Saturday, January 28, 2017

52 Ancestors: William Herbert Whitehead

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small began the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge in 2014.  I am playing along this year.  I will be following my mom’s pedigree chart to start.  In addition to writing these posts, I will be making sure everything I have on the specific individual is in both OneNote and Legacy, do any basic research needed for missing documents, and start research plans as needed.
Week 3 is late, as I realized I hadn’t gotten to the Whiteheads yet in OneNote, though everything is in Legacy.  William Herbert Whitehead is my mom’s maternal grandfather.IMG_0082-1
William, who went by Bill, was born 29 September 1896 in Buffalo, Erie, NY to Charles and Anna May (Sanderson) Whitehead, who had recently immigrated to the US from Canada.  He was their first child and would eventually have a brother and sister (Harry Hobson and Adeline.) He was baptized at the St. James Episcopal Church (in Buffalo) 11 December 1904.
Whitehead William Herbert Engagement Announcement
He married Vera Louise Julia Gress 28 March 1921 in Buffalo and had 6 daughters, the first of whom, Elizabeth, died in infancy.  Bill worked for Sacony Mobile Co., retiring as the head clerk in payroll.
He died 25 Oct 1965 at Buffalo State Hospital and his cremains were interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery and Crematory on 27 October 1965.
Newspaper from:
"Whitehead-Gress," The Illustrated Buffalo Express, 30 Jan 1921, p. 4, col. 2; digital images, Old Fulton New York Post Cards ( : accessed 23 Jun 2009), Tom Tryniski, "New York State Historical Photos & Newspapers 1817 Thru 2007". 

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