The last five posts have focused on photos of individual children of Carey Reed and Katie Daniells. Today’s post includes the group family photos that I have. If anyone wants the names of the individuals in the pictures, please contact me and I can provide the names.
Lucinda Augusta Daniells was the 5th and last child of Carey Reed and Katherine Daniells. She was born in 1886 in Wacousta, Michigan and died in 1967 in Fort Worth, Texas. She married Joseph Mulholland and had two children, Catherine and Joseph Jr. Of the Daniells children, Lucinda seems to have been the one most interested in genealogy and family history. I am not in contact with any of her descendants but would like to communicate with them so that we can share our family history.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Fountain Street Baptist Church in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, was important in the lives of Achsah Jones Stowell and her daughters Anna and Catherine during the latter half of the 1800s. Catherine Stowell met her future husband Carey Reed Daniells at this church when he visited family in Grand Rapids. They married in 1871. Excerpts from her diary indicate that Catherine was a deeply religious person who frequently reflected on her relationship with God and her own human failings.
Today’s Fountain Street Church is no longer affiliated with the Baptist Church or any other mainstream church. The FSC website states:
Although founded as early as 1842, between 1896 to 1956 Fountain Street Baptist went from being a mainstream Baptist church to being a non-creedal liberal church, ultimately severing its ties to the American Baptist Church and eschewing any denomination.
The website goes on to say, “Our current sanctuary and church house were built in 1924 following a fire that destroyed the previous structure in 1917.”
During a recent visit to Grand Rapids, Sandra and I toured the sanctuary. Church staff was unable to provide us with photographs of the original structure that burned, but we took pictures of the current edifice.