Children of Carey Reed and Catherine Stowell Daniells: Will Carleton

September 28, 2009
Will Carleton Daniells

Will Carleton Daniells

Born in 1882, my grandfather Will Carleton Daniells was the fourth child of Carey Reed and Catherine Stowell Daniells.  He married Iva Bliss in 1907.  I included considerable information on W.C. and Iva in my post of July 22, and their wedding photo and newspaper article are shown on July 23.   Excerpts from the July 22nd post about Will Carleton are reprinted below.  The Wolf at the Door on September 18th is an example of his favorite humor.

Will Carleton graduated from the Wacousta 10th grade school in 1901 in the same class with Iva Bliss.  The following day, he left for New York where he went to work for Ingersoll Watch, testing 2500 watches per day at $9 per week.  He followed his older brothers Estee and Allan in working for Ingersoll.  In 1902, he went to Fort Worth, Texas, to Draughon’s Business College.  

Will Carleton and Iva Daniells

Will Carleton and Iva Daniells

He graduated in 1903 and moved to Chicago where he worked for his brother, Estee, as a shipping clerk at Ingersoll.  He held that job until 1906.  He also worked at the Auditorium nights and was head usher for Gonzales Church when he injured his knee in a fall on the stairs.

W.C., as he was often known, purchased 40 acres of the King Ranch, Kingsville, Texas, and went there in the spring of 1906.  After a year there, he returned to Wacousta long enough to marry Iva Bliss at her family’s farm, “the Pivot”.

W.C. and Iva had five daughters:  Dora Katherine, Mary Deone (my mother), Estella Elizabeth “Betty”, Eleanor Grace, and Iva Georgene “Jean.” 

W.C. spent the later years of his life in the citrus industry of Florida.  He developed the tangelo and was known as “The Tangelo King.”

The Daniells Family.  Portrait taken after the death of Iva.

The Daniells Family. Portrait taken after the death of Iva.

W.C. Daniells in one of his groves.

W.C. Daniells in one of his groves.

W.C. Daniells as a boy.

W.C. Daniells as a boy.

W.C. Daniells dressed for a night on the town.

W.C. Daniells dressed for a night on the town.

W.C. at age 15 headed to the barn to milk the cows.  Photo taken in 1897.

W.C. at age 15 headed to the barn to milk the cows. Photo taken in 1897.

W.C. and Iva in Texas, ca 1910.

W.C. and Iva in Texas, ca 1910.


Children of Carey Reed and Catherine Stowell Daniells: Allan Louis

September 25, 2009
Allan Daniells

Allan Daniells

Allan Louis Daniells was the third child of Carey Reed and Catherine Daniells.   He was born in Wacousta, Michigan, in 1876 and died in Flushing, New York, in 1960.   Allan moved to New York to work with his brother Estee at the Ingersoll Watch Company.  While in New York, Allan met and married Esther Jones in 1901.  In 1902, brother Estee was transferred to Chicago to establish another branch of Ingersoll.  When Estee was sent to London in 1905 to establish the European branch of Ingersoll, Allan was sent to Chicago to take Estee’s place.  While in Chicago, Esther and Allan had the first of their daughters, Katherine Esther, in 1908.  In 1916, another daughter Helen Elizabeth was born in New York.  Allan later became involved in Florida citrus groves, like his brother Will Carleton.

Young Allan Daniells

Young Allan Daniells

The Daniells sisters, Helen and Katherine, daughters of Allan and Esther Daniells.

The Daniells sisters, Helen and Katherine, daughters of Allan and Esther Daniells.

Allan and Esther Daniells with son-in-law Charles Wieters and grandsons David and Richard, 1945.

Allan and Esther Daniells with son-in-law Charles Wieters and grandsons David and Richard, 1945.

Allan Daniells with his citrus grove.

Allan Daniells with his citrus grove.

Allan Daniells and his grandson David, 1945.

Allan Daniells and his grandson David, 1945.

Cousins Dora Katherine Daniells, daughter of Will Carleton, and Katherine Esther Daniells, daughter of Allan, ca 1912.

Cousins Dora Katherine Daniells, daughter of Will Carleton, and Katherine Esther Daniells, daughter of Allan, ca 1912. Both girls are named for their grandmother Catherine Stowell Daniells.


Children of Carey Reed and Catherine Stowell Daniells: Mary Anna

September 24, 2009
Mary Anna, the second child of Carey Reed and Catherine Daniells, was born in 1874 in Wacousta, Michigan, and died in 1966 in Mt. Dora, Florida.  Mary went to New York around 1892 to visit her brother Estee, who worked for the Ingersoll Watch Company.  She decided to stay in New York and entered the Long Island College Hospital to take a three-year course in nursing.  While in New York she met and married William Bearmore of Monmouth County, New Jersey, in 1899.   After a time, Will Bearmore also began working for Ingersoll as a salesman.  Their daughter Mildred Edna was born in 1900.
Mary Anna Daniells as a young lady.

Mary Anna Daniells as a young lady.

 

Mary Daniells as a teenager.

Mary Daniells as a teenager.

Mary Daniells Bearmore

Mary Daniells Bearmore

Mary Daniells Bearmore

Mary Daniells Bearmore

From left to right, Mary and Will Bearmore and their sister-in-law Mary Taft Daniells, wife of Mary's brother Estee.

From left to right, Mary and Will Bearmore and their sister-in-law Mary Taft Daniells, wife of Mary Bearmore's brother Estee.


Children of Carey Reed and Catherine Stowell Daniells: Estee

September 22, 2009
Oil painting of Estee Daniells, 1954, at the age of 82.  Please note that he is holding his Ingersoll watch.

Oil painting of Estee Daniells, 1954, at the age of 82. Please note that he is holding his Ingersoll watch.

Carey Reed and Katherine Stowell Daniells had five children:  Estee Stowell, Mary Anna, Allan Louis, Will Carleton (my grandfather), and Lucinda Augusta.  Over the next several days I will be sharing the photos that I have of each.

Estee Stowell Daniells was born in 1872 in Chicago, Illinois, and died in 1960 in London, England.  He married Mary Elizabeth Taft and had one child, Ruth Winefred.  Estee followed in the footsteps of his father and went to work for Ingersoll Watch Company, which was founded by the Ingersolls of Wacousta.  He served in Chicago and New York before being sent to London to establish the company there.  This temporary assignment ended up lasting for 50 years, and he served as the president of the company.  He built a mansion in north London and named it Wacousta after his hometown in Michigan.  The home no longer exists, but in 1998, Sandra and I located his address and talked with one of his neighbors and a postman who fondly remembered Estee and his daughter Ruth. I have a great deal of information on Estee and his career but will do a longer feature on him at a later date.

Estee Daniells

Estee Daniells

 

Estee when he first went to New York with the Ingersoll Watch Company

Estee when he first went to New York with the Ingersoll Watch Company

 

Estee Daniells arrives in London.  A London newspaper published the story of Estee's arrival and used this illustration.

Estee Daniells arrives in London. A London newspaper published the story of Estee's arrival and used this illustration.

Mary Taft "Mamie" Daniells, wife of Estee

Mary Taft "Mamie" Daniells, wife of Estee

Ruth Daniells, daughter of Estee and Mamie, at 20 months

Ruth Daniells, daughter of Estee and Mamie, at 20 months

Estee listens to Ruth playing the cello.

Estee listens to Ruth playing the cello.

Wacousta, Estee's London home, named for Wacousta, Michigan.

Wacousta, Estee's London home, named for Wacousta, Michigan.


The Wit of W. C. Daniells: Wolf at the Door

September 18, 2009
W.C. Daniells

W.C. Daniells

For the last two weeks I have been focused on the Winegar side of my family.  Now, I plan to spend some time on my mother’s side, the Daniells.  Will Carleton Daniells, my grandfather, was born in 1882 in Wacousta, Michigan and died in 1973.  He married Iva Bliss and had 5 daughters. He worked as a salesman for Ingersol Watch Company, a rancher, and a citrus grower.  He was one of the developers of the tangelo and was know as the Tangelo King of Florida.  He had very strong political opinions. 

I am going to begin with some humorous writings that he was particularly fond of.  These he shared with his daughters and they have been passed down to me.  I have no idea who the authors were.  This first one could easily have been written in today’s political climate and W.C. may have written it.

Dear Sir:

In reply to your request to send a check, I wish to inform you that the present condition of my bank account makes it almost impossible.  My shattered financial condition is due to Federal laws, State laws, County laws, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, and outlaws.

Through these laws I am compelled to pay a business tax, amusement tax, head tax, school tax, gas tax, light tax, water tax, sales tax, liquor tax, income tax, food tax, furniture tax, and excise tax.  I am required to get a business license, car license, operator’s license, truck license, not to mention a marriage license and dog license.

I am also required to contribute to every society and organization which the genius of man is capable of bringing to life: To women’s relief, the unemployed relief, and the gold digger’s relief.  Also to every hospital and charitable institution in the city, including the Salvation Army, Community Chest, Red Cross, Purple Cross, Double Cross, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Y.M.C.A. and Y.W.C.A., as well as Way Stations for Wayward Girls and Boys Ranch and Boys Town.

For my own safety I am required to carry health insurance, life insurance, fire insurance, property insurance, liability insurance, earthquake insurance, tornado insurance, unemployment compensation insurance, and old age insurance.

My business is so governed that it is no easy matter to find out who owns it.  I am inspected, expected, suspected, disrespected, rejected, dejected, examined, re-examined, informed, required, summoned, fined, commanded and compelled, until I provide an inexhaustible supply of money for every known need, desire, or help of the human race.

Simply because I refuse to donate to something or other, I am boycotted, talked about, lied about, held up, held down and robbed, until I am almost ruined.

I can honestly tell you that except for a miracle that happened, I could not enclose this check.  The wolf that comes to many doors nowadays just had pups in my kitchen.  I sold them and here is the money.

Yours truly,


Mary Bliss Parsons: Was She a Witch?

September 17, 2009
This painting is widely believed to be that of Mary Bliss Parsons, but that is not certain.

This painting is widely believed to be that of Mary Bliss Parsons, but that is not certain.

On June 23 I wrote a brief posting about Mary Bliss Parsons and promised you, the reader, that there would be more information to follow.  Today I am keeping that promise.

Like most families, mine can claim a few scoundrels in our history, but few can claim to be related to a witch.  My 7th great grand aunt was Mary Bliss Parsons, acquitted twice of being a witch in early New England.  My direct ancestor was Lawrence Bliss, brother of Mary Bliss.  Here is the story.

Mary Bliss, daughter of Thomas and Margret Bliss, was born about 1625 (some references say 1628) in England.  Her family moved to the New World while she was very young and, after several moves, settled in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Thomas Bliss died, but Margret and her children prospered.

In 1654, a few years after Mary’s marriage to Cornet Joseph Parsons, the couple moved to the newly settled town of Northampton, Massachusetts.  “Cornet” is a title, rather than a name, and Joseph earned the title as Color Bearer in the Hampshire Troop of Horses.  He was also a merchant and fur trader, eventually becoming the wealthiest man in the area.

A website developed by the University of Massachusetts describes the events leading up to the witchcraft trials of Mary Bliss Parsons.  It states:

…soon after the Parsonses moved to Northampton, rumors of witchcraft began to circulate, implying that the family’s success came at the expense of other families, and was the result of Mary’s dealings with the devil. To head off the allegations, Joseph Parsons initiated a slander case in 1656, which he won. But eighteen years later, Mary was officially accused of and tried for witchcraft in 1674. She was eventually acquitted, but it seemed that the residents of Northampton, despite any court decrees, were convinced that Mary was a witch.

The charges of witchcraft against Mary are confusing because there was apparently another woman named Mary Lewis Parsons who was also charged with witchcraft.  The two cases are unrelated, but it is easy to “merge” the two cases into a single account, which would be inaccurate.

Was Mary Bliss Parsons really a witch?  Evidence indicates that the first charge was the result of jealousy and gossip spread by another woman named Sarah Bridgman.  The UMass website goes on to say:

Joseph Parsons won the slander trial, but the feuding did not stop.  Years later, Mary was again charged with witchcraft after the daughter of the Bridgman’s died unexpectedly.  This time Mary was charged officially and tried as a witch, but was acquitted.

Mary and Joseph Parsons had 11 children.  Joseph died in 1683 in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Mary lived until 1715, dying at the age of 87, also in Springfield.

You can get more information at http://ccbit.cs.umass.edu/parsons/hnmockup/home.html. 


Children of Edwin Ashbel and Myrtie Winegar: Group Pictures

September 17, 2009

In the last several posts I have included individual pictures of the children of  E.A. and Myrtie Winegar.  Today, I finish this section with pictures of two or more of the children and their parents.  I can identify most of the people in the group pictures if anyone wants the information. 

Nina, Esther, and Donald Winegar

Nina, Esther, and Donald Winegar

One of the few pictures of the entire Edd Winegar family: left to right, Edd, Bill, Myrtie, Paul, Nina, Esther, and Donald.

One of the few pictures of the entire Edd Winegar family: left to right, Edd, Bill, Myrtie, Paul, Nina, Esther, and Donald.

From left to right, Uncle Henry, Paul, Edd, Myrtie, Bill, and Esther Winegar.

From left to right, Uncle Henry, Paul, Edd, Myrtie, Bill, and Esther Winegar.

Left to right, Paul, Esther, Myrtie, Bill, Don, and Edd Winegar.

Left to right, Paul, Esther, Myrtie, Bill, Don, and Edd Winegar.

Thanksgiving 1937 at the Winegar's.

Thanksgiving 1937 at the Winegar's.

A Winegar-Stephenson picnic, ca 1915

A Winegar-Stephenson picnic, ca 1915

The Winegar family, 1952

The Winegar family, 1952


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