I would love to have obits found for Christine Marie (Hendershot/Hendershott and John Nelson Westervelt, if there's a volunteer in Broward County to help.
One of my cousins from my paternal grandmother's family line, was recently in an antique shop in New Jersey and bought three 1925 piano music books that had names hand written on the front cover. She remembered my Hendershot connections and though this might be a relative to me. She sent me the one book inscribed Tennie Hendershot, as she'd already given the other two away. On one was written Christine Hendershot and on the other, Christine Westervelt.
After doing some research, I do believe that "Teenie" and Christine Marie Hendershot are the same person as Christine Westervelt (her married name to John Nelson Westervelt). I tracked down quite a bit on her, but am still not sure which Hendershot clan she belongs in. I first found her name spelled with two t's in a World Connect Tree when I did a search for the Westerfelt name. Then I found Christine & John N. Westervelt in the 1930 Bernards, Somerset County, New Jersey census & they'd only been married 5 years and didn't have any children at that point. Next I found them on the Florida Death Index and I do think that the second John N. Westervelt on the Florida Death Index was probably their son. Both Johns died the same year, only 2 months apart...interesting.
So I'd say it's most likely that the 1925 piano music was Christine's while she was still living in New Jersey, before they moved to Florida. Right now I'm not sure which clan Christine belongs in. I'm trying to find her in the 1920 census, but have to check a lot of males, since only the head of household is indexed. If any of this rings bells for anyone, please let me know.
When I received the book in the mail last week, I discovered that Christine had hand written the words to the tune, "She's Everbody's Sweetheart But Nobodys Girl" on pages 20 & 21. I've scanned the front cover and will e-mail it to interested parties. I also plan to scan the two pages where she wrote the words to the song.
Database: Florida Death Index, 1992-93 Florida Death Index 1877-1998 Name: Christine M Westervelt Certificate: 60843 Place: Broward Race: W Death Date: 15 May 1993 Birth Date: 28 Mar 1906
Name: John N Westervelt Certificate: 109885 Place: Broward Race: W Death Date: 27 Sep 1993 Birth Date: 26 Aug 1903
Name: John N Westervelt Certificate: 84998 Place: Broward Race: W Death Date: 18 Jul 1993 Birth Date: 16 Jun 1931
1930 census, Bernards, Somerset County, New Jersey - Enumerated April 2, 1930 ED: 2 Sheet: 1B Lines: 69 & 70 Living on Maple Avenue, owns home, $6000, not a farm, has a radio. Westervelt, John N. Head age 26 m- at 21 b- New Jersey parents b- New Jersey Occupation: Foreman - paint company Christine M. Wife age 25 m- at 20 b- New Jersey father b- New Jersey mother b- Pennsylvania
Name: John N Westervelt Age: 26 Estimated birth year: abt 1904 Birthplace: New Jersey Relation to head-of-house: Head Race: White Home in 1930: Bernards, Somerset, New Jersey Image source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Bernards, Somerset, New Jersey; Roll: 1383; Page: ; Enumeration District: 2; Image: 265.0.
Name: Christine M Westervelt Age: 25 Estimated birth year: abt 1905 Relation to head-of-house: Wife Home in 1930: Bernards, Somerset, New Jersey Image source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Bernards, Somerset, New Jersey; Roll: 1383; Page: ; Enumeration District: 2; Image: 265.0.
I hope someone will be able to help me with the rest of Christine's ancestors.