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hi, Ken: I think I may have the Whitaker link. The Fultonpostcard site again was key. 1/26/39 Greene Cty paper reported death of Mrs. John V Van Dyke,in Benneville, NJ, an aunt of Mrs. Frederick Egnor of this Village--the only such person being Esther Elberta Brewer Egnor, Mazeppa's daughter. 1900 census for Newark NJ shows John Van Dyke, wife Josephine; Josephine born NY, her father born Germany, mother born, NY. 1910 census same family. Searched LDS pilot record search for all Josephines born in NY during relevant time pd. Found 1870 census for Catskill, New York for Family of Francis Whittaker, born in Baden, his wife Margaret, born in Ireland, their children, Josephine, (of appropriate age) Charles, Esther, Mary and William. 1900 census shows a Charles Whittaker with adopted daughter Ida to be right age of EEBE's sister Ida; later Catskill paper articles refer to visits to EEBE by her sister Ida Mower. Marriage of George Mower and Ida Brewer in 1905 per Greene County rootsweb site.
Francis Whit(t)aker shows up in 2 sources on this site as soldier in Civil War 120th NYS Infantry and as 1868 grantor of property and later in 1869 and 1873 on Catskill tax rolls. AND my husband's cousin reports her grandmother (EEBE) received visits from "Aunt Josie" Van Dyke. Finding what Frank Whittaker's name in Germany was is a stumper.