DATE SUBMITTED:† 09 09 2011
I'm looking for some help (possibly to hire) for breaking thru a brick wall which has me stuck in Dodge County.
My elusive ancestor is Arthur Bishop, and here are the FACTS that I know about him.
- Married Berthena Matson (daughter of Horton Matson and Mary Jane Chase) on 7 Oct 1874 in New London, Waupaca, Wisconsin. I have a copy of the marriage license and it only says Arthurís place of residence is Dodge Co. Wisconsin, but does not list any other information about him. (It lists Berthenaís parents as Sylvanus and Mary Moore, as her mother was remarried).
- 1880 Census from Maine, Outagamie, Wisconsin lists Arthur (b. 1855 in WI), Berthena (b. 1859 in PA), and son Claude W (b. 1879 in WI) This census lists Arthurís parents as being from Virginia
- 1895 WI Census from Maine, Outagamie, Wisconsin lists Arthurís household with 2 males and 1 female.
- Arthur Bishop and Berthena Matson were divorced (or Arthur died) sometime between 1895 and 1900 because Berthena is listed with her new husband Daniel Edward (Ezra) Packard in 1900 in Rhinelander, Oneida, Wisconsin. I know this is the correct Berthena because my grandfather (Claude Bishop Jr. b. 1905) lived with her when he was young and I have all her death records and obituary. I have not been able to find a marriage license for Daniel Edward Packard and Berthena anywhere. This is also something I am looking for. Iíve checked Oneida, Lincoln, and Outagamie counties with no luck. Their marriage might lead to the death of Arthur or a divorce.
Here are some other things that I have found but cannot verify:
- Since the marriage license said Arthur was from ďDodge County, WisconsinĒ I searched the Dodge County 1870 Census and found:
- Arthur Bishop (b . 1855 in IL) living with father Samuel (b. 1820 in Canada) in Hubbard, Dodge, Wisconsin. Also siblings, Amelia (b. 1851 in IL), Edwin (b. 1856 in WI), and Alice. No mother is listed.
Arthur Bishop (b. 1849 in England) in Ashippun, Dodge, Wisconsin. He is listed as a boarder with the Woodin family.
- Either of these could possibly be him, or itís possible that neither is him.
- On the 1860 Census there is a Samuel Bishop (b. 1812 in Canada) with wife Elizabeth, and children Alfred (b. 1848 in WI), Amelia (b.1851 in WI), Arthur (b. 1855 in WI), Edwin (b. 1856 in WI), Levina (b. 1859 in WI), and Alice (b. 1860 in WI). There is a good chance this is the same family from the 1870 census in Dodge County.
- Arthurís son Claude lived in Breen, Dickinson, Michigan and is listed on the 1900 Census there. There is also an Arthur Bishop on that census in Breen. It says he was born Feb 1855 in Maine, and he is a boarder. It looks like he is working at a sawmill. Besides the obvious reasons why I believe this is him, there are other names listed on this census record as boarders at the same place who are from the same area of Outagamie County that Arthur lived (i.e. Rufus Poole, and William and Edmund Ridout). Another tidbit is that some other relatives that I have found on Census records have indicated that either they or their parents were born in ďMaineĒ but they were actually born in Maine township in Outagamie County.
Following the lead the the Samuel Bishop family from the Dodge County 1870 Census is the family of Arthur Bishop if found the following, which still hasnít given me the proof that I need!
- 1850 Census in Chicago, IL for Samuel Bishop (b. 1828 in Canada) wife Elizabeth (b. 1823 in Canada), and son Alfred (b. 1847 in Canada). Itís possible that this is the same family since one census indicated Arthur was born in Illinois?
- 1880 Census in Horicon, Dodge, Wisconsin for Samuel Bishop (b. 1820 in Canada) and wife Mary E. Bishop (b. 1845 in Illinois).
- Iíve found a marriage record for Amelia Bishop (possible sister to my Arthur) and Andrew Noble from 31 May 1876 Utica, Winnebago, Wisconsin. This marriage license lists Ameliaís parents as Samuel and Elizabeth Bishop. Iíve tracked down Amelia and she died in 1909 in Erie, PA. I sent for her death certificate and obituary which proved inconclusive.
- Iíve also found a marriage license for Alice Bishop (possible sister) and Edward Reynolds from 25 Apr 1883 in Rochelle, Ogle, Illinois. This lists Aliceís parents as Samuel Bishop and Elizabeth Good. Alice died 25 Mar 1929 in Davenport, IA. I have her death certificate and obituary which indicate the same parentsí names and say that she was born 2 Feb 1860 in Milwaukee, WI, but does not provide further information
- The other children of Samuel and Elizabeth are a mystery. Alfred/Albert was 10 years older than Arthur so itís possible he moved away and got lost in the shuffle or just died. Levina probably died between 1860 and 1870 because she is on the 1860 census and not the 1870. Edwin also disappeared. Iíve checked Dodge County for their death records several years ago but was unable to find anything. I havenít been able to locate a cemetery where they might be buried either.
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