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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Genealogue Challenge #40

Today is Mickey Rooney's 87th birthday. After divorcing Mickey's mother, his father married a second wife.

Find the name of this second wife, and the names of her four siblings.

Doogles McQuig

Leota G. Hullinger was Ninnian Joseph Yule's second wife. Her siblings were Venus, Herbert, Edna, and Golden.

This was a tough challenge with several red herrings. Ultimately, I found Leota's name in Joe Yule's 1950 obituary, then found her birth stats (Indiana 1898) in her CA death record. From there she could be traced to the census records where her siblings could be established. The proof came in part from the maiden name of Leota's mother, Kelly, as listed on Leota's CA death record, which agreed with a 1910 census record where the widow Anna Hullinger is providing a home for her brother Jess Kelley.

I'm sure there's an easier way, but that's how I got there!

MFraser

Today is Mickey Rooney's 87th birthday. After divorcing Mickey's mother, his father married a second wife.

Find the name of this second wife, and the names of her four siblings.

1) Mickey Rooney's given name is Joseph Yule, Junior.

From Wikipedia:
Joe Yule (b. April 30, 1894 in Scotland - d. March 30, 1950 in Hollywood, California, of a heart attack) was a vaudeville comedian who also starred in many films as a character actor. He was noted for his role in the "Jiggs and Maggie" film series.
He was also Mickey Rooney's father.

From IMDB.com
He and then-wife Nell Carter, a chorus girl and dancer, formed a family vaudeville act which quickly included son Mickey Rooney when he was about a year old. The couple broke up the act and the marriage when Mickey was 3.


From find-a grave:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=yule&GSfn=leota&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=11492&

Leota ( )
Birth: Jul. 9, 1898 Death: Nov. 20, 1964

Then to California Death Index:
Leota G Yule
Social Security #: 555422232
Sex: FEMALE
Birth Date: 9 Jul 1898
Birthplace: Indiana

Death Date: 20 Nov 1964
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Kelly





http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,761922,00.html
Mickey Rooney's father gave him his start, aged three, in the Yule family vaudeville act, and the two played together in silent comedies when Mickey was billed as Mickey McGuire. Divorced from Mickey's mother twelve years ago, Joe Yule married Dancer Leato Hullinger, kept his song-&-dance act going as long as vaudeville

1900 US Census for Indiana shows following household
Jerrmiah Hullinger 29
Anna E Hullinger 25
Venus H Hullinger 3
Leota G Hullinger 1
Herbert B Hullinger 2-1/2.

1910 US Census shows the following:
Anna Hullinger 35 (noted as widowed head of household)
Jess Kelley 21 (noted as brother)
Venissa Hullinger 13
Leola Hullinger 11
Edna Hullinger 8
Galdan Hullinger 7


Which makes the names of Leola’s Siblings
Venus/Venissa
Herbert
Edna
Galdan

MFraser

Additional info and corrections:

1900 US Census for Indiana shows following household
Jerrmiah Hullinger 29
Anna E Hullinger 25
Venus H Hullinger 3
Leota G Hullinger 1
Herbert B Hullinger 2/12 (not 2-1/2, as prior message)

1910 US Census shows the following: - now in ILLINOIS
Anna Hullinger 35 (noted as widowed head of household)
Jess Kelley 21 (noted as brother)
Venissa Hullinger 13
Leola Hullinger 11
Edna Hullinger 8 – born in OKLAHOMA
Galdan Hullinger 7 born in OKLAHOMA

Drew Smith

In the New York Times obituary for Joe Yule, Sr., his widow's name is given as Leota.

In the California Death Index is a 20 November 1964 record for Leota G. Yule, born 9 July 1898 in Indiana, with a mother's maiden name of Kelly.

MFraser

and more information on Leota's siblings:

1910 Census also notes that Anna Hullinger had 5 children 4 of whom were alive in 1910.

1920 Census for Illinois records the family as
Anna Hullinger, 44
Edna Hullinger 17
Golden Hullinger (16) (not Galdan)
Venis Andrews 23 (widow)
Maria Andrews 5 (grandchild)
Elizabeth Andrews 1 -3/12 (grandchild)
Charlie Sarantikos 50 (Lodger)


Venus Hullinger’s Marriage is confirmed in the Indiana Marriage Index:
Venus Hullinger to Dete ANDREWS, 7 Nov 1913 in Vigo County, Indiana



By 1930 Edna HULLINGER has married George SAMARAS, and their household is comprised of
George Samaras, 34
Edna Samaras 28
Alexander Samaras 8
Pauline Samaras 6
Helen Samaras 3
Anna HULLINGER 55- (mother in law)
Paul Samaras 31 (brother)
James Patakis 31 (Lodger)

deb

OK, another hard one. I found one reference to the second wife at this site:
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,761922,00.html

According to this article, her name was Leato Hullinger.

I've come up empty on her siblings so far.
Deb

Chris

The names were indeed Leota, Venus, Herbert, Edna, and Golden Hullinger.

I wonder why Herbert and Edna got stuck with such mundane names?

Terri

I agree that this challenge was especially difficult, and never did find more than one sibling for the second wife.

The reason for my difficulty, stems from this GenForum post from back in 2000 by Joe Edward Ewell, who apparently knew the family. According to Joe, Joseph Ninian Yule was not Mickey Rooney's father. Nell Carter Brown married Joseph Scott Ewell, Sr., who was born in Scotland on April 30, 1894 - not Joseph Ninian Yule.

The second wife of Joseph Scott Ewell was Nobie Rae Whitaker 1906-1983. She had only one brother, Robert Daniel Whitaker, as evidenced by 1900 - 1930 census of West Carroll Louisiana.

Chris

Terri, I can understand your confusion. His obituary and entry in the California Death Index make clear that Ninian Joseph Yule was Mickey's father.

It is odd how, in the GenForum post you cite, the author says that Mickey and Nobie Rae Whitaker "became close friends."

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