My maternal grandparents did not marry until September 1931, so I looked for each of them separately, hoping that they were still living with their parents. Success: one of the first 1930 census records I found was for my maternal grandmother, living with her parents and two of her sisters. They lived in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania at 836 North Highland Avenue.
|1930 U.S. Federal Census, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1975; Page: 23B; Enumeration District: 169; Ancestry.com image: 246.0. Record for Percy E Hunter.|
Lines 91-96 show this family. Percy E. Hunter, age 57, wife Marguerite, age 54, and daughters, Mary L., 26, Margaret L., 24, and Helen L. 23, (my grandmother). This census enumeration sheet shows that he owned his own home, which was worth $65,000, and that he owned a radio. They married when he was 24 and she was 21. They and their parents were all born in Pennsylvania. (In fact, three of my grandmother's eight great-grandparents were born in Pennsylvania, with the other five born in Scotland (3) or Ireland (2).) Percy was "President" of "Bridge Co." (More about that in a later blog posting.) The family also had a servant enumerated with them, a 29-year-old woman, Frances Kuzalecki, from "Yugo-Slavia", whose native language was Croatian. She arrived in 1923 and was still a resident alien.
I have not been able to find my maternal grandfather in 1930. And, although his parents (my maternal grandfather's parents) had been in New Trier, Cook County, Illinois in 1900, 1910, and 1920, I found them in Michigan City, La Porte, Indiana at the Sheridan Beach Hotel, Lake Ave. in the 1930 census.
|1930 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan City, La Porte, Indiana; Roll: 603; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 17; Ancestry.com image: 1061.0. Record for Lowell Copeland.|
Lines 37-39 show Lowell Copeland, age 67, wife Ethel M., age 54, and daughter Ruth L, age 22. They married when he was 37 and she was 24. This census shows that it was unknown if they owned or rented, and did not indicate an "R" for owning a radio. There is also no indication of what my great-grandfather did for a living, but perhaps at age 67, he was retired. Lowell and his parents were born in Maine. Ethel was born in Illinois, and her parents were born in Massachusetts. Ruth, who was my grandfather's youngest sister, was born in Illinois. (Their middle child, Elizabeth, known as Betty, was married and living in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband, who was a professor at Princeton University.)
My mother thinks that her father would have been in New York at this time, but I have had no success in finding him. I have looked in ancestry.com for Lowell Townsend Copeland, born in Illinois in 1901 (actually he was born December 21, 1900) in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, and Pennsylvania with no luck. I have tried L.T. Copeland, Lowell Copeland, and Townsend Copeland. I've tried using "Copland" as the last name, as well as "*land" and even Toby as the given name, as that was his nickname. Any suggestions welcome.