Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday's Stories, 52 Ancestor Weeks, Week # 37, Elizabeth Isabella Chronic Lashbrook Leone Needs Parents!

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

This is week 37 of my participation Amy Johnson Crow's, once a week challenge to blog about one ancestor a week, tell their story, biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on that one ancestor. More about the challenge can be found at her Blog, No Story Too Small.

Elizabeth Isabella Chronic was born, we believe, Jun 4, 1885 in Fort Scott Kansas (per her headstone), or maybe Missouri, to parents UNKNOWN.  If you look at her death certificate, it says she was born June 4, 1890. (Yes, indeed, we are already in trouble, aren't we?)

Here is what we do know, or have found.  This is not in chronological order, but, in order of my research mind processing the "finds".  A bit different approach.

On Jul 2, 1899 at Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas Isabell Chronic, age 15, married Ernest Lashbrook, age 19.  This marriage record date was a recent index find, and a copy of the full record is needed.  Maybe the names of the parents are included.

Isabell and Ernest had six children:

James Russell Lashbrook

John Ernest Lashbrook

Ralph E. Lashbrook

Nellie M. Lashbrook

George H. Lashbrook

Clarence Edward Lashbrook.

Isabell is enumerated on the 1910 US Census, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri in her husband's household as follows: Ernest, age 31, born Kansas, married 10 years, teamster; Isabel, 24, born Kansas, married 10 years, 5 children, 4 survive; James R., son, age 8, born Missouri; Ralph E., son age 4 (? hard to read?), born Missouri; Nellie M., daughter, could not read age, born Missouri; George H., son, age 1, born Missouri.

In 1918 Ernest died, his obituary lists his widow as Mrs. Belle Lashbrook.

Around 1920 (marriage record NOT found, YET), Isabell marries Stefano Leone.  They have one child, Giacomo "Jack" Leone.

Belle was found on the 1920 U.S. Census of Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri as follows:  Stefano Leone, rents home, age 33, married, came to the US in 1907, (cannot read status of naturalization), born Italy, both parents born Italy, laborer; Bell, wife, age 33, born Kansas, father born in United States, mother born Kansas; Carlo, son, age 7, born Missouri, father born Italy, mother born Kansas.  Note:  Carlo is actually Belle's son, Clarence Lashbrook.

The family has not been located on the 1930 census reports.

Bell Leone was found enumerated on the 1940 of Ward 1, Kansas City, Kaw Township, Jackson, Missouri, United States as follows:  Steve Leone, age 52, born Italy, proprietor of fruit, wholesale liquor store; Bell, wife, age 60, born Missouri, clerk fruit, wholesale liquor store; and son, Jack, age 16, born in Iowa. In the same "house" but, listed as a second household, we find Clarence Lashbrook (see listing of Belle's children above) and his wife Lola and their children, Clarence Jr. and Joe Rita.

The search for her parents has been sporadic, time consuming and frustrating.  For some time I have felt that this family * from the 1900 census was Belle and her parents.  The age is close, but, if we believe she married in July of 1899, what is she doing here with her parents, showing as a unmarried young lady?  It is interesting to note that I have not been able to locate her first husband, to whom she is presumably married, on the 1900 census.

* In the 1900 United States Federal Census of Kansas City Ward 11, Jackson, Missouri we find this family listing:
John P Chronie 44
Jane Chronie 40
William Chronie 17
Belle Chronie 15

* Look at the image, the last name is not Chronie, but, Chronic.  Well, that's what I see, anyway.

In a great twist of fate/research, this William, aged 17, in the 1900 census, will marry the daughter of a Eliza A Lashbrook.  Eliza is the sister of Ernest Lashbrook.  Yes, the husband of Elizabeth Isabelle Chronic.

I prepared the following chart to try to graphically display the relationships or possible relationships.  There is no question about the William Chronic marriage to Minnie Charlston (Charleston) or his parentage.

Alas, I have yet to find one document other than this 1900 census enumeration that I can use to tie Belle to this John and Jane Chronic.  So far, I have not felt this one census enumeration is strong enough proof to enter John and Jane as her parents on my data base.

Elizabeth Leone died in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri on December 17, 1952. She is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri with her husband Stefano, who died in 1960.

Elizabeth's Find a Grave memorial, which I manage, is here.  There is a lovely photo of her gravestone on the memorial.

Wish list for Elizabeth Isabelle Chronic Lashbrook Leone:  Photo. Copy of marriage to Ernest Lashbrook.  Marriage data for marriage to Stefano Leone. Names of parents with substantial proof of same.

* Additional source data can be obtained by contacting me, see the right hand column for a yahoo email address.

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1 comment:

openingdoorsinbrickwalls said...

Interesting to see a 52 Ancestor post written in order of the finds instead of chronological order. ~ Cathy