Saturday, August 13, 2011

Residing with Relatives

     My beautiful four year old son is spending the month with his grandparents in South Carolina.  I won't see him again until the end of the month when I pick him up.  it's a 13 hour drive one way so it's not like I can meet him for an afternoon of fun and games.
     I can't even begin to imagine my little Gregory living with anyone but me and his daddy yet some of my ancestors actually lived with different family members for one reason or another.
     I first discovered ancestors residing with relatives when I looked up my maternal grandmother, Eleanor's name in the 1930 U.S. federal census and found her living with her maternal grandmother, Theresa.  At first I was so puzzled as to why MaMa, at age 12 was living with her grandmother and two uncles.  Where were her parents and younger brothers?  I don't know when she moved on with her grandmother or how long she stayed.  I think MaMa moved in with her grandmother after the death of her younger sister three years earlier, in 1927.  her baby brother, William was born the day after Dorothy died.  I don't think MaMa moved in with her grandmother for financial reasons and she was old enough to help with the younger children.
     MaMa was 9years old when her sister dies and her brother was born.  her brother Daniel (Danny) was 8 and Samuel (Sammy) was either 7 or 6.  I seriously believe that my great-grandmother Josephine was not emotionally stable to care for her newborn and three other children after losing her youngest so tragically.  I wrote about Dorothy in an earlier post.  I can't find Josie, her husband, or the three boys in the 1930 census.  Maybe their names were misspelled or they never completed the census.  I have no idea where they were in 1930.

     I can't focus on blogging or research now because I miss Gregory so much and can't even think straight.  I'll be seeing my baby in less than two weeks.  XOXOX ♥ ♥ ♥

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Thursday, August 4, 2011


     There was no justice for Professor Max Eglau who was murdered on the 10th of February in 1896 at the Institution for the Improved Instruction of Deaf Mutes in Manhattan.
     According to the New York newspaper, The Sun, dated November 2, 1898, "the police could not find the murderer".

     What ? ? ?  Is this an unsolved crime?  What about all the evidence the police found? and the astrologer who was willing to help?  Maybe the police should have looked to the stars for some answers.

     If Max Eglau were an ancestor of mine then I would pursue this further.  I just happened to stumble upon a news article regarding a murdered teacher in the deaf school and I was curious.  I am glad to learn that my great-grandmother wasn't a student yet when this tragedy occurred.  I guess i just have to sigh and move on.  I'll never know who did it.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Astrologer Offers Assistance

     On March 4, 1896, the newspaper, New York Tribune printed a latter that had been received by Assistant District Attorney Oliver three weeks earlier.

     "Kindly call at your convenience and I will explain a few startling conclusions arrived at by the science of astrology as applied to the professor Max Eglau business.
     Having studied this science for twelve years and applied it to a number of criminal cases, I have found that it is most reliable for giving information.
     Shall be glad to see you at anytime convenient to you.
     I remain yours truly,                                                 T. Backe
No. 218 West Twenty-second st."

From the Library of Congress historical newspapers:;words=Max+Eglau?date1=1896&rows=20&searchType=basic&state=New+York&date2=1896&proxtext=max+eglau&y=8&x=13&dateFilterType=yearRange&index=4