Those Amazing Timanuses

PART I

In my last blog post, I discussed the younger Jesse Timanus (1818-1858) and his wife, Jane C. Means (1821-1893). I also mentioned their children, Sara Jane, John Means and Fannie Carr Timanus. I felt the need to follow up with a discussion about the children of Jesse and Jane, because of the tumultuous life of their father. It’s obvious that it had an impact on their lives, including their mother, Jane and I needed to relay what I have uncovered about their lives and how they managed to grow beyond the pain they may have suffered as children and young adults.

Before I get into the children’s lives, I want to make it clear the mystery for the lack of records that hung over this family from 1860 – 1900, with very few exceptions, like Jane Timanus’s death in 1893 (newspaper record shown in previous post), and Sara Jane’s marriage in 1874 (record later), and military records for John (more later). Other than that, trying to locate these three children pre-1900 was an arduous task, but one I wish to share with you and the sequence I found them in.

Just a note here…it is not my intention to show all the records that were easy to find, as this blog is more about showing those records that were elusive and took more effort to scour out of Ancestry, and Newspapers or records that showed more of an impact on the people themselves or on our history.

I will be posting each of the children separately. This will be a three part series.

Fannie Carr (Timanus) Pardee (1855-1929)

I began with the youngest daughter, Fannie C. (Timanus) Pardee. Fannie was born 17 Aug., 1855 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her burial card says otherwise. I had mentioned in my previous post that in 1860, Jane and her children, minus John were living in Davenport, Iowa. The information on the burial card was given by Fannie’s son Philip:

Image courtesy of the Spring Grove Cemetery

Just like death certificates, the informant can only give pertinent information that they were told. Sometimes the informant may be only guessing or there could have been a falsehood used in order to hide something.

Here is the 1860 census in Davenport, Iowa with Robert Means, Jane C. Timanus, Sara Jane and Fannie Carr Timanus, all four living with James Means. Notice the States listed as born in (“PA”, “do” which means same, “Ohio”, and “do” again-the son John M. Timanus is not listed here):

Image courtesy of Ancestry©

I next found Fannie in the 1880 Census merely by luck…you have to remember that there are so many variations and misspellings of the name Timanus, that I literally had to do 3 or 4, sometimes 5 different searches on just 1 name. I found Fannie, a school teacher, living as a boarder in the City of Wilmington, Illinois. Note the place of birth for her father and mother as New Jersey and Ohio. That does not match her parents’ actual places of birth, but that could be due to what she was told as a child or perhaps Fannie was hiding something, or the person giving the information to the census taker was not related, like it could have been in this case and was merely guessing:

Images courtesy of Ancestry©

I then found on Ancestry, a scanned record from a book called “The Pardee Genealogy”:

Image courtesy of Ancestry©

Notice it states that Fannie was a heraldic artist and her designs for flags and insignia were accepted by the Secretary of War. (Note – I did not find any images of her work relating to flags and insignia. More research will have to be done).

For Fannie’s husband, Gerry W. Pardee from 1883 – 1900, I only found snippets of information, but what I did find was very telling:

Image courtesy of the Newspapers© – Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY – 16 June, 1888

Criminal Record, State of New York, Sept. 1897:

Image courtesy of Ancestry©

Essentially what this record states is a conviction of Gerry Pardee, on 29 Sept., 1897, in which he was charged in the Otsego, NY County Court with 3rd degree burglary and 2nd degree grand larceny, and was sent to the Auburn Prison in Cayuga, NY on 30 Sept., 1897 for a 1 yr. and 2 month prison sentence.

State of New York Prisoner Discharges:

Image courtesy of Ancestry©

This record is the discharge record of Gerry Pardee from Auburn Prison on 19 Sept., 1898. This is the last record I have found for Gerry Pardee.

From here, I was able to track Fannie C. Pardee rather easily from 1900-1929.

Fannie C. (Timanus) Pardee died 6 Oct., 1929.

Fannie’s son Philip Marston Pardee (1888-1957) was a salesman.

Fannie’s son Edmund Waldo Pardee (1884-1959) was a dentist and the mayor of Newsport, R.I. It was recorded in the Maryland History Notes Volumes 13-21 in 1955 that the sword and scabbard of Capt. Charles Timanus of the 36th Reg., Maryland Militia, War of 1812 was given as a gift to a local gallery by Edmund. Charles Timanus was Edmund’s great-grandfather.

Things to remember…

Be persistent in your searching.

Use the wildcard searching method when you can. Using the “?” and “*” in combinations with surnames can often times get you really great results you never would have imagined before.

Researching ancestral cousins that are hiding out in your family tree can be rewarding. After you have researched your direct ancestors, broaden your scope of research to pick up the trail of your ancestral cousins, and you will be surprised at the things you may discover.

The state flags shown in the featured image at the top represent all the states that this Timanus family lived in. Can you name all the states of the flags?

Brian S. Miller

Sources:
Ancestry©
FamilySearch©
Newspapers©
Spring Grove Cemetery

Acknowledgements:
Historical Society of Baltimore County – Jim Long
Howard County Historical Society – Shawn Gladden
Hamilton County, Ohio Genealogical Society
Cincinnati History Library and Archives

Special Thanks to:
Cheryl, my wife, my proofreader and the love of my life

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