My Grand Aunt Mary Lindsey is missing; I say missing because I lose track of her in the records after 1920 and although my Grandfather, Walter Lindsey, had three pictures they didn't offer up much information other than one clue - an address. The trouble is, the pictures are labeled with Mary's maiden name on one only and her given name on all three. My Grandfather and his siblings did not have an easy 'Mayberry' childhood; my understanding is that at a very young age the children were 'parcelled' out to local (neighbor) or community farms to live and work - that is what became of Walter and Mary. Walter lived and worked on several farms until he married my Grandmother and Mary (per 1920 census) was, by the time of 12 years of age living and working on a nearby farm. She and Walter didn't see each other again until sometime between 1930 and 1946. My Grandfather's one regret was that he and Mary just never seemed to connect; too much time and distance had separated them. Though they tried. According to the 1920 census, Mary and Walter's younger brother, William, was living in a children's home in York, Pennsylvania. It is not known at this time, if he was adopted or whether he grew up in the home and when he came of age, moved on. That will have to be another post. Today's focus is Mary.
My unique challenge is:
1. I do not know if Mary ever married?
2. I do not know if Mary ever divorced?
3. I do not know if Mary ever remarried?
4. I do no know if Mary ever had children
These challenges make the traditional search for female ancestors, well, challenging, therefore I have embarked on a different and somewhat unique approach; The Missing Ancestor Report. We've all heard and seen Missing Persons Reports, right? What follows is the Missing Ancestor Report for Mary with what information is known about her, a 'snapshot' of the 1920 U.S. Federal Census and the three photos of her from my Grandfather's (her brother Walter's) collection.
Do you have challenging and/or missing females in your ancestory? How are you approaching your search / research for them? I am looking forward to reading your stories and learning your tips / tricks and methodalogies; and, with great anticipation, your success stories!
DATE OF BIRTH: about 1908
RACE: Caucasian SEX: Female
PARENTS: Walter Cleveland Lindsey & Margaret Ethel (nee Learn) Lindsey
Siblings: Walter G. Lindsey; William G. Lindsey; Maretta G. Lindsey
HOME ADDRESS: 35 South Street, York City, York, Pennsylvania
Mary was last seen on the U.S 1920 Federal Census
Living in Upper Allen, Cumberland, Pennsylvania on a Farm
(Dwelling #42 / Family #42)
Emmuel Crone (Head of Household)
Minnie Crone (Wife)
Laura Crone (Daughter)
Lancaster Chester (Grandson)
Mary Lindsey is listed as ‘Not a Relative’ (Mary is 12 years of age)
Harry A. Gutshall (head of Household)
Mary E. Gutshall (Wife)
Hellen E. gutshall (Daughter)
Calvin Stone (hired Man)
Ruth Shunk (Servant)
Wilbur Eberly (Head of Household)
Maud E Eberly (Wife)
Russel S. Eberly (Son)
It is believed that Mary was sent to live and work in a neighboring home / community (it is believed / assumed for financial reasons); we do not believe that she ever returned home
We do know that Mary’s brother Walter G. Lindsey and his wife, Edith briefly reconnected with Mary between 1930 & 1946
Mary's brother Walter Lindsey had the pictures posted in his collection; the back of one indicates that Mary once lived at 35 Andrew Street, South Beach, Staten Island,
Sadly, Mary and Walter did not stay in touch over the years and nothing further is known about her and her whereabouts. And, it is unknown whether she ever married or had a family
I am Mary's Grand Niece and I am very much interested in finding out about what happened to Mary and if she had a family (descendants).
Anyone having any information should contact
Missing 'leaf' reunited with Lindsey Family Tree
Photo A (side 1) - Date: unknown
Mary is on the left
Photo A (side 2)
35 Andrew Street
Photo B (side 1)
Photo B (side 2)