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Re: Almer Allen Servoss, b. 1866, m. Alzada Harriett Cole
Posted by: Ted Pack (ID *****6680) Date: January 10, 2004 at 09:41:50
In Reply to: Servoss Family Tree by Claudia Servoss of 4

After I posted the first reply I looked some more. I found Almer on:
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp

ALMER A. SERVOSS
Birth: , , New York [That ", ," means town and county unknown]
Spouse: ALZADA H. COLE Family
Marriage: 29 AUG 1886 Mount Pleasant, Isabella, Michigan
Husband Age at Marriage: 24
Wife Age at Marriage: 19

So, he was born about 1862 and the 1854 "Allyn" isn't him.

Determined, I went back to the LDS 1880
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp
and looked for any "Almer" (ie, no surname) in Michigan born 1862, +/- 2 years. There were over 200, because you can't specify exact spelling AND a birth year without a last name in the LDS 1880, so I got all the Elmers also. I used my browser's "Search" function for "> NY" to get the ones born in NY, went through the first 200, went to the next 200 and found:

Household:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Phillip SERVA Self M Male W 60 NY Farmer NY NY
Emma SERVA Wife M Female W 40 NY Keeping House NY NY
Almer SERVA Son S Male W 18 NY Farmer NY NY
Alonzo SERVA Son S Male W 11 MI At Home NY NY
Mina SERVA Dau S Female W 4 MI NY NY
Phillip E SERVA Son S Male W 6M MI NY NY
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Census Place Chippewa, Isabella, Michigan.
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Based on his age, how he spells his name, birth state and the county, I'd be willing to bet $10 at 3:1 that this is him. Either the original enumerator or the LDS transcriber dropped the terminal "ss" from the surname. I've seen worse. Emma is probably Phillip's second wife. Almer may or may not be her son. The gap between Almer and Alonzo or the gap between Alonzo and Mina may be wife #1 dying and Phillip struggling on his own before he marries a widow lady. Maybe not; just don't assume Emma is Almer's mother.

I tried "Almer" in Michigan with no birth year, and exact spelling, got 63 of them. That would have been a better strategy.

I'm telling you all this so that you can repeat the exercise with other relatives. Alzada Cole is a gimmie; she is the only one in Michigan. They aren't always that easy.

I wrote about search strategies in the LDS 1880 on my web site, too.
http://www.tedpack.org/lds1880.html

The US Gen Web site for Isabella County has a search engine:
http://www.rootsweb.com/~miisabel/isasearch.htm
It has 172 hits for "Servoss" in all of Roots Web, 38 for just Isabella County. Phillip and Emma are buried there.


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