Henry Kahler and Family

Henry Kahler & Family of Pennsylvania

This wonderful family portrait is, I believe, from about 1886. It is of Henry Kahler and family as it states on the back. The boys names are also listed, “Rush & Wm.” Gretacarbo has this picture for sale on eBay if anyone’s interested – you can see more pics of it there.

Here’s what I’ve found out about the Kahler family:

Henry and wife Catherine Berry are pictured here with their first 2 sons: Rush – AKA William Henry Rush, Rush W. H., or just Rush depending on the document, and William, often referred to as “Willie”. They would have John and Dortha a few years later. Willie was born in 1884, and appears to be no more than 2 in the photo, which is why I date it at 1886. The family lived in various towns within Crawford County, Pennsylvania – the same county where the picture was taken. Henry would live to 1934 and his wife Catherine to 1921.

I’m hopeful that this picture finds a home; there appears to be many people on ancestry.com with these people in their family tree.

Alfred T. Robinson

Alfred T. Robinson

Another offering from my Etsy friend, Restored Memories. Per her description there are actually 2 photos of Mr. Robinson, which she is selling together – here’s the link to her store.

On the back of this photo is the handwritten name, Alfred T. Robinson and the location on the from is Saginaw, Michigan. While those two pieces of information alone may not always yield a good identification – what helped in this case was that Mr. Robinson never left Saginaw. From the 1900 to the 1940 census he and wife Louise/Louisa and their children are there.

Alfred appears to have been born around 1859 in Michigan. His parents were from England. But in all pre-marriage censuses (1870 and 1880) Alfred and sister Helen only lived with their mother, Mary A. Robinson. There’s no indication if she was a widow or divorced. She was from England however. Finding his father would be a great addition!

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!