Saturday, August 25, 2012

Surname Saturday - Ancestor #25 - Catherine Sitterly


One of my goals for 2012 is to use the Surname Saturday blogging prompt as a way to assure that I spend some time researching each of my family lines and that I have appropriate source citations for the genealogical facts related to my ancestors. I’ve decided to use my ahnentafel report and work back through the generations starting with my grandparents, writing a summary of each ancestor. If you discovered this post through a search engine and find one of your ancestors listed here, please leave a comment to let me know.

My maternal 2nd great-grandmother Catherine Sitterly was born 13 May 1813 in Guilderland, Albany County, New York.[1] She was the sixth child of Jurry Hendrick “George” and Deborah (Hogeboom) Sitterly.

On 24 June 1834, Catherine married Andrew Yawman in Schenectady, Albany County, New York.[2] The couple had eight known children: 
  • William A. Yawman (1831[3]-1895[4])
  • Mary Elizabeth Yawman (1835[5]-1911[6])
  • Catherine “Kate” Yawman (1838[7]-1922[8])
  • Apalonia “Abbie” Yawman (1840[9]-1919[10])
  • Michael H. Yawman (1842[11]-1913[12]) – my great-grandfather
  • Deborah Anna Mary Yawman (1845[13]-1927[14])
  • George Nicholas Yawman (1847[15]-bef 1860[16])
  • Rebecca Mary Yawman (1853[17]-?)

 Catherine died on 3 August 1889 and is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Denison, Grayson County, Texas.[18] A transcription and image of her obituary from the Dallas Morning News can be found here.

I don’t have much information about Catherine and what I do have comes from derivative sources so I need to do a lot more research on her:
  1. I need to obtain records for Catherine’s birth or baptism and her marriage to Andrew Yawman; likely these will be found in church records.
  2. I need to check on whether Texas counties were maintaining death records at the time of her death, and if so, see if one is available for Catherine.
  3. Most of what I have on Catherine came from my cousin Gary Yawman; perhaps he has copies or scans of documents or other anecdotal information he can share.



[1] Gary A. Yawman, The Yawman Family and Related Families PDF, The Yawman Family Home Page (http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/y/a/w/Gary-A-Yawman/index.html).
[2] Find A Grave, online database (www.findagrave.com : accessed 10 Aug 2012), Andrew Yawman, Memorial #21374584, created by Gary Yawman, 5 September 2007.
[3] 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Rochester, Monroe, New York, p. 11B, dwelling 128, family 160, household of Andrew Yawman; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 Nov 2009); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll M432_530.
[4] Oakwood Cemetery (Grayson County, Texas), Wm. A. Yauman marker, personally photographed by Denise Spurlock, 2007.
[5] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., Rochester, Monroe, New York, p. 11B, dwell. 128, fam. 160, household of Andrew  Yawman.
[6] Missouri State Board of Health, death certificate 27756 (1915), Marrie E. Omeley; digital image, Missouri State Archives, Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1961 (http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/ : accessed 10 Aug 2012).
[7] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., Rochester, Monroe, New York, p. 11B, dwell. 128, fam. 160, household of Andrew Yawman.
[8] Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics, death certificate 28487 (1922), Kate Phillips; digital image, FamilySearch, Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976 (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 10 Aug 2012).
[9] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., Rochester, Monroe, New York, p. 11B, dwell. 128, fam. 160, household of Andrew Yawman.
[10] Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics, death certificate 2397 (1919), Appolonia Y. Lavallee; digital image, FamilySearch, Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976 (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 10 Aug 2012).
[11] Find A Grave, online database (www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 Oct 2011), Michael Heman Yawman, Memorial# 21259594, created by Gary A. Yawman, 30 Aug 2007.
[12] Labette County, Kansas, death certificate no. 13 (1913), Mike Yawman; Kansas Board of Health.
[13] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., Rochester, Monroe, New York, p. 11B, dwell. 128, fam. 160, household of Andrew Yawman.
[14] Find A Grave, online database (www.findagrave.com : accessed 10 Aug 2012), Deborah Ann Yawman Tallinger Clay, Memorial #56885995, created by Gary Yawman, 10 August 2010.
[15] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., Rochester, Monroe, New York, p. 11B, dwell. 128, fam. 160, household of Andrew Yawman.
[16] 1860 U.S. census, Ramsey, Minnesota, population schedule, St. Paul, p. 95, dwelling 871, family 770, household of A. Yawman; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 Nov 2009); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll M653_573.
[17] 1860 U.S. census, Ramsey, Minnesota, pop. sch., St. Paul, p. 95, dwell. 871, fam. 770, household of A. Yawman.
[18] Oakwood Cemetery (Denison County, Texas), Catherine Yawman, died 3 August 1889, marker, personally read and photographed by Denise Spurlock, 2007.


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