Re: Clement StudebakerWeatherwax
Amanda Bradt/Bratt b:1832 Ohio, daughter of Charity Francisco and Jacob Bradt married Andrew Weatherwax c1859 in Newburg ,cass co MI. they had 4 children one of whom was Clement S. Weatherwax b: Mar 1862(USC1900 he gives his own dob) Clement S. Weatherwax (1862-1952) sometimes known as Clement Studebaker Weatherwax married three times:
1 Jessie Matilda Boothby
divorced and remarried
2. Jessie Matilda Boothby
3. Lottie Johson
This is confirmed with information avail from his granddaughter and USC records. as well as cemetery and death records.
I have been in corresppondence with the author of the BRADT/Bratt family genealogy on this line and the tie ins between the Francisco,Weatherwax and Bradt families.
These family tiesgo back even further to New York State.
All Weatherwax's descend from one family that arrived in NY in 1710. They were Palatine Migrants in the 1710 Migration. I am writing a ten generation genealogy and history of the family from 1700-1930. I descend from a different line, but have tracked all lines of descent.
I do not disagree that Clem or Clement S. Weatherwax used the name Studebaker! I do however ,after much research by myself and descendants of Clem state that there is no document confirming his middle name as "Studebaker" There is no published Studebaker genealogy that even hints at such a relationship.
Your information that his mother's sister's husband was a Studebaker I do not doubt. But I doubt that was what caused him or his family to use the Studebaker name.(note no family record has been found indicating the "S" stood for Studebaker or any other name) It is far more reasonable that his middle initial was due to his Grandmother Ruth "STEARNS" maiden name than a distant aunt and uncle.
I started down this road to help a direct descendant confirm if that indeed was his name. The end result is no document including numerous USC and BLM Land documents refer to him other than Clem S. or Clement S. Weatherwax.
If you read back over these messages you will draw a more complete picture of how this research evolved.
This particular line of descent also includes the VanDercook line from NY, and beyond that it goes back to my sixth great grandfather via my fifth great grandfathers brother who was Alexander Weatherwax b:1742.
By the way; the common ancestor was the immigrants son,married twice and produced nineteen children all of which I have tracked the decedant lines for.
So although your postulation is indeed possible, I just simply stated that a traditional or reasonable postulation for the middle initial "S" was either due to a family history for Sebastian or his grandmothers maiden name a more usual explanation. One that hs been followed by many families in the 1800 time period.
I appreciate your offer on the Bradt line, but I have all of that confirmed, and just spent4 days at the Schenectady County Historical society confirming what I already had.
Wayne E. Weatherwax
following David b:1747 NY