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.

Helen Taylor, Found

I’m beginning to think the best way for me to uncover a new piece of information is to write about the various dead ends and brick walls on this site. Yesterday I wrote about the Taylor sisters and the fact that two of them seemed to drop out of site after 1920.

It struck me that Edna Marguerite Taylor is buried with her parents at Locust Hill Cemetery in Dover, NJ, but that neither Helen nor Maud are there—at least not in the same plot. I went to and found a Helen Taylor Keats buried with her husband Wilfred Keats.

A bit of googling for Helen and Wilfred Keats, found this small, but eye-opening gem from the historic Rockaway Record:

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I’m not sure when Helen and Wilfred married, when they moved to Pennsylvania, or when they moved back to New Jersey (Wilfred was apparently mayor of nearby Wharton Township, NJ for a time), but now I know that Helen didn’t just disappear.

Now if I could learn more about their son, La Vern…

Washington, NJ Newspaper Excerpts

Belvedere Apollo, Sept. 7, 1900

Belvedere Apollo, Sept. 7, 1900

I recently wrote to the Warren County (NJ) Library to ask for copies of two obituaries that I hoped would shed some light on family connections. Unfortunately, the obituaries didn’t include any of the information I had hoped.

The obit for Jonathan Petty fro 1875 just read “Petty – At Washington, on Wednesday, Oct. 20th”. The obit for Benjamin Felver from 1900 was informative—indicating he was one of the oldest members of the Mansfield lodge of Odd Fellows and that he was injured in the Civil War and had subsequently been on the “sick list” for the past 30 years—but it didn’t make mention of any survivors, like I had hoped.

There is some good stuff for anyone doing genealogy research in Warren County, NJ.

1875 deaths reported October 29 also included: Catharine A. Teel, wife of Robert G. Teal, aged 30 years; Charley Woodruff, son of John and Bernice Woodruff, aged 3 years; and Catharine Vannatta, wife of Edward Vannatta.

In early September 1900 newspaper mixed obituaries with other Washington, NJ news:

– “Elmer Pronty has returned from Ohio and will spend the winter with his grandmother Mrs. John Gaston”

“Mrs John Folkner, who died some few days ago with brain fever, aged 23 years, was a highly respected person of Balesville. She was raised in that locality. She leaves a kind husband and a very young child to mourn her untimely death.”

“Josiah, better known as ‘Shorty’ Lewis of Broadway was in town Labor Day with a heavy load of ‘red eye’. While in this condition he cut the harness on John Hays’ horse and struck at several persons with a large penknife.”

A Breakthrough, Pending Proof

I had a bit of a breakthrough recently regarding Joseph C. Felver’s parents! Just last week I wrote about finding the 1850 census where Joseph and Margaret Felver have an unknown 9 year old living with them.

I’ve believed for awhile that Joseph’s parents could be Frederick and Catherine Felver, but I couldn’t prove it. Joseph C., Peter, and Clark Felver all served together in the NJ 31st regiment, company B in the civil war. Plenty of people have been researching Peter and Clark and other children of Frederick and Catherine, but there seemed to be no information on where Joseph might fit in—if at all.

I did a bit more digging and realized that Peter is most likely Joseph’s younger brother and that they took him in when father Frederick died in 1840. At least, 1840 is the date that trees on give, although no one seems to have proof. I think there’s an extremely good chance that Frederick and Catherine were Joseph’s parents and that Peter was a younger brother. If Frederick did die in 1840, the mother (Catherine) would have likely needed help from the older children to care for the younger children.

No all I need to do is prove my theory! Seems like a trip to New Jersey is starting to come together.

This post is for D’Anne, the only other descendent of Joseph C. Felver I’ve corresponded with!