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One Man – Many Names?

Posted by dwsuddarth on 24 October 2014

In researching my second great grandfather, Vojtech Cerny, I have discovered that it pays to be creative. I had found him in the 1880 Chicago census living at 75 Meagher St. In addition, I had found him in City Directories for 1884 through 1896, the year of his death, and also in 1875. I had not been able to find him in the directories for other years, though. Until now.

Vojtech Cerny can be found in the Chicago City Directories residing at 75 Meagher with the following names:

  • Vojtech Cerny
  • Albert Cerny
  • Albert Churney
  • Albert Jurney
  • Albert China
  • Albert Sergen
  • Albert Black

Albert is the English equivalent for Vojtech, so it is easy to see why he would be found with a first name of Albert. Also, it is easy to see how the name Cerny could be listed as Churney or Jurney, as the phonetic pronunciation of Cerny is Chernee.

China and Sergen are stretching it a little, but I am confident this is him, as the address and first name are correct. But what about Albert Black? Is this really my Vojtech Cerny?

It turns out that, yes, it most definitely is. In Czech, the name Cerny is equivalent to the English name of Black. Therefore, the name Vojtech Cerny is equivalent to Albert Black. Again, the address matches up – 75 Meagher. We know he lived at 75 Meagher in 1880 from the census. He is listed in the city directory in 1882 as Albert Sergen, again living at 75 Meagher. In fact, he lived at 75 Meagher until 1885, when he is found at 250 Maxwell, where both he and his wife, Katerina, died, she in 1893 and Vojtech in 1896.

Here are the listings found in the directory for 1878 through 1884, with the exception of 1880. I have not found him in the directory in 1880 yet, but do have him in the census, so I can match up the address.

  • 1878 – Albert Jurney, lab. house 75 Meagher
  • 1879 – Albert Churney, lab. house 75 Meagher
  • 1880 – Vojtech Cerny, 75 Meagher (from census)
  • 1881 – Albert Black, lab. house 75 Meagher
  • 1882 – Albert Sergen, lab. house 75 Meagher
  • 1883 – Albert China, lab. house 75 Meagher
  • 1884 – Albert Cerny, lab. house 75 Meagher

I am confident that this is the same man – Vojtech Cerny, my great-great grandfather.

Now, this is the only record I have found him in where the name is listed as Albert Black. However, it may not be the only one. Whenever we are looking for someone, we all know that we need to keep in mind alternative spellings and the different ways different people may pronounce a name, especially one that is foreign. However, we also need to be aware of the fact that the name may be ‘translated’ and given in some records as its English equivalent.

In this case Albert Black.

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Treasure in Parish Records

Posted by dwsuddarth on 11 October 2014

I recently found the maiden name of my mother’s father’s mother’s mother (got that?).  My mother’s father was Edward Albert Murray, the son of Joseph Murray and Julia Anna Cerny. Julia’s parents were Vojtech and Katerina Cerny.

I have always been intrigued by Vojtech and Katerina. They first appear in the 1880 Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois census. From other records, it has appeared that they both came to the US about 1869 or 1870. I have not been able to find either on the 1870 census. According to voter registration records, Vojtech was naturalized in the County Court of Cook County in 1870. Which means that his naturalization records were lost in the Chicago Fire of 1871. I have found bits and pieces of information here and there, but nothing to really help put together their lives and their story. Until recently.

Vojtech and Katerina were Catholic. I have always thought that looking through Catholic Church records – more specifically, parish records – may provide useful information. But I didn’t know what parish they belonged to. Chicago, even in the late 1800′s was a big place. The Catholic community was (and is) very large. Trying to find the parish they would have belonged to back in 1880 seemed like an almost impossible task. I wasn’t going to look through each parish in the city.

As I was doing some background reading about Czechs and Bohemians in the city of Chicago, I discovered that most of them settled on the Near West side of the city – right where Vojtech and Katerina were in 1880. In addition, I found that most belonged to St. Wenceslous Parish. It just so happens that FamilySearch has the parish records digitized and online, so off to FamilySearch to look through the records I go. And did I find records.

I started by looking through the marriage registers. I read them page by page, but did not find Vojtech and Katerina. Then I went to the baptism registers. And there I found a whole lot. I managed to find records for the baptisms of most of their children, including two who we didn’t know about before and do not appear on the 1880 census. These two children most likely died before the age of 10. But the best part is that the register lists the parent’s names – with the mother’s maiden name.

Some of them were hard to read. Others, though, were as clear as could be. And that’s when I found Katerina’s maiden name of Padrta. To say I was excited at this discovery would be an understatement. I was thrilled. Finding maiden names of women can be challenging. This will hopefully make looking for information on Vojtech and Katerina easier – I have already found who I believe may be a brother of Katerina living in the same building in 1880 (there were three families living in the building – most likely a three flat). It would make sense that someone of the same age with the same last name living in the same building is a relative. So now, I can search immigration and passenger records not only for Katerina, but for her (I hope) brother as well.

Someday I will be able to tell the whole story of Vojtech and Katerina. Until then, I will have a lot of fun looking.

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Patience Suddarth

Posted by dwsuddarth on 9 July 2011

One of my most elusive and most intriguing ancestors is Patience Suddarth.  I first encountered Patience on the 1820 Crawford County, Indiana census.  She is enumerated as ‘Patience Suddreth’ and is the head of household, 26 – 45 years of age.  Also in the household are two young boys, one 10 – 16 and the other under 10 years.  Enumerated immediately before Patience is ‘James Suddreth’ and immediately after is Jeremiah Tadlock, husband of James’s sister, Sarah Suddarth.

There is definitely a relationship between Patience, James and Sarah.  Just what exactly that relationship is has not been confirmed.  James is 25 years of age at this time (born 1795) and Sarah is 17 (born 1803).  Looking at the 1820 census record, Patience would have been between 26 and 45, so she could be a sister to James and Sarah, their mother, an Aunt, or some other relationship.  It is also not clear from this record whether Patience is a widow or had never married (we cannot be sure that Patience is the mother of the two boys in the household).  I have found no other records for Patience in Crawford or surrounding counties in Indiana, and I do not find her anywhere in the 1830 census.

I do, however, find someone who could possibly be her in the 1810 census.  The 1810 Casey County, Kentucky census lists a ‘Peashant Sutheard’, head of household, between the ages of 26 and 45.  Additionally, there is another female in the household, under 10 years of age, making her born between 1800 and 1810.  There are also two young boys in the household, both under 10, so born between 1800 and 1810 as well.  Is this the same Patience Suddarth as was found in Crawford County?

I believe it is.  The age on the two census records agrees.  If this is the same Patience, she would have been born between 1775 and 1784.  James Suddarth, enumerated in the 1820 census immediately before Patience, enlisted at the Casey County, Kentucky courthouse in 1813 to fight in the War of 1812.  Additionally, James is found in Casey County tax lists for the years 1812 – 1814.  There is also a John Suddarth found in the Casey County tax lists in 1809 and then again from 1812 through 1815 and in 1817.  I have not found John in the tax lists for 1810, 1811 or 1816.  Neither John nor James are found in the Casey County census in 1810.

So, we know that there are Suddarths in Casey County at the time.  We also know that James from Crawford County, Indiana, is from Casey County, Kentucky and is found on tax lists there.  But what about the children found in the census records?

The Suddarth family of Crawford County, Indiana consisted of 4 brothers and 1 sister, according to a letter written by Jerry Suddarth in 1899.  These brothers were James, born 1795; Benjamin, born 1801; John, born 1811; and Lewis, born 1812.  The sister was Sarah, who was born in 1803.  In 1810, the female found in the household is the right age to be Sarah.  Of the two boys, Benjamin was born in 1801, so he would have been under 10 at the time of the census.  James would have been 15, so it is possible that a mistake was made in the census.   James could also have been in another household at the age of 15 and this is another child who died young.  I think that with all the other evidence, that either of these situations is very likely.  The 1820 census in Crawford County, Indiana shows two boys, one under 10, and the other 10 to 16.  I think that it is very likely that the one under 10 is Lewis and that the one who is 10 to 16 is John (he would have been 9 at the time; it is very possible that he was reported and/or marked as being 10.  James and Sarah are each in their own households in 1820.  Benjamin has not been found in 1820.

No other records have been found which mention Patience.  This is not surprising for a female at that time.  I am pretty confident that the Patience found in 1810 is the same as the Patience found in 1820.  If that is the case, then I believe that she is not a widow, but that Suddarth is her maiden name.  This of course leads to all kinds of questions, such as whose children is she raising, both in 1810 and 1820?  Are they hers and she was never married or are they the children of a relative that she has taken in and is helping to raise?  I am sure that there are many other possibilities, as well.  Patience will remain one of my favorite ancestors to research, hoping to uncover more of her life’s story.

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The Will of Dicey A. Davis

Posted by dwsuddarth on 16 May 2011

Following is a transcription of the will of Dicey A. Davis, daughter of Benjamin Suddarth and Nancy Wright.

Will of Dicey A. Davis
Washington County, Indiana
Will Book F:185-186
Written 6 March 1886; proved 1 May 1886

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Dicey A. Davis Will

In the name of the Benevolent Father of all, I Dicey A. Davis of Hardinsburg, Washington County, Indiana, do make and publish this my last will and testament.

First – I give and bequeath to my brother Greenberry Suddarth all the property of which I die possessed both real and personal without inventory or appraisement, he, my said brother, paying the expense of my last illness, burial expenses, and tombstones for my grave said stones to cost about $5000. He, my said brother Greenberry Suddarth to hold my residence and lot known and designated as Lot No 5 as layed down on the platt of Ellis addition to the town of Hardinsburg, during his natural life and to give a home during that time, if she should live so long, to my sister Mary Lynn.

Second – At his death, I give and bequeath said house and lot as above described, to Sanford E McIntosh and John R. Cravens without inventory or appraisement, and hereby empower them to sell same and convey it, at public or private sale at their discretion, and dispose of the proceeds as follows, after paying expenses of of sale and all other necessary expenses, they shall buy four setts of tombstones good plain substantial stones, and place them as follows: one sett each at the graves of my father, Benjamin Suddarth, my mother Nancy Suddarth, and my brothers Blackwell and John Suddarth. If there be any money left, I hereby instruct my executors to pay into the hands of the trustees of the Hardin Cemetery or graveyard (the cemetery where my father mother and brothers as above named are buried) to be by said trustees used at their discretion in beautifying and improving said cemetery.

Third – I hereby appoint the aforementioned Sanford E. McIntosh and John R. Cravens or either of them my executors of this my last will and testament.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 6th day of March 1886.

Signed by Dicey A. Davis

Dicey A. x Davis

as her last will and testament, in our presence, and signed as witnesses by us in her presence -

Henry C. Fouts
Sanford E. McIntosh

Proof of Will

State of Indiana, Washington County, ss:

Be it remembered, that on the 1st day of May 1886. Sanford E. McIntosh one of the subscribing witnesses to the within and foregoing last Will and testament of Dicey A. Davis late of said County, deceased, personally appeared before James M Taylor, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Washington County, in the State of Indiana, and being duly sworn by the Clerk of said Court, upon his oath declared and testified as follow that is to say: that on the 6th day of March 1886, he saw the said Dicey A. Davis sign her name to said instrument in writing as and for last will and testament, and that this deponent at the same time heard the said Dicey A. Davis declare the said instrument in writing to be her last will and testament and that the said instrument in writing was at the same time at the request of the said Dicey A Davis and with her consent attested and subscribed by the said deponent & Henry C Fouts in the presence of said testator and in the presence of each other as subscribing witnesses thereto, and that the said Dicey A. Davis, was at the time of the signing and subscribing of said instrument in writing as aforesaid, of full age, (that is more than twenty one years of age.) and of sound and disposing min and memory, and not under any coercion or restraint, as the said deponent verily believes, and further deponent says not.

Sanford E. McIntosh

Sworn to and subscribed by the said Sanford E McIntosh before me, James M Taylor, Clerk of said Court at Salem, the 1st day of May, 1886.

James M Taylor Clerk

In attestation whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affix the seal of said Court.

James M Taylor Clerk

State of Indiana, Washington County, ss:

I James M Taylor, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Washington County Indiana do hereby certify that the within annexed will and testament of Dicey A. Davis has been duly admitted to probate and duly proved by the testimony of Sanford E McIntosh one of the subscribing witnesses there that a complete record of said will, and of the testimony of the said Sanford E McIntosh in proof thereof has been by me duly made and recorded in Book F at pages 185-6 of the records of Wills of said County.
In attestation whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said Court, at Salem, this 1st day of May 1886

James M Taylor
Clerk Circuit Court Washington Co.

Dicey A. Davis Will

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Updates

Posted by dwsuddarth on 7 November 2009

I have updated and continue to work on the Suddarth pages of this site.  I have added pages for James Suddarth, born 1795 in Virginia, who I have discussed quite a bit on the blog.  In addition, I have put in a page for Patience Suddarth.  I don’t know much about Patience.  I think she may be the mother of Lewis Suddarth, but I really do not have anything to support that theory other than the 1820 Crawford County, Indiana census.  I do not feel that this is enough to state anything regarding the relationship between Patience and Lewis.

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