Ord Otterbein LeMaster (1876-1937) was my paternal great-granduncle. What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about him.
1. Vital Records
1.1. Birth Certificate
Ord was born July 1, 1876 in Jay County, Indiana. Birth records do not start in Jay County, Indiana until 1882, so there is no official certificate of birth.
1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper
Will need to search contemporary newspapers to see if mention was made of Ord's birth.
1.1.2. Bible Record
I am not aware of any surviving Bible records of the LeMaster family. Will continue to reach out to extended family in hopes that one does exist.
1.1.3. Baptismal Record
I am not aware of any baptismal record for Ord. The family was affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal church in Salamonia, Indiana.
1.1.4. Adoption Record
There is no indication that Ord was adopted.
1.2. Marriage License
Ord married Emma W.G. Garmhausen on June 12, 1907 in Auglaize County, Ohio1. Emma was the aunt of Helen Garmhausen, the wife of Ord's brother, Vernon.
Their marriage record was the subject of a previous post.
1.2.1. Marriage notice in newspaper
Will need to search contemporary newspapers to see if mention was made of Ord and Emma's nuptials.
1.2.2. Anniversary notice
Ord and Emma's 25th wedding anniversary would have been June 12, 1932. Will need to search contemporary newspapers to see if any mention was made of an anniversary celebration.
1.2.3. Divorce decree
There is no indication that Ord and Emma were ever divorced.
1.3. Death Certificate
Ord died September 15, 1937 in Clinton, Shelby County, Ohio2. The cause of death was an intestinal obstruction (lodgement of a gallstone).
1.3.1. Obituary in newspaper
Ord's obituary was mentioned in the September 15, 1937 edition of the Portland, Indiana Commercial-Review3.
Will need to search contemporary newspapers in Shelby County, Ohio for mention of his death.
1.3.2. Funeral home records
I do not know what funeral home handled the arrangements. Once I obtain a local copy of his obituary, I will know which funeral home to contact for records.
1.3.3. Tombstone photograph
Ord is buried in the Graceland Cemetery in Shelby County, Ohio3. I need to obtain a photograph of his tombstone.
2. Census Records
2.1. Federal Census Records
2.1.1. 1930 Federal Census
On April 2, 1930, Ord was enumerated as head of household in Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio4, as Ord O. LeMaster, age 54 Physician. He was born in Indiana, his father born in Ohio and mother born in New Jersey. His home was valued at $ 8000. Also living in the household were wife, Emma, age 48, born in Ohio.
2.1.2. 1920 Federal Census
On January 5, 1920, Ord was enumerated as head of household in Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio5, as Ord O. LeMaster, age 43, Physician. He was born in Indiana, and both of his parents were listed as born in Indiana. He owned his home free of mortgage. Living in the household were wife, Emma, age 38, born in Indiana, and daughter, Isabel, age 9, born in Indiana.
2.1.3. 1910 Federal Census
On May 10, 1910, Ord was enumerated as head of household in Kettersville, Shelby County, Ohio6, as Dr. O.O. LeMaster, age 33, Physician. He was born in Ohio, with his father listed as born in Germany and mother in Ohio. Living in the household was his wife, Emma, age 28, born in Ohio, and father-in-law, Charles Garmhausen, age 72, born in Ohio.
2.1.4 1900 Federal Census
On June 4, 1900, Ord was enumerated in the Luman C. Lemasters household in Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana7, as Ord O., son, age 24, Medical student, born in Indiana. His father was born in Ohio and mother born in New Jersey.
2.1.5. 1880 Federal Census
On June 5, 1880, Ord was enumerated in the Walker Lemasters household in Madison Towship, Jay County, Indiana8, as Ottie, son, age 4, born in Indiana. His father was born in Ohio and his mother in New Jersey.
2.2. State Census Records
Many states took their own census, but Ohio was not one of them.
The State of Indiana conducted state census in 1853, 1857, 1871, 1883, 1889, 1901, 1913 and 1921. These, however, were merely for the purposes of legislative apportionment.
2.3. Agricultural Census Records
I have not yet investigated these types of census records to see what light they might shed on the LeMaster farm.
3. Military Records
3.1. Draft Registration
Ord registered for the draft during World War I on September 12, 19189, when he was 42 years old. At the time he was living at 822 South Ohio street in Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio. His registration card shows he was a natural born citizen, born January 4, 1876. His occupation was that of a physician. His nearest living relative was his wife, Emma LeMaster. He was described as being of medium height and build, with dark hair. I could not read the description of his eyes.
3.2. Pension Records
I am not aware of any record of military service that would qualify Ord for a pension.
3.3. Service Records
I am not aware of any military service by Ord.
4. Land Records
4.1. Deed Records
Deed records need to be thoroughly searched in Shelby County, Ohio to see what items might mention Ord. Will add this to my "to-do" list for my next research trip.
4.2. Plat map / county map
I need to contact the local historical society to see what types of plat maps were published in Shelby County, Ohio that might aid in my research.
5. Supplemental records
Supplemental records available for research for Ord include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records. Will add these to my "to-do" list for my next research trip.
1. Ohio Marriages, 1800-1858, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints online [http://www.familysearch.org], accessed 17 January 2011.
2. Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org), accessed 10 April 2013, Ord Otterbein Lemaster, 1937.
3. Dr. O.A. Lemaster obituary, Commercial-Review, Portland, Indiana, USA, September 15, 1937, page 1.
4. 1930 U.S. census, Shelby County, Ohio, population schedule, Sidney, enumeration district 75-1, SD 11, sheet 2A, 608 South Ohio Street, dwelling 45, family 48; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 April 2013); National Archives, Washington, D.C.
5. Ord O. LeMaster household, 1920 U.S. census, population schedule, 1st Ward, Sidney, Clinton Township, Shelby County, Ohio, ED 195, SD 3, sheet 2, dwelling 51, family 55; National Archives micropublication T625, roll 1437, page 30.
6. 1910 U.S. census, Shelby County, Ohio, population schedule, Kettlersville, enumeration district 149, SD 3, sheet 1B, dwelling 19, family 19, digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 April 2013); National Archives, Washington, D.C.
7. Luman C. Lemasters household, 1900 U.S. census, Jay County, Indiana, population schedule, Madison township, ED 62, SD 67, sheet 3, dwelling 59, family 60; National Archives micropublication T623, roll 380.
8. Walker Lemasters household, 1880 U.S. census, population schedule, Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana, USA, ED 161, SD 6, page 4, dwelling 47, family 48; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 287.
9. "World War I Draft Registration Cards," digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 2013); citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918: Registration State : Ohio; Registration County : Shelby, Roll 1851185.
This post was developed as part of the series relating to Building My 2011 Research Template, an attempt to systematically document and source the details of my ancestors' lives. Comments regarding this template and the conclusions drawn in this article are welcomed.