Certificate of Death for my Great-Grandmother.
I love google and use it in my genealogical research daily. Not knowing how the search engines and all of their little robots crawlers worked I am often amazed and sometimes frustrated by the search results. Today however, with the help of my good friend google, I have unearthed a family treasure.
While searching for information on “Horace Woodward Clarke” the following query was returned:
“Trying to identify a picture that may be a Clarke. Picture was taken in Stewartstown, York Co, Pa. No dates – no names. But with the pictures was this card: Mrs. Horace Woodward Clarke gratefully acknowledges with deepest appreciation your kind remembrance and sympathy. If you are interested you can e-mail me.”
My heart started pumping quickly and my palms got sweaty (genealogists can relate). I scrolled to the end of the post and saw that it was dated November 2000. Hmmm twelve years ago – I clicked the email listed and typed ”
“Hi there: I know that this is a stab in the dark, but I saw your posting from 2000 about the above photo. If you are still around I would love to compare notes and assist you if I can.”
I stared at my inbox (for what felt like an eternity) waiting for the dreaded bounce back message. Nothing….it must have been delivered and the address must still be valid.
After an exchange of emails and answering questions we verified that I was indeed related to the surnames in the photo album. What is ironic is the holder of this album is in no way directly related to me nor any of the people in the album. It had been inherited it from her Aunt who had passed away nearly ten years ago.
Keep in mind at this point I still had not seen any of the photographs in the album. I just provided surnames and geographical information. Just to make sure that we were on 100% certain photograph scans would be completed and sent to me.
On Monday morning while sitting at my desk an email came in from the email address (the album holder) that I now had memorized. The subject line read, “pictures.” Now for the moment of truth. I clicked on the email and the picture below was embedded:
My jaw dropped as I was looking at the wedding photograph of my great grandmother and grandfather. I am never this fortunate. Must of my clues result in dead ends. Today was a different story!
After identifying several other photo’s we knew that some how, some way that this phot album had once been in the hands of my ancestors.
We set a meeting to get together and view the album together. I must confess that I did not get very much sleep the night before our meeting. A million questions floated through my head as well as visions of dead ancestors dancing in my head.
On the day of our meeting we set around her dining room table. Tears filled my eyes with each page I turned. Familiar faces (and some unidentified) where staring back at me. Through deductive reasoning and inscriptions on the photo’s we concluded that in my hands was the family album of my three times great grandmother – Ann Frances Green Gardiner (1827-1902) .
Ann F. Green was the daughter of Giles T. Green (1803-1863 ) and Deborah Kirkwood (1802-1846). had no idea . On the back of a photograph of a handsome man was written…To my Ann Frances Green from her father.
Now, after 20 years of researching, I can place a face to the name. Through the use of google’s Picaso Ablum I uploaded all of the photo’s and sent sharing requests to all living relatives that may 1. enjoy seeing the photo’s and 2. help identify some of the nameless faces. After combing our family trees we finally determined a connection between our two lines. Dot was the niece of my fist cousin twice removed husband. The couple where childless and after they passed the sister of Clarence retained the album. Dot would hold this album until her death in 1991 – over 25 years after the death of her brother. It then went into the hands another family member who maintained the album for another 20 years. This last holder of the album was the 1st great grand niece of husband of 1st cousin 2x removed. How is that for a “distant” relative. However distant the relation may be she is someone that I will always hold close to my heart. She is a kind and generous soul, who gave my back my great grandmother’s photo album and the gift of a lifetime.
I am looking to a pay it forward and do a good deed! Through my auction scout, I recently came into the possession of an original marriage certificate for Samuel Estill (1824-1890) & Rosa Mills (1852-1907). They were married in Menard County, Illinois in the year 1872. I have contacted several Ancestry trees owners with the subjects – and to date no response. I would love to place this treasured heirloom in the hands of a descendant. Please share this post so we can return to the rightful owner. I am not looking to sell this – only return for FREE.
How does an entire family disappear? There is literally no trace of this family after the 1850 census taken in Rockville, Maryland.
Sarah Ann Robinson Worthing Clarke married Robert Delzell on February 15, 1848 in Frederick, MD. Delzell has several spelling variants and I have tried them all!
In August of 1850 the family in residing in Rockville, Maryland:
Robert Delzell (b. ca 1825) – head of house
Sarah Delzell (b. ca 1830) wife
James Delzell (b. ca 1848) son
Elizabeth Clarke (b. ca. 1794) mother-in-law
From a family bible I know that they had several other children
James W. N. Delzell (twin) b. 17 Dec 1848
Frances W. R. Delzell (twin) b. December 17 Dec 1848 – she does not appear on the census perhaps she was decesed by 1850
Mary Ellen Delzell b. 23 Nov 1849 – d. 12 Dec1849
Charles Ridgely Delzell b. 13 Feb 1851 – d. 18 Jul 1851
Amanda Milvina Fitzellen Delzell b. 16 May 1852
Robert Basil Delzell b. 12 Jan 1854
Did all of the children pass away? Looks like they suffered several deaths of infants. Since the mother Sarah got married again I assume that her husband also passed away sometime bet. 1850 and 1855.
On 18 Oct 1855, Sarah Ann Robinson Worthington Clarke Delzell would marry John F. Carder in Allegany, Maryland.
After that I cannot find them anywhere. Can anyone offer any clues?
While combing through the Frederick County Historical Society’s collection I stumbled across an entry in the Margaret Myers Collection. ”Married Horace W. Clarke & Katie Miller – October 1st 1881 – Milan, Tennessee. There aren’t that many Horace Clarke’s in the area so I knew it was my family line.
But what I didn’t know was that he had been married to a Miss Kate Miller. Horace Clarke was a famous railroader who descended from one of the most illustrious railroad men of all time his father – James C. Clarke.
Horace’s railroad career would relocate him from Frederick to the Tennessee area. He married Kate Miller, daughter of Hezekiah and Julia Miller. Her father, also know as H.P. Miller, was proprietor of the Southern Pacific Hotel.
I was so excited to see he had produced an offspring as this was the end of the Clarke line. But my excitement was short lived when I found the obituary for his one and only son. Horace Miller Clarke (1883-1887).
Little “Miller Clarke”, died at the age of five at the home of his grandfather.
The exquisitely carved stone denotes a cherubic boy with a writing instrument in his hand tracing over the words, “I’m Ready Now.’
I can only imagine the pain of losing a child at such an early age. The love for the child is evident by the stunning stone they erected in memoriam of this sweet little angel. Little Miller Clarke, as he is identified, lies in eternal peace beside his maternal grandparents, H.P. and Julia Miller. I do not know what become of his mother, Kate Miller Clarke.
His father Horace would go on to marry again in 1903 to Miss Virginia Alice Shriner from Frederick, Md. Horace passed away in 1912 and interred in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD ,in the prestigious family plot adorned by a large obelisk monument.
May you rest in peace and now that you are not forgotten..
Special thanks and credit for all of the photo’s is kindly extended to Toni Kee. Toni is a contributor and volunteer for www.findagrave.com who took the photo’s and sent them to me. It is with permission from Toni that I share the enclosed photographs. Click the link to see the listing on findagrave.com.
March 3 — Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree.
Sarah Ann Robinson Worthington Clarke Delzell Carder.
How is that for a name? It would never fit on our standardized forms of today.
The long name has genealogical significance and offers a clue to ancestors. A name to preserve and pass down through the generations. The name is so important that they named their first daughter the EXACT same name. Sadly the first Sarah died as an infant in 1826.
Sarah Ann Robinson Worthington Clarke was born June 22, 1830 in Frederick County, Maryland. The child of Elizabeth Simpson & William Clarke. Her father William, was born in Newtownards, County Down, Ireland on March 25, 1799. Elizabeth Simpson descends from some of the first and finest families in Maryland.
In dissecting I turned first to the Irish naming pattern from her father’s native land. The pattern states that the first daughter is named after the mother’s mother.
So we have a match!
Sarah-maternal grandmothers name (SARAH WORTHINGTON)
Ann – maternal great grandmother was (ANN RIDGELY)
Robinson -(?) A clue that needs researching! I can’t find anywhere in the maternal line so I am assuming it is from the paternal line.
Worthington – Grandmother’s last name – (SARAH WORTHINGTON)
Delzell – She married Robert Delzell in Frederick County, MD 15 Feb 1848.
Carder – She married John F. Carder 18 Oct 1855
A long name indeed and a very interesting naming pattern filled with genealogical significance.
On Valentine’s Day I read a tweet from my youngest daugther that was so deep rooted in pure, raw emotion it moved my soul and touched my heart. I have found Twitter to be a place to express feelings -feelings otherwise we might not bother to share. In 140 characters or less she expressed a heart felt sentiment, “Never knew how much a box of chocolates and a hug could mean to someone until it’s gone, rest in peace Pop I love you.” Sometimes it is the smallest gestures, a modest gift, that create our most treasured memories. For you see each Valentine’s Day my father would deliver a small red box filled with a few chocolates and a lifetime of love. Yes Valentine’s Day will never be the same without you and that box of chocolates. We love you Pop (Bernie Gardiner) and you will forever be in our hearts. For your girls – life is a box of chocolates.