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Boag Ribboncraft, Boag, Inc., and Boag Studios Story

Book 5

Susan Wildemuth, Atkinson, IL

Boag - Roak Lineage (America)

Roak

 

(The Jacob Roak family isn’t the first generation of this branch of the Roak family to come to America.  The 1850 census states he was born in Maine, but it is as far as this researcher was able to trace the American branch of this family. Any additional information which would trace this family back to the crossing to America would be appreciated by the researcher.)

 

#1 Jacob Roak

 

Born:                                 1806 (est.)

Place of Birth:                    Maine

Death:                                No Information

Occupation:                       Shoe Dealer (1850 Census)

                                          President Auburn Bank (1860 Census)

                                          Shoe Manufacturer (1870 Census)

Parents:                             No Information

Wife:                                 Hannah E. (1850 Census)

                                         Ellen H.  (1860 Census)

                                         Ellen H.  (1870 Census)

                                          ** Name variation for wife

Children:                           (All born in Maine)      

Augusta Ellen                    1838 (est.) Mrs. Horatio B. Pulsifer

Rosa J.

Ladora

George M.

Jacob H.

                                         

This family lived in Auburn, Maine.

 

#2 George M. Roak

 

Born:                                  1848 (est)

Place of Birth:                     Maine

Death:                                No Information

Occupation:                       Shoe Manufacturer (1870 Census)

                                          Florist (1880 Census)

Parents:                              Jacob and Ellen H or Hannah E. Roak

Wife:                                  Emma   

Children:                           (All born in Maine)      

Edith

Florence

Jim

Ellen                                  1875-76 (est.)

Emma

Hugh

Alice

 

#3 Ellen B. Roak (Boag) (Porter) 

 

Born:                                1875-76 (est.)

Place of Birth:                   Auburn, Maine

Death:                               February 19, 1943

Place of Death:                  Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida

Occupation:                       Manager Craft Novelties Company

Parents:                             George M. and Emma Roak

Husband:                           James Boag (1st Husband)

                                         They were married in Auburn Maine

                                         on June 23, 1897.

                                         Henry W. Porter (2nd Husband)

                                         They were married between 1918 and 1920.

Children:                           (Born in Illinois)

George R.                         June 2, 1899   Florence Force

James T. Jr.                      Died May 22, 1904 (River Forest) Scarlet Fever (1 year)

                           

Ellen was born in Maine. Her nickname was Nonnie. Others called her “Aunty Boag. 1920 Census states that she and Henry W. Porter were managers of Novelty Ribbon Company.

 

Boag

 

#1   William R. Boag 

 

Born:                                 No Information            

Place of Birth:                   New Foundland

Death:                               No Information

Occupation:                       Farmer

Parents:                             No Information

Wife:                                 Fannie M.

Children:                           (All born in Canada)    

Florance M.                     1869 (est.)

James F.                          1875-76 (est.)

 

William immigrated to America in 1876.

 

2.  James Thomas Boag 

 

Born:                                1875-76 (est.)   

Place of Birth:                   St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

Death:                               February 13, 1913 - Forest Home Cemetery

                                        Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Occupation:                      Salesman (1910)

Parents:                            William and Fannie Boag

Wife:                                Ellen. B. (Roak). They were married in Maine

                                        on June 28, 1897.  Ellen was born in Maine. Her nickname

                                        was Nonnie. After her first husband death, she married

Henry W. Porter.

Children:                         (Born in Illinois)           

George R.                        June 2, 1899 (River Forest)

                                        (George Roak)

James T. Jr.                      Died May 22, 1904 (River Forest) Scarlet Fever. Earl

                                        Infant Death

 

James Boag immigrated to America in about 1876.

 

 

3. George Roak Boag 

 

Born:                                 June 2, 1899 

Place of Birth:                    River Forest, Illinois

Death:                               February 10, 1940 - Elmwood Cemetery

                                         Pneumonia. At the time of his death he and his family lived 516

                                         Parkside Drive, Elgin, Illinois (Kane County)

Place of Death:                  Litchfield, Illinois (Montgomery County)

Occupation:                      Assistant Store Manager – F.W. Woolworths in Kansas

                                         1917/1918)

                                         Store Manager – F.W. Woolworth  in Litchfield, Illinois   

                                         (1920)

                                         Boag Ribbon Craft Company – River Forest, Illinois (1922

                                         until late 1930s)                    

                                         Manufacturer – Ribboncraft (1930 Census) Director of

                                          Needlework Division Collingbourne Mills. At the time of his

                                         death his occupation was listed         

                                          As traveling salesman, Thread mill.

Parents:                              James and Ellen Roak Boag

                                          Henry William Porter (Step-father)

Wife:                                  Florence Force

Children                             (All Born in Illinois)

George R. Jr.                     November 20, 1921

Bett Ellen

James Thomas

 

He spent most of his childhood in River Forest and Oak Park, Illinois.  He went to local schools before attending private school in North Carolina. 

 

 

Source for Lineage Information

 

Ancestry.com. “1850 Census. Auburn, Cumberland, Maine. Jacob and Hannah E.

     Roak.” http://www.ancestry.com..

 

Ancestry.com. “1860 Census. Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine – Jacob H. Roak.”

     http://www.ancestry.com..

 

Ancestry.com. “1870 Census. Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine. Jacob H. and E. H. Roak.”

     http://www.ancestry.com..

 

Ancestry.com. “1880 Census. Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine. Ellen Roak.”

     http://www.ancestry.com..

 

Ancestry.com. “1880 Census. Wendell, Franklin, Massachusetts. James Boag.”

     http://www.ancestry.com..

 

Ancestry.com. “1900 Census. River Forest, Cook, Illinois. Henry W. Porter.”

     http://www.ancestry.com..

 

Ancestry.com. “1900 Census. River Forest, Cook, Illinois. James and Ellen Boag.”

     http://www.ancestry.com..

 

Ancestry.com. “1910 Census. River Forest, Cook, Illinois. Henry W. Porter.”

     http://www.ancestry.com..

 

Ancestry.com. “1910 Census. River Forest, Cook, Illinois – James and Ellen Boag.”

     http://www.ancestry.com..

 

Ancestry.com. “1920 Census. River Forest, Cook, Illinois. Henry W. and Ellen Porter.”

     http://www.ancestry.com..

Ancestry.com. “1930 Census. River Forest, Cook, Illinois. George and Florence Boag.”

     http://www.ancestry.com..

 

Ancestry.com. “Maine Marriages, 1892-1996. James and Ellen Boag.”

     http://www.ancestry.com..

 

Ancestry.com. “Social Security Death Index.  George R. Boag, Jr..”

     http://www.ancestry.com..

 

Ancestry.com. “World War I Draft Card Registration Cards 1917-1918. George R.   

     Boag.” http://www.ancestry.com..

 

Ancestry.com. “World War I Draft Card Registration Cards 1917-1918. Henry William

     Porter.” http://www.ancestry.com..

 

Catherine Beyer, posting to Genealogy.com list, May 23, 2006,       

     http://genforum.genealogy.com/il/messages/27801.html

 

City of Auburn (Maine). “Marriage Certificate – James Boag and  

     Ellen B. Roak.” Auburn, Maine: January 28, 2008.

 

Courier-News  (Elgin, Illinois). “Collingbourne Buys Boag Co.” 

     February 7, 1936.

 

Forest Home Cemetery (Forest Park, Illinois), letter to author,   

     February 16, 2008.

 

Forest Leaves (Oak Park, Illinois). “Dies In Florida.”  February 25,

     1943.

 

Forest Leaves (Oak Park, Illinois). “Founder of Noted Ribbon

     Firm Dead.” March 11, 1943.

 

Forest Leaves (Oak Park, Illinois). “Former Resident Dies in  

     Litchfield Illinois.”  February 22, 1940.

 

Kate, posting to Genealogy.com., January 30, 2008.

     http://genforum.genealogy.com/il/messages/27406.html

     Montgomery County (Litchfield, Illinois). “Death Certificate of

     George R. Boag.”  Litchfield, Illinois: January 22, 2008.

 

Oak Leaves (Oak Park, Illinois). “Death of James Thomas Boag.”

     February 15, 1913.

Rootsweb.com. “Diary of Augusta Ellen Roak Pulsifer.” Androscoggin (County)     

     Historical Society Newsletter June 2000.    

     http://www.rootsweb.com/~meandrhs/2000june.html.

 

State of Illinois Secretary of State Department. “Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916

     – James T. Boag (Father) and James T. Boag (Son).”  Springfield, Illinois: January 15,

     2008.

    

Special Note

The author would appreciate anyone who has additional Boag books, booklets, or leaflets in their collection, designer information, or photographs to contact her at quiltingbee73@yahoo.com or Susan Wildemuth, 18621 US Highway 6, Atkinson, Illinois  61235.

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