52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 8

This weeks prompt in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is “Heirloom.”  Our family never did practice the tradition of passing something down from generation to generation.  We did however, practice the tradition of ‘Hairloom.”  You know, the tradition of saving a locket of hair during a babies first haircut.

That first haircut can be really traumatic.  I’m almost 6 years older than my brother, and I vaguely remember going to the barber shop with our mom when he got his first hair cut.  He had a head full of red ringlets and being the trooper he is, he never cried.

Other world cultures have their own beliefs about “Hairloom.”

Read here:  First Haircut 1

Or here: First Haircut 2

Our family will still just keep the Baby Book with the little ringlet of curl, just can’t find the books.

People have gotten creative with saving baby hair.  I really like this one.


Sun Catcher


You can find it here on Etsy here:

Sun Catcher

Dirty Rotten Scoundrel

According to the Lubbock Morning Avalanche (Lubbock, Texas)  on· 30 Aug 1934, Governor, Mariam A Ferguson on 29 Aug 1934 pardoned 6 inmates.  Leon O Steed, who was convicted in Angelina County in January, 1934 and sentenced to one year, received a full pardon.

Leon O Steed was born on 10 Oct 1891 in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County, Texas.  He was married at least 3 times.  First to Eva Mae Fears on 4 Jan 1926 in Lamar County, Texas.  It appears not to have lasted very long because he married Viola Mae Fowler on 10 Oct 1927 in Collins County, Texas.  This marriage failed as well.  Viola married Oscar Killian on 24 Dec 1928 in Lubbock County, Texas.

Sometime between 1930 and January of 1934, Leon O Steed married Meady “Oates” Nerren, widow of Benjamin Holt Nerren.  This marriage also ended abruptly, but this time because of the untimely death of Meady on 27 Aug 1934 in Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas.

Leon didn’t take long to petition the Governor for an early release.  He claimed in his petition that he needed to care for his newly deceased wife’s young children.   It appears that the Governor’s office accepted the assertion from a known criminal at face value.

The issue is that Meady didn’t have young children.   She had 5 daughters, 4 of which were already married and a 16 year old daughter, Bernice.  Bernice was living with her grandmother in 1930, and most likely in 1935 as well.  By 1940, Bernice was living in the Austin State School in Austin, Travis County, Texas where she died in 1948 of  tuberculosis.

Leon was living in Springfield, Green County, Missouri in 1935 and De Queen, Sevier County, Arkansas in 1940.  By 1942, he had returned to Texas, living in Fort Worth when he registered for the WWII draft.  He then made his way to Oklahoma and died in October, 1949 and is buried in an unmarked grave in Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma.


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 7

This weeks prompt in the #52Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge is Valentine.  I had already posted for this week, however, the Valentine’s Gift I received this morning is worthy of another.

I have a ritual every morning.  Turn on the coffee pot and scream at it for not brewing fast enough.  Sometimes I pour a cup after it’s brewed half a pot.  Today was one of those days.  Coffee in hand, I boot up the laptop, check Ancestry for any new DNA matches in hopes to break down the last remaining brick walls and then I check email.

My email had about 10 from one of my cousins.  I checked the subject line first to see what she was sending.  This was the 1st email I looked at:


This is my Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother, Mathias Schumacher and Mary Timlin.  I had never seen a picture of them before.

Julia, standing on the left with attitude, Mathias, Edward, Mary, Margaret (my grandmother), Helen, Susie and baby Frances.  I suspect this might be the only picture of Frances.  She died on 14 Nov 1899 at the age of 6 months.

Another cousin and I have been discussing our DNA connection to the Timlin family.  She had always been told that her grandmother, Nora Timlin had been an orphan, with no family.  Well we have proved that to not be true.  A picture speaks a 1000 words.  This was the 2nd email I opened.

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This is a picture of Nora Timlin and 4 of her 6 siblings and here they are.

Nora Timlin – Top Left
Margaret Timlin – Top Right
Julia Timlin – Bottom Left
Mary Timlin – Bottom Right (My great grandmother)
Thomas Timlin – Center
Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 7

This weeks prompt in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Week challenge is ‘Valentine.’  
 Mabel Lee Munroe was my great aunt. She was born in Lufkin, Angelina County Texas on January 20, 1923 and died on April 1, 1978, in Los Angeles County. She married the love of her life on December 24, 1943, Donald McDonald. He was a private in the United States Army during WWII. Unfortunately, he died on the battlefield on July 14, 1944. All of the stories I heard about her, she was extremely distraught over his death and became a recluse. Then today the whole situation was turned upside down. It appears that Mabel had an unknown relationship with a man by the name of Gordon Eugene Flanagan, they had a son in 1957 and then had a daughter in 1960. Since Mabel was unable emotionally to care for a child at this time, Gordon put his newly born daughter up for adoption. Gordon died in 1964 and as a result, the son he had raised was also put up for adoption.
Not all love stories on Valentine’s Day ends with balloons, red roses and a box of chocolate.

A Murder on Thanksgiving Day 1936

David W Raleigh “Rollie” Munroe was the father in-law of my mom’s paternal grandmother, Artie Rether Freeland.  He was a victim of homicide on Thanksgiving Day, 1936.  According to his death certificate, he died of blunt force trauma, causing a concussion and subdural hemorrhaging.  His daughter, Bonnie Riggs was the informant.  He was buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles County in an unmarked grave on December 3, 1936.

According to news reports that follow, Robert Hayes was accused of beating Munroe in the head with an iron pipe after Munroe accused him of stealing one of his chickens.  Munroe was left for dead in an empty lot near Munroe’s residence in Los Angeles.  When Munroe’s body was discovered, he was holding an open knife in his hand.   When the police arrested Robert Hayes, his shirt was torn and he had a gash in his left side.

The coroner held an inquest on Wednesday, December 2, 1936 and they rendered their verdict that he be held for investigation.

Robert Hayes went to trial in February of 1937 on the charge of murder.  It was a landmark case in that it was the first trial in California history where a “Sound Film” was presented to the jury during trial.

The jury in the trial of People vs Robert Hayes rendered their decision on Tuesday, February 9, 1937 with a verdict of guilty of manslaughter.

Robert Hayes was sentenced to up to 10 years in San Quentin.  His intake date was March 13, 1937.  Shortly there after, he filed an appeal of conviction.  The appellate court upheld the conviction.  He then appealed to the State Supreme Court and they also upheld the conviction while rendering the following comment, “the use of sound motion pictures is not only legal but in the interest of justice.”

He died on July 13, 1940 while in San Quentin.   Cause of death is unknown.

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The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) · 03 Dec 1936, Thu · Page 21

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The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) · 04 Dec 1936, Fri · Page 25

David W Raleigh "Rollie" Munroe Murder - Stains on Mans Hands Result in Charge of Murder...

The San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, California) · 05 Feb 1937, Fri · Page 1

David W Raleigh "Rollie" Munroe Murder - (Bv Assoc luted Tress) LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4.-A...

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The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) · Wed, Feb 10, 1937 · Page 23


The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) · 09 May 1937, Sun · Page 127

David W Raleigh "Rollie" Munroe Murder - In the case of the People vs. Rohert Hayes,...

The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) · 10 Jun 1937, Thu · Page 9

David W Raleigh "Rollie" Munroe Murder - Motion Picture Confessions Upheld Use of motion...

The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) · 10 Jul 1937, Sat · Page 9

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 6

This weeks challenge is “Favorite Name.”   I will need to go back the the early 1800’s to find my favorite name.

My 4th great grandparents were John Nerren (1800-1852) and Elizabeth Mooney (1806-1876.)  They had 10 known children, 6 males and 4 females.   Their names were typical of the era;  Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, William, James, John, Sarah, Mary, Eliza, Margaret and then that one person with a name that didn’t fit in.  That person’s name was Lorenzo Dow Nerren (1832-1916), my 3rd great grandfather.

Where did that name come from?  Well, after a Google search, it became very apparent.  He, along with 1000’s of men of his generation, were named after Lorenzo Dow, “an eccentric itinerant American evangelist, said to have preached to more people than any other preacher of his era. He became an important figure in the Second Great Awakening and a popular writer. His autobiography at one time was the second best-selling book in the United States, exceeded only by the Bible. ” (Note 1)

Carlisle Weekly Herald (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) · Wed, May 28, 1834 · Page 1





Note 1:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorenzo_Dow


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 5

Week 5’s prompt in the challenge is “In the Census.”  In the Week 3 challenge about ‘Longevity’, I posted about my Great Grandfather, Mathias Schumacher and my Great Grandmother, Mary Timlin.

I think it’s time to finish this part of my legacy.

In the 1900 Census, I found the Schumacher’s living in Walle, Grand Forks County, North Dakota.

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Mary had 7 children, with only 5 living in 1900.  She died in 1903 leaving her husband with those 5 young children to raise alone.

In 1910, Mathias was living in Hurley, Renville County, North Dakota with his oldest daughter, Julia.  But where were the other 4 children  living in 1910?

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I found Edward Peter working as a servant to a family in Brandon, Renville County, North Dakota.

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I found Margaret Ann “Maggie” working as a servant in Colquhoun, Renville County, North Dakota.

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I found Susan Mae “Susie” living as a servant in Hamerly, Renville County, North Dakota.

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I found Helen “Nellie” C  working as a servant in Colquhoun, Renville County, North Dakota.

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While I have no personal knowledge about why, I do suspect that Mathias was not prepared to raise 5 children on his own and ‘farmed out’ 4 of his 5 living children to ensure that they had the best life available to them.  Since every one of them lived in the same county, I also believe that Mathias Schumacher was a well respected member of the community and they did what they could to help in the most difficult of times.


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 4

Week four’s prompt in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Week challenge is ‘Invite to Dinner.’  While he is not an ancestor, he is my 3rd cousin 4x removed.  His name was William Calvin Oates.  Anyone from Alabama may know who he was.

William Calvin Oates was born on 30 November 1833 in Troy, Pike County, Alabama to  William Truxton Oates and Sarah Sellers.  He died on 9 September 1910 in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama.

William, as reported by others, had a very interesting life.

Oates was born in Pike County, Alabama, to William and Sarah (Sellers) Oates, a poor farming family. At the age of 17, he believed that he had killed a man in a violent brawl and left home for Florida. Oates became a drifter, settling in Texas for a couple of years before returning to Alabama at the urging of his younger brother John, who had been dispatched by the family to locate him. He studied law at the Lawrenceville Academy in Lawrenceville and passed the bar examination, and then opened a practice in Abbeville.[1]

He joined the Confederate States Army in July, 1861 and entered the army as Captain, 15th Alabama Infantry Regiment and eventually became the commander of the 15th Alabama infantry regiment in the spring of 1863. He fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, leading his troops in a series of charges on Little Round Top, where his brother John perished. This became one of Oates’s significant memories of the war, as he believed that if his regiment had been able to take Little Round Top, the Army of Northern Virginia might have won the battle, and possibly marched on to take Washington, D.C. Oates later stated that if even a single additional Confederate regiment had joined the assault, the attack could have succeeded, turning the Union’s flank and threatening the entire Army of the Potomac.[2][3]

Oates stated:

His [Col. Chamberlain‘s] skill and persistency and the great bravery of his men saved Little Round Top and the Army of the Potomac from defeat.

[If one more Confederate regiment had stormed the far left of the Army of the Potomac with the 15th Alabama,] “…we would have completely turned the flank and have won Little Round Top, which would have forced Meade’s whole left wing to retire.” He concluded, philosophically, that “great events sometimes turn on comparatively small affairs.”[2][dead link][3]

Oates participated in the battles of Chickamaugathe WildernessSpotsylvania Court House, and Cold Harbor. After transferring to the 48th Alabama, he was wounded near Petersburg, Virginia, losing his right arm, which ended his active service.

Oates resumed his law practice in Henry County, Alabama, and served as a delegate to the 1868 Democratic National Convention. From 1870 to 1872, he was a member of the Alabama House of Representatives. In 1880, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served seven consecutive terms. Oates married Sarah Toney of Eufaula on March 28, 1882, and they had one son, William Calvin, Jr., who eventually joined his father in the law practice.

Oates was elected governor of Alabama in 1894 in a bitter campaign. Two years later, he unsuccessfully tried to secure his party’s nomination as a candidate for the United States SenatePresident William McKinley commissioned Oates as a brigadier general in 1898 and he served in the Spanish–American War. He returned to his law practice and speculated in real estate. He tried unsuccessfully to have a monument erected at Gettysburg to his comrades in the old 15th Alabama, including his fallen brother.

Oates died in Montgomery, and is buried there in Oakwood Cemetery.

Now for WHY I would want to ask him to dinner, of everyone one in my tree, is because of this:


William Calvin Oates - GENERAL OATES KILLED A NEGRO The Man Killed Had...

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 3

Week 3’s Prompt is Longevity.  Took me some time to figure out who and or what to write about.  Then I thought about one of my ancestors.  Had he been alive when ​I was born in 1955, he would have been almost 98.  His name was Mathias W Schumacher.
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Mathias W Schumacher was my great grandfather.  He was born in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois on ​26 May 1857 and died on 05 Jun 1942 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California.
He was the first born to immigrant parents, ​Mathias K Schumacher and Catherine Grosch.  The Schumacher and Grosch families were from Bous, Remich, Grevenmacher, Luxembourg.
Mathias married Mary Timlin on 29 Oct 1888 in Reynolds, Grand Forks, North Dakota.
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This was the 1st marriage for them both.  Mathias was 31 and Mary 16.  They lived in North Dakota their entire married life, had seven children with 5 living to adulthood.  Mary died suddenly on 20 Feb 1903 at the age of 30 and is buried in Mohall, Bottineau County, North Dakota.

Mathias never remarried and continued working as a water well driller in North Dakota until his retirement.  Week 5 of the challenge with have information about the children born to Mathias and Mary.

After Mathias retired, he moved to Los Angeles, California to live with one of his daughters, Su​sie (Schumacher) Franklin.  He died on 5 Jun 1942 in Los Angeles. No one in my family ever talked about their ancestors.  What little information I have on them is through research.  I’d like to have known Mathias.  He must have been of strong sturdy stock to have lived to 85 years of age when his life’s endeavor was to drill wells.

As a side note to this post. When doing genealogy, nothing is stressed more than having source documents for everything reflected in family history.  Well, if I had to reply on my Great Aunt Susie, I would have headed down the wrong path.  Mathias’ fathers name is wrong and the mother unknown.  Thankfully I have other documents with the correct information.



52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 2

Week 2’s Prompt is “Favorite Picture”

Who was George Roy Hutson?
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Have you ever had a brick wall that you just can’t get past?  Well I did.  I wanted to know who my paternal grandfather was.

My dad, Robert Edward Shumaker was born on February 6, 1931 in Los Angeles, California to an unwed mother.  His birth certificate has the father’s name blacked out.  On my dad’s social security application it lists his fathers name the same as his own.  There was no Robert Shumaker who married my grandmother, Margaret Ann Schumacher.  So who was my grandfather?

It all comes down to taking an Ancestry DNA test.  Me, my brother and our Mom took the test to figure it out.  I would have tested my Dad, but he died in 1985.

When my parents were getting married, my dad’s uncle, Oscar Franklin filled out the marriage certificate listing my dad’s father’s name as Paul Simpson.

When the results came back,  I spent countless hours separating the DNA matches that were not in common with our mom.   We had a few 2nd and 3rd cousin DNA matches.  I was excited to figure out our connection.  Much to my dismay, they were all on my paternal grandmother’s side of the family.  The only other option I had was to search the last name “Simpson” in an attempt to find others with that last name in their tree.  I found a 4th cousin match and reached out to her.  The two of us racked our brains trying to figure out how the “Simpson’s” in her tree, that lived in Missouri, could be related to me and my brother, who’s grandmother never went to Missouri.  The mystery continued for months.  We about gave up.

One day my brother and I had a new DNA match.  She is a 2nd/3rd cousin match who didn’t match our mom.  She didn’t match our paternal grandmother’s family either.  It had to mean she was related to our unknown grandfather.  Her name is Kathy.

The excitement wore off rather quickly when I noticed she didn’t have a tree.  I clicked on her name to find the exact amount of shared DNA and low and behold, she did have a tree.  She just hadn’t attached her DNA to it.  Her tree had seven people in it.  I got busy building a tree to find our mystery grandfather.  She didn’t have any “Simpson’s” in her lineage.  Did I waste months looking for that name?  The answer turned out to be YES.

After I had a tree going back to 3rd great grandparents on both sides of our newly found cousin, I started searching the family names.   Several other 2nd/3rd cousin matches showed up during this time and that 4th cousin I had worked with previously had some of those names in her tree as well.  So I truly was not looking for a Simpson but someone most likely with the last name Hudson or Hutson in Perry County, Missouri.

Kathy is a descendant of James Bennett Hutson and Frances Ann Hudson.  They were her 2nd great grandparents.  James and Frances had eight children.  Six daughters and two sons.  Since I was looking for my grandfather, I concentrated on their two sons.  I was forced to rule out one of the two right away.  One of their sons, Walter Perry Hutson died on November 14, 1922.  That left their other son, George Roy Hutson.

My dad’s uncle, Oscar Franklin worked for a grocery store here in Los Angeles.  George Roy Hutson was a traveling salesman in the tea and coffee industry.  Walter’s children had moved to Los Angeles after he died in 1922.  There was more than one reason why George would come to Los Angeles.  His job and checking on his brother’s children.

How my grandmother met George Roy Hutson is a new mystery.  One that went to their graves.  It was something that was never talked about.

George Roy Hutson died in 1948 of the same thing my father did,  it’s in the genes.

What we have found out though, my brother and I now have about 30 DNA cousin matches to James Bennett Hutson and Frances Ann Hudson as 2nd cousin 1X removed to 4 of their 8 children and Kathy is one of them.

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Me, my brother and dad c. 1961