In my last post I introduced my Edna Henry (and parents) project. This post will cover what I know about Edna, William and Florence Henry before I start any new research.
When I first started genealogy research in 2003, my main concentration was my direct line, so Charles D. Henry, his father, etc. Anything I found on non-direct people were entered into my database but not sourced (bad, bad, bad). In 2003 the majority of the on-line resources I used were from ancestry.com and genealogy.com (which has been discontinued and now consists of just read-only message boards and user created family home pages). As I go back now to review what I already have, I am also taking the opportunity to source the records as well.
As is common, my research started with conversations with relatives and exploring any resources they had in the home. Along the Henry line, my mother and her sisters, Aunt Ruth and a couple of her Henry cousins were the only ones surviving. There were several pictures of Charles D. and his wife. My Aunt Ruth had some names written down; Charles’ father’s name (John B) and information on Charles D. and Charlotte’s children, but nothing on any siblings of Charles. No one had any family bibles that had any information that went any further back than John B. Henry. The cousins I talked to were children of Charles D. and Charlotte’s children and no one mentioned any siblings of Charles, but to be fair, I did not ask. At this point I had not yet heard any mention of cousin Edna.
Once I figured I had exhausted those resources it was on to search the U.S. Federal Census records. At the time the latest census released was 1930, and it was not yet indexed. In fact, not all census records before 1930 were indexed either. If you are a “new” researcher you may remember the extreme frustration of waiting all of a couple months for the 1940 census to be indexed? Imagine that for many of the census years, and the wait was way longer. So basically, census research was a bit more tedious. I don’t remember the time it took to locate the census records from 1930 back but it was much longer than what it would take now. Also, there may be a few reading this who are mumbling “well, they may not have been indexed but at least they were on-line”. Yes, I bow to you!
As I worked my way backwards from 1930 in my search for Charles D. Henry , William first appeared in the 1880 U.S. Federal census in Waverly, Baltimore County, Maryland. He is listed as the 21 year old son of John B Henry, single, born in Maryland and employed as a blacksmith.
|SOURCE – Year: 1880; Census Place: Waverly, Baltimore, Maryland; Roll: 496; Family History Film: 1254496; Page: 221D; Enumeration District: 244; Image: 0245|
In the 1870 census in the 8th District (Ellen Gowan Post Office) of Baltimore County, Maryland William is listed as an 11 year old born in Maryland, living in the household of John B. Henry.
|SOURCE – Year: 1870; Census Place: District 8, Baltimore, Maryland; Roll: M593_569; Page: 404A; Image: 809; Family History Library Film: 552068|
Note: You may notice the presence of a sister of William and Charles named Ruth in the census record above. She will not be included in this project as I have previously been successful in finding information on her.
In the 1860 census in the 8th District (Cockeysville Post Office) of Baltimore County, Maryland William is listed as a 1 year old born in Maryland, living in the household of Charles Henry.
|SOURCE – Year: 1860; Census Place: District 8, Baltimore, Maryland; Roll: M653_468; Page: 384; Image: 389; Family History Library Film: 803468|
Note: You may notice the difference in names of the oldest female in the house in the census record above. John B. Henry’s wife Mary (Whitaker) died in 1861 and John married Mary’s sister Martha (Whitaker) in 1866.
OK, now that I have found him back to his earliest census, let’s go forward from 1880. Back in 2003 I did make the assumption that he remained in Maryland.
In 1890 there is no census for Maryland but in 2003 the 1890 Baltimore City directory was used as a substitute on ancestry.com and it would appear in the census search list. Since the 1890 Baltimore City directory was not scanned at the time like it is now, the listing for William appeared on ancestry.com as:
Name: Wm R Henry Location: 184 Old York road Business Name: John B Henry & Sons
In April 2004 I found William and family in the 1900 census. William is listed in the 9th District, 1st Precinct of Baltimore County, Maryland. He is 41 (born Feb 1859), married 10 years to Florence (also 41 and born Feb 1859) with 5 year old daughter Edna (born Aug 1894). He rents his house and is a carriage builder. It is unclear from the census record what street he lives on since his entry is on the top of a page that doesn’t appear to be a continuation of the previous page.
|SOURCE – Year: 1900; Census Place: Election District 9, Baltimore City (Independent City), Maryland; Roll: 607; Page: 31A; Enumeration District: 0040; FHL microfilm: 1240607|
Apparently January 2005 was a busy month and I continued research on William and family. The next 3 census records were entered for them in Jan 2005.
In the 1910 census William and family is found split between 2 sheets in the 9th District, 1st Precinct of Baltimore County, Maryland on York Road (no house number listed). William is 51, married 19 years to Florence (also 51) with 15 year old daughter Edna who attended school within the year. He owns his house and is a blacksmith.
|SOURCE – 1910; Census Place: Election District 9, Baltimore, Maryland; Roll: T624_551; Page: 1A and 1B; Enumeration District: 0113; FHL microfilm: 1374564|
In the 1920 census William and family is found in 9th District of Baltimore County, Maryland on Old Harford Road (no house number listed). William is 60, married to Florence (also 60) with 25 year old single daughter Edna. He rents the house and is a painter at a car company. Edna is employed as a bookkeeper at a drug company.
|SOURCE – Year: 1920; Census Place: Election District 9, Baltimore, Maryland; Roll: T625_655; Page: 18A; Enumeration District: 33; Image: 348|
In the 1930 census William and family is found in 27th Ward, Block 118 of Baltimore City, Maryland on 3030 Westfield Avenue. William is 71, married to Florence (also 71) since they were both 31 years old with 35 year old single daughter Edna. He owns the house and is a painter working for himself. Edna is employed as a bookkeeper at a bank.
|SOURCE – Year: 1930; Census Place: Baltimore, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland; Roll: 868; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0515; Image: 886.0; FHL microfilm: 2340603|
In February 2005 I entered listings for William from the Baltimore City Directory for 1885 and for 1912. I did not include any detail for these. Chances are I found this while searching for his brother Charles D.
This concludes all the records I have on William and Florence. I have a few additional records on their daughter Edna.
In May 2008 I recorded the following information for Edna:
- From the Howard County Marriage Licenses she married Benjamin H Wasson on 4 April 1936. As far as the source for the marriage, that is all I recorded. I remember I got this from a website. Many of my relatives, although residents of Baltimore County or City got married in Howard County so I referred to the site often but never properly sourced it.
- From the Social Security Death Index at ancestry.com she was born 11 Aug 1894 and died Jul 1979. Her last residence was In Miami, Dade County, Florida.
- From the Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 at ancestry.com she died on 28 Jul 1979 in Dade County, Florida.
This is all the information I have in my database for this family.
Next time – Evaluating what I have and what to do next…