Sunday, November 26, 2017

William Scott Pyle's Oldest Son, James V. Pyle

My second great uncle, William Scott Pyle (1856-1906), shared in the success of the soap manufacturing company started by his father, James Pyle. In the 1905 New York State Census, 49-year-old William S. Pyle, with the occupation of Manufacturer, is living at number 3 East 53rd Street in Manhattan with his wife, Mary V. Pyle (age 45) and his two children, Mary V. Pyle (age 19) and William S., Jr. Pyle (age 17). The household also includes eight servants!

(I have cleared out the extraneous information to direct your view to this Pyle family's entry.)

1905 New York State Census, New York County, population schedule, Manhattan, p. 42, line 13, William S. Pyle; digital images, ( : accessed 2 June 2014).
I have previously shared that William Scott Pyle died on January 1, 1906, of cirrhosis of the liver. (I shared his death certificate here.)

Five years later, in the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, the widowed Mary V. Pyle is living in Mendham, Morris County, New Jersey. With her are her children, Mary V. Pyle, age 24, and William S. Pyle, age 21, and seven servants.

1910 U.S. census, Morris County, New Jersey, population schedule, Mendham, enumeration district (ED) 22, sheet 8B, dwelling 159, family 180, Mary V. Pyle; image, ( : accessed 2 June 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 902.

This census asks the question "Mother of how many children / Number born / Number now living." This can be a helpful piece of information, letting us know if there are additional children we have not recorded. In this case, Mary reports that she gave birth to two children and two are living. However, this is not accurate, as there was an older brother, James Vanderhoef Pyle, who was born in November 1882 and died on 28 February 1887 of Diptheria.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wordless Wednesday ~ William Scott Pyle (1856-1906)

In honor of a third cousin once removed who found me because of my blog, I am sharing this carte de visite of William Scott Pyle, my second great uncle (and her second great grandfather). He was the younger brother of my great grandfather, James Tolman Pyle.

The handwritten inscription is: Yours Truly W. S. Pyle.

The photographer was Julius Ludovici, who photographed in New York and Newport (which can be faintly seen in the lower right-hand-corner of the image).

There is no date on the back of the image, but based on the tie (wide and soft) and the white shirt, as well as a possible age of mid-20s, I wonder if this was taken around the time of his marriage in 1881, when he was 25 years old, or perhaps soon after.