Genealogy has become a hobby for me over the last 10 years. For me, it's like a puzzle, I love fitting the pieces together. But over the years, I've researched a lot that does not pertain to our family lines. Some for extended family, some for close friends, and some because I was trying to rule out lines to figure out where our line went exactly. I do not want these notes on my Heather's Genealogy Notes blog - because they are not our lines. But I do like to share all of my research, in case it benefits others. That is what this blog is for - research I have done that does not apply to our own family lines, but may be helpful for someone else.

Friday, February 8, 2019

William W Dunkel 1848-1928

William Worthington Dunkel
son of David & Anna (Clawson) Dunkel
Born Feb 3 1848
Died Dec 28 1928
Margaret Shook
Daughter Of Jacob & Martha Shook
Born abt 1850

Married 2nd
Harriet Fester
daughter of
Born 1868
Died 1945

Children to Margaret
William Walter. Dunkel 1881-1928 M. Rachel McClary
Margaret Dunkel M. 
Minnie M. Dunkel 1878-1958 M. Charles Peevish

Children to Hattie
William Milford Dunkel

1850 - Possible Census
WIlliam's Death certificate names his parents as David & Anna (Clawson) Dunkel, and tells us that his father was born in Germany and his mother was born in Altoona.

The Clawson genealogy found here has the following record:
ELIZABETH CLOSSON77 (daughter of William Closson and Mary ?) was born about
1827 in Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania77
. She died on October 21, 1897 in
Beaver Falls, Beaver County, Pennsylvania77
. She married David Dunkel about
1847 in Blair County, Pennsylvania77
. He was born on November 02, 1824 in
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania77
. He died on January 25, 1891 in Beaver Falls,
Beaver County, Pennsylvania77

I can't be certain that Anna & Elizabeth are one and the same, and if they are, either the death certificate stating that David was born in Germany, or the Clawson record stating he was born in Pennsylvania, is incorrect.  But I think it is LIKELY that this is the correct record for David .  The other David in this area at this time is married to a Julia, and is not a likely match.


Name: William W Dunkel
Age: 1
Birth Year: abt 1849
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Allegheny, Blair, Pennsylvania, USA
Gender: Male
Family Number: 30
Household Members:
Name Age
David H Dunkel 25
Elizabeth Dunkel 23
William W Dunkel 1
Nancy J Dunkel 0

John Andrews 14

1880 Census
Wm. W. Dunckle
Age 32
Birth Date Abt 1848
Birthplace Pennsylvania
Home in 1880 Beaver Falls, Beaver, Pennsylvania, USA Street
Main St Dwelling Number 72 
Race White
Gender Male
Relation to Head of House Self
Marital Status Married
Spouse's Name Maggie Dunckle
Father's Birthplace Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace Pennsylvania
Occupation Grocery Store 
Household Members
Name Age
Name Wm. W. Dunckle
Name Maggie Dunckle
Name H. W. Dunckle
Name Minnie M. Dunckle

1893 - Divorce from Margaret Dunkel is granted
October 1893, see the marriage license in 1894

1894 - William Dunkel Married Hattie Fester
Name William W. Dunkel
Gender Male
Marriage Date 8 Mar 1894
Marriage Place Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA
Spouse Hattie Fetzer
Film Number 000878591 
Household Members
William W. Dunkel
Hattie Fetzer

1910 Census

1920 Census
Name: William W Dunkle
[William W Daniells] 
Age: 70
Birth Year: abt 1850
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1920: Boggs, Centre, Pennsylvania
Street: Front Street
House Number: x
Residence Date: 1920
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital status: Married
Spouse's name: Harriet A Dunkle
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Able to Speak English: Yes
Home Owned or Rented: Own
Home Free or Mortgaged: Free
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William W Dunkle 70
Harriet A Dunkle 51
W Milford Dunkle 10

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Harry William Dunkel 1875-1943

Harry William Dunkel 
William Worthington and Margaret (Shook ) Dunkel 
Born 02/13/1875 In Beaver Falls Pa
Died 05/21/1943 In New York


Daughter of 

1875 - Harry William Dunkel is Born
There's a social Security record that says he was born in 1878
The death date is the same, so is this an error?  I'm not familiar enough with this index, but if a claim was made in 1945 - it would be very interesting to see who made that claim, if at all possible.

Name:Harry William Dunkel
Birth Date:22 Feb 1878
Birth Place:Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Death Date:21 May 1943
Claim Date:9 Mar 1945
Notes:09 Jun 1978: Name listed as HARRY WILLIAM DUNKEL

Name: H. W. Dunckle
Age: 5
Birth Date: Abt 1875
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Beaver Falls, Beaver, Pennsylvania, USA
Street: Main St
Dwelling Number: 72
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital status: Single
Father's name: Wm. W. Dunckle
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's name: Maggie Dunckle
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Wm. W. Dunckle 32
Maggie Dunckle 29
H. W. Dunckle 5

Minnie M. Dunckle 2

1884 - Billposter at Opera House, Pittsburgh Pa
September 1 1884
Source - Obit appearing in the Billboard in May 1943

"For a number of years had his own shows on the road"

1898 - Harry Dunkel Married Annie 
Name: William H. Dunkle
Age: 23
Birth Date: 13 Feb 1875
Birth Place: Braddock, Pennsylvania
Marriage Date: 25 Dec 1898
Marriage Place: Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA
Spouse: Annie J. Huffmire

Certificate Number: 20899
His occupation is given as Steel worker -which seems out of character.  But in 1900 we see him married to Annie, working in the Opera House.

Annie is 5 years older than him and has a 9 year old child.  I do not believe the child is his, as he would have been too young.

Annie is a bit of a mystery - but since she is a Huffmire, according to her marriage license, and she is NOT in the 1880 census with Lucartha & Thomas Ellis (Parents of her Nora) - I suspect she is the sister in law of Nora, not the sister.  Norah Bell Ellis married a William Huffmeyer.  

1900 Census
In the 1900 Census we find Harry married to Annie, and listed with a child.
Annie is 30 years old, 5 years older than Harry.
Under Number of Children, there is a 1 under Annie, and no mark under Harry, 

leading me to believe that this child, 10 years old in 1900, was not the daughter of Harry

Harry's occupation is clerk in the Opera House, which we know from his obit in 1943, is his correct occupation.

Name: Harry Duncle
[Harry Dunch] 
Age: 25
Birth Date: Mar 1875
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1900: Allegheny Ward 4, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Ward of City: 4th Precinct 1st
Street: Sandusky St
House Number: 309
Sheet Number: 1
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation: 14
Family Number: 19
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son in Law
Marital status: Married
Spouse's name: Annie Duncle
Marriage Year: 1899
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Occupation: Clerk (In Opera H
Months Not Employed: 2
Can Read: Yes
Can Write: Yes
Can Speak English: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Ercartha Ellis 58
Bell Hoffmeyes 34
Annie Duncle 30
Golda Duncle 10

Harry Duncle 25

1903 - Secretary of the Bill Posters National Alliance
March 22 1903 Pittsburgh Weekly Gazette

1916 - Listed as a stagehand in City Directory

We know he worked for the Harry Copping Shows before working for Cetlin & Wilson - this announcement appeared in the billboard in 1917.  It announces the opening of the Harry Copping shows in Reynoldsville Pa.

1917 - General Manager Arena Show
May 1917 - In The Billboard

also in the same publication, a few pages later - 

1917 Draft Card
On his WW1 Draft card
Occupation - Showman, Employers Name: Self.
Place of Employment - No definite place
Nearest relative - Wife
Address 518 6th avenue, Pittsburgh PA

1918 - General Agent with Harry Copping Shows
Approximately 1918-1932
For 14 years prior to joining Celtin & Wilson

He joined Celtin & Wilson approximately 1932

1928 - Harry's Brother Dies in Accident
In 1928 Harry's brother Walter Warrenton Dunkel fell off a pike and fractured his skull.
(there was probably an article in the papers?)

Walter left a wife Rachel (McClary) Dunkel, two daughters: Thelma & Helen, and a son Sherwood.  In 1943 when Harry died, Thelma & Helen are the nieces listed as attending his funeral in New York. (See notices under 1943 near end of this post). Helen married Wade Clark, and Thelma married Charles Wasmuth. 

Harry was the informant for the death certificate.

1930 Census
Name: Harry W Dunkel
Birth Year: abt 1875
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Marital status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Lodger
Home in 1930: Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA
Map of Home: View Map
Street address: Penn ave and 6th
Ward of City: Second
Block: 22
House Number: 605
Dwelling Number: 29
Family Number: 29
Attended School: No
Able to Read and Write: Yes
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Occupation: amusement Business
Industry: Theatrical Show
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker

Employment: Yes

In the 1930 census we find a full page under the name Fred L Klooz, in the 2nd ward, block 22, of Pittsburgh Pa.
Fred, age 61 is listed as head of household, wiht a home value of $6,500,000
His wife, age 58, and daughter (possible Mosie?) age 28 are listed with him.

Under them are listed 1 housekeeper (Mary Keaur age 64)
 29 "guests" ranging in age from 21 to 68, and with birthplaces in Russia, Greece, Syria, Ohio, West Virginia, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, & Texas.
 Their occupations rance from Engineer, mechanic, set engineers, agent, commercial traveler, and more.

Under the 29 guests appear 3 lodgers, including a nurse, from Russia, A salesman from New York, and Heny William Dunkle, a 58 year old single man with the occupation of "Amusement Business" in the industry of "Theatrical Show."

The Cetlin Wilson Show Train in the 1950's

"Hallegedly worked for the Celtin & Wilson Circus and was an entertainer of sorts"

From a circus history message board - 
"The best overall reference on Cetlin & Wilson is the book by Bob Goldsack. His contact information can be found in the response to question 601. More detailed information is contained in the carnival coverage in the weekly publication "Billboard." The people often moved between shows, but there's no finding aid for carnival personnel at this time. There's a collection of carnival materials at the International Independent Showmens Foundation in Gibsonton, FL that might contain relevant materials."

Bob Goldstacks contact info in 2005 - Midway Publications, 70 Dublin Ave., Nashua, NH 03063. Tel # 603-883-9405 - If not in leave message and I'll get back to you. Bob Goldsack

"Fred Heatley, Robert Spivey and I have been collectively researching the Cetlin and Wilson Shows all summer long. What started out as a request to write an article for the Carnival Model Builders magazine turned into a major project. I started out borrowing the Bob Goldsack book from my friend Hal Guyon and wanted to write an article about things that might not be in the book. 18 pages of typing later, I believe it's too large for an article. I have spoken to so many people this summer that had an involvement with the show or knew first hand what went on, it has been a real joy to do this. I just returned from a trip to Savannah where they showed for the last time, gathering more information and photos. We hope to have it ready to publish sometime next year. For every answer we get to one of our questions, it seems to open another question. Trust me, there are plenty of unanswered questions also. We are now concentrating on the final year of existence in 1968. We have learned many things never heard of before and none has ever been in print so it should make for a Historically accurate accounting of the shows progress through the years. Just for the record, Issy Cetlin and Jack Wilson started their partnership in 1928. They bought their train in 1945 and closed Nov.3, 1968 still travelling by train although both Mr. Cetlin and Mr. Wilson had passed away by then. "
I'm unsure which year this poster is from.

1932 - Began working with Cetlin & William
An article in April of 1943 states that he is beginning his 11th year with them.

"Carnival and circus life was tough. Cetlin & Wilson dumped their entire staff in the 1932-1933 season on the sidewalk in the deep south. "

1936 - Mention In The Greater Show World
Greater Show World, April, 1936, Vol. XIX, No. 3

1942 - Mention In The Billboard

1943 - Sargent Of Arms American Carnival Association
I'm not sure of the dates, but in June of 1943 the editor of the Billboard mentions that the postion is open following the death of Harry Dunkel

Ad in the March 1943 edition of The Billboard

1943 - Attended a Funeral In New York
March 20 1943
Article on page 34 of The Billboard

1943 - Beginning his 11th Year With Cetlin & William

The article beside this photo states that they were In Petersburg Va on April 10th 1943.  
Moving to Baltimore Maryland next.

1943 - Harry W. Dunkel Died
Died May 21 943
obit appeared on page 32 of the Billboard, 

May 29 1943

The June 5th 1943 edition of The Billboard mentioned Harry's nieces attending his funeral.

The Billboard
June 5, 1943

Henry William Dunkel is buried in the showmans section of Ferncliff Cemetery, In New York.
Find a grave listing - 

The National Showmen's Association owns its own cemetery plots in the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. They are located in the section known as St. Peters, and are made prominent by a bronze statue of a lion, the symbol of the National Showmen's Association.

Section PETENS
Sub Section
Site 91
Property Status Interred
Site Information GRAVE
Service No. 11377
Service Date 25 May 1943
Last Name Dunkel
First Name Harry William


Cetlin & Wilson circus was in Michigan  - in 1958. Long after Harry's death.  But it's possible this was a regular route for them...
Traverse City Record-Eagle
(Traverse City, Michigan)

04 Aug 1958, Mon  • Page 15

1950 - 4th consecutive year in Iona Michigan

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Robert Strayhorn 1731-1805

I received this message recently:
"Hello –
I am the source for Robert Strayhorn being born in 1731, being the son of John Straehorn and Jean Niven, wife of Margaret Ross, and children Bethia, Janet, Jean, and Agnes. Such an individual existed, but I now know he is not Robert Strayhorn, the father of Nathaniel, Samuel, and Margaret. Please delete these erroneous connections from your tree. Sorry, Gary Zentmyer. "

I always appreciate corrections!  I'm adding this note here quickly and will come back and review this post and move it to the "Not Heathers Genealogy Notes" soon.

Robert Strayhorn
son of
Born abt 1731
Died abt 1805
daughter of
Died 1784

1731 - Robert Strayhorn is Christened
12 Dec 1731  Ochiltree, Ayrshire, Scotland

1758 - Married Margaret Ross
June 30 1758
Marriage Record for Robert Stratharn and Margaret Ross

Dated 30 Jun 1758, "Margaret Ross 'Relict' of Charles Dickson" means 'Widow'

1761 - Named in the Belfaft Newsletter, Antrim, Ireland

1775 - Arrived In America
Name:Robert Strayhorn
Arrival Year:1755-1790
Arrival Place:Pennsylvania
Source Publication Code:9761
Primary Immigrant:Strayhorn, Robert
Source Bibliography:WHYTE, DONALD. A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to the U.S.A. Vol. 2, with an appendix and corrections to vol. 1. Baltimore: Magna Carta Book Co., 1986. 200p.

"According to the Biographical History of Chester and Delaware Counties by Cope and Ashmeade (the copy I have seen was entitled Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Chester and Delaware Counties -Ed.) published in 1901, Vol 2, page 394, "Robert Strahorn was a Scottish dissenter, who left his native land in order to escape religious persecution, and landed in America in April 1775, about the time of the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. He enlisted three times in the Continental army, serving through the entire war, and never receiving a wound. He participated in some of the most memorable events which marked the struggle for independence, and was a sharer in many of the greatest of the hardships which fell to the lot of the devoted patriot army. He accompanied Washington when the latter, on that never-to-be-forgotten Christmas night, crossed the Delaware in order to surprise the Hessians at Trenton, and he shared all the sufferings of the winter at Valley Forge. Robert brought his two sons, Nathaniel and Samuel with him to America in 1775." UK 

Served In Revolutionary War

My fold3 membership expired, when I renew it, see if this is his pension file:  (I don't think this is him - but check.)

Robert "heroically ate rats with Washington at Valley Forge." from Ninety Years of Boyhood the autobiography of Robert E. Strahorn, Robert's great-great-grandson.
Robert E. Strahorn, “Ninety Years of Boyhood”, (1942),  Strahorn Memorial Library, College of Idaho
This is an unpublished book, and appears to only be on microfilm.

Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of Chester and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania"Biographical History of Chester and Delaware Counties" by Cope and Ashmeade published in 1901, Vol 2, page 394, " Robert Strahorn a Scottish dissenter, who left his native land in order to escape religious persecution, and landed in Americal in April 1775, about the time of the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. He enlisted three times in the Continental army, serving through the entire war, and never receiving a wound. He participated in some of the most memorable events which marked the struggle for independence, and was a sharer in many of the greatest of the hardships which fell to the lot of the devoted patriot army. He accompanied Washington when the latter, on that never-to-be-forgotten Christmas night, crossed the Delaware in order to surprise the Hessians at Treton, and he shared all the sufferings of the winter at Valley Forge." 

According to the above record, he crossed the Delware with Washington on Christmas Eve

1790 Census
Name: Robt Strayhorn
Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Montgomery, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 16: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 4
Free White Persons - Females: 3

Number of Household Members: 9

1793 - Owned Distillery in Bucks County PA
Robert was recorded in 1793 as one the owners of a distillery in Buckingham, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. 

Bucks County Pa Tax Records
Name: Robert Strayhorn
Location: Buckingham

Tax Year: 1793

1800 - Septennial Census
Name: Robert Strayhorn
Residence Year: 1800

Residence Place: Goshen, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA

Abt 1805 - Robert Died

Thought to be in New London Presbyterian Cemetery, Chester County, Pennsylvania - Old Section

"It is believed that Samuel Strayhorn and his father Robert Strayhorn are buried here. Samuel's sons Robert and Samuel and their wives are buried across the street in the New Section of the cemetery. This older section of the cemetery has no comprehensive listing of persons interred here, and many headstones have disappeared or been buried. Robert was living nearby with his son Samuel at the time of his death, and Samuel in turn was living with his son Robert in the years prior to his death."

From The Zentmeyer Genealogy - 
"Robert Strayhorn, a Scottish emigrant from Ayrshire, who according to two published sources arrived in the United States in 1775 from Scotland, along with sons Samuel and Nathaniel.  Anecdotal sources claim Nathaniel and Samuel were born in Ireland.  We have not yet located the record of their arrival in America, nor the sons' births.  We have twice visited Edinburgh and also Ayrshire, Scotland and Belfast, Ireland, and the results of our research have been in a word, inconclusive.  There is a Robert Straehorn in the church records who was born in Ayrshire, for whom we found no death record in Scotland.   Robert was identified as a 'mason' in Ayrshire, and as a 'weaver' upon his arrival in Philadelphia.   Ayrshire and Ulster are only thirteen miles apart and there has been a history of seasonal labor migration going back many hundreds of years, albeit primarily Irish workers going to Scotland to harvest crops.  But Irish linen weaving was labor-intensive, as it was an industry which was late to mechanize, so skilled weavers were in high demand.  And we do know that there was a recession in the Irish linen industry in the mid 1770s, because of competition from inexpensive cotton from the British colonies in America, which could have prompted Robert to emigrate in 1775.  So far, we have found only a single piece of evidence in Ireland for Robert's presence there, a newspaper article from Antrim in the year 1761.  Robert's wife Margaret died alone of 'Asthma' in Ayr in 1784, and while she may have been unfit to travel, we could not fathom Robert abandoning her, until we came across This Article."

Listed in the AGBI

Name: Robert Strayhorn
Birth Date: 1750
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Volume: 171
Page Number: 53
Reference: Heads of Fams. at the first U.S. census. Pa. By U.S. Bureau of the Census. Washington, 1908. (426p.):163
(Note - Order copy here -