Sallie was a young widow found living in her mother's boarding house on 32 McFarland Street in the 1880 Federal population census. She also appears in the Cincinnati city directory for the last time in 1880. Her mother, Mary Ann (Rees) Morehouse, continues to be listed in directories intermittently until her death in 1894. Between 1880 and 1894, Mary Ann lived on 32 McFarland, 180 West 3rd, 199 Everett and 7 Gorman Street. I'll start with Mary Ann and see if there are some clues in her neighborhood.
At the time of her death in 1894, Mary Ann lived at 7 Gorman Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. There are two Sanborn maps that might give me information about the house - 1887 and 1891. Both of these maps are available on microfilm at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. But, I'm not at the library, so I'm looking to see what I can find out about the neighborhood on the 1904 Sanborn map which is available online the the PLCH Virtual Library. I'll check out 1887 and 1891 later.
From the index, I learn that Gorman Street is on Map 80. But, looking at the map, I don't see 7 Gorman Street. Doug Magee warned us not only about street name changes but also numbering changes. I remembered that Mary Ann (Rees) Morehouse had a daughter that continued to live on Gorman Street. The 1896/97 directory gives Alice McLean Morehouse's address as 1507 Gorman Street. Bingo! (I'd still like to confirm this is the same house in other sources.)
|Cincinnati, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. "Insurance Maps of Cincinnati, Ohio, Vol. 1." Virtual Library. http://virtuallibrary.cincinnatilibrary.org/lib/31/468/R912_77199_ef_S198_v__1_p__80.pdf : 2011.|
This neighborhood is very close to the boundary between maps so I also looked at the map of properties south of Armory Avenue (map 72). And much is made clear! Mary Ann (Rees) Morehouse's daughter, Alice M. Morehouse was a schoolteacher. In Map 72, we see that the flat where mother and daughter resided was very close to the 11th District Public School. This is good news and bad news. It does provide new information about the likely place that Alice worked but it is also possible that the family's living arrangements were driven by proximity to the school rather than proximity to other family members.
This is one of the tricky things about the 1904 Sanborn map that Doug Magee warned us about. Because of the exorbitant cost of producing maps, from 1904-1930, corrections were simply pasted into the 1904 map books. A careful inspection of the Sanborn map reveals that both the school and the annex were pasted in later. The map shows the New Eleventh School District building as can be confirmed by viewing the images of the Old and New Eleventh School.
The Morehouse flat on Gorman could be tracked through later Sanborn maps (1917, 1922, 1934, 1937, etc.) to get an idea of the property's transition over time. A list of available Sanborn maps is at http://goo.gl/gPFlg. But, my Morehouse families had already moved along.
From a genealogical perspective, tracking the earlier family properties, determining who owned the flat, and checking the records of nearby churches and schools just might give me the break through I am hoping for! First, I'll want to take a closer look at the 1887 and 1891 Sanborn maps and other early maps to see if there are other even more promising sources of additional information.
If you have made an interesting discovery using the Sanborn maps for Cincinnati, please comment or better yet, write a post!
Update: PLCH has the 1987 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps digitized and online. However, the library also has a link to Ohio Link where Sanborn Maps dating from 1867 - 1970 are digitized and available online. To get to this site, take the following steps:
- Logon to the library site at: http://http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/
- Click on "Research and Homework"
- Click on "Research Databases"
- Click on "S" under "Browse Resources by Title"
- Click on "Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps"
- Submit your zip code.
- Begin your search. I have found that one of the most efficient ways to search for a street is to type (Name of street, Cincinnati/Hamilton) or (Name of business, Cincinnati/Hamilton).