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Elmer Sylvanus Firestone1,2

Male
b. 29 August 1864, d. 21 October 1925


Father Benjamin Firestone1,2 b. 19 November 1831, d. 8 May 1904
Mother Catherine A. Flickinger1,2 b. 13 May 1838
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Family 1 May E. Costello b. circa 1864, d. 25 October 1908
Marriage* 31 December 1887  Detroit, Wayne Co., MI, Groom's Name: Elmer S. Firestone
Groom's Birth Date: 1864
Groom's Birthplace:
Groom's Age: 23
Bride's Name: May Costello
Bride's Birth Date: 1869
Bride's Birthplace:
Bride's Age: 18
Marriage Date: 31 Dec 1887
Marriage Place: Wayne, Michigan
Groom's Father's Name: Beuf. Firestone
Groom's Mother's Name: Kate Flickinger
Bride's Father's Name: Keiron Costello
Bride's Mother's Name: O'Haris
Groom's Race:
Groom's Marital Status:
Groom's Previous Wife's Name:
Bride's Race:
Bride's Marital Status:
Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I00423-2
System Origin: Michigan-EASy
Source Film Number: 1380374
Reference Number: 670


Kate Feudner gives the date as 02 Jan 1888., Principal=May E. Costello5,6,7 
Children  1. May Esther Firestone b. 25 Dec 1888, d. 1 Jul 1889
  2. Catherine A. "Kate" Firestone b. 5 Feb 1891, d. Dec 1980
  3. Nicholas J. Firestone b. 31 Mar 1894, d. 25 Jul 1930
  4. Abraham Lincoln Firestone b. 16 Aug 1895, d. 7 Dec 1914
  5. Clinton Dewitt Firestone b. 12 Jul 1896, d. Apr 1971
  6. Mary Elizabeth Firestone b. Jul 1897

Family 2 Lidia Delia Alban b. circa 1887
Marriage* 9 October 1910  Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH, Principal=Lidia Delia Alban9,10 
Child  1. Imelda Melinda Firestone b. 11 May 1917, d. 25 Nov 1985

Note*   From a Firestone Message Board post on Rootsweb:

Hello Imelda. My great grandmother was Catherine "Kate" Firestone. I was named after her. This is what I know for sure based on extensive research that began in 2000 and continues off and on again presently. I have several death certificates, a marriage certificate and every census record I could find on Elmer. Everything I am telling you is a fact and not information I found on-line. Elmer Firestone married Mary E. Costello on January 2, 1888 in Detroit, MI. My Great Grandmother "Kate" was born on February 5, 1891 in Nebraska. Elmer, wife Mary and Kate moved to Des Moines, IA in 1892. In 1894, they had a son name Nicholas. Through business directories I found the family had moved to St. Louis, MO. They were there less than a year. The family moved to Chicago, IL. In 1895, Abraham Lincoln Firestone was born. In 1896 they stayed in Chicago, IL and had another son named Clinton DeWitt. In 1897, they were still in Chicago and had a daughter named Mary Elizabeth. !
In 1900, Elmer, Kate, Lincoln and Clinton returned to the Firestone Farm in Columbiana County, OH. Also, in 1900 Elmer's wife Mary took the other two children, Nicholas and Mary back to Ann Arbor, MI. They lived with Mary's mother. I have not figured why the family spilt in half. It bothers me that in the 10 years I have done this research, I still don't know why the family was split. I have a newspaper article containing the obituary for Mary Costello. She had been living in NY. She authored one book (there may be more that I have not found). She may have left to pursue her writing career. She died in 1909. In 1910 Elmer married your grandmother. In 1911 Kate married my great grandfather Merlin Ake. In 1914 Lincoln was living with Elmer's mother at the Firestone Farm. He committed suicide. Harvey Firestone signed his death certificate. Where was Elmer? In 1930, Nicholas died. He was living in Akron, OH and working for uncle Harvey Firestone at Firestone (this is my hometown). Clinton was also a resident in Akron, OH until his death in 1971. Mary moved to Florida sometime before 1920. I do not know when or where she died. In 1980, my great grandmother, Kate died, she had been living in Akron, OH. I hope this provides you with a little more insight into your grandfather and the family he had before he married your grandmother.3 
Birth* 29 August 1864  Fairfield Twp., Columbiana Co., OH, The 1900 census gives the date as Aug 1863.1,2 
Census* 1870  1870 Federal Census, Ohio, Columbiana County, Fairfield Township, Series: M593, Roll: 1183, Page: 108B, July 23
(enumerated with father, Benjamin Firestone)
38, 572, 586, Firestone, E Sylvanus, 6, M, W, Keeping House, , , Ohio, , , , , 1, , , , ,1 
Census 1880  1880 Federal Census, Ohio, Columbiana County, Fairfield Township, ED: 47, Series: T9, Roll: 1001, Page: 331B, June 2
(enumerated with father, Benj Firestone)
17, 34, 34, Firestone, Elmer S, W, M, 15, , Son, 1, , , , Student, , , , , , , , 1, , , Ohio, Ohio, Ohio4 
Marriage* 31 December 1887  Detroit, Wayne Co., MI, Groom's Name: Elmer S. Firestone
Groom's Birth Date: 1864
Groom's Birthplace:
Groom's Age: 23
Bride's Name: May Costello
Bride's Birth Date: 1869
Bride's Birthplace:
Bride's Age: 18
Marriage Date: 31 Dec 1887
Marriage Place: Wayne, Michigan
Groom's Father's Name: Beuf. Firestone
Groom's Mother's Name: Kate Flickinger
Bride's Father's Name: Keiron Costello
Bride's Mother's Name: O'Haris
Groom's Race:
Groom's Marital Status:
Groom's Previous Wife's Name:
Bride's Race:
Bride's Marital Status:
Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I00423-2
System Origin: Michigan-EASy
Source Film Number: 1380374
Reference Number: 670


Kate Feudner gives the date as 02 Jan 1888., Principal=May E. Costello5,6,7 
Census 1900  1900 Federal Census, Ohio, Columbiana County, Fairfield Township, ED: 5, Series: T623, Roll: 1248, Page: 122A, June 21
Sheet 20A
(enumerated with father, Benjamin Firestone)
46, 325, 328, Firestone, Elmer S, Son, W, M, Aug 1863, 36, M, 12, , , Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, , , , Farm Laborer, 0, , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,5 
Census 1910  1910 Federal Census, Ohio, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Township, Cleveland, Ward 21, ED 316, Series: T624, Roll: 1174, Page: 118A, April
Sheet 11A, 2072 East 81st St
(enumerated with Joshua F. Cox)
17, 2, 2, Firestone, E S, Lodger, M, W, , S, , , , Un, Un, Un, , , English, Manager, Rubber Co, W, , , Yes, Yes, , , , , 10, 2, 9, 48 
Marriage* 9 October 1910  Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH, Principal=Lidia Delia Alban9,10 
Census 1920  1920 Federal Census, California, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, Precinct 432, ED: 177, Series: T625, Roll: 107, Page: 94B, January 15
Sheet 13B, 742 Western Avenue
097, 280, 316, Firestone, Elmer S, Head, O, F, M, W, 55, M, , , , Yes, Yes, Ohio, , Ohio, , Ohio, , Yes, Mgr Local, Firestone Tire, ,
098, 280, 316, Firestone, Lydia A, Wife, , , F, W, 32, M, , , , Yes, Yes, Wisconsin, , Saxon Ger, Germany, Wisconsin, , Yes, None, , ,
099, 280, 316, Firestone, Imelda M, Daughter, , , F, W, 2 6/12, S, , , , , , California, , Ohio, , Wisconsin, , Yes, None, , ,
100, 280, 316, Aban, August, Father-in-Law , , M, W, 64, Wd, 1888, Na, , Yes, Yes, Saxon Ger, Germany, Saxon Ger, Germany, Saxon Ger, Germany, Yes, None, , ,
1920 Federal Census, California, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, Precinct 432, ED: 177, Series: T625, Roll: 107, Page: 95A, January 15
Sheet 14A, 742 Western Avenue
001, 280, 316, Mathews, Clara, Maid , , F, W, 56, Wd, Un, Na, , Yes, Yes, England, English, England, English, England, English, Yes, Servant, , W,9 
Death* 21 October 1925  Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA, Died of complications related to diabetes.2 
Burial* after 21 October 1925  Columbiana Cemetery, Fairfield Twp., Columbiana Co., OH2 

Citations
  1. [S71] 1870 U.S. Federal Census , 1870 U.S. Federal Census.
  2. [S85] Firestone Genealogy - 1957, George Ely Russell.
  3. [S931] Catherine "Kate" (Ake) Feudner, Harvey Firestone Family in "Family related to Harvey Firestone,"Message Board Post 24 Sep 2010.
  4. [S100] 1880 U.S. Federal Census , 1880 U.S. Federal Census.
  5. [S246] 1900 U.S. Federal Census , 1900 U.S. Federal Census.
  6. [S523] Catherine Feudner Family Information, Kate Feudner.
  7. [S938] Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995.
  8. [S73] 1910 U.S. Federal Census , 1910 U.S. Federal Census.
  9. [S247] 1920 U.S. Federal Census , 1920 U.S. Federal Census.
  10. [S248] 1930 U.S. Federal Census , 1930 U.S. Federal Census.


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