in 52 Weeks
Out of Place
Catherine Landon, 1844-1920
I wrote about my great, great grandmother Catherine Landon’s family for the week 11 prompt, “Large Family.”  While writing that post I realized I had not identified an exact date of death for Catherine. She appears in the 1880 census with her children and her husband George.  Although, George’s name is crossed out and “deceased” written in the column labeled “Sick.” (I have found George in the 1880 Mortality Schedule.) I had long assumed Catherine died sometime between 1880 and 1900 since I had not found her in the 1900 census, and there is no 1890 census. But, while writing the Week 11 post, I decided to make a push to find Catherine and, I did! She was out of place, but once I found her everything fell into place.
At first, I looked more closely at Catherine’s children. I knew I would not find her living with my great grandparents since I am very familiar with their various census records. Her other adult son, Henry, died in 1894, but no obituary naming surviving relations can be found. I looked for records of Catherine’s surviving daughter, Lizzy Lafary Carothers, but found just marriage and the 1900 census. Neither mention Catherine, although Lizzy did name her only child, born in 1897, Catherine. I considered this could indicate Catherine died prior to 1897.
I decided I would need to cast a wide net to find Catherine. Since her married surname is unusual (I wrote about that Week 3.)  I searched on Ancestry.com for everyone with the surname “Lafar*” between 1880 and 1900 in Indiana. I focused on death records and the 1900 census, particularly any in Hamilton County, or the surrounding counties. A 1900 census record for an 11-year-old boy named Jesse Lafara, living in Cicero Twp, Tipton County, jumped out.  He is listed as “Grand Son” with an occupation of “helping his g mother.” The adults in the household, presumably his grandparents, are given as “Wm and Katherine Sanders.” A closer look at Katherine Sanders revealed she was born the same year and in the same state as my missing Catherine.
I wanted to find out more about Katherine Sanders. I searched Ancestry.com using her husband’s name among the marriage records for Tipton and surrounding counties. If Katherine Sanders was my Catherine, then the marriage would have occurred after 1880. I quickly found a William Sanders marrying a Catherine Lafare on 1 June 1882 in Hamilton County.  I found her! Out of place, not where I expected, but there she was on a marriage index with a man named Sanders. Catherine was just 36 when her husband George died, I should have considered she remarried.
I quickly uncovered more census records, newspaper articles and death records for the Sanders’. They moved to Madison County before 1910  and Catherine died 24 July 1920 in Summitville.  She is buried there in Vinson Memorial Park near her husband William who died in 1932.  I found an obituary for Catherine in a local paper, The Alexandria Times-Tribune, and it lists her children, “Mrs. Elizabeth Crothers” and “John Lafare,” my great grandfather. 
Catherine’s grandson Jesse Lafara went on to marry, have two children, lose a child to disease, divorced, and live a long life. He died in 1969 at age 80 in Muncie, IN and is buried near his grandmother.  His surviving daughter Uva lived her adult life in Muncie where she was an accountant, she died in 1991 at age 78 and is buried near her father and great grandmother. 
2. Entry for Kate Lafary, U.S. Federal Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: Jackson, Hamilton, Indiana; Enumeration District: 35; Page: 320C; Roll: 281; FHL microfilm: 1254281
4. Entry for Jesse Lafara, U.S. Federal Census, Year: 1900; Census Place: Cicero, Tipton, Indiana; Enumeration District: 0119; Page: 11; FHL microfilm: 1240406
5. Entry for William Sanders, Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941; Hamilton County, Indiana; Index to Marriage Record 1880-1899 Inclusive Volume, Part One 1880-1889 Part Two 1890-1899 W. P. A Orig; Book: 6; Page: 452
6. Entry for Kathern Sanders, U.S. Federal Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: Van Buren, Madison, Indiana; Enumeration District: 0128; Page: 23A; Roll: T624_365; FHL microfilm: 1374378
7. Entry for Catherine Sanders, Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 [database on-line], Ancestry.com; Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 1920; Roll: 14
8. Catherine “Kate” Landon Sanders, Find A Grave Memorial, FindAGrave.com; https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/57766427; accessed 9 July 2019
9. “The Alexandria Times-Tribune” 26 July 1920, p1, col2, below fold, “Aged Woman Dies at Summitville” https://www.newspapers.com/image/81287468; accessed 9 July 2019
10. Entry for Jesse Lafara, Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 [database on-line], Ancestry.com; Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 1969; Roll: 11.
11. Entry for Uva D Ratchford, Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 [database on-line], Ancestry.com; Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 1991; Roll: 15.
Frank Takeo Flucawa
Born Takeo Furukawa on 15 March 1883 in Tottori-Ken, Tokyo, Japan, little is documented of his early childhood. Family oral history stories say that the young Takeo experienced hunger, poverty and the loss of his family. Additionally, the stories tell of friendship, spiritual learning and scholarship.
David L. Osborne: His Indianapolis Homes
My great grandfather, David Louis Osborne, lived at over 20 addresses around Indianapolis between 1876 and 1942. I thought it would be interesting to see all the old buildings and homes where he lived in my hometown of Indianapolis.
The Marriage of David and Jennie Osborne
My great grandfather, David Louis Osborne (1848-1942), was a widower with two young sons in 1886 when he married Jennie Warbington (1857-1918) in Minneapolis on the 27th of May. I decided it was time to put sources to the story.
Do You See A Resemblance?
While working on a family photo project I decided it would be fun to compare side-by-side my father and his parents, at similar ages, to try and discover a family resemblance.
Probate of Jesse King 1868
Jesse King was born in Ohio (probably in the vicinity of Chillicothe) in 1805, he was a son of Philip King and Mary Leah Wright, both of Pennsylvania. Philip King was a farmer, he married Leah Wright in 1801 in Somerset, PA, they had six children, of whom Jesse was the third.
Letter from Sarah Tucker Lafary
A handwritten letter from Sarah Tucker Lafary to the then president of the United States, Grover Cleveland. It was her last appeal for a War of 1812 pension, sadly the pension was denied. The letter gives a glimpse of a woman who had no formal education, a poor farmers wife, then widow, mother of nine, she probably just wanted some independence through an income of her own.
Sarah Smith: Challenge
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 2: Challenge
So much about genealogy research is a challenge, perhaps the most common challenge is the ‘brick wall,’ meet Sarah Smith. 18?? – 1846
Laferre to LaFara: Unusual Name
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 3: Unusual Name
The surnames in my tree are typical of common western European names. However, the name that is unusual among these names is MY surname: LaFara.
Luella Pressell: Surprise!
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 6: Surprise!
Just when you think you know everything about an ancestor, surprise! I thought I knew most everything about my paternal great grandfather David L. Osborne, 1848-1942.
Rumple Family Photo 1895
For all of us who are procrastinating about labeling photos I have one thing to say, “Be considerate of the genealogist of the future!” My maternal grandmother was very good about labeling old family photos, and there is one, in particular, I found very informative.
Conrad Rumple: Bachelor Uncle
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 10: Bachelor Uncle
My uncles are the marrying kind, sometimes more than once!
I had to go back four generations for a bachelor uncle, my great-great-great uncle Conrad Rumple, 1833-1911.
Conrad was an older brother to my great-great grandfather on my matrilineal line, William Rumple, 1839-1912.
George Lafary and Catherine Landon: Large Family
My great-great grandparents, George Lafary and Catherine Landon, had a relatively small family, three of their six children survived to adulthood. However, they both came from large families of nine siblings and nearly all survived to marry and have children.
In The Paper
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 13: In The Paper
It’s fun to find articles in the paper mentioning one of my relatives. Mostly they are birth, marriage, divorce and death events. But, it’s the oddball articles in the papers I like the most.
Genealogy Brick Walls
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 14: Brick Wall
We all have a brick wall, that one ancestor who defies all research. I decided I would work at my brick walls by generation, I broke through the last of my 3rd great grandparent brick walls, now I am working on 4th great grandparents.
Immigrant Ancestors, Fresh Start
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week1: Fresh Start.
The varied reasons my European ancestors immigrated to North America for a fresh start.
William and Uva Lafara: Favorite Photo
I have many favorite photos among my collection of family artifacts. Currently, my favorite photo is of two little children from 1916 who were a complete mystery to me until last spring.
So Far Away
My great-uncle Frank immigrated to the United States from Japan in 1905 to further his education, so far away
I get excited when I discover an ancestor with the same name as a friend, or co-worker, or neighbor. Maybe we are related!
My favorite discovery is finding the common ancestors shared by my parents. Don’t be alarmed, the common ancestors are 10 generations removed.