Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Theopolis Deneau

Well, because I continue to hit brickwall after brickwall with my GG Grandparents Charles and Katherine Ball, I have decided to change course for a short while. Believe me, I am not giving up on researching Charles and Katherine, just taking a short break from their branch of my family tree.
Theopolis Deneau or Theophile Deno (Denno) is another one of my maternal GG Grandfathers. Theopolis married Belle Boudreau in January of 1881 in Newton County, Indiana. Unfortunately he died in June of that same year. At this point in time it seems that there is no death certificate for Theopolis. His death is not listed on the Newton County death index. I have been in contact with Newton County, Indiana GenWeb Coordinator Beth Bassett who has been an absolute gem! I asked Beth if there may have been a death notice published in the local Kentland, Indiana newspaper. The reason I was focusing on the Kentland area was because Theopolis and Belle Deneau's daughter Eva Belle was born in Kentland, Indiana in December of 1881. Despite researching the Kentland Gazette for the entire year of 1881, Beth was unable to locate any information on my GG Grandfather. Beth informed me that newspapers "very seldom printed obits for people unless they were business people, or church people." I cannot thank Beth enough for all the time and effort she put into to helping me with my family research. Theopolis may have died in a different town or even a different county in Indiana. I really don't know. I believe that he is buried in the Dehner Cemetery (AKA, St. Anthony's Cemetery) in Benton County, Indiana. Without a death certificate or a published death notice I might not get too far, so my next area to research will be the Dehner Cemetery. Cemeteries should keep burial records, I might just get lucky. A burial record may also give me the town Theopolis resided in at the time of his death. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I may learn more about another GG Grandfather! A road trip may be in my future!

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The Family

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Genealogy Pox, author unknown


SYMPTOMS: Continual complaint as to need for names, dates and places. Patient has a blank expressions, sometimes deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses.
Has a compulsion to write letters. Swears at mailman when he doesn't leave mail. Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins, and remote desolate country areas. Makes secret night calls and hides phone bills from spouse. Mumbles to self. Has strange, faraway look in eyes.


TREATMENT: Medication is useless. This disease is not fatal, but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogical magazines and be given a quiet corner in the house where he/she can be alone.

REMARKS: The unusual nature of this disease is that the sicker the patient gets, the more he or she enjoys it!