It’s Working!

One reason I created this blog was that I hoped it would help reconnect me with my mother’s relatives in Indiana.  I think the last contact my mother’s family had with their Indiana relatives was in the 1950s, at least 50 years ago.  In the 1970s my father refused to take my mother and me to visit her relatives in Indiana.  Since he could afford the trip, I thought it was very selfish of him.  I’ve always wanted to help my mother reconnect with her family there since I first began using genealogy messages boards on the Internet in 1995.

 

I may have accomplished that.  This past week I had a message left by a cousin with the Vandivier last name.  I called him the next night and we had a very enjoyable conversation.  He very kindly offered to share the information he had on the family’s ancestors.  Of course he wouldn”t know that I’d been researching the family since 1994 and amassed quite a lot of information myself.  He said his father should know who some of the people in the photos were.  That makes me very happy.  However, what I miss is knowing about my grandmother’s immediate family, the events that occurred and the stories told.  The only thing I know so far that there were bluegrass musicians in the family.  I hope more knowledge will be coming.

 

Aunt with Great Aunts

My Aunt Sue with her aunts Amnie and Opal

 

Grandmother with Siblings

My grandmother Mary Myrtle Vandivier with her siblings Amnie Vandivier Miller and Willie Vandivier

Frederick Everett Wilson and Mary Myrtle Vandivier

Fred and Myrtle Wilson

My grandparents Frederick Everett Wilson and Mary Myrtle Vandivier both grew up in Parke County, Indiana.  Fred was born on 17 Jun 1887 in Montezuma, Parke Co., IN, the son of George S. Wilson and Viola V. Hise.

Mary Myrtle Vandivier, daughter of George Bayless Vandivier and Martha A. Daniel, was born on 18 Nov 1894 in McKinney, TX.  Her parents moved back to Kentucky by 1896 and lived there until 1898.  By 1900 her family was living in Parke county.

In 1910 the federal census shows Fred and Mary living next door to each other in Reserve Township.  That is the same year I was told they were married, although I haven’t found a marriage record.

Between 1914 and 1916, the couple moved with three children to Converse County, Wyoming.  I have found two land grants on file for Fred.  Two of their children, Florence and Richard, were born there.

Myrtle Wilson with Children in Wyoming

For some unknown reason the family moved to Strafford Township, Orange County, Vermont by January 1920.  Four more of their children were born there:  Dorothy, Everett, Edna and Donald.  Fred was a farmer and also worked in a local sawmill.

Fred Wilson with his child in Vermont

Myrtle Wilson with Son Donald in Vermont

Myrtle Wilson with son Donald in Vermont

By 1929 the family was living in Connecticut.  That year their daughter Nina was born in Hartford.  The family moved to Litchfield County by where their daughter Juanita and son Raymond were born.  Fred worked as a night watchman for the Warrington Woolen Mill that made clothing for United States military troops.

In 1945 the family moved to Wassaic in Dutchess County, New York.  There Fred worked in the Wassaic State School.  Mary had very high blood pressure and died there December 16, 1948.

Fred and Myrtle Wilson

Fred and Myrtle Wilson, taken in Wassaic, N.Y.

The Fred Wilson Family

The Fred Wilson family taken in Wassaic, N.Y.

Fred died on 12 Oct 1965 at the age of 78 of pneumonia in Hagerstown, MD, USA. He and his wife are both buried in Amenia Island Cemetery in Amenia, Dutchess Co., NY, USA.