Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Charles Ball and Theophillus Denno

Well, after waiting for quite some time, I received a letter from the Cook County Clerk's Office, indicating that they searched the years 1899 through 1907 and were unable to locate a death certificate for my GG Grandfather Charles Ball. So my search will have to go elsewhere. I am not sure where to look now, but will keep on trying. Of course, I still have no idea when my GG Grandmother Katharine Ball died either. Just another brickwall.
Now, onto another GG Grandfather- Theophillus (Theopolis) Deneau (Denno, Deno). I did receive a copy of my GG Grandparents Belle and Theopolis' marriage certificate, dated January 18, 1881! They were married in Newton County, Indiana as I have mentioned before. It is such an awesome feeling to actually have a copy of the original document. There really is nothing like a vital record to keep an amateur genealogist happy!


ChiGen said...

Just surfed into your blog and I'm curious. Do you have a last-known address for Charles and Katherine in Chicago? If so, it might be worth searching the Chicago Death Index, 1871-1933 to see if any evidence of Charles' death appears there. (It gives address of death and many people died at home.) Post it here, if you have it, and I'll check back to see if I can find anything for you just for fun. Charles' age might also be helpful.

Taylorstales said...

Thank you for your comments. In 1899, Charles is listed as living at 631 Larabee in Chicago. That is the last time he is listed in the Chicago city directories. However, it is not until 1907, when Katherine is living at 5219 S. Wood, Chicago, that she lists herself as a widow in the Chicago directory. I may just request a copy of that microfilm from the FHL and see if Charles is listed there somewhere. Thank you for the suggestion! I surely do appreciate it! Laugh often! Taylorstales

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!