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Elmer Ellsworth Firestone1,2,3,4

Male
b. 16 November 1865


Father Jonathan J. Firestone1 b. 4 May 1834, d. 9 June 1904
Mother Catherine Peffley1 b. 27 July 1833, d. 26 February 1918
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Family 1 Helen M. "Ella" Blaker b. 1865
Marriage* 8 December 1888  Hillsdale, Hillsdale Co., MI, Groom's Name: Ellsworth Freestone
Groom's Race:
Groom's Age: 23 years
Groom's Birth Date: 1865
Groom's Birthplace: Columbiana County, Ohio
Bride's Name: Helen Blaker
Bride's Race:
Bride's Age: 23 years
Bride's Birth Date: 1865
Bride's Birthplace: Butler, Indiana
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Marriage Date: 08 Dec 1888
Marriage Place: Hillsdale, Hillsdale, Michigan
Groom's Father: Jonathan Freestone
Groom's Mother: Catherine Pebbly
Bride's Father: John Blaker
Bride's Mother: Mercy Hall
Groom's Marital Status:
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Film Number: 2342483
Frame Number:
Digital Folder Number: 4207680
Image Number: 539
Reference Number: item 2 p 564 rn 371

Groom's Name: Ellsworth Freestone
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Groom's Age:
Bride's Name: Helen Blaker
Bride's Birth Date:
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Bride's Age:
Marriage Date: 08 Dec 1888
Marriage Place: Hillsdale, Hillsdale, Michigan
Groom's Father's Name: Jonathan Freestone
Groom's Mother's Name: Catherine Pebbly
Bride's Father's Name: John Blaker
Bride's Mother's Name: Mercy Hall
Groom's Race:
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M01729-9
System Origin: Michigan-ODM
Source Film Number: 2342483
Reference Number:, Principal=Helen M. "Ella" Blaker8,4,3
Children  1. Lois Blaker Firestone b. 10 Mar 1889, d. 19 Nov 1967
  2. Mary Catherine Firestone b. 30 Nov 1890, d. 18 Nov 1954
  3. Charles Vernon Firestone b. 21 Mar 1892 or 23 Mar 1892, d. 31 May 1964
  4. Helen Ruth Firestone b. 21 Jul 1894, d. 6 Feb 1982

Family 2 Fannie Strickler b. circa 1867
Divorce* between 1884 and 1889  St. Joseph Co., IN, Principal=Fannie Strickler7 
Marriage* 25 March 1884  St. Joseph Co., IN, Principal=Fannie Strickler7 

Note*   From the book Journey into the Past - History of Olive Township, Elkhart Co., IN)

In 1874, Elmer Firestone was listed as a student. (p 407)

In March 1878, Elmer was reported to have an average per cent in examination of over 70 in high School. (p 409)
5 
Birth* 16 November 1865  Waterford, LaPorte Co., IN1,2 
Census* 1870  1870 Federal Census, Indiana, Elkhart County, Olive Township, Series: M593, Roll: 311, Page: 433B, June 9
(enumerated with father, Jonathan Firestone)
22, 22, 22, Firestone, Elmer, 5, M, W, , , , Indiana, , , , , , , , , ,1 
Census 1880  1880 Federal Census, Indiana, Elkhart County, Olive Township, ED: 31, Series: T9, Roll: 275, Page: 271A, June 3
(enumerated with father, Jonathan Firestone)
14, 24, 31, Firestone, Elmer, W, M, 14, , Son, 1, , , , At School, , , , , , , , , , , Ind, Ohio, Ohio6 
Divorce* between 1884 and 1889  St. Joseph Co., IN, Principal=Fannie Strickler7 
Marriage* 25 March 1884  St. Joseph Co., IN, Principal=Fannie Strickler7 
Marriage* 8 December 1888  Hillsdale, Hillsdale Co., MI, Groom's Name: Ellsworth Freestone
Groom's Race:
Groom's Age: 23 years
Groom's Birth Date: 1865
Groom's Birthplace: Columbiana County, Ohio
Bride's Name: Helen Blaker
Bride's Race:
Bride's Age: 23 years
Bride's Birth Date: 1865
Bride's Birthplace: Butler, Indiana
Marriage Type:
Marriage Date: 08 Dec 1888
Marriage Place: Hillsdale, Hillsdale, Michigan
Groom's Father: Jonathan Freestone
Groom's Mother: Catherine Pebbly
Bride's Father: John Blaker
Bride's Mother: Mercy Hall
Groom's Marital Status:
Groom's Previous Wife:
Bride's Marital Status:
Bride's Previous Husband:
Film Number: 2342483
Frame Number:
Digital Folder Number: 4207680
Image Number: 539
Reference Number: item 2 p 564 rn 371

Groom's Name: Ellsworth Freestone
Groom's Birth Date:
Groom's Birthplace:
Groom's Age:
Bride's Name: Helen Blaker
Bride's Birth Date:
Bride's Birthplace:
Bride's Age:
Marriage Date: 08 Dec 1888
Marriage Place: Hillsdale, Hillsdale, Michigan
Groom's Father's Name: Jonathan Freestone
Groom's Mother's Name: Catherine Pebbly
Bride's Father's Name: John Blaker
Bride's Mother's Name: Mercy Hall
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: M01729-9
System Origin: Michigan-ODM
Source Film Number: 2342483
Reference Number:, Principal=Helen M. "Ella" Blaker8,4,3
Biography* 1899  ELMER E. FIRESTONE. Mr. Firestone, who is editor of the "Stryker Advance," of Stryker, Williams county, was born in Waterford, Indiana, November 16, 1865, but was reared in Wakarusa, that State, until thirteen years of age, when he went to Syracuse, Indiana, to learn the printer's trade, remaining there but three months, however.

Going to South Bend, he completed his apprenticeship, and for six years worked on the "St. Joseph Register," which was established by the Hon. Schuyler Colfax. On leaving there he was employed in different places until 1888, at which time he was made foreman of the "Butler Record," of Butler, Indiana, holding that position for two years. Later he was similarly employed in the office of the "Bryan Press," at Bryan, Ohio, for three years, and from there went to Sherwood, Michigan, where he established the "Sherwood News," but after conducting it for six months sold out and removed to Wauseon, Ohio. There he served in the capacity of foreman of the "Wauseon Republican" for over two years, or until coming to Stryker in November, 1896. Purchasing the "Stryker Advance" he has made the paper one of the best journals of Williams county, and it now has a circulation of over seven hundred. It is independent in politics, and is a bright, newsy sheet.

In 1889, at Hillsdale, Michigan, Mr. Firestone married Miss Helen M. Blaker, a native of Williams county, Ohio, daughter of John Blaker, of Butler, Indiana, who died in 1895. By this union there are four children: Lois M., Maym C., Charles V. and Helen R.

(Source: Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern Ohio - Chicago - J. H. Beers & Co. 1899 )8 
Census 1900  1900 Federal Census, Indiana, St Joseph County, Portage Township, South Bend, Ward 2, ED: 121, Series: T623, Roll: 401, Page: 304B, June 6
Sheet 11B, 1414 Washington Street
(enumerated with M R Berlin)
96, 111, 117, Firestone, Elmer C, Boarder, W, M, Nov 1865, 34, S, , , , Indiana, Ohio, Ohio, , , , Printer, 0, , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,2 

Citations
  1. [S71] 1870 U.S. Federal Census , 1870 U.S. Federal Census.
  2. [S246] 1900 U.S. Federal Census , 1900 U.S. Federal Census.
  3. [S914] Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925.
  4. [S938] Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995.
  5. [S423] History of Olive Twp, Elkhart Co., IN., Vicki L. Brown Comstock.
  6. [S100] 1880 U.S. Federal Census , 1880 U.S. Federal Census.
  7. [S1043] Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941, online www.ancestry.com.
  8. [S1074] OG Genealogy Express, online http://www.ohiogenealogyexpress.com, http://www.ohiogenealogyexpress.com/williams/williamsco_bios_f.htm.


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