Monday, April 14, 2014

52 Ancestors - Birdie Eldora Leona Belknap (Reed, Pandelis, Vanhorn)

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  Each week focus on one ancestor and post something about him or her.

Me-My Mom-Ruby Alberta Belknap-Donald Francis Belknap-Thomas Jefferson Belknap (Birdie is the daughter of Thomas and sister to Donald)
I wasn't intending on posting about my great grandaunt, Birdie, but while going over records for her father, Thomas Belknap, I've discovered more about her. I have a soft spot for my relatives who didn't leave any descendants. They shouldn't be forgotten. Birdie was a letter writer and a post card sender. Maybe in her own way she was leaving a little part of her for future generations. See my post on Birdie - Matrilineal Monday - Birdie Eldora Leona Belknap. 

While looking over the border crossing record of Thomas Belknap at Sweet Grass, Montana, USA in March of 1909, I realized that I missed a 2nd sheet that had an important clue about his daughter, Birdie.  The page stated that he was going to his daughter - Mrs. Birdie Reed at 26 W Broadway, Butte Montana. Reed? Somewhere I missed a marriage? I had found records of marriages to a Alex Pandelis in Montana, USA in 1917 and to William Henry Van Horn in British Columbia, Canada in 1920.

Looking at the 1909 Butte, Montana City Directory on page 647 is a Del Reed listed as a butcher living at 26 W Broadway. Looks like this maybe Birdie's husband. 

I quickly found Birdie in the 1910 census under the name Birdie Reed, living as a roomer in Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, USA. She is listed as a domestic living with the Edgar Pinkston family. It's stated that she is married and has been married 6 years with no children. That would mean that she was married about 1904. Not sure where Mr. Reed is. 

I haven't found any evidence of a marriage, but I did find in the Minneapolis, Minnesota death index on February 27, 1906  a death for a baby boy. His father's name is stated as Dell Reed and his mother as Birdie Belnap. He's buried in the Crystal Lake Cemetery in Minneapolis. The same cemetery as Birdie's mother, Mary Elizabeth Fiddler. 

From just one missed page, I discover other records that gave a little insight into my great grandaunt. Still looking for more records. So note to self, always check for a 2nd page. 
More posts about Birdie's family:

"Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956," digital images, ( : accessed 13 April 2014), entry for Thomas J Belknap, sheet 5, page 56; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication: M1464; Roll: 93; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; Record Group Number: 85.

R.L. Polk & Co.'s Butte, Montana, City Directory, 1909 (Montana: R.L. Polk & Co., 1909), p. 647, entry for Reed, Del; digital image, (htttp:// : accessed 13 April 2014).

1910 U.S. Census, Silver Bow County, Montana, population schedule, Butte Ward 8, enumeration district (ED) 0117, sheet 3B,, dwelling 73, family 78, Birdie Reed; digital images, ( : accessed 14 April 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374849.

"Minnesota, Death Record, 1866-1916," index, Family Search ( accessed 13 April 2014), Birdie Belnap in entry for Reed, 27 Feb 1906; citing Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, Public Health Center, St. Paul; FHL microfilm 1499034.

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