Bet you thought no one would ever answer this lonely post! This, combined with another quick search on the web has provided me with some answers and some questions…
Recently, I started work on my brother-in-law’s line, which tracks back to Frederick Dornton’s second family. What you have here raises some questions – and since this post you may have already gotten much more info…if so, I hope you will share…
My brother-in-law’s line descends from Frederick’s daughter with second wife, Ernestine (called Erna) Reinfeldt (1st m. Joseph Thume) - she was Amelia (Mollie) Dornton. Mollie m. John Marshall King, and their daughter Anna Ernestine m. Sidney J Scanlan, whose son is married to my sister. ( Frederick and Ernestine did have three children, William Frederick bn.1886, James Rudolph bn 1889, and Amelia M.bn 1891 as you stated)…
Am amazed at the expanse of territory covered by Frederick during his lifetime!…I have found his first family (sans Frederick) living in Chapel, Talbot Co., MD in 1880, and also found what seems to be Frederick there in Chapel( indexed as “Fred Dornlem), living with the Lawrence family. Future wife,“Anna S”. Thum is living in Trappe, Talbot Co.,and is a widow with 3 children ( Otto, Leo and Joseph) in 1880. It would seem that Frederick & first family moved to Talbot Co. ( would love to know why) prior to divorcing …Lucretia says she is married in this 1880 census, as does this Fred. Makes me think they might have been divorced in Maryland …Also noted that there is a daughter Bertha, age 9 listed, and both she and Mary, 11, are shown as being born in Michigan. I have yet to find this family in the 1870 US census, so they may have indeed been in Canada, not Michigan then…Haven’t as yet written for his marriage record to Erna, which I assume will be in Talbot Co... Am wondering if the move to Texas was after the divorce, and maybe did not include Frederick? Have found George A Dornton in an Austin TX City Directory 1887-88 – says he is a laborer and lives with Jos H Brown – Joseph H Brown is listed as a grocer located at 311 Red River St. at that time –
Also, am interested in in Frederick’s father’s info – I have found an 1851 Canadian census that shows a Louis Dornten 60, wife Emily 37, and 2 sons Frederick 17 and George 15, in Rochester, Essex, Ontario, all bn Germany…could this be them? Louis and George Dornton remain in that area…also noted that George, son of Frederick, named his first child Louis…do you have further info on Frederick’s father since this 2001 post?
Hope you are still out there researching - Thanks for posting this – as you can see, eventually someone will be interested and find it helpful!
J A Powell
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