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OBIT HELP: Christine Marie Hendershot(t) m- John Nelson Westerfelt
Posted by: Bobbi Harrison (ID *****1549) Date: October 29, 2004 at 01:29:48
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I would love to have obits found for Christine Marie (Hendershot/Hendershott and John Nelson Westervelt, if there's a volunteer in Broward County to help.

One of my cousins from my paternal grandmother's family line, was recently in an antique shop in New Jersey and bought three 1925 piano music books that had names hand written on the front cover. She remembered my Hendershot connections and though this might be a relative to me. She sent me the one book inscribed Tennie Hendershot, as she'd already given the other two away. On one was written Christine Hendershot and on the other, Christine Westervelt.

After doing some research, I do believe that "Teenie" and Christine Marie Hendershot are the same person as Christine Westervelt (her married name to John Nelson Westervelt). I tracked down quite a bit on her, but am still not sure which Hendershot clan she belongs in. I first found her name spelled with two t's in a World Connect Tree when I did a search for the Westerfelt name. Then I found Christine & John N. Westervelt in the 1930 Bernards, Somerset County, New Jersey census & they'd only been married 5 years and didn't have any children at that point. Next I found them on the Florida Death Index and I do think that the second John N. Westervelt on the Florida Death Index was probably their son. Both Johns died the same year, only 2 months apart...interesting.

So I'd say it's most likely that the 1925 piano music was Christine's while she was still living in New Jersey, before they moved to Florida. Right now I'm not sure which clan Christine belongs in. I'm trying to find her in the 1920 census, but have to check a lot of males, since only the head of household is indexed. If any of this rings bells for anyone, please let me know.

When I received the book in the mail last week, I discovered that Christine had hand written the words to the tune, "She's Everbody's Sweetheart But Nobodys Girl" on pages 20 & 21. I've scanned the front cover and will e-mail it to interested parties. I also plan to scan the two pages where she wrote the words to the song.

Database: Florida Death Index, 1992-93
Florida Death Index 1877-1998
Name: Christine M Westervelt
Certificate: 60843
Place: Broward
Race: W
Death Date: 15 May 1993
Birth Date: 28 Mar 1906

Name: John N Westervelt
Certificate: 109885
Place: Broward
Race: W
Death Date: 27 Sep 1993
Birth Date: 26 Aug 1903

Name: John N Westervelt
Certificate: 84998
Place: Broward
Race: W
Death Date: 18 Jul 1993
Birth Date: 16 Jun 1931


1930 census, Bernards, Somerset County, New Jersey - Enumerated April 2, 1930 ED: 2 Sheet: 1B Lines: 69 & 70
Living on Maple Avenue, owns home, $6000, not a farm, has a radio.
Westervelt, John N. Head age 26 m- at 21 b- New Jersey parents b- New Jersey Occupation: Foreman - paint company
Christine M. Wife age 25 m- at 20 b- New Jersey father b- New Jersey mother b- Pennsylvania


Name: John N Westervelt
Age: 26
Estimated birth year: abt 1904
Birthplace: New Jersey
Relation to head-of-house: Head
Race: White
Home in 1930: Bernards, Somerset, New Jersey
Image source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Bernards, Somerset, New Jersey; Roll: 1383; Page: ; Enumeration District: 2; Image: 265.0.

Name: Christine M Westervelt
Age: 25
Estimated birth year: abt 1905
Relation to head-of-house: Wife
Home in 1930: Bernards, Somerset, New Jersey
Image source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Bernards, Somerset, New Jersey; Roll: 1383; Page: ; Enumeration District: 2; Image: 265.0.

I hope someone will be able to help me with the rest of Christine's ancestors.

Bobbi Harrison



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