City Directory Timelines, Part 2

I previously talked about using a simple timeline to track the various places a family lived throughout the years. As I did some more digging on my Felver family, I realized that various branches of this family lived at the same address through the years. I don’t know that it had dawned on me that Joseph C. Felver, his granddaughter Mildred (daughter of Mark), his daughter Mary, her husband Frederick Taylor, and all of the Taylor children at one point or another lived at 169 E. Blackwell Street in Dover, New Jersey.

Looking through some even older city directories, I found Joseph C. Felver and a Theo. Felver (his brother, perhaps?) both living on Blackwell Street.

I threw together another quick timeline to illustrate who was living there in what year–at least according to the various city directories.

Screen shot 2013-11-26 at 9.37.27 PMI can’t stress how important this kind of visual can be. They only take a few minutes to put together and I no longer need to switch back and forth between multiple tabs to see who was living where.

I know that Joseph died in 1909, but now I wonder if he left property to Mildred. Maybe he left it to Mary and her family and Mildred just continued to live there. I think my next mission will be to look into real estate records, deeds, etc. for this property. If anyone has suggestions on where to find this kind of information, please leave me a comment.


The Taylor Family of Dover, NJ

I’ve been fortunate to continue to find all sorts of interesting items in old newspapers related to the Taylor family of Dover, NJ.

The first is this advertisement for Alfred Taylor’s harness shop. I love the “As Good As The Best and Cheap As The Cheapest” headline.

The second is for Taylor Brothers, “Dover’s Popular Clothiers”. I know that Taylor Brothers was owned by two of Alfred Taylor’s sons, John and unknown. I hope to determine which brother was the second involved in this venture soon!

The Taylor Children at School

As I continue to try and learn more about the children of Frederick and Mary (Felver) Taylor of Dover, New Jersey, I’ve been trying various google search combinations to try to churn up more information about the children: Edna Marguerite, Maud, Clarence, Helen, and Joseph.

Descendants of one of these children may be the only other source of clarity on the Felver family origins. My dream is to find a living descendent that has a family bible. How wonderful would that be.


I did discover that the Taylor kids show up in local news under the very cute school reports detailing “class leaders” and “present every day” students.

Here you’ll see Marguerite and Maud who are both in the 7th grade but in different classes. I always thought they were born in two different years, but now I wonder if they could have been twins.

Clarence is a bit farther down the page in the 5th grade while Helen is in the 3rd grade.

The youngest, Joseph, ¬†was three years younger than Helen and wouldn’t have been in grammar school.

While this kind of school report doesn’t provide hard data, it does provide details of the lives of the Taylor children. Marguerite, Maud, Clarence, and Helen were present every day – imagine that! And two out of four were cited as class leaders.

Clearly, education was important in the Taylor family.