in 52 Weeks
Great: Aunts and Uncles
I thought this would be a great week to highlight all my great aunts and uncles. I had 19 great aunts and uncle’s, not counting their spouses. Many of them I did not know. Some passed before my birth or when I was very young. Others lived more than a days drive away. And, some were simply not part of my parent’s lives. Whatever the case, let me present the siblings of my grandparents. They were all great, these great aunts and uncles.
This is the best photo I have of my grandmother, Edith Viola King 1903-1991, and all her siblings. Sadly, her sister Roxanne died not long after this picture was taken.
Homer and Ella King surrounded by their children, 1910: back – Ray, Roxie, Chas, Elsie, Oscar, front – Edith, Warren and Lee.
Elsie May King, 1890-1984, was born in Rockford, Ohio but lived most of her adult life in Warsaw, IN. She was married twice and had two children with her first husband: Zue and Thurman. At various times Elsie was a landlady and beautician. 
Charles W. King, 1893-1968, was born in Van Wert, Ohio but lived his adult life in Detroit where he worked in the automotive industry. He was a machinist at Fisher Body and, at one time, a model maker for Packard. Chas also served in the Navy for a couple of years during WWI. He married twice, but had no children. 
Oscar Allen King, 1897-1985, was born in Rockford, Ohio but lived most of his adult life in Troy, Michigan where he worked as an auto mechanic. Oscar served in the Army during WWI, I wrote about his service in a post last year, Luck. Oscar married twice and had two children with his second wife: Jimmy and Joyce. [5, 6]
Raymond O King, 1899-1989, was born in Adams County, Indiana, and lived in Allen County, Indiana his entire adult life where he was a farmer for 70 years. His farm was on the County Line Rd., north of Leo-Cedarville. Ray married twice and had two children: Opal and Reynold, with his first wife Minnie. A photo of Ray and Minnie’s 1920 wedding was included in last years post, Wedding. [7, 8]
Lee Roy King, 1902-1922, was born in Adams County, Indiana, and sadly died at just 20 years old from tuberculosis. Lee worked for a time doing manual labor for the local electric company before becoming too ill to work. 
Warren Leander King, 1908-1968, was born in Dublin, Ohio and lived most of his adult life in Troy, Michigan where he worked in the automotive industry. Warren learned plating as a young man and worked as a fabricator and machinist. He married twice and had two sons: Harold and Richard, with his first wife. 
I recently exchanged emails with one of my Dyer cousins who provided me with this photograph of my maternal grandfather and his four brothers. The photograph does not identify the brothers. But, I recognize my maternal grandfather, Major Dyer 1901-1973, as 4th from the left. So, the remaining four men are my great uncles Dyer: Travis 1892-1972, James 1896-1961, Dewey 1899-1966 and Lee 1904-1983. The two eldest brothers lived their adult lives in Knox County, Tennessee. Dewey lived a lot of places, but his final years were in Mishawaka, Indiana. Lee lived his adult life in Marion, Indiana where he owned the Dyer Grocery. 
These are my great aunt’s and uncle’s Osborne photographed about 1917 with my grandmother, far left, Pearl Osborne LaFara 1893-1972.
Pearl Osborne LaFara with her siblings, left – right, Sadie Osborne, Grace Osborne Flucawa, Rollin Osborne, Louis Osborne.
Louis Osborne, 1878-1961, was born in Terre Haute but raised in Indianapolis. Louis lived his adult life in Chicago, Illinois, and Portland, Oregon. He was a photographer and engraver for the Chicago Tribune for many years. There was a time when photographs were engraved onto metal plates for printing in newspapers. Lou married twice and had one son, Kenneth, with his first wife. 
Rollin Osborne, 1880-1964, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana where he spent half his adult life as an interior finisher, mostly hanging wallpaper. He then lived in Sullivan, Indiana during his retirement years. I wrote about Roll and his brother Lou living in the Indianapolis Orphan Asylum for a short time after their mother died in 1883 in a post written in 2016. Rollin married twice, he had two daughters: Alethia and Irene, with his first wife. [13, 14]
Grace Osborne, 1887-1954, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but lived most of her life in Indianapolis, Indiana, and later in New Castle, Indiana. Grace, and her 2nd husband Frank, had a small poultry farm in Warren Township and while they lived in New Castle they had a commercial flower farm. Grace won awards for both her show hens and her flowers, particularly gladiolas. Grace married twice and had one son, Glenn, with her first husband. 
Sadie Osborne, 1888-1940, was born in Port Jefferson, Ohio, but lived nearly her entire life in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sadie graduated from the National Training School for Deaconesses in Kansas City, Missouri in 1911. She was a deaconess with the Methodist Episcopal Church for over 7 years. She served the community, particularly women and girls, through the Traveler’s Aid Society. In 1918 Sadie became one of the very first policewomen with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. I have previously written about Sadie in posts, Luck and Service. [6, 16, 17]
I did not know this line of my family. My paternal grandfather died in 1928 and my father had very little contact with the LaFara’s. I have no photograph of the LaFara siblings together. The closest I have is this photo of two of the siblings, among their cousins, with their maternal grandmother, Eliza Russell Illges. 
Eliza Russell Illges, 1837-1909, surrounded by her grandchildren about 1895. Elnora is front row, second from left; Nettie is the small child to the right of her grandmother; Earl (my paternal grandfather) is the blonde boy standing on the right.
Eliza Elnora LaFara, 1889-1947, was born in Tipton County, Indiana. She married Charles Hancock in 1911 and relocated to Indianapolis. They had four children: John, Charles James and Ethel May.
Nettie LaFara, 1893-1964, was born in Tipton County, Indiana. She moved to Indianapolis with the rest of the family in 1913 and married there in 1914 to John Ellis. They had two children: Martha and John.
Ezra Russell LaFara, 1896-1985, was born in Tipton County, Indiana. After he graduated from Tipton High School in 1913, the family relocated to Indianapolis. Ezra married in 1919 and had four children: Eileen, Helen, Victor, and Harold.
Esther LaFara, 1903-2000, was born in Tipton County, Indiana. She lived most of her adult life in Indianapolis. Esther married Charles Sedam in 1922, they had nine children: Violet, Charles, Carrie, Norma, Doris, Phyllis, Russell, Peggy and Martha.
They were great, my great aunts and uncles. I’m sorry I did not get the chance to know them while they were living. Most of what I know comes from family stories and what I have discovered doing genealogy research. If anyone reading this is a descendant, reach out and help me add to their stories.
- Profile of Elsie King, ‘Osborn’ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5109051111/facts
- Profile of Charles King, ‘Osborn’ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5107484512/facts
- Profile of Roxanne King, ‘Osborn’ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5107484513/facts
- Profile of Oscar King, ‘Osborn’ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5107484516/facts
- Blog post, Family Finds: Luck; https://barblafara.com/luck/
- Profile of Ray King, ‘Osborn’ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5107484521/facts
- Blog post, Family Finds: Wedding; https://barblafara.com/wedding/
- Profile of Lee Roy King, ‘Osborn’ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5107484522/facts
- Profile of Warren King, ‘Osborn’ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5107484524/facts
- Profile of John Dyer, ‘Osborn’ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/12579871161/facts
- Profile of Louis Osborne, ‘Osborn’ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/-60123993/facts
- Profile of Rollin Osborne, ‘Osborn’ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/-60123990/facts
- Blog post, Family Finds: The Marriage of David and Jennie Osborne; https://barblafara.com/the-marriage-of-david-and-jennie-osborne/
- Profile of Grace Osborne, ‘Osborn’ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/-60123978/facts
- Profile of Sadie Osborne, ‘Osborn’ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/-60123975/facts
- Blog post, Family Finds: Service; https://barblafara.com/service/
- Profile of John LaFara, ‘Osborn’ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/-60123970/facts
- Blog post, Family Finds: Frank Takeo Flucawa; https://barblafara.com/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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I realized I did not have a date of death for my great, great grandmother, Catherine Landon Lafary. A fresh search uncovered the date and much more. Out of place, but once discovered, everything fell into place.
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.