March 2013


More on the mystery of John Bradshaw:

John Bradshaw and Catherine Huffman had children Leander (my ancestor), Matilda, John Monroe, Elijah Liter, Julia, Mary Ann, Malinda, Sarah Ann, and Susan Catherine.

More on Matilda and Edward Martin:

It is known that Matilda died at the Home for Aged and Infirm in Louisville, Kentucky on 12 January 1911, and is buried in Eastern Cemetery in Louisville.

As I said in my last post, I found an E.P. Martin in Louisville in 1900. However, I am not sure if this is the correct E.P.!  And, I now know that Edward and Matilda are the same as E.P. – they lived at 42o W. Chestnut Street in 1870.

Since in 1880 Edward and Matilda were living in Nelson County, it was not possible to do the same type of research for 1880.

So, I began to look at the 1880 Louisville City Directory.  In 1880, E. P. was in the business, Martin & Hoke.  According to the directory, E. P. was boarding at 312 Walnut.  This I determined to be the same as the residence of Charles C. Hoke, his business partner.  I was able to find C. C. Hoke in the 1880 census, and he was living with his brother-in-law, Henry Smith.    Also in the household was Edward Martin, age 50 years.  Both C. C. Hoke and Edward Martin were listed as Tan-bark inspectors.

Further examination of the census yielded more interesting results!  Also in the household was Edward Conn.  He is listed as a boarder in the household of Henry Smith.  It is known by the writer of this blog that Edward was the nephew of Edward Martin – Edward Conn was the son of Thomas and Susan (Bradshaw) Conn – Susan was the sister of Edward’s wife, Matilda.  Another boarder in the household was Lambert Martin.  Further examination in the 1880 Louisville city directory shows that “Bert” was a clerk at Martin & Hoke.

Edward Conn, being the nephew of Edward Martin, could have “boarded” at the same place as Edward Martin.  And, in the 1880 census for Nelson County, the Martin’s and Conn’s are living close.  On a map, it shows that their properties were close as well.

I wonder who this Lambert “Bert” was. I wonder if he was a nephew of Edward Martin.

I am thinking that the Edward Martin in the 1880 Louisville city directory is the husband of Matilda.  Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

More examination still needs to be made on the E. P. Martin in Louisville!

 

Maggie

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Have you finally been able to make that trip to the historical society in the town from which your ancestor came?  If so, have you found newspaper articles on your ancestor?

When I have found newspaper articles at the historical or genealogical society, usually the articles are contained in the newspaper – not cut out and removed from the newspaper.  I have made a copy of the article, plus any articles directly surrounding the article.  I have also made copies of the ads in the paper! Then, when I get home, I check out a genealogy message board.

First, I search to see if anyone is looking for the people named in the articles.  If so, I “reply” to the post – do they want a copy of the article?  If there is no one looking for the people, than I create a new post.

It is amazing how many articles I have sent to others who would never have had the article!

Maggie

More on the mystery of John Bradshaw:

John Bradshaw and Catherine Huffman had children Leander (my ancestor), Matilda, John Monroe, Elijah Liter, Julia, Mary Ann, Malinda, Sarah Ann, and Susan Catherine.

More on Matilda and Edward Martin:

It is known that Matilda died at the Home for Aged and Infirm in Louisville, Kentucky on 12 January 1911, and is buried in Eastern Cemetery in Louisville.

As I said in my last post, I found an E.P. Martin in Louisville in 1900. However, I am not sure if this is the correct E.P.!

I decided to attempt to determine if Edward and Matilda Martin, in the 1870 census, was the same E.P. Martin (Liter & Martin) in the 1870 Louisville City Directory.  I knew what street the directory showed they lived (420 W. Chestnut).  The 1870 census did not show street addresses.  So, I looked at 6 “neighbors” on each side of Edward and Matilda in the census, and found them in the 1870 or 1871 Louisville directory.  From this research, I was able to confirm that Edward and Matilda did in fact live on Chestnut Street in the 1870 census.

So, it is very probable that Edward and Matilda were the same as E.P. Martin, who had the business, Liter & Martin.

Since in 1880 Edward and Matilda were living in Nelson County, it will not be possible to do this same research for 1880.

More examination still needs to be made on the E. P. Martin in Louisville!

 

Maggie

 

 

As many of you know, I have been researching the John Bradshaw family.  I have been posting some of my research ideas and results.  And, hoping that someone else may be connected in some way to the same family!

Well, someone did contact me.   They are related through a sibling of my Liter Bradshaw.  This other person has been searching as well for someone who may know about John Bradshaw!  We have begun the comparison of notes – not everything matches!  In this comparison, we have discovered some “facts” that are just wrong!  And, we have each also found out new stories about Leander Bradshaw!

So, if you are fortunate to have found someone else that it related to one of your ancestors, rejoice!  You never know what the two of you will discover!

Maggie

More on the mystery of John Bradshaw:

John Bradshaw and Catherine Huffman had children Leander (my ancestor), Matilda, John Monroe, Elijah Liter, Julia, Mary Ann, Malinda, Sarah Ann, and Susan Catherine.

More on Matilda and Edward Martin:

It is known that Matilda died at the Home for Aged and Infirm in Louisville, Kentucky on 12 January 1911, and is buried in Eastern Cemetery in Louisville.

As I said in my last post, I have not found Edward and Matilda in the 1900 census.  Matilda is not in the census for the “Home”.  I have found an E.P. Martin living in Louisville in 1900, but I don’t think it is E.P. Martin. Here is a snapshot of the census:

top portion 1900 census for 12

 

bottom portion 1900 census for 12

 

The location where they lived, Eighth Street, is the location of E. P. Martin’s residence as given in the 1900 Louisville City Directory.

Could there have been more than one E.P. Martin with a grocery store?  Could E.P. and Matilda been divorced?  Edward and Matilda are together in the 1880 census in Nelson County.  Could Edward have had a “second” wife in Louisville?

More examination needs to be made on the E. P. Martin in Louisville!

 

Maggie

Why would you want to get to know the area of an ancestor?  The way the town, or country, is laid out is important.  Are there any merchants in the area?  Who were their neighbors? Was there a railroad through town?  How about a waterway?

All of these questions are good ones to answer.  By looking at a map of the area, one from the time of the ancestor, some good information may be found.  If there were merchants, is it known if there are ledgers available for these merchants?  Might the ancestor transacted business with them?  Who were their neighbors?  Were any of them relatives? (They may have been in separate farms, but the farms could have originally been one large tract.)  Was there a railroad or waterway?

When thoroughly researching the ancestor, a map that shows the layout, neighbors, businesses, etc., is helpful in answering the above and other questions.

Happy Researching!

Maggie

More on the mystery of John Bradshaw:

John Bradshaw and Catherine Huffman had children Leander (my ancestor), Matilda, John Monroe, Elijah Liter, Julia, Mary Ann, Malinda, Sarah Ann, and Susan Catherine.

More on Matilda and Edward Martin:

It is known that Matilda died at the Home for Aged and Infirm in Louisville, Kentucky on 12 January 1911, and is buried in Eastern Cemetery in Louisville.

I have found Matilda in the 1910 census for Schardein Precinct, Jefferson County, Kentucky.  She is listed in the portion of the census that is for institutions – Home for the Aged and Infirm.  She is listed as:

Martin, Mat     Inmate     75 years of age     widow     0 children

I have not yet found her in the 1900 census.

However, I have “traced” E. P. Martin through the Louisville city directories, from 1870-1908.  He is listed as owning his own company in all of the years.  In 1870, his company is the grocers, Liter & Martin.  This is quite interesting as the partner in the business is Elisha A. Liter.  Elisha A. Liter is the second cousin once removed of Matilda – Elisha’s grandfather was the brother of Matilda’s great-grandfather.  By 1874, the grocers were E. P. Martin & Co., and the partner was G. W. Burton.  By 1879, the partner was Charlie Hoke, and added to the business was “tanbark measurers.”  In 1884, Edward seems to have been the sole proprietor of his business (Hoke is not found in the directory as a person or as in the business).  It is interesting that in 1879 his residence is listed as Nelson County – according to the 1880 census, Matilda and Edward were residing in Nelson County.  Edward seems to have not lived in Louisville (except for a hotel) until 1900.  He continued to own his business in 1908.  He does not appear in the census after that date.  Matilda/Mattie does not appear either.  Edward was probably born 1825-28, so he would have been in his early 80’s at the time of his death.

Something else of interest has been discovered as well.  According to the book, The Past and Present of Vermilion County, Illinois, by Clarke, (S.J.) Publishing Company, E. P. Martin has a partner in his grocery business while in Vermilion County, Illinois.  It seems that William Hessey moved to Danville (Illinois) in 1857, and he entered into partnership with E. P. Martin and opened a general store, becoming one of the early merchants of Danville.  Mr. Hessey continued in business until 1876.

I have searched for his will at familysearch.org – in both Nelson and Jefferson County.  There is no record of it.

 

Maggie

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