Wordless Wednesday: Frank Urman [Yurmanovich]

Frank Urman [Yurmanovich] 1975 Milwaukee, Wisconsin


findmypast free military access 27 June to 4 July 2016!

Findmypast is making their entire military collection free from 27 June to 4 July 2016.  Get your list together to do some serious searching.  Findmypast has a wonderful collection of Veteran Administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933.  I have found several treasures in it.  Findmypast will let you search for your ancestors in their Military Service & Conflict database.  Subtopics for Military Service and Conflict include Boer Wars, Civil War & Rebellion, First World War, Other Wars & Conflicts, Medal Rolls and Honours, Regimental & Service Records, Second World War, Service Records (another favorite), and Vietnam War.


Also found on findmypast.com my Grand Uncle Virgil Poundstone’s passenger list coming back from the war for readjustment to Fort Sherman, Illinois aboard the General Th Bliss.  He is listed as T/Sgt, no. 6769216, service CE, Mos 822, ASRS 85.  Now I just need to find out what the acronyms stand for  to update Virgil’s history.  

Have fun and take advantage of findmypast.com’s offer and search for your families military records!

A Little Saturday Night Fun

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musing has issued this Saturday Night Challenge:

1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 25 June 1866 – 150 years ago.
2)  List your ancestors, their family members, their birth and death years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

Morris Clark (born was living in Petty, Lawrence, Illinois with his parents Henry and Frances and siblings Martha, Virginia, and Lene.

Morris Durbin was living in Howards Point (Avena), Fayette, Illinois with his wife Rachel nee Logue.  They had sons William, James, and daughters Mary Elizabeth and Harriet Durbin. 

Gustav Skibbe and Johanna nee Misch were living in Prussia.  Their son Wilhelm Gustav was born in 1857, making him nine years of age.  At is possible that Wilhelm had a brother by the name of George who was a few years younger.

Julia Skibbe nee Panzer was also living in Prussia.  In 1866, Julia would have been two years of age. Her father’s first name is unknown, however, she was living with her mother Emilie Isles.

Theodor Miottel was six years of age in 1866, living in Lauenburg, Prussia. He was living with his parents August Miottel and Henrietta nee Kramp and his siblings Johan and Reinhold.  

Ferdinand Schuck and his new wife Caroline immigrants in the Chicago area.  They left Lauenburg, Prussia in 1854. 

Charles Henry Clark 1870-1943Bess

Charles Henry Clark was born on 20 Feb 1870 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois, United States. His parents were Morris T. Clark and Mary Josephine Metz.  Charles was the only child born to the couple.  According to an affidavit dated 1-27-1891 by John Durbin, Charles was born on the Durbin Farm.  Charles’ father died less than three months after his birth.  His mother married Paul Baughman the afternoon Morris Clark, Charles’ father, passed away.    Paul and Mary had three children together.   Their union gave Charles a half-sister named Loney J. Baughmann,  two half-brothers Curtis and Joseph Baughman, two step-sisters Liza and Alnora Baughman and a step-brother James Baughman.  He appeared in the census on 3 Aug 1870 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois, United States in the Paul Baughman family including his mother Josephine, Liza, Alnora, and James.
The 1880 census information for the family was located in Fayette Facts, 1880 Census, transcribed by Alenia McCord, published by the Fayette County Genealogical Society in 1982.  The family was located on page 147.  The family is listed as Powel Baughman, Josephine, Charles (age 10), Christian (Curtis age 5), Lora (5 months). 
When Charles became of age he requested his father’s pension benefits from his service in the Civil War.  His request, unlike his mother’s request for benefits, was allowed.  Charles used the money to buy 40 acres of land, a team of horses, and a wagon. 
He married Mary Elizabeth Durbin on 30 Aug 1888 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois.  Charles was 18 and Mary Elizabeth was twenty-six at the time of their marriage.   The 1900 and 1910 census find the Clark family residing in Loudon, Fayette County, Illinois.
He lived 1524 N Clinton in Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States on 16 Apr 1930. Charles died on 15 Apr 1943 at the age of 73 at 1275 East Condit in Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States. He was buried on 17 Apr 1943 at Saint Bonaventure in Saint Elmo, Fayette, Illinois, United States. Saint Bonaventure Cemetery is 2 1/2 miles north of St. Elmo, Fayette County, Illinois.

Elizabeth “Bessie” Durbin Clark and husband Charles Henry Clark, unknown date
His obituary was published in the Banner Newspaper on 17 Apr 1943 in Saint Elmo, Fayette, Illinois, United States. C. H. Clark Funeral Services Held in St. Elmo:
Funeral services for the late Charles Henry Clark, former resident of Fayette county, were held at 9:30 o’clock Saturday morning at St. Mary’s church in St. Elmo, with interment in St. Bonaventure cemetery there, Moran & Sons funeral home of Decatur in charge.

Mr. Clark, a retired farmer, died at his home in Decatur Thursday morning at 12:45 o’clock after an illness of several years.  He was 73 years of age.  He was born Feb. 20, 1870, in Fayette county, a son of Morris and Josephine Clark.  He was married in Vandalia to Mary E. Durbin, August 21, 1888.

Besides his wife he leaves two sons, Otis E. Clark of Stonington and Louis Clark of Blue Mound; a step-son, Charles Dial, of Brownstown; four daughters, Mrs. Lora Julius, Dalton City; Mrs. Jennie Tipsword, St. Elmo; Mrs. Nellie Tipsword, Beecher City and Mrs. Iva Jones of Decatur; a half-brother, William Magill of Pittsburgh, 33 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.