Emaline Auxer, From Marietta to Brooklyn, a long, convoluted road


THE OBITUARY:

The Philadelphia Inquirer
8 Sept 1917
STATE NEWS IN SHORT METER
Marietta – Mrs. Emma Hendrickson, 78 years old, daughter of the late Squire Auxer, a pioneer of Marietta, died from infirmities of age at the home of her daughter in Brooklyn yesterday. She was a member of the Episcopal Church.

THE STORY:
A short little blurb for such a full life. Is this all she gets?
Her father, John Auxer, was Justice of the Peace in Marietta, Pennsylvania. Emaline was the fourth out of five children born to John’s marriage to Jane Park. She would have been considered a “spinster” by the time she married, since she was 34 years old when she married Harry Linville Hendrickson.
The couple were both Sunday School Teachers at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marietta when they married in her parents’ home on July 26, 1876. She was 34 years old and he was only 21. She had joined the Church in 1873 and he had joined a year later.
On November 21, 1877 their only child, Highland Linville Hendrickson, was born. His aunt, Catharine Auxer Harry, and his parents were his sponsors when he was baptised at home on on March 28, 1879. Church records indicate the “child being sick.” Highland died the following month of Scarlet Fever. He was buried on Easter Sunday in the Presbyterian Cemetery. Since the Cemetery no longer exists, it is likely his remains were transferred to the Marietta Cemetery, however no record exists indicating so.
Fact:

History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men
Chapter XXXIV. Borough of Marietta
The Mariettian was established on the 11th day of April, 1854, by a joint-stock company, with the view of advancing the material interests of the borough. It was neutral in politics. It was published by Israel Goodman; James P. Wickersham, late superintendent of the schools of the State, then principal of the Marietta Academy; John Jay Libhart, one of the associate judges of the County Court; Abraham N. Cassel, formerly a member of the Legislature of the State and a prominent business man; and Samuel Patterson, a prominent business man; and in 1856, Dr. William K. Mehaffey became sole editor, and Frederick L. Baker publisher. In 1860, Mr. Baker purchased the outstanding stock and became sole proprietor, and he published it as an Independent Republican journal. Its name was changed to Marietta Register. In 1874 he sold the paper to Joseph L. Wolfensberger, who was one of the publishers of the Columbia Spy. In 1875 he sold the paper to Percy P. Shrock and Linville Hendrickson, and in 1880 the latter sold to Mr. Schrock, who is now the sole editor and owner.

In March of 1880, Linville sold his interest in the newspaper to his partner due to health problems. The article that appeared in the Columbia Spy stated that he had accepted a job in Florida with the hopes that the change of climate would be beneficial to him.  No records have been located in Florida for him, and it is not certain when or even if he ever moved there.  There was no trace of him found until 1910 when he is found in Brooklyn with his wife, Emma (Emaline.)
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, so to speak, Emaline appeared on the 1880 and 1900 census living in the household of her sister, Mary Rowe.

Fact:
1880 Census, Phoenixville, PA:
Evline Hendrickson, age 29, married, sister-in-law, with family born in Penna as were parents
(she has only aged 4 years since the 1870 census)

Fact:

1900 Census, Phoenixville, PA:
Hendrickson, M.L., boarder, born July 1855, age 45, married for 20 years, born in Penna as were parents.
(This seems to be a compilation of H.L. and Emaline.  His initials, her birth month, his birth year and his age.  This would lead me to believe both of them were there, and when the census records were transcribed the transcriber lost track of where he was and sort of winged it.)

Fact:
1910 Census, Brooklyn, NY:
Household of Rosa A. Bowman
Henry H. Hendrickson, lodger, age 57, married 35 years, born in Pennsylvania, as were parents, was a printer for a newspaper
Emma R. Hendrickson, lodger, age 67, married 35 years, had one child, none living, born in Pennsylvania as were parents.
(This couple is in all probability Emma and her husband. The newspaper trade, the fact that she is 10 years older than he is and the fact that they were living in Brooklyn, sort of seals it.)

The next mention of Emaline would be in her obituary.  . . . and they couldn’t even get that right!

Poor Emaline Auxer Hendrickson.  Nobody remembered her name and she never remembered her age!  No matter who she was, Emmaline, Emma, Eveline, or Emily (as she was on the 1870 census) she was always close to her sister.

So close that she died in her daughter’s home in Brooklyn.  . . .and they couldn’t even get that right!  How could she have died in her daughter’s home?

Emaline never had a daughter.

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