#TBT Two Jaunty “Toppers” (4 Jun 1938)


Yankton Press & Dakotan

4 Jun 1938 (Evening); p. 5, col. 5

Two Jaunty Toppers[For all you fashionistas out there ...]


Colorful . . . cool — these saucy caps of jiffy-crochet!  Quickly finished — inexpensive — make them to match different frocks.  One is finished with a touch of contrast in a single stitch.  Pattern 1746 contains directions for making the caps shown; illustrations of them and of stitches used; materials required; photograph showing a section of the pattern.

Send 10 cents in stamps or coin (coin preferred) for this pattern to Yankton Press and Dakotan, Needlecraft Dept., 82 Eighth Avenue, New York, N. Y.  Write plainly PATTERN NUMBER, your NAME and ADDRESS.


I purchased roughly 25 original issues of the Yankton (South Dakota) Press & Dakotan, dating from 1938 to 1946.  I am systematically going through every issue and will be posting the articles that include the names of individuals.   I am happy to email full-size scans of any article.  Feel free to ask.


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Patrick Slowey’s Birth: A Research Log

library booksI previously wrote about Patrick Slowey here.  These are the steps I took to attempt to pin down a date of birth for him (and my next steps to do so).


Subject Name:  Patrick Slowey, b. Aug 1816, d. 12 Feb 1902

Question to be researchedWhen was Patrick born?

Date of Search:  10.16.11 through 8.30.14

Place Searched:  Familysearch.org

Results:  Wisconsin State census index for 1855 shows Patrick Slowey (line 21), but does not give an age or the date of enumeration.

1880 federal census for Yankton, South Dakota, enumerated on 2 Jun 1880, shows Patrick age 65, making his birth date between 3 Jun 1814 and 1 Jun 1815.

1900 federal census for Yankton, South Dakota, enumerated on 11 Jun 1900, shows Patrick age 83, making his birth date between 12 Jun 1816 and 10 Jun 1817.  His birth month and year are listed as August 1816.

Wisconsin, County Naturalization Records 1807-1992: Declarations of intention 1852-1892 vol 1 (Lafayette) yielded no index listing for Slowey.  There were several McCabes listed.

Wisconsin, County Naturalization Records 1807-1992: Naturalization Index 1847-1878 vol 11, A-Z (Index to Intentions 1847-1878) (Lafayette District Court) revealed listings for Thomas Slowey, Hugh Slowey, and Patrick Slowey.  The entry for Patrick Slowey gives his age as 24.

Place Searched:  Ancestry.com

Results:  Wisconsin State census index for 1855 shows Patrick Slowey (page 4), but does not give his age or the date of enumeration.

1860 federal census for Kendall, Lafayette, Wisconsin, enumerated on 11 Jul 1860, shows Patrick (Sloway) age 35, making him born between 12 Jul 1824 and 10 Jul 1825.

1870 federal census for Kendall, Lafayette, Wisconsin, enumerated on 11 Aug 1870, shows Patrick age 56, making him born between 12 Aug 1813 and 10 Aug 1814.

Place Searchedhttp://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/

Results:  Searched this pre-1907 vital records index for surname “Slowey.”  No listing for Patrick Slowey’s marriage or the births of any of his children, but the earliest record listed is for 1872, and their last natural child was born in 1871.  I also did a search for “Slow,” thinking maybe there was a spelling error.  No luck there either.  Nothing earlier than 1872.  I broadened my search to “Slo” and came up with over 1000 matches (362 birth records), but again, nothing relevant.

Place Searched:  Making of America website (Cornell University)  http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?page=simple&c=moajrn2

Results:  Did a journal search for “Slowey.”  Nothing.  Did a general search through the entire collection for “Slowey.”  Found a match in “Books: Selected 19th Century Monographs,” but in New York 1872, The New York state business directory and gazetteer, for Thomas Slowey, grocer, 126 W. 34th.  Also:  Barnes, David. “The draft riots in New York, July, 1863: the metropolitan police, their services during riot week, their honorable record” for a person identified only as “Detective Slowey.”

Place Searched:  Don’s List  http://www.donslist.net/PGHLookups/GuidesM.htm

Results:  I looked for a city directory for Kendall, Lafayette County, Wisconsin, but there was only a directory for Milwaukee in 1857.  The rest of the directories were for 1907 or later, after Patrick was already dead.

Place Searched:  FamilySearch.org – 1860 US census

Results:  26 males listed in Wisconsin as being born in Ireland, none of them named Slowey.  Why can’t you browse census records on FamilySearch?

Place Searched:  Bureau of Land Management – General Land Office records

Results:  Search for Patrick Slowey in Wisconsin netted several entries in Lafayette and Marquette counties.  Using Google Earth and the EarthPoint.com website, I attempted to locate these parcels of land to determine what township they were in.  Interestingly, Kendall Township Hall lies directly on the border of one particular section, and Patrick’s parcels (40 acres each) were in the SE 1/4 of the NW 1/4, and the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4.

Another parcel (40 acres), marked as Marquette County is actually in Adams County now, just north of Mason Lake.  He had the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4.  The E and S borders of the section actually create the border of Adams County with Marquette on the east and with Columbia County on the south.  Will consult AniMap to see which county the property was located in 1857.  AniMap says that parcel was always in Adams County.  I will check Adams County census for 1860 and see if there are any Sloweys there.

Another parcel (120 acres) actually IS in Marquette County, directly east of the Adams County parcel (one section separates them).  He had the N 1/2 of the SW 1/4 and SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4.

Unfortunately none of these records include an age or date of birth.

Place Searched:  Ancestry.com

Results:  Did a broad search for both Patrick Slowey and Catherine Slowey in Wisconsin for 1860, then I did a broad search for Bernard Slowey, the couple’s first child.  I found him – as Bernard Sloway age 7 – living with Mary McCabe age 55 (same name as Catherine’s mother) and John McCabe age 25 (likely Catherine’s brother).  This explains why he is not enumerated with the rest of the Sloways.

I did a page-by-page search for more Sloweys/Sloways in Benton Township, but came up with nothing … unless they were on page 16, which was missing.  I did find some more McCabes, so I saved the images and source info to determine if they are related later.

Place Searched:  WorldVitalRecords.com

Results:  Lots of entries for Patrick Slowey; unfortunately, none of them were mine.  They were all for a Patrick Slowey who lived in New York and was a grocer.

Place Searched:  GenealogyBank.com

Results:  A total of 6 historic articles, none of them are my Patrick Slowey.

Place Searched:  Google.com

Results:  A search for Patrick Slowey +1840-1902 netted a few hits, and only one was my Patrick Slowey.  Unfortunately, it referred to the History of South Dakota, which I already have.  I did find out that a Patrick Slowey was convicted of murder and sent to serve his prison sentence in Australia in 1828 (but he’s no relation … yet).

Place Searched:  Yankton County, SD Clerk of Court

Results:  Called to find out if they have probate records from 1902.  They don’t.  They referred me to the State Archives.

Place Searched:  SD State Historical Society & Archives

Results:  Probate records only go from 1877-1891 at the moment.  The gentleman said that they sometimes get 5 tons of records in at a time, and there is only a staff of 5.  He said that the government archivist should be able to tell me if they have any more recent probate records that just haven’t made it to the research room yet.

Place Searched:  Legacy.com

Results:  Database only goes back to 1930.

Place Searched:  Yankton Press & Dakotan, 19 Feb 1902 – Obituary

Results:  Says Patrick was born in Ireland in 1815, immigrated to American in the early 1850s.

AnalysisPatrick appears to age differently than other humans.  Between 1870 and 1880, he aged only 9 years; between 1880 and 1900 he aged only 18 years.  Because he gave his birth month and year as August 1816 in 1900, my working hypothesis is that this is the most accurate.  In any case, until I find a birth certificate or register, I will give a 5 year buffer in either direction.

Conclusion:  Patrick Slowey was never born.  I have narrowed down the possible period of time for his birth as between 12 Aug 1813 and 10 Jun 1817.

Next Steps:  I may have better luck with obtaining his Declaration of Intent, which should have his birth date on them … which will give me a foothold at least. It may be included in some of the land records.  I don’t know where he filed his declaration (possibly Wisconsin), so it will probably be easier to obtain it through the land office.

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A Genealogist Shaming … and more info on the McCabes!

I think I’ve come to the realization that people just sold or gave away their bounty land warrants to just any old person.  There was no need for a relationship between the two people other than money changing hands.  It is a very disappointing thing, as I was really hoping to discover some new relative or significant person in the family.  I suppose it is not to be.  Apparently, Richard Pinkham had another 160 acres of bounty land that he sold or gave to someone named Joseph Vila, Junior, for some land in Harrison County, Iowa.

So I have given up that line of inquiry for now.

Instead, I have been busy trying to puzzle out the family relationships between the McCabes and the Sloweys.  Census records, BMD records, land records, and any other records I could get my eyeballs on was fair game.  Remember all the craziness I went through trying to figure out who Anton Heerdink was?  This was pretty much the same thing … except with more common names (hooray).

2014-09-06 20.37.00The first thing I did was make sure I had accounted for the entire Patrick Slowey/Catherine McCabe family unit on all applicable census records.  Using this handy-dandy form, I was able to visualize the flow of all the children into and out of the household.

Here’s the part where I hang my head in shame …

In the process of reviewing all the information I had for this family, I discovered that I already had a death certificate for Bernard Slowey that named his mother as Katherine McCabe AND I already had a death certificate for John Charles Slowey that named his mother as Catherine McCabe.  I simply had not added them to my database yet.  So … lesson learned.  Probably best not to dwell.

genealogist shaming

I actually learned a few (other) things from this exercise:

1. A second look never hurts.
2. I will probably not be using census records to determine Patrick’s birth date.  He just doesn’t age normally.
3. I’m growing increasingly more confident that the Ellen Slowey found in the 1880 census with Mary and John McCabe is the daughter of Patrick and Catherine.

This means that John, Mary Jr., and Ellen McCabe are likely Catherine’s siblings and Mary Sr. is likely her mother.  Now I just have to piece together their family.  I’ll start with the census records and see what happens.

This family apparently spent very little time living in the same house at the same time.  I found Catherine in 1850 enumerated with her brother John and apparently two other brothers, Hugh and Barney, in the household of Hugh and Ellen Lavis in New Diggings, Wisconsin.  The brothers all had an occupation of “smelter.”  So I did a little ‘digging’ of my own (ha … see what I did there?) and discovered that New Diggings was an old lead mining town.  So their occupation makes sense.  However, their ages make no sense.  Hugh is 27, John is 21, and Catherine and Barney are both 20.  Maybe it was common for men to puff up their age in order to find work during the 1850s?  If so, that would make sense.  Catherine’s parents – Charles and Mary – were living in Benton, Wisconsin in 1850 with another brother Terrence (also age 20) and sister Mary (age 13).

The 1860 census shows Mary (probably a widow by this time as I never see Charles in a census again after 1850), with John (age 25) and Bernard Slowey (age 7) li2014-09-06 23.17.57ving in Benton, Wiscsonsin.  No idea WHY Bernard is living with his uncle and grandmother, when the rest of his family is living together in Kendall, Wisconsin.  Daughter Ellen (age 18) is enumerated in Benton, but as a domestic in a hotel.  I cannot locate daughter Mary in 1860.  By this time, son Hugh has married a woman named Jane and has three children; and daughter Catherine has married Patrick Slowey.  There are many Terrences and Barneys in the 1860 census, and I haven’t narrowed those down yet.

In 1870, we find Mary, John, daughter Mary, and daughter Ellen living in Seymore, Wisconsin.  They are all still living together in 1880, but in Yankton, Dakota Territory, and granddaughter Ellen is enumerated with them.  I’m having a hard time locating any of them in 1900 census – I’m pretty sure Mary Sr. is deceased by then; and Mary and Ellen are either married or have moved away from Wisconsin and could be pretty much anywhere.  John is likely still in South Dakota, but there are a lot of John McCabes – and (so far) none with a Mary and an Ellen living with him.

I will probably need to see if any probate records exist for Mary Sr., and/or for Charles and work from there to determine where everyone ended up.

Another task for another day …


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Amanuensis Monday: Catherine van Castrop Baptism 1797

This is a blog prompt stolen borrowed from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings, who credits Geneablogger John Newmark (TransylvanianDutch blog) with starting this blog theme years ago.  John offers this definition for “amanuensis:”

“A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.”

(And, let’s be honest, this is probably the only way I’m going to remember to transcribe all my documents, right?)

This is a scanned image of an extracted Dutch baptism record for my 4th great grandmother, Phenenna Catherine Eva van Castrop.  She was born on December 21, 1797 in Groenlo, Gelderland, Netherlands to Herman and Joanna van Castrop.

Catherine van Castrop baptism 1797 image 401

“Netherlands, Gelderland Province Civil Registration, 1800-1952,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-17723-41375-14?cc=1949343&wc=M9W2-JPF : accessed 20 Jan 2014), Groenlo > Huwelijksbijlagen 1828-1842 > image 115 of 2100; Extract of baptism record for Phenenna Catharina Eva van Castrop (1797) dated 5 Feb 1829.

Provincie Gelderland
Arrondissement Zutphen
stad Groenlo

Extract üit het Doopboek
der R. C. Gemeente
Een duizend zeven honderd. zeven en negentig
den vier en twintig sten December is gedoopt
Phenenna Catharina Eva wiens ouders zijn
Hermannus van Castrop en Joanna Bernardina van Castrop

Voor Extract Conform
Groenlollen De Burgemeester ambtenaar
5 february 1829 van den burgerlijken stand voor


Civil Registry
Gelderland Province
Zutphen District
City ​​of Groenlo

Extract from the baptism book of the Roman Catholic parish
One thousand seven hundred ninety-seven
the twenty-fourth day of December was baptized
Phenenna Eva Catharina whose parents are
Hermannus van Castrop and Joanna Bernardina van Castrop

Extract according to
Mayor and Registrar

5 february 1829

This record was likely created for use when Catherine married John Bernard Heerdink, since the extract is dated February 5, 1829 and they were married on February 26, 1829.

The original Latin baptism record is here:

van Castrop baptism original

Beltrum Roman Catholic Church (Groenlo, Gelderland, Netherlands), Baptisms 1743-1811, image 323, Phenenna Catharina Eva van Castrop; digital images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : downloaded 6 September 2014).

Die 24 Decembris baptizata est Phenenna Catharina Eva, cujus parentes sunt Hermannus van Castrop et Joanna Bernardina van Castrop; patrina erat Christina Winterinck condicta van Castrop

Translation (loose)

On 24 December was baptized Phenenna Catherine Eva, whose parents were Herman van Castrop and Joanna Bernardina van Castrop; Christina Winterinck van Castrop was her godparent.


How’s that for three languages in one blog post?


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Sunday’s Obituary: John S. Mackedon

The Evansville Courier and Press
Nov 28, 1906; p. 11, col. 6-7



Past [sic] Away After Long Illness of Tuberculosis


John S. Mackadon, a well known plumber, died at his home, 811 Cherry street, Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock.  Tuberculosis, with which he had been confined to his bed for three months, was the cause of death.  He was a member of Assumption church.

Mr. Mackadon is survived by his parents and by a wife and daughter.  He was 40 years old.  The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 7:15 o’clock from the home and at 8 o’clock from Assumption church.


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