Sorry, We're Closed.

This blog is essentially no more. Though I have left posts here, in most cases just for the sake of genealogy, there will be no more updates. Those posts I chose to move can now be found between two of my other blogs:

Southern Graves --

Stephlin's Mountain --

09 November 2009

Mrs. Elizabeth Nettie Zumwalt's Obituary

Silver City Daily Press, New Mexico
Monday, 21 April 1975
(Viewed online at GenealogyBank.)

ZUMWALT: Mrs. Elizabeth Nettie Zumwalt, 96, passed away at her residence here Sunday morning. Mrs. Zumwalt was a native of Montague County, Tex., and had resided in Grant County for the past 20 years. She is survived by two daughters, Miss Nettie Zumwalt and Mrs. Ada Mayes, both of Silver City. Survivors also include three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Curtis-Bright Funeral Chapel with Mr. Frank Rooks officiating. Interment will follow in Memory Lane Cemetery..."

Lizzie was the wife of Charles A. Zumwalt.

07 November 2009

Surname Distribution (Saturday Night Genealogy Fun)

For this week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, Mr. Randy Seaver sent bloggers on a mission to find out the geographical distribution of a surname using Public Profiler.

There were really no surprises for me. The top country for LINCECUM was the United States with 1.3 FPM (frequency per million).

The top region within the USA was the state of Louisiana with 40.71 FPM. Texas followed with 14.57 FPM. My home state pretty much counted me and that was it. :-) The top parish in Louisiana was Grant. Not surprising, since there is actually a town named Lincecum located there.

An interesting note to me was the forenames. Three of the top five are the names of my grandfather, father, and brother.

I tried to do a search on LINSEYCOMB, since that is the spelling supposedly used by my immigrant ancestor before it was changed soon after arriving in the United States. The result was "We could not found an exact match for 'LINSEYCOMB'. Please search again."

Since I've been researching my collateral line of ZUMWALTs a lot lately, I plugged that name in as well. The top countries were the United States (11.94 FPM) and Canada (2.06). Germany was 5th with 0.04 FPM. I expected that to be a good bit higher since the name has German roots.

The top states were Oregon (86.74 FPM) and Oklahoma (79.73 FPM).

Finally, I again see the top forename in my family history. Robert gets the honors, and I just hours ago posted about Robert Dowling Zumwalt.

Robert Dowling & Amanda Ann Floyd Zumwalt

Two more confirmations of burial sites, and two more death certificates. Isn't the Internet grand?

At rest in the Evergreen Alameda Cemetery; El Paso, Texas are the mortal remains of Robert Zumwalt and his wife Amanda Floyd (section L, lot 195, places 8 & 9). Memorials for both can be found on FindAGrave.

Robert Dowling Zumwalt
July 20, 1846
Aug 16, 1926
Amanda A. Zumwalt
Dec 17, 1855
Nov 7, 1919

Robert D. Zumwalt passed away 16 August 1926 at the Masonic Hospital in El Paso, Texas. (Note: there is also a Mason symbol at the top of Robert's tombstone in Evergreen Alameda Cemetery.) His cause of death was "carcinoma of stomach." Robert had been a resident of El Paso for fifteen years, and his street address was 3715 Clifton St.

Robert was born 20 July 1846 in Hallettsville, Texas to G. Zumwalt. The informant, Roberts's son Sam, was not able to provide the name of Robert's mother. However, the record states she was born in Holland.

Amanda Ann Zumwalt's death certificate contained less information. I was hoping it would provide the names of her parents, but it did not. The informant was Amanda's daughter Carolyn, but that information was either unknown or simply not provided. There is also a discrepancy regarding her birth date. The death certificate lists it as 17 December 1854. The date engraved on Amanda's tombstone has a year of 1855. The document did confirm her death date and burial information. Amanda's birthplace was listed as Texas, and she passed away at her home -- 3715 Clifton Street, El Paso, Texas.

Federal census records of 1900 in Hallettsville, Lavaca County, Texas (e.d. 84, pg 6A, family 111) state Amanda was born in Kentucky. She and Robert had seven living children: Luella, Claud, Sam, Edward, Fay, Julia, and Carrie.

Census records of 1860 and 1870, both from Lavaca County, Texas, list Robert's father as Gabriel and his mother as Elenor. In both instances, Elenor's birthplace is listed as Missouri. While it does not seem to fit with the birthplace of Holland provided for Elenor on her son Robert's death certificate, I did find out there is a town in Pemiscot County, Missouri with that name. Maybe there's the connection?

The 1860 census provides names of siblings of Robert Zumwalt: Phoeby, Henrietta, and Edward. Phoeby (age 22) and Henrietta (age 15) were listed as "spinsters." Really. I wonder, at what age did the census taker think they should have been married?
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