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Rebecca Ellen HAND

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  • Name Rebecca Ellen HAND 
    Nickname Ellie 
    Born 13 October 1864  Howe,Lagrange Co.,IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Census 1880  Orange,Hancock Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 4 June 1900  Dunkirk,Hardin Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 1910  Forest,Hardin Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1920  Sturgis,St Joseph Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Excepts from "A Family Named Hand" by Ethel Frances Hand Armstrong
      ...
      My father (Marcia's note: John Harvey Hand) was called to Dunkirk, Ohio by the death of this sister’s husband. (Marcia’s note: Hardin County.) He died of a self inflicted gunshot wound. His wife decided to move to Sturgis to get away from it all, so Father stayed long enough to help her dispose of some things and pack others. He was gone several days or maybe longer. He had gone by train. His sister’s name was Rebecca Ellen but we always called her Ellie.
      Aunt Ellie had a funny situation in her family life. She had been married quite young and had given birth to three boys and a girl by her first husband. All three boys and their father had died within just a few months and Ellie had a nervous breakdown and almost lost her mind. She took up religion and was later ordained as a Presbyterian minister. Later she gave that up but it helped her over a bad spot in her life. Her daughter grew up and married and she met her daughter's father-in-law at the wedding. (Marcia's note: Her daughter's name was Clara M. Palmer and Clara married Harry E. Pickett.) His first name was the same as the first name of her first husband and it was such an unusual name she was interested. ("Ellie's" second husband was Aaron H. Pickett and they called him Coat according to his descendants.) The name was Heathcote. Later she married him and they had two children, a boy and a girl by him. (Marcia's note: I do not know if both husband's names were Aaron Heathcoat/Heathcote but from the sounds of this story I am thinking that maybe that could be true.) Her daughter had children older that these two. I never knew what triggered his suicide.
      Several months later father was using a pair of pliers that had belonged to Ellie’s husband and she had given them to father. They slipped off of whatever he was holding or something and his temper flared up and he threw them across the room where they hit the wall and fell to the floor. He let out a string of cuss words and ended with, “If Cote had to use tools like that its no wonder he shot himself!” I wanted to laugh so badly but I did not dare because if I even smiled he would turn on me and I would suffer a real beating. I nearly burst but I kept a straight face and never let on that I had heard it.
      ...
      In the summer, we sometimes went fishing on the weekends. We took the horse and wagon and went to Crooked Creek south of town and fished from shore. We cooked our dinner over a camp fire. Sometimes we stayed overnight and slept on the ground under the trees. We had a farmer’s permission to camp in his grove. We cleaned our fish and fried them and that is the time they tasted the best. Sometimes we even found juneberries or maybe some raspberries or strawberries for desert. Sometimes when mother or father were too busy or didn’t want to go, Harvey, Goldie and I and our cousin Lulu and her younger brother Aaron went on a picnic and fishing. (Marcia’s note: Their last name was Pickett.) We walked to Crooked Creek and carried our lunch in a basket. We had our favorite spot that was ours alone. We called it Pleasant Island. It wasn’t really an island. It had water on three sides but a strip of swampy land joined it to the mainland on one side. We crossed the marsh and reached the little rounded knoll that was our island. There were tree and grass and paths made by the farmers’ cows. We really had fun there. Sometimes we fished, sometimes not. Harvey had a crush on Lulu for a while. She was fifteen, I think. They walked around the island hand in hand or lay on the dry ground in the shade. There was nothing between them because they never got rid of all three of us younger ones. Lulu and Aaron were the grandchildren of Aunt Ellie. We always got wet nearly to our knees crossing over to the place, but that did not bother us at all. The fact that there were a few ?massenguge? Michigan rattlers in the swamp bothered us even less. We enjoyed ourselves to the fullest.
      ...
      Aunt Ellie was working as a janitor at the school where we went to school. Her daughter Lulu helped her but it took a lot of work so she asked if I could help her too and she would pay me. My parents consented so for about three hours every night I helped clean. I emptied waste baskets, erased black boards, swept floors and cleaned the rooms. That was the first time that I had ever seen the latrines in the boys’ bath rooms. One Saturday a girl’s basketball team from away somewhere, played the local girls. I didn’t have to help clean up after the game but Ellie and Lulu did and Aunt Ellie found a dead new born baby in the waste basket in the girls’ bathroom. Things like that were not brought out in the open and I probably would have never heard of it if Lulu hadn’t told me. It created quite a furor but if the mother was ever located, I never heard of it. It was generally thought that a girl, who came with the visiting team must have given birth to it during the excitement of the game and that it probably had failed to get a breath and died and the frantic girl didn’t know what to do with it and she hid it in the waste basket.
      ...
      One day father noticed that one of the poles on our funny swing had worn almost in two so he said not to swing in it until he found time to fix it. The Pickett’s kids, our cousins were there one day and Goldie got into the swing and asked Aaron to push her on the swing. I called her attention to what father had said but she paid no attention and after a little while the worn pole broke and she fell on her face and her teeth cut all the way through her lip. I suppose it hurt a lot and of course it bled a lot too but it healed up and left another little scar.
      ...
      I had finished the sixth grade and would have to attend the Junior High in th fall and I wasn’t at all pleased about it. It was a larger school and the kids were different and I wouldn’t and I wouldn’t have the clothes that the other kids had and I didn’t have money to spend and I would not be allowed to go to any of the activities either. Goldie would still be going to the Fourth Street School I was relieved of my washing and ironing by then but I still had a lot of work to do. I had to help mother with the house work. I had to take care of th horses and put feed in for them, pump water into the tub and bring them to it to drink. I also had to clean the stables. I sawed wood for the kitchen stove with a buck saw, helped in the garden and helped pick pickles. Goldie had her chores to do but I was bigger so more was expected of me. We still had time for fun sometimes. We went on our fishing trips and picnics and sometimes Goldie and I hitchhiked to Howe to visit old Crissie. The name hitchhiking had not been invented yet but that’s what it was. We had our cousins, the Picketts, to chum with and also our cousins, the Bixlers when father wasn’t around. Their father died that summer, I think.

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      Note: Her name is spelled Ellen Pichett in the index for the 1920 census.
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    Person ID I4722  Marcia Shears
    Last Modified 30 April 2006 

    Father Jonathan HAND,   b. about 1832/1834, ?Cape,May Co.,NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1869 or 1870  (Age ~ 36 years) 
    Mother Angeline HELSEL,   b. about 1834, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. October 1909, Findlay,Hancock Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 2 May 1860  Findlay,Hancock Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F38  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Aaron PALMER,   d. about 1900, Dunkirk,Hardin Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married about 1884 
    Children 
     1. (Male) PALMER,   d. before 4 June 1900, Yes Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. (Male) PALMER,   d. before 4 June 1900, Yes Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Clara Mae PALMER,   b. September 1888, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1935, Prob Hardin Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)
     4. (Male) PALMER,   b. 19 February 1892, Lagrange Co.,IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 4 June 1900  (Age 8 years)
    Family ID F1816  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Aaron Heathcote PICKETT,   b. about 1854, Forest,Hardin Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 1920  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married about 1901 
    Children 
    +1. Lawrence Namen PICKETT,   b. 21 December 1903, Forest,Hardin Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 January 1968, Union City,Branch Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +2. LIVING
    Family ID F1813  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S961] 1900 US Federal Census - PALMER Aaron Family, (Blanchard Twp., Dunkirk, Hardin Co., OH, ED 80, Lines 4-6, Image 9 of 25).

    2. [S969] 1920 US Federal Census - PICKETT Ellen Family, (Sturgis, St Joseph Co., MI, Lines 18-20).


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