Monday, August 22, 2016

Catherine Shick VanBilliard, U.S. Postmistress

Ancestry.com, "U.S., Appointments of U.S. Postmasters, 1832-1971", Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2010, Catherine VanBilliard, Freemansburg Postmistress
Today in The GeneaBloggers Daily there was an article from Familytree.com talking about how common it was for women to hold the position of "postmistress". I remembered that I had come across one in my VanBilliard line. She was Catherine Shick VanBilliard. She was married to Herman VanBilliard and widowed in 1889. It was mentioned in the article that it was more the case to hire single women to the post as with married women it was expected that she would be taken care of by her husband. So I guess since Catherine was a widow when she received the Appointment 8 Oct 1897 that qualified her for the position.

Ancestry.com, "U.S., Appointments of U.S. Postmasters, 1832-1971", Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2010, Catherine VanBilliard, Freemansburg Postmistress
Catherine showed on the census records as Postmistress in Freemansburg, Northampton, PA up to and including the 1910 census.
Images of America, Lower Saucon Township, Arcadia Publishing, 2005, pg 13
In this photo Catherine is the woman seated in the middle of the front row. The men in the photo are her sons, Howard, Harry and Reese are in the back and Russell is next to her. The other woman is her daughter in law Carrie, she is Howard's wife. Catherine died 19 Jan 1944.