Tangled up in the branches
Note to Self: Don’t go back to your old trees or you will get tangled up in the branches.
As readers of my blog know I created family trees using the information off of obscure newspaper items.
I made a list of the 500+ trees [latest update to list 2017] that I’ve created and this past month I’ve been updating the list. I am checking the list against the actual family trees and making sure the Tree Names are correct. Once I find a tree that has a different name on the list than what appears on the actual family tree, I go into the tree and see how I can fix the name. An example would be “Ida Viola Hungerford 1884” is on the list but the actual Family Tree name is: “Ida Viola Hungerford Obit 1884 VA”.
Well, I went into Ida’s tree to check out the information; make sure it was from Virginia. On the tree I found other screen prints of obituaries that I had put on the tree but had not captured the information that was in the Obits.
I of course had Ida’s Obit and all her information was on the tree but there were also four other obituaries, one for her uncle Richard Hungerford, one for Mary, Richard’s wife, one for William H. Schofer, Id’s sister Margaret’s husband and one for Thomas Edward Schofer, son of William and Margaret.
I was ready to close the file and move on to some other tree when I noticed that I had not put on any of the information that was in Mary’s obituary. Here was Mary on the tree with a screen print of her obituary but I did not have a death date for her. I also did not have her parents, children’s, or sibling’s names on the tree. I guess I got bored with the tree after filling in all of Ida’s information and just moved on to some other tree.
I read Mary’s Obit and transcribed the information and then added it on to the tree. Doing so gave me many more people and names on the tree. I now had Mary’s death date and maiden name (Kline) on her profile page. I also now had her children, all daughters, Ella, Annie, Kate, and Aurellie, on the tree. Her brothers and sister too were now on the tree: John Kline, Morris Kline, Mrs. William Millard and Kate Kline.
On two of her daughters’ profiles I now had the husbands: Ella husband Penrose Gery, Annie husband William Dengier. I then moved on to her husband Richard’s obituary and there too I found names that I had not put onto the tree back when I first found his Obit; I now put those on.
Putting that information onto the tree gave me many more new hints to choose from and I was being overwhelmed with information.
Now understand this is not my family tree; I just found “one” Obit back in 2012 and created a tree to hold that “one” newspaper item and now I was once again working on the tree. I started picking up hints and typing in information, checking and re-checking the information that I had and going back to my Reading, Pennsylvania newspaper collection (Enhanced Google News Archive) and seeing if I could find other Obit’s …
That’s when I pulled the plug and said “enough already, just write a blog posting and move on, you have 500+ other trees that you have to check!”
So here I am and below is some of the information from the tree. The original Ida story is one that has to be treated on another Blog posting.
Jose from Clarkston, Michigan
Mrs. Richard Hungerford — Mary (Kline) Hungerford
age 62 yrs 23 days —– died 24 Jun 1911 —– Address: 637 Bingaman St
father: John Kline —– mother: Elizabeth Kline
daughters: Ella, Annie, Kate, Aurellie
Ella husband Penrose Gery – Reading Penn —– Annie husband William Dengier – Reading Penn
Kate – Harrisburg —– Aurellie – Reading Penn
(2) brothers: John Kline – Reading Penn —– Morris Kline – Reading Penn
(2) sisters: Mrs. William Millard – Wilmington, Del —– Miss Kate Kline – Reading Penn
Tree Created for original Ida Hungerford to hold the screen prints of news items.
Ida Viola Hungerford Obit 1884 VA Family Tree
I found two (2) stories about her. Here are the links.
“She Preferred Death to Disgrace”
See four (4) columns to the right of this link:
Another newspaper carried the story.
Other Obit’s on the tree:
William Schofer OBIT
Richard T Hungerford
Mrs. Richard Hungerford
|Gery, Penrose||abt 1865 – United States||–|
|Hangerford, Luther||Oct 1881 – Pennsylvania||–|
|Hungeford, Grace||Jul 1884 – Pennsylvania||–|
|Hungerford, Annetta S.||abt 1870 – Pennsylvania||–|
|Hungerford, Annie F||Dec 1880 – Pennsylvania||–|
|Hungerford, Aurallie Aurrelria||May 1888 – Pennsylvania||–|
|Hungerford, Charles W.||abt 1873 – Pennsylvania||–|
|Hungerford, Clarence R. A.||Oct 1877 – Pennsylvania||–|
|Hungerford, Emma C.||Dec 1843 – Pennsylvania||–|
|Hungerford, Hannah B.||abt 1875 – Pennsylvania||–|
|Hungerford, Ida Viola||abt 1864 – Pennsylvania||October 22, 1885 – Reading, Adams, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Hungerford, Irwin||abt 1879 – Pennsylvania||–|
|Hungerford, John||Apr 1839 – Pennsylvania||before 1907 – Pennsylvania|
|Hungerford, Kate M||Jun 1876 – Pennsylvania||–|
|Hungerford, Margaret A. “Maggie”||abt 1868 – Pennsylvania||–|
|Hungerford, Margaret E.||abt 1870 – Pennsylvania||–|
|Hungerford, Margarett||abt 1835||–|
|Hungerford, Mary Ella||abt 1868 – Pennsylvania||–|
|Hungerford, Paul J Jr||14 February 1846||04 Dec 1875 – Reading, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Hungerford, Paul J Sr.||abt 1809 – Pennsylvania||before 1867 – Reading, Adams, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Hungerford, Richard Tull||24 Jul 1843 – Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA||10 Sep 1912 – Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Hungerford, Thomas||abt 1838||–|
|Kline, Mary A||1 Jun 1849 – Pennsylvania||24 Jun 1911 – Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Schofer, Charles D||–||–|
|Schofer, Frank A||–||–|
|Schofer, George E||–||–|
|Schofer, Harry L||–||–|
|Schofer, Jacob A||–||–|
|Schofer, James A||–||–|
|Schofer, Thomas Edward||20 May 1896 – Reading, Pennsylvania||15 Jun 1963 – Reading Pennsylvania|
|Schofer, William H||9 Feb 1852 – Exeter Township, PA||17 Jul 1905 – Reading, Adams, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Tull, Catharine||abt 1812 – Pennsylvania|
If you have an account with Ancestry.com you can click on the names to go to their profile page.