Thursday, October 13, 2011
Richard Eric Smith graduated from Eastern High School. If you look closely you can see "Archie" written in the lower right hand corner of the photo. Richard was seldom called by his first name. Most knew him as "Smitty" and "Archie".
This 1911 England Census image shows the John and Jane (Wallwork) Smith family living at 8 Brandon Grove in Leeds. Living in the household with John and Jane are daughters, Dora Roseanne and Margaret Archer, and daughter-in-law, Carolyn Elvirah, and grand-daughter, Joan Ramme.
Herbert and Carolyn married in Detroit on September 1909 and, sometime before the birth of their oldest child, sailed to England. Herbert and Carolyn's first child, Joan Ramme Smith, was born 27 October 1910 in Leeds. Apparently, Herbert, Carolyn and Joan lived with Herbert's family. During the time the census was taken, Herbert was aboard the ship Amerika, sailing to the US. (See other post for ship manifest showing Herbert A. Smith)
Thursday, June 2, 2011
This home is located at 1140 Van Dyke, on the corner of Van Dyke and Agnes in Detroit, Michigan. (The address was 258 Van Dyke in an earlier numbering system.) The first of our ancestors to live in the home were Walter Jerome Bell and his wife, Minnie Ramme. Their youngest daughter, Carolyn owned the house after Walter died. The house was sub-divided into apartments for renters. Some of Carolyn's children lived in the apartments when they were married and starting families of their own.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
You can right click on this pedigree chart to download or print it, or just click on it to make it larger and easier to read.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
This tax list from 10 October 1864 shows William Ramme being taxed on $72 worth of ready made boots and shoes. The 5% tax brings his tax liability to a total of $3.60. William is recorded on several tax lists throughout the years he operated his shoe store. His probate records give a detailed list of the entire shoestore inventory, accounts receivable and accounts payable at the time of his death.
William Ramme was a shoemaker in Germany, as noted on his immigration record. He continued in the occupation of shoemaker in the United States. The first record found, so far, of the Ramme family in America is the 1860 US Census. The Rammes lived in Detroit (Ward 4), Wayne County, Michigan. William's occupation is recorded as Shoemaker. Minnie is not living at home at the time, and hasn't been located anywhere on the 1860 Census.
Friday, March 13, 2009
This page of the manifest shows Wilhelmine Ramme, passenger 106. Her family was listed on the next page of the manifest. Minnie was 12 years old at the time her family immigrated. Right below her is Henrich Coln, age 13, her future first husband. (Henrich's last name was also spelled Coelln and Coellen.) It's not yet known if he was a friend of the Ramme's before he immigrated to America.