I am trying to gather data on Julia Emily VanDerCook, wife of James Forsyth VanDerCook and her daughter Harriet "Hattie" Vandercook. All three appear in the 1880 US Census as follows:
1880 US Census for West Omaha, Douglas Co., NE Family History Library Film: 1254748 NA Film Number: T9-0748 Page Number: 354A
J. E. VANDERCOOKSelfMMaleW45OHFarmerOHOH Julia E. VANDERCOOKWifeMFemaleW40OHPhysicianCTCT Hattie B. VANDERCOOKDauSFemaleW15NEKeeping HouseOHOH Emily BURDICKMotherWFemaleW75CTBoardingCTCT Eliza M. HERDAuntWFemaleW69NYVisitorCTCT Boyd LEACHOtherSMaleW19ILLaborerCANCAN Geo. MAYFIELDOtherSMaleW28TXLaborerTXTX John LAMPHEREOtherSMaleW21WILaborerNYNY Jacob SEARCHOtherSMaleW18ILWorkmanPAPA
Julia had previously married Elias CLOSE on 29 June, 1854 in Sandusky Co., OH. Unfortunately, Mr. Close died about four months after the marriage. Julia then married James Forsyth VanDerCook 5 December, 1863 at Clyde, Sandusky Co., OH. Harriet, born circa 1865 in Nebraska, appears to have been their only child.
I have solid information on James F. VanDerCook. He died 20 January, 1904 in Florence and lies buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Omaha. However, I have been unable to trace either Julia or Harriet. Did Julia take a third husband? Did Harriet ever marry? I have been a VanDerCook family reasearcher for well over 20 years and am trying to clear up a few details in this line. Based on what I have found so far, it seems likely that Julia was one of the first women physicians practicing in Nebraska.