Saturday, February 25, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Who is Your "Bad Behavior" Relative?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):

1)  Who is one of your relatives (ancestor or not) who behaved poorly during his or her life?   It can be any time period.

2)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a comment on Facebook or Google+.

Here's one of mine:

Charles Auble (1849-1916) was my great-grandfather, husband of Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952) and father to my maternal grandmother, Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977).  

Great-grandpa Charlie apparently lied to Georgianna throughout their courting in Chicago and marriage in Milwaukee,. Wisconsin.  He said he was born in October 1864 (age 35) in the 1900 U.S. Census, was age 54 in the 1910 U.S. Census, and his date of birth is listed as 31 October 1854 on his death certificate.

By family accounts, Charlie was fond of strong drink.  So much so that he fell down the stairs in the house at 767 F Street in San Diego and ruptured his gall bladder, then lingered bed-ridden for  three months before he died, leaving a wife and 15 year old daughter to remember him not so fondly.  Charlie is buried in an unmarked plot in Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego.  

Charlie was a painter and interior decorator - I think it was probably painting houses and fences and things, rather than art, because he was a member of the Painter's Union in Chicago and San Diego.  I can't find any newspaper items about Charlie in the San Diego newspapers on GenealogyBank about him, other than an obituary and several listings as an election official in April 1916 (but he died 23 March 1916).  

I have a very recognizable memento from great-grandpa Charlie - my hairline!


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Seeds to Tree said...

My family's black sheep is Rice Dunbar. (yes, Rice - there are three in the family) In fact he died while in a Texas prison for robbery and impersonating an officer soon after the Civil War. Perhaps the fact that he was a northerner, didn't help his fate. I wrote the story in three posts.

Lynn David said...

My "Bad Behavior" Relative - Joseph Victor ROSMAN

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

Here is my post.

Anonymous said...

My blog post about Walter Bell:

Janice M. Sellers said...

My "bad behavior" relative is within living memory, so I had to be somewhat circumspect:

Emma D said...

Joining in for the first time, although have been a long time reader and lurker!

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

Lynn, I could not figure out how to post a comment on your post. I tried to comment that I noticed that in my research I have found some lines that have a scattered but regularly occurring alcohol problem that show up with various people indicating that there is a hereditary tendency. I hope Victor was an isolated case in your family.

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

Randy, I see your great grandfather Charles had an alcohol problem like Lynn's did. How sad that Charles wife had to care for him while he lingered with injuries for three months. That must have been hard on the family.

I think I have been to everyone's pages and left comments when possible.

Nancy Ward Remling said...

Would High Treason during King Phillip's War count? My ninth great uncle Joshua Tefft...