July 2019 Biography Builders - People who died in July

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This month’s Bio Builders Challenge theme is people who died in July.

Thank you for your support.

Here's our checklist:

Data Section:

  • birth date/place
  • names of parents
  • marriage date/place and spouse name
  • names of children, if any
  • death date/place

Biography Section:

  • Written (full) sentences stating the facts above, adding inline sources to each fact.
  • Is the profile '''Genealogically Defined?'''
  • As a general rule biographies should be in your own words. Paraphrase and rewrite, don't copy/paste.
  • Baptism, burial, military, and other life events with inline sources.
  • Something to "humanize" the person, such as career or avocation with sources.
  • List of children with at least one pertinent fact.
  • Some list siblings. (I think this takes up real estate.)
  • Explanatory remarks, if needed (e.g. disputed persons information, Research Notes, whatever needs extra explaining).
  • Photos or pictures, background. Not a must, but nice (you need to own the copyright unless they are in the public domain).
  • Categories.
  • Connection to the Global Tree.
  • All duplicates merged or initiated.
  • Links to persons and events, perhaps from Wikipedia.
  • Historical context as related to the person's life.
  • Sources, Sources, Sources.

You can see some ideas on where to find some of this information on the Biography Builders space page.

Use "comments" below to ask questions.

NOTE: Biography Builders will not show on the tracker. Please add a list to your answer.

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (187k points)

25 Answers

+16 votes
Ernest Miller Hemingway, the writer, was born July 21, 1899 at Oak Park, Cook Co., Illinois, and died July 2, 1961 at Ketchum, Blaine Co., Idaho


My 8th cousin once removed. Most recent common ancestor is Ralph (Hemingway) Hemenway
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2m points)

Frank, I grew up in Oak Park, Illinois which was not incorporated until 1902. Ernest was born in Cicero and that was his residence in 1900.  He lived in the best part of town at 600 North Kenilworth. Trulia has a picture of the house which is currently valued at $658,918. Frank Lloyd Wright's home was a few blocks away.

I hope that helps a bit on your project. You may need it when you try genealogically defining a man with four wives. :)

+11 votes
I am in for this month.
by Anonymous Barnett G2G6 Pilot (454k points)
+12 votes

I had hoped to complete 50, but life happened and several took many days to complete.  Most of these have been orphaned and are up for grabs by relatives.

 1. John Snyder Rohrbaugh died 16 Jul 1914 

 2. Ida May (Mantel) Robenstine died 13 Jul 1969

 3. Anna Marie (Selzer) Robenstine died 16 Jul 1990 

 4. Roy “Newton” Robenstine died 13 Jul 1967 

 5. George Washington Swartz died 1 Jul 1881 (One of two orphans that took a week each to research and write.  The other I worked on for a week and gave up because I wanted to get 50 done.  I'll finish him later.) 

 6. Edward Neff died 1 Jul 1994

 7. Anthony Rohrbach died 3 Jul 1880

 8. Samuel Mummert died 4 Jul 1911

 9. Charles Olin Adams died 5 Jul 1963

10.  Edward Wolfgang died 6 Jul 1943

11. Anna Maria (Snyder) Rohrbaugh died 6 Jul 1887

12.  Muriel Liggitt died 8 Jul 1960

13.  Faith Appleby died 8 Jul 1993

14. Laura Bell Arnold O'Neill died 9 Jul 1941

15. Ralph Wolfgang died 9 Jul 1942

16. Lewis Roy Wedding died 09 Jul 1966

17. Florence Gertrude Murray died 10 Jul 1886. 

18. Mary Kathryn (Mummert) Altland died 11 Jul 2012  

19. George V. Masemer died 13 Jul 1926

20. Keturah (Stanton) Mulford died 13 Jul 1915

21. Ethel Frances Stauffer died 13 Jul 1921 

22. Otis Spitler died 13 Jul 1959

23. Curtis Robenstine died 14 Jul 1937

24. Cyril J. O'Neill died 14 Jul 1944

25. Wilber Howard Rabenstein died 15 Jul 1974

26.  Ralph Silas Morris died 16 Jul 1945

27. William Roscoe Bonsal died 17 Jul 1979

28. Paul Robenstine died 18 Jul 1970 

29. Richard Stanton died 20 Jul 1873 

30. Elizabeth Montgomery (Clement) Kille died 21 Jul 1962 

List continued in another message.

by Kathy Rabenstein G2G6 Pilot (198k points)
edited by Kathy Rabenstein
+12 votes

I'll do a few this month!

  1. Alexandre Lanclos-53, d. 15 Jul 1855
  2. Eleonore Lanclos-103, d. 8 Jul 1814, child
  3. Unnamed Infant Rivette-60, d. 28 Jul 1867, newborn
  4. Marie Odile Rivette-80, d. 15 Jul 1858, child
  5. Alvin J. Rivet-588, d. 8 Jul 1968
  6. Hazel Brasseaux-108, d. 2 Jul 2014
  7. Catherine Rivet-565, d. 3 Jul 1996
  8. Marie Sidonize Guidroz-70, d. 8 Jul 1842
  9. Noah Peter Anderson-45504, d. 20 Jul 1947
  10. John Jessie Holden-3943, d. 24 Jul 1933

I also worked on this profile, Alfred Rivette-18 -- a profile I adopted a while back which showed death date in July. While fixing up his bio I realized his death date was really in March, but he deserved a biography anyway!

by Joyce Rivette G2G6 Mach 6 (63.4k points)
edited by Joyce Rivette
+13 votes

I'm looking forward to this month's challenge!  1/12th of my tree with known death dates should be a big pool to choose from!

Special thanks to Bob for all his hard work for this project and also special thanks for going to bat for us to get a sticker last month.  It was a rough reception and Bob handled it with grace and poise.  Thanks for all you do!


1. John Mullins (abt. 1718 - 01 Jul 1772)

2. Rebecca Susannah (George) Baty (1840 - 1867)

3. George William Hitchler (1859 - 1915)

4. Karl Johann (Olofson Harts) Helgren (1845 - 1929)

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (767k points)
edited by SJ Baty
Indeed!  Thanks Bob for everything you do to make this a fun project.
+11 votes
by es n G2G1 (2k points)
edited by es n
+11 votes

Great theme.  I am in this month.

1. Edwin White died July 27, 1880

2. Lewis Armistead died July 3, 1863

3.  Ann Tibbets Starbuck died July 29, 1736

4. William Clifford Pruett died July 23, 1968

5. Mary Starbuck Folger   died July 22, 1763

6. William Hamilton Pruett died July 29, 1902

7.  William Ungewitter died July 30, 1899

8.  Jehu Higgins Pruett died July 24, 1866

by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (179k points)
edited by Caryl Ruckert
Great profile on Armistead!
+9 votes
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
edited by Anne B
+8 votes
by Traci Thiessen G2G6 Pilot (105k points)
edited by Traci Thiessen
+6 votes
I will participate this month.
by Star Kline G2G6 Pilot (521k points)
+11 votes

I will be joining in this month. My grandfather died this month (in 1978), and I've been researching him for a while. Seems like a great month to honor him and his service in two wars. So, I will start with him. 

  1. John Inglett - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Inglett-138
  2. Charity Brackin https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Brackin-230
  3. Calvin Streets https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Streets-140
  4. Lydall Henderson - my grandmother's sister: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Henderson-15536
  5. Matilda Price Spencer https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Price-17576
  6. James Holcott Crooke https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Crooke-284
  7. Dorothy Rose Hiemeyer https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hiemeyer-2
  8. Patilla Leach https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Leach-5183
  9. Annette Newman https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Newman-8612
  10. Helen Treasia Carnley https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Carnley-105
  11. Susan Gladys Adams https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Adams-38921
  12. Herman Annis https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Annis-517
  13. Matilda Price Spencer https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Price-17576
  14. Anita Ruth Manwiller https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Manwiller-12
  15. Drucilla Burkett https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Burkett-1180
  16. William Adam Crooke https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Crooke-200 
  17. Addison Price https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Price-17599
  18. Alice Lucy Ray https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Ray-7845
  19. Amanda Cameron Harding https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Harding-5667
  20. Albert Price https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Price-17594
  21. Ferby Huston https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Huston-1047
  22. Chris C Morris https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Morris-17312
  23. Ida Baty https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Baty-400
  24. Phoebe Streets (I started her profile and had the wrong date in her bio. Doing her profile, I found the correct source. She did not die in July, but I didn't discover that until I realized the death date was incorrectly sourced originally. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Streets-167
  25. Elizabeth Powers https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Powers-5695
  26. George W Baty https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Baty-325
  27. Lucy Price https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Price-17680
  28. Sophie Alice Daniels https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Daniels-5555
  29. Alice Ruth Cole https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Cole-19504
  30. Sarah Elizabeth Dunn https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Dunn-12719
  31. Franklin Hayes Stout https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Stout-5143
by Alicia Taylor G2G6 Mach 3 (33.1k points)
edited by Alicia Taylor
Nice bios Alicia.  Well done.
What a lot of work on Streets.  I love all the extra history you added--a real treasure for the future.
Thank you. Did you also look at John Inglett? I really worked on his a lot, too. He was my grandfather and my dad and I spent an hour on the phone just talking about him. It inspired me to work on him.
Very nice tribute to your grandfather.  Only an hour on the phone?  That is an average day with my mother (I start yawning about 40 minutes in).
Thank you Caryl!
You're welcome and the Inglett profile is excellent.
I enjoyed reading the Inglett profile! Is it possible he boxed in the Navy? Boxing was popular on the ships.

Thank you!

I am not sure. His brother said that he was "Golden Gloves", which isn't the Navy, I don't think. The YMCA ran that, so I reached out to them.

My dad isn't much of a talker in person, much less on the phone. He is excited that I am interested in his dad, I think. My dad is a welder and works welding ships for the Navy. He loves all the ships and really wanted to know more about them. He also had so many memories to share.
That is wonderful!  Keep at him.  I'm sure he has more to say if you can wheedle it out of him.  My brother and one nephew are like that.  Never ask a question that can be answered "yes" or "no" or that is all you'll get.  Our parents won't be here forever.  I regret that I didn't probe my great-aunts and uncles more.
+9 votes

Great theme. I will do several this month.

1. Eugene P. Summerson - died July 1, 1946. My great-grandfather; beginning to research him was one of my gateways into genealogy several years ago! I consider this bio "improved" but not "finished."

2. Sarah Miller Summerson - died July 8, 1921

by Lauren Hopkins G2G2 (2.3k points)
edited by Lauren Hopkins
I always consider the profiles "Improved" but not finished. We never know what we will find along the way. These people lived many years. Summing them up in a couple of paragraphs hardly feels finished :D
Very well done bio of Summerson.  Isn't it wonderful that many of the passport applications are online now?  They are a great source for all kinds of information since they were completed by the applicant.
+7 votes
I've got a few to choose from this month I'll see what I can get accomplished.
by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Mach 6 (66.1k points)
+9 votes
by LaMyra Morton G2G4 (4.5k points)
edited by LaMyra Morton
+7 votes

I'm in again!

#1 Charles Molloy attached Autosomal DNA chart showing matches to descendants of Laurence/Lawrence family

#2 Minnie Obray d. 5th July 1965

#3 Mary Walker nee Whiting d. 1st July 1863 added profiles for 2nd husband and children

#4 Betty Sherman late Childs nee Ristbridge d. 7th July 1874 added profiles for 2nd husband and children

#5 Martha Louisa Gilbert late Day nee Lumbers d. July 1929

#6 Florence Nott nee Wennan supposedly died/buried 12th July 1816

#7 George Henry Sandwell died 15th July 1938 - I'm still working on this one as he was very busy during his life! Created profiles for both wives and children.

#8 John Feak(e)s d. 18th July 1846 ...173 years ago today! Added profiles for his children

#9 Richard Phillpott Found his gravestone and added photo to profile - added death date 3rd July 1919

#10 Charles Laurence d. 30 July 1880 - added a category, tidied text and added profile for son

#11 Susan Nunn nee Feaks d. 31st July 1881 - added profiles for children, tabulated 1881 census details

#12 Nancy Ray Johnson nee Blackbourn d. 25th July 1838 - added profiles for children

#13 Phoebe Jane Lavell nee Curnick d. 22nd July 1978 Added 1901 census details and tabulated other census details

#14 Thomas Curnick d. 25 July 1883 Added grave details

#15 Susan Prudence Molloy d. 10th July 1845 Added source for death and added "died young" template

#16 Jane Campbell late Micklewright nee Harding d. 23rd July 1922 Added profiles for children

#17 Hannah Walford nee Preese Added in census details - adding profiles for children and parents

by Michelle Wilkes G2G6 Pilot (115k points)
edited by Michelle Wilkes
+7 votes

I am in again this month, have a few to review, okay its the last day not sure where the month went but here are a few I have done some work on.

1. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Elliott-6378 my nana needs a little more work

2. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Knight-13849 added several sources and wife - no details of 2 children found

3. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Firbank-10

4. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Elgey-18

5. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Elgey-11

by Janet Wild G2G6 Pilot (118k points)
edited by Janet Wild
+9 votes

Just finished the Cornish poet and novelist Jack Clemo, who died July 1994. A bio built with nearly all my Wikitree hats piled onto my head: Notables, England, Cornwall, BioBuilders and (a non-Wikitree hat) Poetry!

by Sally Douglas G2G6 Mach 2 (29.3k points)
WOW. How much is your hat blocking bill?
Now that's a profession you don't see much today!  (Hat blocking, not poetry)
+5 votes
Standards have changed since I last submitted profiles to biobuilders. I have about eleven profiles I can revisit to get up to standards. With my computer(s) in bits and pieces not sure if I can get them by the end of the month.
by Pat Credit G2G6 Mach 7 (72.6k points)
Pat, Whatever standards were in place when the profiles were entered control the bio. However, it doesn’t hurt to go back and bring them up to the current standards at your leisure.
+7 votes
Hi Bob,

I'm in.

Walter Brooke-452

Martha Chapin-953

Amasa Chapin-1690

John Walker-749

Andris Skjefte-4
by Cheryl Skordahl G2G6 Pilot (184k points)
edited by Cheryl Skordahl
+7 votes

I'm in for this month

1. Freeman Harry Beers - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Beers-1724

2. Johnny Harrison Beers - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Beers-1723

3. Myrlin Raymond Card - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Card-1179

4. Lulu C. McCain - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/McCain-763

5. Lulu A. Simpson - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Simpson-14862

6. Blanche B Beers - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Beers-1725

7. Grace W. Wilson - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Wilson-63243

8. Cora May Francis - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Francis-6134

9. Louis Lyman VanNatter - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/VanNatter-120

10. Katharine Angelina Claas - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Claas-87

11. Lewis Krebs - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Krebs-741

12. Helen Edith Hancock - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hancock-6647

by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Mach 2 (25.6k points)
edited by Jennifer Robins

I saw Lulu Simpson and thought we were related, smiley then I read the bio and found she was in Minnesota, not Ohio.crying

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