Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Day Twenty-Two: Timeline Time

Day 22: Look over your research for an ancestor or family and create a timeline of his life. List the date for each record, where the person or family was located at the time, and what they were doing. Notice any gaps in your research (such as the glaring absence of the 1890 census)? Use those to make a to-do list.

Family Tree Maker Magazine, I love you. I really, really do.... But this is Thanksgiving week. A week in which most of your readers (which I am guessing are women) are SUPER busy getting ready for the BIG DAY...and probably expecting company to boot. Hope you keep that in mind for the rest of the week! This is a pretty big writing assignment, so I am going to go straight to Ancestry.com and use their profile feature to pull the information.


When Henry Thomas Steele was born on October 1, 1874, in Iredell County, North Carolina, his father, Benjamin Thomas Steele, was 26 and his mother, Eliza Caroline Mills Steele, was 25. According to the 1880 census, Henry lived in the Chambersburg Township of Iredell County, North Carolina.

Henry married Rhoda "Mae" Dotson on August 12, 1902, in Chambersburg. They had five children in 19 years. Percy Leightell Steele was born in 1903 and Henry Herman Steele was born in 1911 (and died as an infant from pyloric stenosis, which we know from his death certificate). Henry's son, Allen Dotson Steele, my father, was born in 1914. Allen was followed in 1917 by daughter, Rhoda Mae Steele. The last child, who was unnamed, was born in 1922, but died three days after birth. She had (according to her death certificate) spina bifida and other malformations. 


According to census records, Henry lived in Iredell County, North Carolina in 1910. From family records we know that he lived in Statesville in particular and the house he lived in, later known as 644 West End Avenue, was then called 441 West End Avenue. He appears in Statesville in the 1920 and 1930 census rolls as well. He died on May 29, 1934, in Statesville, North Carolina, at the age of 59, and was buried there in Oakwood Cemetery. The cause of death, according to the newspaper was "softening of the bones."

The only gaps I find in research for my grandfather are for the years he was teaching school (before marriage) and the years in which he and my grandmother, when first married, lived in Elmwood, North Carolina.

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