Saturday, April 22, 2006

Obituaries for Vivian F. Nelson and John Hugh Nelson

The City of Mesa Public Library came through in response to my request for the following obituaries:

Vivian F. Nelson
CROWN KING - Vivian F. Nelson, 81, a retired postal service worker in Crown King, died Nov. 21, 1985, at Arizona Pioneer Home in Prescott. Mrs. Nelson, of Crown King, was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and moved to Arizona in 1925. She had worked as a practical nurse for the Arizona Pioneer Home in Prescott for 15 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Martha J. Stewart; son, Charles; two sisters; two brothers; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Hampton Funeral Home, 240 S. Cortez, Prescott. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Arizona Pioneer Cemetery on Iron Springs Road in Prescott.

Arizona Republic, Section D2, 23-Nov-1985

John H. Nelson
GLENDALE (Special) - Funeral services will be in Glendale for John Hugh Nelson, 64, native Arizonan who died Friday in Sacramento, Calif.

Services tentatively have been set for 10 a.m. Wednesday in Brazill-Whitney Mortuary. Burial will be in Resthaven Park.

Mr. Nelson, born in Prescott, lived at Crown King for more than 30 years. He was a veteran of World War I. He was associated with his grandfather, the late George P.
Harrington, in the development of the Philadelphia Mine at Crown King.

Later, he worked as a mill man for other mining companies in the Bradshaw Mountain area, including the Swastika and Golden Turkey.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Essie R. Nelson, of Phoenix; two sons, John David Nelson and Charles Anthony Nelson, Crown King; a daughter, Mrs. Martha Jane Stewart, La Mesa, Tex.; two brothers, J. Louis Nelson, Phoenix, and William O. Nelson, Glendale; two sisters, Mrs. Emma R. Wenker, Globe, and Mrs. Harry W. Nason, Phoenix; and seven grandchildren.

Arizona Republic, Section 35, 27-Jun-1960

This post records how I found the sources for John and Vivian's obituaries.

Regarding Martha Jane Stewart (Nelson), there are four children born in Howard County, Texas to a Donald Ray Stewart and Martha Jane Nelson. La Mesa, Texas is in Dawson County, Texas, but Dawson and Howard counties are adjoining each other.

Monday, April 17, 2006

John David Nelson's obituary, 1973

In response to an obituary lookup request for John David Nelson I made this morning on an message board, a very nice volunteer, provided the following:

Arizona Republic Newspaper, 21 Mar 1973
John D. Nelson
PRESCOTT - Services for John D. Nelson, 47, who died Saturday in the Veterans Administration Center, will be at 2 p.m. today in the VA Center Chapel. Burial will be in the VA Cemetery.

Mr. Nelson was born and reared in the Crown King area, where he resided until 1966. He was a great-grandson of the late George P. Harrington, who was the founder of the Crown King and Phil mines. He had several mining claims in that area.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He had been employed by the Grant Tile Co. of Prescott for the past 10 years.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo; his mother Mrs. Vivian F. Nelson; his grandmother, Mrs. Ella B. Tewksbury of Crown King; two daughters, Mrs. Jay Lynn
Howell of Cottonwood and Mrs. Debbie Lee Harper of Welton; three sons Walter H., Samuel D. and Joseph A., all of Prescott and two grandchildren.

NOTE The newspaper obituary states he was born in Crown King however his birth certificate at: his birth location in Maricopa County.

This is from 33 years ago, but provides the names of John's family members, and confirms that his mother is Vivian F. Nelson. I can now track down John's children, who are the great-grandchildren of Ella Tewksbury, sister to Lucretia Carothers. It is my hope they can shed some light on Lucretia, because as far as I know, she has no descendants.

To learn about the George P. Harrington mentioned in this obituary, check at the Crown King, Arizona website.

Obiturary lookup request for John and Vivian Nelson

I have requested an obituary lookup from the City of Mesa Library for John and Vivian Nelson.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Anna Dean Yount's descendants

Anna Dean Yount has two daughters from Arizona birth certificates, while married to Everett Van Hoose.

Alma Rae Van Hoose was born in 1928 and Violet Reva Van Hoose was born in 1929.

Theodore Yount's descendants

The Sharlot Hall archive website lists the following obituary reference for Theodore Yount:

Theodore Kermet Yount
Printed:Prescott Courier.
Date of Obit: 23 Dec 2005.
Page Column:6a c6.
Born:Briceville, Tenn.
Died: Prescott Veterans Hospital, Prescott, Az.
Date of Death:22 Dec 2005
Date of Birth:13 Aug 1922
Funeral Home:Hampton Funeral Home

From the Prescott Daily Courier online, December 23, 2005:

Theodore Kermet Yount, 83, of Prescott, born Aug. 13, 1922, in Briceville, Tenn., died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at the Prescott veterans hospital.

A memorial service will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, at the VA Chapel at the VA Center, 500 N. Highway 89 in Prescott.

The family suggests memorials be made to the VA Hospice Unit at the VA Hospital, 500 N. Highway 89, Prescott, AZ 86313.

Arrangements by Hampton Funeral Home.

Well, I was hoping for more info!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Marriage of Ella Beatrice Redwine and Charles Wesley Yount

Ella Beatrice Redwine and Charles Wesley Yount are listed as a family with 5 children in the 1920 US Census in Tennessee. In 1930, a 10 year older Charly is listed as a family with Minnie E., his 27 year old wife, and a daughter under 1 year old.

Hmmm... If this is the same Charly, it would seem Ella and Charly divorced, and she ended up in Arizona, while Charly stayed on in Tennessee.

Vivian Frances Yount's descendants

In my continuing quest to learn more about Bertha Lucretia Redwine, 2nd wife of William Henry Carothers, I am researching the descendents of her siblings, as they are likely to have some pictures of her, if not some knowledge of her.

In previous posts, I've mentioned Lucretia's sister EllaTewksbury who had a daughter named Vivian Frances Yount. Vivian married John Hugh Nelson, and later died and was buried in Prescott. Looking in the Arizona online birth certificates, I found one child of John and Vivian. His name is John David Nelson.

The SSDI list the following info:

Name: John Nelson
Last Residence: 86301 Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, United States of America
Born: 21 Nov 1927
Died: Mar 1973
State (Year) SSN issued: Arizona (Before 1951 )

This would appear to be John David Nelson, as the birth date matches and the locations match.

From the same source, there is also a birth certificate for John Hugh Nelson. This lists John Hugh as being born on Sep 8, 1896, and lists his parents as John Nelson, 32, born in Stockholm, Sweden, and Esther Rebecca Harrington, 22, born in Taylorville, Illinois.

The Mesa Arizona Regional Family History Center lists the following obituary:

Age: 64
Arizona Republic, Section 35
Date: 27-Jun-1960

The same source lists an obituary for Vivian:

Age: 81
Arizona Republic, Section D 2
Date: 23-Nov-1985

Monday, April 10, 2006

Morris, Dedimiah and Andrew Jackson Carothers burial sites

The Illinois Trails website lists an Morris Carothers and his wife, Dedimiah, as being buried in the Connelly Cemetery in Parker Township, Clark County, Illinois.

The following is the information about Morris Carothers:
birthdate: 03 Jun 1808
death date: 17 feb 1869
age at death: 60y 8m 14d

The following is the information about Dedimiah (Connelly) Carothers, w/o Morris:
birth date: 22 Mar 1806
death date: 16 jul 1835
age at death: 29y 3m 24d

The Illinois Trails website also lists an A. J. Carothers buried in the Good Hope Cemetery in Westfield Township, Clark County, Illinois. This is a good match for Andrew Jackson Carothers, a younger brother of Clark Carothers.

The following is the information about A. J. Carothers.
birth date: 23 Feb 1842
death or burial date: 17 jan 1866
age at death: 23y 10m 22d

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Grandpa Gerry on the Racetrack!

Below is one photo from Aunt Lana's collection that I found quite interesting. I don't know where or what year this photo was taken, but Gerry's cousin Gordon Herring, and his nephew, Bob Herring, spent many years on the racetrack. This is the first I've learned of Grandpa Gerry being on a racetrack. I'd love to know the backstory on his being on the racetrack. In any case, it's a fun photo!

Update July 3, 2006: This picture must have been taken sometime in the 1940s, likely in Prescott, AZ. My dad remembers Gerald racing. Gerald's wife Mabel mentioned that she was always concerned when Pops was racing in Prescott. I would like to know how Gerald got involved in racing as his cousin Gordon Herring was into racing big time, and died in a racing accident. Also, Gordon's son Bob also was into racing as well. There must be something in the Herring blood as several of Gerald's descendants also lean toward speed and racing.

A Visit from Aunt Lana

Today Aunt Lana came to my home with a box full of family photos. Some are over a hundred years old! She and her mother were kind enough to leave them in my care to scan them. There are so many photos to scan, I will do an inventory of them first. I need to scan them quickly and return them. I want to return them to their owners as soon as possible. They are are priceless family photos. There are many pictures of individuals I don't even have a photo of yet! There are many photos of my grandfather Gerald and his parents at just about every stage of life from toddler to old age. There are many, many photos of the Herrings, from whom I descend. As well as many photos of various Uncles, Aunts and cousins. I would guess that Aunt Della gave her photos to Gerald, and some are from Gerald's dad, William Henry.

Once I have scanned the photos I will create some CDs of them to share with the rest of the family. I'm sure there are many photos that many of them have never seen. It will be quite a treat!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Missouri Death Certificates Online!!

Missouri death certificates are now available online!!

This includes dates from 1910 to 1955. There is another online database for dates prior to 1910.

The full index for the 1910 to 1955 database is available, but images are only available from 1910 to 1920. More images will be added, and copies for those not availabe online can be requested.

I located a death certificate for Joseph Jennings Carothers. He was buried in the Carrsville Cemetery. I added an entry for Joseph at the Find A Grave website.

The names of 50 individuals with the surname Carothers appear in the database, including several in Henry County: Rachel(l), Andrew, Joseph, and Polly. I'll have to examine all of them in more detail in the future!