Colored Coded Pedigree Chart for Birth Places of Ancestors

Author: Brenda Leyndyke / Labels: , , , , , , ,

The above chart is a color coded pedigree chart of Kirk's ancestry.  It starts with Kirk and has his father, James Leyndyke, ancestry across the top.  His mother, Elizabeth Leyndyke, ancestry across the bottom of the chart.

Tombstone Tuesday: Peter and Nellie Leyn Dyke

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PETER                           NELLIE
1894-1991                     1896-1994

Peter Leyn Dyke was born 5 October 1894* in Gaines Township, Kent, Michigan.  He married Nellie VanOeveren 1 January 1917 in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan.  Nellie VanOeveren was born 11 June 1896 in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan.  

Peter died 25 July 1991 in Bradenton, Manatee, Florida.  Nellie died 31 May 1994 in Bradenton, Manatee, Florida.  They are buried at Manasota Memorial Park in Bradenton, Florida.

*Note:  Certificate as to live birth which I have in my possession shows Peter's date of birth as 5 October 1894.  Birth records at Family Search with image of register shows 5 October 1894 as birth date, too.  The family and Peter celebrated it 4 October for some reason.

Where in the World is Willis George Dollaway?

Author: Brenda Leyndyke / Labels: ,

Where in the World is Willis G. Dollaway?

Once I have identified an ancestor, I start my research by finding the ancestor I am researching in the census records.  Usually, I start with the most recent census date and work backwards.  I am creating tables for each ancestor with the census information.  This helps me to see where I am missing information and what next steps I need to take in my research.  Below is the table for Kirk's great grandfather, Willis G. Dollaway, who married Francis Denny.  I have been unable to find Willis in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census.   Willis and Francis Dollaway would have had teenage children in the home during 1920.  I found Wm. and his daughter, Leona, Dollaway living at 150 Maple Street in Grand Rapids, in 1921, through the 1921 Grand Rapids City Directory.  There is not a listing in the 1920 Grand Rapids City Directory for them.  Where are you hiding Willis G. Dollaway?

29 Oct 1863
Havana, Schuyler, New York, United States

Grand Rapids Ward 3, Kent, Michigan, United States
Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States
3 Oct 1885
Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States

Lowell Township, Kent, Michigan, United States
Lowell, Kent, Michigan, United States

City Directory
Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States
Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States
Lowell, Kent, Michigan, United States
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28 June 1940
Lowell, Kent, Michigan, United States

Timothy Corcoran Funeral Notice

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The Grand Rapids Public Library has 3 x 5 cards filed alphabetically by last name in an old card catalog file.  These surname card files have been a wealth of information for Kirk's Grand Rapids roots.   The information that I found for Corcoran, Timothy F. is a funeral notice.  In addition to the funeral notice being on the card, they put the name of the newspaper and date of publication.  I have found this to be a very useful source to check.  If you have Grand Rapids and surrounding area research to do, I recommend checking out this resource at the Main Grand Rapids Public Library on Level 4.


CORCORAN- Requiem High Mass for Timothy F. Corcoran will be sung at 10 a.m.  The Holy Name society, relatives and friends will recite the Rosary Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the O'Briens Colonial Home, where Mr. Corcoran reposes.  Interment Rest Lawn Memorial Park.

Funeral Card Friday-Howard Corcoran

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Howard J. Corcoran Funeral Card in the personal collection of Brenda Leyndyke

Howard James Corcoran, son of Timothy Corcoran and Helen Corcoran, nee Schmitt was born 9 Feb 1907 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.  He died 21 May 1960 in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan. Howard is buried in Restlawn Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan next to his parents.

Bert Corcoran Voted Class Optimist in 1922

Author: Brenda Leyndyke / Labels:

You have probably heard of high school's that vote for Most Likely to Succeed, Most Talented or Most Popular, but have you ever heard of the Class Optimist?  I hadn't, but Kirk's grandfather, Bert Corcoran, was voted that in his senior year.

27 members of Grand Rapids, Michigan Boys' Catholic Central High School held a mock election.  A newspaper article reported the election results in the Grand Rapids Press 25 April 1922 edition on page 11; column 4 and 5.

Can you imagine being voted as the shark, rough neck, woman-hater, or baby?  Things have certainly changed since 1922.  High school's today would never be allowed to use derogatory labels.  The teacher in me noticed that six of the students weren't voted for anything.  I guess it isn't as noticeable in a larger school, but I wonder how they felt about being left out.  Another thing that time has changed, I guess.  They probably didn't give it another thought.

  Here is the clipping:


Twenty-seven members of the junior class of Boys' Catholic Central High school learned Monday how classmates regard them when the annual mock election was held.  The results include:

Most Popular, William Grant;
handsomest, Ronald Chinnock;
shark, James Withey;
class pet, Harold Myler;
class pugilist, Ralph DeVries;
optimist, Bert Corcoran;
pessimist, Charles Guinon;
athlete, Francis Slattery;
fashion plate, Edward Symanski
cutup, August Annerino;
dancer, Michael McCue;
farmer, John Collins;
rough neck, Frank Holland;
woman hater, Joseph Zematis;
bluffer, Wilson Madden;
artist, Leo Van Gorp;
poet, Francis Manikowaki;
chauffeur, Gerald Joyce;
baby, Joseph Morrison;
musician, Archie Foster;
wit, Bernard Morrisey,

Addison B. Kennedy Marries Nellie van den Bos Luyendyk

Author: Brenda Leyndyke / Labels: ,

"Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 08 Aug 2013), Addison B Kennedy and Nellie Vandenbos Linedike, 16 Mar 1903.

Kirk's great grandmother, Neeltje Cornelia "Nellie" van den Bos has been a source of intrigue for the family.  Nellie's son, Peter, didn't talk a lot about her and most of what the family does know, I have found through researching her. Nellie died when Peter was 15 years old.  Peter was using the last name, Kennedy.  When Peter was older he took his father's name back and spelled it the best he could remember, Leyn Dyke, instead of Luyendyk. 

Nellie VandenBos Linedick, age 25, married Addison B. Kennedy, age 36, on 16 March 1903 by a Justice of the Peace in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan.  This was Nellie's second marriage.  Her first marriage was to Cornelius Luyendyk in 1893.  Cornelius died in 1900, leaving Nellie with two young children, Peter and his sister, Lena.

I will be writing more about Nellie's husband, Addison, in the weeks to come and he may have shaved a few years off of his age when he married Nellie. Nellie and Addison's story is an interesting, perhaps a little tragic, one and I plan on writing more about them in the weeks ahead.

(Click on the marriage record above to enlarge.)