Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Alice Emrick, Grocer


Grocery store once operated by Alice Emrick in Glendale
Alice Emrick was born to George Emrick and Margaret Anna Cooper on 03 Oct 1882, according to
family records. The date of the family’s move from Stephenson County, Illinois to Seward County, Nebraska is unknown, but occurred after her birth, but before 1900. She had two brothers: George and Bert Cooper Emrick.

Robert Cooper, profiled previously, lived with the Emrick's in 1910.

Alice’s mother Margaret died in Seward County in 1914. Alice lived with her father, caring for him until between 1920-23, when she moved to Glendale, Los Angeles County, California and became a grocer. Sometime during this period, she married a man named Moler, for whom no further information is available. She was listed as a widow for the 1930 census.

Alice operated a couple of neighborhood markets, one of which was located at 310 E California St in Glendale. The building is still standing and is still being used as a grocery. She had previously been at 471 W Harvard St in Glendale for a few years.

Her father George resided with her until his death in 1933. Brother Bert Cooper Emrick, a salesman, and his wife Lela also resided in Glendale. By 1936, she had retired and she died in 1940 at the age of 57.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Smiths: The Very Best Kind of Day

Yesterday, I drove up to Nashua to meet a cousin on the Smith side, Betty Jane Smith. There with her for the meeting were two of her kids and their spouses. I felt like I had been dropped into my own family, without all the expectations! Very nice, wonderful people. We told stories and shared photos. Betty is 94 years old and I spent time giggling with her - giggling - and laughing and smiling. She shared the most awesome family photos and filled in blanks in my knowledge about her father and mother, Walter Smith & Isabelle Monteith. At the end of the day, we had a piece of homemade pie, made by Betty, who had skipped church in order to provide the delicious treat for me - a virtual stranger. Did I mention how much I love Iowa?

Here is a beautiful photo of Isabelle, from her youth. As you might recall, Isabelle was one of three Monteith sisters who married Smith men. Jessie and Elizabeth married Walter's cousins, Alexander and Jacob.

Betty was adopted by Walter and Isabelle Smith after her birth. They were her biological great grandparents. She lived in the same house since she was born - the house Walter & Isabelle had lived in since they had "moved to town" sometimes around the turn of the 20th century.

The lovely Betty Jane Smith
Betty continued to live there after Walter and Isabelle died. Her adopted sister Maude moved in with her and finished raising her after Isabelle's death. When Betty married widower Leland Hahn, the family of Lee's two kids and their own two kids made the house their home. After Leland died, her second husband also lived in the home. Ninety-four years in the same house!

This is a particularly great photo of the Smith boys Mirt,  Rev Parker, Harland, Edwin, Isabelle & Walter:

They were at some kind of picnic - looks like some kind of pavilion behind them - perhaps the Nashua fairgrounds?

This is the boys and their spouses, except Edwin's wife, Kate Smull, This also includes sister Mary Madora "Dora" Smith and her husband BF Lichty, who lived in Waterloo. These photos look like they were taken in the last 1920s or early 1930s. Walter died in 1933.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Captain Robert T Cooper


Robert T Cooper was the first-born child of Chalkely Jared Cooper, Sr and Margaret Ann Thompson, in Clark County, Illinois on 24 May 1841. The family removed to Rock Grove, Stephenson Co., Ill., in 1844. As a youth he worked on the family farm in the summer months and attended school during the winter.

He was sworn into the US Army on Sept. 10, 1861. He was mustered into the service as Sergeant of Co. "B," 46th Regiment Illinois Infantry, on Sept. 14, 1861, at Springfield, Illinois, and did camp and drill duty. He fought in the battle of Fort Donelson, Kentucky on Feb. 16, 1862, where his uncle, John A. “Jack” Thompson (son of Susannah Gourley and Robert Thompson) also served.

During the battle of Shiloh, Tenn., on April 6, 1862, he was severely wounded in the left arm and was furloughed home. He returned to his company and regiment at La Grange, Tenn., July 7, 1862. He fought with his company until the close of the war. He received his final promotion to Captain on Dec 23, 1864. He was mustered out at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Jan. 20, 1866, and was discharged at Springfield, Illinois, Feb. 2, 1866.

When he arrived back in Stephenson County, the attended college in Peoria, Ill., and graduated in 1866. He went into the mercantile and grain business in Rock City, Illinois until 1869, when he was elected county treasurer. After he served 4 years, he moved to Seward, Nebraska and purchased the Blue Valley flour mill in Holmesville. Brother Joseph L Cooper worked with him in his business interests there.

He ran for and was elected as County Treasurer in 1881 and was considered for State Treasurer at one
point. He served two terms and then served as County Clerk for two years before returning to business pursuits.

He was married to Emma J. Brenizer in 1887. They had two children; the first died in infancy in 1888, their second, Emma, died at age 5 years in 1894. He engaged in farming and stock raising until 1890 when his wife died, three months after Emma’s birth. He then retired from active business at Seward, where he died 12 Sep 1916.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Munsons of New Haven

Enjoy my cousin's post on the Munson family of New Haven. Captain Thomas Munson was the first of the family to come to the US. My cousin and I are part of Clan William.

The Munsons in New Haven, CT

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

William Clayton Cooper of South Dakota


You can read about the various Cooper's here.

Franklin Cooper, born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, came with his parents to Clark County, Illinois in the mid 1820s. He married Jemima Wilson, a much younger woman, on 14 Mar 1850 in Stephenson County, Illinois and they later came to Polk Township, east of Plainfield, in Bremer County, Iowa, where they farmed. Jemima Ann was born 31 Oct 1832 in Kentucky. Franklin died at home in January 1893 and was buried in Horton  Jemima lived on until 1908. They had 10 children, only four of whom survived childhood. Jemima traveled frequently in her last years visiting her children and also was involved in various groups like the GAR auxiliary and the Ladies Aid Society.
1890s Play in Plainfield - Jemima is second row, far right

Son William Clayton was born in March of 1862 in Stephenson County. He married Mary Fairy "Fairy" Spaulding on 10 Oct 1883 in Horton, Iowa. She was born in January 1864 in Iowa. The 1900 census has William listed as a "landlord." Fairy was involved in the Royal Neighbors and can be seen here on this float in 1900.

Plainfield Royal Neighbors, 1900: Fairy Cooper is 4th from left, front row

In 1907, the couple took a leap and left for Fort Pierre, South Dakota, where they would take a land claim. On a visit home, he told everyone about what a great deal it was, "There is plenty of good land around Pierre that anyone can get by remaining on fourteen months and paying 50 center per acre." His four adult daughters lived in either South Dakota or Nebraska with their families.

In 1915, William met with a tragic accident:
"The community was shocked and saddened by the death Saturday morning of Wm C Cooper, a well known resident of our town. Mr Cooper was assisting his son-in-law on a farm near Carpenter, Friday evening when he threw his fork down from the stack and immediately sprang down. The fork stuck in the ground, the handle standing upright and Mr Cooper was impaled on the handle. He was taken at once to the Watertown hospital, but died the next morning at 8 o'clock. He leaves a wife and three married daughters as well as a number of grandchildren to whom their grandfather was an especially dear playfellow and friend. Funeral services were held at Carpenter Monday afternoon."
Huron Weekly State Spirit
Thursday, August 26, 1915, Huron, South Dakota
Her daughter Edith Cooper Zwanziger lived in Huron near her mother and in 1930, her grandson, Lawrence Zwanziger lived with his grandmother. Mary died in a Huron, South Dakota hospital 01 Apr 1948. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Meet the Coopers: Amos & Hannah Lloyd Cooper

The Cooper side of the family is large and complex. I've had an opportunity to speak with a few of the descendants over the past few years and through them I learned that Amos, who I consider our family head, had a father named William according to his marriage record. I have not delved into this information to any degree because it would require a trip East to Montgomery and Bucks Counties, Pennsylvania and that is not in the cards right now.

Amos was born in about 1772 in Montgomery County,  Pennsylvania. The Coopers were Quakers and attended the Horsham Monthly Meeting in Bucks County. In 1794, Amos and his intended bride, Hannah Lloyd appeared with their parents in front of several monthly meetings to state their intention to marry. On 12 Dec 1794, they married at the Haddonfield Monthly Meeting. The Coopers farmed in Northampton, Bucks County for several years quite successfully. In 1801, he was farming 73 acres with a value of about $1,000. His brothers also farmed near him. The couple had at least nine children, not all of them surviving to adulthood. In about 1806, the couple moved to Delaware for unknown reasons, but remained there only about two years before returning to Bucks County. Son William Lloyd Cooper was the only child born in Delaware.

1794 Wedding and its Witnesses

In July of 1825, the Cooper's appeared before the Quaker Monthly Meeting and requested they be allowed to remove themselves from their congregation so they could be the first pioneers in the family and head West. This was granted to the couple and their children.

Quaker Request for Removal
So, with that, the family made up of Amos, Hannah, George, John, Sarah, William LLoyd (my 3rd GG), Amos, Chalkley, and  Franklin departed for Illinois.

There was a large Quaker settlement near York, near the Crawford County, Illinois line. The family settled in first in Crawford, then in Clark County, Illinois according to the 1830 census. I found one little reference to Amos possibly being a justice of the peace in 1830. Beyond that, I don't know much about the couple once they got to Clark County. Amos and Hannah seemed both to have died about 1835.

The children thrived in the area and many went on to other parts of Illinois and my 3rd GG William Lloyd Cooper and his wife  Elizabeth Beams moved on to Stephenson County. After William's death, his wife Elizabeth would live with her daughter's family in Bremer County, Iowa. She would be buried in Stephenson County.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bad, Bad Henry Burton

JACOB SMITH > JAMES SMITH > JOHN R SMITH > NANCY SMITH m (1) George Royce (2) Henry Wallace Burton

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When John R Smith married Nancy "Nannie" Baker, little did the family know the name "Nannie" would carry on through three generations. You can read a little about John and his daughter Harriet here and about daughter Ollie here and son Alfred here.

The 2nd Nannie: Nancy Smith
Royce Burton
John and Nancy had daughter Nancy "Nannie" Smith on 13 Dec 1877 in Nebraska. She would marry George Royce, originally of Iowa, on 19 Mar 1896 in Garretson, Minnehaha County, South Dakota. George was born 18 Jan 1872.

Nannie's parents and some of her siblings moved along with the Royce's to California. While living in San Joaquin County, California. George made his living as a carpenter. By 1900, Stockton, which is located in the "Central Valley" of California and highly agricultural, had become an industrial city with streetcars, banks, hotels, and theatres. Main Street was its major commercial area. They would have nine children together before George died on 03 Aug 1915 in Stockton,

About the time of George's death, Henry Wallace Burton was just finishing his second term at San Quentin. This time for an unnamed felony. His career of crime might be quite lengthy, but all I have to go on is the two times he was incarcerated in San Quentin and his time at the Tulare County jail.

He was born in Greene County, Iowa 11 Jan 1884 to James O. Burton and Caroline "Carrie" Utter. The family moved West from Iowa to Tulare county before 1900. In 1908, Henry was a butcher and 20 years old. He was also on his way to prison for assault with intent to murder. He was sentenced to six years and was out in slightly over four years in December 1912. His second term for the "felony" started in late 1914 and he was in prison for 10 months, getting out in later 1915.
His 1908 and 1914 intake photos from San Quentin

Detailed description of his body at San Quentin

On 16 Jan 1920, he married Nancy "Nannie" Smith Royce and they lived in Stockton. He was some years younger than her. If his life of crime wasn't over, he didn't go back to the penitentiary. He was a dairy farmer and most of the Royce children resided with the couple on the 1920 census. Henry wouldn't make it to the 1930 census. He died on 06 Jun 1929 at the age of  45. He and Nannie would have one daughter, Nancy "Nannie" Violet Burton. Nannie would not remarry.

Nancy Smith Royce Burton died 09 Jan 1946 in French Camp in San Joaquin County.

Nancy Burton married William John Sohriakoff, born in San Francisco to Russian immigrant parents on 23 Oct 1924. Nannie would die on 13 Dec 1976. The couple had four children. William died 25 Jun 2003 in Grass Valley, California.