Monday, April 4, 2011

More Jory

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

This photo of the Jory house is undated. According to the caption on the display at the museum, this house stood at 808 South Linda Street. It's not there anymore.

From Porter and Lake Counties (Goodspeed/Blanchard):
MATTHEW W. JORY was born July 18, 1836, in England, and is the eldest son of five children born to Thomas and Anna E. (Lane) Jory. The elder Jory was a queensware merchant in Davenport, England. When about seventeen years of age, Matthew W. came to the United States and remained in Philadelphia about one year, and then went to Wilmington, De., to learn his trade of carriage-body making. When about twenty-one, he returned to Philadelphia, and after a few months went to St. George, Del.; then went to New York. He then went to Port Tobacco, Md., and was sick for two years with malarial diseases. His physician ordered him to Fredricksburg, Va., where his health improved rapidly, and he went into business. In 1862, he was among those driven out of the place in the noted battle. He lost everything, except his tools, which, strangely enough, had been saved in a cellar, and he found them after the war. He went to Richmond, where an attempt was made to press him into service, but, on account of physical disability, he was made Hospital Steward. At the close of the war, he went to Mechanicsville, and began business again, remaining until the latter part of 1870. In 1870, he came to Valparaiso, but soon settled in Hobart, engaging in carriage and wagon making, and continuing up to March, 1882 [1882 was the year the book was published]. He owns a half interest in the Hobart Mills. He is a member of the A., F. & A. M. and I.O.O.F. orders, Past Master in the former and Past Grand in the latter. He is a member of the Unitarian Church. He has held the offices of Secretary of the S.S., Masons and Odd Fellows. He has always been a Democrat, but is now entirely independent, but favors the Prohibition movement. He was married, August 14, 1861, to Ann M. Brown, a native of Virginia. They have four children living — Ida L., Thomas A.J., Mary E. and Eva P.
It's a rather tight fit according to that chronology, but we do find Matthew W. Jory, 34, listed in the 1870 Census as a carriage maker in Hobart. His household includes his wife Ann and daughter Ida, along with a female domestic servant and male apprentice carriage-maker, both 14 years old. I don't find any Jorys in Hobart in the 1880 Census, but the 1900 Census shows a few of them, including Ann, now widowed and living with her married daughter, Eva.

Apparently Matthew and/or his son Thomas went into the furniture business at some point:

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

The caption tells you who these people are. Matthew's son, Thomas, had married Margaret Ballantyne in November 1890. Herbert was born to them around 1892, and judging by the boy's apparent age, I would place this photograph at around 1898. Jane (Jennie) Spray was Hobart's first postmistress.

As a young man Herbert joined the army and rose to the rank of lieutenant:

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

[7/3/2011 update: I came across this item in the "Local Drifts" column of the Hobart Gazette of September 6, 1918: "Friends will be pleased to learn that a former Hobart boy, Herbert Jory, has received a commission as 2d Lieutenant, stationed at Camp Taylor."]

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