04 January 2013

Mary Elder Armstrong DeFazio

Mary Elder Armstrong DeFazio of Kennett Square Mary Elder Armstrong DeFazio, 91, of Kennett Square, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at the Franciscan Care Center in Hockessin, Del. She was the wife of the late Anthony J. DeFazio Sr. who died in 1987 and with whom she shared 47 years of marriage. Born in West Point, Miss., she was the daughter of the late Elder B. and the late Eva Mae (Bridges) Murff Armstrong. She was an active member of St. Patrick's Parish and the NSDAR. Survivors include three sons, James Michael (Patricia Ann) of Kennett Square, Ralph Edward (Nancy) of Bear, Del. and Anthony Joseph Jr. (Cecilia) of Kennett Square; two daughters, Gloria Anne Hamilton of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Teresa Marie Hawkins (Eric) of West Chester; seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, one great-grandson and one step great-grandson. You are invited to visit with Mary's family from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3rd, and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4th at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116), 250 W. State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. Her funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 212 Meredith St., Kennett Square. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106; or to St. Patrick Catholic Church. For more information and to share a memory with Mary's family, please visit www.griecocares.com.

The above obituary was in the Daily Local Newspaper. Mary's daughter Gloria is my Godmother. She and my mother - Barbara Still Ruczhak - were best friends.

State of the Union

 Did you know ... This week in 1790, President George Washington addressed a joint session of Congress to deliver the first State of the Union report, as called for the in the still young Constitution. The requirement did not demand a speech, and after delivering just one, President Thomas Jefferson began reporting in writing, feeling a speech was too magisterial. The spoken presentation was revived by Woodrow Wilson . Washington's address has echoes to this day, as he stated "the terms on which foreigners may be admitted to the rights of citizens, should be speedily ascertained by a uniform rule of naturalization."  Source: US Census Bureau

01 January 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Aldus B. Miller

Aldus B. Miller
Oct. 10, 1861 - Jan. 4, 1914
Annie E. Miller
Sept. 6, 1863 - Sept. 16, 1916

Aldus and Annie Miller are buried at the Clearfield United Methodist Church Cemetery in Smithville, Lancaster County, PA. They do not yet fit into our Millers but how could I resist taking a photo while I was there, right?

Noticing the flag next to the grave, I hopped on Ancestry.com and went in search for Aldus Miller. I did not find anything military related but I did find the Millers a few places.

The 1900 US Census shows 38 year old Aldus and 36 year old Annie with their children: 15 year old Charles L. (b. Oct. 1884), seven year old Lydia E. (b. Dec. 1892), four year old Clarence P. (b. July 1895), and two year old Benjamin D. (b. May 1898) Miller. The Millers had been married for 17 years and were living in Martic Township, Lancaster County, PA. Aldus listed his occupation as farm laborer. Annie is shown to have had seven children with only five surviving in 1900. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. Annie and Aldus also both listed their parents' birthplace as being Pennsylvania as well.

The 1910 Census lists Aldus, Annie, 17 year old Lydia, 14 year old Clarence P., 12 year old Benjamin as well as nine year old Walter H., six year old Anna L., and three year old Chester S. Miller. Aldus lists his occupation as a watchman for the railroad. Two doors down is a Charles Miller age 25. While I am not certain it is their oldest son, it does seem to fit. Charles has been married to 21 year old Emma for two years. They have one child - a newborn Anna May. Charles also works for the railroad.

I also found Aldus in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 1000. It confirms his birth, death and the burial and is included in the Gerberich Collection. Aldus and Annie are both listed, although her death is not recorded. Listed also is a Martha Irene and Harry J. the "ch of foregoing". Martha Irene was born 9 January 1890. She passed 18 Decemebr 1895. Harry was born and passed both in 1883.

Aldus may be the some of Peter and Mary Gochenaur Miller but I have not yet confirmed this. Not all the information fits perfectly and therefore still needs confirmation.

Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.