When I became interested in my family’s genealogy a decade ago, there was no living relative who remembered anything about my maternal grandfather except his, name … John Bloom. With the resources of Ancestry.com and Familysearch.org (the Mormon Church genealogy site) and a clue from my ‘aunt’, I have discovered much more.
On the 1900 US Census, John
Ryan Bloom (as Jno R. Bloom, born November 1884) and his parents, Charles A. Bloom (see Bloomfamily) and Grace M. Bloom, resided in the home of Mo (Morris) and Thresa Hanf at 620 Second Avenue West in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Charles and Grace Bloom were married in 1884. My great grandfather Charles worked as a bank teller and John was ‘At School’. My great grandparents were both recorded on that 1900 US Census as “in-laws” ( so something is amiss on the Census) and John Ryan Bloom was a “nephew”. Either Charles was the brother of Thresa Hanf (which is suggested in an annotation on the Ancestry.com website) or Grace was a sibiling of Mo or Thresa Hanf.
That Grace M. Bloom was my great grandmother is further substantiated by her being recorded as mother of the Head of Household (John Bloom) on the 1920 US Census; at that time she was a widow. Charles A Bloom died in early February 1905; here is his obituary from the 8 February 1905 Pine Bluff Weekly Graphic.
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