Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Annie Taylor Wenzel, Again

I've been thinking about the reasons Annie would have used Crawford on her marriage license.  Some reasons may have been:

1.  She was married to Mr. Crawford between the time of her divorce from Peter around 1896 (she had a child, George, with Peter in 1898) and 1910 when she is not found in the 1910 NY Census in Poughkeepsie. What happened to Mr. Crawford? Annie is not in Detroit, Michigan where her daughter Flora is with William Lieberknecht in 1910.

2.  She was hiding from Peter Wenzel.  I doubt he would have had the funds to travel to California, and how would he have found out she was married again?

If anyone has any suggestions about these reasons or have some other possible explanations, please do make some comments.

I still haven't found the death and burial places for Annie and Thomas W. Adams, or any concrete evidence that Thomas W. Adams is the Thomas Winfield Adams born in Texas, the one I thought was in Long Beach with a deceased wife, Lizzie, who died in 1909.




Thursday, November 5, 2015

Annie's Marriage Record to Thomas Adams Found

Miracle of miracles! Look what dropped into my lap the other day.
There's an image of the certificate I will post when I can find it again.  This brings up a lot of questions about Annie's name. Why was she using the name "Crawford?" It was nice of her to get married on my birthday. More to come later.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Annie Sarah Walker Wenzel Found! Hallelujah

It really pays to subscribe to a newspaper archive. In this case, I was subscribed to Ancestry.com, but I had not looked recently in the newspaper article area in the catalog. I revisited it.

A few years back, I had found an article that mentioned that Mr. & Mrs. T. W. Adams had visited in Santa Barbara with Mrs. Flora Lieb, who had been a former resident of Oxnard.  In the article it said,  "Mrs. Adams is Mrs. Lieb's mother." This was printed in the Oxnard Courier sometime in 1920. I never could find that article again and so gave up on it, until I found several more articles recently about my mother, Ottilie Lieb, and her sister, Barbara Lieb, attending school in Oxnard and being on the "high grades" list.

An interesting item of note is that Florence's birth record name is "Flora." Her mother must have called her Flora rather than Florence, so I believe it was Annie who had given the information to the Oxnard Courier's stringer. Who else would have called her Flora?

That got me to thinking about the 1920 Census again. William and Florence Lieberknecht were listed in Santa Barbara on W. Ortega St., without their two daughters, and also in Oxnard in a boarding house, this time with both girls. At a closer look in the Oxnard census, an Adams couple were in the same house. They were Thomas W. Adams and Annie S. Adams.

This prompted me to go to the Ventura County Museum and Library to do some more searching in those Ventura County records. I did find more in the Oxnard City Directories and in the Voter Registrations from 1918 up to about 1926. Another article said that the Adams were leaving the city to go to Texas to visit Mr. Adams' son and to recover from rheumatism. Mr. Adams was selling his photo studio.

There were many more articles about the Adams, about my mother traveling alone at age 9 from El Paso, Texas to stay with her grandparents, the Adams, and her subsequent bout with pneumonia. I faintly remember my mother saying she was a sickly child and never got to go anywhere with her family due to various illnesses. In a 1929 voter registration list Annie and Thomas Adams were living in Hueneme. They hadn't gotten very far on their way to Texas.

But now I can't find Annie or Thomas W. Adams anywhere in Texas or in California beyond 1929.

I was able to locate a Thomas Winfield Adams who was born in Gonzales, Texas in 1848, the same age as my Mr. Adams. I have followed him and his family to San Bernardino, CA, to San Diego and to Long Beach, CA. This Thomas was married, his wife, Lizzie, died in 1909 in Long Beach, and he had two sons, Arthur and Ernest. This is suspiciously my same Thomas W. Adams. In the 1920 Census in Oxnard, CA with Annie, Thomas is born in New York, Annie was born in Virginia, although she was really born in Pennsylvania. Florence had listed her mother as having been born in West Virginia in one of her records, so it is Florence who must have given the information to the census taker in 1920 about Thomas and Annie. In previous New York censuses and in her children's birth records, Annie has always said she was born in Pennsylvania. Florence may have guessed at Thomas' birth place.

Until I can lay Annie to rest, I will still consider her my missing ancestor.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Annie is Still Missing in Action

Nothing has been found on any of the previously posted missing ancestors of mine. It has been 9 months since the last post, so I thought I'd better post something lest you think I have deserted my blog.
I thought I'd post the photo I described before for Annie Taylor Wenzel. It was taken at the Santa Barbara, California breakwater in about 1916. I think I'd better check to see when the breakwater was built, as it may have been after 1916. If the woman is Annie, she would have been only 57 years old. She does look older in this photo. She does look like her daughter, Florence, at the same age, though. The two girls are her granddaughters, Audrey (Ottilie) and Barbara. The year of 1916 is a guess as Audrey looks to be about 8 and was born in 1908. Her sister, Barbara, was born in 1911 and looks to be around 5. Annie's grandfather was MIA James R. Walker, and her father was MIA (George?) Taylor. Annie is still MIA and so are her two ancestors. It must run in the family.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

James R. Walker, Missing in Action?

James R. Walker and Sarah A. Rowe lived in Kingston, Ulster Co., NY. They first lived in Saugerties, NY where their first daughter died at age 4 in 1838. She is buried in the Saugerties cemetery. James and Sarah had 4 more children, James R., George W., Carrie, and my 2nd gr-grandmother, Hellen (Ellen). According to the Walker headstone in the Kingston Wiltwyck Cemetery, James R. Walker was born in 1809 and died in 1849, only 40 years old. Census and church records do not reveal anything about him. There is mention of the death of a James Walker in the Kingston poorhouse in January 1849. James R. Walker is mentioned with Sarah in a deed having to do with an inheritance from her father, William Rowe. How did James die and where did he come from? James R. Walker is my missing ancestor.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Whatever Happened to Annie Taylor Wenzel?

Annie Sarah (Or Sarah Annie) Taylor married Peter Wenzel in Dutchess County, New York about 1879. This is the Annie who was born in Safe Harbor, PA in 1859 to Hellen Walker Taylor and the unknown Mr. Taylor (George?). Annie and Peter Wenzel had about 8 children, at least three survived, my grandmother Flora (Florence Sarah) being the first born who survived, was born in 1882 in Poughkeepsie, New York; and the others were Carrie, who married Patrick Morris, and George. Florence left home at about age 19 with William Carl Lieberknecht and was living in Jersey City, New York where my mother, Ottilie, was born in 1908. Florence and William along with Ottilie were in Detroit, MI in 1910 and in 1911 arrived in Los Angeles settling down (so to speak, but not for long) in Santa Barbara around 1911. I have a photo of Ottilie and her sister, Barbara b. 1911 in Santa Barbara) with a woman who looks like Florence and may be her mother, Hellen. They are on the breakwater and Ottilie looks to be around 8 years old. The woman could be Annie as she looks very much like Florence had looked at the same age.

So, did Annie travel to Santa Barbara in 1916 to visit her daughter, Florence? I am unable to find a death record in NY or a burial place for Annie. What happened to her? She does not appear in the 1920 NY Census. Peter is shown as a widower. They had a legal separation. Annie is my missing ancestor.  Stay tuned for some new information on Annie.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's The Wrong George Taylor!

Well, I did send for the pension file for this George Taylor who served in the 120th NY Infantry, Co. K. I really wanted this George as he was born in Ireland and would have been the Irish connection I had never found. This George had a wife, Ann Maria. They married in 1854 and lived in New York City. This George had enlisted in Roundout in Ulster Co., a village next to Kingston and Saugerties where my family lived. It was a long shot, but sometimes you have to kill off a lot of possibles to end up with the one that fits the bill.

It's back to the drawing board and another investment of funds to order just one more file. If George had deserted, he would not have qualified for a pension nor would have his wife and child qualified. If he was missing in action, I don't know how a wife's application would have been treated. I need to find the book in our Sahyun Library that lists denied pension applications. That's the next step I will take.