Bio: Tupper, Anna Clare L. Jenkinson (Portrait Studio)



Surnames: Tupper, Jenkinson, Peterson, Stinson, Boone, Hamlin, Anderson, Alton, Wilson, Varney, Maden, Baldwin, Warner, Plum, Vandusen, Butterick, Delaney, Delany


----Source: Family Records, Federal Census Reports, Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Wis.) 2 Feb 1900



Anna L. Tupper's Portrait Studio

Greenwood, Clark Co., Wisconsin



The above ad appeared in the Greenwood Gleaner, February 2, 1900.

This business was owned by Anna Clare L. (Jenkinson) Tupper, a talented local artist who was the wife of Benjamin T. Tupper, a stone mason and plasterer who worked in and around Greenwood, Wisconsin. 


Their son, Earl Benjamin, who was born in Rockwell City, Calhoun County, Iowa, married Mabel Elvina Peterson, December 6, 1913 in Watertown, Codington, South Dakota.  She was the daughter of Elias and Olivia (Nore) Peterson.  The couple later divorced.  She had a second marriage in Watertown to Clifford James Stinson, February 18, 1918.


1900 Federal Census--Eaton, Clark County, Wisconsin
Name Relation Marital Children Sex Color Born-Age Birthplace Occupation Father Born Mother Born
Tupper, Benjamin head M-13yrs.   M White Dec. 1864--35 Canada stone mason/plasterer Canada Canada
Tupper, Ann L. wife M-13yrs. 5-3living F White Jul 1870-30 Minnesota portrait artist France Iowa
Tupper, Earl B. son single   M White May 1891-9 Iowa   Canada Minnesota
Tupper, Ivy M. daughter single   F White Sept 1893-6 Minnesota   Canada Minnesota
Tupper, Elmore M. son single   M White Aug 1897-2 Minnesota   Canada Minnesota


The 1900 census also shows Benjamin's parents and his brother Ashel's family residing in Clark County, in Warner township. Alvin is shown to be owning property there.  Alvin and Ashel left Wisconsin in 1903/04 for Alberta, Canada.  We believe Benjamin's family left for SD around 1906, but there are some conflicting records there.

1920 Federal Census--Watertown, Codington, South Dakota
Name Relation Marital Citizenship Sex Color Born-Age Birthplace Occupation Father Born Mother Born Industry
Tupper, Ben head Married


Nat - 1900

M White 57 Canada-English plasterer Canada Canada House
Tupper, Anna wife Married   F White 54 Minnesota portrait artist France Iowa  
Tupper, Elmer son single   M White 23 Minnesota   Canada Minnesota  
Tupper, Elroy son single   F White 16 Minnesota Baker Canada Minnesota Shop
Tupper, Andy son single   M White 16 Minnesota mason/plasterer Canada Minnesota  
Tupper, Luella daughter single       7 South Dakota        



Marriage Records


Name: Elmore M Tupper
Age: 25
Sex: Male
Spouse: Jaunita M Boone
Marriage Date: Not given
Marriage County: Hamlin
County of Residence: Codington
Post Office: Watertown


Name: Andy Tupper
Age: 21
Sex: Male
Spouse: Lola Butrick
Marriage Date: 7 Jul 1924
Marriage County: Codington
County of Residence: Codington
Post Office: Watertown


Social Security Records


Name: Elmore Tupper
SSN: 503-12-5427
Born: 20 Aug 1896
Died: Jul 1961
State (Year) SSN issued: South Dakota (Before 1951)


Responses & Family Research


Just wanted to touch base with you on this again. I haven't forgotten about writing more proper bios for the Tupper families, I've just felt that since you have something basic there now, I might as well wait until I have a more complete picture... I feel I'm getting close to that point, and I just wanted to let you know that I made a big leap forward yesterday thanks to your site.

One of my major tasks in all this has been to figure out what happened with the EIGHT daughters of Alvin Baldwin Tupper... the 2 sons have been straightforward to track of course, but the daughters have been a mystery for the most part, as you would expect. I've slowly been finding them one by one, but I still have a few to go.

One less, as of yesterday, however. :) I received my daily summary of the Clark County yahoo group yesterday, and while I often don't look at them until later, I opened it, scanned through the updates and didn't see anything of interest. But I thought to myself "You know, it's been a long time since I've been to the site, I should go take a look." And so I did. The first thing that struck me was that you'd moved to a google site search engine - I could be wrong, but I don't think you used them before. Anyway, I popped in Tupper to see what would turn up. I got a bunch of old newspaper mentions that I had seen before, and then I came across this one:


News: Hemlock (02 Feb. 1900)
Contact: Chris Barney

Surnames: Limprecht, Chandler, Anderson, Tupper, Wilson, Colby, Conroy, Moore

--Source: The Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Clark Co., Wi.)02 Feb. 1900


Mrs. Fred Limprecht drove down to York last Wednesday returning home the following Saturday.

Owing to ill health, C. W. Chandler was compelled to leave his work in camp and come home.

Mrs. K. Anderson returned home last Saturday, where she had been for the greater part of two weeks caring for her son.

Mr. and Mrs. Tupper came out from their farm last Sunday and took dinner with their daughter, Mrs. Tom Wilson.


Now, most of the newspaper articles on the site talk about Ben Tupper... but he hadn't been married long enough at that time to have had any children old enough to be married, so they had to be referring to Alvin Baldwin and Annie. Given that the year was 1900, I immediately went to the census for that year. No Tom Wilson in Clark County. That was a disappointment. So I went back to the site, and searched for Tom Wilson. A couple of articles popped up, most notably:


News: Hemlock (21 Dec. 1900)
Surnames: Varney, Anderson, Alton, Wilson
----Source: Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Clark County, Wis.) 21 Dec. 1900

County News


Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Varney, Alba Varney, Mrs. Anderson and Birdene, from Hemlock, attended the funeral of Mr. Alton Sunday.

There will be a Christmas tree and exercises in the town hall Christmas eve.

A eleven pound boy was born to Tom Wilson and wife the 15th. Tom better get a hustle to himself or he'll soon have a son as big as himself.


That tidbit of news led me to the Wisconsin birth records, where I found the following:

Name: Wilson
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 15 Dec 1900
Father's Name: John Thomas Wilson
Mother's Name: Maud Ethel Tupper

TOUCHDOWN! That sealed the deal: Mrs Tom Wilson was Alvin Baldwin Tupper's daughter Maud. It also revealed that Tom's first name was John. With that knowledge in hand, I immediately found them in the 1900 census (attached). They are at the bottom of the page, and Maude's name is misspelled as Maden. The family at the top of the next page? You guessed it - Alvin Baldwin Tupper's.

I also found the 1910, 20, and 30 census records for them. From 1910 on, they are in Chadron, Dawes County, Nebraska. It appears that they must have moved there about the time everyone else pulled up stakes to come to Alberta. The 1910 census shows all 6 of the kids, and that there was a 7th that didn't survive (born before 1900, based on that census). Unfortunately Wilson is a very common name, so it will be tough sledding to get to living descendents... but I have one potential lead already.

As for Maude, the 1920 census lists John Thomas Wilson as being Widowed... and his WWI draft registration card lists his daughter Snow as his contact relative, which would suggest she had passed by that time. So she died fairly young - having been born in 1877, she would have been 40 at most. No details on that yet.

Anyway, it was a very productive genealogical day, especially considering I hadn't planned to do any! :) And all thanks to a visit to the Clark County site. Thank you so much! The number of daughters left to track down continues to dwindle... :)

I could not read all of the information. Can you tell me if the names are correct?

Name: Alvin Tupper (Mar 1836)
Home in 1900: Warner, Clark, Wisconsin
Age: 64
Birth Date: Mar 1836
Birthplace: Canada Eng
[Canada English]
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1870
Relationship to Head of House
Father's Birthplace: Canada Eng
Mother's Birthplace: England
Spouse's name: Lisabeth
Marriage Year: 1856
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 44
Occupation: Farmer
Owned property mortgage free
Neighbors: Geo. & Janice Warner and children: Kate (Oct 1886), Eva (Mar 1889), Bertie (Mar 1891), Cynthia (Feb 1893) & William (June 1895); Henry & Louisa Warner and daughter 5 mo. Doris.
Household Members
Alvin Tupper 64
Lisabeth Tupper 64 (May 1836)


Name: Ashel Tupper (Feb 1867)
Home in 1900: Warner, Clark, Wisconsin
Age: 33
Birth Date: Feb 1867
Birthplace: Canada Eng [Canada English]
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1870
Relationship to Head of House: Head
Father's Birthplace: Canada Eng
Mother's Birthplace: Canada Eng
Spouse's name: Hattie
Marriage Year: 1891
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 9
Occupation: Farm Laborer
Neighbors: Geo. & Janice Warner and children: Kate (Oct 1886), Eva (Mar 1889), Bertie (Mar 1891), Cynthia (Feb 1893) & William (June 1895); Henry & Louisa Warner and daughter 5 mo. Doris.

Household Members
Ashel Tupper 33
Hattie Tupper 26 (Mar 1878)
Adie Tupper 8, At School (Oct 1891)
Jay Tupper 7, (Dec 1892) At School
Cernal Tupper (Jul 1896) 3
Hesk* Tupper 1 (Sep 1898)

Well, here's what I would suggest is incorrect, unless you have better evidence to prove otherwise :-)

1) Maiden Name: You list her as Anna Clare (Plum) Tupper. Her maiden name was actually Jenkinson, and I believe her middle initial is L. Iowa marriage records show she was the daughter of James and Mary Jenkinson, and you can find them in Lime Creek Twp, Cerro Gordo, Iowa in the 1880 census. They were married on March 26, 1888, in Mason City, Cerro Gordo, Iowa.

2) Benjamin's middle initial is T., not S. He was born in Lanark County, Ontario, Canada, the first son of Alvin Baldwin Tupper and Elizabeth Annie Vandusen. They resided in Montague Twp, Lanark, Ontario until 1870, when the emigrated to the US. The family can be found in Osage, Mitchell, Iowa in 1870, and then Indianola, Red Willow, Nebraska in 1880. They then have two

3) Earl Benjamin was their first child, born May 17, 1891 in Rockwell, Cerro Gordo, Iowa (the Rockwell City error is a common one propagated on the internet). You can refer to Iowa Birth Records for confirmation. He did marry Mabel, and they were divorced, apparently because of a bit of a scandal I've just uncovered, so I'll have to get back to you on that. They had a son Dale Elroy Tupper in 1915. Mabel did go on to remarry as indicated.

4) I do not believe that the 1885 census records that you list are the correct Benjamin and Annie Tupper. The other census records you list are accurate.

5) The 1900 census also shows Benjamin's parents and his brother Ashel's family residing in Clark County, in Warner township. Alvin is shown to be owning property there... if you could offer any assistance in locating that, it would be much appreciated. I know that Alvin and Ashel leave Wisconsin in 1903/04 for Alberta, Canada (Ashel is my great grandfather). I believe Benjamin's family left for SD around 1906, but there are some conflicting records there.

6) Children: The census records you show I believe show all their children. Note that the Elmer listed in the 1920 census is actually Elmore M. Tupper, listed in 1900. Elmore was born Aug 20, 1897 in Redwood Falls, Redwood, Minnesota (although I've seen the year listed variously as 1895, 1896, and 1897. That is the last location I have for them prior to Greenwood.

7) Elmore did marry Juanita (aka Wanda) Boone, in 1921. And he served in WWI - here is all I have on that at the moment:

Enlisted in Troop K, April 14, 1917. Transferred to Battery B. Shell-shocked during Aisne-Marne Offensive. Date of arrival in United States and of discharge not known.

8) Andy did marry Lola Butterick in 1924.

9) Title for the page read's "Albert Delaney's Store" rather than the portrait studio, and the Obit link goes to the Delaney Obit. If you actually have an obit for Anna I would love to have it.

Okay, I think that's it for now. If you have any additional info on the Tupper's in Greenwood from that period, I would certainly appreciate it.  Ken Lange




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