And She’s Dead Again

Two weeks ago, I wrote that finding an obituary had resurrected my 2x great-grandmother, Fannie Grace. This post won’t make much sense if you don’t read that post first.

I found an obituary of another of Fannie’s brothers.

This time Mary, who I believed to be my 2nd great-grandmother, has the last name Elder, has moved to Oklahoma, and had been identified as a half-sister to Willis Grace. I know that Thomas Grace, the brother whose obituary appeared in the previous post, and Willis are full brothers to my 2nd great-grandmother, Fannie, so I did a little more digging.

Turns out that, while I was correct that Fannie’s father did not have any other daughters, I had forgotten that Fannie’s mother, Rachel Boyt Grace, had been married previously.

So Mary Price Elder is my half-2nd great-grandaunt, Mary McGinnis.

And my 2nd great-grandmother, Fannie Grace Romine, is presumed to have died between 1901 and 1910. This theory is strengthened by the fact that on Fannie’s son’s (my great-grandfather’s) death certificate a different woman is listed as his mother. It seems like Fannie’s name would be there if she had been around much in her son’s life.

Elizabeth’s Obituary: The Two John Kelleys, Part 13

Start at the beginning or just go back to Part 12.

I found an obituary for Elizabeth Kelley Enoch. It’s not terribly helpful. I have confirmation now that her husband was well-known. The article’s mention of his business and the fact that her obituary appears in a town 150 miles from where she lived tells me the Enochs were known. Also that John did business in Cincinnati. I know now that Elizabeth died of pneumonia. And I can safely assume that the West Liberty newspaper ran this article, probably with more details since that was her local paper.

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Sources for this post can be found here.

Celia Kelley Collins: The Two John Kelleys, Part 9

Start from the beginning or read Part 8.

From the Norwalk Daily Reflector (Norwalk, Ohio), 11 Apr 1901:

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Argh. Another family obituary that doesn’t list siblings. One of these days I’m going to find an article that will mention John W. Kelley, so I can finally prove that Milan John and Champaign John are not the same.

While the obituary doesn’t mention the info I’m looking for, it does tell me a few other things.

  • Celia was only in Cincinnati for a year so I should look for her near Bellevue, Ohio, before 1900.
  • Celia’s daughter Anna was in Cincinnati in 1900. She married a Robertson.
  • Celia’s son John is still in the Bellevue/Milan/Norwalk area in 1901. He’s a suburban restaurant owner, and since the name of the restaurant isn’t mentioned, I’m thinking it’s the only restaurant around.
  • Celia’s son W. H. lived in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1901, so that’s probably where I’ll find him in the 1900 census.
  • Celia’s husband died in 1885 in Norwalk “by the cars.” Shiver. I’m not sure I want to know exactly what is meant by that, although I have an idea.

Celia was mentioned in the same newspaper the next day.

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A couple things interested me about this article. Berea is a suburb of Cleveland, about 60 miles from where the Collinses lived. Why would a reverend travel all that way to officiate the funeral? Why would a neighboring town care that he stayed?

Turns out he’d been the pastor at the Methodist church in Bellevue from the 1870s to the 1890s. A quick search of his last name in the Bellevue paper brought up his name a lot.

Sources for this post can be found here. Read the next part.

The Flight Between Worlds

Two low-flying owls hurtled toward us, so white they glittered in the fog. We heard the susurrus of their wings before talons shattered our windshield. Stunned, all we could do was let them shuttle us— faster than lightning— into our next lives.