Longtime readers of the Sackett mail list and members of TSFA may recall
posts by Chris Sackett and Thurmon King during the past year or two that
asked whether someone was interested in being trained to continue
Thurmon's database efforts. To make a long story short, in order to
continue developing the database, we have moved it to a live database
development site where several people can work on it at one time.
The web address for the new version of the database is
The database software has new capabilities. For example, locations of
events can be displayed on a map. Tombstones in specific communities can
all be displayed on a web page. Relationships can be calculated online.
It will take some time to yank the data into an order where the map and
cemetery features will display for all database entries though. If you
are interested in helping in this reorganization effort, please let me know.
Anyone can view the information on the website. If you are interested in
contributing data and are a TSFA member, please visit the new website to
request an account and identify the family lines or locations that you
are interested in. Information on living individuals in the database is
hidden to the public and restricted to immediate family members.
For examples of the full capabilities, search for these individuals in
Leonard Atwater (1817-1908)
Edwin A. Adams (1848-1942)
George Franklin Hoard (1891-1968) [This is a good one to see how living
relatives are displayed in the tree.]
Wilford Eugene Smith (1926-1995) [This is a good one to see how living
relatives are displayed in the tree.]
In addition, click on Cemeteries / Massachusetts, Hampden to view how
headstones are displayed.
Finally, find some one in the database, then explore how to calculate
relationships. Tip: You can increase the number of calculated
relationships to 2 to discover how Leonard Atwater and his wives are
-- Ted Smith
I just wanted to remind you if you haven't sent out your registration
form, please let me know you are sending by emailing me at
LROBARGE(a)GMAIL.COM and sending as soon as possible. I also suggest you
order your shirts if you haven't all ready. Looking forward to see all the
people who can make it.
On Sat, Jul 4, 2015 at 2:03 PM, Liesa Robarge <lrobarge(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL
> We are please to announce that we have the registration form ready for to
> be filled out. Please address any questions to me at LROBARGE(a)GMAIL.COM,
> there will still be some minor tweaking as we line up things like the TSFA
> Committee Meeting, list the different TSFA reports that we will be given,
> and determine where we can all get together for a meal. I will need numbers
> of people before some of this can be accomplished, so I am asking you to
> email/mail me your registration form as soon as you can.
> To keep viruses down Roots Web does not let us put attachments in the List
> Emails, so I have sent a link to the form, if you have any trouble with the
> below link, please let me know and I can email you the form. You will need
> Adobe Reader to open the form if you don't have it you can get a free copy
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> Thank you and hope to see you there,
There¹s a good web site www.mapofus.org on the formation of counties in
various states. Here¹s a link to the one for Ohio:
On 7/17/15, 9:54 AM, "Terri Carlson via" <sackett(a)rootsweb.com> wrote:
>It seems that Summit County was formed from Portage, Medina, and Stark
>counties in 1840 (see interactive map at http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/).
>same interactive map shows that Cuyahoga County was formed from Geauga
>County in 1808. Geauga County was formed from Trumbull County in 1806.
>What is now Summit County would have been located in Trumbull County in
>1803. I can't vouch for this web site but FamilySearch uses it as a
>reference site on its WIKI. From past Western Reserve research these
>boundary changes appear to be correct. Terri
>From: sackett-bounces(a)rootsweb.com [mailto:email@example.com]
>Behalf Of Ted Smith via
>Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2015 8:40 PM
>To: Sackett Family Mailing List
>Subject: [SACKETT] Corrected marriage information
>While validating locations in the database, I found mention that Jotham
>Atwater m. Laura Kellogg 3 Apr 1803 in "Hudson, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA."
>Finding no community of township called Hudson in that county, I went
>digging. I found that Ohio Marriages, 1789-1898 (at Ancestry.com) says
>"1803 Apr 3: Atwater, Jotham and Laura Kellogg both of Hudson by David
>Hudson, JP., Trumbull Co." So, it appears that both lived in Hudson (which
>is in Summit County) and were married in Trumbull County by David Hudson,
>Justice of the Peace. Summit County is located two counties to the west of
>The Sackett Family Association website is at
>To contact the Sackett List Admin, send a message to
>See list information and search the archives at
>To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to
>SACKETT-request(a)rootsweb.com with the word 'unsubscribe' without the
>in the subject and the body of the message
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While validating locations in the database, I found mention that Jotham
Atwater m. Laura Kellogg 3 Apr 1803 in "Hudson, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA."
Finding no community of township called Hudson in that county, I went
digging. I found that Ohio Marriages, 1789-1898 (at Ancestry.com) says
"1803 Apr 3: Atwater, Jotham and Laura Kellogg both of Hudson by David
Hudson, JP., Trumbull Co." So, it appears that both lived in Hudson
(which is in Summit County) and were married in Trumbull County by David
Hudson, Justice of the Peace. Summit County is located two counties to
the west of Trumbull County.
Transcribed from Images of newspaper articles supplied by Kari Roehl
Grand Rapids Press; Aug. 19, 1896
Sackett Is No More
The Old "Yankee Newsman" Died Last Night.
A Man Of Mystery
Who Mate Fortunes and Lost Them Again.
Closed His Business a Few Days Ago and Death
Quickly Followed His Release From Toil.
O. Sackett, the "Yankee Newsman," is dead. His peculiar and familiar
cries of "Cincinnati," "New York," "New Orleans," etc., will be heard no
more on the streets nor in business places. For eighteen years he had
been a conspicuous figure in Grand Rapids. His traits of character
included many that were called eccentric, but, with all his oddities, he
counted many warm friends. In his younger days Sackett was a successful
amusement manager, having directed the tours of such famous lecturers as
Horace Greeley and George Francis Train. Many stories of more or less
authenticity have been told of the fabulous fortunes that have been
amassed by Sackett in amusement enterprises, but it was said he lost
them. No one tells, however, of the manner of their loss. It was
perhaps, the fact that his early life was shrouded more or less in
mystery that made him the more interesting to those with whom he came in
Sackett was especially fond of telling anecdotes of his earlier
experiences in the amusement line and was evidently proud of associates
of former years. He had been engaged in selling newspapers and
periodical literature on the streets of Grand Rapids nearly all of the
time since he came here. Last year he sold photographs of himself upon
the back of which was a "sticker," bearing the following printed
"The oldest newspaper man in the world, 75 years old July, a895.
Started in 1889 with 50 cents. Saved, up to December, 1894, $16,000.
"Beat It !
"Has no news stand, but solicits, sells and delivers papers and
magazines from all cities in the United States, Mexico and Europe.
"Covers 15 to 25 miles daily. Send Postal with name of paper to O.
Sackett, postoffice, and I do the rest."
The old man's health had been failing for several years and his
feebleness became very noticeable six months ago. Several times during
the summer he was overcome by the heat or other causes and had fallen on
the streets exhausted. On these occasions he was cared for by friends or
was taken to his boarding place, 162 Ottawa street. Last week he was
attacked by jaundice, and on Friday took to his bed. He was attended to
by Dr. Amanda Evans and two nieces, Anna and Eva Sackett, of Croton,
Newaygo county. Anna has been in the city for two weeks caring for her
aged uncle. Not withstanding the best of nursing, he gradually sank, and
passed away last night at 6 o'clock.
The last time Sackett appeared on the streets selling papers was on
Tuesday, Aug. 11. He was so feeble that he was prevailed upon to "close
out" his business, as he expressed it, and he was making plans to go to
St. Paul to superintend the construction of some houses upon lots which
he had purchased there some time ago. He purchased an invalid chair and
insisted upon being taken out on the streets as late as last Friday. He
refused to entertain the idea of death, expressing the strongest
determination and expectation of recovery up to the very last.
The old man made a will about six months ago, the document being drawn
by Hon. John Patton, Jr. C. B. Kelsey was named as executor of his
estate. Mr Sackett leaves three children, T. Ackley Sackett of
Minneapolis, Fitch Carl Sackett of Brooklyn, N. Y., and another son,
whose whereabouts are at present unknown. The deceased had been married
twice. After the death of his first wife he married again, but did not
live happily, and was divorced from her thirty years ago. The divorced
wife has been remarried more than twenty years. Mr. Sackett also left a
brother in Croton, Newaygo county, and several nephews and nieces.
For all his eccentricities, Sackett enjoyed the friendship of hundreds
of newsboys, and the annual sleighrides given to the boys by him will be
missed. A week ago last Sunday Sackett struggled about the streets in an
endeavor to conduct his business as usual, but the extreme heat
compelled him to spend most of his time reclining in shady doorways.
Here he was attended to by the little newsboys, who took turns in
relieving the old man's distress by fanning him.
The funeral will be held from O'Brien's undertaking rooms on Friday at
2 p. m. C. B. Kelsey and Henry Spring have charge of the arrangements.
It is desired that all the newsboys in the city attend the funeral, and
they are therefore requested to meet at The Evening Press offices on
Friday at 1 p. m., from which place they will go to the funeral in a body.
The Daily Inter Ocean; Chicago, IL; August 20, 1896
Issue 149; Col C
Sacket, The "Newsboy" Is Dead.
Was Seventy-Two Years Old and Left a Fortune
Grand Rapids, Mich., Aug. 19 - Special Telegram
Oremus Sackett, "the newsboy," died last night. He was 72 years old,
had been peddling papers here for ten years or more and leaves a fortune
of several thousand dollars. He was born in New England and as a young
man grew rich in piloting J. Francis Train, Horace Greeley, and other
famous lecturers about the country. He lost his money in speculating in
oil, but regained in selling papers, running lunch counters in coal oil
regions. He made an unfortunate venture in Western lands and when he
came here he again "went broke." He began selling papers in a modest way
and soon became a familiar character. He pushed his business as it never
has been pushed by any other man and it was his boast that he could
furnish papers from any city on the globe. He lived in a small room and
cooked his own meals and saved his money. At one time he made a
sensation by appearing in a suit of clothing with $5, $10, and $20 gold
pieces as buttons. Two sons survive him.
Grand Rapids Press; Aug. 21, 1896
Kind Words For Sackett
The Newsboys' Band Sorrows, for a Friend has Passed Away.
Petoskey, Mich., Aug. 21. - The members of The Evening Press Newsboys'
band have been the jolliest resoriers in Michigan, but when they heard
of the death of O. Sackett, the veteran newsboy, they looked very sorry
indeed and at once drafted resolutions of respect. The boys had been
treated well by the aged newsman, and they are not the sort to forget a
friend. The resolutions were characteristic and read as follows:
Whereas, We all liked Mr. Sackett, the oldest newsboy in Grand Rapids,
very much, and
Whereas, He was always good to us and gave us such jolly times by his
yearly sleighrides for the newsboys, be it
Resolved, That we are very sorry to hear of his death and regret that
we cannot show our respect by going to the funeral. We wish we could
send some flowers, but we shall never forget him, and maybe that would
please Mr. Sackett just as well.
The Daily Inter Ocean; Chicago, IL; August 22, 1896
Pg. 3; Issue 151; Col E
Funeral of Oremus Sackett.
Grand Rapids, Mich., Aug. 21 - Special Telegram -The funeral of Oremus
Sackett, the 72 year-old newsboy, who has for years been a character
about town, was held today from the handsome residence of Henry Spring,
and was largely attended. The service was conducted on the lawn by Rev.
Thomas Seeman of All Saints' Church. Newsboys acted as pallbearers, and
a newsboys' drum corps escorted the remains to the cemetery.
Grand Rapids Press; Aug. 22, 1896
One Dollar Each
Sackett's Sons Are Cut Off by His Will
His money to Lie in Bank Nineteen Years Before Being Divided
As soon as the relatives returned from the funeral of Newsman Sackett
yesterday they assembled at the People's Savings bank and listened to
the reading of the last will and testament of the deceased. After
directing that all just debts and funeral expenses be paid, the sum of
$1 was bequeathed to each of the three sons. To his nieces, Anna and Eva
Sackett was given his gold watch and amethyst ring. The residue of the
estate is bequeathed to the grandchildren, Geraldine Irving and Byron
Irving of Brooklyn, N. Y., and to his great grandchildren, Althon Wade
and William N. Wade of Hurley, Wis., and the nieces, Anna and Eva
Sackett, of Croton, Newaygo county, Mich.
It is directed tht the estate be converted into money as soon as
possible and deposited in the People's Savings bank, to be kept there,
with accrued interest, for nineteen years and then distributed equally
among the heirs named.
Charles B. Kelsey is named as executor of the will. He places the
value of the estate at from $5,000 to $7,000, allowing for the valuation
placed upon the St. Paul property by the deceased.
After the reading of the will Mr. Kelsey brought out a small tin box
containing the keepsakes and other treaseuries of the dead man. They
were family pictures, a few pieces of old silver, an ancient deed to
some lots in Grand Rapids, two marriage certificates and a copy of a
decree of divorce dated 1891. A tattered piece of paper bore the family
record showing that the deceased was born in Chili, Monroe, N. Y., July
Images of newspaper articles supplied by Kari Roehl
1851-12-12 Syracuse NY Daily Standard 1851-1852 - 0028
Daily Standard; Syracuse, New York; Friday Morning, Dec. 12, 1851
The Yankee Card Writer
In our paper of yesterday morning we briefly announced the arrival of
that erratic genius the "Yankee Card-Writer." He occupies rooms at the
Glove, where he will be happy to see ladies and gentlemen who desire
elegant wedding or visiting cards.
A card case filled with tasteful and elegant visiting cards are an
almost indispensable requisite to a lady or gentleman, and no one who
mingles in refined society should be without them. Those written by the
"Yankee Card-Writer" are quite equal in elegance and beauty to the
finest engraving, and possess the important additional qualification of
being the most fashionable style now in use. He will remain in the city
but a short time, and those who desire to have their card cases filled
with a beautiful article will do well to call soon. Specimens of his
cards may be seen at the bookstore of L. W. Hall.
The Advertiser; Union Springs, N. Y.; 12 pages
Dec. 1, 1890
--Orsemus Sackett, half blind, half deaf and half dead, who was once a
personal friend of J. Fenimore Cooper and spent several weeks at the
great author's mansion painting life-size oils of the writer and his
family, is now peddling papers on the streets of Grand Rapids, Mich. He
is sixty years old and was once a lecturer of note.
[Note: he would have been age 66 years]
Grand Rapids Press; Jan. 18, 1893
Newsman Sackett and the Girls
"Yankee" Sackett, the newsman, will give his sleigh ride to the little
girls of the public schools tomorrow afternoon. The sleighs will call at
the schools between 3 and 4 o'clock, and after the slide through the
country the little ones will be let down at their homes.
Grand Rapids Press; Feb. 18, 1893
Sackett Among the Great
An amusing incident occurred in a Madison Avenue school room not long
ago. It was shortly after the girls' sleigh-ride given by Mr. Sacket and
the teacher was questioning the pupils in regard to what great man's
birthday was to come soon. Many of the replies were merely guesses, but
they included Grover Cleveland and general Jackson. Finally one little
girl in the corner raised her hand, and upon receiving permission to
reply, said: "I know; it is Mr. Sackett's."
Grand Rapids Press; May 27, 1893
Sackett's New Suit
Sackett "the Yankee Newsboy" came out this afternoon looking very well
in a brand new suit and a straw hat. Of course the suit is made of navy
blue cloth like his other suits but the buttons are different this time.
The coat buttons are Columbian sovonier half-dollars, the buttons on
the sleeves are dimes of the new issue and the waistcoat buttons are
1893 quarters. The old boy created quite a stir in the Morton and when
one of the boys asked him where he got his suit he said, "Bought it of
my friend May at the Giant, New York, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Rocky
Mountain News, Illustrated American, Truth, Puck or Judge," and with a
serious expression on his face he walked on in his familiar and peculiar
Grand Rapids Press; Dec. 22, 1894
Wanted to See Fred
Sackett, the Newsman, Invaded the Superior Court
Sackett, the newsman, with whiskers, eyeglasses and a tottering step,
walked into the Superior court this morning while it was in session and
began calling "Cincinnati," "Chicago," etc. The court deputy rapped for
order, but Sackett didn't hear him. He slapped a bundle of papers and
magazines down on a table with a resounding whack and then threw down
another lot. Then he picked up a paper and began shaking it at one of
the lawyers. Finally Judge Burlingame had to call him down, but he
didn't pay any attention to the court. Finally his honor sent the
messenger to inform Sackett that his demonstrations were out of order.
After repeated efforts the old man "caught on," but was not dismayed.
"Cant hear a word," he declared. Then turning toward the Judge he
asked: "Where is Fred Adams?"
The messenger showed him where the clerk was, and the court resumed
Grand Rapids Press; Dec. 31, 1894
Yankee Sackett to the Public
I am sure every man, woman and child in Grand Rapids will witness that
I have done as much to entertain and amuse the newsboys and school girls
an any other party, and am not disposed to quit. I wish to explain a
slight misunderstanding which does me an injustice. Last Saturday Mr.
Sproat of The Democrat told me they wer making a float on which I was
asked to ride with a small boy, and told me to call on Mrs. Schultz, the
costumer, who desired to fiz appropriate costumes. He did not tell me I
was to represent Time, Santa Clause or a clown. I called Sunday morning
on Mrs. Schultz, who told me I was expected to represent Time with a
scythe. I replied that any one would answer for that, but it would
wholly destroy my individuality, and I respectfully declined. Mrs.
Schultz agreed with me as to its unfitness. I only wish to be taken as I
am. My self-respect will allow me no other course. I met Mr. Sproat this
morning at The Democrat office and he roughly said, "You have don a
smart thing, haven't you?" "What," said I, "you never told me that I was
expected to appear in the procession in any character but my own."
"Well," said he, "we are done with you and don't want anything more to
do with you; you are not needed at the newsboys' dinner. Fifty gentlemen
at The Morton last evening said it was just like your; you were always a
crank." I have not put myself forward for any recognition by the dinner
committee, and if neighbors send in as usual I will probably get a
dinner. I am consoled by the fact that my ancestors fought, bled, died
and almost suffered in the Revolution, that my father served in the war
of 1812 and made some money out of the rise in gold.
Grand Rapids Press; Feb. 13, 1895
O. Sackett, the Yankee newsman will soon give his annual sleighing
carnival to the newsboys of Grand Rapids. A cordial invitation will be
sent to the teachers of every school district in the township of Grand
Rapids, outside of the city, and the residents of each district owning
teams, will gladly volunteer to bring the scholars to the carnival,
giving them a delightful gala day. The procession will start from Campau
Place about noon on a Saturday and end in ample time for the visitors to
reach home before dark. The name and number of each outside district
should be conspicious on the sleighs. Due notice will be given of the
date of the carnival and sent to the outside schools.
Grand Rapids Press; Feb. 19, 1895
The Newsboys' Ride
Sackett, the Yankee Newsman, will give it Next Saturday.
A Newsboysl grand seligh ride will be given by O. Sackett on Saturday,
Feg. 23. Visitors and boys will assemble on Campau place at 12:30. The
procession will move at 1 p.m. and end at 3 p.m., in time for visitors
to reach home before dark.
A cordial invitation is extended to the teachers and scholars of the
schools of the township of Grand Rapids and out of the city. It is
believed that the residents of the districts will kindly donate teams to
bring them in. No city newsboys will be sumitted to the sleighs without
a badge or check from the papers.
Image of newspaper article supplied by Kari Roehl
Hornellsville Tribune; Hornellsville, Steuben Co., N.Y., Vol. I; No. 18;
Saturday Morning, March 27, 1852
O. Sackett, The "Yankee Card Writer."
The above portrait of the "Yankee Card Writer," was engraved by
Carlson of Albany, N. Y., and though a poorly executed likeness, will
serve to give our readers some idea of the personal appearance of this
Mr. O. Sackett was born near Rochester, N. Y., and at a very early age
exhibited an extraordinary talent for portraiture and penmanship. His
parents being poor, were unable to assist him to either make progress in
his favorite art, or in attaining an education. Through the kindness,
however, of Professor Phelps, the principal of an academy in Sherburne,
N. Y., he at the age of twelve years, commenced his education at that
institution, paying all expenses except board by superintending the
writing department two hours each day. After one year of close study,
finding his wardrobe deficient n many important particulars, he be came
nearly discouraged, and seriously determined to engage in some kind of
labor which should furnish the means whereby he might procure books and
clothes, and he prepared to prosecute his studies in a more respectable
A few days previous to that upon which he proposed putting his plans
into execution, he was presented, by Prof. Phelps, with a teacher's
certificate, and informed that a school had been engaged, which he could
conduct (although then but thirteen years of age,) as successfully as
any person in the State, if he only thought so himself. This was advised
by the Professor, who said: - "If you try to earn money by manual labor,
your age, and lack of physical maturity will render it impossible for
you to command such wages as would assist you in getting an education
before you will become discouraged and give it up altogether." The
advice was taken -- the first school successfully taught -- after which,
he for two years alternately taught and was taught, until he arrived at
the age of fifteen. At this time his talent for portraiture seemed to
have gained the ascendency, and without instruction, of the advantage of
witnessing the work of any artist, he boldly offered himself to the
public, and for two years successfully practiced his profession in the
different cities and large towns in his native State.
His miniatures, for truthfulness, and delicacy of tint and finish, have
never been excelled by any other artist in this country, and will be
treasured, by those who possess them, as rare souvenir, as well of the
artist, as the original.
At seventeen he had already enjoined the patronage of large numbers of
the most aristocratic families, in different parts of the State, whose
attentions soon brought him before the public, through the press. This
so increased his business that he could not possibly execute miniatures
as rapidly as ordered. Being ambitious, he unwisely applied himself day
after day, and week following week, so closely to business, that he soon
lost his sight. After careful treatment, in two months his sight
returned but not sufficiently perfect to ever permit him to follow his
favorite profession. Nothing discouraged, he immediately commenced
giving instruction in penmanship, -- arranged and perfected a new and
beautiful system which he called the "Science of writing," by which he
has successfully taught, in eight years, in this and several other
States, about twelve thousand pupils, and left the field with a
reputation far beyond any other teacher in the United States, not only
as a professor; but as an original and most successful disciplinarian,
and yet Mr. S. has never received moments of instruction in penmanship
from any person -- having already given instruction two years before
witnessing the process pursued in any similar school.
All the different professions in which Mr. S. has figured have been
stamped with great originality and novelty He seems never to have
followed in a course, marked out by any but himself, and at present, as
in every profession chosen, he has gained a higher position, and a more
extended reputation than any person preceeding him.
Several years since, while carelessly using a metallic pencil, he
discovered that a most beautiful impression was made by it upon
enamelled cards, he at once commenced presenting his young lady pupils
(with whom he has always been immensely popular) with visiting cards
written by himself. the result of this kindness to pupils free of
charge, was such an increased demand for similar favors, that in order
to stop it in future, the better to attend to the business of teaching,
it became necessary to make a charge, and by demanding pay for visiting
cards Mr. S. thought to drive all orders away; but on the contrary, not
only pupils, but those not under instructions were relieved of the
delicacy which kept them from ordering cards for which no charge was
made, and so great was the demand, and so numerous the orders sent, that
a still greater, and more unreasonable charge was made, but with no
better success, for the astonishing beauty ans artistic perfection of
his writing at one placed Mr. Sackett's cards far above Copper plate in
the estimation of all persons of taste and hand the extravagant prices
charged were paid without reluctance.
Mr. S., never blind to the attractions of money, decided to try card
writing as a profession, and immediately commenced operations. Two years
have hardly elapsed since, and yet the "Yankee Card Writer" (which
cognomen has been assumed by Mr. S.) has effected the greatest
revolution in the fashionable world, ever witnessed. Wherever he goes he
is thronged with orders from the most distinguished families, who,
notwithstanding, they have already a supply of beautifully engraved
cards, at a much cheaper rete, will use no cards except those executed
by the "Yankee."
In Albany, in seven weeks, Mr. S. executed with his own hand, and
delivered to his customers, 30,000 cards.
The rapidity with which he writes (every card is written by hand) is
without parallel, and for splendor and perfection of execution, cannot
be equalled by the most finished copper plate.
Mr. S. is the originator of this profession, out of which he will
easily realize a fortune if he does not, as in a former case, apply
himself so closely as to destroy his sight.
It will be seen that whatever Mr. S. has followed for a livelihood up
to the present, has been suggested by circumstance, and developed and
made valuable by personal effort, hence, instead of exciting envy, it
should secure for him the earnest "God speed you" of every friend of
industry and genius.
Regarding how to handle surname changes, TNG has events that can be
defined. In the database, I already see an event named Alias as well as
one called Name. These probably are artifacts from the import of
Thurmon's database or one or two test imports that I performed early on.
However, I have not tested their use. It is possible that using those
events would not enable someone to find the individual using TNG's
normal surname search box.
A more straightforward approach might be to list the surname as Sackett
/ Irving then explain the change in a note for the name. Because TNG's
name search is inclusive (it will list all matching strings), it will
find the individual even if only one of those surnames was entered. To
illustrate, searching a TNG database for the Smith surname would list
Smith, Smithson, Smithwick, Naismith, and so on.
On 7/14/2015 9:55 AM, Thurmon King via wrote:
> Hello again,
> It appears that I found the answer to my question in the images of
> newspaper clippings that Kari Roehl sent to me back in 2009. And when
> she saw the message I posted, she started sending me some of the
> information again!
> Here are some excerpts from the newspapers:
> The articles concerning the death of Orsemus and his will seem to
> indicate that Fitch Carl's surname was originally Sackett. After he and
> Geraldine Havens Matthews were divorced, it appears that she married a
> Mr. Irving and raised the three boys with that surname. That would
> explain them appearing in their grandmother's household as (1) Carl
> Irving in the 1875 census and (2) Charles and (3) Harry in the 1880 census.
> The image of the Grand Rapids Press, 1896-08-19; "Sackett Is No More"
> "The old man made a will about six months ago ... Mr. Sackett leaves
> THREE children, T. Ackley Sackett of Minneapolis, Fitch Carl Sackett of
> Brooklyn, N. Y, and another son, whos whereabouts are at present
> unknown. The deceased had been married twice. After the death of his
> first wife he married again, but did not live happily and was divorced
> from her thirty years ago. The divorced wife has been remarried more
> than twenty years."
> [This article indicates that when Orsemus made his will, he was not
> aware of the fact that Fitch Carl was using the IRVING surname.]
> In the image from the Grand Rapids Press 1896-08-22 it states that
> Orsemus left his THREE sons $1.00 each. The last paragraph says that in
> a small box "were family pictures, ... two marriage certificates and a
> copy of a decree of divorce dated 1891. A tattered piece of paper bore
> the family record, showing that the deceased was born in Chili, Monroe
> County, N. Y., July 19, 1826."
> In the image of The Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL, August 20 1896;
> Issue 149; Col C.
> The last sentence says: "Two sons survive him." [This goes to show that
> one cannot necessarily depend upon just one newspaper article to get the
> correct information.]
> Other supporting information I have found through searches I did after
> posting my query:
> Byron Irving records:
> United States World War I Draft Registration Cards
> Name: Byron Coles Irving
> Event Type: Draft Registration
> Event Date: 1917-1918
> Event Place: New York City no 45, New York, United States
> Gender: Male
> Nationality: United States
> Birth Date: 28 Dec 1893
> Birthplace: , , United States
> [Middle name Coles is same as his grandmother Gloriana Coles used in the
> 1880 census]
> United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
> Name: Byron Cowles Irving
> Event Type: Draft Registration
> Event Date: 1942
> Event Place: Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, United States
> Residence Place: Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey
> Gender: Male
> Birth Date: 28 Dec 1893
> Image Number: 04486
> [By 1942, Byron changed his middle name to Cowles which was his
> grandmother's maiden name and the surname of her 2nd husband.]
> Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925
> Name: Byron C Irving
> Age (Expanded): 31 years
> Birth Year: 1894
> Birthplace: New York
> Spouse's Name: Florence Crane
> Spouse's Age (Expanded): 24 years
> Spouse's Birth Year: 1901
> Spouse's Birthplace: New Jersey
> Event Date: 21 Oct 1925
> Event Place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan
> Father's Name: Fitch
> Mother's Name: May Gillen
> Spouse's Father's Name: Louis
> Spouse's Mother's Name: Dora Zerman
> Reference ID: v 13 p 16 rn 300482
> [This record shows that the maiden name of Byron's mother was Gillen
> instead of Sackett, as I had assumed.]
> Perhaps TNG software used by Ted Smith has a way to indicate that Fitch
> Carl's original surname was Sackett and that following her divorce from
> Orsemus Sackett, she raised the boys with the surname Irving.
> On 7/13/2015 2:13 PM, Thurmon King wrote:
>> In my previous post I included 1875 and 1880 census information for
>> Gloriana Cowles/Coles which included in 1875, Carl Irving a grandson
>> (age 13, b. IL) . In the 1880 there were two more grandsons, Chares
>> Irving (age 18, b. Iowa) and Harry Irving (age 20, b. Iowa)
>> I have been unable to find anything to show how the three Irving boys
>> were her grandsons. However, I did find something interesting:
>> Genealogy of the Cowles Families in America;
>> by Calvin Duvall Cowles; Cowles Family Association.
>> Publisher: New Haven, Conn., Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1929.
>> Page 721
>> Child of Rev. Dorrance and Gloriana Havens (Cowles) Mathews:
>> 4816. Geraldine, m, (1) when quite yourng, Orsimus Sackett of Michigan
>> and had two children: i. Henry; ii. Charles, both living in 1905. Her
>> married life was very unhappy and she separated from her husband soon
>> after the birth of her youngest child. She had a fine voice, was very
>> gifted and talented and went on the stage as a singer. She m. (2) a
>> professional man by the name of Nielson.
>> According to information I have in the Notes for Fitch Carl Irving
>> At present, the only document we have to indicate that Fitch Carl
>> Sackett is a son of Orsemus Sackett is the obituary for Orsemus in the
>> Grand Rapids Press; 19 Aug 1896
>> "Mr. Sackett leaves three children, T. Ackley Sackett of Minneapolis,
>> Fitch Carl Sackett of Brooklyn, N. Y., and another son, whose present
>> where abouts are unknown."
>> "However, in the 22 Aug 1896 article regarding the reading of the will
>> of Orsemus; two of his grandchildren are Geraldine Irving and Byron
>> Irving of Brooklyn, NY. A search of the census records for Byron
>> Irving gave the household in 1900."
>> Based on the information above, I had assumed that Fitch Carl Sackett
>> was actually Fitch Carl Irving, a son-in-law of Orsemus Sackett and
>> listed Fitch's wife Mary E. as a Sackett. However, according to the
>> 1900 census Mary E. Irving, wife of F. Carl, the birthplace of her
>> parents was given as England. The 1910 census gives the birthplace of
>> her parents as New York, while the 1920 census gives their birthplace
>> as Ireland. This would indicate that the wife of Fitch C. Irving was
>> not a Sackett.
>> In the 1875 census taken June, 1875; in the household of Gloriana
>> Cowles, the grandson, Carl Irving is listed as age 13, born [c1862] in
>> Illinois. In the 1900 census Fitch Carl Irving's birth is given as
>> July 1861, in Illinois.
>> Does anyone have access to sources that would indicate how Carl Irving
>> was related as a grandson, to Gloriana Havens Cowles? Was he the same
>> person as Fitch Carl Irving?
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In my previous post I included 1875 and 1880 census information for
Gloriana Cowles/Coles which included in 1875, Carl Irving a grandson
(age 13, b. IL) . In the 1880 there were two more grandsons, Chares
Irving (age 18, b. Iowa) and Harry Irving (age 20, b. Iowa)
I have been unable to find anything to show how the three Irving boys
were her grandsons. However, I did find something interesting:
Genealogy of the Cowles Families in America;
by Calvin Duvall Cowles; Cowles Family Association.
Publisher: New Haven, Conn., Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1929.
Child of Rev. Dorrance and Gloriana Havens (Cowles) Mathews:
4816. Geraldine, m, (1) when quite yourng, Orsimus Sackett of Michigan
and had two children: i. Henry; ii. Charles, both living in 1905. Her
married life was very unhappy and she separated from her husband soon
after the birth of her youngest child. She had a fine voice, was very
gifted and talented and went on the stage as a singer. She m. (2) a
professional man by the name of Nielson.
According to information I have in the Notes for Fitch Carl Irving
At present, the only document we have to indicate that Fitch Carl
Sackett is a son of Orsemus Sackett is the obituary for Orsemus in the
Grand Rapids Press; 19 Aug 1896
"Mr. Sackett leaves three children, T. Ackley Sackett of Minneapolis,
Fitch Carl Sackett of Brooklyn, N. Y., and another son, whose present
where abouts are unknown."
"However, in the 22 Aug 1896 article regarding the reading of the will
of Orsemus; two of his grandchildren are Geraldine Irving and Byron
Irving of Brooklyn, NY. A search of the census records for Byron Irving
gave the household in 1900."
Based on the information above, I had assumed that Fitch Carl Sackett
was actually Fitch Carl Irving, a son-in-law of Orsemus Sackett and
listed Fitch's wife Mary E. as a Sackett. However, according to the 1900
census Mary E. Irving, wife of F. Carl, the birthplace of her parents
was given as England. The 1910 census gives the birthplace of her
parents as New York, while the 1920 census gives their birthplace as
Ireland. This would indicate that the wife of Fitch C. Irving was not a
In the 1875 census taken June, 1875; in the household of Gloriana
Cowles, the grandson, Carl Irving is listed as age 13, born [c1862] in
Illinois. In the 1900 census Fitch Carl Irving's birth is given as July
1861, in Illinois.
Does anyone have access to sources that would indicate how Carl Irving
was related as a grandson, to Gloriana Havens Cowles? Was he the same
person as Fitch Carl Irving?
While transcribing the 1839 letter written by Dorrance Matthews from
Iowa to his father-in-law, Whitfield Cowles, in Connecticut I started
doing some more research on the family.
Rev. Dorrance Matthews, m. 24 Sep 1837, Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut,
Gloriana Havens Cowles. They are said to have had two children;
Geraldine H. and Dorrance, Jr.
Dorrance/Dorrence Matthews died in 1845 has a headstone in the Green
Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Franklin, Ohio [Find A Grave Memorial#
71249565]. Did he return to Ohio and die there?
In the 1850 census, his widow and their daughter Geraldine were listed
in the household of her brother:
1850 Census; Milwaukee, ward 2, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
3 August, 1850
Sylvester D. Cowles, 41, M, Grocer, Connecticut
Sarah A. Cowles, 28, F, ---, New York
James W. Cowles, 9, M, ---, Wisconsin
Charles W. Cowles, 7, M, ---, Wisconsin
Sarah D., Cowles, 5, F, ---, Wisconsin
Gloriana Mathews, 39, F, ---, Connecticut
Jeraldine H. Mathews, 10, F, ---, Iowa
Gloriana Havens Cowles was the daugher of 1st daughter of her father's
2nd wife Desire Brown and was named after her father's 1st wife,
Gloriana Havens. Her father was Rev. Whitfield Cowles (1764-1840) of
Hartford County, Connecticut.(Find A Grave Momorial# 58822351)
By 1860, Gloriana had married Francis Don Cowles (no known relationship):
1860 Census; Lansing Township, Allamakee, Iowa
Page No. 25; 8 June, 1860; Post Office: Lansing
F. D. Cowles, 42, M, Appooprationist, New York
C. H. Cowles, 45, F, Housekeeper, Connecticut
Francis D. Cowles, 8, M, ---, Iowa
W. L. Cowles, 5, M, ---, Iowa
Mary Thurston, 14, F, ---, Pennsylvania
The brief bio of Francis Don Cowles states that he was possibly born in
some settlement on the shore of Lake Champlain, near Fort Ticonderoga,
N.Y. and his father was Oliver Cowles. Francis D. Cowles resided in
Lansing, Iowa about the time of his marriage and later in Brooklyn, N.
Y., where he left home along[alone?] in the seventies and located at
Richland, Dak. Ter. He was a Lawyer by profession and was elected judge
in that territory. He left there and the date and place of his death are
In the 1875 census, Gloriana is listed as head of household:
New York, State Census, 1875
ED No. 5, Ward 22, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
Page 2, 1 June 1875
Line No. 40; Household 17; Family No. 20
G. H. Cowles, 60, F, Head, Conn., Married, ---
Winthrop L. Cowles, 19, M, Son, Iowa, S, Clerk in Masonic Emblem Store
Carl Irving, 13, M, Grandson, Ills., S, ---
[Note: The Cowles geneology has the death year of Gloriana as 1879]
1880 Census; 7th Dist, Ward 22, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
Page No. 75C; SD No. 2; ED No. 230; 18 June1880
10th Avenue, No Number
Coles, Gloriana W, F, 69, Self, Wd, Keeping House, Conn., Conn., Conn.
Coles, Winthrop L., W, M, 25, Son, S, Clerk in Clerk in Gun Store, Iowa,
Irving, Charles, W, M, 18, Grand Son, S, ---, New York, N.Y., Iowa
Irving, Harry, W, M, 20, Grand Son, S., Clerk in Panpest Park, New York,
New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949
Name: Gloriana Havens Cowles
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 11 Aug 1880
Event Place: Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States
Marital Status: Married
Birth Year (Estimated): 1811
Burial Date: 13 Aug 1880
Father's Birthplace: Connecticutt
Mother's Birthplace: Connecticutt
Reference ID: cn 7828 , GS Film Number: 1323754
More about this family in my next post.