Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Exploratory Data Analysis: Orilla Catherine (Wehrly) Andrews (1872-1970)

Orilla Catherine (Wehrly) Andrews (1872-1970) was my paternal great-grandaunt.  What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about her.

1. Vital Records

     1.1. Birth Certificate

          Catherine was born April 6, 1872 in Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana1.  The State of Indiana did not require state-wide registrations of births until after 1907.  Jay County, Indiana only has birth records from 1882.

          1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper

               If Catherine's birth was announced in the local newspaper, it has been lost to history.  The Jay County Public Library has newspapers from the late 1880s.  The holdings of the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis do not indicate any newspapers of the time period.

          1.1.2. Bible Record

               I am not aware of any surviving Bible record of the Wehrly family.  Will continue to reach out to extended family members in hopes that one does exist.

          1.1.3. Baptismal Record

               I am not aware of any baptismal record for Catherine, nor the church affiliation of the Wehrly's.

          1.1.4. Adoption Record

               There is no indication that Catherine was adopted.

     1.2. Marriage License

          Catherine married Arthur B. Andrews on December 25, 18931, probably in Jay County, Indiana.  I do not have a copy of their marriage license.  Will add that to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

          1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper

               Will need to search contemporary newspaper accounts to see if mention was made of Catherine and Andrew's nuptials.

          1.2.2. Anniversary Notice

               Catherine and Andrew's 25th wedding anniversary would have been December 25, 1918 and their 50th anniversary would have been December 25, 1943.  Will need to search contemporary newspaper accounts to see if any mention was made of anniversary celebrations.

          1.2.3. Divorce Decree

               There is no indication that Catherine and Andrew were ever divorced, but a search of Jay County, Indiana court records needs to be done.

     1.3. Death Certificate

          Catherine died December 26, 1970 in Grant County, Indiana2.  I do not have a copy of her death certificate.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

          1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper

               Will need to check local newspapers in Grant and Jay Counties, Indiana to see if Catherine's obituary was mentioned.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

          1.3.2. Funeral Home Records

               Once I've obtained her obituary, I might be able to identify the funeral home that handled the arrangements and then contact them to see if they have any more records.

          1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph

               Catherine's tombstone in the Salamonia Cemetery in Jay County, Indiana2 has not been photographed.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

2. Census Records

     2.1. Federal Census Records

          2.1.1. 1940 Federal Census

               On April 9, 1940, Catherine was enumerated in the Arthur Andrews household in the 6th Ward of Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio3, as Orilla Andrews, age 68, wife.  She was born in Indiana and in 1935 resided at the same place. She had completed 8th grade.  An occupation of electrician, city of Hamilton was listed for her, but this was also copied from the record of neighbor L. Howard Burtis, the next line down on the census.  Their address was 653 Belle Avenue in Hamilton.

          2.1.2. 1930 Federal Census

               On April 17, 1930, Catherine was enumerated in the Arthur B. Andrews household in the 6th Ward of Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio4, as Catherine Andrews, wife, age 58.  She was married at age 21.  She could read and write and spoke English.  She was born in Indiana, her father and mother both born in Indiana.  No occupation was listed.  Their address was 653 Belle Avenue in Hamilton.

          2.1.3. 1920 Federal Census

               On January 6, 1920, Catherine was enumerated in the Arthur Andrews household in Ross Township, Butler County, Ohio5, as Orilla Andrews, wife, age 47.  She could read and write and spoke English.  She was born in Indiana, her father was born in Ohio and her mother born in Indiana.  No occupation was listed.

          2.1.4. 1910 Federal Census

               On April 16, 1910, Catherine was enumerated in the Arthur B. Andrews household in the 4th Ward of Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio6, as Orilla C. Andrews, wife, age 38.  She had been married 16 years and was the mother of 2 children, both living.  She was born in Indiana, her father born in Ohio and her mother in Michigan.  She could read and write and spoke English.  No occupation was listed.  Their address was 944 Campbell Avenue.

          2.1.5. 1900 Federal Census

               On June 6, 1900, Catherine was enumerated in the Arthur V. Andrews household in the 5th Ward of Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio7, as Catherine Andrews, wife, age 28.  She had been married 6 years and was the mother of 1 child, living. She was born in Indiana, her father born in Indiana and her mother born in Indiana.  She could read and write and spoke English.  No occupation was listed. Their address was 913 Campbell Avenue.

          2.1.6. 1880 Federal Census

               On June 3, 1880, Catherine was enumerated in the William Wherhly household in Salamonia, Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana8, as Catharine Wherhly, age 9, daughter.  She had attended school within the year.  She was born in Indiana, her father's birthplace was blank, and her mother was born in Michigan.

     2.2. State Census Records

          No state census of Ohio are known to exist.

     2.3. Agricultural Census Records

          I have not yet investigated these types of records to see what light they might shed on the Wehrly farm.

3. Military Records

     3.1. Draft Registration

          Not applicable, as Catherine was female.

     3.2. Pension Records

          I am not aware of any military service by her husband or father that would have made Catherine eligible for benefits.  Her father did serve during the Civil War, but I do not believe she was ever eligible for minor's benefits.

     3.3. Service Records

          Not applicable, as Catherine was female.

4. Land Records

     4.1. Deed Records

          Deed records need to be thoroughly searched in Butler County, Ohio to see what records might mention Catherine and her family.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

     4.2. Plat map / county map

          Plat maps and county maps for Butler County, Ohio will need to be searched.  Will contact the local historical society to see what maps they might have in their collection.

5. Supplemental Records

     Supplemental records available for research on Catherine include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records.  Will add these to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

Sources :

1. Wehrly, Blaine & Gladys, "Wehrly & Smith Family History." Report to Wehrly Reunion, New Castle, Indiana, 16 August 1970.  Photocopy held by author.
2. Grant County Indiana Vital Records, Grant County Indiana Health Department online [http://www.grantcounty.net/web/user/permit.do?table=DEATH], accessed 22 January 2010.
3. 1940 U.S. census, Butler County, Ohio, population schedule, 6th Ward, Hamilton, enumeration district (ED) 9-41, SD 3, sheet 4A, 653 Belle Avenue, household 69; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 May 2013); National Archives, Washington, D.C.
4. 1930 U.S. census, Butler County, Ohio, population schedule, 6th Ward, Hamilton, enumeration district (ED) 9-22, SD 22, sheet 32A, 653 Belle Avenue, dwelling 778, family 832; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 May 2013); National Archives, Washington, D.C.
5. 1920 U.S. census, Butler County, Ohio, population schedule, Ross Township, enumeration district (ED) 73, SD 249, sheet 2A, dwelling 27, family 28, digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 May 2013); National Archives, Washington, D.C.
6. 1910 U.S. census, Butler County, Ohio, population schedule, 4th Ward, Hamilton, enumeration district (ED) 15, SD 2, sheet 3A, 944 Campbell Ave., dwelling 47, family 56, digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 May 2013); National Archives, Washington, D.C.
7. 1900 U.S. census, Butler County, Ohio, population schedule, 5th Ward, Hamilton, enumeration district (ED) 14, SD 2, sheet 11B, 913 Campbell Ave., dwelling 225, family 235; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 May 2013); National Archives, Washington, D.C.
8. William Wherhly household, 1880 U.S. census, population schedule, Salamonia, Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana, ED 169, SD 6, page 28, dwelling 6, family 6; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 287.

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.
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