52 Ancestors Week 13: In the Paper

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Please share with us a profile of an ancestor or relative who matches the week's theme. This week's sharing prompt:

In the Paper

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)

Oh dear, my ancestors were in the paper for the wrong reason. My 2x great grandparents Joseph Kilby https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Kilby-201 and his common law wife Esther https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Humphries-996 appeared at the Gloucester Quarter Sessions accused of stealing a piece of needlework and other articles. Joseph was acquitted but Esther was sentenced to 2 months hard labour. I wonder what happened to their children while they were "inside".

Oh my goodness, Elizabeth. What information to find on your ancestors!

Mine as well Elizabeth - when I found my birth family I found that my 'father' had been in prison after being caught robbing a grocery store and having a shoot out with the police. no

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+11 votes
This is my 13th week.

My in the paper is my grandfather Numa Broadway (Broadway-64)   the local paper did a nice story about the new fire station, that included my grandparents who had sold their home of 50+ year to allow it to be build.
by Brandi Morgan G2G6 Mach 1 (18.6k points)
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My 13th of 13:

My grandfather, Willard Thiessen, was featured in several editions of the Cedar Rapids [Iowa] Gazette and named in a Denver newspaper. On 11 Jul 1961, he was aboard United Airlines Flight 859 when it crashed during landing at Stapleton Airport in Denver Colorado, killing 18 and injuring 84. My grandfather helped many people escape the burning airplane that day and was interviewed several times.

by Traci Thiessen G2G6 Pilot (158k points)
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A very short newspaper mention got me thinking... "A pretty little wedding was celebrated at the Wesleyan Chapel on Monday morning, the Bridegroom being Mr William Smith, of Woodville and the bride Miss Minnie Mackellow, daughter of John Mackellow, cabinet maker, of Ashby." (The Leicester Chronicle and Leicestershire Mercury, Saturday 2 November, 1899   via FindMyPast.co.uk)

This was 28 October 1889, when did the trend (In the UK anyway) begin that weddings were almost always on Saturdays? Now Fridays and Thursday seem to be more popular, but I doubt many people in 2019 would get married on a Monday morning?

by Alison Wilkins G2G6 Mach 2 (29.8k points)
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My 4th great-grandparents Aaron and Phoebe Pierce Kneeland were profiled in the Newburyport News for having 62 living descendants in 1906.  The article includes a photo of them taken in 1899 on their 65th wedding.

Here's the photo from a book about homes in Gerogetown, Massachusetts. 

by Bret Cantwell G2G6 Mach 1 (10.4k points)
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None of my ancestors worked in journalism (that I know of) or were famous or notorious, so references to them in newspapers are few, but they are available, I finally broke down this week and shelled out for an "All Access" subscription to Newspapers.com. I was seeing some references to relatives and I needed the subscription to read the articles. So far, it's been worth it. I've begun to work on spouses and children of my aunts and uncles (in other words, my cousins.) I started with my aunt, Averilla Gilcrease Deubler. Without being able to see the Arizona newspaper archives it would be difficult to fill out details about her family. Obituaries, of course, are particularly useful to find out their descendents, but I've also found out things about organizations they belonged to, what their occupations were, and who they worked for, in other words, how they lived their "dash." (reference to a poem by Linda Ellis, The Dash Poem)

Edit: This is my 13th week of participation.

by Nelda Spires G2G6 Pilot (287k points)
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My 4G-great-grandfather Lt. Marshall English was written about in the newspaper after he was accidentally killed at Fort McHenry in 1813.  This would have been one year before the events that inspired the Star-Spangled Banner.

Melancholy Occurrence On Wednesday night last, at Fort McHenry, Lieut. Marshall English, of Capt. Buffman’s artillery company then on duty at the fort, was unfortunately shot by a centinel whom it is said, he was imprudently attempting to surprise and disarm. Lieut. English, it appears had seized hold of the centinel’s musket, a struggle ensued, during which the piece was discharged and put a period to his existence. A coroner’s inquest was held over the body, who decided that the discharge of the musket was accidental. The deceased was an active and industrious citizen and has left a widow and several small children to deplore his loss.
The Centinel,(Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) April 28, 1813

by Geoffrey Crofton G2G6 (6.8k points)
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My great grandfather, Fred Orange Pinckney, was in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on a number of occasions.  He was in there for his 60 year anniversary, he was in there for various water/well issues that were happening in Santa Cruz, and his obituary was in the Sentinel as well.  Two of the articles are posted on his profile page.

by William Catambay G2G6 Mach 2 (22.0k points)
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I'm caught up!!! Woo Hoo!!!! My Grandmother, Julia Alberta (Curtis) Counce and a few of her children made it into this blog, which was also published in a general help genealogical group on Facebook, my Facebook Timeline, and in my Twitter account.

by T Counce G2G6 Mach 6 (63.2k points)
Also my 13th week of participation in this challenge...much better than I did last year :)
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I am pretty sure this is my great grandfather but I have been unable to prove it. 

Andrea Martinucci

Feb 21 1893 San Francisco Call


A Sick Petaluman Robbed and Beaten

He Fell in a Fit and the Good Samaritans Stole His Property.

 Andrew Martinucci was a prosperous saloon-keeper in Petaluma three weeks ago, but becoming tired of the business sold it on the 10th inst. and came to this city to have a good time. Amoung other places that he visited was a dance hall on Kearny Street and there he fell among thieves.

While talking to two of the female waters he fell in a fit on the floor and four young men who were in the place rushed to him and rubbed him until the glow returned to his cheeks. He thanked the them and said that they had played the part of good Samaritans, but when he thrust his fingers in his pockets he found that he had been robbed of a silver watch which valued at $35. He had $260 in greenbacks in his hip pocket, but the money had not been touched.

Martinucci complained about the loss of his watch and intimated that the good Samaritans had robbed him. They heard him and with one accord proceeded to the place where he sat and flung him upon the floor, when they kicked and beat him until he was full of soreness. One of the proprietors of the saloon who entered while the Petaluman was being beaten, blew a police whistle, and Martinucci’s assailants fled. When he was able to search his pockets he found that another watch valued at $25 had been stolen from him. He told his story to the police, and described his assailants as well as he could. The saloon-keeper helped him out, and Officer Joseph Conboy was detailed to find the thieves. Conboy began his search for the men last night, and was successful in capturing them within an hour. They were Dennis Lawler, ex-convict: james Morgan, burlar; Frank Kearney, thief, and George Seeley, vagrant. They were charged with robbery, and on and all professed innocence.

by Lance Martin G2G6 Mach 9 (94.2k points)
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George Ferris Anderson was a bootlegger in Washington State! At the time he was going by the name Robert Harrison.

"Testimony Is Sensational in Liquor Conspiracy Case" 1927 September 16 Chehalis Bee Nugget (Chehalis, Washington)

by Azure Robinson G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
+7 votes

I think this is my first week on this? 

One of my Great-Great Grandmothers made the paper in Missouri when she voted for the first time at 92 years old. She wanted to make sure that Roosevelt won! 


by Alicia Taylor G2G6 Mach 4 (44.7k points)
Welcome to the party! :-)
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This is week 13 for me and I'd like to share my 3G grandmother, Charlotte Amor.  Her birth was never registered (or it's missing) and so I thought I would never have her actual birthdate.  I found a lovely article in the newspaper on her 95th birthday and only shortly before she died.  Obviously not a primary source but I'll take what I can get.

Her husband also had a lot written about him in the paper and I am planning to write a biography for him based on all I've found.  I knew almost nothing about him before getting into newspapers.

by Susie O'Neil G2G6 (8.0k points)
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In the paper. Several people have shown up in various Newspapers but my Great Grandfather made the Chilliwack Times as ploughing champion so many times that the year he didn't compete, he still overshadowed the poor winner as the article started by saying that his retirement allowed XXX to win the overall competition. Great for me but my heart goes out to the poor overshadowed winner.
by Lynlee OKeeffe G2G6 Mach 1 (16.5k points)
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Other than the pic of my Dad on duty as police officer, which I still can’t find, the only time family were in the paper - Hatch, Match and Dispatch columns. Ho hum....
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
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My 4th great-uncle, Robert J.H. Handy, was in the papers more than once, for a variety of reasons; he was a musician, and by all accounts a skilled and popular banjo player and singer, and gave concerts with a group called the Washington Euterpeans (one advertisement for one of their concerts refers to him as "the celebrated Ethiopian delineator Mr. Robert J.H. Handy", which apparently means that he performed minstrelsy, possibly in blackface; the past, as they say, is another country; they do things differently there).

He was in the papers again a year or two after he'd given his last concert and obtained a commission as a lieutenant in the US Revenue Marine (forerunner of the Coast Guard); he was serving on the US Revenue Cutter Morris, stationed in Staten Island, and a statue of John C. Calhoun that had been carved by an American sculptor in Italy was lost off of Fire Island when the ship carrying it back to the US sank; Robert was called on by his commanding officer to dive in where the shipwreck was, and was able to identify the statue (he latrer received a reward and the thanks of the South Carolina legislature).

He was in the papers again, about a year afterward; he'd been transferred to Wilmington, Delaware, and was serving aboard the cutter Forward, which called at Havana; there had been an expedition to Cuba, led by one Narciso Lopez, who sought to liberate Cuba from Spanish rule and enlisted a number of Americans. The expedition failed, and a good many of Lopez' mercenaries/soldiers were taken prisoner by the Spanish. One of the prisoners was a Robert Ellis, from Washington, DC, who was a friend and former schoolmate of Robert Handy's; he got permission to go ashore and intercede with the Spanish captain-general on Ellis' behalf, and succeeded in getting him released (sparing him from execution, and resulting in a testimonial from the men of the Forward in the form of a letter to the Delaware Journal).

by C Handy G2G6 Pilot (103k points)
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52 Ancestors, Week 13, In the Paper: My first cousin, 3x removed, William Orleander "Bill" CHISHOLM 
"The Franklin Advocate, December 21, 1899, A Brutal and Cowardly Murder " There are two news paper articles - there were more, but two are on his page.

by Sheri Taylor G2G6 Mach 2 (24.6k points)
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For my 52 Ancestors week 13, "In the Papers" post, I decided to upload a love story I found in the papers about my great-grand Aunt Emma A.M. Lang. She died of a broken heart. 


by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (822k points)
+4 votes
I'll never forget the first time I found a newspaper mention related to someone in my tree. I located Thomas Reynolds (1824–1901) my 2nd great-grandfather in the Worcestershire Chronicle – Sat 14 May 1881

Thomas is mentioned as having received Emblems of the Order at an Oddfellows dinner held at the Red Lion Inn. The award was given for long and valuable services rendered in connection with the Widow’s and Orphans’ Fund of the Lodge.

I found this touching as he seems to have grown up without parents himself...

by Eileen Reynolds G2G3 (3.4k points)
+3 votes

My grandmother Helen Fry (AKA Hatchell) was in trouble with the law from time-to-time. In the 1920's she was arrested for Bigamy!!

by Bart Triesch G2G6 Pilot (252k points)
+3 votes

Don't know how I missed this week but I have an ancestral anecdote that fits perfectly so I'll answer it, even though I'm late. 

My maternal grandfather, William Gray Osborne (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Osborne-5538), was "In the Paper" when he was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii during WWII.  There was a swimmer attempting a long distance swim in Honolulu Bay who was struggling and in danger of drowning.  My grandfather and two others swam out to rescue the swimmer.  The two others were "taken with cramps" and it was with difficulty that my Grandfather saved all three!  

by Susan Yarbrough G2G6 Mach 2 (27.9k points)

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