During the Genealogy Do-Over, as I’ve been going through the ephemera I inherited when my maternal grandmother passed away, I came across several prayer cards dating from 1933 to 1954 from both (apparently) Indianapolis and Ridgefield, New Jersey.
As far as I know, the individuals named on these prayer cards are not related to my family in any way. I thought I should post them online in case anyone might be looking for them.
This one is for Edna Agnes Rollins, who died on October 8, 1953.
Edna was born in Henderson, Kentucky on September 6, 1885 (or 1882), the second of 8 children born to Louis and Addie Willett. They are found on the 1900 U.S. census living at 816 Second Street in Henderson. She married Joseph Rollins around 1904, probably in Henderson, Kentucky, though I am unable to locate a marriage record. However, Joseph was living with his parents in Walnut Bottom, Henderson, Kentucky on the 1900 U.S. census. Joseph Rollins was a man of short stature with brown hair and blue eyes, according to his WWI draft registration.
The 1910 U.S. census shows 25-year-old Edna and 28-year-old Joseph living in Henderson County, Kentucky with a son, Lewis P. (age 5). Joseph is working as a farm laborer.
On the 1920 U.S. census, Edna (age 35) is found with her husband, Joseph “Rowlins” living at 67 S. 5th Avenue in Beech Grove, Indiana. The couple have three children: son Parker (age 15), daughter Thelma (age 7), and son Gilbert (age 2). Joseph works as a machinist for the railroad.
Edna A. Rollins (age 45) is found on the 1930 U.S. census in Beech Grove, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. She is living with her husband Joseph, daughter Thelma M. (age 17), and son Gilbert F. (age 12). Their home is located at 89 S. 6th Street, which is a mere 3 miles from my grandmother’s address on East Raymond, and only 3-1/2 miles from St. Catherine Catholic Church. In the 1940 U.S. census, Edna and Joseph are still in Beech Grove, but living at 238 S. 5th Avenue. Thelma is no longer living at home, but 22-year-old Gilbert has gotten married to Margaret and just had a daughter, Sandra Jo. Edna’s brother, Lewis Willett (age 53), also lives with the couple.
Sadly, I am unable to locate an obituary or a gravesite for Mrs. Rollins, so I can only assume she died in the Indianapolis area. Hopefully her family will see this post and contact me.
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