On 27 August 1941, Ida Catherine (Patton) Ardinger passed away. She was my 2nd great-grandmother.
Born on 20 November 1867, she was the daughter of John Patton and Esther Lewis.
Other than her birth, nothing is known about Ida’s childhood. No record of her family can be found from that time period. Perhaps they were residing in a different state or a different country during that time?
What is known is that on 23 September 1884, Ida Catherine Patton married James Eugene Ardinger, son of James Christian Ardinger and Emma Jane Nitzel, in Clear Spring, Washington County, Maryland. Ida Catherine Patton was 16 years old; James Eugene Ardinger was 18 years old.
On 23 March 1885, Ida and James welcomed their first child, a daughter named Mary Isabelle Ardinger, who was born in Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland.
On 13 September 1887, son John Patton Ardinger was born in Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland.
Son George Covell Ardinger was born on 15 January 1890, in Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland.
Sadly, a little over a year later, young George Covell Ardinger contracted cholera and died on 5 September 1891, in Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland.
Two years later, daughter Anna Esther Ardinger joined the family on 4 September 1893, in Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland.
Tragedy struck the Ardinger Family again when their eldest son John Patton Ardinger passed away on 5 July 1894, Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland.
Less than a year later, son Kenneth Eugene Ardinger was born on 28 March 1895, Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland.
Then, on the morning of 5 September 1896, Ida Catherine’s brother John W. Patton, who captained his own boat on the C&O Canal, fell into the water, was knocked unconscious, and drowned. Besides his sister Ida Catherine and their mother, John W. Ardinger left behind his wife and four young children.
A year after this tragedy, Ida Catherine and James Ardinger welcomed a daughter, Nettie Aurelia Arranger, on 2 February 1897, in Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland.
On 27 June 1900, the Ardinger Family was still residing in Williamsport, Washington, Maryland. Living in the home were father James Eugene (J.E.), mother Ida Catherine (I.C.), and children Mary Isabelle (M.I.), Anna Esther (A.E.), Kenneth Eugene (K.E.), and Nettie Aurelia (N.A.). James Eugene worked as a day laborer, and Ida was a washerwoman.
Ida and James’ final child was a daughter, Thelma Catherine Ardinger (my great-grandmother), who was born 16 October 1901, in Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland.
On 25 April 1910, Ida and James Ardinger were living on Vermont Street, Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland. Residing with them were their children Esther, Nettie, Kenneth, and Thelma. In 1910, James Eugene Ardinger worked as a wagon driver.
By 1920, however, it appears that Ida Catherine and James Eugene Ardinger were no longer living together. On 7 January 1920, James Eugene Ardinger was boarding in the home of Grace Soudnik, 117 Vermont Street, Williamsport. James’ marital status is listed as divorced. Ida Catherine Ardinger is missing from the 1920 U.S. Census.
Although she is not found in the 1920 Census, we do know that in the second half of her life, Ida Catherine Ardinger was a member of the Williamsport Methodist Church and of the Sons and Daughters of Liberty Lodge.
However, in 1930, Ida Catherine once again appears in the census. On 13 April 1930, Ida was working as a live-in housekeeper, residing with David C. Whipp, a widower, and his children in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland. She claimed to be a widow. Meanwhile, on 15 April 1930, James Eugene Ardinger was living at 320 Vermont Street, Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland. James was living alone and also claimed to be a widower.
On 2 May 1940, Ida Catherine Ardinger was back in Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland—this time on 118 West Salisbury Street. She was living alone, was retired, and claimed to be widowed. A month earlier, on 1 April 1940, James Eugene Ardinger, also retired, was residing around the corner (about 312 feet), at 10 South Vermont Street, Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland. In the census, he claimed to be single. A housekeeper, Mary Ramer, also lived in the home.
Then, on 27 August 1941, Ida Catherine (Patton) Ardinger died at the home of her son Kenneth Ardinger, 26 Kennedy Street NE, Washington, District of Columbia. Despite James and Ida’s decades-long estrangement, Ida was buried in the Ardinger family plot, located in River View Cemetery, Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland.