Zephaniah Campbell Hoagland 1821-1884

Celia M. Sears Hoagland, Death Notice- Nov. 9, 1889

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Elgin, Kane, Illinois, USA

Celia M. Sears Hoagland, Death Notice
9 Nov 1889

Celia M., wife of Zephaniah C. Hoagland, died very suddenly at her home 186 Kimball Street, Nov. 4th, aged 64 years. Two weeks ago she had a paralytic stroke, though up to that time in good health. She was apparently recovering, when a second stroke carried her off. She came to Elgin in 1849 and has always been much respected and beloved. She leaves five children to mourn for her.


Celia Mary SEARS (1825 – 1889)

My 3rd great-grandmother

Samuel Campbell HOAGLAND (1855 – 1940)
son of Celia Mary SEARS

Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND (1880 – 1961)
son of Samuel Campbell HOAGLAND

Helen Marie HOAGLAND (1907 – 1965)
daughter of Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND

Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Helen Marie HOAGLAND

Me – the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II

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Samuel Campbell Hoagland 1855–1940, Early Elgin, Illinois, Livery and Transportation

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“Sam was a prudent businessman who maintained a card index of every animal and piece of equipment. He retired in 1913. He owned 26 horses, 11 full-sized closed carriages, 3 hearses, 3 fancy conveyances, opera hacks, pallbearer wagons, two seat carriages and one-seat light driving rig.”

Wagons to taxicabs: 4 generations of Hoaglands haul Elginites by E. C. Mike Alft


Samuel Campbell Hoagland was my great great grandfather.

Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND (1880 – 1961)
son of Samuel Campbell HOAGLAND
 
Helen Marie HOAGLAND (1907 – 1965)
daughter of Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND
 
Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Helen Marie HOAGLAND
 
Me
the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II
 

 

Samuel Campbell Hoagland was born on December 22, 1855, in Elgin, Illinois. His parents were Zephaniah and Celia (Sears) Hoagland.

Sam married Maria Elizabeth Blow on June 25, 1879 in his hometown. According to family history notes by my grandmother, the couple was married at the residence of D.R. Jencks, Rev. D.B. Cheney officiating. However, Robert B. Mogler, another Sam Hoagland descendant, has stated their marriage certificate shows they were married a the First Baptist Church in Elgin. They had two children during their marriage, a son Frederick Judson “Fred,” was born on June 12, 1880, and a daughter, Jennie May “Jane,”born on November 14, 1881. Both children were born in Elgin.

 


 

Hoaglands

For more than a century, through four generations and changing modes of transportation, the Hoaglands hauled freight and people around Elgin.

Zephania Hoagland’s aunt and uncle pioneered east of town in Hanover Township in 1837. Born in Steuben County, New York, Zeph also was an early arrival here, but didn’t settle down in Elgin until he had tried his luck as a’49er seeking gold in California. Zepbania became a teamster whose horse-drawn wagon carried goods around the little mill town that grew into an industrial city during his lifetime.

Zeph’s son, Sam C. Hoagland, was born in Elgin in 1855. He worked for his father and then purchased his own one-horse express wagon in 1876. The livery (a stable keeping horses and vehicles for hire) he bought four years later became one of Elgin=s largest. He also ran buses to and from the factories and supplied a big Tally-Ho wagon for picnics.

Sam Hoagland was a prudent businessman who maintained a card index on the cost of every animal and piece of equipment in his stable. His records indicated what each horse had eaten and earned. He also knew each one’s habits. When a drummer had rented a rig to go to Dundee, be complained on returning that the horse had balked. Sam charged him more than originally agreed because the rig had gone all the way to Algonquin. How did Sam know? Old Betsy never stalled except on the Algonquin bill.

Some customers desired well-dressed drivers as well as a carnage. In the Hoagland wardrooms were 15 outfits of fur coats, gloves, and caps. There were enough neatly brushed silk hats to costume a half-dozen minstrel shows.

By the time be retired in 1913, Sam Hoagland owned 26 horses, 11 full-sized closed carriages, three hearses, three fancy conveyances, opera hacks, pallbearer wagons, two-seat carriages, picnic wagons, and one-seat light driving rigs of all descriptions.

Sam’s son, Fred J. Hoagland, was born in Elgin in 1880 and joined the business after leaving high school. When the livery closed, he adapted to the motor age and started the Hoagland Taxicab Company with three Model-T Fords and two Reos, all black. Meters were introduced in 1919, and the original fare they tallied was 25 cents for the first mile and 10 cents for each succeeding two-fifths mile. After World War I, Fred began buying Yellow cabs manufactured in Chicago by John Hertz, and the firm’s name was changed to the Elgin Yellow Cab Company.

The early Yellows had tonneaus in which only the passenger compartment was enclosed. The driver was in the open air, exposed to rain and snow. After Hertz sold out to General Motors, Hoagland switched to Chevrolets.

Two-way radios, which reduced cost and response time, were introduced in 1946. At its operating peak in the 1950s, Elgin Yellow had about 60 full and part-time employees, including three full time dispatchers, two telephone operators, maintenance shop repairmen, and drivers. The firm had 18 cars on the streets in the summer and 25 in the winter. The cars averaged about 7,000 mile per month. Eight new cars were purchased each year. By the end of the decade, Elgin Yellow had switched from Chevrolets to Checkers made in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Fred’s son, Charles Hoagland, was born in Elgin in 1913. While still a boy, he learned the ropes by guiding new drivers around the city. He eventually became a partner in the business, withdrawing in 1964, but was driving his private livery until he reached the age of 70.

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ElginHistory.com – Elgin: Days Gone By – E. C. Alft

 


 

At the age of 84 years old, Sam died and was buried, alongide his wife, Maria, in Elgin’s Bluffside Cemetery. The following was transcribed by my grandmother, Helen Marie Hoagland who was his granddaughter, from a newspaper article at the time of his death. She did not state the source of the death notice:

Sam Hoagland Death Notice Transcribed by Helen Hoagland-his granddaughter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan (Gilbert) Sears Lester 1800–1873

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Susan GILBERT

 

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Susan (Gilbert) Sears Lester 1800-1873

Susan Gilbert

1800–1873

My fourth great grandmother

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Celia Mary SEARS (1825 – 1889)
daughter of Susan GILBERT
 
Samuel Campbell HOAGLAND (1855 – 1940)
son of Celia Mary SEARS
 
Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND (1880 – 1961)
son of Samuel Campbell HOAGLAND
 
Helen Marie HOAGLAND (1907 – 1965)
daughter of Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND
 
Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Helen Marie HOAGLAND
 
Me
the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II
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When Susan GILBERT was born on March 8, 1800, in Dryden, New York, her father, She married Richard Sears. She then married Edward Lester on February 22, 1847, in DuPage County, Illinois. She died on September 15, 1873, in Elgin, Illinois, at the age of 73, and was buried there.
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Susan was buried in Elgin first in Channing Cemetery, then her remains were transferred after the historical closing of that cemetery, to Bluff City Cemetery, where her daughter, Celia Mary (Sears) Hoagland is buried. She is buried in one mass grave with other family members as noted on the interment document from Bluff City Cemetery. I was able to obtain the interment list from a genealogy angel in Elgin, Illinois. She was my fourth great grandmother.

Susan’s second husband, Edward Lester, is buried with his first wife in DuPage, Illinois. Both Susan and Edward were residents of Elgin, Illinois at the times of their deaths. It is noted in his will that five dollars be left for Susan and the remainder of his estate involving property in DuPage and finances was to be left to his children from the first marriage. His son was executor of the will. 

Susan (Gilbert) Sears Lester is the grandmother of Richard Warren Sears, the founder of Sears Roebuck and Company.

 

 

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Susan (Gilbert) Sears with picture of her husband, Richard Sears Jr.

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Bluff City Cemetery – Celia M. Hoagland is listed on this document for Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin, IL. The Mary listed as interred in 1990 is actually Mary Wells Hoagland, 2nd wife of Fred Hoagland. Susan Sears, Celia’s mother is the last person listed on this list of interments. All except Sam, Maria and Fred are buried in one grave (en mass) after been moved from the Chandler Cemetery in Elgin.

 

Celia Mary (Sears) Hoagland 1825–1889

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Celia Mary (Sears) Hoagland 1825–1889

When Celia Mary Sears was born on March 31, 1825, in Dryden, New York, her father, William, was 28 and her mother, Susan, was 25. She married Zephaniah Campbell Hoagland on January 18, 1844, in Steuben County, New York. They had nine children in 20 years. She died on November 4, 1889, in Elgin, Illinois, at the age of 64, and was buried there.

She was my great great grandmother.

 


 

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Excerpt from The Bosworth Family History by Frank Hunt Bosworth II – information was incomplete when I received this history about Celia. I have researched much from that time to today.

 

Celia M. Sears-Daughter of William Richard Sears and Susan Gilbert: Celia M. Sears was the daughter of William Richard Sears and Susan Gilbert born 31 Mar 1825 in Howard, Steuben, New York, USA and died 4 Nov 1889 in Elgin, Kane, Illinois. She married Zephaniah C. Hoagland. Susan Gilbert was buried in Elgin in the Hoagland family plot. I have been working with other researchers of the Sears family and feel Celia is a sister to James, Charity, Bradford, Serena and John. She was somehow inadvertently missed in some genealogical information that is available on the internet.

Celia is the aunt of Richard Warren Sears 1863–1914, my 1st cousin 4x removed. He was a founder of Sears Roebuck and Company.

 


Celia Mary SEARS (1825 – 1889)
3rd great-grandmother
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Samuel Campbell HOAGLAND (1855 – 1940)
son of Celia Mary SEARS
 
Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND (1880 – 1961)
son of Samuel Campbell HOAGLAND
 
Helen Marie HOAGLAND (1907 – 1965)
daughter of Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND
 
Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Helen Marie HOAGLAND
Me
the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II

 

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Note from Family History by Celia M. Sears Hoagland – Mentions Ward L. Hoagland, Zeph’s brother and W. Richard Sears, Celia’s father.
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Excerpt from Celia Sears Hoagland’s Will
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Children of Zephaniah Hoagland/Celia M. Sears The Hoagland Family in America Excerpt

 

Celia Sears Hoagland-Elgin Every Saturday 9 Nov 1889
Celia Sears Hoagland Obituary – Elgin Every Saturday – 9 Nov 1889

 

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Bluff City Cemetery – Celia M. Hoagland is listed on this document for Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin, IL. The Mary listed as interred in 1990 is actually Mary Wells Hoagland, 2nd wife of Fred Hoagland. Susan Sears is Celia’s mother, Susan Gilbert.
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First Congregational Church, Elgin, Illinois post card. Celia (Sears) Hoagland was a member of this church.

 

Note: On Ancestry.com – Someone has added Zeph to their family tree for the husband of Clarinda Griffith. This is absolutely not accurate. He was married once, and it was not to Clarinda Griffith. All the documentation and sources I have found through extensive research evidences the fact that Zephaniah Hoagland was married only once in his life and that is to Celia, whom he is buried next to.

 

Mary Celia Sears
Celia Mary (Sears) Hoagland Pedigree