Tacoma-Pierce County
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Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society

Queries, 2006 - 2007

What are Queries?
Queries, in genealogical publications, have traditionally been similar to classified ads. They are short paragraphs, with specific details about a person or family, usually complete with a specific question or "query" about that person or family. These days, queries are published in magazines, newsletters, journals, newspapers, e-mail mailing lists and on web sites. The queries found here on the TPCGS web site are submitted by members and non-members who have research in this area of the world. The queries submitted are published in the society's quarterly and on this web site. If you are looking for research help besides this type of query, see the following pages for further options:

Index to TPCGS Queries Online

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Please write to the mailing address or e-mail address given for the individual who posted the query in each section. Please mention that you found the query on this TPCGS web site.

To Submit Queries:

Any society member may submit queries for publication in The Newsletter and on the society's web site. Non-members who are doing research in the Tacoma-Pierce County area prior to 1930 may send queries which will be published at the discretion of the Queries Editor. You must include your full mailing address, as well as your e-mail address if appropriate. Send queries only by e-mail to:/

TPCGS Newsletter Editor
Diane Bertram

Abbreviations Used In Queries:

anc-ancestors, ancestry; b-born; bro-brother; ca-circa (about); ch-child, children: dau-daughter; des-descend(ants, -ed, -s); div-divorced; fam-family; fa-father; hus-husband; info-information; m-married; mo-mother; par-parents, parentage; poss-possibly; res-resided; s-son; sib-sibling, sis-sister; wi-wife; wid-widow, y-years.

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Queries for the 2006 - 2007 TPCGS Year

Looking for Louie Rodeside's burial location Louie was born about 1901; name might be spelled Rodside, Rosseid, Rodside, Rodseat; Louie died 1902-1904; parents Barney and Bertha Rodeside.

Write to: Karen Clement - 1827 NE Smith Rock Way - Terrebonne, OR 97760

I am searching for information about Norman John HANBURY, b. 16, Dec. 1910. His father was John HANBURY.

Write to: Ruth Lafavre - PO Box 83, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067

I am searching for information on Colonel Joseph HINSON, d. Tacoma 2 Dec., 1904.  He was b. March 2, 1842 in Waverly, Ohio, Pike County, son of Micajah and Rebecca Lewis HINSON.

At 19, he enlisted as a private in the First Ohio Infantry Regiment for three months, and later served in the Thirty-Third Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry as First Lieutenant of Co. D. By the end of the war, Joseph was a Colonel.  At the battle of Chickamauga Colonel HINSON lost his left arm.

After the war, Joseph returned home and later moved to Wisconsin. In 1860 he m. Emmeline BELLOWS, and they had three children, two of whom survived their father.  A son, Henry R., resided in Chicago, and a daughter Caroline HINSON CALDWELL lived in Tacoma, Washington, where Joseph died.

Caroline was a music teacher and her husband was Lewis CALDWELL. I am searching for any information on this family. I have letters from Joseph written during the Civil War and would like to share them with any of the CALDWELL family that I can find.

Colonel Joseph HINSON d. Dec. 2, 1904; the funeral services were under the supervision of the Loyal Legion of Honor.

Write to: Carol Hinson Allen - 400 Allen Rd., Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601

Looking for information about these family surnames.

Write to: Nancy Fedor White - 8609 Lake Forest Dr. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503

Looking for information about DeGRAFF family related to Betty (DeGRAFF) WEIHS (b. abt 1894--d.18 Feb 1980, Kirkland, WA). Betty’s mother Mary DeGRAFF, widow of George DeGRAFF, was living in Tacoma by 1930, according to the census for that year.

Write to: Frank Weihs

Looking for information about bible records for the CARMAN family of Pierce County.

Write to: Marion West - 633 35th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

Looking for Peter STEINMAN’s burial location. Peter was born 3/5/1837; name likely spelled STINEMAN. Peter died in Tacoma 5/16/1896 and per newspaper articles Coroner C. M. Parks, M.D., directed his body to Stayden & Roberts Undertaking Parlor. He was buried somewhere in the Tacoma area. Parents were Peter and Caroline STEINMAN (b. in Germany).

Also, who might I contact if I'm trying to find out about land ownership / residency near Lake Tanwax (near Eatonville) in the late 1800's?

Write to: Diane Steinman - 25889 S.E. 22nd Place, Sammamish, WA 98075

Looking for the Herman REEVES/RIEWE (b about 1896) family in Puyallup or Summer  area.  His ch are Ervin and Merlin. There is a connection to the REEVES/RIEWE family in Alberta.

Write to: CD

Don't know if you can help, but I have been trying to find out if my father, Joe or Joseph FAIR who was a Radioman 3rd Class and who was stationed on St. George Island Alaska could be in your [Tacoma/Pierce Co.] records by chance.  He is probably deceased by now.  He and my mother hit it off for a spell in 1944(late) or 1945 and I am the result of their encounter and I have known about him for a long time but have never been successful in finding anything about him. I have two older children and a grand son and would like to trace his family for health and historical info.  Tried attaching a picture of my father and a buddy on St. George Island where they operated the radio site for the Navy but your site is quite limited for file sizes.

Thanks much for any insights or where I could go to find more info about Joe Fair.

Write to: Joseph Merculief - 14136 126th Ave., N. E., Kirkland, WA 98034

Hi, my name is Anna SOUZA.  I am trying to find my biological mother and father.  I was told to look up the Burien newspaper on September 9, 1974.  That was when I was born, and I was born in Burien.  I was told my name might have been Nicole HOFFMAN.  But I don't know if that is the truth.  Are you able to help me out?  I have health issues, and now I have a son, that could have the same issues. Can you help me?
Thank you.

Write to: Anna Souza

Looking for the family of Elizabeth PECK ROBERTSON, b. 1818, in Prince Edward Co., Ontario, Canada; m. Alexander ROBERTSON in 1838; d. 7 Oct 1891, in Tacoma, WA. Body was returned to her home in San Francisco, CA. Known names of her family are Sophia, b. abt. 1845; Samuel James, b. 1848; and, possibly, John M. ROBERTSON. Any info on these people, please contact me.

Write to: Janice Bradley

Hello! My name is Louis HELMS and I live in Charlotte, NC; my mother Charmion Estelle MICHAEL HELMS was born Puyallup (1918-1970).  Her parents Dale A. MICHAEL and Saidee Mae WESCOTT were divorced on 16 May 1923 either in King or Pierce County.  Saidee Mae WESCOTT MICHAEL remarried later a Oliver Winterble CRANDALL.  Saidee Mae is buried in the Woodbine Cemetery in Puyallup.  Also, her parents are buried in the Woodbine Cemetery and their names are William Henry Harrison WESCOTT and Sara Jane WESCOTT.

The question is: how was Sara Jane WESCOTT’s maiden name listed?  For many years the family has been told that her maiden name was PURCELL; even in the local history of Pierce County her maiden name was listed as PURCELL. Recently I obtained a (copy) marriage certificate of Wm. H. H. WESCOTT and Sara Jane from Danvers, McLean County, Illinois, and her maiden name is MICKENS, not PURCELL, for PURCELL was her mother’s maiden.  For some reason there had been a deliberate cover-up.  I also obtained a copy of my grandmother’s birth records from Atchison County, Missouri, where the WESCOTT family moved after the Civil War.

MICKENS was listed on my grandmother birth records as her mother’s maiden name. That is twice where the correct maiden name was used. This has become a mystery. Let’s add another possibility: The WESCOTTs had a daughter named Leona Belmont WESCOTT who married a Joseph Benjamin MICKENS. Is this J. B. MICKENS a cousin of Leona Belmont WESCOTT or is he an uncle?  The relationship is nebulous.  It seems that the MICKENS’ name was purposely exchanged for PURCELL.  How can I verify this?

Write to: Louis Helms - Charlotte, NC

I am looking for a relative of mine, J. RODENHURST. The “J.,” we think, stands for Jeb. He left England in the early part of the 20th Century, tried his hand at logging, and settled in Tacoma. This is all I know of this chap. Hope you can assist. Many thanks.

Write to: Ian Taylor, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England


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