Cora & Ethel

Ethel Thompson & Cora DeLudough-Cobb

What an incredibly sweet picture. This is on sale at a wonderful Etsy store for those interested. I was determined to find out who these ladies were and I think I have. The names on the back, according to the owner, are Ethel Thompson and Cora DeLudough-Cobb. I knew I had a chance of finding out who it was when I saw Cora’s last name – what duzy! Initial searches didn’t reveal much – but when I looked for the EXACT spelling of the name (which I rarely do because it’s so limiting) I got a hit. Cora Mae Deludough married James MacCall of Scotland in 1904 in Michigan and was born in 1878 in Wisconsin. Also on the marriage record it had her parents names, Sam Deludough and Carrie Lockridge. Well, that’s not exactly what I wanted. I wanted a husband with the last name of Cobb!

So I looked for Ethel. Now that’s a much more common name, but interestingly there was an Ethel Thompson born in Wisconsin in 1878 and living in Michigan during the 1900 census with a father from Scotland and a mother from Germany. She was divorced. Now we’re getting somewhere! Similar ages, lived in same states, let’s keep going.

I went back to Cora – putting in the birth year and place I’d found earlier along with the name – I now found a Cora May Deludough with an actual copy of the marriage record – same one, to James MacCall. And guess who the witnesses were? A Edward and Carrie Cobb! THEN, as if that weren’t enough, the 1900 Michigan census had Cora and 2 siblings living as step-children with Edward and Sarah Cobb. Clearly this was a name she used frequently after her mother remarried.

I’m confident I know who Cora is. But Ethel still needs some work. There’s a lot of coincidence there, but a little more evidence is needed. And I’m sure I’ll get it!

10 thoughts on “Cora & Ethel

  1. Cora Mae DeLudveigh was born to Samuel S DeLudveigh (several alternate spellings) and
    Sarah Caroline Lockridge (aka Carrie Lockridge), who were married in 1877 in Green County, Wisconsin. (Notice the name on the back of the photo on Etsy.) According to the Wisconsin Vital Records, Carrie married Edward Comstock Cobb in 1893. John Samuel and Alice Lucinda were her siblings. John seemed to have changed his name from DeLudveigh to just Ludveigh according to some of his documents. Thank you for sharing your research.

  2. I stumbled upon this site and keep coming back to the picture. My grandmother’s maiden name was Ethel Thompson. She was raised in Menominee, MI. The ages do not match, my grandmother was born in 1901. Thinking possibly an aunt or other relative as facial features are similar. I’d be interested if you had suggestions as to how I could research. I’d like to investigate my mom’s family, however not sure where to start…..

  3. Beth, that’s really fascinating. I know so little about Ethel that anything’s possible. Your question prompted me to do a bit more digging. I went back to the 1900 census of Charlevoix, Michigan where Cora lived as the Cobb step-daughter and much to my delight (not sure how I missed it before), on the same page were the Thompsons. Father Hirame born in Missouri in 1838, mother Libbie born in Michigan in 1843, a son, and 2 daughters – one of whom is Ethel, born in 1882. This is quite certainly the Ethel in the photo.

    Is she a great aunt of yours? Your Ethel wasn’t hard to find in Menominee, Michigan in 1910 and 1920. Born to parents from Denmark (Christian and Schjanna?). Start with her and work back. Family Search has wonderful free sources. I’m not sure what you have access to online, but larger genealogy libraries usually provide computers with access to paid sites you can use. What a wonderful mystery to solve! Keep me posted!


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  5. Thank you Jodi!! My grandmother’s mother was Schjana, who I believe came from Denmark. I know nothing at this point about the Thompson side. How interesting! Any other suggestions in terms of free resources are appreciated. I will definitely check out Family Search.

    • Sure, here are some places to start:
      on the 1940 census is still free and there may be other collections as well that you can get for free
      Specific county genealogy sites often have free information or people you can contact for help. Here’s a good one to start with for you:
      You can also find good information on, just keep in mind it’s all user (not document) driven an does contain some errors, but reliable for the most part.
      Hope that helps as a starter!

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