My Genealogy Home Page:Information about Frederick John Titus, Sr.
Home Page |Surname List |Index of Individuals | |Sources
Frederick John Titus, Sr. (b. February 06, 1875, d. December 31, 1929)
Frederick John Titus, Sr. (son of Townsend John Titus and Marietta Nettie Allen) was born February 06, 1875 in NYC, NY, and died December 31, 1929 in Bronxville, Westchester County, NY Bronxville Hospital during surgery.He married (1) Mary Pettie (Edna May) on Abt. 1896 in probably New York, NY, daughter of Edgar Pettie and Cora.He married (2) Maybelle Becker on Abt. 1914 in Probably Brooklyn, NY, daughter of August Becker and Mary Gertrude Burns.
Notes for Frederick John Titus, Sr.:
In the 1883's there was a
volcano explosion Krakatoa. Three months after the eruption ash had spread
to higher latitudes causing such vivid red sunset afterglows that fire
engines were called out in New York, Poughkeepsie, and New Haven to quench
the apparent conflagration. Unusual sunsets continued for 3 years.Some of
the biggest blizzards on record were recorded at this time... temperatures
didn't return to normalcy for 5 years!
"The Blizzard of '88
On Sunday, March 11, 1888, a nor'easter stalled over New York City, dumping
21 inches of snow. Seventy mph gusts piled up 20 foot drifts, marooning New
Yorkers in elevated trains, carriages and office buildings.
Does this sound familiar? On January 7 and 8 of 1996 28 inches of snow fell
in New York City, but winds were less severe than in 1888.
The 1888 blizzard extended from Maine to Washington, D.C., and from New York
to Pittsburgh. The storm stalled for a day and a half. In Connecticut and
central Massachusetts, 40-50 inches of snow fell. Winds piled up 40 to 50
foot drifts. Houses and trains were buried.
From Chesapeake Bay to Nantucket, two hundred ships were sunk or severely
damaged. In '88, four hundred lives were lost, a tragedy that modern weather
forecasting has spared us. "
From: Bill Arthurs [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Saturday, July 08, 2006 12:37 PM
Subject: Re: Frederick John Titus marriage certificate
I've just found the certificate of Frederick John's second marriage. They have his father's name wrong but all the rest looks OK. The maiden name of his wife's mother is hard to read but I gave it my best effort. It looks as if her maiden name was Rice (the c in Rice is difficult to read and may even be a different letter). It also looks as if her father's first name was Harlow, not his surname. I'll check with the census to see if I can find him.
It's really good to hear from you again. I have now over 130,000 Titus and related names in my database.
Certificate and Record of Marriage
Place of Marriage--------Hoboken, NJ
Date of Marriage---------March 19, 1905
Name of husband -------Frederick John Titus
Residence-----------------50 W 112th St., NY
Number of Marriage----2
Mother's Name----------Marietta Allen
Maiden Name of Wife--Maud Rice (could be Price?)
Number of Marriage----2
Name if a Widow--------Kallam
Mother's Maiden Name-Julia Chessok?
----- Original Message -----
From: S Mickley
To: 'Bill Arthurs'
Sent: Saturday, July 08, 2006 11:01 AM
Subject: RE: Frederick John Titus marriage certificate
I'm so glad you got in touch.I don't have a copy of their marriage certificate and I am really surprised that Fred was in Denver, CO (did he go to CO because that is where his father died and he needed to get "closure"?).We always have had some question about Maybelle's true age.Upon her death my father had to rely on census records for NYC to document her age for her death certificate.This gives me a little more info that might sort it out.I've continued to do research, especially on the branches off the Titus line and my archives are really large.I almost lost everything a few weeks ago when my laptop and our main PC crashed and the main PC held my backup for my laptop FTM files.Luckily, Lou was able to restore everything and I had just uploaded my entire file to my personal MyFamily.com wedsite.That was a close call to say the least.I wrote a pictorial history of Milford, PA published by Arcadia Press last year so I finally became a published author.Currently, I'm researching my life's dream work of a historical novel set in PA during the French and Indiahn War (which will be based on the struggles of my husband's ancestors in this log house that we live in now).I hope to start writing seriously when the kids go back to school.Maybe in a couple of years you will hear about me and see my book on the big NYT list, and then again, maybe not.Now that I know your email address, I'm sending you an invite to our family's party in August (Aug 4,5,and 6th).It is to celebrate our 50th year of owning the Boondocks.You have to camp out, or find a local B&B, and it is an all-weekend affair, but I hope you can make it.
Please give my regards and hugs to Jeanette and I hope to see you both soon.
P.S.It was interesting that he was a machinery salesman because I'm sure he was into cars and bikes at the time.Also, it actually was his 3rd marriage but the middle one was very shot-lived.I know about that one directly from my Aunt Betty who he was the guardian.Her name was Maude Harlow.The first was Edna MAY (real name Pette) who was a famous actress on Broadway.
From: Bill Arthurs [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, July 07, 2006 7:12 PM
Subject: Frederick John Titus marriage certificate
I don't know if your address is still valid, but here goes!
Among some marriage certificate copies I recieved from a researcher in NJ was one for the marriage of your grandfather, Frederick John Titus, to Maybelle Becker.
It took place at Hoboken, Hudson Co., NJ on June 27, 1914 at 1 pm.
He was livingat 133 Grand Ave., Denver, CO and was a machinery salesman. He was 38 years old and it was listed as his second marriage.
Maybelle was listed as age 27, was born in New York City and was the daughter of August Becker and Mary Burns. She was living at 533 W 152 St, New York City at the time of the wedding.
I hope all is well with you. Jeanette and I still have fond memories of our reunion at Boondocks.
Notes by Susan Titus Mickley 8/9/2006
Fred, Sr. was a member of the Spaulding Bike Racing Team based in NYC and raced all over the country and in Europe.He set a speed record and was the final carrier on the first cross-country bike relay that started in CA and finished in NYC.He delivered the parchment signed by all the mayors across the country on the path of the relay to the mayor of NYC but he had to alter his route for the last few blocks because the crowds were too thick.His first wife was Edna May, known as "The Belle of Broadway" which was the play she stared in that made her famous.Fred's sister, Gertrude, introduced Edna to the stage as she was already an actress.Edna divorced Fred on the grounds that he had an eye for a chorus girl and fled to England where she acted on stage in London.Fred followed her and actually acted in a play himself, possibly to woo Edna back to him or prove something to her.He finally gave up and went home and Edna married a very wealthy businessman (some say he was Jewish) and was a very wealthy woman for the remainder of her days.One time she did a special comeback performance in NYC and donated all of her $100,000 fee to charity.That's a lot of money in the 1930s.Fred's second marriage was breif because he caught Maude beating his ward, Elizabeth Titus, possibly Gertrude's daughter, when Elizabeth was 12.Elizabeth was sent to a convent in California and Maude and her daughter were sent packing.Then Fred met and married Maybelle Titus and he had two sons, Frederick, Jr - my father, and Allen Townsend Titus.Fred designed and manufactured a bicycle called the Titus Racer and a bike by that name is still produced today as a high-end racing bike.He also was one of the first auto racers in the world, a great tie-in to bike racing.
Thanks for the update on Fred - Let me confirm the name of wife2
"Fred Titus, the cycler-actor who was recently divorced by Edna May, has married in Jersey City, Maude Lillian Rice, whose stage name is Maude Marlow, and who was named by the Syracuse actress as one of the co-respondents in her divorce suit"
--- Syracuse Herald, p.16, March 21, 1905
This article with its "actor" credit made me curious about his stage activity
Also found this one:
HORSES REPLACED IN CANADA, SAYS TITUS
"Fred J. Titus, traveling representative of the Alco, today gave an interesting insight into motor truck conditions in Canada on his return from an extensive trip through the Dominion..."
--- Syracuse Herald, March 24, 1912
More About Frederick John Titus, Sr. and Mary Pettie (Edna May):
Marriage: Abt. 1896, probably New York, NY.
More About Frederick John Titus, Sr. and Maybelle Becker:
Marriage: Abt. 1914, Probably Brooklyn, NY.
Children of Frederick John Titus, Sr. and Maybelle Becker are:
- +Frederick John Titus, Jr., b. December 01, 1916, Brooklyn, NYC, d. June 02, 1974, Roosevelt Hospital, NYC, NY.
- Allen Townsend Titus.