Monday, April 04, 2011

Postcard: Sheridan's Ride



Mrs. Sue Alderman
Pimento, Indiana
RR # 2

Receivd cards  Many thanks.  How I would love to see you.  Come out again.  Am fine.  Going home Xmas.  Do come out again.  Wish I could eat my Xmas with you.  Your girlie Mary.

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This postcard, postmarked December 21, 1910 from Hansford, Texas, was sent to Mrs. Sue ALDERMAN of R.R. 2 Pimento, Indiana.  The card is part of my parents' collection, and is believed to have a family connection.


Checking Ancestry.com, I searched for Sue ALDERMAN in Vigo County, Indiana during this time period.  Three quick hits showed up:  the 1900 and 1910 census records, and the Indiana Death Index.  


In 1900, living in Prairie Creek Township, Vigo County, she is listed as Sue ALDERMAN, wife of John W. ALDERMAN, age 55, born February 1845.  She had been married 25 years and had no children.  She was born in Indiana, her father was born in Virginia, and mother was born in Ohio.  Husband John was a farmer, age 53, born October 1846 in Illinois, with both parents born in Indiana.


In 1910, living in Prairie Creek Township, Vigo County, she is listed as Susannah ALDERMAN, wife of John W. ALDERMAN, age 65.  This is listed as her second marriage, and she was the mother of 2 children, only 1 living.  She was born in Indiana, father born in Ohio and mother born in Indiana.  Husband John was a farmer, age 65, his first marriage, born in Illinois, with both parents born in Indiana.


The Indiana Death Index on Ancestry compiles information from the W.P.A. indices of Vigo County.  That reference shows Susie A. ALDERMAN died June 18, 1913 in Prairie Creek Township, Vigo County, Indiana.  The death record is located in Book H-42, page 136.


The question remains, how is this person related to my ALDERMAN line?  There was a John W. ALDERMAN, son of Richard and Eliza (________) ALDERMAN, born circa 1845 in my history.  He would have been a brother to my 3rd-great grandmother, Jane Ann ALDERMAN.  My database is silent on this John W. ALDERMAN after the 1860 census of Anderson, Madison County, Indiana, when he would have been 15 years old.  Those records have his birth as Indiana, but the ALDERMAN clan was known to have bounced back and forth between Indiana and Illinois.  


While I don't know for sure that this card was to a relative, for some reason it ended up in my family's "stuff", so I have circumstantial evidence to warrant further research.
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