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Almira  THURBER

Almira THURBER

Female 1809 - 1900  (~ 91 years)

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  • Name Almira THURBER  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born c.1809  Elmira, Chemung, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 5
    • In one census, 1850, her birthplace is given as Connecticut but that is the only place I find it so.
    • Age 11, 1820 census, c.1809
      Age 21, 1830 census, c.1809
      Under lawful age to marry in 1833, b. 1815-1819

      After finding the fact that Almira's father had to give his consent for this marriage, the Clerk's Office was contacted and asked for a copy of that record. They replied that those records were no longer in the courthouse.

      What the legal age for marriage was in Indiana in 1833 is unknown but for females it probably was between 14 and 18 years of age. In 1788 in the Northwest Territory, the female had to be 14 years of age. Today that limit in Indiana is 18 years of age. Regardless of the legal age, be it 14, 18, or even 21 in 1833, the birthdate being used for Almira (c.1809), would have her 24 years of age when she married which is not likely since her father had to sign consent.

      Almira's obituary and death certificate in 1900 have her as being 91 years of age but based upon the fact that her father signed for her to marry she was probably somewhere between 81 and 85 when she died. That would make her birthdate between 1815 and 1819.
    Gender Female 
    Alt. Birth Between 1810 and 1820  , , Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Alt. Birth Abt 1813  , , Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 7 Aug 1820  Posey Twp., Switzerland, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Edward Thurbur household 
    1820 U.S. Census - Alexander
    1820 U.S. Census - Alexander
    Indiana. Switzerland Co. - Edward Thurbur
    Census 1 Jun 1830  , Switzerland, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Edward Thurby household 
    1830 U.S. Census - Alexander
    1830 U.S. Census - Alexander
    Indiana. Switzerland Co. - Edward Thurber
    Census 1 Jun 1840  Vevay, Switzerland, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buford Courtney household 
    • Buford Courtney household
      2 males under 5 [Edward T., age 3 & John A., age 1]
      1 male 20 thru 29 [Buford, age 29]
      1 female 30 thru 29 [Almira, age 27]
      1 person in agriculture
    1840 U.S. Census - Alexander
    1840 U.S. Census - Alexander
    Indiana. Switzerland Co. - Buford Courtney
    Census 15 Aug 1850  Pleasant Twp., Switzerland, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Bluford Courtney household 
    • Almira Courtney, age 37, female, born Connecticut.
    1850 U.S. Census - Alexander
    1850 U.S. Census - Alexander
    Indiana. Switzerland Co. - Bluford Courtney
    Census 25 Jun 1860  Ward Twp., Randolph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Bufert Courtney household 
    • Almira Courtney, age 52, female, born New York.
    1860 U.S. Census - Alexander
    1860 U.S. Census - Alexander
    Indiana. Randolph Co. - Bufort Courtney
    Census 28 Jul 1870  Ward Twp., Randolph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    B. Courtney household 
    • Courtney, Almira, age 60, female, white, keeping house, b. Connecticut.
    1870 U.S. Census - Alexander
    1870 U.S. Census - Alexander
    Indiana. Randolph Co. - B. Courtney
    Obituary 1900  , Jay, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10

    • Mrs. Almira Courtney died at 11 o'clock Monday forenoon at the home of her son, John Courtney, near the Normal; aged 91 years. The remains will be taken to New Pittsburg Wednesday, Leaving the house at 8 o'clock, for interment. J. S. Hines has charge
    Medical 30 Apr 1900  Portland, Jay, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    cause of death: Septecimia 
    Died 30 Apr 1900  Portland, Jay, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12, 13
    • DEATH: Almira died at the home of her son, John Courtney, at age 91, on a Monday. Charles N. Courtney's genealogy written in 1935 has her death date as Apr 1901 but her death certificate has 30 April 1900 as her death date. The obituary for her found in the Alexander Scrapbook has 1900 penned on it and the notation "grandmother of Olive Alexander Richison". Olive was the keeper of the scrapbook. A calendar for 1900 confirms that 30 April was a Monday as the obituary states and that 2 May was on a Wednesday which confirms the burial date from the death certificate.

      A second obituary, this one from Jay County (Indiana) Republican, ran on 4 May 1900 and still another was published on the same date in Portland (Indiana) Commercial.

      She died of Septicemia according to her death certificate A medical definition says septicemia is a serious, life-threatening infection that gets worse very quickly. It can arise from infections throughout the body, including infections in the lungs, abdomen, and urinary tract. It may come before or at the same time as infections of the bone (osteomyelitis), central nervous system (meningitis), or other tissues. Since nothing else is known about her health, this definition tells little to the lay person. At age 91 in 1900, her death could have been from any number of things or just simply of old age.
    Death certificate - Alexander
    Death certificate - Alexander
    Almira (Thurber) Courtney (1900)
    Obituary - Thurber
    Obituary - Thurber
    Almira (Thurber) Courtney (1809-1900
    Death Certificate - Alexander
    Death Certificate - Alexander
    Almira Courtney, 1900
    Buried 2 May 1900  New Pittsburg Cemetery, New Pittsburg, Randolph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Disproved death date Apr 1901 
    Death cert., obituaries, and an unidentified newspaper clipping confirm 30 April 1900 as the death date. 
    Person ID I385  richison
    Last Modified 27 Jul 2016 

    Father Edward THURBER,   b. 9 Jan 1778, , , Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1854, , Randolph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Huldah HOWARD,   b. 25 Feb 1778, Elmira, Chemung, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1848, , Randolph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F256  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Bueford COURTNEY,   b. ca 1807, , Harrison, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1876, , Randolph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Marriage License 13 Feb 1833  Vevay, Switzerland, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Married 14 Feb 1833  , Switzerland, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15
    • Requested on 8 Jan 2005, a photocopy of the document mentioned in the Marriage Record Book A, 1829-1837:166, Blewford Courtney and Almira Thurber as "lines of consent for the said Almira father on file."

      Reply on 18 Feb 2005: "The additional records that say "on file" are no longer here in the courthouse. Sorry. I am returning your check. Nancy Brown"

    Marriage license and return - Alexander
    Marriage license and return - Alexander
    Blewford Courtney & Almira Thurber, 1833
    Children 
     1. William S. COURTNEY,   b. c.1834,   d. c.1836, , Switzerland, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 2 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Edward Thomas COURTNEY,   b. 5 Sep 1836, , , Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1923, , , Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  [Birth]
    +3. John A. COURTNEY,   b. 17 Apr 1839, , , Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1914, Dunkirk, Jay, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)  [Birth]
    +4. Flavious Joseph COURTNEY,   b. 23 Dec 1841, , Switzerland, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1931  (Age 89 years)  [Birth]
    +5. Adolphus Clarence COURTNEY,   b. Between 25 Mar 1845 and 1 Jun 1846, , Switzerland, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1896  (Age ~ 50 years)  [Birth]
    +6. Mary Ann COURTNEY,   b. 22 Nov 1849, , Switzerland, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1903, Jackson Twp., Jay, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)  [Birth]
    +7. Martha Jane COURTNEY,   b. 24 Apr 1852, , Switzerland, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1933, Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F259  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth - Between 1810 and 1820 - , , Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth - Abt 1813 - , , Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Edward Thurby household - 1 Jun 1830 - , Switzerland, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage License - 13 Feb 1833 - Vevay, Switzerland, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Feb 1833 - , Switzerland, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Buford Courtney household - 1 Jun 1840 - Vevay, Switzerland, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Bluford Courtney household - 15 Aug 1850 - Pleasant Twp., Switzerland, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - 1900 - , Jay, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMedical - cause of death: Septecimia - 30 Apr 1900 - Portland, Jay, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Apr 1900 - Portland, Jay, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Almira Thurber Courtney
    Almira Thurber Courtney
    Photo provided by Al Taylor

    Documents
    Death certificate - Alexander
    Death certificate - Alexander
    Mary Ann (Courtney) Alexander, 1903
    Death Certificate - Alexander
    Death Certificate - Alexander
    John A. Courtney, 1914

  • Sources 
    1. [S1840] 1820 U.S. Census, 16 Apr 2014.
      1820 U.S. census, Switzerland County, Indiana, population schedule, Posey Township, p. 172, Edward Thurbur household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 April 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication M33: 14.

    2. [S1839] 1830 U.S. Census, 1 Jun 1830.
      1830 U.S. census, Switzerland County, Indiana, population schedule, no township stated, p. 69, Edward Thurber; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 April 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication M19: 32.

    3. [S1901] Marriage, 8 Aug 2012.
      "Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959," database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 8 August 2012), Joseph Courtney and Lorine B. Chapman, license 1906; FHL microfilm 1,655,009.

    4. [S382] Family Tree Online, 27 Nov 2012.
      "William Orla Hathaway and Della Mae (Poorman) Hathaway," database, Angelfire.com (http://www.angelfire.com/alt2/hathaway/index.hmtl : accessed 27 November 2012); Bueford Courtney, 1807-1876; undocumented family tree by Charles N. Courtney.
      Original hand-written documents and a transcription are available on this website.

    5. [S1901] Marriage, 11 Jul 2017.
      "Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959," digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 22 April 2014): Blewford Courtney and Almira Thurber, 1833, Switzerland County; citing FHL microfilm 1,310,439.

    6. [S1838] 1840 U.S. Census (Reliability: 2), 6 Aug 2011.
      1840 U.S. census, Switzerland County, Indiana, population schedule, town of Vevay, page 269 (handwritten, Buford Courtney household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 6 August 2011), citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication M704, roll 94.


    7. [S1837] 1850 U.S. Census, 4 Aug 2011.
      1850 U.S. census, Switzerland County, Indiana, population schedule, Pleasant Township, p. 332B, dwelling 121, family 121, Bluford Courtney household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 Nov 2007); citing NARA microfilm publication M432: 174.

    8. [S1836] 1860 U.S. Census, 4 Aug 2011.
      1860 U.S. census, Randolph County, Indiana, population schedule, Ward Township, p. 57-58 (penned), dwelling 417, family 395, Bufort Courtney household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 July 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication M652: 292.


    9. [S1835] 1870 U.S. Census, 4 Aug 2011.
      1870 U.S. census, Randolph County, Indiana, population schedule, Ward Township, p. 434A (stamped), dwelling 271, family 271, B. Courtney; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 July 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication M593: 354.

    10. [s809] Alexander Scrapbooks , Obituary of Almira Courtney (Reliability: 3).
      Mrs. Almira Courtney died at 11 o'clock Monday forenoon at the home of her son, John Courtney, near the Normal; aged 91 years. The remains will be taken to New Pittsburg Wednesday, Leaving the house at 8 o'clock, for interment. J. S. Hines has charge
      "1900" is written above the newspaper clipping and "Grandmother of Olive Alexander Richison" is written below it. "1900" is written on the actual clipping and is initialed "sf" for Shirley Fields, the current owner of the clipping. There was no indication of what newspaper this appeared in or when other than the notation 1900.

    11. [S390] Courtney, Elias and Mary (Pavy) (Reliability: 1), 1988.
      Richison, Joyce Ann, compiler, "The Genealogy of Elias and Mary Pavy Courtney." Vertical files, donated by Jeanice Parker Isaacson, Delaware County Historical Society, Muncie, Indiana.

    12. [S1456] Indiana. Jay Co. - Newspapers - Jay County Republican, Indiana. Portland., 22 Jun 2008.
      Almira Courtney, obituary, Jay County (Indiana) Republican, 4 May 1900, p. Vol. 14, No. 25, p. 1, col. 3.


    13. [S1457] Indiana. Jay Co. - Newspapers - Portland Commercial, Indiana. Portland., 22 Jun 2008.
      Almira Courtney, death notice, Portland (Indiana) Commercial, 4 May 1900, p. Vol. 35, No. 77, p. 3, col. 2.

    14. [S1901] Marriage, 22 Nov 2004.
      Switzerland County, Indiana, Marriage Book A, 1829-1837: 166, Blewford Courtney and Almira Thurber, 1833; Recorder's Office, Switzerland County Courthouse, Vevay.

    15. [S1901] Marriage, 22 Apr 2014.
      "Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959," digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 22 April 2014): Blewford Courtney and Almira Thurber, 1833, Switzerland County; citing FHL microfilm 1,310,439.