April 5, 2012

Looking for more family in the 1940 Census

In Gary, Indiana, there should be a large number of my family. The following were listed in the 1941 Gary, IN city directory:

Caulk F. L. (Gertrude) h723 Connecticut
Baker Clarence L (Hazel M) janitor City Bd Park Comnrs r Clark Station
In the 1930 census, the Bakers were living at 445 Maryland St, which looks like it is at Maryland/5th Ave (US 20/12)

Let's start with the Caulks.

743 Connecticut Ave. is bounded by 7th and 8th Ave. This puts us with ED In the 1940 census, this area is with ED95-10 and ED95-9. Let's go

On page 10 of ED95-10 is 744 and 742 Connecticut St.
On page 17 of the same ED, 749, 745, 741 Connecticut St.

Hm. OK.

@749 are the Reynolds (Frank)-they are living here in 1941, too. and in the 1940 census
745 are the Grogats (Vade or Vacle Angeline)
741 are the Beres, Dan and Victoria are listed at 741 Ct. in the 1941 Directory. They are listed in the census, too.

Were the Caulks just not home? Is that why there were houses missing?
Were they not living there in 1940?

Note: Edward Moore is living on page 27.

What about the Bakers?
They're living in Clark Station. Previous chats with people who grew up in Clark Station say it is by the airport. Most of the houses are missing today. This area is at N. Clark Ave. and Birch St.

OK. So let's look at the maps for the districts. ED-27 and/or ED-26. Let's start with 27, as this is where the airport is at.

Ahha! Listed as Clark Station, Gary, Lake, Indiana. As expected.

1940 US Census, Enumeration District 95-27, page 61A

1940 Census: Poparads

The 1930 census showed the Popereds living in Gary, Indiana. By the 1940 census, two daughters have left and they are now living in Porter County, Indiana. This should be the spot where the farm house was built and we now know as 1137 Salt Creek Road. Emil would go on to build at 1141 Salt Creek Road. His son, William, would be the last Poparad to live in the farm house. It was torn down and stood vacant until Angella Knapp, Emil's granddaughter, would build her house with her husband Jared and they would move in in 2009. Emil's daughter Marlene lives in the house Emil built.

Ann Poparad was now Ann Toth, living with Bill Toth. They moved to what is now the "S" curve of Old Porter Road. There is a strawberry patch there now. Either way, they are listed a few pages back in the same enumeration district:

I'm still needing to find Jeanne Westberry and her husband, but I think they were living in Lake County at the time.

April 4, 2012

Ernest Estepp in the 1940 Census

So, back to the search for Ernest Estepp in the 1940 census. Yesterday I made it through some of the shorter EDs of Mingo County, WV. Now, time to keep searching:

ED 2:Nothing
ED 3:Nothing
4-9 from yesterday
ED 10: Runyons
ED 11: Nothing
12-13 from yesterday
15: Dewey and Tennessee Estepp, nothing else
16, 19 from yesterday

Looking back at George Estepp's death certificate in 1938, the family was living in Holden, Logan, WV. It has district 2321 up on the top. Let's go back to Logan County

ED 23-19:Nothing
ED 23-20:Nothing (from yesterday)
ED 23-21: Nothing (from yesterday)
ED 23-22:Nothing
ED 23-23:Nothing
ED 23-24:Nothing
ED 23-31:Nothing (from yesterday)
ED 23-32:Nothing

I made a map and looked at what was missing. I figured I should go through district 1 in Mingo County. It's up in the left part of the county:

1: Hitting lots of Ootens, Runyons
Edward Estep and his wife Lena, page 31 (s.o. Rhodes and Polly Runyon Estep)
John and Mollie Estepp, pg 73
Kennith and Ella Deskins? Polly Estepp is living with them. Ella is short for Lewella (1905-1976)

Holy heck. On page 78:

Looking for the Estepps

The 1940 Census is the first in which Ernest Estepp should be marked in a census. In 1930, his parents, George and Nettie Estepp, were living on Trace Road, Logan, Logan County, West Virginia, ED 23-16. Using the ED conversion, this puts us in:

Ed23-20: Nothing. A few Runyons, Blankenships, Marcums
ED23-21: Nothing
ED23-31:OMG. More workmans! More Maynards! No Estepps

Given where the area was that they ended up, let's look around there. This is in Mingo County, Trace Creek, Right Fork/Left Fork area by the Estepp cemetery. Here is the area in real life:


So, lets look at those areas, 30-10 and 30-5.

Nothing. A couple of Estepps and Stepps family.

Let's move out from those two:
30-8: Stepp, Cora Estepp (pg 29) S. many. Marcums
30-6:Homer Estepp with wife Juanita, Stuart Estepp

OK, let's go 5-10
30-7:Emma and Raymond Estepp, pg 7Not mine
30-9:Wilbur Estep with Edna (pg 11)

Now let's just go:
30-4: John Estepp with wife Mary and kids Wanda, Robert, Calvin, betty
30-12: Nothing
30-13: robert Estepp with Dorothy, Betty, Glen, Lear. Wheeler Estepp with Ruby Doris Marie

Back tomorrow.

April 3, 2012

1940 Census Release

Well, yesterday April 2, 2012, the 1940 Census was released. Of course, it is not indexed, but it was pretty easy to find the Johnsons and Poparads. The Poparads have lived in the same area now for over 70 years. The Johnson's house just burnt in 2011, though no Johnson descendant has lived there for several years.

In the 1940 US census, Indiana>Porter>Westchest> Enumeration District 64-26, page 4 are the Poparads, with George, Anna, George, Nick, Dan, Rosie, John and Emil. On page two of the same ED is John and Ann Toth. I still need to find the Westberrys.

There is much more for which to search, including the Bakers, but that may have to wait a bit.