Wednesday, March 23, 2016

100 Years Ago Today - My Great-Grandfather Charles Auble (1849-1916) Died

My great-grandfather, Charles Auble, died 100 years ago today in San Diego, California.  He was born on 31 October 1849 in Newark, New Jersey, the son of David and Sarah (Knapp) Auble.  The David Auble family, including Charles, was enumerated in the 1850 and 1860 censuses in Newark, and in the 1870 and 1880 censuses in Terre Haute, Indiana.  He appears in the Chicago city directories starting in 1888 up until 1910.

On 19 June 1898, Charles Auble and Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952) were married in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  They had one daughter, Emily Kemp Auble, born 19 August 1899 in Chicago, Illinois. They resided in Chicago, Illinois in the 1900 and 1910 censuses, and Charles was listed as a house decorator.

The family moved from Chicago to San Diego, California around 1911, and appears in the San Diego city directories from 1913 to 1915.  His occupation is given as a painter, and he belonged to the Painters Union.

His death certificate says that he had an accident three months before his death, and died of cystitis caused by a ruptured gall bladder after the accident.  The informant for the death certificate was his 16-year old daughter.  Charles Auble was buried in Masonic Cemetery in San Diego on 25 March 1916 in an unmarked grave (now located in Mount Hope Cemetery).

The only thing I recall about what my mother told me that her mother told her was that he was an alcoholic and fell down the stairs in the house.  There were intimations that he was an abusive husband and father.  I wish I had asked more questions of my grandmother and my mother, although my mother would have relayed what she was told by her mother.

During my genealogy research, I found that Charles Auble lied about his age throughout his married life.  On his marriage record, he said he was age 35, born in October 1864;  in the 1910 census, he said he was age 54 (born in 1855); his birth date on his death certificate says October 31, 1854.

Based on what I was told, and the evidence I have about his life, I have always had a negative view of my great-grandfather.  He may be the only ancestor that I don't have a positive attitude about.  I keep hoping that a record or newspaper article will be found that raises my view of him.

I surmise that I got my hairline from my great-grandfather, Charles Auble, who was follicularly challenged.  Thanks, great-grandpa!

I wrote a 52 Ancestors biography about Charles Auble in 52 Ancestors Friday - Charles Auble (1849-1916) (dated 14 February 2014).


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1 comment:

T said...

I've formed some unflattering opinions about a couple of my ancestors, too, just from researching them. Not fair to them, of course.