12 September 2017

The Twin Mystery

My mother knew that her great grandmother, Anna Marie Ott Spohr, had a twin sister.  My mom's mother, Beverly Frances Monk Spohr, had been told by Anna Marie Ott that Anna was a twin.  And we know that Anna Marie also had twin babies who were either stillborn or died in infancy.

When we found the old baptismal certificate of Anna Rosina Ott amongst family papers in the home of Beverly Monk & Carl Spohr Jr. in Harrisonville, Missouri, we assumed that Anna Rosina was Anna Marie's twin sister (because she had the same birth date that we had in our family records for Anna Marie).  We did not find any certificates for Anna Marie, but just assumed that it had been lost or had not survived.  

“N. Exh. 225, main office of the area: Karl, District: Putschirn, [Stamped 1888]
Looking at the document from 1888 we find in the birth and baptism document for Putschirn book/volume VI page 68 certified, that
Anna Rosina Ott
The daughter of the couple Josef Ott, Miller and Carpenter: born in Kohling no. 68 old/6 new, son of Ignaz Ott living in Kohling no. 69 and Johanna born Meixner from Kohling, and Anna born Strunz born in Imligau no. 8 district Elbogen, married daughter of Anton Strunz living in Putschirn no. 15 and of Katharina born Mockl in Imligau.
on 10 August 1874 one thousand eight hundred and seventy four in Putschirn no. 15
born in the church of Zettlitz on 10 August from Constantine Winter, chaplain of the Catholic church baptized her. And the godmother Rosina Behm the wife of the worker [paid by the day] Franz Behm and the witness was Anna Warzberger proved midwife in Altrohlau.
Certificates of those and the signature of those that did this and next to it the seal of the priest.
Given by the priest of Zettlitz on 14 April 1890”
Source: Original document in the possession of Beverly Monk Spohr of Lee’s Summit, Missouri as of 2006.

When we started researching this family in the Bohemian records kept in the Czech Republic archives, and found family members in the matriky books (the Catholic birth/baptism, marriage, and death/burial record books), we were surprised to only find a birth/baptism record for Anna Rosina Ott, and no record or notes about a twin or about any other child in this family named Anna Maria Ott.  These records are generally very complete, and it would be especially unusual to have the record for one twin, but not to include the record for the other twin.  This made us start questioning: was there really not a twin?, was her name Anna Rosina at birth, even though every other record we have ever found for her calls her Anna Marie?, but why would she have told Grandma Bev that she was a twin if she wasn't? (Grandma had a very distinct memory of "Grandma Spohr," Anna Marie Ott Spohr, telling her she had a twin sister), or if there was a twin why would the birth/baptism record of only one of the twins be recorded in the books?

Birth record of Anna Rosina Ott:
"Born 10 August 1874, Baptized 10 August 1874, [name of pastor], name of child: Anna Rosina, Catholic, Female, Illegitimate,
Note in Latin: Legitimized per marriage of father, see Putschirn VII page 8.
Note in German: Josef Ott is well known and it is recorded that he is the father of the child.  Graslitz on 22 September 1874.  [signed by the pastor and witnesses,] Robert Ott witness, Alois Dörr witness.
Father: Josef Ott miller and carpenter (house builder) born in Kohling Number 69 old/8 new, legitimate son of the deceased Ignaz Ott cottager in Kohling Number 19 and Johanna born Meixner in Kohling Number 29.
Note: Josef Ott child's father.
Mother: Anna Strunz born in Imligau Number 8, Elbogen district, daughter of the deceased Anton Strunz, cottager and day laborer in Putschirn Number 15 and Katharina born Möckl of Imligau.

Witnesses: Rosina Behm housewife of Franz Böhm, day laborer in Putschirn."
Source: Photographs IMG_0511 through IMG_0522; IMG_0608 through IMG_0614.

Photographs of birth record in Putschirn Book VI, page 68, taken by Amy Lynn Spohr Chidester and Steven John Chidester on their trip to the Czech Republic in February 2008, (digital copies of these photographs in the possession of Stephanie Chidester Bradshaw).   
[These records can now be accessed online: Sedlec book 074, image 70 of 96].

We knew that Anna Marie Ott came to America with her family when she was a child.  And we found a 1900 US Federal Census record showing Anna Marie's mother, Maria Anna Strunz Ott.  Anna Strunz Ott was listed as a widow on that census, and since we had not found the death record of her husband, Josef Ott, in Bohemia, we were unsure whether Josef had died in Europe and the family had gone to America without him, or if he had made the journey with them and then passed away.  The other big clue was that the 1900 census stated that Anna [Strunz] Ott was the "mother of 5 children, 3 children living."  At that time we were aware of the following children in this family: 
1. Anna Marie,
2. her possible twin, Anna Rosina,
3. Franz Josef,
4. Josef (who died as an infant before the family came to the US), and 
5. Louis Christopher Ott (who was born in the US).  

1900 US Census:

“Line 49, Anna Ott, head of household, white, female born Apr 1845, age 55, widow, mother of 5 children, 3 children living, born in Germany, father born in Germany, mother born in Germany, year of immigration to the United States: 1883, number of years in the United States: 17, able to read, able to write, able to speak English, renting house.
Line 50, Louis Ott, son, white, male born June 1884, age 15, single, born in Ohio, father born in Germany, mother born in Germany, occupation: Jeweler, 0 months unemployed, able to read, able to write, able to speak English.”
Source: 1900 United States Federal Census, Cincinnati, Ward 11, Hamilton, Ohio, , roll T623 1276, page 11A, Enumeration District 86, dated 9 June 1900, street: Frintz Street, family no. 246, lines 49-50.

So we took that as a big clue in this twin mystery: If her mother had 5 children, and by 1900 we knew she only had 3 children living, and we knew that baby Josef had died, that meant that there was one more unaccounted for child who had to have died before the 1900 census.  It must be the missing twin, who must have died before 1900.  We went back and double checked and triple checked the birth/baptism records, and still found no twin.  We searched the death records, and found no twin.  And we searched to see if there may have been a separate section for the death records of stillborn children or illegitimate children (which we have occasionally encountered in other Bohemian towns), but did not find any other sections of records for the town where this family lived.  Without any further information at the time, we just left the twin mystery unsolved for several years.  

My mom later found a ship's passenger list for the family from when they traveled on the ship SS Weser from Bremen, Germany to Baltimore, USA and arrived on 10 June 1882.  At first we weren't totally sure that it was the right family (but many of the facts did match what we knew of our Ott family, and it certainly matched our Ott family better than any other passenger records we had been able to find).  

Passenger List:
"Josef Ott, age 36, male, carpenter, from Bohemia, going to Baltimore, Steerage. 
Anna Ott, age 37, female, Bohemia, Baltimore, Steerage. 
Auguste Ott, age 7, female, Bohemia, Baltimore, Steerage. 
Franz Ott, age 4, male, Bohemia, Baltimore, Steerage. 
Theresia Ott, age 10 months, female, Bohemia, Baltimore, Steerage.”

Source: Baltimore Passenger Lists 1820-1964, ancestry.com, 
M255 - Baltimore, 1882, roll number 35, website image 652 of 806, numbers 679-683:
Date of arrival: 10 June 1882.  Sworn to that the passengers boarded the vessel SS Weser at Bremen Germany.
(Surname written in ship list as “Ott,” but indexed on Ancestry.com as “Oss.”)

The names, ages, and occupation for Josef, Anna, & Franz all matched the information we had about the family.  But this was the first record indicating the possibility that the father Josef may have accompanied the family to America, and we hadn't found any other evidence of him coming to America yet, so we weren't sure about that.  And we know that Anna Marie would have been 7 years old at that time, so the age of this little girl is correct -- we don't know why they would have listed her name as Auguste, though, (except for the possibility that there may have been some confusion because Anna Marie was born in the month August).  And we had never heard of a baby Theresia.  We went back and searched the Bohemian records again, hoping to find the birth/baptism record of a baby Theresia, which would have proven that this passenger list was indeed the record of our Ott family, but found no birth record for her.  We searched in surrounding towns in Bohemia, and still no Theresia.  But, since the passenger list said she was only 10 months old, we did think it was possible that she was born somewhere in Bohemia or Germany -- they could have possibly lived temporarily in any number of locations between their Bohemian hometown and the port in Bremen anytime between January 1879 [the death date of their baby boy, Josef Ott, in Bohemia] and when they boarded the ship to go to America.  

Later my mom started searching for the family in the Cincinnati City Directories, where she found Anna [Strunz] Ott listed as a widow in several different yearly editions of the city directory.  And then she made a breakthrough when she found Josef Ott on the city directory.  He had come to America with the family!  We have continued to be unsuccessful in finding any kind of death or burial record for Josef Ott up to today, but because we made a chart and searched for Josef Ott each year, and later for the widow Anna Ott each year, we were able to narrow down the range for Josef's death date to between 1887 and 1889.  We found that Joseph was listed on the city directory as both Joseph Ott and Frank Ott in different years, so we assume that his birth name was likely Franz Josef Ott.  We found that Josef was a carpenter and a miller (both occupations that were also listed for him on his marriage record and on his childrens' birth records back in Bohemia) in Cincinnati between 1884 and 1887, we did not find him on the 1888 city directory, and on the 1889 directory "Anna Ott, widow of Frank" is listed living at 18 Hamer Street.  And in subsequent years Anna is always listed (some years she's listed as the widow of Frank, and other years as the widow of Joseph).  

1889 Cincinnati City Directory: 
“Ott, Anna wid. Frank. h. 18 Hamer”
Source: "US City Directories, 1822-1995", , Ancestry.com image 596 of 1060,  page 1016.

So that was a good clue for us, making us think that the passenger list may be for our Ott family.  But we still hadn't found any mention of baby Theresia Ott on any records other than that passenger list. . . . until yesterday!

My mom called me yesterday and we were talking about our Ott family, and while we were on the phone she was looking up some information online.  She was on a website for the University of Cincinnati, in a collection of 1881 to 1891 birth and death records.  And she found her: Theresa Ott, age 8 years, died 11-30-88, address 18 Hammer St., birthplace Germany, cause of death Pneumonia, Dr. J. F. Bailey, J. B. Habig, St. Mary’s Cemetery.  And she also found a second record for Teresia Ott on the Cincinatti Catholic Cemetery Society website, which just lists the funeral date (also on 30 Nov 1888), and says that she was buried in section 6 of St. Mary's Cemetery.  

Death Record:
“Pg 130, 1888, 382,
Ott- Theresa,
F W S [female, white, single],
[age & date at death] 8 yrs 11-30-88,
[home address] 18 Hammer St.,
[birth] Germany,
[cause of death] Pneumonia,
Dr. J. F. Bailey,
J. B. Habig,
St. Mary’s Cem."
Source: Collection: 1888-1891 Cincinnati Birth and Death Records, Title: Ott, Theresa (Death, 1888-11-30), Contributor: Cincinnati (Ohio). Health Dept., Identifier: 358173 (File Order Number), Original record filed in drawer labeled ‘OSER-OTTEN,’ Repository: University of Cincinnati, Archives and Rare Books Library.

Burial Record:
Cemetery: ST. MARY [701 East Ross Avenue]
Last Name: OTT
First Name: TERESIA
Gender: [blank]
Funeral Date: NOV 30, 1888
Age: [blank]
Section: 6
SUBSubsectionECTION: [blank]
Lot: [blank]
Grave: [blank]
Processed: [blank]
ID Col: 2000046864
Servno: 256333
Sertype: B
Pidno: 260831”
Source: Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society, search: Ott, Teresia,

Theresia was part of our Ott family!  Even though her death records didn't list any information about her parents, because of the 1889 Cincinnati City Directory we know that her family lived at 18 Hamer Street, which matches her address on her death record.  Theresia was part of the family, and she didn't just die as a little baby -- she lived until 8 years old.  Her younger brother, Louis Christopher, who was born in Ohio, would have been about 4 years old when his big sister Theresia passed away.  We were so glad to finally fill in the gaps and know that Theresia really was part of the family.  

Finding Theresia's death record validated the passenger list, and it also answered another question for us:  The 1900 census showed that Anna Strunz Ott was the mother of 5 children, 3 children living at that time.  Theresia was the second deceased child in the family, and she had passed away before 1900.  We still don't know why Anna Marie said she had a twin, or if there may have been some misunderstanding about what she said.  But there are no records that indicate she had a twin, and all of the children are accounted for.  

Maria Anna Strunz Ott with her sons, Franz Josef & Louis Christopher Ott 
Anne Rosina "Anna Marie" Ott Spohr

Amelia Spohr, William Schaeffer, Anna Marie Ott, & Ludwig Spohr:
Anna & Ludwig's wedding portrait

Anna Marie Ott Spohr & her mother, Maria Anna Stunz Ott

Anna Strunz Ott

Anna Rosina "Anna Marie" Ott Spohr (back row, 4th from left), and her brother Franz Josef "Frank" Ott (back row, 5th from left).
*And the next thing that this gets me wondering about: I've never seen a photo of Theresia (or any Ott family photos with an unidentified baby or little girl in them).  But we have a couple boxes of old photos from my Grandma Bev's & Grandpa Carl's house which contain many unidentified photographs.  I know several of those unidentified photos were taken in Cincinnati.  I wonder if any were of her?  And even if they are, I wonder if there's any way to ever find out if it is her? . . . 

01 December 2016

Clarkson/Woodrum Family

I was just contacted by a relative who is a descendant of Martha Clarkson, the sister of my 3rd great grandmother, Frances America Clarkson Graham Dowling.  I am excited to make this connection and hopefully learn more about Martha, Frances, and their other sister, Barbara Henrietta Clarkson (especially since I know very little about Martha).  I typed up what information I do know about this family to share with her, so I thought I might as well share it here too:

So here's what I have about them:

Thomas Clarkson 
  • He was born in 1810 in either Virginia or Kentucky (source: the 1850 census says he was born in Virginia.  And Frances America Clarkson Graham's family happened to be enumerated two different times in the 1880 census, and both of those records show that her father was born in Kentucky.  Later in the 1920 & 1930 censuses Frances' father is also listed as being born in Kentucky.  The year 1810 for his birth is from an email from one of my grandpa's cousins, Karen Graham Meng, who did some research on the Graham family years ago, but did not provide a source for this date).
  • Thomas Clarkson & Jane Woodrum were listed on the 1850 census as having 3 year old Martha and 2 year old Frances, so we assume they were married sometime before then.
  • We know that Thomas died by 1859, because his probate file has been digitized and made available online at s1.sos.mo.gov/records/archives/archivesdb/JudicialRecords/Detail.aspx?id=142358, and his youngest daughter, Barbara, was born in 1854, so that narrows down his death date.  This probate record is rather interesting -- listed on the inventory is a "negro" woman named Laura about 50 years old, and one of the papers shows that Thomas' widow, Jane, sold Laura at auction and lists the reason that Jane only had young children and couldn't control Laura, and "stands in daily fear and dread" of her.   
  • I don't know anything about parents or siblings for Thomas.
Jane Woodrum Clarkson
  • Born 30 March 1811 in Pendleton District, South Carolina. (this date is calculated from the death date and age on her headstone).
  • Karen Meng, my grandpa's cousin, told me that Jane was buried in Tipton, Moniteau, Missouri, and her headstone says: “In memory of beloved mother Jane Clarkson Died July 18, 1884 Aged 73 ys. 3 ms. 18 ds."  Karen said that another Woodrum family member, Buford Woodrum, is also buried in that same cemetery and she thought that he was Jane's brother (the Tipton Missouri Masonic Cemetery).  This website shows images of headstones in this cemetery: http://www.moniteau.net/cemetery/tiptonmasonic/tiptonmasonic.htm
  • I show Jane's parents as John Woodrum (1756-1836) and Margaret Finley (about 1773-1836).  I know nothing about parents or siblings of Margaret Finley.  John & Margaret's children were Jane, Bluford, Daniel, & John).  [The info I have about John & Margaret's family is from other researchers, and is not form my own personal research].
Our Thomas Clarkson & Jane Woodrum had 3 daughters:

1. Martha W Clarkson
  • Martha is listed on the 1850 census, as a 3 year old living with her parents and her 2 yr old sister Frances.  Martha is listed on the 1860 census as a 12 year old with her mother, her 9 year old sister Frances, and her 5 year old sister Barbara.  And she is listed in her father's probate case (in the probate papers she is listed as "Martha W.," but I don't know what her middle name was).  
  • I have that she was born in Saint Louis, Missouri (but the only real sources I have for her are the census records, which just show that she was born in Missouri).
  • I don't know who she married and when/where she was married, who he children were, or when/where she died.
2. Frances America Clarkson
  • Born 21 Jun 1848 in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • On 14 Dec 1869 she married John Nicholas Graham in St. Louis.  John was born 30 April 1846 either in New York or Germany, the son of John J Graham & Mary.  John was a butcher & meat market owner.  Frances & John had the following children: (all born in St. Louis)
    • Amelia Jane Graham, born 13 Nov 1870, married Clarence Edgecomb Bennett, had 11 children, and died on 22 Feb 1953 in St. Louis.
    • William T. Graham, born in Dec 1872, married Mathilda C. Heberer, had 1 son, died 3 May 1927 in St. Louis.
    • Eugene H. Graham, born in Jan 1875, married Estella Agnes Gilmore, had 1 daughter, and died in Torrance, Los Angeles, California.
    • John George Graham (my 2nd great grandfather), born 13 Mar 1877, married Susie Florence Dobbins, had 9 children, died 5 May 1969 in Edwardsville, Madison, Illinois.
    • Harry August "Gus" Graham, born Nov 1879, married Anna Agnes Young & had 4 children, died 12 Feb 1950 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee.
    • Henrietta "Nettye" O. Graham, born 8 Aug 1882, married John William Dunn, had 1 daughter, and died in Chestnut, Logan, Illinois.
  • John Nicholas Graham died on 27 Feb 1884 in St. Louis.  Frances was 35 years old and had 6 children.
  • Frances married William Dowling on 1 Dec 1885 in St. Louis.  William was born in 1845 in Louisiana.  They had the following children (both born in Missouri):
    • Pearl Dowling, born 13 Aug 1886, married Nicholas E. Fleming & had 5 children.
    • Violet Ruth Dowling, born 10 May 1890, married Charles Gilmore & had 8 children, died in St. Louis.
  • William Dowling sometime between 1890 when his youngest daughter was born, and 1910.  (On the 1900 census Frances is listed as the head of the household and William is not in the household, and has not been found elsewhere on the census, but it shows her as being married not widowed.  By the 1910 census she is listed as a widow).
  • Frances died on 6 Nov 1931 in Granite City, Madison, Illinois.
3. Barbara Henrietta Clarkson
  • Was born on 18 Aug 1854 in St. Louis.  
  • On 14 Ot 1874 she married Eugene A. Heislen in St. Louis.  Eugene was born 17 Sep 1852 in St. Louis, the son of Aloyisious Louis Heislen & Maria.  He was a painter.  Eugene & Barbara had 4 children:
    • Victor Heislen, born about Feb 1876 in St. Louis, died 19 Dec 1877 of acute bronchitis.  
    • adopted Josephine Rittenhouse, born about 1876 in Missouri (according to the 1880 census), her parents were both born in Prussia.  She died before 1910.  
    • Jennie Heislen, born about 1878 in St. Louis, married Hosea Roy Foskett and had 4 children, died 13 June 1952.
    • William Busing Heislen, born 6 Feb 1885 in Missouri, married Blanche A. ___ & had 1 daughter. 
  • Eugene died on 11 Nov 1904 in St. Louis, when Barbara was 50.
  • On the 1920 census Barbara is listed as working as a Fuse Maker for a Fuse Factory in St. Louis when she was 66 years old.
  • She died 10 May 1930 in St. Louis, Missouri.

    This is the only photograph I have of my 3rd great grandmother, Frances America Clarkson Graham Dowling.
    back row: Henrietta O. Graham Dunn, Eugene H. or William T. Graham, John George Graham, Pearl Dowling Fleming, Henry August Gus Graham, and Ruth Dowling Gilmore
    center: Barbara Henrietta Clarkson Heislen, unknown man, & Frances America Clarkson Graham Dowling
    front: Elva and Edwin Fleming (children of Pearl)
Page from Thomas Clarkson's probate documents.  

Headstone of Jane Clarkson in Tipton Missouri Masonic Cemetery.  

1920 Census showing Barbara Henrietta Clarkson Heilsen, 66 year old Fuse Maker.  
Image from ancestry.com

11 May 2016

Kolby's Genealogy Class Project

My oldest son, Kolby, took a genealogy elective class at school several months ago.  As part of the project he did, he talked to my husband and me, and each of our parents, and wrote little biographies of each of us.  And he made an online "book" with family photos.  

"I [Kolby Michael Bradshaw] was born on October 31st, 2003, in Provo Utah, Utah Valley Hospital. I lived there for about 9 months. I then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U. S. I lived in an apartment 4 years. During this time, three of my four younger brothers were born. Elijah, Camden, and Isaac. I then lived with my great-grandma Faun in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. My youngest brother, Courtland, was born. After that, My family and I moved to Fairport, New York, U. S. for three years in our first house ever. Then we lived with my mom’s parents in San Diego, California, U.S.A. for about 9 months. We then got a house across the street from Del Sur Elementary where I went for two years and Moved to D39C for a year. I then Moved to a bigger house across the canyon and have lived there since. I am in 6th grade and twelve years old. I want to become a great coder when I grow up. I have made it into a MathCounts program.

Stephanie Lynn Chidester was born on Jan. 10 1982 in the Utah Valley Hospital. She has also lived in San Diego, coronado, nashville tennessee, provo utah, oklahoma, and texas. She went to Bernardo Heights Middle School. For high school she went to Rancho Bernardo High school. She went to college at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho and at BYU. She also had a semester in Nauvoo. She met Michael Blair Bradshaw in BYU and was married to him on Dec. 27, 2002 in the Mormon San Diego Temple.

Michael Blair Bradshaw was born on Aug. 9, 1980 in the St. Luke's hospital in Salt Lake City. He has also lived in Taylorsville Utah, South Jordan Utah, and Boise Idaho. He served a mormon mission in the Dominican Republic at age 18. He went to middle school at South Jordan Middle School. He went to highschool at Bingham High School and Centennial High School. He then attended college at BYU where he met Stephanie Lynn Chidester. He got married to her on Dec. 27, 2002 in the Mormon San Diego Temple. Michael became an eagle scout at age 14.

Amy Lynn Spohr was born on Sep. 1 1957 in the St. Elisabeth Hospital in Granite City, Illinois. She never lived in Granite City because while her mom was pregnant they moved to St. Louis, Denver, Colorado but kept going to the doctor in Granite City. She also lived in Prairie Village, Kansas and Hawaii. She went Indian Hills Middle School. For High School she went to Shawnee Mission East High school. She went to BYU for college. She got married to Steven John Chidester on May 7, 1980 in the Salt Lake City Utah Mormon Temple.

Steven John Chidester was born on May 9, 1957 in the Utah Valley Hospital in Provo Utah. He has also lived in Heber, Utah and Hawaii. Steven went to Middle School at Wasatch Jr. High School. He went to Wasatch High School for High School, and went to BYU for College. He served a mormon mission in Brussels Belgium when he was eighteen. He was married to Amy Lynn Spohr on May 7, 1980 in the Salt Lake City Utah Mormon Temple.

Debra Kae McIntosh was born on Aug 17, 1958 in the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. She has also lived in Falls Church Virginia, South Jordan Utah, and Boise Idaho. She went to Middle School at Clayton Jr. High. Her High School was East High School. She attended College at Ricks College. She was married to Dick Michael Bradshaw on March 13, 1979 in the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple.

Dick Michael Bradshaw was born on Oct. 29 1955. In the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. He has also lived in Taylorsville Utah, South Jordan Utah, Louisiana, and in Boise Idaho. He went to Hillside Jr. High for Middle School, Hillside High School for High School, and BYU, University of Utah, where he got his Bachelor's Degree, University of Phoenix to get his master’s Degree. He also went to Institute of Internal Auditors and got his Internal Audit Certificate. At age eighteen he served a mormon mission in San Antonio Texas. Was married to Debra Kae McIntosh on March 13, 1979 in the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple."

16 April 2015

Hyatt / Paramore / Hunt families

Levi Alderman Hunt and Lucinda Elvira Hyatt Paramore Hunt Family:
Ethel Lorean Hunt (Tanner), Edith Hunt (Moore), Levi Ray Hunt, Jessie Mardelain Hunt (Mulliner), Ruby Hunt (Nielsen), Leonard Hunt, Estella Paramore Hunt (Thompson), Amy Alberta Hunt (Hooker), Lucinda Elvira Hyatt (Paramore) (Hunt), Leland Hunt, and Levi Alderman Hunt

Lucinda Elvira Hyatt was born 8 Apr 1860 in Parowan, Iron county, Utah, the third of six children of John Smith Defreeze Hyatt and his first wife, Martha Jane Turner Howd. Lucinda was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 18 Oct 1872.

Before 1879 Lucinda married Hyrum Duckworth Paramore. Hyrum was born 8 Oct 1852 in Duckenfield, Cheshire, England, the son of Joseph King Paramore and Susan Duckworth.  Hyrum was a twin.  When he was 2 years old, his family sailed from England to the United States.  Sadly, during the voyage his twin brother, Joseph, was washed overboard from the ship. 

Lucinda Hyatt and Hyrum Paramore had three children:
  1. Sarah Ellen Paramore Hunt, was born 17 Apr 1879 in Joseph, Sevier, Utah.  Church records indicate that she was given a blessing three days later on 20 Apr 1879.  No further mention is made of Sarah Ellen in family records.  She died as a baby. 
  2. Essie Mae Paramore Hunt (“Essa”), was born 22 Mar 1881 in Parowan, Iron, Utah.  She was baptized on 19 May 1889.  And on 11 May 1900, at age 19, Essie died in a fire that broke out in the bakery where she was working.
  3. Estella Paramore Hunt (“Stella” or “Stell”), was born 28 Aug 1883 in Parowan, Iron, Utah, and died on 12 Jan 1970 at age 86 after living in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California. Estella married George William Thompson in 1901 in Richfield, Sevier, Utah and they had six children who were all born in Utah.

According to Ardeana Fredricksen, a great granddaughter of Lucinda and Hyrum Paramore, Lucinda had to leave Hyrum because he was an alcoholic.  No official marriage or divorce records have yet been found, so it is unknown if they were officially divorced or not.  But the marriage ended sometime between 1883 and 1885.  At this time Lucinda and her two surviving daughters remained in the Paramore & Joseph, Utah area, and Hyrum Paramore left and relocated to Wasatch county, Utah.  Church records from Joseph, Utah note that "Hyrum Paramore moved away" and that Lucinda Elvira Hyatt Paramore "married Levi A. Hunt.” 

In Wasatch county, Hyrum Duckworth Paramore was married to his second wife, Hannah Jensen.  They had four children:
  1. Vida Paramore
  2. Estella Paramore, of Charleston, Wasatch county, Utah.  Married Earl Kohler.
  3. Joseph Lawrence Paramore
  4. Lester Paramore

Faun Moore Chidester is a great granddaughter of Lucinda Elvira Hyatt Paramore Hunt.  Faun has been interested in family history since she was a child, and remembers learning about her Hyatt/Paramore/Hunt relatives from her paternal grandmother, Edith Hunt Moore, and her great aunt, Estella Paramore Hunt Thompson.  Faun has fond memories of Estella or “Aunt Stell,” as she knew her.  Faun told me that even though Aunt Stell was actually her father’s aunt, she “claimed her as her own aunt” and had a very close relationship with her.

Faun came into contact with Estella Paramore Kohler (Hyrum’s daughter from his second marriage), in 1974 when Faun was living in Heber, Utah.  At that time Faun had conversations with both Estella Paramore Kohler and with Estella’s sister, Vida, about their father.  According to Estella Paramore Kohler, her father [Hyrum Paramore] was a railroad worker.  He came to Wasatch County from Parowan, Utah.  He said he had had a wife and two daughters but they had all died and were buried in Peoa, Summit county.  His deceased wife's name, he said, was Alvira.  He told his second wife, Hannah, that he wanted to name their second daughter Estella after his sister.  (According to Faun, at the time of her research in 1997 no record had yet been found of a sister named Estella, though records of other Paramore family members were available).  At that time Faun informed Estella and Vida about the existence of their father’s first wife and her children, which had not been known to them previously.  I do not know if Estella Paramore Kohler and her siblings ever met their half sister, Estella Paramore Hunt Thompson, or not.

Faun said that her grandmother, Edith Hunt Moore, and her great aunt, Estella Paramore Hunt Thompson told her: Grandmother Hunt [Lucinda] never talked much about her first husband except to say he wasn't much of a provider.  Estella Paramore Kohler said this same thing about her father.

Hyrum Duckworth Paramore died at the age of 62 on 1 June 1915 and is buried in Charleston, Wasatch county, Utah.  Hannah Jensen was later remarried to William Daybell. 

Estella Paramore Kohler, daughter of Hyrum and Hannah, when a mature woman, attempted to learn something of her natural father.  She went to an uncle, King Paramore, in Parowan, Utah to learn more about her father.  She was told by her uncle to forget Hyrum. "It is best not to talk about things like that," so she didn’t pursue it.  Hannah Jensen Paramore Daybell and her daughters were later sealed, in life, to Hannah's second husband, William Daybell.

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Meanwhile, back in 1884 or 1885, after Hyrum moved to Wasatch county, Lucinda Elvira Hyatt Paramore was married to her second husband, Levi Alderman Hunt in Joseph, Sevier, Utah.  Levi Alderman Hunt was born 3 Dec 1861 in Fairview, Sanpete, Utah, the second of three sons of Levi Hunt and his first wife, Jane Gadd. Levi Alderman Hunt was baptized 17 Jul 1892.  Besides raising the two surviving daughters from Lucinda’s first marriage, Levi Alderman Hunt and Lucinda Elvira Hyatt Paramore Hunt had 11 more children together.  Family members who knew the Hunt family remembered what a good father Levi was – and they indicated that no distinction was ever made between the children from Lucinda’s two different marriages.

Children of Levi Alderman Hunt and Lucinda Elvira Hyatt Paramore Hunt:
  1. Levi Ray Hunt, born 20 Dec 1886 in Joseph, Sevier, Utah, and died 10 Feb 1935 in Riverdale, Weber, Utah. Levi married Ethel Sofia Utley in 1906 and they had nine children.
  2. Jessie Mardelain Hunt, born 29 Jul 1818 in Joseph, Sevier, Utah, and died 13 Dec 1917. Jessie married Robert Madison Mulliner in 1906 and they had four children.
  3. Ruby Hunt, born 1 May 1890 in Joseph, Sevier, Utah and died on 25 Feb 1976 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Ruby married John Franklin Nielsen in 1910 and they had eight children.
  4. Edith Hunt [my great, great grandmother], born 13 Oct 1891 in Joseph, Sevier, Utah, and died 9 Mar 1956 in Elsinore, Sevier, Utah. Edith married John Augusta Moore Jr. in 1908 and they had ten children.
  5. Leonard Hunt, born 22 Aug 1894 in Beaver, Beaver, Utah, and died 18 Mar 1972. Leonard married Ethel May Pattie in 1908 or 1922 and they had four children.
  6. baby Hunt (female), born 1892 or 1895 in Beaver, Beaver, Utah. Died 1895.
  7. Ethel Lorean Hunt, born 13 Jul 1896 in Beaver, Beaver, Utah, and died 7 May 1970 in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada. Ethel married Hyrum Edward Tanner in 1914 and they had ten children.
  8. James Hunt, born 24 Dec 1898 in Joseph, Sevier, Utah, and died in Jun 1899.
  9. Amy Alberta Hunt, born 5 Sep 1900 in Joseph, Sevier, Utah, and died 28 Jun 1920. Amy married Donald Hooker about 1920. (No known children for this couple).
  10. Hazel Idona Hunt, born 22 Jun 1902 in Joseph, Sevier, Utah, and died 2 Oct or Nov 1902 in the same location.
  11. Leland Hunt, born 22 Jan 1904 in Joseph, Sevier, Utah, and died 6 Feb 1951 in Nevada or California. Leland married Dora Bell Taylor in 1930 and they had three children. Later Leland married Irene Page.

Levi Alderman Hunt died at age 58 on 14 Jun 1920 in Richfield, Sevier, Utah. Lucinda Elvira Hyatt Paramore Hunt died at age 62 on 19 Dec 1922 in Fillmore, Millard, Utah.

Estella Paramore Hunt Thompson had herself and her sister Essie Mae sealed to Levi Alderman Hunt and Lucinda Elvira Hyatt in the Salt Lake Temple during her lifetime.  Faun Moore Chidester believes that Estella was not aware of the firstborn baby, Sarah Ellen, so her sealing was not done at that time.  Essie May was sealed to Levi and Lucinda on 3 Nov 1934.  And Estella was sealed to Levi & Lucinda on 9 Jan 1967.

When Faun later found a record of Sarah Ellen Paramore's birth and blessing, she wrote to the church Family History Department asking direction as to the sealings. They indicated that since Lucinda Elvira Hyatt was not sealed to Levi Alderman Hunt during her lifetime, that she should be sealed to both Hyrum Paramore and to Levi Hunt so she is given the choice and so all of their children could be sealed to her.  Sarah Ellen Paramore was sealed to Hyrum Paramore in the Logan Temple 21 May, 1976.

*Sources: I have not personally done any research on this line of my family, this information was passed down to me by my paternal grandmother, Faun Moore Chidester. 
  • Personal family notes of Faun Moore Chidester, from her past conversations with Estella Paramore Hunt Thompson, Edith Hunt Moore, Estella Paramore Kohler, and Vida Paramore. 
  • A telephone conversation between myself and my grandma, Faun Moore Chidester, on 14 April 2015, clarifying and asking questions about some of her genealogy notes about this part of the family.
  • Emails with genealogy information about the Paramore, Hyatt, and Hunt family lines from Ardeana Fredricksen, 2015.  Ardeana got family information from past conversations with her grandmother, Estella Paramore Hunt Thompson, and her great aunt, Ruby Hunt Nielsen.
  • Original genealogy research of Faun Moore Chidester.  From a PAF genealogy file of Faun’s, a copy of which she gave to me back in 2001.  Some of Faun’s sources mentioned in her genealogy file include:
    • LDS church records, Joseph ward, 1877-1951 -- GS Film #026,045
    • Salt Lake Temple Records No. 2396, Book 4R, Page 106, and No 32485, Book 2X, Page 1113, TIB 1263035
    • US Federal Census records 

[Back in 2010 I wrote a brief history of my Hyatt/Paramore/Hunt family ancestors to include on this genealogy blog, based on some old notes from my Grandma, Faun Moore Chidester's, genealogy file.  Recently I received an email from another descendant of these ancestors who pointed out some errors in my original post from 2010.  After reviewing my grandma's genealogy notes, talking to my grandma on the phone to clarify, and comparing with the information that was recently emailed me, I have corrected those errors and reposting the corrected history here.]