I didn’t know that my paternal grandmother’s father had a middle name until Ancestry added its “U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007” a few years ago. There is no middle name on his death certificate, and I had not heard of one. I didn’t know him, nor had I ever met his only child, my grandmother. My father was not a part of my life, and had he been, asking him his grandfather’s middle name would have been the least of my concerns with that man.
The family was German, so what was he doing with the middle name of Pat anyway? Isn’t that an Irish name? There is alway so much to learn, isn’t there?
Henry Pat ANTON was born on 4 April 1872 in New Jersey. I suspect his birth was in Middlesex County, and a genealogist less lazy (or scatterbrained, or with fewer ancestors) than me would have already obtained other documents that could shed light on this, such as his actual application for a Social Security Number. His family was living in Middlesex County, New Jersey, at the time the 1870 U.S. Federal Census was taken.
Henry was the youngest child of at least 7, and all but the youngest two were born in Germany, as were Henry’s parents and grandparents. His father and mother, John Christian ANTON and Mary Christina (GARLING) ANTON, departed from Hamburg, Germany, on the ship John Bertram in October 1864, and arrived 5 November 1864 in New York City. By 1870, as I already mentioned, they then settled in New Jersey.
In 1892, according to the 1900 U.S. Census, Henry and Marion Ann RENFRO married. She was the first daughter and third child of John Marion RENFRO, swindler of women and polygamist, and his second abandoned wife, Mary COTTER, who was born during the Great Famine of Ireland, and whose parents emigrated from Ireland within 4 years after her birth.
Henry and Marion had only one child that I can find, my grandmother Adele Marie ANTON, born in 1893 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and who married first to Earl Lawrence TRAUTMAN. They were the parents of the male from whom I gained roughly half of my DNA, my father, James Joseph TRAUTMAN, later WILSON.
After their marriage, Henry and Marion continued to reside in Elizabeth, New Jersey, for probably approximately 25 years, until they moved to West Brighton on Staten Island, New York, and were there in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census, and beyond. They lived with their daughter, Adele, and her family.
Marion died first, in 1934, followed by Henry in 1943. He made a will in 1937 in which he appointed daughter Adele as executrix and left her all of his property. No details of his property are listed in the will.