Frederick Kearns
Katherine Seitz

Anna Kearns
(1852-1917)

 

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Michael Mette

Anna Kearns 11,31,364

  • Born: 4 Aug 1852, Baltimore, , MD, USA 13,365,366
  • Marriage: Michael Mette in 1867 in Baltimore, , MD 363
  • Died: 25 Feb 1917, Chicago, Cook, IL, USA at age 64 38,40,44,54,367
  • Buried: 28 Feb 1917, Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, IL 38
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bullet  General Notes:

Belle's great grandmother. Known to Belle's Dad as his "German grandmother." She was of German decent, but was born in Maryland, according to the birth cert of her son, William.

Her two parents came from Baden, Germany according to the 1880 U.S. Census. She lived at 2530 Emerald Ave., Chicago in 1880 according to the same census.

According to the 1910 census, she was 57 years old, born in 1852 in Maryland. Home was the 4th ward, Chicago.

From After Ten Years book by A.M. Eash:
Mrs. Anna Mette became an attendant of the mission (Twenty Six Street Mennonite Mission Church) quite early in its history and early sought membership in the church. On account of minor reasons she was denied this privilege for a number of years but, finally, in November, 1915, was baptized. Her life was a faithful and consistent one and when on Feb. 25, 1917, she quietly passed away everyone felt that the mission congregation had lost its most faithful member. Her life of prayer and great faith that God heard and answered were her great weapons in His cause.
p. 57 -- photo of Anna Mette in a group of "The Mothers' Meeting, 1916. The Mothers' Meetings, it says, was necessary because mothers have problems attending the regular services because of home cares. The meetings also address difficulties peculiar to mothers alone. The meetings were held at a time when children are in school and household cares can be put aside for a little while. The meetings included religious instruction and help in home-making and child training. Meetings every Thursday at 2:00. Mothers are urged to bring their babies (which would be cared for in the Day Nursery). Mothers are also taught house work and sewing.

Death certificate says she was buried in Oakwoods. Interestingly, her death certificate was signed not by her husband, but by her son, William Mette. For that reason, one has to question the accuracy of some of the facts contained therein. Facts listed are that she was married, her father's name was Fred Kearns (born in MD), her mother's name was Katherine Seitz (born in Germany). Their address at time of death was 722 W. 26th St., Chicago.

According to the 1910 census, she spoke English. She's clearly listed as divorced in the 1910 census. When did she come to Chicago, and with whom? I'd like to find out.

In an email from Belle Radcliffe she says that Anna, "made the best German noodles called spaetles (sp?) He [Grandpa Jim Hegarty] used to call them spet lees. I remember Grandpa Jim Hegarty saying his grandmother would make springerle cookies at Christmas -- so many that she would store them in a pillowcase.

Notes: A Joammes (?) H. Mette (John Henry?) was a witness to the marriage of somebody at Immaculate Conception 9-1890.

In search of any Catholic German church records indicating Mette membership, I looked at all pages of Immaculate Conception's marriage records 1883-1908. Found nothing other than the John Henry note above. Also looked in St. Anthony of Padua (28th Place) Marriage records 1873-1898 p. 1-132.
Also looked in Immaculate Conception BVM baptisms 1862-1915, p 2-4 and saw that it was Irish until at least 1890.
Looked in St. Augustine (Chgo) baptisms & marriages 1881-1887 p. 1-43.
Looked in St. Anthony of Padua Marriages 1898-1907.







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bullet  Noted events in her life were:

Alt. Name: Anna Kerren. 368

Alt. Birth: Baden, Germany. 25 It makes some sense that she was born in Germany, since James Harold Hegarty called her his "German grandmother." She spoke German. However, she's listed on son William's birth cert as of German descent, but born in MD.

Residence, 8 Jun 1880, 2538 Emerald, Chicago, Cook, IL. 25 Living here, according to the census, were William Mette, Anna Mette (listed as wife, but really William is her brother-in-law), Matilda, Kattie, and Minnie Mette. Also sharing the house were Andras Deutchmer & his wife Caterina and Carl Haaz as husband to Willhelmena Haaz.
Living nearby was a family of Lawlers with Michael Lawler as head. (James Herbert Hegarty's first job in Chicago was for Lawler's grocery store, where he met Lillian Mette.) According to this census, she reportedly was born in Baden. So were her daughters Matilda and Kattie.

Residence, 1885, 1023 31st St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 85

Religion: Catholic, 1895, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 1 For Christmas in 1895, she gave her daughter Kittie a little leather-bound book entitled, Key of Heaven published with the approbation of His Eminence, James Cardinal Gibbons. H.L. Kilner publisher. It's a book of Catholic prayers. The book is in English but is inscribed, "From Matter (sic) to Kittie Dec. 25, '95"

Residence, 4 Jun 1900, 2551 Lowe Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 34 Living here are "Aug" Mette, his wife Anie, (Michael & Anna Kearns Mette because Aug. Mette lives elsewhere in 1900?!) "Wiliam" Gavin and "Irine," his wife. Living next door are Henry Schensen, Magrith, and their 7 children plus "Kitie" Mette as head of household, her sisters Lillian and Margerith and Mamie, and her brother "Wiliam". Ward 5, Enumeration District 120, Sheet 3. This census says she's given birth to 9 children, 7 of whom are still alive.

Religion: Mennonite, 1906ish. 367 This mission was founded in 1906, an outgrowth of the Home Mission.
From After Ten Years book by A.M. Eash:
Mrs. Anna Mette became an attendant of the mission (Twenty Six Street Mennonite Mission Church) quite early in its history and early sought membership in the church. On account of minor reasons she was denied this privilege for a number of years but, finally, in November, 1915, was baptized. Her life was a faithful and consistent one and when on Feb. 25, 1917, she quietly passed away everyone felt that the mission congregation had lost its most faithful member. Her life of prayer and great faith that God heard and answered were her great weapons in His cause.
p. 57 -- photo of Anna Mette in a group of "The Mothers' Meeting, 1916. The Mothers' Meetings, it says, was necessary because mothers have problems attending the regular services because of home cares. The meetings also address difficulties peculiar to mothers alone. The meetings were held at a time when children are in school and household cares can be put aside for a little while. The meetings included religious instruction and help in home-making and child training. Meetings every Thursday at 2:00. Mothers are urged to bring their babies (which would be cared for in the Day Nursery). Mothers are also taught house work and sewing.

Divorce Filing: Superior Court, Cook County, IL, Aug 1907, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 116 General # of court case: 07 S 262357
Chancery, dated July 6, 1910.
"Complainant, in appearing to the court that due notice of the pendency of the motion has been given to the defendant. It is ordered that said defendant pay to complainant or her attorney or the clerk of this court for complainant the sum of Ten $10.00 Dollars upon Saturday of each week bereafter until the further order of this court commencing with Saturday the 12th day of August 1907 for the support and maintenance of complainant and her children. Also that said defendant pay the clerk of this court and the sheriff of this county their costs herein within 60 days from this date and that he also pay complainant or her solicitor for her the sum of $25.00 on account of her solicitor fees herein within 60 days from this date. Ordered Aug. 16, 1907.
Anna's Affadavit:
IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF COOK COUNTY.
Annie Mette, VS Michael Mette.
Annie Mette being first duly sworn upon oath deposes and states that she is the complainant in the above entitled cause and further that she is now and for more than four years last past has been an invalid, confined to her home and that she, an invalid daughter and two minor children are dependant upon the meagre earnings of said minor children for livlehood (sic)and that she is without the means wherewith to defray court costs and sheriff's fees in the above entitled cause. She, therefore, prays leave to file said bill and have the sheriff's services as needed herein, without advancing said costs and fees. Signed Anna Mette. Subscribed & sworn to this 14th day of August, 1907.
Bill for Divorce --
To the Honorable judges of the Superior Court of Cook County.
Your oratrix, Anna Mette, respectfully represents unto your honors that she is now and for more than thirty years last past has been a resident of the City of Chicago, County and State aforesaid and that in the year 1857 at the City of Baltimore, in the State of Maryland, she was lawfully joined in marriage with one, Michael Mette, defendant hereinafter named, with whom she continued to reside as his wife until on or about May 1903, when said defendant deserted and abandoned your oratrix and since she ceased to live and cohabit with him and has ever since said time lived separate and apart from said defendant.
Your oratrix further represents that during all the time she lived and cohabited with the said defendant as his wife that she conducted herself towards said defendant in all things as a true, faithful and dutiful wife.
Your oratrix further states that as a result of said marriage twelve children were born unto your oratrix and said defendant of whom six are living and three of which six, namely, Katharine, who is thirty-three years of age, a chronic invalid, William, eighteen and Pearl age fifteen years, reside with your oratrix at her home.
Your oratrix further alleges that regardless of his marriage vows duties and obligations the said defendant for more than twenty years last past has been addicted to the excessive use of intoxicating liquors and during all of said period of time has been a habitual drunkard. Your oratrix also alleges that for more than twenty years the said defendant has been accustomed to apply vile, obscene and approbrious epithets to your oratrix and her children.
Your oratrix further allges (sic) that although said defendant is in receipt of a large income, to wit, the sum of $30.00 per week, that for more than four years last past he has never contributed to exceed the sum of $10.00 per month towards the support of your oratrix and her children and for more than several months last past, he has not contributed anything towards their support and that your oratrix, said invalid daughter and the two minor children of said marriage are now dependant upon the earnings of said two minor children for a livelihood and sustenance. Your oratrix is without any means or property of her own.
Your oratrix further states that she also is an invalid and for about four years last past has been confined to her home and that she is in dire need of medical attention, drugs and nursing, all of which said defendant is abundantly able to supply.
Inasmuch, therefore, as your oratrix is without remedy in the premises, except in the court of equity and to the end that the said Michael Mette, who is made party defendant, hereto, may be requied(sic) to make full, true and direct answer to this your oratrix's bill of complaint and that said defendant may be required to make suitable provision for the separate support and maintanance of your oratrix and said children, according to the statute in such cases made and provided and that your oratrix may have such other and further relief in the premises as to equity and good conscience shall see meet, she brings her bill of complaint.
May it please your honors to grant the writ of summons in Chancery directed to the Sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, to execute, commanding him that he summon the said defendant, Michael Mette, to personally be and appear before this court on the first day of the next September term thereof, to be held at the Courthouse, in the City of Chicago, County of Cook and State aforesaid.
(signed) Anna Mette

Residence, 18 Apr 1910, 2609 Lowe Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 13 Living here are four families: Alex Levine, his wife and son, 2 sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law. Also William Blatt and his 3 children, and then Anna Mette, son William and daughters Catherine and Pearl. William is 22, Catherine's 37, and Pearl's 19. Anna is clearly listed as divorced. Birthplace is listed as Maryland. It says her father was born in KY, and her mother born in Maryland. It says she speaks English, has her own income, can read & write, and rents her home.

Occupation: Has her own income, 18 Apr 1910, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 13

Occupation: housework. 38

Medical. 38 Cause of death -- diabetes. Contributing -- endocarditis myocarditis

Residence, 25 Feb 1917, 722 W. 26th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 38 The Mennonite mission church was next door at 720 W. 26th.

Cemetery, 28 Feb 1917, Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois. 38 She's located in O4, #222, 7N. She's listed in their records as Annie Mette. She's in a single grave, but the man at Oak Woods doesn't know if there's a headstone. Her funeral arrangements were made by William Mette, her son.
We looked for her grave in Oct., 2010 but found nothing. The section she's buried in has few headstones and they, by the way, seem to be facing the wrong direction. If she has one, it's very sunken.

Probate: `. I can't find any record of any probate records for Anna.


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Anna married Michael Mette, son of George Mette I and Annie Elizabeth, in 1867 in Baltimore, , MD.363 (Michael Mette was born on 7 May 1852 in Balhorn, Germany,13,38,365,369 died on 16 Jan 1929 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 40,370 and was buried on 19 Jan 1929 in Bethania Cemetery, Justice, Cook, IL 38.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

Divorce Filing, 6 Jul 1910, Superior Court of Cook County. 363 "Your oratrix, Anna Mette, respectfully represents unto your honors that she is now and for more than thirty years last past has been a resident of the City of Chicago, County and State aforesaid and that in the year 1867 at the City of Baltimore, in the State of Maryland, she was lawfully joined in marriage with one, Michael Mette, defendant hereinafter named, with whom she continued to reside as his wife until on or about May 1903, when said defendant deserted and abandoned (?) oratrix and since she ceased to live and cohabit with him and has ever since said time lived separate and apart from said defendant.
"Your oratrix further represents that during all the time she lived and cohabited with the said defendant as his wife that she conducted herself towards said defendant in all things as a true, faithful and dutiful wife.
"Your oratrix further states that as a result of said marriage twelve children were born unto your oratrix and said defendant of whom six are living and three of which six, namely, Katharine, who is thirty-three years of age, a chronic invalid, William, eighteen and Pearl age fifteen years, reside with your oratrix at her home.
"Your oratrix further alleges that regardless of his marriage vows duties and obligations the said defendant for more than twenty years last past has been addicted to the excessive use of intoxicating liquors and during all of said period of time has been a habitual drunkard. Your oratrix also alleges that for more than twenty years the said defendant has been accustomed to apply vile, obscene and approbrious epithets to your oratrix and her children.
"Your oratrix further alleges that although said defendant is in receipt of a large income, to wit, the sum of $30.00 per week, [for reference, that's $936/week in 2010 dollars, or $48,672/year] that for more than four years last past he has never contributed to exceed the sum of $10.00 per month torwards the support of your oratrix and her children and for more than several months last past, he has not contributed anything towards their support and that your oratrix, said invalid daughter and the two minor children of said marriage are now dependant upon the earnings of said two minor children for a livelihood and sustenance. Your oratrix is without any means or property of her own.
Your oratrix further states that she also is an invalid and for about four years last past has been confined to her home and that she is in dire need of medical attention, drugs and nursing, all of which said defendant is abundantly able to supply." [She had diabetes, and
In the end, she was granted $10/week, court costs, and her attorney's fees.




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