(Hermeling, Reddin, Dennis, Smykowski, Maciora, Fetz, Etc.)
Mary Magdalena was born on June 14th 1880 in St. Marys, Franklin, Indiana to Elizabeth (Joerg), a first generation American from German parents and John Frederick Zins, a first generation American from French parents. She was their first child; they had three daughters after her. Sadly Mary lost her mother when she was eight. Her father remarried to Catherine Littman (a woman who already had three children of her own and was also first generation American from German parents) and had seven more children. While growing up her father was a farmer. Thanks to the 1900 census we know that Mary and her younger sister Anna were house keepers.
With information from the Indiana Marriage Collection from 1800-1941 we find out she married John Adam Christ on April 16th 1901 in Marion, Indiana.
John Adam Christ was born on October 6th 1874 in Butler, Franklin, Indiana to Elizabeth (Gehrich) and Michael Christ, both first generation Americans from German parents. John was fifth of seven children, one of only two boys. While growing up his father Michael had odd jobs ranging from a Miller to a Carpenter.
In about 1902 John and Mary had Walter Christ, followed by Albert Christ in 1903, and then Clarence Bernard Christ on April 24th 1908.
Sadly on August 22nd 1908 Mary Magdalena (Zins) Christ passed away. It may have been something to do with her having a baby a few months before, since, her mother did pass after her sister was born or as Mary Edith, her grand daughter suggested it may have been tuberculosis, since her father had lung problems. Mary was twenty-eight when she died.
On January 25th 1910 in Franklin, Indiana John married Mary Eva Munchel. Either shortly before or shortly after his marriage Albert died since he is not on the 1910 census and both my grandmother and her sister Mary Edith have told me he died very young. They still had Walter and Clarence. According to the 1910 census John Adam was a carpenter and they were living in Indianapolis Ward 13, Marion, Indiana.
When the 1920 census came out Walter had moved out to live in New York. It was only John, Mary, and Clarence. John was now a handman at a wholesale belt company. They were still living in Indianapolis Ward 13, Marion, Indiana.
The last census available is the 1930 census. Clarence was now moved out, and living with his wife Margaret Lucille (Elkin/Burklow) Christ. John was still a handman at the belt and leather company. They were living in Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana.
Sadly Mary Eva (Munchel) Christ passed away on October 12th 1942. Which means he out lived both of his wives. John followed and on March 10th 1947 died, he was seventy-two.
Information on Fannie is scarce. It is unknown who her parents were, when she was born, when she died, as while as other essential information about her. We know that her full name is Fannie Belle (Hall) Burklow, thanks to the book my mother started in the 70s. From another person’s tree we know she was born in 1877 and died in 1910. We know about her death from Mary Edith who said the story they told was she fell on an old time pen and it went into her breast and followed by that she got cancer and died. Thanks to Mary Edith we found out that the court house in Kentucky burned down and all records were lost. So if information on Fannie existed it was most likely burned and lost.
With information from the Kentucky Marriages between 1851-1900 we find out that Fannie married Elias Benjamin Burklow on September 24th 1894 in Webster, Kentucky.
Elias Benjamin Burklow, who went by his middle name Ben we have more information on then his wife. He was born on October 24th 1874 in Caldwell, Pendleton, Kentucky to Mary Etta (Watson) and Elias Jackson Burklow. He shared a birth date with his father, which explains why he had the same name as his father. Sadly he is not in any censuses. He was the youngest and sadly a month before his third birth date his father Elias Jackson Burklow died. It only got worse when in October of 1880, when Ben was six his mother passed away. He was an orphan by the age of six. It is unknown who raised him.
In 1896 Ben and Fannie had their first child Hattie Mae (Burklow) Stone. They then had Viola Catherine (Burklow) Brown in 1898, they had their first son William Clinton Burklow on February 27th 1901, and then they had Annie Etta (Burklow) Sigler Stone on February 9th 1904, and lastly had Margaret Lucille (Burklow/Elkin) Christ on March 17th 1908. Sadly we know that Fannie died and Lucille went up for adoption.
We can tell by his World War I draft card a couple more things about him. We know he was living in Sullivan, Union, Kentucky as of September 12th 1918. His occupation was a farm laborer for a man by the name of Will Markhous in Sturgis, Union, Kentucky. His closest relative was his daughter Hattie Mae (Burklow) Stone. Description wise we know that Ben was short, slender, Black haired, and blue eyed. We also know by the signature on his card he was probably illiterate, since he put an X and below it reads “his mark”.
We do know that in 1941 Ben remarried to Lena Alice Doss. She died on July 11th 1959 meaning Ben out lived both of his wives. Sadly on December 10th 1959 in Webster, Kentucky Elias Benjamin Burklow died. He was buried in Walnut Grove Church of Christ Cemetery in Union County, Kentucky, also the graveyard of his two oldest daughters Hattie Mae (Burklow) Stone and Viola Catherine (Burklow) Brown.
Richard Dick Davis was born on February 15th 1878 in Pineville, Bell, Kentucky to Thomas Davis and Delila (Wilson) Davis. He grew up in Pineville with his parents and siblings. Most people in the neighborhood had the last name Davis, so most likely he grew up near a lot of relatives.
On March 22nd 1899 in Knox County, Kentucky he married Sarah Catherine Mays, who was his maternal first cousin. Sarah Catherine Mays was born on September 2nd 1878 in Poplar Creek, Knox, Kentucky to James Richard Mays and America Adaline (Wilson) Mays. This is also where she grew up with her parents and siblings. Her father was a farmer.
They settled down in Poplar Creek, Knox, Kentucky. Richard was a farmer. In 1910 they were still living Poplar Creek, Knox, Kentucky, except now they had children. They were now the proud parents of four girls, Mary Nan Davis, Martha Mae Davis, Cenie Eva Davis and Laura Davis. Richard made money as a farmer. Additional information we get from the 1910 census is we found they had five children; one had died before the 1910 census.
We found out additional information about Richard thanks to his draft card. As of September 12th 1918 he was a farmer. His closest relative was his mother, Delila Davis. We also find out that he was White and Native American. We know that Sarah had very Native American features as well, so both of them had Native American blood in them. We know description wise that he was tall, medium build, had brown hairs, and gray eyes.
In 1920 they had moved out of state to Jellico, Campbell, Tennessee. This may have been done since Sarah’s mother Adaline had moved out to live with her new husband. It is uncertain why they moved to Tennessee. The 1920 also shows us three more children, Thomas, Reed, and Delcie. All of the children lived with them except for Mary Nan who had moved out. Richard made money as a laborer at a railroad.
In 1930 we see them back in Kentucky. They were living in Artemus, Knox, Kentucky. We see that Martha, Laura, and Cenie had moved out to start their own families. Sadly we see that Mary had moved back in with her two children Kenneth Siler and Earl Siler. The youngest three children were still living there as well. Richard was now a coalminer.
A story is told about Richard. On March 12th 1932 his daughter Cenie Eva Davis welcomed to world Elmer Forster Adams. There was something wrong with the baby, there seemed to be too much flem in his lungs. The doctor told Cenie to just leave Elmer on a pillow and let him die. Richard asked if he could take the child, when he got home Richard killed baby chicks and made a chicken broth and gave it to Elmer with an eye dropper. After that Elmer got better and was returned to his mother. He often joked with him “You owe me 500 dollars for saving your life.”
On June 28th 1946 in Barbourville, Knox, Kentucky Richard Dick Davis died due to coronary occlusion. Then a little over fifteen years later Sarah Catherine Davis died on October 1st 1961 in Boyle, Kentucky.
Nelson Preston Adams was born on December 3rd 1853 in Goldens Creek, Whitley, Kentucky to John Cecil Adams and Nancy (Mays) Adams. He grew up in Poplar Creek, Knox, Kentucky which in 1870 was called Subdivision 93, Knox, Kentucky with his parents and his siblings. His father was a farmer. They lived next to his uncle Anderson “Andrew” Mays. So my guess is he played with his cousins growing up.
On February 5th 1874 in Knox, Kentucky he married Obedience Baker. Things went fast and nine months after they were married they had a daughter named Nancy Elizabeth Adams, who went by Lizzie. Sadly some lives are cut short and Obedience was one of them, she died sometime in 1875.
Nelson thrived on. He continued raising his daughter and being a farmer. We know they lived next to Nelson’s father John Cecil Adams and were only a few farms down from his brother Green Adams.
He soon fell in love again and on October 2nd 1889 married Samantha Jane Logan, who was seventeen years his younger and only three years older then his daughter.
Samantha Jane Logan was born on December 9th 1871 in Prichard Branch, Knox, Kentucky to Hiram Logan and Mary (Parker) Logan. She grew up in Poplar Creek, Knox, Kentucky with her parents and her siblings. Her father was a farmer.
Nelson and Samantha settled down fast. They had their first child, Edie Arthur shortly after their marriage, then another son Lether Foister Adams. Sadly that same year that Lether was born Edie died. They then had Mary Ottie Adams and William Campbell Adams. These three children are the ones listed on the 1900 census. In 1900 we see Nelson was still a farmer. They were living in Poplar Creek, Knox, Kentucky next to Mary (Paker) Logan, Samantha’s mother.
They had three more children after 1900, John Beckham Adams, Chelsea Mae Adams, and Cilous Cecil Adams. Nelson was still a farmer and now Lether was a farm laborer. They were still living in Poplar Creek, Knox, Kentucky.
In 1920 they were living in Lamany, Knox, Kentucky. Both Lether and Mary had moved out. Nelson was still a farmer and now William, John, and Chelsea were coal miners.
In 1930 they were living in District 8, Knox, Kentucky. All of their children had moved out except from Cilous and they also had their grandson, Earl Partin, Mary’s son living with them, since Mary died. Nelson was still a farmer and Cilous was now a farm laborer. Sadly on April 13th 1935 Nelson passed away and then on May 20th 1946 Samantha also passed away.
Ruth was a child of John and Margaret Reddin. She had 8 brothers and sisters. They were named Mae, Stelle, Danny, Willy, Esther, Patricia, Pearl, and Helen. Jeremiah was the child of John and Mary Ann McCarty. He had 6 brothers and sisters. They were Alice, Frank, Katherine, Steve, Charley, and Ward. Ruth and Jeremiah had 4 children. Unfortunatelytwo kids Mary Margaret born in 1927 and John born in 1922 died very early on. Luckily two children survived and they were (my grandpa) John Jeremiah born in 1924 and Erin in 1927.
Below are a picture of Jeremiah, a picture of Ruth, and a picture of Helen(Ruth’s sister), Erin(Ruth’s Daughter), and Ruth older
John was born in October 22, 1856 in Erin Prairie, St. Croix, Wisconsin and died in March 18th, 1936 in the same place. He was a child of Jeremiah and Mary Footman. Mary Ann was born in June 11, 1857 in Portage City, Columbia, Wisconsin and died in May 25th, 1931 in Erin Prairie, St. Croix, Wisconsin a child of Owen Ward and Alice Cassidy. They had 7 children. (My great grandpa) Jeremiah, Alice, Frank, Katherine, Steve, Charley, and Ward.
Below is a picture of John and Mary Ann and a picture of Mary Ann Older
Jeremiah Mccarty was born in 1815 in Ireland and died in January 15th, 1881 in Erin Prairie, St. Croix, Wisconsin. (He was the child of Charles McCarty born in 1779 in Ireland and died in January 1st, 1866 in Erin Prairie, St. Croix, Wisconsin and Mary Johanna McCarty who was born in 1790 in Ireland and died in May 18th, 1867 in Erin Prairie, St. Croix ) Mary Footman was born in 1824 in County Cork, Ireland and died in September 10th, 1894 in Erin Prairie, St. Croix, Wisconsin.
Owen Ward was born in 8/25/1825 in Louth, Ireland and died in 10/5/1898 in Erin Prairie, St. Croix, Wisconsin. (He was the child of George Franics Ward from Meath Ireland and Ann born in 1794 in Ireland and died in March 22, 1881 in Portage, Wisconsin.) Alice Cassidy was born in 1832 in Monaghan, Ireland and died in September 22 1879 in Erin Prairie, St. Croix, Wisconsin. Her father was named John Cassady
John Reddin was born in 1863 in Wisconsin and was a child of Bridget O’shea and his father’s name I do not know. He had 5 other brothers and sisters named Daniel, Dennis, William, Mary Jane, and Thomas (who is written as being buried at sea). According to Ancestry.com he was a mechanic’s helper. Margaret McGinley was born in 1863 in Wisconsin and died in May 17th 1935 and was a child of Bridget Galagher and Andrew McGinley. She had 7 brothers and sisters named Faley, Andrew, John, Mike, Mary, Ann, and Kate.
Below is the only picture of Margaret Reddin
Raymond was born in Illinois in 9/3/1896 and died in 12/?/1985. Pauline was born in Minnesota in 6/20/1901. Raymond was a volunteer in the army and served with the 3rd U.S. Division during World War 1, 1917-1919. He was in 6 U.S. engagements during seven months in France and severed for 10 months in the army of occupation, on the Rhine, in Germany. They had (My grandmother) Marion Hermling Mccarty and Dori Hermeling Kertez
All four Raymond, Pauline, Marion, and Dori were born on Thursdays.
Below are some pictures