(Photographed by Gene Amore; digital scan owned by Wendy Littrell)
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I’m a day late with Saturday Night Genealogy Fun that Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings posted last night. The challenge was to list the number of descendents of one of the four sets of great-grandparents, how many are living or deceased, and how many we’ve met.
Reunion of the Amore – Werts Family 1924
My paternal great-grandparents, William Henry Amore (“Henry”) and Mary Angelina Werts (Annie) have over 457 descendents! They had:
- Children: 7 (Clemmie, Zade, Rollo, Clarence, Lloyd – my grandfather, Bert, and Roy) – all deceased
Back: Bert, Rollo, Zade, Clarence, Lloyd
Front: Roy, Henry, Annie, Clemmie
- Grandchildren: 36 (Clemmie – 4, Zade – 1, Rollo – 3, Clarence – 2, Lloyd – 8, Bert – 5, Roy -13); Deceased: 30
Gene (my dad), Paul, Bervil, Ella (my grandmother), Gail, Norman, Lloyd (my grandfather), Gertrude, Marie
- Great-grandchildren: 122 (26 Known – Deceased
- 2nd great-grandchildren: 166 (10 Known – Deceased)
- 3rd great-grandchildren: 113
- 4th great-grandchildren: 13
- Five of the children (my grandfather’s four brothers) – Clarence, Roy, Zade, Rollo, & Bert. My grandfather and his sister were both deceased by the time I was born.
- Some of the children of my grandfather’s siblings and their grandchildren – but I was young so I don’t remember names.
- Almost all of my grandfather’s descendents – my dad’s siblings and their children (my first cousins) – who due to the wide age range – are much older than me. Some of my first cousins’ grandchildren I’ve never met.
I’ve had the good fortune to meet one 1st cousin I didn’t know I had a couple of years ago and continue to correspond with her via Facebook and email. Some of the distant Amore relatives have also contacted me via email or by phone after receiving a query letter from me several years ago. I feel very blessed that we continue our familial relationship even if it is through email or Facebook.
Georgia Anna Amore is somewhat of a mystery to me. She was the daughter of George Washington Amore (my g-grandfather’s brother) and Catherine (Katie) Burden. Born on January 21, 1895 in Plainfield, Coshocton County, Ohio, Georgia was G.W.’s and Katie’s 5th child and 2nd daughter. One brother was born after her.
Georgia married no less than 4 times (Ottis Kazee, John Albert, LeRoy Bennett, and William Smith) and possibly 5 (Unknown Ostler or Osler).
Georgia’s first daughter (and only child from her first marriage to Otis Kazee), died at the age of 13 months from pneumonia. Mary Katherine Kazee’s obituary seems to indicate that Georgia and Otis were not living together any more.
It seems odd that the newspaper states that she was 13 months old (it was the Jan. 12, 1915 edition of the Coshocton Tribune) yet lists her birthdate as the month before (Dec. 1914) – even her death certificate states she was born in Dec. 1914. Georgia was the informant so it would seem logical that she would know how old her daughter was. Georgia also lists her own birthplace as Ohio.
The 1920 Census (above) show Georgia and her second husband, John Albert, living in Tuscarawas Twp, Coshocton County, Ohio. They had been married almost 5 years and had one daughter, Velma, age 3 years and 9 months. One son, George Woodrow, born on Oct. 3, 1918 died on Nov. 21, 1918 (a little over a month old) of “improper nutrition”. The other 3 children (Nellie, Grace and John) were from John’s previous marriage to Elva P.
In the May 23, 1916, June 17, 1919, and May 16, 1921 editions of the Coshocton Tribune, John had posted this notice: “I will not be responsible for any debts incurred by my wife, Georgia Albert.” In the March 15, 1917 edition of the same newspaper there were two different postings. One reads:
Says Hubby Was Extremely Cruel
In the matter of John A. Albert Vs. Georgia Albert asking a divorce, the answer and cross petition of the defendent was held Wednesday in probate court.
In her cross petition the defendent alleges extreme cruelty in that about six months after the birth of their child, “plaintiff came into the room where she was sleeping and while sharpening a butcher knife said he felt like cutting defendent’s d—- head off; and struck her with his fist, and pulled her out of bed.” Other instances of alleged cruelty are also cited.
The next posting reads:
Alleging that his wife was guilty of neglect of duty, that she struck him with a rocker and a cream pitcher and stabbed him with a fork so violently that the handle was broken, John A. Albert brot suit in probate court Tuesday against Georgia Albert asking a divorce and temporary injunction restraining her from interfering with his management of the household until the case should be heard. The injunction was allowed. The couple were married Oct. 1, 1915, and one child was born of the marriage. Albert was married previously and has a child by the first marriage. He alleges that his present wife threatened it’s life. George D. Klein represents the plaintiff.
Yet the couple remained married at least until about 1921 and had two more daughters, Betty and Winifred, and a son, Charles. Velma is not seen again after this census and is believed to have died prior to 1930.
Sometime between 1921 and 1926, after Georgia and John divorced, she married Leroy Bennett. Their first son, Robert Leroy Bennett, was born on Apr. 24, 1926 in Fayette County, Ohio. He died four months later on Aug. 10, 1926 of malnutrition. Leroy listed Georgia’s birthplace as Blaine, Kentucky on the death certificate.
The next son, Thomas J. Bennett, born Mar. 2, 1928, lived until he was 15 months old. The cause of death was listed as petroleum poisoning. This time Leroy listed Georgia’s birthplace as Ohio.
The couple had one more known son, Kenneth Bennett, born in 1929 and living to adulthood.
Georgia, age 35, is found on the 1930 Census living on her own in Madison Twp, Greenfield, Madison County, Ohio. She was enumerated as Head of household, divorced, born in Kentucky (?) and with three children: Charles Albert (son with John Albert) – age 8, born in Ohio; Eileen Ostler (daughter with Unknown Ostler) – age 6, born in Ohio; and Kenneth Bennett, age 8 months, born in Ohio.
Daughter, Betty Albert, age 9, was living with Georgia’s sister, Bertha, and her husband, John Woodward, in Linton Twp, Plainfield Village, Coshocton County, Ohio. Winifred isn’t found – but she is listed as married and a survivor later in Georgia’s obituary.
Sometime after the 1930 Census, Georgia married William Smith. The couple had three known children: James, Paul and Gerald. William died in 1954 and the couple were still married. Georgia died on December 23, 1973 at Community Hospital in Springfield, Ohio. Her obituary ran in the Hillsboro, Ohio Press Gazette the following day. It reads:
Georgia Anna Smith
Georgia Anna Smith, 78, Greenfield, died at 1:30 p.m. yesterday at Community Hospital, Springfield. She was a member of the Plainfield, O., Baptist Church and a Gold Star Mother.
She was born Jan. 21, 1895, the daughter of George and Catherine Burden Amore, at Plainfield.
She married William Smith, who died in April of 1954.
She is survived by seven children, Mrs. Clarence (Winifred) Summer of Springfield, James W. Smith, serving with the U.S. Army at Ft. Lee, Va., and Mrs. Arthur (Betty) Payne, Mrs. Herman (Eileen) Daugherty, Kenneth Bennett, Paul Smith and Gerald Smith, all of Greenfield; 36 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
One son, Charles Albert, was killed during World War II, on Oct. 6, 1944. She also was predeceased by six children who died in infancy, two other children, four brothers and a sister.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Murray Funeral Home, Greenfield. Rev. Noble Miller officiating and burial at Greenfield Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Wednesday.
She delivered a total of 16 children – five of those who died are known (Mary Katherine Kazee, Robert Leroy Bennett, Thomas J. Bennett; Velma Albert, and George Woodrow Albert. Her son Charles died in the War. Only seven survived her upon her death. There are still three unaccounted children. Not only does it appear that Georgia lived a life of “drama” and engaged in volatile relationships but she had several children who died. I wonder if she ever suffered from depression or post-partum depression.
I have no photos of Georgia nor any information about her descendents – other than from her daughter, Betty (from husband John Albert). I’d like to find out about all the other children she bore as well as the husbands who divorced her. So that is the end of Georgia’s story until I can do further research.
Posted in geography, Life and Death, Records, tagged Amore, Arbuckle, Beiler, Blazer, Caylor, England, Feurstein, France, Germany, Goul, immigration, Kinsey, Lutz, Madison, Maple, Miller, Switzerland, Wampler, Werts, Yoder on April 29, 2009 | 2 Comments »
This is a list of my ancestors who immigrated to America.
Adam Goul: My 4th g-grandfather. About 1763 from Germany to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Adam was a young boy traveling onboard ship with his mother, father – Frederick, and a sister. All but Adam died on the voyage.
Adam Lutz: My 5th g-grandfather. (father-in-law of Adam Goul) about 1749 from Rotterdam on the Lydia. (source: Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Baptisms from the Church Book of German Reformed Church of Philadelphia)
Jacob Blazer (or Blaser): My 5th g-grandfather. Came from Baden (German) via Holland late 1700s and settled in the Shenandoah Valley. Traveled to Gallia County, Ohio and settled there by 1803. (source: Blazer Family History, credited to Dan Blazer and Aileen Blazer Rush – no date given)
James Arbuckle: My 6th g-grandfather. Born Glasgow, Scotland and died in Virginia. (source: Jacqueline Ann Richardson – no supporting documentation)
John Madison: My 9th g-grandfather. Born in England about 1620, died in Virginia. (source: Kenneth Soper – no supporting documentation)
Johannes Kohler (Caylor): My 4th g-grandfather. Born in Germany in mid 1700s, immigrated to Philadelphia on ship Britannia in August 1767. (source: paper sent by Ann Hastings from a paper received by Dr. Truman Caylor in a letter to Evelyn Caylor from a church paper.)
Johannes Kuntzi: My 6th g-grandfather. Surname later changed to Kinsey. Born in Switzerland about 1724 and died about 1761 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. (source: Robert Mark Sharp “The Kinsey Family”)
Hans Peter Wampler: My 6th g-grandfather. Born about 1722 in France and died in Frederick County, Maryland. Lived in Schuykill County, Pennsylvania by Sep 1743 when he married Anna Maria Brenneissen (also born in Germany). (source: World Family Tree – no supporting documentation)
John Miller: My 6th g-grandfather. Born in France in 1724 and was in Somerset County, Pennsylvania by Jan 1848 when he married Magdalena Lehman. (source: Rose Patrick – no supporting documentation)
Christian Yoder: My 6th g-grandfather. Born in Bern, Switzerland in 1722 and was in Berks County, PA. by 1752. (source: Greg Raven, Blickensderfer and related families – no supporting documentation)
Barbara Beiler: (Christian Yoder’s wife) My 6th g-grandmother. Also born in Bern, Switzerland about 1723. (source: Rose Patrick – no supporting documentation)
Unknown Amore: My 3rd g-grandfather. Born in England and was in New York by 1828 when my 2nd g-grandfather, William Amore, was born. (source: 1880 US Census, Franklin County, Coshocton County, Ohio, Enumeration District No. 45 – William Amore lists his father’s birthplace as England)
Peter Werts: My 5th g-grandfather. Born 1737 probably in Germany and married in 1758 in Maryland.
Rosina Feurstein: My 5th g-grandmother. Baptised in a Alsace, France and was married by 1768 in Maryland. Immigrated with her parents, Nicholas & Anna Catherina (Nonnenmacher) on the ship “Peggy”, captained by James Abercombie, Master. Arrived in Philadelphia from Rotterdam (where they left after fleeing Alsace) on September 24, 1753. (source: The Firestone Family History and German Pioneers to America, Passenger Listss)
Benjamin Maple: My 7th g-grandfather. Immigrated from Ipswich, England in 1864 on the ship “Friendship”. Ended up in Barbados as an indentured servant for four years. Afterwards, he went to New Jersey. This man and none of his descendents ever owned slaves. (source: Mark Freeman, Mostly Southern, no supporting documentation)
Those individuals that I have no supporting documentation for will have to be researched further until evidence is found of their immigration, marriages, deaths, etc.
If you’ve been lucky enough to find military records connected to your ancestors or collateral family members, then you have realized what a find these records can be. Information generally available include vital statistics (height, weight, color of hair, eyes, complexion), an address, nearest relative, occupation and place of employment, date and place of birth, and more.
Most of these questions on these records were answered by the person in question so it is generally thought to be a Primary source, as opposed to a death record which is filled out by someone else about the person.
Part 1 of this series on “Gleaning Information from Military Records” concerns characteristics and the spelling of names about my paternal ancestors – the Amore family. Further articles will delve into occupations, addresses, places of birth, and other information that I was able to ascertain from these records.
Over the years, I’ve seen my paternal grandfather’s name as William Lloyd and Lloyd William. I know he always went by “Lloyd.”
I’ve also seen it spelled as “Loyd”. So when I ran across my grandfather’s WWI and WWII military draft cards, I realized what a find these particular type of records are. In his own signature, he writes his name: William Lloyd Amore or W. Lloyd Amore.
Signature on WWI Registration Card
Signature on WWII Draft Card
There – end of mystery. Why then did my grandmother (his wife) sign her name as “Mrs. Loyd Amore” on most things?
Did she not realize how her husband’s name was spelled? Maybe it wasn’t that important to her or to him that she get it right. To me it’s a sign not only of respect, but love, that you at least know how to spell your spouse’s first name. But that was a different time then. There were a lot of other things to worry about, I suppose.
From the military records I learned that my Grandpa Amore was short in stature (5’5″) and his eyes were blue. My father is a little taller than that. As I checked my grandfather’s brothers’ records I discovered striking similarities:
Clarence Amore (youngest of the 6 Amore brothers) was 5 ft. 6 1/2 inches tall and also had blue eyes.
Herbert (next to the youngest) was 5’8″ and blue eyes.
Roy (second oldest brother) was 5’7″ and had blue eyes.
Rollo (third youngest and next in line after my grandfather) was 5’6″ and had blue eyes.
Isaiah “Zade” (oldest brother) was listed as “tall” on his WWI Registration card (he was much taller than his brothers) and had blue eyes.
So I went back to look at my grandfather’s cousins’ military records.
Charles Cleveland Amore (Grandpa’s 1st cousin) was listed on his WWII Draft Card as 5’10” and had gray eyes. However, on his WWI registration card his eyes were listed as brown.
Grover Amore (1st cousin) was 5’6″ and had blue eyes.
Leonard Studor Amore (half 1st cousin) was 5’9″ with blue eyes.
My conclusion was that most of the Amore men were of medium stature (under 5’9″) and blue eyes were predominant. They were all also listed as slender build (even the couple who were tall) and almost all of them had light complexion.
Charles Cleveland Amore didn’t write his name on his WWI Registration card. Instead, at the age of 34, he put his “mark”. Someone else signed his name.
On his WWII Draft Card at age 57, he did sign his name – although it is really difficult to read as it looks more like a child’s scrawl.
The deduction I make is that over the years, Charles (or Charley – as his signature seems to read), learned how to at least sign his name probably for business purposes or other personal reasons.
Can you get a clearer picture on similar characteristics of your ancestors that trickle down to you? What about a name that you’ve had difficulty determining exactly how it was spelled?
Stay tuned for Part 2!
Posted in Life and Death, personal, Photographs, stories, tagged Amore, Clawson, Coshocton County, home, Indiana, Johnson, Lane County, Madison County, Ohio, Oregon, personal, Wilt on January 20, 2009 | 1 Comment »
It is with wonder and thanks that I am able to see photos of the houses that my family and ancesters have resided through time. As I locate addresses, I look them up on Google Maps in order to see what type of terrain they may have lived amongst. Here is the “Parade of Homes”.
At left is the home my grandmother, Vesta Wilt, spent most of her late childhood and teen-age years living in. It also contained the store run by her step-father, W. Frank Clawson. It was located on Arrow Avenue in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana. By the early 1920s, Martha and her youngest two children (Nellie and Clifford) moved to Leaburg, Lane County, Oregon. Their home sat off of the McKenzie Highway. My grandmother didn’t visit her mother “out west” until the early 1940s. My mom didn’t even meet her grandmother until the late 1940s – after she’d married and had two children. My Grandma Clawson lived in this home until her death on November 6, 1956 (several years before I was born.)
This large home on Indiana Avenue in Anderson, Indiana was my grandfather’s home for many years. Glen Johnson is seen as a child with his parents, Katie (Blazer) and John Lafayette Johnson. After my grandparents were married, they spent their early married years living here. This is where my grandmother spent long hours and days waiting on letters from Glen when he was in basic training for the Signal Corps in the early months of 1918. This is where their oldest son spent his first years while his father was in France serving his country in WWI.
Glen and Vesta lived in many different locations – Fairfield, Greene County, Ohio (now Fairborn), Washington D.C., Wiesbaden, Germany, Kettering, Ohio and Dayton, Ohio. This is one of the homes they lived in during the late 1950s. It is located on Devonshire in Dayton, Ohio.
My great-grandparents, William Henry and Mary Angelina (Werts) Amore lived in this house (above left) on Center Street in Roscoe, Coshocton County, Ohio. Above right is the shed that Henry used as his Cobbler shop. He was a shoemaker by trade. This was also the scene of the very first Amore-Werts reunion in May 1924.
My grandparents, Lloyd and Ella (House) Amore, resided above Roscoe Hardware Store in the early years of their marriage. Their first few children were born in the apartment on the upper floor. They also lived in these homes – one in Coshocton and one in West Lafayette, Coschocton County. One of the homes they lived in on South 7th Street was built in 1900. It was a two story, 1259 sq. ft. home with a full basement, two bedrooms and one bath with a detached garage.
By going to the county’s tax assessor’s web site, I was able to find out the particulars of this home. The three bedroom, 2 bath, single family residential home was built in 1958. It has a fireplace in the living room and one in the finished basement. Heating is by oil and it has central air. An inground swimming pool was installed in 1967 and improved again in 1977 (after my mother and I moved out). The person who owns the home now bought it seven years ago. They are the fifth owner since June 1989. I believe there was also one other owner prior to that and after my mom. Contrary to what the Residential information states, the house does have an attic. It’s not one to walk around in, however that is where all of our Christmas decorations were stored through the year. It also states it has gas – which it didn’t – unless something changed since 1977. It is on city water although it does have a sump pump and most of my growing up years, we had a well (the water was much better!).
I am still trying to figure out how to determine where to find addresses that have changed over the years in order to get more information on some of the other homes of my grandparents and great-grandparents. When I was a young girl, our house number changed – but I’m not sure where to find out that information (any tips?).
If you know the address and the county of the home, some of the county websites or tax assessor/auditor sites have quite a bit of detailed information on the home. There will be informaton on taxes, square footage, the current owner, number of rooms, bedrooms and baths, and perhaps a current photo.
As I peruse my family file, I’ve come across some of the names listed in the reunion announcement of the first Amore-Werts reunion held on May 25, 1924 at the home of my great-grandparents, (William) Henry and (Mary Angelina) Annie (Werts) Amore.
Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Amore – my great-grandparents
Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Baker – Benjamin and (Louisa) Clementine (called Clemmie) Baker. Clemmie was the daughter of my great-grandparents, my grandfather’s sister.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Baker – Donald Francis and Emma Isabelle (Endsley) Baker. He was the oldest son of Benjamin and Clemmie Baker. Don and Emma’s son with them: Francis Donald.
Clarence W. Amore and family – Clarence was the youngest son of my great-grandparents, my grandfather’s brother. His wife (or soon to be ex-wife) was Nellie Buchanan. Children: Theodore William and Harold Winifred.
Mr. and Mrs. Foster – Harry and Anna Belle (Baker) Foster. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Clemmie Baker.
H. Emmerson – I believe this should actually be Emerson W. and Clara Ethel (Baker) Levering. Clara was the daughter of Benjamin and Clemmie Baker.
Mr. and Mrs. Cephas Amore – Cephas and Ada (Prior) Amore. He was the half-brother of my great-grandfather. Children with them included: Ralph C. and Pauline Elizabeth Amore.
Mr. and Mrs. John Reese – John Thomas and Laura A. (Amore) Reese. Laura was my great-grandfather’s half-sister. Children with them probably included: Ellis and Edna Reese (possibly also Mary).
Mrs. Dennis Brannon – Nellie (Amore) Brannon, wife of William Denison Brannon. She was the youngest half-sister of my great-grandfather.
Mrs. William Seater – I believe this should be Gladys Laura (Spragg) Slater (wife of Charles William Slater). Gladys was the niece of Nellie (Amore), Laura (Amore) and Cephas Amore, daughter of Jennie (Amore) Spragg, and half-niece of my great-grandfather.
Captain R. Amore – Rollo Amore, 5th child of my great-grandparents, younger brother of my grandfather. Possibly there with his wife, Belle, and children, Beatrice, Florence and Ralph.
Rev. I.H. Amore – Isaiah Henderson (Zade) Amore, oldest son (2nd oldest child) of my great-grandparents and older brother of my grandfather. Possibly there with his wife, Lulu, and son, Robert.
Miss Marie Buschagen – Marie died around Oct. 23, 2007 as Marie B. Cosier. Her obituary listing doesn’t show any relationship, however, she is listed as there with Rev. I.H. Amore, so she could be a friend, a parishoner, or relative of his wife.
Mr. and Mrs. Therman Vensil – George Thurman and Cora Etta (Simon) Vinsel. She was the 2nd cousin of my great-grandmother and daughter of William and Susannah Simon.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Barcroft – Elizabeth Ann (Werts) and Lewis B. Barcroft. Elizabeth was the first cousin once removed of my great-grandmother.
Mrs. William Simmons – Susannah (Werts) Simon. Susannah was also the first cousin once removed of my great-grandmother.
Alex Jennings – Alexander Jennings and wife, Sarah Ellen (Simon) (my great-grandmother’s half-sister).
Mr. and Mrs. John Jennings – Son of Alexander and Sarah Jennings, half-nephew of my great-grandmother.
Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Jennings – Son of Alexander and Sarah Jennings, half-nephew of my great-grandmother.
Belford McLain – Belford and Clara Pearl (Jennings) McClain. She was the daughter of my great-grandmother’s half-sister.
Delbert Stone – Delbert and Emma Odessa (Jennings) Stone. Emma was the daughter of my great-grandmother’s half-sister.
Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Werts – John Calvin and Myra Eudora (Sprague) Werts. Calvin was my great-grandmother’s first cousin once removed.
Lloyd Amore – Lloyd and Ella Maria (House) Amore, my grandparents.
Roy Amore – son of my great-grandparents, my grandfather’s brother.
Mrs. John Shuck – Martha Ellen Adams, granddaughter of John and Elizabeth (Werts) Shroyer. Martha was the 2nd cousin of my great-grandmother.
Mrs. Samuel Powelson – Anna M. Powelson, wife of Samuel A. Powelson who was the grandson of Charles and Susannah Maria (Shroyer) Adams. Samuel was the 2nd cousin, once removed of my great-grandmother.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Shackelford – Walter and Gertrude Pearl (Amore) Shackelford. She was my dad’s oldest sister.
Charles Fisher – son of Martha Ellen (Shroyer) Shruck (married names also: Fisher/Wiggins) and George W. Fisher. He was the 2nd cousin, once removed of my great-grandmother.
I believe it’s very important to decipher as much as you can from any news clippings that mention ancestors or collateral family members in order to ascertain the relationships. This will also aide in determining the accuracy of the news article.