William Christopher Walling

Male 1860 - 1892  (32 years)


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  • Name William Christopher Walling  [1
    Born 1860  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Aug 1892  Nankin, MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I9925  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2021 

    Father Roch Robert Walling,   b. 29 Apr 1833, Chateauguay, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1907, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Hannah Fogarty,   b. 1834, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1889, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 26 Oct 1854  St Mary's Cathedral, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F21  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice I. Wicks,   b. 28 Dec 1863, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1931, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married Apr 1880  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Christopher Walling,   b. Jul 1879, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1932, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)  [natural]
     2. Edith M. Walling,   b. May 1882, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1954, Willow Grove, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2021 
    Family ID F22  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • - William C. Walling was born in 1860 at Ogdensburg, NY and according to Michigan Death Records, died Aug. 26, 1892 at Nakin, Wayne County, Michigan at age 32.

      - In October, 1878 when William was 18 and still living with his parents on New York Ave. in Ogdensburg, he impregnated 15-year-old Alice Wicks who was living on Congress Street with her mother and siblings. The baby, William Jr., was born the following July, 1879. In March, 1880 when the baby was 10 months old, William was arrested on a bastardy proceeding and jailed at Canton - a bastardy proceeding was a legal process to determine the father of a child born out of wedlock and provide support for the child. We may assume that the action was brought by Alice's mother since Alice was still a minor, and that her mother was looking for support for her daughter and grandson who were living with her. After 18 days in jail it would appear William agreed to support Alice because he was released from jail and took up immediate residence with her at her mother's home on Congress Street. Two months later, in June, 1880 when the census was taken, Alice and William were identified as married with an 11-month-old son. No record of the marriage has been found.

      - In August, 1881, Alice became pregnant with their second child, Edith, born May, 1882. In the 1882 city directory William is listed as a laborer, residing at South Water and Lafayette Streets and in the 1883 city directory, as a sailor, residing at 170 South Water.
      Shortly after this, William abandoned his family and with brother Timothy, relocated to Michigan. Timothy was in Ogdensburg in 1880 living with his father on New York Ave. and working as a porter. That same year, he relocated to Detroit, MI, where he also worked as a porter. About 1884, he came back to Ogdensburg and in the 1885 city directory is staying with his father and working as a plumber. But later that year he went back to Michigan and took brother William with him. They both are found in the 1886 city directory of Bay City, Mich., living together at the Elk Hotel. They are both laborers. The same year, they both moved to Detroit, where Timothy is listed in the city directory as a driver for G.F. Case and boards at 167 Woodbridge, and William C. is a bartender for Frank Mullen, and boards at 47 Fort East. In 1888 William is a horseshoer for Hogan & Gilhula and boards at The Colburn; in 1889 he is a horseshoer and boards at Rice's Hotel; in 1890, he is a laborer and is boarding at 23 Fort East. William is not listed in the 1891 or 1892 directories but the 1893 directory notes that William C. Walling, 32, died Aug. 26, 1892. This information is confirmed by the Michigan deaths listing, which shows William dying on that date at Nankin (Detroit) at age 32.
      There also is scant information on William's wife, Alice. As with her mother, Alice Wicks became pregnant out of wedlock and, as with her mother, her husband abandoned her with young children.
      Alice grew up in a dysfunctional home, her mother Esther Holmes living with and having her four children by a married man, David Weeks, who after 10 years with Esther, returned to his wife and children, leaving Esther to raise her children alone and without support. Throughout this period Esther and David used fictitious names to hide that he was a married man with a family in a nearby town. When David left Esther about 1871, Alice was only eight years old.
      In October, 1878, Esther Holmes and her children, twins John and Alice, 15, and David, 11, (and possibly her oldest son Joseph, 21) were living on Congress Street in Ogdensburg when Alice became pregnant by William C. Walling, 18, who lived with his father Robert Walling on New York Ave. She had the baby in July of 1879. Apparently, William Walling was not providing support and in March of 1880 was arrested and jailed at Canton, NY, the county seat, on a bastardy petition. The next month, when the baby was nine months old, he was released when he apparently took responsibility for the child and immediately moved in with Alice at her mother's home.
      When the U.S. census was taken in June, 1880, William and Alice indicated they had been married for one year (not true.) They apparently stayed together through the birth of a second child Edith in May of 1882, and perhaps for some time after that. But in 1885, William abandoned them and moved to Detroit, Michigan, with his brother Timothy.
      Alice and the baby apparently stayed with her mother Esther and brother Walter until Esther died in October, 1886. She then apparently moved in with her daughter Edith who, in 1897 at age 15, married Ernest Russell. In 1900, Alice is living with Edith and Ernest Russell in Town of Oswegatchie, now using the name Alice McCarthy. In that census, she stated she was married and has been for 21 years (implying she has been married to someone named McCarthy for that period) which would place her marriage in 1879, the year that William Jr. was born, but one year before her marriage to William Walling (if indeed there was a marriage.)
      In the 1907 city directory, Alice is boarding at 1 Tanbark Place but by 1910, working as a laundress in a hotel, she was back residing with her daughter's family. By 1920 Alice is working as a servant in a private home, also listing her profession as a hotel clerk, and in 1925, she is boarding at 25 Lake St. and employed at the Oswegatchie House hotel, later Chappel's Hotel. She is not found in the 1930 census and died in 1931. Her cemetery gravestone reads "Grandmother Alice I. McCarthy 1865-1931." No record of her marriage to a McCarthy can be found, nor any mention of her supposed husband's first name.
      The only reference to her in a period newspaper is found in an October, 1913 Ogdensburg Journal where she was struck by a car: "Mrs. Alice McCarthy, aged 50, was crossing State Street at the corner of Greene on her way home from work. Mrs. Frank J. Dow, driving a touring car west on Greene Street, approached the crossing at the same time that a horse and carriage going south drew near on State Street. The pedestrian being blind in the left eye, saw the horse but did not see the auto and in trying to avoid one she was struck by the other. The wheels of the car passed over her and her clothing was almost torn from her body. She was carried into the home of Dr. W. Daly, who made a superficial examination and found no bones broken nor any sign of serious injury beyond shock and a severe shaking up. She was taken to the city hospital and then to her home."

      - 1870 U.S. census, Ogdensburg, William is 10 years old and living at home with his parents Robert and Anna Walling. He was born in New York state.

      - 1880 U.S. census, Willian is living on Congress Street with his wife's family; Alice (his wife), Alice's brothers
      John and Walter Wicks, and her mother Esther Holmes. William is 20, his wife is 18, and their child William Jr. is 11 months old.

      - Norwood News, reporting county court proceedings, has: "In another case, W. C. Walling, locked up on bastardy proceedings, was discharged." This was March 30 1880, and referenced a legal action to establish paternity for a child born out of wedlock. William Walling Jr. was born a month later.

      - Thursday, March 24, 1881, Gouverneur newspaper: Prisoners: William C. Walling, days: 18. This report appears to be from March to Nov., 1880, and likely ties in with the item above it.

      - City Directories:
      1882-83, Ogdensburg, NY: Walling William , laborer, h S Water n Fayette
      1883-84, Ogdensburg, NY: Walling William, sailor, 170 South Water
      1886, Bay City, MI, laborer, Elk Hotel
      1886, Detroit, MI, driver for G.F. Cae, boards 167 Woodbridge W.
      1887, Detroit, driver for B.G. Latimer, rooms 14 State T.
      1888, Detroit, driver, rooms 235 Brush
      1889, Detroit, horseshoer, boards Rice's Hotel
      1890, Detroit, laborer, boards 23 Fort E.
      1891, Detroit, laborer, boards 23 Fort E.
      1893, Detroit (directory has note that Wiliam C. Walling died Aug. 26, 1892.)

      - In the 1880 census taken June 7, 1880, William is 11 months old, living with his parents, William C. Walling Sr. and Alice Wicks, and Alice's mother, Esther Holmes, on Congress St. And so, William was born in July of 1879 out of wedlock. The Norwood News of March 30, 1880, reported, under county court proceedings, "In another case, W. C. Walling, locked up on bastardy proceedings, was discharged." "Bastardy proceedings" referred, at the time, to a legal action to determine the father of a child born out of wedlock, and to provide for support. I found in the Gouverneur newspaper a report from the St. Lawrence County sheriff covering the year 1880, which listed among the prisoners: "William C. Walling, 18 days."
      It would appear that in October of 1878, Alice Wicks was 15 when she was impregnated by William C. Walling, then 18. Alice was living with her mother and siblings, likely on Congress Street, while William was living with his parents, Robert and Hannah Walling on New York Avenue. In July of 1879, now 16-year-old Alice gave birth out of wedlock to William Jr. She and the baby remained with her mother. It would appear that William Sr. either refused to marry Alice during her pregnancy or after William Jr.'s birth, or, his father Robert refused to allow it, since in March of 1880, when the baby was 10 months old, William was arrested on a bastardy proceeding and jailed at Canton. We may assume that the action was brought by Alice's mother Esther, since Alice was still a minor, and that Esther was looking for support for her daughter and granddaughter who were living with her. After 18 days in jail it would appear that William agreed to marry Alice, because he was released from jail and took up immediate residence with Alice, the baby, and Esther, at Esther's home on Congress St. Two months later in June, 1880 when the census was taken, Alice and William were identified as married with an 11-month-old son, living with here mother Esther on Congress St.

      - In the 1900 census 20 years later, William's son, William Jr. and his wife Katie Walling, are identified as having been married for one year and living in a rented house on Congress St. William gives his birth date as April 26, 1880, which actually was about the time his parents married. We may assume he gave that date, rather than his actual birth of July, 1879, so as not to appear to have been born out of wedlock.

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