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.

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.