My dilemma and my current Most Wanted!!

I have been searching for my husband’s great-great-great-grandfather, Henry T. Stanard, but have not been successful.  Although my husband’s great-great-great-grandfather is on my Most Wanted list, this post is about his son, Elbert M. Stanard.

I have been communicating with a distant cousin of my husband’s, Charles Grote, and several months ago, he send me a copy of Henry T. Stanard’s probate file.  Recently I was going over the documents he sent me to make sure that I have all of the information that is available within the documents.  I found a list of Henry’s heirs and found that besides the son and two daughter’s I already knew of, there was another son that I have never heard of or seen.  He is Elbert M. Stanard.  Now, besides the probate file that was mailed to me, Charles also send me a few copies of deeds one of which was from Elbert M. Stanard and his wife Ella selling the property to James Hutton, Administrator of Henry T. Stanard’s estate, for $25 as a “heir at law.”

I believe I found Elbert in the 1860 census but am not sure if  his name and sex were incorrectly put as Elizabeth and female (His mother is also named Elisabeth).   We next find him in the 1870 census in Michigan in the household of Edward Williams.  This census shows Edward Williams wife as Elizabeth Williams and she is listed at the appropriate age from the 1860 census with Henry T. and “Elizabeth/Elbert”.   Elbert was also listed with Elizabeth and Edward Williams but he was listed as a day laborer.  Remember that Elbert was listed as an heir previously in the Petition for Administration?   That probate records/deeds shows Elbert and his wife Ella living in Cook County, Illinois in 1886.  In the 1900 census shows Elbert as still living in Illinois as a widow and working as a lawer.  In 1910, we find Elbert in the census in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, working as a editor at a publishing company and lastly we find Elbert in the 1920 census which still shows that he was living in Michigan and working as a Lawyer with a general practice again.  We can’t find him after the 1920 census so I believed that he died sometime after 1920.

In short, here is what we know:

1860 Census Romulus Wayne Michigan  
Henry T 40 – M – W Carpenter 400 – 200 NY
Elizabeth 32 – F – W     NY
Elizabeth 2 – F – W (This could be Elbert?)   MI
1870 Census Romulus Wayne Michigan  
Edward Williams 73 – M – W   3600 – 1000 NY
Elizabeth 43 – F – W Keeping house   NY
Elbert 12 – M – W Day Laborer   MI
1880 Not Found        
1886 – Probate File   Cook Illinois  
Elbert and Wife, Ella Married       
1900 Census Chicago Cook Illinois  
Stanard, E W (M?) 41 – M – Widowed Lawyer    
1910 Census Detroit Wayne Michigan  
Stanard, Elbert M. 50 – M – Wd Editor Publishing    
1920 Census Detroit Wayne Michigan  
Stanrd, Edward (Elbert?) 58 – M – Wd Lawyer Gen Practice    

I have searched on for some clues as to where Elbert and Ella got married, where Ella might have died, more information on how Elbert lived.  After discussing it with my distant cousin-in-law, Charles, we believe that he may have atteded law school sometime  between 1876 – 1900.  We knew that his step-father, Edward Williams, had lots of money and could afford to send Elbert to law school.

I could not find any more information on Elbert.  Where should I search next?  I’m thinking of searching for the law schools in Michigan and Illinois to write to them asking if they have him as a graduate?  Any other suggestions?


Its Official!!!

I am officially registered for the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree that will be held in June!  I was able to register before the deadline of early-bird registration which is April 30th.  I can’t wait am excited to go!

I plan on taking some classes on hispanic genealogy, California genealogy, translating latin records, methodology classes (evidence & analysis), and some genealogical social networking classes.  I also signed up for a breakfast as well. 

I can’t wait to meet in person some of my online genealogy friends at this event!!!

Racial Prejudices – A Part of my past

Sunday, my daughter and I visited La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, the first Mexican American Cultural Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

This cultural center had a wonderful exhibit in which we learned the history of California.  We learned that when the U.S. won the war against Mexico, it obtained California through the treaty of Guadalupe Hildago in 1848.  It also showed the formation of Los Angeles through out the years including the time that affected me in my childhood, the late ’70’s racial discrimination and the chicano movement.

It brought back pretty intense memories of when I was young.  While I had to walk to school when I was in the 8th grade, there was one house that I would always pass by and the caucasian boy who lived there would always shout out to me “Go back to Mexico” or call me “wetback”.  I really didn’t like  walking to school and having to pass by his house everyday.  Although I knew how ignorant he was, it was nevertheless frustrating to past by his house.  I made sure my daughter knew about this time in my life.  I also told her of  the prejudice my mother, younger sister and I encountered when we were looking for a place to live and how some caucasian people didn’t want to rent to anyone who wasn’t like them.  My daughter and I went and read everything in this section of the exhibit.

Another section in this exhibit was on the migrant farm workers.  My daughter  pointed to a picture and asked me who the man in the picture was, I told her he was Cesar Chavez and I explained to her what he did to garner a spot in this exhibit.  I told her about how I boycotted grapes to show support of the migrant farm workers and to show support to my older aunts and uncles who, when they were younger, were migrant farm workers with my grandfather as well.  I explained to her how Cesar Chavez helped to bring better treatment to the migrant farm workers.

In the end, she learned about California history and a little more about her own family history and we had a blast.   It had fun, interactive displays throughout the exibit as well.

I would recommend La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N.  Main Street, Los Angeles, CA  90012, (213)542-6200 to anyone interested in the development of Los Angeles, California from mexican territory to statehood and in mexican-american culture and history.  🙂