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#52Ancestors: Week 23 – Charles Sherman Howes – Past Pacific NW Connections

This is week 23 of the 2015 #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of u52ancestors-2015 Images blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year.  To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website.

I am not the only person in my family lineage that has relocated to the Pacific Northwest to live and work.  My grandfather, Hugh Howes’ brother Charles Sherman, briefly lived in Portland, Oregon.  Charles’ son, Beryl Leon Howes was living and working as an electrician.  Charles and his wife, Barbara A. Piper, moved in with Beryl and his wife.  The 1943 Portland City Directory lists both couples at 4933 N Gantenbein Ave, near the cross street, NE Alberta.

Charles and Barbara did not stay long in the area.  There was no listing of them in the 1941 City Directory. did not have city directories for 1944 to 1950 for Portland.  They may have stayed a couple of years before moving back to Sullivan, Indiana.

Charles passed away in 1960, Barbara in 1961.  Both are buried at Center Ridge Cemetery in Sullivan, IN.

Beryl with his wife, Edith P. Kirk remained in Portland for a number of years. They are listed as living on NE 77th Ave in 1957.  The 940 sqft house built in 1924 stills stands today.  Beryl and Edith return to live in Sullivan possibly before his parents passed.  He and his wife are also buried at Center Ridge Cemetery.

Chas Howes Portland OR

Image capture from U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Page 800 Portland, Oregon, City Directory, 1943

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#52Ancestors: Week 17 – One marriage, two citations for Lucina Hedges and Lewis Howes

This is week 17 of the 2015 #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of u52ancestors-2015 Images blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year.  To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website.

I am using this post to practice writing proper source citations.  My homework assignment for my ProGen25 study group was writing citations.  Instead of just pasting a copy of whatever I can grab to source, from now on, I will be using proper citations.

My second great grandparents, Lewis Howes and Lusina Hedges, were married in Warrick Co., Indiana.  They reared their family in Boonville, IN.  Their marriage record is indexed twice on FamilySearch due to variant spellings of their names.  I do not know if there is an image of their marriage record.

I have listed Lewis last name as Howes, the spelling that my grandfather used. Past spellings include;  House and Howse.  Lusina was also listed as Sina, or Lucina.

Two Indexes

Both index’s below list the same FHL film number, 549452.  In searching “Hedges” in, the short index came up quickly.  Entering “Howse” the search came up with the longer version from a different set of marriage records.  This index implies there is an image, however, it is not available online.

The image below is a short form from the 1780-1992, Indiana Marriages index.

Short form marriage index of Lewis Howse and Lusina

Short form marriage index of Lewis Howse and Lusina

This index listing is from the 1811-1959 Indiana Marriages, has more information. Lusina first and last name are spelled differently, Lusena Hodges.  The compiler of this index may have read the names differently or the handwriting in the original image may have not been clear.

Index of marriage record for Lewis Howse and Lusina Hedges

Index of marriage record for Lewis Howse and Lusina Hedges

Source Citations
Indiana, Marriages, 1780-1992, index, (; accessed 26 April 2015) entry for Lewis Howse and Lusina Hedges, 23 April 1852.
Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959, index, (; accessed 26 April 2015), Lewis Howse and Lusena Hodges, 23 April 1852, citing Warrick, Indiana, County Clerk Offices.


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#52Ancestors: Week 10 – Grafting the Adcock Branch to the Howes Family Tree

This is week 10 of the 2015 #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of u52ancestors-2015 Images blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year.  To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website.

Yes, I know I am late with this post.  I have outlined it several times in my head and finally have the words down to the blog.  Week 10 theme was Stormy Weather.  Whether personal crisis or weather related events that affected our ancestor’s lives.  My take was grief.  Our ancestors were flooded with grief at various stages in their lives.  Especially those who crossed an ocean or trekked overland from the east to west of the continent.  They endured countless hardships along the way.  The following story is about a family that continued to lose a parent early in their lives.

Grafting – taking a branch of one tree and inserting onto another so that the two branches may join together.

The Adcock branch was grafted to the family tree through marriage by my Aunt Pat. She married Noah Adcock in the 1950’s. Noah’s family hailed from De Kalb County, Tennessee. The Adcock’s served in many of the early wars, including the Revolutionary War and Mexican War of 1812. Two generations served on the confederate side of the Civil War.

Noah Adcock unexpectedly passed away at the age of 45. This early death, unfortunately, is pattern in the Adcock family history. The Adcock line is flooded with much grief in the past. Noah lost his own parents when he was quite young.

His mother, Ada L. Duncan, died a few weeks after his birth in December 1928. She was 28 years old and left five small children under her husband’s care. At 12 years of age, Noah loses his father, William M. Adcock. William Adcock (1884-1940) was 55 years old at the time of his death of myocarditis. Noah died of a heart attack.

Noah’s grandfather, Perry Green Adcock (1853-1927), died of mitral regurgitation at age of 73. Perry Adcock lost his father at the age of 11. William Adcock (1823-1864) died in the Civil War. Most likely of sickness.

William remarries circa 1939 to Alice Todd Willis. A widow herself with young children. Alice finds herself a widow again, when William dies in 1940. Noah has now lost both his parents and finds himself back at his grandmother’s home.

In 1928, William’s mother, Mary Jane Love, steps in to take care of Noah and his siblings. She does the same after William dies. Alice Todd Willis with small children of her own does not take custody. Mary Jane Love was nearly 70 when she takes over the care of William’s children. In 1940 she is nearly 80.

The flood of grief does not stop. Mary Love Adcock passes away in 1941. Leaving Noah without close times to his parents. Who provides the nurturing care after her death is not known to me. His oldest sister, Mary Lou Adcock, just recently married to James E. Judkins, is only 19 years old.

Noah joins the military in 1947 and serves until 1952. He does not return to Tennessee and settles in Michigan, where he marries my aunt.


1930 Census, Mary Jane Love is most likely misidentified as “Sarah” in household of William.

A daughter, Grace, is listed in William’s household on the 1930 Census. If this is William’s daughter, she may be from a prior marriage. No record has been found of this marriage, as of yet. Some online trees list Ada Duncan, as her mother. Ada would have been 12 when Grace was born in 1912, and could be dismissed as her mother. Ada and William were married in 1919. Grace could have also been a niece or cousin who lived with William.

The 1920 census, for William and Ada, lists a son named Robert. He does not appear on the 1930 census. I not located a death record for him. I did find one for his brother, Willie T. Adcock (1924) who died at birth.

Final Resting Place

William Adcock shares a headstone with Ada Duncan at the Faulkner Cemetery in Warren County, TN. His mother Mary Lou Adcock lies there too. A sweet grave epithet is engraved on her headstone. It reads, “Having finished life’s duty she now sweetly rests.”

 MaryJane Love_Adcock William_Ada_Adcock Headstone

Photograph Citations

James Hill, “Find-A-Grave” database. ( for Mary Jane Love Adcock (1861-1941), Faulkner Cemetery (Pike Hill), McMinnville, Warren Co, Tennessee; Memorial# 34255261; accessed 15 Mar 2015.

James Hill, “Find-A-Grave” database. ( for William Adcock and Ada Duncan Adcock, Faulkner Cemetery (Pike Hill), McMinnville, Warren Co, Tennessee; Memorial# 34255153 and 34255195; accessed 15 Mar 2015.

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#52Ancestors: Week 9 – Sarah Vina Howes – Last Chance at Love

This is week nine of the 2015 #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of u52ancestors-2015 Images blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year.  To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website.

Two blocks from Sarah Howes’ house lives a middle aged man, Ira Bridges, recently widowed. How long did she know him before they got married? Were they attracted to each other from afar and waiting for the day they could be together? Or, did they marry for convenience?

Sarah V. Howes is my paternal great grandfather’s sister. She opted for the single life until she entered into a marriage at the age of 53. Born in 1855 in Warrick County, Indiana, she died in Farmersburg, IN at the age of 60. Married in 1908, two years later she is widowed, and on her own.

Sarah may have waited for marriage because she was busy raising her younger siblings. Her mother, Lusina Hedges dies at the age of 39, her father, Lewis Charles House/Howes four years later. Sarah had six younger siblings that need care. Her youngest sister is just four years old at the time of her mother’s death.

The family moves off the farm to Evansville, IN. Her brothers are miners, she herself is a seamstress. The siblings marry, but not Sarah. Every few years, she moves to various rooming houses in her neighborhood. Houses come and went in Evansville, the houses she lived in no longer are no longer standing.

Ira Levi Bridges is a few years older than Sarah. Born in Kentucky, his family moves to Newburgh, IN. A growing coal mining and port community. Ira’s first wife is Nancy Jane Buston. Their union produces four sons. Ira works in the coal mine like so many others at the time.

Nancy Buston Bridges, age 62, dies on April 18, 1908. Eight months later on December 23, 1908, in Warrick County, Ira marries Sarah Howes. Such a quick marriage after the death of his first wife.

The new couple move out of the city to Farmersburg where Ira operates a mine. Four years after their marriage, Ira dies of liver disease in 1912. He is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, in Evansville, IN.

Sarah remains in Farmersburg where she passes away. She shares her gravestone with her parents in Union Cemetery, Newburgh, IN.

With just a few facts one could create a story of torrid love affair or an ordinary union of two people. It would be interesting to know why Sarah waited to marry, but alas, the story has been lost to time.

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Grandma Olive’s Recipe Box – Dutch Coleslaw

My aunts and my mother were divvying up my grandmother, Olive Roll Howes (1910-1996), belongings after she was moved to a nursing home in 1990’s. I think my mother ended up with the bulk of the paper files in several boxes. I was amazed at the number of boxes my mother brought home. My grandmother lived in a senior citizen apartment. The square footage was small, probably around 500 sq. feet.

My mother was sorting through the boxes at our house and there was no time to do it at grandmother’s place. As I watched my mother, I was exclaiming, “Where did Grandma find the space to put all the “stuff” in her tiny apartment? “ Being curious person genealogists can be, I started reading the letters, slips of paper, piles of statements, and et cetera in amazement.

There were cancelled checks from the 1950’s. Garnishment receipts for child support payments from an Uncle. 1952 military training records for the same uncle while he was training in Florida. A letter from her great uncle regarding burial plots, an envelope with a torn out page from the phone book.  The page contain surnames of possible relatives she was trying to track down in Kentucky or Indiana. Genealogy is genetic. I still treasure those items today.

Dutch Coleslaw Recipe

Dutch Coleslaw Recipe

It is amazing what she kept. At the time, I managed to snag a few items and placed them in my room. Lucky that I did. My mother threw out a lot of the boxes during one of her cleaning sprees. I do not want to take a gander what treasure trove was thrown out. A couple of boxes did end up at my sister’s house. I went through and grabbed what I could when I found the boxes in the attic.

In among the paper files were recipes Olive collected. Some came from her friends that I remember from my childhood. Others were copied from newspapers in her own handwriting to index cards. The cards provide a lovely example of her handwriting. Compared to mine, Olive’s penmanship remained flowing and fluid even in her older years.  The handwriting is similar to my own mother’s. Seeing the writing reminds of her and brings a tear to my eyes. My own mother passed away 12 years ago.

I am posting the Dutch Coleslaw recipe today, because it is a play on words.  The word “coleslaw” is derived from the Dutch word “koolsla.” So why call it Dutch coleslaw?   Even though I have Dutch settlers who arrived in the 17th century, this is not a family recipe handed down through time.  Because this recipe lists mayonnaise as an ingredient, which was was invented in the 1800’s.

Dutch Coleslaw
Shred cabbage for 1 quart, plus 2 stalks of celery and 2 carrotsSoak in salt water in refrigerator for 1 hour.  Press out water.
Dressing – 1/4 cup of vinegar,  1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 1/4 c of sugar, add salt to taste
[add dressing to shredded cabbage and mix]
Let stand in refrigerator – several hours to blend flavors


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