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Re: Caseday Marriage~ Fairbanks 1905
Posted by: Ron Bestrom (ID *****2263) Date: November 09, 2011 at 00:11:32
In Reply to: Caseday Marriage~ Fairbanks 1905 by Bette of 2383

Bottom Line First:
I did research into Grace and David and found who I suspect is the correct persons. You may have documents identifying the marriage being in Fairbanks in 1905, that info of your source material may have helped. The David and Grace that I researched did not seem to be married in 1910, per the census. The 1920 Census indicates they both "might" have been married before, between 1900 and 1910.

The links given by the other person are of no value. The first link leads to no where, just like the bridge in Alaska. The newspaper one is of no value. Unless you plan on ordering the microfilm of the Fairbanks newspaper through the Interlibrary loan. Then you would have to look through every issue for 1905, IF you have valid information they did marry that year. AND, I doubt there would be much information in the newspaper as both appeared to have no family in AK at that time. I did search the Washington Digital Archives for their marriage also.

I did a bunch of searches for her family, parents and sisters (unless one of the sisters is really her), with no success. I searched in census, books, Heritage Quest, etc.

Without knowing what information you already have, I'd suggest the following:
1. Repost your query, with more details, on the Rootsweb message board for Alaska, I'd suggest the Alaska Unknown, and the Fairbanks site.
2. Post in Yamhill County Oregon about the family.
3. Since the Grace I found died 21 Feb 1954 in Seattle, obtain her obit.
--The Washington State Library has a free research service, the ask-a-librarian program, where they will look for information in the archives, in this case the newspaper microfilm for an event. They will look up to an hour and send you the results. For an obituary:
Due to staff cuts, economy, mass requests, they are now taking up to six weeks.
4. IF/WHEN you find the exact date of marriage, request the copy of the certificate in AK:


Your info: Grace Caseday from LaFayette (Yamhill County), OR, married in Fairbanks, 1905. I looked at your other postings to try to find additional information on her, without success. Her DOB would have helped.

The Washington Death Certificate Index identifies Grace Griffith, died 21 Feb 1954 in Seattle, King County, parents: Adam Caseday and Emma. Grace was 76 (1878)
The 1880 Census for Lafayette, Yamhill County, OR
Adam Caseday, age 35(1844/1845), born in Georgia to parents born unidentified. Laborer
Emma, 22(1857/1858), born in OR to father born in Pennsylvania, mother in Illinois
Myrtle, 4 (1875/1876)
Nettie, 3 (1876/1877).

One family tree identified this Adam (Another Adam, born 1804, died 1889 in Oregon was also found in many trees). He was born either 1847 in Tennessee, or 1845 in Georgia, he married Emma Nora L. Garletts, born 1858 in Oregon City, Clackamas Co, OR. The two children as identified.
--A private family tree "Oregon Ensigns-Donald Robert Ensign" had Nettie Caseday. It also contained Myrtle
--The Bureau of Land Management shows a land patent issued to an Adam D. Caseday on 1/21/1891 in Grant County, OR.

I did find a David Griffith, that had been in Alaska Territory (AT) that was married to a Grace, born in Oregon.

-----------David E. Griffith ----------
The 1889 Census of Franklin and Black Diamond, King County, WA.
Owen Griffith, age 46(1842/1843), born in Wales
Elizabeth, age 41(1847/1848), born in Wales
Lizzie, 20(1868/1869), born in Wales
David, 14(1874/1875), born in Wales

The 1900 US Census for Nome, Northern Supervisors District, Alaska Territory (AT)
David E. Griffith, born Sep 1875 in Washington (State) to both parents born in Wales. First came to Alaska in Sept 1897. Home address in Seattle, WA. He was a clerk in both his home location and in AT.
--The 1900 Census of AT only has one Grace, born in Oregon:
Grace Lyon, living on Douglas Island, Southern Supervisors District, AT. She was born in December Unknown, to both parents born in Missouri. She first came to AT in Jan 1900. Home address in Seattle, WA. She was a waitress at home and a prostitute in Alaska.

The 1910 Census for Seattle, King Co., WA, enumerated 20 April.
Elizabeth Griffith, age 62, born in England to both parents born in England, immigrated in 1880/status not identified (In 1910, the citizenship status of the woman was that of the husband. This changed in 1922). Widow, mother of 6/3 living.
David E, age 37(1872/1873), born in Wales to both parents born in England, immigrated in 1882/Naturalized. Single.

The World War I Draft Registration Card Image Database:
David Elmore Griffith, born Sept 17, 1873, farmer, living in Auburn, WA; nearest relative: Grace Griffith. He registered as required on September 12, 1918 (the last registration).
--I find about half of the registrants on this draft have their year of birth off by one year, so based on his age on the other census, I would guess he was born in 1874, not 1873.

The 1920 Census for Wynoche, King County, WA, enumerated 8/9 January.
David Griffith, age 46(1873/1874), born in Wales to both parents born in Wales, immigrated in 1888/Naturalized in 1893. Farmer/dairy farm. Owned his property, Black Diamond Highway
Grace, 40(1879/1880), born in Oregon to both parents born in Oregon
Elizabeth Griffith, age 72, Mother, born in Wales.

The 1930 Census for Auburn, King County, WA, enumerated April 14.
David E. Griffith, age 56(1873/1874), born in Wales to both parents born in Wales, immigrated in 1889/Naturalized. Farmers Ware House/Manager, own at 860 E. ? Age at first marriage 32(27/28 years before).
Grace L, age 50(1879/1880). Born in Oregon to both parents born in OR. Age at first marriage: 24 (25/26 years before)
--David may have first married about 1902/1903. Grace about 1904/1905. It appears possible they had married before to another person, or this is another census mistake.

Ron Bestrom
Tacoma, WA

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