My mom and I attended the National Genealogical Society‘s annual conference last week. I’d never been before – what a great experience! I’m now determined to bring some semblance of organization to not only my genealogy files and records, but also to my genealogical searches. So now my genealogy tasks are threefold:
- Continue the never-ending census project (tracing all families in the “easy” censuses, from 1850-1940)
- Share my various findings through this blog
- Select one mystery or problem, and focus on trying to solve that in a structured and organized way
First mystery? Trying to trace the elusive Montgomery family’s origins in this country (or at least back another generation from William Montgomery, my 3G-grandfather, born 1802).
With this aim in mind I’ve been focusing more on those Montgomery connections, so Joseph (William’s son and my 3G-uncle) seems a logical topic for today’s post. Joseph S. Montgomery was born in August 1847 in Ohio, son of William and Mary Ann (Extell) Montgomery. He was the eighth of thirteen children and on New Year’s Eve in 1874, he married Sarah Ann Achor. Joseph, Sarah, and their first child, Viola, then five years old, appear in the 1880 census, enumerated in Clarke, Clinton County, Ohio.
By 1900 the family had moved to Liberty Township, Geary County, Kansas. Viola is no longer in the household, but two new children are listed – J.W., a son born in February 1882 in Ohio; and Vellah, a daughter born in August 1886 in Kansas. In 1910 and 1920, J.W. is not with the family, but Joseph, Sarah, and Vellah continue to live in the same household. Sarah died in 1923; by 1940 Vellah, unmarried, is listed as head of the household in Lawrence, with Joseph enumerated as her 92-year-old father. He would live six more years, dying in 1946 at nearly 99 years of age. Vellah lived to be 87, dying in April 1974. Joseph, Sarah, and Vellah are all buried together in Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan, Kansas.