Olive seems to be the most elusive of all the ancestors. Following yesterdays excursion to Kittanning, I revisited the documents that I had in my collection.
On the naturalization record of her second husband, Oswald Rohut, it states the place of her birth is the NS Pittsburgh. That would be the North Side of Pittsburgh. Up until 1907, the North Side was Allegheny City. It was a town unto it own. In that year ALLEGHENY CITY was forcibly annexed to the City of PITTSBURGH. From the reading it does not appear that this was a welcome merger in the City of Allegheny.
I have searched for both Robert Stephens and the family including Jacob Bowser/Bauser, his wife Mary and my ancestor Olive Bowser. In the 1900 and 1910 census it lists Olives parents and Olive as born in Pennsylvania. I can not find either of them in the 1880 census. I have tried to read the entire census report and still no luck. In 1880 Olive would have been five or six years old and Robert would have been twenty five.
An interesting note which was told to me on Thursday was that a lot of young women would marry the old Civil War Veterans in order to be eligible for their Civil War Pensions.
More to research…