790 and 1800 US Census in Washington County, Maryland.

Mary Coss was born October 5, 1788 in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland. She was a daughter of John Coss and Barbara Ridenour.

Conrad and Mary were married on December 24, 1810 in Washington County, Maryland.

On the 1820 US Census, Conrad was head of a household of 7 in Washington County, Maryland: 3 males under age 10; 1 male aged 26-44; 2 females under age 10; 1 female aged 26-44.

On the 1830 US Census, Conrad was head of a household of 9 in Springhill, Fayette County, Pennsylvania: 1 male aged 10-14; 1 male aged 15-19; 1 male aged 40-49; 2 females under age 5; 1 female aged 5-9; 1 female aged 15-19; 1 female aged 20-29; 1 female aged 40-49.

On the 1840 US Census, Conrad was head of a household of 6 in Whitely, Greene County, Pennsylvania: 1 male aged 5-9; 1 male aged 20-29; 1 male aged 50-59; 1 female aged 10-14; 1 female aged 15-19; 1 female aged 40-49.

On the 1850 US Census, Conrad was 65 and Mary was 60. They farmed in Perry, Greene County, Pennsylvania. They had 2 children at home: Barbara, age 20; Levi, age 18.

On the 1860 US Census, Conrad was 74 and Mary was 70. They farmed in Pleasants County, Virginia. Also in the home were Lavinia Clovis, age 12 and Samuel Coss, age 22.

Conrad died March 21, 1870 in Ritchie County, West Virginia. He died of “dropsy” which was likely edema caused by kidney or heart disease. He was 81 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1870 US Census, widowed Mary was 80. She lived in Clay, Ritchie County, West Virginia with son Levi and his family. She is marked as being unable to read.

Mary died March 26, 1872 in Ritchie County, West Virginia. She was 83 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Conrad Clovis & Mary Coss:

Sarah Clovis – Sarah was born in 1813 in Maryland. She married John Ganoe on June 22, 1830 in Pennsylvania. They farmed and had 9 children. Sarah died November 14, 1890 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. She was 77 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Levina Clovis – Levina was born May 15, 1815 in Washington County, Maryland. She married Charles Coss. They farmed and had 10 children. Levina died on November 17, 1897 in Perry, Greene County, Pennsylvania. She was 82 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Clovis – My 3x great grandfather John was born March 17, 1817 in Washington County, Maryland.  He married Sarah Husted in about 1837, and they had 9 children. John died June 1, 1892 in Mulberry, Crawford County, Kansas. He was 75 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about him here.

Solomon Clovis – Solomon was born November 19, 1818. He fought for the Union in the Civil War with Company D, Pennsylvania 191st Infantry Regiment. He married Elizabeth Wrick and they had at least 6 children. Solomon was a farmer, tanner, and postmaster. He died November 30, 1876. He was 58 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Nancy Clovis – was born February 25, 1819. The only record I have for her is her christening record from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland.

James M. Clovis – James was born in 1820 in Maryland. He married Rebecca Robinson on December 2, 1862 in Warren county, Illinois. They did not have children. He fought for the Union in the Civil War with Company D, Illinois 70th Infantry Regiment. James was a farmer and shoemaker. It is not known when he died. The last record I have of him is the 1880 US Census when he was 60 and lived in Empire, Cherokee County, Kansas with his wife. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mariah Clovis – Mariah was born in November of 1823 in Maryland. She married Alexander Cumpston. They farmed and had 6 children. She died September 14, 1907 in Gilmore, Greene County, Pennsylvania. She was 83 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Barbara Ellen Clovis – Barbara was born in 1828 in Pennsylvania. She married Cornelius Lemunyon in about 1852.  They farmed and had 8 children. The last record I have of her is the 1880 US Census in Dunkard, Greene County, Pennsylvania.

Levi B. Clovis – Levi was born in July of 1833 in Pennsylvania. He fought for the Union in the Civil War with Company F, West Virginia 14th Infantry Regiment. He married Matilda Jane Weekley in 1856 in Tyler County, West Virginia. They had 8 children. Levi was a farmer and a miller. He died March 16, 1910 in Wood County, West Virginia. He was 76 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Clovis (1817-1892) & Sarah Husted (1817-1875)

John Clovis and Sarah Husted are my 3x great grandparents, the parents of my 2x great grandmother Sarah Ann Clovis.

John Clovis was born March 17, 1817 in Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland. He was a son of Conrad Clovis and Mary Polly Coss.

Sarah Husted was born August 3, 1817 in Fayette City, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. She was a daughter of David Husted and Jane Maxwell.

John and Sarah married in about 1837 based on the birth of their oldest child. Both would have been about 20 years old.

On the 1850 US Census, the family lived in Dunkard, Greene County, Pennsylvania. John was 37 and his occupation was “stiller.” Sarah was 33. They had 5 children: James, age 12; William, age 11; Leroy, age 7; Mary, age 5; Jesse, age 3.

On the 1860 US Census, the family was farming Coldbrook, Warren County, Illinois. John was 47 and Sarah was 43. It is indicated that Sarah can’t read or write. They had 7 children: James, age 22; Leroy, age 18; Mary, age 15; Sarah, age 10; John, age 7; Spencer, age 5; Ramina, age 2. Only Sarah had attended school in the past year.

On the 1870 US Census, the family was farming Lincoln. Crawford County, Kansas. John was 56 and farming. Sarah was 51. They had 4 children at home: Leroy, age 27;  John, age 17; Spencer, age 15; Ramina, age 12.

The 1870 US Agriculture Schedule lists John’s assets as: 35 improved acres; 125 unimproved acres; farm value of $160; farming implements value of $30; 2 milk cows; 2 working oxen; 2 pigs; all live stock value $90; 500 bushels of Indian corn.

Sarah died March 22, 1875 in Mulberry, Crawford County, Kansas. She was 57 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1880 US Census, widowed John was 62 and lived in Lincoln, Crawford County, Kansas with daughter Ramina, age 23, her husband John McKay, and their two children. Also in the house was John’s youngest son Spencer, age 23.

On the 1885 Kansas State Census, John was 73 and still lived in Crawford County, Kansas with daughter Ramina McKay and her family. He was also counted the same year living with son Spencer and his wife in the same county.

John died June 1, 1892 in Mulberry, Crawford County, Kansas. He wsa 75 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

John’s will left $50 to son William, $50 to daughter Mary, $100 to son James, and the rest of his estate divided between his 5 other children Leroy, Sarah, John, Spencer, and Ramina.

The children of John Clovis & Sarah Hustead:

James Mansfield Clovis – James was born August 13, 1838 in Pennsylvania. He married Emma Seals in about 1868. They had 7 children.  He died December 31, 1923 in Dewey County, Oklahoma. He was 85 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Arthur Clovis – William was born about 1840 in Pennsylvania. He married Elizabeth Sears on November 24, 1863 in Lee County, Iowa. They had 6 children. William died on January 2, 1922 in Mooreland, Woodward County, Oklahoma. He was 81 years old.

Leroy Joseph Clovis – Leroy was born March 10, 1842 in Pennsylvania. He married Nancy Ann Root. They had 11 children. He died May 17, 1925. He was 83 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.McKay

Mary Clovis – Mary was born about 1845 in Pennsylvania. She married a Mr. Holley, as she was listed in her father’s will as Mary Holley in 1892. That and the 1850 US Census are the only records I have of her.

Jesse B. Clovis – Jesse was born about 1847 in Pennsylvania. The only record of him is the 1850 US Census.

Sarah Ann Clovis – My 2x great grandmother Sarah was born October 24, 1850 in Pennsylvania. She married Joseph (Guisseppe) Barboro in January of 1870. They had 10 children.  She died March 25, 1931 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. She was 80 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.

John Huston Clovis – John was born April 1, 1853 in Pennsylvania. He married Angelina Gable. They had 8 children. He died June 22, 1933 in Barton County, Missouri. He was 80 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Spencer M. Clovis – Spencer was born in 1855. He married Eldora Marquis. They had 6 children. He died in 1923. He was about 80 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ramina R. Clovis – Ramina was born September 24, 1858 in Illinois. She married John Jarrett McKay. They had 5 children. Ramina died June 14, 1944 in Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri. She was 85 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bartholomew Sbarboro (1806-) & Susanna Basaracco (1810-)

Bartholomew Sparboro and Susanna Basaracco are my 3x great grandparents, the parents of my 2x great grandfather Joseph (Guiseppe) (S)Barboro.

Bartholomew Sparboro was born about 1806 in the Piedmont of Italy. His parents are unknown.

Susanna Basaracco was born about 1810 in the Piedmont of Italy. Her parents are unknown.

The Sparboros arrived in the United States on April 9, 1851. They traveled from Genoa, Italy on a ship named Arbace, and arrived in New York City. Their family is recorded as B. and M. Susanna Sbarboro, ages 43 and 40, and sisters Maria age 8 and Catarina age 5 months, and Guiseppe (my 2x great grandfather Joseph) age 10. I have no further record of Maria or Catarina after that passenger list. The trip likely took 2-4 weeks, and there were 85 passengers on the boat.

On the 1860 US Census, Bartholomew was 54 and Susanna was 50. They lived in St. Louis, Missouri with son Joseph (Guisseppe), age 22, working as an engineer. Bartholomew and Susanna are both marked as unable to read or write. All three Sparboros were born in the Piedmont of Italy. Also in the home was George Hawcroft, age 36 and a tailor born in England, and George Humes, age 25 and a shoe maker born in Hesse-Darmstadt.

On the 1870 US Census, Bartholomew was 69 and working as a huckster in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. Susanna was 64. Son Joseph (Guisseppe), age 31 and working as a laborer, lived in the home with his wife Sarah Ann, age 19. There were two young children, both born in Missouri, in the home, and I assume Joseph was their father: Mary, age 9; Amelia, age 6.

The 1870 Kansas City Directory lists Bartholomew as a fruit dealer. I don’t know when Bartholomew or Susanna died.

The children of Bartholomew Sparboro and Susanna Basaracco:

Joseph (Guisseppe) Barboro – Joseph was born April 27, 1834 in Italy. Joseph was married to an unknown wife, and they had two children. Joseph married Sarah Ann Clovis in January of 1870. They had 10 children. Joseph died at home on December 23, 1927. He was 93 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about him here.

Maria Sbarboro – Maria was born about 1843 in Italy. The only record I have of her is the passenger list from her arrival in the states when she was 8 years old.

Catarina Sbarboro – Catarina was born in about November of 1849 in Italy. The only record I have of her is the passenger list from her arrival in the states when she was 5 months old.

There may be 3 more sons, Giacomo, Francesco, and Giovanni. Read about that here.

The Fratellanza Society & Adding 3 Great Great Great Uncles to My Family Tree

A cousin I’ve connected with, from my Sbarboro side, sent me information about the Fratellanza Society in Saint Louis, Missouri. He said that brothers of my great great grandfather (my cousin’s great grandfather), Guisseppe “Joseph” Sbarboro, were involved in the start of the organization in 1866.

According to their website:

The Fratellanza is the oldest Italian American organization in the United States. The Fratellanza Society was organized on November 11, 1866 and was incorporated on December 6, 1866 as a fraternal and benevolent society under the Societá Unione e Fratellanza Italiana (Italian Fraternal Union).

The Primary objective was and continues to be, to create an organization that will promote unity between Italians and their adopted country. A unity which meant the fusing of all Italian-Americans into one compact body devoted to the interest of patriotism, charity, and brotherly love.

I contacted the organization’s historian for more information on Sbarboros involved in the group. He said that there was a Giacomo Sbarboro as one of the 15 starting members, and two other Sbarboros, Francesco and Giovanni, in the first 85 members. And there was an Antonio Sbarboro in the early years, too. The historian found records that indicate Giovanni and Antonio were born in Priola, in the Chiavari Province of Genoa in Italy. (A possible cousin from Italy named Gianmichele Taormina contacted me, and says that “The town of Priola is not located in the province of Chiavari. Chiavari, in Liguria is not a province and Priola is in the province of Cuneo in Piemonte.”)

Back to my other cousin, in the US, he says that Giacomo, Francesco, and Giovanni are Joseph’s brothers and that Giacomo became James, Francesco became Francis, and Giovanni became John.

I haven’t found any documents connecting them to my known Sbarboro family. They were in Saint Louis, Missouri at about the same time, but by the time the Fratellanza Society was formed in 1866, Joseph and his parents were living in Kansas City. I haven’t found arrival records for Giacomo, Francesco, Giovanni or Antonio, but I have records showing Joseph, his parents and two sisters arriving in 1851.

By the 1860 US Census, my Joseph and his parents (but not the sisters they arrived with) were living in Saint Louis. I don’t find any other Sbarboros living in Saint Louis at the time, on a census or in a city directory. The only other Sbarboros on the entire 1860 US Census are in California – Madelina, age 18, boarding; Bartolmo, age 35, boarding; and Antonio, age 35 and a miner, with his wife Mary, and daughter Rosa, age 1.

A Giacomo Sbarboro was in San Francisco as early as 1871 according to City Directories and voter registration. He was born in 1839. James Sbarboro is found in San Francisco as early as 1875. Giacomo is listed on the 1880 US Census in San Francisco with wife Mary, age 33; Rose, age 10; August, age 9; Thomas, age 7; Mary, age 6; Kate, age 2. Giacomo was 42 and working as a teamster. Are Giacomo and Antonio the same person? Antonio on the 1860 US Census and Giacomo on the 1870 US Census match. There’s also a James Sbarboro, born in Italy, who registered to vote in Chicago in 1892.

There’s a Francisco Sbarboro in San Francisco as early as 1897 according to the City Directory.

A Giovanni Sbarboro died in Pennsylvania in 1914. One Giovanni Sbarboro was naturalized in New York in 1881, and another one in 1879. I also find a Giovanni Sbarboro in San Francisco as early as 1863 in the City Directory.

I will keep searching, but that’s the information I can find on men by these names in the United States in the late 1800s.

(I previously wrote about Joseph Sbarboro here.)

Arthur Wardwell Watrous (1864-1932) & Carrie Elizabeth Deutsch (1866-1914)

Arthur Wardwell Watrous and Carrie Elizabeth Deutsch are my 2X great grandparents.

Updated May 2020: I have wondered for a long time what happened to Carrie after she appeared in the 1902 St. Joseph City Directory listed as the widow of A.W. Watrous. Did she die? Did she remarry? Now I know she remarried. I found Carrie’s obituary last weekend when Newspapers.com was free! This led to her death certificate and her memorial on Find A Grave and the 1900 US Census. I have searched and searched for info on Carrie before on Newspapers.com, and this time I found it by searching for her daughter’s name. The word “Watrous” appears twice in the obituary, but it didn’t come up in my searches for the word “Watrous.” Moral of the story …. keep trying!

Arthur Wardwell Watrous was born August 14, 1864 in Polk County, Iowa. He was the son of Andrew M. Watrous and Emma Matlida Robinson. Andrew’s Find A Grave memorial is here and Emma’s is here.

Carrie Elizabeth Deutsch was born in 1866 in Lee County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Christian Deutsch and Katherine Dahlem. Christian’s Find A Grave memorial is here and Katherine’s is here.

Arthur and Carrie were married March 4, 1886 in Atlantic, Iowa. My great grandmother Lula May was born in 1885 according to her delayed birth certificate. Roy was born in 1888, Floyd was born in 1890, and Bernice was born in 1893.

On the 1895 Iowa Census. the family lived in  Pleasant, Iowa. Arthur was 30, Carrie was 28. They had 3 children: Lula was 8, Ray was 6, Floyd was 4 and Bernice (recorded as Bunnie)  was 2. Living with the family was Carrie’s brother John and her niece Phoebe Heiser.

Carrie was found on the 1900 US Census, living in Joplin, the wife of T. M. Conboy, huckster. Carrie and Arthur’s son Floyd, age 8, and their daughter Bernice, age 7, were living with them. Their last name was recorded as Conboy.  My 12 year old great grandmother Lula May lived with her Watrous grandparents in St. Joseph Missouri. Andrew was 59 and a carriage blacksmith and Emma was 53. Their daughters Grace and Bertha were working as seamstresses and their son Robert was working as an upholsterer. This is the last record I have of Andrew and Emma living together.

Carrie also appeared in the 1900 and 1902 St. Joseph City Directories under the name of Carrie E. Watrous. She is noted to be the widow of A. W. Watrous. Her mother-in-law Emma is also listed at a different address as widow of Andrew Watrous.

I don’t know when Carrie and Arthur divorced, and I don’t know when she married Thomas M. Conboy. I found a notice in a St. Joseph newspaper saying that a marriage license had been issued on December 22, 1903 in Kansas City for Wardwell Watrous and Elizabeth Johnson. Elizabeth Johnson was Carrie’s niece Phoebe Elizabeth Heiser, who had been living with Arthur and Carrie’s family in 1895. Phoebe had married and was divorced from Bert Johnson.

In 1903 the men of the Watrous family were in Kansas City, Missouri because they are found in the City Directory. Ancestry.com has images, which provides the following info:
1903 & 1904  Arthur was a Huckster and lived at 1817 Forest
1907  Arthur worked at Rose Com Co at 14-16 E 4th, lived at 1112 Independence Ave
1907  Roy was a Huckster and lived at 1112 Independence Ave
1908  Watrous Produce Company was at 12 E 4th Street, run by Arthur & Elizabeth
1908 Arthur & Andrew Watrous lived at 557 Cherry
1910  Watrous Produce Company was located at 12 E 4th Street
1910  Arthur, Floyd & Roy Watrous lived at 6300 Campbell (Roy worked at Griggs & Watrous, 4726 Troost)

On the 1910 US Census, Arthur and Phoebe lived in Jackson County, Missouri. Phoebe, age 33, reported having given birth to no children. Roy (age 21) and Floyd (age 19) were living with them. Also living in the house was John Deutsch, Carrie’s brother. He was 49 and listed as a servant. Arthur was 46, and sold wholesale produce. Roy was a groceryman, and Floyd was a salesman of wholesale produce.

In the 1911 Kansas City Directory, Arthur (farmer) and Elizabeth were listed living at 903 E 63rd. Roy was living at 901 E 63rd and was working at Griggs & Watrous at 4730 Troost.

I haven’t found Carrie and her husband on the 1910 US Census but they ended up in Kansas City. Carrie died August 25, 1914 at University Hospital in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. She was 48 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. (Carrie’s second husband Thomas M. Conboy’s brother Andrew was married to Carrie E. Tucker, so there were two Carrie E. Conboys, close in age, living in Kansas City. Carrie E. Tucker Conboy died in 1913. There were also two Thomas M. Conboys in Kansas City, close in age, and the other one was an Optician.)

Arthur’s second wife Phoebe died January 26, 1920 according to her Missouri Death Certificate. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Because she was alive and lived with the family on January 1, 1920, she was enumerated on the 1920 US Census in Centerville, Kansas on March 24, 1920. It says she was 44, Arthur was 54, and Floyd was 29. Arthur and Floyd were farming.

On February 14, 1921, Arthur married Elizabeth Bauman in Jackson County, Missouri.

In the 1923 Kansas City Directory, Arthur, Floyd and Roy were listed living at 1824 Lister Avenue. (Their daughter Lula, her husband and children lived a few houses away.) Bernice Watrous was listed as a checker at Allen C Smith Advertising Co. and lived at 507A W 39th street.

In the 1926 Kansas City Directory, Arthur and Floyd lived at 1144 E 78th and had Watrous & Sons Produce at 400 Main. Roy lived at 1131 E 78th and worked at Holler & Watrous.

In the 1928 Kansas City Directory, Roy has joined Watrous & Sons, which is now listed with an addition address of a warehouse at 22 E 3rd.

Carrie’s husband Thomas M. Conboy remarried, and he died in Wyandotte County, Kansas on August 6, 1929. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1930 US Census, Arthur and third wife Elizabeth were in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Arthur was 65, Elizabeth was 55, and Floyd was 39. A lodger named Bernard Moberly was living with them. Both Arthur and Floyd were dealers of produce. Elizabeth spoke German and immigrated from Germany in 1883.

At some point Arthur and Elizabeth divorced, and Arthur ended up back in Kansas City.

Arthur died September 26, 1932. He was a pedestrian, hit by an automobile, in Kansas City, Missouri. An article in the Jefferson City Post Tribune that very day read “Arthur Watrous, 68, a produce dealer, was killed early today when he was struck by an automobile driven by Richard Barnes, a lino-type operator. It was the city’s 54th motor car fatality this year.” At the time of his death, he was living at 4848 Montrose in Kansas City, the former home of daughter Lula May’s in-laws Joseph & Sarah Sbarboro. Not surprising considering it was the depression and money was not easy to come by – both Joseph and Sarah had died, and the family probably couldn’t sell the house. I suspect the families were close anyway, with Lula’s father and father-in-law both produce dealers at times. I suspect Lula and her husband met through the relationship of their fathers.

Arthur’s Find A Grave memorial is here.

Their children:

Lula May Watrous – Lula is my great grandmother, and you can read more about her here.

Roy John Watrous – Roy was born October 9, 1888 in Atlantic, Iowa. He married Norma Kuheim by 1920. They had 5 children and stayed in Jackson County, Kansas at least through 1940. The 1910 US Census lists him as a groceryman, 1920 US Census lists him as a potato buyer, the 1930 US Census lists him as a retail merchant, and the 1940 US Census lists him as manager and owner of a produce company. Roy died in 1948. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Floyd Mayfield Watrous – Floyd was born October 7, 1890 in Atlantic, Iowa. He never married and had no children. The 1910 US Census lists him as a salesman of wholesale produce, the 1920 US Census lists him as a laborer on the home farm, and the 1930 US Census lists him as produce dealer. On the 1940 US Census, he lived in the Ozanam Home for Men in St. Louis and worked as a general laborer. Floyd’s World War I draft registration card notes that he was “mentally deficient.” Floyd died September 22, 1955 in St. Louis living with his sister Bernice. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bernice E. Watrous – She was born July 21, 1893. (Her birth year is wrong on the social security index and grave.)  On the 1920 US Census she was living in Convent of Our Lady of Good Counsel in St. Louis, Missouri. Her occupation was “teacher, religious.” In the 1923 Kansas City Directory, a Bernice Watrous was listed as a checker for an advertising company, and she wasn’t living at the family home. I can’t find her on the 1930 or 1940 US Census. In 1964 she was honored for her 21 year career at Oakville School in St. Louis, Missouri. She had taught almost every grade, and taught the school’s first kindergarten class while serving as principal. She died June 5, 1971 in St. Louis Missouri. She never married and had no children. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.