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Alpheus McClelland Rote (1865 - 1936)

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Alpheus McClelland Rote
Born in Perry County, Pennsylvania, USAmap
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Husband of — married [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Rote-6 created 29 May 2013 | Last modified | Last edit: 29 Jun 2017
01:15: Pamela Lloyd edited the Biography for Alpheus Rote. (Updates to Timeline, Categories; minor bio changes; added inline references) [Thank Pamela for this]
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Categories: Lloyd-1428 | Lloyd-1428 Source Clean-Up Required | Cumberland County, Pennsylvania | Dauphin County, Pennsylvania | Lawrence County, Pennsylvania | Perry County, Pennsylvania.


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Biography

Alpheus McClelland Rote was born March 1865 in Perry County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of William Rote and Martha Magdalena, also called Martha.

Alpheus Rote and Ella Ward married in 1883. In 1884, Alpheus was listed in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania City Directory, as was his mother, then a widow, at a separate address. Alpheus also appears in the Harrisburg city directories for 1890 through 1896. In 1884, Alpheus was listed as working as a laborer; in later directories, as a brakeman, and then as a fireman. (Note: The term fireman probably referred to railroad fireman, sometimes called a stoker. See Fireman (steam engine) on Wikipedia for more information.)

Most of the 1890 US Census records were destroyed in a fire, including those most likely to list Alpheus and Ella.

Alpheus and Ella are listed in the 1900 US Census for New Castle, Pennsylvania. Alpheus' occupation is given as "Heater Tin Mill." Ella is reported as having given birth to 7 children, of whom 6 had survived. There were six children living in the home:

  1. Mabel, daughter, b. April 1886 (14)
  2. Galen, son, b. March 1888 (12)
  3. John, son, b. February 1893 (7)
  4. Emma, daughter, b. April 1895 (5)
  5. Howard, son, b. June 1897 (2)
  6. Minnie, daughter, b. August 1899 (9 months)

On 24 June 1908, the Rote home was struck by lightning, as reported in the June 26, 1908 issue of the New Castle News (the newspaper of New Castle, PA).

In the 1910 census, Alpheus and Ella are shown as still living in New Castle. Alpheus is working "Odd Jobs," and Ella is listed as having 5 children, with 5 surviving. (Note the discrepancy with the information in the 1880 census.) The children in the home are: Mabel, Gail [sic] W., John, Emma, and Howard. Minnie, the youngest, had died sometime since the previous census.

In the 1920 census, Alpheus and Ella are still living in New Castle. Alpheus is now reported to be a Storekeeper working at a Confectionery Store. Living with Alpheus and Ella are their children, John, probably working in sales in the Phonograph industry, and two grandchildren, John H. and Ella L. Faller, Mabel's children, Mabel then being deceased.

In the 1930 census, Alpheus and Ella are still living in New Castle. Alpheus is now listed as the Proprietor of a Confectionary Store, which he owns. Living with them are their daughter, Emma O. Cavander (I think this is a misspelling of Cavender), and three grandchildren, Anna G. Cavander, Henry J. Faller, and Ella L. Faller.

Alpheus died September 29, 1936 and Ella died November 14, 1936. Their obituaries report that Ella Faller was still living with them at the times of their deaths.

Note: Alpheus was sometimes referred to as Alphus or Alfred in documents. His grandson says he thought his grandfather's name was Amos, and it's possible he used that name when among friends and family.[1]

Timeline

  • Residence (1870) Shiremanstown, Lower Allen, Cumberland, Pennsylvania[2]
  • Residence (1880) Eberlys Mill, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States[3]
  • Residence (1884) Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA[4]
  • Occupation (1884) Laborer, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA[5]
  • Residence (1890) Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA[6]
  • Occupation (1890) Brakeman, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA[7]
  • Residence (1892) Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA[8]
  • Residence (1893) Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA[9]
  • Residence (1894) Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA[10]
  • Residence (1895) Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA[11]
  • Residence (1896) Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA[12]
  • Residence (1899) New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, USA[13]
  • Residence (1900) Newcastle Ward 7, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, USA[14]
  • Residence (24 Jun 1908) New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, USA[15]
  • Residence (1910) New Castle Ward 6, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, USA[16]
  • Residence (1920) New Castle Ward 6, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, USA[17]
  • Residence (1930) New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania[18]
  • Death (29 Sep 1936) [19]

Research Notes

  • 1870 United States Federal Census, entry for Alpheus Rote in household of William Rote
  • 1880 United States Federal Census, entry for Alfred Rote in household of Wm. Rote
  • 1900 United States Federal Census, entry for Alphus M Rote and family
  • 1910 United States Federal Census, entry for A M Rote and family
  • 1920 United States Federal Census, entry for Alphus M Rote and family
  • 1930 United States Federal Census, entry for Alpheus M Rote and family
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Directories, 1887-90, entry for Alpheus M. Rote, 1890
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonite Vital Records, 1750-2014, entry for Alpheus Rote, son of Martha Rote
  • New Castle News (New Castle, Pennsylvania), 26 Jun 1908, article "Struck by Bolt of Lightning; Yet are Unhurt"
Transcript:
"Struck by Bolt of Lightning; Yet are Unhurt: Struck by Bolt of Lightening; Yet are Unhurt: Electrical Storm Plays Queer Tricks With City Engineers, a Young Woman and a Horse."
To be rendered unconscious and then knocked out of carriage by a lightning bolt and still escape unhurt, is the remarkable experience of three of the members of the city’s engineering corps while engaged in city survey work on Willard street Wednesday afternoon.The three men, Assistant Engineer C. E. Kimbrough and Assistants Stanley Tresser and Leslie Wilson, were sitting in the two-seated crackey which stood under a tree near the home of Alpheus Rote at No. 55 Willard street. There had been practically no violent electrical demonstration near them, when suddenly the corner of the Rote home was struck by a bolt of lightning.For several seconds a bluish-green flame played all about the house and the tree under which the horse and carriage with the three men in it stood. Kimbrough and Wilson were knocked out of the carriage and fell to the ground. The horse was knocked senseless and did not recover for several minutes.Neither men nor beast were hurt in the slightest that they could notice, save that the two who had been knocked out of the carriage were slightly bruised. The Rote home was badly wrecked, portions of the timbers being hurled many feet away.Sitting near the window of the room at the corner of the house which was struck by the lightning, was one of the daughters of the Rotes. She was engaged in putting on a shoe when the bolt struck, and flying debris, consisting of lath, plaster and pieces of studding flew all about her. She escaped without a mark, not even a piece of plaster having struck her.
  • Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993, marriage of Galen W Rote, son of Alpheus Rote and Ella Ward, to Lulu Craun, daughter of Jesse Craun and Mary Beck
  • Pennsylvania 1910 Miracode Index, entry for A M Rote and family
  • Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1964, entry for Alpheus M Rote, son of Wm Rote and Martha Landis
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, New Castle, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1899, entry for Alpheus M Rote
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1884, entry for Alpheus M Rote, Laborer
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1892, entry for Alpheus M Rote, Brakeman
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1893, entry for Alpheus M Rote, Fireman
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1894, entry for Alpheus M Rote, Fireman
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1895, entry for Alpheus M Rote, Fireman
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1896, entry for Alpheus M Rote, Fireman
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1890, entry for Alpheus M Rote, Brakeman
  • Web: Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Obituary Index, 1850-2010, 1936 entry for Am Rote (Ella E Rote also noted)
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Directories, 1887-90, 1884, entry for Rote Alpheus M., laborer, h 1324 N 6th
  • Newspapers.com, citing New Castle News, 16 Nov 1936, Ella E. (Ward) Rote, obituary
Transcript:
"Mrs. Ella E. Rote."
Mrs. Ella E. Rote, aged 75, widow of A. M. Rote, died at her home at 211 Patterson avenue at 6:10 o'clock on Saturday evening. Death resulted from complications.
Mrs. Rote's husband preceded her in death last September 29.
She was born at Mount Holly, Pa, on March 28, 1851, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Ward. She had resided in New Castle for 38 years. She was a member of the Wesley M. E. church, and a life member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union.
Surviving her are three sons, Galen, Sandusky, O., and John C. and Howard J. of New Castle. One daughter, Mrs. Emma Cavender, this city, also survives. Ten grandchildren among them Ella Faller, who made her home with Mrs. Rote, are also left.
Funeral services will be held from the late residence at 211 Patterson avenue on Tuesday, November 17 at 2:30 p. m. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.

Sources

  1. Rote, John, email correspondence, 28 Jun 2017, with Pamela D. Lloyd.
  2. 1870 US Census
  3. 1880 US Census
  4. 1884 Harrisburg City Directory
  5. 1834 Harrisburg City Directory
  6. 1890 Harrisburg City Directory
  7. 1890 Harrisburg City Directory
  8. 1892 Harrisburg City Directory
  9. 1893 Harrisburg City Directory
  10. 1894 Harrisburg City Directory
  11. 1895 Harrisburg City Directory
  12. 1895 Harrisburg City Directory
  13. 1899 New Castle City Directory
  14. 1900 US Census
  15. New Castle News, New Castle, Pennsylvania, 24 Jun 1908
  16. 1910 US Census
  17. 1920 US Census
  18. 1930 US Census
  19. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1964, Death Certificate for Alpheus M Rote, d. 29 Sep 1936
  • "Public Member Trees", database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/51274793/person/13174821390/facts : accessed 28 June 2017), profile for Alpheus McClelland Rote.
  • "Family Tree," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : modified 18 May 2017, 02:30), entry for Alpheus McClelland Rote(PID https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/4:1:LDMF-X8C); contributed by various users.
  • "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZ1J-68S : 8 December 2014), Alfi... Rote in entry for Galan W Rote, 10 Aug 1941; citing Sandusky, Erie, Ohio, reference fn 48275; FHL microfilm 2,023,921.
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWX1-CVV : 10 August 2016), Alfred Rote in household of Wm Rote, Eberlys Mills, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district ED 65, sheet 55B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1121; FHL microfilm 1,255,121.
  • "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2QHR-X61 : 8 December 2014), Alpheus Rote in entry for Galen W Rote and Lulu Craun, 29 Aug 1911; citing Lucas, Ohio, United States, reference ; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 2,132,522.
  • "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZGF-DM2 : 17 October 2014), Alpheus Rote in household of William Rote, Pennsylvania, United States; citing p. 32, family 260, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,831.
  • "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M33L-Q53 : accessed 29 June 2017), Alphus M Rote, Newcastle city Ward 7, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 110, sheet 22B, family 473, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,427.
  • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MG8F-D22 : accessed 29 June 2017), A M Rote, New Castle Ward 6, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 135, sheet 7A, family 128, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1361; FHL microfilm 1,375,374.
  • "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M6Y4-69M : accessed 29 June 2017), Alphus M Rote, New Castle Ward 6, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, United States; citing ED 103, sheet 9A, line 11, family 181, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1586; FHL microfilm 1,821,586.
  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHQD-94H : accessed 29 June 2017), Alpheus M Rote, New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 34, sheet 16A, line 47, family 384, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2060; FHL microfilm 2,341,794.

Acknowledgments

Thank you to Pamela Lloyd for creating WikiTree profile Rote-6 through the import of Lloyd Family Tree (Confirmed).ged on May 28, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Pamela and others.




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