I am looking for a widower, surname APPLEGATE, who married a widow, Catherine JOHNSON, sometime shortly after 1920, in Toms River, Ocean County, NJ.
Catherine was born around 1865 and at the time of the marriage had adult sons with young children.
I think this man called APPLEGATE might have a first name or middle name, Clayton. My father remembers him (from the 1930's) as "Grandfather Clayton." I believe he also had grown children when they married.
Until recently, we thought the name "Grandfather Clayton" meant that Grandmother Johnson had married someone with surname Clayton. But when I checked the cemeteries, I found her first husband, Benjamin F Johnson, buried in Riverside Cemetery in Toms River, with Catherine Applegate (Johnson) next to him, with about the right birth year. Also close by, next on the list but two names, her son and grandson, Benjamin F Johnson (Jr) and Richard F Johnson. So this is most likely our Grandmother Johnson. This Catherine died in 1937, or so the headstone reads.
Does anyone recognize this man, a widower who might have been known as "Clayton APPLEGATE"?
I am able to read census images here up to 1920, and can find people in an index. We know Benjamin F Johnson died in 1918, and that in 1920, Catherine was still a widow, at that time with two sons still with her in Toms River. The second marriage took place after 1920 but probably not very long after.
But the 1930 census I receive here is not indexed. I have to read the 1930 census page by page, and have not yet found ___ APPLEGATE with someone called Catherine or Katherine the right age. I think whoever he was, would have probably been in Toms River or very nearby.
I would like to know who was "Grandfather Clayton" --a step-great-grandfather whose surname was probably APPLEGATE, and to know who his family was.