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Laroy Edson Tait[1]

Male 1874 - 1951  (77 years)


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  • Name Laroy Edson Tait  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Born 6 April 1874  Bradford, McKean Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Alias/AKA La Roy E Tait; Leroy Tait  [4, 7
    Occupation 1900: Printer; 1910 Newspaper Editor;1917-1920: Salesman, Tait Auto Co; 1930: Life Insurance Agent  [3, 6, 7, 8
    Residence 1880-1910: Red Cloud, Webster, Nebraska; 1917-1920: 1645 Washington St, Lincoln, Lancaster, Neb; 1930: Oakland, Alameda, CA  [3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Died 10 October 1951  King Co., Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Redmond, Washington area
    Person ID I70912  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 25 February 2006 

    Father Joseph Moffat Tait,   b. 30 May 1841, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 August 1912, Rochester, Olmsted Co., Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Joanna Edson,   b. October 1843, Norwich, McKean Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1910  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Family ID F49554  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Grace E. [--?--],   b. about 1878, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married about 1902  [8
    Children 
     1. Kathryn Tait,   b. about 1903, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Pauline Tait,   b. about 1905, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Cora Frances Tait,   b. 1905, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Lina Tait,   b. about 1908, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F49530  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Joe didn't want to quit his blacksmith business, and furthermore he was in business deals with Mrs. Walker. He rented a house for his wife in town and she stayed there with the baby. Joe went to take the baby riding every day, but his wife wouldn't go along with them. Then she moved to Cuba [NY], even farther from Joe. Joe furnished the place. Ultimately they divorced. (Johanna’s mother and Mrs. Walker were probably to blame.) Johanna’s mother sold out and they all went west. The grandmother died in a dugout in Nebraska where they homesteaded.

      Later the family moved to Omaha and Leroy grew to be a nice looking man. He was married and had four girls at Omaha last hearing [before 1930]. He wrote to Uncle Joe at times and even came to Bradford to see him once. Joe lived at Anderson and Leroy visited him there with his family. Joe always seemed to care for him. He refused him a bicycle once, but gave him $500 another time. But Joe left his son Leroy nothing after his death.

      This should not be surprising. Judging from the absense of a birthplace given for Leroy’s father in the early censuses there may have been some real questions about his actual parentage!

      To clarify Lizzie’s account it should be noted that Diana Edson and her family moved out west to Illinois long before Laroy Tait’s parents Johanna Edson and Joseph M. Tait were married. Johanna Edson apparently came back to the Bradford, PA area where and married Joseph Moffat Tait and gave birth to Laroy Edson Tait. It was not until she was divorced that she met up again with her birth family, who by 1880 had moved to Nebraska.

      1880 United States Federal Census
      Name: Leroy Tate
      Age: 6
      Estimated birth year: <1874>
      Birthplace: Pennsylvania
      Occupation: At School
      Relationship to head-of-household: Son
      Home in 1880: Red Cloud, Webster, Nebraska
      Marital status: Single
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Father's birthplace: ---
      Mother's name: Johanna Tate
      Mother's birthplace: PA
      On Jun 9, 1880 Johanna Tate (36, keeping house) b. in PA of a Mass father and a NY mother was living in Red Cloud City, Webster, Nebraska. With here was her son Leroy Tate (6, at school) b. in PA of a [blank] father and a PA mother.

      1900 United States Federal Census
      Name: Leroy E Tait
      Home in 1900: Red Cloud, Webster, Nebraska
      Age: 26
      Estimated birth year: 1874
      Birthplace: Pennsylvania
      Race: White
      Relationship to head-of-house: Son
      On June 6, 1900 Johanna S [?] Tait (56) divorced, b. Oct 1843, no places given, had given birth to one child who was still living and was living in Red Cloud City, Nebraska. With her was her son Leroy E. Tait (26, printer) single, b. April , 1874 of a [not entered] father and an Illinois mother.

      1910 United States Federal Census
      Name: Leroy E Fait [Tait!]
      Age in 1910: 35
      Estimated birth year: abt 1875
      Birthplace: Pennsylvania
      Home in 1910: 2-Wd Red Cloud, Webster, Nebraska
      Neighbors: View Results
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      On April 19, 1910, Leroy E Tait (35, Editor, Newspaper) b. in PA of a PA father and a Scottish lived on Webster Street, Red Cloud, Nebraska. With him was his wife of 8 years, Grace Tait (33) b. in Neb of an Ohio father and a German mother. She had given birth to four children of whom all four were alive. Their children [names not all legible, but inferred from 1920 census], all daughters b. in Nebraska were Katharine Tait (7, none), Pauline Tait (5, none), Cora [Rebecca?] Tait (4, none) and Lina Tait (2, none). Also living with them was a 50 year old widow, a boarder from Georg1a, whose name is illegible, and was living on her own income.

      1920 United States Federal Census
      Name: Laroy E Isih
      [La Roy E Tait]
      Age: 44 years
      Estimated birth year: abt 1876
      Birthplace: Pennsylvania
      Race: White
      Home in 1920: Lincoln Ward 5, Lancaster, Nebraska
      Home owned: Own
      Sex: Male
      Marital status: Married
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Able to read: Yes
      Able to Write: Yes
      Mother's Birth Place: New York
      Father's Birth Place: United States of America
      On January 2, 1920, La Roy E Tait (44, Salesman, Tait Auto Company) b. in PA of a US father and a NY mother, owned a house at 1645 Washington Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. With him was his wife Grace E. Tait (42) b. in Neb of an Ohio Father and a German mother. Their children, all daughters b. in Nebraska were Kathryn Tait (17, none), Pauline Tait (15, none), Cora F Tait (14, none) and Lina Tait (12, none).

      1930 United States Federal Census
      Name: Laroy E Tait
      Age: 56
      Estimated birth year: abt 1874
      Birthplace: Pennsylvania
      Relation to head-of-house: Roomer
      Race: White
      Home in 1930: Oakland, Alameda, California
      On April 7, Laroy E Tait (56, general Agent, Life Insurance) b. in PA of a Scottish father and a PA mother, is rooming at 673 31st St, Oakland, CA, no radio set. No sign of the rest of the family.

      World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
      Name: Laroy Edson Tait
      Adsdress: 1645 Washington St
      City: Lincoln
      County: Knox
      State: Nebraska
      Birth Date: 6 Apr 1874
      Age: 44
      Race: White
      Roll: 1711703
      DraftBoard: 1
      Occupation: Automobile Dealer, self-employed
      Nearest Relative: Mrs. Grace Tait, 1745 Washington
      Registration Place: Lincoln, Neb
      Height: Medium
      Build: Medium
      Color of Eyes: Grey
      Color of Hair: Dark
      No Disabilities
      Date: Sept 12, 1917

      Washington Death Index, 1940-1996
      Name: Laroy E Tait
      Place of Death: King
      Date of Death: 10 Oct 1951
      Age: 77
      Gender: M
      Certificate: 20035, , , , , , [3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1398] GEDCOM file from file “AdamMoffatDesends”, submitted by Alaric Faulkner.

    2. [S1345] .

    3. [S1330] US Federal Census, 1930: Oakland, Alameda, CA.

    4. [S1362] Reminiscences of Elizabeth Tait Gallaher -- Notes of Estella Fox Beam.

    5. [S1345] 1917, Lincoln, NEB.

    6. [S1330] US Federal Census, 1900: Red Cloud, Webster, Nebraska.

    7. [S1330] US Federal Census, 1920: Lincoln Ward 5, Lancaster, Neb.

    8. [S1330] US Federal Census, 1910: 2-Wd Red Cloud, Webster, Neb.

    9. [S1330] US Federal Census, 1880: Red Cloud, Webster, Neb.

    10. [S1345] 1917 Lincoln, Neb.

    11. [S1379] Washington Death Index, 1940-1996.

    12. [S1330] US Federal Census, 1880: Red Cloud, Webster, Neb.


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