Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #38 Dr. James A. CROW Family

YoungerCrowfamilytinyYoungerCrowfamilybacktinyAbout 1890-1891 the young family of Dr. James A. CROW and his wife Anna Mae HODGE posed for a photograph with their young son William Jacob HODGE in Golconda, Pope County, Illinois, at the Alt studio.

James of Massac County and Anna of Pope County, married about 1889. Their first child Willie was born on 28 January 1890 in Kentucky.

James and Anna had two daughters before the 1900 census. Flora A. was born in Illinois on 6 May 1893 and Ruth K. in Kentucky on 28 August 1895. In 1900 the family was living in Pope County. Their third daughter Ruby Harriet was born on 15 September 1902 and died in Pope County on 30 January 1904.

About 1909 Anna wrote on the back of a photograph of herself with her husband and two daughters:

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Jim, Flora, Anna & Ruth
Hello how are you all? I have wanted
to write every (sic) since I was down but put
it off. How is the baby and Ruthie, bless her
heart. How I wish I could see you all. How do
you like this weather. I don’t like it very much.
What are you going to do Christmas.
Come up! Let me hear from you real soon.

Yours, Anna Crow

Flora would have been 16 and Ruth 14.

CrowfamilytinyThe photograph is not dated and Anna did not write the name of the person she was writing the note to. From the text I believe it was taken most likely in 1909 and was for Florence ROYALTY. My only doubt comes from Anna’s writing, “since I was down” and “come up.” Florence lived in the Jefferson District of Pope County and Anna lived southwest of her in Benton, Massac County. Did she mean it literally as in coming to a higher place from a lower place? Or did Anna consider Pope County as “down home?”

Anna M. HODGE and Florence ROYALTY were born about six months apart in 1868 and most likely on adjacent land. In 1870 when Anna was 2 years old she was enumerated with her parents William Stewart HODGE (real estate valued at $2000) and Harriet TAYLOR in HH#153-153 in Township 13 Range 6, Pope County, IL. Florence who was also 2 years old was enumerated with her parents Samuel L. ROYALTY (real estate valued at $2000) and Joanna PALMER in HH#151-151. Living in HH#152-152 was George HODGE (real estate valued $0), a farmhand without land.

Samuel’s mother Sarah ROYALTY née LUNDERMON and Johanna PADDOCK, who four years later would marry the widowed Samuel, were living with the HODGE family. Samuel L. ROYALTY came from Indiana to Pope County after the Civil War and before 1866.  His mother may have come with his family to Illinois while his sisters remained in Indiana. Johanna PADDOCK, an “old maid” and first cousin of Samuel’s wife Joanna PALMER, also came to Illinois from Indiana in the 1860s.

Anna’s sister Julia (1858-1924) married Florence’s oldest brother Chester Ashley ROYALTEY (1856-1917). Anna and Florence were neighbors, went to school together and may have been best friends growing up. They both named their daughters Ruth and Ruby. The baby mentioned in the note was Joe ROONEY‘s mother Ruby Pernecia LILLIE who was born in April 1909.

More about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
and links to previous posts in the series can be found here.

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52 Ancestors: #51 Nice. How I Opened the Door in Cousin Joe’s Brick Wall

Week 51 (December 17-23) – Nice. Define “nice” however you want to 🙂

After finding a Naughty set of 3rd great-grandparents in my own family tree last week I decided to be Nice and write about someone else’s ancestors this week.

As many of my readers know after writing 52 Ancestors: #14 Albert Spencer LILLIE (1848-1913) ~ Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can I did a spin-off of the post with my weekly series Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can.

Most of the actors in the series are not related to me. My connection is through Albert Spencer LILLIE’s aunt Clementine GOWING, my 3rd great-grandmother.

Joe Rooney’s grandmother Florence ROYALTY, the daughter-in-law of Albert Spencer LILLIE, collected the photos and passed them on to a son and grandson. She plays the pivotal role in my organization of the collection and the order I have posted the photographs. Many were of family members but there were also people who were not related to her by blood. Did she have sentimental reasons for keeping them? Did she save them because the people were related to her step-mother Johanna PADDOCK?

Towards the end of November I began posting the PADDOCK photos. Mary, Ellen and Phebe, Sarah and Johanna PADDOCK were daughters of Tristam PADDOCK (1793-ca. 1870) and Charlotte PALMER (1797-aft. 1870) of Union County, Indiana.

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Screenshot of Ancestral Quest 14 with Evernote annotations

To better understand all the relationships of persons found in the collection I entered them into my database, attached the photos, tagged them yellow for the collection (see above) and searched for census records, etc. to have bare bones facts on the connections.

In preparing the PADDOCK girls’ posts I made a discovery which makes so much sense but needed to be proved! I hadn’t paid attention to a very important detail in a message dated 2 August 2001 found on Genealogy.com.

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http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/palmer/5161/ : accessed 17 December 2015

When I entered Charlotte PALMER I added the above message to her notes. In all the years since it was posted no response has been added. There was no further information on the “old bio from a Union Co. IN book.”

I had overlooked the statement that John PALMER went on to Arkansas and lived there until his death.

Florence ROYALTY’s parents were Samuel L. ROYALTY and Joanna PALMER. When I wrote the post with Joanna’s photo I did not know who her parents were. It seemed strange that Samuel’s first wife was a PALMER and his second wife’s mother was a PALMER. When I read the query again I remembered seeing Arkansas as the state of birth for Joanna PALMER in the 1860 and 1870 census. I suspected a connection to Charlotte PALMER but her being born in Nova Scotia put me off checking further.

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1870censusroyalty 1870 > IL > Pope > Township 13 Range 6 > Golconda > Page No. 21 > HH#151-151 > lines 21-27; online http://www.ancestryheritagequest.com/ : accessed 2 June 2015

I hadn’t found an 1850 census listing for Joanna b. 1833 (year seen on her grave marker) in Arkansas. I hadn’t broadened the search or considered her age being listed as older or younger. A new search turned up Joanna PALMER age 15 (indexed as age 13) born in Arkansas in the household of John, born in New York, and Mary, born in Ohio, in Jefferson County, Arkansas.

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1850censustop 1850 > AR > Jefferson > Richland Township > Sheets 150 and 151> HH#208-211 > lines 41-42 and 1-6; online http://www.ancestryheritagequest.com/ : accessed 22 November 2015

Charlotte PALMER, daughter of John PALMER, was born about 1797 in Nova Scotia. Charlotte’s father John lived in New York for some time prior to Charlotte’s marrying Tristam PADDOCK. John PALMER found in above 1850 listing was born about 1812 in New York. Could there be a connection?

I searched Jefferson County, Arkansas, for other PALMERs and found John PALMER age 86 born in England with a young lady Jane age 27 and a child Victoria age 5. On the 1850 slave schedule there was a John PALMER Sr. with 9 slaves and a John PALMER Jr. with 7 slaves listed on the same sheet. Assuming the Sr. and Jr. were not to differentiate between an older and younger man of the same name, I went with the theory that these men were father and son.

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“Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11865-158316-43?cc=1417439 : accessed 18 December 2015), 0983892(004315537) > image 46 of 610; county offices, Arkansas.

I searched “Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957,” database with images at FamilySearch, and found John PALMER Sr. age 71 married Miss Jane FREEMAN age 25 in Jefferson County, Arkansas, in 1844. The index showed his age as 21 however the image has “seventy one years” written out.

The 1840 Jefferson AR census has Jno. and J. PALMER next door to each other and M. PALMER less than a dozen households away – this was a census done by visitation and not in alphabetical order. The J. PALMER household had one male and one female age 60-69 while the Jno. PALMER household had one male and one female age 20-29, 4 children under 10 which match the 1850 census for John Jr., and a young man age 15-19 (poss. a son of M. PALMER, a woman age 30-39 with 6 children between 5-19).

The 1830 Jefferson AR census has John PALMER Sr. and Henry PALMER. John’s household was made up of a male and a female age 60-70 and 2 males age 20-30. Henry’s household was made up of a male age 20-30, a female age 30-40, and 5 males under 10. A John Jr. was not found on this census. He may have been living in the household of John Sr. which would support my theory of their being father and son. Henry does not show up in later years. Without a marriage record I can only assume the lady M. in 1840 was his widow. In 1850 in Jefferson AR her name is seen as Margaret b. in Indiana about a dozen households away from John Jr. and Sr. who had one household between them.

Going back further, in 1820 John PALMER was found in Clark County, Indiana, with a household consisting of a male and a female age over 45, a male and a female 16-25, a male and a female age 10-15, a male and a female under 10, and 2 slaves. The move from Indiana to Arkansas took place between 1825-1829 (birthplaces of sons of Henry and Margaret found on the 1850 census).

Everything fell in place when I finally found the “old bio from a Union Co. IN book.”

                              Rev. Charles R. Paddack
The History of Nantucket says: “Finding that the people of Cape Cod had made greater proficiency in the art of whale-catching than themselves, the inhabitants, in 1690, sent thither and employed a man named Ichabod Paddack, to instruct them in the best manner of killing whales and extracting their oil.” Thus commenced the Nantucket history of this family. We can not trace the lines from Charles R. Paddack to Ichabod. The great-grandfather of Charles, however, was Benjamin Paddack, of whom little is known. Joseph Paddack, son of Benjamin, was born in Nantucket about 1757, and died in his ninety-second year, in Center township, Union county, Indiana. He was engaged in fisheries at Nantucket and somewhat in whaling. He married Amy Folger and they had these children, possibly others: Mary (Mrs. Joseph Whippey); Hepzibah, who was three times married, the last union being with one Webb; Phebe, twice married, the last husband being Charles Mitchell; Tristram, father of Charles R.; Eliza died single; Joseph, captain of a whaler for many years, became wealthy and lived and died at Newport, Rhode Island; Alice became the wife of Charles G. Swain, who was a local Methodist preacher, cashier of two prominent banks in Dayton, Ohio, and judge of probate; Reuben was the youngest child. Tristam and Reuben early settled in Union county, Indiana, and passed the most of their lives there, Reuben, however, removing to Henry county and dying there, after a few years’ residence, at an advanced age.
The war of 1812 reduced the people of Nantucket almost to destitution, and many families left the island for the fertile Ohio Vally. Of this number was Joseph Paddack and family, who made their home in Cincinnati. Staying there but a few years, Mr. Paddack came to Union county, Indiana, which remained his home until his death in his ninety-second year; he survived his wife a number of years. Both were lifelong members of the Society of Friends. Tristram Paddack, born in Nantucket, July 7, 1793, followed the fortunes of his father’s family until his marriage, in Cincinnati, June 16, 1816, to Charlotte, daughter of Captain John Palmer, who was a son of Lord Palmer, of England. Commanding a British war vessel, he was defeated by an American ship, left the service and settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Mrs. Paddack was born, March 4, 1797. Her father emigrated to Chenango county, New York, lived there for a time, then in one of the western counties of the state, and from there removed to Cincinnati, where Mrs. Paddack became acquainted with her future husband. The young couple commenced housekeeping in Cincinnati, where Mr. Paddock for some time operated an “ox” sawmill. Captain Palmer and Mr. Paddack soon, however, purchased a gristmill property at Jeffersonville, Indiana, but on account of a flaw in the deed they lost the money invested, and Mr. Paddack returned to Union county, where he purchased the Caleb Wickersham farm, in Center township, where his children, Charles and Ellen, now reside. Mr. Paddack was a birthright Friend, but on his marriage to a Methodist he was disowned by the Quakers. He did not unite with any other sect, but lived by himself in accordance with the high standard of morality and purity inculcated by the Friends and was well known for his blameless life. He was once elected justice of the peace, but paid his fine rather than serve. From the time of its purchase until his death, November 4, 1870, in his eight-fourth year, he resided on his farm, and now lies peacefully at rest in the Friends’ burying ground at Salem. His wife survived him nineteen years, dying in 1889, and was buried at the side of her husband. She was converted in early life and was for over seventy-five years a valued member of the Methodist church. To illustrate her sterling character we will state that after losing the mill property at Jeffersonville, her father removed to Arkansas, and became very wealthy and an extensive slave-owner. From her opposition to slavery she could not consent to be enriched by its profits, and in consequence received but a small part of her portion of her father’s estate. To this worthy couple were born these children: The three eldest, Lydia, George, and John, died in infancy; George (2d), Mary, Phebe H. and Johanna (Mrs. Samuel L. Royalty) all are now dead. Joseph H. lives near the old home in Center township; Sarah M. married first Job Harris, and elder in the Friends Society; secondly, Elisha Bracey, and lives in Randolph county; Ellen resides on the homestead farm; and Charles R. and Benjamin F. are now residents of Randolph county.

[Source: transcribed 16 December 2015 by Cathy Meder-Dempsey from Biographical and Genealogical History of Wayne, Fayette, Union and Franklin Counties, Indiana Volume II, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1899, pg. 912-915 online https://archive.org/stream/biographicalgenefu02lewi#page/n445/mode/2up/search/Paddack]

Charlotte’s father John PALMER was a slave owner per this biographical sketch and matches up with the 1820 census in Indiana and 1850 in Arkansas of his owning slaves. The 1830 and 1840 census did not have information recorded on the second page where ticks for slaves would be found.

In 1860 I did not locate John PALMER Jr. and Sr. in Jefferson County, Arkansas. Jane PALMER was found in Jefferson in 1860, without young Victoria. The 1860 slave schedule had two slave holders named PALMER, both ladies. One was Jane PALMER who was most likely the widow of John Sr. and had inherited his slaves. The other was Mrs. Silinary PALMER born in SC, wife of Wm B. PALMER born in NC. Margaret PALMER was also still in the county with her children and did not have slaves.

Since I did not find John Jr. in Jefferson County or anywhere in Arkansas in 1860, I expanded my search criteria by looking for the children. The use of wild cards helped me to locate Mary PARMER (sic) born in Ohio with her daughters Araminta and Margaret, both born in Arkansas, three households away from Samuel L. ROYALTY and his wife Joanna PALMER in Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana. I had overlooked them as the surname was not spelled correctly. I should have noticed Joanna was not the only person born in Arkansas on the page.

This could not be a coincidence — Mary PALMER, mother of girls named Joanna, Araminta, and Margaret on the 1850 census was found with two of the girls only a few households away from Joanna. Mary PALMER had to be Joanna’s mother.

I quickly located Joanna’s mother Mary PALMER (1809-1887) in the 1870 and 1880 census as well as on Find A Grave. On the 1880 census sheet in column 15 Mary is listed with “Cancer in face” and in column 20 she is marked as “Maimed, crippled, bedridden or otherwise disabled.” Hopefully Mary did not suffer too much from the time of the 1880 census until her death in 1887, if the year on Find A Grave is correct.

On Find A Grave I found a Samuel W. PALMER who died on 17 May 1856 and was buried in the same cemetery as Mary PALMER. Although no age or date of birth was found I believe this is the son seen on the 1850 census. No trace of John Jr.’s son Henry has been found.

These findings helped to fill in the family timeline. I already knew Joanna married in Rising Sun on 5 April 1856. The relocation of the PALMER family from Arkansas back to Indiana was narrowed down to after the 1850 census and before Joanna’s marriage in 1856.

Since John PALMER Sr. and Jr. both owned slaves I checked Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 for Jefferson County for the period 1850-1856. In Administration and guardian bonds 1850-1859 I found records proving John Jr. had died without a will, his widow Mary PALMER was appointed guardian of the children Joanna, Henry, Samuel W., Araminta, and Margaret. She was also appointed administrator of John Jr.’s estate. In Wills 1839-1898 vol 1 and Wills 1849-1863 vol B I found the last will and testament of John PALMER Sr. (more on this below). In the Dockets 1852-1858 vol D-E I found the probate of John PALMER’s will, Mary PALMER’s request for appointment as administrator of her deceased husband’s estate and guardianship of the children of John PALMER Jr. who died on or about 28 April 1852. This puts the move back to Indiana at between 1853-1856.

Mary and John’s youngest child John age 1 in 1850 was not listed for guardianship and must have died following the census and before 18 January 1853 when Mary was appointed guardian of Joanna, Henry, Samuel, Araminta, and Margaret.

The Last Will and Testament of John PALMER Sr.

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Last Will and Testament of John PALMER Sr. (part 1)
Last Will and Testament of John PALMER Sr. (part 2)
Last Will and Testament of John PALMER Sr. (part 2)

Know all men by these presents that I John Palmer, Senr in the County of Jefferson, and State of Arkansas, Gentleman, being in good health, and of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by and at any time hereford made.
First – I hereby constitute and appoint my Wife Jane Palmer to be my Sole Executrix of this my last will, directing my said executrix to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses and the legacies hereafter given out of my Estate.
Second – After the payment of my said debts and funeral Expenses I will and bequeath to each of my children or their heirs as follows, (to wit) I will and bequeath to Henry S. Allen and Mary Allen his wife or their heirs the sum of Six hundred dollars, one hundred and fifty dollars of said sum
which I have paid them as per receipt is to be deducted out of said sum of six hundred dollars leaving only a balance of four hundred and fifty dollars to be paid them by me aforesaid executrix.
I will and bequeaths to the heirs of Henry Palmer deceased and Margaret Lusk, who was wife of the said Henry Palmer, deceased, one hundred dollars ($100. 00/000)
I will and bequeath to Tristam Paddock and his wife Sharlotte Paddock and their heirs one hundred dollars.
I have willed, bequeathed and settled with my son John Palmer Jr. by me deeding him forty acres of land off this back part of my farm and four hundred and fifty dollars in cash which I have already paid him as per receipt and deed. I also will and bequeath to the said John Palmer Jr. ten dollars, to be paid to each of them as soon after my decease but within one year, as conveniently may be done.
Third – And for the payment of the legacies aforesaid I give and devise all of the balance of my real and personal estate to my beloved wife Jane Palmer (the aforesaid Executrix) and Victoria Palmer, my daughter by her, to have and to hold jointly by them and their heirs forever.
In testimony where of I hereunto set my hand and seal and publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, in the presence of the witnesses named hereafter, this 4th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty.
John Palmer Sr. (seal)

[Source: transcribed 18 December 2015 by Cathy Meder-Dempsey from “Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32493-28699-33?cc=2061549 : accessed 18 December 2015), Jefferson > Wills 1839-1898 vol 1 > image 91 of 449; county courthouses, Arkansas.]

The Last Will and Testament of John PALMER Sr. proves his children were:

  • Mary, wife of Henry S. ALLEN who died bef. 10 August 1853
  • Henry, husband of Margaret LUSK (predeceased John Sr.)
  • Charlotte, wife of Tristam PADDOCK
  • John Jr., husband of Mary (maiden name unknown), and father of Joanna, Henry, Samuel, Araminta, Margaret, and John (dec’d)

Samuel L. ROYALTY married two granddaughters of John PALMER Sr., first Joanna PALMER, daughter of John Jr., and second Johanna PADDOCK, daughter of Charlotte. No wonder Florence saved all of the photographs of her step-mother’s (her first cousin once removed) family.

.                 Lines of Descent from John PALMER Sr. & Unknown
.                               |                                                         |
.                               |                                                         |
.Mary md. John PALMER Jr. b.1812      Charlotte PALMER b.1797 md. Tristam PADDOCK
.                              |                                                                                |
.                              |                                                                                |
.    Joanna PALMER b.1833 md. Samuel L. ROYALTY md.(2) Johanna PADDOCK b.1829
.                                             |
.                                             |
.       Florence ROYALTY–md.–Isaac Spencer “Ike” LILLIE
.                                             |
.                                             |
.   Ruby Pernecia LILLIE–md.–Francis James ROONEY
.                                              |
.                                              |
.                                      Cousin Joe

grandmaroyaltyWhich brings me to another question. Was this photograph of “Grandmother Royalty” Joanna PALMER (1833-1874), Johanna PADDOCK (1829-1892), or maybe even Joanna’s mother Mary [–?–] PALMER (1809-1887)?

Thank you Cousin Joe for entrusting me with your Grandmother Florence’s collection of photographs. Who would have known they would be the key to open the doors in several of your brick walls:

  • Samuel L. ROYALTY’s mother Sarah LUNDERMON
  • Joanna PALMER’s parents Mary and John PALMER Jr. and her grandfather John PALMER Sr.

Cousin Joe, I think I’ll leave it up to someone else to make the connection between Ichabod PADDACK and Benjamin PADDACK, Samuel L. PADDOCK’s grandftather.

Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

52ancestors-2015This is my weekly entry for Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge:
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2015 Edition. It was so successful in 2014 that genealogists wanted to continue or join in on the fun in 2015. Be sure to check out the other great posts by visiting Amy’s blog No Story Too Small where she’ll be posting the weekly recap on Thurdays and allowing all participants to leave a link to their post(s) in the comments.

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #34 An Incorrectly Labeled Picture

Stepmother’s brother
John Paddock

Taken June 2 /85
John Paddock
brother of
Joanna Paddock
who was Florence
Lillie’s stepmother

MRIN38277 PaddockJohnfamily3back Rooney CollectionAfter evaluating the information found on the back of this photograph I found it not reliable.

John M. PADDOCK born in 1851 was a nephew and not a brother of Johanna PADDOCK. He was raised in his grandparents’ household which is probably why Florence may have thought of him as an uncle. In 1880 he was seen as the grandson of Charlotte PADDOCK née PALMER, mother of Johanna. In 1910 he was seen as the son of Sarah BRACEY née PADDOCK, sister of Johanna PADDOCK who was the stepmother of Florence ROYALTY who married Isaac Spencer “Ike” LILLIE.

After separating the wheat from the chaff, I was left with the date 2 June 1885 when the photo was taken. This was written in a different hand. The date helped to identify the persons in this photo. I eliminated John M. PADDOCK as being in the photograph as he would have been 34 in 1885 and had been married only about two years. He was by then the father of a little girl and his wife was expecting her second child.

The lady here looks like a younger Sarah M. PADDOCK to me. By 1885 she was married over 15 years to her first husband Job HARRIS and had a son, Arthur HARRIS, who was born in May 1870 and would be 15 at the time the photo was taken.

1885sarah sarahJobHarrisArthurSarahtinyJob HARRIS (1819-1892) with wife Sarah PADDOCK (1835-1919) and their son Arthur HARRIS (1870-bef. 1940)

More about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
and links to previous posts in the series can be found here.

Please contact me!
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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #33 Sarah M. PADDOCK 1835-1919

Sarah M. PADDOCK (1835-1919) was the daughter of Tristam PADDOCK and Charlotte PALMER. She was the sister of Mary, Ellen and Phebe, and Johanna, the wife of Samuel L. ROYALTY featured in earlier posts.

Sarah was the unwed mother of John M. PADDOCK (1851-1925) who lived with his grandparents in 1860, 1870, and 1880 in Union County, Indiana. Sarah married Job HARRIS (no record found) and was enumerated in his household in 1870 in Randolph County, Indiana, with their son Elisha B. born in May 1870 per census. This son was seen as Arthur HARRIS on the 1880 census and when he married in 1892. The HARRIS family may have been photographed in 1885 and will be discussed in a future post. Sarah remarried in 1894 to Elisha BRACEY. Was it only a coincidence she named a son Elisha B. in 1870 and married a man named Elisha BRACEY in 1894?

She had her picture taken (early 1890s) about the same time as her sisters Ellen and Phebe. She wore a dress similar to theirs, only the ruffled collar with a bow was different from the lacy collar seen in Ellen and Phebe’s portraits.

SarahPaddocktinyMore about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
and links to previous posts in the series can be found here.

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #32 Ellen and Phebe PADDOCK

Ellen (1837-1901) and Phebe (1827-1899) PADDOCK of Union County, Indiana, were daughters of Tristam PADDOCK and Charlotte PALMER. They weren’t twins even though they dressed alike when having their picture taken. Ellen, ten years younger than Phebe, was the taller of the two and had a higher forehead. They were the sister of Mary A. PADDOCK featured last week.

ellenphebeWhen they were young, most likely in the early 1860s, they were photographed together by Beaver & Mendenhall in Liberty, Indiana.

Ellen was born in 1837 and died in 1901.

Later in life, perhaps in the early 1890s, Ellen (left) and Phebe (right), wearing matching outfits, were photographed by Huddleston in New Castle, Indiana.

More about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
and links to previous posts in the series can be found here.

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #31 Mary Paddock 1826-1855

Mary A. PADDOCK was one of five known daughters of Tristam PADDOCK (1793-ca. 1870) and Charlotte PALMER (1797-aft. 1870) of Union County, Indiana. She died before the age of 30 and most likely never married. Mary’s sister Johanna PADDOCK, at the age of 35 years, married the widowed Samuel L. ROYALTY in 1874.

MaryThis tintype is identified on the back as Mary PADDOCK.

MRIN38276 PaddockMaryback Rooney Collection

More about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
and links to previous posts in the series can be found here.

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Unpacking the Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can Collection

Have you been following my series of posts on the Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can?

Thursday evening one of my Facebook friends commented on my latest post asking if I thought they had really been retrieved. The answer, as of Wednesday, is definitely YES! They are now ALL in my possession.

Several months after these precious photographs were nearly destroyed a second time due to a fire in a downstairs neighbor’s home, my cousin Joe, after not finding anyone in his area who wanted them, decided to pack them up and mail the entire collection to me. Thank you Joe.

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The package I received this past Wednesday
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Partly unpacked content
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Dear Cathy! Please enjoy! Cousin Joe
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The largest photographs from the package
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The postcard size photographs….
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Another stack included large,…
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…and medium to small photographs.
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Tintype (middle), penny pictures (top), and WWII period prints (left and below)
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A family group photograph on glass (lower right)

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #18 Olive ROYALTY 1871-1949

This is a spin-off of my 52 Ancestors: #14 Albert Spencer LILLIE (1848-1913) ~ Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can blogpost in which I featured a few photos from a collection of old photographs my 4C1R Joe Rooney shared with me. I asked Joe about using the photos and he kindly wrote, Please use them at your will.  I feel it is keeping it in the family and don’t need credit.  If anything, I appreciate your evaluations, identifications and detective work.  I’m hopeful you and yours enjoy them.  On a blog, in a book, above a cloud.”

#18 Olive ROYALTY 1871-1949

Olive ROYALTY, born 8 July 1871 in Illinois, was the youngest daughter of Samuel L. ROYALTY and Joanna PALMER. Her mother died between 1871-1874 and Olive was raised by her step-mother Johanna PADDOCK.

youngoliveThis photograph was labeled Irene (left) and Olive (right). The girls resemble each other but I have not been able to figure out who Irene may have been. At first glance of the back I was hoping to read Florence, Olive’s sister, instead of Irene. Olive was raised in Pope County, Illinois. Could she have visited Girard, Kansas, as a young girl? Or did the family live there for a while?

Olive married John R. BOSWELL on 12 June 1892 at Prospect Church, Golconda, Pope County, Illinois. They had only one child, Guy Royalty BOSWELL, born 14 June 1893 in Golconda.

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Olive ROYALTY with her husband John R. BOSWELL and their son Guy Royalty BOSWELL ca. 1897.

Olive, John and Guy were living in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, at the time of the 1900 census. Before 1910 they moved to Los Angeles, California, where they lived the rest of their lives.

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Olive ROYALTY, photo taken in Los Angeles
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An older Olive (ROYALTY) BOSWELL

Joe Rooney kindly gave me permission to use these photographs on my blog.

Links to previous posts in this series may be found in Old Photographs

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Joe ROONEY wrote on 15 February 2015: This collection of photographs was scanned at 300 dpi color by me. The original photos were sent by Sandra Lillie about ten years ago after she found them cleaning out a relative’s garage in Southern Illinois, finding no other takers (suckers). She believes they were a collection by L Vance Lillie. Many of the pictures seemed to be removed from frames or were in albums evidenced by fading characteristics and may have been from other’s collections. I scanned the reverse if there was laboratory advertising or writing. Some of the authors’ identification may be figured out of the handwriting matches. I did not scan the reverse of photos where there was only a three digit number that I believe to be sequence numbers on a roll of film. I didn’t spot any obvious helpful commonalities.

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #17 John Quincy ROYALTY 1866-1918

This is a spin-off of my 52 Ancestors: #14 Albert Spencer LILLIE (1848-1913) ~ Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can blogpost in which I featured a few photos from a collection of old photographs my 4C1R Joe Rooney shared with me. I asked Joe about using the photos and he kindly wrote, Please use them at your will.  I feel it is keeping it in the family and don’t need credit.  If anything, I appreciate your evaluations, identifications and detective work.  I’m hopeful you and yours enjoy them.  On a blog, in a book, above a cloud.”

Please contact me!
Are you related to a person mentioned in this post? Send an email to
openingdoorsinbrickwalls @ pt.lu or message me on my Facebook page
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Links to previous posts in this series may be found in Old Photographs

#17 John Quincy ROYALTY 1866-1918

John Quincy ROYALTY was the third son of Samuel L. ROYALTY and Joanna PALMER. He never married.

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A young John Quincy ROYALTY during his days as a schoolmaster in Kansas.

During his earlier years John was a schoolmaster in Kansas and Missouri. Later he became a detective and, according to his obituary, was a trusted employee of a leading firm doing this sort of work. His duties took him to various places in the West and he resided at times in Colorado, New Mexico and California.

In 1898 while in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he enlisted in Company E, First Territorial U.S. Volunteer Infantry, and served during the Spanish War until mustered out at Albany, Georgia, in 1899.[1] Officially designated as the First Territorial Volunteer Infantry, the regiment became known as the “Western Regiment;” the “Big Four” from the four territories: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Indian Territory; or “McCord’s Infantry.”

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John Quincy ROYALTY in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

After a visit to his old home in Pope County, Illinois, he returned to the West. In 1900 he was once again in Albuquerque, living in the household of his brother-in-law John R. BOSWELL and his youngest sister Olive ROYALTY, and working as a watchman for the railroad.

By 1903 he became a resident of Los Angeles, California. He was working as a watchman on patrol per the 1910 census.

“While employed as private watchman during Nov. 1917, he suffered an attack of acute appendicitis, and in spire (sic) of heroic efforts of the surgeons during a prolonged illness, complications arose, and his weakened vitality at last succumbed to death.”[2]

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John Quincy ROYALTY, lying in state.
Sources:
[1] “United States Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898,” Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK7J-YKK8 : accessed 26 June 2015), John Q Royalty, 1898; citing NARA microfilm publication M871 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .
[2] “Pedigree Resource File,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:3W51-L4J : accessed 2015-06-26), entry for John Quincy /Royaltey/, Submission ID MMDF-H5K.

Joe Rooney kindly gave me permission to use these photographs on my blog.

Joe ROONEY wrote on 15 February 2015: This collection of photographs was scanned at 300 dpi color by me. The original photos were sent by Sandra Lillie about ten years ago after she found them cleaning out a relative’s garage in Southern Illinois, finding no other takers (suckers). She believes they were a collection by L Vance Lillie. Many of the pictures seemed to be removed from frames or were in albums evidenced by fading characteristics and may have been from other’s collections. I scanned the reverse if there was laboratory advertising or writing. Some of the authors’ identification may be figured out of the handwriting matches. I did not scan the reverse of photos where there was only a three digit number that I believe to be sequence numbers on a roll of film. I didn’t spot any obvious helpful commonalities.

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #14 Joanna PALMER (1833-ca. 1871)

This is a spin-off of my 52 Ancestors: #14 Albert Spencer LILLIE (1848-1913) ~ Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can blogpost in which I featured a few photos from a collection of old photographs my 4C1R Joe Rooney shared with me. I asked Joe about using the photos and he kindly wrote, Please use them at your will.  I feel it is keeping it in the family and don’t need credit.  If anything, I appreciate your evaluations, identifications and detective work.  I’m hopeful you and yours enjoy them.  On a blog, in a book, above a cloud.”

Please contact me!
Are you related to a person mentioned in this post? Send an email to
openingdoorsinbrickwalls @ pt.lu or message me on my Facebook page
Opening Doors in Brick Walls.

Links to previous posts in this series may be found in Old Photographs

#14  Joanna PALMER (1833-ca. 1871)

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Grandmother Royalty ca. 1865-1870

To date this photograph I tried to describe the clothing worn by this lady and compared it with the fashions of the times.

  • a small bonnet placed on the back of the head with wide ribbon strings
  • hair parted in the center and pulled back, no crimps or waves
  • plain white collar with edges done in blanket stitch scallops
  • brooch
  • dropped shoulders with armholes at armpit height and wide sleeves
  • bishop sleeves as opposed to the bell sleeves seen until 1863
  • black lacy demi gloves
  • fitted bodice, no apparent buttons, and pleated skirt on dress
  • reticule or small bag hanging from the middle of her lower arm (right on photo)
  • dark colored taffeta dress

Would you agree this is a Civil War period photograph or post Civil War?

Joanna PALMER married Samuel L. ROYALTY on 5 April 1856 in Ohio County, Indiana. Between 1863-1866 she moved with her family to Pope County, Illinois. She was the mother of Florence ROYALTY, wife of Isaac Spencer LILLIE. No date of death has been found for her. A gravemarker photo on Find A Grave does not include the date of death. The Find A Grave Memorial #49752399 has 1871 as her year of death but a baby born 19 January 1874 and died 27 June 1874 is seen as her child. Did she die about the same time as this child? Her husband Samuel remarried on 10 November 1874.

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Back of photograph: “Grandmother Royalty”

Joe Rooney kindly gave me permission to use these photographs on my blog.

Joe ROONEY wrote on 15 February 2015: This collection of photographs was scanned at 300 dpi color by me. The original photos were sent by Sandra Lillie about ten years ago after she found them cleaning out a relative’s garage in Southern Illinois, finding no other takers (suckers). She believes they were a collection by L Vance Lillie. Many of the pictures seemed to be removed from frames or were in albums evidenced by fading characteristics and may have been from other’s collections. I scanned the reverse if there was laboratory advertising or writing. Some of the authors’ identification may be figured out of the handwriting matches. I did not scan the reverse of photos where there was only a three digit number that I believe to be sequence numbers on a roll of film. I didn’t spot any obvious helpful commonalities.

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