09 November 2009

Mrs. Elizabeth Nettie Zumwalt's Obituary

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

"Obituaries
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.

08 November 2009

1892 Newspaper Article with a Bit of Zumwalt Information

Dallas Morning News, Texas
21 September 1892
(Viewed online at GenealogyBank.)

"A Veteran of Sixty Years
Mr. Thomas Burgess, of Washington county, Arkansas, a gentleman of portly frame and pleasant address, is at present a sojourner in the family of Mr. Henry Boll, in Dallas...Accidentally meeting John Henry Brown on Sunday last, the interview developed the following facts: That Mr. Burgess was born in Roane county, North Carolina, May 12, 1815...In July 1832, being then by accident in St. Charles county, Mo., he enlisted in a company of twelve-months' "rangers," then organized and commanded by Capt. Nathan Boone, so long distinguished as an officer in the United States dragoons. The company hastened into Iowa in connection with the Black Hawk war, and there first heard of cholera at Fort Armstrong, but did not come in contact with it.

They were soon ordered to Fort Gibson, on the Arkansas, where he met Lieut. Jefferson Davis of the infantry. Capt. Boone made several scouts to the west and south. In one, in the spring of 1833, he crossed Red river and reached the head waters of the Trinity. While encamped on the Elm fork, in what is believed to be Cooke county, a day after a terrible hailstorm, a young man named Abbey (John B., he thinks)...was surrounded and carried off by a party of Indians. Capt. Boone followed them for fifteen days, finding evidence that young Abbey was still alive... [trail eventually lost & fate of Abbey unknown.]

This incident was called to Mr. Burgess' attention by Maj. Brown who as a little boy knew Mr. Jonathan Abbey, the estimable father of the young man,...and the facts were then stated by Burgess, as here given. Maj. Brown then gave the names of eight other young men in the company known to him there and afterward. They were his three cousins from St. Louis county, Mo., Harvey, William A. and Benjamin Frank Clark...William A. died in St. Louis a few years since; Harvey died in the hospital at Fort Gibson while in service; James Lester of Pike county, Mo., who died blind in Galena, Ill., in the forties; Lafayette Ward of Marion county, Mo., who settled in Jackson county, Tex., in 1837, and died not far from the close of the civil war; Noah and Gabriel Zumwalt and their nephew, W. H. H. Baldridge, from St. Charles county, all settled in Lavaca county in 1857 [1837?] and became the heads of worthy families. Noah died in 1840; Gabriel died after the civil war (Robert D. Zumwalt of Hallettsville being his son), and Harrison Baldridge died in Gonzales county a few years since.

These men, says Maj. Brown, were all good citizens and valued pioneers in Texas. The casual meeting of these gentlemen in Dallas thus proved to be of touching interest to them -- an interest that would be intensified if Mr. Burgess and Mr. Frank Clark (now 84) could meet after a separation of sixty years."

Interesting articles like that are why old newspapers are a valuable resource for fleshing out your family history!

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.

FATHER
Robert Dowling Zumwalt
July 20, 1846
Aug 16, 1926
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MOTHER
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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