Saturday, December 15, 2007

Genealogue Challenge #106

We've concluded that most of Nancy's missing relatives were hiding under the porch when the census taker came in 1920 and 1930. You can try your hand at that challenge this weekend, or take a stab at this one.

A Christmas card mailed in 1914 was delivered recently in Kansas.

Little is known about the post card, which features a color drawing of Santa Claus and a young girl and is still in excellent condition.
The card was addressed to Ethel Martin of Oberlin, who is deceased. The post office, however, wanted to get the card to a relative, he said.

That's how the relic ended up in the home of Bernice Martin, Ethel's sister-in-law. She said she believed the post card, which was from Ethel's cousins in Alma, Neb., had been found somewhere in Illinois. [Link]
Who might her cousins in Nebraska have been?


according to the SSDS, Ethel Martin of Oberlin, Decatur, KS was born 10 Mar 1909 and died 5 Mar 1998.

A search at Find-A-Grave turns up an obituary for a Muriel L Martin, which gives a huge hint:

Muriel L. Martin
Birth: Jan. 5, 1923
Decatur County
Kansas, USA
Death: Oct. 24, 1998
Texas County
Oklahoma, USA

Muriel L. Martin, 75, of Tyrone, died Saturday, Oct 24, 1998 at his home in Tyrone.

Born Jan. 5, 1923 in Oberlin, KS to George and Milda Borg Martin. He grew up and graduated from Oberlin High School.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII and after the war he returned to Oberlin and married Avis Pollnow who preceded him in death in 1967.

He married Mildred Sleffel who preceded him in death Jan. 25, 1969.

He worked as an alcohol counselor with Valley Hope in Norton, KS and Nebraska Mental Health in Scotts Bluff, Neb. He moved to Tyrone in November 1994.

Also preceding him in death are one son, David Lee; and two sisters, Ethel and Frieda.

Survivors include his sons, Randy and Debbie Martin of Valley, Neb., Tom and Leigh Martin of Tyrone and Rod and Karen Martin of Liberal, KS; one brother, Kenneth and Bernice Martin of Oberlin, KS and grandchildren, Phillip, Todd, Heath, Kyle and Laci.

Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Tyrone Baptist Church in Tyrone with the Rev. Carl Hein officiating and under the direction of the Roberts Brothers Funeral Home.

Oberlin Cemetery
Decatur County
Kansas, USA"

Ethel cousins must be the children of George or Milda's siblings...

An obituary for Kennerth C. Martin in the McCook(NE) Daily Gazette. confirms that he married Bernice Robertson of Norton, in 1940; names his predeceased sisted Freida as Fredia SCOTT, and gives his mother's maiden name as Milda BORGES rather than BORG.

Looking for a Milda Borges, we find her in the 1885 KS Census in Nemaha, KS, with parents Conrad (46), Henrietta (34), Mary (11), George (9), MILDA (6), and Conrad (2).

The 1910 Census shows Conrad and Henriette living alone in ALMA, Harlan, Nebraska. Still checking to see if any of their children are also in the town.


Interestingly, according to the 1910 and 1920 US Census, Milda's younger brother Conrad, was married to a young woman, ALMA A.(unknown) Borges.

A search of Rootsweb gives us a name of Alma Alice Ann KISER and indicates that they married in 1905.

The family of Conrad and Alma is recorded at Rootsweb(by kentabel) as follows:

ELVA BORGES b: 21 FEB 1906
FERN BORGES b: 4 DEC 1910 in Alma, Kansas
LUCILLE BORGES b: 23 JUN 1913 in Alma, Nebraska
RUTH BORGES b: 8 JUL 1916 in Alma, Nebraska

Daniel Esau's tree at Rootsweb gives the following info:
Name: Conrad Adolph Frederick BORGES
Sex: M
Birth: 3 MAY 1882 in New Buois,Nebraska
Death: 16 APR 1955 in Alma,Nebraska
Change Date: 12 JAN 2002 at 17:11:03

Father: Conrad Adolph Frederick BORGES
Mother: Henrietta

Marriage 1 Alma Ann Alice KISER b: 31 DEC 1882 in Alma,Nebraska
Ruth Ilene BORGES b: 8 JUL 1916 in Alma,Nebraska


It seems most likely that the card is from either Milda's parents Conrad and Henriette Borges, or from Milda's younger brother, also Conrad, with her brother being the more likely possibility.

In 1885, Conrad (senior) and Henrietta are found in Nemaha, Kansas. In 1900, they are in Eldorado, Harlan, Nebraska, living with son Conrad and son Frank C Borges (born 1886, KS). By 1910, they are recorded as living alone in Alma, Nebraska; so far I have not located them in the 1920 Census, by which time both parents would have been near their eighties. Not impossible, but not yet verified.

As for Milda's siblings:
Mary (Born 1874, KS), appears in the 1885 Census, then disappears. No death or marriage records found so far.

George (born 1876, KS) appears in the 1910, 1920 and 1930 Census with his wife Lillian R. in Eldorado, Harlan, Nebraska. A Rootsweb entry records their daughter Helen May, born in Orleans, Nebraska in 1912.

Younger brother Conrad, appears in the 1910 and 1920 Census with wife Alma A in Eldorado, Harlan, Nebraska. A Rootsweb file notes his death as 16 April 1955, in Alma Nebraska.

Younger brother Frank, appears with parents Conrad and Henrietta in Eldorado, Nebraska in 1900, and in the 1910 and 1920 Census, he's found with his wife Berdie, still in Eldorado.

So-- the article doesn't mention- who signed the card?


So-- the article doesn't mention- who signed the card?

I have no idea, but it must have been someone in the Borges family. Since Ethel was only 4 at the time, it may have come from her same-age cousins Fern and Elva.


Way to go. I had been searching a different avenue all together - trying to find any Martin siblings of George L (who had married Milda).

I found him living with his brother, William H, in Harlan Co NE in 1900, but William and his family had moved to Washington by 1910, so it couldn't be those children/cousins who had sent the card (unless they had moved back).

A probably father for George (by using birthplace for father and mother) was Phillip Martin married to Marry Martin. They were in the 1900 Eldorado Harlan Co NE census, and it showed that she had 6 children, with 5 still living. One son lived with them: Phillip. If George and William are their children, that leaves 2 or 3 other children who might have children in the area and be the parents of cousins who sent the card.



Bingo, Deb!
A cross-check with Rootsweb gives us
Philip Martin and Mary Margaret Riley, parents of

William Henry Martin (1876-1946)
George L Martin (1879-) , who married Milda Borges
Maud Ethel Martin (1881-
Clara D Martin (1884-
Philip Sylvester Martin (1893-)

William Henry and his family are residing in Washington state in 1910 and 1920.

Maud is in Nebraska in 1900, but in Washington state in 1910 and 1920, as is her younger brother Philip Sylvester. His WWI draft card also puts his 1917-18 residence in Washington.

Clara is flying low under the radar. She's in Nebraska in the 1900 census, but I haven't found her after that. Presumably she's under a married name that I haven't located yet; so at this stage she's still on the list of possibilities.

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