Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wordless Wednesday ~ Photos for Father's Day ~ 52 Ancestors #24

I am participating in this year's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge from Amy Johnson Crow. Each week has an optional writing prompt and this week's writing prompt is Father's Day.

Following are four generations of Pyles in photographs.

My father, Charles McAlpin Pyle Jr., at about the age of eight or ten in the early 1930s:



And his father, Charles McAlpin Pyle, at probably about the same age in the 1910s:



And his father, James Tolman Pyle:



A photo of his father, James Pyle, which I found at the Nova Scotia Archives website:



Happy Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Percy and Marguerite Going to the Chapel ~ 52 Ancestors #23

I am participating in this year's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge from Amy Johnson Crow. Each week has an optional writing prompt and this week's writing prompt is Going to the Chapel.

My great-grandparents, Percy Earle Hunter and Marguerite Lysle were married in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, on 21 October 1897.

Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Clerks of Orphans' Courts, Pennsylvania County Marriage Records, 1885-1950, FHL Film 878632, p 49, no. 13646, digital image, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DY8Q-7CL : accessed 25 January 2012), citing marriage record for Percy E. Hunter and Marguerite Lysle, 21 October 1897.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

So Far Away ~ 52 Ancestors #22

I am participating in this year's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge from Amy Johnson Crow. Each week has an optional writing prompt and last week's writing prompt was So Far Away.

My brick wall ancestor, third great-grandmother, Susan (Rood) Chapin, had several children. One, my second great-grandmother, Susan Arville (Chapin) Adsit, settled in Chicago, Illinois, dying there in 1906. One of the strategies to break through a brick wall is to research siblings of a known ancestor and I have done some research on Arville's siblings to see if that leads me to Susan (Rood) Chapin's death information (or possibly her parents' names).

One of her sisters continued to move further west and settled in Utah. My third great aunt, Jane Eliza Chapin, was born 14 January 1822, probably in Massachusetts. She married Hiram H. Harrison in Chicago, Illinois, on 4 March 1841. The family was in Wisconsin in 1850 and 1860 (per the U.S. Census) and in Salt Lake City, Utah, by the time of the 1880 U.S. Census. That year, Jane was enumerated in the household of one of her sons. (I have not had luck finding the family in the 1870 U.S. Census.)

Jane was not enumerated in the 1900 U.S. Census (though I did find two of her sons in Salt Lake City). Her death record reported her place of death at the 1900 home of her son, Lester.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Wilton Stroud Pyle ~ 52 Ancestors #21

I am participating in this year's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge from Amy Johnson Crow. Each week has an optional writing prompt and this week's writing prompt is Military.

Wilton Stroud Pyle was a second cousin of mine who died while serving in the Vietnam War. Wilton was the son of David McAlpin Pyle (1914-1984) and the grandson of David Hunter McAlpin Pyle (1886-1944), the older brother of my grandfather, Charles McAlpin Pyle.

There is an entry for him in the U.S., Vietnam War Military Casualties, 1956-1998, database at Ancestry.com. He died 49 years ago tomorrow (on May 29, 1969). According to this record, his military tour had started just two months before, on March 27.

Additional information from this record states that he was born on April 6, 1946, and lived in Morris, Litchfield County, Connecticut. He served as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has a website which includes the Wall of Faces, a virtual Vietnam Veterans Wall, where photographs of those who died can be found. Wilton Pyle's page includes messages that have been shared there over the past nineteen years.

In addition to his parents and extended family, he left three younger siblings.

His FindAGrave memorial provides additional information about him and includes a photograph of his gravestone, which is at Arlington National Cemetery.

Courtesy of photographer "Hope" at FindAGrave

Wilton
Stroud
Pyle
New York
2d Lieutenant
U.S. Marine Corps
Vietnam
April 6, 1946
May 29, 1969

In memory of the second cousin I never knew.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wordless Wednesday ~ Henry Clay Copeland ~ 52 Ancestors #20

I am participating in this year's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge from Amy Johnson Crow. Each week has an optional writing prompt but this week, instead of using the prompt, I'm sharing another photograph from my aunt.

Henry Clay Copeland was born in Norridgewock, Maine, in 1832, and died in 1912 in Calais, Maine. I don't think I've ever seen a photograph of him and my aunt had four copies of this same image. This appears to be the clearest one.


Following is the backside of another of the images showing three different handwritten notes (suggesting he was 41 years old) as well as the photographer's imprint.

July 1873
Henry Clay Copeland
[sideways:] Eastport - Aug. 21, 1873

The photographer was Davis Loring, owner of Loring's New Rooms in Eastport, Maine. (I looked him up at Langdon's List of 19th & Early 20th Century Photographers.)



I have written about this second great-grandfather at Henry Copeland ~ Lumberman and Military Monday ~ Henry Clay Copeland.

Henry Clay Copeland
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Lowell Copeland
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Lowell Townsend Copeland
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My mother
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Me