|The Arthur and Mattie Baker Home|
Sumter County, SC
|The families of Arthur Baker and his daughter Kate Baker Ryan in the Sumter, SC 1940 census.|
| The Arthur Baker Household listed on line 27 with Mattie listed |
on on line 31 in the household of James and Kate Ryan.
Arthur Baker is listed in household 162, was 82 years old, married and a farmer. There is no one else listed in the household. In the box for marital status there is a M with a number 7 by it. I have been told that this means that the person was married but the spouse was not living in the household.
Below Arthur, in household 163, is James Ryan, his wife Kate ( who is Arthur and Mattie Baker's daughter ) and their daughter Ellen. Also in the Ryan household is Mattie,78, Mother and Single. My feeling was that this was Arthur's wife who for some reason was with their daughter at the time of the census and considered to be apart of the Ryan household. . I believed that this is one house with two households enumerated in it. The age, 78, and birth place, Sumter, SC, for this Mattie were in line with what knew about Mattie Baker but I decided that I had better do some checking to make sure.
|Patrick and Mary Ryan Marker|
Holy Cross Cemetery, California
Photo by SO findagrave.com
Hoping for an additional source for Jimmy's mother's name I went to my files for his obituary. Many years ago I was given Kate Baker Ryan's Bible. In it were many obituaries and birth announcements that she had cut out of the newspaper over the years.. One of the obituaries was for her husband James P. Ryan. Unfortunately,there was no mention of his parents. Since I knew from previous research that James Patrick Ryan was born in 1893 in Santa Cruz, California I decided to go to ancestry.com and search the 1900 census for his family.to try get more information. I found the Ryan family living in Santa Cruz, California. Father Patrick, Mother Mary with son James.
A search of findagrave.com gave me a picture of Patrick and Mary Ryan's marker in Old Holy Cross Cemetery in Santa Cruz, California. It was a great find It tells the date of Mary's death , 25 December 1910, and that Patrick and Mary were from County Galway, Ireland. My thanks to the person who took and shared this picture on the site.
Just to tie things up I went to genealogybank.com and searched for an obituary for Mary Ryan in the California Historical Newspapers. The search engine was quickly able to find it. The obituary said that Mary Ryan, wife of Patrick Ryan, mother of James P. Ryan died on 25 December 1910.
It seems clear that James Patrick Ryan's mother was named Mary not Mattie. Mary died in 1910 so she could not have been living with her son in 1940. All of this leads me to the conclusion that the the "mother" listed as Mattie Ryan in the James Ryan household is, as I suspected, really Mattie Baker.
I am not sure why this happened. I do know that Arthur Baker died in October of 1940 and that he had been ill. I know he spent some time in the hospital. The census was dated in June. Perhaps Mattie was enumerated with the Ryan family because Jimmy was supporting her while Arthur was sick. I don't know if I will ever know why, but I do know that if I had not been familiar with this family and had just "found" them in the census I may have made the mistake of taking the information at face value. I would have put in my notes that Arthur was living alone with no wife and that James and Kate Ryan had his mother Mattie living with him. I would be searching for Arthur's wife and instead of adding a branch to my tree I would be building the foundation for a brick wall! Always analyze sources.
|Arthur Baker (28 April 1857-28 Oct. 1940)|
|Martha "Mattie" Victoria Bradford (11 June 1862-19 April 1947)|
|Kate and Jimmie Ryan about 1940|