He mar 5 June 1849
(apparently NOT 6 May 1849)
to Jane Dornin [Jane E. Dornin, born New York city].
She was born 1820 according to age in 1850 census and 1860 census and 1870 census and 1880 census.
[1906 article] says Jane was born 26 Dec 1802. 1900 census says she was born Jan 1804.
1900 census says Jane had 5 children. Assuming some or most of these are natural children not adopted, born after 1849, then such an early birth year for Jane would not be credible.
Jane was dau of --- Dornin (born Ireland, apparently died before 1850 census) and Margaret ---- (born 1800, Ireland).
William and Jane lived in Georgetown,
They are listed in 1850 census as living Georgetown. He is "gardener". Jane's mother Margaret is living with them.
Jane's mother Margaret died 2 Aug 1853. She was bur Holy Rood Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
William and Jane are listed in 1860 census as living Georgetown. He is "gardener". Daughter Mary age 7. Their nephew Edward Francis Cashel (arrived from Ireland) is living with them.
William ran a florist/garden business in Georgetown.
His business became popular and
he became very prosperous.
Lived at 2nd St (later O St), Georgetown in at least 1862 to 1890. The location was between Frederick St and Market St.
He is listed as "gardener", 54 2nd St, Georgetown, in [Washington Directory, 1862].
He is listed as "gardener", 56 2nd St, in [Washington Directory, 1863].
He is listed as "gardener", "Second n Market", Georgetown, in [Washington Directory, 1864].
Their nephew Edward Francis Cashel again stayed with them in Georgetown 1864 after fighting in American Civil War.
Edward wrote a letter in 1864 from Georgetown.
William is listed as "gardener", "Second n Frederick", Georgetown, in [Washington Directory, 1865].
See him listed at "66 Second" in [U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1865].
He is listed as "gardener", 54 2nd St, in [Washington Directory, 1867].
William wrote a letter in 1869 from Georgetown to his retired brother-in-law, George Cashel: "I have to thank you for the papers you sent me. Unlike you, with me work is the rule, amusement the exception, and so I expect it always to be."
They are listed in Georgetown in 1870 census. He is "Horticulturer". Daughter Mary age 17.
He is listed as "gardener", 52 2nd St, in [Washington Directory, 1871].
He is listed as "gardener", 52 2nd St, in [Washington Directory, 1873].
as "gardener", 3327 O St Northwest,
[Washington Directory, 1882].
Ullmer is no longer living on O St.
He is listed as "gardener", 3327 O St Northwest, in [Washington Directory, 1883].
He is listed at 3327 O St Northwest in [Washington Directory, 1886].
He is listed at 3325 O St Northwest in [Washington Directory, 1889].
He is listed at 3325 O St Northwest in [Washington Directory, 1890].
He is listed at 1313 35th St NW, Georgetown, in [Washington Directory, 1892]. This would be the new numbering (35th St is the old Fayette St) and this is close to his old house. See map and street view.
William's will, 1892:
His will is dated 24 Mar 1892. He leaves property to his dau Mary A. Ullmer and her children.
He leaves Mary a house of his at 1235 "Potomac Avenue", Georgetown. Presumably this is 1235 Potomac St, Georgetown, which is close to his old house. See map and street view.
William dies, 1892:
He died Apr 4, 1892, D.C., age 76 yrs.
Funeral 5 Apr 1892 [burial record, Holy Trinity Church], think NOT 6 Apr 1892.
He was bur Holy Rood Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Probate filed 26 Apr 1892.
1906 article describes him as "florist".
Jane is listed at 1313 35th St NW, Georgetown, in [Washington Directory, 1893].
She is listed at 1416 34th St NW, Georgetown, in [Washington Directory, 1894]. This is close to the old house. See map and street view.
Jane's will, 1898:
Her will is dated 8 Mar 1898. See p.1 and p.2 and p.3.
Her will says she has "no known blood relations". Which is true because Mary is adopted.
In her will, she gives to the church and charity, and then provides for her Ullmer grandchildren Jane and Francis and James.
She mentions their mother "Mary Ann Ullmer", "formerly Mary Ann McCarthy", and says she was provided for in the will of her husband William.
She is listed
at 3513 O St NW, Georgetown,
[Washington Directory, 1899].
She is listed in 1900 census as staying with the Ullmers at 3304 Prospect St, Georgetown.
She is listed at 3513 O St NW, Georgetown, in [Washington Directory, 1901]. Possibly this is a stale address, dating from before she moved to the Ullmers.
In 1904 she moved into the Stanton house, 3003 O St, Georgetown.
Jane dies, 1906:
She suffered a "stroke of paralysis" on 10 June 1906.
She died 19 June 1906, age 86 yrs, at 3003 O St, Georgetown [Washington Post, 20 June 1906].
Funeral 20 June 1906, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Georgetown.
She was bur Holy Rood Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
[Washington Post, 20 June 1906] claimed she was age 103 at her death, and was "Georgetown's Oldest Inhabitant". It said she was born Dec 26, 1802. But (see above) this seems unlikely. More likely she was born 1820.
Probate filed 21 June 1906.
Her Ullmer grandchildren disputed her will. She left them an inheritance but they disputed all of the bequests to the church and to various charities. See article in Washington Post, 10 Feb 1908. Says that Jane left a large estate of about $10,000. Jane is listed as "a relative" rather than their grandmother. Further evidence they are not blood grandchildren.
William and Jane had natural or adopted issue:
William and Jane had adopted issue:
Mary McCarthy is identical with Mary Kickham.
How could she have two names?
Even more incomprehensible, it seems clear that William and Jane are not her natural parents:
son of Ruth Ullmer,
provides the story that explains everything.
He says Mary was the adopted child of William and Jane Kickham: "I .. remember a conversation I had with my mother .. when she told me her mother's name was Mary McCarthy, that she was born in the southern part of Virginia, and that she was adopted by a Georgetown family." "my mother's mother, a Kickham, was born in southern Virginia and .. she was adopted by the Kickham family of Georgetown".
So this explains the name McCarthy.
And it explains why her natural parents do not fit William and Jane.
Mary Kickham was born Mary McCarthy and was adopted by Kickham.
This explains all the above data, and the following:
This means that none of the Ullmer descendants are DNA relations of our family.
William Kickham at Georgetown, D.C., in 1860 census.
His nephew Edward Francis Cashel is living with them.
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Washington Post, 20 June 1906, on the death of Jane Dornin.
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