April 3, 2009

Frustration Friday – a continuation of Madness Monday

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:48 PM by Kris P

The “small brickwall” I decided to tackle on Monday seemed easy enough from first glance. These were the things I knew:

  1. Her name is Elizabeth A Hale.1
  2. She married Adolph G Assenheimer on 17 March 1873 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 1
  3. Her parents’ names are William Hale and Maria. 1
  4. She was born in Kentucky.1


  1. Certified marriage certificate in hand.

So, how hard could it possibly be to find a Hale family in Kentucky with the head of household being William, his wife being Maria and there being an Elizabeth in the house about 1850-1860? I estimated her age to be about 18-23, hoping this was her first marriage. So, her date of birth would be 1850-1855ish.

Through Ancestry.com, I was able to find an 1850 census in Louisville Kentucky, listing:

Household Members:
Name Age
Alice Hale 4
Charles Hale 10
Elizabeth Hale 6
Mary Hale 1
Thomas Hale 17
William R Hale 21
William Hale 50
Amanda Stander 23
Theodore Stander 27
John Young 30
Maria Young 22
William Young 1

But is this the right family? It seems like it, although it could put Elizabeth’s year of birth at about 1844, making her 29 when she was married. That’s pretty old back then, unless she was an early widow. But where’s Maria the wife? Did she die in childbirth giving birth to Mary the baby?


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