Saturday, August 4, 2012

Time to Stop Looking

William Walling Winterton and Katherine Dunn had two children in the 1890s in Monmouth County, New Jersey.  I located the birth certificate for their daughter, Laura, or at least I think I did.  The child has no first name.  This was not unusual, but the birthdate on this birth certificate is consistent with other documents about Laura, so this is likely her birth certificate.

Birth certificate for Baby Girl Winterton, born 30 September 1891
in Matawan Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Their next child, a son named William Gladstone Winterton, used a birthdate of 24 April 1898 on various documents.  I cannot locate a birth certificate for him.

William Gladstone Winterton
Age 8 in 1906

Ancestry.com has released United States Consular Registration Applications 1916-1925.  William Gladstone Winterton applied for an extended stay in India for an engineering job and was denied for lack of proof of United States citizenship, that is, his birth certificate.



Reading this mention about a document that I am still looking for one hundred years later is a bit haunting.  Maybe I can stop looking for his birth certificate?  He couldn't find it.