Moynahan Surnames

Friday, December 14, 2018

William and Martha Foreman's Family

Source: Private Collection of Paul (Greg) Keffer
William H. Foreman (far left) next to daughter Beatrice
and wife Martha (Moore) Foreman in the middle with dark hair.
At the end of October, I accidentally discovered my husband’s 2nd great uncle (Oscar Harold Foreman 1893-1921) was a lieutenant and veterinary surgeon in the First World War.

Source: Library and Archives Canada.Original data - Canada.
"Soldiers of the First World War (1914-1918)."
Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box
I wanted to know more about Oscar and his time in the war as a veterinary surgeon and I wanted to know more about ALL the brothers and sisters of  Frederick Dixon Foreman (1880-1951) (Frederick was my husband's great-grandfather.)

What I learned was that each one of the EIGHT Foreman family tree branches (Frederick Dixon Foreman's brothers and sisters) led me to some really interesting stories about photographers, teachers, station masters, carpenters, plasterers who lived in Alberta, Toronto, Washington, California and Michigan.
The Foreman Family Group Sheet

My husband's 2nd great grandfather William Foreman was born on the 13th of September 1854 son of William and Mary Foreman in Peel township, Ontario and was baptized the 14th of April 1868 (Source: Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Register


On the 29th of September 1879, William H. Foreman married Martha Moore at Peel Township, Ontario, Canada (Source: Archives of Ontario; Series: MS932; Reel: 32)

Source: Archives of Ontario; Series: MS932; Reel: 32

Many of the children of William H. Foreman and Martha Moore were born in Sault Ste Marie, Ward 2, Michigan, USA. Only their two eldest sons, Frederick and Victor, were born in Ontario before the family moved to northern Michigan in 1882.


My husband's 2nd great grandfather William H. Foreman's occupation in 1900 in Sault Ste Marie, Ward 2, Michigan, USA was "blacksmith". In 1900, nineteen-year-old Frederick was working as a "day labourer" and eighteen-year-old Victor was working as a "photographer". Martha gave birth to a total of ten children (only eight survived).

Source: Blacksmith shops in Northern Michigan
Up until the early 1940s, blacksmith shops were a common sight
in most Northern Michigan towns
1906 - 1919

The Foreman family homesteaded in the Prairies in the early 1900s. On the 1911 census, the family is in Red Deer, Alberta and William H. is listed as a farmer and blacksmith. (Martha, Herbert, Oscar, Beatrice and Everett listed on the same homestead NE-36-39-5-W5 and son Frederick Dixon Foreman is on another homestead NW-36-39-5-W5)

William H. Foreman died in Leslieville , Alberta on the 7th of March 1919 and is buried there.

Headstone: William H. Foreman,
Leslieville Cemetery, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

In 1926, Martha (Moore) Foreman is living with her son Everett in Seattle Washington at 1703 12th Avenue. Martha died on the 9th of October, 1926

Headstone: Martha (Moore) Foreman,
Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane, Washington

Eight Siblings:

(1.) The Family of Victor Roy Foreman
Michigan Photographer

In 1903, Victor married Miss Gladys Strangway who was the daughter of Doctor William Franklin Strangway (originally from Tecumseh, Ontario) and Victorr was a Michigan photographer in the early 1900s.
Victor Roy Foreman  (1882-1952)
Source: Directory of Early Michigan Photgraphers;
When Victor and Gladys moved to Pulaski, Arkansas, so did the Dr. Wm. Franklin Strangway who opened an optician practice there. (Victor's children Herbert and Hazel were living with their grandparents in Little Rock, Arkansas on the 1920 census)

After his wife's death in 1916, Victor returned to the homestead in Red Deer,  Alberta with his parents William and Martha. Eventually, Victor would move to Washington with his mother Martha (Moore) Foreman where she died in 1926.

Victor died in 1952 in Spokane, Washington at 70 years of age and is buried at Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home Seattle, King County, Washington, USA (Plot G5 Holly Section, Lot 175A, Sp. 1)

Jon Merrill Nielson originally shared this on 28 Aug 2018
I am very grateful for the information provided to me from the Luce County Historical Society (FB) and Sterling McGinn who is both an officer of the Luce County Historical Society and the Newberry photograph historian.

He kindly provided some additional information about Victor Roy Foreman's photography business.

(2.) The Family of Grace (Foreman) Whiteside
Engineer's Wife

Grace Foreman married Wilfred W. Whiteside in Sault Ste Marie Michigan in 1900 and moved the family (5 children) to Spokane Washington in 1910.

On the 1930 census, husband Wilfred is an "engineer in construction", daughter Greta LaFollette is a commercial artist, and daughter Ruby Whiteside is a teacher in Spokane Washington.

(3.) The Family of Jean Charlotte (Foreman) Boies
Stationmaster's Wife

Jean Charlotte Foreman married Charles Boies and they had one child (Lois Adelaide Boies Broxon 1915-1988). After Jean's death in 1941, Charles remained in Washington and remarried twice.

 Charles Boies, Stationmaster, Spokane, Washington
Eva Tanner originally shared this photograph on ancestry on 28 Jan 2017

(4.) The Family of Herbert Moore Foreman

Herbert Moore Foreman was born in Michigan and met and married his wife Edith Gertrude Kellaway in 1915 in Edmonton Alberta. They had a daughter in Leslieville, Alberta and later moved to California.

Source: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; NAI Number: 37; Record Group Title: M1524; Record Group Number: Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Central Division (Los Angeles)
Edith Gertrude (Kellaway) Foreman (1886-1927)
Don Kellaway originally shared this on 06 May 2015
Gertrude was trained as a teacher and she taught in western Canada primarily in Alberta and in 1919 she was living and teaching in the Leslieville area. Her death was due to complications in an appendix operation. Gertrude died in 1927. (Source: Don Kellaway)

Herbert died in 1959 at 71 years of age and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot Fidelity, Map G12, Lot 1906, Space 3

(5.) The Family of Oscar Harold Foreman
WWI Veterinary Surgeon

Oscar Harold Foreman was born in Sault Ste Marie Michigan in 1893, he homesteaded in Alberta in 1910, was a veterinarian surgeon in 1918 and served in WWI as a Lieutenant in the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps.

He married Marion McKay (from Scotland) August 1918 in Toronto, Ontario and they had a daughter Marion in 1921. Oscar died in 1921 of pneumonia and he is buried in Prospect cemetery, Toronto (Grave 22 577)

Source: Obituary 2013
"Marion F. Becker was born March 16, 1920 in Toronto, Canada. She was the daughter of Harold Foreman and Marion McKay Foreman. After Harold's untimely death that occurred before Marion's 1st birthday, mother and daughter relocated to Los Angeles, CA.
After they were settled in Inglewood her mother married Francis Ward. Marion was the oldest of five children. She had two brothers Jack and Francis and two sisters Katherine and Patricia. In 1937 she graduated from Inglewood High School. Marion enjoyed dancing and one evening at the Biltmore Hotel she met the "love of her life" David Becker a tall, dark, handsome Sailor. They married and became parents to 4 children Ken, Jan, Judy and Wendy. 
In 1949 they purchased their dream home on Greenbrier Rd. in Long Beach, CA. Marion remained in the home she loved until her passing. During this time she was an active housewife and mother. She was a member of Sote' Club for many years. Later in life she became active in MOAA, Woman to Woman, Thursday writing group, and her Sunday scrabble group.
She loved the ocean and treasured her trips to Hawaii. Her love of flowers especially roses has been passed on to her children. 
Marion was a lover of life and a friend to everyone she met. She made an impact on so many lives. To all who knew her, Marion had the "gift of gab" and was quite the storyteller. She was very proud of her Scottish heritage and found so much joy listening to bagpipe music. Marion is survived by her four children, ten grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and two on the way. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her."

The Foreman/ Ward family 
Jeani Ward originally shared this on ancestry on 22 Jan 2016         

(6.)  The Family of Beatrice (Foreman) Roland
Son Was a WWII War Hero

Beatrice Foreman was born in 1894 in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, later living on her parents homestead in Red Deer Alberta where she met and married William Archibald Roland (who was originally from Welland, Ontario). Beatrice and Archie left their homestead in Alberta and moved to Beamsville, Ontario near the Roland United Empire Loyalist farm.

Beatrice (Foreman) Roland; 
gkeffer1 originally shared this on ancestry on 07 Feb 2011

Their eldest son David Vaughan was born on the Alberta homestead and their other two children, Marian and Keith, were both born in Beamsville Ontario.

Their eldest son David Vaughan was also a Signals Officer with the 1st Canadian Infantry Division, mostly attached to the 48th Highlander Regiment, in Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, and Holland. Dave participated in many battles, including Ortona and the crossing of the Lemone River. Seriously injured, he was awarded the Order of the Member of the British Empire.

David Vaughan Roland's Obituary October 2018
David Vaughan Roland's Decoration

Source: Ancestry; Canada, Military Honours and Awards Citation Cards, 1900-1961

Source: Ancestry; Canada, Military Honours and Awards Citation Cards, 1900-1961

(7.) The Family of Everett M Foreman
Everett was the LAST Living Child 
A Contractor/Plasterer
Took Care Of His Mother
Martha (Moore) Foreman 
In Her Final Days

Everett Foreman was born in Michigan in 1897 and moved to the Red Deer Alberta homestead in the early 1900s with his parents. On the 1921 census, (two years after his father's death), Everett was living with his aunt  and uncle Beatrice and Archie Roland in Red Deer, Alberta.

October 1926,  Everett's mother Martha (Moore) Foreman passed away at 69 years of age while living with Everett at 1703 12th Avenue Seattle, Washington.

On the 24th of June 1927, Everett married Alma Syena Olson in Washington, USA (Marguerite C. Foreman and V. Roy Foreman were the witnesses.) They had three children.

Everett and Alma Foreman's family (Living children redacted for privacy purposes)
Everett and Alma are buried Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane Washington
RLR458 originally shared this on 28 Mar 2014

(8.) Prescott Foreman

As mentioned previously, Martha (Moore) Foreman gave birth to ten children and eight survived.
Prescott was the only child I could locate of the two who did not survive. Prescott did a t 5 months and is buried in the Riverside cemetery in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
Source: Michigan Department of Community Health,
Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics; Lansing, Michigan

My husband's 8 second great aunts and second great uncles on his Foreman family tree had twenty-seven children who married and had children.

Foreman descendants can be found today living in Toronto, Washington, California and beyond!

Previous Foreman Family blog posts
Research Links

The Foremans are mentioned in the following books about Alberta

 Alberta Links

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Dec. 5: Happy Birthday Margot Wheeler Wherever You Are

I honour my ancestors with my daily practice of reviewing their birth, deaths and marriages using my "On This Day" (OTD) calendar.

According to my Family Tree Maker (FTM) calendar, my second cousin (1R) Margot Wheeler should be celebrating her 82nd birthday today but the only concrete information that I have about Margot was the photograph pictured below of Margot with her sister Patti and her uncle Bernard Broderick taken in 1943.

1943 photograph of Marg and Patti Wheeler with their Uncle Bernard of Ontario (Source: Bernard Broderick photograph archive)
Margot and I are actually double cousins related through both our Broderick and our Moynahan family trees. We share two sets of grandparents:
Our shared Moynahan-Broderick Family Tree

I had written previously about Margot's grandparents Patrick and Clara (Moynahan) Broderick (pictured below)

Patrick and Clara (Moynahan) Broderick (Source: Bernard Broderick photograph archive)
I also had some great photographs of Margot's mother Genevieve (Broderick) Wheeler (but sadly, none of her husband Charles )

Agnes and Genvieve Boderick (Source: Bernard Broderick photograph archive)

(Source: Bernard Broderick and Michael Lyon photograph archives)

The Family of 
Mary Genvieve (Broderick) and Charles Wheeler

All that I ever knew about the Wheeler family was that they left Essex county, Ontario and went to Chicago and later California and were naturalized in the United States following their arrival in September 20, 1927.

TheWheelers had three daughters according to their "Petition For Naturalization" "all born and residing at Chicago, Illinois":
  • Nancy (f) Aug. 4, 1934
  • Margot (f) Dec. 5, 1936
  • Patricia (f)  Mar. 12, 1938

Source: National Archives at Chicago; Chicago, Illinois; ARC Title: Petitions for Naturalization, 1906 - 1991; NAI Number: 6756404; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: RG 21
 Nancy Jean (Wheeler) Berndt (1934-1996)

My breakthrough on the Wheeler family came when I located the 1996 obituary for Margot's sister Nancy Jean
"Nancy Jane Berndt, 61, a 26-year resident of Palo Alto, died at Stanford Hospital from a massive stroke on June 30.
A native of Chicago, she came to live with her sisters in Livermore at the age of 22. After her marriage in 1960, she lived in Santa Barbara, St. Louis and Redwood City before settling in Palo Alto. She worked as a claims adjustor, before devoting her time to raising her children. She then worked as a medical secretary in the department of Plastic Surgery at Stanford University for 17 years. She attended St. Ann's Catholic Church in Palo Alto for five years.
She is survived by her mother, Genevieve Wheeler of Palo Alto; her husband, Ted Berndt of Palo Alto; two sons, Steve Berndt and Dave Berndt of Palo Alto; two sisters, Marge Eckman of Livermore and Patti Geyer of Manhattan, Kan.; three nephews; and two nieces. Services have been held. Contributions may be made to the National Stroke Association, 96 Inverness Drive East, Suite 1, Englewood, Colo. 80112." 

Sisters Margot and Patti Married

Source: Bernard Broderick photograph archive

From Nancy Jeans's 1996 obituary, I learned several new facts about Margot and her sister Patti:
  • Margot had married and her husband's surname was Eckman 
  • The Eckmans lived in Livermore, California in 1996
  • Patti had married and her husband's surname was Geyer 
  • The Geyers lived in Manhattan, Kansas in 1996 
When I entered this data into my tree on, it led to new information about Margot's sister Patti (Wheeler) Geyer.

Patti (Wheeler) Geyer (1938-2012)

Nancy Jean (Wheeler) Berndt led me to sister Patti (Wheeler) Geyer whose headstone was located on Find-A-Grave
Source: Find-A-Grave
And Patti (Wheeler) Geyer's obituary was found online

Patricia Joyce Wheeler Geyer Obituary Photo
"Patricia Joyce Wheeler Geyer, age 73, died Monday January 9, 2012 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan, Kansas.

She was born on March 12, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois. Patti graduated from Amundsen High School in 1955 and the Grant School of Nursing, Chicago, ILL as a registered nurse in 1959.

She met her future husband of 51 years, Wayne Geyer, at a dance and they were married on August 20, 1960 in Forest Park, ILL. This union was blessed with three children: Laura, Keith and Kevin.

Patti loved the LORD and telling people about HIM. She loved the congregation of the First Assembly of God and the many Bible study lessons for the past 18 years. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church from 1966 until 1993.

She was preceded in death by her mother: Genevieve Wheeler, her beloved daughter: Laura A. Geyer on September 9, 1967 and a sister: Nancy Berndt.

Survivors include her husband: Wayne of the home; 2 sons: Keith A. Geyer and his wife Julie and their children Nicholas and Gwen of Aurora, CO and Kevin W. Geyer of Wichita, Kansas; a sister: Margot Eckman of Livermore, CA. She is also survived by her sister-in-law: Beville Geyer Vertuno and her husband Edward of Tallahassee, FL and their two sons; a brother-in-law: Ted Berndt and sons and many nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral Services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Friday January 13, 2012 at the First Assembly of God, Manhattan, KS with Pastor Ed Walker officiating. The family invites friends to a luncheon at noon on Friday at the Church prior to the services. Private interment will be in the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, Fort Riley, Kansas.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday January 12, 2012 at the First Assembly of God Church, 2310 Candlewood Drive, Manhattan, Kansas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or to the First Assembly of God Church in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502."
 And Patti (Wheeler) Geyer's Obituary led me to her husband Wayne's obituary.

Wayne Allan Geyer (1933-2016) Obituary

Wayne Allan Geyer Obituary Photo
"Wayne Allan Geyer, age 82, died Thursday, July 7th, 2016 at his home in Manhattan, Kansas.

He was born on November 24, 1933 in Forest Park, Illinois. Wayne graduated from Proviso High School in 1951. He went on to get degrees at Iowa State University, Purdue University, and the University of Minnesota.

He met his future wife of 51 years, Patti Geyer, at a dance and they were married on August 20, 1960 in Forest Park, ILL. This union was blessed with three children: Laura, Keith and Kevin.
Wayne was a member of the congregation of the First Assembly of God Church, and also was a member of the First Lutheran Church from 1966 until 1993.  He loved his wife, his sons, his grandchildren, fishing, spending time outdoors, and Kansas State University.

Growing up in Chicago, he spent his days cutting the grass in a local cemetery and fishing with his grandfather. “When I graduated high school,” he said “I knew I didn’t want to work in a factory and I knew I wanted to work outdoors, so I chose forestry.” After graduating from Iowa State University with his bachelor’s degree, Wayne spent time as a U.S Navy officer in the Navy.

After serving in the Navy, he worked for Georgia Craft Paper as a field forester. He later returned to school at Purdue University to obtain his master’s degree. From there he took a position with the University of Illinois at an experiment station in southern Illinois. This is where he “truly became interested in the science of forestry.” He then received his doctorate in forestry science from the University of Minnesota, and took a job at Kansas State University as an assistant professor where he began teaching in 1966. While a full professor of Forestry at Kansas State, he had numerous professional publications, presentations, and awards.

He was preceded in death by his wife Patti, his father Herman “Bud” Geyer, his mother: Alice Geyer, his beloved daughter: Laura A. Geyer on September 9, 1967.

Survivors include his 2 sons: Keith A. Geyer and his wife Julie and their children Nicholas and Gwen of Aurora, CO and Kevin W. Geyer of Wichita, Kansas; his sister Beville Geyer Vertuno and her husband Edward of Tallahassee, FL and their two sons; he is also survived by his sister-in-law, Margot Eckman of Livermore, CA, a brother-in-law, Ted Berndt and sons of Palo Alto, CA, and many nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 at the First Assembly of God, 2310 Candlewood in Manhattan. Interment will follow the service in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley in Manhattan.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2016 at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or to the First Assembly of God Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502."

Source: Kansas State University
Happy Birthday Margot (Wheeler) Eckman
Wherever You Are

Margot (Wheeler) Eckman (1943)
And that's as far as my research took me ! 
My quest for Margot on her birthday led me to all of her sisters.

I only hope that she is enjoying her 82nd birthday today and that she is surrounded by people who love her and care for her!

Happy birthday cousin, wherever you are! 

The Brodericks of Essex County, Ontario