Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Edward Joseph APPIARIUS

Edward was born about 1922 and died on 09 MAR 1998 in Los Angeles. That much is learned from the San Bernardino site. They don’t even give his place of birth. It was Ohio. He was from a big family that shows up in the 1930 census of Columbia, Hamilton County, Ohio. He was Edward, Jr. Edward, Sr. was also born in Ohio, to parents from Ohio, and he was a truck driver, driving glass and china. The mother, Lula, was also from Ohio and of Ohio parentage. The children, in 1930, were William, 24; James, 22; John, 19; Edward (our man), 8; and Elizabeth, 14. It’s unusual for the census taker to list the children out of birth order unless there was a second marriage involved, or something like that.

The 1910 census shows there were more children: Edward, Sr. was then 29, Louise E. (Lula) was 26, Helen E. was 6, William S. was 4, and James H. was 2. They were in Harrison Twp., Hamilton County. He was a laborer in a horse plow factory and he said his parents were both from Indiana, though he was born in Ohio. Louise was born on Ohio to parents a father from Scotland and a mother from New York. Quite a change from 1930.
There was an Edward Joseph APPARIUS (note the spelling) in the World War I draft registration database at He was born 14 JAN 1881 and was from Harrison, Hamilton County, Ohio, so it is definitely our Edward, Sr. He was a grocery clerk for a William APPARIUS. He said his wife was Lula.

The California State Death Index shows several APPARIUS that were born in Ohio and died in Northern California. The oldest was Frederick Voss APPARIUS, born in 1891. I wonder if he was the brother of Edward, Sr.

After some digging, I found the family mis-indexed in the 1900 census. They were still in Harrison, Hamilton County, Ohio. William APPARIUS, born JAN 1852 in Indiana, married in about 1875; Elizabeth, his wife, born OCT 1855 in Ohio. She’s the mother of 4, but only 2 are living. William is a grocer (as we suspected) and son Edward, born JAN 1880, sells groceries. There is no other child in the house, but (in what we genealogists love to bits), the father of Elizabeth is there. He is Adam FOLTZ, born JUN 1827 in Germany and came to the US in 1829. He also works in the store.

Now let’s turn around and see if we can find out what happened to the siblings of our Edward, Jr.

James Harold APPIARIUS, born 09 DEC 1907 in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio; died 16 FEB 1998, at the age of 90, in a nursing home in Ohio. He was a US Navy veteran and married at the time of death. Did you see what I saw? He died 3 weeks before Edward.

William S. APPIARIUS, a resident of Campbell County, Kentucky, died in Bourbon County, KY on 21 JAN 1953 at age 47. (So he was born about 1906. Yep, that’s him.) An Alice B. APPIARIUS, resident of Campbell County, KY, died in Ohio on 29 APR 1989 at age 83. This must have been William’s widow. Kentucky borth records show there are still members of the family there.

Among the brothers, that leaves only John. A John APPIARIUS, resident of Hamilton County, Ohio, died in Cincinnati on 08 FEB 1970 at age 58. (According to the record in the 1930 census, he should have been 68, but that’s OK.)

Telephone directory listings show there are still several APPIARIUS families in the Cincinnati area. It’s sad they were so far removed from Uncle Edward that nobody claimed him when he died. If you know anybody in the family, please tell them.


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