Monday, January 26, 2015

Military Monday : Arthur Raymond LeMaster, World War II Draft Registration, 1942

Working my way through the hints in the Ancestry database for World War II Draft Registrations, 1942 and located this registration in Jay County, Indiana for Arthur Raymond LeMaster, my paternal great granduncle.

World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," digital image, ( : accessed 15 March 2013); citing Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration: Indiana. Arthur Raymond LeMaster, Jay County, Indiana.

This draft record adds to the information I've collected about Arthur, who was the son of Luman Walker and Mary Keziah (Chew) Lemasters.  Arthur's draft registration gives his exact date of birth as December 28, 1885 in Jay County, Indiana.

Arthur was 56 years old at the time of the registration, and his nearest living relative was his wife, Maude G. (McLaughlin) LeMaster, of Portland.

Arthur's occupation was listed as self-employed farm manager in Madison Township.  Previous information had indicated that he also had operated a grocery store on North Meridian Street in Portland.

Arthur was described as having a dark complexion, white male with brown eyes and black hair.  He was 5'11" and weighed 240 lbs.

Military Monday – We all have ancestors who have served in the military. Military Monday is a place to post their images, stories and records of their service in various branches of the military. Military Monday is an ongoing series by Cindy at Everything’s Relative – Researching Your Family History.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Census Sunday : Eli Weldon Haley household, 1940, Jay County, Indiana

My paternal great-grandfather, Eli Weldon Haley, was enumerated in the 1940 U.S. census in Jay County, Indiana.  His farm was in Noble Township, and he was residing at the same location back in 1935.

1940 U.S. census, Jay County, Indiana, population schedule, Noble Township, enumeration district (ED) 38-9, SD 5, sheet 3A, household 54, ; digital images, ( : accessed 4 January 2015); National Archives, Washington, D.C..
The family consisted of my great-grandfather, Eli, aged 74, and my great-grandmother, Cora, aged 71.  Eli was born in Indiana and Cora was born in Ohio.

According to the census, both Eli and Cora had completed the 8th grade in education.  Eli's occupation was listed as a farmer.  The value of his farm was listed as $800.  At 74 years old, I wonder how much activity he was still able to do on the farm?

Census Sunday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

State & Federal census sheets are filled with information for genealogists. Both the population & non-population schedules give us insights into the lives of our ancestors. What have you found that is Surprising? Reassuring? Bewildering? Census Sunday is a daily blogging prompt suggested by Colleen Pasquale of Leaves and Branches.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Surname Saturday : Bräun

The BRÄUN surname is in my paternal line.  The origins of the surname are German.

Stories and history :

Ahnentafel # 1401 : Anna Bräun (1674-1724).  Anna was born April 7, 1624 in Würrtemberg.  She married Christoph Stickel (1654-1771) on September 25, 1694 in Egenausen, Würrtemberg.  Christoph was baptized January 10, 1654 in Egenhausen, Würrtemberg.  They had at least one son.  Christoph died November 14, 1771 in Egenhausen, Würrtemberg.  Anna died January 18, 1724 in Egenhausen, Würrtemberg.

Ahntentafel # 2802 : Johannes Bräun (1648-1693).  Johannes was born September 16, 1648 in Egenhausen, Würrtemberg.  He married Jacobina Kirn (1626-    ) on June 23, 1646 in Egenhausen, Würrtemberg.  Jacobina was born January 5, 1626 in Egenhausen, Würrtemberg.  They had at least one daughter.  Johannes died July 18, 1693 in Würrtemberg.

Ahntentafel # 5604 : Michael Bräun.  Nothing further known.

Surname Saturday – create a post in which you discuss a surname and mention its origins, its geographical location(s) and how it fits into your genealogy research. Surname Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.