Hopefully the Vital Records Bill SB-361 gets passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives because I need some vital records! Pennsylvania is super restrictive on their vital records and is one of only eight states that doesn’t offer death certificates and/or indexes online. For more information, go here: People for Better Pennsylvania Historical Records Access.
Until then, my list of records from PA I’d like to have will just keep getting longer. Here are two ancestors that I would love to know more about:
3rd Great Grandfather
Mystery: Missing in 1900 census, unknown death date, unknown birth date, no real source for connection to parents, and an unexplained nickname.
Born around 1821 in Butler, Pennsylvania to Forgus Hutchison and Jane Campbell
Married Ann Marie Jamison and had the following known children:
- Forgus M Hutchison 1846-1912
- Mary Elvira Hutchison-Snowden 1848-1915
- Thompson J Hutchison 1851-1907
- Margaret A Hutchison-Thompson 1853-?
- Amanda Jane Hutchison-Ewing 1857-1916
- Alexander Campbell Hutchinson 1858-1940 (2nd great grandfather)
- Sarah B “Euphemia” Hutchison-Dieter 1860-?
- Rosetta Hutchison 1865-?
- William Hutchison 1869-?
William appears in the Census from 1850-1880 and is living with his wife and children. His birth years range from 1815-1825. There are multiple un-sourced ancestry.com trees that list a 1904 death date and the nickname “Fox Bill” or “William Fox,” but no one had any idea where it came from when messaged. It had to originate somewhere! Maybe he served in the Civil War? I couldn’t find William’s will at the Butler County office, but I did find his father’s *very long* one that leaves lists of items to various people, but never mentioning specifically his “son” William. The 1900 Census would certainly provide more information, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to find it.
Alexander Campbell Hutchinson
2nd Great Grandfather
Mystery: Missing in the 1930’s census, possible unknown 2nd wife
Born April 1858 in Butler, Pennsylvania to William Hutchison and Ann Marie Jamison.
Married Loretta Alice Zillifro 14 July 1893 and had 8 children, 5 lived to adulthood:
- Oscar Bower Hutchinson 1893-1973
- Roscoe Campbell Hutchinson 1897-1948
- Victor Harold Hutchinson 1899-1950
- Cametta Marie Hutchinson 1902-1954 (my great grandmother)
- Rose Ellen Hutchinson 1904-1982
Alexander Campbell (went by “Cam”) and Loretta were divorced in 1912. I was so curious why they were divorced as most were only granted under circumstances of cruelty or abandonment. But, after finding the record in the Butler County Prothonotary office, it just states that Loretta filed for divorce and it was granted a couple months later. In the 1920 census, Cam is a boarder with an older woman. He died 23 October 1940; when the PA vital records become public, this is the first death record I’m ordering. Cam is buried in Concord Cemetery in Butler, but doesn’t have a headstone (the church does not have any older records of the cemetery either). His obituary states that he leaves a wife at their home in Butler. I wonder if that is a misstatement, if Cam actually remarried, or if Loretta had moved back in. The 1940’s census will certainly help with that.
Here’s how we’re related: Forgus Hutchison -> William Hutchison -> Alexander Campbell Hutchinson -> Cametta Marie Hutchinson -> Robert Lee Updegraff -> Barbara Lynn Updegraff -> Me