The Loop Family in America
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Chapter 22 -- Henry H. Loop of Chautauqua County, NY
Henry H. LOOP [ ]. This is the ancestor of the author of this book. Henry H. Loop's exact ancestry has not been determined. However, recent DNA testing has shown that he was a descendant of Ensign Henry Loop. He is probably descended either from son "Vermont" Henry Loop, or son Andrew Loop. Many different dates occur in various records for the birth date of Henry H. Loop. His death certificate gives his date of birth as February 15, 1827. This information was given by his daughter Bertha. It is likely that at least the February 15 is correct. His tombstone, which has disappeared, gave his year of birth as 1838. It is likely he ordered his tombstone before his death. The 1855, 1860, 1865, 1880, and 1900 census records give his date of birth as about 1829, 1832, 1833, 1834, and 1844, respectively. His death certificate lists his father's name as John Loop and says his father was born in Germany. However, Ray Douglas, a family in-law who studied the family genealogy in the 1920's, said Henry's father's name was also Henry Loop, and that would be consistent with Henry's middle initial "H" shown on his death certificate. For as has been pointed out, it was traditional in the Loop family at that time for sons to use the initial of their father's first name as their own middle initial. Henry Loop always claimed to have been born in Chautauqua County, New York. There is a court suit against a Henry Loop in 1831 in Chautauqua County. There was a Henry Loop censused in Chautauqua County in 1830. But in the 1835 census, a John Loop is living in the same house, and is apparently not the same person. This John Loop is the son of "Vermont" Henry Loop. "Vermont" Henry Loop had a son Henry Loop who died about 1830 after having at least one son (Almond H. Loop). It is tempting to think that this Henry was the father of Henry H. Loop, but there is no good evidence to support that. Henry H. Loop does not appear in the 1850 census of Chautauqua County, but in 1855 he is censused there in the household of Nicholas THUM, apparently as a farm laborer, though he is listed as "adopted son". This is unlikely, as he was not with the family five years earlier. His county of birth is listed as "unknown", which means someone else gave his information to the census taker. He is still living with Nicholas Thum in 1860. He married, June 30, 1864, Luana MARSH, at Dewittville, Chautauqua County, New York. She was born in 1846, in New York, the daughter of Merritt MARSH and Olive REED. Henry H. Loop was a farmer. In 1865, his farm is described as:
65 acres improved, 80 unimproved, value of farm $5800, value of stock $1200, value of tools $200, 10 acres plowed, 40 acres pasture, 35 acres meadow, 35 tons hay, 2 acres wheat for 12 bushels, 6 acres oats for 75 bushels, 3 acres corn for 100 bushels, 1/2 acre potatoes for 45 bushels, 200 apple trees for 150 bushels and 1 barrel cider, 180 lbs maple sugar, 1 gallon maple molasses, 3 calves, 14 cows for 1200 lbs butter, 1 cow slaughtered, 2 horses, 3 pigs, 2 pigs slaughtered for 250 lbs pork, 20 sheep shorn for 70 lbs wool, poultry worth $5, eggs worth $16, 70 yards of flannel.
Luana (Marsh) Loop died between 1880 and 1890, in Chautauqua County, New York. Henry H. Loop died January 10, 1911, in Fredonia, Chautauqua County, New York. Both he and his wife are buried at Mayville, Chautauqua County, New York.
The children of Henry H. LOOP and Luana MARSH were:
+ 1. Bertha Edith LOOP, b. November 5, 1870, near Brockton, Chautauqua County, NY, m. August 18, 1891, Oscar Elwood SMITH. She d. July 25, 1940, at Houghton, Allegany County, NY.
+ 2. Myrtle LOOP, b. around 1870, m. 1907, Matthew OTTAWAY. She d. soon thereafter, about 1908.
Bertha Edith LOOP [Henry H. LOOP] the first child of Henry H. LOOP and Luana MARSH, was born November 5, 1870, near Brockton, Chautauqua County, New York. She married August 18, 1891, Oscar Elwood SMITH, in Dewittville, Chautauqua County, New York. He was born January 12, 1862, in Stockton, Chautauqua County, New York, the son of David SMITH and Rebecca P. JOHNSON. Oscar Elwood Smith was a house painter. He died December 24, 1924, in Dunkirk, Chautauqua County, New York. She died July 25, 1940, at Houghton, Allegany County, New York. Both are buried in Mayville, Chautauqua County, New York. The children of Oscar Elwood SMITH and Bertha Edith LOOP were:
+ 1. Norris Elwood SMITH, b. September 6, 1893, in Fredonia, Chautauqua County, NY, m. March 1, 1918, Olive FOX. He d. May 16, 1929, at Hollow Lake, Ontario, Canada, of drowning.
+ 2. DeLeo Louania SMITH, b. January 21, 1898, in Hartfield, Chautauqua County, NY. She m. (1) about 1920, Raymond E. DOUGLAS. He was b. December 28, 1896. He d. May, 1940, in Houghton, Allegany County, NY. She m. (2) Ray GARNER.
Norris Elwood SMITH [Bertha Edith LOOP, Henry H. LOOP] the first child of Oscar Elwood SMITH and Bertha Edith LOOP was born September 6, 1893, in Fredonia, Chautauqua County, New York. He married Olive FOX on March 1, 1918, in Huntington, Suffolk County, New York. She was born August 25, 1894, at Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia, the daughter of James Frew FOX and Mary Eureta SMITH. Norris Elwood SMITH was an insurance agent. He drowned in a sail boating accident on Hollow Lake in Ontario. After his boat capsized in a strong gust, he stayed behind to help a weak swimmer while others went for help. He is buried in the Webster Street Cemetery, Fredonia, Chautauqua County, New York. His widow married Ridgway McNALLIE, on June 11, 1936, at Fredonia, Chautauqua County, New York. He was born October 9, 1904, in Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, the son of Dutton Henry McNALLIE and Lottie May NEAR. She died 1993, at the Schofield Residence, Kenmore, Erie County, New York. She is buried in Longwood Cemetery, Buffalo, Erie County, New York. The only child of Norris Elwood SMITH and Olive FOX was:
+ 1. DeLeo SMITH, b. January 5, 1923, at Fredonia, Chautauqua County, NY, m. September 4, 1941, Allan Parnell BENNISON. He was born March 8, 1918, in Stockton, San Joaquin County, CA.
The children of Ridgway McNALLIE and Olive FOX were:
+ 2. Bruce Allan McNALLIE (a twin), b. July 15, 1937, at Dunkirk, Chautauqua County, NY, m. November 12, 1966, Clair-Ann DUNN. They divorced. No children. His partner thereafter was Lindra MOERDYK. They lived North Chittenden, VT.
+ 3. Robin Marion McNALLIE (a twin), b. July 15, 1937, at Dunkirk, Chautauqua County, NY, m. June 21, 1969, Mary Ann CAREY. They divorced. He then m. Christine EDWARDS. They live in Harrisonburg, VA. No children.
DeLeo Louania SMITH [Bertha Edith LOOP, Henry H. LOOP] the second child of Oscar Elwood SMITH and Bertha Edith LOOP was born January 21, 1898, in Hartfield, Chautauqua County, New York. She married (1) about 1920, Raymond E. DOUGLAS. He was born December 28, 1896. He died May, 1940, in Houghton, Allegany County, New York. She married (2) Ray GARNER, by whom she had no children. The children of Raymond E. DOUGLAS and DeLeo Louania SMITH were:
+ 1. Ellwood (Woody) Smith DOUGLAS, b. May 3, 1933, Hume, NY, m. January 12, 1966, Sarah Johanna SCHMIDT. She had married first Richard Henry JAMES, by whom she had no children. They had children:
a. Marjorie Louise DOUGLAS, b. September 17, 1966, Oakland, Alameda County, CA, m. 1991, Yves MILLOT. They live in Dijon, France. He's sales manager for family winery. They have a daughter Johanna MILLOT, b. October, 1992.
b. Cynthia Leslie DOUGLAS, December 22, 1970, in Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, CA.
DeLeo SMITH [Norris Elwood SMITH, Bertha Edith LOOP, Henry H. LOOP] the first child of Norris Elwood SMITH and Olive FOX was born January 5, 1923, at Fredonia, Chautauqua County, New York. She married September 4, 1941, Allan Parnell BENNISON at her mother's home in Buffalo, Erie County, New York. He was born March 8, 1918, in Stockton, San Joaquin County, California, the son of Ellis Norman Lambly BENNISON and Cora Mae PARNELL. Allan Parnell Bennison is a geologist. The children of Allan Parnell BENNISON and DeLeo SMITH were:
+ 1. Victor Lawrence BENNISON, b. April 11, 1947, in Cartagena, Colombia, South America, m. (1) December 30, 1966, Marilyn Kay SCHMIDT. They divorced. No children. He m. (2) December 29, 1970, Nancy Jane DANTE, at Kent, Portage County, OH. She was b. December 14, 1946, at Burlington, Des Moines County, IA, the daughter of Dr. Harris Loy DANTE and Margaret June MILLER. Victor Lawrence Bennison received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago in 1976. He is a software engineer. Nancy Jane (Dante) Bennison received her MAT from the University of Chicago and an MLS from Simmons College. She is a high school librarian. They live in Amherst, NH. Their children are:
a. Sarah Fox BENNISON, b. February 14, 1977, at Binghamton, Broome County, NY. She m. Simon Joseph FRUMKIN, June 27, 2009. He was b. August 7, 1973, in Minsk, Belarus, USSR. He emigrated to the USA with his family in 1980. Their first child Alden Dante FRUMKIN was born November 10, 2010 in Portland, Multnomah, OR.
b. Emily Margaret BENNISON, b. June 29, 1979, at Hinsdale, Du Page County, IL. She m. Michael Adam CHAMEIDES on March 11, 2011 at Great Barrington, Berkshire County, MA. They had their wedding celebration October 1, 2011 at Big Indian, Ulster County, NY.
+ 2. Christina Mae BENNISON, b. May 22, 1951, at Tulsa, Tulsa County, OK, m. May 20, 1978, Paul Philip SABIN, at Oregon House, Yuba County, CA. He was b. December 7, 1947, in Burlington, Chittenden County, VT, the son of Horatio Hickock SABIN and Elizabeth Ann CHASE. They divorced. Their children are:
a. Leslie SABIN, b. June 6, 1982, in Yuba City, Sutter County, CA.
b. Jesse Paul SABIN, b. June 13, 1985, in Yuba City, Sutter County, CA.
+ 3. Mary Kathleen BENNISON, b. August 2, 1954, at Tulsa, Tulsa County, OK, m. August 21, 1978, Otho Roger (Roger) SEWARD, at Burbank, Los Angeles County, CA. He was b. September 8, 1945. They met while they were both dancers for "Disney on Parade". They both have worked costume and wardrobe for plays and movies. She has since become a physical therapist. He works set lighting in Hollywood and writes on the side. Their children are:
a. Mary Elizabeth (Liz) SEWARD, b. September 22, 1987, in Burbank, Los Angeles County, CA.
b. Timothy Allan SEWARD, b. February 25, 1991, in Glendale, Los Angeles County, CA.
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