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Journey Through My Tree: Nicholas Robb


Today is Veteran’s Day here in the U.S., so I thought that I would choose a veteran for my next Journey Through My Family Tree series.

Nicholas Andrew Robb

Birth: 23 November 1907 in Michigan

Death: 29 August 1946 in Detroit, Michigan

Relation to Me: Great-Aunt’s Husband

Parents: Nicholas Robb (1882 – 1970) &
Mary Turner (1882 – ?)

Siblings:
1. Helen Robb Bertrand (1910 – ?)
2. Bernard Robb (1913 – 1987)
3. Allen Robb (1915 – ?)
4. Iola Isabel “Robbie” Robb Rotto (1916 – 1996)
5. John J Robb (1918 – ?)

~1910 (age 3): Living with his Father and Mother in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.

~1920 (age 13): Living with his Father, Mother and 5 siblings in Detroit.

~1930 (age 23): Living with his Father, Mother and 5 siblings in Detroit.

~1936(age 28): Marriage to Dorothy Irene Mielke on 24th October in Detroit.

~1940 (age 32): Living with his wife Dorothy in Detroit.

~1943 (age 35): Enlisted in the United States Navy Reserves on 21st July.

~1945 (age 38) Discharged from service on 28th Nov.

~1946 (age 38): Died on 29th August. Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Detroit.

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Application for Headstone or Marker

My grandmother told me that Nicholas died after coming home from World War II due to injuries he received. Her recollection is that Nicholas fell off a ladder while on a ship and badly cut his shin. Less then a year after he came home, he died of a blood clot.

My Aunt Dorothy was only 17 when she married Nick, who was 28. Aunt Dorothy converted to Catholicism before she and Nick married and during that time lived with our Great-Great Uncle and Aunt, Walter Eugene and Margret Mielke.

To see more of the journey through my family tree go here.

Bless you ancestors!

SueAnn

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McKnight / Guilds Mystery Part I


I love a good mystery, especially when it comes to genealogy. I have been reading a lot of Genealogy Related Mystery books lately and it got me thinking about some of the mysteries in my family tree. One of the biggest is a story my daddy has told me all my life, that I could never prove. Well last night, I couldn’t sleep, so I dived into the mystery and got some answers! My Daddy always said that our last name should have been Giles (his spelling), but that an adoption had occurred that made us McKnight’s. Last night as I was researching, I found a marriage record for Beatrice Mae Jones, my great-grandmother, to a Jay Guilds (pretty similar sounding to Giles) on 10 Nov 1922. Unfortunately for me, I do not have full access to ancestry.com right now to get the actual marriage certificate. However, what information I could gleam off the index listing leads me to believe this is the right one. Now fast forward to the 1930 census. Grandma Beatrice is living with her father, Charles Arthur Jones, Stepmother Goldie Guilds (notice the last name?) and her three children, Bernard (my grandfather), Wilma Mae, and Richard (Dick).

Guilds-Jones 1930 Census Record

1930 Census Record for Beatrice Guilds (1)

Hmmm…her husband is nowhere to be found on this census, which isn’t entirely unusual in the 1930’s during the great depression. I haven’t found a census entry for Jay yet, but I am still looking. However, when I searched Beatrice’s name I did find this:

Divorce Decree for Jones-Guilds

Divorce Decree for Jones-Guilds (2)

Wow, my jaw hit the floor when I saw this! I couldn’t believe it especially the cause of divorce “Extreme and repeated cruelty; non-support.

One other interesting thing about this mystery, did you notice the name of Beatrice’s step-mother? That’s right Goldie Guilds. Goldie is the younger sister of Jay C. Guilds. I having a feeling that made for some interesting family gatherings.

While the mystery isn’t completely solved and I may never know what exactly happened between Beatrice and my biological great-grandfather, Jay, every brick wall knocked down gets me closer to finding my family.

And the mystery continues here.

Bless your ancestors!

SueAnn

(1) Year: 1930; Census Place: West Bloomfield, Oakland, Michigan; Roll: 1019; Page: 29B; Enumeration District:0138; Image: 1119.0; FHL microfilm: 2340754. Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

(2) Ancestry.com. Michigan, Divorce Records, 1897-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Michigan. Divorce records. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing, Michigan. rolls.

Tombstone Tuesday – Oscar Lindsay


Oscar Lindsay
son of Wyndham Rowan and Hilda Cooper Lindsay
husband of Edith Margret Basham Lindsay
father of Oscar Rowan Lindsay
27 Aug 1887 – 2 Nov 1926

Buried at:
Grand Lawn Cemetery
23501 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48219

Happy Searching!

SueAnn

Tombstone Tuesday – Marian Jane Mielke Verhonick


Marian Jane Mielke Verhonick was born 21 December 1922 to George A. J. Mielke and Elsie Jane Yetman and died on 26 Dec 2006 in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. She is buried at Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit. Marian was married to William “Bill” Verhonick.

I have very found memories of my Auntie Marian. A few of them are: her dog Snoopy; visiting Wyandote with her; and the cookies she made every Christmas.

My Grandfather, Oscar Lindsay, Aunt Marion, and Uncle Bill

Happy Searching!

Tombstone Tuesday – Oscar Rowan Lindsay


Last week, we visited the grave of my Great-Grandmother Edith Margret Basham Lindsay, so this week I thought we would stop by her son’s and my Poppo’s (Grandfather) Oscar Rowan Lindsay grave.  Poppo was born in Stratford, Ontario, Canada on 21 Nov 1917 to Oscar and Edith Basham Lindsay.  In 1923 the family immigrated to Detroit, Michigan.

In 1948, he married my Grandmother Lucille Mielke (see there wedding post here). He and Lucille had 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. He worked for the J. L. Hudson company and was a city councilmen for the city of Ferndale, Michigan.  He was also very active in the Masonic Lodge and with the Shriner’s.   He is buried at Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.

Circa 1919

Oscar in the 1930s

City Council Picture

With Lucille in Ottawa, Canada 1984

Oscar and Lucille at a Mason’s event

Oscar and his mom, Edith 1981

Last picture, I promise! My Poppo and me taken Christmas 1981.

Happy Searching!

SueAnn

Tombstone Tuesday – Edith M. Lindsay


Sunday, I posted about my Grandmother Edith M. Lindsay (see Sunday’s Obituary: Edith M Lindsay). So today, I would share a little more about her and a few more pictures.

Edith Margret was the youngest of 7 children born to Charles and Mary Anne Brewer Basham in Chigwell, Essex, England.  She married Oscar Lindsay in 1911 in West Ham, London. By May of 1913, they were leaving England for Canada. While in Canada, they had two children, a daughter (18 Nov 1916) and a son, Oscar Rowan (21 Nov 1917). Their daughter (I don’t know her name) died two days after birth and is buried Avondale Cemetery, Section A, Stratford, Ontario, Canada. They lived in Stratford, Ontario,  Canada until 1923 when they immigrated to Detroit, Michigan. In 2 Nov 1926, her husband Oscar passed away. In 1948, when my grandparents, Oscar and Lucille, married, she came to live with them. She lived with them until the mid 1980s when they could no longer care for her at home. She lived to be 97 years old.

She is buried at Grand Lawn Cemetery in  Detroit, Michigan.

Grandma Edith and my mom, Donna (August 1950)

Her first grandchild! She look’s so happy and proud!

Edith and husband, Oscar Lindsay (circa 1919)

Happy Searching!

SueAnn

Tombstone Tuesday – Elsie Mielke


My great-grandmother, Elsie Jane Yetman Mielke, was born on 2 January 1887 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada and died on 15 Oct 1973 in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. She was the daughter of William and Jane Penney Yetman. She is buried at Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan.

Happy Searching!

SueAnn