- 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
Estimated birth year: <1874>
Occupation: At School
Relationship to head-of-household: Son
Home in 1880: Red Cloud, Webster, Nebraska
Marital status: Single
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
Estimated birth year: 1874
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
Home in 1910: 2-Wd Red Cloud, Webster, Nebraska
Neighbors: View Results
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
Home in 1920: Lincoln Ward 5, Lancaster, Nebraska
Home owned: Own
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
Estimated birth year: abt 1874
Relation to head-of-house: Roomer
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
Birth Date: 6 Apr 1874
Occupation: Automobile Dealer, self-employed
Nearest Relative: Mrs. Grace Tait, 1745 Washington
Registration Place: Lincoln, Neb
Color of Eyes: Grey
Color of Hair: Dark
Date: Sept 12, 1917
Washington Death Index, 1940-1996
Name: Laroy E Tait
Place of Death: King
Date of Death: 10 Oct 1951
Certificate: 20035, , , , , , [3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12]