A Disgrace

I read an article today that left me with an unpleasant feeling the rest of the day. It was about a cemetery, the desecration of graves, tombstones moved or discarded, casket pieces and human bones in dump piles. The money people had paid for “perpetual” maintenance gone to parts unknown.

[Go read here:  https://apnews.com/fc144b8bb3c04f96b95634f7f645415e ]

I know that in other countries graves are treated very differently than here in America. However those practices are long established and the people understand them. We generally understand that once a person is buried, their remains stay in that grave. I know that cemeteries are abandoned and then fall into disrepair, some are lost, forgotten and found later when an area is developed for other purposes, but those are not the norm. I also know that there are reasons for disinterring a body and moving it elsewhere, sometimes whole cemeteries are moved. Yet, most people have no expectation of finding the headstone other than on the grave they had it placed on, it certainly would leave me angry and upset to find that situation on visiting a cemetery in which I had family members buried in.

Maybe we should be more observant of the conditions at the cemeteries in this country. Even with complaints there was little done about them until the funds for perpetual maintenance were brought up and the whereabouts questioned. As a genealogist, a contributor to and user of Find A Grave and family member of many ancestors buried in cemeteries, This is disturbing, a disgrace and an insult to the dead and the living. I certainly will be more watchful of those graves where my family members rest.

Good-bye, Facebook

This is not exactly a genealogy related post, however, I feel it is important (to me, anyway).

I will be closing my account with Facebook. I strongly disagree with Mr. Zuckerberg about “privacy is a social norm of the past”, especially as he seems to protect HIS privacy. The rest of us are not comfortable with having our personal information flying loose on the breeze. A recent post on Dick Eastman’s “Privacy Blog” is well worth the read. He makes a couple of recommendations about alternative social sites and having taken a look at both, MeWe [which I likely will be subscribing to very soon] and Idka [also a distinct possibility]. I like being able to see photos of my friends and family members, seeing the occasional video and posting odd bits of news myself. I do not like the unwanted, uninteresting and annoying advertising Facebook plasters on my page. I do not care for the fact that as far as Facebook is concerned, my information is free for their taking and sale to anyone, anywhere and damn the consequences to me. I invite my family, friends and readers to join me in leaving Facebook. Mr. Eastman is quite right, I’m voting with my “feet” by walking away from Facebook, closing my account with them, deleting as much of my information from their site as possible and leaving them in the dust. They ABUSED the trust placed in them and that leaves them most deserving of whatever consequences they will face with the loss of business. They make NO attempt to keep underage users off the site which means that the information of underage users is also available to those who have no business accessing it.

I will be posting this same article on my other blogs as well.

Hunting the Kittelle Line – An Update – Part 2

This post continues with the new information on the Kittelle line.

The Kittell family was not finished dealing with miscreant behavior. John Wesley Kittell married for the first time to Sarah E. Bennett, daughter of William Bennett and M. J. Ferguson Bennett in Davenport, Scott, Iowa on Wednesday, 28 July 188616, just thirteen days after his father’s death.

Fortunately John Kittell did not live to see how his son behaved and considering the times, he had been shamed enough with Anna Lodisca’s unwed pregnancy. Sarah Catherine would see the results of her son’s criminal acts which must have caused her great anguish.

These are transcriptions of articles from The daily Argus/Rock Island Argus.

Police Points17

     Martin Renfro and Geo. Hillerm were

each fined $2 and costs Saturday evening,

by Magistrate Bennett for intoxication.

     Claus Ehmke, having furnished the

$200 bonds to keep the peace, was re-

leased by Justice Haws Saturday.

     Henry Hoffman was fined $5 and costs

by Magistrate Bennett for intoxication,

this morning.

     John Westly Kittell was before Justice

Hawes this morning charged with three

offenses, embezzling 500 bushels of

coal from J. B. Ellis, September 1, last,

forging a receipt purporting to have been

made by the Davenport Pottery com-

pany, for fifty-five bushels of coal, on

July 31 last, and forging a receipt, pur-

porting to have been made by William

Boldt, for fifty-two bushels of coal July

10, last. Kittell has been delivering coal

for Mr. Ellis for some time and has been

taking out coal for certain parties and

selling it in Davenport, bringing back a

forged receipt from the party to whom the

coal was ordered delivered. He confessed,

and plead guilty to all the charges. The

amount of his embezzlement is from $75

to $100. Justice Hawes held him in

bond- of $700, and he went to jail.

Other Court Doings18

     The grand jury met this afternoon pur-

suant to the call from Judge Glenn. It

is understood the cases of Kittelle and

Browning, held for forgery, are to receive


Court Callings19

     The grand jury returned into court this

morning with the following indictments

and were finally discharged by Judge


     Charles A. Browning, forgery.

     John Westley Kittell, embezzlement

one indictment, forgery two indict


     Jas. Allen and Robert Lee, robbery.

    The prisoners were brought into court,

and pleas of guilty entered in all cases,

except, at to Lee, who plead not guilty.

The court appointed Col. Curtis to de-

fend Brown, and Mr. Kenworthy to

defend Kittell and Allen. The prisoners

insisted upon their pleas, and Judge

Glenn sentenced Browning to eighteen

months in the penitentiary, Kittell to

three years and Allen to ten years.

     Browning is the man who attempted

to pass a forged order on the Golden

Eagle clothing house. Kittell is the man

who committed embezzlement and for-

gery on J. B. Ellis, and Allen the man,

who with Lee and others, held up farmer

Twelftree near the C., B. & Q. yards

the other day.

     It was shown that Allen and Lee after

robbing their victim and beat him until

he was unconscious, laid him across the

track so that a train being switched down

before he recovered consciousness would

have caused him a frightful death. These

important facts were not covered in the

indictment, however.

     Lee is about as tough looking custo-

mer as one generally meets.

There is no record I have found to date that confirms the prison sentence was served. It is likely he did serve at least part of the sentence. It is certain that his wife of four months was in a sorry position. The next record I found was the record of the birth of a child so John Wesley was around in January and February of 1887.

Iowa, County Births, 1880-193520

Name: Kittell
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 06 Nov 1887
Event Place: Rutland township, , Iowa, United States
Gender: Female
Father’s Name: J W Kittell
Mother’s Name: Sarah E Bennett Kittell
GS Film Number 1401934
Digital Folder Number 004707885
Image Number 00356

 Considering the place of birth, it is likely Sarah E. was staying with family which would indicate that John Wesley was probably in custody or serving his sentence and not providing any income. A hardship Sarah E. was sure to find very difficult.

For this marriage I have found no evidence of divorce or death of Sarah E. Bennett Kittelle. There may be another child born to John Wesley and Sarah E. Bennett Kittelle, a daughter, Irene, possibly born about 1889 or the above may be her birth record, I have not found anything with a name of this child nor have I found a death record.

John Wesley Kittelle was not born in , , Illinois, he was born in Indiana, probably in Swan or Orange Township, Noble, Indiana since his parents were living in the area during the period before and after his birth (see Part 1 – 1860 and 1870 U. S. Censuses1, 2).

The marriage of John Wesley Kittelle and Mary Elizabeth Murphy was likely late in 1893 or early in 1894 as there is the record of a stillborn daughter on Wednesday, 12 Sep 1894 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois with only the last name of the father, which may or may not be this couple.

On Monday, 01 November 1897 at her home Sarah Catherine Corbin Kittelle died at 70 years of age.


    Mrs. Sarah Katharine Kittelle,

aged 70 years, died at her home,  328

Sixth avenue, yesterday afternoon of

infirmities. The deceased had been

a resident of Rock Island for 22 years

being the wiso [wife] of the late John

Kittelle. Two children survive,

Mrs. W. R. Williams, of St. Paul,

and John W. Kittelle of Chicago.

Funeral services will be held at the

residence at 2 p. m. tomorrow.

There is a newspaper article on Thursday, 03 November 1904 in the Inter Ocean22 about a major disruption in the Kittelle household. This is an OCR transcript (with my corrections in brackets).

DESOLATION HOME CAUSED BYSMALLPOX Mrs. William Kittelle Watches at B-side of Two of Her Pest Stricken Children in Isolation . Hospital. . FAMILY UNDER QUARANTINE; DAUGHTERS KEEP HOUSE Youngest Girl Wants to Join Mother Three New Cases of Disease Reported to City Health pepart-ment [department] Officials Yesterday. Mn. [Mrs.] J. W. Kittelle, the heroic mother who, rather than be separated from her two children, sufferers from smallpox, left her home at 364 Hamilton avenue, to brave the dangers of the Isolation hospital and watch at the bedside of her little ones, called up her husband by telephone yesterday and informed him that everything was going well and that the children were not suffering seriously from their malady. She expressed the confidence that the [they] would not be attacked by the disease, but added: “I’d be willing to suffer from it if I knew the children would come through safely.” Children Keep Hon [Home ]for Katlie [Kittelle?] Today the Kittelle home is dreary and deserted, save for the presence of two older children, Irene, aged 15, and Katberlne [Katherine]. aged 9 years. The elder child is’ mistress of the home and Is trying to make things comfortable for the father. The little girl, Evelyn, is a cripple. 9 years of age, and has been at the hospital, for several weeks. When a baby she was frightened ty [by] a runaway horse and sustained a nervous shock, which resulted in partial paralysis. The boy. Willie [William] Killwinning Kit-teile [Kittelle]. was taken to the hospital Tuesday by his mother. He is suffering from a mild form of the -disease which, however, requires that he be segregated from all persons likely to take the contagion. Tha  [The] if ittoiia [Kittelle] hnmo [home] h [is] hon [now] under Quaran tine [Quarantine] for some time, and the. children are not now permitted to attend school or leave the house. The father, however, is immune from the contagion and attenda [attends] to his work regularly. Cilrl [Girl] Anxious to Go to Hol(l [Hospital]. “I want to see my mamma,” said little Katherine yesterday. “I want to go to the isolation hospital right away and see her. I don’t see why they wont let me go.” “It’s pretty hard,” said the lonely father yesterday. “I never missed my wife and children as I do now. Home doesn’t seem like home any more.” Three new smallpox cases were reported to the” health department yesterday, and the patients were removed to the isolation hospital. They are: Fred Simons, 23 years old, 253 Thirty-Fifth street. Lizzie Baer, 58 years old, 253 Thirty-Fifth street. – George Mulligan. 25 years old. One Hundred and Fourth street and the Illinois Central railway right of way. Xone [None] of these patients had been vaccinated. hope1oE [?]

[Copy of partial page 5 via OCR recording information about John Wesley Kittelle, Mary Elizabeth Murphy Kittelle, Irene Kittelle, Katherine S. Kittelle, Evelyn Jane Kittelle and William Kilwinning Kittelle and the family dealing with smallpox  Subscription required for more at Newspapers.com (digital copy available for a fee/subscription)]21

Evelyne Jane Kittelle, already a delicate child, evidently weakened by the effort to fight off smallpox and who had already been in the hospital for several weeks, died 02 January 1905 at home at 3654 Hamilton Avenue, Chicago, Cook, Illinois at 8 years and 4 or 5 months of age she was buried in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois according to the death record (Find A Grave Memorial # 191076150).

Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-199423

Name Evelyne Jane Kittelle
Event Type Death
Event Date 02 Jan 1905
Event Place , Cook, Illinois, United States
Address 3654 Hamilton Ave
Gender Female
Age 9
Marital Status Single
Race White
Birth Year (Estimated) 1896
Birthplace Chicago, , Illinois
Burial Date 05 Jan 1905
Cemetery Mt Olivet
Source Reference 6757
GS Film Number 001239716
Digital Folder Number 004004520
Image Number 01230

John Wesley Kittelle married for the third time after his divorce from Mary Elizabeth Murphy Kittelle which occurred between 1905 and 1908. Between 1908 and 1910 he married Theresa G. Reif, who was born 13 March 1891 in , , Illinois and died in 1983 probably in , , New York. They appear on the 1920 U. S. Census24. John Wesley and Theresa G. were the parents of Dorothy Viola Kittelle who was born 23 November 1910 in , , New York and died 11 July 1997 in , , New York. Dorothy Viola married Louis Thomas Evers, who was born 07 January 1916 and died 08 October 2008 in Mount Kisco, Westchester, New York. There was issue of this marriage living with issue living.

It is now more unlikely that there is any connection to the family lines of Sumner Eli Wetmore Kittelle, although not impossible.

And, just because I made reference to not being able to find a marriage record for Anna Lodisca Kittelle, one turned up. Anna Lodisca is named Lucille A. Kittelle and W. R. Williams is named  Roland W. Williams, son of J. Jay Williams and Mary E. Sharpstein. They married in Prescott, Pierce, Wisconsin on Saturday, 19 May 1888. There is probably more to find on this family.

Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-193025

Name                                      Roland W. Williams

Birthplace                               Jackson, Mich.

Spouse’s Name                    Lucille A. Kittelle

Spouse’s Birthplace             Meadville

Event Date                             19 May 1888

Event Place                           Prescott, Pierce, Wisconsin

Father’s Name                       J. Jay Williams

Mother’s Name                      Mary E. Sharpstein

Spouse’s Father’s Name     John Kittelle

Spouse’s Mother’s Name     Sarah C. Corbin

Race                                       White

Spouse’s Race                      White

It is true, there is no end to the researching in genealogy and as more records become available on-line, it will make going over old ground worth the trouble as the record above shows, I was only doing a quick check search on John Kittell when it turned up.

If anyone has further information please feel free to contact me.


  1. “Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q23C-NSYJ : 4 November 2017), Sarah E Bennett Kittell in entry for Kittell, 06 Nov 1887; citing Rutland township, , Iowa, United States; county district courts, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,401,934.
  1. Rock Island daily Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 15 Nov. 1886. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92053945/1886-11-15/ed-1/seq-4/>
  1. Rock Island daily Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 19 Nov. 1886. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92053945/1886-11-19/ed-1/seq-4/>
  1. Rock Island daily Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 20 Nov. 1886. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.<http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92053945/1886-11-20/ed-1/seq-4/>
  1. “Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q23C-NSYJ : 4 November 2017), Sarah E Bennett Kittell in entry for Kittell, 06 Nov 1887; citing Rutland township, , Iowa, United States; county district courts, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,401,934.
  1. Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 02 Nov. 1897. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92053934/1897-11-02/ed-1/seq-3/>
  1. Publication: The Inter Ocean Location: Chicago, Illinois . Issue Date: Thursday, November 3, 1904. Page: Page 5. Published: 1872–1914. https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/34492175/“Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MQ-D9XL : accessed 26 May 2016), Evelyne Jane Kittelle, 02 Jan 1905; citing , Cook, Illinois, United States, source reference 6757, record number , Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,239,716.
  1. “Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MQ-D9XL : accessed 26 May 2016), Evelyne Jane Kittelle, 02 Jan 1905; citing , Cook, Illinois, United States, source reference 6757, record number , Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,239,716.
  1. “United States Census, 1920,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M4T1-NW2 : John W Kittelle, 1920.
  1. “Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XR6P-JWB), John Kittelle in entry for Roland W. Williams and Lucille A. Kittelle, 19 May 1888; citing reference Vol 2 P 40 N 70; FHL microfilm 1,275,492.

Hunting the Kittelle Line – An Update – Part 1

This is a long post, but interesting.

In the process of looking for the father and mother of John Wesley Kittelle (b. Feb 1865 – d.?) a surprising amount of new information has come to light.

John Kittell was born between 1824 and 1826 in Pennsylvania to Irish immigrant parents (as noted on the 1880 U. S. Census) however their names are unknown as there has been nothing found about them. Considering that he was born in the first half of the 1820s, it would likely mean his parents were born, in Ireland, somewhere between 1780 and 1805 and came to the United States before 1824. It is not impossible that John had siblings, indeed, it is probable, however, nothing has come to light to date.

Sometime around 1854 to 1858 John Kittell met and married Sarah Catherine (or Katherine) Corbin who was born abt 1827 in either Ohio (as stated on the 1860 and 1870 U. S. Censuses1, 2) or Pennsylvania as stated on the 1880 U. S. Census3) and who went by Catherine.

The first this family has appeared that I have been able to find is in the 1860 U. S. Census1 in Swan, Noble, Indiana, with John Kittle, 27, farmer with $400.00 value real estate and $125.00 value personal estate, Catherine L., 36, domestic and Lodisca, 1. They next appear in the 1870 U. S. Census2 in Orange Township, Noble, Indiana at the same farm as David Osborn and his family. John Kittell, 45, no longer having real estate and $100.00 personal estate, is listed as a Laborer, with a foreign born mother, unable to read or write, his wife Catherine, 48, keeping house, daughter Anna L., 11, and son John W., 5. (There are two Kittell graves in Pierce-Witmer Cemetery, Witmer Manor, Lagrange, Indiana which are badly eroded this cemetery is about 23 miles from Swan, Noble, Indiana and Orange, Noble, Indiana the death dates are March 1861 and March 1864, which could be 1861 as it is almost impossible to read the headstone [Find A Grave Memorial #77019842 and #77022407]. Are these children of John and Sarah Catherine? Siblings of John? Could the loss of the two children have been enough to cause them to lose their farm? What did cause them to lose their farm? Questions with no likely answers.)

I have not been able to determine exactly when the family moved from Orange Township, Noble, Indiana to Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois and there is nothing to indicate why they left Indiana. They were there by 1875 or 1876 which will be shown below.

The 1880 U. S. Census3 finds the Kittell family in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois, living on the “out road on River Bank” City Limits, John Kittell, 50, a laborer, unemployed 6 months, born in Pennsylvania with father born in Ireland and mother born in Ireland, Catherine, 50, keeping house, Wesley, 15, attending school. Anna Lodisca is not listed and probably married by this time.

A list of expenses for the city of Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois noted that John Kittell was paid as a street laborer, $4.37 for the time between Thursday, 01 May and Thursday,15 May18844, and again $7.00 for the time between Tuesday,15 July and Thursday, 31 July 18845. John Kittelle died Thursday, 15 July 1886 according to his obituary in the Rock Island Argus6.


     John Kittelle died at his residence 1224

Sixth avenue, at 6 o’clock last evening.

He was about sixty years of age and

made his living as a street laborer.

John Kittelle died at his residence 1224

Sixth avenue, at 6 o’clock last evening.

He was about sixty years of age and

made his living as a street laborer.

The Kittelle family had some difficulties as articles from The Argus will show. The difficulties began with Anna Lodisca Kittell. These are transcriptions of the articles.

 Interesting Bastardy Case7

     Last week Friday, Annie Kittell, a

young woman 17 years of age, made com-

plaint before Justice Pinkley, against Har-

ry Hall, charging him with being the

father of an unborn child with which she

was pregnant. Hall was arrested by Mar-

shall Hawes, and on being taken before the

justice, gave security in the sum of $200

for his appearance on Tuesday morning at

the examination. Tuesday morning Hall

asked for a continuance until this morning,

which was granted, and the case com-

menced this forenoon by Annie taking the

stand and telling her side of the story. It

is that she first met Hall about two years

ago; that last May, and at several times

since, while out walking with Hall in the

evening, he had obtained possession of her

person in the yard of the High School

building; that the last time he had any

criminal intercourse with her was on the

7th day of last July, and that it was at

that time that he committed the deed, the

results of which is that she will soon

become a mother.

     For the defense. Hall has subpœnied

between 25 and 30 witnesses who, it is

claimed, have all either had criminal con-

nection with the girl at about the time

mentioned — or knew her to be a bad char-

acter; that she has written letters to sev-

eral young men in this city charging them

with being the father of her child, in order

to obtain money from them; that she did

succeed in “scaring” $25 out of Hall,

which he paid in order to shield him from

any publicity, that she gave him a receipt

releasing him from “all claims of whatever

nature” she may have against him, which

she signed in the presence of two witnes-

ses, that she has been an inmate of a house

of ill-fame in Davenport, and that she

cannot truthfully swear that Hall is the

father of her child.

     The court room is filled almost to

suffocation with a motley crowd of — from

10 year old boys up to old, gray headed

men, all appearing to have a deep interest

In the result of this case.

     Wm. H. Atwood, Esp., appears for the

plaintiff and P. T. McElherne, Esq., of

McElherne & O’Mara, for the defense.

The Kittell-Hall Bastardy Case8

     This case still occupies the time of Jus-

tice Pinkley’s court while the interest

manifested by the spectators does not

abate — nor does the stench in the room.

     Up to 3 o’clock this afternoon the follow-

ing witnesses had been examined in the case:

     Prosecution — Annie Kittell, Catherine

Kittell and Dr. Geo. M. Keller.

     Defense — Frank Thornton, Frank

Woods, Chas. Patterson, George Stearns,

Frank Arrison, Charles Oswald, Henry

Rosenfield, Elizabeth Martin, Edward

Martin, Lawrence Swayne, Ben Stemple,

Robert Murdock, Thos. Crook, George

Haymaker, John Condon, Ed. Richards,

Nick Newcomb.

     Nearly all the witnesses for the defense

testified as to their having had criminal in-

tamacy with the plaintiff, She having

testified that she contracted a loathsome

disease from Hall, the latter underwent a

professional examination by Drs. Craig and

Galt, who were also called to the witness

stand and stated that they did not think

such was the case — and gave their reasons

for so thinking.

     The case will probably run into next


Notes Here and There9

     — Henry Butler and Michael Quinn

were fined $1 each and costs, by Justice

Pinkley yesterday, for contempt, in creat-

In a disturbance during the examina-

tion of the Kittell-Hall case. Failing to

pay up they were sent to jail, but were re-

leased in the evening.

The Kittell-Hall Bastardy Case10

     The following additional witnesses in

The Kittell-Hall bastardy case have been

examined since 3 o’clock yesterday after

noon, for the defense: Al Coyne, Dave

Ulam, Menas Exner, Harry M. Hall (the

Defendant), Chas. Brown.

     Jacob R. Huber, M. J. Murphy, Jacob

Woltenhaupt, George Sayder and C. B.

Knox, were called for the prosecution,

to prove the bad character generally of

the witnesses for the defense.

     Ike Haley was called by the prosecu-

tion to prove that Frank Thornton wanted

him to “help swear Harry out,” but not

much of his testimony was admitted.

     Wm. Johnson was also called by the

Prosecution and swore that “Hall had a

private disease seven years ago.”

     The court informed counsel that the

case would be decided at 6 o’clock this

evening — whether the evidence was all in

or not. The interest is unabated.

     The Charles Patterson, named in this

paper yesterday, is not the Charles Pat-

terson employed in the Buford’s Plow Works,

but is a man of the same name from


Notes Here and There11

     –Ben Stemple says he was one of the

number who testified that he did not have

criminal connection with Annie Kittell.

Charles Patterson and Frank Arrison

two other witnesses, are from Davenport.

The Kittell-Hall Bastardy Case — The

            Defendant Discharged12

  On Saturday afternoon at four o’clock,

the evidence in this disgusting case was all

in and Wm. H. Atwood, argued the mat-

ter a few minutes on behalf of the plain-

tiff. He was followed by P. O’Mara, and

  1. T. McElherne for the defense, and Mr.

Atwood then closed by another short

speech. Justice Pinkley reserved his de-

cision until 1 o’clock to-day — and at that

hour the court room was crowded. After

a rather lengthy opinion Hall was dis-

charged, the justice being of opinion that

the charge was not sustained by the evi-


Notes Here and There13

     — Annie Kittell, the unfortunate and dis-

graced girl who recently failed to prove a

charge of bastardy against Harry Hall, has

given birth to her child, which only lived a

few minutes, and she is now lying at her

parents’ residence near Weyerhauser &

Denkman’s saw mill. Her physician does

not think she can recover. This case

should be a warning to all young women.

     Notes Here and There14

     — The report that Annie Kittell was

dead is not true — she is improving rapidly

and Dr. Keller says she will recover. She

appears to be heartily ashamed of her

past life and says she intends to live hon-

orable in future.

And later that year an article about Harry Hall which shows the character of the man accused by Anna Lodisca Kittell.

A Specimen Republican15


After a Fast Life of Several Years He

   Secures His Wages, Borrows All

       the Money He Can, and “Skips

           Out,” Leaving a Young

                Wife and Numerous



     His name is Harry M. Hall — or, at least,

That is the name he sailed under while

here. He was, until yesterday morning,

yardmaster on the C. B. and Q. road in this

city, and for the past year and a half has

been assistant chief engineer of the fire de-

partment. He was a straight republican,

in fact, the republican candidates would

always secure him to “strike” for them at

the pools, “to catch the railroad boys.” Al-

though he was well known in this city he

flourished for about three years before his

true character became generally known.

This was when he was arrested last spring,

On complaint of Annie Kittell, charged

with bastardy. By bribing witnesses and

spending considerable money he was dis-

charged by a republican justice. After

that he took no pains to conceal his true

colors, and was looked upon by all re-

spectable people with abhorrence, and as a

man devoid of all principle. He was the

acknowledged leader of a gang of rowdies

whose business appeared to be to live a

fast life and swindle all who would trust

them. On the 18th of last September he

was married to a young girl named Mary

McCarty. He commenced house-keeping,

But openly bragged that he intended

Living with her but a few weeks. Lately

He has been saving money, and borrowing

all he could from those who trusted him.

He purchased, on credit, several suits of

clothes in this city – and Davenport. He

spent the nights in saloons, and his wife

stated this forenoon that he had been

drunk every night since they were married.

Among his numerous other crimes it is

also said he is guilty of bigamy — having

married and deserted a woman in Musca-

tine. He received his pay last Saturday,

borrowing $20 from Mr. C. P. Dana, the

station agent, smaller sums from other

parties, and, on Tuesday morning, he

“skipped out,” leaving his young wife,

who is in a delicate condition, without food

or a cent, and only with the clothing she

has when she was married. She is now

at the house of a friend. She says the

last time she saw him — Monday evening —

he had about $250 in his pocket. Ald.

Lundy was “taken in” to the tune of about

$160, and numerous saloon keepers, tailors,

Grocers, milkmen, shoemakers, and others

have been swindled — and they are the

only ones who mourn his sudden depar-

ture. Should he be captured he will be

prosecuted for obtaining money and goods

under false pretenses.

Anna Lodisca Kittell went on to marry W. R. Williams sometime between 1878 and 1880 and they moved to Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. To date I have not found a marriage record or the presence of Anna Lodisca Kittell Williams and W. R.  Williams in any U. S. Census.

To be continued…

If anyone has further information please feel free to contact me.


1. “United States Census, 1860”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4FT-N8S : 13 December 2017), John Kettle, 1860.

2. “United States Census, 1870,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MX6W-K88 : accessed 26 May 2016), John Kittell in household of David Osborn, Indiana, United States; citing p. 6, family 45, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,846.

3. “United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXKZ-G2G : accessed 26 May 2016), John Kettell, Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district ED 252, sheet 471A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0246; FHL microfilm 1,254,246.

4. The Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 03 June 1884. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92053943/1884-06-03/ed-1/seq-4/&gt;

5.  The Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 05 Aug. 1884. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92053943/1884-08-05/ed-1/seq-4/&gt;

6.  The Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 16 July 1886. Chronicling America: Historic American  Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92053944/1886-07-16/ed-1/seq-4/&gt;

7. The daily Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 31 Jan. 1877. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92053942/1877-01-31/ed-1/seq-4/&gt;

8. The daily Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 02 Feb. 1877. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92053942/1877-02-02/ed-1/seq-4/&gt;

9. The daily Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 02 Feb. 1877. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92053942/1877-02-02/ed-1/seq-4/&gt;

10. The daily Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 03 Feb. 1877. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92053942/1877-02-03/ed-1/seq-4/&gt;

11. The daily Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 03 Feb. 1877. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92053942/1877-02-03/ed-1/seq-4/&gt;

12. The daily Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 05 Feb. 1877. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92053942/1877-02-05/ed-1/seq-4/&gt;

13.  The daily Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 26 Feb. 1877. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92053942/1877-02-26/ed-1/seq-4/&gt;

14.  The Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 06 March 1877. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92053943/1877-03-06/ed-1/seq-4/&gt;

15.  The Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 14 Nov. 1877. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92053943/1877-11-14/ed-1/seq-4/&gt;









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Please read this article by Roberta Estes.  

If you or anyone you know is dealing with depression or thoughts of suicide, this is important. Roberta has been there, she is not a medical or mental health professional, simply a person who had dealt with the realities of these issues.

I recently posted this link on one of my other blogs. On Tuesday, 19 June 2018 I received a very brief email from my spouse’s double cousin that one of the siblings committed suicide on Father’s Day. He was only 58 years old, a former United States Marine, husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, friend. Everyone was shocked, no one was expecting anything like that.

Suicide is a racking and deeply painful thing for a family to go through. Please, if you even remotely suspect someone might harm themselves or end their own lives, tell another family member or friend, talk to the person, let them know you care. I realize that some people will give no indication at all but many do. I can only hope that maybe one person might be helped by this.

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This is important. Please read this post. I am thoroughly disgusted with Facebook and all connected with them in this violation. I am deleting my account with them. Back to good old fashioned letter writing and phone calls and emails to family and friends. Then again, maybe I lied to them because I never trusted them in the first place. It’s not hard to create a false identity on Facebook.

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And I thought the Equifax security breach last year was bad.

The situation exposed this past week with Facebook is not a breach, it’s intentional, has lasted for years and it’s called “psychographic research.” If you are a Facebook user, and what genealogist isn’t today, it has already affected, read targeted, you. Facebook intentionally collected and allowed the collection of various types of information from their user’s profiles that enabled “others” to construct an extremely accurate psychological personality profile for each Facebook user. Those profiles allowed bad actors to tailor content intended to manipulate each individual Facebook user for their own nefarious purposes.

Facebook exploited the trust of every single one of their 1.8 billion users. Yes, that’s billion, with a B. Of those, 214 million are located in the US.

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Please read this post as well as the others linked to in it. I find the lack of adequate planning unreasonable. I also want to make sure that others in the genealogy community are aware of this as well as RootsTech. Perhaps a more virtual conference would make more sense. Certainly something must change for RootsTech to continue.

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Dear Rootstech,

I just returned home from the 2018 RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City yesterday.  And what a conference it was.

This was my first experience at RootsTech, and I’ve shared it day-by-day with my readers.

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