I spent the day trying to reconstruct the life of David Meinhard/Meinhart/Minehardt/Minhard of PA.
I believe him to be the father of my gr-grandmother Cora. I had Cora listed with the surname of "Minehart" as shown on her death certificate, but it appears the name is slightly different in every census! I first find David living at home with his parents: George and Christian MEINHARD on the 1880 Census for Towamensing, Carbon Co., PA. David is aged 11 at this time. Which means he was born in 1869.
I find David MINHART, on the 1900 Census for East Towamensing, Carbon Co., PA., a long with his wife Lillie R. MINHART, and daughters Cora A., aged 5, Mary J., aged 3, and Beulah N, aged 1.
In 1900 I also find James SHELLY, aged 25, b. 1872, along with wife Fietta, aged 26, on the census for East Penn Twnsp., Carbon Co., PA. A long with children> Florence, Mary J., Ida M.?, James E., and Nathan H. All born in PA.
I don't know what happened, but by 1910, the Miracode Index shows a blended family of MEINHARDS and SHELLY'S in Lower Towamensing, Carbon Co., PA.
Although my gr-grandmother Cora does not appear of this family census....it does show her two sister's as well as the SHELLY children, with David MEINHART being the HOH and the new wife "Fietta", aged 36. It says they have been married for eight years. (So, they must have married abt. 1902. If anyone has access to this marriage lisc. or information, I would be greatly appreciative!)
I then find David MEINHART, on the 1920 Census for Bowmanstown, Carbon Co., PA. He is aged 50. Also listed is his wife Fietta, aged 46, daughters Sadie, Carrie, Emma, and one I can't make out. (Possibly Vegua B.?)
In 1930, I find David MEINHARD, aged 62 & wife Fietta, aged 57, still living in Bowmanstown, Carbon Co., PA. At this time the only child living at home is Emma A., aged 20.
I do not know what happened to my gr-grandmother Cora on the 1910 census, but I believe that I have jotted down that she may have married as early as 1912. I'm not certain who gave me that info, but it seems like it's a possibility as I can't find her on the census with her family.
------------------------------------------------------------In 1920 she is listed with her husband>
In the 1920 census for S. Allentown, PA, Lehigh Co.
Name: Joseph Schlegel
Age: 31 years
Estimated birth year: 1888
Home in 1920: South Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania
Marital status: M
Joseph died and in 1930 Cora is remarried:
1930 census for Allentown, Lehigh Co., PA:
Titus Balliet 43
Cora Balliet 35
William Schlegel (stepson) 16
Mabel Schlegel (stepdaughter) 19
Stanley Balliet 3
Helen Balliet 2
Emma Balliet 1
Cora Balliett, worked as a presser for Browns Laundry, in Allentown, PA.
According to her obit posted on April 4, 1968 in the pages of THE MORNING CALL newspaper, Allentown, PA., at the time of Cora's death she had five step-sisters living:
Mrs. Sadie Knappenberger, Northampton, PA.
Mrs. Ronald Roshon, Harrisburg, PA.
Mrs. Emma Hahn, Palmerton, PA. RT. 2
Mrs. Ida Wilhelm, Bethlehem, PA.
Mrs. Mary Bumgartner, Lehighton, PA>
Social Security Death Index shows the following:
Birth: 27 Apr 1895
Death: Apr 1968
Last known mailing address at the time of her death was: 121 South Blank Street, Allentown, Pa.
Cora Balliett died in the Allentown Hospital. She was W/F/Widowed as 72 at her death.
Cora's sister's still need to be found. I've heard rumor that Mary J. MEINHARD, married an Unknown WHITEMAN. I still need info on the whereabout's and what happened to Beulah MEINHARD? Any help is greatly appreicated!