Monday, January 21, 2013

On This Day - Jan 21st

On This Day...

1711 - Death: John Coleman, Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts
1808 - Birth: Marie-Barbe Lommel, Com. Petange, D'Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
1856 - Birth: Michael Theis, Marystown, Scott County, Minnesota
1857 - Marriage: Howell Cobb Williams and Mirena Leonora Booker,
1860 - Birth: Henry Steichen, Kehlen, Capellen, Luxembourg
1862 - Birth: Charles Elsworth Landiss,
1868 - Birth: Maria Theresia Theis, Marystown, Scott County, Minnesota
1892 - Marriage: Isaac Murdock Palmer and Mary Alice Sandel, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana
1904 - Marriage: Clyde J. Wyman Day and Eleanor C. Conkling,
1904 - Marriage: Clyde J. Wyman Day and Ida May Thurston, Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota
1915 - Death: Gertrude Adeline Lemm, Saint Cloud, Stearns County, Minnesota
1919 - Death: Tennessee Amelia Branch, Jackson Parrish, LA
1999 - Death: Laura C. Beaudreau, Bonners Ferry ID

There’s a problem in this list.  Have you spotted it yet?  1904, Clyde J. Wyman Day apparently had a busy day, getting married twice.  In this case, the first entry is correct, he was married the first time in Cass County, Nebraska, to Eleanor Conkling, about whom I know virtually nothing except that she died soon after their marriage.  Soon after, Clyde moved to South Dakota, leading me to believe the death of his wife might have been a catalyst for the move. 

Growing up, this first wife was never mentioned, even getting most of my start in genealogy from Clyde’s daughter Alta May Day.  I wonder if she even knew about this first wife.  If Clyde ever mentioned her?  I found the data through the usual methods of finding people and facts about their lives, not through family information handed down from generation to generation.  This is the second great-grandfather for which I’ve found extra (unmentioned) marriages!

The second entry is incorrect, of course, and I left it in this list solely for the sake of this discussion.  The second marriage was in 1909 in South Dakota.  Double check your dates! 


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