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June 11, 2016

Priming the Pump

Filed under: Random genealogy — Janice @ 2:55 pm

I’ve got to do SOMETHING to get me to update my so-called blog again, right? I’m going to be a little more free to just throw in little discoveries. These are the things that make my genealogy even more fun. Not necessarily BIG discoveries, just coolness I find in my research.

So today, for some unknown random reason, I started poking around on a tree branch where there is a little mystery. I won’t go into that, because I have made no eye-opening discoveries there, that’s for sure. But I looked at the 1900 census for Mills County, Texas. Lots of my ancestry is in Mills County, just across the county line from Comanche County in Central Texas. I was looking at the entry for an uncle, Aaron Little. Nothing unusual about he and his wife and kids and even two sisters-in-law living in their household.

But I see something I don’t often see in a census. A “visitor” is enumerated within their household. It’s a 43-year-old man named “J.A. French.” 

French_J.A - no relations

Even more interesting, he’s from New York and his parents were both born in New York as well. That’s a LONG way to come in 1900.


But then I’m really surprised to see his occupation:


Seeing “farmer” and “housekeeper” on hundreds of census entries, I have NEVER seen a musician counted in an old census.

So that’s it for this discovery, but you know I’m going to be doing some research on J.A. French and see what kind of touring musician he was. But it makes me happy that even my ancestors and collateral ancestors were gracious to musicians in their day.

Okay – that’s all for this time, but I hope to write more little entries like this. Comments will boost me to do more, you know that, right?

1 Comment »

  1. Your family has been opening arms and welcoming musicians for generations! That makes good sense. But I agree. Few professional musicians in early 1900s who didn’t also have a different job.
    Because I am so easily distracted, I just looked up early 1900 hits — Amazed that I knew so many of them– some great songs that have truly stood the test of time:

    1. I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy – 1904 (by George M Cohen)
    2. America the Beautiful – 1910
    3. Danny Boy – 1913
    4. Take Me Out To The Ball Game – 1908 (by Jack Norworth & Albert Von Tilzer )
    5. Pomp and Circumstance – 1902 (by Elgar)
    6. The Grand Old Rag (aka “You’re a Grand Old Flag”) – 1906 (by George M. Cohan)
    7. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling – 1912 (by Chauncey Olcott & George Graff Jr, . Ernest R. Ball)
    8. Daddy’s Little Girl – 1905 (by Edward Madden & Theodore F. Morse)
    9. The Bells Of St Mary’s – 1917 (by Douglas Furber & A. Emmett Adams)
    10. Give My Regards to Broadway – 1904 (by George M. Cohan )
    11. Swanee – 1919
    12. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s An Irish Lullaby) – 1913 (by James R. Shannon )
    13. I Ain’t Got Nobody – 1916 (by Roger Graham, Dave Peyton & Spencer Williams)
    14. I Want To Be In Dixie (I’m Going Back To Dixie) – 1911 (by Irving Berlin & Ted Snyder)
    15. The Entertainer – 1902 (by Scott Joplin)
    16. Strike Up the Band (Here Comes a Sailor) – 1900
    17. Anchors Aweigh – 1906 (by Alfred Hart Miles & R. Lovell and Charles A. Zimmerman)
    18. The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous – 1903 (by Dan McAvoy)
    19. Colonel Bogey March – 1914 (by Kenneth J. Alford)
    20. Melody Of Love – 1903 (by Tom Glazer & H. Engelmann)
    21. Flight of the Bumble Bee – 1900 – (by N. Rimsky-Korsakov)
    22. Rite of Spring – 1913 (by Stravinsky)
    23. Over There – 1917 (by George M. Cohan)
    24. Yale Boola! (March and Two Step) – 1901
    25. Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo – 1919 (by Edward Rowland) Pop Culture Madness Reviews are Brought To You By You Buying Stuff Through Our Amazon Links! 26. March of the Toys – 1903 (by Victor Herbert, heard in Babes In Toyland)
    27. Frankie and Johnny – 1912
    28. Dardanella – 1919 (by Fred Fisher & Felix Bernard, Johnny S. Black)
    29. You Belong To Me – 1916 (by Harry B. Smith & Victor Herbert)
    30. Alexander’s Ragtime Band – 1911(?)
    31. Hail! Hail! The Gang’s All Here – 1917 (by D. A. Esrom, Theodore F. Morse & Arthur Sullivan)
    32. Fascination – 1915 (by Harold Atteridge & Sigmund Romberg)
    33. McNamara’s Band – 1917 (by John J. Stamford & Shamus O’Connor)
    34. Peg O’ My Heart – 1913 (by Alfred Bryan & Fred Fisher)
    35. Saint Louis Blues – 1914 (by W. C. Handy)
    36. The Glow-Worm – 1902 (by Lilla Cayley Robinson, Heinz Bolten-Backers, Paul Lincke)
    37. Scott Joplin’s New Rag – 1912 (by Scott Joplin)
    38. Hail Hail the Gang’s All Here – 1917
    39. Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet – 1909 (by Stanley Murphy & Percy Wenrich)
    40. Bye, Bye My Honey – Billy Golden (1911)
    41. Joe Turner Blues – 1915 (by Walter Hirsch & W. C. Handy)
    42. It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary – 1912
    43. Ragtime Cowboy Joe – 1912 (by Grant Clarke, Lewis F. Muir & Maurice Abrahams)
    44. Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning – 1918 (by Irving Berlin)
    45. The Whiffenpoof Song – 1909 (by Meade Minnigerode & George S. Pomeroy, Tod B. Galloway)
    46. Alabama Jubilee – 1915 (by Jack Yellen & George L. Cobb)
    47. The Darktown Strutters’ Ball – 1916 (by Shelton Brooks)
    48. Harrigan – 1907 (by George M. Cohan)
    49. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home – 1902
    50. Let Me Call You Sweetheart – 1910

    Comment by Diana Hendricks — June 16, 2016 @ 10:12 pm

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