My father, Charles McAlpin Pyle, Jr. was an only child.
His mother, Elizabeth Adsit (known as Libby to us grandchildren), was one of two children; her brother never married.
Libby's father, Charles Chapin Adsit, was one of seven children, and the only one to have grandchildren. (See More on the Adsit Family for the details.)
Libby's mother, Mary Bowman Ashby, was one of six children, and I don't believe any of her siblings had children who lived to adulthood.
Mary Bowman Ashby's mother, Mary Elizabeth Gorin, was one of seven children, the youngest of whom, Florence Gorin, married John A. Lee.
|Inscription from the Gorin Family Bible:|
Miss Florence Gorin
Presented by her
Pa T. J. Gorin
I find it very interesting (and fun) to track these collateral relatives forward through census and other records. The family bible tells me that Florence and John married on October 19, 1880. (I have had no luck finding Thomas J. Gorin, Florence Gorin or John A. Lee in the 1880 U.S. Census.)
By 1900, John and Florence had moved to Wheeler County, Texas. (The following is from the U.S. Federal Census, Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Wheeler, Texas; Roll: T623_1678; Page 5B; Record for John A. Lee.)
John A. Lee (age 55) and Florence G. Lee (age 45) have been married 20 years. (Actually, Florence was 48.) The next two columns indicate that Florence never had children. They have a boarder living with them.
At the right are columns that indicate that John A. Lee owned his farm, free of mortgage. The last column, which indicates that he is number 80 on the farm schedule doesn't give me any information, as the special schedules for the 1900 census were destroyed by an Act of Congress. It would have been neat to see how much cattle and other animals he owned, and how much of the land was "improved."
Ten years later, they are still in Wheeler County, Texas. (The following is from the U.S. Federal Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 2, Wheeler, Texas; Roll: T624_1600; Page 6A; Enumeration District: 219; Record for John A. Lee.)
John A. Lee (age 65) and Florence G. Lee (age 56) indicate that they have been married for 29 years. They have no children and a "hired man" is living in their household.
Again, John's occupation is Stock Farming. The 1910 special agricultural schedules were also destroyed by an Act of Congress. To find out how successful John was at stock farming in Texas would likely require doing some land research in Texas.
In 1920, I find them in the City of Long Beach, Long Beach Township, Los Angeles County, California! I wish I knew why they moved to California. (To retire, maybe? He is 75 years old and she is 68 years old.)
|U.S. Federal Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: City of Long Beach, Long Beach Township, Los Angeles County, California; Roll: T625_104; Page 18A; Enumeration District: 75; Record for John E. Lee.|
I found that they are both buried at Cave Hill Cemetery, in Louisville, Kentucky. Based on the burial dates, it looks like John died in early May 1925. Texas Death records (found at FamilySearch.org) show that Florence died on December 15, 1925 in Wheeler County, Texas, and was buried in Louisville, Kentucky.
Second great grand aunt Florence Gorin Lee was sister to Mary Elizabeth Gorin. My descent from Mary Elizabeth Gorin > Mary Bowman Ashby > Elizabeth Adsit > Charles McAlpin Pyle, Jr. > me.
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