First, is Curtis your married name, and if so does your husband also have ancestors from Lorain County?We have a Sheldon > Obitts > Forbes > Curtis connection, some of them at rest in the LaGrange Twp. Cemetery. Just Curious.
Second, a question:I understand that your father’s real surname was Altmeyer from your messages.Is this correct?
Third, my usual DISCLAIMER:The following is all subject to your verification.It is pieced together from documentation that, by itself, would not be considered substantial enough to support a proper genealogical outline.It is only provided here to begin to organize “what you know” and then to help you with further leads to verify from the usual accepted sources.In other words, the following would be considered “poor” genealogy, but then it will hopefully open up some doors for you.
Fourth, I’m having difficulty finding this Altmeyer family in the 1900 US Census, which would be helpful.
Fifth, and now onto the attempt to organize some of your family history… I’m putting together the following based on (a) your first and second messages, (b) my initial research with obituaries and so on, and (c) some additional census look-ups and tidbit findings.
(Your) Great-grandfather Altmeyer, b. Ohio, m. Great-grandmother ____________ , b. in Missouri.
They had children:
(Not necessarily in this order)
Louis S., b. about 1885 per your notes, m. Catherine Murphy
Peter K. b. about 1888 in West Virginia, m. Ella _____ b. about 1889 (source 1910 US Census).They had children Jack b. about 1911 and Evelyn b. about 1914 (source 1930 US Census, possibly other children could apply).
Byron. b. about 1891 in Ohio, d. Jul 17, 1937, m. Mae _______ . (sources 1910 US Census, obituary notice at Cleveland Public Library).
Verne, b. about 1900 (sources same as Byron)
Mrs. KA Daugherty,
Mrs. Bruce L. Peter
(One of the above may be the Father of James, or there is another child not noted in Byron’s obituary.One of the above may be “Mrs. Lillian _______” referred to in Louis S. Altmeyer’s Obituary).
[Note: Peter K (head) is living in Lorain Ward 1, Lorain County, OH, per the 1910 US Census, married to Ella (wife) and living with Byron (brother) and Verne (brother).
MURPHY [With additional information from the 1880 US Census, Avon, Lorain County, Ohio]
John Murphy b. Ireland about 1841 m. Anna Cooley b. Ohio about 1850.They had children:
(More children could apply).
Mary E. (b. 1870 Avon, Lorain, OH, d. 24 Dec. 1916, Lorain, OH – cert to be obtained by you from the Ohio Genealogical Society) m. John Dowdell who worked for the B&O RR according to your notes.
Margaret “Maggie” (nickname verified 1880 US Census) (b. 1871, Avon, Lorain County, Ohio, d. Apr 1924, Cuyahoga County, OH, death cert to be obtained by you from the OGS) m. James Reynolds who worked for the B&O RR, per your notes.(Possibly the mother of your father per your message?)
Anna, b. about 1873. married _______ Thorp (see Florence’s obituary notation below).
Florence m. William Waldecker.She was b. about 1876, and d. 17 Nov 1962 (From new source, Cleveland Public Library Obituary reference).“…beloved wife of the late William, dear mother of Jack L. Murphy and the late Mabel Stevens, grandmother of Onni J. and the late Florence M. Murphy, sister of the late Mary Dowdell, Margaret Reynolds, Anna Thorp, Thomas, Catherine Altmeyer, John, James and Leo.Family will receive friends at Corrigan’s Funeral Home, Lorain Ave. at W. 148th St. Funeral Mass Saturday Nov. 17, St. Patrick’s Church (Bridge Ave) at 11:30.Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.
Thomas, b. about 1879 (age 1 in the 1880 US Census).
Catherine m. Louis S. Altmeyer (per your notes, she was b. about 1885).
(Then John, James, & Leo per Florence’s obit notation above – ??).
(Your) Grandfather Altmeyer – b unknown – d. unknown in Train Wreck (between 1910 & 1920)
Grandmother – b. unknown – d. unknown (possibly Margaret Murphy (above), but you are not sure).
Children (all went out for adoption at father’s death – 3 boys and 2 girls):
5 – James Altmeyer (b. 14 Oct 1906, d. June 1982 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH)
Louis S. Altmeyer, was b. about 1885 and d. June 14, 1967 m. Catherine Murphy in January 1904, she was b. about 1885 and d. April 7, 1958.These are the adoptive parents of your father, James.
1 Catherine m. Charles Weekly
[Note, I find a Louis Altmeyer b. Missouri living with Katherine b. Ohio both age 42 in the 1930 US Census, with daughter Katherine age 8 b. Ohio, living with Lillian Walker, age 60, in Holdenville, Hughes, Oklahoma – just a notation because the names line up, as well as “Lillian” referred to in Louis S.’s obituary reference].
Can you fill in any of the blanks?I hope this helps a little bit.Please let me know if you have any questions about the above.