Category Archives: 1952

OBITUARY: Elizabeth Leona (Reid) Meacham

OBITUARY: Elizabeth Leona (Reid) Meacham

Elizabeth was my great-great grandmother.

DOB: 20 July 1867

DOD: 6 Feb. 1952

As I have collected stuff relating to genealogy and my family over the past 40 years, I have seen Grandma Meacham’s maiden name spelled as REID, READ, and REED. For this post, I have stuck with the printed version in her obituary.

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Posted by on February 6, 2017 in 1867, 1887, 1939, 1952


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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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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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