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Calista Fidelia  Trass

Calista Fidelia Trass

Female 1837 - 1923  (85 years)

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  • Name Calista Fidelia Trass  [1, 2
    Born 1 May 1837  Preston, Chenango, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Census 1 Jun 1840  Solon, Cortland, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 11 Sep 1850  Sherburne Town, Chenango, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 7 Jul 1860  Preble, Cortland, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census 5 Aug 1870  French Creek Town, Chautauqua, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Census 23 Jun 1880  Wattsburg, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Census 29 Jun 1900  Venango Township, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Census 29 Apr 1910  Venango Township, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Census 5 Jan 1920  Wattsburg, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Died 30 Mar 1923  Wattsburg, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 12, 13
    Cause: chronic bronchitis and old age 
    Buried 2 Apr 1923  Wattsburg Cemetery, Wattsburg, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Cheney and Calista Bisbee
    Cheney and Calista Bisbee
    Photograph by William F. Bisbee
    Person ID I25  Bisbee
    Last Modified 6 Dec 2009 

    Father Joseph Trass,   b. Abt 1813, , , Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1889  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Mother Catherine Davis,   b. 1815, Foster, Providence, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1890, , Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married Abt 1835 
    Family ID F29  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Cheney B. Bisbee,   b. 20 Mar 1835, Lebanon Town, Madison, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1917, Wattsburg, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married Abt 1857  , Madison, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Alvah Chene Bisbee,   b. 11 Feb 1858, Lebanon Town, Madison, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1942, North East, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Alice Olive Bisbee,   b. 15 Aug 1860, Preble, Cortland, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1885  (Age 24 years)
    +3. Nettie Elida Bisbee,   b. 1 Jun 1864, , , New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1953, North Warren, Warren, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +4. Frank Wilson Bisbee,   b. 26 Aug 1866, Wattsburg, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1941, Mill Village, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +5. Adelbert Melvin Bisbee,   b. 28 May 1869, Amity Township, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1951, Union City, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +6. Eva Lena Bisbee,   b. 27 Jul 1874, Wattsburg, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1954, Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +7. Ervin Joseph Bisbee,   b. 12 Dec 1877, Wattsburg, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1962, Reynoldsburg, Franklin, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 6 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F25  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 May 1837 - Preston, Chenango, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Jun 1840 - Solon, Cortland, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 11 Sep 1850 - Sherburne Town, Chenango, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1857 - , Madison, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 7 Jul 1860 - Preble, Cortland, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 5 Aug 1870 - French Creek Town, Chautauqua, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 23 Jun 1880 - Wattsburg, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 29 Jun 1900 - Venango Township, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 29 Apr 1910 - Venango Township, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 5 Jan 1920 - Wattsburg, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: chronic bronchitis and old age - 30 Mar 1923 - Wattsburg, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 2 Apr 1923 - Wattsburg Cemetery, Wattsburg, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Calista Fidelia Trass Bisbee and Son
    Calista Fidelia Trass Bisbee and Son

    Albums
    Cheney Bisbee Family
    Cheney Bisbee Family (6)

  • Notes 
    • Calista's parents moved from Madison County, New York, to Erie County, Pennsylvania, after the Civil War, probably about the same time as Cheney and Calista, and settled a short distance away from them. Both she and Cheney were surrounded by family in their newly chosen home. With both sets of parents nearby, it is hard to know exactly where her last four children were born--at their home in the Town of French Creek, Chautauqua, New York; at Calista's parents' home in Wayne Township, Erie, Pennsylvania; or at Cheney's parents' home in Amity Township, Erie, Pennsylvania.

      After Cheney moved his family into Wattsburg, one can imagine the frequent sound of shouting, laughter and loudly slamming doors at the Bisbee household on Church Street. With seven children and, later, a widowed son, a daughter and son-in-law, and several grandchildren living at various times in her home, Calista would have been busy canning, cooking and cleaning. Like many women of her day, her social life was centered around her kitchen and on her family. Even after getting married and moving away, her children and grandchildren returned often for visits, the details of which were sometimes reported in the local newspaper. Their home still stands on Church Street and looks much as it did in photographs taken in the early 20th century.

      The Bisbees were probably members of the M. E. Church in Wattsburg, just a few blocks away. Calista's children attended school less than two blocks from home, and it was barely farther than that to the center of the village with its butcher shops and dry goods stores. A local creamery provided butter and cheese. The Bisbees owned a large double lot with house and barn, where Cheney maintained a vegetable garden, probably raised a few chickens, and kept a milk cow or two.

      Calista was widowed in 1917, and soon fell into poor health. She died in the spring of 1923, at home, of chronic bronchitis, a month short of her 86th birthday. Her funeral was conducted from the M. E. Church and she was buried next to her husband in Wattsburg Cemetery.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2309] Geneology of The Bisbee Family (I) - Viola Drake Bisbee, Viola Drake Bisbee, compiler, (June 2000, Bisbee Family Connection, Decatur, MI), p. 56.

    2. [S1225] Two Brothers in the Pennsylvania Triangle, Margaret Jane Dunnihoo, (Erie, Pennsylvania: self published, 1974.), p. 10.

    3. [S577] Bisbee, Calista Fidelia Trass: Death Certificate, (Pennsylvania Department of Health).

    4. [S2062] Trass, Joseph (I2294): 1840 US Census, (www.ancestry.com (2004): National Archives and Records Administration micropublication M704, roll 275; page 31, line 6; image downloaded 11/2/2008.), 1840-Solon.59.jpg.

    5. [S2063] Trass, Joseph (I2294): 1850 US Census, (www.ancestry.com (2005): National Archives and Records Administration micropublication M432, roll 487; page 260{B), line 24, dwelling 1822, family 1838; image downloaded 11/2/2008.), 1850-Sherburne.56.jpg.

    6. [S2057] Bisbee, Cheney B (I24): 1860 US Census, (www.ancestry.com (2004): National Archives and Records Administration micropublication M653, roll 739; enumerated page 32, master page 64, line 11, dwelling 270, family 263; image downloaded 11/1/2008.), 1860-Preble.32.jpg.

    7. [S2058] Bisbee, Cheney B (I24): 1870 US Census, (www.ancestry.com (2003): National Archives and Records Administration micropublication M593, roll 912; enumerated page 12, master page 380B, line 16, dwelling 103, family 100; image downloaded 11/2/2008.), 1870-French_Creek.12.jpg.

    8. [S1294] Bisbee, Cheney B (I24): 1880 US Census, (www.ancestry.com (2005): National Archives and Records Administration micropublication T9, roll 1129; enumeration district (ED) 174, enumerated page 35C, master page 264C, line 9, dwelling 49, family 52; image downloaded 11/2/2008.), 1880-Wattsburg.174.5.jpg.

    9. [S1297] Bisbee, Cheney B. (I24): 1900 US Census, (www.ancestry.com (2004): National Archives and Records Administration micropublication T623, roll 1409; enumeration district (ED) 126, sheet 16B, page 217B, line 68, dwelling 382, family 386; image downloaded 1/2/2008.), 1900-Venango.126.32.jpg.

    10. [S1302] Bisbee, Cheney B. (I24): 1910 US Census, (www.ancestry.com (2006): National Archives and Records Administration micropublication T624, roll 1343; enumeration district (ED) 134, sheet 7B, page 179B, line 92, dwelling 130, family 130; image downloaded 11/2/2008.), 1910-Venango.134.14.jpg.

    11. [S2422] Hall, Willis M. (I177): 1920 US Census, (www.ancestry.com (2005): National Archives and Records Administration micropublication T625, roll 1567; enumeration district (ED) 142, sheet 2B, page 212B, line 98, dwelling 74, family 74; image downloaded 11/2/2008.), 1920-Wattsburg.142.4.jpg.

    12. [S453] Bisbee, Calista F: Petition for LOA, (1957, Registrar of Wills, book 17, p. 388).

    13. [S1539] Bisbee, Calista Fidelia Trass: Obituary, (Union City Times Leader, Union City, Pennsylvania, 6 Apr 1923).