Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Question of Paternity?

Grandma Ocie (Hallock) Sheets would be turning over in her grave if she knew that someone on line was questioning the paternity of her grandfather George W. Hallock, and posting it where others could see. She was quiet and reserved, strong of faith, and never spoke evil of anyone. She was proud of her parents and often spoke of her mother Ethel (Card) Hallock. She told us of the farming accident that killed her father Claude C. Hallock, and she kept newspaper clipping about it in her Bible.
Her Bible was worn and tattered, and held favorite verses, notes, and important Hallock family records. I realized the importance of her family records while working on our family genealogy, and that is why I published her Bible records last year.
So what is the problem? Well, someone posted misinformation on line, and went to the US Census records on Ancestry and posted comments that there was a question about our Great Grandfathers paternity.
Why did this happen? Because there was a misprint in a Hallock family genealogy book. I had seen the misprint, before it lists George as being born before his father. Well, who is going to believe a book that prints such information, and then doesn’t correct it in the next book? Genealogy mistakes like this are why NSDAR and other linage societies are so careful about what proofs can be used for verification.
Was it really necessary to soil the good name of Hallock? This problem or question was not something new to me; I have been trying to solve this puzzle for years. I have studied and researched records and books at the ACPL, and sent for birth and death records.
Here is what I know to be truthful facts: George W. Hallock is a Hallock from Mattituck, Long Island, New York, and he moved to Fowler, Ohio when he was 18 years old to be a teacher. He did not return to Long Island, but decided to stay and raise his family in Ohio. By newspaper accounts in Long Island, the family farm was later sold to a circus. About the time that the newspaper printed one Mrs. Hallock ran away from her husband to New York City with Burt Popper. Now that is a family scandal, I will share sometime.
 Notes regarding George W. Hallock and James B. Hallock.

11. PHEBE3 BORDEN (PHEBE2 BUSHNELL, ALEXANDER1, WILLIAMA, WILLIAMB, JOHNC, JOHND, FRANCISE, FRANCISF)14 was born 06 Feb 1809, and died 18 Apr 1870. She married GEORGE W. HALLOCK14 10 Jun 1829, son of JAMES HALLOCK and ? (ELIZABETH TOWNSEND?). He was born 23 Nov 1798 in Mattituck, Long Island, New York, and died 18 Apr 1870 in Fowler, Trumbull, Ohio.

From A Hallock Genealogy, by Lucius H.Hallock, 1928, page 323-324.
George W. Hallock. T.8. George 7. James Esq. 6. d.7.
Was son of George, of Fowler, O. Was born Nov. 23, 1798. Married Phebe Borden June 10, 1829. She was born Feb. 6, 1809. Children: 1. Asahel, born May 7, 1830. Killed by a horse, Aug. 31, 1849. 2. James B., born 1833. 3. Charles F., born 1838. Twin. 4. Amelia-Kellog, born 1838. Twin. Mr. Hallock was a farmer of Youngstown, O.

i. ASAHEL B.4 HALLOCK14, b. 07 May 1830; d. 31 Aug 1849, Hartford Township, Ohio.
15. ii. JAMES B. HALLOCK, b. 22 Feb 1833, Mattituck, Long Island, NY; d. 17 Oct 1908, Fowler, Trumbull, Ohio.
16. iii. CHARLES F. HALLOCK, b. 19 Mar 1838, Ohio; d. 1910, Hartford Twp, Trumbull Co, OH.
17. iv. AMELIA HALLOCK, b. 19 Mar 1838, Ohio.

15. JAMES B.4 HALLOCK (PHEBE3 BORDEN, PHEBE2 BUSHNELL, ALEXANDER1, WILLIAMA, WILLIAMB, JOHNC, JOHND, FRANCISE, FRANCISF)16 was born 22 Feb 1833 in Mattituck, Long Island, NY, and died 17 Oct 1908 in Fowler, Trumbull, Ohio. He married HARRIET KELLOGG17 1855, daughter of ENOCH KELLOGG and LUCY LOOMIS. She was born 28 Nov 1833 in Fowler, Trumbull Co, Ohio, and died 08 Jun 1915 in Fowler, Trumbull, Ohio.

From A Hallock Genealogy, by Lucius H. Hallock, 1928, page 388.
James B. Hallock. T.9. Gorge (should be George) W. 8. George 7. d.7.
Was son of George W. and Phebe-Hallock. Was born Feb. 22, 1833, and died Oct. 17, 1908. Married Harriet Kellogg about 1855. She died June 8, 1915. Children:1. Mabel Estelle, born about 1857. Died at 24 of typhoid. 2. Claude, born about 1860. 3. George Goldsmith, born 1868. James Hallock was a farmer of Mattituck, L.I.

i. MABEL ESTELLE5 HALLOCK, b. 1868, Fowler, Trumbull, Ohio; d. 28 Sep 1892, Fowler, Trumbull, Ohio Died at age 24 of typhoid..
ii. GEORGE GOLDSMITH HALLOCK, b. 1868, Fowler, Trumbull, Ohio; d. Aft. 1906, Ashtabula, Ohio.
iii. CLAUDE C. HALLOCK, b. 15 Aug 1873, Fowler, Trumbull, Ohio; d. 20 Oct 1906, Fowler, Trumbull, Ohio18; m. ETHEL CARD, 25 Sep 1898, Fowler, Trumbull County, Ohio19; b. 31 Oct 1879, Fowler, Trumbull, Ohio; d. 05 May 1944, Sisseton, Roberts County, South Dakota.

17. The Kelloggs in the Old World and the New, by Timothy Hopkins, Vol. 1-3, Sunset Press, San Francisco, CA 1903., 415.
18. Trumbull County Probate Court-Death Record, Recorded Vol. 3, 1894-1908 Page 111, Claude C. Hallock.
20. Bushnell Family Genealogy, Ancestry and Posterity of Francis Bushnell (1580-1646) of Horsham, Eng & Guilford, Conn, by George Bushnell, Nashville, TN, 1945, 210.

 Mattituck, Long Island, NY. Benjamin Goldsmith Hallock son of James Esq., and brother to George W. Hallock had his biography written in the 1882 edition of the History of Suffolk County, New York, with Illustrations, Portraits, & Sketches of Prominent Families and Individuals, published in New York, by J.W. Munsell & Co, 36 Vesey Street, 1882, pages 55 & 56.

 From the book: The Hallock-Holyoke Pedigree And Collateral Branches In the United States Being a Revision of the Hallock Ancestry of 1866, Prepared by Rev. Wm. A. Hallock, D.D., With additions and tracings of family genealogies to the present date and generation, By Charles Hallock, M. A. , Amherst, Mass: Press of Carpenter & Morehouse, 1906.
Pages 14 & 15.
2. James, died Mattituck 1775, aged 44, wills to five sons: James, Jeremiah, Benjamin, William, Thomas. James, Esq., died March 5, 1852, aged 90, had three sons: Benjamin Goldsmith; Charles, merchant in New York, father of James; and George, in Fowler, Ohio. Dea. Jeremiah, Cayuga, N.Y., died June 10, 1854, aged 83; had sons William J. and George B., father of William R. and George F. Benjamin died 1794, aged 21. William settled at Washtenau, Mich., father of Franklin of Cazenovia, Nelson, and James. Thomas, Smithtown Branch, born July 11, 1768, died Jan. 7, 1854, father of James.
**James, died Mattituck 1775, aged 44, (his son) James, Esq., died March 5, 1852, age 90, James 2nd had three sons: Benjamin Goldsmith; Charles, merchant in New York, and George, in Fowler, Ohio.

 The Trumbull County, Ohio death record of G.W. Hallock 1870, 72 years old, place of birth Long Island, N.Y. His grandson’s death record, my great grandfather Claude C. Hallock 1906, 33 years, 2 mos. And 5 days.

 US Census Trumbull Co, OH George Hallock 51, Phebe Hallock his wife 42, James Hallock (my great grandfather) 17, Amelia Hallock 12, and Charles Hallock 12.

 Trumbull County Ohio Cemetery Inscriptions 1800-1930, compiled by Members of the Trumbull County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.
Page 110 Cemetery record for George Hallock died 4/18/1870.

 Trumbull County Ohio Cemetery Inscriptions 1800-1930, compiled by Members of the Trumbull County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.
Page 112
Cemetery records for James Hallock born 1833, died 1908, Harriett h/wf born 1833, died 1913, Mabel E. born 1868, died 1892, and Claude C. (my great grandfather) born 1873, died 1906.

 Trumbull County Ohio Newspaper Obituary Abstracts 1812 – 1870, by Michael Clegg, Ohio Newspaper Abstracts Series, Volume I – 1981, page 95.
Western Reserve Chronicle newspaper, 4 May 1870, George Hallock, res Fowler, 18 Apr, inflammation of kidneys, 72y, b. Long Island, came to Trumbull Co, when a young man, his wife a dau of Asahel Borden of Hartford.

 Early Marriages of Trumbull County, Ohio, 1800 – 1865, as Compiled by Mrs. Roscoe Winnagle, 1973, page 25. George Hallock and Phebe Bordon, Marriage date 6-10-1829, and James K. Hallock and Harriet Kellogg marriage date 4-17-1861.

Monday, July 4, 2011

A Memorial to Grandpa Crites

This week I was given a gift from my Aunt Oneta Noel, who died four years ago. This gift came to me by way of a tattered, yellowed newspaper article that was tucked away in an old letter that my mother had.
Mother said, "I have something that I was supposed to give you from Aunt Oneta." "She wanted you to have this. She wrote your name on it." "I found it today as I was going through some old letters." "I am sorry that I didn't give it to you before." "She must have wanted you to have it because she knew that you were interested in genealogy and family history."
I looked it over and read:
The Evening World, Bloomfield, Indiana
October 27, 1976, page 3, columns 1-6.
In Memoriam
Charles Bernice Crites
Today would have been our Dad’s eighty-first birthday. “Bucky” Baker would have baked him a birthday cake and the group from the Owensburg Baptist Church would have helped him to celebrate, along with all the other residents of the Bloomfield Nursing Center, who have birthdays in the month of October. Each one of his four children and their families would have helped him to have a happy day as best we could, but God in His perfect omniscience changed our plans and on September 8, Dad suffered a heart attack and we took him from the Nursing Center to the Greene County Hospital where at about five in the afternoon of September 14, he went Home where time is not counted by years and no one ever grows old.
If it had been possible for Dad to have chosen to spent this eighty-first birthday with whomever he chose, he’d have selected to have spent it with his wife, who left this earth on January 12, 1975, for they had been married over fifty-six years and no matter how hard we tried we never could fill the loneliness he felt for our Mother.
Charles Bernice Crites, the oldest child of William Armstead Crites and Della Luiza Calvert Crites, was born in Greene County and except for the time her served as a soldier in World War I was never away from Greene County. He was a farmer and often left his fields to assist a neighbor in doctoring a sick animal for he had a real love for veterinary work, which he continued doing until he was no longer physically able to make his calls. This was the reason for his familiar title and for his being remembered by many as “Doc” Crites.
He had also served as Highland Township road superintendent, had worked at Crane Ammunition Depot, and was trustee of the Calvertville General Baptist Church where as a youth he was converted, baptized, and remained a member until his death.
Death separates us but it does not erase so many, many dear memories Bernice will be remembered as a good neighbor. He had a genuine love for people and especially for children. This rewarded him the last months of his life when so many, many neighbors and acquaintances stopped at Room 16 to greet him. The family thanks each one of you.
His sister, Lorene Noel, and brothers, Tilman and Harold, will ever remember their times growing up together, how he played the Big-Brother Role well; how he loved and cared for the teams.
We children will remember Dads a strict disciplinarian who taught us, and practiced before us, to: owe no man a cent, make your word your bond, and vote a straight ticket. Dad loved music and at different times sang in quartets. He often entertained his nieces, nephews and grandchildren by playing the fiddle and French harp. He had a special knack for writing poetry and for impersonating, and each one close to him had been given a nickname all his own. It is not our intent to imply that our Dad was perfect, for we know he wasn’t, but we would write an ode to him as a good dad and to remind all who read this to take advantage of the precious time you have your parents with you, for just two years ago, today, all our family met on Main Street to celebrate a birthday, not once realizing it would be our last family gathering.
Besides the four children, one sister and two brothers, Bernice is survived by his daughter-in-law, Wilda Crites, and his two sons-in-law, Don Sheets and Marion Noel; by eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Rex Reid; a brother, Russell; a grandson, Brad; and his wife, Ona Hunter Crites.
We want to thank all the Special People of the Nursing Center who made his life as easy as possible for the last twenty-one months. How we wish some of you could have known him as he was before his health failed him. A special note of gratitude goes out to dear Charley Thomas who was an understanding neighbor to the resident in Room 16 when he needed him so much; to Wayne Sparks who used patience beyond duty to comply with wishes that were sometimes impossible; to two Phyllises and to two Marys that were especially kind; to Myrtle and Anna who knew him before and understand with a different insight; and to Wanda Johnson, who actually shed tears as she assured him she’d take care of things for him. You are all a rare breed!
Thanks also to each one who sent flowers and cards. We appreciate everything; especially the Calvertville Missionary and the Union Valley Church for the food and coming and helping out.
Harwood, Oneta, Mable and Mary.