52 Ancestors: Charles William 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.

Me > My Mom > Her Mom > William Whitehead > Charles William Whitehead

Anna May and Charles
Charles is on the right.  Also pictured are his wife Anna May and, I think, their son William.

Charles William Whitehead was born 12 June 1872 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to Charles and Mary Ann (Hayman) Whitehead.  He was their third son and the first born in Canada after the family had immigrated from England.  His sister Rose would be born a few years later.

Then it gets complicated.  At some point in the early to mid-1890s, he met Elizabeth Ann (Sanderson) Lawrence.  I’ll get into this a bit more when I write up her post, but the short version is she left her family in Canada, and Charles and Elizabeth, now calling herself Anna May, moved across the border to Buffalo around 1895 and had 3 children, William Charles, Harry Hobson, and Adeline Anna.

According to census records and his death certificate, he had many occupations, including being a teamster in Canada, a laborer in the auto manufacturing industry, a purser for a hotel, and, finally, retired store keeper at the Iroquois Hotel.  In Buffalo he was a member of the Episcopalian church.

He died 27 December 1927 in Buffalo and was buried at Elmlawn Memorial Gardens in Kenmore, Erie, New York.

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