Category Archives: 1888

Bugler Bailey

GRAVESTONE: Lewis H. Bailey

Lewis H. Bailey’s gravestone is toward the northeastern corner of the Myrtle Cemetery in the little village of Myrtle (McKean County, PA) not far away from the town of Shinglehouse, PA on PA-Route 44.

TEXT on the stone says:


Lewis H. Bailey

Co. L

15 N.Y. Cavalry

From family sources I gathered at the time of the American Bicentennial, I have also learned a few more facts:

DOD: 28 Feb 1914, Brocton (Chautauqua County) NY

WIFE: Anna Louise Rathborne (born: in Ode Castle, Sweden),  (died: 19 Jun 1906, Brocton (Chautauqua County) NY), (buried beside Lewis in Myrtle Cemetery)

Lewis was father of Luella Consuella Bailey White (1864-1952) who would give birth to Clara May White Mix (1888-1965) (my great-grandmother).

His gravestone identifies his Civil War involvement. He was a bugler in the 15 N.Y. Cavalry, Co. L. with a rank of Private.

In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Lewis is identified as living in District 111 of Sharon Township in Potter County in Pennsylvania. Here are the pertinent facts listed in that census:

BALEY, Lewis. White. Male. age 43. born about 1837. He is the head of his house. Married to: BALEY, Anna. Lewis was born in New York state. His father was born in New Jersey. His mother was born in Connecticut.

Later, I discovered the 1890 Civil War Census listed him as “Louis H. Bailey” who served as a “musician.” Apparently he enlisted in the Union Army twice. First he enlisted in Co. D. 9th NY Cav. in Oct. 1861 and was discharged 9 Apr. 1862. His second enlistment began on 22 Dec. 1863 and he was assigned to the military unit identified on his gravestone. He is listed as being discharged on 9 Aug. 1865.

Many of my notes from the time I was in high school are simple records of what I learned from my grandparents and great-grandparents, so I have no citations listed. Lewis’s parents are two of those unnoted bits of information: Lewis’s father supposedly was named Barvillai B. Bailey, probably born in 1833. Mother was Mary Jane Bailey, born 1845 and died 1902. I have no maiden name for her.

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Posted by on December 17, 2016 in 1833, 1845, 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865, 1880, 1888, 1890, 1902, 1906, 1914, 1952, 1965


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Teen Beauty: May White

PHOTO: [Clara] May White

Today’s post is a picture of my father’s paternal grandmother, [Clara] May White. She would eventually marry Dayton E. Mix, where my grandfather got his middle name from and I picked up my first name.

The note on the back identifies her as about age 16 (circa 1904).

DOB: 28 July 1888

DOD: 25 Feb 1965

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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in 1888, 1904, 1965


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Dayton and May Mix

This is the family picture my grandfather, John Dayton Mix, had of his parents’ gravestones in Lake City, Modoc County, California.

Dayton Elmer Mix, son of John E. Mix and Mary Knapp Mix.

DOB: 28 Feb 1886 Bell Run, McKean, PA (near Shinglehouse, Potter, PA)

Dayton died 28 Apr 1947 in Lake City, Modoc, CA and is buried there as well.

Dayton married Clara May White on 22 Nov 1911 in Shinglehouse, Potter, PA before District Justice Greiner.

Clara May White Mix,

daughter of Lafayette White and

Luella Consuella Bailey White.

DOB: 28 Jul 1888 in Shinglehouse, Potter, PA

Known by most simply as “May.”

She died 25 Feb 1965 in Lake City, Modoc, CA and is buried there as well.

(SOURCE: Original family records and pictures I possess)

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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in 1886, 1888, 1911, 1947, 1965, Uncategorized


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Mabel (Bennett) Whittemore

Yesterday I highlighted Harry Whittemore, the closest common ancestor of the clan of Whittemore’s that held their reunion on Saturday. Today’s post is all about his ‘better half’, Mabel (Bennett) Whittemore. There are two pictures of her with Harry after they were married in yesterday’s post.

Mabel Evelyn Bennett was born 28 Oct. 1888 in Eldred borough, McKean County, PA to Wellman Bennett and Adeline “Addie” (Willey) Bennett. She died 23 Dec. 1953. She is buried in Lamphier Cemetery, also in Eldred. According to family records, she worked as a merchandise clerk and then later, as a teacher.

This is the extent of what I have (at this time)… When I have a break from my job, I continue to leaf through records, photographs, obituaries, and mementos left by my mother-in-law Sherry Housler, so more may be discovered… eventually.

WHITTEMORE Mabel funeral card


Posted by on August 25, 2014 in 1888, 1953, Uncategorized


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Harry Whittemore

Yesterday, my son and I attended a reunion of the WHITTEMORE family in Duke Center, PA. Everyone’s closest common ancestor was Harry Orman Whittemore and his wife Mabel Evelyn (Bennett) Whittemore. Today I want to share some of the basic info I have on Harry. (Unless noted differently, my info comes from a family record collected by my wife from her grandmother Beryl (Whittemore) Howell Perez in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.)

Harry was born 24 Oct. 1888 in Coryville, McKean County, PA and died 6 Mar. 1952. He was buried in Eldred, McKean County, PA. His occupation was being a carpenter. He was an adopted child, and Grandma Beryl remembered someone once told her that his birth name might have been Paul Hayes (or Hays?).WHITTEMORE Harry young

He was adopted by Christopher F. Whittemore and Josephine (Duryea) Whittemore.

Yesterday, I heard one of Harry’s granddaughters say she remembered that there had been a children’s home in Coryville once upon a time, but I cannot verify that (at least not since yesterday!).

Here is the picture I showed yesterday of Harry as a young man…


…and here is the link of a G.A.R. picture that included Harry and his father Crit (Christopher Whittemore).

And here are two others I came across today of Harry & Mabel as young adults…

WHITTEMORE Mabel + Harry + horses WHITTEMORE Jo Mab Harr Crit


Posted by on August 24, 2014 in 1888, 1952, Uncategorized


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