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Couch in Detroit around 1900

Couch in Detroit around 1900

Norris Couch (View posts)
Posted: 6 Dec 1998 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Couch, Morton
Looking for information on Alfred Walter Couch, Alfred Edward Couch, Dr. John Walter Couch. Alfred Edward and John Walter may have moved to Detroit/Wayne County from Picton in Ontario, Canada. Alfred Edward may have owned/run the commisary at R.E. Olds and owned 2 restaurants on Griswold Street in the 1910 timeframe. Helen Andrew Morton, daughter of Robert Morton (from Edinburgh, Scotland) and Marian Riddell Morton (history unknown).

Re: Couch in Detroit around 1900

Posted: 15 Mar 2008 12:28AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Couch
Walter John Couch B 1850
David Louis Brother B 1862
Lydia Jane Sister B 1852

Parents Richard and Rossetta both buried in Picton ON.Canada

Re: Couch in Detroit around 1900

Posted: 15 Mar 2008 7:25AM GMT
Classification: Query
Awful lot of folks with same/similar names in Detroit/Ontario area. Do you have DOB's to tell who's who plus parents/siblings or wife/kids?

As you seem to have some info, could you be a bit more specific about what you are looking for vs what you have? i.e. do you wants census, vitals, etc?

As you may know, census records only show country of origin for immigrants and a state for citizens. Occupation is generally generic vs a name of a business & an address.

Re: Gertrude Couch Picton ON. Canada

Posted: 15 Mar 2008 10:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Couch, Hickstine
Looking for information on Gertrude Couch,born Picton ON.March 1878, Census Ontario Prince Edward County 1911 33 yrs old living with her aunt Lydia J Couch, May have moved to US perhaps Maryland. Married name could be Hickstine a neice attended at Lydia,s death in Picton ON April 9th 1937 with the name Hickstine.

Re: Gertrude Couch Picton ON. Canada

Posted: 17 Mar 2008 11:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Couch, Hickstine, Hickstein, McMullen
Athol, Picton, and Wellington, Prince Edward District, Ontario Census, 1881
about Gertrude Couch
Name: Gertrude Couch
Location: Picton Town
Age: 3
Birthplace: Ontario
Religion: Church Of England
Occupation: -
Census Year: 1881
Film #: C-13237
Division #: 1
Page #: 29
Entry #: 5
Family #: 161

1901 Census of Canada
about Gertrude E Couch
Name: Gertrude E Couch
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Single
Age: 23
Birth Date: 18 Mar 1878
Birthplace: Ontario
Relation to Head of House: Niece
Racial or Tribal Origin: English
Nationality: Canadian
Religion: Church Of England
Province: Ontario
District: Prince Edward
District Number: 109
Sub-District: Picton (Town/Ville)
Sub-District Number: G-3
Family Number: 8
Page: 1
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Lydia J Couch 48, head
Gertrude E Couch 23, niece
James McMullen 67, uncle


1930 United States Federal Census
April 29, 1930
Name: Gertrude E. Hickstein
Home in 1930: Saint Michaels, Talbot, Maryland
Age: 53
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1877
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse's Name: Adolf
Occupation: none
Rent/home value: owns, $10,000
Age at first marriage: 35
Parents' birthplace: Canada-English
Household Members: Name Age
Adolf Hickstein 53, b Germany, parents, b Germany, farmer
Gertrude E Hickstein 53, wife
Fredrick w Hickstein 15, son, b Cuba
Betty Hickstein 13, daughter, b Cuba
All show immigrated 1923

Found interesting ship's manifest:

Florida Passenger Lists, 1898-1951
about Federico Guillermo Hickstein
Name: Federico Guillermo Hickstein
Arrival Date: 21 Jul 1920
Birth Date: abt 1916
Age: 4
Gender: Male
Nationality/Race: Cuban
Ship: SS Miami
Port of Departure: Havana, Cuba
Port of Arrival: Key West, Florida
Last Residence: Cuba
Birth Location: Cuba
Birth Location Other: Ceballos
Microfilm Roll Number: t940_45
Page: 033
Line Number: 17

Four passengers:

Hickstein, Adolfo, 42, occupation: commerce
Couch, Gertrudis, 41, wife
Hickstein, Federico, 4
Hickstein, Elizabeth, 3

for all four says: Nationality=Cuba, Race=Cuban, last permanent residence, Ceballos, Cuba. Also says all, except Elizabeth, can read/write/speak Spanish

Second manifest:

Florida Passenger Lists, 1898-1951
about Gertrudis Couch
Name: Gertrudis Couch
Arrival Date: 22 Jun 1923
Birth Date: abt 1878
Age: 45
Gender: Female
Nationality/Race: German
Ship: Governor Cobb
Port of Departure: Havana, Cuba
Port of Arrival: Key West, Florida
Last Residence: Cuba
Birth Location: Canada
Birth Location Other: Pickton
Microfilm Roll Number: t940_56
Page: 255
Line Number: 23




Passenger info typed but a lot of handwritten notes apparently from sometime afterwards.

Adolfo, 46, occupation=mer, nationality=German, living in Cuba 18 years
Gertrudis, 45, nationality=German, living in Cuba 11 years
children Federico, 8 & Elizabeth 5 yrs 6 months, shown as having Cuban nationality but crossed out by hand and "German" written in its place
Manifest says all 4 headed for Washington DC.

Handwritten notes for Adolfo: looks like applied for citizenship & a notation if made dated 4/6/1930
Handwritten notes for Gertrude: looks like I 404 issued Baltimore 11/20?/44"; another notation that could be citizenship application 11/7/44. Something else written, hard to read, might say: ME.B Insp


There must be a great story here to find out how a girl from Ontario is found married to a German on a ship from Havana to the FL Keys and headed to Washington DC!!



Re: Gertrude Couch Picton ON. Canada

Posted: 19 Mar 2008 2:13AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for all that great info on couch,hickstine.

Re: Gertrude Couch Picton ON. Canada

Posted: 7 May 2010 8:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 8 May 2010 1:28PM GMT
Surnames: Couch, Hickstein, Benson
For those wondering how Gertrude Couch of Picton, Ontario ended up marrying Adolfo Hickstein of Ceballos, Cuba: Gertrude's good friend was Maude Benson of Kingston, Ontario, who traveled with her Anglican priest husband to exotic locales like China and later Cuba. Maude met Adolfo (actually Adolph, as he was born in Germany and located in Cuba at the turn of the 1900s) and he mentioned that, at the age of 37, he was ready to settle down and would like to marry a respectable woman from Canada or the U.S. Maude immediately thought of her friend Gertrude, who was a maiden lady at the age of 35 who was then a Picton shopkeeper (an old maid for sure that that time), and the two began corresponding. Adolfo made the trip to Picton to meet Gertrude, and they decided to "give it a go," as the Brits say. He returned to Cuba to establish a household for them, and she followed him some time later. They were married in Ceballos. They had three children (the first, Robert, died shortly after birth; then Frederick and then Elizabeth (Betty--my mother). Adolph was a successful businessman who was able to retire at a relatively young age; the family relocated to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. They visited Picton every other year thereafter.

Re: Gertrude Couch Picton ON. Canada

Posted: 3 Aug 2012 2:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 3 Aug 2012 2:27PM GMT
Surnames: Hickstein, Couch, Gottschell, McMillan, Heinecker
I have postcards to & from Adolph Hickstein & Miss Couch from the late 1800s and early 1900s from all over. Somehow my father knew them. My father was born in 1907 and settled in Florida. I wonder if the they lived in Florida for a while? Postcards are to/from Cuba, Picton, Germany. Also have postcards to Herrn C. Gottschell and James McMillan... and Bertha Heinecker. I'm attaching pdfs of some of the postcards.
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Re: Gertrude Couch Picton ON. Canada

Posted: 4 Aug 2012 2:45AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 4 Aug 2012 1:15PM GMT
Surnames: Couch, McMullin
Re postcards, what a keepsake Gertrude grew up in Picton I believe she was my grandfathers niece. Aunty would be Lydia Couch My grandfathers sister and James McMullin was My grandfathers uncle. Sure would like to read these cards .
Thanks for the post

Re: Gertrude Couch Picton ON. Canada

Posted: 10 Nov 2012 4:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McMullin
Hi~do you know who James McMullin married by chance. I have a great great grandfather with the same name from the Michigan area. Thanks, Melissa Guyett
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