13 July 2012

A Murdered Child In My Cousin's Family Tree

The murder came to my attention while browsing newspapers online. Little did I know that the child's mother was already in my family tree!

Evelyn/Eveline (Barnum) Hillier was the daughter of Joseph and Caroline (Pollock) Barnum and the granddaughter of Calvin and Evaline (Jennings) Barnum. My first cousins are also descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Barnum.  Evelyn Barnum married Robert Hillier on August 8, 1908.

Robert E. Hillier, son of Leslie (or Wesley) and Mary (Deck) Hillier, age 20, killed his wife's child* in 1909 in Flint. One account of the murder indicated that a few months earlier Evelyn had filed an assault charge against her employer; was the baby Robert's child? Confession*and inquest* [*pdf files at GenealogyBank.com]

Cause of Death for two day old Joseph Hillier was listed as unknown on his death certificate, 13 January 1909, in Genesee County, Michigan.

Robert E. Hillier was sentenced to the prison at Ionia, Michigan:

United States Census, 1930
event place: Saginaw, Saginaw, Michigan
head Robert E Hiller M 41 Michigan
wife Ella C Hiller F 41 Michigan
son Burt W Hiller M 14 Michigan
daughter Florence J Hiller F 9 Michigan
nephew Lawrence F Tracy M 27 Michigan
niece Laura P Tracy F 24 Michigan
nephew Thomas N Tracy M 8 Michigan
niece Olive M Tracy F 4 Michigan

Friday, December 10, 1937 (8)
Spouse's Name: ELLA PETERS
Married: 00/00/1913
Age: 48
Birth Date: 12/29/1888
Birth Place: GRAYLING, MI
Death Date: 12/09/1937
Death Place: SAGINAW, MI

Evaline Barnum Hiller married 2nd Louis Bolio (1888-1917) in 1912.  She married 3rd Rudolph Honewald.

This story fits in my family tree because my Dad's sister married Evelyn Barnum's 1st cousin once removed.

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