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United States of America / A Dobbs family of Gallatin County, Illinois
« on: Thursday 05 August 21 16:56 BST (UK)  »
This man's findagrave page
William Dobbs
Birth    Jan 1876, Illinois, USA
Death    22 Sep 1909 (aged 33)
Gallatin County, Illinois, USA
Burial     Pisgah Cemetery, Gallatin County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID    47850309

has this note:
"William, son of George Dobbs, died at his home near Junction on Monday. The remains were interred at Pisgah graveyard."

It looks like it came from a newspaper announcement. Could someone please look for it and tell me if it mentions a wife and two children surviving him?

Note: I have a William Dobbs son of George in Gallatin County that I think is him.

And is there a wedding announcement about 1902 for William Dobbs and Sarah ___? Which could connect him to this widowed Sarah Dobbs and her two children:

1910 Census, Equality, Gallatin Co, Illinois
April 25, 1910
in household of Anna Martin, 30, widow, 5 children, 4 alive, no occupation

Sarah Dobbs, boarder, 25, widow, 2 children, 2 alive, born in Illinois, father in Tennessee, mother in Illinois, no occupation
Agnie Dobbs, boarder, 6, born in Illinois, parents also
George Dobbs, boarder, 3, born in Illinois, parents also

Finally, is there any mention of Sarah Dobbs' death between 1910 and 1920? Or maybe a re-marriage.

Thank you.

United States of America / Ida C Hughes, d 28 Dec 1915, Manhattan
« on: Friday 16 July 21 13:31 BST (UK)  »
Was there an obituary for Ida C Hughes who died 28 December 1915 in Manhattan, according to the New York City extracted death index at

Is she Ida Cecelia (McNally) Wilson Hughes, wife of Patrick Joseph Hughes? They married 11 August 1903 in Manhattan. Her parents were Christopher McNally [McNealy?] and Elizabeth "Dorsen" [maybe Dorsey]. Ida was born in New York about 1868 and had a sister  Helen/Ellen living with her in 1900 and 1910. I haven't looked for Ida's birth family yet.

That's it for now, I may need help finding Patrick after 1915 but I will post that question here later if I have to.

I am looking for the marriage of my great uncle, Henry Norman "Harry" Hamilton, and his wife Anna ___. Hopefully to learn her maiden name, parents, etc.

Most likely they were married in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, between 1907 and 1910. Definitely between 1906 and 1918, and if not in Pittsburgh, then likely in Cleveland, Ohio.

They are not Harry W Hamilton and Anna Holicky who married 26 November 1914 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

They are not Harry Leroy Hamilton b 31 May 1885, who registered for the WWI draft in Pittsburgh with a wife named Anna.


In the 1908 Pittsburgh Directory, Henry was living in his mother's home at 4932 Kincaid, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1910 she was still on Kincaid, but Henry, in the 1910 Directory, is nearby at 412 North Mathilda. I haven't found Henry in the 1910 census. He is not at 412 Mathilda, nor at 207 Shetland, where he was in the 1912 Directory.

Henry was single when he arrived in Baltimore on 17 September 1906, an American citizen, whose last residence and destination was Pittsburgh. And the first time I actually have Henry and Anna together on a record is September 12, 1918, at 809 Parkwood, Cleveland, Ohio, when Harry registered for the WWI Draft.

Anna ___ 's death record, with Harry as informant, said she was born 5 June 1886 in Germany. The 1920 Census said she was born in Bosnia/Austria, and that her parents were born there also. She died 8 Feb 1929 at 1374 E 141st, East Cleveland, and is buried in Acadia Memorial Park.

Henry "Harry" Hamilton was born 11 March 1882 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, son of Joseph Hamilton and Elizabeth Eckstine Kiel. He was raised in Pittsburgh, lived in Cleveland, and died in Medina, Ohio, 21 April 1951. He was cremated, but findagrave says he is buried with his wife.

Thank you,
Ed H.

United States of America / William M Gray, died after 1942, maybe in Boston
« on: Monday 29 March 21 23:02 BST (UK)  »
I'm also looking for the death of William M Gray, born 1860 in Maine, who married Martha Ellen (Cowan) Page in 1917 in Bangor, Maine. From 1933 to at least 1942 they lived in the Boston area. Their last address in Boston was 95 Rossmore Road, Jamaica Plain, in the 1942 Boston City Directory.

Martha died at her son's house, 21 Orient St, Melrose, Mass, on October 14, 1943, and is buried with her first husband, Oscar Page, in Melrose. Martha's death record says she was a widow.

Wiliam Gray is not showing up in's deaths in either Boston or Bangor.

I have a lot on Martha, unless someone can find a death notice. (For those interested, Martha is the grandmother mentioned in my previous post:

Thank you.

United States of America / Page children care case, 1917, Bangor/Brewer Maine
« on: Monday 29 March 21 22:19 BST (UK)  »
I was able to find the following newspaper article regarding my wife's family but I am curious whether there were earlier or later articles which say how the case started or was resolved. Could anyone help? And could someone tell me what given name Margaret's husband was going by in this article? :) It should be something like William Jerome Page.

Thank you.

Bangor Daily News
May 4, 1917, page 2
In the municipal court Thursday further hearing was ordered in the case of several Page children, now living with their grandmother in Third street. Complaint was made by Miss Marion Porter, state cruelty officer, that the children were not properly cared for. Postponement was had to May 12. The father is [-blanked out by my browser's highlighting when I clipped it] of Portland and the mother is Margaret Page of Brewer.

Donegal / John Aiken's death - where is the record? - 1901 to 1911
« on: Thursday 18 March 21 17:02 GMT (UK)  »
John Aiken, 72, a caretaker/gardener, born in Co Monaghan, was head of the family at house 1 in Billary (Pettigoe, Donegal) on the 1901 Census. His wife, Angelina, was head and widowed in house 36 in Mill Street, Pettigoe, in 1911.

I can't find his death record. There are about 20+ that come back when searching the Irish civilrecords for him between 1901 and 1911 and none of them are a match, in my opinion.

This man is not him. He was with his son Robert in Shanco in 1901.
RD: Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, John [Aikin scratched out] Eakin, married, farmer, of cerebral hemmorrhage (duration 17 days), coma, certified. informant: Robert Eakin of Shanco, son, present at death

This man is probably not him. "My" John was Church of Ireland, and this family was Presbyterian.
17 November 1904, in Shanco
John Eakin, 80, married, farmer, senile decay, cardiac failure (duration 9 days), certified. informant: Nathaniel Eakin, of Shanco, present at death

And I doubt if this is him, but who knows. He had no connection to Derry that I know of.
in Dungarvan Road, Londonderry
17 May 1907
John Aiken, 84, retired farmer, married, of senile decay. informant Isabella Dunn, niece, of Dungarvan Road present at death

The others are either too young or much too far away, if I recall right.

I haven't yet looked in the UK BMD records, thinking 'why would he be there?'

Maybe another set of eyes will find him.

I already have the civil records for:
His marriage to Angelina Beatty, June 9, 1869.
The births of 6 known children: Jane (1870), Thomas Beatty (1873), Margaret (1875), Ellen "Emily?" (1877), Robert (1881), and Mary Ann (1884).
Deaths of Angelina (1924), Margaret (1898), Mary Ann (1942), Emily (1959), and Jane (1940 in Maine, US)
Son Thomas Beatty Aiken died after 1933 in Maine. I lose sight of Robert after the 1901 census, but again haven't looked yet in the UK.

Thank you.

Edited to add, cross reference to my question about Jane (Aiken) Moore in Maine.

United States of America / Jane (Aiken) Moore, Thomas Moore, of Waterville, Maine
« on: Thursday 18 February 21 14:45 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for a death notice or obituary for Jane "Jennie" (Aiken) Moore, born in Ireland about 1870. She is listed in the 1939 Waterville, Maine, City Directory with some of her children at 5 Belmont Ave. She is not in the household in 1940.

Also for her husband, Thomas Wilson Moore, born in Ireland about 1870. He is listed twice in 1910, once with his family in Waterville and once boarding in Albion, Maine. I haven't found him after that. Jennie is not listed as a widow in the 1925 Waterville Directory but is listed as such in 1927.

I have just about all the records I need for this couple and their children, at least for now, except for anything that will pinpoint their death dates. Thank you.

United States of America / Dr Leckey Murray Service, d 1888, Philadelphia
« on: Wednesday 23 September 20 15:37 BST (UK)  »
Was there an obituary published for Dr Leckey Service, who died 27 February 1888, in Philadelphia? I don't see him in the index at or in the Google News archives, but there should be have been something for a wealthy Philadelphia doctor.

I hope to learn his his birthplace and his parents's names. I am pretty sure he is the son of John Service and Catherine McClintock, which would make him the brother of
1) Alexander Service who died 30 May 1913 in Philadelphia,
2) of Catherine (Service) Price who died 24 June 1927 in Philadelphia,
3) and of Charles M Service, who died sometime after 1900, probably in Vigo County, Indiana (Terre Haute). I'm still working on Charles.

I have a lot on Leckey after 1847, when he graduated from Jefferson Med School, but nothing before that date.

Charles, when marrying (1855, Brooke County [West] Virginia, to Sarah Laughhead) and as informant on his daughter Kate Tyner's death (Terre Haute IN, 1901), said he was born in Washington County, PA, which lines up with Catherine and her husband John Price being with his parents in Wheeling [West] Virginia, in 1850.

US Lookup Requests / Grace (Farrell) Keiser or Hugh D Farrell lookup
« on: Monday 07 September 20 17:57 BST (UK)  »
Hi, I am trying to find the death and burial of Grace (Farrell) Keiser, born April 1880, (probably Wheeling), West Virginia. She was the wife of Clyde N Keiser, who died in Pittsburgh in 1945 and is buried in South Side Cemetery. Grace's name is on the headstone but her death date is not.

She was at 201 Reifert Apt 3, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the 1959 city directory.

I don't expect her to have an obituary, but if someone can find one I would appreciate it very much.

Her only sibling who died after 1959 was her brother Hugh D Farrell, whose obituary appears 28 August 1965, in the Central New Jersey Home News, New Brunswick, NJ.

I can tell from the index that Grace's name appears in Hugh's obituary. Can someone tell me if she was dead or alive when Hugh died? And if alive, where was she living?

Thank you very much.

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